'If anyone out there has a mother, and she's not perfect, please call her and say you love her anyway'
Get ready to feel the feels. I told myself I wasn’t going to read this, because it’s only 10:30AM, and way too early to start crying. But alas, here I am. Earlier this week Robert Downey Jr. suffered one of the most difficult losses anyone can suffer—and yet, we all pretty much go through it at some point. His mother, Elsie Ann Downey, passed away at age 80, and it sounds like she had a tremendous effect on her son, his life, and many of his decisions. He did something that I know must have taken so much strength to do, and wrote an open letter in tribute to his mom. Click inside for more.
Our dear Britney Spears isn’t the only pop star showing off a fabulous new hair’do these days, Katy Perry unveiled her new ‘do on her official Instagram profile last night and revealed to the world her colorful new hair. Taking hairspiration from the beloved Muppets character Animal, Katy happily and proudly showed off her bright red locks on social media for all the world to see. Have a look below. More »
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Let it Ho
Frozen has become the most successful animated film in history and is beloved by children the world over … which means that costumes inspired by the Disney film will be in high demand for Hallow’en this year. But while there will be lots of kiddies dressed up as Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and their snowman friend Olaf, Yandy.com wants adults to know that they can dress as their favorite Frozen-inspired characters as well. A line of sexy Frozen costumes have been made available for sale and as you can see in the gallery presented here, the cute Frozen characters have gotten a sexy update. Elsa has become Blue Snow Maiden, Anna has become Norwegian Maiden and Olaf has become Funny Snowman. If YOU would like to dress as sexy Elsa, you can get her costume HERE or HERE. Or you can get your sexy Anna costume HERE and your sexy Olaf costume HERE. Happy Hallowe’en!!
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'Spiritually, she'll never leave us.'
Yesterday Amy Winehouse would have celebrated her 31st birthday, and in remembrance of her life and work, a bronze statue in her honor was unveiled in London. Her family, fans and friends were in attendance, including parents Mitch and Barbara. Mitch spoke, saying, “It’s a day of incredibly mixed emotions, ladies and gentlemen. They don’t put statues up to people that are with us anymore, so it kind reinforces the fact that physically, she’s gone. But spiritually, she’ll never leave us.” The statue looks like an honest portrayal of the singer, as many of us remember her; there’s a real sadness there, but a lot of love too.
Rest peacefully, Amy.
[Photo Credit: Wenn]
Let Freedom Tower Ring
Today is the 13th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in NYC, the US Pentagon in Washington DC as well as American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175, American Airlines Flight 77 and United Airlines Flight 93. Although we are more than a decade removed from that terrible day, I feel that it is still very important to remember the lives lost all those years ago. On every other day of the year, I like to have fun with pop culture and entertainment but on this day, on September 11, I choose to put aside the frivolity and pause in order to remember. As I do each year, I ask that you will take the time that you would normally spend reading our daily blogposts and take the time to read the painfully long list of names listed below. For some of you younger readers, 9/11 may not be a very serious memory at all but it is a day that we must Never Forget. President Obama reminded us in his speech to the country last night that the world is still threatened by extremist terrorists. Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. Today is also my mother’s birthday and, as circumstances worked out, I am very lucky to be able to spend the day with her celebrating her birthday. I will remember the events that took place 13 years ago today, I will remember the people that we lost … and I will also celebrate another year that I get to spend with my mother. More »
'you meet someone... and they don't even know that they impacted your life'
Over the past couple of weeks, many celebrities have come forward and shared these amazing stories about experiences they had with Robin Williams. Norm Macdonald tweeted out a great story, and Questlove, and countless others have shared their versions of ‘That one time Robin Williams kinda changed my life.’ Now, new-mom-to-be Mila Kunis is coming forward with hers. I like what she had to say, because it shows how seemingly small words can really stick with you, depending on who’s saying them. Click inside for more.
The two were longtime friends
This Monday the Emmy Awards will air on NBC, and I expect it to be a good show that will have its somber moments. There has been some speculation as to how the Robin Williams tribute might be handled, and it sounds like they have something interesting in the works. From the moment we learned of his death, there has been an outpouring from the entertainment world—I can’t really say I’ve seen anything like it before. Billy Crystal, a longtime friend of the late comedian, will lead the tribute, and I’m really looking forward to hearing what he has to say about Williams as a friend and collaborator. Click inside for more.
In honor of one of the Greatest Entertainers of all Time
The cast of the new Broadway musical Aladdin paid homage to the late Robin Williams this week with a special, one-time-only audience sing-a-long performance of Friend Like Me, a song that Williams recorded first for the Disney animated feature film Aladdin. As you can see in the embed above, Tony Award-winner James Monroe Iglehart (who won his award for playing the Genie in the Broadway version of Aladdin) led the cast, crew and audience in a special rendition of Friend Like Me after their performance Tuesday night. This homage was really lovely, I think. Please enjoy.
"Ladies with an attitude, Fellas that were in the mood"
The sad death of Lauren Bacall yesterday brought to mind an interesting fact that was first noticed by my friend David Russell, who is a HUGE Madonna fan. Lauren Bacall was the last living legend from the Golden Age of Hollywood that was name-checked in Madonna‘s 1990 song Vogue. As you should be well aware, Madonna pays homage to 16 Hollywood legends in the lyrics to Vogue and now that Lauren Bacall is gone, all of those icons are truly memorialized in song. More »
"My family has always been private about our time spent together"
Yesterday we read a very sweet tribute message that Zelda Rae shared on Twitter in memory of the death of her father Robin Williams the day before. Since then, Zelda and her brothers Zak and Cody released longer personal statements in the wake of their father’s death. In response to Zelda‘s tribute, Frances Bean Cobain (the only child of Courtney Love and the late Kurt Cobain) shared a message of support for her on Twitter as well. But, very unfortunately, these personal statements opened up Zelda to horrible abuse by people who inundated her with tasteless jokes about her father’s death. As a result, Zelda has decided to quit social media “for a good long time” altogether. Sigh. The letters shared by Robin Williams‘s children, tho, are exceedingly poignant and worth reading in full below. More »