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Craig David On His Unstoppable Rise As One Of Britain’s Biggest Black Music Stars

Craig David spoke his career into existence when he titled his debut album “Born To Do It.”

The British-born singer came on the scene in 2000 with a soulful single titled “7 Days,” breaking into the booming R&B era of the early aughts with a song that carried the smooth melodies and sensual lyrics that defined the genre at the time. His second single,“Fill Me In,”which came with a faster tempo,dropped shortly after to much fanfare.

With the release of several other bangers like “Walking Away” and “Rendezvous,” David’s popularity rapidly grew. Although he was just 18 years old when his first album dropped, he proved that he had the appeal to quickly amass a legion of fans worldwide while selling millions of records.

Within months of the album’s debut, David had become a superstar― and over the years, he has effectively cemented his status as one of Britain’s biggest black music stars.

Arena shows so soon. Fired up & ready to go @lukedyson

A post shared by Craig David (@craigdavid) on Feb 27, 2017 at 4:49am PST

David’s debut album was a powerful and well-executed project that truly catapulted his career, which has spanned nearly two decades, six studio albums, countless collaborations and endless sold-out shows in cities across the world.

The singer, who was based in the U.K. throughout much of his life, was named the 2017 British Male Solo Artistfor the influence of his latest album, “Following My Intuition.” Now, he splits his time between England and Miami,traveling to perform at packed venues and build better connections with audiences around the globe. In light of June being Black Music Month, HuffPost spoke to the star during his recent tour stop in New York about his evolution over the years and just how much of a roller coaster ride his journey to success has been.

“The ride I’ve been on has been amazing because there’s been a lot of character-building,” David told HuffPost in an interview at the New York office for Sony, his record label. “What are you really doing this for and where are you going? You ask those questions and when you answer them honestly, I realize that the only thing I ever really loved is being in the studio and making music and going out and performing and positively impacting people’s lives.”

For David, life is all about the journey and the experiences that build the memories, connections and foundation that help to define who he is ― and, perhaps more importantly, who he wants to become.

“It used to be about getting from one place to the destination and always looking for the next thing ― which is great, that’s drive and passion for what you do,” he said.“But one thing I’ve learned over the last 16 years is that it’s about the journey. It’s OK to have the goals, but what was fun was leading toward it.”

David’s journey has indeed been a remarkable one ― but he said his success is simply a result of him learning to listen to his heart and better believe in his abilities to provide unforgettable musical experiences. This new approach led him to title his latest album “Following My Intuition.” The 18-track album was released last September and boasts a repertoire of songs that reflect various styles of music like pop, garage and EDM. There are upbeat singles like “16,” featuring Justin Beiber, which mashes together his classic hit “Fill Me In” with “Where Are Now.”And then there are soothing numbers like “Got It Good” with music star Kaytranada.

While many of the songs are a departure from the slower-paced R&B ballads he was known for on his first album, David said he enjoys the process of experimenting with and evolving his musical style by exploring new songs with new artists and identifying new ways to express himself. Whatever the case, staying true to himself remains his top priority.

“Authenticity comes up to me as being the key to everything that I’m experiencing now and maybe in the earlier parts of my career, which was a very dynamic moment,” he said. “It’s been a roller coaster ride … but it’s all come down to authenticity. It’s like as soon as I start to follow my intuition ― yes, that is a pun ― that’s when it all started to happen.”

“[Growing up] I was exposed to a lot of R&B, a lot of hip-hop, a lot of dance, I was hearing this mix of music, I was very aware,” he added, going on to explain what makes “Following My Intuition” so special for him: “When I made the album, it connected on such a level that I never expected.”

‪Listening to the album getting prepared for the arena tour next year is getting me way too excited #FMI

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David’s deep love for music also led him to dabble in DJ’ing, which he said has always been a passion of his. In fact, he frequently hosted lavish personal parties at his mansion in Miami, which quickly drew plenty of buzz and helped to establish his early start as a DJ. He has since mastered the skill of DJing to create TS5, a stage name he established for himself in 2013 for all of his live sets and singing performances.

“TS5 is an experience,” he said. “It’s everything I’ve learned in the last 16 years as a life performer, all encapsulated with what I learned when I was doing vinyl mixing in clubs back before I released ‘Born To Do It.’”

TS5 is now a large component of David’s presence at his concerts. He DJs and sings at the same time, and opts to use a “very simplified situation” in regard to performance equipment. There are no dancers or elaborate stage props ― merely a small DJ booth and a mic ― making for a much more intimate and personal experience.

“It’s very hands-on and my thing is not to stay behind the booth, but to come out of the booth,” he said. “It’s a performance, a live performance and an open format of what I’m gonna play. I want to keep your attention for every single minute I’m on that stage.”

“I want to give 110 percent onstage,” he added. “I just feel like I want to give everything on that stage and in the studio. No regrets, no would’ve, could’ve, should’ve, I’ve got to give it everything.”

I attended his show that evening following the interview, and David delivered on his word.By mixing his own vocals, songs and instrumentals with classic throwback songs from artists like Whitney Houston and TLC, David dominates onstage and does not disappoint. And if selling back-to-back sold-out shows isn’t any indication of his current success as a performer, simply check out a clip from a recent show and note the rousing crowd reaction:

So ready✨Who's coming to my @TS5 shows this summer? ☀️ #TS5

A post shared by Craig David (@craigdavid) on Jun 8, 2017 at 6:55am PDT

David said he wouldn’t be the artist he is today if it weren’t for the influences from classic R&B legends including Boyz II Men and R. Kelly. He also credits rappers like Biggie, Big Pun and Tupac for the inspiration they have given him. As for more contemporary artists he admires, David mentioned Drake ― and while he notes that “a lot of people compare me to him,” he said he’s “never seen it like a competition.”

David did admit, however, that he has his sights set on building more traction with American fans and expanding his exposure in cities around the country. This year alone, he has already sold out several shows in the States and is returning in October for more performances.

“I’m coming for you, Miami, I’m coming for you, Madison Square Garden,” he said with confidence ― and if his unstoppable rise so far is any indication, David only has more dreams to accomplish.

“I know, first hand, that when I do something and I actually have conviction with it and I just go, special things happen,” he said. “It’s a force to be reckoned with when you speak on it, act on it and you keep it going.”

“You’ve got to follow your intuition,” I said, to which he replied with a smile: “You know the drill.”

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CNN Trolls The White House By Sending Sketch Artist To Press Briefing

On Thursday, going back on years of tradition, the White House announced that they would not allow audio or video recording during the day’s press briefing. They later changed their minds and agreed to allow audio recordings only, inexplicably.

Today, CNN pretty hilariously trolled the White House by sending their Supreme Court sketch artist Bill Hennessy to the press room to capture the scene.

The White House has been prohibiting cameras at some press briefings, so we sent a sketch artist

— CNN (@CNN) June 23, 2017

It’s really paints a wonderful picture, doesn’t it? You can almost see Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s fumble his way through another Trump tweet storm.

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Gigi Hadid Is Still Very Into Pajamas And Heels

While you were sleeping, Gigi Hadidwas removing buttons from her loungewear and adding high heels, succumbing again to the pajamas-as-outerwear trend.

The model emerged from her apartmentin New York City on Friday wearing the low-necked, high-waisted pajama setof our most confusing dreams,along with some teetering white boots.

It’s not the first time she’s rocked sleepwear with heels.

Pajamas have been a fashion trend for several years now, but Hadid and her crew seem to be embracing loungewear extra hard lately, and they’re taking it to a new level by adding heels ― something Selena Gomez was doing way back in 2015.

Not gonna lie, we’d rather see some crisp, white sneakerswith these getups.

Even Rihannarecently fell for the PJs-and-heels trend, sporting a silky robe-style wrap and fluffy heeled sandals at this year’s Met Galaafter party.

No matter who tries it,we just can’t get into this trend. But to each her own look-- and to all, a good night.

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‘CSI: NY’ Actor Opens Up About Becoming A Single Dad After Adopting A Son

For the first time, “CSI: NY” actor Hill Harper is sharing with the world what it was like becoming a single father via adoption.

Harper’s son, Pierce Hill Harper, was born in December 2015. Harper told “Good Morning America” host Robin Robertslast week that he left the set of the Tupac biopic “All Eyez On Me” to catch a plane so he could be in the delivery room when Pierce was born. He even cut the umbilical cord.

In his interview with Roberts, the actor and philanthropist described the experience of becoming a father as “the biggest role” and “biggest blessing” of his life despite all the difficulties.

“Every day you’re making a different set of decisions that you feel impact the future of this wonderful person,” he said. “That’s a challenge. It’s a beautiful challenge, but it’s a challenge.”

Harper had always wanted to be a father, but figured he would first get married and later start a family. He told Robertsthat when his friend encouraged him to look into adoption in 2015, he said it wasn’t “the way it’s supposed to happen.” Harper quickly proved himself wrong, though.

After taking his friend’s advice and getting more information about adoption from an attorney, Harper decided he wasn’t ready. But in November 2015 he received a call from the adoption attorney who explained a pregnant woman was due in three weeks and interested in having her child adopted. That’s when Harper had to decide whether he wanted to become a single father or continue to wait.The actortold People that choosing to adopt Pierce then was “the greatest decision” he’s made in his life.

Harper also told Peoplehis family and his girlfriend have been incredibly supportive of him and Pierce. The 18-month-old loves music, and his dad plays classical songs for him often.

Harper admitted to People that he was “so scared” about becoming a single father, but now after a year-and-a-half with Pierce, he sees the impact his son has had on his life.

“Looking back now, all the fears I had were ridiculously small compared to the joy of having him in my life and having the opportunity to be a father,” he said.

H/T People

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‘I Love Dick’ And The Radical Power Of A Writer’s Room Without Cis Men

Jill Soloway knows how to make great television. That much has been established. But for Soloway, making TV isn’t just about creating something that receives critical praise ― it’s about changing the world.

“For me, the belief that my TV show is going to change the world is a lot of what makes me wanna do it,” Soloway, who prefers gender-neutral pronouns they/them, said.

Enter “I Love Dick.”

The Amazon series, created by Soloway and Sarah Gubbins, is based on the feminist, semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Chris Kraus. The show centers around Chris, played by the incredible Kathryn Hahn. After she and her Holocaust scholar husband Sylvere (Griffin Dunne) arrive in Marfa, Texas, Chris becomes obsessed with the eponymous Dick (Kevin Bacon). Dick becomes the object of her overwhelming sexual desire, and, ultimately, her artistic muse. It is a shifting of roles ― the man as object and muse, the woman as subject and creator ― that seems simple, but feels wonderfully radical.

Much of what makes “I Love Dick” so special is the specificity of the dialogue and the stories,something that’s hard to separate from the show’s writers.

The writer’s room for “I Love Dick” was made up entirely of female and gender non-conforming people.In 2017, despite some progress, Hollywood remains overwhelmingly white, straight and male. And often, the lack of diversity that we see on screen can be traced to the people behind what’s on screen: the writers, producers, and directors.

“I Love Dick” centers its women characters. (Though the show’s cisgender, straight, male characters, are also some of the most complex and fascinating I’ve seen on TV.) As HuffPost’s Priscilla Frank put it:”‘I Love Dick’ is a triumphant scrambling of art and life, a ‘matriarchal revolution,’a battle cry for any woman who has yearned to make something of herself, while only ever knowing how to criticize herself.”

In a political moment where it can feel as though everything is at stake, it’s easy to write off pop culture as frivolous ― something we consume to distract ourselves from the outside world, rather than impact it. But what if television isn’t just an escape? At its best, pop culture allows us, even forces us, to rework and expand our notion of what normal is. It lets us practice radical empathy without even realizing it.

HuffPost spoke with Soloway and “I Love Dick” co-creator, Sarah Gubbins, about the making of the show, and subtle revolution that comes from letting women and gender non-conforming people shape their own on-screen narratives.

HuffPost: Did you go into the creation of “I Love Dick” knowing that you wanted to put together an all-woman and gender non-conforming writer’s room?

Jill Soloway:I’d learned, when we were looking for trans writers on “Transparent” that I couldn’t actually ever say, “I would like to hire a trans writer.” I had to say things like, “I would like to hire somebody who’s very familiar with the trans experience.” So, I guess I would say in this case, we wanted to hire people who we felt were familiar with the experiences that Chris [Kraus] had. And it turned out, of the people we spoke to, the people who were the most likely to write about this in the most fearless, bombastic, vulnerable human way ended up being all women and gender non-conforming people.

Cis men grow up assuming the world is meant for them and that they are the subjects. So as you start to move that and pull this subjectivity into femaleness, I think it makes men uncomfortable.
Jill Soloway

Sarah Gubbins: It wasn’t something where we said, “OK, when they pick us up and we put together a writer’s room, we’re going to make sure that it’s all women.” When Jill and I were talking about the kind of writers that we were interested in, whose work we are attracted to, and we thought would make great additions to the show, the list was a lot of women. At a certain point, we kind of looked at that and thought, “You know, I think we should just, uh, have an all female and gender non-conforming kind of room.”

I think what later emerged was as we were talking about the kind of show that we were making, and our hopes for the season, we knew that we were going to be bringing in the ways that Chris Kraus the author brought her own biography so intensely to the character of Chris Kraus. We knew that were going to be doing that in terms of when we were bringing our stories, and our experiences, and our point of views as it pertained to our genders. I think it just made sense. It actually was more nuanced than us just kicking it going, “Let’s only have chicks.”

What do you say to people who say it’s “unfair” or “discriminatory” to have a writers room without cisgender men in it?

Soloway: There’s a false equivalency that is a lot of people’s first response to these things. They say, “Well, isn’t that discrimination?” And I think, you have to really kind of knock that argument off ― or not knock off the argument, but take it in. You have to ask, “What are we doing when we create spaces that are all one anything?” And I think a lot of women feel like it’s about [creating a] safe space. And by safe space I don’t mean, “Oh, nobody’s going to offend my sensibilities,” because it was a really, really dirty room. And it’s not safe from being triggered, ’cause I’m sure, you know, there were all kinds of things that got said that were totally painful to hear and to say.

So this when I want to talk about false equivalencies. Like if somebody was to say to Donald Glover [who put together an all-black writer’s room on ‘Atlanta’], “Oh, would it right for me to have an all white men writer’s room?” You’d have to be like, “Well, no,” because there has been all-white, male writer’s rooms since forever. And so again, I’m gonna do one last comparison. If somebody said to Donald Glover, “Hey, you just need at least one white guy in [the ‘Atlanta’ writer’s room]. You must have at least one guy in there to make sure that your content is dot dot dot, question mark.” To make sure that your content is what? Approved by white people? Makes sense to white people? That would be a totally insane thing to say. It would be an insane thing to demand. And so, for women, it’s the same thing.

Were there conversations that you think wouldn’t have happened had there been cis men in the writers room?

Soloway: I think a lot of women have grown up being told unconsciously, “Just be a little bit careful. Shape what you’re saying. Shade what you’re doing. Massage who you are just a little bit to make sure that men feel comfortable.” So when you don’t have that male perspective in the room, what happens is that women start to really relax and really let their guard down, and really take off that discernment that says, “Well, hold on a second. Don’t do that, ’cause that’s ugly.” Or, “Don’t do that because it’s too slutty.” Or, “Don’t do that because it’s too sad.”

I think it felt like a relief for the women in the writers room to not feel like they were being kept in check by a guy, or multiple guys, who would be representing something that would so-called “normal.” I think we were trying to upend what normal meant. And a lot of the women in the writer’s room had been the only woman in another writer’s room.

Again, cis men grow up assuming the world is meant for them and that they are the subjects. So as you start to move that and pull this subjectivity into femaleness, I think it makes men uncomfortable.

Gubbins: I think there’s a line in the book: “What women say to each other is the most interesting thing right now.” I think there are very aware, dare I say “woke,” cis dudes that probably could participate in those conversations, and weave space, and be observers to what those conversations would be and not active authors. But I think it was easier that we weren’t negotiating that.

A lot has been written about how “I Love Dick” embraces the “female gaze.” Can you talk about what leaning into the female gaze meant to you in terms of the way the show came together?

Soloway: I think my understanding of the binary is shifting and it feels a little bit reductive to just say the female gaze is the opposite of the male gaze. We know that “male gaze” means more than just a picture of a woman in a bikini. And we know that the “female gaze” means more than just Kevin Bacon’s butt as he goes into the water. I think of [the female gaze] as a filmmaking tool that I use.

Here’s a perfect example of what the female gaze is. You know that scene where Toby [an academic and artist studying in Marfa]was sitting in the middle of all those men? [Editor’s note: The episode shows Toby live-streaming herself laying nude in the middle of an oil camp.] Jim Frohna, who’s a man, he shot it and he did a great job. But when I watched it, there [was] something missing. And we went back and shot some more, and this tim he took his pants off and sat in his boxers in the middle of the circle as he filmed. He sort of became Toby. He wanted to record how it felt to be her, instead of look at her. It was amazing.

Gubbins: Every step of the way of making the show was an investigation into what it meant to try to enact the female gaze. I think it meant the way in which we actually made the show, the way we actually shot the show. The kind of set that Soloway has put together is an incredibly inclusive one where they really don’t rush. They don’t worry about time. They really just try to stay as emotionally honest and present as possible. It’s leading with those kinds of intentions and principles as a guide post.

I just don’t think there’s one easy definition for this is what the female gaze means, like “this is how you make a television show shot in the female gaze.” I think it’s intention, it’s process, it’s deliberation, and it, for me, always was about giving Chris Kraus agency and a voice. That also meant she wasn’t going to be contained in one rendition, and that she was going to be complicated, and sometimes frustratingly abject. She didn’t have to be an ideal for us. That’s part of broadening the idea of the protagonist.

Episode 5, “A Short History of Weird Girls,”which shows four female characters ― Chris, Toby, Devon and Paula ― speaking about their sexualities and sexual histories straight to camera,was a revelation for me. I really felt like I had never seen anything like it before. Can you talk a little bit about that episode?

Soloway: We were trying to get really granular, naming our moments of witnessing our younger selves and how we came into contact with the idea of sexual shame. And I think that in a room with all women, we felt compelled to tell the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Because we weren’t just trying to do that extra bit of shading that you start to do when there’s a cis man around.

Gubbins: We really started with the book, and we started with our responses to the book. In investigating the book, you really do spend time thinking about Chris’s history of desire and shame, and the shame that she felt in her sexuality, and her heterosexualness ― being a feminist, but also being so abject in her obsession. That led us down a path of talking about what our own personal histories were, and it led us back to childhood and when we first understood that we were sexual beings, and being sexualized, and our relationship to that.

Then Annie Baker and Heidi Schreck, [who wrote the episode], I remember they spent a weekend watching experimental films from feminist filmmakers. You really thought of giving voice to all the women, or major women characters in the show, in the ways that we were sharing those conversations about ourselves, our mothers, our sisters, our friends. So, that really is how the episode was born.

Why do you think that in 2017, there’s still something jarring about seeing women’s desires laid bare?

Gubbins: Because we don’t see it. You think about the ways in which we’re accustomed to seeing violence, or we’re accustomed to seeing a hyper-sexualized female bodies, or desexualized intelligent female bodies. We have a tradition and a long history of bifurcating our female protagonist. It’s part of what our culture does to women.

Even in the 40 years since Roe V. Wade, it’s like we still have yet to give women complete control of their bodies. I’m not [taking] a political position here, I’m just saying this is our culture. We have a vice president who won’t go to dinner with a woman, for fear that it might be somehow inappropriate to his marriage. This is someone who is leading our government. So, there is still space for that kind of bifurcation. So, I don’t think that when popular culture is reflecting what’s happening in our political climate that we’ve ever kind of come out the other side.

[Women are] hungry to be seen. It’s a basic human want.
Sarah Gubbins

Soloway:[“I Love Dick”] exists as a corrective for the way that so many young women see female bodies and sex, which is like, “My body has to be perfect. I have to hold my stomach in. I need to make the right kinds of noises. I need to make the right kinds of faces.” These things that kind of get in us when we’re teenagers about what sex is, and it really is about experiencing ourselves as the object while we’re having sex.

These things don’t go away easily. They stay with us into our 20s, and they stay with us into our 30s. And you’re kind of always having to experiencing yourself through the eyes of others if you’re a woman in America. This is how we all grew up: This is sexy. This girl in Playboy. Then there’s some other kind of sex that other people might be having, and I don’t know what that is, but it’s gross. It’s not sexy, it’s gross. Everything that’s not a beautiful girl looking beautiful is disgusting.

And so, sometimes it’s those little things. I think about what would it have been like for me if I were 19 or 20 and I was in college, and I had seen [the kind of sexuality that’s portrayed on “Dick”], not only on TV, but on TV with that stamp that says, “Yeah, this is a regular television show. This is just people. This isn’t anything weird.”

So, what power do TV shows have in expanding ― or limiting ― our ideas of what is possible and acceptable?

Gubbins: Pop culture allows a viewer to come in and exercise their imagination and to have an empathetic experience, be it through humor, through drama. That’s what we do when we consume pop culture. We have an empathetic exchange. By allowing people to experience the fullness of a very controlled gender dynamic, I think it allows them to alter their perceptions. There’s an engagement that they have with characters.

I think [TV can] demystify things that seem scary or are misunderstood. I’m thinking about the way in which gay culture has evolved, and the ways in which our representation of queer culture on TV has allowed for some sort of acceptance and normality at an accelerated rate that legislation alone couldn’t tackle. That’s a very positive belief, but I think it is the power of storytelling, and I think we have this great ability to entertain people, make them laugh, and make them feel things that they didn’t expect to. We get to do that, and we get to do it on a show where we get to represent ourselves. I think people, women especially, are hungry for that. They’re hungry to be seen. It’s a basic human want.

Soloway: There are so many shows that are hypnotic suggestions about how girls act and how women act. And those are things that make me crazy. I think about growing up on “The Love Boat,” watching “The Love Boat” and just watching the way an attractive man would be fought over by two really hot women. And sometimes, I can just get so enraged when I think about that as the writer of that show, writing his own propaganda of how he wishes the world were for him.

That writing really is propaganda for the self. I know it more than ever with “Transparent” and “Dick,” is that I’m a writing a reality. I’m writing a reality that I want to live in. And men have been doing that to us since forever, and then you start to kind of wake up to it, you know? And you realize even something that might be an earnest, creative submission to the canon by another white, heterosexual cis male really is also propaganda.

Is the answer just to have a wider variety of people making that “propaganda”?

Soloway: I just think get the tools in other people’s hands ―in the hands of women, in the hands of people of color, in the hands of queer people ― and start to share the wealth a little bit. That storytelling really does create empathy. It really, really does. I mean, I’ve been the beneficiary of that. I look at the very moment where my parent came out to me on the telephone, and in the very first moments and days my first feelings were fear. And I remember thinking, how am I going to tell my friends? How am I going to tell my in-laws? How am I going to tell my kids?

And then to look here four years later, now, and see what “Transparent” was able to do out of just that one feeling of trying to create a safe place for myself to live in. For my dad to live in. For my family to live in. To make it OK. And it actually made it OK. That’s the crazy part. Is that it actually worked.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Women Aren’t Going To Just Let Bill Cosby Hold ‘Town Halls’ On Sexual Assault

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If Bill Cosby really thinks he can launch a lecture tour on how to avoid getting charged with sexual assault ― without triggering the wrath of millions of women ― he’s clearly eaten one too many Jell-O pudding pops.

The women’s movement, gathering strength since President Donald Trump’s election, is not having this. Women ― and plenty of men ― aren’t having this.

The 79-year-old comic just recently avoided a verdict in a criminal sexual assault trial because the jury couldn’t agree on his guilt. Now spokesman Andrew Wyatt says Cosby’s considering doing a series of town halls on sexual assault, aimed at “young people,” starting this summer.

Cosby’s lectures apparently would be about how to avoid getting charged with assault.

The absurdity and horror did not go unnoticed.

“It’s like O.J. searching for his ex-wife’s killer,” Nancy Erika Smith, the lawyer who represented former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson in her sexual harassment case against the network’s then-Chairman Roger Ailes, told HuffPost. “He convinces some jurors that he wasn’t guilty beyond a reasonable doubt (a high standard) so now he thinks we’re all stupid. He’s beyond disgusting.”

Yes, it’s mostly men who still control the levers of power in the United States ― they dominate the entertainment realm in which Cosby was able to maneuver for decades and they make up the overwhelming majority of business leaders and politicians.

But their vice-grip on power is truly weakening.

It’s like O.J. searching for his ex-wife’s killer.
Nancy Erika Smith

Just this week, the CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, was forced to step down from his perch because a woman spoke up. Former Uber engineer Susan Fowler’s February blog post exposing the ride-sharing company’s culture of sexual harassment set in motion Kalanick’s demise. Earlier this year, Bill O’Reilly lost his post at Fox News, after women opened up about how he mistreated them. His boss,Ailes, was ousted last year after Carlson and multiple other women came forward with their stories.

In these cases, brave women spoke up and we believed them. Powerful men were held to account.

“We’ve seen over the last few years more women stand up and fight back against rape culture and sexual assault,” Karin Roland, chief campaigns officer at the nonprofit women’s advocacy group UltraViolet, told HuffPost.

“When women do stand up and fight back and are successful, misogynists feel their power slipping away,” she said.

When that happens, the men get scared and they fight harder, she added. That could help explain how Trump got elected. What’s more terrifying to a misogynist than an inexperienced egomaniac in the White House? A woman president.

The backlash and fear of women’s power also could be part of the reason Cosby and his camp are trying to get away with this tour idea.

Many of us found it incredibly disheartening that a jury let Cosby off the hook last week, failing to reach a verdict in a sexual assault case brought by Andrea Constand.

But Cosby’s hardly home free. The prosecutor in the case said he’ll bring the comedian to trial again. His reputation as America’s dad is destroyed. And he’s already admitted to drugging Constand (and other women) and then having sexual relations with them. (He argues it was all consensual.)

This wouldn’t even be Cosby’s first controversial lecture tour. He’s been widely criticized for a series of talks given to African Americans, in which he blamed them for harassment and discrimination.

The tour could also be an attempt by Cosby’s legal team to sway public opinion, influencing the minds of a future jury by attempting to portray himself as the hapless victim of a smear campaign.

“Mr. Cosby’s so-called workshops appear to be a transparent and slick effort to attempt to influence the jury pool from which jurors will be selected for his second criminal trial,” Gloria Allred said in a statement Thursday.

“Mr. Cosby should understand, however, that this is not about optics,” added Allred, who represents many of the women who accuse Cosby of assaulting them ― some have active civil suits against Cosby making their way through the courts ― and who was in the courtroom for this most recent trial.

The optics are, of course, terrible.

“What the hell,” Carlson tweeted, after learning about the tour.

It’s not even clear that Cosby really means to go through with it. In a statement to HuffPost, his spokesman Wyatt tried to clarify the plan, but didn’t really. Instead he just said that thousands of organizations had asked Cosby to speak about the judicial system ― and the comedian would do so for free.

What is clear: If Cosby tries to actually do this, women are ready. Roland’s UltraViolet ― which was instrumental in organizing protests around O’Reilly ― said it intends to protest any kind of Cosby event.

“Cosby’s ‘how to get away with rape’ tour is a disgusting display of rape culture,” Roland said. If he goes through with it, she added: “He should certainly expect women all over the country to hold him accountable.”

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Cosby Juror Believes Constand’s ‘Bare Midriff’ Meant She Was Asking For It

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A juror on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial believes that accuser Andrea Constand was “well-coached” on the stand.

The anonymous juror spoke to the Philadelphia Inquirer about the recent mistrial and what the atmosphere was like in the jury deliberation room. Cosby was on trial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former women’s basketball coach at Temple University, in 2004.

After 52 hours of deliberation the jurors were split and unable to reach a unanimous decision.Judge Steven O’Neill declared a mistrial on Saturday morning, and Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said he planned to retry the case.

The anonymous juror told the Inquirer that the votes were evenly split “up the middle: young and old, black and white, men and women” and that it would be a “waste” of money to try Cosby again. He added that the comedian “has paid dearly” already for the 60-plus public sexual assault allegations.

He also implied that Constand had not been truthful on the stand, saying that she was “well-coached.”

“Let’s face it: She went up to his house with a bare midriff and incense and bath salts,” he said. “What the heck?”

The juror suggested that Constand had fabricated her testimony because her mother (who also took the stand) forced her to. He added that he believes most of the women who have accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them are lying.

“This is ridiculous, unbelievable,” he said. “I think more than half jumped on the bandwagon.”

In an interview for “Good Day Alabama” on Wednesday, Cosby’s spokespeople announced that the comedian will be hosting a series of town halls to educate young people on sexual assault. While the details of the town halls are unclear, Cosby’s rep Andrew Wyatt told HuffPost that they’ve “received hundreds of calls from civic organizations and churches requesting for Mr. Cosby to speak to young men and women about [sexual assault and] the judicial system.”

Head over to the Philadelphia Inquirer to read the rest of the anonymous juror’s thoughts on Cosby’s trial.

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‘OITNB’ Actress On Why She’s ‘Proud’ To Portray A Black Muslim Woman On Screen

Aside from the one-of-a-kind storylines presented in the hit Netflix show “Orange Is the New Black,” the cult series also stands out from other mainstream shows for its depiction of characters from diverse racial,religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Actress Amanda Stephen plays Alison Abdullah, a black Muslim woman who represents one of several marginalized groups viewers see in the series.

Stephen spoke with HuffPost on Tuesday about the pride she takes in representing such a rarely portrayed demographic.

“I’m proud to be playing Alison Abdullah, a black Muslim here in America,”said Stephen, who doesn’t practice Islam in her personal life.

Muslim characters on TV are so often typecast as terrorists that even former President Barack Obama once felt compelled to call out the media’s stereotyping.

“Our television shows should have some Muslim characters that are unrelated to national security. It’s not that hard to do,” the 44th president said during his visit to a Baltimore mosquein February 2016.

While having a Muslim TV character without a terror-related storyline is rare in itself,it’s even rarer for such a character to be a black woman.Stephen noted this lack of representation,saying she can only recollect one instance of seeing someone in that role on television.

“Regina King playing a Muslim woman in ‘American Crime’ was really the first time I’d seen a modern African-American black Muslim woman played and it showed so many different layers of her,” she said.

“Any underrepresented group deserves to be represented ... entertainment and arts is supposed to be a reflection of society,” Stephen continued.

But there is one thing that differentiates King’s and Stephen’s characters: Stephen’s Alison Abdullah is in prison.

“Having a black Muslim inmate is just saying, ‘Whatever your preconceived notions of black Muslims are, hey, this is her story. Hey, maybe by seeing her story you’ll start to think more about seeing a black Muslim lady walking down the street and think about what her story is.’”

And she believes“OINTB” is doing its part to encourage this line of thinking.

“I think ‘OINTB’tries to find the humanity and similarities among us all on this earth and try to find more empathy amongst ourselves,” she said.

The actress, who posed for a political photo shootin March and recently gave birth to her first child,is just as uncertain as the rest of us about how her character landed in prison.

“I believe in my heart that ― because she’s bright ― I’m not sure if she did some kind of forgery,” she speculated. “I think something dealing with her [halal food] business [and] trying to make ends meet. So maybe she dabbled in something illegal to boost her business.”

We’ll just have to wait and see.

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‘Wonder Woman’ Will Be The Highest Grossing Live-Action Film Directed By A Female

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“Wonder Woman” is about to break yet another awesome record for women in Hollywood.

This week, the Patty Jenkins–directed film not only crossed the $600 million threshold, but it will also surpass Phyllida Lloyd’s 2008 “Mamma Mia!” to become the highest grossing live-action film directed by a woman, The Hollywood Reporter first noted. “Wonder Woman” hit $609.5 million for its global sum― $293.2 million domestic and$316.3 million international ― through Thursday, and will officially break the record sometime Friday, Warner Bros. said in a statement to HuffPost. “Mamma Mia!” earned$609.8 million worldwide.

“It’s an incredible achievement when you look at the success of this movie,” Warner Bros.President of Domestic Distribution Jeff Goldstein told HuffPost Friday, saying that with each passing day and week the film continues to outpace where any historical comparisons predicted it should be.

“The real story is the fact that Princess Diana has really hit everybody ― young and old, male and female,” Goldstein added. “It’s truly a four-quadrant movie. The universal themes of what ‘Wonder Woman’stands for are really positive. When you look at what Patty Jenkins put together in a movie, it really is fun.”

Not only has Goldstein heard stories of multiple viewings by both men and women, but Father’s Day stood out as a particularly successful day.

“Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot under Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, became the biggest opening for a female directoreverwhen it hit theaters June 2 and raked in more than $100 million.

The film is a contender to beat Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s $665.7 million worldwide box office tally for 2011′s “Kung Fu Panda 2” to become the top-grossing film by a solo female director, THR notes. Jennifer Lee is another record-holder for Disney’s “Frozen,” which she co-directed with Chris Buck to earn $1.28 billion worldwide.

“Wonder Woman’s” 21-day domestic total of $293 million has already surpassed that of 2013′s “Man of Steel,”according to Forbes.(Sorry, Superman.)

Even Jenkins has had her moments of shock.

“I’m stunned by the success of the film. But I’m also surprised how rare it’s been,” she told TIME. “I can’t wait till enough women filmmakers have had a chance to make movies of this size and scale and those movies have been successful. There will still be conversation about smaller issues. But it will be nice that they can just be filmmakers making films.”

Fans, get excited.Jenkins is already working on the sequel.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Snoop Dogg to get Walk of Fame stars

Shonda Rhimes, "Weird Al" Yankovic and late entertainers Bernie Mac and Steve Irwin will also be receiving stars

Ian McKellen Is All For A Gay James Bond

Ian McKellen is all for 007 being a man’s man.

On Thursday, the“Lord of the Rings” star, 78, said he’d fully support the idea of James Bond being portrayed as a gay man ― and he thinks author Ian Fleming, who created the fictional Secret Service agent, would also fully support the idea.

“If you play James Bond as an outwardly camp, silly gay man that no one took seriously,” McKellen, who came out as gay in 1988, told Variety, “and then he turned out as many gay men are underneath their clothes — buff and strong and as hetero as any hetero — we might have a more truthful story than the one that has been told.”

To those who feel that a gay Bond would go against Fleming’s vision, McKellen begs to differ. In fact, he thinks the author, who died in 1964, would support the idea. “I’m not sure subsequent actors have quite understood the joke, which is the same as Superman,” he said. “James Bond is a wimp! He’s a silly Englishman that wants his martinis stirred. He changes his underwear, like Superman, and he can save the world.”

Fans, however, shouldn’t expect to see McKellen as Bond. “I’m too old to play it,” he said. “I can be on the periphery of this new version.”

The prospect of having James Bond be a gay man in a future film has been the subject of debate among fans and 007 actors for some time. Among those who’d support the idea is the franchise’s current Bond, Daniel Craig.

“You can do anything as long as it’s credible and it works,” the “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace” star told Sky News, via Pink News, in 2015. “It doesn’t matter.”

But Roger Moore, who played Bond in seven films including 1973′s “Live and Let Die” and 1985′s “A View to A Kill,” wasn’t sold on the idea.

“I have heard people talk about how there should be a lady Bond or a gay Bond, but they wouldn’t be Bond for the simple reason that wasn’t what Ian Fleming wrote,” Moore, who died in May,told the Daily Mailin 2015.Keeping Bond as a straight white man, he felt, was “not about being homophobic or, for that matter, racist — it is simply about being true to the character.”

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Epic Moments In Fashion That Wouldn’t Have Existed Without The LGBTQ Community

Plainly stated, fashion as we know it today would not exist if not for the creativity and influence of people in the LGBTQ community. LGBTQstylists, designers and fashion personalities alike make up the heart of the industry.

As a result, many of our very favorite moments in pop culture, film and even political happenings would simply have not been possible without the LGBTQ community’s contributions.

The history of fashion and its intersection with queerness goes far beyond this small sampling. The 25 moments we’re highlighting below, while iconic, just barely skim the surface.

Could you imagine living in a world without Madonna’s cone bra, debuted in 1990 and designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier? Or what about any single thing Sarah Jessica Parker wore as Carrie Bradshaw on “Sex and the City?”

Behold, in honor of Pride Month, 25 of the many epic moments in fashion history for which we should thank the LGBTQ community.

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Life Hasn’t Made Sense Since We Learned There Are Two Harry Potters

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Hello, world.

We have some news for you about Harry Potter, a book series you might have loved very much when you were a child.

Yes, you read that right, this groundbreaking information that may just shatter your world is about Harry Potter.

The book series that may have inspired you to ink this tattoo ...

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... Or this tattoo ...

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... Forever and ever on your body for eternity, because the characters, themes and moral compass present in the books shaped the very fiber of your being.

We’ll give you a moment to settle in before revealing this new information. You may want to grab a cup of tea or snuggle up in with a Crookshanks type of furry friend.

OK, are you ready for this?


So, it turns out that The Boy Who Lived had lived before.

Or at least someone with the same name.

In aPottermore entry, author J.K. Rowling revealed that in her magical wizarding world, there are technically two Harry Potters. (Though the post was created in 2015, it’s recently gained traction online.)

The author wrote:

Henry Potter (Harry to his intimates), was a direct descendant of Hardwin and Iolanthe, and served on the Wizengamot from 1913 - 1921.

She also wrote:

Henry caused a minor stir when he publicly condemned then Minister for Magic, Archer Evermonde, who had forbidden the magical community to help Muggles waging the First World War.

And this was also mentioned:

His outspokenness on the behalf of the Muggle community was also a strong contributing factor in the family’s exclusion from the “Sacred Twenty-Eight”.

It should be noted that the “Sacred Twenty-Eight” are the families in the wizarding world that were still “truly pure-blood” by the 1930s.

Rowling goes on to say that O.G. Harry had a son who was called Fleamont Potter, who married Euphemia.Together they had a son, named James.

James then married a Muggle-born woman named Lily Evans and they had a son named Harry — the Harry Potter in the book series.

So, basically, the info everyone is freaking out about is that Harry Potter’s great-grandfather’s name was also Harry Potter.


But the information about why the Potter family was not included in the Sacred Twenty-Eight and that Harry descends from a line of wizards who stand up against discrimination is pretty cool.

Here’s just hoping — for the sake of humanity — that there’s more than one Hermione Granger out there in the world.

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Matt Lauer Trolls Tom Cruise By Reenacting Infamous ‘Glib’ Interview

Troll! There’s a troll in the dungeon! And his name is Matt Lauer.

Back in 2005, Lauer sat down with Tom Cruise for an interview about “War of the Worlds,” and things quickly took a turn for the worse.

In the interview, Cruise criticized Brooke Shields for treating her postpartum depression with drugs and went on a rant about drug abuse, infamously calling Lauer “glib.”

“You’re glib. You don’t even know what Ritalin is,” said Cruise.

This was during the Cruise and Katie Holmes years, so all the while Holmes was looking on. Thinking back on it, it’s very weird, but somehow it makes sense.

Now, more than a decade later,Andy Cohen somehow convinced Lauer to reenact the interview with the latter playing the part of Cruise. Despite Lauer saying that Cruise was later apologetic and they now have a good relationship, the dude went for it.

You can watch the original interview, including all the shots of Holmes looking on, in the “Today Show” video below, unless, of course, you’re glib.

Why you gotta be so glib? Do you even know what Ritalin is?

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Billy Joel to speak at hometown graduation

Billy Joel is returning to his Long Island hometown to speak at this weekend's commencement ceremony

Justin Hartley Reveals When We’ll Learn About Jack’s Fate On ‘This Is Us’

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Justin Hartley can’t wait to return to the set of “This Is Us” ― not only so he can reunite with his castmates, but also so he can find out what will happen in Season 2.

We feel you, Justin.

“I’m dying to read the first script. I haven’t read the script for Episode 1, Season 2 ... So I’m looking forward to that,” Hartley told HuffPost.

A lot of attention surrounds the intriguing storyline of Hartley’s cast member and on-screen father,Milo Ventimiglia, who plays Jack Pearson. We know Jack dies at some point in the series,but, as viewers, we don’t know how or why.

From the sound of it, we won’t have to wait too long to find out.

“Everyone on the show knows how it happens … I think from what I’ve been told, we’re going to find out in the first few episodes how it happens. I don’t think it’s going to be that lingering thing,” Hartley said.

The actor, meanwhile, is also excited to learn what will become of his own character, Kevin Pearson, who faced a big decision at the end of Season 1. Kevin receives a call from director Ron Howard offering him a film role, just as his rekindled relationship with his ex-wife, Sophie (Alexandra Breckenridge), is starting to look up.

“It’s really sort of a tough ask for Kevin to be asking Sophie, ‘How do you feel about this?’ And it shows how strong she is. She’s like, ‘Go, I want you to have what you want.’ And she’s trusting him. And that’s gonna be a horrifying thing for her. Very familiar territory ... I want him to get what he wants.”

Although Hartley hasn’t read the scripts yet, he has some ideas of how he’d like things to go for Kevin.

“I feel like he’s evolved enough. He’s grown,” Hartley said, adding, “I think he wants the girl and he wants the job. I feel likes he’s going to be able to do it. I hope so, anyway. I also hope that, as an actor, there’s a bunch of shit going on … It’s good for the audience, it’s good storytelling.”

Hartley and the rest of the “This Is Us” cast will begin filming Season 2 in July. Although they’ve been off doing their own things over the last few months, they’ve done a decent job staying in touch, Hartley says.

“We have a group-text situation going on, which is great, but that’s different than actually spending time with people. It’s a click here and there, and there’s 10 people on the group chain and you just pop back and forth. So there’s really no deep conversations that go on in the group chain. But it’s nice, it’s a good way to keep in touch with people,” he said.

“This Is Us” returns to NBC on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 9 p.m. ET.

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RuPaul Is Getting A Star On The Walk Of Fame

There really seems be no stopping Mother Ru.

RuPaul Charles, the most famous drag queen in the world and host of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” already has an Emmy under his belt and just landed on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.

Now, the star is getting a literal star of his own ― on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Ru broke the news on Twitter Thursday night, telling his followers “my heart is beating so fast right now!”

Sweet Cheeses! My heart is beating so fast right now! - RuPaul to Get Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame @worldofwonder

— RuPaul (@RuPaul) June 22, 2017

Other big names to make the cut among the 2018 includeMark Hamill, Lynda Carter, Jennifer Lawrence, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Kirsten Dunst.

“The Committee looked carefully at each nominee and we feel that we have selected an eclectic group of talent that will appeal to the tastes of many fans around the world,” Vin Di Bona, chairman of the selection committee, reportedly stated.

RuPaul’s career began in the in '80s working in the clubs and nightlife community of New York City. He got his big break in 1992 with the release of his song and video of “Supermodel.” In the ’90s he starred in 100 episodes of “The RuPaul Show,” a talk show hosted by the performer on VH1. After a long hiatus, he returned to the spotlight in 2008 with the debut of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” which catapulted him to new levels of fame.

Congrats, girl!

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Khloe Kardashian’s Sheer Bodysuit Is A Wardrobe Malfunction Waiting To Happen

Khloe Kardashian just released a new line of bodysuits, just a few weeks after a designer claimed the reality star’s Good American brand copied some of her designs.

The 32-year-old modeled some of her newest items on social media.

“I am beyond proud that this range is available for women of ALL shapes and sizes!” Kardashian wrote on Instagram. “Each bodysuit is designed to fit your body and your curves! Can’t wait to see you all in these!!”

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“Just waiting on baby like....” the Good American designer captioned another photo.

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Despite the exciting fact that the items are size inclusive, they’re mostly see through, which makes them difficult to wear for the majority of situations (save for a few fun nights out).

For the $129-$189 price tag, you’d at least think they’d come with a built-in bra (the items docome with pasties):

Khloe recently said that she likes to wear her bodysuits commando.

“The reason why I love them so much is because they kind of give you that Spanx feel,” Kardashian said in an interview with People. “They’re super contouring and hold you in at the same time and you feel really good in them because of that suction.”

Whatever you say, Khloe.

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You’ll Never Believe Who Jace Norman Wants To Slime

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Nickelodeon heartthrob Jace Norman got his start with a single appearance on “Jessie.” From there, he rose through the ranks to nab a leading role on “Henry Danger.” This year, Jace won the Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Male TV Star. And last month, it was announced that “Henry Danger” is getting its own big screen adaptation. Huge things on the horizon for Norman, but more importantly ... who would he like to personally slime? Find out his answer below.

How did you first get started acting?

I used to live in New Mexico on a farm, and my brother and I had this camera and we would just make movies. We were really big fans of “Star Wars.” My brother asked if he could go audition for an agent, and I went, too.Things ended up working out pretty well for me somehow ... and not too good for him. It’s kind of awkward.

What do you and your character have most in common personality-wise? What makes you different?

He’s a different version of me. I grew into the character. At first, I was this little kid, but as the super hero grew, I grew, and this kind of evolution happened.

Henry Hart lives this double life as both a normal teenager and a superhero sidekick. What’s it like playing a character with two totally different sides to him?

It’s really fun! Henry is really a kid at heart.

Henry is one of the good guys fighting crime, but would you ever want to play a villain?

Totally. We filmed this episode where there’s this girl who’s actually a villain and I’m starstruck by her. So I definitely would want to play a villain.

Do you have a favorite memory from set?

We have super long hours on the show, so whenever it’s like one in the morning, Cooper [Barnes] and I get all loopy and start goofing around. Those are the best memories. We try to keep each other sane so we don’t overwork ourselves.

You post a lot of videos on social media. Do you see yourself ever working behind the camera in your career?

Totally. I think the next thing I’m going to get into is YouTube and start getting on that platform more. I think that’s where things are going anyway so I’m definitely going to get into that.

Do you have any fun upcoming projects that your fans can look forward to?

I’m doing a full-blown animated series about “Henry Danger.” I think fans are really going to like this. I think it’ll be the next “SpongeBob.”

What’s one song you can’t get enough of these days?

“Paris” by The Chainsmokers.

If you could have any superpower what would it be?


What’s one thing you’re really terrible at?

Drawing! I also can barely spell, like it’s not even funny.

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Selena Gomez.

What’s your go-to fast food joint?


Who would you choose to perform the next Super Bowl halftime show?

Justin Bieber.

What’s one TV show you would love to make a guest appearance on?

“Stranger Things.”

What current or past celebrity couple would you consider to be relationship goals?

Drake and Rihanna.

You have a great sense of style. Who inspires your look?

My mom has a really good sense of style. I just kind of see what’s cool and then combine my own flavor with that.

What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?

“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” or “The Bachelor.”

Name one celebrity you would LOVE to personally slime on Nickelodeon.

Leonardo DiCaprio.

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19 Adorable Harry Potter-Themed Products For Pregnant Women

There are lots of awesome Harry Potter-themed products for babies ― from onesies to bibs to nursery decor. But if you’re pregnant, you don’t have to wait until your baby is born to get in on the action.

Moms-to-be can enjoy a variety of maternity shirts and baby shower products inspired by the wizarding world.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book, we rounded up some of the best options on Etsy. Keep scrolling for some magical gift ideas for pregnant women.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Birthday Post For Selma Blair Is Perfectly Nostalgic

Sarah Michelle Gellar sure knows how to make an Instagram birthday post count.

The actress posted a series of photos on the app in honor of her friend and fellow actress Selma Blair’s birthday, and in short, they’re amazing. They’ve also got us feeling nostalgic.

The first was a still from the film “Cruel Intentions,” in which the two stars shared a memorable kiss, then there’s a snap of the two kissing on the red carpet at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards, where they won the “Best Kiss” awardfor that famous lip lock. The third photo shows the two accepting their awards on stage, reenacting their kiss once again, and the fourth photo is yet another kissing pic.

“For my #flashbackfriday I want to send birthday to my favorite birthday girl @therealselmablair Selma.....kissing burns 6.4 calories a minute. Want to workout?!? ” Gellar captioned the post.

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Gellar’s post is great for several reasons — it’s a solid flashback that makes us want to watch “Cruel Intentions” over againanda sweet birthday message all wrapped in one.

We’d say she slayed this one.

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Alexis Bledel Is Signed On For Season 2 Of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Warning: spoilers ahead!

Because Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” ended in the same way as its source material ― with its heroic central handmaid Offred being escorted out of her assigned home, either by the corrupt government or by the burgeoning resistance group ― Season 2 seems shrouded in mystery.

We have a few predictions: Offred (Elisabeth Moss) will visit the environmentally toxic colonies; she’ll stray further from her husband, Luke, before they’re reunited.

On Thursday, Hollywood Reporter shared news that sheds light on next season’s plans: Alexis Bledel, who plays Offred’s confident Ofglen, will return for at least one more go-around.

At the end of last season, Ofglen was presumed dead ― at least by Offred, who witnessed her attempt to steal a car in the middle of a farmer’s market. Before that, Ofglen was mutilated by Gilead officials, punished for her sexual orientation.

So, what does the return of Ofglen mean for Season 2? It could be that Ofglen is actually a member of the resistance, an underground group that Offred will learn more about in coming episodes.

In Atwood’s 1985 novel, the story stays close in on Offred and her small attempts to find joy in language and the quiet details of the world, as well as her memories. It’s effective, but perhaps not enough fodder for a multi-season drama. So, showrunner Bruce Miller has said that he’ll deviate from the book, while staying true to its spirit and intentions.

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Taraji P. Henson To Reunite With Tyler Perry For New Film

Taraji P. Henson is reuniting with Tyler Perry for his upcoming film“She’s Living My Life.”

In the Lionsgate movie, the actress plays a faithful wife who’s tired of her deceptive husband and becomes enraged when she realizes he is, in fact, betraying her. The Perry-directed film will be released on March 30, 2018, Variety reported.

Henson and Perry have previously worked together on “The Family That Preys” and “I Can Do Bad All By Myself.”

In addition to“She’s Living My Life,” “A Madea Family Funeral” will be released later in 2018. Perry’s next project coming to theaters will be “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” in October 2017.

Henson’s other current projects include season four of Fox’s “Empire” and the Screen Gems production“Proud Mary.” In 2018, Henson will be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Jane Lynch Was Up For James Corden’s Late-Night Gig, But, You Know, Women

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It’s pretty obvious that female hosts aren’t a top priority when it comes to late night. Actually, Samantha Bee is the onlywoman featured in the lineup of men, which includes Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden, Seth Meyers, Conan O’Brien, Trevor Noah and John Oliver.

“I’m lonely here,” Bee put it simply in an interview with the “Today Show.”

Well, as it turns out, Bee could have had some company with actress and comedian Jane Lynch, who revealed to HuffPost that she pitched her own program to CBS when they were looking to hire for “The Late Late Show.” (The job obviously went to James Corden, whom Lynch is a big fan of, FYI.)

I will say that CBS did ask me to come in and pitch them something for late night, before they got James Corden, and I went in with a dumb idea and I kind of regret it.
Jane Lynch

During a Build Series interview, Lynch told us that she’d “love” to host a late-night show, it’s just that women aren’t chosen for the positions.

“I’m a little long in the tooth, I think, in the wrong sex right now, but that’s OK. If it were offered and it looked like it was going to be fun [I’d do it],” Lynch said of the possibility. “I will say that CBS did ask me to come in and pitch them something for late night, before they got James Corden, and I went in with a dumb idea and I kind of regret it. I said, ‘You know, it’s late night, let’s just have a five-piece band, no studio audience and maybe one or two guests. Maybe even people [who are] not celebrities. Maybe somebody who’s just interesting.’ And their eyes were glossing over as I was telling them and I wish I said, ’I have an idea! We’ll do like “The Graham Norton Show.”′ And I would be working at CBS late night right now!”

Still, Lynch is very impressed with the hosts currently airing in the evening, expressing her particular interest in “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” Although she gets a little wary of sharing her political ideals, she respects those who have the guts to take down the current administration.

“I’ll tweet politically every once and a while ― you just got to be careful, for me anyway. I’d rather sit around and talk to people without a microphone about what I think is going on and what I’m afraid of. In a way, I don’t want to get involved in that in a public way,” she said. “But I’m really grateful ... I think Seth Meyers is just killing it. He just stepped up, if you get a chance to see, his ‘Closer Look’ [segment], which he’s doing more of. It used to be once every couple of weeks and now almost every night he’s doing a ‘Closer Look.’”

For now, Lynch is happy to represent women hosts in the current game show revival. Believe it or not, she is, in fact, the only woman hosting one of these shows on network television: NBC’s “Hollywood Game Night.” (Good news: “So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley does front “Big Star Little Star,” on cable network USA.)

″‘Hollywood Game Night’ might have started this revival, but there’s still no more female hosts, I’m the only one. There’s just kind of an inability to open up the mind, I think, to females hosting things and I think the same thing with late night,” the Emmy-winning host said. “Samantha Bee is in there and she’s doing such a great job, but I love what the guys are doing so I have a hard time saying, ‘Why did we have to go across the pond to get James Corden?’ Because he’s awesome. He’s really good. Trevor Noah, too. He’s wonderful.”

Let’s get Lynch on late night, shall we?

For more with Jane Lynch, watch her full Build interview below:

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Jessica Biel’s Too-Real Instagram Sums Up The Life Of A Working Mom

Jessica Biel is living that working mom life, and she’s not afraid to show it.

The actress and her husband, Justin Timberlake, have a 2-year-old son named Silas, and they both juggle parenthood with their careers in entertainment.

On Thursday, Biel posted a photo on Instagram that summed up the exhaustion of raising a toddler while working outside the home.

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“SPOTTED! In her natural state, notice the slack jaw, deep sleep and palpable fatigue of this creature. Yes, it is a working mom,” she captioned the photo.

Biel’s Instagram received over 85,000 likes, and the comments section is filled with positive responses from working parents.

“I feel your pain, fellow mommy,” wrote one commenter. “Thank you for being so relatable to the everyday working mom it is so truly appreciated!” added another.

The actress has been candid about the chaos of working motherhood on social media in the past.

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In September, she posted a photo of a plate, fork and cup of coffee in the shower. “Yes. I eat in the shower. I admit it,” she wrote in the caption. “Chicken apple sausage and espresso. Try it. I dare you.”

Appearing on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,”she explained that her #ShowerEats photo represented the multitasking skills parents need.

“This is just mom life,”said Biel.

Thanks for keepin’ it real!

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In Alarming News, This Popular Ikea Bowl Will Catch On Fire In The Sun

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Furniture retailer Ikea is taking some heat after a man claimed its “BLANDA BLANK” bowl can set objects on fire.

The $4.99 bowl, which is still for sale on Ikea’s website, is made of stainless steel. Richard Walter of Sweden said he smelled smoke coming from the bowl when he was eating grapes over the weekend.

“I saw it was burning in the grape bowl. How is that possible, I thought. Then I saw there was one intense point where [the sun] hit the twigs, and that’s where it started,” Walter toldthe Swedish tabloid Aftonblade, via The Local.

He later reenacted the scene ― minus the grapes ― for a video he posted on Facebook. The clip shows how direct sunlight on the bowl could start a fire.

“For those of you who had a hard time believing it when it suddenly caught fire in my grapes on the balcony, I’ve done a little experiment to clarify how it all happened,” Walter wrote on Facebook.

Mona Astra Liss,U.S. Corporate Public Relations Director for Ikea, told HuffPost in a statement:

Product safety is always a top priority at Ikea and Ikea products are always tested to comply with applicable standards and legislations. In risk assessment for the bowl Blanda it has been established that many different parameters would have to converge for the content of the bowl to overheat and that the risk for this to happen is very low. The round design of the bowl further contributes to a very low risk of spreading, in case of any overheated material in the bowl.”

As long as it’s not going to cause any serious damage, setting the bowl out in the sun sounds like the perfect way to heat up some of those delicious Ikea meatballs. We at HuffPost also suggest renaming the bowl to something along the lines of:


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Sound of silence opens UK’s Glastonbury before Manchester classics fill the void

GLASTONBURY, England (Reuters) - Britain's Glastonbury Festival fell silent for a minute on Friday in memory of recent terror attacks and the devastating Grenfell Tower fire, before Hacienda Classical eased revelers into the first day of music at the world's biggest greenfield festival.

Lady Gaga’s Hiking Gear Is Hilariously Questionable

Lady Gagadeserves a round of applause for this one.

The singer was spotted on a hike with boyfriend Christian Carinoin Montauk, New York on Wednesday, according to Splash News. As they emerged from a trail, Carino sported pretty standard hiking gear: a T-shirt, shorts, sneakers and a beverage as an accessory.

Gaga wore a long black skirt and a twisted, ruffled black crop top with a pair of nude high-heeled pumps. Natch.

We can’t help wondering if this photo op was staged. The look is far from her most outrageous,but definitely questionable. It’s pretty absurd, even for the fancy pants Hamptons.

Of course, we’re not too surprised. This is the woman who once attended an awards show inside of an egg, after all. And, if nothing else, social media’s reaction alone is the cure for our confusion.

Check out a few perfect reactions to Gaga’s hiking gear below.

Gaga: walks down the street in NY wearing sneakers and a ball cap

Gaga: takes private hike wearing $1,000 Louboutins and couture

— Little King (@ryanpruneau) June 23, 2017

lady gaga hiking in heels and a dress is the level of extra i aspire to reach

— Ryan Bass (@ryan_bass3) June 23, 2017

"Slay that mountain, wreck that trail, and dismantle our awful hiking patriarchy. That trail has been canceled...

— Rog (@yehitsroger) June 22, 2017

Gaga is SLAYING this HIKE honestly speechless, letting the captions talk for themselves

— Kitty Girl (@lllchrisllll) June 22, 2017

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The Miss Sofia Coppola Seminary For Eternal Admirers


“I didn’t know what I wanted to do next, but I knew I wanted to do something that was really beautiful.”

Sofia Coppola’s movies reveal her contradictions. She is a director whose Hollywood inauguration was a birthright, thanks to an illustrious family tree and a luckless child-acting stint she never wanted. Fleeting youthfulness lies at the center of her stories: the troubled teens in “The Virgin Suicides” and “The Bling Ring,” the aging actors adrift in “Lost in Translation” and “Somewhere,” the callow duchess thrust into notoriety in “Marie Antoinette,” and now the repressed boarding-school denizens in “The Beguiled.” Her characters seek better horizons, but Coppola is nothing if not resolute, sophisticated, singular.

In the words of “Bling Ring” star Israel Broussard, Coppola has a “motherly essence and gracefulness.”According to “Virgin Suicides” matriarch Kathleen Turner, who also co-starred with Coppola in the 1986 comedy “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “She gives you a lot of freedom, but you feel she knows what she wants.” Stephen Dorff, the “Somewhere” headliner in whom Coppola spotted a “vulnerability” that no other director saw, waxes about her observant and “confident” disposition. Bill Murray, who netted his only Oscar nomination to date for “Lost in Translation,” has been known to call her the Velvet Hammer.

Not many filmmakers can claim palettes ― or personas ― as idiosyncratic as Coppola’s. She is known for getting the performances she wants from her actors and the sun-splashed aesthetics she wants from her cinematographers. She can take on the gravity of the French Revolution or the Civil War, imbuing a contemporary milieu that might make you forget you’re watching a period piece. She has tackled the insularity of suburbia and the disconnectedness of a metropolis, ensuring you relate to both. Every time you think you know Sofia Coppola, she challenges your assumptions, while still maintaining a fixation on adolescence’s ephemerality and the inhibitions that accompany maturity.

“The Beguiled,” which opens in limited release June 23, is more contained than her previous features, taking place entirely at the Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies. The institution’s resources have grown scarce as the Civil War roars on, invoking a malaise that defines the Coppola catalog.

″‘Somewhere’ was an exercise in how minimal we could make that movie and still have it be a movie,” she said during our recent interview in New York. “The script was not even a script — it was like 30 pages and it was just very, very simple. After ‘Marie Antoinette’ was so decorative and so many people, I wanted just to strip down how simply you could make a movie. That was the thinking. And then after ‘Bling Ring’ was such an ugly world, I wanted to do something beautiful. That was the starting point for ‘The Beguiled.’”


“Sometimes I can’t just relax and enjoy a book without looking at it as something to adapt, which is annoying because I enjoy just reading books.”

Across her six movies ― seven if you count the hourlong Netflix holiday special “A Very Murray Christmas” ― Coppola has adapted novels fixated on young women, told poignant original stories of self-rumination and depicted larger-than-life episodes from history.

Coppola never wanted to do a remake, but she gravitated toward“The Beguiled” after her production designer recommended the vampy 1971 original directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood as an injured Union soldier being nursed to health at the New Orleans boarding school. The few girls and women who remain there are transfixed by the mystifying man’s presence.

Siegel’s version, derived from a Thomas P. Cullinan novel that Coppola dismisses as“pulpy,” portrays the headmistress Miss Farnsworth (played by Geraldine Page) and her students as erratic and feral ― “crazy,” as Coppola puts it. While watching them plant seeds of flirtation and seduction, Coppola pondered what a less masculine perspective would entail, though she swears she’s not the type to consider what she would have done had she directed whatever movie she’s experiencing.

“I just wanted to connect with each character on a human level, so I just tried to think about what it was like for her,” Coppola said, referring to Farnsworth, brought to life in this rendition by Nicole Kidman’s commanding subtlety. “I wanted her to have dignity and be attractive. Just because she’s older doesn’t mean she needs to be crazy. And also just because they have desire, that shouldn’t be something crazy either — that should be something human and natural. In the other one, they had to become perverted. She had an incest story, and there’s a lesbian dream montage. Maybe it’s just the style of that time and that point of view, but I wanted to make her more human and relatable.”

These are, after all, women who have been subjected to a sort of finishing academy. They’ve read manuals on how to behave like a proper lady, what men expect from them, where their places in society lie. Played by Coppola veterans Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning, along with a handful of lesser-known young actresses, the characters engage in a battle royal, each pining for the affection of the interloping soldier (Colin Farrell, more strapping than ever).

“The Beguiled” harks back to Coppola’s 1999 debut, “The Virgin Suicides,”in which five 1970s teenage sisters shelter their sexuality inside a suburban Michigan home run by parents who implement similar Victorian confinements. The frilly white frocks adorning “The Beguiled” resemble the pale floral gowns the Lisbon sisters don on prom night, not long before collectively ending their lives. Josh Hartnett’s cool Trip Fontaine, who turns heads as he glides down the school’s halls like a true magic man, is to “The Virgin Suicides” what Farrell’s Corporal John McBurney is to “The Beguiled.”

Jeffrey Eugenides, the Pulitzer winner who wrote the novel on which “Virgin Suicides” is based, emailed Coppola to say he was “excited”she was adapting “The Beguiled,” a movie he loves. “I feel like there must have been something that he had in the back of his mind — there’s some relation” between the two stories, she said.

Despite our conversation about the threads that travel throughout her work, Coppola has no idea what anyone says about her online and in magazines. Her stories, largely centered on privileged white people, have inspired a derby of think pieces and Twitter debates, but Coppola is “too sensitive” to engage with those who accuse her films of, say, favoring style over substance. In fact, when I mentioned the passionate debates surrounding her work and its relation to her life as the daughter of the Hollywood legend who directed the “Godfather” trilogy (and the cousin of Jason Schwartzman and Nicolas Cage), she responds with her typical “Oh!” Your opinions about Coppola, whatever they may be, are likely to take her by surprise. It’s almost as if ― imagine! ― she is not here to substantiate critics. Her characters are always searching, just as she sought an identity independent of the biography that so many of us scrutinize. (She once started a fashion line and studied painting at the California Institute of the Arts. She has since helmed music videos, commercials and an opera.)

“I’m flattered that anyone’s thinking about that,” she said, indicating no desire to elaborate.


“I think about a young audience. I want them to have something. I never understood why movies for teenagers didn’t look good or weren’t good quality.”

On and off movie sets, Coppola is known for her gentle hand. She can come across as aloof, but during our time together earlier this week, her eye contact was warm and she seemed game to discuss whatever topic arose, even if she doesn’t necessarily enjoy annotating her own work.

“She appears almost passive,” Kathleen Turner told me. “She kind of lets things happen and then says, ‘Hmm, nah, that’s not quite how I saw it’ or ‘That’s not quite what I was thinking.’ There’s no outright criticism, per se, or it’s so seldom that it’s very surprising if there is.”

With that temperament, actorswantto give her what she’s looking for. It’s why Dunst has returned to Coppola’s charge time and again, and why the elusive Bill Murray became an unlikely muse for her as a screenwriter, and why the image-conscious Emma Watson went total Valley Girl sleaze in a what felt like a left turn after “Harry Potter” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”

Working with her costume designers and art directors, Coppola gives her casts photographs and films to study. For “The Bling Ring,” a story about real Los Angeles teens who preyed on opulent celebrity homes, she asked Watson and the other actors to watch heist capers like “Ocean’s Eleven.”For “The Beguiled,” Coppola looked to Roman Polanski’s “Tess” and David Hamilton’s ethereal photos of girls.

To create a Southern Gothic mood, smoke machines cast a fog over the Louisiana plantation’s oak trees. Coppola imagined a rich backstory for the manor that houses the Martha Farnsworth Seminary,once the site of antebellum balls. “Ithad its grand days,” she said. “The party’s over.”

Therein lies a key theme coursing through Coppola’s work: The party is over. It was over for Murray’s and Dorff’s fame-fatigued slouches in “Lost in Translation” and “Somewhere,” respectively. It came to a fatal end in “Marie Antoinette,” and a legally and spiritually fraught stopgap in “The Bling Ring.” In the case of “The Virgin Suicides,” the party could never begin. In a bold move that’s rare for a mainstream Hollywood debut, teen girls were ascribed a sort of ennui and restraint that regularly haunts adults.

“When I was starting with ‘Virgin Suicides,’ I wanted to make something about young women because I felt they weren’t always depicted in a way that I could relate to,” she said. “Besides [John Hughes movies like ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘Sixteen Candles’], there were always 35-year-olds playing teenage girls.”

Despite numerous childhood and young-adult screen credits ―including her infamously derided turn as Michael Corleone’s daughter in “The Godfather Part III” and an appearance in Madonna’s “Deeper and Deeper” video at age 21 ― Coppola blanches at the notion that she herself was something of a child starlet. Regardless, she clearly has a kinship with young actors and actresses that feeds into her recurring themes surrounding the power of youth.

Israel Broussard, for example, said she’d make the “Bling Ring” cast run and jump up and down before a scene to “get the heart racing.” Coppola said she employed the same tactic on “The Beguiled,” ordering the actresses to dash around in their characters’ nightgowns to prepare for a scene in which they’re hysterical.

Such anecdotes speak to the essence of a Coppola set. Kidman may be one of the few older actresses with whom Coppola has collaborated, but the idea of her sprinting though a New Orleans mansion―which, by the way, belongs to actress Jennifer Coolidge ― conjures up an image of girlhood, fleetingly recaptured just as Sofia would want it.


“I just want my movies to do well enough so I can keep making movies.”

In Hollywood, Coppola has been given what some might call a blank check. Few directors can make virtually any movie they want without interference from the studio backing the project. Coppola, who maintains final-cut approval, has said that securing the necessary financing for “The Beguiled” ― a reported $10 million ― wasn’t easy. Nonetheless,she has avoided the box-office litmus test that plagues many women, whose misfires are not granted the free pass their male counterparts enjoy.

Coppola’s highest-grossing film is easily“Lost in Translation,” which opened in 2003 and collected $119.7 million worldwide (in addition to Oscar nods for Best Picture and Best Director; she was the first American woman nominated for the latter).Despite 2010′s “Somewhere” petering out at $13.9 million and 2013′s “The Bling Ring” stalling at $19.1 million, she’s continued her track record, making a movie every three or four years.

Some of that goodwill was inevitably aided by her father’s legacy, even though Coppola’s work stands on its own. But Coppola only cares about ticket revenue insofar as she wants assurance that she can continue to work with the same freedom. (In 2015, she exited Disney’s live-action “Little Mermaid” reboot, which she would have filmed underwater, because the studio wouldn’t grant her creative license.) This time, however, she’s more invested in the profits.

“It would be fun if [‘The Beguiled’] is successful, just because there’s such a feeling right now with ‘Wonder Woman’ being a hit,” she said. “Ours is not on that scale, but it would just be nice for female-driven stories. The studios don’t always think that’s a valid audience, which it is. [...] So in that way, I hope it does well.”

Understanding that the marketing of films is a commercial art unto itself, and that any project’s success is dependent on it opening at the right time and reaching the right demographics, Coppola was disappointed that the “Beguiled” trailer gave away so much of the plot. It’s advertised as a standard thriller, featuring an “over-the-top” score that doesn’t appear in the film, a nearly music-free production that’s striking for someone associated with eclectic soundtracks. She does, however, love the posters and T-shirts with “vengeful bitches” scrawled in cursive, a reference to one of Farrell’s lines of dialogue. In an odd moment of cross-brand synergy, “Real Housewives of New York” cast members posted Instagram photos wearing the shirts and promoting the film’s release date.

Setting aside her family name and the strain of being a woman in a male-monopolized industry, Coppola’s distinctive visual flair and languid pacing are key to the creative immunity she has attained.

“Sofia also has an uncanny ability to communicate her vision in a few incredibly evocative and well-chosen words,” Sarah Flack, who has edited Coppola’s movies since “Lost in Translation,” wrote in an email. “I often tell directors that I can get them from A to Z (from the dailies to a cut scene, or from one version of a scene to another version, or a new version of the film) if they just tell me what Z is. They don’t have to figure out how to get to Z with the footage we have ― that’s my job ― as long as they know what Z is. Sofia not only knows what Z is at all times, but she can describe Z in the most perfect way.”

Coppola is the rare woman who invites few, if any, comparisons to her male predecessors and equivalents.Having long ignored her father’s advice to “say ‘action’ louder so they know you’re in charge” (and survived just fine, thank you very much), Coppola doesn’t need a penetrating presence in Hollywood’s macho auteur club or dazzling box-office returns to make the movies of her choosing. She simply needs her own biography, displaced and refracted upon each endeavor.

We faithful peasants will continue to eat her cake.

“The Beguiled” opens in limited release June 23 and expands nationwide June 30.

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The Health Care Bill Gets Its Own ’10 Things I Hate About You’ Poem

After the Senate released its draft of the Affordable Health Care Act on Thursday, women’s health care organizations voiced their concern about what the AHCA would mean for women.

NARAL Pro-Choice America PresidentIlyse Hogue called it“morally bankrupt”and Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, said “the bill that was crafted by 13 white men in secret shockingly doesn’t do well by women.”

One local Planned Parenthood affiliate in Minnesota went for a more creative approach, though, and took a page from the infamous poetry scene in the 1999 romcom, “10 Things I Hate About You.”

The poem, “13 Things I Hate About You,” pretty much nails what’s wrong in one succinct statement.

“Dear American ‘Health Care’ Act” the poem reads. “I hate the way you don’t represent me, and the way you steal our care. If I told you you’d strip Medicaid from millions, would that show you the burden that we’d bear?” (Read the full poem below.)

A post shared by Planned Parenthood (@plannedparenthoodmn) on Jun 22, 2017 at 3:20pm PDT

In other words, Planned Parenthood Minnesota has the following message for the AHCA:

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Jennifer Lopez Hits Back At Haters Who Accused Her Of Photoshopping Ab Photo

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Jennifer Lopez clapped back at the haters who accused her of Photoshopping one of her most recent Instagram photos.

On Thursday, the performer shared the photo below:

A post shared by Jennifer Lopez (@jlo) on Jun 22, 2017 at 10:01am PDT

If you weren’t distracted by how amazing J.Lo looks, you may have noticed what appears to be a smudge just under her sweatshirt on the right. Plenty of people in the comments claimed the mark was a result of an unsuccessful attempt at altering the pic, but Lopez wasn’t having any of it.

The “Shades of Blue” star replied to the comments and then shared a screenshot of her response in her Instagram story.

“Omg…Just a smudge on the mirror…lol…not photoshop. #lordblessthehaters #gymrat #youshouldtryit #wishtherewasphotoshopforhaters,” the 47-year-old star wrote.

Is it really so hard to believe that Jenny from the Block, a celebrity who no doubt has a trainer, a chef and a very specific diet, looks so good? No. It’s not.

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Diddy Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Shading Kendall And Kylie Jenner

Sean “Diddy” Combs is too pure for this world and we must protect him at all costs.

The rapper and business mogul premiered his new documentary“Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop,”which traces the legacy of his Bad Boy Records label, in Los Angeles Thursday night. The event boasted an impressive celebrity guest list, including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Madonna, and, yes, Kendall Jenner.

Diddy shared a slew of photos from the night, but one in particular caught the internet’s attention, a short video of him posing with the 21-year-old supermodel.

“Last night @kyliejenner #cantstopwontstop #aboutlastnight,” he wrote in the caption, accidentally tagging Jenner’s sister,Kylie Jenner,instead of her.

"kylie jenner" shdbebkshdbdbf

— deaux (@dstfelix) June 22, 2017

He quickly corrected his mistake and apologized for the mixup in the comments after the internet was done thoroughly high-fiving and roasting him.

“I’m human people. I make mistakes Sorry,” he wrote.

A post shared by Diddy (@diddy) on Jun 22, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT

Last month, Diddybrutally cropped the Jenner sisters out of a photo at the Met Gala, sparking the glorious hashtag #DiddyCrop.

Lmfao Diddy with the smooth crop tho

— Essie Michelle (@ess_lovaa) May 6, 2017

He can’t be stopped now, ’cause he’s bad boy for life.

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Why Fifth Harmony Will Keep Their Name Despite Camila Cabello’s Exit

It’s been roughly six months since Fifth Harmony became a quartet, but the group says there are no plans to change their name.

Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei and Dinah Jane spoke recently about the decision to keep their name the same despite Camila Cabello’s sudden departure in December.

“It was obviously a thought because it was a prevalent thing that there’s four of us and not five,” Jauregui told MTV’s Meredith Graves during a video interview posted Wednesday on Facebook.“Regardless, we were all very united in the fact that we didn’t want to change the name.”

“We felt like within ourselves, no, Fifth Harmony is the name that we grew with and we worked for and it’s our brand,” she continued. “It’s who we are. It’s our whole entire moment. It’s what we spent five years on.”

The rest of the group echoed Jauregui, with Jane adding that fans (also known as Harmonizers)are now the fifth member of the group.

Cabello’s absence has done little to stop Fifth Harmony’s momentum. The group released their first single “Down” as a foursome on June 2.

A post shared by Fifth Harmony (@fifthharmony) on May 30, 2017 at 8:00am PDT

Cabello also recently released her debut solo single “Crying In The Club,”and has shown no signs of regret when it comes to her decision to leave Fifth Harmony.

“I wish the best for them and I’m sure they’re going to kill it and I’m super happy making my own music,” Cabello said during an interview with AMP Radio on June 8.

When asked if she had heard the group’s new song, the artist said she’d heard “snippets” and thought it was “pretty cool.”

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The Truly Uncool Thing ‘Transformers 5’ Does To Anthony Hopkins

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“Transformers 5”is probably best summed up by the person sitting beside me through the critics screening this week.

“That was ... an experience,”she said.

Yeah, it certainly was.

The “plot” ― which has something to do with a floating alien queen,dragon robots and Mark Wahlberg becoming a knight ― is too complicated to try to think about. And the dialogue, such as when Josh Duhamel approaches a giant alien ship and says something like, “Oh my God, a giant alien ship!” is perhaps a little too much at times.

Despite all that, the overall experience makes this the best “Transformers” movie since Michael Bay’s original ―and that has a lot to do with Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Though a role in the movie seems like a bizarre choice for the actor, he is the knight in shining armor for “Transformers: The Last Knight.” Hopkins steals every scene and brings charm and laughs to an otherwise confusing movie.

This makes what happens to his character all the more baffling.

(Warning! “Transformers 5” spoilers ahead.)

(OK, seriously. Big, huge, major spoiler.)

In the movie, Hopkins’Sir Edmund Burtonhas sort of a robot butler named Cogman. During an emotional scene toward the end of the film,Burton is dying, and Cogman says goodbye, telling him of all the people he’s served, Hopkins’ character is “the coolest.”

Whoa. Wait. What?

Anthony Hopkins is lying there, and you call him “the coolest”?

The line drew some unintentional laughs from the audience, though it seems innocuous enough, unless you know this one fact about Hopkins ...

He hates the word “cool.” (We mean haaaaates it.)

I learned this the hard way.

Let me take you back to 2016, when I was a young, eager journalist (not so young but eager ... and a journalist)interviewing Hopkins over the phone for Starz’s“The Dresser.”

I had just asked Hopkins if he had any plans to do other screen adaptations of plays. He said that he may be doing one for “King Lear.”

That’s when I made an unforgivable error. I said that sounded “cool.”

Hopkins was not pleased.

“What’d you call it? You called it ‘cool’?” he said, “What is ‘cool’ about it? You tell me, what does ‘cool’ mean?”

Dear God, no.

The moment after that seemed like an eternity. I reevaluated my life, going back through all the past mistakes that led me to this point. I shant repeat the same foibles again!

Then, like an idiot, I answered:

“‘Cool’ is just slang for ‘that’s really awesome.’”

(“What the hell are you saying?” I thought in my head. “‘Cool’ is slang for ‘awesome’? Can you hear yourself?”)

Hopkins didn’t like that response either.

“Well, what does ‘awesome’ mean?” he said.

This time I pulled it together.

“Awesome means it gives you a lot of joy because it’s an enjoyable event,” I said, not quite sticking the landing, but at least getting my point across.

Hopkins preached:

”[Someone] says, ‘Where’d you get those shoes?’ [They] said, ‘They’re awesome.’ What’s ‘awesome’ about? We have a whole new language. Everything’s ‘cool’ or ‘awesome.’”

After all that, I finally got in another question.

“What slang do you use for when you enjoy something other than saying ‘awesome’ or ‘cool’?”

The actor relented a bit:

“Oh, I’m just teasing,” he said ...

... before lamenting the deterioration of the entire English language.

“It’s funny that ‘cool’ is a word that covers everything or ‘awesome,‘” he continued. “To me, it doesn’t make much [sense]. What’s happened to the language of our culture, you know? It’s either ‘cool’ or ‘awesome.’”

Getting called out by Anthony Hopkins was awkward (so awkward ... so, so awkward), but it was a learning experience. Sir Anthony taught me to never neglect your audience, resist the temptation to rest on old habits and, above all, that he hates the word cool.


Now, let’s go back to 2017. I’m sitting in the “Transformers 5” screening and the robot butler calls a dying Sir Anthony Hopkins “the coolest.”

Many thoughts ran through my head, but I kept coming back to one:

“Not cool.”

How come Cogman gets away with it? Why is he allowed to say “cool”? But, more importantly, how could the movie do this to Hopkins?

You have Anthony Hopkins — check that ... SIR Anthony Hopkins — the guy who’s carried your whole movie, and while he’s lying there lifeless you call him “the coolest”? You call him the word Hopkins seems to blame for the downfall of modern society?

It just doesn’t seem very cool.

“Transformers: The Last Knight” is now in theaters.

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11 New Podcasts To Refresh Your Summer Playlist

Summer is an ideal time for podcast listening, I think. The weather’s nice, which makes for plenty of opportunities for a long stroll while chugging through your audio playlist. You’ll likely do some traveling, which generally involves hours of dullness as you soar down the highway or through the sky.A favorite show could accompany you as you stretch out on a blanket, sunglasses donned, thinking about how chill life is.

All of these podcast-listening opportunities obviously need podcasts to go along with them. If your regular-rotation shows aren’t quite doing it for you, or you just want some new voices in your earbuds, try one — or all! — of these 11 quality shows.

“On She Goes”

If you already love Aminatou Sow from the popular “Call Your Girlfriend” podcast, add this one to your lineup. “On She Goes” focuses on travel stories and advice for women of color, in order to both empower and serve as a practical resource. Even if travel plans aren’t in your immediate future, the stories Sow highlights will inspire your sense of adventure.

Listen on Apple Podcasts or SoundCloud.

“The Pitch” and“Pitch Makeover”

It’s “Shark Tank”’s world, and we’re just living in it. Fans of the ABC show, or recent readers of Doree Shafrir’s Startup, will dig these two entrepreneur-minded shows. “The Pitch,” from Gimlet, follows a business founder hoping to get funding in each episode. The concept for “Pitch Makeover” is pretty straightforward: It’s like a fashion makeover, but for business pitches. In each episode, the hosts listen to an entrepreneur give their elevator pitch and offer thoughtful critiques on what to highlight and what to skip.

Listen to “The Pitch” on Apple Podcastsor Stitcher.

Listen to “Pitch Makeover” on Apple Podcastsor PlayerFM.


Come to WNYC’s “Nancy” for the thought-provoking and heartfelt stories about the LGBTQ experience, stay for the hosts Kathy Tu and Tobin Low, who provide hilarious and lovable banter at the top of each episode. We recommend you start at the beginning: In Episode 1, Tobin and Kathy get their moms on the phone to discuss coming out, and it’s heartwarming and -breaking in equal measures.

Listen on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher.

“Very Bad Words”

Chances are you’ve uttered a curse word or two in the last 24 hours, but have you stopped to think about why we use obscenities the way we do? This new linguistics show brings you close-up with people who have thought way more about “shit” and “fuck” and their many uses than you have. There’s only one episode out so far, but it will give you a new appreciation for any lovable foul mouth who crosses your path.

Listen on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher.

“Reading Glasses”

As an avid reader, I am 100 percent the target audience for this kind of podcast, a new addition to the bookish internet. The two hosts discuss ways to read better with each episode. So far, they’ve discussed how to break out of a reading slump and how to cut through the new arrivals to find a book you’ll love. They also share what they’re reading — Borne by Jeff VanderMeer and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders were two titles mentioned —so you’ll get ideas for your next library trip.

Listen on Apple Podcasts or Maximum Fun.


It was only a matter of time before the podcast world got a smart, compelling show about none other than marijuana, and “Longform” podcast co-host Aaron Lammer is the one behind it. Lammer chats with filmmakers and musicians alongside scientists and activists about the changing shape of weed in America. It’s a compelling new addition whether you puff or pass.

Listen on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher.


While we often hear about climate change on a larger scale, what does it mean when it comes down to the individual? Ashley Ahearn ponders that question by going around the U.S. to learn personal stories that come from a changing environment. In the few episodes already released, she covers eco-anxiety, composting one’s body and the ethics of having children in the midst of global warming. A recent review on iTunes called the podcast a blend of “Radiolab” and “Planet Money,” which feels right —an informative show in a sound-rich and powerful audioscape.

Listen on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher.

“Ear Hustle”

This is one podcast that’s undeniably unique in its premise. Earlonne Woods, Antwan Williams and Nigel Poor work to put together a podcast —all from within San Quentin State Prison. Both Woods, a co-host and -producer, and Williams, the sound designer, are serving out yearslong sentences, while Poor is a visual artist who works with incarcerated individuals. The glut of prison-centric shows (“Prison Break,” “Orange Is the New Black”) proves there’s an audience who wants to hear what goes on behind bars, and “Ear Hustle” aims to share real-life stories of what it’s like.

Listen on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher.

“Hi-Phi Nation”

Philosophy is a topic that can feel inaccessible to some. That’s not the case for this podcast, hosted by Vassar philosophy professor Barry Lam, which extrapolates philosophical inquires from real-life situations. In the first season, Lam explores the philosophy of war, religion, parapsychology (think: ESP and clairvoyance) and more, first approaching each big question with a relatable anecdote and going from there.

Listen on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher.

“Part-Time Genius”

There’s a whole subgenre of podcasts meant to make you feel just a little bit smarter, or at least have a tidbit or two to share about face mites or computer security at parties. “Part-time Genius” from HowStuffWorks is an enjoyable addition to the list. So far, the hosts have explored questions worthy of Reddit’s ShowerThoughts community with humor, history and insight: How much sleep humans really need, the curious runaway success of Ayn Rand and whether it’s possible to be too clean are just some of the topics covered thus far.

Listen on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher.

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Johnny Depp: “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

Film star’s remarks, apparently in jest, seem to refer to Presidents Trump and Lincoln

Actor Johnny Depp apologizes for ‘poor taste’ Trump assassination joke

GLASTONBURY, England (Reuters) - Johnny Depp on Friday apologized for joking about assassinating U.S. President Donald Trump, saying his remarks were in "poor taste."

Stephen Colbert Went All The Way To Russia To Troll Donald Trump Over ‘Tapes’

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Stephen Colbert is ready to help President Donald Trump.

Trump admitted on Thursday he didn’t have any recordings of former FBI director James Comey, as he had previously implied.

But the “Late Show” host said he can find them... since he’s in Russia right now:

.@realDonaldTrump Don't worry, Mr. President. I'm in Russia. If the "tapes" exist, I'll bring you back a copy!

— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) June 22, 2017

CBS was screening repeats of the “Late Show” Thursday and Friday while Colbert visited Russia. The Hollywood Reporter said he was there working on a material for a future broadcast.

No doubt the president will feature prominently in whatever he comes back with.

While in Russia, Colbert stopped by“Evening Urgant,” a talk show that Ivan Urgant hosts:

A post shared by Иван Ургант (@urgantcom) on Jun 22, 2017 at 8:46am PDT

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