Jason Hoppy to Bethenny Frankel: No Bryn on Real Housewives of NYC!

Bethenny Frankel’s return to The Real Housewives of New York City is a done deal, but ex-husband Jason Hoppy will do anything to keep their daughter off it.

Hoppy is expected to formally ask the judge handling their bitter divorce to prevent 4-year-old daughter Bryn Hoppy from ever appearing on the Bravo show.

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Frankel’s return to RHONYC was confirmed this week, and “Jason isn’t thrilled because he knows Bethenny is going to get in numerous jabs” about their split.

While anything you see when you watch The Real Housewives of New York City online is out of his control, Hoppy hopes to control one critical aspect.

“It’s just unhealthy for Bryn to be on TV at a time when her parents are getting divorced,” explains the source. “Bethenny signed up for the show, [Bryn] didn’t.”

Bethenny may point to Hoppy’s double standard, says a source: “Jason had no problem with Bryn being on Bethenny’s [shows] when they were happily married.”

“Bethenny wouldn’t have Bryn be with her during every single shoot for Real Housewives, but she is adamant that the judge allow her to be on the show.”

Frankel, who starred on the show from 2008-10, after which she built a Skinnygirl cocktail empire, spent the summer carefully considering a return to Bravo.

“I’m genuinely excited, with a side of slightly nervous, for my return to the Real Housewives of New York City,” the 43-year-old said in a statement.

“Bravo has always been the [place on TV] where I have the freedom to be unfiltered, honest and inappropriate, with an audience who has been with me from the beginning.”

“I can’t wait to see what this next chapter brings for all of us.”

Sounds like it will bring big drama on and off the screen.

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Shailene Woodley on taking it off for movies: ‘I’m only 22. My boobs are great’

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Shailene Woodley isn’t the new Jennifer Lawrence, at least not on this blog. Shailene’s off-camera shtick is limited to her earth-child persona and she’s not nearly as interesting as JLaw. That’s sad because she does show serious talent in her films.

I watched White Bird in a Blizzard last weekend. The film’s twist was a gut punch, and Shailene was fantastic. Her performance quality had little to do with how often she disrobed during the movie. She told Hollywood life that she’d never shy away from nudityIf that happened to be part of the story in a really beautiful, grounded, honest way.” This film is very honest, and Shailene loses her top a lot. Here’s what she had to say about her magnificent rack:

Shailene Woodley stars in White Bird in a Blizzard. Forget not understanding the title. The question is, where’s her first name come from?

“My mother saw ‘Shai’ on a license plate, loved it, and tried figuring how to adapt it. Shailo, Shailee, Shailey, Shailette. So it became Shailene.”

She started acting “at age 5. By accident. I grew up in a small suburban California town. I was good in school. I was a nerd. The opportunity came to do commercials, and my parents were supportive.”

About her oft-discussed sexy scene in the movie, it’s “crazy. And sort of wrong. But I felt great doing it. I was not fully robed. And our bodies had no makeup. Who needs makeup? I’m only 22. My boobs are great. They don’t need any help. My parents saw the film. I thought it might be awkward, but they both loved it.”

OK.

Shailene did not arrive for her screening in the usual tight, spangled, designerish, low-cut, crotch-showing loaner dress, borrowed jewelry and teased shellacked hair. It was simple black pants, coat, headband. She’s also an outspoken feminist.

“Women should be there for other women. It’s such cruelty and competition out there. Women must help other women. Not say those ugly things about the others just out of their insecurity. I don’t believe in that.”

Started acting at 5, has a one-off name, parents loved her naked scene, dressed plainly for her screening. Shailene Woodley’s different.

[From Page Six]

Sigh. She’s not wrong. Her rack does look good in this movie, and being 22 years old doesn’t hurt matters. It’s easy to roll my eyes at Shailene’s declaration, but at least she’s not humblebragging. She’s not saying other people think her rack is awesome. She just likes her own rack. There’s something admirable in that statement. Shailene is simply being “open and lovely” with us.

By the way, did you catch how Page Six is trying to erase Shailene’s anti-feminist stance? I wonder if that’s Shailene’s PR people at work.

P.S. Here’s Shailene’s co-star, Shiloh Fernandez. He cleans up pretty well, but this photo makes me want to dunk him in Lysol.

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Sofia Vergara Do You Love Or Hate Her Angel Ball Gown?

2014 Angel BallParents-to-be Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds weren’t the only celebs at the 2014 Angel Ball. Sofia Vergara was also at the event. Check out her red carpet gown. RELATED: Was Sofia Vergara’s Emmy skit sexist?

The pattern is definitely eye catching, but one thing the ‘Modern Family’ star doesn’t deviate from is the form-fitting gown that flatters her famous curves. Sofia knows what works for her! I can see why she went with this lively print; it’s just different enough to change things up a bit. I’m a fan. I bet Joe Manganiello would approve of this gown ;).

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Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds Expectant Parents Work The Red Carpet Together

2014 Angel BallYou have to admit: Blake Lively is WORKING that baby bump. Who can blame her? She looks amazing, doesn’t she? Here’s Blake on the red carpet with her husband, Ryan Reynolds. This much be such an exciting time for them! They’re at the Angel Ball 2014. RELATED: Blake Lively flaunts her baby bump on the red carpet.

Normally Ryan doesn’t look too happy on the red carpet, but he looks happy here. He sounds like he’s having fun coming up with baby names. He explained to E! News:

I don’t want a name that’s anything pretentious or, like, Hollywood-y. So I’m going with Excalibur Anaconda Reynolds…that’s if it’s a girl.”

If they have a boy? Then he’s thinking “Bruce Jenner.” Something tells me Blake is going to make sure she fills out that birth certificate herself- LOL.

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Monica Lewinsky: ‘I was Patient Zero’ of being ‘destroyed’ by online bullying

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Back in May of this year, Vanity Fair sat down with Monica Lewinsky in what turned out to be a major exclusive. Monica was/is trying to rebrand herself, 16 years after her affair with then-president Bill Clinton. I covered parts of her Vanity Fair interview here and here. As I said at the time, I feel sorry for Monica, still, to this day. She made some mistakes when she was in her early 20s and she was treated miserably by Ken Starr, by the Clintons, by the press and by everyone else. Besides, it was President Clinton who was married. He was the one who broke his vows and then lied about it under oath (not that he should have been impeached over it, but Bubba was definitely the “grossest” one in this situation). Anyway, as Monica tries to rebrand herself, she’s trying to become a spokesperson for some kind of anti-online bullying campaign.

#HereWeGo, alright! Monica Lewinsky recalled her historic ’90s affair with former President Bill Clinton during a speech on Monday, Oct. 20, revealing that she was once in love with him. The former White House intern, 41, kicked off her first-ever public address by bringing up her story. “I fell in love with my boss,” she said during Forbes’ inaugural 30 under 30 Summit in Philadelphia. “Only, my boss was the President of the United States.”

The theme in Lewinsky’s speech, however, was about launching a “cultural revolution” against Internet shaming, which she experienced first-hand in the ’90s following the news of her presidential affair.

“I was Patient Zero,” Lewinsky said, according to the magazine. “The first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet. There was no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram back then, but there were gossip, news and entertainment websites replete with comment sections and emails which could be forwarded. Of course, it was all done on the excruciatingly slow dial up. Yet around the world this story went. A viral phenomenon that, you could argue, was the first moment of truly ‘social media.’”

According to Forbes, which recapped the presentation, Lewinsky got emotional while discussing her life in the wake of the political scandal. “Staring at the computer screen, I spent the day shouting, ‘Oh my God!’ and ‘I can’t believe they put that in. That’s so out of context,’” she said of the infamous Starr Report, which was released online in 1998. “And those were the only thoughts that interrupted a relentless mantra in my head: ‘I want to die.’”

Lewinsky, as she first wrote in an essay for the June 2014 issue of Vanity Fair, explained that the tragic death of Tyler Clementi was what moved her to break her silence. (Clementi, a gay Rutgers University student, committed suicide in 2010 after being publicly humiliated by classmates on the Internet.) “The tragedy is one of the principal reasons I am standing up here today,” Lewinsky said Monday. “While it touched us both, my mother was unusually upset by the story, and I wondered why. Eventually it dawned on me: She was back in 1998, but to a time when I was periodically suicidal; when she might very easily have lost me; when I, too, might have been humiliated to death.”

After his death, Lewinsky met with Clementi’s parents. Lewinsky said she wanted to use her past and experiences to help other victims — especially youth — who have been exposed to cyberbullying and harassment. “Having survived myself, what I want to do now is help other victims of the shame game survive too,” Lewinsky continued in her speech. “I want to put my suffering to good use and give purpose to my past.”

[From Us Weekly]

Monica has also joined Twitter – go here to see her brand new Twitter feed. My take: good on Monica for talking about this kind of thing, and online bullying, harassment and stalking are issues that need to be addressed more comprehensively these days. Monica might have been “Patient Zero” but these days, it’s about #YesAllWomen, Anita Sakeesian and Zoe Quinn (two of the biggest victims of this #GamerGate fiasco). There is a need to discuss how women are targeted online and if Monica wants to take this up, she should. Plus, I just like the fact that Monica isn’t in hiding these days. I’m sure the media will link Monica to Hillary Clinton’s possible/probable 2016 presidential run, but what is Monica supposed to do? Just curl up in a ball and wait out yet another campaign cycle?

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Ryan Phillippe: ‘I’ve made 30-plus films over 20 years; 5 of them are good’

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Ryan Phillippe is promoting his directorial debut, Catch Hell. Ryan co-wrote the script with a friend (Joe Gossett) and stars in the main role. Ryan says he “kind of plays himself,” which is to say he plays an actor whose career has hit a lull. Not-Ryan is a character who gets chased by the paparazzi but can’t land a movie. I don’t know how close this is to the truth. Ryan hardly ever gets papped these days. He may simply be good at evading the cameras.

Ryan certainly feels like his acting career isn’t the greatest. He spoke with the LA Times about how he dislikes all of his films — except for five of them, which he does not name. Mystery! Cruel Intentions has to be one of the good ones. The movie was pure cheese but a guilty pleasure for many. I hope Ryan’s not dissing that movie, especially since he met the mother of his children during filming. I bet Ryan considers Flags of Our Fathers to be one of his good movies since Clint Eastwood directed it. He probably also liked Gosford Park; Crash was emotionally manipulative, but it won Best Picture, right? So he’s gonna be proud of that one. Maybe Lincoln Lawyer?

The turning point in Ryan’s career — 2011: “I did this terrible movie with 50 Cent [the heist flick, Setup]. It was just a situation I didn’t want to be in. I was sold a bill of goods and it turned out to be something different, which is often the case in this business.”

Where he is now: “It’s certainly not a lament of mine that I’ve fallen out of favor in Hollywood. I’ve made 30-plus films over 20 years. And in my opinion, five of them are good. So you slave away and you work hard and you want to make something great, and a lot of times you end up disappointed. There are a lot of elements that are beyond your control when you’re an actor for hire. So this is kind of the beginning of my wanting to take a little more control and be a little more involved.”

He’s tiring of acting: “Acting alone doesn’t sustain me the same way it used to. Which I think is completely OK if you’ve done something for 20 years. Trying something else becomes really appealing.”

His first time directing: “I love it bleeding together and being a question of how much is directly related to me or isn’t. I’m proud of this movie. I came in on time and under budget. I got it done, and it is what it is. It’s not giant. But I can’t wait to do the next one — especially since I won’t be required to be on-camera the whole time.”

[From LA Times]

I don’t know how to feel about this newfound trend of actors trashing their films. It bugs. Why must they appear so ungrateful for roles that struggling actors would love to play?

Ryan recently spoke about his co-parenting efforts with ex-wife Reese Witherspoon. They’ve led a relatively drama-free divorce. American citizen Reese has had far more drama on her own. Anyway, Ryan said he and Reese went on a family walk through Central Park and talked about how they shot Cruel Intentions there. Ava and Deacon “were tripping out on the fact that we were there shooting a movie before they were even a thought in our minds.” I doubt Reese and Ryan went into great detail about this movie, right? The kids will see it on their own someday. And they will be sooo embarrassed to see their parents get it on.

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Lena Dunham called ‘gutless’ in a conservative hit-piece for revealing her rape

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Lena Dunham covers the new issue of the National Review. No, she didn’t pose for the cover, nor did she grant the conservative publication an interview. As it turns out, Lena Dunham is overwhelmingly hated by conservatives, which is something I never realized before now. Lena is a political liberal and she’s never made that any kind of secret. She’s publicly supportive of Planned Parenthood and NARAL, she’s done some Get Out the Vote work (in 2012) and that sort of thing. I’ve never given it that much thought. But apparently some in the conservative media are using Lena as a punching bag for all things “evil” – evil with Democrats, evil with women, evil with the younger generation, evil with Hollywood, and on and on.

It should be noted that Kevin D. Williamson is the author of this National Review screed. Williamson is the same guy who wrote that horribly transphobic article about Laverne Cox. Williamson is the same guy who recently said that women who have abortions should be put to death… by hanging. That’s where we are now. First, I read the opening of Williamson’s article and I was all “Whoa, I kind of agree with his take here.”

Lena Dunham is fond of lists. Here is a list of things in Lena Dunham’s life that do not strike Lena Dunham as being unusual: growing up in a $6.25 million Tribeca apartment; attending a selection of elite private schools; renting a home in Hollywood Hills well before having anything quite resembling a job and complaining that the home is insufficiently “chic”; the habitual education of the men in her family at Andover; the services of a string of foreign nannies; being referred to a homework therapist when she refused to do her homework and being referred to a relationship therapist when she fought with her mother; constant visits to homeopathic doctors, and visits to child psychologists three times a week; having a summer home on a lake in Connecticut, and complaining about it; writing a “voice of her generation” memoir in which ordinary life events among members of her generation, such as making student-loan payments or worrying about the rent or health insurance, never come up; making casual trips to Malibu; her grandparents’ having taken seven-week trips to Europe during her mother’s childhood; spending a summer at a camp at which the costs can total almost as much as the median American family’s annual rent; being histrionically miserable at said camp and demanding to be brought home early; demanding to be sent back to the same expensive camp the next year.

[From National Review]

Right? If the article had just been about “poor little rich girl thinks she’s a special snowflake,” I would have been like “Whoa, I guess I’m a Republican on this one. Sign me up!” But then, of course, Williamson’s article takes an absolutely horrendous detour with this: “As a literary stratagem — laying down a marker in the popular culture without making herself vulnerable to accusations that she might be taking herself too seriously — the maneuver is transparent…. Specifically, she uses it in her memoir to accuse a man of rape without having to take responsibility for the accusation.” What’s that now?

Yes, Williamson was pissed about Lena’s recounting of her college rape within her memoir. Lena identified the guy as “Barry” and a “college Republican.” I wrote about it a few weeks ago. Lena’s story pissed off Williamson because… won’t anyone think of the poor rapists?!?! To his mind, no woman should ever speak publicly about their rape or sexual assault without taking responsibility for how they are hurting the accused rapist. LITERALLY. That’s the point he’s making. He also suggests that any woman “claiming” to be raped must release their medical records to “prove” their story. You can read more of Williamson’s rape-specific article here. He calls her college-rape story a “gutless and passive-aggressive act.”

So, there was an immediate backlash against the National Review for publishing this misogynistic drivel. Go here to read Salon’s piece. Go here to see Alex Wagner tackle it. Go here to see WaPo’s takedown. I guess this was one way to get me on Team Dunham. Ugh.

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Kylie Jenner Flaunts Cleavage, Lip Injections on Instagram

By her own admission, Kylie Jenner is obsessed with Instagram, and she knows what she’s doing when it comes to photo-sharing.

Kylie’s got such a firm grasp on how to keep her millions of followers entertained that her selfie skills earned her a spot on Time magazine’s list of the most influential teens of 2014.

With all the benefits she’s reaped thus far, it’s unlikely that Kylie will cool it with the selfies any time soon, and we can’t blame her. Even so, pics like the one below definitely make us wonder where this girl’s parents are:

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That’s Kylie and her lip injections rocking a typically age inappropriate outfit, and this shot gives us the feeling that even Kylie realizes she’s growing up too fast.

Something about that look on her face says, “Wow, I’m 17 and this is gonna be on the Internet forever.”

Of course, KJ is running with a much older crowd these days, so maybe she doesn’t realize what a bad idea it is for her to rush right into adulthood like this.

Kylie is dating Tyga, a 24-year-old rapper with a child of his own who was – until recently – engaged to one of Kim Kardashian’s best friends.

Hopefully Kylie will pull a Kim (ditch the douche and not settle down until her 30s) and not a Kourtney (settle down with the douche and pop out a million kids). 

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Kendall and Kylie doing what they do best. What these girls have done before camera phones?

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Halle Berry Requesting Court Slash Gabriel Aubry’s Child Support Payments So He Has To Work

Halle Berry & Daughter Nahla Shopping At The GroveCurrently, Halle Berry is paying Gabriel Aubry $16K per month in child support for their daughter, Nahla. Well, the ‘Extant’ star has had enough of that. She filed documents requesting the court slash the child support payments to just $3K per month. RELATED: Halle Berry dishes on being a working mom.

TMZ reports that Halle claimed in her legal documents:

Gabriel has stopped working and is content to live off of the child support, and that’s an abuse of the system.

She notes Gabriel is perfectly capable of getting a job … and by reducing the support it will allow 6-year-old Nahla to live a comfortable life … supplemented by his income.

They have joint physical and legal custody, so each parent has Nahla 50% of the time. Good luck with that, Halle. If that argument worked, don’t you think a whole lot of fathers would have made the same argument about the mother of their children when it comes to child support payments?

On one hand, $16K a month sounds like an outrageous amount of money. Remember the point of child support, however: the child is supposed to live in the same manor as if they were with the wealthy parents, so wealthy non-custodial parents can’t just leave their kids living in a dump while they live it up. With that reasoning, $16K makes sense. At least ‘Extant’ was renewed for another season! Halle may have had better luck if she was unemployed.

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In June of this year, Halle Berry was ordered to pay $16,000 a month in child support to her ex, Gabriel Aubry, along with over $100,000 in missed child support payments. That amount was reduced from the $20,000 monthly child support she’d been court ordered to pay Aubry since 2012. (Of which she had missed about five months prior to that ruling.) Halle and Gabriel have one daughter together, Nahla, 6. They split in 2010 after five years together.

As you may remember, in late 2012 Berry launched a campaign to move to France with Nahla that was shot down by the custody judge. Shortly after that ruling, Berry’s then fiance, Olivier Martinez, got into a fist fight with Gabriel at Berry’s house during a custody handoff. That’s just background on Berry’s custody battle, which has been contentious and even violent at times. Anyway now Berry reportedly claims that Aubry doesn’t work at all and just lives off her child support so she wants to cut it way down.

Halle Berry has had it with baby daddy Gabriel Aubry … claiming he has been living ENTIRELY off child support, and she is asking a judge to STOP the gravy train.

TMZ has learned … Berry filed legal docs asking the judge in their custody case to reduce her monthly child support obligation from $16,000 a month to just over $3,000 a month.

Halle claims in her legal docs … Gabriel has stopped working and is content to live off of the child support, and that’s an abuse of the system.

She notes Gabriel is perfectly capable of getting a job … and by reducing the support it will allow 6-year-old Nahla to live a comfortable life … supplemented by his income.

Halle and Gabriel have joint custody … each has the kid around 50% of the time.

[From TMZ]

Aubry, 39, used to work as a male model so his shelf life is pretty limited despite his fame. I can understand why he’s not making what he once was and why Berry should pay him support. $16k a month sounds excessive to me, but they’re in LA and Nahla goes to private school. That number is based on Halle’s earnings, so both parents can afford the lifestyle the child is accustomed to. They share custody and Berry can definitely afford it.

Why is she aiming to cut child support down to just $3k a month though? Why not reduce it incrementally to about $12k a month? Maybe this is a legal move and the lawyers assume that the judge will reduce the amount but not by that much. We haven’t heard much from Halle recently. I’m surprised she hasn’t announced a breakup with Olivier.

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