Daily Archive: May 18, 2017

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CBS’s Mom Donates Their Emmy Campaign Money to Planned Parenthood

CBS’s hit show Mom just did something you rarely ever see in Hollywood: they donated their entire award show campaign budget to charity. The show’s cocreator, Chuck Lorre, and its star, Allison Janney, announced on CBS This Morning on Thursday that instead of using their $250,000 award show budget to campaign for an Emmy win, they’re giving it all to Planned Parenthood. The two are also encouraging the show’s fans to donate to the organization on their own. Their amazing generosity comes on the heels of the devastating and enraging news that the Senate is considering passing the American Health Care Act, which would block low-income patients from being able to use Planned Parenthood for things like cancer screenings and birth control.

“In Los Angeles County alone, we answer approximately 2,000 calls each day from people asking us for help,” Planned Parenthood LA’s CEO Sue Dunlap said. “Across the country, millions of women and men are relying on Planned Parenthood health centers for their basic care – like birth control, life-saving cancer screenings, and STD testing and treatment. We are committed to being here for them, no matter what. Generous support from our community fuels this work, and we are honored that the team behind Mom is launching this campaign at this critical time.” Major TV networks use these budgets to compete for award season recognition and awards, which can in turn increase their audience. Mom, which also stars Anna Faris, has received four Emmy nominations in its four-season run, with Allison winning two out of the three times she’s been nominated.

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Pharrell Williams Extols the Power of Women in Fiery NYU Commencement Speech

Pharrell Williams was chosen to give the commencement speech for NYU’s class of 2017 at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, and he did not disappoint. The rapper, songwriter, and music producer addressed the crowd with a look of pure glee on his face, saying, “This is major . . . my mom is a lifelong educator, so this is gonna be a really good look for me. Speaking to you guys today has charged me up.”

He went on to sing the praises of the women in the audience: “As you find your ways to serve humanity, it gives me great comfort knowing that this generation is the first that understands that we need to lift up our women,” he said to rousing applause. “Imagine the possibilities when we remove imbalance from the ether. Imagine the possibilities when women are not held back. Your generation is unraveling deeply entrenched laws, principles, and misguided values that have held women back for far too long and, therefore, have held us all back . . . the human race. The world you will live in will be better for it.”

Not only did he inspire the graduates, faculty, and us with his powerful words, but he looked like a damn student while doing it – seriously, you guys, black really don’t crack. Watch Pharrell’s astounding speech above now.

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Soundgarden Frontman Chris Cornell’s Death Ruled a Suicide

This post has been updated with new information.

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has died at age 52 from a suicide by hanging. The singer was found unresponsive in the bathroom of his hotel room at the MGM Grand in Detroit on Wednesday. According to police, his wife, Vicky Karayiannis, called a family friend to check on him, who forced the door open and found him unresponsive with a band around his neck. He was pronounced dead when medics arrived on the scene. Chris’s rep, Brian Bumbery, said in a statement to the Associated Press that Chris’s death was “sudden and unexpected,” adding that his family will be “working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause.” On Thursday, the medical examiner’s office in Detroit confirmed Chris’s death was a suicide by hanging. Chris spoke openly over the years about his struggles with both alcohol and pill addiction. He had been sober since 2002. Chris leaves behind his wife Vicky and three children.

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Roger Ailes turned television news into an Us vs. Them free-for-all

Roger Ailes was “old school.”

Or at least that’s how many have characterized the disgraced Fox News founder since news of his death broke Thursday.

Certainly Ailes changed the direction of American media when he launched the network two decades ago, and along with his star host, Bill O’Reilly,…

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With Chris Cornell’s death, a generation lost its Robert Plant

For those too young to have Led Zeppelin, we got Soundgarden.

The shared legacy was always up front with the two bands — the snaking odd-time riffs, Chris Cornell’s guttural howl and wild-man shriek, the constant bare torso and the feeling that technically-genius rock and roll still had a feral…

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Pierce Brosnan Gives Himself the Best Birthday Gift by Making Out With His Wife in Hawaii

Pierce Brosnan really knows how to celebrate his birthday in style. The actor, who turned 64 on May 16, gave himself the best gift ever by jetting off to Hawaii with his wife, Keely Smith. The couple looked relaxed as they soaked up the sun on the beach and took a stroll in the sand on Tuesday. At one point, Pierce planted an adorable kiss on Keely, who rocked a black bikini and a matching cover-up. The actor also rocked the hell out of a straw hat as they made their way back to their lounge chairs.

The tropical getaway further proves that they’re one of our favorite longtime Hollywood couples. While Pierce and Keely have been together for 23 years (and married for 16), they still act like a couple of teenagers who snuck out of their parents’ houses to make out. In April, they flirted up a storm on the red carpet at the premiere of Pierce’s new show, The Son. Never change, guys.

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