Are you the publisher? Claim or contact us about this channel


Embed this content in your HTML

Search

Report adult content:

click to rate:

Account: (login)

More Channels


Showcase


Channel Catalog


Channel Description:

Celebrity news and blog articles from The Huffington Post

older | 1 | .... | 734 | 735 | (Page 736) | 737 | 738 | .... | 764 | newer

    0 0
  • 08/24/15--10:13: Don't Put Uzo Aduba In A Box

  • Uzo Aduba smiles as she walks into Cafe Mogador in Manhattan, revealing the gap between her two front Crest-commercial-white teeth. She now affectionately refers to the space as "my gap," but that wasn't always the case. In sixth grade, Aduba begged her mother for braces in vain. "It's a symbol of beauty in Nigeria," her mother had said, confused why her daughter would ever want to change it.


    Years later, faced with a potential agent who wanted Aduba to close her gap, she balked in the same way her mother had during her requisite middle-school-era awkward phase.


    "She was was like, 'The gap, is that something worth keeping?' As if she and I both have gaps and were deciding whether we were going to keep them," she snorted, raising her eyebrows. "I said, 'Yeah, we're keeping it.' And I didn't go with her." 



    One of the most difficult things about this industry was getting people to understand that I'm okay with me, that I don't see anything that needs fixing or changing.



    That was just one of the times Aduba refused to make alterations in exchange for Hollywood prospects. She was asked to fix her nose, to wear lighter makeup. As she put it, "the list goes on and on." But Aduba's gap, and her pride in it, endures as a symbol of her staunch decision that she is who she is, and that's damn well good enough.


    "One of the most difficult things about this industry was getting people to understand that I'm okay with me, that I don't see anything that needs fixing or changing," she said. "I'm just fine the way I am." 


    It's the kind of interview-ready statement that might sound rehearsed coming from another actor. But Aduba locks me in her gaze when she says it. Staring out from beneath the silvery blue eye shadow left over from her Glamour photoshoot before lunch, it's clear she feels the weight of every word she says -- for herself and all the young women who look up to her.



    To be clear though, Aduba's being herself includes lots of very hard work. That's the second part of her philosophy.


    When Aduba's mother dropped her off in New York at the end of September 2004, she took her by the shoulders and said, "Uzo, all I ask is that you work hard. I never heard of nothing coming from hard work. I don't know what will come for you, but something will come if you just work hard."


    Aduba holds back a giggle doing an impression of her mother, the thick Nigerian accent stretching over vowels, dropping consonants into pointy staccato.


    "My mom said that to me my entire life, really," she admitted. "I don't know why, but in that moment, I finally believed her."


    For one thing, she already had the proof that hard work pays off. Aduba's mother and father were both Nigerian immigrants who earned the kind of income -- with jobs in finance and social work -- to raise five kids with enough financial stability that they could confidently send their middle daughter off to art school.


    The more typical scenario is something closer to the theater kid nagging parents who are reluctant to invest in something that doesn't end in a "real job." That was never a struggle for Aduba. Her parents, along with many of the adults who touched her life growing up, seemed to know there was something special about her.



    "I think my mom just knew I could sing," she said. "Out of five kids, she sent me to the church choir. Only me." That was the first time Aduba performed at an adult's insistence, and it launched a pattern that continued through college.


    Aduba's second grade teacher volunteered her for the one student part in a Theater For Young Audiences play when the troupe performed at her school. (The character was a dog in a dramatization of "Rip Van Winkle.") Aduba's middle school music teacher held her after class and convinced her to perform in the talent show (with Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You").



    I never heard of nothing coming from hard work. I don't know what will come for you, but something will come, if you just work hard.



    By high school she was confident in her singing, though she never considered it a potential career. "I just thought I'd be a lawyer," Aduba explained, her eyes widening, as she laughed at the idea of law as a "back-up" career. "Like there's no LSATS or law school or bar exam. 'Oh yes, I'll just be a lawyer!'" she said, tossing her hair.


    She was preparing to apply to colleges when she got her final push toward show business. Aduba's creative writing teacher asked about her plans after senior year and urged her to think about art school. It hadn't been something Aduba had even considered an option.


    "It was something I had never even given pause to," she said, almost still surprised by her former self's lack of foresight. "But the second -- and I do mean the second she asked me that  -- a lightbulb went off in my head and I was like, 'That’s what I’m going to do with my life.'"


    "I wish I could say I had done everything single-handedly, entirely by myself. I really wish I could say that, but that just really is not the truth," she continued. "I feel like I am a living example of what a village raising a child looks like. Teachers, family members and neighbors have convinced me I could find my passion and my direction."



    Aduba eventually went to Boston University's College of Fine Arts, running track to help cover the cost. She fell in love with her voice as an instrument of expression and began to more seriously explore acting through the core classes in her program. Over her four years at BU, Aduba began to think of herself not so much as a singer or actor, but a storyteller, who used singing and acting as her tools.


    "What I knew for sure was that I didn't like to do one thing," Aduba said remembering  her senior recital. The assignment required a minimum of 60 minutes. Hers ended up running an hour and 45.


    "There was just so much music that I loved. I love musical theater, I love to write music and I love music on the radio," she explained. "I was like, 'That is all of me, so this box of 60 minutes feels too small. That's not who I am as an artist. That's not who I am as a musician.'"


    By graduation, she had decided to move to New York to pursue some fusion of acting and singing. After three months of auditioning (and waiting tables at City Lobster in Rockefeller Center) Aduba got her first role as "some kind of bar wench" in "Pyrates! The CourtShip Chronicles" at the Theater for the New City.


    "It's so funny we're eating at Cafe Mogador," she said, talking about her bond with the cast and crew. They promised they would meet at the East Village staple once each fall, every year after the show ended. That was in 2005.


    Aduba appeared in a few more New York theater productions, working with Danielle Brooks (Taystee) and Lea DeLaria (Big Boo) long before they met behind the scenes of "Orange Is the New Black." After a series of stage roles, she got an an agent who pushed her to pursue film and TV. She landed a part as a nameless nurse on "Blue Bloods," along with roles in several short films, but she soon grew frustrated with the demands of Hollywood. After one too many awful auditions, she decided it was time to quit.



    Aduba was on the train back to her apartment in tears when she decided to give up. There had been moments when she'd questioned or doubted the profession she chose for herself. This was the first time that she'd really quit.


    "I hadn't seen any images in the medium reflected back to me to know there was a place for me," she said. "I started to feel like this was a journey that wasn't even worth the try, because where was I going to fit in? I was trying and being told, 'No.'"


    It was a Friday. So, she picked up a bottle of wine and went home, planning to call her agent and manager after the weekend to tell them she was done. As is now the stuff of legend, 45 minutes later, Aduba got the phone call that she had gotten the part of Suzanne on "Orange Is The New Black."


    "I didn't know when I said, 'I'm giving it up,' [that] what I meant was, 'I'm giving it up,'" she said, looking up to the ceiling, holding her hands high with the kind of reverent theatricality she might have incorporated into her role in the church choir. 


    Of course, everything changed with "Orange Is the New Black."



    I hadn't seen any images in the medium reflected back to me to know there was a place for me.



    Aduba describes the process behind crafting the character of Suzanne with an excitement that makes it clear how she stands out even amongst such a talented ensemble cast.


    "Suzanne was first described to me as being 'innocent as a child, except children aren't scary.' What I cooked into that, once she started her infatuation with Piper, was the motivation of love," Aduba said.


    "It made me ask the question, how far, then, would she go for love? In Season 2, I got my answer, as we saw with Vee, another more maternal kind of love evolved," she continued. "It really has nothing to do with the object of desire. It has everything to do with how Suzanne expresses love, and that's through loyalty."


    She moves through the shifts in her reasoning behind Suzanne like a beat poet, connecting each thought rhythmically, a certain emphasis automatically endowed by her deep, reverberating voice. 


    It's especially interesting to hear Aduba's process, since we know so little about her character. She's shifted from the other-ed "Crazy Eyes" to the nuanced and complex Suzanne so gradually over the past three seasons, while remaining one of the few core women at Litchfield Correctional Facility without a concrete backstory. 


    Asked what Suzanne might have done to land herself in prison, Aduba clamps a hand over her mouth.  


    "I can't say," she gasps, and, for a second, it's unclear if she's afraid of spoiling the narrative or finding it out herself.



    Aduba understands the importance of her role specifically on "OITNB," but also holistically as a woman of color in an industry with blatant race and gender issues. 


    "Growing up, there were not many images of women of color," she said. "The only two I had were Claire Huxtable and Oprah Winfrey, and only one of them was real."


    With that understanding of what it's like to watch television searching for an image of yourself, Aduba takes the part of Suzanne very seriously. 


    "My wish, my hope is that I’m dealing with it with a level of sensitivity and care," she said. "I never want anyone to feel they’ve been misrepresented or that their community has been done a disservice."



    If you’re choosing to create something and be an artist, you should want to take pause to see, ‘What am I doing for the cause, for the human cause, as an artist?’



    As she understands it, art and activism are not mutually exclusive. What's important is telling stories -- real, authentic stories -- that are true to the people they represent.


    "If you’re choosing to create something and be an artist, you should want to take pause to see, ‘What am I doing for the cause, for the human cause, as an artist?’ There is some responsibility there."


    Now, in terms of diversity, TV is better than ever. Aduba sits down with her niece and sees things she couldn't have dreamed of watching as a young girl; a lineup of shows which makes her feel more and more like she is deserving of this career. She references "How to Get Away with Murder," "Empire," "Scandal" and "Blackish," thrilled that they are all on the air at the same time as "OITNB." But what's really important to Aduba is that this wider range of voices is getting to share good stories.


    "A good story is a good story is a good story," she said. "I think audiences are smarter than we give them credit for! If a story is good, then we will follow the protagonist, regardless of her or his makeup."


    There's a pleading in her eyes. She makes the statement with such clarity and confidence, it's hard not to wish a straight, white, male representative of Hollywood was there to listen, to figure it out already.


    Aduba places her hands on the table and sighs, her tone softening a bit. "Just tell me the truth of who I am, as a woman, a black person, a gay, straight or transgender person, whatever the thing," she says. "Just tell the truth. That's what people latch on to. That's what we need."


    And then she smiles, offering up another glimpse at her beautiful gap.


    Also on HuffPost:



    For a constant stream of entertainment news and discussion, follow HuffPost Entertainment on Viber.

    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












    0 0

    2015-08-24-1440436493-8503865-highestpaidactors.png
    By Andrew Lisa, Contributor

    Rich and famous go hand in hand. When actors reach celebrity status, fabulous wealth comes right along with the glamour. Here is a look at the 20 actors and actresses who have gotten paid the most for their recent work on the big -- and small -- screen.

    Read: 7 Talentless Celebrities That Got Rich

    Robert Downey Jr. Net Worth: $180 million



    Robert Downey Jr.'s net worth of $180 million doesn't make him the richest actor in Hollywood, but his recent financial run has been unrivaled. As Iron Man, Downey has been the single biggest key to the success of four recent Marvel blockbusters, including "The Avengers," which is the third-highest grossing movie of all time.

    Disney -- which owns the notoriously stingy Marvel Studios -- has taken notice of Downey's draw and paid him what he's was worth, and then some. Downey earned roughly $75 million between June 2013 and June 2014, most of which came from "Iron Man 3," which earned $1.2 billion at the box office.

    Ellen DeGeneres Net Worth: $330 Million



    Ellen DeGeneres is branching out from her role as one of the hottest daytime personalities on television. Her $330 million net worth now has several more streams of income, including her Very Good Productions company, which has five shows on the air.

    DeGeneres also had one of the best-selling paid apps of 2014. Not only has she also signed a deal with Vessel to allow viewers to stream her show, she developed a video website, Ellentube. That, along with her new clothing line, ED by Ellen, earned the TV personality $75 million in 2015 alone.

    Jennifer Lawrence Net Worth: $60 Million



    Jennifer Lawrence's role as Katniss Everdeen in the "Hunger Games" trilogy has made her the highest paid actress in Hollywood. The actress is reportedly teaming up once more with Bradley Cooper -- her "Silver Linings Playbook" co-star -- for the comedic drama "Joy." Jennifer Lawrence's net worth is estimated at $60 million, $52 million of which she's earned in the last year.

    Dwayne Johnson Net Worth: $140 Million



    The Rock has moved from wrestling superstar to actor to leading man to bona fide movie star -- and his $140 million net worth is the proof. In 2015 alone, Dwayne Johnson has worked on big films like "Hercules" and "San Andreas."

    Johnson also recently took a stab at reality TV with "The Hero" before moving into the upper echelon of premium subscription television with HBO's "Ballers." The actor has reportedly earned $52 million in the year leading up to the summer of 2014.

    Jackie Chan Net Worth: $190 Million



    The biggest movie star in China -- and arguably the most famous martial arts action star in the world -- Jackie Chan has a net worth of $190 million. He has starred alongside John Cusack and Adrien Brody in "Dragon Blade," which grossed $120 million in China alone.

    The actor has already signed on for "Kung Fu Panda 3" and "Skiptrace" with Johnny Knoxville. That, along with his brand empire, has earned Chan $50 million in 2015.

    Vin Diesel Net Worth: $125 Million



    Vin Diesel earned roughly $47 million of his $125 million net worth in 2015, most of which comes from the back end of the blockbuster hit "Furious 7," which earned $1.5 billion worldwide. Diesel is truly a global superstar -- two-thirds of the money "Furious 7" made came from overseas, including $400 million from China.

    Read: 'Fast and Furious 7′: How Much Did Paul Walker and Vin Diesel Make?

    Judy Sheindlin Net Worth: $250 Million



    Daytime TV superstar "Judge Judy" Sheindlin has amassed a net worth of $250 million. 10 million people tune in every day to watch her courtroom reality program, which has been on the air for 19 seasons. Sheindlin been nominated for 15 Emmys, and her small screen success reportedly earned her $47 million in 2015.

    Bradley Cooper Net Worth: $80 Million



    By 2015, Bradley Cooper had already amassed much of his $80 million net worth with hits like "The Hangover" trilogy, "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle." He also performed voice-over work for the smash hit "Guardians of the Galaxy."

    In 2015, he found even more critical and commercial success with "American Sniper." His take home pay for 2015 was $41.5 million.

    Adam Sandler Net Worth: $340 Million



    Adam Sandler has spent more than two decades amassing his $340 million net worth as one of Hollywood's biggest comedic superstars. Sandler raked in $41 million in 2015 alone, thanks to the big-budget movie "Pixels," as well as four exclusive movies he has contracted to make with Netflix. Adam Sandler's net worth is estimated at $340 million.

    Tom Cruise Net Worth: $470 Million



    Tom Cruise, one of the biggest global movie stars for more than three decades, has a net worth of $470 million. His success in the "Mission: Impossible" franchise has reinvigorated his career and put him back near the top of Hollywood's highest-paid actors.

    "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" earned nearly $700 million worldwide, and Cruise is making big money off upfront fees for 2015's "Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation." His take-home pay for 2015 thus far has been $40 million.

    Read: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation's Tom Cruise Net Worth Vs. Jeremy Renner Net Worth

    Jerry Seinfeld Net Worth: $800 Million



    One of the richest celebrities in show business, Jerry Seinfeld, has a net worth of $800 million. Hulu bought the rights to his namesake sitcom for an astounding $160 million. Between that, his stand-up and the critically and commercially successful "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," has netted Seinfeld $36 million in 2015 alone.

    David Letterman Net Worth: $400 Million



    After more than 30 years as one of the most prominent personalities in show business, David Letterman has amassed a net worth of $400 million. In 2015, Letterman ended his 33-year run on CBS as the longest-running late-night host ever, surpassing Johnny Carson's 30-year stint. Letterman earned $35 million in 2015.

    Mark Wahlberg Net Worth: $215 Million



    Mark Wahlberg has made $32 million in 2015 already, supporting his $215 million net worth. This year, Wahlberg made bank on "Ted 2," the sequel to the 2012 smash hit comedy "Ted." He also had a role in "The Gambler," which bombed, and "Transformers: Age of Extinction," which did not.

    Johnny Depp Net Worth: $400 Million



    Johnny Depp's $400 million fortune can be attributed to the fact that the leading man commands $20 million per movie on films that have grossed a total of $7.6 billion worldwide. The biggest success of Depp's long career has been his recurring role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, the fifth installment of which is forthcoming. He is also starring as real life Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger in "Black Mass." Depp reportedly has earned $30 million in 2015 alone.

    Leonardo DiCaprio Net Worth: $235 Million



    Leonardo DiCaprio has been one of the highest-earning stars in Hollywood since his lead role in "Titanic," but he has been a working actor since he scored a part in the final season of "Growing Pains." DiCaprio has a net worth of $235 million, and has earned $29 million in 2015 on such projects as the forthcoming "The Revenant."

    Related: Bieber to DiCaprio: What It Costs to Drive Like These 19 Celebrities

    Jim Parsons Net Worth: $40 Million



    Television actor Jim Parsons has won four Emmys for his role in "The Big Bang Theory." That success has helped him leverage a $1 million-per-episode contract. Jim Parsons has earned $29 million in 2015, and has a net worth of $40 million.

    Channing Tatum Net Worth: $50 Million



    Channing Tatum is as hot as any actor in Hollywood, and he has the $50 million net worth to prove it. The $29 million Tatum earned in 2015 can be attributed to the fact that he is the producer and star of "Magic Mike XXL," which is the sequel to the 2012 smash hit "Magic Mike." He is also involved in upcoming projects with Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers.

    Amitabh Bachchan Net Worth: $400 Million



    With a career dating back to the 1970s, Amitabh Bachchan has a net worth of $400 million. With more than 150 movies under his belt, the Bollywood superstar dominates cinema in India. He has already raked in $33.5 million this year.

    Kim Kardashian Net Worth: $85 Million



    The American reality star has her roots as a former assistant and stylist to stars like Paris Hilton. Since her infamous sex tape, Kim Kardashian's net worth has reached $85 million. Her fortune is in part owed to her numerous cosmetic lines, weight loss products, television salary and product endorsements. Kim Kardashian's earnings nearly doubled this year -- from $28 million to $53 million -- thanks to her iPhone and tablet game, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.

    Ryan Seacrest Net Worth: $330 Million



    Ryan Seacrest's $330 million net worth has been built from his long career as a television host for shows like "American Idol" and "NBC Saturday Night at the Movies." The star is also a popular radio host and producer. Seacrest, in fact, produced reality shows like "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." He earned an estimated $60 million in 2015.

    Photo credit: Jaguar PS / s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

    This article, 20 Highest-Paid Actors of Hollywood Like Robert Downey Jr., originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com.

    More from GOBankingRates:

    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












    0 0


    Over the 4th of July weekend, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul put his patriotism ahead of his paycheck when a fireworks accident cost him his right index finger


    Pierre-Paul lost a physical digit and a few million monetary ones, as well -- the Giants withdrew a $60 million contract offer in the wake of the incident -- but he hasn't let it all bring him down. On Sunday afternoon, Pierre-Paul addressed his mishap by tweeting a few inspiring words:





    Notice the typo, though? 


    No worries. The player quickly noticed the mistake, and to his credit, the excuse he gave is pretty reasonable: 





    Hey, at least he can joke about it now?



    Let this be a lesson to you quick-to-correct grammar geeks out there: Unless you want to be a jerk, it's best to give recent finger amputees a break when it comes to typing. 


    Also on HuffPost: 


    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












    0 0


    Actress Mayim Bialik recently opened up about being the target of anti-Semitism and the difficulty of being religious in Hollywood during an interview with Fox News. 


    "[S]imply by going to Israel this summer and saying nothing more than, 'I've gone to Israel,' I got the same amount of hatred and threats and anti-Semitism for actually making a statement trying to support people [who], whether I like it or not, are serving in an army," Bialik said about visiting a friend in the Israel Defense Forces. "That reveals the truth. It really doesn't matter what I support or believe; the fact that I'm Jewish and go there is enough -- that should be alarming to most people."


    The actress, who has described herself as "aspiring modern Orthodox," said that Hollywood is not a welcoming place for religiosity.


    "I think in general it's never going to be trendy to be observant or religious in Hollywood circles. There are people I know of faith and we tend to congregate together. I study Jewish texts weekly. That's something really positive to me. When you're a person of faith, it stays with you all the time," she said.


    Last week's statements echo remarks that the "Big Bang Theory" star made in 2012 about the near impossibility of being observant in Hollywood, mainly because of how the industry treats modesty. 


    "For me, though, it's more the aspects of the 'red carpet' and needing to wear designer clothes that are strapless, and all those things that I don't do and that are actually extremely stressful and difficult to work around because it is a big part of the industry," she told the Jerusalem Post at the time. "The goal is to be competitive." 


    Also on HuffPost:


    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












    0 0



    "The Walking Dead" fans got a double dose of zombie treats on Sunday night. Not only did the show's companion series "Fear the Walking Dead" premiere, but AMC also debuted a new clip and promo for Season 6 of the original show. During "The Talking Dead," the network debuted a new scene from the upcoming season featuring a car-ride conversation between Michael Cudlitz's Abraham and Sonequa Martin-Green's Sasha. Hmmm, what are they on their way to do?


    Fans also got a look at their "Waking Dead" favorites in a new promo. Everyone from Daryl to Glenn to Carol pose amongst the shadows as the promo ends with Rick asking, "You really think you can do that without getting blood on your hands?" Get ready to get bloody when "The Walking Dead" returns on Oct. 11.




    Also on HuffPost:



    For a constant stream of entertainment news and discussion, follow HuffPost Entertainment on Viber.

    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












    0 0


    Anna Kendrick seems to have this thing we call life all figured out. 


    In a recent interview with Elle magazine (for which she posed alongside celeb BFF Aubrey Plaza), the actress discusses everything from turning 30 to the best advice she's ever received. But best of all, she shares her new life motto, in turn giving us all new words to live by. 


    When asked if she has her own motto, Kendrick gave what might be one of her best responses ever: "I can't think of anything that wouldn't make me sound like a pretentious fuckface. Maybe that should be my motto: Don't be a pretentious fuckface."


    That is pretty much the best advice anyone could give, and at least its honest. We can also think of a few people who could benefit from adopting it, too. (Ahem, Donald Trump). 


    Throughout her career, Kendrick has also been on the receiving end of some great advice from industry peers like James Corden, who helped her get through her Oscars performance


    She told the mag, "I remember when I was getting ready to perform at the Oscars with Neil Patrick Harris, I ran into James Corden from 'Into the Woods,' and I told him how nervous I was and he said, 'You have to enjoy yourself because the 13-year-old you would punch yourself if you didn't.' I try to keep that in mind. I think that's really great advice for everybody. To enjoy yourself in the good moments, and to push yourself in the hard moments." 


    Beyond sharing her wisdom, the "Pitch Perfect" star opened up to Elle about what it means to her to be 30 years old. 


    "I started calling myself 30 when I turned 29. I feel really ready for it. I feel like in your twenties you have to put up with a lot of bullshit. I know you have to in your 30s as well, but you can always say, 'You know what? I'm 30-goddamned years old so I'm going to go home before 2am because I can.' I'm excited for that.”



    To read her full interview, head to Elle.com.  


    Also on HuffPost:



    For a constant stream of entertainment news and discussion, follow HuffPost Entertainment on Viber.

    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












    0 0

    Even George Clooney loves a good photobomb.


    While partying in Ibiza, Spain, with wife Amal and celebrity friends Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, the actor just couldn't resist -- while the supermodel and her husband were taking an adorable selfie, Clooney jumped into the background. The resulting photo, which shows the actor behind the smooching couple with a surprised smile on his face, is hilarious. 



    A photo posted by Cindy Crawford (@cindycrawford) on



    The group was in Spain to celebrate the launch of Clooney and Gerber's Casamigos tequila brand. They celebrated with multiple outings, including a private party held at the Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel.




     


    Also on HuffPost: 



    For a constant stream of entertainment news and discussion, follow HuffPost Entertainment on Viber.

    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












    0 0

    Courtney Love's daughter Frances Bean Cobain turned 23 on Aug. 18, and the milestone seems to have stirred some emotions in the rock star. 


    On Aug. 19, Love shared a photo of herself with her late husband, Kurt Cobain, in bed with Frances when she was just a baby. Love captioned the photo, "My greatest love and our precious Bean #missyou #memories." 



    My greatest love and our precious Bean #missyou #memories

    A photo posted by Courtney Love Cobain (@courtneylove) on



    Two days later, the 51-year-old singer shared another image from the same photo shoot and penned a heartbreaking message to Cobain, who died in 1994 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 


    "Makes me feel so sad. Our baby is all grown up now. Jesus Kurt look at her face, what on earth were you thinking..!?!? God I miss you, we all miss you #family #memories #turnbacktime #lovehim," she wrote.



    While Cobain never really seems to fade from the headlines, the late rocker was in the spotlight again earlier this year with the release of the documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck," which saw Frances Bean acting as executive producer and had Love's full support. 


     


    Also on HuffPost: 



    For a constant stream of entertainment news and discussion, follow HuffPost Entertainment on Viber.

    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












    0 0



    Brett Morgen's Kurt Cobain documentary, "Montage of Heck," features a slew of exclusive music, video footage and diary entries that give a deeper glimpse into the life of the late musician. All of the previously unreleased songs featured in the doc, which Morgen discovered when sifting through hours and hours of tapes, will finally be released on the official film soundtrack on Nov. 6. But you won't have to wait that long to hear them.


    "E-Coli," a nearly-nine minute demo from the film that was never officially released, has now leaked online. The song initially made its way online via Reddit. If that's not enough to hold you over until the full soundtrack is out, 14 other previously unheard Nirvana mixes and demos have also recently leaked.


    Also on HuffPost:



    For a constant stream of entertainment news and discussion, follow HuffPost Entertainment on Viber.

    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












    0 0



    You probably know Jon Bon Jovi as the larger-than-life rock star whose vocals have filled stadiums. But we betcha didn't know he's actually pretty darn good at Chinese, too. 


    (Or at least singing in Chinese).


    Yes, the 53-year-old artist sang Teresa Teng's popular ballad, "Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin," or "The Moon Represents My Heart." The singer, who recorded the song for Chinese Valentine's Day -- which took place last week -- manages to sing it beautifully in Mandarin, while somehow maintaining his very recognizable Bon Jovi flair. 


    Listen to the artist get in touch with his softer side and sing an emotional rendition of the song. Then, notice that your jaw has probably dropped to the floor because you were unaware he was capable of singing in Chinese. 


    Seriously, what can't he do? 


     


    Also on HuffPost: 


    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












    0 0


    When Tom Cruise was promoting "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" this summer, The Wrap reported that the actor's PR team banned journalists from asking him about the Church of Scientology, at least in order to secure an interview. Out of those who did talk to Cruise (The Huffington Post was not among them), no one seemed to pop the forbidden questions. Both Salon and The Atlantic questioned why the media, who voraciously covered Alex Gibney's Scientology doc "Going Clear" (us included) earlier this year, suddenly went soft when it came to interviewing celebrities associated with the Church. Now filmmaker and former Scientologist Paul Haggis is criticizing journalists as well.


    "I don’t know how journalists can continue to call themselves journalists if they aren’t brave enough to ask a question," Haggis recently told The Daily Beast in an interview about his new HBO miniseries. The filmmaker resigned from the Church in 2009 and has since been vocal about his experience as a Scientologist,  appearing in "Going Clear." He said that sometimes movie coverage should come second to asking important questions. "There was this huge elephant there, and every journalist agreed not to address it," he told The Daily Beast. "Why? You’re just a PR person at that point. Shame on you."


    Gibney's documentary, which was based on the 2013 Lawrence Wright book of the same name, specifically calls out Cruise and his lack of commentary on the allegations against the Church. At a screening of "Going Clear" in March, Gibney said, "Cruise is the big kahuna and that's why we've gone to the trouble of calling him out. We believe that he has a responsibility to say something about the abuse."


    UPDATE: When asked for comment on Haggis' remarks, Karin Pouw, a spokesperson for the Church of Scientology, told The Huffington Post in a statement: 



    "The Church of Scientology has no interest in being exploited to publicize Paul Haggis’s next made-for-TV project or to convince his skeptics that he is relevant again."


    For the full interview with Haggis, head to The Daily Beast.


    Also on HuffPost 



    For a constant stream of entertainment news and discussion, follow HuffPost Entertainment on Viber.

    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












    0 0

    Forget "My Little Pony" -- Taylor Swift's special-guest roster on her "1989" tour proves friendship is magic.


    Thanks to Instagram and Twitter, the celebrities and musicians she invites on stage each night have become as expected as her shiny outfits and smooth backup dancers. In the beginning, Swift's invitees were slightly more expected: ladies from her much-'grammed crew, or musical acts that could use Swift's star power to reach a bigger audience. 


    But when unexpected, er, friends started to pop up -- the U.S. Women's Soccer Team? Joan Baez?? Kobe Bryant??? -- it was hard to keep track of just how many famous faces graced the many stadiums Swift set foot in. Here's a list of all the celeb cameos we've seen on the "1989" tour as of Monday. (A * denotes that they sang, too.)



    • Gigi Hadid (Detroit, London, East Rutherford)

    • Martha Hunt (Detroit, London)

    • Dan Reynolds, Imagine Dragons* (Detroit)

    • Little Big Town* (Pittsburgh)

    • Cara Delevingne (Philadelphia, London)

    • Mariska Hargitay (Philadelphia)





    A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on




    • Nick Jonas* (East Rutherford)

    • Lily Aldridge (East Rutherford)

    • Candice Swanepoel (East Rutherford)

    • Uzo Aduba (East Rutherford, Los Angeles*)

    • Behati Prinsloo (East Rutherford)

    • Lena Dunham (East Rutherford)

    • Hailee Steinfeld (East Rutherford) 



    A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on





    A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on





    A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on




    • Joan Baez (Santa Clara)

    • Julia Roberts (Santa Clara)

    • Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles)

    • Ryan Tedder, OneRepublic* (Los Angeles)

    • Mary J. Blige (Los Angeles)

    • Sean O'Pry (Los Angeles)

    • Chris Rock (Los Angeles)

    • Matt LeBlanc (Los Angeles)


    With three more shows in LA this week, followed by San Diego, Salt Lake City, Denver, and St. Paul -- to name just a few -- we're sure this list will become much longer before the year's end. And we say, the more, the merrier. But if Swift finds that there is simply no one left in Hollywood to invite, we here at The Huffington Post would gladly step up to the plate. Just sayin'.



    Also on HuffPost:


     



    For a constant stream of entertainment news and discussion, follow HuffPost Entertainment on Viber.

    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












    0 0


    Ladies, line up, because there's a new Bachelor in town ... and he's a fan favorite.  


    Ben Higgins, who was "Bachelorette" star Kaitlyn Bristowe's third choice, was named the new star of "The Bachelor" on Monday night's episode of "After Paradise."


    The 26-year-old was pretty much a shoo-in to star on the upcoming season after Bachelor Nation supported his campaign following his exit from "The Bachelorette" on July 13. Although, Season 11's Nick Viall did give Higgins a run for his money. 


    "I think he would be a great choice [...] I have a lot of respect for Ben H. He is as sweet as everyone thinks he is," Viall told HuffPost's "Here to Make Friends" podcast earlier this month. "I might be giving myself too much credit, but Ben kind of reminds me of when I was 26." 





    Higgins seemed to be everyone's No. 1 choice. Even Amy Schumer called into "After Paradise" to wish him luck. "Find love, and then send some my way, OK?" she said.


    The software salesman is excited to begin his journey on the show. "It's incredible. People like me don't get opportunities like this," Higgins told Harrison. "I never thought that this opportunity would be something I could have." 


    Higgins will be on "Good Morning America" to chat more about his upcoming season on Tuesday morning. 


    Also on HuffPost: 



    For a constant stream of entertainment news and discussion, follow HuffPost Entertainment on Viber.

    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












    0 0


    "The Wizard of Oz" celebrates the anniversary of its national release on Tuesday. It has now been 76 years since Judy Garland taught American filmgoers that "there's no place like home."


    It may have been simpler times back in 1939 -- when tin men didn't feel inadequate to billionaire superheroes, scarecrows didn't have to worry about farming drones and lions could walk on a yellow brick road without the fear of running into a dentist -- but despite the passing decades, fans continue to return to Kansas, then return to Oz and then return to Kansas again. Diamonds on the soles of your shoes may cure walking blues, but ruby slippers are forever.


    Below are five things you somehow still haven't learned about this national treasure of a film: 


    1. On multiple occasions, the studio almost cut Judy Garland's iconic rendition of "Over the Rainbow" from the film entirely.



    The "man behind the curtain" came far too close to throwing away this eventual winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Originally, MGM gave feedback to composer Harold Arlen, saying his song was too "symphonic" and that it would have to be sung like an opera. Arlen then simplified the melody with smaller chords, and thanks to new approvals, the scene was filmed. After this, director Victor Fleming thought the song footage should be left on the cutting floor "because it's too long and it's too difficult."


    From here, the songwriters, Arlen and lyricist Yip Harburg, convinced MGM that it should be inserted back into the film. Another director -- one of the five who worked on the film -- cut it back out and the rainbow row continued. MGM also seems to have thought it was problematic to have their star singing in a farmyard.


    In the end, Arlen and Harburg once again convinced MGM to put the song back into the final release. As you may expect, this decision got much criticism at the time. Before it became an iconic American song, many critics deemed "Over the Rainbow" long and unnecessary, similar to Fleming's critique. Among many other journalists, Robbin Coons of the Associated Press said, "The picture could have been speeded more at its beginnings, especially by the elimination of Judy's first song."


     


    2. Aluminum dust makeup caused the hospitalization of the original actor chosen to play Tin Man. The part had to be recast.



    Before Jack Haley put on the tin suit, a different actor, Buddy Ebsen, was supposed to play the memorable character.


    With MGM having little clue how to dress up the Tin Man, the costuming department covered Ebsen in aluminum dust, which ended up collapsing the actor's lungs. Ebsen had to spend two weeks in the hospital, and MGM brushed that aluminum dust off their shoulders and gave the role to Haley. Ebsen may have lost his chance at this iconic role, but he would later go on to play Jed Clampett on "The Beverly Hillbillies."


    Other actors also suffered physical ailments due to the shooting of "The Wizard of Oz." While filming her exit from "Munchkinland," Margaret Hamilton -- the actress who played the Wicked Witch of the West -- received severe burns on both her face and hands. The fire that was supposed to billow up after she made her escape accidentally rose up in a fiery cloud before she had descended. Hamilton's stunt double was also burned while filming a different scene after a pipe exploded.


    Ray Bolger -- the actor who played the Scarecrow -- ended up having "permanent" lines on his face due to the glued-on rubber mask he wore every day for filming.


    Also, the temperatures on set were beyond hot due to the Technicolor process requiring ultra bright shots. Cinematographer Harold Rosson claimed "people were always fainting and being carried off the set."


     


    3. The Tin Man's "oil" was actually chocolate sauce.



    Jack Haley explained the fake oil in The Wizardry of Oz: "The oil Ray Bolger squirted at me, to loosen up my joints, was not oil but chocolate syrup. They squirted chocolate in my face, because the oil wouldn't photograph right, but chocolate will."


    Another somewhat delicious costuming choice was also used on set. The horse that kept changing colors in the film was played by four horses. Designers covered each of these horses in lemon, cherry or grape powdered gelatin. These horses apparently kept trying to lick the gelatin off, which given gelatin comes from horse hooves and bones -- along with an amalgamation of other animal parts -- perhaps makes this sound a bit less delicious.


     


    4. Director Victor Fleming slapped Judy Garland when she wouldn't stop giggling. Then, she kissed him.



    In Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master, Michael Sragow wrote about the incident:


    "When [Judy] Garland couldn't stop breaking into giggles at the pseudo-menacing advance of [Bert] Lahr's Cowardly Lion, Fleming escorted her off the Yellow Brick Road, said, 'Now darling, this is serious,' slapped her on the cheek, then ordered, 'Now go in there and work.'"


    Apparently, Fleming felt terrible about slapping Garland after the incident and started saying that somebody on the crew should punch him. Garland overheard this and said, "I won't do that, but I'll kiss your nose." And then she did. Hmmm.


    You can still see Garland stifling back laughter in the final film.


     


    5. The memorable flying house was actually falling down into a fake sky. The footage was then reversed.



    TK TK gifs

    For this shot, the crew dropped a recreation of Dorothy's house onto a floor that they'd painted to look like the Kansas sky. They filmed this falling house in slow motion and then put the footage in reverse for the final movie.


     


    Bonus: "The Wizard of Oz" is the most watched film of all time.



    According to the Library of Congress


    Much of the writing in this article originally appeared in a piece tied to the film's 75th anniversary last year.


     


    Also on HuffPost:



    For a constant stream of entertainment news and discussion, follow HuffPost Entertainment on Viber.

    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












    0 0



    Celine Dion left Las Vegas to care for her husband René Angélil during his battle with throat cancer.


    Now, as she prepares to jump back into her residency show at Caesar's Palace, the 47-year-old opened up to USA Today about the decision to return to the stage despite her husband's failing health.


    "I didn't want to be here at first, I don't need it. Don't get me wrong, I love singing for people, but I have priorities," Dion said on Sunday. "But my biggest job is to tell my husband, we're fine. I'll take care of our kids. You'll watch us from another spot."


    Angélil , 73, became Dion's manager in 1980 when she was just 12 years old. The two married in 1994, when the singer was 26. 


    "We have asked [doctors] many times, how long does he have, three weeks, three months? René wants to know," Dion said. "But they say they don't know."


    Dion had previously opened up about her husband's health, telling "Good Morning America" in March that the cancer has left him unable to talk or swallow


    "He can’t eat so I feed him," Dion said while wiping away the tears. "He’s got a feeding tube. I have to feed him three times a day."


    Dion, who has three sons with Angélil and calls him "the only boyfriend I've ever had," told USA Today her husband already planned the details of both his death and his funeral. 


    "I'll say, 'You're scared? I understand. Talk to me about it,'" she said, pausing. "And René says to me, 'I want to die in your arms.' OK, fine, I'll be there, you'll die in my arms."


     


    Also on HuffPost:


    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












    0 0

    Taylor Swift may have finally outdone herself at her latest show. 


    On Monday night, the 25-year-old pop princess welcomed a few new members into the #squad -- Alanis Morissette, Natalie Maines and Ellen DeGeneres -- and performed what might be her best duets to date. And, trust us, we've been documenting them


    First, Swift went back to her country roots to perform the Dixie Chicks' hit "Goodbye Earl," which she called her "go-to talent show song," with Maines. 




    Then, the "Bad Blood" singer surprised everyone by bringing Ellen DeGeneres to the stage to strut her stuff down the "Style" runway. The comedian even managed to one-up (or, dare we say, outshine) the songstress by showing up in an outfit more sparkly than hers.  





    Finally, Swift brought it home with a great performance of "You Oughta Know" with grunge icon Alanis Morissette. Now, we know how much T Swift loves a good breakup song, and as she noted on stage, the Morissette track from the '90s may just be "the greatest breakup song of all time." It was a perfect match. 


    Taylor Swift is pretty much living out her wildest dreams on stage. 




     Taylor Swift is pretty much living out her wildest dreams on stage. 


    Also on HuffPost: 



    For a constant stream of entertainment news and discussion, follow HuffPost Entertainment on Viber.

    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












    0 0

    The Kardashian-Jenner clan enjoyed a family dinner Monday night in Malibu to celebrate matriarch Kris Jenner's Haute Living cover. 


    Kylie opted for a skintight minidress for the event held at Nobu. The 18-year-old paired the outfit with nude sandals and her best friend, Pia Mia. 






    A photo posted by King Kylie (@kyliejenner) on



    Kris, 59, spent the dinner beside her boyfriend, 34-year-old Corey Gamble. The two engaged in some PDA at the table. 




    Also on HuffPost:



    For a constant stream of entertainment news and discussion, follow HuffPost Entertainment on Viber.

    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












    0 0


    While Pixar has denied that their 2009 movie "Up" was based on Edith Macefield's Seattle home, the 100-year-old farmhouse now surrounded by buildings has become known as the "Up" house. And now it's getting its own movie and memoir.


    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox Searchlight is developing a film about Macefield's home, which first garnered attention in 2006 when she refused $1 million from commercial developers. The elderly owner then became close friends with the superintendent of the construction project, Barry Martin, whom she left the home to following her death in 2008.


    Fox's film will be based on Macefield's relationship with Martin and will be produced by "Annie" director Will Gluck, according to Entertainment Weekly. The studio is also getting rights to Martin's memoir, Under One Roof: Lessons I Learned from a Tough Old Woman in a Little Old House, as a part of the deal.


    OPAL (Of People and Land) Community Land Trust, a nonprofit, most recently saved the house from destruction. The organization is currently fundraising to move the home from Seattle to Orcas Island in Washington's San Juan Islands to give to a family in need.


    There's no further news about the untitled film, but get our your boy scout badges and flying goggles out just to be prepared. 




    For more, head to THR.


    Also on HuffPost:



    For a constant stream of entertainment news and discussion, follow HuffPost Entertainment on Viber.

    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












    0 0


    Selena Gomez is ready to show the world that she's so much more than a woman who used to be in a relationship with Justin Bieber.


    The 23-year-old singer took to Twitter to express her disappointment in the media for always reporting on her past, especially the part that involved her ex-boyfriend Bieber. But while the press has been preoccupied with the saga of "Jelena," Gomez has been hard at work trying to carve her own, individual space in the industry, and now, she's ready for her fans (and the world) to see that. 


    The star wrote on Twitter: 











    Some outlets are reporting Gomez's tweets are in response to her recent Sunday Times interview, which mainly focused on her relationship with the Biebs and touched upon the topic of her purity ring. Gomez answered openly, as she's known to do, but one of her responses stood out as a not-so-subtle jab at the mag (and the media in general) for choosing to focus their energies on her former romance instead of her upcoming album "Revival."


    "It's difficult for people to separate us. The Internet wants to freeze this moment in time and constantly repeat it," she said. (They didn't seem to get the hint.)


    It seems clear that Gomez just wants to move on to the next phase of her career. Yes, she dated Justin Bieber, but she's over it now, and we should be too. 


    Her new album "Revival" drops Oct. 9. 


     


    Also on HuffPost:  



    For a constant stream of entertainment news and discussion, follow HuffPost Entertainment on Viber.

    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












    0 0

    There are a lot of great women out there who Amy Schumer would probably love to be compared to. This might not be one of them.


    One person recently tweeted at Schumer, telling the comedian that she reminds her of "The 'American Gothic' lady." Then, almost immediately, Schumer enlisted the help of actor J.K. Simmons for the perfect response:



    Great use of Simmons. Even better use of a plastic fork.


    The "Trainwreck" star's picture quickly went viral, gaining around 1.5 million views on Imgur in the first nine hours after its debut.


    It's a hilarious response to a somewhat unflattering comparison, but you have to wonder: Did the tweeter have a point? 


    Grant Wood created "American Gothic" using his sister Nan Wood Graham and his dentist as models. Redditor z3b3z posted a link to a photograph of the models, causing another to joke, "Pretty sure that's actually just a picture of Amy Schumer with a filter on it." 




    Image: DesignBoom


    Could Schumer really be a distant relative of the model in the photo? Or perhaps she's just another time-traveling celebrity like Daniel Radcliffe? Did the "Harry Potter" star lend Schumer his time-turner so all generations could enjoy her charisma and good looks?


    When your modeling game is this on fleek, anything is possible ...




    Also on HuffPost:


     



    For a constant stream of entertainment news and discussion, follow HuffPost Entertainment on Viber.

    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.












older | 1 | .... | 734 | 735 | (Page 736) | 737 | 738 | .... | 764 | newer