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    Very important vacay question, family: Who wore it best?


    While hanging at the beach in Punta Mita, Mexico, earlier this month, Kylie Jenner donned her mother's vintage Body Glove bathing suit. On Friday, Khloe Kardashian took to Instagram to share the family's group text poll on who wore it best:



    A photo posted by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on



     ... The victor? According to the fam, at least, Kris Jenner. But in our book, anyone enjoying a glam beach vacation is a winner.


     For a refresher, the competing looks:



    A photo posted by @krisjenner on



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    Nothing like someone singing sweetly through your pain. 


    Chrissy Teigen got a little taste as her husband John Legend sang along to Rihanna's "Love Without Tragedy / Mother Mary" while she sat getting her ear pierced. Via Teigen's Instagram:



    A very "couple" moment. 


    In other envy-worthy Chrissy Teigen life news, the model shared a video of her husband doing a fun little dance with Gabrielle Union while she and Dwyane Wade watched. We would like to be a part of this friend group.  



     


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    Look, some of us liked "The Hobbit" trilogy. They're not the perfect movies, but it's a perfect adventure. Oh, and there's a dragon who's a total baller.


    Other people, however, didn't really appreciate the films. In fact, they really hated them.




    And that's how frenemies are made.


    The criticism has been that the movies were overly exaggerated, there was too much CGI and it didn't need to be stretched into a trilogy. Now, a fan theory suggests the films were actually meant to be a little ridiculous and needlessly drawn out.


    The Theory: "The Hobbit" films were bloated with CGI and long-winded because they represent Bilbo's own exaggerated retellings of his adventure.




    Redditor Questionbdp posed the idea as "internal justification" for why the movies were a "disappointment," and it actually makes sense. The Redditor explains:



    What Bilbo actually experienced during his adventure with the Dwarves was probably far less significant and monumental than the movies make it out to be, because the movies show how Bilbo retells his adventures, not how he actually lived them.



    The theory goes on to say Bilbo probably felt bummed after he returned from his adventure to find all the other Hobbits didn't care and were selling off all his stuff. (You nasty Hobbitses!) Because of this, he makes his story larger than life and "events which only filled a small book turned into three separate movies."


    Commenters called the theory "brilliant," and one even joked, "Lol, Peter Jackson, is that you?"


    Speaking of Jackson, even he says "The Hobbit" movies were meant to be a different tone than "Lord of the Rings," but could this be the reason why?


    In J. R. R. Tolkien's original stories, Bilbo authors his own memoir, There and Back Again, so it's entirely possible that he embellished a bit. The dude was pretty good at making stuff up when explaining how he escaped the Goblin tunnels to his Dwarf bros, after all. And how else would you explain Legolas running up a crumbling tower?




    Image: YouTube/MakeAGif


    Ugh ... #SMH.


    Jackson said he doesn't have regrets when it comes to the films, so we're thinking he either completely missed that Legolas scene, or perhaps there's a bigger plan at work.


    Please let there be a bigger plan at work.



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    Maisie Williams, of "Game of Thrones" and being a wise human fame, is unimpressed with the entertainment industry's "hot piece" roles.


    In a profile in the London Evening Standard, Williams opened up about inequality in parts for men and women actors:



    There are a lot of roles that come in that are “the girlfriend” or “the hot piece” in a movie or TV series. That’s something I’ve seen first-hand and read all the time. It will say “Derek: intelligent, good with kids, funny, really good at this” and then it will say “Sandra: hot in a sort of cute way” -- and that’s all you get. That’s the way your character is described, so going into an audition you are channelling “hot,” which isn’t like a person, that’s not who a person is. That’s what I see and that’s what needs to change. I’ve been lucky enough to play a very great female character from a young age, who is a fantastic role model for girls.



     


    It's the same phenomenon that has been called out by website someladyparts.com, which posts what are unfortunately extremely common sexist casting calls for women. A recent posting on the site reads: 



    Seeking: 'Perfect girl. 21-25. Strictly Blond. Tall. Model Look. topless on top of [male character] … No Nipples.'



     


    Get it together, world.


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    Reuniting his butt with the floor once again, Harry Styles took another tumble at a concert in Toronto on Thursday.


    It's just the latest chapter in Style's epic battle against gravity, which seems to have been going on for a while now:




    Recently, during a time we assume he wasn't falling to the seat of his pants, Styles and One Direction released the video for their new single. It's called "Drag Me Down."


    Yeah, "Drag Me Down." Has there ever been a more appropriate song title in the history of music?



    Image: Tumblr

    Doubt it.


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    Kobe Bryant is showing Taylor Swift incredible things.


    The Lakers star surprised the singer onstage with a special banner in honor of her 16th sold out show at the Staples Center, and it was all caught on the venue's Instagram:



    Swift also posted about the moment, proving she was more surprised than anyone with the caption, "The banners up at Staples Center right now because WHAT IS LIFE EVEN:"



    The banners up at Staples Center right now because WHAT IS LIFE EVEN

    A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on



    There was actual singing at the concert, too. Swift spent part of the night rocking out on stage with One Republic frontman Ryan Tedder:



    Tedder and Bryant just become the latest superstars to join Swift during her 1989 tour, with other celebs including everyone Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to reality star Kendall Jenner.


    We don't know which famous people will be appearing next, but we're pretty sure she's going to run out of Twitter characters thanking everyone one of these days:





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    It's been 39 years since Lily Tomlin's first Oscar nomination and 44 years since her first Emmy nod. But if headlining a film is what makes someone a movie star, then Tomlin is only now earning her due. And if top billing on a series makes someone a television star, then Tomlin didn't accomplish that either, until just a few months ago. Now she has a lot to show for it: Her film, "Grandma," which opened this weekend, has attracted glowing reviews and Oscar buzz since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and the first season of her Netflix series, "Grace and Frankie," led to Tomlin's umpteenth Emmy salute


    "I’ve never thought of myself as a movie star," Tomlin said when I sat down with her at a Manhattan hotel during the Tribeca Film Festival, where "Grandma" screened in April. "I’m considered a little eccentric in a way."  


    It's not hard to pinpoint the origins of Tomlin's self-assessment: Her breakout stint on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" in the early 1970s included such characters as fast-talking, nasally 5-year-old Edith Ann and the condescending telephone operator Ernestine. She smoked pot with Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton in the 1980 feminist comedy "9 to 5" and became a fixture of Robert Altman's sprawling ensemble films about the idiosyncrasies of the American experience ("Nashville," "Short Cuts," "A Prairie Home Companion"). "Grandma" fits in nicely with that catalog. Tomlin portrays a crusty, weed-smoking lesbian poet who assists her teenage granddaughter in cobbling together $600 for an abortion. And in "Grace and Frankie," she plays a breezy, weed-smoking painter whose longtime husband leaves her for another man.



    These eccentricities don't always extend to Tomlin's real life, however, as much as her reputation may assume otherwise. She and Fonda, who portray "Grace and Frankie's" title characters, did take peyote to prepare for a pilot's hallucinogenic scene, but Tomlin has repeated time and again throughout the "Grandma" press cycle that she rarely smokes pot and certainly doesn't consume heavier drugs with any regularity. ("I’m too wacky and nutty and foggy anyway," she told The Daily Beast. "I don’t need to get too blissed out.")


    What does factor into Tomlin's real life is the excellence of her "Grandma" performance, which the actress said is the closest she's come to playing herself onscreen. 


    "I don’t know why I didn’t think of this a long time ago," she said of portraying a semi-analogue. "I identified with many things in the script: the fact that she was a lesbian. I’m not a poet, but I kind of wish I was."


    I told Tomlin that comedy could be considered a form of poetry. She beamed.


    "Well, that’s true," she responded. "Thank you! Bless you. You sound like Diane Keaton. She said, 'Comedy deserves something good,' and then she got an Oscar for 'Annie Hall.'" 


    Part of the reason "Grandma" hit home may be that Paul Weitz, who directed her in the 2013 Tina Fey-Paul Rudd comedy "Admission," wrote the script with Tomlin in mind. (The same goes for "Grace and Frankie," which "Friends" scribe Marta Kauffman co-created for Fonda and Tomlin.) She's shared the screen with the likes of Bette Midler ("Big Business") and Steve Martin ("All of Me"), but this is the first movie in which Tomlin is the one true lead. At 75, that sounds like a feat, especially when she reveals that "not very many" scripts drift her way anymore. 


    "It’s an age thing for me right now," she said when I asked why more casting directors aren't ringing her up. "What’s going to come across your desk is not going to be a lead role, and you’re not going to be a romantic interest in a conventional movie. I didn’t get a romantic lead when I was 30, though. I was thought of as a comedian."



    She doesn't see herself as the lead of "Grandma" either, though. Tomlin was "over the moon" when she learned that Julia Garner had been cast as her granddaughter, Marcia Gay Harden as her stuffy daughter, Judy Greer as a doting ex-girlfriend and Laverne Cox as a tattoo-artist pal. Oh, and she got to clobber "Paper Towns" star Nat Wolff with a hockey stick in one scene, too. 


    But "Grandma" is Tomlin's movie. Perhaps she's taking a modesty cue from her own mother. I asked whether the film's family dynamics resonate, and Tomlin launched into an account about sometimes needing to act as a parental figure while growing up. Like that time she called a door-to-door salesman who'd duped her mother, too intimidated to tell him no, into purchasing 10 vacuum cleaners at about $300 a pop. She ordered him to come to their home and refund her mother's money. 


    "I was all piss and vinegar," she recalled. "I was just cursing him and telling him that if he didn’t come I would throw it in the street. He finally came out and said, 'Your mother bought that vacuum cleaner' and all this stuff. And I pitched it out off the stairs. I was forever doing stuff like that. I just railed against it. In the early years, my mother would have been more concerned about what the neighbors -- or the relatives in the South -- would think. I was a Detroit kid, a street kid, so I was kind of tough. I would stand up for myself."


    That resolve worked in Tomlin's favor over the years, including the many times she's said she has no regrets about turning down an offer to reveal her sexuality on the cover of Time magazine in 1975. The same forces that prevented her from accepting the deal -- potential career suicide at the time -- would have stymied a pro-choice, pro-weed, pro-sexuality, pro-aging movie like "Grandma" from being made even a decade ago. 


    "I just feel like so much progress has been made on those fronts, although a lot has been a pull-back, too, in certain regions," she said. "And I know that because my family is Southern. My generation has come around tremendously. My mom’s generation, they’d just be negative, negative, negative: 'Did you hear about that Mary Jean?' That's my real name. My mother would be 100 years old by now, and even though my mother came to terms with my brother and me both being gay, my relatives would have been gossiping about us for days. But my younger relatives are much more lenient, much more tolerant, much more accepting. Their minds are just open to things. And yet I can’t even talk about this in a way because so much other stuff is so horrible in the world -- the inequities and the prejudice and the hate and the killing." 


    She's right, of course, but "Grandma" is a phenomenal signpost of the incremental progress this country has seen in recent years. It's also one of the year's best indies to date -- a yarn about old connections resurfacing and disparate generations merging their value systems. In an ideal world, Tomlin would add an Oscar nomination to her list of 2015 successes. 


    After our 20-minute chat, the publicist said it was time to part. I instantly protested, not wanting to end a great conversation. Tomlin stood and threw her arms around me for a hug. She would never admit it, but somewhere, she must know, 44 years after her first Emmy nomination, that this is her moment. 


    "Grandma" is now in limited release. 


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    Another day, another celebrity duet for Taylor Swift. 


    During her Saturday night show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the 25-year-old star brought out not one, but two awesome guests to perform with her. 


    First, the pop princess sat down for an acoustic performance of her song "White Horse," with Uzo Aduba. The duet was understated but, thanks to Aduba's powerful voice, still packed a punch. The "Orange is the New Black" actress joined Swift on stage once before in July, along with a #squad of supermodels. 




    TSwift then brought out Mary J. Blige to sing Blige's songs "Doubt" and "Family Affair." She later tweeted about the performance, saying, "When @maryjblige absolutely shut down @STAPLESCenter and played not one, but TWO songs. I love her so much. Unreal." 






    But of course, two guests weren't enough for Swift, who then brought out Sean O'Pry, Matt Leblanc and Chris Rock, whom she affectionately introduced as "the number-two and number-three male models in the world." The trio of guests strutted their stuff on the now-famous "Style" runway.  




    We gotta give it to her -- she knows how to put on a show. 


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    Any "Lizzie McGuire" fan will tell you: after watching the Disney show in the early 2000s, we all suddenly got the burning desire to rock crimped hair, pink camouflage and studded jean jackets. Turns out, even the show's star, Hilary Duff, is still inspired by her beloved character's wardrobe. The 27-year-old shared a playful side-by-side Instagram shot on Friday which compares her past and present overall looks: 



    #Lizzie #ovies #nobigthang

    A photo posted by Hilary Duff (@hilaryduff) on



    The denim enthusiast hit up Taylor Swift's star-studded concert in Los Angeles Saturday night, where she totally fanned out while watching in the crowd. Duff showed love for Swift with an Instagram post: 



    She's a total G @taylorswift you were ... #taylorswift

    A photo posted by Hilary Duff (@hilaryduff) on



    Looks like a pretty fun weekend overall. (Heh, heh.)


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    No drama here! The "One Tree Hill" cast had a reunion Saturday night and -- obviously -- took some great pics to prove it. After all, they must know we need something to fill the void left by the show that practically ran our lives from 2003 to 2012.


    Sophia Bush, who played Brooke Davis on the teen drama, shared a group photo on Instagram that included her former castmates Bethany Joy Lenz, Daphne Zuniga, Antwon Tanner and Paul Johansson.



    Bush also shared a silly picture with her former co-star Bethany Joy Lenz, who played Haley on "One Tree Hill." Ladies, we're right there with you: 



    so. many. FEELINGS #BigGirlsDontCry #YesTheyDo #Reunited #AndItFeelsSoGood #SoGoodWeSobbed #AllThe Feels

    A photo posted by Sophia Bush (@sophiabush) on



    UGH, miss you guys. 




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    Kanye West just pulled a Taylor Swift. 


    During his performance at FYF Fest on Saturday in Los Angeles, the rapper (who filled in for Frank Ocean) surprised the audience when he brought Rihanna onstage with him. The resident bad gal also seemed surprised, as she was just taking in the show from the crowd.


    But like the pro she is, RiRi took the mic when West handed it to her during his performance of "FourFiveSeconds," which she's featured on. She then turned to the crowd and said, "LA, make some noise for my n***a Kanye!" 


    The rapper, who's married to reality queen Kim Kardashian, also got the Barbadian performer up onstage to sing her part of "All of the Lights." Naturally, the audience went nuts. 


    You can check out some video highlights below:






    West was a last-minute addition to the roster, stepping in for Ocean, who dropped out last week, Gossip Cop reported.


     "We’re really sorry that due to a scheduling conflict beyond our control, Frank Ocean is not going to be able to appear at FYF Festival as planned," Ocean's reps said in a statement obtained by Entertainment Weekly.


    They added that he "had really been looking forward to the performance and to seeing all of his fans.” But West paid homage to his fellow hip-hop artist by opening his set with the track "No Church in the Wild," which features Ocean's vocals. 




    Kanye West to the rescue -- all day, all day. 


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    Celebrity interviews can often be tedious affairs in which a journalist or host asks basic questions about a star's current project and receives (very) basic answers.


    But every once in a while, a conversation goes off the rails. It's way more interesting, isn't it?


    To demonstrate, Samuel L. Jackson, Amy Schumer, Jesse Eisenberg and others appear in this compilation from WorldWideInterweb. You may not know all of the reporters' names but you'll soon know their discomfort.


    H/T Time


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    There's a big reason to be scared on Sunday nights, and it's only partially because you have work on Monday. 


    The much-anticipated "Walking Dead" companion series, "Fear the Walking Dead," finally premiered on AMC, and it was intense. Things got started when Nick (Frank Dillane) woke up from a drug binge to discover that a bunch of people are dead and his friend is eating them. Realizing this isn’t normal, he runs into the street, gets hit by a car and winds up in a hospital bed, a la Rick Grimes -- and the series gets underway. 




    Image: MoviePilot/AMC


    We've heard the companion series would be way different from "Walking Dead," and the premiere finally showed us what that meant. While the original show has been a lot about cool zombie head shots, the "Fear" premiere focused more on the struggles of Madison Clark (Kim Dickens), a school guidance counselor who couldn't care less about being sentimental, and her boyfriend Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis), an English teacher, as they try to blend their families in the midst of a zombie outbreak. (Great timing, y'all.)


    The premiere answered a lot of questions, but it raised quite a few as well. For instance, while struggling with a zombie at the end, did Madison actually get bit? And why do Madison's kids hate Travis so much? Plus, Travis fixes a leak and says he saved them $300. Would it really cost that much? If so, why didn't we all just become plumbers?


    Luckily, "Fear" actress Kim Dickens talked with The Huffington Post about the premiere to answer those questions and more:



    There's a struggle between you and a zombie at the end of the first episode. Did you actually get bit?


    It doesn’t appear that my character gets bitten. That’s for sure. There’s definitely scuffling, as our characters are certainly naïve of the dangers of what exactly is going on. So we get dangerously close to them.


    What's scarier: fighting zombies or raising the teens?


    I personally have not raised any teens, but I have been a teenager. I jokingly said my character’s training is that she’s been wrangling teenagers for a while.


    Why do the kids hate Travis so much? He seems cool.


    I don’t know if they hate him. I think it’s just sort of daily dramas that go with blending a family when you have teenagers, and there’s a new authority in the house and everyone’s adjustment to that.



    Since a lot of the series focuses on Los Angeles, are we going to see health-conscious or vegan zombies?


    They may have been healthy before they were zombies. But I don’t think they’re very discerning in their appetite. Or they are discerning but certainly not healthy. Our zombies are fresher because they’re less decomposed. It’s an earlier place in this outbreak. So our infected -- we’re not calling them zombies or walkers, we’re calling them "infected" because that’s all we know -- so they look different. They’re fresher.


    Though you call them infected, on "Walking Dead" they're called walkers. LA isn't known for people walking a lot. Do you think that gives you an advantage?


    [Laughs] Well, you know, you can get in your car, and you’re stranded in traffic, so I don’t think it’s necessarily an advantage.


    Will we see any LA celebrity zombies?


    Wouldn’t that be great? Or go see a zombie ruin somebody's red carpet moment. I don’t think so. Not in the first season, at least. 




    Image: YouTube/MakeAGif


    What is the symbol your character's daughter Alicia gets drawn on her arm? Just a spiral?


    I don’t know. That’s between her and her boyfriend’s character.


    While in the hospital talking to the cops, Nick says he doesn't even know what viscera is. Can you explain to everyone what is viscera? And can we expect more big words on the show?


    [Laughs] I would imagine so. Viscera. Isn’t it parts inside the body?


    Yeah, I think it's like entrails and stuff. Speaking of that, when you guys go to the drug den there's blood everywhere. Why don't you call the cops at that point?


    I’ve had a lot of dealings with the cops and probably wanted to get to my son first. [Madison's] son on the show is an addict, so I think her instinct was just to try to get him on her own rather than go to the cops.


    Early on, Travis repairs a leak and says it saves you $300. Would it really cost that much?


    I don't know. You’re gonna have to talk with the writers because that seems kind of pricey.


    If the zombies don't scare ya, the repair bills sure will.




    "Fear the Walking Dead" airs Sunday at 9:00 p.m. ET on AMC.


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    Kelly Osbourne did not mince words when discussing Giuliana Rancic over the weekend. 


    “I will never admit to liking Giuliana [Rancic] because I don’t. I don’t think she’s a good person and I think she’s a liar,” she told TheWrap while at the NYX FACE Awards Saturday in Los Angeles. 


    The remarks come six months after Rancic made racist comments about Zendaya's dreadlocks at the Oscars during an episode of E!'s "Fashion Police." The host went on to claim that she was "edited wrong," but Osbourne, who quit the show shortly after the controversy, has never bought into that. 


    "There's been so much drama surrounded by what went on at 'Fashion Police' that I have chosen to keep quiet about," she told People magazine in April. "I will [continue to keep quiet] because I don't think it will do anyone service, but I will say this: Giuliana is not often wrong. She really isn't, but it's been really, really heartbreaking to see her behavior that has transpired when she did get caught being wrong. That's what broke my heart."


    On Saturday, Osbourne also hit back at comparisons between her and Rancic that came after she made a controversial comment about Latinos on "The View" while discussing Donald Trump, saying, “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilets, Donald Trump?”


    “Do you know why? Because of people like Giuliana Rancic," she told Us Weekly when discussing the backlash. “Don't blame me for other people's mistakes. I wasn't edited. It wasn't a premeditated attack. And if I watched it, I would hate me too. So I have no problem, and I would do whatever I have to to make it right. But don't compare me to her.”


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    It's no secret that fans who attend an Avril Lavigne meet and greet might get a -- how shall we put this -- less than warm welcome.


    Last May, photos from the Canadian pop star's meet and greet in Brazil went viral after it was pointed out just how damn awkward it was that she was standing about a mile away from each of her fans. Honestly, we get it. Touching strangers is weird. Even if they did shell out nearly $400 to meet her, that still means they need to respect her personal space. 


    So when Taylor Swift apparently "liked" a Tumblr post that compared how most celebrities treat their fans to the way Swift treats hers, Lavigne felt compelled to speak out on Twitter (and prove she loves her fans just as much). 






    This was Lavigne's proof that she, too, sometimes hugs her fans. Good for you, Avril.





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    While many future actors grow up with a clear vision of themselves in show business, there are some famous talents who never actually planned to be on stage or on screen. Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon, as successful as she has been over the last few decades, is one of them.


    As she tells "Oprah's Master Class" in the above video, Sarandon wasn't one of those children who knew she was destined for a career in acting.


    "I never studied acting. I never wanted to be an actor," Sarandon says. "The first thing I ever remember wanting to be was a wave in the ocean. I don't understand what I was thinking when I thought that. But I never imagined myself in show business."


    Aside from participating in the occasional school play -- "I was probably horrible!" -- Sarandon wasn't exposed to the arts in a way that made her long to appear on stage. Then, while in college at The Catholic University of America, she found herself working at the school theater.


    "I had to work my way through college, so I worked on the switchboard in the drama department," Sarandon says. "At one point, they did put me as a lady-in-waiting in some Shakespearean-something, so I walked across the stage. There was a reaction when I did that, and I thought that was kind of interesting."


    That little spark wasn't large enough to lead Sarandon down the path to Hollywood quite yet, however. That wouldn't happen until after she married her former husband.




    "I met and then my senior year married Chris Sarandon, who was... a graduate student. He was a real actor. He was doing all the leads in the Shakespeare [plays], he was at Arena Stage," Sarandon says. "He kind of introduced me to black-and-white movies and poetry. He knew everything, as far as I was concerned."


    After performing in one of his plays, Chris was asked to audition for a part in the 1970 film "Joe." As a part of the audition, he needed someone to read with him, so Sarandon stepped in.


    "I read with him, and they said, 'Well, why don't you both come back?'" she recalls.


    Though Sarandon was a bit out of her element, she seemed to impress the individuals casting the film. "They asked me to do an improv; I asked them what that was, [then] I did it," she says. "They asked me to wait a minute. They came back in and they said, 'All right, we want you to do this.'"




    It was Sarandon's first professional role, and she had a blast.


    "I had a scene in it in which, [as the character], I was on some drug that made me violent and put lipstick all over my face," Sarandon says. "I thought, 'Well, this is so much fun!'"


    The film became a huge surprise hit. From there, Sarandon's acting career took off.


    "The next thing I went up for was a soap opera, and I got that... and I just kept getting things," she says. "Little by little, I learned [the craft]. And after about 10 years, I thought, 'I guess this is what I do!'"


    Related:Sarandon describes the heavy emotional experience of filming "Dead Man Walking."


    "Oprah's Master Class" returns for its fifth season on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. ET. Upcoming masters include Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Duvall, Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson, Smokey Robinson, Jeff Bridges, James Taylor and Patti LaBelle.

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    What happens when Lady Gaga, Barbra Streisand and John Travolta get together? They pose for photos, just like everybody else. 


    Babs spent "a wonderful evening at home" with her celeb pals, including Ryan Murphy and husband Jim Brolin, over the weekend and she shared the best photographic evidence -- it's pretty much the definition of star power. Just look at them all, casually hanging out at Barbra-freaking-Streisand's house, posing in front of all her books, being super famous. (And can we just take a moment to appreciate Gaga's "casual" attire of full lace bodysuit and voluminous wig?)



    A wonderful evening at home. (L-R). Ryan Murphy. @ladygaga. John Travolta. @barbrastreisand. Kelly Preston. Jim Brolin.

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    The "Applause" singer also shared a snap from the evening on her Instagram page, writing, "Saturday Night Fever with some wonderful new friends." See what she did there? ("Saturday Night Fever," John Travolta. Get it?)



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    Gaga shared a photo of her hugging Streisand, too, with the caption, "Barbra and me. what a completely amazing woman. #Funnygirls." 



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    Well that looks like the best night ever. Do you think they listened to "Barbra Streisand" together?


     


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    It's no news that Quentin Tarantino famously wanted to jump into the James Bond franchise and make "Casino Royale." But in a recent in-depth interview with New York magazine, the "Hateful Eight" director briefly reflected on what he wanted to do with the 007 franchise.


    "After 'Pulp Fiction,' I tried to get the rights to Casino Royale away from the Broccolis, but that didn’t happen," Tarantino recalled to the magazine in a footnote from the interview. "That wouldn’t have been just throwing my hat in the franchise ring; that would have been subversion on a massive level, if I could have subverted Bond."


    The filmmaker first revealed his plans to approach the studio about adapting the Ian Fleming novel in 2004 during his time as president of the Cannes jury. But how was the "Django Unchained" filmmaker initially planning to massively subvert 007? Tarantino wanted to make "Casino Royale" a period piece, set in either the 1950s or '60s, filmed in black and white, and he wanted it to star Pierce Brosnan, his favorite Bond.




    Last year, the actor recalled the time Tarantino approached him in a hotel bar about the film. Apparently, Tarantino told Brosnan he was "the best" and "only James Bond" over multiple apple martinis. Brosnan was on board, but the studio wasn't. Back in 2009, the filmmaker said the studio went on record claiming the project was "unfilmable." They eventually realized otherwise, which Tarantino credits himself for, and "GoldenEye" director Martin Campbell became involved.


    Now we're still left daydreaming about what kind of Brosnan-esque subversion could have been. If Tarantino ever got to make a Bond film today, we at least know it would be nothing like "True Detective," which the filmmaker told New York he found "really boring." (He skipped Season 2 though, luckily.)


    For the full interview, head to Vulture.


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    Danny Trejo is enjoying all of the new blood Robert Rodriguez has cast in the television adaptation of his vampiric 1996 cult classic “From Dusk Till Dawn” -- particularly since his character, The Regulator, will be in charge of spilling a lot of that blood in the series’ second season.


    “It was so much fun watching all the new guns and the new guys, it's like I'm the elder statesman,” Trejo told The Huffington Post via phone. “It was just so much fun watching them work and watching them evolve."


    Nearly two decades after he portrayed Razor Charlie in the film, the 71-year-old actor is returning to the “Dusk” universe and being reincarnated as an even more menacing threat to its inhabitants for the series. 


    “If I want to know what you’ve been seeing I’ll eat your eye,” Trejo said in his character's gruff voice. “If I want to know what you’ve been hearing I’ll eat your ear.”


    “I mean this guy is amazing and he can’t die,” he continued, returning to his normal, jovial voice. “And I love his saying ‘I don’t negotiate, I regulate’... [In the show] everybody is a bad guy, right? And then all of a sudden a bad guy on steroids shows up and that’s him.”


    In the original film Trejo shared the screen with then Hollywood newbies George Clooney and Salma Hayek, an experience he recalls fondly. So when Rodriguez told him he’d be adapting the movie to the small screen, the actor says he wasn’t sure anyone could fill Hayek’s shoes as Queen Vampire, Santánico Pandemonium (watch Trejo and the actress in the film, below).




    “When I met Salma Hayek, I thought ‘God! This is somebody that God worked overtime on, gorgeous’,” he told HuffPost. “We did this movie, a cult classic, and then you come back 20 years later I’m doing this [show] and I’m like ‘Nobody can do Salma, come on Robert what is wrong with you?’”


    “Then I see the little girl that’s doing Salma and damn!,” Trejo added, referring to 25-year-old Mexican actress Eiza González. “[She] really did it great." 


    González was able to follow in the footsteps of a fellow Mexican actress, but that may not have been the case if Hollywood had had its way in the mid-90s. 


    Hollywood didn’t want Salma to do Santánico Pandemonium because of her accent, yet she turned out to be one of the sexiest women in the world with that accent,” Trejo said. “And then they didn’t really want Antonio [Banderas for 'Desperado'] because he could barely speak English but what he could say right was 'Did I thank you?' He made a guy who could barely speak English an iconic character in America.”


    Now, as both Trejo and Rodriguez return to an adaptation of a project that helped establish both their careers, Trejo says none of the magic of working with Rodriguez is gone. 


    “I’ve seen directors that I’ve worked with that yea they love making movies, they love the job but they’ve lost some of the passion," Trejo said. “He’s still just as excited to be behind the camera as he was when we were doing 'Desperado'".


    Season two of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” premieres Aug. 25 on El Rey Network.


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    We are days away from the unofficial start of Oscar season, which routinely begins around Labor Day with the Telluride, Venice and Toronto film-festival triumvirate. That's where much of the year's awards bait will premiere before staging months-long campaigns leading up to next February's Academy Awards. In other words, say goodbye to the summer's high-octane blockbuster season, which produced some of the most lucrative box-office figures in history, and say hello to prestige (and, as always, a lot of pastiche masked as prestige). 


    As the story goes, a least a few viable Oscar contenders typically emerge while folks are still permitted to wear white. This time year last, "Boyhood" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" were already on the path to becoming two of 2015's most-nominated films. But when it comes to 2016's shortlist, we may be facing a drought akin to the one seen in "Mad Max: Fury Road," easily the year's likeliest Oscar candidate. Can a dystopian feminist missile disguised as a rowdy action blockbuster keep its torch lit come January's nominations? Vulture's Kyle Buchanan wrote favorably about its odds last week, and whether or not his prognostications hold up, it's undoubtable that "Mad Max" would have quite a lovely day indeed if there were such a thing as midyear Oscar kudos. In keeping, we've rounded up a list of what the nods should look like were that the case. Most of the titles will face an arduous battle to maintain such momentum, but one can hope that Paul Dano and Lily Tomlin, for example, won't be upstaged by showier turns that accompany the big-boy studios' costly awards campaigns.


    The only movies considered for this list are titles released theatrically by the end of August. That means Sundance standout "Brooklyn," which opens in November, doesn't qualify yet, nor do Cannes highlights like "Carol" and "Youth." We'll continue handicapping the Oscar race throughout the year, so stay tuned to see which of these potential nominees become true players in the 2016 derby.



    BEST PICTURE
    (The Academy recently debated whether to return to five Best Picture slots, but voted to keep the field open-ended. There can still be anywhere between five and 10 nominees.)


    "The Diary of a Teenage Girl"
    "The End of the Tour"
    "Ex Machina"
    "Inside Out"
    "It Follows"
    "Love & Mercy"
    "Mad Max: Fury Road"
    "Tangerine"



    BEST LEAD ACTRESS


    Elisabeth Moss, "Queen of Earth"
    Amy Poehler, "Inside Out"
    Bel Powley, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl"
    Charlize Theron, "Mad Max: Fury Road"
    Lily Tomlin, "Grandma"



    BEST LEAD ACTOR


    Paul Dano, "Love & Mercy"
    Jake Gyllenhaal, "Southpaw"
    Ian McKellen, "Mr. Holmes"
    Jason Mitchell, "Straight Outta Compton" 
    Shameik Moore, "Dope"



    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS


    Elizabeth Banks, "Love & Mercy"
    Rose Byrne, "Spy"
    Kristen Stewart, "Clouds of Sils Maria"
    Mya Taylor, "Tangerine"
    Kristen Wiig, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl"



    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR


    Michael Fassbender, "Slow West"
    Nicholas Hoult, "Mad Max: Fury Road"
    Oscar Isaac, "Ex Machina"
    Ezra Miller, "The Stanford Prison Experiment"
    Jason Segel, "The End of the Tour"



    BEST DIRECTOR


    Joel Edgerton, "The Gift"
    Alex Garland, "Ex Machina"
    George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road"
    David Robert Mitchell, "It Follows"
    Alex Ross Perry, "Queen of Earth"



    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY


    Olivier Assayas, "Clouds of Sils Maria"
    Sean S. Baker and Chris Bergoch, "Tangerine"
    Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig, "Mistress America"
    Patrick Brice, "The Overnight"
    Josh Cooley, Pete Docter and Meg LeFauve, "Inside Out"



    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY


    Jesse Andrews, "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl"
    Jeffrey Hatcher, "Mr. Holmes"
    Marielle Heller, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl"
    Donald Margulies, "The End of the Tour"
    David Nicholls, "Far From the Madding Crowd"



    BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE


    "Amy"
    "Best of Enemies"
    "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief"
    "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck"
    "The Look of Silence"


     The Oscar nominations will be announced on Jan. 14, 2016.


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