Nicki Minaj Stuns In A Cool Alexander McQueen Dress On Instagram

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Minaj used her Instagram account to show off a gorgeous dress. In this slew of pictures, we think the singer looks absolutely stunning! Do you love her look?

Nicki Minaj, 30, never ceases to surprise us when it comes to making some bold fashion statements. Striking more than a few poses, Nicki looked seriously sexy in a colorful dress. The super-tight frock definitely got people talking, as the singer went out and hit party scene in LA. What do YOU think of her ensemble?

Nicki Minaj’s Colorful Frock

On Aug. 7, Nicki uploaded a bunch of pictures to her Instagram, showing off every side of her curvaceous body. We were really impressed with her toned hourglass figure and her poised confidence in each photo. The skin-tight number was an Alexander McQueen design, featuring a detailed stained glass print. If you’re feeling like you want to splurge on an awesome dress, the $1,275 Stained Glass Print Jersey Dress is available for purchase!

She paired the outfit with some gorgeous Giuseppe Zanotti red pumps that matched perfectly with the colorful stained glass pattern. Although her hair was jet black only a few days ago, Nicki’s stick-straight platinum blonde ‘do was to die for! She added her traditional bubble gum pink lip — which totally matched her pink manicure! — and her long eyelashes that made this outfit truly a ‘Nicki’ Original. As she posed for a plethora of cool pictures, the skin-tight mini dress hugged her body and showed off all of her best assets.

We think Nicki looked amazing in her Instagram photos — definitely deeming this look one of her best yet! What do you think of Minaj in her long-sleeve Alexander McQueen mini dress?

 

Linkin Park, Wale, Asher Roth Take to the Street for 2013 Sunset Strip Music Festival

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Asher Roth

Long-haired rapper Asher Roth performed an afternoon set at Sunset Strip Music Festival during which he exalted the loves of his life: weed and partying. Fans grooved along and went wild for his famed song, “I Love College,” off his 2009 debut album Asleep in the Bread Aisle. 

Finch

Temecula, Calif.-based hardcore band Finch recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of their breakout debut album, What It Is to Burn.

Crowd

Some 15,000 music fans turned out for this year’s Sunset Strip Music Festival hosted on LA’s historic boulevard. In the 1930s and 1940s, the strip was the playground of the uber rich, but became a musical haven in the 1960s when famous venues such as the Whiskey A Go Go, the Roxy and Pandora’s Box was the backdrop to bands like Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Quiet Riot, and Guns ‘n’ Roses.

Early Times Whiskey Promotional Performers

The street festival portion of SSMF features performance artists of every shape and size. Among them: this troupe of fire eaters and stilt walkers.

Saturday on Sunset

The three-day music marathon climaxes with Saturday performances on Sunset Boulevard. Among the highlights: Linkin Park, Wale, Awolnation, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Logic.

Doug E. Fresh

Rapper Doug E. Fresh gave the SSMF crowd a lesson in “Hip-Hop 101.” Partnered with DJ Kaos, the two threw down one of the most energetic sets of the festival. Decked out in gold chains and bracelets, his set list covered classic old school jams like “Bedtime Story” and “Let Me Clear My Throat,” and even went south for a singalong of “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Guitar Art

An artist takes paint to an oversized guitar, one of several art pieces that highlight the Strip throughout the year.

AWOL Nation

With front man Aaron Bruno channeling late Kurt Cobain, AWOLNATION led a nearly flawless performance that opened with “Guilty Filthy Soul” and also included fan favorites like “Kill Your Heroes,” “Soul Wars” and their hit “Sail.”

Wale

Rapper Wale pulled out all the stops for his SSMF 2013 set, bringing along friends Chris Brown and rapper YG for cameos.

Linkin Park

Linkin Park headlined SSMF 2013 with an explosive extended set list that contained hits old and new. Standouts included “Papercuts,” “With You” and “In the End”   from their 2000 debut album Hybrid Theory, along with “Bleed It Out,” “Numb” and “What I’ve Done.” The band closed out their set with “One Step Closer to You

Linkin Park

Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park (who’s also filling in for Stone Temple Pilots), said early on in his band’s set, “Back when we were writing Hybrid Theory, we had this crazy dream like, ‘Wouldn’t it be f—ing cool if they shut down Sunset and we played?'”

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Rock band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club released its seventh album, Specter at the Feast, in March 2013. It includes a cover of The Call’s 1989 hit “Let The Day Begin.”Image

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Rock band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club released its seventh album, Specter at the Feast, in March 2013. It includes a cover of The Call’s 1989 hit “Let The Day Begin.”Image

SSMF: Five Years Strong

The Sunset Strip Music Festival made its debut in 2008 with the aim of celebrating the historic boulevard. Each year, the festival has honored an artist with a connection to the L.A. music scene. This year, Joan Jett was feted, both as lead singer of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and co-founder of The Runaways.

 

President Barack Obama: ‘Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ Visit!

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Barack Obama is all smiles while making an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday (August 6) in Burbank, Calif.

The 52-year-old President of the United States talked about his recent birthday, his wife Michelle, and the terror threat that shut down dozens of embassies and sparked a global travel warning.

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“It’s a reminder that for all the progress we’ve made, getting bin Laden, putting Al Qaeda in between Afghanistan and Pakistan back on its heels, that this radical, violent extremism is still out there, and we’ve got to stay on top of it,” President Obama expressed to Jay. “It’s also a reminder of how courageous our embassy personnel tend to be because you can never have 100% security in some of these places. We are grateful for them and are doing everything we can to protect them.”

‘Thor: The Dark World’ Trailer: Universe Gets Threatened (Video)

Thor’s second standalone adventure apart from The Avengers crew sees the hammer-wielding comic-book hero once again traverse space to square off against evil forces. In the latest clip from the Marvel sequel, Thor is seen enlisting his brother Loki for help against a resurgent evil. “Some believe that before the universe there was nothing,” solemnly narrates Odin (Anthony Hopkins). “They’re wrong, there was darkness and it has survived.”

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Despite the fantasy epic plot, the mood isn’t necessarily dour. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) slaps Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and quips an Avengers reference: “That was for New York.” And the trailer’s kicker includes a moment that seems tonally derived from an Indiana Jones scene where the archeologist faces off against a sword-wielding foe.

The sequel, directed by Alan Taylor, hits theaters Nov. 8 in the U.S. and Oct. 30 in the U.K.

‘Broadchurch’: TV Review

The Bottom Line

A coastal town in England is held up for the examination of its secrets when an 11-year-old boy is killed. A deftly-conceived and riveting character study, Broadchurch will also be turned into an American version by Fox. Absolutely essential viewing.

Broadchurch, an eight-part drama on BBC America (Wednesday, 10 p.m.) is a textbook example of excellent writing, well-developed and complicated characters, superb acting, a perfect sense of place and, perhaps most important, just the right number of hours to tell a murder mystery without unnecessary padding or corner-cutting cheats.

In short, it’s the anti-Killing. But even bringing that up to show the disparity in execution does a disservice to Broadchurch, because it has been crafted in a galaxy far above what went down over at AMC.

If you’re wondering if something could actually be as superb as described, the answer is yes — and probably more so. As a whole, Broadchurch is one of the best limited series to be on television in a long while.

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Created and written by Chris Chibnall (Torchwood, Law & Order: UK), the story revolves around the death of an 11-year-old boy in a quiet coastal town where everybody knows everybody else — except the secrets they hide away. What Broadchurch nails so precisely at every turn is the depiction of emotional carnage. Few series will prod tears and mangle your insides like this one — and those emotions are not just produced by the painful loss of a child, but also from so many emotional vulnerabilities that Chibnall pushes so deftly.

Into the seaside town of Broadchurch comes Detective Inspector Alec Hardy (David Tennant, Doctor Who, Spies of Warsaw), who is haunted and nearly broken down by a famous case that he botched. He’s landed in Broadchurch, it seems, to recuperate — both his head and his health, which have had a toll taken on them through the years spent on his last case. Fresh from a vacation is Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman, The Iron Lady, Twenty Twelve), a local who has spent her life in Broadchurch and was promised the job that went to Hardy. She only finds out on the day she returns — and the day that 11-year-old Danny Latimer (Oskar McNamara) is found on the beach. That scene unfolds slowly and gracefully before it guts you. Hardy, walking toward the scene is asking God for it not to be another dead kid and Miller’s face darkens into grief when she realizes it’s Danny, the best friend of her son Tom (Adam Wilson) and the youngest child of her neighbors Beth (Jodie Whittaker) and Mark Latimer (Andrew Buchan).

You don’t need to have children to feel the pain of the murder, but Broadchurch makes it visceral, as Beth and Mark grieve for their son and the close-knit town of Broadchurch mourn a familiar face and worry about the safety of their own kids.

So much credit goes to Whittaker, who gives a master class in acting over these eight hours. Buchan, too, is called on to deliver a performance that would have been easy to copy from countless other grieving fathers, but who instead fuses Mark Latimer with much more subtlety. It’s a performance that truly pays off in the end.

Of course, the wheels of Broadchurch are driven by Tennant and Colman who are always famously on their game as well-regarded actors and do not disappoint in even one frame of Broadchurch.

Credit, too, should go to directors James Strong and Euros Lyn who are essential at creating such a vivid sense of place. The magnificent coastline gives them a lot to work with but they do a wonderful job of showing beauty with the ominous nature of the terrain. And the night shots on Broadchurch are just stunning — particularly the impact of the ocean.

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While the mystery drives Broadchurch – it’s a superbly crafted and deftly told story that slowly embraces a number of possible suspects as their backgrounds and secrets are unearthed — the series is at its best a multi-dimensional character study. Chibnall begins with the contentious but also funny and nuanced relationship between Detective Inspector Hardy, a blunt and somewhat awkward superior and Detective Sergeant Miller, who chafes at Hardy’s personality and leadership while fighting her disappointment at not getting the job. At the same time, Miller is realizing that Hardy’s jadedness — his belief that everyone’s moral compass can break given the right situation, which means that everyone in Broadchurch is a suspect — offsets her innate optimism and closeness to her neighbors in the small, familial town.

As the hunt for the killer begins, Chibnall keeps the Broadchurch focus on believable, well-drawn characters. Ellie’s husband Joe (Matthew Gravelle) anchors the home, helping son Tom through the emotional turbulence of his friend’s death. Olly (Jonathan Bailey), is a local reporter — and Ellie’s nephew — desperate to move to a larger newspaper and get out of Broadchurch. Danny’s death opens that door. But the arrival of Karen (Vicky McClure), a London journalist at a tabloid who wrote extensively about how Hardy botched his last case, challenges the boundaries Olly is willing to cross.

Nevertheless, Karen’s prying ultimately makes Danny’s death major news and a series of articles draws out suspects in the town who have deeply held or at least untold secrets. There’s Jack Marshall (David Bradley, Game of Thrones), the elderly shop owner where Danny worked as a paperboy and who has spent years teaching the boys of Broadchurch how to sail; Reverend Paul Coates (Arthur Darvill) who assists the local school with computer classes; Susan Wright (Pauline Quirke), a mean loner; and Nige (Joe Sims), who works with Mark Latimer at his plumbing company. These are all multidimensional characters who go beyond a mystery’s tendency to lean on red herrings for confusion — and that’s why they, along with other potential suspects — believably flesh out Broadchurch over its eight-hour run. And, in an embarrassment of riches, this series is littered with numerous quality acting performances. It’s just a thing of beauty all the way around.

It was announced at the Television Critics Association press tour that the BBC (and thus BBC America) will have a second season of Broadchurch, and an American version will appear on Fox (where Chibnall will help out some). It would be an amazing feat if the brilliance of this first season can be duplicated, but here’s to them trying.

In the meantime, do not miss a moment of Bro

 

Final ‘Ender’s Game’ Trailer: ‘There’s No Stopping Him’ (Video)

The latest look for the sci-fi epic features battle school, alien invasion and ominous dialogue. The final trailer for Ender’s Game has been released, and it gives us a closer look at key elements from the adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s classic novel.Among the most exciting footage is of the alien race the Formics invading Earth.

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“When the aliens first invaded, they nearly destroyed us. They will be back,” Col. Graff (Harrison Ford) says in an ominous voiceover.

There’s also plenty of Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) wreaking havoc on alien ships, and a tranquil scene featuring him on a lake with his sister Valentine (Abigail Breslin).

“He’s in command. There’s no stopping him now,” Graff says over footage of Ender taking control of his fleet.

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Ender’s Game, from Summit Entertainment, hits theaters Nov. 1 and also stars Ben Kingsley, and Hailee Steinfeld.