Let’s hope Miss Celie hasn’t put a curse on Elizabeth Banks this week. At the annual Crystal + Lucy Awards, an awards ceremony thrown by Women in Film Los Angeles, Banks was the recipient of the Excellence in Film Award. She used her speech to discuss gender equality in Hollywood and specifically called out director Steven Spielberg for an assumed lack of films starring women: “We can’t do it by ourselves. We need dudes. We need the guys. It’s our responsibility to bring the men along. I went to Indiana Jones and Jaws and every movie Steven Spielberg ever made, and by the way, he’s never made a movie with a female lead. Sorry, Steven. I don’t mean to call your ass out, but it’s true.” This prompted audience member and actress Shari Belafonte to call attention to Spielberg’s 1985 adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel The Color Purple. Banks quickly corrected herself until another audience member claimed he didn’t … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Banks Gets Dragged Over ‘The Color Purple’
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Tracy Morgan is explaining how one masturbates in a hospital without getting caught. Or, rather, how not to care about getting caught. “Easy!” he says, sort of barking in that loud, Tracy Morgan way. “They standing right there and I masturbate! I didn’t give a fuck who was in the room! This dick gotta be beat upon. What do you want me to do? What do you want me to do?” When we meet, the former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star is reclined on a chaise lounge and grinning, almost as if he’s waiting to be painted like one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s French girls. The loud, multicolored stripes on his silk, blousy shirt (and matching Converse sneakers) and stark white pants pop in bold contrast to the beige hotel décor. He shows off the thick gold chain with a pendant of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns that’s hanging around his neck: “Biggie Smalls would be proud, right?” We’re there to talk about his new Netflix special … [Read more...] about How Tracy Morgan Found the Humor in His Near-Death Car Accident
Texas Children Hospital-West Campus will present the Tree Lighting Celebration at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 22. The Katy tradition includes Santa’s arrival, family activities, live entertainment and lighting of a 51-foot tall Christmas tree. less Texas Children Hospital-West Campus will present the Tree Lighting Celebration at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 22. The Katy tradition includes Santa’s arrival, family ... more Photo: LaCenterra At Cinco Ranch / LaCenterra At Cinco Ranch Photo: LaCenterra At Cinco Ranch / LaCenterra At Cinco Ranch Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Texas Children Hospital-West Campus will present the Tree Lighting Celebration at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, 23501 … [Read more...] about Katy calendar of events for the week beginning Nov. 20
Before the bracing torrent of anecdotes and stories issues forth—from an early love of paisley to getting bullied to meeting Cher; from coming out to heady fame to Botox and plastic surgery; all of this delivered lightning-fast and filled with gossipy charm and witty one-liners—Carson Kressley observed some mints and a bottle of still water in front of him. “Life Savers and water! I’ll have fresh breath and be hydrated,” he said brightly. Kressley, most famous as the most flamboyant and “sassy”—as he calls it—member of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s “Fab Five,” is sitting in the ninth-floor canteen of IAC, the company that owns The Daily Beast, the Hudson River sparkling in the sun below us to one side, and the skyscrapers of Midtown Manhattan looming out of other windows. Kressley’s new, breezy advice book, Does This Book Make My Butt Look Big?, sat on the table between us, a style guide for “the … [Read more...] about Carson Kressley on Bullying, Coming Out, Botox, the LGBT Legacy of ‘Queer Eye,’ and Knowing Donald Trump
ISTANBUL — Donald Trump has picked fights with most of America’s closest allies and upset the world with his visa suspension for seven Muslim-majority stories. He’s also rattled sabers at North Korea and Iran. But for Turkey, a NATO ally on the front lines of the fight against ISIS, his biggest offense may be that he hasn’t bothered to call. If and when he does, he’ll have a lot to discuss with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s strongman president, for Trump has made destruction of the so-called Islamic State terror group his top national security goal, and Turkey has troops on the ground in Syria fighting ISIS. But the areas of disagreement are growing. Erdogan vehemently opposes the term “radical Islamic terrorism” that Trump uses regularly. The indefinite ban on Syrian refugees announced Jan. 27 shocked Turks, who now host three million Syrians. The recent delivery of armored personnel carriers to northern Syria to benefit Kurdish forces … [Read more...] about Turkey: The Crucial Anti-ISIS Ally That Trump … Forgot?