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    The first trailer for "The 33," a film about the 2010 mining accident in Chile, has been released, and it's sure to pull at your heartstrings. 


    Starring Antonio Bandera, Lou Diamond Phillips, James Brolin and Juliette Binoche, the film centers on the amazing true story of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for more than two months. The event, and miraculous survival of the workers, garnered plenty of attention in the media and is now being brought to the big screen by director Patricia Riggen. 


    The trailer offers a glimpse at the struggle and perseverance of the workers and those who fought to save them. The movie, which will no doubt be a touching one, was filmed with cooperation of the actual miners, their families and their rescuers. 


    You can watch the entire trailer above (you might want to grab some tissues).


    "The 33" opens November 13. 


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    As hard as it might be to imagine, Jack Gleeson is nothing like his Joffrey Baratheon.


    While his "Game of Thrones" character subjected multiple characters (specifically women) to violent horrors on the show, Gleeson is aware of the problematic nature of violence on TV. When interviewed by The Daily Beast about a new stage show he wrote and produced, Gleeson talked about the depiction of brutality against women on the show, which reached a peak this year with Sansa's sexual assault scene


    Gleeson said he found some of Joffrey's horrific scenes difficult to film, but also recognized that the fact that "Thrones" representing violence doesn't necessarily means the show supports it. "It’s a tricky thing when you are representing misogyny in that way, because I wouldn’t say the show ever implicitly condones misogyny or any kind of violence towards women," Gleeson told the website. "But, perhaps, it’s still unfair or unjust to represent it even if the gloss on the representation is a negative one."


    The young actor also acknowledged that the conversation becomes even more problematic when violence toes the line between awareness and entertainment. “Obviously, as a 23-year-old man, I can never put myself into the mindset of a woman who has been sexually assaulted," Gleeson said, "but I think that sometimes you have to represent awful things happening onscreen even if they’re for entertainment because you have to expose the brutality of them, because the chances are you’re not going to see that anywhere." He does know it's a gray area though, adding that some of the violence on "Thrones" could be "very traumatic and stressful to watch" for viewers.


    Gleeson said that he has yet to actually see Sansa's controversial rape scene, though. Having worked on the show for so long, Gleeson explained it was difficult for him to suspend disbelief and enjoy the fictional show. Other "GoT" stars who have addressed the violence include Sophie Turner, who said Sansa is still "strong" after the fact, and Gwendoline Christie (Brienne), who applauded the show for its exploration of female characters.


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    If you watched Cara Delevingne's incredibly awkward interview on "Good Morning Sacramento," you know that the model-turned-actress, who was promoting "Paper Towns," was just working with what she was given -- which was some really terrible questions from the show's totally tone-deaf hosts. 


    That's why we're not entirely sure if "The View" co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Nicolle Wallace watched the same interview we did, because on Wednesday, they called the 22-year-old out for acting like a "bitch." 


    Really? 


    Delevingne seemed surprised, as well, and took to Twitter on Wednesday suggesting her brand of humor may have gone over some people's heads: 





    She also retweeted actor Zach Braff, who made a very solid point: 





    She also retweeted Kristen Walbolt, a web producer for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who shared her her thoughts on the situation: 





    She then she retweeted "Good Morning America" social media editor Jeff Lowe, who was all about common sense: 





    Goldberg had argued, "She’s not a famous actress. She’s a newbie … nah, honey, I’m famous. There’s professional and there’s unprofessional. We’re checking you, babe. We’re checking you. That was not the way to handle that, Cara," but it kind of seems like she handled it pretty perfectly. 


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    Kendall and Kylie Jenner continue to slay the style game. 


    The youngest members of the Kardashian-Jenner family stepped out for some frozen yogurt in Los Angeles on Tuesday and, as per usual, the teen sisters made sure they dressed to impress. 


    The "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" stars opted for chic all-black ensembles with a very '70s vibe. Kylie wore a fitted crop top and black flared pants.



    Kendall was seen sporting a dangerously low-cut top (how very "American Hustle" of her) and cigarette trousers. Both the girls paired their outfits with heels -- strappy for Kylie and pumps for Kendall -- and oversized aviator sunglasses. 




    Earlier this week, the girls took a trip to the opera with their whole family. They sported equally chic looks, including a matching shorts-and-blazer set for Kylie and a white wide-legged jumpsuit for Kendall. 



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    Hip-hop artist McKinley "Mac" Phipps Jr., imprisoned 15 years for a murder he says he didn't commit, could be home for the holidays if his lawyers can negotiate a time-served deal with the newly elected local prosecutor.


    Phipps, whose Louisiana manslaughter conviction was based on testimony from a supposed eyewitness who has since told The Huffington Post she lied at the trial, hopes to resolve his case in negotiations without further post-conviction hearings, his lawyers said. His defense attorneys plan to meet with the prosecutor in August to present new evidence casting doubt on the verdict and to ask for a reduced sentence for Phipps.


    "Their position is that they're willing to talk to us," said defense attorney Buddy Spell. "We're taking the position now that we would like to work out something that would avoid the necessity of re-litigating this case -- not only the shooting itself, but the handling of that trial. That might not be good for anybody and might not be necessary if we can come to an amicable agreement."


    Freedom would allow Phipps to get to know his son, who was born three months after Phipps' arrest in the Feb. 21, 2000, shooting death of a fan at a concert in St. Tammany Parish. 


    "He's been [in prison] my whole life, so it's a good feeling he could be home soon," Phipps' son, 15-year-old McKinley "Taquan" Green, told The Huffington Post.


    "It's been a long fight and we're already planning a big celebration for him, which shows how positive we are," added Phipps' mom, Sheila Phipps.


    McKinley Phipps was sentenced to 30 years after a jury convicted him. The supposed eyewitness fingered him as the gunman.


    But the prosecution's star witness last year told HuffPost in an exclusive interview that she lied when she fingered Phipps as the killer because prosecutors threatened to charge her. Four other witnesses to the shooting told HuffPost investigators threatened, intimidated or ignored them.  


    "The door for a resolution is open because of The Huffington Post, [Medill Justice Project] and other media attention related to the recantations," Spell said. "And, because I don't bring frivolous actions."



    Green said the revelations brought relief.


    "I was happy after all these years that people finally started to say my daddy is innocent and did not commit any crimes or hurt nobody," he said. "I always knew he was wrongfully convicted for something he did not do."


    Phipps' legal team, which includes Covington-based Spell, partner Tara Zeller and associate Jonathan Fleming, have spent the last several months gathering affidavits from the witnesses. They also said they have located a new eyewitness, who they have not publicly identified.



     The attorneys said they hope to use the newly discovered evidence to negotiate a resolution of Phipps' case without a new trial.


    "We do have the basis for obtaining a new trial and -- if we went to trial -- the likelihood of success is not insubstantial," Spell said. "With that in mind, we are trying to reach an amicable agreement with the prosecutor's office."


    An agreement, Spell said, would free Phipps with time served, as opposed to a full exoneration, which is what Phipps and his family have long sought. However, an exoneration would entail petitioning courts for a new trial, which Spell said could take several years.


    "Certainly, we'd like to prove his innocence in a court of law, but we're focusing on practicalities more than principles, and the quid pro quo for each side is if we can come to an agreement, Mac gets home more quickly," Spell said. "And when I say quick resolution, it would be lovely to have this done by Thanksgiving."


    Phipps' fiancee, Angelique Christina, said she was thrilled with the possibility.


    "Just the thought of how incredibly meaningful every minute detail will be and how very happy McKinley will be is beyond amazing," she said.



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    At the time of Phipps' arrest, he was a 22-year-old rising star in the New Orleans area. Master P had signed him to No Limit Records alongside Snoop Dogg and Mystikal. He had recently released "World War III," featuring cuts such as "Assassin Nation," "Genocide" and "War Party."


    At Phipps ' trial, Assistant District Attorney Bruce Dearing misleadingly spliced together lyrics from two of Phipps' songs, according to a Huffington Post article reviewing Phipps' conviction published earlier this year.


    Dearing worked under then-District Attorney Walter Reed, who left office in January. Reed, who was first elected to office in 1984, has since been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that include conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering.


    Spell earlier this month met with the new parish district attorney, Warren Montgomery, and the head of the DA's criminal division, Collin Sims. The purpose was to learn whether Montgomery, who as a private lawyer had met with Phipps' parents, would recuse himself from the case.


    Montgomery, who was not retained by Phipps' family, declined to exit the case.


    "At this time, the office doesn't see any reason to recuse itself," Lisa Frazier Page, a spokeswoman for the DA's Office, told HuffPost.




    Phipps said he's willing to push aside his quest for justice if it means he could come home and begin building a relationship with his son. 


    "While certainly a new trial would provide the necessary platform to formally prove my innocence, I am definitely not closed to the idea of an alternative that would bring me home to my family much sooner," Phipps told HuffPost on Wednesday.


    Phipps said he is "confident [his] attorneys have more than enough evidence to win," but he's also mindful of the time and expense of preparing for a new trial -- money his family doesn't have.


    "Some may view any type of plea agreement as an admission of guilt," said Phipps. "Those people have obviously never been incarcerated in Louisiana. Furthermore, after being away from the people you love for 15 years, anxiety can become a serious motivator."



    In the event that negotiations with the prosecutor's office stall, Phipps will file an application for post-conviction relief, based on the newly discovered evidence.  


    "I want as many opportunities to resolve this in my client's best interest as possible," Spell said. "Since they're willing to have these negotiations, it would be foolish not to at least address the opportunity."


    READ: Why Do Innocent People Plead Guilty? 


    The attorney added: "I'm optimistic. I know these guys [in the prosecutor's office] and I don't think they'd want to see a wrongful conviction stand or see an injustice done that is now under their watch. It was not under their watch before the media attention, but now it is."


    Phipps said he also is optimistic.


    "I am confident that the district attorney's decision will be one that is both fair and just for all parties involved," he said.




    Green said he just wants his father home.


    "It's hard because I can only see him at a visiting table and there are only so many things we can do, where if he was free we could go do anything," Green said. "My dad always tells me once he get out he's going to take me to a lot of places and we'll do a lot of things and I believe him. That's all he ever talks about -- me."


    He paused, then added: "I'm praying for him to come home. It would be a nice gift for me and if he does, I'll cry, I'll cry because I'll be so happy he's finally home."


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    NEW YORK (AP) — Mia Farrow took some Twitter heat Wednesday for joining other angry social media posters and blasting out the business address of the dentist who killed the beloved lion Cecil in Zimbabwe.


    Some apparently thought the actress had listed Walter Palmer's home address in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, calling for her verified Twitter account to be suspended under the site's terms of service.


    A Twitter spokesman said the company does not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons. He directed The Associated Press to official Twitter rules and policies that allow wiggle room on disciplinary action when information was previously posted or displayed elsewhere on the Internet prior to being put on Twitter.


    The Farrow account deleted the original missive amid the outrage questioning whether the intent was to ensure Palmer is physically tracked down by haters. But the deletion did little to calm Twitter nerves.


    One tweeter clucked back at Farrow, "Maybe Donald Trump should give out your phone number," referring to Trump doing just that for a GOP rival, Sen. Lindsey Graham. 


    Another tweeted: "I hate what he did, but giving out his address isn't the way to go."


    Farrow's manager did not immediately return an email Wednesday seeking comment.


     


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    In the simplest terms, Woody Allen is a man who had an affair with a 21-year-old woman, who any rational person would consider to be his stepdaughter. The affair broke up his relationship with her adoptive mother, caused a media frenz, and then, he married her. Twenty-three years later, Allen and Soon-Yi Previn are still together and they have two daughters of their own.  


    As a man shrouded in controversy and  accused of molesting his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was seven years old (which he denies), Allen rarely gives interviews. But with his new movie "The Irrational Man"  currently in theaters -- the 79-year-old writer and director decided it was time to open up to NPR, and throughly creep us out in the process. 


    Allen spoke of his relationship with Previn, which began in 1992, while he was still dating her mother Mia Farrow, with whom he has one biological child and jointly adopted two other children (Farrow adopted several other children including Previn on her own).  


    “I started the relationship with [Previn] and I thought it would just be a fling,” Allen told NPR's Sam Fragoso, adding that their relationship took on a life of its own. "And the age difference didn’t seem to matter. It seemed to work in our favor actually.“


    Allen went on to say that their 35-year age difference really works for them because he's "paternal."  


    "I was paternal. She responded to someone paternal. I liked her youth and energy. She deferred to me, and I was happy to give her an enormous amount of decision making just as a gift and let her take charge of so many things," he said. 


    You all read that right? Paternal, as in fatherly. As in gross in this context. 


    And that's not what Previn said back in 1992 when everyone was first freaking out about her and Allen's relationship. In fact, she told Time, “To think that Woody was in any way a father or stepfather to me is laughable.”


    Fragoso didn't hold back and asked Allen if he thought the molestation allegations have affected how people approach his movies (he doesn't) and if he thinks he's a "good person." 


    "I would consider myself ... decent as I got older." Allen said. "When I was younger I was less sensitive, in my 20s. But as I got older and began to see how difficult life was for everybody, I had more compassion for other people. I tried to act nicer, more decent, more honorable. I couldn't always do it. When I was in my 20s, even in my early 30s, I didn't care about other people that much. I was selfish and I was ambitious and insensitive to the women that I dated. Not cruel or nasty, but not sufficiently sensitive."


    For more with Woody Allen, head over to NPR.


     


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    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- John Legend is bringing his talents to a TV drama about Southern slaves fighting for freedom.


    WGN America says Legend and his production company will be in charge of the score and soundtrack for "Underground."


    The drama is in production in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It stars Aldis Hodge as the organizer of an escape effort by plantation slaves. Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Christopher Meloni co-star.


    WGN America told a Television Critics Association meeting Wednesday that Legend's company will also serve as an executive producer for the drama.


    In a statement, Legend says he believes the story of people brave enough to risk everything for freedom will be inspirational.


    He and his songwriting partner, Common, won an Oscar this year for the song "Glory" from the civil rights movie "Selma."


    "Underground" will air in 2016 on WGN America.


     


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    After a journalist criticized Eva Longoria for endorsing an eyewear brand despite not needing glasses, the actress used social media to address the accusation.


    In an article for The Sydney Morning Herald, writer Jenna Clarke discussed celebrities who endorse products they have no interest in and used Longoria and her support for Specsavers as an example. As part of her argument, Clarke claimed to have found only a few photos of the actress wearing glasses. 


    "Longoria, who is also a cosmetics ambassador, is a serial offender when it comes to selling out in a not so subtle way," Clarke wrote.


    In response, the "Desperate Housewives" actress tweeted an "open letter" along with three photos as proof that she wears glasses.








    "If you had done your journalistic duty (it's actually not that hard, a more thorough google job, or one phone call to my camp and they could have provided you any documentation) you would see that I have been wearing READING glasses since May 3, 2013," she wrote. 


    Longoria spoke more about the article on Australia's "Kyle and Jackie O Show" on Thursday. She explained that the article was hurtful, and she would never endorse a product that she didn't actually believe in.


    "I was really upset because I’d never endorse anything I don’t authentically believe in and I love Specsavers, and I wear glasses," she told the radio hosts. 


    H/T Latina


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    Officials at a Maine playhouse say Valerie Harper has been hospitalized after falling ill before a performance.


    Officials at the Ogunquit Playhouse say the 75-year-old actress, who has battled cancer, was taken to a hospital Wednesday before the evening performance of "Nice Work If You Can Get It."


    A statement Thursday says she's "resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital for observation for the time being."


    Bradford Kenney, executive artistic director, says playhouse officials and audiences are encouraged to hear that she's feeling better.


    Harper has been performing in the production as Millicent Winter, along with Sally Struthers as Duchess Estonia Dulworth.


    Harper has had a number of roles on Broadway, the big screen and TV. She's well known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."





    


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    BOSTON (AP) — Authorities say an actor who had roles in "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Fighter" has died more than a week after he was pulled from the water at a Boston beach.


    Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald says 54-year-old Sean Malone died Wednesday night at a hospital.


    Malone was pulled from the waters on July 20 after a Boston firefighter and three Milton teenagers saw him go under. The firefighter and two of the teens performed CPR, and he was taken to the hospital in critical condition.


    MacDonald says Malone had suffered injuries from being pulled unconscious and not breathing from the water.


    Malone played Skinny Ray Likanski in 2007's "Gone Baby Gone" and Wolfie in 2010's "The Fighter."


     


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    Iris Apfel, who, at 93-years-old is fronting major ad campaigns and even recently starred in a documentary about her fabulous, fashionable life, continues to dish out sound advice for achieving great style. And maybe the best takeaway? You should stop taking it so seriously. 


    "Being well-dressed is a wonderful thing, but I don't think it should be life threatening," she told Harper's Bazaar UK in a new interview, admitting that the fashion press doesn't do much to put anyone's minds at ease. "There's always a list of the 10 things you must have, the 10 things that are out," she said. 


    Apfel is easily recognized by her over-the-top style, but as it turns out, her method of choosing what to wear is pretty simple -- she just wears the things she loves, regardless of what season they're from. "I'm still wearing a beautiful dress that I wore when I had my first date with my husband, which was 68 years ago," she said.


    Moral of the story? Stop worrying so much about the things you wear, and if something works, keep it. Forever. 


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    Emily Ratajkowski has been enjoying her summer vacationing in Italy, lounging poolside in Los Angeles and posing near bouquets of flowers. 


    In her latest Instagram shot, uploaded Wednesday, Ratajkowski poses in a plunging red bodysuit with denim bottoms next to a bunch of yellow roses. 



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    On Monday, she shared a colorful photo of her next to some street art in Venus, California. 



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    Last week, she was soaking up the sun in a bikini while at a pool in LA. 



    A photo posted by Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) on



    To the good life, huh? 


     


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    Originally published on RYOT.org (29 July 2015)

    As Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj work through their bad blood, there's no better time to take stock of how artists, fans, and critics snub and snipe at one another. Amid clashes in the music world, are we leaving enough room for celebration and compassion?

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    This month, Mariah Carey kicked off the summer stretch of her Las Vegas residency with the concert series Mariah Carey #1 to Infinity, featuring the singer's 18 No. 1 U.S. hits (1990-2008). Fans packed the Caesar's Palace auditorium, twittering and tweeting with anticipation before the show, then erupting in screams as soon as the faintest silhouette of the diva materialized on stage. Carey's supersonic vocals, flashy props, and electrified audience came together for a virtuosic production from beginning to end.

    I went to the show not so much as a musicologist (my profession), but as a fan. I yearned to hear some of my favorite Mariah pop hits and power ballades, the songs I played on a loop on my Discman during carefree childhood and angsty adolescence. Listening to Carey's chronological, live renditions of Billboard-topping songs, I succumbed to an overdose of nostalgia.

    But throughout the night, as Carey's colossal voice made me break out into goofy grins and unabashed tears, a tiny voice chirped in the back of my mind. No, not my conscience: rather, it was Jon Caramanica's scathing New York Times review of Carey's Vegas debut back in May. I stumbled across this review before coming to see Carey for myself. In his narrative, Caramanica bemoaned Mariah as a fallen legend, a singer who was once "something superhuman," but now, mere "decaying manufacturing machinery." He fixated on Carey's struggle with her signature high notes, as have several other critics (see here, here, here, and here).

    Yes, it's the job of music critics to pick at details and submit concrete opinions. Yet let's face it: when judging musicians, we pick on things like pitch and intonation not least because it's easy to do so -- literally as easy as A, B, C. We have standard vocabularies for such technicalities, and it's effortless to pick on high notes precisely because they're so hard to hit. With weekly diets of American Idol, The Voice, and America's Got Talent, everyone these days can feel like experts when it comes to assessing singers. If Randy Jackson can blithely say "pitchy" as a catch-all appraisal of countless Idol contestants, surely we can too.

    In our Internet era's culture of humiliation, people jump at opportunities to shame singers who sound off, as with last year's leaked raw (pre-Auto-Tuned) vocals of Britney Spears. It's "gotcha!" journalism, music edition.

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    To nitpick that someone sounds sharp or flat can make us feel smart and superior. (Or consider Internet discussion threads and people's tendencies to assail others' grammatical and spelling errors; as with music, commenters seem to obsess over such minutiae only when they don't have anything better to say.) If I wanted to quibble about details, I could point out that Caramanica mistakenly observed how Carey "sang parts of several songs an octave lower than the recordings." Carey, in fact, rarely dropped down full octaves: instead, she frequently came down intervals of 3rds and 6ths (texturally compensated with light melismas), and the occasional bluesy 4th/flat-5th (as in the chorus of "Hero"). But I won't quibble, since to me, these details are uninteresting.

    Because so what if Mariah Carey indeed can no longer belt out accurate high notes like she once could? With her multi-decade career, she has taxed her vocal cords to the max. If her voice today sounds relatively strained--a stark matter of anatomy and aging (what musicologists who study disability might call "late style," e.g., concerning Beethoven's deafness) -- it's not her responsibility to somehow regain the able-voicedness she once possessed. No: it falls on us, the listeners, to listen to this difference differently, compassionately. Fans, of all people, understand this best. At the concert I attended, audience members cheered (a particularly shrill man in the row behind me kept shouting "I love you!" and "You're perfection!") even in moments when Carey sounded imperfect. They did so not because they necessarily lacked critical faculties or musical chops, but because they were marching to a different drum, grooving to beats of loyalty and love.

    In his review, Caramanica quipped that Carey's "rasp felt like a glitch, not a goal." How many of us, however, can claim we haven't all felt like a glitch from time to time -- out of tune, out of order? Isn't it when we're at our most vulnerable that we most desperately crave acceptance, care, and leeway? Is it possible to measure a singer's merit not by odd notes here and there, but by the metrics of tears, smiles, and inner stirrings? For that matter, did you care whether Barack Obama sang perfectly when he performed "Amazing Grace" at the end of his eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney? Even if we can discern he didn't sing perfectly well (on key, in time), would any of us deny he sang profoundly good (with heart, with purpose)?

    You could argue that when you pay good money to see a professional artist, you expect something professional. But I suppose that depends on what we want to get out of a performance, professional or otherwise. Pleasure? Uplift? Edification? Does any of this depend on whether Carey hits her multiple high-high-E's at the end of "Emotions"?

    No one likes fair-weather friends -- the people who stick around for the high points, but abandon ship when you need a shoulder to cry on. I'm not sure we should be fair-weather listeners either -- critics who applaud solid high notes, yet cry foul at the first sign of weakness.

    Next time you go to a concert where a singer's voice cracks, why not try treating it as a learning opportunity--not for the musician, but for yourself? Ask yourself why you judge and why you care. Contemplate whether your ears have become so entrained to certain tonal and musical standards that you're missing other aural pathways to beauty and truth.

    In other words, let's go not for the high notes, but for the high.

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    Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence -- aka two of the coolest women in Hollywood right now -- are officially friends, giving a whole new meaning to #friendshipgoals.  


    Schumer shared a photo on her Instagram account Thursday of the pair jet skiing. Because of course they'd be jet skiing together -- that's what friends do. The "Trainwreck" writer and star captioned the photo, "JLaw #maniac." 



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    The comedian also shared a snap featuring her whole lady squad, including JLaw, just hanging out on some floaties in the middle of the ocean, having the time of their lives. 



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    Does this mean we'll get to see them on screen together soon? We hope so. 


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    Lisa Kudrow is a national treasure of the highest order. Her portrayal of Phoebe on "Friends" is iconic. She doles out invaluable advice on "Web Therapy." She's impossibly good (and Emmy-nominated!) on "The Comeback." And though we should all take time each day to revere her incredible talent, Kudrow's birthday (July 30) is the perfect occasion to publicly declare her greatness.


    This list of "Friends" mistakes, created to celebrate the show's arrival on Netflix, is a terrific way to honor the oddest, funniest, best Friend of them all: 



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    The CW is taking a classic American novel and giving it the dystopian treatment, because nothing is safe from the clutches of the remake machine these days.


    According to Deadline, the network is reportedly remaking Louisa May Alcott's 1868 Little Women into a TV show. The catch? With The CW being The CW, the network is developing a "gritty" and "hyper-stylized" version of the novel for the small screen. Deadline reports that the series will depict the sisters (who are apparently half-sisters now) surviving amongst the dystopian streets of Philadelphia. So yeah, it's Little Women "Hunger Games"-style. But wait, there's more!


    Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy must fight to survive while uncovering a conspiracy before they kill each other! Forget the heartwarming tale of four sisters entering womanhood, erase the 1994 film with Susan Sarandon from your mind and let go of the 1949 version with Elizabeth Taylor and the 1933 adaptation with Katharine Hepburn. After Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, anything is possible, we guess.


    The CW did not immediately respond to request for comment.


    For more, head to Deadline.


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    Mariah Carey, star of the universally panned 2001 movie "Glitter," is giving Hollywood another shot, only this time, she'll also be behind the camera.


    According to the Associated Press, the 45-year-old singer will co-star and direct in "Mariah Carey's Christmas Project," which will air on the Hallmark Channel


    Naturally, the film is scheduled to air in December to ring in the holiday spirit as part of the network's annual  "Countdown to Christmas" lineup. 


    No word on what the scripted film is actually about, but it doesn't really matter, does it? Didn't think so.


    You should probably just stick to listening to "All I Want For Christmas Is You," because that's all the Mariah Carey-Christmas content you really need. 




     


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    "The Diary of a Teenage Girl"  is receiving rave reviews for its cast which features Kristin Wiig, Alexander Skarsgård and Bel Powley, and it's also being noticed for its daring subject matter.


     "I’m so thankful someone finally made a movie about teenage female sexuality -- it’s not something people talk about," Powley said in a recent interview with TeenVogue.


    "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" tells the story of a 15-year-old Minnie Goetze whose perspective on her life and freedom changes dramatically when she loses her virginity to her mother's 30-something-year-old boyfriend. Powley is quick to clarify that, "We’re not trying to promote an under-age girl sleeping with a man 20- years her senior." Instead, she says to The Telegraph, "it’s about Minnie’s coming of age, about her discovering her sexuality."


     The movie makes a point to celebrate sexual experience and desire in young women (see the below posts from the film's Instagram account).



    You are in control of yourself. Don't let anyone tell you different. #DiaryMovie

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    Makes it sort of hard to focus, right? #DiaryMovie

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    If only it were that easy… #DiaryMovie

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    "I had one intention, which was to tell an honest story about a teenage girl and what it feels like to be a teenage girl," Marielle Heller, the film's director, told the New York Times.


    Powley has received tremendous praise for her portrayal. She has also expressed appreciation for the way the film dives into teen female sexuality.


    “It’s really taboo to talk about girls having sexual feelings at that age, though we’ll very happily talk about boys -- boys wanting to have sex, boys getting horny,” Powley told the New York Times in an interview at Sundance.


    Heller echoed this sentiment in an interview with LA Times this week: "We're definitely afraid of [teenage girls'] sexuality, and so teenage girls are either shown in this really virginal state or this really slutty state, but it's never what it actually felt like to be a teenage girl as a full human...You're just as complete of a person as a teenage boy." 


    "In the end, [Minnie] learned to love herself, which is one of the most important things that you can do as a woman in society,” Powley says of her character's development. “We try to push such crazy ideals onto young women; the Hollywood version of what they should look like, what they should do, and the kind of Prince Charming they should be looking for...we should just be proud of who we are, because we can't be anybody else. So what’s the point of trying?”


    "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" hits theaters August 7.




     


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    Strong is beautiful. 


    That's the message Serena Williams sent to the world with her latest Instagram photo. In the snapshot shared Thursday, the Wimbledon champion does a split in the air on two gymnastics rings like a total boss. 


    "Fearless #strongisbeautiful Just do it," she wrote. 


    Goddess. 



     


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