But now, Shaw has answered her haters and lovers alike with a new EP, entitled "The Brooklyn EP." Premiering exclusively on The Huffington Post, Shaw's release proves she's not a hipster gimmick, but an artist to be taken seriously.
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"It's a very emotional release for me," Shaw told HuffPost. "I've carried many of these songs with me for years, waiting for the right time to share them."
Shaw remains sharp amid the seven, ukelele-laced tracks. The opener, "Human Contact," is a cheeky take on dancing your way through a lovers' spat. The track "Run, Run, Run," about being broke at age 21, serves as a kind of witty preamble to Taylor Swift's hit "22."
However, Shaw may be strongest when she slows down. "Night Go Slow" and "Outerspace," odes to a beloved, manage to feel sincere but not forced. "Doesn't the night go slow, when we are here alone?" Shaw croons in the former.
Lastly, what's appealing about Shaw is that she's in her own driver's seat: She co-directed the video for "Human Contact" (below) and painted the album artwork for each track.
"The Brooklyn EP" will be out on Sept. 9. You can preorder it, here.
“In honor of ‘Labor’ Day, Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn't be happier!” the American Idol alum tweeted on September 1, accompanied by a photo with her two dogs in adorable "big brother" and "big sister" shirts.
In honor of "Labor" Day...Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn't be happier! pic.twitter.com/bROrzuHJ4J— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) September 1, 2014
This will be the singer's first child with her husband, NHL player Mike Fisher. In response to Underwood's announcement, the dad-to-be jokingly tweeted that the couple is getting another dog and then offered up a funny baby name suggestion.
@carrieunderwood I knew you would finally cave and let us get another dog— Mike Fisher (@mikefisher1212) September 1, 2014
Congratulations Carrie and Mike!
(hat tip: Buzzfeed)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online.
The agency did not say what actions it was taking to investigate who was responsible for posting naked photos of Lawrence and other stars. Apple said Monday it was looking into whether its online photo-sharing service had been hacked to obtain the intimate images.
Lawrence, a three-time Oscar nominee who won for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook," contacted authorities after the images began appearing Sunday.
Naked images purporting to be of other female stars were also posted, although the authenticity of many couldn't be confirmed. The source of the leak was unclear.
"This is a flagrant violation of privacy," Lawrence's publicist Liz Mahoney wrote in a statement. "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
The FBI said it was "aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter."
"Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time," spokeswoman Laura Eimiller wrote in a statement.
Apple Inc. spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said the company was investigating whether any iCloud accounts had been tampered with, but she did not give any further details.
"We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," she said.
Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead also confirmed that nude photos of her were posted online.
"To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves," Winstead posted on Twitter. Winstead, who starred in "Final Destination 3" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," wrote that she thought the images had been destroyed.
"Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this," Winstead wrote.
The FBI has investigated previous leaks of nude celebrity images, including leaks involving Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and footage of television sports reporter Erin Andrews in a Tennessee hotel room. Those cases resulted in convictions.
How widespread the hacking of celebrities photos was is not immediately clear. Some of the images were quickly denounced as fakes.
Some cybersecurity experts speculated that hackers may have obtained a cache of private celebrity images by exploiting weaknesses in an online image-storing platform.
"It is important for celebrities and the general public to remember that images and data no longer just reside on the device that captured it," security researcher Ken Westin wrote in a blog post Monday. "Once images and other data are uploaded to the cloud, it becomes much more difficult to control who has access to it, even if we think it is private."
Private information and images of celebrities are frequent targets for hackers. Last year, a site posted credit reports, Social Security numbers and other financial info on celebrities, including Jay Z and his wife Beyonce, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher and many others.
Johansson, Kunis and Aguilera were hacked by a Florida man, Christopher Chaney, who used publicly available information to hack into the email accounts of more than 50 people in the entertainment industry.
"I have been truly humiliated and embarrassed," Johansson said in a tearful videotaped statement played in court at Chaney's sentencing in December 2012.
"That feeling of security can never be given back and there is no compensation that can restore the feeling one has from such a large invasion of privacy," Aguilera wrote in a statement before Chaney's sentencing.
Associated Press writers Raphael Satter in London and Mae Anderson in New York contributed to this report.
"I was very fortunate to meet and hangout with this genuine talent in the beginning of her career," Standridge wrote in a note accompanying the video. "The other day I was cleaning out some old footage in my office and found 90 minutes of raw footage I had totally forgot about. [...] I think Katy has grown into an amazing entertainer and woman."
Standridge cut the 90 minutes down to just under 13, and the package showcases Perry's preternatural talent. Then a Christian singer-songwriter, Perry's work has an unmistakable Alanis Morisette vibe, but there are some guitar licks that also sound a little like early Radiohead (specifically from "The Bends"). The video closes, appropriately, with Perry singing "Last Call," one of the tracks from her 2001 album, "Katy Hudson."
HuffPost Entertainment contacted a representative for Perry to see if the singer had any comment or remembrance about the video. This post will be updated if and when they respond. In the meantime, watch Standridge's video below.
Mark Wahlberg tweeted his congratulations and posted an Instagram video for the new couple the day before. The actor's rep said his daughter Ella's 11th birthday was scheduled to take place in Los Angeles over the weekend. (The McCarthy/Wahlberg wedding was at Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois, minutes from McCarthy's childhood home.)
TMZ has another story, though. The site reports that Mark Wahlberg and his wife are not especially close with Donnie and are not particularly fond of his new bride. TMZ also wrote that another Walhberg brother, Bobby, wouldn't be an in attendance either, nor would Donnie's mother, because she's afraid of flying. Brother Paul, on the other hand, was expected to attend. HuffPost Entertainment contacted a representative for Mark Wahlberg for comment on the TMZ report; this post will be updated if and when they respond.
Donnie didn't seem too distraught by his brother's absence, returning his well wishes on Twitter.
The Daily Mail reports McCarthy and Wahlberg's ceremony was an intimate affair with their closest friends and family members, lasting just 20 minutes. Famous faces in attendance included former "View" co-host Sherri Shepherd and New Kids on the Block bandmates Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight and Danny Wood.
The hacker said that he or she leaked photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and a host of other stars.
A rep for J.Law confirmed that the images, allegedly stolen from her iCloud account, are real.
"This is a flagrant violation of privacy," the spokesperson told HuffPost. "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”
The Los Angeles Police Department told HuffPost that they have "no knowledge" of the hacking "at this time." The FBI said they could not confirm or deny reports of the attack. Apple did not return a request for comment.
The hacker claims to have more NSFW pics as well as videos. The user offered to release more media in exchange for money.
Victoria Justice, who was also targeted in the hack, tweeted that the photos aren't real.
"These so called nudes of me are FAKE people," she said. "Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*"
A rep for Ariana Grande told BuzzFeed that the photos of her are "completely fake."
Horror movie actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead lashed out at the hacker on Twitter.
"To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves," she said. "Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked."
UPDATE: Kate Upton's attorney told the Huffington Post in a statement, "This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client Kate Upton's privacy. We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible."
Last Friday, Taylor Swift, a pop star known for her many Instagram-worthy lady BFFs (and her woefully uninformed understanding of the feminist movement), credited fellow celebrity feminist -- and close friend -- Lena Dunham with ushering in her recent feminist awakening.
Swift told The Guardian that as a teenager, she didn't understand what "feminist" really meant. (For those still in that boat, it's the belief in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.) But her friendship with Dunham signaled a turning point. "Becoming friends with Lena -- without her preaching to me, but just seeing why she believes what she believes, why she says what she says, why she stands for what she stands for -- has made me realize that I’ve been taking a feminist stance without actually saying so," she said.
Lorde, too, has credited Tavi Gevinson's website, Rookie, with creating a "normal, non-scary, chill vibe" around feminism that she found "encouraging" when she was a younger teen. Beyoncé "was scrolling through videos of feminism on Youtube," when she stumbled upon Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TEDx Talk, "We Should All Be Feminists" and realized everything Adichie said was exactly how she felt. And on Saturday night, the pop star presented Nicki Minaj with a "Flawless" necklace, which prompted the rapper to write, "I could never thank you enough for your influence on powerful women all around the world," on Instagram.
In the words of the commercially-empowered '90s pop princesses, the Spice Girls: "Girl power!" Or, rather, the power of girls (and women) talking to each other.
There are a number of popular misconceptions about feminism that prevent women from embracing the philosophy. "Feminists hate men," they say. Not even a little. "Feminists want women to dominate everything." Nope, we're actually all about equality. "Being a feminist and a humanist are mutually exclusive." Again, no.
Unfortunately, a lot of these myths are perpetuated by the things celebrity women say in the public eye, which is why Swift's recent change of heart was so important and also timely. Feminism is certainly having a powerful moment in popular culture -- just a day later, Beyoncé performed at the VMAs with the word "FEMINIST" emblazoned in capital letters behind her.
Her epiphany is also exciting because it puts on display just how important peer-to-peer, woman-to-woman conversations about gender issues are. And it's not just famous women who influence each other's understanding of gender equality and how we should get there -- it's all of us.
As Feministe's Chally pointed out in a 2010 blog post, "women’s friendships center [around] women’s experiences." And those common experiences make solidarity around a cause that much easier to relate to. I can't imagine feeling connected to or empowered by feminism if I didn't have a strong network of female friends and role models to lean on and look to for guidance. Translating big ideas of feminism into our daily routines -- and grappling with the backlash we often face when we declare ourselves as feminists -- becomes a whole lot easier when you can tweet or blog or grab a coffee alongside another woman who can help you make sense of it all.
When it comes to enacting feminism in small, everyday ways in our own lives, proximity to powerful, interesting women can only help. "I want the strongest, happiest, smartest women in my corner, pushing me to negotiate for more money, telling me to drop men who make me feel bad about myself, and responding to my outfit selfies from a place of love and stylishness, not competition and body-snarking," Ann Friedman wrote on The Cut last May.
Indeed, the strongest, happiest, smartest women I've come into contact with also happen to be politically-engaged, and down to talk about practical solutions to the war on reproductive rights, the gender pay gap and the epidemic of campus sexual assault.
Feminism goes far beyond "girl power" and lighthearted conversations between friends, but getting women to speak about these larger issues on a small, more intimate scale is a great place to start. Thanks for the reminder, T-Swift.
Haley Burke of Kingsport, Tennessee, is an 18-year-old who has a life-threatening illness, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome -- a disorder that affects connective tissue. She is also a dedicated Tebow fan, according to the Jacksonville Business Journal. Back in 2011, while she was in hospital, Burke made her dream of meeting the superstar athlete known to Make-A-Wish, the Kingsport Times-News reported. She was eventually put into contact with the football player's organization, the Tim Tebow Foundation, and last month, the athlete granted her wish.
The quarterback flew the teen and her family to Scottsdale, Arizona, and set them up in a presidential suite at a resort, according to People magazine. Burke enjoyed a spa day and a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon. She also threw out the first pitch at an Arizona Diamondbacks game and attended a workout session with Tebow -- all as a part of the star's "W15H" program, in which Tebow fulfills the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses who want to meet him.
"He's such a nice guy. He's everything you would expect him to be, but 10 times better," Burke told the Kingsport Times-News.
Among the many perks, Burke says the highlight of the trip was having dinner with the athlete.
"He came up behind me and put his hands on my shoulders and asked me if I cared if he had dinner with me. I was ecstatic!" Burke told the Times-News.
The teen said that meeting Tebow wasn't just a dream come true, but it also gave her a more positive outlook.
"My time with Tim has made me feel more confident and more encouraged to keep going," Burke said. "So many times you feel that it is just too hard to get through one more day. But now that I've met him and he's given me such encouragement, it just makes me want to keep fighting."
While Burke and her family say they were moved by his generosity, it seems the player himself has also taken something away from the experience.
"They're amazing," Tebow told People magazine. "The entire time I was with them, I was so inspired by their strength and courage in facing every day and every struggle with a positive attitude."
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And "Jersey Shore Massacre" definitely would've been worse, if it weren't for the help of JWoww.
Jenni "JWoww" Farley told HuffPost Entertainment that she was contacted about halfway through the film's process, when producers wanted to add an authentic "Jersey Shore" cast member to the production team. When Farley eagerly signed on as executive producer -- "I've always dreamed of being a movie producer" -- the film took a whole new direction.
"It was more of a thriller, slasher. And I’m like, 'This totally should be a comedy,'" Farley said.
"When you think of the show 'Jersey Shore,' of course there was drama, but everybody likes the show because it's funny and lighthearted. That's what I was trying to focus on in the film," she added.
The movie centers on a group of obnoxious girls heading down the shore for the weekend. Ron Jeremy -- yes, that Ron Jeremy -- gives a realistic performance in his role of stoner landlord. (Because if you haven't encountered an unreliable, irresponsible super in your lifetime, don't worry ... you will.)
Once Jeremy's character mistakenly rents out the girls' house to another party, Teresa (Danielle Dallacco) offers up her mobster uncle’s woodland estate in the Pine Barrens as an alternative vacation getaway. From there, "Jersey Shore Massacre" develops into a mix of cliche "Jersey Shore" moments and unoriginal horror movie tropes: a creepy neighbor, a secluded mansion in the woods and more. Just like MTV's reality show, there are definitely scenes of uncomfortable male aggressiveness and misogyny. But it's hard to be incredibly offended considering "Jersey Shore Massacre" isn't expected to be tasteful.
"There are moments where I clearly got inspiration from the 'Jersey Shore' cast members," Farley said. "You'll definitely watch at one point and be like, 'Oh, my god, that's so Mike.'
"And this is my way to kill them off, too, because we always wanted to kill each other" Farley joked.
Overall, Farley said she's happy to be give something back to the "Jersey Shore" fans.
"A lot of people miss our show and say they want a new season. I don't know if we'll ever have another season or get back together, but at least you can laugh your ass off at these dumb, stereotypical 'Jersey Shore' moments," she said.
Watch the trailer for "Jersey Shore Massacre":
"Ridley Scott is one of those guys who’s apparently hellbent on historical accuracy but doesn’t care enough to cast a person of color as Moses or a goddamn African queen while simultaneously filling out the rest of the movie with Black servants and thieves," David Dennis Jr. wrote in a widely circulated post on Medium titled "You Probably Shouldn't Go See Ridley Scott's Pretty Racist 'Exodus' Movie." "But to make the main characters white and everyone else African is cinematic colonialism. It’s creating a piece of historical 'art' that carries on oppressive imagery that’s helped shackle entire countries and corners of the world."
Following the uproar, Joel Edgerton, who plays Ramses in the film, told The Guardian that he understood the complaints and concerns.
"[It was] not my job to make those decisions," he said of the casting process. "I got asked to do a job and it would have been very hard to say no to that job. [But] I do say that I am sensitive to it and I do understand and empathize with that position."
Now, in a new interview with the Australian arm of Yahoo! Entertainment, Scott has addressed the casting of "Exodus: Gods and Kings," though he was not asked directly about the accusations of whitewashing the story.
"You said you cast 'Exodus' very 'carefully,'" the site's reporter said to Scott in the interview. "Could you expand on that?"
Here's Scott's answer:
I guess being a director, in some ways, is like being the captain of a sports team, like a soccer team, and you have to make sure that you have every position covered really well because that will help you to win the game. So I always look on making a film as a partnership and that's what casting is all about, whether it's the star or the guy with one line. And by doing that you enable them to feel confident to try things out and feel free to suggest things. And over the years I've got the best results from actors who really are my partners in the process and it makes it all the more enjoyable. In this instance I'd met Christian four or five years ago when we had a cup of tea together and a rich tea biscuit in LA and he said, 'What are we going to do together?' And I said "well, I'll come up with something.' And it wasn't until five years later when I was thinking about the idea of Exodus and Moses being this kind of larger than life character who, at the same time, has to be played definitively as a very real person, that I thought of Christian and I knew he was the right actor for the role. It's not a fantasy. Ramses certainly wasn't a fantasy and somewhere Moses is very much written down and indicated and believed. So it's a real thing.
Scott was then asked about the film's international cast:
Egypt was –- as it is now -– a confluence of cultures, as a result of being a crossroads geographically between Africa, the Middle East and Europe. We cast major actors from different ethnicities to reflect this diversity of culture, from Iranians to Spaniards to Arabs. There are many different theories about the ethnicity of the Egyptian people, and we had a lot of discussions about how to best represent the culture.
HuffPost Entertainment contacted a representative for Scott to see if he had any specific comments on the charges of whitewashing in "Exodus: Gods and Kings." This post will be updated if and when they respond.
To read the full interview with Scott, head to Yahoo! "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is out on Dec. 12.