"RHONY" Star Dorinda Medley Talks Fallout With Luann & Sonja

The "Real Housewives" star tells if she'll mend friendship fences with Luann de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan. Plus, hear about the boat trip that left the ladies scared!
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Sources: Parker, Bulls in talks on offer sheet

Jabari Parker, who is a restricted free agent under the Bucks’ control, is making progress in offer-sheet talks with the Bulls, league sources told ESPN.
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Riverdale’s Camila Mendes Talks Dating Her Non-Actor Boyfriend

Camila Mendes, Victor HoustonWhen it comes to her dating life, Camila Mendes is keeping her eyes outside of Hollywood.
The Riverdale star recently took her new romance with Victor Houston public. As a source…

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McGregor’s coach: Talks ‘ongoing’ for UFC return

Conor McGregor’s head coach, John Kavanagh, confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday that negotiations are still “ongoing” for the UFC star’s return.
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What’s different about Kawhi trade talks now

Our experts discuss L.A.’s new complications in a Kawhi Leonard trade and what other options San Antonio could consider.
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Alison Brie Talks Learning to Break-Dance for "GLOW"

Is wrestling or break-dancing harder? The "GLOW" actress opens up about busting a move in season 2 of the Netflix series. Watch!
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Reports: Spurs want Celtics all-in for Kawhi Leonard trade talks, Boston slow playing it

The Spurs have come to grips with the fact they are going to have to trade Kawhi Leonard. Who the Spurs want to get deeply involved with is the Boston Celtics. Boston has the combination of good young players (Jaylen Brown, for example) and picks (Boston could have four first rounders in 2019) that interests the Spurs more than Brandon Ingram an anything the Lakers can push into the pot.

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Expiring contracts to watch in NBA trade talks

Which players on expiring deals could be on the move? We look at the potential sellers and trade pieces.
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Sources: Lakers, Spurs reopen talks on Kawhi

The Lakers re-engaged the Spurs in pursuit of Kawhi Leonard. The Lakers envision a trade in which San Antonio would get something similar to what the Cavs received for Kyrie Irving or the Pacers acquired for Paul George. The Spurs value Leonard higher.
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U.S.-China Film Talks Now Hostage to Trade War (Report)

The ongoing film industry discussions between the U.S. and China may now have become hostage to the wider and more fractious trade negotiations between the world’s two largest economies. Until recently the film talks had been proceeding largely independently. The Reuters news agency reported on Sunday that the film talks, spanning such issues as China’s import […]

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Lethal Weapon: Damon Wayans Talks Clayne Crawford’s Firing

Lethal Weapon’s Damon Wayans has dished out details on his issues with former co-star Clayne Crawford, who was fired from the show recently.

The Hollywood Reporter noted that Wayans took his Twitter account public briefly overnight, though it’s no longer active as of this story’s publishing. In a series of posts, Wayans shared a video, image and allegations against Crawford “to address the Twitter outrage” over his firing.

For example, Wayans was apparently hit in the head by shrapnel during an episode directed by Crawford. This seemingly links to one of two incidents for why Crawford was canned on Lethal Weapon.

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Peaky Blinders creator in talks over ballet version

Steven Knight, who created the hit Brummie gangster drama, has plans for three more series.
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Sandra Bullock Talks Life With Bryan Randall and Her Kids

Sandra Bullock, InStyleShe may be America’s Sweetheart, but to Sandra Bullock’s kids, she’s simply “mom.” In fact, Louis Bullock, 8, and Laila Bullock, 5, even prefer Sandra’s boyfriend, Bryan…

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Kate Hudson Gets Girly, Talks Fabletics’ Girl Up Line, Staying Fit While Pregnant

Kate Hudson has girls on the brain. Not only did the actress announce last month that she’s expecting a girl with boyfriend Danny Fujikawa, her activewear brand Fabletics will launch a global limited-edition capsule collection with the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign on May 8.
Dubbed “Girl Almighty,” the collection supports Girl Up’s “by girls, for girls” movement empowering girls to become a force for change. The latest drop also represents the brand’s continued partnership with Girl Up as well as its evolution into a philanthropy-focused brand and its endeavor to create a community that nurtures females of all ages.
Comprising five workout looks from an assortment of sports bras, tanks, hoodies, shorts and leggings, as well as two-pieced goods, the items will retail for $ 24.95 to $ 54.95 and the complete looks from $ 59.95 to $ 79.95 on fabletics.com as well as the 24 Fabletics stores nationwide and in 10 countries. Hudson appears in the campaign, shot in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., with Girl Up members from California State University, Northridge.
“It’s more of a long-term collaboration; we’ve been working with Girl Up for about a year. The collection we did with Demi Lovato, those proceeds also went to Girl Up, but this

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StyleS Q. and A.: Don Nelson Talks Hoops, Poker and, Uh, Weed

The N.B.A. maverick emeritus, now 77 and living on a Maui beach, muses on winning, losing and dulling the pain of aging.
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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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‘Black-ish’ Team Talks The Importance of ‘Bringing People Together Through Conversation’

“Black-ish” has never been afraid to go all-in on tough storytelling topics, but in this fourth season alone the show has tackled everything from the details behind the end of slavery that are not often taught in schools, to the deeper meaning behind soul food, to postpartum depression and a diabetes diagnosis. “This year was […]

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Kiki van Eijk Talks Google, Hermès, Salone del Mobile and the Lasting Inspiration of Vincent van Gogh

A NEW DUTCH MASTER: Artists are never any one type, as indicated by Kiki van Eijk’s workload.
Her designs will be featured in various capacities at Salone del Mobile, starting with wall hangings in the Google-presented “Softwear” at Rossana Orlandi’s gallery. The installation bows to the public Tuesday.
For Nodus, she has designed a carpet inspired by a Venetian Carnivale that she painted with watercolors. Another project she has been involved with that will be shown in Milan during Salone del Mobile is called “Shadows of Gold” for Doppia Firma. Working with a gold leaf laboratory in Venice, van Eijk aimed to relay the same kind of energy as sunlight streaming through a window, so she made a replica of the window that is in the laboratory, which shows experiments as to how the light shines through and how an object catches the varying light. The surrounding area will be in shadows while the marble objects that will catch the light will be covered in gold leaf.
Van Eijk has also been hard at work designing the booth for the Dutch furniture brand Linteloo, which will include blown-up versions of her watercolors that will be printed on curtains and transferred onto the space.
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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Team Talks Bringing a Modern Sensibility to a Period Comedy

The trickiest thing about making “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” was not writing stand-up sets for characters like the titular Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), her estranged husband Joel (Michael Zegen) or guest stars like Luke Kirby as the famed Lenny Bruce — nor was it casting those parts. Instead, the biggest challenge might just have […]

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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.
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Trump Talks TPP, but Trade Partners Say, Not So Fast

President Donald Trump is talking again about getting the U.S. into a Pacific Rim trade agreement. But any serious effort to do so would be fraught with difficulty, not least because Mr. Trump is demanding a “substantially better” deal than Washington got two years ago.
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Thom Browne Talks London, Store Developments and Challenges

LONDON – Thom Browne is certainly a creature of habit: When he comes to London (a few times each year) he always stays at Claridge’s, has dinner at The Ivy and visits the National Portrait Gallery. And he’ll never give up his tailored shorts, even in the chilly and damp London weather.
During an interview at Claridge’s earlier this week, he was dressed in a tailored suit — a jacket and shorts, despite the unseasonable weather — from his own line. Although he visits London often, this week marked the first time he spoke at Sarabande: The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation, where he talked about his love of showmanship on the catwalk.
At Claridge’s, he talked about his upcoming Miami store, which will open later this year, “It will feel very true to Miami, but in the world of Thom Browne,” and his 1,500-square-foot shop on Albemarle Street in Mayfair. Browne called it a visually strong store: “I just love the way it looks,” he said of the store, which has been done in gray, black and white with marble walls.
Asked about fashion in London – and especially men’s fashion, which is all about streetwear – Browne said, “London is always innovative and

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Obamas ‘in talks to make Netflix shows’

The former president and his wife would produce exclusive “uplifting” shows, the New York Times says.
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Liz Hurley Talks Acting With Son Damian on "The Royals"

With Liz Hurley's son returning as a guest, Liz, Alexandra and William dish on his talent on set and more! Plus, what's William Moseley's favorite reality show?
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Talks on three-year pay deal for NHS staff ‘positive’

Unions want a deal well above the 1% public sector pay cap imposed by ministers in recent years.
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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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Adidas Panel Talks Basketball Culture in Fashion

Refinement of just what defines streetwear is now emerging with the segment’s continued rise, and a panel of designers drawing inspiration from the court sought to tackle basketball’s influence on fashion as much of Los Angeles gears up for Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game.
Adidas, while plenty of its crew prepped for its 747 Warehouse event, on Thursday evening took over sneaker store Nice Kicks and an adjacent parking lot in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the launch of its Boost You Wear shoe collaboration with local label Bristol Studio.
A panel featuring Bristol cofounder and creative director Luke Tadashi, Eric Emanuel of his own namesake label and Adidas’ Brooklyn Creator Farm vice president and creative director Denis Dekovic led a thoughtful conversation on basketball’s reemerging influence on fashion.
“I think basketball for a little while got a little bit cold and there was no excitement,” Tadashi said. “We’re at a time right now where it’s almost a renaissance, where players are able to express themselves, especially walking through the tunnel [before a game] so they can show you how they look off the court. It’s exciting to see.”
Emanuel recalled watching Allen Iverson, noting the athlete as a style icon.
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Norma Kamali Talks 50th Anniversary Event, Sirius Radio Show and Health-Inspired Line

FAST FORWARD: While a 50-year anniversary usually calls for some reminiscing, Norma Kamali wants no part of it.
Looking back is counter to the designer’s way of being. “I really hate it,” she said.
Despite that tendency, Kamali has culled 70-plus clothing pieces and accessories for What Goes Around Comes Around and she “appreciates that there is interest in her previous designs.” Her fashion past, so to speak, will be showcased Tuesday in the “Vintage for the Future” event at the WGACA SoHo store and online. Kamali isn’t the only one celebrating an anniversary, the retailer is nearing its 25th year and is eyeing a Madison Avenue location.
WGACA cofounder Gerard Malone said he first met Kamali 10 years ago, and the pair stayed in touch. He thought what better time than fashion week to hold a launch party. Shoppers will find fringed eveningwear, bomber jackets, crop tops and other items mostly in the $ 750 to $ 3,500 retail price range. Kamali was hesitant to pick favorites. “I remember them being favorites, when I made them, and what the creative process was,” she explained. “But even now when I finish collections, I’m separated from it and I’m not connected to it anymore. While I’m

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Jennifer Lopez Talks About Her 1-Year Anniversary With Alex Rodriguez

Jennifer Lopez, Alex RodriguezHappy dating anniversary to Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez!
The two spent their special day with her twins and his two daughters in Minneapolis, where she headlined the 2018 DIRECTV…

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Göteborg: Ísold Uggadóttir Talks Sundance Winner ‘And Breathing Normally’

GOTEBORG, Sweden —   After winning the Directing Award in the World Cinema Dramatic section of the Sundance Festival, Icelandic director Ísold Uggadóttir’s feature debut “And Breathing Normally” will now compete for the Dragon Award for best Nordic film, which carries a cash-prize of SEK 1 million ($ 125,000), at Sweden’s 41st Göteborg Intl. Film Festival. […]

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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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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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Mama June Trash Talks Her Daughter Pumpkin’s Fiancé Josh Efird

Mama JuneMama June isn’t a fan of her daughter Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon’s fiancé Josh Efird.
The 38-year-old matriarch vented about her future son-in-law’s ability to…

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Mama June Trash Talks Her Daughter's Fiance Josh

In this exclusive "Mama June: From Not to Hot" sneak peek, Mama June vents to her BF Geno about her pregnant daughter's fiance not pulling his weight. Watch!
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Sources: LeBron open to FA talks with Warriors

Provided they free up salary and offer a max deal, the Warriors could position themselves to secure an offseason meeting with LeBron James if, as expected, he declines his $ 35.6M player option and becomes an unrestricted free agent, sources told ESPN.
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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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Hospital Giants in Talks to Create U.S.’s Largest Operator

Ascension and Providence St. Joseph Health are in talks about a possible merger that would put 191 hospitals in 27 states under a single owner, as a series of major deals are poised to consolidate control of the health-care landscape into fewer hands.
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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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Dax Shepard Talks Empowering Women in Hollywood and Raising Confident Daughters

Dax ShepherdHollywood, listen up.
Dax Shepard shared his advice for creating a better industry–and world overall–for the next generation.
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Disney Re-Engages in Talks to Buy 21st Century Fox Assets

Walt Disney has re-engaged in discussions with 21st Century Fox to purchase some of the media giant’s assets, and Comcast remains in the mix, with deal talks gaining momentum.
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Henry Golding Talks ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and Asian Casting Controversies

Soccer superstar, David Beckham was the big name attraction at the Singapore International Film Festival’s benefit dinner on Saturday. But, Singapore-based rising star, Henry Golding was equally popular with the teeming crowds at the plush Marina Bay Sands hotel. Golding, plays Nick Young one of the leads of Jon M. Chu’s “Crazy Rich Asians,” based […]

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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.”
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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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Idina Menzel Talks Newly Married Life to Aaron Lohr: ‘He’s My Guy’

Idina Menzel is loving married life.

The Broadway star opened up to PEOPLE about newlywed life with actor Aaron Lohr at the Disney/Pixar premiere of Coco in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

“He’s my guy,” she said.

Menzel, 46, and Lohr, 41, tied the knot in September in an intimate backyard ceremony.

And while the actress said she’s loves being able to call Lohr her “husband,” the word family has also taken on a new meaning since their special day.

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“Family, to me, means being able to be yourself, sit back on the couch and relax, and watch a movie with the people that know you better than anyone else in the world,” she said.

Menzel, who attended the premiere solo, said Lohr has developed a close bond with her eight-year-old son Walker.

“They’re very close,” she said. “They’re probably watching a film, or they run around play dodgeball with a sock, they make a ball out of socks and they hit each other.”

Menzel voices Frozen‘s Elsa in the Disney short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, which will screen ahead of Coco.

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Marvell Technology in Advanced Talks to Combine With Cavium

Marvell Technology Group is in advanced talks to combine with Cavium Inc., according to people familiar with the matter, a deal that would create a chip maker worth some $ 14 billion.
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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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Uber and TfL to hold talks in wake of ban

Uber’s new CEO will meet the head of the London regulator which decided not to renew its license to operate in the capital.
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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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Shop.org 2017: Kobe Bryant Talks Career Transition, Books, Oscars Chatter

Kobe Bryant used to dream of winning basketball championships and now may be fulfilling what so many in Hollywood often fantasize about, with buzz building around a potential Oscar nomination.
The retired Los Angeles Laker’s short animated film “Dear Basketball” has been chatted up as a possible Oscar nominee in what he said was meant to be “my retirement letter to the game.”
“To sit here right now, to even hear you say that the film is even being considered for an Oscar nom, that’s crazy. I’m winning championships. That’s what I dream of. That’s beyond any realm of any dream whatsoever,” he said.
Bryant, chief executive officer of Kobe Inc. and a general partner at Bryant Stibel, closed out the National Retail Federation’s annual Shop.org conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center Wednesday talking about the transformation he’s undergone via projects taken up since his move away from professional basketball.
Chief among those is Granity Studios, which he said he’s focused on building. The company’s name is a fusion of the words “greater than infinity,” with the bold vision of creating a media company that tells stories withstanding the test of time. The athlete said he’s working on eight different novels, something he said

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Uber: London mayor Sadiq Khan backs talks after firm’s apology

London mayor welcomes apology from the boss of Uber in which the firm accepted it “must change”.
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Sam Smith Talks New Album and Says He’s “Insanely Single”

Sam SmithSam Smith is single–like really single.
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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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Angelina Jolie, Javier Bardem, Helen Mirren Leading Talks at Toronto Film Festival

Javier Bardem, Gael García Bernal, Angelina Jolie and Helen Mirren will headline a series of public conversations about their careers as part of this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Many of these actors and filmmakers aren’t just trekking to Canada to take a jaunt down memory lane. They’re also on hand to launch new films. Bardem… Read more »

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Detroit director Kathryn Bigelow says race talks ‘more vital than ever’

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Brigitte Macron Talks Karl, Skirt Lengths in French Elle

BRIGITTE MANIA: Amid signs of “Brigitte mania” sweeping across France,  the Aug. 18 edition of French Elle includes the first interview with the country’s fledgling First Lady, Brigitte Macron.
The cover of the issue, out on newsstands today, depicts Macron at the Élysée Palace in a casual chic ensemble pairing a shapely cream jacket by Dior with a white T-shirt and slim jeans by Saint Laurent.
Pictures accompanying the 10-page feature inside show her walking in a courtyard hand-in-hand with her husband, President Emmanuel Macron, in the same look only swapping in a tailored red jacket by Azzedine Alaïa with mesh accents. She is also seen sitting at her desk in a red short-sleeved biker-inspired dress by Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton.
In the article, Macron shares her admiration for Ghesquière and Karl Lagerfeld, whom she considers friends. She also lists among her other favorite designers Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, Alexandre Vauthier, and Alaïa, but concedes she finds the latter’s skirts too short. “I wear above-the-knee, not minis! Although I loved to wear minis when I was younger, we would hide them in our bags when we went out…. and we’d slip bloomers on underneath to dance to rock ‘n’ roll,” Macron says. “We

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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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Jennifer Lawrence Talks Passengers Reaction, Dating Darren Aronofsky and the Movie She’s Making With Amy Schumer

VOGUE, September Issue, Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence covered it all.
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Idris Elba Talks Sexy Secret Life as a Pro Kick-Boxer

Onscreen or in the ring, Idris Elba always kicks butt.

The British actor, 44, made his debut as a pro kick-boxer in October and pulled out a win, leading to what his The Dark Tower costar Matthew McConaughey refers to as Elba’s “undefeated K1 career.”

“One fight. Who’s counting?” Elba tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “I just wasn’t beaten.”

Elba trained for the October 28 match while shooting the Stephen King adaptation, in which he plays justice defender Gunslinger.

“I trained twice a day,” he says. “I was quickly becoming in incredible shape to endure some of the stuff we did. To be honest, the action sequences were what they were and done in pockets, but I was in good physical and mental shape.”

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The father of two had a special guest at his initial face-off in London—Madonna.

“Idris Elba Smashes it at York Hall!” the pop star, 58, wrote on Instagram at the time.

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Elba recently accomplished another first: directing a movie, Yardie, based on Victor Headley’s 1993 novel by the same name. His experience working on the crime film even inspired McConaughey to think about getting behind the camera.

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“Idris talked about his love of the experience of it,” McConaughey, 47, tells PEOPLE. “I’ve got a couple of original scripts I’m working on that I would be the only one who could direct them. When I do that, it’s gotta be something that I gotta feel, for every single frame. That would make it really hard, but really fun.”

And Elba offered nothing but support.

“You’d be good at it,” he tells McConaughey. “I think you’d be so passionate and thorough.”


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TCA Roundup: Elizabeth Smart Talks Autobiographical Films, Starz CEO Promotes Skinny Bundles

The Television Critics Association press tour arrived in Beverly Hills on July 25 and will continue through Aug. 9. Each day, Variety will publish a roundup of the most essential news items to come out of the day’s panels. In today’s roundup, Elizabeth Smart talks about the two movies she is producing on her life, and Lifetime… 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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"Game of Thrones" Cast Talks Melisandre's Return

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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.
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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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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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Russell Wilson Talks First Anniversary With Ciara

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Talks Stall Between Abercrombie, Potential Buyers

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DeMario Jackson Talks People Labeling Him a "Rapist

The "Bachelor in Paradise" star opens up on the public judging him and Corinne Olympios before knowing any facts. Watch the second part of his exclusive interview on "E! News" Tues., at 7|11c.
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Star Elisabeth Moss Talks Season 1’s Momentous Finale

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watched “Night,” the June 14 episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The last shot of Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” is June, now called Offred, sitting in the darkness inside a black van with a peculiar serenity on her face. The finale’s last scene is identical… Read more »

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Milo Ventimiglia Talks Jack’s Death on This Is Us: ‘When the Answers Come, You’ll Be Satisfied’

This Is Us audiences don’t have all the answers — but when they do, Milo Ventimiglia believes they’ll be “satisfied.”

Since the heartbreaking season one finale aired in March, fans have been theorizing about the way in which Ventimiglia’s beloved character, Jack Pearson, passed away.

“The number one comment I get is, ‘tell me how you died,’ which stung a little bit when I would first get that question,” Ventimiglia, 39, told PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle for the latest episode of The Jess Cagle Interview.

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The day after the finale was televised, Ventimiglia recalled a viewer asking about father of three Jack’s on-screen death, which shook the actor emotionally.

“I remember the first time it happened was the day after the finale and I was taking a meeting and I was walking across the studio lot and a guy said to me, ‘Hey man, great show. … I was a little bummed, though. Last night, we couldn’t see how you died,’ ” Ventimiglia remembered the man telling him.

At that moment, Ventimiglia “stopped and I walked over and I put my hand out and I said, ‘I’m Milo.’ He said, ‘Hey, I’m Jim.’ I said, ‘Jim, I want you to think about what you just said. You’re upset you didn’t see a man die. I’m that man. Think about that.’ ”

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While Ventimiglia understands that loyal fans want the mystery behind Jack’s death to be revealed sooner than later, he vows waiting for the answer to the burning question will be worth it.

“I get that it’s fresh because TV audiences are savvy. Especially in the world that we live in today — with social media and digital and internet — everybody wants all the information. They want it now,” he explained

“I feel like this show is getting back to that appointment television where you’re going to clock in once a week, you’re going to pay attention, and then guess what? You’re going to wait one more week, just seven days. So that information, that want to, that desire to say, ‘I want to know how Jack died,’ well, you’re just going to have to wait and be patient,” he said, and added, “Because when the answers come, you’ll be satisfied.”

This Is Us returns for season 2 this fall on NBC.

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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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HELLO HERON: Heron Johnson’s retail tour, which debuted in Moscow, touched down in London Friday at Selfridges, which is carrying his range exclusively.
“I’ve always been a creative and an ideas kid,” said Johnson. “I’ve always done things and kind of figured things on my own. I grew up in San Francisco as a skateboarder and we’re super obsessed with style. I think that played a huge part and my life in New York being a style capital and my friends were cool as f—. Just all of that influenced my aesthetic today.
“I wanted to go on this tour because I want to feel connected with the community within all of the cities,” he explained. “So I can introduce myself and it feels like a meaningful experience for people that I’m selling my collection to. I think that’s was special about the launch of this collection that actually get to sit and connect with people.”
A former art director for Kanye West — where he designed tour merchandise — Johnson worked at Nike and was also a part of the Been Trill art and DJ collective with Virgil Abloh and Matthew Williams.
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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.
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2017 Cannes Film Festival: Kering Announces Program of Women in Motion Talks

FEMALE VOICES: Isabelle Huppert, Robin Wright, Salma Hayek Pinault and Diane Kruger are among the film figures who will take part in the third edition of Kering’s Women in Motion talks during the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
Wright will kick off the cycle with a talk on May 18, with Huppert scheduled to appear the following day. Chinese actor Yang Yang is booked for May 21, and Hayek Pinault will join director Costa-Gavras on May 23 for a talk organized by the Kering Foundation, which combats violence against women.
Kruger will close off the series on May 24.
Kering, an official partner of the Cannes Film Festival, launched the program in 2015 with the aim of shedding light on women’s contribution to film and sharing their recommendations for greater representation within the sector.
Open to journalists and film professionals, the talks have featured guests including Jodie Foster, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davies, Juliette Binoche and Chloë Sevigny.
Kering also hands out a Women in Motion award each year. Huppert, in addition to being the face of this year’s Women in Motion program, will receive the award at a dinner on May 21. She has chosen Palestinian director and scriptwriter Maysaloun Hamoud to receive the accompanying young

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Vice in Talks With TPG on $500 Million Investment (Report)

Private-equity firm TPG Capital has joined the bidding for a 10% stake in Vice Media for $ 500 million, Sky News reported, citing anonymous sources. Such a deal would give Brooklyn-based Vice a valuation of $ 5.25 billion. Others circling an investment in the youth-skewing news and entertainment company include CVC Capital Partners, according to the Sky News report. A Vice… Read more »

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Vladimir Putin Talks ‘Tetris’ Tactics In Spoof Phone Call With Donald Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin is a titan at “Tetris.” Apparently.

In Conan O’Brien’s latest imagined telephone call, Putin schools President Donald Trump on the intricacies of the tile-matching puzzle video game.

“We stack the pieces as they fall, placing them exactly where they need to be,” says the fake Putin.

“We let them pile up, biding our time, waiting for the exact right moment,” he adds. “Then when everything is in place, when the pressure is mounting and it seem like everything is about to end, we drop the final pieces and bring the whole thing down.”

Sounds like good “Tetris” advice to us. Well, he couldn’t be talking about anything else, could he?

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Asia Kate Dillon Talks Emmys, ‘Hypermasculinized’ World of ‘Billions’

“What do the words ‘actor’ and ‘actress’ mean to you regarding the awards?” “Billions” star Asia Kate Dillon recalled asking the Television Academy when they were deciding whether to submit under supporting actor or supporting actress for this year’s Emmy Awards. Dillon, who identifies as gender non-binary (using the pronouns they, their and them) and… Read more »

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The European Space Agency and China are discussing a potential collaboration for a human base on the moon.
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Suntchi’s CEO Paul Fang Talks Potential of CFDA Deal

NEW YORK — The Council of Fashion Designers of America last month forged a five-year partnership with Suntchi Brand & Technology Co. Ltd., a full-service management company with offices in Shanghai, Tokyo and New York. Through the partnership, CFDA’s 500-plus members gain access to the Chinese market and an opportunity to take advantage of Suntchi’s network of business partners in China.
Here, Paul Fang, founder and chief executive officer of Suntchi, discusses via an interpreter what type of American brands are most desirable to the Chinese consumer and the potential of the collaboration.
WWD: Which U.S. brands would have the most commercial potential in China?
Paul Fang: For many years, China has been following what the world wants, but now they’re really into the streetwear brands. In China, the biggest consumer influence is coming from streetwear, and consumer lifestyle. There are a lot of approachable lifestyle brands coming in, without naming specific brands. It’s now slowly influencing China.
WWD: Are you offering something that an American designer couldn’t do on his or her own?
P.F.: We humbly have to say that you don’t have to come through Suntchi, because that’s not what the collaboration is exclusively for. We want to basically have a platform with the CFDA. There are lot of

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Producer Charles Roven discusses the Amazon heroine’s journey from the comics to Batman v Superman, her solo film, the Justice League and beyond.
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Asghar Farhadi Breaks Silence on Oscar Victory, Talks Movie He’s Making in Spain

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi gave a master class Tuesday at the Doha Film Institute’s Qumra event and subsequently also spoke to a small group of journalists, all via Skype from Madrid where he is in pre-production on his untitled next project toplining Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. In his first interview since recently winning his… Read more »

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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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Mädchen Amick Talks Riverdale and Twin Peaks

Mädchen Amick is having quite a busy year. The actress can currently be seen on the CW’s Riverdale, playing Alice Cooper (yes, the comic book character pre-dates the rock star of the same name), mother to Betty Cooper. In this new take on Archie comics, Alice is a rather intimidating figure, who seems to have quite a lot of tough expectations for her daughter, Betty (Lili Reinhart).

Then, on May 21st, Amick will reprise her role as Shelly Johnson in the long-awaited revival of Twin Peaks, as David Lynch and Mark Frost’s acclaimed and influential series returns with 18 new episodes on Showtime.

I spoke to Amick about her role on Riverdale and what motivates Alice, along with the comparisons the series has gotten to Twin Peaks. We also discussed Twin Peaks’ return and what it was like going back into that distinct world so many years later.

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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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Colleen Atwood Talks “Fantastic Beasts” at Swarovski pre-BAFTA Event

BEAUTY AND BEASTS: “I have a more minimalist sensibility, so the rawness of New York in the Twenties really drew me in,” said Colleen Atwood, costume designer behind the BAFTA-nominated “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
Ahead of the annual BAFTA awards in London on Sunday, Feb. 12, Atwood talked about the process of designing the costumes for J.K. Rowling’s adventure film, as well as for past works such as “Alice in Wonderland” and “Sleepy Hollow,” at Swarovski’s costume design master class this weekend.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them” is nominated for best costume design, alongside “La La Land,” “Jackie,” “Allied” and “Florence Foster Jenkins.” Atwood’s work for “Beasts” has also been nominated for an Oscar.
Atwood said she was primarily drawn to New York in the Twenties, the movie’s backdrop, and to the possibilities of a new life that the city presented at the time. “It was a time when ‘modern’ was becoming accessible. The city’s most developing neighborhoods, such as the Lower East Side, Harlem or the Bronx, drew a constant flow of immigrants, and became the background of the story, bringing it to life,” said Atwood who oversaw more than 3,500 fittings for the film’s extras.

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Snapchat Is in Talks for Big Ad Deals Ahead of IPO

As Snap woos Wall Street ahead of its IPO, the parent of the popular messaging app Snapchat is also busy courting another constituency: advertisers.
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Black-ish’s Yara Shahidi in Talks for Her Own Show: 15 More TV Spinoffs That Found Huge Success

Black-ishSometimes, second helpings on the small screen are nothing short of great ideas.
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Deadpool Director in Early Talks to Helm Terminator Reboot

James Cameron will regain the rights to The Terminator in 2019, and is reportedly heading up a reboot that may be helmed by Deadpool director Tim Miller.

According to Deadline, Cameron is in early talks with Miller to direct the project, with the rights to The Terminator reverting back to its creator 35 years after the original film‘s debut in 1984. 

After co-financing the Alan Taylor-directed Terminator Genisys, Skydance Media CEO David Ellison is investing in “an exploratory effort that includes engaging some top-flight science fiction authors to find the movie creatively.”

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Syfy’s Newest Hero Talks About His Role In The Hit Show “The Expanse”

NPR praised The Expanse last year as the best science fiction in a decade for its grasp of physics in a future unlike ours. The characters live two hundred years from now when Mars and the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter are restive former colonies of Earth. One example of getting the physics just right: many of the show’s scenes are set in space ships where things like weightlessness are perfectly realized down to the smallest detail.

But the best realism in this series may be what’s all too similar to our own: betrayal, corruption, greed, aggression, and racism. They play out in the complex interlocking stories of a UN diplomat trying to stave off war between Mars and Earth, a battered PI on a missing persons case that unlocks a horrific biological secret with galactic implications, and a ship captain who starts out as an ordinary Joe but assumes heroic stature when his ship is destroyed and he brushes up against that secret.

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People often dismiss genres like mystery and science fiction as nothing more than escapist entertainment. Best-selling British crime writer Val McDermid once told a spellbound class of mine in a study abroad program in London that there’s actually a long history of these genres making profound commentary about current social and political realities. The Expanse is a perfect example. Its gorgeous Season Two trailer asks the perennial question in a time of turmoil: “Which side are you on?”

No matter the genre, the best epics don’t just rely on spectacle, they’re rooted in human drama, in the emotional reality of individuals struggling to find balance as they hack their way forward through a jungle of chaos and lies. Steven Strait, who some readers might know from The Covenant, is the ideal lead to anchor a story with this kind of scope, playing the part of Captain James Holden with passionate intensity. He makes Holden intimately sympathetic, giving the captain a balanced mix of dignity and vulnerability that’s right in line with the character in the books The Expanse is based on. I recently asked him to reflect on various aspects of his work on the show. Here’s what he had to say:

LR: Before you auditioned for the part, did you have any preconceived notions of what it would demand of you? And have you read any of the books in the series?

SS: I had read the first two novels before I went in to read for the part, so I had the architecture for Holden’s character arc. I wasn’t sure exactly how the production was going to match the sheer scale and realism that was emphasized as a cornerstone in the books. No science fiction show of this size and tone had been done on television before, but the prospect of doing something new and ambitious was really exciting to me.

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LR: Given that’s you’d read those two books, what was central for you in creating Holden on screen? And what did you bring to the ways he’s forced to change from being a simple captain of his first ship the Canterbury to a hero and prime mover of the story line?

SS: The key to Holden for me was understanding his empathy and sense of calling. Not in a broad, philosophical way but in a personal one. He was deeply affected by what he experienced with the destruction of the Canterbury. That was the first domino to fall for Holden in becoming a leader. His sense of guilt and responsibility for the death of his friends pushes him to find justice and answers as to why it happened. As he moves deeper into the narrative, and he realizes that what he’s chasing effects, literally, the whole of humanity, his sphere of responsibility grows in turn. With more responsibility comes more compromise to his moral code which is very black-and-white and naive when you meet him. Over time it becomes grayer, simply because the more people, entities, and situations he has to deal with on an ever-increasing scale, the more he’s forced to compromise inside himself to get the job done. The question is how far can he push that compromise until his moral code breaks all together? It’s a fun tightrope to walk in playing him.

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LR: It sounds like it’s been a great immersion for you, and that’s probably one of the reasons the show is so gripping for viewers. How much time off did you have between shooting Season One and Two? Was that difficult?

SS: I think it was almost a full year between shooting the first and second season, which was difficult but understandable. The scope and nuance of the edit and the special effects are incredibly important to how well the show works. It was our first season, so they had to make sure everything was correct, and I’m glad they did.

LR: Everything on screen does seem perfectly chosen–it’s a visual feast. But do you think it would be a different experience for you playing a character like Holden who didn’t live in a future? And connected to that, does science fiction ask anything from actors as an ensemble that a contemporary drama doesn’t?

SS: Science fiction and period drama to me are two sides of the same coin. One happens to be in the future and one happens to be in the past. But regardless of when you’re playing, you still have to find why anyone should care about what you’re portraying. The humanity, flaws, and conflicts within the characters allow the audience to empathize with them. It helps that the future we’re portraying is very similar to the world we live in today. Which I think is the great benefit of science fiction: you’re able to talk about issues personally and politically which might not be digestible for an audience if they weren’t masked by different names and timelines of another era. So it becomes relatable without being threatening.

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LR: Looking back at Season One, has playing Holden turned out differently than you expected?

SS: The character arc for Holden that I prepared before we started season one was essentially how it turned out as the end result. I wanted to portray a non-archetypal hero where you see him stumble and struggle every step of the way. Becoming a leader for Holden isn’t an easy journey. He has it within him, but it’s not something that he ever wanted for himself until the destruction of his first ship the Canterbury forces it to the surface. What I was hoping to do was show, realistically, how a juvenile, naïve young man becomes a competent and passionate leader.

LR: That transformation is one of the best parts of watching The Expanse. What do you think you’ve learned as an actor in this show?

SS: More than anything, The Expanse reinforced, for me, the power of a truly integrated ensemble. Everyone on the show creatively gives everything they have and is open to collaboration. We rehearse on our weekends, and have since the first episode. The actors, writers, directors, we all collaborate and are open to each other’s ideas. As a result, I think we’ve become greater than the sum of our parts. The passion and excitement for working on it is infectious. It’s a wonderful environment to experiment and take creative risks because everyone feels safe. Truly, an amazing experience for me.

LR: Well, the camaraderie really comes across on screen. Stepping back from how things are, if you could play anyone else in The Expanse, who would it be?

SS: It would be [PI] Joe Miller. Simply because I think it would be interesting to play almost the exact opposite arc as Holden’s. You find Miller jaded and burnt out from years of corrupt work on Ceres station and through searching for Julie Mao [the missing person in Season One] and becoming obsessed with her, he finds himself. She’s a symbol of everything he’s lost and is hoping to find. It’s an intimate narrative to play, and Tom Jane has done it beautifully, with such nuance and intelligence it’s very difficult to imagine anyone else giving Miller a shot.

LR: How do you stay focused and avoid distractions when you’re working on the show?

SS: I was on set most days and when I got home I’d usually go for a run, look through the next day’s work, tinker on the choices and read resource material until I fell asleep and the cycle would start over again the next day. My time off was spent with my colleagues and our weekends were devoted to rehearsals for the most part. We have a uniquely committed creative culture on this show. The passion and desire to continually dig into the narrative, for character work and thematicall, was incredibly inspiring. It was all I wanted to do with my time.

Season 2 of The Expanse debuts February 1. Next week I’ll be interviewing Dominique Tipper about her role as Naomi Nagata.

Lev Raphael is the author of 25 books in genres from mystery to memoir and is a regular blogger at The Huffington Post. A former public radio interviewer and reviewer, he’s also reviewed for the Washington Post and the Detroit Free Press where he had a crime fiction column. He currently teaches creative writing at Michigan State University.

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Curb Your Ire, Bros: Anna Kendrick Is In Talks To Play Santa In A Disney Movie

Anna Kendrick is in talks to play Santa Claus in a new Disney movie, Variety reported Wednesday.

We know some people are incredibly protective of the traditional image of Santa Claus, so the backlash about this news seems inevitable. Typically protesters (aka Megyn Kelly) argue that Santa ― a fictional character with historical ties to a Turkish monk ― must be white. Now they get to argue over whether Father Christmas must, in fact, be a father. (Please don’t.)  

The project’s working title is “Nicole.” Kendrick plays Santa’s daughter, who is left to take over the family business when Saint Nick retires and her brother chickens out before his first Christmas in charge. “Miss Congeniality” and “Two Weeks Notice” scribe Marc Lawrence has written the script and will direct the film. 

Gender-swapping on the big screen is nothing new, of course. Just last year, misogynistic bros claimed their childhoods were ruined by Paul Feig’s female-centric “Ghostbusters” reboot. Marvel opted to cast Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in “Doctor Strange.” And a reboot of “Ocean’s 11” booked an all-star cast including Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Sandra Bullock and Mindy Kaling.

Most other details about “Nicole” are under wraps. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s not a musical. The Huffington Post reached out to Kendrick’s rep to confirm her involvement but did not immediately hear back. 

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Ashley Graham Talks Breaking Barriers With British Vogue Cover and Continuing “Mission of Beauty Beyond Size”

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Footwear Designer Beverly Feldman Talks about Theresa May’s Style Influence

MORE IS MORE: British Prime Minister Theresa May continues to draw attention in the British media for her fashion choices, ranging from her Amanda Wakeley leather trousers – which drew bitter criticism from former education secretary Nicky Morgan – to her love of over-the-top shoes. The politician’s style choices have been closely documented in the press since her appointment.
Beverly Feldman, the British accessories designer based in Alicante, Spain, is just one designer who’s been benefiting from increased media attention after May was snapped in some of her signature styles. May wears the label’s Caliente pumps, a pointed-toe, kitten heel style with crystal embellishments and contrasting panels in bold patterns, such as leopard print, fuchsia pony skin and metallic snake-effect leather.
Feldman said having a woman like May seen in her shoes has much more impact than celebrity endorsements.
“It’s true validity for the brand that a real woman in a powerful position believes in you – as opposed to a Hollywood celebrity whose choices are dependent on what their stylists have selected for them on an evening out,” said Feldman, adding that she admires May’s playful taste when it comes to accessories.
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Pandora Shares Spike on Report It’s Open to SiriusXM Deal Talks

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Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli Talks Creative Freedom and Next Steps for the House

Frank Sinatra put it like this: “I did it my way.”
Pierpaolo Piccioli’s way of life is unconventional, especially for a couturier. And that’s just how he likes it. Valentino’s creative director continues to live in Nettuno, Italy, a beach town 44 miles south of Rome where he was born, where he met his wife, Simona, and where they are raising their three children. Piccioli’s choice seems to mirror his understated and affable manners.
When he’s not traveling around the world, Piccioli rides the train to Rome and back each day like thousands of other commuters, and splits his time between the Italian capital, in the storied Piazza Mignanelli headquarters, Paris and Milan. At the moment of this particular interview, Piccioli has carved out a weekend between a trip from New York to Nettuno, back to New York and then off to Moscow, just to spend the All Saints’ Day holiday with his family at home.
While marked by a medieval hamlet and 14th-century towers, there is an additional claim to fame for Nettuno, or Neptune, the god of the sea in Roman mythology: in World War II, the Allies, led by the U.S. Army, landed on its sandy beaches and those of

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Outlander’s Ron Moore Talks “Surprising” Globes Noms—and That “Disappointing” Omission

Talk about an emotional rollercoaster of a day for Outlander fans.

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Taylor Swift Talks Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and Potentially Taking a Break From Music

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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.
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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

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(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.”

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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.’”

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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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Terrance Talks Travel: A Pocket Guide To African Safaris

Terrance Talks Travel: A Pocket Guide To African Safaris


No one ever died saying “I wish I had traveled less”.and safaris are one of the BEST trips you’ll ever take! Did you know that African safaris are as affordable as many U.S. vacations?Did you know there are many wonderful family safaris?Did you know that WHEN you go is just as important as the type of safari and destination you choose?Did you know there are lots of safari options, such as overland safaris, foot safaris, and canoe safaris?Learn Terrance’S “TEN STEPS TO A PERFECT SAFARI”, the five best family safaris, a list of the best safari parks throughout Africa, a list of reputable safari companies and cruises, a safari animals checklist, packing checklist, tips for saving money on safaris, and much more! Terrance Zepke is the host of Terrance Talks Travel on Blog Talk Radio and an award-winning author of two dozen books, including THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CHEAP TRAVEL: SAVE UP TO 90% ON LODGING, FLIGHTS, TOURS, CRUISES, AND MORE, COASTAL SOUTH CAROLINA: WELCOME TO THE LOWCOUNTRY, and TERRANCE TALKS TRAVEL: A POCKET GUIDE TO SOUTH AFRICA.

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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.
In an interview on the game plan, Singer said she’s moving the Spanx brand

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LeBron named NBPA VP ahead of CBA talks

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has been elected first vice president of the National Basketball Players Association, giving the game’s top player a leadership role in the union.
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GM: Want Lynch back; Wilson talks underway

Seahawks GM John Schneider said the team has begun contract negotiations with Russell Wilson, who Schneider said “gets it and wants to win.” Schneider also said the Seahawks want Marshawn Lynch back, but the GM doesn’t know if Lynch wants to return.
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Brittany Maynard’s Husband Talks About Letting Her Go

On her final day, Brittany Maynard did her favorite thing. She strolled outside with her husband, her family, a friend, and a dog. Then, she returned home to die, her husband, Dan Diaz, told Meredith Vieira for NBC News in an interview that will air Wednesday. 

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Must-See Movie: Jake McDorman Talks About Filming American Sniper with Bradley Cooper

With a title like American Sniper, you better believe that Clint Eastwood’s latest film is going to bring the action. The drama–in limited theaters today–follows the story of the late Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the U.S military’s deadliest sniper of all time. Based on Kyle’s autobiography, the movie depicts his four tours in Iraq and the difficulties he […]
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Our Guy of the Month Orlando Bloom Talks His Son Flynn, the Last Hobbit Movie, and More

Long silver hair and cloaks don’t typically come across as sexy, but on Orlando Bloom? Sorry, they just are. The newly single Brit, 37—who starred in a stage version of Romeo and Juliet last year…




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Kidman talks impulsive marriage to Keith

Nicole Kidman”s marriage was a “natural process” and she still wants more children.
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