April 23, 2014

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Rob Kardashian headed to law school

HollywoodNews.com: Rob Kardashian is about to do something the other Kardashians haven’t done – he’s going back to school.
Rob took to Twitter to announce that he will be attending law school this upcoming fall semester, states RadarOnline. “Going to Law School very soon and so excited and can’t wait! School just never ends for me! #UniversityofSouthernCal #Trojans #FightOn,” Rob posted.
Rob will be attending the University of Southern California this fall.
He is following in his father’s footsteps as he was a lawyer who worked on O.J. Simpson’s case along with other members of the famed “Dream Team.”
Do you think Rob will do well at law school?
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Lauren Conrad caught locking lips with rumored new beau

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like Lauren Conrad’s rumored new relationship is a real thing as she was spotted locking lips with her new beau.
Conrad and William Tell were reportedly spotted out to breakfast where they were caught leaning in for a kiss, states UsMagazine.com. The two have been linked since around Valentine’s Day.
Tell is currently a law student at the University of Southern California and was once a guitarist for the band Something Corporate.
Do you think they are a good match?
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Lauren Conrad spotted out with rumored new beau

HollywoodNews.com: Lauren Conrad’s love life may be back in action as the former reality TV star was spotted out with her rumored new beau this weekend.
Conrad has been linked to William Tell especially after they were spotted grabbing lunch together, states UsMagazine.com. Tell is reportedly a University of Southern California law student and allegedly previously dated Brittany Snow.
Conrad previously dated actor Kyle Howard.
These two have reportedly been dating for a few months now.
Do you think they will work out?
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Lauren Conrad allegedly dating a new man

HollywoodNews.com: Lauren Conrad hasn’t been focusing much on men these days, but it seems one man has managed to win her over a little bit.
It is rumored that Conrad has recently started seeing a new man, and this time he is not a celebrity, states UsMagazine.com. She has allegedly been dating University of Southern California law student William Tell for a few months.
Conrad is reportedly pretty smitten and hoping things continue going as well as they are right now.
The former reality TV star previously dated actor Kyle Howard.
Do you think this could be a good guy for her?
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The Help: The Power of Film to Create Social Change

HollywoodNews.com: There is a vibrant tradition in American cinema of films that tackle compelling social issues. Seminal films, including “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “In the Heat of the Night,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “Norma Rae” remind everyone that the smallest acts of courage can inspire social change. This tradition continues with the recent film “The Help,” which examines the relationships between black maids and their white employers in 1960s Mississippi. The film reminds audiences that popular culture has the power to affect change and illuminate the plight of those without a voice.
ABOUT “THE HELP”: Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times. Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.
The ensemble cast also features Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, Emmy® Award winner Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Oscar® winner Sissy Spacek, Academy Award® nominee Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel.
From DreamWorks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment, in association with Participant Media and Imagenation Abu Dhabi, “The Help” is directed and written for the screen by Tate Taylor, based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett, and produced by Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan.
ABOUT USC SCHOOL OF CINEMATIC ARTS: The mission of the USC School of Cinematic Arts is to develop and articulate the creative, scholarly and entrepreneurial principles and practices of film, television and interactive media, and in doing so inspire and prepare the women and men who will become leaders in the field.
With the school’s launch, USC became the first university in the country to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in film. The school’s founding faculty included Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith, William C. DeMille, Ernst Lubitsch, Irving Thalberg, and Darryl [...]

Miranda Cosgrove reportedly waiting on college to work on TV

HollywoodNews.com: Miranda Cosgrove has made the same big decision that almost all teen stars need to make and now she will reportedly be putting off college for her career.
Cosgrove was reportedly accepted to both New York University and University of Southern California, but won’t be attending just yet, states HollywoodLife. Cosgrove wants to first make time for filming the fifth, and maybe last, season of ‘iCarly.’
However, the ‘New York Post’ is reporting that Cosgrove is looking forward to college and really wants to go one day.
Do you think she should go to college now or should she finish up her show first?
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ACT Against Violence partners with thriller “Last Day on Earth”

HollywoodNews.com: Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Deborah Hoffman, immediately took interest in the film “Last Day On Earth,” in which her daughter Tara Shayne stars, after reading the script. Dr. Hoffman says “I believe the subject content of this film is a perfect springboard for alerting the public on a larger scale about the need for early education in preventing bullying and violence among youth, as I have seen first hand in the correction system, the devastating effects violence has on both the victims and the perpetrators.” She continues: “‘Last Day on Earth’ provides a socially relevant platform stressing the need for tolerance and anti-violence in the 21st century.”
Producer and actress Kristen Dalton (“The Departed” and “The Perfect Family”) also stars in this highly anticipated coming of age sci-fi thriller, “The Last Day on Earth,” along with Justin Hanlon (“W hore”/”The Inner Circle”), Tara Shayne (“Drama Kings”), Justin Deeley (“Couples Retreat”), Christina Corigliano (“Devolved”) and Bellamy Young (“Mission Impossible III”/”Dirty Sexy Money”), and introducing 14 year old Franny Hocking, was primarily shot in Los Angeles.
Established actress Kristen Dalton along with fellow producers, Jesse Uram, Ryan Finnerty (who also co-wrote) with writer/director Uri Niv, present an edgy and indie psychological sci-fi thriller that follows the tortured mind of Miles Bennell (Hanlon) a mentally unstable high school student, who witnesses a meteor shower late one night. After visiting the impact site of a meteorite, Miles suspects that his schoolmates, specifically the popular kids that bully him regularly (Deeley and Corigliano), are being taken over and transformed into something alien and terrifying. With the pressing threat of a full-scale invasion, Miles desperately tries to save Emily (Shayne), his classmate crush, as his mind quickly begins confusing reality with delusion.
Producer Dalton says: “Our team is very excited to welcome the partnership with ACT, as they are an important national organization for adults and children. This is such an intense, and amazing story, thanks to a wonderfully written and edgy script by Ryan and Uri which we feel will resonate with today’s break-neck pace of uncertainty and desire to fit in, be accepted, and be a part of a society, that, at times feels hostile and disconnected, for kids and adults alike.”
Writer/Director Uri Niv comes from a long line of filmmakers; his parents have won prizes at both the Cannes and Berlin film festivals. After completing his three year service in the Israeli Defence Force, Niv [...]

Steven Spielberg’s USC Shoah Foundation Institute trains teachers

HollywoodNews.com: The Leichtag Family Foundation has made a major gift that will enable the USC Shoah Foundation Institute to expand its Teacher Innovation Network, a program initiated in 2009 to advance the use of Holocaust eyewitness testimony across the curriculum to build 21st-century skills including digital literacy, critical thinking, and global awareness. “Our colleagues at partner organizations around the world are doing the vital work to train educators to teach about the Holocaust,” said Stephen D. Smith, USC Shoah Foundation Institute Executive Director.
“The Institute is building upon that work by adding a layer of training that not only equips teachers with the skills and tools to incorporate video testimony into their curricula, but also provides valuable digital literacy skills to both teachers and students. The generosity of the Leichtag Family Foundation makes possible this training for many educators over the next three years.” The cornerstone of the Teacher Innovation Network is the Master Teacher Program, piloted in 2009 with Teaching with Testimony, a weeklong workshop at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for nine middle school and high school educators.
“The USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s survivor testimony is a critical tool to personalize and strengthen the ability of educators to teach about the Holocaust – and how these tragic events can be used to impact personal choices today,” said James Farley, Leichtag Family Foundation President and CEO. The first Master Teacher workshop brought together some of the best and brightest Southern California teachers who have now implemented what they learned into engaging and interactive lessons for their students, which will have far-reaching effects. The Leichtag Family Foundation is proud to build on this initial achievement and partner with the Institute in establishing the Teacher Innovation Network.
The Master Teacher Program Eighteen new Master Teacher candidates will attend the 2010 Teaching with Testimony workshop from July 26 to July 30. This year, the USC Center for Multimedia Literacy will provide training on video editing and a presentation on ethical editing, and the USC Rossier School of Education will help participants develop questions for students that encourage higher-level thinking.
Over a three-year-period, the Master Teacher Program will build a cohort of more than 40 educators in Southern California and across the United States and train them on the methodology for integrating testimony into classroom projects, creating original testimony-based lessons, and sharing these resources with colleagues. At the end of the three-year period, the [...]

Deborah Ann Woll from ‘True Blood’ dissects Jessica Hamby

HollywoodNews.com: It’s really hard to be teenager for a lifetime. Just ask actress Deborah Ann Woll who plays vampire Jessica Hamby on HBO’s “True Blood.”
In an interview with AsiaOne.com, Woll explains, “It’s really interesting that we romanticize the idea of eternal youth.
“But when you think about being a teenager, and how strenuous and difficult that can be, would you really want to live at that age forever and ever?”
Originally, the character of Jessica, a church-going virgin who is transformed into a sex-driven, bloodsucker, was scheduled to appear in two episodes.
One of Jessica’s banes is that her virginity regenerates each time she has sex.
“Losing one’s virginity is a real representation of becoming a woman and not being a little girl anymore,” Brooklyn-born Woll said. “To have her stuck as a child when all she wants is to be a grown-up…is absolutely tragic and sad.”
Woll is a University of Southern California fine arts graduate whose previous TV credits include bits on “Life,” “The Mentalist” and “My Name is Earl.”
“The True Blood storylines stick with you more than you wish they would,” says the actress.
“I sometimes feel like crying or calling good friends, and having them remind me that I am a good person.”
Read Anthony D’Alessandro’s “True Blood” blog here.
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‘Ugly Betty’s’ America Ferrera is engaged

HollywoodNews.com: Everyone was sad to see their favorite “Ugly Betty” show come to a close, but that doesn’t mean America Ferrera’s personal life hasn’t taken a turn for good.
The actress is officially engaged to longtime boyfriend Ryan Piers Williams, reports People. The couple first met when Williams cast Ferrera in his student film at the University of Southern California.
Congratulations to both of them!
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