Angelina Jolie wants YOU in her movie

Angelina_DirectingCalling all scrawny, pasty white guys: Angelina Jolie wants you in her movie.

Remember when you were like ‘shut up mum, stop oppressing me. I don’t want your stupid dinner.’ and she was like ‘you look like you’ve been in a concentration camp’ – well, send her a smarmy text, your wise decisions are landing you a one-way ticket to fame!

But only if you are a 17-50 year-old very skinny Caucasian male who could portray a prisoner of war in a detention camp in WWII.
Oh and you also need to be willing to get your hair cut, and not have any tattoos.

Any of you still with us? Good.

Because you females out there still have a chance. The casting call also asks for Louise Zamperini “30s-40s; Italian; MUST SPEAK FLUENT ITALIAN; Louis Zamperini’s beloved mother; she constantly prays for him to get his life on track and stop causing so much trouble. She loves him dearly.”

Better get in there quick and you may be close enough to touch Angelina Jolie; but we advise against it, that would be creepy.

Jolie is coming together with Universal Pictures to make this movie, named Unbroken. The film is based on bestselling book “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand.

The story centres on Louis Zamperini, a former prisoner of war and Olympic long distance runner. Ten-time Oscar nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins will join the team as director of photography along with Jon Hutman as production designer.

Still interested? Submit your headshot and resume to http://www.unbrokenmoviecasting.com/

Bring your jazz hands (but check ‘em at the door – it’s a prisoner of war camp, not Gaga’s Alejandro).

Published on Urban Society / 11 September, 2013

Fourth porn performer HIV positive

codom-1-1An AIDS health care advocacy group claims that a fourth porn performer has been tested positive for HIV.

President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Michael Weinstein, told the Huffington Post that the performer approached the group saying he was HIV positive. “I think he wanted to check out everybody that could be of any help to him. We gave him information, but he’s not ready to come forward,” said Weinstein.

But it seems that’s all they know. Or, all they are willing to say…

It is not clear whether the performer contracted HIV on set or off, and Weinstein declined to say when the performer approached them or when he discovered that he had the disease.

The Free Speech Coalition, the industry trade group that oversees a database of all performers and their STD test results, has accused the Foundation of being untruthful.

“This information came from AHF who is currently trying to push regulation on the industry… It is extremely likely that this situation is more posturing for AHF’s political agenda,” the spokeswoman for FSC has said in an email.

Weinstein and the AHF helped pass a mandate in 2012 to have condoms made mandatory on porn sets in LA County, despite a large, coordinated campaign against it by the porn industry.

The porn companies say that condoms would hurt their profits so much that it would have forced them to film outside LA. Some porn performers even say that being forced to wear a condom is a violation of their freedom.

If you would like more information on living with/diagnosing HIV, contact ACON

Published on Urban Society / 11 September, 2013

Russell Brand’s Hugo Boss nazi jokes

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That’s apparently what you can expect from Russell Brand when presenting him with an award.

The British comedian got banned from the GQ Men of the Year Awards after-party after ripping apart the magazine and their sponsor, Hugo Boss, while accepting an Oracle award.

“Any of you who know a little bit about history and fashion will know that Hugo Boss made the uniform for the Nazis,” Brand told his audience at London’s Royal Opera House. “The Nazis did have flaws, but, you know, they did look fucking fantastic.”

Not surprisingly, the magazine’s editor, Dylan Jones, kicked Brand out shortly afterwards.

So then what do you do? Well if you are a righteous British comedian you go home and tweet this:

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Check out the hilarious full video below.

Published on Urban Society / 11 September, 2013

Vintage Hollywood star diet

ku.xlarge-1A cup of hot water for breakfast.

Cottage cheese, pineapple and buttermilk for dinner.

This was a vintage Hollywood star diet found in a magazine from the 20s proving what we already suspected, celebrities are bonkers.

A January 1929 issue of Photoplay magazine, unearthed by Jezebel, features a vintage diet story that warns that women put their lives at risk to be Hollywood skinny. Yes, even back then.

In the article titled ‘Diet – The Menace of Hollywood’ writer Katherine Albert explains why eating like the stars of the time caused illness and death. “Barbara LaMarr died of tuberculosis brought on by weight reduction. Kathryn Grant ruined her career and was made an invalid from starvation. Lottie Pickford took her life in her hands when she resorted to quick reducing medicines and is today virtually an invalid.” Were just some of the examples Albert used to prove this point.

Fortunately the article also provides a ‘correct diet’, which includes, “roast beef, baked potato, spinach, picked beets, cucumbers, buttermilk and fruit cup.” Obviously more appealing then saltine crackers, but we feel they could have put a little more effort in. Perhaps not encouraging women to lose two or three pounds a week would have been sufficient.

Sadly, today seems no different. Even though we now know more about physical and mental health than ever, fashion magazines are still shoving celebrity diets in our faces, reminding us that those jiggly bits just aren’t natural.

Sigh. It seems that the only thing that has changed over the years is that we now have much better diets.

Published on Urban Society / 11 September, 2013

8-year-old Yemeni child bride dies after wedding night

large_child.bride_.again_UPDATE: Authorities in Yemen are saying this story is fake. What do you think?

An eight-year-old girl in Yemen has died of internal injuries due to sexual trauma on the first night of her marriage to a 40-year-old man.

The Gulf news has reported that the Yemeni child bride, named Rawan, has suffered a tear to her genitals and severe bleeding.

Yemini activists and human right organisations have called on police to arrest the groom and Rawan’s family. They are hoping the death brings attention to the issue of forced child marriages in Yemen.

More than a quarter of Yemen’s females marry before age 15, according to a report in 2010 by the Social Affairs Ministry. Adding to that, the United Nations Population Fund have stated that between 2011 and 2020 more than 50 million brides will be under the age of 15.

One of the main human rights issues in countries like Yemen is that there is currently no consistent established definition of a ‘child’ that has been agreed upon worldwide, leaving each country to decide for themselves. Establishing an age limit is among the top priorities of groups like the Human Rights Campaign as more pro-age-limit organisations agree that 18 should be the legal age for marriage.

But there is also the problem of tribal custom, which perpetuates the idea that a young bride can be shaped into an obedient wife, bear more children and be kept away from temptation. It is believed that the gripping poverty in Yemen plays a key role in hindering efforts to stop the practice. ‘Bride prices’, which the husband pays to his future wife’s family, can be hundreds of dollars. For families in poverty, this can be difficult to refuse.

In February 2009 a law was created in Yemen that set the minimum age for marriage at 18, but it was repealed after more conservative lawmakers called it un-Islamic.

Thanks to PROJECT FUTURES, our Not For Profit partner, for bringing this story to our attention.
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Published on Urban Society / 11 September, 2013

“Fallen Princess” series shows a not so happily ever after

princesses-snowwhitePrincesses usually get a happily ever after. But what if they don’t?

What if Cinderella turned into an alcoholic, and Ariel ended up exploited in an aquarium?

Photographer Dina Goldstein captured such images in her “Fallen Princesses” series, showing a dystopic demise for all of our favourite fairytale princesses.

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These images depict the princesses facing quite depressing real life problems, such as struggling with kids, weight problems and undergoing chemotherapy.

As Goldstein herself says; “I began to imagine Disney’s perfect Princesses juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women around me, such as illness, addiction and self-image issues,”

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One image depicts Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, laying on an operating table while doctors inject needles into her already bruised face. A contemporary Snow White’s queen?

Another shows Pocahontas surrounded by a shit-tonne of cats – who would have known she would turn into a crazy cat lady? Well John Smith did leave her, so there was no other option, right?

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Goldstein says she put much thought into these images, giving backstories to all of them. She justifies Pocahontas’ predicament by explaining” “She’s an agoraphobic and, after her love disappeared, Pocahontas waited and waited and eventually just went into a depression and wouldn’t leave her house. She’s now working a job out of the house and her only interactions are with delivery people who come and pick up packages from her—and her cats … and her one dog.”

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We still find this hard to believe, last time we checked Pocahontas loved the outdoors and Belle was more interested in books than her self-image.

Nice try Goldstein, but we will stick to our happily ever afters.
Keep dreaming Urbanites; your Prince Charming is coming*

*May not come.

Published on Urban Society / 13 August, 2013

Tough Mudder Sydney

tough-mudder-australia-2-1Tough Mudder Sydney Autumn, which took place at the Fernhill Estate, Mulgoa, was the chance to complete an 18-20km course of obstacles with charming names such as the Mud Mile, Electroshock Therapy, Log Bog Jog and Arctic Enema, to name a few (that’s right, only a few).

Missed out (not on purpose)? Don’t worry, there’s another one coming up in October, Tough Mudder Sydney Spring.

The course was designed by the British Special Forces – we think mainly to laugh at us mere mortals of weakling proportions – but they claim it’s to test you physically, mentally and most importantly, how you help out other competitors, teammates or not! You’ve been warned – this is not any regular marathon, triathlon or obstacle course.

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Sure, the tickle of 10,000 volts of electricity surging through our bodies sounds tempting, even the allure of fire and ice-water nearly got us… but despite the promise of having a great time and a ‘true sense of accomplishment‘, what we REALLY like the sound of is the Post Party & Awards over the finish line… free beer anyone?

We know Urbanites are cut from the same cloth as Arnie, Lara Croft and Katniss – always appropriately stylish, endlessly determined and TOUGH. Therefore, if you’re an Urbanite, you can be a Tough Mudder! And if crawling through those claustrophobic underground mud tunnels didn’t seduce you, then perhaps like those who designed the course, you’d prefer to laugh from the sidelines and volunteer instead!

What: Tough Mudder Sydney Spring
When: Saturday 12th October and Sunday 13th October 2013
Where: Fernhill Estate, 1041 – 1117 Mulgoa Road, Mulgoa
More Info: Tough Mudder

Published on Urban Society / 19 April, 2013

Alanis Morisette’s song is finally ironic

alanis-morissette-001Everyone who has ever yelled at their radio “That’s not ironic, it’s just unfortunate!” can now rest easy knowing that Alanis Morissette’s song “Ironic” has finally been fixed.

Morissette has admitted in the past that she had not doggedly made sure everything was technically ironic.

Which has lead to much criticism from every person ever, considering she had managed to create an entire song called ‘Ironic’ that actually has no examples of irony.

But the world is finally right again as Rachael and Eliza Hurwitz have addressed this pressing issue by releasing the song “It’s finally ironic” on YouTube.

The video rewrites the song featuring actual ironies. Such as “It’s like rain on your wedding day (a day and place you chose because it’s known not to rain)” and “It’s a free ride, but you get mugged on the way”.

But the best part of the song by far is when the sisters state; “We fixed it for you, Alanis (you’re welcome)”.

The revised song has so far gotten over 150, 000 hits, with English nerds around the world, many of them in Urban HQ, rejoicing.Check out the hilarious video below.

Published on Urban Society / 11 July, 2013

Senator talks for 13 hours to stop anti-abortion bill

tumblr_inline_mozkyvew2X1qz4rgpGovernor Rick Perry has called a second session of the Texas Legislature to pass abortion laws that would have banned the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy and forced numerous abortion clinics to close. Lawmakers will meet again on July 1st.

The session follows one of the most tumultuous days in the Texan senate after American Democratic Senator Wendy Davis performed a 13 hour filibuster. According to Republicans, Wendy strayed off topic and wore a back brace, both which are against filibuster rules.

This cleared the way for a vote, with Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst leading the charge. He may have been successful if it were not for the 400 supporters who stormed the gallery shouting and clapping, “shame, shame, shame”. Republicans registered their votes with Secretary of the Senate Patsy Spaw during the mayhem, although Democrats stated that the time that it occurred was 12:02am, and therefore illegal, while Republicans claim otherwise.

If the filibuster ran until midnight, Wendy and her cause would have been successful, but if a vote was cast before midnight, then the Republicans would have been victorious. Apparently the Senate’s official website registered the vote on Wednesday, after the deadline.

Updated 26th June, 2013 – 4:00pm

Thousands of people are waiting outside the Texas Senate, while still more refuse to leave the building amid the confusion surrounding the vote. With supporters of Senator Davis filling the gallery, and limited news outlets reporting on the issue, hundreds of thousands of people are watching the drama unfold via a live stream.

Click here to watch things unfold with us.

Updated 26th June, 2013 – 3:45pm

There is chaos in Texas tonight as conflicting reports emerge over the outcome of Senator Davis’ fight to block new abortion laws in Texas.

Politicians on both sides are reporting that their side was victorious. Republicans are rejoicing that the bill passed, while Democrats are stating that the vote started at 12:02am, and therefore was illegal.

More details to come.

26th June, 2013

American Democratic Senator, Wendy Davis, is currently doing everything she can to stop an anti-abortion bill going ahead in Texas. This includes ‘filibusting’, which means she is standing and talking for 13 hours straight. A filibuster, sometimes referred to as ‘talking out a bill’, basically means you continue to talk in order to extend debate on a topic in the senate.

You heard right, this lady is putting off sitting and using the bathroom to fight for a woman’s right to an abortion. Her colleagues even removed her chair so she ‘wouldn’t be tempted’.

The proposed bill would close every abortion clinic in the second most populous state of the US, Texas. Davis is avidly opposed to restrictions on reproductive health and autonomoy, citing her experience as a ‘teen mom’. She said she was “rising to the floor today to humbly give voice to thousands of Texans”.

Wendy will be standing until midnight US time, so far persevering even through the outburst from a male protester who shouted, “Abortion is Genocide”.

We aren’t the only ones with some Wendy Davis love, with the hash-tags #SB5 and #standwithwendy exploding on Twitter to support the Senator. If you have an abortion story you would like told give the lady something to talk about here.Published on Urban Society / 19 June, 2013