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  • Jordana Brewster Gets Misty-Eyed Discussing Paul Walker And The 'Fast & Furious' Franchise





    For the past 16 years, Jordana Brewster has been a part of the “Fast & Furious” franchise. But next month, she won’t be reprising her role as Mia Toretto in the eighth installment, “The Fate of the Furious.”


    Although fans may be disappointed, Brewster hinted that it just didn’t make sense for her to be in the movie due to Paul Walker’s absence. The actor tragically died in a November 2013 car crash at the age of 40.


    In “Furious 7,” Brian (Walker) apparently leaves the crew to be with Mia and their children. So it appears screenwriter Chris Morgan thought it would be best to leave Mia out of the current storyline, which sees Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) enter a world of crime and betray those closest to him, all thanks to a new villain, Cipher (Charlize Theron).


    “This one’s loaded because it’s the first one that Paul’s not in, so it’s very sad in a way,” a misty-eyed Brewster told The Huffington Post during a Build Series interview Wednesday. “But I think the franchise has evolved throughout the years and each one transitions into something new. I think the addition of Charlize is amazing, the addition of Helen Mirren is amazing. [But] it’s strange not to be a part of it, because it’s been a part of my life for so many years.”



    Brewster is especially intrigued by the synopsis, since she can’t imagine Dom turning on his family so easily. 


    “When I saw that twist, it made me want to watch it. ‘Cause I was like, ‘How? What happens?’ They can’t possibly end on that note, so ... we’ll see,” she said.


    Still, family is family, and Brewster is and will always be close with the “Fast and Furious” cast.


    “I’m friends with Vin, I’m very close with his sister, as well, and I love Michelle [Rodriguez] to death, and I love Luda, so I feel like I see them regardless. But again, there’s a huge missing element,” she added, of Walker. 


    Moving forward, the actress hopes to explore more dynamic roles while using her experience with the franchise to her advantage. 


    “With something as big as ‘Fast and Furious’ ... it gives you liberty to play in your career, because now I get to go off and find material that might be really fun,” she explained. “It’s fun getting to be a little bit older because I find that the roles are little more eclectic, a little more rich. I’m not always playing the ingénue. It just gives me creative license in a way.” 


    Watch the full Build Series interview with Jordana Brewster, where she discusses her current partnership with Zyrtec, below. 







    Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Mahershala Ali, Amy Poehler and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31 on Facebook Live


    You can support the ACLU right away. Text POWER to 20222 to give $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call you to explain other actions you can take to help. Visit www.hmgf.org/t for terms. #StandForRights2017

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  • Patrick Stewart Chimes In On Those Kellyanne Conway Comparisons

    A photo of actor Patrick Stewart dressed in drag in 2016 lit up social media after people began to draw comparisons between Stewart’s look and that of presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway


    Now Stewart himself is weighing in.


    The “Star Trek” actor playfully declared “Twinsies” on Twitter on Tuesday while sharing a side-by-side photo of them both sporting hot pink with platinum blond hair and black eye makeup.






    Stewart had dressed up like a woman a year ago in Los Angeles to promote his show “Blunt Talk” in April 2016. It took months before someone put his face next to Conway’s on the internet.


    Now the inevitable conclusion: a fan push for Stewart to play Conway on “SNL.”


    “SNL” (and “Star Trek”) fans are messaging pleas like “make it so,” or writing that Stewart should “go where no man has gone before.”

    Of course, Patrick wouldn’t be the first person to portray someone of the opposite gender on the popular NBC program.


    In addition to Melissa McCarthy’s recent portrayal of Press Secretary Sean Spicer and McKinnon’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Will Farrell famously portrayed Janet Reno, the nation’s first female Attorney General ― who in one “SNL” skit got in on the joke by appearing on stage with the actor. 






    One thing: Despite these comparisons, they almost certainly wouldn’t get along. While Trump’s senior counselor is a stalwart supporter of the president, the “X-Men” star is a steadfast Trump detractor.


    The British actor even said early this month on “The View” that he’s working toward getting his U.S. citizenship so he can more effectively fight the administration. The “only good thing as the result of this election, I am now applying for citizenship — because I want to be an American, too,” said Stewart. “All of my friends in Washington said there’s only one thing you can do: fight, fight, oppose, oppose. But I can’t do it because I’m not a citizen.”






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    Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Tracy Morgan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Moore, Padma Lakshmi and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Donate now and join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31 on Facebook Live. #standforrights2017 


    You can support the ACLU right away. Text POWER to 20222 to give $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call you to explain other actions you can take to help. Visit www.hmgf.org/t for terms.

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  • Colton Dixon On What It Was Like To Be An Extra In 'Hannah Montana: The Movie'





    Colton Dixon competed on Season 11 of “American Idol,” has toured the country and most recently released his third studio album, “Identity.” 


    But before all of that, the singer had another type of role ― as an extra in 2009’s “Hannah Montana: The Movie.” It was small part. Small enough that if you blink, you could miss it. But for Dixon, the on-set experience was quite memorable.


    “It’s one of those things that you really have to pause … not that I’ve done this,” he said, laughing, during an interview with The Huffington Post at Build Series. “We got paid to eat cotton candy and ride the ferris wheel all week. It was pretty awesome, actually. I would do it again in a heartbeat, I would. My sister and I did it and I don’t know, we were 15 or 16 … What a cool experience. I had never seen anything like that.”



    Although Dixon didn’t get the chance to meet Miley Cyrus on the set (he did meet her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus), he vividly remembers watching Miley in action. 


    “It was interesting observing her just because she was so young at the time and she had all these decisions,” Dixon said. “I remember that being very interesting just seeing all the stress and all the things on her plate and thinking, ‘Man, I’m glad I’ll never have to deal with that.’” 



    It was only a few years later that Dixon got a taste of his own version of fame, finishing in seventh place on “Idol” in 2012. 


    For more from our interview with Dixon, check out the video below. 


    Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Mahershala Ali, Amy Poehler and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31, on Facebook Live


    You can support the ACLU right away. Text POWER to 20222 to give $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call you to explain other actions you can take to help. Visit www.hmgf.org/t for terms. #StandForRights2017

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  • Zosia Mamet Has One Question When Offered Roles: 'How Are They Depicting Women?’





    In the wake of November’s surprising presidential election, Zosia Mamet is “absolutely” thinking more critically about how her on-screen roles depict women. 


    “I’m a big believer that, in times of struggle, movies and television and art in general that makes a statement is incredibly important, but I think people need a place to escape, as well,” Mamet told The Huffington Post by phone Tuesday. “I don’t discount pure entertainment whatsoever, but I think it just added to a sense of — particularly as a woman — ‘What are these roles saying? How are they depicting women?’ There’s still a really big gap in terms of well-rounded roles for women in our industry. A lot of the time, I find a female role will kind of just be part of the furniture in many ways. She serves as exposition and that’s it. Even though that was always something I factored into my decision-making for jobs in the past, I think now more than ever it’s something that’s non-negotiable to me.”


    Mamet is part of a celebrity assembly that has teamed up for a star-studded event for the American Civil Liberties Union. Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU will air March 31 at 7 p.m. ET on Facebook Live. Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Steve Buscemi, Tracy Morgan, Ellie Kemper, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Jon Hamm, Amy Poehler, Michael Moore, Mahershala Ali and more are slated to participate, as will Funny or Die.


    Mamet got involved with Friday’s benefit through her husband, actor Evan Jonigkeit, who developed a “bromance” with Fey’s producing partner, Eric Gurian, on the set of last year’s “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.” Mamet will help to raise awareness for the ACLU’s causes, which include immigration, LGBTQ equality and women’s reproductive rights.



    Mamet was filming the thriller “Under the Silver Lake” in Los Angeles on the day of Donald Trump’s unexpected victory. Left with downtime in her trailer and feeling stuck in her movie-set bubble, the “Girls” actress wondered what she could do to help the people and organizations Trump had spoken out against during his campaign. Mamet contacted her designer pals and, within a week, organized a holiday pop-up in Brooklyn. Twenty percent of the proceeds ― about $5,000, she said ― went to Planned Parenthood. 


    It was a small thing in the grand scale, but it helped me and everyone involved feel like we were doing whatever we could in that moment to move the dial forward,” Mamet said. “Even though we didn’t change the world that day, we all did something, and it was something positive that was successful. I think that makes everybody feel like, ‘OK, I can go back out and fight tomorrow.’”


    By February, she’d designed a pro-immigration Lady Liberty T-shirt for Y7, a New York yoga studio she frequents. All of the profits went to the ACLU.


    ”Honestly, I have found that being active in any way that I can is what helps me the most,” Mamet said.





    Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Mahershala Ali, Amy Poehler and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31, on Facebook Live


    You can support the ACLU right away. Text POWER to 20222 to give $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call you to explain other actions you can take to help. Visit www.hmgf.org/t for terms. #StandForRights2017


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  • Why Kristen Bell Thinks White Parents Should Talk To Their Kids About Race

    Kristen Bell wants her daughters to celebrate peoples’ differences.


    The actress is mom to 4-year-old Lincoln and 2-year-old Delta. During a recent Facebook Live interview with Parents magazine, she shared her thoughts on raising her children to be “global citizens.” Hear what she had to say starting at the 9:30 mark in the video below. 





    Bell referenced a chapter in the book Nurture Shock, titled, “Why White Parents Don’t Talk About Race.”


    “You think, ‘Oh they’re going to see that I have a black friend, and they’ll know it’s OK.’ That’s not the way humans work,” she explained, adding that people tend to have a natural instinct to recognize someone different as “the other.”


    “Kids will notice differences,” Bell explained. “So we talk to them about it ― like, our best friend is Indian, and we’re always like, ‘Look at this, isn’t this cool? The difference between Monica’s skin and Mommy’s skin? And they’re different colors. Did you know everybody is a different color?’”


    She added, “You talk to them about it, so the idea of ‘the other’ is never left alone in their brain.” Bell believes that if parents don’t acknowledge other cultures or the differences between individual human beings, kids may draw their own conclusions based on fear.  


    “Differences are also important, cultures are important, and it’s important to acknowledge those because if you ignore them, your kids are seeing them, [and] they’re coming to their own conclusions. The topic needs to be open,” she said.


    Watch the full interview to learn more about the actress’ approach to parenting, including her thoughts on sleep and work-life balance.

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  • George Clooney Reveals The Baby Names Amal Has Vetoed





    While the world waits for the Clooney twins to arrive, their father, George, is hamming it up as usual. 


    The 55-year-old actor was in Las Vegas for CinemaCon on Tuesday, promoting the trailer for his latest film, “Suburbicon,” when he told Entertainment Tonight that wife Amal has already nixed a couple of baby name ideas



    “My wife says I can’t name them Casa and Amigos. That’s the one thing I’m not allowed to do,” he joked to ET. 


    We agree that it’s probably not the best idea to name your children after your tequila company. He added, “It was just a thought. I mean, you know, it’s a family business.”


    Of course, in Hollywood, the sky’s the limit when it comes to names. We can think of far stranger monikers that have been bestowed on the offspring of famous parents. 


    The actor also told ET that he’s “excited” to be a father and thinks it will be “fun.” 


    The twins will be the first children for both George and Amal, who tied the knot in September 2014 in Venice. News the couple was expecting was confirmed in February, and the babies are reportedly due in June.   


    Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Tracy Morgan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Moore, Padma Lakshmi and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Donate now and join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31 on Facebook Live. #standforrights2017 

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  • Nothing Will Ever Be As Awkward As Kristen Bell and James Corden’s Aerial Duet



    In theory, an aerial duet between James Corden and Kristen Bell seems like the stuff of late-night TV legend. Both are immensely talented vocalists with a knack for comedic timing and the star power to pull off that type of thing.


    And yet, the best-laid plans often go awry, and somehow their performance of the 1982 classic “Up Where We Belong” on “The Late Late Show” Tuesday night was memorable for all the wrong reasons.


    The bit started off on the right note with a some banter between the two stars about the power of love to “lift us up.” (Zing!) Then, as Bell was propelled up into the rafters with the help of a harness, Corden’s rigging suffered from a technical mishap. Left awkwardly hanging just above the stage, the host was clearly bothered by the incident.


    Being the total pros that they are, the two continued to sing as they were lifted up into the air and back down again with seemingly no rhyme or reason. For a brief few seconds, Bell and Corden found each other midair, only to be pulled apart.


    “That was an absolute disaster! Who is responsible for this?” Corden said. “We rehearsed it and rehearsed it and rehearsed it!”


    Watch the moment in full above. 


    CORRECTION: A previous version of this post misstated that “Up Where We Belong” was released in 1990.


     


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  • Leonardo DiCaprio Calls Darlene Cates 'Best Acting Mom I Ever Had' In Tribute





    “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” actress Darlene Cates died over the weekend at the age of 69. Her daughter, Sheri, confirmed the news on Monday, and now her on-screen son is speaking out.


    Leonardo DiCaprio played Arnie Grape in the 1993 classic. The role of the developmentally disabled character would earn the actor his first Academy Award nomination. 


    Though Cates’ character, Bonnie Grape, was grief-stricken and known in the movie for neglecting her children, DiCaprio called the actress “the best acting mom I ever had” in a tribute following her death.


    The actor wrote, “Darlene was the best acting mom I ever had the privilege of working alongside. Her endearing personality and incredible talent will live on in the memories of those who knew her, and those who loved her work. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.” 





    Following “Gilbert Grape,” Cates’ other acting roles included “Picket Fences” and “Touched by an Angel.” Though her acting career featured a relatively small number of titles, it’s clear she made a significant impact on those around her.



    Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Tracy Morgan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Moore, Padma Lakshmi and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Donate now and join us at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, March 31, on Facebook Live. #standforrights2017 

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  • Bob Dylan Will Finally Accept His Nobel Prize This Weekend





    After skipping the official Nobel Prize ceremony in Sweden last December, Bob Dylan will finally accept his award for literature this weekend. 


    The singer-songwriter will travel to Sweden this weekend, where he’ll perform two concerts.


    “The Swedish Academy is very much looking forward to the weekend and will show up at one of the performances,” Nobel spokesperson Sara Danius said in a statement Wednesday.


    At one of the shows, “The Academy will then hand over Dylan’s Nobel diploma and the Nobel medal, and congratulate him on the Nobel Prize in Literature. The setting will be small and intimate, and no media will be present; only Bob Dylan and members of the Academy will attend, all according to Dylan’s wishes.” 


    The Grammy winner was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature last October, stirring up plenty of debates in the literary world about whether or not a songwriter deserved the recognition. Dylan himself didn’t acknowledge the honor for nearly two weeks, which a Swedish Academy member called “impolite and arrogant.”


    Eventually, the folk singer told The Telegraph the win was, “amazing, incredible. Who dreams about something like that?”  


    Dylan did not attend the official ceremony due to scheduling conflicts, and he has yet to deliver his required lecture (which must be given within six months of receiving the honor). He did, however, provide a “speech of thanks” for the award and plans to give a recorded version of his lecture “at a later date,” according to Rolling Stone.


    At the ceremony, he was honored with a tribute performance by Patti Smith and a speech from Swedish literary historian and critic Horace Engdahl. At a banquet afterward, U.S. ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji read Dylan’s prepared acceptance statement.


    Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Tracy Morgan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Moore, Padma Lakshmi and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Donate now and join us at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, March 31, on Facebook Live. #standforrights2017 


    CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Horace Engdahl read Bob Dylan’s acceptance statement. In fact, Engdahl gave his own remarks, and the U.S. ambassador to Sweden read Dylan’s statement.

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  • Lamar Odom Breaks Silence On Las Vegas Brothel Night





    Lamar Odom might not officially be connected to the Kardashian family tree any longer, but he apparently picked up a few things from time spent in Calabasas. Lesson one? How to score a splashy cover story and rehabilitate your image. 


    The former Los Angeles Lakers star covers the latest issue of Us Weekly in his first official interview since he was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel back in October 2015. Odom suffered “12 strokes and two heart attacks” after he was discovered and regained consciousness after a four-day coma. 


    A year after the incident, Odom checked himself back into rehab at San Diego’s Casa Palmera facility and completed his treatment this past January. Now, he’s ready to break his silence about the night he collapsed, his marriage to Khloe Karadashian and where he went off track. 



    “I was home by myself. Bored. I wanted to get out and have a good time,” Odom recalled of the fateful night. “Looking back, I might have had a drink to get the mood started, but was I drunk or on drugs? Not at all. I remember lying in bed. Two women were in bed and then I fell asleep. That’s all. When I woke up four days later, I was trying to pull the tubes out of my mouth.”


    At the time, Odom’s representatives denied that the basketball star was on drugs, except for a taking Viagra-like herbal supplement. However, drugs—  cocaine, more specifically — did play a role in the destruction of his marriage to Kardashian and career as a professional athlete. 


    “I was hiding it for a while, but then I got frustrated and was like, f**k it,” Odom said of his drug use. “Around two years before we split up [in 2011], I was in the man cave [Khloe] had made for me and she caught me. She was disappointed. So was I. The sad thing about it is, I don’t know if I was disappointed because I was actually doing the drug or because she caught me. She knew I was doing cocaine the whole time after that. It was my drug of choice. I’m not going to say she accepted it because that would be the wrong word. Tolerated would be a better word.”


    After Kardashian filed for divorce in 2013, Odom moved out of their Calabasas mansion and into an apartment where he “turned the drug use up to another level” with his friend Jamie Sangouthai, who died due to drug-related causes in 2015. 


    Despite the deception and infidelity, Karadashian stood by Odom through his darkest times and was the first face he saw when he awoke from the coma. That is, until he seemingly fell off the wagon again, prompting the reality star to officially sign their divorce papers with Odom and make it official. 


    “If there is one thing I regret when I was married, it was having multiple affairs with different women,” Odom said. “That wasn’t the stand-up thing to do. I wish I could have kept my d**k in my pants.”


    Now Odom is clean and sober and at work on an autobiography and docuseries.


    “Living sober, meaning no drugs, is a great feeling. Being in the moment is important — how you react, respond, create,” he said. “If I would have done coke last night, you would have gotten some dickhead here trying to get out of here fast. But you’re getting Lamar now.”


     To read the full interview with Odom, head to Us Weekly

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  • Russell Crowe Shuts Down Body Shamers In One Strong Tweet




    The Gladiator is fighting body shamers with a dagger ― of good humor.


    Actor Russell Crowe has taken a ribbing for photos that emerged of him appearing heavier last weekend in Sydney. The images showed him kicking around a rugby ball in a tank top and shorts.








    But the 52-year-old Oscar winner deftly deflected the criticism on Tuesday in one good-natured comeback on Twitter.


    Here’s that exchange with a commenter who said shock jock Howard Stern insulted his frame.














    Crowe’s Twitter filled with support.


















    It’s good to have fans in your corner.


    The Huffington Post has reached out to a Crowe rep.


     


    Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Tracy Morgan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Moore, Padma Lakshmi and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Donate now and join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31 on Facebook Live. #standforrights2017 



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  • Woman Jailed After Blasting Ed Sheeran's 'Shape Of You' On Repeat





    A British woman who blasted Ed Sheeran’s hit single “Shape of You” on repeat has been ordered to spend eight weeks in jail for noise harassment, according to local reports.


    The unusual sentence was handed down Monday to Sonia Bryce, 36, of Willenhall, England, following previous noise injunctions filed against her on behalf of her neighbors, iTV reported.


    Bryce was also sentenced to six weeks in prison back in December after breaking similar orders to quiet down.



    Neighbor and mother of five Clare Tidmarsh told the Birmingham Mail that Bryce playing Sheeran’s single for 30 minutes straight was “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” and that she considered moving somewhere else, just to get away from her.


    Bryce, the Mail reports, denied that she played Sheeran’s music, and insisted that “she doesn’t even like” the English crooner.


    Judge Philip Gregory of Walsall County Court didn’t buy Bryce’s excuse, however, and called her behavior uncivilized.


    “You must learn that you should behave as a reasonable and responsible adult, and not make life for your neighbors the misery that you have,” he told her, according to The Telegraph.


    “Everybody is entitled to live in a degree of peace and quiet with the usual give and take of society, but you do not behave like a civilized person, and you have got to learn that you will,” he said.


    Tidmarsh, for her part, said that she’ll be taking a break from Sheeran’s tunes.


    “I used to like Ed Sheeran,” she told The Telegraph, “but I’ve taken him off my playlist. It drove us crazy.”


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  • What You Don’t Know About Kim Kardashian’s Sex Tape Leak





    This month marks a full decade since Vivid Entertainment released Kim Kardashian’s sex tape with her one-time boyfriend Ray J.


    “Kim Kardashian, Superstar” is the most-watched X-rated video of all time, and it’s that kind of success that makes it difficult for people to believe that Kardashian or her mother, Kris Jenner, had no role in leaking it.


    Kardashian has always maintained that no one in her family was involved in the leak, herself included. In fact, she initially sued to prevent Vivid from releasing the tape. 


    But there have always been naysayers. A biography about the family released last year, Kardashian Dynastygoes so far as to claim that Vivid never would’ve announced its plans to release the tape unless they knew Kardashian would give her consent once they came to terms on a price. Author Ian Halperin further claims that Kardashian’s lawsuit was “nothing more than an attempt to portray herself as a victim of an unscrupulous thief or Ray J himself.”



    Now, thanks to Page Six who spoke to major players of the era, we have a much clearer idea of what exactly went on.


    Steve Hirsch, Vivid Entertainment CEO, maintains that a third party brought the sex tape to Vivid. 


    Hirsch explained to Page Six that he decided to pursue the tape not because Kardashian was a celebrity, but because of all the people she was connected to. His statements directly oppose Halperin’s accusations that Kardashian was in on it from the beginning. 


    “The next step was trying to get a deal done. She wasn’t involved in that. It was trying to get a deal done with the people who had the footage. They had guaranteed that we would be able to distribute it. I questioned that as time went on … I think we announced we had the footage, and that’s when we started getting legal letters from Kim’s attorney.”



    Hirsch also maintains that neither Kardashian nor her mother were involved in the early stages of selling the tape.


    In order for Vivid to legally release the tape, both Kardashian and Ray J had to sign their rights away to the company. There is no disputing that. There is some confusion, however, over the idea that the company would never have attempted to even pursue the rights to the video if one of the participants wasn’t interested. According to Hirsch, that’s not the case. 


    “It was a very difficult time, and ultimately we were able to come to an agreement. It was a very difficult deal to get done. Probably [the hardest deal we’ve done]. [Kim] did not want it to happen,” he told Page Six. “I know people have speculated on [whether she planned the release of the tape from the beginning], but the facts are the facts. A lot of nonsense has been reported over the years … [The persistent rumors about Kris Jenner, Kardashian’s mother, being involved in selling the tape are] such nonsense. I don’t know who started that. [People don’t want] the truth to get in the way of a good story … I had no contact with [Kris].”


    Karrine Steffans, a former “Video Vixen” who previously dated Ray J, told Page Six that the singer believed the sex tape would “bring him wealth and more fame.”


    Multiple sources report that Kardashian did not want the tape to go public before she ultimately gave in and settled with Vivid to release the video. On the other hand, Steffans claims Ray J was convinced this would help him break free from his older sister Brandy’s shadow. 


    “And he really, really, really, really believed — really in his heart of hearts believed — that this sex tape was going to finally make him white-girl famous,” she told Page Six. “It’s a different kind of famous. White girls can do anything and be famous; a white girl could slip and fall in the middle of Rodeo Drive and all of a sudden she’s a star. Black women can’t do that, and certainly black men can’t do that, and white men can’t do that.”


    In the end, Kardashian sold Vivid the footage so they were legally able to distribute it. It’s been reported that she was paid $5 million, a figure that Kardashian’s lawyer, Marty Singer, told Page Six is “greatly inflated.” Hirsch declined to comment other than to say the company hasn’t disputed it.



    Kardashian’s tape was likely the last “successful” celebrity sex tape, according to Jim McBride, who runs the celebrity nudity website Mr. Skin. 


    2007 was a far different time in celebrity culture, where the media treated invasions of privacy with gleeful abandon. McBride points out that today, after events like “The Fappening” ― where dozens of female celebrities had nude photos hacked and posted online ― it’s doubtful a company such as Vivid could ever market a sex tape in the same manner as Kardashian’s.


    “Look at the ‘Fappening’ and even the thing that happened to Erin Andrews [the ESPN reporter who was secretly filmed undressing in a hotel room, the video of which went viral in 2009]. Every person today on their private phone has something they probably don’t want people to see, whether it be nude pics, sex pics, or something they don’t want out there. I think when the ‘Fappening’ happened, it made everyone feel vulnerable.”


    For more of the oral history of Kim Kardashian’s sex tape, head over to Page Six. 


     


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  • Harry Styles Will Make His Solo Debut On 'Saturday Night Live'





    Harry Styles is bringing his solo talents to “Saturday Night Live” next month.


    Just days ago, the One Direction star released a mysterious ad teasing a big release on April 7. Given that Columbia Records CEO Rob Stringer has already said Styles’ first solo album is “not far away from being ready,” are we right to assume that we’ll be getting new music on April 7?


    Well, it certainly looks like it. Styles has signed on to perform on “Saturday Night Live” April 15, just a week after his secret release. The episode, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, will be Styles’ debut as a solo act.






    Fallon seemed thrilled with the announcement, tweeting, “So excited!!! A young heartthrob and Harry Styles will be on SNL together April 15th!”






    Styles fans were whipped into a frenzy by the news. 














    As for what Styles will be performing? We’ll just have to wait until April 7 to see. 


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  • Scarlett Johansson Uses Same Old Line To Defend ‘Ghost In The Shell’ Casting Controversy

    Scarlett Johansson has addressed the casting controversy surrounding her new film, “Ghost in the Shell,” for a second time. 


    In an interview with Michael Strahan on “Good Morning America,” the actress defended her role, saying, “This character is living a very unique experience, she is a human brain in an entirely machine body, she is essentially identity-less.”


    Johansson’s casting in the film, which is based on Masamune Shirow’s popular Japanese comic, has sparked plenty of controversy since it was first announced. The actress plays Major (known in the comic as Major Motoko Kusanagi), who has traditionally been portrayed as an Asian woman. The film has been accused of whitewashing Asian characters on multiple occasions, but the actress and the film’s producer continue to defend it. 


    “I would never attempt to play a person of a different race,” Johansson told Strahan. “Hopefully any question that comes up of my casting will hopefully be answered by audiences when they see the film.”


    Johansson’s comments very closely echo the responses she gave to Marie Claire earlier this year. She told the magazine almost the exact same thing: “I certainly would never presume to play another race of a person. Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive.”


    In both that Marie Claire interview and on “GMA,” Johansson seemingly turned the conversation toward sexism in Hollywood. 


    “I’m not afraid to say what I feel is right just because I think I might face criticism, or some people might not like me,” she said on “GMA.” “If fighting for women’s rights, if that will mean some people don’t want to buy a ticket to see ‘Ghost in [the] Shell,’ then I’m okay with that.” 


    Of course, Hollywood’s inequality problem is one that needs to be discussed, but as we’ve said before, celebrating her casting in a major franchise as a win for equality in Hollywood as opposed to speaking about the real issue at hand ―whitewashing in the industry ― is another case of white feminism


    The problem with Johansson’s reasoning is this: it’s not necessarily her feminist activism that might stop people from seeing “Ghost in the Shell.” It’s instead the fact that many people don’t wish to support an industry that casts a white woman in a role plenty of Asian actresses could have could filled. 


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