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- 06/10/15--08:33: 45 Pieces Of Wisdom From This Year's Commencement Speeches
- "Never give in, -- in nothing, great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense."
- "These are not dark days. These are great days. The greatest our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race."
- Wake up
- Be nice
- Kick Ass
- Don’t define yourself by your weaknesses.
- Know your strengths and capitalize on them.
- It isn’t how well you learn or listen, but where you listen.
- Boldly go and take risks, it the only way great things happen.
- If you are going to “boldly go”, be prepared to “boldly fail”.
- Don’t forget to breath, live and fall in love.
- Put God first: "Everything that I have is by the grace of God, understand that. It's a gift. ... I didn't always stick with Him, but He stuck with me."
- Fail big: "Don't be afraid to fail big, to dream big, but remember, dreams without goals, are just dreams. And they ultimately fuel disappointment. ... I try to give myself a goal every day, sometimes it's just not to curse somebody out."
- You'll never see a U-Haul behind a hearse: "I don't care how much money you make, you can't take it with you. ... It's not how much you have, it's what you do with it."
- While you're on your knees in the morning, say thank you: "Say thank you in advance for what is already yours. ... True desire in the heart for anything good is God's proof to you sent beforehand that it's already yours. ... When you get it, reach back, pull someone else up. Each one, teach one. Don't just aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference."
- Critical Thinking
- Your relationship with technology: “No generation has been as liberated and as connected by technology as yours. But also, no generation has been as enslaved and as distracted by technology.”
- Your relationship with yourself: “There will be many profound and fulfilling relationships ahead of you, but the relationship with yourself is the most important relationship you'll ever have.”
- Your relationship with the world: “There is an invisible but very real and inescapable connection between our relationship with ourselves and our relationship with the world... Don't get so caught up in your busy life that life's mystery passes you by.”
- The changing world I was going to go enter.
- The journey of learning.
- How to develop and build a career.
- "From me, please don't ever let anyone or anything take your empathy."
- "In my travels of late, I asked children if they could send a message, any message, to you, what would it be? And here is the winning theme: You are lucky. Yes, you with the student loans and no jobs, you are lucky. "
- Diversity: “At our best we don’t just tolerate our diversity. We celebrate our diversity”
- Leadership: “You don’t have to be something to do something. Take responsibility. Step up and step in. Because at the end of the day, folks, we are our behaviors.”
- Anxiety: “Start failing forward fast”
- Do not be afraid to be disruptive.
- Find new ways to do the conventional.
- Do not run from big and bold challenges.
- Be the generation that sees a friend or a stranger for who they are, and not just the color of their skin.
- Your grades, whatever is your GPA, rapidly becomes irrelevant in your life.
- It’s okay to not know, that’s what school is for. That’s okay. But if you don’t know, but think you do know, and have power over legislation that would affect others, that is dangerous. Those are the signs of the end of an informed democracy.
- Science matters.
- If you have an issue with politicians it's because you have an issue with your fellow citizens who put them there.
- Role models are overrated.
- Some cosmic points:
- - The universe is bigger than you are.
- - If someone invites you to go to Mars, just remember how beautiful Earth is before you do that. You can breathe the air, you know, things like this.
- - However, do not forget that Earth is really good at killing you. Ninety-seven percent of all the species of life on Earth that have ever existed are now extinct.
- - The sun is a limitless source of energy. Oil, under the ground? Not so much.
- I don't know what has happened to the world. But you're up next in the batter's box. It's up to you. If it’s okay with you that everyone is looking at you [through government surveillance], alright. It’s not okay with me. It’s not okay with people who remember what it really meant to live in a free society.
- It is okay to encourage others to pull themselves up by the bootstraps. But if you do, just remember that some people have no boots.
- You will look great on your 110th birthday. You will be among the first to tell tales spanning three centuries.
- You will be able to talk to a robot like you talk to your closest friend, but you will not completely trust him.
- The Internet will prove to be a valuable contribution to society.
- “Road rage” will be the name of the computer virus that got into your self-driving car.
- You too will feel conflicted when your smart-watch and all of the other smart objects in your house will unionize against you.
- You will live in a world where the inner workings of the human mind will be fully mapped, but you will still not be able to find the humor in your husband’s jokes or understand your wife’s need to tell her friends everything.
- You will see people walk on Mars. They will get dusty, cold and tire of salmon colored skies. They will want to come home.
- Robots to the outer planets will find single cell life lurking in the depths of the vast oceans of the icy moons. The life will politely ask us to leave.
- Starbucks will plumb coffee into homes across America but it will still be more fun to hang around the baristas.
- You will learn to love GMO vegetables, like those caffeine-laden carrots that work nearly as well as the Starbucks from the faucet.
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The first official trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" has arrived!
"Nothing good is safe while Snow's alive," Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen says in the trailer. On top of all the intense action, there's also a first look at Gwendoline Christie, who replaced Lily Rabe's character Commander Lyme in the final "Hunger Games" installment.
The film will follow Katniss and District 13 as they attempt to infiltrate the Capital. Fans of the books can also expect to see some exhilarating sewer scenes in the final film.
Last week, the cast of "Mockingjay - Part 2" shared the first photos from the final "Hunger Games" film. Lawrence posted a photo on her Facebook page showing Katniss, Liam Hemsworth's Gale Hawthorne, Sam Claflin's Finnick Odair and Evan Ross' Messalla. Later, Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson shared photos of Gale and Peeta Mellark, respectively, on Facebook and Twitter.
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Katy Perry has five years of life experience on Taylor Swift, so we'd like to think she's wiser and knows better than to get sucked into feuds where tabloids end up being the only clear winner.
Here's the deal, Perry just registered a new song with her music publisher, BMI, called “1984," which is significant because she was born in 1984 and her alleged pop rival Taylor Swift's top-selling album is called "1989" -- also her birth year.
And anyone who is reading this in the first place probably knows that, Swift's song "Bad Blood" is rumored to have been written about Perry because she apparently jacked Swift's backup dancers (even though said dancers have claimed Swift always knew they planned on leaving her tour to return to Perry's).
After Swift told Rolling Stone she had written "Bad Blood" about a fellow pop star, Perry basically confirmed the Internet's gut feeling on the whole thing when she made a comment on Twitter insinuating America's Sweetheart was actually the Queen Bee of mean girls, writing, "Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing...."
This was all going down back in September, so is Perry really planning her "revenge" (which is the term gossip sites are throwing around) with a song, eight months later? Short answer: No one really knows. Also, it's important to consider that Perry didn't diss the superstar during her Super Bowl performance as she was rumored to, either.
Then again, she told Billboard at the time, "If somebody is trying to defame my character, you're going to hear about it."
Bring on "1984."
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Miley Cyrus bares it all -- body and soul -- in the latest issue of Paper magazine.
The 22-year-old posed nude for Paper mag's Summer Music Issue, wearing strips of neon body paint and/or nothing at all (the photos appear below uncensored). As the founder of the nonprofit Happy Hippie Foundation, which treats at-risk youth with art and animal therapies, she is focused on making a change in people's lives. In the corresponding interview, she opens up -- sometimes in vehement and explicit terms -- about her commitment to help the homeless, Fundamentalism and her fluid sexuality.
Plus, her pet pig Bubba Sue makes an appearance.
She won't ignore the problem of homelessness.
"I can't drive by in my fucking Porsche and not fucking do something. I see it all day: people in their Bentleys and their Rolls and their Ubers, driving past these vets who have fought for our country, or these young women who have been raped." She pauses. "I was doing a show two nights ago, and I was wearing butterfly nipple pasties and butterfly wings. I'm standing there with my tits out, dressed like a butterfly. How the fuck is that fair? How am I so lucky?"
Although she was raised Christian, she's against Fundamentalist lawmakers.
"Those people [shouldn't] get to make our laws," she said, referencing those who believe in things like Noah's Ark. "That's fucking insane. We've outgrown that fairy tale, like we've outgrown fucking Santa and the tooth fairy."
Her sexuality and gender identity are multi-faceted.
"I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn't involve an animal and everyone is of age. Everything that's legal, I'm down with. Yo, I'm down with any adult -- anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me. I don't relate to being boy or girl, and I don't have to have my partner relate to boy or girl."
She told her mom, Tish, about her same-sex attractions at 14.
"I remember telling her I admire women in a different way. And she asked me what that meant. And I said, I love them. I love them like I love boys. And it was so hard for her to understand. She didn't want me to be judged and she didn't want me to go to hell. But she believes in me more than she believes in any god. I just asked for her to accept me. And she has."
Head over to Paper magazine to read the full interview and see more photos.
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It takes nerve to walk right up to the queen of England and shake her hand, or in one little boy's case, just an extremely sharp outfit.
Mohammed bin Ahmed Jaber Al Harbi, the son of athlete Ahmad Jaber Al Harbi, is often featured on Crown Prince of Dubai Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum's Instagram account. (The dapper little dude is a friend of The Crown Prince.)
The adorable little boy met the queen at the Epsom Derby in England on Saturday. Hamdan Al Maktoum, or Fazza as he goes by on social media, uploaded a video of the interaction to Facebook with the caption, "Nothing defines respect better than a proper handshake! Epsom Derby with Queen Elizabeth II."
We have to give the little boy credit. Not only is he dressed to the nines, he even tipped his hat to the queen upon meeting her. Basically, he is more polite and better dressed than most adults.
Nothing defines respect better than a proper handshake!
Nothing defines respect better than a proper handshake! Epsom Derby with Queen Elizabeth IIPosted by Hamdan Al Maktoum on Saturday, June 6, 2015
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We don't know a ton about Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice," but now we have what Collider claims is the first synopsis of the film.
The Huffington Post has reached out to Warner Bros., but confirmation was not immediately received. Until then, we can pick apart just what the new details may entail. According to the synopsis, a "new threat" arises and puts the world in even more danger:
Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Who could this new threat be? Is it Lex Luthor? Or perhaps Doomsday? Last month, journalist Umberto Gonzalez stirred the on-going rumors that supervillain Doomsday would appear in the film. For those unfamiliar with the comics, Doomdsay is responsible for (spoiler alert!) Superman's demise. However, Warner Bros. has yet to confirm the villain's appearance.
After sharing 21-seconds of footage from the new film in April, Snyder tweeted the first official trailer a week early after it leaked online. "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" will star Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman. The film will also feature Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy and Jason Momoa. "Batman v Superman" opens March 25, 2016.
For more, head to Collider.
Kim Kardashian rented out Staples Center for her boo and his boys on Monday, a birthday present that cost her around $110,000. No big deal.
A lot has been written about the subsequent game that took place, and if we’re being honest, there’s probably a 60 percent chance that an oral history of the day will appear on Grantland within the next 3-5 years. Supposedly Bieber and Tyga played well. John Legend sung at least one song. The Kardashians were there. Kanye ate an NBA Finals cake. Stuff happened, basically.
But most importantly, we were allowed a rare view into the Kanye West’s basketball game! For a man as image-conscious as Ye, it was nice that he allowed his team to put out a video of him participating in something that even he couldn’t argue he’s the best in the world at. The subsequent video of him shooting a free throw is mesmerizing. Seriously, I’ve watched it at least one hundred times.
Some questions and thoughts related to the above video:
-- The video begins with Kanye West staring straight at the camera, like “You filming?” Ladies and gentlemen, this is what fear looks like, and this is the most humanlike look Kanye has ever given a camera. Not coincidentally, it’s perhaps also the most endearing.
-- Kanye sort of stutters before he puts up the shot, almost shooting before realizing he needs a bit more time. He looks a little nervous, does he not? We feel you, man. It’s Staples Center, after all, and Bieber is there.
-- Question: How many takes were there before Kanye made the shot? Based on how he steps toward the basket, it would seem to indicate he was losing confidence in himself. I'll put the over-under at three.
-- The sound of Kanye’s friend screaming “OH-KAY. NO PRESSURE.” after Kanye makes a free throw in a situation with literally so little pressure involved shows what level of skill we’ve talking about here, which is not much.
-- Kanye’s shooting form, while not the worst we’ve ever seen, could use some work. He doesn’t follow through, and his elbow bends to the side at a noticeable angle.
-- The relief Kanye feels after nailing the shot is undeniably tangible. You can see him breathe a sigh of relief before breaking into a little “I did it” dance. It’s almost ... cute? Just friends being friends, except again, it’s Kanye West. And, like, Justin Bieber.
-- What kind of pre-game shootaround involves everyone else standing around while one guy shoots free throws? Kanye West’s shootaround.
-- “SWISH, literally.” That is all.
BONUS CLIP: Kanye West off the backboard!
Air Yeezy pic.twitter.com/AAhJHNCiKr— Team Kanye Daily (@TeamKanyeDaily) June 9, 2015
Look at Kanye laughing and playing with the guys. Makin’ jokes. Smiling. Just wrestling and stuff. He even let his friends play defense. This is the happiest version of Kanye we’ve ever seen. This is Kanye, the human. Kim did well.
The competition to play one of Marvel's fiercest superheroes just got a little fiercer.
When asked by Cinema Blend if she had any interest in the title role of the upcoming "Captain Marvel" movie, Bryce Dallas Howard responded with a resounding yes.
"Oh my God, will you write that? Will you write that please? Yes, let’s start a campaign now. That would be rad," she said. "Those movies are so fantastic, because talk about just these incredibly drawn characters! That’s the joy of the comics, is that you fall in love with these characters and it’s who they are that carries you from journey to journey to journey ... it’s not just about set pieces. It’s really about who these people are, and so, yes, I just would love to be in a Marvel film."
The film, slated for a 2018 release, will be Marvel's first female-led superhero movie. Nicole Perlman ("Guardians of the Galaxy") and Meg LeFauve ("Inside Out") are attached to write the screenplay, which will feature Carol Danvers as the titular heroine.
"Captain Marvel" casting rumors have swirled ever since the film was announced last October, with some recent reports suggesting that Angelina Jolie might direct Charlize Theron in the title role. Now Howard, star of "Jurassic World," opening June 12, has thrown her hat into the already crowded ring.
No matter what becomes of her dream part, Howard already has some Marvel on her resume: She played Gwen Stacy in 2007's "Spider-Man 3."
Last month, after Josh Duggar confessed to molesting four of his underage sisters and a babysitter in the early 2000s, Mike Huckabee was one of the few who quickly came to his defense. The former Arkansas governor and 2016 presidential candidate said that what the then teenage Josh did was "inexcusable" but not "unforgivable."
But the family, who stars on TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," which has yet to cancelled by the network despite the scandal, apparently have a closer connection to Huckabee than previously believed. CNN Money reported that the Duggars' public-image crisis is being managed by Chad Gallagher, Huckabee’s longtime political adviser and head of the Arkansas firm Legacy Consulting. Gallagher also oversees Huckabee’s political action committee, Huck PAC.
The family's relationship with Huckabee apparently runs deep, with the Duggars having gleefully endorsed his bid for presidential nominee. Despite reports, it doesn't seem to be waning.
Last week, Talking Points Memo reported that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's endorsement of the former governor had mysteriously disappeared from his website, though his communications director later told The Christian Post it was always part of the Huckabee campaign to "rotate new voices of endorsement in the 'I like Mike' section of his website at the beginning of every month, which is why Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's names no longer appear on his campaign website."
Additionally, Huckabee again expressed support for the family during an appearance on "The Kelly File" on Monday. According to Politico, the former Arkansas governor complained to host Megyn Kelly that Josh's sisters Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard, who came forward as victims, had been “exploited” by the media. He went on to say that even though Josh had confessed to these acts, "He was never adjudicated, but he did not confess in a court of law. The law does not hold him accountable, even if he confesses."
So yes, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's decision to keep the matter from authorities for years, coupled with the statue of limitations expiring by the time an investigation was actually launched, likely prevented any sort of possible conviction. Huckabee was far more concerned that the Duggar sisters were exploited by the "illegal, unlawful release," of information in police records.
As previously reported, both the Duggars and Kelly have attempted to make the police records a point of contention, claiming they were illegally obtained. However, Springdale City Attorney Ernest Cate debunked those allegations last week, saying the police department acted in "full compliance" with Arkansas law in releasing the report to In Touch magazine, who first broke the story.
"Duck Dynasty" star Jep Robertson revealed he was sexually abused as a child.
Robertson discussed the abuse during a candid interview with "Entertainment Tonight" with his wife, Jessica, by his side. The 37-year-old A&E reality star and the youngest son of "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson said it began 31 years ago at the hands of an older female student while on the school bus. He started pretending he was sick so he could stay home from school.
"I was 6, and it was on a school bus and it was an older girl," he told ET. "Back then, the high-school students would ride on the same bus as the grade school. There was this girl there that was just real mean ... I don't know, but it a lot of things took place -- scary stuff. It was tough."
He goes into further detail in The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God: What Honesty and Pain Taught Us About Faith, Family, and Forgiveness, a book he cowrote with his wife. One of the chapters is titled "The School Bus."
An older girl started sitting next to me. She seemed sweet at first. She'd come sit beside me, like a motherly figure almost. I remember her being sweet and taking care of me. I liked to sit in the back so she'd come sit with me ... After a while the girl started doing strange things. She'd take my hands and push them up under her shirt and tell me I was tickling her. Then she started making me pull down my pants. It was awkward. I didn't know what was going on, but I knew something wasn't right.
He describes how the abuser "tortured" and "hurt" him. The abuse allegedly occurred "regularly," despite his efforts to move to another seat or sit near the driver, and left him "confused and scared."
Jep and Jessica Robertson also discussed the child molestation exposé involving fellow reality family the Duggars. Josh Duggar sexually molested five underage girls when he was a teenager, some of whom included his sisters. The story unfolded in the press following InTouch's exclusive story, with advertisers pulling out of the TLC show, and the Robertsons said they can commiserate. (In 2013, Phil Robertson came under fire after saying being gay is sin comparable to bestiality.)
"They seem like a great family," Jessica told ET. "I sympathize with going through hard times in the media."
A spokesperson for A&E was not immediately available to comment.
Dream scenario: Amy Poehler is on your softball team.
On Tuesday, Poehler stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and discussed her semi-pro basketball-playing dad as well as her early athletic career in basketball and softball. Poehler admits that she wasn't that great, but that she was highly skilled in the art of sports chatter while on the field.
Can you imagine? Taking the field in a softball game and not only is Amy Poehler on the field with you, but she's trash-talking and chattering the whole game. Sounds like the greatest softball league that has ever been.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard have come as close as anyone can to walking among dinosaurs. While filming "Jurassic World" in Louisiana and Hawaii last summer, they had daily access to what they say amounted to a functioning prehistoric facility. But given the film's lengthy development, which began in 2001, it seems like quite the feat to have anyone shielding themselves from dinosaurs at all.
"Jurassic World" is a beast unto itself, though. Numerous directors were attached to the movie throughout its various stages, including "Jurassic Park III" maestro Joe Johnston, and it was rumored that several cast members from the franchise (Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Sam Neill) would return for the fourth installment. It's a marvel, then, that the project landed in the hands of the fresh-faced Colin Trevorrow, whose only previous directorial feature is 2012's "Safety Not Guaranteed." The Sundance hit cost all of $750,000 to make -- a blip compared to the $150 million summer blockbuster that is "Jurassic." (He had good mentorship, at least, as Steven Spielberg remains a producer.)
It helps to have Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard at the center of the raging dino battles. He of "Guardians of the Galaxy" and she of "Twilight" and M. Night Shyamalan films, both have experienced their share of big-budget spectacles. And it shows: What "Jurassic World" lacks in sense of wonder, it makes up for in electrifying action sequences. Pratt and Howard share dual hero duty in the deadly wake of a genetically modified dinosaur, and The Huffington Post spoke to each actor separately via phone over the weekend. Read on for their combined interviews, which discuss the film's impressive post-production magic and how Pratt's "Parks and Recreation" character would fare at Jurassic World.
This movie has been on and off since 2001. Before being cast, did you have any hope that you could be part of it?
Pratt: I think I first heard about it from Aubrey Plaza because she had done "Safety Not Guaranteed" with Colin, and it was such a big boon for him and she was so excited for him that he was given this opportunity to do this movie. So I knew it was in production, but that was probably before I’d even been cast for "Guardians of the Galaxy," so I think it was unlikely. At that point, it wasn’t realistic for me to think, “Oh, there’s a project I like, maybe I can be part of that.” That didn’t make sense at that point, you know?
Howard: Oh man, if one could only hope. My awareness of the project happened in March of 2013. At that point, Colin had come aboard as the director and he was starting to meet with people for the movie. No one knew anything about it, but I had a frank conversation with Colin and it was awesome because he gave me a lot of spoilers, which was something I was really craving. And then soon thereafter he invited me to join in on the dinosaur fun. Then it was still a year out from actually shooting, so I wasn’t privy to the last 15 or so years of development.
Would you go to Jurassic World if it existed?
Pratt: Oh, totally. Oh, hell yeah, I’d definitely go.
Howard: I would never go, because I am very familiar with the "Jurassic" mythology and I feel like that’s cautionary tale enough. I think dinosaurs and human beings, there’s a reason why they don’t coexist on the planet. Something that I personally felt was inspired with Colin and Steven’s take on this story was the really realistic depiction of a dinosaur-themed amusement park that had been around for a while, where people would get a little bored. I think that, in many ways, in our Western culture, that’s kind of our MO. We fetishize new and we want to be the first to see what’s new or the first to adopt what’s new. It’s a culture of people who feel there is worth in being early adopters. It’s a manifestation of John Hammond’s dream, yet people aren’t impressed with the dinosaurs anymore. And that, in a way, is the inciting incident for the story, particularly because this is not a scientific endeavor anymore. The agenda is to make more money. That's the impetus for creating the Indominus Rex, and obviously there is all sorts of havoc that comes out of that. I thought that felt really honest and actually an indication of how self-aware and current this film feels. The greatest sci-fis, in my mind, are two things: They’re what-ifs -- what if this happened, and you get to see it -- but they’re also these philosophical cautionary tales. They deal with the underlying themes beneath the what-if. It’s what-if, but then what happens and what does it mean?
How much of the Jurassic World we see in the film was actually constructed and functioning on the set?
Howard: The park was built. The scope of the park was obviously enhanced with CGI, but, for instance, there was an abandoned Six Flags in New Orleans where they actually built the boardwalk and quite a bit of what you see in the film. So that felt enormously real and it was unbelievably impressive to see what they designed and then ultimately created. And then the jungle was a real jungle, and the Indominus Rex paddock was real and the raptor training facility was real. So our environment felt incredibly honest. We weren’t having to make pretend. The only thing I can compare it to is when I saw "Jurassic Park" for the first time.
Pratt: You have the skeletal remnants of whatever ride existed before Hurricane Katrina came in and wiped it all out. Some of that was a little bit eerie, but by the time we got there they had the sound stages and sets built. And the sets were just freakin' massive and beautiful. They were three blocks long and two blocks wide with real storefronts. Many of the stores actually had stores inside where you could go and hang out or film. From the outside looking in, it was an abandoned Six Flags. But once you got inside, it felt like you were at Universal Studios.
If only those dinosaurs were real. Since they aren't, what was it like to film scenes where the dinos won't be inserted until the editing process?
Pratt: We had an animatic of the whole movie, which is essentially a cartoon of each long action sequence that we were able to watch for reference. We knew what the shots would be and we knew what would be in the distance, so we could deduce from some of the concept artwork and the production design what certain stuff would look like, but until you see it onscreen you have no idea how beautiful it’s going to be.
Howard: There’s a scene where we physically interact with a dinosaur, and it’s an emotional scene. It’s us responding largely to the performance of the dinosaur, so to have an animatronic dinosaur that we’re working with is as if we were doing any other scene with an actor. It felt incredibly real. And then, of course, there are those moments when we’re looking up at the sky and imagining we’re looking at a dinosaur, and there’s nothing there. I think because the environment was so fixed it didn’t feel as strange as you might imagine.
Pratt: The paddock is real. That’s a practical set that was built in Louisiana. The element of animation that exists in there is just the raptors, but what it looks like when we were filming it was a combination -- depending on the shot -- of either me acting opposite nothing or me acting opposite our actual raptors, who were four guys in gray costumes with raptor helmets that look and act like velociraptors and worked as reference for us, not only in terms of an eyeline, but also for the animators. We’d shoot one or two shots with the raptors in there so the animators would have a reference for the size and shape of these things.
Does that ever feel ridiculous?
Pratt: Well, there are certain moments where you just stop and have an objective moment where you realize how ridiculous the whole situation is, for sure: that there are four guys in tights with dinosaur helmets running around pretending to be dinosaurs. We had a lot of fun, and I gotta thank those raptor dudes because it is a very thankless role to be sitting there, probably pretty embarrassed to be wearing these tight suits, but they were fully committed. But there were moments when it was all looking kind of ridiculous, and I’m sure they were probably aware of that.
Chris, you played the hero in this and in "Guardians and the Galaxy." You play a lovable doofus on "Parks and Rec," and you'll have more heroic opportunities in "Passengers" next year. Are you itching to play a villain at all?
Pratt: Oh gosh, I don’t know. I’d like to embrace some of the darker sides of my own personality in a role. I get to do that a little bit in “The Magnificient Seven,” which I’m filming right now. But possibly. I’m always looking to grow and expand and become a better actor. I think between now and the time either Hollywood has chewed me up and spit me out or I die or retire, I hope to be able to play a villain. That would be kind of cool.
Both of you have done your fair share of big-budget projects. Are you adjusted to manufacturing emotions in front of a green screen?
Pratt: The truth is, you don’t really need to be able to fake fear or excitement. A lot of that is a post-production process. Sometimes you just need to be able to stare into space and let the music or the edit build it. You have to give yourself over to the process, and it kind of doesn’t matter what you feel sometimes. [Laughs] There’s going to be music and edits and buildups in post production that will inform the audience how the character is feeling. Sometimes you just need to be a prop and stand there with your mouth open.
Any consultations from the former cast on how to survive a "Jurassic" movie?
Howard: I know Laura Dern because we directed a miniseries together and we both directed episodes within that. I only saw her so briefly after I had been cast, but she was incredibly supportive. She’s an amazing woman. Obviously I’m so excited for everyone from the original film to see this movie and I really hope that they love it. It’s a little nerve-racking. What provides some comfort is Steven’s involvement. That’s the ultimate litmus test: How does Steven Spielberg feel?
Wouldn't Andy Dwyer have the best time at Jurassic World?
Pratt: Oh, man. Andy Dwyer would have a kick-ass time at Jurassic World, and then he would definitely be the very first one to get eaten.
"Jurassic World" opens June 12.
Season 10 of "Real Housewives of Orange County" premiered with a bombshell: Shannon Beador's husband, David, had an affair.
In Monday's premiere, Shannon Beador revealed her husband cheated on her with another woman after the two worked to get their marriage back on track and spend more time together in Season 9.
"I caught him whispering to this person on the phone and I suspected that something was wrong," she said. "I knew. I just knew something was different. And I was told I was crazy or I was told I was stupid, and it's upsetting to me because I knew. It was April 1st -- April Fools Day, Shannon -- and he was taking the kids to school and I grabbed his briefcase and I saw all the hotel receipts. When he came home, I said, 'I'm going to ask you one last time: Are you having an affair?' and he said, 'Yes, I am.'"
In the premiere episode, the two are seen attending an emotional couples' therapy session, where they discussed their life experiences, both positive and negative.
The mother of three, who said divorce is not an option, discussed the pain of the situation further in her Bravo blog Tuesday night. She said the episode was difficult for her to watch.
When watching David reveal the highs and lows in his life, I felt like I was punched in the stomach. I saw that he listed the affair as both a "high" and a "low." I heard him say that the affair gave him "new life." Today, I am trying to process through the hurt that I feel from his comments. Some moments can be difficult, but I am focusing on the positive. I remind myself of the commitment that David has made to both me and our family. He has not only made himself accountable to me, but to everyone who watches the show, and for that, I am grateful beyond words.
On Tuesday night, Jimmy Fallon had Molly Shannon and Dennis Leary on the show to play a game of "Nonsense Karaoke," where you belt out complete gibberish lyrics to the melodies of popular songs. The result is incredibly entertaining and hilarious.
Dennis Leary dresses up in his rock-star threads to do a little "Pour Some Sugar on Me" by Def Leppard. Jimmy serenades the crowd with a nonsensical version of Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud." But holy damn, Molly Shannon just kills it with a balderdash-tastic rendition of "Waterfalls" by TLC.
Don't go chasing waterfalls, folks. Because "grammy gets the shivers and the shakes after kung fu."
Vic Mensa just dropped his new video for "U Mad," his second collaboration with Kanye West, and we ain't mad about it.
The video finds Mensa in a red-lit room in a crowd until he's tied up in a straight jacket, Kanye-style. Then Mr. West himself arrives to throw down his verse in a Donda sweatshirt. Soon after, a riot ensues when police in military gear show up and begin throwing tear gas.
The rising Jay Z protege has been vocal about police militarization and racially driven protests before. Last year, Mensa spoke to The Huffington Post about America's "systemized racism" and the events in Ferguson following the death of Michael Brown. "At this point in my life I’m not even saying, 'Fuck the police,'" Mensa told HuffPost. "That’s not my mantra. The way I feel right now is that the police need to be policed."
When it comes to the Kardashian-Jenner clan, Ali Wentworth admits to having blindly adopted the opinion that "they're destroying Western Civilization."
But her stance has since changed, she told HuffPost Live in a Tuesday conversation about her new book Happily Ali After.
"We live in a hate society," Wentworth explained. "We automatically hate people because, 'Oh, we're supposed to hate this person' -- I could list a whole bunch of people in pop culture who you go like, 'Oh, I know, she's a train wreck. She's a hot mess,' and then you don't even know them."
It was a chance meeting with the youngest Jenners and their matriarch that showed Wentworth just how wrong her preconceived notion was.
"They came up to our table -- of course I thought they were coming up to George [Stephanopoulos, her husband], because people come up to him -- and she came up to me and she was like 'Hi, I'm Kris Jenner -- I'm just such a fan,'" the comedienne recounted. "And then Kendall and Kylie wished my daughter happy birthday, and of course she almost went into cardiac arrest, because, you know. And they were just so warm and so nice.'"
Watch more from Ali Wentworth's conversation with HuffPost Live here.
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As the school year came to a close, the Class of 2015 methodically donned their caps and gowns. Four years long and four years gone, these students must brace themselves for the unexpected realities of what is known as "the real world." Although each summer brings waves of trepidation to the prevailing graduating class, there is relief to be found at the finish line of commencement. If only for a moment, the most prominent and experienced politicians, innovators, entertainers and entrepreneurs pause their pursuits to advise and inspire our future generation.
HuffPost noticed a trend in this year’s graduation speeches: Truth be told, our leaders love numbered lists. From George W. Bush to Denzel Washington to the Founder of Papa John’s, here are the most valuable lists of wisdom from this year’s commencement speakers.
President George W. Bush’s 2 Favorite Churchill Quotes:
Papa John’s 3 Steps To A Good Life:
Rob Manning’s 6 Simple Lessons:
Denzel Washington’s 4 Takeaways:
Howard Fineman’s 7 “C’s” To Be A Thoughtful Citizen:
Arianna Huffington’s 3 Relationships:
John Stumpf’s 3 Wishes:
I wish someone had taught me about…
Lisa G. Szarkowski's 2 Messages:
Gavin Newsom’s 3 Topics Worthy Of Addressing:
Tom Brokaw’s 4 Mantras For “The New Age:"
Neil deGrasse Tyson’s 8 Things You Should Know (Including 4 Cosmic Points):
BONUS: NASA's 10 Predictions For The Future (From Rob Manning):
Raven-Symoné has officially been named a co-host of "The View," ABC announced Wednesday.
The news was revealed live on the talk show. The actress and former Disney Channel star joins co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez, "effective immediately," according to a press release from the network.
“Raven is smart, funny and genuine. We’ve loved getting to know her, and we’re all thrilled she’ll be part of ‘The View’ every day,” Executive Producer Bill Wolff said. “She brings a fresh perspective on the hot topics of the day, and she’s a lively, welcome addition to our conversations and interviews.”
“Raven-Symoné is a welcome addition to ‘The View,’” the show's creator, executive producer and former host Barbara Walters said. “She is happy, amusing and well-informed, and has already brought a unique perspective to the program that has resonated with our audience.”
The move comes after a series of shakeups at the daytime program. In February, Rosie O'Donnell left the show -- for the second time -- to reportedly focus on her family. Last May, journalism icon Walters retired.
Watch the announcement made on "The View" here.
The third season of "Orange Is The New Black" comes out on June 12, and we could not be more excited to spend a full weekend binge-watching it.
The Netflix drama, which follows the inmates of the fictional Litchfield Penitentiary, features an incredibly diverse set of characters and brings complex women's stories to our screens. What makes it even better is that the actresses and actors on "OITNB" are just as dedicated to raising awareness for important issues off-screen.
The "OITNB" cast have spoken out about the importance of seeing different body types on screen, called for more mainstream television characters who aren't young and white, supported the LGBT community and pushed for criminal justice reform. Laverne Cox, who plays trans inmate Sophia Burset, even landed on the cover of Time under the powerful headline "The Transgender Tipping Point."
These women (and a few good men) have used their rising stardom to advocate for equality, independence, and inclusion.
Here are 9 times "OITNB" cast members were badass feminists:
1. When Samira Wiley told The Guardian about her dedication to representing all women on-screen:
2. When Matt McGorry's feminist Facebook post made us swoon:
3. When Dascha Polanco told VH1 about learning to love her body in spite of restrictive beauty standards:
4. When Danielle Brooks wrote a kickass, body-positive essay for Glamour:
5. When Lea DeLaria talked about why "OITNB" is important to viewers on AfterEllen.com:
6. When Selenis Leyva wrote an incredible blog post calling for more awareness about the barriers transgender people face:
7. When Uzo Aduba told NPR about owning her "unusual name" and challenging whitewashing:
8. When Laverne Cox spoke to DAME about what feminism means to her:
9. When Lorraine Toussaint told IndieWire about the importance of helping non-white, not-so-young actresses smash the glass ceiling:
We can't wait to hear what else this amazing cast has to say. Slay, queens.
Kristin Cavallari has moved beyond "Laguna Beach," both physically -- she now splits her time between Nashville and Chicago -- and professionally -- as a designer, lifestyle entrepreneur and soon-to-be author. Alas, the MTV series still follows her.
"No one knew what that show was going to become, obviously," Cavallari told Elle in a new interview. "I had envisioned it being, like, do you remember 'True Life' on MTV? I thought it was going to be like that. None of us knew that it was going to be turned into a soap opera. And, so, filming the first season, we were sort of just going along with it, listening to producers, doing what they asked, not realizing -- me especially -- that we were going to be edited the way we were."
The show, which ran from 2004 to 2006, was supposed to document the real life of teenagers growing up in Orange County, but the network took some creative licenses. Cavallari said she didn't even know the love triangle involving her, Stephen Colletti and Lauren Conrad was even happening.
"[Stephen Colletti] was my real boyfriend, so that was really difficult for me to watch," she told Elle. "Even though a lot of it was manipulated and for the show, it's still hard to see your boyfriend going and hanging out with a girl that he probably normally wouldn't. It was tough for me. You were either the Lauren or you were the Kristin."
This isn't the first time Cavallari has talked about the pseudo-reality show (and it probably won't be the last).
April 2010: "'Laguna' was, you know, my real boyfriend and those were my friends, and we were really young. MTV basically just came in and shook up our world."
December 2012: "We were 17 and 18, and they made [the feud with Conrad] a lot worse than it was."
February 2013: "The producers were really crappy to me. I felt like everybody was against me and manipulating me, and that forced me to be a bitch.”
December 2013: "[On] 'Laguna Beach,' they really just manipulated situations and put us in situations that we normally wouldn't have been in, or we'd have to film something that maybe happened a month ago or hasn't happened yet -- stuff like that."
December 2014: "Being 16, 17 in high school, not knowing really how to handle your emotions or even realizing what's going on, you know, I put up a wall and I put up a really tough exterior because I felt like they were really trying to take advantage of me. It was a really difficult time. Then when I saw it air and saw the way that they represented me, I was really, really upset. I cried for hours and hours after I saw the first episode. It was hard. I still, to this day, think you should have to be 18 to do a reality show only because of my experience."
Britney Spears has a fresh new 'do for summer, y'all.
The pop singer debuted her new haircut, a lob with bangs, on Instagram Tuesday in a selfie for her fans. The short style is perfect for the season's warmer months.
She got a bob back in September, but added inches of extensions to her blond tresses not long after. In March, she had a style snafu when a piece of her weave fell out during one of her "Piece of Me" shows at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.