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Something Blue! Meghan Markle Finds Stylish and Sentimental Ways to Add Color to Her Reception Look

Meghan Markle may have opted for monochrome and traditional white palette during her wedding ceremony, but the new royal embraced another wedding tradition by adding touches of blue to her second look for her wedding reception.

The Duchess of Sussex, 36, stepped out with Prince Harry for the evening party in a sexy open-back Stella McCartney evening dress featuring a high halter neck.

Her first something blue was sneakily and stylishly incorporated into her second look courtesy of the soles of her custom white satin Aquazurra shoes which were dyed baby blue.

Meghan also honored her mother-in-law, the late Princess Diana by wearing her emerald cut aquamarine ring on her right hand, PEOPLE confirms.

Diana famously wore the emerald cut Aquamarine stunner to an auction of her own clothes at Christie’s in 1997. The jewel is part of a set — the other piece is an aquamarine bracelet, where it’s connected by five strands of pearls. She wore both to a gala dinner in Australia in 1996.

Eva Hartling, the vice president of Maison Birks — Meghan’s favorite brand — tells PEOPLE she expected the bride to wear something blue during her wedding ceremony but thought the sweet touch was perfect.

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“I thought she could have gone with something blue with a piece of jewelry for example in her first look, but we saw it in her second look with her ring belonging to Diana,” says Hartling. “I think that was symbolic.”

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Meghan also changed up her hairstyle — and hair stylist — turning to George Northwood to create her effortless updo, after go-to Hollywood stylist Serge Normant created her bridal hair moment for the ceremony.

It’s the event of the year! Be sure to keep up with all of PEOPLE’s royal wedding coverage and don’t forget to check out everything you need to know about Meghan Markle’s perfect style.

The former actress once said that Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s bridal look was “everything goals” and she appears to have taken notes from the late star with her own elegant and effortless bridal style.

Meghan and Harry had a fairytale wedding in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, where she wore a gorgeous custom Givenchy design by the label’s British Artistic Director, Clare Waight Keller, that was fit for an elegant princess.

The service was attended by close family and friends, including Queen ElizabethPrince PhilipPrince CharlesCamilla, Duchess of CornwallPrince William and Kate Middleton. Charles had a special role in the service, escorting Meghan down the aisle after it was confirmed that her father, Thomas Markle, couldn’t attend the wedding.

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Following the ceremony, the newlyweds will climb into the Ascot Landau carriage from the Royal Mews to take them on their first horse-drawn journey through the streets of Windsor.

The pair began dating in July 2016 after meeting on a blind date and were first revealed as a couple in October 2016. During their high-speed, long-distance courtship, Harry and Meghan spent time together at each other’s respective homes in London and Toronto, where Markle filmed Suits. The seventh season of the USA legal drama was Meghan’s last.


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The message we want to send this week: No matter its record, every team — from No. 1 Nashville to No. 31 Ottawa — is good at something. So in these rankings, we look at what each team (or a specific player) does best statistically.
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X-Men Gold: Kitty Pryde Just Did Something Crazy

The newest chapter of X-Men Gold sees Kitty Pryde make one of her most difficult decisions since becoming leader of the X-Men.

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Marvel Did Something Really Cool With the Avengers: Infinity War Poster

Marvel’s teaser poster for Avengers: Infinity War continues a trend established with the first Avengers and carried through to Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The teaser posters for the first three Avenger movies act as a throughline of the MCU, featuring a main design alike in all three posters but with different details to reference their respective team-up films.

The posters all feature the iconic Avengers logo. The logo in the Infinity War poster, though, prominently features a purple hue because of the incoming threat of Thanos, with a mix of reflected colors to seemingly match the various Infinity Stones. Check out an image gallery of the posters below. Age of Ultron’s teaser poster matched its titular villain’s design, while the original Avengers featured a more subdued version of the logo.

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Elizabeth Smart Opens Up on Triggers for Painful Memories: ‘I’ll See Something … and It’ll Take Me Back’

By all accounts, Elizabeth Smart is doing remarkably well.

The 30-year-old is living a normal life — something that she never dreamed possible after she was kidnapped from her bedroom late one summer’s night in 2002 and brutalized by her captors, Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee, for nine months before being rescued.

Smart got married five and a half years ago. She lives in lives in Park City, Utah, with her husband, Matthew Gilmour, and her two children, Chloe, 2, and 8-month-old James.

But Smart still has moments where she remembers the trauma she endured as a teenager.

On Monday, she spoke with Access Hollywood’s Natalie Morales and Kit Hoover to promote her upcoming television projects — I Am Elizabeth Smart, a movie that premieres Nov. 19 at 8/7c on Lifetime, and the second half of her two-part documentary special, Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography, which airs tonight at 9 p.m. on A&E.

During the interview, she spoke about various triggers that bring the horrific memories back to the surface.

“I have been so blessed,” she says. “I have been so lucky. I have not struggled with PTSD. I mean there are moments where I’ll see something or maybe I’ll smell something and it’ll take me back.”

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“One time I was visiting my grandma and she had a book of Russian art on her table,” Smart continues. “I was flipping through it looking at it and there’s a picture of Rasputin in there, and I saw a picture of him and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh. That looks just like Brian Mitchell.’”

Despite the traumatic memories, Smart says that she’ll tell her children about her ordeal when they get older. “I’m certainly not going to hide it from them,” she says. “Already, I struggle with not wanting to be so overprotective, but protect them enough. Finding that balance, that’s hard.”

“I talk to my daughter all the time and say, ‘nobody has the right to hurt you, or scare you, or make you feel afraid,” she says. “And if anyone ever should, you need to tell me.”


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2 Women Are Turning Old Ivanka Trump Clothes Into Something You Can Feel Good About

The Rational Dress Society is an American social experiment/anti-fast fashion brand that makes just one garment ― an “ungendered, multi-use” jumpsuit designed for daily wear. The company’s development a sizing system that accommodates over 248 body types, but at the moment they’ve got their eyes on just one human: White House advisor and clothing purveyor Ivanka Tump.  

The Society’s new clothing drive, aptly titled “Make America Rational Again,” calls on consumers to send “gently used and emphatically discarded” Ivanka Trump merchandise that will be rewoven into new, made-in-the-U.S.A. special edition jumpsuits.

Unlike the Society’s typical suits, the Ivanka versions will be “millennial pink” with gold accents, the video above notes. 

Citing the hypocrisy of Donald Trump’s “buy American, hire American” rhetoric ― both the president and his daughter source their products largely from China, where Ivanka Trump’s clothing manufacturer uses a factory that violated labor standards ― the Society’s founders Abigail Glaum-Lathbury and Maura Brewer have a clear message they wish to convey to the president’s daughter.

“You offer a path to women’s liberation and empowerment achieved through inspirational hashtags and pink polyester blouses,” they told HuffPost, addressing Ivanka Trump. “But your promises are empty. We reject the siren call of marketplace feminism in which freedom is measured by buying power. This so-called feminism is achieved on the backs of low-paid garment workers and working-class people everywhere.” 

Glaum-Lathbury and Brewer also said the demands of the Rational Dress Society for Trump are simple: “Shutter your businesses, renounce your political ambitions and move to a commune in western Montana.” (Ethics experts would certainly be pleased.)

Make America Rational Again, or M.A.R.A., just launched Thursday. But Brewer and Glaum-Lathbury cheekily said the response “has been tremendous! Huge!” They’ve already received four garments to be recycled: “A sweater, a dress, a purse and an ‘awful and ugly Trump tie I got for Christmas many years ago,’ to quote the donor.”

The M.A.R.A. website offers a mailing address for submitting Ivanka Trump clothes, lists locations of drop-off centers in multiple states and provides information on how to otherwise participate in the drive. The clothing will be collected during the months of May, June and July, then sorted and spun into yarn to make the jumpsuits. The recycled Ivanka Trump versions will be auctioned off some time in the fall, with proceeds donated to organizations focused on ensuring fair labor in the United States. 

Oh, and no worries if you bought Ivanka Trump products that were mislabeled as another designer. The Rational Dress Society will take those, too. 

“Together, we can transform these itchy plastic blouses, dresses, and pencil skirts into the building blocks of a better future,” the project’s video declares

Head to Make America Rational Again to learn more. 

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These Super Bloom Engagement Pics Look Like Something Out Of A Dream

Love is in full bloom for Mary Costa and Mike Marsoupian.

On March 11, the Los Angeles couple headed to Walker Canyon in Lake Elsinore, California for an engagement photo shoot among the now-Insta famous “super bloom” ― an explosion of wildflowers thanks to an especially rainy winter in Southern California.

The fields of vibrant California poppies were the perfect springtime backdrop for the photo shoot, which was shot by photographer Alyssa Marie and first featured on Green Wedding Shoes

“The super bloom was truly magical,” Mary told HuffPost. “It looked like the Wizard of Oz, and we couldn’t get over the colors! It almost looked like a fake backdrop, it was so perfect.”

Mary and Mike had been dreaming of a wildflower location for their engagement photos, but couldn’t find anything that was in bloom for months. Then the couple’s florist Angelena Moio of Shindig Chic told them about the super bloom in Lake Elsinore.

“Mike and I loved the idea of being surrounded by the poppy ― the California state flower ― especially since he’s originally from Michigan and I’m from New Hampshire. It was perfectly symbolic of our home [together] here,” she said. 

The super bloom craze on social media brought many people to Lake Elsinore, making the location very crowded when the couple arrived for their shoot. 

“Thankfully our incredible photographer got to the location extra early and discovered that we could avoid everyone and still see gorgeous poppies if we hiked far into the trail ― so that’s what we did!” Mary said. 

The pair ― who are tying the knot on June 2 in Camarillo, California ― first met in April 2013 when mutual friends took Mary, who is also a professional photographer, to see Mike’s band perform in Silver Lake. A few months later, their paths crossed again at a friend’s birthday party where they really hit it off. 

“We went on our first date a few days later and have been inseparable ever since!” Mary told HuffPost. “Mike eventually admitted that he stalked my photo blog for over a year before that first meeting, which I found incredibly endearing.”

Below, more photos from the eye-catching shoot. For more on this story, head over to Green Wedding Shoes

Credits: Photography: Alyssa Marie Photography | Florals, paper flowers, and piñata: Shindig Chic | Bride: Mary Costa | Groom: Mike Marsoupian | Hair & Makeup Artist: Nicol Artistry | Bride’s engagement ring: Suzanne Kalan | Bride’s yellow skirt: Morning Lavender | Bride’s lace top: Pretty Little Thing | Bride’s flowy dress: Jenny Yoo | Groom’s blue jacket: Express

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Everyone Missed Something In Those New ‘Game Of Thrones’ Photos

Few things are as great as knowing something before you’re supposed to. It’s the same feeling you get from yelling at Steve on “Blue’s Clues” about what the clues actually mean. He’s giving you that blank stare, not because he’s actually staring into a camera lens and can’t hear you, but because you’re a total boss.

Jon Snow will never have that feeling. Jon Snow knows nothing. However, we might know something new about him and where “Game of Thrones” is going. It’s all because of this photo:

After HBO released Season 7 photos, including this one of Sam and Gilly, fans have been frantically trying to decode what Gilly is reading.

Now, apparently, they have.

As reported by “Game of Thrones” fan site Winter is Coming, Redditor itsjayrr pointed out that the page seems to be out of George R.R. Martin’s book The World of Ice & Fire, which tells the history of Westeros. The passage talks about Azor Ahai, the person who’s supposed to save everyone.

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Upon our own inspection, it does seem like key words in the image do match up with the text from the book.

On the page from The World of Ice & Fire, we hear about “The Long Night,” a time when winter supposedly lasted for a generation. Then, a hero known as Azor Ahai came along to help rid the land of the White Walkers. A prophecy tells of the return of Azor Ahai, sometimes used interchangeably with the term The Prince That Was Promised. Either way, this legendary character is seen as the person who will ultimately save Westeros.

The paragraph further emphasizes the importance of the prophecy within the “Game of Thrones” universe and makes us wonder: who will be Azor Ahai?

Is it Dany? Is it Jon Snow? Someone else? The debate can go on and on.

Kit Harington told HuffPost that he didn’t care if his character, Jon Snow, is the Prince or not, which is probably for the best. If the page Gilly’s perusing is from The World of Ice & Fire, Snow has bigger problems.

Something is coming to “Game of Thrones,” and it ain’t winter … 

It’s Ice Spiders.

Oh what a tangled ice web we weave …

Following the revelation about the book, we checked out our own copy of The World of Ice & Fire.

When you look at the specific section of text, it’s easy to notice that the rest of the page has a reference to the White Walkers using giant ice spiders. There’s even a picture of White Walkers with the spiders. If the book Gilly is using is some version of The World of Ice & Fire, continued reading will reveal the same. 

Giant ice spiders have already been mentioned on the show. Old Nan told Bran about them back in Season 1, saying the White Walkers’ spiders were as big as hounds. 

Are the spiders coming? Time will tell.

But, yeah, duh, why not? 

If this book on the show is being looked to as fact, Sam and Gilly better hope they have Hagrid from “Harry Potter” coming to help. That dude loves spiders. Ron will probably want to stay home.

Ice spiders are coming.

“Game of Thrones” Season 7 premieres July 16.

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#WhiteHouseScentedCandles Prove That Something In There Sure Smells

Something foul has taken hold of the White House this year. Do you smell it? Can’t quite pinpoint the exact odor. 

So we let Twitter do it for us! For this week’s HuffPost Comedy hashtag game, we asked the Twitterverse to come up with names for #WhiteHouseScentedCandles.

Their olfactory systems couldn’t wait.

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Seeing Red, Feeling Blue, Something Borrowed, Something New

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“J. Steven Manolis: A Survey of Works,” Coral Springs Museum of Art, Installation view. Photograph by Sargent Architectural Photography.

By Bruce Helander

The massive and brightly-hued survey exhibition of J. Steven Manolis’ work currently on view at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, now in its second month of attracting record crowds of art lovers, has a show attendance and quality standard that’s hard to equal. This unusual museum survey simply is spectacular in every important aspect, from presenting daring color combinations of deep red to inventive, transparent blue splashes to formidable black and white compositions.

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Splash, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 180 in. Courtesy Coral Springs Museum of Art.

Having followed this South Florida cultural landmark for over a decade, I don’t recall another show there, other than the striking Hunt Slonem retrospective that was mounted there in 2010, which possessed the same kind of dazzling overall saturation of color and movement albeit in a narrative context. There are few exhibits at the Coral Springs Museum in recent memory that seem to take your breath away as you enter the main gallery, which now is flooded with light from the inside out to illuminate the more than sixty works solidly based in the principles of abstract expressionism, which often are adapted by Manolis from past pioneers of this genre. Don’t get me wrong. These works are not appropriations of any particular artist’s images, but are a respectful and engaging interpretation of a historic style made new. The word is out that this is an extraordinarily surprising gem of a show that is not to be missed.

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“J. Steven Manolis: A Survey of Works,” Coral Springs Museum of Art, Installation view. Photograph by Sargent Architectural Photography.

The unique exposition also has attracted the attention of notable writers such as the celebrated British critic, Anthony Haden-Guest, who penned a major review on Manolis for the well-regarded London publication Spear’s. Also in the mix is a rare observation by senior critic and art historian Donald Kuspit, who is known widely as the foremost practitioner of psychoanalytic art criticism (and the author of Britannica’s article on the history of art criticism), as well as being an expert on contemporary painting. His quote in the impressive catalog that accompanies the exhibition, which calls Manolis a “modern master,” has sent out smoke signals for this red-hot show to South Florida residents, from West Palm Beach in the north, where he is concurrently displaying work at the Center for Creative Education, to Greater Miami in the south, where the artist operates an immense 5,000 sq. ft. studio off Brickell Avenue in the emerging artists’ neighborhood nicknamed Lemon City.

When I first met J. Steven Manolis, I immediately was struck by the serious, professional attitude he had about his career as an obviously multi-talented artist, and his personal commitment to creating adventuresome, action-packed paintings that retained a remarkable freshness even while attached at the hip of abstract expressionist theory and history and seemed to vibrate off the gallery walls.

I later learned that Manolis had been interested in becoming an artist at an early age, but not surprisingly, like so many other artists and musicians (he is both), had not received the enthusiastic support of his parents, who naturally were concerned about him securing an education that eventually would guarantee regular employment. Manolis followed his parents’ “guidance” and pursued a business degree, which led to a successful career as the youngest partner in the Salomon Brothers’ investment firm. He did, however, promise himself that he would continue his interest in art, and participated in private art lessons over a thirty-year period with the renowned colorist painter Wolf Kahn, who in turn studied with Hans Hofmann, the eminent abstract expressionist artist and teacher. Since the early 1980s, Manolis has been enthusiastically painting privately and extensively, ultimately developing a recognizable iconic style where color synchronization and poetic movement in the first dimension become engagingly beautiful and harmonious.

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Redworld, 2015, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 120 in. Courtesy Coral Springs Museum of Art.

Manolis was with Salomon Brothers until 1992, leaving to found his own successful investment and real estate firm, Manolis & Company. When he decided to exit his business career entirely just over two years ago, he immediately switched gears and began painting full time with a personal goal of achieving a high level of polished professionalism, which should be obvious to viewers of the Coral Springs Museum of Art (CSMoA) survey exhibition, ranging from the artist’s small and intimate Key West watercolor studies to his massive canvases that wholly embrace abstract expressionism.

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Key West–Splash–Sunset, 2016, Watercolor, gouache and acrylic on Arches paper, 12 x 16 in. Courtesy Coral Springs Museum of Art.

Great artists that I know personally also are influenced by the music of their time, but many of those working in an abstract expressionist mode clearly preferred listening to American jazz, a kind of abstracted improvisational arrangement of musical notes, while they painted. It should be pointed out that many successful artists are musicians also. Larry Rivers had a band, and some members of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles were painters before rockers. Manolis has been playing in a band most of his life and recently performed on stage. With a necessary rhythmic equation deeply embedded into a standard recipe for cooking up abstract expressionism, there is little doubt Manolis’ rhythm guitar has subconsciously influenced the movement felt in his painting. Jazz and abstract expressionism still are considered the most important purely American cultural inventions in history, and it’s not surprising that we are experiencing a new renaissance and growing curiosity about second generation abstract expressionist painters like J. Steven Manolis. This classic and uniquely American style of painting is celebrated in Manolis’ exceptional and commanding survey exhibition, which itself may be a pivotal event in his fast-moving, distinguished career. No doubt about it, this is a milestone in the fresh approach to superb picture-making, whose historic foundation and risk-taking has made it possible to continue with a great and proud American painterly tradition.

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Black & White, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 84 x 144 in. Courtesy Coral Springs Museum of Art.

Particularly powerful in Manolis’ repertoire in this show is his series of challenging and dramatic canvases that are limited specifically to black and white pigment, which are like Franz Kline’s glorious experiments without a hint of color, which still are considered his best works and continue to supersede in value any other variety of Kline’s work at auction, even today.

For historical context, it needs to be pointed out that the exhibition at CSMoA is a pretty remarkable achievement for a painter who had kept his studio activities essentially private for most of his life. Another informative testament on Manolis’ artwork, related to my own observations as an art critic, is from Michael Monas, President, Coral Springs Museum of Art, who observed, “This is by far the most exciting and powerful exhibition at CSMoA in the last twenty-three years [that] we have ever had.”

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“J. Steven Manolis: A Survey of Works,” Coral Springs Museum of Art, Installation view. Photograph by Sargent Architectural Photography.

I once asked Robert Rauschenberg what was the secret of his success as an artist? He replied that there was no secret. An artist must have a deep inherent natural talent and work like crazy seven days a week. Manolis works eight. The proof is in the pudding, as evidenced in this delicious show.

A beautiful 125-page hardcover book (printed by die Keure in Belgium) includes critical essays and eighty color plates.

For additional information on the exhibition at the Coral Springs Museum (which continues through February 28): Coral Springs Museum of Art and on the artist (or to order the book): http://jstevenmanolisart.com/

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He’d Like to Buy the World Something Other Than a Coke

Thanks to Rohan Oza, celebrities like Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Aniston and 50 Cent are chugging and plugging soft-drink alternatives.
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You Could Find Something Good in a Bag of Chook Shit: A Guide to Life

You Could Find Something Good in a Bag of Chook Shit: A Guide to Life


Yes, this is another self-help book but this one is different from all the rest. It’s not going to take you six months to read and the words `enlightenment’ and `spiritual’ are nowhere to be found. Brief and to the point, this is a realistic and simple approach to finding some peace in the chaos of everyday life. Written by two sisters who grew up in the same family living with the same circumstances, but dealt with things very differently. Their step dad would say to Sheree “You could find something good in a bag of chook shit” meaning no matter how bad a situation was Sheree would always find something positive. Debbie on the other hand struggled to have the same optimistic outlook. Together they discovered a way to transform their lives, especially Debbie’s; it has changed her life from one extreme to the other. They hope this book helps everyone find something good in a bag of chook shit.

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Carrie Fisher Wanted Her ‘Fantastic Obit’ To Read Something Like This

Many touching obituaries have been written in the wake of Carrie Fisher’s death on Tuesday.

Yet, none are quite like the one the witty 60-year-old author once wrote for herself.

In Fisher’s 2008 memoir Wishful Drinking, which she also adapted into a one-woman show, the actress describes an exchange she had with “Star Wars” creator George Lucas about her iconic Princess Leia costume. She writes:

“George comes up to me the first day of filming and he takes one look at the dress and says, ‘You can’t wear a bra under that dress.’ So I say, ‘Okay, I’ll bite. Why?’ And he says, ‘Because … there’s no underwear in space.’ I promise you this is true, and he says it with such conviction too! Like he had been to space and looked around and he didn’t see any bras or panties or briefs anywhere.”

Lucas, who deemed gold bikinis A-OK in outer space, later explained to Fisher the logic behind his no-bras-in-other-galaxies rule, which she also describes in the book:

“What happens is you go to space and you become weightless. So far so good, right? But then your body expands??? But your bra doesn’t — so you get strangled by your own bra.”

She then reveals how she would like her “fantastic obit” to read:

“Now I think that this would make for a fantastic obit — so I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.

And Fisher fans on Twitter certainly obeyed: 

And, at The Huffington Post, we’re honoring that too, Carrie. Rest in peace.

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Adam Pascal Talks Crossword Puzzles, Sobriety And Taking The Role Of Shakespeare In Something Rotten On Tour

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I met up with Adam Pascal at the St. James Theatre where he, along with the rest of the talented cast, welcome theatergoers to the Renaissance nightly in the tongue-in-cheek Broadway show Something Rotten. Although the Broadway show will be ending its run on January 1st, Adam, along with Rob McClure and Josh Grisetti, will be taking the show on tour. I met up with Adam Pascal in his dressing room at the theatre. He’s still as good-looking as he was in his Rent days, and was introspective and thoughtful as we covered a wide variety of topics.

Is there something that you bring with you to every dressing room?
A crossword puzzle book. I’m obsessed with crossword puzzles. I find them very soothing and meditative. I’m not someone who puts up pictures and moves into dressing rooms. If it’s a good part, I’m not in the dressing room too much!

You live in California. Is your family still there?
Yes, it’s the real bain of my existence, being separated from them. But moving back here isn’t the right choice for us. We’ve been out there for ten years, so my kids have their lives and their friends out there. This is what I do, and I do love it. And as long as people keep responding positively to the work that I do onstage, then I’m going to strive to do it and keep getting better and expanding my perceived abilities.

What’s the best part of it for you?
Feeling like I did a good job. That’s why I prefer theater to camera work. You get a full complete experience; getting to the end of the story and knowing that you just entertained however many people, hopefully a full house. And you get a sense of accomplishment every day. You don’t get that immediate gratification, that reaction, in film and television work as its very impersonal, and I respond to the feeling of a job well done.

This show is, in part, a spoof on Shakespeare. How you ever performed in a Shakespeare production?
No, I haven’t.

Would you want to?
I don’t think I would. It’s not my thing. To be completely frank with you, I’m not moved by it, I don’t understand the language enough to be moved by the material. So I don’t strive to get to that level where I could be a Shakespearean actor. I think it needs to be in your blood. Maybe I’m too simple, but I’ve seen a number of Shakespearean productions and I was left feeling empty and bored.

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You’ve originated a lot of roles. This role was originated by Christian Borle. Is there a different kind of pressure taking on a role that someone else originated?
I find that there is less pressure, and I think that I prefer taking over a role originated by someone else. If I’m originated something, it’s a lot slower of a process. When you take over for someone, the hard work is done and you just have to slip into the costume, metaphorically speaking. I’ve found that I’m good at interpreting something that someone else originated and making it my own. I find it easier. I’m lazy quite frankly!

I thought you did a great job making it your own.
I wouldn’t know how to copy someone else’s performance; it would feel like stealing. And I love what Will and Christian did, but I wouldn’t know how to do it the way each of them did it because that was unique to them.

You have an accent for this role. Is that fun?
Yeah, I love it. I like to disappear as much as I can into a role. So the more makeup, the more accents, the better. That’s what makes it fun, to be as far removed from me personally as I can get.

How was it performing the day after the election results?
Coming back here, the day after the election, was a difficult experience, and the mood was reminiscent of coming here after 9/11. It was hard to come in that day, and the mood in the theater was grim.

The ultimate message of the show for me was about being true to yourself. What allows you to believe in yourself?
That’s a good question because I have a hard time believing in myself. Every job I get, I say “how am I here?!”. I feel like an imposter. I know that I’m good at it, but I have a hard time internalizing that I’m good at it. And I feel like, at any moment, someone is going to pull back the curtain and say “aha you suck!”. It’s really more of a question of this being what I know how to do. I’ve been successful for twenty years in theater so I’m going to continue to work in theater because it’s where I seem to have the most luck. And I feel incredibly lucky.

You have so many fans.
I grew up playing in rock bands. I will always be colored by the experience of, for many years, playing in empty bars and empty clubs, and what that feels like to pour out your creative soul and be ignored. So, to even acknowledge that I have fans, I feel like “wow there are actually people here.” It will forever be ingrained in my mind that I will walk out there and there will be a couple of people at the bar. So I’m incredibly humbled by my fans; it’s quite amazing and I’m forever thankful for them.

Do you have any kind of mantra that you live by?
Not really. I find that, if you have a mantra, you eventually break it. If you have a code of “this is how I live my life” you eventually break it. I’ve been sober for almost four years, and I definitely was somebody who said something and did another and I spent many years living like that. So now I just try to be good to my family and be honest and act in a way that I didn’t act when I was using. I guess you have a different perspective after you go thru that kind of thing. When you risk losing everything that matters to you, and you somehow come out of it without having lost it, for me, I just try to keep my head down and live my life the way I should live it. And not talk about it or preach to other people. Because no matter what anybody told me, I had to figure it out. And so, like I said, I want to walk the path that I think I need to walk, keep my head down and stay out of other people’s business. Look at the hypocrisy of this world – look at the president-elect – there’s no bigger hypocrite than that.

Hamilton is such a craze and it brings me back to Rent and the phenomena surrounding it, for different reasons than Hamilton, but similar in the sense of it being a movement.

There are such strong similarities. If anything, Hamilton is a bigger phenomenon because of social media and the internet. In 1995, social media didn’t exist. So our show basically was a word of mouth thing. Hamilton went nuclear much quicker because of social media. And yeah, I know some people in the show, and I’ve definitely watched them and was nostalgic about my experience. I was a little envious that they were able to have this type of experience without the incredibly heartbreaking loss that we endured, losing Jonathan Larson the opening night of our dress rehearsal off-Broadway. Our experience was, and always will be, colored by Jonathan dying right when this thing was taking off. I envy them not having this heaviness surrounding them, and being able to enjoy the experience without the sadness we had to deal with.

Something Rotten ends its Broadway runs January 1st. What’s next for you?
Me, Rob and Josh are going out on tour. We start immediately, on Jan 10th, and the following week we officially open in Boston.

See Adam Pascal in Something Rotten on Broadway, or on tour early next year. Get tickets here.

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Stephen Curry Still Plays Like He Has Something More to Prove

Underestimated for most of his life, Stephen Curry redefined basketball to become one of the most electrifying and relatable players ever. But he still plays as if he has something more to prove.
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This Virtual Reality Sex Suit Looks Like Something from a Futuristic Nightmare

It’s $ 400 and already sold out.​

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Andrew McMahon Reveals the Real Story Behind Something Corporate’s “Konstantine”

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On This Week’s Cheap Celeb Finds List, Rihanna Wears Something We Can Actually Afford

Get your credit cards ready, because after seeing this week’s cheap celebrity finds list, you’re going to want to go shopping.

Between Jennifer Lawrence’s easy, breezy $ 60 dress, Rihanna’s affordable blouse and Emmy Rossum’s Ann Taylor steal, we were overwhelmed by all the cute items we saw in Hollywood over the past couple of days.

Check out the best cheap thrills below and let us know which ones you’re lusting after.

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ASOS Romper with Cutout in Tile Print, $ 58

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Ann Taylor Tall Embroidered Trim Dress, $ 159 (50% off with code WEEKEND50)

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Flynn Skye Scoop Back Maxi Dress, $ 132

Rihanna’s top

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Ines De La Fressange Paris Camisole, approximately $ 94 US (85€)


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Naya Rivera To Release Memoir Called ‘Sorry Not Sorry,’ Because That’s Something She Would Do

Great news for anyone who ever wanted to read anything written by Naya Rivera. The former “Glee” star announced on Monday that she’s releasing a memoir, and it has the most Naya Rivera title ever: Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up.

Rivera is promising “juicy” stories — and she’s not sorry about it.

Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up is set to hit shelves in spring 2016.

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Something to be Thankful For

Something to be Thankful For


A middle-age paranoid manager and a bad boy rocker try to persuade each other that in a relationship age does not matter. Music manager Julianne Richmond’s life gets turned upside down when her musical prodigy Cameron Justice announces that he is in love with her. Normally she would be flattered but she’s in her forties and he is just a babe which in her book has the making of a bad love song. Bad boy rocker Cameron Justice has everything…money, a beautiful mansion, expensive cars, and the lead in an upcoming movie. He is admired by women from all over the world and the envy of men. Spoiled and rotten to a fault, Cameron is used to getting his way. So when he confesses his love to his manager Julianne he naturally thought she would accept. Unfortunately, Julianne turns him down like a hot potato because he is too young for her and bruises his fragile little rock star ego. On one of his wild tirades Cameron packs up his things and leaves Hollywood. Spurred by the mass hysteria of Cameron’s fans Julianne hops in a car and drives halfway across the country to bring his psychotic butt home. But once she finds him back in the sleeping little mountain town where he was born, dressed in tight-fitting jeans and a plaid shirt she discovers maybe having a sexy young blond mountain man might not be a bad thing. Reader Advisory: This story has been previously released as part of the Cougars and Cubs anthology by Total-E-Bound.

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Something Blue

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What happens when dreams come true, but it’s not all it was supposed to be?River Blu’s music has made her the stuff of legend, she’s every bit a rock star who dominates the pop charts. But through the years a secret haunts her, making it impossible to give her heart to anyone or anything other than her music. When River’s life is in danger she turns to Noah for help. They have a history together, one he’d like to repeat, with a different ending. But first he has to figure out who from her past is trying to kill her.

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Independent Spirit Award Nominee Andrea Suarez Paz: “I Hope to Play Something Impossible”

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Actress Andrea Suarez Paz. Pic: Andrea Suarez Paz

Currently, up-and-coming actress Andrea Suarez Paz takes on the role of an immigrant mother in New York City, whose autistic son, marvelously depicted by Jesus Sanchez-Velez, wonders off into the baffling depths of the city’s subway system — a means of transportation that in so many ways resembles the complexities this metropolis throws at her patient residents. The New York Times calls Sam Fleischner’s tranquil account Stand Clear of The Closing Doors, a “small miracle of a film.” Suarez Paz was recently nominated for the much-sought after Independent Spirit Award for best supporting female, alongside Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone, Patricia Arquette and Carmen Ejogo. In an interview she reveals passions and insights.

What was your first reaction to the nomination for the Independent Spirit Award and how are you feeling now?

I was shocked and ecstatic! I found out about a minute before my four year old son got off the school bus, and it was hilarious trying to explain to him why I was jumping up and down. I now feel a really luxurious sense of relief that my work actually translated, that it was felt by the audience.

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Andrea Suarez Paz in Sam Fleischner’s ‘Stand Clear of the Closing Doors’. Pic: Andrea Suarez Paz

While acting, you have a very strong presence, on stage as well as now in your first feature. Where is that place of strength within yourself you seem to draw from?

Actually, I always try to remain conscious of the tools I have at hand: breath, body, voice — and I just incorporate them as I perform a particular story, or lines. I strive to be purely honest and I think there’s a lot of power that comes with that.

Why did you come to New York City to pursue this career? Had you also considered alternative places, as well?

I am really bad at alternatives. I get confused picturing all kinds of different scenarios. So I decided on New York City, because I was young and I fell for the mystique of Scorsese and De Niro, acting conservatories, the grime, the subway and the streets of New York. I was feeling empowered when I made the decision to make a radical change and move to New York City, without having any money or knowing anybody out here. That was over ten years ago and these have been some of the hardest, most grueling years of my life.

What drew you to your part in “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors”?

Everything. It was a movie about being lost in New York City. The child is lost, the mother is lost and the vastness of the city is the backdrop of their drifting. You see the subway and the beach and they are both limbs of the same monster and it just made me wonder, what the hell is this merciless, amazing universe of a city? Where you are afraid to be found, even if nobody sees you? What would it be like for me to lose my precious child and to have to keep my cool, because my only chance of ever touching him again, relied in me not being deported? Not calling attention? Parts like these are an actor’s blessing!

How was working with director Sam Fleischner and what particular qualities does a good director have, in your opinion?

I think the quality I identify with the most when it comes to working in a team, is flexibility. In my opinion, a great director has a nice balance of a well set vision and the willingness to have that vision molded and changed by circumstances, the environment, other people’s input, etc. Sam actually taught me that. He made me realize how nurturing an attitude of flexibility is and how expanding. This also permeates into every cell of the process.

Who would you like to work with next and what type of character would you like to play?

It’s hard to say. I hope to be able to play something really multilayered, something impossible, that’s what I always wish for.

What part of the experiences as a mother in real life were you able to integrate in your part?

Well, I am a relatively new mom, but I remember when Sam and I started talking about the character and how he wanted to keep her very naturalistic and internal and sort of calculating. I thought, “Sure! That sounds very interesting, no problem,” and my son was about 9 months at the time. Then the film was postponed for a year for a few reasons and I was kind of bummed and he said to me that this time would be important, because I would have more experience as a mother. I thought, “a mother is a mother.” I didn’t think there’d be much difference. The months passed and I had been thinking about my character and how I would want to do things, considering she had to act so thoughtfully, so not from her gut, because she has so much at stake and she wants and has to keep it all together and I was having fun just making random cerebral choices here and there. In the meantime, my son had gotten better at walking, and one day while shopping at the supermarket, I suddenly lost him. Immediately my mouth went dry and my heart started pounding in my throat. It was a matter of seconds before I was screaming his name down the aisles and saying, “Please help, lock the doors, call the manager,” to other customers. I found him smelling coffee a few yards and I thought, “Oh, keeping it in is going to be harder than I thought.” Subsequently, I used that a lot, that having to quiet myself down, because that was my only option and what worked best, in order to find my son.

What type of preparation do you undertake to get into character?

I usually read the script many times and make many notes and then I spend my time ridding those notes of what comes from my own opinion rather than the character’s according to the story. That’s the hardest part, usually, letting go of my judgment. I try to work hard on staying true to the story and away from “what I would do.” It’s not what I would do it’s what this person is actually doing. That helps me free myself up.

In the film, your son Ricky is suffering from autism. What did you know about Asperger’s/autism beforehand?

I knew nothing about Autism or Asperger’s when I started the process. I read a lot of books in the subject, all varying widely in information. Nobody really knows what Autism is exactly or what to do about it in order to get the best outcomes as the child grows. I learned that no two brains are alike, autistic or otherwise, so in my research I found all kinds of stories and realized that even though every parent’s journey is different and personal, there is that common ground of not knowing how your child will develop. That is very stressful and it can, and usually does completely take over your life.

How do you feel are Latin American/Hispanic actresses represented in Hollywood these days? What are the perks, what are the obstacles?

I see mostly a lot of typecasting but I also see a lot of change happening and a lot of opportunity being shaped up. There are actresses doing a fine job of the sexy Latina stereotype and stuff like that but there are also women willing to push those boundaries and present the wider spectrum of what a Hispanic woman is, or are simply saying, “I am a woman with life experiences, I’ve lived a life that involves everything,” or you know, many of us are New Yorkers whether by birth or by transplant. We live in a city full of people from every corner of the world and we share the same experience of living, struggling and falling in love in the city, or whatever. I try not to see my ethnicity as an obstacle and I hope I can find empowering roles to play, just as many others like me. I think we have a good thing going and I’m willing to keep searching for those roles.
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Kid President And Grover Remind Us We’re All Good People Who Have Something To Give

Kid President, with the help of his furry blue friend Grover, is here to give you and everyone you know a rousing pep talk about how we all can make a positive impact in the lives of others.

“Helping the people around you … It’s easier than you think,” the duo said in a video posted on SoulPancake’s YouTube channel on Oct. 10. “You don’t have to have all the answers; you don’t have to be super strong. You just got to show up … You’re never too small, or too blue and furry, to make a big difference.”

Kid President, also known as 10-year-old Robby Novak, and Sesame Street’s Grover are raising awareness about Socktober, an initiative that encourages everyone — adults and kids alike — to collect and distribute socks (and other basic essentials) to the estimated 600,000 people who are homeless in the United States.

“Together, we can change everything,” Grover says in the video, later quipping, “People who make the world better for other people are some of the best people.”

Plus, changing the world is a lot more fun with friends.

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How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing

How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing


You’ve heard of amazing deals, online discounts, outlet shopping-but has anyone showed you how to shop for free? Meet Kathy Spencer-hot, hip mom of four who can whittle a 7.22 grocery bill down to one penny. One penny. Now, this smart, sassy, step-by-step savings guide teaches you how to do just that by revealing: Kathy’s killer two-for-one shopping strategyWhich stores have the best savings-and how to cash inMonth-by-month steals and off-season shopping secretsHow to amass so much free stuff that you’ll have to give it away You’ll learn how to find the best savings and combine them with store promotions, coupons, rewards programs, and store credit to get almost anything for free-from organic produce to makeup, baby formula to brand-name clothing. With an eye toward cutting your monthly spending on the basics, Spencer guides you through many popular stores-including CVS, Kohl’s, Office Max, PetSmart, Target, and Home Depot-and explains how to maximize your savings. Follow Spencer’s plan, and before you know it, you’ll be shopping for free.

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This Man’s Impassioned Cover Of ‘Say Something’ On A Street Piano Will Leave You Speechless

Watch out, A Great Big World, this man’s gorgeous cover of “Say Something” will stun you.

A video uploaded to YouTube captures Michael McNamara performing on a Cobourg, Ontario, street piano in Canada. The piano, called “Foxgang Amadeus,” was painted and placed on the streets as part of Cobourg’s “Keys to Our Town” art initiative, according to the video description.

The piano player’s raw, impassioned vocals really demonstrate his amazing talent. He’s got some pipes!

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Something Rotten (Thursday Next Book 4)

Something Rotten (Thursday Next Book 4)


Thursday Next, Head of JurisFiction and ex-SpecOps agent, returns to her native Swindon accompanied by a child of two, a pair of dodos and Hamlet, who is on a fact-finding mission in the real world. Thursday has been despatched to capture escaped Fictioneer Yorrick Kaine but even so, now seems as good a time as any to retrieve her husband Landen from his state of eradication at the hands of the Chronoguard. It’s not going to be easy. Thursday’s former colleagues at the department of Literary Detectives want her to investigate a spate of cloned Shakespeares, the Goliath Corporation are planning to switch to a new Faith based corporate management system and the Neanderthals feel she might be the Chosen One who will lead them to genetic self-determination. With help from Hamlet, her uncle and time-travelling father, Thursday faces the toughest adventure of her career. Where is the missing President-for-life George Formby? Why is it imperative for the Swindon Mallets to win the World Croquet League final? And why is it so difficult to find reliable childcare? Dimensions :19.7 x 12.8 x 2.5cm

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