Caitlyn Jenner Talks 2015 ESPY Awards Speech, Having Her Chance “to Make …

16 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Caitlyn Jenner’s ESPYs opening was one of 2015’s most powerful TV moments.

(CBS SF) — Apple’s personal assistant Siri doesn’t always get it right, and sometimes she can be downright mean (just ask “what’s zero divided by zero”), but this time Siri is being applauded by transgender advocates for standing by Caitlyn Jenner. Don’t count Peter Berg, the director of “Lone Survivor” and producer of “Friday Night Lights” among the people who were moved by Caitlyn Jenner’s speech as she accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage award at the ESPYs on Wednesday night.If her first red-carpet appearance (at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night) is anything to go by, the brouhaha surrounding Caitlyn Jenner’s bustier-clad appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair, which produced a multitude of editorials about what being a woman looks like, has not swayed her style choices.

Caitlyn Jenner received a standing ovation from some of the sporting world’s biggest stars after her 10-minute speech during the annual awards honoring the year’s top athletes and moments. ”This transition has been harder on me than anything I can imagine,” said Jenner, who revealed she was in the process of becoming a woman in a televised interview with Diane Sawyer in April on ABC. Jenner made her first public appearance since completing her gender transition and gave a 10-minute speech about her journey, receiving two standing ovations along the way and acknowledging that giving her a courage award was, like her transition, controversial.

With narration by Jon Hamm, the package included highlights from Jenner’s incredible decathlon victory at the 1976 Olympics, interviews with her mother, Esther, and daughter, Kendall, and commentary from Jenner herself about the struggles she’s faced during 39 years in the public spotlight. “I isolated myself all the time. Noting her powerful celebrity platform, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion and current reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner vowed ”to do whatever I can to reshape the landscape of how transgender people are viewed and treated.” Abby Wambach of the U.S. soccer team that won the Women’s World Cup presented the trophy to Jenner, whose voice broke as she thanked members of her famous family, including stepdaughters Kim and Khloe Kardashian.

Berg criticized the choice with an Instagram post in which he shared, without comment, a Facebook photo by Main Stream Media Sponsor Boycotts that featured a photo of Army veteran Gregory Gadson, who played a role in Berg’s “Battleship,” alongside one of Jenner. I would feel like a liar all the time,” Jenner said in the video. “It’s too bad because I wasted a lot of my life and nobody really knew who I am. They are getting murdered and they are committing suicide,” she told the crowd as her famous children watched from the audience. “If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead.

The statement: Take me as I am, clearly intended for both those who were taken aback by her transition, as well as those who wanted to co-opt it for their own political ends. Explaining how lucky she is, Jenner quickly put the spotlight on the broader trans community. “It’s not just about me,” she explained: It’s about all of us accepting one another.

The video received more than 1 million views on YouTube, so Google decided to air it during the ESPYs as a way to pitch itself as a trans-inclusive brand: “Not that many big brands have very publicly supported and endorsed the transgender community,” Google’s Vice President of Marketing Arjan Dijk told USA Today in an interview. “It’s a role we want to play as a brand.” The Google ad chronicles the story of Jake Nothnagel, a 26-year-old, as he transitions from female to male. But for the kids out there coming to terms with being true with who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it.” Afterward, the Orange Is the New Black actress – herself a vocal trans advocate – posted an Instagram quoting Jenner, writing “Love this.

Jenner represents, you could say that it is ridiculous to talk about her dress, that the clothes were the least of it, and that her heartfelt and moving speech about being trapped in the wrong skin for 65 years, and the difficulty of breaking out of that prison, is what should linger in the memory. She mentioned she once considered ending her own life with a gun she owned. ”OK girls, I get it,” she said, as the audience laughed. ”You’ve got to get the shoes, the hair, the makeup, it was exhausting. But it was she herself who brought up frocks at the beginning of her acceptance speech, joking about the stress of picking a dress and begging the fashion police to go easy on her. I’m new at this.” Caitlyn Jenner didn’t walk the red carpet outside the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, and she didn’t appear backstage to talk with reporters, as most of the previous Ashe award recipients have done.

It underscored the fact that to ignore what she was wearing is to ignore part of her point, which is that she has finally been able to define herself for herself and that she has chosen this way to do it. Or, for that matter, like many of the female athletes in the audience: see, for example, the United States soccer star Ali Krieger in shirred and slit crimson Prabal Gurung; the skier Lindsey Vonn in a red gown cut to reveal almost an entire leg; and the mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey in her body-conscious black and white minidress with sheer inserts. Jenner’s selection to receive the Ashe award named for the late tennis player who died in 1993 after contracting AIDS from a blood transfusion generated strong debate online. ”I met Arthur Ashe a few times. Which is perhaps why the most overwhelming reaction by far of the Twitterati to her appearance last night can pretty much be paraphrased as, well, “fabulous!”

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Finding the ‘Joy’ in Jennifer Lawrence

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‘Joy’ review: Jennifer Lawrence cleans up in enjoyable biopic.

Writer-director David O. Their latest collaboration — following in the footsteps of Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle — is a biographical picture about the life and times of Joy Mangano.Jennifer Lawrence groans when she’s asked about singing the classic Nancy and Frank Sinatra duet Something Stupid with co-star Edgar Ramirez in her new film Joy. “David [O Russell, the movie’s director] texted me last night to ask if he could put it on the soundtrack and this is what I texted him back,” the actor says as she digs around for her mobile phone and reads out her response verbatim. “‘David, no!!!’ and it is three exclamation marks.In a very abbreviated nutshell, that actually happened to Joy Mangano, 59, the fabulously successful Long Island entrepreneur/inventor and HSN pitchwoman whose rags-to-riches journey started with the invention of a mop.

Russell has made three kinds of movies: offbeat romances (“Flirting With Disaster”), surreal comedies (“I Heart Huckabees”) and dramas about dysfunctional yet appealing families (“The Fighter”). In real life, Mangano is the Long Island housewife and inventor who became famous and eventually rich after bouts of near-bankruptcy, by creating and marketing her Miracle Mop. Out Boxing Day in Australia, the film stars Jennifer Lawrence in the fictionalised life story of Joy Mangano, a single mum from Long Island who made her fortune selling a mop. On Christmas Day, “Joy,” a movie inspired by her struggles as a divorced, single mother turned mogul by way of that mop, will open at movie theaters across America.

This was before she hooked up with the giant Home Shopping Network, becoming their most effective pitch person and eventually selling her parent company, Ingenious Designs, to HSN. Gross, I can’t listen to it; I have to go to bed.’ And I said yes, but it’s a groaning, reluctant yes.” It’s the kind of unfiltered moment you come to expect when interviewing Lawrence, who may now be one of the most famous actors on the planet but still blurts out whatever she’s thinking with such self-deprecating charm it’s impossible not to be, well, charmed.

Jennifer Lawrence’s performance as Miracle Mop inventor and QVC pitchwoman Joy Mangano glues the movie together, but it threatens to unravel at any time. Lawrence, 25, looks genuinely surprised when complimented about how unchanged she seems from our earlier interviews before the fame and Oscars. “But there would be no reason to change,” she says with a shrug. “I just have a job and I love my job. In the film, Lawrence’s Mangano is a colourful character, a single mom with a unique relationship and friendship with her ex-husband, and an enterprising woman who parlays her creativity into an incredibly successful business.

Mom (Virginia Madsen) stays in her bedroom and watches soap operas, until she falls for a Haitian plumber (Jimmy Jean-Louis) who fixes a hole in her bedroom floor. She landed minor roles on TV shows such as Monk, Cold Case and Medium before her 2010 indie film Winter’s Bone led to her becoming the second youngest best actress Oscar nominee in history. This is true even when the film tilts off its rocker with a bit of Russell-esque madness built into the screenplay, and with the director failing to always keep the energy going. That resulted in not only a string of critically acclaimed films, an Academy Award and another Oscar nomination, but also her very own mega-franchise as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.

Joy’s grandma (endearing Diane Ladd) delivers messages of empowerment and smooths over constant fights, but she’s opposed by the money-grubbing rich woman (Isabella Rossellini) who dates Joy’s dad and sends negative messages about her. Lawrence’s endearing habit of speaking her mind resulted in a controversial essay she penned on Lena Dunham’s website about her discovery during the Sony hacks that she was being paid less “than the lucky people with dicks” on her recent films, including American Hustle. “I completely understand when people say actors shouldn’t talk about politics and things they don’t know about, but this was my gender at stake and it was being threatened with unfairness and I thought, ‘What is the point of having this voice if it’s not to speak out for myself and for everyone else who can’t?’,” she says unapologetically.

Upon learning that Lawrence would be playing her mom, Miranne says, “I braced myself so I wouldn’t fall on the floor.” As for Mangano, she says Lawrence playing her “made me feel old, number one. Lawrence hangs out with a posse of celebrity girlfriends, including Amy Schumer and singer Adele, but the reason is simple. “The friendship gets expedited a lot when you meet someone you know beyond a shadow of a doubt has no agenda,” she says. Draining her savings and taking out loans, she started off small, selling her mops to local boat owners. “She persuaded QVC to take a thousand, but sales were poor and they tried to send them back,” says Mason. “She suggested letting her demonstrate it herself, and the channel agreed.” Sales skyrocketed and Mangano’s career as a QVC pitch woman was launched. That’s so amazing there aren’t even words.” Mangano and her three children didn’t view “Joy” until the Dec. 13 premiere in Manhattan, though a family outing to see “Trainwreck” included a trailer.

This is, after all, the self-confessed reality-show junkie who confessed in a recent Vogue interview that on the night of her 25th birthday party, friends surprised her with a visit from reality queen Kris Jenner, who presented her with a cake inscribed, ‘Happy Birthday, you piece of shit!’ The only time she seems tongue-tied is when asked about her relationship status, after a four-year stint with X-Men: First Class co-star Nicholas Hoult and a year with Coldplay singer Chris Martin before their breakup earlier this year. “Next!” Lawrence says in a no-nonsense voice, pausing as she decides if she’ll continue that thought. For one thing, Mangano’s childhood is not that interesting for a film, despite some flashbacks to her as a youngster (when she is played by 10-year-old Isabella Cramp, who does actually look like we imagine Lawrence could have at the same age). A satire on the acquisitiveness of the public? (Here, QVC foists unnecessary things on gullible viewers who could better save their money.) Russell doesn’t seem to know. And, of course, the grave ending would be a lie: Mangano is very much alive at the age of 59, still inventing, still pitching products, still a superstar of the American home shopping universe. There’s the Clothes It All luggage system, essentially a rolling suitcase with a removable garment bag, and the Super Chic vacuum, which releases fragrance into the air.

If I even casually say something to a reporter, that quote haunts me for the rest of my life,” she says, “so I am never, ever, ever talking about boys again!” I don’t think any of us brought enough tissues!” A good portion of the film was shot last winter in Boston, and though the always-busy Mangano was twice scheduled to visit the set, snowstorms made travel impossible. He has mixed genres successfully before, as in the anti-war comedy-drama “Three Kings,” but the blender often grinds to a halt in “Joy.” Just as we’re getting used to the realism of Mangano’s fight for respect, Russell photographs Rossellini as if she were a gargoyle.

One of her creations, the thin and velvet-covered Huggable Hanger, remains a bestseller for HSN, at more than 300 million sold, and was endorsed by Oprah Winfrey. Yet in “Silver Linings Playbook,” Cooper, De Niro and Russell all supported her with fine work; here they lay back and make the movie a one-ring circus where she has to be acrobat, bareback rider and clown.

He had a presence all of his own.” At one point, Miranne says, “Jennifer grabbed Joy’s hand and said to David, ‘Look at the nails, a French manicure.’ ” (That manicure is a Mangano signature.) Lawrence revealed that in studying for her part as Joy, she watched recordings of the inventor’s early pitches on HSN, including ones for “Huggable Hangers” and found her so compelling that she wanted to buy them on the spot. There is something special when creative people get together.” Mangano’s take on Lawrence? “She’s beyond her years, so brilliant, hysterical and so talented.

Critically, Russell’s sense of wonder and beauty turns elegiac moments — especially when Joy Mangano becomes fully realized as a woman and as a business executive — into scenes of great beauty. Lawrence recently said on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” that the movie was “half Joy Mangano’s story and half [Russell’s] imagination and other powerful, strong women who inspired him.” The director mined much of his Mangano material by phone.

The cast includes Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Susan Lucci (in a mock TV soap opera that gives Joy some of its silliness) and even Melissa Rivers as her late mother Joan Rivers. There’s no situation Joy cannot overcome or circumvent.” At a Newsday photo shoot at Mangano’s luxurious but serene 42,000-square-foot mansion on 11 acres in St. As for parting advice for the ambitious? “If this movie inspires even just one more person to believe in themselves and to go after their dreams, then it’s made a very special impact in this world.

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