"I think Hillary Clinton would make a wonderful president. I think we could only benefit from having someone in office who has been a mother; women have a different perspective because of that maternal instinct." Actress and political activist Scarlett Johansson hopes former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launches another run for the White House in 2016.
No, Chuck Todd was not bashing Hillary Clinton, nor the idea of a biographical miniseries about her. But yes, we thought he was, too... before actually watching the below video and giving a moment of thought to what he was saying. See, NBC News anchor Todd isn't speaking from a place of politics, of policy, of any ideology, really... he's speaking from a place of occupational affiliation. Todd is a member of the NBC News syndicate, and as such must bear the brunt of all attacks waged upon said organization. And the number of such is likely to multiply, as Todd hypothesizes, come the development of a Hillary Clinton miniseries on NBC.
Not because NBC is going to do a poor job with the program. Not that they are bound to sway too far to the left or to the right. But that won't matter, Todd says, because people will find fault with the show. And those people who find fault with it will find fault with the network. And from there, with the network's news team.
Here, Todd expresses his apprehension over the arrival of a Clinton show on his home station:
Of course a television network's programming slate should be held independent from the political leanings of its news appendix. Todd agrees with that. But he knows that, inevitably, he and the rest of the NBC News members will find themselves staring down a steady barrel with offended liberals and conservatives alike assigning the flaws found in the Hillary miniseries as the fault of the news station's leanings.
Honestly, he's right. We wish he wasn't. We wish the world could watch a program — the story of a human being — without stirring up a political rally before the end credits roll. And we wish said world wouldn't shoot out the gate looking for the most readily available parties to blame for the described atrocities. But we don't live in that world. We live in a different world. Sometimes, oftentimes, a great world. A world with banana nut pancakes and bubble wrap and Pokemon and the movie Groundhog Day. All truly wonderful things. Hopefully, the Hillary Clinton miniseries will join these ranks. And hopefully, so will all the people who watch it, embracing it as and interesting story about a groundbreaking woman.
We hope you're wrong, Todd. But we get where you're coming from.
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Actress Diane Lane is set to portray former U.S. First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a new TV mini-series. The Unfaithful star will take on the title role in the forthcoming NBC network show Hillary, while Frozen River director Courtney Hunt has been hired to pen the script, which will document Clinton's life as a "wife, mother, politician and cabinet member from 1998 to the present".
However, producers are still searching for the perfect man to play the politician's husband, former President Bill Clinton.
NBC president Bob Greenblatt says, "President Clinton, we haven't cast yet. We literally just closed the deals (for the show) and haven't written the script. All that will be determined."
A premiere date has yet to be set for the four-hour mini series, but it's not the only Clinton project in the works - plans are afoot for a biopic titled Rodham, about the political heavyweight's formative years as a young lawyer.
A host of young Hollywood stars have already been linked to the movie role, including Reese Witherspoon, Amanda Seyfried and Scarlett Johansson, although another favourite, Jessica Chastain, recently insisted reports she is in the running for the job are not true.
Every week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week of June 10 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flimsy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down.
LIGHTEN UP WITH A LEMON SHANDY
Miley Cyrus wore a stupid pair of pants to the Myspace relaunch party, and honestly we're really confused. What are those supposed to be?
Will Paris Hilton's new album make her relevant again? We sincerely hope not.
No one wants to play Hillary Clinton in the developing biopic Rodham. Come on, ladies, this is the one and only pantsuit aficionado we're talking about (not the mention former first lady, secretary of state, and a viable candidate for President)!
WASH THIS WEEK DOWN WITH A CLASSIC MOJITO
Roberto Cavalli's curve-less Beyoncé image caused an uproar. But really guys, it's just a fashion sketch. All the women in those things look like a daddy longlegs in a dress.
Scientologists are not happy that everyone keeps saying After Earth is about Scientology, but people are going to keep saying it anyway (because it really, really, seems like it's true). Pipe down, Scientologists!
An aspiring actor spent $5,000 to look like Ryan Gosling. But... he still looks nothing like Ryan Gosling.
Amanda Bynes continues to tweet questionable things and wear heinous wigs. What would Bynes' characters from The Amanda Show think of her behavior? Well, we know Judge Trudy would definitely not approve.
THIS WEEK WAS HARD. GET SLOSHED WITH A LONG ISLAND ICED TEA.
A French teacher was suspended after showing Saw to his class of 11-year-olds. Seriously? If you want to play a game, go with heads up seven up. No one dies.
Mumford and Sons bassist Ted Dwayne was hospitalized because of a blood clot on his brain. Please get better, Ted. We don't cope well without our daily dose of folky, banjo-infused goodness.
Laura Poitras is the perfect choice for a documentary about Edward Snowden and the NSA, because someone needs to turn this whole thing into an Academy Award-winner.
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You'd think that nobody would turn away the chance to be a Yale graduate, United States Senator, Secretary of State, beloved meme, and premiere candidate for the 2016 presidency. But for some reason, nobody seems willing to take on the role of Hillary Clinton — a woman who has managed each of these achievements — in the developing biopic Rodham. A number of names have been thrown into the mix to play the political icon: Jessica Chastain, Carey Mulligan, Scarlett Johansson. All talented performers, each with her own checks in the Pros column for the embodiment of our former first lady. But none of 'em is gonna do it. And why? Well, we're not entirely sure.
Chastain was the first to pull out of the running, with reps stating that she was never officially approached for a chance at the role. Ditto for Johansson, the most recent forfeiture, as reported by The Huffington Post. And in the middle of these announcements came The Hollywood Reporter's revelation concerning Mulligan: a latecomer to the Hillary game and the only one of the bunch to have officially met with Rodham producers, she passed on the project. Is she crazy?
Granted, Mulligan wasn't exactly our top choice to take on the role, so we can't team our surprise with disappointment. But the opportunity to play one of the most influential women in modern American history? To live out the early days of a figure of change still helping to advance our society to points beyond what many thought they ever might reach? To get all those free pantsuits from wardrobe? We just don't understand the aversion, for any of these women.
At least for Chastain, it can't be political. The actress took on (and completely dominated) the razor sharp Zero Dark Thirty earlier this year. So as a thespian more than worth her salt, we're disappointed to hear that she isn't inclined to reach for Rodham's headlining position.
Of course, there are a handful of other duly capable actresses out there who might be interested in playing Hillary Clinton. A few more figures previously suggested include Reese Witherspoon and Amanda Seyfried, with the usual suspects of Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone being tossed around casually (E! threw Elisabeth Moss' name in there, which we find particularly enticing). We can't imagine that it'll be long before one of these prospects sweeps up the coveted character. But then again, we didn't even think it would take this long.
So what is it that is keeping these women from striving to occupy the Hillary role? Is it sheer intimidation? Concern over the weight carried by portraying such an important, dynamic figure? Or is it the script itself, which we know to be a little on the colorful side? Whatever the cause, we hope apprehensions are set aside. We'd love to see Hillary get her time in the spotlight, and we'd love to see someone with the right stuff take her there.
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British actress Carey Mulligan has emerged as the frontrunner to portray former U.S. First Lady, New York senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in a new biopic. Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Chastain and Emma Stone had previously been linked to the role, but Chastain recently insisted she knew nothing about the project and now sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that The Great Gatsby star Mulligan is slated to play the politician in Rodham.
Reports suggest she is the producers' top choice to play Clinton during her formative years in public service.
Actress Jessica Chastain has dismissed reports she is in the running to play political heavyweight Hillary Clinton in a new biopic. Film bosses in Hollywood are planning ahead for Rodham, the story of the former First Lady-turned-Secretary of State's formative years as a young lawyer, and a host of young Hollywood stars have already been linked to the role, including Reese Witherspoon, Amanda Seyfried, Scarlett Johansson and two-time Oscar-nominee Chastain, but the flame-haired star insists she's baffled by the reports.
During a press conference with reporters at Saturday's (01Jun13) Chime for Change concert in London, she said, "No, that's actually not true. I found out about the project online... There's a lot of stuff out there."
As far as we're concerned, Amy Poehler is the only performer who can effectively don the garb of one Hillary Clinton. But somehow, the Saturday Night Live vet has not made the short list of actresses in consideration to play the former Secretary of State in a developing biopic Rodham... a project that earned attention not long ago when details from its absolutely bonkers script hit the Internet. As The Independent lists the potential Hillarys as Scarlett Johansson, Amanda Seyfried, Reese Witherspoon, and Jessica Chastain, we're wondering which of the lot would be the best pick for the 26-year-old politician...
SCARLETT JOHANSSONPROS: She has a history of fighting tyranny (a la The Avengers).CONS: All those Woody Allen movies can't bode well for swaying the moderates.
REESE WITHERSPOONPROS: She can handle the drawl needed to attract the Southern vote.CONS: Well, the recent escalation of her criminal activity isn't exactly the stuff presidential campaigns wish for...
AMANDA SEYFRIEDPROS: She's actually right around 26, the age at which the biopic pinpoints Hillary.CONS: Call us crazy, but we think it'll be hard to accept the Secretary of State as the same lass who belted in Mamma Mia!
JESSICA CHASTAINPROS: Wanna be president? It probably helps to have taken down the most wanted terrorist in the world.CONS: The hair, I guess (we'll be honest, she's our frontrunner).
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Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites we are able to stalk our favorite celebrities as fast and as often as we like. This World Wide Web brings stars closer to their fans, but who's getting more cpms (clicks per minute)? Good old Google always has the answer! Its 50 Most Popular Women on the Web for 2011 results are in. It's tough competition out there and every female star wants to be crowned Queen of the Web.
Are this years chosen females better than last year's? Who are the new comers to join the ranks? Do you agree with the results?
Find out below!
#50 - Blake Lively
#49 - Marilyn Monroe
#48 - Cheryl Cole
#47 - Carrie Underwood
#46 - Kelly Clarkson
#45 - Hillary Clinton
#44 - Scarlett Johansson
#43 - Michelle Obama
#42 - Natalie Portman
#41 - Nicole Scherzinger
#40 - Penelope Cruz
#39 - Chelsea Handler
#38 - Hilary Duff
#37 - Ciara
#36 - Ke$ha
#35 - Kylie Minogue
#34 - Vanessa Hudgens
#33 - Emma Watson
#32 - Jessica Simpson
#31 - Kristen Stewart
#30 - Jennifer Aniston
#29 - Ashley Tisdale
#28 - Fergie
#27 - Jessica Alba
#26 - Kate Middleton
#25 - Sarah Palin
#24 - Mariah Carey
#23 - Christina Aguilera
#22 - Megan Fox
#21 - Oprah Winfrey
#20 - Angelina Jolie
#19 - Paris Hilton
#18 - Taylor Swift
#17 - Lindsay Lohan
#16 - Avril Lavigne
#15 - Adele
#14 - Selena Gomez
#13 - Beyonce
#12 - Miley Cryrus
#11 - Jennifer Lopez
#10 - Madonna
#9 - Kim Kardashian
#8 - Shakira
#7 - Katy Perry
#6 - Britney Spears
#5 - Nicki Minaj
#4 - Cher
#3 - Rihanna
#2 - Justin Bieber (hilarious)
#1 - Lady Gaga
All I have to say is WHERE IS BETTY WHITE?!?! Paris can not be more popular than Betty...I refuse to believe it. Some names were a no brainer (Oprah, Katy Perry, J-Lo), but some were a little shocking like Cher and Ashley Tisdale (HSM was so 2008). Not that surprised who took the number one spot though - everyone's Gaga for Gaga. Love that Ms. Monroe is still on the list, further proving that classics never go out of style.