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When star Eric Stonestreet joined HuffPost Live's Caitlyn Becker on Wednesday to discuss a series of videos he made for Swiffer, he talked with a fan about the show's impact and what it means to him.
"President Obama mentioned in an interview like three weeks ago, just casually, that Michelle and the kids watch Mitch and Cam and they're in tears," Stonestreet said. "To hear the leader of the free world, the president of the United States, say that and to know we have that sort of reach with people and that the people in power and leadership are watching the show [is incredible]."
But the fandom isn't always mutual. Stonestreet added that he loves attending the White House Correspondents Dinner because he gets to see politicians "for who they are," and he's often shocked at who approaches him. For instance:
"Rick Santorum wanted a picture with me. It was at a time when he was publicly saying, 'Gay marriage, gay marriage [is wrong],' and I'm like, 'You know, I can't do it,'" he said. "It was with him and his kids or something like that, and I said, 'I'd be happy to take a picture with the kids, but I can't just be in a picture with [Santorum.]'"
Catch the full HuffPost Live conversation with Eric Stonestreet below.
CBS said Wednesday that Colbert, who is replacing Letterman as the "Late Show" host next year, will keep the show in New York City's Ed Sullivan Theatre. Colbert's debut date is still uncertain, dependent on when Letterman officially retires from late-night TV. "Tonight" show host Jimmy Fallon already tapes his show in New York, and fellow competitor Jimmy Kimmel at ABC is based in Los Angeles.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said CBS is eligible for up to $11 million in tax credits for keeping the show in New York. The state is also making up to $5 million in grant money available for renovating the theater.
The film's director Anton Corbijn joined HuffPost Live's Ricky Camilleri to discuss the movie and share his experience working with the Oscar-winning actor before he passed away earlier this year.
Hoffman's character in the film is disheveled and out of shape, and Camilleri asked Corbijn what he thought about viewers possibly connecting that image with Hoffman's drug-induced death.
"He channeled part of the state he was in at the time into that character. They were more closely linked than, say, Philip Seymour Hoffman and the character he played in 'The Master,'" the director said. "It will always be harder to differentiate in this role between how people perceived him to be as a person and what he gave us on the film."
But when director and star reunited in Berlin to watch an early edit of the film, Hoffman was "not the same guy," Corbijn added.
"He was a great American guy who was sitting there, full of life and funny and intelligent," he said.
Watch Corbijn's reflections on Philip Seymour Hoffman above, and click here to see the full HuffPost Live conversation about "A Most Wanted Man."
Chris Pratt appeared on Entertainment Tonight to promote his new movie, "Guardians of the Galaxy," and ended up winning our hearts when he french braided an intern's hair in the middle of the interview.
Pratt had previously bragged about his hair braiding skills on Instagram, when he posted this photo, writing: "This is a weird thing to brag about but I did that glorious french braid. #Baller #man #ManBraid #RealMenBraid #isItBrade? #SpellingQuestion #StillBallerTho #WhyIsItFrench??? #ICallItAFreedomBraid #GoUsa":
So it was only right that the interviewer put his skills to the test. Pratt was up for the challenge:
This girl needs to add that experience to her resume.
... hosts have taken a swing at the antics of Justin Bieber and his female counterpart-in-outrageousness, Miley Cyrus, and now it would appear...
I hadn't been in any deep emotional relationships." Salma Hayek & Josh Lucas Salma Hayek and Josh Lucas are both happily married to other...
With a seven-season run on ABC, "Boy Meets World" became one of America's most beloved sitcoms, with Cory and Topanga's love saga ending in a move to New York City. Now, Ben Savage, Danielle Fishel and the newest additions to the Matthews family are picking up quite a few years down the road with a different city, a different network, but the same heartwarming morals.
HuffPost Teen had the chance to talk to Rowan Blanchard (who stars as Cory and Topanga's daughter, Riley Matthews), Sabrina Carpenter (Riley's best friend, Maya Hart), Peyton Meyer (who plays Lucas Friar, Riley's love interest), Corey Fogelmanus (the 2014 version of Minkus) and Auggie Maturo (who plays Cory and Topanga's son, Auggie). Here are the five things you must know about them and the newest Disney Channel show.
1. You're going to meet some interesting characters throughout the season.
Rowan discussed her favorite episode, "Girl Meets 1961," where each of the cast members will be playing their great grandparents. Sabrina mentioned her least favorite episode, where she'll be dressed up as Benjamin Franklin. There was also news that many of the older characters, such as Ryder Strong (who played Shawn Hunter), Betsey Randle and William Russ (Amy and Alan Matthews, Corey's parents), William Daniels (Mr. Feeny) and Lee Norris (Minkus) will all appear in various episodes of the series.
2. Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter (who play best friends Riley Matthews and Maya Hart) are actually best friends in real life.
They're definitely not faking the on-air chemistry. When asked what three things she would want to bring with her on a deserted island, Rowan quickly answered "Sabrina!" before asking if her whole family could count as her second or third item. Despite their three-year age difference (Rowan is 12 and Sabrina is 15), these girls definitely qualify as BFFs. "It’s a great balance because I’m short and she’s tall, she’s brunette and I’m blonde," Sabrina said. "We’re the perfect opposites."
3. The entire cast loves Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez a lot.
No surprises here. When asked which Disney celeb they would want to guest star on the show, the answer was unanimously Demi or Selena. "No matter what’s in the news, they’re both ridiculously talented," Rowan said.
4. Without "Hannah Montana," Sabrina Carpenter might not have realized she wanted to act.
You may not know, but Sabrina Carpenter is an incredibly talented singer. She's not only one of the stars of the show, but also has a record deal -- yet without "Hannah Montana" she might not have either. "My first inspiration for acting came from the first episode of Hannah Montana," she said. "That’s when I knew I wanted to be a singer and an actress."
5. The show is going to be filled with tons of valuable life lessons.
Some of the most memorable takeaways from "Boy Meets World" were the morals and lessons at the end of the episodes. Whether it was a lecture from Mr. Feeny, a scolding from Mr. and Mrs. Matthews or advice from Mr. Turner, there was always someone imparting wisdom on the characters and the viewers. According to the "Girl Meets World" cast, not much has changed in that aspect. "I hope the fans will take away the life lessons," Rowan said. "What makes the show so special is that we teach life lessons through comedy, and I hope they take them away."
The natural brunette recently lightened her hair to a blond hue, and now she's gone a step further and chopped off a few inches. The 28-year-old model debuted her cropped locks at the Stella Artois Belgian National Day Celebration on July 21:
Teigen later shared photos of her new look on Instagram, crediting her stylists in the photo caption: "It takes a village @jenatkinhair (the cut!) @marktownsend1 @byjakebailey @traceycunningham1"
Teigen is the latest member to join the ever-growing blond "lob" club in Hollywood. Rumer Willis, Hayden Panettiere, Vanessa Hudgens and Miranda Lambert are just a few other celebs sporting the trendy hairstyle.
Moore filed a divorce complaint on June 17, 2013, in Michigan's Antrim County, where the couple has a lakefront home. According to a document posted to the county circuit court's website, a consent judgment of divorce was entered and the case was closed Tuesday.
Moore's filing from last year said his relationship with Glynn had broken down and there remained "no reasonable likelihood that the marriage" could be preserved.
Moore and Glynn married in Flint in 1991. Glynn was the producer or executive producer of many of Moore's hard-hitting documentary films, including "Fahrenheit 9/11," ''Sicko" and "Capitalism: A Love Story."
The Associated Press left messages Wednesday seeking comment from lawyers for Moore and Glynn.
Despite the Japanese-American star's ever-growing Internet presence and outspokenness on both past and current views, there are still some obscure facts that you might not know about this incredibly talented man.
1. He's named after royalty.
Takei's father was a major Anglophile, so he named both of his sons after members of the British royal family. George is named after King George VI, whose coronation was just a few weeks after George's birth in 1937. His brother is named Henry Takei after the infamous King Henry VIII. His sister, Nancy Reiko Takei, managed to avoid the naming trend.
2. He spent part of his childhood in an internment camp.
As a Japanese-American family living in California in the 1940s, the Takeis were placed in an internment camp, first in their home state, then in Arkansas. Takei was 5 years old when he entered, and 8 when they were released. Even though he was just a child, his experiences there deeply shaped who he is as a person, and even inspired the new musical "Allegiance," starring Takei. Plans are that "Allegiance" will arrive on Broadway soon.
3. His first acting jobs were voice overs.
Given the small number of roles available to Asian actors in Hollywood, it's not surprising that Takei's first roles were not on-screen gigs. According to IMDb, Takei's very first job was as an uncredited voice actor for the film "Godzilla Raids Again," followed by another uncredited role in "Rodan." Takei's big break came in 1959, when he starred in an episode of the hit crime show “Perry Mason,” nearly seven years before he landed the part of Hikaru Sulu on "Star Trek."
4. Takei and Walter Koenig weren't always close.
Fans of Takei know of his rocky relationship with "Star Trek" co-star William Shatner, but you may not know that he and co-star Walter Koenig got off to a rough start. Takei had to miss nine episodes of the show's second season because of his work on "The Green Berets." Koenig was brought on as Pavel Chekhov to replace Sulu, which Takei was no happy about. In an interview with Mother Jones, Takei said, "When I came back [to the show] I hated Walter sight unseen." The two had to share a dressing room and a script when Takei returned, but soon they became close friends. Koenig was even best man at Takei's wedding in 2008.
5. He was involved in a lot of local politics.
Takei was not only involved in Hollywood, but also in Los Angeles politics. He ran for City Council in 1973 and lost, but was appointed to the board of directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit District by Mayor Tom Bradley. He served from 1973 to 1984, and was also the vice president of the American Public Transit Association. And he didn't only work to better the Southern Californian community; he also served two terms on the board of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission in the 1990s, appointed by President Bill Clinton.
6. He only came out recently.
Takei's involvement in LGBTQ activism makes up a big part of who he is today, but he wasn't always involved in the movement. In fact, he didn't officially come out as gay until 2005, after Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a same sex marriage bill. He told The Huffington Post he then knew it was time to reveal his orientation: "I was angry, but I couldn’t speak out without coming out. My voice had to be authentic. And so that’s when I talked to Frontiers [magazine]."
7. He co-wrote a science fiction novel.
Takei is not stranger to the literary world, having written "To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei, Star Trek's Mr. Sulu," "Oh Myyy!: There Goes The Internet" and "Lions and Tigers and Bears: The Internet Strikes Back." What you may not know is that he co-wrote a science fiction novel with author Robert Asprin entitled "Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe." The plot follows a professional killer and his fight for survival after a computer reprograms all the others around the world to destroy humanity. Gene Roddenberry would be proud.
8. He starred in a "Twilight Zone" episode you've probably never seen.
Like his "Star Trek" co-star William Shatner, Takei appeared on the famous 1960s show "The Twilight Zone," but his episode only aired once in the United States, on May 1, 1964. The episode was entitled "The Encounter," about a World War II vet and a Japanese gardener getting locked in an attic together and dealing with their personal demons. The episode received a lot of complaints due to the gardener's backstory and its portrayal of Japanese-Americans. It was then pulled from syndication in America, though not anywhere else. It can be found on the Season 5 DVDs as well as on Netflix.
9. He's a skilled marathoner and fencer.
Takei's hobbies are not limited to acting and local politics. Takei is a skilled athlete, who showed off his fencing skills on "Star Trek." He also was on the track team during his high school days as a long distance runner. Along with completing five marathons, he was part of the Olympic Torch Relay for the 1984 summer games.
10. He has his own brand of cologne.
Celebrity scents are a dime a dozen, but they typically belong to young actors looking to bank on their names, not a seasoned science-fiction star. But if anyone could pull it off, it would be Takei. His scent, Eau My, is a unisex scent described as "subtle and charming, with top notes of mandarin zest, Italian bergamot and fresh ozone transitioning to night-blooming jasmine, white freesia petals and grated ginger." Just in case you were looking for a new signature fragrance.
11. "Oh my!" became his catchphrase because of Howard Stern.
It may be hard to believe but Takei's signature "Oh my!" was not originally meant to be his catchphrase. He uttered the words during an interview on Howard Stern's radio show, and Stern captured it as soundbite for his show before Takei came on as an announcer in 2006. The phrase became associated with the actor, who in turn embraced it as his go-to motto.
Conan O'Brien recently put together an Oldman death scene supercut to honor the actor, who has died onscreen more than almost anyone, and Oldman thought it was the funniest thing ever.
The montage's perfect mix of odd deaths and emotional music had the veteran actor cracking up basically the entire time, and it's awesome.
Check it out above.
"Conan" airs weeknights at 11:00 p.m. ET on TBS.
Among the cast of characters was "Jane Burnham" played by actress Thora Birch who portrayed the quintessential America teenager, described by her onscreen father "Lester Burnham," played by Kevin Spacey, as, "a pretty typical teenager -- angry, insecure, confused," of which he also lamented, "I wish I could tell her that's all going to pass, but I don't want to lie to her."
Indeed anyone who was ever a teenager was able to deeply to relate to Thora's portrayal of "Jane" in the film. As longtime fan of Thora Birch, I was thrilled to find out that anyone who cares about saving animals from cruel cosmetics tests can relate to her in real life.
Thora has recently joined Cruelty Free International in calling for an end to animal testing in the American beauty industry.
"It is a shame that in the United States animals can still be subjected to agonizing tests for cosmetics despite the availability of modern non-animal tests. Testing cosmetics on animals is an outdated and unnecessary practice. It's also cruel. Our nation's largest trading partner, the European Union, has banned the sale of animal tested cosmetics and proven it is possible to produce safe cosmetics without harming animals.
For over a decade California has required that modern non-animal tests be used to ensure product safety before resorting to cruel outdated animal tests. Now the California legislature has passed the Cruelty Free Cosmetics Resolution calling for an end to cruel cosmetics tests nationwide. I'm proud to join Cruelty Free International and the state of California in calling for a US ban on animal testing for cosmetics."
The recent passage of the California Cruelty Free Cosmetics Resolution is one in a string of international ripple effects stemming from the European Union ban on the sale of new animal-tested cosmetics which came into effect last year.
In early 2013, India became the first country in Asia to announce a ban animal testing for cosmetics. Next, the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil banned animal testing for cosmetics and, just a few weeks ago, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies passed a bill that would end most cosmetics testing on animals by prohibiting the use of animals where alternatives have been established with a complete phase out in 5 years. The bill now heads to the Brazil Senate.
In May, Vietnam announced it will ban the Draize Test and training in use of other alternatives is underway funded by Cruelty Free International. And, in June, China officially lifted the animal testing requirement for domestically produced non-special use cosmetics.
Ultimately, it is in the best interest of the American beauty industry for the United States to catch up on this issue. Harmonizing global cosmetics testing regulations would enable each product to have one safety dossier that would be universally accepted. Moreover, modern non-animal alternatives that are often cheaper, faster and more predictive for humans.
Moving away from animal tests will allow the American beauty industry to remain competitive in a changing global market that increasingly requires non-animal safety tests.
Compassionate consumers can join celebrity supported including Thora Birch, Alicia Silverstone, Mayim Bialik, Vanessa Marano, Peter Dinklage, and Norman Reedus in calling on the U.S. to end cosmetics testing on animal by signing a global petition and by writing their legislative representative in support of the Humane Cosmetics Act
Together we can show that world that American Beauty is more than skin deep.
Fifteen-year-old Apatow, who is best-known as all-star Twitter teen and Judd Apatow's daughter, will guest star as a character named Cleo, TVLine reported, and may appear in several episodes. Her credits include roles in "This is 40" and "Knocked Up." Judd Apatow is the executive producer of "Girls," and Dunham has spent time with Maude Apatow for years (they went to a Taylor Swift concert together and live tweeted the event for Teen Vogue -- it's worth a read).
"Girls" has already locked down Gillian Jacobs, Jason Ritter, Natasha Lyonne and Zachary Quinto for guest roles on Season 4.
Apatow's rep did not return immediate request for comment.
Anne Hathaway hit that hair milestone on July 22, taking to the streets of New York, pony proudly on display with the help of a bright blue hair tie:
Nope, no shame in Hathaway's pony game. That pony is loud and proud, and she is simply owning it.
Just promise us this, Anne -- that you'll never forget how far you've come:
The verses are great on their own, but they reach another level in this incredible mashup that features the unlikeliest of backing bands, including David Lee Roth, Linda Perry and a violinist. Check out the magic for yourself, and you'll be humming along for the rest of the day.
The "View" co-host has been in a custody battle since her ex-husband Jeffrey Tarpley petitioned for temporary physical custody of their son, claiming that Shepherd's career takes priority over parenting. People reported Tuesday that a judge denied Tarpley's request, saying that "there has not been a material change in circumstances."
Shepherd is also reportedly fighting for custody of her unborn child with estranged husband Lamar Sally. The baby is due later this month via a surrogate. Sally has requested primary custody and is fighting the prenuptial agreement, which stipulates that Shepherd will get full custody.
She has not publicly commented on Monday's court ruling, but tweeted earlier this week:
Keep the prayers coming... Still got more battles - please judge me by my character and not from the tabloids who are having a slow news day— Sherri Shepherd (@SherriEShepherd) July 21, 2014
She also alluded to the "drama" happening in her personal life, writing on Tuesday:
@treblaben ... no tonight I needed something that would inspire me. I got enough drama going on in my real life w/o watching it on tv :O)— Sherri Shepherd (@SherriEShepherd) July 23, 2014
Valletta, who currently starring on the TV show Revenge, never talked about her past abuse until now. For me, her story truly hit home because I can relate to so much that she has come forward about.
For example, she talks about how when she was 8-years-old, she started huffing anything around her, like glue or nail polish. She talked about how as she got older, it became harder and harder to be comfortable "being a human being," so she turned to the use of both cocaine and alcohol -- a dangerous combination, because one is an upper and the other is a downer.
She expressed how her drug abuse began impacting her career, saying that she no longer cared if, how, or when she would show up for shoots. She says, "I didn't care, and that's just to show you addiction takes you to the worst places."
Even though she talks openly about how easy it was to get her hands on drugs and alcohol in the business, that it was no one's fault but her own for letting her addiction get to the point it did. By age 25, she checked into rehab and has been maintaining her sobriety ever since.
I think one of the greatest parts about Valletta talking openly about her past battled with addiction is that it shows the courage and humility that she has in order to do that. It also doesn't just benefit her -- many people, especially women, look up to her and will be able to utilize her stance on addiction for the better.
When you look at the bigger picture, it is truly amazing to see more and more celebrities come forward and address addiction as a disease. This movement is honestly helping reduce negative stigma in the country, as well as helping the public realize that addiction is in no way a choice. Personally, I am fascinated by how long it has taken for there to be a platform for this kind of discussion, but I am grateful to see it happening now. I think that more and more people are seeing their loved ones dying from addiction and are starting to pay more attention -- and rightfully so.
I am glad to hear that Valletta is doing well in her recovery, because I know first-hand how important it is to stay sober. I hope that she continues to raise awareness about addiction and elaborate on some of the techniques she has used to stay clean so others can learn from her success!
Warren wrote several songs for Cher, including "Turn Back Time," "Just Like Jesse James" and "Love and Understanding." The former two are part of Cher's current Dressed to Kill tour, and before performing "Jesse James," the singer gives a spiel about having despised the song upon recording it.
"But she's got the wrong song!" Warren told The Hollywood Reporter after seeing Cher's July 7 concert at the Staples Center. "The song she really hated was 'If I Could Turn Back Time,' but I held her leg down during a session and said, 'You have to record it!' "
To which Cher responded, according to Warren, "'Fuck you, bitch! You're hurting my leg! OK, I'll try it.' She gave me this look like, 'You were right.' If you look at Cher's song history, she's not always the best judge of her own material. I mean, she hated 'I Got You Babe.'"
Good thing she had a change of heart. "If I Could Turn Back Time" marked a major comeback moment for Cher in 1989. It hit No. 3 on the Billboard chart, spawned a classic (and controversial) music video and has remained a setlist staple since. Whatever would we do without that fishnet onesie?
Salma Hayek waits for her car from the valet outside of Mr Chow on Tuesday evening (July 22) in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Watch the two-part series below and go get your burn on -- because "You gotta hustle, for the muscle!"