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Loretta Donelan
  • 7 Things Former Inmates Have to Say About 'Orange is the New Black'
    By: Loretta Donelan Jun 11, 2014
    Netflix It's easy to get caught up in the world of Orange is the New Black. The grittiness and emotional rawness of the show can lead you to believe that you are seeing prison life as it really is. Luckily, real former prisoners have spoken up about the show. Though there's a lot OITNB gets right about life behind bars, there's definitely some deviation from reality. Here are some of the real prisoners' best quotes, though we also recommend reading their full stories. On racism:"The show is racist.  Yes, I said it.  That’s because the entire prison apparatus is racist, thus any show based on it, rooted in it, must also be racist." – Bruce Reilly for RIfuture.org On ingenuity: "From Sophia’s stylish silver shower shoes made from duct tape and Morello’s Kool-Aid as mascara/lip gloss to the hooch at Tricia’s Irish wake, prisoners learn to make do with less. This echoes my experience. I saw inmates cut hair with toenail clippers (no pimped-out full-service salons like Sophia’s!), cook grilled cheese with a laundry room iron, and fashion free weights from massive boulders in laundry bags and tied around a bar." – Jeff Smith in Buzzfeed On suffering: "[On the show] you don't see someone sitting in the corner crying, and someone sitting at the other end of the table crying." – Diana Delgado in the Chicago Tribune On segregation:  “If you’re a drug offender, you hang out with drug offenders. If you’re in for a money crime, people think you’re intelligent. Then you have the sex offenders that you really don’t mess with at all.” – Michelle Vaughn in New York Magazine "In Orange, the races eat together, which was exceptionally rare at the Kentucky prison where I spent 2010. I did it my first week when I was the only white guy in my cell block and didn’t know any other whites; an Aryan Brotherhood member pulled me aside later that day and advised me not to do so again." – Jeff Smith On showering: "The shower itself is disgusting. There was different types of molds and funguses growing on the shower — out and around the shower." – Jason Porter, a former inmate at the prison where some of Orange is the New Black is shot On visits: “Your hair looks like a mess, and you’re wearing that awful gray potato sack, and then you wait so long just for a one-hour visit.” – Laura in New York Magazine Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • 21 Facts You Don't Know About 'Silicon Valley'
    By: Loretta Donelan Jun 11, 2014
    HBO HBO's Silicon Valley just finished its first season. The show features a great cast of comedians, and it's managed to satirize the nerdy masculinity of the real Silicon Valley while retaining the feeling of innovation and coolness. Here are some facts you might not have known about the show. 1. On the show, Peter Gregory hates college and promises in a TED talk to pay students to drop out. In real life, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel started a foundation to pay students to leave school and work on their startups. 2. There's a real Pied Piper website (created by HBO). 3. There's also a fan-made website for calculating a Weissman Score, and one for Aviato (Erlich's company).  4. You might remember Martin Starr (Gilfoyle) as Bill on Freaks and Geeks.  5. Dan Lyons, creator of the hilarious Fake Steve Jobs blog, has been hired as a writer for the second season.  6. There are real places like Erlich's incubator, where people hoping to make it big in Silicon Valley can stay.  7. Residents of the real Silicon Valley tech community are enjoying the show. 8. The car Peter Gregory gets into in the pilot is a Tango T600 Luxury Electric Car. 9. The show's stars Thomas Middleditch (Richard), T.J. Miller (Erlich), and Kumail Nanjiani (Dinesh) have been friends for a decade.  10. Nanjiani has revealed that the next season will reveal Dinesh's backstory. 11. The TechCrunch Disrupt event in the finale used many elements of the real event, including the real Disrupt Cup. 12. When making the important decision of PC or Mac in outfitting the show's many office sets, designer Richard Toyon visited real companies like Facebook and Techcrunch. The result? Mostly Apple products with a smattering of Android and PC.  13. The elaborate, pivotal, and hilarious hand job joke in the finale took 14 hours to shoot. 14. The event in which Jared is kidnapped by a driverless car is hilarious, but implausible.  15. Compression experts Vinith Misra and Tsachy Weissman coded Pied Piper for the show.  16. On seeing the premier, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said "Most startups are a soap opera, but not that kind of soap opera." 17. T.J. Miller, who plays Erlich, developed an app in real life. It's called Slang With Homies, and it's sort of like Words With Friends.  18. The company Hooli is clearly based on Google. Silicon Valley borrowed a few elements from Google to furnish the Hooli offices.  19. Christopher Evan Welch, who plays Peter Gregory on the show, passed away before the show aired. Here's his amazing final scene: 20. Real Silicon Valley parties can be as awkward as the Kid Rock appearance in the pilot.  21. The show's creator, Mike Judge, has a physics degree and worked at a Silicon Valley startup.  Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Tina Fey's Best 'SNL' Moments and More Highlights
    By: Loretta Donelan May 20, 2014
    NBC Universal Media/Getty Images Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com. These movie stars are making the big move...to TV! Find out what shows Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer will be on in Celebuzz's list of stars transitioning to the small screen this fall. Happy birthday Tina Fey! To celebrate her birthday this week, Flavorwire has her best SNL moments. And happy birthday Pulp Fiction! The Tarantino film is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and VH1 shares 15 surprising facts about the film. From crazy makeup to clowns, from A Tribe Called Quest to Iggy Azalea...Hollywood.com has hip hop's trippiest music videos.  Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • The Craziest Celebrity Hats and More Highlights
    By: Loretta Donelan May 16, 2014
    WENN Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com. The new film adaptation of Macbeth looks beautiful. Considering the fact that it stars Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender, it makes sense. Check out the first posters at Flavorwire.  Guess who will be planning the Brangelina wedding. Hint: it's a team of six. Find out more details at Celebuzz.  Check out the craziest celebrity hats. From Pharell's Grammy's hat to Princess Beatrice's bonnets, see the gallery at VH1 Celebrity. "Dumb" comedies can be pretty polarizing. Some cult classics have surprisingly low ratings. See the comedies with surprisingly low Rotten Tomato ratings at Hollywood.com. Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • The Worst Neighbors in Cinema and More Highlights
    By: Loretta Donelan May 13, 2014
    Orion Pictures Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com. Happy Mother's Day, sexy single moms of Hollywood. From Miranda Kerr to Sandra Bullock, see a gallery of sexy single moms.  In honor of Neighbors, here are cinema's scariest neighbors. From serial killers to Stepford wives, here are the people who you really don't want to live next door.  In other Zac Efron news, here's a supercut of all of his shirtless scenes. You know you want to look. Check out the video at Celebuzz. A good song can make or break a movie love scene. Listen to some classic movie love songs at Hollywood.com. Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Kim Kardashian Talks Race And Discrimination, And More Highlights
    By: Loretta Donelan May 09, 2014
    WENN Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com. There's a lot of incest in Hollywood. That is, some celebrities have played both the sibling and the lover of their co-stars, most recently Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley in The Fault in Our Stars. See a gallery of other notable instances of movie incest at VH1 Celebrity. Becoming a mother has really broadened Kim Kardashian's perspective. She dealing with the big issues: race and discrimination. Read what she has to say at Celebuzz. Patton Oswalt won Twitter. Flavorwire goes so far as to call him a "brave Twitter warrior." Read about his latest genius here. There are two Don Drapers: the drunken slob and Mr. Nice. Which do you prefer? Read about his dual personality and cast your vote at Hollywood.com. Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • The Scariest Movie Gangsters and More Highlights
    By: Loretta Donelan May 06, 2014
    MGM via Everett Collection Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com. Can another show make the Friends format work? Plenty have tried, but none have succeeded. From Don't Trust the B– in Apartment 23 to The Class, check out VH1's failed Friends wannabes.  There are some scary gangsters on the big screen. From hidden guns to sinister smiles, check out Flavorwire's list of the most frightening movie gangsters.  From the hats to the pastels, see the 140th Kentucky Derby's craziest and best fashion. And Johnny Weir wins. Check out the gallery at Celebuzz. Mother's Day is approaching, and we know which mom we shouldn't honor. Oh Betty Draper, you've had it rough, but so have your kids. Relive Betty's worst parenting moments at Hollywood.com. Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • The Best 'Mean Girls' References in Pop Culture and More Highlights
    By: Loretta Donelan May 02, 2014
    Paramount via Everett Collection Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com. This list is for everyone who has a a crush on Andrew Garfield. So basically everyone. Here are ten things to know about the Spider-Man star.  In honor of its 10th anniversary, here are some of the best references to Mean Girls. Everyone from Obama to Jennifer Lawrence is trying to make fetch happen. Check out the list at Flavorwire. The guitarist of rock band Warpaint had some bad things to say about the sexuality of Beyoncé and Rihanna.What does Warpaint's slut-shaming say about race and sexuality? Read about the controversy at Flavorwire.  It's getting to be graduation season, which means it's time for a lot of speeches. They're not so bad, especially when they come from Ellen DeGeneres and Meryl Streep. Check out the most inspiring celebrity commencement addresses at Hollywood.com. Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Sidekicks Who Outshine Their Heroes and More Highlights
    By: Loretta Donelan Apr 30, 2014
    Walt Disney via Everett Collection Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com. Want to see an amazing picture of Jennifer Lawrence? Of course you do. See her looking pretty pissed in a pink car at Celebuzz. Isn't Falcon cooler than Captain America? He can fly, for crying out loud. Check out VH1's list of other sidekicks who outshine their heroes. See an amazing gallery of 8-bit versions of your favorite Studio Ghibli characters. 8-bit Totoro is too darn cute. Check it out at Flavorwire.  We know who wins this season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Or we have a good idea. See Hollywood.com's prediction. Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Maisie Williams: Our Favorite Selfies
    By: Loretta Donelan Apr 25, 2014
    maisiewills/instagram Can you believe that Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on Game of Thrones, is 17? Without the unfortunate haircut and clothing that the HBO series hits her with, it's easier to see her maturity shine through on her Instagram. The girl is gorgeous, though it's clear that she also has a goofy side. Check out her best selfies to see another side of the fearsome Arya Stark.  GALLERY: Maisie Williams' Best Selfies Follow @Hollywood_com //