With her perfect Barbie-doll looks and dazzling dance-floor moves, Hough became America's spinning sweetheart when she joined — and ultimately won — Dancing With the Stars. An aspiring ent...
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We don't live in a post-racism society, folks.
I mean, come on – yesterday, a homeless woman very pointedly told me not to eat my dog! Granted, she was probably nuts, but this is happening on much larger scale than crazy ladies and my evening walk with my dog. Last week, it was announced that Joe Wright – the director behind critical hits like Atonement and Pride and Prejudice (as well as critical misses, like Anna Karenina) – had cast Rooney Mara as Native American character Tiger Lily. Now, that's just plain wrong.
Many fans are petitioning for a recast, yet some don't seem to mind – and even go so far as to liken the situation to Michael B. Jordan's upcoming turn as the Human Torch. Luckily, Whedonverse actress Felicia Day is setting people straight; she has some wise and cogent words on why Tiger Lily and the Human Torch are not even remotely the same situation:
Most lead characters and lead actors of movies are white ... Across 100 top-grossing films of 2012, only 10.8% of speaking characters were Black, 4.2% were Hispanic, 5% were Asian, and 3.6% were from other (or mixed race) ethnicities. Just over three-quarters of all speaking characters are White (76.3%) ... Bottom line, actors of ethnicity don’t get a lot of work to begin with. And that very fact creates a scarcity in the number of actors of different ethnicities to choose from when casting ... In what instance can you point out a role where a Native American actress has a chance to be a lead in any movie? Almost none ... The opportunity to give a leading role that could be a Native American, a possible protagonist role that the audience could relate to and live the story through, to a white actor, is kind of s**tty and backwards to me.
But you know what the worst part of this whole debacle is? We're not moving forward: whitewashing is not something we left back in the days of ultra-racist filmmakers like D.W. Griffiths and grossly distorted stereotypes like Mr. Yunioshi. No, it's still a pervasive problem that continues to flood all avenues of pop culture – films, music, television – even celebrities. Remember when former DWTS star Julianne Hough thought it was okay to don a little blackface to portray her favorite Orange Is the New Black character?
Just last summer, J.J. Abrams cast whiter-than-white actor Benedict Cumberbatch (he and Rooney Mara could probably go head-to-head in a Caucasian-quotient contest) to play Khan Noonien Singh, a role originally played by Mexican actor Ricardo Montalban. How telling is it, that in some ways, 1960's Gene Roddenberry was more progressive than present-day Abrams? And a little more than month ago, Katy Perry shamelessly appropriated Egyptian culture in her latest music video – and that's after dressing up like a "geisha" at the VMAs. Oh, and let's not forget that at the beginning of this year, well-loved sitcom How I Met Your Mother (or, as dubbed by Twitter, #HowIMetYourRacism) employed some tasteless (not to mention tin-eared) yellowface.
It's hard to believe that we're still seeing this kind of ignorance and blatant whitewashing in this day in age. Well, at least we can still hold out hope for a recast.
Julianne Hough and her dancer brother Derek Hough are teaming up for a stage show tour across North America. The Footloose star was a professional dancer on U.S. reality series Dancing With The Stars before moving into acting, while her elder brother Derek remains a member of the line-up.
The siblings are now preparing to unveil a new stage production which will show off their dancing talents in variety of styles.
Julianne has been seen heading to the gym daily to build up the strength her in foot after tearing a ligament two months ago (Jan14).
The Move Live On Tour will trek around the U.S. and Canada for two months starting in May (14).
Actress Julianne Hough is back on her feet after tearing a ligament in her foot. The Footloose beauty resumed her exercise regime this week (beg10Mar14) after damaging her foot two months ago (Jan14).
Hough revealed the full extent of her injury in a series of pictures posted on Instagram.com on Thursday (13Mar14).
The snaps show her at home with thick black cast around her foot and having to use crutches.
She writes, "When I tore a ligament in my foot almost 2 months ago! Thank heavens for Dr Dustin who whipped me back in shape with no surgery needed! 4th day of working out since it happened... Man does it feel good to be back on the grind!!! Wahoo!!!"
Julianne Hough has her movie co-star Teddy Sears to thank for her new romance with Canadian sportsman Brooks Laich after the actor introduced the pair in December (13). The Footloose beauty sparked rumours she had found love again last weekend (16Feb14) after she was snapped strolling hand in hand with ice hockey player Laich in California.
Now the Washington Capitals star has opened up about their blossoming relationship, revealing mutual pal Sears, who worked with Hough on upcoming film Curve, had helped to set the couple up.
Speaking to Washington, D.C. radio station The Fan on Wednesday (19Feb14), he said, On set, apparently, he was talking with Julianne... and asked her if she'd been seeing anyone, and she said no or whatever, and I guess he was watching our hockey game at the time.
"He always watches the game on (sports network ESPN's) Game Center (app) on his iPad. I guess he just showed her the iPad and said, 'Well, I've got a guy for you,' or something."
But Laich is refusing to share too much about the new lady in his life: "I don't want to get into a whole lot of it. I'm kind of shy on my personal life. But she's a cool, cool gal. She's just a sweetheart, very loving, very giving. She puts so much great out into the world. I'm a pretty lucky guy."
Hough split from TV and radio personality Ryan Seacrest last March (13) after two years together.
Actress Julianne Hough has reportedly moved on from her failed romance with Ryan Seacrest by striking up a new romance with a Canadian hockey player. The Footloose star was spotted taking an afternoon stroll with 30-year-old Washington Capitals star Brooks Laich on Sunday (16Feb14) in Studio City, California.
The pair held hands as they walked Hough's two dogs through the neighbourhood.
Hough, 25, ended her two-year relationship with TV presenter Seacrest last March (13).
Demi Moore, Jack Black, Taylor Lautner, SLASH, Marilyn Manson and Vanilla Ice were among the guests at Adam Sandler's annual party on Wednesday night (04Dec13). The actor puts together the yearly bash with his Happy Madison production company, and the 2013 event brought a star-studded crowd to the Pickwick Gardens venue in Burbank, California.
Twilight star Kellan Lutz and Glee's Chord Overstreet were among the guests, while former 'NSync singer Joey Fatone, dancer/actress Julianne Hough and funnyman David Spade also turned out.
Sandler performed with his band and a number of stars joined him on stage for a jam session, including Manson, Slash, Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello and actor/rocker Jack Black.
Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen was among the guests, and she shared her star-spotting with fans on her Twitter.com page, writing, "I just saw... Marilyn Manson, Jack Black, Ann Wilson, Joe Walsh, Slash and Tom Morello all jam out at Adam Sandler's Xmas party. Happy girl!"
Zoe Saldana, Khloe Kardashian, Kelly Osbourne, Anna Kendrick, Julianne Hough and Samuel L. Jackson were among the stars who turned out to watch Beyonce perform at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Tuesday (03Dec13).
"I think maybe it was an unfortunate event, but she apologised and I feel like we can all move on." Actress Uzo Aduba holds no hard feelings against Julianne Hough after the blonde beauty stepped out for an early Halloween party wearing 'blackface' make-up to portray the TV actress' Crazy Eyes character from drama series Orange Is The New Black.
Actress Julianne Hough became a worried aunt while researching her role as a burn victim in her latest movie, after learning how easily fires around the home break out. The Rock of Ages star spent time with blaze survivors while she was preparing for her role in Paradise - and many of the people she turned to for advice were kids left scarred by mistakes made around the house.
She says, "Most of them were in accidents from household fires like cooking or tea falling and getting third degree burns; putting a turkey in the deep fryer and having it (the oil) spill.
"I was calling all my sisters and my nieces and nephews saying, 'Make sure you put this away and that away. This is way more dangerous than you think'. You take for granted that it could happen to anybody."
She admits that a lot of the research she did was tough: "It's literally like the survivors have been barbecued and they can't move. Their skin will tear or their joints were really sore.
"I got to walk around with just the burn bandages on to see how people reacted and responded and they don't want to make eye contact and they get uncomfortable. A lot of these burn survivors said, 'I would rather someone say, hey what happened, rather than make me feel like I'm scary or I'm ugly'.
"It completely changes who they are on the inside and nobody really knows that. People are so obsessed with the outside that they don't fully understand what's going on on the inside."
Actress Julianne Hough is still devastated after sparking a storm of controversy over the weekend by dressing up as inmate character Crazy Eyes from TV show Orange Is The New Black for a Halloween costume party, according to her dancer brother. The Rock of Ages star has already issued a grovelling apology after stepping out wearing offensive 'blackface' make-up to the bash on Friday (25Oct13), but her brother Derek insists she's still "beside herself" for stepping out with the ill-advised look.
Critics slammed Hough for her appearance and some even accused her of racism, prompting Hough to take to Twitter in an attempt to explain herself, writing, "I am a huge fan of the show Orange Is The New Black, actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created. It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize."
And she's still struggling with her costume choice.
Brother Derek, who is a regular on TV show Dancing With the Stars, says, "It wasn't the brightest moment in her life and hopefully it's a blip.
"She didn't mean anything by it... She's my sweet little sister, breaks my heart... She is so unbelievably sorry and so apologetic.
"She is just beside herself... Lesson learned."
With her perfect Barbie-doll looks and dazzling dance-floor moves, Hough became America's spinning sweetheart when she joined — and ultimately won — Dancing With the Stars. An aspiring entertainer from an early age, 10-year-old Hough left her Utah home to study at London's Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts; her efforts paid off when she became the first U.S.-born dancer to be crowned International Latin Youth Champion and Junior Blackpool World Latin Champion. Although she returned to Utah to finish high school, after graduation she headed to Los Angeles and quickly booked a gig as a sexy dancer on the short-lived game show Show Me the Money. From there she joined the DWTS tour as a company dancer. In a 42nd Street-like twist, when lead dancer Kym Johnson injured herself, Hough replaced her, twirling across the country with Season 1 DWTS contestant Joey MacIntyre. Her impressive work led to her addition to DWTS proper. She was paired with Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno in Season 4 and race-car driver Helio Castraneves in Season 5, winning back-to-back mirror-ball trophies. Proving that she's more than just a hoofer, Hough released her first country-music album in May 2008, with plans to open for country star Brad Paisley during his summer tour.
Attended Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, London, England