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Aaron Hernandez’s Suicide Note to His Fiancée Released: ‘You’re Rich’

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When disgraced former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell on April 19 after his suicide, authorities also found his final words to the people closest to him in the form of three handwritten letters.

Authorities have released a copy of one of those documents, which is addressed to Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins.

“You have always been my soul-mate and I want you to live life and know I’m always with you,” Hernandez’s note to her begins.

“I told you what was coming indirectly!” he writes. “I love you so much and know you are an angel — eternally!
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Espn Layoffs: Jayson Stark & Trent Dilfer Among Several Big Names Let Go By Sports Giant – Update

Updated, 4:50 Pm: Longtime baseball guy Jayson Stark and veteran NFL analysts Ed Werder and Trent Dilfer are among the dozens of on-air talent and writers laid off by Espn today. Also out are such familiar names as NHL analyst Scott Burnside, legal analyst Roger Cossack and Dodgers reporter Doug Padilla, along with SportsCenter anchors Jade McCarthy, Jaymee Sire, Chris Hassel, Jay Crawford and Darren Hayes. Espn did not release a list people who were laid off — including…
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Guest-programming Rage has been a great Australian dream for 30 years. Here’s to 30 more | Clem Bastow

ABC’s long-running weekend music video show, Rage, was a wildcard of Australian TV that shaped a whole generation of music lovers

Tuning in to Rage, ABC TV’s late-night music video program, every Saturday morning during the 1990s was, for a certain generation, a little like waiting to hear Casey Kasem present the American Top 40. Would your favourite video make it to No 1, or would Savage Garden’s To the Moon and Back beat it to the top spot and ruin your entire weekend?

Yes, there were other ways to access the Australian top 50 but there was nothing quite like getting up early and feeling your eyes turn into spirals over a few hours of back-to-back music videos coupled with the high sugar content breakfast cereal of your choice.

Related: Triple J Hottest 100: does Australia's youth broadcaster have an identity crisis? | Shaun Prescott

Related: Underworld review – born-again dance
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Celebrities Respond to Trump Rescinding Transgender Student Bathroom Protections

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Celebrities Respond to Trump Rescinding Transgender Student Bathroom Protections
This article originally appeared on EW.com.

Actors, music artists, comedians, authors, and other celebrities are speaking out on social media about their opposition to the Trump administration’s decision to revoke federal protections for transgender students that allowed them to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities.

In the wake of the announcement Wednesday, Ellen DeGeneres tweeted, “This isn’t about politics. It’s about human rights, and it’s not okay.”

Read more responses below.

Just seeing the news about removing laws protecting trans people. This isn’t about politics. It’s about human rights, and it’s not okay.
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Britney Spears Shares Sexy Topless Photo Following Lifetime’s 'Britney Ever After' Biopic

Britney Spears Shares Sexy Topless Photo Following Lifetime’s 'Britney Ever After' Biopic
Will the real Britney please stand up?

Hot on the heels of an unauthorized TV movie chronicling her life, Britney Spears has taken to Instagram sharing a sexy topless photo, which shows there’s only one Britney -- and she looks fabulous!

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In the sepia snap, which appears to be a throwback, the “Make Me” singer highlighted her flawless, toned body while posing with her arms folded across her chest and wearing nothing but a cross necklace.

The photo was posted on Sunday, shortly after the singer’s ups and downs were reenacted by Australian actress Natasha Bassett in Lifetime’s Britney Ever After biopic.

The movie was a hot topic on social media, with many slamming the two-hour film.

“Lifetime did a terrible job with the movie,” a fan commented on her sultry shot.

Many celebs were also appalled by the biopic, tweeting their thoughts
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These Are The 10 Most Popular Music Videos On Halloween, According To YouTube

As YouTube viewers the globe over fall fully into the Halloween spirit, the video giant is taking note of some of the content that tends to thrive this time of year. In the same way that Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) and Mariah Carey’s holiday classic All I Want For Christmas Is You see an uptick in viewership in December -- and Stevie Wonder’s I Just Called To Say I Love You and Savage Garden’s Truly Madly Deeply are popular come Valentine’s Day -- certain tunes seem tailor made for Halloween.

YouTube pored through its data to determine the 10 tracks that see the highest increase in plays on October 31 -- as compared to average viewership throughout the rest of the year.

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10 Creepiest Love Songs Ever Written

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There are a lot of different ways to approach a love song. You can take the Savage Garden route, writing all of your lyrics while watching Reese Witherspoon rom-coms and pulling choruses from your elementary school diary, or you can write something a little more vague, giving listeners more room to interpret your words and make it their own.

Or – and this happens less frequently, for good reason – you can set out to make everyone cringe so hard that a neck vein bursts from sheer repulsion. Of course, sometimes that happens no matter what the songwriter’s intentions are. These creepy little ballads are all unsettling in various ways; whether it be from metaphors gone awry, the songwriter actively tried to emotionally scar as many listeners as they could, or just the content of the lyrics leave so much room for warped interpretations.

Either way, we can’t discourage
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20 Mind-Blowing Facts About The London Underground

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The London Underground, also known simply as the Tube, is one of the most famous transport systems in the world and was the first ever rapid transit system. Since opening (in a very limited form) in 1863, it has expanded to feature 11 lines, 270 stations and over 1 billion passengers a year. It is one of the busiest metro rail systems in the world and one of the most iconic and recognisable parts of London life.

Despite its rich and proud history, commuters can find catching the tube more of a necessary nightmare than a pleasurable experience. It’s much too hot all year round, meaning that you’ll stick to the seats in summer and sweat through your coat in winter. Unless you live at the end of the line, you’re unlikely to ever get a seat during peak hour and so will start many of your days pressed into a stranger’s armpit.
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Saturday Night Live, Ep. 40.08: “James Franco/Nicki Minaj” is the season’s most mismatched outing

  • SoundOnSight
Saturday Night Live, Season 40, Episode 8, “James Franco/Nicki Minaj

Aired December 6, 2014 at 11:30 pm Et on NBC (East coast version watched for review)

Let’s just dive right into this, shall we?

The Host: James Franco is a renaissance man if there ever was one, as he points out in his monologue and practically every time he goes on some kind of comedy variety late night program to promote his work. This never really comes out in his SNL appearances, as Franco comes off as just being happy to be there. Sure, we are always safe in the knowledge that at some point Seth Rogen will show up, as is his wont, and he shows up twice in this episode, but nothing of the non-jester side of Franco ever really shows up when he heads down to 30 Rock. You’ll see hints of the strange underbelly of Franco occasionally,
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'SNL' performs a '90s brain purge with help from Savage Garden, O-Town, Fresh Prince

  • Hitfix
'SNL' performs a '90s brain purge with help from Savage Garden, O-Town, Fresh Prince
"SNL" tends to frontload their strongest sketches, so you never know what you're gonna get in the post-"Weekend Update" portion of the show. Luckily "Overly Full Brain" was one of the most hilarious skits of the night, as James Franco's "Brain Dude" plays host to a slew of cringey '90s references including O-Town, Judge Lance Ito and, yes, even the Savage Garden guy. Props also must go to Jay Pharoah's excellent Fresh Prince impersonation. Remember the one-strap overall trend, everybody? What were we thinking? Shame on you. James Franco - Jeremy's Brain - SNL 12-6-14 by IdolxMuzic
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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – James Franco and Nicki Minaj

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – James Franco and Nicki Minaj
Although he appeared in last season’s best sketch (“Monster Pals”), James Franco hasn’t actually hosted “Saturday Night Live” in almost exactly five years. With “The Interview” just around the corner, don’t be surprised to see Seth Rogen show up tonight. (I’d be more surprised, but also more delighted, if co-star Lizzy Caplan shows up for a “Masters Of Sex” parody as well.) Franco has been up for anything in his previous “SNL” appearances, and just released a fantastic “SNL” documentary now available on Hulu Plus, so he’s a good host to kick off this final leg of the Fall 2014 season. As always, I’ll be liveblogging each segment. This week, I’m giving everything a “B” just to appease those that quibble with the individual grades I assign. Oh wait, that probably wouldn’t be any better. Grades are imperfect, in-the-moment reactions and nothing more.
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"Sing out (Madonna), Louise!"

A happy 56th birthday to the Queen Herself. I was out for drinks with two friends the other night (Hi, Sue & Jordan!) and somehow the conversation turned to Madonna -- I can't remember how it got there -- and the Best Actress for Evita Golden Globe was discussed. 'Her one shot at an Oscar' ...but then of course she wasn't nominated. (1996 was an overstuffed year in Best Actress of course but even if it hadn't been, The Academy probably would have resisted.) But of course it wasn't her only shot at Oscar. They've snubbed her repeatedly in that Best Original Song category though two songs she sang but didn't write won the actual gold man ("Sooner or Later" from Dick Tracy by Stephen Sondheim and "You Must Love Me" from Evita by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber). 

Her original songs from the movies in preference order:

 

"Into the Groove
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"Vanderpump Rules" Star Scheana Marie Weds -- See Her Wedding Dress!

  • TooFab
Finally, a party without any drama.While the stars of "Vanderpump Rules" are known for their bitter battles -- including one bloody brawl at Scheana Marie's engagement party -- the reality star's wedding was a more subdued affair.In Touch just released the first photos from inside Scheana's July 27 nuptials with Michael Shay, showing the bride in her gorgeous, two-piece dress designed by her own aunt, Dimitrianne Wood.The two tied the knot at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, California, followed by a $100,000 bash attended by costars Tom Sandoval, Jax Taylor, Ariana Madix and bosses Lisa Vanderpump and husband Ken -- who footed the alcohol bill!"Security kept an eye on my castmates in case they got rowdy," Scheana tells the mag. As for Stassi Schroeder's absence, she adds "I don’t want someone in my life who treats me the way she does."The new
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Briefs: “Doctor Who” Sets The Date, James McAvoy Punches Hugh Jackman, and Sam Smith Wants You To “Leave Your Lover”

Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.

“Behold! Jennifer Aniston’s iPhone Wallpaper!”

Thanks to david for this week’s winning caption!

Weekend Birthdays! Cillian Murphy (above) is 38, Rosanne Cash is 59, and Lea Delaria is 56.

Hit The Road With NewNowNext’s Interactive Pride Map Of The USA!

Post Office Honors Harvey Milk, But Harbors Anti-Gay Past

Culture Club will tour for the fist time in 15 years.

I’m not familiar with UK singer Sam Smith, but there’s speculation that he’s addressing his sexuality with his new music video “Leave Your Lover.”

Here’s part 2 of RuPaul driving John Waters

Breaking News! The new series of #DoctorWho starts August, 2014! pic.twitter.com/OZN1NxGp4w

— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) May 23, 2014

Here’s Hugh Jackman getting punched by James McAvoy.

Here’s Ricky Martin performing on the
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Briefs: Harvey Milk’s Big Day, Bryan Singer Files Motion To Dismiss, And Jesse Tyler Did What To Who?

Birthday shoutouts go to Apolo Ohno (above), who is 32, Naomi Campbell is 44, Maggie Q is 35, and Bernie Taupin is 64

Bryan Singer Files Motion to Dismiss Sex Abuse Case. It seems like this case is rapidly unraveling.

Those two Rochester radio hosts I mentioned yesterday have officially been fired. Cue the “What about free speech” bullshit.

Kristin Chenoweth Will Star in the New York Premiere of Andrew Lippa’s I Am Harvey Milk.

It was a big day for Harvey, who would have celebrated his 84th birthday today. His Forever Stamp was officially unveiled in Washington, with Senator Tammy Baldwin, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Nancy Pelosi attending (and that’s Mary Lambert on the left.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet on the Straight-Gay Alliance For Straight-Gay Marriage. Can you make out who they’re talking about? Especially Jesse.

In case you missed last night’s Season Finale, here’s the climactic scene.
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Briefs: Straight Guys React To Grindr, Westboro Goes After Cher, And “Glee” Gets Slashed

One more of Matt Bomer at the L.A. premiere of The Normal Heart.

Birthday shoutouts go to Gotye, who is 34, Al Franken is 63, Fairuza Balk is 40, and Mr. T is 62, fool. And a Happy Belated birthday to our own Campion!

TV Line has more or less confirmed that Glee‘s final season will be roughly 13 episodes.

Rochester radio hosts go on atrocious transphobic tirade

Westboro Baptist Church threatens to picket Cher‘s Kansas City concert over gay issues. Wait … it took them this long to go after Cher?

Roger Ebert was an essential part of my childhood, and I can’t wait to see the documentary Life Itself, which will premiere in theaters and VOD in July. Here’s the trailer.

Straight men react to Grindr. Down Doggie Forward?

Madonna and Katy Perry on the subtle cover of V

801, Valerie!

Valerie Cherish has a special message for all of her fans: http://t.
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Briefs: Adore Delano is “Dtf,” Adam Carolla Is Afraid Of The Gay Mafia, And The Sex Choreography Of “The Normal Heart”

Birthday shoutouts go to Timothy Olyphant (above), who is 46, Bronson Pinchot is 55, Mindy Cohn is 48, Tony Goldwyn is 54, and Jane Wiedlin is 56. Here’s my favorite Jane jam.

Florida Lawmaker: Common Core Will Turn ‘Every One Of Your Children’ Gay

Adam Carolla: The gay mafia is real

Jim Halterman talks to Matt Bomer about his life-changing The Normal Heart experience: “I’m still not ready to let go.”

Ryan Murphy on the “sex choreography” of The Normal Heart. “Mark, I believe, had never kissed a guy, ever, on camera,” he said. “And he had certainly never had that level of sexuality. And I don’t think Matt had either. So I had a gay actor [Bomer] and a straight actor. And they were both terrified. But I just threw them into it.”

Federal Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Same-Sex Marriage Ban.

And the best part …

Has Rick Santorum's head exploded yet!
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Briefs: Channing Tatum Gets Serious, “Mad Men” Looks At Gay Life In The 60′s, And Look At Matt Smith’s Muscles

Ricky Martin performs at The Billboard Music Awards

Birthday shoutouts go to Grace Jones, who is 66, and Pete Townshend is 69.

Former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara is prepping a series version of The Omen for Lifetime. “Titled Damien, the drama centers on the film’s young boy Damien Thorn. Now an adult and haunted by his past, Damien is faced with a series of macabre events and must finally face his true destiny: he is the Antichrist.”

Mad Men Takes a Look at Gay Life in the ’60s. I didn’t see the show, so for those who did, how did they do with it? More importantly, how hot was James Wolk?

Federal Judge Strikes Down Oregon’s Gay Marriage Ban

Ad Warns Hollywood Against Patronizing Sultan’s Hotels

Here’s the teaser for Foxcatcher, with Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo in the true story of Olympic wrestling
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Why can't we let Michael Jackson rest in peace? Thoughts on the Jacko-gram

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Why can't we let Michael Jackson rest in peace? Thoughts on the Jacko-gram
How long before we let Michael Jackson rest in peace? Not until the last bit of money has been made from his corpse, apparently. Commerce dictates that as long as there is any demand for Jackson, in any form, that the estate continues to keep him in the public eye. That’s what I thought as I watched a hologram of Jackson “perform” “Slave To The Rhythm,” a previously unreleased song “contemporized” for his new album “Xscape,” on the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night. Yes, there was at first an undeniable thrill to seeing Jackson, even if it was a hologram, dance across the floor again in those moves that we all grew up with, that we know by heart (performed by a "Dangerous"-era Jackson before his looks totally got scary). It's just human nature to yearn for what we miss. There was also awe at the technology that
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Briefs: Adam Levine Is Not Anderson Cooper, Matt Bomer Talks To Jimmy Fallon, And Call A Wahmbulance For The Benham Brothers

Birthday shoutouts go to Enrique Iglesias (above), who is 39, Darren Hayes is 42, and Melissa Gilbert is (gulp) 50.

These gay New Yorkers can’t wait for Chick-fil-a to hit the city

Right on cue, The Benham Brothers are victims of intolerance.

In Johnny Weir news, I’ve declared a moratorium on Johnny Weir news in the Briefs (until the inevitable sex tape)

Just in time for Mother’s Day: Hallmark cards for kids with gay moms. I hope they’ll do the same next month.

Meet The Couple Behind The Military Proposal That Won The Internet’s Heart

Anderson Cooper on all the ways he is different from Adam Levine

Sarah Jessica Parker and Anna Wintour critique the men’s fashions at the Met gala.

Here’s the official trailer for Dawn of The Planet of The Tapes. Wait … it was a virus?

Matt Bomer talks to Jimmy Fallon about The Normal Heart.
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