Betty Ford is not a First Lady most of us think about regularly (unless, I suppose, one is an addict). She lacked the glitz and glamour of Michelle Obama or Jackie O and was not necessarily a powerhouse in the White House like Eleanor Roosevelt. But when Betty Ford died on Friday at age 93, obituaries remembered a women’s rights activist who was uncommonly outspoken for her time and polled more popular than her husband, Gerald Ford. In addition to her foundation of The Betty Ford Clinic, one of the most famous rehab centers in the country, Betty Ford should also be remembered as a Republican “stealth feminist,” blogger Joanne Bamberger at PunditMom wrote.
After the jump, five things to know about Betty Ford, a surprisingly cool First Lady. Keep reading »
“There’s a little bit of Joe Pesci in ‘Goodfellas,’ a little bit of Heath Ledger’s Joker in ‘The Dark Knight,’ and everything else is just kind of in my head. Mr. Chow’s voice is a little Vietnamese [like his in-laws], a little Korean, and a lot of mayhem … My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago and I’m happy to say she’s cancer-free. She was going through chemotherapy when I was offered the job for ‘The Hangover’ and I almost turned it down. Tran, my wife, insisted that I do it … I think the reason I played Chow so aggressively and over-the-top in the first movie was, for me, a catharsis. If I had not done that, I would have had a nervous breakdown in real life. Even if ‘The Hangover’ wasn’t a success, it’s the best project I’ve ever been a part of because it got me through the worst period of my life. It saved me.”
—Ken Jeong, who happened to be a full-fledged doctor before getting bit by the acting bug, talks about his iconic role in “The Hangover,” Mr. Chow, and how his wife’s battle with breast cancer inspired his performance. Jeong also shares that, for “The Hangover 2,” which opens this weekend, Tran traveled with him to Thailand. “I was just so happy that Tran was there … I felt like an Asian Rick James.” Amazing. Love him. [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »
So, apparently, Jennifer Aniston didn’t love our idea for her to direct an all female version of “The Three Amigos” starring herself, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow. Looks like she wanted something more meaty and heartfelt for her directorial debut. She has signed on for “Project Five,” a Lifetime project that will meld together five short films about different breast cancer survivors. And Jennifer won’t be the only famous director—Demi Moore and Alicia Keys will also be stepping behind the camera for the cause. Keep reading »
Meh. I’m with Facebook on this one. Keep reading »
Whoever dreams up “breast cancer awareness” memes for Facebook is just messing with us now. Women are listing fruits like strawberry, banana, apple or grape, in their “status update” to correspond with what their relationship status is … and, uh, “raise awareness” about breast cancer? Keep reading »