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Joel McHale's New CBS Show The Great Indoors is a Sitcom and an Obit (Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:49:24 -0400)

Many viewers will see the new CBS show The Great Indoors as a comedy.

Some of us, however, know it's really a tragedy.


The Great Indoors, which premieres Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET, brings back Joel McHale (above) as Jack Gordon, a writer for Outdoor Limits magazine. He comes to the office one day to learn the mag is dropping its print edition and going "web-only."

That's not the problem. The problem is that in the web-only world, outdoor writers don't actually go outdoors. The staff that is now running the operation, a handful of self-assured, blithely oblivious millennials, thinks an outdoor adventure is walking two blocks to a different Starbucks to get better wi-fi.

All stories are written in the office on electronic devices, by people whose research consists entirely of Internet searches.

So instead of sending Jack to Alaska to report on a wilderness trip where one might see a grizzly bear, the staff wants to spit out a quickie titled something like "Five Things To Do If You Run Into a Bear."

Jack suggests they really only need one item on that list: "Die."

Needless to say, the new Outdoor Limits staff incorporates all the signature stereotypes of millennials.

Clark (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) is the alpha research geek, convinced he knows everything about this planet and others even though he has never left the city.


Emma (Christine Ko) (above with Mintz-Plasse) runs social media, meaning the only use she has for actual articles or information is that it occasionally can draw an extra click or like.

If you don't live on social media, Emma assumes, you don't exist.

Mason (Shaun Brown) is the seemingly laid-back office dude whose relaxed persona only thinly hides his multiple neuroses.

Just for balance, The Great Indoors also includes some grownups who quickly become sitcom stereotypes of their own.


Roland, played by the droll veteran comedian Stephen Fry (above), owns Outdoor Limits. He's an outdoorsman himself, and has always valued Jack's superior writing. But he's been talked into joining the new world and seems to have pretty much written off the old one.

In his own way, he's as oblivious to Jack as the youngsters are.

Jack's immediate boss is Brooke (Susannah Fielding), Roland's daughter. Would it surprise you to know she and Jack used to date? Awkward.

The leadoff joke, logically enough, is that Jack declares it's preposterous to run an outdoor adventure magazine, web-only or not, where you replace actual reporting on adventures with flashy, attention-getting headlines that lead the reader into short gimmicky items with no substance.

The millennials don't see that as a problem. To them, at least at first, Jack is the problem. Why won't he get with the program? When does he think we're living, the Dark Ages? Who needs him?


Happily they reach a truce, which saves The Great Indoors from being the shortest-run show ever.

McHale. a pro, conveys Jack's bewilderment and astonishment while making it clear he has a few quirks of his own. The millennial team dramatizes equally well their puzzlement that anyone would still want to run a magazine, or the world, the way it was run five years ago. Seriously, dude?

To the civilian viewer, it all adds up to funny stuff and good characters. How it will sustain, well, that's the question for every sitcom.

The only problem, which doubtless will seem most acute to those of us who have actually worked in media, is that whole swaths of The Great Indoors don't play like a light comedy. They play like a dark comedy. A very dark comedy.

Heck, they play like a documentary.

We're way too close to a "Five Things To Do If You Run Into a Bear" world.

I could go on, but you'll have to excuse me. I'm going to take a picture of a cake, send it out on Instagram and call it a cookbook.

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Macabre Minstrel Alu Sings About Disease, Divorce And Survival On Her New Album (Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:53:43 -0400)


Suffering has long since served as a well of inspiration for the creative-minded. From death and heartache to failure and addiction, artists have always found a way to soothe their souls by manifesting their pain into an artform. Los Angeles based siren, Alu, released her fourth full length album, Mrs. Hypochondriac, on October 14th. She has been dubbed "the siren of psychosis" by Echoes Radio and "Kate Bush on a broomstick" by Campus Circle and while she resembles these comparisons, her music possesses an intimate depth that is incomparable. Alu admires a vast array of artists such as Tom Waits, Radiohead, Chopin, Joni Mitchell and two artists to whom her sultry voice is often compared, Tori Amos and Bjork.

Mrs. Hypochondriac was produced by Alu as well as multi-instrumentalist, Gabe Morley with its namesake being derived from a long battle with invisible illness. "I had a lot of weird symptoms that doctors couldn't explain. People often accused me of being a hypochondriac," she explains. "It was a really difficult time." Alu's invisible illness eventually showed itself when she was finally diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a disease which disrupts the communication between the various parts of the nervous system.

As if being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in your 30s isn't hard enough, she was also experiencing the stress of a volatile marriage that eventually ended in divorce. While these are the types of obstacles that can ruin people, Alu used them as a source of inspiration to create Mrs. Hypochondriac. "I went through the most suffering to get this album out," she says. "In many ways, this record saved me because creating it helped me deal with so much trauma."

The tracks "Nemesis," "Colorblind," and "Is it Bad?" are hypnotic serenades about her disappointing marriage as well as the skewed, and often absurd, perspectives with which many humans view life. She sings her way through the heartache, expressing the ever-shifting emotions that come along with it. In the song "Marie," Alu confronts herself as a young girl, lamenting about her childhood reveries and the harsh realities that awaited her. While the majority of Mrs. Hypochondriac weeps with the plight of modern human tragedy with titles such as, "Ghost Bride," "Land of Nothing" and "Scraps on a Bone," she closes the album with a kiss of hope. "Phoenix," a raw vocal and piano ballad, sings of strength and survival, that after being reduced to cinders, the human spirit has the power to rise again.

There is something so delicious about darkness. The duality of human nature is reflected in our constant thirst for the macabre and the many artists, writers, singers, and filmmakers who quench that thirst. From melodic, whimsical lounge music to haunting ballads of heartache, Alu fearlessly delves into the unexplored caverns of her own emotions. Her piercing voice drives the narrative of her lyrics into the listener, sometimes leaving chills in its wake. Mrs. Hypochondriac ebbs and flows between playful cabaret tunes to Gothic waltzes that evoke strange emotions, some of which are new and others which have lain dormant for years.

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Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman Dresses As Harry Potter -- And It's Awesome (Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:37:09 -0400)

Richard Sherman may play for the Seattle Seahawks. But when it comes to magic, he’s Gryffindor all the way.

The All-Pro cornerback showed his true team spirit by dressing up as Harry Potter for his weekly press conference, according to FoxSports.com. Sherman showed up wearing a cloak, glasses and the Gryffindor house tie.

He even carried a wand, which he pointed at reporters in the crowd, as this video by Seattle Times Seahawks beat writer Gregg Bell shows:

Sherman said he dressed up early for Halloween at the request of his son, according to CBS Sports.

“This is a serious occasion ― it’s Halloween,” Sherman told reporters. “My son told me he wanted me to wear something, so it’s happening.” 

Harry Potter isn’t just a one-time costume for Sherman, a self-proclaimed nerd.

He said that his favorite Potter film is “Order of the Phoenix,” and that he’s definitely a Gryffindor.

Journalists, used to asking tough questions about upcoming football games, took the opportunity to ask more pressing questions, according to the Seattle Times:

Question: “What’s harder, Quidditch or five quarters of football?”

Sherman: “Five quarters of football is pretty tough, but Quidditch, the beaters, the chasers, trying to find the golden snitch, things like that, that’s tough. Five quarters of football, though, in the elements, I’d say that takes the cake.”

Question: You said that was your first and second choice for a costume. What was it about that costume?

Sherman: “When you’re a wizard, like we are out here, sometimes you have to show it to the muggles in the world. We’ve got a lot of wizards. My son’s a wizard. Earl Thomas does some magical things. Michael Bennett is Black Santa, but he’s also a wizard. You just have a good time. I just went to Harry Potter Land. That felt like home.”

One question asked about Sunday’s game with the Cardinals, which ended in a tie, but Sherman turned it back to Harry Potter.

Question: “How long after the Cardinals game did you start feeling human again? Or are you?”

Sherman: “Um, well, I’m definitely a wizard. So if you’re asking if I feel like a muggle again, I don’t.”

Check out the complete press conference below:

Richard Sherman Week 8 Press Conference

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The ‘Bachelor’ Franchise Needs To Stop Giving Chad A Platform For His BS (Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:18:37 -0400)

Like a particularly pernicious hangover, “Bachelor” bad dude Chad Johnson just won’t fade away. After his time on JoJo Fletcher’s season of “The Bachelorette,” a sad appearance on “After the Final Rose,” and an even more shocking stay on “Bachelor in Paradise,” he still keeps cropping up ― on an aftershow for “Bachelorette Canada” and now on Freeform’s “Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?

On Tuesday night’s episode of “Ben & Lauren,” the tepidly happy couple decide to go camping with some franchise friends ― Chris Soules, Emily and Haley Ferguson, Lace Morris and Grant Kemp, and (oops!) Chad Johnson. Yep, thinking Lace and Grant can’t make the weekend, Lauren and Ben invited their friends’ sworn enemy. After meeting him at “After the Final Rose,” Lauren felt convinced Chad was a good guy deep down, and wanted to reach out to the poor friendless dude. 

The final campfire of the weekend ended up being a group therapy session. Lace sobbed, Lauren insisted that she didn’t really think Chad was a bully, and Chad severely undercut her case by smirking and whipping out lines like, “I meant to upset you! I meant to piss y’all off, and it worked! ... It entertained me.” When Grant asked what his late mother would think of his actions on the show, Chad stiffened and ground out, “I think, stop bringing my mom up ... I don’t bring up my mom. There’s no unhurtful way to keep bringing up my mom.” (While this is an understandable defensiveness, he has brought her death up, repeatedly, to garner sympathy and burnish his actions on the show.)

Finally, he mouthed an apology and left before anything worse could happen ― what amounts to a triumphant act of generosity from Chad given the low bar he’s been given to clear in the “Bachelor” world of late.

Presumably, this camping trip was filmed some time ago, but based on the context of the show, it’s clear that it took place after his appearances on both “Bachelorette” and “Paradise,” as well as an appearance on “After Paradise” with Lace. By this point, his ongoing pattern of inappropriate behavior toward cast members was eminently apparent ― yet he was shoehorned into an episode of a “Bachelor” star’s reality show nonetheless. 

Freeform declined to comment on Chad’s appearance on the show, and as of press time, contacts at Warner Horizon and ABC had not responded to requests for comment. 

As someone who watches and writes about “The Bachelor” franchise, I’d been troubled by Chad’s comportment on the show since early on, especially as it became more aggressive and openly hateful toward women on the show such as Lace and Sarah Herron. I’d commented on it when I found his behavior toward other contestants inappropriate. I’d also revealed on Twitter and on my podcast that my own mother had died when I was very young, and that the grieving process had been very prolonged and difficult. Based on my experience, I empathized, but I didn’t believe his mother’s death should be used as an excuse for harmful actions.

But, full disclosure, I’m not just an observer here. 

That’s because Chad didn’t like me “bringing up his mom” by commenting that a grief I so deeply sympathized with shouldn’t be used to justify abusive behaviors. He didn’t like me doing this so much that on Aug. 10, he began to harass me on Twitter, first tweeting at my employer:

He continued by tweeting what he either believed or claimed to believe was my address. (I had never resided at the apartment in question.)

I reported the attempted doxing to Twitter. After many hours, his account was suspended until the tweets were removed. In the meantime, the tweet hung in the ether, receiving plenty of unsettling responses. (I just hoped that was all it would lead to.) 

My editors and I also brought the tweets to the attention of ABC and Warner Horizon, the studio. Given that this occurred the day after Chad’s appearance with Lace on “After Paradise,” it seems likely that the camping trip filmed for “Ben & Lauren” took place just a few days later.

Chad presents himself as someone who thinks his own purposefully harmful actions can be erased with a glib apology, while others are lucky if a comment that rubs him the wrong way isn’t met with physical violence. Lauren asked him during the campfire chat if it made him sad to hurt other people; he almost scoffed as he replied, “No!” If others hit on a sore spot for him ― his mother, though it’s one that he’s made part of his reality TV narrative — he finds their hurtfulness appalling and unforgivable. There’s no one standard of kindness; everyone must behave with gentle deference to Chad, while he can gaily stomp on them in return and expect forgiveness on demand.

That is what it is. Whether a calculated ploy or a manifestation of deeper issues, by now, we know what we’re getting with Chad. He has, in the past, excoriated fellow contestants for playing nice to get endorsement deals and fame, but on “Ben & Lauren” he basically admitted what was always clear: that he’s been acting horrendously both on and off the show to stay in the spotlight, to “make people laugh.” 

Why ― why ― are ABC and Freeform giving him a platform to play this hurtful game at the expense of the rest of their talent, himself, and even others who may be caught in the crossfire? 

The episode, “Chad to the Bone,” ends with Ben toasting to “more hope, more love, and more acceptance of the people in our life that have hurt us.” 

“That was a great toast,” says Lace, raising her glass to staying vulnerable to someone who just admitted to intentionally harming her for his own amusement. What an inspiring message. 

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Ben Affleck Goes Full Boston To Get 'Kid Brother' Swing State To Vote (Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:58:19 -0400)

Hollywood actor and producer Ben Affleck, aka Benny “The Sweet One” O’Callaghan, may not be from New Hampshire, but he is urging those in his “kid brother” state to get out and vote Nov. 8 ― for the sake of greater New England and the nation.

In a new, profanity-laced Funny Or Die video, Affleck, who grew up in Boston, says he’s been “loving on” New Hampshire ― a key swing state ― since he was just a “lil’ baby Pats fan.”

“Have you ever been to New Hampshire?” Affleck asks in a thick Boston accent. “It’s fuckin’ beautiful, guy.” 

Affleck says he’d normally consider the “great people” of New Hampshire too good for this election. Not this year. 

“Seeing as how this election is a bigger disaster than the New York Knicks, the people from New Hampshire are going to have to register and vote,” he says. “Otherwise this whole damn nation is going to be cursed.”

Affleck doesn’t push any particular candidate in the video, but urges voters to visit NextGen Climate, an organization that’s endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and is focused on preventing climate change.

“If you give a shit about women’s rights, if you care about keeping the environment safe for future generations ― ever hear of it? ― if you care about people getting to piss in the fuckin’ bathroom of their choice, then guess who’s got your back in this election?” Affleck asks in the video. “That’s right ― my basically home-state New Hampshire.”

The pressure’s on you, New Hampshire. As Affleck put it, “All of New England is counting on you!”

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Tim Kaine Gets Candid With Pusha T On Police Brutality And Racism (Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:32:04 -0400)

With this year’s presidential election less than two weeks away, Pusha T is continuing his political involvement on Hillary Clinton’s campaign trail.

In a new Hillary for America campaign clip, the rapper held a candid conversation ― which took place after a Oct. 15 block festival in Liberty City, Miami ― with Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine to discuss some of the most pressing issues at stake in this year’s election.

Among the Bronx rapper’s biggest concerns were America’s broken criminal justice system. It’s an issue that needs improvement, according to Kaine.

“There’s a lot of reforms that are necessary. There’s policing reforms, to make sure that we have communities where everybody respects the law,” Kaine said. “But people have to be respected by the law, too. That’s really important. In some of our communities that’s not the case.”

As a solution to ending gun violence in America, the Virginia senator suggested the government keep a better record of the number of citizens that were killed in interactions with the police ― similar to the data that’s stored on the number of policemen that were killed in the line of duty.

“We haven’t been keeping that data about citizens, but if we keep that data, too, we can manage to improve deaths to gun violence,” he said.

In addition to resolving police relations, Kaine went on to highlight some areas that are affected by systematic racism in America.

“There is [racism] in housing,” he said. “There is [racism] in employment. There is [racism] in the criminal justice system. There is [racism] in voting rights. So there’s more progress to achieve, but we keep moving forward.”

Nicely said, Tim.

Check out more of Senator Kaine and Pusha T’s conversation in the clip above.

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7-Year-Old Girl Brings Down The House With Dance Moves (Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:28:21 -0400)

A second grader in Georgia is showing the internet how to dominate a dance floor. 

Last week, Titra Lampley posted a Facebook video that shows her 7-year-old daughter, Ja’miyla Barber, dancing at the Lithia Springs Elementary School Halloween dance. As she busts a move to “Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)” while dressed as Wonder Woman, it’s clear that Ja’miyla is stealing the show.

“Y’all know she turnt the dance up,” Lampley wrote in the caption for the video, which has reached over 210,000 views.

Ja’miyla’s mom told The Huffington Post she did not expect the video to go viral. “I always post videos of her dancing for my friends and family to enjoy,” she said.

Lampley added that Ja’miyla’s dream is to dance and act. “She’s been dancing since she was 1,” the mom explained. Though other kids have bullied her for her small size, Ja’miyla won’t let anyone stop her from pursuing her dreams. 

Lampley said she hopes the video “lets every kid in the world know that you can enjoy yourself.”

She added, “You can hold your head high and be you, no matter what.”

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Former TV News Anchor Dishes About His New Gig... In Gay Porn (Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:25:13 -0400)

Gay adult film actor Dallas Steele has made a name for himself over the past year with films like “Blue Collar Ballers” and “Rough Trade.” But as it turns out, the 44-year-old, whose real name is Jim Walker, is no stranger to working in front of a camera. And much to his surprise, he’s become an unlikely icon for professional reinvention in recent weeks. 

Before he entered the world of adult entertainment, Steele spent 23 years as a television news anchor and reporter. He received two regional Emmy Award nominations while working at KTVT, a Dallas-based CBS affiliate, and also worked for KBTV Fox 4 in Beaumont, Texas, as well as news stations in Florida and California. 

Steele, who is signed exclusively to TitanMen, told The Huffington Post that he first opened up about his former career in a 2015 interview on that film company’s website. (Link is NSFW) He said he’s “not sure” why the media is suddenly buzzing about his story, which has been documented in interviews and features appearing in the New York Post, the Daily News and the Daily Mail, among other publications, over the past month.

While he’s happy with the newfound attention, Steele stressed, “Porn is not a career ― not for me, not for anyone. But it is a fun sideline or stopover for a few years.”

He certainly proved his chops in the cutthroat world of TV news over two decades. During his time as a journalist, Steele said he interviewed every living U.S. president, as well as 2016 presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. He left the news business somewhat abruptly in 2013 after a boss told him that he’d tested poorly among local viewers. 

See Jim Walker report on Hurricane Ike for KBTV in 2008. 

After some time off, he knew he needed a change, and decided to pursue porn at the suggestion of a friend. When he stepped onto the set of his first adult movie, “Blue Collar Ballers,” in 2015, he found it demonstrating his other, ahem, talents on camera oddly natural.  

“Let’s be honest, anyone who does TV news and anyone who does porn loves to show off. It’s part of the deal,” he said. “I do love sex, I love hot men and I love showing off.” Viewing porn as a “fascinating side job with lots of great perks,” he added, “Doing movies has allowed to travel all over the world and build a social media following on a scale I couldn’t even imagine in TV news.” 

Although Steele said that most of his former colleagues in TV news are aware of his new gig, many of them don’t keep in touch with him because of it. 

“They generally don’t speak to me because they’re worried even the perception of being associated with me is going to do them harm,” he said. Still, he has no regrets about his decision to leave the world of television news behind. “The old business model doesn’t work, so the management is grasping at anything to hold attention, even if it means sensationalizing and outright lying to viewers,” he said. “I had a good, long run.” 

That said, he has absolutely no time for haters, some of whom have reportedly accused him of having a midlife crisis. 

“I’d much rather make out with a hot man to help build an erection than I would deal with a news manager who is blaming me because his producers selected content viewers didn’t want to watch,” he said. “I would much rather have thousands of people enjoying themselves watching my product than I would have them throwing food at the TV because they don’t want to see [Donald] Trump’s face again.”

As he told the New York Post, he hopes his story inspires others not necessarily to enter porn for themselves, but simply to get out of "an environment that’s toxic to you," professionally.  

Besides, he added, “In both jobs, you deal with lots of d*cks and a**holes.”  

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Hillary Clinton Dances On 'El Gordo Y La Flaca' Ahead Of Birthday (Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:08:16 -0400)

Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday when she became the first presidential candidate to appear on Univision’s long-running talk show “El Gordo y La Flaca.”

The democratic nominee’s appearance on the Spanish-language show came two weeks ahead of the presidential election, and just one day before her birthday (Oct. 26). As such, the show’s hosts, Lili Estefan and Raúl De Molina, threw Clinton a party, gifting her tequila, a patriotic birthday cake and a surprise serenade from Dominican singer Prince Royce. 

And that’s not all that went down. Clinton also practiced her Spanish, shared her love of “real Mexican food” and danced a little salsa during the segment. 

Y así bailó @hillaryclinton con @rauldemolina #VivirMiVida del flaco @marcanthony #LoMaximo #HillaryEnGyF para el mundo

A video posted by ElGordoyLaFlaca (@elgordoylaflaca) on

People on Twitter had mixed reactions to the whole thing. 

With the presidential election just around the corner, Clinton also made an appeal to voters, discussing immigration reform and equal pay for women, among other topics.

She ended the interview by thanking her Latino supporters, and reminded viewers that Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are performing a free concert Saturday, in support of her campaign.

Watch a clip from the segment above, and visit Univision for more. 

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The Dress Is Definitely Blue, But Is This Photo Of Bill Murray Or Tom Hanks? (Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:01:32 -0400)

Now that we’ve decided the dress is definitely blue and it takes 686 rubber bands to burst a watermelon, it’s time for a new internet phenomenon to divide us all: Is this a photo of Bill Murray or Tom Hanks

In 2013, Laura DiMichele-Ross shared a photo of herself and her son with Murray at a golf competition in Scotland on the Facebook group Reasons My Son Is Crying. Despite a caption clearly indicating that the man mirroring her son’s distraught expression is indeed Murray, the image has proven to be internet gold among people who have trouble telling two white guys apart. 

Three years after the photo was initially posted, a Reddit thread questioning whether the man in the photo was Hanks or Murray sparked a viral internet frenzy.

“We are finding this very funny,” DiMichele-Ross told The Guardian. “I personally don’t see the resemblance to Tom Hanks but we’ve noticed that people have been mentioning it for years.”

Behold the photo below: 

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Amber Tamblyn On The Power Of Seeing Women As Human (Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:53:10 -0400)

Amber Tamblyn wants the world to rethink the language we use to describe women. 

In a powerful essay published Wednesday morning for Glamour, the 33-year-old actress revealed that she’s pregnant with a baby girl. The news, she wrote, made her think about the way the world was “built by and for men,” and what that means for her daughter. 

“How much do I have to do, as a daughter and a soon-to-be mother, to change not just the conversation about how women are seen,” Tamblyn wrote. “But the language with which conversations are spoken in?” 

A few weeks ago (in the wake of the newly-released hot mic video in which Donald Trump bragged about grabbing women “by the pussy”), Tamblyn posted a gut-wrenching Instagram post detailing the time she was assaulted by an abusive ex-boyfriend. In her Glamour essay, the actress described telling her mother about this assault and finding out that her mother had also been assaulted when she was younger.  

When Tamblyn’s mother told her mother she had been assaulted years ago, she responded: “Boys will be boys.” 

“This is what has passed for wisdom, what’s been handed down between women for generations. It continues today,” Tamblyn wrote. “It encourages women to take a backseat in their own lives, telling them it’s OK: men know how to drive and know what they’re doing.”

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Tamblyn campaigning for Clinton in an awesome “Maker America Ferrera Again” T-shirt, as a nod to her “Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants” co-star.    

Tamblyn's essay ties together common themes that exemplify the sexism in our culture and why it’s so damaging and dangerous for women: Her assault, her mother’s assault, how our culture is quick to justify men’s mistakes and the way we talk about our first female presidential candidate.

Tamblyn wrote: 

Hillary Clinton is a mom. She’s also a daughter. She’s also a grandmother. I have wondered what kind of conversations she’s had to have with her daughter about men, or what conversations Hillary’s mother had to have with her about boys?... I am not asking you to rethink a woman. I am asking you to rethink women, period. Go deep. See the frame that holds the big picture. Men have countless examples of leaders in public office, while women have had almost none. Whether you are an actress, a teacher, a candidate for student council or a candidate for President of the United States, if you are a woman you have navigated your life solely in a world built by and for men.

She went on to urge readers to see women as humans who are flawed, just like men.

“Powerful women don’t get to exist outside of context. To discount all the good [Clinton has] done in her 30 years of public service and pay attention to the bad is, at best, severely myopic,” Tamblyn wrote. “At worst, it erases the struggles and achievements of all women.”

Her most powerful point came towards the end: “If we are not allowed to be complex, compromising, wholly human ― as human as men ― then we are all disqualified."

We could not agree more.  

Head over to Glamour to read Tamblyn’s powerful essay in full. 

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Hillary Clinton Jokes About Her 'Death Row Records' Fashion Inspiration (Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:44:35 -0400)

Politicians do a lot to engage our nation’s youth. They join Snapchat. They appear in viral videos. They even troll people on Twitter. Hillary Clinton’s latest attempt at engaging young voters is pretty epic

Clinton appeared on Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club Wednesday to chat about a whole bunch of things. Most importantly, she addressed the hilarious, now-famous meme that suggests she drew debate style inspiration from the likes of Tupac, Suge Knight and Snoop Dogg ― all Death Row Records artists. 

After asking if she ever looks at the memes made about her, co-host Charlamagne Tha God proceeded to show Clinton the fashion commentary that compared her to iconic rappers. “Was that on purpose? Are you a fan of Death Row Records?” he asked.

“I think Death Row and a lot of other fashion sources have influenced my look, don’t you?” she answered with a big, hearty laugh. While obviously a joke, she earned some serious points with that response. Plus, the similarities are pretty uncanny. Just look at them in the video player above. 

Can you say #goals?

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Kim Kardashian Reportedly Resumes Filming On 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' (Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:56:16 -0400)

Kim Kardashian reportedly began filming Season 13 of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” according to People magazine on Wednesday

The outlet spoke with a rep for E! who said, “Full production has resumed on ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians.’” 

A separate source told People that the 36-year-old “just wants to be with her kids and out of public,” but made the choice to began filming on her own.

That news contradicts an earlier report from Entertainment Tonight, which said that Kardashian was present during filming for “KUWTK,” but was not yet participating in the filming herself. E! News has not yet written about the news.

The reality star has stayed relatively out of the public eye since she was held up at gunpoint and robbed of millions of dollars’ worth of jewelry on Oct. 3 in Paris. After flying back to New York City to reunite with her husband, Kanye West, and various friends and family, Kardashian stayed hidden for weeks, until recently. 

She reemerged Monday night grabbing ice cream with pal Jonathan Cheban and again Tuesday night at West’s concert, where cameras were spotted filming.  

The Huffington Post has reached out to reps for Kardashian and E! News and will update this post accordingly. 

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Kevin Hart Reportedly In Talks To Become Your New Favorite Hollywood Santa Claus (Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:49:31 -0400)

Kevin Hart might be heading to the North Pole. 

The comedian is reportedly in talks to star as Santa Claus in an upcoming Disney movie called “Dashing Through the Snow,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

The film apparently centers around a New York City detective who works too much and has a strained relationship with his son. Of course, the only thing that can bring the two closer together and fix their bond is believing in the magic of Santa Claus. (This sounds exactly like “Elf,” right?) 

Will Packer, who worked on both “Ride Along” and “Ride Along 2” with Hart, is set to produce with “Ted” producer John Jacobs.

At the moment, the film is still without a director, but a search is underway.

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If There Was A 'My Best Friend's Wedding' Sequel, Dermot Mulroney Would Be Into It (Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:48:10 -0400)

It’s been almost 20 years since “My Best Friend’s Wedding” debuted, and ultimately became one of the best rom-coms ever made. So, why the heck haven’t we been given a sequel yet??

Well, according to Dermot Mulroney, who played Julia Roberts’ best friend Michael in the 1997 movie, a spinoff could happen ... maybe ... one day

“I’ll say whatever I want about the sequel ― the phantom sequel for ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding,’ but it’s not real, people!” he told The Huffington Post during an interview on Tuesday. “I’m supporting the fact that this seems like a good idea, but I want to emphasize that it isn’t a real thing,” he added, laughing about the fact that these kind of stories go crazy due to the internet age.

“I started getting asked that [during the ‘August: Osage County’ press tour] and then it becomes a whole thing!”

Still, the actor is well aware that “My Best Friend’s Wedding” is very beloved, and that fans would love to check in on Michael and Kimmie (Cameron Diaz), as well as find out what happened to Julianne (Roberts).

“I guess we can’t call it a classic yet [but] there’s so few [rom-coms] since then that were as well made or that just had the same kind of legs that this has,” Mulroney said, explaining his secret to rom-com success. “It took me this long to actually analyze why that movie stands out from the crowd of romantic comedies ― it’s, she’s a sad clown. It’s a melancholy movie. And that’s what’s funny about it. It’s like somebody slipping on a banana peel. We love that. And all of the other romantic comedies, they’re focused on the girl and the guy getting together. ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ is the exact opposite. So I’ve just given away a secret formula.” 

When push comes to shove, Mulroney, who is currently starring in “Pure Genius” on CBS, seems like he’d be more than happy to reunite with his real-life friend Roberts if the time was ever right. (Screenwriters of the world, make the time right!)

“I have nothing but great memories of that [movie],” Mulroney gushed. “There was a period shortly after it was out that was like, ‘Oh, please, go away, leave me alone.’ And that passed, and I’m back to really just, I can’t believe that I’m in a movie that has that kind of staying power.” 

For more with Dermot Mulroney, watch our full interview below. 

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