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Mission BriefingIt's all comes down to this. Coulson and his team mount up for one last life or death mission to take out Garret and Ward, but as Coulson surely knows by now, nothing ever comes easy. Garrett has recently gotten a serious upgrade by way of GH-235, while Fitz and Simmons are still stranded at the bottom of the ocean. Can the team defeat a superpowered Garrett and save their missing tech team.
Mission FalloutAfter getting injected with GH-235, Garrett is looking particularly limber. The chemical compound has not only healed Garrett and made him stronger than ever, but the drug has also changed his brain chemistry, making Garrett prone to waxing on about "the truth" and scrawling odd diagrams on walls. Ward fears his mentor has become mentally unhinged, but Garrett's new outlook has given him newfound vision.
In Cuba, Coulson and his team have fought off the Cybertek soldiers, and managed to implant Skye's trojan horse into their system, which allows her to break into all of Cybertek's computer systems. The team is able to track down the bus thanks to Fitz/Simmons' tracker, but the two agents aren't answering the communications, and the team fears the worst. The agents mount up for a final strike on Garrett and Cybertek, and track him down to a Cybertek facility in New Mexico. The team breaks into the compound, and Skye reprograms the super-soldiers to lead them right to Garrett. Meanwhile, Fitz and Simmons have devised a plan to escape their underwater prison, but the storage unit only has enough air for one person to survive the ascent to the surface. Fitz sacrifices himself by giving Simmons the last of his air, and The two make it to the surface, and into the waiting hands of Director Nick Fury. Fury reveals that he's been looking for Coulson, and heads to New Mexico.
Back at the Cybertek compound, May faces off against Ward while Coulson confronts Garrett and Deathlok. May is able to subdue Ward after some sexually charged fist-a-cuffs, and Fury (A.k.A Director deus ex machina) shows up just in time to give Coulson a much needed hand. Deathlok is about to incinerate Coulson and Fury, but gets a message in his system from Ace. Skye managed to save Mike's son, freeing him of Garrett's control. Mike changes his sights to Garrett and blasts a hole through his chest before stomping him seemingly out of existence. Mike ensures that his son is in safe hands before escaping, claiming that he needs to redeem himself before seeing his son again. With the day won, Coulson demands answers from Fury about project T.A.H.I.T.I., with the former director saying it was an emergency situation, and that he had to do what was necessary to revive his best agent. Fury gives Coulson a small box which he says will help Coulson rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. before making Coulson the new Director. Coulson follows coordinates found in Fury's box to a new, underground S.H.I.E.L.D. base run by agent Billy Koenig, an agent that looks exactly like the recently desceased Eric Koenig. They could be twins, but were betting Fury might have dabbled in cloning on his off hours.
Later, Rayna meets with a bloodied man and tells him that she knows where his daughter is before handing him a picture of Skye. Coulson wakes up in the middle of the night and begins scrawling the same cryptic diagrams that Garrett has been writing earlier. A likely side-effect of the GH-235 serum that they both ingested.
Most Valuable Agent AwardThe final award of the season goes to Deathlok for giving Garrett what he had coming to in. Hopefully, this isn't the last time we see Mike Peterson.
Mission Highlights and Other Observations- It's been rough ride, folks, and at times things looked bleak. But over the course of the season, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has settled into a good hour of television. The season finale was a perfect synecdoche of all the things that work, and don't work, on the show. Good action is hampered by clunky dialogue, and ambitious setpieces are blunted by cheap looking sets and drab direction. Hopefully, S.H.I.E.L.D. can work on these things over the summer break and come back swinging in the fall.- While the finale was enjoyable, and did its due diligence in setting up some intriguing mysteries for the fall, we do wish we received a bit more in the way of answers. Yarns that have been stretched and teased throughout the entire season still haven't come close to being answered yet. We've learned precious little about who Skye is, and we still don't know the full details about project T.A.H.I.T.I. Did they forget about the big blue alien?- Ward: "Reminds me of the old days." / May: "You were never on top."- When was the last time anyone saw a tag-team wrestling match with four dead guys?"
All Saints' U.K. tour with 1990s boy bands East 17 and Let Loose has been cancelled. The reunited British girl group was set to hit the road with a number of acts for the Another Time Another Place tour, due to kick off in Cardiff, Wales on 14 November (14).
However, a representative for Ticketmaster has confirmed the cancellation on Twitter.com, writing, "Yes, the tour has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, sorry. All affected customers will be contacted shortly!"
Atomic Kitten, Big Brovaz and Ace of Base frontwoman Jenny Berggren were also slated to perform on the eight-date trek.
Reunited girl group All Saints are teaming up with 1990s boy bands East 17 and Let Loose for a joint tour. The Never Ever hitmakers reunited last year (13) and have been on the road supporting the Backstreet Boys at shows around the U.K.
Now the singers - Shaznay Lewis, Melanie Blatt and sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton - have confirmed plans to head out on the road again for a joint tour with a number of other 1990s pop acts.
All Saints will joint East 17 and Let Loose on the Another Time Another Place tour, as well as Atomic Kitten, Big Brovaz and Ace of Base frontwoman Jenny Berggren.
The tour kicks off in Cardiff, Wales on 14 November (14).
Katy Perry has made chart history on America's Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay countdown by scoring 46 weeks at number one. The pop star's Dark Horse has landed a fourth week at number one, giving Perry one week more at the top than Mariah Carey.
In the 21 years of the chart, Perry and Carey are the only performers to rack up over 40 weeks at number one - Pink and Rihanna share third place with 32 weeks at number one and Ace of Base round out the top five with 29.
The love saga of movie beauty Elizabeth Hurley and cricket legend Shane Warne took a bizarre twist on Friday (20Sep13) as she fled to New York while he was jetting to the U.K. Actress/model Hurley confirmed earlier this week (beg16Sep13) on Twitter.com that the couple has split, but Warne posted a terse message on the social networking website insisting their two-year engagement is not over and they are working to save the romance.
On Thursday (19Sep13) Warne flew out of his base in Melbourne, Australia heading for the U.K. with his three children, sparking rumours he is on a make-or-break trip to rescue the relationship.
The former sports ace is adamant he is travelling to Britain to compete in The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship golf tournament in Scotland before giving his kids a vacation, writing on Twitter.com, "FYI (for your information) - My kids were happy to come support dad at the golf, as long as they had a holiday afterwards! We agreed that plan 2 months ago too..."
But the will they/won't they saga took a further twist on Friday when it emerged the Austin Powers actress had caught a flight to New York while Warne was in the air en route to the U.K.
She was later seen arriving in Manhattan - minus her engagement ring.
Basketball star Stephon Marbury is on the brink of losing his New York home as he has failed to pay the mortgage. The former NBA ace, who now plays in China, has already lost his Los Angeles base at a foreclosure auction last year (12) and now he reportedly owes almost $850,000 (£566,000) on his current property, which he purchased in 2006 for more than a million dollars.
U.S. Bank International has filed legal documents against the sports star, insisting he hasn't made mortgage payments on the two-bedroom two-bathroom condo since March, 2010, according to editors at TMZ.com.
If Marbury fails to make the payment, his home is likely to be sold at auction.
Actress/model Elizabeth Hurley has confirmed she has split from controversial cricket ace Shane Warne by ditching her engagement ring and telling fans she is feeling "raw". The Australian sports legend proposed to the Austin Powers beauty in 2011 following a whirlwind relationship which began the previous year (10).
On Tuesday (17Sep13) it was reported the two had called time on their long-distance romance after the pressure of travelling back and forth between the actress' home in England and Warne's base in Melbourne, Australia took its toll.
The pair was obsessive users of social networking website Twitter.com but have not tweeted each other for weeks, and now Hurley has confirmed the relationship is on the rocks by telling fans of her heartache.
In a post on Twitter on Wednesday (18Sep13), she writes, "Apologies to loyal followers for Twitter silence on recent events. Too raw & personal to share right now."
Hurley has also stepped out without her engagement ring - she was snapped outside her home in north London on Tuesday carrying a bag, and her clearly visible left hand was missing the blue sapphire rock Warne gave her after proposing.
Later on Wednesday (18Sep13), Warne also took to Twitter and suggested the pair might be able to kickstart the romance, writing, "Some of the reports re EH & me r (are) absolute rubbish. Yes we're sorting through some (private) issues. But we're not throwing the towel in yet."
Each week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week of April 22 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flimsy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down.
Gimme a Piña Colada, I Want to Pretend It's Summer AlreadyJust take the edge off.
Because Jennifer Lawrence was somehow not named People's Most Beautiful Person in 2013. Gwyneth Paltrow nabbed the title in a seeming reprisal of the Bradley Cooper-Ryan Gosling debacle of 2011.
Mark Wahlberg doesn't even know how funny he is. We have proof!
Speaking of Wahlberg, you might actually like his new movie. From Michael Bay. About body builders. Beating people up. In Florida. No, seriously. You'll like it. Just read the review.
Let's Just Go Straight for the Margaritas on the RocksThis is worse than we thought. Loosen up, you need it.
Psy has another hit on his hands. So, thanks to this new song, we can expect that dancing pistachio to keep playing during episodes of American Idol. Wonderful.
Gwyneth not only stole the People's Most Beautiful title, she stole the show on the Iron Man 3 red carpet. And we all learned that the term "side-butt" comes with a extra strength dose of jealousy. (Gwynny looks good.)
Duck Dynasty is officially the biggest show in America. Sorry, Ryan Seacrest.
The Into The Woods movie might be headed into the weeds. Johnny Depp is up for a starring role, and that could be a very, very bad idea.
One Tequila, Two Tequila... But Stop Before You Get To Three Tequila, FloorGird your loins, everybody.
"The Sign" is ruined. Well, sort of. The Ace of Base member with now-dormant Nazi tendencies has since apologized.
Everyone's favorite Super Bowl Half Time performer is starting to feel a bit like a sell-out. Beyoncé's new H&M ad teases us with the promise of new music, but ultimately disappoints.
Justin Bieber's downward spiral continues... with the inevitable and very public drug bust.
And Reese Witherspoon has a little meltdown of her own. But the former America's Sweetheart made sure to apologize after the drunken incident, so we can't hold too much against her.
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In the wake of the shocking news from an article by Noisey that Ulf Ekberg — a member of the '90s hit-making Swedish pop outfit Ace of Base — was a neo-Nazi in his younger days, the musician is now coming forward to clear the air and apologize for his disturbing past.
Ekberg reportedly had alliances to extreme political groups like the Sweden Democrats and was in a band pre-Ace of Base called Commit Suiside whose song lyrics included the likes of "Immigrant, we hate you! Out, out, out, out! Nordic people, wake up now! Shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot!" (Doesn't have quite the same pleasant ring as, say, "All That She Wants" or "Don't Turn Around"). Some rather damaging photos and accounts of Ekberg's past have also surfaced in the Noisey piece.
While Ekberg, who is now apparently a Senior Partner and Executive Vice-President at Applied Transactions, had previously expressed his regrets about having seen the sign (that sign being a Swastika) in the documentary Our Story, he wanted to emphasize his feelings even further since the news made headlines to The Huffington Post. It reads as follows:
"Thank you for the opportunity to respond. During the early 1990s I did dozens of interviews, all around the world, about the people I sometimes found myself surrounded by in the 1980s and how profoundly regretful I am now about associating with such individuals. Those interviews covered every aspect of my past as I strove to be an open book to anyone who asked. It has been twenty years now since I chose to come clean about my past, a decision I made on my own at that time and a decision I do not regret. Every angle of my past was covered there in those interviews. I did have a band called Commit Suicide but we did not write or perform the songs in question on this demo, and I have never been a member of the Swedish Democrats, however the teenage mistakes I did make in terms of my chosen ideas at the time were unfortunate and if I were to live through those days again I would have done things very differently! I'm truly deeply sorry for any hurt and disappointment this has caused for our fans and I want to be very clear that Ace of Base never shared any of these opinions and strongly oppose all extremist opinions on both the right and left wing."
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Rocker Ulf Ekberg has addressed allegations he was a member of a pro-Nazi band before joining Ace Of Base, insisting he wasn't responsible for white supremacist anthems attributed to the trio. Reports surfaced on Tuesday (23Apr13) suggesting Ekberg's former group Commit Suicide had written a handful of controversial songs during the 1980s after its demo was leaked online, but now The Sign hitmaker has spoken out to set the record straight, explaining most of the tunes, about white supremacy, Nazism and racism, were nothing to do with him.
He tells Eonline.com, "I did have a synth band called Commit Suicide between 1984 and 1986 with two gentlemen called Jens Andersson and Jens Svensson, and two of the songs on this demo where written and performed by us. The problem is that the other four songs (were) skinhead music with very racist lyrics.
"These songs have absolutely nothing to do with Commit Suicide. We did not write or perform those songs that were attributed to us. Commit Suicide was a New Wave music band, creating and performing electronic music on synthesizers without any political touch or agenda. The racist songs on this demo were not by us, but our potential association with such groups is a matter I truly regret."
The musician also shut down rumours he was once a staunch supporter of the far-right political organisation Swedish Democrats, which was founded in 1988 by activists with Nazi leanings - though he does regret the conservative views he harboured as a teenager.
He continues, "I have always been deeply regretful of that period in my life, as I strive to bring happiness to people, and during that period I did not live up to that standard. I have not been involved in violence or political activism in the past 25 years. However, I find some of my thoughts from those days nauseating to myself today.
"I'm truly deeply sorry for any hurt and disappointment this has caused for our fans, and I really hope that we clearly have stated that Ace of Base never shared any of these opinions and strongly oppose all extremist opinions on both the right and left wing. My past is my own, and only I can own up to it."