Actress Maria Bello has revealed she's a lesbian in a heartfelt article for the New York Times. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor star wrote a piece for the newspaper on Friday (29Nov13), recalling the moment she 'came out' to her 12-year-old son, Jackson, who asked her if she was in a relationship with anyone.
In the article, she writes, "I was with someone romantically and I hadn't told him. I had become involved with a woman who was my best friend, and, as it happens, a person who is like a godmother to my son."
After considering how her new relationship with a woman would affect not only her son and family but perhaps her Hollywood career, Bello finally decided to tell him that she was dating Clare Munn, the CEO of a social impact media company.
She continues, "He (Jackson) looked at me for what seemed like an eternity and then broke into a huge, warm smile. 'Mom, love is love, whatever you are,' he said with wisdom beyond his years. (Yes, he obviously attends one of those progressive schools in Los Angeles!)
"I loved him so much for saying that. 'But Jack, I'm a little scared,' I said. 'When I was younger, people judged you if you were in a romantic relationship with a person of the same sex, and some still do. So I’m not sure how to deal with this. But we'll figure it out together."
The actress also has high praise for her partner, revealing Munn stood by her this past summer (13) when she fell seriously ill.
Bello divulges, "Clare rarely left my side and called every doctor and connection she knew to help figure out what was wrong with me... My feelings for Clare aren't the same as the butterflies-in-the-stomach, angst-ridden love I have felt before; they are much deeper than that.
"So I would like to consider myself a 'whatever', as Jackson said. Whomever I love, however I love them, whether they sleep in my bed or not, or whether I do homework with them or share a child with them, 'love is love'. And I love our modern family. Maybe, in the end, a modern family is just a more honest family."
Bello divorced Jackson's father, screenwriter Dan McDermott, in 2006.
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Kate Winslet has been hooking up with a lot of folks over the years...on screen that is. Everyone from Jim Carrey to Leonardo DiCaprio has had the pleasure of playing lover to the incomparable Kate, and some pretty steamy scenes have been made in the process. The trailer for her new movie Labor Day was just released and it looks like we can expect yet another hot hook-up, though this time she’s falling for Josh Brolin’s character, a criminal on the run. Labor Day looks like a strong film, but we’ll have to see if she and Brolin have the amazing chemistry that she’s had with some of these other actors. Here are a few of her best on-screen hook-ups.
Little Children with Patrick Wilson
Patrick Wilson’s hotness + Winslet as a frustrated woman rebelling against her life as a suburban stay-at-home mother = one of the steamiest laundry room sex scenes in the history of laundry room sex scenes.
The Reader with David Kross
Okay, it’s a little (or a lot) bizarre to include this film, as Winslet plays lover to an underage high school boy (played by David Kross). But those of us who have seen The Reader understand why Winslet won the Academy Award for her portrayal of Hanna Schmitz – the chemistry between the two characters (whether they were reading The Odyssey or hooking up in the bathtub) was nothing short of powerful.
Titanic with Leonardo DiCaprio
Both Winslet and DiCaprio have come a long, long way since they became the new Romeo & Juliet to millions of teenage girls everywhere in Titanic. Jack and Rose were a huge deal, and who can forget that image of Rose’s hand streaking the car window where they first made sweet, passionate, early 1900s love? The two actors would go on to reunite as a married couple in the 2008 film Revolutionary Road, but we can never let go (get it? never let go?) of Jack and Rose forever!
Coupling is often described as a British version of Friends. This is an affront to the amazing level of writing, humor, and acting talent of this Britcom. The series is semi-autobiographical, based on writer Steve Moffat’s early relationship with his wife, producer Sue Vertue. Steve Taylor (Jack Davenport) has had a tough time dumping his clingy ex, Jane Christie (Gina Bellman). Susan Walker (Sarah Alexander) has just told her friend with benefits Patrick Maitland (Ben Miles) they haven’t been exclusive. Steve meets Susan and sparks fly. With the addition of their best friends Jeff Murdock (Richard Coyle) and Sally Harper (Kate Isitt), the group form a circle of friends that deal with sex, relationships and everything in between.
Fans of shows like How I Met Your Mother and Happy Endings will appreciate not only the great comedic chemistry of the cast but the willingness to be frank about sex and relationships. The series has that unique British ability to be brazen and completely frank but still be polite about it. Fans of other popular British shows like Absolutely Fabulous, Men Behaving Badly, and Gavin & Stacy will appreciate this series’ similar sense of humor. But what makes Coupling different is the way it plays with the sitcom form: Moffat, who went on to helm the current reboot of Doctor Who, based his scripts on clever metafictional ideas like doing the episode following Steve and Susan's breakup in split-screen, following both through their anger and recriminations until a reconciliation is achieved at the very end.
The actors are also really amazing. Many will remember Davenport from his attempts at American series like Swingtown, FlashForward and Smash. Alexander manages to be stunningly beautiful and hilariously funny. She popped up in a few American films like I Could Never Be Your Woman and Stardust. Gina Bellman also found huge success as a lead on the series Leverage.
Coupling brings laughter and sex together in a fun little package, no pun intended. Luckily, all four series of the British comedy are available on Netflix. Also, don't watch the short-lived American adaptation. It was awful.
It's tough to be an actress in Hollywood. The pressure to maintain the perfect look and body can be overwhelming. Not to mention, all the other random free radicals that result in some actresses getting cast in television shows or movies over others. That being said, there's still a little magic involved in joining the cast of a series. Some television series might have the perfect cast and last for over 10 seasons or they could be cancelled after a few episodes. Here are a few actresses who seem to be the Typhoid Marys of their respective series.
She’s sexy, effervescent, and a more than decent actress. And yet, she’s been attached to so many failed series. She starred in the ill-fated American remake of the hit Britcom Coupling, Rebecca Romijn’s failed hour-long dramedy about a newscaster Pepper Dennis, and a remake of the film The Witches of Eastwick, Eastwick. She also starred with Brooke Shields in the Candace Bushnell Sex and the City follow up Lipstick Jungle as a character named Victory Ford. No joke! She also starred in a multiple episode arc of Jack & Jill.
Did someone say Jack & Jill? Before starring on the wildly popular American Horror Story Paulson starred in multiple failed series including slumming it in the ill-fated WB series with Ivan Sergei and Amanda Peet. Not only was she a series regular on that train wreck, she also starred in a few amazing, yet prematurely canceled, series. American Gothic was an addictive supernatural series about a town full of secrets where Paulson played a mentally challenged girl that died and came back as a vengeful spirit. She also starred in Rob Thomas’ follow up to Veronica Mars, Cupid starring Bobby Cannavale. It was a charming little series about a romance expert meeting the disempowered Greek god. It featured the return to television of Emmy nominee Anna Chlumsky. She was also lead actress on the critically acclaimed Saturday Night Live satire Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Does this mean the magic of The Supreme is keeping American Horror Story on the air?
Lucas starred on the ABC teen drama Life As We Know It. Despite her stunning good looks, she has had a long run of starring in failed series. She played an irritating fiancé on the remake of Melrose Place. She was in the series Friends with Benefits starring the hilarious and dreamy Ryan Hansen which didn't seem to even make it on the air. She was also on the equally obscure CW series Cult. Sadly, Lucas has had equally unfortunate movie roles with films like The Covenant, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, and the Amanda Bynes/Channing Tatum classic, She’s The Man. Could this curse have been the cause of Bynes’ insanity?
Reeser needs an exorcism, stat! She is the perfect blend of girl-next-door, sunshine, and sex appeal. She steals every scene she is in and can deliver both comedy and drama. However, she has had a string of cursed roles. When her deliciously irritating character Taylor Townsend was upgraded to series regular on The OC, it was quickly canceled. She went on to play The Oracle of Delphi in a modern retake on the Aphrodite myth with super sexy Jaime Murray leading Greek gods in trying to bring love to mortals. She was the only good part of the misguided superhero family dramedy No Ordinary Family. She most recently starred in the quickly cancelled military drama Last Resort with Scott Speedman.
There’s a lot you can learn from ABC’s Revenge and the drama therein; how to fake your own death, how to fake an entire relationship, how to blackmail, frame, or ruin anyone’s reputation in the Hamptons. But you can also learn how to look fabulous while doing all of these very shady things (or while doing nothing shady at all, depending on what you’re into). Here’s what we’ve learned about fashion from some of our favorite characters on Revenge.
When attempting to take down high society in the Hamptons, keep a reservoir of fly little dresses at all times. Red, white, black, indigo — all colors are necessary for a summer of revenge on the water.
Upgrade the hell outta your pixie cut with some side-swept bangs. Also, try to be French like Margaux. If you can’t be French work on your faux French accent while fixing your side-swept bangs in the mirror.
Let’s be real—for bad bitches everywhere there’s pretty much only one color: red. All-red everything. Granted, Victoria has worn other colors, but she’s never more terrifying, more Victoria Grayson-like, than when she’s rocking a red dress and giving everyone the steely-eye.
Nautical wear is not just for the nautically-inclined, says our favorite faux sailor.
Jack Porter, Daniel Grayson, and Aiden Mathis
If you have the abs, try to be shirtless as much as possible. If you have the abs and a newborn baby (hi Jack), try to be shirtless as much as possible while holding the baby. Kthnxbye.
Actress Amber Riley battled through the pain from bruised knees to triumph on U.S. competition show Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday (26Nov13). The Glee star waltzed her way to victory, beating out runner-up Corbin Bleu and third placed Jack Osbourne, and took home the mirrorball trophy with professional partner Derek Hough, who nabbed a fifth win on the show.
Riley sported bandages on her knees throughout the competition and she admits it was difficult to dance through the pain.
She tells Good Morning America, "They're just really bruised, the top of my tibia (shinbone) is bruised, so that's where the pain comes in and there's a little fluid on my knees. But, that will all be fixed with a little bit of rest and a little bit of ice."
Now that Heisenberg's journey has come to an end, there's no monarch more twisted than Game of Thrones' King Joffrey. But the smug little face you just want to punch inside out actually belongs to a well-rounded 21-year-old (WHAT?! Yep, it's true) named Jack Gleeson, who has decided he wants the sadistic meglomaniac to be his last role.
Gleeson told The Independent (via The Wrap) the success of GOT showed him the disparity between the lifestyle of a TV star and the troubles in the real world, and made him reevaluate his choices. But Gleeson says, "I'm 21, so it's hard to decide what kind of course life will take," he said. But so far, Gleeson spends exponentially more time contributing to charity work in Haiti than cursing the Starks and clenching his fists.
There will certainly be a snot-nosed-entitled-little-brat-shaped-hole in Hollywood. It will no doubt be quickly filled by a dozen other child actors, but none will do it so well as Gleeson does. Until then, though, we can still look forward to the next season of Game of Thrones, sure to be chock-full of King Joffrey, in early 2014.
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Wait, what? Bill Murray is heading to the small screen? According to Deadline, Murray has joined the cast of HBO's Olive Kitteridge, the miniseries based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a small New England town (with an Old England title).
The miniseries, adapted by Jane Anderson and directed by Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), will follow the tough and moral titular Olive (Frances McDormand) and "a seemingly placid New England town fraught with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy." Murray is set to play Jack Kinnison, a widower and member of the town whom Olive befriends.
Other cast members include the likes of Richard Jenkins (Olive's husband), the recently added Rosemarie DeWitt, John Gallagher Jr., Zoe Kazan, Jesse Plemons, and Cory Michael Smith. And to add even more names to the list, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are executive producing with McDormand and Anderson.
The casting news comes as a pleasant suprise considering that Murray already has a full plate of upcoming projects. (The usually elusive actor is starring in Monuments Men, The Grand Budapest Hotel, St. Vincent De Van Nuys, and Cameron Crowe's untitled film.) By the looks of it, Murray has dived head first back into his acting career, and we're definitely not complaining. In fact, we're hoping that he'll swim over to a little project called Ghostbusters III. We all know Dan Aykroyd would jump up and down in excitement (as would we).
"We have own little home-written songs. We harmonise and we sing together." Pop star FERGIE and her actor husband Josh Duhamel like to make up cheesy tunes together to entertain their three-month-old son Axl Jack.
Former DWTS professional Maksim "Maks" Chmerkovskiy joined us on the other side of the judging table, where he was handily wedged in between Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. Bruno's playfully lecherous flirtation was, needless to say, pretty entertaining. Plus, in such close quarters, Bruno's wild gestures almost decapitated him at one point – luckily, Maks used his dancers' swift instincts to dodge.
The challenge this week was quite interesting as well; the dancers were given the task of performing two distinct dances to different versions (original and acoustic) of the same song – the theme was plugged/unplugged. High points included Amber Riley and Derek Hough's eye-poppingly energetic jazz dance to "Bad Romance," and Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke's fiery tango to the Moulin Rouge acoustic version of "Roxanne" (in the face of M.S. flare-ups, no less). Lowpoints: Bill Engvall and Emma Slater's half-baked "Sexy and I Know It" routine (he was pushing through a groin injury, but still), and Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff's overly flame-inspired tango to "Light 'Em Up" (seriously, that was just too much fire. And what was with the hooded cloaks?)
We also got to hear a bit of each contestant's backstory, which was quite sentimental (schmaltzy even for DWTS, but that's why we love it) – we got to see how The Osbournes messed with Jack's childhood, and how Multiple Sclerosis now plagues his adulthood. Also notable were the struggles Amber faced with casting directors, largely based off of her race and weight. I almost wish we could have had these testimonials earlier in the season, but I guess going through it with all 12 of the original couples would have been overwhelming to say the least.
As for eliminations: the reign of Bill Engvall continues...it's getting tricky, isn't it? He truly is delightful (as the judges continually remind us before docking major points), and he has a compelling relationship with his partner – but how far should that take you on a dancing competition? The fan vote has saved him week after week after week, with technically more proficient dancers going home. With Brant Daugherty and Elizabeth Berkley, it was surprising, but with Leah, it was almost melancholy. The two of them came from the same place – both inexperienced dancers with enough personality to make up for it. But even though she has technically improved much more than he has, she was the one who was booted off the show.
We were sad to see her go. With her copious wisecracking, she brought a sense of levity to the show; watching her and Tony imitate each other's sexy faces at each other was kind of awesome. And while they didn't have the chemistry of say, Brant and Peta, you really got the sense that they were looking out for each other. Tony has oft voiced the opinion that Leah is what DWTS is all about – and in a lot of ways, she was. She came in insecure, with little-to-no dance experience (ahem, Corbin), and has slowly worked her way up to the semi-finals, all the way as an underdog through and through; someone you could root for. She in turn, has said how much his belief in her has meant to her as a competitor – their mutual respect for each other led to some lovely moments throughout the season, and as Corbin, Bill, Jack, and Amber continue on as finalists, she'll definitely be missed.
* Worst costume of the week: Emma Slater's mesh bodysuit/furry-looking bikini.
* Some of the song covers were just plain awful. "Locked Out of Heaven" in the style of Evanescence? No. Just, no.
* Leah's daughter crying after her elimination was awfully precious.