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Malala Yousafzai Proves She’s Better at Card Tricks Than Stephen Colbert

26 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Colbert Found Some of the Most Absurd Pope Francis Merchandise Money Can Buy.

Kerry Washington appeared on Friday’s episode of The Late Show and told Stephen Colbert that knowing a real-life political fixer and playing one on TV has helped her observe actual moments of spin in politics. “My character is inspired by a real woman named Judy Smith, who used to work in the first Bush White House — but did not have sex with that president, like I do on my show,” Washington told Colbert.Colbert’s was pretty good – and a tickled Yousafzai, 18, told him, “You found the right person because I really believed you!” However, hers was better.It came as very little of a surprise to learn that Stephen Colbert, who has worn his Catholicism proudly since taking over “The Late Show,” dedicated Thursday’s entire episode to the visiting Pope Francis.

Colbert asked the actress if any of the blatant trickery in D.C. scares her, but she said because she’s friends with Smith, it doesn’t frighten her. First she asked him to pick a number, then she dealt him out a card (the fifth from the deck, matching his number) and asked him to show it to the audience.

In addition to promoting the documentary that chronicles her heroic stand against the Taliban in 2012, the 18-year-old discussed her continuous efforts to advocate for women’s education around the world and even performed some magic for Stephen Colbert. He quoted a recent radio interview where Francis complained about fake friends. “I have felt used by people who presented themselves as my friends and whom I hadn’t seen more than once or twice in my life,” the Pope said earlier this month. “They have used that to their own benefit … I never had so many quote-unquote ‘friends.'” The host pulled another Francis quote from the same interview where the pope noted that “the Bible says to have one or two friends.” Colbert then joked that that quote proves that “Entourage is the work of the devil.” To comfort his new favorite pope, the comedian dedicated a rendition of James Taylor’s Carole King-penned hit “You’ve Got a Friend” to His Holiness. “Just chant out my name, and unless the traffic is bad, I’ll come runnin’, Frank baby, and we will transcend,” Colbert sang with Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste. On Thursday, Colbert aired a special pope episode — or “pope-isode,” as the host called it — the same day Pope Francis arrived in New York on the second stop of his three-city U.S. tour. During Thursday night’s “pope-isode” of Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, Colbert took a quick beat to gawk at all of the ridiculous merchandise that savvy sellers have managed to wring from this visit. While the pontiff did not make an appearance – despite several humorous attempts on Colbert’s part to get him to stop by (a “humble” cardboard sign that read “Welcome, Frank”; a “humble” folding chair with the word “Pope” spray-painted on it), the “Late Show” host had a full slate of guests to make up for the loss: Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Andrew Sullivan, Maria Shriver and Jim Gaffigan, or as Colbert described them, “A generous bouquet of American Catholics.” In honor of the pope’s U.S. visit, Colbert also welcomed an interfaith performance by the Jerusalem Youth Chorus and New York-based St.

Gosar had refused to attend the Pope’s speech to Congress because of the religious leader’s concern for climate change. “I don’t give a flying flock what your personal doctrine is, you do not disrespect the Bishop of Rome,” Colbert said. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Their song choice however, might not be what you’d expect for the occasion – and you can hear the audience laughing in recognition – as the choirs put a spiritual spin on the secular tune “Joy to the World,” by Three Dog Night. “Late Show” house band Jon Batiste and Stay Human lent a musical hand as well.

Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. One has to wonder how it smells to Pope Francis, who once called capitalist excesses the “dung of the devil.” But as Colbert said, “What’s more forbidden than smelling like a 78-year-old celibate man?” Kacey Musgraves ended her two-night stint at Nashville’s hallowed Ryman Auditorium with a glittery, mirror-balled show that featured songs from both of her acclaimed albums, 2013’s Same Trailer Different Park and this year’s Pageant Material. The set was decorated with shimmering red tinsel and the singer’s five band members were decked out in pink Western wear (with lighted piping) and cowboy hats, with a disco ball spinning overhead. After he took viewers unfamiliar with Catholicism (“Enjoy eternity in limbo,” he said) through the history of the church and the papacy, Colbert recapped Pope Francis’ U.S. trip.

Like you I was recently elevated to an influential position by an all-seeing power,” he said as a picture of the CBS eye logo popped up on screen. “You and I can be real friends. And the encore yielded a zippy take on Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” at which point Musgraves’ pink cowgirl boots lit up and Americana hero Buddy Miller appeared onstage to deliver some blazing electric guitar with her band, which also included a string section. (During Musgraves’ Wednesday-night performance, Sheryl Crow sat in.) It was Musgraves’ own exemplary songwriting, however, that elevated the evening.

Highlights included a chill-inducing solo version of her breakthrough hit, “Merry Go Round,” the anthemic “Follow Your Arrow” and the touching “It Is What It Is,” all from her award-winning debut LP. During a performance of her latest album’s title track, “Pageant Material,” a fan gifted Musgraves with a pink sash reading “Ryman Material,” a gesture she clearly appreciated, judging by her repeatedly asking the fan if she could actually keep it. “Good Ol’ Boys,” the should-have-been-a-bigger-hit “Biscuits” and current single “Dime Store Cowgirl” also represented Pageant Material.

She also gave her band a chance to show off skills other than their musicianship in the “talent portion” of the evening, which included juggling and mimicking a dog bark. The Country & Western Rhinestone Revue continues this weekend in Mineola, Texas, with an event aptly dubbed the “Hometown Hang” — Musgraves was born in the nearby community of Golden.

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Finding the ‘Joy’ in Jennifer Lawrence

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘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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