Robert Downey, Jr. walks out of an interview when asked about his father & drug filled past – Do you think he made a good call to walk out?

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Most celebrity interviews aren’t meant to be challenging. The actor, actress, or director wants to promote their movie, you want to talk to Iron Man about getting paid to smash things for a living, or whatever. When an informal chat that begins with questions about being a fan of superheroes as a child gets too real, though, the interviewee might walk out on the interviewer.

That’s what happened between Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Robert Downey, Jr., when Guru-Murthy awkwardly brought up the Avengers‘ star’s “colourful past.” Go six minutes into the clip, and you see RDJ’s breathing get heavier as Guru-Murthy nervously asks whether he’s “free” from drinking and drugs. Downey think it’s getting “too Diane Sawyer,” and he bails.

Which brings me to the point that you should never bring up Ironman’s Father!!!

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Do you think he made a good call in walking out? What would have you’ve done if you were in RDJ’s situation?

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Sandra Bullock Named People’s ‘Most Beautiful’ of 2015 – Do you think Older Actresses should be on this List? Name Them.

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Sandra Bullock has been beloved by audiences for decades, but only now has the 50-year-old actress been named the “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” by People magazine.

The Oscar-winning actress’s first response to the news was to laugh.

“No, really,” she told the magazine during her photo shoot for the special issue. “I just said, ‘That’s ridiculous.’ I’ve told no one.”

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Bullock was recognized as “Woman of the Year” by the publication in 2010, and has been featured inside the annual “Beautiful” issue before, but this is the first time she’s landed the cover. Ironically, the honor comes one day after her 1995 romantic comedy While You Were Sleeping — which solidified her rep as America’s Sweetheart — celebrated its 20th anniversary.

We would love to see Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep on the People’s 50 Most Beautiful People – Tell us who do you want on the list?

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Motivation Monday – Karen McWatters (Boston Strong) Congrats to all the Runners of the Boston Marathon!!!

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When the first bomb went off, Karen McWatters was only a few feet from the blast. That blast took a great deal from Karen, but what it gave her would help make a difference in the life of a person she had never met.

WOMEN CRUSH WEDNESDAY- THE WOMEN OF GAME OF THRONES (What are you’re thoughts on last week’s episode?

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WRITTEN BY: RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ

Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and FireGeorge R. R. Martin‘s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is titled A Game of Thrones.  The series, set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos at the end of a decade-long summer, interweaves several plot lines. The first follows the members of several noble houses in a civil war for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms; the second covers the rising threat of the impending winter and the mythical creatures of the North; the third chronicles the attempts of the exiled last scion of the realm’s deposed dynasty to reclaim the throne. Through its morally ambiguous characters, the series explores the issues of social hierarchy, religion, loyalty, corruption, civil war, crime, and punishment. It is the most recent big-budget work to have contributed to the popularity of the fantasy genre in mainstream media.

Game of Thrones has obtained an exceptionally broad and active international fan base. It received widespread acclaim by critics, although its use of nudity and violence has caused controversy. The series has won numerous awards and nominations, including a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series in all three seasons, a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series – Drama, a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in Long Form, and a Peabody Award. Among the ensemble cast, Peter Dinklage won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Tyrion Lannister. Filmed in a Belfast studio and on location elsewhere in Northern IrelandMaltaScotlandCroatiaIceland and Morocco, it premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011. The series was renewed for a fourth season, to debut in the United States on April 6, 2014.

I have loved the show since the beginning because of the great story lines but I love the women in the show because they are equally strong as the men. Plus, all of them are totally sexy even Brienne, I’m into it!

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Ygritte is a major character in the third and fourth seasons. She initially appeared as a recurring character in the second season and debuted in “The Old Gods and the New.” She is played by Rose Leslie. Ygritte is a woman of the Free Folk who lives north of the Wall. She is part of the force under the leadership of Mance Rayder, the King-Beyond-the-Wall.

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Sansa Stark is a major character in the firstsecondthird and fourth seasons. She is played by starring cast member Sophie Turner, and debuts in the series premiere. Sansa adopted a direwolf she named “Lady“, but Lady was executed following a dispute between Joffrey and Sansa’s sister,Arya. Sansa was once betrothed to King Joffrey Baratheon. She was initially thrilled at her betrothal, but later experienced Joffrey’s cruelty and watched the execution of her father, Eddard Stark, on his orders. Joffrey has since set aside his betrothal to her in favor of Margaery Tyrell, but Sansa remains a captive of House Lannister in King’s Landing. Sansa is now the lady wife of Lord Tyrion Lannister, following an arranged marriage by his father, Tywin.

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Cersei Lannister, rarely called Cersei Baratheon, is a major character in the firstsecondthird and fourth seasons. She is portrayed by starring cast member Lena Headey and debuts in the series premiere. Cersei is the widow of King Robert Baratheon and Queen Regent of the Seven Kingdoms. She has installed her son Joffrey Baratheon on the Iron Throne under the false claim that he is a legitimate son from her marriage but he is actually the product of her incestuous relationship with her younger twin brother Ser Jaime Lannister. While acting as the regent, she has troubles controlling King Joffrey’s erratic behavior.

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Arya Stark is a major character in the firstsecondthird and fourth seasons. She is played by starring cast member Maisie Williams, and debuts in the series premiere. Arya is the younger daughter of Lord Eddard Stark. She is fiercely independent and is often mistaken for a boy. She wields a sword named Needle, a gift from her half-brother, Jon Snow, and she has been trained in the Braavos style of swordfighting. She adopted thedirewolfNymeria, but they have since been separated.

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Daenerys Targaryen, sometimes called Dany by her brother Viserys, is a major character in the firstsecondthird and fourth seasons. She is played by starring cast member Emilia Clarke, and debuts in the series premiereShe hatched three dragons by having her petrified dragon eggs placed on Drogo’s funeral pyre, before she walked into the flames to claim them. Her dragons are the first seen in the world for hundreds of years, earning her the sobriquet Mother of Dragons
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Brienne of Tarth is a major character in the fourth season. She initially appeared as a recurring character in the second and third seasons. She is played by Gwendoline Christie and debuts in “What is Dead May Never Die.” She is a warrior of House Tarth, vassals to House Baratheon. After winning a tournament melee, she is made a member of King Renly Baratheon‘s new Kingsguard, shortly before his assassination. She becomes the sworn sword of Catelyn Stark and vows to avenge Renly’s death. She is charged by Catelyn Stark to return Jaime Lannister to King’s Landing, in an attempt to exchange him for her two daughters she believes are held hostage there.
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Margaery Tyrell, legally Margaery Baratheon, is a major character in the secondthird and fourth seasons. She is played by Natalie Dormer and debuts in “What is Dead May Never Die.” Queen Margaery Tyrell is the widow of King Renly Baratheon, a claimant to the Iron Throne in the War of the Five Kings. Her father Lord Mace Tyrell is the ruler of the Reach. She is betrothed to King Joffrey Baratheon after the Battle of Blackwater.
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Melisandre, often called Melisandre of Asshai, is a major character in the secondthird and fourth seasons. She is played by starring cast member Carice van Houten and debuts in “The North Remembers.” She is an eastern priestess and a close advisor of Stannis Baratheon.

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TAX DAY IS HERE…D’OH!!! -10 CELEBRITIES CONVICTED OF TAX EVASION

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WRITTEN BY: RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ

April 15th is Tax Day which means you’re either relaxing or stressing out about your finances. Please take tare of your taxes and finances because the U.S. Government is nothing to fuck with, trust me I used to work for the government. They’re like Shylocks when is comes to retriving and getting what is owed to them. Learn a lesson or two from this article which is to be like Ned Flanders and pay your taxes on time. Don’t be like Homer Simpson and the rest of these famous people on this list, who decided they were more important than the government. Stop stressing out and pay your taxes on time to get your refund back early so you buy that indoor jacuzzi that your significant other desperately does not want.

Think tax evasion is a poor’s man’s game? Think again. Convictions range from middle class Joes all the way up to top celebrities like Nicolas Cage, Annie Leibovitz and Marc Anthony. Here’s a look at 10 high-profile celebrity tax evasion cases and the lessons they offer.

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1. Martha Stewart: She may be a home and garden guru, but she’s also a convicted tax evader. Before doing jail time for insider trading, Stewart was forced to pay $220,000 in back taxes and penalties to the State of New York, learning the hard way that East Hampton mansions also generate taxes. Her claim that she hardly spent time there didn’t reduce her burden, or appease the state of New York.

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2. Wesley Snipes: You know him as Blade, but the IRS knows him as a tax evader that used various means to hide a lofty income. Snipes was found guilty on three counts of failing to file a federal income tax return, owing the government $17 million in back taxes plus penalties and interest. His attempt to pay off a portion of what he owed during his trial to avoid the slammer, failed and in 2008, Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison. He began serving his sentence in December 2010.

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3. Willie Nelson: After seizing most of his assets in 1990, the federal government forced Willie to pay over $16 million in back taxes and fines for his involvement with a bogus tax shelter, offering new meaning to the singer’s top-ten hit from 1975, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.” Offering a note of redemption for the famous crooner, it was later discovered that Price Waterhouse had not paid Nelson’s taxes for years and invested the funds instead.

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4. Nicolas Cage: Cage inspired humor in “Raising Arizona” and sobriety in “Leaving Las Vegas,” but only irony when the star of “National Treasure” contributed to the national debt to the tune of approximately $6 million, according to the IRS’ 2009 charge. Accusing his ex-manager and accountant of making poor investment choices in risky real estate and failing to pay his taxes, Cage set out to make good with the IRS, but still paid considerable fines on the taxes. Be careful whom you trust with tax advice.

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5. Marc Anthony: He may be the husband of superstar Jennifer Lopez, but fame didn’t remove his obligation to pay taxes. In 2007, the IRS served Anthony with $2.5 million in back tax bills. Then in 2010, he received two additional bills totaling over $3 million for unpaid taxes on real estate. Marc Anthony blames management, but few empathize after the IRS claimed numerous years of zero tax payments.

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6. Annie Leibovitz: It was December 8, 1980 when celeb portrait photographer Leibovitz captured John Lennon and Yoko Ono for the cover of Rolling Stone. Since then, her notoriety rocketed almost as fast as her spending. After years of extravagance and poor financial management, it seems paying taxes was just one expense she couldn’t afford. Picture this: in 2009 Leibovitz owed $2.1 million in unpaid taxes for 2004-2007 and was forced to pledge the copyright to every photograph she has ever taken, or ever will, to get the loan she needed to pay her debts.

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7. Darryl Strawberry: Mets or Yankees? Strawberry led them both to World Series titles, but like Pete Rose, he stumbled when it came to claiming taxable income. Both can likely recite their stats for every season played, but neither was very good at recalling income from autograph and memorabilia shows. After years of signing away without paying taxes, both received tax evasion convictions. The lesson? If you earn money from it, so should Uncle Sam.

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8. Boris Becker: Christened “Boom-Boom” thanks to an impressive serve, the 90s tennis star impressed men and women alike with his talent, but the German tax authority? Not so much. Claiming to be living in the tax haven of Monaco from 1991 to1993, Becker was actually at home in Munich with his wife and kids. When the final ball dropped, Becker paid approximately $3 million in back taxes and interest on earnings from prize money, endorsements and appearance fees.

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9. “Survivor” Richard Hatch: He survived the first season of Survivor, winning $1 million. But when it came time to paying his taxes, he stayed on the island and voted CBS off, claiming the network agreed to pay his taxes. In 2006, Hatch was found guilty of tax evasion and served part of a six-year prison sentence as a result. Then in March 2011, he returned for his third prison term for failing to file amended returns. Celebrity tax lesson: Don’t “forget” to pay taxes on your income…especially before 51 million television viewers.

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10. Heidi Fleiss: Known as the “Hollywood madam,” Heidi Fleiss was sentenced in 1997 on tax evasion charges in connection with her high-profile prostitution ring. She served part of her seven-year sentence in prison and a halfway house. Her excuse? Apparently it’s a bit challenging to pay legal taxes on illegal earnings.

While some celebrities engage in various attempts to avoid paying taxes, from filing false returns to hiding money overseas, regardless of the method or fame of the individual, the government can force those guilty of tax fraud to pay back taxes and penalties, and serve time in confinement—a costly lesson for an avoidable mistake.

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Hillary Clinton the next President of the United States? – What are your thoughts, does she get your vote?

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According to Yahoo, Hillary Clinton announced yesterday that she will be running in 2016. With a tweet and a Web video this weekend, Hillary Clinton is expected to announce that she’s running for president. Clinton is then expected to hit the road, making her first stops in Iowa, where she came in third during the 2008 Democratic caucus.

Washington Post columnist Robert Costa about the challenges facing the former secretary of state, senator and first lady as she begins her battle to win the White House.

Costa said the Clinton insiders he’s spoken with tell him that she doesn’t want to have a big announcement. “She wants to be low-key with her announcement and focus on voter interaction,” said Costa. “That’s why it’s a social media enterprise. It’s going to be Twitter, a Web video, Facebook and going to the early primary caucus states to show the voters that she wants to engage with them.”

“Her team feels like they’ve escaped large political fire and fallout,” said Costa. “They’re happy it happened before her launch, and if you look at her poll numbers, they’ve remained stable. She’s taken a bit of a hit, but not a major hit.”

There has also been debate about what role former President Clinton will play in his wife’s campaign. Costa said we shouldn’t expect to see that much of President Clinton in the beginning of the campaign.

“This is about Secretary Clinton; this is her time to get back into the arena,” said Costa. “President Clinton is popular with Democratic voters and is popular with all Americans, if you look at polls across the country. You can expect for him to be a prominent yet strategically used figure on the campaign trail.”

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Money on my Mind – Jay Z releases New Music Streamining App “Tidal Music Service” – Will you purchase it?

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Full details of Jay z ‘s New Music Streaming Service will be announced during a press conference today. However, according to TIDAL’s website, it’s “the first music streaming service that combines the best High Fidelity sound quality, High Definition music videos and expertly Curated Editorial.” There are two paid subscription options: $19.99 a month for high-fidelity audio, and $9.99 for standard quality audio. TIDAL can be streamed on the web, and downloaded for iOS and Android devices. Several artists have already thrown their support behind TIDAL, changing their Twitter icons to light blue and tweeting the hashtag #TIDALForAll.Among them, Rihanna Kanye West and Jack White’s Third Man Records

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He hosted a meeting in Los Angeles before last month’s Grammy Awards to discuss his purchase, which was reportedly attended by Kanye West, Rihanna, Madonna, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Jack White, Daft Punk, Nicki Minaj, and Beyoncé, according to Showbiz 411.At the meeting the artists discussed ways to profit from distributing their own work and focused on “videos, artists’ rights and how music has been diminished by crass commercialism.”

What do you think? Will you purchase Tidal to listen to music, where you can listen it for free else where?

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Congrats to Duke & Wisconsin making to the NCAA Championship – But do you think these college athletes should get paid?

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The NCAA doesn’t pay athletes because they consider them amateurs. The NCAA considers them amateurs because they don’t get paid. This great from 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver talks about how the NCAA gets a ton of money from profiting off these athletes but the athletes themselves do not get a single dime.

Give us your thoughts, should college athletes get paid when everyone else is profiting off their image?