“…She was really brave and raw and both emotionally naked and physically naked in ways that she’d never quite been before…So much of, for me, writing ‘Wild’ was about being fearless. Not just on the hike but in writing the book. Being fearless about what truth looks like and showing not just the positive parts of myself but also the negative things, writing about some regrets I have some things..the wiser, older self would do differently and not feeling apologetic about any of the life that I lived and I trusted that and the reward was that so many readers came to me and said ‘Thank you, because you told my story.’ So I talked to Reese about that. I do think that when we’re brave in the direction of vulnerability that people respond to that powerfully.”
In anticipation of this week’s release of the film version of Cheryl Strayed‘s memoir Wild [I SAW IT LAST NIGHT AND BAWLED THE WHOLE WAY THROUGH -- AMAZING.-- AMELIA] Strayed and actress Laura Dern, who plays Strayed’s mother in the film, sat down to chat on HuffPost Live. Reese Witherspoon plays Strayed onscreen, and when Strayed was asked about Witherspoon’s nudity in the film, the interviewer got a much more emotional answer than he was probably bargaining for. I think most fans of Wild would agree that the honesty in the book, even when it comes to less than proud moments, is what makes it so powerful and relatable. Dern described Strayed’s presence on set as a magic factor that allowed the “Wild” actors to feel uninhibited in their work: “to be in the presence of someone who relieves us all of shame by your fearlessness and being your authentic self, it frees us of everything.” The full interview, available here, is totally worth a watch. [HuffPost] [Image via AKM-GSI]
Yesterday afternoon, HBO finally broke the bad news — they had officially canceled the critically acclaimed show “Enlightened.” The show, starring Laura Dern and written by Mike White, suffered in the ratings during its two seasons, but had a strong and loyal fan base who had spent the last few months taking to the interwebs to urge the network to give the show another season. Alas, it seems it was not meant to be. The second season concluded a few weeks ago, and White purposefully wrote the final episode with the possible cancelation in mind. Ideally, the show would be renewed, but if not, the second season ending tied things up for Amy Jellicoe in a somewhat neatish bow.
I came into watching “Enlightened” late — way late. I binge-watched every episode over the course of a week, and then watched the season — now series — finale with everyone else. I fell madly in love with this show for its idealism and its depth and I’m so, so, so disappointed it won’t be coming back for a third season. I’m not alone — my Twitter timeline is filled with devastated and angry tweets from loyal “Enlightened” fans. What are we to do now that we’ll never know whether Amy triumphs against Abbadon, or gets back together with Levi (Luke Wilson), or whether Levi maintains his sobriety, or Tyler and Eileen’s relationship survives the fallout of his involvement in Amy’s whistleblowing? And what about Dougie? I was just starting to really love Dougie! Sigh.
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I started watching HBO’s “Enlightened” for the same reason I’ve started watching pretty much all of my favorite shows: Amelia was like, “Dude, you HAVE to watch this show.” And as usual, she was totally right, because within three episodes this show had completely stolen my heart. I love it so much. It’s a breath of fresh air. If you don’t watch it yet, here are 10 reasons you should start, but if you’re already watching (Good! Keep it up!), then you know the main character, Amy Jellicoe, played by the amazing Laura Dern, is always striving for a better, brighter, lighter life–and she makes sure to dress the part. Want to steal her sunny style? We’ve got all the pieces (for $100 or less!) after the jump… Keep reading »
In the past six months, anyone mentioning HBO is usually talking about hipster wunderkind Lena Dunham’s “Girls.” Obviously, they’re turning the channel as soon as the Dunham-saturated credits start rolling, and I suspect they’re probably leaving a bit hungry: “Girls” is a great appetizer for the rich and hearty entrée that is “Enlightened,” the much less-buzzed-about show that follows at 9:30 p.m. EST. I like to think of “Enlightened,” the brain child of Mike White and Laura Dern, as the hot, sad widower you meet in a tavern on a rainy night, while “Girls” is that guy that got to be “The Bachelor” twice.
Sadly, instead of both of these quality shows being touted and discussed equally, the “shocking” nudity and “brave” if not gratuitous sexuality featured on Dunham’s show has overshadowed the quietly profound gem that airs right after, and is quite sexy in its own way.
Yada yada, It’s my favorite show on television and it really deserves a thorough look-see! Why? I’ll tell you why… Keep reading »
Sneaking around on your spouse is all the rage in Hollywood. Just this weekend, Angelina Jolie, openly admitted she and Brad Pitt fell in love while he was still very married to Jennifer Aniston. Ouch! But she wasn’t the only one messing around in tinsel town. Téa Leoni has allegedly been messing around on David Duchovny with Angelina’s ex, Billy Bob Thornton? Oh, the incestuous web celebrities weave! Alas, in Hollywood, cheating the camera isn’t just an acting technique, but off-screen it can get a whole lot trickier. More, after the jump…
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