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This Is Where I Leave You doesn’t get a lot right about grief, marriage, love, relationships, parenthood, infidelity, masculinity, depression, alcoholism, human reproduction, homosexuality, Oedipal complexes, Judaism, sibling rivalry, marijuana use, brain injuries, ice skating, or how human beings speak to one another. But, you know, it’s cute.
Though they’re given little more to do than alternate weepy existential soliloquys with jokes about masturbation (there are a lot of jokes about masturbation in this movie, or at least a lot more jokes about masturbation than most movies targeted to my mother’s demographic seem to have), the Altman siblings are hardly a chore to watch as they banter and bicker their way through a weeklong mourning ritual (and neatly packaged “side problems”) following the death of their father.
As Judd (wife cheated on him) Jason Bateman is essentially fine. As lone sister Wendy (husband’s a douche/old lover right across the street), Tina Fey is more than not inviting. As youngest brother Phillip (can’t get his act together), Adam Driver is a cast standout. Corey Stoll, you might have heard, is also in this movie as oldest child Paul (can’t conceive a child). But just barely, showing up every so often for the sole purpose of reminding everyone just how little these would-be siblings look like each other.
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A few sweet moments are managed — more often than not involving the dynamic Driver and one of his disapproving elders — though never impressively, settling predominantly for Vanilla Sky-inspired maxims and scenes of contemplative driving. A few good jokes land — again, usually via Driver — though never uproariously. And with takeaway messages peaking at innocuous, there’s really nothing to be gained from a viewing of Shawn Levy’s dramedy adaptation.
But, somehow — thanks to the good graces of Fey’s aptitude for sisterly sardonicism and Driver’s animalistic likability — it manages a competent dose of cute. Sweet. Nice. This Is Where I Leave You has nothing — or close to it — to offer, but it’s hardly a joyless ride.
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The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik has stepped up her campaign against Hollywood sexism by taking aim at popular kids' movie Frozen, accusing filmmakers of featuring female characters with "Barbie doll proportions". The actress recently used her Kveller.com blog to criticise pop star Ariana Grande for stripping off for an advertising campaign to promote her new album, and she has now set her sights on the animated Disney adventure.
Bialik, who is mother to two sons, claims the film's plot sets a bad example to young girls as it focuses on a woman's quest for a husband, writing, "The search for a man/love/Prince is still the reigning plot line in the movie... My issue is that this is a movie geared to small children who I don't think need to be focusing on that as the main driving plot of a movie... Disney classics were all about this and look where it's gotten us!"
She also takes issue with film's male love interest turning out to be a villain, claiming it promotes "male-bashing", but reserves her most scathing criticism for the way the female characters have been portrayed physically, adding, "The male characters look like cartoon men... Not so with our lead ladies... They have ginormous eyes... Teeny-tiny ski slope noses. Exaggerated delicate ski sloppiness (sic), actually. Barbie doll proportions of their bodies in general: tiny waists, ample busts, and huge heads. They look like dolls."
Bialik concludes, "I know everybody loved Frozen and that I am going to get so much hate for this. But I'm just keeping it real, yo. Or trying."
Actress-turned-U.S. TV personality Rosie O'Donnell debuted her slimmed down new look on her new show The View on Monday (15Sep14), revealing she has lost over 50 pounds (22.6 kilograms) since undergoing vertical gastric sleeve surgery last year (Jul13).
The A League of Their Own star, who once tipped the scales at 237 pounds (107.5 kilograms), started a new health kick after suffering a heart attack in 2012. And, as she joined Whoopi Goldberg, Nicole Wallace and Rosie Perez for the new season of the long-running U.S. talk show on Monday, O'Donnell revealed she's still coming to terms with her weightloss.
She said, "I'm not used to it yet. I still buy the wrong-sized clothes... A lot of people who have never had weight issues their whole life would assume that losing weight and going from morbidly obese to being able to buy clothes off the rack would be only full of happiness and positivity, but that's not true. It's also full of anxiety and vulnerability. I'm glad it's going at the rate it is because any faster than this would throw me into a panic."
And the actress revealed she has come to realise why she always felt safe and secure overweight, adding, "Some (people) gain weight as a layer of protection - to keep people away from them. I never wanted someone to want to approach me in a sexual manner because of my physical body and because of child abuse issues. So I think they are all interwoven and they don't exist separately so they come up, and I'm having to put out fires and talk to my therapist and get through it and find a different way to cope with my anxiety and my feelings of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) rather than eating over them."
O'Donnell wasn't the only woman on the new The View line-up who has shed the pounds - returning co-host Goldberg also showed off a slimmer figure, revealing, "I've lost about 35 pounds. I'm using (chef) Rocco DiSpirito's diet book The Pound A Day Diet. And I feel good."
As America's Next Top Model's 21st cycle unfolds, we've decided to take a look at previous seasons to see how often Tyra and her ever-changing panel of judges choose the right model. As anyone who has watched the show throughout the years (and the marathons every time they're on TV) knows, the model you spend all season rooting for rarely wins, no matter how much she deserves to.
Who Won: Adrianne Curry
Should Have Won: Adrianne Curry
If only Tyra's first season were a sign of things to come. She picked it right. Adrianne had that special blend of being cool, a good model, and reality TV perfection (which is essential for a first season). She went on to become a "star" on Vh1's CelebReality, and we continued to grow up watching the ups and downs of her relationship with a Brady. That sort of contribution to our adolescence is invaluable.
Who Won: Yoanna House
Should Have Won: Mercedes Scelba-Shorte
Mercedes was perfect! She was such a great model, she had the cutest personality, and she was owning the competition while suffering with Lupus. Her final photo and her Billie Holiday photo are some of our favorite in ANTM history.
Who Won: Eva Pigford
Should Have Won: Toccara Jones, Yaya DaCosta
Eva was okay, but we loved Toccara. She left too soon, and we began to root for Eva. Looking back on this cycle now though, it's hard not to feel like Yaya is sort of like ANTM's Jennifer Hudson -- she lost, but has the best career possibly out of any of the girls.
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Who Won: Naima Mora
Should Have Won: Kahlen Rondot
This is a no brainer. Kahlen was perfect. Naima was a good model, okay, sure. But she was quiet and enigmatic. Kahlen was shy, but adorable and relatable. And, if we're being frank, a far superior model.
Who Won: Nicole Linklater
Should Have Won: Bre Scullark (or Nik Pace)
We loved Bre. We still love Bre. She will always be one of our favorites. We rooted for Nik after Bre was eliminated, but Tyra didn't seem to care and picked the annoying and whiny Nicole.
Who Won: Danielle (Dani) Evans
Should Have Won: Joanie Dodds
This makes us uncomfortable to say, because we really like both girls here. This was one of the rare instances where we would have been happy regardless of who won. For some reason, we always remember this as the cycle that Joanie won though. Clearly she left the stronger impression (although we'll never forget Dani's photo on top of the elephant, while she was sick).
Who Won: CariDee English
Should Have Won: CariDee English
We felt really bad when Melrose lost because she was consistently good. She tried so hard to be perfect. Sure, she wasn't the most likable, but she was undeniably a good model. But CariDee had the whole package. She was likable and could model. We would have been happy if one of the twins won too though (just saying...).
Who Won: Jaslene Gonzalez
Should Have Won: Renee Alway
We were rooting for Renee from the very beginning. When she came in third place, we obviously started supporting Jaslene just to prevent the bizarre Natasha from winning. Deep down though, we still feel wronged by Renee's elimination.
Who Won: Saleisha Stowers
Should Have Won: Jenah Doucette
We never liked Saleisha. She kind of looked like Rihanna if Rihanna were on Disney. We were never into it. Chantal similarly had sanitized feel to her. Jenah shined as the only normal, likable girl in the cycle. She was a great model too!
Who Won: Whitney Thompson
Should Have Won: Anya Kop
This is one that outrages us still. Whitney was unlikable and even the judges thought so for most of the season. She just happened to get farther than any other plus-sized model, so they let her win. Everybody knows that Anya ran that cycle as if she were already a professional. Her photo shoot with Nigel? Her Sprite campaign? And don't even get us started on the injustice of eliminating Tiffani Thiessen-lookalike Katarzyna. How did they pick Whitney?
Who Won: McKey Sullivan
Should Have Won: McKey Sullivan
Girl was flawless. She was tall, stunning, poised, and had a lovely personality. Honorable mention to Analeigh Tipton though for doing her thing and having a great career.
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Who Won: Teyona Anderson
Should Have Won: Allison Harvard
Allison. Our favorite contestant in the history of ANTM. This one hurts. We're not quite ready to talk about it.
Who Won: Nicole Fox
Should Have Won: Nicole Fox
We loved Nicole and we loved runner-up Laura Kirkpatrick. Tyra didn't have the chance to mess this cycle up.
Who Won: Krista White
Should Have Won: Raina Hein
Raina has been working more than anyone else from this cycle -- we've been seeing her pop up on commercials, and a working model is a successful one. Overall, we didn't really like this cycle.
Who Won: Ann Ward
Should Have Won: Kayla Ferrel
First of all, Ann's runway walk was not good. Chelsey and Jane were both good models, but there was something about Kayla that we were consistently drawn to. She somehow looked like a classic beauty, yet edgy and modern. She was fieeeeerce.
Who Won: Brittani Kline
Should Have Won: Hannah Jones
Were we the only ones who didn't hate Alexandria? We would have been happy if she won, but instead we were left with Brittani. She was a fine model, but on a personal level, we just stopped liking her after that meltdown in panel. Hannah also reminded us a lot of Analeigh from cycle 12, so we had a soft spot for her.
Who Won: Lisa D'Amato
Should Have Won: Allison Harvard
TWICE? REALLY? Allison, who broke our hearts when she was runner-up in cycle 12, admits that it sucks to be runner-up twice. She should have won. Twice. She's the best. We'll never be ready to talk about this.
Who Won: Sophie Sumner
Should Have Won: ...Annaliese Dayes? ...Laura LaFrate? Maybe Sophie?
This is one of those cycles that had three great girls at the end. At one point or another, we rooted for all of them to win. We're happy Sophie won because she was a cutie, but we loved Annaliese way more throughout the competition. She was like a Spice Girl and a model all in one.
Who Won: Laura James
Should Have Won: Leila Goldkuhl
Laura is a fantastic model -- let's just get that out of the way up front. Leila was eliminated, because Tyra rarely makes good decisions, and brought back by the fans who loved her. Clearly she was a fan-favorite and she should have won. Leila was definitely better than runner-up Kiara.
Who Won: Jourdan Miller
Should Have Won: Renee Bhagwandeen
Our friend texted within the first episode of ANTM 2.0 saying she couldn't stand the girl who was married and divorced at 18. And she never really made us like her more. On the other hand, from the moment Renee was shown in the casting episode, she had our vote. We were gung-ho from the get-go. Sure, Cory and Marvin were fantastic, but personally we're still rooting for the girls.
Will Tyra make the right choice in Cycle 21?
British pop star Leona Lewis has written an open letter to fans about her struggle with depression and her fears for the future after parting ways with her record label.
Earlier this year (14), the Bleeding Love singer, who won Britain's The X Factor in 2006, exited Simon Cowell's Syco management firm and Sony Records after seven years on the books. Lewis has now opened up about the massive career change, blaming the split on creative differences over her fifth studio album, and revealing she spent months battling dark thoughts.
In the handwritten note, which was uploaded to her Twitter.com page, Lewis states, "It has been quite the rollercoaster year. The emotions I have felt have been more powerful, in both a positive and negative way, than any other time... in my life. "At some points I felt extremely depressed and other times experiences amazing highs, but it got to the point where the downs were outweighing the ups... I worry too much... I worry about the future, work, how I look... animals, the environment... At times it seems absolutely overwhelming and I spiral to a dark place."
She goes on to reveal the split from her record label came about after she was asked to make an album that "would have not been true to myself", adding, "I cannot make music that does not speak to my soul, as scary as it seemed. I could no longer compromise myself."
Lewis also reveals meditation has helped her move on from her dark moods, and she is now feeling more positive about the future, concluding, "You either sink or swim. I chose to swim... Whatever the future may bring, I am ready."
Actress Rosario Dawson has revealed she didn't lose her virginity until she was 20, because she was an awkward teen who didn't develop feelings for boys in her teens. The Sin City star is among the world's most lusted-after Latinas, but she admits it wasn't so long ago when she was invisible to the opposite sex - and she liked it that way.
Dawson tells Cosmopolitan for Latinas, "I was an awkward teenager. I went stag (solo) to my prom. I was a virgin until I was 20 years old!
"My mother was raising five kids on her own. I wasn't just going to sit back and be a horny teenager and continue some cycle of teenage pregnancy. I wanted more opportunities."
But now she's fully aware of the fact she's a sex symbol and she appreciates men: "I'm a touch person, I love intimacy... I love men! I love romance."
Currently single, Rosario admits she always on the look-out for Mr. Right, adding, "I would love to fall deeply in love with someone, but at the same time it's not my everything."
Singer Sinead O'Connor has warned young female pop stars they have been "hoodwinked" into flashing the flesh to sell records. The Nothing Compares 2 U hitmaker is adamant the world's top women singers, including Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus, are victims of a record industry conspiracy to get them to shed their clothes.
She has branded the tactic "bulls**t" and fears it is destroying the talent of many young acts, as well as sending out the wrong message to child fans.
O'Connor tells rock magazine Q, "It's hilarious and cleverly done, they're made to think if you get your t**s out, you're a maverick. Bulls**t, obviously. I think people's reasons for making music have changed. It used to be people wanted to make music because we're all f**ked up and degenerate and maniacs and there was no other way of expressing ourselves. Now, they don't even care about the music, it's about how they look, and fame.
"Female musicians have been hoodwinked. All they're doing is looking at their t**s. Their audiences are children and those children are being raised to believe their value is in the size of their t**s and how pretty they are and how many guys want them."
British rocker Kele Okereke has ruled out plans to embark on a 10th anniversary tour with Bloc Party next year (15) to celebrate the release of their debut album Silent Alarm. The singer reveals he has no interest in taking a trip down memory lane to mark the occasion, because he finds anniversary treks cringe-worthy.
He tells MusicFeeds.com.au, "To be honest, I'm not so interested in looking backwards. I think the most impressive thing that we could do as a band would be to respond (by) looking forward and keep on making music to say that we're still motivated.
"I think that's more important than revival or some kind of nostalgic experience. I feel that the band isn't some record - at this point it's a collection of records - and I feel that the best way to honour that would be to make more records, not just to look back to where we were.
"I don't think that sort of thing does much good for artists. I always cringe a little bit when you hear about bands going around just touring on a kind of anniversary record. I feel that it just seems a little bit cynical."
The Helicopter hitmakers have been on hiatus since last summer (13), their second extended break since stepping out of the spotlight in 2009 to allow Okereke to focus on his solo career.
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Lena Dunham has condemned a mystery hacker who leaked nude photographs of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence.
The Hunger Games actress hit headlines on Sunday (31Aug14) when intimate snaps of her were posted on the Internet by a hacker who claims to have similar pictures of more than 100 female stars. Now Girls actress Dunham has reached out to her fans and urged them to discourage the leaking of photos by not viewing them.
In a series of posts on Twitter.com, she writes, "The way in which you share your body must be a CHOICE. Support these women and do not look at these pictures... Remember, when you look at these pictures you are violating these women again and again. It's not okay... Seriously, do not forget that the person who stole these pictures and leaked them is not a hacker: they're a sex offender."
Lawrence and Mary Elizabeth Winstead have confirmed the authenticity of their snaps while condemning the breach of privacy.
Like Lawrence, model Kate Upton's attorney is threatening legal action, saying, "This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client Kate Upton's privacy. We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible."
Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice claim the pictures of them are fake.
Pot smoker Willie Nelson is refusing to crackdown on his marijuana intake when he tours through his native Texas because he can afford the fines he's handed for breaking the state's strict possession laws. The singer/songwriter has had several run-ins with police officers in the state but he's refusing to stop travelling with weed on his bus - and admits he often lights up as soon as he's released from custody.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "They (police) mostly want autographs now. They don't really bother me anymore for the weed, because you can just bust me now and I'll pay my fine or go to jail, get out and burn one (joint) on the way home. They know they're not stopping me."
And, as officials in many U.S. states fight the ongoing trend to legalise medical marijuana, Nelson urges politicians to look at the way Israelis are dealing with the issue.
He adds, "(Medical) weed is legal in Israel - there's an old-folks home there, and all these old men were walking around with bongs and s**t... They got it figured out before we did."