Another summer, another Transformers film. With Transformers: Age of Extinction, The series is embarking on new, LaBeouf-less territory. This time, a fresh, plucky group of humans have found the rusted remains of Optimus Prime in the heartland. American flags waft patriotically in the breeze, a shadowy organization wants to harvest the Autobots for their cool metal bodies, and there is consistent promise of city-smashing chaos. Yup, it sounds like a Transformers movie.
So it may look exactly like the last few Transformers movies, but at least this one has Dinobots... that's marginally interesting, right? In fact, there are plenty of marginally interesting things in this new footage! Here's our rundown of the 10 most passably acceptable things in the trailer:
10. Mark Whalberg’s arms are pretty big, huh?
9. That one Decpticon looks sorta like a dragon.
8. A boat exploaded. Boats don't usually explode in these movies; that's more of a car thing.
7. Stanley Tucci plays with a piece of floaty metal!
6. That one Transfomer’s face turns into a gun.
5. That one Transformer is munching on a cigar.
4. And he also has a beard made of... coils... or wires… wait, why would a robot even have a beard?
3. Optimus Prime is riding a Dinobot. It breathes fire.
2. That one guy gets hit in the face with a car.
1. Stanley Tucci screams “Oh my God.” Just like in your wildest nightmares.
Bosses at The Standard Hotel in New York City have fired an employee who leaked the surveillance video footage of Jay Z in an altercation with Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles. On Monday (12May14), video footage obtained by TMZ.com showed Knowles embroiled in an explosive bust-up with her brother-in-law, as she appears to be kicking and punching Jay in an elevator after the trio left a party following the Met Gala on 5 May (14).
Now bosses at the hotel have found the employee responsible for taking the footage from security cameras and have fired the worker. A statement from The Standard Hotel officials confirms the unnamed staff member was terminated for "breaching the security polices of the hotel and recording the confidential CCTV video," and promises to give "all available information to criminal authorities".
Neither Beyonce, Jay Z, nor Solange have released official statements on the matter, but the hip-hop supercouple showed a united front after the video leaked by sitting together courtside at a Brooklyn Nets basketball game, and on Wednesday (15May14), the Single Ladies singer posted various snaps of herself and her sister on Instagram.com.
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We don't know what will become of Leo Fitz after last night's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finale (warning: spoilers to follow!), but it's not looking good: both Simmons and Fury's rather subdued reactions when asked of his well-being hint at some kind of permanent damage. Since his brain was without oxygen for an extended period of time, brain damage seems his most likely fate. And alas, a brain damaged super-genius sounds like a tragedy ripped right out of the Whedon playbook.
So while we wait out the long and arduous summer hiatus, why not take a look at all the reasons we love him so?
The rest of his team has taken Ward’s new status as a turncoat with a jaded, quiet fury, but Fitz is the only one who believes Ward might just be redeemable (and he’s probably right). To the general annoyance of everyone else, he holds out hope: maybe Ward was coerced! Maybe Ward’s a triple agent! Even when Ward is threatening to kill him and Simmons, he tells him, “I know that you’re a good person, Ward. And you can choose, right now, to be good!”
6. He’s kind of a buffoon
Case in point: he lit the curtains on fire with a Howling Commando’s laser-disguised-as-a-cigarette. And brought along a sandwich when he was being chased by dogs.
5. He's a romantic
His relationship with Simmons might have started out on the wrong side of annoying, but with each subsequent episode, it’s grown more and more adorable. Remember when he made Simmons promise to him she wasn’t Hydra? Or when he said that the one thing he’d want most on a desert island was Simmons? For the record, she’d want to have the TARDIS — us too, Simmons. Us too.
He mixes prints (we’re talking plaid, polka dots, stripes, and more) with surprising aplomb. Who knew this science geek was such a fashionista? (Or is it fashionisto...) In any case, he and Simmons make quite the matched set in their geek chic wares.
3. Sensitive is the new manly
He shed actual tears when Agent Garrett revealed his true colors as an undercover Hydra agent. In a show where characters are trained to tamp down their emotions (see: Agent Melinda May), it was a welcome change.
2. But when it comes down to it, he’s willing to kill for his team
His ability to show his sensitive side doesn’t mean that he can’t be tough as nails when it comes down to it. In a moment of sheer badassery, he had absolutely no qualms about disabling the machinery keeping Agent Garrett alive.
1. Can you say "selfless?"
In last night's episode, he puts his life on the line to save Simmons, and the real kicker is, it's his way of proving his love for her. Now, bring on the tears.
Hopefully, Fitz' fate was left uncertain for a reason. While Whedon may have a penchant for tragedy, it's also worth noting that he also has a penchant for unlikely resurrections. And besides, if anyone can find a way to cure whatever ails him, it's Simmons.
Athlete Oscar Pistorius' murder trial has taken a dramatic turn in South Africa after a judge ruled the paralympian must undergo a month of psychiatric testing before proceedings can continue. The decision to halt the case came on Wednesday (14May14) after a psychiatrist testified that the sprinter had been battling an anxiety disorder since he was an infant, partly due to the amputation of both of his lower legs, which were removed due to a genetic defect.
The testimony left Judge Thokozile Masipa questioning whether or not Pistorius, who stands accused of murdering his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, in his home last year (13), was insane or mentally incapacitated when he shot her.
Dr. Merryll Vorster told the court, "The accused may not have raised the issue that he was not criminally responsible at the time of the incident in so many words, but evidence raised on his behalf cannot be ignored."
As a result of the judge's ruling, the trial has been halted indefinitely.
Announcing her decision, she explained, "This is not about anyone's convenience, but about whether justice has been served."
Pistorius will be examined at a facility to be determined before the trial continues.
The athlete admits shooting Steenkamp but insists he thought there was an intruder in his house when he opened fire.
It’s official: Andy Cohen found the exact amount of time we can stand to spend with the Atlanta housewives... and exceeded it by an hour. That’s if you count the Porsha Stewart’s one-on-one interview. Something feels broken in the franchise. NeNe Leakes has a stank look on her face for over three hours. Phaedra Parks and Kandi Burruss keep looking out into the distance as if there’s something amazing off camera. Was Porsha riding a unicycle and juggling fire? Did Andy have Jeff Lewis fighting all the Real Housewives of New York City in a kiddie pool filled with butter? This seems like behind-the-scenes machinations by Mrs. Leakes to control the show. Cynthia Bailey had a stone cold expression on her face probably because she wasn’t asked to look in the corner. The only one who seems like a normal person is Kenya Moore and she keeps breaking the fourth wall and talking about filming.
Kenya vs. NeNe
They fight the entire episode, but it does seem like a valid debate. Kenya is the upstart on the show and she’s savvy enough to get the audience’s attention and crazy enough to take on NeNe. Meanwhile, everyone is right. NeNe does try and control the show. She sets different rules for herself than she does for others, and she even bullies Andy. Speaking of hypocrisy, she told Kenya in the first episode of the season, “No b***h will ever tell me who I can or cannot talk to.” And yet, she told Marlo Hampton that because she filmed with Kenya they are no longer friends. They exchanged a few barbs. They also brought up the pajama party and it was clear that NeNe targeted Kenya with blame for all the drama. But, paging Captain Obvious, she put everyone, half-naked, in a room with pre-existing beef. It’s no wonder a fight broke out.
Winner: Kenya. She is very polarizing and you either love her or hate her. But she’s consistent. She may not be 100 percent real but at this point neither is NeNe. Meanwhile, NeNe seems to constantly try and control the show with behind-the-scenes drama and should just focus on being a real person.
NeNe vs. Herself
To quote Ghost, “NeNe, you in danger, girl!” It’s unclear if she wants to stay on the show. She’s checked out for the whole reunion. She looks half asleep. Can someone get her an Ensure? If her dinner meeting with her manager is to be believed, she’s turning down legitimate acting work like she has three Oscars. Is she taking classes at Omarosa Manigault’s learning annex class for being hateful on reality TV? Andy confronts her about homophobic remarks and she gets more petty than apologetic. She doesn’t seem to care about the people watching the show and really only seems concerned with getting a pound of flesh if someone gets her angry. She keeps arguing but there seems to be no point.
Winner: The Repo Men. If NeNe doesn’t respect the franchise and her following she may not have a career much longer.
Kandi vs. NeNe
NeNe made a comment on her blog about how she would never act like Momma Joyce did this season but threw in the phrase “to the gutter.” Kandi was offended, obviously, because it’s a rude thing to say. Sure Joyce is a character on the show and fair game. But, you should respect people’s children and their parents. After all, no one brought up NeNe’s son, who’s been to prison.
Winner: Kandi... and Cynthia. Kandi pointed out correctly that NeNe doesn’t play by the rules she expects others to. She hardly ever apologizes and if she does it rarely seems genuine.
Kenya vs. Phaedra and Apollo
Apollo Nida stopped by to discuss his sordid relationship with Kenya... and to dodge questions about the charges against him in court. He told Kenya that she needed him for a storyline, which is a little true. Andy pointed out that Phaedra and Apollo’s relationship seems so pristine and then rolled footage of them fighting. It seems their personal life may be much different behind closed doors.
Winner: No one. It seems clear that Apollo and Kenya have undeniable chemistry and may have a past. If not, why would they keep engage in this back and forth. They fight and flirt. It also seems like he and Phaedra are presenting a united front.
Peter vs. Being Called B**ch
Peter Thomas gets a great soundbite disputing all the women who called him names. He’s justified as a star on the show to engage in the storyline. Gregg Leakes is barely lucid and yet he engages in conversation.
Porsha vs. Obscurity
Porsha stops by Andy’s clubhouse to talk about all the drama. What she does end up doing is throwing veiled abuse accusations at Kordell Stewart, plugging her new single, and forgetting she spent the entire season crying.
Real Houselines of Atlanta
"At least my gums are original and not from Petco." – Kenya about NeNe’s teeth
"I’m done with rolling around in the mud with pigs." – Kenya
"Don’t expect no respect." – Kandi on her new relationship with NeNe
"Here’s my peach." – Peter
"Miss Ratchet USA." – NeNe to Kenya
"Certified funds, please." – Phaedra on Kenya providing money for charity
"Your life should end." – Did NeNe actually say this on TV?
"I have never worn my scars on my face. I’ve never worn what I’ve been through on my outward appearance." – Porsha on her mugshot forgetting she cried all season
Pixies rocker Black Francis had a bizarre reaction to bassist Kim Deal's shock resignation last year (13) - he shaved off his pubic hair. Fans of the Velouria hitmakers were stunned when it was announced Deal had walked out on the band after 27 years and it later emerged she had told her shocked bandmates during a meeting in a cafe.
Now Francis, also known as Frank Black, has revealed the news came as such a surprise he decided to shave his body hair to signify his need to move on.
He tells Mojo magazine, "(It was) to mark a new start... I think I may even have used some of the hair in a painting I was working on at the time... I'd done this kind of nude. The hair was an outline on the painting."
Francis also recalled it was not the first time Pixies had come close to losing Deal, as he had planned to fire her in the 1990s.
He adds, "I tried to kick Kim out of the band a couple of times, in the early '90s. I managed to find some reason. A meeting was called in our lawyer's office (but) the lawyer, along with the group, petitioned me to keep the boat afloat.
"Whatever my reason was at the time, I'm not saying I would consider it valid now. She hadn't showed up for a gig or something, or she was late and we had to go and find her, passed out somewhere. Nowadays I look back and think, 'Rock 'n' roll, what the hell'. I was in my twenties, smoking a lot of pot, a bit cranky."
Not everyone may be a fan of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) on Game of Thrones, but there’s no denying that she’s one of the most relatable characters. Despite that we may live in the real world while she lives in a world of kings and dragons, sometimes we can’t help but feel as if Sansa is our spirit animal. These are just a few of the many reasons that’s true.
Our Siblings Are Annoying, But We Love Them
Of course, the Stark kids may fight — just like we all fight with our siblings — but at the end of the day, they love each other as much as we love our own family. Unfortunately for Sansa, she doesn’t get the chance to truly appreciate her siblings before they’re taken away from her.
We All Regret Our Childhood Crushes
For some of us, our childhood crush may have been the weird kid on the playground; for Sansa, it was Joffrey. We won’t even try to pretend that we had it worse than Sansa, but that doesn’t mean we regret our crushes any less.
You Can’t Hide in Your Room All the Time
No matter how much you may want to lock yourself up at home and binge-watch some Netflix, sometimes you have to go out and face the world. For Sansa, this means facing all the politics and backstabbing in King’s Landing. For us, it means facing all the politics and backstabbing at the party of a girl you barely know, but who will call you out on Facebook if you don’t go.
Sometimes You Need to Dig Deep for the Strength to Not Slap Your Ex
Seriously, have you tried hanging out with your ex when they’re parading their new significant other around like a trophy? It’s unbearable. Either fight fire with fire, or pull the strength to remain civil from somewhere deep within yourself. If Sansa can restrain herself in front of Joffrey, then you can too.
Learning that Fairytales Aren’t Real Seriously Sucks
When Sansa first arrives in King’s Landing as a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed girl, she believes in all the folk tales and songs about princes who are valiant heroes. But then she gets to know Joffrey a little better. Everyone can remember the moment they realized Prince Charming wasn’t coming to the rescue and there’s nothing else to say about it except: it sucks.
Superstars Pharrell Williams and Beyonce have landed top honours at the 2014 Webby Awards. Oscar-nominated producer/singer Williams earned the title Best Use of Interactive Video for his 24 Hours of Happy promo, while Beyonce's website landed her the People's Voice award in the Celebrity/Fan category.
Hip-hop group De La Soul claimed the Webby Artist of the Year honour, and Arcade Fire scored the Best Music (Film and Video) prize for their Just a Reflektor promo.
Meanwhile, Beyonce's rapper husband Jay Z was applauded for Best Music App for his Magna Carter... Holy Grail album release initiative, and Justin Bieber's FunnyorDie.com Between Two Ferns chat with Zach Galifianakis was named Best Comedy: Long Form or Series.
Martial arts icon Jean-Claude Van Damme's The Epic Split commercial for Volvo Trucks was a triple winner, picking up the Best Viral Marketing, Best Online Commercial and Best Branded Entertainment Short Form awards.
The winners of the 18th annual Webby Awards, organised by bosses at the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, will be presented with their prizes at a ceremony in New York on 19 May (14).
The honours are handed out annually to reward Internet pioneers and those who make the best use of the web.
Season 6 of Real Housewives of Atlanta has forever changed the franchise. Before this season, there have only been the occasional physical spats but never a full-on fight. However, NeNe Leakes altered history with an antagonistic couples’ night. A bunch of cast members in pajamas, a few underlying issues, and a ton of loaded questions all added up to a huge brawl. Apollo Nida attacked one of Kenya Moore’s friends. It also caused Kandi Burruss to get violent as well. After that, Andy Cohen and Bravo instituted a no violence policy. But that didn’t stop Porsha Stewart from losing her cool at the reunion and almost rip out Kenya’s weave. But will she get fired?
Should Porsha Be Fired?
It’s pretty straightforward: there’s a no violence policy. It’s standard fare for reality shows. Cast members of The Real World have been tossed for getting physical. This instance was particularly hardcore. One slap would be minor but she actually took Kenya to the floor. And in truth, Porsha doesn’t really add much to the show. She’s been inconsistent. Her first season, she was a dutiful wife with weird puritanical morals. Her second season, she was constantly crying about her divorce. Her diva behavior with her huge rental house and her demands during Kandi’s musical were also a bit much. At the reunion, she was sassy and a little ratchet. So who is the real Porsha? By now we should know who she is and want her to be on the show. If she doesn’t add anything, has no clear personality, and is just trying on personalities to be on TV she could go to another network.
Should Kenya Quit?
The ladies have rallied around Porsha. Many have said they would leave if she’s fired. Kenya also filed assault charges against Porsha, which resulted in a hilarious overly made-up mug shot. Kenya has even said she might quit. She did provoke Porsha by waving a scepter at her and yelling in her face with a bullhorn. Sure that’s bad behavior but this is Real Housewives, it’s expected. She didn’t break any rules and gave everyone watching Bravo what they wanted. Kenya must stay on the show. She’s honestly the best part! Sure she can be a villain, instigator, s**t starter, but so is Andy Cohen. NeNe has become an abstract concept of her former self. She has fought with everyone and she brings more toxicity to the show than Kenya. Kenya brings fun, drama, a little crazy, and some of the best interview quotes on the show. The only real problem is she doesn’t get along with anyone but Cynthia Bailey and Kandi. But there may be some potential to add new ladies and refresh the show.
It’s unclear what the future holds for Kenya or Porsha but if you have to choose one person to stay it’s Kenya. Porsha didn’t even know the Underground Railroad wasn’t an actual train. It wouldn’t be the end of the world if a few people were swapped out on the show maybe even Queen NeNe herself. But we do want more of Kenya Moore.
With each season, fans of Game of Thrones tend to separate themselves into two camps: those that have read the book series on which the show is based, A Song of Ice and Fire, and those that have not. As someone who has labored through reading the first three installments of the series, I may be a bit biased, but I can at least admit that the gargantuan novels aren’t for everyone. However, if you’re still unsure of whether to read the books (I’ll try not to pressure you — but I still think you probably should), we’ve put together a helpful pro and con list.
Pro: You’ll Never be Spoiled
At least, in the context of Game of Thrones (it won’t help with House of Cards or Scandal spoilers). Anyone who started reading A Song of Ice and Fire after watching Game of Thrones probably did so in order to find out what happened next without waiting for a new season — at least, that’s why I did.
Con: You Won’t Entirely Appreciate the Show’s Shock Factor
The downside of never being spoiled is that you’ll also never be shocked. Sure, seeing how the Red and Purple Weddings were portrayed on screen was interesting for book fans (and watching the reactions of other fans was entertaining as well), but those scenes didn’t have the same impact for everyone who knew they were coming.
Pro: More Explanation of Westeros
We’ll grant you, the page-long descriptions of each house’s sigil and half-chapters dedicated to a rundown of a seven-course feast can be a bit tiresome, but with all the exposition comes a better understanding of Westeros. There’s also a map and reference section that explains the family trees so it’s a bit easier to keep track of all the characters than on the show.
Con: Some Aspects are Lost in Translation
As the recent debate over a particularly controversial scene in the third episode of Season 4 illustrates, many fans are at times disappointed (to put it lightly) with how the story is adapted. Reading the books allows viewers to better understand certain characters and scenes because there is more detail and context, but this also raises expectations for what we inevitably see onscreen.
Pro: Some Differences Are Fun
For example: Sansa and Shae’s relationship, Bronn teaching Jamie how to swordfight with his left hand, and Ros make no appearance in the books. These differences are fun for book readers because they provide a new and different take on the characters that they didn’t already have at their disposal.
Con: The Books Are So Long
There’s no getting around it. They’re long and dense and a serious commitment. But if you put in the time, A Song of Ice and Fire is definitely worth it.