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Alicia Lutes
Staff Writer Alicia Lutes is a corgi enthusiast from Connecticut living in Los Angeles. She loves Tina Fey, television, ugly things and really money cheese plates. Growing up, her grandfather frequently said, "you’re so god-damned good with words! You should do something with words with your life!" so she made it her quest to plaster her wordy witticisms across the Internet. She looks forward to retiring at the age of 80 and opening a fromagerie with a small army of wrinkly-faced and stumpy-legged dogs.
  • James McAvoy Channels Frank Serpico in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' — PHOTO
    By: Alicia Lutes May 09, 2013
    It looks like Professor X is channeling a bit of his inner Frank Serpico in Bryan Singer's lastest tweet-peek at his upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past. In a photo tweeted Thursday, young Charles Xavier, a.k.a. a young Professor X, a.k.a. James McAvoy, is seen in his suavest (and most synthetic) seventies get-up. Those are some seriously fusty follicle and fashion choices you've made there, Mr. Xavier: what's going on? Well, what's going on seems to be entirely related to the plot of Days of Future Past. Fans of the X-Men series will note that the popular storyline from the early '80s finds our heroes dealing with (and living in) a dystopian alternative future where mutants aren't treated with as much respect. It's no wonder Singer made the Serpico reference, as Serpico was a man who some thought a hero (others, a pariah) in his work to blow the whistle on corrupt activities within the NYPD. Needless to say, McAvoy's funky threads lead us to believe that our favorite mutants are getting retro-fitted to the times while trying to save the universe from itself. Every superhero learns to adapt in the end, but not even an ability to travel through time can save you from the polyester funk of the 1970s. What do you think of McAvoy's snazzy look? Excited for Days of Future Past? Sound off in the comments. Follow Alicia On Twitter @Alicialutes More:Halle Berry's New 'X-Men' Look: Soccer Mom StormBryan Singer Teases Old and Young Professor XA Returning Face and Two New Ones Cast for 'Days of Future Past' From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • CBS' 'Criminal Minds' Renewed for Season 9
    By: Alicia Lutes May 09, 2013
    CBS's long-running series Criminal Minds has been renewed for a ninth season, the network confirmed via Twitter on Thursday. Following a down-to-the-wire contract negotiation period with the show's top talent, the future of the series was slightly uncertain. Ratings for Season 8 were down from previously years slightly (nothing terribly unheard of in a show with this long of a run, though), but still continues to do well for the network, averaging about 12.5 million viewers episode-to-episode.  #CBS welcomes back #CriminalMinds for its 9th season.Series renewed for 2013/14 broadcast season. — CBS Tweet (@CBSTweet) May 9, 2013 The entire cast of the FBI-centric drama is set to return, including stars Thomas Gibson, Joe Mantegna, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Jeanne Tripplehorn. The series, about the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU for short), will come back with its entire cast in tact, no doubt a welcome decision to Criminal Minds fans, who have already dealt with several cast shake-ups during throughout the series' lifespan. Seems that the cast is also over-the-moon about the news, with Moore tweeting up a veritable storm of excitement (and emojis, not pictured) with the help of one seemingly malfunctioning caps lock key. "CRIMINAL MINDS HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN PICKED UP FOR SEASON 9!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... THANK YOU FANS FOR SCREAMING LOUD ENOUGH FOR CBS TO HEAR YOU!"  With words that loud, how could they not be heard? Congratulations on having a job for at least one more season, Moore and Co. Here's to many more. Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes More:NBC Cancels 'Whitney,' '1600 Penn,' 'Up All Night,' and MoreCW Picks Up 'Tomorrow People,' 'Reign,' 'The 100,' and More'Parks & Recreation' Renewed for Season 6: Waffles for All! From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Watch This Video About 'Choosing' To Be Gay or Straight, It's Worth It
    By: Alicia Lutes May 09, 2013
    Ask a gay friend of yours when they chose to be gay (go ahead, we'll wait here 'til you're done), and you'll probably get a polite answer about it not being a choice. Because they have also grown up understanding the limits of some people's thinking, you might even get an anecdote about when they realized they were gay — sort of like a happy, placated medium.  Now go ask some straight friends of yours the same question. If you're straight, ask it of yourself. For most people the response is likely "well, I never chose." It's a simple enough exercise in realizing and accepting the limits of one's own knowledge base, but in the case of the video below, it's also highly effective. Travis Nuckolls and Chris Baker took this simple idea and ran with it: asking the kind people of Colorado Springs, Co., whether they believe sexuality is a choice, and then asking them when they chose their own sexuality. The resulting video is poignant, at times frustrating, but ultimately effective for those involved. Lightbulb moments happen for several of the participants, and while others are less willing to accept that what they believe may not coincide with practical human nature, it shows how effective it can be to show people a more, oh, let's call it a practical-empathetic path. Changing the discussion is critical in the debate for any sort of human rights issue — it's less about telling people what they need to hear, and more about asking them the right question so they can see it for themselves. It's about understanding the limits of other people's capacity for empathy and seeing outside of their own experience — something that's a challenge for loads of folks in a whole manner of situations. Really, it's just a great, gentle reminder for people to put themselves in situations more, and in turn achieve a greater understanding of life and other folks. Oh, and, you know, to not be such d**ks about the fact that some people have been born to love people of the same gender. The fact that we silly humans were born with the capacity for love at all is such a wonderful thing that it should be celebrated, not criminalized. Check out the video, below: Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes More:James Franco's New Gay Jokes Don't Make Any SenseWhy Can't Gay Movies Ever Have a Hollywood Ending?Jason Collins on Coming Out: 'Happiest I Have Ever Been' From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • Fox Pilot Orders: 'Sleepy Hollow,' J.J. Abrams' 'Almost Human', 'Rake,' and More
    By: Alicia Lutes May 08, 2013
    Fox has picked up a couple new drama series for next season, you guys! Look at them go, those crazy kids — ordering up shows during pilot season. Who would've thought, right? (Well, there is that whole "this is what networks do around this time every pilot season" pesky detail thing, but shh!) Fans of pilot season should get ready, steady, and start their engines, because there's only more where this came from. The network has shown their dramas who's boss today, and those shows in charge include J.J. Abrams' new series Almost Human, the Greg Kinnear-fronted Rake, a contemporary retelling of Sleepy Hollow, and a show about gangs. It's called (wait for it), Gang Related. But it wasn't all good news for potential Fox pilots: those not moving forward (at least at the network) are Boomerang, Delirium, and The List. A fourth series, Wild Blue, has been pushed towards a potential run off-cycle. Sorry guys, maybe next year or on a different network. For those wondering what these new series are about, look no further than the descriptions below! We're pretty helpful 'round here, and never afraid of being a even bit servicey: - Almost Human: A cop drama, set 35 years in the future in a time when all cops are given human-esque android partners. Stars Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Crook, Michael Irby and Minka Kelly. From Abrams' Bad Robot production company and former Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman. - Rake: A lawyer drama adapted from its original Australian counterpart of the same name. Basically House but about law. Expect self-destructive behavior and brilliant minds. Stars Kinnear, Miranda Otto, and John Ortiz. Produced by Australian creator Peter Duncan and Rescue Me's Peter Tolan. Fun fact: Sam Raimi directed the pilot. - Sleepy Hollow: A contemporary drama retelling the iconic story of Ichabod Crane. Stars Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, and Orlando Jones. Produced and written by Fringe co-creators Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orcie. - Gang Related," A crime drama that follows Los Angeles' gang task force and its rising star (Ramon Rodriguez) after he's teamed with longtime member Cassius Green (RZA) to take on some of the city's most dangerous gangs. It gets complicated. Stars Rodriguez and RZA. Written by Chris Morgan, directed by Allen Hughes. These four pilots will be joining the already-renewed line-up of Glee, Bones, New Girl, Raising Hope, The Following and The Mindy Project, in addition to the already-ordered new comedy from Seth MacFarlane, Dad. What do you think of Fox's new series? Excited about how the fall schedule is shaping up? Let us know in the comments. Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes More:A Viewer's Guide to 25 New Pilot OrdersWhy Canceled Doesn't Mean 'Canceled' Anymore'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' Go Online From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'The Voice' Addresses Voting 'Inconsistencies'
    By: Alicia Lutes May 08, 2013
    Something is afoot at Telescope, the vote-tallying company that aids NBC's The Voice in its quest for the next great American singer. Indeed, host Carson Daly announced during Wednesday's live show that an unspecified amount of votes were not counted due to an "inconsisteny" caught by the system. At the top of the show, Daly introduced Telescope CEO Jason George in the interest of full disclosure. "Tonight we’d like to be completely upfront with you," Daly said. "We noticed some inconsistencies with this week's texting and online voting." George continued the vagueness that preceeded him, explaining only that "our system caught an inconsistency in a portion of this week’s voting data," George explained. "For fairness, those votes have been removed from Monday and Tuesday's results, but we want to assure fans and artists alike that this in no way affected the outcome for any team." So fret not, fans of up-and-coming talent and reality competitions, your vote may not have counted, but it apparently didn't matter to begin with, since the outcome stayed the same. Interesting to note is the incredible power Telescope currently holds in reality television today: the company also manages the voting systems for American Idol and The X-Factor. Was Idol spared the same issue, or were they also affected? A rep for Telecope could not be reached for comment at the time of publication. A statement from NBC did not provide any additional insights into the specific discrepancies, but did reiterate much of George's point to further quell fan fears: "On this week's episodes of The Voice, we encountered issues with the systems used for online and SMS voting. We are addressing both issues, and in an abundance of caution are not counting the votes that may have been affected. Telescope, the independent company that administers voting for the show, has certified that removing those votes does not affect the outcome for any team." Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes More:'The Voice' Judges Talk Bieber, 'Killer' Competition, and ShakiraUsher and Pharrell are Creating a Team of 'Beasts' on 'The Voice'Shakira and Usher Lead 'The Voice' Ratings Surge From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Danish TV Show 'Blachman' Finally Lets Men Tell Women What's Wrong With Their Bodies
    By: Alicia Lutes May 08, 2013
    For too long women have been the only accepted authority on their bodies. Just look at the history of culture, entertainment, and politics in this country and around the world since the dawn of time. Men never get a say! Thankfully, Thomas Blachman is here to save us from ourselves in the year 2013 with his new show about how dudes feel about ladies' bodies. Blachman is a jazz musician and Danish X-Factor host and he just loves looking at women's bodies. In fact, he believes it a service of the greater good, these looking skills of his. But Blachman believes that women are not given the real talk they so desperately ask for (without asking because seen, not heard, duh) as to how men feel about the desireability of their form. So, on his show Blachman (unique title!), he and another male guest have a woman stand in front of them naked in order to be critiqued on the physical attributes about them that are desirable and not. Blachman and his male friends are the real authorities on women, because they spend all day contemplating, objectifying, and probably masturbating to the ideal idea of them. He probably has millions of very attractive and sexually satisfied female relations. And, he is clearly one to talk about ideal body types.  But it's not just a segment — oh no, the entire show is about the female anatomy. Because men's opinions on women's bodies is a subject the world has long been silent on. And no longer will men have to stand in the shadows of their own God-given opinions and right as the superior gender (they have penises, so duh!) — finally, the world shall know them all. According to an interview with The Daily Mail, Blachman asserts that the "female body thirsts for the words. The words of a man." The show exists to quench this thirst in a completely tasteful manner by discussing "the aesthetics of a female body without allowing the conversation to become pornographic or politically correct." Here are a list of Blachman's very sophisticated and refined commentary that will finally quench the thirst of male-opinion-hungry ladies, desperate for deep and critical insight on the female body: - "How's that p****y working out for you?"- "Very animated nipples."- "I've always been an a** man." In the end, Blachman stands firm with his show (from his home in New York, where he retreated following the controversy): "Ungratefulness is the only thing that can really wear down the few geniuses who reside in our country. Remember, I am giving you something that you have never seen before. Don't bite the hand that feeds you."  Indeed, we should all be far more thankful for the truly important work that Blachman's series is doing. His hope is to "revise women's views of men's views of women." I think I can speak factually when I say: mission accomplished, sir. Check out some very obviously NSFW footage from the show, below. It is in Danish. We were going to have a man write this story so it would come from an authoritative point of view, but they were too busy being men, so you'll have to settle for some light female sarcasm. We apologize. Three cheers for men's rights! Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes More:Hey! Stop Body-Shaming Our Pop StarsInternet Win: 'Women of L.A.' Video Gets the Public Shaming it Deserves5 Reasons Ireland Baldwin Should Be Your New Role Model From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Manti Te'o's Fake Internet Girlfriend is 'Thrilled' About Maxim Hot 100 Inclusion
    By: Alicia Lutes May 08, 2013
    Manti Te'o can finally call Lennay Kekua his trophy — because as of today, Maxim has declared her totally hot. So much so that the not-at-all-real Internet girlfriend (a hoax played on him by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo) has landed herself at number 69 on their annual Hot 100 List. You go, girl! It's an honor that comes after a hard-nosed year for a woman who achieved massive notoriety for her involvement in the scandal. Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend insists that she has nothing but love in her heart for hoaxer Tuiasosopo now. "It took a lot of soul-searching, but I forgive him. He was clearly a very lost, very confused boy," explained Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend to Hollywood.com in an exclusive sit-down interview*. Reflecting on the incident, Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend did not mince words, "It was like, so totally embarrassing. Can you imagine?! You think you know someone and fall in love with someone ... find someone to spend your life with, only to find out it's all a lie? I was devastated." But even after being dragged through the proverbial mud in one of sport's biggest scandals, Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend acknowledges the limits of real people's understanding of fake people. "They forget that we have feelings! I want love just as much as the next person — fake or real!" And she's right: it's really hard out there for fake girlfriends, especially following the aforementioned scandal. "After the news broke, I had so many people reaching out to me," she said. "Fake people really do have to be everybody to everyone while also maintaining picture-perfect good looks. You will never meet an ugly fake Internet person. Why, you ask? Because there isn't room for imperfection on the Internet! People can be really demanding of us: it's not easy being the best girlfriend ever!" Still, Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend knows that despite her inability to have an actual, phsyical connection with someone, that there is hope for fake internet paramours everywhere. "I just want someone to love me for me, and even if it is too much to ask doesn't mean I can't wish for it!" she chuckled while flipping her perfect hair and smiling with her perfect smile. "I know that the big man upstairs works in mysterious ways, and He will find me my one true love!" Regardless of the trials and tribulations, Manti Te'o's fake Internet girlfriend is thrilled to be accepting this honor, especially following her tumultuous break-up. "It really hurt to find out I was just a pawn in someone else's scheme. Especially in such a public way! I felt really betrayed for awhile, especially after all I'd already endured." Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend is, of course, discussing her extended and tumultuous battle with leukemia following a horrific car accident. "I was angry for a long time. But anger is like, totally toxic," she stated. After months of scrutiny, anger, betrayal, and confusion, is she's finally ready to let her hair down? "I just want to live my life — for me! Just really let it all hang out, you know?" Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend is looking forward to striking while the iron is hot. "I'm not going to be perfect forever, so why not document what I've got while its still hot, right?" she explained. "I just want to live my life and really celebrate the body I have now before it's too late. I went to like, so many Soulcycle classes to prepare for this! I feel so alive — it's like c'mon everyone! Let's celebrate!" And that celebration is certainly well-deserved in light of it all. "The whole cancer thing and nearly dying thing really put life into perspective to me, you know? Life is like this amazing thing. It's, I mean I guess I'd say it's almost like a gift." And she wants to make sure all fake Internet people stand up and grab that gift. "Don't say no to something you want to do just because you're scared. Reach for the stars and even if you fall, you'll still land on the moon, and that's out of this world!" She pauses before considering what she just said. "Hmmm... I wonder if I should trademark that. That would look great on a t-shirt." Still, even with all her ambitions and insight, Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend knows that she can't live in the now. "Being considered hot is so flattering, especially after the beatdown I got in the press this year," the fake Internet person quipped. "I really felt like I took a lot of hits that I didn't deserve. I felt like a scapegoat!" But it's not all fun and games for Manti Te'o's fake Internet girlfriend. Now it's time for the real work: her future. Manti Te'o's fake Internet girlfriend has aspirations — big ones. "I want fake Internet girls and boys everywhere to know that they're not alone. There are literally hundreds of us, maybe even thousands, out there suffering in silence.  You're not alone. It gets better." Manti Te'o's fake Internet girlfriend is a career woman at heart, though: and her ambitions are large. "I think my dream is to go into public speaking ... I think my life is a cautionary tale that could really help fake Internet girls and boys everywhere. Love makes the world go 'round, you know? I'm just thrilled that Maxim has afforded me the opportunity to make lemonade out of these lemons." And love is exactly what Manti Te'o's fake Internet girlfriend is searching for, in the end. "I love love; I'm a hopeless romantic! I think we all need love." So it's no surprise that Hollywood has already come calling. "I'm shopping a reality show ... I think people want to see what sort of man really deserves my affections because I'm just like them in a lot of ways. I'm a strong, independent, brave, honest, and yes, hot fake woman! I receive from the universe what I put out there. I might even write a memoir. I've lived so many lives already and I'm not even old yet!" Still, Manti Te'o's fake Interent girlfriend is family-oriented. "Family keeps you grounded, even in the midst of all this hullabaloo. It's like my mom-mom always said, 'the love you create is equal to the love you can pretend to make.'" "Besides ...I'm on Maxim's freaking Hot 100 List, baby! Who wouldn't want to date me?!" Where Manti Te'o's fake Internet girlfriend leads, no doubt love will follow. * By "sat down with" we mean "completely made up this very obviously one-sided conversation because Manti Te'o's fake Internet girlfriend is actually, well, fake." And in case you need a reminder (or proof, depending on how well you pay attention): Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes More:The Manti Te'o Catfishing Story is the Best, Most Bizarre Sports Story EverManti Te'o on 'Katie' Raises Way More Questions Than it AnswersManti Te'o Hoaxer Ronaiah Tuiasosopo Speaks Out on 'Dr. Phil' From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • Will Anybody Actually Be Happy With a 'Dungeons & Dragons' Movie?
    By: Alicia Lutes May 07, 2013
    Dungeons & Dragons: The Movie? Nope, no thank you. Do not want. This is a bad idea, Hollywood, and not just because of personal biases and my general fear of multi-sided dice. Now, I am no stranger to nerdy, geeky subcultures — the level of obsession I have about Doctor Who could certainly qualify as unhealthy — but does anyone actually think a Dungeons & Dragons movie is a good idea? Because no matter which way you slice it, there are going to be a lot of people, uh, less-than-enthused about the film's existence. Sure, the potential is all there: a ferverent and obsessive sub-culture with dollars to spend on their favorite things, trendy subject matter thanks to the success of geek bait like The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and HBO's Game of Thrones. Plus, there are dragons, and swords, and heroes! (Quite a few beards, too.) D&D has everything that's hot right now, so a movie adaptation seems like a given in the age of cinematic co-opting.  But they've already tried — back in 2000 — and guess what? That film failed. Miserably. It cost $45 million to make and only earned $33 million worldwide. In fact, one of the producers of this iteration (Courtney Solomon) actually directed the first, Jeremy Irons-led film. Fool 'em once, but not again. The game succeeds because of its role-playing, interactive aspect, allowing the user to become the hero. Take that out of the mix, remove the players from the equation (a.k.a. your hopeful audience), and that'll just leave them feeling exploited. When nerds and geeks love, they love truly, madly, deeply, and with funding: Why do you think we have so many comic book movies? Why do you think fans of clever shows like Sherlock, Doctor Who, and Game of Thrones control the bridge to Tumblr? The conventions, the costumes, the GIFs, the fandoms: all of it is because nerds and geeks are unafraid of loving things wholly and unabashedly. (It's an admirable trait to have!) But therein creates the problem: D&D is stepping so deep into the geek blackhole that you may be hard-pressed to get anyone outside to follow you in. The connotation and stereotypes surrounding D&D immediately negate the possibility of mass appeal. Plus, commodifying such a marker of the culture is going to unleash some serious nerdrage. Unless you rename it and brand it entirely separate from Dungeons & Dragons the game, it's hard to imagine success following. But none of that really matters now, as the studio is apparently well into the development process for the film, having nabbed the Wrath Of The Titans scribbler David Leslie Johnson to pen it (per Deadline). A script already in existence titled Chainmail was acquired last year based on another game created by one of D&D's designers, Gary Gygax, and will be utilized to fit into the larger story. Additionally, producers are already in place, including the aforementioned Solomon and his fellow The Lego Movie producer Roy Lee. Basically, it's happening whether you like it or not. What do you think about a possible Dungeons & Dragons movie? Think we're wrong? Let us know in the comments. Follow Alicia Lutes on Twitter @alicialutes More:12 Movies 'Oblivion' Blatantly Rips Off8 Ways 'Star Trek: The Game' Allows You to Explore the 23rd CenturyAsk Your Nerdiest Questions in Our 'Iron Man 3' Google Hangout From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Dating from 'The Mindy Project': At a Frat Party (Season 1, Episode 23)
    By: Alicia Lutes May 07, 2013
      Love is patient, love is kind, but love don't live here if it involves going to Haiti for a year. At least that's Dr. Lahiri's first reaction to hearing that her boyfriend Casey (Workaholics' Anders Holm)'s mission trip-in-the-making has finally been made, and will be sending him to the island nation (not "Party Island") to do the notorious g.o.d.'s work. This week's episode of The Mindy Project featured hard decisions and the hard truth of life: you're getting older. And nowhere in the world does a person over 25 feel more old than at a frat party. Nothing, of course, could make such an experience worse than running into an ex-boyfriend you were convinced you'd marry ...who later left you for the bagel girl. (The bagel girl returns! Referentially.) That's right, you guys, walking perma-midlife crisis Tom (Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader) was back, making a fool out of himself at his old frat house because his wife left him and his life was in shambles. Tough titties, Tom: you blew it, and you can't get it back. Thankfully, Mindy wasn't interested in his desperate affections and passed. Which seemed to settle things — until Casey showed up drunk in his clerical collar, flip flops, and socks. The two dudes battled it out for Mindy's affections, but the battle ultimately went to Casey and his higher power. Casey is actually serious about his relationship with Mindy — a notion that caught her so off-guard, she may be realizing (slowly) that she's less-than-enthused about the idea of "til death do us part"-ing with him. Just kidding! She totally loves it. And I totally love these two together. Oh, also Danny and Jeremy managed to lure Morgan away from the midwives with a puppy and a show of familial affection toward the entire practice. Welcome back, Tookers! So what did we learn from this week's episode of The Mindy Project? Oh, a little bit of this, and a lot a bit of that: 1.) Do Take Showers with Your Significant Other: Spice up your life AND get clean, all at the same time. Everybody loves a multi-tasking lifehack.2.) Do Not Call Any Authority Figure a "Gurl": Except if it's Dr. Castellano (because we like it when he gets his feathers ruffled), but in general: just say no. Especially in a professional setting.3.) Do Be a Mentor: Show someone else the ways of the world and help them navigate the tricky bits! It's a nice thing to do. People like it when you're selfless.4.) Do Not "Boop" Another Adult Human on the Nose: Especially if you're not sleeping with them.5.) Do Not Call Haiti "Party Island": Because there is literally nothing about Haiti that's a party.6.) Do Be Understanding When Your Boyfriend's Dreams Come True: Sure that means he's going to a very, very poor country that's far away, but it's everything he wanted! Be supportive. A human bra, if you will.7.) Do Not Ever Go to a Frat Party Over the Age of 23: Because nothing will remind you more of your own inevitable death than hanging out with a bunch of bros drenched in Jungle Juice.8.) Do Not Underestimate the Power of Puppies: They work their sorcerers' magic with the most confounding of ease.9.) Do Not Sleep with Your Ex-Boyfriend: Especially if he dumped you for the wife that just dumped him. No taksie-backsies!10.)  Do Know That Love Takes Effort and Time: And sometimes that time is inconvenient — but if it's meant to last, it's worth it.11.) Do Not Forget Number 8: Puppies, man. The most important rule in life is the puppy rule. What did you think of this week's episode of The Mindy Project? Sound off in the comments! Follow @AliciaLutes on Twitter More:'The Mindy Project' Recap: Triathlon'The Mindy Project' Recap: Santa Fe'The Mindy Project' Recap: Pretty Man From Our Partners:Watch Justin Bieber Attacked in Dubai (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • The 'Avengers 2' Negotiations Sound Like Hollywood 'Hunger Games'
    By: Alicia Lutes May 07, 2013
    You'd think most actors would at the chance to even get a part in an epic comic book film, but things might be different for the upcoming Avengers sequel. According to a new report, negotiations for the film are turning into a Hollywood-style Hunger Games. And, man, it seems like a real challenge to get the odds to be ever in your favor. A recent report from the folks over at Deadline portray the ongoing negotiations between Marvel Studios and its actors to be fraught with tension over the reprising thespians' worth versus company secrecy and parsimonious behavior in the name of profits. Naturally, skepticism about the lack of transparency is troubling for many, as Marvel is owned by the publicly traded Walt Disney Company, meaning its books are up for the scrutiny of the masses. See why the Internet likes public knowledge so much? Internet loves scrutiny. It all begins with Robert Downey, Jr, as most interesting things do. RDJ has been playing the media circuit game of late in order to promote his latest work with the renowned comic book house, Iron Man 3. The film has already made him $35 million in its first 12 days out; a number that will only continue to rise and may bring Downey his biggest cinematic payday yet. Now that its contract renegotiation time, though, Downey's been hinting that retirement might be on the horizon for Tony Stark unless Marvel comes back with some enticing numbers. In Hollywood, getting money is a complicated tango to say the least. But Downey is reportedly not just dancing for himself, but for all of his Avengers costars. Deadline purports that Marvel and Disney have yet to finalize several cast members' salaries (which includes, for some: upfront pay, backend compensation, break even and box office bonuses) — including lynchpin Downey. Considering the impressiveness of the cast roster (Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson), such a feat sounds majorly costly. No doubt causing Headache City, population: Bob Iger. The Walt Disney Company's Chairman and CEO has been obsessive in his push for Avengers 2 for at least a year, so it seems logical that the company will want to tie these loose ends up sooner rather than later. Ultimately, it sounds like the biggest hurdle to jump has an almost philosophical quality to it: when it comes to epic, franchise films such as Avengers and its spawn, how much are the actors who portray these superheros worth? Marvel claimed its break-even number was astronomically high ($1.1 billion, globally) for Avengers, a point that Deadline questions with a quote from a rep to Marvel executives Kevin Feige and Louis Esposito, stating "If Avengers wasn’t profitable until then, why would you make it?" Certainly a question worth asking, especially in today's marketplace. One response is: well, these movies make money. And not just Monopoly money: real, serious business money. In the first three days alone, Iron Man 3 made $195.3 million, doing the seemingly impossible by beating out The Avengers' $185.1 million global opening weekend take last year. But still, The Avengers was a film where some of the main actors reportedly received relative pennies (about $200,000) compared to Downey's $50 million. Hemsworth was allegedly low-balled with a $1 million pay-out (pending the acheivement of a $500 million box office break-point) even though he'd previously received $5 million for his work in Snow White and The Huntsman. But is the opportunity that being in a Marvel universe production worth the pay cut? Downey doesn't seem to think so. From the report: "He's the only guy with real power in this situation. And balls of steel, too. He’s already sent a message that he's not going to work for a place where they treat his colleagues like s**t," one source explains. Another rep tells me, "I have four words for Marvel – 'F**k you, call Robert.'" As Downey himself has said publicly about his $50M-plus payday, "I’m what’s known as a strategic cost," adding that Marvel is "so pissed" he earned that much." So is Marvel doing these actors a favor, being stingy with their profits, or simply operating a business in a fiscally conservative but lucrative manner? The seeming disregard for certain actors or parts that have become associated with the properties themselves is no doubt disconcerting — but is it any different from what most of us normals have to go through on a daily basis? Jobs come and go, people are cut or underpaid regardless of how integral their work is or how ingrained the association is between the worker and the work all the time. Often, huge personal sacrifices must be made in the name of opportunity and the like — that's just 2013. Is Marvel's profit share skewed and seemingly unfair? Yeah, sure, okay. But while for Hollywood this all is quite Hunger Games-esque, for most people reading this, the first thought is ultimately: jeez, rich people problems. Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes More:Box Office: 'Iron Man 3' Beats 'The Avengers' International DebutWatch Our 'Iron Man 3' Google Hangout with Marvel's Stuart Moore and Marie JavinsBetween 'Iron Man 3' and 'Avengers 2' Should Newcomers Even Bother with Marvel Movies? From Our Partners:What Happened to 33 Child Stars (Celebuzz)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)