Tallulah Willis shaves head: ‘I had people when I was 13 telling me how ugly I was’

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Tallulah Willis, 20, got out of a stint in rehab a couple of months ago and has been celebrating her sobriety. Just prior to that, she did a candid video for The What’s Underneath Project. The What’s Underneath project was founded by stylist Elisa Goodkind and her daughter, Lily Mandelbaum. Goodkind and Mandelbaum interview participants as they strip down to their underwear and discuss self image and self acceptance. You can see some of the interviews on their website.

In Tallulah’s interview she talked about developing body dysmorphia and how criticism on the Internet affected her deeply when she was just 13. She said she took it to heart “reading those stupid f–king tabloids when I was like 13 and feeling like I was ugly, like always.

In a new interview on Yahoo!’s Katie Couric Wow show, Tallulah was interviewed along with Goodkind and Mandelbaum. They’re trying to raise funds for The What’s Underneath Project. Tallulah said that she’s sober now, and that her drug use was just one of the ways that she tried to escape from feelings of inferiority. I found her well spoken and interesting. Here’s what she said and
you can watch the video of this interview on Yahoo!

The public criticism she received when she was younger - “From a very young age, something was communicated to me that I’m not OK. That I’m not enough. I had people when I was 13 telling me how ugly I was, and how could two beautiful actors create such hideous troll children? My only claim to fame was that I was born. I did nothing to warrant this, so I think there was a lot of struggle with that. There was a lot of anger with the fact that not only am I trying to discover myself, having to discover it under the very cruel gaze of a lot of other people.”

How her lack of self-esteem stemmed her substance abuse and other issues – “It really just goes down to I didn’t feel OK with who I was. So whether it was not eating, overeating, being over indulgent and spending money on things or hiding away or going out, it really just goes back to ‘you’re not OK with who you are, so something else is going to fix it, something else is going to change that.’ I think if anything it’s going to help me be more present for continuing not just the work on myself, but being able to help other people.

On her participation in “The What’s Underneath Project” - “I think that this problem is sometimes scoffed to the side as a girly issue, ‘yeah of course girls don’t like the way they look.’ But it actually is so much bigger than that.’ I guess I didn’t understand that this is such a communal fault line that is running through every individual on this planet that whether it’s hidden or not hidden, that we all feel this certain sense of insecurity. So many people are telling me, ‘You inspired me.’”

[From Yahoo!]

I’m impressed with Tallulah and how well she expresses herself. It must have taken a lot of courage to admit that she was so hurt by the criticism online. She really seems like she has it together now, and like she’s making sense of what she went through. This is also a great cause. I hear some of the things my friends say about themselves and it makes me so sad. Whenever I’m tempted to criticize myself, I try to imagine a friend saying that about themselves and what I would tell her. I would tell her she looked great and I would mean it. I try to treat myself that way too.

Oh and Tallulah shaved her head! She was sporting a short pink ‘do but she’s since shaved it off. She also Instagrammed photos of her mom, Demi Moore, with her GI Jane buzz cut. They do look a lot alike. Tallulah looks great! I mean it.

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Kendall Jenner: My ‘family name’ didn’t start my career, ‘I worked hard’

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Kendall Jenner is still basking in the glow of her Estee Lauder contract that was annouced over the weekend. The reactions to Kendall’s new gig were mixed, but that’s good for the brand. Kendall’s name and likeness stir up a buzz, and that’s in the interest of any cosmetic company. Teens find Kendall influential, and she’s already helped Estee Lauder’s Instagram page score an extra 50,000 followers in only a few days.

Kendall sat down with Nightline to talk about her modelling career. She insists that the Kardashian-Jenner namesake did not win her any built-in connections in fashion. I sort of agree with her. If Kendall didn’t have “the look,” she wouldn’t be on runways. But in the case of many brands, Kendall’s preexisting KUWTK fanbase matters to create buzz. Here are some interview excerpts:

On nepotism: “I’m not trying to use a family name or anything. In reality I worked pretty hard for this … It wasn’t like I just got it magically and it just happened.”

On wearing a sheer top for Marc Jacobs: “Who’s going to argue with Marc Jacobs when he’s putting you in an outfit, you know what I mean? It was an amazing moment. And I do not regret it.”

On “banning” Kim from her runway gigs: “It was more of a mutual understanding. I remember getting a phone call from Kim … ‘I just wanted to let you know, I just got an invite to the Marc show. I don’t think it’s a good idea that I go. Do you agree?’ And I was like, ‘I completely agree’ … She obviously is who she is, and it would’ve almost taken the attention away from me.”

Kendall wants to be an idol: “I would just always be looking at these supermodels who were just so amazing to me. They were like superheroes. … They were magical. … I want to be some little girl’s superhero. I want to be, I want to be the best role model I can be to a little girl or to a little boy or to anybody.”

On Kris & Bruce’s divorce: “It sucked, but it’s not– I try to think of it as it’s not the worst thing that could have happened. I still am so close with both my dad and my mom. Nothing has really changed, except for the fact that now my dad lives on a beach, which is awesome. That’s not that bad … everybody’s happy.”

On online criticism: “I don’t feel the need, you know what I mean? Let them do what they want to do. Let them sit behind a computer and write stupid things about a young girl and make her feel bad about herself. I think it’s cruel and it’s evil.”

She’s not worried: “Why would you ever want to live your life like that? So like, just traumatized, by what everybody is saying about you? If you just ignore it and go on and you’re like, ‘I know what’s real.’ My family, my friends, they know what’s real. So what else, why does that matter?”

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Kendall makes several decent points, especially about her critics. People criticize her all the time online, and she has the right attitude about it. She is still a young girl (at age 19), and people tear her down … why? Because she’s part of the Kardashian-Jenner Klan. Kendall isn’t perfect. She acts bratty sometimes when she’s off-duty, but we haven’t heard any reports of her lack of professionalism. Give the girl a chance. Her fellow models should give it a rest too.

Here’s the clip of Kendall’s Nightline appearance.

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Benedict Cumberbatch wins ‘Hollywood Actor Award at the HFAs: yay?

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Wow, there was A LOT of Benedict Cumberbatch at the Hollywood Film Awards last night. Not only did Benedict win The Hollywood Actor Award for The Imitation Game, but producers cut to him throughout the evening and Bendy was featured in several “winner” packages. Bendy did not attend the HFAs with his lover Sophie Hunter though. From what I could see of his table, he sat with Harvey Weinstein, Keira Knightley and his publicist. His publicist looked exhausted. I feel you, girl.

As for how Bendy looked… I’m getting tired of yelling about his stupid haircut, so whatever. I think he’s trying to grow it out and hopefully, fingers crossed, we’ll have Cumbercurls by the Golden Globes/SAGs. I do like his new suit – at least it’s new to me, I don’t think I’ve seen this suit before. Ben looked grumpy throughout most of the show, but he did break into a smile a few times. Here’s Bendy’s speech:

It occurred to me as I was watching Benedict’s speech and how he carried himself last night that Benedict isn’t playing the same kind of Oscar campaign as Eddie Redmayne. Redmayne is doing the “British outsider, young talent in a breakthrough role” campaign. Benedict is running more of an “established actor doing consistently award-winning work for years” campaign. Like, I remember the (successful) campaign Harvey Weinstein waged on behalf of Colin Firth for The King’s Speech. That’s what Benedict’s campaign now reminds me of. He’s doing the Firth Model. That plays a bit better, I think.

I’m including photos of Bendy from the HFA red carpet, plus some pics of Bendy at LAX.

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Robert Pattinson debuts his new hairstyle: an undercut with a back soul patch?!

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I think we know by now that Robert Pattinson is in that “can’t keep our hands off of each other” loved-up phase with FKA Twigs. He’s been following her around Europe and America like a puppy and it is, in a word, ADORABLE. I like seeing Sparkles so enamored with a lady who actually seems to reciprocate, who seems to be happy in their relationship. A lady who is not Mini-Coopering random married men in parking lots and hiking trails.

I also think FKA Twigs is the reason Sparkles is trying to mix it up a little bit with his “look.” These are photos of Sparkles at the GO Campaign’s 7th Annual Go Go Gala in Beverley Hills yesterday. Robert debuted his new hairstyle! He actually got his haircut about a week or so ago, but he’s been doing a good job of keeping it wrapped up. So this was the big debut! An undercut with some kind of hipster “soul patch” or “faux rat tail” in back. You can see a better photo of his rat tail/patch here at the Mail.

Minus the faux rat tail, one of my first “boyfriends” had basically the same haircut. It was the ‘90s and skaters were big. It was important for a guy to have this kind of shaved undercut, with long, floppy hair on top. There were bonus points if the floppy top hair had asymmetry. Anyway… I hope this is just a phase, because Sparkles looks sort of ridiculous. He doesn’t know he looks stupid though, because he’s in The Love Haze. FKA Twigs probably told him that his hair looked amazing. And he believed her! Which is sweet.

PS… His eyebrows are looking kind of crazy, right? Twigs might want to tweeze him a little bit.

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Benedict Cumberbatch talks about his engagement at the LA ‘TIG’ premiere

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Yay, here are some photos from last night’s LA premiere of The Imitation Game. I’m including lots of Benedict Cumberbatch photos, plus some pics of Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and Allen Leech. Keira wore Chanel, which has been her go-to label throughout this promotional tour. If Keira gets nominated for a Golden Globe, SAG and Academy Award, do you think she’ll wear Chanel throughout the awards season? Or will she save the big Chanel gown for the Oscars?

Anyway, I think Benedict looks a little worse for wear. Maybe it’s jet-lag. Or maybe he’s just exhausted from the pace he has to keep when he’s participating in a Harvey Weinstein Oscar campaign. Or maybe it’s something else. When asked about why and how he broke the internet with his engagement announcement in the Times, Bendy told USA Today:

“It’s what I would have done if I wasn’t famous. It’s a normal thing to do in my country,” he told USA TODAY. “It was a way of telling our friends who we hadn’t been able to tell before (they saw) some grainy shot of a ring on her finger.”

[From USA Today]

Some grainy shot of a ring on her finger? Hm. So, instead of announcing the happy news to friends in person, the first thing Benedict did was call up The Times for an engagement announcement? Something sketchy is happening, hand to God. USA Today also quotes Bendy’s friend Matthew Goode – on a short trip to LA in between filming for The Good Wife – saying that he thinks Bendy’s engagement announcement was very “old school” and he joked that they “both found Sophies.” Because Goode is married to Sophie Dymoke.

Oh, and I don’t like his hair in these photos. AT ALL.

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Benedict Cumberbatch: My impulsivity is ‘why I do stupid things sometimes’

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Here is Benedict Cumberbatch’s cover of The Big Issue, a UK publication that has been “relaunched” or something. This isn’t the first time Bendy has given a major interview to The Big Issue, and the editor even admitted that they just put him on the cover again because his issues always sell like crazy. I’m also including some photos of our Otter looking surprisingly dapper at the 2nd Annual Breakthrough Prize Awards held at NASA Ames research center on Sunday. These are the first post-haircut, post-Cumbercurl photos that I’ve genuinely liked. Cutting off the Cumbercurls was such a terrible mistake! Thankfully, he seems to be letting the bad haircut grow out. As for The Big Issue… there are some quotes. I’m not going to transcribe the whole thing (the bulk of it is about Alan Turing, much of which we’ve heard before), so here are some meager highlights:

When he was 32, he thought ‘more seismic things of adulthood would have come, including being a father.’

Talking about his private life: ‘It always come back to haunt me in strange ways. I have been judged for my relationships or for not being a father in the weirdest ways. All I’ll say is when it’s right, it’s right.’

Thoughts on life and ageing: “I’m starting to realize you can say no to things and it won’t all fall to pieces. I really want to do more, by which I mean less work and more of other things. I want to be more present for other people. As I get older I increasingly feel the need to step back, ask what I’m neglecting, what do other people need of me. I want to be more impulsive, to be able to suddenly go away for the weekend. Whenever I get the rare chance to be impulsive I grab it with both hands, which is why I do stupid things sometimes. Having said that, I don’t know how long I’ll ride a motorbike for, I’m sure if and when I become a dad I won’t want to do that anymore.”

[From The Big Issue, print edition]

Many of you are already picking apart his thoughts on impulsivity and how he does “stupid things sometimes.” Like, is he talking about proposing to Sophie explicitly? Was his engagement an impulsive, stupid thing? All I can say is that after reading the whole article – conducted a few weeks before his engagement announcement – it sounds more like a man who just learned his life is going to turn upside down by fatherhood. Yes, I think Sophie is pregnant. I thought it was just idle, somewhat insulting gossip last week – as in, “Oh, of course he proposed, she’s obviously pregnant because that’s the only reason he would propose so soon” – but now I’m kind of down with that theory. He’s not talking like a guy who has found the love of his life. He’s talking like a guy who got a girl pregnant and is trying to make the best out of the situation.

PS… MOAR Cumber to come… the LA premiere of TIG was last night, plus lots of new quotes. Stay tuned and no threadjacking.

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Benedict Cumberbatch arrived in LA for some promo work without his fiancée

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Here are some photos of our Otter King, Benedict Cumberbatch, arriving at LAX on Friday. This was Benedict’s first public outing since his engagement became the most talked-out story of the week/month. As you can see from these photos, his lover and fiancée Sophie Hunter did not join him on this trip to LA. Or, at the very least, she didn’t fly with him. The blonde behind him is his long-time publicist. You’d think a publicist would know how to get out of the way of cameras, but this woman never does. She constantly in the frame, no matter where they are.

Friday night, Benedict did a Q&A session with BAFTA LA Behind Closed Doors in West Hollywood – you can see some photos from the event here. I thought Benedict might be in LA for the AFI Fest, but I don’t think The Imitation Game is being screened at the film festival, so probably not. I bet he’s attending some Oscar-hopeful screenings and shaking some hands, probably at the behest of Harvey Weinstein. He did attend the Governors Awards last night – we’ll cover the photos from the event tomorrow, but you can see some nice pics of Bendy with Keira Knightley here. Benedict is also scheduled to make at least one appearance in NYC already, next Sunday – he’ll be attending a screening for TIG and answering questions. The Hollywood Film Awards will also be held this Friday, and I suspect that Benedict is going to be there too – he’s being featured in the commercials for the show, which will be televised on CBS.

By the way, you know that Benedict’s lover once had a (minor) singing career, right? Someone sent me the link to this NSFW music video Sophie did for her song “Epitaph”. Beware – the music video is stupid and there is nudity. You get to see Sophie’s boobs, if you’re interested in that kind of thing. I can be as prudish as the next (American) person, but I’m not really bothered by the fact that she showed off her body in a music video. Though I do judge her for A) the stupid song and B) the dumb video. I also had a moment of realization: she has very small boobs. I have very large boobs. It probably wouldn’t have worked out between me and Bendy. He wouldn’t know what to do with a bountiful bust.

Oh, and I finally figured out who Sophie reminds me of: Charlotte Gainsbourg.

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Eminem made a rare public appearance for Dre at WSJ Innovator awards

These are photos of Eminem in an unusual public moment. We don’t see Em too often unless he’s rapping onstage. Even then, he’s often cloaked in a hoodie like when he toured with Rihanna this summer. This was different though. Em was speaking in support of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine at the Wall Street Journal’s Innovator Of The Year awards.

It takes a lot to pull Eminem out of Detroit; he has to think something’s really special to leave his three daughters and voluntarily fly to NYC. He’ll do that for Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine though. These two discovered him. The official story goes that Dre never, ever found anything in a demo tape until Jimmy (CEO of Interscope) played Em’s tape. Dre was so impressed that he simply declared, “Find him.” Em had looked up to Dre since the early days of N.W.A. Their first meeting was nearly 15 years ago. Em’s seventh album, The Marshal Mathers LP, was one of only a few smashes in 2013. Em scored the 2nd biggest debut on the Billboard charts behind Justin Timberlake (and his douchey record).

Em made light of his reclusive nature onstage. In this Instagram video, Em said, “Dre and Jimmy are like a force of nature. As an example of how powerful they are, they had me fly here all the way from Detroit to speak publicly, and I really hate public speaking.” Funny how someone as controversial as Eminem, who can tear it up onstage, dislikes public speaking so much. Em has been though a lot. He’s 42 now! He’s battled many demons including prescription drug addiction and overexercising syndrome. We probably won’t see him again until it’s time to promote another record. That’s the way he rolls.

Just for kicks, here’s a picture of Eminem at the 2004 EMAs. Look at that babyface!

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Benedict Cumberbatch announces engagement to girlfriend Sophie Hunter

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What’s next, people?! The Republicans won huge gains in the governors’ house and the Senate AND Benedict Cumberbatch is engaged? What’s next today? Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will announce their divorce?! Anyway, it seems like Benedict and “secret girlfriend” Sophie Hunter are the real deal. They’ve been seeing each other for – conservative estimate – at least six months. Most people believe that Sophie and Benedict have known each other a lot longer than that too, and this isn’t even the first rumor about an engagement – remember this? And it seems that our Otter agreed to put the engagement announcement in The Times:

It reads: “The engagement is announced between Benedict, son of Wanda and Timothy Cumberbatch of London, and Sophie, daughter of Katherine Hunter of Edinburgh and Charles Hunter of London.” And if that’s not enough Twihard Proof for the loonies, Benedict’s rep told People Magazine: “I am delighted to confirm this morning’s announcement that Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are engaged.”

So, all of those stupid tabloid stories were true. Benedict did go to Scotland to meet Sophie’s parents and get their blessing. Sophie and Benedict are the real deal and they will be married. They will have otter-babies. And it’s… fine. I’ve always wanted good things for Benedict and I think he’ll enjoy being married and he’ll especially enjoy fatherhood and all of that. Am I a little bit disappointed? Of course. I love him and I wanted his otter-babies! But it’s okay. Congrats, Bendy!

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Lorde’s thoughts on America: ‘There’s a simplicity here that’s really nice’

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Lorde will turn 18 years old next weekend. That’s right, she’s only 17 years old right now. And the world is her oyster. Her next big project is about to come out – she “curated” the third soundtrack for Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. Lionsgate basically handed her complete control of the soundtrack and they’re hoping it makes big money. Thus, Lorde got the cover of Billboard to promote it and talk about her new life as a pop star. I found this Billboard piece kind of charming. She’s young but smart – smart enough to know she doesn’t know everything, but occasionally you get those brief glimpses of “yes, this is a teenager speaking.” Some highlights from the piece:

She cold-called her “idol” Kanye West: Kanye remixed Lorde’s new song, “Yellow Flicker Beat,” for the compilation. “I’m the worst person ever at talking to people I don’t know on the phone — I can’t even order pizza. I would put off calling him. I’d say, it’s 12:57, I’ll do it at 1.” She wound up hanging out with West in the Malibu, Calif., studio where they assembled the track, although she won’t say more because “he’s private.”

Why she’s doing the soundtrack: “I knew this was right for me as an artist and I felt it would be cool for my career. People that see me as having a couple of hits and performing on an awards show would see that, between records, I’d committed to a pretty serious body of work.”

Her youth in New Zealand: “As weird as I am with communicating. I actually did have a lot of friends in high school. I live in a beach town, and there are these boats that sit on land, and we would break into them. We’d sit in them all night, doing Ouija boards and telling secrets. I remember that feeling so vividly, like, ‘We are here. It’s us against everything else.’ ”

Her strong attachment to youth: “I don’t only listen to music by teenagers, but how you feel and respond to things at this age is really special. We’re just cooler. Oh, no! That’s going to be the pull quote: ‘Teenagers are just cooler!’ The getting-older anxiety is a constant that I’ve learned not to pay attention to because there’s nothing you can do. I signed my deal when I was 13. I’ve grown up learning how to deal with people in business and market myself. You’re very aware of your age and the power and worth that comes with that.”

Friends in the industry: “When I came into this business I was like, ‘I’m not going to make any friends. Let’s face it.’ For the most part, people are really great.”

Her previous criticism of Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez: “The thing I regretted is that people knew me for that. Now, if someone does something really stupid, of course I’m going to talk about it. It’s important to me that I’m not just another famous person pretending nothing is wrong. But I’m aware of the fact that everyone is working really hard, and who am I to sh-t on that?”

The online slurs directed at her 24-year-old boyfriend James Lowe: “[At first] you think, ‘Wow, I didn’t realize people are that mean,’ but it’s because people don’t really think of you as a person. You’re this entity, this brand. I had a bit of a realization last year. I was taking things people would say about me quite hard.” She decided that “if something isn’t making me happy or making me better, then it shouldn’t be something that I’m thinking about. After that, everything was OK.” Fame for her is a little like high school. “I never got bullied,” Lorde says, but someone once did throw a rotten pear at her across the quad during lunch. “It hit me so hard in the stomach that it exploded everywhere,” she remembers with a cackle. “Look, you don’t have to do anything in high school to get a rotten pear thrown at you. It’s just what happens, and if you’re annoyed about it, you are silly.”

What she thinks of America: “Um, I think I would find it difficult to live here. I mean, it’s beautiful! There’s a simplicity here that’s really nice. I’m trying to think of something to say that won’t get me, what’s it called, deported?”

[From Billboard]

There are more details in the Billboard piece, like how she’s tight with Jennifer Lawrence now and they apparently email each other. Lorde mentioned that J-Law’s email address has the word “butt” in it. Because of course. I’m shocked that J-Law’s email isn’t [email protected] (I’m truly sorry if that’s someone’s actual email). What do you think of the shade she’s throwing at America? I mean, it’s okay if someone doesn’t want to live here, but I feel like “simplicity” is major shade. Like she’s calling us stupid.

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