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August 2016

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Shonda Rhimes Guest Edits Good Housekeeping’s Awesome Women Awards

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When you think of a strong, talented woman, Shonda Rhimes immediately comes to mind. The creator of television’s top shows chose to guest edit Good Housekeeping’s first-ever Awesome Women Awards for September’s “Connected Women” issue, and according to Rhimes, she was “excited by the idea that there would be an entire issue devoted to celebrating the awesomeness of women.” For a full list of honorees, click HERE. Enjoy some select quotes from Rhimes below, including what character she most identifies with, and the evolution of Meredith’s Grey’s character.
Shonda on how believing in yourself can make you an Awesome Woman: “The only difference between a woman and an awesome woman is how a woman defines herself, frankly. And what you choose to do with your life. I think if you believe yourself to be an awesome woman you are an awesome woman and, in general, you behave as an awesome woman. If you don’t believe yourself to be one, then you don’t. It’s really about what you believe about yourself.”

 

Shonda on the secret to life—‘nobody knows anything’: “I wish every awesome woman knew that the secret to life is that nobody knows anything. And nobody is better than you are. People deal with so much insecurity and spend so much time thinking, That person is better, so I couldn’t possibly try this. Yes, you can! Everybody puts themselves in little pockets and holds themselves back, but there’s no reason to. Make your own space.”

 

On how she comes up with her character ideas from her hit shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal: “People always ask me where I get my ideas from, where I get my story ideas from – I don’t know. To me, these women, in my head, they are real, and I try to make them as real as possible. I try to make them people you want to be friends with, people you want to spend time with. That’s always my goal… It’s not a business; it’s not a factory. The secret sauce is that it’s just creative.”

 

On the inspiration behind Grey’s Anatomy character Dr. Meredith Grey (played by cover star Ellen Pompeo):“That’s just changed so much over many years. I think in the very beginning she was a little bit me, a little bit Betsy Beers, my producing partner – somebody very new, somebody starting out in a new job. I had no idea how to make television when I started this job. Betsy had a mother who had Alzheimer’s. We sort of had this mix of things we had been talking about. But really – she went to Dartmouth, I went to Dartmouth. There were just pieces of her that fell like that. But the rest of it is just the secret sauce.”

 

On the strong, competitive female characters on her shows and who they’re modeled after: “I keep getting asked how I write about such smart, strong women, and my response is, “What’s the alternative?” Weak, stupid women? They’re just normal people, not role models – if you’re aspiring to be like any of them, something’s a little bit wrong. You may want to dress like one or have her job, but do not aspire to be her!”

 

The reaction from fans that surprised her most: “I was very surprised when [Grey’s Anatomy character] Derek died. I think I was surprised by how strong the reaction was. And I think I was surprised because in Season 11, to have that violent of an outpouring for a character, in show that – for us, you start making a show and think, “Oh, you know, it’s Season 11.” You think that people aren’t paying as much attention. But to have it be that big of a deal to have Timemagazine write an article on how to mourn a fictional character. There was a lot of that and it was startling to me to see how much they were not coping. It felt like somebody real had died.”

 

On which of her characters are most like her: “I don’t think I could ever even say that. I think all of my characters, down to [Scandal’s] Huck who likes to hurt people, all of my characters are a piece of me to some degree because they come from my brain. There’s no way to have a character who’s not me. And I think every writer feels that way. They all spring from the same place.”

Tuesday

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August 2016

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‘I Am Cait’ Gets The Axe 

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‘I Am Cait’ was cancelled, and after watching two episodes of the show, it’s certainly no surprise. First, none of the Kardashians/Jenners are stronger than the sum of their parts, and second, Caitlyn Jenner is far from compelling. Bruce spent most of his life in the Kardashian closet (literally) as a recluse and rarely embraced the cameras. One could argue he was irritable because of his gender issues, but after watching ‘I Am Cait,’ it’s clear that is not the case. Lastly, the show had to basically buy her friends, because just about everyone who appeared was a “new” connection. And since her family refused to guest, there was no one left to insert any compelling content. Some people just aren’t meant for their own show, and I don’t think Bunim/Murray was at all equipped for what should have been a docu-series about each surgery and stage of her transition. I’m guessing Cait didn’t want to go that route, but that’s the interesting part. Without it, it’s just a show about someone’s not-at-all-interesting daily life. 

Tuesday

16

August 2016

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Johnny Depp & Amber Heard Settle Divorce: Release Best Statement Ever

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Johny Depp’s attorney, Laura Wasser, is a genius. Though I can’t verify she’s solely responsible for Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s joint divorce statement, I can say that as a lawyer myself, it’s borderline poetic. TMZ reported that Heard and Depp’s settlement was held up by their joint statement, as Heard wanted Depp to admit his alleged abuse. Depp refused, and they instead both decided on the statement below, which says, “Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain.” Confused? Well, their accusations are contradictory, so it’s impossible for “neither party to make a false statement.” Someone is lying, but based on their jigsaw puzzle of word play, we will never know who it is.

“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity.”

They settled on $7 million, which is also interesting, since Heard says it will be donated. It’s doubtful that will dent Depp’s wallet in any capacity, but it sure is a high settlement for such a short marriage. But to quote William Cosgrove, “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned,”

Monday

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August 2016

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Adele Turned Down the Super Bowl

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In case you ever wondered about Adele’s artistic integrity or desire for fame, wonder no more, because the vocal powerhouse just turned down the Super Bowl halftime show, explaining that the biggest event of all time is not really about the music, and she doesn’t dance. It’s an interesting assessment, especially considering some of our greatest acts have graced the stage, but it certainly shines on a spotlight on the idea that it’s become more about the fireworks than the vocals, and from what I understand, most singers don’t sing live anyhow. Kudos to Adele for knowing her limitations, and for leaving it to the more . . . showy acts.

Saturday

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August 2016

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Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of Links

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Image via @jennacantlose

Image via @jennacantlose

Is Bethenny Frankel engaged? Wonderwall

Jenna Jameson is pregnant. E! News

Drew Barrymore is officially divorced. RTW

Calvin Harris has a harem of girls. People

Cristiano Ronaldo has a spicy hot senorita. Just Jared

Michael Douglas’ son was released from jail. Contact Music

Supermodel Bar Rafaeli gave birth. Brides

A Dancing With the Stars couple tied the knot. MSN

Mary J. Blige is ending her marriage. Dlisted

Kendall Jenner has a new love interest. Pop Crush

Kim Kardashian has a very cute kid. Mtv

Thomas Gibson was fired from Criminal Minds. E! Online

Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill split up. Hollywood Life

Lisa Marie Presley is getting help for her addiction. Wet Paint

R. Kelly, 49, is dating a 19 year old. In Touch

Christie Brinkley and John Mellencamp broke up. ET

Former playmate Holly Madison had baby #2. MSN

 

Friday

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August 2016

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ALLIED Starring Brad Pitt — Watch New Trailer Now

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If there’s anything I know about Brad Pitt, it’s that the man knows how to pick a role, and when teamed with the legendary Robert Zemeckis, we’re bound for a good film. ALLIED is the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war. The trailer below is surprising considering that I actually believed the rumors that Angelina Jolie would not allow Pitt to engage in love scenes with other women, which seemed to be confirmed by his recent roster of films. I guess you can’t believe everything you read. As an aside, I still maintain his acting skills leave much to be desired, but he sure is compelling to look at. And in the shallow world of The Dishmaster, looks ARE in fact everything. Watch below.


Thursday

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August 2016

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Green Day Releases “Bang Bang” Lyric Video

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It’s been four years since Green Day released an album, and the punk band’s signature sound can be heard on their new single, “Bang Bang,” which will be part of ‘Revolution Radio,’ to be released October 7. And since you can count on Green Day to push social issues, it’s no surprised that Billy Joe’s title track was inspired by his outrage upon hearing that a Missouri grand jury chose not to indict a police officer for the killing of Michael Brown. As for “Bang Bang” below, it’s written from the perspective of a mass shooter.

Wednesday

10

August 2016

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LeAnn Rimes Debuts “The Story” — WATCH NOW

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Despite the fact that she blocked me on twitter, I am in fact a fan of LeAnn Rimes, if only for the voice alone. The direction of her current career faces challenges, especially after the fallout of her affair with now-husband Eddie Cibrian, and some less than stellar social media behavior. But a good voice rises to the top, and she certainly has one. In her new video for “The Story” Rimes emotionally covers the Brandi Carlile tune while rolling around in a mirror maze. And while it proves she’s got singing chops, it would be nice if the video was a tad more creative. It’s as if LeAnn finally discovered she’s hot and wants to remind everyone else about it . . . constantly. We get it. You’re hot, you have a killer body now, and you can certainly out-sing the best of them. Now push outside the close-ups and emotional face shots. I didn’t like it on Gwen Stefani’s “Used To Love You,” and I certainly don’t like it here.

Wednesday

10

August 2016

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Britney Spears Debuts “Make Me Video” — Proves She’s Stuck in 2006

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When word broke that Britney Spears’ team ditched David LaChapelle’s video for her new single, “Make Me,” in favor of a concept with a beginning, middle, and end, I thought they were likely correct, especially since clips of the LaChapelle video seemed . . . odd. But the new video isn’t any better. Though I’m a huge fan and she certainly looks great, you can’t help but think of Taylor Swfit’s team, and how each and every one of her videos is high-concept, high-fashion, and extremely creative (see “Blank Space” for example). To quote my music industry friend, Spears’ team “still thinks it’s 2006. To put it simply, her team just isn’t creative. If I were giving Larry Rudolph (her manager) advice, I’d tell him to hire Derek Hough, because he has a history working with just about every temperament, and he pushes boundaries. This dated aesthetic and concept just doesn’t fly today. It’s time to take it to the next level. Sure she can ride her previous horse into the sunset for eternity, but she can also do better. And I hope she does.

Tuesday

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August 2016

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The Rock Calls Out His Male Co-Stars for Bad Behavior

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It’s unclear that got The Rock’s very large pants in a pretzel, but Dwayne Johnson had some harsh words for his male co-stars on Fast & Furious 8. Though he complimented the studio, the crew, and the women, he did not have the same kind words for the male leads, saying they did not conduct themselves as true professionals. According to TMZ, this is a product of dueling egos and the other actors take issue with his ambiguity. If you’re going to imply misconduct, you might as well say a specific name, so as not to implicate everyone.

It’s an interesting approach to conflict, and though I like when actors get real, I need not remind The Rock that every profession on the planet comes with some level of co-worker conflict, and actors are no different. If we all had the freedom to run through corporate America screaming “No Fair,” there would be chaos. Maybe he should complain to HR. Oh right . . . HR is facebook.