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‘America’s Next Top Model’ Cycle 18 Cast Pictures LEAKED; Half U.S./Half ‘Britain’s Next Top Model’ Rejects

Apparently Tyra’s scraped the bottom of the U.S. barrel for the last time. Only six contestants on Cycle 18 will be from the United States. The remaining cast will be fleshed out with rejects from “Britain’s Next Top Model.”

The "U.S." contestants on Cycle 18 of 'Top Model'

The "U.K."/"Britain's Next Top Model" reject portion of the Cycle 18 cast on 'Top Model'

I’ve run out of things to say about this show, anymore. The course has been run. I am digging the faux-Amber Rose, though.

This whole show just gets one big, ghetto, Angelea-sized “SMH.”

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Dark Knight “Rises” In Pittsburgh; Hathaway, Cotillard, Bale in the Steel City

"The Dark Knight Rises" Filming in Oakland, Pittsburgh. Photo by me.

Oh, you know. Just Batman fighting some bad guys on the streets of Pittsburgh.  No big deal.

And no, I’m not talking about one of the crazy PAT bus patrons trolling the streets of Oakland at 1 AM  who think they’re Batman. Nope, this is the real deal. And it’s all unfolding about four streets over from my house in Oakland.

I know the photo is terrible, but it’s a miracle I even got that shot because I was having such frantic bursts of excitement. I cannot contain myself over the fact that I was about 100 feet away from Anne Hathaway. That kind of stuff drives me crazy.

Not to mention the fact that Marion Cotillard and I have been breathing the same smoggy air for the past week or so, and will be doing so until the end of August. If I see her on the street, I’m thinking of taking an alternate approach to the whole “rabid fan meets idol” thing. Perhaps I’ll just stand with my back hunched a bit, arms outstretched, frantically wailing “MARCEEEL! MAAARRRCEEELLLLLLL!”. Insert laughter from those who also love “La vie en Rose” here.

The scene in the picture above, however, yielded only momentary glimpses of the action. Bale and Hathaway were spotted leaving the set about a minute or two before I got there, and filming quickly concluded about 30 seconds after that. Dozens of extras dressed in Gotham police attire boarded about 6 busses outside the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning, where Bigelow (the street directly in front of the building) is closed off to house trailers and equipment trucks.

Today production is taking the crew to Heinz Field, where a mock football game is being held with hundreds of extras. That should be interesting. Pittsburghers know how to chear a damn team. I’m just concerned about how those bright yellow monstrosities also known as “Heinz Field seating” are going to look onscreen.

In other news, I’m currently trying to get Michael Keaton’s reaction to the franchise he’s such an iconic part of filming in his hometown. Hell, I went to the same high school as him. The same church. I even lived about 10 houses down from where his late mother resided until her death.

Keaton sent me this message, however.

Thank you very much but I am working on different interview pieces right now and don’t want them to overlap and I can’t find the time right now anyway.  Thanks again. MK

According to the movie editor here, I should simply reply in a week with five questions he can answer via email. “He’ll definitely do that” she says. I certainly hope so.

Val Kilmer and Adam West have also been contacted on my end. Here’s to hoping I don’t have to flash any bat signals in the sky to muster a response from any of them.

Tyra(nt) Turns it Around; Cycle 15’s Ann Ward in Vogue Italia

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Saying that a singluar contestant, one of the many long-legged (or stub-equipped, as in the case of Cycle 13) beauties who have graced our television screens on Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model since 2003, is the crowning achievement of the 8 year old series would be similar to hailing a track on Christina Aguilera’s Bionic as the most listenable; in other words, it’s not much of a compliment. But Cycle 15’s Ann Ward is certainly looking to prove each and every one of the show’s detractors wrong by being the first of such alumni to win one of the most sought-after modeling opportunities in the actual fashion industry itself, a realm Tyra’s little wannabes have had trouble strutting into ever since the show’s inception.

Ward won’t be the first Top Model cast member to grace the pages of Italian Vogue (Cycle 3’s Toccara Jones fabbed-up the pages a few years ago as part of their “Black Models” tribute) but she will be the first to land a cover of any sort of publication within the Vogue family; while she won’t be headlining Vogue Italia, she’ll be splattered front and center with the words “America’s Next Top Model” no doubt gaudily plastered in conjunction with her face, emphasizing why she’s there as if someone in the  industry would dare think the illuminati the Vogue family would ever put a winner of a reality show on one of their covers by the grace of their own will. Francesca Sozzani apparently has a sense of humor and a void in her wallet; mama has bills to pay, and Tyra is apparently playing sugar daddy for this little Italian gold digger…and, well, I guess Ward would be Tyra’s gargantuan forcibly-entered penis penetrating the pages of Vogue as compensation.

Anyhow, the first set of pictures from Ward’s freshman (and probably only) stint in the Vogue family have been released, giving us a glimpse of the true supermodel Ward could have been if only she hadn’t appeared on America’s Next Top Model. Give me more weave pats, drunk shrubbery conversations, and just more Angeleas and Jades in general because seeing the scum of our generation’s reality is less depressing than showing us what genuine talent you’ve destroyed with the stigma of your show, Miss Tyra.
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