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Starting with the most obvious to make the list, Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter.
The idea of relatives dating may gross you out (and it should), but what happens if you're an actor and you fall in love with your co-star -- who happens to be playing your character's relative?
It's happened more often than you might think! For example, Michael C. Hall from 'Dexter' was married to Jennifer Carpenter, who played his adoptive sister, from 2008 to 2011. Creepy!
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Oprah Winfrey is already talking about her 2-and-a-half hour "confession" interview with Lance Armstrong ... except she's not exactly revealing what he said to her.
Oprah appeared on "CBS This Morning" to talk about the sit-down ... but nobody on the set -- including anchor Gayle King -- really pushed her about what Lance said.
Oprah DID say Lance confessed about using performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career ... but added, "He did not come clean in the manner I expected."
But nobody followed up with questions about WHY Lance's answers were so unexpected.
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Get those ratings Oprah!
Amy Sherman-Palladino wasn't shy about her thoughts on the way television has shifted.
"Television has changed. I'm an old, tired broad, I do my thing. I know what I am, but television has changed," she said at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour session for ABC Family's Bunheads on Thursday. "Storytelling on television has changed. I look at comments saying it's the weirdest show on television, it's nihilistic!"
"It's very similar pacing to Gilmore Girls. Gilmore Girls was three acts and a teaser. We are six acts and a teaser. The actual structure of television has changed. If you write to act break, every act has to have a big [thing]," said Sherman-Palladino about Bunheads' slower pacing. "I've never written to act break. I want it to unfold in my head...[Now there is] more plot pushed into shows."
Who else is excited to see
Paris Geller Liza Weil on Bunheads?
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First Images: BBC One/Starz Historical Drama Series ' The White Queen'
Based on the The Cousin’s War series of novels by Phillipa Gregory and developed for TV by Emma Frost, The White Queen is
set in 1464, during the height of the War of the Roses, and tells the story of the women caught up in the ongoing conflict for the throne. The House of York’s young and devilishly handsome Edward IV is crowned King of England with the help of the master manipulator Lord Warwick “The Kingmaker.” But when Edward falls in love and secretly marries a beautiful young widow, the commoner Elizabeth Woodville, Warwick’s plan for control over the English throne comes crashing down around him. Frustrated by the new Queen’s influence he will stop at nothing to maintain his grip on the King. The ten-part drama series stars Max Irons, James Frain, Rebecca Ferguson, Janet McTeer, Amanda Hale, Faye Marsay, Aneurin Bernard, David Oakes, Juliet Aubrey, Eleanor Tomlinson, Francs Tomelty, Michael Maloney, Ben Lamb, Hugh Mitchell, Simon Ginty, Eve Ponsenby and Robert Pugh. Company Pictures is producing with John Griffin, George Faber, Charles Pattinson, Eurydice Gysel and Polly Hill serving as executive producers.
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Behind the scenes + Interview with Max Irons and Rebecca Ferguson on set
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Following weak box office performances for re-releases of "Monsters, Inc.," "Finding Nemo" and "Beauty and the Beast" in 3-D, Walt Disney Studios has canceled plans for a 3-D "The Little Mermaid" in September.
The underwater animated hit from 1989 was the fourth and final 3-D re-release for which Disney announced plans in late 2011 after "The Lion King" proved a surprise hit in the format, grossing nearly $100 million in the U.S. and Canada.
But "The Lion King" turned out to be an anomaly, as the three follow-ups grossed far less. "Beauty and the Beast" took in $47.6 million last January, "Finding Nemo" $40.7 million in September, and "Monsters, Inc." only $30.5 million since its Dec. 19 release.
Though 3-D conversions cost only a few million dollars each, those weak box office performances are not enough for Disney to justify the marketing expense of a nationwide release.
Disney had already begun work on the 3-D conversion of "The Little Mermaid" in November, the studio's animation chief creative officer, John Lasseter, said in an interview at the time.
Smh at Disney rn, I can't imagine them not foreseeing that those Pixar films were never gonna make as much bank as TLK. TLK is a fucking legend that hasn't been on screen since it came out, of course it was going to make a ton of cash. Even BatB has already been re released a few times.
GDI I WANTED MY LITTLE MERMAID IN THE BIG SCREEN, OKAY? FUCK THIS
Josh Hutcherson says he's absolutely THRILLED that his "Hunger Games" co-star Jennifer Lawrence crushed it at the Golden Globes this weekend ... but admits he's ready to score an award of his own.
Josh was strollin' around Beverly Hills yesterday ... and told us he was "very proud" when Will Ferrell announced J-Law as the Best Actress winner for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook."
In fact, Josh says he tried to call Jen to congratulate her on the win ... but she's too sick to talk ... possibly the result of standing too close to Hugh Jackman who was BRAGGING about his flu symptoms during the GGs.
Of course, there's no real way to prove Hugh infected Jennifer -- but we're totally blaming him anyway.
Get your flu shots people.
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Hosseini is the author of the bestselling novels “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” which combined have sold more than 38 million copies world-wide. “And the Mountains Echoed” is Hosseini’s first book in six years.
Riverhead provided the Journal with a new synopsis of “And the Mountains Echoed”:
“In a multigenerational novel revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families love, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe – from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos – the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.” WSJ
I love The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns so much so I know he will deliver with this.
It's more or less a rule of thumb in Westeros: The more closely related one character is to another, the more likely they are to dislike each other.
Of course, almost everyone fights with their nearest and dearest on "Game of Thrones," and in a kingdom where blood is spilled freely, the good news is that it's not common for siblings to kill each other. But that doesn't mean they have to like each other.
For the "Game of Thrones" Season 2 DVD set, actors Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Michelle Fairley and Liam Cunningham, as well as executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, gathered to talk about the show in depth. In this exclusive clip from their roundtable discussion (above), Headey talked about the rivalry between her character, Cersei Lannister, and her brother, Tyrion (Emmy winner Peter Dinklage) and reveals a violent moment that wasn't in the script.
The roundtable is just one of the features on the DVD set, which comes out Feb. 19. In addition to all 10 episodes from the show's second season, there's a documentary on the making of the famous "Blackwater" episode, a discussion of the religions seen on the show among Weiss, Benioff and George R.R. Martin (who wrote the novels on which "Game of Thrones" is based), character profiles and a dozen audio commentaries.
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The singer-actress is reteaming with Fashion Star producer Electus and NBC for an untitled scripted comedy based on her life, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Universal Television and Electus will co-produce the pilot presentation based on a pitch developed by Robin and Nick Bakay that's inspired by Simpson's colorful life. Nick Bakay, whose credits include Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Zookeeper and 'Til Death, will pen the script and executive produce alongside Electus' Ben Silverman and Simpson's father/manager, Joe Simpson. Electus' Jimmy Fox will co-exec produce.
"We are thrilled to team up with the multitalented Jessica Simpson to bring this new sitcom to life on NBC as she is truly a modern-day Lucy with incredible comedic chops," Electus founder and chairman Ben Silverman said. "From running a fashion empire to wrangling her public image as a new mom, we see Jessica's character approach a variety of 'everyday' circumstances that will get audiences laughing out loud."
Added Simpson: "I am so excited to work with Ben and NBC again, this time on a scripted comedy. I often find myself thinking that no one could ever make up the things that actually happen in my life -- so between the real-life elements and a great team of writers, I think we'll have people laughing!"
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In my last post, I argued that there's no excuse for excluding women from historically-inspired fantasy constructs — even if it means sacrificing “historical accuracy,” which is done away with in one way or another in all fantasy works anyway. (OP's note: TL;DR, historical accuracy =/= a defense for patriarchy and racism.)
After reading through the post's many thought-provoking comments, I realized I hadn't emphasized something I should have: that historically-inspired stories with female protagonists certainly need not exist only in the realm of fantasy.
With shows like The Tudors, Rome, Deadwood, The Borgias, Spartacus, etc., the past decade or so has seen the rise of a heretofore rare phenomenon: the historical TV series that is based around real historical figures. I love this trend. These shows let you see a bygone time and culture, while allowing for the deep character development you don't always get in similarly-set films.
But like most genres, there are not nearly enough female-centered ones. So I came up with some women in history whose lives, I thought, would adapt well to the format, along with some fantasy casting choices for each.
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A new college semester is about to begin and that means that students are preparing to head back to school for the spring semester. But some students have to juggle a bit more than just classes and schoolwork.
We've found the 16 most famous kids in college this semester. These celebrities are pursuing their college degrees, juggling class and exams with the responsibilities of public life.
They're musicians, actors, models and athletes who somehow find a way to balance their college careers with their professional ones—an impressive feat for such young people.
They go to school all over America, from New York City's School of Visual Arts to California's University of Southern California.
We've listed them here in alphabetical order. Let us know who we missed!
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A few months back MySpace previewed its completely revamped and redesigned social network now fronted by singer and actor Justin Timberlake. At the time, the video of the preview won rave reviews, so much so that it seemed like the redesign might have been almost too ambitious. But now the site has finally launched and, amazingly, MySpace delivers on all the design beauty shown in the preview, breathing new life into a site many had left for dead.
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Nick Carraway is Gay.
The aforementioned Greg Olear convinced us on two points — first, the way Carraway describes female characters as opposed to male characters (the latter with much more passion and attention to physicality than the former), and second, that scene with Mr. McKee, which, now that we re-read it, can only be a hook-up. What’s interesting to us about this revelation is this: if the Gatsby we know has been being viewed this whole time by someone who is head over heels in love with him, we need to go back and reevaluate.
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In the newly released article that I did for Esquire, there is a reference that is made to Lindsay Lohan that I would like to clarify before it snowballs into something silly.
The journalist and I were discussing why I was removing my Marilyn Monroe tattoo, especially since in his opinion, Marilyn was such a powerful and iconic figure for women.
I attempted to draw parallels between Lindsay and Marilyn in order to illustrate my point that while Marilyn may be an icon now, sadly she was not respected and taken seriously while she was still living.
Both women were gifted actresses, whose natural talent was lost amongst the chaos and incessant media scrutiny surrounding their lifestyles and their difficulties adhering to studio schedules etc.
I intended for this to be a factual comparison of two women with similar experiences in Hollywood. Unfortunately it turned into me offering up what is really much more of an uneducated opinion.
It was most definitely not my intention to criticize or degrade Lindsay.
I would never want her to feel bullied, as she does not deserve that.
I was not always speaking eloquently during this interview and this miscommunication is my fault.
Jay-Z reportedly had a hand in bringing Chris Brown and Rihanna back together. The rapper heard a demo version of "Nobody's Business," the infamous Rihanna song that sees her and Chris Brown cooing their love to one another. According to a co-founder of Jay-Z's Roc Nation label, it was Hov himself who thought the duet was a good idea.
Rihanna is on the cover of Complex's February/March issue, and spends much of the interview describing how good she is at not caring about what people think of her. Her label and management are also on-message. Here's a quote from the piece:
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While initial controversy over the gun bra donned by the popstar in Vancouver was brewing, Lady GaGa performed the first night of the United States section of her tour in a COMPLETELY GUN-FREE show in Tacoma, Washington on 1/14/13
For the last 8 months, she had performed her show with some gun imagery, though not as explicitly as to portray any major acts of violence. The updated show replaces guns in one part of the show with pipes, as well as another section removing guns altogether from the stage and her OUTFITS.
BORN BRAVE BUS PREMIERE
Lady Gaga made sure that the first U.S. date of her "Born This Way Ball" was a special one, as she unveiled her Born Brave Bus before Monday night's (January 14) show in Tacoma, Washington.
Gaga (and her mother, Cynthia!!!) personally attended a pre-concert tailgate to christen the bus, which was covered in artwork by her Little Monsters, and is part of her Born This Way Foundation's larger campaign to build a sense of community and promote self-acceptance among her fans, including providing them with access to mental health services, school psychologists, volunteer opportunities and bullying and suicide prevention resources.
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It was rly cool to see her and her precious mom walking around, getting all excited about the buses and everyone.
Angel Haze has taken to YouTube, her medium of choice, to relay an apology. She never explicitly references her recent feud with Azealia Banks, but she says: "I really do apologize for all of the stuff that has happened recently... I don't like the fact that I was a bully in a certain way." She also thanks her fans profusely. Make of it what you will!
This week's episode of "The Biggest Loser" has a theme: cutting the junk. The blue team, who comes in last in a childhood obesity trivia bowl is forced to spend 4 1/2 hours per day -- the amount of time the average American child spends watching TV -- trapped in a room full of junk food and video games.
Trainer Bob Harper is thrilled to find his team didn't give in to the junk, but is disappointed to see they didn't come up with a way to burn calories inside the room. So for their last chance workout, Bob puts the team through a cross-training regime full of squats and burpees inside the junk room.
At the weigh-in, we find out for the first time this season, there is no red line elimination. That means the team with the lowest percentage of weight loss will be forced to vote off a member of their team.
Pam is worried when she learns the white team will be weighed last, as she feels she might be on the chopping block. Since the white team only has two contestants remaining, the person with the lowest percentage of weight loss on their team, should they lose, would be automatically eliminated.
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Next week on "The Biggest Loser," one of the child participants will have an intense confrontation with family members, and three contestants will be sent home. Uh oh ...
biggest loser tag plz
Law enforcement sources tell us, Furlong was popped in L.A. Sunday morning around 5:45 AM. We're told he also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, stemming from one of his prior domestic violence incidents.
Furlong is still in custody.
As we reported, Furlong was previously arrested in October following a domestic violence incident involving his GF at LAX -- when he allegedly bruised her up during an argument at the airport.
Furlong was subsequently accused of another domestic violence incident in November.
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MISFITS star Iwan Rheon is teaming up with two knights of the realm for his next role.
The Welsh actor will appear alongside Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi in Vicious – a new comedy about a gay couple, Freddie and Stuart, who have lived together in the same Covent Garden flat for 50 years.
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Game of Thrones, new EP, two movies, project with Ian McKellen...get that work, boy.
If any London ONTDers wants to attend a taping of the show, apply!
AMC just can't quit The Killing. Despite canceling the crime drama after a not-great second season that itself followed a Season 1 finale that nearly started World War III, the show has somehow found its way back onto AMC's schedule. Season 3 will consist of 12 episodes, and production on the show starts in late February, putting it on track for a summer or fall release.
The new round brings back all the key components: Stars Mireille Enos (Sarah Linden) and Joel Kinnaman (Stephen Holder) will return, and the heavily criticized Veena Sud reclaims her role as executive producer and showrunner. But Sud has learned from her critics, and Season 3 will feature an all-new case that AMC promises will be wrapped up (or "resolved," in the network's words) by the time the finale ends, according to its press release. The setup will find Stephen working on a murder that ties into an old case Sarah worked, bringing her back into the fold.
As for the Netflix involvement that started the series' resurrection in the first place, negotiations are still ongoing. But any chance of Netflix getting first-run rights is gone.
I'm so over The Killing. How about you?
I will watch because despite the murder and and 2 season resolve I enjoyed the storytelling and Linden & Holder's relationship. Unfortunately I think this is a case of trying to put Humpty Dumpty back together when he's pretty much a Denny's special at this point.
The ring didn't mean a thing for Kim Zolciak, but it sure means a lot for her Real Housewives of Atlanta costar Kandi Burruss!
Line producer Todd Tucker – who appears on the current season of the Bravo series – and Burruss are engaged, the reality star's rep confirms to PEOPLE.
Burruss, 36, and Tucker first met while filming the fourth season of Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2011.
The Grammy Award winner – who penned TLC's hit "No Scrubs," Destiny Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills" and Pink's "There You Go" – is slated to star in her own show, The Kandi Factory, where she searches for the next big pop star talent.
Burruss is also mom to 11-year-old daughter Riley from a previous relationship.
While Taylor Swift is getting over her recent split from Harry Styles by spending time back in the studio, the One Direction singer is trying to get back with his ex, Cara Delevingne.
Our sister site omg! U.K. exclusively reports that Harry has been texting the 20-year-old model since his breakup and was even in contact with her when he was dating Taylor over Christmas and the New Year! Guess we have a bit more to speculate now over what Haylor’s big blow up, break up fight may have been about earlier this month.
"Harry’s not used to being dumped and he hasn’t got Cara out of his system,” a source tells omg! U.K. "Harry’s still smitten by her upmarket background, her fun lifestyle and her socialite world. It’s a different world from Harry’s and he wants to know what it’s like from the inside."
But are the feelings mutual?
"Cara likes Harry a lot but at the moment she’s put her career and ambition first, but they’re still in touch and Harry wants her back,” the source continues.
Delevingne, who has modeled for Victoria’s Secret and Burberry, called things off with Harry because of career concerns. Her modeling agency, Storm, reportedly thought she could do better than dating someone from a boy band, calling the high-profile romance too “low rent.”
Styles, 18, and Cara were said to have been dating for two months at the end of summer before things between Harry and Taylor heated up in October.
The face of Patti Stanger has really changed over the years. The Millionaire Matchmaker, 51, has shared a picture of herself as a fresh-faced college graduate with fans on Bravo's website.
Patti has gone under the knife a few times and has had her eyelids done, Botox injections and a breast reduction. She also appears to have veneers. The outspoken TV dating expert isn't shy admitting it either and even went into detail about fixing her droopy eyelids - a condition called ptosis: 'I wanted a facelift. He [her doctor] wouldn’t give it to me,' she told host Andy Cohen.
She also stated that she gets Botox too, but that it's because of the cluster headaches she's prone to (lol). Patti had more advice for those seeking cosmetic surgery, maintaining that the surgeons 'lie' about the recovery time required so 'you better double it.'
Born in 1983 Irishman Aidan Turner briefly appeared in the series The Tudors, but he became widely known through the BBC-series Being Human where he played a vampire. In Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Hobbit, he plays the dwarf Kili, the younger brother of Fili and nephew of Thorin Oakenshield. NAUTILUS reporter Alexander Huiskes could do an exclusive interview with Aidan Turner.
Hello, Mr. Turner.
Call me Aidan, Mr. Turner sounds too formal.
How did you get this role?
This is pretty much the first question everybody asks me. Do you really want to hear all stages of the decision process? Such a casting develops over a long time and each one is different. During the Castings a thousand things run through your head, but I was relieved and in awe when I was cast. Peter Jackson made film history with The Lord of the Rings and suddenly I was part of this universe, which is based on stories that were created long before my birth. I was very very happy. And curious how Kili would feel during the filming.
When you knew that you were cast as a dwarf …
(Interrupts) … although I’m pretty much the average human size …
… How did you prepare for that?
When the decision was made, I had twelve weeks of intensive training, fitness training, sword fighting, fight choreography, dress rehearsals, and of course I had to read the script and the novel The Hobbit.
What does it feel like when you play a dwarf and deal with objects and backgrounds, which are scaled differently?
Aren’t we all somehow dwarves – some bigger, the other smaller? (Laughs) No, most of the work was really done by the camera people with different perspectives. You get used to the rest pretty quickly.
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The comedy could be Simpson's first step back into a major acting role in more than five years.
The former teen pop star is best known for her reality TV shows, including MTV's "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica," which followed Simpson and her first husband and fellow pop singer Nick Lachey. She also served as a mentor on NBC's "Fashion Star."
Simpson, 32, will play a celebrity who must balance life as a mother and a public figure, Silverman told Reuters.
The singer gave birth to her first child in May 2012 and said last month that she was pregnant with her second.
"The show is inspired by her life as she's going through a new phase in her life becoming a mom," said Silverman, who is the creator of NBC's reality show "The Biggest Loser." "It's a combination of 'I Love Lucy' and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,'" he added, referring to the classic 1950s Lucille Ball comedy series and the HBO series by "Seinfeld" creator Larry David.
Simpson will also serve as an executive producer.
In 2004, Simpson taped a pilot for the ABC network about a pop star who becomes a TV news anchor, but it never became a series. Simpson's film credits include 2005's "The Dukes of Hazzard" and 2006's "Employee of the Month."
Good news for the cult of “The Da Vinci Code” — author Dan Brown has completed a new book in the wildly successful series, and it will be released on May 14.
Titled “Inferno,” the novel will feature the adventures of Harvard symbiologist Robert Langdon and will be set in Italy, like his previous hits, “The Da Vinci Code,” "The Lost Symbol" and “Angels & Demons.” But there will be some new themes, as the book will be centered around Dante’s “Inferno.”
“Although I studied Dante’s ‘Inferno’ as a student, it wasn’t until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante’s work on the modern world,” Brown said in a statement on his Web site. “With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm … a landscape of codes, symbols and more than a few secret passageways.”
His publisher, Doubleday, plans to release 4 million copies, and if his past success is any indication, it’s certain to be a hit: “The Da Vinci Code” sat atop the bestsellers list for more than a year after it was published in 2003, and the film starring Tom Hanks made $758 million worldwide. </font>
As Kirstie Alley celebrated her 62nd birthday on January 12, she invited ET's Rob Marciano to her Wichita, Kansas home for a home-cooked meal -- Kirstie-style!
The Golden Globe winner has maintained her 100-pound weight loss thanks in part to her organic diet, which Rob found out is tastier than it sounds.
"My interest isn't being skinny-minnie and wearing a size two," Kirstie confessed over a plate of organic beef tacos with couscous. "I think I look good and I'm lean and strong."
They washed down their meal (prepared in a massive kitchen that was once a craftsman house) with one of Kirstie's Organic Liaison drinks, which the actress says gives essential nutrients to the body.
Tune in to ET tomorrow night as we're first on the set of Kirstie's new pilot where she shares the screen with former Cheers co-star Rhea Perlman! Check your local listings.
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I'm not ready to let this show go :(
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Supporting those in need with mental illnesses, Adam Lambert attended the opening of STEP UP ON VINE in Los Angeles on Monday (January 14).
Sporting a toned-down look, the glam rocker wore a black suit with a skinny brown tie as he joined other celebrity supporters like former President Bill Clinton and Kobe Bryant.
According to the organization, Step Up on Second (the original location) involves individuals with severe and persistent mental illness in developing opportunities to reintegrate into the community. Step Up on Second is dedicated to long-term support of people in recovery and their families, offering quality housing, educational, social and work experience. Step Up is committed to increasing public understanding of mental illness.
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The Guillermo Del Toro-produced horror flick, MAMA, is set to debut this week and today we have an exclusive clip from the film, which introduces you to the feral children of the titular mom. The film stars Jessica Chastain, who is burning up screens everywhere with her performance in ZERO DARK THIRTY, as well as Nikolaj Costar-Waldau, also known as Jaimie Lannister/The Kingslayer in HBO's Game of Thrones. That's a pretty good bonus for MAMA, which is helmed by first-time director Andres Muschietti.
The extended clip is pretty creepy and cool, which may well sway you into theaters if you were still on the fence. I'm certainly intrigued by the premise and look forward to catching this, if for no other reason than to see the lovely Chastain chew through some more scenery and some Del-Toro inspired scares.
Audra McDonald will guest-star on an upcoming season 4 episode of CBS' The Good Wife.
McDonald will play Alicia's (Julianna Margulies) "nemesis" from their days at Georgetown law school, with the two rivals going toe to toe in the courtroom.
THR says that while McDonald has only booked one episode thus far, there's the possibility that she might return for other episodes.
She joins a short list of other black actresses who've been featured in the hit CBS series: Anika Noni Rose and Nicole Beharie.
In addition to The Good Wife, as already announced, Ms McDonald will return as Dr. Naomi Bennett in the series finale of Private Practice next week.
The Good Wife airs 9 pm, Sundays on CBS.
Really excited about this...please god, let her kick Alicia's arse in court!! But, more importantly, lets discuss this week's episode - racist chickens come home to roost! Lisbeth is batshit! usually I hate "quirky" characters, but the actress does it so well.
cary count for this episode = 0
The gorgeous models helped the brand kick off a healthy and fit new year for all!
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Lena Dunham won big at the Golden Globe Awards last night for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, and Best TV Comedy or Musical. In her acceptance speech she said, “This is for any women that’s felt like there wasn’t a space for her.”
Which women? The white millennial female who lives in New York? Dunham says she finally has a space for herself in creating the show but what about the other two-thirds of Brooklyn? The issues with HBO's Girls have been discussed at length.
Behind Girls is the idea that as millennials, we can be lost. We are trying to find ourselves, we stumble ever onward in the hope that we will get something, anything, right. This is a translatable experience for most twenty-something year-old women, and most twenty-somethings period. But what happens to women who do not see themselves expressed in the show, or see themselves as the same played out stereotypes? And should that matter?( Collapse )
Next month marks the 50th anniversary of The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan's hugely influential study that helped to spark that pervasive second wave of feminism that – for all its faults and stuttering incompleteness – shaped the western world as most of us know it today.
As a book it was – as Friedan was herself – a flawed advocate of women's rights: Friedan had little apparent interest in women who were anything other than white and upper middle-class. Her homophobia became an embarrassment to the women's movement. Her egotistical paranoia about being ousted as the face of the women's movement was captured with wince-inducing brilliance by Nora Ephron in her 1972 essay, Miami.
The feminist movement never did and never will run smoothly. But Friedan's book, as Stephanie Coontz writes in her recent book, A Strange Stirring, rescued "a generation of intelligent women, sidelined from the world". Whatever its flaws, the publication of The Feminine Mystique remains as much of a landmark in the history of feminism as Emily Davison's death 50 years earlier at the 1913 Epsom Derby.
And so, 50 years on from Friedan, it pleases me to announce that we have a new face to the modern-day feminist movement. That face belongs to none other than Beyoncé Knowles.
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