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Not so long ago women without children, like me, were pitied. But now the world has caught on to the fact that, on the surface at least, we don't have such a hard life.
Take this week: I spent a few days on a friend's sailing boat in Italy, sun-bathing, drinking rose, talking, laughing and dancing until dawn.
Back at home after my break, I slept for hours, ate breakfast in bed, and stayed there reading until well after lunchtime. I couldn't be bothered to cook, so I went out for a Thai meal, bumped into a friend, went to the cinema and then out for drinks.
At the weekend, I stayed with friends with children in the countryside where I found money worries, toddler tantrums, conflicted step-parental relationships, and an all-consuming fractious energy caused by Mum and Dad having not slept more than five hours a night for months.
Unlike the child-free trip to Italy, where we drank for pleasure, this time wine was part of the coping process.
The children were lovely and polite - to me. But anyone could see that underneath the outward manners and helpfulness, Tolstoy's maxim applied: 'Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way'.
Earlier this week, a broadsheet newspaper ran a triumphalist piece by a 42-year-old who claimed she was wilfully and joyfully childfree. The writer was one of a growing number of women, she claimed, who believe having it all means not having a baby. I call them the Motherhood Deniers.
To an extent, that writer is right. Unburdened by motherhood and the personal sacrifice it requires, a woman can dedicate herself to her career and create a home with all the delicate ornaments, sumptuous fabrics and hard edges that have no place in a family environment.
Where a decade ago, just one in nine women remained childless at 45 and were considered rather peculiar at that, now that figure is closer to one in four. For women with a university education, like me, that figure rises to 43 per cent - an extraordinary figure which signifies a seismic social change.
Among my friends, relatively ordinary women as opposed to media types, I am not alone in being childless. And there are many more examples in the realms of the super-successful, from Oprah Winfrey and Cameron Diaz to Helen Mirren and Theresa May.
Of 192 female directors among 1,110 FTSE 100 board members, it is estimated that just under half of them are childless.
I had an intern recently, a 21-year-old Oxford graduate, who told me confidently she never wanted kids because it would get in the way of her career. I told her she was mad. While a child-free life looks fun on Facebook, no number of career highs, nights at the theatre, weekends away or adult pleasures can disguise the fact that it feels - there is no other word - empty.
Between today and the end of my life, I hope there are a few more decades. But, as time goes by, the idea of dying without children feels unnatural and sad.
Statistics do not reveal whether the 43 per cent of educated women who are child-free are so by choice or by circumstance, but I believe the Motherhood Deniers, waving the flag for the childless life, remain in the minority. Admittedly a far more confident, glamorous, and witty minority than they once were, but a minority nonetheless.
For the rest of us, childlessness is a source of sadness and regret. Most of those 43 per cent will have gone through fertility hell, or never met the right guy, or left it too late, or have any number of unhappy stories.
Few would say: 'I don't want, and never wanted, children.'
Both Theresa May and Helen Mirren - frequently held up as role models for the childless - say they weren't against having them. Mirren has said: 'I kept thinking it would be, waiting for it to happen, but it never did.'
May put it thus, 'It just didn't happen... you look at families all the time and you see there is something there that you don't have.' Which is pretty much how I feel; sad but philosophical. I was in charge of my life. I should have put having a child first. As a young girl, having a family was something I dreamed of and assumed would happen. But then the education system swallowed me up, and nothing in it tells you that having a baby any time soon is a good idea.
My parents' divorce put me off too. I had ants in my pants during every relationship until I finally met someone I could trust at the age of 40. He wasn't going to start making babies straight away. So I waited. I was 43.
What then but to rush into the arms of the fertility industry brandishing my credit card? I did, but it didn't work. Now, at 44, adoption is always at the back of my mind, but there is some distance to go before I feel my relationship will be ready to take on that challenge.
Motherhood Denier, I am not. If I could teach a class to 16-year-olds about the importance of having a baby while you've still got energy and fresh eggs in your ovaries, I would.
I might get them to talk to my friend, Penny, 45, who has had to admit that she has missed the motherhood boat. 'My mother kept saying to me, 'Quick, have a baby'.
'When she died, mixed up with all the other grief was that realisation that I was the end of the line. Ten years on, I can barely think about that, it makes me too sad. I spent a lot of money on fertility treatment, but in the end, I realised I didn't have the energy to be a mother. My lifestyle is good, it's a sort of compensation.'
As for me, I feel an excruciating awkwardness around new mothers, whose total intimacy with their child leaves me feeling like an outcast, not least because it exposes the ties of friendship as thin and practical.
There is, as one specialist said to me last year, a near to zero chance that I will get pregnant naturally and, he admitted, a fairly slim chance that IVF would work either, given my fertility history and, yes, my age.
Meanwhile, have you read Aldous Huxley's Brave New World with its population graded from the top, Alpha, down to Epsilon? If educated, successful women like me don't breed, are we gearing up for a generation of Epsilon-minus semi-morons?
Social mobility is stickier than ever, so let's not leave breeding to the idiots.
Then again, while women who don't have kids often flag up how wonderful it is to have so much time on their hands, I can't help noticing it's women with kids who get the most done.
My sister-in-law has written two books, has three kids, and a much bigger home than me. JK Rowling was a single parent, and she's done all right.
I sometimes lie awake full of dread about the time approaching when my parents are no longer around. To give or to receive unconditional love is a deeply rare thing.
As a rule, flawed as all parties may be, the parent-child bond is the commonest and most reliable form of that love. Sitting writing this at my mother's desk, surrounded by my grandmother and great-grandmother's things, I feel acute awareness that as my life enters its final half, it is with a diminishing circle of love.
On my mum's desk at her home in Devon are two cards, one from me, one from my brother, signed with messages of 'all my love'. When Mum and Dad are gone where will that love go?
The Motherhood Deniers are terribly excited about their friends. None of whom will be able to wipe their own bottoms in 40 years time, let alone those of their chums. And we all know nephews and nieces are not in the business of dedicating their lives to maiden aunts.
I have never met a woman who regretted having children. She surely exists, but not in my experience. I have met, however, older people who lament never having kids, for whatever reason, and I suspect some of the noisy Motherhood Deniers will eventually join their number.
For them, there are dogs and cats, and when they no longer have strength to pull the foil off a tin of Caesar, it's pretty likely there'll be branches of Dignitas in every shopping mall where the old and unloved can go when there's nothing left to live for.
Do you want/plan to have children? Do you feel pressured to have one?
Ridley Scott and author Cormac McCarthy join forces in the motion picture thriller THE COUNSELOR, starring Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt. McCarthy, making his screenwriting debut and Scott interweave the author's characteristic wit and dark humor with a nightmarish scenario, in which a respected lawyer's one-time dalliance with an illegal business deal spirals out of control.
Nothing boosts reality show ratings like a scandal-plagued star.
So why not invite Paula Deen to dance?
Reports are bubbling up that ABC has extended an offer to Paula Deen to star on the show when it returns in the fall for its 17th season.
In fact, there were discussions about casting her even before her n-word troubles erupted.
Deen's rep hasn't gotten back to USA TODAY to confirm or deny, but the buzz is that she has turned down the offer.
Host Tom Bergeron tells Us Weekly that she ought to consider it. "We've seen career resurgences after the show. People go, 'I remember why I love that person!'"
What do you say? Would you like to see Deen doing a paso doble?
Paula Deen is passing on the paso doble. In the Aug. 19 issue of Us Weekly (on stands Friday), a Dancing With the Stars source says the former Food Network star, 66, turned down an offer to compete on the ABC smash.
"The dance floor is not the appropriate forum for her," explains a Deen source. (The Paula's Best Dishes host was dropped by the Food Network in June after she admitted to once using the N-word during a videotaped deposition. The Southern star has also lost multiple endorsement deals.)
Dancing With the Stars co-host Tom Bergeron, for one, would love for Deen to reconsider. "We've seen career resurgences after the show," he tells Us. "People go, 'I remember why I love that person!'"
Professional dancer Cheryl Burke has also expressed interest in casting Deen, saying in June, "Right now, lots of controversial things are happening around her and her situation, and I think coming on something light and fun would be good for her."
Season 17 of Dancing With the Stars returns Monday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. Unlike previous seasons, there will be no results show on Tuesday nights. The new cast will be announced Sept. 4 on Good Morning America.
Republicans in Georgia were asked to choose between two public figures from Georgia–TV chef Paula Deen and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr–and Deen overwhelmingly won the popularity contest. According to Public Policy Polling, the celebrity chef has an overall 73% favorability rating with Georgia Republicans; Martin Luther King, Jr. has a 59% favorability among self-identified Republicans in Georgia.
Favorability ratings with Georgia Republicans: Paula Deen 73/11, Martin Luther King Jr. 59/28— PublicPolicyPolling (@ppppolls) August 7, 2013
After a lawsuit deposition disclosed that she had used a racial slur, Deen lost numerous sponsors. The Food Network announced in June that they would not renew Deen’s contract.
Deen told NBC’s Matt Lauer on the Today show that she used the N-word only once and that she is not a racist. “The day I used that word, it was a world ago. It was 30 years ago,” she said about being held at gunpoint during a bank robbery. “I had had a gun put to my head.” She also posted apologies on Youtube.com. Apparently many fellow Georgians have forgiven her.
Shirtless Leonardo DiCaprio relaxed on a yacht with a friends in Ibiza, Spain, on Tuesday. In addition to chatting and laughing with the group, Leo took to the water on a Flyboard, which is similar to a wakeboard and is connected to turbines and water jets (don't worry, it had us scratching our heads too). The actor was propelled high above the ocean on the futuristic gadget, bearing a striking resemblance to Iron Man. Leo has been vacationing overseas with his new girlfriend, German model Toni Garrn. Things seem to be getting serious for the couple, who showed PDA on a boat before slipping into swimsuits to hang out by the pool earlier this week.
aww proud mama
the paps must be hidden so well
When Grammy-winning pop star and X Factor judge Kelly Rowland walked onto the set of her latest workout DVD with celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins, Sexy Abs Cardio Sculpt, heads turned. And that’s just the way Rowland wanted it; after all, she worked hard for her insanely toned body.
“I did this whole workout for an hour five days a week to prepare. I’m thinking to myself, ‘What the hell was I thinking?’ It is intense while you’re doing it. But when you’re done you feel incredible.”
And as you can see in the photo above, you apparently look incredible too. Rowland confesses that the goal was to look good naked, but not with anyone specific in mind: “I have to see myself naked! That’s all that counts. If I’m not happy with my naked body, who will be?”
Even with that motivation, Rowland says it’s not always easy. “I listen to my body. If I’m tired I’ll call Jeanette and say ‘I can’t make it today,’ but [usually] I need to get up for myself. I want that after workout feeling,” she says, adding she’ll squeeze in workouts on the road, both with the DVD and in the gym. “I actually like to go to the gym. I like to be around other spirits who like to work out too. Because they’re gonna push me and I’m gonna try and show off.”
So why release another fitness DVD two years after their first collaboration?“The first DVD we did just focused on abs. Now I’m getting blown up by people: ‘I want Kelly Rowland’s arms! I want Kelly Rowland’s legs!’” says Jenkins. “Bottom line, is if I didn’t do this video I think somebody would be coming after me.”
are you happy with your naked body, ontd??
Even when he's trying to look tough, Harry Styles is still adorable.
The One Direction boy-bander tried to up his swag factor Tuesday with a grill, an American Flag bandana and an oh-so-serious facial expression.
Calvin Aurand, a producer and photographer who's worked with 1D, captured the gold chain-wearing, bare-chested 19-year-old Brit and his mean mug on Instagram, captioning the shot, "Didn't get to BBQ tonight but were still grilling." (Har, har.)
Not to worry, though, ladies—Mr. Styles can go from bad boy to blue blood in a snap. On Monday, was rocking a preppy polo and cap to the golf course.
His day-to-day outfits and teeth accessories can change, sure, but that boy better not mess with his famous floppy brown hair! When a fan tweeted that she'd "shave my head if @harry_styles saw this or something," he glibly responded, "ill shave mine if you shave yours. (Please don't)"
*Siiiiiiiiiiigh* Why you gotta make it so hard to love you, Harold? What is WITH this kid and retweeting racist shit? How can someone so plugged in be so ignorant at the same time? SMH.
Paris Hilton's Malibu home was the subject of burglary for the seventh time.
While the Hollywood socialite partied with guests in her home last weekend, a band of female misfits stole bikinis, purses and pictures from her bedroom, TMZ reports.
"I have bad luck when it comes to thieves," the 32-year-old heiress tweeted Sunday. "They tried to steal my new collection of Paris Hilton purses from my Malibu house."
But the thieves didn't get very far as they were spotted by another guest and left Hilton's belongings in the street where a driver recovered them and turned them into police. Still, no police report was filed.
Her Malibu home has been robbed six times before. Similar incidents at her Hollywood Hills home were the inspiration behind Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" as a group of teenagers allegedly got away with $2 million worth of Hilton's jewelry and a number of designer outfits from 2008 to 2009. Just as in the film, the thieves even tried to take off with one of her pups.
While Hilton made a cameo in the film, it's no laughing matter when it affects her real life. Still, she's prepared to continue calling the Malibu mansion her home.
"When it first happened, I'd already had so many other experiences at other houses I've lived at in the Hollywood Hills with stalkers, people climbing my gates, and tour buses full of people driving by," Hilton told The Daily Beast in a previous interview. "I've always been used to this. But living in a gated community is the safest place you could live in L.A. Even though it happened to me and it's scary, I just had to up the security in and around my house with cameras, laser beams and the most high-tech system."
But her beefed up security system didn't stop the bandits from striking during her fiesta Saturday.
"My housekeeper had been there and left the key under the mat for me, so they took the key, made a copy of it and brought it back," she detailed about the first times her home was robbed. "The kids basically had their own copy of the key and broke into my home, like, six times."
Here's the story
Mean Girl! ‘Childish’ Lindsay Lohan Clashed With Legendary Singer Chaka Khan In Rehab — The MAJOR Blowout Revealed
When Lindsay Lohan moved from the Betty Ford Center to Cliffside Malibu she joined another famous face, legendary singer Chaka Khan — who RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned left the treatment center early because she couldn’t stand Lilo’s diva behavior!
According to a source who attended rehab with Lindsay, 27, the Mean Girls actress arrived to Cliffside just after Chaka and was immediately disruptive to everybody in the program and when Chaka tried to set her on the straight and narrow, the conversation ended in a complete blowout.
“Chaka was really cool about everything at Cliffside, but Lindsay just pushed all of her buttons to the point where she was aggravated and tired of Lindsay’s sh*t,” the former patient told Radar in an exclusive interview.
“Lindsay was just doing stupid stuff for attention, so Chaka told her she was childish and told her to grow up. She never lost it, but started yelling at Lindsay. Told her to knock it off, asking her if she came to rehab to get well, or just to piss around.”
Things got so heated between the two that the source tells Radar 60-year-old Chaka eventually had it with Lindsay, telling several of the patients she “hated” Lindsay.
“Chaka was so annoyed with Lindsay. It got so bad that she refused to get in the same car with her or go to the same meetings with Lindsay,: the source said.
“So Cliffside had to change everything up schedule wise so the two were never together.”
Chaka — who has admittedly struggled with drug abuse and alcoholism in the past, spending several stints in rehab centers — left Cliffside a week early because she couldn’t stand Lindsay, the source claims.
“Chaka told me she was leaving early because she couldn’t stand Lindsay,” the source told Radar.
“Lindsay caused such an uproar that administration basically said to the patients, ‘If you can’t take it and you want to leave, leave.’ The next day a guy that had already left because of Lindsay came back and helped Chaka with her bags and stuff and took her from Cliffside.”
Siding with Chaka, the source said they feel bad Lindsay drove so many away from the treatment center.
“Chaka’s a strong woman and her time at Cliffside did help her get a lot better. She’s a positive lady and quite interesting, in a good way,” the source told Radar.
“She just needed the strength and at the end of the day she got what she was looking for.”
Calls to Chaka’s rep for comment went unreturned.
Also, Lindsay replied...
and my friends tweet
Full performances but the video quality is really bad. you can hear the songs tho.
Baby I - 00:52
Lovin It - 4:08
You Will Never Know - 7:09
Tattooed Heart - 11:42
My Piano - 15:05
The Way - 19:28
Leonardo Dicaprio parties with girlfriend Toni Garrn. They danced at a disco club in Ibiza, Spain. Leo was seen smoking a cigarette at one point.
Selena Gomez is aiming straight for the top with her sexiest video "Slow Down." The 21-year-old writhes and shimmies in crop tops, revealing low-cut blouses and hot shorts reminiscent of the reigning Latina Mas Fina Jennifer Lopez in the early years of her singing career.
Did the Disney star choose Jlo as her inspiration for her transition to a more adult image? We can't say for sure, but based on these striking comparisons, all signs point to yes. A vision of inimitable beauty, strength and swag, Gomez as a long ways to go before she can exude the same sultry vibe as Lopez, but she's on her way. Her latest single "Slow Down" is a electronic-laced dance pop song similar to Lopez's own 1999 song "Waiting For Tonight," and the premise for both music videos are almost identical. Both leading ladies are dancing in front of flashing lights and sweating in dance floor crowds. The only big difference is that Gomez is in Paris and Lopez is on a tropical party island.
Even Gomez's dancing seems like an attempt to emulate Lopez's early years as a Fly Girl on '90s sketch comedy show 'In Living Color.' But given that Lopez was a dancer before making waves as an actress and singer, her moves are much more advanced than Gomez's at this point. Still, Gomez's choreographed moves bears enough similarity to point out.
The parallels don't end there, Selena has been taking on Jennifer's looks on stage too, wearing a long-sleeved crop top and baggy pants combo similar to the many looks JLo rocked in the early 2000s.
But perhaps the most interesting comparison is the fact that Gomez wore an outfit and hairdo in "Slow Down" that is almost identical to one that Lopez wore when portraying Tejano singer Selena Perez in the 1997 autobiographical movie "Selena." Also, Selena Gomez is named after the slain singer, having been born three years after her death. So many connections!
Do you think Selena Gomez is on her way to being the new JLo?
Also, Sia tweeted about working with J to tha L-o! yesterday
And so did a producer.
little known fact: waiting for tonight is a cover of a group called 3rd party
This is the last Slate article that will refer to the Washington NFL team as the Redskins.
For decades, American Indian activists and others have been asking, urging, and haranguing the Washington Redskins to ditch their nickname, calling it a racist slur and an insult to Indians. They have collected historical and cultural examples of the use of redskin as a pejorative and twice sued to void the Redskins trademark, arguing that the name cannot be legally protected because it’s a slur. (A ruling on the second suit is expected soon; the first failed for technical reasons.) A group in the House of Representatives also recently introduced a bill to void the trademark. The team has been criticized from every different direction, by every kind of person. More than 20 years ago, Washington Post columnist Tony Kornheiser, no politically correct squish, urged the team to abandon the name. Today, the mayor of Washington, D.C.—the mayor!—goes out of his way to avoid saying the team’s name.
Why, then, has nothing changed? Because the choice of the team’s name belongs to one person, Washington owner Daniel Snyder. He has brushed off the controversy with arm waves at “tradition,” “competitiveness,” and “honor.” He recently told USA Today, “We’ll never change the name. It’s that simple. NEVER—you can use caps.” Earlier this year, some Redskins flunky was assigned the job of locating high school teams around the country called Redskins, and found 70 of them, which proved very little except that the Redskins are capable of spreading a bad example to the young. (A Google search of “Redskins” “nickname” and “high school” turns up story after story of schools dropping the nickname.) And this May, the team pathetically trotted out a guy named Chief Dodson to explain that his people were “quote honored” by the Redskins name. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell cited Dodson’s support in a letter to the Congressional Native American Caucus, apparently not realizing that the supposedly Redskins-loving Dodson wasn’t a real chief.
Snyder is a dismal failure as an owner, a megalomaniacal bully, and a frivolous litigant, but I doubt he is a bigot. I’m a lifelong fan of the team, and Snyder and his players should be justly proud of the way their team bridges black and white Washington. So I don’t think Snyder’s lying to us or to himself when he sees only the bright side of the name.
And though Redskins critics are reluctant to admit it, the name is a subtle case. It is not an open-and-shut outrage like the still-used nickname “Savages.” The word redskin has a relatively innocent history. As Smithsonian linguist Ives Goddard has shown, European settlers in the 18th century seem to have adopted the term from Native Americans, who used “red skin” to describe themselves, and it was generally a descriptor, not an insult. Over time, it became a more ambiguous, and less benign term, sometimes used as a slur. When Washington owner George Preston Marshall—who was admittedly a racist, refusing to integrate his team until 1962—chose the name in the 1930s, he was almost certainly trying to invoke Indian bravery and toughness, not to impugn Indians.
But time passes, the world changes, and all of a sudden a well-intentioned symbol is an embarrassment. Here’s a quick thought experiment: Would any team, naming itself today, choose “Redskins” or adopt the team’s Indian-head logo? Of course it wouldn’t.
At the time the team was named, America was barely a generation past the Indian Wars, and at the beginning of the golden age of the Western. American Indians were powerful symbolically, but had a limited role in American public life. The 80 years since have witnessed the triumph of the civil rights movement and a powerful effort by American Indians to reclaim their identity and win self-determination.
Americans think differently about race and the language of race than we did 80 years ago. We now live in a world, for instance, in which it’s absolutely unacceptable for an NFL player to utter a racial slur. Changing the way we talk is not political correctness run amok. It reflects an admirable willingness to acknowledge others who once were barely visible to the dominant culture, and to recognize that something that may seem innocent to you may be painful to others. In public discourse, we no longer talk about groups based on their physical traits: No one would ever refer to Asians as yellow-skinned. This is why the majority of teams with Indian nicknames have dropped them over the past 40 years.
So while the name Redskins is only a bit offensive, it’s extremely tacky and dated—like an old aunt who still talks about “colored people” or limps her wrist to suggest someone’s gay.
Slate is far from the first to take a stand against the nickname. Why are we joining Washington City Paper and Gregg Easterbrook and writers from the Buffalo News and the Philadelphia Daily News? We’re a national, general-interest magazine, not the Washington Post or ESPN. Our coverage is sporadic, and I doubt that Dan Snyder or Roger Goodell have Google alerts for our NFL stories. When we stop using the name Redskins, hardly anyone will notice. But it will also represent no great sacrifice for us to stop using the word—it’s easy enough to substitute “Washington” or “Washington’s NFL team.” (To be clear, though we’re striking the word from our vocabulary, we will not bowdlerize quotes—if a public official utters the nickname in a newsworthy speech, we will not strike the word Redskins.)
Changing how you talk changes how you think. The adoption of the term “African-American”—replacing “Negro” and “colored”—in the aftermath of the civil rights movement brought a welcome symmetry with Italian-Americans and Irish-Americans, groups defined by geographic origin rather than by race or color. Replacing “same-sex marriage” with “marriage equality” helped make gay marriage a universal cause rather than a special pleading. If Slate can do a small part to change the way people talk about the team, that will be enough.
Close readers of Slate know that we are owned by the Washington Post Co., which just sold the Washington Post newspaper, the market-maker in Redskins coverage. Slate and the Washington Post newspaper have always been editorially independent, and what we’ve decided has no bearing on the newspaper, which still refers to the Redskins. Speaking as a Post subscriber, I wish they would change. The Post is—along with ESPN and the other NFL broadcasters—one of the only institutions that could bring genuine pressure on Snyder to drop the name. But it’s only fair to acknowledge that it’s a much more difficult decision for the newspaper than it is for us, given that covering Dan Snyder’s team is essential to the Post’s editorial mission.
And what should replace Redskins? A D.C. city councilmember cleverly proposed “Redtails,” the nickname of the Tuskegee Airmen. It nods at the city’s African-American heritage, and would allow Snyder to keep a feather in the logo. If he doesn’t like that, he could call them the Snyders, a name that would sate even his ego. But here’s my choice: If the team’s star quarterback works out as well as Snyder hopes, there’s a perfect name that would allow the team to keep the feathers and the ferocity: the Washington Griffins.
In a new interview with Fresh 102.7's Kim Berk, Robin Thicke reveals that he does NOT like hearing "Blurred Lines" on the radio! “I turn it down! I say, ‘Please change the channel,’” he said. “My wife says, ‘Don’t you dare change that channel. You turn that up.’ She doesn’t sign along, but she jams out. She’s just very excited for me. She says, ‘Don’t do that to God, don’t you turn that song down.’”
Robin ALSO is NOT writing an acceptance speech for The MTV Awards, because he does NOT think he's winning! Read ALL after the cut! Robin Thicke‘s hit “Blurred Lines” is the song of the summer. It’s everywhere. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. Robin sat down with Kim, one half of the Jim and Kim duo, to talk about the VMA’s and his most recent successes.
Thicke is nominated for video of the year–a category he said he doesn’t plan to win, so he hasn’t written an acceptance speech…yet.
“Now that people keep telling me they think I might win, I better have something ready,” he said. “[My wife] will be the first one. She might be the only one I thank.”Robin’s music is used a lot of the time for people to get jiggy to. Apparently, Robin likes to get physical to his own music as well. Or at least his wife does!
Thicke said most of the time he doesn’t play his music for other people until he feels confident in it, but he does play for his close group of friends and, obviously, his wife.
“She’s the one I count on,” he said. “Not only will she tell me the truth, but she’s an artist and a creative person also, and writer and everything. She’ll tell me, ‘You need to sing it like a man. You sound soft. You need to sing that again, and sing it like a man!’” While Robin has been around for years in the music industry, he’s recently become much more recognizable and in the public eye. Now, there’s a few things he can’t do in public…like get jiggy with his friends.
“The way I like to party with my wife and our friends, you know out at a club,” he said. “You want to make sure you’re at the right club, and somebody’s always got an eye out for cell phones because we party pretty hard. We like to get down.”
Collaborations have seemed to help Thicke in the music biz, but generally he likes to steer clear of them so he can stay true to his musical style.
“Because I write and produce my own music most of the time, I always feel like I would rather stay true to expressing myself than do too many collaborations,” Thicke said. “But I love collaborating with rappers and hip hop artists because that’s something I can’t do and it always brings a different energy to the record.”
Robin’s music is used a lot of the time for people to get jiggy to. Apparently, Robin likes to get physical to his own music as well. Or at least his wife does!
“Last night my lady and I were gonna watch a movie, and she wanted to play the music,” he said. “Next thing you know we were having a lot of fun. It isn’t weird anymore. It was for a minute, but because she likes it so much, I just say, ‘Hey whatever makes you act like that, let’s play it!’”
Thicke said most of the time he doesn’t play his music for other people until he feels confident in it, but he does play for his close group of friends and, obviously, his wife.
“She’s the one I count on,” he said. “Not only will she tell me the truth, but she’s an artist and a creative person also, and writer and everything. She’ll tell me, ‘You need to sing it like a man. You sound soft. You need to sing that again, and sing it like a man!’”
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Behind-the-scenes video from the Top Teens shoot in Teen Tatler.
Featuring actors Charlie Rowe (Neverland, Never Let Me Go) and Alex Lawther (young Alan Turing in the upcoming The Imitation Game), and indie band Coastal Cities.
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Kate Upton should have been on top of the world when she covered her first Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in February 2012. Instead, the 21-year-old supermodel felt objectified and ridiculed.
"After my first Sports Illustrated cover, I felt terrible about myself for a solid month," ELLE's September 2013 cover girl reveals. "Every single guy I met was either married or about to be married, and I felt like I was their bachelor present or something."
The 5-foot-10 beauty continues, "I'm not a toy, I'm a human. I'm not here to be used. I am a grown woman, and you need to figure your sh-t out." Even in professional settings, Upton says she's treated like a stereotypical "dumb blonde."
"People deal with models like they are children. They think they can pull one over on you. It's actually funny," says the model, who covered the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue a second time in 2013. "I'm always like, 'I'm about to pull something on you, and you're so focused on thinking I'm dumb you're not even going to know.'"
And yet, in spite of her sexed-up image, the Florida-raised star insists she's a good girl at heart. "I was at a photo shoot and I was wearing a cross necklace that my mom bought me, and somebody made a joke like, 'Why are you wearing a cross? Like you would be religious.' And then they took it away. I was really affected by that," Upton recalls. She later decided to get a tiny cross tattooed on the inside of her finger. "The whole thing made me realize that I do want [a cross] with me, at all times."
In regard to her rumored romance with Dancing With the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy (as first reported by Us Weekly in June), Upton plays coy. "I really have never had a serious relationship in the industry," she tells ELLE. "I'm just having fun. Obviously I have a very busy schedule at this time in my life, and I don't put relationships as a priority.
Lana Del Rey's fashion sense was curiously on the sleepy side.
The hip-hop singer looked like she needed a caffeinated jolt as she strolled solo into Starbucks in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Lana was wearing a pair of blue tie-dyed trousers that resembled pajama bottoms along with a white eyelet-lace top that stayed hidden underneath a loose blue chambray shirt.
Nothing is more important than family. Especially if the family is in the witness protection program.
Relativity Media has revealed a quintet of character posters introducing the titular clan of The Family, played by Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, and John D'Leo. There's even a poster for the family dog, who we assume shares his family's propensity towards crime.
The film is the latest from Luc Besson, the French director behind unimpeachable entertainment such as The Professional, The Fifth Element, and La Femme Nikita. Recently, Besson has been a prolific producer and co-writer on a number of successful action endeavors like the Taken films, the Transporter franchise, Columbiana, Lockout, and From Paris With Love.
On The Family, though, Besson is back in the director's chair working with a remarkable cast that also includes Tommy Lee Jones.
Based on the novel Malavita by Tonino Benacquista, the film is unique blend of unconventional humor and Besson's flair for action. De Niro stars as
Fred Manzoni, a former mafiosa trying to keep his wife and children safe after he snitches on some very vengeful criminals. When the witness protection program relocates the Manzonis to a small, sleepy town in rural France, the family attempts to blend in the best they can. But Fred's wife Maggie and their kids Belle and Warren tend to solve any and every problem in the"family" way. As such, its not long before the mob tracks down the Manzonis, turning their little town into the setting of unexpected mayhem.
(omg they made her look so bland. ugh booooo why.)
(the photoshop is strong with this one)
(who the fuck is this. quizblorg do you know?)
Some stills of the Queen
(beautiful, stunning, ageless, wonderful, fabulous)
(YASS MICHELLE GO GET TOTALLY WASTED ON DAT CHARDONNAY I KNOW YOU CAN GURL YOU ROCK GURL)
(you are in the presence of a goddess.)
(seriously tho who the actual fuck is this little shit next to Michelle and Dianna?)
(awww <3 I'm surprised it actually took this long for them to do a film where they are a couple/married)
And now some shots of Miss Agron post-tennis racket massacre
(wham bam bop slam pow crack)
As if Robert De Niro returning to the Mob weren't intimidating enough, he now has canine help.
The German shepherd is very much part of the former Mob family in the dark comedy starring De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer. The two are the head of a Brooklyn household relocated to France as part of the witness protection program.
"The family is not complete without the dog," says director Luc Besson. "He is just like them. He's a hard-ass. You don't fool around with this dog."
Malavita, which means "bad life," is such a trusted member of the family that De Niro's character takes his dog everywhere he goes. He often explains his mob-like plans and there's no fear that Malavita will sing like a canary.
"He knows all the secrets, but the dog is the only one in the Mob that will never talk," says first assistant director Ludovic Bernard. "He is very much the boss after the boss."
While he's menacing on film, Malavita was played by a dog named Emeron who was beloved on the set and who sat next to De Niro for most shooting days.
"The dog trainer said Robert should be the only one to spend time with him because they wanted them to bond," says producer Virginie Besson-Silla. "Everyone would stay away and let them have their moment."
Emeron was also a pro on set, perfectly trained to hit his mark. Bernard says one scene required the dog to walk up to a bunch of logs and urinate on them. The tricky task required weeks of pre-training.
"But when we turned on the camera he went straight to the logs where we wanted him and he did his little thing," says Bernard. "And that was it. One take."
The gentle dog was also fantastic at looking intimidating on film.
"He was very good at that," says Bernard. "As Malavita he could show some teeth and look very mean."
so excited for this film and I honestly wasn't expecting much. anyone read the book?