Chris Colfer on His New Kids' Book, Gloria Estefan, and Rewriting History

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Like many children, when Chris Colfer was a wee lad, he would doodle silly characters and write passages to his made up stories. As he grew up, he kept adding to those stories that once helped him get through adolescence. And now as an adult, he's able to share those same stories with the world.

"I promised myself that one day I would get it done, and thanks to Glee, the opportunity came and I jumped on it," Colfer told Cultist over the phone from New York City.

What he got done - aside from a successful run on Glee, winning a Golden Globe, writing a young adult novel (Struck by Lightning), writing a screenplay and producing his first major film - was finally getting around to bringing his fairy tale scribbles to fruition. The first installment in a now-growing series, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, was published in 2012, followed by The Enchantress Returns in 2013, and keeping the steady flow, The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning was just released this week.

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Pitbull Look-Alike Ariel Tojo Surprises Tourists in Times Square

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Ariel Tojo, 43, is a jack-of-all-trades. Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Tojo dabbles in many things, including real estate, training, and most notably, acting. His favorite gig? Impersonating Mr. 305 himself, also known as Pitbull.

"I really love acting in general, but especially impersonating Pitbull," Tojo said in a phone interview. He was recently hired to impersonate Pitbull at a That's So Miami event in Times Square June 18, put on by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Tojo was extremely enthusiastic about his role -- one which he has assumed many times with great success. But last week marked his first time playing Pitbull outside Miami.

"I have a lot in common with Pitbull, and we have similar mannerisms and swag," Tojo said. His goal is to one day perform as Pitbull in Las Vegas. "People always come up to me and think that I'm him."

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DJ Irie on Irie Weekend, Teaching Shaq to Spin, and LeBron James' Future

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DJ Irie
Saying you're a "DJ" is a lot like saying, "I am in PR." It's an overused phrase, and usually not taken that seriously. Unless, of course, "DJ" is followed by "Irie." When you say you're DJ Irie, it's a lot like saying, "I am the President." It's immediately recognized and respected. When it comes to Irie, there is just one.

The music man, whose real name is Ian Grocher, is the NBA's first DJ, being hired by the Miami Heat for the 1999-2000 season. Ever since, his life has essentially been 365 days of nonstop madness. From residencies at LIV to being flown by Robert Downey Jr. to spin soirees at his home, Irie's Miami casa sees very little of him. And yeah, that is how he likes it.

So before he hopped on a plane to go to NYC for just six hours to play an event, he gave us 30 minutes of his time. (Hey, we felt honored. Time is not something he has much of.) We talked about his famous Irie Weekend that starts today, the Shaq rumor, and whether he thinks LeBron will be back for the 2014-2015 season. (Good news Heat fans -- he does.)

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Kermit the Frog on Staying Young, Vegetarianism, and Revealing a Dark Past (Video)

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The moment it went wrong.
The new Muppets movie, Muppets Most Wanted hit theaters this weekend. You'd better enjoy it (you will) because Kermit the Frog is probably going to take a little time away from the spotlight after our disaster of an interview with him.

Kermit is something of a hero to us here at New Times. It was from him, after all, that we learned that while it's okay to be naked most of the time, you should always put on at least a trench coat when interviewing people.

Maybe he taught us a little bit too much because our line of questioning took him to places he did not seem prepared to go. Watch what happened and then please forgive us. At least the Fraggles aren't ruined for you yet?

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MIFF 2014: Elsa & Fred Red Carpet with Anne Hathaway, Moonrise Kingdom Kid, and Director Michael Radford

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Stars mingled with their fans at this weekend's premiere of Elsa & Fred
The 2014 Miami International Film Festival is officially underway, and Cultist was there as familiar-looking people followed a red carpet into the Gusman Center downtown for the opening night screening of Elsa & Fred.

The film is an unconventional romance that in the words of its star, Shirley MacLaine, is about "older people who fall in love before they croak." It's an independent movie, so she and her romantic interest, Christopher Plummer, croak in a racially motivated shootout during a drug heist gone wrong. (Maybe? We didn't stick around for the film.)

More salty talk from MacLaine in a bit but first, if the cast and crew wanted to get inside, they had to face our stupid questions on the red carpet. Or, failing that, at least ignore our timid waves.

"Anne Hathaway! Anne? Anne, I think you dropped your keys?"

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Amy Poehler and Michelle Obama Are Besties, Parks and Recreation Comes to Miami

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Looks like Miami's new sister city is none other than Pawnee, Ind.

Yesterday, the 305 was home to Parks and Recreation IRL, as Amy Poehler and Michelle Obama took the stage at the NFL/YET Center at Gwen Cherry Park to announce some new additions to the first-lady's "Let's Move" kids' health initiative.

Miamians with their affinity for all things pork could certainly stand to take a cue from both Obama's efforts and from the enthusiasm of Leslie Knope, who's bound and determined to get Pawneeans to ditch 64-ounce sodas and paunch burgers.

Together, the duo waxed rhapsodic about healthy living and drew lots of laughs -- which is way more than most politicians can say. The celeb-studded appearance served to announce the addition of two new organizations to the lineup of #LetsMove supporters: the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

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Posters Campaign for Small Boobs, Last Name Equality in Wynwood, Midtown

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Celebrity sightings were abound this weekend -- at least on paper. As you strolled Wynwood or shopped Midtown, you may have seen the likes of Zoe Saldana, Amy Adams, and Kate Hudson staring at you from posters recently plastered on the walls.

The tagline "Stay Small, My Friends" graced the bottom of the portraits, a spin on Dos Equis' "Most Interesting Man in the World" campaign. The work of artist group ReFemme, the Stay Small campaign spotlights famous females who have resisted societal pressure to get breast implants. Though they were just put up Sunday, some of the wheat-pasting posters have already been removed.

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Wildfox Model Beach Volleyball Tournament 2014: Sexy Bods, a Good Cause, Jamie Foxx (Video)

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This weekend, we lurched out from our usual nocturnal, bed-cave existence and hit the sprawling sands of South Beach to catch some rays and touch some abs at the 5th-Annual Wildfox Model Beach Volleyball tournament.

It was as good as you'd expect a free event featuring beautiful people playing competitive sports might be - and then some. Because models are charitable people, the weekend benefited not only our basic carnal urges, but also the Irie Foundation. Of course, DJ Irie was there, and he brought his friend Jamie Foxx with him.

Did you miss it? Don't freak out. We caught the whole thing on video.

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That Awkward Moment's Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller Talk Bro Code, Banging, and LeBron

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So, that awkward moment when you get into an elevator with Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan at the Soho House on Miami Beach. Yeah, that happened. Let us tell you about it.

As two of the three stars of That Awkward Moment (in theaters today), the guys resemble your typical twenty-somethings. You know, hipster but hot, sipping on mimosas at 2 p.m., taking mirror pictures for Instagram, exchanging witty banter regarding one another's choice of outfit that day. Yeah, these guys are bros, and a bromance is obvious. That's why the chemistry in the film looks natural; because it is.

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George Clooney Loves Justin Bieber, and Eight Other Things We Learned From His Reddit AMA

Categories: Celebrities

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George Clooney's got a lot going on lately. His latest film, Gravity, is nominated for a whole slew of Oscars. His next, The Monuments Men, releases in theaters next month. He's also in filming for Brad Pitt's movie Tomorrowland, which according to the actor involves being suspended dozens of feet in the air from wires at all times. And because there's a philanthropist behind that weathered, foxy facade, he's also drumming up support for the Satellite Sentinel project, which "leverages satellite imagery to document evidence of crimes against humanity."

He took to Reddit yesterday to discuss it all. But the most interesting parts of his responses to Redditors' questions weren't about any of the above. They were about the things we all care about: celebrity antics, Quentin Tarantino, and Batman's nipples.

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