I’ve been tough on Derek Hough. I consider him to be one of the best dancers of his generation, and I felt he’s degraded his brand with wasted judging stints that take time that would be better served choreographing a Broadway show. It was fine when he was a dancer on Dancing With The Stars because at the very least — we got to see him perform.
When Hough launched his YouTube channel with his longtime girlfriend Hayley Erbert, you can predict my displeasure. It felt silly, not to mention I did not understand the romantic connection. As it turns out, there is quite the connection. Erbert has been one of the troupe dancers on Dancing with the Stars since season 21, and she was also a top-six finalist on season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance. When that you took the stage on Dancing With The Stars, it all became clear. They are both phenomenal dancers — and together they are a force.
McConaughey had some fun with it but admitted he didn’t notice the hot tension. He was also asked about Shia LaBeouf’s very funny, in-character hot boxing of his car to emulate Spicoli, and he admitted something interesting. While Shia’s performance was quite enjoyable for all of us, the end result was edited down and Shia might have been more annoyingly in character than we originally suspected (I’d like to see the uncut version).
It is difficult to articulate how Matthew McConaughey can live in a different world and be so down-to-earth at the same time, but he definitely achieves it.
I could not quite put my finger on my issue with Drew Barrymore’s new daytime show — but luckily SNL did it for me. Her sugary sweet approach is much like a Pepsi versus Coca-Cola taste test. Pepsi wins in a one-sip competition, but no one wants to drink the whole can. In the video below, you will see the very brilliant Chloe Fineman deliver one the best impressions I’ve ever seen.
Fans of The Hills have long wondered why Whitney Port and Lauren Conrad lost touch and as it turns out — Whitney wondered it too. The former costars reunited for Whitney’s podcast, WITH WHIT, and Whitney dove right in.
The Real Housewives franchise is cleaning house, and many of the toxic OGs are getting the axe. The latest casualty might not be an OG, but she certainly deserved the heave ho. Teddi Mellencamp joined The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as a fresh, down-to-earth alternative to the series’ highfalutin energy. As the daughter of John Mellencamp she brought the cool factor but as time went on, she spent more time trying to emulate the other ladies, thereby resulting in awkward outfits, forced storylines, and fake outrage. But that’s not what cost her the diamond.
Stassi Schroeder sat down for an interview with Tamron Hall to resurrect her image after being fired from Vanderpump Rules, and it didn’t go so well. For those too busy to follow the failings of D-list reality stars, Stassi engaged in a series of racist behavior, such as erroneously reporting Faith Stowers, a black fellow cast member, to the police for a crime she did not commit, wearing a hat with the caption “Nazi Chic,” and making a series of racist comments on her podcast.
The hits just keep on coming for former Glee star Lea Michele. In response to a Michele’s tweet in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, Michele’s former costar Samantha Marie Ware said:
LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISON GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD “SHIT IN MY WIG!” AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD… https://t.co/RkcaMBmtDA
And in case you were going to chalk this up to two people who just don’t get along, other costars quickly doubled down on Michele’s bad behavior. Since there are now so many individual stories, I’ve compiled them in a list for ease of read.
Spring Awakening‘s Gerard Canonico: “You were nothing but a nightmare to me and fellow understudy cast members. You made us feel like we didn’t belong there. I tried for years to be nice to you to no avail. Maybe actually apologize instead of placing the blame on how others ‘perceive’ you. You’ll probably just delete this though.”
Glee actor Dabier Snell: “GIRL YOU WOULDNT LET ME SIT AT THE TABLE WITH THE OTHER CAST MEMBERS CAUSE ‘I DIDNT BELONG THERE’ F— YOU LEA.”
Glee actor Jeanté Godlock: “did somebody say cockroaches? because that’s what she used to refer to the background as on the set of glee. but we grow up and we don’t stay background forever sooooo…”
There is a great joy in holding others accountable, especially when their misbehavior has gone unchecked for so long. It should be noted that Lea Michele issued an apology, but it felt as if it was written by her publicist and not Lea herself. Furthermore, she used the objectionable word “perceived,” saying, “Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused. We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings.”
Is it possible that this will be the wake-up call that Lea Michele needs? Can people who have a history of treating others like crap with zero accountability, ownership, or responsibility actually change? I don’t have the answer to those aforementioned questions — but I do know one thing — if you’re going to be a disrespectful hypocrite that has made the lives of others “a living hell,” then you’re going to have to do better than that halfhearted apology.
Nightly Pop is one of my favorite pop-culture-rundown television shows, mostly because Morgan Stewart, Hunter March, and Nina Parker seem like actual IRL friends.
In the clip below, you’ll see Nina Parker provide some informative insight. As Parker points out, “racists are really loud, so if you don’t agree with that — why are you silent?” Much like Morgan Stewart I have personally pondered whether it’s appropriate to speak up on social media, and I appreciate Parker’s poignant words.
The Me Too movement has also led to the rise of Intimacy Coordinators on set, and it begs the question — how did actors go so long without them? An actor/friend once told me that sex scenes are often so uncomfortable because they are so poorly choreographed, and because many directors are also uncomfortable with the scenes, the actors are left to their own devices, which can lead to problems.
After binging Normal People on Hulu, I was extremely curious about the sex scenes, especially since they were so raw and believable. In the interview below, series star Paul Mescal details the importance of the Intimacy Coordinator. And kudos to the interviewer for asking well thought out questions.
I’m only four episodes into Hulu’s Normal People, and I can already say it’s one of the rawest, most realistic portrayals of young, complicated love that I’ve seen in nearly a decade. Based on Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel, the series follows Irish lovers Connell Waldron (Paul Mescal) and Marianne Sheridan (Daisy Edgar-Jones) as they navigate their on/off romance, which is complicated by different upbringings, the opinions of others, personal insecurities, and all the mistakes we make before we know better.
The Guardian reviewed this gem of a series with a heavy, unforgiving hand, calling it “little more than a gutless soap opera for millennials.” And the takedown didn’t stop there. They also said it is “a tedious reworking of a romance plot as old as time. I’d rather read an honest bodice-ripper.” I don’t think I’ve ever been more pleased to read a review. Why? Because it’s so incredibly wrong it just proves that jaded hearts and elite television palettes simply won’t understand it’s beauty — and that’s okay. Yes there’s a class struggle “as old as time.” But the story is more about young love and when acted out by two people with Sheridan and Mescal’s prowess and earnest chemistry, it will inevitably feel fresh.