26 Ways ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Is Actually ‘Twilight,’ Minus the Vampires

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We all know E.L. JamesFifty Shades of Grey is Twilight fan fiction. But until you see both films, you may not realized how similar they are. The two romantic dramas are legitimately the same story, it was just a matter of adding a Red Room and subtracting a vampire.

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50 Celebrities Who Aren’t Who You Think They Are

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The Oscars confused the hell out of everyone last Sunday when they announced that Lonnie Lynn and John Stephens won the award for Best Original Song. It turns out, those are the IRL names of “Glory” writers and performers, Common and John Legend. But pop stars aren’t the only ones who use stage names.
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Style Expert Lindsay Albanese Wants to Make A-List Fashion More Relatable

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You’ve also styled younger celebrities, like the cast of Pretty Little Liars and Bella Thorne. Are they more willing to take fashion risks?
All those girls I’ve styled were so easy and open to my suggestions, but I also feel that’s because I did my research and I brought things that I thought they would love while still incorporating things that I loved. And I think that’s what makes a good stylist. You need to do your research, see their figure type and see the stuff they’ve worn. Bring stuff that is similar to that but then implement maybe some wild card pieces or pieces that you think work.

Do you think it’s all about knowing your client and already being prepared when you go to meet them?
Oh, absolutely. And have a lot of options, especially when it’s your first time styling a client. I hear all the time from publicists that the stylist only brought five things. I’m like, “what?” That’s just laziness! I’ve been pulled into shoots because the stylist they brought in before couldn’t deliver. That’s happened so many times.

Do you think celebrities are taking their fashion more seriously now?
Just because of social media and all these style shows there’s so much more of an emphasis on it, and stylists are so mainstream. I don’t know if it’s that they’re more interested in their style, or that social media has just made it more apparent to everybody. But it’s always been like this, for at least the last 15 years. There’s no such thing ever as a celebrity going to a magazine shoot and not having a stylist, or attending a red carpet. Stylists have always been in the game.

You have your own YouTube channel. Do you think styling is changing with girls on YouTube and Instagram?
It’s the digital movement 100 percent. The resources that people have are just all encompassing. The digital movement has made people much more aware than they ever were. Stylists are sharing their behind-the-scenes photos and who they styled. I share when I’m on E! News. The only thing that’s changed is that everyone is just putting things out there. There were no outlets 15 years ago. When I started styling, you didn’t even take pictures on your phone, much less upload them somewhere. But I was still styling the same then as I am now.

Currently you’re featured in magazines, and you’re known for your style tips. Is that where your passion lies now?
I’m a branded style expert, I’m on a bunch of national and regional segments talking about style. The reason I kind of transitioned into that is because [when you're] styling celebrities they’re your everything. As they should be — these people are some of the biggest celebrities. I just thought, when I’m 50 years old, do I want to get a call on Sunday night and say, “I’m going to New York tomorrow, I need five outfits, can you come over at 7 AM?” I just realized for me personally, I didn’t want that. I still style. It’s highly demanding but hugely rewarding and such a thrill.

So now you’re more known for being a style expert.
My mission now is to take the intimidation out of fashion and be more like the stylist next door. To take all those things I’ve learned and help people find their personal style — that’s what makes me tick. I also still style, but my focus is definitely more split than it was in the first 10 years of my career.

It’s comforting to hear someone making fashion more relatable.
Oh, absolutely. It’s so intimidating. All the bloggers are so serious, fashion magazines are hard to relate to — they’re so stylish. And we have enough of that. And I think that’s incredible and that’s why I got into fashion. I’m just taking a different angle. And that’s me, I can more relate to that kind of stuff. That’s how I grew up — I didn’t grow up around couture, so I love taking fashion down. That’s where I feel the most comfortable and where I feel I have the most knowledge.

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‘Whiplash’ and the Troubling Notion of Success by Any Means Necessary

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A recent theme that has been common among aging social critics is that we are becoming too soft in the realm of child rearing and discipline, subsequently leading to a cultural decline. This opens up a whole other can of worms about the current debate on corporeal punishment, which I don’t want to get into and personally have little contextual knowledge considering I don’t have children. But, it is children who encounter these types of environments while participating in team sports, and can be subject to questionable methods of tutelage.

Sports can be a great thing for young people. It builds character and teaches you leadership, teamwork, and about pushing through adversity. I don’t think every kid should get a participation trophy or receive unearned self-esteem. Losing is part of the game and part of life. Dealing with that and overcoming the valleys of life is all part of maturing into adulthood, but going too far with pressuring and pushing young people can have devastating consequences.

I implore everyone to watch a documentary from an HBO series, State of Play called “Trophy Kids” by director Peter Berg. It is heartbreaking to watch these kids give their all, while their abusive, delusional parents actually undermine their children’s development because of the pressure and overreaching tactics brought on by ambition gone astray.

Examining “Trophy Kids” really illuminates the most important question in this debate: Do aggressive, harsh methods of education really work? Barry thought having a “mentor” like Terrence Fletcher was just the type of motivator he needed to take him to the next level: Someone to slap him in the face or someone to throw a cymbal at his head. This was the motivation needed.

For Barry to say that being virtually tortured is the threshold to which those that want to be successful should be able to endure just reads false. Perhaps, this is my personal philosophical disposition informed by my own life experience and biases, but there has to be data gathered that have measured the most efficient educational styles.

Is it the carrot or the stick that pushes people? The answer is elusive, because I think it depends on what you are trying to motivate the person to do. Fear of the whip might motivate slaves to farm a field, but I’m not sure if you could intimidate someone into creating a classic work of art or inventing something will progress humanity.

If given the choice of subjecting oneself to three or four years of physical and mental abuse would lead to big success and wealth down the line, many, if not most people would probably sign up for that deal. We have to look at someone like Michael Jackson, whose success is partly owed to his overbearing father’s abuse and strict management and training. Conversely Jackson’s troubles later in life were due, at least in part, by the emotional and mental baggage as a result of childhood abuse and imprisoned infrastructure.

I think ambition is a good thing overall. Human being’s ambition to shoot for the stars is perhaps the most “human” characteristic that exists. To be docile and devolved as a species is repulsive to me. Work hard, do great work, but “at all costs” is over the line. A big house and important sounding title won’t save you if there is a broken human inside your psyche. Martyrdom is overrated.

But if you’re still in need of a pep talk, please enjoy Alec Baldwin’s rousing call-to-arms from Glengarry Glen Ross.

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Anthony Mason, Former New York Knick Star, Dies at 48

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Anthony Mason, a longtime NBA player and fan favorite on the New York Knicks, has passed away at the age of 48. After being diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month, the 13-year NBA veteran suffered a massive heart attack Saturday morning.

Mason, who is commonly known for his five year stint in New York where he helped the Knick’s win the Eastern Conference Championship and reach the 1994 NBA Finals, was still in recovery of a previous heart attack he endured weeks ago. Sources close to Anthony, stated that his condition was starting to improve. Then earlier today, a Knicks spokesperson confirmed to ESPN the terrible news. He will surely be missed. Our condolences go out to Mason’s family and loved ones.

R.I.P. Anthony Mason.

Flula Says Watch Out When He Auto Tunes No Diggity Cover

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German-born Flula Borg has a personality so Huge on the Tube (#HOTT) that he goes by just one name: Flula. His series of Auto Tunes features unique and catchy beats recorded completely LIVE while inside a moving vehicle (Warning: don’t try this at home). The star of the upcoming Pitch Perfect 2 teams up with singer Chester See for an enchanting cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” that’s attracted almost three million views. Flula discusses the inspiration behind his video with host Shira Lazar in this VH1-What’s Trending production.

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Throwback Photos of Dakota Johnson and Mom Melanie Griffith

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Before they fought over 50 Shades of Grey on the Oscar’s red carpetMelanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson were the coolest mother-daughter pair at nearly every Hollywood event. With Dakota blowing up the box office for her role as Anastasia Steele, you would have thought Melanie would be proud to watch her daughter’s big break. But when she revealed on Sunday that she didn’t want to see it, Dakota snapped back. What happened to you two?!

Dakota later poked fun at the argument in the promos for her hosting gig on Saturday Night Live this weekend. So while we cross our fingers that Melanie gives in to Dakota’s begging and finally sees the flick — they at least spoof themselves on tonight’s show — check out some of the sweetest throwbacks of the two on red carpets over the years.

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The Sexiest Celebrity Pics of February 2015

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Believe it or not, Fifty Shades of Grey wasn’t the sexiest part of February. Thanks to celebs like Kim Kardashian, who posed in a thong, and Jessica Simpson, who channeled the BDSM film with her hubby, we were seeing the goods all month long.

Model Ashley Graham continues to kill it with her curves and guys like Joe Manganiello and Ryan Guzman flaunt their perfect pecs. We love you, Instagram. Hop into the gallery for the hottest pics of the month and watch the video to see how Kim K. gets her selfie glow.

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Kelly Osbourne Quit ‘Fashion Police,’ Khloe Kardashian Opens Up About Being “the Fat One” + More in Today’s Last Lap

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Kelly Osbourne‘s threat to quit Fashion Police became a reality, Khloe Kardashian opens up about body image issues, a Star Trek legend passed away, and more celebrity news.

She recently tweeted support for both parties.

  • Khloe Kardashian put up a motivational post about being called “the fat one.” [@khloekardashian]

Looking back at pictures of myself I didn't realize at the time how unhealthy my lifestyle actually was. People love to call me the fat one but as weird as it sounds I still don't think I would consider myself fat back then. Definitely overweight and unhealthy, yes. About two years ago I decided to turn to fitness as a form of therapy and as a stress reliever. I started slow and eventually I started working out 4 to 5 days a week. We all have to start somewhere and doing something is better than nothing at all. Start small so you don't get discouraged and give up. Remember it is all about consistency. There are no quick fixes if you want long-term results. Working out is a huge part of my life now. I genuinely enjoy sweating out my frustrations and living a healthier life. My workouts are not all about vanity. They are about clarity for my mind and soul. We all have different journeys in life, make sure your journey is for you and you alone. Remember in the end the turtle won the race. Slow and steady. dedication and tenacity.

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  • The iconic actor Leonard Nimoy, otherwise known as Star Trek‘s Spock, died at 83. [E!]

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How to Get the Famous J.Lo Glow and Kylie Jenner Lip

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At 45 years old, with two kids, and over 15 years in the industry, Jennifer Lopez still has that glow. After shutting down every red carpet she attended this award season, it’s clear why she is the queen of all things beauty. Celebrity makeup artist Rokael Lizama, who has worked with Beyoncé, the Kardashians, and Christina Milian, shows us how to get a J.Lo-inspired look and shares his tips for creating fuller-looking lips a la Kylie Jenner, without going under the knife.

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