Lena Dunham Goes Green, Dyes Hair Again

Lena Dunham has gone green.

No, the Girls star isn’t doing anything noteworthy regarding the environment, at least not as far as we know.

But the actress/producer/writer has changed up her hair color once again, ditching her platinum blonde bowl cut for… some kind of green creation.

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“Newly minted for the Canadian leg of the tour thanks to @tanneyb @rheannewhite,” Dunham wrote on Instagram along with this photo, giving a shout-out to Rheanne White Salon colorist Tanner Bassett.

Many fans believed Dunham was donning a wig when she went blonde in August, telling E! News not long after her last hair color dye job:

“A paparazzo followed me through LAX the other day asking me how I felt about the ‘speculation’ that my hair is a wig. It was like the biggest scandal I’ve ever been embroiled in.”

That’s far from true, of course,

Lena Dunham is known for being outspoken. Recently, for example, she went off on the celebrity naked photo hacking scandal, referring to the incident as a sex crime and castigating anyone who viewed pictures of Kate Upton nude or other stars in the buff.

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13 Celebrities Who Became Utterly Unrecognizable From How We Think of Them

There’s changing one’s look or appearance, and then there are these 13 celebrities, who became completely unrecognizable from how we once knew them.

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Lindsay Lohan compared to what she looked like as a fresh-faced teenager, not even 10 full years ago? Pretty astounding and not in a good way.

Either for a period in their lives, or for good (Renee Zellweger’s face likely isn’t going back to its Bridget Jones version), this is stuff you couldn’t make up.

Not even if you used all the makeup in the world. We can’t believe these dramatic transformations, especially among some stars who are still so young.

Some celebs’ looks naturally change, of course, as they age from child teen stars to adults, so it’s unfair to say that doesn’t play at least some role here.

This is part of why Renee Zellweger then and now photos shocked the Internet so much this week, though. Renee is 45, and the change was recent.

Relatively speaking, the Zellweger we envision when we hear her name still looked more or less the same just a few years ago (see gallery below).

The pressures of Hollywood are immense, though, whether it’s a problem with addiction or a question of trying to remain forever youthful looking.

Either battle is a losing one, and some of the above side by side photo comparisons should serve as a cautionary tale regarding the dark side of fame.

Some are just funny, though. Can you imagine Zooey Deschanel without her signature bangs? Louis C.K. with hair on his head but not on his face?

A clean cut Zach Galifianakis?

We didn’t think so. But the above gallery has all of them and more! Check it out, and for a look at what everyone’s talking about re: Renee, see below …

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

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Celebs defend Renee Zellweger: is it ‘mean’ to point out that she looks way different?

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As you know by now, Renee Zellweger had some major work done about a year ago. She emerged at an event this weekend looking much different than we’re used to, and so people naturally noticed. Renee commented on her changed appearance and she made it worse, in my opinion. Renee decried the “folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth” and she attributed her new look to aging and “living a different, happy, more fulfilling life.” Buried in a lot of BS, there was a hint that maybe she’d visited a dermatologist/surgeon. She said “I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion,” which to me sounds like she had something done and regrets it. That’s all she said about it, though.

Now celebrities have weighed in on Renee, and they’re saying “leave her alone” pretty much. Which… I mean that’s the response to a lot of a gossip stories. E! Online has more, and credit to them for this story idea:

Today show co-host Kathie Lee Gifford defended the actress Wednesday morning on-air. “Let her be and don’t be so mean spirited about her choices,” she explained. “I think she looks beautiful.”

The View co-host Nicole Wallace also thinks the chatter can open up a whole separate conversation on women and beauty. “I think the reality is that there is an unending pressure on women to look forever young,” she shared.

[From E! Online]

E! also posted some tweets from celebrities about Renee’s change and I’m cribbing a few of them here:

Of course Renee can do whatever she wants, and I think she looks beautiful now as she did before. In fact I did say that she looked beautiful in our last story, just nothing like herself. It’s human nature to notice when someone’s appearance changes so much they’re barely recognizable. There are a small minority of people (trolls) who are being nasty about it, but that’s not the larger conversation. If an acquaintance did this in my small town, you could bet that my friends and neighbors would be talking about it. And if that acquaintance told everyone she got an eye or face lift, it’s likely that the gossip would die down and we would be like “good for her.” Renee is famous and people have noticed that she doesn’t look like herself. I think that’s par for the course and I don’t find it sexist or mean spirited, but I gossip for a living. My standards differ from the average person.

There’s a bigger conversation about the pressure women feel about aging in our society, and how that leads many of us to have surgery and injectibles. It’s still a choice that people make, and it’s something that can be done subtly as well. I’m personally not ruling it out, but that doesn’t mean I don’t find it scary.

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Annie Lennox has more thoughts on feminism, twerking, sexuality & more

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Annie Lennox continues to be a truth-telling goddess, queen and icon. It all started last month when Annie was asked about Beyonce’s performances and whether it’s a good thing that Beyonce self-identifies as a feminist. Annie basically said that Beyonce is “feminist lite” and that her self-identification is “tokenistic.” Annie got some hate from The Hive, but in an interview this week with The Daily Beast, Annie didn’t back down. She clarified her comments a bit, talking about the sexualization of young women in music and how feminism exists on a broad spectrum. Annie has a new interview, this time with NPR (via Billboard) and of course those liberal hippies at NPR (God, I love NPR) asked her about feminism and all of that good stuff. YES!

Annie Lennox, former member of the Eurythmics, has been doing plenty of interviews to promote her new album, Nostalgia. Lately, those conversations have often turned to a different topic: Beyonce. Lennox labeled Bey “feminist lite” in an interview at the end of September. Talking with NPR in a recent interview, Lennox attempted to clarify her stance.

NPR’s Steve Inskeep asked the singer, “What has made you comment on a lot of modern music today that is being put out by women as being over-sexualized?” “Well you’ve said it in the question,” Lennox replied. “The reason why I’ve commented is because I think that this overt sexuality thrust — literally — at particular audiences, when very often performers have a very, very young audience, like 7 years older, I find it disturbing and I think its exploitative. It’s troubling. I’m coming from a perspective of a woman that’s had children.”

The discussion then moved from over-sexualization more generally to focus on Beyonce. “Some people will know that you specifically criticized Beyonce for this the other day,” prompted Inskeep. “Well, I didn’t specifically criticize Beyonce,” noted Lennox. “I was being asked about Beyonce in the context of feminism, and I was thinking at the time about very impactful feminists that have dedicated their lives to the movement of liberating women and supporting women at the grass roots, and I was saying, ‘well that’s one end of the spectrum, and then you have the other end of the spectrum.’”

Inskeep pressed further: “It sounds like you feel that there was a phrase taken and that became the headline, but you were actually trying to deliver a more involved thought?”

“Listen,” said Lennox, “Twerking is not feminism. Thats what I’m referring to. It’s not — it’s not liberating, it’s not empowering. It’s a sexual thing that you’re doing on a stage; it doesn’t empower you. That’s my feeling about it.” Before returning to Nostalgia, Lennox suggested, “Maybe this is a good thing because it creates debate.”

[From Billboard]

Yes. Word. I hate how people are boiling this down to “Annie hates Beyonce” or “Annie hates Miley Cyrus” or “Annie thinks the young ones aren’t real feminists” or whatever argument some of you will make about race. Annie is very clearly and concisely talking about the spectrum of feminism and feminist acts. She’s very clearly talking about the “disturbing and exploitative” nature of many performers. I don’t know why we can’t take Annie’s words at face value. She was a feminist when it wasn’t “cool”. She’s been talking about women’s issues for decades.

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Kim Kardashian Vows: My Daughter Will Get a Job!

As anyone who has seen the Kim Kardashian sex tape knows, Kim Kardashian has worked hard for her money.

Or, to be more precise, she’s been worked over by a hard Ray J for her money. But still. Either way.

Along these lines, the reality star tells London Evening Standard’s ES magazine that her daughter won’t be raised with a figurative silver spoon in her mouth.

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Kim, after all, came from wealth, yet still has to earn her own way for awhile.

“We didn’t get anything [from my parents], we had to get a job if we wanted it,” Kim explains. “So I was working in a clothing store and I would save and save.”

She cites $400 Prada shoes that she saved a whole year to buy, along with a Dolce & Gabbana dress she “really wanted” in high school.

So even though North West allegedly already owns a gold toilet and $1 million worth of jewelry, Kim makes it very clear: her child will get a job once she’s of age.

“She will have to work for what she wants,” Kardashian says simply.

In what industry?

“She loves fashion. Maybe she’ll be a designer,” Kim muses. “Who knows? It’s too early to tell.”

Well, yeah. She’s not even 18 months old.

Kardashian could also picture her child getting into music, sharing the following story with the magazine:

“The best is when Kanye’s recording in the home and we’re in Mexico or whatever. And the music will be upstairs and she’ll hear it, and it’s really loud and you’d think it would disturb her, but I just kind of rock her to it, and she’ll just pass out.”

Anyone else find the image of North West falling asleep to “Niggas in Paris” to be absolutely hilarious?

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It’s Kim Kardashian and daughter Nori! The former posted this photo online with a simple caption: Good morning.

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Hank Baskett: Still Wearing Wedding Ring! Back Together With Kendra?

Don’t stick a fork in Hank Baskett and Kendra Wilkinson’s marriage quite yet, no matter how grim the situation looks when you watch Kendra on Top. Why?

Dude was spotted still wearing his wedding ring! This week!

Of course, he could just be delusional, Lamar Odom style, in thinking he still has a chance after some of the stuff he pulled over the past six months.

However, the former NFL star was spotted grocery shopping at Whole Foods with a Baskett (sorry) so full it could feed a family of four, so there’s that.

He’s probably not kicked out of the house, in other words.

Kendra Wilkinson and her husband have been through the wringer this year, thanks to his sordid sexual tryst with Ava London while K-Dubs was pregnant.

With the drama from earlier this year now playing out on WeTV’s Kendra On Top, we can put to rest any chatter that this might be all a giant charade.

If it were, Wilkinson deserves an Emmy after this week.

Wilkinson freaks out in a sneak peek from this week’s show, grasping a glass trophy dedicated to Hank for being a great parent and person not long ago.

“To the world’s greatest husband and father … that’s gone,” she declares on Kendra on Top Season 3 Episode 6, telling Hank he’s not wanted in her house.

“F–k you I’ll smash this over your head!”

Despite his pleas to be heard, Baskett ends up getting an earful and kicked to the curb, although she has yet to file for divorce or kick him out for good.

To Kendra’s credit, she’s not throwing away her marriage without really trying to work on things, but can they possibly get past this and move on happily?

Hank wearing his ring at Whole Foods is great, but he still messed around with a woman with a penis. That could be a deal breaker in the end for Kendra.

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Ellen Page’s lesbian drama ‘Freeheld’ banned from filming at Catholic school

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A few weeks ago, I covered these photos from the set of Freeheld, the new drama about the totally true story of a cop (played by Julianne Moore) dying of cancer, and she wants to leave her death benefits to her partner (played by Ellen Page). This particular story has been told in an Oscar-winning documentary short, but I’m looking forward to this version too, just because… Julianne and Ellen!! YAY! As it turns out, not everyone is happy that this film is being made. Specifically, one Catholic school that refused to allow the film’s production to film within the school.

Freeheld, which is currently filming in the New York area, tells the story of how a lesbian couple fought discrimination more than 10 years ago to extend domestic partner benefits. With same-sex marriage spreading state by state this year, the movie — which stars Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, who is also a producer on the film — might feel like it took place a long time ago.

But Freeheld’s director Peter Sollett, producers, cast, and production staff were recently reminded that while some things have changed for LGBT people, others have not.

In Freeheld — based on Cynthia Wade’s Oscar-winning documentary short from 2007 — Moore plays a New Jersey detective dying of lung cancer who seeks to leave her pension to her partner, played by Page. In one scene, the couple applies for a civil union, and the production needed a building that could pass for a town hall.

Initially, the location scout was told that Salesian High School, a private, all-boys Catholic school in New Rochelle, N.Y., was available for the afternoon the scene was to be filmed. But then higher-up school administrators said no. Michael Shamberg, Freeheld’s producer, told BuzzFeed News that he then appealed to Salesian’s principal, John Flaherty, who told Shamberg to send an email that he could forward to Father John Serio, the school’s president. After doing that, Shamberg never heard back from Serio, and Freeheld shot the scene somewhere else.

“I respect their right to say no,” Shamberg said. “But it’s sad.”

When BuzzFeed News contacted Flaherty by email about the school’s reasoning in not wanting a movie with LGBT content to film there, he wrote: “All are welcomed at Salesian High School. Our School chooses to embrace the social issues such as hunger, homelessness, poverty, and helping the less fortunate.”

When asked in a follow-up email for more specifics, Flaherty responded, “I will let my initial statement stand for itself.”

[From Buzzfeed]

Shamberg is right, it’s the Church’s prerogative to deny certain films the right to film on their property. But it IS sad. If this was a movie about something other than gay marriage or civil unions or equal rights for same-sex partners, I’m guessing the Church would have allowed the film production in.

Ellen chimed in on her Twitter too:

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17 Halloween Costumes Women Have Managed to Make Sexy

It’s an October tradition, even more so than the San Francisco Giants appearing in the World Series or Kim Kardashian celebrating a birthday:

Women going out for Halloween with very little clothing on.

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You’ll wanna take your time while picking these kernels from between your teeth!

Indeed, across this great country, females have turned October into National Dress However You Want Without Being Called a Skank Day. 

We’ve already seen sexy Frozen Halloween costumes get released in honor of this celebration… but those outfits have nothing on the pieces of attire featured in this gallery.

There’s a skanky clown costume. And a skanky slice of pizza costume. Really.

Wanna dress like a skanky crayon? If so … weird. But good news: you can!

We kid you not, there’s even a skanky Oompa Loompa costume.

What does it look like? Grit your teeth and find out now!

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Annie Lennox: ‘Twerking is synonymous with feminism. I do not agree.’

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Annie Lennox is doing press these days to promote her new album, Nostalgia, which is almost entirely jazz standards and the like (think Cole Porter and Gershwin). Usually I think the whole idea of pop singers putting out jazz-standard albums is a pretty blatant money-grab/relevancy-clutch, but in Annie’s case… I’d really like to hear her do Gershwin and Cole Porter. I imagine it’s enchanting because Annie is a goddess/icon/queen.

The last time I covered her, she had mentioned – almost in passing – that she didn’t really care for Beyonce’s style of feminism. Annie branded Beyonce “feminist lite.” It didn’t really seem like shade-throwing, more like an intellectual assessment of what it means to be a feminist historically and where Beyonce falls short. Well, Annie has a new interview with The Daily Beast and they asked her about the Beyonce stuff again. Once again, Annie didn’t back down and she didn’t get personal. She’s enjoying this conversation!

Lennox said she thought she was being asked in general terms. And yes, she considers Beyoncé a bit less than women like Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues. “There is a spectrum in feminism, it’s very broad. It’s very contentious and it’s really complicated.”

“What has happened is I’ll have said something in a sentence, fairly innocuous, and of course the editors look for those little things to tease, they go though it with a fine tooth comb and pull that one thing and make a strapline on top of it,” she says. “They’re all about making it into some sort a battle… I’m thrilled to see the word ‘feminist’ behind Beyoncé, are you kidding me? I think it’s fantastic.”

That said, Lennox does have issues with the way the way the word “feminism” has been thrown around. “There’s a mixed message,” she says. “If you twerk, if you stick out your whatever, if you do that, you’re empowered. That’s where we’re at right now: twerking is synonymous with feminism. I do not agree. It‘s not empowerment from my perspective. It’s demeaning. There’s nothing wrong with sexuality. Sexuality is a fantastic thing, but in performance when people have a very young audience, it’s totally inappropriate.”

[From The Daily Beast]

Annie reminded me of that Tori Amos interview I covered a few months ago. Tori was asked about Miley Cyrus and twerking and all of that, and Tori managed to both defend Miley and talk substantively about what sexual empowerment should really look like. That’s what Annie is saying too – owning your sexuality is great. Every woman should be able to define their sexuality however they want. But not every public display of sexuality can be equated to a feminist act.

There are other great parts of this Lennox interview too – Lennox managed to side-step a tricky question about her feelings on Israel and Palestine. She also mentioned the outpouring of hatred she got for backing the “Better Together” campaign against Scottish Independence. Just before the referendum vote last month, Annie told a reporter that she’d “like to see the Scots put their hatred of the English aside and grow up just a little bit. We should be way beyond that now. It’s actually slightly embarrassing.” Apparently, Annie got so much hate mail she almost quit social media.

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Ariana Grande left Catholicism when she was told God doesn’t love her gay brother

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For a while there, the Ariana Grande stories were coming out every single day. Tales of her diva behavior, reports of her behind-the-scenes antics, and rumors of her general unpleasantness saturated the media in September. And then it kind of faded away a few weeks ago. I tend to think Ariana’s people – and it takes a village with this girl, trust me – finally managed to calm everything down. Ariana stopped giving interviews for a little while and someone managed to stop the PR bleed. Now Ariana’s people are probably hoping that they can rebrand her a little bit… possibly as a loving sister with an out-and-proud gay brother, Frankie Grande. Ariana talked about leaving Catholicism when her brother was told that God didn’t love him. Yikes. You can read Ariana’s full Telegraph interview here. Some highlights:

She hasn’t changed: “I’m still the same person I’ve been since I was four years old. Literally. Obviously, I’m a mature adult. But I’m still the same girl. I’m still Ariana from Boca who loves musical theatre, who loves her family, who loves the beach, who loves animals.”

Her gay brother: “When my brother was told that God didn’t love him I was like, “OK, that’s not cool.” They were building a Kabbalah centre in Florida so we both checked it out and really had a connection with it.” Kabbalah “sort of stuck with me. And since then my life has unfolded in a really beautiful way, and I think that it has a lot to do with the tools I’ve learnt through Kabbalah, I really do.”

Explaining the life lessons learned from Kabbalah: “You have to watch your intentions, make sure you’re not giving in to your ego. You have to numb your reactive state. You have the power to change your reality. You have to take a second and breathe and reassess how you want to approach or react to a situation or approach an obstacle, or deal with a negative person in your space. That takes a lot of self-control and practice and, I guess, willpower.”

She still believes in demons too: “Do I believe in demons? I believe in unexplained energies.”

Being a role model: “To me the idea of being a role model is just being yourself,’ she says. ‘And being unapologetically yourself, whatever that means. Whether that’s just me simply dressing sexier on some days and more conservatively on other days because that’s how I wake up feeling, I believe in authenticity.”

Rumors of diva ‘tude: “It’s funny how a certain amount of success comes with a certain amount of weird, inaccurate depictions of you,’ she says. ‘But I feel like it will die down because it’s not something that I pay into. And also things can only last so long when there’s little truth to them. So that’s why I don’t trip over it. It’s weird to me because I do see myself as a fairly positive, very friendly person. So it’s kind of odd. I also think a lot of people don’t know what the word “diva” means. If you want to call me a diva I’ll say, “Um, well, cool.” Barbra Streisand is a diva; that’s amazing. Celine Dion is a diva; thank you. But if you want to call me a bitch, that’s not accurate. Because it’s just not in my nature.”

[From The Telegraph]

Madonna always claimed that Kabbalah made her a better person too. I’m not so sure though. I mean, on a scale of secular humanism to Xenu, I think Kabbalah is relatively harmless. It’s a money-suck for celebrities but at least the religion isn’t being supported by slave labor and aliens. People are just buying red strings and learning how to “numb their reactive state” (eyeroll). But surely there’s a reason why so many moody divas are drawn to Kabbalah?

I hope Ariana never denies her old stories of demon encounters ever again! Her demon stories were the best. MOAR DEMON STORIES.

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