Miley Cyrus left very little to the imagination when she hit the red carpet at the amfAR LA Inspiration Gala on Wednesday night.

The event, which raises money for AIDS research, was held at Milk Studios in Hollywood. Cyrus wore a black Tom Ford dress with a sheer top and crisscrossed, sequined straps that gave the look a bondage vibe. Designer Tom Ford was honored for his philanthropic work with amfAR.

The singer attended the event, hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow, with her mom, Tish.

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Lenovo completes a $2.9bn takeover of Google’s Motorola handset division, which it says makes it the third biggest smartphone maker.

T-Pain stopped by NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series to perform some of his classic hits (ahem, “Buy U A Drank”), without auto-tune. “This is weird as hell for me,” he said.

In the mid-2000s, T-Pain was known for his liberal use of auto-tune, but in the 13-minute video below, he displays a natural talent. Next week, he’ll release a greatest hits album. That one will feature auto-tune.

If there’s one downside to being a sports fan, it’s that you can’t take your HDTV with you wherever you go. Like, for instance, you get a lot of weird looks if you try and watch a 40-inch plasma while trying to buy groceries down at the local market….

Jake Gyllenhaal is on the kind of run most actors probably dream about. Since 2010 — when he starred in a pair of derided genre films, “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” and “Love and Other Drugs” — the 33-year-old has turned in a handful of fabulous and diverse performances. The peak of this stretch is “Nightcrawler,” out Oct. 31, which finds Gyllenhaal playing an obsessive loner named Louis Bloom who finds his true place in life as a freelance news videographer on the streets of Los Angeles.

“The script, when I read it, gave me a feeling of, ‘Oh shit, I haven’t seen something like this. This feels new,'” Gyllenhaal told HuffPost Entertainment of the film, which was written and directed by Dan Gilroy. “I felt like I had been given this gift. Sometimes it happens. They came to me with the movie, and I was like, ‘You just gave me a treasure map.'”

“Nightcrawler” has provided Gyllenhaal with the best reviews of his career, this after last year’s “Prisoners” supplied a similar service. The roles are very different, but Gyllenhaal’s commitment to the work is the same. For “Prisoners,” he affected a subtle facial tick that went unexplained by the text of the film; for “Nightcrawler,” the actor lost 30 pounds, and even injured his hand while punching a mirror during one particularly tense sequence.

“Dan and I talked a lot about L.A. and how, at night, wild animals come down from the mountains,” Gyllenhaal said of his preparation to play Lou. “I don’t think you can live in L.A. for a certain period of time and not cross paths with a coyote. That’s such a distinct exchange. Dan and I talked a lot about Lou being a coyote. The beginning of the movie is Lou trying to find food — figuratively or not. They are ruthless. They prey on the vulnerable. Lou is like that too. In that way, I think Lou is a gangster. That’s him.”

Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo in “Nightcrawler.”

Gyllenhaal made his screen debut as an 11-year-old in “City Slickers,” and became one of Hollywood’s most sought after leading men in his 20s following roles in “Donnie Darko,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Jarhead” and “Zodiac.” But the aforementioned “Prince of Persia” marks a clear divide in his lengthy resume. The features that followed — “Source Code,” “End of Watch,” “Prisoners,” “Enemy” and “Nightcrawler” — are director-driven films with clear stylistic approaches that exist outside of Hollywood’s mainstream.

“My instinct is, first and foremost, a guide for me,” Gyllenhaal said of how he picks roles now. “That is something that has changed. I go there first and last.”

Asked what made him realize intuition should be his ultimate arbiter of work, Gyllenhaal cited the many changes to his life after turning 30, including his parents’ divorce after 30 years of marriage. (Stephen Gyllenhaal and Naomi Foner, Gyllenhaal’s father and mother, split in 2010, according to the Los Angeles Times.)

“They went their separate ways, and found a very honest truth. As a result, even if I was 30 when it happened, it was still a model for me,” Gyllenhaal said. “It made me say, ‘Wow, they’re being honest about their lives and what they want.’ And not like I hadn’t been before, but it made me look at myself and ask myself more questions about that. It made me ask myself, ‘How can I be as honest too?’ Even though you’re out of the house and you’re an adult and you have a career, when the people you love and admire — particularly your parents — start doing things to change or start being very honest, it’s a huge influence. And mine were, and I credit that for the start of it.”


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When it comes to scary television shows, nothing quite beats Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Nickelodeon series — which ran from 1990-2000, including the revival — was downright terrifying, and made for perfect Halloween entertainment year-round. And celebrities thought this too; you won’t believe what famous faces appeared on the show before they were famous! We’re looking at you, Ryan Gosling.

But it wasn’t just the, “Hey girl” star. Everyone from Melissa Joan Hart to Jay Baruchel have Are You Afraid of the Dark? as one of the earliest credits on their resume. We wonder if they were as frightened filming their episodes as we were watching them? Not likely.

Browse through our gallery of ’90s-tastic celebrities getting their horror on. Do you have a favorite Are You Afraid of the Dark? episode? Let us know in the comments below.

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To many TV fans, Henry Winkler will forever be remembered as the motorcycle-riding heartthrob named Arthur Fonzarelli — better known as “The Fonz” — on the popular sitcom “Happy Days.” But Winkler, who turns 69 on Oct. 30, has since gone on to produce TV shows, direct movies, and write the popular book series starring Hank Zipzer, a fictional boy who has problems with reading and math.

The celebrated actor also has become the coolest dyslexic champion ever. Indeed he struggles daily with dyslexia, which wasn’t diagnosed until he was 31.

When he made his TV debut in 1974 on “Happy Days,” Winkler was supposed to be relegated to a secondary role in the story line. But it wasn’t long before he was receiving top billing alongside Ron Howard, and attracting fans from around the world. However, by Season 5, TV fans claimed the series was never the same after an episode featuring Fonzie jumping over a shark while water skiing. Ever since, the term “Jumping the Shark” has been a popular phrase, indicating that a TV show has gone on past its prime.

Earlier this year, Winkler, who starred for 11 seasons on the Garry Marshall comedy, recalled Robin Williams’ first day on the set as Mork. Winkler said his hardest job going forward was keeping a straight face.

Decades later, Winkler has won over a new generation of admirers with his recent roles in “Arrested Development” and “Royal Pains.” He also continues to speak out about dyslexia at venues around the world.

In an interview with Huff/Post50 in 2013, Winkler told us his secret for living a long and happy life: “I live by two words — tenacity and gratitude. Tenacity gets me where I want to go and gratitude doesn’t allow me to be angry along the way. I really love that I’m on this earth and that is the truth.”

In celebration of Winkler’s 69th birthday, we take a look back in the video above at some of his most memorable moments on the small screen. Happy birthday to the actor who’s as nice as he is talented. Ayyyyy!

Video by Ben Craw.

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The BBC’s Divya Arya reports from India, where women of 60 and 70 are becoming mothers for the first time.

Jon Stewart brought his “Daily Show” team to Texas this week, and sent correspondent Al Madrigal to speak with people on both sides of the immigration debate.

One side didn’t come out looking too good.

Madrigal spoke with a group of women who explained their problems with Latinos in an uncomfortable level of detail. Then, Sheriff Richard K. Jones of Butler County, Ohio, told Madrigal how immigrants who enter the U.S. illegally are given free computers and healthcare along with car and house payments.

Naturally, Madrigal went out looking for people who received these fictional benefits.

He didn’t locate any… but he did find American actor Danny Trejo, who takes the tough Latino characters he normally plays in a very unexpected direction.

Check out the clip above for more.

The United Nations is appealing for thousands of healthcare workers to volunteer to help in the countries worst affected by Ebola.

Bigger is better, if you’re a leatherback sea turtle.

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A landmark study to be published in the October 30, 2014 print edition of the journal Nature provides new insight into the function of an enzyme related to the BRCA1 breast cancer protein. The study by a team at Penn State University is the first to produce a detailed working image of an enzyme in the Polycomb Repressive Complex 1 (PRC1) — a group that regulates cell development and is associated with many types of cancer.

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Mimicking natural evolution in a test tube, scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have devised an enzyme with a unique property that might have been crucial to the origin of life on Earth.

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Do you know people who take “Game Of Thrones” just a little too seriously?

Well, if you’ve wondered how they plan to spend Halloween this year, this clip may have the answer.

The piece was written by Luke Barnett, who also stars, and directed by Vincent Masciale — the same duo who brought us last year’s spoof of HBO’s “The Newsroom.” It also features Nadia Bjorlin of “Days of Our Lives” as the Queen Regent/Raggedy Ann.

Check out this clip above… and then watch out for the Biebers.

Flipboard today updated its iOS app to version 3.0, bringing a refreshed design along with a number of new features for gathering and consuming content. The app now allows users to choose from over 30,000 topics to follow, with each topic containing stories from publishers, websites, and magazines curated on Flipboard. The service is also launching an in-app section called The Daily Edition, which is delivered to users at 7 a.m. daily and features articles that are picked by Flipboard’s staff.


With over 30,000 topics now available, your Flipboard can be as unique as you are. Topics range from “action hero” to “zoology” (and everything in-between), and you can find them via search or by tapping on the new topic tags on articles. Press “follow” every time you want to add something (or someone) to your Flipboard and watch as your experience becomes tailored to your life.

Want to catch up on the news in a fast, definitive way? Meet The Daily Edition, a carefully curated roundup of top headlines in news, business, tech, sports and culture, along with some fun elements, like a daily track and a Parting GIF to send you off on your day with a smile.

Flipboard’s version 2.0 update last year included the ability to collect and save content into “magazines” and support for notifications. Flipboard is a free app for iOS devices and can be downloaded through the App Store. [Direct Link]

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*** WARNING: Contains spoilers! Please do not read on unless you’ve seen Episode 4 of “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” titled “Edward Mordrake (Part 2).” Or if you don’t mind spoilers, go right ahead! ***

I’m hard-pressed to think of a another TV show that’s ever mixed such random, senseless violence with moments of heart-tugging sincerity. It’s legitimately insane how “American Horror Story: Freak Show” can nonchalantly show imagery of people fornicating in backlit tents while simultaneously telling a sad, wrenching story. You can run the gamut of emotions in less than five minutes — from outright sorrow (ahh, poor Seal Boy) to straight-up disturbed (what sorts of people were you associating with, Elsa?).

Edward Mordrake and his green dry ice are still at the freak show, trawling for “the one.” In a clever (yet somewhat lazy) exercise in exposition, we learn most of the other freaks’ backstories. They’re all heartbreaking, once you look past the ridiculousness of Mordrake and his two faces sitting there, hands on cane, listening like a shrink. I just feel like between Part 1 and Part 2 of these episodes, Mordrake became less scary and developed into more of a reset button, there to start the show’s plot afresh. More on that later.

At least now we know Elsa’s real backstory: she was a brutal dominatrix who couldn’t get work as an actress, so she sexually tortured people for an audience. Sexy lingerie? OK. Dog collar? Yes, I can see that. The guy barking? Role-playing. But the nail-covered toilet seat? That seemed a bit … rustically painful, no? Whatever floats your boat, I guess. In any case, Elsa gets in serious trouble and is drugged by amateur snuff filmmakers (they said she was “lucky,” so I’m only assuming they killed other women), who then proceed to cut off her legs for the camera. Never would have guessed that was the cause.

Mordrake is about to kill Elsa to join his band of ghost freaks — but we know, as “AHS” fans, that Lange isn’t going anywhere in Episode 4 — when he hears music and is drawn to Twisty’s trailer. At this point, everyone’s escaped, thanks to the kidnapped Jane Levy lookalike and some quick thinking by Jimmy. Then we finally, finally get to hear Twisty’s backstory. (Kudos to the makeup and special-effects people here: Twisty’s horrifying mouth is something to behold, especially when he talks and his tongue is lolling back and forth.)

As I wrote about a few episodes ago, “AHS” can’t just tell a sob story and have us forgive Twisty. As awful as the events leading up to his attempted (and failed) suicide are, you can’t just run amok in a town and kill random people. Despite his reasons, he’s still a murderer, a grisly one at that, so it’s difficult to feel sympathy. His story is delivered remarkably well by John Carroll Lynch, complete with clown tears. Nothing’s sadder than the tears of a clown… but then Mordrake puts him out of his misery and takes him into the afterlife, and we’re left momentarily killer-less.

All is well at the freak show too, when the townspeople show up with food and handshakes to thank Jimmy for saving them. Still hung up on Meep (as he should be), Jimmy is hesitant but eventually cracks a smile when his real-life love Maggie looks at him lovingly. I hope you all saw Dot’s face there. This is not going to end well for our “psychic.” Two heads kill better than one. Maggie’s days are numbered, that’s for sure.

Peace is never long for “AHS.” Back in the forest, along comes Dandy, who gleefully puts on Twisty’s mask. With it, he’s somehow more powerful, and he returns home to kill Nora. He slices her throat like it ain’t no thang and emits a laugh that’s on-par with Tim Curry’s “It” clown. Can this character graduate from snivelling brat to spineless killer? I think yes, but deep down he’ll always be weak. I will say there is a scarier element to Dandy’s soulless journey to feel something, anything, as opposed to Twisty’s psychotic delusions.

So think about it: we’re armed now. We’re reset. We know the backstories, we know everyone’s motives, we have a new killer, the townspeople aren’t the enemy (at least for now), there’s camaraderie among the freaks, love is in the air. For a hot minute we’ll have some unity and a fresh start, until everything gets all “AHS” on us again. I give Episode 5 about ten minutes before that happens.

Oh, Denis O’Hare shows up disguising himself as a talent scout? Change that ten minutes to zero for Episode 5.

Freak Of The Week: Twisty takes it. He’s been thoroughly terrifying these past few weeks — thanks for the disturbing ride.

Random Thoughts:

  • The accents. So distracting. Some lines are delivered like we’re watching some bad community theatre.
  • The harpsichord music playing whenever Edward Mordrake is on-camera is straight off the Halloween sounds CD you can buy at the dollar store.
  • At least Twisty got his mouth back in the afterlife. Small graces.
  • Again, I hope kids weren’t watching tonight’s episode. “Mommy, why is that person peeing into a bowl on the bed?” “Daddy, why is that man saying ‘Thank you” after she made him sit on a toilet seat covered in nails?” Good luck, parents.
  • Is there anything scarier than a person putting pantyhose over their head, and then covering their lips in lipstick? Oh yes, cutting your legs off after drugging you.
  • No musical number tonight. I guess the showrunners figured we’d already experienced enough emotion.
  • I hear Lily Rabe will be guesting this season after all. Let’s just fast-forward to that episode, please and thanks.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” airs on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. EST on FX and FX Canada.

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Shortly after apps on the Mac App Store and iOS App Store revealed Microsoft’s fitness wearable, the company has revealed its $199 Microsoft Band fitness wearable to Re/code. The device will go on sale tomorrow at Microsoft’s online and retail stores.

The Microsoft Band is designed to last 48 hours on a single charge and can be worn all day and all night, as it tracks both physical activity and sleep. It includes 10 sensors that track standard health statistics like heart rate as well as unique points of data that other fitness bands do not track, like a UV sensor to measure sun exposure and galvanic skin response, which can identify stress. Like smart watches, the Band can also receive notifications from a user’s smartphone.

Microsoft is also launching a cloud-based health service called Microsoft Health, which can gather data from both the Microsoft Band and other fitness data gathering devices, like smartphones and other fitness bands. The service spans the web and multiple mobile platforms like iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The Windows Phone app, however, integrates Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana.

The company also says that the feature set of device and services will grow, as users will be able to pay for things at Starbucks with the Band and will be able to see how certain events influence health or sleep.

The company also notes that–if customers want to– Microsoft Health can combine work and personal data and gather insights such as how a big meeting with the boss affects that night’s sleep. Other features include access to Facebook and Twitter feeds, as well as weather and stock data.

The Microsoft Band goes on sale tomorrow for $199.