Amal Clooney nominated for a British Fashion Award: is she the most stylish Brit?

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The 2014 British Fashion Awards will go down on December 1st. Something to look forward to, because the British Fashion Council (or whoever organizes this mess) is shooting for the stars! They pretty much included every “hot” name on their “Most Stylish” fan-vote list this year. They’re hoping to get a crazy-awesome turnout, which… I mean, hey, if I was organizing it, I would try to do that too. Just think of all of the people you would want to see on a red carpet, and that’s who got a nomination. Benedict Cumberbatch, Cara Delevingne, Emma Watson, Idris Elba, FKA Twigs (they’re hoping Robert Pattinson comes), Keira Knightley and more. Except… NO Tom Hiddleston. And NO Duchess Kate. Which is funny. Oh, and guess who is a first-time nominee? AMAL CLOONEY. Here’s the full list:

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Benedict Cumberbatch
Bobby Gillespie
Cara Delevingne
Daniel Sturridge
David Beckham
David Gandy
Douglas Booth
Emma Watson
FKA Twigs
Helen Mirren
Idris Elba
Jamie Hince
Jourdan Dunn
Kate Bush
Kate Moss
Keira Knightley
Ralph Fiennes
Rita Ora
Tinie Tempah

[From E! News]

You can vote here. Write-in candidates are welcome too, so all is not lost for Tommy Hiddleston. You have to choose the person who most represents all that is great and good with British style. Who is the best ambassador for British style? From that list? If I’m being honest, it’s probably Emma Watson or Keira Knightley, although neither of them is British-designer-exclusive. It’s definitely not Benedict – that boy can’t dress unless he’s in a tuxedo. Gandy is a good candidate. As is Helen Mirren. I can’t decide!

As for Amal and this recognition of her fashionista ways… it would be great if she came to the awards show with Clooney in tow and just had a sense of fun and whimsy about it, but she probably won’t even turn up. Amal Clooney is just too brilliant, self-confident, funny, charming and perfect to come to a lowly fashion event. *sniff*

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Jessica Chastain: Stop giving Meryl Streep all of the ‘older woman’ parts

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Jessica Chastain got the cover of SO MANY magazines this fall. She covers the new issues of Interview Mag and Glamour, which I’m including in this post. I hate the Glamour cover, but the rest of the Glamour shot is actually really nice. The Interview editorial is all black & white and heavy on the lingerie. Here are some highlights from JC’s Glamour interview:

On becoming famous in her 30s vs. at age 19: “I would have been a disaster. If I was 19 and I had the attention that I’m getting now, I would have just said stupid things. I would have partied more. All these expensive dinners and people giving me champagne? All these stupid things that we criticize 19-year-olds for doing when they’re famous, I would have done.”

On body-shaming & social media: “Oh God, it’s the worst. Enough with the body shaming! What is going on in this world? I remember being eight years old. I was a late bloomer. I had very, very short red hair. Very freckly. And thank God there wasn’t the Internet, because I was told every day at school that I was ugly. And that no one wanted to be my friend. The most cruel things. And now these girls or boys are having to deal with that in their school and on a world platform. If I can do anything to help young girls and to be a cheerleader for people who sometimes have low self-esteem, I want to do that.”

On parts for women: “I love Meryl Streep. She’s such an incredible actress. But I feel like she’s the only one in her age group who gets those parts. I’d like to see Jessica Lange in a movie again, you know? Or Susan Sarandon. Why isn’t Viola Davis a lead in a film? She’s one of the greatest actresses alive. And where are the Asian actors and actresses? I’m not saying, ‘We don’t want movies about men,’” she said. “I’m just saying, ‘Come on, all the men I know love women. So let’s also have some stories about these women. Let’s write something for them, guys—and let’s make room for women writers too.’”

Playing flawed, strong women: “There are a very limited number of parts. And there are some women that I’ve played and I didn’t give them too many flaws. Tree of Life. I loved that woman. Or The Help: Loved her, loved her, loved her, for all her openheartedness and compassion. But when I play a female lead, like the role in Zero Dark Thirty, even if she’s strong, I try to give her as many flaws as I can. I think to play a female hero without faults is actually doing a disservice to women. I think it’s more interesting to see women on-screen with flaws. Then it’s not this unreasonable expectation that society then would put on you: “Well, a strong woman can’t be like this….”

Having it all: “I don’t think it’s possible for anyone, male or female, to have it all. I’m just gonna say it: We can have as much as we’re capable of doing, but no one is capable of doing everything. Like, I hope someday to have a family and a career. But I have to also be kind to myself.

[From Glamour]

Jessica has been on a tear recently about feminism, gender equality and how women and their stories are undervalued. I kind of think that if someone else was saying it – like Angelina Jolie, Emma Watson or Kristen Stewart – these statements would be major gossip news. It’s a good news/bad news situation for Chastain then. Good news: people are listening to what she says and not trying to make her statements super-controversial. Bad news: most people are not paying attention to her.

As for Jessica’s Interview Magazine piece, you can read it here. Mindy Kaling did the interview! It’s a good read (they’re very girly and sweet to each other) but there’s no big quote from the piece.

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Tom Hiddleston posts #WakeUpCall selfie for charity: sexy or not so much?

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This is what Tom Hiddleston looks like when he wakes up. Are you into it? I’m kind of into it. I like some scruff on a man and I’ve always thought Hiddles in particular looked better with some kind of facial hair. His morning hair looks amazing/terrible too. So spiky, with no rhyme or reason. I don’t really believe he sleeps in a hoodie though.

So, why did Tommy post this just-woke-up selfie? It’s because of a new social media campaign called #WakeUpCall. #WakeUpCall supports UNICEF and Tommy is a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. This campaign is sort of like the “no makeup selfie,” only people are encouraged to not only go makeup-free, but take the selfie as soon as they wake up. People are encouraged to donate to UNICEF’s Syria Emergency Fund as well as post the #WakeUpCall selfies. Oh, and they get to nominate people too – Tommy nominated Emma Watson (shortly after he supported her UN HeForShe campaign with a selfie too), Keeley Hawes and Josie Rourke (the artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse).

So it’s all for charity and good for Hiddles. He’s a good UNICEF ambassador but he’s been working so much this year, he probably hasn’t had time to make any trips on behalf of UNICEF. But selfies are good too. Maybe the next viral campaign can be #MorningWood… for, like, Rain Forest Awareness. I want to see Hiddles participate in that.

Final thought: IS THAT HIS HEADBOARD?!

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Photos courtesy of Tom Hiddleston’s Twitter, PR Photos.

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Taylor Swift on feminism, gender equality: ‘We have to stop making it a girlfight’

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You know what genuinely surprised me last week? I was surprised that Emma Watson’s speech on feminism and gender equality at the United Nations became such a huge deal. The video (and text) went viral and it seemed like everybody had an opinion about it. While I thought Emma’s speech was very good, I really didn’t think it was groundbreaking in the least. I mean, she didn’t throw down any feminist gauntlets or anything like that. She just eloquently described feminism and how it affects her life. Anyway, Taylor Swift has only recently self-identified as feminist and she too has some thoughts on Emma’s speech. Swifty gave an interview to the French-Canadian talk show Tout Le Monde En Parle (you can see the video here). Some assorted quotes:

Swifty on watching Emma’s speech: “I wish I was 12 years old and I’d been able to watch a video of my favorite actress explaining in such an intellectual, beautiful, poignant way the definition of feminism because I would have understood it and then earlier on in my life I would have proudly claimed that I was a feminist because I would’ve understood what the word means.”

Gender equality: “The one thing I do believe as a feminist is that in order for us to have gender equality we have to stop making it a girl fight and we have to stop being so interested in seeing girls trying to tear each other down – it has to be more about cheering each other on as women.”

On how many girls don’t understand what feminism means: “So many girls out there say ‘I’m not a feminist’ because they think it means something angry or disgruntled or complaining. They picture like rioting and picketing, it is not that at all, it just simply means that you believe that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities… To say you’re not a feminist means that you think men should have more rights and opportunities than women.”

Her view on sexism in the media: “I think when it comes to females in the media you’ll see something that kind of upsets me which is that females are pinned up against each other more so than men. You know you never see ‘vote for who has the better butt – this actor or this actor.’ It’s always this female singer and this female singer.”

Female artists expressing their sexuality: “I think that no other female artist should be able to tell me to wear less clothes and I’m not going to tell any other female artist to wear more clothes. As long as it’s their idea, and they’re expressing their sexuality or they’re expressing their strength or it makes them feel like a woman to perform a certain way or dress a certain way… as long as it’s coming from them and they’re living their life on their own terms, I cheer them on.

[From Buzzfeed]

Our little Swifty is growing up, y’all. Her explanation of how she views gender equality and sexism are much, much better. Taylor used to be one of those girls who thought “feminist” equaled “man-hating.” Then Lena Dunham (of all people) converted Swifty to feminism, but Swifty still couldn’t explain it properly. She’s made significant improvements very quickly. Good for her!

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“Kerry Washington looked patriotic & polka-dotted in NYC” links

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Kerry Washington looks patriotic. [ICYDK]
Dita Von Teese’s Carolina Herrera is not good. [RCFA]
Reese Witherspoon has been wearing lots of floral lately. [CelebWhatWear]
Kelly Brook walks on the grass. [Moe Jackson]
Kendra Wilkinson needed to do the drama on-camera. [Reality Tea]
Condom sushi? [OMG Blog]
NSFW: Lady Gaga promotes something. [Celebslam]
This is really smart Scandal-fashion synergy. [The Frisky]
I still don’t know if I believe the Emma Watson hoax thing. [IDLY]
AG Eric Holder is resigning – sad! I think he’s awesome. [Gawker]
I don’t get Paloma Faith. [PopBytes]
Are you guys watching Bring It? [Bitten & Bound]
Kelly Ripa took a photo of David Letterman’s butt. [Seriously OMG WTF]

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Tom Hiddleston tweets support for Emma Watson & UN ‘HeForShe’ campaign

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Holy crap this is a great photo of Tom Hiddleston!!! The Dragonfly Overlords have finally come for me because yes, Hiddleston looks beautiful and I would hit it.

What was I supposed to talk about? Oh, yeah. Tom Hiddleston tweeted out support for Emma Watson and for the launch of the new UN program, HeForShe. The program aims to include men in the conversation about feminism, because feminism is about equality. Tommy tweeted the above photo with the message to Emma’s Twitter: “@EmWatson you are impeccable & extraordinary. I stand with you. I believe in gender equality. #heforshe.” He also tweeted out the video of Emma’s speech.

Awesome. This is the whole goal of HeForShe. More high-profile men and more men in general need to step up and identify as feminists and actively pursue gender equality. Good for the Dragonfly King. I do wonder though… is this going to lead to gossip about Emma and Tommy? I really don’t want to see them together. She’s too young for him!

Oh, and this happened too Hiddles posed in a t-shirt for charity this week.

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Photo of Hiddles & Watson from a year ago:

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Feminism is still necessary & benefits everyone

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There are few sights more arresting than Joseph Gordon-Levitt on a red carpet, in a suit and flashing his red hitRECord button on a strategic lapel. That site is JGL’s open-collaborative production company, and he’s on a new mission.

This week is only halfway over, and the internet has been full of discussions about feminism. Emma Watson led the charge with her viral speech about how feminism is for both sexes. It should not be associated with putting down men. Emma was left to fend off terrible MRA trolls as certain pop stars gave silly quotes about why they’re not into feminism. Most of the starlets who have recently rejected the feminist label cannot articulate the term’s definition. They don’t know what they’re rejecting. They simply believe that the “f”-word is a bad thing.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has taken notice. Earlier this year, he spoke on feminism and its definition: “What that means to me is that you don’t let your gender define who you are-you can be who you want to be, whether you’re a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, whatever.” JGL proudly described himself as a feminist. He seemed shocked that so many young women shun the label.

Joe uploaded a new video yesterday. He reenforces his previous statements on feminism. He talks about the Women Against Feminism movement (which I won’t link) and so much more. This speech is very off-the-cuff, but it works:

“I actually found it very interesting looking through [the Women Against Feminism site] and seeing what different people had to say, who didn’t identify with that word. People who found that word ‘feminism’ to be sort of anti-men or indicate that it was not right for women to not do things that were traditionally considered to be women’s place, like stay home and raise kids.

“And then there were some people who were saying that feminism made sense in the past, but it doesn’t anymore because men and women are equal now. I’m no expert, but I think the facts are pretty contrary to this, I think, if you actually look at the evidence of salaries for women versus salaries for men. At least in the United States, there’s still a definite disparity. That’s just one of many examples.

“So it’s complicated, and I grant that it’s complicated. And I think that it’s a really great thing for us all to be talking about. In the interest of furthering this conversation, I want to ask you guy what you think about this. What does that word ‘feminism’ mean to you?

“The first person who ever told me about feminism was my mom. My mom was active in what was called the 2nd wave of feminism in the ’60s and ’70s. Not only was feminism something that my mom taught me about. Obviously, motherhood in general is right at the core of what feminism is or isn’t. A lot of people who don’t identify with that word ‘feminism’ feel like that word is somehow against motherhood. Me, personally, I don’t take it that way. For me, as a feminist, I would say it should be up to the woman who wants to decide. If she wants to be a mom, then she should be a mom. If that’s what she wants to do full time, then that’s awesome. That’s what my mom did. But if she wants to go out and work, have a career other than being a mom, then she should be able to do that as well. And that’s to the benefit of everybody.”

[From HitRecord on YouTube]

Joe then asks his audience to send in clips to talk about whether or not they are feminist, and what the word means to them. He will dedicate an entire episode of his online show’s 2nd season to this issue. What he’s doing is important, and I love that he acknowledges how feminism benefits both sexes.

Here’s the video clip of Joe’s impassioned speech. His mom raised him well.

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Elle Fanning has brown hair now, is still adorable. [Go Fug Yourself]
Lauryn Hill is still a mess. Get it together, girl! [Dlisted]
Here’s Emma Watson’s speech about feminism. [LaineyGossip]
Mike Tyson helped a guy who had an accident. [Evil Beet]
I hope John Oliver v. Donald Trumphappens very soon. [Pajiba]
Dear NFL: get your shiz together. [Starcasm]
Stephen Amell’s pants look really weird, right? [A Socialite Life]
Kim Kardashian would love to be on Downton Abbey. [The Blemish]
Katherine Heigl shares a photo of her daughter. [I’m Not Obsessed]
Taylor Swift invited fans into her home & served them cookies. [Buzzfeed]
ENTY did some blind item reveals. [CDAN]
What is Hilary Duff wearing?! [Popoholic]
Jessica Alba’s daughter is SO gingery. [Celebrity Baby Scoop]
James Blunt got married this weekend. [Wonderwall]

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Emma Watson Launches UN’s HeForShe Campaign (Video)

Paris Fashion Week - Vogue Foundation GalaFormer ‘Harry Potter’ star Emma Watson is one of the celebs who has teamed up with the United Nations! She announced the HeForShe campaign, which is about equal rights for women, and gave a great speech about feminism. Check out a bit of what she says and even watch her speech (if you have time). RELATED: Emma Watson’s latest role is being a college grad!

Here’s an excerpt of what Emma said as part of her speech to announce the HeForShe campaign (via E! News).

Today, we are launching a campaign called HeForShe. I am reaching out to you before we need your help. We want to end gender inequality and to do this, we need everyone involved. This is the first campaign of its kind at the UN. We want to try to galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for change and we don’t just want to talk about it. We want to try and make sure that it’s tangible.
“I was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. Women six months ago and the more I’ve spoken about feminism, the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.
“for the record, feminism, by definition, is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes. I started questioning gender-based assumptions a long time ago.”

Hear, hear! You can watch the entire thing in the video below, but get a cup of coffee or tea first: it’s two hours long. I doubt it’s all Emma’s speech, though ;).


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FBI gets involved in the massive celeb photo leak, Apple patches iCloud bug

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After Sunday evening’s massive photo leak involving many celebrities’ (alleged) private photos, the internet pretty much lost it. Everyone’s yelling at each other from different sides of the room. These photos were intended to be private and were taken by or for significant others. There’s nothing wrong with private selfies, and these women should not be shamed. They are victims, just as male celebrities would be if it happened to them. (I am in no way advocating for men to be hacked, just pointing out that only female celebrities have been victimized in this case.)

There are many updates to yesterday’s post. Let’s do bullet points:

* As discussed already, Jennifer Lawrence’s rep says JLaw has already contacted authorities. Kate Upton is following suit. Upton’s rep told Us that the published photos are “an outrageous violation” of Kate’s privacy. TMZ heard from an FBI spokesperson, who says the agency is “aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter.

* The original hacking story from Buzzfeed said the hackers exploited an iCloud vulnerability. Kirsten Dunst is fully on board with this theory: