How T.I got (T.I.P.P.E.D) off by the Wrong Source!

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This weekend Rapper T.I was in for quite a scare when Rapper/Friend, Lil Wayne, was misreported to be near-death and in the hospital. Wayne, who was shocked by the rumors surrounding his health, was briefly hospitalized after having suffered from a seizure early Friday. Yesterday TMZ reported that Wayne was being delivered “his last rites” and that family and friends were waiting solemnly by his bed side. Immediately after these false reports circulated, family and friends repudiated via Twitter. T.I, himself, tweeted and bashed TMZ after misleading him. But honestly T.I, it kind of worries me that your #1 news outlet is TMZ; I mean they’re basically the televised edition of the National Enquirer!

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What do you guys think? Was T.I wrong to lash out at TMZ? Yay or Nay?

Carnival’s Sunken Reputation

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Carnival has yet again managed to disappoint another set of passengers, 4,300 to be exact. After the emergency generator failed on the Carnival Dream, Carnival was forced to fly all of their passengers back to Florida. The nightmare mirrored the horrid conditions passengers faced on the Carnival Triumph, the power shut off, no passengers were able to leave the ship, and yes, the toilets were out again. Similarly to the Triumph, passengers will be receiving a refund for their trip, as well as 50% off of their next cruise on the Carnival line. But after an experience like this, would you really want to vacation with Carnival again? CNN interviewed several passengers aboard the Dream, one of which stated,” There’s human waste all over the floor in some of the bathrooms and they’re overflowing.” Another passenger reported that “the cruise director is giving passengers very limited information and tons of empty promises.” Really Carnival? How could you afford for this to happen again? Did you not learn anything from the Triumph?

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If this situation happened to any of you, would you give Carnival another chance? If so, why?

SXSW, WTH?!?!

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If any of you are like me, you’ve probably been wondering what SXSW is and what all the buzz  is about? Well after doing research and checking out the events page, I asked my self aloud, “Why didn’t I know about this sooner?” SXSW, stands for the “South by Southwest festival,” which honors and features films, music, and emerging technologies. The festival itself acts an annual celebration that showcases the talent of filmmakers, musicians, and designers alike. It is chop full of the hottest indie celebs and offer audiences a look into countless films that have yet to be released, alongside musical performances from spectacular artists including Prince. While the entire event takes place in Austin, Texas, several events vary in terms of days and times. This festival is basically the southern regions film equivalent of Coachella! While the Technological Interactive experience took place from March 8-12, the Film and Music portions of the festival are still taking place through the 16th and 17th. Winners of this years film awards have already been announced and the ceremony will take place tonight at the Paramount Theater! As listed by (EW.com) here are the Winners:

Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Winner: “Short Term 12,” directed by Deston Cretton
Special Jury Prize For Ensemble Cast: “Burma

Documentary Feature
Grand Jury Winner: “William And The Windmill”
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Short Film Jury Awards
Narrative Short: “Ellen is Leaving,” directed by Michelle Savill
Documentary Short: “SLOMO,” directed by Josh Izenberg
Midnight Short: “The Apocalypse,” directed by Andrew Zuchero
Animated Short: “Oh Willy…,” directed by Emma De Swaef & Marc James Roe
Music Video: “Stamina” by Vitalic, directed by Saman Keshavarz
Texas High School Short: “The Benefactress,” directed by Alina Vega
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SXSW Film Design Awards
Excellence in Poster Design: Akiko Stehrenberger, “Kiss of the Damned”
Excellence in Title Design: Pablo González, “Joven & Alocada”

SXSW Special Awards
Chicken & Egg Narrative Woman Director Award: Hannah Fidell, “A Teacher”
Louis Black ‘Lone Star’ Award: Geoff Marslett, “Loves Her Gun”
Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship: Jim Hession

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Have any of you guys been to SXSW? If so, is it worth the hype?

Or if you haven’t, do you plan on attending next year?

 

Pope Wars Episode V: (Habemus Papem) A New Pope

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The New Pope will be……………………………………………………………………..Pope Francis

a.k.a:

Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Argentina). He will reign as the first South American/Non-European Pope. With the Catholic Church having been plagued with scandal for the past couple years, this move can be viewed as strictly political. With South America containing the largest amount of Catholics, the conclave had no choice then to revitalize the Catholic faith with the reigning of the First South American Pope.

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What do you guys think? Was this a political decision?

Are you in favor of St. Francis?

The Storm is Coming, Hurricane Halle to be Precise

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Halle Berry has confirmed her rumored return to the X-Men Franchise! During her interview on Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show, the Academy award nominated actress revealed that she would love to return to this exciting role, stating: “It’s a character that I love and the fans really love the whole series.” Hopefully the new movie will shed some light on Berry, as her personal life has been source of many storms this year, including: the arrest of ex-husband Gabriel Aubry after having fought with fighter, fiance Olivier Martinez. But hey, beauty comes at a price, and obviously Berry’s is her relationship baggage. Needless to say, Berry is ecstatic to return to her X-Men family. She and several other characters actors including, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Patrick Stewart, and Ellen Page, will be raining in the millions as the X-Men franchise continues to grow. The Storm is set to return summer of 2014 in X-Men:Days of Future Past.

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KNIVES ON A PLANE?!?!?!?

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Here’s a little slice of reality; beginning April 25th, TSA has announced that small pocket knives, sports equipment, and recreational bats, will be allowed on planes as carry-on luggage. To no surprise, Flight attendants have already expressed their disdain for the new policy. Alongside the Flight attendants, Delta Air Lines‘s CEO has written TSA’s head administrator about his opposition against the policy. Many others, including New York’s Senator, Charles Schumer, has stated that reducing security measures, now, is the opposite of what we should be doing. Not only is it risky, but allowing these items can only lengthen the time it takes to get through security checkpoints….Lightbulb! After April 25th, the TSA screeners will have to measure these items crucially to ensure they meet the requirements: all knives must be foldable, 2.36 in length and an 1/2 inch wide. I can’t believe we’re handing out guidelines for terrorist, I’m pretty sure those are already included in Terrorism for Dummies. We might as well have Will Ferrell hosting a Knife special on QVC, advertising the “perfect plane-sized knives!”

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But that’s just my opinion, what do you guys think?

James Franco: The Great and Powerful

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Does anybody else wonder how nice it would be to live a day in the life of James Franco? Not only is he a great actor, writer, producer, and film teacher, but a painter as well. Just this week he was honored a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Come on now, I barely have enough time to make a blog, so someone please tell me how the hell James Franco has so much free time on his hands? When not starring in the latest movies, such as the newly released Oz the Great and Powerful, or the latest Funny or Die videos, James Franco can be found teaching film classes at prestigious colleges such as New York University and Columbia. In addition to teaching, Franco has returned to school several times and claimed three M.F.A’s, Master of Fine Arts, degrees from Columbia, Brooklyn College, and NYU. Like, come on Franco, at least leave your competition their dignity! I wonder what it’s like to be his parents? I mean their son is everywhere, or should I say (sons)? Dave Franco, who starred in the 2012 re-make of the movie 21 Jump Street and the hit television show Scrubs, is just as talented and attractive as his brother. There must be something in that Palo Alto water (where the Franco’s were born and raised). I feel like James’s parents gave birth to him, and after his success, was like “Oh, what the hell? Let’s give this another shot.” Mama Franco is basically birthing millions, go Mama Franco!
But don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t always a J-Franco fan. In fact, I thought he was one of those actors who gained their roles simply by being extremely good looking, and nothing else. However, after being swayed by his performances in movies like James Dean, Milk, and 127 hours, I have become a fan of the actor. I mean, how can you not like James Franco? And if your not a fan of his more serious roles, how about his comedic roles in the stoner cult classic, Freaks and Geeks, or Pineapple Express? Regardless of your feelings towards Franco, he’ll continue to be side smiling his way into the box office as his new movie, Oz the Great and Powerful, brings in a whopping $80 Mil Plus!

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How do you guys feel about James Franco? Love him, Hate him, or On the fence?
Have you seen OZ yet? If so, What did you think? Yay or Nay?

Victorias Secret, Is Really not so Secret After All

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Now I love Victorias Secret just as much as the next girl, but they’re getting a little ridiculous when it comes to advertising. They are now offering a line of bra’s and underwear geared towards teens and pre-teens. First off, am I not the only one who thought that Victorias Secret’s PINK line was already geared towards adolescents? If not, why is it so brightly lit with day glow colors and stacked with those cute little stuffed animal (V.S) dogs? In fact, it’s kind of backwards because when Victorias Secret didn’t specify what audience they were targeting, it seemed way more sincere. In their “Spring Break Must Haves” catalogue, which targets teens with the motto “Bright Young Things,” 20 somethings are spotted wearing subtly sexy bras and underwear, covered by loose fitting tees and sweatpants. Is this not a mirror image of what every Victorias Secret PINK catalogue looks like? It’s crazy how normalized the sexualization of young girls has become. Retail stores including American Eagle Outfitters, Target, Justice (the pre-teen, parent store of Limited Too), and even Walmart, are selling overly padded and leopard printed lingerie for 10- 12 year olds….Just one question…Why? Personally, I’ve seen these items in countless windows while aimlessly walking in the mall, and I just think it’s just disgusting. At the tender age of 10, I remember caring very little about bras, let alone wearing them! Sadly enough, things have drastically changed. We are now living in a world where adolescent girls are constantly surrounded by sexual images of what they should and should not look like. I think Victorias Secret is preying on these young girls who have grown up watching the sugar-coated Disney shows and movies, which starred prominent actresses like Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens (both of whom are in the upcoming film Spring Breakers), to help promote their new line. Spring Breakers showcases Gomez and Hudgens as girls who bare all and do “dirty work” to fund their care free Spring Break. Is this not wrong? Come on Victorias Secret, that’s pretty low!

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What do you guys think about Victorias Secret making a teen/preteen line?
What do you think about the Spring Breakers movie in general?

The Conclave Games (2013)

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As the masses of the Catholic faith anxiously wait to hear news of who will be made the new pope, I can’t help but wonder what is taking so long?

With prospective successors lined up, including Cardinals: Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga (Honduras), Timothy Dolan (New York), Angelo Scola (Milan), and Christoph Schoenborn (Vienna), what exactly are we waiting for? Alongside the seemingly ambiguous reasons towards Pope Benedict’s historic resignation (**Conspiracy Alert, Conspiracy Alert**), mystery continues to swirl around who the next pope will be. After declaring Tuesday as the start date for the election, I can only imagine what the conclave is doing as they seek to make a unanimous decision at the Vatican. I don’t know why, but for some reason I feel like some hunger games-type situations are a brewing in there. Are they drafting up challenges for the prospective popes to complete?….Trials by fire maybe? Hey, in a generation of tweeting Cardinals, anything can happen!