Cam’ron Is Selling The ‘Fashionable’ Ebola Mask You Never Asked For

Cam'ron's response to the devastating outbreak of Ebola in West Africa? A new line of gimmicky Ebola masks.

"Ebola is no joking matter.. So if u have to be safe.. Be fashionable," wrote the New York rapper last week in an Instagram post. His new line of "Cam'ron Ebola Masks" are printed with a throwback photo of Cam'ron wearing a pink mink jacket and holding a pink cell phone.


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"Wrap it up and protect yourself from Ebola just like Killa Cam!" says a description listing the masks for $19.99 each. "Provides complete protection while remaining light and comfortable. ... A full-width nosepiece guarantees proper fit. Latex-free ear loops."

But despite the masks' advertised "polypropylene outer facing," they would provide very little protection from the viral hemorrhagic fever making headlines as it sweeps through Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. Ebola is not airborne, but is instead spread through direct contact with blood or other body fluids, contaminated objects like syringes, and infected animals.

The World Health Organization said last week that some 4,555 people have died so far as a result of the current Ebola outbreak, which began earlier this year in West Africa. A total of 9,216 cases have been reported in seven countries, with nearly half occurring in Liberia.
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14 Baby Names Inspired By Country Music Stars

There was a time when you could spot a country music guy or gal name a mile away. Tex and Buck, Jimmie and Johnny, Patty and Patsy, Minnie and Dottie. Things have changed, with contemporary country names now as citified as Taylor and Miranda.

So, October being Country Music Month, we’ve taken a look at both sides of the coin -- the time-honored names in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the more nouveau, to come up with our picks of the best country music names. (Incidentally, in addition to individual artists, there are some great band names, like Alabama and Sawyer Brown, as well as nicknames like Juice and surnames like Cash.)



Dolly Parton is the current poster girl for country music, having been on the scene for almost half a century, and known as much for her wit and wigs as her music. Dolly started out as a nickname for Dorothy, but has been used on its own since the 17th century and is showing signs of a comeback, already moving up in the UK.


floyd tillman

Floyd Tillman -- old-style country singer, old-style country name. In the 30s and 40s, he was the guy who helped pioneer Western swing and honky tonk. The name Floyd still has a bit of that hayseed image, but an element of jazzy cool as well.


minnie pearl

Born Sarah Ophelia Colley, Minnie Pearl was the classic Grand Ole Opry country comedian, a price tag always hanging from her funky hat. Minnie, originally a pet form of Minerva, was wildly popular at the turn of the last century, and is just the kind of name fans of Sadie and Maisie might want to revive.


waylon jennings

One of the outlaw bad boys of country and rockabilly, Waylon Jennings was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. Originally named Wayland, he passed the Waylon name on to the son known as Shooter, who in turn used it for his own baby boy, called by his outlaw nickname, Blackjack.


kitty wells

Country music legend Kitty Wells, born Ellen Muriel, was the first female solo artist to hit the country charts in the 1950s, and was known as the Queen of Country Music. She borrowed her stage name from a folk tune, “Sweet Kitty Wells.” Kitty is one of the most endearing of the Katherine nicknames and has already been restored in England and Wales, where it’s ranked at Number 345.


bellamy brothers

The Bellamy Brothers, David Milton and Homer Howard, share a surname, but it’s one that could be a most usable first. Meaning fine or beautiful friend, it could work for either gender -- there’s an actress named Bellamy Young. The country group The Bellamy Brothers was most popular in the 70s and 80s.


patsy cline

One of the most influential and acclaimed Nashville singers, who died tragically at the age of 30 in a plane crash, Patsy Cline was born Virginia and nicknamed Ginny, changing her name early in her career. Patsy is very much a pigtailed-poppet name of the past, still presenting a lot of youthful spunk. In the Top 100 from 1930 to 1948, Patsy faded away in 1975.


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Darius Rucker was the lead singer of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish before becoming a Nashville country singer, the first black man to win the New Artist Award from the Country Music Association. Darius, a significant name in Persian history, and a character in the Hunger Games series, now ranks at Number 412 in the US.


loretta lynn

Known as ‘The First Lady of Country music’ and ‘The Coal Miner’s Daughter’, legendary Loretta Lynn was named after the glamorous movie star Loretta Young. Loretta, along with other once-exotic names like Rita and Anita, have lost their Latin flair, but we see some revival possibilities down the road. Sarah Jessica Parker used Loretta as a middle name for one of her twin girls.


brad paisley

Winner of countless country music and Grammy awards, Brad Paisley has seen his surname take off -- for girls. Also the name of a Scottish town and an intricately patterned Indian fabric, Paisley is now Number 80 on the girls’ list, and looks to be headed higher.


emmylou harris

Singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris, who has crossed genres ranging from country to folk to pop, bears an old-timey smoosh of a name, reflecting her Alabama roots. With its combination of the fashionable Em and Lou sounds, we can see some country-loving parents possibly embracing it.


keith urban

Another surname possibility comes courtesy of Nicole Kidman’s handsome hub, the Australian country music singer and American Idol judge Keith Lionel Urban. Not heard in decades, Urban was well used through the 1930s, was the name of several saints and popes, and could now qualify as a citified word name.


miranda lambert

Singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert, who was named after her Irish immigrant grandmother, Lucy-Miranda, gained fame as a finalist on the reality show Nashville Star and is married to Blake Shelton. Miranda, a lovely, poetic name invented by Shakespeare and now ranking at Number 245, is about as far from the stereotypical country moniker as you can get.


blake shelton

Blake Tollison Shelton has been a country music star since 2001 and has served as a judge on several singing competitions. The rakish Blake is now Number 75 for boys, and is increasingly used for girls as well, especially since the emergence of the high-profile actress Blake Lively.

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It’s Been A Long Road To The Big Screen For The Sudanese Stars Of ‘The Good Lie’

"Hollywood has given a voice to the dead."

At 7 years old, Emmanuel Jal walked several hundred miles, from Sudan to Ethiopia, to flee a civil war. Along the way, he watched as children succumbed to starvation, were killed by crocodiles and ambushed by hippopotamuses. By 8, he had become a child soldier. In early adolescence, he left the region for the Western world and, at 34, he walked the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival.

It's an unlikely trajectory for an emigrant whose native country has been embroiled in civil wars since the moment its independence was declared. But Jal is one of the lucky few who not only fled the horrors but managed to stay alive long enough to make a better life for himself.

Ger Duany, who escaped the region when he was "15 or 16," can count himself among this group as well. Together they star in "The Good Lie," playing two of four members of the Lost Boys of Sudan, a cohort of 20,000 children (including a few thousand girls) who were displaced during the Second Sudanese Civil War, which lasted from 1983 to 2005. A fictionalized version of their story is told in Philippe Falardeau's new movie, which opened Oct. 10 and expands to more theaters this weekend, following its Toronto International Film Festival premiere in September.

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Ger Duany, Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Kuoth Wiel and Emmanuel Jal at TIFF on Sept. 7, 2014

It's the mark of a new day for Jal and Duany, even though both have resided in North America for years now. (Jal is currently stationed in Toronto; Duany lives in New York City.) Anyone starring opposite Reese Witherspoon in his or her first mainstream feature film might say the same.

As it happens, the path to "The Good Lie" was fortuitous for both men. Duany, 35, first learned of the movie a decade ago, after meeting Outlaw Productions founder Robert Newmyer, whose movie credits include "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" and "Training Day." Newmyer was interested in bringing the Lost Boys of Sudan story to Hollywood, and Duany met with him in Los Angeles while filming a small part in 2004's "I Heart Huckabees." But Newmyer died in 2005, and it seemed to Duany that the idea for the movie was buried along with him -- until 2013, when he was handed a script written by Margaret Nagle, who wrote a couple of "Boardwalk Empire" episodes and later developed the new Fox series "Red Band Society." He sent casting director Mindy Marin ("Juno," "Up in the Air") an email.

Meanwhile, Marin contacted Jal to ask him to recruit Sudanese actors for the film. Duany, a longtime pal, was among his recommendations. Everything seemed to be coming together, except Jal wasn't originally asked to appear in the movie. Having never acted in an American film, he thought his involvement was over until Marin and the "Good Lie" producers finally requested he audition for the role of Paul. After seven rounds of auditions, Jal was convinced he wouldn't get the part. It wasn't until he read opposite Witherspoon that he was offered the role. (Jal was familiar with Witherspoon because he loves "Legally Blonde.")

Alongside Arnold Oceng (who plays Mamere) and Kuoth Wiel (who plays Abital), Jal and Duany (who plays Jeremiah) signed on as the movie's central stars. Their characters leave Sudan, among the 4,000 Lost Boys who came to America in 2001 with the help of the International Rescue Committee. Witherspoon plays the prickly employment agency counselor who helps them find work, with Corey Stoll portraying her boss. Both veteran actors have small but powerful parts that in no way paint them as the white-savior figures some have accused movies like "The Help" and "The Blind Side" of promoting.

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"Most of us spent all our lives in refugee camps and hunting for the opportunity to come to the Western world," Duany said, discussing a scene in the movie in which Paul, Jeremiah, Mamere and Abital see their names on a list of the kids granted refuge in America. "You see those characters screaming and laughing. That’s really parallel to my life story from when I was coming too. It was like visiting past times."

Because the movie is about the refugees transitioning to Western lifestyles, "The Good Lie" bypasses some of the more haunting details of the Sudanese warfare. Instead, moments of confusion at how to consume airplane food or use a telephone provide insight. "I didn’t come from a civilized environment where people go to the toilet inside the house," Jal recalled. "It was a new thing for me. Like, first time I saw a toilet it was amazing for me. Wow. How can someone come and download his stuff here and this little machine just takes everything away that fast? So when I’m using a toilet, I used to think a snake is probably going to come out of that hole because I thought it was connected to the river."

The production came close to experiencing some of the dire memories firsthand, having filmed parts in nearby Kenya as well as in South Africa and Atlanta, Georgia. Duany said Witherspoon even ventured to some of the refugee camps during the shoot.

"Once your spirit is crushed, you don’t tend to want to give the next push to keep trying," Jal said of his trek to Ethiopia. "When I had no hope, I was going to eat my friend. He was dying and I was going to eat him, but I prayed. A miracle happened. It took a while to happen. But it came at a point when I was just going to bite my friend and eat him. What came between my friend was a crow. That crow saved me from eating my friend."

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What the movie doesn't skip is remorse many of the refugees felt upon leaving their friends and family behind. Duany went back to his homeland for the first time 18 years after leaving. He reunited with his parents and brothers following nearly two decades apart. He also voted for South Sudan's independence, which became official in 2011. Jal has returned a handful of times, but some members of his family, stationed in refugee camps, are difficult to find. He keeps in touch with loved ones via telephone and Facebook.

For these actors, seeing their story play out on the big screen calcifies a hope for the future. Duany has been writing a memoir and making a documentary that chronicles his journey back to Sudan and reunion with his past. He doesn't have another acting job lined up, but, nonetheless, he said, "The future is taking care of itself." Focused on his music career, Jal has recorded five rap albums. Two of his songs, "We Fall" and "Scars" (the latter featuring Nelly Furtado), appear on the "Good Lie" soundtrack.

"I will not be the guy who will convince you what to take out of this movie because I’ve been through that," Duany said. "I want people to go see the movie and then they make a choice. See, we all have choices. We all make decisions on a daily basis. I think if a person goes to see that movie they’ll make a choice that can change you and your own family and that can change your entire surroundings. So I hope people will go see the movie and then take something that they choose to take."

Jal, too, said "humanity" is the film's message.

"Hollywood has given a voice to the dead," he said. "It’s no longer about the Lost Boys. They keep trying to make their way out, then they meet other people and empathize with them. It’s a story that a lot of people are going to discover their purpose from. When someone doesn’t know their purpose, they get lost."
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H. Jon Benjamin Picks Favorite ‘Archer’ Running Gag, Talks ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Crossover Episode

You may not recognize H. Jon Benjamin if you saw him on the street. But you'd immediately recognize him the moment he speaks.

Benjamin is an icon in the animated comedy genre right now, voicing the title characters in wildly popular shows "Archer" and "Bob's Burgers." The two shows had a crossover episode on the season five premier of "Archer," which aired in February. Benjamin stopped by HuffPost Live on Wednesday to discuss his work on the shows.

Adam Reed, writer and producer for "Archer," had the idea to begin the season with a "Bob's Burgers" parody. All Benjamin had to do was put Reed and "Bob's Burgers" creator Loren Bouchard in touch and the rest was history.

"I put them in contact. That's all I had to do," Benjamin told host Ricky Camilleri.

Later in the interview, Benjamin was asked by a community member to pick his favorite running gag on "Archer," a show nearly built on running gags.

"I like the tinnitus gag. For some reason I always laugh at me having to unclog my ear after a gunshot," Benjamin said while impersonating the facial expression Archer makes while doing it. "I like that gag and I like the answering machines quite a bit. My message. Which has been like a treasure trove of running gags."

For those not acquainted with "Archer," the tinnitus comes from fellow agents firing guns near Archer's ear and explosions on missions.

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‘Teen Mom 2′ Reunion: Jenelle’s Confession About Kieffer Deserves A Head Shake

During Part 2 of the "Teen Mom 2" reunion, Jenelle admitted that she contacted Kieffer while Nathan was behind bars.
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Native Run’s New Single ‘Good On You’ Follows Under ‘Cover’ Operation

Native Run's Rachel Beauregard and Bryan Dawley have been in Los Angeles for less than 24 hours, but the burgeoning country duo has already had a celebrity sighting at their hotel: Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill.

"I talked to him for a little bit and we smoked a cigarette together," Dawley says. "You hear about the Sunset Marquis and how star-studded it is, so it was cool."

For her part, Beauregard is just happy she didn't freak out. "Normally when I meet really talented people, I geek out and I get really awkward, but last night I didn't make eye contact and I went to bed without making a scene," she says with a laugh. Mission accomplished.

The Nashville-based pair are in town to tout their first single, "Good On You," which is at radio now. (Listen to the song via its lyric video below.) It's on their Luke Laird-produced debut album, out on Toby Keith's Showdog-Universal Music label in early 2015.

The two prefaced the single's release with a series of internet clips, dubbed Cover Under the Covers, that features the Virginia natives on a bed recording their versions of some of their favorite songs, including Tim McGraw's "Red Ragtop," Bruce Hornsby's "Mandolin Rain," and Ellie Goulding's "Burn."

Dawley jokes that "Robert Mondavi," the California wine brand, is to blame for the fun, loose cover tunes.

"One thing with Bryan and me, we really want people to know that we're probably the weirdest people on the planet," Beauregard says of the sometimes goofy clips.

For now, Native Run is out from under the covers and opening for David Nail through November 15th. It's the first time they've had the luxury of a tour bus and a full band on the road. "We're not having to get to a hotel at 2 a.m. and then wake up at 4 a.m. to drive six hours to the next venue," Dawley says.

They love watching Nail perform and have picked up a few pointers, primarily, consistency and professionalism. "When you see him sing ["Let It Rain"], it's like he hasn't sung it 1,000 times already. When he hits those notes, he's wailing and singing his ass off. You feel the emotional connection he's giving to every single song."

As Native Run's EP, out now, amply displays, Beauregard and Dawley also have a love for mandolin and banjo. "One of my favorite things about the banjo is how understated it can be," Beauregard says. "If it's not there, you don't miss it necessarily, but if you heard it in a song and then it went away, you'd be like, 'this is not the same'."

They gravitate toward such instrumentation in their own music and in the music they love as fans. Rolling Stone Country asked the two to pick their favorite songs that highlight some fancy banjo picking:

"Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms," Flatt & Scruggs
Beauregard: "The first thing you think of when you think banjo is Earl Scruggs because he is insane… 'Roll In My Sweet Baby Arms' is just perfect bluegrass: it's fast, it's harmony, it's just great.

Dawley: Not a lot of people know this about him, but [Scruggs'] style of playing banjo, his right hand, is taught as the premier banjo method.

"Araceli," Nataly Dawn
Dawley: Nataly is from the group Pomplamoose. The song is about the Greek figure Araceli. A guy named Ryan Lerman plays this awesome, very complex banjo lick that follows the story almost. It's really interesting.

"Spaceman," Tall Tall Trees
Beauregard: "I used to go to the Kennedy Center [in Washington, D.C.] every Tuesday night. There's a free concert series —we've actually played it — and one Tuesday there was a band called Tall Tall Trees out of Brooklyn. The lead singer plays banjo and he has a song called 'Spaceman' and I just fell in love with the song. It's quirky and weird and very Brooklyn-y, it's just another example of how the banjo has made its way into the most indie of the indie songs.

"Rye Whiskey," Punch Brothers
Dawley: "Chris Thile is one of my favorite instrumentalists, musicians and lyricists of all time. The thing I love about 'Rye Whiskey' is the banjo kind of takes the lead melody on all the instrumental sections. It's just cool to hear the vocal quality [on] the lyrics and then when the banjo comes in and mirrors it, it's an interesting pass-the-torch kind of thing."

"Patchwork Girlfriend," Punch Brothers
Beauregard: "If you go back and listen to old Opry videos by Scruggs and Flatt and fast forward to what the Punch Brothers do, there are so many similarities. 'Patchwork Girlfriend' has the lyric quality of that silly, old school bluegrass stuff: it's basically about making his own girlfriend."

"Friday Night," Eric Paslay
Dawley: "[The banjo] has a very adhesive quality in a lot of country that you hear on the radio today, just the understated rhythmic quality. You hear that in 'Friday Night,' the way the choruses just elevate. A lot of that has to do with the banjo rolling through and that's something I love doing in our music."

"Katmandu," Bela Fleck & The Flecktones
Beauregard: "Bela Fleck mixes world music, African music, jazz…. he brings the banjo into everything. [On] 'Katmandu,' he adjusts the notes just by tuning. It's just incredible to watch. It's perfect. It's freakish, in a way. When you watch someone do something so perfectly and they know their instrument so well, you feel like you just saw something that really resonates.

"The Ballad of Jed Clampett," Bela Fleck & The Flecktones
Beauregard: "Bela does a cover of 'The Ballad of Jed Clampett,' and it's just so funky and weird and it has this woman singing through the whole thing. It's a journey. It's a weird experience, but I love how he plays the banjo in that thing."

"I Don't Feel It Anymore," William Fitzsimmons
Dawley: "I love sad ass music. He sings this song with Priscilla Ahn, who has an incredible voice too. The banjo is just so eloquently sad. It just pulls and tugs on your heart and adds to what they're singing at each other. It's a cool palette over a song like that."

"Neon Light," Blake Shelton
Beauregard: "This is an example of the Ganjo [a combination guitar and banjo]. We use Ganjo, as does Keith [Urban], as does Blake Shelton in this song. We just love it. Blake just always makes the right choices."

"When God Dips His Love in My Heart," Alison Krauss
Dawley: "She does this song with the Cox Family. I think originally Hank Williams did it. It's just one of these three-part harmony [songs] and I'm obsessed."

"I'm Nowhere and You're Everything," Chris Thile
Dawley: "This is a very Chris Thile-centric list. This song is off a record he made right after he was divorced called 'Deceiver.' I believe he played everything on the record, just kind of sat alone and made a record himself and cried into his banjo. The whole motif of the song is based off this banjo lick and the rest of the song musically sort of ebbs and flows around it."

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Kesha Files Lawsuit Against Dr. Luke For Sexual Assault And Battery (UPDATE)

Kesha has filed a lawsuit against her former producer, Dr. Luke, claiming he sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused her for 10 years, reports TMZ.

According to the filing, the 27-year-old singer claims that the producer, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, made repeated sexual advances against her. The lawsuit also alleges that Gottwald would force Kesha to use drugs and alcohol to lower her defenses.

Kesha also asserts that on one occasion, Gottwald gave her what he called "sober pills." The singer says she later woke up in Gottwald's bed, naked and sore, with no memory of how she got there.

Kesha's lawyer, Mark Geragos, explained to TMZ that the lawsuit is a "wholehearted effort" by the singer to "regain control of her music career after suffering for 10 years as a victim of mental manipulation, emotional abuse and an instance of sexual assault at the hands of Dr. Luke."

The singer is asking a judge to let her out of a contract with the producer, and hopes this lawsuit will present the evidence necessary to prove the contract must be broken.

Previously, Kesha's mother, Pebe Sebert, spoke out against Gottwald and blamed him for her eating disorder. In January, while Kesha was seeking treatment for her eating disorder, Sebert told People magazine that Gottwald once compared the pop star to a "refrigerator" at one of her video shoots, and asked if she could please get her weight under control -- a claim that Gottwald's rep denied at the time.

HuffPost Entertainment has contacted Gottwald's rep for comment on the new lawsuit. This post will be updated if and when they respond.

UPDATE: TMZ reports that Gottwald has filed his own suit against Kesha, and alleges she is making up claims to get out of her contract.

Gottwald's lawyer, Christine Lepera, told TMZ the singer's sexual assault lawsuit is "a campaign of publishing outrageous and untrue statements," and claims Kesha and her mother have already admitted the statements are false.

According to Gottwald's lawsuit, he claims that Kesha attempted to extort him by threatening to spread lies about him to a fan who runs a "Free Kesha" website dedicated to getting the singer released from her contract, unless he did just that.
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P!nk Tells Hilarious Story About The Time Her Toddler Dropped The F-Bomb

When it comes to motherhood, Grammy-winning singer P!nk has expressed her support for breastfeeding and attachment parenting. But one thing she does not support is her daughter's potty mouth.

During her appearance on "The Ellen Show" this week, the singer told a funny story about her 3-year-old daughter Willow. "She's totally nuts," P!nk said, noting that the little girl gets her "wild side" from her dad Carey Hart.

One time when P!nk was preparing to go onstage for a performance, Willow ran up to her and declared, "I'm f**king here!"

"I was like, 'I'm sorry, I can't. My ears don't understand what you're saying,'" P!nk said. The singer explained that she does not approve of her daughter's vulgar vocabulary, but definitely saw the hilarity in the situation. "It's so cute! I mean, I'm not encouraging it but -- come on, it's like a little 3-year-old body and then…"

P!nk can take comfort in knowing that Willow's definitely not the first toddler to drop the F-bomb.

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Robert Downey Jr. Will Reportedly Star In ‘Captain America 3′

"There's no plans for an 'Iron Man 4,'" Robert Downey Jr. told David Letterman during an interview on Oct. 7. "There’s no script for 'Iron Man 4,' but they do have a plan, and I think [Marvel is] going to announce it. You know, they're very secretive about it." As it turns out, not secret enough: According to Variety, Downey will reprise his role of Tony Stark for "Captain America 3" in a storyline that will pit Stark against Captain America and set off a new wave of Marvel films. Downey's representatives had no comment on the story when contacted by HuffPost Entertainment.

Having Downey continue his reign as Tony Stark was far from a forgone conclusion. The 49-year-old had only two films left on his current Marvel deal, "Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Marvel's The Avengers 3," and frequently discussed a desire to maybe back away from Iron Man.

"To me, it comes down to what’s the half-life of people enjoying a character?" Downey said to in a recent interview. "It’s different on TV, where you expect the longevity over seasons while movies get a two or three year break. Marvel keeps stepping up its game, and I appreciate the way Kevin Feige and all the creatives there think. They are as in the creative wheelhouse as any great studio has been at any point. So it becomes a matter of, at what point do I cease to be an asset to what they’re doing, and at what point do I feel I am spending so much time either shooting or promoting these films that I’m not actually able to get off the beachhead and do the kind of other stuff that is good for all of us. [...] It all has become this thing that has to be figured out. It has come to a head, right now, where the points of departure will be."

As it turns out, the departure for Downey will be in the character himself. According to Variety, Downey's starring role in "Captain America 3" will kick off Marvel's Civil War storyline, which will find Iron Man, as a de facto villain, battling Captain America over the Superhero Registration Act, "which forces anyone with superhuman abilities to reveal their identities to the U.S. government and agree to act as a police force for the authorities." The ensuing plot from the 2006 comic book connects multiple Marvel characters, including the current Avengers roster, Ant-Man and Luke Cage (as well as members of the "X-Men" and "Fantastic Four" franchises, neither of which are part of Marvel Studios at the moment). Earlier on Monday, Marvel tweeted that Civil War #1 was coming in the summer of 2015, but offered no further information about the comic beyond its artwork -- fittingly, a shot of Iron Man and Captain America in the throes of conflict:

Anthony and Joe Russo will return to direct "Captain America 3," which is due out May 6, 2016. The film was initially set to go against "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice," but Warner Bros. moved that film to March 25, 2016 in an effort to shy away from the Marvel blockbuster. Now that "Captain America 3" has turned into Captain America vs. Iron Man, the date change looks even smarter.

For more on Downey's "Captain America 3" role and how the negotiations went down, head to Variety.
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Amanda Bynes Hospitalized On Psychiatric Hold

Amanda Bynes was hospitalized outside of Los Angeles and placed on psychiatric hold, TMZ and Us Weekly report. The Huffington Post contacted Tamar Arminak, the Bynes' family lawyer, to confirm the hospitalization. This post will be updated if and when Arminak responds.

According to the TMZ report, Bynes was taken directly to the hospital after landing by plane in Los Angeles. (The website also has video of her arrival.) Sources claim that doctors placed her on a 5150 psychiatric hold and she will be held for 72 hours. That hold may be extended for 14 days.

Bynes was placed on 5150 psychiatric hold last year after starting a small fire in a Ventura County home. At the time, her mother, Lynn Bynes, was granted partial conservatorship of her daughter.

Bynes hospitalization comes the same day that she accused her father of sexual abuse on Twitter. Bynes later recanted those tweets, but only after her mother released a statement to E! Online through the family's attorney.

"These allegations stem from Amanda's mental state at the moment," Lynn Bynes said. "They have no basis in reality. It saddens me beyond belief that my husband's character could be slandered in such a way."

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