When Vanessa Hudgens made an appearance on “Ellen,” she ran into Meryl Streep backstage. From the sounds of it, she reacted exactly like I would have — by squealing and crying and shaking! By the time Vanessa made it in front of the camera, she was still reeling and couldn’t stop gushing about it. Apparently, celebs are still fans just like us! [Huffington Post]
Meryl Streep is probably the greatest actress we’ve ever known. She can play any character thrown at her. Hell, just listening to her speak could make even the most mundane subject matter more interesting. While on “Ellen” this week, Meryl’s talent was put to the test, as she was instructed to read from index cards in different voices or as different characters. A traffic report really is more exciting when Meryl reads it like a woman who’s about to give birth! I have a piece of Ikea furniture to put together. Sure would love for Meryl to come over and read the instructions aloud.
“That was something that my mom would always point out to my brother and me, that our culture does often portray women especially… like objects. For example, we would always watch Lakers games as a family, but my mom would always point out every time the cheerleaders come on, ‘Okay, so look, here’s the story that gets told: The men get to be the heroic skilled athletes and the women just get to be pretty.’ She didn’t mean any offense to any individual woman who was working as a cheerleader, but she wanted me and my brother to be aware of it because we see these images on TV, in the movies, and on magazines all the time. And if you don’t stop and think about it, it just sort of seeps into your brain and that becomes the way you perceive reality. … I do call myself a feminist. Absolutely! It’s worth paying attention to the roles that are sort of dictated to us and that we don’t have to fit into those roles. We can be anybody we wanna be.”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has long been high up on our list of Dream Celebrity Boyfriends, thanks to his intelligence, talent, and good looks. But what really makes him one of our favorite men in Hollywood is his obvious respect for women. Keep reading »
Lea Michele has been slowly opening in the media about how she is coping after Cory Monteith’s sudden death in July from a drug overdose. The “Glee” costars had also been a couple and Michele stood by Monteith during his struggles with addiction. Yesterday she appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’ show and praised her friend Kate Hudson for opening up her home after Monteith’s death, so Lea could hide out from paparazzi. She also repeatedly called the “Glee” cast her “family” and said they are all getting through this together. “I really feel like I’m trying to figure out all of this. It’s only been a few months,” she said. “My mom has experienced a lot of loss in her life and she told me, at one point, she said there’s an empowerment that comes with grief. At some point, you find it. It’s very hard, but you will find it. At some point, you can choose to fall from this or you can choose to rise.” It’s a very sad talk — but at the same time makes me respect Lea Michele so much more for her strength and grace. [YouTube]
The woman who played C.J Cregg on “The West Wing” and Margaret Scully, Provost Scully’s long-suffering wife, on “Masters Of Sex” deserves all good things for her birthday. Good things, of course, are champagne and birthday cake delivered by shirtless hunks. And Allison Janney, ever the lady, politely asks all of them their names and giggles adorably. Now that’s how you throw a birthday party, Ellen DeGeneres! [YouTube.com/TheEllenShow]
What is Photoshop for other than to create nonsense? At least this nonsense is for a good cause. To mark Thursday’s Great American Smoke Out, a national day to quit smoking, Ellen DeGeneres took some “Mad Men” clips, removed all references to smoking and replaced them with party blowers. Don Draper would have been a hell of a lot less mercurial with party blowers! Slightly more annoying, though. [Ellen TV]