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Published: Mon, 03 Aug 2015 18:54:25 GMT

Cara Delevingne Debuts Pink Hair At Osheaga Music Festival (Mon, 03 Aug 2015 18:50:37 GMT)

The pastel hair trend can't stop, won't stop. 

The latest star to jump on the bandwagon is none other than Cara Delevingne. She joins stars like Jenny McCarthy, Kelly Ripa and Kaley Cuoco, all of whom have tried the bold trend for themselves.  

The supermodel attended the Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal, Canada, over the weekend, where she showed off her new pastel-pink strands. It's unclear whether or not the new 'do is a wig or her actual hair, but either way, it looks pretty awesome. 

The 22-year-old paired her new hairstyle with a blue bandana, reflective blue sunglasses, a pineapple-print shirt and bacon-print boxers. Because of course she'd wear bacon-print boxers. 

The Daily Mail reports the "Suicide Squad" actress was at the Canadian music festival to support girlfriend Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, who was performing a set. But the "Paper Towns" actress wasn't alone -- she was with quite the fun-looking #squad:  

#Squadgoals #Squadforlife #squadlife #squadonpoint #aintnobodyfresherthanmyclique ❤️

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Party on, Cara. 

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Amy Schumer Calls For A New Approach To Gun Control (Mon, 03 Aug 2015 18:17:39 GMT)

Comedienne Amy Schumer and her cousin, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), have joined forces in a new push for laws that crack down on gun violence. 

The "Trainwreck" star made an emotional call for gun control reform during a Monday morning press conference in New York that introduced the senator's three-part legislative gun control plan.

"We're here today to say 'enough is enough' to mass shootings in our schools, our college campuses, our military bases and even our movie theaters," Amy Schumer said. "These shootings have got to stop. I don't know how else to say it." 

Amy Schumer's comments come roughly two weeks after a Louisiana man named John Houser allegedly shot two women to death and then killed himself during a screening of "Trainwreck" at a Lafayette movie theater. In the days since, Schumer hinted she would be pushing for greater gun control. 

She refused to even say Houser's name during the Monday conference, and noted, "This man shouldn't have been able to put his hands on a gun in the first place."

Amy Schumer said her cousin's legislation "deserves unanimous support," and supported it as a common-sense approach to gun control.

"The critics scoff and say, 'There's no way to stop crazy people from doing crazy things,' but they're wrong," she said, noting, "These are not extreme ideas."

Sen. Schumer's proposed legislation would set up monetary rewards for states that submit all necessary records into the background check system and penalize states that don't. The plan also calls for Congress to improve mental health funding and funding for substance abuse programs.

After mentioning Jillian Johnson and Mayci Breaux, the two women killed in the Lafayette theater shooting, Amy Schumer recalled being "completely devastated" by the news of the shooting -- but also angry. 

 "We'll never know why people choose to do these painful things, but sadly, we often find out how," she said of her cousin's proposal. "Today's push makes so much sense because it addresses the 'how.'"

As Deadline notes, Amy Schumer is slated to appear Monday night as one of Jon Stewart's final guests on "The Daily Show" and is expected to talk more about gun control then. 

"These are my first public comments on gun violence," she said. "But I can promise you, they won't be my last."  

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Trump Card? (Mon, 03 Aug 2015 18:00:28 GMT)

Much to the delight of political pundits, Democrats, and roughly one in five Republican voters, Donald Trump has taken the Presidential election season by storm, peddling his version of the "Straight Talk Express" from the Mexico border to the moneyed lobbies of his myriad properties and golf courses. And, much to the chagrin of the GOP establishment and the handful(s) of presidential wannabes, he has remained on top of recent polls, despite his unique brand of truth telling that includes insulting war heroes, retweeting misogynous invectives, and giving out the cell phone numbers of sitting U.S Senators.

The question that is being asked by each of these groups, either publicly or in whispered pleas, is "How long can this possibly last? Can he actually win this thing?"

The good news (or bad news, depending on your vantage point) is that not only is there a long way to go in this election, but historically, we're still several months away from the point at which Republicans have typically "crowned" their front runner. If you look back at GOP presidential primary polling over the last several cycles, the person leading the pack around October of the year before has ultimately become the nominee; in fact, going back as far as October of 1959, the only person leading the polls in October the year before to not win the nomination was Senator John McCain, in October of 2007. In that poll, McCain trailed by 16 points to another New Yorker with a penchant for speaking his mind (yes, I know that is redundant), former NYC and World Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

That said, even if Trump continues his impressive front-running performance into the fall, recent history would suggest he could still be unseated. And with 16 other candidates nipping at his heels, there is no shortage of potential dethroners.

As a political pundit and observer, however, my greatest interest lies in the intersection between message and messenger. Is Trump's lead because of his outlandish, no-holds-barred populist personality, or is it because he is saying things that Republicans agree with? On issues like immigration and the economy, I think (and polls would agree) that Trump is on the same page as a good deal of Republican primary voters. And in the quirky world of primary politics, the "best" message is also often the most controversial and divergent for the rest of the country. But Republican voters have a pretty good track record of sorting out winners and losers pretty early in the contest, which would make things all the more interesting if Trump still leads in October (Happy Halloween!).

What I will be looking for in the coming weeks and months is whether or not Trump's lead holds, and, should it begin to diminish, where the slack picks up. If more "mainstream" candidates begin to pick up steam as Trump slides, it would suggest the message is wrong, and the Republican establishment can breathe easier. If, however, Trump's slide is picked up by another "fringe" candidate, it would suggest the messenger is flawed, not the message, which would foretell a very divisive, potentially damaging primary. Or, as some might hope, Trump remains in front well past October and into the first caucuses and primaries. If the third scenario plays out, the buzz from Baltimore to Brooklyn to Burlington might be for everyone to take up bridge as a hobby, because it takes a skilled card player to win playing against trump.

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You Probably Didn't Know Most Movie Trailers Are Made This Way (Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:59:59 GMT)

In a world ...

Slow zoom on a darkened wood. Our hero -- on his knees, eyes closed, shoulder and back muscles bulging -- lies in wait, his sword sheathed as a hoard of zombie-dragon-Nazis floods toward him. Then ... close-up his eyes as they explode open!

There's a reason that movie trailers are often better than the films they're showcasing. They have a style and poetry all their own that create unattainable levels of excitement.

Comedy group Scotch Moses pulls back the curtain on what really goes down when Hollywood studios are planning the most important part of a film: the trailer.


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Florence And The Machine Electrifies At Lollapalooza, Lightning Storm And All (Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:54:20 GMT)

If British singer-songwriter Florence Welch was bothered at all by the massive summer lightning storm that served as a dramatic backdrop to her Lollapalooza-ending set in Chicago Sunday, she did not let on. If anything, she appeared to thrive on it.

Welch, who heads up Florence and the Machine, hit the ground running during her headlining set, literally. Clad in an all-white ensemble and barefoot, she dashed swiftly from one side of the stage to the other during “What the Water Gave Me” and “Ship to Wreck.” Later, she ran deep into the crowd, singing the thrilling “What Kind of Man” inches away from a male fan’s face.

All the while, the storm raged on, causing Welch to joke that she believed stormy weather was following her around during the writing of her latest album, “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” and “had found her again.” 

Ultimately, the weather caused Welch to cut her set short, ending with fan favorite “Dog Days Are Over,” which the singer punctuated by urging the crowd to remove one article of clothing and wave it above their heads. Welch followed her own instructions, in fact, stripping down to her bra before taking one last dash into the crowd while security guards tried desperately to keep up with her.

"We're so sorry, but the storm has won," Welch said. "We'll be back!"

Despite the abrupt ending, Welch still brought so much energy to her evocative baroque-pop anthems that her set, in addition to fellow headliner Paul McCartney's, was surely one of the weekend's most memorable.

Earlier in the day, Lollapalooza briefly evacuated its festival grounds in Chicago’s Grant Park due to an earlier group of storms. Incidentally, the last time Lollapalooza had a weather evacuation was also the last time Welch played the festival.

Fans captured the dramatic scene below:

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The Way Bill Cosby's Lawyer Talks About Assault Is Peak Rape Culture (Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:54:17 GMT)

In a 52-minute interview on July 31, Bill Cosby's lawyer Monique Pressley continuously dismissed the more than 40 women who have come forward with allegations against 78-year-old.  "Either you get your day in court or you move on," Pressley told HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont-Hill.

Pressley is media-trained; she's poised and she deftly side-stepped Lamont-Hill's most damning questions. But her (sanitized, well-planned) comments offered chilling insight into the way rape culture works. They also brought into sharp relief our collective desire to assume the worst of women who "tarnish" the image of our cultural heroes. 

In light of her comments, here are five things we need to clear up:

The court of law is not the same as the court of public opinion.


"I believe that people are innocent until they're proven guilty. And if you can't prove them guilty in court through prosecution, then you don't get the option of persecution instead," said Pressley.

Bill Cosby will most likely never see the inside of a jail cell -- and the public has no power to circumvent his liberty with opinions. But we, the public, get to make judgments based on the plethora of information we have at our disposal. 

When more than 40 women come forward with stories that are consistent, in a society that systematically shames victims of sexual abuse, it is our right as private citizens to operate on the assumption that their words do have credibility -- at least as much credibility as his.

The New Inquiry's Aaron Bady wrote about the refrain of "innocent until proven guilty" as it relates to sexual assault cases and the court of public opinion. His words, pegged to accusations made against Woody Allen, hold true for Cosby as well: "His presumption of innocence can only be built on the presumption that her words have no credibility." Saying Cosby isn't a liar implies that all of the women who have made accusations against him are.

There are real reasons that women come forward decades after a sexual assault occurs.

Fear of retribution, fear of not being believed, fear of having to continuously relive a trauma, to name a few. 

Pressley took issue that Cosby's alleged victims were coming forward "10, 20, 30, 40 years later." She also expressed skepticism about why, if their claims were real, they wouldn't speak out right after the incidents occurred: "There's not any testimony or any accusation from any of these women that Mr. Cosby bound them, gagged them, prevented them from coming forward and saying whatever their truth was at the time," she told Lamont-Hill.

But when you consider the emotional trauma and scrutiny women often face when they come forward and the difficulty of proving definitively that an assault took place, is it really all that surprising these women stayed silent until their voices reached a critical mass? Plus, as Cosby accuser Therese Serignese told me in November, in the '60s and '70s, date rape "wasn't even a word,"

There are no "benefits" to making up a false allegation of assault.  


"They earn themselves a seat in a chair on the front of a magazine. They get interviewed over and over," said Pressley -- as though the promise of "fame" could explain why dozens of women came forward to recall painful, violating memories in a public forum. When people dream of "fame," does anyone really think that being  (in)famous as a victim of sexual assault is the goal?

Spoiler alert: Going public with a sexual assault accusation isn't super fun! For the vast majority of victims who come forward, the only real incentive is the vague promise of potential "justice." And when you are accusing a powerful public figure of sexual assault -- especially one who has served as a cultural "father figure" for millions of Americans -- you can bet that you'll also be facing online harassment and the disbelief of people who can't conceive that their hero could also being a rapist.

Sometimes, victims maintain cordial -- or even friendly -- relationships with the person who has sexually assaulted them. That does not act as evidence that the assault didn't occur.

During the HuffPost Live interview, Pressley reminded Lamont-Hill that Beverly Johnson's former manager claimed that the model fabricated her claims against Cosby. "That's a prime example of a situation where a longtime manager of Ms. Johnson came forward to various media outlets and said, 'Hmm, I was around during the time of this action and Ms. Johnson had nothing but positive things to say about Bill and Camille Cosby,'" she said. 

But the truth is that victims react to sexual assault in a variety of ways, and health professionals stress that there is no "correct" reaction. We often look for "perfect victims" to bolster narratives of assault -- women who react in the "right" way, do the "right" thing afterwards, have the "right" evidence. In reality, "perfect victims" don't exist. 

Victim-blaming is alive and well.


Pressley said the term victim-blaming is just "a hashtag" that exemplifies "the prevailing way that we label things." Her comments prove just how easy it is to craft a narrative where victims are at fault for what happened to them.

"Women have responsibility. We have responsibility for our bodies, we have responsibility for our decisions. We have responsibility for the way we conduct ourselves," said Pressley.

Later, she asked: "How many women and men have been willing to offer up their bodies on a casting couch? Have been willing to exchange sex for favors? Have had remorse after doing so and then accused someone who they believed they could get monetary gain out of and sell a story?"

These "many women and men" Pressley references seem more like figments of imagination created by a culture that tries its very hardest not to believe the stories of victims of sexual assault, than archetypes rooted in truth.

Here is the truth: Rape is severely underreported in the United States, which means that victims are far, far, far more likely to bury an incident and suffer silently than they are to speak out about it. Hollywood has a long, storied history of "male scumbags," who have used their privileged positions to exploit less powerful women.

"What I am doing is asking people to focus on facts," said Pressley. Looking at the facts, I'm inclined to think that Cosby isn't some miraculous exception -- he's the rule.

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Where's Black Widow? Twitter Calls Marvel Out For Excluding Her On Merch (Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:45:21 GMT)

When Marvel announced its official "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" line of merchandise in April, the blogosphere was quick to point out how little it features Black Widow. You know, the one played by Scarlett Johansson? The one major female agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.? 

Whoever runs Where's Black Widow on Twitter knows what's up. Describing the search for Black Widow on "Avengers" merchandise "like Where's Waldo, but with more misogyny," the account holder has taken it upon herself to keep fighting this good fight. Of 88 official "Ultron" products, we counted six that include Black Widow. But it's not just the official Marvel merch that consistently leaves her out -- it's all of it.

This comes after Marvel announced in March that the company was seeking to broaden its line of merchandise. Specifically, they wanted to appeal to women and fans of individual characters.

Black Widow is an individual character. Black Widow is a woman. #WhereIsBlackWidow, Marvel???

Since "The Avengers" came out in 2012, the Tumblr blog "But Not Black Widow" has been documenting the depressing trend, too. A survey of local toy aisles two months ago came to the same sad conclusions as two years ago: Despite enjoying the third-most screen time in "Age Of Ultron," Black Widow is featured least in stores. It seems Marvel hasn't exactly made good on its egalitarian promise.

Until then, 5-year-old Mally speaks for all "Avengers" fans who aren't seeing what they want on the shelves. 

"I guess I will just have to draw her on ... myself."


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Britney Spears Sends Sweet Message To Teen Who Recovered From Stroke Dancing To ‘Toxic’ (Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:32:45 GMT)

A young teen is dancing her way to recovery. 

Maegan Johnson took to Facebook early last month to share a personal post about an aneurysm and stroke she experienced, and how Britney Spears’ song “Toxic” was instrumental in her remarkable recovery. The 13-year-old accompanied her story with a fierce video performance of her dancing to the song, which has racked up over 2 million views as of Monday.

Sure enough, Queen Brit responded on Facebook on Friday, commending Maegan for her strength and resilience, and killer dance moves.

#justkeepdancing Ellen please read this. I am 13 years old from Phenix City, Alabama. When I was 7 I had a ruptured...

Posted by Maegan Johnson on Wednesday, June 3, 2015

“I’m so inspired by you and I’m touched my music helped you get through such a difficult time,” Spears wrote. “‪#‎JustKeepDancing‬, sweetie!! You are AMAZING! ❤❤❤” 

The Alabama teen had a ruptured brain aneurysm when she was just 7 years old. After being airlifted to Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, she then experienced a stroke during a procedure, Maegan explains in the Facebook post.

“The first week the doctors told my parents not to expect a good outcome,” she wrote. Unable to speak for over a month following the procedure, Maegan had to to communicate with people by writing, and became depressed.

But that all changed when someone played one of Maegan’s CDs  and “Toxic” came on. “I smiled, tried moving my hips and lifting my arm waving it back and forth in the air trying to dance,” she wrote. “That song was incorporated in ALL Therapy Sessions. It has been our hope to get my story to Britney.”

We're certainly glad it did! 


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Eminem Discusses 81-Pound Weight Loss After Overdose (Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:16:48 GMT)

Eminem's weight was up to 230 pounds when he overdosed on pills eight years ago. 

"In 2007, I overdosed on pills, and I went into the hospital," the rapper told Men's Journal for the September 2015 issue of the magazine. "I was close to 230 pounds. I'm not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas. The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I'd been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomachache, I was constantly eating -- and eating badly."

Once clean, he changed his lifestyle. After dealing with difficulty sleeping, he picked up running, but got carried away because of his addictive mentality. Eminem would run 17 miles a day, burning as many as 2,000 calories, and dropped down to just 149 pounds. 

He now does Shaun T's Insanity workout, P90X and Body Beast to stay healthy and mix up his regimen. 

The 42-year-old almost died when he overdosed on methadone. 

“Had I known it was methadone, I probably wouldn’t have taken it," he previously told Vibe. "But as bad as I was back then, I can’t even say 100 percent for sure. My doctor told me the amount of methadone I’d taken was equivalent to shooting up four bags of heroin. Even when they told me I almost died, it didn’t click.”

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Zendaya Breaks Down The Difference Between Cultural Appropriation and Appreciation (Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:12:12 GMT)

Zendaya Coleman made headlines earlier this year when she wrote a response to  E! host Giuliana Rancic's racist comments about the faux locs hairstyle she wore to the Oscars in February. 

 In an interview for Nylon this month, the 18-year-old singer and actress is once again dropping knowledge -- this time, she perfectly sums up the difference between appreciating a culture and appropriating it. 

"You can go about it as cultural appreciation or cultural appropriation," Coleman explained. "You have to be very careful. Some things are really sacred and important to other cultures, so you have to be aware, politically, about those things before you just adopt them."

The performer added that the key to appreciating a culture is to understand the history behind it. 

"I’m someone who feels uncomfortable with things unless I know [about them]," she told Nylon. "I’m not going to try something unless I’ve taken the time and effort to learn about it. I just think with the Internet and the resources we have, you should do a little research."

Several stars including Kylie Jenner and Miley Cyrus have sparked debates about cultural appropriation in the past year. Jenner was recently called out by Amandla Stenberg for wearing her hair in cornrows and dreadlocks -- traditionally African-American hairstyles. Her response to the criticism was largely dismissive, "Mad if I don’t, mad if I do..."

But while her peers' actions have earned criticism, Coleman emphasizes that she does not  have all the answers. 

"It’s a process for everyone and now with social media," she said. "I suggest that people try to become more aware and learn. I’m learning just like everybody else." 

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Watch Movie Characters Sing Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk' (Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:06:19 GMT)

What do "Pulp Fiction," "Napoleon Dynamite," "The Breakfast Club" and 277 other movies have in common with Bruno Mars? One epic sing-along.

YouTube user DonDraperSaysWhat decided to edit 280 movies together to the sound of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk." The video, which took three months to make, features everyone from Robert Downey Jr. and Arnold Schwarzenegger to Burt Reynolds and C-3PO singing about how uptown funk gon' give it to you. 

Don't believe us? Just watch.

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Jessica Alba's Company Responds To Complaints About Sunscreen (Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:51:15 GMT)

Some customers are angry over a celebrity sunscreen they say is ineffective -- but the company says its product works if used as directed.

Honest Company, co-founded by the actress Jessica Alba, makes an SPF-30 sunscreen that some users say has left them and their loved ones badly burned, according to Today. ("SPF-30" refers to the sun protection factor of the sunscreen.)

Many have taken to the Internet to express their displeasure.

The complaints started gaining traction, Buzzfeed notes, after NBC Chicago spoke with Gretta Stabler, a woman in Naperville, Illinois.

Stabler said she applied the sunscreen to her 6-year-old daughter 20 minutes before going out in the sun.

"She got really burned on her arms, shoulders, legs face, pretty much everywhere," Stabler told NBC Chicago. "I was angry."

NBC Chicago reports that since April, there have been more than 200 online complaints about the sunscreen, which, according to the product's description, "provides broad spectrum sun protection without using any synthetic chemicals." 

Honest Company defended its product in a statement to The Huffington Post:

The Honest Company is committed to providing safe and effective products, and we take all consumer feedback very seriously. Our Sunscreen Lotion was tested, by an independent 3rd party, against the protocols prescribed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) monograph for over-the-counter sunscreen products. The results showed that our product is effective and safe for use as an 80 minute water-resistant (FDA’s highest rating), SPF 30 sunscreen lotion in accordance with FDA regulations when used as directed (Shake Well. Apply liberally and evenly 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, immediately after towel drying and at least every 2 hours). The number of complaints received on our own website about our Sunscreen Lotion constitute less than one half of one percent of all units actually sold at honest.com. We stand behind the safety and efficacy of this product.

Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, said he couldn't comment specifically on Honest Company's sunscreen. But he did tell HuffPost that just because a sunscreen gets a certain SPF rating in a lab test, that doesn't guarantee its real-life effectiveness.

"There are many different absorption patterns that can allow a sunscreen to pass this test," Zeichner said. "The quality of protection may vary from product to product, even though they’re all labeled as broad-spectrum."

Consider a suit of white linen and a suit of metal armor, he said.

"Both of them may be labeled as broad-spectrum, and both give you protection from the sun," Zeichner said. "But the armor will give you a higher quality of protection."

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'Boyhood' Is a Sitcom, Compressed (Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:14:57 GMT)

A few weeks ago at Comic-Con, a Simpsons showrunner revealed that the long-running cartoon would devote a Christmas episode to spoofing Richard Linklater's much-gushed-over Boyhood.

The Simpsons is know for its spoofs and skewers, and considering the splash that Boyhood made upon its release in 2014-- it was nominated for six Academy Awards, won the Golden Globe for Best Feature, landed on the American Film Institute's top ten list, won Best Picture at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, was named Best Film by the New York Film Critics Circle, and has been nominated and awarded the best film of 2014 by almost every film critics' society you can think of--a Simpsons homage was inevitable. But plunking a version of Boyhood on a half-hour comedy is particularly fitting, because the acclaimed film shares a surprising amount of DNA with that little-engine-that-could: the sitcom.

Boyhood is essentially a family sitcom compressed into two and a half hours. An unwanted haircut at age eight stands in for the feelings of powerlessness and humiliation that accompany life at that age. A night spent wandering around Austin, Texas with a high-school girlfriend, ordering one more bowl of queso at a greasy spoon, replaces the sex talk. A brief shot of Patricia Arquette lying facedown on the garage floor, sobbing, with her new husband standing off to the side, tells you everything you need to know about the abusive relationship. It isn't too hard to re-imagine each of these incidents--with vastly different dialogue, editing, and lighting, of course--as a sitcom episode.

The magic of Boyhood is the compression of twelve years into two and a half hours. The film is like a good tomato sauce that's been simmering for so long that it's been reduced to its delicious, tomato-y essence. So much of what has attracted critics to Boyhood is its treatment of time as something that just happens to you while you go through the motions, shaping you into the person you're about to become even as you're too distracted to notice. It speaks to something about life that feels real and universal: where has the time gone?

But the very thing that makes Boyhood such a critical marvel is the same thing that we take for granted week after week on TV. Following a sitcom loyally over the years, you don't really notice the changes until you go back and look at that first season, and realize that Leslie Knope's hair was so much more yellow back then, and when did Jake on Two and a Half Men become a whole man? The opening credits to Roseanne's eighth season--it would last one more before going off the air--illustrates this gradual evolution as it shows the cast members morphing from their youngest selves to the present day.

The experience of watching a group of people grow and change over a long period of time is essentially the experience of loyally following a sitcom over several years. If someone were to compress a twelve-season long TV show into two and a half hours, the results might be just as moving and surprising as Boyhood.

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Gigi Hadid Covers W's September Issue, Gets Candid About Nudity (Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:12:28 GMT)

Gigi Hadid, fashion's golden girl, is now a September issue cover star.  

The 20-year-old model stuns on the highly anticipated issue of W magazine. Having previously covered Teen Vogue, this arguably marks her most monumental cover spot to date. 

Sporting major hair and oozing glamour, Hadid is cited by the mag as a "model of the digital age" and "spectacularly connected" thanks not only to her 4 million Instagram followers, but also to her famous family (her mother Yolanda Foster is a former model and cast member of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," and her stepfather, award-winning music producer David Foster, was once married to Caitlyn Jenner's ex-wife, Linda Thompson.)

Inside the glossy, Hadid talks about going nude, social media and the success of her career thus far, which she credits, in part, to a balance of high-end and mass market work. 


"My Pirelli calendar is hanging on the wall of my friend’s frat house, and he doesn’t know anything about fashion. That balance is what leads to big campaigns outside of fashion. But I never want to choose one or the other. Both commercial and high fashion are what make my job so interesting," she said. 

What makes her so interesting, on the other hand, is her ability to play to both the serious and goofy parts of her industry, as demonstrated by the video accompanying the shoot. Hadid pokes fun at herself and the intense "runway training" she's had.


One thing Hadid is serious about, however, is when she feels comfortable posing nude. In fact, she says the decision to strip down for Tom Ford is what helped other high-fashion brands take her seriously. "I’ve never been scared of being naked in pictures, but I wouldn’t do naked for naked’s sake. With Tom, it was an easy decision. When you think of scent, you don’t think of clothes. ... When Tom liked me, other jobs followed," she said. 

Be sure to pick up your copy of W Magazine, on newsstands Aug. 18. 


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Hamptons Journal: Michael Shannon Stars in 99 Homes / Chess in the Schools (Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:11:57 GMT)

Last week, at a special screening at Guild Hall, Michael Shannon spoke about his work on 99 Homes, a feature directed by Ramin Bahrani about the housing crash, specifically dramatizing the horror to families as their homes are reclaimed by those from whom they were offered home loans in the housing boom. Michael Shannon plays the heavy, his square jaw set as he gives fathers, like Dennis Nash, played by Andrew Garfield, a few minutes to gather wives, kids, belongings, and get out. The results are heart wrenching, with everything they own thrown out onto the street. If the families don't have a place to go, they might end up in the lowdown motel where Nash, his son and mother (a fierce Laura Dern) end up. The drama plays like a taut thriller arousing your worst nightmares, as these events are based on the true plight of many Americans caught in the 2008 housing crash.

After the screening, Ramin Bahrani, in conversation with Dan Abrams, spoke about working with his actors, providing a blueprint of a script for actors to fill out. Shannon supplied some of the most inventive dialogue. At one point, as Rick Carver, he lectures Nash, who only wants to return to his family home, on not being sentimental about houses: what's a home? Just boxes. He breaks it down, and you glimpse the extraordinary way that Shannon's performance humanizes this villain, makes him part of the victim cycle; you see how a man can be ruthless about profiting on the misfortune of others. As Ramin Bahrani made clear, the system is the enemy.

Many were on hand for this powerful film: Gina Gershon, Robert Wilson, Jon Robin Baitz, Joan Juliet Buck, Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig, but one person who was expected was not there: Ingrid Sischy, who died last week. Peggy Siegal dedicated the evening to her.

On Tuesday, a special chess tournament, the first in the Hamptons, at Jack Lenor Larson's LongHouse Reserve, gave an opportunity to the best young players on the east end to compete, said Marley Kaplan, President and CEO of Chess in The Schools. Fifty students, grades K-12, were present for these matches, from New York City and Long Island. The tournament gave the children a chance to learn new facets and strategies of the game, and helped young people develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving, as they played in the matches.

The tournament also gave attendees an opportunity to interact with Yoko Ono's 1999 work of art, Play it By Trust. The artwork is intended to emphasize focus, camaraderie, and strategic planning, three of the most important aspects of chess. Chess is a great learning tool, and an exciting game that brings together people of different ages and cultures.

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We Have to Make Things Easier (Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:02:36 GMT)


Caitlyn Jenner and friends visit HRC. From HRC: Alison Gill, Jay Brown, Laya Monarez, Angelica Ross, Blossom C. Brown; Caitlyn's friends: Jenny Boylan, Chandi Moore, Jen Richards, Candis Cayne

This article is part of an on-going original series written by Caitlyn Jenner for WhoSay called "The Real Me," which explores issues and people in the LGBT community.

Hi, friends. I hope your week is off to a great start. As always, thank you for your unending love and support. Every day, I'm humbled by the thousands of you who reach out to tell me your story, ask questions, or provide encouragement. Even though I can't respond to each of you individually, I want you to know that I appreciate your kind gestures more than I could ever express.

To those of you who have asked me for my opinion or expertise, I want to remind you that while I've known that I was trans since I was a small child, learning about the trans community is still very new to me and I don't have all the answers. That said, the one constant I've noticed is how incredibly difficult it is for transgender folks to transition and become their authentic selves and still be healthy and secure -- emotionally, physically, financially...the list goes on and on.

We have to make things easier for the transgender community, and my friends over at the Human Rights Campaign are fighting to do just that. For those of you who aren't familiar already, HRC is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. The HRC is an incredible resource to the LGBT community and its allies.

In fact, I asked some of the talented experts at HRC to help answer some of the questions you have sent me. I hope these insights from Alison Gil, Ellen Kahn, and Beck Bailey shed more light on the transgender community and make things easier for all of my friends out there. Stay strong! - Caitlyn


Anna: I think my four-year-old son may be transgender and I have no one to talk to about it. His father is in complete denial and won't speak on the subject. Nobody believes me and just laughs. Do you have any advice?

Trust your instincts, Anna, but also reach out to folks who are equipped to guide and support you. There are medical professionals who specialize in helping transgender children. If your child is transgender, obtaining a diagnosis from a medical professional may encourage others to understand what they are going through, and also help you get the support that you need. HRC has a resource that can point you to clinical-care programs for transgender and gender expansive children. You can find it here. -- Alison Gill, Senior Legislative Counsel at the Human Rights Campaign

Carrie: I am a trans ally, with quite a few friends who are trans. My question is, how can us allies be....well...better allies? What sorts of things can we do in order to help our trans family and friends have a more positive experience and avoid some of the common issues faced in the community?

Carrie -- thank you for being supportive! Strong trans allies talk openly about transgender issues and make a point of learning about transgender people and the issues they face in society. They are also vigilant about using appropriate names and pronouns for transgender people, and asking others to do so as well. Trans allies speak up when others make fun of transgender people, and they speak out in support of legislation and policy changes that help make transgender people safer and protect them from discrimination. HRC has a great resource on being a supportive ally to LGBT people -- read it here. -- Alison Gill, Senior Legislative Counsel at the Human Rights Campaign

Tandi: My friend is a M to F transgender and was just denied medical coverage through her insurance here in Oregon. Do you have any suggestions or resources she can look into? What can she/I do?

Hi, Tandi - Insurance providers that sell policies to businesses in Oregon are not allowed to offer plans that exclude transgender people. Your friend should appeal the insurance decision. Suggest that she enlist the help of her medical provider to navigate the system. She may also want to reach out to the Oregon Insurance Division to make a complaint, or seek help from an attorney to pursue a claim. -- Alison Gill, Senior Legislative Counsel at the Human Rights Campaign

April: What would your recommendation be for people who want to transition but have no reasonable expectation of ever being able to fund it?

Stay positive -- coverage for transition-related services for transgender people continues to expand across the country. More states are requiring that insurance providers offer transgender health care, and more businesses offer trans-inclusive benefits. This coverage will only increase as medical providers, insurance companies, and businesses continue to recognize that transition-related care is medically necessary for transgender people. Check out HRC's Corporate Equality Index to see which corporations offer inclusive benefits, and the Municipal Equality Index and State Equality Index, to see which cities and states have inclusive coverage for their employees. Good luck, April! -- Alison Gill, Senior Legislative Counsel at the Human Rights Campaign

Cris: What is the best way to explain being transgender to children, particularly when it is someone who they know personally?

Hi, Cris - I'd recommend that you keep it simple. If a child's friend is transgender and will be transitioning socially, say from Sam to Sarah, you can explain that Sam has always felt female. You can tell your child that Sam has known he's a girl, even though he was born in a boy body. And that Sam has been very unhappy as a boy, and now, as Sarah, she is able to be who she really is and she is so much happier, and that we are all very happy for her. -- Ellen Kahn, head of HRC Foundation's Children, Youth and Families Program

Stephanie: I recently found my sister's tumblr account and it says how she is transgender. I don't know if I should tell my sister I know. How should I approach her?

It would be best not to confront her about her tumblr. Instead, make clear to her in everyday conversations that you are an ally to transgender people. Let her know that you are there if she ever wants to talk about anything, and that you love and support her. Referencing "I Am Cait," or "I Am Jazz" may be a good way to start a conversation about transgender issues. Thank you for being a caring sister, Stephanie. -- Alison Gill, Senior Legislative Counsel at the Human Rights Campaign

Livvie: I'm trans and I don't know how to come out. Help!

Hi Livvie! We know this can be an exciting time when a person can feel proud, strong, uncertain and nervous all at the same time. Remember that everybody's circumstances are different and there's no one right way to 'come out,' just as there is no one 'right way' to be trans. First, work on finding community with other transgender folks -- the Internet can be a place to start, or a local LGBTQ organization that has resources for transgender people. If you live in a rural area, you may want to connect virtually.

When you start telling people, first consider speaking confidentially to the most trusted people in your life. Let them know that you are telling them because you trust them and value their friendship and support. A lot of folks don't know very much about transgender people, so you might need to answer some questions for them about what it means to be trans.

While there are benefits to coming out to people, there can also be serious risks and consequences. The decision is yours and yours alone. But we encourage you to weigh both risks and rewards before making a choice to tell others. HRC has a great guide for thinking through your coming out process. Check it out: Trans Visibility Guide. -- Beck Bailey, Deputy Director of Employee Engagement at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation

For more information on the transgender movement, see a list of resources at CaitlynJenner.com.


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Gisele Expresses Her Love For Tom Brady In The Most Adorable Instagram (Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:07:26 GMT)

Could Gisele Bündchen and her family be any more adorable? We think not. 

The Brazilian supermodel posted a photo on Instagram Monday morning in which she's seen kissing husband Tom Brady in the water while their children are piggybacked on their shoulders. To make things even cuter, daughter Vivian Lake is kissing Brady's head, while little Benjamin kisses his sister's head. It's too much. 

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The world's highest-paid supermodel captioned the squee-worthy pic, "Happy birthday my love! We're so blessed to have you in our lives. Thank you for always giving us so much love. We love you! #love #family." 


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Why Jon Stewart Might Be Irreplaceable (Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:55:18 GMT)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Director J.J. Abrams told Jon Stewart that the void left by his exit from "The Daily Show" would be "seismic and massive." In his own retirement interview, legendary latenight producer Peter Lassally - a veteran of "The Tonight Show" and "Late Late Show" - said before Trevor Noah was tapped that in terms of replacing Stewart, "Whatever they're going to do, I don't see it working."

Stewart has sought to downplay the significance of his departure. Yet in considering the place he has come to occupy at the nexus of pop culture, politics and satire - not to mention media literacy - it's fair to ask: Is Jon Stewart, as cast in his "Daily Show" role, irreplaceable?

Lassally certainly thinks so, and elaborated (in an unused portion of that earlier piece) about how Stewart's mix of intelligence, quickness and comedic timing couldn't be readily replicated. And while the format will remain largely the same - and indeed, has already been cloned, essentially, by former correspondent John Oliver's weekly HBO show - it's a persuasive argument, to the extent that Stewart arrived at a particularly seminal moment for such criticism, in a vehicle that perfectly meshed with his talents.

So even with the latenight audience having splintered into smaller pieces, Stewart's footprint was sizable - rippling through the media, with his critiques of certain figures and coverage receiving next-day pickup that multiplied his reach and influence. In that regard, the comic's decision to move on might be more impactful than any since Lassally's former boss, Johnny Carson, hung up his spurs in 1992, despite the fact Stewart attracts a smaller audience than David Letterman or Jay Leno.

That's in part because Letterman hung around past the point of appearing wholly engaged in the enterprise, while Leno's tenure was interrupted by the fickle nature of his bosses at NBC, who hastened his exit to make way for Conan O'Brien, panicked about losing him to a rival, moved him to primetime and eventually reinstated him.

Stewart's arrival at Comedy Central in 1999 happened to coincide with the ascent of Fox News - which launched, along with MSNBC, three years earlier. It also preceded by only a few years the Sept. 11 terror attacks, which, followed by the war in Iraq, triggered torrents of partisan coverage that seemed to grow more hyperbolic and heated by the hour, heightened by the business pressures of the digital age and the election of Barack Obama.

All of that cried out for a sober voice to second-guess, dissect and, foremost, poke fun at it. In hindsight, it was a confluence of events that perfectly meshed with Stewart's sensibilities, as the media became sillier while the voices of third parties, including comedians, sounded more sober. Hence New York Times columnist Frank Bruni could dub Stewart "in some odd sense the Walter Cronkite of the last decade" without being laughed out of the punditocracy.

Many conservatives, of course, dislike Stewart intensely because they see him as a partisan, and he obviously doesn't lean in their ideological direction. Nevertheless, it's worth noting some of his most acerbic material has been reserved for CNN - a network that he perceives, unlike Fox, as falling well short of its charter - and CNBC.

Indeed, there might be no more memorable takedown in Stewart's "Daily Show" career than his 2009 skewering of financial bloviator Jim Cramer after he yelled to the heavens that Bear Stearns was in no danger, right before the company's stock price imploded.

Yes, "The Daily Show's" clip-collecting apparatus is an enormous asset, and Noah surely represents a way to try to build a bridge to the younger demographic that Comedy Central covets. That said, Stewart's skills are so rare that if the network had even an inkling its flagship host was "restless," as he later conceded, it makes the oversight in locking up Oliver after his guest-hosting stint while Stewart directed a movie even more egregious.

Although there's much speculation about what Stewart will do next, it's doubtful any subsequent gig will have commensurate power, which is, of course, perfectly fine. Only in latenight comedy and at "60 Minutes" are TV jobs perceived to be lifetime appointments, like Supreme Court justices.

When Carson announced his retirement in 1991, Bob Hope was quoted as saying that it was "sort of like a head falling off Mt. Rushmore." Stewart's leave-taking doesn't rise to that level, but as latenight-TV monuments go, odds are they're not going to be building many more that will rival this one.

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If You Were Being Completely Honest On Your First Day Of Work (Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:28:33 GMT)

BuzzFeed reminds us with this new video why the first day of a new job is the absolute worst.

You barely sleep the night before, and you wake up four hours beforehand to get ready. Once you arrive at work, it's a nervous, sweaty blur. Don't bother with names. You won't remember.

Whatever you wore to impress everyone that first day you'll never wear again. Because no one dresses like that.

You'll learn that eventually. But that first day? UGH, that absolute worst.

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Caitlyn Jenner On Bathing Suits: 'Don't Know If I'm Ready To Expose Myself' (Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:27:51 GMT)

On the latest episode of "I Am Cait," Caitlyn Jenner spoke candidly about whether she felt comfortable swimming in a bathing suit.

During the episode that aired on Aug. 2, Jenner traveled to San Francisco and decided to skip going in a hot tub with a group of her friends. When author and friend Jennifer Finney Boylan asked if she had put on a bathing suit yet, Jenner said that she had, but had not been in the pool yet.

"For me, anyway, it was incredible, when I was like in [the pool]," Boylan said. 

"To be honest with you, that'll happen at some point. I'm in no rush," Jenner said. "I'm in no rush." 

Jenner added, "I just don't know if I'm ready to expose myself like that. Maybe down the line I'll feel more comfortable with myself. For right now, I just can't see myself doing it."  

"I Am Cait" debuted July 26 on E!. The series follows Jenner after coming out as transgender during an interview earlier this year with ABC News' Diane Sawyer. Tune in on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. to see the latest in the eight-part series

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