Showing posts with label INTERVIEW. Show all posts
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Monday, July 25, 2016


Shelia E. On Larry King Now

On a special season 5 premiere episode of the multi-Emmy nominated series “Larry King Now,” Prince’s ex-fiance and legendary drummer Sheila E. sits down with Larry King where she opens up about the untimely death of her friend and music partner, sharing special moments she shared with the icon and whether or not we will hear Prince's unreleased music in the near future. Plus, Sheila discusses the state of the music business and dishes on her most notable collaborations, from Ringo Starr to BeyoncĂ©.

Sheila reflects back on her fondest memories with Prince and his unfortunate cause of death, which was officially classified as an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl. She reveals whether or not she had ever seen Prince use or abuse pain medication and says, “I’ve never even seen him take an aspirin, or a Tylenol,” however, due to the nature of his performance, she knows that “he was in pain...I was always getting hurt and so was he.”

The musician also reveals to Larry King that Prince has hundreds of unreleased tracks that she hopes the world gets to hear, “There’s hundreds of songs that I recorded with him that I have not heard yet.” Adding that Prince did not have plans to release the music himself, saying “He said he wouldn’t release it, but he said maybe someday someone would.”

When reflecting back on the difficulties she experienced breaking into the music industry as a woman, Sheila remembers being offered record deals in exchange for sex. She described the challenge saying, “It was the things that the other guys would say to me that were offensive,” like “I can get you a record deal. Here’s my number, hey, let’s have sex.” Sheila is also not shy about her disdain for the rise of music streaming venues like Spotify and Apple Music, telling Larry that “It’s kinda like stealing. I don’t like it, I don’t appreciate it, again it’s helping collapse this industry.”

Plus, Sheila plays Larry King’s signature trivia game, 'If You Only Knew,' in which she reveals the music collaboration she wishes to see in the near future and the most starstruck she's ever been. Prince’s longtime friend also discusses how the legendary 'Purple Rain' singer will be remembered 50 years down the road. 

Friday, April 15, 2016


First Lady Michelle Obama

NEW YORK, April, 15, 2016 – Seventeen, the largest monthly teen media brand, today unveiled the May 2016 flip issue featuring First Lady Michelle Obama and two real girl winners of the Seventeen Better Make Room essay contest on one cover, which opens to a 11-page commencement section, and singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor on the other. This marks the first time that a First Lady has appeared on the cover of Seventeen, and inside the First Lady offers advice to the winners—and all Seventeen readers!—on preparing for college.

In support of the Better Make Room campaign, launched by the First Lady, Seventeen’s essay contest asked girls to write about how they plan on using a higher education to pursue their dreams and help their communities. The contest, which received hundreds of submissions, had two winners—Gemma Busoni, 17, of California, and Zaniya Lewis, 18, of New Jersey. Both received an all-expenses paid trip for themselves and a chaperone to Washington, D.C., where they met the First Lady and interviewed her alongside Seventeen editor-in-chief Michelle Tan. Each winner also took home a $10,000 grant provided by Microsoft.

For the interview, the First Lady shared a personal story about her own perseverance: “…when it was time for me to apply to colleges there were some counselors who said, ‘Maybe, with Princeton, you’re reaching a little high.’ And I thought, ‘You really don’t think I can do it?’ But here’s what I did: I decided to ignore the doubters. I plunged ahead and got in. I went on to Harvard Law School and every step of the way I used those doubting voices as motivation.”

Other quotes from the First Lady’s interview include:

On knowing what you want to be when you grow up: "I always tell people, the question of what you want to be when you grow up is one that you will eternally be answering. I’m still asking myself that question! What am I going to do when I leave here? How do I want to impact the world? I’ve gotten used to the fact that I don’t have to know. I’m always going to be discovering new parts of myself, and you’ll find that you will be too.“

On whether she though she would become the First Lady: “… I never thought I’d be First Lady! [laughs] When I was growing up, the notion that we would have an African-American president, the possibility that we would have a woman president, that wasn’t even on the horizon. I didn’t believe it until we walked into the White House!”

On her advice for picking the right college: “The one thing I’ve been telling my daughters is that I don’t want them to choose a name. I don’t want them to think, ‘Oh I should go to these tops schools.’ We live in a country where there are thousands of amazing universities. So, the question is: What’s going to work for you?”

Better Make Room is a new public awareness campaign that calls on young Americans to seek higher education–whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university–and guides them through the steps to get there. The campaign also celebrates those reaching higher by spotlighting their higher education stories across various media and advertising platforms. User-generated content appears on the Better Make Room website, posters, outdoor street art, and more, allowing for self-expression, support and encouragement. Better Make Room is part of the Reach Higher initiative to create higher-education opportunities for low-income and minority youth.

“So much of Seventeen is about encouraging and empowering teens to reach their full potential,” said Tan. “It was an absolute thrill to give two incredible readers, Gemma and Zaniya, the opportunity to meet First Lady Michelle Obama, who is such an inspiration for those seeking higher education and the very definition of girl boss. Their honest and real conversation is the perfect way to kick off our bonus commencement section filled with life-changing advice for high school graduates.”

The special commencement section also includes edit from the First Lady on ten things to know before going to college and advice from six inspiring women—Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper, activist and model Ashley Graham, fashion designer and Celebrate author Lauren Conrad, Hamilton’s Phillipa Soo, Black Lives Matter Cofounder Opal Tometi, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Cofounder Melinda Gates—for the Class of 2016.

Monday, March 07, 2016


Jennifer Garner

E! News -- Jennifer Garner accepts that bad things happen to good people.

In her new movie, Miracles From Heaven, she plays Christy Beam, the real-life mom of a 10-year-old girl named Anna who was diagnosed with a fatal and incurable digestive disease. At one point in the film, Christy loses faith in God and stops going to church.

In the end, Anna is suddenly cured after she says she spoke to God during a freak accident left her unharmed after falling three stories to the bottom of a hollow tree.

Garner, herself, has never lost faith.

"You can't expect the world just to be good," Garner told me this weekend while promoting the movie. "You can't have faith if only good things are happening in the world. That's the whole point. You have to dig deeper to rely on something."

She explained further, "The world is a complicated place…The world is full of extreme views and complications and it's driven by all kinds of things out of our control."

Miracles From Heaven has inspired Garner to attend church services with her and Ben Affleck's three kids like she did when she was growing up in West Virginia.

"I hadn't been participating in giving them some kind of ground under them in the way that my parents had done for me,' she said. "I just expected them to have it because I do."

One thing she won 't be doing in front of the kids—cursing. A video of Garner reading Go the F--k to Sleep during her photo shoot for Vanity Fair recently went viral.

She said she hopes the kids "never" see the video. "That would not be OK with me," Garner said.

But then she admitted, "I can go through phases in life where I have a potty mouth but then I clean it back up because I really don't like to hear it so much."

Miracles From Heaven is in theaters on March 16.

Garner also weighed in the possibility of an Alias reunion. Click the video to below to hear what she had to say.

Friday, March 04, 2016


Christian Bale

E! NEWS -- Christian Bale's Batman words of wisdom to Ben Affleck were pretty simple.

"Make sure you can piss in that suit," the Dark Knight actor told Affleck, who will make his debut as the Caped Crusader later this month in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

In other words, Affleck made sure that his bat suit included an easy access zipper.

"It's essential," Bale told me while promoting his new movie Knight of Cups. "You don't feel much like a superhero when someone else has to help you pee."

Bale also revealed that he wasn't exactly happy when he first tried on his bat suit back in 2005 for Batman Begins.

"I felt ridiculous and stupid. It didn't fit," he said. "I just left like a rat prat. And then by the time it did fit, I was like I can't do this because I'm claustrophobic. I'm hyperventilating and they cast the wrong person."

Another first we talked about was Bale's first red carpet premiere. He was 14 and it was the royal premiere—Queen Elizabeth was in attendance!—of Empire of the Sun.

Bale was told he had to wear a tux. "I didn't know where to get a tux from and my dad didn't either," he remembered. "We went down that morning thinking, Oh, they got tons of tuxes probably and the only one that fit me was this white one with lifted flowers on it and bright red bow tie. I was mortified. But that's all they had and I turned up in this and everyone was like, 'You're outdoing everyone else, aren't ya?'"

When Bale moved to L.A. a few years later, he got his first taste of the city pretty quickly. "I was renting a place in North Hollywood and we'd arrived on our first night there and there had been shotguns out and choppers above. [They were] arresting somebody right next door to our house," Bale said. "It was the full-on introduction to L.A.

"And then within a couple of days [there was] a big earthquake," he continued. "I had 17 people sleeping on couches and stuff, all friends from England who had come out, and were all running around cheering, 'Earthquake! Earthquake!" and just loving it."

In Knight of Cups, Bale plays a divorced Hollywood screenwriter who seems to go to a lot of parties and sleeps with a lot of women, but makes trips to the desert for "real relaxation and cleansing."

Directed by Terrence Malick, there's not much dialogue in the film. The story is told through images and voiceovers. The cast also includes Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Wes Bentley, Freida Pinto and Teresa Palmer with unexpected cameos by people like Joe Manganiello and Nick Kroll.

"I did hate it for the first year or two. I really did," Bale admits about his initial time in L.A. "Coming from a walking culture, I just don't want to do it. I don't know what to do here. I have to jump in the car all the time. And also, I would just roll up to people's houses without calling beforehand and just knock on the door and be like, 'Hey, how you doing, mate?' And they'd be like, 'What are you doing' and I'm like, 'I'm coming over to hang out,' because that's what we did in England…Here, it's like you just murdered their children with the look they gave you. It's insane."

He eventually grew to love the city—even if it included some car accidents. "I could drive but I would drive around without a license," Bale said. "I got into a couple of accidents but I manage to talk myself out before anyone knowing I didn't have a license at the time. I could drive, but I just hadn't taken many lessons."

For more of my chat with Mr. Bale, make sure to click the video above. Knight of Cups is in theaters today, March 4.

Thursday, February 11, 2016


Bernie Sanders

Yesterday on ABC’s “The View” Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Bernie Sanders sat down with the co-hosts for his first interview following his New Hampshire primary win.

The Vermont senator discussed his victory and keeping momentum alive, education, Wall Street, gun control, the Flint water crisis and reaching out to the African American community. He also said some nice things about his opponents, tried his very own ice cream flavor for the first time and shot some hoops with the co-hosts. Senator Sanders’ wife, Jane Sanders also spoke with co-hosts about Donald Trump. Take a look:

Bernie Sanders On The View

Bernie Sanders on New Hampshire Win & Education

WHOOPI GOLDBERG: We were so honored that he's making this his first stop right after that huge win. So please welcome Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

AUDIANCE: Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie.

WG: First of all, congratulations on this win last night. I mean, it was quite something. But the whole -- the whole journey has been quite something. People fainting. They're screaming and passing out. So my question is, it's a wonderful thing that's happened, but how do you keep this momentum? How do you go to -- I don't know -- Nevada, how do you go to the Carolinas? How do you keep this going?

BERNIE SANDERS: With a lot of effort, I'll tell ya. There's a lot of hard work in front of us, but Whoopi, I think the message that we're bringing forth, that this country is supposed to be a nation of fairness, and we're not seeing that fairness right now. We have massive levels of income and wealth inequality, the 20th wealthiest people in America now own more wealth than the bottom 50%, 150 million people. As I go around the country, we're finding kids who leave school 50, $100,000 in debt.

JOY BEHAR: That's crazy.

BS: It is. We're punishing people for trying to get an education. What sense is that?

JB: I was telling you before which I've said on the show that when I went to college -- this is how old I am -- it was $24 a term at Queens College. That was free. That's free.

BS: And you had schools like the University of California, one of the great public university systems in the world, virtually tuition free. Today you go to Germany, Scandinavia -- I was at a meeting once and I said in Scandinavia college education is free and some kid from Finland raised his hand and said you're wrong. They pay us to go to college. The point being that countries issue investing in young people. They want the best educated workers.

Bernie Sanders on Tackling Wall Street

CANDACE CAMERON BURE: You said last night that Wall Street is running the country.

BS: Yes.

CCB: And that you implied that Hillary is tied to big banks and people are tired of the greed. Do you think that some of the votes you got in New Hampshire were from people just tired and not wanting to vote for Hillary?

BS: Let me give you an example. Everybody here knows that the greed and recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street drove this country into a horrible recession, right? Three weeks ago Goldman Sachs, one of the large financial institutions in the country, reached a settlement with the federal government for $5 billion. Okay? How many people in Goldman Sachs will now have a criminal record? Zero. Some kid in New York City picked up with marijuana today will have a police record for the rest of his life. But if you're an executive on Wall Street whose illegal behavior helped destroyed the economy, not a problem. And I think people are upset about that. 

AUDIENCE: Go Bernie!

JB: The kids love you.

Bernie Sanders On Gun Control

SUNNY HOSTIN: Senator Sanders, guns and gun violence in our country has become one of our nation's biggest problems. Hillary Clinton has argued repeatedly that you are out of step with what Progressive voters feel about gun control. Vermont has some of the most lax gun laws in our country and you have voted against the Brady bill. You did support allowing riders to bring guns in checked bags onto Amtrak trains. If you become president what will you do about guns in our nation?

BS: Let me just say right now about Amtrak, right now if you wanted to take a gun on an airplane and you checked it, you can do that so that's not a controversial issue. But here's the point. I resent people saying that I am out of touch. In 1988 I ran for the United States Congress from Vermont, okay? The gun people were against me because in 1988 I said I did not think it appropriate that we should be selling assault weapons in this country. I lost that election by three points, okay? I have consistently fought for instant background checks because at the end of the day what we want is to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them, people with criminal backgrounds, people mentally unstable. I want to work with President Obama to expand that right now. I am strongly supportive of doing away with what we call the gun show loophole which means that you can avoid the instant background check through the internet or a gun show, and you can buy a gun legally without having to go through the instant background check. So I think I am very much in tune with where the American people are in gun safety. 

WG: Let me -- I want to just ask you -- 

BS: And by the way, by the way, I have a D-minus voting record from the NRA. That should say something.

Bernie Sanders on EPA and Flint Water Crisis

WG: Say you get elected. You know you're going to be facing a house and senate that is really going to be, I feel, very obstructionist. I could be wrong, it's possible. How do you feel about the EPA and what's going on in Flint? What do you think we can do to prevent this kind of insanity from happening everywhere? Because we know there are a lot of states in the union right now that have these problems but nothing as bad as Flint has. What would you -- how would you get around these folks saying, oh, it's not a big deal?

BS: I think you have one of the great public health crises of our time.

WG: Yeah. 

BS: I have asked for governor Snyder's resignation. And I didn't say that easily. I didn't make that politically. The irresponsibility there in terms of what the government -- state government knew and should have done and did not do is literally beyond comprehension. What I will say to you, Whoopi, also as I think most people know, if that was an affluent white community I suspect government would have responded somewhat differently.

RS: Yes.

BS: But it's unspeakable tragedy because we're not going to know for many, many years what the long-term impact on brain development is for the kids right now. But the bottom line is if the state is not prepared to act, the federal government should act decisively in every respect.

Bernie Sanders on African American Community

BS: We have a lot of support within the African-American community, but I think most importantly, I think the reason we'll do well is our views on criminal justice in this country, and that is we have a broken criminal justice system. Why should we in America have more people in jail largely African-American and Latino than any other country on Earth? [ Applause ] And I think most Americans, black, white, Latino, whoever, understand that it is not acceptable to see unarmed people being shot by police officers. I'm a former mayor so I know most police officers work hard doing a very difficult job, but when a police officer breaks the law like any other public official, that officer must be held accountable. [ Applause ] And let me just say this. When youth unemployment in the African-American community, kids who are unemployed or underemployed for high school graduates is 51%, don't tell me we do not need to invest heavily in the African-American community and create decent paying jobs.

Bernie Sanders Says One Nice Thing About GOP Candidates

CCB: Since this political campaign at times has been a little bit nasty and since Valentine's Day is right around of the corner, I would like for you to say one nice thing, even if it's just one word, about the following people.

JB: Uh-oh, this is going to be challenging.

CCB: John Kasich.

BS: Old friend.

CCB: Donald Trump.

BS: What can I say?

CCB: One nice thing, come on, Bernie, one nice thing.

RS: Nice ties?

JB: Nice hair?

BS: Humble. [ Applause ]

CCB: Hillary Clinton.

BS: Intelligent.

CCB: Ted Cruz.

BS: Loud.

CCB: Is that nice? Okay, that's it.

Bernie Sanders Tastes His Ice Cream Flavor

RS: But you have your own flavor ice cream, just to lighten up the mood a little bit. [ Applause ] Bernie, are you lactose --

BS: I am not. I'm tasting this for the very first time.

CCB: What is it called?

RS: It's called Bernie's Yearnings. Ben and Jerry created one just for you and we had to show this.

BS: Mmm. [ Applause ] Really good. This is the first time I've tasted it.

RS: Did you like it?

BS: Excellent. I'm not just saying that because it's Bernie's yearning.

Bernie Sanders Plays Basketball With The View Co-Hosts

RS: You know it's funny because last night we saw you celebrating your win by shooting some hoops. Normally us girls here wear heels, but we decided to celebrate with you coming on the show by playing some basketball. Are you down for the cause?

BS: All right. Let's do it. [ Cheers and applause ]

RS: Everybody got on heels today. I don't play basketball.

[ Cheers and applause ]

BS: Come on, Whoopi.

Bernie Sanders' Wife Jane on Donald Trump

RS: I just want to point out that your wife is in the audience with us today. Thank you for coming. I have a question for you actually if it's okay. 


RS: You have spoken out publicly about Donald Trump and the "Huffington Post" just labeled him as xenophobic and racist, but then you got -- you won and he won. What does that say about our country? We have such strong this and such loving this. What do you say about that? 

JS: I think they find a commonality, a surface commonality in terms of people saying what they think and not being part of the inside crowd, just saying whatever is polished and prepared by speech writers and by pollsters. I think that's the best face I can put on it considering Valentine's day is around the corner.

RS: Thank you.

Photos Courtesy Of: Lou Rocco/ABC NETWORK

Thursday, February 04, 2016


Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba covers the March issue of Cosmopolitan (on newsstands February 9). Alba has become one of America’s richest self-made women, worth more, as of last year, than BeyoncĂ© and Jennifer Lawrence, per Forbes estimations. Here, the actor-turned-tycoon outlines the honest truth behind her success.

Jessica Alba Quotes

On her first career: "I always wanted to be a big action star, to be as relevant as men. I was very aggressive with the vision and manifesting it.”

On owning your femininity: “Most of my life, I identified more with my masculine side. I was kind of aggressive and super masculine in my early 20s—even into my mid- 20s. I got boobs when I was young… and I was like, What do I do?… I was never the girl who they marketed. I was always feeling angry, like an imposter. I learned how to be cool with the feminine later in life."

On never doubting your own expertise: “I’m in a man’s world in business. But I know what women want— [men] don’t… Whenever [male colleagues] question me in meetings, I’m like, ‘Go home and ask your wife. This is a pointless conversation. Go home and talk to her.’ When we were talking about package designs, I was like, ‘Are you really giving me notes on packaging for feminine care? I literally can’t with you.’”

On equal pay: "There are not as many women in government titles, business titles. It’s just not equal. And until there is equality, you’re going to feel that no matter what industry you’re in. But from day one, I was like, girls should have an equal seat at the table. Take Jennifer Lawrence. I mean, she’s opening movies—she’s the box office draw as much as any guy in the movie, if not more. She should be compensated for that."


Sue Klebold

Diane Sawyer

ABC NEWS announces “Silence Broken: A Mother’s Reckoning,” a Diane Sawyer special edition of “20/20,” will air on Friday, February 12at 10 p.m., ET. After nearly 17 years, Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold, speaks on television for the first time ever about the tragedy, the victims, the relationship with her son and what it was like inside their home. The ABC News primetime special examines the impact of and lessons from the tragic day that changed America. Sawyer reports on teenage mental health, potential clues that could help a parent learn if their child is in crisis, and if it is possible to prevent the next school shooting.

Klebold discusses her experience in her memoir, “A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy,” which will be released on February 15, 2016, by Crown. Klebold is donating all of her profits from the book to research and to charitable foundations with a focus on mental health issues. More information about the book: will publish excerpts, additional reporting and links to mental health resources.

Sawyer’s special will air on all ABC News programs and platforms, including “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “Nightline,”, ABC News Radio and ABC NewsOne.

David Sloan is senior executive producer of “20/20.”

Klebold Photo Courtesy Of: ABC News

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Maya Rudolph

In the February issue of Marie Claire on newsstands now, the Sisters actress and star of the upcoming Mr. Pig movie, Maya Rudolph, shares her secrets to career success, an enduring love for Prince, and invents an Olympic sport.

Maya Rudolph Quotes:

What was the first album you bought?

"A 45 of Weird Al Yankovic's "My Bologna."

If you could live abroad, where would it be?

"Transylvania. Sounds kind of fun to be a vampire."

What's one thing you're exceptionally good at?

"Connect Four."

What's a superhero power you'd want to have?

“ The power to stop the sound of whining.”

Friday, January 22, 2016


Tyler Posey On Larry King

MTV’s “Teen Wolf” star Tyler Posey sat down with Larry King on the Emmy nominated series “Larry King Now” and discussed his forthcoming directorial debut on the hit MTV show, his funniest moments on set and how he deals with the show's legions of loyal fans.

Tyler also finds out for the first time that his previous “Teen Wolf” cast mate Charlie Carver officially announced he's gay via a very poignant Instagram post.

“This is the first time hearing of that. I’ve definitely known, that’s so great man. Oh my god. I had no idea.” Larry asks, “Does it mean anything anymore? Who cares!” Tyler followed up, “I think it’s getting easier and easier to do for people, like the other day I was driving by these 2 kids wearing backpacks from high school and they were holding hands, boys, and I loved it. I thought it was so cool. I really dug it. I thought it was really cool.”

Plus, Tyler details his plans to take over for Larry King one day, looks back at his time working alongside Jennifer Lopez in "Maid in Manhattan" & answers fan questions in his full episode airing Monday, February 15th.

Tyler Posey’s episode premieres Monday, February 15th at 11am PST/ 2pm EST on

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Damian Lewis

New York, NY — Homeland star Damian Lewis returns to Showtime with Billions, playing a hedge-fund titan using all his power to stay ahead of the law. Just in time for the show’s January 17 debut, he sat down with Cigar Aficionado to talk about his latest anti-hero role, his time on Homeland and the show’s portrayal of Islam, and how he maintains work-life balance with his wife, Helen McCrory (a semi-regular on Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”) and their two children, among a variety of other topics.

The February cover story in Cigar Aficionado hits newsstands January 12. Select quotes include:

On Billions and his new acting role: “Bobby is a character who plays right to the strength of what is best about television right now. I feel very fortunate, really, to be working in this particular realm at this particular moment. It’s my great fortune that I came of age at a time when this new form of television was developing.”

On why TV today is better than film: “It’s become increasingly difficult to make movies. So the sophisticated, interesting stories are being told on TV, where it’s easier to get them made. People realized they could write scripts that were more complicated, that you can tell over a 12-hour period. And people take these 12-hour movies and binge-watch them. David Simon (creator of The Wire) referred to this form as novelized drama. Watching one of these long-form dramas does feel more like getting involved with a novel.”

On Homeland and his fame that came from the show: “The immediate effect was a more aggressive kind of fandom. I was used to being stopped in the street, but there was something a little more hysterical about those encounters after ‘Homeland.’ People will physically grab you and stand right on your toes, to get a camera to your face.”

On talking with President Obama, who, at a state dinner, informed Lewis that Homeland is his favorite show: “He was extremely charming and funny, talking about how much he enjoyed the series. I finally asked him, ‘When do you have time to watch TV?’ And he said, ‘Well, on Saturdays, when Michelle takes the girls to play tennis. I go into the Oval Office and watch some TV.’ That was such a great image to me: of POTUS, his feet up on the desk, kicking back to watch ‘Homeland.’”

On an encounter with Bill Clinton, in which the former president spent 20 minutes offering a private assessment of how important he thought Homeland was in its portrayal of Islam: “It was fascinating…I can’t tell you how often I get stopped by people, who appreciate my depiction of an observant Muslim.”

Tuesday, January 05, 2016


Caitlyn Jenner

Tune in to E! News tonight at 7 and 11 for more of our exclusive interview with Caitlyn Jenner.

"I was with the family," the I Am Cait star told E! News last night at a screening of Tangerine in L.A. "I went over to Kylie's for awhile, spent some time there, and then Kourtney right up the street was having a party. It was very quick, easy. I was out of their by 9 o'clock and went home and went to bed."

And yes, she saw her grandson Saint West. "He was upstairs sleeping," Jenner said.

Asked who Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's little one resembles, Jenner (who looked fab in black pants and a lacy top) cracked, "He doesn't look like me."

Jenner also opened up about what she was hoping to see for the transgender community in 2016.

"I want to see more understanding," she said. "I want to see the whole movement move forward. Jobs are a huge issue. Just getting proper ID, gender markers, is a major issue...All of these things are big issues in the community. There's a lot of homelessness. The list goes on and on and on."

Tangerine tells the story of two trans sex workers on Christmas Eve in Hollywood. Jenner said she hosted the screening because "it's really important" that trans people support each other. "We need to tell these stories."


Tori Kelly

Tori Kelly covers the February issue of Seventeen (on newsstands tomorrow today). Rejection sucks, but without it, Tori Kelly wouldn’t be where she is today. The singer-songwriter reveals why she’s never lost sight of her dreams—or her smile.

Tori Kelly Quotes

On Simon Cowell deeming her voice “almost annoying” and being ousted before semifinals on American Idol: “Deep down, I knew I was good, and I knew I could do it. I needed to get knocked down and to build up a thick skin. Who knows what I would have been singing about otherwise? You have to go through things in order to inspire others with your story.”

On whether she and Ed Sheeran are more than friends: "I knew that was coming, but no. Working with him was a really cool experience because I was a fan and I didn’t know how it would go, but right away he made it super-chill. Ever since then, he’s been someone I consider a friend and even a mentor.”

On dealing with her manager saying she was boring: "He told me, “People are saying you are vanilla and that you have nothing to say.” I was like, Whoa. I remembered record-label guys telling me I was really reserved when I was younger. Like, “Wake up, you should be bubbly and happy!” And I was thinking, But this is my personality; I’m just chilling. So I went right back to being that little girl who was just so freaked out. I acted as if I didn’t care, but I went home that night and just poured all the feelings that I was holding back into my music. That’s how “Unbreakable Smile” came to be.”

Monday, December 14, 2015


Larry King With Tom Jones

Legendary singer Sir Tom Jones sits down with Larry King on Emmy nominated series “Larry King Now” and responds to reports that he is getting a DNA test to determine if he has African American ancestry as well as allegations of homophobia and tells his interpretation surrounding the allegations of homophobia regarding remarks he recently made about a gay music producer he worked with in the 60s. He also discusses his storied career and new music including his take on Adele. Plus, why he chose to omit his alleged extramarital affairs from his new autobiography and his panty problem - why women throwing their underwear on stage went from a “sexy thing” to a “problem.”


But first, when Sir Tom Jones explains the root of the idea of a DNA test to Larry King saying, "A reporter said to me, ‘Would you be opposed to a DNA test?' And I said, 'No, I wouldn't be opposed to it.' And that was it. So now in the paper, Tom Jones is getting a DNA test to find out whether he's black or not. Well, I never said that."

"I don't think it's important. It's not what has made me. I've always looked at entertainers as why is that person where he or she is? What's the talent? That's the main thing. The rest of it is part of life. It's not what got you there. It's not what is the real person." - On why he didn't write about his affairs in his autobiography

"Actually it was a sexy thing at the beginning." - On women throwing their panties at him

"When you're singing in working men's clubs where I come from in South Wales, if somebody throws something at you, you try and turn it into an advantage. So that was it." - On catching his first pair of panties and wiping his brow with them

"Music, when I started in the 60's, it was always youth driven. You know, they're always looking for young talent and I don't think that's changed." - When asked about the change in the music industry

"She has a lovely voice, and she appeals to a lot of people, which I think is great because she is a singer's singer." - On Adele

"She gives other singers hope, that are coming into the business. With electronics the way they are now, there's a lot of electrical sounding records, with autotune but Adele sings very much in tune."

"A reporter said to me, ‘Would you be opposed to a DNA test?' And I said, 'No, I wouldn't be opposed to it.' And that was it. So now in the paper, Tom Jones is getting a DNA test to find out whether he's black or not. Well, I never said that."

"I would like to make a good movie. I would've liked to have had a go at it when I was young." - On something he would like to accomplish

"It was tremendous. It was a little scary at first. When I was first told about it, I thought, what do I have to do? Do I have to change my lifestyle? Is there anything I have to do?" - On being knighted

Sunday, August 30, 2015


Miley Cyrus

E! NEWS -- Miley Cyrus killed Hannah Montana using a potent combination of sexuality, foam fingers and marijuana. And it happened right in front of our eyes.

Her transformation began exactly two years ago, when she caused international outrage by twerking her butt offagainst Robin Thicke's crotch during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. The performance came across as desperate, a suggestion that she was willing to do anything to break free from the shackles of her Disney-sweetheart alter ego.

But two years later, as she gears up to host tonight's VMAs ceremony, we know how wrong we were. It has become remarkably clear that Miley is much smarter than anyone initially gave her credit for.

She may have stuck a fork in Hannah Montana that night, but she reinvented Miley Cyrus.

Here are five things we're loving about Miley 2.0:

She Outwitted Her Critics:

For a while, Miley's spree of candid marijuana talk, twerking and tongue-wagging gave the impression she needed to come with a permanent NC-17 warning. And we weren't the only ones who thought so. In her recent New York Times interview, Miley admitted: "People that I really loved and thought were my friends judged me for it. They were like, ‘You were on drugs when you did that performance.' I did nothing! I still don't get it."

Wednesday, August 05, 2015


Iggy Azalea Seventeen Cover

Iggy Azalea appears on the cover of Seventeen’s September issue (on newsstands August 11). Iggy Azalea isn’t afraid to speak her mind — on social media or in her music. In an honest and revealing interview, she shows off the power of being true to yourself.

Iggy Azalea Quotes

On whether she’s had a nose job: “I’m not denying it. Denying it is lame. I don’t think you should be ashamed if you made a change to yourself, which is why I’ve spoken about the changes I’ve made, like with my breasts.”

On plastic surgery: “Your perception of yourself can change a lot over time, so I think it’s important to wait and make sure it’s the right choice. Plastic surgery is an emotional journey. It’s no easy feat to live with your flaws and accept yourself—and it’s no easy feat to change yourself. Either way you look at it, it’s a tough journey. There are things that I didn’t like about myself that I changed through surgery. There are other things I dislike but I’ve learned to accept. It’s important to remember you can’t change everything. You can never be perfect."

On whether her looks are under more scrutiny now: “It’s hard to be a woman in 2015 with social media. There’s so much more emphasis on taking pictures of ourselves and the “likes” or people commenting on them. There’s a lot more pressure to look beautiful. Some days I just want to look like s*** and feel okay with that.”

Monday, June 29, 2015


Avril Lavigne

This morning on “Good Morning America” singer Avril Lavigne sat down for an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Jesse Palmer to discuss her debilitating Lyme disease diagnosis.

Singer Avril Lavigne said she’s seeing progress in her treatment for Lyme disease, which struck her last year while she was on tour.

Her treatment regimen has included multiple antibiotics and ample rest.

“I'm about halfway through my treatment,” the Canadian singer said in an interview with ABC News’ Jesse Palmer. "I'm doing a lot better. Seeing a lot of progress. ... I'm just really grateful to know that, like, I will make [a] 100 percent recovery."

Lavigne, 30, said trying to get a diagnosis was the worst time of her life.

“I literally became bedridden last October,” the “Complicated” singer said, adding that she saw multiple specialists who failed to get to the root of the problem. “They would pull up their computer and be like, ‘Chronic fatigue syndrome.’ Or, ‘Why don't you try to get out of bed, Avril, and just go play the piano?’ It's like, ‘Are you depressed?’”

Lavigne said she would wake up with night sweats and felt as though she had the flu.

“This went on and off for a month,” she said. "And I saw my doctor right away, got blood tests, got swabbed, and they didn't really know what was wrong with me."

It wasn’t until two months into the symptoms that she said she suspected Lyme disease.

“I started going to other doctors and, like, specifically telling them and asking, like, ‘I have Lyme disease. I know I do. Can you check me?’” she said. "Then I finally figured out, 'Find a Lyme specialist.'"

"And the thing is, when you're a specialist, you also really know the disease inside and out and you can diagnose their symptoms," Lavigne said.

After getting the diagnosis of Lyme disease, which Lavigne believes she got from a tick bite last spring, the singer was bedridden for five months in her Ontario home.

Lavigne, who is married to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, said her family and fans have helped her through her ordeal.

Many fans, she said, made videos and sent her letters and posters and other items to show their support.

“I sat there in my bed and I watched the videos and, like, did exactly what I'm doing now. I cried through the whole thing,” she said, laughing. “Honestly, I felt very, very loved. And it sounds silly saying it, but I really truly did feel my fans through the process.”

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Leven Rambin

True Detective’s Leven Rambin appears in Marie Claire July issue (on newsstands June 23). Life is tense for Leven on-screen. See: True Detective and indie thriller 7 Minutes. But off set, the 25-year-old rocks a chill surfer vibe.

Leven Rambin Quotes

First Wave

"I was cast in Chasing Mavericks, a 2012 movie about a big-wave surfer from Santa Cruz, California, named Jay Moriarity. (I played his girlfriend, Kim.) As training, I surfed every day for two or three hours."

Rough Waters

"It was like learning to run before you can walk. Santa Cruz in the winter has pretty intense conditions. swell gal I've always been a tomboy, but I never thought I was a big water-sports person. Once I got into the water and the culture, something just took over me."

Monday, June 01, 2015


Nicki Minaj In Cosmo

Nicki Minaj covers the July issue of Cosmopolitan, on stands June 9. The world’s highest paid female rapper, currently on tour for her most recent album The Pinkprint, opens up to the magazine about money, breakups, and demanding an orgasm every time.

On being open about discussing money:

“Women are uncomfortable talking about money. I know it’s taboo to discuss it at work. Technically, you shouldn’t, but you need to know what people around you are making. Otherwise, you’re not going to know what you’re worth. You have to ask questions. ‘What is this person getting?’ Do your research. I’ve always been pretty competitive in terms of my pay.”

On recording The Pinkprint after a tough breakup with Safaree Samuels:

“I didn’t [set out] to write a personal album, but The Pinkprint came at a very crucial time in my life. I realized that people can up and take off at any given moment. As women, we are vulnerable and emotional, and that’s okay. I had to learn quickly that if you don’t have a sense of self, you can be destroyed by a man. You can be destroyed by a relationship. I had to ask myself, ‘Who am I? Is this good enough?’ I had to approve of myself and my skills."

On being high-maintenance in bed:

“I demand that I climax. I think women should demand that. I have a friend who’s never had an orgasm in her life. In her life! That hurts my heart. It’s cuckoo to me. We always have orgasm interventions where we, like, show her how to do stuff. We’ll straddle each other, saying, ‘You gotta get on him like that and do it like this.’ She says she’s a pleaser. I’m a pleaser, but it’s 50/50."

On where she sees herself in ten years:

“Ten years from now, I will have two children, unless my husband wants three. I will be into my fitness a lot more, I will stop yo-yo dieting, and I’ll be a housewife with careers that I can run from home. I want to be able to cook for my children, bake cookies for them, and watch them grow up. I just want to be Mommy. Take them to school, go to the parent-teacher conference, help them with their homework, and put their work on the refrigerator.”

Saturday, May 16, 2015


Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby is responding to questions about allegations of sexual assault for the first time in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Linsey Davis.

The actor and comedian is in Alabama, where he is spreading his message of education, preparing to speak with students later today. Cosby, 77, admitted that he expects some backlash.

“I think that many of them may say, ‘Well, you are a hypocrite. You say one thing, you say another,’” he told Davis. “My point is, 'OK, listen to me carefully. I’m telling you where the road is out. I’m telling you where, as you drive, you are going to go into the water. Now, you want to go here or you want to be concerned about who is giving you the message?'”

More than 30 women have come forward in the past six months, some accusing Cosby of drugging or sexually assaulting them. His legal team has issued a number of denials. Cosby has never been criminally charged. Three of his accusers have filed a defamation lawsuit against him, which Cosby is trying to get dismissed.