Laura Marano Talks Dropping "Can't Hold On Forever" After Leak

The singer admits it's amazing to see her fans' reactions now that she's officially released the song four years after it first accidentally leaked. Watch!
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Laura Marano Talks Dropping "Can't Hold On Forever" After Leak

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Kandi Burruss Talks Historic Masked Singer Win & Throws Shade at NeNe Leakes

Kandi BurrussKandi Burruss may be the reigning Masked Singer champ, but she had doubts going into the competition.
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Kandi Burruss Talks Historic Masked Singer Win & Throws Shade at NeNe Leakes

Kandi BurrussKandi Burruss may be the reigning Masked Singer champ, but she had doubts going into the competition.
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Dwayne Johnson Talks "The Titan Games" S2, Tequila & More

'Rocking' the game! Dwayne Johnson dishes on the competition series with E!'s Victor Cruz, who's getting in on the action. "The Titan Games" returns tonight on NBC!
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NBA in talks to resume play at Disney complex

The NBA is in talks with the Walt Disney Company to restart play at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
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Cowboys, Dak Prescott contract talks: Dispelling the theories

Narratives have emerged as to why Dallas has not struck a long-term deal with its franchise QB. Todd Archer has some debunking to do.
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Sources: Adams irked as Jets talks hit impasse

While the Jets want to wait on giving Jamal Adams a contract extension, the safety prefers to get a deal done before the season, sources told ESPN.
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Matt Lanter Talks "90210" Reunion Nostalgia

The actor tells on coming together with the "90210" cast years after the hit series wrapped. Plus, hear about daughter MacKenlee's latest milestones.
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Sources: Player pay not discussed in MLB talks

MLB’s opening presentation to the players’ union on Tuesday on terms to start the season did not include an economic proposal.
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White House reportedly in talks with Intel, TSMC to build advanced chip foundries in the U.S.

White House reportedly in talks with Intel, TSMC to build advanced chip foundries in the U.S.White House officials are talking to Intel and TSMC about building semiconductor foundries in the United States, according to a Wall Street Journal report. U.S. tech companies and the government have been trying to reduce the country’s dependence on chip factories in Asia for years, underscored by national security concerns, the U.S.-China tariff war and now the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted supply chains and logistics around the world. The WSJ also reported that some U.S. officials have also talked to Samsung Electronics about expanding its existing contract-manufacturing operations in the U.S. to produce more advanced chips.



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Justin Baldoni Talks "Emotional Waves" Amid Social Distancing

The "Jane the Virgin" actor gets candid about the emotional struggles he's been facing while in quarantine. Hear Justin's comforting words!
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Lynch in talks on return with Seahawks, RB says

Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks are in talks about his return for another season, the running back said.
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JJ Watt Talks Hosting ‘Ultimate Tag’ in the Era of Social Distancing, Reveals the Show’s Professional Taggers

NFL star JJ Watt is no stranger to competition — and with hosting Fox’s new competition series “Ultimate Tag,” he’s taking that competitive spirit and the childhood game the show’s based on to the next level. Hosting the show alongside his brothers (and fellow NFL players) Derek and TJ, Watt watches from the sidelines and […]

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Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist Talks the “Sheer Terror” Of Directing, and How She Dressed the Part

SupergirlMelissa Benoist is about to prove she’s not just a superhero in front of the camera.
The Supergirl star, who literally plays Supergirl, is making her directorial debut with this…

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Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist Talks the “Sheer Terror” Of Directing, and How She Dressed the Part

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Sources: NBA talks Dec. start to 2020-21 season

For the NBA, the crux of the idea to delay the start of next season until December centers on the ability to buy more time to get fans back into arenas for the most possible games next season, sources told ESPN.
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Sources: NBA talks Dec. start to 2020-21 season

For the NBA, the crux of the idea to delay the start of next season until December centers on the ability to buy more time to get fans back into arenas for the most possible games next season, sources told ESPN.
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Is the NBA coming back? Behind the scenes on playoff, restart talks

After nearly two months without basketball, commissioner Adam Silver is flooded with ideas. Here is what the league is considering as the clock ticks.
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White House talks reopening plan with leagues

Officials from a number of major sports leagues participated in a call to go over how sports play a role in President Donald Trump’s plan for opening up America amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Pregnant Carissa Culiner Talks Coronavirus Worries

The E! correspondent gets candid on the worries facing expectant women during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out how Carissa is staying positive in quarantine.
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Teddi Mellencamp Talks "RHOBH" Breaking the Fourth Wall

The Bravo star shares her take on the series' season 10 twist. Plus, hear how Teddi is coping with Quarantine.
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Leslie Jordan Talks Going Viral in Quarantine

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Darren Criss Talks "Hollywood" Show, Broadway & More

It doesn't get any more real than this! Join Jason Kennedy in his virtual interview with Daren Criss about his childhood, experience in the industry and more.
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‘Together at Home’ Producer Talks Landing the Rolling Stones, Uniting Networks, Ignoring WHO Politicization

You can sometimes get what you want — even an attention-grabbing appearance by the separate-but-united Rolling Stones — when you’re Global Citizen and there is seemingly no global superstar too big to turn down “One World: Together at Home.” Saturday night’s prime-time show included turns from a Beatle, Paul McCartney, too, as well as currently […]

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Sources: Jags’ Fournette subject of trade talks

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette, who rushed for a career-high 1,152 yards and caught 76 passes last season, has been the subject of trade talks with other teams, sources told ESPN.
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NHLPA’s Fehr: No talks on specific neutral sites

While the NHL has been getting pitches from cities about hosting a neutral-site Stanley Cup playoffs, NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr says he and the league have yet to discuss specific scenarios.
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Josie Natori Offers Piano Concerts on Instagram, Talks Loungewear Trends and the Need for Optimism

ON A HIGH NOTE: Music is a welcome escape for many self-quarantined people, so Josie Natori has taken to Instagram Live to share her piano playing.
While Andrea Bocelli’s YouTube concert on Easter at the Duomo in Milan reeled in millions of real-time viewers, Natori takes a more intimate approach. Thursday night’s concert was the third consecutive week the designer has performed on Instagram. “At first, I felt very strange just playing there. It was not very professional. It was my housekeeper with my iPhone. But I have a very good person that was communicating good instructions…I am the least tech-y person. Instagram Stories wasn’t something that I was really engrained with.”
Natori’s son Kenneth Jr., who works at the company, suggested she perform on Instagram. The first two concerts were on the company’s Instagram and this week’s was on her personal Instagram. More than anything the concerts are a way to connect with friends, some of whom have attended her dinner parties in New York and Paris that end with her playing a few songs on the piano.

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“Music allows me to communicate in a different way. And thank God. It’s another diversion because I’m constantly on Zoom, telephone calls, conference calls

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Weekly Recruiting Rundown: Beavs In Top 8; New Offer; Yray Talks Recruiting

Recruiting never stops. Oregon State is making the most of the situation and staying as busy as possible. In the last week, the Beavs made the top 8 for a four-star tight end, sent out a new offer in the class of 2021, and spoke with BeaversEdge to break down the changes they have made in the midst of COVID-19.

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Molly Sims Talks Family Life During Coronavirus

The American model & actress gets totally real about the struggles of parenting while in quarantine. How is Molly saying fit & healthy during this time?
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Little Mix star Perrie Edwards talks new music, panic attacks and knitting

The singer says Little Mix are going back to “pure pop” after splitting with Simon Cowell.
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Coronavirus: Cabinet talks held on video call banned by Ministry of Defence

High-level government talks on Britain’s coronavirus response were held on a videoconference service that Ministry of Defence staff were banned from using just days earlier over security fears.
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Casualty and Holby City in talks to donate protective kit to NHS

Medical dramas Holby City and Casualty are in talks about donating protective equipment and other medical kit to help the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Rosie O’Donnell Talks About Relaunching Her Talk Show Full Time After Coronavirus Benefit (EXCLUSIVE)

We haven’t seen the last of  Rosie O’Donnell — as a talk show host, that is. The funny lady tells Variety that the one-night-only return of “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” on Sunday may have just been the beginning of her talk show comeback. The stand-alone show, broadcast on Broadway.com and the website’s YouTube channel, raised […]

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NHL senior director of player safety Patrick Burke talks process, criticism, All-Star skills

The department took heat from Evander Kane on inconsistency in suspension and fine decisions. Is the criticism warranted? Plus much more.
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Andie MacDowell Talks Ageism, Yvette Nicole Brown Praises Elizabeth Warren at Int’l Women’s Day Event

In the midst of Coronavirus crisis, Andie MacDowell, Logan Browning and Yvette Nicole Brown were among those who put their worries aside to celebrate International Women’s Day at the National Women’s History Museum’s eighth annual Women Making History Awards. MacDowell, Browning, Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks and Dr. Nancy D. O’Reilly were honored at Sunday’s event, held at […]

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Felipe Oliveira Baptista Talks Shedding New Light on the Kenzo Legacy

PARIS — It’s a new day at Kenzo. When Felipe Oliveira Baptista shows his debut collection for the French fashion house today, the change will be apparent before the first look hits the runway.
Under former creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, the shows often took the form of artistic performances staged after dark. Baptista, by contrast, hopes to take full advantage of the daylight with his display, to be held at 10:30 a.m. in a transparent tent in the garden of the National Institute for Deaf Children.
“We went from night into day,” the designer told WWD in a preview at the Kenzo headquarters on Rue Vivienne. “Everybody’s going to be front row and everyone’s going to be looking at the clothes really, really, really close by.”
The structure is reusable. “It can be packed away like a tent and it can be blown up again next season, and nature will take care of the rest of the decoration. And I think that’s quite sustainable and it’s an interesting way of thinking of doing things in a different way,” Baptista noted.
“It even can be divided into parts, which means we can do a pop-up with part of this structure somewhere and

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Berlinale Series Market: Mauricio Leiva Cock Talks Movistar Original ‘Ruido Capital’

BERLIN —  Slowly but surely, Madrid-based Telefonica’s original production drive is building on the other side of the Atlantic. The first Latin American series to be seen in Europe is “Ruido capital,” a Colombian six-episode series, a coming of age story that follows a group of misfit teenagers as they battle to form a rock […]

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WSJ: Comcast's NBCUniversal is in advanced talks to acquire Vudu

WSJ: Comcast's NBCUniversal is in advanced talks to acquire VuduComcast-owned media company NBCUniversal is in "advanced talks" to acquire Vudu from Walmart, according to The Wall Street Journal. We're just a couple of months away from the launch of NBCUniversal's new streaming platform called Peacock, so the company's interest in another streaming service may seem curious. However, the company may simply be using the same tactic employed by many other media firms in an effort to better compete with big players like Netflix: one that entails tacking ad-supported platforms onto their business.



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Virgie Tovar’s Plus-size Personality Talks Fashion, Body Positivity

Virgie Tovar was on the hunt for a few household products when she caught a glimpse of Target’s new swim campaign. 
There was a woman with a muffin top hanging over the bikini bottoms. Another one had visible burn marks. Yet another with pregnancy scars. 
“I just kind of stopped dead in my tracks,” Tovar told WWD. 
The advocate, influencer, author of books like “You Have the Right to Remain Fat” and plus-size personality knows a lot about super-size fashion. She’s worked with brands such as Curvy Couture lingerie, Dia&Co., Eloquii, Torrid and Anthropologie, has a master’s degree in what she calls “fat studies, essentially,” and travels around the country to talk about weight-based discrimination. 
Still, “I literally never thought that in my lifetime that I would see that. I grew up fat. I come from a fat family. I experienced a lot of fat shaming and fat phobia growing up. And it really impacted how I walked through the world.”

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Hence the new podcast, Rebel Eaters Club, hosted by Tovar and produced by Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Transmitter Media. The six-episode series, which premieres Feb. 24, focuses on body positivity and “breaking up with diet culture,” Tovar said. 
“It’s a food-positive, body-positive podcast that invites people

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Sources: Owners, NFLPA hold separate CBA talks

Separate meetings being held by the NFL’s owners and the players’ association could result in votes to approve or reject the current CBA proposal, sources close to the negotiations told ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
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EXCLUSIVE: Christelle Kocher Talks Pucci Collaboration and Taking Her Brand Global

PARIS — Christelle Kocher’s Paris-based brand is gaining an Italian accent.
Between her collaboration with Emilio Pucci, set to bow in Milan today, and her recent alliance with entrepreneur Renzo Rosso’s fashion group OTB, the French designer is leveraging her connections across the Alps to propel her Koché brand into a new phase of expansion.
Hot on the heels of her prestigious ANDAM Grand Prize and collaborations with Nike and Converse last year, she is the first designer to be invited by Pucci to interpret its rich heritage, as part of a new strategy aimed at fostering creativity and innovation at the house, founded in 1947 in Capri.
Kocher, known for her guerrilla-style fashion shows melding sportswear influences with couture-inspired techniques, is no stranger to the brand’s history.
“I love reading the biographies of designers and I read about the life of Emilio Pucci years ago,” she said in an interview at her design studio, located on a cul-de-sac in the multicultural district of Ménilmontant in Paris. An aristocrat, Olympic skier and air force pilot, Pucci pioneered a lifestyle approach to fashion.
“He was a real character, and I think his approach was very modern. His brand was founded on comfortable jersey clothes, which was very

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Eleanor Catton Talks ‘The Luminaries’ As It Initiates Its Global Rollout (EXCLUSIVE)

Lead produced by Working Title Television, distributed internationally by Fremantle and coming soon to BBC Two, period thriller “The Luminaries” has initiated a global roll-out, closing pre-sales to Australia, France, Russia, Poland and Greece. Given the freshness of the sales, the identity of the buying broadcaster partners remains to be revealed soon. Pre-sales to more […]

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Browns GM talks to Hunt, OBJ about fitting in

New Browns GM Andrew Berry said Wednesday that he’s met with Kareem Hunt and Odell Beckham Jr. regarding their recent incidents and has communicated his expectations.
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Sources: Suns in talks with Pistons for Kennard

Phoenix is seeking Detroit guard Luke Kennard for a future first-round pick, perhaps as soon as the 2020 NBA draft, league sources say.
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Marvin Lewis talks Rooney Rule after Cowboys interview: ‘Nobody’s going to tell them who to hire’

Marvin Lewis was one of two candidates known to interview for the Dallas Cowboys head coaching job. Mike McCarthy was the other and was announced as head coach on Monday. The uncertain legitimacy of Lewis' candidacy and the fact that Ron Rivera was the only minority hire of the four made since the end of the regular season have renewed questions about the NFL's Rooney Rule.

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ViacomCBS Digital Chief Talks Streaming Growth Trends, Market Size and ‘Picard’ Tentpole

LAS VEGAS — The flood of streaming services that have entered the pay TV marketplace in the past decade have been viewed as signs of the apocalypse for the traditional MVPDs. But in practice, the track record to date shows that most subscribers to streaming services also continue to pay for regular MVPD services. That’s […]

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Peter Weber Talks Emotional Moment With Hannah B.

The "Bachelor" star's season takes off with a bang when Hannah Brown steps out of the last limo surprising him. Would Pilot Pete have said yes to a date with Hannah?
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Timothee Chalamet ‘in talks to play Bob Dylan in new film’

Timothee Chalamet is in talks to play Bob Dylan in a new film about the musician, according to reports.
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"Fleabag" Cast Talks "Surreal" Golden Globe Win

Andrew Scott, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and more stars spill on their 2020 Golden Globe win for Best Television Series in comedy. Plus, find out their celebratory plans.
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Sources: Pistons escalating Drummond trade talks

The Pistons are escalating discussions with several teams about a trade involving All-Star center Andre Drummond, including serious recent talks with the Hawks, league sources told ESPN.
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Lucas Grabeel Talks “Surreal” Legacy of High School Musical As He Returns to Cameo in the Series

High School Musical: The Musical: The SeriesRyan Evans is heading back to East High, in a way.
Lucas Grabeel is guest starring in the newest episode of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, but he’s not there to sing…

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Call the Midwife star talks tough on vaccinations for ‘evil diseases’

Stephen McGann says the show highlights the importance of early vaccines against “evil diseases”.
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Early Spotify backer TCV in talks with $7bn Revolut

One of the early-stage backers of Spotify, Airbnb and Netflix is in talks to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in Revolut, the British-based digital payments and banking group.
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Amy Fine Collins Talks International Best-Dressed List, Thom Browne, Geoffrey Beene

HAVING A FINE TIME: Amy Fine Collins explained how her life is steeped in fashion in a Q&A with Fern Mallis Wednesday night at 92Y.
Along with a 25-year run at Vanity Fair and an editor-at-large role at Graydon Carter’s Air Mail, Collins penned “The International Best-Dressed List: The Official Story,” which was published by Rizzoli in October. After Eleanor Lambert’s death in 2003, the IBDL was bequeathed to Collins, Carter, Reinaldo Herrera and Aimee Bell. The latest installment was released a week ago with Roger Federer, Janelle Monáe, Harry Styles, Zac Posen and Zoë Kravitz being among the ones who made the final cut, as well as Hall of Famer Valentino. In a video of the talk, Collins said of the Air Mail-released list, “Everything about the list and her methods are carried on today,” referring to Lambert.
Noting how the concept stands the test of time, Collins said, “It’s true that the list always reflects what’s going on culturally sociologically at the time. That’s part of the fascination of the whole enterprise. You can look back at these lists, just read the names and reconstruct what was happening.”
Completely even-keeled when asked about Vanessa Friedman’s recent New York Times article that

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Miss Universe Controversy, Jason Derulo Talks "Cats" & More

Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi's Miss Universe win is still creating waves. Plus, Adam Driver walks out from an NPR interview. Then, Jason Derulo tells all on new flick, "Cats." Watch!
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Madrid climate change talks end without deal on key carbon targets

International climate talks that have gone on for two weeks have failed to reach an agreement on a key part of a deal that would help reduce global carbon emissions.
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Charlize Theron Talks Responsible of Telling "Bombshell" Right

The "Bombshell" actress opens up about her responsibility to be accurate to victims' stories in the first film of the #MeToo era. See what Charlize has to say.
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CEO Talks: Loewe’s Pascale Lepoivre on Cerebral Whimsy and a Billion-Euro ‘Ambition’

Some things take time. Loewe’s entry into the U.S. retail fray, for example. On Tuesday night, the brand opened its first U.S. flagship, on Greene Street in New York’s SoHo.
The retail arrival only took 175 years (give or take a failed Eighties effort). It’s part of the plan installed by chief executive officer Pascale Lepoivre, who took the helm in 2016 after nine years at Celine. While much of Loewe’s business is done within its 130 stores — up by a modest count of 10 since her arrival — she sees that network as more than a series of transactional centers. “We ultimately consider physical stores as media, a communication tool…the best, most complete way to show what we are, because it’s not obvious,” she says.
Loewe is in an interesting position. Since his arrival in 2013, creative director Jonathan Anderson has created for it a sophisticated, craft-based artful identity. Yet while he and his exquisite work quickly achieved insider-fashion acclaim, according to the ceo, the brand “still has low awareness beyond the fashion circles,” particularly in the United States. Among her goals: increasing awareness without sacrificing Loewe’s distinctive cerebral quirkiness.
To that end, she has identified a handful of key cities around the world ripe

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Héctor Lozano Talks Movistar Plus’ ‘Merlí: Sapere Aude,’ Philosophy, Finding Drama in Daily Life

Movistar Plus is betting once more on the re-branding of original Spanish content via “spin offs” wrapped in higher production values and an identity of their own. A bet which had worked previously on “Velvet Collection” and most likely will again with new production “Merlí: Sapere Aude.” In the last few years, a clutch of […]

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General election 2019: Reddit says UK-US trade talks document leak ‘linked to Russia’

Jeremy Corbyn claimed the papers proved “the NHS is for sale” when he highlighted them at a press conference.
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Robert Redford Talks About Potential Next Film, U.S. Politics, Life Philosophy

During a 90-minute onstage conversation at the Marrakech Film Festival, where he received an honorary tribute, Robert Redford spoke about his life-long quest for truth and freedom, and his political engagement through films, as well as a long-gestating project he’s considering producing, despite having announced his retirement. When he has spoken about the project, “109 […]

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James Talks Kanye, "Rhythm + Flow" Winner & More – Full Episode

James Corden reveals "Carpool Karaoke" with Kanye West almost didn't happen, John Leguizamo calls for a Latinx superhero, D Smoke joins the show and much more! Take a look.
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Founder Jonathan Shokrian Talks MeUndies

“We’re carved out this lane,” said MeUndies chief executive officer Jonathan Shokrian. “We’ve created a voice that’s unique in the space.”
The membership-based brand delivers underwear to consumers’ doors. Since it was founded in 2011, the L.A.-based company has sold 12 million pairs. It’s $ 16 a month for men’s, $ 14 for women’s. And these days, they’re selling much more than the undergarment. They have socks, loungewear, from robes to onesies, accessories like slippers and for women, bralettes.
“We don’t want to take ourselves too seriously,” shared Shokrian. This year, they launched matching scarves for customers — and their pets. They have baby onesies, too. “We like to have fun.”
The idea for a subscription model was born when he was living in Dallas, packing for a European trip and realized he simply “didn’t have enough underwear.” There was a gap in the market, he thought, and nothing available to make the consumption of the item easy. “It felt like the whole process was broken.” He also wanted to change the way people felt about the undergarment.
It was all pre-Instagram. “The primary driver was advertorials and press,” he said of growth. He wanted to target the consumer who was looking for “alternatives to what

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Tyler, the Creator Talks ‘Sensitive’ Drake, Supports Solange at ‘Bridge-s’ Exhibit

Tyler, the Creator, Dev Hynes (AKA Blood Orange), Syd of The Internet and Lakeith Stanfield were all in attendance for Solange Knowles’ preview of art installation “Bridge-s” at the Getty Center Museum in Los Angeles on Nov. 11. Not even 24 hours after Drake got booed off the stage during Tyler’s two-day Camp Flog Gnaw […]

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Dr. Drew Talks Fame of Justin Bieber & Britney Spears

From Biebs to Brit, the celebrity doctor talks mental health in Hollywood and breaks down the dark sides of fame. Watch!
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Disney boss Bob Iger talks Star Wars, Marvel and Martin Scorsese

Bob Iger says we will see more Marvel and less Star Wars in the coming years.
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Bosun Tijani talks strategy as CEO of Africa’s new largest tech hub

Bosun Tijani talks strategy as CEO of Africa’s new largest tech hubWith CcHub’s acquisition of iHub in September, Nigerian Bosun Tijani is at the helm of (arguably) the largest tech network in Africa. One could conclude Tijani has become one of the most powerful figures in African tech with the CcHub iHub merger. Several sources speaking on background over the last year have indicated iHub was experiencing financial difficulties.



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Kim Kardashian Talks Rick Owens and Keeping Up With Kanye at FGI’s ‘Night of Stars’

IN ANOTHER GALAXY: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West helped the Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars live up to its interstellar billing.
Upon their arrival, the pack of photographers instinctively sprang into attack mode on the red carpet, and the flashes kept going as security guards carved a path through the crowd. True to the event’s name, Kardashian turned up in a silver, sleeveless Rick Owens dress. Before the gala got rolling — and trust us that took some time — Kardashian huddled with Vera Wang, Donna Karan and Owens’ wife Michèle Lamy. Afterward, the Skims creator spoke with WWD about Owens and the key to style.
“No matter what phase, or no matter how much I knew about fashion or how much I didn’t know about fashion, I always wore Rick. It still works with everything. I just always knew it was cool. When I knew absolutely nothing, or I didn’t know who anybody was, Kanye was introducing me to so much in fashion. One of the first things he ever got me as a gift was a Rick Owens coat. I was obsessed with these Rick jackets before I knew what was cool,” she said.
The reality star and entrepreneur doesn’t

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Ex-Pro Skater Jimmy Gorecki Talks DC Shoes Collab, Fashion Career

If you ask Jimmy Gorecki about his upcoming collaboration with DC Shoes, he’ll tell you it was 20 years in the making.
The ex-professional skater and Philadelphia native grew up skating with DC Shoes skaters Stevie Williams and Josh Kalis and admired the visibility they brought to their home city. DC launched sneakers with both skaters this year and partnered with Gorecki on his first shoe, the JSP DC Kalis 1, which launches on Oct. 26.
The collaboration also includes apparel that will retail between $ 50 and $ 115, and is full of references that nod to Gorecki’s humble skate beginnings, his inspirations and his love for the city of Brotherly Love. For one, the cross streets of John F. Kennedy Plaza — known as Love Park — where Gorecki skated are on the graphic long-sleeve T-shirt and sweatpants, as well as the date he was able to complete the backslide lipslide skate trick on the Municipal Building rail.
The sneaker silhouette is reminiscent of the Nike Bo Jackson Trainer SC — “a shoe that always resonated with me,” Gorecki said — and sports a blue and orange colorway like the original pair and Bo’s number 34, which when flipped, is the number branded

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EXCLUSIVE: Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri Talks Sustainability

PARIS — Maria Grazia Chiuri is thinking green.
In the run-up to her spring 2020 runway show for Dior on Tuesday, the designer has been delving into the brand’s archives — and in particular its rich tradition of floral designs — while trying to imagine how that heritage could be updated to address today’s climate crisis.
Her answer? A collaboration with the Paris-based landscape and urbanism collective Coloco on the set for the show, to be held at the Longchamp racecourse in Paris, which will feature 164 trees that will subsequently be replanted in four locations in and around the French capital.
“I asked them, ‘How can we do a set that speaks to the garden in a contemporary way?’” Chiuri told WWD in an exclusive interview in the brand’s temporary design studio overlooking the Seine river. “We have to translate this idea of a garden into concrete action: a support project that can create other gardens in the community.”
Coloco, whose expertise ranges from botanical activism to ecological engineering, was founded on the idea that gardens should be collective endeavors. The show set was conceived as an “inclusive garden” that promotes the need for plant diversity as a response to climate change.
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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Star Teddi Mellencamp Talks Pregnancy Cravings

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Alife Talks 20 Years, Lee Jeans Collab and Future

Alife is hitting the reset button in its 20th year in business.
Since Rob Cristofaro founded the brand in 1999, Alife has been a popular name among New York City’s skaters, ball players and the streetwear community. The brand was one of the first in that market to introduce collaborations and a footwear collection and now, Alife is ringing in 20 years with renewed energy.
“We haven’t ever done an anniversary or really put much energy behind any of the anniversaries that we’ve had,” said Cristofaro. “What you’ll start seeing from the 20th anniversary onward is the culmination of consistent releases, launches, projects and executions.”
The New York City-based brand last year launched collaboration footwear with Crocs and this year released a capsule collection with the Brooklyn Museum and artist Faith Ringgold. The company is relaunching footwear in October, and also this fall will offer a new collaboration with Lee Jeans, extend its partnership with Adidas, and work with the Bronx Museum of the Arts for its upcoming exhibition on photographer Henry Chalfant titled “Henry Chalfant: Art vs. Transit, 1977-1987.”
“People know Alife for footwear, it was one of the first things that we got into,” said Alife general manager Treis Hill. The brand’s original partner

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Chinese digital giant Tencent has entered negotiations with French media conglomerate Vivendi to buy a 10% stake in Universal Music Group. Vivendi announced the talks Tuesday, saying that the negotiations were based on a valuation of UMG of €30 billion ($ 33.6 billion). Tencent’s potential 10% stake would therefore cost €3 billion ($ 3.36 billion). The deal […]

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CEO Talks: Bonobos’ Micky Onvural Takes Unique Marketing Approach to C-suite

Micky Onvural has walked an unconventional path to the top post at Bonobos. She spent most of her career in marketing at brands such as Kellogg’s, eBay and Trulia. But Bonobos founder Andy Dunn saw something in the U.K. native that made him tap her in 2016 to serve as chief marketing officer for the men’s wear brand he founded in 2007. With the company’s acquisition by Walmart Inc. in 2017 and Dunn’s new role as head of digital brands for the mega-retailer, Onvural stepped up to chief executive officer.
Here, the mother of three talks about how her background has helped Bonobos evolve, particularly in terms of its out-of-the-box marketing campaigns; her management style, and how she balances work and family.
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Micky Onvural: I started my career at L’Oréal in the U.K., running hair coloring brands. From there I went to Kellogg’s and did kids’ cereal. Then I went to eBay — none of this had anything to do with running a men’s wear brand — and ran global brands for them in the U.K. In 2004, I moved to the U.S. and ran global brands for eBay on

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Maria Pinto to Start ‘Salon’ Series of Talks in Chicago

FASHION TALKS: Maria Pinto is about to launch a quarterly salon series to engage her customers in a conversation about fashion, art and culture at her M2057 Style Studio in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. But first, the fashion designer, whose designs have been worn by First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Brooke Shields, will participate in the city’s second-annual Lake FX Summit and Expo, to be held May 13 to 15, joining the likes of artist Nick Cave, chef Graham Elliot and jazz musician Ramsey Lewis. Considered the Midwest’s largest free gathering of artists and creative entrepreneurs, Lake FX will offer more than 100 talks, panels and workshops geared toward those working in fashion, culinary, film, visual arts, performing arts, music, technology and design. Most of the Lake FX events will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Pinto’s salon series starts June 5, featuring a conversation about 1920s fashion between Pinto and Petra Slinkard, curator of costumes at the Chicago History Museum. “Our primary tool for this engagement is through fashion, but fashion that is deeply connected to the arts and culture. We have learned that our clients are not just interested in the clothes we create, but also

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Google’s Eric Schmidt Talks Tech at Tory Burch

Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt is thinking about fashion, being cool and how artificial intelligence can help brands connect the two.
The billionaire, who’s on Tory Burch’s advisory board and was front-row at the designer’s spring show Tuesday, told WWD that computers are getting closer to helping fashion make better decisions.
“What is the trend in fashion? More and more product, it’s more and more confusing with faster product cycles,” Schmidt said before the show. “Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a solution which said, ‘Well, we’ve sort of modeled this and this is where things are going and this is the emergent stuff.’ And so it would make sense. It would make you smarter, it wouldn’t replace you.”
Schmidt, who has also invested in retail tech and mobile commerce, imagined computers with artificial intelligence being able to take a picture of a dress and tell a brand whether it was going to be cool or not.
“There’s a science around cool,” he said. “And the science is that cool people move and then everyone else moves. If you could model that and if you could figure that out, that would help you because then you’d have a jump and you’d say, ‘I

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Mike Epps Talks ‘Soaking’ Up Richard Pryor Role, Hints At Timeline

After a long casting process, it appears Lee Daniels’ Richard Pryor biopic is set to begin production soon.   

The late comedian will be played by Mike Epps. According to Epps, the all-star cast — which includes Eddie Murphy, Oprah Winfrey, and Kate Hudson – is scheduled to begin filming in March 2016. 

“We start prepping in January, and start shooting in March,” he said during an interview with The Huffington Post. “Eddie Murphy’s playing my father, Oprah Winfrey’s playing my grandmother, Kate Hudson’s playing my girl, and I’m playing Richard Pryor.”

Epps went on to share how preparing for the role of Pryor, who died in 2005, has required him to delve into the many layers of the late comedy legend.

“Right now, I’m just really soaking it up. I’m just a sponge right now,” he said. “Just doing a lot research on the history of Richard Pryor. Trying to figure out the things that I need to figure out to play certain scenes. How I need to feel. What state of mind I need to be in, because this guy was a roller coaster, man. It wasn’t easy. [He was] close to something that’s scientific — broken down into a whole lot of different ways.”

As the 44-year-old actor gears up for the iconic role, he is also busy promoting season 2 of Starz’s original series, “Survivor’s Remorse.” The comedy series, which is produced by NBA superstar LeBron James and follows the life of a young professional basketball star, Cam Calloway (played by Jessie T. Usher), as he navigates his newfound fame, wealth, and personal relationships.

While the show addresses relevant topics surrounding the lives of professional athletes, Epps — who plays Calloway’s uncle, Julius — says the show isn’t just relatable to people in the world of sports.  

“The whole show itself is relatable to anybody that’s in show business because it’s ‘survivor’s remorse,’” he said. “So the whole thing about money, family, and friends, and love and all that — it all ties in together.”

“Survivor’s Remorse” premieres Saturday August 22 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT

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Mike Epps Talks ‘Soaking’ Up Richard Pryor Role, Hints At Timeline

After a long casting process, it appears Lee Daniels’ Richard Pryor biopic is set to begin production soon.   

The late comedian will be played by Mike Epps. According to Epps, the all-star cast — which includes Eddie Murphy, Oprah Winfrey, and Kate Hudson – is scheduled to begin filming in March 2016. 

“We start prepping in January, and start shooting in March,” he said during an interview with The Huffington Post. “Eddie Murphy’s playing my father, Oprah Winfrey’s playing my grandmother, Kate Hudson’s playing my girl, and I’m playing Richard Pryor.”

Epps went on to share how preparing for the role of Pryor, who died in 2005, has required him to delve into the many layers of the late comedy legend.

“Right now, I’m just really soaking it up. I’m just a sponge right now,” he said. “Just doing a lot research on the history of Richard Pryor. Trying to figure out the things that I need to figure out to play certain scenes. How I need to feel. What state of mind I need to be in, because this guy was a roller coaster, man. It wasn’t easy. [He was] close to something that’s scientific — broken down into a whole lot of different ways.”

As the 44-year-old actor gears up for the iconic role, he is also busy promoting season 2 of Starz’s original series, “Survivor’s Remorse.” The comedy series, which is produced by NBA superstar LeBron James and follows the life of a young professional basketball star, Cam Calloway (played by Jessie T. Usher), as he navigates his newfound fame, wealth, and personal relationships.

While the show addresses relevant topics surrounding the lives of professional athletes, Epps — who plays Calloway’s uncle, Julius — says the show isn’t just relatable to people in the world of sports.  

“The whole show itself is relatable to anybody that’s in show business because it’s ‘survivor’s remorse,’” he said. “So the whole thing about money, family, and friends, and love and all that — it all ties in together.”

“Survivor’s Remorse” premieres Saturday August 22 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT

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Ballerina Misty Copeland Talks Being Unapologetically Black And More

This is an excerpt from Essence magazine’s September 2015 cover story “Stepping Up” about American Ballet Theatre ballerina Misty Copeland. The article was written by Julee Wilson, senior fashion editor at The Huffington Post. 

“…One of Copeland’s most endearing qualities, beyond dancing on her toes and making it look easy, is the fact that she’s so unapologetically Black. ‘It’s easy for someone who isn’t Black or other or who has never experienced racism to dismiss what I’m saying…it’s easier for them to say, ‘Why do you focus so much on that? You’re a beautiful dancer.’ But the reason I’m here and I have this voice is because I’m Black.’ Copeland tells me that she has never tried to pretend that ballet doesn’t have a race problem. She recounts times fellow dancers told her that some American Ballet Theatre (ABT) staff members were overheard saying, ‘Misty stands out too much because of her skin color.’ With that said, Copeland’s singular mission is changing the landscape of ballet by promoting Project Plié, an initiative launched in September 2013 by ABT with Copeland on the advisory board to increase racial and ethnic representation at ballet companies around the country. Copeland also mentors several dancers on the rise. At the moment she has more than a dozen mentees (including identical twin brothers Naazir and Shaakir Muhammad, who are currently standout students at the School of ABT). ‘I’m going to continue to be who I am and my experiences as a Black woman have made me who I am. All of a sudden now that I’m in this position, I’m not going to say, ‘I’m just a dancer.’ It’s a huge deal because I’m a Black woman. That’s why it’s a big deal…” 

Read more at Essence.com or pick up the September issue on newsstands August 14.  

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Everybody Has A Tattoo, But Nobody Talks About The Side Effects

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(Reuters Health) – Tattoo health and safety regulations tend to focus on short-term risks like infections, but little is actually known about the long-term risks of living with ink under your skin, according to a new review in The Lancet.

“Almost everybody these days has a tattoo, and nobody is talking about the side effects of ink deposits,” said senior author Dr. Andreas Luch of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in Berlin.

“There is no proof that these ink ingredients are safe, being injected into the body,” Luch told Reuters Health.

Between one and five percent of tattooed people suffer a bacterial infection, and some people can have allergic reactions to the ink, according to the report.

Those are short-term effects. It is harder to measure the long-term effects of ink since tattoo inks are in most countries classified as cosmetics, Luch said.

Since the inks are classified as cosmetics, their long-term toxicology can’t be tested in animals, Luch said. In his opinion, tattoo inks should be a completely different product category.

The skin barrier effectively keeps surface cosmetics out of the body, he said.

But tattoo ink is injected into living tissue, which contains blood vessels, nerves and immune cells.

“We need to assume that all of these ink ingredients, including preservatives, processing aids or whatever, will become systemically available in the body over time,” Luch said. “Regulation based on cosmetics is insufficient.”

Examining the bodies of the deceased who have had tattoos for decades has shown that up to 90 percent of the ink has disappeared from the skin, he said.

“We cannot answer the question what is going to happen with these inks,” whether they accumulate in organs over time or are excreted, Luch said.

Similar questions remain for laser tattoo removal: when the pigments are fractured and fragmented under the skin – where do they go – he added.

“In the U.S. the (Food and Drug Administration) has the authority to regulate inks, but is not currently doing so,” said Dr. Michi Shinohara, a dermatologist at the University of Washington in Seattle who was not involved in the review.

“Regulation of tattoo parlors and tattoo artists is left to the states, and the requirements for operating vary widely from very minimal (bloodborne pathogen training) to fairly complex (hundreds of hours of apprenticeship),” Shinohara told Reuters Health by email.

There are no industry standards for ink ingredients, the industry is minimally regulated, and few problems with tattoos are reported to authorities, she said.

Modern tattoo inks mostly contain organic pigments, but can also include preservatives and contaminants like nickel, arsenic and lead, Luch and his coauthors note. In one study in Switzerland, preservatives banned for use in cosmetics were found in 14 percent of tattoo ink samples.

Reactions tend to be more common from colored inks than from black and white ones, Luch said.

Tattooing has been going on for at least 5,000 years, but has become a modern trend, with roughly 120 million people in the western hemisphere having at least one tattoo, Luch said.

“The acute risks are well known,” including pain, bleeding, infection and allergic reaction, Luch said. “The tattooist at least needs to explain that something like this could happen,” he said.

But long term risks, like organ toxicity or cancer, are still unknown, he said.

“It’s an individual decision, we cannot tell someone not to get a tattoo,” Luch said. “I wouldn’t like to have a tattoo on my skin, but if a person likes colored skin, what can I say?”

It’s not necessary for people to stop getting tattoos, Shinohara said, “but I think people should be smart about it – research the parlor, ask about any recent problems, follow the aftercare instructions and report immediately to the tattoo artist and a physician for any problems that occur after tattooing.”

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Jada Pinkett Smith Talks Growing Up In Baltimore

Long before Jada Pinkett Smith gained stardom, met Will and started a family, she was a young girl who roamed the streets of Baltimore, Maryland and battled the harsh reality that came with it.

In a recent interview with “American Way,” the “Magic Mike XXL” actress detailed her upbringing in the city and how the city’s crime rates impacted her childhood. 

“When I think back to who I was, living in Baltimore and what my ideas of survival were, and the kind of activities I was involved in at 13 years old. I was going to jail or I was gonna see a grave. Those were my two choices, because you get caught up in a mentality.” 

She also recalled the moment she was held at gunpoint by two men in one of the city’s largest public-housing project. It happened just before she got accepted into the North Carolina School of Arts. She said her mother eventually found out about the horrifying moment and promptly packed up her belongings and made her move. “She probably saved my life,” she told the magazine. 

Shortly after her transition to North Carolina, Pinkett Smith moved yet again — this time to Hollywood to pursue her acting dreams. But the fame she acquired over the years also came with much criticism. Despite the scrutiny, Pinkett Smith said she’s more concered about other issues.

“There are mothers out there losing their sons, their husbands, their daughters. I’m blessed. So scrutinize me,” she said. “I’ll take that any day over what the majority of my people are dealing with on a daily basis. I dare not complain. Hollywood scrutiny has nothing on what I’ve survived just to be here.’”

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Perry Farrell Talks Paul McCartney and Lollapalooza

COME TOGETHER: With headlining acts like Metallica and Sir Paul McCartney, “sentimental” is the word Perry Farrell, Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder, used to describe his feelings toward this year’s three-day music festival that begins today in Chicago’s Grant Park.
“Growing up as a little boy, the first band that I loved was The Beatles,” Farrell said at a cocktail party on Thursday at Nellcôte in the West Loop. “My big brother and my big sister had all the records. I was a little Beatles maniac, I had Beatles boots and a Beatles haircut. To know that Paul McCartney is going to be performing on stage at my party — the party I’m throwing — is a real shining moment in my life.”
Farrell collaborated with McCartney on his last record, but said he’s still amazed the former Beatle is on the bill. “I would never have told you in 1991 [the year the festival was created] that one day Paul McCartney is going to be playing on my stage. The fact that he is just gives me a beaming smile. My heart is beaming. Paul is a smart man and smart musicians decide to collaborate and perform at festivals. Even

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Artist Susan Sweet Talks About Painting And Living In Rural Nova Scotia

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Bright and Lion, (c) 2009 Susan N. Sweet. Acrylic, 30″ by 40″ diptych.

Perhaps it was inevitable that I would eventually end up interviewing family – as I am not the lone artist in our bloodline. So, as a photography and arts blogger, it made sense to corner my aunt, painter Susan Sweet, and try to squeeze a little more than an artist statement out of her. Here is my attempt.

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Hearts and Flowers, (c) 2008 Susan N. Sweet. Acrylic, 24″ by 24″.

Michael Ernest Sweet: Why paint? I always ask this of painters and they usually don’t like the question, but too bad, I want to know?

Susan N. Sweet: I paint because I can’t stop. I will often do almost anything to avoid getting started, but then once the paint hits my brush, it is what I want to do and where I want to be. It is the form of art making I am most interested in. I look at everything and imagine how I might paint what I see. The more immersed I am in a painting, the more the world around me breaks down into colours and planes of light, and how I might describe them.

Michael: My grandmother (your mother) was a creative person in many ways, having operated a business, Lady Martock Fashions in Sleepwear, for a couple of decades after retiring from teaching. She both designed and made these often elaborate, almost Victorian, nightgowns. It wasn’t painting or photography, but she certainly was designing. Do you think she had any influence on your life as an artist?

Susan: My mother, Muriel, was the only art teacher I ever had in my first thirteen years of school. She taught art in the basement of Windsor Elementary, and was my teacher in Grade five. I think she was a bit hard on me as I was her child and she never wanted to appear biased. She was supportive of everything her children pursued and not that concerned with how much financial success we achieved, as long as we were happy and doing okay. I think that was her influence on my career in art making – just do what you want and try to be happy. Her true impact on my life, all our lives, as you know, is very hard to articulate.

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Young Mabel, (c) 2014 Susan N. Sweet. Acrylic, 20″ by 16″.

Michael: Your maternal grandfather was also an artist. In fact, he was a wood carver of some note that depicted domesticated animals. Could some of your animal art be genetic, or is it simply a product of growing up in the Nova Scotia countryside?

Susan: Probably a bit of both. I did not know either of my grandfathers, both died long before any of us were born, but I was very familiar with his wood carvings, a very primitive style of Nova Scotia folk art. I like the idea of continuing the subject matter that was such a part of all of our lives.

Michael: Familiar indeed! One advantage to interviewing a relative is that I know some of the stories. For example, many of those wood carvings of your grandfather’s encountered some damage. Could you tell us about that and the ensuing irony?

Susan: That story featured prominently in my 2008 solo show “Broken Horses, Spotted Cattle”. When I was five and my brother, your dad, was four, our mother had gone back to teaching and left us with the housekeeper. I was not happy about that. So, I enlisted the help of my brother and we quietly went upstairs to the flat my grandmother lived in and got into her cabinet full of the wooden carvings and broke the legs and tails off of as many as we could. My mother was furious and, of course, wanted to punish us, but my grandmother, also a teacher, said no, they are just little children and they don’t know what they’ve done. Of course, I did know what I intended to do, and that was hurt my mother for leaving us to return to work, but what I didn’t know was the hurt I had caused my grandmother and how she understood my feelings. I still have many of the broken carvings. A few years after the incident we did attempt to repair them, but of course it was too late.

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Cow Horse, (c) 2012 Susan N. Sweet.
Acrylic, 30″ by 20″.

Michael: All of your animal paintings are exquisite. Many people tell me that you are able to capture the personality of their pets. When you paint horses I, personally, find something really magical about them. Do you think your relationship with real horses growing up helps you in your artistic work? Are you able to talk, or whisper, to horses?

Susan: No, I am not a horse “whisperer”. I do talk to horses, all of us horse people do that. For many years I breathed and lived horses. I do think my personal relationships with horses have helped me when drawing and painting them. Having grown up with horses and been around them daily for a very long time, one understands how they are built and how they move. There is a long history of equine art throughout the centuries, humankind has had an important relationship with horses that enabled our ancestors to travel, hunt, work the land, etc.

Michael: Indeed, we see beautiful examples of equine art from prehistoric times in the caves at Chauvet, for example. So, yes, we do seem to have been drawing them from the very beginning. You were recently commissioned to paint the official 250th anniversary commemorative painting for the Hants County Exhibition. My grandfather (your father, Ernest Sweet) was President of the exhibition for many years, including the 200th anniversary, how do you think he would feel about this if he were alive?

Susan: Oh, I think he would be delighted and quite pleased that I was approached to paint such a special commission. He loved Exhibition week. This fair is the oldest fair in North America and moved to its present location in 1951. My dad would have participated in livestock competitions beginning in the late 1930s, when the fair was held at the Fort Edward Hill in Windsor, Nova Scotia.

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Exhibition Painting, (c) 2015 Susan N. Sweet. Acrylic, 36″ by 32″.

Michael: Grandad was an avid supporter of rural life and agriculture – having held other positions at The Atlantic Winter Fair and the NS Agriculture Association, for example. He also farmed (in some way) most every day for likely close to 70 years. What impact does this heritage have on your work?

Susan: I do find most of my subject matter comes from rural life. Horses, cattle, and the land, all figure prominently in what I paint. I am always interested in how we treat our domesticated animals, both the ones we eat and our companion animals. I feel very fortunate to live in a rural area where I am close to where our food is grown and where we are concerned with what happens on the land. Urban areas are so exotic to me! My father was an avid horseman. He worked the woods and the fields as a young man with horses, and his love of these things influenced me greatly. I also saw what happened to so many people as the family farms slowly disappeared. As my father slowly sold his own farming assets over the years, I became involved with horses and competing at the same fairs where he had shown his own cattle years before.

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Phyllis, Millicent and Jody, (c) 2012 Susan N. Sweet. Acrylic, 32″ by 37″.

Michael: During your BFA, at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, you worked in painting and photography as well as printmaking. The photography stuck with you for some time afterward, and of course you still paint, but what about the printmaking?

Susan: Printmaking became just too hard after I left the open studio environment of university. I found both intaglio and lithography a fascinating form of art making, but technically overwhelming, and I don’t feel my work was all that memorable from my university years. I do still find myself drawn to prints, especially intaglio. Nova Scotia has some fabulous print makers thanks to the department run by Ed Porter and Bob Rogers at NSCAD University for many years.

Michael: I often marvel about the lifespans of so many artists (and photographers too) it seems (from my casual survey) that so many live such long lives. I think about Alex Colville, whom I knew, and how he worked into his nineties. Do you think there is something therapeutic or particularly healthy about a life as an artist?

Susan: Oh my goodness no! I do know of many older artists, in fact the gallery where I work summers represents a 92 year old who is still painting, but I am sure many other professions can offer up such individuals too. I often think there are so many toxic materials artists use in their work and that we are putting ourselves in danger! I don’t have a sense of calm when I paint. Painting for me is always a struggle and a challenge when it is being pulled from my heart. I find no relaxation in painting. I am focused though, and I can paint in public with no problem. It doesn’t bring me contentment though, not really. I am happy when I am painting, but it is the hardest thing in the world.

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Vivian, (c) 2015 Susan N. Sweet. Acrylic, 24″ by 24″.

Michael: For a while you went in a direction that was a bit more commercial with your Animal Art business (earrings, brooches, ornaments, even small drawings of pets) but more recently you seem to have returned to fine art. What inspired this shift away from business woman, if you will, back to les beaux-arts?

Susan: I needed to say something in my work that could not be achieved through a commercial practice and taking a risk to paint what matters to me seems to be working. I also worked very small for many years and my body was rebelling against the ten hours of sitting every day. I still produce commercial portraits of animals for clients, but I follow my heart and luckily people do respond to my current body of work.

Michael: Often many artists reach a point in their career where teaching becomes an option – that is, schools seek you out. This can also be an important income supplement to support personal projects. Have you ever thought about teaching part-time, perhaps a class at your old alma mater?

Susan: I would be the worst teacher ever. I have conducted an occasional workshop, and those are fun. Many people in our family are teachers, and really good ones – I am not one of them.

Michael: Not only living in a more remote rural area, but also working in a home studio can become quite isolating, I would imagine. How have you dealt with this, perhaps more negative, aspect of the creative life?

Susan: It does mean that one must work very hard to be noticed. We’ve become reliant on the internet to communicate so much. I like living and working in a rural area, and even my rare excursions into civilization only involve small towns and cities. I think we sometimes miss the positive aspects of peer criticism working so isolated, but the area where I live has many other artists working in various media. I can also have my studio right in my home.

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The Percheron King, (c) 2012 Susan N. Sweet.
Acrylic, 36″ by 24″.

Michael: In the years when you and I both lived at the family home in Martock, we often fought like brother and sister, or cats and dogs. I think this has a lot to do with my obsessive compulsive tendencies and your “artistic” messiness, If I can express it this way. Oddly enough, we both ended up as artists, and would likely live under the same roof more easily now. Or would we?

Susan: Oh, we are much more mature now. Or at least I am! We would easily get along. I am still extremely messy though, be warned, that hasn’t changed. Come here anytime, there is lots of room to work!

Michael: I’d love to, believe me. New York City is wonderful, but it’s a very BIG kind of wonderful and sometimes I long for the quiet of the countryside. To finish up, tell me, who has influenced your work as an artist?

Susan: I admire the work of Rosa Bonheur. She could really paint a horse! Joe Fafard of Saskatchewan is fabulous. Mary Pratt of Newfoundland. Edward Hopper, David Hockney, Tom Thompson (and any of the group of seven) and Emily Carr. There are so many I admire, but in the end, I find I can only paint the way I do.

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Simone, (c) 2015 Susan N. Sweet. Acrylic, 24″ by 24″.

Susan Sweet is a painter who has spent most of her life in rural Hants County, Nova Scotia. She graduated in 1990 from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art, with a minor in Art History. Her work is held in many public and private collections, including the Nova Scotia Art Bank. Follow or contact via Facebook or her website.

Michael Ernest Sweet is a Canadian writer and photographer. He is also Susan’s nephew. Michael lives in New York City. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, or through his website.

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Rising Star Pico Alexander Talks Social Media, Bioluminescence and Taking Risks

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I met up with Pico Alexander at the Cafe at the Signature Theatre on the eve of his 24th birthday. He was taller than I expected with a thick head of hair that he hid under his fedora hat. Pico has a spiritual energy to him, with a look and demeanor that reminds me of a young Johnny Depp. When I make the comparison he smiles and blushes; “He was my favorite when I was a kid. I used to pause the dvd Edward Scissorhands because I was crying so much. I felt so bad for him! Like when he punctured the waterbed or tried to cut the steak. I love that guy. Thank you for saying that.” Sodas in hand, we sat down, with piano music playing in the background at the Cafe, and started chatting:

Where does the name Pico come from?
My grandfather started jokingly referring to me as Pico when my mom was pregnant with me. And then when I was born, they wanted to give me a serious name, so they named me Alexander. But nobody ever called me Alexander except for one teacher in sixth grade.

Growing up, you went to LaGuardia High School. What did you focus on?
I auditioned for music and for acting because that’s what my parents were breeding me to be. I played classical piano and trumpet for awhile. My mom has this fond memory of me getting into her car after the audition and saying ‘Mom, i’m going to be an actor’. But in reality I had been writing that in journals for years.

You are kind of a man of mystery. You aren’t very active on social media. You don’t use twitter or have an instagram account.
No social media for me.

Why’s that?
I think that I spent too much time comparing myself to other people and it didn’t seem very real anymore. All of a sudden you have more than a thousand friends and everybody is posting all the best things that happened to them. And it kind of unsettled me really. I started posting a status and waiting to get the likes. If I got the likes then I was validated as a human for that day and if I didn’t it was like “f***, nobody likes me”

Who is Pico?
I don’t know. I’m trying to figure that out. I’d be hesitant to give any sort of an answer because its always changing.

What would your friends say about you?
They would probably say I’m one of the most immature people they’ve ever met!

In what way?
I can be my share of selfish and uncompromising and loud and obnoxious and a bit of an asshole and definitely mean to my share of people. And not very empathetic. And these are the things that I’m working on now. It definitely took me awhile to realize that I’m not the center of the universe.

Did your off-Broadway show Punk Rock help in that way?
Sure, I think Punk Rock had an effect.

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Let’s talk about What I Did Last Summer. Who do you play?
I play Ted. He’s a local boy, a Canadian. He can be a little bit of a rowdy influence and he’s a friend of Charlie, the protagonist. Charlie meets Anna Trumble who is a bit of an outcast and eccentric and she taps into his potential and tells him that he has a gift and he has to work on finding out what it is. She unlocks that for him and he goes and finds out there is more to life than what he originally thought.

Do you have a pre-show ritual?
We pretty much just lose it back there in the dressing room. It’s me, Noah Galvin, and Dan Weiner our drummer. We all share the dressing room, get hyped up, and listen to music.

I saw that you played a young Joe Carroll in FOX’s The Following. What was it like being on set?
The scene was a lot bigger beforehand. There was a fish in the scene and the character Doctor Strauss puts the fish on the table and its flopping around and the Doctor wants to illustrate to Joe that he’s enraptured by it. Which was super interesting because, by law, you are only allowed to take a fish out of water for 20 seconds at a time. So we had a dude standing by with a bucket who would constantly interrupt the scene and grab the fish and throw it in the bucket and take another fish and put it on the table.

I read online that you want to swim with sharks. Is that right?
Yeah, I’d love to swim with sharks! Sharknado. A bit of a metaphor for wanting to risk it all in a way.

What are some of your hobbies?
I’m writing a lot lately. And I’m very fascinated with my dreams. I’m taking a sober year this year. I had a crazy experience at the end of last year. I was away on a small island with my family and I swam in this bio-luminescent bay and thought – it’s not going to get any better than this – and on the spot decided to try a year of sobriety as a challenge. Because of that, my dreams are so vivid this year. So I want to really focus on that unconscious self this year and connect with that self and see what it is that I truly want.

Do you meditate?
I meditate a little bit. Not as much as I’d like to.

One question I ask everyone: What’s one thing you would tell your 15 year old self?
To slow down. Listen. Observe. Help people. Help them up not push them down. And to be honest. High school is a really tough time for everybody and we don’t really understand that at the time. Be honest about your fears and your shortcomings. And just be nice.

What do you like best about yourself?
That’s crazy. I never think about that. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in melancholy. I think I like my honesty. I’ll ask people questions that might be uncomfortable but will also put myself one hundred percent out there. I’d rather fail than be mediocre.

Is there anything that you want people to know about you?
No. He laughs. I’m always weary of putting anything in writing because it’s always changing. If I had to choose, I would want them to know that I’m loyal.

Do you have any favorite quotes?
I like the quote “It is written” from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Because it means it is what it is and everything is what it is and that’s ok.

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‘Spy’ Star Carlos Ponce Talks Melissa McCarthy, ‘Cristela’ And Latinos On TV

Melissa McCarthy delivers a punch as deftly as she does a punchline in her new action comedy “Spy,” and co-star Carlos Ponce says he learned plenty from watching the actress and comedian work on set.

The Puerto Rican actor is known for his role as the reluctantly friendly brother-in-law and floor installation guru Felix on ABC’s recently nixed “Cristela.” But in “Spy,” Ponce trades his tools for a suit to become CIA agent Matthew Wright, who briefly appears on-screen to ruffle the feathers of his ultra-macho, comically impassioned fellow agent Rick Ford (Jason Statham). The testosterone levels of their interaction are as high as it gets for a film driven by its expertly cast female stars.

“Spy” is directed by Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids” and “Heat”) and marks his third collaboration with McCarthy. The film portrays Susan Cooper (McCarthy), a desk-bound CIA analyst who volunteers to go undercover when the identities of the agency’s best spies are compromised. Rose Byrne stars as a villainous and spoiled Bulgarian arms dealer, and Miranda Hart as fellow analyst Nancy.

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Melissa McCarthy faces off against a knife-wielding adversary (Nargis Fakhri) in ‘Spy.’

Ponce, 42, spoke to The Huffington Post recently and gave some unexpected responses to questions about working in a film packed with females and the type of female characters he’d like his daughters to see in Hollywood. The actor also discussed why he feels “Cristela” was a “great accomplishment,” despite its recent cancellation.

How did you get involved with “Spy”?

Well, it’s a little different from most of my other projects — it was more of an approach then an audition. Something that I was very proud of. Just being surrounded by these wonderful comedians where you can not only go work but have fun. It really, really was a great gig.

The film is actually very female-centric, with Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne and Miranda Hart bringing different comedy to the table — what was it like to work with a set filled with funny women?

There was a hell of a lot of estrogen on that on that set, definitely. But it’s all the good kind, because at least it’s the ones that are always in a good mood. It was a lot of fun.

What kind of things did you learn about comedy from watching them and the rest of cast on set?

A lot of times it’s just different styles — a lot of comedians have different styles, and [I learned] how different they are from their personalities. Just watching Jason, for example, who is not necessarily a comedian, just pull those power punches with great timing, and then watching people who are very sensible to comedy but not necessarily branded comedians, like Jude Law [who plays the spy Bradley Fine in the film].

Melissa McCarthy was just impeccable with everything. She has a sense of delivery that is very uncommon, very her own and something relatable that people love from her. She’s approachable and she’s lovable no matter what roles she’s doing. And those are things you can only learn when you watch, when you watch other people. You read a line, you know how it’s supposed to come, and then you hear it coming out of an artist and you’re like, ‘Wow, look at how much you can do with this.’

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Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham in “Spy.”

And you play CIA agent Matthew Wright. I have to say I was disappointed that we didn’t get to see more of you in the film.

Yeah [laughs], well, we’ll see. Hopefully it’s such a good movie that it’ll have a sequel and then we’ll all be hanging around.

Has there actually been talk about the possibility of “Spy 2”?

Well, talking over dinner with Paul Feig, he seemed very open to the option. We’ve even gotten into conversation of maybe where it would go. But you never know, I mean, Hollywood is a giant mystery, so you never know what ends up happening.

You’re the father of two daughters. There’s been so much debate in Hollywood about placing more women in lead roles, and “Spy” is definitely one that showcases female talent. What kind of women do you hope for your daughters to see in film and television?

Well, the best you can do is outside of what they’re going to watch — which is inevitable, and you can’t control their surroundings — is teach them by example at home and not let a character in a movie make them want something or react a certain way.

I feel in general, men — when you watch TV and when you watch commercials — are usually not portrayed as very smart. Guys with great drive are usually controlled by the woman. In fact, that’s what makes them funny or comedic, and people want that. You know what I’m talking about? When you watch commercials, you see the guy sitting down playing the PlayStation, drinking the beer, and the woman is actually the one doing all the smart things.

OK … so you’re saying the representation of men on television is also off?

I think it’s a little bit of both. I just think — then again, we’re all just portraying characters and real life should be guided by examples of what you learn at home.

And speaking of men on television, you portrayed Felix on “Cristela.” Many in the Latino community were very sad to hear that “Cristela” was canceled last month. What is your biggest takeaway from being a part of the show?

I think it was a great accomplishment no matter what. I think so many things were done with that show and through that show: breaking stereotypes and boxed-in rules. The fact that a Latino woman [Cristela Alonzo] could be a creator, writer, executive producer of the whole show — it skipped a lot of steps, a lot of logistical steps. I think it’s amazing, the fact that you can have a Latino family on television, it’s certainly a move into the future.

I do think that we’re still a little bit under-represented, considering how much TV we watch and that we’re 20-something percent of the moviegoing business in America, yet we’re represented something like 4 percent. I think it’s still a work in progress. We need to do more. But I did take a lot from it. It was just a great show — we were number one in our time slot. It’s just a matter of negotiations, the reason why it didn’t end up working out.

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From left, Kevin Hench, Cristela Alonzo and Carlos Ponce speak onstage during a “Cristela” panel at the Disney/ABC Television Group 2014 Summer TCA. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

“Jane The Virgin” is another example of a show giving an authentic portrayal of Latinos in the U.S. But there are other Latino stories that need to be told.

Yeah, well, I love the particular feel of “Jane The Virgin.” I think it’s an amazing show. Also she is fantastic, Gina [Rodriguez of “Jane The Virgin”], and she’s a hope-maker for a lot of Latinoamericanas who are here and are looking to perhaps pursue a career in this. And I think it’s a fantastic show. I really hope that [“Cristela”] and “Jane The Virgin” and some other shows that have included some great non-stereotypical Latino actors are opening doors and we’ll get to see a lot out of that pretty soon.

And you’ve spent your entire career between English-language projects and Spanish-language projects. But after “Cristela” and “Spy,” do you think you’d like to focus more on your English-language career?

You know, I think I’m going to keep doing whatever I have been doing, which, basically, I let God take the lead. The projects that come my way — I put them on a balance and look at how they affect my day-to-day. How will they affect my time with my kids who are still young and still want to hang out? Those are my priorities right now. I’m not seeking to establish a particular market, to me it’s more a per-project and whatever works out better for my personal life, and that’s how I choose projects. At least for now. Until my kids are old enough to do their own thing.

“Spy” opens nationwide on June 5.

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Nicki Minaj Talks Orgasms And Wage Equality Like The Queen She Is

Nicki Minaj is a woman who knows what she wants and gets it, in bed and in the workplace.

The rap goddess graces the cover of Cosmopolitan’s July issue, and opened up about how orgasms are a must for her.

“I demand that I climax,” she said. “I think women should demand that. I have a friend who’s never had an orgasm in her life. In her life! That hurts my heart. It’s cuckoo to me. We always have orgasm interventions where we, like, show her how to do stuff. We’ll straddle each other, saying, ‘You gotta get on him like that and do it like this.'”

“She says she’s a pleaser. I’m a pleaser, but it’s fifty-fifty,” Minaj added.

Minaj also makes sure she gets what she wants when it comes to business matters. She is an advocate for women asking questions and being vocal in the workplace — including discussions about salaries.

“Women are uncomfortable talking about money,” she told Cosmo. “I know it’s taboo to discuss it at work. Technically, you shouldn’t, but you need to know what people around you are making. Otherwise, you’re not going to know what you’re worth. You have to ask questions. ‘What is this person getting?’ Do your research. I’ve always been pretty competitive in terms of my pay.”

Read more from Minaj’s interview in Cosmo’s July issue, on newsstands June 9.

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Nigel Barker Talks ‘Cookie Cutter’ Beauty Standards

As a longtime fashion photographer and HeForShe advocate, Nigel Barker has a lot to say about the definition of beauty within the fashion industry, especially since his mother was a Sri Lankan model in the 1960s.

“Of course, if you think about the ’60s and the ’70s, there were very few people of ethnicities, of color, modeling and in pictures and in advertising. So that was a very tough time,” he told host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani.

Growing up with such a “powerful, strong matriarchal figure” instilled some serious values about beauty standards in Barker.

She made me realize that if you push through and you struggle and you don’t take ‘no’ for an answer, that you can make a difference. You can make people realize that the face of beauty doesn’t have to be whitewashed, doesn’t have to be a certain shape or size, doesn’t have to be cookie cutter — that you can change the stereotypes and you can make a difference.

The former “America’s Next Top Model” judge also talked traditional gender expectations and how he is raising his children to break them — starting in the kitchen.

“I bring my son into the kitchen with me and my wife and my daughter and we all cook together,” he said. “We all do everything together and there is no you get this and you get that. You’re blue and you’re pink. You know, you get the cars and you get the dolls.”

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24-HOUR FASHION PEOPLE: For most, it was a quiet weekend, two days’ respite after four weeks of runway shows. Not for London. On Saturday afternoon, Kylie Jenner took to the stage at Westfield London to talk beauty with Maria Hatzistefanis, while on the previous night Alexandra Shulman hosted a party in honor of Lucinda Chambers.
Some 150 Kylie Jenner fans crowded into a cinema at Westfield London to hear a conversation between the new Nip + Fab ambassador, and the brand’s founder, Hatzistefanis.
“When she Instagrammed our products nine months ago, our fans went crazy, so it was a really easy choice for the role of ambassador,” said Hatzistefanis as she introduced Jenner to the crowd.
In addition to plugging Hatzistefanis’ products, Jenner revealed bits of her beauty routine. “Everyone always thinks I have this one specific lip color but I have, like, 10 different nudes. And I can’t live without my strip lashes. For night I usually add a lot of glitter,” she said, adding that her half-sister, Khloe Kardashian, told her always to put sunscreen on her hands.
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Spanx CEO Jan Singer Talks Rebranding

“Nobody was talking about undergarments until Madonna wore a bra on the outside.”
That’s Jan Singer, chief executive officer of Spanx, recalling Madonna’s iconic cone bra by Jean Paul Gaultier and suggesting it’s time to get the undergarment conversation going again. Why not put Spanx in the center of it?
In the 15 years since Spanx was founded by Sara Blakely to help women rein in their bulges, the brand, while showing good growth with an estimated $ 300 million to $ 400 million in sales, has been perceived as a tummy-tucking commodity, and more often as the butt of a joke than a fashion statement. There’s also the sense that the shapewear company needs to get on firmer footing, amid rising competition from intimate, ath-leisure and active labels.
But since joining the company in July, Singer, formerly Nike’s corporate vice president of global apparel, has begun reshaping the Atlanta-based firm and its identity. She has reorganized 80 percent of top management with a slew of hires; redirected the product teams to put as much weight on fashion and comfort as on function, and fomented what she called a “consumer-centric” company culture.
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Brittany Maynard’s Husband Talks About Letting Her Go

On her final day, Brittany Maynard did her favorite thing. She strolled outside with her husband, her family, a friend, and a dog. Then, she returned home to die, her husband, Dan Diaz, told Meredith Vieira for NBC News in an interview that will air Wednesday. 

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Must-See Movie: Jake McDorman Talks About Filming American Sniper with Bradley Cooper

With a title like American Sniper, you better believe that Clint Eastwood’s latest film is going to bring the action. The drama–in limited theaters today–follows the story of the late Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the U.S military’s deadliest sniper of all time. Based on Kyle’s autobiography, the movie depicts his four tours in Iraq and the difficulties he […]
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Ben Affleck Talks About Going Full Frontal In ‘Gone Girl’

Fans awaiting the release of “Gone Girl” may be surprised by one particular inclusion in the film: a full-frontal shot of Ben Affleck.

Is this the debut of Ben Affleck’s penis on-screen?” MTV’s Josh Horowitz asked the star during a recent interview.

“I try to get it in every movie,” Affleck joked before talking about the importance director David Fincher placed on letting it all hang out, literally. “There may be some very brief nudity,” he said. Watch the interaction below.

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The River of Dreams: Olwen Fouéré Talks About riverrun

I fell in love with the Irish theatre scene, both present and past, after spending a summer studying abroad in Dublin. Since then, to fuel my need to hear the rhythms and spirit of that place that I often miss, I have always kept an eye out for the latest pieces of theatre from Ireland that travel to New York City. So, naturally, I was excited when a colleague of mine from Ireland mentioned that she had seen a piece called riverrun at the Galway Arts Festival and that I should be sure not to miss it when it arrived at BAM in September. The more I learn about this piece the more I look forward to seeing it on Wednesday, especially now that I got to chat with adapter/performer/director Olwen Fouéré about her process.

Bess Rowen: You are not only a performer in riverrun, but also its adapter and director. What is it about Finnegans Wake that speaks to you? Joyce had a connection to the theatre early in his life, but most people, of course, associate him with literature. What made you want to bring this piece to the stage and how do you think the medium of theatre adds to piece?

Olwen Fouere: I never read Finnegans Wake in its entirety and probably never will but I have always been drawn to it, fascinated by the language and its form. I would dip into it at random, guided by chance, and often contemplated it as material for live performance because of its aural beauty and its power to communicate beyond rational thought and bypass fixed ideas about ‘meaning’. When I began to work with it, specifically by assuming the voice of the river, I began to appreciate just how cosmic a universe Finnegans Wake is, an ever-changing universe where all time is co-existent. So, as a performer, you are not assuming any fixed narrative or character, you are dealing with energies, forces of nature, the history and the geography that drives us onwards. The performer in riverrun is just a microcosmic speck of energy, like a tiny atom or cell in this thing we call Life, in the middle of millions of other cells who are the audience. All life depends on an ecosystem of exchange. So the life of this piece is utterly dependent the collective energy generated by both performer and audience. It is very like a standup comedy or spoken word performance, or a rock gig.

BR: What was the biggest challenge in your artistic process? (If this seems like too big an undertaking, maybe you can talk about how Joyce’s writing fits a theatrical sensibility for you.)

OF: The more I work with this material the more I feel that the Wake was a massive act of generosity on Joyce’s part. He invites you to author your own way through it, and there is no other way into it but the way you find. The biggest challenge was to accept that invitation and to trust my instincts, accept that I was blindly but intuitively leading the process, especially as I began to gather the collaborating artists. It is probably the most intuitive journey I have ever made as a director/performer. I consulted and workshopped the piece with quite a few artists but the most significant part of the artistic journey was with the composer/sound designer Alma Kelliher. After that we were joined by our lighting designer Stephen Dodd and our costume designer Monica Frawley. Finally, and crucially, I found an excellent co-director, Kellie Hughes, who trusted where I was with going the work, and who I trusted to act as my eyes and ears so that I could fully surrender to the performance.

BR: Do you have a favorite moment in performance of riverrun?

OF: I have a few favorite moments. And they vary. The experience of performing riverrun is very demanding, in terms of my physical/vocal energy and focus, but enormously rewarding. It ultimately leaves me and the audience with a surge of energy that feels primordial, something quite joyous and life-giving, but which can only be apprehended through the senses. People often weep afterwards, but don’t know why. I often feel as if I have surfed down the rapids and then dissolved into the ocean only to be born again in another shape and time. Which, of course, is exactly what happens in the piece.

BR: Why this piece now? What does Joyce’s work say to a contemporary audience, in your opinion? Or perhaps: what are you hoping to say, through Joyce, to a contemporary audience?

OF: I think the piece , and much of the entire book of Finnegans Wake is saying ‘Wake up’! ‘Rise up’ to self-determination, overthrow canonical forms and the ‘authority’ of received ideas. It is wildly subversive, and joyously so. It also puts us arrogant humans – who behave as though we have dominion over nature and time – back into our place. One Scottish critic I read put it brilliantly, he said, “riverrun is a hymn to embracing what we do not know and do not understand, to trusting what little we bring to the party and the discovery that it is enough. To be going on with at least. For humans are voracious creatures and can never have enough”.

BR: What is the most important thing for the audience to know about this piece before they go, if anything?

OF: Embark on the ever-changing journey down the river of Life (Liffey/Lethe) towards the dawn. Surrender to the alchemy of moments and embrace the chaos and the interconnectedness of all existence.

BR: This is not or your first time performing in New York, or even at BAM (their Instagram account just shared a stunning photo from your 1999 performance in Life is a Dream, by the way!), so what do you look forward to about performing for a New York audience?

OF: I look forward very much to the warmth and generosity of a New York audience, particularly the BAM audience who I think have that extra degree of curiosity and openness to new work.

BR: Anything else that you would like to share about riverrun?

OF: Can’t think of anything specific just now, but we will be travelling with it to Australia in March 2015 and performing it at the Sydney Theatre Company on the Wharf for five weeks as part of their 2015 season…And many more international dates on the horizon.

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Neil LaBute Q&A: The Controversial Playwright Talks About His L.A. Theater Takeover

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Fans of safe and saccharine theater in Los Angeles better run and hide this summer because acclaimed and controversial playwright Neil LaBute doesn’t just have one production currently in town — he has two!

Vilified and labeled as a misanthrope and misogynist thanks to his unflinching brand of art, indeed his plays and films have shocked many, including films In the Company of Men, Your Friends & Neighbors, Nurse Betty and The Shape of Things to Come. It’s interesting to have LaBute’s unrelenting drama, often filled with self-absorbed characters and very poignant and disturbingly social themes, takeover Los Angeles theater.

Continuing with his beauty trilogy in Reasons to Be Pretty at the Geffen Playhouse, LaBute takes on society’s ongoing fixation with beauty and in particular one man’s inability to say the right thing — ever. When Greg makes an innocuous, off-handed remark about his girlfriend Steph, it triggers a battle by which their relationship will forever be defined. Tony nominated for Best Play, Reasons to Be Pretty continues a series that includes The Shape of Things, Fat Pig (a previous Geffen Playhouse hit) and Reasons to Be Happy.

Meanwhile, across town on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, LaBute’s personal In a Dark Dark House focuses on the many effects of sexual abuse and the way society might be expected to react to abused victims.

While LaBute has recently directed episodes of AMC’s “Hell on Wheels” as well as the good natured ensemble comedy Death at a Funeral possibly giving way to a kinder and gentler LaBute, it’s his taut dramas that have caused critics and some audiences to label him as a pariah.

Who can forget Aaron Eckhart’s character Chad in In the Company of Men hatefully blather, “Women. Nice ones, the most frigid of the race, it doesn’t matter in the end. Inside they’re all the same meat and gristle and hatred just simmering.”

Or that other gem of his, “Never trust anything that can bleed for a week and not die.”

You can see why LaBute is a lightning rod, even if the man himself doesn’t.

Your name and work evoke a strong gut reaction. Do you consider no reaction the worst kind of reaction?
I probably do. I would think just about anybody would feel that way. We’re taught at some age to always want positive reaction but it makes sense when you’re out there asking questions, which is a big part of what playwrights are supposed to do, not always having answers but at least asking questions. I think, depending on the questions, it’s very important to take the temperature of people. If people think you have nothing to say or you’re of little interest that would probably be the worst.

If everybody were to love your work, is that not the reaction you would want either?
I’m not the kid in class who only wants negative attention, that’s certainly not me. I’ll take nothing but positive attention, that’s OK. I feel that I’ve had almost negative attention for some things. I know what it feels like on both ends. You’re always trying to connect and tell stories that are different than what everyone else has. I’m always looking to connect with an audience, and yet, sometimes it’s negative but through that negativity sometimes you’ve left them with something to think about. I think both sides of that can be useful.

In college, some of your plays where shut down immediately after their premieres. How do you define success–just opening?
Getting in front of an audience, in this world, is the requirement for the endgame, at least for theater. Once you’ve written something you’re part of the way there. You do need to get in front of an audience. To have a connection with an audience is ultimately the goal.

With everything you’ve accomplished, is there still room for you to grow as an artist?
Of course, that’s why I probably go back to teach as often as possible, just because you learn a ton from teaching people. There are so many parts of this world that I’m interested in. I get more interested in editing as I work in film; I haven’t done much television and that world is new to me. Broadway is still a creature that I’m weary of. Event at my age, there are a lot of aspects that I have to learn or try to fail at.

Your name sparks a reaction. What’s the biggest misconception about you?
The ones that I hear upon meeting people sometimes are, ‘You’re much nicer than I thought you’d be.’ I wonder what it was exactly they were thinking. They imagine you’re the worst. They never seem to think you’re the best at what you can imagine. You were able to think of something, therefore, that must be you. Also, for the last seventeen – eighteen years, there’s been this label of misogyny that started with In the Company of Men, that’s a hard one to kick because people label you and once they’ve done that, they make it very hard for you. If they see something else, they’ll say, that’s no as misogynistic. For a movie that so many people actually saw as being a critical essay of men, being labeled misogynistic I thought was strange.

Is it fair that 17 years later people so closely identify you with that film?
I don’t think it would hurt to reassess things every five years or so. That would be nice of people to check in on that sort of thing. I know how it happens but it’s a bummer when you don’t agree with it.

Can you talk about the power of the written word and what the various outlets mean to you?

Theater is still a place that allows you to say anything you want to say and take on anything that is of interest to you. There is no taboo, not for me at least. There’s nothing that shouldn’t be taken on.

Film, I think, is a medium that people still see as a more popular form of entertainment. Television, I think, is becoming a great place for writers and storytellers. I like this idea of telling multiple stories about a set of characters. I always turn the page and write about a new group of people. For a writer, that’s a really interesting task to take on.

You have two shows currently playing in Los Angeles. What’s that like?
They’re two very different ones as well. I’m really excited by the people who are in them and also the directors.

What originally inspired these two productions?

You never know. I ended up with this third play in this trilogy about beauty; and I knew I wanted to do something about beauty and the way that we’ll change ourselves or change for others. In a Dark Dark House was just a story that came to me, not thinking about my own past so much as filtering what I knew about the lives that these characters have and then wanting to tell a story about siblings.

You’ve called In a Dark Dark House very personal, yet this version was tweaked from its original form when it premiered in New York. Is it still as personal now?
I think so. The work that was done honed the structure and I moved things around and ultimately I think this version is the best structure of the play. It’s not autobiographical but it’s touching on things that were close to my life.

So plays are never finite?
Oh God no! I just wrote a new monologue for Amber Tamblyn in Reasons to Be Pretty. She had some questions and thoughts and it led me to write something. They’re finished for now until somebody opens the book again and you start working on it again.

Reasons to Be Pretty marks your fourth collaboration with the Geffen Playhouse. What do you like about that theater?
It’s nice to have a home somewhere. Because you can spread yourself so far around and with so many people, it’s always great to go back to a place or group of people who you know and work with. It’s great when the Geffen is interested in me doing something again. I love the space but I also love the people who run the place.

Are you happy playing in intimate theaters or do you want Broadway or the Pantages, which is the big theater in Los Angeles?
I tend to write things that are often pretty small cast and I love small theaters. That said, there are things you write that you think could be for Broadway but I tend not to think or write in those terms. Sadly, what usually drives people to think something would be good for Broadway is the fact that they have some star who might be interested. Rare is the play that I’ve written that I think it can only fit on a stage for a thousand people. They’re often very intimate character studies.

You always get great talent in your plays, from David Duchovny to Ed Harris. What attracts big name actors to your work or is it that they just have to work?
It’s probably a mix and that’s OK for me. I think actors do, at some point, get a sense of a person who like actors and writes for actors, and is interested in them. I certainly feel that I’ve always liked actors and they get a buzz off me that says that. I never tend to write for people, as many good actors as I’ve had, I always have written just for characters and then good actors will appear. But like you said, some actors just want to work.

What do you hope audiences take away from a production of yours?
I just hope that there’s something that they find there, whether it is characters or themes. I tend not to write about themes so much, but I love the idea that somebody in today’s world, because we’ve created this kind of speed that we devour information these days, that any time that somebody goes to see your work and thinks about if for any length of time is a total victory.

Both Neil LaBute productions play through August 31. In a Dark Dark House plays at the Matrix Theatre, and Reasons to Be Pretty plays at the Geffen Playhouse.

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Make Sure You Have These Money Talks Before Saying ‘I Do’

By Holly Kylen for Bridal Guide

Put yourselves on the right financial path with these tips from ING wedding finance expert Holly Kylen.

Don’t dodge the debt

Make sure all the financial skeletons come out of the closet before the big day — discuss school loans, credit card debts and other prior obligations (child support or private loans). As uncomfortable as this topic might seem, you don’t want any unexpected surprises when it comes to debt obligations. Your debt — and your partner’s — impacts not just your collective bottom line, but also your ability to jointly make financial commitments, like buying a first home.

Take a financial inventory

Now is the time to have a heart-to-heart with your future spouse about his financial past, present and future. Talk about retirement and other savings, whether you have wills that need to be updated and work benefits such as retirement accounts, health and life insurance and disability benefits. Explore whether you can save money by going on each other’s health insurance after marriage and consider whether you may need disability insurance to protect your paycheck if one of you becomes disabled and can’t work. Also ensure you are both contributing enough to your workplace retirement plans to take advantage of the employer match.

Play detective

Take notice of whether your future spouse spends money frivolously, frugally or somewhere in between. Dinners out, expensive vacations and buying the latest “it” item can reveal a careless approach to money. On the other hand, your partner might be frugal, ordering the cheapest item on the menu or splitting the bills down to the penny. Turn the microscope on yourself as well to identify your money personality. Tuning into these clues can help you set realistic expectations for yourself and your partner.

Create a support network

Your financial inventory should also include financial professionals who can support you as a couple in working toward achieving your financial and retirement goals. If you already work with an accountant, attorney and/or financial advisor, make sure your partner also establishes a relationship with them — and vice versa. If neither you nor your spouse has ever consulted with a financial advisor, now is the perfect time to find one together.

Look ahead to the retirement horizon

Growing old might seem like it is years away, but planning for retirement doesn’t happen overnight. If you and your fiancé are already saving for retirement through an employer-sponsored retirement plan or individual retirement account (IRA), you are off to a great start. If not, you may want to consider getting started saving for retirement and set up automatic deductions from your checking account or paycheck directly into a retirement account. This is also an opportunity to talk about your collective budget and make sure retirement savings is a shared priority.

Think about ’til death do us part

It may be in the marriage vows, but “death” is not something any bride wants to consider before marriage. That said, marriage is a major event that entails joining you for life with someone else. Protect each other through life insurance and update your beneficiary information on financial and retirement accounts.

Establish your roles

You don’t have to figure this out right away, but start to talk about how the two of you are going to divide household finances. Perhaps you pay the monthly bills and day-to-day expenses, while your spouse handles the insurance and retirement savings, or vice versa. Figure out each other’s strengths and natural abilities and play to those in how you divide up the financial responsibilities. 

Be each other’s biggest cheerleader

Make sure you are each other’s biggest support when it comes to making financial decisions. Confide in each other and offer constructive advice. If the financial inventory uncovers debts or other financial challenges, figure out how to tackle the issues together as a team. Don’t forget to celebrate your successes, too. Promotions, raises and reaching financial and retirement goals are milestones that deserve recognition.

Holly Kylen is an ING Retirement Coach and financial advisor at ING Financial Partners, where she developed a Retirement Planning for Women seminar. She also serves on ING’s Women’s Advisory Network Board.

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Sarah Palin Talks To ‘Neighbor’ Putin On The Tonight Show

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gave her “neighbor” Vladimir Putin a call during a Wednesday appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.”

Palin, who famously said she could see Russia from her house, cashed in on her “I Told-Ya So” moment last month, when she reminded her Facebook followers of her 2008 prediction that Russia would invade Ukraine. Fallon, dressed as Putin and speaking with a Russian accent, sought Palin’s advice on which country he should invade next.

“Actually, Alaska is really close to Russia, maybe i should invade?” Fallon said.

“I wouldn’t if I were you Vlad. You may be able to take down a bear, but you’re no match for a mama grizzly,” Palin responded.

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Girls Actress Shiri Appleby Talks Balancing Motherhood, Directing and Roswell

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Shiri Appleby has been very busy lately. On top of appearing in HBO’s Girls as Adam’s Girlfriend, Natalia, Appleby is also in the midst of filming a pilot for Lifetime (Unreal), and directing a one act play in Los Angeles.

Appleby says about directing:

I’ve been acting since I was a child so to move the pieces around and watch a piece evolve from the outside has given me a ton of perspective and insight into the process, as well as clarity about the role of the actor in any given situation.

When she’s not working, she is balancing it all with being a parent to her daughter, Natalie.

“When I am not working, I spend all my time with my daughter and when I am working I try to let myself have the space to be an individual.” Appleby says, explaining how she keeps a healthy balance between work life and motherhood.

…I tell myself that if I’m not with her, I might as well make the most of the time and do my very best. Being a woman who is trying to parent, be in a relationship and manage a career is still a work in progress, but it’s working for me at the current time, and I am enjoying it more than I ever thought possible — quite frankly, I’ve never been so fulfilled.

She is most commonly recognized today from her role on the hit HBO series Girls, which is premiering its third season on Sunday, January 12th. Appleby, who had a great time working on the set, will be making an appearance this season. When asked what her favorite part about working on Girls was, she replied,

My favorite part about being on the set of Girls was how much conversation and care went into each moment that ends up on screen. Lena (Dunham) and Jenni Konner have created a truly creative environment, which is why I think they are able to produce television that is so daring, fresh and real. I feel lucky to have been cast in that show in that they gave me the opportunity to show myself, the audience and the industry that I am capable of going dark, of portraying awkward, uncomfortable moments in life. As an actor, whatever type of role you become known for is usually what people want you to do again, which can stagnate your creativity. It takes being cast by important filmmakers in varying roles to explore the diversity of your talent. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed getting down and dirty and crawling out of the box I had been in professionally for so long, and yes, Natalia makes an appearance in season 3.

In addition to enjoying her time on set, she noticed there was a difference between working on Network Television and working on an HBO series.

It is as basic as what footage the directors have to shoot. On network television, most directors wouldn’t be as risky as to not properly cover each scene with the standard master, two shoot, singles and tight close-ups. Maybe they would add a steady shot, and one fancy move to get in, or out of the scene but other than that, they shoot what is expected of them, word for word, because network television pays significant money and they want to be asked back to the party — and quite frankly, I don’t blame them. While I was shooting Girls, one scene as scripted wasn’t working, and Lena and Jenni had the creative freedom to completely improv the scene without a bunch of phone calls or complete chaos on set. It is invaluable that the creator and executive producer is directing/writing/starring in each episode of their show. Usually on network television, the creator and/or executive producer is in his/her office — which could be in another state or country — breaking stories, dealing with politics and keeping the machine moving so they rarely appear on set. I believe most of the scripts for the Girls season are broken, arched out and partially written before they start shooting, so everyone who is making the show can be an active participant in how the show gets made…

Even after being an established actress (having been on hit shows like ER and Chicago Fire and recently staring as the lead character in the Lifetime movie Kristin’s Christmas Past, Appleby is still hoping to reach an important goal.

“In film, my dream scenario would be to have Nicole Holofcener as a director.”

Holofcener has directed both a few episodes of the hit HBO show’s Sex Feet Under and Sex And The City.

“She has a wonderful style that is so simple and clean, and each one of her films so beautifully expresses the plight of a woman. I would do everything possible to be in her next film — she’s it for me!”

Appleby (36) is still recognized today from her portrayal of Liz Parker from the hit show Roswell. The show aired from 1999 to 2002 and had a huge cult following. Fans of the WB show even sent in bottles of Tabasco sauce to help persuade the station from cancelling the show when it wasn’t doing well. Fans of Roswell will be happy to hear that she still runs into the other actors from time to time.

“I ran into Majandra (Delfino, who played Maria) the other day. Colin (Hanks, who played Alex) and I run in a similar circle, so I see him from time to time. It was so many years ago and I am so proud of what each of them has done with their careers and lives.”

Even more importantly, she would be up for doing a Roswell movie.

I would LOVE the idea of doing a Roswell movie. The idea has been mentioned from fans for years. When the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign happened last year, I looked into what it would take for Roswell movie to happen, and what I found out is that there are a lot of bigger players than me that would need to get interested to make something like that happen. I wouldn’t say it’s impossible but…

As a huge fan of Roswell myself, this is music to my ears. So just one question. Who should we start sending the Tabasco sauce to?
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Sharon Osbourne Says Getting Her Vagina Tightened Was ‘Excruciating,’ Talks Ozzy’s Relapse

Sharon Osbourne is nothing if not an open book so it should come as no surprise she agreed to talk about her private lady parts on British television.

Osbourne was a guest on BBC’s “The Graham Norton Show” yesterday (Nov. 29) in an episode that is set to air Dec. 7, and when Norton complimented her about her looks, she revealed she had undergone numerous procedures to maintain her youthful appearance. Osbourne then admitted to getting her “vagina tightened,” saying it “was the worst” and “just excruciating.”

Ozzy’s flame-haired half also spoke about her husband’s most recent relapse, moving out of their joint home, selling all of his cars and what eventually brought them back together.

Watch the clip above (beginning at 4:15) for the full interview.
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Robin De Jesús Talks ‘Crush To Crushed’ Cabaret Show At New York’s 54 Below

Robin De Jesús has Olympic dreams, at least when it comes to harboring crushes.

“I’ve always had a thing for [U.S. speed skater] Apolo Anton Ohno,” the two-time Tony Award nominee (“In The Heights,” “La Cage aux Folles”) quips. “I have a thing for legs … guys with good quads, calves. Anyone who’s in a constant plié or squat is good by me.”

Infatuation is just one of the many aspects of love De Jesús will explore onstage in “Crush to Crushed,” his new musical act which premieres Nov. 24 at New York’s 54 Below. Still, audiences expecting an evening of Broadway standards with valentine lyrics might be in for a surprise; De Jesús also promises pop, soul and Spanish tunes that not only emphasize romance, but also “the random things that happen afterward.”

Once he began compiling material for the show, the 29-year-old actor took to Facebook, where he asked friends and followers for both their favorite love and breakup songs. Though he soon found that somber ballads about heartbreak comprised the majority of the responses, De Jesús nonetheless hopes “Crush to Crushed” shows “the positive side” of ending relationships, with a solid dose of comedy.

“I think relationships are so amazing, so beautiful and so great to be in … but so are breakups,” De Jesús says. “It’s not just about falling in and out of love, it’s…about the first time your significant other meets your family and your friends, sex and marriage equality. I feel like I’m trying to do the work of both Oprah and Gayle [King].”

De Jesús won’t disclose many of the show’s specifics, though he crooned “I Can Do Better Than That” from Jason Robert Brown’s 2002 musical “The Last Five Years” and a song by up-and-coming composer Blake Pfeil at a press preview of the show in late October. Although a planned mashup of a Patti LuPone standard with a Jay-Z hit (inspired by the actor’s recently-wrapped run in Ben Rimalower’s “Patti Issues”) didn’t make the cut, De Jesús hopes to apply a similarly tongue-in-cheek approach to other musical theater chestnuts throughout “Crush to Crushed.”

“I really want to do a sex medley based on [Rodgers and Hammerstein’s] ‘Carousel,’” De Jesús, who can currently be seen alongside Jeff Goldbum and Laurie Metcalf in Bruce Norris’s “Domesticated” at Lincoln Center, says. “If you listen to the lyrics of ‘Carousel’ and take them out of context, they can be very sexual.”

Robin De Jesús plays New York’s 54 Below on Nov. 24 and 25. Check here for more information.

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Steve Wilkos Talks Jerry Springer And The Craziest Thing That Ever Happened (VIDEO)

Any Jerry Springer viewer knows how crazy the talk show can get, but Steve Wilkos’ story may take the cake.

While on HuffPost Live this week, the TV host opened up about a rather inappropriate moment on the notoriously dramatic talk show.

“Two guys were fighting, ripping their shirts off,” he explained. “This one guy gets his shirt taken off and he has a perfect formed female breast … and it’s gorgeous.”

The best part? He said he was born that way. Lady Gaga would be proud!

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