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Lindsay Lohan’s Mom Made a Stinging Father’s Day Facebook Post

Lindsay Lohan Appears At Court
Lindsay Lohan is seen arriving at court with her mother, Dina, on January 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Chris Wolf—FilmMagic

The post was quickly deleted or made private, but not before a celebrity gossip web site nabbed a screenshot

Behind nearly every child star is a parent basking in the residual sheen of their kid’s limelight. Over the course of her daughter’s career — or at least recent career, which has been increasingly lackluster — Lindsay Lohan’s mother Dina has acquired a taste for making it into the headlines, with her family’s privacy as occasional collateral damage.

Lohan’s 51-year-old mother attracted further attention on Sunday with a Facebook post presumably directed at her ex-husband, Michael. Sunday was, of course, Father’s Day; Michael, if you’ll remember, spent a fair amount of time in prison when Lindsay and her siblings were growing up. He and Dina separated when Lindsay was a toddler, then reunited, and finally divorced in 2007.

“Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing dads and the single moms, like me who played both role[s] to our amazing children xo,” reads the caption to a photograph of a younger Dina and her children.

The Lohan matriarch — or whoever manages her social media — has since deleted the photo or at least made it private, but Radar Online nabbed a screenshot.

No response yet from Michael, who had confirmed to the gossip website just a day before his ex-wife’s post that his girlfriend Kate Major, who is currently serving out an eight-month jail sentence for a probation violation, is pregnant with her second child.

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RECAP: Game of Thrones Watch: The Irony Throne

Tywin (Charles Dance) on what is, alas, not the final throne he occupied. HELEN SLOAN / HBO

The season finale deals with some troubling parent-child relationships, takes some weird turns, and leaves us wondering where this ever-more-sprawling story is headed.

Spoilers for the season 4 finale of Game of Thrones below:

This season finale, “The Children,” went in a lot of directions to attend to a lot of business, so we might as well start where the title directs us–to Tywin Lannister, who went out doing his business, sitting a throne that was not made of iron but of irony.

Through all his machinations and cruelty, it was always about family for Tywin Lannister, and yet he was done in by family: Cersei, who revealed her incestuous secret and thus that his family’s claim to the throne was illegitimate; Jaime, who helped Tyrion escape death row; and Tyrion, who took crossbow in hand and pronounced his father’s death sentence upon his chamberpot. (Yes: on Fathers’ Day. That’ll make a great e-card!)

What was striking about the final scene between son and father, sold convincingly by Charles Dance and Peter Dinklage in performances that conveyed decades of history, was that it could have played as fist-pumping payback but instead was simply, deeply sad. This began, of course, with Tyrion discovering one more betrayal: Shae, whom he made hate him to save her, in the bed of his father. Seeing Tyrion, she tries to stab him; he strangles her, but regretfully. And some note of that carries over to his encounter with Tywin; even as his voice drips hatred for Tywin, lying at the last to save himself, there’s pain too. “I am your son,” are his last words to his father. “I have always been your son.” It’s not a statement of anger or defiance so much as an acknowledgment that you can’t erase the hurt of your father’s hating you, not if you plug the hole with a thousand crossbow bolts.

In Meereen, meanwhile, the parent-child theme takes another ironic turn. The means of Dany’s conquest, and the source of her power, has been by taking on the maternal role and expanding her family. First she became Mother of Dragons, then became Mhysa to the slaves she liberated. But as she deals with staying in the city and attempting to govern, she discovers that the interests of her adopted children are in conflict–namely, that an AWOL Drogon has immolated a three-year-old peasant girl.

It’s a horrific revelation that underscores Daenerys’ core problem: that the roles of conqueror and governor are in conflict. Here, literally, one source of her power, her dragons, is also an uncontrollable menace. Now that she’s chosen to stay in one place, she has to make a choice: wrenchingly, she leads the two other dragons into a catacomb, where she collars and chains them in place while they wail for her like babies. The longer Dany occupies two roles–the warrior queen and the nurturing protector–the more likely it is that she will not be able to live up to the collection of grand honorifics she has amassed. After all, as we are reminded when she is introduced in the episode, “Mother” is only one of her titles. Another: Breaker of Chains. Ask her scaly children what they think about that.

“The Children” in this episode, however, refers not only to parent-child relationships but to the mysterious ancient beings Bran finds north of The Wall in an encounter that gets… weird. Like, Ray Harryhausen, Jason and the Argonauts weird. Season 4 claims another casualty–Jojen Reed–to the attack of some energetic undead wights, and we’re introduced to The Children, who repel the skeletons using–are those exploding pinecones? Gandalf, is that you?–and bring Bran to a cave, where the “Three-Eyed Raven” he’s been seeking turns out to be an ancient man who promises Bran he will fly and–

OK, deep breath. I’m willing to give this storyline a lot of slack, because, like the White Walkers and the Wall, it feels deeply tied to Game of Thrones‘ long game involving the stirrings of magic in a world where it’s long been dead. And because it has Hodor. But part of the reason the series has been so special and effective is because it’s been so sparing with the skeletons-and-sorcery. There’s intriguing stuff here, but Benioff and Weiss need to walk carefully next season to make sure they don’t turn this whole storyline into the cover of a Yes album.

Likewise with the other wintry doings here, at The Wall, where Stannis, having apparently taken a turn north at Braavos, flattens the Wildling army with heavy cavalry. Here again, I’m dedicated to the story because I can feel, in theory, its importance. (And now because I’m curious what happens when Jon and Melisandre are sharing screen time. But season four could have done better connecting us to Jon Snow’s character, and I’m hoping this turn of events brings him in from the cold.

There’s one more significant storyline to deal with, but first: where does “The Children,” and season four, leave Game of Thrones overall? It’s been a season of some incredibly powerful moments and confident storytelling. But its pieces also feel very scattered–by design, maybe, but scattered nonetheless.

Depending on your estimate of how long the entire series will run (seven or eight seasons seems the consenus), we’re about halfway through. And the series has largely been structured around taking characters in a few central locations–Winterfell, King’s Landing–and dispersing them to the winds. A bunch of threads have spread widely from their starting point, and we’re at the point where we have to take on faith that they’re meant to come back together, though we can’t see where or how. Game of Thrones is at the peak of its popularity, but it may next season reach the point where it tests fans’ patience if the story gets any more diffuse.

But then there’s Arya. One saving grace of Game of Thrones is that, for all its increasing spectacle, it gets its greatest power from certain characters and combinations of characters, who charge the screen whenever they appear. Maisie Williams’ Arya has always been one, and her pairing this season with The Hound has been as delightful–though in a different way–as pairing her with Tywin earlier.

It makes sense, then, that “The Children” would end with her. (Book readers, I’ll talk a little about where the season didn’t end below.) There hasn’t been a lot of event in Arya’s story this season–she and the Hound have gone one place and another and another. There have been no undead skeletons! Yet it’s never felt like wasted time, because their interchanges have been such a pleasure and–as they’ve traveled the war-ravaged countryside–added depth to the themes of the series.

It may be that The Hound is dead. (Or not–if you haven’t seen his head explode, you can’t be sure!) She may be off to an uncertain future in Braavos. And she may be getting, not closer to her family, but a full continent away. Yet there’s something hopeful about seeing her climb to the prow of the ship, heading to an uncertain thing to come next. Arya has been hardened, but not defeated, by what she’s seen, and her ability to keep going is infectious. We want to see what comes next because she wants to see it.

So as the producers of Game of Thrones get ready for season five next year, they should keep in mind how Arya represents what the show does best. It’s not necessarily about where the ship is going; it’s who you’re traveling with.

Now for a quick hail of crossbow bolts:

* If you haven’t read the source books, you can skip over this bullet point. If you have read them, I’m going to be vague here for the sake of non-readers, but you’ll get what I mean. (And I ask that you be as vague in the comments.) From the Twitter reaction just after the episode, I gather a lot of you were upset that [shocking thing that happens at the end of A Storm of Swords] did not happen at the end of this season. As a reader I was puzzled, since it seemed like such an obvious punch-in-the-gut ending, like the hatching of the dragons. And for all I know maybe the reason was [casting issue I will not detail for spoilers' sake]. But as a TV fan, I’ve seen so many dramas compete to end on the most shocking cliffhanger that, if nothing else, it was refreshing that the producers chose to end on an emotional moment instead of a cool one.

* OK, non-book-readers can rejoin us. You might be glad to know that several of the storylines are rapidly catching up with what’s been written in the books to date. So very soon we’ll all be equally befuddled.

* Loved the choral arrangement of the series theme playing over the final scene with Arya.

* I’m sure that, for elaborate future-plotting reasons, it was impossible for Arya to end up with Brienne. But now I want them together all the time.

* It’s unfortunate that The Wall business was dealt with so quickly and early, because there was power in the idea that for the Wildlings, the war was never about conquest but mere survival: “We’ve come to hide behind your Wall just like you.”

* “Killed by a woman. I bet you liked that.”

TIME radio

Casey Kasem: The Voice of America

As the host of 'American Top 40,' and the cartoon voice of Scooby-Doo's pal Shaggy, Kasem provided the nation with the solid sound of optimism

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For decades, like uncounted other disc jockeys, Casey Kasem played the hits. But he did it as the host of American Top 40, a countdown show heard on more than a thousand radio stations in 50 countries. The program’s format was so simple that the chief attraction had to be not the music but the man behind it — the voice of the world’s most listened-to record spinner.

Kasem, who died today at 82 in Gig Harbor, Wash., after a debilitating siege of Lewy’s disease, was also the amiably doltish voice of Shaggy Rogers on the Scooby-Doo cartoon TV show. It’s no exaggeration to say that generations of American kids and teens, from the ’70s to today, grew up on a sound track of Casey Kasem.

(SEE: Casey Kasem’s life in pictures)

In an era of angry radio, of bombast and discontent, Kasem brought the sound of anachronistic good cheer — puppy-friendly and syrup-smooth — that was its own apotheosis and self-parody (though Harry Shearer did a sublimely unctuous Casey impression on The Simpsons and on his Le Show podcast). On American Top 40 the Kasem voiced soared and swooped, like an expert aural acrobat, through promos, jingles and dedications, usually rising to a dramatic peak for the top-selling song of the week. The show first aired in 1970 on July 4 — an apt date for the national breakthrough of Casey Kasem, the voice of America.

Kamal Amin Kasem was born in Detroit to Lebanese immigrants who ran a grocery store. Like many children of Lebanese heritage who preceded him (Paul Anka, Michael Debakey, Ralph Nader, Danny Thomas, Helen Thomas, Tiny Tim) and followed him (Doug Flutie, Catherine Keener, Terrence Malick, Johnny “Football” Manziel, Tony Shalhoub and Vince Vaughn), Kasem had the big American dream. And, in a half-century of radio and TV work, no one sounded more like America than Kamal — make that Casey.

(READ: TIME’s Nolan Feeney on the Casey Kasem legacy)

After graduating from Wayne State University he joined the Army, DJ-ing for Armed Forces Radio, then got civilian gigs at stations in San Francisco, Cleveland, Buffalo and Los Angeles. With Don Bustany he dreamed up American Top 40, which premiered on seven stations and quickly became a weekend staple on hundreds more. He kept at it until 2005, when Ryan Seacrest, already ensconced on American Idol, assumed the role of America’s top host.

Among tons of TV voice work, including serving as the chief prime-time announcer for NBC, Kasem spent decades behind the mic as Shaggy. Modeled on the Maynard G. Krebs character played by Bob Denver on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Kasem’s Shaggy voice was an octave higher than his own, suggesting a teen arriving late to puberty, and occasionally sullen or fretful, but always supportive of his pal Scooby. A vegetarian, Kasem quit the role in 1995 when asked to do a Burger King commercial in Shaggy’s voice. He returned seven years later when the producers agreed that Shaggy would also be a vegetarian.

(SEE: Casey Kasem voicing Shaggy Rogers on the Jerry Lewis Telethon, c. 1986)

When the red light wasn’t on, the man with a mild voice could flash a molten temper — as in one famous YouTubed rant in which he was to read a death notice about a Cincinnati listener’s recently deceased dog. Incensed that the lead-in song was inappropriately perky, Kasem protested, “When you come out of those uptempo goddamned numbers, man, … and then you gotta go into somebody dying…” He eventually escalated into a rage that might leave Bill O’Reilly slack-jawed with envy: “I want somebody to use his f–kin’ brain to not come out of a goddamn record that’s uptempo and I gotta talk about a f–kin’ dog dyin’!”

His last years merited a more morose fury. Stricken with the progressive dementia of Lewy’s disease, he was left unable to walk, eat or — the final curse — speak. His daughter Kerri fought in the courts with his second wife Jean over Casey’s custody, finally winning the right last week to grant her father’s wish and allow him to die.

Whatever his private ordeals, his professional voice always oozed with optimism; he would end each broadcast with the motto, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.” Casey Kasem not only played the music of the stars, he also reached the sunniest-sounding celebrity on his very own. Listening to him on the radio, you could hear America smiling.

 

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Sequel Showdown: 22 Jump Street Bests How to Train Your Dragon 2 at Box Office

The film starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill beat out the family-friendly animated adventure

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 couldn’t tame the box office this weekend in the battle of sequels, losing out to 22 Jump Street.

The buddy cop film starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, a sequel to 2012’s 21 Jump Street, earned $60 million at theaters this weekend, according to estimates from industry analysts at Rentrak, USA Today reports.

The surprise victory, nearly twice what its prequel earned during its opening weekend, makes 22 Jump Street one of the most successful live-action comedies of the decade.

The animated adventure How to Train Your Dragon 2 wasn’t far behind, however, earning its anticipated $50 million — the same amount 22 Jump Street was expected to score — following rave reviews from critics.

“Hollywood may be mostly out of ideas,” Box Office Prophets analyst Reagan Sulewski told USA Today. “But the ideas they’re reusing, at least this weekend, are pretty strong.”

[USA Today]

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For 100 Points: This Game Show Host Set A World Record for Hosting The Most Shows

Jeopardy Host Alex Trebek
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Answer: Who is Alex Trebek?

Here’s a piece of game show trivia about game show trivia: Alex Trebek, the long-time host of Jeopardy!, set a new world record for hosting more episodes of a single television game show than anyone else in TV history.

The Guinness World Records team confirmed and celebrated the accomplishment by stopping by his 6,829th hosting gig, which aired Friday, to present him with an award.

Since taking over the job in 1984, Trebek has asked contestants 416,569 official Jeopardy! questions, ABC News reported.

But the 73-year-old is the first to admit that his record will likely be broken soon: Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak has also hosted his show for three decades, and at a spry 67 has more time to break the record. Trebek is expected to retire after the 2015-2016 season of Jeopardy.

[ABC News]

TIME e3 2014

The Sims 4 Digs Emotionally Deeper

It's time to escape into the newest iteration of the Sims

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For years, the Sims franchise has not only served as a form of entertainment for millions, but as a means of escape from an unmanageable world and into a simulator world that lets you, as the tag line says, “Build. Buy. & Live.”

Since September 2013, the franchise has sold more than 175 million copies worldwide.

The game, which allows a player to customize his or her character’s destiny, has evolved into a cultural phenomenon extending beyond merely ‘play'; Sociologists have written papers on the Sims and it has become fodder for writers, journalists and bloggers to explore cultural trends.

In this newest iteration of the franchise, Sims 4 packs in new features, including the ability to allow characters to embody a wider range of emotional states beyond just sad or happy. The emotion component now affects not only how your Sim character executes tasks, but also how you as a player manage him or her.

The Sims 4 releases on Sept. 2.

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Watch Samuel L. Jackson Recite His Pulp Fiction Speech

If only they made audio books of Samuel L. Jackson reading the rest of the bible

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Samuel L. Jackson is no stranger to delivering some of the most iconic lines of the movie he’s starred in, so he was happy to comply with talk show host Graham Norton’s request to recite the entire Ezekiel 25:17 speech from Pulp Fiction.

With some moody lighting and a dramatic camera close-up, Jackson makes the speech sound as epic and menacing as it did on the big screen in 1994.

Altogether: “The path of the righteous man…”

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Casey Kasem: A Life In Pictures

The beloved radio personality has died aged 82, famous for hosting American Top 40 with his sign-off catchphrase: “Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.”

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Here’s Casey Kasem As Shaggy from Scooby Doo

The late entertainer made a request for charity donations in his cartoon alter-ego's voice during a 1980s telethon

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Radio personality Casey Kasem, who died at the age of 82 on Sunday, was known to a generation of children as the voice of crime-solving teenager Shaggy from the TV cartoon Scooby Doo.

In the video above, Kasem appears in a Jerry Lewis telethon in the 1980s to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

“There’s a character that I play on that show, the sidekick of Scooby Doo, for the past 17 or 18 years, and his name is Shaggy,” Kasem tells the audience. “And Shaggy would like to say a few words to the young people out there, alright?”

In addition to his TV role, Kasem was the host of American Top 40 for 24 years.

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Casey Kasem Dies at 82

His daughter broke the news of the radio legend's passing on Facebook

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Casey Kasem died Sunday at the age of 82, according to a Facebook post written by daughter Kerri Kasem.

“Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends,” read the statement on behalf of the family. “Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad.”

The iconic radio personality had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease. His family was divided about his end-of-life care — last week a judge authorized Kerri to withhold food and fluids after an attorney argued that such assistance would cause him more pain. His wife of 34 years, Jean Kasem, disputed the decision.

Kasem hosted American Top 40 for 24 years, from 1970 to 1988 and again from 1998 to 2004. He was also an accomplished voice actor, first providing the voice of Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo cartoons in 1969. After leaving the cartoon in 1995 because of a related Burger King commercial, he returned to voice Shaggy in 2002 after it was announced that the the character would be a vegetarian.

Read more about Kasem’s life at People.com.

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