"We just want to be included"
Last week, we got to see a cute video that Emma Watson shared to invite people to participate in an online Q&A organized by The HeForShe Campaign set to take place on International Women’s Day (which was yesterday). Today we get to see the full video interview/discussion/Q&A in full. I, unfortunately, couldn’t be at my computer yesterday to watch the Q&A live as it happened so I’m really grateful that the full event has been uploaded and shared online. Obviously, watching a video that is over an hour long is a huge time commitment but I think it might be worth your time, especially considering how well-spoken and intelligent Emma Watson is. She wasn’t named the UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador for nothing. If you have the time and inclination, watch some or all of Emma‘s HeForShe Q&A chat above.
“There’s never been a closet that I’ve been in”
Actor Jussie Smollett and his sexuality has been of great interest to fans ever since his breakout role as Jamal Lyon took center stage in the new hit Fox series Empire debuted in January. Today, for the first time ever, Smollett sits down for an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where he talks about Empire, his role as the openly gay Jamal on Empire and … his sexuality … kinda sorta. Jussie has decided not to talk about his sexuality because he has chosen to just live his life without having to explain who he has sex with — which I can absolutely respect and appreciate. After his interview with Ellen, Jussie felt compelled to video record a second discussion with DeGeneres about his decision to not “discuss his personal life” by saying “there is no closet. There never has been a closet.” Click below to watch this video and hear for yourselves what Jussie Smollett has to say about his personal business. More »
She'll be wearing other stuff too
As a journalist, I’m very curious to know who at Paleyfest had the idea to actually ask Lena Dunham the question that would have elicited this response. Now I know a lot of you (cough cough, Trent, cough) are not especially psyched about the Dunham guest spot on Scandal. And between that horrifyingly horrible wig, and the fact that I can only take her voice in small doses, even as a fan of Girls, I have my reservations. Still, I’m hoping for a good follow-up to the incredibly compelling Ferguson-inspired episode that aired last week. And now we have an important detail (I think) about Dunham‘s appearance. Click inside for more!
"We're comrades in the envelope-pushing genre."
So, I may not be the resident Madonna-lover on Pink is the New Blog, but it has to be said that Trent isn’t alone in his lurve for the icon. Honestly, it was only recently that I realized how much I respect Madonna when she fell into some (gasp!) controversy over some of her Rebel Heart Instagram posts. I had to shrug some of that stuff off and say, “But it’s MADONNA,” because I knew if anyone else had shown depicted Nelson Mandela in such a way, I would have lost it. Context is everything, and everything looks and sounds a little different (at least to me) under the context of Madonna. Click inside to find out why she has crowned Kanye West, “the new Madonna,” and even “the black Madonna.”
"It systematically was biased against African-Americans"
Thursday night, the Ferguson-inspired Scandal episode had everyone and their mama talking. Just last night my BFF and I were still rehashing the events of the episode—and lamenting about what we felt went wrong. In my recap I talked about my immense disappointment in the fairytale ending, and PITNBrs ella and Karen both brought up excellent points about how the episode vilified one cop as opposed to the entire police force, and/or the greater systems that play a part in all of this. One thing that I did think about, is the fact that an episode on a show as huge as Scandal can—at least—keep the dialogue about these issues going. And it aired at the right time—just as the Department of Justice is releasing its report on corruption and racism in the Ferguson Police Department. Click inside for more.
Kanye West collaborated with Madonna on her new album Rebel Heart and according to Madonna, she returned the favor. At this point, we don’t know too much about Kanye‘s new album So Help Me God but we now know that he and Madonna wrote a song together that will appear on the album. Additionally, because she is such a big Drake fan, Madonna has promised that she plans to collaborate on new music with the Canadian rapper so … yeah, Madonna is busy working on new music with others even tho she is about to release a new album of her own. Busy Busy. More »
"I signed for a year and the year's up."
Jada Pinkett-Smith currently stars as Fish Mooney on the Fox TV series Gotham and this morning on Live with Kelly and Michael, she revealed that she will not be returning for the show’s second season next year. Smith clearly states that she only signed on for one season of the show and now that that season is nearly over, her time on the show is nearly over. BUT, in her interview comments today, she did keep things vague enough by not revealing what will become of her character on the show. Considering the way things have been going for Fish Mooney on Gotham lately, it’s possible that she won’t live to see another season especially in light of what Jada is saying about not returning for season 2. More »
'TS4' will likely be its own stand-alone movie
Back in November, Disney/Pixar announced the production of a 4th Toy Story animated movie. At the time, it was assumed that Toy Story 4 would pick up where Toy Story 3 left off … which didn’t sit well with fans who felt Toy Story 1, 2 and 3 made up a perfectly concluded trilogy. Today we learn from Pixar president Jim Morris that Toy Story 4 will NOT be a continuation of the earlier Toy Story films. What’s more, Toy Story 4 won’t even be the start of a new trilogy of films. According to Morris, the plan is for the next Toy Story movie to be its own stand-alone movie … which sounds like an excellent idea to me. More »
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"He won't let go of the guilt"
Yesterday we learned that Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kristina Brown‘s boyfriend, agreed to be interviewed for the Dr. Phil show in a seeming attempt to exploit Bobbi Kristina‘s failing health for television gain. Today we learn that the interview has already been taped … and it turns out that it wasn’t an interview after all. Gordon‘s mother Michelle colluded with Dr. Phil McGraw to stage an on camera intervention that resulted in Nick‘s decision to check in to rehab after the interview was taped. It would appear that Dr. Phil was not only able to exploit Bobbi Kristina‘s failing health but also Nick Gordon‘s struggles with addiction and suicidal thoughts in one fell swoop for his TV show. Impressive. More »
Posted under: 'Dr. Phil', Nick Gordon
CRYYYYYYYYYYYY! :( :( :(
Well damn. Sarah Michelle Gellar gave an interview today about her upcoming new gig on Star Wars: Rebels and she was asked about the possibility of appearing in a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion. As you will read below, SMG pretty much killed all hope of a Buffy reunion by saying she is “too old” to play the role again. I know that fans have been dying for a reunion of some sort of BtVS, especially in the wake of that horrid Joss Whedon-less movie that was almost made a few years ago. But according to Sarah, it’s never gonna happen. If she won’t return for a BtVS reunion, then it just won’t ever happen :( Read her comments below and cry along with me. More »