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- 02/24/15--13:46: Karlie Kloss is leaving Victoria's Secret to study at NYU
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After four years with Victoria's Secret and two years as one of eight Angels, model Karlie Kloss is leaving the lingerie brand to focus on other business opportunities and start NYU in the fall.
In her current Vogue cover story, Kloss revealed she had been accepted to NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, thanks in part to a letter of recommendation from fellow model and NYU alum, Christy Turlington Burns.
"I was waiting for the mail to arrive every single day," Kloss said of her acceptance. "It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a very long time."
The 22-year-old assures: "I’ll still be working full-time. I’m incredibly ambitious and have lots of goals within my career that I’m not slowing down on anytime soon."
But it appears Kloss had to let a few modeling obligations go to accommodate her new lifestyle as a student.
Victoria's Secret senior creative director Ed Razek confirmed the model's departure via Instagram on Tuesday:
Karlie and I met several months ago to discuss the many things she hoped to do in her life and career. As we talked, it became clear she would not have the time to fulfill her myriad commitments. Reluctantly, we agreed she would leave the brand at the end of her contract. Karlie is one of a kind, a very close friend, someone I truly admire and love. She is, without question, one of the best models ever. But she is an even better person. Her future is unlimited, and I am excited to see all the good she will do. Karlie Kloss will always be an Angel to me.
But Kloss already has other modeling work waiting for her.
"She's secured spring campaigns with Kate Spade and Joe Fresh, and she's busting out her best supermodel moves as the face of L'Oreal Paris," according to E! Online. "Also on her plate, the busy bee's got more ads coming from Marc Jacobs and Jason Wu, a fashion spread coming up in Vogue Paris and an InStyle Germany cover."
It was also revealed Tuesday that Victoria's Secret model Doutzen Kroes quietly left the brand in December after six years as an Angel.
Razek wrote on his Instagram:
"After I posted the news about @karliekloss leaving VS I got a number of texts asking me why I hadn't said anything about @doutzen leaving at the end of last year. Fair question. The simple answer is I should have. Doutzen had a lucrative opportunity in Europe and it would have conflicted with her VS obligations. So, at her agencies request, we released her from contract. There was no conflict. No animosity. None of the nonsense I've read on Instagram. She had a great business opportunity, and I wanted to be fair to someone I adore and respect. That's all. I honestly believe Doutzen is one of the most stunningly beautiful people in the world. And I always will. I have told her that many times. Now you know."
Spanish artist David Lopera, 20, has attracted the eyes of the internet with a long-running series of digitally altered celebrity pics.
But instead of slimming women down — as Photoshop is overwhelmingly used for — Lopera uses the software to make them look heavier.
Beyond serving as fodder for tabloids asking "Does Rita Ora look better bigger?" Lopera's images have also sparked a conversation over whether they advance or undermine the body-positivity movement.
Lopera's first "makeover" image manipulated the album cover of Katy Perry's 2008 opus "One of the Boys":
The New York Daily News reports that the image quickly went viral after Lopera posted it on his deviantart page, where the rest of his art can still be found. Lopera, a computer engineer, has since been flooded with requests to give specific stars the treatment.
"Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence, and Kim Kardashian are some of the most popular requests I get," he told the Daily Mail.
In an email to Business Insider, Lopera wrote that about 5% of his work was done on commission.
But outside of Lopera's client base, some have expressed disapproval of his methods, if not of his goal to challenge beauty standards.
Over at the feminist blog Bustle, Marie Southard Ospina opined that Lopera's "chosen mode of delivering this representation is resulting in even more manipulation of women’s bodies."
Ospina added that "with all the plus-size and fat positive bloggers, models, and activists posting real imagery meant to beat stigmatization, it seems unnecessary and almost disrespectful to turn to the altering of female celebrities in order to prove a point about body positivity."
Should Lopera's intentions be taken into consideration when judging the value of his say in the conversation? The Daily Mail thought it worth mentioning that Lopera was in a relationship with a "plump" woman himself.
Some of his comments reflect a noble goal: He told the Daily News that he hoped to "change people's mind about beauty standards."
Either way, Lopera will most likely continue in his work. He told the Daily News that he hoped to go full time with his use of Photoshop.
A TV ad for British mobile handset company Kazam (watch it in full below) has been banned in the UK on the grounds that it was likely to objectify women.
The ad, created by Ogilvy & Mather, aimed to showcase "the world's slimmest phone," Kazam's Tornado 348. The black and white footage featured a woman in only her underwear, slinking through a house.
The camera then cut to a scene where she ran her finger down her cleavage, bit her lip, then proceeded to move her hand over her hip and thigh. Later on in the ad, the camera cut to a close-up of her bottom.
The ad sparked eight complaints, who objected to the spot because "it was overtly sexual and objectified women, and because the content bore no relationship to the advertised product," according to the Advertising Standards Authority's (ASA) adjudication published Wednesday. Eight complaints may not seem like a lot, but it only takes one complaint for the ASA to investigate an ad to see if it is in breach of the UK's advertising codes.
The ASA ruled that the ad must not be broadcast again in its current form. (However, at the time of writing, it still appears on Kazam's YouTube page.
The ad watchdog noted that the ad focused almost entirely on the actor in her underwear and the sexually suggestive nature of the spot was heightened by the music, and also the fact that the scenes in the ad had little relation to the Kazam Tornado 348. The ASA concluded the ad was likely to cause "serious offense" to some viewers, on the basis that it objectified women.
In response to the complaints, Kazam said its ad was actually playing to the idea that the phone was so slim it could easily be forgotten if it were left in a shirt pocket. The spot was meant to play out a "well-known scenario" (ironing your shirt in your underwear before you go out) but with the added twist that the phone was so slim, the actor didn't realize she was ironing over it.
Kazam also added that it was careful to ensure the ad was only broadcast during programs appropriate to the "tongue-in-cheek" nature of the ad, and shows that were unlikely to be viewed by children.
Clearcast, the UK's broadcasting clearing body, said while the scenes in the ad were "slightly sexual" it did not believe they were "gratuitous or likely to cause offense." Nevertheless, the spot was given an "ex-kids" restriction.
Business Insider has contacted Kazam for comment about the company's opinion on the ruling and will update this article when a response has been received.
Here's the banned Kazam TV ad in full:
Netflix has released a list of its March releases, and there are plenty of originals coming from the video-streaming site.
Tina Fey's new comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and the new drama "Bloodline" starring Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights") make up five new series and specials coming to Netflix.
The list also contains many new releases from the past year along with a few films from the late Robin Williams.
The pickings look a bit slim so far, but we'll continue to update the list throughout March.
Here's what you should check out on Netflix in January:
"Mad Men" (available 3/22)
Get caught up with the latest episodes from season seven of the AMC series before the final episodes begin to air in April.
"Archer" (available 3/7)
Season five of FX's animated comedy hit following the antics and adventures of spy Sterling Archer.
"Bloodline" (available 3/20)
All 13 episodes of Netflix's new drama featuring Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights") will premiere on the streaming site.
"Patch Adams" (available 3/1)
A Robin Williams classic. Williams stars as Dr. Hunter Adams, who uses humor in his treatment of patients. Philip Seymour Hoffman also stars.
"Finding Neverland" (available 3/1)
The Oscar-nominated film stars Johnny Depp as playwright J.M. Barrie during the time in which he is inspired to write the play "Peter Pan."
"How to Train Your Dragon 2" (available 3/11)
The kids will want to watch this sequel to "How to Train Your Dragon." The DreamWorks Animation picture was nominated for best animated picture at the 87th Academy Awards.
Here's the full list of March releases:
"Patch Adams" (1998)
"Finding Neverland" (2004)
"The Brothers Grimm" (2005)
"Teen Witch" (1989)
"30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men"
"Mercy Rule" (2014)
"Monster High 13 Wishes" (2013)
"Monster High: Ghouls Rule" (2012)
"Rules of Engagement" (2000)
"Food Chains" (2014)
"The ABCs of Death 2" (2014)
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (Netflix Original)
"My Own Man" (Netflix Original)
"Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden" (Netflix Original)
"Archer" season five
"Glee" season five
"Mr. Pip" (2012)
"The Angriest Man in Brooklyn" (2014)
"Tyler Perry's the Single Mom's Club" (2014)
"After the Fall" (2014)
"Cesar Chavez" (2014)
"Monster High: Haunted" (2015)
"How to Train Your Dragon 2" (2014)
"3rd Rock from the Sun" (the complete series)
"A Different World" (the complete series)
"Marvel & ESPN Films Present: 1 of 1: Genesis" (2014)
"You're Not You" (2014)
"Life Itself" (2014)
"Bloodline" (Netflix Original)
"God's Not Dead" (2014)
"Mad Men" season seven, part one
"November Man" (2014)
"Turn" season 1
"Garfunkel and Oats" season one
"Trailer Park Boys" season nine (Netflix Original)
"Frankie & Alice" (2010)
"Ask Me Anything" (2014)
"The Man with the Iron Fists" (2012)
We will update this list as the month of March continues.
SEE ALSO: Everything leaving Netflix in March
Ask any fan of "Parks and Recreation" to name their top five favorite scenes and surely, one of the following will rank among them.
Season 5, Episode 505 "Halloween Surprise": Where Ben proposes to Leslie.
Season 5, Episode 514 "Leslie and Ben": Where the couple say their marriage vows.
Critics regard these two scenes as some of the sweetest, most romantic moments in television history. They perfectly encapsulate Leslie's quirks, Ben's sincerity, and the powerful magic of spontaneity in a relationship.
(You can watch the scenes below.)
In Amy Poehler's new book "Yes Please," the leading lady reveals the heartbreaking event that led to the writing of those two scenes.
Season 5 kicks off with Leslie visiting Washington, D.C., where Ben set up a surprise-meeting with her ultimate crush, Vice President Joe Biden.
The cast and crew, including the show's creator and head writer Michael Schur, filmed the scene with Biden in his ceremonial office on the grounds of the White House. Poehler says he charmed them all, and didn't even flinch when her character leaned in for a kiss.
As they were walking out of the building, the high from their brush with the VP came crashing to a halt. The cast and crew learned that their show, which had been talked about as a front-runner for winning the Emmy for Best Comedy, didn't even get nominated.
Schur, who cut his teeth in the writing room of 30 Rockefeller Center and went on to write and produce the American reboot of "The Office," didn't let the snub get him down. Instead, he turned to his peers and announced, "I am going to go write the scene where Ben proposes to Leslie."
He went back to his hotel room and wrote the script for these ...
Watch Ben pop the question.
And see Ben and Leslie tie the knot.
In a recent interview with Yahoo! TV, Schur says he wrote both scenes under the impression that the show would be cancelled. That is why they offer so much closure.
Schur admitted to having written five or six series finales over the course of seven seasons — one for each time "Parks and Recreation" wasn't guaranteed a renewal. "We did it midway through Season 5, and then again at the end of Season 5," Schur says. Then, "we got our back-nine order, so we just kept going."
Still, the feeling of impending doom spawned TV-marital-bliss.
"Do you see what kind of maniac I am working with here?" Poehler teases in her memoir. "I have been shoulder to shoulder with a wonderful writer and excellent boss who loves big emotion as much as I do. Nightmare!"
The real "Parks and Recreation" series finale is Tuesday, February 24. You bet we can expect more happy endings from the old sap, Schur.
On Sunday, "Birdman" star Michael Keaton lost the best actor Oscar to "The Theory of Everything" leading man, Eddie Redmayne.
But "Birdman" won the big award of the night — best picture — and also took home best director, best original screenplay, and best achievement in cinematography.
During the awards show, Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris spoofed one of the most memorable scenes in the movie, in which Micheal Keaton is forced to jog through Times Square in his underwear.
The scene occurs after Keaton's character is locked out of his dressing room mid-performance at a nearby Broadway theater.
It's one of the most memorable points in the film.
But what many don't realize about the key scene is that Keaton really had to dodge unsuspecting, gawking fans in New York's busiest area — all in one continuous shot with no cuts.
Here's what the scene ended up looking like in the film:
But the shoot wasn't easy.
The film's director, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, explained the logistical nightmare to Variety:
There were four takes, starting at 8:30 p.m. If the shot was too early, the lighting wouldn’t work; too late, the crowd would thin. Crew was kept to a minimum, to draw as little attention as possible. Keaton’s movements were accompanied by only four people: Lubezki [cinematographer]; the focus puller; the boom operator; and the digital imaging technician. Eight production assistants worked on crowd control. Inarritu was close by; for two of the four takes, he shot Keaton with his smartphone for footage used in a subsequent scene in which Emma Stone watches the incident on YouTube...
Because production couldn't afford to shut down Times Square or fill it with paid extras, real fans and onlookers became part of the shot.
"We worried about security," Inarritu told Variety, adding that there was a fear someone would stare at the camera or walk into the scene. "There was no possibility to cut away if that happened" since it was one long take, the director notes. "If any scene in the film failed, I could not remove it or manipulate it. It had to be perfect."
Here's what the shoot looked like in reality as a passerby in Times Square:
In order to divert people's attention from the camera, Variety reports Inarritu hired a group of street drummers who danced and performed nearby. "All the tourists wanted to look at these drummers. A half-naked man in Times Square? They’ve seen that before," said the director.
"Birdman" production designer, Kevin Thompson, explained further to Yahoo Movies:
"Having the drummers there really assisted in gathering and holding the crowd, and then also holding space along one side of them. It created an energy that helped, I think."
Now watch the shoot from the drummers' point of view:
"Even though it does look like chaos, we did have to control the crowd and extras," added Thompson. "For the most part we just had a ton of film crew dressed as pedestrians that we’d guide, and then all these extras taking pictures. It was very complicated."
Another challenge that production faced was all of the prominent brand advertising in the background of the Times Square shoot.
The "Birdman" legal team had to get permission from each brand to be used onscreen, reports Variety.
But it wasn't just the Times Square scene that was tough to shoot. The entire film was made to look like one continuous, two-hour shot.
In order to achieve the look, the cast underwent shots that took anywhere from seven to 10 minutes to film, according to Entertainment Weekly.
"Everybody showed up every morning frightened," Keaton told EW. "The crew too. I think we were all thinking, I don't want to be the guy who lets everybody down."
The cast, crew, and camera team had to be in sync at all times on the very fast 30-day shoot.
Here's how EW describes what one mistake would cost them on set:
"Anything—a misremembered line, an extra step taken, a camera operator stumbling on a stair or veering off course or out of focus—could blow a take, rendering the first several minutes unusable even if they had been perfect."
"You had to be word-perfect, you had to be off script, and you literally had to count your paces down to the number of steps you needed to take before turning a corner," Keaton told EW.
But with four Oscar wins, the challenging shoot was clearly worth it.
Check out the "Birdman" trailer below:
It's hard to imagine anyone other than Nick Offerman playing Ron Swanson, the hardened, mustachioed outdoorsman and boss on "Parks and Recreation."
In Offerman's memoir, "Paddle Your Own Canoe," the comedian recalls the gut-wrenching five months of auditioning he endured to get the role — and how a Post-it Note helped him land the gig in the end.
In Fall 2008, rumor had it that producers Greg Daniels and Michael Schur were making a spin-off of "The Office" starring Amy Poehler. Offerman and his wife Megan Mullally watched the US reboot of "The Office" religiously.
"I would often remark, 'If I'm going to make it, if I'm ever going to get my shot, it's going to be on a show like this, in a part like Rainn [Wilson]'s,'" Offerman writes in "Paddle Your Own Canoe."
At the time, Offerman had been in the industry for 12 years. The highlights reel of his career included an off-Broadway play, a recurring role on the ABC comedy "George Lopez," improv shows at Upright Citizens Brigade — the improv theatre run by Poehler — and a one-line part in George Clooney's 2009's film "The Men Who Stare at Goats."
Years earlier, Allison Jones, LA's most top-drawer casting director, had called Offerman in to read for the role of Michael Scott, the lead of "The Office." She called him in again to audition for "Parks and Recreation."
The show's creators Daniels and Schur initally had Offerman read for a different role, named Josh (who Adam Scott also auditioned for). Josh was "devilishly handsome and charming and funny," and would be a romantic interest for Rashida Jones' character, Ann.
Offerman and his wife Mullally spent endless hours reading lines in their kitchen. "This is it. This writing. Oh my god, this is it," Mullally said to him. "Don't f--- this up, fat boy."
He didn't get the part. (The character Josh disappeared from the script.)
Producers approached Daniels and Schur and pretty much said, you're joking, right? But Daniels and Schur didn't give up. They said to NBC, "Okay. You're right, you're right, he's really unattractive. But we really want Nick on the show. We have this other part we wrote, the part of Amy's boss, so we'd like to put Nick in that part. His name is Ron Swanson."
Four agonizing months of auditioning dragged on before he (and seasoned sitcom actor Mike O'Malley) were asked to come in one last time and improvise a couple of Leslie and Ron scenes with Poehler on tape. When Schur called with the good news, Offerman cried. And cried.
"I cried like a little baby boy who has just dropped his bacon slice in a pile of cow s---," Offerman says.
He also learned on that call that he was destined for the role.
Schur told him that three years earlier, he was in the room when Offerman auditioned for a small guest-star part on "The Office." Although a scheduling conflict prevented Offerman from getting the part, Schur was sold.
"He liked something about me," Offerman recalls. "So he went home and wrote my name on a yellow Post-it note and adhered it to the bottom of his computer monitor, where it remained for three years until they were creating 'Parks and Rec,' and he said, among other things, 'I want this guy on the show.'"
Offerman and his wife agreed, had he gotten any of the other major roles he auditioned for along the way, he may never have found his bliss on "Parks and Recreation."
"Everthing happened for the reason that you were meant to get this job," Mullally said to him.
The final season of "Parks and Recreation" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.
A new OK! magazine story says Kim Kardashian is spending $100,000 to keep a professional photo retoucher on call to perfect the selfies she posts to Instagram.
The Kardashians have long defended themselves against rumors that they alter all of their photos, but this source tells OK! magazine "Kim used to ask a friend to fix up photos, but it would take hours. She finally decided to hire a pro who can be on call 24/7."
The source also says that part of the job is deleting every trace of the "before photos."
Early last year, Kim made headlines after Twitter and Instagram users noticed some flubs in an uploaded photo that made it pretty clear the pic had been altered.
You can see in the GIF, created by New York Magazine's The Cut, that the photo had clearly been manipulated before it was posted to Instagram.
Business Insider reported that a Photoshop expert explained the discrepancies, noting the "curved door frame" and "distortion in the floor."
The photo had gone viral, racking up half a million likes within days of it being published to social media.
At the time, a rep for Kardashian denied that she had altered the photo in any way. But looking at the GIF, the writing seems to be on the wall.
While OK!'s story is only going by the details given by one unnamed source, it's not the craziest thing in the world to think that Kardashian may deem it necessary to have a hired pro to do her selfie work.
Don't forget, taking selfies is part of Kardashian's business and brand. In April, she will release her book, "Selfish" — 352 pages of her selfies.
Eddie Redmayne was shocked and thrilled to take home the best actor Oscar on Sunday — beating out "Birdman" favorite Michael Keaton— for his role portraying Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything."
But playing the part of the famed cosmologist came with a lot of pressure.
Hawking himself, now 73, would be judging the 32-year-old actor's performance.
Hawking trekked to London to screen the film ahead of its November 7th release. Before watching the movie, Redmayne told Variety the cosmologist warned: "I’ll let you know what I think — good or otherwise.' I said, ‘Stephen, if it’s otherwise, you don’t need to go into details.'"
When the film screening was complete, Hawking was overcome with emotion (via Variety):
After the lights came up, a nurse wiped a tear from Hawking’s eye. He called the film 'broadly true,' and even celebrated with the film’s director James Marsh and screenwriter Anthony McCarten at a bar where he sipped champagne from a teaspoon. 'He emailed us,' Marsh says, 'and said there were certain points when he thought he was watching himself.'
Hawking was so happy with the movie that he told filmmakers he would allow them to swap the synthetic voice they had been forced to create and replace it with his own, trademarked computerized version. "We spent a lot of time and money trying to reproduce the voice, but we never got it," McCarten told Variety.
Redmayne was thrilled after he heard about Hawking’s offer, believing it was a stamp of approval on a performance he still questioned.
"You’re just hoping to get there," Redmayne said. "Yet there’s this constant frustration — it’s always underwhelming, because you never quite make it. But with his specific voice, it’s an actor’s dream. You’re one step closer to the truth."
After Redmayne won the Oscar on Sunday, Hawking posted his congratulations to Facebook:
Redmayne acknowledged Hawking and his family during his acceptance speech:
Thank you. I don't think I’m capable of articulating quite how I feel right now. I'm fully aware that I am a lucky, lucky man. This Oscar belongs to all of those people around the world battling ALS. It belongs to one exceptional family — Stephen, Jane and the Hawking children. I will be his custodian. I will be at his beck and call. I wait on him hand and foot.
Watch the trailer below:
Netflix has announced the shows and films that will be leaving the streaming site at the start of March.
1967 Oscar winner "The Graduate" will expire at the top of the month. "RoboCop" and Muppets fans will want to check out a few installments from both franchises.
Kids will be sad to see a lot of Cartoon Network shows leave by the end of the month as well.
We've highlighted a few favorites below.
"3 Ninjas: Kick Back" (1994)
"Air Bud" (1997)
"Brokedown Palace" (1999)
"Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams" (1981)
"Cool Runnings" (1993)
"Dumb and Dumber" (1994)
"Fright Night" (1985)
"Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" (1989)
"Jackass: Number Two" (2006)
"Lords of Dogtown" (2005)
"Old Yeller" (1957)
"Ordinary People" (1980)
"Out of Time" (2003)
"Pretty in Pink" (1986)
"Rachel Getting Married" (2008)
"Riding in Cars with Boys" (2001)
"Robin Hood: Men in Tights" (1993)
"RoboCop 2" (1990)
"RoboCop 3" (1993)
"Saving Silverman" (2001)
"Swiss Family Robinson" (1960)
"The Baby Sitters Club" (1995)
"The Blair Witch Project" (1999)
"The Graduate" (1967)
"The Possession" (2012)
"The Sweetest Thing" (2002)
"Troop Beverly Hills" (1989)
"Uptown Girls" (2003)
"The Preacher's Wife" (1996)
"The Muppet Movie" (1979)
"The Grey" (2012)
"House on Haunted Hill" (1959)
"Muppet Treasure Island" (1996)
"The Tale of Despereaux" (2008)
"Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" (1997)
"Adventure Time" seasons 1-4
"Ben 10" seasons 1-3
"Childrens Hospital" seasons 1-2
"Codename: Kids Next Door" seasons 4-6
"Cow and Chicken" season 2
"Dexter's Laboratory" seasons 3-4
"Dude, What Would Happen?" season 2
"Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy" seasons 3-4
"Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends" season 2
"Johnny Bravo" season 2
"Regular Show" seasons 1-4
"Robot Chicken" seasons 1-2
"Samurai Jack" season 2
"The Grim Adeventures of Billy & Mandy" seasons 3-4
"Legends of the Fall" (1994)
SEE ALSO: What's coming to Netflix in March
Victoria's Secret has lost two key Angels.
Newcomer Karlie Kloss and veteran Doutzen Kroes are leaving the brand.
It's rumored more Angels could follow, according to Stephanie Smith at Page Six.
Modeling for Victoria's Secret is notoriously demanding, and led to former Angel Miranda Kerr leaving to work on other projects.
Kloss is leaving to study at NYU, while Kroes reportedly has lucrative opportunities in Europe.
Page Six suggests that Victoria's Secret doesn't pay models as much as it used to.
"Older contracts like Alessandra Ambrosio were in the millions, now they’re like $100,000," Stephanie Smith writes.
Victoria's Secret hires about 10 models to act as "Angels" that represent the brand. The spots are coveted because they offer unprecedented exposure in the industry.
Angel Miranda Kerr left the brand in 2013 amid reports that the lingerie brand was too demanding.
Earning a spot walking in the Victoria's Secret Fashion show is a highly complicated and political process.
Victoria's Secret executives rely on one specific quality to sell underwear, Richard Habberley at DNA Model Management told Women's Wear Daily:
"The merchants drive the decisions on the Angels. They [Victoria’s Secret] try the girls out, and certain girls sell product. They’re women that appeal to other women. And they’re special because they never appear in men’s magazines. Once you start to do that, they become threatening [to potential female customers]," said Habberley.
In other words, it's imperative that Victoria's Secret customers like the models it features.
Being a Victoria's Secret Angel pays off. Eight of the top 10 highest-paid models in the world have worked for the retailer.
"Becoming an Angel significantly increases a model’s earning potential due to their visibility around the world,” Habberly told WWD. “It changes the girls’ careers completely."
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Things keep getting weirder and weirder for Marshawn Lynch. The famously media-shy Seattle Seahawks running back and Skittles spokesperson can now add another title to his resume: actor.
On Tuesday, a montage of scenes from "Family First: The Marshawn Lynch Story" appeared on the YouTube channel belonging to the film's director Mario Bobino. The four-minute clip shows what appears to be a pretty standard, Hollywood-style biopic of the famous football player's life, albeit on a much smaller budget than most major motion pictures.
Most coverage of the trailer has been negative, suggesting the clip looks unprofessional and low-budget. However we're going to give it the benefit of the doubt since, in the video's YouTube caption, the director says the clip "is not a trailer," and that "it's only a promotion to spark interest."
The clip is undoubtedly raw and unpolished. In fact, one scene that takes place at a high school football game lacks background noise from the crowd. So we'll have to wait and see. The movie currently doesn't have a release date.
Maybe we're reading into things a little too much, but the final shot of the trailer recalls the final scene of the Oscar-winning movie "Boyhood." Lynch is talking to a girl and, for a brief moment, looks directly into the camera.
Here's the shot from "Family First."
And here's the shot from "Boyhood."
Was this a mistake, or were Lynch and the filmmakers channeling Richard Linklater's movie? You be the judge.
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Parents, get ready to open your wallets for more "Frozen" merchandise.
Disney just released a new teaser for its follow-up to billion dollar hit “Frozen," and it features Queen Elsa wearing a new dress that every little girl is going to want after seeing it.
"Frozen Fever" will be an animated short that will play exclusively in front of Disney's next live-action film, "Cinderella," in theaters this March.
Since its release in November 2013, "Frozen" has grossed over $1.2 billion, becoming the highest-grossing animated movie at the box office.
The movie has continued to be a big success for the Mouse House in both entertainment sales and consumer products. According to the New York Times, "Frozen" has brought in another billion dollars in retail revenue. "Frozen" was the number one toy brand last year, and sales helped lead Disneyearnings for the past two quarters.
"Frozen" dresses sold especially well.
As of November, more than three million "Frozen" dresses were sold in North America.
Disney consumer products has released multiple versions of dresses for lead characters Princess Ana and her sister Queen Elsa. The dresses range in price from $11.99 all the way to $99.95. Some versions of the dresses light up and play music from the hit animated movie.
You don't even have to wait until March to get the new dresses. Ana and Elsa's new gowns from the upcoming short film are available for purchase right now on the Disney Store's website. The two-for-one set costs $99.95.
If you're the parent of a "Frozen" fan, you may want to stock up on a dress now.
Watch the preview for "Frozen Fever" below:
Marvel released a new poster for "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," and, at first glance, it seems like a pretty ordinary character poster.
You see seven familiar faces including Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Captain America (Chris Evans).
Off to the far right are two new character, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson).
But there's another hero in the poster. Have you noticed him?
Flying among the many Ultrons in the sky is another character.
Do you know who it is yet?
Let's take a closer look.
Comic fanatics will know that's Vision!
Potential spoilers ahead!
Vision is a human android created by Ultron, the villain of "The Avengers: Age of Ultron."
He'll be played by Paul Bettany in the film.
For those who have been following the Marvel movies closely since "Iron Man," you may be thinking, "Wait a minute, isn't Paul Bettany the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark's A.I. computer?"
That's all I'm going to say about that without giving away any more potential spoilers.
Can't wait to see Vision?
We got a sneak peak of the character at this year's Toy Fair.
Hasbro is releasing a bunch of new action figures of the character.
Here are photos of a few we checked out.
If you need to get even more excited, Robert Downey, Jr. just promised a big announcement will be coming next Thursday along with another "Avengers" poster of Iron Man.
"The Avengers: Age of Ultron" is in theaters May 1.
Lifetime’s competition series "Child Genius" highlights 2o of America’s most extraordinary children as they test their skills in a grueling 8-week long national intelligence competition.
In cooperation with IQ society American Mensa, these gifted children, who have scored within the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized intelligence exam, are quizzed in math, spelling, world geography, memory, current events, astronomy, inventions, logic, and culture.
The winner of the competition earns the title of "Child Genius" and receives a college fund of $100,000. Let's meet a few of them:
Izzy, 8, Midlothian, VA
IQ 146 (Over 140 is considered genius or near-genius)
Izzy joined the IQ society Mensa when she was just 3 years old.
She is trilingual in English, French, and Chinese, and has a yellow belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
In order to cover more challenging topics at a much more rapid pace, Izzy was removed from public school and is now tutored by her father.
According to her parents, Izzy doesn't have very many friends that are children.
"Isabel wants to have friends that are her own age but it's really hard with her unique situation," her dad said.
Izzy offers up an explanation, "my child friends can talk about some things but not other things and my adult friends can talk about everything."
Ryan, 11, Charlotte, NC
A self-described perfectionist, academics come naturally to Ryan, especially math.
"I finished Algebra in sixth grade and normal people usually finish that in ninth grade," Ryan said.
Throughout the competition it becomes apparent that his parents want him to win the title of "child genius" more than he does.
"If you really perform and beat your opponents your life could change forever," his dad said to him.
Appearing hardly satisfied with his achievements his mom added, "If you reach one level, you always can improve yourself to reach another level."
Ryan's parents temporarily relocated the family across the country in order to help Ryan focus on the competition.
Vanya, 12, Olathe, KS
One of the oldest contestants, Vanya is no stranger to academic competitions, she is a veteran speller at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
"My first year I competed I was the youngest speller and I tied for 49th. The second year I competed I got a perfect score on the written test and I placed 10th. Last year, I tied for 5th place," Vanya said.
Vanya's main strategy is to use her mastery of etymology to conquer all the topics covered in the competition.
Graham, 10, Verdigris, OK
IQ top .01% (Approximately IQ 146)
When Graham was 5 years old he tested into the top .01 percentile on an intelligence exam.
He excels at science and geography and has memorized the US atlas.
"He can tell you every road or highway to take to get from point A to point B in the US," his mom said.
For fun, Graham was invited by a local television meteorologist to test his knowledge of hurricanes by simply viewing satellite imagery.
"Oh that's hurricane Camille," Graham says instantly.
"Do you know what year that was?"
"1969 and it had sustaining wind speeds of 190 mph and a minimum pressure of 900 millibars," Graham responded.
Tanishq, 10, Sacramento, CA
IQ top .01% (Approximately IQ 146)
Tanishq joined the elite IQ society Mensa when he was only 4 years old and began taking college courses three years later. "My goal is to get a Phd by the time I get my driver's license," Tanishq said. According to his parents, when he was about four months old he could read and answer questions about books.
According to his Twitter account, he hopes to one day become the President of the United States or a famous scientist.
Thus far, he has given several TEDx talks about his discoveries on exoplanets, supernovas, and climate change.
Yeji, 11, Rolling Hills Estates, CA
IQ top .01% (Approximately IQ 146)
The most well-rounded of the contestants, Yeji has a wide range of interests and typically finds school to be unchallenging. She tested in the 99.9th percentile of the KADC Korean Intelligence Test but refers to herself as the "black horse candidate" in the competition.
She moved to the US at the age of three and within a year she spoke English so well that no one even knew it was her second language. Her dream job is to be a veterinarian.
A humorous and heartwarming documentary feature, Cyber-Seniors chronicles the extraordinary journey of a group of senior citizens as they discover the world of the Internet through the guidance of teenage mentors.
Their exploration of cyber-space is catapulted to another level when 89 year-old Shura decides to create a YouTube cooking video, inspiring her fellow cyber-seniors to do the same. A spirited competition for video "views" evolves as hidden talents and competitive spirits are revealed.
Video courtesy of Cyber-Seniors
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Rocksteady released a new trailer for one of this year's most-anticipated games "Batman: Arkham Knight," and we cannot wait to get our hands on this.
It looks incredible.
The game was supposed to come out last year, but was delayed last June to extend development on the game.
For the first time, players will get to drive around the Caped Crusader's Batmobile in the franchise.
It will also be the first "Arkham" game in the franchise to be rated Mature.
"Batman: Arkham Knight" will be released June 2.
Madonna was performing her latest single "Living For Love" at the star-studded Brit Awards on Wednesday when her cape tie didn't release and a dancer accidentally pulled the 56-year-old diva down a flight of stairs.
It looked pretty painful, and social media captured the whole thing.
Just saw the clip of Madonna falling over at The Brits. I give it six months before Lady Gaga starts doing it too.— Adam Hills (@adamhillscomedy) February 26, 2015
For years, Taylor Swift has been plagued by the rumor that she doesn't have a belly button.
The wacky story was started thanks to the singer's love of high-waisted, two-piece ensembles that do not reveal her lower abdomen.
In December, the 25-year-old singer gave an odd interview to Lucky magazine in which she only perpetuated the idea that something may be wrong with her navel:
I don't like showing my belly button. When you start showing your belly button then you're really committing to the midriff thing. I only partially commit to the midriff thing — you're only seeing lower rib cage. I don't want people to know if I have one or not. I want that to be a mystery. As far as anyone knows based on my public appearances, they haven't seen evidence of a belly button. It could be pierced. They have no idea. If I'm going to get some sort of massive tattoo, it's going to be right next to my belly button because no one's ever going to see that.
But it turns out Swift was just messing with us.
Last month the singer finally posted a bikini photo showing off her much-discussed belly button while on vacation in Hawaii with the sisters of the band Haim.
Because Swift had kept her navel under wraps for so long, she knew there would be a high price for whichever photographer could first prove its existence.
Not wanting the paparazzi to benefit from her belly button and from invading her private vacation, Swift decided to take matters into her own hands. She explained to Grimshaw:
Basically, on the last day [of vacation] we see a fishing boat a half a mile away. We were like, 'That's a little weird. We're in the middle of the ocean scuba diving.' My security gets out binoculars and sees that they have a huge long-lens camera. At which point, we go back to the beach and we realize, 'Okay, so they got pictures of us in our bikinis, like, I don't want them to make like $100,000 for stalking us.' So we're like, 'Get up on the bow of the boat. We're taking better bikini shots, so they don't make as much money on theirs.'
The moral of the story is that no one is going to benefit off Taylor Swift unless she herself says so. Just ask Spotify.
The Kardashians have signed a new $100 million+ deal to stay at E!, according to Page Six.
The deal would keep the Kardashian clan at the network for four more years.
According to Page Six, it would also be the highest amount ever paid for a reality brand on TV.
“Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” which premiered in 2007, will begin its 10th season in March. The new deal would extend the show four seasons.
The deal also includes the many spin-off series of the original show including "Kourtney and Khloé Take the Hamptons."
According to Forbes, Kim Kardashian alone is worth $28 million.