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MALE DIRECTOR TELLS JESSICA CHASTAIN NOT TO TALK ABOUT "WOMEN STUFF" ON SET

Caroline Slusarczyk

Mike Rosenthal/American Way

Mike Rosenthal/American Way

Jessica Chastain, a constant advocate for gender equality in Hollywood, recently opened up about a past brush with sexism she faced while speaking to a male director.  Chastain told American Way in a new interview, “I had one male director say to me that I talk too much about all of this ‘women stuff.’  This is a person I love, and maybe he was concerned I would hurt my career.”  She continued, “I’m not attacking anyone.  I’m trying to create more inclusiveness, compassion and empathy, which in turn makes better movies, better art.”

Chastain founded the production company Freckle Films in order to combat Hollywood gender inequality.  When asked about the company, Chastain expressed her frustrations with gender issues today: “I just don’t know why it’s not changing…I’m doing my part to make the change, so why isn’t everyone else?”

Chastain has been outspoken about gender equality in the workplace, and addressed “gender imbalance” in Hollywood before.  Chastain wrote a letter for The Hollywood Reporter, where she addressed the issue of sexism on a film shoot: “When you have both genders represented, then you have a healthier point of view.  The energy is great, you all are working together as a community, and everyone is participating in the exchange of ideas.  You don't feel a hierarchy; you don't have anyone feeling like they are being left out or bullied or humiliated.  Sometimes being the only girl on a set, you can feel like a sexual object.”

Chastain has also spoken about the gender pay gap in Hollywood.  In a 2016 interview with Variety, Chastain said, “We’re supposed to be a mirror that’s held up to society and tells the story of what’s happening around us.  And sometimes the American film industry only tells the stories of a few and I don’t want my story to be erased.  I want to see women out there and I want them to be equally compensated for the work that they do.”

 

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JENNIFER GARNER WANTS TRUMP TO HELP AMERICA’S IMPOVERISHED CHILDREN

Caroline Slusarczyk

Larry French/Getty Images

Larry French/Getty Images

Jennifer Garner, a liberal-minded actress who supported Hillary Clinton in the last election, has voiced her desire to work with Donald Trump to help impoverished American children.  Garner has been a longtime early education advocate for poor children in places like the West Virginia community where she was raised.  Garner has been a board member of the Save the Children nonprofit organization for almost a decade, which has brought her to Washington, D.C. on many occasions to advocate for underprivileged rural areas.

This past weekend, Garner went to the White House to continue her efforts.  Garner has decided to put politics aside in favor of asking Trump for help, she told The Washington Post, “If he’s willing to help the poor kids who got him elected, then let’s do it.  They certainly think he’s going to.”  Garner said, “I’m looking forward to helping him make good on what they saw as promises, a mandate from him, that he was going to make their lives better.”

Garner said many politicians she has met claim they will help with childhood funding, but don’t follow through: “Everyone’s nodding and couldn’t agree more, and shaking your hand and want their picture.  But when the vote is cast, nobody’s out there screaming and yelling for poor kids.”  Garner continued, “Send me a ticket to Mar-a-Lago.  I’m ready to go down and have a steak and a good chat.  I really think it’s great, if [Trump]’s willing to help the poor kids who got him elected.”

Cliff Owen/AP

Cliff Owen/AP

Garner’s work with Save the Children includes urging Congress and state governments to “fund reading and literacy programs that include all-day kindergarten.”  Garner said, “You just wouldn’t believe the number of kids who have never heard a nursery rhyme.”

The Washington Post reported Garner’s activities in D.C. over the weekend: “The 44-year-old actress spent the weekend lobbying the town’s pillars of power to support early education for poor rural children.  She spent Friday on Capitol Hill meeting dozens of top staff members.  On Saturday, she delivered the keynote address before the annual National Governors Association winter meeting here.”  Garner also had a planned sit-down with Ivanka Trump, but it was canceled due to scheduling conflicts.  The actress looks forward to making the meeting happen sometime in the future.

 

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CELEBRITY BREAKING NEWS: KATY PERRY AND ORLANDO BLOOM BREAK UP!

Caroline Slusarczyk

David M. Benett/VF17/WireImage

David M. Benett/VF17/WireImage

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom made the mutual decision to end their 10-month relationship with an amicable split.  On Tuesday, the duo released a joint statement: “Before rumors or falsifications get out of hand we can confirm that Orlando and Katy are taking respectful, loving space at this time.”

An E! News source revealed, “Katy pulled the plug.  It was a few events that happened over the past few months.  They both still love each other very much, though, and getting back together could happen once they have some space."

Perry and Bloom were photographed smiling together at the Vanity Fair Oscars after party on Sunday night.  An onlooker told People, “Katy didn’t spend much time with Orlando.  They got together for a photo, but that was about it.”  According to the source, Perry had grown close with Bloom’s son, Flynn.  The insider said, “They are still in contact and want to keep everything between them pretty private.  Katy has built a really strong connection with Flynn.  It's sad but it will work out how it's supposed to.”

Recently, Perry has been busy promoting her fourth studio album, while Bloom has been around the world for UNICEF outreach.

 

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AMANDA SEYFRIED AND OTHER CELEBS REMEMBER THE “AMAZING” BILL PAXTON

Caroline Slusarczyk

Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

On Saturday, beloved actor and director Bill Paxton passed away at age 61.  A family statement was released: “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery.  A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker.  Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.  We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”

Paxton was known for playing roles in iconic 1980s and 90s films including Aliens, Apollo 13, The Terminator, Twister and Titanic.  More recently, Paxton starred in TV series such as Big Love, Texas Rising and Training Day.

Amanda Seyfried, who played Paxton’s daughter in HBO’s Big Love, released a touching statement on the actor’s passing: “He was an amazing and supportive father-figure to me in my early career.  Incredibly inspired and full of life at every turn, he made you feel like everything was possible.  This is a terrible loss.”

Many of Paxton’s co-stars and other celebs remember him as a “kind” and “talented” actor, who was “one of the nicest people in the industry.”  THE WANNA has gathered some of the most moving tributes to Paxton below.

 

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CELEBS TWEET IN SUPPORT OF TRANSGENDERS AFTER TRUMP LIFTS BATHROOM PROTECTION LAWS

Caroline Slusarczyk

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

On Wednesday, the Donald Trump administration reversed Barack Obama’s federal protection laws that allowed transgender students to use whichever bathroom corresponds to their gender identity.  The White House explained Trump’s decision in a statement: "As President Trump has clearly stated, he believes policy regarding transgender bathrooms should be decided at the state level.  The joint decision made today by the Department of Justice and the Department of Education paves the way for an open and inclusive process to take place at the local level with input from parents, students, teachers and administrators."

The reversal sparked protests and angered several civil rights groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union.  The LGBT project director for the ACLU, James Esseks, said: "Revoking the guidance shows that the president's promise to protect LGBT rights was just empty rhetoric.  But the bottom line is that this does not undo legal protections for trans students, and school districts can and must continue to protect them and all students from discrimination.  School districts that recognize that should continue doing the right thing; for the rest, we'll see them in court."

Obama’s decision to protect transgender rights in the bathroom had previously been celebrated among civil rights groups, including the ACLU.  The group wrote about Obama’s move: “This is a BIG deal – the federal government just made history and set clear standards to protect transgender people!”

Several celebrities took to Twitter to express their outrage at Trump revoking the protections, and show their support of the transgender community.  THE WANNA has gathered the reaction tweets below.

 

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OSCARS SURVEY REVEALS AMERICANS DON’T WANT POLITICS AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS

Caroline Slusarczyk

Oscars.org

Oscars.org

On Tuesday, Pollfish conducted a survey to find out what Americans think about politics and diversity at the Academy Awards.  The survey asked 1,000 Oscar-watching Americans whether or not they want celebrities at the awards ceremony to share their political opinion.  The results found that 25% of Americans think celebrities at the Oscars should avoid political topics, including any mention of Donald Trump.

Below are the rest of the Pollfish Oscar Sunday Survey results:

MOST AMERICANS DON'T WANT TO HEAR HOLLYWOOD'S POLITICAL OPINIONS

45% of Americans think celebrities should be allowed to voice their opinions at the Oscars. Another 25% say Hollywood shouldn't use its platform to talk politics, 21% think celebrities should completely stay out of politics, and 10% say Hollywood is too liberal. 

1 IN 4 AMERICANS DON'T WANT TO HEAR TRUMP'S NAME AT THE OSCARS

Asked which issues they don't want to hear about at the Oscars, 19% of Americans said they hope celebrities don't talk about Donald Trump. Other topics Americans don't want to hear about are immigration (14%), the refugee situation (12%), and racial inequality (12%). Only 12% of Americans wouldn't mind hearing about political topics during the Oscars.

HALF OF AMERICANS THINK THIS YEAR'S NOMINEES ARE MORE DIVERSE THAN USUAL

Asked whether they think this year's Oscar-nominated films are more diverse than in previous years, 49% of Americans said yes. Another 18% said no, and 13% think the Oscars have always been diverse. 1 in 5 Americans aren't sure.

MEN AND WOMEN DON'T SEE EYE-TO-EYE ON OSCAR DIVERSITY

54% of men and 47% of women think this year's Oscar-nominated movies are more diverse than in years past—a 7% difference.

 

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CELEBS TWEET OUT ABOUT THE LATEST TRAVEL BAN RULING!

Caroline Slusarczyk

Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

On Thursday, a federal appeals court ruled against reinstating Donald Trump’s immigration ban.  The panel of three California-based judges refused to lift the block from a previous lower court ruling.  Trump’s executive order, signed in January, barred Syrian refugees and immigrants from the Muslim-majority countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S.

The federal appeals court ruling did not sit well with Trump, who tweeted in response:

On Friday, Trump announced the White House will come up with new security measures next week and continue trying to lift the court's block on his order.  At a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump said, "We will be doing something very rapidly having to do with additional security for our country.  You will be seeing that sometime next week."

Hollywood celebrities took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the court’s decision and react to Trump’s response tweet.  THE WANNA has compiled a list of celeb tweets below.

Uzo Aduba

Stephen King

Trevor Noah

Stephen Colbert

Patton Oswalt

Chrissy Teigen

Cher

Seth Rogen

Josh Gad

Michael Moore

Debra Messing

 

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BRITNEY SPEARS ASKS FANS TO PRAY FOR HER NIECE AFTER SERIOUS ATV ACCIDENT

Caroline Slusarczyk

Instagram @britneyspears

Instagram @britneyspears

On Monday, Britney Spears asked her fans to pray for her 8-year old niece, Maddie, who was recently hospitalized after a serious ATV accident.  Britney posted a photo of Maddie on Instagram with the caption: ‪"Need all the wishes and prayers for my niece."

‪Need all the wishes and prayers for my niece 💜‬

A photo posted by Britney Spears (@britneyspears) on

According to a police report, the incident occurred Sunday at 3 PM on Jamie Lynn Spears' family property in Louisiana.  Maddie, who is Jamie Lynn’s daughter, was riding an ATV when she steered into a pond and became submerged.  Jamie Lynn, her husband, Jamie Watson, and other family members witnessed the accident but were unable to release Maddie from the seatbelt which kept her pinned inside the vehicle.  Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards stated, “The ATV and child were instantly submerged in the water right before their eyes.”  After the family’s unsuccessful attempts to free Maddie, the ambulance arrived: "Within two minutes, Acadian Ambulance Services arrived and assisted in freeing the child from the cold waters."

Maddie is currently in stable but critical condition at a nearby hospital.

Thanksgiving ride...

A photo posted by Jamie (@jamiewatson985) on

Jamie Lynn’s father, Jamie Spears, spoke out on the incident: "All I can say is pray for our baby Maddie."

A rep for Britney released this statement: “Right now the Spears family asks that everyone respect their privacy during this time and appreciates all the prayers and support for their family.”

THE WANNA hopes for a speedy recovery for Maddie, and will keep the whole Spears family in our thoughts!

 

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THE TOP 5 MOST WATCHED SUPER BOWL 51 COMMERCIALS

Caroline Slusarczyk

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Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

On Sunday night, approximately 111 million people tuned in to watch Super Bowl LI, which was held at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.  The New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 after a huge comeback from the Patriots, leading to Tom Brady becoming the first quarterback to win five Super Bowl titles.  Lady Gaga gave a halftime show performance that the internet loved, celebrities posted their festivities on Snapchat and Instagram, and the game set Twitter abuzz for most the night.

And this year, the Super Bowl brought viewers some of the best new commercials of 2017.  Each year, the Super Bowl is well known for premiering some of the most creative, entertaining and moving commercials.  Companies spend millions of dollars on their Super Bowl ads to make sure they are top-notch entertainment.  According to the New York Times, the average cost of a 30-second ad during this year’s Super Bowl LI was $5 million, up from $4.8 million a year ago.  On top of that, some companies are spending upwards of $12 million to advertise the commercials before the actual game, which shows just how big an impact the Super Bowl ads can be on viewers.

THE WANNA has gathered the TOP 5 of the most watched Super Bowl LI commercials below.  Enjoy!

Tide – Terry Bradshaw Stain

This creative ad mixed reality into its premise when Terry Bradshaw showed up on live television with a red stain on his white shirt.  The stain was a ploy to set up the Tide ad that came later, which followed Bradshaw’s hilarious journey to get his dirty shirt cleaned.  Bradshaw ends up in Jeffrey Tambor’s house, the star of the original three-part Tide commercial with Rob Gronkowski, and washes his shirt using new Tide PODS Plus Downey.

Produced by: Saatchi & Saatchi

Starring: Terry Bradshaw, Jeffrey Tambor, Rob Gronkowski

YouTube views: 2,902,423

Wix.com – Big Game

Gal Gadot and Jason Statham lead an action-packed commercial for Wix.com which involved a chef working on a Wix.com website for his own food truck while the two action stars in his restaurant beat up a handful of bad guys and cause an explosion.  Later, they hijack his new food truck and continue wreaking havoc for the chef, who uses Wix.com to easily move his business forward anyway.

Directed by: Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans)

Starring: Gal Gadot, Jason Statham

YouTube views: 4,419,549

84 Lumber – Complete the Journey

This moving commercial shows a mother and daughter’s migrant journey to become legal American citizens.  After the commercial aired, the 84 Lumber website reportedly crashed from all the visitor traffic.

Directed by: Cole Webley

YouTube views: 3,143,775

Audi – Daughter

This Audi commercial involved a father’s narration about how he would have to tell his daughter that the men in her life are “worth more” than she is, despite her “drive” and “intelligence.”  The ad called attention to the gender wage gap with an ending title card that said: “Audi of America is committed to equal pay for equal work.”

Directed by: Aoife McArdle

YouTube views: 8,259,279

Budweiser – Born The Hard Way

In the 60-second ad, which cost about $10 million, Budweiser showed the journey the company’s founder, Adolphus Busch, faced while immigrating to America.  After his arrival on U.S. soil, Busch is greeted with jeers from people saying, “You’re not wanted here!  Go back home!”  After the commercial aired, Trump supporters called for a Budweiser boycott.  But Budweiser has clarified that the ad had nothing to do with Trump’s immigration ban: "Our focus this week is on our Super Bowl ads and our brands.  We created the Budweiser commercial to highlight the ambition of our founder, Adolphus Busch, and his unrelenting pursuit of the American dream.  This is a story about our heritage and the uncompromising commitment that goes into brewing our beer.  It's an idea we've been developing along with our creative agency for nearly a year."

Directed by: Chris Sargent

Starring: Sam Schweikert

YouTube views: 21,346,900

 

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BEYONCE AND JAY-Z'S BABY PIC BREAKS A WORLD RECORD ON INSTAGRAM!

Caroline Slusarczyk

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Getty Images

On Wednesday, Beyonce announced via Instagram that she was expecting twins with husband Jay-Z.  Queen Bey’s Instagram photo, which shows the singer kneeling on a bed of flowers holding her pregnant belly, immediately blew up on social media.  Guinness World Records revealed that Beyonce, “shattered the world record for the ‘Most liked image on Instagram,’” quickly surpassing the previous record-holder, Selena Gomez.  Guinness World Records declared: “Queen Bey’s Instagram post racked up 6,335,571 likes as of 9:00 PM EST on Wednesday 1 February…The photo shook the Internet on Wednesday, amassing more than 5 million likes in 3 hours and took over Twitter as well, with ‘Twins’ becoming the top trend on the platform minutes after the photo went live.”

Along with her stunning, record-breaking Instagram photo, Beyonce released an entire pregnancy photo album.  The album can be found on Beyonce’s website, and is titled, “I Have Three Hearts.”

Beyonce’s pregnancy seems to have stirred up quite the excitement within Hollywood, and several celebrities posted on Twitter and Instagram about the baby news.  Some celebs expressed how they were glad Beyonce took their “mind off the shitty world for a minute,” or just how incredibly excited they are in ALL CAPS.  THE WANNA has some of the best celebrity reactions about Beyonce’s baby news below.  Enjoy!

Chrissy Teigen

Brie Larson

Millie Bobby Brown

Congratulations @beyonce I am so happy!!!! ☺️☺️☺️💜💜💜 #formation

A photo posted by Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebobby_brown) on

Ellen DeGeneres

Me too!

A photo posted by Ellen (@theellenshow) on

Gabourey Sidibe

Hailey Baldwin

Bryce Dallas Howard

Rita Ora

Best Coast

Issa Rae

Todrick Hall

 

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HOLLYWOOD CAN'T STOP TRUMP BUT SPRINGSTEEN, LAWRENCE AND MANY MORE CONTINUE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE IMMIGRATION BAN!

Caroline Slusarczyk

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Getty Images

Last week, Donald Trump signed an executive order, known as the “Muslim ban,” that barred refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.  Thousands of Americans have joined forces to protest the immigration ban since then, including a number of famous faces.  Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Lawrence, and Arnold Schwarzenegger are some of the celebrities who have spoken out or taken action against the ban.  THE WANNA has compiled a list of all the celebs who have made a stand against Trump’s immigration order below.

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen sent a strong political message at his recent concert in Adelaide, Australia.  On stage Springsteen addressed, “the Muslim ban and the detention of foreign Nationals and refugees.”  He continued: “America is a land of immigrants.  This is fundamentally un-American.  This is a song about immigrants.”  He then performed, “American Land,” to cheers from the crowd.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence shared a heartfelt message on Facebook, which took a jab at the Trump administration:

Kal Penn

After a bigoted Twitter user told Kal Penn, “You don’t belong in this country,” Penn created a crowd-funding campaign to aid Syrian refugees in response to the hater.  Penn’s crowdrise page is called, “Donating to Syrian refugees in the name of the dude who said I don’t belong in America.”  The page states: “We are better than the hateful people who tell us we don't belong in our own country, that America can't be a beacon of freedom and hope for refugees from around the world. We will turn their bigotry, along with the President's, into love.”  So far, the fundraiser has raised over $750,000.

Sia

Sia pledged to match up to $100,000 in donations to the American Civil Liberties Union the day after Trump signed the immigration order.  Sia tweeted:

This prompted other celebrities to follow suit, including Rosie O’Donnell and Judd Apatow, who vowed to join Sia in her donations pledge.

Bella and Gigi Hadid

The Hadid sisters, both of Muslim descent, joined others on the streets of New York to protest the Muslim ban.  The duo held a sign that said, “We are all Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Atheists, Christians, Jews,” highlighting the letters that spell out the word “humans.”  Other celebs to join the Muslim ban protests include Ellen Page and Chloe Grace Moretz.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke out about Trump’s Muslim ban in an interview with Mario Lopez on Extra.  Schwarzenegger, who Trump recently mocked for his Celebrity Apprentice ratings on Twitter, discussed the way in which Trump went about creating the ban.  Schwarzenegger said, “I think the real problem is that it was vetted badly.  If they would run this by the Justice Department and Homeland Security and had the lawyers really study and focus on it and give it some time to do it the right way.”  He continued, “To go and ban people who have a green card, that means that the United States of America has given you permission to work here permanently and you are on the way to permanent citizenship.  I was in that position.  It’s crazy, it’s crazy and makes us look stupid when the White House is ill-prepared to put this kind of executive order out there.”

Check out THE WANNA’s latest post to see how celebs at the 2017 SAG Awards spoke out about Trump’s immigration ban.

 

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SAG WINNER, ACTOR MAHERSHALA ALI GIVES THE MOST MOVING AND GLOBAL MESSAGE OF THE NIGHT!

Caroline Slusarczyk

Dave McNary/Reuters

Dave McNary/Reuters

The 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards were held Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA.  The SAG Awards followed in the wake of President Trump’s Muslim ban and executive order to practice “extreme vetting” upon immigrants and refugees entering the United States.  Many SAG Award-nominated celebrities were outraged by Trump’s actions, which led to an emotional and politically-charged night in Hollywood.

Mahershala Ali, who won for his supporting role in Moonlight, gave a personal and emotional speech about being a Muslim during Trump’s immigration ban.  In his speech, Ali explained how the film Moonlight teaches acceptance of those who are different instead of persecution.  Ali said, “I hope that we do a better job of that,” to the sounds of cheers and applause from the audience.  Ali continued to say how each person is unique and that we must accept each other, rather than “go to war.”  Ali revealed that his mother, an ordained minister, was not thrilled when he converted to Islam.  Ali said, “We put things to the side, and I’m able to see her, she’s able to see me.  We love each other, the love has grown, and that stuff is minutiae.  It’s not that important.”  You can watch the rest of Ali’s moving speech below.

Several other celebrities came to the SAG Awards with Trump’s immigration ban in mind.  Kerry Washington and Simon Helberg both showed up on the red carpet with visual protests of the Muslim ban.  Other celebrities who took the stage during the SAG Awards, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures), and David Harbour (Stranger Things) used the opportunity to address Trump’s actions and share poignant messages of unity.  THE WANNA has gathered some of the most moving and politically-minded moments of the 2017 SAG Awards below for you to enjoy.

Simon Helberg Holds Protest Sign

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Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

 

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THE "IT" GIRLS OF SUNDANCE 2017!

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Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

While President Trump is settling into the White House and overturning Obamacare, the 2017 Sundance Film Festival is in full swing in Park City, Utah!

This season, many feared the reports earlier in the year on the shortage of snow might affect the festival turnout.  Yet, despite the snow reports, the turnout was OTT and showed no shortage of Hollywood "it" girls frolicking around town!  In fact, several quintessential "it" girls were spotted on the red carpet promoting their upcoming films.  Ya know that quintessential Sundance "it" girl...She's that indie actress that everyone is talking about.

In the middle of a blizzard, she manages to arrive at her scheduled screening fashionably late, just in time for a few pictures posing with her hair perfectly messy, snow-kissed skin all a glow and an entourage of directors and writers in tow! 

This year at Sundance the "it" girls were in full force!  Ms. Rooney Mara (Ghost Story), Aubrey Plaza (Ingrid Goes West), Elizabeth Olsen (Ingrid Goes West, Wind River), Riley Keough (The Discovery), Zoey Deutch (Rebel in the Rye, Before I Fall), and Jenny Slate (Landline) all made the list!  

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C Flanigan/Getty Images

Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune

Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune

In 2014, Rooney attended the festival to support her boyfriend, Charlie McDowell’s directorial debut film, "The One I Love."  THE WANNA was there to capture all the action.  You can watch our interview with Charlie and the cast HERE.

In 2014, Elizabeth Olsen attended the festival alongside her now ex-boyfriend Boyd Holbrook.  This season, Olsen hit the slopes solo and promoted two films that premiered at Sundance this season including:  "Ingrid Goes West," directed by Matt Spicer and "Wind River," directed by Taylor Sheridan.  

You can catch Olsen and the cast of Wind River’s red carpet interview here.

Olsen's co-star in "Ingrid Goes West" is the Indie darling, Aubrey Plaza!  Plaza is Hollywood's next leading lady!  The edgy and talented actress attended the festival in 2014 to promote and star in her boyfriend’s latest film, "Life After Beth."  The couple shared some tips on how to date and successfully work together...watch our coverage HERE!

Speaking of Sundance "it" girls, in 2012, "Fifty Shades of Grey" star, Dakota Johnson was a complete unknown and the new girl on the scene.  Watch this interview with THE WANNA host, Gina Glickman Giordan and a very shy Johnson who was promoting the indie film, "Goats," directed by Christopher Neil and co-starring David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga.  

Be sure to WATCH our Sundance series:  “Shit Celebs Say" starring more Sundance "it" girls including:  Kristen Wiig, Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, Anna Lynne McCord, Amy Poehler and more!  

 

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BEST SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PARTIES AND EVENTS TO ATTEND THIS WEEK!

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While you are in Park City, Utah for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, there are tons of exciting and must-attend nightlife events to enjoy after the movie screenings.  The WANNA has the hottest spots for you to hit up and maybe rub elbows with Hollywood’s finest at Sundance.

If you want to dance and take tequila shots alongside Sundance celebrities, VIPs and the best DJ sets, you may consider hitting up the annual Tao Park City pop-up nightclub presented by Tequila Don Julio.  The Tao Group is a leading restaurant and nightlife company, and its pop-up nightclub is famous for hosting one of the best Sundance party events each year.  Tao is the “exclusive haven for celebs and entertainment industry goers alike to let loose and have a great time,” said Tao Group Partner and Co-Founder Jason Strauss.  In the past, celebs such as Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie and James Marsden have been spotted at the club.  The Tao pop-up will be open from January 20th to January 22nd, and will be held at The Lift.  

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The Louisiana International Film Festival will partner up with Sundance for the 5th year in a row to present “Bayou Burlesque.”  The burlesque event will bring some authentic Louisiana culture to the mountains of Park City, Utah, including traditional Louisiana cuisine, drinks and a musical performance from New Orleans’ Quiana Lynell.  Bayou Burlesque takes place on January 24th from 4pm to 7pm.  It will kick off at 2:30pm with a Peace Parade Mardi Gras Style on Main Street and makes its way to Park City Live for the evening festivities.  Masks are required for entry into the event, and costumes are welcomed.  Find out more about the Southern-themed event here.

The 14th annual ChefDance will take place January 20th to the 24th.  After working up an appetite at the Sundance film screenings, you can feast on five nights’ of multi-course meals presented by celebrity chefs such as Shawn McClain and Edward Lee.  Check out how to purchase a ticket to the invite-only event here.

Find more exciting, celeb-filled Sundance parties and events here!

 

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CELEBS REACT TO OBAMA’S FAREWELL ADDRESS

Caroline Slusarczyk

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

Barack Obama gave his farewell address as the President of the United States on Tuesday at McCormick Place in Chicago.  Obama remembered his time as Commander in Chief, and made sure to thank his wife, Michelle Obama.  The emotional farewell speech brought many to tears including Obama himself, Michelle, daughter Malia and even Vice President Joe Biden.

Celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Kerry Washington and Katy Perry tuned in to watch the farewell address and took to Twitter and Instagram to say goodbye to the President.  The WANNA has compiled the best celeb tweets and Instagrams for you below so take a look!

Ariana Grande: 

😭♡🙏🏼👋🏼

A photo posted by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on

Priyanka Chopra: 

What an incredible legacy.. #FarewellAddress #Obamas

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Zendaya: 

Shonda Rhimes: 

Kerry Washington: 

Ellen DeGeneres:

Katy Perry: 

Niall Horan: 

Gabrielle Union: 

Elizabeth Banks: 

Amanda Seyfried:

Alyssa Milano:

Patton Oswalt:  

Gina Rodgriguez:

Ne-Yo: 

 

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SCARLETT JOHANSSON, KATY PERRY AND OTHER CELEBS JOIN WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON

Caroline Slusarczyk

Joshua Lott/Reuters

Joshua Lott/Reuters

The group behind the Women’s March on Washington announced their lineup of female celebrities that will attend the various events on Inauguration Day.  The chosen celebrities encompass all types of artistic genres, and the list includes: America Ferrera, Uzo Aduba, Cristela Alonzo, Patricia Arquette, Danielle Brooks, Cher, Lea DeLaria, Diane Guerrero, Danai Gurira, Chelsea Handler, Scarlett Johansson, Margo Jefferson, Angelique Kidjo, Padma Lakshmi, Stephanie March, Shantell Martin, Debra Messing, Frances McDormand, Julianne Moore, Hari Nef, Katy Perry, Monica Raymond, Amy Schumer, Yara Shahidi, Alia Sherif, Kara Walker, Olivia Wilde, Constance Wu and Zendaya.

The Women’s March on Washington will take place on Inauguration Day, January 21st at 10 AM, and will include around 100,000 women.  The group hopes to use the march to send a message to Congress that solving women’s issues is still a priority and should be a concern to everyone.  Their website mission states: “In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore.  The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights.  We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”

If you wish to join the Women’s March on Washington, register here, or simply donate to support the cause here.

 

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HEARTBROKEN CELEBS REMEMBER THE LATE ALAN THICKE

Caroline Slusarczyk

NBC

NBC

On Tuesday, actor and songwriter Alan Thicke passed away at age 69.  Thicke suffered a heart attack while playing hockey, and later died in a hospital in Burbank, CA.  Thicke was well known for portraying beloved TV father, “Dr. Jason Seaver” on Growing Pains in the late 1980s.  It seems that all of Hollywood is heartbroken over his passing, and celebrities including Thicke’s sons Robin and Carter, took to social media to honor his memory.  The WANNA has gathered some of the many tweets and Instagram posts from celebrities who paid tribute to the late Thicke below.

Robin Thicke: 

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Carter Thicke: 

Ellen DeGeneres: 

Sarah Michelle Gellar:

Rob Lowe: 

Alyssa Milano: 

Olivia Munn: 

William Shatner: 

Ed Helms: 

 Ryan Seacrest: 

Joel McHale:

Russell Simmons: 

Lionel Richie: 

Ben Stiller: 

Bob Saget: 

Demi Lovato: 

Candace Cameron Bure: 

Larry King:  

John Legend: 

John Stamos: 

Kris Jenner: 

David Boreanaz: 

Denis Leary: 

 

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BEST CELEB TWEETS FROM THE FINAL CLINTON VS. TRUMP DEBATE

Caroline Slusarczyk

Joe Raedle/AP

Joe Raedle/AP

Millions of Americans tuned into CNN last night to watch Clinton and Trump fight dirty during the final Presidential debate, at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.  The moderator, registered Democrat, Fox News Host, Chris Wallace kicked off the debate with a "take no prisoners" attitude.  Wallace stuck to the script for the most part and kept the candidates in line.  The "nasty" back and forth zingers between Trump and Hill didn't disappoint.

Trump called Clinton, “a nasty woman,” and Clinton called Trump a “puppet.”  Americans will miss watching the entertaining and controversial exchanges between Trump and Hill.  Yes, we can thank Trump for his unconventional approach to politics.  But, all the fun isn't over just yet.  You can bet the debate will continue online.  Donald does love to lash out during his late night tweet sessions.  Trump isn't the only one tweeting politics.  Twitter has been a major resource for the entire nation during this election.   Numerous famous faces have voiced their opinions via Twitter.  The WANNA has been following the celebrity tweets posted each presidential debate.  The final debate generated some serious anti-Trump celebrity tweets.

Aaron Paul attacked Trump’s grammar and tweeted, “Very much smarter. –Trump.”  Others blatantly tweeted their support for Hillary.  Patton Oswalt tweeted, “Hillary trying not to laugh at Pasty McHonky saying 'hombre.'"

 More outrageous celebrity tweets listed below...enjoy!

Shonda Rhimes:

@shondarhimes, Twitter

@shondarhimes, Twitter

Chloe Grace Moretz: 

@ChloeGMoretz, Twitter

@ChloeGMoretz, Twitter

Chelsea Handler:

@chelseahandler, Twitter

@chelseahandler, Twitter

George Takei:

@GeorgeTakei, Twitter

@GeorgeTakei, Twitter

Aaron Paul: 

@aaronpaul_8, Twitter

@aaronpaul_8, Twitter

J.K. Rowling:

@jk_rowling, Twitter

@jk_rowling, Twitter

Judd Apatow: 

@JuddApatow, Twitter

@JuddApatow, Twitter

Stephen King: 

@StephenKing, Twitter

@StephenKing, Twitter

Patton Oswalt: 

@pattonoswalt, Twitter

@pattonoswalt, Twitter

Bill Maher:

@billmaher, Twitter

@billmaher, Twitter

Ben Schwartz: 

@rejectedjokes, Twitter

@rejectedjokes, Twitter

Josh Gad: 

@joshgad, Twitter

@joshgad, Twitter

Zoey Deutch: 

@zoeydeutch, Twitter

@zoeydeutch, Twitter

John Legend: 

@johnlegend, Twitter

@johnlegend, Twitter

 

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WHICH A-LIST CELEBS PERFORMED LIVE TO HELP RAISE FUNDS AND SUPPORT TEAM HILLARY?

Caroline Slusarczyk

Getty Images

Getty Images

Monday, October 17th, Hollywood A-list came out to sing and dance, in hopes to help raise funds for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.  The star-studded Clinton fundraiser concert was held at the St. James Theatre in New York City.  Fans that couldn't snag a ticket to the concert tuned into Clinton's YouTube and Facebook pages which streamed the event live!  The night turned into a Hollywood who's, who event with several big time celebs who all said, "I'm with her!" including: Neil Patrick Harris, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Angela Bassett, Billy Crystal, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, Emily Blunt, Ansel Elgort and Sarah Jessica Parker.

The WANNA voted and delivered the best moments of the night below!  Drum roll please....

Lin-Manuel Miranda Reworks Hamilton Song

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of hit play Hamilton, rapped about Clinton and the importance of voting in a rewritten version of the song, "The World Was Wide Enough."  One memorable lyric goes, “Anybody here wanna shatter a glass ceiling?”

Bill Clinton Surprise Appearance

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance at the fundraiser in support of his wife, which brought the crowd to a standing ovation.  He spoke to the audience about Hillary, saying, “She is the single best change-maker that I have ever known…She will make you proud.”

Neil Patrick Harris Throws It Back

Craig Ruttle/AP Photo

Craig Ruttle/AP Photo

Neil Patrick Harris reprised his Tony-winning role in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”  He sang the song, “The Origin of Love” with a troupe of backup ballet dancers, which presented a beautiful, moving spectacle.

Angela Bassett and Helen Mirren Speeches

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Taking a break from all the song and dance, Angela Bassett recited Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I A Woman?” speech, while Helen Mirren performed a speech from Elizabeth Roosevelt.  Both A-listers called to mind the strength of women in our country’s past, as a salute to Hillary Clinton in her leadership role today.

Barbara Streisand “Phones In”

Barbara Streisand, one of the greatest singers of our time, lent her voice to the fundraiser, where she made introductions for the concert from Los Angeles.  She also appeared in a video for “Climb Every Mountain,” alongside Jamie Foxx.

And Of Course, Hillary Clinton’s Screen Appearance

Clinton herself could not make the fundraiser, but she did appear on screen in a good-humored segment.  She joked, “I auditioned for tonight's show and I wanted to sing with you, but Harvey and Jordan said I didn't make the cut,” in reference to the event’s producers, Harvey Weinstein and Jordan Roth.  She also said, “We’re in the final stretch of this campaign and we need your help to reach as many people as possible between now and election day.”

 

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FANS THROW SOME MAJOR HATE TWEETS AT KIM K., AFTER SHE WAS THE VICTIM OF A ROBBERY AT GUNPOINT IN PARIS. WHICH CELEBS CAME TO KIMMIE'S DEFENSE?

Caroline Slusarczyk

Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images

Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images

Early Monday morning, Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in a private Paris mansion where she had stayed for Paris Fashion Week.  The five assailants, disguised as police officers, forced the mansion concierge to let them into her private suite, where two of them entered and forced Kim into the bathroom at gunpoint.  They stole jewelry worth millions of dollars, and two cell phones.  A spokesperson for Kim said she was, "badly shaken but physically unharmed."
After news broke about the incident, tons of people on Twitter responded with messages of disdain for Kim and cracked jokes at her expense.  One user, Tim Hanlon, said, "Kim Kardashian was robbed at gun point. Police are going through the 3759 selfies she took during the ordeal, trying to get a discription."

Twitter, @TimfromDa70s

Twitter, @TimfromDa70s

In response to the Twitter hate, celebrities came out in defense and support of Kim.  Read some of the tweets below:

Twitter, @JKCorden

Twitter, @JKCorden

Twitter, @chrissyteigen

Twitter, @chrissyteigen

Twitter, @chrissyteigen

Twitter, @chrissyteigen

Twitter, @piersmorgan

Twitter, @piersmorgan

Twitter, @spencerpratt

Twitter, @spencerpratt

Twitter, @Teresa_Guidice

Twitter, @Teresa_Guidice

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