J.P. Rosenbaum certainly gave Ashley Hebert – and TV audiences across the country – a happy ending last night when he nervously popped the question. The 26-year-old dental student from Philadelphia accepted J.P.’s marriage proposal immediately. From a man she calls “my rock,” was there ever a doubt? “We complement each other so well,” Hebert said today on Good Morning America, the couple’s first, live TV appearance together as an engaged couple. Ashley on JP: “He’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.” The couple announced that Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum will soon be living in the same city after she relocates to New York in the near future. That said, they have no plans to rush down the aisle. “She’s going to move to New York City, finish up school,” J.P. said. “We’re going to find a place, she’ll get a job, we’ll get settled and then we’re going to talk about a wedding … Maybe fall of next year, or end of next year.” The Bachelorette season finale is in the books, but for Ashley, 26, and J.P., 34, they feel that only now can their lives can finally begin. While Rosenbaum delivered his proposal to Hebert months ago in Fiji, proclaiming to her, “You mean the world to me and I want to be with you forever,” the duo were not able to publicly celebrate their engagement be. “It was kind of fun at first, to keep the secret,” Hebert said on GMA . “But then, towards the end, we were ready to kind of come out in the open.” Perhaps someone not ready for the couple to come out, however, was the man who was left standing in Fiji with an unclaimed engagement ring, 28-year-old winemaker Ben Flajnik, whose proposal Hebert rejected. “She didn’t have what we have with any other guy,” Rosenbaum said of any worries he had that Hebert would choose Flajnik over him. “For the most part, I knew that she didn’t have what we had with anyone else.” What do you think? Is he right? Will they last? Vote:
Ever seen a racist, homophobic, Mets fan, Pastor, school teacher? Here he goes… Cops were called to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Fordham after a church-goer interrupted the service to call for the removal of Frank Borzellieri as principal of the parish school. “I wanted them to feel my sense of outrage that he was brought into the community to teach,” said Juan Varela, 54, who was arrested yesterday on disorderly conduct and weapons possession charges and spent seven hours in police custody. Varela, who is Catholic but lives in Queens, said he sat in a pew during the 10 a.m. Mass. At one point he stood up, walked to the altar, faced parishioners and began railing against Borzellieri. “This church hired a racist. This church does not like Hispanics and blacks,” one police source quoted Varela as saying. Cops said he initially refused to leave, but finally complied. He said he was kicked from behind by ushers at the back of the church as he tried to exit. He was picked up by police about two blocks away. Varela was charged with criminal possession of a weapon – a knife – and disorderly conduct, cops said. Damn a knife in church, sounds like Varela planned to “lay hands” on this pastor if he got close enough. Peep what the good ol’ pastor was kickin’ The News revealed Sunday that Borzellieri, 48, was quietly hired two years ago as principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School despite his controversial writings. In his 2004 book – “Don’t Take it Personally: Race, Immigration, Crime and Other Heresies” – Borzellieri declared “diversity is a weakness” and that America’s rising black and Hispanic populations will lead to a “New Dark Age.” He has also written for the white supremacist publication American Renaissance. As a city school board member representing District 24 in Queens from 1993 to 2002, Borzellieri tried to ban literature he labeled “anti-American” from school libraries. One of the books he targeted was an biography on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He also introduced a resolution calling for students to be taught that U.S. culture is superior, and he advocated the removal of an openly gay teacher from the classroom at Public School 199 in Sunnyside. So the Catholic church is just going to act like their new pastor isn’t a hate-monger, bigot, racist piece-of-s#!t? Damn, they’re a tough crowd. Racist AND child molesting, Jesus wouldn’t do that… Source
Director Bill Condon says ‘Twilight’ star deftly tackles finale’s most emotional scenes. By Kara Warner, with reporting by Josh Horowitz Robert Pattinson Photo: Summit Entertainment “Twilight” fans who’ve already read the best-selling books upon which the films are based have a sense of what to expect from the final two films when they hit theaters. Specifically, what emotional ups and downs will unfold onscreen, and which characters will be most impacted. “Breaking Dawn” director Bill Condon recently revealed to MTV News what he predicts will be the most emotional moments in the final installments. He also opened up about how stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have tackled the acting challenges presented to their characters, Bella and Edward. ( Spoilers ahead for those who haven’t read the books.) “There’s this really quiet moment when Bella discovers that she’s pregnant and Edward leaves the room having said, ‘Carlisle will get that thing out of you,’ ” Condon recalled, “and she realizes, ‘Oh my god, I’ve got trouble ahead.’ “Edward, the person she’s been longing for all this time is actually on the other side of this very basic issue about this baby that’s growing inside of her, and she puts all that aside and she turns and she has a moment where she catches herself in this mirror. It’s actually a scene, just Kristen alone, where she falls in love with the idea of being a mother and it’s just simple, but I think it’s very moving.” Condon went on to say that Pattinson’s work in the film is equally moving, noting how much he has evolved as an actor. “[Edward] really becomes an adult [in this film],” Condon said. “In the beginning, he has this beautiful toast to [Bella] where he talks about, ‘You’re so lucky if you find that one person who can see you for who you are and still accept you and allow you to move beyond who you’ve been.’ And that’s what Rob does in this movie,” the director added, “He sort of puts aside Edward’s self-loathing and all that stuff and actually becomes a man. “So at the end, when Bella’s given birth and she’s died and he’s trying to bring her back, there is stuff in there where the camera just holds him for a long time where he’s just doing everything he can think of to make her live and to beg her to live,” Condon revealed. “It’s just really powerful.” Check out everything we’ve got on “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.” For young Hollywood news, fashion and “Twilight” updates around the clock, visit HollywoodCrush.MTV.com . Related Videos MTV Rough Cut: ‘Breaking Dawn’ Director Bill Condon Related Photos ‘Breaking Dawn’ Stars Take Over San Diego Comic-Con
Blake Lively just keeps getting better and better in my books, she’s almost too hot for her own good. Here she is filming a scene from some new movie wearing a cute little sundress and what looks to be a bikini top under her tank top. I like it, but if I were directing this thing I think I’d lose the tank top and replace the sundress with some short shorts…. And possibly give her a hot asian lesbian lover. I smell an Academy Award .
‘For those who have been so involved and grown up with the series, it feels like a chapter of your life has closed,’ one expert says. By Josh Wigler Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2″ Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2″ has been in theaters for a week, kicking magical tail at the box office and basking in the glow of rave reviews from critics. All good things, to be sure, except for one not-so-tiny wound: “Harry Potter” is officially over. “Wait … there’s no ‘Part 3′?” joked a wistful Micah Tannenbaum of MuggleNet , commenting to MTV News on the fact that the “Potter” series is finally ending. “It’s a bittersweet feeling. For those who have been so involved and grown up with the series, it feels like a chapter of your life has closed, but at the same time, you’re eager to see what’s next. J.K. Rowling always has something up her sleeve.” MTV’s very own “Potter” expert Terri Schwartz, who was one of our main commentators during the “Harry Potter” World Cup , is one such reader to have grown up alongside the Boy Who Lived, giving her a unique perspective on the cinematic ending of Jo Rowling’s magical franchise. “It is fair to say that I grew up with ‘Harry Potter,’ so now that the movie series is over, there is an overriding sense of finality to the era that wasn’t there when the last book came out,” she said. “I definitely feel like I will never experience another pop-culture phenomenon quite like this again in my lifetime.” Indeed, it’s a popular sentiment. For many fans, the end of “Potter” marks not just the end of a franchise, but the completion of a massive zeitgeist-defining tale the likes of which won’t be repeated anytime soon. There’s a sense of pride among “Potter” fans for having been around to witness such a narrative gift, but it doesn’t come without a bittersweet cost. “I think the fans are experiencing mixed emotions,” Tannenbaum said. “It’s a bit different than when ‘Deathly Hallows’ the book was released in 2007, because you still had several movies to look forward to. Now what?” Thankfully, there is a place to turn: Pottermore , Ms. Rowling’s online haven where muggles across the world can rediscover the majesty of “Potter” all over again. “It’s a good thing [she] decided to announce Pottermore just before the last film hit theaters,” Tannenbaum said. “I have a feeling it will cure any lingering post-Potter depression and provide fans the ultimate online experience. With all the books being re-released over time with new content, fans can experience the series all over again.” Pottermore is still several months away, of course, but fans aren’t without options: “Deathly Hallows, Part 2″ is still in theaters, of course, and judging by last weekend’s record-breaking box-office numbers, it’s a sure bet that many Potterheads will be heading back to Hogwarts this weekend. ” ‘Part 2′ is definitely the strongest of the ‘Potter’ films, so it is exciting to see that this last movie is holding steady to be the strongest of the bunch,” Schwartz said. “It just solidifies the fact that this is the most successful movie franchise in cinematic history, which is a title it well-deserves.” “The box-office results are impressive,” Tannenbaum added. “I think the fact that ‘Part 2′ shattered midnight, opening-day and opening-weekend records here in the U.S. as well as records overseas shows the series’ reach. It’s the fastest film ever to the half-billion mark, and it has only been in theaters for a week! Plus, it just passed ‘Star Wars’ as the highest-grossing franchise of all-time. Definitely going out with a bang.” Check out everything we’ve got on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.” For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com . Related Videos MTV Rough Cut: ‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2′ Related Photos ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2′ Opening-Night Madness ‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows’ Premieres In NYC
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore iPad App Trailer from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo . Authored by William Joyce – an accomplished illustrator and animator who has won Emmys for his published New Yorker covers and has created character designs for some of Pixar’s first animated classics. Cheers Andy. Broadcasting platform : Vimeo Source : Hurtybrain Discovery Date : 12/07/2011 11:50 Number of articles : 2
‘Harry Potter’ author’s site is still cloaked in mystery, but there are a few things we’d like to see on her Web creation. By Kara Warner J.K. Rowling Photo: Daniel Barry/Getty Images There’s a lot of “Harry Potter”-related excitement going around these days, what with the release of the eighth and final film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2″ in just a few weeks, and our own Harry Potter World Cup heating up. And on Thursday morning (June 23) in London, “Potter” creator J.K. Rowling made an official announcement about the mysterious “Pottermore” website she introduced last week. The site will deliver a free, online reading experience including, according to a press release, “extensive new material about the characters, places and objects in the much-loved stories” and a digital capability in which “the storyline will be brought to life with sumptuous newly commissioned illustrations and interactive ‘Moments’ through which you can navigate.” “[It's] a way I can be creative in a medium that didn’t exist when I started the books back in 1990,” Rowling told reporters during the press conference. That’s exciting stuff for “Potter” fans, considering the books have long since been completed and the final film hits theaters this summer. But at this point, with no Muggle having yet explored the site, we don’t know exactly what Pottermore will offer. Here are five things we hope we can see and do while playing in Rowling’s latest fantastical creation — now or in the future. Open Class/Character Development System No matter your house, heritage or O.W.L. scores, with the appropriate amount of training or playing time, you too can become an esteemed member of the wizarding community. No matter how basic or inexperienced you are when you begin exploring “Pottermore,” there should be opportunities for advancement and/or shifting skill sets. If you want to be an animagus, an auror, a healer, or even a professional Quidditch player, you need only put in the time. Quidditch Speaking of professional Quidditch players, there ought to be a recreational area in “Pottermore” where characters learn, play and eventually compete against one another at the hugely popular game. Instead of pitting competitors and teams against one another based solely on their houses, it would be great for players to be able to assemble themselves into teams. Virtual Place to Unwind, Be Entertained One of the main reasons Rowling’s masterworks have so many millions of fans, is because she’s created a world so magical and alluring, that we all dream of apparating into the Three Broomsticks for a butterbeer or taking a walk through Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes. It would be great if Pottermore featured a competition-free area for socializing in and around virtual versions of Rowling’s most beloved fictional shops and assorted hotspots. Annual “Pottermore” Gatherings Although Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter is currently a perfect place to mix and mingle with fellow Potterphiles, we would love an annual event in the vein of GenCon or Comic-Con, where fans from all over the world meet to share in everything Harry Potter. In addition to pointed panel discussions on a variety of subjects, why not also host a few live action duels in the spirit of the tri-wizard tournament? Maybe an attempt at a grounded game of Quidditch or two? Special Guest Stars And/Or Participants It’s nearly impossible to assemble the entire “Harry Potter” film casts for “Pottermore” participation, but perhaps before they all move on from their Potter associations the actors can record special interactive greetings and messages, to be carefully placed throughout “Pottermore”? Maybe Daniel Radcliffe and company can pre-record video messages of encouragement for players? Alan Rickman could instruct a brief beginner-level Defense Against the Dark Arts Class? We’ll even settle for video clips from the movies popping up every now and again. Also, if Rowling is taking the time to make this special announcement, we’re hoping she’s going to stay involved enough that she’ll consider recording some messages as well. So what did we miss? What do you want from Pottermore? Tell us in the comments! Check out everything we’ve got on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.” For young Hollywood news, fashion and “Twilight” updates around the clock, visit HollywoodCrush.MTV.com . Related Videos The ‘Harry Potter’ World Cup
Tim McIlrath’s band teams with ‘It Gets Better’ campaign for new video. By James Montgomery Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath Photo: Getty Images For more than a decade now, Tim McIlrath has been fighting the good fight. And during that time, he’s watched his band, Rise Against , rise from scrappy VFW Hall stalwarts to genuine rock-radio mainstays. But somewhere along the way, he began to notice RA’s agit-punk, certifiably progressive politics were getting lost in the mix. And needless to say, this bothered him. “Rise Against is a band that, we’ve played punk-rock dives and basements, that’s where we started, and at some point, we were adopted by a much-larger rock scene,” he told MTV News. “And when we were introduced to that rock scene, I found there were people that were unsure about who we are or where we stood on things … I found a lot of fans who were unsure about how we felt about if our fans were gay, and that broke my heart, to think that any one of our fans might even question for a second where we stand on that.” So, with those questions weighing on his mind, McIlrath headed into the studio with his band to begin work on what would become Rise Against’s sixth studio album, Endgame. It was during that process that the suicide of Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi began making national news, bringing to light the rather-troubling issue of bullying and the plight of gay teenagers in the U.S. As he had done throughout Rise Against’s career, McIlrath knew he had to speak up — especially since none of his radio-clogging contemporaries seemed willing to do so. “When the month of September rolled around, and the wave of gay-teen suicides happened, I realized there needed to be a song about this, and also because the rock scene in general kind of fails to comment about this stuff — it sort of doesn’t comment about this stuff; it largely ignores this kind of thing,” he said. “And rock being a male-dominated, testosterone-driven place that I’ve been in the eye of the hurricane now for several years, I realized that it can be a place that can perpetuate homophobic behavior unless it’s addressed by bands like us.” McIlrath wrote “Make It Stop (September’s Children),” a song that deals explicitly with the issues of bullying, homophobia and suicides within the LGBT community. His message is one of hope: Yes, life does improve once the years of high school hell recede into memory; you’ve just got to find the strength not to give up. “The message is: It can get better, it does get better, give it a chance to get better, don’t end your life prematurely,” he said. “And don’t give credence to all these bullies that would give you all this crap and try to make your adolescence something that’s hard to deal with.” In the new video for the song, Rise Against team up with Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” campaign to help provide hope to those in need. The clip — shot in McIlrath’s former stomping grounds, Rolling Meadows High School in Illinois — follows three teens as they are pushed to the brink by their cruel classmates, and it’s only when they find themselves at the (very literal) end of their ropes, do they realize that they have much to live for, and they resolve to press on. Although McIlrath will be the first to admit that it’s just one song and one video, he said that if “Make It Stop” can even inspire even one teen from taking his or her life — regardless of sexual orientation — then he’ll consider it a success. And by speaking out, he hopes he’ll inspire others to follow suit. “I think that bullying is something that’s existed for a long time, obviously, and will, in a lot of ways, always exist, but I think it’s important now to bring this issue to light and to talk about it because there are certain dots we can connect, as Americans, to look at what is producing the bullying that is happening today,” he said. “We live in a country that has legislation that still treats the gay community as second-class citizens. That’s going to trickle down to our high school communities, it’s going to trickle down to our kids … and as long as we have these types of laws on the books, as long as we have TV networks masquerading as news stations that are perpetuating really violent and anti-gay rhetoric, that’s going to trickle down. “There are very real solutions to this, I believe. It isn’t just this intangible, ‘Oh, there’s always been bullies, there always will be bullies’ — it’s more than that, and it’s coming to a head now,” he continued. “And a lot of the suicides of September 2010 are the product of a culture and a media that we can really address, that we can really do something [about] and provide solutions for.” Share your opinion on “Make It Stop (September’s Children)” in the comments below!
The Urban Daily sports blogger Jamiyl Samuels aims to show Black fathers in a positive light with his upcoming book. “Pass The Torch: How A Young Black Father Challenges the ‘Deadbeat Dad’ Stereotype” tackles the hot-button issue of fatherhood in the Black community and the affect the lack of a father figure has on young Black males. Disturbed by the negative and stereotypical portrayal of young Black fathers in the media, Samuels speaks from his own personal experiences growing up without a father and draws a parallel to the equally criticized world of Hip Hop whose artists mostly came from broken homes, but rose from their rough upbringing to break the cycle of abandonment with their own children. “Pass The Torch” praises Black fathers who do right by their children and offers a fresh perspective on a controversial issue. “Pass The Torch” will be released through Samuels’ own W.R.E.a.C Havoc Publishing imprint via Createspace.com and Amazon.com in the near future. Preview Chapter 1 here: https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1083020 Preview Chapter 7 here: https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1083653 HipHopDx.com excerpt: http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/editorials/id.1715/title.one-hip-hop-author-challenges-the-deadbeat-dad-stereotype-in-his-new-book
In light of Prince’s 53rd birthday, popcrush.com put together a list of his best “B-Sides” of all time! “The following B-Sides are listed in chronological order starting with the 1982 release of ‘How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore’ and closing with the 1989 release of ‘I Love U in Me.’ Enjoy!” Top 10 Prince Songs Prince Only Charging $25 For Los Angeles Concerts [VIDEO] Can A Man Go To A Prince Concert By Himself? [VIDEO] ‘How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore’ Released: Sept. 24, 1982; B-side of ’1999′ Single Prince recorded this B-side at Sunset Sound Studios in L.A. during the making of the ’1999′ album. This one is a beautiful four-chord progression acoustic piano ballad that showcases Prince’s vocals and lyrics. A touch of jazz and a healthy dose of Gospel make this an instant Prince classic. Although a B-side, Prince performed ‘How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore’ live during the 1999 and Purple Rain tours and continues to play it today. ‘Irresistible B—–’ Released: Nov. 23, 1983; B-side of ‘Let’s Pretend We’re Married’ The original version of ‘Irresistible B—–’ was recorded in December 1981 soon after Prince started exclusively using the Linn LM-1 drum machine. The song begins with a 40-second instrumental funk of bass and drums before Prince begins to share all the things he likes about this irresistible girl. He can’t stop thinking about her — even though his friends suggest he let her go — as he explains, “ they don’t know the things you do to me when we’re alone .” A great, sparse Prince funk track with a stellar bass line. Not only a Top 10 Prince B-side, but a Prince classic. Click here , for the rest of the best B-Sides from Prince…