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    The editors here at The Huffington Post are still in shock over seeing Grace Jones up close and personal at AfroPunk Fest 2015 last weekend. The 67-year-old entertainer put on a killer show, belting out classic hits like "Nightclubbing," "Private Life" and "My Jamaican Guy" in the Brooklyn heat. Not to mention, watching her hula-hoop without skipping a beat as she performed "Slave to the Rhythm" is forever etched into our memories. But we're pretty sure makeup artist Robert Greene had the most epic Grace Jones experience at AfroPunk.  

    For the show, Greene was tasked with painting Jones' body to recreate a 1984 photo shoot she did with renowned photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who captured Keith Haring's body paint work. Having studied graphic design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and worked as a professional makeup artist for the past 13 years, Greene was already familiar with the photographs. 

    With that as his reference, it was still important for him to add his touch. "Wanting all of this and having to deliver on the spot brings out nerves, and a lot of adrenaline," Greene told HuffPost.

    "I didn't meet her until the day of the show, in her tent, when we had one hour to get her done, so there was no discussion before," said Greene. "I was told to research her collaboration with Keith Haring, and I knew going into this that I wanted this to be a tribute to Keith, especially since she was performing in NYC."

    Apart from the pressure to get her ready in time, Greene revealed that "the atmosphere is calm, there's family present, and she and her team are amazing and her music is playing."

    "I walked into a very warm welcome, [then] setup, they dressed her, and she says, 'OK, you can start.' I had a mood board with images of her that I referenced as I was painting that she was delighted to see," he said. "Everything was just freehanded in that moment on her for both nights. There's not much time, and the pressure is on, and you have to just be fearless and paint."

    To create the vibrant white lines on Jones and her dancer, Greene made a mixture of MAC Cosmetics Acrylic Paint and Chromocake in white. Then, he painted it on their bodies using a MAC #227 brush and sealed the designs with Green Marble Setting Spray

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    "The moment I begin painting is the moment I'm lost in another time and place. I'm so focused and barely speaking just drawing all over her, section by section -- as my assistant cleans and brightens up the lines [and] they constantly remind me how much time is left," said Greene. "There were moments when I would look into the mirror to check what I was doing where I would say to myself inside, 'HOLY F**K! I'm painting Grace Jones!' You see her coming to life right before your eyes and it's an incredible thing to be a part of."

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    However, it wasn't until Greene returned home and researched the hash tag "#gracejones" on social media that he was able to see the impact of his artistry. "'I'm on stage with her but don't experience what the audience does," he said. "I am thrilled with the results and the journey the makeup goes through as it begins to break down. No one can make that look as amazing as GraceJones can."

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    Kelly Osbourne has gone from spunky reality star to fashion icon since "The Osbournes" premiered back in 2002, but according to her new (gorgeous) spread in New Zealand's Remix magazine, the next item on her agenda is to take a little time to herself. 

    After 5 1/2 years co-hosting E!'s "Fashion Police," Osbourne announced she was leaving the show in February amidst tensions between her and Giuliana Rancic

    But while the controversy didn't help matters, Osbourne says she was always planning to leave the show at the end of last season, citing a lack of free time over the past seven years and the fact that the show is now missing its fearless leader and Osbourne's mentor, Joan Rivers.

    "You try working with someone that you love and then going into the same studio [without her]. I couldn't, I didn't want to. I was ready to go," she told the magazine. 

    Osbourne has found herself at the center of her own controversy recently, following what, in an interview with Extra she called a "poor choice of words" during an appearance on The View and "doesn’t reflect my opinion at all." When asked by Remix to comment on Rancic's words, she simply said, "people are responsible for their own words so I couldn't give a f**k about that."

    Clad in designs by both U.S. and New Zealand designers, Osbourne, who has a fashion line of her own, looks as gorgeous as ever (that skin!) and says she has always played by her own rules when it comes to fashion, specifically referring to her now infamous hair cut and color

    "I've always been very independent in my sense of style, it's just that not everyone gets it. I'm going on six years of this colour hair and it's only now that I'm getting credit," she said.

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    Breastfeeding has appeared onscreen in various films and television shows for years, as a way to educate children, create a relatable plot line or even inject humor into a situation. From "Sex and the City" to "Sesame Street," these shows and movies that feature breastfeeding do so in a wide range of ways -- sometimes empowering and at other times just altogether problematic. But there's something to learn from each depiction.

    From portrayals that sexualize breastfeeding mothers' bodies to positive examples that normalize nursing, Hollywood sends some very mixed messages about the way so many moms feed their babies. Here are 18 TV shows and movies that depict breastfeeding and what we can learn from them.

    1. "Sesame Street"

    In a 1977 episode of "Sesame Street," cast member Buffy Sainte-Marie breastfed her son Cody and told Big Bird about nursing."Lots of mothers feed their babies this way," she said. "Not all mothers, but lots of mothers do." There was a similar scene with Sonia Marzano aka Maria in an 1988 episode

    These breastfeeding moments on the children's program showed that it's a topic parents can feel comfortable explaining to their kids and helped normalize the sight of breastfeeding.

    2. "Gilmore Girls"

    Curmudgeonly Luke expresses a disappointing opinion on breastfeeding in the "Gilmore Girls" season three episode, “Eight O’Clock at the Oasis.” He rants about a large table of parents with their small children in his diner, and he says some pretty offensive things when one of the mothers starts to nurse her baby.

    "When did that become acceptable?" Luke said. "In the old days, a woman would never consider doing that in public. They’d go find a barn or a cave or something. I mean, it’s indecent; this is a diner, not a peep show."

    Lorelai's refusal to ask the woman to stop and Rory's dissenting facial expression suggest that the heroines don't condone Luke's attitude. However, the scene is a missed opportunity to explain that breastfeeding is not a sexualized act or "peep show."

    3. "Sex and the City"

    In the season five premiere of "Sex and the City," Carrie finds it hard to talk to Miranda who is trying to breastfeed Brady. "Your breasts are huge!" Carrie exclaims.

    The scene shows that breastfeeding is not easy for many moms, that breasts grow and change when a mother is nursing and that new motherhood can be truly exhausting.

    4. "Friends"

    The topic of breastfeeding came up on "Friends" several times throughout its 10-year run. In the season two episode "The One with the Breast Milk," Carol breastfeeds Ben in Monica's apartment, which makes Joey and Chandler uncomfortable. "This is the most natural, beautiful thing in the world," Ross says. "This is my son having lunch." 

    Ross' defense of breastfeeding is awesome, but later in the episode, he shares another opinion when he says the idea of tasting breast milk disgusts him. These seemingly conflicting attitudes shed light on the many specific opinions toward breastfeeding that nursing moms face when they try to feed their babies in public.

    In season nine, Rachel tries to breastfeed her newborn daughter with the help of a reassuring nurse at the hospital -- another realistic experience for new moms. But the scene instead focuses on Joey's discomfort, thus making Rachel's earnest questions comedic. The scene turns a potentially educational moment into a joke by giving into certain people's skewed views of breastfeeding.

    5. "The Hangover"

    A brief scene in "The Hangover" shows a stripper played by Heather Graham nursing her baby while talking to the three leading men -- all of whom appear visibly uncomfortable and unable to look away from her breasts. 

    A classic "bro comedy," this scene in the movie exemplifies the problem with sexualizing breastfeeding under the male gaze. As with Rachel and Joey's scene on "Friends," this portrayal perpetuates the notion that women using their breasts for anything other than men's pleasure is somehow wrong or uncomfortable.

    6. "The Office"

    "The Office" portrays breastfeeding a few different times throughout its nine seasons. Pam's difficulties with breastfeeding after giving birth to her first child in season six represents an experience that many new moms can relate to -- though the "nursing the wrong baby" gag may be a less common occurrence. 

    In another season six episode, Pam can't find her breast pump in the office, so farm-dwelling Dwight offers to help her express her breast milk, lest her "breasts explode." Dwight's offer suggest his understanding of a mother's need to express breast milk, though it's a bit derailed by his creepy proposition and thoughts on what happens to engorged breasts.

    Still, this depiction of in-office pumping contrasts an earlier episode when Ryan shames a female transfer from the Dunder Mifflin Stamford branch for pumping breast milk at her desk in the office. The scene also suggests that the Scranton office unfortunately at that time didn't have a pumping room, which is an important resource for women in the workplace.

    7. "Rugrats"

    In a flashback scene during the fourth season of "Rugrats," Phil and Lil look back on the times when their mom used to feed them "the old way." The scene shows their mom tandem nursing the twins, as they gleefully kick each other and then start to laugh.

    This onscreen moment shows breastfeeding as a joyful experience for both mom and especially baby. The fact that a children's show featured this clip in 1997 proves that breastfeeding is not an "inappropriate" topic for kids.

    8. "Grown Ups"

    In "Grown Ups," Maria Bello's character breastfeeds her 4-year-old son -- leading to judgment from fellow parents. Her nursing is a source of tension between the mom and her husband, who later hands his son a carton of milk to make him "wean." 

    While extended breastfeeding has been a source of controversy in the past, shaming a mother for her parenting decisions, especially when it comes to feeding her children, is not cool.

    9. "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood"

    A 1984 episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" featured an educational segment about breastfeeding. "Most baby animals and human babies start out by drinking their mothers' milk," the television host says before showing a montage of mammals nursing their babies -- including human mamas breastfeeding and bottle-feeding their little ones.

    Like the "Sesame Street" clips, this example suggests that there was a greater sense of acceptance around breastfeeding in public in the past. The image of bottle-feeding also showed an inclusive way to talk about feeding babies. 

    10. "Scrubs"

    During a season two episode of "Scrubs," the doctors visibly disapprove of a mother's extended breastfeeding. One medical professional tells the mom's son to get on his bike and go buy himself some milk, while Zach Braff's character visualizes a teenager who still nurses.

    Braff's line, "I think at a certain point, breastfeeding becomes creepy," is problematic, especially coming from a character who is supposed to be a doctor.

    11. "2 Broke Girls"

    This scene from "2 Broke Girls" is yet another example of the use of extended breastfeeding as a comedic device in a TV show. The staff at the diner are disgusted by the fact that a customer is breastfeeding her son, who is certainly older than the age when moms traditionally stop nursing. In the U.S., only 27 percent of babies are still breastfeeding at 12 months, though worldwide, 58 percent of 20 to 23 month olds are still breastfed.

    "Some mothers tend to breastfeed for a lot longer these days. It's called attachment parenting," waitress Caroline explains to Max, Han and Earl, who were watching the mom and child. Max then says, "When the kid's that big, it's called dating."

    Max's comment sexualizes nursing and is another onscreen example of shaming a mother for her decisions about how she feeds her child. This trend of public shaming, as depicted in this scene, adds to the stigma surrounding breastfeeding, which can often discourage mothers from nursing.

    12. "Family Guy"

    In a season two episode of "Family Guy," the show makes a joke out of nursing when Peter Griffin tries to breastfeed baby Stewie -- casting it as source of gross-out humor. Two seasons later, Stewie goes through drug-like withdrawals when Lois tries to wean him, and the mom's breasts become so engorged that she rips her shirt open.

    In season nine, Meg breastfeeds baby Susie in a restaurant, which totally disgusts the baby's father Joe. Though it is unclear how Meg does this since she is not a mom and has never had a baby, Joe's strong reaction to the breastfeeding is also not a very positive portrayal of nursing.

    While Joe's disgust is likely part of the show's long-running joke about Meg's unattractiveness, this undercuts the fact that every mother, whatever she may look like, has the right to nurse her child in public in the U.S. Whether or not men find her body attractive is completely irrelevant.

    13. "Meet The Fockers"

    In this memorable scene from "Meet the Fockers," Ben Stiller's character Greg says "Eww" when he finds out he's just drunk some of his sister-in-law Debbie's pumped breast milk. His father-in-law then reveals a replica of Debbie's breast that he uses to feed his grandson her pumped milk. 

    While the scene suggests sensitivity in trying to do what's best for the mother's baby, the male gaze is clearly present. Greg expresses discomfort and sexualizes the nursing mom's replica breast (though admittedly, it is a bit unusual).

    14. "Game of Thrones"

    When "Game of Thrones" viewers first meet Lysa Arryn, she's breastfeeding her son, who is at least 6 years old. Lysa proves to be a very volatile character with obsessive tendencies, so her extended breastfeeding becomes conflated with her general instability.

    This portrayal casts nursing as something "gross" and "wrong," and it's problematic in its suggestion that a mother's decisions when it comes to breastfeeding are a reflection of her mental state. The way a mom nourishes her child does not make her crazy or an unfit mother, and suggesting otherwise justifies the policing of breastfeeding women.

    15. "Flirting with Disaster"

    When Patricia Arquette's character in "Flirting with Disaster" breastfeeds her baby on an airplane next to a chatty male friend from high school, her jealous husband hands her the baby bag and says, "Honey, why don't you cover yourself up?"

    The old friend (played by Josh Brolin) then gives her unsolicited advice about breastfeeding techniques to avoid nipple irritation. "You have very beautiful breasts by the way," he adds.  

    This scene casts men as the nursing mother's overlords and sexualizes breastfeeding by making it part of the female character's flirtation with Brolin's character. Also, a nursing mom's partner should not make any sort of scene over her breastfeeding in public and should be supportive when it comes to how she feeds her child. 

    16. "Nip/Tuck"

    In a season two episode of "Nip/Tuck," Gina calls upon her on-and-off romantic partner Christian to help her when she needs to express milk. "I am a frazzled working mother who forgot her breast pump!" she exclaims.

    While Gina makes a relatable point about the life of a working parent with a baby at home, the tension-filled scene sexualizes breastfeeding by conflating the couple's physical relationship and her need to express breast milk. 

    The clip also suggests that Gina, who has borderline personality disorder, may be using her breastfeeding situation to manipulate Christian into being intimate with her. The scene thus misrepresents breastfeeding moms by implying that they may not always have their baby's best interests at heart.

    17. "Weeds"

    A scene from a season five episode of "Weeds" shows Nancy desperately asking Andy to suck the milk from her painfully engorged breasts. "Please be the baby!" she asks him.

    The scene doesn't sexualize breastfeeding as much as the clip above from "Nip/Tuck," but Andy takes it there when he swallows the breast milk and says, "well, I didn't want to be a hypocrite."

    18. "The Life & Times of Tim"

    Tim makes an ass of himself in the first season of "The Life & Times of Tim" when he suggests that a woman breastfeeding her baby at a restaurant needs to cover up. Tim's girlfriend and everyone else in the restaurant sides with the mom, noting that they didn't notice and weren't bothered by the fact that she was nursing in their presence. 

    Amy's negative reaction to Tim's offense, as well as the response from the other restaurant patrons, perfectly sum up the problem with asking a nursing mom to "put her breast away."


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    Lady Gaga may have just introduced the creepiest "American Horror Story: Hotel" characters yet. 

    The singer took to Twitter Thursday afternoon to share a photo of her bloodthirsty Countess character sitting with three cherubic blond boys. Sure, they look sweet and innocent, but if we've learned anything through our years of watching horror films, it's that little kids are probably the scariest characters ever (see: "The Ring," "The Shining," "The Omen," "Children of the Corn"). Oh, and the fact that they seem to be sucking on bottles full of blood just affirms that fact. We just know they're going to end up in our nightmares. 

    Gaga captioned the photo, "We are family. Meet my magical children. HOTEL #AHS." 

    Yesterday, Entertainment Weekly released more photos from the new season, getting us even more excited. We can already tell this season's going to be good.

    "American Horror Story: Hotel" premieres on Oct. 7 on FX. 


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    With its current lineup of performers, the 2015 MTV VMAs seem to be shaping up to be one of the most lackluster in recent history. That's why it's no surprise that Miley Cyrus' latest promo for the awards comes across as hardcore trolling, in an effort to make us believe some crazy shit is going to go down that will have everyone talking for months to come.

    While the Parents Television Council might be concerned by Cyrus' repetition of the words "fuck, shit, bitch," it seems a little desperate on MTV's part. 

    Along with the promo comes word from VMA executive producer Garrett English, who told Entertainment Weekly they've given the 22-year-old "pretty free rein" on the VMA stage. 

    “Obviously there are standards and various other things that were always a part of it, but no, [no rules] … It never comes from a place of trying to limit the range, it’s always coming from a place of trying to open up the full palate," he told EW. 

    Well there you have it. There are no rules, because MTV is a cool mom. 



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    Jennifer Boylan gives Caitlyn Jenner a lesson in the "normalcy" of trans women during a discussion about relationships in an upcoming episode of "I Am Cait." 

    "It would be very attractive to me to have a guy treat me... like a normal woman," Jenner says during the episode, according to an article on the website of the E! network, which airs "I Am Cait."

    When Boylan, a professor at Barnard College and acclaimed transgender author, presses Jenner about the meaning of "normal," Jenner continues: "Like any other woman on the street, and not make it this big trans thing, or this or that. Just a normal relationship."

    Boylan then explains to the former Olympian why she is just as "normal" as every other woman, and why she doesn't need a man to validate that. 

    "You don't need a man to make you a woman," Boylan says, according to a clip on the E! website. "A woman can make you a woman. It's a thing that women do. We look to men to give us self-worth. I think, now that you're in the sisterhood, you have gone to such trouble to be a woman, don't be a stupid one. Be a smart one."

    Jenner, 65, has previously said she is unsure about what's in store for her dating life

    "I have bigger things than an orgasm to worry about," she said in a trailer for "I Am Cait" earlier this month.


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    Katy Perry was all smiles when she headed out for a Broadway show Wednesday night in New York City. 

    The singer wore a low-cut maxi dress with tassels and tousled ombre waves for "Finding Neverland" at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater starring "Glee" alum Matthew Morrison. She posed for photos backstage with Morrison, a group of children and even two dogs.  

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    One of the biggest songs of the year is set to kick off the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards pre-show on Sunday. 

    Walk the Moon will perform their hit single, "Shut Up and Dance," as well as their new song "Different Colors," on the red carpet this weekend, lead singer Nicholas Petricca confirmed to The Huffington Post. 

    "We can't wait for the VMAs this weekend," he said. "We attended and walked the red carpet a few years ago, but we were quite the baby band back then and felt like little Davids among these Goliath celebrities. It's an awesome feeling to have established ourselves enough to represent this year in the Best Rock Video category."

    "Shut Up and Dance" peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Hot 100 this year, and the song's music video has over 90 million views. Although Walk the Moon has seen success in the past with tunes like "Anna Sun," they are still adjusting to the explosive popularity of "Shut Up and Dance." 

    "It feels like dogfighting Darth Vader in his TIE fighter ... thrilling, terrifying, but I believe the Force is with us," Petricca said. "It would also be amazing to ride the momentum of 'Shut Up And Dance' with some success for our new single 'Different Colors,' which is our fight song for diversity, equality and love." 

    Walk the Moon is set to perform at the inaugural Lipton Be More Tea Festival on Oct. 24 at the Riverfront Park at Naval Yard in North Charleston, South Carolina. They'll be joined by Passion Pit, The Roots and St. Lucia.


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    Can't get enough of "American Horror Story"? No prob, Ryan Murphy wants to give fans a double dose of the horror series.

    In Entertainment Weekly's massive "AHS" cover issue, the co-creator revealed that there might be two seasons of the show in 2016. "Next year we might do a fall 'American Horror Story' and a spring,” Murphy told the magazine. But while it may seem nearly impossible for Murphy to take on two seasons of the series on top of 2016's "American Crime Story" and "Scream Queens" if it gets renewed, he's already implementing a plan. This season of "AHS" will try something new with two separate writers rooms. Murphy told EW that a second group will join in late August. So perhaps two seasons in one year is possible.

    It's not official yet -- Murphy still has to decide -- but the possibility already has us excited. So what do fans want to see if "AHS" gets the double-season treatment? Redditor theahsfan wrote that they'd want a "European Horror Story." Fan kevintom wants a cult or summer camp-themed season. "Wet Hot American Summer" meets "AHS"? We're in.

    For more, head to EW.

    "American Horror Story: Hotel" premieres on Oct. 7 on FX.

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    This Sunday, we're in for a real treat: Miley Cyrus is set to host the  2015 MTV Video Music Awards. And if history has shown us anything, Cyrus goes all out for this particular award show. In past years, the singer has worn a latex two-piece and a skimpy teddy bear costume in front of millions of viewers.

    In anticipation of her antics this weekend, we've rounded up 16 of her most outrageous looks ever. Do you think she'll be able to top any of the looks below?

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    It was only a decade ago,  but photos from the 2005 MTV VMAs feel like they happened in another lifetime. 

    Held at the American Airlines Arena in Miami for the second year in a row, the 21st annual VMAs were a weird storm -- literally -- as many of the pre-show actives were canceled as Hurricane Katrina hit Southern Florida, passing over Miami.

    With the 2015 VMAs days away, let's remember that 10 years ago Diddy hosted, Green Day took home Video of the Year, Kanye West nabbed Best Male Video, and The Killers were named Best New Artist. Also, pop-punk was heavily repped. 

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    She may not have always been comfortable posing in the nude, but these days, Kim Kardashian is confident in her birthday suit. 

    The 34-year-old took to Instagram Thursday afternoon to share a few new sultry photos from her September cover shoot with C magazine. In the black and white images, the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star covers her chest with her forearm as she looks off into the distance. Her brunette locks are slicked back and she's sporting smoky eye makeup. 

    Inside the issue, the expectant mother of one talks about balancing her many business ventures and being a parent. 

    "If I’m working on an individual project, like my fragrance, I will only work on it if I’m 100 percent passionate about it, because that takes me away from my family," she said. "I base my whole schedule around my daughter and my husband -- that's how life is now." 

    The reality star added that motherhood "taught me how to prioritize. And I was forced to take a break for awhile. I never liked downtime, but I decided I enjoy it -- that’s when the fun ideas come about." 

    To read the whole interview, head to C magazine


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    The dystopian genre has quickly become exhausted in recent years, with a surplus of post-apocalyptic tales shoved in between big screen adaptations of sci-fi YA novels. Luckily, 2015 has, so far, surprised us with the refreshingly feminist "Mad Mad: Fury Road," and now with the emotional and contemplative indie "Z for Zachariah." The film, which star Chiwetel Ejiofor described to The Huffington Post as "a dystopian sci-fi drama with a dash of comedy," follows three of the presumably last people on Earth after a nuclear-based incident that wiped out most of mankind.

    But director Craig Zobel's ("Compliance") sci-fi indie doesn't waste time recapping the apocalypse with news footage or Roland Emmerich-style CG. Much like Damon Lindelof's "The Leftovers," the meditative film, based on Robert C. O’Brien's novel of the same name, focuses on the aftereffects and the what's-next perspective when the the three main (and only on-screen) characters must start over. We first meet Margot Robbie's Ann, a religious farm girl who's survived in her hometown valley, which remains miraculously unaffected by the deadly radiation released by the apocalyptic event. While hunting with her dog, Ann finds Ejiofor's Loomis, a wandering scientist in a hazmat suit. The two begin fostering a meaningful relationship, believing they are the last man and woman on Earth, until Chris Pine's Caleb arrives, upturning Ann and Loomis' dynamic.

    HuffPost sat down with Ejiofor and Zobel to discuss the film, the racial and religious tensions that arise when three people are left on Earth, and the ending's bold but commendable homage to Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. 

    Loomis' first scene is a huge emotional catharsis. Chiwetel, what was it like playing this character who's disposition is largely based on a backstory we never see?

    Chiwetel Ejiofor: What I did know of Loomis is he had almost given up any kind of hope. To be in the state that he’s in, to be in the kind of mindset that he’s in, the post-traumatic stress, and to then find himself in this valley. It’s so dreamlike to him. I thought that it was probably so extraordinarily emotional as a moment. [...] The suit -- I wasn’t wearing it for a year [as Loomis was] -- is incredibly uncomfortable. I can but imagine the relief and the unbelievable elation that that moment would bring.

    Craig, what was it like for you to direct a cast of only three actors?

    Craig Zobel: It was fantastic. That was kind of one of the draws that drew all four of us to do the project. What was nice about it was that we were able to develop it and learn each other in a way that by the end, we had a communication I don’t know that we would’ve had if it had a lot more people in the cast. And it helped us all explore what we wanted to get out of it as a movie. It wasn’t the sort of thing where there was so much in a day that you couldn’t try [scenes] a different way.

    Chiwetel, how did you use that opportunity to approach scenes multiple ways?

    Ejiofor: What you’re really trying to access is whatever emotional intelligence you have, and you’re just trying to galvanize that. Every sequence is simply about that, every bit is about your own experiences, what you would do, how you would feel. Then what the better version of you would feel perhaps, or what the lesser version of you would feel, what the more selfish aspect would feel. And if that had dominance in that particular scenario, how would you then play the scene? [...] It was an exciting, challenging exercise emotionally and artistically.

    In the novel, Loomis isn't an African American man, but racial implications eventually play into the film and cause him to feel alienated from Ann and Chris. Was that initially a part of the script?

    Zobel: I literally wasn’t thinking about that aspect of it. [Chiwetel’s] just really talented. It certainly wasn’t about trying to politicize it in any way. But we did see in the arch of the story this being one of many ways that Loomis starts to -- and I think in some ways in his head -- feel like the minority or the excluded person, and that’s a thing we wanted to highlight.

    EjioforYeah. When I came on, the racial implication wasn’t in the book or the script at that point. But in coming on I think it was an interesting opportunity to talk about that element coming back into the society with the arrival of the third person. Because when there’s two people, the ideas of religion, for example, kind of balanced out, they didn’t matter. The ideas of race, certainly, are completely irrelevant. [...] So when there’s a third person, it completely disbalances all of those things. The kind of societal norms start to pop back, whatever they are. So the importance then of [Ann and Caleb] having religious ideologies minoritizes Loomis, race minoritizes Loomis, and then therefore, the power structure changes. People are then led to using other means, manipulation, outmaneuvering and so forth that gets more cynical and complex. It felt that race being a part of it was a perfectly honest way of looking at what would happen in society.

    Craig, one thing I have to ask about is the reference to the famous ending of Andrei Tarkovsky's "Stalker" near the end. Why did you decide to pay homage to that?

     ZobelI’m a fan of all of his movies, but I’m a fan of “Stalker” a lot. I think that is the one that speaks to me a lot and I found a lot of similarity in this [film]. There’s three people in “Stalker” and three people in this. Also kind of tonally. It's a beautiful sort of abandoned, strange world. It is sort of wrestling with faith versus science. I just couldn’t resist.

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    "Z for Zachariah" opens on Aug. 28.

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    With a heaving chest, a cross-faded Sylvia Plath explains the process of electroshock therapy to Yeats using a Ouija board. There are two different types, you know. She's rather prone to panic attacks -- mostly frantic yelling for Ted -- though in this moment, she has traded freneticism for a breathy relaxation, one she seems surprised to be, or maybe paranoid about, fading into.

    That Sylvia is older, middle-aged, a stout decade and a half piled atop her 31 years. But an hour later, she's closer to 18, having returned to Smith College. Round-cheeked and earnest, like Disney's Belle but with an appetite, this Sylvia is all about the books. God, why won't they just let her learn? While reading her journal aloud to her psychiatrist, she violently juts into bouts of of hyperventilation (once as an entry about the popular girls springs to life in the form of a song by "the hip, well-adjusted girls that you wish you could be.")

    At this year's New York Fringe Festival, there was not one, but two plays including fictionalized Sylvia Plaths: "Musas" featured the poet alongside a Frida Kahlo with distractingly well-groomed eyebrows, and "Plath," a hokey musical centered around her turbulent higher education.

    The desperate effort to resuscitate Plath's presence is not limited to theater festivals or that Gwyneth Paltrow movie from 2003. Plath and her tragic death have emerged as a recurring reference in pop culture, the haunting biographical facts of her life on the verge of stamping out the impact of her work. If Plath and David Foster Wallace ever find themselves at a maudlin cocktail party in literature heaven, they can commiserate about this trend.

    Poor David, now the subject of a "grotesque parody" via Jason Segel, also got his own play at Fringe in the form of dramatic readings from A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again. The way his work -- largely through his Kenyon Commencement Speech -- has been masticated into a pseudo-inspirational offering is perhaps the most twisted example of this phenomenon. As Christian Lorentzen wrote for Vulture, the Wallace "cult has [been] revived, for precisely the post-therapy, post-Romantic, self-help-soaked culture Wallace described and intermittently deplored, the Romantic picture of the depressive as a kind of keen-eyed saint." It's really not that terrible to wait in line at the grocery store.

    But back to Sylvia, and the two very different Sylvias on display at Fringe. Director Iraida Tapias presents Néstor Caballero's "Musas" through an exaggerated, exterior lens. The Plath of "Musas" switches from droning on about wanting to be remembered or not looking very good in pictures, to screaming as if in the throes of a night terror. Plath has limited conversations with Kahlo, who acts as the "cool friend" during her discovery of Ted Hughes' infidelity -- a sort of Samantha Jones to Plath's infinitely more neurotic Carrie Bradshaw. In its entirety, the play is two wildly influential women, bouncing off each other amid disjointed acid trips.

    To be fair, they did share a blunt at one point in the show.

    Alex Donnelly and Allie Carieri's "Plath" goes the opposite route entirely. Director Emily Feinstein brings Plath to life through Jenny Vallancourt, the actor who speaks and sings as Sylvia in the sweet, high-pitched voice of every musical theater ingenue ever. Attempts to illuminate the titular tortured soul were largely limited to moments when she got a little out of breath while reading stressful passages from her journal. A journal, not a diary, mind you. Diaries are for little girls.

    Instead of relying on a performance of Sylvia's persona, the focus shifts to illustrating her twisted perception (i.e. excessive cruelty read onto the superficiality of the aforementioned "hip, well-adjusted girls"). In short, "Plath" is an attempt at interiority that plays like a high school musical with a dark subject.

    "Musas" and "Plath" take different routes toward reviving Sylvia, and neither quite works. Both attempts at analysis through fictionalization move backwards, trying to write her poetry onto her persona, conflating the whole of it with some colloquial idea of "craziness."

    Plath died over 50 years ago, and yet our cultural fascination seems to only be mounting. When she took her own life in 1963, there were almost no obituaries written about her. Now, there are at least 20 songs inspired by her life, and so many Plath biographies a 2004 version resorted to telling her story through the lens of her Ted Hughes. (It's called Her Husband.)

    Two separate accounts of Plath's life were published in 2013 alone (American Isis and Mad Girl's Love Song), one that dubs her "the Marilyn Monroe of modern literature," which, what does that even mean? Oh, Sylvia Plath. The Martha Stewart of melancholy. The Michael Jordan of sexual sublimation. The Beyoncé of death.

    Each depiction manages to obfuscate her reality a bit further. We've officially spent more time depicting Plath's life than she spent living it. She's become inextricably linked to the myth of the tortured artist and feminist martyrdom, a symbol of the way we process artistic genius and sexist societal constraint. What she's not so closely linked to is her actual work.

    The pop culture Plath uses her poems and The Bell Jar as a starting point for pumping her representation with air. Commodifying her as scorned pot head flirting with lunacy, or a bookish student who needs to learn to take deep breaths, just further reduces the force of her words, turning them into a mere anecdote to that awful story which ends in an oven. 


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    Tom Hardy is more talented than you know. He's not just Bane, Mad Max or twins in his upcoming film, or a guy skilled at rapping with babies. Hardy is also a professional lip-syncer.

    A series of Dubsmash clips of the English actor lip-syncing from months ago have now gone viral (we don't know how we missed them, either). In one, he lip-syncs to Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" with that classic Tom Hardy intensity.

    He showed his playful side with "It's a Hard-Knock Life" from "Annie."

    Bronson himself even took on Action Bronson.

    Hardy also lip-synced to the Bee Gees, with a gun in hand.

    He also impressed 50 Cent so much with his rendition of "P.I.M.P." that the rapper shared it on his Instagram.

    Tom Hardy is down with US, ITs the unit not Bad Boy LMAO #nopuffyjuice #EFFENVODKA #FRIGO #SMSAUDIO

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    Watch out, Hugh Jackman, looks like you have some major lip-syncing competition.

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    We didn't start the fire; Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer did.

    The pair burned up the stage dancing at Billy Joel's concert at Wrigley Field on Thursday. (As the girl on fire, Katniss Everdeen, JLaw should be pretty used to that.) Lawrence and Schumer started out in a group before ditching their shoes and dancing on the piano during Joel's performance of "Uptown Girl."

    Schumer tweeted out an even closer look at the performance along with a pretty fitting message:

    JLaw fan accounts are also sharing another angle, which appears to show Lawrence kissing Schumer's foot when she gets on the piano:

    Yeah, that's a little weird. But they are playing sisters in an upcoming movie together, so they can probably get away with that stuff. And besides, to paraphrase Joel, we like them "just the way they are."

    H/T Billboard

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    Labels have not always been Miley Cyrus' thing, but the singer reveals she identifies as pansexual in the latest issue of Elle UK. 

    "I’m very open about it – I’m pansexual," she tells the fashion magazine. "But I’m not in a relationship. I’m 22, I’m going on dates, but I change my style every two weeks, let alone who I’m with."

    Last month, Cyrus opened up about the fluidity of her sexuality, saying she told her mom about feeling same-sex attractions when she was 14 years old. 

    "I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn't involve an animal and everyone is of age," she told Paper magazine. "Everything that's legal, I'm down with. Yo, I'm down with any adult -- anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me. I don't relate to being boy or girl, and I don't have to have my partner relate to boy or girl."

    She has most recently been linked to Victoria's Secret model Stella Maxwell

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    He didn't tell us one time. Justin Bieber and every celebrity ever told us nonstop for the last 30 days: His new song "What Do You Mean?" was coming out, and the world needed to be ready.

    Bieber finally released the lyric video for his new single on YouTube Friday, and according to the fan reaction, it was worth the hype.

    And it was a lot of hype.

    The list of celebs promoting Bieber's new song went on and on and on.

    There was Bieber's doppelgänger, Ruby Rose:

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    Reality star and Instagram god, Kylie Jenner:

    Notable donut-licker, Ariana Grande:

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    Notable donut-licker's ex, Big Sean:

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    Famous ginger, Ed Sheeran:


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    Bass enthusiast, Meghan Trainor:

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    Alanis Morissette. Isn't that ironic?

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    Jar of Hearts collector, Christina Perri:


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    Lizzie McGuire herself:

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    Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh my God. Usher:

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    Kelso from "That '70s Show":

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    Derek Zoolander:

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    Another reality star and Instagram god, Kendall Jenner:

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    Will Smith's son, Batman:

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    The Queen of Pop:

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    And, of course, dancing talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres:

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    So what does it all mean? Watch the video to find out.

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    Here comes the ... cold hard truth.

    Spoiler alert! Kevin James is an athlete. Even before the actor starred as a teacher turned MMA fighter in "Here Comes the Boom," he was on the same high school wrestling team as future pro wrestling superstar Mick Foley, where he says he took down Foley "all the time." So how does the actor think he'd fair against UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey?

    "I would be on my back so fast," the actor told The Huffington Post. "No, I wouldn’t want to mess with Ronda Rousey. She would crush me. And by the way, I’ve seen her hitting mitts too, so she’s nasty. Yeah, she’s everywhere. There’s nowhere to go with Ronda."

    But does James think his match would at least go longer than Rousey's 34-second knockout of Bethe Correia?

    "I really don’t. I’m gonna be honest, I don’t make it out of the locker room," said the actor, "Because if I pass a hotdog cart, I make a quick hard right, and I’m not even getting in the cage."

    James was recently on hand for the American Express Rally on the River, where he participated in a hydro-interactive show with tennis superstars including Maria Sharapova. And if you don't know what that means, don't worry, we don't either -- and we were there. Whatever it was though, it was pretty cool

    Besides Rousey, James also talked with us about his movies, a comeback to TV and even the possibility of "Paul Blart 3":


    If you were in MMA, what would your walk out song be?

    My walk out song would probably be "The Wheels On The Bus Go Round And Round." I think that would throw my opponent.

    It’s pretty threatening.

    It is threatening. It sucks you into a false sense of confidence from everybody. The crowd is going to be looking at me like I’m weird, but then when I get in there, and the wheels go round and round ...

    [Laugh] Oh no ...

    And my left and my right go whoosh, whoosh, whoosh -- I think everybody's in trouble.

    What's your favorite joke from your movies that ended up getting cut?

    If it was really funny, we’d try to fit it in, but there were some tough ones. I had to cut my kids out of "Zookeeper." That was tough.

    No! Really? "Zookeeper" is my favorite movie of yours.

    No, it's not.

    [Laugh] It is. So can you really talk to animals?

    I’ve been known -- look, it’s not confirmed, but I have talked to a few. I have a llama that I converse with on a weekly basis now. But seriously, as time goes on you can see I am the actual Dr. Dolittle.

    Is there any dating advice we should take from animals?

    I would say just groom. Grooming is big.

    Is T.G.I. Friday's really as incredible as it looks?

    It always is. You know it is. It’s amazing that Bernie the Gorilla said that, and I’m just very happy about it.

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    Could we see a "Zookeeper 2," or maybe even a "Paul Blart 3" on the way?

    I don’t think so. Not right now. I’m interested in doing original stuff.

    Have you ever had any talks about a "King of Queens" reunion?

    I don’t think there has been any talks about it, but I would always -- I mean, I loved working with them, Jerry [Stiller] and Leah [Remini] were fantastic, and we’re working on trying to get back into TV now as a matter of fact and would love to get a show going, and I would love to work with them again.

    There are people online who would like to see you in "True Detective." Who would be your partner on that show?

    Do I have to have a partner, or can I do it myself?

    Sure, if you want to do it yourself.

    Yeah, I think I’m going solo. Only because I like to talk to myself a lot. You know what, it’s going to be a shorter shooting day because you don’t have to reset the cameras. You just roll on me, and I take it from one angle, and then I speak to myself in the other angle.

    Will Smith gave your character dating advice in "Hitch." Did he ever give you any advice?

    He took me under his wing. I had never done a movie before, so that was my first movie, and he showed me the ropes with a lot of stuff and was a fantastic friend and a mentor. I was so happy he gave me that opportunity.


    So how'd you get involved in the American Express Rally on the River?

    I think American Express ha been in my life for a very long time. I think I might’ve been tardy on a couple bills, and maybe this is how I pay them off. 

    That's so awesome.

    Naw, they’re great, but just it’s exciting to be here. Any athlete. Anybody that can do stuff I can’t do, I’m a huge fan of. 

    Nice recovery, Peanut Blart and Jelly.

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    It was 3 a.m. and my cell phone was blowing up.

    The Twitter handle Twothousandswifteen was now following me. TaylorSwiftUpdates had favorited my tweet, with copious re-tweets by the likes of Tator Swift and Dazzling_Swift.

    Why the eff was I being digitally accosted by a gang of Taylor Swift devotees?

    And then I remembered:

    Skimming the Daily Mail earlier that night, I'd come across some pictures of Taylor Swift grabbing a nibble with Selena Gomez. Nothing too out of the ordinary there. Except: Swift wasn't wearing her usual "Mad Men" secretarial look (see here, here and here). No, the "Loving Him Was Red" songstress was wearing an apparatus across her torso that really could only be described as a harness. Not the kind I'd worn at summer camp. No, this harness was the consistency of a necklace, and it went around her back. I could see how it might've been expensive and sort of high-fashion, but at the end of the day, girl was donning a harness. And I needed to know why.

    So I did what any entitled millennial would do. I sent this tweet:

    I was genuinely curious! But also, this is when I need to disclose that I sort of have a bone to pick with Ms.Swift. Yes, "Speak Now" is probably my favorite album of all time. She is very pretty and she seems GENUINELY very nice. Her letter to Apple was well-written and also very effective. I am impressed that she arduously curates care packages for fans she's never met, based on her knowledge of their Tumblrs, when I'm unable to respond to G-chats from friends with anything but a generic "lol."

    So why do I not let myself worship at the altar of T-Swift? Because I've long felt that she's the kind of person who'd call her parents to pick her up from a sleepover party because the other girls are passing around a joint. She just feels like a goodie two-shoes on overdrive, too perfect to be human. We're living in the era of celebrating "imperfections"; Lena Dunham's "real body," Jennifer Lawrence's award show tumbles, Khloe Kardashian's camel toe, Cara Delavigne's dropped baggie of coke; Where is Taylor Swift's Achilles' heel? Getting dumped by Harry Styles on New Year's? Some people would kill for that!

    What I'm saying is: Swift does nothing to be subversive; she makes no missteps. She's the antidote to the underdog, making her just not fun to root for.

    So I harnessed (pun!) my feelings and shot the girl a tweet. With 60 million Twitter followers and presumably lots of texts from Gigi [Hadid] and Karlie [Kloss], I knew it'd likely get swept under the virtual rug.

    Except it didn't.

    Half asleep, I waded through my mounting notifications and clicked through to T's Twitter, where I saw her most recent tweet was addressed to "@emilytesskatz." That'd be moi.

    It said, as follows:

    "@emilytesskatz in case anyone wants to go zip lining or rock climbing last minute OBVIOUSLY."

    Proof that this actually happened.

    I smiled. Then I lolled. Then I read it about 40 more times. I had to hand it to the "Shake It Off" chanteuse: she was exhibiting a good personality.

    Hours later though, I woke up a little panicked. My tweet had been snarky, sent from a place of basic rudeness. This is the most beloved human being on planet earth. Who the f#$% did I think I was to question her harness? I'd seen the death threats waged against Kathy Griffin after she'd targeted Demi Lovato -- the "Lovatics" had no patience for that. Any sort of social media warfare with the Swifties wasn't something I was looking for.

    I decided to basically unplug from my Twitter for the rest of the day to shield myself from potential tween snark. In the interim, I crafted a tweet to Swift that I'd hoped would placate any fans who suspected me of being a hater:

    The twitteraction (portmanteau for 'Twitter interaction') was picked up by Buzzfeed and It began to occur to me that being tweeted at by Taylor Swift might be the benchmark achievement of my 25.5 years on earth.

    And then, at around 4 p.m. that afternoon, a friend's text bore the news that Taylor Swift had deleted her tweet to me. With no explanation. Nada! No more twitteractions would ensue, but I now felt it safe to finally go through all the tweets that I'd gotten. I prepared myself for tweens saying they'd like my head in a noose, but of the 100+ tweets that I read, this was honestly the snarkiest one:

    Even more to my surprise, most of the tweets I received were really clever. Like these:

    One fan even expressed gratitude for my inquiry:

    I breathed a sigh of relief. And with that, my perception of Swift began to change. The very reason I disliked Taylor Swift was largely to credit for her fans being so nice and respectful. Swift isn't catty. She's just out-rightly nice. SO NICE. Arguably too nice. But my relief at not having been trolled left me questioning whether or not this construct even existed. The Mother Theresa-esque kindness Swift exhibits plays against the fun, edgy image all millennials seem to strive for. But when feelings are at stake, you realize that that shit doesn't really matter. T-Swift's puritanical image had worked to my advantage, bringing me to a conclusion 25 years in the making:

    It's 100 times more important to be nice than cool. And while it's cool to like the underdog, it's not nice to dislike someone purely for being successful.

    So, Taylor Swift, thank you for shaking my tweet off. Thank you for basically gifting me 100 Twitter followers on a silver platter. And in case you're wondering, the offer for an impromptu rock climb still stands.

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