We all love chocolate and we all love Harry Potter but the director of The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), Andrew Slack, makes us think twice about munching on Harry Potter chocolate. In a video uploaded by nerimon, YouTuber Alex Day, who’s also friends with Slack, tells us that this tasty treat received an “F” for human rights by the advisors at Free2Work.
The Harry Potter Alliance wrote to Warner Brothers about this report,
“Dear Warner Bros,
We grew up inspired by the human rights messages that J.K. Rowling wove into the Harry Potter books and movies. We are upset to hear that Harry Potter chocolate gets an “F” in human rights…Albus Dumbledore asked us to choose between what is right and what is easy. We ask you to do the same. Show us the report.”
Warner Bros denies these allegations and refuses to release the report on the standards of their chocolate. Muggles and wizards are now coming together for this new campaign, Show Us the Report. The HPA is asking fans of the series to sign their petition to put pressure on the movie studio to release their official report.
What’s really upsetting is that the cocoa plant is one of the most corrupt crops in the world. Children are mistreated and forced into child labor just to harvest the coveted cocoa beans. This is not what Harry Potter stands for and neither should we!
So if you love chocolate and if you love Harry Potter, why not take a moment to sign the petition? It’s already gained over 15,000 signatures including those of the cast members of the Harry Potter movies.
If you were just as confused as I was when you heard about Manti Te’o's hoax girlfriend, then this song by the Gregory Brothers will certainly help clear a few things up.
Mashing up a recent interview with journalist Katie Couric, this video features the Notre Dame football player and his family breaking it down for audiences through song. Who knew Manti had such a wonderfully smooth Samoan baritone voice? And who knew his father had such hardcore rapping skills? He needs a record deal immediately.
Yikes. Looks like Joseph Gordon-Levitt got into a bit of trouble for his comments during a Comic-Con panel this week.
Promoting his new film Looper with co-stars Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt, Gordon-Levitt tread into dangerous water when he complimented Blunt’s sense of humour by saying: “She’s funny…and let’s face it, most pretty girls aren’t funny.”
But while co-star Blunt tried to mask her shock compounded by the moderator’s attempt to joke about how pretty women don’t need to try to be funny, the 50/50 actor quickly backtracked and said, “I don’t want to make sweeping generalizations.”
I know we all say a lot of stupid things in life, but I really hope you didn’t mean that. There are several gorgeous and hilarious women in the world! Think Emma Stone, Tina Fey or Mila Kunis! Even your pal Zooey Deschanel is quite funny as well.
And besides, the idea of beauty is subjective.
If you want to create a media circus, just flash a bit of your nipular area on stage. I’m not sure if Madonna choreographed the 2-second peep show for her concert in Turkey or if she was just riding the euphoric wave of performance highs but her fans certainly weren’t complaining.
During her MDNA concert in Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday night the 53-year-old singer bared her right breast to fans during the song “Human Nature.” Of course, since pretty much everyone waves flashing cell phones as opposed to softly lit lighters, someone in the front section caught it all on tape.
I’m guessing the move was calculated as she turned around to reveal a large tattoo on her back that said “NO FEAR.”
Well duh, you don’t go to a Madonna concert expecting fluffy unicorns dancing on rainbows (though that would be even more shocking for Madonna). During a recent show in Tel Aviv, she used Nazi imagery like swastikas and the Iron Cross during the interlude.
Some of the stunts she pulled in the 80s were so scandalous that she got pulled off certain channels, but those same images (bisexuality, sadomasochism) are hardly shocking now. The point: should we lighten up?
Watch it here:
Ever since making it to the Top 24 in ‘Idol’s’ sixth season, where she made it as the 16th contestant, Barba has done everything from going back to school to dabbling in politics and rapping.
“When I did ‘American Idol,’ I took a semester off my junior year. All I had left was my senior year and I was so close to being done… so [after 'Idol'] I just crammed that semester into summer classes and I ended up still being able to graduate with all of my class,” says Barba during a phone interview.
After graduating, the New Jersey native then began working in politics. Yes, politics. My respect level for her rises again.
While she did continue to perform and work on music after her ‘Idol’ days, Barba spent about a year encouraging youth to vote in the 2008 elections.
Rihanna’s newest music video, ‘Man Down,’ is sparking some controversy due to its violent nature, reports Billboard.
The video features Rihanna shooting a man dead after he sexually assaults her, which many believe is encouraging young women to turn to violence.
In Rihanna’s defence, the singer tweeted claiming the video stands for female empowerment, after she herself was a victim of a violent attack by then boyfriend Chris Brown in 2009.
“Young girls/women all over the world…we are a lot of things! We’re strong innocent fun flirtatious vulnerable, and sometimes our innocence can cause us to be naive! We always think it could NEVER be us, but in reality, it can happen to ANY of us! So ladies be careful,” she wrote.
The song features such lyrics as ”Momma, I just shot a man dead…I never been so proud.”
Several groups, including The Parents Television Council and Industry Ears, are asking BET and Viacom to stop airing the video.
“If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop. Rihanna should not get a pass,” said Paul Porter, co-founder of Industry Ears.
Melissa Henson of the Parents Television Council continued with the criticism, saying “instead of telling victims they should seek help, Rihanna released a music video that gives retaliation in the form of premeditated murder the imprimatur of acceptability.”
On one hand, they do have a point. If Brown released a video like this, the world would be up in arms. Yet she’s allowed to condone murder?
On the other hand, though, the video would make no sense if she didn’t act out the lyrics. The song calls for a “man down,” so artistically, she had to do it. I think people are just taking this too seriously – her video is like a mini movie, an exaggerated story of a woman defending herself. It’s called artistic expression!
Watch the video below.
Lady Gaga has released the music video for ‘Judas,’ the second single off her upcoming album ‘Born This Way.’
“I want to allow the video to speak for itself but I will say that the theme of the video and the way that I wanted to aesthetically portray the story was as a motorcycle Fellini movie where the apostles are revolutionaries in a modern-day Jerusalem,” Gaga explained to MSNBC. “And I play Mary Magdalene leading them into the town where we meet Jesus and I will leave the rest for you to see. But it’s meant more to celebrate faith than it is to challenge it.”
Check it out below!
Kid Rock accepted the ‘Great Expectations Award’ yesterday, reports Billboard.
While accepting the award at the Detroit branch of the NAACP’s 56th annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner, Rock announced $100,000 in donations — five $10,000 grants to Motor City-based organizations and $50,000 to the American Red Cross for tornado victims in U.S. Southern states. But not everything was a celebration.
Critics felt it was inappropriate for the NAACP to honor Rock, since he uses a Confederate flag in his stage shows and videos. Outside of Cobo Hall, where the dinner was held, a couple of dozen protesters marched with Say No To Kid Rock signs and at one point burned a Confederate flag over a garbage can.
Adolph Mongo, a Detroit political consultant, said that the flag “stands for hatred, bigotry, racism, murder. Every bigot and racist in this country loves that flag.” He added that, “If Kid Rock was alive in the 50s in Selma (Ala.) he would have beaten up John Lewis and waving the Confederate flag.”
Rock, who attended the dinner with his son, Bob Ritchie, Jr., brother Billy Ritchie and production manager Eric “Shakes” Gryzbowski, told the crowed that “I’ve never flown that flag with hate in my heart, not one ounce.” He explained that his use of the image was an ‘homage’ to Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, whose “Sweet Home Alabama” was an inspiration for his 2008 hit “‘All Summer Long.’
Rock explained that he made the donations to “turn a negative into a positive,” and concluded his speech by saying that, “I love America, I love Detroit and I love black people!”
Rock returns to the road this week with a pair of casino shows in Thackerville, Okla., before playing the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Sunday. He begins a five-date Canadian tour on May 31, then starts a summer tour with Sheryl Crow on July 2 in Cincinnati.
I don’t think this is a big deal, just another case of extremist protestors ruining a night of celebration. Kid Rock is a legend in his own way, so the award was well deserved.
The ballerina double used for Natalie Portman in “Black Swan” is speaking out about how much dancing she actually did in the movie, reports Perez Hilton. And it’s more than you think.
“Of the full body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie. All the other shots are me,” said Sarah Lane, the dance double. That’s a huge difference than the 85 per cent the instructor said Portman did. “The shots that are just her face with arms, those shots are definitely Natalie,” said Lane. “But that doesn’t show the actual dancing.”
This revelation comes after Natalie’s instructor, baby daddy and fiancée defended Natalie and how much she actually did in the movie.
Lane also claims that producer Ari Handel specifically told her to keep quiet over this. “They wanted to create this idea in people’s minds that Natalie was some kind of prodigy or so gifted in dance and really worked so hard to make herself a ballerina in a year and a half for the movie, basically because of the Oscar,” said Lane. “It is demeaning to the profession and not just to me. I’ve been doing this for 22 years…. Can you become a concert pianist in a year and a half, even if you’re a movie star?”
Despite all this drama, though, Lane doesn’t have any jealous or angry feelings toward the Oscar winning actress. In fact, she thinks she did a wonderful job.
“I do give her a lot of credit because in a year and a half she lost a lot of weight and she really tried to go method and get into a dancers head and really feel like a ballet dancer. [Natalie] is an amazing actress, for sure,” Lane says. “I know that it’s not a personal thing against me. I know that it’s just a political thing. It’s just unfortunate that I kind of lost credit.”
I feel bad for the this dance double. I can only imagine how rigorous it must have been for her, and then to get no credit for her hard work is a real middle finger to her talents.
I still think Portman deserved to win the oscar though, because even though she didn’t do all the dancing, her acting and mindset throughout the movie was what really drove the movie forward. To be honest, I don’t know why the double is lashing out at Portman. It’s not like it’s her fault she’s getting all the praise, she is the star of the film, after all.
If you want to check out her performance, make sure to pick up “Black Swan” on DVD on Tuesday, March 29.
Well Carrie is a beautiful girl, no two ways about it. But is she smart and media savvy? Well, no and maybe. No because she didn’t know how to handle a question by Larry she didn’t like. Maybe because although she looked like a complete fool, everybody is posting and talking about this video. Perhaps this will help with her book sales (which is why she was on Larry King)? Have a look and tell us what you think.