Scandal Sneak Peek: Bonding with Rowan

Olivia Pope will be getting along well with one important man in her life on Scandal Season 4 Episode 5, while asking a very important question about another:

Where the heck is Jake?!?

In the following sneak peek from “The Key,” Olivia will actually be spending some quality time with her dear old very shady dad when the topic of her boyfriend comes up.

What advice does Rowan offer his daughter? You may be surprised. Check out the clip now.

Elsewhere during the upcoming hour, Olivia and the Gladiators will continue to investigate Catherine’s case, while Cyrus will deeper into the rabbit hole with Michael. Oh boy.

Finally, David will realize what it’s like to finally be a winner in DC and Fitz will seek answers to Jerry’s death. Where will they take him? The ramifications may not be altogether positive for Jake.

Here is a look, meanwhile, at various Scandal cast members before they made it big as Gladiators…

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Scandal Season 4 returns on September 25 at 9/8C. Doesn’t the cast look glamorous in this photo?

… and here is your chance to watch Scandal online, courtesy of our friends at TV Fanatic:

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Stanley Tucci & Felicity Blunt Expecting Their First Child Together!

GQ Men Of The Year Awards‘The Hunger Games’ star Stanley Tucci has something far more exciting coming up than the release of ‘Mockingjay': he’s expecting a baby with his wife, Felicity Blunt! Felicity is the sister of actress Emily Blunt, who’s married to John Krazinski. Emily and John welcomed their first child, Hazel, last February. Hazel’s going to get a younger cousin! RELATED: Emily Blunt and John Krazinski welcome a baby girl.

Stanley and Felicity, who’s a literary agent, married in 2012. He confirmed the baby news to Us Weekly.

I’m very excited to be a dad. It’s incredible. I’m most excited to have a baby with Felicity and for the baby to be healthy.
“The sex is of no concern to me,” he added, with a laugh. “The sex of the baby, that is.”

Stanley already has three children from his first marriage, which ended in 2009 when his wife, Kate, died after a battle with cancer. As far as I can tell, this will be Felicity’s first child. Congratulations!

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Bethenny Frankel’s mom trashes her: ‘nasty, snobby and very arrogant’

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There isn’t much that can make me feel sorry for Bethenny Frankel, but this interview her mom did with Radar Online comes close. Bethenny and her mom, Bernadette, have a contentious relationship and no longer speak to each other. After reading this interview, I understand why. Bethenny’s mom absolutely trashed her to Radar Online. She called her daughter “nasty,” “snobby” and “arrogant.” Bernadette also said she knew that Bethenny and her ex husband, Jason, wouldn’t last. It’s all incredibly bitter, especially considering that she’s talking about her own daughter. Bethenny detailed her mother’s alcoholism, neglect and abuse in her 2011 biography, A Place of Yes, and Bernadette hasn’t forgiven her. I doubt this woman would have a kind word to say about her daughter regardless. Here’s more:

“I tried to watch Bethenny’s show because I had a vested interest in it,” [Bernadette Birk] tells RadarOnline.com exclusively. “But after the first week I stopped because it was just terrible. I was bored.”

“The things she does and says on camera is not who she is,” says Birk.

Birk hasn’t seen her daughter in more than a decade and calls her a “liar” over the allegations made against her in Frankel’s 2011 self-help/autobiography, Place of Yes. But Birk tells Radar that her daughter “wasn’t always like this.”

“She started changing at age 16. She became very snobby and very arrogant. Especially towards me…

“She had sex with her first serious boyfriend while in high school at 16-years-old, and she cheated on him about a year later,” Birk tells Radar. “That is just how she is. She jumps from man to man.”

“I always said that Bethenny and Jason would divorce after two years,” she says, referring to Frankel’s recent divorce from ex-husband Jason Hoppy, 43, who she shares custody with of her 4-year-old daughter, Bryn.

“I just knew that as soon as that child was in day care he was gone. She was really nasty to him on the show.”

[From Radar Online]

Maybe Bethenny’s mom isn’t technically wrong, but who says that about their own daughter? I don’t blame Bethenny for not talking to her mom, this woman is toxic. All things considered, Bethenny has risen above everything that happened to her. It’s just sad to hear someone trash her daughter like this. You don’t do that to family.

Bethenny is returning to Real Housewives of New York for season 7, which premieres next year.

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Amal Clooney’s wedding was only a ‘minor interruption’ from her brilliant career

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Here are some additional photos of Amal Clooney in Greece last week, plus I’m adding some blurry, long-distance photos of George Clooney (Mr. Alamuddin) in Vancouver on the 16th, doing some reshoots (or something) for Tomorrowland. I thought they completed principal photography on Tomorrowland months ago, which is why I’m referring to this as a “reshoot.” So, George was in Vancouver last week and Amal was in Greece. I wonder if this is what their marriage is going to be like – Amal will get the benefit of being Mrs. George Clooney and she’ll live in the giant mansion George bought for “them,” but George will be off doing his own thing and she’ll be off doing her own thing. Eh, that wouldn’t be the worst deal, actually. Just as long as we still get red carpet photos and pro-Amal propaganda. Speaking of, here’s a new People Mag story. I’m really sorry, but these propaganda pieces are DELIGHTFUL. They are so blatant. So thirsty.

Amal Clooney gets things done. A little more than two weeks after her Sept. 27 wedding to a certain Oscar-winning actor, she was back to business, matter-of-factly using her brand-new last name. Arriving in Athens on Oct. 13, the jet-setting international attorney was set to meet with Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras in an effort to mediate one of the world’s biggest cultural-property disputes.

While her other half, George Clooney, also returned to work, promoting his upcoming sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland at New York Comic Con on Oct. 9, Amal was tackling a complex legal case involving priceless Greek sculptures dating back more than 2,000 years and a centuries-old fight between Britain and Greece over ownership.

In other words, just another day at the office for the fiercely smart and ambitious newlywed, who coolly navigated princess-level pandemonium when she touched down in Greece.

“She is calm, highly intelligent and extremely dedicated,” a colleague tells PEOPLE. “This case shows she is going to be her own woman. Her career is continuing as it was before this minor interruption.”

[From People]

“THIS MINOR INTERRUPTION”?!?! Please tell me that quote came from a British person. They are always the masters of understatement. I’ve heard Englishmen refer to World War II as a “dust-up.” So, yes, “marrying George Clooney in one of the biggest public displays of the year” is now a “minor interruption.” Because Amal Clooney is just so brilliant, complicated, high-powered and dedicated. It’s a wonder she even bothered to take off work for months to vacation, plan her wedding and marry some Yank actor. Why is THIS the propaganda again?

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Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ wins the weekend box office with $23.5 million: did you see it?

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Here are some photos of Brad Pitt in London over the weekend. Fury closed out the BFI London Film Festival and I’m not really sure what’s going on with Brad’s clothes. That’s the worst tuxedo I’ve ever seen on him. And his photocall outfit – the plaid jacket, plaid shirt and 1970s striped tie… well, all of that is just BIZARRE. I have a theory that because Brad and Angelina are playing characters in the 1970s, that means Brad is still sort of stuck in his character’s ugly clothes. Still… Brad usually wears, like, Tom Ford perfection. He’s usually the best-dressed one while Angelina sacks her way through red carpets. Marriage has changed him!

I’ve been disappointed in the fact that Angelina has been nowhere during Brad’s Fury promotion. Even if she didn’t want to walk the carpet with him, why not a family photo-op with the kids in Malta? Brad’s “date” to the LFF premiere last night was a 91-year-old veteran named Peter Comfort. He looks like fun! As for the box office… Brad ruled the box office! Most people predicted that Fury would take home about $25 million and it ended up opening with $23.5 million. It was #1, finally knocking off Gone Girl. It’s a good month for R-rated dramas and the opening was particularly good for historical war films. Did you see it? I did not, but only because I just didn’t get around to it.

Meanwhile, Brad told Us Weekly that he enjoyed visiting Buckingham Palace to see his wife become an honorary Dame Commander. Brad said: “It was just a pleasure and certainly one for the books. [It was] a wonderful afternoon for our family, a great honor for Angie and something we won’t forget.” When asked if Angelina changed after becoming Dame Angie, Brad said: “Aaah, no. We have our own pecking order at home!”

Last thing – a UK paper claims that Brad owns a WWII-era Spitfire and he’s paid to have it completely restored. They also claim he’s flown it a few times. Eh.

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CB Book Club: ‘The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks’ by Jeanne Theoharis

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I recommended The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks because I saw an interview with the author, Jeanne Theoharis, on Melissa Harris Perry’s MSNBC show several months ago. I was struck by the fact that the simple almost-storybook history of Rosa Parks’ one act – defying the law regarding the seats given to African-Americans in the Jim Crow South – is very far from the complicated individual and extraordinary life of Mrs. Parks. That being said, I wasn’t expecting this book to be so DENSE. It’s more like a reference book used for a college course on the Civil Rights Movement rather than an accessible account of the life and times of a civil rights icon. That being said, I take Theoharis’ claim at face value, that this book serves as the ONLY comprehensive look at the life and lifelong advocacy work done by Mrs. Parks. And that’s a shame.

Even from the first third of the book, all of the pre-Montgomery Bus Boycott details of Mrs. Parks life, struck me as particularly cinematic. I wasn’t expecting that, but do you realize that there’s only been one major TV movie done about Mrs. Parks’ life? And that was just about her arrest and the bus boycott. Her life is crying out for a prestigious HBO miniseries, hand to God. This is driven home time and time again: Mrs. Parks toiled (often alone or with her dear friend and activist ally, E.D. Nixon) in civil rights work for literally decades before her arrest in 1955. She took testimony from African-Americans violently abused by the white power structure. She taught children how to advocate for their interests. She organized, she worked as a secretary for the NAACP, and on and on. She often felt profoundly lonely in her pre-arrest years.

By the time the account of Mrs. Parks’ arrest and the subsequent Montgomery Bus Boycott are recounted, everything starts to feel more familiar, but the experience is richer knowing how Mrs. Parks got to that place. That place where she refused to give up her seat. That place where she made an extraordinary act of personal dignity. We often think of Mrs. Parks as an “older lady” at the time of her arrest, but she was only 42 years old. Granted, that was old enough for her to be considered the “mother figure” to all of the young male organizers. In 1955, Martin Luther King Jr. (the newest and youngest minister in Montgomery) was only 26. It was in this moment when you begin to feel the first splinters in the history-book narrative. The boycott was organized by men, but the women were often on the frontlines of carrying out the day-to-day activities of the boycott. Mrs. Parks lost her job (as a department store seamstress) and then barely any of the money pouring in to support the boycott went to Mrs. Parks. She basically spent the next decade post-arrest living hand-to-mouth.

Mrs. Parks finally got a permanent job with Congressman John Conyers in 1965 and she and her husband moved permanently to Detroit. I came away with an abiding respect for Rep. Conyers for recognizing the need to give Mrs. Parks a permanent job, and for utilizing her strengths as an organizer. She acted, for the most part, as Conyers’ eyes and ears in Detroit. The post-1965 period of her life (she passed away in 2006 and Mrs. Parks is still the only African-American woman to lay in state in the US Capitol) was also rich in advocacy and activist work.

I enjoyed so many details about Mrs. Parks life – her lifelong love of children and her belief that future generations will find new and different ways to fight oppression and inequality. I loved that she made clothes for all of her nieces and nephews. I loved how militant she was, in the early days and later in her life, when she idolized Malcolm X. I loved what little information there was about her marriage to Raymond Parks and how he supported her 100% through thick and thin. In the worst days in Montgomery, when the KKK was bombing MLK’s home, Raymond would get his gun and sit the night watch, protecting his wife. Theirs was a marriage of equals. It was a good book, I just wish it had been a bit more readable and accessible.

Oh, and by the way: we’re putting the Book Club on hold for a while. With the holidays and the awards season rolling up in the next four months, we probably won’t start the book club up again until next spring!

Bedhead’s take: I agree with Kaiser about this book’s lack of accessibility. Maybe it says something about my attention level, but I required some caffeine to get through the bulkier, fact-heavy sections of this book. It was still a great read and a very rewarding fount of knowledge.

What did I like best? The PR orchestrations that led to the commonly known public image of Rosa Parks, which revolves solely around the beginning of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Behind the scenes, Rosa advocated for decades before and after the brief moment in time that made her a legend. Parks remained an indomitable spirit throughout her life. She continuously plugged away at the civil rights movement despite (successful) efforts by others to downplay her contributions. The fact that it took a book of this caliber to paint a new portrait of Parks’ image speaks to the gender discrimination even within the civil rights movement. So I enjoyed getting to know the real Rosa Parks instead of simply rereading about the lady who refused to sit in the back of the bus.

This book is revisionist history and does its job well. Even if one isn’t interested in learning more about the inner mechanisms of Parks’ civil rights efforts, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks is a stunning example of how history books don’t even come close to telling the whole truth. That’s an invaluable lesson.

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Kris Jenner All Smiles While Out & About

Kris Jenner Is All Smiles In Los AngelesWell, Kris Jenner may be upset behind closed doors about ex-husband Bruce Jenner dating one of her best friends, but she’s hiding it while out in public. She looks happy, smiling widely as she arrives somewhere with the paparazzi recording every move. RELATED: Bruce Jenner is said to be dating Kris Jenner’s BFF.

The more I think about it, the more I think we’re getting a preview of an upcoming ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ storyline. This will be the aftermath of Kris’s and Bruce’s divorce. She’s been saying publicly that she’s not sure if she wants to date again while Bruce has already moved on with her former best friend. You have to admit, the story is dramatic.

I’m not suggesting it’s contrived, either. This is part of being a reality TV star: the stuff that occurs in your private life is fodder for your show. Moving on after a long-term marriage has the potential for plenty of drama. Are you interested in seeing how this plays out on ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’?

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Leah Messer: Cheating on Jeremy Calvert?! Husband Calls Reality Star Out on Twitter!

Since Leah Messer has already been divorced once, you might think the Teen Mom star would do everything in her power to make her second marriage work.

But according to her husband, Jeremy Calvert, Leah just can’t keep her hands off Robbie Kidd.

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Leah admitted to cheating on Corey Simms with Kidd just weeks before her first marriage ended. Now, Calvert has accused Messer of sleeping with Kidd again in a series of vicious tweets that were posted and quickly deleted this morning.

“Well that was a surprise kind u did it to Corey and now me with the same person good job slut,” Calvert tweeted. “Don’t give a f–k! Done protecting ur ass caught good luck! Caught ya b-tch!”

Clavert later added, “Go back to Mingo and have a wonderful time with Mr. Kidd.”

It’s already been a difficult year for Messer. Leah’s daughter has been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and she’s in the midst of a heated custody battle with Simms. 

The stress has reportedly led to Messer getting addicted to prescription pills

Messer and Clavert married in April of 2012 and have one child together. Leah has twins from her marriage to Simms.

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Leah Messer and one of her three daughters share a tender moment.

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Angelina Jolie New ‘Unbroken’ UK Trailer (Hot New Trailer)

unbroken trailer 2I’m putting the new trailer for ‘Unbroken’ up as our “feel good video of the day” because the story is SO inspirational. Angelina Jolie directed the film, so we don’t get to see her onscreen, but this story is so powerful, it doesn’t matter. ‘Unbroken’ is the story of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (portrayed by Jack O’Connell). RELATED: Angelina Jolie named as an Honorary Dame by Queen Elizabeth.

Mr. Zamperini was an Olympic athlete before going off to fight in WWII. The plane he was flying in crashed, and he was found but by the wrong side: the Japanese. That led to a stint in a prisoner-of-war camp. Can you IMAGINE having all of those experiences? He died just last July 2, 2014, at the age of 97. Angelina told EW she showed him the film on her laptop while he was in the hospital. I’m glad he got to see it.

This is a UK trailer, which is why you see the references to opening on Boxing Day. Take a look. This MUST be on your list of holiday movies.

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Joshua Jackson on why he & Diane Kruger haven’t married: ‘We’re not religious’

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Have you been watching Joshua Jackson’s new Showtime series, The Affair? I have not, but I intend to check it out at some point. I still haven’t had time to catch up on the new season of Homeland (but I hear there’s a lot of Rupert Friend so YAY!). Joshua isn’t even the lead of The Affair – he’s part of a small ensemble which includes Ruth Wilson, Dominic West and Maura Tierney. Anyway, Joshua is still doing some promotion for the show and he gave an interesting interview to Glamour. Some highlights:

Making a show about messy relationships: “Our show tries to portray the messiness of life—sometimes you make bad choices and don’t get to walk around with your head held high. But having seasoned actors helps. Our industry tends to cast 23-year-olds, but in this show everybody’s got a couple of wrinkles, a little bit of life under their belts. We’ve all had to recover from heartbreak.”

Whether he still gets recognized for Mighty Ducks & Dawson’s Creek: “If I’m somewhere cold, Mighty Ducks. Anywhere else, Dawson’s. I’m now at an age where my friends’ kids like Dawson’s…but they like it ironically.”

Why he and Diane Kruger aren’t married: “I can tell you why we’re not married: We’re not religious. I don’t feel any more or less committed to Diane for not having stood in front of a priest and had a giant party. We’re both children of divorce, so it’s hard for me to take marriage at face value as the thing that shows you’ve grown up and are committed to another person. But it may change at some point. We may get married.”

What Diane taught him about fashion: “That if you want to be respected as a grown-up, you have to dress like one.”

Diane threw out his part of shoe collection: “I used to have a collection of Adidas sneakers, but one day all the obnoxiously colored ones disappeared. She still claims I must have lost them ‘somewhere.’”

[From Glamour]

That’s so harsh that Diane threw out some of Joshua’s shoe collection. From what I gather, their couple-dynamic is that he’s very loose and easy-going and she’s the hyper-organized control freak who keeps him in line and on time. I think if Diane wanted to get married, they would get married. Joshua will just go along with whatever she wants and right now, she doesn’t care about marriage. But I think the religious argument is interesting, although… the institution of marriage evolves. It’s evolving right now, as we speak. It’s not just about religion, and in some cases, it has nothing to do with religion. So, I kind of think Joshua’s answer was a cop-out. He just doesn’t want to say “We’ll get married when Diane says we should get married.”

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