Elisabeth Moss Says That "True Detective" Casting Talk Is "100% Rumor"

“Everybody knew far more about this than I ever did,” the Mad Men actor told BuzzFeed News.

Elisabeth Moss attends the premiere of RADiUS-TWC's The One I Love at the Vista Theatre on Aug. 7 in Los Angeles.

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The casting rumors surrounding the second season of HBO's True Detective have persisted for months now and though they were partially put to rest when the premium cable network confirmed Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn had signed on last week, the question about who will play a female cop on Season 2 of the Nic Pizzolatto-created drama remains.

The Notebook star Rachel McAdams and Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss have been two of the most often discussed actors allegedly vying for the part, but Moss told BuzzFeed News in a phone interview that there's very little truth to those rumors.

“Literally, someone turned around to me in a car and got an email and was like, 'Are you on True Detective?' And I was like, 'What are you talking about?' I was like, 'No. I don't think so.' And I had to go ask my team, 'What's happening with this? Is this, like, a thing?'” she said with a laugh while promoting her new film Listen Up Philip. “It's totally just a rumor. Actors are talked about when you're casting something. But everybody knew far more about this than I ever did. I had to go ask! Like, I read the article and had to go ask my team. So it's 100% a rumor.”

Still, Moss, who wrapped up her run as Peggy Olson on Mad Men earlier this year (though the second half of the seventh and final season won't air until 2015), isn't avoiding a role on television. “I'm definitely open to doing television again. I think I might pause a second before getting into an episodic kind of thing like Mad Men where it's that kind of run because it is a lot and I want to try my hand at a couple other things,” she said, “but I definitely, definitely am open to doing more.”

“To me, it's where a lot of the really great material is,” Moss continued. “And right now, I feel really lucky because we live in this place where, as actors, it doesn't matter. You can do a miniseries, you can do episodic, you can do theater, you can do big films, you can do small films. It doesn't really matter. It's all great stuff. I love that there are no lines anymore because I remember when there were. I can't tell you how many times I walk past a billboard or something and I see some really famous movie star doing a TV show now. And I'm like, They're doing a TV show?! It's truly amazing and it did not used to be like that. There's just such great crossover now and I love it. There shouldn't be any lines.”

Nation’s Largest Teachers Union Plans To Spend More Than $40 Million In 2014

That’s at least twice what the American Federation of Teachers said it will spend.

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WASHINGTON — The nation's largest teachers union plans to spend between $40 and $60 million in this year's election cycle, two sources at the National Educational Association told BuzzFeed News.

On Monday, the American Federation of Teachers, which has about half the membership of the NEA, said it would spend about $20 million in the same time frame. Those numbers encompass all election spending, from Senate races down to local ballot measures.

While AFT President Randi Weingarten said they are spending more this year than they've spent in any cycle before, NEA Political Director Karen White said her union's estimate is roughly on par for what they usually spend in non-presidential election years.

In an internal memo White sent last week to top NEA leaders, she wrote that education is “emerging as a top issue” in some of tighter gubernatorial races and in the country as a whole.

Speaking in a phone interview with BuzzFeed News, White said she wasn't sure how the money would be split up between races, but said “more than 70%” will be focused on state-level elections.

“While we often expect education — and by extension, educators — to impact elections, this year we are seeing a perfect storm of sorts that puts education front and center in many key federal, state and local races,” White wrote in the memo.

The memo points to states where governors have cut education funding as particularly viable for effective messaging from the union. It specifically calls out Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania and Rick Scott of Florida.

Aside from gubernatorial and down-ballot races, the NEA will put money into several of the close Senate races as Democrats fight to retain the majority there. The Senate races it will focus on are North Carolina, Alaska, Arkansas, and Colorado.

What the memo doesn't mention is Common Core testing, which has become a hotbed issue among education activists and a rallying cry for conservatives. The NEA, once a staunch supporter of the new standards, became more critical of the program this year.

“Educators are trusted and credible messengers. They are reliable voters,” White wrote in the memo. “They live in every state, every city, every Congressional district, and every precinct. Their votes and voices matter. This will have a major impact on the coming elections.”

Nation’s Largest Teachers’ Union Plans To Spend More Than $40 Million In 2014

That’s at least twice what the American Federation of Teachers said it will spend.

Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images

WASHINGTON — The nation's largest teachers' union plans to spend between $40 and $60 million in this year's election cycle, two sources at the National Educational Association told BuzzFeed News.

On Monday, the American Federation of Teachers, which has about half the membership of the NEA, said it would spend about $20 million in the same timeframe. Those numbers encompass all election spending, from Senate races down to local ballot measures.

While AFT President Randi Weingarten said they are spending more this year than they've spent in any cycle before, NEA Political Director Karen White said her union's estimate is roughly on par for what they usually spend in non-presidential election years.

In an internal memo White sent last week to top NEA leaders, she wrote that education is “emerging as a top issue” in some of tighter gubernatorial races and in the country as a whole.

Speaking in a phone interview with BuzzFeed News, White said she wasn't sure how the money would be split up between races, but said “more than 70%” will be focused on state-level elections.

“While we often expect education — and by extension, educators — to impact elections, this year we are seeing a perfect storm of sorts that puts education front and center in many key federal, state and local races,” White wrote in the memo.

The memo points to states where governors have cut education funding as particularly viable for effective messaging from the union. It specifically calls out Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania and Rick Scott of Florida.

Aside from gubernatorial and down-ballot races, the NEA will put money into several of the close Senate races as Democrats fight to retain the majority there. The Senate races it will focus on are North Carolina, Alaska, Arkansas, and Colorado.

What the memo doesn't mention is Common Core testing, which has become a hotbed issue among education activists and a rallying cry for conservatives. The NEA, once a staunch supporter of the new standards, became more critical of the program this year.

“Educators are trusted and credible messengers. They are reliable voters,” White wrote in the memo. “They live in every state, every city, every Congressional district, and every precinct. Their votes and voices matter. This will have a major impact on the coming elections.”

Scientists Are Using Tiny Backpacks To Track Sloths

These transmitters tell scientists where a sloth is, what it is doing, and how much energy it uses. They’re also adorable.

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A British PhD student is using backpack transmitters to tag and monitoring the daily activity of wild sloths.

So far, Becky Cliffe has fitted the transmitters to four wild sloths – named Burrito, Star, Pancake and Apple. These can track where each sloth has been, what it has been doing, and how much energy it has been using.

This morning, she shared a picture of the first baby – or cub – to be tagged in the project. His name is Mr. Bojangles and he is ridiculously cute.


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31 Frustrating Things From Super Mario 64

The original N64 version, not the DS one.

HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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The never ending staircase.

The never ending staircase.

You couldn't get anywhere until you had at least 70 stars. Of course, it never stopped you from trying.

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The majestic light from above.

The majestic light from above.

Looking up allowed you to access the Wing Cap stage. If you didn't know to look up, however, you were kind of stumped about what it meant.

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Chain Chomp.

Chain Chomp.

It's not nearly as frustrating as it is annoying. Quit barking at me, bro. I'm trying to concentrate.

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Same-Day Delivery Poised For Big Breakthrough This Holiday Season

More retailers are getting in on same-day delivery this holiday season. The economics of the business finally make sense, experts tell BuzzFeed News.

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Five years after Amazon introduced same-day delivery, it's finally catching on with mass retailers.

Macy's said its namesake chain and Bloomingdale's will start piloting same-day delivery in eight major markets this fall, while Neiman Marcus started testing the service in three cities earlier this year. Both department-store companies are using startup Deliv, which has partnered with a laundry list of other retailers and America's biggest mall operators, including General Growth Properties and Simon Property, to make same-day delivery as inexpensive as standard shipping.

Cheap same-day delivery for items like sweaters and Lego sets is the next step in the smartphone-enabled instant gratification trend that's already changing transportation and food delivery. A confluence of factors is hitting at just the right time: retailers finally have the right technology in place after upgrading their systems to accommodate the new norm of “buy online, pick-up in store,” labor is cheaper and more connected than ever, and of course, they're motivated by fear of Amazon. Adding to that, mall owners, nervous about their own future, are subsidizing the service.

And it's not just big retailers — just a few weeks ago, apparel startup Everlane started offering one-hour delivery in San Francisco with the help of Postmates. Amazon now offers “Get it Today” in 12 markets, seven days a week, after steadily building up to 70 million square feet of fulfillment center space at the end of last year.

Since Macy's announced its partnership with Deliv this month, the startup has been “flooded with inbound requests,” Daphne Carmeli, founder and chief executive of the startup, told BuzzFeed News. “We talk to hundreds of retailers. It's not a question of if I'm going to jump on same-day delivery, it's when and where I start it. I think 2014 is much more aggressive in the volumes we're seeing, and the traction we're seeing is much higher than 2013…it's just growing.”

The trend, like many others in the retail industry, can be traced back to Amazon.

“Amazon in the last year has put a tremendous amount of muscle in marketing this notion that you as a shopper can get things whenever you want, you can get it fast and you can get it cheap,” Carmeli said. “Whether it's drones, or algorithms, anticipatory shipping, building out warehouses — they're doing so much to get consumers used to the fact that this is going to be fast and cheap and that same-day is going to be the new standard.”

Shipping costs, which were once a major barrier for retailers, are much lower than they used to be.

Amazon's same-day delivery costs just $5.99 for Prime members; non-members pay $9.98 for the first item and a 99-cent fee for additional products. Everlane is charging $4.99 for one item; order two or more and the service is free. As for items shipped through Deliv, Carmeli says the delivery fee tends to be between $8 and $10, though it can go as low as $5 as mall operators and retailers offer discounts in hopes of getting customers hooked on the convenience. Foot Locker, which is testing same-day and next-day delivery at five California stores, says the option is only $5 thanks to the partnerships with Deliv and mall operators.

Michael Preysman, founder and CEO of Everlane, says it's not much more expensive to do one-hour delivery with Postmates than it is to ship from the company's warehouse in Denver. He said he sees the rise of cheap same-day delivery as a smartphone-driven phenomenon.

“There's this whole network of couriers that have come about, whether it's Uber, which is doing a bit of delivery stuff, or Postmates, or Instacart, which is starting to bring in more than just groceries,” he said. “There's this massive workforce that's completely mobile all the time that didn't exist three years ago.”

He noted that same-day delivery is still in its early days, though.

“We don't totally know what the impact is going to be, but there were two ideas,” he said. “One is that the convenience is just amazing — you order and literally 40 minutes later, it's at your doorstep. It's this idea of, 'Why would I shop anywhere else?' And as we think about driving activation, we always think of how we lower the barrier to purchase, and a big barrier of purchasing is, 'Well, it'll arrive in four days, so I'll go to my local store.' With this, it's 'Forget it, I'll try Everlane and see if it works.”

Still, more consumers are beginning to accept ever-faster shipping as the norm.

“These delivery options, I think it's all part of what the customer is expecting these days,” Karen Katz, chief executive officer of Neiman Marcus, told analysts and investors earlier this month. “She just wants optionality.”

Greg Greeley, vice president of Amazon Prime, echoed the sentiment.

“More customers have been opting for same-day delivery this year in particular because of the recent improvements we have made to our service,” he said in an e-mail to BuzzFeed News. “Prime has made two-day shipping an every day experience rather than an occasional indulgence…and now, Amazon ships more than twice as many items with Prime than with our traditional free shipping. During that same time, we have also dramatically expanded our offering of same-day and one-day shipping alternatives for Prime members – and members are embracing these new delivery options.”

Contact the reporter on this story at sapna.m@buzzfeed.com.

7 Celebrity Couples That Broke Up In September

Love is dead. Again.

Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa

Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa

What happened: Amber filed for divorce from Wiz on Sept. 24, asking for full custody of their child. According to a new report from Page Six, Amber may have walked in on Wiz “with twin sisters.” Juicy! (But also sad.)

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Khloe Kardashian and French Montana

Khloe Kardashian and French Montana

What happened: Khloe's rebound from Lamar Odom was just that according to TMZ, who believe “she ended the relationship, telling French she can't emotionally handle it” after her breakup with Lamar.

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Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo

Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo

What happened: 24-year-old Sparks called their breakup a “plot twist!” while Derulo told Ryan Seacrest everything:

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“What happened … in a nutshell, there was a lot of tension in the relationship for a lot of different reasons,” he said. “Every relationship has ups and downs. There was a lot of pressures of marriage. There was a lot of arguing and stuff like that that just weighed on our relationship over time. When you stop having more good times than bad times, it's time to call it quits. It becomes something that is unhealthy.”


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