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Jess Smith

Jess Smith is a journalist who's passion for writing spans all the way to when she was only 7-years-old and was making up news stories for her neighbors. Fast forward to age 22 and she has written for many publications including the EDM based, Elektro Magazine.

Emily Wickersham fills the hole that Cote de Pablo left on NCIS

Emily Wickersham is a permanent character as Eleanor Bishop on NCIS

Emily Wickersham has found a permanently family with the NCIS cast. The actress who has formerly appeared in films I Am Number Four and Remember Me was only suppose to appear in three episodes as NSA analyst Eleanor Bishop, but reports have said the actress was just signed on to be a cast regular.

Emily Wickersham’s addition to the cast comes shortly after Cote de Pablo who portrayed Ziva left the show. Emily was signed on to fill the void that was left after Pablo’s departure. Pablo’s leaving came a huge surprise as her decision to leave came after a long eight season run. “The idea of leaving was not something I toyed around with for a long time,” Pablo explained to TV Guide. “It was an overwhelmingly hard thing-at times terrifying.”

Actor Michael Weatherly displayed his excitement for the temporary edition back when she was only set to appear on three episodes. “We’re excited about having Emily join us on these little adventures we do every week and seeing how she is in the world that we create together. I hope the audience likes her as much as we did right away.”

Wickersham is no stranger to drama, she appeared as A.J.’s girlfriend Rhiannon on the final season of The Sopranos. She also appeared on the first season of FX’s show The Bridge. Emily Wickersham has already made a fan in the Executive Producer of the series, Gary Glasberg, who displayed his praise in a statement. “Emily Wickersham’s Ellie Bishop is proving to be perfectly compliment to the NCIS team.” He added “Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious. Great things are planned for Bishop and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on board.”

Her new character is being described as “a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism.” Emily Wickersham’s debut as Eleanor Bishop is set to debut on November 19.

Remember, remember the fifth of november: Guy fawkes night is more relevant than ever

Today is a day for revolutionaries to reflect on Guy Fawkes’ actions

“Remember, Remember the fifth of November.” Citizens in the UK will be reminiscing in the form of a celebration, since it is the national British holiday: Guy Fawkes Day. Soon the UK will be illuminated with the light of fireworks and bonfires in commemoration of this holiday. The event marks the triumph when a plot to plant a series of explosives made from gun-powder inside the cellar of the Palace of Westminster in an attempt to assassinate King James I, failed when the main conspirator, Guy Fawkes was caught guarding 36 barrels of gun-powder.

However, Guy Fawkes’ is not just a day for the British, since the event has materialized itself into pop culture, most-notably in the graphic novel turned feature film V for Vendetta. In the film, rather than celebrate the notion that King James I was saved from being murdered, V wants to take the date of November 5 and turn it into a day to reflect on a failed revolution and attempt to re-enact a successful one.

“So, if you’ve seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you then I would suggest you allow the fifth of November to pass unmarked,” V said during the infamous speech scene. “But if you see as I see, and you feel as I feel, and if you would seek what I seek, then I would ask you to stand beside me one year from tonight, outside the gates of Parliament, and together we shall give them a fifth of November that we shall never ever, be forgot.”

The revolutionary attitude of the fifth of November continues to develop in current and future generations as the fictional aspects of V for Vendetta continue to become fact. Countries all over the world are being watched closer than ever. Surveillance programs like the United States’ PRISM which tracks internet data are becoming more prevalent. Drone attacks are becoming more common in military practices and the US already uses an emergency color-coded system.

As more and more people find their government untrustworthy, the more Guy Fawkes becomes a hero, rather than a villain. The “hacktivist” group Anonymous, wears Guy Fawkes masks in public and have started a digital revolutionary movement where they hack into various government websites to perform a series of cyber-attacks.

Famous British comedian Russel Brand went on BBC recently and did an interview with journalist Jeremy Paxman where be renounced government and publicly stated that he didn’t vote due to the many grievances he has with the British government. These are just a couple of examples of the brewing “Guy Fawkes” attitude that is growing inside of today’s youth, which makes this fifth of November one of the most relevant one’s yet.

NBA season opens with a Heat celebration and a Bulls' loss

Bulls lost to the Heat with a 95-107 score during Derrick Rose’s return

The NBA is back in full force and began with one of the year’s most anticipated games in the 2013-14 season. In a rivalry deeper than Gryffindor and Slytherin’s, the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls came to the court to battle it out, with the Heat escaping the first battle with the win. The Miami Heat were still enveloped in their Championship title from last season with the team receiving their shiny new rings in a ceremony before the game.

“You never know what to expect when you are trying to keep the main thing the main thing, and that’s the game,” said the Heat’s coach, Erik Spoelstra. “But you can’t deny the emotions and what a special moment it was for everybody in the organization because we know how difficult it was and how harrowing that was last season. So it was great to actually get the win after that to cap off a very good night for the Miami Heat.”

The Heat couldn’t bask in the glory too long because it was game time and also the highly anticipated return of the incomparable Derrick Rose, who was out the duration of the end of last season due to a knee injury he attained back in April of 2012. Unfortunately, while his return was supposed to be accompanied with major fireworks, it barely made a bang. He ended the game with a 4 for 15 and completed a total of five turnovers, while racking up 12 points.

Rose explained his disappointment after the 107-95 loss the Bulls suffered during the 2013-14 season debut. “I am disappointed with the loss. My performance, I can easily change that by making shots and limiting my turnovers,” said Rose. “The second quarter really caught up to us.”

The real star on the Bulls’ side was Carlos Boozer who gained a total of 31 points during the game. The Heat’s superstar Lebron James, ended the game scoring a total of 17 points and completed eight assists and seven rebounds. Chris Bosh came away scoring 16 points for Miami, while Dwayne Wayde followed close behind with his numbers coming in at 14.

At half-time, the score was in Miami’s favor at 54-33. The Bulls put in an effort during the second half, but Miami ultimately cinched the game at end.

The Jonas Brother are now just brothers

The former Disney pop-rock band have called it quits

The Jonas Brother’s have crushed the hearts of tweens everywhere with the jarring news of their split. The three-piece boy band announced via People Magazine that the rumors were true, they would be disbanding and pursuing solo ventures. Kevin Jonas told People that “It’s over for now.” Rumors of the split started back in October when the Jonas Brothers canceled their US tour, which was set to hit 19 cities.

Following the cancellation, the end became even clearer when the group deactivated their Twitter account and then took to their own accounts to explain that things were looking grim for the group. Joe Jonas tweeted “Please hold while we get our shit together.”

Many reasons for the split are littering the rumor mill with reports that the there is a “deep rift” in the band because Joe Jonas has a problem with substance abuse. Although this notion hasn’t been confirmed, it has been confirmed that Nick Jonas was the one to suggest them parting ways during a meeting on October 3. Nick wanted to further his career with his solo project Nick and the Administration and felt that the group was hindering him. “I was feeling kind of trapped,” he said. “I needed to share my heart with my brothers.”

The group formed in 2005 and broke-out into super stardom with baffling success, including a Grammy nomination and over 20 million copies of their albums being sold. Although the Jonas Brothers were a Disney brand, they managed to go through their careers without a classic Disney child-star melt-down or twerking at the VMAs for negative attention.

As pre-teen girls clutch onto their limited edition Jonas Brothers backpacks even tighter, they can always remember that the Jo-Bros could pull an N’Sync by the time the brothers hit their 40s and blow the dust from their skin-tight pants for a “surprise” VMA performance.

Pauly D just revealed that he has been a father since May

Pauly D has fathered a baby with a woman out of New Jersey and a custody battle heats up

Pauly D might need to trade his tanning lotion for a baby bottle, since it was just revealed that the 33-year-old Jersey Shore star is a father and has been for a few months. Real name Paul DelVeccio, the TV personality confirmed to the Today show that he is the father of a baby girl who was born a few months back.

His fellow Jersey Shore cast members displayed their congratulations, as well as their surprise about the news. Snooki just became a mother when baby Lorenzo came into this world 14 months ago. “He’s going to be an amazing father,” she said. “He’s so loving and caring, I can’t wait for Lorenzo and her to play!”

Sammi Giancola, known as Sammi Sweetheart, also expressed her surprise and happiness upon hearing the news. “I couldn’t be more happy for Pauly!” She told E! News. “He is going to be such a wonderful dad! This new little girl is so lucky to have the coolest father around!”

The mystery woman who is the mother of Pauly D’s new addition, lives with the baby and resides in Jersey Shore. They supposedly met at one of Pauly D’s DJ gigs in Las Vegas and were not in a relationship. According to TMZ, all of the news isn’t good and the mother, only known as “Amanda”, and Pauly D are going through a bitter war.

TMZ reports that Pauly D feels Amanda isn’t a fitting mother and points out her past employment at Hooters as a reason. This coming from a guy who helped popularize a phrase known as “DTF”, showed an intimate piercing to cast member JWoww and frequently engaged in hot-tub romps on national television.

It is also reported that Pauly D has filed court docs looking to gain custody of the daughter he hasn’t seen since being born back in May. The woman is also asking for child-support, but Pauly D feels that the woman is treating the baby like the golden ticket into fame and fortune. Apparently, the woman posted the picture of the baby with it’s high-chair covered in $100 bills.

Sounds like both parties have some growing up to do before they can take the challenge of being parents.

Apple introduces the iPad Air and product updates

The new iPad Air will be sleeker, faster and more compact for the consumer

Apple just never stops, does it? It looks like the iPad Air will be at the top of the list this holiday season. With the MacBook Air taking off as much as it did, it’s no wonder that a sleeker, more compact iPad would become a creation.

On Tuesday night, during an Apple event in San Francisco, Apple executives revealed a fresh new product line that will feature a MacBook Pro with a more high definition “retina” display, as well as the new iPad Air, which will weigh 1 pound, opposed to the 1.4 pounds it weighed previously.

The iPad Air will also run on the brand new A7 chip, which would make this iPad 72 times faster than it’s predecessors. It will have an updated camera that will take crystal clear pictures. The iPad Air will also keep it’s 9.7 inch screen. The new Apple iPad’s will come in the colors white, gray, silver and black and will start at the price of $499. Those who want their iPad stocked with 4G LTE capabilities need to pay $629.

The iPad Air is set to go on sale November 1, just in time for teens everywhere to collectively ask their parents for iPad Airs during this holiday season. In addition to the iPad Air, the iPad mini underwent a makeover with the more compact device receiving a brand new retina display, which will feature graphics at the top of the high resolution pack.

Apple has made these revelations just in time to compete with their competition. Microsoft’s latest tablets the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 which went on sale yesterday.

Laptops and desktops will be getting their usual updates with promises of faster, clearer, and more powerful operating systems. The much buzzed about Mac Pro also finally received a price tag on it with it being placed at $2,999.

It was also revealed that Mac OSX software will be free for anyone who has bought a Mac computer since 2007. Mac’s other software such as iMovie, Garageband and iWork will also be getting exclusive updates and will be available for free to people who purchase new Macs.

Even though these updates are some amazing updates, Apple fans were looking for something bigger in store. Where forward-thinking seemed to be the dream of Steve Jobs, the new Apple heads are focusing more on marketing, rather than the futuristic wonder that had made so many fall in love with Apple in the first place. However, the year isn’t over yet so maybe Apple plans to end 2013 with a bang.

Banksy sells art worth thousands for 60 bucks

Mysterious British street artist continues to light up New York with art

Banksy has been causing a stir in the Big Apple since he touched down in the city a couple of weeks ago. No one has ever seen the mysterious British street artist, but the faceless man has created a fascination similar to a superhero, with new works magically appearing around the city everyday. Where Superman hides himself behind a cape, Banksy hides behind his art but walks among us.

Banksy’s latest endeavor has left many New Yorkers feeling regretful and disappointed. If you were in New York and happened to pass an elderly man surrounded by black and white art pieces with a sign labeled “Spray Art” on it, then you literally just passed up an opportunity of a lifetime.

A video appeared on Banksy’s website with the caption “Yesterday I set up a stall in the park selling 100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases. For 60$ each.” Art collectors everywhere probably immediately felt a little sick at this knowledge. Banksy’s works have been known to sell in the six figure range, with one of his pieces Bird With A Grenade, selling at a cool $228,043.

The man selling the art in the park sat there as unknowing people passed the Banksy originals without even a side glance. The first sale was made two hours later to a woman who talked the price down to getting two art pieces for $60. Later, a woman from New Zealand purchased two at the price of $60 each and a Chicago man bought four of them for some simple decoration of his new place.

Anyone thinking that they are going to get in on this deal will sadly disappointed, since a note underneath the video on the Banksy website said “Please note: This was a one off. The stall will not be there today.”

In an interview done via email with the Village Voice, Banksy explained what he wanted to accomplish during his residency in New York. “I know street art can feel increasingly like the marketing wing of an art career, so I wanted to make some art without the price tag attached.” The guerilla artist added “There is no gallery show or book or film. It’s pointless which hopefully means something.”

There is no telling if we’ll ever to get to see the face of this talented artist. Earlier this year Banksy’s documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop” was nominated for an Oscar and the artist only agreed to show up if he was able to wear a disguise. The Academy Award declined which prompted him not to make his much anticipated debut.

Banksy will be swooping New York for a month, so there is no telling what other tricks the artist has up his sleeve. 

The Walking Dead Season 4 premiere recap: It's raining zombies, not men

Season 4, Episode 1: 30 Days Without An Accident premiered last night

The Walking Dead Season 4 Premiere was probably relatively calm for a show about a post-apocalyptic world that is overrun with flesh-eating zombie folk. The episode begins where it ended last year. Rick Grimes’ trendy new village that he made from the desolate prison community last season is now the home for the survivors, with them even managing to have a community garden, meals, cute farm animals and a functioning government council (sounds like a hipster neighborhood).

The Walkers must want to join their trendy  new community too because a massive group of them gather behind the fences that surround the community, which prompts the need for volunteers to kill the Walkers.

The farm animals and garden are working to create a system where the crew is always being supplied with food, but they still must set traps outside of the ex-prison camp to catch morsels to eat, as well as loot a Big Lots store. We see newcomer and former Army medic Bob cause a heap of trouble when he attempts to steal a bottle of liqour, which probably acts as a bit of foreshadowing for what will happen later on in the season. Conflict ensues when the loot goes completely wrong and the store starts to rain zombies, as the undead fall through the roof of the rotting establishment. This leads to Daryl, Glen, Zach, Sasha, Micchone, and Bob fighting for their lives, which ultimately come out untarnished except for Zach receiving a bite on the leg. Zach ends up dieing and his girlfriend, Beth can’t seem to accept his unfortunate fate.

Meanwhile, Rick is off in the dangerous woods checking his traps for possible food and of course things don’t end up going well on his end of the deal either. A seemingly desperate woman sees Rick and asks him if she can join that trendy community of his, but Rick will only allow her entry if she can answer three questions. “How many Walkers have you killed? How many people have you killed? Why?”

Well, turns out that woman’s husband is a walker and the lady ultimately ends up stabbing herself in the stomach so she can be with her husband forever, but as a Walker. I wonder what zombie sex is like? As Rick returns to the camp he sees that my favorite character, Violet the pig’s condition is even worse and the poor creature is on the brink of death.

New guy, Patrick, is almost in the same condition as poor Violet. A little earlier in the episode, Zach seems to not be feeling well, but by the end of the episode we see this is no joke, as he collapses in the shower with blood all over him.

Alas, the episode ends with some questions in the air, the main one being: What the hell is wrong with Zach? 

President's Cup streaker wants to be the most famous female streaker

Kimberley Webster livens up a boring game with a little skin

Look, no one wants to admit it, but we all know it. Golf is monotonous and boring. It is the Ambien of sports. That is until something like this happens. In the greens of the Muirfield Village Country Club in Dublin, Ohio, onlookers patiently waited at the 18th hole when a woman clad in only patriotic pasties and a red thong zipped past like some kind of nearly-naked superhero.

American flag in tow, the notorious President’s Cup streaker made her way across the field, garnering everyone’s attention and throwing a little spice in an otherwise bland day. Golf fans began to chant “USA! USA!” as the bold streaker made her get away as frustrated police were hot on her exhibitionist trail.

The woman has now been revealed by Dublin police, as 23-year-old Kimberley Webster. Although her antics caught some laughs and excitement, she also caught a $99 fine for disorderly contact due to the fiasco. Kimberley Webster had easy access to the 18th hole since she was working as a temporary caterer in the hospitality tent, right near the 17th hole. She initially wanted to streak, knowing that Tiger Woods was watching, possibly hoping to trigger his infamous sex addiction. Unfortunately, Woods was not at her position at the 17th hole (so many possible tasteless joke opportunities there), so she decided against it and streaked in front of pro-golfer Steve Stricker instead.

Ditching the 17th hole, the President’s Cup streaker sprinted towards the 18th hole with a voracity that even Usain Bolt would admire. Alas, it was time and she ripped off her rain jacket and dropped her pants and let her patriotism speak for itself.

After doing an interview with Stephanie Wei at Wei Under Par, people got a little insight into why the President’s Cup speaker decided to strip off her clothes and make a beeline across the golf green. “I wanted to add a little excitement to golf because everyone seemed kind of depressed and like they weren’t having any fun because of the weather. I hadn’t been to a lot of sporting events…I just thought it would be interesting to try something like this.”

Webster also added, “The top streakers of all time were all men, so I decided to change that…It was golf-it’s quiet and boring-and it was to make the top streakers of all time (as a woman).”

Scarlett Johansson is dubbed Sexiest Woman Alive again

Esquire Magazine has crowned the actress for the second time

It’s that time of year again where Esquire Magazine scours the Earth for the one individual who is a top -notch hottie. This person has to be the girl every guy wants to sleep with and every girl wants to be. This person has to ooze sexual attractiveness from their flawless pores. Picking the “Sexiest Woman Alive” is serious business unless you are into necrophilia, of course. Disturbing fetishes aside, Esquire has picked a winner. This year, Esquire Magazine has picked…drum roll please….Scarlett Johansson…again.

First named “Sexiest Woman Alive” in 2006, the buxom blonde has grown older, wiser and sexier, reclaiming the title once again. This makes her the first woman to win the title twice. Unfortunately for lustful men (and women) everywhere, the 28-year-old actress is off the market, currently being engaged to french journalist Romain Dauriac.

In reference to her current relationship, Scarlett Johannson explained that she preferred jealousy over none at all. “I’m with a Frenchman. I think jealousy comes with the territory,” she added. “But I’d rather be with someone who is a little jealous than someone who’s never jealous. There’s something a little dead fish about them. A little depressing.”

Johannsen even took a subliminal dig at her previous husband, actor Ryan Reynolds when she said, “ I didn’t think I was a jealous person, until I started dating my current, my one-and-only,” she added. “I think maybe in the past I didn’t have the same kind of investment. Not that I liked my partner less, I just wasn’t capable of caring that much.”

At 28, Johannsen realizes that her roles will be dwindled down as she goes up in age. “You know, I gotta hustle. I’m a 28-year-old woman in the movie business right? Pretty soon the roles you are offered all become mothers. Then they just sort of stop. I have to hedge against that with work-theater, producing, this thing with Esquire.”

The fall issue for Esquire, featuring Scarlett Johannsen as the cover star, will be sexing up newsstands on Oct. 15.

Some people may think that Esquire’s latest pick is yawn-worthy, while others can’t wait to add this magazine cover to their creepy Scarlett Johannsen shrine. Do you think Scarlett Johannsen was rightfully crowned as “Sexiest Woman Alive”?