Jake Gyllenhaal Covers Gq Australia, Talks ‘Stronger’
photographer Doug Inglish and stylist Olivia Harding for the feature. Gyllenhaal talks to the magazine about his latest film Stronger being his most difficult role. The film is inspired by the story of Jeff Bauman, who lost both of his legs during the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.
It pushed me more than I’ve ever been pushed. I pushed myself as a result. Sometimes I took it probably too far, admittedly, says Gyllenhaal. I mean, it has consumed me for two-and-a-half years.
Gyllenhaal explains why the role was so difficult. It’s because I’ve never had the honor and responsibility, and if I’m really honest, the tremendous pressure to play someone that I know I could never be He continues, I don’t think that I would have been able to survive what he survived. And to find the sense of humor that he has. Read more on GQ.com.au.
Remembering MLK’s words of tolerance and justice for all
Today, in remembrance, we should heed the words of Dr. King: “I will not yield to a politic of despair.”
Of the many King quotations that we’ve heard over the years was the most resonant and provocative. It was not, “I have a dream,” or “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” or any of the other well-worn lines spoken in churches or schools or around the dinner table at this time of the year. I believe that the MLK quote that is most instructive to us in 2018 is “ … the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
In a wide-ranging speech which he titled “Remaining Awake During a Great Revolution,” King touched on other issues of concern in 1968 — militarism, income inequality and America’s moral standing among nations. He also spoke of racism: “ … spoken and unspoken, acknowledged and denied, subtle and sometimes not so subtle, the disease of racism permeates and poisons a whole body politic. And I can see nothing more urgent than for America to work passionately and unrelentingly — to get rid of the disease of racism.”
King’s words are similarly instructive to us in 2018 as they were to those who heard him in 1968. We have just endured a year similar to 1968, when many of the issues of King’s time remain unaddressed and growing more pernicious. Many of us have despaired as we observe the current political morass, growing more odious and toxic by the day. We’ve watched a revival of blatant white supremacy in Charlottesville, the corruption of our cherished institutions, rampant sexual assault and a fraying of our social fabric. And many of us may have begun to wonder about the direction of King’s moral arc. But as King instructed back in 1968, we must not yield.
We must participate in political processes at the local, state and national levels, reforming them through our presence and involvement. We must cast informed ballots and hold our elected representatives accountable. We must labor in our schools and neighborhoods and resist the instinct to turn our eyes away from our collective needs. We must listen to the voices of society’s victims, and then actively move them, and ourselves, toward justice.
Concluding his remarks by anticipating the current state of affairs as well as the difficult work that lies ahead, King stated “I will not yield to a politic of despair.” As we know, King was assassinated less than a week after his speech at the National Cathedral. But his words and deeds live on. So, on this day of remembrance, as we think about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., we must renew our efforts to climb over our mountains of despair so that the “moral arc” of our universe does truly bend toward justice.
Remember The Dream!
NFL CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY IS SET!
Here's a look at the NFL Playoffs 2018: Schedule, date, times, TV for AFC, NFC Championship games
When Championship Sunday kicks off on January 21, you're going to notice one familiar face and three party crashers.
Of course, the familiar face belongs to the Patriots, who destroyed the Titans on Saturday, and punched their ticket to the AFC title game for the seventh straight year. Although there was some thought that Father Time might finally get the best of Tom Brady this year, that didn't happen. At 40 years old, Brady will be gunning to earn a trip to the Super Bowl for the seventh time in his career and for the third time in four years.
If Brady and the Patriots are going to make it to Super Bowl LII, they're going to have to go through the brick wall that is the Jaguars defense. The best way to slow Brady down is to beat him up and that's exactly what the Jaguars are good at. During the regular season, the Jags finished second in the NFL in sacks with 55.
The Jags' are In the AFC title game thanks to a shocking 45-42 upset over the Steelers on Sunday. The trip to New England will be the third in team history that Jacksonville has played in an AFC Championship. If they can upset the Patriots, they'll be making their first Super Bowl trip ever.
On the NFC side, the Eagles are headed to the conference title game for the seventh time in franchise history, thanks to a defense that completely shut down the Falcons on Saturday in a 15-10 win. If Nick Foles was supposed to struggle against Atlanta, he apparently didn't get the memo because he threw for 246 yards in the win.
The Eagles will be gunning to get to the Super Bowl for the third time in franchise history and to do that, they're going to have to beat the Vikings, who are coming off one of the wildest wins in NFL playoff history after Case Keenum threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs on the final play of Minnesota's 29-24 win over the Saints.
Although the NFC title game will be played in Philadelphia, there will be a lot of eyes on Minnesota this week, and that's mainly because Super Bowl LII is being played in Minneapolis.
If the Vikings beat the Eagles on Sunday, they'll become the first team in NFL history play a Super Bowl in their home stadium. The Vikings are playing in a conference title game for the ninth time in franchise history, but just the first time since 2009.
Of the four teams left, the Patriots are the only team that has won a Super Bowl. The Jaguars have never even been to the Super Bowl, while the Eagles (0-2) and Vikings (0-4) are both winless in their six combined trips.
Here's the complete schedule for the upcoming weekend, along with a quick look back at the wild-card and divisional rounds.
AFC Championship Game
(3) Jacksonville (12-6) at (1) New England (14-3), 3:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
NFC Championship Game
(2) Minnesota (14-3) at (1) Philadelphia (14-3), 6:40 p.m. ET (Fox)
GOOD LUCK TO ALL!
#RHoA: NeNe Leakes Dishes on Her Return to ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ ‘This Is My Show’
NeNe Leakes isn’t shy about claiming what’s hers. And she reveals in an exclusive interview with managing editor Brody Brown in the new issue of Us Weekly that The Real Housewives of Atlanta is her show! “I feel like I’m the girl who started this whole thing!” says the beauty. “I was the girl who they came to and interviewed and asked, ‘Who are your friends? We want to build this show. Who are your friends? We love you.’”
So after taking a season and a half off, the star, 50, decided to reclaim her throne for season 10. “The show to me is like my baby and it’s really weird when I watch the show and I see all these new people sitting there and I’m not sitting there,” she explains. But despite the FOMO, she says the hiatus did her good: “You get burned out. Taking that break helped me feel refreshed.”
And she wanted to bring back what fans were missing without her! “Last season, it was very heavy and dark,” she says. (Phaedra Parks was not asked to return to the cast after admitting on season 9’s reunion that she passed on a rumor that Kandi Burruss and her husband drugged another couple to take advantage of them. Burruss’s name has since been cleared.) “When I was there, obviously we had drama, but I felt like we laughed,” Leakes continues. What else did she think was missing? “A good facial expression,” she says. “I always give you guys a good meme to roll up and down in your social media!”
Though she was instantly thrilled to return, her husband Greg took a little more convincing, she admits. “Greg is very supportive, first of all, of anything I want to do. His only concern was that I keep him up all night with, ‘Oh my gosh, can you believe that just happened?’ Greg was like, ‘If you go back, I’m not going to be able to sleep!’”
Making it all the way to season 10 has given the human catchphrase-generator occasion to reflect. “When we started shooting, I really didn’t know what I was walking into. I hadn’t even entered my 40s! My youngest son was in the third grade — he’ll be 19 this month. My oldest son was in high school. He’s 28! I didn’t even have a grandbaby. And Greg’s hair wasn’t gray, it’s gray now!”
#EMPIRE: Season Recap: Diana Takes Down Another Lyon Cub
Let’s take a look back at this last season of ‘EMPIRE’ as we wait for the news season. Warren meets with Diana and has to break the news the threesome didn't happen. Warren declares he's out. He's really fallen for Jamal. Diana thought this might happen which is why she asked Anika to step in because she's really committed to taking down the Lyon cubs.
To Warren's surprise, the entire Lyon family arrives, expecting to visit with Bella. Warren is caught red-handed. Cookie figures out the whole thing is a set up, and Diana proceeds to break the news to Jamal that Warren is her nephew, and his job was to get Jamal to fall in love with him, and then get pics of them having a threesome for the whole world to see.
Hakeem pleads with Lucious to step up and do something, but he's paralyzed by flashbacks of violent incidents from his past. It doesn't matter because Jamal is ready, willing and able to kick the crap out of Warren. This is all part of Diana's diabolical plan. They're in a very public place, and onlookers are shooting footage of the fight with their cameras. This is bad for Jamal, bad for the Lyons, bad for Empire Entertainment and really bad for Hakeem.
Andre and Hakeem drag Jamal from the room, and Cookie's last words to Diana are "We're coming for you, Bitch." And you know they are.
Lucious tells Cookie he wanted to stomp Warren, and it's becoming obvious that Cookie is disappointed in this meeker version of the Lyon patriarch. She says the old Lucious would have done it. Time to man up, Lucious.
#NEWMUSIC from Mary J. Blige – Bounce Back 2.0
Hot off celebrating the revealing of her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and her 47th birthday, Mary J. Blige surprises us with a “Time’s Up” anthem called “Bounce Back 2.0.”
The motivational track kicks off with an empowering message for women in the wake of the Time’s Up movement, which is meant to promote the end of discrimination, harassment, and assault. “Ladies, let me tell you something,” she sings. “We’ve come too far to lose / We’ll win this battle.”
The Mudbound actress’ inspirational words continue as she describes triumph after tragedy on the track. “Look what we’re made of,” she sings. “Beautiful scars on us / This life is what we make it / Won’t change a thing / Ain’t worried about it, no.”
Mary first teased the song on Christmas day with the caption: “#TimesUp. Its Time to Bounce Back.”
#HIPHOPNEWS: NAS BRINGS ‘ILLMATIC’ to The Kennedy Center
The Queensbridge icon will perform his seminal 1994 debut album with the National Symphony Orchestra at the famed performing arts center in Washington, D.C. during a special for PBS, which is set to air next month.
In a trailer for the show, NaS opens up about what the experience means to him. “Before there was a fan base, a crowd, or audience, I was the fan base. The mirror was my audience. Myself, in a room by myself, was all I needed,” he said. “I wrote this in the projects in New York City. Here we are in the capital of America, Washington, D.C., playing this album and they’re feeling it.”
A trailer for the show features performance footage meshed with interviews and vintage photos and video. Rocking a tuxedo with a bow tie, Nas delivers a heartfelt rendition of the album’s cuts, including “The World Is Yours,” where he changes lyrics around to shout out President Barack Obama. “I hope that you can look through the dream with me and see the journey I took to be on the stage with the orchestra,” he added.
Twenty-four years after dropping his heralded debut, NaS is reportedly wrapping up his next album. The follow-up to 2012’s Life Is Good is among the year’s most anticipated projects.
“Great Performances — Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop” airs Feb. 2 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS.
Mark Wahlberg to Donate $1.5 Million in Michelle Williams’ Name to Time’s Up After ‘All the Money’ Controversy
Mark Wahlberg plans to donate the $1.5 million he received for All the Money in the World reshoots in Michelle Williams’ name to the Time’s Up legal defense fund.
As previously reported, director Ridley Scott did reshoots on the film after Christopher Plummer was hired to replace Kevin Spacey, who was dropped from the movie after accusations of sexual misconduct by a number of men. Williams was reportedly paid less than one percent of what Wahlberg received for the reshoot, earning less than $1,000.
Wahlberg, who had a “costar approval” clause in his contract, also came under fire when USA Today reported that he allegedly asked to be paid more than a million dollars before redoing his scenes alongside The Sound of Music star. A source told USA Today, “What he said was, ‘I will not approve Christopher Plummer unless you pay me.’ And that’s how he (expletive) them.”
The Boogie Nights actor, 46, shared a statement on Saturday, January 13, on Instagram that read, “Over the last few days my reshoot fee for All the Money in the World has become an important topic of conversation. I 100% support the fight for fair pay and I’m donating the $1.5 million to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name.”
The actress previously told USA Today that she didn’t think twice when asked to return to the set during Thanksgiving for the reshoots: “I said I’d be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort.”
Celebrities later took to Twitter to stand up for Williams and to call out the film and Wahlberg over the pay disparity. Stars including Busy Philipps, Jessica Chastain, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Judd Apatow shared their thoughts about the situation, with Williams’ BFF Philipps calling it “unacceptable” and “shameful.” The Cougar Town actress also shared a picture of a tweet reporting Wahlberg’s donation on Saturday with a caption that said, “My Girl Gets S–t Done” with praying hands emojis.
WME, which represents Wahlberg, Williams and Scott, has also pledged to donate $500,000 to the Time’s Up movement. The agency issued the following statement on Saturday: “The current conversation is a reminder that those of us in a position of influence have a responsibility to challenge inequities, including the gender wage gap. In recognition of the pay discrepancy on the All the Money in the World reshoots, WME is donating an additional $500,000 to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name, following our $1 million pledge to the organization earlier this month. It’s crucial that this conversation continues within our community and we are committed to being part of the solution.”
Taraji’s #PROUDMARY came in at #7 at the box Office with a $10,000,00.00 Draw!
Screen Gems' Proud Mary also delivered a soft opening based on expectations. Finishing with an estimated $10 million for the three-day, the film is expected to deliver a $12 million four-day debut. The film received a "B+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences of which 58% were female and 77% were 25 years or older
1 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $27,035,000
2 The Post $18,600,000
3 The Commuter $13,450,000
4 Insidious: The Last Key $12,135,000
5 The Greatest Showman $11,800,000
6 Star Wars: The Last Jedi $11,275,000
7 Paddington $10,620,000
8 Proud Mary $10,000,000
9 Pitch Perfect 3 $5,655,000
10 Darkest Hour $4,525,000
Some of Jennifer Hudson’s Police Report Leaks Online
Last year R&B singer Jennifer Hudson broke her 10-year engagement and filed for a restraining order against her ex-fiancé David Otunga
Now details from their final explosive confrontation have leaked online…
According to TMZ reports: [Jennifer] told cops in the early hours of November 16 she and Otunga were arguing over where their son, David Jr., would sleep that night. She said they had been arguing earlier in the evening because he was upset that David Jr. was at a recording studio with her and a producer who David claimed was her new boyfriend. She says David said, “Don’t have my son around your f***ing boyfriend,” adding he would come to the studio to “f*** him up.”
Jennifer — who denies the producer was her boyfriend — claimed during the argument David picked up their son, said “I’m not leaving” and took David Jr. upstairs to a bathroom. She followed and she claims he pushed her with both hands to shove her out of the bathroom. She claims she stumbled backward and yelled for her security guard. The guard says he never heard her call for him.
YESSSSSSS! A Hattie McDaniel Biopic Is In The Works
The life and legacy of Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American entertainer to be nominated and win an Academy Award, is coming to the big screen.
According to S&A, Alyisa Allen has purchased the rights to McDaniel story and is teaming up with Aaron Magnani for the project. The film will focus McDaniel’s trailblazing career as an actress, comedian and singer/songwriter and is based on the book, Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood by Jill Watts.
McDaniel is best known for her role as “Mammy” in the American film classic “Gone with the Wind.” She also appeared in over 300 films and was the first Black woman to sing on American radio. She died of breast cancer at the age of 57.
Allen is the founder of the hugely popular Mocha Girls.
Legendary College Football Announcer Keith Jackson Dead at 89
Keith Jackson, almost without question the most famous announcer in college football history, died on Friday night. He was 89.
Todd Harris of NBC Sports shared the news on Twitter, writing, “The voice of college football and so much more has left us. My mentor and dear friend, Keith Jackson passed last night surrounded by his family. Truly one of the greats in the broadcasting industry. I am grateful for my time with a true legend. Thank you for the lessons KJ.”
Jackson spent 50 years calling college football and is crediting with nicknaming the Rose Bowl “The Granddaddy of Them All” and Michigan’s stadium “The Big House.”
Jackson’s final game was the 2006 Rose Bowl, which saw the Texas Longhorns defeat the USC Trojans in one of the most thrilling college football games ever played.
Not long after news of his passing broke, many took to social media to pay their condolences.
‘Project Runway’ Model Liris Crosse Releases New Book ‘Make The World Your
If you watched this last season of “Project Runway,” then you should be familiar with the beauty and the bold runway moves of plus-size model Liris Crosse.
Known amongst her peers as “The Naomi Campbell of Plus,” Crosse has been breaking down barriers in fashion and style for quite some time now. She has appeared in campaigns for Lane Bryant and Ashley Stewart and has rocked catwalks during NYC Full Figured Fashion Week and British Plus Size Fashion Weekend to name a few.
Her new book, “Make the World Your Runway,” is telling her story while encouraging fans to live their best life. According to her website, the book “offers readers top model secrets, tips and tools for the everyday woman to stand up and stand out to make the world a runway.”
See a few tips below:
Preparation for your shining moments: When it’s your time to shine you can’t get ready, you have to be ready.
Poise: How to stand in graceful elegance even under lifes pressures.
Posture: It’s more than having your head up and shoulders back. It’s a state of being aligned with your dreams and goals.
Presence: How to activate your essence so you are a magnificently memorable wherever you go! And much much more!
Click here to order your copy!
See pics from WETV’s Atl Screening Of ‘Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta’ – Season 2
WEtv hosted a special Atlanta screening of its hugely popular series “Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta” Tuesday night. The invitation only event took place at the Rich Auditorium of the Woodruff Arts Center.
“Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Bow Wow introduced the episode to a jam-packed house which also included his co-stars Reginae Carter, Zonnique Pullins, Brandon Barnes, Shaniah Mauldin and Ayana Fite. Supporting them were some of the show’s other cast members—Jermaine Dupri, Deb Antney, Da Brat and newcomer singer Jhonni Blaze, who appeared as a guest on season one.
Atlanta celebrities in attendance included WEtv stars Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson and her mother “Mama” June Shannon; Towanda and Trina Braxton; and “LA Hair” star Gocha Hawkins; along with “Real Housewives of Atlanta” stars Cynthia Bailey and Kenya Moore; super-producer Bangledash, actors Demetria McKinney and Brad James (from SyFy’s “Superstition”); singers Damion Hall (Guy) and Daron Jones (112) and more.
Following the screening the “Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta” cast gave the audience insight into the upcoming season with a Q&A, moderated by Gary with Da Tea from the Rickey Smiley Morning Show. While avoiding any spoilers, the cast revealed that Season 2 is all about their growth as individuals, particularly for Reginae and Shaniah establishing themselves beyond their famous parents’ careers; and professionally, with Bow Wow and Zonnique working on new music; Brandon developing two new R&B groups; and Ayana developing her clothing line. The cast also hinted at a focus on exploring past issues between Bow Wow and mentor Jermaine Dupri; and Zonnique and Reginae, who are working to recreate the bond they once shared.
After the screening, the “Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta” stars and their guests headed to new Atlanta nightspot Revel, where they recreated a vibe worthy of JD’s hit “Welcome to Atlanta” with music by DJ Infamous. The near-capacity party crowd included a few more recognizable faces with “Love & Hip–Hop: Atlanta” stars Erica Dixon and Estelita; producer Mr. Hanky; rapper Silento and more coming out to celebrate the show’s new season.
See more photos below:
Will Smith Climbs the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia!
Will Smith is all smiles as he suits to climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge on Saturday afternoon (January 13) in Sydney, Australia.
The 49-year-old actor was joined by a group of friends as he spent the afternoon climbing the iconic bridge.
Will has been Australia for the past few days promoting his new Netflix movie Bright.
After landing, Will took to Instagram to share a selfie in front of the Sydney Opera House.
AND FINALLY FROM THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART FILES
Poser. Real Ramen eaters can’t afford that hoodie.
EGGPLANT NATION: MEET BRUTUS THE BEAR
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