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    P. Diddy

    Activists urged US rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs Tuesday to push for better working conditions after revealing clothing for his fashion line was made in a Bangladeshi factory where 110 staff died in a fire.

    Labour rights campaigners shot and distributed dozens of images of labeled clothes inside the gutted remains of the Tazreen Fashion factory, where the ferocious blaze took hold late on Saturday.

    "We found clothing of ENYCE (Combs's label) and Faded Glory (a Walmart range)," Kalpona Akter, director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, told AFP.

    She said that clothes also made for German discount line KiK, US firm Dickies, True Desire of Sears, Edinburgh Woollen Mill and several other Western brands had been identified in the burnt-out ruins.

    ENYCE and Combs, who was formerly known as Puff Daddy, were not immediately available for comment.

    But Walmart, European chain C&A and Hong Kong supplier Li & Fung have been among companies confirming they had clothes made at the factory.

    "We are sure that Mr. Combs will be as shocked as we are to find that his company is implicated in such an horrific tragedy," said Liz Parker of the Clean Clothes Campaign, an Amsterdam-based textile rights group.

    "We urge him to use his influence to make sure clothing factories are safe places for people to work."

    The fire at Tazreen Fashion brings the total of workers that have died in factory fires in Bangladesh since 2006 to around 700, according to the group.

    Walmart on Monday acknowledged some of its products were made at the nine-story plant, which only had planning permission for three stories according to government inspectors.

    "A supplier subcontracted work to this factory without authorization and in direct violation of our policies," Walmart said in a statement. "Today, we have terminated the relationship with that supplier.

    "The fact that this occurred is extremely troubling to us."

    Witnesses of Saturday night's blaze told how desperate workers, most of them women, cried for help and several leaped to their deaths from upper floors as they tried to escape.

    German retailer KiK was also a major client of a factory in Pakistan where a fire killed 289 people in September this year. It has agreed to pay more than $1.2 million in compensation to victims.

    Carrefour and IKEA both issued statements Tuesday saying they had had contracts with Tuba Group, the parent company that owns the Tazreen factory, but had not used the plant that burnt down.

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    The name Michael Kors has been widely celebrated in the fashion industry for nearly three decades and shows no signs of falling out of vogue.

    In 2010, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America and his company's stock price has doubled since its IPO last December.

    A somewhat rocky start is said to have humbled the designer, who despite his wild success and unstoppable momentum, strives to serve all clients regardless of size, shape, and financial background. 

    Yet there's no denying that this designer is a real divo. He owns 60 sets of Aviator sunglasses and a pair of custom-made crocodile Chucks And this is just the beginning of the fabulous life of Michael Kors.

    To stay trim, Michael starts his day with private yoga lessons

    Source: Harper's Bazaar

    Or occasionally he orders breakfast from Murray's Bagels, a mainstay near his Greenwich Village apartment

    Source: Harper's Bazaar

    He absolutely loves all things crocodile and says he even owns a pair of custom-made crocodile Chucks

    Source: Harper's Bazaar

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    bane the dark knight rises

    As  we revealed late last week, we've been making our way through the awesome "The Dark Knight Rises" Blu-ray special features

    One favorite from the disc was finding out more about the origins of Tom Hardy's Sean Connery-esque Bane voice.

    We knew the voice was very much inspired by boxing champ Bartley Gorman; however, on the DVD, Hardy goes into more detail about how he nailed down just the right accent for Gotham's Reckoning. 

    In addition to Gorman, Hardy shares Bane's voice was also brought on by Richard Burton (yes, Elizabeth Taylor's late husband).

    "Bane is somebody who's in tremendous pain all the time. So he had an older voice. Which is sort of Richard Burton, I suppose, you know. Slightly florid, camp English villain … in many ways, but just off-center."

    However, Hardy knew the character needed to be of Latin descent – and, rightfully so. After all, Bane's origins are rooted in a South American prison. So the prime of his voice is a nod to that.

    " ... Taking that into mind, I looked at original Latin … sort of Romany Gypsy. And there was a character, Bartley Gorman … the bare-knuckle fighter, and that's where the accent comes from that I use in the film."

    For those unfamiliar with Gorman, he was once the bare-knuckle boxing champ of the world, referred to as the King of the Gypsies.

    Here's a clip of Gorman:

    Now, listen to Hardy as Bane:

    "The Dark Knight Rises" is available on DVD December 4.

    SEE ALSO: What's inside TDKR Blu-ray special features >

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    Billionaire Warren Buffett, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, and Fortune's Carol Loomis, the author of "Tap Dancing to Work," were on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" last night. 

    Admittedly, we thought the Oracle of Omaha's jokes fell flat during the Comedy Central show. 

    Stewart did, however, refer to the pair as "two of the nicest communists you'll ever meet." 

    Check out the video clips below. 

    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
    Warren Buffett & Carol Loomis Pt. 1
    Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook

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    jeff zucker

    A major shift is about to occur at CNN.

    Amid struggling ratings, the network is set to appoint a new leader of CNN Worldwide for the first time in a decade.

    Cue former NBCUniversal CEO and current executive producer of Katie Couric's new daytime talk show, Jeff Zucker.

    Zucker is the likely frontrunner, reports The New York Times, after a four-month-long search to find someone to succeed current President, Jim Walton, before he departs at the end of this year.

    According to Brian Stelter at The New York Times:

    Several news executives close to Mr. Zucker said this week that they believed he had been chosen to run CNN, and they expected the appointment to be announced soon. People close to the Time Warner chief executive, Jeffrey L. Bewkes, also identified Mr. Zucker. A Time Warner spokesman declined to comment.

    Other names that have been thrown out to fill the position include ex-Sony boss Howard Stringer, former NBC News president Neal Shapiro and former ABC News chief, David Westin.

    former NBC news president and current WNYC CEO Neal Shapiro and former ABC News chief David Westin.

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    “They want someone who has programming and management and cable expertise; someone who can be credible to the staff and to the business community,” one source told The Times. “They know that this is a pretty tall order.”

    Not that news of Zucker's possible hiring is a huge shock. As we reported in October, Zucker was likely leaving "Katie" with his eyes on the prize of the CNN president position.

    But as Zucker has a major financial interest in "Katie," he will now have to negotiate his way out of a contract that promised to pay him a reported $8 million.

    Even as far back as June, the New York Post was reporting rampant rumors of Zucker getting the coveted gig:

    Several news business high-ups say one name being floated internally to come in and revive CNN ratings is Jeff Zucker, the former NBCUniversal boss. Zucker is friendly with both [Time Warner CEO Jeff] Bewkes and corporate adviser, Gary Ginberg. The Zucker prospect has rattled some in the executive ranks.

    Zucker, who, as a young 26-year-old NBC News producer helped start what became a 16-year winning streak for the “Today” show, could benefit the struggling CNN as the network is desperately trying to boost ratings with new programming such as original content from TV chef Anthony Bourdain and filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, as well as a new internal documentary division.

    But then again, Zucker's eldest child "Today" is also currently seeing a ratings low -- being beaten by "GMA" this November sweeps for the first time in 17 years.

    Apparently, CNN execs think Zucker's magic touch will last long enough to bring the network back to its glory days.

    To read the entire New York Times article, click here.


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    Good morning, AdLand. Here's what you need to know today:

    • Time Warner Cable Media announced an enhancement of its partnership with AT&T AdWorks for 2013. By integrating AT&T U-verse homes into pre-existing scheduling network grids, marketers will have an easier time buying and managing TV campaigns nationwide.

    Previously on Business Insider:

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    Wendy Williams

    Wendy Williams, a radio personality who hosts a talk show on BET, allegedly failed to for pay for 12,140 pairs of shoes bearing her logo, the New York Daily news reported Monday.

    And the shoe factory owner that made the shoes isn't happy.

    In fact, the factory owners are so displeased with Williams they reportedly kidnapped one of the managers of Max Harvest International Holdings, a separate manufacturing company working with the star on the shoe line.

    That kidnapping spurred Max Harvest's owners to go into hiding, according to their lawyer Staci Riordan, the Daily News reported.

    Riordan told the Daily News that Williams and her husband signed a contract to buy the shoes from Max Harvest and now owe the company more than $419,000.

    Williams didn't immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

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    real housewives of miami house

    "Real Housewives of Miami" star Lisa Hochstein and her husband Lenny have listed their Miami Beach house for $10.75 million, according to celebrity real estate blogger The Real Estalker.

    The home has five bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, and spans 10,000 square feet.

    The house has gorgeous bay views, a four car garage, a theater, and a gym.

    Welcome to North View Drive.

    The entry way has a huge glass dome ceiling.

    The home was built in 2007.

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    priceA former model on the Price is Right won $8.5 million in a discrimination lawsuit that claimed the show refused to take her back after she returned from maternity leave.

    Along with several other sparkly gown-wearing hostesses, Brandi Cochran, 41, showcased items and presented prizes to contestants on the long-running game show from 2002 to 2009.

    She claimed that when she told the producers that she was pregnant and expecting twins in December 2008, they began treating her poorly, made disparaging remarks about her eating habits and weight gain, and removed her from the show’s website.

    One of the twins was stillborn in February 2009; her daughter was born prematurely the following month. Cochran claimed her pregnancy was the reason she was not rehired when she returned to work in early 2010.

    The producers claimed they were satisfied with the five models working on the show at the time Cochran asked to return.

    After telling the judge several times they were deadlocked, the jurors in the case found that Cochran, a former Miss USA and Miss Teen USA, was entitled to $776,000 in compensatory damages, but rejected her claims of mental hardship.

    The next day, the jurors came back after the second phase of the trial and awarded Cochran $7.7 million in punitive damages.

    “I hope my case will help other women in the same situation,” Cochran said after the verdict.


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    • AMC just announced two scripted pilot orders: "Halt & Catch Fire" and "Turn." H&CF is a drama set in Texas’s Silicon Prairie during the eighties personal-computer boom. "Turn," which is based on the book "Washington’s Spies," tells the story of a rag-tag group of friends in the summer of 1778, who band together to help America win its independence.
    • Jessica Simpson Us Weekly PregnantThe Friars Club has chosen Jack Black as the next victim of their annual roast, taking place on April 5 in New York. The comedian will join the ranks of the organization's most recent honorees, Betty White and Quentin Tarantino. “We only roast the ones we love, and with Jack, we love his comedy, we love his music and we love his enormous talent," said Friars Club "Abbot" Jerry Lewis. "It’s going to be a great day for all of us!”
    Britney Spears and Kevin Federline have some unfinished business ... they owe more than $37 GRAND to the State of California

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    When did The Learning Channel stop teaching? 

    We asked ourselves that after seeing a clip for the network's recently aired "Extreme Cougar Wives."

    The latest show from "The Learning Channel" follows (much) older women who prey date younger men.

    Sure, the show explores the unusual relationship trend; however, what are we taking away from this show other than the underlying theme that "love knows no bounds" and the knowledge that 76-year-old Hattie is always willing to put out on the first date?

    It's not just this show. 

    One simple look at the rest of the channel's lineup today, and it's much of the same.

    We celebrate the "Queen of Couponing," award strange addictions with a giveaway contest, and, hail pop-culture sensation Honey Boo Boo and her go-go juice.

    The channel wasn't always riddled in reality shows.

    Before the pint-size pageant divas, and even the room renovations, "The Learning Channel" was just that ... about learning.

    The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare along with NASA founded what was meant to be an informative and instructional network in 1972. The channel was to be distributed for free via a NASA satellite.

    (The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present)

    The network became privately acquired by the Appalachian Community Service Network in 1980 and was renamed "The Learning Channel."

    (The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present)

    The network featured adult education shows ("Learn to Read"), documentaries on nature, history ("Battles That Changed the World"), and science.

    (The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present)

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    Angus T Jones Miley Cyrus Two and A Half Men

    After "Two And A Half Men" star Angus T. Jones' remarks slamming his hit CBS show went viral earlier this week, the 19-year-old is finally apologizing for telling fans to stop watching his "filth."

    "I apologize if my remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues and a lack of appreciation of the extraordinary opportunity of which I have been blessed," Jones, whose comments came during an apparent religious awakening for the actor in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, wrote in a statement late Tuesday.

    Jones continued, "Chuck Lorre, Peter Roth and many others at Warner Bros. and CBS are responsible for what has been one of the most significant experiences in my life to date."

    angus jonesIn the meantime, former "Two And A Half Men" star and longtime Lorre rival, Charlie Sheen, is speaking out to TMZ about the current drama, blaming Lorre for the teen star's "emotional tsunami."

    "I dare anyone to spend ten years in the laugh-track that is Chuck Lorre's hive of oppression and not suffer some form of an emotional tsunami," continued Sheen.

    But in spite of urging viewers to stop watching the CBS show because he said he no longer wanted to be a part of it, Jones is currently trying to smooth things over with his boss' at CBS and keep that $350,000 per episode paycheck.

    Read Jones' full apology statement below:

    I have been the subject of much discussion, speculation and commentary over the past 24 hours. While I cannot address everything that has been said or right every misstatement or misunderstanding, there is one thing I want to make clear.

    Without qualification, I am grateful to and have the highest regard and respect for all of the wonderful people on Two and Half Men with whom I have worked and over the past ten years who have become an extension of my family.

    Chuck Lorre, Peter Roth and many others at Warner Bros. and CBS are responsible for what has been one of the most significant experiences in my life to date. I thank them for the opportunity they have given and continue to give me and the help and guidance I have and expect to continue to receive from them.

    I also want all of the crew and cast on our show to know how much I personally care for them and appreciate their support, guidance and love over the years. I grew up around them and know that the time they spent with me was in many instances more than with their own families. I learned life lessons from so many of them and will never forget how much positive impact they have had on my life.

    I apologize if my remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues and a lack of appreciation of the extraordinary opportunity of which I have been blessed.  I never intended that.

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    Jeff Leek at Simply Statistics has a great post that explains how Fox News presents data in a really tricky way.

    A lot of the issue comes in the way the data is presented. While most of the time the data is grounded in fact, by skewing the axes, using the wrong kind of chart, or just changing where the points should be on the graph, Fox is able to change the way that the information is interpreted.

    As one example, Leek points out this pie chart. When you add up the numbers, it exceeds 100 percent, making a pie chart a poor choice.


    fox news graph fail

    In this Fox News chart, the axis starts at 34%. When looked at it this way, it appears that taxes will be five times higher than they are now if the cuts expire. In reality, that isn't the case:

    fox news graph fail

    Here's one of the biggest instances of skewed results. Look at the values at each of the points:

    fox news graph fail

    Now, look at it like this:

    fox news graph fail

    By expanding the scope of the Y-axis and strangely changing the placement of a number of points, Fox News presented the unemployment rate as stagnant. Leeks points out that the BLS data contradicts that conclusion:

    fox news graph fail

    Here's one that makes it appear that welfare recipients are dramatically rising. In reality, the axis starts at 94 million, so the changes are much more subtle:

    fox news graph fail

    Not only is this graph somewhat skewed, the title isn't even accurate. Moreover, there's no Y-axis to show the difference:

    fox news graph fail

    Here's a chart provided by Leeks that shows the differences:

    fox news graph fail

    Add up the percentages:

    fox news graph fail

    You can see all of the charts and analysis at Simply Statistics > 

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    selita ebanks

    Model Selita Ebanks is putting her past as a Victoria's Secret Angel behind her.

    Ebanks told New York Magazine that she tried out for the annual Fashion Show but didn't make it, despite recently being a part of the retailer's elite group of "Angels."

    Victoria's Secret makes everyone audition for the extravaganza.

    "You have to show up in your panties, and you have to walk and be pleasant and say hi to everyone and hope that you’ve still got it," Ebanks told reporter Jenni Avins. "I didn't make it." 

    But Ebanks said she's done with Victoria's Secret anyway.

    “I’ve done, what, five, six shows? I’ve experienced my V.S. days," Ebanks said.

    Victoria's Secret Angels star in the catalogs and go to promotional events for the lingerie company. Many former Angels have gone on to be superstars, including Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum and Gisele Bundchen.

    Ebanks' contract with Victoria's Secret ended in 2009.

    Perhaps she can find solace with Kate Upton, who was also famously snubbed from the show.

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    Television TV

    The so-called Golden Age of Television technically started in the 1950s when droves of people started transitioning from radio to television.

    But at Business Insider's IGNITION conference today, Nielsen executive Steve Hasker said that in a lot of ways, this is the golden age of television.

    Hasker is president of global media products and advertiser solutions at Nielsen, an audience-measurement firm whose name is synonymous with TV ratings.

    "If you look at the quality of programming, mostly in the U.S., it's truly extraordinary," Hasker said. "If you go out to Hollywood these days, the A-grade talent agencies will put their best people in front of TV. It didn't always used to be like that."  

    Hasker said that within the last year, television networks and their executives have shown more confidence in digital video, which is the next biggest area of growth.

    "Digital video is a really exciting area firstly, and secondly, if you think about the most compelling video, it's professionally produced video," Hasker said. "TV networks own that ... [they] have a real jewel."

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    GQ magazine has just announced their list of "The Least Influential People of 2012" — "a collection of people so uninspiring that we should round them all up and stick them on an iceberg."

    While some, like Hulk Hogan (#24), may be obvious picks, others such as Michelle Obama's exile to the iceberg came as a bit of a surprise.

    Below are GQ's top 15 picks, along with an explanatory line of their biting commentary:

    15. Bobby Valentine: "a man whose greatest accomplishment in baseball remains wearing a fake-mustache disguise to sneak back into the dugout after getting ejected from a game."

    14. Billy Crystal: "It's a measure of how irrelevant the Oscars have become that Eddie Murphy could back out of the gig and producers thought that bringing in an even more washed-up comic would somehow rejuvenate the ceremony."

    13. Lance Armstrong: "It's like peeling back the layers of an onion that's nestled inside an a--hole."

    12. Keith Olbermann: "There was only one bridge left for Olbermann to burn this year, and when it was time for him to alienate himself from Current TV, he did it in classic Olbermann fashion."

    11. Guy Fieri: "This year the white-trash fusion chef opened his flagship Manhattan restaurant."

    10. Jerry Sandusky's Lawyer: "I know! I'll have my client go on national TV prior to his trial to be grilled by Bob Costas so we can all witness him declare, ‘I enjoy young people."

    9. Gregg Williams: "The disgraced former NFL defensive coordinator—the man who pioneered the New Orleans Saints' bounty program—is the rare person stupid enough to deserve being scapegoated."

    8. Ryan Lochte: "The individual-medley-of-douchiness world record was shattered this year by Lochte, the U.S. swimmer who managed to increase the Ashton Kutcher-ness of the London Games by 80 percent."

    7. Michelle Obama: "She even wrote a book about growing her own vegetables, which many people bought as a passive-aggressive way of telling someone they're fat."

    6. George Zimmerman: "...there is something morbidly comedic about a man deluding himself into thinking that his life is in danger because a black teenager walking by might assault him with a bag of Skittles."

    5. Gotye: "You make Alanis Morissette sound like Slayer. You are rock's genocide."

    4. Dwight Howard: "In a just world, Dwight Howard will hurt his knee and doctors will take seventeen months to make a proper diagnosis."

    3. Madonna: "That cheerleading outfit isn't making you look any younger, Madge."

    2. Amanda Bynes: "Bynes spent all of 2012 avoiding acting gigs and trying desperately to run over your dog."

    1. Mitt Romney: "The only successful thing he did this year was embody every black stand-up comedian's impression of a white person."


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    Layne Leslie Britton, a financial consultant for "Survivor" filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court against friend and former show producer, Conrad Riggs.  

    In the complaint, Britton claims his old friend cheated him out of more than $14 million that Riggs would have never made if it weren't for him. 

    Sound familiar? That's because back in 2008 Riggs sued his then business partner Mark Burnett for $70 million over failure to pay producing fees. 

    According to Britton, he originally consulted Riggs and Burnett – free of charge – on how much "Survivor" was worth shortly after it became an overnight success. 

    Eventually, Riggs brought his friend on, offering Britton a cut for his services. He was to receive 35 percent of Riggs' contract with Burnett for all future versions of the reality show and 40 percent of all other profits that dealt with Riggs contract. 

    After Riggs' dispute was settled with Burnett in March of this year, it arose Britton's suspicions that his friend may be holding out on him.  

    From the complaint via The Hollywood Reporter:

    " … a review of the filings Conrad made in his complaint against Mark, evidenced that Riggs spent part of his tenure with the Enterprise scheming to appropriate an even larger share of Burnett's earning to himself by not paying Britton, his fair and agreed upon share of the earnings that Burnett paid to Riggs." 

    Riggs has since become the founder of an entertainment company called Cloudbreak, which, Britton claims was formed to receive money owed directly – or indirectly – from Burnett.

    In addition to the hefty $14 million, Riggs is accusing Cloudbreak of being "undercapitalized, not adhering to corporate formalities," and believes Riggs brought him under contract so he could capitalize on "Survivor" profits..  

    You can read the complain at THR here.

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    billionaire's beach, carbon beach, malibu

    Nicknamed "Billionaire's Beach," the Carbon Beach section of Malibu is home to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, entertainment mogul David Geffen, former Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt, and other business tycoons.

    Ellison loves Carbon Beach so much that he owns 10 properties there, including one he bought just this week.

    What makes Carbon Beach so great and expensive?

    The AP's Jeanne Cooper answered the question in 2006, shortly after Geffen lost a court battle against the construction of a public-access walkway near his home. She wrote:

    Locals talk about the breadth and dryness of the sand driving up prices to a minimum of $15 million for a small beachfront lot.

    And unlike Malibu Colony homes, the houses tend to be built right on the sand, with no seawall blocking the view of the beach from the patio. For visitors (or paparazzi), that means being able to see the lifestyles of the rich and famous without a telescope while strolling the sand. But really, Carbon Beach's relative exclusivity - in terms of price and public access - is its main selling point.

    We decided to see what all the fuss was about.

    Welcome to Billionaire's Beach. Malibu has 21 miles of shoreline, but Carbon Beach extends for just one mile along the coast.

    "Billionaire's Beach" has its own boutique hotel, called the Malibu Beach Inn. The hotel has 47 rooms.

    Source: Malibu Beach Inn

    The inn, which was renovated in 2007, is right on the water. So even if you can't afford a multimillion-dollar home there, you can spend a night living like a Billionaire's Beach resident.

    Source: Malibu Beach Inn

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    Meet the new gay villains of television and film: If their wrists are bent, it's probably to cut someone's throat.

    Far from their limp-wristed, lisping predecessors, the modern-day villains of "Skyfall" and "Dexter" do their own dirty work and are every bit as masculine as the heroes with whom they do battle.

    OK, one stereotype remains: They still wear some nice clothes. But while the old portrayals suggested that gays were vain and effeminate, the fashion-consciousness of the new gay villains reflects an admirable attention to detail.

    Is this progress? In a way, yes.

    Once, branding a villain as homosexual was dehumanizing. Today, a villain's homosexuality is often the most humanizing thing about him.

    The arrival of more nuanced, less stereotypical gay villains comes as gay characters receive more realistic portrayals on shows like ABC's hit "Modern Family." Rather than remaining relegated to the rom-com role of gay best friend, gay characters are finally moving the action.

    And no one moves the action like villains.

    GLAAD, which tracks portrayals of gays in popular culture, says that as the number of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered characters increases in TV and film, it makes sense that there would be more villains. The question is whether they are villainous because they are gay, or villains who just happen to also be gay.

    "In the early days of LGBT characters on screen, it was often the case that a character’s sexual orientation or gender identity was directly tied to their villainous nature as things like lecherous prison guards, blackmailers, or even psychotic killers," Matt Kane, GLAAD's associate director of entertainment media, told TheWrap.

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    "Though that’s almost never the case now, it’s still something writers and directors should be conscious of. What this also highlights, however, is that there are still too few LGBT protagonists and leads in popular media, particularly in genre film and television. Where is the gay equivalent to James Bond?"

    Nowhere, so far. But at least Bond has a worthy gay adversary.

    In the bad old days, films and movies gave their villains mincing walks, frilly outfits, flowery language, fussy cats and all sorts of other supposedly effeminate accessories to tip off viewers that they were homosexual – as if homosexuality were synonymous with weakness. If the manly hero pummeled his way through a horde of 1960s henchmen, the effete villain stood no chance. His only hope was to flee. We were supposed to despise him for his cowardice.

    The sissified villain is one of fiction's oldest stereotypes. Even in the epic poem "The Iliad," one warrior belittles another by imagining him "crying… like some little girl, who runs beside her mother and begs to be picked up.

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    Today's gay villains are so stereotypically masculine that we might not know they were gay if they didn't say so themselves. They are gay because they like the same sex – not because of their pets.

    Though "Dexter" villain Isaak Sirko (Ray Stevenson) reveals his homosexuality to Dexter -- and becomes a more interesting character in the process -- Javier Bardem's Raoul Silva never explicitly tells Bond he is gay. We gather that he is gay or bisexual from the way he unbuttons Bond's shirt, strokes his legs and chest, and propositions him.

    Today's Bond isn't a homophobe. Rather than express disgust when Silva suggests there's a first time for everything, Bond replies, "What makes you think it's my first time?"

    John Logan, the gay screenwriter who wrote the exchange, has said it simply plays off of the homoeroticism of countless past Bond confrontations. Remember that laser that Auric Goldfinger aimed at Bond's groin? Or the scrotum torture of "Casino Royale"?

    On "Breaking Bad," we're given hints that Giancarlo Esposito's Gus Fring is gay, but never know for sure. In a flashback to Fring's early 20s, we see that he has a young, attractive partner -- a business partner, that is -- and that they hold a deep affection for one another. When his partner is murdered before his eyes, Fring begins a decades-long quest for revenge.

    Also read: 'Breaking Bad' Star Giancarlo Esposito and the Healing Power of Gus Fring

    There is one more possible tip-off to Fring's possible homosexuality, if we indulge in the kind of stereotyping that pervades the gay-centric sitcom "The New Normal":

    Fring is the most immaculate dresser within hundreds of miles. His final act is to straighten his tie, even after half of his face has been blown off. Silva and Sirko also look like escapees from a GQ fashion shoot.

    The model for the modern-day gay villains may be Omar, the brilliant stickup man from the beloved HBO series "The Wire." Not every writer in Hollywood takes cues from "The Wire," but plenty do.

    But Fring's attention to detail -- not just in his appearance but in his business dealings -- allows him to operate a massive meth empire, hidden in plain sight. Sirko's fastidiousness allows him to rule another criminal enterprise. And Silva builds a massive hacking-abetted fortune while looking good and demonstrating a playful taste in music.

    As an audience, we respect the gay villains a bit more, guessing at the bigotry they've likely had to overcome: They have made it to the top of such hyper-masculine and probably homophobic institutions as drug cartels, the Russian mob, and in Silva's case, before he went rogue, the spy game.

    The model for the modern-day gay villains may be Omar, the brilliant stickup man from the beloved HBO series "The Wire." Not every writer in Hollywood takes cues from "The Wire," but plenty do.

    ("Breaking Bad" is influential as well. "Dexter" seems to have borrowed several points from the AMC series this season, including a morally ambiguous character who poisons people with plants.)

    As played by Michael K. Williams, Omar holds up drug dealers for a living, sometimes with a pretty younger man by his side. Like Sirko and perhaps Fring, he longs to avenge a lover's death, which makes him more sympathetic than the usual bad guy motivated by greed.

    Omar's homosexuality, in other words, brings out the best in him. And it does nothing to make him less of a man. Even as his enemies denounce him as a "cocksucker," they fear him as much as they fear anyone.

    Sirko, Silva and Fring are just as brutal as Omar when they need to be. In one of the most chilling scenes on "Breaking Bad," Fring changes out of his business clothes, we see his ripped muscles for the first time, and he dons a HazMat suit to cut an underperforming underling's throat with a box cutter.

    Worried about his clothes? Yes. But there's nothing weak about him.

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