New York Times television critic Alessandra Stanley wasted no time addressing Shonda Rhimes‘ race in a piece on the upcoming ABC series, How To Get Away with Murder: “When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called ‘How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman.’”
Stanley writes that Murder, starring two-time Oscar nominee Viola Davis, is the latest Rhimes vehicle to feature a “powerful, intimidating black woman” as its central character. While executive produced by Rhimes and Betsy Beers, the series was created by Peter Nowalk (a white man).
With her hand in yet another prominent television series, Rhimes — who created Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal — is one of the most powerful women in Hollywood. As many were already scratching their heads at Stanley’s piece, she responded directly to the article in question on Twitter Friday morning:
Confused why @nytimes critic doesn't know identity of CREATOR of show she's reviewing. @petenowa did u know u were "an angry black woman"?
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) September 19, 2014
@shondarhimes Maybe there’s a class we can take. So much to learn. Sigh.
— Pete Nowalk (@petenowa) September 19, 2014
Final thing: (then I am gonna do some yoga): how come I am not “an angry black woman” the many times Meredith (or Addison!) rants? @nytimes
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) September 19, 2014
Wait. I’m” angry” AND a ROMANCE WRITER?!! I’m going to need to put down the internet and go dance this one out. Because ish is getting real.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) September 19, 2014
Rhimes’ cast members also shared thoughts on Twitter.
Wow. Did I just read a @nytimes piece that reduced my brilliant, creative, compassionate, thoughtful, badass boss to an “angry black woman?”
— Joshua Malina (@JoshMalina) September 19, 2014
Dance it out, @shondarhimes. Dance it out.
— Katie Lowes (@KatieQLowes) September 19, 2014
Dear @nytimes http://t.co/20dzCSLKsx AND http://t.co/VJQ7n0Ujdn You're welcome. Love, K-Dub
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) September 19, 2014
For those who are keeping score, Stanley has a history of controversial opinions and notable public missteps.
ABC’s ShondaLand Thursdays kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 25 with the season premieres of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, and the series premiere of How To Get Away with Murder.
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Angelina Jolie Helps Raise Breast Cancer Awareness, Kendra Wilkinson Confronts Hank Baskett About Cheating Scandal + More of Today’s First Dibs
Angelina Jolie‘s own experience with breast cancer has inspired women to get themselves tested, Kendra Wilkinson cries to Hank Baskett about his affair, Amy Adams is already getting Oscar buzz, and more of today’s First Dibs.
- Since Angelina Jolie went public with her preventive double mastectomy, the number of British women getting breast-cancer gene tests has doubled. [Marie Claire]
- A sobbing Kendra Wilkinson confronted husband Hank Baskett about his affair on camera. [Radar Online]
- The Big Eyes trailer has people talking about another Oscar nomination for Amy Adams. [Huffington Post]
- A post promoting the iPhone 6 appeared briefly on Joan Rivers‘ Facebook page, resulting from a pre-negotiated deal with Apple. [TMZ]
- The first person to make the iPhone 6 purchase in Australia accidentally dropped it during an interview.
- Are The View co-hosts Rosie O’Donnell and Nicolle Wallace off to a rocky start already? [E!]
- Gwyneth Paltrow‘s method of bringing her kids to school is under scrutiny. [NY Post]
- Prince Harry makes us swoon yet again by being adorable with a five-year-old girl. [Today]
- Watch Jason Segel freak out over a “naked” man on Ellen. [Gossip Cop]
Why so scared, Jason? When it comes to his own nudity, the Sex Tape star is fearless, having dropped trou in numerous films. Watch him talk about getting intimate on camera, and reveal his favorite sex position, below.
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Following eight years on Saturday Night Live, Bill Hader is stepping out on his own with his first leading role in the Sundance hit, The Skeleton Twins, which opens nationwide in theaters on Sept. 19. In the film, Hader plays Milo, a depressed gay man who attempts suicide and later returns home to stay with his twin sister played by Kristen Wiig. The film is the first time the two have shared a screen since both appeared on SNL and the result is a mix of belly laughs, twisted humor, and tender moments only shared by two actors who have worked together for nearly a decade.
The former sketch artist — most famous for the snide Weekend Update Correspondent Stefon — talked to VH1 about taking on a more serious role, finding joy in such dark material, and forming a deeper bond with Wiig.
VH1: How would you describe your portrayal of Milo in The Skeleton Twins?
Bill Hader: I don’t know — that’s an interesting one — I don’t know how to do it. You just do your homework and you do a lot of research. You want to make it feel like someone who’s lived in character and that goes into the wardrobe, my haircut, and the band t-shirts I’m wearing. If I’m in a movie, what kind of music does he listen to? And take in little things in people that I know in my life and you do all this kind of research and you get there and you put all this stuff on. You know, you wear the wardrobe and you get on set and whatever Kristen’s doing or what [Luke] Wilson’s doing or like what’s Boyd [Holbrook]’s doing — I’m just reacting to them. So once you’re doing it, it’s not like a conscious thing if that makes sense, you just kind of react to the person.
The role has been described as serious but it’s not a serious part. It’s still funny.
Yeah it is funny and it’s much more grounded. But it is still very funny, which is a surprise to be quite frank, cause we were working at Saturday Night Live. And when you work there it’s all very kind of hard jokes and there’s a different type of tone. It was interesting.
You actually filmed this movie while you were still a cast member on SNL. Was this a reaction to what you were doing on the show at the time?
It wasn’t any sort of reaction to SNL, it was more of just wanting to expand your horizon and try something different. And I definitely was performing comedy and it was sketch comedy but I will say that while I was doing The Skeleton Twins, it was just all new work and it was very rewarding. My wife said that was the happiest she’s seen me coming home from a job because it was just all new stuff and it was a new way of working. And to get to work with Kristen, and to let our actual relationship over lay the relationship between Maggie and Milo was really fun — but it was very smart and very shrewd.
Since you mentioned the relationship between you and Kristen, and being on SNL together, was there a discussion to make sure it didn’t feel like you two weren’t just acting out one long sketch?
I mean it was all in the script. There was no way we could do that ’cause the script was so good. And the tone of it was so much implied in the script that Craig [Johnson] and Mark Heyman wrote. That was never a concern. And from meeting Craig too and just getting an idea of what kind of movie he wanted, what kind of movies he was talking about and that he liked and he kind of compared it to the different types of performance.
You’ve worked with Kristen now a number of times. How has your dynamic changed over the years?
It doesn’t change. You just get to know someone better. It’s nice because you’re comfortable failing in front of each other, and you can be vulnerable around each other, and that grows the longer you know each other and the more you work with each other. We got very close doing this movie, just by the nature of the part and playing siblings. It was a very short shoot — there wasn’t a lot of money — and it was a million dollar movie shot in 20 days. Because of that, you’re in the trenches and you only have two or three days to nail things and there are a lot of emotional things in it and you’re really there for each other to help each other out.
After Kristen left SNL she took on a lot of darker roles. Was there any discussion about her post-SNL career and what she was doing to move beyond the show?
No, not really. I mean, it all just kind of boils down to movies we would want to see. And Kristen and I have very similar tastes, I think and just the kind of movies we like. She was in Loomis Fargo — Lorne Michaels is producing it with Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson, and Jared Hess is directing it — it’s a big comedy. This is not to say I don’t like comedy anymore or any of those things, it’s just would I go see this? And Kristen’s an actor and she’s very excited about the role and I feel the same way — it’s just kind of whatever the part is. I think some people — after you get the lead role in something, you know, this is the biggest role I’ve had in a movie — it’s like now you have the lead, you only do lead roles now. That’d be nice but sometimes something comes around that’s more of a supporting role but it’s just too good of a movie and too good of a part — you want to go do it.
Up Next: Hader on the biggest challenge when making The Skeleton Twins and his SNL characters.
Like any good origin story, Fox’s upcoming series Gotham is tasked with showing viewers how many iconic DC Comics characters that they know and love came to be. In addition to good guys like Detective James Gordon (Benjamin McKenzie) and a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), the mysterious metropolis is filled with plenty of villains-in-the-making. Meet Edward Nygma, the quirky Gotham police department employee who has a tendency to turn every task into a riddle. Working as a coroner gives him a close proximity to heinous crimes, but actor Cory Michael Smith swears he’s just trying to help — initially. “Edward is helping Gotham City — he’s just a guy trying to do his job,” Smith says, describing Edward’s transition to the darker side as a process. “These people are human and how they get to be evil and villainous and do horrible things, there’s like actual humanity behind it and there’s something that drives people to these places.”
While he always seems to have a goofy smile on his face, his colleagues are less enthused by his behavior. Get to know more about Edward, Gotham‘s future Riddler, from Smith and the cast before the series premieres on Monday night.
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Matthew McConaughey Won’t Return for Magic Mike Sequel, Khloe Kardashian May Be Getting Back with Lamar Odom + More of Today’s First Dibs
Magic Mike XXL director confirms the absence of Matthew McConaughey, Khloe Kardashian may be reconciling with Lamar Odom, Saturday Night Live gets a familiar face to announce the show, and more of today’s First Dibs.
- Sorry, ladies, but we won’t be seeing Matthew McConaughey (or his delicious abs) in Magic Mike XXL. [Time]
- Is Khloe Kardashian thinking about reuniting with Lamar Odom? [Naughty but Nice Rob]
- Saturday Night Live‘s longest tenured cast member, Darrell Hammond, will return to replace the late Don Pardo as the show’s announcer. [Just Jared]
- Melissa Rivers will give a tribute to her late mother Joan Rivers on Fashion Police. [Harpers Bazaar]
- Kate Middleton cancels a trip to Malta due to morning sickness. [Access Hollywood]
- As his days playing professional baseball are dwindling, Derek Jeter ventures around the Bronx to the sounds of Frank Sinatra in this new Gatorade ad.
- The 7th Heaven cast reunited for the first time in eight years. [TV Guide]
- Robin Williams‘ Dead Poets Society co-star Ethan Hawke opens up about the star’s depression on set. [Breathe Cast]
- Aubrey Plaza will voice Grumpy Cat in Lifetime’s Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. [MTV]
- Ben Affleck admits to counting cards at a Las Vegas casino. [Details]
Even though he won’t be reprising his role as Dallas, McConaughey’s performance in Magic Mike will always have a place in our hearts. Watch the Oscar winner talk about some of his most memorable roles, in the video below.
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A middle school math teacher won big on Wheel of Fortune Wednesday night, taking home million in prize money. Sarah Manchester, a 42-year-old Takoma Park Middle School teacher from the D.C.-area, correctly solved the final puzzle, becoming the third person in the show’s history to win the top prize money. And as you can see from her face above, she was stunned.
While there have been many epic game show struggles throughout the years, Manchester was completely calm while delivering the correct answer of “Loud Laughter” in the bonus round. She only lost her cool when host Pat Sajak opened up an envelope to reveal her million prize. Luckily, her surprise face is on par with that of Taylor Swift. Watch it all go down, above.
Ryan Gosling Cried After Seeing His Newborn Daughter, Peyton Manning Has Benefited from Legal Marijuana + More in Today’s Last Lap
Ryan Gosling teared up after the birth of his daughter, Peyton Manning isn’t fighting the legalization of marijuana anytime soon, Jennifer Lawrence is Chris Martin‘s number one fan, and more in today’s Last Lap.
- Ryan Gosling was reportedly “in tears” when he saw his baby for the first time. [Hollywood Gossip]
- Peyton Manning says his pizza business has benefited from Colorado legalizing marijuana. [Bleacher Report]
- Jennifer Lawrence supported her man Chris Martin by “singing every song” at a Coldplay concert. [E!]
- Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith joins the film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. [THR]
- New posters for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey have been released. [The Film Stage]
- The Grey’s Anatomy cast channel their inner Orange Is the New Black characters. [The Wrap]
- Tom Brady posts his pre-NFL resume when he attended University of Michigan. [College Spun]
- Seth Rogen, Adam McKay, and Ben Schwartz join forces for a new comedy. [EW]
- Ellen Page talks about castration in W‘s “New Royals” issue. [Naughty but Nice Rob]
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The race to award season is finally starting to pick up, thanks to today’s latest trailer. A Most Violent year, from director J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost, Margin Call), stars Oscar Isaac, and Jessica Chastain as an emerging power couple during the grim days of 1981 New York, surrounded by corruption and murder. At first glance, it’s like a darker, more serious sequel to American Hustle without the cleavage. Chastain has been nominated for two Academy Awards, while Chandor received a Best Original Screenplay nod for Margin Call. While Isaac and Inside Llewyn Davis were snubbed by Academy voters last year, he had a big 2013 thanks to his performance as the endearing yet frustrating folk singer in the Coen brothers film. Pair these resumes with the December 31 release date, and A Most Violent year seems prime for award season picking — albeit dangerously close to the voting deadline. Will this be the film that gets Chastain over the Best Actress hump? She also stars in Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, which will be released on November 7. Because it’s always good to have options.
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has 11 games left in his professional career. After 20 years in major league baseball, he’s been given a first-class sendoff throughout his final season including moving tributes from opposing teams (and crabs). And now he’s teaming up with another New York legend to make you cry.
After Jordan’s moving RE2PECT ad went viral in July, Gatorade is pushing things even further by placing the shortstop in the Bronx neighborhood he’s called home since 1995. During a symbolic walk to work, Jeter greets the River Avenue fans who have been cheering for him all these years while the sounds of Frank Sinatra‘s “My Way” play in the background. (You know, that one song that really gets you.) He finally makes it to ballpark adjacent Stan’s Sports Bar — even though he was never formally invited — and signs a piece of the bar that will no doubt become priceless memorabilia for generations to come. It’s a classy way to go out, and much better than submitting yourself to yet another one of LeBron’s Samsung commercials.
Thanks to Gatorade, Jeter, and Sinatra for helping us get a little release this morning. And kudos to baseball fans who aren’t afraid to admit to crying over something other than their Fantasy league.
It’s a little dusty in here. Gatorade | Made in New York ft. Derek Jeter http://t.co/PrOGvSaFX3
— John O’Connell (@jacko2323) September 18, 2014
So I just cried watching that Derek Jeter commercial
— Joey (@joeMCroberts) September 18, 2014
Made in New York ft. Derek Jeter. Damn this ad made me cry. Sad to see captain go. Sadly time never waits for nobody! http://t.co/9HJumtM6f0
— Om Malik (@om) September 18, 2014
http://t.co/mXd1CeRpGZ…. thank you Gatorade for making me cry like a baby before noon #RE2PECT #ThankYouCaptain
— Thomas J Pearce (@TPearce96) September 18, 2014
Wow well this made cry .. Thanks @JimmyTraina ha! http://t.co/1lKkOwLSFz @Yankees #Jeter @cc660 #yeahjetes
— Constantine Maroulis (@ConstantineM) September 18, 2014
Despite (like Sinatra) not really loving the song MY WAY, this literally made me cry. Let me add my WOW. http://t.co/rfY7j60A8I
— Bob Valvano (@espnVshow) September 18, 2014
By Taylor Ferber and Christopher Rosa
We know it’s hard to believe, but celebrities did have childhoods just like us normals. Before conquering the pop culture universe, our favorite stars were in fact toddlers, too, complete with dorky hats, matching outfits, and toothless grins. But can you identify your today’s biggest celebs from just their baby pictures? We’re putting you to the test.
We scoured the web for the cutest — and by default, awkwardest — snapshots of celebrities as tykes. And while some stars don’t look that much different from their childhood photos, some are virtually unrecognizable. However, all share one commonality: So. Much. Cute. Seriously, it’s almost unfair these A-listers went from ah-dorable nuggets to muy caliente adults. No awkward braces/glasses/cargo shorts in sight. *Places retainer back in drawer, cries shamefully.*
If you’re up to the challenge, browse through our gallery and try to guess the star from his or her baby picture. How many did you get right? Let us know in the comments below.
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- Angelina Jolie Helps Raise Breast Cancer Awareness, Kendra Wilkinson Confronts Hank Baskett About Cheating Scandal + More of Today’s First Dibs
- Bill Hader Finds a Deeper Bond with Kristen Wiig and New Joy in Making The Skeleton Twins
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