Edward Herrmann, star of ‘Gilmore Girls’ and ‘Lost Boys,’ dead at 71

Edward Herrmann, star of ‘Gilmore Girls’ and ‘Lost Boys,’ dead at 71

Edward.herrmann
Edward Hermann in 1992.
Image: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage

LOS ANGELES — Edward Herrmann, the incredibly prolific actor whose collection of intellectual and high-society characters included Richard Gilmore on Gilmore Girls and FDR (three times) has died, TMZ reported Wednesday. He was 71.

Herrmann died in a New York hospital on Thursday morning after a battle with brain cancer, TMZ reported, citing family sources.

39th International Emmy Awards - Arrivals

Edward Herrmann in 2011.

Herrmann’s representatives were on a break for the holidays and could not be reached.

Herrmann appeared in some 130 movies and television shows going back to 1971, making his mark as a young Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1976 TV movie Elanor and Franklin, which was followed in ’77 by Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years. He would play FDR again in the 1982 film Annie, and voiced the former president in a Ken Burns documentary.

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2014 was a bad year for movies — here’s what went wrong

2014 was a bad year for movies — here’s what went wrong

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2014 was a bad year for movies.
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LOS ANGELES — “It was a great year for movies” is one of those phrases that gets trotted out annually around this time, as bloggers whip up their top 10 lists and prestige films start preening for awards attention. On the whole, it can’t always be true.

It pains me to say it, but this is one of those years when it’s not. 2014 just wasn’t all that great for movies, and that means creatively, at the box office and for the overall health of the business — three factors that always seem to run in a pack.

SEE ALSO: Movies to look forward to in 2015

Here’s the good news: 2015 will bounce back so vigorously that “It was a great year for movies” will be a silly understatement. The Avengers are back. Spielberg and Tarantino are back. So are the Fast and Furious gang, Pixar (twice!), not to mention 50 shades of potentially profitable newcomers. There will be an awakening in the box-office Force, and it will be record-breaking.

But before we turn an eye to that bright horizon, let’s take one last look at what went wrong in 2014…

…For ticket sales

It was ugly: The National Association of Theater Owners reported 1.26 billion tickets sold in the U.S. in 2014 — the worst total in more than 20 years, and a more than 5% slide from 2013 (the highest ever was 2002, with 1.57 billion).

In the 34 years of ticket sales data on BoxOfficeMojo.com (going back to 1980), 2014 ranks 20th overall — about the middle of the pack. Thanks to inflation, the studios did manage to hit $10 billion in domestic theatrical revenue, a modern benchmark that they’ve now hit six years running.

And to be fair, a bunch of big movies shifted out of 2014 and into 2015: Pixar moved The Good Dinosaur following a director change, while Universal delayed Furious 7 (to deal with the death of Paul Walker) and Fifty Shades Of Grey (to put it on Valentine’s Day, smart).

But that’s it for silver linings: Theaters just got done with a massive nationwide wave of costly digital conversion, and ticket prices have stabilized at just over $8 on average. Ticket sales, which naturally grow as the population grows, should at the very least be leveling off — not dropping.

Talking heads march out the usual suspects year after year — piracy, gaming, home entertainment — but the reason is always the same: The movies just aren’t as good.

We didn’t have a runaway hit among the prestige films, like the way Gravity became a bona fide blockbuster last year, hitting $716 million worldwide. The highest-ranking non-branded, non-sequel at the U.S. box office this year was Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, at no. 15. There was no horror breakout, either; Annabelle at no. 35 was tops among the scare set. And several big sequels also failed (see below).

There were pleasant surprises at the box office (Guardians of the Galaxy), innovative creative triumphs (Richard Linklater’s Boyhood) and breathtaking performances (Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything). But there just weren’t enough of them to add up.

…For Sony

02 Sony Leak

Mashable composite.

Quick recap for you cave-dwellers: Hackers shattered Sony’s cyber defenses, embarrassed its executives and disrupted its release of The Interview, putting the studio on bad footing with theater owners, litigious employees and U.S. President Barack Obama. Meanwhile, The Amazing Spider-Man franchise went back into the shop — the third installment was scrapped and the whole thing is being rethought — after the sequel severely underperformed.

Here’s a prediction: 2015 will be better for the Culver City studio and its Japanese parent company.

…For “the future” of digital-movie distribution

THE INTERVIEW

Not even fake Kim Jong-un thinks 2014 was good for movies.

Image: Sony Pictures Entertainment

If that Sony hack saga has revealed anything, it’s that the old-fashioned way of releasing movies — theaters first, home-video second — is still the best for big studio films.

You’ll read a lot of hype about how $15 million-plus online revenue for The Interview could be “game-changing,” but don’t believe it. If that number were significantly larger — even if it were doubled — then maybe.

To understand why is simple math. Consider these two scenarios:

1. Sony hack never happens, The Interview released wide as planned: The film was expected to open at $20 million in the U.S., and finish just over $100 million worldwide. Sony reaps roughly $50 million, which covers the $44 million production budget, and those home-video sales haven’t even started. Result: Profit.

2. Sony hacked! The Interview opens on VOD: The film makes less than $3 million on opening weekend at the 300 theaters willing to go along with this on-demand-first strategy. Let’s assume the film doubles its opening VOD numbers of $15 million over time, about $20 million of which Sony keeps. And then they’re pretty much done — no second wave of home video. Result: Loss.

If you were playing Hollywood studio executive for a day, which would you choose?

…For big sequels

Hunger Games Mockingjay

Commander Paylor (Patina Miller), Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Pollux (Elden Henson) in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

Are we finally at the point of diminishing returns for sequels?

A handful did very well in 2014. Transformers 4, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes either held ground or outpaced the originals. And that’s the bar for sequels: As good is good enough, but better is better.

But a stunning number of sequels fell off, none more troublingly than The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. The first half of the Hunger Games finale opened to $123 million — good enough for the biggest U.S. opening weekend of 2014, and a shocking 23% slide from the last film, Catching Fire.

But at least Mockingjay flew. Check out the sinking stock on these franchises:

Spider-Man
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opened $30 million higher than The Amazing Spider-Man in the U.S. … but fell $50 million short in worldwide grosses, mostly because of poor domestic performance.

The Expendables
The Expendables: $34 million domestic open
The Expendables 2: $28 million domestic open
The Expendables 3: $15 million domestic open

How to Train Your Dragon
How to Train Your Dragon 2 opened $5 million better than How to Train Your Dragon, but didn’t breathe any fire, falling $40 million short in domestic grosses.

Muppets
Muppets: $29 million domestic open
Muppets Most Wanted: $17 million domestic open

300
300: $70 million domestic open, $456 million worldwide gross.
300: Rise of an Empire: $45 million domestic open, $331 million worldwide gross.

Night at the Museum
Night at the Museum: $30 million domestic open
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian: $54 million domestic open
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb: $17 million domestic open

The Hobbit
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: $83 million domestic open
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: $73 million domestic open
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: $54 million domestic open

…For Kickstarter

veronica-mars-wb

The two biggest film projects in Kickstarter history did about as well at the box office as they did on Kickstarter: Veronica Mars made $5.7 million in donations online, and sold about $3.3 million in tickets (also with a day-and-date VOD release). Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here did a little better in theaters, collecting $3.6 million on $3.1 million in pledges.

So on second thought, maybe Hollywood development executives are better than the masses at green-lighting films, after all.

…For diversity in Hollywood

exodus

Ramses (Joel Edgerton) faces his brother Moses (Christian Bale).

Image: 20th Century Fox

It’s so bad right now that it’s good.

Hear me out here: 2014 wasn’t the year that women and minorities had it worst in Hollywood — it’s just kind of been a forever thing — but it was the year that a loud and steady drumbeat got going to do something about it. On social media and in the regular ol’ media, not a day went by that someone was wagging a finger at Hollywood’s atrocious equality realities — and for good reason.

Study after study showed how hard it is to get a directing job, or even so much as a speaking part, unless you’re a white male (which still isn’t very easy; just ask your very handsome, blue-eyed waiter).

Meanwhile Lucy pummeled Hercules at a box office head-to-head matchup, Maleficent cursed haters with a huge $757 million worldwide box-office haul, the comic-bookThor became a woman, Captain America is now black, Warner Bros. finally announced a Wonder Woman movie, Marvel finally announced a Captain Marvel movie, Ava Duvernay got nominated for her work on Selma, a third of the Sundance competition films were directed by women, and there was a bunch of other anecdotal good news that, let’s face it, is barely making a dent.

But — it’s still making a dent.

Hollywood has always been stupid until it isn’t, and perhaps the best better-get-wise message came from audiences’ rejection of Exodus: Gods and Kings, which unashamedly whitewashed the speaking parts — and paid for it.

Don’t expect to see that mistake get made again, because it’s now bad for business.

Do expect to see those atrocious diversity figures start to incrementally improve in the next handful of years, because that’s good for business. And everything else.

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Edward Herrmann, star of ‘Gilmore Girls’ and ‘Lost Boys,’ dead at 71

Edward Herrmann, star of ‘Gilmore Girls’ and ‘Lost Boys,’ dead at 71

Edward.herrmann
Edward Hermann in 1992.
Image: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage

LOS ANGELES — Edward Herrmann, the incredibly prolific actor whose collection of intellectual and high-society characters included Richard Gilmore on Gilmore Girls and FDR (three times) has died, TMZ reported Wednesday. He was 71.

Herrmann died in a New York hospital on Thursday morning after a battle with brain cancer, TMZ reported, citing family sources.

39th International Emmy Awards - Arrivals

Edward Herrmann in 2011.

Herrmann’s representatives were on a break for the holidays and could not be reached.

Herrmann appeared in some 130 movies and television shows going back to 1971, making his mark as a young Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1976 TV movie Elanor and Franklin, which was followed in ’77 by Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years. He would play FDR again in the 1982 film Annie, and voiced the former president in a Ken Burns documentary.

This story is developing …


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2014 was a bad year for movies — here’s what went wrong

2014 was a bad year for movies — here’s what went wrong

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2014 was a bad year for movies.
Image: Kevin Jaako/Flickr

LOS ANGELES — “It was a great year for movies” is one of those phrases that gets trotted out annually around this time, as bloggers whip up their top 10 lists and prestige films start preening for awards attention. On the whole, it can’t always be true.

It pains me to say it, but this is one of those years when it’s not. 2014 just wasn’t all that great for movies, and that means creatively, at the box office and for the overall health of the business — three factors that always seem to run in a pack.

SEE ALSO: Movies to look forward to in 2015

Here’s the good news: 2015 will bounce back so vigorously that “It was a great year for movies” will be a silly understatement. The Avengers are back. Spielberg and Tarantino are back. So are the Fast and Furious gang, Pixar (twice!), not to mention 50 shades of potentially profitable newcomers. There will be an awakening in the box-office Force, and it will be record-breaking.

But before we turn an eye to that bright horizon, let’s take one last look at what went wrong in 2014…

…For ticket sales

It was ugly: The National Association of Theater Owners reported 1.26 billion tickets sold in the U.S. in 2014 — the worst total in more than 20 years, and a more than 5% slide from 2013 (the highest ever was 2002, with 1.57 billion).

In the 34 years of ticket sales data on BoxOfficeMojo.com (going back to 1980), 2014 ranks 20th overall — about the middle of the pack. Thanks to inflation, the studios did manage to hit $10 billion in domestic theatrical revenue, a modern benchmark that they’ve now hit six years running.

And to be fair, a bunch of big movies shifted out of 2014 and into 2015: Pixar moved The Good Dinosaur following a director change, while Universal delayed Furious 7 (to deal with the death of Paul Walker) and Fifty Shades Of Grey (to put it on Valentine’s Day, smart).

But that’s it for silver linings: Theaters just got done with a massive nationwide wave of costly digital conversion, and ticket prices have stabilized at just over $8 on average. Ticket sales, which naturally grow as the population grows, should at the very least be leveling off — not dropping.

Talking heads march out the usual suspects year after year — piracy, gaming, home entertainment — but the reason is always the same: The movies just aren’t as good.

We didn’t have a runaway hit among the prestige films, like the way Gravity became a bona fide blockbuster last year, hitting $716 million worldwide. The highest-ranking non-branded, non-sequel at the U.S. box office this year was Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, at no. 15. There was no horror breakout, either; Annabelle at no. 35 was tops among the scare set. And several big sequels also failed (see below).

There were pleasant surprises at the box office (Guardians of the Galaxy), innovative creative triumphs (Richard Linklater’s Boyhood) and breathtaking performances (Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything). But there just weren’t enough of them to add up.

…For Sony

02 Sony Leak

Mashable composite.

Quick recap for you cave-dwellers: Hackers shattered Sony’s cyber defenses, embarrassed its executives and disrupted its release of The Interview, putting the studio on bad footing with theater owners, litigious employees and U.S. President Barack Obama. Meanwhile, The Amazing Spider-Man franchise went back into the shop — the third installment was scrapped and the whole thing is being rethought — after the sequel severely underperformed.

Here’s a prediction: 2015 will be better for the Culver City studio and its Japanese parent company.

…For “the future” of digital-movie distribution

THE INTERVIEW

Not even fake Kim Jong-un thinks 2014 was good for movies.

Image: Sony Pictures Entertainment

If that Sony hack saga has revealed anything, it’s that the old-fashioned way of releasing movies — theaters first, home-video second — is still the best for big studio films.

You’ll read a lot of hype about how $15 million-plus online revenue for The Interview could be “game-changing,” but don’t believe it. If that number were significantly larger — even if it were doubled — then maybe.

To understand why is simple math. Consider these two scenarios:

1. Sony hack never happens, The Interview released wide as planned: The film was expected to open at $20 million in the U.S., and finish just over $100 million worldwide. Sony reaps roughly $50 million, which covers the $44 million production budget, and those home-video sales haven’t even started. Result: Profit.

2. Sony hacked! The Interview opens on VOD: The film makes less than $3 million on opening weekend at the 300 theaters willing to go along with this on-demand-first strategy. Let’s assume the film doubles its opening VOD numbers of $15 million over time, about $20 million of which Sony keeps. And then they’re pretty much done — no second wave of home video. Result: Loss.

If you were playing Hollywood studio executive for a day, which would you choose?

…For big sequels

Hunger Games Mockingjay

Commander Paylor (Patina Miller), Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Pollux (Elden Henson) in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

Are we finally at the point of diminishing returns for sequels?

A handful did very well in 2014. Transformers 4, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes either held ground or outpaced the originals. And that’s the bar for sequels: As good is good enough, but better is better.

But a stunning number of sequels fell off, none more troublingly than The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. The first half of the Hunger Games finale opened to $123 million — good enough for the biggest U.S. opening weekend of 2014, and a shocking 23% slide from the last film, Catching Fire.

But at least Mockingjay flew. Check out the sinking stock on these franchises:

Spider-Man
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opened $30 million higher than The Amazing Spider-Man in the U.S. … but fell $50 million short in worldwide grosses, mostly because of poor domestic performance.

The Expendables
The Expendables: $34 million domestic open
The Expendables 2: $28 million domestic open
The Expendables 3: $15 million domestic open

How to Train Your Dragon
How to Train Your Dragon 2 opened $5 million better than How to Train Your Dragon, but didn’t breathe any fire, falling $40 million short in domestic grosses.

Muppets
Muppets: $29 million domestic open
Muppets Most Wanted: $17 million domestic open

300
300: $70 million domestic open, $456 million worldwide gross.
300: Rise of an Empire: $45 million domestic open, $331 million worldwide gross.

Night at the Museum
Night at the Museum: $30 million domestic open
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian: $54 million domestic open
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb: $17 million domestic open

The Hobbit
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: $83 million domestic open
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: $73 million domestic open
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: $54 million domestic open

…For Kickstarter

veronica-mars-wb

The two biggest film projects in Kickstarter history did about as well at the box office as they did on Kickstarter: Veronica Mars made $5.7 million in donations online, and sold about $3.3 million in tickets (also with a day-and-date VOD release). Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here did a little better in theaters, collecting $3.6 million on $3.1 million in pledges.

So on second thought, maybe Hollywood development executives are better than the masses at green-lighting films, after all.

…For diversity in Hollywood

exodus

Ramses (Joel Edgerton) faces his brother Moses (Christian Bale).

Image: 20th Century Fox

It’s so bad right now that it’s good.

Hear me out here: 2014 wasn’t the year that women and minorities had it worst in Hollywood — it’s just kind of been a forever thing — but it was the year that a loud and steady drumbeat got going to do something about it. On social media and in the regular ol’ media, not a day went by that someone was wagging a finger at Hollywood’s atrocious equality realities — and for good reason.

Study after study showed how hard it is to get a directing job, or even so much as a speaking part, unless you’re a white male (which still isn’t very easy; just ask your very handsome, blue-eyed waiter).

Meanwhile Lucy pummeled Hercules at a box office head-to-head matchup, Maleficent cursed haters with a huge $757 million worldwide box-office haul, the comic-bookThor became a woman, Captain America is now black, Warner Bros. finally announced a Wonder Woman movie, Marvel finally announced a Captain Marvel movie, Ava Duvernay got nominated for her work on Selma, a third of the Sundance competition films were directed by women, and there was a bunch of other anecdotal good news that, let’s face it, is barely making a dent.

But — it’s still making a dent.

Hollywood has always been stupid until it isn’t, and perhaps the best better-get-wise message came from audiences’ rejection of Exodus: Gods and Kings, which unashamedly whitewashed the speaking parts — and paid for it.

Don’t expect to see that mistake get made again, because it’s now bad for business.

Do expect to see those atrocious diversity figures start to incrementally improve in the next handful of years, because that’s good for business. And everything else.

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Watch the first two teasers for conspiracy thriller ‘Dig’

Watch the first two teasers for conspiracy thriller ‘Dig’

Can the USA Network lure viewers to its new series, Dig, in just a few seconds? It’s certainly going to try.

Starting Jan. 1, the network will roll out 10- to 15-second teasers for the forthcoming conspiracy-filled action-thriller, starring Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche. The teasers will be aired on the network and across various platforms, in an effort to get eyeballs on the series, which begins March 5.

Mashable has the first two teasers for you, exclusively, below:

Tiny teasers are nothing new, of course — especially since few networks haven’t started using Instagram and Vine to promote their shows. But they’re challenging to create nonetheless, especially for a show with as many twists and turns as this Jerusalem-set murder mystery.

Did they succeed? Tell us what you thought of the mini-teasers in the comments below.

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Watch the first two teasers for conspiracy thriller ‘Dig’

Watch the first two teasers for conspiracy thriller ‘Dig’

Can the USA Network lure viewers to its new series, Dig, in just a few seconds? It’s certainly going to try.

Starting Jan. 1, the network will roll out 10- to 15-second teasers for the forthcoming conspiracy-filled action-thriller, starring Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche. The teasers will be aired on the network and across various platforms, in an effort to get eyeballs on the series, which begins March 5.

Mashable has the first two teasers for you, exclusively, below:

Tiny teasers are nothing new, of course — especially since few networks haven’t started using Instagram and Vine to promote their shows. But they’re challenging to create nonetheless, especially for a show with as many twists and turns as this Jerusalem-set murder mystery.

Did they succeed? Tell us what you thought of the mini-teasers in the comments below.

Image: Ronen Akerman/USA Network


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HTC has some “huge surprises” in store for 2015 Threads

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HTC had quite a year in 2014. Not only did the company release quite possibly its all around best smartphone yet with the HTC One (M8), it also stepped outside the phone arena releasing the RE camera and got back into the tablet game with the Nexus 9. But apparently 2015 is going to be even better.

Jeff Gordon, Senior Global Online Communications Manager at HTC, took to Twitter today to get us pumped for HTC’s plans in the new year by saying “HTC’s 2015 roadmap will be our best ever–with some huge surprises that will blow you away.” While nothing specific was mentioned, based on rumors we imagine more cameras, tablets, an Android Wear device and at least one flagship phone are all in the works. If we’re lucky, that will be just the beginning.

HTC may not have a perfect track record, but no one does. And when they release something good, it’s usually really good. Consider us excited for what HTC has in store for us in 2015.


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You can now buy a custom Pure Edition Moto X with 64GB of storage Threads

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If you’ve been holding out on buying a custom Motorola Moto X until you can snag an upgraded version of the handset with 64GB of storage, your wait is finally over.

It may have taken awhile, but the totally unlocked, contract-free 64GB Pure Edition Moto X — the best version of the second generation Moto X — is available now from Motorola’s web store starting at $599. The 64GB option certainly isn’t cheap, but without SD expansion it may be the only viable option for some. Fortunately, Motorola has an excellent track record in supporting its phones for well after release, so you can rest easy spending that much on a phone with the intention of using it for a couple years.

To pick up your 64GB Pure Edition Moto X, hit up the source link below.


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And in the end…

Another year has gone by.
The waning days of 2014 are usually a time of reflection…
What was.
What could have been.
Hopefully learning from past mistakes
and bringing new knowledge and hope
to the coming year.
It’s a time to let go of the past
and look to the future.
What have we learned from 2014? 
Anything?

Let’s talk about Robert-

1. He got great reviews about his performance in The Rover.
He was all about Cannes this year.

W.O.W.

He has "Life" and "Queen of the Desert"
coming out in 2015.
I’m pretty excited about LIFE.
It really looks interesting
and Rob looks phenomenal.

He has some projects coming up…
But I prefer to wait until he’s on set
to actually talk about them.
You know how that goes.

2. Rob started dating FKA Twigs around
August of this year.
Shocked?
Not so much.

I think the writing was on the wall.
Rob and Kristen weren’t seen in the same frame
of a picture since October of 2013.
And that was in separate cars.
Rob and Twigs were seen here
there
and everywhere.

3. I don’t have any feelings whatsoever about Twigs.
Good or bad.
Seeing Rob and her together is "Meh" to me.

I’m not going to be like the Sessed Nonstens
 oohing and awing
over her just because Rob is dating her.
We all know the real reason they love her so…
She’s NOT Kristen.
That’s all they really care about.
If Rob dumped her tomorrow…
So would they.
Some already have Rob married off and
starting a family with Twigs.
(Will it EVER end?)
I saw someone say…
and this is the truth
that "Rob loves Tahliah unconditionally"
Um.
Really?
Based on a few pictures?
I’m sure he’s unconditionally and irrevocably in love with her.
Yep.
No doubt.
Because it’s …
EPIC LURVE.
(How did we get here?)

4. Rob cut his hair.
Rob grew his hair.
Rob cut his hair some more.
Let’s hope for more hair
in 2015.
I’m all for beardy shaggy Rob.
On a set.
Making a movie.
Soon. Please.

Let’s talk about Kristen-

1. Kristen has gotten wonderful reviews
for Camp X-Ray, Sils Maria and Still Alice.
She even has Oscar buzz for Still Alice.
There is a lot to look forward to in 2015
Anesthesia
American Ultra
and
Equals.
Kristen was a very busy girl in 2014.
I can honestly say that I’m looking forward
to all of her movies
especially seeing her with Jesse Eisenberg again
and most definitely

2. Nicholas Hoult.

Yeah. I know.
For reasons unknown people get offended
if you mention them together.
But hey…
I happen to think he’s kinda cute
and he’s kinda said nice things about Kristen
and he’s kinda shown up at a few of her premieres
and he kinda did the ice challenge with her
and did I mention he’s kinda cute?
And have you heard his accent?
Yeah.
That.
But alas…
I don’t SHIP them.
I ship no one.
OK… that’s not completely true.
I will always have Rob and Kristen
permanently docked in the harbor of my dreams.
Hows that for poetic?
But other than that…
My shipping days are over.

But hey? Equals promo should be fascinating.

3. Kristen and Alicia.
My sweet Lord.
So Kristen hangs out with her best friend.
A lot.
So what?
The Rob Mommies want Kristen to be ‘gay’
so badly… they can taste it.
Even though I’m not sure how it tastes
I’m guessing its really REALLY bitter.

I don’t understand how people can decide someones
sexuality without anything but pictures of
two people walking together.
(Even Kristen is making fun of you now-
"I JUST realized I like girls"
BWAHAHAHA!!)
That’s all there has been.
Nothing more.
Kristen hanging out with her friends.
She hasn’t done anything that could be construed as ‘gay’
(Not that there’s anything wrong with that)
except hang out with female (and CJ) friends.
If cutting your hair (for a movie no less)
and dressing comfortably
and spending time with your girlfriends
makes you a lesbian…
I guess that applies to any woman with girlfriends.
Give it a rest.
You’ve got NOTHING.
Kristen has the right to not want to get caught
up in another relationship right now.
She’s coming off a long term
intense
passionate
one with Rob…
She might just need Kristen time for a while.
Maybe she’s focusing on her career
(and its working)
and herself right now.
What’s wrong with that?

OK.
Now here are my heavenly rainbow hopes
and sugary gumdrop dreams
of what should happen in 2015

1. People need to stop lying about Rob and Kristen
to fit their own weird bizarro agenda.

Rob and Kristen are not married…
and there is no baby.
There has never been one shred of evidence
to prove otherwise.
Nothing.
There are no expert cousins.
No one is getting in touch with random bloggers
and sharing intimate details of
Rob and Kristen’s lives with them.

There is no plot.
There is no conspiracy.

Come on.

Rob and Twigs are together.
In London (thus far)
We have seen fan pics of them
And no…
It’s not PR
and the pics aren’t old
or staged
or manipulated.
It just is what it is.

Kristen is (was) in L.A.
(Possibly in Hawaii, but receipts needed)
Many pictures of her with her friends.
And the pics aren’t old
or staged
or manipulated.
It just is what it is.

I know.
I loved Rob and Kristen together.
We had a lot of great years, didn’t we?

Snuggling and kissing and laughing
and puppies and poolside towels
and holding hands and balcony kisses.

It was good while it lasted.
It was.
The best.
But now?

The party’s over.
It’s time to call it a day.

(For now)

2.  Get off their ‘dicks’.

3. What I really want in 2015?
Peace on earth…
Good will towards men (and women).

And while love may be long…

Life is short.
Too short to be all angsty and worked up
over two actors love lives.
Too short to take this shit so seriously.
Too short not to laugh about it every day.
Too short not to be happy
and try to be kind.
Too short to let people lie to you
manipulate you
and censor your thoughts
and what you say.
Life is too short to waste time fretting over
the lives and loves of
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.
Life is too short
to not go and get real hugs
from real people
who really love you.

This post is brought to you by my
complete adoration
of
Thomas Sturridge.

and this… because I love it.

Friends Til The End.

May you all have a
Happy
Healthy
Prosperous
Drama free
2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I feel good things are coming.
Hold on tight!

Always remember

"and in the end the love you take Is equal to the love you make"

Until next year.

Bye for now.


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A quick review of SS501 in 2014: Dramas, albums, fanmeetings, military service, etc

As a tradition, I always make some brief review on how our boys progressed in the year. these are just some of the highlights that happened to SS501 members. Of course I will start with the Leader down to youngest. ^^ 

*Please give credits when re-posting. This was such a hard thing to collate. Thanks. ^^

Kim Hyun Joong (김현중)
At the beginning of the year, our Leader was able to show his acting skills by starring on his first mature role as an actor in the character of Jung Tae for the drama ‘Inspiring Generation’ which showed it’s first episode on January 15 and ended in April 3, 2014. Many admired his acting because this time it was nothing he has done before. Unlike the boy-next-door, flower boy image he used to have, in this drama, he was more manly and he even showed some fighting skills.

Around April, he released an OST for the drama ‘Inspiring Generation’ The title of the song was ‘When Today Passes’, a ballad song that surely loved by many fans. 

In May 30, 2014, he had a fanmeeting in Japan for the release of this drama in their country. together with the other cast, he had so much fun interacting with his Japanese fans. 

In June 18, 2014, he released his 4th Japanese Single entitled ‘Hot Sun’ where he dyed his hair in somewhat gray-like for the jacket photos. ‘Hot Sun’ is a high energy pop rock type of genre.

In June 28, 2014, he started his World Tour with the title/themed ‘Phantasm’ and the first stop was in Seoul, South Korea.

While he was touring, KeyEast Entertainment revealed that Kim Hyun Joong will be having a new album in Korea. The album is said to be a reflection of Kim Hyun Joong’s past as well as the direction he will be walking on towards his future. In July 4, released a single online but this time in Korea entitled ‘His Habit’. The song is an urban hip hop song featuring Kim Hyun Joong and Lim Kim’s harmony and Kanto’s rapping, producing a "more sentimental album".

Just a few days after the release online of ‘His Habit’, Hyun Joong released his 4th mini album in Korea entitled ‘Timing’. It has 5 tracks including his ‘His Habit’. Other songs included were ‘Beauty Beauty’ which is the title track, ‘Nothing on You’, ‘What I Wanted to Say’ (하고 싶은 말) and the instrumental of ‘Beauty Beauty’. 


Around August, allegations on Hyun Joong and his previous girlfriend shook the world of many Henecians and Triple S fans. Though many stories have surfaced, it was resolved and the issue dies down eventually. (I didn’t elaborate this part as it might create another issue.)

 
In the beginning of December 2014, news about Hyun Joong doing a charity work surfaced the net. It was a coal delivery charity with his cousin and pro golfer Kim Hae Rim. Such a kind Leader. ^^


Before the year ended, Leader Hyun Joong was seen at the Opening of GaGa Milano -Luxbene Edition in Busan and he was gorgeous as ever. ^^


Heo Young Saeng (허영생)
Young Saeng continues his enlistment as Police as part of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency – Hongbodan. He was part of the entertainment so he participates in shows of the agency. He also took part in the recent ‘Musical & Talk Concert’ Event and even had his ‘Heo Young Saeng Show’ where he sings and dances to his songs and SS501 songs. ^^

In September 2014, he appeared in Kyu Jong’s ‘Romantic Brunch with Kyu’ Fanmeeting as a surprise guest. ^^ 


Kim Kyu Jong (김규종)
Kyu Jong finished his military service in the middle of the year, July 22, 2014. Many fans were there to see him on his last day of service. 


In September 27, 2014, Kim Kyu Jong had a fanmeeting entitled ‘Romantic Brunch with Kyu’ and many fans were happy to see him again after his service. ^^ He looks happy seeing his many fans supporting him. Young Saeng visited the event and showed up on stage with Kyu. ^^ 

In November 12, 2014, Kyu Jong took part in a drama entitled ‘S.O.S. Please Save Me (S.O.S 나를 구해줘)’ where he played as a bully student named Park Jung Jun. Many fans were pleased to see him act again. ^^

A year after he decided to deactivate his Twitter account, many fans were thrilled to see that Kyu Jong finally entered once again in the social world of Instagram on December 2, 2014. This probably was influenced by Hyung Jun who also opened one months before. ^^



Before the year ended, Kyu Jong released a song for an OST in the drama he took part in. It’s a duet with Eric Nam entitled ‘In Your Days (너의 날들에) which gave his pretties the smile and happiness on their faces to hear his sweet voice. ^^

Park Jung Min (박정민)
Jung Min’s activities in 2014 seems to prosper mostly overseas. In the beginning of the year, he had tours in Germany, France, and Russia. He became the first ever Korean singer to perform in the country of Russia, as well as the first solo artist to perform in Dortmund city.

Around May of 2014, Jung Min released his Japan single album entitled ‘Save Us Tonight’ which has a bright, vibrant theme that showed a cheeky side of him. ^^

In August 2014, he eventually released his Japanese mini album ‘Summer Break’ in Korea. The mini-album consists of 5 tracks: ‘Summer Break!’, ‘Rain Falling on a Summer Night’, ‘Number ONE’, ‘Please, Give Me Love’, ‘Even If A Thousand Years Pass’. We were all surprised to see him dyed his hair in pink. ^^


In the same month, Jung Min decided to sign a contract with a new agency to boost his acting career. The agency was Ji Ho Entertainment. 


Not long after he signed a contract with Ji Ho Entertainment, Jung Min took part in the Japanese musical ‘If I’ which showed two endings. He played the lead role and the languages he used were purely Japanese.


November 23, 2014, he once again released an album titled ‘Winter Love’ which will let you listen to it for the Christmas season.



 
Kim Hyung Jun (김형준)
Maknae Kim Hyung Jun had a very busy 2014 with songs, dramas, and concerts. He started his year having his tour in Latin Countries which made his South American fans happy. ^^ 


February 2014, just a month after, he had his concert ‘He.. His Story’ in Seoul and many fans were very excited to see him again sing live. In addition, Kyu Jong and Jung Min, his co-members in SS501, visited his show which a lot of Triple S were grateful for. ^^


Hyung Jun was also not spared when it comes to rumors. March of 2014 when rumors about him and his co-star in ‘Sunshine Girl’ So Yi Hyun surfaced the korean news. Both Hyung Jun and his agency denied the allegations. Soon after, So Yi Hyun was confirmed to be dating another actor and not Hyung Jun.

April 14, 2014 marks the 5th year anniversary of Music High, but also the last airing date of it. Sadly, Hyung Jun bids farewell to his listeners as DJ Jun.


In June 20, 2014, his drama ‘Melody of Love’ comes to an end. It had 151 episodes since the audience liked the series so much it got extended to 151. 

In the same month, Hyung Jun took part in the musical ‘Cafe-In’ once again but this time he is with his brother KiBum.

During his birthday celebration in August, Hyung Jun decided to have this special day together with his fans. ^^ It was such a nice event to celebrate. ^^



October 2014 when Hyung Jun decided to enter the world of Instagram. ^^

November 18, 2014 when Hyung Jun released a Japanese single ‘BETTER’ which he eventually released it also in Korea. In this song, Baby J was featured as a rapper. 



There you have it. ^^ Just a few rundowns on their activities that took place for 2014. Hopefully a better 2015 will be coming for our boys. ^^ 

 새해 복 많이 받으세요!!
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