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    Kylie Jenner knows how to turn heads with a look.

    Though the youngest sibling in the fam, Jenner is clearly following the footsteps of her fashion-forward sisters. Comparisons have most often been made between Jenner and older sister Kim Kardashian, whom Jenner cites as a style influence.

    The influence was readily apparent Friday night, when Jenner appeared at the opening of Sugar Factory in Miami in a stunning plunging black dress. The star shared snaps of the glam look to Instagram:





    thanks for the edit @kylie.vogue

    A photo posted by King Kylie (@kyliejenner) on




    ☺️

    A photo posted by King Kylie (@kyliejenner) on





    The young star also took to Instagram to share a less glammed up but equally gorgeous photo, in which she appears to wear no makeup. This follows the other casual flight snap she shared on Friday while on her way to Miami.

    cute little airport pic

    A photo posted by King Kylie (@kyliejenner) on





    Obviously Jenner is optimum style crush material -- dressed up or down.

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    Olivia Culpo is handling her split from Nick Jonas the best she can. The former Miss Universe opened up about heartbreak via Instagram on Friday, June 19.

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    Let's go back to the beginning.

    Though reality show "Laguna Beach" ended in 2006, it's easy to remember one of its best parts: the iconic theme song "Come Clean," sung by the one and only Hilary Duff.

    Now, viewers can relive the glory with Duff's "Laguna Beach" throwback tribute posted to MTV's Vine. In the midst of the former teen star's cultural resurgence -- her new album "Breathe In. Breathe Out" dropped last week and her new TV show "Younger" recently wrapped its first season -- Duff channeled her bygone "Come Clean" days:




    Yes, this may in fact be heaven.

    Duff also created some other Laguna Beach-themed dubsmash videos:






    The star recently threw it back to another popular show of yesteryear when she reunited with "Lizzie McGuire" co-stars Lalaine and Jake Thomas:

    So this happened last night... #LizzieMcGuire

    A photo posted by Jake Thomas (@sirjakethomas) on





    The new age of Duff has arrived!

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    Taylor Swift isn't going to let sexism slide.

    The star took to Twitter on Saturday morning to call out OK! Magazine for a misleading headline and choice of descriptors that, she argues, point to just why feminism is so important today.




    According to Bustle, the tweet came after OK! Magazine shared a link to an article from its Twitter account with the words: "Singer @taylorswift13 has made a 'pregnancy announcement'!" In the piece -- which describes how the singer helped a couple announce their pregnancy -- Swift is referred to as both "Harry Styles' ex-girlfriend" and "Calvin Harris' rumoured girlfriend."

    For a quick explanation of everything wrong with those descriptors, OK! need only check out other inspiring pop star Ariana Grande's recent post decrying media's tendency to describe women solely in terms of their romantic entanglements.

    "i am tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man's past, present or future PROPERTY/POSSESSION," she wrote. "I can't wait to live in a world where people are not valued by who they're dating/married to/attached to, having sex with (or not)/seen with, but by their value as an individual."

    Props to Swift and Grande for sharing their feminist wisdom with the world.

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    She's the Mother of Dragons, the Breaker of Chains and apparently the Revealer of Saucy Secrets.

    While on "The Graham Norton Show," Emilia Clarke opened up about those latest shocking "GoT" deaths and said there was one thing that had her cracking up during a disturbing sex scene.

    Clarke revealed that during a Season 1 rape scene, her co-star Jason Momoa chose to wear a fluffy pink sock instead of a modesty sock, which caused her to completely crack up.

    "It's huge, and it's pink, and I don't know what to do," laughed Clarke, who covered her mouth in shock at what she was saying. "I just said that, yeah," she added.

    The show also featured an "eyebrow-off" between Khaleesi, Cara Delevingne and Jake Gyllenhaal, which proved that when you play the game of eyebrows, you win, or you're Jake Gyllenhaal.

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    "The most beautiful thing in this world is Daddy's little girl," Jay Z raps in his song "Glory," which was an ode to his daughter, Blue Ivy.

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    Lindsay Lohan soaks up the sun in her bikini while relaxing on the terrace of her hotel in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

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    Lady Gaga has got the rocker look down.

    The star shared a photo on Instagram Saturday showing her wearing a tank tied above the belly button, sunglasses and a studded leather jacket in her hand. Can we say rock 'n' roll?

    Giddy up

    A photo posted by @ladygaga on






    Gaga also shared a smattering of pics during her recent Caribbean getaway. The singer -- who performed with Tony Bennett in Paradise Island as part of their "Cheek to Cheek" tour -- embraced a "Work hard, play hard" attitude for the trip.

    Work hard, play hard. Work hard again, play harder.

    A photo posted by @ladygaga on




    The pop star is now back in New York -- but if her playful look is any indication, she likely continues to live by the same rules.

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    It looks like there's one less lonely girl and one less lonely Bieber in the world.

    Justin Bieber and the Internet's newest crush, Ruby Rose, appear to have a budding friendship if a recent Twitter exchange is any indication. Biebs tweeted at Rose about a picture of her sitting at a piano adorned with a certain pop star's face on it and things just got cuter from there:










    The friendship seems like fate. Rose has been compared to Bieber, a joke that made it on to the new season of "Orange Is the New Black."

    Since the show premiered in June, everyone everywhere has been clamoring about the Australian model and singer. Rose recently told The Huffington Post that she "was not expecting" the viral fame. But if she is going to be friends with Bieber, she should probably get used to it.

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    Looks like there will be a blank space where Taylor Swift's "1989" album should be on Apple Music's new streaming service.

    After Apple announced on June 8 that it would roll out its music streaming platform, which will cost $9.99 a month following a free three-month trial, Swift took to her Tumblr page to write an open letter to the company to explain why she will not feature her new album on the service.

    Swift writes that the free trial period, in which artists, writers and producers will go unpaid, is a "shocking, disappointing" move by Apple.

    This is not about me. Thankfully I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows. This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field … but will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs.


    The "Style" singer's sentiments on Apple Music echo her decision to pull her songs from Spotify. She told Yahoo Music in November 2014, "I'm not willing to contribute my life's work to an experiment that I don't feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music. And I just don't agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free."

    In July 2014, the 25-year-old penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal about the changing music industry, in which she predicted that artists would have more control over the value of their music. "[I]ndividual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album's price point is. I hope they don't underestimate themselves or undervalue their art," she wrote.

    Head to Swift's Tumblr page to read her full message to Apple.

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    When Marvel's relaunched Spider-Man comic series comes out this fall, a new face will be behind the spidey mask.

    The new series, written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by artist Sara Pichelli, will relaunch with Miles Morales, a half-black, half-Latino teenager, as Spider-Man, according to the New York Daily News. Morales has appeared as a version of Spider-Man in Marvel's offshoot Ultimate Spider-Man series since 2011, which is separate from Marvel's larger Spider-Man universe where Peter Parker is behind the mask. When the limited comic series Secret Wars ends this summer, however, Morales will re-emerge as the official Spider-Man on the page.

    Bendis, the writer and co-creator of the new Spider-Man comics wants fans to know that Morales will indeed be the main superhero and no longer an alternate version of the web-slinger. "Our message has to be it’s not Spider-Man with an asterisk," Bendis told the Daily News, "it’s the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else."

    This Marvel announcement comes just days after a leaked legal licensing agreement between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Entertainment was released by Wikileaks. The document describes that one of the "core elements" of Spider-Man is that "he is a heterosexual Caucasian male." According to Variety, the contract, which went into effect in Sept. 2011, also includes "Mandatory Spider-Man Character Traits." One states that the character is “not a homosexual (unless Marvel has portrayed that alter ego as a homosexual).”

    Marvel and Sony declined to comment.

    While Morales may not replace Peter Parker on the big screen any time soon, he has portrayed Spider-Man on the small screen. Donald Glover voiced Morales in two episodes of Disney XD's series "Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors."



    Bendis told Vulture last year that he hopes to see Morales appear as Spider-Man on the big screen one day, saying that whichever studio is in charge "should pursue it as quickly as possible." Andrew Garfield also supported passing down the spidey suit to Morales in an interview last year. "Miles Morales was a huge moment in this character’s comic book life. And I do believe that we can do that," Garfield told Comic Book Resources.



    For more, head to the New York Daily News.

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    It's Justin Timberlake's first Father's Day as a dad, and he's celebrating by showing off his little one to the world.

    On Sunday, the "Mirrors" singer gave his 12 million Instagram followers a peek into life with his son, Silas Randall, who he welcomed with wife Jessica Biel in April. In the adorable photo, Timberlake cradles the 2-month-old, who is wearing the perfect onesie for the occasion:

    FLEXIN' on Fathers Day... #HappyFathersDay to ALL of the Dads out there from the newest member of the Daddy Fraternity!! --JT

    A photo posted by Justin Timberlake (@justintimberlake) on





    Timberlake introduced his Instagram followers to baby Silas just weeks after he was born in April. Apparently, the infant is already a Memphis Grizzlies fan:

    The Timberlakes are ready!!! GO GRIZZ! #GritNGrind #Playoffs #BabyGrizzROAR

    A photo posted by Justin Timberlake (@justintimberlake) on





    Happy Father's Day to JT and all the dads out there.

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    Celebrities, they're just like us -- they too dig up some pretty adorable photos to share on social media in honor of Father's Day.

    So grab a #1 Dad mug, sit back, and check out the stars' tributes to their fathers. And then give your dad a call/hug/Eagles discography/whatever it is your dad would truly appreciate, because let's be real -- your dad probably won't see your Instagram post.



    Vanessa Hudgens




    Snooki

    Happy birthday and Father's Day to this guy right here. Always got my back no matter what! Love you forever dad

    A photo posted by Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi (@snookinic) on




    Britney Spears

    Happy Father’s Day, daddy! Love you!!

    A photo posted by Britney Spears (@britneyspears) on




    Kylie Jenner



    John Legend

    Happy Father's Day to my awesome dad! @popz_topz

    A photo posted by John Legend (@johnlegend) on




    Lena Dunham

    PS you make a pretty great date

    A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on




    Ryan Seacrest

    there's so much I could say about my dad but to keep it short...he's simply the best #happyfathersday

    A photo posted by Ryan Seacrest (@ryanseacrest) on




    Jennifer Lopez

    Forever Daddy's girl HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO ALL THE GREAT DADDYS OUT THERE!!

    A photo posted by Jennifer Lopez (@jlo) on




    Lea Michele

    Father's Day brunch! #Nola

    A photo posted by Lea Michele (@msleamichele) on




    Minka Kelly



    Sarah Hyland

    Happy Father's Day everyone!!! This is my dad. He showed up to breakfast in fancy clothes last week

    A photo posted by Sarah Hyland (@therealsarahhyland) on




    Amy Schumer

    Happy day dad

    A photo posted by @amyschumer on




    Ashley Benson

    Happy Father's Day to all dads out there. Especially mine, love you dad! ❤️#fathersday #love

    A photo posted by Ashley Benson (@itsashbenzo) on




    Kendall Jenner



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    Walter White is the one who knocks and also the one who dances to his own song at music festivals.

    Bryan Cranston made a surprise appearance at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas Saturday night to resurrect his "Breaking Bad" character. During Above & Beyond's set at the festival, the actor came on stage with the DJs to introduce their song "Walter White."

    Channeling his inner Heisenberg, Cranston took the microphone and shouted his famous "Breaking Bad" line: "Say my name." The actor pressed the play button to kick off the song as the crowd went wild. Before leaving the stage, Cranston also took a few moments to rock out to his song with the DJs.

    On Sunday morning, the actor tweeted a video from EDC and wrote that, while he may have left the Above & Beyond stage early, he definitely pulled an all-nighter. At least it wasn't spent cooking in an RV.


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    Father's Day seems to be a sore subject for some people. Take actor Oliver Hudson for example, who slammed his estranged biological father Bill Hudson in an Instagram post Sunday.

    The 38-year-old actor shared a childhood photo of himself and his sister Kate Hudson with their father, and he wasn't subtle with the caption: "Happy abandonment day... @katehudson." Ouch.

    Happy abandonment day... @katehudson

    A photo posted by Oliver Hudson (@theoliverhudson) on





    Heavy, right? But it's hardly the first time Oliver or Kate have spoken out about their biological father. The siblings have both gone on record to say that they consider their mother Goldie Hawn's longtime partner Kurt Russell to be their real father.

    "[Bill Hudson] doesn't know me from a hole in the wall. But I don't care. I have a dad [Russell]. The bottom line is, you call your kids on their f--king birthday. I'm glad I had a dad who was there on my birthday," Kate told Vanity Fair back in 2000.

    Meanwhile, Bill Hudson had his say when he released his tell-all book, 2 Versions: The Other Side of Fame and Family in 2011, in which he also said some unkind things about his children.

    "I love Kate, but ... She has done stuff which is just awful. She is a spoiled brat in my eyes and at the end of the day, she should meet her little sister. I should meet my grandchild and she should help her grandmother," he wrote.

    Meanwhile this Father's Day, the actress made no mention of her biological father, she only celebrated Russell with a sweet photo on Instagram that she captioned, "Pa, just simply..... Thank you Happy Fathers Day I love you to the moon and back. ✨ #HappyFathersDay"

    Pa, just simply..... Thank you Happy Fathers Day I love you to the moon and back. ✨ #HappyFathersDay

    A photo posted by Kate Hudson (@katehudson) on




    The Huffington Post has reached out to Bill Hudson for comment.

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    Meryl Streep has been called one of the greatest actresses alive. She's been nominated for 19 Academy Awards, and won three. Oscar winners over the past decade are more likely to thank her than God. In an industry that's shockingly unfair to aging women, her career continues to flourish -- praise Meryl.

    But some of her work in smaller or less critically acclaimed projects has been forgotten. In honor of her birthday on June 22, we're here to remind you of some of the (often very odd) roles she's played, in no particular order.


    She-Devil (1989)



    Roseanne Barr and Streep go up against each other in an unexpected comedy about a famous romance novelist Mary Fisher (Streep) who sleeps with an accountant married to a less fabulous woman (Barr). Accountant Bob (Ed Begley Jr.) dreams of working for the rich and famous -- as an accountant, but still. Mary is wonderfully oblivious to the threat posed by his wife, who begins almost immediately plotting elaborate revenge against the two, becoming the titular "she-devil." Between a lot of slapstick humor, Barr sets about her plan, learning to stand on her own two feet in the process.

    "She's a real glamour puss," Streep told The New York Times in an interview about her novelist character at the time, explaining how appearances were more troublingly important in public life than ever. ''Look at who's in Congress, who's running the studios. I see more people having plastic surgery," she said. "It's too bad.''

    Netflix? No, sadly. It is on Amazon, though.
    Quote: "That's your wife? That's too bad."



    Postcards from the Edge (1990)

    postcards from the edge

    Meryl Streep plays a cocaine-addicted actress named Suzanne whose life is sort of in shambles. We see her wake up from a one-night stand, and she's barely functional on the set of her latest film. Her actress mother, played by Shirley MacLaine, drinks too much white wine and can't allow herself to concede attention to her struggling daughter. (After Suzanne is convinced to sing at a party, her mother cuts in to show off her own, fuller voice for guests.) Following a stint in rehab, Suzanne meets handsome movie producer Dennis Quaid -- and slowly realizes she doesn't need a man to make her happy.

    Netflix? Nope, over on Amazon.
    Quote: "Do you always talk in bumper stickers?"



    Alice At The Palace (1982)



    Probably her most perplexing role of all time, Streep plays a 7-and-a-half-year-old girl in this New York Shakespeare Festival adaption of "Alice In Wonderland." She's a grown woman in baby-pink overalls who slips down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world. She drinks a mysterious liquid and dances uncontrollably! She plays air guitar with a stuffed flamingo! She dance-fights with a Jabberwocky! And she does all this between a lot of singing, which somehow scores her the crown to Wonderland. She rules until she wakes up and realizes it was all a dream

    Netflix? Nope, but it's all on YouTube if you're inclined to spend an hour feeling deeply confused.
    Quote: "Beautiful soup! So rich and green! Waiting in a hot tureen."



    Defending Your Life (1991)

    defending your life

    An ad executive (Albert Brooks) finds himself in Judgment City after crashing his new BMW into a bus (typical) and awaits his fate. Will he go to heaven? If it's determined that he didn't learn from his mistakes as a living person on Earth, he'll have to go back and start again. Which kind of means Earth is hell. Which really makes a lot of sense. Anyway, things aren't looking too great for our ad bro when along comes Meryl Streep in a flowing white gown. Her fate is pretty much certain because she's a dead ringer for heaven's newest angel. The stakes are high for ad bro: Prove he wasn't a terrible person, or lose his newfound love interest.

    Netflix? Nope. Amazon.
    Quote, describing how she died: "It's embarrassing. I tripped."



    Before and After (1996)

    before and after

    When her son is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Dr. Carolyn Ryan (Streep) and sculptor husband (Liam Neeson) are thrown into a small-town tragedy. Did he do it? Does it matter? Shouldn't they protect him because he's their son, even if he is seemingly a creep? The town is understandably not on their side. The film had a not-so-great reception, but Streep and Neeson were all right in it.

    Netflix? Maybe one day. For now, Amazon.
    Quote: "Do everyone's parents destroy evidence and lie to the police?"



    Music of the Heart (1999)

    music of the heart

    Streep whips a bunch of ragtag inner-city kids into a high school orchestra worthy of Carnegie Hall in this wholly predictable film. She's a somewhat reluctant yet inspiring music teacher. Angela Bassett is a principal just trying to do the best with what little funding she's got. Everyone believes in these kids. And if they can just band together to fight the system, we'll arrive at the heartwarming ending we saw coming all along. It's based on a true story, though, and directed (mysteriously) by Wes Craven.

    Netflix? Yes!
    Quote: "Now listen to me. I want you all to play from your heart. Forget about the audience. Watch me; you'll do just fine. Just play from here [puts hand over heart]. Okay?"



    The Simpsons: Season 6, Episode 7 (1994)

    Lucky Bart -- Meryl Streep voiced his secret girlfriend Jessica Lovejoy back in the '90s. She's, like, sooo pretty and smart and her father is the reverend at church! But it turns out her behavior is worse than Bart's. When some of the church's collection money goes missing and Bart gets blamed, it takes clever Lisa to uncover the real thief -- Jessica. J'accuse!

    Netflix? Nope. DVD.
    Quote: “Because, if you tell, no one will believe you. Remember, I’m the sweet, perfect minister’s daughter, and you’re just yellow trash.”

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    Lisa Kudrow may be best known as Phoebe Buffay, but she was born to play Valerie Cherish. Take the scene from the sixth episode of Season 2 of "The Comeback," in which Valerie, stuck in the desert for a day of "Seeing Red" reshoots, is tied up and locked in the trunk of a car, her mouth bound with duct tape. The director forces her to do the scene again and again, and when a live snake is added to the mix, Kudrow uses only her eyes to nail the single funniest shot of the season. But sight gag aside, the scene encapsulates the comic tragedy that is Valerie; she's humiliated, suffocated and taken for granted, but she won't stop. And that's the genius of Lisa Kudrow: She shines brightest when Valerie brutally sacrifices her dignity with a smile.

    As co-creator of the HBO series (along with Michael Patrick King), Kudrow puts that talent to good use throughout the second season, which explores Valerie's crumbling relationship with husband Mark and her intense paranoia about hairstylist sidekick Mickey's cancer scare. After lampooning the earliest seeds of the reality-show era, the latest installment glides with precision into a new age of pop-cultural trends to mock, like the rise of the prestige-baiting "docuseries."

    It's clear Valerie is embedded deep within Kudrow. She laughs infectiously as she analyzes the show, often slipping into character mid-sentence. The Huffington Post caught up with her last week to chat about resurrecting the series nine years after its cancellation, the possibility of a third season and Valerie's decision to skip the Emmys. And speaking of the Emmys, here's hoping Kudrow earns some well-deserved recognition when nominations are announced next month. This woman is owed an award, Television Academy, and we need to know we're being heard.

    the comeback

    You got to return to playing Valerie Cherish after nine long years. How did that compare to the final seasons of “Friends,” when you had been playing Phoebe consistently for about the same amount of time?
    These characters sort of stay with me, no matter what. With Phoebe, we’d have our hiatus breaks, which were like April, May until July or August. And sometimes I felt like, “Oh no, I don’t know what I’m doing with Phoebe." I was really struggling because it was easy. I was like, “Wait, I don’t feel like I’m doing as much work to be Phoebe.” And Matt LeBlanc zapped me back to reality. He said, “Why should you? You’ve been doing her for how many years?”

    But with Valerie, even though it had been so long, you’d only done 13 episodes.
    She’s in my head a lot. I talk to myself frequently as other characters. I can’t help it. Or other characters comment on things that are going on when I’m going through my day. Not to sound crazy! Sometimes they come out and I’m not aware that I’m saying it out loud in character. One time, someone heard and went, “Oh my God, that was Valerie Cherish!” But I was kind of nervous, and when Michael [Patrick King] and I started writing, the voice of Valerie sounded a little crankier to me. And I went, “Whoa, look what’s happening –- but that’s OK, right? Can’t she be less of a pleaser? She’s nine years older.” And he said, “Yes, if that’s what’s happening, let’s go with it.”

    You’ve said you were surprised when people called the show “cringeworthy comedy." When you’re playing Valerie, do you feel that visceral humiliation that we are reacting to?
    No. I finally realized I never felt it because she’s not feeling humiliated. She won’t have it. She’s one of those people who’s deflecting and pivoting and spinning it, and she thinks once she’s spun it, that’s the new truth. She creates a different reality. So no, she’s not hurt.

    We’ve only seen Valerie acting in small pieces. We saw one scene from “Seeing Red” this season, and her performance got good reviews. Then we see her at the improv class she attends, where she fails miserably.
    It’s so bad!

    In your opinion, is Valerie a good actress or not?
    I think she is accidentally a good actress. She explains with her audition [for the part on “Seeing Red”]. Her audition was compelling, wasn’t it? It got away from her. She lost control. And that was magic. She thinks you’re supposed to be in complete control, but in a bad way. It’s a performance that’s micromanaged by the artist. So when it gets away from her, the truth is coming in and getting expressed. And her other reason for being horrified [when Valerie first sees footage from "Seeing Red"] is it’s too dark, and she looks ugly, she thinks. And also, she was tired. That Paulie G wore her down! That was like the 12th take! She wants to seem like Linda Evans in “Dynasty” -- like a poised, soap opera something, you know? And on the other hand, if everyone else says it’s good, she’s fine with that too.

    That’s the great dichotomy of Valerie.
    What’s sad is she’s a decent person, but she’s almost like a shadow person. It depends on what’s being reflected back.

    Why didn’t we see any of Jane’s documentary, “The Assassination Of Valerie Cherish,” in this season?
    We wanted to end with the Emmys, and we were building toward it. We decided early on she was going to have to leave the award show to go to the hospital. So there wasn’t really room, and to me, it’s somewhere to go if we want to do more.

    The Emmys are a huge part of the second season, and in the finale we see Valerie choose humanity over awards. Was that a commentary on awards campaigning in general?
    No. I thought it might look like that, but no, we weren’t making fun of the awards. Thank God Conan [O'Brien] did it, because we could make it as real as possible. And we had Jimmy Burrows there, who says, “Hey, it’s great to win, but remember you’ve got to hold on to the other stuff.” It’s not everything, but it’s not nothing. It was important to her. And why wouldn’t it be? It is a big deal. So that’s what made it even more powerful -- that this person left that, and her internal moral compass gave her no choice. She couldn’t stay there and she had to go be with Mickey, otherwise she can’t even sit in the seat.

    the comeback

    Did your own experience of winning an Emmy for “Friends” inform the way you played Valerie having a chance at an Emmy?
    Well, Michael has no shortage of awards for “Sex and the City." We know what happens and how that goes once someone’s nominated. We also figured that what Valerie did in that show might get recognized because it’s just a complete 180 from what people would have known of her. It would merit some attention. So it felt reasonable to us that she would get nominated. We wanted her to win, then we had a moment of, "Should she win? Would she win?" Then we went, "Why not? Let’s have her win because that’s a nice thing."

    It’s a nice release for the audience to see her get something after all she’s gone through.
    And the audience has no idea whether she’s going to win or not. Did you think she would win?

    I was in suspense because the show trades so well in defeat, but the first season ends on a triumphant note that also works.
    Right, so it’s not like everyone is going to expect her to win, so it’ll be just as nice of a surprise for the audience.

    Valerie’s most-used phrase might be “you know.” She says it all the time. How many “you knows” are written in the script and how many are natural conversational additions on the fly?
    Oh, that’s interesting. I don’t know. I’m not sure if I threw those in. I should actually look through a script and see. We do write in when she starts to say something, then we add dashes and she starts over again, you know? Well, I’m saying “you know” a lot. Who knows? Maybe I threw them all in.

    What do you think Valerie would be like in a “Friends”-esque salary negotiation?
    The biggest wimp! She has money. She’s married to a hedge fund guy. They don’t live like that, but they’ve got it.

    But it seems like a lot of her self worth is wrapped up in her professional milestones. Do you think she would feel like if she’s not getting paid a certain amount, she’s being cheapened?
    The spotlight is much more valuable to her than the check. We set it up that she doesn’t need money, and that even without Mark, whatever she made on “I’m It,” she bought apartment buildings. So, she’s always had income from that. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but rents go up. So, she’s always been financially fine. We needed to make it clear that this isn’t about paying a mortgage. It’s about being in the spotlight.

    When was the last time you had a Valerie Cherish moment, when you were taken totally by surprise at how someone received you and you felt that self-awareness?
    When we were shooting this, I would drive through the same gate every morning. And one time it was early, so there was a different guard there, and he didn’t recognize me at all. He was very protective of that gate, and he wasn’t letting me in. And he said, “Look, the only people through this gate are producers …” And I said, “Oh, I’m producing this.” And he said, “Let me finish. Only producers or cast …” I said, “I’m in the cast.” He said, “Not extras.” So I handed him my ID, and he put it in the computer and saw that I am in the cast and I’m allowed to drive onto the lot and park my car. I said, “They wanted me to be closer to the hair and makeup trailer.” And he said, “Did you see where that other car went? That’s background. That’s where you go.” Before he finally let me on, he went through the whole speech again. “Only producers and the cast and the director, and that’s it.” He just wanted me to let him finish. He just wanted to be heard.

    You’ve said the door is open at HBO for a third season of "The Comeback." Are we talking a year? Five years? Another nine years?
    Not another nine years. Michael and I are talking now. It needs to be worth it to do more. I mean “worth it” in terms of coming up with something that’s worth it. I think we pulled this one off, which was scary because for the people who liked the show, it was a high mark to hit. And I think we did it. But we’re talking about what that would be. Michael’s only just finished “2 Broke Girls,” so we’re talking.

    I’m not going to ask whether there will be a “Friends” reunion because the entire cast has made it clear the answer is no. But I am curious how you feel about that question following you in every interview you do.
    It’s fine! I don’t care, ask it all day long. I just feel bad that the answer is “sorry.” Because people get mad, as if it’s any of the six of us that are the reason why it’s not happening. But we can’t even get the six of us in a room together to have a meal. We just tried again. We got so close and then one of us was out of town. We’re trying really hard. It’s a lot of adult lives of people who are spread out and busy, so it’s tough.

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    Mike Reno of Loverboy still rocks a bandana around his head, but the frontman is singing a different tune than he did in the band's 1981 hit "Working for the Weekend."

    In a fun ad for jobs site Indeed.com, 60-year-old Reno says, "More people are finding jobs that make them happy, so now it's not just all about the weekend."

    Workplace satisfaction and a 1980s nostalgia trip? We're down with that.

    See the commercial above. And here's the original song (which begins at 2:24):



    H/T AdWeek

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    Warning: Mild spoilers for Season 3 of "Orange Is the New Black"

    Matt McGorry wants "Orange Is the New Black" fans to know he's not a jerk -- he just plays one on TV.

    McGorry posted a photo of himself with fellow "OITNB" actors Dascha Polanco (Dayanara Diaz) and Elizabeth Rodriguez (Aleida Diaz) on his Instagram account Sunday, along with an impassioned (and tongue-in-cheek) admonition of viewers who confuse him with his character, prison guard John Bennett.

    The 29-year-old actor has been attacked by angry fans on social media since the release of the show's third season, in which Bennett abandons his imprisoned fiancée, Daya, and their unborn child.

    Happy Fathers Day to all the real fathers out there! I am an actor and I play the fictional character John Bennett on the fictional television show entitled Orange Is The New Black. Here I am with actresses Dascha Polanco and Elizabeth Rodriguez who play make-believe mother-daughter characters named Dayanara and Aleida Diaz on the made up television program with me. They are not mother and Daugther in real life even though they and we play pretend characters that are sometimes even the opposite of who we are as real live people while not reflecting our real lives because it is not real. Moments before this photograph was taken I was even saying words that were written by another person, all the while pretending that my name was John Bennett and that his thoughts and actions were a result of my own brain! Weirdly, the words coming out of my mouth and the things I did in the story were not created by me at all! To make matters even more confusing, I am even dressed in fictional character John Bennett's costume (a costume is like fictional clothes) in this photograph that was taken on the television set and afterwards I went home to my apartment in New York City where I don't have a child because I'm not a father and have never worked in a prison and TV is not real life. #oitnb

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    "Weirdly, the words coming out of my mouth and the things I did in the story were not created by me at all!" he captioned the photo. McGorry, who also stars on ABC's breakout hit "How to Get Away with Murder," continued, "I went home to my apartment in New York City where I don't have a child because I'm not a father and have never worked in a prison and TV is not real life."

    McGorry made headlines earlier this year for his public embrace of feminism. In a total departure from Bennett's cowardice (which, again, has nothing to do with McGorry because he is an actor who acts), the "OITNB" star made a strong stand for his beliefs telling Jezebel, "For lack of a better term, I’m balls-out [for feminism]."

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    Calvin Harris is super proud of Taylor Swift for standing up to Apple Music over the weekend.

    On Sunday, the "Blank Space" singer took to her Tumblr page to share her thoughts about Apple Music's new streaming service, condemning the company for not paying artists, writers and producers. Swift wrote that she would not feature her new album on Apple Music, similar to when she pulled all of her music from Spotify. Her letter ended up getting the attention of Apple's Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, who tweeted on Sunday that the company "will always make sure that artist[s] are paid." The victory is huge, and also made Swift's love interest very proud.

    After playing a set at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas on Saturday, Harris took to Twitter to praise his long-rumored girlfriend's bold move. The DJ not only celebrated the "Bad Blood" singer for "chang[ing] the entire music industry," but pretty much openly admitted to their romance for the first time, calling her his "girl."




    Watch out, Swift and Harris are taking over the world.



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