Dec 21, 2012

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January Jones: Riding in Style at Sony Studios

Posted Thursday December 20, 2012 10:13 PM GMT

Getting chauffeured in style on a red golf cart, January Jones was spotted at Sony Studios in Culver City, California on Thursday (December 20).

The “Mad Men” star failed to smile at shutterbugs in a black leather jacket, white scarf, and black beret as she headed to the set.

In quite a departure from Betty Draper, the 34-year-old actress can soon be seen in the upcoming film, “Sweetwater” as a vengeful widow who hunts down the sheep rancher who killed her husband.

The film’s director Noah Miller is rumored to be the father of January’s son Xander, after being spotted holding hands with her and the 11-month-old boy in Santa Monica.

Enjoy the pictures of January Jones at the Sony Studios in Culver City (December 20).

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Dec 21, 2012

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Don’t Give Government Too Much Credit

In Newsday, Reason magazine Contributing Editor Cathy Young writes:

Entrepreneurs “give back” to society not only in taxes but in products that improve our lives — and in charity. While individual success is aided by public institutions, private associations such as family and community often play a larger role.

Obama is not a quasi-communist; he is just a liberal. Yet at a time when more than 40 percent of our gross domestic product is spent by government, we should be asking how much government is too much. Obama’s speech suggests that his instinct is for more, not less.

Full column at Newsday.

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Dec 20, 2012

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Jesse Ronson guns for UFC contract following weekend win over Ryan Healy

Sore hands and feet are Jesse Ronson’s only career roadblocks at this moment.

Ronson believes a recent victory over fellow lightweight Ryan Healy proves he’s capable of joining his well-known teammates in the UFC.

“I would like for this fight to put me on the next level, but we’ll see how it goes,” he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

Ronson (12-2) dominated Healy (23-12) over three rounds to earn a unanimous-decision win at this past Friday’s Score Fighting Series 7 event, which took place at Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The event’s main card, including Ronson’s feet, aired on AXS TV.

One judge scored the lopsided fight 30-25 in favor of Ronson, a native of nearby London, Ontario. The crowd, including 75 of his friends and family, chanted “UFC” during the action.

Ronson, though, snickered at the thought of a UFC offer on his desk.

“I didn’t know they came that soon,” he joked. “Was I supposed to get it on Saturday?”

The 26-year-old has had far more time to win over his training partners at London’s Adrenaline Training Center, which Sam Stout, Chris Horodecki and Mark Hominick founded. An endorsement from the Canadian MMA stars won him the representation of agent Rob Roveta.

“They’re pulling for me,” Ronson said. “We’ll see if I get that call.”

The resources at Ronson’s disposal were considerably smaller in his early career. He trained at a kickboxing academy in London and had few grappling partners.

“I would do jiu-jitsu with the guys that were there,” he said, “with guys that didn’t know what jiu-jitsu was, and I was fighting MMA.”

That changed when Ronson joined Adrenaline in September 2010. Although he went 1-2 in his next three outings, including an eye-opening loss to the well-rounded Mike Ricci of “The Ultimate Fighter 16″ fame, he has won his past seven fights.

And Healy, who’s brother is current Strikeforce contender Pat Healy, couldn’t keep the fight on the mat to ground and pound him.

Although satisfied with his win, Ronson expressed frustration at being unable to finish his opponent, who took no fewer than three head kicks in the waining minute of the third and final round.

“I was just upset because I think I landed six or seven clean ones with my power leg and two or three with my lead leg, and I was like, ‘This guy has to go down from one of these,’” Ronson said. “So I threw the one and he wobbled, so I’m like, ‘One more and he’s going down.’ I hit him with the second one, and he didn’t go down. The more he didn’t go down, the more I wanted to hurt him and try to knock him out.”

The knockout didn’t come, but Ronson certainly made a statement about his abilities.

If the UFC comes calling, he said he’d like to fight in February. But in reality, any time will do.

“If they call me and say, ‘Do you want to fight this guy,’ I’m not going to say no,” Ronson said.

For more on Score Fighting Series 7, stay tuned to the MMA Events section of the site.

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Dec 20, 2012

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Jessica Alba: Busy and Beautiful L.A. Lady

Posted Wednesday December 19, 2012 8:56 PM GMT

Running around town, a colorful Jessica Alba was spotted in Los Angeles on Wednesday (December 19).

The “Sin City” star wore a white, red, and blue sweater with a white-and-pink scarf and blue jeans, while carrying a canary-yellow handbag.

Just the day before, the busy momma was seen exiting a film studio in Hollywood, wearing a stylish navy blazer and bell-bottomed blue jeans.

It’s not all business, though. This past weekend, the 31-year-old actress and hubby, Cash Warren, took their little girls, Honor and Haven, to the Happiest Place on Earth.

Spending two days at Disneyland in Anaheim, it was the proud parents who seemed to have the most fun, checking out rides like Luigi’s Flying Tires, the Indiana Jones experience, and Space Mountain.

Enjoy the pictures of Jessica Alba out and about in Los Angeles, CA (December 19).

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Dec 20, 2012

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Judd Apatow: I Wrote Child Murder Jokes for ‘This Is 40′ 2 Years Ago

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I Wrote Child Murder Jokes
YEARS AGO For ‘This Is 40′

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Judd Apatow meant no harm in his script for “This Is 40” when one of the characters jokingly plays a “murder game” with his kids.  Judd tells us, he wrote the script 2 years ago, long before the Connecticut tragedy.

The scene in question involves the Albert Brooks‘ character, who is broke and looking for ways to save money.  The character, Larry, prepares to spray his triplets with a hose and says, “Line up! Line up for murder!  Come on!  Who wants to be killed?”

One of the kids screams, “I do!”  Larry responds, “Okay, we’re eliminating one, we’re cheaper already,” and then Larry sprays the child.

The next kid says, “Murder me!”  Larry responds, “Boom, dead.  You’re dead,” adding, “All right, the kids are murdered.  That will save us some money.”

Judd tells us, the scene “is spoken by a sarcastic father kidding with his children.  In light of recent events, I understand if some people might make an unfortunate association or put it in a context in which it was not intended.”

We’ve learned the scene is staying in the movie, which opens Friday.

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Dec 19, 2012

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Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan is by common consent one of the masterpieces of political theory. Yet its greatness is hard to pinpoint. It lies partly, again by common consent, in the quality of its prose. Even readers horrified by Hobbes’s authoritarian arguments thrill to the manner of their expression. It is a prose as utterly individual as that of his contemporaries Robert Burton, Sir Thomas Browne and Milton – and as hard to categorise. Its darts and flashes, compressions and difficulties can call to mind the metaphysical poets, his other contemporaries. Yet metaphysical inspiration was one of Hobbes’s targets, bent as he was on the subjection of political argument to the realism of the scientific revolution, the area of thought where his prior interest lay. Anyway, the attraction of his prose can explain only so much. The impact of the work, especially on the Continent, was largely indebted to his Latin translation of it. The year of the English edition, 1651, also produced Milton’s Latin vindication of the execution of Charles I in 1649, Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio, another book whose literary properties dazzled readers shocked by its thesis. Hobbes was one of them. His own Latin deserved and commanded no such wonder.

more from Blair Worden at Literary Review here.

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Dec 18, 2012

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Alessandra Ambrosio Tans Her Beautiful Bod in St. Barts

Posted Monday December 17, 2012 11:03 PM GMT

Taking a break from her modeling duties, Alessandra Ambrosio hung out by the pool on Monday (December 17) in St. Barts.

Beautiful in a rainbow colored bikini, the 31-year-old sipped a coctail and read People magazine as she caught some rays.

Later, Alessandra cooled off with a dip in the ocean and enjoyed the beach.

As previously reported, Ms. Ambrosio is on the island for her final photo shoot of the year.

Enjoy the pictures of Alessandra Ambrosio relaxing on the beach during a photo shoot break in St. Barts (December 17).

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Dec 18, 2012

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Alessandra Ambrosio Tans Her Beautiful Bod in St. Barts

Posted Monday December 17, 2012 11:03 PM GMT

Taking a break from her modeling duties, Alessandra Ambrosio hung out by the pool on Monday (December 17) in St. Barts.

Beautiful in a rainbow colored bikini, the 31-year-old sipped a coctail and read People magazine as she caught some rays.

Later, Alessandra cooled off with a dip in the ocean and enjoyed the beach.

As previously reported, Ms. Ambrosio is on the island for her final photo shoot of the year.

Enjoy the pictures of Alessandra Ambrosio relaxing on the beach during a photo shoot break in St. Barts (December 17).

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Dec 17, 2012

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Don’t Give Government Too Much Credit

In Newsday, Reason magazine Contributing Editor Cathy Young writes:

Entrepreneurs “give back” to society not only in taxes but in products that improve our lives — and in charity. While individual success is aided by public institutions, private associations such as family and community often play a larger role.

Obama is not a quasi-communist; he is just a liberal. Yet at a time when more than 40 percent of our gross domestic product is spent by government, we should be asking how much government is too much. Obama’s speech suggests that his instinct is for more, not less.

Full column at Newsday.

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Dec 17, 2012

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Basharat Peer interviews William Dalrymple about his new book in the Hindustan Times:

67787_475842595801110_207152332_nWilliam Dalrymple can be deceptive. He cultivates an image of nonchalance. It is rare to see him pontificate about the difficulties of research across languages, and the art of popular history in a social setting. He is most likely to speak about a hike or a trip to Istanbul. Then, a few years pass and he has produced another tome of meticulously researched history. Dalrymple’s gregarious exterior hides a disciplined writer, who disappears from public view for months, looking for unused manuscripts, finding the right translators, and typing for hours on a wooden desk in a hut in a corner of the garden of his house in Mehrauli. For his new book, Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839-42, Dalrymple worked in archives in Delhi, Lahore, and Kabul, and found the most important Afghan accounts of the first British-Afghan war in an old Kabul bookshop. Here are excerpts from an interview:

What made you write this book? 

There are a lot of books about Afghanistan, but few about Afghan history. What brought me to write this book was thinking about Afghan history after rereading Peter Hopkirk’s classic The Great Game. It is a bit dated and features a lot of “treacherous Orientals”. Return of a King is the first book about the first Afghan war using Afghan sources, telling the stories from an Afghan point of view as well. It is the defining conflict that the Afghans remember as the source of their independence that they alone in this region never succumbed to colonial rule. 18,000 soldiers of the East India Company marched into Afghanistan in 1839 and, according to legend, one man returns alive from this debacle. The British army is destroyed at the peak of the British Empire.

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Dec 17, 2012

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Brandon Marshall upset by Chicago Bears’ latest loss

Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith and quarterback Jay Cutler stood at the podium after Sunday’s potentially calamitous home loss to the Green Bay Packers and calmly answered questions about the team’s murky future.

When it was Brandon Marshall’s turn, the wide receiver couldn’t hide his emotions.

“Everyone on offense needs to be held accountable, even if it means jobs,” Marshall said. “There’s no excuse. We still have two games left, there’s still hope, but we need to be held accountable.”

Marshall grew more upset when asked about the offense’s struggle to move the ball against the Packers.

“It’s been the same way all year. It’s the same thing every single game. We need to be held accountable,” Marshall said. “What I got to do is try my best to keep it together and not let this affect me because it’s starting to affect me more than it should. And I love this game, I’m very passionate about this game, and right now it’s affecting me way too much.”

Marshall cut off questioning off at that point, stepping down from the podium and wiping away a tear before disappearing behind a door.

It had to be a maddening game for Marshall, whom the Packers aggressively double-teamed all afternoon. The Bears are in desperate need of another receiver who can keep opponents more honest. Alshon Jeffrey and Devin Hester — two players Marshall expressed belief in leading up to Sunday — combined for zero catches.

With help like that, Marshall has every right to be upset.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @DanHanzus.

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Dec 16, 2012

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Dec 16, 2012

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Dec 16, 2012

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CaCee Cobb & Donald Faison’s Wondrous Wedding Weekend

Posted Sunday December 16, 2012 12:09 AM GMT

Love was in the air in Los Angeles this weekend, as celebrity sweethearts Donald Faison and CaCee Cobb tied the knot in grand fashion on Saturday evening (December 15).

The former “Scrubs” star and his longtime love became husband and wife after exchanging vows during a festive tent-covered ceremony at actor Zach Braff’s Tinseltown estate.

With seventy-five loved ones on hand to witness the nuptials, Braff tended to best man duties for Faison while Cobb selected her former employer, Jessica Simpson, as bridesmaid.

Also in attendance for the joyous affair were Jessica’s little sister, Ashlee Simpson, and Braff’s lady love, Taylor Bagley.

As for the bride and groom, this is the first go at wedded bliss for CaCee while Donald is hoping for better luck this time around after previously seeing his marriage to Lisa Askey end in divorce.

Enjoy the pictures from CaCee Cobb and Donald Faison’s wedding (December 15).

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Dec 16, 2012

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Jenni Rivera — Snoop, Gloria Estefan, Edward James Olmos to Attend Funeral

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1215_Jenni-Rivera_funeral_gettyLatin music star Jenni Rivera will be laid to rest next week in Long Beach, CA … and TMZ has learned Snoop Dogg, Gloria Estefan and Edward James Olmos were invited to be in attendance.

Rivera’s camp tells TMZ … Jenni had very specific plans for how she wanted her funeral to go down. We’re told she wanted Vendela roses at the service, Bella Rosa roses to be buried with her, and she requested wanted butterflies released at the end of the service.

A public memorial will take place on Tuesday in Long Beach and a more private one on Wednesday.

As for the celebs invited to attend the private service on Wednesday … Snoop and Jenni were set to do a song together before her untimely passing, Estefan was a longtime friend of Rivera’s, and Olmos co-starred and produced her debut film, “Filly Brown.”

Rivera and six others died early Sunday morning when their plane crashed in Mexico. Rivera was 43.

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Dec 15, 2012

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Paul Wesley Covers Bello’s Holiday Issue

Posted Friday December 14, 2012 6:30 PM GMT

With his new movie “The Baytown Outlaws” set to hit theaters next month, Paul Wesley garnered himself a little added exposure by covering the Holiday Issue of Bello magazine.

The 30-year-old Jersey boy looked sexy in Marc Jacobs for the Aleksandar Tomovic cover shoot while opening about everything from Hurricane Sandy to gifting.

Highlights from Mr. Wesley’s interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Bello!

On Hurricane Sandy:
“The majority of my family is in Jersey. I spent a great deal of my childhood at the Jersey Shore, and it’s unfathomable to think that a lot of the landmarks I grew up with are gone and the many people, who are now homeless. I recall my parents telling me over the phone how bad it was. I didn’t realize it fully until I went to Jersey myself a couple weeks ago. We are 20 minutes from the shore and even that far inland, the destruction was severe.”

On his favorite gift:
“My wife made me a book of photographs she took of our road trip across the United States. Makes for a good coffee table book.”

Photo Credit: Aleksandar Tomovic for Bello Magazine

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Dec 15, 2012

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TMZ Live — Barbara Walters — Going Out to Pasture?

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Barbara Walters
Going Out to Pasture?

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Barbara Walters latest interview with President Obama means one of two things — she’s either about to retire … or was full of it when she told Obama last year that she only needed “one more interview” with him before she called it quits.

Plus, Brooke Mueller declares war on Charlie Sheen … and their kids may be the losers.

And, legendary rapper Too Short earns his J-Card (Jew Card) — by laying down a Hanukkah track for us just in time for holidays. Altogether now … Judah MaccaBIATCH!!!

(0:00) Barbara Walters is going to retire soon — if you believe a comment she made to President Barack Obama last year.
(6:10) Brooke Mueller ignites a custody war with Charlie Sheen — after pulling her kids out of the hands of Denise Richards … a decision Brooke made while in rehab for the 19th time.
(10:00) A famous restaurant in Beverly Hills called Crustacean is huge with African Americans — we talk to a former employee to see if there’s a reason why Black people seem to be seated upstairs most of the time.
(18:00) Sarah Jessica Parker‘s makeup artist is accused of shoplifting in Norway … AGAIN!
(24:00) Amanda Bynes skates on two hit-and-run charges — we’ll tell you why the L.A. City Attorney is ticked off about it.
(28:00) Details from the suicide note left by the nurse who killed herself after the radio prank call shed a light on what may have caused her to take her own life.
(31:00) This is amazing — Too Short kept his promise … and recorded a Hanukkah rap song!
(34:15) Skier Bodi Miller accidentally hits his wife in the eye with a golf ball … and her sunglasses may have saved her eyesight.
(38:00) The floor is yours!

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