Storytelling was in Shonda Rhimes' blood since she was a child growing up with her parents and five siblings in the Chicago, IL suburb of Forest Park South. And that love for the written word and the...
Scandal is so good because of its actors, story lines, and formula. Oh, you never noticed the formula? If you pay close attention, there are 10 things that happen in every episode in order to pump up the drama.
1. Rowan Pope gives a killer monologue...maybe two.
2. "Vermont with Fitz" gets mentioned in some way.
3. But in the next breath "standing in the sun" with Jake is mentioned.
4. When Olivia and Fitz have a moment their signature music cue goes off.
5. Huck either tortures someone or talks about his addiction to torturing people.
6. Before Abby would usually come in and start an argument each episode. But lately she just comes in and asks questions to figure out what the heck is going on!
7. Quinn angrily reminds everyone that they're Gladiators and to stay on course because she replaced Harrison.
8. Mellie gets the short end of the stick in some way. Maybe a kid dies, maybe she gets cheated on once again, maybe someone reminds her that her position doesn't matter.
9. Someone yells at Fitz. Maybe it's Olivia, Jake, Cyrus, or Mellie, but be sure someone is going to school him on some mistake he's making.
10. Cryus has some sort of conniption.
Have you noticed anything else that happens in every episode? Tweet us your answers to the handles below!
"It happened. I just found my 12 year old in front of the TV with her friends, all serious, watching Crossroads. @britneyspears #FullCircle" Grey'S Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes' daughter has discovered the 2001 film her mum wrote starring Britney Spears, Zoe Saldana, and Taryn Manning. Orange is the New Black actress Manning recently admitted that she would be willing to do a follow-up to the cult favourite about a road trip between best friends.
Last night was the final episode in one of the greatest shows we've ever watched. We said goodbye to Parks and Recreation after 7 incredible seasons. We're still drying our eyes after that finale. Watching the cast tell each other how much they love each other on Late Night With Seth Meyers didn't help with the tears.
What's even cuter (and made us ugly cry hard) is that they all sang "Bye, Bye Li'l Sebastian" together:
Featuring Chris Pratt on guitar! We'll miss them even more than we miss Li'l Sebastian.
We're not alone in our sadness after saying goodbye:
If you need me today, I'm probably crying about Parks. #ParksFarewell
— Alice Z. (@_thebookthief_) February 25, 2015
So many tears last night and today and every day without Parks and Rec:
Here we go...About to start #ParksFarewell #OneLastRide I'm in a public venue, which will help with the crying.
— Eric D. Ramsey (@EricRamseyToGo) February 25, 2015
The Stages of Grief As I Watched @ParksandRecNBC's Series Finale. #ParksFarewell http://t.co/vuIu12Os0l pic.twitter.com/V1wu51UP6M
— Kristina Uriegas (@TweeValleyHigh) February 25, 2015
IM CRYING IM WATCHING PARKS AND RECREATION FINALE I AM LITERALLY #ParksFarewell pic.twitter.com/38H5aydWqn
— Faezrin (@faezrin) February 25, 2015
Other celebs/show creators showed their respect and are sad to see it end as well:
Life without Donna Meagle will never be the same. Congrats on an unforgettable character, lady. @unfoRETTAble #ParksFarewell
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) February 25, 2015
Wrapped and just got home, gonna watch some #ParksandRec like everyone should. Congrats to the writers, cast and crew. #PawneeForever
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) February 25, 2015
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The Leslie Knope quotes are in full force to handle the pain:
"Everything hurts and I'm dying" #ParksFarewell
— Space Oddity (@dontbeasquare_) February 25, 2015
Anne, your rainbow infused space unicorn. Anne, you beautiful sassy mannequin come to life. Anne, you opalescent tree shark. #ParksFarewell
— Laura Simons (@lo_simonsx11) February 25, 2015
As sad as everyone may be to see it end, we can all agree it was an great run and the best ending we could have hoped for:
Teared up several times, it was fantastic. So sad it is over but so thankful for such a great show! #ParksandRecFinale #ParksFarewell
— brittany♔ (@ainodino) February 25, 2015
Parks showed us how beautiful life and humanity really are. We're sad it's over but so grateful it happened. #ParksFarewell @parksandrecnbc
— Alex Hanna (@alhanna92) February 25, 2015
I don't think I've ever cried and laughed harder in a single hour than in the Parks finale. An unbelievably perfect goodbye. #ParksFarewell
— Alex Hanna (@alhanna92) February 25, 2015
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"That was not okay. I mean, Idina is there. She is right there. RIGHT THERE. And oh dear God, Julie (Andrews) had to hear that." Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes wasn't a fan of Lady Gaga's The Sound of Music medley at the Oscars.
Actresses Reese Witherspoon and Lena Dunham launched an empowerment campaign ahead of the Academy Awards on Sunday (22Feb15), urging reporters to ask female stars about more than what they are wearing.
Just hours before arriving at the ceremony in Los Angeles, Oscar nominee Witherspoon took to her Instagram.com account to promote the #Askhermore drive, which aims to get women talking about more than just clothes.
Witherspoon wrote, "Love this movement #Askhermore... Have you heard of it? It's meant to inspire reporters to ask creative questions on the red carpet. I love the Oscars and fashion like many of you - & am excited to share #whoamiwearing later tonight.
"But I'd also love to answer some of these qs (questions).... and hear your suggestions?! There are so many amazing, talented nominees this year...! Let's hear their stories! spread the word."
Girls star/creator Dunham added her own suggestion and wrote on Twitter.com, "Ask her about the causes she supports, not her support garments", while Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes added, "Stop asking women questions about what they wear to cover the containers they carry their brains around in."
Witherspoon was nominated for the Best Actress prize for her role in Wild, but lost out to Julianne Moore.
Mellie (Bellamy Young) is probably the most interesting character on Scandal. Okay, before you start hating me let me give you some reasons for this. The fictional First Lady has been through so much in her personal life and professional life that you can't help but root for her as much as Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), if not more. That's right, I said it! Here are 10 reasons why we root for Mrs. Mellie Grant.
1. Unlike Fitz who resents being President, all she wants is a chance to prove herself.
2. Her sarcasm about stupid, sexist etiquette is amazing.
3. She speaks so much truth on how our country treats the First Lady position.
4. Her breaking down after having to make an appearance after her son's death was heartbreaking.
5. Her husband's affair is a constant reminder that she hasn't found "the one" yet. How hard must that be?
6. She deserves something good after picking up Fitz so many times.
7. And after all that Fitz's father put her through...
8. When she doesn't care she really commits and it's funny.
9. She pushes her own needs aside to better her husband's presidency.
10. We can see ourselves hanging out and having some chicken with Mellie. Olivia is not about getting her white outfits dirty.
Why do you root for Mellie? Tweet us your answers to the Twitter handles below!
Oscar-nominated civil rights drama Selma and U.S. TV comedy Black-Ish were among the big winners at the 2015 NAACP Image Awards on Friday (06Feb15). The Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic earned director Ava DuVernay the Outstanding Motion Picture prize, while her leading man David Oyelowo took home the best actor honour at the Los Angeles ceremony.
There were also prizes for Selma supporting actors Common and Carmen Ejogo, who portrayed King, Jr.'s wife, Coretta.
Taraji P. Henson was a double winner, walking away as best movie actress for thriller No Good Deed and earning the Entertainer of the Year title.
In the TV categories, Black-ish dominated the comedy section, with event host Anthony Anderson and his onscreen wife Tracee Ellis Ross scoring the top acting accolades, while co-stars Laurence Fishburne and Yara Shahidi won the supporting honours. The programme was also named Outstanding Comedy Series.
Shonda Rhimes' hit shows also emerged victorious, with How to Get Away with Murder landing Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for Viola Davis, and Scandal's Joe Morton and Khandi Alexander earning the supporting acting titles.
Meanwhile, in the music categories, Pharrell Williams was named Outstanding Male Artist and Beyonce took home the female equivalent, as Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige claimed the Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration prize for their hit song Stay With Me.
John Legend's You & I (Nobody in the World) was awarded Outstanding Music Video and new mum Alicia Keys scored Outstanding Song for We Are Here.
Music mogul Clive Davis received the Vanguard Award, in recognition of his work regarding racial and social issues and director Spike Lee was presented with the NAACP President's Award, which celebrates those who have combined career success and public service.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards celebrates diversity in film, TV, music and literature.
If you're anything like us, you're struggling to keep yourself busy every Thursday night without ABC's killer Shonda Rhimes line-up. We've lasted nearly a month since we had any new episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, or How To Get Away With Murder, and it's been difficult to say the least. In order to help you last until the return of #TGIT on January 29, we've gathered some of our favorite Shonda moments to fill the void.
We know how you feel without these shows. We feel it too.
Sit back, pour yourself a glass (bottle) of wine, and relax.
Before you know it, you'll be feeling all those feels again.
Really, really feel those feels.
Shonda will have you swooning so hard you'll forget the shows had ever been on hiatus.
Soon, Olivia Pope will be asserting herself in ways that make you clink your glass with your TV.
Annalise Keating will be back (flawless, with or without makeup) asking the important questions.
Mellie will be back by your side (with the side eye), giving you life.
There will be moments that will apply to your own life like only Shonda could describe.
But it'll all be okay, because wine. Did we mention the wine?
And the swooning. We mentioned the swooning?
In the meantime, keep your head up, your white hat on, and be strong.
Angelina Jolie stunned two inner-city high school girls at The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Power 100 breakfast on Wednesday morning (10Dec14) by presenting them with scholarships to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The two girls, named Melissa and Megan, were handed the two full-ride scholarships, valued at over $400,000 (GBP267,000), by the actress/director.
Jolie, who is the top movie star on the 2014 Power 100, told the audience at Milk Studios that both girls come from "underprivileged backgrounds", and added, "to come to a university like this is a dream".
Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes was also honoured at the event - she was presented with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award by actor Tony Goldwyn, while Michelle Obama paid tribute to her via video. Rhimes also appeared on the Power 100 list, which was topped by NBC Universal executive Bonnie Hammer.
Actor Columbus Short is desperate to get back to TV after his legal woes and drug abuse issues cost him his job on hit drama Scandal earlier this year (14). The troubled star insists he left the show on good terms with his castmates and series creator Shonda Rhimes, and he cannot thank them enough for supporting him when he hit a low in his life last year (13), following the suicide of a close friend and a marriage split.
He says, "If we are going to be fully transparent, they protected me and they held me down. They just wanted me to get my stuff together."
Now, after spending six months cleansing himself while working on a new album in Atlanta, Georgia, he's ready to get his old job back - even though his character Harrison Wright was killed off at the start of the current season four.
He tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, "I would love nothing more than to go back to Scandal; that's my family.
"I let them down, I disappointed them. They love me and I love them and we'll leave it at that."
Scripted the Disney feature "Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement," starring Julie Andrews
Creator and executive producer of the ABC medical drama "Grey's Anatomy"; also scripted several episodes
Wrote the screenplay "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," starring Halle Berry and produced by HBO
Research director on the Tollin-Robbins/Mundy Lane documentary, "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream," which was nominated for an Emmy Award and an Academy Award
Wrote the original script for the film "Crossroads," starring Britney Spears
Helmed the short "Blossoms and Veils," starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Jeffrey Wright and Omar Epps
Signed a lucrative development deal with Touchstone Television, to resurrect an old project, a series about female news correspondents
Storytelling was in Shonda Rhimes' blood since she was a child growing up with her parents and five siblings in the Chicago, IL suburb of Forest Park South. And that love for the written word and the compelling story would go on to serve her well - not only as a successful feature film writer, but as the creator and executive producer of one of the most popular television series of the new millennium - the medical drama, "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2004- ).
adopted c. 2003
USC School of Cinema-Television
Director of the Black Underground Theatre and Arts Association