Justin Bieber Shows 15 Year Old Girls His True Self – They Won’t Care.

Remember when Jimmy Kimmel had the fake reporter tell teenage girls horrible things Justin Bieber did, only to have them shrug it off?

Now there’s video showing him to be a true self absorbed narcissist. A deposition is a fact finding event that takes place before trials. It allows lawyers to establish evidence before they go into trail. In one of Justin Bieber’s encounters with the law he is sworn to answer questions in the video below.

What makes this video special is that Justin doesn’t have screaming and adoring fans to protect his behavior. Here he lets it all go and shows his true colors.

Is Justin Bieber a horrible human being? Well, you be the judge. But remember, even if he drowned kittens, his teen fans will protect him until the end.
From TMZ.

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My Shot At A Guinness World Record

Lars1(PCM) The reality TV show experience knocked on my door in late spring of 2013. The producers of the show Guinnes World Records Unleashed found me catching paintballs  after they needed to locate a potential challenger for the current world record of 28 paintballs in 2 minutes. Having a popular online presence in the paintball community helped put me on their radar.

Guinness World Records. What kid didn’t want a copy of that in the 4th grade when it came time to order books to read? It was always on the library waiting list.  Television shows like the old 1970′s sitcom Happy Day’s featured Guinness when they had characters try to set the record for most coins caught off your elbow. Then every kid in school was trying it. Now as a grown man, my name could be in that book? That was a cool thought.

It took a week to decide but once I committed to the act, it all became surreal.  I was informed that I would be performing and judged on camera, but I didn’t consider for a moment there would be an audience. I thought of it more like a few people hanging around the back of an industrial complex as it’s done on the show Myth Busters.

So I practiced without any thought of an audience, nor did I think of the future. I had many other obligations in life. My only real concern was if the feat was possible. If so, I was going to break it by repeated practice.

Soon after I agreed to participate the calls and e-mails flooded in from the production company. Contacts from the legal department,  to scheduling and then production.  Production wanted a video of me actually catching paintballs.  They were thrilled with what I sent. I sent them a montage of me starting and failing through the evolution of success.

I should have know this was going to be a bigger deal than I had in my mind because when I mentioned it to my friends at my local paintball field, they were interested in a way I wasn’t. They saw the big picture - TV.  I saw another picture, “I’m not flying out to L.A. to fail.”

I had about one month to prepare. To me, that was more than enough time. I was pleased at the idea that I was going to be flown to Los Angeles, somewhere I had never been before and put up in a hotel free of charge. It would be like a mini-holiday.

The way it works is the TV Show hires a production company.  The work for one show for weeks or months, knock out all the episodes, complete the post production editing and move onto a new project.  It’s handed off to the network – in my case it’s TruTV and the season is set.  Everything I did was shot the last weekend of June and first day of July in 2013. I had never been to Los Angeles before.  I took my inline skates and during my off time, I skated around the streets and explored. My shooter, PJ Taaffe relaxed at the hotel pool and we hit Manhattan Beach for dinner our single night there.

During this time, a sense of what I was into began to hit me. However nothing hit me as hard as the next morning when we were taken to the set. I’ll get to that. You see on our first day we were taken to a location to do an outdoor interview. You know, where they cut away from intense situations and use footage of previous questions to either substantiate your greatness or make fun of your failures.   I was asked questions that were meant to be answered only one way.  I was excited, and I intended to succeed.

Was I excited? In a way. I was excited in that despite this being something that amounted to a trivial parlor trick, I was still going to be on TV and to fail on TV is just no fun. It’s humiliating. I think if I took any one thing away from the experience was fail or succeed, I did not want the producers to twist any fool-hearted moments into me being a fool. I didn’t want any time I was having fun, goofing off to be portrayed as someone that had no handle on life.

Worries aside, my entire experience with the on-site handlers, the production contacts I e-mailed and spoke to on phone and inevitably met in person was fantastic.  These people were just hard working Americans.  They just wanted to survive like you and I.  They were glad to have a job.

Lars0I was however in California. That place where anything can happen. Sure enough my time inline skating lead me to a Starbucks coffee shop across from a clean little strip mall. I had skated about four miles from my hotel. The streets went from dry arid dust laden fenced in lots to palm tree lined complexes. I crossed a highway and entered what appeared to be a safe shopping center.  In the handicapped parking spot was a bright yellow Ferrari. Eventually I met the owner and he let me sit in his car. It belonged to an elderly man whom looked in his nineties.

Then that night PJ and I went to Manhattan Beach for dinner an airline stewardess kept trying to talk to him. PJ tried to blow her off but after dinner she crossed our path at our bus stop and I playfully started talking to her and walked away leaving PJ to deal with her again. He told me I was evil but it was funny to see a married man dance. PJ by the way is married to a stunningly perfect woman. I knew I wasn’t really putting PJ in harm’s way but it was fun to be mischievous.  What I saw in front of me was everything I heard about California. Women are aggressive.  I’ve always maintained with East coast girls, you practically must pass a credit check to be considered. Otherwise, move right along. The contrast is obvious, that is certain.

The show was shot on a Sunday.  We were driven once again by wannabe producers whom are putting in their time as drivers. I hear if you put in a year of driving and pay your dues, you move onto the next rung. Bottom line if you pay your dues you move up the production ladder. One of our producer drivers was from Philly, he gave us a good perspective on the differences in east coast and west coast culture. From sports to dating.

Our production building was a converted hanger.  We drove down what appeared to be a side street of industrial complexes.  The side of the building could have passed for an obscure bowling alley entrance. We say some of the ‘studio’ audience volunteers waiting in a line as audience members.  I’d later learn an outdoor attempt was being made. They were finishing up and heading inside.

At this point I became schooled on how production works when it comes to reality TV. You sign papers in advance of everything and the print says clear, you don’t talk about ANYTHING before the show airs.  You don’t tweet, Facebook or even send an e-mail to a family member about the experience. Do it and the ‘legal’ department jumps in to sue you.  The threat is half a million.

In keeping with this understanding we were instructed to NOT dare take any photos of anything surrounding the set.  As we came in, we could see around the back of the set and in that instant I became impressed.  There were no less than 50 people working on cameras, sound, cabling, rigging and all sorts of production elements.  The stage? It could have passed for something out of Star Wars. I was instructed to keep going and shuttled to a large second floor room backstage, cluttered with left-over food from previous contestants and a number of production assistants including the very man that contacted me to be on the show in the first place.

When I spoke to him he would remind me once in a while that I should be talking to the other talent in the room because occasionally a camera man would sit down in the room with large video camera and if they were going got get anything juicy in post production, I shouldn’t be talking to him.  He didn’t say those words but that is what I gathered.  I could see the staff was now in a very ‘careful handling mode’ with me.  The camera man with the large video camera would set the camera on his leg while seated with bored look on his face.  He wouldn’t even look at his camera. You could tell his plan was to somehow fade from our consciousness.  But that big fat camera wouldn’t let me forget, “Don’t make an ass of yourself Lars.”

Contestants, as I think of us, would come back from their ‘attempt’ and we were not to speak to each other about success or failure.  Again, a HUGE big deal to the producers whom loved to use the whole “legal department” shtick to keep us mum.  And it worked.  It worked with me personally that when I got back home and friends asked, I wasn’t even excited anymore. I felt like, “I can’t talk about it, I can’t even tell anyone I’m going to be on TV, so this sucks.”

We waited for a few hours but strange enough the time went fast.  PJ and I discussed our plan.  We geared up.  The company that provided me gear, Valken, suffered the most.  People came out of the woodwork putting black electrical tape over anything with a brand name, or name.  I had a brand name pair of shoes on.  The name and logo, no larger than a nickel was taped over.

I kept recalling that we were promised a chance to practice before the attempt.  When it was time, I was a bit apprehensive but not enough to affect my attempt. My biggest concern was lighting.  To catch paintballs, you need to see them.  Contrast is crucial too. The first meeting was with the head of onset production. He and I talked about moving the overhead lights in a way that I wouldn’t have light in my eyes and how to light the paintballs and background properly.  I thought I’d get more time to practice but after one attempt to establish lighting, I was done. I didn’t know this. I thought we were just getting the lighting right.  I was told I’d get more time to practice.

This is where I went made a crucial mistake.

In practice I was easily setting the record catching over 40 and close to 50 paintballs in two minutes.  I was confident. I was certain I was in good shape to succeed and therefore I didn’t worry.  I asked to use the bathroom when they told me I’d be performing shortly.  By now the audience was filtering in.  A representative from Guinness was now checking everything.  From my marker, to the paint and of course the speed at which I was shooting. Actually, PJ was shooting.  During the entire experience I could tell PJ was wanting me to take the limelight and he tried to fade into the background.  Internally I felt guilty, but in the big picture I knew that this was my gig.

I was the guy making the noise about setting the record or not, so he wanted any and all attention to be directed at me. I’m very easy in front of a camera.  But I don’t seek celebrity.  The experience was meant to be fun, yet the idea of failure was something absolutely not desired.  After all, I was a real paintball player.  I was here to make certain the attempt was handled with respect to paintballers.  So many people think paintballers have little safety regard and we do.  Injuries in paintball are almost exclusive to sports related injuries not being shot with a paintball. I’ve broken my foot twice, but no serious injury from being shot. The fact is paintball guns are guns. They are a weapon. I was here representing a sport and I wore paintball gear.

This is where the bathroom break became an issue. I walked into the bathroom and took off two layers of cover because although I knew I’d get hit all over the upper body, I also knew my community would be watching.  I play paintball with NO shirt on, because I like to stay cool and because I don’t get shot. Having three layers of cover on would be an embarrassment.

Lars2I walked back on set looking more svelte and feeling just as confident.

I thought I’d my next practice round to test the change.  No. It was time. I was surprised and now the specter of ‘what if’ set in.  PJ and I were instructed to stand behind the studio audience which were going to surround me on all sides watching the attempt.  Now before you think, SAFETY ISSUE, don’t. The audience was behind a 20 foot high bullet proof Plexiglas wall.  Visually, this set was intimidating. It was bright, and there were a ton of people everywhere.

They took a couple takes on the intro with color commentators seated above and to the right of the audience and set.  They’d throw the conversation to Dan the show host and he’d introduce PJ and I. The crowd parted and we walked up for some pre-attempt questions.

I can honestly say that part is a blur. I was hardly there during this time.  I was thinking one thing. “Let’s do this already.”

Something trivial. Just a parlor trick. But I was going to be rebroadcast months to come on TV.  This meant something suddenly. I didn’t think about receiving a certificate or any award. I just didn’t want to fail.  It could have been a dishwashing contest, I did not want to fail.

I was introduced to Stuart. I didn’t get the greatest vibe off of him as I did with Dan. Where Dan was approachable and relatable, (we talked about our kids before the shot). Stewart was just as stiff as you see during the segment.  I doubted he even worked for Guinness. He looked like a grown man in a British all boy schoolboy outfit, reminiscent of Angus Young off AC/DC.  Stewart looked silly to me. Then he opened his mouth.  I thought to myself, “You talk too slow dude. What the hell?”

Dan finished with me and they asked me if I was ready.  We reset the shot with me on my mark, everyone in the audience was careful not to move so the continuity was in order and then I began.  I got ONE chance.

Don’t be fooled, when you attempt, you get ONE chance and one chance only.  We’ll that is how they treated us that day. PJ began to shoot. I think the first few balls were not being caught. I wasn’t getting them to careen off my gloves to slow them down and catch them properly.  Then I felt the audience reaction.  I think we got in a rhythm then.  We were behind the count against the time as I gauged it in my mind.  I wasn’t worried.  Time was now beginning to move fast.  Remember when you were a kid in school watching the hand on the clock go around?

Time dragged, a minute was so slow!

Time sped up now.  At that two-minute mark I had the fleeting idea, “I’m not going to make it at this pace.” PJ had one ball fly to my right, far and wide.  It must have been dented or something because it flew way wide.  I was mad. In practice I already learned you just couldn’t ever hold a hand out and catch a paintball.  And if you do manage to reach out accurately, it blows up on contact.  I reached out and caught it quickly in desperation and pulled back a wet painted hand.  I wasn’t melting down, but I was now going on with the mental model that I failed and all I could do is ride it out.

The paint kept coming.

I was getting a great number of them but now I was curious if “Stuart” would know that as I catching them I release them quickly in order to catch the next one without pause.  We discussed this with the producers before I went on.  This was evident in my practice video I sent to the producers a few weeks prior.  It was understood, I was catching them and quickly dropping them.  Sometimes so quickly that it could be misconstrued as just bouncing and falling.  This is what I questioned in my instantaneous train of thought in that last sixty seconds of the attempt. In the last twenty seconds I recall it going poorly once again and when the last shot was fired, I knew. I had not succeeded. And I knew exactly why.

Dan and Stewart came out, we did a quick reaction piece where they questioned me and asked me if I felt good and by now you’ve seen my reaction. It was humble.

Stewart excused himself to review the attempt and came back to do his dog and pony act.  If you have not seen the show, he drags out the statement of what is needed to succeed and if you succeeded.

“You —————–needed—————–28…”

I thought to myself standing there on stage with hundreds of people around me, Lars, just say it…”Stuart hurry the hell up!”  I really wanted to tell him that. I recall thinking. “Yeah I get it, you do this for dramatic effect, you look silly, just say it.”

I think in that moment I was just more annoyed with myself that I knew I failed. Stewart spoke so slow I had an entire train of thought asking myself where he was going and the manner in which was drawing it out, I had indeed failed.

“You———–caught————- 21.”

“Thank you Stewart. Now where are you parked?…” Is what I thought but I opted for something a bit more friendly.

Well, they escorted us off stage, we stood to the back and a camera man asked us to talk about our failure. We lamented, and then taken to the dressing room area. Waited about an hour to get our drive back to the hotel and I beat myself up for months until it aired thinking, “I do not want to see the word, FAIL stamped on screen.”

I honestly enjoyed the experience. To me it was a life experience. But I did NOT want it to overshadow who I really am.  I’m a writer. I am writing a novel and it’s the book I’ve been waiting all my life to publish and tell the world who I really am.  But in this experience I’m a man that doesn’t like to lose or fail. I want to go back to LA. And if I do, as sure as I breathe, I will set the world record, and that parlor trick will be damn important to me.  Maybe it will be damn important to others and someone will break my record. That’s the beauty of life.

I caught 21 paintballs.

Lars Hindsley Official Website: http://dangermanslair.com/

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Man of Steel: Review – Deliberately Harder

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(PCM) The once all-American fictional superhero of Action Comics created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938 is once again rebooted in the most modern effort yet. With comic book movies shifting delicately from all action to dramatic character dynamics, storytelling mastery in a darker style similar to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy is the vehicle delivering the goods in Man of Steel. If there is any challenge to a Superman movie it is making dry character like Superman relatable. Can a change be done without going too far?

It’s hard to provide any spoilers as this story has been told many times in print, radio and celluloid of all forms. Familiarity is what makes sitting through Superman… rather Man of Steel a bit underwhelming. The good news – casting Henry Cavill against animation and print type as Superman is part of what makes this new character relatable. He’s not the Superman you’d expect. Visually, only the slicked black hair remains. He’s a deliberate new definition of dashing in tights.

To anyone who knows the name Superman you ask yourself what surprises can be offered in yet another reboot? What is the message or story to be told if it’s the same story being told? Director Zach Snyder is careful to not give us another version of Batman. No one wants to see one more brooding superhero. What we get is the soul of Superman.

Who enjoy’s a character that has no flaws, no back-story of struggle or any emotional journey of any sort? Despite Man of Steel’s effort to create a more complex Superman, Kal-El’s toughest challenge is to accept how great he is. Past incarnations result in the greatest boring boy scout. Marry his squeaky clean persona with limitless power and no matter how many times you tell this story,
Superman remains inaccessible. Man of Steel spends a good amount of time taking you along with Kal-El on a journey of discovery. In his journey as a wandering good Samaritan, journalist Lois Lane tracks his superhuman feats. As usual this brainy woman
still can’t figure out he’s Superman with his glasses on in his alter ego state
Clark Kent.

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If you are Superman, what kind of woman do you fall for? If you are Clark Kent, Superman’s alter ego, what values your earthly father instilled upon you make you look for in a woman? The answer is Lois Lane, an intelligent being with down to earth qualities. Every incarnation of her in the past made her a street savvy news reporter that lacked that endearing element. Amy Adam’s does capture the essence of a more plausible love interest but she does fall short in the chemistry department with Kal-El. Thankfully this end of the story isn’t a major plot force. The film makers make a smart decision remembering that Superman’s power is the stories driving force. That means they avoid making Kryptonite part of the story!

You won’t be insulted watching something as small as a stone cripple the Man of Steel. His great strength and ability body mass is stronger here on earth due to gravitational pull among other details. Why then would a rock from his home planet of Krypton make him weak, let alone cause him pain? The answer, it is radiated and only lead creates a safe buffer to protect him from it. In terms
of storytelling, it’s hard for any director to make this juicy and dramatic.
It’s gone in Man of Steel.

What does Man of Steel have to go on if it is to avoid this horrible historical story line element? Director Zack Snyder’s storytelling that respects the world of comic books. Or does he? This is no Superman reboot, it’s a retooling.

Man of Steel goes beyond retooling the existing hackneyed origin story. It reinvents Superman’s psyche. Great actors and great directors have helped comic books shift in film from action only to character driven journeys. Zack Snyder taps Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne and Russell Crow for the skill needed to express the deeper story of anxiety laden choices Kal-El experiences.

At one time in history comic books – or graphic novels as they are most recently known as were treated with disdain by Hollywood. In the same way voice acting an animated character is now a respected trade, comic books have come of age. They now dominate the landscape in blockbuster moving making.

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Perhaps co-producer Christopher Nolan’s influence in redefining Superman’s traits as a more complex character than a pure superhuman boy scout become the real story of Man of Steel. From dual father son subtexts proving children do in fact listen to their parents advice growing up, to Kal-El’s choice to live by his conservative values in a contemporary society. Superman is the kingpin of comic book characters.

Told from the beginning Kal-El’s father Jor-El, played by Russell Crowe is one of the few smart Kryptonian’s left as their planet is about to bite the dust. Literally. Shooting his son off into space to planet Earth, he ensures his son will be invulnerable to death in a litany of ways. Kal-El lands in America on a farm where he’s immediately understood to be from another planet by two farmers Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) and his wife Marta Kent (Diane Lane).

No Superman story is dramatic if Superman is facing mere mortals. Thankfully absent from this story of Superman is there is no Lex Luthor. Instead Kal-El is challenged by fellow Kryptonians of equal power. To this end action abounds. Man of Steel has to overcome so much from familiarity and accessibility to plausibility and motivation. Motivation and understanding a villain is key to any action movie.

To the director’s credit, antagonist Zod played by Michael Shannon is a well understood villain. The weak link of a Zod villain is he’s not exciting to look at and there is no special attribute for Superman to cope with other than Zod’s strength and understanding of Kal-El’s background from their home planet. What could have made this better was a battle with his true nemesis
Doomsday, the character that killed him 1992. an of Steel initially offers no deviation from the Richard Donner Superman series spawned in 1978. Nor just about any other Superman story. Then Superman gets modern. All modern. Man of Steel rejects much of what you expect of the comic book character. You’d hardly see him as the same guy Batman resents – the governments messiah boy scout. Messiah is not a word to be used lightly here, although unlike Muslims, Christians don’t mind seeing false gods in the form of their God. After all, Kal-El, not as his alter ego Clark Kent, but as Superman is found standing in front of a
stained glass image of Christ. We are also introduced to him at the age of 33,
the same age Christ died.

Note that Christ did exist and die as a historical fact in recorded Roman history. Then we are reminded openly he is not the Superman you see in comic books. Kal-El tells reporter Lois Lane in an interview directly the “S” is not in fact an “S”. It’s a symbol. The name Superman is uttered only once in its two and one half hours. Snyder’s intent is clear, Kal-El is lonely and melancholy in the knowledge no one else is like him.

A Doomsday follow-up may happen as film execs keep making DC movies ‘stand-alone’ universes. Aside from Marvel’s licensing issues, it’s characters and stories cross-over. The Avengers made perfect use of each franchise creating a super blockbuster film that became highly accessible by developing each character in their own element first.

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This Superman is a fighter. While he doesn’t become unhinged, even his fighting displays him with more brute force than any prior Superman. Writer David Goyer sums it up best, “Superman, overpowered by the Kryptonians, tries to flee by flying down the street. But as he jets off, his foot is caught by the Kryptonian and he is slammed into the pavement like a rag doll. Faora and the CG character stand on either side of him ready to strike.

Superman then grabs Faora, slams her into the pavement, then slams her into the other attacking Kryptonian. Superman then flies down the street dragging the stunned Faora behind him. Yes, he uses Faora as a club to beat his other opponent. As the brutal action shows, “Man of Steel” is truly unlike any Superman movie we’ve seen before.”

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Superman and DC aficionados will pick up on characters that may come into play in future installments such as Tahmoh Penikett (Metallo?), and S.T.A.R. Labs making a Cyborg possibility in the future possible. Zod destroy’s a Wayne Enterprises satellite.

For geeks that must have every Superhero film in their media library, Superman… Man of Steel will make a nice addition to the shelf. It’s the best origin Superman story told yet for a character that will perhaps always remain inaccessible to anyone looking for a relatable driven superhero.

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There will be a sequel to Man of Steel, the film is good enough that we now have a sustainable Superman to go along with Batman, but the Batman referenced in Man of Steel is clearly NOT the Batman portrayed by Christian Bale in the Dark Knight trilogy. In fact neither Batman or Gotham City is ever referenced in Man of Steel. Script writer David Goyer has reiterated Zach Snyder’s position that Superman in the Man of Steel franchise will stand on its own and they won’t be incorporating any Batman references directly. Goyer let on that Justice League is desired and wanted and will be made possible based on the success of Man of Steel.

So while this Superman may be in Justice League movie, the Dark Knight trilogy Batman will not be in any upcoming Justice League movie. While we avoided Lex Luthor in this franchise reboot, LexCorp and Wayne Enterprises do get fleeting cameos, but you need to be on your toes to catch them. Smallville’s continuity is intact too. For those wanting to see both Batman and Superman superheroes in a Justice League film, you will have it, but no mention of Batman exists in Man of Steel. Goyer has also spoken out that Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise is a world that does not co-exist in a Justice League or Man of Steel universe.

Any introduction to Batman going forward will be a new Batman rebooted once again, one that is part of Man of Steel’s continuity. Man of Steel will see a sequel before anyone sees a Justice League film.
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Cast: SuperMan/Henry Cavill, Lois Lane/Amy Adams, General Zod/Michael Shannon, Martha Kent/Diane Lane, Jonathan Kent/Kevin Costner, Jor-El/Russell Crowe

Directed by Zack Snyder

Written by David S. Goyer

Runtime: 2 hr 28 min

Release date: June 14, 2013

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