Showing posts with label INTERVIEW. Show all posts
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Wednesday, April 08, 2015



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Bruce Jenner

FREBERG PASSES --- Stan Freberg –whose idiosyncratic comic career in advertising garnered him worldwide acclaim, and whose satirical entertainments abounded on TV, radio and records—has died. He was 88.

Freberg died of natural causes at a Santa Monica hospital, with his son and daughter, Donavan and Donna, and wife Hunter at his side.

“He was and will always be my hero, and I will carry his brilliant legacy forward as best I am able,” his son wrote on Facebook.

The godfather of humorous and irreverent commercials, Freberg lampooned cultural institutions and described himself as a “guerilla satirist.” The New York Times dubbed him the “Che Guevara of advertising,” and, years later, “Weird Al” Yankovic called him a major influence on his career.

“Very sad to say that one of my absolute all-time heroes has just passed away,” Yankovic wrote on Twitter. “RIP Stan Freberg. A legend, an inspiration, and a friend.”

Freberg also was known for his musical parodies. “Wun’erful Wun’erful,” his 1957 spoof of “champagne music,” lampooned The Lawrence Welk Show.

Freberg also starred in a memorable 1966 TV episode of The Monkees on NBC, the third in Season One called "Monkees Vs. Machine” (directed by the series’ co-creator Bob Fafelson, in what was the first of only five episodes that he directed before helming the anarchic Monkees 1968 motion picture Head).

In the episode, Freberg played Daggart, a toy executive who wants to automate the old-fashioned company. His efforts were, in the end, thwarted by the Monkees. In fact, on the Rhino DVD audio commentary for this episode, Peter Tork recalls with amusement how Freberg’s repeated deadpan line “Don’t do that” became a bit of a catchphrase for Peter, Davy, Micky, and Mike back when they were working on the show.

“So sorry to hear of Stan’s passing,” Micky Dolenz said in a statement. “He had such an enormous influence on me and I was so honored to have worked with him and known him as a friend. He will be sorely missed.”

Both Dolenz and Yankovic appeared at a gala event for the comic last year called The Genius of Stan Freberg.

BRUCE JUICE --- Bruce Jenner appears ready to talk.

The celebrity will break his media silence to Diane Sawyer on ABC.

Bruce Jenner – The Interview will air as a two-hour special on Friday, April 24 as a special edition of ABC’s “20/20.”

ABC News did not release any information about the interview, other than to describe it as “far-ranging” and “exclusive.”

Jenner, who is widely assumed to be transitioning from a man to a woman, was also involved in a car accident this past February that resulted in the death of another driver.

Despite the relative media friendliness of the Kardashian empire, reports about Jenner’s situation have been largely based around unnamed sources and salacious rumors . . . with Jenner himself remaining oddly quiet on the subject.

He was reportedly cooperating with a reality series for the E! TV network that was said to be documenting his transition. After the car accident in February, however, filming on the TV show was swiftly suspended.

TMZ said: “We're told Jenner views the show as ‘a farewell to Bruce.’ He will ‘present himself’ as a woman publicly for the first time. But it's not about his look—it's about his mental state and his journey.

Our sources, however, say that Bruce does NOT reveal his new name, or dress like a woman, on camera. Nevertheless, we're told Bruce sees the interview as the most significant event associated with his imminent sex change—more significant than the surgical procedures that will get him there.

Is this the get of the year? I’d say so, without question, as everyone—men, women, and all in between—will surely be watching.

YES TOTO --- It has been rumored since late January, but it took until now to become official. Yes and Toto will be touring North America together this summer.

The tour opens on August 7 at Foxwood Casino in Mashantucket, CT and runs through September 12 in Coquitlam, British Columbia (Canada).

Overall, the two bands have 26 dates already planned.

Toto just released their new album, Toto XIV, which has returned them to the charts for the first time in twenty-seven years. The last studio album from Yes, meanwhile, was 2014's Heaven & Earth while they have also have two live albums coming soon—the 14-disc Progeny: Seven Shows from Seventy-Two due for release on May 19, and the CD/DVD combo set Like It Is arriving on July 7.

So far, this combination is shaping up as one of the premier concert events of the year, certainly matching last year’s Rod Stewart/Santana mash-up tour.

CLOSING NOTES --- Joni Mitchell spent the Easter weekend continuing to recover in a Los Angeles hospital after being found unconscious at her Bel Air home last week.

The latest update of the legendary singer songwriter’s condition is that “Joni remains under observation in the hospital and is resting comfortably. Her progress is encouraging as she continues to improve each day.”

The 71-year old singer is still frail, but her illness has not been disclosed. In December, she told Billboard, “I can't sing any more – don't miss it. I can't play any more – don't miss it. I've got all these instruments laying around, and hopefully one day I’ll pick them up.”

Great Ringo Starr interview last Sunday on Q104.3's Ken Dashow broadcast. Dashow asked him some great questions, and several that haven't been before. Certainly, the one where Starr responded that Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein asked Starr (whose real name, of course, is Richard Starkey) to join The Beatles on the same day when he delivered the request on behalf of “the boys.” In the recent Rolling Stone interview, Sir Paul McCartney recalled that he and fellow Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison didn’t really feel like they were a “group” until that first gig with Ringo bashing the drums rock-steady behind them at the Cavern Club in February 1962. Ringo wouldn’t officially join The Beatles until nearly six months later in August 1962—which means that Ringo was still the beloved beat maker for Liverpool’s equally popular group Rory Storm & The Hurricanes.

That backstory, of course, explains why Ringo’s new album Postcards from Paradise starts off with the track "Rory and the Hurricanes." We would love to hear the rest of the album, but so far our requests for a press copy have gone unanswered. Thankfully, our friend Anthony Pomes (who is a member of one of New York’s top Beatles tribute bands, Mostly Moptop) has told us that the eponymous named track “Postcards from Paradise” is a major highlight of the record. “Co-written with the great Todd Rungren,” shares Pomes, “this song references at least twenty Beatles songs throughout the song’s lyrics. Ringo has created a ‘lyric mash-up,’ if you will . . . and his drumming on the album is just as tight and solid and strong as ever. Kudos, Ringo!” On evidence of these observations, Ringo has certainly earned his forthcoming induction to the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. Of course, The Monkees still haven’t been inducted. But we’ll leave that for another day . . .

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Kiernan Shipka

Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka is featured in “Style Files” in Marie Claire’s April issue (on newsstands now). Sally Draper is known for her eye rolls. But the actress playing her on Mad Men’s final run? She’s known for her effortlessly cool-girl style.

Kiernan Shipka Quotes

On her last day on set: “It was very bittersweet — a really good time, but very sad. Lots of tears.”

On when Kiernan met Sally: “Sally is very strong and independent. Very perceptive, too. I don’t think she’d want to be friends with me, but I’d love to be friends with her!”

On fan mail: “A lot of fans will address me as Sally — which I take as a compliment. Like, ‘Oh, I hate your dad! Your mom’s the worst! I want to give you a hug.'”

On daily style: “Fun and simple. Right now, I’m wearing overalls, a white shirt, a gray cardigan, and some sneakers.”

On her favorite designer: “I really, really love Miu Miu. It’s so fun and youthful.”

On what’s next: “I don’t know what my sweet 16 holds, but my quarter birthday is coming up! So that’s what I’m thinking about.”

Monday, March 23, 2015


Larry King With Ryan Phillippe

“Secrets & Lies” star Ryan Phillippe sat down with Larry King on the Emmy nominated series “Larry King Now” to discuss his ABC crime drama, the state of his relationship with ex-wife Reese Witherspoon and the rumors surrounding a "MacGruber" sequel.

"MacGruber" star Ryan Phillippe told Larry King that Will Forte is working on the script for a sequel to their 2010 comedy that has developed a cult following, “That’s what we’re talking about. Will Forte and Jorma Taccone, who directed it, are working on the script now, and it’s become a real cult classic that movie. There are drinking games associated with "MacGruber." Every comedian that I know loves it and they want to be in the sequel.”

Actor Ryan Phillippe admitted that the season finale of his ABC crime drama will leave viewers “devastated." He shared with Larry, "But what’s interesting about this too is that other shows you’re like, ‘Where’s this going? How long am I going to be strung along?' This is concise. When you start watching, you’re going to know [other suspects] within a matter of two months."

Lastly, Phillippe opened up to Larry King about his Hollywood 'bad boy' reputation, "I’m a pretty regular dude. I’ve been with my girlfriend for four years and she’s a civil rights lawyer so we have a lot of common interests. I’m also a pretty dedicated dad and have multiple companies, so there’s not a lot of time for me to be a Hollywood 'bad boy.'"

The episode is now LIVE on (episodes premiere daily 2pm EST)

Photo Courtesy Of: Larry King


Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Ansel Elgort

Ansel Elgort covers the April issue of Seventeen, on newsstands nationwide March 24. The Insurgent star opens up to the magazine about his dream date, spoiling the women in his life, and getting into trouble in high school.

On whether a guy can be just platonic friends with a girl:

“If a woman is really pretty, it’s kind of hard. I’m not going to lie. Actually, that’s not true. Me and Shailene [Woodley] have a really platonic relationship. I’ve never once wanted her sexually, which is nice. But for me, if a person is someone I’m attracted to, and she’s my best friend, hopefully we’re dating.”

On his dream date:

“I like romantic dates—going on a long walk in Central Park and then taking the subway downtown and going out to eat and ordering oysters. After that, you walk around again and talk. Morning dates are nice, too. I love doing romantic s***. It’s fun. It’s like you’re living in a movie.”

On spoiling the women in his life: 

“I like to buy girls shoes and jewelry. I buy stupidly expensive shoes. I got Louboutins for my mom and my girlfriend before. My mom was like, ‘I can’t wear these; they’re too high.' I was like, ‘Mom, you have to try them - they’re so cool. They’re red snakeskin!' She still wears them every so often but she can’t walk in them."

On whether he ever got into any trouble in high school:

“[My friend] Jordan and I used to throw eggs off my roof and hit cars. We got in trouble with the police when I was 15. They came to our door. I told my dad, ‘We were throwing eggs off the roof and you were out of town and they got really mad at us and said if we did it again we would get in trouble, but we’re never going to do it again.’ I said it all in one sentence. He was like, ‘Okay.’”

Saturday, February 28, 2015



Frank Shiner

We’ve tub-thumped the new CD from Frank Shiner, (The Real Me-Bakerson/Universal), a few times, but the Gary Katz-produced album is one of the richest and best things we’ve heard in far too long. Shiner’s taken some undiscovered gems (like Tom Waits’ “Temptation,” Elvis Costello’s “Almost Blue” and Van Morrison’s “Brand New Day”) and re-imagined them to greatness. His voice is like a fine leather glove that seems a perfect fit for these terrific songs.

We caught up with the Chappaqua-based Shiner in rehearsals for an upcoming gig at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room on March 21:

TSG: One of the things that caught our eye was the headline ‘Successful NY Exec goes home to pursue musical dream.’

Shiner: It has been a dream come true for sure. A chance meeting with former-Arista exec Ken Levy, who became my manager and hooking with up producer Gary (Steely Dan) Katz paved the way for the creation of this album.

TSG: It was a dream that you put on hold to raise a family, correct?

Shiner: Absolutely. I had a decision to make at that point in my life.

I had done some acting on One Life to Live, Guiding Light and All My Children. I was in over 40 episodes under my middle name Matthew.

It’s something I could begin to do again, no question, but, yes I had a family to raise.

TSG: You got up at an open-mic night and sang, which re-lit the dream.

Shiner: After the first 3 songs, the band leader invited me to audition for his band. That essentially re-ignited the singing career.

TSG: How did the concept for the album come together?

Shiner: With Gary, we began to sketch out a plan to record “new standards” written by some of the most successful composers of the last half century: Leonard Cohen, Randy Newman, Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Doc Pomus and others. The idea was to combine the attitude and musical values of the music that inspired me—the era of Sinatra and Darin with a more contemporary body of material.

TSG: It was a great concept as you’ve managed to almost invent a new category – the new standards.

Shiner: The concept was terrific and contemporary and the reception has been very gratifying.

TSG: The album’s first single was Randy Newman’s “Feels Like Home” and the current single is the title track … which has been tied for the most added record to AC radio along with the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5. What’s next?

Shiner: We have the Cutting Room gig on March 21 and several other dates in the works. It’s been a great ride.

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Monday, February 09, 2015


Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie appears on the cover of Marie Claire’s March issue (on newsstands February 17). Robbie went from Australian soap opera actress to Martin Scorsese leading lady, taking overnight stardom in laid-back stride. With a spate of movies on deck, including this month’s con-art dramedy, Focus, Hollywood’s girl-most-wanted (and offscreen daredevil) is no drive-by talent. She’s on the move, full speed ahead.

Margot Robbie Quotes

On her look: “I know that my look is more ‘toothpaste model’ as opposed to artsy, which sucks because I can play those roles.”

On her lifestyle: “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”

On her love life: “I am officially off the market… I made a conscious decision not to date actors, but not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case… People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship. So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.”

Wednesday, January 28, 2015



Kevin Costner

Growing up in Compton, Calif., Kevin Costner learned a few things about race — and some of those things, he made a conscious effort to unlearn. He talked to MOM.ME recently in a great interview.

The 60-year-old actor and father stars in and produced "Black or White," a PG-13 film about a grandfather who is suddenly left to care for his biracial granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother, played by Octavia Spencer, wants custody, the little girl is torn between two families. Not only that, but racial tensions come into play, and let's just say that things get harsh.

"I was around these issues, and extended family—and how everyone talked. I no longer talk that way," Costner reveals to "That was just the way you grew up. [But] I don’t think that, and my children know nothing about that."

As a father, how have you talked to your own children about race?

I’ve had to deal with that with my oldest set. I’ve had two sets of children, and my youngest, they don’t know anything about it, which is encouraging. But they will see it somewhere along the line, and we will have that discussion. But right now, it’s really important how you talk at the dinner table. It’s really important when you’re in the car how you talk, because they’re listening. Whether you think they’re playing with their little Game Boys or whatever it is, they’re really listening. If you’re running red lights, they actually think that’s what they can do, too. If you’re fibbing about something, then they actually think that’s what they can do, too, in their life. If you act like you can get away with stuff, they’re going to do the same.

You have been known as an actor who has bridged gaps between races — “Dances With Wolves,” “The Bodyguard,” now “Black or White.” What has drawn you to those themes?

"Dances With Wolves," for me, was a love story to the past, as tragic as it was. "Bodyguard," which I seem to have gotten a lot of credit for about how brave it was to cast Whitney [Houston], was — again, I don’t know if I’m just naïve — but I just knew I just had to find the prettiest girl, and so that drilled down so quickly in my mind to Whitney Houston. That’s really sincerely how I thought about it. And "Black or White," when I read it, I was just stunned at how it dealt with this subject. It’s such a personal story. It’s a story of what we’re living right now. It’s us, and it’s like we’re not looking at history; we’re looking at right where we’re at. I thought it was just too important to pass up. And now the hope is that people will go.

Monday, January 19, 2015


Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson In Cigar Aficionado
Liam Neeson takes the weekend box office by storm – literally, Taken 3 took The Hobbit out of the top spot, drawing in $40.4 million in domestic theaters and $41 million abroad. But Neeson takes a break from kicking some serious ass on the big screen to chat with Cigar Aficionado for their February 2015 issue, discussing everything from the evolution of his career to his upstate getaway where he enjoys fly-fishing and more. Liam Neeson is truly the thinking man’s movie star. With a filmography ranging from the critically-acclaimed drama Schindler’s List to the blockbuster trilogy Taken, he’s proven himself a box-office magnet and action hero–and he’s not done yet. At age 62, Neeson is experiencing the renaissance of his career, boasting seven different movies in theaters in 2014 and four movies up for release this year. The movie audiences love to watch him kick serious ass, but Neeson also has a softer side and longs for his stage drama roots behind the scenes. 


On his breakout role in Schindler’s List, before he was a household name: “I remember thinking that, if Steven Spielberg thinks I can carry a film, maybe I can.”

On the unexpected success of Taken (which ultimately took in more than $220 million worldwide): “I knew we’d made a good, pacey little European thriller, but I figured that was the end of it…I was totally surprised.”

On film not even being part of the plan in his early days: “I loved movies but I never saw myself being in them. I didn’t even know how you would go about it.”

On how he thinks Hollywood perceives him now: “Hollywood sees me in a different light. I’ve had several scripts come through where I could see that the heroes were meant to be in their mid-30s. But that had been scratched out, so now it said, ‘early 50s.’”

Tuesday, January 06, 2015



Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn appears on the cover of Popular Mechanics’ February issue (on newsstands January 6). Other celebrities to have graced our cover include Jimmy Carter (August 1984), George Plimpton (April 1986), Bruce Willis (November 1987), and Tim Allen (April 1993). Not only is Munn our cover girl, but she hosts “The Incredibly Special Effects Awards” inside the issue, saluting the year’s most stunning technological moments in film, including miniature hotels, digital aliens, lots of fake blood, and Michael Keaton.

So, why Munn? Because she has been charming comedy fans and gadget enthusiasts since she first appeared on Attack of the Show, the cult-hit news and technology review on the channel formerly known as G4, in 2006. Since then she’s played a fake journalist on The Daily Show and a real journalist on HBO’s The Newsroom. She currently stars alongside a very mustachioed Johnny Depp in the action-comedy Mortdecai (out January 23), which deserves its own special award, even if it didn’t come out in 2014. Other winners this year? Gone Girl (Best Slaying of the Year), Boyhood (Best Analog Effect) and Interstellar (Achievement in Scientific Accuracy).

Olivia Munn Quotes

On her character in Mortdecai: “My character has a very strange mustache fetish, so that can derail things sometimes. There's definitely a scene with a horse.”

On her childhood with her brothers: “My sisters were always doing makeup and curlers, and I wasn't interested in that. As early as I can remember, when we'd all be kicked outside for the summer, my brothers and I would make a huge fort and string out the electricity from inside and build an air-conditioning unit. In the winter we built igloos. We made them so perfect that we'd be sweating inside. For fun, occasionally we'd decide to do something like make our own batteries out of pennies. We'd just create.”

Sunday, January 04, 2015



Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow appears on the cover of Marie Claire’s February issue (on newsstands January 13). In the interview, Paltrow talks about the business, the breakup, and the backlash.

Gwyneth Paltrow Quotes

On her breakup with ex Chris Martin: “There was nothing dramatic or anything. I had built my life on trying to be all things to all people, and I just couldn’t do it anymore, and I really had the sense that I wasn’t allowed to have needs, and I had to prove my specialness or self-worth by doing all this stuff and taking care of everybody else, and I just sort of hit a wall.”

On her current relationship with Martin: “We’ve worked really fucking hard to get to [this] point. But we’re very, very close, and it’s so nice. I feel like it’s, in a way, the relationship we were meant to have.”

On entrepreneurship: “I know what I want to do, and I’m going to do it. I don’t care so much about the men, but I wish that women were slightly more understanding of other women. A lot of women reporters try to pit me against other women doing entrepreneurial things. There’s room for everybody.”

Monday, December 08, 2014


Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert appears on the cover of Marie Claire’s January issue (on newsstands December 16). From raucous Texas bars to regal red carpets, Lambert’s journey has combined glamour and grit. The country music queen, who hits the road this month for her latest album, means what she says, says what she thinks, and won’t apologize for either.

Miranda Lambert Quotes

On writing and singing her own songs: “Early on, an artist told me, ‘Don’t be yourself. Perform and be someone else. And I thought, ‘That seems like exactly the opposite of what I should be doing.’ Then I had people wanting me to adjust my lyrics to be more appealing to the masses or whatever. I said, ‘No, that’s bullshit.’ I’d rather sell four copies of something that’s real than 4 million copies of something that’s fake.”

On marriage: “I’m not sunshine and roses. Blake’s the happiest person on the planet. He pulls me out of my darkness… Literally everything is the best about being married.”

On her 20-pound weight loss: “When you have to walk out there in front of thousands of people, it does feel good to know that your shit’s not jiggling. I’m just like anybody else, insecure and scared of looking bad or being criticized. But everybody’s making this big, giant thing about it. It’s way too much focus on women’s bikini photos, and I hate it. Why do we care? I want women to love themselves whatever they’ve got going on.”

Tuesday, December 02, 2014


Cameron Diaz In Cosmo

Cameron Diaz covers the January 2015 issue of Cosmopolitan, on newsstands nationwide December 9. The star opens up to the magazine about what makes for a successful relationship, what she’s learned from past loves, and even how she felt being asked to sing while playing the role of Miss Hannigan in Annie, in theaters later this month.

Diaz neither confirms nor denies recent reports of an upcoming wedding to Benji Madden, but shares thoughts on what makes for a good relationship:

“You have to find someone in the same place as you are. Timing is everything. If you get into a relationship where you want something the guy doesn’t want, it’s never gonna work. You’re never going to get him to be in that place. No matter how old you are, finding the guy who’s in the same place as you are and wants to show up is the only way a relationship works, period.”

On learning from past relationships:

“Here’s the thing. You make the same mistake over and over again until you learn your lesson. We girls sometimes do the thing where we pick the same person over and over again – they look and seem different, but deep down, they’re the same. And that’s on us."

On having to sing in her role as Miss Hannigan in Annie, which hits theaters December 19:

“It was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done in a movie. I cried a lot. [Miss Hannigan is] bitter because her chance at fame was stolen, and all she can taste is that taste, which is very much in line with this day and age. People determine your value by how many friends you have on Facebook or if you’re Instagram famous.”

Monday, December 01, 2014


Ray Rice

On CNN’s Reliable Sources hosted by Brian Stelter, ESPN reporter Jemele Hill explains how she landed the first Janay Rice interview, why she agreed to certain conditions, and what Janay feels towards the outcome of the situation.

Hill on Janay Rice’s perception of the situation with her husband: “I think obviously she would not like to relive the situation. However, I think that that's pretty obvious. There were certain positives or a silver lining, if you will, that came out of this. Among the many was the fact that the level and awareness of domestic violence is now, you know, maybe more than we have seen in this country in quite some time. The other side of her, from a personal level, too, is that she felt like she learned a lot about herself, about her own strength, the strength of her family, the strength of her relationship with her husband. So, even though it was horrible and traumatic, and there's going to be some probably long-term emotional damage from this entire episode, I think that she has enough perspective to understand that there was something larger and bigger at play than just the microcosm of her situation.”


STELTER: The rest of that interview will air tomorrow on "The Today Show," but it was ESPN's Jemele Hill who had the first exclusive interview, which was the basis of a first-person essay by Janay that ESPN published on Friday. Jemele, thanks for joining me.


STELTER: You told me during the commercial break this was the first time in your career you have ever had to interview for an interview. Tell me what that was like.

HILL: Well, it was a little bit different process.

Obviously, with this kind of interview, Janay and her family, they wanted to basically have an array of choices. They wanted to figure out who they probably felt the most comfortable with.

And so when I met her and her mom for the first time, you know, I just wanted them to understand my commitment and passion for journalism. And the whole reason that I got into this business was to tell stories. They were already fully aware of what my opinions on the Ray Rice issue had been, and I think they felt as if I were fair.

That doesn't mean favorable, but they felt as if I were fair. And I think that was a big reason why they decided to trust me with their story.

Thursday, November 13, 2014



The Leftovers Liv Tyler

Liv Tyler covers the December / January issue of Town & Country, on newsstands nationwide November 18th. The actress opens up to the magazine about her HBO series The Leftovers, purchasing her first country home in upstate New York, and why 2014 was her best year yet. Tyler, already mom to son Milo, is currently expecting her second child, and was pregnant during her photo shoot with the magazine.

On being pregnant with her second child:

“The most fun thing about being pregnant again is having those mom hormones flowing around. You’re more present in your body, and it’s making me a better mother for Milo.”

On HBO’s The Leftovers, in which she plays the part of Meg:

“When I heard the premise, I thought, ‘That’s right up my street.’ I’m attracted to things that are a little off. Growing up I was a huge fan of The Twilight Zone, Twin Peaks, and Creepshow – things that don’t provide all the answers. Normally I’d say I’m not a competitive person; I kind of think things happen for a reason. But for the first time in my life I really went for a role.”

Steven Tyler on his daughter:

Tyler told our writer that he was most impressed with his daughter’s ability to “recognize what she does have and to know that happiness doesn’t come from stuff we don’t have. She’s taught me that time and time again.”

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande appears on the cover of Marie Claire’s October issue (on newsstands September 23). Even as a little girl singing in the car, Ariana Grande had a big voice. At 14, ready for the music world that wasn’t quite ready for her, she took a detour with a Nickelodeon show or two. Now 21, with a hit second album, she’s gone from small screen to mega pop star — which, as we discover, was her plan all along.

Ariana Grande Quotes

On early ambitions: “I was 14 years old and ready to make an R&B album. I was like, 'Where is that Mary J. Blige collab? Where is that Natasha Bedingfield writing session? Where is my session with India.Arie? I’m ready. Let’s go.’ I wrote this song called ‘Higher,’ and the lyrics were too sexual, too mature. And my mom was like, ‘This is a great song, but damn, you’re too young for this.’"

On hiding behind her Nickelodeon character: “People liked her and they accepted her and they thought that I was like her. So I used to pretend to be a little more like her than I actually was.”


Jenny McCarthy And Donny Wahlberg

Single no more! Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy, who tied the knot in August, are in newlywed bliss -- especially after finding her wedding ring! After admitting she lost her 10-carat yellow sapphire sparkler, the "Blue Bloods" and New Kid on the Block hunk tells that the ring has been found. As he gears up to host and showcase photography at Canon's PIXMA PRO City Senses Pop-Up Gallery in Boston tonight, Donnie chatted about locating Jenny's ring, their favorite sleeping position, and if they plan to have more kids. Congratulations on your nuptials! Jenny admitted that she'd already lost her wedding ring. Are you ring shopping again?

"We lost it for about two hours. We found it. It was in the bed sheets. It was off because the diamonds scrape a little bit and she doesn't like scraping me and it was private time. She thought she put it on the nightstand. I thought she put it in the bed and sure enough it was in the sheet. My detective work from 'Blue Bloods' panned out and it was down in the laundry room of the hotel."

WW: So you searched the laundry room for her ring?

"I literally tore the hotel room apart and I went down to hotel security and they went down to the laundry room and found it."

Saturday, August 16, 2014



Between his platinum records, his dance moves, and his stewardship of talent on “The Voice,” the entertainer called Usher is the whole package. And, oh yeah, he has those eight-pack abs. The story is featured on the cover of the September 2014 issue of Cigar Aficionado, on newsstands August 26th.

On former protégé Justin Bieber, who has run into trouble lately: “We’re all God’s children. I can only imagine. I mean, it’s a crazy journey at any age. Who knows what would have happened to me or if I’d even be having this conversation from this perspective.”

On his famous 8-pack abs: “I was always athletic and, you know, everyone wants something they’re known for. But I was 5-foot-8. It wasn’t going to be basketball or football. So it was my abs.”

On coaching Josh Kaufman, the winner of NBC’s “The Voice:” “I get bragging rights as the one who won, after six seasons of it ping-ponging back and forth between Adam and Blake.”

On “Yeah,” his multimillion selling song from his 2004 album, “Confessions:” “It was not an automatic hit, at least to me, which is funny considering how massive it turned out to be. When I first got the song, it came from a producer who always gave everybody the same sound. The demo he gave me sounded like the same thing he was giving to everybody else. So I asked him if he could redo it—and when he did, it sounded like something that would be a hit record.”

Monday, August 11, 2014


Ariana Grande

Seventeen’s September issue includes a great, first-person piece from Holland Roden on how feeling sexy doesn’t mean wearing the least amount of clothes.

Teen Wolf’s Holland Roden: “Pay attention to me, not my body!”

Her character on Teen Wolf loves to show off her assets – but Holland prefers things a bit more demure. The actress on how she learned to feel hot her way.


Holland Roden on being unsure of her personal style when she was younger:

“When my friends and I were shopping for a Saturday night out, I would try on the things they picked out: bandage skirts, low-cut tanks, and heels. It was fun at first... until I realized I was tugging at my skirt every five seconds, trying to make sure I wasn’t exposing my butt. What bothered me more than that was feeling like everyone was looking at me—it was like I was putting my body out there just for guys to stare at. But even though I knew overtly sexy wasn’t my style, I didn’t realize there were other ways to look and feel hot, so I kept dressing that way.”

On not liking her sexy Teen Wolf wardrobe:

“On Teen Wolf my character, Lydia, is always decked out in stilettos and push-up bras. She likes using her assets to get attention, but doing that every day at work just confirmed how much I hate it. Wearing things that made me uncomfortable every single day led to an epiphany. I may not be able to change the costumes I wear for my job, but I can change what I wear after hours.”

Tuesday, August 05, 2014


Natalie Morales

Homework! School clothes! Activities! Natalie Morales of NBC’s TODAY show speaks with the Fall 2014 issue of Woman’s Day for Latinas about the simple tricks she uses to keep her busy home humming. Her go-to time saving tricks include keeping a family calendar, instituting family “homework” time, saving hand-me-downs arranged by age for her youngest son, and decluttering her home in short 15 minute bursts.

As she smoothly delivers live TV segments ranging from breaking news to cooking lessons— often while wearing impressively high heels—TODAY news anchor and co host Natalie Morales seems to define the word organized. But the idea makes the 42-year-old chuckle. To hear her tell it, once she’s home in New Jersey with husband Joseph and sons Josh and Luke, she’s just another busy working mom.

“Josh is 10 and Luke is 5, so it’s always chaos in the house,” she says. “I try to keep things organized. But I have to work at it.” This means using the tricks she learned growing up in an orderly Air Force household, the second daughter of a Puerto Rican lieutenant colonel and a Brazilian stay-at-home mother.

“We moved every three years,” Natalie says. “You learned to think fast on your feet, and to get rid of anything you didn’t absolutely need.” These days, decluttering, scheduling and assigned chores help her family stay on track, especially during the hectic back-to-school weeks. The boys make their beds first thing in the morning; later, when homework’s done, Josh helps Mom make dinner— just as Natalie did when she was little. The routine, along with some commonsense tactics, makes life go more smoothly.

“It’s never a perfect balance,” says Natalie. “I just try to put some orderliness in the chaos.”


KEEP A FAMILY CALENDAR: “Our schedule changes constantly,” says Natalie. “It’s a real juggling act!” That’s especially true when the fall means all-new activities for the boys. She uses a big dry-erase board to keep events in full view and allow for easy changes.

MAXIMIZE YOUR MORNINGS: “In my job, you need to just get up and go—hit snooze and you’ll stay in bed all day,” says Natalie. She follows a well-established routine: laying out her clothes and putting her shoes by the front door the night before, then in the morning “religiously” making a fruit-and-veggie smoothie to go. “I know it’s probably the best time to get those good nutrients,” she says.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Ariana Grande

Seventeen’s interview with Ariana Grande is sure to be a huge hit.

Ariana’s grandfather passed last week, she wanted to add the following quote: “This interview took place before I lost my grandfather. Reading it back now is, of course, very hard but I'm so grateful that I spoke briefly about some of the wisdom he shared with me in this interview. I hope the Seventeen readers find it helpful and can relate.”


Ariana Grande on putting herself out there and being totally exposed:

“It’s tough to spend some of the most important years of your life in front of so many strangers who want to pick you apart. Insecurity has been the hardest thing I’ve had to overcome. I think everyone my age struggles with that because everyone strives for approval and wants to feel loved.”

How she gets over her insecurities:

· “I focus on what’s important. My grandpa is sick, so I focus on him every day. I’m having the biggest song of my career so far, and all I can think about is my grandpa, because that’s what’s important to me.”