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Katherine Heigl Helps Rescue Sochi Dogs

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Television, Kind Acts,

Katherine HeiglKatherine Heigl is helping two rescue dogs from Sochi, Russia find new homes in the US.

The 35-year-old actress picked up the two dogs, named Sochi and Adler, from former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky, who escorted them safely to Los Angeles from Sochi on Saturday, where she working was an Olympic correspondent for E! News.

The 27 Dresses star, who has seven dogs of her own and co-founded the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, aimed at finding happy homes for shelter dogs, told PEOPLE.com that she was inspired to help after hearing officials in Russia planned to kill any stray dogs found near the Olympic Park, and was concerned that one of the animals had been very sick on the flight: "Sochi hasn't eaten in 15 hours and is throwing up so we are hoping that it's just from the travel. We haven't done this before. We haven't done a rescue from another country. I'm nervous for the dogs. It's an awfully long flight. I'm hoping it's the beginning of the good life to come."

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SOL Republic Tracks HD Anthem edition inspired by Michael Phelps for $149.99

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, Design, Music,

SOL REPUBLIC Tracks HD Anthem Michael Phelps

We love us some SOL Republic here at Gear Live. They sound great, look great, and are super customizable. Now, the company is set to release the SOL Republic Tracks HD Anthem edition, which are inspired by Michael Phelps.  If you watched the summer 2012 Olympics, you probably caught footage of Phelps rocking a bunch of different pairs ot SOL Republic headphones prior to each of his races. These are just a custom-designed version of the standard Tracks HD headphones, but expect to pay $149.99 for the Anthem edition, a $20 premium over the standard Tracks HD. We've got one more image after the jump.

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Sam Mendes Praises Queen Elizabeth’s ‘Amazing’ Stunt

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Action, Comedy, Celebrity Gossip,

Daniel Craig and Queen ElizabethSam Mendes thought that Queen Elizabeth was "amazing" when she starred alongside Daniel Craig at the Olympics opening ceremony.

The 86-year-old monarch made a surprise appearance in a sketch for the London spectacular, which saw her greet the actor in his guise as James Bond before supposedly parachuting from a helicopter. The director - who is at the helm for the latest installment of the Bond franchise, Skyfall - "loved" the idea, but said he was too scared to help Danny Boyle - the man who masterminded the ceremony - with the mammoth task.

"I loved it. Of course I knew that that was being shot. Danny [Boyle] was down on the set a couple of times and I was aware of it all going on. I said, 'I'm staying out of it!' I've got enough to worry about without four billion people watching whatever it is!' But I thought it was amazing. And also a good promo for the movie! It was an act of brinksmanship that went spectacularly right. When I heard about it through Danny and Daniel, I thought, 'Okay, that's a hell of a knife-edge to walk,' with the real queen - who I think Danny directed with great elan."

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Weekend Reading: Olympics, Dark Knight, Ellis and Watchmen

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Movies, DC Comics, Independent,

Dark Knight RisesI know we're all very busy watching this running, jumping, swimming thing from London, but fortunately there's still time to see the gold, silver and bronze of the internets.

Warren Ellis’ tweets on the Olympics opening ceremony can’t be beat.

Award-winning novelist John Scalzi (Redshirts) blogs about his first experience at Comic Con International.

Now that Valiant’s back, you know who else is returning? A new incarnation of First Comics.

Bleeding Cool reports on a “lost” Alan Moore project seeing the light of day through Avatar.

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Victoria Beckham Has ‘Lost’ the Spice Girls Spirit

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Gossip, Performances, Reunions, Pop,

The Spice Girls reunited

Geri Halliwell thinks Victoria Beckham has "lost" the spirit of the Spice Girls.

The group - made up of Victoria, Geri, Mel B, Emma Bunton and Mel C - are all expected to be on stage for the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games in August, but a close friend of Geri has claimed she does not believe her and Victoria will remain in touch after the event. "After the Olympics I can't even imagine even talking to her again, let alone being on a stage with her. Mel B was right; she has lost the spirit of the band," a source said.

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Muse Track Named Official Olympics Song

Muse at the Olympics

Muse's new single, "Survival" is the official song of the Olympics. The British trio's new track will be played when athletes enter the stadium, in the lead up to the medal ceremony and as the theme for all international TV coverage at this year's games, held in London, which start on July 27.

"We are very excited to announce that a Muse song, 'Survival,' has been selected by the London Olympic committee to be the main official song for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Matt [Bellamy, lead guitarist and singer] wrote the song with the Olympics in mind. It's about total conviction and pure determination to win. We are honored that the Olympics have chosen our song to officially represent the London 2012 Olympic Games across the globe," the band wrote on their website.

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Paul McCartney to Headline Olympic Opening Show

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Gossip, Performances, Pop, Rock,

Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney will perform at the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony concert on July 27.

The 69-year-old singer confirmed on Tuesday that he will headline the gig to celebrate the sporting event. He told BBC Radio 5 Live's Drive he's "been booked" for the musical performance and will in fact be "closing the opening." He is the first performer to announce his involvement in the ceremony while the lineup has yet to be released.

According to the BBC, a total cast of 15,000 will take part in the Olympic opening ceremony next month, and it's expected to be watched by 4 billion people worldwide.

Filmmaker Danny Boyle, the ceremony's creative director, told Vogue he borrowed ideas from Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein - and his hit production of the novel-inspired play starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller - when planning for the event with musical directors Underworld.

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Will.i.a.m Carries the Olympic Torch

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Sports, Photos, Features,

Will.i.amWill.i.am says carrying the Olympic torch was a dream come true. The Black Eyed Peas star was chosen as one of the 8,000 inspirational people to become a torchbearer as the flame makes its way across the UK ahead of the London Games this summer and he admits it was a thrill to be involved.

Speaking in Taunton, Devon, South West England, where he carried the torch today, Will.i.am said, "It feels like a dream. This is something you've always seen growing up so to be here today in the UK with all the hard work it took me to be able to get to this level and do that, it's just pursuing my dreams. And now I'm in the UK and running with the torch and it's great."

After running with the torch, the "I Gotta Feeling" hitmaker then took to his Twitter account to speak of his joy at being involved: "A great memory in the town of tauton today...#tweetthetorch... Taking off in the hip.hop.copter...i loved tauton...great people...#tweetthetorch (sic)"

The torch arrived in Britain from Greece on Friday with soccer star David Beckham being one of the people to help bring it into the country.

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Sex Pistols Turned Down Olympics

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Performances, Rock,

The Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols turned down the chance to play at the Olympics. The legendary punk band were asked to reform and perform at the huge summer sporting event in London, but singer John Lydon turned the opportunity down as it doesn't fit with his punk ideology.

"They tried to get us involved in the Olympics, and what they wanted to do was, they're going to do this thing where celebrities go around the stadium on the back of flat top lorries. So there will be Naomi Campbell in a Vivienne Westwood dress, followed by Madness doing 'Baggy Trousers,' and then the Pistols doing 'Pretty Vacant.' But without the 'vay-****,' just 'pretty' and the word 'censored.' So the answer is, 'no f***ing way.' Don't need it, don't want it," he told NME Magazine.

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Stella McCartney Nervous About Designing for Men

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Fashion Designers,

Stella McCartneyStella McCartney was nervous about designing for men for Team GB's Olympics kit.

Stella has been tasked with creating the Adidas sportswear for the British team for the London 2012 Olympics and the womenswear designer admitted she worried about how to create a strong, masculine look for the male athletes.

"It's the first time I've really designed for men and I've been really cautious of keeping them feeling masculine; feeling strong; feeling like they're really representing the nation."

Stella was also determined to make sure the female athletes didn't feel left out and she wanted to incorporate "feminine elements" into the kit: "In the history of these events, it's all been very masculine and the girls have been slightly overlooked in the design process. They get the exact same strip as the guys and it's been important to me to bring in the feminine elements. This is not about me. This is about the athletes and Team GB. I didn't want to put a big fashion statement on it."