As the second most expensive film ever made by 20th Century Fox (the first was, of course, Avatar), X-Men: Days of Future Past had to fund their epic, time-travelling, mutant-Sentinel battle-filled movie somehow. To this end, the X-Men partnered with some major brands for a wide range of product promotions. The results were some interesting commercials and plenty x-tremely obvious puns.
When we say “interesting commercials,” we mean those ads for Carl’s Jr. featuring someone other than Jennifer Lawrence in the Mystique getup. Obviously, that wasn’t the only strange thing about these videos: watching close-ups of Quicksilver and Colossus eat their X-tra Bacon sandwiches was equally strange.
One of the better product promotions is Pringles Xtra chips because at least fans were given access to exclusive promotional images and videos on the Pringles site with a code from the products. Plus, who doesn’t love Xtra Sour Cream & Onion chips?
For fans that love X-Men and chocolate covered pretzel’s, FLIPZ released collector’s edition pretzels. The three flavors include: Mystique Mint Chocolate, Wolverine White Chocolate, and Mutant Milk Chocolate. We couldn’t make this up if we tried.
If you bought a Schick razor with the X-Men: Days of Future Past logo on it, you became eligible for a “free” exclusive t-shirt. At least this product promotion makes sense, although we have yet to see a tagline about Wolverine using Schick razors to keep his sideburns in top form, which is a seriously wasted opportunity.
Mountain Dew & Coke Zero
Covering both major soda companies, X-Men: Days of Future Past partnered with Mountain Dew (which is owned by Pepsi) and Coke Zero. Both promotions included special editions Mountain Dew and Coke Zero bottles as well as sweepstakes.
For UK fans of X-Men, the new movie partnered with Virgin Trains to celebrate the film’s release by holding a contest to give away tickets to the London premiere. It might be kind of a stretch, but maybe this makes sense: the movie is about time travel, trains help people travel…
Since X-Men had food, soda, razors, and trains covered, they obviously needed a hotel partner as well. That’s where Wyndham came in. Their loyalty program, Wyndham Rewards, offered an X-Treme Reward of dinner and a movie in honor of the Days of Future Past release.
Tragic Peaches Geldof credited her dramatic weight loss to a significant diet change following health warnings from doctors. Bob Geldof's daughter was found dead at her home in Kent, England on Monday (07Apr14), but the cause of her death is still unknown as officials continue to carry out tests on her body.
It has now been revealed the socialite shrugged off rumours of eating disorders in 2011 and claimed she shed the pounds after abandoning a junk food diet on medics' advice.
She admitted she would often gorge on burgers, pizza, and fries but was shocked into slimming down when doctors told her of the effect on her heart.
In a previously unseen interview with Britain's The Sun newspaper, Geldof said, "I had cholesterol and the doctors said stop eating s**t. So I did. If you stop eating pizza and chips you then don't look like you used to. Do I really look that thin? Let's be honest. How did I do it? I just stopped eating McDonald's and f**king s**t every day.
"I used to wake up with my boyfriend and eat c**p. I had the heart of a 90-year-old gangster... People are like, 'Peaches is scary and anorexic'. Not really. It's ridiculous."
The news came as it emerged on Thursday (10Apr14) that Geldof's body has been released to her family to allow them to make plans for her funeral.
"He's a classic man... He just came and did this Cameron Crowe movie in Hawaii that we shot in the fall and he lived a few houses down from me... He's just the most generous man... He would give me lots of Maui onion potato chips and he'd made me coffee, he got me an umbrella hat... because I'm fair and he was worried about the sun." Actress Emma Stone is smitten by new pal Bill Murray.
"I grew up around so many alcoholics and drug addicts that I saw early on in my life what I didn't want to do. I had a mother that went to Alcoholics Anonymous, I sat through the classes. I've seen the 12 steps, the chips, the whole nine (yards)." Hitmaker Pitbull doesn't need much incentive to keep him away from excess.
British actor Tom Hardy has teamed up with his writer father to create a new TV drama. The Dark Knight Rises star and his dad, Edward 'Chips' Hardy, have written a new detective TV show called Bluebell and the series has been commissioned by executives at U.K. channel Sky Atlantic, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.
The pair has written the script together and Hardy will tackle the lead role.
A source says, "They have been working on it for a while as they initially submitted the pilot over a year ago. But now the contract has been signed and it's full steam ahead for the series. It is early days but it is being planned to be aired in 2015."
Scottish singer Susan Boyle has given up her favourite snack for the Christian festival of Lent to raise funds for people living in poverty. The I Dreamed a Dream sensation is throwing her support behind the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF)'s Wee Box, Big Change appeal, which asks participants to hand over the money they save from giving up treats for the 40-day period.
Boyle has decided to forgo fries and has urged fans to do the same.
She says, "It makes me really sad to know that so many people in the world today are still living in terrible poverty and struggling to feed themselves.
"I know the money I save from giving up chips (fries) and donating it to SCIAF will help people in need to work their way out of a life of poverty. We can all do something to help people less fortunate than ourselves this Lent. What will you do?"
Other stars taking part in the drive include Scottish band Deacon Blue and sibling duo The Proclaimers.
Lupita Nyong'o is no longer a young woman who graduated from Yale, made her feature film debut in a critically-acclaimed movie, and became a fashion favorite. As of this past weekend, when she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her unforgettable performance as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, and when that film went on to win Best Picture of the Year, Lupita Nyong'o the person became Lupita Nyong'o the movement. And for those of us watching closely, this movement (the correct pronunciation of which you can find HERE) has great cultural significance. Attention must be paid.
First of all, if you were able to make it through that without shedding a single tear, then props to you. But for the rest of us actual humans, that speech was everything. And the orchestra playing "Pure Imagination" at the end was absolutely perfect. Still, her acceptance speech at Essence magazine's Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon is a favorite for many of us:
I want to take this opportunity to talk about beauty, black beauty, dark beauty. I received a letter from a girl and I’d like to share just a small part of it with you: “Dear Lupita,” it reads, “I think you’re really lucky to be this black but yet this successful in Hollywood overnight. I was just about to buy Dencia’s Whitenicious cream to lighten my skin when you appeared on the world map and saved me.”
My heart bled a little when I read those words, I could never have guessed that my first job out of school would be so powerful in and of itself and that it would propel me to be such an image of hope in the same way that the women of The Color Purple were to me.
I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin, I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin. And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned. The morning would come and I would be so excited about seeing my new skin that I would refuse to look down at myself until I was in front of a mirror because I wanted to see my fair face first. And every day I experienced the same disappointment of being just as dark as I was the day before. I tried to negotiate with God, I told him I would stop stealing sugar cubes at night if he gave me what I wanted, I would listen to my mother’s every word and never lose my school sweater again if he just made me a little lighter. But I guess God was unimpressed with my bargaining chips because He never listened.
And when I was a teenager my self-hate grew worse, as you can imagine happens with adolescence. My mother reminded me often that she thought that I was beautiful but that was no conservation, she’s my mother, of course she’s supposed to think I am beautiful. And then … Alek Wek. A celebrated model, she was dark as night, she was on all of the runways and in every magazine and everyone was talking about how beautiful she was. Even Oprah called her beautiful and that made it a fact. I couldn’t believe that people were embracing a woman who looked so much like me, as beautiful. My complexion had always been an obstacle to overcome and all of a sudden Oprah was telling me it wasn’t. It was perplexing and I wanted to reject it because I had begun to enjoy the seduction of inadequacy. But a flower couldn’t help but bloom inside of me, when I saw Alek I inadvertently saw a reflection of myself that I could not deny. Now, I had a spring in my step because I felt more seen, more appreciated by the far away gatekeepers of beauty. But around me, the preference for my skin prevailed, to the courters that I thought mattered I was still unbeautiful. And my mother again would say to me you can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t feed you and these words plagued and bothered me; I didn’t really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.
And what my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul. It is what got Patsey in so much trouble with her master, but it is also what has kept her story alive to this day. We remember the beauty of her spirit even after the beauty of her body has faded away.
And so I hope that my presence on your screens and in the magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside. There is no shame in black beauty.
In a world where women of color are still lightening their skin, in a world where the typical black woman on screen looks like Halle Berry or Paula Patton, in a world where Kerry Washington and Gabrielle Union are considered to be dark-skinned beauties (and it is still a big deal that they are being so embraced by Hollywood), Nyong'o as a fashion and beauty icon (she's also the new face of Miu Miu) is no small thing at all. The legacy of slavery still very much operates in our culture, and part of that legacy pertains to black women with lighter skin being labeled more beautiful and more valuable (a scene in 12 Years a Slave shows that, indeed, slave owners were willing to pay more for those enslaved blacks with lighter skin). For hundreds of years, black beauty has been defined by non-blacks, and while that is still very much happening today — even with Nyong'o's story — it is wholly refreshing to see all shades of black beauty finally being embraced in a very public light.
When Nyong'o hit the Academy Awards red carpet she was, of course, bombarded with questions about her gorgeous pastel-blue gown. It was designed by Prada, and — more importantly — she said that it reminded her of her hometown, Nairobi, Kenya. And wouldn't you know it — Kelly Osbourne of E!'s Fashion Police immediately and appropriately labeled the look #NairobiBlue, which then began trending on Twitter. It is also no small victory to see the name of an African city become equated with a thing of beauty, to become beautiful itself.
But race and black beauty aren't the only issues at play here. While many folks might have looked at her rise to fame as a rags-to-riches story, it's important to note that Nyong'o comes from a middle-class upbringing. She prides herself on being the daughter of a Kenyan senator, and the cousin of Isis Nyong'o, who recently made the Forbes list of Most Powerful African Women. She completed her undergraduate studies at Hampshire College and earned her MFA from the Yale School of Drama. All of this to say that she is an educated, fabulous, talented force of nature. And judging by her Instagram account, she's just as much as superfan of all things pop culture as the rest of us. Her presence in this world is huge right now, and watching her inspire young men and women everywhere makes the notion of celebrity status far more enjoyable.
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This year, BET's Being Mary Jane totally nailed it: creator Mara Brock Akil had the number one original series debut on cable for the 2013-14 television season. Five million viewers tuned into the season premiere, and with good reason. The protagonist, Mary Jane Parker (played by Gabrielle Union) is fascinating and complex, the love triangles (and quadrangles... or squares... or trapezoids) are intense, and the music offers a fantastic soundtrack for all of that drama. But we're here to celebrate the one extra-special reason folks are tuning in: the crazy-hot sex scenes that just won't quit. Mary Jane has had a quite a busy season thus far, and we've all been enjoying it immensely. So join us as we reminisce about some of the unforgettably steamy NSFW moments from Being Mary Jane.
The Only Shower Scene That Matters
From this point on, we shall no longer think of Norman Bates dressed up as his mama and wielding a knife when someone makes reference to a shower scene. Now, the only shower scene that matters is this one, in which Mary Jane runs into the one guy she'd been avoiding at the gym promises to place you firmly on Team Andre. Firmly. Until...
That Awkward Moment When You Find Yourself on #TeamAvery
For the most part, viewers are rooting for Union's character to make it work with Omari Hardwick's Andre, mainly because... well... did you see the shower scene? Those two are hot! But in a recent episode, Andre got into a heated argument with his wife, which resulted in some insanely steamy make-up loving. Although the Avery/Andre reunion didn't last very long, it was an unforgettable scene and for a moment, a few of us found ourselves on Team Avery.
David's First Hello
If you're not watching the show you missed that first episode where — SPOILER ALERT — Mary Jane may or may not have stolen this guy's sperm. But before the stolen babymakers comes the love-makin', and when David showed up with a bag of chips and asked if she'd be "down for some consensual sex," the two of them were actually pretty good together. It also helps that Union's body is the definition of flawless, so pretty much every scene where she's rocking a t-shirt and panties (because it's all about the t-shirt and panties) is hot.
Self Love Is The Best Love
We're not gonna lie. That scene? Where Mary Jane — how do you put this delicately? — provided herself with self love? At work?! Kind of a big deal. She opened up about preparing for the experience in a recent interview. Not only was the scene hot, but it was both humorous and progressive, and sort of made us feel like there should be more women masturbating on television. Ya know. For feminism.
So now you're feeling some combination of completely entertained and shamefully dirty. Watch Being Mary Jane to keep that feeling going.
Look, we're happy for Ciara. She's in love, engaged to rapper Future, and getting ready to embark on the insanely amazing journey that is parenthood, which is fantastic. She's a hardworking woman, she's talented and surely she deserves her happiness. All that being said, there is a situation here that nobody wants to talk about. What, exactly, are we all supposed to do without Ciara's abs around for the next 6 to 18-ish months? Some of us have actually used this woman's body as workout inspiration, even going so far as to make her photo the screensaver on our computers. So now what? Well, there's only one way to say [a temporary] goodbye to Ciara's abs, and that's with a look back at some of their best work. R.I.P. Cici's abs — looking forward to seeing you again soon, but not too soon because then we'll be all annoyed if Ciara gets back into shape, like, seven weeks after the baby is born. Seriously, take your time Ciara!
PromiseThis is so not the video to watch if you just downed a bag of potato chips with french onion dip on the side. Also, can we please bring the crybaby dance back (see the 3:28 mark if that confuses you)?
RideThings are about to get a tad NSFW up in here. What's most horrifying about this video is that we've all walked out of the house rocking leggings, some kicks, and a baseball cap before. And yet, we looked nothing like Ciara! It's all because of those abs.
OhFor many of us, this was our first introduction to Ciara's abs of steel. And it should be noted that, since everyone's rocking crop tops on the red carpet right now, Ciara was clearly an innovater. We haven't seen her wear an actual shirt yet. Also, has anyone come along and trumped her car-twerking scene yet? No, probably not. Definitely not.
Like A BoyWhile we didn't get to see much of the bare abs in this one, we can all still appreciate how amazing they looked underneath that white tank top. Ciara is, like, the sexiest boy in this video. It's awkward.
Body PartyAgain, congrats to Ciara and Future. But R.I.P. to the Body Party... at least to the one that features her abs. Pregnancy? That's a body party on a whole 'nother level. Whoooo!
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Actress Keira Knightley has opened up about her family's history with anorexia in a bid to explain whey she gets so upset when the media suggests she has an eating disorder. The Pirates of the Caribbean star has long been criticised for her slender figure, and some gossips have suggested she starves herself and binges to stay thin.
Knightley has always maintained she has never battled anorexia, but the reports have affected her on a deeply personal level, as many of her loved ones have suffered from eating issues.
She tells Britain's Daily Express, "I've got a lot of experience with anorexia. My grandmother and my great-grandmother suffered from it and I had a lot of friends at school who suffered from it, so I don’t think it’s anything to be taken lightly."
She adds, "The anorexic stuff is always going to have an impact, so I think it did hit pretty hard. I knew I wasn't anorexic, but it made me think maybe my body is somehow not right. Or my face is not right."
And while she credits her slim frame to good genes and a fast metabolism, she also confesses she doesn't exactly maintain a healthy diet and routine exercise regimen either.
Knightley adds, "The very thought of a diet makes me want chips and ice cream, and I just hate going to the gym. The most exercise I get is turning on the TV."