Tuesday, February 28, 2012

SPOILERS - Doctor Who News!!!


HE IS best known for battling villains in his celebrated role as super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes – now Benedict Cumberbatch is being lined up to play Doctor Who’s deadly foe The Master for the show’s 50th anniversary.
Programme insiders say the 35-year-old actor is likely to lock horns with current Time Lord Matt Smith, 29, when the series marks its half-century next year. 

Ironically Cumberbatch, who has won plaudits for his portrayal of the modern- day Sherlock in the hit BBC1 series, has often been linked with the role of the Doctor himself but has played down the prospect in the past. 

Writer Steven Moffat is currently at the helm of both the Doctor Who and Sherlock shows on the BBC.

“It’s fitting that the Doctor comes face to face with his ultimate enemy, The Master, for the 50th anniversary and it’s felt Benedict is the perfect choice if schedules can work,” we’re told. “Fans will love the idea of the man who plays Sherlock Holmes taking on the Doctor’’.
Fans will love the idea of the man who plays Sherlock Holmes taking on the Doctor
A source
The Master was last portrayed in the series by John Simm during former Doctor Who star David Tennant’s time in the role. 

The character, who is a renegade Time Lord, has often been described as the Doctor’s biggest enemy of all and has appeared in the show in various guises since 1971. 

Cumberbatch has also been cast as a currently unnamed villain in the forthcoming Star Trek film.

“Benedict has often been asked about whether he would like to play the Doctor so it will be ironic if he now
ends up being The Master instead,” we’re told.

Star Wars ‘Yoga Galaxy’ Indulges Dorkiest Fantasies


Many of you know we can be pretty dorky, but this Star Wars – Yoga correlation, that keeps popping up, tips the scale on dorkdom. And we kinda love it. Purely for your giggly enjoyment, your complete Star Wars ‘Yoga Galaxy’ poster collection, designed and drawn by artist Rob Osborne, who also sells them on etsy.

The description via etsy:
THE STORY: Yoga poses spanning the original Star Wars trilogy! A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return Of The Jedi! Poses are demonstrated by Luke Skywalker (with Yoda), Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Princess Leia, R2-D2, C-3PO, and a host of Imperial baddies (Stormtrooper, Biker Scout, Tie Fighter Pilot, Snow Trooper, Imperial Commander).
Twenty-Eight yoga poses are depicted in this print, and each pose includes the sanskrit name. Poses included are: Goddess, Crow, Bird of Paradise, Half Lord of the Fishes, Scorpion, Camel, Extended Side Angle, Warrior 2, Chair, Eagle, Gate, Salutation Seal, Plow, Feathered Peacock, Boat, Warrior 3, Reverse Warrior, Extended Triangle, Tree, Downward-Facing Dog, Supported Headstand, High Lunge, Mountain, Side Plank, Lord of the Dance, Supported Shoulderstand, and Half Moon.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Just because I can.... Simon Pegg!

Happy Birthday, oh King of the Nerds!!!

For your brilliance as a writer and actor, we salute you.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Salem’s official Witch Laurie Cabot moves her magic online

The Boston Globe

SALEM - For roughly 17 years, Salem’s Pickering Wharf was the Graceland of witchcraft and Laurie Cabot its Elvis.

“It was just constant lines waiting to get in to see her and she signed her books,’’ said Ginny Goldsmith, who owns Crafters Market, across from Cabot’s Official Witch Shoppe. “People would be really excited to see her; they’d be like ‘We just saw her! It was my dream to see her!’
“It’s going to be sad, and quiet.’’

Cabot, who opened Salem’s first witch shop about 40 years ago on Derby Street, locked her doors at 63R Wharf St. on Tuesday for good.

But the 79-year-old is not retiring.

“The online store is doing great, and it’s worldwide,’’ said Cabot, who began selling her homemade merchandise such as bags of incense ($4.50) and bottles of potions ($17.50) online last year.

“It’s definitely a beginning; it’s exciting, really,’’ she said during an interview last week from her store’s back room, where she does healings and psychic readings in a black caftan, oversized black glasses, and black eye makeup.

“It has changed, but we’re not going out of business at all. It’s escalating.’’

Cabot said tourism in the Witch City has dipped to the point where a brick-and-mortar store is no longer sustainable. While Salem saw slightly more than a 10 percent increase in tourism this past October from the previous October, according to Salem Regional Visitor Center statistics, the city’s tourism industry on the whole took a hit during the recession and is steadily climbing back.

“In 1970 I opened the first witch shop in America - it became a destination,’’ Cabot said. “With tourism down, it’s very slow.’’

Born in 1933 in Wewoka, Okla., while her parents were en route to California, Cabot says she first experienced psychic abilities when she had a vision of a boy falling off his bicycle onto a train trestle. The 7-year-old’s mother called the sheriff and the boy was rescued, Cabot said.

Four years later, Cabot’s mother split from her husband and moved her daughter back to her native Boston, where they met a woman at the Boston Public Library who claimed to be a witch. Cabot studied under the woman until she was 16 but eventually started dancing at Lou Walters’ (Barbara Walters’ father) Latin Quarter nightclub.

Cabot didn’t practice witchcraft openly until shortly after she found herself a 30-year-old divorcee with two young children, in the late 1960s. But she concealed her religion again after a friend urged her to move into a Federal-style house across the street from the mayor of Salem in 1969.

“Well, they hung people here. I didn’t know how they felt about witches,’’ Cabot recalled. “There weren’t any witches going, ‘I’m a witch.’ ’’

She maintained her anonymity until her black cat was stuck in a three-story tree for three days. Cabot says she called the police and fire departments, only to be told it was against their union rules to rescue cats. When the Animal Rescue League refused to help, Cabot called the local paper.

“By then I was frantic. . . . I said, ‘look, I’m a witch and that’s my particular and I want her down now,’ ’’ Cabot recalled, referring to a witch term meaning the cat was necessary for her rituals.

The cat was rescued in short order but she says a newspaper picture of her clutching the cat went viral when news wire services ran it. Officially out of the broom closet, Cabot says she appeared on several national talk shows, including the “Tonight Show’’ with Johnny Carson.

In 1970, she opened The Witch Shoppe at 100 Derby St. and renamed it Crow Haven Corner a year later when she moved to Essex Street - which under different ownership remains the longest-operating witch shop in the city.
Cabot’s third and final location on Pickering Wharf was originally called The Cat, The Crow and The Crown in the mid-1990s before she renamed it The Official Witch Shoppe, a nod to then-governor Michael Dukakis’s 1977 proclamation that dubbed Cabot “Salem’s Official Witch.’’
Cabot, who has taught witchcraft at Salem State College, Wellesley College, and Harvard, still had to educate customers before she could build a clientele.

“Jesus freaks would walk in yelling at me; irate mothers would come in because one of their kids came in the store and was interested,’’ she said. “It was pretty bad; my two daughters and I would be walking down the street and good ol’ boys would drive by and say, ‘They ought to hang you again.’ ’’

She preached that witchcraft, or the Wiccan religion, combines magic, astrology, and environmentalism in a scientific manner. She is fond of saying witches would never curse anyone because, according to their religion, it would be recast at them three-fold. Cabot has written several books, including “The Power of the Witch’’ and “The Witch in Every Woman.’’

Salem businesses eventually embraced the religion when they realized it could line their pockets. While Cabot said the city became a “circus’’ with attractions such as the Boris Karloff Witch Mansion, Salem also became a haven for witches from around the country.

“We were public, we were out there, we weren’t hiding,’’ she said. “So the commercialism served a purpose.’’

With the store closed, Cabot’s dream is to once again attract witches from all over the world to the North Shore by creating a building for her Cabot Kent Hermetic Temple, which received 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in 2010.

“We’re going to get together and buy a building so we’re physically visible,’’ Cabot said. “So we have a temple where witches from all over the world can come and join in with us and light a candle and do a meditation or take classes.’’

Justin A. Rice can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com

ChristianAnswers.net Film Review of the Week - 'Beauty and the Beast'

Comments from non-viewers
Negative—It saddens me how so many people fall for even the “harmless” tricks of the devil. I haven’t really sat down and watched most of the old Disney movies, and I can never quite bring myself to. Most of them involve, revolve around, or at least have some point of magic in them. The spell, in this movie, “Beauty and the Beast,” for example, is what the movie revolves completely around. In Deuteronomy 18, starting in verse 9 and going through verse 14, God says directly to not practice witchcraft of any kind, and that if any of you were to be found having done it, that they shall be dispossessed (and in Exodus, it even tells us to kill witches). While we are not doing the witchcraft, why are we praising movies and literature where sorcery play key roles? They cannot match what our God does for us, and if you thought deeply about it, you would have to wonder how you are bringing glory to God by watching movies like this.
—David, age 18 (USA)

Clooney, Pitt, Streep due at British film awards

LONDON (AP) — Will the spies or the silent stars triumph?

Espionage thriller "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and mute movie "The Artist" lead the race for Sunday's British Academy Film Awards, Britain's equivalent of the Oscars.
"The Artist" has 12 nominations and "Tinker Tailor" 11, with each up for best picture and director, and best-actor nods for the films' respective leading men, Jean Dujardin and Gary Oldman.
Bookies gave "The Artist" the edge, making the French film odds-on favorite to continue its awards-season success. It has already won three Golden Globes, and has 10 Oscar nominations.
George Clooney is the best-actor favorite for family drama "The Descendants," with Meryl Streep considered likely to win best actress for her much-praised performance as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady."
The British prizes, known as BAFTAs, are considered a strong indicator of likely success at Hollywood's Academy Awards, to be held on Feb. 26.
Stars including Clooney, Streep, Brad Pitt, Colin Firth and Judi Dench are due to brave the London cold and walk the red carpet before a televised ceremony, hosted by comedian, writer and actor Stephen Fry, at the Royal Opera House.
There are nine nominations for Martin Scorsese's Parisian fantasy "Hugo," six for moviemaking saga "My Week With Marilyn" and five each for Deep South drama "The Help" and equine adventure "War Horse."
But many BAFTA-watchers are focused on the contest between French froth and British grit.
"The Artist," a buoyant black-and-white Gallic take on the golden age of Hollywood, has become an unlikely Oscars favorite.
"Tinker Tailor," an atmospheric adaptation of John le Carre's Cold War classic, has received rave reviews but has so far been snubbed during the U.S. awards season.
Both films are up for best picture, along with "The Descendants," ''Drive" and "The Help."
The best actor contest pits Clooney, Oldman and Dujardin against Brad Pitt for baseball drama "Moneyball" and Michael Fassbender for sex-addiction saga "Shame."
The best actress category includes two performers playing real-life icons — Streep as Thatcher and Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in "My Week With Marilyn." The other nominees are Berenice Bejo for "The Artist," Tilda Swinton for "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and Viola Davis for "The Help."
The multinational best-director contest pits Michel Hazanavicius for "The Artist" against Denmark's Nicolas Winding Refn, for the turbocharged "Drive," Sweden's Tomas Alfredson for "Tinker Tailor," Britain's Lynne Ramsay for "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and Scorsese for "Hugo."
Scorsese is also nominated in the documentary category, for "George Harrison: Living in the Material World," and is due to receive a special award for his contribution to cinema.
In recent years, the British awards have helped underdog films gain momentum for Hollywood success.
In 2010, Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" won seven BAFTAs, including best film; it went on to take eight Oscars. Last year "The King's Speech" won seven BAFTAs and four Oscars, including best picture.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

BREAKING NEWS - It has been confirmed. Whitney Houston Dead at 48.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.

Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.

At her peak, Houston the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world's best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the masses with a pop sheen.

Her success carried her beyond music to movies, where she starred in hits like "The Bodyguard" and "Waiting to Exhale."

She had the he perfect voice, and the perfect image: a gorgeous singer who had sex appeal but was never overtly sexual, who maintained perfect poise.

She influenced a generation of younger singers, from Christina Aguilera to Mariah Carey, who when she first came out sounded so much like Houston that many thought it was Houston.
But by the end of her career, Houston became a stunning cautionary tale of the toll of drug use. Her album sales plummeted and the hits stopped coming; her once serene image was shattered by a wild demeanor and bizarre public appearances. She confessed to abusing cocaine, marijuana and pills, and her once pristine voice became raspy and hoarse, unable to hit the high notes as she had during her prime.

"The biggest devil is me. I'm either my best friend or my worst enemy," Houston told ABC's Diane Sawyer in an infamous 2002 interview with then-husband Brown by her side.
It was a tragic fall for a superstar who was one of the top-selling artists in pop music history, with more than 55 million records sold in the United States alone.

She seemed to be born into greatness. She was the daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston, the cousin of 1960s pop diva Dionne Warwick and the goddaughter of Aretha Franklin.
Houston first started singing in the church as a child. In her teens, she sang backup for Chaka Khan, Jermaine Jackson and others, in addition to modeling. It was around that time when music mogul Clive Davis first heard Houston perform.

"The time that I first saw her singing in her mother's act in a club ... it was such a stunning impact," Davis told "Good Morning America."
"To hear this young girl breathe such fire into this song. I mean, it really sent the proverbial tingles up my spine," he added.
Before long, the rest of the country would feel it, too. Houston made her album debut in 1985 with "Whitney Houston," which sold millions and spawned hit after hit. "Saving All My Love for You" brought her her first Grammy, for best female pop vocal. "How Will I Know," "You Give Good Love" and "The Greatest Love of All" also became hit singles.

Another multiplatinum album, "Whitney," came out in 1987 and included hits like "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody."

The New York Times wrote that Houston "possesses one of her generation's most powerful gospel-trained voices, but she eschews many of the churchier mannerisms of her forerunners. She uses ornamental gospel phrasing only sparingly, and instead of projecting an earthy, tearful vulnerability, communicates cool self-assurance and strength, building pop ballads to majestic, sustained peaks of intensity."
Her decision not to follow the more soulful inflections of singers like Franklin drew criticism by some who saw her as playing down her black roots to go pop and reach white audiences. The criticism would become a constant refrain through much of her career. She was even booed during the "Soul Train Awards" in 1989.

"Sometimes it gets down to that, you know?" she told Katie Couric in 1996. "You're not black enough for them. I don't know. You're not R&B enough. You're very pop. The white audience has taken you away from them."

Some saw her 1992 marriage to former New Edition member and soul crooner Bobby Brown as an attempt to refute those critics. It seemed to be an odd union; she was seen as pop's pure princess while he had a bad-boy image, and already had children of his own. (The couple had a daughter, Bobbi Kristina, in 1993.) Over the years, he would be arrested several times, on charges ranging from DUI to failure to pay child support.

But Houston said their true personalities were not as far apart as people may have believed.
"When you love, you love. I mean, do you stop loving somebody because you have different images? You know, Bobby and I basically come from the same place," she told Rolling Stone in 1993. "You see somebody, and you deal with their image, that's their image. It's part of them, it's not the whole picture. I am not always in a sequined gown. I am nobody's angel. I can get down and dirty. I can get raunchy."

It would take several years, however, for the public to see that side of Houston. Her moving 1991 rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl, amid the first Gulf War, set a new standard and once again reaffirmed her as America's sweetheart.

In 1992, she became a star in the acting world with "The Bodyguard." Despite mixed reviews, the story of a singer (Houston) guarded by a former Secret Service agent (Kevin Costner) was an international success.

It also gave her perhaps her most memorable hit: a searing, stunning rendition of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," which sat atop the charts for weeks. It was Grammy's record of the year and best female pop vocal, and the "Bodyguard" soundtrack was named album of the year.
She returned to the big screen in 1995-96 with "Waiting to Exhale" and "The Preacher's Wife." Both spawned soundtrack albums, and another hit studio album, "My Love Is Your Love," in 1998, brought her a Grammy for best female R&B vocal for the cut "It's Not Right But It's Okay."
But during these career and personal highs, Houston was using drugs. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2010, she said by the time "The Preacher's Wife" was released, "(doing drugs) was an everyday thing. ... I would do my work, but after I did my work, for a whole year or two, it was every day. ... I wasn't happy by that point in time. I was losing myself."

In the interview, Houston blamed her rocky marriage to Brown, which included a charge of domestic abuse against Brown in 1993. They divorced in 2007.

Houston would go to rehab twice before she would declare herself drug-free to Winfrey in 2010. But in the interim, there were missed concert dates, a stop at an airport due to drugs, and public meltdowns.
She was so startlingly thin during a 2001 Michael Jackson tribute concert that rumors spread she had died the next day. Her crude behavior and jittery appearance on Brown's reality show, "Being Bobby Brown," was an example of her sad decline. Her Sawyer interview, where she declared "crack is whack," was often parodied. She dropped out of the spotlight for a few years.
Houston staged what seemed to be a successful comeback with the 2009 album "I Look To You." The album debuted on the top of the charts, and would eventually go platinum.

Things soon fell apart. A concert to promote the album on "Good Morning America" went awry as Houston's voice sounded ragged and off-key. She blamed an interview with Winfrey for straining her voice.

A world tour launched overseas, however, only confirmed suspicions that Houston had lost her treasured gift, as she failed to hit notes and left many fans unimpressed; some walked out. Canceled concert dates raised speculation that she may have been abusing drugs, but she denied those claims and said she was in great shape, blaming illness for cancellations.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Taylor Lautner!!!

You are now 20.

Maeghan and Mum, your obsession is no longer gross.  I tried to catch him for you guys, but he was oiled up and slipped away...HAHAHAHAHA!!!

Shalt thou not suffer a witch to live?

Babu Gogineni
 The vicious grip of supe­rstition over people, and the general indifference in society to the plight of its victims, is both infuriating and baffling.
Thoughts, wishes, incantations or magical spells cannot affect the physical universe in any way, and yet, the belief that everyday objects are dangerous or could attain special powers through magical rituals wreak real havoc in people’s lives. The absurdity of the belief notwithstanding, for the sorcerer and for those believing in the occult, witchcraft is real as are its social consequences.
Perpetrators of delusion and deception, sorcerers are both offenders and victims.
They terrorise people with claims of magical powers; and they are very often victims of mob justice when people ignorantly attribute their woes to suspected spells cast by the sorcerers. The intelligentsia hardly help, obsessed as they are themselves with new- age rituals and the occult.
In India and in Nepal, a lemon, a few chillies, some turmeric powder and a dead chicken placed outside one’s home can lead a household to panic since this indicates that someone has cast an evil spell. The search for the offender who has planted these ‘lethal’ objects will end in the eventual identification of one who will be lynched by the mob.
Very often, the ‘accused’ sorcerers abandon their homes and flee, or sadly kill themselves to ‘es­cape’ the physical punishme­nt, humiliation, torture, ritual abuse, plucking of teeth as well as death that surely awaits them.
Over 2,500 women were killed in India in the last 10 years after being branded as witches, as per the National Crime Bureau statistics. The number of men thus killed is still unknown. Associated with witchcraft is the sacrifice of children for obtaining hidden treasures, but no reliable statistics are available.
Other underdeveloped and developing countries too have a similar gruesome record: Bolivia, Guatemala and Haiti are hotbeds of sorcery and voodoo and extreme violence against witches. In 1998, about one hundred alleged sorcerers were killed in just the one district of Banyuwangi District, East Java, Indonesia.
In 2007, in Papua New Guinea, 200 were killed in one year in one single district. Almost all the victims of such violence are women, just as they were in medieval Europe when over 50,000 witches were drowned, hanged or burnt at the stake by the church.
A leaked home affairs ministry report in Tanzania says 5,000 persons were killed between 1994 and 1998, while in the next three years around 17,220 women suffered serious physical abuse on suspicion of practising sorcery. A BBC journalist helplessly recorded the bu­rning alive of a witch in Ke­nya, where there have also been ins­tances of old people being acc­used of witchcraft just so that relatives could get rid of them.
Ghana has officially sponsored witch camps where thousands of women accused of witchcraft are incarcerated and also administered potent and poisonous potions to get rid of their evil powers. Some die because of the potions.
I saw posters in Nigeria announcing services by witches claiming to turn your enemies into dogs! Indeed, in Angola a goat was arrested by the police because people claimed that a criminal transformed himself into a goat to escape.
The heart rending fact from the Democratic Republic of Congo is that nearly 50,000
children are homeless because their parents expelled them after being told by Church leaders that there were signs of the devil in their children and that even exorcism would not help.
Hundreds of albinos in East Africa are hunted and killed for their body parts which are considered good luck. It was the horrific killing in the UK of eight-year-old Victoria Climbié from Ivory Coast by her own family on suspicion that she was possessed by evil spirits that highlighted to the world the problem of witchcraft and sorcery even in the developed world.
Indeed, it is a most distressing situation; a UN report in 2009 indicated that the internal displacement of people who flee because of witchcraft or allega­tions of sorcery amounts to tens of millions all over the world.
How should the problem be tackled?
The American and European experience where the machinery of the State was put to the servi­ce of educating people about the absurdity of these beliefs and their deadly consequences and the weaning away of the people from the lure of the magical conception of the universe is to be implemented worldwide.
For India, it should be considered a national emergency and the services of school teachers, science popularisers, scientists and opinion makers should be used to usher India into the modern age.
This is, especially important because we also know that in periods of uncertainty and economic distress, the incidents will rapidly go up, worldwide.

Yoga mat maker pulls design featuring Hindu god

By Kevin Herrera for Santa Monica Daily Press

COLORADO AVE — A Santa Monica-based company that sells custom yoga mats has decided to pull a design which features the Hindu deity Lord Ganesha after receiving a complaint from the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism.

Rajan Zed, a self-proclaimed Hindu statesman based in Nevada, has made it his mission to stop companies from printing images of Hindu gods and goddesses on items like G-strings, flip-flops, and T-shirts for dogs, which he says trivializes the religion.

Zed sent a letter to YogaMatic on Jan. 27 demanding the company, located on Colorado Avenue, to pull the mats featuring Lord Ganesha, a human body with the head of an elephant who represents the power of the supreme being that removes obstacles and ensures success in human endeavors.

Zed recently sent a similar letter to a company in San Mateo, Calif. — CafePress — to stop using the images of Vishnu, Kali, Shiva and other gods on their wares, according to a report in The Daily Journal.

"Lord Ganesha is one of the most highly revered deities," Zed told the Daily Press Tuesday. "We worship our deities and show respect. So to have a yoga mat, what you are doing is you are standing on it, you are putting your feet on it and that is very inappropriate."

Zed further said that such trivialization of Lord Ganesha was disturbing and offensive to Hindus the world over. Hindus are for free artistic expression and speech as much as anybody else, if not more, but faith is something sacred and attempts at trivializing it hurt followers, Zed added.

He said a yoga mat featuring Jesus Christ would be equally offensive.

William Cawley, CEO and founder of YogaMatic, said the company responded to Zed's letter as soon as he received it and chose to remove the design in question. The design was submitted by an independent artist "in good faith." Cawley said it was not a popular design.

"Rather than go into a debate with someone who is clearly trouble, it was easier to take it down," Cawley said. "I certainly didn't want to argue about it. Apologies to anyone who was upset. That certainly was not the idea."

Cawley said most of the designs featured on YogaMatic come from individuals and feature photos they've taken and submitted. The designs include photos of landscapes, animals, ocean scenes — even Buddha and the Dalai Lama.

"Ninety percent of sales are by people making their own mats. That's what we're all about," he said. "That said, we don't want anyone to be unhappy."

Zed drew attention in 2007 when he was the first Hindu to open the U.S. Senate in prayer, which drew protests from the gallery.

In 2009, Zed demanded that director James Cameron issue a disclaimer before and after his blockbuster "Avatar" saying it has nothing to do with the Hindu religion and its concepts and that the title was just a coincidence. The concept of avatar — commonly known as incarnation — is a central theme in Hinduism.

Zed was also upset when pop sensation Katy Perry and comedian Russell Brand announced their decision to end their marriage. The celebs were married in India and reportedly incorporated some Hindu customs.

When the divorce filing was announced, Zed issued a statement in which he said, "If celebrities opt for a Hindu wedding, they should be prepared to adhere to the commitment, devotion, responsibility, sanctity and morals, which are attached to it."

Since then he has been the subject of blogs questioning his motives. Is it for fame and fortune or for the love of Hinduism and the desire to spread its teachings? Some believe Zed is only about self promotion.

"From what it looks like, there is a self-proclaimed pope-in-the-making for Hindus in America," wrote blogger and composer Joseph Thomas, who is based in India. "Watch out for more publicity stunts from Mr. Rajan Zed in the coming days."

Zed said he sent the letter to YogaMatic after receiving a complaint from a fellow Hindu.

"Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about 1 billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken lightly," he said. "Symbols of any faith, larger or smaller, should not be mishandled."

Back from my holiday...

Let's see what we missed:-)

Madonna performed somewhere and M.I.A. acted a fool!  M.I.A., I love you, but pissing off the Queen of Pop....STUPID!

- A Doctor welcomes a baby... Christopher Eccleston welcome a healthy son.  He is rumoured to be named Albert, per tweet by Davy Jones.  When I get more I will post...

AVENGERS enemy revealed as pink boardgame pieces... You might suffer some form of elation. MAJOR SPOILERS!!!

Berlin 2012: Disney's 'Maleficent' Will be Angelina Jolie's Next Starring Role.  OH YEAH!!!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Woman In Black Premiere Leads To Potter Reunion!

**Love that they support each other!

Perez Hilton

At least… wouldn't it be for enemies to just happen to be at the same movie premiere??
Check it out! At the premiere of DanRad's new flick Woman In Black, he happened to run into Tom Felton — who came to show his support! Aww!
Too bad Ron Rupert and Hermione Emma couldn't be there too!
Either way, take a look at the pics below!
[Image via WENN.]