Alyssa Milano Shares A ’90s #TBT Photo With Reese Witherspoon

Unless you have a great memory and a soft-spot for dramatic thrillers from the mid-'90s, you may not remember 1996's "Fear," starring Reese Witherspoon, Mark Wahlberg and Alyssa Milano. Luckily, Milano kindly reminded us of its existence with a precious throwback photo of herself and Witherspoon on the set, looking ever so '90s:

#TBT With my beautiful friend of 20 years, @reesewitherspoon...

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To add to the #TBT party, we dug up photos of Witherspoon at the "Fear" premiere in Sydney, Australia. (Milano apparently wasn't in attendance.):

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And if you're really looking for some "Fear" nostalgia, head on over to Vulture.
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Dear Disney, Please Cast These Undiscovered Hawaii Teens For ‘Moana’

It's only been three months since Disney announced the 2016 release of "Moana," its next animated film, but we're already expecting success of "Frozen" proportions.

As we wait impatiently to hear Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's singing voice (he's been cast as the voice of a demigod), the studio continues to scour the globe to crown the movie's first-ever Pacific Islander princess.

Moana, the eponymous film's heroine is a young and spirited Polynesian navigator from the South Pacific who sets out on an epic voyage in search of a fabled island.

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Unlike the last few Disney princesses -- who were played by pop stars, Tony-award winners and A-list actresses -- the studio's New Zealand-based casting agency went searching for an undiscovered talent for Moana. They held an open casting call on YouTube and described Moana as "smart, passionate, and funny. Brave, inquisitive, and confident. A teenager who yearns for something more. Strong singing voice a must.”

Hawaii-born teens Ciana Pelekai and Makamae Auwae both received official callbacks after submitting their YouTube auditions and have become instant Internet celebrities. Both girls are definitely eager to represent their culture and, as evidenced by audition videos, wildly talented:

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"I relate to Moana because she's Polynesian and I'm Hawaiian and I know I could be an inspiration to others," Pelekai, 14, told The Huffington Post. "Down here in Hawaii, there's not a lot of opportunity to be recognized [nationally] like there is in Los Angeles. I just hope they choose a Hawaii girl."

(You may recognize Pelekai from Season 8 of "America's Got Talent.")



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"I would be honored to lead the role of Moana because it would be a big opportunity to represent where I come from," Auwae, 19, told HuffPost. "The Polynesian and Hawaiian cultures could teach the world the value of family and how respectful Polynesians are of the world around them, from navigating stars to taking care of the land that take cares of them."

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Sean Penn Talks About Dating Charlize Theron And Possibly Marrying Again

Sean Penn has been married twice before, but he doesn't see it that way.

"Yes, I’d get married again," Penn told Esquire U.K. for the March 2015 issue. "You say I’ve been married twice before but I’ve been married under circumstances where I was less informed than I am today, so I wouldn’t even consider it a third marriage, I’d consider it a first marriage on its own terms if I got married again. I mean, I like the tradition. A friend of mine wrote a line, 'Without tradition, new things die.' And I don’t want new things to die."

The 54-year-old actor had a tumultuous marriage to Madonna in the 1980s. After their split, he met Robin Wright. They welcomed two children and married in 1996. The pair had a rocky relationship and finally split in 2010. He has been dating Charlize Theron for over a year.

"Yeah, I’m surprised to be in love," he told Esquire U.K. "Lot of reasons. I’m self-proclaimed bad at mathematics but I can do two plus two: 53 years old plus finally beginning to figure out why you haven’t been happy in a single relationship? It could seem too late. But to run into somebody now who you care about is a much more passionate, deeper, truer and -– God! -– a much happier feeling. It’s a lot more romantic and a lot more fulfilling to be in a relationship and to think you’re a good person within it."

Theron was seemingly just as surprised their romance blossomed. In her own Esquire U.K. interview last year, she said she was not looking for a relationship, but her son, Jackson, got a bit older and she had more time.

“And it’s like if you are open to something, if you just let it happen, it will happen. When you least expect it," she said. "It was nice to be single and now it’s nice to be not single.”

For more with Sean Penn, head over to Esquire U.K.

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Nick Offerman Pumps Up America About NASCAR In Hilarious Super Bowl Ad

NASCAR racing is patriotic, tough-as-nails, meat-on-the-grill fun.

At least, that’s the claim being made by comedian Nick Offerman in this over-the-top NASCAR ad created by NBC Sports.

“Welcome to the place where we speed all day, where we bump and grind in a non-sexual way,” Offerman recites in the clip. “Where scores are settled, and we break the rules, and everybody's got a set of badass tools.”

The ad, which has already been watched more than 900,000 times on YouTube, will make its TV debut during NBC’s coverage of the Super Bowl this weekend. Watch the entire spot in the video above.
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Larry Wilmore On Bill Cosby: ‘He Was Never A Hero Of Mine’

Larry Wilmore took down Bill Cosby on the second episode of "The Nightly Show," calling out fans who came to the comedian's defense amid sexual assault allegations. In a lengthy interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Wilmore explained why he had no allegiance to Cosby at a time when many comics have not spoken out against him.

"He was never a hero of mine," he told THR. "I liked Cosby, but I have a different relationship with him than a lot of people because I didn't grow up on 'The Cosby Show' ... I remember in the late '70s, early '80s, my mom met Bill Cosby down in San Diego at this tennis tournament. She came back and said, 'We asked him for his autograph, and he was so mean, so nasty.' He said, 'I don't do that.' I was like, 'Man, what an asshole.' My opinion of Cosby at that point was like, 'What a jerk.' I never even watched 'The Cosby Show.' I always thought, 'That's great that that show is on,' but about him I was like, 'Whatever, Cosby.' Richard Pryor was my hero."

In recent interviews, stars have spoken about admiring Cosby's work, but when asked about the mounting sexual assault allegations against him, they deflected. "His personal life has nothing to do with me," Kevin Hart told THR. "I can't control it. I will never try. It doesn't stop me from being an admirer of his work." Chris Rock responded similarly when New York Magazine asked about the situation: "I grew up on Cosby. I love Cosby, and I just hope it’s not true."

Check out Wilmore's full interview over at THR.
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Kanye, Bieber, Ellen And Sam Smith, AKA Your New Squad Goals

Here's a totally average photo Of Kanye West (smiling), Justin Bieber, Ellen DeGeneres and Sam Smith. Enjoy!

Kanye West, @JustinBieber, @SamSmithWorld #BirthdayShow #Backstage #Incredible

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You Can’t Unsee How Justin Bieber’s Calvin Klein Ad Looked ‘Before’ Photoshop

Photoshop: taking celebrity beauty from No. 2 to No. 1.

You sensed something was up with Justin Bieber's Calvin Klein underwear ad. You couldn't put your finger on it, but something smelled off. Well, after some in-depth investigative journalism, we now know the truth.

CollegeHumor doesn't pull any punches in this reverse time-lapse video, revealing Justin Bieber's true identity, obscured by now-infamous photos for Calvin Klein.

Photoshop level: Magic.
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Iggy Azalea Responds To Eve & Jill Scott’s ‘Blaccent’ Comments: ‘I’m Myself’

Following a heated Twitter exchange with Azealia Banks and being schooled on Hip Hop by Q-Tip, Iggy Azalea is back in headlines once again.

This time the Australian-born rapper is responding to recent comments by fellow rapper-actress Eve and singer Jill Scott, who recently shared their thoughts on Azalea, her “blaccent” and how it may all contribute to cultural appropriation during an appearance last week on “Sway In The Morning.”

“She’s representing a group of girls right now as well. And yeah, I think people right now are too quick to give too many accolades to new people,” Eve admitted to show host Sway Calloway. “That’s the one thing I just can’t stand. Let her do her thing. It’s not my cup of tea but she’s representing for somebody. She’s doing her thing. What are you gonna do?”

Jill Scott added; “It’s a little challenging for me, because I come from the era that she pulled from…To me it’s a mixture of Da Brat and Eve, the way that it sounds. That’s what it sounds like to me…it [the tone of her voice] also sounds like a big bite to me. The blaccent.” Eve continued Scott’s thoughts. “She’s from a different place, and it would be dope to hear with her swag.”

As expected, Iggy took to her personal Twitter account yesterday to respond to the Grammy Award-winning pair’s thoughts.



















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Think Twice Before You Binge Watch All Those Lifetime Movies On Netflix

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Depending on your usual viewing preferences, you've noticed the ambush of Lifetime movies recently added to Netflix. There's "The Eleventh Victim," "A Killer Among Us" and "Restless Virgins" (no, really) in addition to "true story" titles referencing everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Laci Peterson. The list is longer than Rapunzel's hair (though, make no mistakes, if Lifetime took on "The Rapunzel Story," she'd likely chop it all off mid-crisis).

The tropes churned out by their apparent made-for-TV movie factory has made the Lifetime movie synonymous with the device of the "movie of the week." In the '80s and '90s, major networks were left scrambling for the rights to the (usually true crime) stories-cum-melodrama. Now, Lifetime has developed such a strong grasp on the waning genre that they were already well into production on the Jodi Arias movie before her official verdict. And there's a major issue there. When real peoples' lives are involved, you can't chalk up this kind of exploitative entertainment to just simple guilty-pleasure binge watching.

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Let's talk specifically about the true-crime sector (if only because it feels wrong to do too much analysis surrounding something called "Another Woman's Husband" or "The Cheerleader-Murdering Mother"). Two of the biggest-name films in this category (both on Netflix now) are "Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy" and "Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret."

In "Dirty Little Secret," Lifetime refuses to scrape past the surface of Arias' story. Instead, they take the most basic perception of her persona and boil it down to the "Psycho Ex-Girlfriend" archetype, sprinkled with lingerie and several blow jobs. "Okay, maybe there was some confusion here," she says to Travis Alexander (Jesse Lee Soffer) eyes widening as she zeroes in on her new obsession. "I was just suggesting that we go up to your room, tear off each other's clothes, oil each other down and see how quickly we can turn your bed into splinters." As Geoff Berkshire wrote in his review for Variety: "'Secret' has no qualms about portraying Arias the way most armchair jurors already see her: as a 'Fatal Attraction'-level bonkers femme fatale."

Another example is Hayden Panettiere's fall from "Heroes" with "Murder On Trial In Italy." Meredith Kercher's parents spoke out over the "absolutely horrific" images the film contained of their daughter's murder. Eventually, the controversial scene was cut. Yet, Lifetime went ahead with airing the film, opting to reduce Knox's intricate relationship to the events leading to Kercher's death to the story of a "Damsel In Distress," bullied by the Italian criminal justice system. (Nope, no time to feel sorry for the young woman who had her throat slit, that might confuse your ability to see Knox as a victim.)

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What both of these films do is reduce their leading ladies to one-dimensional aspects of themselves, with no concern for anything outside of producing spoon-fed salaciousness. There's no point in speculating whether Arias or Knox are guilty or innocent, or even whether they deserve our sympathy. They are real people, and prostituting their stories in this way is derivative and exploitative.

If the ickiness of cashing in on these true stories isn't enough to make you spit out your Pinot, maybe the fact that it all occurs on the network "for women" should be. A person who watched the Lifetime channel and only the Lifetime channel would be quickly convinced that we live in a world where every female is either a Rape / Incest / Domestic Abuse Victim or just a Crazy Bitch. That doesn't mean we can never watch Lifetime again or expect the network to eventually go into production on "A Noble Education: The Malala Yousafzai Story." But representations of women (especially real life ones!) have an impact. And it's important to apply that critical lens when watching, or at least remember this is a channel that has explored the wronged-woman-seeking redemption arc for decades, and still fails to surpass the narrative complexity of "The Princess And The Pea."

Follow Lauren Duca on Twitter: @laurenduca
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Kim Kardashian Masters The Art Of The Public Bathroom Selfie

On Wednesday, Kim Kardashian went out for sushi with Scott Disick in Los Angeles' Encino neighborhood wearing a gray crop top and matching knee-length pencil skirt, Us Weekly noted. While in the eatery, the 34-year-old reality star took a a selfie from the ladies' room and uploaded it to Instagram with the caption "#PublicBathroomSelfie."

Somehow, Kardashian makes bathrooms work for her. She shared two bathroom selfies during a date night with Kanye West last month, looking all sorts of gorgeous.

It's a gift.

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Zdjęcie zamieszczone przez użytkownika Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian)


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