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Christopher Plummer, Iconic 'Sound of Music' Actor, Has Died at 91

At 82, Plummer became the oldest Best Actor recipient at the Academy Awards.

Academy Award-winning actor and Hollywood legend Christopher Plummer died today, DEADLINE reports.

Plummer's family confirmed that the actor, known for his roles in The Sound of Music and more recently Knives Out, died peacefully at his home in Connecticut. His wife of over 50 years, actress Elaine Taylor, was by his side. He was 91.

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CULTURE

2011 Time Capsule: The Year of the Pop Diva and the Queer Anthem

2011 saw the release of an extraordinary number of legendary pop songs.

2011 was a turbulent year, a year of the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street, of murdered dictators and earthquakes.

In terms of American pop culture, it was a time of great exuberance and energy. Female pop stars dominated the airwaves, as did the British Royal Wedding, as political unrest tangled with the public's desire for flashy distraction. Here are the pop culture highlights of 2011.

Music: Fridays and Queer Anthems

2011 was the year of the pop diva, and an almost unfathomable number of iconic hits by women hit the airwaves that year. Katy Perry and Adele dominated the charts, Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" became a queer anthem, Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me" played perpetually, and Rihanna dropped her scandalous "S&M," the absolutely legendary "Man Down," and another song about Friday, "Cheers (Drink to That)".

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Avril Lavigne had us bopping along to "What the Hell" and Nicki Minaj had everyone learning the words to "Super Bass." Beyonce released "Love On Top" and "Who Run the World? (Girls)" and Jessie J. put out "Domino." Carly Rae, of course, dropped "Call Me Maybe."

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There were some sad bangers in the midst of all the girl power; Demi Lovato put out "Skyscraper" and Lana Del Rey dropped her mysterious amalgamation of found footage for "Video Games."

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And last but not least, Rebecca Black's "Friday" went super-viral and lodged itself in everyone's brains for eternity.

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Folky boys Conor Oberst, Wilco, and Jeff Magnum of Neutral Milk Hotel all had big years—the first two dropped great albums and the third reemerged from obscurity with a flood of unreleased gems. The ukulele also grew in popularity, taking center stage on the hit album w h o k i l l by tUnE-yArDs.

That year, we also tragically lost Amy Winehouse, who passed away at 27.

Movies: Franchises Come to a Close

2011's greatest hit was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, which smashed box office records. It was also a good year for the Twilight franchise; in Breaking Dawn, Part I, Jacob the werewolf imprinted (or fell eternally, irrevocably in love) with his former love interest's, Bella's, baby daughter.

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Overall, it was a strange year for film. The Artist had everyone falling in love with an adorable dog; Drive polarized audiences, and so did The Descendants; and the heart-wrenching Like Crazy had everyone sobbing.

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TV: Escaping to Sweeter Times

Like the movies, television favored escapism, with shows like The Great British Bake-Off and Downton Abbey transporting viewers to other, sweeter times. Game of Thrones promised that "winter is coming," and South Park gave us "tween wave."

Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, Fringe, and other dramas gained continued success.

Entertainment: Kate and Pippa Middleton Make History

2011's biggest entertainment event may have been the Royal Wedding, which dominated America's hearts. Kate Middleton's dress went down in history.

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In terms of viral trends, honey badgers and planking were huge. The year's top Twitter trends were:

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Japan

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It wasn't a great year for Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan, whose hard-partying habits (and lawsuits) made headlines constantly. Lady Gaga arrived to the Grammys in a giant egg. Kim K. and Kris Humphries married and got divorced. Beyonce announced she was pregnant. Justin Bieber debuted his relationship with Selena Gomez–and was also slammed with a paternity suit. Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher broke up. Anne Hathaway and James Franco hosted what was called "the worst Oscars ever."

That was 2011... A year of divas and distraction, chaos and comedy, and of course, the only 11/11/11 any of us will be alive for.

MUSIC

Keiynan Lonsdale Releases Fearless New Single "Rainbow Dragon"

Heated hip-hop track with flexing sonic muscle.

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Actor, dancer, singer-songwriter Keiynan Lonsdale recently dropped the music video for "Rainbow Dragon," a sizzling R&B/hip-hop track.

Along with amassing millions of Spotify streams, Lonsdale won best kiss at the MTV Music Awards, and appeared in ABC's Dance Academy, CW's The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, The Finest Hours, and Love, Simon.


Originally from Australia, now hanging out in L.A., Lonsdale's "Rainbow Dragon" brims with seductive R&B textures riding an infectious rhythmic pulse formed by a thumping bassline. Lonsdale's voice, full of passion and suave flavors, infuses the lyrics with added meaning.

The video, directed by Chris Coats, shows Lonsdale emerging from his shell, going from plain outfits to dazzling attire, ending up as a radiant rainbow dragon. As his transformation takes place, he knocks his critics in a fierce rapping flow: "All them bullies made me strong while they talking trash / Now I'm God and I show 'em how to make it clap."

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So-Cal pop diva Hayley Taylor premieres "Slow Motion" on Popdust. The song is from her forthcoming album, How The Light Gets In, slated to drop in the latter half of 2019.

Co-written and produced by John Morrical, according to Taylor, "'Slow Motion' is about the journey to find love and a place in the world to call home...and part of that journey is balancing the desire to have great adventures and embrace the freedom of youth, while yearning for roots and a deep connection with others."

Born in Michigan, Taylor grew up in L.A., where at the age of 4 she began training as a classical pianist. It wasn't until much later, while in college, when she started playing guitar that she totally succumbed to the magnetic pull of music. Her songs have surfaced in commercials, films, and TV, including How I Met Your Mother, Pretty Little Liars, Rush, MTV's Real World, HBO's Crashing, and Royal Pains.


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"Slow Motion" opens on Taylor's velvety vibrant voice, infusing the tune with tantalizing wisps of nostalgia. As the depth and resonance of the harmonics escalate, the flow of the music takes on a shimmering iridescence carried along by the propelling rhythm.

The lyrics mirror Taylor's desire to dilute the passage of time.

"Oh, let's start at the ending and live life in slow motion, slow motion / Oh, our love will never be, will never be broken, be broken / I want to live my life in slow motion."

The video, directed by John Poliquin and featuring Justin Chatwin, was shot in Toronto. When the video opens, the visuals shift from dreamily protracted to stop-motion, providing a lingering impact. As the images advance, chains of events and moments accelerate, assuming an alarming transience.

Wonderfully wrought, "Slow Motion" delivers an infectious flowing soundscape crowned by Hayley Taylor's beguiling voice.

Follow Hayley Taylor Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram



Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.


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These 10 "Buseyisms" Will Save Us All

"L-A-U-G-H: Looking And Understanding Goofy Humans." Gary Busey offers his personal acronyms as the cure to the Internet.

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Yes, modern existence is a vortex of talking heads and ad blitzes, but Gary Busey wants you to remember what "FREEDOM" really stands for: "Facing Real Exciting Energy Developing Out of Miracles."

If you'd like that codified in a motivational self-help book (and of course you do), guru Busey already sensed your need—you can purchase Buseyisms: Gary Busey's Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. In September, the notoriously eccentric actor published a memoir featuring his collection of personal acronyms, which has long confused and overjoyed the internet since the early 2000s.

Within the book, Busey waxes lyrical about his life and violates the integrity of acronyms in various ways. He muses: "I take the letters that spell a word to create a definition for the word in the truth of its deeper, dimensional meaning. I weave in my personal anecdotes along with my musings on how I live life successfully according to my experiences." He warns, "I may turn concepts you usually believe in upside down with my bizarre stories, but that comes with the dinner. These are my life lessons, my B.I.B.L.E.—Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth."

The weirdest fact about Gary Busey today might be that he was a generically good-looking guy in the 1970s. After all, he had the looks and acting chops to become a Golden Globe- and Academy Award-nominated actor for The Buddy Holly Story (1978) before starring as the runner-up bad guy in Lethal Weapon (1987).

Seriously, Busey in the '70s

Fast forward to the 2000s, however, and the manic, cocaine-fueled actor appeared on a slew of reality TV shows that effectively transformed his persona into a walking meme. Of particular note is the exploitative parade of train wrecks that was Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. In season 2, Busey alarmed and fascinated America with his erratic behavior, leapfrogging thought processes, and now-signature unkempt appearance.


I don't mean to gloss over the fact that Busey's mania is partly attributed to a near fatal motorcycle accident in 1988, in which the actor wasn't wearing a helmet and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Because that would make me a "BULLY: Big Ugly Loud Loser Yahoo." Here are 10 of the best Buseyisms to recall in times of crisis and existential despair.

1. TRUTH: Taking Real Understanding to Heart

2. FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real

3. TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More

4. FAILING: Finding An Important Lesson, Inviting Needed Growth

5. GONE: Getting Over Negative Energy

6. RELATIONSHIP: Really Excited Love Affair Till It's Over, Now Sobriety Hangs In Peril

7. NOW: No Other Way

8. FILM: Feelings Illuminated Like Magic

9. HAT: Hiding A Toupee

10. SOBER: Son Of a Bitch, Everything's Real


For a dramatic reading by the author himself, see below:

Gary Busey's famous "Buseyisms" youtu.be


Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.


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Full Name: Christopher Michael Pratt

Date of Birth: June 21, 1979

Born: Virginia, Minnesota

Occupation: Actor

Status: Divorced (from Anna Faris)

Children: 1

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From Parks and Recreation to getting ripped, actor Chris Pratt knows how to make the most of his talents. He can be the funny guy or a force of nature, making his appeal endlessly interesting. See him on the big screen and you'll be in awe of his good looks and captivating presence. And with his soaring success, there's plenty more of the Minnesota native to come. Here's a bit about the actor and why he's on the A-list.

Rad Roles

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Pratt has landed some pretty powerful roles. He's memorable and magnetic, giving the term "movie star" real meaning. Some of Pratt's popular films include Bride Wars, Moneyball, The Lego Movie, Jurassic World, Passengers, and Avengers: Infinity War. Ever since Pratt leapt from the small to big screen, success has followed, and so have his fans. Cast Pratt in a film and it's sure to be fantastic.

Farewell Faris

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Like many Hollywood couples, Pratt met Anna Faris on set. They were both starring in Take Me Home Tonight. Life imitated art and the two fell in love, got married, and had a child. But like many famous marriages fare, there's didn't last, but they did give it a good run from 2009-2018.

New Love

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Rumors were swirling and appear to be true. Pratt is dating Katherine Schwarzenegger – daughter of Arnold. Lucky in love for a second time, Pratt seems to be smitten and all signs point to this being the real deal. As long as Pratt keeps her famous father on his good side, he'll be just fine.

What's Next for the Actor?

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With fame and fortune comes more of the same. Box office hits and Chris Pratt go hand-in-hand. He's handsome and has us glued to the screen. His talent is abundant as are upcoming roles. Expect to see Pratt at a theater near you for years to come.


Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G, Understood.org, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.


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