Christy Mack Beating: Police Report Reveals Horrifying Details Of Attack

A newly released Las Vegas Police report reveals gruesome details in the savage beating of adult film actress Christy Mack, which was allegedly perpetrated by mixed martial arts fighter and former porn actor War Machine.

War Machine —- who legally changed his name from Jonathan Koppenhaver in 2008 —- is accused of attacking Mack, 23, at her home on August 8. According to the police report, obtained by Uproxx, the 32-year-old War Machine showed up at about 1:30 a.m. and found Mack asleep in bed with her friend, former reality TV star Corey Thomas.

The police report states that Mack was dating War Machine, though Mack said in a previous statement to The Huffington Post that the couple broke up in May.

War Machine allegedly became enraged at finding Mack with Thomas and began beating and choking him, though Thomas ultimately was able to escape and call 911. After Thomas left, police say War Machine turned his aggression on Mack. He allegedly forced her to strip naked and repeatedly punched and kicked her, breaking several of her teeth.

He then allegedly began perusing her Instagram and Twitter accounts, and hitting her in the face every time he “found something he did not like.” The report gives a graphic account of War Machine’s alleged sexual abuse of Mack:

While [Mack] was lying on the ground in the bathroom Koppenhaver told her “that’s my pussy and I’m gonna take it back now.” Koppenhaver then licked his hand and put it on her vagina. … Koppenhaver did tell her that he was going to rape her but he “could not get hard” and he was mad about it.


Click here to read the full report.

Police say War Machine threatened Mack with a knife, and when he left the kitchen to find a sharper one to “finish the job,” Mack was able to escape through a back door.

Thomas suffered a bone fracture and multiple contusions. Mack’s injuries included 10 broken bones, a broken nose, missing and broken teeth, a fractured rib and a severely ruptured liver from a kick to her side. Mack sent photos of her injuries to The Huffington Post last week:

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War Machine initially fled, but was captured by police on Friday.

For his part, War Machine claims that he only went to Mack’s home so he could propose, but wound up “fighting for his life":




War Machine is charged with 3 counts of battery with substantial bodily harm, strangulation, kidnapping, open and gross lewdness and attempted murder.

War Machine has not only publicly joked about raping and killing Mack in the past, but also has a history of assault accusations. In September 2007, he pleaded guilty to hitting a man in the face and choking him to the point of unconsciousness in a parking lot, and was arrested again in 2010 after allegedly punching a bouncer during a nightclub brawl.

Additionally, the MMA fighter was accused of hitting porn star Alanah Rae in a jealous rage at a porn industry party in 2009, then assaulting several people who came to her defense. War Machine denied ever hitting Rae, but did admit to punching several men, who he claimed attacked him first.

An online fundraiser for Mack's medical costs had raised $77,500 as of Tuesday afternoon. The same day, War Machine's brother claimed on Twitter that legal expense fundraisers for the MMA fighter had raised $600.



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One Hell of a Dame: Remembering Lauren Bacall




Even the most seasoned (and jaded) journalists are faced with a subject who brings butterflies to the stomach akin to what we felt at our first school dance. The prospect of chatting with the iconic Lauren Bacall had this effect on me. It was 2007 and Bacall had just finished work on Paul Schrader's "The Walker," opposite Woody Harrelson. Our hour-long chat on the phone became one of the great conversations, and personal connections, of my life.

Per her lore, Bacall was fiercely outspoken, bitingly intelligent and elegant in a way which now seems regretfully archaic. She left me with a standing invitation to join her for dinner upon my next trip to New York. The fact that said trip and dinner never transpired in time will remain one of my few regrets.

RIP and thanks for it all.



LAUREN BACALL WALKS THE WALK
By Alex Simon


Lauren Bacall has been a screen icon since her 1944 debut in Howard Hawks' To Have and Have Not, which also brought her together with her first husband, the equally iconic Humphrey Bogart, setting the stage for one of Hollywood's great romances. Now an 83 years-young dynamo, Lauren Bacall was born Betty Jean Perske in New York City on September 16, 1924.

A veteran performer of over 60 films and television productions, Miss Bacall is also a two-time Tony award-winning actress for her triumphant turns on Broadway in Applause and Woman of the Year, both of which, ironically enough, are musicals based on movies.

Miss Bacall makes her 67th film appearance as a high society matron in Paul Schrader's The Walker, a murder mystery set among the elite of Washington, D.C. Starring Woody Harrelson in the title role as the "walker," or escort for unaccompanied ladies, the film also features fine support from Kristin Scott-Thomas, Lily Tomlin, Ned Beatty and Willem Dafoe. The THINKFilm release is currently in theaters. Miss Bacall spoke to us recently about her amazing life. Renowned for never mincing words, she didn't disappoint! Peruse on, gentle readers...

One thing that struck me while watching The Walker were all the parallels between Washington D.C. and Hollywood. Did you find that, as well?

Lauren Bacall: That's interesting. I think that Hollywood, just the name, has been misused over the years, so that everyone in Southern California is "in Hollywood," when nobody is. "Hollywood" has come to mean something else, usually negative. I just thought of this story as being uniquely Eastern, which of course, Washington D.C. is. And D.C. in many ways is very much like (the character of) the walker. I think in most big cities the same thing exists: some odd guy who will escort a woman who's on her own.

I guess I was thinking more in terms of the tenuous nature of relationships in both cities, what friendships are based on, and how the definition of what constitutes friendship constantly seems to shift, depending upon where you happen to lie on the chess board at the time.

Yeah, I see what you're saying, but I think the values are entirely different there. In Washington it's all about power plays and games. They love to play games there. One tries to outdo the other and always wants to know what the other one is doing. There's a scene where the Woody Harrelson character leans forward to Kristin Scott Thomas and he says "They're looking at me now because they're all wondering what I'm saying to you." And it's true. That is very much the political scene. Although I don't really consider it a political movie.

No, it's very much a social commentary disguised as a murder mystery.

Yes, and it's very stylish, too. It's got a wonderful cast of people, and it's a very classy people. Paul Schrader writes very well.

I think he's one of our great screenwriters. When I interviewed him a few years ago, I told him he was America's cinematic sociologist.

(laughs) What did he say?

He laughed, and said "Well, I never thought of myself that way, but...now that you mention it..."

(laughs) I agree with you! That's funny.

Most of your scenes are with Woody Harrelson in the film. What was he like as a scene partner?

I liked him very much. He has a quality I admire tremendously: he's a total professional. He always is prepared, always gives serious thought to what he's doing, and he's a really nice guy! We all got along amazingly well. Lily Tomlin and I are now bosom buddies.

Can we talk about Mr. Bogart?

(laughs) What have you got in mind?

You said something very interesting in your first memoir, that he was not a "tough guy" at all, in spite of the types of roles he played.

He was a very gentle soul. He was very strong, and very sure about what he believed in and what he thought was important and not important. He couldn't be pushed around. But he was a gentle man. I was very, very lucky to have even met him, much less have been married to him. He had extraordinary gifts. He was much more of a complete individuals than most people are. He had the kind of standards my mother had. Their values were very much the same. It was very interesting. He had tremendous character and a great sense of honor and would not tolerate lies, even if they asked him what he though of a movie. We were once at a screening at somebody's house, I forget whose, and they ran a movie that he was in, that he never thought much of. Afterward, the producer asked what he thought of it, and Bogie said "I think it's a crock." (laughs) And this producer was horrified! He was about the release the movie, and he said to Bogie "Why would you say that?!" Bogie shrugged and said "Then don't ask me." He never played the schmoozing game. He was not into that at all.

None of that surprises me because his acting was very honest. He always played very straightforward characters.

That's right. And that's who he was. But he was also sentimental, and romantic. He had all those other qualities that were irresistible. And he was highly intelligent. He was an avid reader. He was also a great, great chess player. I mean, a major chess player.

The two of you were very outspoken against the House Un-American Activities Committee, along with many others, including Danny Kaye and John Huston.

Yes, and this was before Joseph McCarthy. This was J. Parnell Thomas, who it turned out was a crook, and had his entire family on the payroll. He was a nightmare. He was a congressman from New Jersey. He was the one who thought up the HUAC. He was an awful, awful man.

An awful man, and an awful time. And there are many parallels between that time, and the time in which we're currently living.

Yes, the times in which we're currently living unfortunately, our great leader is such a disaster and the entire country is in disastrous shape because of him. It's very frightening, actually, to think that this country has become what it's become and that so many people voted for a man like that. It's terrifying.

Are we ready to have a woman President?

Absolutely. Why not? Women have proven already that they have as much information and are as intelligent as men, and are every bit as gung-ho for any kind of work. I myself just haven't made a decision yet. It's too early. We have an entire year yet of campaigning coming up, and it's already exhausting.

I'm still hoping that Al Gore will pull a Bobby Kennedy and throw his hat in the ring late.

That would be great, but I don't think he will. Why should he? He doesn't need that now. He's been so recognized now for the kind of man he is, and all the things he's accomplished. He was talking about global warming 30 years ago. We'd all like to see him run, but I don't think it's going to happen.

You were friendly with RFK, weren't you?

Oh, I adored him. We'd have a different country now if he'd lived. What a tragedy that was. I knew he and Ethel fairly well, and knew that he was capable of changing himself and evolving to such a degree. There was always something so touching about him, so moving. He really had feelings and was able to express them. And what he believed in would've brought so much to America, so much more quality that we've been living in the middle of for quite some time. Why would they shoot someone like him, or Jack Kennedy for that matter? Why would they do something like that?

It sometimes seems as though if a person becomes too evolved, they check out, or they're taken out.

Yes, and the madmen seem to live on forever, don't they?

Let's go back to some of the people you've worked with over the years. Why don't we start with the man who discovered you: Howard Hawks.

Marvelous, marvelous director of tremendous variety. If you think of the quality of the movies that he made, and how different each of them were, and how fantastic they all were. And he had a great sense of the motion picture, of the photography, of the shape of the screen, of the actors. He was brilliant, absolutely brilliant. I was so lucky and would have remained so lucky if I hadn't fallen in love with Mr. Bogart, because he washed his hands of me the minute that happened. He couldn't control me anymore. He was a control freak.

I'd say things still worked out pretty well in your favor.

Absolutely. I wouldn't change a thing.

What about Ernest Hemingway?

Hemingway was an odd guy. He was a big boozer, as you know, but I didn't know him well, but had dinner with him one night in Spain, when I was on location for a movie, and I was taken there by Slim Hawks, who was then married to Leland Hayward, and had known Hemingway since she was a kid. So much of Hemingway was phony. He flirted with women with his wife sitting right there, and he always said "Oh honey, just call me Papa..." He wrote wonderfully, but the way he spoke, he was always kind of batting his eyes at you. It was an odd experience, really. I was very excited to meet him, and Bogie always wanted to do The Old Man and the Sea, because he loved the story and he loved the sea so much. But, again, I didn't really know him well, but I think he was not great with women. Martha Gellhorn (Hemingway's third wife) was a great friend of mine, and she's the only one who never really talked about him publicly, interestingly enough.

What about William Faulkner?

(laughs) He was adorable. He was this great writer, and Howard Hawks had known him before, and always gave him a job, because Howard knew that Faulkner was always broke. Faulkner had so many wonderful eccentricities. Did you ever hear the story about when he asked the studio bosses if he could work at home, instead of at the writer's building in the studio?

No, what happened?

Well, the studio was very excited to have him working on this movie, but after a couple weeks, they hadn't received any material from him, and Faulkner said 'Do you mind if I work at home? I just can't concentrate here at the studio?" The studio said sure, and that's exactly what Faulkner did, he went home--to Mississippi! (laughs) He was really a lovely, very shy man, and an alcoholic, as many writers have been. But he was always glad to see all of us. We were always in Rome at the same time. He was working on a Howard Hawks movie, Land of the Pharaohs, when Harry Curtis, who was another wonderful writer and a great friend of mine, went to Rome, and wanted to see Faulkner. So he found out where Faulkner was staying, and opens the door, and this white uniform flashes by quickly--obviously a nurse. And there's Faulkner in bed, just coming off a bender. And he looks up at Harry, who says "Hi Bill, how you doing?" Faulkner said (thick Southern accent) "Well hello Harry. I'm fine, but I just can't seem to shake this cold." (laughs) He never talked about the booze. He was marvelous. I have many stories about him, but that would be going far into left field, so let's stay focused.

Fair enough. I know that you and Kirk Douglas have had a long, enduring friendship, going back to your days at The American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York. In fact, you both appeared together in the film Diamonds a few years back.

Yes, I was 15 when I first met Kirk. He is amazing! At 90 he's still writing books, just extraordinary, when you think what he's been through physically with the stroke. He's a real character and when I knew him was a womanizer beyond being a womanizer! (laughs) I mean, he was so over-the-top. But, he was so attractive and just a wonderful actor. I had such a crush on him when I was a kid. And of course, he made passes at me, because that's what he did with nearly every woman he met, but I was so young, I didn't know one pass from another! (laughs)

In his first memoir, as I'm sure you know, he says that you were one of the only young ladies during that period who managed to hang on to her virtue after going out with him, and he admired you for that.

That's right. But God knows he tried! (laughs) I gave him my uncle's overcoat because he was so poor. He had no money at all. New York was, and is, freezing during the winter and my favorite uncle had a couple of overcoats, and one that he didn't wear very much. So I convinced my uncle to give it to me to give to Kirk. Kirk lived in a walk-up, three stories, and I carried that coat up three floors to give to him.

And he never forgot that, either. He talked about that in "The Ragman's Son."

No, he never forgot. He's a dear.

You had the rare privilege of being on location for The African Queen with Mr. Bogart, John Huston and your good friend Katharine Hepburn. What was that like?

It was amazing. First of all, Africa was fabulous, and I loved every second of it, unless I saw some creepy Tarantula or snake, then I didn't love it so much. John Huston was to me, a genius. I thought he was the best director of all. He always chose subjects that weren't what you would think of as "commercial." They were never based on hit books, or plays, or anything like that. He did things that were interesting and fascinating. He was so wonderful to work with, and he was such a character. He and Bogie were really close pals. Anytime he made a movie, he wanted Bogie in it, and Bogie followed him blindly. Although John was not known for choosing locations that were comfortable, Bogie would go along with him in a second. They really liked each other a lot. John was unique in every possible way, and a funny, funny guy. I remember one time, we were all flying to Paris for the weekend: Katie, John, Bogie and myself, were on the plane from London. And Katie was going to meet the Kanins: Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, and Spencer (Tracy) was there, so she was going to have a little rendezvous with those four. In the hotel we shared a suite, Bogie and I had one bedroom and John had the other, with a joint living room. John was so hysterically funny there are no words to describe it. (laughs) How rare a thing is it to have someone like John with a brilliant mind who is a great director, amazing actor, a wonderful writer and really unusual and then have him be wonderful company, as well? Unpredictable, but always interesting. Just an amazing man. I was lucky.

Do they even make people like Huston, Mr. Bogart, Miss Hepburn or you anymore?

No, they don't! They aren't people like us anymore. The standards, the principles, it's all about money now, which makes me sick. I mean, I like money as much as anybody else, but I think this country has become so commercial and my profession has become all about money. It's as if making $20 million a movie somehow makes you a better person, you know? Most of the great geniuses that are running the business now seem to think that. Huston's standards were very high when it came to his work. The work always came first, not the money.

In The Shootist you got to work with two of my all-time heroes: John Wayne and Don Siegel. Tell us about that.

Duke Wayne and I got along really well, considering that we didn't agree about anything! (laughs) It was quite amazing. He was great to work with. He really liked me, and I really liked him. We had great chemistry together. But he was so awful to Don Siegel. He kept saying things like "You call this a set-up? What kind of a director are you?" Duke wanted to direct the movie. He was difficult, boy. And Don Siegel was a wonderful director. I like the movie a lot and after all, Duke was a dying man making that movie. It was quite an experience.

As a teenager you had a fortuitous meeting with Bette Davis, didn't you?

Yes, I did. She was absolutely my idol growing up. I just worshipped her. She was the most amazing actress, and had this quality about her that was unparalleled, and I still feel that way. My Uncle Jack had a friend named Robin, who was Bette Davis' assistant. She was coming to New York, and Uncle Jack arranged a meeting for me and my best friend. So we went to her hotel, I think it was the Gotham Hotel, and I was so nervous I was shaking from head to foot. My whole body was shaking! We went up to her suite and sat on the sofa in the living room, and suddenly out comes Bette Davis, with that walk! I thought I was going to keel over. Fortunately, I didn't! I said 'I want to be an actress,' and she told me that I'd have to work very hard...and the fact that she allowed us to be in her room and have a conversation with her, was just amazing. We didn't have a very long time with her. She gave us tea, and I was afraid I was going to break the cup because I was shaking so badly. (laughs)

Did you wind up getting to know her at all once you became a famous actress yourself?

No, funnily enough, I never did. She was not easy to know. She was not a very warm, open, friendly woman. Katie Hepburn, for example, was a very warm, open vulnerable woman. She was very easy to get to and to approach. When I was on the Warner Bros. lot even, she mentioned to Jack Warner that I should be cast in a film they were doing. Other than that, I never had any direct contact with her until much later. Also, after the meeting with her I wrote a letter thanking her, and she wrote me back! That was pretty amazing, too.

Do you still have that letter?

I think I have it somewhere. I'm sure I kept it, but over the years, who knows? Things fall through the cracks. But later I was on Broadway in Applause, of course, playing Margo Channing, which was her role in All About Eve, and which will always be her part, because it was on the screen, and the screen lasts forever, thanks to Martin Scorsese. So I feel a connection to her through that, as well.

Let's talk about some of your stage work.

Well, Applause was certainly the highlight of it, because it was my first musical, and I'd always wanted to do a musical.

And you won a Tony for your first musical.

Yes, and I won for Woman of the Year, too, funnily enough playing the part that Katie Hepburn played in the movie version, which came first. (laughs)

Does the process of working on the stage and screen differ for you?

Well, the major difference is time: when you do a movie, it's a much shorter process, but you don't see the final product until a year or two later, and by then you've moved onto other things. But on the stage, that's the real place for actors, because you have an immediate response from your audience. Doing eight shows a week is difficult. It requires stamina and tremendous energy, and you really don't have room in your life for much else but it is, I think, the most rewarding and gratifying way to be an actor because it's live, and you connect with the audience.

Another great experience you had in the theater was being directed by the great playwright Harold Pinter in Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth.

Oh, Harold is one of my heroes! I adore that man. That was the only time I've been lucky enough to speak the words of Tennessee Williams. That was the beginning of this wonderful friendship I've had with Harold over the years. Plus, opening in London was amazing, because it's one of my favorite places in the world. It's the greatest theater city in the world. You can go to The National Theater and see three different plays. There's always something you want to see, although it's usually not playing when you're there. (laughs) The other great thing about London in my profession, they appreciate actors who are in flops. If someone was devoted to John Gielgud, they stayed that way whether he was in a hit play, or not! In America, if you're not number one, two, or three on the list, you're out. Move on to the next one.

It's interesting: every European actor I've interviewed has said the same thing: in the States it's a business, and in Europe, it's a community.

Absolutely. They're interested in quality. They have standards and respect for the medium they're working in, whether it's in the movies or in the theater.

Was it a different experience being directed by someone who's also a writer, as Mr. Pinter is?

Well, I've found in other plays that I've been in that have been directed by someone other than the writer, the writer always has to be there in case something needs to be changed, or to make sure that you don't change anything. But Harold, being the great writer that he is, was meticulous about sticking to the text of Tennessee Williams. Harold had tremendous respect for his words, as he should have.

You also got to work with the great Robert Altman twice. Tell us about Brother Bob.

He was extraordinary, a unique talent. He knew what he wanted and his choices were fascinating, because his point of view came from another place, much different than most of us have. I think the sad thing is that Health was not paid more attention to, because it was perfectly timed with the election of Ronald Reagan, and it also involved the characters of Adlai Stevenson and Dwight Eisenhower. I had a great time on that, but unfortunately Pret a Porter was not so good, but he was not in good health when we were doing that. There was some great moments in it, though. He was an original.

Another original you've worked with recently is Lars Von Treer.

(big laugh) I'll say!

What was that experience like?

He's another real character. You had to unlearn everything you'd learned about working in movies working with Lars. He was holding the camera all the time, so you never knew if you were in the scene, or not in the scene. And there were no sets. It was all drawn out on the soundstage, on the floor. It was a fascinating experience. I finally liked it very much, but we all felt kind of peculiar initially because we didn't understand the way he wanted to do it, until we realized. But he's a very talented man. I loved Breaking the Waves, which was an amazing film, and why I was so thrilled when he asked me to do Dogville. It's funny, a lot of people still ask me what that film was about. (laughs) I always say, 'Don't ask me, ask Lars.'

You've certainly seen films and filmmaking change since you began in '44.

Yes, it has and they have. I wish there wasn't so much violence in films today. I saw two films recently, There Will Be Blood and American Gangster, both very good films, but they were so violent. With all the violence in the world, and with all the dialogue about decreasing violence, why are movies so violent?

We're living in a violent time, and I think that art, especially film, holds up a mirror to the time in which they're made. Look at the films of the late 60's and early '70s: Bonnie & Clyde, The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs, A Clockwork Orange, The Godfather, all those films were emblematic of the time in which they were made.

Yes, that's true. And now, the time we're living in is under a government that doesn't care about art, any kind of art, whether it's painting, or sculpture, or the performing arts. You don't think George Bush gives a goddamn about any of that, do you? The main problem is that the government that represents us reflects itself in the art that the country creates. And there's certainly nothing that encourages creativity in this bloody government. It can't get any worse, I don't think.

Any final thoughts?

Well, I hope that I keep my health and I hope that we elect a decent President because I can't stand the thought of living with more of this kind of horror that we've been living with now for so many years. It is so disgraceful, and why Bush wasn't impeached immediately, I'll never understand. By the way, if you haven't figured it out yet, I'm a liberal--the L word! (laughs)
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As Told in Selfies: The 2014 Teen Choice Awards

This past Sunday, August 10, I got to spend the day with some pretty amazing people -- teens and adults alike -- talking about overalls, fangirling and The Teenage Experience. So now I present for you my afternoon at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards in selfies, one-liners and a handful of live-tweets.




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"The best part of being a teenager is learning about yourself and what you love." -- The Band Perry

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"I'm not going to tell you about the finale [of 'The Fosters'] because you seem like someone who really likes surprises and people like you are really important. But trust me, it's going DOWN." -- Cierra Ramirez, "The Fosters"

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Me: "Oh my gosh I'm so excited to meet you. 'Little Manhattan' was my favorite movie."
Josh (Hutcherson!!!): "Really? No one remembers that I made that, but it's my favorite too."


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"iPad selfies? You're pretty serious about this, huh?" -- Lea Michele, "Glee" (like you didn't know)

"Asdfghjklifajdffamdjn." -- Me


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"My advice for life: you do you, and I'll do me." -- Zendaya

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"I don't know who A is." -- Lucy Hale, "Pretty Little Liars"




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Me: "You know, you followed me on Twitter one time for six months."
Charlie: "Oh gosh did I -- hold on, let me fix it."
Nolan: "She called you on it."
Charlie: "What am I doing? Found you. Can I get a T-shirt saying I'm your 1,160th follower?"
-- Charlie Rowe and Nolan Sotillo, "Red Band Society" (@charlie_rowe + @Nolan_sotillo)


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"You again?" -- Charlie Rowe

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"My best memory from filming "Mockingjay Part" was probably the the last day. Everyone was just so emotional and happy. I feel like I, out of any of the cast, except maybe Jen, have really grown up doing this. It's such a big part of me now." -- Willow Shields, "The Hunger Games"

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"ONE PHOTO." -- Publicist
"It needs to look GOOD, though." -- Sarah Hyland, "Modern Family," co-host of the Awards


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"We're SO cute." -- Anthony Quintal a.k.a. LOHANTHONY




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"It's ['Red Band Society'] not about the hospital. It's about being a teenager, and living your life, which is an experience everyone has, no matter where you are." -- Ciara Bravo, Nolan Sotillo, and Charlie Rowe

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"I'm sort of pro at this. Let's do it." -- Rebecca Black, Selfie Pro

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Me: "I remember getting to stay up late until like 8:30 to watch the first episode of 'Hannah Montana.'"
Emily: "I wish all parents were that cool."


"Food is sexy." -- Emily Osment, Young and Hungry

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"My favorite part of filming ["Wish I Was Here"] was the sheer creativity that went into everything. And the wigs. The wigs were the real MVP." -- Joey King, "Wish I Was Here"

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Calum Worthy ("Austin and Ally"): "I actually went to like seven proms, because I was always the second choice date."
Me: "I feel like you might be first choice now. You should call them all and ask."




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"We took a selfie. We're basically friends now. " -- Sam Potteroff, O2L

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"Foolproof fastest way to make a mess: have a bunch of dudes live in a house together. Bingo." -- O2L

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"I write all of my own music, so it's like this big piece of me I'm sharing. It can be a bit scary, but I feel like that is what real music is supposed to be." -- Debby Ryan, "The Never Ending"

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"Prom is supposed to be this like big rite of passage thing, but I think it should be more about having fun, you know?" -- Laura Marano, "Austin and Ally"

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"If I'd known you'd be here, I would have worn my overalls. Next time, let's match." -- Alli Simpson







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*Looks cool for a second, then knocks over speaker with surfboard* -- Me


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Porn Star Christy Mack Describes Savage Attack (GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

A porn star who was put in the hospital after she says she was beaten by her MMA fighter ex-boyfriend has released a statement detailing her experience.

Las Vegas police say Christy Mack was left with severe, but not life-threatening, injuries early Friday morning when she was confronted and beaten by MMA fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver, who brawls under the name War Machine.

Koppenhaver, who has also performed in porn, is still on the run.

In a statement sent to The Huffington Post, Mack tells her story of what happened and details her injuries that resulted:

At about 2 am Friday morning, Jon Koppenhaver arrived unannounced to my home in Las Vegas, NV, after he broke up with me in May, he moved out of my house and back to San Diego. When he arrived, he found myself and one other fully clothed and unarmed in the house. Without a single word spoken, he began beating my friend; once he was finished, he sent my friend away and turned his attention to me. He made me undress and shower in front of him, then dragged me out and beat my face.


Mack also sent photos showing her injuries.

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"I have no recollection of how many times I was hit, I just know my injuries that resulted from my beating," Mack said. "My injuries include 18 broken bones around my eyes, my nose is broken in 2 places, I am missing teeth and several more are broken."

Mack said she can't chew or see out of her left eye. "My speech is slurred from my swelling and lack of teeth. I have a fractured rib and severely ruptured liver from a kick to my side," Mack said.

Her leg was so badly injured that she can't walk and she has "several lesions" from a knife Koppenhaver retrieved from her kitchen, she said.

Mack also said her ex "sawed much of my hair off with this dull knife."

Mack continued, "He has beaten me many times before, but never this badly. He took my phone and canceled all of my plans for the following week to make sure no one would worry about my whereabouts. He told me he was going to rape me, but was disappointed in himself when he could not get hard."

Mack then explained how she escaped:

After another hit or two, he left me on the floor bleeding and shaking, holding my side from the pain of a broken rib. He left the room and went to the kitchen where I could hear him ruffling through my drawers. Assuming he was finding a sharper, more stable knife to end my life, I ran out my back door, shutting it behind me so the dogs didn't run inside to tip him off. I hopped the fence to the golf course behind my house and ran to a neighboring house. Naked and afraid he would catch me, I kept running through the neighborhood knocking on doors. Finally, one answered and I was brought to the hospital and treated for my injuries.


In tweets posted to his verified account last week, Koppenhaver appeared to defend himself while still on the run from police.










Mack said she appreciated all of the support she's received and said " I am healing fast and well, and I appreciate all of the prayers and visits I have received over the past few days."

She also explained why she's speaking out now.

"After many months of fear and pressure to keep this man happy, although I fear for my life, I feel that I can no longer put myself in this situation. The cheating by him nearly every day, and almost weekly abuse is now more than I can stand."

If you have any information on Koppenhaver's whereabouts, please call the Las Vegas Police's tip line: (702) 385-5555.



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Teen Choice Awards Might Have Been Rigged, Twitter Freaks Out

They did it for the Vine.

During the Teen Choice Awards Sunday night, August 10, Vine stars, Cameron Dallas and Matthew Espinosa, exposed a possible scandal by revealing that the award show had actually contacted winners days before voting closed. Savvy Twitter users quickly posted screen grabs of the tweets and the hashtag #TeensDontHaveAChoiceAwards started trending.




In addition to the Viners' tweets, some tweeters also posted screen grabs from last year's show stating that producers have the final say on the winners.




Needless to say, Twitter flipped the flip out.






















And of course some cynical tweeters had to jump in and give their opinions.







The practice of producers contacting winners has reportedly been in place at various award shows for a while. So though it probably won't change anything, the Vine stars should rest assured that the unexpected backlash against the show was pretty much the equivalent of giving the Teen Choice Awards the #SmackCam.

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8 Things You Learned From Movies That Are Actually Lies

Movies or movLIES, am I right? You probably already have a vague understanding that Hollywood perpetuates bunk science and inaccurate history, but some of these things are such deep-rooted misconceptions that you may not have even known they were popularized by movies.

Recently, movies such as "Lucy" and "Limitless" tried to claim humans only use a small percentage of their brains, but then seemingly every publication ever (including this one) wrote an explainer debunking the myth before it could take off. Unfortunately, we're not always so lucky and Hollywood can really make misconceptions a part of our understanding of the world.



1. Sharks are a huge threat to beaches.

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In honor of Shark Week, this seemed especially worth debunking. Steven Spielberg may have convinced you otherwise with his 1975 film, "Jaws," but sharks really aren't something to worry all that much about. Not only are shark attacks rare, attacks that end in fatalities border on zero. So many things we don't freak out about kill more people than sharks every year, including dogs. Honestly, sharks should be way more afraid of us as a population than we should be of them: As of last year, humans killed 11,417 sharks every hour.



2. You get one phone call when you're arrested.

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Perhaps the most popular myth on this list, that one phone call you thought you were entitled to if you're ever arrested is, apparently, just a plot trope for movies. You're entitled to an attorney, who can then get you a phone to make a call or calls, but nothing in the Constitution entitles you to that phone call. HowStuffWorks explains:

Movies and TV shows commonly depict the prisoner demanding his right to one phone call. But in actuality, phone use in prisons varies widely. Prisoners must be allowed reasonable access to an attorney, but otherwise, phone rules are largely up to the discretion of the individual prisons or states...The First Amendment's right to free speech clause does not give prisoners unrestricted access to a phone, even if it does allow minimal access. Often, prisons consider phone calls perks or privileges, rather than a guaranteed right (excluding certain exceptions, such as contacting an attorney).


This said, most states seem to entitle you to use of the phone as long as you are cooperative and the crime is not that severe. For example, California will even give you three phone calls.



3. Lemmings follow each other off cliffs to their deaths.

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In 1958, Disney released what would become an Academy Award-winning nature documentary called "White Wilderness," which featured an entirely fabricated scene of lemmings plunging to their deaths off a cliff. Instead of truly depicting a lemming mass suicide -- which doesn't happen in the wild -- the film's photographers imported lemmings to the desired Canadian shooting location, put them on turntables to fling them around and tricked the small animals into their deaths. While the lemmings are being shoved off the ledge, the narrator claims, "This is the last chance to turn back, yet over they go, casting themselves out bodily into space ... and so is acted out the legend of mass suicide."

You can watch the clip here. As io9 put it, "This film is what gave rise to many sayings about how lemmings follow the herd no matter what." Although the movie popularized this myth, lemmings were once believed to do this due to their populations noticeably fluctuating and the occasional accidental drowning actually happening.



4. Walking on quicksand is a good way to get swallowed.

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The very first instance of a film depicting quicksand is unclear -- it may have been the 1909 silent film "Saved from the Quicksand" -- but over the last century the film industry has extensively developed a myth that quicksand can easily gobble people into the ground. This trope seems to have peaked in the 1960s, but has been declining ever since as Daniel Engber's masterful essay published at Slate about the topic explains:

As a child of the Reagan years, I thought I'd seen the glory days of quicksand: What depths we reached, at The Neverending Story (1984), when Artax sank in the Swamps of Sadness, and what joy at seeing Buttercup saved from the muck in The Princess Bride (1987)...But for all that, the quicksand of our youth was already an endangered resource. By the time I entered junior high, the gag had been relegated to self-conscious horror flicks and zany sitcoms like Perfect Strangers and Small Wonder. Quicksand was ironized and depleted.


So what does quicksand actually do? People can get stuck in quicksand, but anything deeper than up to your waist is unlikely. It's supposedly fairly easy to wriggle your legs free and float on your back to safety.



5. Kilts are an old tradition in Scotland.

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The 1995 film, "Braveheart," depicts the story of the Scottish warrior William Wallace, who lived in the 13th century. Wallace, along with many other characters, is often seen wearing a kilt. This seems to make sense as Scottish kilts have a long time-honored tradition and came way before Wallace was even alive, right?

Kilts were actually an invention of the 16th century and popularized even later. They're much closer in history to the tricornered hat than to Wallace. In listing the historical inaccuracies of "Braveheart," Sharon L. Krossa Ph.D. claimed, "This is like a film about Colonial America showing the colonial men wearing 20th century business suits, but with the jackets worn back-to-front instead of the right way around."

Image: WikiCommons



6. Igloos are the most popular home for Eskimos.

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"Nanook of the North" came out in 1922 and has been considered the first documentary film. It "depicted" the lives of an Inuit (or Eskimo) family as they hunt with spears and build an igloo. As Cracked has pointed out, unfortunately the movie was largely fabricated and was a false portrayal of Inuit life.

"Igloo" is actually supposed to mean any Inuit house and the structure commonly associated with that term is called a snowhouse. These snowhouses were actually just temporary structures built by a certain subset of the Inuit during winter months. Permanent structures using sod, wood, stone were far more common.



7. A small hole in a plane will cause utter catastrophe.

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In the 1964 James Bond film, "Goldfinger," Bond warns the title character about "firing guns in planes." Goldfinger doesn't heed Bond's advice, allowing Bond to wrestle the golden gun from Goldfinger's hand, shoot it at a window and cause the plane to radically depressurize as the villain gets sucked through the window. The special effects don't really hold up, but you can watch the scene here.

Unfortunately for Bond, shattering the window with a bullet (even from the golden gun) wouldn't have sent Goldfinger flying in real life. The MythBusters tested this one out and found that a small bullet hole caused almost no noticeable difference. A fully shattered window could, however, cause objects or limbs directly near the hole to be lost, but utter catastrophe would certainly be avoided with a skilled pilot.



8. Skin can suffocate if it's covered in something like gold.

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"Goldfinger" is also responsible for popularizing the myth that skin can suffocate to death. In the movie, the character Jill Masterson is killed when her whole body is painted gold. Bond says this is because the body breathes through the skin and a small section needs to be left uncovered to avoid asphyxiation.

That's not a thing. Covering your body in paint may be harmful as it clogs up the pores and the paint may be toxic, but the skin doesn't breathe. Normal mouth or nose breathing will do just fine in preventing suffocation.

Image: WikiCommons




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Andrea Clevenger Of TLC’s ‘Cheer Perfection’ Gets 10 Years In Prison For Sexual Assault Of Boy

An Arkansas mother who appeared on a reality television show was sentenced to prison for the sexual assault of a 13-year-old family friend on Thursday.

Andrea Clevenger of TLC's 'Cheer Perfection,' a show about competitive cheerleaders, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree sexual assault and engaging a child in sexually explicit conduct.

She was initially charged with rape, to which she pleaded not guilty.

She received two 10-year prison sentences and two 10-year suspended sentences. It is not known if they will be served concurrently or consecutively, according to THV-11. She must also register as a sex offender.

Clevenger was arrested in January following an investigation into allegations that she'd had several sexual encounters with a 13-year-old boy at her home and in her car.

In a forensic interview, the victim, who knew Clevenger's family, told police that the woman had sent pornography and naked photos of herself to his cell phone. Those claims were later confirmed by investigators, who noted that the victim's phone contained "numerous images of females in various states of undress... [and] several images of an exposed penis."

"It's sickening, just absolutely disgusting and especially that age," a local mother who did not want to be identified told KARK in January. "I think the little boy... being 12, 13, 14 -- however old he was -- he probably wasn't in the right state of mind to even know if it's right or wrong, honestly."




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Lifetime’s Aaliyah Biopic Casts Its Missy Elliott And Timbaland, Gets A Title

Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic has undergone its fair share or casting changes in regards to who will portray the R&B singer, but the film has finally locked down the rest of its cast.

Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp, who replaced Zendaya after she backed out of the film, now has her Missy Elliott and Timbaland. According to The Wrap, the two musicians who were close with Aaliyah and worked on her second album, "One In A Million," will be portrayed by Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith, respectively. Dolabaille is a newcomer while Smith has worked as a dancer and appeared on “So You Think You Can Dance Canada" and was also in "Mirror Mirror."

A handful of Aaliyah's family members and figures from her personal and professional life have also been cast. Co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records Damon Dash, who Aaliyah was dating at the time of her 2001 plane crash, will be portrayed by Anthony Grant, while her parents will be played by Rachael Crawford and Sterling Jarvis. Aaliyah's brother Rashad will be portrayed at different ages by A.J. Saudin and Jesse Sukunda and Lyriq Bent will play Barry Hankerson, who was both her uncle and the president of her label. The biopic, which will be based on Christopher Farley's book "Aaliyah: More Than a Woman," now has the working title "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B."

The Wendy Williams-executive-produced biopic has already had a handful of controversy following the singer's family's reaction to the movie, along with her upset fans. Aaliyah's family previously told The Wrap that they were against the film, saying that they weren't contacted by Lifetime until after the network announced the project. It will be interesting to see how fans and family members react to this most recent casting news.

[via The Wrap]
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Arianna Huffington Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week With A Beautiful Throwback Photo

As part of HuffPost Parents' celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, which ended August 7, and National Breastfeeding Month, which continues through August, we've found mothers all over the world who are sharing gorgeous photos of themselves nursing their children to show their support for other breastfeeding moms. But as it turns out, we didn't even need to look very far ...

Yesterday, Arianna Huffington, chair, president, and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group shared a Throwback Thursday photo of herself nursing her daughter Christina, as a baby.



Our fearless leader has long been a supporter of breastfeeding and mothers' rights to do so in public. Back in 1997, Arianna wrote a piece called "Breast-feeding: Sense and sensibilities," in which she expressed her disbelief at the decision of several legislators to oppose a bill that would protect the rights of California mothers to nurse in public.

The bill passed despite the efforts of its opponents, but the opposition led Arianna to examine popular attitudes toward public breastfeeding in the U.S. She wrote:

In Greece, where I hail from, the idea of passing a law protecting women's right to breast-feed their babies in public would be laughable. I breast-fed my two daughters until they were 2 years old. I could have given my babies lunch under the pillars of the Parthenon, and nobody, save American tourists, would have batted an eye. No Greek would dream of questioning this right any more than the right to hug children in public.


Go Arianna!

This article is part of HuffPost Parents' World Breastfeeding Week series. Read more here.



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‘Awesome Baby Name’ Site Helps Parents Pick Kids’ Names Based On Domain Availability

A variety of factors go into choosing a baby name -- family traditions, popular trends, pronunciations and apparently, domain name availability.

Awesome Baby Name is a new online tool that allows parents to choose a name for their child based on website domain availability. Basically, the site asks parents to input their last name and baby's gender and then it generates a list of name options based on domains that haven't been purchased. So, you can guarantee that your child will have access to the URL of firstnamelastname.com.

Going one step further, each name option provided by Awesome Baby Name comes with a link to the domain name registrar namecheap.com, so parents can purchase their future child's domain name immediately.

Business partners Karen X. Cheng and Finbarr Taylor were inspired to create awesomebabyname.com after a conversation they had over lunch one day. Cheng was complaining that because she has a common name, she'll likely never get to own karencheng.com and "has had to battle with other people in the search rankings on Google," Taylor told The Huffington Post in an email. "She joked that she would ensure the domain name is available before naming her future child so they can avoid these issues," he added. "I then joked that there should be a service that does this for you."

Taylor is a software engineer and Cheng is a designer and marketer. Six months after their joking conversation, they built Awesome Baby Name together over the course of a weekend.

"It's important to give your children a fighting chance of having good SEO (Search Engine Optimization) in the 21st century," Taylor stated. "We use search engines all day long to answer our questions and find things, including people. Imagine being called John Smith and trying to get a ranking on Google search. It's important to give your child a unique name so that people, like potential employers, will be able to find them easily in the future."

Awesomebabyname.com just launched this week, but according to a "parents served" visitor tracker at the bottom of the homepage, it has already been used by over 176,000 people. Still, Taylor and Cheng can't guarantee that all of these visitors were actually parents seeking baby names for their own children. "Looking for celebrity names is pretty fun," he said. "Kate Kutcher and Maximus Gosling were some favorites we found."

(hat tip: Business Insider)



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