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  • Angelina Jolie And Kids Make First Public Appearance Since Her Split From Brad Pitt





    Angelina Jolie has tried to keep a low profile while her increasingly nasty divorce and custody battle with Brad Pitt kept her in the headlines. Now, it seems she’s ready to return to the spotlight again. 


    On Saturday, Jolie made her first public appearance since the split in Siem Reap, Cambodia, at a press event ahead of the premiere of “First They Killed My Father.” Jolie directed the film, which is based on a memoir of the same name by Cambodian human-rights activist Loung Ung and details the devastation caused by the communist Khmer Rouge’s regime in the 1970s.


    The film is a passion project for Jolie, as Cambodia holds a special place in her heart: Her son Maddox was born in Cambodia and both he and his brother Pax helped work on the film, according to People magazine. 


    The press event and the premiere later that day were both family affairs as Jolie brought along all six of her children, who got to meet Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni.






    According to People, while at the film’s premiere, Jolie opened up about her personal connection to the movie and to Cambodia.


    “This film was not made to focus on the horrors of the past, but to celebrate the resilience, kindness and talent of the Cambodian people. Most of all, this film is my way of saying thank you to Cambodia,” Jolie said. “Without Cambodia, I may never have become a mother. Part of my heart is and will always be in this country. And part of this country is always with me: Maddox.”


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  • Twitter Couldn't Handle How Terrible Lifetime's Britney Spears Biopic Was





    No one expects an unauthorized Lifetime movie to be good ― or even 100 percent accurate, for that matter ― but the network’s Britney Spears biopic, “Britney Ever After,” which premiered Saturday night, has permanently lowered our expectations. 


    The movie, which was not approved by Spears or her team, aired just days after the 10-year anniversary of the time the singer shaved her own head. The incident was included in the film, but like many other things in the movie, Lifetime didn’t get everything quite right


    This exasperated fans on Twitter to no end. They took issue with the flagrant anachronisms of having flat screen TVs and iPhones in the early 2000s, for example:














    Meanwhile, the casting of actors who looked nothing like their real life counterparts was also a big complaint: 






















    Others were incredibly peeved by the fact that Lifetime couldn’t even get some of Spears’ most iconic outfits and costumes right.


    The filmmakers took some liberties with the legendary matching denim outfits that Spears and Justin Timberlake wore to the 2001 American Music Awards: 


















    The low-budget quality of the costumes Spears wore in the film were also a point of contention:










    Then there was the whole issue of making a Britney Spears biopic without including any of her music:










    Oh, and there was the godawful post-breakup dance-off scene (which is something that reportedly actually happened), which is what you get for casting actors with no dance experience: 






    And at times, the cheesy dialogue was just an insult to everyone involved: 








    Overall, “Britney Ever After” left Spears fans wanting much more for the pop princess. 

















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  • Emma Watson's Dream House Guest Is, Duh, Michelle Obama



    This video has all the things we love: Emma Watson, cute kids, a Michelle Obama shoutout, “Harry Potter” goodies. Seriously, the only thing that could make this better is if the former first lady herself appeared carrying a basket full of deplorables puppies. 


    Ahead of the release of Disney’s highly anticipated live-action remake of “Beauty and the Best,” Watson sat down to answer some questions from her adoring public, aka children under the age of 10. 


    With the help of Entertainment Weekly, the actress fielded a bevy of questions from youngsters inquiring about everything from Belle and Hermione to Darth Vader, but there was one that particularly warmed our hearts. 


    When two 20-month-olds named Riley and Addison (thanks to some helpful baby to adult translation) asked Watson if she could have any guest over to her house, the actress had the perfect response. 


    “Michelle Obama,” she answered. “Just for a quick chat you know. Just for a quick pep talk. That would be great.” 


    Same, Emma. Same. 

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  • Karla Souza Refused To Believe Her New Film Was 'Too Intelligent' For Latinos





    Actress Karla Souza knows the importance of telling stories from a Latino perspective. 


    That’s one of the big reasons the “How To Get Away With Murder” star decided to produce her new completely bilingual romantic comedy “Everybody Loves Somebody.” Souza, 31, also stars in the film as Dr. Carla Barron, a successful but cynical OB/GYN who’s given up on love until she finds herself caught between the affections of an old flame and an unexpected new romance. 


    The Mexican born actress sat down with The Huffington Post recently to discuss the movie, which was written and directed by Catalina Aguilar Mastretta, to discuss why it’s so important to create bilingual films, to portray characters who empower Latinas sexually and to use art to humanize the immigrant experience. 



    So the biggest thing about this movie that jumped out at me is that it’s completely bilingual. Why was it so important to make a film like this? 


    Yes! Because there’s millions of people that live that reality and there weren’t stories being told like that. I grew up speaking Spanish to my mom, English to my siblings, listening to movies in English and then listening to the radio in Spanish and mid-sentence changing [languages].


    When I first got Catalina’s script, at first they didn’t want to do it until I was like “No, we’re making this!” They also said, “We think it’s too intelligent for Latin audiences,’ so then I got pissed and then I was like ‘Whaaa?! I’m producing it and we’re gonna make it.”


    Wait, what do they mean by “too intelligent for Latin audiences!?”


    It means they’re used to seeing Latinos catered in a specific way, with telenovelas or [comedies] that are broader and this film was a very intimate look at relationships. But it’s super fun and easy and great, the general market in the U.S. has loved it as much as Latinos and bi-cultural people. And I mean we can see it in the Oscars, there’s no Latin stories being told. There’s a lack of that, so that’s one of the reasons I wanted to make this. 


    The family in the movie is very progressive, which is interesting because usually Latino parents are portrayed as uber conservative. That’s likely why Clara is so sex-positive in the film; there’s even a masturbation scene


    Yup, it’s a very artistic, liberal family... Especially living in a ‘machista’ culture in Latin America, I realized that even the past movies that I’d done women were still being objectified, women were still dependent on the men, they were waiting to be saved by the man and they were not independent financially. And all these messages, it’s a narrative that goes into the subconscious of the culture.



    The film showed you can have a Latina character that is sensual without needing a man to lust after them. 


    We didn’t wanna shy away from a woman being sexual and expressing herself sexually. I think the sensuality and the sensitivity that Catalina brought to my character throughout the entire script ― whether it was me as a doctor, me in my relationship, me in my pajamas with my family ― there was a sensuality within everything and a woman in all her facets.


    I really enjoyed being a part of that, specifically for a Latino audience because some interviewers still said, ‘You know, you’re character is such a golfa’ (slut) so I saw that it still is a very patriarchal society.


    Another particularly strong statement the movie makes is that of a family that lives along the border, since Clara lives in Los Angeles but visits her family in Mexico frequently. 


    It’s the lives of so many people. “Chema” Yazpik (who portrays Daniel in the film) literally studied in San Diego and was living in Tijuana, some of my cousins did the same thing ― they come in and out [of the U.S.]. People have two homes and that’s the reality of a lot of people. And again, we don’t see a lot of that and we don’t humanize the situation of border crossing.


    Those stories seem to be particularly important now, considering President Trump’s plans to build a border wall.


    Yeah I know, even that scene where Clara says “Don’t worry, you don’t need a passport to come into Mexico, we assume you’re a great person,” and then she’s like “but you need your passport on your way back.” Now that scene hits a whole different nerve. We don’t realize how much power art and storytelling has, but it definitely does. 



    On the topic of the immigrant experience, you wrote a blog last fall on PopSugar about being a “spoiled American” who took her U.S. passport for granted. That was before the election and a lot has changed politically since then. How do you feel about it now? 


    I said I didn’t really consider myself an immigrant but, because of what’s happening now, I consider myself a Muslim, I consider myself a refugee, I consider myself an immigrant. I feel like if we just say, “Well that’s not me and I’m not gonna be a part of the fight,” we’re missing out. I’m here to sort of be that voice for all the people that feel like if they have a voice they’re going to be kicked out of the country. I feel a lot more passionate about speaking out and using my art as activism. 


    This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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  • Karlie Kloss In Yellowface And Expecting More From Our Allies

    In the past five years, grassroots activism has defined citizen unrest and resistance towards government, politicians, and the police. The Trump presidency era adds a layer of political and activist urgency, ensuring that every part of culture become political. It seems that brands, Hollywood institutions, and other previously apolitical institutions are now part of a national dialogue about race, inequality, and marginalization.

    One of the most visible advocates for visibility, particularly for girls and women in tech is Karlie Kloss, a supermodel and self-proclaimed techy with “nerdy passions.” Her brand as a liaison and entrepreneur who seamlessly lives and breathes the culture of tech and fashion has expanded to include partnerships that promote women who innovate with Elle UK, Flatiron School, and more.

    To the shock of many (and not so much to others), Kloss recently came under fire for posing in Yellowface in Vogue’s Diversity issue. In the photo series, Kloss poses in traditional Japanese kimonos, bath houses, and scenery, while the few Asian actors in the shoot (in the form of a sumo wrestler and a server) serve as props to highlight and celebrate Kloss’s figure as a celebration of Japanese culture.

    Cultural appropriation disguised under the clichéd catch-all phrase of “diversity” has a long standing history in this country. It is bigger than the Yellowface we see in the forthcoming Vogue issue. It is part of a greater conversation that needs to be had about white women and white culture taking wrongful ownership of women of color’s past and current sorrows, celebrations, and victories. Even Kloss’s personal brand push to be the face of the women and girls in tech movement and being the poster child for opportunity and accessibility is one that is not rightfully hers. By promoting herself as a champion of the girls in tech movement, she wrongfully capitalizes and owns the accomplishments of girls and women who faced insurmountable hurdles to achieve in a male-dominated field.

    Kloss’s latest gaffe in Vogue’s issue highlights one of the biggest Catch-22s in cultural and civil rights movements, like the one our country is currently experiencing: white allies who take part of a movement that demands equal representation and respected existence of people of color and marginalized communities. Allies who demand space in discourse and dialogue, but are unwilling to be held accountable towards their own actions that fuel and stand with the same institutions and historical culture of repression. The series of Women’s Marches across the nation sparked dialogues on white feminism and speculations about the motivations behind a March that demanded marchers be “women first.”



    It is critical that allies do a better job in understanding the differences between what it means to be an ally who understands the struggles and victories of minorities without robbing groups of their cultures, victories and struggles.



    This type of pressure to unite as a singular identity echoes the same appropriative dialogue used during the Women’s Suffrage movement in both the USA and the UK. Philosophy Professor Elizabeth Spelman notes in her 1997 book Fruits of Sorrow: Framing Our Attention to Suffering, that phrases such as “women and minorities” overshadow and remove the identity and experiences of minority women and take these experiences to work towards the motivations of white women. Spelman asks her readers, “Consider the talk about women being treated like slaves. Whenever we talk that way we are not only making clear that the ‘women’ we’re referring to aren’t themselves slaves; we’re making it impossible to talk about how the women who weren’t slaves treated those who were.” Spelman implores us to critically examine the politics of the words we use to describe our experiences. The wording and metaphors we use have the potential to not only silence the underrepresented and disenfranchised, but also removes accountability from the relationship that the “women” being referenced have with the oppressed and underrepresented.

    It is critical that allies do a better job in understanding the differences between what it means to be an ally who understands the struggles and victories of minorities and people of color without overstepping and robbing groups of their cultures, victories, and struggles. The very fact that the Vogue and Kloss teams came to the conclusion that having a white woman representing Japanese culture in its diversity issue shows that mainstream media still struggles in its role as an ally. Within hours of the photos being released, Kloss issued an apology for participating in the Vogue photoshoot that appropriated Japanese culture.

    However, as several days have passed since the controversy, Vogue has still yet to release an apology, making it clear that diversity, not inclusivity, is a priority simply in its potential to profit and erase centuries of oppression and silenced voices. Vogue’s silence further fuels a long standing history of fashion and its reluctance to open doors and make room for stories that demand conversations about its relationship to people of color, minority women, LGBTQ, immigrant, and all underrepresented communities. As the country continues to mobilize and people of all backgrounds stand up, resist, and define themselves as allies of marginalized communities, it will be all the more critical for everyone to critically examine what it means to be an ally without silencing the individuals that dared to demand more for their communities, children, and future.


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  • Keke Palmer Is Calling On Young People To Mobilize In The Age Of Trump





    The millennial diva is getting political.


    With massive followings on Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram, Keke Palmer has a handle on what young people want today. The thing (or the gag, as Keke might say) is no matter how many albums she puts out or movies she stars in, the 23-year-old says she’ll always stay connected to her roots and advocate for those who see themselves in her success. 


    That’s why Palmer chose to share her story in the new book I Don’t Belong To You. Part memoir and part self-help guide, I Don’t Belong To You is basically a how-to manual on being unapologetic in an era that tells women, especially young black women, who they can and cannot be. The book is intended to inspire readers to bring about change in their own lives and organize to collectively combat injustices when they occur. 


    During a recent interview with The Huffington Post for Build Series, Palmer laid forth a plan of action for young people resisting President Donald Trump’s administration. Modeling her vision after black activists who came before her, the author and actress encouraged her contemporaries to focus their attention by community organizing at the local level. 


    “We have to get out and start mobilizing one another,” Palmer said.” When I think back on Martin Luther King, Malcolm X ― these people that ... we all can say were leaders in positive movements ― they started within the communities.” 


    “I feel like we are throwing rocks at the White House and it’s like, why? When, really, the problems are going on where we are. I don’t live in D.C. I live in my city,” she continued. “I think it’s more important for us to start figuring out how we can help one another where we are instead of worrying about John Joe after he’s already killed. We can’t do that. We have to literally be caring about each other as we go.”


    Palmer believes that young people are the key to this change, something she says has to start from the ground up to have any real affect on larger issues. The “Scream Queens” star wants to see her contemporaries become more involved in local government because, in her eyes, the days of underestimating millennials are over. 


    “We have really great views as young people. People discourage the millennials because they don’t understand them,” Palmer explained. “Instead of sitting here and taking the time ... they immediately misjudge them and dispute any ideas that they have, but we do know a lot. I feel like if we had the confidence and the self-assuredness to trust ourselves we will change the world.”



    Watch Keke Palmer’s full Build Series interview below.





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  • Lisa Marie Presley's Daughters In Protective Custody After Claims Of 'Disturbing' Images On Ex's Computer

    Lisa Marie Presley’s 8-year-old twin daughters have been removed from their parents’ custody by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services after the singer claimed to have found “disturbing” photos and videos of children on estranged husband Michael Lockwood’s computer.


    E! News reports that these findings were brought to light after Presley opposed Lockwood’s request for spousal support in the divorce proceedings.


    According to court documents pertaining to the couple’s divorce that were obtained by The Daily Mail, Presley stated that she was “shocked and horrified and sick to my stomach” regarding the findings. She revealed in the documents that police in Beverly Hills discovered 80 devices belonging to Lockwood during a raid on her home, which have yet to be analyzed. 


    The documents further reveal allegations of sexual abuse and neglect against the guitarist that are set to be addressed in a trial in Los Angeles’ Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court in March.


    “I have no idea what else may be on those devices and fear that there are more and worse images and evidence in these un-analyzed devices,” Presley states in the documents. 


    Presley and Lockwood married in 2006 and welcomed daughters Harper and Finley in October 2008. When Presley filed for divorce from Lockwood in June 2016, she asked for full custody of the girls and sought monitored visitations only for Lockwood. Presley also has two adult children from a previous marriage to musician Danny Keough.






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  • Rooney Mara And Ryan Gosling's Meet-Cute Gets Complicated In 'Song To Song' Trailer



    At first glance, the “Song to Song” trailer is surprisingly happy for a Terrence Malick movie. Rooney Mara and Ryan Gosling play smiley lovers floating through the Austin music scene, and that’s about all we know about the drama, which opens March 17. Yet Mara and Gosling’s flirtations are scored by Del Shannon’s “Runaway,” with lyrics like, “I wonder what went wrong with our love.” It looks like Michael Fassbender is on hand to shake up their picturesque romance, at least when he isn’t pouring olive oil into Natalie Portman’s mouth. Whatever is happening here, we’re in.


    “Song to Song” marks Malick’s third feature in as many years, following “Knight of Cups” and the IMAX evolution documentary “Voyage of Time.” Before that, Malick made “To the Wonder,” “The Tree of Life,” “The New World” and a bunch of cinematic classics that you should revisit.


    Watch the “Song to Song” trailer above.

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  • So Rosie O'Donnell Isn't Playing Steve Bannon On 'Saturday Night Live' After All





    For one glorious moment there, it seemed like “Saturday Night Live” might make all our dreams come true and cast some of our favorite leading ladies to play members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet. 


    Maybe we were getting greedy after Melissa McCarthy’s uproarious impersonation of Sean Spicer, or maybe we thought we deserved something nice after all that’s happened in the month since he took office.


    Alas, Trump’s least favorite person not named Lorne Michaels, Rosie O’Donnell, confirmed that she would not appear on the late-night sketch comedy show as White House chief strategist Steve Bannon


    Earlier this month, fans took to social media to urge the “SNL” powers that be to cast O’Donnell as Trump’s right-hand man, prompting the comedian to change her profile picture on Twitter to a Photoshopped image of herself as Bannon. 


    “If I’m called, I will serve,” she wrote after stars like Billy Eichner jumped on the Rosie-as-Bannon bandwagon. 


    “SNL” apparently never picked up the phone, because when TMZ caught up with O’Donnell on Thursday night, she emphatically denied that there were any plans for her to appear on the show. 


    “That’s It,” O’Donnell said. “That was the whole impression, the Photoshop. That was it, start to finish ... I’m not in the cast. There’s that.”


     O’Donnell would have made a great Bannon, but somehow the current strategy on “SNL” seems more fitting ... 




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  • Steve Irwin's Son Continues His Dad's Legacy On 'The Tonight Show'





    Things got a little wild on “The Tonight Show” Thursday night. 


    Robert Irwin, the 13-year-old son of the late crocodile hunter Steve Irwin appeared on the late-night program and brought along a few of his animal friends, who delighted and at times unnerved host Jimmy Fallon


    Listening to Irwin talk with his unbridled passion for wildlife, you could almost swear that it was his father who was on the show.


    “It’s so cool to see you like this,” Fallon told his teen guest. “You’re actually your dad.”


    Irwin, who said he grew up at Australia Zoo, called himself the “luckiest kid on planet Earth,” and tried to help Fallon get over his admitted fear of animals as he introduced the late-night host to an African dwarf crocodile, a screaming armadillo, a red-tailed boa constrictor and two adorable sloths.


     


     


    CORRECTION: A previous version of this post claimed Irwin grew up at many of Australia zoo’s, however, he told Fallon he grew up at Australia Zoo. 

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  • Jessica Biel Returns To TV In Creepy New Crime Thriller 'The Sinner'



    She played the beloved Mary Camden on “7th Heaven” until 2003, but since then, Jessica Biel hasn’t been on our TV screens, aside from a brief cameo on “New Girl” in 2014. 


    Well, good news: she’s back in a scary new crime thriller on USA Network. Biel is starring in “The Sinner,” an anthology series based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Petra Hammesfahr.


    According to Entertainment Weekly, the first season of the show follows a young mother named Cora (Biel) who randomly commits a startling act of violence. The thing is, Cora doesn’t know why she did it, and that’s the question that drives the plot. Bill Pullman plays the detective who works to uncover Cora’s motives, while Christopher Abbott plays Biel’s on-screen husband, Mason. 


    “The Sinner” is produced by Biel, show writer Derek Simonds, Michelle Purple, Charlie Gogolak, and pilot director Antonio Campos.


    Watch the creepy trailer above. “The Sinner” debuts on USA this summer. 

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  • Shocking ‘Nashville’ Cliffhanger Might Be Connie Britton’s Swan Song





    You can take “Nashville” out of the nighttime soap network, but you can’t take the soap out of “Nashville.”


    Remember when CMT promised that the newly revived country drama would stick to more grounded storytelling? Well, it only took “Nashville” eight episodes on its new network to go full-on “Days of Our Lives” with an hour of television that might be Connie Britton’s last. 


    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the episode of “Nashville” titled “Stand Beside Me.”


    On Thursday night’s episode, Rayna James (Britton) found herself knocking on death’s door not once, but twice, sending “Nashville” fans everywhere into a frenzy.


    All season long Rayna has been pursued by a stalker and things came to a head when he broke into her office and held a knife to her throat. Rayna somehow managed to stay calm and appeal to his better nature by bonding over their shared experience of childhood trauma. But when the stalker realizes she dialed 911 and alerted her security team, he rushes at her with the knife. Fortunately, a bodyguard arrives just in time to convince the stalker to let Rayna go. 


    Phew, dodged a bullet, right? NOPE. 





    After this traumatic ordeal, an understandably shaken Rayna is escorted away in a police car. While on the phone with Deacon to let him know that she’s OK, an oncoming car crashes into Rayna’s side of the vehicle out of nowhere, leaving the country star’s life hanging in the balance. 


    It’s unclear how the series will resolve the cliffhanger ― there are still three more episodes until the midseason finale ― but the ending has fans concerned that Britton’s time on “Nashville” might be coming to an end. Rumors swirled after the network revived the country drama that the actress would appear in fewer episodes during the fifth season to pave the way for her eventual exit from the series. But Britton brushed off questions over her commitment to “Nashville” during a visit to “The Ellen Show” in February, telling the host, “I’m in. I’m in for the duration.”


    In a post-mortem interview with Entertainment Weekly, Britton didn’t confirm her swan song and encouraged fans to be patient for answers in forthcoming episodes. 


    “If we did it right, the audience is right there with Rayna. It sort of plays into people’s darkest fears of feeling like you’ve gotten through something and then something completely unexpected blindsides you. It’s cringeworthy and scary,” Britton said. 


    “All I can say is Rayna’s tough and she’s sustained a lot,” she added. “Let’s wait and see.”

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  • 10 Years Later, Britney Spears' Head-Shaving Moment Is Still Unforgettable





    The world had already been watching Britney Spears unravel for years when she walked into a hair salon in Tarzana, California, a decade ago and shaved her head. Days later, a bald Spears attacked a photographer’s car with an umbrella while at a gas station before speeding away.


    Photos from these incidents have become lasting reminders of Spears’ downward spiral, and even spawned an inspirational meme declaring, “If Britney can make it through 2007, then I can make it through today.” 


    It’s a moment in pop culture history that’s seared into the memories of anyone who even remotely followed celebrity culture in the aughts. But in the context of Spears’ overall breakdown, this event wasn’t even the “rock bottom” that would lead to a hospital stay and her current conservatorship.



    While we associate haircuts in pop culture with positive outcomes — a post-breakup fresh start, a makeover — the drastic act of shaving one’s own head takes on a different meaning. Spears literally removed one of her most clearly feminine signifiers, one that was seen as “desirable” on a pop starlet who had been sexualized from the get-go.


    Images of a wide-eyed Spears bald as the day she was born, gritting her teeth, are memorable not only because they are visually jarring when compared to her polished pop-star looks, but due to the nature of the act itself.


    “She seemed to be trying, with befuddled brilliance, to tell the truth. She recoiled from celebrity culture by mortifying her own flesh. She stripped herself, publicly, of her sexuality. She presented herself as a grotesque,” Mark Stevens wrote in New York Magazine months after the incident. “Few gestures are as symbolically rich as the shaving of a head. That’s what monastics do when they reject the flesh to dedicate themselves to the spirit. In boot camp, soldiers lose their individuality with their hair. Delilah cut off Samson’s to make him defenseless.”


    For Spears, this was an act of defiance and liberation; throughout her life and career, she was rarely the one in control.


    “I was going through so much artificial stuff with my kids and Kevin at the time. He’d just left me and I was devastated,” she told MTV in an interview for the 2008 documentary “For the Record.” “People thought that it was me going crazy and stuff like that, but people shave their heads all the time. I was going through a lot, but it was just kind of like me going through a little bit of rebellion, or feeling free, or shedding stuff that had happened, you know?”


    Spears’ message was hard to forget, but the circumstances that led to that moment are just as important to remember. 



    She seemed to be trying, with befuddled brilliance, to tell the truth.
    Mark Stevens, New York Magazine


    Spears burst onto the music scene in 1999 in pigtails and thigh-highs, openly promising to stay a virgin until marriage. She released three albums in as many years and became the reigning princess of pop, selling millions of records. But fame, success and wealth don’t insulate anyone from life’s problems. By 2002, Spears was dealing with a difficult breakup from Justin Timberlake and coping with her parents’ divorce. Not long after, the cracks started to show.


    By the time Spears was distressed enough to shave her head in 2007, she had annulled one quickie Vegas marriage, wed backup dancer Kevin Federline, gave birth to two sons, and filed for divorce. Spears had already spent the last few years derailing the carefully crafted image her managers cultivated for her throughout her marriage to Federline.


    “Federline gave Britney license to fully embrace her white-trash side — walking into gas-station restrooms barefoot, dumping ashtrays out hotel windows, wearing novelty tees like I’M A VIRGIN, BUT THIS IS AN OLD SHIRT and, most notably, not strapping the kids into car seats,” Vanessa Grigoriadis wrote in Rolling Stone in 2008.



    Spears’ behavior was increasingly erratic, and after becoming newly single, she was a fixture in the Los Angeles club scene. Wild nights with Paris Hilton, among other things, eventually landed Spears in rehab in Antigua. She left treatment a day later, headed back to LA, and went to see her kids. But Federline, who had teamed up with her mother and her manager, refused to let her near the boys until she agreed to register for rehab in Malibu. Furious at their demands, it was in this state that Spears drove to Esther’s Haircutting Studio and shaved her own head.


    The events that transpired in the months and years after this incident make it seem trivial in comparison.


    After losing custody of her children, the singer locked herself in a room with her son Jayden and refused to hand him over to her ex-husband. This led to the singer’s hospitalization in a psychiatric wardwhere she was held involuntarily for observation.


    It was then Spears effectively lost her freedom. A judge awarded her father control of Spears’ personal and financial affairs  ― a conservatorship that remains in place to this day, despite the singer’s attempts early on to fight it


     “If I wasn’t under the restraints I’m under right now, with all the lawyers and doctors and people analyzing me everyday and all that kind of stuff. If that wasn’t there, I’d feel so liberated and feel like myself,” Spears revealed in “For the Record,” adding that she felt her life was now “too in control.”


     “There’s no excitement, there’s no passion, there’s no nothing,” she said. “It’s just like ‘Groundhog Day’ every day, you know?”


    The conservatorship, which reportedly remains in place indefinitely due to a medical issue and has never been publicly disclosed, is not something Spears has spoken about since talking to MTV in 2008 ― that is, until recently. 


    While her comments were ultimately cut from the final broadcast, fans at a September 2016 taping of the “Jonathan Ross Show” reported that Spears finally addressed the conservatorship. 


    “I felt like a lot of decisions were made for me, so I wanted [’Glory’] to be my baby and I’ve been really strategic about it,” she reportedly said, explaining that she’s slowly been able to gain more control over her own life. 


    Spears, of course, is a success story. Today, the 35-year-old singer headlines in Las Vegas, making $30.5 million last year. She’s clearly flourished under her father’s watch, but there’s an unsettling irony that history will remember her most desperate attempt at autonomy.



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  • Turns Out Nicole Kidman And Lenny Kravitz Were Once Engaged?





    In Hollywood, celebrity relationships come and go, often getting forgotten as new romances emerge. Case in point: Nicole Kidman and Lenny Kravitz not only once dated but were engaged, too.


    Kidman revealed the news in a recent interview with Net-A-Porter’s The Edit. While discussing her new show, “Big Little Lies,” and her co-stars ― one of whom, Zoë Kravitz, is Lenny’s daughter ― Kidman said she already knew the “Divergent” actress “because I was engaged to her father.” 


    “It’s all in the family!” she added. “I love Lenny; he’s a great guy.”


    Kidman and Lenny dated in 2003, a couple years after her divorce from Tom Cruise, People reports. Rumors about the former couple’s engagement made their way into the celebrity news cycle, as they do, though it was never confirmed.


    Kidman did, however, admit in a 2007 Vanity Fair interview that she was secretly engaged at one point, though didn’t reveal the fiancé’s name. The engagement didn’t result in marriage, she said, because “it just wasn’t right. I wasn’t ready. We weren’t ready.” 


    Of course, Kidman is now married to country star Keith Urban, but it appears she remains on good terms with her former flame. The three of them even posed for some photos at the CMT Awards in 2013. 


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  • E! Reportedly Developing 'Jawbreaker' TV Series To Feed Your Appetite For Nostalgia

    “Jawbreaker,” the 1999 teen cult classic, is getting the remake treatment. 


    According to Deadline, E! is developing a TV series based on the film about a group of popular girls who accidentally kill their friend after a prank gone wrong. The original flick starred Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart and Judy Greer. 


    Darren Stein, who wrote and directed the original, is set to return for the series along with George Northy (”G.B.F.”). Both will also serve as executive producers. 


    The new series will be a reimagining of the original, according to Deadline. It will reportedly follow a new clique who somehow becomes involved in an accidental killing at a bachelorette party. They, of course, “go to great lengths to keep their secret hidden.” 


    Sounds juicy. 

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