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Jane Lynch in ‘Michigan Avenue’ [December 2013]

 

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Jane Lynch channels her inner Naomi Campbell for the December issue of Michigan Avenue.

In this issue, the actress shares her thoughts on her infamous GLEE character, Sue Sylvester.

Check out some highlights from her Michigan Avenue feature!

On her character Sue Sylvester:
“My recognition factor has gone up in terms of the public, so my life has changed in that way, for good and sometimes annoying. But creatively—playing the same character for nearly 100 episodes, I’m still enjoying it. There are moments when I’ll look at an episode and go, ‘Oh come on, can’t I do something else other than destroy the Glee club?’ Then of course they always give me something just stellar and fun, and this season I’m having the best time. Professionally, I don’t think I would have been just handed the role of Miss Hannigan in Annie on Broadway if I hadn’t been cast as Sue Sylvester—I don’t think that would have happened—so I am deeply indebted, because that was the best experience of my life. Doing Miss Hannigan on Broadway and working with all those wonderful people and doing eight shows a week, it very much brought me back to why I do this and why I was bitten by the need to be on stage. Whatever inspired me back when I was a kid seeing that play at the local high school, that came alive again.”

On playing Miss Hannigan in Annie:
“I guess I have to take responsibility for it. I can’t sit here and say, ‘Well, I think people throw that at me,’ and I’m the victim of this wonderful typecasting. You know, I think I just do ‘put upon’ well; I do victimized well, and I do entitled well, and I think it’s because I’m fascinated with all three of those things. Of course they live in me, of course they do. But I find them hilarious and curious and a very satisfying step into the shoes. Whereas Miss Hannigan was kind of sloppy and drunk and frustrated and she just wanted out of there, Sue Sylvester is stealthy and looks at everything as an opportunity to wage war and win. She’s a warrior goddess.”

On her love for animals and fighting for their rights:
“I just love them. We domesticated these little babies, and it’s up to us to take care of them. We have to spay and neuter our pets and take responsibility for how and if they reproduce. I think the people out there saving animals off the streets and from abusive homes deserve all the support in the world. I support that work, but I could emotionally never do it. We do this thing with six shelters at the Rose Bowl around Halloween called Race for the Rescues. We do a walk or a run and somebody wins and everybody gets little prizes, but we take all of the animals and put them on a catwalk—including cats—and we parade them, basically, we whore them up and down the catwalk in costumes, and every single one of them gets adopted every year.”

On her thoughts on the California LGBT community:
“First of all, Hollywood is so gay and has been forever—maybe not so much in front of the camera, and most people just didn’t know. It is much easier, but I think we still have a problem as an audience—we haven’t come far enough to where we will accept an openly gay person in a straight love interest role, whereas they can happen on Broadway all the time. That’s the next thing around the corner. But yes, absolutely, I think it has [gotten easier], and it’s due to people who had the courage to stand up when nobody else was doing it—people like Melissa Etheridge, Ellen DeGeneres, K.D. Lang standing up and saying, ‘Yes, this is who I am,’ plus Rupert Everett, Ian McKellen, and the British male homosexuals.”

Janelle Monae Covers UPTOWN Magazine

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Janelle Monae covers the latest issue of UPTOWN magazine.

The Electric Lady dishes on being a covergirl, explaining her aesthetic,  her music, changing the world and more.

Check out some snippets from her interview below.

You are tired of explaining your aesthetic?

Yes. Interviews are like marriages sometimes, and things become old. It’s time to spruce up this sex life! We need to try some new things. I am always asked, “Why do you wear that tuxedo?” Or, “We know that your parents wore uniforms, is that why you wear a uniform?” [Her mother worked as a janitor and her father a garbage truck driver.] I want to tell them, “You know good and darn well [a scant southern accent emerges] that you read that somewhere! I am wondering “Why are you asking me the same question?” Let’s talk about the music, the message and why my eyelashes are long!

How excited were you to become a Cover Girl?

To be on a roster with Queen Latifah, Ellen DeGeneres and Sofia Vergara is incredible. It’s so diverse. It’s breaking down barriers and changing the definition of beauty.

Do you feel a social responsibility with your artistry and celebrity?

If I were not a woman, or African-American, or have people in my life that have not been directly discriminated against, then I would not feel a social responsibility. When you love and care about people and you see young people dying, it’s impossible to ignore. Let me be clear: When I speak of androids, I am speaking of the new form of the ‘other.’ You can parallel that to people who are gay or lesbian, those whose skin is considered too dark; women still are not receiving equal rights. I write music that fights against self-hate. It is about loving yourself even if it makes others uncomfortable.

You told me back in 2006 that you wanted your music to change the world. Do you still feel as optimistic?

Yes! I want the music to make people burn their cubicles down and then pay for a new cubicle. I want people to not feel afraid to ask for help. Not feel afraid to crawl. Not feel afraid to dance in front of strangers. It’s about shaving your head, saving your hair and never looking back. I want people to do things that they never thought they would do before.

What do you want to do?

I don’t want to know what’s next. I have a lot of things up my sleeve. But I have to be careful [and watch] these pop artists that are bigger than me. They will take your ideas! I have to keep knocking down doors, crowd-surf and keep having Diddy professionally slap people. Oh, and I also want to eat ice cream with 17 electric ladies. Let’s not forget that.

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“When Love Takes Over” Tops Billboard’s Top 10 Dance-Pop Collaborations of All Time

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Billboard has released its list of the Top Dance-Pop Collaborations of All Time! Topping the list is David Guetta’s “When love Takes Over” featuring Kelly Rowland. The song was released in 2009 and is one of Guetta’s most popular songs. There is only one song on the list “Silence” that is from the 1990s, all of the other songs are from 2000 onward.

Check out the Top 10 Top Dance-Pop Collaborations of All Time below. Do you agree with the list?
1. When Love Takes Over by David Guetta & Kelly Rowland (2009)
2. Silence by Delerium & Sarah McLachlan (1999)
3. We Found Love by Rihanna & Calvin Harris (2011)
4. South Side by Moby & Gwen Stefani (2000)
5. Galvanize by Chemical Brothers & Q-tip (2005)
6. Starry Eyed Surprise by Oakenflod & Shifty Shellshock (2002)
7. Breakn’ A Sweat by Skrillex & The Doors (2012)
8. Heartbreaker by MSTRKFT & John Legend (2009)
9. The Longest Road by Morgan Page & Lissie (2009)
10. Cruel Intentions by Simian Movile Disco & Beth Diyto (2010)

iHeartRadio Poll Names Elle DeGeneres the ‘Most Likeable Woman in Hollywood’

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Ellen DeGeneres has been named the Most Likeable Woman in Hollywood; this according to  poll done over at iHeartRadio.

The talk show host earned 35.1% of the vote, with actress Jennifer Lawrence coming in at No.2  at 17.7% and Emma Stone at No. 3  with 13.4%.

Also making the list is Jennifer Hudson, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel and Anna Kendrick.

iHeartRadio also determined through fans voted that Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” was the “Song of the Summer,”  with 30.4% of the vote.

Ellen DeGeneres to Host 2014 Oscars

 

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After months of wondering, who would host the 2014 Oscars, someone has been chosen. None other than Ellen DeGeneres will host the awards show.

Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced the news on Friday.

“We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron in a statement. “As a longtime friend, we had always hoped to find a project for us to do together, and nothing could be more exciting than teaming up to do the Oscars. There are few stars today who have Ellen’s gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity. She is beloved everywhere, and we expect that the audience at the Dolby Theater, and in homes around the globe, will be as excited by this news as we are.”

And DeGeneres seems to be excited as well.

“I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say—the third time’s the charm,” she said in a statement.

 

Pixar Working on “Finding Nemo” Sequel, Will Focus on Dory

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Finding Nemo fans have been anxiously awaiting a sequel to the widely-popular Pixar film and now it looks like that wish is about to become a reality.

The sequel, which appears to be titled Finding Dory, was announced by Ellen DeGeneres who voiced the forgetful fish n the first film.

Finding Dory will focus on Nemo, Marlin and friends on the hunt for a lost Dory.

“I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time,” said DeGeneres. “I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating ‘Toy Story 16.’ But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It’s got a lot of heart, it’s really funny, and the best part is—it’s got a lot more Dory.”

John Carter director and Pixar’s Andrew Stanton is taking the helm.

“There is no Dory without Ellen,” said Stanton. “She won the hearts of moviegoers all over the world—not to mention our team here at Pixar. One thing we couldn’t stop thinking about was why she was all alone in the ocean on the day she met Marlin. In ‘Finding Dory,’ she will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way.”
Finding Dory will take place  one-year after the first film and will feature  a host of new characters.
Finding Dory will open in the US from November 25, 2015.

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Selena Gomez On Justin Bieber: “He’s just sweet”

 

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Selena Gomez was pressed by Ellen DeGeneres for answers about her then budding relationship with Justin Bieber. Gomez wasn’t too forthcoming then so, when she return to Ellen’s show on Tuesday she was a little more open about Bieber.

“He’s little. He’s like my little brother,” said Gomez, 18, about Bieber,17.

Ellen DeGeneres asked Gomez again, “He’s like your little brother? … What do you have to say now?”

“I don’t know. I don’t know,” replied Gomez.

“Well,” continued DeGeneres, “you were trying to hide it still, right? But now you’ve made it public.”

DeGeneres went on to say, “You went to the Vanity Fair [Oscar night] party [together] and made me a fool.”

DeGeneres by saying the following with a laugh: “No, I really didn’t.”

“Yes, you did!!” countered DeGeneres

“I promise you, I didn’t,” said Gomez. “He’s just sweet.”

“He is,”  agreed DeGeneres. “He’s sweet as can be. But he’s not like your little brother, is he? No, he’s not. And he’s a fantastic guy. You can’t try to hide that forever.”

Adds DeGeneres: “I know you all were sneaking around but that’s crazy. You’re both huge stars, and you can’t hide from us.”

“I didn’t lie to you, said Gomez. ” I didn’t, though. I’ll say that.”

“No, you didn’t blatantly lie. A little brother is not someone you want to date.”

“Well, no,” concedes Gomez. “That would be weird.”

At the end of the interview Ellen gave Selena a pillow to take on tour with her. The pillow f course had a picture of  Justin Bieber on it.

 

 

Selena Gomez Discusses Justin Bieber’s Sweetness : People.com

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