If you haven't heard about it yet, Divergent is the hot new book-series-to-movie-series that's coming our way. The cast of the film has been hard at work on the set, and they've been sharing bits and pieces of their experience with fans. Get a peek behind-the scenes of Divergent with pictures of Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, and more.
If you've binged on Netflix's political-insider drama House of Cards, then you should appreciate newly leaked tapes of Sen. Mitch McConnell's team sharing opposition research on potential campaign foe Ashley Judd. Mother Jones, the magazine that brought us Mitt Romney's 47 percent video, released the recording, which gives a gritty look at behind-the-scenes politics. On the tape, recorded Feb. 2, you can hear how aides discuss angles of attack, including the actress's depression and more liberal views. Since the tape came out, Judd, who had already declined to run, said she "expected nothing less from Mitch McConnell and his camp."
According to the recorded Team McConnell, while conducting opposition research they found "a haystack of needles, just because truly, there's such a wealth of material." Opposing the environmentally disastrous coal-mining practice of mountaintop removal, having a San Francisco area code for her cell phone, and using the term Obamacare affectionately were all considered weaknesses of Judd, as was her support of gay marriage and abortion rights. By virtue of being a celebrity, Judd has given many on-tape and in-print interviews over the years, and McConnell's camp planned to use the more embarrassing turns of phrase against her. They also cited her own memoir as potential ammo, since it mentioned her depression and the suicidal tendencies she had as a sixth grader.
While we won't get a Judd vs. McConnell campaign, these tapes show how McConnell's team would have manipulated Judd's past statements. For example, they laughed heartily at a recording of Judd saying "Brother Donkey, Sister Bird" when talking about religion. But they did not acknowledge that Judd, who often describes herself as a Christian, was referring to a sermon of St. Francis. For his part, McConnell has asked the FBI to look into the recordings, which you can hear below.
Justin Timberlake will perform this Saturday at a special pre-Super Bowl event, and then again the weekend afterward — JT's set to take the stage at the Grammys on Sunday, Feb. 10! We're looking at JT's busy few weeks in this PopSugar Rush and also checking out other early headlines, including Ashley Judd's split and the confirmation that an Entourage movie's on the way.
Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti are separating. Ashley and Dario, who is a race-car driver, married in 2001 in Dario's native Scotland. They shared a statement about the split with People, saying, "We have mutually decided to end our marriage. We'll always be family and continue to cherish our relationship based on the special love, integrity, and respect we have always enjoyed."
She may have won two Golden Globes last weekend for her HBO series, Girls, but lately the most-talked about topic in regards to writer, filmmaker, and actress Lena Dunham has been her weight, not her talent.
She may have won two Golden Globes last weekend for her HBO series, Girls, but lately the most-talked about topic in regards to writer, filmmaker, and actress Lena Dunham has been her weight, not her talent. Radio host Howard Stern is in hot water for calling Lena a "little fat chick." And while Lena told David Letterman last week that the comments "put me in the best mood," the 26-year-old has been honest that she's had a love-hate relationship with her body, despite displaying it so freely on her show. She told New York Magazine:
"It's a very specific body. Even great reviews will be like: chubby, portly, overweight. . . . Sometimes I'm like, 'Ugh, how did I make myself the guinea pig for this?' But on the other hand, hating my body has not been my cross to bear in this life. Which I feel very lucky about."
Several famous women have opened up about their struggles with body image and eating disorders. Katie Couric revealed on her talk show that she struggled with bulimia when interviewing another famous lady who's dealt with eating disorders, Demi Lovato. And Lady Gaga, who has faced criticism about her weight gain, launched a movement called A Body Revolution to encourage body acceptance. She said she started it to "inspire bravery," adding, "Be brave and celebrate with us your 'perceived flaws,' as society tells us. May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous."
Many celebrity women have courageously talked about what they don't like about their bodies, their past eating disorder issues, and how they've overcome a negative body image. Let's be inspired to accept our bodies just how they are with these encouraging words now!
You know there are not enough women in Congress when lawmakers convene a panel on contraception that doesn't include a single woman — which happened earlier this year. EMILY's List is trying to change that by helping to get more women elected to the US Congress, where women only make up 17 percent. Specifically, EMILY's List recruits and funds pro-choice Democratic female candidates. EMILY stands for "early money is like yeast," and the idea is that providing campaign financing early on can help women rise. Here in Charlotte at the DNC, EMILY's List hosted a town hall panel and campaign reception. The panel included NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, actress Ashley Judd, and Florida candidate for Congress Val Demings.
Ashley herself told the crowd that she might help increase the number of women in office by running herself. The politically active actress said she gets encouraged often to officially go into politics and admitted "it may be time to look at actually running for office." Ashley also had practical advice for women who care about the issues at stake this election. She encouraged women in the audience to share their own stories about how Obama's policies have made a positive difference. For example, maybe you have health insurance because you can stay on your parents' until 26, can afford contraception thanks to Obamacare, or took advantage of HeadStart, something that could be cut under Romney and Ryan.
Ashley said, "What comes from the head goes over the head. What comes from the heart goes straight to the heart." Michelle Obama also used this technique, Ashley pointed out, by using her "personal multigenerational narrative to express our party platform."
While some women — celebrities and otherwise — may not be able to find the right words to fight back against mean-spirited comments about their appearance, when Ashley Judd was hit with remarks that attacked her "puffy" face and weight gain, she had a great response.
While some women — celebrities and otherwise — may not be able to find the right words to fight back against mean-spirited comments about their appearance, when Ashley Judd was hit with remarks that attacked her "puffy" face and weight gain, she had a great response. During the last month or so, Ashley has been in the public eye for her swollen-looking face that some have concluded must mean she's getting plastic surgery done. But the sad reality is it's really a side effect from the steroid medications she's been taking for illness. Ashley Judd wrote a piece on The Daily Beast that took the rebuttal to a whole new, feminist — and empowered — level. In the smart essay, she takes on the naysayers by pointing out how our culture's obsession with women's outer looks are a misogynistic attack on our sex. Here are some of our favorite points:
For women, it's all about the outward appearance: "We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the reduction of personhood to simple physical objectification. Our voices, our personhood, our potential, and our accomplishments are regularly minimized and muted."
Sexism against women comes from both sexes: "Patriarchy is not men. Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate. It privileges, inter alia, the interests of boys and men over the bodily integrity, autonomy, and dignity of girls and women. It is subtle, insidious, and never more dangerous than when women passionately deny that they themselves are engaging in it."
Striving for beauty is a lose-lose situation: "I ask especially how we can leverage strong female-to-female alliances to confront and change that there is no winning here as women. It doesn't actually matter if we are aging naturally, or resorting to surgical assistance. We experience brutal criticism. "
This constant critique of women's appearance affects more than we realize: "It affects each and every one of us, in multiple and nefarious ways: our self-image, how we show up in our relationships and at work, our sense of our worth, value, and potential as human beings."
The retro-inspired hair trend is a popular one for Fall, and this week in particular, we spotted three gorgeous stars sporting vintage styles on the red carpet. Kirsten Dunst paired her tie-neck dress with a simple bun and dramatic side-sweeping bangs, while fellow short-haired star Ashley Judd adorned her '20s-style finger waves with a jeweled barrette. At the Footloose premiere in LA, Julianne Hough left her blond locks long and loose, wearing romantic waves and a deep side part. All three ladies look glamorous and retro-chic, but which one is your favorite?