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Ryan Gosling Was Not A Child Prodigy

“I just felt like I was around all these kids who were fulfilling their destiny, and you can tell when you look at someone like Christina Aguilera and she’s 12 years old and she’s got that voice. She’s right where she’s meant to be. I didn’t feel that way. I can sing, but I’m not like Christina. These people were child prodigies and a child prodigy I was not. I think the ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ even wondered how I got there. I didn’t work very much on that show. I think I saw some regret on Mickey’s immobile face.”

Ryan Gosling on his experience as a Mouseketeer on “The New Mickey Mouse Club” alongside pop tarts like Christina, Britney Spears, and Justin Timberlake. Cheer up, Ryan! You’re the only one who has been nominated for an Oscar. [PopEater]

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Today’s Lady News: Crazies To Protest Elizabeth Edwards’ Funeral

  • Is resting in peace too much to ask for Elizabeth Edwards, who died on Tuesday from cancer? The anti-gay fundamentalist group Westboro Baptist Church will protest her funeral this weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina, supposedly for leading a covetous and godless life. Yeah, that won’t be even more traumatic for her kids Jack, Emma Claire and Cate Edwards. Let’s hope the mainstream media just ignores those a**holes. [CBS News]
  • The “Brenda Starr” comic strip will cease to run after January 2, the Tribune Media Company has announced. “Brenda Starr” has been a redheaded, world-traveling reporter for over 70 years. While she once appeared in over 250 newspapers, she lately only appeared in three dozen. Now she’ll go with the “Cathy” cartoon to that great lady cartoon strip in the sky. [The Wrap]
  • Ultrasounds may not be needed before taking the “abortion pill,” mifepristone, particularly because the extra cost added on by having a sonogram can make ending a pregnancy financially out of reach for some people, according to a new study. Ultrasounds usually cost $350 to $650 and are typically used to find how far along a pregnancy is; however, they are not necessarily medically necessary to safely use mifepristone, said Gynuity Health Projects in New York City. [Reuters]

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Helen Mirren Does Not Worship At The Altar Of The 18-Year-Old Male Penis

Helen Mirren is one of those people who, when she talks, you listen. This Tuesday, the Dame received the Sherry Lansing Leaderships Award — so named for the former CEO of Paramount Pictures — at The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual Women in Entertainment breakfast. Although consummately gracious for receiving her award, Helen criticized the subtle sexism of Hollywood, which puts older actresses out to pasture while keeping older male actors in the stables and produces films that “worship at the altar of the 18- and 25-year-old male and his penis.” Helen’s summation? “Quite small, I always think.”

After the jump, a transcript of Helen’s speech: Keep reading »

Katy Perry Sings “Firework” As A Country Ballad

If Gwyneth Paltrow can go country, Katy Perry can do it, too, dammit. Country ballad, to be exact. This version of “Firework” she performed on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” actually sounds kind of sweet.

Also, girlfriend has got some BANGLES. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

“Black Swan,” Sort Of

The plot of “Black Swan” explained in five panels: anguish and eye makeup. [Women & Hollywood via But You're Like Really Pretty] Keep reading »

Rosamund Pike Goes After Bad Boy Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen gets to have his moment in a hotel room with hookers and becomes cool, getting kudos from it. If that was a girl she’d be considered a dirty little slapper [a whore] and pounded out of town. Girls have to be so nice. A girl can’t even say something vaguely confrontational in an interview, it’s all about sweetness. It makes everything so insipid.”

— Ex-”Bond” girl and more recent “Made In Dagenham” star Rosamund Pike does not sound the least bit “insipid” speaking out on Hollywood’s double standards. [Contact Music] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Dr. Oz Spanked For Naughty Nurses Segment

  • Time for some triage, Oprah: “The Dr. Oz Show” is in trouble for stereotyping naughty nurses! A November segment featured six women — uh, not nurses — dressed in retro nurse costumes with red lingerie peeking out and high heels as they danced around host Dr. Mehmet Oz. Klassy! A group called The Truth About Nursing called the segment a “sexist caricature of nursing” that further demeans the predominantly female profession. “The Dr. Oz Show” apologized and called it an “attempt at humor.” [AP]
  • The Catholic Anchor, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Anchorage, published an article which said Planned Parenthood would be offering gift certificates for abortions. This article got picked up by other news outlets, despite the fact that it’s patently untrue: Planned Parenthood is, in fact, offering coupons for preventative services, such as birth control pills, but the coupons are not available for abortions. [Care2.com]

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Joy Behar To Judge The 2011 Miss America Pageant

Color me shocked: Joy Behar, the one co-host of “The View” who makes any damn sense, will be judging the 2011 Miss America pageant. Now, if the qualities needed to rate women in bikinis include not being a misogynist and a prescription pill addict, Joy Behar is a vast improvement over last year’s judge, Rush Limbaugh. Still, what is this woman thinking? Keep reading »

In Memorium Of Elizabeth Edwards: 5 Things To Know About Her Life

Yesterday, the world lost Elizabeth Edwards, 61, to cancer. Although her husband, former North Carolina Senator John Edwards, was the one who ran for office, Elizabeth was always an impressive co-pilot, charting her own way as a lawyer and political advisor. While the end of her life was marred by her husband’s cheating scandal with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter (which led to the couple’s separation), Elizabeth’s many contributions should not be forgotten. Keep reading »

Oprah Cries When Asked By Barbara Walters About Lesbian Rumors

“TISSUE PLEASE!” That’s Oprah — a rare one to raise her voice — at some lackey off-camera when she starts to cry during an interview with Barbara Walters. Babs had just asked Oprah about her super-duper-close friendship with Gayle King, which sent the tears a-flowin’. Said the big O:

“She’s the mother I never had. She is the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don’t know a better person.”

Then klassy Barbara asks about the “dumb rumors” — [stage whisper] you know, the lesbian ones! Keep reading »

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