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."
Reality TV star-turned-fashion designer and author Lauren Conrad has wed her lawyer boyfriend William Tell in Santa Ynez, California.
The couple exchanged vows during an intimate ceremony on Saturday (13Sep14), surrounded by family and close friends. Conrad's nine bridesmaids, including Laguna Beach and The Hills co-star Lo Bosworth, wore dresses from the bride's Paper Crown line.
A statement from the newlyweds reads: "What a perfect way to start our lives together; surrounded by the people we love most."
Conrad and Tell have been dating since February, 2012.
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A basic command of rhythm will make your film watchable; kinetic proficiency will make it dramatically effective. But the aural language instituted by Damien Chazelle in his second directorial feature, Whiplash, lands you with a goddamn symphony.
Chazelle constructs what might wind up being one of the great music movies of all time, conducting each tier of his film with an active ear. Whiplash opens with a literal drum solo — courtesy of driven Schaffer Academy student Andrew (Miles Teller) — setting precedent for a collection of tremendous jazz numbers to follow throughout. Immediately afterward, we watch Chazelle weave scenes together via the harmonies of brass, building an atmosphere that he molds and contorts as the picture progresses.
But the most impressive symphonic feat is that which follows Andrew’s chaotic run toward a stature as jazz prodigy, and the tutelage, camaraderie, and enmity he earns from his no-nonsense-is-putting-it-lightly teacher Mr. Fletcher (J.K. Simmons, playing the gruffest, fieriest, most intimidating role yet in a career that has tossed him no shortage of opportunities of the like).
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Andrew’s story unravels, ribbons out, leaps, explodes, and recollects at such an absolutely delightful pace. Character beats are inset with such expert timing, that we occasionally get the rush of watching a live performance. Ultimately, Andrew’s story breathes and moves like a song — a jazz number, naturally — which renders every turn, reveal, and twist of perspective a tremendous showstopper.
And what it has to say about music? Everything that jazz might entail: how beautiful it is to love the art so wholly, and how toxic and destructive it is to devote yourself entirely to its whims. Whiplash doesn’t shove us to either side of favor regarding either of its central heroes/villains (they are equal parts each, and merrily so), nor to either side of the dividing line on whether succumbing altogether to the corrosive call of the drumsticks is, to put it reductively, a “good idea.” With such gratitude we can affirm that the movie doesn’t want to teach us a lesson. It just wants to play us a song.
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Josh Hutcherson has spoken out to defend his Hunger Games co-star Jennifer Lawrence after she was involved in a recent nude photo leak scandal.
Naked shots of the actress were part of a haul of celebrity nudes nabbed by an anonymous Internet hacker and offered to top media outlets. Lawrence's representative confirmed the pictures were for real and threatened legal action against the person or persons responsible for the privacy breach.
Now her Hunger Games co-star Hutcherson, who was involved in his own nude photo scandal last year (13), has offered up his thoughts about the leak, insisting "it's not fair". The actor tells ET Canada, "I haven't talked to her but I just think all that stuff is so ridiculous. We're people too, man, we just want to live, we want to be normal people, it's not fair. "It's something you obviously don't want to happen to you and it's really unfortunate that it happens... I hate the way the world sort of views those sorts of issues. It's really, truly not fair."
He adds, "We are actors, we didn't get into this because we wanted scandal. We want to live our lives and be actors... People say, 'Well you chose to be an actor, you are going to have to deal with this kind of thing...' Well no, I started (acting) when I was nine years old, she started when she was, like, 12. We didn't choose to have public scandal, we chose to become artists of acting and I love making movies; this is what I can do, this is what I am good at."
Taylor Swift was hospitalised when an ex-boyfriend crashed a snowmobile they were riding on.
The Love Story hitmaker was travelling on a snow vehicle with a former lover when he lost control and wrecked it, and the pair was admitted to hospital for minor injuries. Swift has penned a song called Out of the Woods about the relationship and references the incident in the lyrics, writing, "Remember when you hit the brakes too soon/Twenty stitches in a hospital room."
Swift was surprised the accident remained a secret, telling Rolling Stone magazine, "You know what I've found works even better than an NDA (non-disclosure agreement)? Looking someone in the eye and saying, 'Please don't tell anyone about this.' "People think they know the whole narrative of my life... I think maybe that line is there to remind people that there are really big things they don't know about."
Although the pop star does not mention the boyfriend by name, the interview has sparked speculation that the song is about One Direction star Harry Styles, who Swift dated last year (13).
Saved By The Bell star Dennis Haskins found himself inundated with phone calls from concerned family and friends this week (beg01Sep14) after he became the target of the latest celebrity death hoax. The actor, who portrayed school principal Richard Belding, was rumoured to have died in a car accident in Tennessee last weekend (30-31Aug14), but Haskins was unaware he had been 'killed off' until he was contacted by panicked loved ones.
He tells HuffPost Live, "I was aware of it Sunday night, a friend of mine called me crying. She said, 'I just wanted to hear your voice.' I said, 'Why? Are you OK?' She goes, 'You're not dead!' And I'm like, 'No!' I didn't know about it."
The 63 year old continues, "The next day, a script supervisor from the show called me and said, 'Denny, I was just making plans to go to Tennessee and go to your funeral!' I'm like, 'Holy cow!' So she sent me the link (to the fake article), I saw what was going on... they made it look legit. The story was written really well, it was really laid out, I'm not complimenting this person, but it was like a police report. 'Travelling at a certain rate of speed... crossed over a line... no alcohol or drugs in his system...' The things all tied in and it could've made sense."
Haskins admits he was dismayed to have to comfort worried pals, but he has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.
He says, "I have chills all over me, because, that's the by-product of this for me, is I've seen so much love and affection and response and people caring... This is people really caring."
Haskins is the latest in a long line of celebrities targeted by sick pranksters - Jennifer Lopez, Dwayne Johnson, Miley Cyrus and Lil Wayne are just some of the stars who have fallen victim to the hoax in recent months.
Do you love movies? I mean, do you love movies so much, you talk in movie quotes 24/7? Us too. Here’s some help sorting out quotes for different moments in your life.
When you’re short on money:
When you don’t feel like going outside:
When someone you don’t really like wants to make plans:
When someone is taking way too long to get to the point:
When someone is being a pain in your ass:
Or if they’re being really dumb:
When you need to validate yourself:
When people act like they know what they’re talking about, but really, really don’t:
When people don't seem to understand what you're saying:
When you need to pay someone a compliment:
When you’re in the mood to relive the 90's and/or miss Brittany Murphy:
When you want to thank someone for loving you for being you:
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When you're questioning your relationship status:
When your husband pisses you off, then asks what you want:
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When someone asks you if you forgot something:
When someone shows up late to your plans:
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When someone from work tries to talk to after 6 on a Friday:
When someone younger than you says something very stupid:
When you kick schools ass:
When someone says it’s raining pretty bad outside:
When the Starbucks barista asks for your name:
When you need to express how mad you are:
When that's too nice:
When someone tries to tell you that you were being too sensitive:
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When someone asks you what your weekend plans are:
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Odds have it that you’ve been put off by Joan Rivers at one point or another. Just a few weeks back, before health problems took way for the 81-year-old comedian, a good chunk of society took umbrage with a her expression of antipathy for the Palestinian civilians killed in a military attack. Throughout her years in film, television, the stage, and every red carpet we can remember, Rivers has taken heat for a wide variety of jokes that the world deemed too crass, insensitive, or otherwise politically incorrect. But Joan, who believed in comedy above all else — whose principal devotion was not to any one individual, group, or political leaning, but to the very idea of the laugh — never let up.
Rivers must have understood that this was the kind of attitude — no, ideology —necessary to weather the challenges of starting a career in the boys’ club that was the comedy world of the 1960s… hell, that remains the comedy world to this day. But the vigor with which Rivers established herself was wholly important for not only the future of women in comedy, but for the very idea of comedy altogether.
This bravado demanded that her targets be indiscriminate: she’d mock individuals as beloved as Elizabeth Taylor and Adele, mine comedy from events as sensitive as the Holocaust and the Ariel Castro kidnappings. With each new “crossing of the line,” as it were, Rivers would face more and more backlash. Rivers carried through in the face of professional setbacks — like the cold shoulder of Johnny Carson (after she accepted a television series opposite The Tonight Show) and 18-year-long banishment from the late night institution where she got her start — as well as personal tragedy, notably the suicide of her husband Edgar Rosenberg. Throughout all, Rivers entrenched herself in comedy and vice versa, proving often that she was her favorite thing to make fun of.
It is unlikely that Rivers, an active force in comedy for more than half a century and riddled with tenacity up to the end of her life, didn’t offend each of us at one time. While her legions of watchers and listeners might hold true to the ideals of sensitivity, compassion, and courtesy — all perfectly legitimate values, in fact — Rivers’ allegiance was to one thing only, and she held true to this maxim without a hiccup. Whether it was a conscious decision to remain strong and convicted in the face of adversity, attack, and the relentless erosions of life, or simply the nature of the acerbic and cunning Brooklynite, Rivers wore the philosophy like a glove: making people laugh is what she was here for. And she sure as hell made sure to do it.
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We opened 2014 with heated anticipation for the next great turns from Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater, Christopher Nolan, Lars von Trier, and a number of other cinematic vets. But the year has also treated us to a hefty sum of noteworthy first timers. We've caught a wide variety of debut attempts over the course of these past eight months, with enough qualitative range to incite reactions from "The next Hitchcock!" to "I might be able to get you a gig with my friend who does wedding videos, but don't tell him you know me." Here's a quick rundown of the debut flicks we've seen so far in '14, from great to terrible.
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Palo AltoDirector: Gia CoppolaWhy we're already on her bandwagon: In the vein of her aunt Sofia, the young Gia Coppola showcases an indubitable understanding of upper class ennui.
Hide Your Smiling Faces Director: Daniel Patrick CarboneWhy we're already on his bandwagon: Carbone's primarily wordless coming-of-age drama shows off his patience and pensiveness, not to mention his ability to skirt the self-importance than many films of Smiling Faces' ilk seem to bear.
Obvious ChildDirector: Gillian RobespierreWhy we're already on her bandwagon: It's funny as hell even within the margins of genre tradition, and sweet without succumbing to Hollywood sugar.
THE VERY GOOD
Zero MotivationDirector: Talya LavieShows promise of: A knack for absurdist humor and grounded character relationships alike.
It Felt Like LoveDirector: Eliza HittmanShows promise of: A uniquely keen empathy for how young people conduct themselves, both internally and among one another.
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The Bachelor Weekend/The StagDirector: John ButlerShows potential in: A good sense of humor, especially when it veers closer to Apatow than McKay.
Are You HereDirector: Matthew WeinerShows potential in: Social commentary through character construction, but Weiner needs a better handle on cinematic pacing.
The One I LoveDirector: Charlie McDowellShows potential in: Big ideas, and the presentation thereof, but lacks in the ultimate execution of where they can and ought to go.
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Beneath the Harvest SkyDirector: Aron Gaudet and Gita PullapillyThere's room for improvement regarding: A sharper attention to the characters and story, which occasionally fade out of focus at the behest of a vivid North Maine setting.
LullabyDirector: Andrew LevitasThere's room for improvement regarding The acerbic but knowing humor shared by the central family members, in favor of the intense melodrama that the film feels impelled to stuff itself with from time to time.
Cheap ThrillsDirector: E.L. KatzThere's room for improvement regarding: The energy set toward invoking a truly interesting story or course of events, rather than the allowance of the "weird" or "dangerous" to take the wheel altogether like it does here.
TammyDirector: Ben FalconeThere's room for improvement regarding: An authentic commitment to the sincerity in the characters, in place of wild and wacky antics like jetski crashes and deer mouth-to-mouth... though these were probably studio notes, we have to assume.
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Winter’s TaleDirector: Akiva GoldsmanWhat we hope he gets right next time: A more defined storytelling goal. While some of the film's elements worked in a vaccuum, Goldsman had been gestating a Winter's Tale adaptation for years, coming out the gate with something that is oddly both convoluted and terribly narrow.
MaleficentDirector: Robert StrombergWhat we hope he gets right next time: More Angie.
A Coffee in Berlin/Oh BoyDirector: Jan Ole GersterWhat we hope he gets right next time: A better understanding of the fine line between cheeky and irritating. The German comedy/drama plays
Earth to EchoDirector: Dave GreenWhat we hope he gets right next time: Ditch the essentially pointless found footage antic and hone in on the fleeting spirit of the kids.
TranscendenceDirector: Wally PfisterWhy we're nervous for his future: Pfister is a skilled cinematographer, but his grasp of character, story, and ambiance seem dangerously absent.
Goodbye to All ThatDirector: Angus McLachlanWhy we're nervous for his future: Ambitions seem to fall shy of originality, settling instead on retreating the same indie dramedy territory we've seen time and time again, but without any discernible charisma.
If I StayDirector: R.J. CutlerWhy we're nervous for his future: A dastardly aesthetic, paper-thin characters, a devoted marriage to teen movie cliches, and a potentially dangerous mentality driving the story altogether do not bode well for Cutler's future behind the camera.
Behaving BadlyDirector: Tim GarrickWhy we're nervous for his future: Because he made this horrible thing.
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Pop star Demi Lovato is sharing her beauty tips with fans by launching her own skin care line. The Skyscraper hitmaker has put together a collection of products, including cleanser and moisturiser, for the Devonne by Demi range, and she hopes the beauty essentials will help her devotees achieve a flawless complexion.
She tells People.com, "I am trying to help young girls and women all over the world love and accept themselves when they look in the mirror. I can guarantee that if you take care of your skin and use products that work, you'll find that confidence."
The collection launches in December (14) and proceeds from the starter kit will help fund The Lovato Treatment Scholarship, a scheme the star set up to help others suffering from mental health or addiction issues.
The singer spent time in rehab in 2010 to battle issues including bulimia, depression and bipolar disorder.
Gives young hopeful romantics the opportunity to break away from their computer screen and finally meet the person they have been dating online. But first, each person will have to meet each other's family and friends to get a first-hand look at who they have been dating.