Josh Hutcherson on a 'Hunger Games' threesome
October 9th, 2013
04:05 PM ET

Josh Hutcherson on a 'Hunger Games' threesome

Suzanne Collins' "Hunger Games" trilogy also features a serious love triangle, and actor Josh Hutcherson has come up with an alternate solution.

The 20-year-old star of the beloved "Hunger Games" franchise (if you don't know, he's the one who plays Peeta Mellark), tells Out magazine that maybe instead of choosing one guy, heroine Katniss Everdeen should get to have both.

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Chris Brown says he identifies with Trayvon Martin, calls out Jay Z in new interview
September 20th, 2013
09:46 PM ET

Chris Brown says he identifies with Trayvon Martin, calls out Jay Z in new interview

Every time Chris Brown opens his mouth, he seems to stir up controversy. In a cover story for the October 14th issue of "JET" magazine, the 24-year-old R&B superstar raises eyebrows yet again. He gamely tackles questions about his messy love life and how he’s attempted to move forward after the 2009 Rihanna “incident” – then says he identifies with Trayvon Martin because of his own struggles with racism, calls out Jay Z for his thug past and seems to liken his bad rep to the relationship between a slave and his master.

Here are some of the more interesting quotes from Brown’s interview:

On whether he relates to the everyday struggles of other young African-American males like Trayvon Martin:
“I identify with Trayvon 100 percent as far as living in 2013 and still dealing with blatant racism. This generation is so used to racism that it’s normal; we don’t care. We aren’t on drugs or catching AIDS, but they still look at us as ni**as.”

On whether it’s possible to mend his rocky relationship with the press:
“This is something I’ve been dealing with for the past maybe five years. Anybody with a voice – Tupac, Michael Jackson, the Notorious B.I.G. – gets formatted…except maybe for Jay Z, who is accepted by White America because he shakes hands and kisses babies. No disrespect, because I’m a fan, but nobody brings up the fact that he stabbed somebody and sold drugs. He gets a pass.”

On when he decided to change his attitude:
“I got to the point where it’s only so much you can take from the master, you feel me? I’ve taken my fair share of lashings. I’ve dealt with the media. Instead of being an artist, I’ve been called a woman beater; I’ve been insulted in public and judged. And being able to not want to kill yourself at the end of the day is what made me say, ‘F**k it.’”

The spotlight on Brown will be intense for the next few months. The singer-turned-actor’s new movie, “Battle of the Year,” just hit theaters this weekend, and his sixth studio album, “X,” is due later this year. In the meantime, the Grammy winner is tired of folks expecting him to apologize for his bad boy behavior.

“I’m not perfect, and I don’t have to be,” he tells JET. “We are supposed to make mistakes. I’m not an android or a robot.”

Dave Chappelle is back!
June 17th, 2013
02:36 PM ET

Dave Chappelle is back!

Dave Chappelle, who's generally kept a low profile since the end of "Chappelle's Show" eight years ago, is about to come back in a big way.

Chappelle is the headliner for Funny or Die's "Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival," which kicks off August 23 in Austin, Texas. The tour, which also includes Flight of the Conchords, Demetri Martin and Kristen Schaal, will run through 13 cities in five weeks, concluding in Mountain View, California.

Oh, it's not like Chappelle has been in hiding; in fact, he's touring the Southeast right now, and will be playing three shows in Nashville and five in Atlanta in the coming weeks. But in recent years the comedian's best-known public appearances have been occasional drop-ins at L.A.'s Laugh Factory and spots on "Inside the Actors Studio."

Chappelle remains most famous for his program on Comedy Central, "Chappelle's Show," a sketch-comedy hit that ran for two full seasons on the comedy channel. Chappelle was scheduled to do a third season, but left midway through its production, telling Oprah Winfrey not long after that he was burned out.


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True Blood returns: The 5 things everyone's talking about
June 17th, 2013
10:23 AM ET

True Blood returns: The 5 things everyone's talking about

Last night, the sixth season of “True Blood”—and first without creator Alan Ball—premiered with all the blood, sweat, and sex we’ve come to expect from our friends in Bon Temps.

We picked up right where we left off: with a terrified Sookie and Eric running from a very bloody Bill, transformed after drinking Lilith’s blood.

The episode set up several storylines that will play out over the course of the season, including a new villain, a whole lot of romance and a war.

Here’s what everyone is talking about after last night’s premiere.

1. Sookie staked Bill

Sadly, he didn’t die.  But when Sookie drove that stake into Bill’s cold, dead heart to protect Eric, she thought he would.

When he pulled the bloody stake out of his chest, it became clear that though Bill is now beyond immortal, Sookie’s love for him is dead. In that moment, she chose Eric over Bill. In the words of "Arrested Development"'s Tobias Fünke, "huzzah!" It’s about time, girl.

Eric walked Sookie home, and once they were inside, he stabbed himself in the wrist with a pen and signed ownership of her house back over to her. It was sweet.

Just when it seemed like Eric might spend the night, she disinvited him from her home. Nora, waiting on the porch, called Eric out on his love for Sookie. Are they finally going to get together?

2. Who or what is Bill?

After Bill guzzled Lilith’s blood, he transformed into ... something—but what? Even he has no idea. He said he’s still Bill Compton, “but more.”

Bizarro Bill compelled Jessica to him, nearly ripping her apart in the process. Still, she decided to stand by him.

Unfortunately, though Bill went through some incredible transformation, his hair was unchanged. Can we get Lala on the case?

3. Warlow

After a full season tease, we finally saw Warlow, the man responsible for the deaths of Sookie and Jason’s parents.

We met the creepy old guy when he picked up a hitchhiking Jason, who had run off after yet another fight with his sister. They’ll probably tearfully reunite around episode 9, as usual.

When dimwitted Jason mentioned his sister, Warlow’s friendly stranger façade cracked. He’s still after Sookie, and she should be worried. The guy has yellow eyes and the ability to vanish when in danger!

Which is precisely what happened when Jason tried to shoot him. Hopefully Jason got a grip on the steering wheel before he slammed head on into that tree.

4. The war on vampires

When “True Blood” began, vampires had just come “out of the coffin.” The road toward assimilation has been rocky, but now the governor of Louisiana is creating a giant roadblock.

Governor Burrell declared war on vampires, urging his citizens to stock up on guns and ordering a shut down of all vampire-run businesses.

Which brings us to lovelorn Pam and Tara, who were quarrelling in Fangtasia when government soldiers barged in to shut down the bar.

The governor also made an interesting deal with the manufacturers of TruBlood. Whatever his plan is, we have a feeling that it’s going to backfire.

5. Retta

Actress and comedian Retta, aka Donna from “Parks and Recreation,” aka Twitter’s #1 TV fan hosted a pre-show. She interviewed the stars of the show about stunts, fangs, fairies and more.

She even tried on a pair of fangs herself, and suggested they cast her as a vampire queen on the show. Imagine Donna “he can get it”  Meagle becoming a vampire, being elected queen (I realize queens aren’t normally elected, but Leslie Knope could make it happen), and moving to Bon Temps. Imagine Donna and Lala celebrating Treat Yo Self 2013! Pedicures on top of pedicures on top of headscarves on top of fine leather goods on top of statement necklaces.

HBO, everyone is talking about this.  And by everyone, I mean me and my sister, so presumably everyone else. Make it happen.

What are you talking about after last night’s “True Blood” premiere?

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Replacements reuniting for three shows
Paul Westerberg, shown here in 2006, will join a reunited Replacements for three shows this summer.
June 13th, 2013
12:15 PM ET

Replacements reuniting for three shows

They will dare, again.

The Replacements, the boisterous Minneapolis band that produced such alt-rock classics as "I Will Dare," "Can't Hardly Wait" and "Bastards of Young," is reuniting for three appearances this summer, headlining Riot Fest 2013 in Chicago, Toronto and Denver.

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April 24th, 2013
10:15 AM ET

And the next eliminated 'DWTS' contestant is ...

Lady luck has finally run out for Victor Ortiz.

The boxer departed "Dancing With the Stars" Tuesday night after spending four of the show's five elimination weeks in the dreaded bottom two.   Dorothy Hamill's injury withdrawal and fan voting saved Ortiz the first three times, but his technique struggles and low scores finally caught up with him.

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