31 minutes ago, by Simon Delott
It's horrifying that we've heard so many stories about actors who were nearly roped into "casting couch" situations by powerful figures within the entertainment industry ... and Ashley Judd, who's been outspoken in the past about sexual abuse and assault in the past.
She's got more to tell.
Ashley Judd was one of those who managed to avoid just such a casting couch situation and brave enough to tell Variety all about it.
"I was sexually harassed by one of our industry’s most famous, admired-slash-reviled bosses. I was making 'Kiss the Girls' at the time ... He was very stealth and expert about it. He groomed me, which is a technical term -- 'Oh, come meet at the hotel for something to eat'. Fine, I show up. 'Oh, he’s actually in his room'. I’m like, 'Are you kidding me? I just worked all night. I’m just going to order cereal'. It went on in these . It was so disgusting. He physically lured me by saying, 'Oh, help me pick out what I’m going to wear.'"
Gross. There are appropriate instances for hanging out in hotel rooms and picking out people's clothes but wow is that not one of them. Ashley then described the exact process and just reading it made us so uncomfortable.
"There was this whole process of bargaining -- 'Come do this, come do this, come do this'. And I would say, 'No, no, no'. I have a feeling if this is online and people have the opportunity to post comments, a lot of the people will say, 'Why didn’t you leave the room?', which is victim-blaming. When I kept saying 'no' to everything, there was a huge asymmetry of power and control in that room."
Aren't you cringing at that? And remember that Ashley was one of the ones who got away, saying "no" despite the multiple pressures against doing so. This was before she was a household name, remember?
The biggest request of this unnamed studio mogul? "Will you watch me take a shower?" He said that to her. And, as she later learned, to others.
Excuse us -- we feel like we need to take a shower.
10/6/2015 6:00 PM PDT, by Simon Delott
Demi Lovato isn't just content to have the voice of a siren or to promote body positivity -- she's working to increase awareness of mental health issues. And, we assume, she's going to use some of her free time to stop that giant robot from attacking New York, because at this point nothing that she does would surprise us.
The struggle with mental illness is a personal one for her, because her late father had untreated bipolar disorder, and she has suffered for years with mental illness herself. That she's brave enough to open up about such an important issue says a lot about how much she cares about raising awareness.
"I think it's important that people no longer look at mental illness as something taboo to talk about. It's something that's extremely common, one in five adults has a mental illness, so basically everyone is essentially connected to this problem and this epidemic. The problem with mental illness is people don't look at it as a physical illness. When you think about it, the brain is actually the most complex organ in your body. We need to treat it like a physical illness and take it seriously."
And that is so important. It's not just that your brain is your most complex organ -- you are your brain. Overcoming the hurdles of mental illness is in some ways more difficult than dealing with more visible problems like physical disabilities. And the stigma of mental illness is pernicious and the exact sort of thing that prevents people from seeking treatment.
Demi met with legislators today for the "Be Vocal: Speak Up For Mental Health" initiative. She's using her star power and her own struggles and experiences to do so much important work for the world ... and really, we couldn't ask for anything more.
10/6/2015 5:00 PM PDT, by Simon Delott
Butts. They're great. We all have them -- to one degree or another. And, again to varying degrees, we all love them.
But, while the Kardashians are a notoriously bootylicious family, we need to remember that we're not them. We can't be them, and that means Kim's butt, Kylie's lips, and Kendall's, well, everything. And, you know, we shouldn't want to be them -- we should want to be us.
Some very prominent plastic surgeons are reminding us that, regardless of what anyone's anaconda might desire, we're probably better off accepting the butts that we have.
"It's the Kardashian Effect. The big butts are very 'in.' I see a lot of young girls want to do the Kylie Jenner thing; for a while she was getting lip injections. They wanted lips just like hers."
That's sad -- in a self-esteem sort of way -- but not unexpected. Celebrities like the Kardashians are trendsetters, and that extends to more than hair-extensions and color schemes. One of the problems with it, though, is a real health issue.
"The butt thing is really concerning, because they want to go big. They’re pushing the envelope of what the buttocks will take. When you put a ton of fat in the buttocks, some of it’s going to dissolve. Some of it’s going to die. You can get into fat necrosis and scarring. The buttocks is really, really hard to fix."
Basically? Butt enhancements are a huge amount of work that can easily go wrong. You have to gain weight, have that fat removed and transferred into your butt, and then stay off of your butt for a week. A week. We have a lot of questions about how someone would manage that but we're not sure that we want the answers.
If you can afford to get some safe, minor procedures done for the right reasons, then it's your body and you can go for it. But don't get surgery to look more like someone else. And please, please don't get a procedure from anyone but a highly reputable surgeon.
Okay we're going to have nightmares about necrotic fat tissue in butts. But better nightmares than the real thing, right?
10/6/2015 5:00 PM PDT, by Emily Trainham
Boy, if we had a nickel for every time we rolled our eyes at Bristol Palin ... actually, let's not think about that, because drowning in nickels sounds like a terrifying experience, and we don't need any additional terror while talking about Bristol Palin. The point is that Bristol is remarkably silly at best, and the worst at worst, and she proved that with this brand new photo.
It's not the photo itself that's silly: it's actually pretty cute, thanks to the innocent children whose hearts have not yet been tainted by the Palin scourge. But in the caption (it's always those damn captions), Bristol said that she's seven months pregnant now, "but still the best time with my boys." She doesn't look like she's seven months pregnant at all in those photo, but that will happen with loose black clothing and without any turning to the side and lovingly cradling of the bump. She also doesn't look like she's having "the best time" in this photo, and, well, that one's a little harder to explain.
Let's refresh our memory of Bristol's pregnancy announcement, just for fun:
"I wanted you guys to be the first to know that I am pregnant. Honestly, I’ve been trying my hardest to keep my chin up on this one. ... I know this has been, and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you. But please respect Tripp’s and my privacy during this time. I do not want any lectures and I do not want any sympathy. ..."
Best of luck to that baby in there. All the luck in the world, really.
10/6/2015 4:00 PM PDT, by Emily Trainham
Some things in this life are undeniable, and it just so happens that one of those things is the genetic gift that has been bestowed on the Kardashian/Jenner children by way of Kris Jenner's womb. They are all such good-looking people, and Kris is largely to thank for that. So go ahead and thank her, and then enjoy this cute little photo she shared of herself and Kim Kardashian wearing the same dress.
Here's how Kris explained it when she shared the photo on Instagram:
Found this little gem in my archives... @kimkardashian posted some pics on her App of the looks I've stolen from her in the past. (literally LOL!!) but had to share the Valentino gown that was my pride and joy back in the 80's !! She looks so beautiful and she wore it to the White House Correspondence dinner several years ago.
Kris threw some hashtags in there as well, things like "like mother like daughter" and "proud mama," because what is life without hashtags? And while it's sweet that she's proud of Kim, let's just be real and say that Kris owned this dress in more ways than one. Is being a "GILF" a thing? Because Kris Jenner is taking MILF to a whole new level.
10/6/2015 2:00 PM PDT, by Simon Delott
Courtney Stodden is pretty wonderful -- and weird singing is one of the most fun things that you can do alone in a house ... well, that you can then share on Instagram, anyway.
There's no one around to hear you sing off-key or to be taken aback by sudden voice or volume changes. The thing is, if you end up liking your goofy singing, you can always share it with the world. And please do, because it's such a gift.
Would you believe that we don't have anything mean to say about Courtney's operatic rendition of this "Lion King" song? She has a lovely voice and it's just really cute and she's having a fun time singing it. It makes us want to chime in, but don't worry -- we'll spare you what that sounds like. (Hint: it sounds a lot like the laughing at the end of this video ... which is just adorable.)
10/6/2015 1:00 PM PDT, by Simon Delott
If there's anything more common than "accidentally" uploaded pictures and videos, it's friends kissing. Because, you know, kissing is fun. Whether you're bored and playing spin-the-bottle in your high school lobby or drunkenly making out with everyone at a college party, it's the sort of thing that tends to happen. A lot.
Ariana Grande and Liz Gillies have been friends for ages. You probably best know them together for their roles on Nickelodeon's "Victorious," which existed in the same continuity as the better-known "iCarly." And if you don't know them for that, you really missed out. Honestly, laugh tracks are one of the most painful elements of any comedy series, but for some reason the "iCarlyverse" could get away with it and it was great.
Now, Ariana is probably best known for being tiny, unorthodox doughnut-related practices, and her music career -- while Liz is starring on a recent show, "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll," costarring with series creator Denis Leary. Plus, if you follow her tweets, you know Liz's overt fondness for '90s Halloween movies at any time of the year. Same, girl.
It's an odd mixture of weird and endearing to see the two of them react to the kiss kind of like a pair of middle schoolers might. Then again, being famous and putting it on video can make most things pretty weird. But weird stuff with friends is also the best stuff with friends, you know?
Honestly, for us, the highlight is hearing Ariana laugh like Cruella de Vil.
10/6/2015 12:00 PM PDT, by Emily Trainham
Let's take a quick break from America's first family to discuss another large family that chooses to document their life through the magic of reality TV: the Browns, the family from "Sister Wives." If you're not familiar with the show, then you are doing yourself a huge disservice, but all you have to know is that these four women are married to that one supremely douchey man, and he's fathered a great big gaggle of kids that they all raise together. In the past, the man, Kody Brown, has expressed quite a bit of disgust at the idea of any of his wives taking another husband, because hypocrisy, but that didn't stop his first wife, Meri, from entering into an online romance. And it also didn't stop her from getting catfished.
This is a pretty amazing story, and it's been going on for quite a while now, but Meri (the woman on the left of Kody in the photo) has finally addressed it in this statement:
"During an emotional and vulnerable time earlier this year, I began speaking with someone online who turned out to be not who they said they were. I never met this person and I regret being drawn into this situation, but I hope because of it I can help others who find themselves in similar circumstances. Throughout this ordeal, my family has supported and stood by me. I am grateful to them for their love and strength through this difficult time."
The whole thing is so very sad for a number of reasons, and it's hard to even list them all. It's sad in the most basic sense that Meri thought she had a genuine relationship with someone who'd been lying to her, and it's also sad because this seems like a form of cheating, which is seldom cool. If you think about it though, this little affair might not have been so bad if it helped give Meri the motivation to leave her husband and his three other wives. Judging by the show, it doesn't seem like she's terribly happy with the way things are, and a new love might have turned things around for her. But then things turned out like this, and she got hurt, and it seems doubtful that she'd ever try something like this again. This "ordeal" might have cemented Meri's place in Kody's collection of wives, and that's the saddest thing of all.
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