It is with heavy heart that Chad and I announce our separation today. Through not only the marriage, but the music as well, we've created many unforgettable moments. We are still, and forever will be, the best of friends, and will always care deeply for each other. To all our family, friends and fans, thank you sincerely for the support.
A photo posted by Avril Lavigne (@avrillavigne) on
I’ve been playing Big Pharma, a game where you design production lines to manufacture cures to sell for maximum profit, or to genuinely help people, as your fancy may dictate. It’s excellent and I have become hopelessly addicted to it, but my favourite part is having to come up with names for the often double-edged drugs your imperfect process has produced:
It turns out this one doesn’t even treat angina – darkened effects are deactivated ones.
Soon a company name presented itself:
Eventually we fixed the sleepiness side effect:
Slightly miscalculated this one:
And lastly, what turned out to be the most profitable drug of the decade:
My lab was a mess.
But I was super proud of myself for figuring out a neat way to fit two Cryogenic Condensers in parallel in this small space – they take twice as long to process things, but they’re big and awkward to run dual conveyor belts around:
This was the final layout of my factory. Blue is anxiety meds, brown is bronchitis, red is bipolar, green is strokes. Some of the same coloured lines are different methods of making the same drug, faster or to a better standard depending on how much floor space I had to work with.
The goal was to make $1,000,000, which I did pretty quick, but the ‘Master’ level goal is to make $10,000,000 before the deadline. After the ten years were up, the pink bar here shows how close I was to that:
God damn it.
Damn, this was good show. Maybe Hulu can pick it up
USA has cancelled medical drama Complications after just one season.
The news comes via The Hollywood Reporter, who reported that USA did not pick the show up for a second season due to "a strong drama pipeline that includes upcoming new series Colony and Queen of the South."
Acclaimed horror writer-director Wes Craven has died from brain cancer, the Hollywood Reporter reports. He was 76.
Craven was internationally known for his horror films, including such classics of the genre as the 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream. A Nightmare on Elm Street saw the creation of the iconic horror character Freddy Krueger, who scared and thrilled audiences in various films, TV shows and video games.
Have you seen the various behind-the-scenes photos of Supergirl star Melissa Benoist hanging around in her costume? There she is walking her dog, who she loves so much. And here she is talking on her iPhone, and being so great at it! Also, she eats a Super-shield cake in one shot! And the best (so far): Here she is leading a group of mini-Supergirl (Scouts) for a stroll while cradling a puppy!
In a word, she's awesome. And so are the photos. Take a look at a few of them below:
It was about time the BlackBerry Venice followed the numerous leaks with a live appearance and today's the day. The Canadian company's foray into the Android realm is apparently imminent, now that a working device has shown up, in this case in the hands of the folks over at Techrum. While we already had a general idea how the smartphone would look, we're now treated to detailed (well, 0.5MP, but still) images of several key features. And what's the single most revered Blackberry feature, if not the hardware QWERTY keyboard? Only here, it's hidden behind the display and slides out of obscurity only when needed. Sure, you'll be provided an on-screen one for less intense typing. In a departure from tradition, the power button has been moved to the left side. In all fairness it would have been ridiculously out of place on the top plate of a tall, slider-type device. That spot has now been reserved for the SIM and microSD slots. Hands-on with the Blackberry Venice The headline feature may turn out to be on the back though, and that's the camera. An 18MP unit, the main shooter boasts optical image stabilization and fast focus, so we'd speculate there's some phase detection tech. The lens is also joined by a dual-LED flash. Finally, the images reveal what looks like Android Lollipop, but that's hardly any news, given that KitKat is two years old and Marshmallow hasn't been launched yet. BlackBerry Venice in the flesh Source (in Vietnamese) |...
Bike lovers may have something to get excited about this week, as a new product just surfaced on KickStarter that aims to make bicycles more tech-friendly. SmartHalo is a new device made for the avid bike rider, and it looks like it’s packing some great features. It’s a relatively small, circular device (the Kickstarter page claims it is about the size of a hockey puck) that attaches to the handlebars of a bike. The companion smartphone app gives users access to all kinds of features, including activity tracking, navigation, security warnings, and more. The app connects to the device via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).
SmartHalo is constructed from military-grade materials, and the team behind it says that it secures to the bike with “tamper-proof screws,” meaning it won’t be easily stolen. On the top are low-energy LED lights that form a circle (there is also a single light in the center) around the edge. This makes the basis for the ring of light that gives the rider contextual directions, warnings, notifications for phone calls, and more. In addition, the device recognizes when your smartphone is out of range, and will sound an alarm if it detects excessive rattling of the bike. The SmartHalo team apparently thought of everything, including a morse code-esque tap pattern that the user can program into the device. If the alarm sounds, and the user’s smartphone is dead or out of range, they can just tap their pattern on SmartHalo to disable the alarm. Also built in is a smart night-light, which turns on automatically when the sun goes down, and turns off when the smartphone app is out of range to conserve power.
Probably one of them most interesting features is the navigation function of SmartHalo. Using the app, users can navigate to a location, and SmartHalo will provide directional lighting, including lights for turns and even u-turns. City bikers will especially enjoy this feature, since looking down at a smartphone every few seconds causes excessive distraction on busy city streets. The device is sporting a 2,000 mAh battery that can supposedly last at least three weeks on a charge, which will be a relief for bike owners who don’t want another device they have to charge every night. Of course, it has been weather-tested, since it will be kept outside most of the time.
SmartHalo has already been fully funded on KickStarter. After only three days, the project has hit over $100,000, doubling the $50,000 funding goal. The estimated delivery to backers is May 2016, which will be a long wait for some users. At the time of this article, the cheapest reward package available (that gets you a SmartHalo device) is the “$131 or more” package. Keep in mind that SmartHalo is not based in the U.S., so American backers will have to pay an extra $15 with that package, making it at least $146.
The following article is provided by Rolling Stone.
During the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Patrick Stewart – who played the show's dramatically serious, almost Shakespearean Captain Jean-Luc Picard – said something he has always regretted. A veteran of serious theater, the actor projected a grave sobriety off-camera as well as on, so when fellow cast member Denise Crosby attempted to crack his exterior, saying, "Come on, Patrick, we've got to have fun sometimes," he blew up. "'We're not here to have fun,' that was my line," the actor says. "I yelled it. What an asshole. What a really, really pompous dick. But I've changed. I'm here to have fun more than anything else. If it ain't fun, I won't show up." He bellows with laughter.
In recent years, Stewart, 75, has been experiencing somewhat of a renaissance in lightheartedness. Today, he's dressed notably casually in faded jeans and a grey polo and he's prone to wild, animated turns when discussing his latest venture into fun: the madcap new Starz comedy series Blunt Talk, which premieres on August 22nd. On the show, he plays beleaguered TV news anchorman Walter Blunt, a trustworthy broadcast journalist when he's not working past his personal demons. The first episode alone finds Blunt drinking to excess, cavorting with a prostitute, snorting cocaine and allowing himself to be whipped by his manservant (played by Adrian Scarborough), who shouts, "You've been unclean, Major!" As he recounts his character's acts, he laughs boisterously at the ridiculous adventures he's had so far in making the show.
Although he's dipped a toe in comedy in the past – playing King Richard in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, appearing in Ricky Gervais' Extras, doing sketches with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert – Blunt Talk has been an altogether different experience for him. "It's giddy this time," Stewart says. "I get dizzy with the thought of it, but it's giving me so much pleasure because I always wanted to do comedy." His eyes widen again at the thought of it.
You fit quite well into a comedy series.
What do you have in common with Walter Blunt?
My first job was on my local newspaper at 15. I left school and became a cub reporter. And all I got to do were births, deaths, and marriages for a year. And then they fired me.
What TV news do you watch?
I watch a lot, cable as well as network, and BBC and iTV. There are so many options to choose from here. I've always been intrigued by the role of the anchorman. So when Jonathan [Ames, Blunt Talk's creator] first said Walter Blunt was a newsman with his own show, I was on board instantly because I just wanted to be sitting behind the desk.
How did it feel when you were finally behind the desk?
It is so unlike being an actor. I know some people say, "No, no. They're all actors. They're all bullshitting," but no actually they're not. Well, many of them are not.
Do you think you could hack it as a newsman?
I have no ambitions to be Jon Stewart. I wish I were, but that's never going to happen. But to have people bringing you the news that you can trust, who you believe are properly committed to an honest, open, revelatory and truthful kind of journalism is a marvelous thing. And Walter is like that. It's just that he's struggling to keep his private life in shape and he has weaknesses. But then I get media people who say, "Oh, you should be around media people more often if you think Walter has excessive weaknesses."
You were very serious early in your career. How did you loosen up? Did the Star Trek cast help you?
They did. They were solely responsible. If I'm funny in any way at all, they made me funny. "Oh, my God, if I'm going to keep up with these guys, I've got to find a way to be funny as well." And so, I did. On Star Trek, we made this pledge to one another. Each one of us would be responsible for one big belly laugh a day. So you could say that's seven to nine big laughs. That's not bad for a day of work, is it?
Did you have an interest in doing comedy growing up?
Laurence Olivier was my hero when I was younger. I remember reading an interview with Olivier, where they were talking about his impact on audiences, and he said, "Oh, yes, of course, it's wonderful to hear audiences gasp or cry out or sob. But it's not as wonderful as hearing them laugh." And I went "What?!" My hero! My tragic, dramatic actor talking about making people laugh! But of course, he is right. And then in another interview I heard him say, "The first thing I look for in any script I read is where the comedy is." It is a brilliant observation. So here I am, this great age, approaching my 55th year in this business, suddenly, the lead actor in a comedy series.
And you're getting whipped onscreen.
[Laughs] Yes, whipped with towels. That's actually not an unpleasant experience. He hit all the poisonous alcoholic chemicals out of my body. I've done a lot of things in this show that I've never done before.
Daily, I would announce to the crew, because it amused all of us, "By the way, first time I've ever done this before!" I've never done a bedroom post-coital scene before. And I got to do it with Elisabeth Shue. I mean, how wonderful is that? I've never been chased by an irate husband through the canals of Venice in Los Angeles. I've never, never done a line of cocaine in my life. Adrian Scarborough and I had to have someone come on the set and show us how to do it. I won't name names.
When did you first fall in love with comedy?
My earliest heroes were Laurel and Hardy, partly because I have a family connection with Stan. We're not blood relatives, but my grandmother – who had a boarding house in Northeast of England – used to put up vaudeville artists when they came into town for the week. Stan's parents, who were both vaudeville entertainers, would always stay with my grandmother and one day they showed up with this little baby and said, "Do you think you could babysit for us at night when we're at the theater?" So Stan was held in my grandmother's arms many, many, many times, so I always felt a connection with him.
What was it you liked about Laurel and Hardy?
They were profoundly serious about what they were doing [as characters]. Everything was serious and for a good purpose, but the world conspired to make life difficult for them. And even when they tried to be mischievous, it didn't really quite work. The line that really sticks in my is, "And our wives will be none the wiser!" [in 1933's Sons of the Desert]. Of course the wives were wiser and then they found out. So it was the intense seriousness that Stan and Ollie brought to most projects, coupled with that little twinkle that lets you know, "By the way, we think this is funny, too." It was always marvelous.
What other comedians did you like?
Danny Kaye was an early hero of mine. I liked his craziness, his fantasy world in the original Walter Mitty movies. I knew, as a child, what it was like to live in an imaginary fantasy world. God, it was better than the world I was actually in.
You have a fantasy dancing scene with a bunch of showgirls on Blunt Talk that reminded me of Danny Kaye.
Danny would have loved being in that number. He would probably have danced it better than me, but he would have loved being in that number. There were indeed days where I would almost have to pinch myself to convince myself this really was happening.
Speaking of pinching yourself, outside of TV, you and your pal Ian McKellen are now part of Taylor Swift's "squad." So what are the fringe benefits?
We are waiting on communication from Taylor of what she exactly expects of us given that she has invited us to be part of her squad. She's gonna be in L.A. shortly, so maybe we'll find out.
Also on HuffPost:
For a constant stream of entertainment news and discussion, follow HuffPost Entertainment on Viber.
-- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Hawkeye actor Jeremy Renner took to Twitter to reveal some concept art from Captain America: Civil War that confirms which heroes are on Cap's side and Iron Man's side.