Frances McDormand: Botox & plastic surgery erase the ‘roadmap’ of life

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Frances McDormand is still promoting her Olive Kitteridge mini-series that co-stars the awesome Bill Murray. This is the first press tour Frances has done in 10 years, which I didn’t realize until now. Frances tells Katie Couric how she avoided promoting her work to protect her privacy. She’s been watching Hollywood from afar, and she doesn’t like what she sees.

The main topic of this interview is aging in Hollywood. This is a follow up to Frances’ recent admission of fear and rage over plastic surgery. She’s not simply rehashing the same quotes. This crusade is intentional. Frances said she decided to promote this project because it gives a platform to her “image” and “voice.” She wants to let younger actresses know that it’s okay to age naturally. Frances has been married to director Joel Cohen for 32 years, and she talks about him too:

Talking with Joel: “We have a lot of conversations about aging, and how difficult it is in our culture. I go on rants about it. I get a little too zealous about it, and he cautions me to remember that not everyone ages the same way. And I’ve been fortunate that I’m happy with the way that I look and how I age.”

Is the cultural obsession with aging a new phenomenon? “That’s one of the things I was talking about. I wonder what it was like. I feel nostalgic for a time I didn’t even have. You know, that time before we regarded ourselves with such criticism but also kind of a currency that looking a certain age had.”

The influence of actors: “I think we have a lot of responsibility because we place ourselves in a medium that reaches a lot of people. I know that I haven’t done press or publicity for ten years. I made a conscious choice not to. I started to not like the job of acting because it involved not only the promotion of what I’ve done but also myself. And I wasn’t interested in that part. Also it was just getting too close to my personal life. I couldn’t live the way that I wanted to live. A friend of mine said, ‘Women need you. Younger women need your image, and they need your voice, and it’s a very selfish thing you’re doing.’ That was about five years ago, so it took me about five years to really listen to her. But I believe that’s true.”

Embracing her age & seeing herself on screen: “Oh yeah. It’s not like I don’t look at myself and say, ‘Whoa. Wow. [Points to chin.] Look at that.’ But I also at the same time, ‘That.’ That one right there? [Points to laugh line.] That’s Pedro. That’s my son. 20 years of going ‘Hi! Wow! or ‘Oh my god!’ You know, this is the map. This is the roadmap.”

Why she gets angry when she sees plastic surgery: “Because it takes it away. It’s like, ‘I’m going to cut out, I’m going to erase 10 years, 15 years.’”

[From Yahoo!]

Frances’ words don’t stand alone. Winona Ryder was stoked about the “traffic” on her forehead once she hit age 40. I wish both of these women could influence the rest of Hollywood. A little bit of touchup work is standard in the business, but some women make themselves look like completely different people. There are extreme examples of this (Renee Zellweger) that magnify the issue. Frances has the skills to make an impact. I’ll pay close attention to what she says next.

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Tom Hiddleston is coming back to Marvel’s warm nerd-embrace, thank God

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In all honesty, I don’t really care that much about comic book movies. (Stage whisper: I never even watched Iron Man 3.) So it’s kind of funny that I get to write about some of this stuff. So, Marvel gave every geek a nerdgasm yesterday when they announced a huge slate of projects for the next four years or so. This is, I believe, all of Marvel’s Phase 2 and Phase 3 stuff. Or… something. Here’s what I learned:

*There will finally be a major black hero when Marvel introduces Black Panther, also known as T’Challa, “the head of the fictional African nation of Wakanda.” Black Panther will be played by one of my favorite newish actors, Chadwick Boseman. I’ve been hoping that Boseman gets some major projects and stepping into the Marvel world is BIG. Good job, Boseman! Black Panther will be out November 2017.

*Doctor Strange is still scheduled for a November 2016 release, but Benedict Cumberbatch’s casting was not confirmed.

*Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 will be out May 2018, and Part 2 will be out May 2019. Captain Marvelthe first major female superhero – will get a stand-alone film out July 2018.

*But the biggest news for the Dragonflies is about their king, Dragonfly Lord Tom Hiddleston. Marvel announced that Thor: Ragnarok will have a release date of July 28, 2017. Kevin Fiege confirmed that Hiddles would definitely return as Loki for the film. Fiege also confirmed that Thor: Ragnarok would be set immediately after The Avengers: Age of Ultron. This is what the film might entail, courtesy of Cinema Blend:

The Ragnarok storyline is one Thor fans have been begging to see on screen in this particular universe. For those unfamiliar with their Norse mythology, Ragnarok is the prophesized apocalyptic battle that is foretold to result in the complete destruction of Asgard, Thor’s home. It is written that it is Loki who is destined to bring about these end times, and Thor – being both a hero and the God of Mischief’s brother – is responsible for stopping these events from occurring.

When we last left Loki in Thor: The Dark World, he was certainly in a position to do quite a bit of damage. Taking the form of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), he sat on the throne he wanted ever since he was a child and was able to get Thor to leave Asgard behind to be with his beloved Jane Foster on Earth. Presumably the end of The Avengers: Age of Ultron will feature Thor realizing exactly what his brother has done and return to an Asgard that has spent a great deal of time under Loki’s boot.

The title Thor: Ragnarok is definitely a significant one, and Kevin Feige promised that it will have an effect on the Marvel Cinematic Universe as big as what Captain America: The Winter Soldier was able to pull off.

[From Cinema Blend]

Praise our Dragonfly Lord and Savior. MOAR DANCING!!! I’m actually thrilled beyond belief that we have more Hiddleston/Marvel stuff to look forward to in the years to come. YAY!!!!

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19 Shocking Reality TV Scandals NO ONE Saw Coming (Well, Probably)

Reality TV and controversial, OMG moments go hand in hand. They’re the primary reason you watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta online (for example).

In the early days, though, such moments weren’t nearly as common or explosive. The Real World has nothing on some of the scandals of modern times.

Lately, it seems like we’re dealt one jaw-dropping reveal, moment or conflict after another. So many it’s almost become a struggle to keep up with them all.

That said, here are 19 of the biggest reality TV scandals of all time:

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Give the network credit. It pulled the plug as soon as rumors spread of June Shannon dating her daughter’s former molester. EWWWWW!

Not all shockers take place with the cameras rolling, of course.

Jon and Kate Gosselin imploded off camera, while TLC just canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo because of June Shannon dating a child molester.

That never made it to air … and the show likely never would have if producers had known the tawdry extent of the Georgia matriarch’s past relationships.

Bottom line? Don’t expect an end to the madness anytime soon.

Despite what its title implies, you don’t watch Bad Girls Club: Redemption for the actual redemption, but for the bad girls clubbing each other. Just saying.

As long as producers and network executives believe that scandals equal ratings, awful behavior will continue to be the norm, rather than the exception.

Even if they don’t create drama on camera, the types of personalities likely to land shows in a more and more absurd TV landscape are likely loose cannons.

See now-canceled Sons of Guns and other examples.

This is just how it is these days. Some lament the state of TV for this reason, but there’s clearly an audience for it, and it appears to be growing if anything.

Click through and see which you would rank #1!

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Kylie Jenner is ‘bored’ with your obsession with her lips: Kris Jenner’s fault?

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If you follow Kylie Jenner on Instagram, you may have noticed something different over the past few months. Kylie’s posted a series of selfies that all draw attention to her mouth. It’s hard not to notice that her lips have undergone a transformation. For comparison’s sake, here’s what Kylie looked like at the Teen Choice Awards in August.

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In her recent selfies, Kylie’s been exaggerating the size of her lips with lipliner. You can even see the liner in most of the photos. But her lips are much larger than they used to be, and it looks like she’s had injectables done. I blame Kris Jenner, of course. Kylie is the one taking all the selfies, but she’s been raised in a family where cosmetic procedures are the norm. Kylie is only 17 years old, so I’ll excuse these tweets. Kylie would like us to stop talking about her lips:

(1) how long are we gonna talk about this lip thing lmao

(2) Let’s get a our lives together guys and talk about some important sh-t

(3) Just talk about something new at least. I’m bored.

[From Kylie Jenner on Twitter]

Well … at least she’s not denying anything. Sure, she sounds like a self-obsessed teen, but that’s the nature of being a teenager. Kris Jenner is the monster here. She’s taking a 17-year-old girl in for lip injections. Remember what happened with Kris’ inflatable lip disaster? She’s doing this to her own children.

In a family full of Pinocchio butts, this poor girl never had a chance.

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Gene Simmons’ advice to women: ‘Stop depending on men’

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This is a photo of Gene Simmons in Germany earlier this month. He wore a sombrero and pretended to be a mariachi band frontman.

Gene is promoting his new book, Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business. The book is inspired by Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and talks about how he and Paul Stanley fashioned KISS as a business strategy (rather than merely a rock band). I can only imagine those discussions: “Dude, we’re gonna wear full-face makeup. I’m gonna stick my tongue out like this. Then the dollars and babes will roll in.” Well … it worked. Isn’t it a bit misleading for Gene to claim to be “an army of one” when KISS was clearly a group effort? Paul Stanley recently told Oprah how his first meeting with Simmons was was “insulting.” They worked it out and are still together 40 years later.

Gene visited Fox News to shill his book. He doled out some advice for women:

In an interview with Andrea Tantaros Friday, Simmons went as far as to say women should assume men will abandon them and thus devote their early lives to making money to support themselves.

“This is a very complex and difficult question to answer so I’m going to put it as simply as possible. Women: Stop depending on men. It’s as simple as that. Imagine there are no men in life,” Simmons said. “Find out that thing that you’re good for that makes the money and then get married and or have children from a position of strength.”

Tantaros pressed Simmons about his wife Shannon Tweed, who the rocker married in 2011 after 28 years together.

“You had the blessing of a woman who stuck by you, who raised your children,” Tantaros said. “I read this and I thought, wait a minute, he’s telling me to be selfish and put myself first but at the same time, he regrets those decisions to be selfish.”

Simmons said he regrets not marrying Tweed sooner. “It is a massive failing for me that I didn’t recognize the purity and sanctity of love,” Simmons said. “Why I didn’t marry Shannon when I first met her and dropped head over heels with her is the stupidity and arrogance and selfishness of man.”

[From Fox News]

Gene’s words make sense (in these quotes), but it’s up to any couple to decide their own money issues. If one side is happy being supported by the other (and vice versa), that’s fine. If a couple feels better about both sides contributing equally, that’s perfectly cool too. There is always a risk involved with being supported by a spouse. Divorce happens. That’s life.

My problem with this: Gene believes he’s dispensing wisdom to the masses, and I find him untrustworthy. He gets quoted all the time (mostly stuff from his Sex Money Kiss book) on various MRA discussion boards. I won’t link any of the sites because, ugh. A few quotes from Gene’s 2006 wisdom: “If you put a woman on a pedestal and try to protect her from the rat race you’re a male chauvinist pig.” Another one: “If you get a promotion ahead of her, it’s favoritism. If she gets a job ahead of you, it’s equal opportunity.” Plus “If you make a decision without consulting her, you’re a chauvinist. If she makes a decision without consulting you, she’s a liberated woman.

Yep. Gene Simmons influences the MRA groups who wreak havoc on the internet. These guys think all women are trying to suck men dry financially. These guys also believe that women shouldn’t try to advance their own role in society. They hack into celebrities’ iPhones because they hate women. If Gamergate gets mentioned, they’ll dox any woman who dares to speak against them. Is Gene responsible for the actions of MRA trolls? No, but he’s made his share of misogynistic statements.

Unrelated: Gene Simmons ate a hamburger at LAX on 9/29.

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Aaron Paul on Toys ‘R Us pulling Breaking Bad dolls: ‘Barbies are worse’

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For about 5 minutes, Toys R Us had some Breaking Bad action figures of Walt and Jesse et. al with hazmat suits and accessories like little baggies of blue meth. I was just about to buy them as a Christmas present for an adult BB lover. They look very detailed and would make great gifts. Then, some random person who goes by “Florida Mom” started a Change.org petition calling for the removal of the characters. The petition read, in part, “[Selling] a Breaking Bad doll, complete with a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth, alongside children’s toys is a dangerous deviation from… family-friendly values.”

Seriously, you live in Florida and you think an action figure of a fictional drug lord character is a bad influence on your kid? (#nodisrespecttofloridians) What about Walking Dead action figures? (Ooh they have zombie Merle!) Those have actual zombies and freaking guns. What about toy guns? There are so many other toys to complain about and these are marketed to adults, not children.

Anyway Toys ‘R Us caved and pulled the action figures. Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman) took to twitter to point out the hypocrisy. Bryan Cranston (Walter White) was a bit more humorous about it. Here are some tweets from Aaron and Bryan:

Ooh Aaron referencing video games makes me remember one of my favorite Breaking Bad scenes. Spoilers if you’re still waiting to watch this show. (Just watch it already.) One of my favorite scenes/episodes is when Jesse, Mike and Gus Fring annihilate their entire Mexican competition by poisoning them at a party. Jesse was depressed prior to this and was spending his time playing first person shooter video games. Then, when he was confronted with real gunmen he had lighting fast reflexes that mirrored the game. That’s just a small example of the many clever and subtle plot twists in this show.

I digress, Toys ‘R Us needs to start selling these action figures again because they will probably sell out and I need an easy gift idea. The petition that Aaron links calls for Toys ‘R Us to continue selling collectible characters that are aimed at adults, and points out that these toys are in a separate section of the store and are not alongside toys for children. At the very least, they should sell them online. Nevermind, you can buy them on Amazon of course. Yeah bitch.

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Renee Zellweger Face Transformation: Insecurities Abound, Insiders Say

A Monday night red carpet event that became a Renee Zellweger face transformation showcase still has the web talking and speculating three days later.

Renee Zellweger’s dramatically different appearance left fans and entertainment industry experts wondering how, and why, she looks like THIS now:

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Renee Zellweger in 2004 and 2014. Yes, that is actually the same person.

The 45-year-old Zellweger commenting that her new look is because she’s so happy only fueled the debate and puzzled more than a few people.

In a statement, Renee did not address the rumors of plastic surgery and simply stated her new look was a result of a healthier lifestyle and natural aging.

According to a close confidante of Zellweger, that drastically different appearance we’re seeing now is a clear sign of her insecurities, not happiness.

The insider, connected to Zellweger since the early days of her career, says the changes are hardly a big surprise, because “insecurities abound.”

“Hollywood gets to people more than one would like to think.”

So which is it, a new life, or old Hollywood pressures?

“Renee is obviously hyper-fixated on maintaining a youthful appearance,” says another insider, citing Hollywood’s undeniable focus on young females.

“The focus on youth and often unattainable perfection, like no wrinkles, certainly can [influence] those with a proclivity to engage in radical behavior.”

The pressure to stay young is a big issue all around.

“We the consumers are so obsessed with youth and so hateful to age, that affects everyone. Hollywood is just serving what we ordered,” says one psychologist.

Heidi Montag Boob Job!


The queen of plastic surgery. It’s shocking how different Heidi Montag used to look and how badly this obsession turned out for her.

Zellweger hasn’t been seen out in public much since her last project four years ago, when she was still one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars.

Ironically, if she is image-obsessed and changed hers dramatically because she thinks she has to look younger, she may have hurt her future prospects.

“Renee Zellweger is a brand she has seriously damaged, or at least changed,” says a Harvard sociologist of the long-term impact of this transformation.

For better or worse, Renee Zellweger “has chosen a career that puts her in the public eye and for which she is judged based on her appearance.”

If Zellweger is no longer easily recognizable – for the innocence, the vibrancy and the vulnerability that made her a star – that could be a career killer.

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Minnie Driver criticizes showbiz parents: They’re ‘desperate and conflicted’

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Minnie Driver is promoting her new movie, Beyond the Lights. Her role is that of a “nasty Hollywood momager.” I wonder if she based her character upon Kris Jenner. That’s the only way Kris should ever be an inspiration to anyone. Minnie spoke to Us Weekly about how she doesn’t think that children should be allowed to act. That’s quite the sweeping statement because so many tv shows and movies include kid and teenage roles. Minnie even works with teenagers on About a Boy, which could make things awkward for Minnie. The parents of her tv son, Benjamin Stockham, may not appreciate the shade. Minnie has a point, so I’ll let her take it away:

On showbiz parents: “I’m not really for the whole kids in show business thing. It’s really difficult even when you meet lovely parents of children who are in show business. There is still the fact that they’re not having a childhood. They are out of their element, and in the element of an adult world which is not always appropriate. It seems to me there is always a certain level of desperation that makes a person put a child in that position.”

Her momager character: “That’s an interesting place to start for a character: Someone who’s desperate and conflicted. And if that’s overshadowing everything else, it doesn’t matter how nice or kind or empathetic they may be elsewhere. The overriding thing is quite fierce. You love them, of course you love them, but you want this other thing. It’s the realm of the hungry ghosts. That’s really interesting for an actor. You can’t be a villain. Villains aren’t interesting unless there is the un-villainous part of them. You really understand why she does what she does … You really get it. It’s not from a malicious point of view. She’s not a sociopath, she’s not evil. She just desperately did not want to go back to that poverty and she wanted something better for her kid.”

[From Us Weekly]

I guess we won’t be seeing Minnie’s own son, Henry (6), onscreen anytime soon. It will be interesting to see if Minnie keeps this perspective if Henry expresses interest in acting as he grows older. I see what she’s saying. We’ve seen so many showbiz kids get sucked into drugs and a party lifestyle. These kids turn into bratty divas and then fail to make the transition into adult acting. Minnie’s right. These kids should have a real childhood. They have the whole rest of their lives to work. Let kids be kids.

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Khloe Kardashian Dresses as Minnie Mouse: See the Cute Pic!

Khloe Kardashian likes to get dressed up.

Remember that photo of Khloe wearing a pig’s mask and standing near an inflatable donut? It’s a difficult image to forget.

The reality star’s latest costume, meanwhile, comes courtesy of sister Kourtney Kardashian, who recently returned from Disneyland on a mission.

“Trying to get make my family as Disney obsessed as I am. #itsWorking #disneyGifts,” Kourtney wrote as a caption to the following photograph.

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Viewers, meanwhile, will be seeing plenty more antics between Khloe and Kourtney on the upcoming E! series Kourtney & Khloe Take The Hamptons.

It premieres on Sunday, November 2 at 9/8c and you can – nay, you should! – check out a preview right here and now:

What sort of scripted shenanigans will take place on this spinoff? Expect to see a lot of French Montana, even though he and Khloe have now split.

And expect to see a lot of Kourtney fighting with Scott Disick because, well… Kourtney is always fighting with Scott Disick. The guy is sort of a huge douchebag.

For more fun with Khloe on Instagram, meanwhile, toggle through this gallery of photo:

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Kim Kardashian wore jorts for a matinee movie date with ‘Ye: awful, unflattering?

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Did Kim Kardashian borrow Benedict Cumberbatch’s unfortunate jorts? OMG. Here are some photos of Kim and Kanye West out and about in Calabasas yesterday (they went to a movie). Kim’s outfit is horrendous from the front, but the back view is particularly… unsettling. I’m guessing that Kanye dressed her, just because this seems like the kind of outfit he enjoys on his Real Doll. We’ve actually seen this braless top on Kim before, so she’s recycling it for this outing. The jorts are… well, I can’t remember a time when I’ve seen Kim in jorts. She should never do this again.

Kim turns 34 years old tomorrow. I always forget her age for some reason, although people made a big deal about it back when she turned 30. I personally think she only married Kris Humphries because she wanted to be engaged/married by her 30th birthday and that was literally the only reason she went with Humphries. For this year’s birthday, Kim is going to have a huge party at the Venetian’s TAO nightclub in Las Vegas. TAO is always paying Kardashians to host parties, so I would imagine Kim is picking up a nice paycheck to host her birthday event there.

After the movie, Kim and Kanye went through the drive-thru of Taco Bell. Ew!!! Something about that outfit and the thought of Mexican food… ew.

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