HBO’s ‘The Sentence’ — A Gripping, Powerful Documentary

HBO Documentary, The Sentence ‘The Sentence,’ a new documentary by Rudy Valdez airing today on HBO, is one of the most powerful pieces of filmmaking I’ve seen in years. The documentary focuses on Cindy Shank, a woman who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Though the cocaine belonged to her boyfriend at the time, she broke the law by not reporting it. Her boyfriend was later murdered.

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Lena Dunham on WWHL – Good ‘Girls’ Gossip + Calvin Harris Call out

Lena Dunham on Watch What Happens Live
Photo by Charles Sykes/Bravo

As someone fascinated by the early exit of actors from successful series, I’ve long been curious about Christopher Abbott’s abrupt departure from HBO’s Girls in season 3. Though he returned for a cameo in the final season, the speculation has always pointed to a stark creative difference with Lena Dunham. On ‘Watch What Happens Live,’ Andy Cohen got to the bottom of it, and Dunham confirmed their cantankerous relationship, saying Abbott once said he felt “stuck on a sitcom.”

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Kenan Thompson: Kanye West “Held the SNL Cast Hostage”

Kanye West performs on Saturday Night Live
Photo by Will Heath/NBC

In a finite period of time on Late Night With Seth Meyers, Kenan Thompson made some very astute points about Kanye West’s political rant on SNL, and they’re worth noting. For starters, absent the insanity of West’s actual argument, Thompson points out that he made the cast uncomfortable and essentially “held them hostage.” He gathered them around for his rant without revealing his intentions, which awkwardly puts them beside him without their prior consent. Furthermore, though “we are all entitled to our opinion,” according to Thompson, that is “not the time” to voice it. And if you’re going to voice it, at least let people know before you comission their presence. Watch below.

Florence + The Machine Slays at The Hollywood Bowl

Florence Welch performing at the Hollywood Bowl with Florence + The Machine
Photo by Lillie Eiger


I’ve been to a lot of shows at the Hollywood Bowl and it’s not my favorite venue (I prefer The Greek). But if you ask non-concertgoers in Los Angeles, they will overwhelmingly endorse the Bowl. It’s legendary. Plus, it certainly helps that the Bougie wine-and-cheese crowd can pay a little extra to sit inside a glorified box. It was not until seeing Florence + The Machine that I finally realized the true value of that venue. At approximately 9:15 p.m., Florence Welch entered the stage in unison with her very talented musicians, and it was as if the heavens opened up and released a gift from G-d amidst the stars and the mountains. The aesthetics of a show are often overlooked, and she optimized every inch of available space. Her staging was impeccable, with perfect lighting and a background that made the large area feel incredibly intimate.

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Kirsten Bell Smokes Weed in Front of Sober Dax Shepard

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard

Not too long ago in Los Angeles I saw Kristen Bell on a panel promoting ‘The Good Place,’ and I distinctly remember a weed joke. At the time, my first thought went to Dax Shepard, who is honest about his sobriety. “Should she be smoke weed when her husband is sober?” I thought.

While on ‘The View,’ Bell addressed the issue again, saying,  “If you’re not using your critical thinking skills and you can’t give me the benefit of the doubt in a situation and you just come at me, I don’t have time for that, I just don’t. I respond to positive things.”  Furthermore, Dax likened it to  “asking a diabetic spouse [not to] ever eat sugar in front of me.”

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‘Sierra Burgess is a Loser’ — Soundtrack Out Now

Sierra Burgess is a Loser Cover Art

My inner tweenie is elated by today’s release of ‘Sierra Burgess is a Loser,’ especially on the heels of my two favorite Netflix rom-coms, ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ and ‘The Kissing Booth.’ It’s an exciting time for teen flicks, and it’s especially exciting that Netflix has introduced us to some new stars, including the very endearing  Noah Centineo, who seems to have stayed humble on the heels of his massive shot into the fame stratosphere.


The film also stars Shannon Purser, Kristine Froseth, and RJ Cyler. Directed by Ian Samuels and written by Lindsay Beer, the story centers on Sierra (Shannon Purser), an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty but, in a case of mistaken identity that results in unexpected romance, must team with the popular girl (Kristine Froseth) in order to win her crush (Noah Centineo).

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All the News I’ve Missed — Your List of Links

David Arquette and Courney Cox came together for Coco. Too Fab

Kendall Jenner and Anwar Hadid are heating up. Hollywood Life

Alexander Skarsgard and Charlize Theron might be an item. ET Online

Khloe Kardashian doesn’t care what you think of her relationship. The Stir

Kourtney Kardashian’s sisters clearly don’t like her ex-boyfriend. TMZ

Katie Lee (Billy Joel’s ex-wife and resident foodie) remarried. E Online

The stars of Flipping Out had a falling out. Radar

Is Roseanne Barr moving to Israel? Jezebel

Bachelor Nation has a new couple. People

Dakota Johnson and Chris Martin have matching tattoos. Blemish

Michael Lohan and his lady love are leaving their marriage behind. D Listed

Hilary Swank tied the knot. Wonderwall

Ruth Wilson Shades ‘The Affair,’ and Showtime Responds in Kind

Ruth Wilson as Alison in The Affair (Season 4, Episode 6) Photo: Ali Goldstein/SHOWTIME

Anyone who knows television history or has worked in Business Affairs is aware of the monumental change that occurred as a result of the ‘Friends’ cast, who formed a fierce front for their salary demands on the heels of the show’s massive success. Leading the charge was David Schwimmer, who stood to make the most money by comparison to his castmates, given that he and Jennifer Aniston were the breakout stars. The cast quickly agreed with Schwimmer’s kind proposal, and despite massive push-back from the powers that be, they refused to back down, insisting that they all deserved to be paid the same. Matt LeBlanc once recounted that the negotiations got so heated he once had to walk off the set in solidarity with his castmates, who were all receiving their own type of pressure.

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Music Spotlight: The Bad Tenants + Nick Weaver “Switch” Things Up

My secret weapon on all things music has brought a new little gem to my attention, which is a good thing considering the noticeable absence of hip hop on my blog. Seattle’s The Bad Tenants have teamed up with Nick Weaver for “Switch,” a song that’s released on the heels of their special co-headlining event at Neumos. Weaver most recently released a five-song EP ‘Photographs Of Other People.’ Listen below.

Lohan Thinks #MeToo Accusers Are Weak

Courtesy of The Times/Jude Edginton

It’s of no surprise that Lindsay Lohan thinks the #MeToo movement is filled with “weak” people, considering Lohan herself has yet to give an honest, authentic interview about her own troubled past. In fact, her “reality” show for OWN was almost unwatchable for that reason, because each and every time Lohan had a difficult day and simply could not get out of bed, she refused to film and only appeared back on camera when she felt bright and shiny again. Her disturbing “friends” enabled her, and when her life coach confronted her about relapsing on camera, that life coach was immediately fired. Lohan scolded her for making a private moment public, despite the fact that the show itself was meant to expose those private moments. Oprah lent her an olive branch that began with a post rehab one-on-one interview, and even that felt forced. Here’s a direct quote from Lohan’s interview with The Times:

“If it happens at that moment, you discuss it at that moment. You make it a real thing by making it a police report. I’m going to really hate myself for saying this, but I think by women speaking against all these things, it makes them look weak when they are very strong women. You have these girls who come out, who don’t even know who they are, who do it for the attention. That is taking away from the fact that it happened.”

Before bashing Lohan for her ignorant, tone-deaf comments, I’m going to simply feel sorry for her given that this is her perspective on being vulnerable. Perhaps I’m having a peaceful day, but I see no benefit on returning a sad statement with anger. When she learns the truth about vulnerability and strength, perhaps she will finally have a career comeback. Until then . . .