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Paris Hilton Talks Wedding & Baby Plans at Skincare Launch

The Hilton heiress dishes wedding plans with beau Chris Zylka at the launch of Paris Hilton Skincare in Las Vegas. Is motherhood in Paris' near future? Watch!
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Amazon’s Jennifer Salke Talks Exec Diversity, Teases Jill Soloway’s Post-‘Transparent’ Project

Last year, Amazon Studios head Roy Price was fired by the tech giant amid a sexual-harassment scandal. On Saturday, Jennifer Salke, the highly regarded executive whose job it is to plot a new course for Amazon’s entertainment division, discussed the company’s future. Appearing at the Television Critics Association press tour with Amazon co-heads of television […]

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Keri Russell in Talks to Join Star Wars: Episode IX Cast

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How LeBron’s move changes Kawhi Leonard trade talks

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Riverdale’s Camila Mendes Talks Dating Her Non-Actor Boyfriend

Camila Mendes, Nylon MagazineWhen it comes to her dating life, Camila Mendes is keeping her eyes outside of Hollywood.
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Reebok’s Former Creative Director Thomas Steinbrück Talks Shop, Ready for His Next Move

IT’S ALL GOOD: Rejuvenating in Switzerland now that his two-year run as Reebok’s creative director is over, Thomas Steinbrück said he is gearing up for his next post with a European company. With that announcement expected to happen in the next few weeks, he was relishing some down time with his mother. “It’s so calm. There’s nothing — just mountains, quietness, cows, fresh air, good food and I sleep like a baby here. A week is like five weeks of vacation on the beach for me,” he said.
With Reebok, he lined up the collaborations with Vetements and Cottweiler, among others. He said he oversaw a 50-person team handling graphics, creative direction and colors, but was holistically influencing more than 100 people, including the design team for shoes, apparel and Reebok Classic, among others. Steinbrück said, “I loved what I was doing. I loved that brand. I loved the team. The people are awesome there. The story of the company is incredible. I learned a lot.”
He also imagined the interiors for Reebok’s new headquarters in the Innovation and Design Building in downtown Boston working with the architectural firm Gensler. His suggestions included open seating for employees so that no one is in

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Tarek El Moussa Talks Working With Ex-Wife Christina

The "Flip or Flop" star opens up about working on their hit show with ex-wife Christina and trying to stay professional. Watch "Daily Pop" weekdays at 12|11c on E!
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Mushroom-Made Fashion Authority Aniela Hoitink Talks Global Change-Sparked Innovation

CAPPING FAST FASHION: Mention of mushrooms conjure all sorts of images, but for Dutch textile designer Aniela Hoitink mushroom mycelium can be a course for fashion.
Among this year’s winners of The Global Change awards, Hoitink is taking part in an incubator program in New York this week. The crash course is made possible through Accenture, KTH Innovation of Sweden and the H&M Foundation. Other winners include Agraloop, which makes sustainable textiles from leftover crop harvests; Swerea, which separates cotton and polyester blends for a new textile fiber; Algalife, which transforms algae into eco-friendly dye; Resortecs, which creates a dissolvable thread and the Early Bird winner Tandem Repeat, which uses self-healing textiles to reduce garment waste.
Four years ago Hoinik started working with mycelium — mushroom roots, but it took two years to figure out a way to create a flexible material. The trick was to figure out how to avoid the brittleness that is a result of drying it. The second step was how to make materials from it without having a standard supply chain. Combined with 3-D technology, they’ve found a way to produce custom-made clothes out of this new natural fiber without the need to cut and sew. Once

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Pete Davidson Talks Mental Illness and Relationships

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Steven Spielberg in Early Talks to Direct Leonardo DiCaprio in Ulysses S. Grant Biopic

Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio are in early talks to collaborate on a Ulysses S. Grant biopic at Lionsgate. There’s no deal in place for Spielberg to direct, and Lionsgate had no comment on the report. The Grant project was set up at Lionsgate with DiCaprio and Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson producing a movie […]

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Coronation Street writer talks about ‘honest’ suicide storyline

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Pamela Berkovic Talks Fashion, Ballet and Backstage Photography

BERKOVIC BEHIND THE SCENES: “My backstage photography started with a stripper.”
Pamela Berkovic was unabashed about how her career has played out. “Then it evolved into fashion, theater, movies, ballet, the opera, but that’s how it started,” she said.
Referring to one of her favorite photos on view in New York, Berkovic said it took “months and months” to shoot the stripper, who also worked as a makeup artist. That’s how much time was needed for the woman to become comfortable and confident enough to give Berkovic the respect to go backstage at the underground strip club in Brussels. “I had three hours. There was a pimp and a lot of strange things going on. The pimp was yelling at the girls, yelling at me,” she said. “I was 20 years old. I brought my father and said, ‘Dad, you stay upstairs with your friends in case something happens. We didn’t have cellphones 20 years ago obviously. But it went well.”
She said, “I tried to repeat this when I came to New York, but New York is such a difficult environment to get into those worlds.”
Her father Charles, an artist in his own right, was in the room of well-wishers including Charlotte

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Ruth Chapman Talks Life After Fashion, Hot Labels That Are Bucking the System

LONDON — Ruth Chapman may be easing her way out of the day-to-day fashion business — and moving on to more cerebral pursuits — but that hasn’t tempered her passion for seeking the industry’s next great talents and rethinking brick-and-mortar retail.
It’s been a buzzy 12 months for Chapman, who sold Matchesfashion.com, the retailer she founded with her husband Tom Chapman in 1987, to Apax Partners in September in a deal valuing the company at $ 1 billion.
The sale was the surprise of the summer: For years the Chapmans had expected to pursue an initial public offering for their business, but in a matter of just a few weeks, they had multiple suitors knocking on their door, with Apax emerging as the winner.
“We got to a position where we were doing extremely well, the business was growing extremely fast and a lot of people came knocking. So we thought: ‘OK, we’ll continue to grow the business for IPO, but we’ll listen to what they have to say’ — and conversations began to develop,” said Chapman.
“We felt like we had done this for a really long time, and if we could step back that would be an exciting thing to do. Apax are a

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Kanye West Talks About Getting Liposuction And Battling An Opioid Addiction

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CEO Talks: Tailored Brands’ Doug Ewert and His Unwavering Focus

It was a David-and-Goliath-type of situation when the Men’s Wearhouse was negotiating to buy its archrival Jos. A. Bank a little more than four years ago. There was a back-and-forth bidding war between the competitors and ultimately, the larger Men’s Wearhouse walked away victorious.
But be careful what you wish for.
While the merger created the largest men’s specialty store chain in the U.S., the $ 1.8 billion acquisition added a hefty amount of debt to Men’s Wearhouse’s balance sheet and the Bank business was in worse shape than its acquirer realized. The promotional strategy it used to drive sales — buy-one-get-one, two, three or even seven, free — was unsustainable.
For two years, chief executive officer Doug Ewert took heat from Wall Street as he worked tirelessly to turn the Bank business around. Today, the newly named Tailored Brands Inc. has turned the corner, quadrupling profits in 2017 and posting comparable-store sales gains at its flagship Men’s Wearhouse and the Jos. A. Bank division.
Here, Ewert discusses the challenging journey to prosperity, the outlook for both businesses as well as its Joseph Abboud brand, its Moores division in Canada, the K&G superstore concept, and the outsized growth the company is experiencing in custom clothing.
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Kelly Clarkson Talks About Raising Her ”Bossy” Kids

Kelly Clarkson, The Ellen DeGeneres ShowKelly Clarkson is teaching her kids a lesson the tough way.
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China Ride-Hailing Giant Didi in IPO Talks, Likely Beating Uber to Market

Didi Chuxing Technology is holding discussions about a multibillion-dollar initial public offering that could happen as soon as this year, as it looks to amass a large war chest to fend off rivals in China and other countries.
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Avril Lavigne Talks New Album in First Red Carpet Appearance in 2 Years

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Carlo Rivetti Talks Passion and Innovation at Stone Island

A passion for product is what drives Carlo Rivetti, creative director and chairman of Sportswear Co. SpA, which manufactures the Stone Island brand.
Calling himself the “ideologist” behind the label, Rivetti said Stone Island was born in 1982 with an obsession and passion for product and product innovation.
Stone Island uses plating, coating, garment dying, copper, stainless steel, Kevlar, and reflective and heat sensitive materials for its garments. The Italian-based company has an in-house garment dying lab, where it can obtain 11 different colors on a garment, playing with the fabric, acidity of water, temperature, pressure and print. They have more than 60,000 dyeing recipes.
“My passion has always been to break boundaries. We always follow our ideas, and I’m sure that, sooner or later, the wave of fashion will hit us, and actually that happened,” he said.
Rivetti believes there are two key factors for Stone Island, one being the lab factor and a passion for research and experimentation. The central part is the product that includes shirts, pants, fleecewear, sweaters, coats and jackets. The second is that Stone Island gives status to its wearers. “The consumers feel important and proud when wearing Stone Island,” he said.
As the eighth generation of his family

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Sources: Kawhi’s talks with Jordan Brand stall

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Iskra Lawrence Talks Instagram Fame, Struggling With Eating Disorders at FIT Symposium

Inclusivity, the power of social media fame, the prevalence of eating disorders among models and how they can transcend size were among the issues discussed Friday at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
The Model Alliance’s Sara Ziff led the talk with Iskra Lawrence, Lauren Chan and JAG Models’ Gary Dakin, which was part of The Museum at FIT’s “Fashion and Physique” symposium.
Lawrence described an experience when she was 13, being backstage at a fashion show “buck naked” and unable to fit into any of the garments. After telling a stylist what was wrong, she said he told her, “Well, you’re too fat then,” despite the fact that she wore a size 4 to 6. That experience triggered her disordered eating for five or six years, Lawrence said.
Now an internationally known large-size model with four million followers on Instagram, Lawrence said she believes aspiration “should not be a look but a feeling, if that’s confidence, empowerment, even if it’s sexiness, whatever that might be.” To that end, she decided to share only untouched photos and to talk about her relationship with her body, “to show that even as a model or someone in the media, we all have the same feelings of

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Iris van Herpern Talks About Her Experimental Approach to Futuristic Design

Preparing for the final U.S. stop of “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion” at the Phoenix Art Museum, even the designer found herself considering her work in a new way.
In a phone interview Thursday, she said the museum’s expansive setup allows for visitors to see a big part of her work all in one room and the connectivity of her 10 years-plus career. “Obviously, as a fashion designer, I work in collections. Each collection has its own story, but there is always a continuity in the work. There are things that come back, materials that come back, textures that have become my identity over the years. Somehow seeing all my collections together over the years, I see my own work in a different light,” she said.
Once the exhibition moves on to Toronto, the Dutch designer plans to update it with more recent pieces from her past few collections. Known for her experimental, futuristic creations, the designer liked joint efforts. She recently did the dancers’ and singers’ costumes for Claude Debussy’s only completed opera, “Pelléas et Mélisande” at Opera Antwerpen in Antwerp. Marina Abramovic, who handled the sets, rang up van Herpen after seeing her designs. Up for the challenge, the designer said she met with

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After his year in space, astronaut Scott Kelly talks tech, rashes, and science deniers

After his year in space, astronaut Scott Kelly talks tech, rashes, and science deniersNASA astronaut Scott Kelly talks about his year in space and what it was like when he returned to Earth.



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The Marvel Horror Movies Nobody Talks About

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Google Parent Alphabet and Aramco in Talks to Build Tech Hub in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil giant and Google parent Alphabet Inc., two of the world’s biggest companies, are in talks about jointly building a large technology hub inside the kingdom, people familiar with the potential deal said. ​
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CBS, Viacom Move Toward Merger Talks as Boards Begin to Evaluate Possible Deal

CBS Corp. and Viacom have taken the first steps toward negotiating a merger as both companies have established special board committee to evaluate a possibility of a deal. CBS said Thursday its board has assembled a committee of independent directors to “evaluate a potential combination with Viacom Inc.” Viacom said it has “retained independent legal […]

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Rose McGowan Talks Golden Globes PR Stunt Comment

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Cardi B Talks Wedding Planning With Fiance Offset

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"Versace" Cast Talks Focusing On Shooter Andrew Cunanan

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Frankie Shaw Talks Showrunning, Storytelling and Season 2 of ‘SMILF’

Frankie Shaw ended 2017 on a high note. The first season finale of her auteur comedy “SMILF” aired on New Year’s Eve, and Shaw already has the date to return to the writers room for Season 2 booked (Feb. 5). Last year marked quite a professional turnaround for a woman who never felt entirely comfortable […]

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The Cycle: When a Grieving Mother Talks, Listen

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Camille Grammer Gives Health Update After 2nd Cancer Scare and Talks Wedding

Camille Grammer, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Season 8 Premiere PartyCamille Grammer says she is still in pain but is recovering well after undergoing surgery for skin cancer, almost four years after she was cured of a different type.
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Hospital Giants in Talks to Create U.S.’s Largest Operator

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CEO Talks: Donna Carpenter of Burton Snowboards

Donna Carpenter was only 20 years old when she walked into a bar in Londonderry, Vt., on New Year’s Eve in 1981 — and her life changed forever.
It was there that she met Jake Burton Carpenter, who had started a business out of his barn in 1977 creating this newfangled product called a snowboard. They married a year later and over the past 35 years have worked together to build Burton Snowboards into an undisputed leader in the snow sports industry.
Donna Carpenter, who started out dipping snowboards in polyurethane and answering the customer service line that rang in their bedroom, was named chief executive officer in February 2016. Over the years she has been credited with creating and expanding the company’s international operations, which now account for about two-thirds of its overall volume. She has also been a champion of the company’s initiatives for equality in the workplace as well as for its push to become a 100 percent sustainable company by 2020. The mother of three also oversees Burton’s Chill Foundation, its non-profit mentoring program for underprivileged children.
Here, Carpenter talks about Burton’s past, present and future and how the brand manages to remain on the cutting edge of snow

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Armie Hammer Talks Being Outspoken and New Film

The "Call Me by Your Name" actor reveals why he's speaking up against unjust social issues. Plus, find out why Armie is passionate about the film.
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Disney Re-Engages in Talks to Buy 21st Century Fox Assets

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Director Ridley Scott talks about replacing Kevin Spacey in new film

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Jay-Z Talks Relationships With Beyonce & Kanye West

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The Talk’s Host Search Is Over! Eve Joins as Aisha Tyler’s Replacement

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Karl Lagerfeld Talks Jewelry, Weinstein — and Acupuncture

Karl Lagerfeld hosted an intimate lunch gathering at his Left Bank showroom on Monday to celebrate the launch of a limited-edition jewelry collection of six Art Deco-inspired designs as part of his ongoing collaboration with the Swarovski Group.
Consisting of a collar necklace, cuff, chandelier earrings, two oversized rings and a brooch, the collection is due to go on sale on Tuesday at Karl Lagerfeld stores in London, Paris, Vienna, Dubai and Düsseldorf, with prices ranging from 129 euros to 799 euros. It will also be available for preorder at karl.com.
Each design has been produced in a limited edition of 25, numbered and engraved with the designer’s signature on the inside.
“My favorite piece in the collection with Swarovski is the bracelet,” Lagerfeld said, referring to the cuff with graphic black bands. He declined to delve into the inspiration behind the designs, which feature geometric patterns and a graphic letter “K” motif.
“I never talk shop,” he shrugged. “Because [French philosopher] Voltaire said everything that needs an explanation isn’t worth the explanation — so you look at it, and what interests us is your judgment, not mine.”
The designer was happy, however, to run guests through his choice of accessories for the day: his

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AT&T and Regulators Try to Dial Back Tension Over Merger Talks

A day after disagreements between AT&T and the U.S. government over the company’s proposed takeover of Time Warner spilled out into the open, both sides tried to mute tensions that threatened to mar negotiations.
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Kristen Stewart Talks Directing Debut

Kristen Stewart’s short “Come Swim” marks the actress’s directorial debut, turning a vision she had in her head for some time into a film now available for streaming globally.
Stewart was on hand Thursday evening briefly speaking about the film’s creation and the thinking behind it following a private screening at the Westside Pavilion. “Come Swim” tracks a day in the life of a man grappling with a broken heart, delving inside his personal thoughts and emotions that become so crippling before he eventually comes to and realizes he will be fine.
“It was like when you are so in your own head,” Stewart explained to those in attendance at the screening. “You have things, feelings that, in a really cliché way, are feelings you just think nobody could possibly relate to. Yet, they’re the most standard. There’s not, like, a thought or a feeling you’re going to have that nobody’s had before you, but somehow when you’re in that, you’re so alone. I wanted to be able to really step inside someone’s head and externalize that and then be able to take a step back afterwards and be like from the outside we see you so clearly.”
Water plays a symbolic role

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Little Big Town Talks Taylor Swift & CMA Awards Win

Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet dish on "Better Man" winning Song of the Year which was written by Taylor Swift at 2017 CMAs.
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Joe Biden Talks About His New Memoir, ‘Promise Me, Dad’

The former vice president writes about facing the death of his son Beau, deciding not to pursue a presidential run and dealing with foreign crises.
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Disney Held Talks to Acquire Assets of 21st Century Fox

Walt Disney recently held talks to buy some of 21st Century Fox’s cable-television networks, international distribution operations and movie and television studio, according to people close to the talks.
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Musk in talks to restore power to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s governor says he is “exploring opportunities” with billionaire Elon Musk to restore the island’s shattered electrical infrastructure using solar energy technology.
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Michael B. Talks Fashion at Piaget Beverly Hills

Watch and jewelry lovers turned out Thursday night at Piaget’s West Coast flagship on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills for a cocktail party and conversation with its U.S. brand ambassador Michael B. Jordan. The “Creed” star attracted a crowd including fellow actors Abbie Cornish, Anna Schafer, Sarah Wright Olsen and “This Is Us” star Lonnie Chavis, as well as Mohammed Sultan Al Habtoor.
In a question-and-answer session with Degen Pener, Jordan discussed his history with Piaget, his evolving style and favorite red-carpet looks. With help from his longtime stylist Jeff Kim, he highlighted his favorite fashion looks from a range of designers including Dior Homme, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood Man and Public School.
“Before I worked with Jeff, I didn’t really know how to dress myself. He’s helped me take a lot of risks,” said Jordan of his colorful style and embrace of pattern. His favorite Piaget timepieces include the Altiplano 60th Anniversary Limited Edition timepiece with a green patinated dial worn for the Met Gala and the diamond Altiplano 38mm 900P worn for the Golden Globe awards. On Thursday he wore the Piaget Polo S Limited Edition, which he referenced as his go-to watch for everyday.
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At Valentino, Alber Elbaz Talks Being a Nerd

SAVED BY THE BELL: It was back to school for guests attending the Valentino show Sunday, located in the gymnasium of the Lycée Carnot school, designed by Gustave Eiffel. So what kind of students were the show guests?
Clad in a black biker jacket with studded wave motifs at the back, Carla Bruni, who sat next to Valentino Garavani chattering away in Italian, looked like she’d have been a bit of a rebel. But the rest were remarkably well-behaved, so they all claimed.
“I was a very good student. I was a nerd and I remain one,” said Alber Elbaz. When asked if he had any projects in the pipeline, he teased: “You know, silence is a beautiful thing.”
Justice Smith, who has just wrapped filming “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” said he was a straight-A student. “I was so scared of the rules, although I think toward the end, that’s when I started to drop off. But I was a good kid, not to toot my own horn,” he said. Asked about his impressions of the French, this being his first trip to Paris, he replied: “Everyone tries to get you drunk, but I’m cool with that. We’ve been so jet-lagged. We were like,

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Abbie Cornish Talks Movie Production at Elie Saab Show

PRODUCTIVE WORK: Abbie Cornish is turning her hand to movie production. The Australian actress will be producing the upcoming “The Color of Flesh,” due to begin shooting Stateside next year, she revealed at the Elie Saab show on Saturday afternoon, where she joined guests including French actress Emmanuelle Béart.
“It’s kind of fun to be able to be on the other side,” said Cornish of her new role.
She will also have a starring part in the movie. “I play the portrait painter for Marie-Antoinette; it’s a love triangle between my character, Elisa, Marie-Antoinette and Count Alexis,” she revealed.
Otherwise, Cornish has been busy of late. She has no less than six movies coming out over the next six months, including Dean Devlin’s thriller “Geostorm,” due out Oct. 20, and comic drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” set for release in November.
It was the first time in a while that Cornish had attended a fashion week event, she said. “I haven’t been doing anything like this for a few years, I’ve literally just been working. I just took two months’ holiday – I did nothing, it was amazing, but it took me a couple of weeks just to learn the art of doing nothing.”

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Noel Gallagher talks about his new love song

Noel Gallagher says writing a song about love was “one of the best things” he has ever done.
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Girl Power! Mel B Talks Raising Daughters to Be ‘Confident, Strong Women’ – and What They Think of Her Spice Girls Music

Between raising three daughters, managing a busy career and finding time to hang out with her former Spice Girls bandmates, Melanie “Mel B” Brown won’t be slowing down any time soon — but she takes it all in stride.

“You learn something every day when you’re a mom — especially when you’re a working mom,” the America’s Got Talent judge tells PEOPLE. “You’re constantly trying to balance work, being a mom, making sure you’re there for the school runs and dinners and home-cooked food.”

Luckily, the age range among her daughters — Madison, 6 on Friday, Angel Iris, 10, and Phoenix Chi, 18 — often comes in handy. “Thank God I’ve got an 18-year-old babysitter on tap when she can be bothered to babysit,” says Brown, 42, adding, “My kids are great. They’re all very different.”

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Brown describes youngest daughter Madison — whom she shares custody of with estranged husband Stephen Belafonte amid their divorce — as the “snuggler.”

“Madison is just stuck by my side,” she says. “Madison will meditate with me and play with all of my crystals, and she’s really sweet.”

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Angel, on the other hand, isn’t so outwardly affectionate. “I need to beg Angel for a hug,” Brown explains. “Angel is very much in her own little world and very creative with the computer and making things and decorating her room.”

When it comes to Phoenix, she jokes, “I’m thinking I know what she does half the time, but she’s a good girl.”

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Though her daughters couldn’t be any more different, Brown is hoping to raise them all with the same principles.

“All you can give them is love, affection and attention and they go on their merry way,” she says. “I hope I’m raising three confident, strong women on the inside who are appreciative, respectful and supportive of other women.”

Plus, they all share a stellar repertoire of Spice Girls and ’90s era hits — whether they like it or not.

“I constantly play music around them and Phoenix was on tour with me,” she says. “One of them calls it ‘old people’s music.’ like, ‘What are you talking about? It’s ’90s pop. It’s the best genre of music ever.’ ”

She continues, “That vibe is brilliant. I listen to my own music all the time and not just my own solos, but Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys — I’m a ’90s R&B pop girl. I’m always going to be like that.”

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Though Brown says she spent time with her Spice Girls bandmate Emma Bunton (a.k.a. Baby Spice) at a bar after work recently, she says that unfortunately “there isn’t” a reunion tour on the way.

“I think everyone is pretty locked into what they’re doing. Everybody is busy, and everyone has families,” she says. “But I would be the first one to be up there!”


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Bachrach President Talks New Brand, Growth Opportunities

One-hundred twenty days. Maybe men’s retailer Bachrach could get an award for that.
In four months and at a cost of about $ 1.3 million, the company filed for Chapter 11, reorganized and emerged nine stores lighter, armed with a new plan for its future.
“The most important thing that we had to accomplish was to close the non-performing stores,” said president Brian Lipman of the bankruptcy’s objective. “Our portion of stores was spread between A, B and C malls. We’re a 100 percent mall-based retailer and some of the locations we had were either in the wrong malls for the product price point we sell or the occupancy costs were just out of the stratosphere. We just couldn’t make money in those doors. And that’s what we accomplished.”
Bachrach, via its in-court restructuring, closed nine doors and now has a fleet of 15 along with e-commerce, in both of which the company sees growth opportunities. While the retailer will consider store growth, that will be in existing markets and will avoid spreading the business too thin, which was one of its issues pre-bankruptcy, Lipman said. It will also look to nab a new, younger customer with the launch of a more fashion-forward, digital

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Tiffany Haddish Talks Reconnecting with Her Estranged Father on Hollywood Medium

There might be a familial reconciliation in Tiffany Haddish‘s future.

In a sneak peek of Wednesday’s Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry, the 21-year-old medium seems to channel Haddish’s paternal grandfather and leads the 37-year-old comedian to talk about her strained relationship with her father, who walked out on their family when she was only 3.

When Henry brings up a connection to a father figure, Haddish explains that she has tried to connect with her father over the years. “My whole point to meet my father was to know genetically, what do I have to expect and just, you know, where the hell your ass been?” she says in the clip. “Where your ass was at when I was out here living in the streets?”

Adds Haddish: “I reconnected with my dad when i was like 27,” she says of her last attempt to reunite with him. “I offered to let him come stay with me and let me take care of him and then he disappeared again.”

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Recently, however, Haddish’s father seems to have changed his mind. “Now, he reappeared and he says he wants to come stay with me now,” she says. “And there’s a part of me that’s like ‘You kinda missed that boat.’ ”

The rising comedic star appeared alongside Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah in the hit comedy Girls Trip, which premiered last month to rave reviews from critics and fans alike.

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Amazon ‘in talks over US ticketing market’

Amazon could soon be entering yet another new market – working with US venue owners to sell event tickets.
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Ann Curry Talks ‘Best of Times and Worst of Times’ in Journalism

Former “Today” co-host Ann Curry departed NBC in 2015. As she prepares to return to television with her new PBS series “We’ll Meet Again,” she has a mixed view of the current state of television news. “I rarely watch television broadcast, unless there’s something really breaking, something that’s happening that’s really happening,” Curry said Sunday… Read more »

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Prince William Talks About His ‘Incredibly Tough’ Days As An Air Ambulance Pilot

“It is days like this, when you know you have made a difference, that give you the determination to keep going.”
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TNT-TBS Chief Talks TV’s Transformation, Conan O’Brien’s Future

TNT and TBS are hip-deep in a “radical transformation” designed to keep the networks vibrant in a survival-of-the-fittest moment for traditional networks. That’s what TNT and TBS president Kevin Reilly told reporters Thursday morning during Turner’s portion of the summer Television Critics Assn. press tour. “We’ll be radically different in two years than we are sitting… Read more »

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Charlie Gard parents hold private talks about his end of life care

Both sides are discussing arrangements for terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard’s end of life care.
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Anne Hathaway Is In Talks To Become A Barbie Girl In A Barbie World

She’d replace Amy Schumer in the upcoming live-action movie.
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Rick Famuyiwa in Talks to Direct Martial Arts Movie ‘Son of Shaolin’

Sony Pictures is in negotiations with “Dope” director Rick Famuyiwa to come on board teen martial arts movie “Son of Shaolin.” Dwayne Johnson is producing with Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia through his Seven Bucks Productions company. Johnson is not attached to star in the film. “Son of Shaolin” is based on on the graphic… Read more »

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"Game of Thrones" Cast Talks Melisandre's Return

Nathalie Emmanuel, Liam Cunningham, Jacob Anderson, and more spill on the return of Melisandre in the new "GoT" trailer.
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Honda-Waymo Talks Stuck in Slow Lane, CEO Says

Seven months after Honda Motor announced plans to collaborate with self-driving car pioneer Waymo LLC, little progress has been made, Honda’s chief executive said.
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Carbon38 CEO Talks Ready-to-Wear Expansion

Carbon38’s success in fashionable activewear has the company turning greater attention to ready-to-wear.
The e-commerce firm had already made a push into the space in the spring with an 11-piece collection of looks that blurred the line between active and everyday pieces, including high-waisted pants, cutout detailing and bell-sleeve tops. A week after launching that initial collection, 40 percent of the styles were reordered.
“The ready-to-wear collection came out of a personal need, as with almost everything, it’s coming from a personal place,” said chief executive officer and cofounder Katie Johnson, adding the offering is mindful of a consumer who’s shuttling off to business meetings and then maybe catching a red-eye flight later. “When we first started dabbling in ready-to-wear, almost at the inception of our private label program, we recognized this insatiable need of our customer.”
The rtw offering is now expected to triple in 2018, according to Johnson.
The company named its just-launched, Made in Los Angeles collection Passport, which totals 14 pieces retailing from $ 125 to $ 195. The name reflects the travel season, playing up the items’ wrinkle-free, moisture-wicking features.
“It gives you that passport to wear this active DNA for the rest of your life,” Johnson said. “We quietly are creating

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Leah Remini Talks Scientology and the Aftermath Emmy Nomination: “I’ve Wanted It for Our Brave Storytellers”

Leah Remini, Scientology and the AftermathIt was a good day for Leah Remini.
The King of Queens vet was greeted on Thursday with news that her groundbreaking and controversial A&E docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the…

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Uber Rival Grab in Talks for Up to $2 Billion From SoftBank, China’s Didi

Uber’s biggest rival in Southeast Asia, GrabTaxi, is raising more money to battle Uber in the region—as much as $ 2 billion from Japan’s SoftBank and Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing.
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Jada Pinkett Smith Talks Reuniting With Queen Latifah 21 Years After Set It Off

 Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett SmithMore than two decades after making movie magic in heist classic Set It Off, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah are back and better than ever.
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Derek Hough Talks Julianne Hough's Fairy Tale Wedding

The "Dancing with the Stars" alum spills on his sister Julianne's wedding and his relationship with Hayley Erbert. Plus, find out if Derek wants kids!
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Talks Stall Between Abercrombie, Potential Buyers

Abercrombie & Fitch’s efforts to sell itself have stalled, leaving the struggling retailer to continue trying to right its business on its own.
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Daytime Divas’ Tichina Arnold Talks Dating After Divorce: ‘I Don’t Know How to Be Single Again!’

All the single ladies: Tichina Arnold could use some advice!

Following her divorce from Rico Hines last year, all is well with the actress these days. “Tichina is doing great!” she told PEOPLE at the McDonald’s 365 Black Awards, where the former Martin star was honored for her achievements in entertainment during this year’s Essence Fest in New Orleans.

Taking on her latest role opposite Vanessa Williams in the upcoming VH1 show Daytime Divas (based off of Star Jones’ book Satan’s Sisters) she couldn’t be happier. “I hadn’t read a script this good in a long time,” said Arnold, 48. Having had hilarious turns on shows like Everybody Hates Chris and Survivor’s Remorse, “I’m blessed,” she shared of her 35 years in Hollywood. “I’m not a star, I’m a survivor.”

But with her second marriage now over, she admitted there’s one thing she’s not so adept at. “I don’t know how to be single again!” she said with a laugh. “It’s sad. I don’t even know what to look at or what I’m into.”

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She didn’t always have this problem. “Right before my second marriage I was really cool with being single,” the mother of one shared. “I’d fell into a nice rhythm raising my daughter, and then here comes the second husband. It didn’t work out but I’m not sad or upset about it. Life happens. You’ve got to stay positive. And drink wine!””

In the past, “I always allowed the man to choose me, so I’m going to switch direction a little and give myself more time,” said Arnold. But even if love does come knocking again, “I doubt if I’ll ever get married again. I’m older now, I have no ideals. I’m blessed to have done it all.”

Last year also brought the loss of her close friend and Martin costar Tommy Ford. “Getting that call was gut-wrenching,” Arnold admitted of learning about Ford, who died following an aneurysm at age 52. “Everybody loved him. We’re all just devastated he didn’t live his full life.”

With a tough 2016 behind her, the actress is happy to re-focus on work with Daytime Divas. “I play Vanessa Williams’s nemesis! Vanessa is one classy woman, and now I’m like ‘Oh my God, I get to treat Miss America like s—!’” Arnold said. “I’m really excited.”


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Colin Field Talks Cocktails, Samurais and Sofia Coppola at Tasaki Event

LIQUID GOLD: Gold South Sea pearls and padparadscha sapphires were not the only attractions at Tasaki’s cocktail event, held on Sunday evening at the Ritz Paris. On the patio adjoining the hotel’s garden, Colin Field, aka the best bartender in the world, was dispensing cocktails made from a mix of sake and Champagne.
At the request of the Japanese jeweler, he was serving the Tokyo Oh Oh, made with Junmai Daiginjo Nigori Sake from Tsukino Katsura, a brewery founded in the 17th century. “This is the noblest sake you can find, mixed with France’s noblest wine: Champagne,” the bartender opined.
The cocktail has extra cachet, as it was named by Sofia Coppola. “I created it at the Hyatt in Tokyo [where Coppola’s “Lost in Translation” was set] and a few months later, I said to Sofia, what shall we call it? And she suggested Tokyo Oh Oh. I didn’t dare ask why Oh Oh — I was so pleased she had given it a name,” he recalled.
Still, in terms of exclusivity, nothing beats the Amaterasu, named after the goddess of the sun in the Shinto religion. It’s made with Junmai Daiginjo and cognac that has been macerated with truffles, and is garnished with

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Cardi B Covers ‘Fader,’ Talks About How Being Unapologetic Led To Her Success

Cardi B is the cover star of The Fader’s Summer Music issue.

The “Lick” rapper went deep with the magazine to discuss her journey from stripper to Instagram star to reality TV star to award-nominated artist.

The Bronx native told the publication she’s never been one to hide her big personality. But when she reached half a million followers on Instagram ― mostly due to her empowering and hilariously real videos ― fame wasn’t on her mind. She didn’t even think about following her dreams in music. She was all about handling the business in front of her.

“I was always scared to follow my dreams because if I follow my dreams and I fail, I can’t dream about it anymore,” she told The Fader. “It’s easier to settle for less.”

But a little encouragement from her manager led her to create her breakout single, “Foreva,” derived from one of her most memorable and viral moments on “Love & Hip-Hop: New York.”

Since dominating the reality series (and Instagram timelines), Cardi has dropped two mixtapes, signed a major deal with Atlantic Records and got nominated for two BET Awards. The rapper said though she feels guilty at times about her family struggling with money, she reminds herself of her work ethic.

“I do feel kind of guilty sometimes ’cause, like, I could buy myself a $ 5,000 dress or a $ 3,000 dress and I’m buying these things but I’m knowing that my cousin need money for the rent,” she said. “And then I gotta tell myself, ‘Stop feeling guilty. You worked for this.’ When I was a stripper, I used to strip like six nights a week. I used to bust my ass. And I didn’t stop [working]. Until today I work just as hard as I did before.”

Though Cardi is done with the strip club and reality television, she’s sure of her place in life now more than ever before, even with the criticism she may face.

“Am I ever gonna grow thick skin? No. I just gotta focus on making money,” she said. “Cause ain’t no going back. I’m gonna be famous forever.”

Read her entire profile on The Fader.

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PlayStation talks VR and blockbuster titles at E3

Sony’s showcase for the PlayStation at this year’s E3 gaming conference was all about the platform’s blockbuster games.
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James Franco Talks ‘Sleazy New York’ at Coach Breakfast

James Franco made his first appearance as the face of Coach’s forthcoming men’s fragrance wearing a navy intarsia sweater with a Space Shuttle motif — and talking about the “sleazy New York of the Seventies” and its then “burgeoning porn industry.”
The actor, whose face broke into a big smile the minute he addressed a press gathering on Monday morning in Manhattan, was referring to the yet-to-be-released HBO series “The Deuce,” in which he plays twins involved in that industry.
Coach unveiled a short commercial and print ad lensed by Steven Meisel, picturing Franco leaning against a vintage car with the Manhattan skyline in the background.
“The shoot was interesting,” Franco demurred, before sitting down to a three-course breakfast perfumed with cardamom, kumquat and geranium, which are among notes in the scent, produced under license by Inter Parfums SA.
The event fell on a special day for Victor Luis, chief executive officer of Coach Inc. “Today is my 11th anniversary at Coach,” he told the crowd, introducing Joshua Schulman, president and chief executive officer of the Coach brand, who started work that very morning and was toting a seating plan for the brand’s vast offices in a futuristic office tower at Hudson Yards.
“Things come full

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Rebecca Gayheart Talks Summer Plans With Eric Dane

The actress opens up about what she's got planned for her hubby Eric and their kids this summer at the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball.
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The Originals’ Charles Michael Davis Talks Directing Tonight’s “Turning Point” Episode

The OriginalsFor tonight’s episode of The Originals, the king of New Orleans also became the king of the set.
Charles Michael Davis, who has starred as Marcel Girard since the beginning of the…

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Christine Griffin Talks About the Learning Curve of Starting a Vail-Inspired Knitwear Collection

APRÈS SKI: Testimony to the gig economy, a former bank executive’s quest to find cashmere-like sweaters that wouldn’t irritate her sensitive skin led Christine Griffin to launch knitwear made of cotton and natural fibers.
With a home in the ski town of Beaver Creek, Colo., Griffin set out to design sweaters inspired by the Vail lifestyle — cozy oversize styles. While she and her husband have been skiing out west for more than 20 years, her father-in-law has known the lay of land since Beaver Creek first opened in the early Eighties. “He actually had the opportunity to buy a place in Vail for $ 10,000, but it was just too much at the time so he didn’t do it. We laugh about it now, but it’s not that funny. It’s really sad. It probably would be worth $ 10 million now. It kills us,” she said. “My husband is a professional ski instructor for fun. He’s a banker by trade, but his dream is to get out there and just be in the snow everyday in the winter instead of in a bank.”
While the mountain life agrees with Griffin, the preferred look — comfortable, big, chunky cashmere or wool sweaters cause her

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China and Europe in talks about moon base

The European Space Agency and China are discussing a potential collaboration for a human base on the moon.
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Met Museum, in Quiet Talks With City, Weighs an Admission Fee

Despite its history as a public institution with free entry to all, the museum is considering a mandatory charge to help address budget deficits.
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Alex Gore Browne Talks About the Upsides of Refined Distribution for New Cocktail Sweaters

LESS IS MORE: After relaunching her signature label in the fall with a collection of cocktail sweaters, Alex Gore Browne is keeping things small and exclusive for now.
Matchesfashion.com was the first to pick up the line, and Moda Operandi has added the spring collection. The 10-style assortment is more defined than the 30-item women’s wear label she introduced in 2000 and kept going until 2008. She spent the next eight years consulting first for Alexander McQueen and later at Nina Ricci for Peter Copping. Unlike her first go-round, the collection will not be found at Harvey Nichols, Browns, Harrods and Net-a-porter.
Browne’s m.o. is “to really pinpoint where it gets placed,” she said. Retailing from $ 125 to $ 1,500, the cocktail sweaters are meant to be paired with a long flowing skirt, culottes or anything else. “I just love the idea that when you go out in the evening, you can be really comfortable but look glamorous, as well. Sometimes a dress can be quite restricting,” she said. “I know if I’m really comfortable, but I also feel like I look good, I’ll have a much better evening. If I’m uncomfortable, I don’t mind for a bit. But I definitely can’t relax as

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Michael Bay in Talks to Develop ‘Hunting El Chapo’ Film Adaptation at Sony

Michael Bay is in talks to develop the film adaptation of “Hunting El Chapo” as Sony Pictures closes a deal for the rights to the book. Written by Cole Merrell and Douglas Century, “Hunting El Chapo: The Thrilling Inside Story of the American Lawman Who Captures the World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord” follows the manhunt for the… Read more »

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Pierre Bergé Talks Political Persuasions

LEFT BANK: With France’s presidential race heating up, Pierre Bergé in an interview published in French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche on Sunday revealed that he is rooting for French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.
The centrist candidate in the latest polls is running neck-and-neck with Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far right National Front party, as the two frontrunners in the French presidential election.
Bergé, a patron of the left who was a close friend of the late Socialist president François Mitterrand, also supported former French presidential candidate Ségolène Royal in the 2007 elections when she ran against Nicolas Sarkozy as the Socialist Party candidate.
“Ségolène Royal is Joan of Arc, Emmanuel Macron is a general of the Empire,” quipped Bergé in the interview, which centers on the ongoing sale of his personal library.
Bergé in the piece also dismissed rumors that Macron is gay and shared his theory on the success of the National Front, saying: “People are mistaken about the FN voters because they refuse to feel guilty.…The [true] voters of the FN [fascists] are a minority, the majority of them are people who have been left by the wayside by the traditional parties. The responsibility of the right and left parties in this is considerable.”
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Zayn Malik Talks Overcoming an Eating Disorder and Anxiety: Plus, Intimate Details About His Relationship With Gigi Hadid

Zayn Malik, 2016 American Music Awards, ShowZayn Malik is not the man he used to be.
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Saks Owner in Talks to Buy Neiman Marcus

The private-equity firms that own Neiman Marcus are in discussions to sell the struggling retail chain to rival Hudson’s Bay, owner of Saks Fifth Avenue.
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Logan’s Villain Donald Pierce Talks Hunting the Wolverine

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Pamela Anderson Talks Sensual Revolution

SENSUAL FEELING: Leave it to Pamela Anderson to reinject some sensuality into the world. In the countdown to lights down at the Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood show in Saturday, the diehard activist shared some color on a book she’s co-writing for the fall called “The Sensual Revolution.” “It’s about hoping the world doesn’t forget how to make love. I think we’ve become very desensitized, and that the human connection is missing, the art of being together. I think being an activist is sexy, and being engaged in the world is romantic,” said Anderson, who took in the show next to Rita Ora.

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“I’m doing it with a friend. We both come from different worlds, but we both agree that relationships are suffering because of so much access to imagery and things like that,” she added about the book.

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The actress didn’t seem too excited about the “Baywatch” movie due out in May, in which she makes a cameo appearance. “It was the best job in the world, and it’s just bizarre to look at characters I refer to as Mitch as The Rock,” she said referring to Dwayne Johnson

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Reza Aslan Talks ‘Believer,’ ‘The Leftovers’ and Our Extreme Times

Reza Aslan may be best known as the author of notable books about Islam as well as the best-seller “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” and he’s also in demand as a commentator on talk shows and cable news programs. But Aslan has several other irons in the fire, including the new… Read more »

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Wendy Williams Talks Life After 50-Pound Weight Loss: “This Is As Good as It’s Going to Get”

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Chrissy Teigen Talks Diversity in Modeling, Calls Asians “Underrepresented” at Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Launch

Chrissy TeigenThis swimsuit model is never shy about making waves.
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Mel Gibson in talks to direct Suicide Squad

Mel Gibson is reportedly in talks to direct a sequel to super-villain film Suicide Squad.
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Katie Holmes Hosts Red Dress Fashion Show, Talks New Projects, Rachel Platten Performs

Olympian Laurie Hernandez’s mother wouldn’t let her go through the gymnastics of trekking through a snowstorm to model in Thursday’s Red Dress fashion show, but the predominantly nonteenage talent made it as planned.
By the time the event’s host, Katie Holmes, arrived at Hammerstein Ballroom, actresses like Bonnie Somerville, Lucy Lawless, Peyton List and Lauren Holly were busy backstage with last-minute makeup touches. As “The Real” cohost Jeannie Mai warmly greeted a hanger-on, “The Brady Bunch’s” Maureen McCormick had more to tend to, hobbling by on a broken heel. More collected were three who know how to work a crowd, Veronica Webb, Rachel Platten and Star Jones. Several of the celebrity models circled by Macy’s chairman and chief executive officer Terry J. Lundgren, since The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection is presented by Macy’s.
Wearing a ruby red fringed and bejeweled Marchesa dress designed by her friend Georgina Chapman, Holmes’ work schedule is busy as ever. Along with the upcoming Reelz miniseries “The Kennedys: After Camelot,” Holmes will appear in Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky” and “Coup D’etat” with Michael Caine (which may premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival). Mention of the upcoming auction of Jackie Kennedy’s personal

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Humans Star Gemma Chan Talks Season 2

Humans returns for a second season on AMC this Monday, following its run in the UK this past fall. The science fiction/alternative reality series follows what life is like in a world where robotic “synths” have been created as readily available personal helpers, in every way you might imagine that could work – and what happens when it turns out a small group of synths are capable of independent thought thanks to their creator.

Gemma Chan has a central role on the series as Mia, one of these special synths, who was first introduced in Season 1 as “Anita,” a subservient personality that had been placed over her true self. I sat down with Chan to discuss Mia’s evolution and what she thinks of humans at this point, along with what it’s like to play this multilayered, multi-personality character. We also discussed her cameo in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as Ya Zhou, who briefly questions Newt Scamander as a delegate to the International Confederation of Wizards.

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Black-ish’s Yara Shahidi in Talks for Her Own Show: 15 More TV Spinoffs That Found Huge Success

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Boy George talks politics at Paris menswear, Dior goes dark

U.S actress Paris Jackson poses during a photocall before Christian Dior's Men fall-winter 2017-2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS (AP) — Music maestro Boy George got political at Paris Fashion Week as Dior Homme went to the dark side, creating a hard, brooding fall-winter collection. Here are the highlights of Saturday's menswear shows.



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We’ll Always Have Paris: Hilton Talks Biz at Moschino

HILTON SCOTT LOVE: It’s no secret Paris Hilton and Jeremy Scott go way back and, once again, the latter received the BFF treatment. “I’m so proud of him; it’s incredible what he’s achieved,” said Hilton at the Moschino show, his first men’s collection to be shown in Milan, where she sat front row with Sofia Richie, the younger sister of Paris’ old pal Nicole. “I’ve known him since I was 15,” she elaborated.
While she continued to strike poses even with no photographers around, Hilton actually is keeping busy and growing her fashion, accessories and beauty collections. “I have 19 product lines and I am launching my 22nd fragrance,” she proudly claimed. Expected to attend the Plein Sport and Dsquared2 shows, she is also building her lucrative career as a DJ. To wit, she was gearing up to DJ at the opening of the Philipp Plein and Plein Sport flagship on Sunday. “It’s fashion week — let’s party,” she said, which could be her life’s motto.

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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.

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The ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival Is Best When It Talks About Grief

There’s a moment in the opening chapter of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” after the first “la las” and Gwyneth Paltrow dig, when the long-awaited Netflix revival finally takes a second to breathe. Fueled by a late-night batch of coffee, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) convene in their rarely used kitchen to do the thing they do better than anyone else on television: talk.

“I’m just stressed out and kind of feeling my mortality lately,” Lorelai says after confessing that she willingly flipped through a brochure for an all-expenses-paid cruise, much to the women’s shared horror.

The line is especially significant given that the series, much like its caffeine-infused hero, is also contending with its mortality. Nine years after it was cancelled by the CW on the heels of a rudderless final season, “Gilmore Girls” has become the latest in a long line of early 2000s series to get the revival treatment. But instead of abandoning what made the show so beloved, “A Year in the Life,” at its best, honors the essential themes of the series (family, fighting and Al’s Pancake World, duh) by taking the Gilmore women on a yearlong journey of grief and self-discovery. 

Besides the steady stream of “Tuck Everlasting” water under Stars Hollow that’s apparently keeping everybody ageless, the undercurrent of the revival series is the death of actor Edward Hermann, who embodied Gilmore family patriarch Richard. His absence strikes Lorelai, Rory and his wife of 50 years, Emily (Kelly Bishop), who also shared a deep bond with Hermann off-set, in both devastating and humorous ways.

Each woman is facing a crossroads in life. Lorelai, now in a full-fledged relationship with Luke (Scott Patterson), is questioning her happily ever after. A sizable inheritance for an expansion of Luke’s Diner is revealed to be Richard’s parting gift to his daughter’s presumed husband, although Emily is happy to remind everybody that they haven’t gotten married yet. Emily is unleashed as a widow in mourning, wearing jeans, Marie Kondo-ing her Connecticut mansion and trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy without her other half. She’s made vulnerable by blow of losing a lifelong partner, but still retains the ability to verbally decimate anyone who dares cross her.

“You never do anything unless it’s what you want to do,” Emily seethes at Lorelai in a bitter showdown after she bungles a eulogy at Richard’s wake. “You never have. You blow through life like a natural disaster, knocking down everything and everyone in your path.”

Rory, too, has been affected, but we feel her mourning most acutely in the challenges in her career. See, the great Rory Gilmore is having trouble living up to her potential, bouncing from one freelance journalism gig to another before eventually moving home. We can only imagine that one of the driving forces behind her soul searching is her grandfather’s well-documented expectations of her success. In fact, it’s in his study that she finally discovers her true calling, writing a novel about her family titled Gilmore Girls.

Midway through the first installment we learn that Richard died suddenly due to a massive heart attack. His last words were, “Get the hell away from me,” Lorelai recounts in a therapy session (yes, we get Lorelai and Emily therapy, everybody), leaving his family with little closure and a lot of unresolved anger.

For all the talk of the perpetually chippy “Gilmore” universe, the revival isn’t afraid to go to the dark side, refusing to shy away from the the division and ugliness that can arise after a loved one dies. We witness each of the Gilmore women in a moment of desperation ― Emily’s is wearing jeans, obviously ― but as winter, spring, summer and fall pass, each finds a moment of clarity amid her grief, making them that much more human in the process. 

Graham and Bishop have always done the series’ heavy lifting, but their scenes together in “A Year in the Life” should make dual nominations for the actresses a given come awards season. Without the buffer that’s kept them from tackling a stable of mother-daughter issues, their relationship becomes the prism through which the series most successfully tackles the grieving process. In the closing chapter, “Fall,” an empowered Lorelai is finally able to deliver the eulogy she meant to at the start of the series after coming to a revelation on a “Wild”-inspired adventure.

Her monologue about the “best birthday ever” with her father is too long and heartbreaking to include here, but let’s just say it involves Richard Gilmore, a mall pretzel and the movie “Grease.” In perhaps the most rewarding moment of the four chapters, Graham successfully communicates the complicated but fierce love she had for him while on the phone with a mother that was never truly able to understand her. 

“I got up enough courage to look up at him,” Lorelai tells Emily with tears streaming down her face. “And he was standing there with a pretzel. A giant pretzel, covered with mustard. And he handed it to me and he said, ‘Let’s go.’ And he took me to the movies.”

Big deaths on television are commonplace these days, as the stakes have been considerably raised since “Gilmore Girls” went off the air. What distinguished the series, even back when it was airing before “One Tree Hill,” however, is that it has never been particularly plot-heavy. Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino doled out big life moments with a glorious stinginess in the original run, making sure the audience recognized the importance of each one.

We sobbed along at Rory’s Chilton graduation because the series had earned our tears and now we mourn Richard and Hermann’s death because the revival treats it with the gravity it deserves. Instead of limiting grief to some easily digestible three-episode arc, “Gilmore Girls” prefers to look death straight in the eye, much like the series “Six Feet Under” (shoutout to newly minted park ranger Peter Krause), by authentically exploring what these women have lost over the course of a year and how it has shaped them.

And as for those final four words, with death comes life. So as Lorelai Gilmore would say: “Full freakin’ circle.” 

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Terrance Talks Travel: A Pocket Guide To South Africa

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Saints’ Drew Brees: Pace of contract talks not hurting team (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2016 file photo, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees stands for the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Saints, in Atlanta. Brees asserts that the hefty final year of his current contract hasnt hampered New Orleans ability to attract top free agents this offseason because he is committed to negotiating an extension that would improve the Saints financial flexibility. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

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Eugene Kim plays ‘David’ on Showtime’s Dice and Talks About His Upcoming Film Car Dogs

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Coming off of his starring role in the critically acclaimed film Sake Bomb, Eugene joins the elite in comedy on Showtime’s Dice, an ensemble cast in the film Car Dogs and portrays 10 different characters for one job. The young actor seems to do it all… and well.

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Talking to actor Eugene Kim makes me hungry. Looking at Eugene’s selfie (see below) makes me NOT hungry. There’s only one thing to do about my predicament – but first, I must look up how to spell the word ‘predicament’.

When I was in college at SUNY Stony Brook around (cough), Andrew Dice Clay did his stand-up show at the student center. It was sold out in minutes. So you can imagine my delight when I found out about Showtime’s Dice!

Let’s see what Eugene Kim has to say for himself!

You play ‘David’ in Showtime’s new series, Dice, which premiered April 10. Tell us about the audition process.

It happened so quickly. I got the call at 10am to go in and audition at 2pm. As an actor, you have a choice to either freak out at the short amount of time you have to study, or you just tackle it. I did a little bit of both.  

The casting director had me do it several times. Got to play with the material, which I love. My character, David, is a passionate gay man who marries into Dice’s family, so I went into the audition dressed well, attire that fit the scenes I read for.

The next day, I got the job. Flew to Las Vegas the following week and started filming.

Were you a fan of Andrew Dice Clay before you got the role? How was working with him? Any insight into ‘David’? Funny stories?

Dice is a Legend! There’s no one like him. While doing standup at the Comedy Store years ago, I got to watch him do his thing. He killed it. The audience loves him. I’m not the most social person when I perform, so I kept to myself.

Working with him on set was amazing. He’s a stellar guy and an extremely talented actor. Every actor wants to feel safe in their environment. I definitely felt that with him.

‘David’ represents all the men and women that judge Andrew based on his act, having only a two-dimensional view of who he is as a comedian, without knowing that behind the scenes, he is a loving father, partner and friend who’s often misunderstood. That’s where the comedy lies in the show. It’s poignant, articulate but hilarious.

After filming a scene, we were all talking. Andrew wanted a picture taken, so I moved out of the way. He called me out, and said he wanted the photo with me. So I stooped over and smiled for the photo. 

He then said, “NO ON MY LAP!” It was hilarious. One of the producers actually made a poster of it with the words,”Hickory Dickory Dock” on it. 

Tell us about your upcoming film Car Dogs with ensemble cast Octavia Spencer, Nia Vardalos, George Lopez and Dash Mihok.

The story unfolds over the course of a day. A car sales manager, (Patrick Adams, Suits) is given an intense deadline by his father (Chris Mulkey,Whiplash) also the owner of a car dealership. He must sell 35 cars by the end of the day. 

We filmed in Arizona for a month. Shooting in Scottsdale, there was a lot to do. It was like we were back at summer camp. It was a blast.

I did go through many bottles of Visine though — it’s so dry out there.

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Eugene Kim. Seriously, Eugene, what are you eating?

You’ve voiced several video games including World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, done motion capture on Batman: Arkham Origins. How does working on a video game differ from film/TV?

Voice-over work is a different beast. There’s something liberating in knowing an audience will hear only your voice. It’s like wearing a mask. It gives you the license to be whomever you want.

Doing a video game, you say each line three or four times and then you move on. At the end, you make a bunch of specific attack and wounded sounds. Its such a silly and unnatural thing to do but it’s a vital part. In contrast to film/TV, most of the time you’re not working opposite anyone in voice-over work which can be a little tricky.

I also just did my first Audiobook for the novel “The Walled City” by Ryan Graudin. Beautiful book. I portrayed 10 different characters. Voice-over relies so heavily on the imagination- was a great experience.

Is Eugene Kim your birth name? Are you named after anyone?

It is. My parent’s just liked the name Eugene… randomly.  Conveniently, it translates to Yu-Jin, which is a girl’s name in Korea. 

I just tell people it was very cold in the hospital where I was born. [AUTHOR’S NOTE: Haha! I get it! But not really…]

Your sister is a doctor and you studied child psychology. Why did you choose acting instead of psychology?

My sister is an MD PhD radiation oncologist at Duke. Her focus is on brain cancer. I tell people she got two Doctorates because there were supposed to be two doctors in the family.

Technically, I chose both acting and psychology. You need psychology in acting. You have to analyze your characters without judgment and understand their behavior patterns and defense mechanisms. I am an entertainer, and as trite as it may sound, acting chose me.

I think I can do both. I still want to work with kids and also homeless veterans. I’m just able to do that from a different place now.

What are you addicted to?

Sugarfish sushi. 

Are you a morning or evening person?

Evening.  

Were you really on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood?

No, I have no idea why that is on my IMDb. But hey! I’ll be your neighbor!

What are your thoughts on the Presidential election this year?

I feel like it’s become a big reality show.

If you were asked to break a mirror for a role, would you do it?

Yes. If I needed to break a mirror in a scene, I’m sure there would be a powerful meaning behind it. I’ll do anything to tell the story in the most poignant way… And I try not to give superstitions power.

What’s your favorite meal?

A juicy Bone-in Pork Chop served medium with an Apple Compote, side of Truffle Mac and Sautéed Kale. #gout

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Second Chance’s Dilshad Vadsaria Talks Greek, Revenge, and the One Thing You Should Never Do to a Costar

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Rumblings: Bickell, Dano might be back; Kopitar talks continue; Nylander, Manson impressing

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Director Paul Feig Talks Funny Women, How Chris Hemsworth Got Cast in Ghostbusters, and More

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Google’s Eric Schmidt Talks Tech at Tory Burch

Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt is thinking about fashion, being cool and how artificial intelligence can help brands connect the two.
The billionaire, who’s on Tory Burch’s advisory board and was front-row at the designer’s spring show Tuesday, told WWD that computers are getting closer to helping fashion make better decisions.
“What is the trend in fashion? More and more product, it’s more and more confusing with faster product cycles,” Schmidt said before the show. “Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a solution which said, ‘Well, we’ve sort of modeled this and this is where things are going and this is the emergent stuff.’ And so it would make sense. It would make you smarter, it wouldn’t replace you.”
Schmidt, who has also invested in retail tech and mobile commerce, imagined computers with artificial intelligence being able to take a picture of a dress and tell a brand whether it was going to be cool or not.
“There’s a science around cool,” he said. “And the science is that cool people move and then everyone else moves. If you could model that and if you could figure that out, that would help you because then you’d have a jump and you’d say, ‘I

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Familiar Talks on the History of Music

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New – This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 Excerpt: …may well be called the Wagner of the seventeenth century, for the repetition of this orchestral interlude at different portions of the journey to Hades had in it all the elements of what we call the Leitmotiv (leading-motive). The scene of Act IV is laid in Hades. After long pleading,

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Mike Epps Talks ‘Soaking’ Up Richard Pryor Role, Hints At Timeline

After a long casting process, it appears Lee Daniels’ Richard Pryor biopic is set to begin production soon.   

The late comedian will be played by Mike Epps. According to Epps, the all-star cast — which includes Eddie Murphy, Oprah Winfrey, and Kate Hudson – is scheduled to begin filming in March 2016. 

“We start prepping in January, and start shooting in March,” he said during an interview with The Huffington Post. “Eddie Murphy’s playing my father, Oprah Winfrey’s playing my grandmother, Kate Hudson’s playing my girl, and I’m playing Richard Pryor.”

Epps went on to share how preparing for the role of Pryor, who died in 2005, has required him to delve into the many layers of the late comedy legend.

“Right now, I’m just really soaking it up. I’m just a sponge right now,” he said. “Just doing a lot research on the history of Richard Pryor. Trying to figure out the things that I need to figure out to play certain scenes. How I need to feel. What state of mind I need to be in, because this guy was a roller coaster, man. It wasn’t easy. [He was] close to something that’s scientific — broken down into a whole lot of different ways.”

As the 44-year-old actor gears up for the iconic role, he is also busy promoting season 2 of Starz’s original series, “Survivor’s Remorse.” The comedy series, which is produced by NBA superstar LeBron James and follows the life of a young professional basketball star, Cam Calloway (played by Jessie T. Usher), as he navigates his newfound fame, wealth, and personal relationships.

While the show addresses relevant topics surrounding the lives of professional athletes, Epps — who plays Calloway’s uncle, Julius — says the show isn’t just relatable to people in the world of sports.  

“The whole show itself is relatable to anybody that’s in show business because it’s ‘survivor’s remorse,’” he said. “So the whole thing about money, family, and friends, and love and all that — it all ties in together.”

“Survivor’s Remorse” premieres Saturday August 22 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT

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Mike Epps Talks ‘Soaking’ Up Richard Pryor Role, Hints At Timeline

After a long casting process, it appears Lee Daniels’ Richard Pryor biopic is set to begin production soon.   

The late comedian will be played by Mike Epps. According to Epps, the all-star cast — which includes Eddie Murphy, Oprah Winfrey, and Kate Hudson – is scheduled to begin filming in March 2016. 

“We start prepping in January, and start shooting in March,” he said during an interview with The Huffington Post. “Eddie Murphy’s playing my father, Oprah Winfrey’s playing my grandmother, Kate Hudson’s playing my girl, and I’m playing Richard Pryor.”

Epps went on to share how preparing for the role of Pryor, who died in 2005, has required him to delve into the many layers of the late comedy legend.

“Right now, I’m just really soaking it up. I’m just a sponge right now,” he said. “Just doing a lot research on the history of Richard Pryor. Trying to figure out the things that I need to figure out to play certain scenes. How I need to feel. What state of mind I need to be in, because this guy was a roller coaster, man. It wasn’t easy. [He was] close to something that’s scientific — broken down into a whole lot of different ways.”

As the 44-year-old actor gears up for the iconic role, he is also busy promoting season 2 of Starz’s original series, “Survivor’s Remorse.” The comedy series, which is produced by NBA superstar LeBron James and follows the life of a young professional basketball star, Cam Calloway (played by Jessie T. Usher), as he navigates his newfound fame, wealth, and personal relationships.

While the show addresses relevant topics surrounding the lives of professional athletes, Epps — who plays Calloway’s uncle, Julius — says the show isn’t just relatable to people in the world of sports.  

“The whole show itself is relatable to anybody that’s in show business because it’s ‘survivor’s remorse,’” he said. “So the whole thing about money, family, and friends, and love and all that — it all ties in together.”

“Survivor’s Remorse” premieres Saturday August 22 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT

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Ballerina Misty Copeland Talks Being Unapologetically Black And More

This is an excerpt from Essence magazine’s September 2015 cover story “Stepping Up” about American Ballet Theatre ballerina Misty Copeland. The article was written by Julee Wilson, senior fashion editor at The Huffington Post. 

“…One of Copeland’s most endearing qualities, beyond dancing on her toes and making it look easy, is the fact that she’s so unapologetically Black. ‘It’s easy for someone who isn’t Black or other or who has never experienced racism to dismiss what I’m saying…it’s easier for them to say, ‘Why do you focus so much on that? You’re a beautiful dancer.’ But the reason I’m here and I have this voice is because I’m Black.’ Copeland tells me that she has never tried to pretend that ballet doesn’t have a race problem. She recounts times fellow dancers told her that some American Ballet Theatre (ABT) staff members were overheard saying, ‘Misty stands out too much because of her skin color.’ With that said, Copeland’s singular mission is changing the landscape of ballet by promoting Project Plié, an initiative launched in September 2013 by ABT with Copeland on the advisory board to increase racial and ethnic representation at ballet companies around the country. Copeland also mentors several dancers on the rise. At the moment she has more than a dozen mentees (including identical twin brothers Naazir and Shaakir Muhammad, who are currently standout students at the School of ABT). ‘I’m going to continue to be who I am and my experiences as a Black woman have made me who I am. All of a sudden now that I’m in this position, I’m not going to say, ‘I’m just a dancer.’ It’s a huge deal because I’m a Black woman. That’s why it’s a big deal…” 

Read more at Essence.com or pick up the September issue on newsstands August 14.  

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Everybody Has A Tattoo, But Nobody Talks About The Side Effects

By Kathryn Doyle

(Reuters Health) – Tattoo health and safety regulations tend to focus on short-term risks like infections, but little is actually known about the long-term risks of living with ink under your skin, according to a new review in The Lancet.

“Almost everybody these days has a tattoo, and nobody is talking about the side effects of ink deposits,” said senior author Dr. Andreas Luch of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in Berlin.

“There is no proof that these ink ingredients are safe, being injected into the body,” Luch told Reuters Health.

Between one and five percent of tattooed people suffer a bacterial infection, and some people can have allergic reactions to the ink, according to the report.

Those are short-term effects. It is harder to measure the long-term effects of ink since tattoo inks are in most countries classified as cosmetics, Luch said.

Since the inks are classified as cosmetics, their long-term toxicology can’t be tested in animals, Luch said. In his opinion, tattoo inks should be a completely different product category.

The skin barrier effectively keeps surface cosmetics out of the body, he said.

But tattoo ink is injected into living tissue, which contains blood vessels, nerves and immune cells.

“We need to assume that all of these ink ingredients, including preservatives, processing aids or whatever, will become systemically available in the body over time,” Luch said. “Regulation based on cosmetics is insufficient.”

Examining the bodies of the deceased who have had tattoos for decades has shown that up to 90 percent of the ink has disappeared from the skin, he said.

“We cannot answer the question what is going to happen with these inks,” whether they accumulate in organs over time or are excreted, Luch said.

Similar questions remain for laser tattoo removal: when the pigments are fractured and fragmented under the skin – where do they go – he added.

“In the U.S. the (Food and Drug Administration) has the authority to regulate inks, but is not currently doing so,” said Dr. Michi Shinohara, a dermatologist at the University of Washington in Seattle who was not involved in the review.

“Regulation of tattoo parlors and tattoo artists is left to the states, and the requirements for operating vary widely from very minimal (bloodborne pathogen training) to fairly complex (hundreds of hours of apprenticeship),” Shinohara told Reuters Health by email.

There are no industry standards for ink ingredients, the industry is minimally regulated, and few problems with tattoos are reported to authorities, she said.

Modern tattoo inks mostly contain organic pigments, but can also include preservatives and contaminants like nickel, arsenic and lead, Luch and his coauthors note. In one study in Switzerland, preservatives banned for use in cosmetics were found in 14 percent of tattoo ink samples.

Reactions tend to be more common from colored inks than from black and white ones, Luch said.

Tattooing has been going on for at least 5,000 years, but has become a modern trend, with roughly 120 million people in the western hemisphere having at least one tattoo, Luch said.

“The acute risks are well known,” including pain, bleeding, infection and allergic reaction, Luch said. “The tattooist at least needs to explain that something like this could happen,” he said.

But long term risks, like organ toxicity or cancer, are still unknown, he said.

“It’s an individual decision, we cannot tell someone not to get a tattoo,” Luch said. “I wouldn’t like to have a tattoo on my skin, but if a person likes colored skin, what can I say?”

It’s not necessary for people to stop getting tattoos, Shinohara said, “but I think people should be smart about it – research the parlor, ask about any recent problems, follow the aftercare instructions and report immediately to the tattoo artist and a physician for any problems that occur after tattooing.”

SOURCE: http://bit.ly/1MXGlrm The Lancet, online July 23, 2015.

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Jada Pinkett Smith Talks Growing Up In Baltimore

Long before Jada Pinkett Smith gained stardom, met Will and started a family, she was a young girl who roamed the streets of Baltimore, Maryland and battled the harsh reality that came with it.

In a recent interview with “American Way,” the “Magic Mike XXL” actress detailed her upbringing in the city and how the city’s crime rates impacted her childhood. 

“When I think back to who I was, living in Baltimore and what my ideas of survival were, and the kind of activities I was involved in at 13 years old. I was going to jail or I was gonna see a grave. Those were my two choices, because you get caught up in a mentality.” 

She also recalled the moment she was held at gunpoint by two men in one of the city’s largest public-housing project. It happened just before she got accepted into the North Carolina School of Arts. She said her mother eventually found out about the horrifying moment and promptly packed up her belongings and made her move. “She probably saved my life,” she told the magazine. 

Shortly after her transition to North Carolina, Pinkett Smith moved yet again — this time to Hollywood to pursue her acting dreams. But the fame she acquired over the years also came with much criticism. Despite the scrutiny, Pinkett Smith said she’s more concered about other issues.

“There are mothers out there losing their sons, their husbands, their daughters. I’m blessed. So scrutinize me,” she said. “I’ll take that any day over what the majority of my people are dealing with on a daily basis. I dare not complain. Hollywood scrutiny has nothing on what I’ve survived just to be here.’”

Read more of Jada Pinkett Smith’s “American Way” interview here.

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Perry Farrell Talks Paul McCartney and Lollapalooza

COME TOGETHER: With headlining acts like Metallica and Sir Paul McCartney, “sentimental” is the word Perry Farrell, Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder, used to describe his feelings toward this year’s three-day music festival that begins today in Chicago’s Grant Park.
“Growing up as a little boy, the first band that I loved was The Beatles,” Farrell said at a cocktail party on Thursday at Nellcôte in the West Loop. “My big brother and my big sister had all the records. I was a little Beatles maniac, I had Beatles boots and a Beatles haircut. To know that Paul McCartney is going to be performing on stage at my party — the party I’m throwing — is a real shining moment in my life.”
Farrell collaborated with McCartney on his last record, but said he’s still amazed the former Beatle is on the bill. “I would never have told you in 1991 [the year the festival was created] that one day Paul McCartney is going to be playing on my stage. The fact that he is just gives me a beaming smile. My heart is beaming. Paul is a smart man and smart musicians decide to collaborate and perform at festivals. Even

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Artist Susan Sweet Talks About Painting And Living In Rural Nova Scotia

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Bright and Lion, (c) 2009 Susan N. Sweet. Acrylic, 30″ by 40″ diptych.

Perhaps it was inevitable that I would eventually end up interviewing family – as I am not the lone artist in our bloodline. So, as a photography and arts blogger, it made sense to corner my aunt, painter Susan Sweet, and try to squeeze a little more than an artist statement out of her. Here is my attempt.

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Hearts and Flowers, (c) 2008 Susan N. Sweet. Acrylic, 24″ by 24″.

Michael Ernest Sweet: Why paint? I always ask this of painters and they usually don’t like the question, but too bad, I want to know?

Susan N. Sweet: I paint because I can’t stop. I will often do almost anything to avoid getting started, but then once the paint hits my brush, it is what I want to do and where I want to be. It is the form of art making I am most interested in. I look at everything and imagine how I might paint what I see. The more immersed I am in a painting, the more the world around me breaks down into colours and planes of light, and how I might describe them.

Michael: My grandmother (your mother) was a creative person in many ways, having operated a business, Lady Martock Fashions in Sleepwear, for a couple of decades after retiring from teaching. She both designed and made these often elaborate, almost Victorian, nightgowns. It wasn’t painting or photography, but she certainly was designing. Do you think she had any influence on your life as an artist?

Susan: My mother, Muriel, was the only art teacher I ever had in my first thirteen years of school. She taught art in the basement of Windsor Elementary, and was my teacher in Grade five. I think she was a bit hard on me as I was her child and she never wanted to appear biased. She was supportive of everything her children pursued and not that concerned with how much financial success we achieved, as long as we were happy and doing okay. I think that was her influence on my career in art making – just do what you want and try to be happy. Her true impact on my life, all our lives, as you know, is very hard to articulate.

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Young Mabel, (c) 2014 Susan N. Sweet. Acrylic, 20″ by 16″.

Michael: Your maternal grandfather was also an artist. In fact, he was a wood carver of some note that depicted domesticated animals. Could some of your animal art be genetic, or is it simply a product of growing up in the Nova Scotia countryside?

Susan: Probably a bit of both. I did not know either of my grandfathers, both died long before any of us were born, but I was very familiar with his wood carvings, a very primitive style of Nova Scotia folk art. I like the idea of continuing the subject matter that was such a part of all of our lives.

Michael: Familiar indeed! One advantage to interviewing a relative is that I know some of the stories. For example, many of those wood carvings of your grandfather’s encountered some damage. Could you tell us about that and the ensuing irony?

Susan: That story featured prominently in my 2008 solo show “Broken Horses, Spotted Cattle”. When I was five and my brother, your dad, was four, our mother had gone back to teaching and left us with the housekeeper. I was not happy about that. So, I enlisted the help of my brother and we quietly went upstairs to the flat my grandmother lived in and got into her cabinet full of the wooden carvings and broke the legs and tails off of as many as we could. My mother was furious and, of course, wanted to punish us, but my grandmother, also a teacher, said no, they are just little children and they don’t know what they’ve done. Of course, I did know what I intended to do, and that was hurt my mother for leaving us to return to work, but what I didn’t know was the hurt I had caused my grandmother and how she understood my feelings. I still have many of the broken carvings. A few years after the incident we did attempt to repair them, but of course it was too late.

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Cow Horse, (c) 2012 Susan N. Sweet.
Acrylic, 30″ by 20″.

Michael: All of your animal paintings are exquisite. Many people tell me that you are able to capture the personality of their pets. When you paint horses I, personally, find something really magical about them. Do you think your relationship with real horses growing up helps you in your artistic work? Are you able to talk, or whisper, to horses?

Susan: No, I am not a horse “whisperer”. I do talk to horses, all of us horse people do that. For many years I breathed and lived horses. I do think my personal relationships with horses have helped me when drawing and painting them. Having grown up with horses and been around them daily for a very long time, one understands how they are built and how they move. There is a long history of equine art throughout the centuries, humankind has had an important relationship with horses that enabled our ancestors to travel, hunt, work the land, etc.

Michael: Indeed, we see beautiful examples of equine art from prehistoric times in the caves at Chauvet, for example. So, yes, we do seem to have been drawing them from the very beginning. You were recently commissioned to paint the official 250th anniversary commemorative painting for the Hants County Exhibition. My grandfather (your father, Ernest Sweet) was President of the exhibition for many years, including the 200th anniversary, how do you think he would feel about this if he were alive?

Susan: Oh, I think he would be delighted and quite pleased that I was approached to paint such a special commission. He loved Exhibition week. This fair is the oldest fair in North America and moved to its present location in 1951. My dad would have participated in livestock competitions beginning in the late 1930s, when the fair was held at the Fort Edward Hill in Windsor, Nova Scotia.

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Exhibition Painting, (c) 2015 Susan N. Sweet. Acrylic, 36″ by 32″.

Michael: Grandad was an avid supporter of rural life and agriculture – having held other positions at The Atlantic Winter Fair and the NS Agriculture Association, for example. He also farmed (in some way) most every day for likely close to 70 years. What impact does this heritage have on your work?

Susan: I do find most of my subject matter comes from rural life. Horses, cattle, and the land, all figure prominently in what I paint. I am always interested in how we treat our domesticated animals, both the ones we eat and our companion animals. I feel very fortunate to live in a rural area where I am close to where our food is grown and where we are concerned with what happens on the land. Urban areas are so exotic to me! My father was an avid horseman. He worked the woods and the fields as a young man with horses, and his love of these things influenced me greatly. I also saw what happened to so many people as the family farms slowly disappeared. As my father slowly sold his own farming assets over the years, I became involved with horses and competing at the same fairs where he had shown his own cattle years before.

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Phyllis, Millicent and Jody, (c) 2012 Susan N. Sweet. Acrylic, 32″ by 37″.

Michael: During your BFA, at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, you worked in painting and photography as well as printmaking. The photography stuck with you for some time afterward, and of course you still paint, but what about the printmaking?

Susan: Printmaking became just too hard after I left the open studio environment of university. I found both intaglio and lithography a fascinating form of art making, but technically overwhelming, and I don’t feel my work was all that memorable from my university years. I do still find myself drawn to prints, especially intaglio. Nova Scotia has some fabulous print makers thanks to the department run by Ed Porter and Bob Rogers at NSCAD University for many years.

Michael: I often marvel about the lifespans of so many artists (and photographers too) it seems (from my casual survey) that so many live such long lives. I think about Alex Colville, whom I knew, and how he worked into his nineties. Do you think there is something therapeutic or particularly healthy about a life as an artist?

Susan: Oh my goodness no! I do know of many older artists, in fact the gallery where I work summers represents a 92 year old who is still painting, but I am sure many other professions can offer up such individuals too. I often think there are so many toxic materials artists use in their work and that we are putting ourselves in danger! I don’t have a sense of calm when I paint. Painting for me is always a struggle and a challenge when it is being pulled from my heart. I find no relaxation in painting. I am focused though, and I can paint in public with no problem. It doesn’t bring me contentment though, not really. I am happy when I am painting, but it is the hardest thing in the world.

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Vivian, (c) 2015 Susan N. Sweet. Acrylic, 24″ by 24″.

Michael: For a while you went in a direction that was a bit more commercial with your Animal Art business (earrings, brooches, ornaments, even small drawings of pets) but more recently you seem to have returned to fine art. What inspired this shift away from business woman, if you will, back to les beaux-arts?

Susan: I needed to say something in my work that could not be achieved through a commercial practice and taking a risk to paint what matters to me seems to be working. I also worked very small for many years and my body was rebelling against the ten hours of sitting every day. I still produce commercial portraits of animals for clients, but I follow my heart and luckily people do respond to my current body of work.

Michael: Often many artists reach a point in their career where teaching becomes an option – that is, schools seek you out. This can also be an important income supplement to support personal projects. Have you ever thought about teaching part-time, perhaps a class at your old alma mater?

Susan: I would be the worst teacher ever. I have conducted an occasional workshop, and those are fun. Many people in our family are teachers, and really good ones – I am not one of them.

Michael: Not only living in a more remote rural area, but also working in a home studio can become quite isolating, I would imagine. How have you dealt with this, perhaps more negative, aspect of the creative life?

Susan: It does mean that one must work very hard to be noticed. We’ve become reliant on the internet to communicate so much. I like living and working in a rural area, and even my rare excursions into civilization only involve small towns and cities. I think we sometimes miss the positive aspects of peer criticism working so isolated, but the area where I live has many other artists working in various media. I can also have my studio right in my home.

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The Percheron King, (c) 2012 Susan N. Sweet.
Acrylic, 36″ by 24″.

Michael: In the years when you and I both lived at the family home in Martock, we often fought like brother and sister, or cats and dogs. I think this has a lot to do with my obsessive compulsive tendencies and your “artistic” messiness, If I can express it this way. Oddly enough, we both ended up as artists, and would likely live under the same roof more easily now. Or would we?

Susan: Oh, we are much more mature now. Or at least I am! We would easily get along. I am still extremely messy though, be warned, that hasn’t changed. Come here anytime, there is lots of room to work!

Michael: I’d love to, believe me. New York City is wonderful, but it’s a very BIG kind of wonderful and sometimes I long for the quiet of the countryside. To finish up, tell me, who has influenced your work as an artist?

Susan: I admire the work of Rosa Bonheur. She could really paint a horse! Joe Fafard of Saskatchewan is fabulous. Mary Pratt of Newfoundland. Edward Hopper, David Hockney, Tom Thompson (and any of the group of seven) and Emily Carr. There are so many I admire, but in the end, I find I can only paint the way I do.

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Simone, (c) 2015 Susan N. Sweet. Acrylic, 24″ by 24″.

Susan Sweet is a painter who has spent most of her life in rural Hants County, Nova Scotia. She graduated in 1990 from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art, with a minor in Art History. Her work is held in many public and private collections, including the Nova Scotia Art Bank. Follow or contact via Facebook or her website.

Michael Ernest Sweet is a Canadian writer and photographer. He is also Susan’s nephew. Michael lives in New York City. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, or through his website.

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Rising Star Pico Alexander Talks Social Media, Bioluminescence and Taking Risks

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I met up with Pico Alexander at the Cafe at the Signature Theatre on the eve of his 24th birthday. He was taller than I expected with a thick head of hair that he hid under his fedora hat. Pico has a spiritual energy to him, with a look and demeanor that reminds me of a young Johnny Depp. When I make the comparison he smiles and blushes; “He was my favorite when I was a kid. I used to pause the dvd Edward Scissorhands because I was crying so much. I felt so bad for him! Like when he punctured the waterbed or tried to cut the steak. I love that guy. Thank you for saying that.” Sodas in hand, we sat down, with piano music playing in the background at the Cafe, and started chatting:

Where does the name Pico come from?
My grandfather started jokingly referring to me as Pico when my mom was pregnant with me. And then when I was born, they wanted to give me a serious name, so they named me Alexander. But nobody ever called me Alexander except for one teacher in sixth grade.

Growing up, you went to LaGuardia High School. What did you focus on?
I auditioned for music and for acting because that’s what my parents were breeding me to be. I played classical piano and trumpet for awhile. My mom has this fond memory of me getting into her car after the audition and saying ‘Mom, i’m going to be an actor’. But in reality I had been writing that in journals for years.

You are kind of a man of mystery. You aren’t very active on social media. You don’t use twitter or have an instagram account.
No social media for me.

Why’s that?
I think that I spent too much time comparing myself to other people and it didn’t seem very real anymore. All of a sudden you have more than a thousand friends and everybody is posting all the best things that happened to them. And it kind of unsettled me really. I started posting a status and waiting to get the likes. If I got the likes then I was validated as a human for that day and if I didn’t it was like “f***, nobody likes me”

Who is Pico?
I don’t know. I’m trying to figure that out. I’d be hesitant to give any sort of an answer because its always changing.

What would your friends say about you?
They would probably say I’m one of the most immature people they’ve ever met!

In what way?
I can be my share of selfish and uncompromising and loud and obnoxious and a bit of an asshole and definitely mean to my share of people. And not very empathetic. And these are the things that I’m working on now. It definitely took me awhile to realize that I’m not the center of the universe.

Did your off-Broadway show Punk Rock help in that way?
Sure, I think Punk Rock had an effect.

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Let’s talk about What I Did Last Summer. Who do you play?
I play Ted. He’s a local boy, a Canadian. He can be a little bit of a rowdy influence and he’s a friend of Charlie, the protagonist. Charlie meets Anna Trumble who is a bit of an outcast and eccentric and she taps into his potential and tells him that he has a gift and he has to work on finding out what it is. She unlocks that for him and he goes and finds out there is more to life than what he originally thought.

Do you have a pre-show ritual?
We pretty much just lose it back there in the dressing room. It’s me, Noah Galvin, and Dan Weiner our drummer. We all share the dressing room, get hyped up, and listen to music.

I saw that you played a young Joe Carroll in FOX’s The Following. What was it like being on set?
The scene was a lot bigger beforehand. There was a fish in the scene and the character Doctor Strauss puts the fish on the table and its flopping around and the Doctor wants to illustrate to Joe that he’s enraptured by it. Which was super interesting because, by law, you are only allowed to take a fish out of water for 20 seconds at a time. So we had a dude standing by with a bucket who would constantly interrupt the scene and grab the fish and throw it in the bucket and take another fish and put it on the table.

I read online that you want to swim with sharks. Is that right?
Yeah, I’d love to swim with sharks! Sharknado. A bit of a metaphor for wanting to risk it all in a way.

What are some of your hobbies?
I’m writing a lot lately. And I’m very fascinated with my dreams. I’m taking a sober year this year. I had a crazy experience at the end of last year. I was away on a small island with my family and I swam in this bio-luminescent bay and thought – it’s not going to get any better than this – and on the spot decided to try a year of sobriety as a challenge. Because of that, my dreams are so vivid this year. So I want to really focus on that unconscious self this year and connect with that self and see what it is that I truly want.

Do you meditate?
I meditate a little bit. Not as much as I’d like to.

One question I ask everyone: What’s one thing you would tell your 15 year old self?
To slow down. Listen. Observe. Help people. Help them up not push them down. And to be honest. High school is a really tough time for everybody and we don’t really understand that at the time. Be honest about your fears and your shortcomings. And just be nice.

What do you like best about yourself?
That’s crazy. I never think about that. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in melancholy. I think I like my honesty. I’ll ask people questions that might be uncomfortable but will also put myself one hundred percent out there. I’d rather fail than be mediocre.

Is there anything that you want people to know about you?
No. He laughs. I’m always weary of putting anything in writing because it’s always changing. If I had to choose, I would want them to know that I’m loyal.

Do you have any favorite quotes?
I like the quote “It is written” from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Because it means it is what it is and everything is what it is and that’s ok.

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‘Spy’ Star Carlos Ponce Talks Melissa McCarthy, ‘Cristela’ And Latinos On TV

Melissa McCarthy delivers a punch as deftly as she does a punchline in her new action comedy “Spy,” and co-star Carlos Ponce says he learned plenty from watching the actress and comedian work on set.

The Puerto Rican actor is known for his role as the reluctantly friendly brother-in-law and floor installation guru Felix on ABC’s recently nixed “Cristela.” But in “Spy,” Ponce trades his tools for a suit to become CIA agent Matthew Wright, who briefly appears on-screen to ruffle the feathers of his ultra-macho, comically impassioned fellow agent Rick Ford (Jason Statham). The testosterone levels of their interaction are as high as it gets for a film driven by its expertly cast female stars.

“Spy” is directed by Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids” and “Heat”) and marks his third collaboration with McCarthy. The film portrays Susan Cooper (McCarthy), a desk-bound CIA analyst who volunteers to go undercover when the identities of the agency’s best spies are compromised. Rose Byrne stars as a villainous and spoiled Bulgarian arms dealer, and Miranda Hart as fellow analyst Nancy.

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Melissa McCarthy faces off against a knife-wielding adversary (Nargis Fakhri) in ‘Spy.’

Ponce, 42, spoke to The Huffington Post recently and gave some unexpected responses to questions about working in a film packed with females and the type of female characters he’d like his daughters to see in Hollywood. The actor also discussed why he feels “Cristela” was a “great accomplishment,” despite its recent cancellation.

How did you get involved with “Spy”?

Well, it’s a little different from most of my other projects — it was more of an approach then an audition. Something that I was very proud of. Just being surrounded by these wonderful comedians where you can not only go work but have fun. It really, really was a great gig.

The film is actually very female-centric, with Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne and Miranda Hart bringing different comedy to the table — what was it like to work with a set filled with funny women?

There was a hell of a lot of estrogen on that on that set, definitely. But it’s all the good kind, because at least it’s the ones that are always in a good mood. It was a lot of fun.

What kind of things did you learn about comedy from watching them and the rest of cast on set?

A lot of times it’s just different styles — a lot of comedians have different styles, and [I learned] how different they are from their personalities. Just watching Jason, for example, who is not necessarily a comedian, just pull those power punches with great timing, and then watching people who are very sensible to comedy but not necessarily branded comedians, like Jude Law [who plays the spy Bradley Fine in the film].

Melissa McCarthy was just impeccable with everything. She has a sense of delivery that is very uncommon, very her own and something relatable that people love from her. She’s approachable and she’s lovable no matter what roles she’s doing. And those are things you can only learn when you watch, when you watch other people. You read a line, you know how it’s supposed to come, and then you hear it coming out of an artist and you’re like, ‘Wow, look at how much you can do with this.’

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Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham in “Spy.”

And you play CIA agent Matthew Wright. I have to say I was disappointed that we didn’t get to see more of you in the film.

Yeah [laughs], well, we’ll see. Hopefully it’s such a good movie that it’ll have a sequel and then we’ll all be hanging around.

Has there actually been talk about the possibility of “Spy 2”?

Well, talking over dinner with Paul Feig, he seemed very open to the option. We’ve even gotten into conversation of maybe where it would go. But you never know, I mean, Hollywood is a giant mystery, so you never know what ends up happening.

You’re the father of two daughters. There’s been so much debate in Hollywood about placing more women in lead roles, and “Spy” is definitely one that showcases female talent. What kind of women do you hope for your daughters to see in film and television?

Well, the best you can do is outside of what they’re going to watch — which is inevitable, and you can’t control their surroundings — is teach them by example at home and not let a character in a movie make them want something or react a certain way.

I feel in general, men — when you watch TV and when you watch commercials — are usually not portrayed as very smart. Guys with great drive are usually controlled by the woman. In fact, that’s what makes them funny or comedic, and people want that. You know what I’m talking about? When you watch commercials, you see the guy sitting down playing the PlayStation, drinking the beer, and the woman is actually the one doing all the smart things.

OK … so you’re saying the representation of men on television is also off?

I think it’s a little bit of both. I just think — then again, we’re all just portraying characters and real life should be guided by examples of what you learn at home.

And speaking of men on television, you portrayed Felix on “Cristela.” Many in the Latino community were very sad to hear that “Cristela” was canceled last month. What is your biggest takeaway from being a part of the show?

I think it was a great accomplishment no matter what. I think so many things were done with that show and through that show: breaking stereotypes and boxed-in rules. The fact that a Latino woman [Cristela Alonzo] could be a creator, writer, executive producer of the whole show — it skipped a lot of steps, a lot of logistical steps. I think it’s amazing, the fact that you can have a Latino family on television, it’s certainly a move into the future.

I do think that we’re still a little bit under-represented, considering how much TV we watch and that we’re 20-something percent of the moviegoing business in America, yet we’re represented something like 4 percent. I think it’s still a work in progress. We need to do more. But I did take a lot from it. It was just a great show — we were number one in our time slot. It’s just a matter of negotiations, the reason why it didn’t end up working out.

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From left, Kevin Hench, Cristela Alonzo and Carlos Ponce speak onstage during a “Cristela” panel at the Disney/ABC Television Group 2014 Summer TCA. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

“Jane The Virgin” is another example of a show giving an authentic portrayal of Latinos in the U.S. But there are other Latino stories that need to be told.

Yeah, well, I love the particular feel of “Jane The Virgin.” I think it’s an amazing show. Also she is fantastic, Gina [Rodriguez of “Jane The Virgin”], and she’s a hope-maker for a lot of Latinoamericanas who are here and are looking to perhaps pursue a career in this. And I think it’s a fantastic show. I really hope that [“Cristela”] and “Jane The Virgin” and some other shows that have included some great non-stereotypical Latino actors are opening doors and we’ll get to see a lot out of that pretty soon.

And you’ve spent your entire career between English-language projects and Spanish-language projects. But after “Cristela” and “Spy,” do you think you’d like to focus more on your English-language career?

You know, I think I’m going to keep doing whatever I have been doing, which, basically, I let God take the lead. The projects that come my way — I put them on a balance and look at how they affect my day-to-day. How will they affect my time with my kids who are still young and still want to hang out? Those are my priorities right now. I’m not seeking to establish a particular market, to me it’s more a per-project and whatever works out better for my personal life, and that’s how I choose projects. At least for now. Until my kids are old enough to do their own thing.

“Spy” opens nationwide on June 5.

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Nicki Minaj Talks Orgasms And Wage Equality Like The Queen She Is

Nicki Minaj is a woman who knows what she wants and gets it, in bed and in the workplace.

The rap goddess graces the cover of Cosmopolitan’s July issue, and opened up about how orgasms are a must for her.

“I demand that I climax,” she said. “I think women should demand that. I have a friend who’s never had an orgasm in her life. In her life! That hurts my heart. It’s cuckoo to me. We always have orgasm interventions where we, like, show her how to do stuff. We’ll straddle each other, saying, ‘You gotta get on him like that and do it like this.'”

“She says she’s a pleaser. I’m a pleaser, but it’s fifty-fifty,” Minaj added.

Minaj also makes sure she gets what she wants when it comes to business matters. She is an advocate for women asking questions and being vocal in the workplace — including discussions about salaries.

“Women are uncomfortable talking about money,” she told Cosmo. “I know it’s taboo to discuss it at work. Technically, you shouldn’t, but you need to know what people around you are making. Otherwise, you’re not going to know what you’re worth. You have to ask questions. ‘What is this person getting?’ Do your research. I’ve always been pretty competitive in terms of my pay.”

Read more from Minaj’s interview in Cosmo’s July issue, on newsstands June 9.

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Nigel Barker Talks ‘Cookie Cutter’ Beauty Standards

As a longtime fashion photographer and HeForShe advocate, Nigel Barker has a lot to say about the definition of beauty within the fashion industry, especially since his mother was a Sri Lankan model in the 1960s.

“Of course, if you think about the ’60s and the ’70s, there were very few people of ethnicities, of color, modeling and in pictures and in advertising. So that was a very tough time,” he told host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani.

Growing up with such a “powerful, strong matriarchal figure” instilled some serious values about beauty standards in Barker.

She made me realize that if you push through and you struggle and you don’t take ‘no’ for an answer, that you can make a difference. You can make people realize that the face of beauty doesn’t have to be whitewashed, doesn’t have to be a certain shape or size, doesn’t have to be cookie cutter — that you can change the stereotypes and you can make a difference.

The former “America’s Next Top Model” judge also talked traditional gender expectations and how he is raising his children to break them — starting in the kitchen.

“I bring my son into the kitchen with me and my wife and my daughter and we all cook together,” he said. “We all do everything together and there is no you get this and you get that. You’re blue and you’re pink. You know, you get the cars and you get the dolls.”

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Kylie Jenner Talks Beauty Rituals With Maria Hatzistefanis

24-HOUR FASHION PEOPLE: For most, it was a quiet weekend, two days’ respite after four weeks of runway shows. Not for London. On Saturday afternoon, Kylie Jenner took to the stage at Westfield London to talk beauty with Maria Hatzistefanis, while on the previous night Alexandra Shulman hosted a party in honor of Lucinda Chambers.
Some 150 Kylie Jenner fans crowded into a cinema at Westfield London to hear a conversation between the new Nip + Fab ambassador, and the brand’s founder, Hatzistefanis.
“When she Instagrammed our products nine months ago, our fans went crazy, so it was a really easy choice for the role of ambassador,” said Hatzistefanis as she introduced Jenner to the crowd.
In addition to plugging Hatzistefanis’ products, Jenner revealed bits of her beauty routine. “Everyone always thinks I have this one specific lip color but I have, like, 10 different nudes. And I can’t live without my strip lashes. For night I usually add a lot of glitter,” she said, adding that her half-sister, Khloe Kardashian, told her always to put sunscreen on her hands.
On the contents of her handbag, she said, “I have so many lip liners. I can’t leave the house without lip liner.” There’s also

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Spanx CEO Jan Singer Talks Rebranding

“Nobody was talking about undergarments until Madonna wore a bra on the outside.”
That’s Jan Singer, chief executive officer of Spanx, recalling Madonna’s iconic cone bra by Jean Paul Gaultier and suggesting it’s time to get the undergarment conversation going again. Why not put Spanx in the center of it?
In the 15 years since Spanx was founded by Sara Blakely to help women rein in their bulges, the brand, while showing good growth with an estimated $ 300 million to $ 400 million in sales, has been perceived as a tummy-tucking commodity, and more often as the butt of a joke than a fashion statement. There’s also the sense that the shapewear company needs to get on firmer footing, amid rising competition from intimate, ath-leisure and active labels.
But since joining the company in July, Singer, formerly Nike’s corporate vice president of global apparel, has begun reshaping the Atlanta-based firm and its identity. She has reorganized 80 percent of top management with a slew of hires; redirected the product teams to put as much weight on fashion and comfort as on function, and fomented what she called a “consumer-centric” company culture.
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