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July 24, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
When the Toronto International Film Festival announced its high-profile premieres on Tuesday, the lineup was filled with the expected prestige - an adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning work starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts ("August: Osage County"), a 19th century race drama from the British artist and director Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave"). But the list also included a more surprising crop of films. Among the world and North American premieres set for the festival when it begins Sept.
July 19, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
Matthew Berry's book sure makes a lousy first impression. The ESPN fantasy guru introduces us to a league where, each year, the last-place finisher is forced to get a humiliating tattoo. Look, I'm all for tribal hazing; I went to seventh grade too. I stop short at the permanent desecration of my friends, however, even in the name of a good time. Berry's book comes at an opportune time, in the first stirrings of another fantasy season, as emails begin to shoot back and forth about upcoming drafts.
July 15, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Kelly Osbourne and boyfriend Matthew Mosshart are engaged! Mosshart popped the question to his purple-haired bestie during the couple's recent holiday in Anguilla, the two revealed in Hello. "We were on a balcony that overlooks the ocean," the vegan chef told the mag . "It was just beautiful. She said yes! And then she smiled for the rest of the night!" The two met in a romantic setting as well: The 2011 wedding of model Kate Moss and musician Jamie Hince, whose band includes Mosshart's sister Alison.
July 15, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
You may have missed it for the racket produced by the majority of movies currently going boom-boom - or, in the case of "The Lone Ranger," bust-bust - at the multiplex. But with the arrival of Sundance Film Festival sensation "Fruitvale Station" in theaters, the opening bell for Oscar season has sounded, providing welcome news for moviegoers immune to the charms of unnecessary reboots and bloated tent-pole movies. And though we're still a long way from sending the tux to the dry cleaners to see what they can do about the stain left from Wolfgang Puck's pork belly dumplings, it's never too early to begin crafting an Oscar campaign.
July 10, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford just got a three-year contract extension and a raise in the neighborhood of $4.5 million a year. Now the fifth-year quarterback needs to show he's worth the investment, meaning returning to the stellar form he showed in 2011 before taking a drastic downturn last season. The extension Stafford signed Wednesday will keep him with the team through 2017. The three-year deal is worth $53 million, including $41.5 million in guaranteed money.
June 28, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Matthew Morrison, the "Glee" star who's recently released his second solo album, is planning a duet for the rest of his life: He's newly engaged to Renee Puente, his girlfriend of two years. "An incredible night of LOVE @ejaf Ball," Morrison tweeted Friday, referring to the Elton John AIDS Foundation's White Tie and Tiara Ball, where the news was announced Thursday night. "I'm going to marry my best friend! Happy day for me and @Renee_Puente. " The announcement was made from the stage by John and his partner, David Furnish, according to E!
June 28, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Matthew Morrison -- a.k.a. hunky Mr. Schue on "Glee" -- has presented an engagement ring to his girlfriend of about two years, modelĀ  Renee Puente. The engagement was announced Thursday night by none other than Elton John, assisted by partner David Furnish, from the stage at the White Tie and Tiara Ball in London, E! reports. Then Chris Martin of Coldplay joined John to serenade the couple with "This is Your Song. " [E Online] "I'm going to marry my best friend," the truly gleeful Morrison tweeted Friday morning.
June 22, 2013 | Martin Miller, Los Angeles Times
If nothing else, AMC's "Mad Men" has been the deliberate and artful chronicle of the psychological undressing of the secretive Don Draper. In its current season, the drama laid the character even more bare when he was caught with another woman - and with his pants down - by his 14-year-old daughter. The excruciating moment, a culmination of self-imposed humiliations in a season awash in shame for the Emmy Award-winning show's central character, prompted a fresh round of howling at the depraved depths of its charismatic antihero.
June 17, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
"The show is titled 'Mad Men,' but without these women, the guys would be just a bunch of desperate masturbators in great suits. " So said Holly Hunter, introducing the lead actresses of the acclaimed AMC drama last week at the nonprofit Women in Film awards. And, really, it's hard to argue. While the show's men, most notably, the self-loathing Don Draper, keep repeating sins from the past, the women have evolved and adapted through the show's six seasons. Remember the pilot episode in which Joan takes Peggy on a tour of the office and advises her to "take a paper bag, cut eye holes out of it, put it over your head, get undressed then look at yourself in the mirror"?
June 12, 2013 | By Gary Klein
The intrigue surrounding Florida State signee Matthew Thomas and USC has apparently ended. A day after his father said Thomas wanted a release from his national letter of intent so he could transfer to USC , Thomas on Tuesday released a statement to that said he would remain with the Seminoles. Thomas, a linebacker, attended high school in Miami. "After meeting with coach [Jimbo] Fisher and his staff and gathering all the information I have decided to honor my commitment to Florida State," Thomas said in the statement.
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