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  • Wait until the baby comes! Expectant father Ashton Kutcher looks a bit weary and in need of a shave as he takes the dogs for a walk Feeling anxious?
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  • Nikki Reed can’t wipe the smile from her face as she enjoys outing with her mom amid rumours she’s moving on from marriage split with hunky Derek Hough
  • Avengers Assemble! Co stars Robert Downey Jr and Jeremy Renner enjoy joint family vacation in Nashville Spotted at musical festival and the zoo
  • She’s one literary lady Geri Halliwell wears grey trouser suit to visit a book store in North London Not just a product of popular culture…
  • Nightmare on Ramsay Street Neighbours crew to walk off set in battle for improved working conditions It’s all kicking off Down Under
  • Claire’s day off? Hannibal star Hugh Dancy pushes young son Cyrus in a stroller and walks family dog in New York City On daddy duty
  • Dean McDermott picks up anniversary gifts from Victoria’s Secret for wife Tori Spelling amid reports he ‘hit on yummy mommy’ at son’s school last year
  • Wilde about motherhood! Olivia discusses being a new mom at global conference event… less than three weeks after giving birth
  • Sandra Bullock, 49, shows off her enviably slim figure in black skinny jeans as she runs errands in L.A. Simple but sexy look
  • Not so boho now! Daphne Guinness, 46, ditches her theatrical garb for HOT PANTS in a less than fabulous look in New York Never one to blend in
  • So that’s how she keeps her supermodel figure! Alessandra Ambrosio flashes toned tummy as she shops for healthy groceries at Whole Foods
  • Don’t know how she does it! Doting mother Sarah Jessica Parker does school run with her children before getting glammed up in two different outfits
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  • Quick change! Miranda Kerr swaps maxi dress for tight jeans and sneakers after checking in at Sydney International Airport Long haul comfort is key
  • Jake Gyllenhaal can’t keep smile off his face as he and Alyssa Miller are spotted together for first time since reconciliation in February
  • Attack of the hipster Hayden Christensen steps out in trendy cardigan and stovepipe jeans as he grabs lunch with a friend In Los Angeles
  • Mommy’s little helpers Denise Richards’ daughters Sam and Lola lend a hand during mundane grocery shopping run Quite a handful
  • Embracing her dark side! Kendall Jenner takes on the night in an all black ensemble after she gets ‘friendly’ with Selena Gomez again East Coast uniform
  • Now THAT’S called maternity chic! Doutzen Kroes cradles her pregnant belly in elegant floor length gown at charity event
  • Curly girls of the world unite lets end the tyranny of straighteners! says JILL FOSTER Her hair has more twists and turns than an Underground map
  • Back to her stylish best Zoe Saldana is minimalist chic in fitted sweater dress after fashion fail at the Met Gala Kept it simple
  • The five things he’s thinking when he first sees you naked and vice versa! Sex expert Tracey Cox on what goes through our heads when partners strip off
  • The lady was a vamp! Now demure Angelina Jolie is quite the vixen in long lost photoshoot taken when she was a budding 20 year old actress
  • ‘You are by far the biggest star ever!’ Hugh Jackman travels back to 1999 to tell his younger self what to expect after X Men Life has changed a lot
  • The hills are alive with the Sound Of Music! Kylie Minogue joins singing nun for a Sister Act on stage for The Voice Italy Quite the duet!
  • Keeping fit has never looked so good! Naomi Watts works up a sweat at the gym and stays looking cool in cats eye sunnies Working hard on figure
  • Hey Heidi! Myleene Klass styles her hair into a braided updo as she leaves the ITV studios in a floral dress Known for her usually flowing brunette hair
  • ‘I went through a tremendous low’ Jennifer Lopez on divorce, new love and how her twins helped her ‘grow as a human being’
  • So the risk DIDN’T pay off? Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s controversial Vogue issue ‘sells 250,000 copies LESS than expected’
  • It’s not just the sleaze I abhor it’s the naked cynicism ANNABEL COLE took her 15 year old girl to see Miley Cyrus’s British show. Here’s her verdict
  • No Fifty Shades Of Grey here! Dakota Johnson bares her pale legs in a black and navy blue ensemble stepping out in NYC 50 Shades of Pale…
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  • Mary Kate Olsen wraps up in elaborate printed coat while twin sister Ashley opts for minimalist chic in skinny jeans and grey cardigan at LAX
  • Any day now! Heavily pregnant Kendra Wilkinson beams at dressed down lunch with husband Hank Baskett Due mid May
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  • Off duty beauty Karolina Kurkova enjoys some rare downtime with her two leading men after a busy few days glamming it up with the fashion set
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  • Fat Amy joins the army! Rebel Wilson is 2014’s Goldie Hawn in remake of 1980’s classic Private Benjamin Played Fat Amy in 2012’s Pitch Perfect
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Here are some highlights from the history of game driven moral panics.

The Evil Arcade

Video game arcades did not exist before the 1970s, but amusement arcades have been around for more than a century, giving people a place to play pinball and other coin operated entertainments. They were tightly packed, anonymous environments filled with young people and working class immigrants, a perfect recipe for middle class anxieties. (There were even rumors of girls being kidnapped at arcades and sold into white slavery.) Throw in the fact that gambling was known to take place on the premises, and the venues’ shady reputation was assured.

Moral opposition led to legal crackdowns. The most infamous effort began in 1942, when New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia sent his gendarmes to seize the city’s pinball machines. They brought in more than 2,000 on the first day, and newsreel crews filmed the mayor smashing some of them with a sledgehammer. New York did not relegalize pinball until 1976.

New York Daily News/Getty ImagesWhen video arcades started booming in the early ’80s, many of those fears came rushing back. Parents worried that Pac Man dens would encourage truancy, that kids would smoke cigarettes or buy drugs, that young children would come into contact with bad elements, that violence might break out. In 1982 The New York Times quoted a Long Island mom who believed video arcades “mesmerize our children,” “addict them,” “teach gambling,” and “breed aggressive behavior.” Zoning and permit fights were common, as fretful grown ups urged the authorities to keep the arcades away.

These days, the arcades have virtually disappeared. But the anti arcade scare petered out first.

Death Race 1976

The first individual video game to inspire a major moral panic was Death Race, a 1976 release inspired loosely by the cult film Death Race 2000. The movie was a science fiction satire about a road race whose drivers ring up points by deliberately running people down. The game, which had not been licensed or endorsed by the filmmakers, put the player in the driver’s role. It also changed the setup so that they were running over gremlins, not human pedestrians, but there’s no sign that this prompted the critics to moderate their tone.

flickr user Jim Merullo”On TV, violence is passive,” a psychologist at the National Safety Council told The New York Times. “In this game a player takes the first step to creating violence. The player is no longer just a spectator….I shudder to think what will come next if this is encouraged. It’ll be pretty gory.” A former San Quentin psychologist told the Associated Press that “the prisoners I dealt have loved the game.” The Tucson Daily Citizen wondered whether “chasing down pedestrians on a TV screen now” would “encourage” players to kill people “on real highways later.”

Public protest prompted some venues to remove the game, but all the publicity ended up bringing Death Race‘s manufacturer more business, not less. It would not be the last time that anti game activism served as free advertising.

Participatory Pornography

In the early ’80s, a porn studio called the Caballero Control Corporation created a company it named Mystique to release erotic video games for the home market. “Erotic” may be a bit of a stretch The company’s most notorious product, the 1982 game Custer’s Revenge, featured a crudely animated George Armstrong Custer with an even more crudely animated erection attempting to get past a volley of arrows to have his way with an Indian woman tied to a stake (or possibly to a cactus).

The game was attacked not just for being dumb, racist, and rapey valid criticisms all but for allegedly inspiring players to copy Custer’s example. After some rapists allegedly mentioned the game while forcing themselves on an Indian, the anti porn feminist Andrea Dworkin claimed that Custer’s Revenge had “generated many gang rapes of Native American women.” Canadian customs refused to let the software cross the border, and Women Against Pornography picketed the product.

This wasn’t the first time a game’s sexual content stirred up controversy. Way back in 1973, Atari’s Gotcha was nicknamed “the boob game” because its controls were a pair of pink orbs that the player was supposed to squeeze. But it was the video game world’s first great anti porn campaign, and the results were similar to the results of the Death Race protests. “These were games that most people wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole,” former Electronic Games editor Arnie Katz recalled in Steven Kent’s 2001 book The Ultimate History of Video Games but the protesters “succeeded in helping it sell twice as many copies as the other adult games.”