Kathy Griffin Gets Real About Sexism In Comedy

Kathy Griffin has won two Emmys and one Grammy for her biting brand of comedy, but even a shelf full of awards hasn't saved her from sexism.

During a conversation with HuffPost Live's Caitlyn Becker about her upcoming tour dates, Griffin responded to a fan question about Jenny Collier, a female comedian who was recently dropped from a show in the UK that had "too many women." Griffin said something similar has happened to her many times.

"There have been times I've actually been turned down for a charity gig where I'm showing up for free, and they'll be like, 'Oh, we already have the girl,'" she said.

Even senior executives have patronized Griffin during meetings, she added.

"I had a meeting about two weeks ago where a male executive said to me, 'We've got our female slot filled. I'm so sorry we didn't contact you sooner.' And I went, 'Oh, well as long as that one slot is filled, because you know only 1 percent of the population is female, so you're covered,'" Griffin said.

See the full HuffPost Live conversation with Kathy Griffin below.

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Police Call Kathy Griffin Over Death Threats From Demi Lovato Fans

Kathy Griffin says that police got involved after she was flooded with death threats from Demi Lovato fans.

It all started when the comedian took part in a Twitter AMA last month. One participant asked her who was the "biggest douche" celebrity she ever met, to which she responded: "Probably Debbie Lovato Plus she should calm the f down bout Lady Gaga gettin barfed on [all sic]."

After calling the pop star by the wrong name and dissing her take on Gaga's controversial vomit performance (which she said glamorized eating disorders), Griffin was met with an onslaught of anger from hardcore Lovato fans, otherwise known as "Lovatics." Some said they would kill her; others told her to commit suicide.

On Tuesday, April 8, Griffin spoke with Howard Stern about the incident. She explained that she was conducting her Twitter AMA using Siri on her iPhone, which resulted in the misspellings. When Stern asked why she got a "douche-vibe" from Lovato, Griffin said she has seen the former Disney actress backstage a few times and once she got in the way of her selfie.

She also revealed the Lovatic threats set off a red flag for law enforcement.

"[The police] actually contacted me," the 53-year-old said, "because at that point it goes beyond just Twitter hate. It's actual, like, legit ... I have no problem with Demi Lovato -- or Debbie, as I like to call her, as Siri calls her -- but it doesn't mean she's out of the act if she does something crazy or wacky."

"There's no death threats coming from me ever," she added. "So, whatever I say about a celebrity, "douchey" is about as bad as it gets."

For her part, Lovato did tell her fans to "chill" with the hate messages and cyber-bullying.
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Alec Baldwin Spars With Former Romney Aide On Twitter

Alec Baldwin and Garrett Jackson, Mitt Romney's former personal aide, got into a sparring match on Twitter on Wednesday after Baldwin tweeted praise for the upcoming documentary "Above All Else," about the Keystone XL oil pipeline in Texas.

Following Jackson's dig, Baldwin went on the offensive in a series of tweets that the actor has since deleted. Jackson posted many of them on his own feed, with particular attention paid to the comments Baldwin made about Jackson being on his knees in his Twitter photo.

HuffPost Entertainment contacted representatives for Baldwin, who had no comment on the matter. Baldwin didn't make direct comment on the Jackson tweets on his feed, but he did post the following:

Baldwin also took a swipe at ABC News, which reported his battle with Jackson.

Last year, Baldwin apologized to GLAAD after posting a string of tweets, including some with homophobic language, that were directed at a reporter for the Daily Mail.
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Rodrigo Santoro Opens Up About The Price He Pays To Work In Hollywood (VIDEO)

Rodrigo Santoro ("300," "Lost," "Love Actually") lends his voice to the quirky and lovable Tulio in "Rio 2," a film the star says is close to his heart because of what it means to his country.

The sequel to 2011's "Rio" gets wild as Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and their kids venture into the heart of the Amazon jungle and face some fearsome adversaries with the help of old and new colorful friends. The star-studded cast includes Latinos like Santoro, the legendary Rita Moreno, Andy García, Bruno Mars and more.

Santoro sat down with HuffPost to discuss the new animated feature, directed by Carlos Saldanha, and opened up about the price he's had to pay to work in Hollywood.

How does it feel to be a part of a successful movie franchise like Rio?

I feel very good, it was a great pleasure to make the first movie and now this one too. I love the character, the concept of the movie, I love working with my voice ... It was a challenge, something very different. I'm very happy and it's very important to me because my country, Brazil, is living a very important moment in its history. There are a lot of things happening over there, other than the World Cup [laughs]. And this is a movie about Brazil. The first one referred to Rio [de Janeiro] a lot and this one is about Rio but also the Amazon rain forest and the country as a whole, it deals with very specific and important issues.

As a Brazilian citizen, how do you feel about the world setting their sights on your country?

That's what's happening. Some time ago the world began to pay attention to what was happening in Brazil ... It's a very delicate moment for the country, an important moment, and I hope it's a moment that will bring change and many good things to the country.

How does Hollywood treat a Brazilian actor?

They've treated me well, they've treated me very well. I started working outside of Brazil 12 years ago, I think, and it's been a journey with a lot of hard work [and] sweat, but also a pleasant experience. I've met a lot of interesting people, I've worked with many incredible people, I've had a lot of fun, and it hasn't been easy but it's an enriching process ... It's made me grow as an actor, as a man, as a human being.

What has been the most difficult part of working in Hollywood?

The distance, being far away from your home, from your family, that's not easy. There are times when you say "Wow, what a fight, what a battle." But it's my job, and I love what I do. I am very fortunate, very grateful for everything that has happened to me, everything I've done, all the opportunities, so I'm very happy. There's a price for everything, but I'm always in contact with my family and I'm always going to Rio [and] Brazil, which is my home. I'm always going back, but it's not easy.

Was it worth it?

It still is. It's a daily task and I don't think I've arrived at a [final] point, I'm still walking. It's a journey, a path that I'm following until I can't anymore -- it goes right, left, up, down but stays strong.

"Rio 2" arrives in theaters on Friday, April 11.
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Catching Up With The People Who Made ‘Mean Girls’ Your Favorite Movie, 10 Years Later

On Wednesdays we wear pink and write about "Mean Girls." Released 10 years ago this month (on April 30, 2004), "Mean Girls" has never been far from the cultural conversation. Netflix just added the high school classic to Instant Watch. In March, writer and co-star Tina Fey teased the idea of some kind of "Mean Girls" reunion. One month before that, star Lindsay Lohan alluded to a homecoming as well. Even the film’s supporting characters are well cataloged: This year, BuzzFeed reminded us that Kevin G. (Rajiv Surendra) grew up handsome, while Entertainment Weekly rounded up Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett) and Gretchen Weiners (Lacey Chabert). But what about the people who really made "Mean Girls" our favorite movie? Not Fey, Lohan, Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried, but Coach Carr, Trang Pak, Amber D’Alessio and the girl who doesn’t even go here? To celebrate 10 years of “Mean Girls,” HuffPost Entertainment tracked down the film’s key background players to find out what they remember about making the high school classic.

Dwayne Hill as Coach Carr

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Do you get recognized for "Mean Girls"? I don't look the same anymore. I've kind of got a beard. I look like an upscale hobo as opposed to a predatory authority figure. When people find out I'm in "Mean Girls," their jaws just drop. [...] I remember the first time people walked up to me who were fans. I used to work in a big production studio in Toronto. My office was in there. These two guys used to convert one of the studios into a rave party at night. They were club owners. They walked up to me and went, "You were in 'Mean Girls.'" I was like, "You've seen 'Mean Girls'? You two giant grown men love 'Mean Girls'?"

Did you think "Mean Girls" would be such a cultural phenomenon? I don't think anybody did. Mark Waters was, I think, a hot director at the time, so he had some buzz about him. Tina Fey was just the news anchor on "Saturday Night Live" who wrote jokes about George Bush being stupid. It was light fluff, but this was a movie that deals with really serious topics. You don't even realize that until the end. You're like, "Oh my God, did we ever take a journey!" [...] It's so universally loved. It speaks to everybody. That's Mark Waters and Tina Fey. Mark did "House of Yes," and Tina Fey is so in touch with her humility and honesty that everyone just relates to her voice.

When was the last time you saw someone from "Mean Girls"? You know what's funny? I did a sketch on "Late Night With David Letterman" last fall, which, of course, was a check off the bucket list. But Tina Fey was the guest. I didn't have the chance to say hi to her, but I thought it was so funny. Ten years later, she's now golden, because she deserves to be golden, because she's the hardest working woman in show business.

Clare Preuss as Caroline Krafft

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How did you get involved with “Mean Girls”? I have an agent, so I got an audition, and he was like, "I think for this part, you should Method act and go in looking as much like that person as possible." I didn't wash my hair for a couple of days and just got into the world of Caroline Krafft and went in there as Caroline.

What do you remember about being on set? Tina is in that scene, but she's in the audience. She was kind of chill in that scene. Tina and I got along because she felt like I looked a lot like she did in high school. Lindsay was lovely, too. Mark and I played a lot, though. Over the two days of shooting, I started channeling Molly Shannon's Mary-Catherine Gallagher character [from "SNL"]. We were playing a lot. It was really good.

What was it like getting into character? It was the only time in my life I've ever had an eyebrow fitting and an eyebrow prosthetic. I have moles on my face, but they made one of them a lot bigger -- like a boil or worse. Shooting was almost a month after the audition. They asked me to grow in my mustache and then put a bunch of mascara on my mustache. I felt like quite the beauty queen coming out of that makeup trailer.

Do you get recognized for "Mean Girls"? I have absolutely been recognized been many times for Caroline Krafft. Not by people I know. People I know have watched the movie, known I was in the movie, and [then don't recognize me]. [...] Mark was super personable and awesome with the actors and really integrated. So when I got to the wrap party, I was like, "Hey, Mark!" He looked at me like he didn't know who I was. I was like, "Okay, I realize I didn't play a huge part or anything, but we had a good camaraderie." So I go, "Oh, I'm Caroline Krafft." He was super shocked. He had never seen me out of Caroline Krafft land. He dragged me over to Lorne Michaels, and was like, "This is Caroline Krafft!" Lorne has seen a thousand people dressed up for "SNL," so in very famous Lorne fashion, he was like, "Oh, nice to meet you." Mark was like, "I can't believe it!" It was fun to shock him.

Julia Chantrey as Amber D'Alessio

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Amber was originally supposed to have masturbated with a hot dog, not made out with one. Did you know that line was going to change? No. I don't know why we didn't know it was going to change, though, because Lindsay was such a key factor in terms of her market. I don't know why it wasn't anticipated that the word wasn't going to go with the PG-13 rating.

Is that your most enduring memory from the set? I remember clearly shooting that, but my biggest memory was going into ADR to try and fix it. I was working overnight, from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., at Tim Hortons. It was my "day job," but it was an overnight job, so whenever I had to audition for anything during the day, it was like getting up in the middle of the night. I can remember dragging myself out of bed, probably on more than one occasion, and going to the studio to try and get rid of the masturbate word. There was the bleachers scene with Tim Meadows chastising the girls for the eruption in the hall. I'm still physically there, but there was an exchange between my character and Tina's character that had to be cut because they couldn't dub the masturbate line. Mark, the director, was in L.A. at that point. They were telecasting him in and playing with every word that could possibly resemble masturbate. They couldn't get it.

Did you think "Mean Girls" was going to be such a cultural phenomenon? When I think back about it now, I remember how I almost did not audition because when I got the sides, all I saw was something about masturbation and a hot dog. I was like, "I don't even want to get up for this." I remember thinking that it was like porn. But I went, and it was only after I had been cast that I got the full script. As soon as I saw Tina's name on it I was like, "Ohhhh. Okay. Good thing we booked that one."

When did you realize the impact "Mean Girls" had on pop culture? It was a few years. I remember knowing the script was really good. I loved Tina's sense of humor. I recognized the intellectual dry commentary on the teenage hierarchy. The set was really fun, but you can be on a lot of fun sets and it doesn't mean the end product is going to be fun at all. So it was probably a few years later. Facebook was coming out at that time, and it was only when Facebook had been established for a few years that I started getting contacted by people who had hunted me down through Facebook. My coverage wasn't that elaborate, so for people to recognize me on the street or through social media just by that one line made me realize how many people must have been seeing this.

When was the last time you saw someone from "Mean Girls"? Just a few weeks ago. I was at a theater and I ran into the girl who played Dawn. The tampon girl I run into all the time -- the girl with the huge vagina line. I run into them in Toronto quite a bit.

Jill Morrison as Crying Girl

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What's your most enduring memory from the set? Meeting Tina Fey and working with her was amazing and surreal. I have always been inspired by the characters on "SNL," and thought she was hilarious. I walked into the large gymnasium where it was filmed and it was quite a sight, and Mark Waters walked up to me right away and was so friendly, and introduced me to Tina. It was a dream!

Do people recognize you from the movie? "Mean Girls" is amazing for the ability to capture generations, so my fans start fairly young and go to much older with "she doesn’t even go here" love. The other night after the live taping of the hilarious sitcom I work on, "Package Deal," "Mean Girls" fans approached me. It happens every day, on sets or in social situations, when people find out. But I am generally not approached about it on the street. I mostly enjoy the tweens though; they are pretty cute about it. But it's pretty constant and it’s been a really neat, exciting experience.

Did you think "Mean Girls" would be such a cultural phenomenon? The movie was my first gig, and I was already pretty overwhelmed by that. I thought Mark's direction was brilliant, and the way he worked with me was incredible and challenging. I knew the script was really funny and smart, and I could see the acting was good. But the reaction to it took me years to get used to. I sometimes could not believe the "she doesn’t even go here" craze. The attention for it has also really helped my career, and I will always be thankful for that. I once had a fan send me a t-shirt with a picture of a cake she had made with a rainbow on it. I think Crying Girl would have gobbled that up.

What do you remember about the wrap party? I have great memories about the wrap party. I hung out with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and it was pretty cool. I remember being nervous, but standing at the bar and watching Amy dance and loving the situation because she was being so entertaining, and it made me feel like I had front row tickets to "SNL." They were both so nice, it was a lovely experience and I really admire both those women very much.

Have you seen anyone from the film in recent years? I have not seen anyone from the film, which now when I go to answer this question makes me hope that changes! But it's awesome to watch the cast’s careers develop and grow.

Jeff Moser As Farting Guy

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What’s your most enduring memory from the set? Because I was the farting guy, the crew, as a prank, put a fart machine underneath the chair I was sitting on. That was pretty comical. I remember chatting with Lizzy Caplan and some of the cast in between the shots and set-ups. Also, I actually had somebody back into my car on the first day. I was late due to an accident, but I had a great time.

What was it like the first time you watched "Mean Girls"? My family was there, and, of course, my dad was like, "Hey, everyone, do you want to meet the farting guy?" "Thanks a lot, dad!" It was a lot of fun.

Do you still get recognized? I still get the odd person that will look and go, "Were you in 'Mean Girls'?" "Yeah, I was the farting guy!" [laughs] I've had some fun with that over the years.

Olympia Lukis as Jessica Lopez

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Do you get recognized for "Mean Girls"? The craziest time was when I was at a club in Toronto and these guys came up to me and were like, "Um, sorry to bother you, but were you in 'Mean Girls'?" And at this point, I'd cut my hair and looked totally different, and I looked at these kids like, is this a joke? Am I on “Candid Camera”? Are you serious? And they’re like, "We recognize your voice, so we just had to come and ask you. We watched that movie every single day for a whole year, and we were obsessed." These kids recognized my voice! We're in a club, loud music, and these kids totally knew me. I do definitely get some people who say I look familiar, but once I tell them or once they figure it out, they're like, "Yeah, totally!"

Did you think "Mean Girls" would be such a cultural phenomenon? Never in a million years did I think it would be such a pop culture phenomenon. I remember reading the script when it came to my door. I was 20 or 21 when I made that movie, and I was just so excited. Oh, Tina Fey! That was the most recognizable name, and Amy Poehler, because of the "SNL" cast. Lindsay Lohan was just "Parent Trap," and she was coming off of "Freaky Friday," so I would tell my friends I was in this movie and they'd ask who’s in it and I’d say, "Oh, Lindsay Lohan." "Who's that?" "Rachel McAdams." "Who’s that?" "Amanda Seyfried." "Who’s that?" People that now you definitely know who they are. But at the beginning, I remember saying to them, "Remember the girl from 'Party of Five'? Yeah, she's in that movie." Even reading the script from Tina Fey I was laughing and thinking this movie is so weird and hilarious, because there's no real movie that's been like that ever. People can compare "Clueless" to it or certain other movies from the '90s, but there's definitely not been a movie like "Mean Girls" made since. It's truly a standout, standalone movie.

What do you remember about the wrap party? I was drinking amaretto sours at that point in my life. I remember feeling nice at that party. I met Lorne Michaels and they had karaoke. I remember I sang a song that Tina Fey really liked. My go-to karaoke song is No Doubt -- that's always a staple of mine, but I didn't sing that one that day. Tina said she loved that Jennifer Lopez song "Play." And I sang that song, and as I was singing it -- and I was about four or five amaretto sours deep -- I couldn't remember how the song goes. So as I'm singing the song, I feel it just falling off the rails. As I'm struggling through it, Tina Fey comes out of nowhere and basically saves the day. She scoops me up and starts singing the song with me.

What's your most enduring memory from the set? There was one scene where they did the fire alarm and the sprinklers came on, and we all go into the gym. There was a scene where I'm sitting there in the wheelchair and they had to change the cameras around, so there were like 300 girls as extras in the gym scene, right? And I get up off my chair because it's take five, and you hear about 10 girls in the background going, "Oh, my god!" Because they thought I was really in a wheelchair, so they were shocked when I stood up. She walks!

Jan Caruana as Emma Gerber

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What was your most enduring memory from the set? Everyone was so great on that set. I still keep in touch with a few of the girls. But in terms of awesome memories, sitting in the makeup chair one day and getting to chat with Amy Poehler about the Upright Citizens Brigade and having her talk about it the same way I would talk about the small theater company I was part of at the time. Also getting to meet Tina Fey. Getting to meet Lorne Michaels at the cast party and having him know who I was, that was amazing. So there were just lots of cool things that happened.

Do people recognize you from the film? Not as much as they used to. I mean it has been 10 years, and that's the thing that makes me realize it has been 10 years the most. I used to get recognized all the time and it was hilarious. People would want to take their pictures with me and that was really funny because you think, you have such a small amount of screen time but those characters really affected people, I guess.

Did you think it was going to be a cultural phenomenon? Not really. When you are filming it, you are kind of in the middle of it, and you kind of don't really know what it's going to be. I remember when I first got the script, I knew that it was really, really funny and I knew that if everything went well, based on the script alone, I thought it would be a great film. And it really was. I think 10 years later it still holds up.

Ky Pham as Trang Pak

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What was your most enduring memory from the set? The whole thing was so hilarious and every scene that I shot was so funny. The one scene when the Burn Book came out and everyone is just fighting in the hallway, and it was utter chaos. I was having that catfight with the other "cool Asian girl" and we were actually clawing at each other, and I had scratch marks all over me. She had my skin under her nails, we actually really went at it. It was really funny.

I did have some English lines, but when we started filming Mark [Waters] cut them all. I had to go home and have a bunch of the lines translated into Vietnamese, because I had no idea how to translate it myself. I took my lines to my dad, and some of the things in the movie that I was saying were really rude. Like, I had to ask my dad how to things like, "Why are you always cockblocking me," and "n***a, please." And my father says to me, "What the hell? First of all, [said in a whisper] Why are you calling people n***as, and second, why are you saying please after you insult them?" It was so funny. But there is no literal translation, so he just came up with something else that was fitting.

Do people recognize you from the movie? Not until they know me. Like, after they've met me and they watched the film. Then they'll be like, "Hey, were you in 'Mean Girls'?" and I'm like, "What are you talking about?"

Did you think it was going to be a cultural phenomenon? I had no idea. When I went for the audition, I didn't know it was a feature film. I thought it was a made-for-TV Canadian movie. I didn't even know it was a feature until I saw the previews on TV. I had no clue, it was really funny. I thought it was an after-school special.

Erin Thompson as Dawn Schweitzer

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What was your most enduring memory from the set? It was my audition. It was my first audition for a feature film and when I came into the casting room, Mark Waters, the director, was actually in the room, which surprised me. So I did my audition, and when the reader responded with, "Who wouldn't say that?" I gave my very best stink eye to the reader and the director laughed. And that for me, as a young actor, was a really wonderful experience.

Do people recognize you from the movie? There was one time about five years after the movie came out. I was out and about, and I was recognized by someone that I didn't know at all while out at a bar singing karaoke. And as I was leaving I could hear a guy shouting, "Dawn! Dawn!" And that's not my name so I kept walking, but he grabbed me by the shoulder and turned me around and was shaking me and says, "You're Dawn Schweitzer from 'Mean Girls'!" It was lovely he was so excited to meet me, it was a really nice experience.

Did you think it was going to be a cultural phenomenon? I knew when I got the script that it was a great movie. Tina Fey is an amazing writer. She's definitely one of my heroes and someone I look up to. She took a non-fiction book written by Rosalind Wiseman about girl politics and culture and turned it into this amazing, funny film. And Mark Waters heading it as the director -- it's so wonderful because his brother, Daniel Waters, wrote "Heathers," and now he’s made "Mean Girls," which is the "Heathers" of this generation. Did I know that going into it? No, but the seeds were definitely there.

Stefanie Drummond as Bethany Byrd

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What was your most enduring memory from the set? I know you spoke to my best friend Jan, who played Emma Gerber, and my fondest memory is of our matching dresses that we wore during the prom scene. They were hilarious. They were long and puffy, and hers was bright blue and mine was bright pink. And I just remember putting on these dresses with my best friend and getting walked to set, it’s pretty remarkable. Just in terms of friendship and our the extravagance of it. [Check out Stefanie's photo here]

You know the scene in [the girls' changing room] where Rachel McAdams' character has holes cut in her shirt? So I had to wear a towel in that scene, but I didn't know I had to. I thought I would be wearing like gym clothes or something, and then I was like, "I'm going to be wearing a towel in a movie? What is going on?" I had never been in a movie before and I didn't know how big the towel was going to be, so it was freaking me out. So the wardrobe girls and the PA guys, they all put on towels with me before I had to shoot the scene. And now in retrospect, when I saw it, it's a huge towel, but at the time it really freaked me out. But it was so cute that they did that. The crew was so wonderful and Mark Waters was amazing.

Do people recognize you from the movie? All the time! It kills me. I'll be in hot yoga or something and people will ask me, "Are you the girl with the wide-set vagina?" It surprises me how often it happens. It makes me laugh. A lot of people love saying the lines to me, people are really sweet. I've never not had anyone been really cool about it.

Did you think it was going to be a cultural phenomenon? I knew it was going to be a really funny movie. I read the script and I laughed. I knew Tina Fey had written it and I couldn't believe I was reading words that Tina Fey had written -- and that I was going to get to say them. And then when I found out who was going to be in it -- like Amy Poehler -- these hilarious, strong women. I knew it was going to be funny, but I had no idea it would go on for like a decade.

Sharron Matthews as Joan the Secretary

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What was your most enduring memory from the set? It was my very first feature film and I was so nervous. I was sitting in my trailer on the very first day, and I heard this teeny little knock on the door and Tina Fey was standing there. She said, "Sharron, I'm Tina," and I thought, "I know." She said, "I just wanted to come walk you to set, we are so happy to have you on this movie." She walked me to set and she talked to me about my audition, and she loved that I was in musical theater and she just went to such great lengths to make me feel comfortable. That's what I thought happened on every feature film, which of course it doesn't. She put me at such great ease that it was a fabulous shoot for me.

Do people recognize you from the movie? You know what? They do. I was just out for a meeting with a production company at dinner and someone asked me if get recognized from "Mean Girls" and I said, "Oh yeah, all the time." I swear not 10 minutes later, a young man walked up to me and said, "You're from 'Mean Girls,' aren't you?" It hadn't happened in a while, but someone just wrote on my Facebook page, "You don't know how much this movie meant to our generation." And that person was probably 21. It's wild. I'm thinking, "You were 11 when I made this movie." But every generation has kind of claimed it as their own.

Did you think the movie would have such staying power? I remember thinking that it was a really good script. That made me hopeful for it being a good movie, but I don't think anyone guessed that it would be this enduring.

Daniel DeSanto as Jason

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What was your most enduring memory from the set? My first day on set, I met all the girls and I was pretty nervous because I was a big fan of Lacey Chabert's because I used to watch "Party of Five" all the time, and she was really hot. But in person she was even hotter, it was crazy. We were doing the scene where Lacey's character and my character were in the bathroom together, and in the script, Lindsay's character is supposed to open the door and see us, even though we're not doing anything and just moves on. Mark Waters, the director, he would give us a cue for Lindsay at the door. He'd yell, "Lindsay!" and then we'd react. We rehearsed a couple times and then he took me aside and told me, "When we roll, lean in like you are going to kiss Lacey." And already I was super nervous because I never kissed a girl on screen before, and I just kind of looked at him and he told me he'd yell for the cue before I would actually kiss her or anything. So then we go back and he yells action, and now I'm even more nervous and I'm sitting there, looking at Lacey and she puts her hand on my chest and I'm sure my heart was beating out of my chest. And then I sort of played with her hair, and lean in for the kiss -- and Mark is not stopping me. Now I'm already committed, so it's not like I can pull back, so I kiss her. And then all of a sudden finally Mark Waters yells "Lindsay!" and we both react and look at the door and out of nowhere Lacey just slaps me. That was not part of the script at all. And my reaction was real because I was shocked she hit me, and she hit me pretty hard. There was stunned silence for a couple seconds, and all of a sudden you hear our director just start howling with laughter and finally he yells "cut." And that was the only take of that scene that we did.

Do people recognize you from the movie? All the time, it's crazy. Every once in a while I'll get people saying to me, "Jason, you're such a skeeze." I’ll get, "Go shave your back now." I get "Butter your muffin" all the time. It's crazy how much that line sort of made it. We didn't even know what it meant at the time, because the original line that we shot was, "Is your cherry popped? Would like us to assign someone to pop your cherry?" That line didn't make it through MPAA ratings, so we had to change it. When we went into do ADR for the film, myself and the director, he was just throwing a bunch of different stuff at me: "Is your taco spicy? Is your cookie baked?"


It's crazy. I’m newly single now, and when I was in L.A. about a month ago my friends were telling me about Tinder, and I got on it, and I thought it was pretty cool. So I started getting matched and stuff like that, and this one girl messaged me, and she was like, "Hi" and I was like, "Hey," and she says to me, "I have a question for you." And I said, "Shoot." And she said, "Can I butter your muffin?" And then I deleted the app after that.

Did you think it was going to be a cultural phenomenon? No. I mean, the script was funny and through the auditions I met Waters and he was really great, and that was exciting. But, I mean Lindsay [Lohan] was just coming off "Freaky Friday." Rachel [McAdams] was just coming off of "The Hot Chick." I remember sitting at lunch with Rachel and telling us about "The Notebook," but not for her, she was saying that everyone is going to freak out when this movie comes out because of this guy Ryan Gosling. Of course Lacey [Chabert] had her voice work and "Party of Five," and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and Ana Gasteyer and Tim Meadows, everyone knew from "SNL." But "30 Rock" hadn't happened yet, neither had "Parks and Recreations." It was basically on the cusp. We had no idea. Everyone had kind of done something, but we just thought we were shooting another high-school movie, right? I mean I had no idea. It's such a rare thing.
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Joan Jett May Front Nirvana At 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

Classic rock may get a makeover at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where reports indict Joan Jett is poised to front Nirvana's performance.

The Hall of Fame induction is set to take place Thursday. HuffPost Entertainment contacted one of Jett's reps to confirm the rumor and will update this post upon receiving a response.

The speculation arose when drummer Dave Grohl posted an Instagram photo to the Foo Fighters' account that features, according to Stereogum, Krist Novoselic’s bass, Pat Smear’s Fender Stratocaster, Grohl’s drum set and what appears to be Jett’s Melody Maker. (We guess that means original bandmate Chad Channing won't be part of the lineup after all.) If this conjecture proves true, it will quash the rumor that R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, a close friend of Kurt Cobain, will sub as the group's lead singer. (Regardless, Stipe will preside over Nirvana's induction.)

Jett and Grohl have collaborated together previously, including on a track from the "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" singer's 2013 album "Unvarnished." They also presented an award together at last year's American Music Awards.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction takes place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and will be telecast May 31 on HBO. In addition to Nirvana, other 2014 inductees include Cat Stevens, Daryl Hall and John Oates, KISS, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel and The E Street Band.
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Finally Some Good News For Women In Film

It's no secret that women are underrepresented in film. The statistics are daunting: For every woman working in the industry, there are five men; females directed only 9 percent of the top 500 films from 2007 to 2012. But there's finally a tiny piece of good news for ladies interested in making movies. As part of an initiative by U.K. culture magazine Dazed & Confused, big names in the industry are participating in an effort to encourage the work of female filmmakers.

Dazed & Confused's video arm, Dazed Vision, is requesting that some of the industry's heavy hitters select their favorite fledgling directors to make a narrative short or music video, with £2000-5000 ($3300-$8300) to help each get off the ground. The likes of Helen Mirren, Jane Campion and Sienna Miller have signed on for the project.

"We're not anti-men, but we want to encourage more young women to pick up the camera so we have greater diversity in what we're watching," Jennifer Byrne, the Video Commissioning Editor of Dazed Vision, told The Independent. "Girls lack confidence to pick up a camera because they think they need to be technical but a director is just someone who has a story to tell and can tell it clearly."

Byrne added that she has had enough of the "male, middle-aged, middle-class, white perspective of the world." And she's got a point. In an industry that considers women's films a "niche" market, females writing, directing and producing their own stories is certainly a step in the right direction.
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So, Is James Franco’s Use Of Instagram Innovative Film Promotion Or Just Kind Of Creepy?

On Thursday, April 3, it appeared as though 35-year-old James Franco had been trying to hook up with a 17-year-old girl via Instagram. The news instantly inspired a flurry of outrage (as well as some confusion over why anyone would use Instagram to sext), but soon many outlets drew the connection between the Insta-storyline and the release of the "Palo Alto" trailer -- a film based on James Franco's collection of short stories, one of which chronicles a soccer coach (played in the movie by Franco) who takes advantage of a teenage girl.

So, was the Instagram messaging a stunt aimed at self promotion? And if so, can it still be considered really creepy? HuffPost Entertainment's associate editors Ryan Kristobak and Lauren Duca tried to figure out the implications of Franco's most recent use of his public persona. Here's what they came up with.


Lauren: Let's talk about this whole James Franco Instagram scandal. Off the bat, I feel like we're both leaning toward the complex conspiracy theory that this whole Instagram sexting thing was at least intended as a promotion for the "Palo Alto" film, yes?

Ryan: Yeah, I think there's a really good chance that the two are connected. A coincidence just doesn't seem to fit. Although, I'm not sure if that intention makes his texts innovative or still problematic. Which way are you leaning?

Lauren: Well, the idea of promoting a film with your public behavior (rather than relying solely on traditional advertising) is at least interesting, but doesn't really excuse a 35-year-old man sexting a 17-year-old girl / generally behaving like a creep.

Ryan: In most cases, I would agree with that, but for a moment, let's say this isn't a stunt. I think Franco made a great point in social media being "tricky." This is not to say that he didn't know what he was doing going into the situation, or that he didn't necessarily have certain intentions, but situations can become a lot more confusing and complicated than person-to-person contact. Again, not an excuse, but I think an observation that is important to take in before making a judgement on one's character.

Lauren: Oh, definitely! I think celebrities handling social media themselves can be particularly revealing (and get complicated quickly).

Ryan: However, to address the possibility of him setting up an Instagram sext chat in order to promote his movie ... it's certainly unorthodox, but Franco doesn't ever seem to be one for the ordinary. Smoking two packs a day while playing James Dean and riding around in a hot air balloon after "Oz the Great and Powerful." The dude hits those extremes, so this kind of a stunt doesn't seem too far out of the question. If this is a stunt, I hope it comes out that Lucy Clode and her family knew about it.

Lauren: Sure, but given his past crazy-air-balloon antics and just penchant for pseudo-existentialism, this seems like Franco deliberately manipulating his public persona in some way or other. So, that leaves us with two questions: 1) Do we think this was "real" or simply staged? 2) Is this kind of anti-promotional activity creatively respectable / something other artists should consider (via behaviors other than ... Instagram sexting)?

Ryan: Let's start with the first question. I'm going to argue this was a stunt. The timing of the "Palo Alto" trailer dropping and Franco's responses like a tweet saying "I HOPE PARENTS KEEP THEIR KIDS AWAY FROM ME," just make me feel like this all some absurd promotion. I'm probably wrong ... your conclusion?

Lauren: Agreed. Probably in a few days we'll find out that the teen sexter was Jimmy Kimmel. And I think the fact that it was interpreted as a real exchange is what led to all of the backlash and excessive media coverage. Although, I'm not sure that disingenuousness makes it less creepy and terrible. In the New York Times, Franco wrote about "[experiencing] distance between his true self and his public persona," which makes sense but also isn't an excuse to use predatory behavior as a fun little hoax.

Ryan: Especially because it went so viral, this isn't something we can just dismiss, just because it was a stunt.

Lauren: Right, he's still responsible for his "fake" behavior and in this case that involves a major disparity in regard to both age and power. It's just a really negative idea to reinforce, even as "performance art" or however he's perceiving his actions this week. But on to that second question. Can this kind of thing -- using public behavior to promote a film -- be effective in non-creepy-and-terrible ways?

Ryan: Well, if there is a way to not do it, this is it. But I do think it can be done in a way that is more tasteful. Why not use that power -- in both celebrity and the free machine that is social media -- when you have it. And I think it can approach sensitive subjects like (online) predatory behavior because those conversations need to opened from all angles to really help capture the reality of it. Do you think it can be? And what might be a good example?

Lauren: I think we can take an inversion of what Franco did as an example. What if he staged a predatory interaction (between, say, "Lucy" and some other bearded Instagram creeper) and then interfered in some way? I mean, that's very "save the children" of me to suggest. But the point is he could have drawn attention to himself and the subject matter and still managed to achieve the same effect, without propagating the idea that it's cool to prey on teens.

Ryan: That would definitely would have been better. You don't want to take advantage of real, horrible situations just to your own benefit, but be able to produce a message that benefits all parties (except the creeps).
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Haley Joel Osment Still Hears From M. Night Shyamalan, Steven Spielberg

Is Throwback Wednesday a thing? The A.V. Club posted an interview with Haley Joel Osment, former child star and seer of dead people, as part of its ongoing Pop Shop feature -- where the site supports "the dying art of physical shopping by visiting independent record and bookstores with some of our favorite actors, writers, directors, and musicians" -- and found out that 25-year-old actor still stays in touch with some of his old bosses.

According to Osment, both M. Night Shyamalan (who directed Osment in "The Sixth Sense") and Steven Spielberg (who directed Osment in "A.I.") have contacted him "from time to time" and have "been kind over the years." As such, the actor -- who has enjoyed a comeback, of sorts, thanks to the IFC series "Spoils of Babylon" -- was not interested in trashing Shyamalan's recent output, which includes duds such as "The Last Airbender" and "After Earth."

"I think that people aren’t as happy with his recent work. ['The Sixth Sense'] wasn’t his first movie, but when your first big thing is a script that is that good, and when we were shooting, I think everyone was aware that as long as we don’t get in the way of this script, it's going to be great. It's tough to please people after that," Osment said. "I think that he's such a good director, aside from the writing, that he could have a much bigger range than thrillers. I think he'll eventually do that. 'Unbreakable' is just shot really, really well. He has a very interesting visual style that could work in films that aren't necessarily horror."

Speaking of films that aren't necessarily horror, Osment is next set to star in Kevin Smith's "Tusk," a genre hybrid with scary overtones. He's also playing a key role in the "Entourage" movie.

"When you get lucky, as I did getting to work on a series of amazing films, one of the drawbacks career-wise is that the image of you at 10 or 12 or whatever is burned into people's minds for a long time," Osment said of his past films when asked about his career during a recent Ask Me Anything session on Reddit. "That said, I'm proud that those films are still so beloved and that they stand a good chance of being watched for many years going forward. For an actor, however, it's important to keep diversifying your work and trusting that eventually people will see the span rather than just that moment in time."

For more on Osment, head to The A.V. Club. Here's what Osment looks like today, just in case you're curious / not aware that he grew up:

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Praying a Broadway Baby Quits the Booze


April 2014

Re: An Open Letter to Elaine Stritch

Dear Ms. Stritch,

I'm not unique, per se. I'm just another one of your fans who has spent many years idolizing you for your work in theater, cabaret, television and film.

However, rather than pining over your illustrious career that's already been well documented, I do want to share something publicly for the very first time, that you helped me with, that's changed my life, and has given me new hope, perspective and strength.

Viewing your At Liberty DVD one day, I finally acknowledged the nagging voice in my head that told me I had a drinking problem. Your stories resonated with me, many eerily familiar, like when you spoke about being a heavy drinker but trying to limit yourself to two drinks a day. "Two drinks a day. It doesn't work," you said: "Not when you want eleven. And not when you start shopping for wineglasses in the vase department at Bloomingdale's."

For readers less acquainted with Ms. Stritch, her drinking is a part of Broadway lore. Even Cheyenne Jackson, a recovering alcoholic himself, said at his concert this past weekend that when asked if he had ever been drunk on stage, he responded, no, jokingly adding, "I'm not going to pull an Elaine Stritch."

For the most part, I could function. My drinking was just one of my "quirks," so carefully managed behind closed doors, or by those who love me. However, their support was misplaced, albeit innocently, making excuses for me, carefully navigating me around parties, or literally carrying me home to sleep it off before work the next day.

You've told the story about how Judy Garland famously quipped, "Elaine, I never thought I'd say this, but goodnight." I have a suspicion that if I were there with you, you'd soon say the same to me, if one of my handlers hadn't already poured me into a cab.

It was so carefully managed, I figured I could go on forever, until I heard your story of being an insulin-dependent diabetic (which you've implied was brought on by alcohol), yet continuing to drink until you had a "major diabetic hypoglycemic attack," desperately needing sugar. That you were allegedly so soused, you collapsed in the hall at the Carlyle Hotel, and if a mini-bar waiter hadn't passed by, luckily with a Pepsi on his cart, you might not be alive today.

I suddenly realized that alcohol is a dangerous friend; it's fun in small doses but can literally take over, and end your life. The key is when you're like us and "two drinks a day" is just not possible. It becomes three, then four, then that becomes two or three bottles of wine.

Liza Minnelli has spoken publically about this too, that alcoholism is a disease and she, like me (and maybe you too), feel differently when we drink. While some people relax, we are the opposite and feel "great" or, as I say, "like a bucket with a hole that can never be filled."

I appreciate how Cheyenne Jackson puts it, that he hid his alcoholism behind "intense, deep shame," (a comment I can personally related to) but once he took that step toward change, he was amazed by the inner strength he found, and what he could do, "if I pull myself up."

(I applaud Mr. Jackson for his strength, and being so open about his personal battles. We need more current role models like him, to inspire others, including his throngs of adoring Broadway and pop music fans.)


Whatever the feeling I, or anyone reading this, has when drinking, I want you to know, Ms. Stritch, that since that reported experience at the Carlyle Hotel helped you to stop, I decided to give up drinking too. You inspired me.

It was hard at first, but I'm proud to say it's been two years since my last drink. I've had a lot of support, including my amazing partner, friends and from God -- but I also often think about your story and say, "If Elaine Stritch can do it, so can I." In a way, you became my unofficial "sponsor."

With adoration for you as a performer, as well as appreciation for how you helped changed my life, I jumped at the chance to be a backer for the documentary of your life Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. It's an incredible film, but I do want to say that I was disappointed to learn that you are drinking again.

According to the New York Times, "As a recovering alcoholic, Ms. Stritch, after more than two decades of sobriety, decides to allow herself one drink a day, usually a cosmopolitan. She seems to be abiding by her rule, though it can't be easy."

I'm not your manager nor your maker, so it's really none of my business. However, in the past you've admitted you have trouble limiting your alcohol intake. To quote, "It doesn't work!" So, what has changed now?

In fact, after your incident in the hall at the Carlyle Hotel, you said "all of a sudden, there's God so quickly... I quit.. and I am not, this time kidding around. Party's over."

Ms. Stritch, you are a national treasure, and remain a memorable icon for many generations to come. However, I hope to see you around for many more years, and ask that you to look back at your own admission, and reconsider your alcohol intake.

You were there for me (remotely, via DVD), and I'm here to offer it in return, if you ever need support.

Additionally, for anyone reading this who may feel they have a problem, please know that there's always people willing and able to help. As hard as it is to admit you have a problem, it makes it that much easier to take steps toward finding a resolution. Acknowledging it is the hardest part.

If you do believe you have an issue with substance abuse, please contact Alcoholics Anonymous at www.aa.com or Narcotics Anonymous at www.na.org. You can even contact me for support at my website, below. I'll do what I can to help direct you to the correct resources. You are not alone.

Regards, and with admiration for Ms. Stritch and anyone who finds the strength to overcome substance abuse,

Steve Schonberg
Editor-in-Chief, Center On The Aisle
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