Jada Pinkett Smith has celebrated her 42nd birthday by opening up about her past addictions on her Facebook.com page. The actress has revealed she struggled with addiction in the past, but has conquered her problems thanks to her "wisdom", "heart" and "conscience".
She writes, "What I learned about myself is this, when I was younger I was not a good problem solver, meaning I had a very difficult time with dealing with my problems in life. I had many addictions, of several kinds, to deal with my life issues, but today, at 42, I have my wisdom, my heart and my conscience as the only tools to overcome life's inevitable obstacles."
Pinkett-Smith, who turned 42 earlier this month (18Sep13), did not detail the nature of her addictions, but insisted they're part of the past.
She adds, "I have become a good problem solver with those tools, and I am damn proud. Thank you for all the love that was given to me for my birthday this year. What I hope is that we all continue to gain healthy understanding that life is really about, solving problems, and also about us learning to become masters at solving them."
Her latest post comes just days after Pinkett-Smith offered fans a revealing Facebook message about her stance on divorce after a friend had asked for her marriage advice.
She wrote, "For the past five years, I have been meeting with elders who have been married for 25+ years to get understanding from many perspectives as to what marriage and love is all about. Almost all the couples have said that at some point in their marriage they have stumbled upon inevitably difficult moments that called for a break."
The post follows on from ongoing rumours about the status of her own marriage to Will Smith - for years the couple has battled split and divorce stories.
In her note to her friend, Pinkett-Smith added, "My hope for you is this, that you consider taking the route that some of our elders have taken in giving your marriage some space and time before the drastic decision of divorce. Answers to big questions need time to find lasting truth vs the truth of the moment. After this process the answer may be the same, but at least you will have the clarity to go about it all with certainty and integrity, but you may also find that spark that could save and rekindle your marriage."
Sarah Palin has always been thought of as a political figure made for TV. No matter what your personal opinions are about her, there's no denying she's a fascinating person (Barbara Walters, of course chose her for her much-hyped "Most Fascinating People of the Year" list in 2009).
But now that the controversial one-time Vice Presidential hopeful has announced her exit from Fox News, it begs two questions: What will Palin do next? And why hasn't her time on television been a bigger success?
Palin herself vaguely answered the first question in a new interview with Breitbart News, revealing that she'll keep on "truth-telling," but just not on Fox. "As far as long-term plans, the door is wide open," she said. "I know the country needs more truth-telling in the media, and I’m willing to do that. So, we shall see."
As for the second question, well, that requires a deeper dive.
The Palin Family's TV Rollercoaster Palin, who began working for Fox News in 2009, became the network's highest paid contributor, earning $1 million per year.
The former Alaskan Governor's time on Fox certainly can't be considered a ratings disaster. In fact, she often brought a lot of attention to the news network. But some have questioned whether it was the right kind of attention: was the right-wing talking head just too polarizing for the already-polarizing network?
In addition, there were reports of in-fighting. A 2011 New York magazine story quoted a Republican source close to Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes being disappointed with his hire: "He thinks Palin is an idiot. He thinks she’s stupid." But for now, the split seems amicable.
Palin's other big foray into TV was also a bit of a mixed bag. Sarah Palin's Alaska, which debuted in late 2010 on TLC was highly promoted but began a quick nose-dive in ratings. The reality show started out as the network's most-watched series premiere, pulling in just under 5 million viewers.
But the second episode fell to 3 million and by the fourth episode, just 2.8 million people were tuning in. Reports, though unconfirmed, circulated that Palin had earned about $1 million per episode for the series.
Her daughter Bristol has even tried her hand at reality TV several times, twice as a contestant on Dancing With the Stars and on her own Lifetime reality show Life's a Tripp, which tanked in ratings, debuting to just 726,000 viewers before sinking to 586,000 in its second week.
Interestingly, two TV projects that are widely considered to be industry successes took jabs at Palin. Game Change, the HBO movie about her candidacy with John McCain starring Julianne Moore, pulled in a gross audience of 3.6 million viewers over its four-weekend run and has won multiple awards.
And her famous visit to Saturday Night Live to meet face-to-face with her impersonator, Tina Fey, pulled in the show's best ratings in 14 years with about 14 million viewers.
As for Palin's true next step, it's anyone's call whether it'll be on TV or some other arena. She continues in the Breitbart interview to say, "[I'm freeing] up opportunities to share more broadly the message of the beauty of freedom and the imperative of defending our republic and restoring this most exceptional nation. We can't just preach to the choir; the message of liberty and true hope must be understood by a larger audience." YouTube, anyone?
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The summer movie season has finally come to a close. Now, instead of a weekly must-see superhero reboot/sequel/prequel/whatever, you'll have to choose between Oscar contenders, cute animated stuff, teary dramas, wacky indie comedies, and so on and so forth. If you're anything like me, then you get most excited over Hollywood's promising sci-fi options.
The thing is, we can learn a lot about your personality based on which sci-fi/fantasy flick you're most excited for. Look below for your favorite film, and I'll tell you a thing or two about your deepest, darkest thoughts. You're welcome for the money saved on therapy bills.
Release Date: Sept. 21
You should see it if…: You were the only kid in your small town that had decent taste in movies, but when you got to college and all of the other film majors liked the same things, you panicked. You needed to find a way to distance yourself. So you started liking really bad, critically panned action flicks, and now you argue with everyone you know that they're actually really good. They just don't get it. Also, you secretly still love The Fifth Element, and your tickets for next year's Comic Con are already booked.
Release Date: Sept. 28
You should see it if…: Your mind is always on hyperdrive, because you're constantly searching for the answers to life's most unanswerable, existential questions. You took a dystopia class at your fancy liberal arts university, and you consider yourself an expert on the topic. Your favorite TV shows are Fringe, Dr. Who, and the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series. You've read The Stranger way too many times, and love nothing more than quoting its final paragraph, ad nauseam.
Movie: Cloud Atlas
Release Date: Oct. 26
You should see it if…: You were a nerd in high school and college, but now you've sort of grown into your looks and have a decent job. Still, you can't get over being unpopular, and that will influence how you treat yourself and others well into your '30s. You really wish that Terrence Malick would do more interviews, and you will argue The Tree of Life to death. You love the maddening pace of any David Milch television show — not just Deadwood, the good one. All of them.
Movie: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2
Release Date: Nov. 14
You should see it if…: Thank God for 50 Shades of Grey, right? Because without it, you'd be panicking more that you already are that R-Patz's Twi-days are over. You have masochistic fantasies, but your husband/boyfriend will never know, because you keep them locked deep inside in your head in case a Robert or Christian type ever comes around with the key. You're attracted to people that you want to "fix" and that's why you're bored in your current relationship — he simply isn't flawed enough. You want to sleep with most of the men on Game of Thrones — not the actors, the characters. Even Jon Snow, who is either way, way younger or way, way older than you.
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Our favorite shows feel perfect for their respective networks: The nude-friendly Game of Thrones is a tried-and-true HBO series, the tortoise-slow Mad Men fits AMC’s intelligent and patient viewers, and The Big Bang Theory never met a laugh track CBS didn’t like. But what if those series appeared on different networks? How would the show change? We’re exploring just that in our Network Swap series. Next up: What if Louie aired on The CW?
Network: The CW
TV Rating: TV-14
Logline: The creators of Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, and Hellcats combine forces for Louie, a drama based on the life of comedian Louis C.K.. Returning to TV for the first time since High School Musical, Zac Efron immerses himself into the role of young Louis, a regular joe who struggles to raise two daughters while making a living as a stand-up comic and squeezing in romance somewhere in between it all. Anywhere else it would be too much drama to handle, but this is the East Village.
Demographic: Louie is the perfect show for a new generation of 18 - 25 year olds, but thanks to Efron's everyman qualities, it's universally relatable.
Cast: Starring alongside Efron is a rotating cast of the actor's real life friends: Miranda Cosgrove as Pamela, a girl who can't love but finds solace in Louis' shlubby lifestyle; Alex Pettyfer as Louis' hilarious comedian friend; and, realizing a long-awaited High School Musical reunion, Corbin Bleu as Louis' neighbor he sees once in awhile.
Breakout Star: Emma Roberts guest stars as a quirky bad girl that opens Louie's eyes up to new possibilities.
Soundbite: After lamenting over the hardships of finding love at 23, Efron's Louis encounters a 21-year-old at a bar. "I'm really turned on by older guys," she says. "Can I ask you why you like older guys?" Zac/Louis asks, earning the response: "Guys my age just… suck."
Sweeps Twist: Louis heads to Iraq in an episode that should elicit more tears than Efron's performance in The Lucky One.
Reason People Watch: Whereas most shows about twenty-somethings living in the Big City paint their stories with glamour, Louie is all about reality. Efron draws people in with his everyman qualities, exploring life's biggest existential questions with humor and emotion. We've all been in Louis' situations, whether it's deciding between which groupie to sleep with after a big comedy show or confronting a colleague (played by Joe Jonas) for stealing his material. Real problems.
What the Critics Say: "Blurring the line between teen-skewing soap operas and watchable television."
Spin-Off Possibilities: A Los Angeles version starring whoever Disney Channel insists has talent.
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