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Transgender Actress Says She Walked Out of Offensive Curb Your Enthusiasm Audition

Candis Cayne
Charles Sykes—Invision/AP Candis Cayne was the first transgender actress with a recurring trans character on a prime time series when she played Carmelita on ABC's Dirty Sexy Money. 

Larry David was reportedly at the audition

Transgender actress Candis Cayne says she walked out of an audition for HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm because of an offensive joke.

“The part was for a trans woman who had to go to the bathroom really bad and decided she was going to go in the men’s line because it was quicker. I said, ‘Thank you for writing a trans part, but I can’t audition because a trans woman wouldn’t do this. I have to honor my community,’ and I walked out of the audition,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

Cayne said fellow transgender actress Alexandra Billings, most recently on Amazon’s Transparent, had the same reaction to the joke and the part. Cayne, a close friend of Caitlyn Jenner’s, has starred in shows like Nip/Tuck, Dirty Sexy Money and Elementary.

HBO confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the joke never aired on the show.

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Hugh Jackman Says He’d ‘Seriously Consider’ Playing James Bond

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 11: Actor Hugh Jackman attends the Warner Bros. 'Pan' presentation during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
Albert L. Ortega—Getty Images Hugh Jackman attends the Warner Bros. 'Pan' presentation during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego on July 11, 2015.

The Australian actor shakes up the latest 007 controversy by throwing his hat in the ring for the part

Hugh Jackman could be the next James Bond. In fact, he was once approached about the role years ago, he told Australian TV show The Project.

“At the time I was just about to do X-Men 2 and I was like, ‘Ah, I don’t think it’s the right time,'” he said. And if he was asked to play the role again? “I’d seriously consider it.”

The news comes amid a controversy surrounding the possibility of The Wire‘s Idris Elba playing the next Bond. Anthony Horowitz, the author commissioned by Ian Fleming’s estate to write the next James Bond novel, said he didn’t think Elba was right for the part, saying he was “too street” for Bond. When fans became outraged, Horowitz apologized, taking to Twitter to say he was “mortified to have caused offence.”

So the Jackman rumors do arrive at an odd time, and it’s unclear if he’d even have the time if asked again. The Australian actor, who has played X-Men’s Wolverine six times, has an untitled Wolverine sequel set to premiere in 2017, as he teased in an Instagram post earlier in 2015.

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Justin Bieber Explains to Jimmy Fallon Why He Cried During the VMAs

Justin Bieber made his triumphant return to the stage at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, but it was his emotional breakdown at the end of his performance that had people talking. The singer explained the reasons for his tears during an interview with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday.

“It was just so overwhelming for me, everything, just the performance – I missed some cues so I was a little disappointed at that – and just everyone, just the support,” the 21-year-old said. “Honestly, I just wasn’t expecting them to support me in the way they did … Last time I was at an award show I was booed.”

“I’ve worked so hard on this album, I’ve worked so hard at becoming the man I want to become,” he continued. “Stepping into situations, you just can’t help but feel judged, so I was just feeling judged and just wanting to win so badly and wanting to do what I love so badly that I just put everything on the line. What was just so special about the emotional moment at the end; it was just authentic, it was real.”

The multi-platinum singer whose latest single, “What Do You Mean,” was released on Friday, revealed that his new album – his first in three years – will be out Nov. 13.

Fallon also touched on Bieber’s troubling behavior last year that saw him repeatedly get into trouble with the law.

“I had a bunch of knuckleheads around me, that was pretty much it,” he explained. “I just went through a place of trying to figure it out … You have to figure out what you’re okay with and you’re not okay with, but you have to test the waters. I just happened to be in the spotlight, in front of cameras all the time, and they caught all those moments.”

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

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Cate Blanchett Will Star in Aaron Sorkin’s Lucille Ball Biopic

Cate Blanchett poses for photographers upon arrival for the screening of the film Sicario at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France on May 19, 2015.
Joel Ryan—Invision/AP Cate Blanchett poses for photographers upon arrival for the screening of the film Sicario at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France on May 19, 2015.

The film will be produced by Ball's two children

An authorized biopic of Hollywood and television star Lucille Ball’s life is in the works, according to TheWrap.

The movie boasts hefty star power, with actress Cate Blanchett portraying the “I Love Lucy” actress. Aaron Sorkin will be penning the script. Ball’s real-life children, Lucie and Desi Jr., will produce the film.

The film will follow Ball’s early days as an actress on “I Love Lucy” and her 20-year marriage to co-star Desi Arnaz, along with their eventual divorce in 1960.

Sony-based Escape Artists will produce the film, though it’s not clear when it will be released.

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Dean Jones, Star of The Love Bug Dies at 84

Dean Jones Posing with an Airplane
Corbis Actor Dean Jones posing with a single prop airplane in a publicity shot for the television show Ensign O'Toole in which he played the title character. Jones also starred opposite a Volkswagen in the popular Herbie the Love Bug series.

He died of Parkinson's Disease

(LOS ANGELES) — Dean Jones, whose boyish good looks and all-American manner made him Disney’s favorite young actor for such lighthearted films as “That Darn Cat!” and “The Love Bug,” has died of Parkinson’s disease. He was 84.

He died Monday in Los Angeles, Jones’ publicist Richard Hoffman said Wednesday.

Jones’ long association with The Walt Disney Co. began after he received an unexpected call from Walt Disney himself, who praised his work on the TV show “Ensign O’Toole,” noting it had “some good closing sequences.” Jones, himself a former Navy man, played the title role in the 1962 sitcom.

Jones puzzled over Disney’s remark until it occurred to him that “Ensign O’Toole” preceded Disney’s own Sunday night show on NBC, and he realized Disney probably only watched each episode’s ending.

Two years later, Jones heard from Disney again, calling this time to offer him a role in “That Darn Cat!” opposite ingénue Hayley Mills. His FBI agent Zeke Kelso follows a crime-solving cat that leads him to a pair of bank robbers.

Released in 1965, it would the first of 10 Disney films Jones would make, most of them in the supernatural vein.

“I see something in them that is pure form. Just entertainment. No preaching,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “We’re always looking for social significance but maybe people just like to be entertained.”

“The Love Bug” (1969) was the most successful of the genre, with Jones playing a struggling race-driver who acquires a Volkswagen that wins races for him. The Bug, named Herbie, has hidden human traits, and when it feels unappreciated it disappears. Jones must rescue Herbie from the hands of his nefarious rival and issue the car an apology before it wins the big race for him.

After “The Love Bug,” Jones returned to the stage, winning the lead role of Robert in “Company,” Stephen Sondheim’s now-classic musical about marital angst, Manhattan-style. He withdrew from the 1970 production after a short time, citing family problems, but he is heard on the Grammy-winning Broadway cast album.

He had actually started his career as a singer before going on to appear in a string of mostly forgettable films throughout the 1950s. A notable exception was 1957’s “Jailhouse Rock,” one of Elvis Presley’s best-remembered vehicles, in which Jones had a small role as a disc jockey.

In 1960, Jones made his Broadway debut with Jane Fonda in “There Was a Little Girl,” playing Fonda’s boyfriend in a short-lived drama about the rape of a young woman.

He had better luck on Broadway later in 1960, when he appeared in the hit comedy “Under the Yum Yum Tree.” Sparring with Gig Young, who played a comically wolfish character, Jones had “the right blend of sturdiness and lightness,” The New York Times wrote.

He returned to Hollywood to make the film version of “Under the Yum Yum Tree” and to star in television’s “Ensign O’Toole” from 1962 to 1964. He also reteamed with Fonda for the film version of a racy stage comedy, “Any Wednesday.”

It was in Disney’s gentle family comedies, however, that Jones truly hit his stride. Walt Disney himself died in 1966, but the studio and its style of film lived on.

In “Monkeys, Go Home,” Jones tried to teach four monkeys to pick grapes at a French vineyard he inherited. In “Million Dollar Duck,” he was a scientist with a duck that began laying golden eggs after being doused with radiation.

He returned to the Disney studio in 1977 for one more film, “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo.”

Twenty years later, he had smaller parts in the remake of “That Darn Cat” and the TV version of “The Love Bug.”

He worked regularly into his 70s, appearing often on TV and in films. His later credits included “St. John in Exile,” ”Beethoven” and “Other People’s Money.”

In 1969, he was host of a TV variety show, “What’s It All About, World?” But he said delivering jokes, stand-up comedy style, was not really his forte. “My bag is acting or getting into an amusing situation and then sharing my amusement,” he told the Times. “I can sense a situation or a character much better than I can sense a line.”

Dean Carroll Jones left his hometown of Decatur, Alabama, at 15, supporting himself by picking cotton and cutting timber until he landed a job as a singer in a New Orleans nightclub. When the club closed, he returned to Decatur to finish high school.

After studying voice at Ashburn College in Kentucky, he spent four years in the Navy. Soon after his release, he was signed by MGM, and it appeared for a time that he was being groomed as a possible successor to JamesDean.

Jones married Mae Entwisle, a onetime Miss San Diego, in 1954, and the couple had two daughters, Carol and Deanna. He and his second wife, Lory, had a son, Michael.

Over the course of his career, he’d appear in 46 films and five Broadway shows. In 1995, Jones was honored by his longtime employers with a spot in the Disney Legends Hall of Fame.

Besides Lory, his wife of 42 years, and his children, Jones is survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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This story contains biographical material compiled by late Associated Press Entertainment Writer Bob Thomas.

 

TIME Television

Stephen Colbert Mocks Jeb Bush Fundraiser With His Own Contest

For $3, supporters will be entered to win tickets to the taping of 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.'

Jeb Bush will be one of the first guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and the Republican presidential candidate has already capitalized on his slated appearance by sending out an email to supporters asking for a $3 minimum donation for the chance to attend a VIP ticket for a taping on Tuesday.

The contest includes dinner with the Bush campaign’s national finance co-chair, Woody Johnson.

Colbert called out Bush’s strategy in a “pre-show web video,” where the comedian smirked, “If you can’t afford $3, you’re probably not voting for Jeb Bush.”

“I think the contest is a great idea,” he continued. “But here’s the thing: No one from Jeb’s campaign asked if this was okay with me to raise money off my first show. Where’s my cut of that sweet three bucks, Governor? Huh?”

So Colbert is launching his own contest—“Jeb Bush on the Stephen Colbert Late Show Raffle!”: a minimum $3 donation to the Yellow Ribbon Fund gives you the chance to win two tickets to the first Late Show taping. Another perk? Colbert will ask Bush a “non-obscene question of your choice.” The comedian even throws in a dinner with his lead production accountant, Jason Block.

Seems like Colbert and Bush will have lots to talk about on the show, which premieres Tuesday.

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Ja Rule Is Very Upset With Wikipedia For Misreporting His Height

onstage during the Viacom TCA Presentation at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.
Jason Kempin— Getty Images Ja Rule onstage during the Viacom TCA Presentation at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

The site says he's 5'6" but he swears he's 5'9"

So, Ja Rule started some beef on Wednesday. With Wikipedia. He took to Twitter to vent about the online encyclopedia, which he claims is horribly inaccurate and irresponsible with its reporting, specifically when it comes to his height:

As the New York Daily News points out, Ja may not fully understand how Wikipedia — a free, collaborative, user-generated encyclopedia — really works. Fans let him know he could edit the page himself. Still, he demanded that Wikipedia itself step in:

Full disclosure: I met Ja Rule last year for an interview about his memoir. I remember a few things about Ja. I remember him being very friendly and receptive to my questions, I remember him being muscular and I remember him being short. I am 5’7″ and if I recall correctly — please, Ja, don’t be mad at me here — he was a smidge shorter than me. That would mean Wikipedia is correct: Ja Rule is 5’6″.

What’s tripping me up here, though, is a mug shot that indicates Ja is 69 inches — or, like he claims, 5’9″. Racked points out that this mug shot could come from anywhere and could be Photoshopped — and appears different from other Ja Rule mug shots — so it might not be trustworthy.

So what’s going on here? Is that mug shot unreliable? Am I misremembering the time I hung out with Ja Rule? Or am I simply mistaken about my own height?

 

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‘Wildest Dreams’ Director Defends Taylor Swift Video Against Whitewashing Accusations

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Musician Taylor Swift attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Jason Merritt—Getty Images Taylor Swift attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Aug. 30, 2015.

Critics say the clip glamorizes African colonialism

Grammy-winning director Joseph Kahn has defended his latest music video, Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams,” from accusations of whitewashing over its depiction of Africa.

In the video, which is set in mid-20th century Africa, Swift plays an actress who has a relationship with her co-star on set. But critics have said the video features hardly any black people and glamorizes African colonialism with stereotypical images of wild animals and savanna landscapes.

“She packages our continent as the backdrop for her romantic songs devoid of any African person or storyline, and she sets the video in a time when the people depicted by Swift and her co-stars killed, dehumanized and traumatized millions of Africans,” write Viviane Rutabingwa and James Kassaga Arinaitwe for NPR.

In a statement, Kahn said the focus on white characters was both a matter of historical accuracy and an homage to movies such as The African Queen and Out of Africa. He also says that key input on the music video came from people of color, including his longtime producer, Jil Hardin, and the video’s editor, Chancler Haynes, both of whom are black. Kahn, who is Asian-American, also emphasizes that Swift is donating the video’s proceeds to the African Parks Foundation.

“There is no political agenda in the video,” he says. “Our only goal was to tell a tragic love story in classic Hollywood iconography.”

Here’s his full statement, via Entertainment Weekly:

“Wildest Dreams” is a song about a relationship that was doomed, and the music video concept was that they were having a love affair on location away from their normal lives. This is not a video about colonialism but a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa,1950.

There are black Africans in the video in a number of shots, but I rarely cut to crew faces outside of the director as the vast majority of screentime is Taylor and Scott.

The video is based on classic Hollywood romances like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as well as classic movies like The African Queen, Out of Africa and The English Patient, to name a few.

The reality is not only were there people of color in the video, but the key creatives who worked on this video are people of color. I am Asian American, the producer Jil Hardin is an African American woman, and the editor Chancler Haynes is an African American man. We cast and edited this video. We collectively decided it would have been historicially inaccurate to load the crew with more black actors as the video would have been accused of rewriting history. This video is set in the past by a crew set in the present and we are all proud of our work.

There is no political agenda in the video. Our only goal was to tell a tragic love story in classic Hollywood iconography. Furthermore, this video has been singled out, yet there have been many music videos depicting Africa. These videos have traditionally not been lessons in African history. Let’s not forget, Taylor has chosen to donate all of her proceeds from this video to the African Parks Foundation to preserve the endangered animals of the continent and support the economies of local African people.

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Read Idris Elba’s Classy Response to ‘Too Street’ Comment

Idris Elba at "Mandela, My Dad And Me" photocall as part of MIPTV 2015 in Cannes, France on April 14, 2015.
Tony Barson—FilmMagic/Getty Images Idris Elba at "Mandela, My Dad And Me" photocall as part of MIPTV 2015 in Cannes, France on April 14, 2015.

He responded in the best way

Somehow it’s become unofficial law that Idris Elba’s name must be a part of any conversation about who would be the next best James Bond. (Trivia: Elba has said that it was current 007 Daniel Craig who started this whole thing in the first place: “I blame Daniel,” Elba has joked. )

So it’s hard to imagine how the actor felt after yesterday’s kerfuffle. To recap: Anthony Horowitz, the author of a new James Bond novel, told The Daily Mail that he didn’t think Elba was the right man for the job. “Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” Horowitz said. “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.”

The world reacted with appropriate outrage and Horowitz quickly took to Twitter to apologize: “I was asked in my interview if Idris Elba would make a good James Bond. In the article I expressed the opinion that to my mind Adrian Lester would be a better choice but I’m a writer not a casting director so what do I know? Clumsily, I chose the word ‘street’ as Elba’s gritty portrayal of DCI John Luther was in my mind but I admit it was a poor choice of word. I am mortified to have caused offence.”

On Tuesday, Elba took to his Instagram account — this controversy is hitting all the social media platforms — to respond, keeping things classy (as usual):

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Cindy Crawford Opens Up About Her Unretouched Photo

The supermodel says the photo 'didn’t reflect what I saw when I looked in the mirror'

Cindy Crawford is opening up about the unretouched photo of her that went viral last year.

In a new interview with Elle Canada, Crawford, 49, addresses the photo scandal—which to her surprise turned into something positive—and also gives offers some life advice from her new book, that is being released this fall.

“I know my body, and I know it’s not perfect, but maybe I have a false body image; maybe I think I look better than I do,” she says in the October issue, which features her own the cover in a sexy black dress with thigh high slits. “I think that most women are hard on themselves. We think we look worse than we do. ”

“So I assumed I fell into that category, even though that picture didn’t reflect what I saw when I looked in the mirror—even in the worst dressing-room lighting,” she adds.

Although the image is one the supermodel says she would have preferred not be publicized, she realizes that the photo helped women feel better about themselves, noting the celebration it got online.

“Sometimes, the images that women see in magazine make them feel inferior—even though the intention is never to make anyone feel less,” Crawford says. “So somehow seeing a picture of me was like seeing a chink in the armor. Whether it was real or not isn’t relevant.”

Goin' high voltage for the October issue of @ellecanada. #ElleCanadaCindy | Photo by @maxabadian ⚡️

A photo posted by Cindy Crawford (@cindycrawford) on

The cover girl also says that she never spoke out about the picture because she “felt really manipulated and conflicted.” For her, speaking out against the image would mean rejecting the people who felt good about it. On the other hand, embracing it felt inauthentic because the photo was not real.

Crawford said the photographer to her, “‘Cindy, I’m going to send you the real one and it’s nothing like that. It’s clear that someone manipulated that image to make whatever was there worse.’ It was stolen and it was malicious,” she continues. “But there was so much positive reaction.”

Despite the social media frenzy that surrounded the viral image, Crawford took a page from her new book, Becoming, and found a teachable moment in the incident.

“I’m a big girl and I can handle it, but I used it as a teaching lesson for my own daughter,” she adds.

The mother of two later took to Instagram to share her own behind-the-scenes footage of her cover shoot. In one photo she dons a black maxi dress with a thigh high slit and cutouts across the chest area.

A video Crawford shared shows the photographer snapping photos of her in another outfit. This time, a little black dress that hits just above the knees, patterned with cutouts and accessorized with elbow-length gloves.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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