Leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, Aussie station ABC will its salacious new drama Barracuda. Based on a novel by the award-winning Melbourne-based writer Christos Tsiolkas, the four-part program tells the story of a swimmer pursuing Olympic gold and dealing with his homosexuality.

Six Feet Under actress Rachel Griffiths plays a prickly mother of one of the swimmers while Elias Anton takes on the main character Danny Kelly. Finger crossed, a US network brings over this promising series or adapts it. It wouldn’t be the first time. Both NBC’s The Slap and ABC’s Secret and Lies were based on the Australian television series of the same name.

Barracuda Series Synopsis

Melbourne 1996. The Golden Age of Australian swimming is beginning and a scholarship to an exclusive boys school brings 16-year-old Danny Kelly one step closer to his ultimate goal – winning Olympic gold.

Initially, Danny struggles to find his place in the prestigious social circles of the private boys school. However under the charge of highly regarded coach Frank Torma and a friendship/rivalry with teammate Martin Taylor, Danny is soon on track to become Australia’s youngest swimming champion, the unstoppable Barracuda.

Soon, everyone has a stake in Danny’s success and as he swims closer towards gold, he finds himself being drawn into a world where the only thing that matters is winning. When he gets his shot at victory, with all of Australia watching – can the ‘Barracuda’ live up to everyone’s expectations and realise his dream?

Check out the trailer below.

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Hands,” is a musical tribute to the 49 victims of the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The track features Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Britney Spears, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor.

The just-released lyric video doesn’t feature any of the artists, with exception to some footage taken during the recording. Rather, it showcases online personalities including Rebecca Black and Michael Buckley to name a few, displaying the song lyrics on their hands.

However, it’s the appearance of Patience Carter, Tiara Parker, and Angel Anthony Santiago, survivors of the shooting at Pulse Nightclub, that make a huge emotional impact. Check out the video below.

Proceeds from the sale of the new tribute single in the United States will benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD.

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Just when you thought Chris Hemsworth couldn’t get any cuter, he does. The 32-year-old actor adorably refers to himself as Hemsy in a new advert for Australian television company, Foxtel.

A tank top-wearing Hemsworth is shown sifting through all his movies available on Foxtel. “So many movies. With and without Hemsy,” he says without cracking up. Naturally, he sticks to the former and checks out his films, Thor and Red Dawn. Check out the clip below.

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Elizabeth Wood’s directorial debut caused a buzz at Sundance earlier this year. After checking out the official trailer, I can see why. It’s one intense and trippy ride.

Vice describes it as “the most explosive portrait of NYC youth since Kids.” I totally agree with that assessment, but would also add I saw glimpses of Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem For A Dream as well.

Homeland alum Morgan Saylor portrays a college student who moves to New York City, but unfortunately falls for the wrong guy- a drug dealer named Blue (Brian Marc). After a night of partying goes wrong, she goes to wild extremes to get him back.

Chris Noth and Justin Bartha round out the cast. White Girl arrives on August 26. On a side note, Saylor, who annoyed me as Dana Brody on Homeland, is quite fantastic in the trailer. Check out the gripping trailer below.

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Shawn Mendes gets a little political in his “Treat You Better” music video, putting domestic violence in the spotlight. The gritty clip shows the 17-year-old Canadian crooner pining over a girl who’s in an abusive relationship. The dramatic visual ends with a number for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. No doubt, urging those in need to seek help.

Mendes could’ve easily gone for a safe jealousy-themed video for the tropical pop track. I applaud the young pop sensation for releasing a clip with a message. Check out the Ryan Pallotta-directed visual below.

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In real life, Lance Bass found his Prince Charming in Michael Turchin. The 37-year-old singer is now helping others do the same. He’s hosting a new gay dating show airing on Logo this fall. Finding Prince Charming will be a Bachelor-like reality show, but with horny homos vying for the leading man. It’s about friggin’ time.

“Logo has a long history of showcasing LGBTQ-focused stories with memorable characters that transcend pop culture. Finding Prince Charming will take viewers on a whirlwind journey through modern love and relationships in a way that only Logo can do.” – Pamela Post, SVP of Original Programming for Logo

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Britney Spears Sizzles In ‘Private Show’ Teaser

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It appears her new era is finally getting underway. About friggin’ time if you ask me. I’m not the hugest Britney Spears fan, but even I’m curious to check out the new album.

The 34-year-old pop superstar shared a video teaser for her new fragrance, Private Show. In the clip, a very short snippet of her song of the same name is played. It’s not much, but all of it looks very promising. Brit is absolutely scorching. Girl is point. Check it out below.

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Ever wonder where Anderson Cooper decompresses? When the CNN anchor isn’t globe-trotting around the world to cover breaking news, the 49-year-old silver fox heads to Brazil for some rest and relaxation.

Nestled in the Brazilian beach town of Trancoso, his vacation home is a rustic stylish oasis. Casa Anderson is beyond stunning. “We weren’t obliged to build in a purely historical style, but we felt it was important to create something attuned to the local culture,” local designer Wilbert Das explains of the compound.

Cooper invited Architectural Digest to check out his tropical digs. Check out plenty more pics of his estate below.

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