Gossip Girl Cast Teases How Reboot Is “Completely Different”

The original series focused on such powerful female characters as Blake Lively‘s Serena van der Woodsen and Leighton Meester‘s Blair Waldorf. And while the new cast members couldn’t offer too much about their own characters, they remain confident that the updated version continues that legacy.

“Gender roles will be talked about and dissected,” Emily revealed. “A lot of the women in our show are very powerful, but I think they were in the original as well. We’ll be exploring what it means to be a woman in this generation, and in general, exploring ideas that we didn’t before.”

As far as whether there’s pressure in being compared to the original, the new cast members sounded confident that viewers will appreciate the updated series for what it is.

“We realized we could take these roles and make them our own—they have their own qualities that are special and differentiate [them] from the original,” Emily said. “I think people will relate to them on different levels.”

“I think Emily really hit the nail on the head,” Jordan added. “We’re just keeping an open mind, staying true to the essence of Gossip Girl but with a completely different take on it.”

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Jennifer Lopez Poses Completely Nude in Jaw-Dropping Photo

Jennifer Lopez must be trying to set the internet on fire, because the new promotional photo for her new single “In the Morning” is seriously steamy. 

The “On the Floor” singer shared the photo of herself completely nude to Instagram on Nov. 25 along with the caption “Surprise! Here’s the official cover art for #InTheMorning Single drops Friday.”

Although the pic is intended to promote her next music venture, the only thing most people could focus on was the 51-year-old star’s impressive physique. The comments section was flooded with fire emojis as well as people calling J.Lo a “goddess” and “queen.” 

“ARE U KIDDING ME?” one commenter wrote. “GIRL UR BODY IS EVERYTHING.”

Another added, “ummm can I be her when I grow up.” 

Celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, who has worked with the Hustlers actress, was particularly impressed, writing in the comments, “If this doesn’t break the internet nothing will. WOW!!!!!” 

At first glance, it might appear that Jenny from the block is completely nude, but technically, she is wearing something in the photo: her massive engagement ring from fiancé Alex Rodriguez

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Review: Netflix’s ‘Emily in Paris’ Is Completely Lacking in Flavor

Democracy in the United States is either in its death throes or just a very painful midlife crisis. We’re a country led by a very sick, very silly old man. Meanwhile, a non-ideological virus is metastasizing thanks to ideological idiocy, and a fly is the star of the vice presidential debates since it is slightly more meme-able than systemic racism. Meanwhile, I’m trying to decide whether to pay for COBRA or child care. Recession turns deeper, expressions turn dire. Sartre looks like a Hallmark card. And amid all this chaos, more chaos: Netflix releases Emily in Paris.

What could have been, and should have been, a blissful escapist confection, the Darren Star — he of Sex in the City and Younger — production is instead a croissant of poop and pee that proves, as Sartre entitled his play, there is no exit. The remit of this review, like all Eater at the Movies, is how food plays into the show. In this case, all of Emily in Paris’s ineptitude can be refracted through the show’s boulangerie, brasserie, and bistro, which, like every other aspect of the city, is simplified into inane simulacra, a fetishized form whose richness and texture has been stripped away through Instagram filters and the willful trite presuppositions, not to mention arrogance and cupidity, of the titular character, Emily.

Though the series bursts with an admixture of Parisian errata and cliche, the first true food moment doesn’t pertain to Paris at all but to Chicago, the former home of Emily Cooper, the social media manager hero (with fewer than 50 Instagram followers?) who has left the Windy City for the City of Light. Upon meeting her boss’s boss at the Parisian marketing firm to which she has been assigned, the man says, apropos her home city, “I know Chicago. I’ve had the deep-dish pizza there.” Emily begins to say how proud Chicagoans are of it when he interrupts, “It was like a quiche made of cement.” To which Ms. Cooper replies, “You must have eaten at Lou Malnati’s.” There are literally endless fictional pizzerie to slag off. Combine any vowel-heavy chain of syllables and you have a mediocre joke that would land almost exactly the same. And yet, no, Emily in Paris chose Lou Malnati’s, a deep-dish institution in Chicago since 1971. Sure, it’s a chain, but a small one, and there might be (certainly is) better deep-dish pizza out there, but why pick on Lou? This isn’t David versus Goliath as much as Goliath flicking boogers on David, and to what end? In a bid for insider specificity, the series shat on a small business. And if the argument is made that any publicity is good publicity, that simply proves that the inherent ickiness of the character is, sad to say, true to life: that all we have is spectacle.

We are, I think, quite rightly in need of some sort of frothy fantasy. I mean, how many times can you refresh the New York Times or rewatch The Social Dilemma or listen to the next NPR Politics Podcast? But it is equally true that in times as trying as these, which are — and here is a truth out of which we can not wriggle — a consequence of our dysfunction, the hitherto benign escape routes we previously took reveal themselves as not quite as benign as we thought. Would Emily in Paris hit differently if it weren’t also true that we are watching in real time how social media has rendered reality subservient to our easily shared interpretations of it? I dunno, does smoking look so cool on film when your grandfather died of lung cancer? I think not. Despite the beauty Paris has to offer, the show is built on an ugly and insidious premise. Everything is content. Nothing is real unless extruded into a social media algorithm, ratified in its existence by the likes of others. There is no present. There is only post, and posting.

Almost countless times through the first three episodes, Emily and the other characters demonstrate a complete disregard for reality in preference for the platforms of social media (in the show, these posts float on screen, complete with followers and hashtags, like ethereal projections.) Paris isn’t Paris but, as Emily tells her Chicagoan boyfriend while Facetiming as she walks, “The entire city looks like Ratatouille.” Meaning that the character’s entire frame of reference is itself a cartoonish recreation, a copy of a copy of a copy.

In another instance Emily’s friend Mindy Chen, one of the very few people of color to make an appearance in this unrelentingly white show, says, “Have you ever had ris de veau?” to which Emily replies, “Why? What is that, rice with veal?” to which Mindy replies, “That’s what I thought too. I think it’s brains or balls, but it tastes like ass.” As a frequent and fervent eater of ass, I can say affirmatively this is not the case. Ris de veau, which are sweetbreads, are not brains, balls, nor ass, but the thymus. This isn’t Chef’s Table and we don’t need a slow-motion disquisition on it but, for the love of God, would it hurt to close the loop on that in some way so that the error, and yes, defamation of a protein doesn’t stand uncorrected? No, and the reason is that reality doesn’t matter.

Now, it should be mentioned that Emily’s paramour, Gabriel (Lucas Bravo), is a chef; in fact, he is the chef at the bistro at which the ris de veau conversation takes place. He is incredibly handsome. So handsome. Like if Armie Hammer procreated with one of the sturdier barricades in Les Mis — Gabriel would be the gorgeous offspring. I mean, even though I’m quite upset about this true excrescence while contemplating his torso and face, I’m filled with jouissance, with all its Barthesian overtones of orgasmic joy. And I guess the contemplation of his beauty has put me in a good mood too, because honestly the acting throughout the series is really strong and Paris’s beauty does emerge from the shitshow unscathed and even if the boulangerie are nothing but blank parodies of themselves and the scenes within them are riddled with continuity errors, to see such vast array of batards, baguettes, pains au chocolat, croissants, and brioche is enormously pleasurable. But anyway, as angelic as he is, Gabriel can’t save this carnival of fart smell.

Look, there is smart-dumb and dumb-dumb and the archetype of an ingenue American in Paris is well-trod territory both in the hands of Star himself (viz. the “An American Girl in Paris” episodes of Sex in the City) as well as by luminaries such as Godard in A Bout de Souffle. Sometimes a naif from the Midwest is a divine fool, recognizing truths unseen by those accustomed to them. But Emily in Paris is dumb-dumb. That is to say, the show is silly in ways that I can’t imagine they meant to be. Consider the croissant. At one point, as an indicator of Emily’s rapier wit, she takes a picture of a gaggle of French women, fresh from spinning, enjoying a post-workout smoke. “#Frenchworkout #Smokin’bodies” she writes in a judge-y Instagram caption. Unremarked upon is the fact that Emily, still clad in her running outfit (which reveals, it might be noted, a totes shredded six pack), is holding a croissant — which is totally fine, but an indulgence all the same. This falls into a pattern that presents paradoxes without comment and which seem sloppy rather than provocative. The most egregious example, I think, takes place at the bistro where, unbeknownst to Emily, her potential new boyfriend Gabriel works as head chef. In a trope as well done as a Shake Shack patty, she sends her steak back, complaining it is undercooked. This is then followed by a brief very American diatribe about how, in America, the customer is always right. Is she supposed to be ridiculous or relatable? At any rate, the steak is sent back to the kitchen and then presented almost immediately with the predictable reply that the meat is cooked as the meat should be cooked. Emily is on the edge of advocating for herself when she catches sight of Angel Gabriel and, in an act again of unremarked-upon deflation, quickly backtracks to say the steak is perfect as it is. What are we left with but an increasingly futile hope that this is all pretext for a massive late-season volta in which Emily, like Oedipus or Creon, realizes her shortcomings, gouges out her eyes, and exiles herself to the periphery? No, this fantasy holds as little promise in Emily in Paris as it does in Washington, D.C.

There’s an early scene when Emily first meets her new best friend, Mindy, who is working as an au pair despite (or in spite of) her familial wealth. In this scene, the pair are sitting in a Parisian park and Mindy’s charges, two towheaded French children, are playing by a fountain. Without asking, Emily snaps and shares a picture of the kid to her account @emilyinparis, demonstrating her growing habit of photographing and Instagramming people without their consent. In this instance, I got so mad I had to get up and do a lap around my living room. What irked me so much was that taking a picture, let alone sharing it, of minors is so fucked up and, as it happens, illegal according to France’s Penal Code (Sec 226.1) and yet here passes without mention as if it were de rigueur. The gesture takes something beautiful and alive and, with an unthinking sense of entitlement, pins it like a dead monarch for the display and edification of others, imprisoning it behind hashtag bars and digested in the maw of a rapacious feed. And this gesture, which is essentially one of disrespect, is at the heart of every line, in every bite of every morsel of every meal that is served in Emily in Paris. To see something you know is beautiful made to bow in order to enter through the narrow aperture of idiocy makes one lose one’s appetite. Sure, Paris is a city of lights, of beauty, of love and, yes, croissants. But the more you love Paris, which is to say, the more you love life, with all its complexity, nuance and agenda- and metric-defying splendour, the more you’ll find Emily in Paris unpalatable, if not downright degueulasse.

Joshua David Stein is the co-author of the forthcoming Nom Wah Tea Parlor and Il Buco Essentials: Stories & Recipes cookbooks and the memoir Notes from a Young Black Chef with Kwame Onwuachi. He is the author of the six children’s books, most recently The Invisible Alphabet, with illustrations by Ron Barrett. Follow him on Instagram at @joshuadavidstein.

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Media Completely Ignored Thousands Of Cubans Rallying For Trump In Florida At Mother Of All Caravans

A massive caravan of Cuban-Americans rallied in support of President Donald Trump in Sunshine State on Sunday shouting through megaphones to let the world know about their support for the president.

Over 4,000 cars and trucks ascended on Florida’s Doral Central Park, flying Trump 2020 flags and blaring their horns while their car windows were painted with slogans like “No Communism,” “Vote for Trump” and “Free Cuba” as people hung out of their sunroofs and windows waving Trump flags.

Yet, in this era of fake news, as to be expected, the mainstream media completely ignored the monumental turn out of Hispanic Trump support in Florida, the coveted battleground state and home to the majority of refugees from Cuba.

The media is strategically coordinating to downplay the immense support Trump has amassed among Cuban Americans and Hispanics, particularly in Florida, Ariel Martinez, the organizer of Cubans for Trump and Sunday’s Mother of all Caravans warned in an interview with The Gateway Pundit.Image preview

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Dozens of media local and national outlets were sent a press release weeks ahead of the pro-Trump caravan, but just one outlet accurately covered the event, Martinez explained.

“It’s funny because they were all sent the press release. Just one local newspaper, the Miami Herald came and reported it accurately, which for me was a shock. They reported the number of cars and everything pretty much exactly the way it was,” he said. “But the other news stations basically didn’t cover it. Three local outlets, that stood outside the park, portrayed two to three cars coming out and mentioned the event for just about 30 seconds.

“There were 4,000 plus vehicles and each vehicle had somewhere between two to five people. So do that math – roughly 10,000 people came to support our president – it’s just massive and literally massive. Honestly, was a lot more than I ever anticipated.”Image preview

Ironically, in July, when the group Cubans for Biden held a caravan to protest the Trump administration, the media gave wall to wall coverage of the even, despite there being a mere 12 cars at the caravan in  support of the presumptive Democrat nominee.


“But for Biden’s caravan, which literally had between 12 to 13 cars, the media – all the news stations—aired comprehensive reports on the entire event and featuring interviews with all of the attendees and it looked like, you know, “it’s absolutely amazing,” Martinez continued. “The media bias ties back to why I started Cubans For Trump in the first place. The, the other news stations

“The turnout for either event speaks absolute volumes. The fact is, Cubans are very clearly versed on what the beginnings of socialism and Marxism look like when they start to infiltrate a country despite how cute and cuddly the media tries to present it to be.  We see creepy uncle Joe as a puppet for the very extreme left, who sees nothing wrong with embracing the vicious murderers running communist horror shows and an extreme threat to the freedoms of this country.”

A majority of minorities are Democrats because of the lies inundated on the American public by the media, Martinez’s wife, Maria, a Mexican American and former Democrat told The Gateway Pundit.

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Maria and Ariel Martinez, founders of Cubans For Trump

“We have an issue with the Hispanic media. A lot of Hispanics think the way I used to. They believe the president is a racist because the media, the big networks – Univision and Telemundo, they say absolutely nothing positive of President Trump, manipulate information and twist everything he says,” she said. “I’d like to thank the Gateway Pundit because we just want America and the world to know Hispanics support Trump, especially in Florida.

Biden and Kamala Harris hit the campaign train in Florida  earlier this week and they were greeted with  crowds of supporters waiting them. The problem for Biden and Harris is that the crowds were all Trump supporters waiting to greet them.

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Liam Hemsworth Is “Living a Completely Different Life” One Year After His Split From Miley Cyrus

The “Slide Away” singer also discussed her approach to healing from a split and even referenced her divorce from Liam.

“I had a very, very public, very big breakup that was over a 10-year span of a relationship,” she expressed. “Sitting with me now, I would hope you find me to be somewhat this way, which is not the public perception, is I’m very logical. I’m very organized and very kind of center. And so, I love lists. Lists keep my whole f–king world on track. My world would be wrecked if I didn’t make lists. Every day I have a list of ‘What do I want? How am I gonna achieve it? What’s the next step?’ And so, with heartbreak, I tried to not get lost in the emotion.”

“I also don’t like that with, women, too, it’s like, ‘Well, you’re a cold bitch.’ It’s like, no! The world is going to keep churning,” she continued. “It’s like a death when you lose a love that deep, like it feels like a death…Sometimes that even feels easier because it’s more…the person’s still walking on the Earth and choosing every day, because it’s a choice. Death isn’t a choice and this is a choice.”

For her, it’s all about focusing her energy on “the logic” and going from there. Because as she described it, “you know what you will not accept ever again.”

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Disabled woman has car stolen, completely wrecked

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A woman living with multiple disabilities is left reeling after her only vehicle was stolen and then wrecked.

Surveillance image of the alleged thief

Early Sunday afternoon, 55-year-old Barbara Brown stopped by the Speedway gas station near the intersection of Leonard Street and Turner Avenue to fill up her tank.

She pulled her car up next to the front doors and then left her car running while she went inside to pay. She was gone no more than three minutes.

When Brown walked back out to the parking lot, her car was nowhere to be found.

She called police and was able to get a look at what happened to her vehicle on the gas station’s surveillance cameras. A man had jumped into her car as soon as she was out of sight and drove off.

After alerting police, she called her daughter Amber to tell her what happened.

“She was hysterical crying. I was like, mom, quit playing with me. This ain’t nothing to joke about. She was like, I’m serious, I’m waiting for the cops,” her daughter said

Barbara and her daughter Amber

Barbara Brown lives with several disabilities that make getting around difficult.

“My back, It’s got bone on bone. There’s no disc,” she said. She also has diabetes, which can cause her feet to go numb.

Needless to say, her car was one of the only practical methods of transportation she had.

“I can’t do a lot because of my disability and that was my only car to do anything, get to the doctors, get home,” Barbara Brown said.

After finding out what had happened to her mother, Amber Brown opened up the police scanner app on her phone to try and catch any activity relating to the stolen car.

About an hour and a half after the car was stolen, Amber Brown heard police discussing a crash in Wyoming involving a car that sounded a lot like her mom’s. She sent her sister to the scene near Byron Center Street and Porter Avenue to confirm it was in fact her mother’s vehicle.

Scene of the crash Sunday afternoon

A witness to the immediate aftermath of the crash, Earnette Rancher, told FOX 17, “When I came up, the whole corner was blocked off. The car was still there… They had to extricate someone out of the car, the person that was in there. And they told us he might not make it through the night.”

Police in Wyoming say Barbara Brown’s stolen car was involved in a two-vehicle crash. The driver fled the scene before they arrived, but the passenger was seriously injured.

He is still receiving treatment at the hospital.

Because she relies on disability, she cannot afford to immediately purchase a new vehicle. Her daughter has organized a GoFundMe campaign to try and raise enough money to do so. The family says they would also be overjoyed to have any working vehicle donated to them.

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Hilary Duff Teases ‘Completely Different’ Take on ‘Lizzie McGuire’

Hilary Duff Says The 'Lizzie McGuire' Revival 'Looks Completely Different' Than the Original
Hilary Duff films the ‘Lizzie McGuire’ reboot in NYC on October 29, 2019. SteveSands/NewYorkNewswire/MEGA

Meet a whole new Lizzie! Hilary Duff is only weeks into filming the new Lizzie McGuire series for Disney+ but she can’t wait to show the world the revival.

“Her having a completely different life than Hilary — she doesn’t have kids — I thought it would be a really fun experience to go through it with her,” Duff, 32, told Us Weekly exclusively at the Love Leo Rescue’s Cocktails for a Cause event on Wednesday, November 6. “I think it’s going to be a really good mix of giving everyone what they want from the show in the past, and also a new fresh show and her at 30, which looks completely different.”

The Younger actress, who starred in the original series on the Disney Channel from 2001 to 2004 and in the 2003 movie, is also an executive producer on the show.

Hilary Duff Says The 'Lizzie McGuire' Revival 'Looks Completely Different' Than the Original
Hilary Duff at the Love Leo Rescue 2nd Annual Cocktails for a Cause in Los Angeles on November 6, 2019. Variety/Shutterstock

“I feel so connected to her obviously from the past, so it’s been really fun to be a part of the whole creative process as well,” she added, but also admitted it’s a ton of work. “I have to give Sutton Foster [on Younger] a lot of credit because I forgot what it’s like to be the absolute star of a show when you’re in every single scene and every single story line. You don’t have a free minute all day long! I thought I was busy with Kelsey but this is a whole other level, but it’s a dream come true.”

While conversations about reviving the series have happened multiple times over the years, the singer noted that she never really saw it coming to fruition.

“I loved that character, obviously. There were times when I never wanted to hear her name again, and there were times when I was extremely grateful for the experience, having her in my life just like everybody else had her and for all of the opportunities that it created for me,” she explained. “After meeting with Disney on multiple occasions about possibly bringing it back, finally the story line felt right.”

In addition to Duff, Hallie Todd, Robert Carradine and Jake Thomas will also return as Lizzie’s parents, Jo and Sam, and her little brother, Matthew McGuire, respectively.

The Lizzie McGuire revival will air in 2020 on Disney+.

With reporting by Ingrid Meilan

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‘Dickinson’ is a completely absurd, erroneous take on Emily Dickinson

Imagine if pioneering, 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson had been a character on a CW series.

That’s the premise of Apple TV’s original show “Dickinson,” a harmless yet completely absurd take on the Belle of Amherst (1830-1856), whose enigmatic poetry addressed cosmic subjects with deceptive simplicity.

In an effort not to alienate the show’s target audience, the producers have decided to portray Dickinson (Hailee Steinfeld) as a rebel who doesn’t want to do housework or be married off to the nearest suitor so she can think.

Dickinson is also shown writing classic poems decades before she actually wrote them. For example “Because I could not stop for Death” was written in 1862, when the poet was 32, not when she was 16. That’s called cheating.

The writers make their most bone-headed error by having characters ride up to the Dickinson home on horseback and utter this greeting: “What up, sis?” If they’re so afraid contemporary audiences won’t watch a show where the characters are dressed in period-era costumes and living without smartphones, why bother creating a show about someone they have probably never read?

On the other hand, if “Dickinson” convinces a few people to actually read some of her poetry, then we can’t complain — too much.

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18 Completely Ridiculous And Insane Celebrity Feuds You Forgot About

18 Completely Ridiculous And Insane Celebrity Feuds You Forgot About

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