One Direction star Harry Styles has sparked new romance rumours after he was spotted dining out with reality TV star Kendall Jenner. The pop star, 19, and the 18-year-old model were seen eating together at Craig's restaurant in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (20Nov13).
The pair left the eaterie via the back door in a bid to avoid attention, before the Brit drove them away in a black Range Rover.
Styles has previously been linked to Taylor Swift, Cara Delevingne and British TV presenter Caroline Flack.
The date night came just days after Jenner, the younger half-sister of Kim Kardashian, faced a backlash from fans on Twitter.com after she exposed her breasts during a racy photoshoot.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Khloe Kardashian has jumped to the defence of her younger sister Kendall Jenner after she came under fire for posing for a sexy photo. The 18-year-old model shocked fans on Tuesday (19Nov13) after she shared a snap from a recent shoot in which she bares her breasts.
In the black and white portrait, Jenner's hair is soaking wet and she is wearing a tight, knitted sweater, exposing her nipples.
Along with the photo, she wrote, "Sneak peak of today's shoot with the amazing (photographer Russell James) ... can't wait for you guys to see the rest of the photos!"
The photo prompted a backlash against the the reality TV teen online, with critics slamming Jenner for showing too much at such a young age.
However, Jenner's half-sister Kardashian begged to differ and took to Twitter.com to sing the up-and-coming model's praises.
She wrote, "Gorgeous KendallJenner!!! High fashion! Model your booty off and show them how it's done!!! Major Model Moment!"
Kardashian added, "I love seeing all of these haters' comments. Naomi (Campbell), Kate (Moss), Cindy (Crawford), all fabulous models. Models and photographers take beautiful artistic images. And I don't hear you birds chirp then. Sit down and enjoy the view! Sorry Not Sorry."
Movie star Bradley Cooper went back to school last week (08Nov13) to catch up with friends from Germantown Academy's class of 1993. The Silver Linings Playbook star returned to Fort Washington, Pennsylvania for the 20th anniversary school reunion, where he mingled with another successful actor, Bones star Brian Klugman.
According to People.com, Cooper took a tour of his school with his former history teacher Kendall Mattern and stuck around for Germantown Academy's football game against arch rivals Penn Charter.
The movie star proved to be a lucky charm for his school's team - after losing to Penn Charter for the last 12 years, the Academy picked up a victory.
A source tells the website, "He hung out as long as he could at the game. He loved being back at the school. He took his time signing autographs and said hello to a lot of people. He is very modest. I think he has a hard time understanding why people follow him around campus. It's genuine and not a false modesty. He's a really good guy."
It’s hard to believe there is actual innovation happening on television. There are constant remakes like Ironside or abuse of the public domain with shows like Sleepy Hollow and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. However, a few seemingly random shows have managed to sneak through and change the face of television.
Here are some series that have created their own new genres.
Super Fun Night
Rebel Wilson is a genius. She has an understanding of comedy and entertainment few people can dare to grasp. She found success in America with Pitch Perfect and her small role in Bridesmaids. In Australia, she wrote and starred in her own series Bogan Pride. Her new show Super Fun Night focuses on the sadness and pathos of a group of single, socially awkward girls. Despite that downer, these gals have great spirit, good morals and strong bonds of friendship. This pathomedy or Sad-com is unique. It may not win over American audiences but it does allow room for the future for different types of characters like the "best friend" or "wacky neighbor" to be the lead of a television series.
Say what you will about Lena Dunham. Some believe she’s a shamelessly nude, entitled hack and others see her as the mouthpiece of her generation. Regardless of how you feel about her, she has created a whole new genre - the home theater of the grotesque. Even if you hate Girls, you can’t deny that it has created room in television to take it to the limit and break all the rules. Whether it show people doing lines of coke off toilet seats, eardrums ruptured with Q-tips, or Dunham’s breasts, nothing is too much for this series. This brazen honesty has trickled into the mainstream and allowed shows to delve into dark and uncomfortable places and still be funny.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy was witty and chock full of action. It blended punchy dialogue with an evolving, twisting plot that developed over the series with Buffy eventually defeating "The Big Bad." This series has created the teen hero saga. You take a socially awkward or disenfranchised teen, give them something that sets them apart from their peers but makes them able to save lives, then set them up against a mysterious enemy for 22 episodes. It has changed the face of The CW’s line-up and influenced series like Veronica Mars, Smallville, The Vampire Diaries and The Tomorrow People.
Honorable Mention: The musical episode of Buffy, "Once More with Feeling," also reinvigorated attempts at musical television. Before this episode, Cop Rock was one of the only shows to try its hand at a musical TV series. Shows like Grey’s Anatomy and How I Met Your Mother went on to have musical episodes. Buffy also set the stage for musical TV series like Glee and Smash.
Seinfeld will be forever remembered as "a show about nothing." Many people scoff at the series finale finding the four leads in prison. What they don’t realize is that the four main characters were self-centered, rutheless and generally bad people. This spawned the Despicable We genre. The entire cast is filled with generally unlikable characters that get into awkward and zany hi-jinks. This helped lead to the success of shows like Will & Grace with their constant insults and self-absorbed issues. It also reached a crescendo in Don't Trust The B**ch in Apartment 23, where Krysten Ritter shone as one of the most likeable, yet despicable, characters on television.
Two & A Half Men
Chuck Lorre seems obsessed with addiction. Two and a Half Men started with the mother of all addicts, Charlie Sheen, playing Charlie Harper, a heavy-drinking, sex-addicted lothario, taking in his high-strung brother and precocious nephew. It became a huge metaphor for life with an alcoholic. His follow-up Mike & Molly began with two characters finding love at a Overeaters Anonymous meeting. The new series Mom finds a mother (Allison Janney) and daughter (Anna Faris) going to Alcoholics Anonymous. This series also made room for a show like Go On, about grief-counseling, to get on the air.
Golden Girls influenced every show featuring four female leads in the nearly 30 years since it premiered in 1985. It was a show about four aged women but manages to resonate with people of all ages. It created a new genre of the quartet comedy. Now ever series with four female leads seems to have the snarky leader, the slutty one, the innocent one and the outspoken one. It influenced shows like Sex and the City, Hot in Clevleand, and even Girls.
New mother Kim Kardashian made room for the latest addition to her famous family by selling personal items in a yard sale on Sunday (10Nov13). The reality TV star, who gave birth to her daughter North West over the summer (13), gave fans the chance to buy Kardashian treasures at the event in California.
Announcing the sale on Twitter.com, she wrote, "We are having a yard sale today for charity!"
Proceeds from the sale were matched by the clan and handed to No Kid Hungry and the Greater Los Angeles Fisher House Foundation charities.
Kardashian was joined by her mother Kris Jenner and her sisters Kourtney, Khloe, Kylie, and Kendall.
Khloe Kardashian was at odds with stepdad Bruce Jenner on the latest episode of their reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, as he insisted drug addicts have no one to blame but themselves. In the revealing episode of the popular series which aired in the U.S. on Sunday (03Nov13), Kardashian, Jenner and his 18-year-old daughter Kendall were shown discussing Glee star Cory Monteith's tragic death from a drug and alcohol overdose in July (13).
In the midst of reports Kardashian's husband Lamar Odom is currently battling a substance abuse problem, Jenner told his daughters, "Lesson to be learned: stay away. Really, really, really stupid. Waste of a life... It is a personal choice. You know what you're doing? You're taking the responsibility away from the person. This guy had a choice to take drugs. It's his own fault. You can't blame anybody else but him."
However Kardashian, who seemed distraught, insisted being a drug addict is "a disease."
While she did not directly discuss Odom's alleged addiction, Kardashian did confess he is going through a difficult period in his life.
She said, "Lamar has been having a really tough time lately. And it's not just black and white - there's a lot of emotional issues. It's really scary when nothing's really working and you know if you give up, no one in his life will be able to help."
Reality TV star Kendall Jenner turned 18 years old on Sunday (03Nov13) and has reportedly received multiple offers from adult film companies to star in their risque movies. Kim Kardashian's half-sister celebrated a milestone birthday, which now allows her the right to vote, purchase cigarettes and get a tattoo in the U.S., but one thing some company executives are hoping for is Jenner's debut in the porn industry.
According to editors at TMZ.com, the fashion model has been approached by representatives of six of the top adult film companies in America, including website Bangyoulater.com, whose bosses are offering her $1.8 million (£1.2 million) to have sex on film.
The family is no stranger to dealing with sex tape scandals - Kim rose to fame after her home video with ex-boyfriend Ray J leaked online in 2007.
Jenner has yet to respond to the report.
The longterm partner of late British broadcaster Kenneth Kendall committed suicide after struggling to overcome his grief, an inquest has heard. Kendall, the first newsreader to appear on BBC television in 1955 and a longrunning regular on the network, died aged 88 after suffering a stroke last November (12).
His civil partner Francis Fear was found dead at their home on the Isle of Wight in April (13).
An inquest into his death has heard Fear left a note to his loved ones explaining he couldn't continue without Kendall, who he had been with for 23 years.
Isle of Wight assistant coroner John Matthews recorded a verdict of suicide by hanging, adding that the 55 year old had "suffered a tremendous amount of grief".
Kim Kardashian's half-sister Kendall Jenner has spoken out to blast false reports suggesting she and her younger sister illegally gained entry into a 21-and-over club last week (ends18Oct13) by using fake identity cards. The 17-year-old model and her sibling Kylie, 16, were snapped at the Vignette lounge in Los Angeles on 15 October (13), raising suspicions about how they managed to convince doormen to let them in.
Their manager mother, Kris Jenner, insisted the teens were admitted without IDs, but the manager of the venue, who claimed he had no idea who the Keeping Up With the Kardashians regulars were, accused them of flashing falsified documents to get into the club.
The allegations reportedly prompted officials at the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to launch an investigation into the controversy, but on Wednesday (23Oct13), Jenner had had enough and took to her Twitter.com blog to clear up the gossip.
In a series of posts, she writes, "I am so done with everyone making my little sister and I out to be something that we are not. shut up with these stupid rumors and stories. no one has fake ID's and no one's partying. we know that's what all you slimy media people want to see but that is not going to happen. we're smarter than that, we have goals and personally I think it's sad that some people sit at their desk making things up about girls that are trying to have a career just like everybody else. get over it. no story here."
Kendall and Kylie Jenner are Kris' two kids with her estranged husband, former Olympian Bruce Jenner.