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I went through the 200 Most Popular January 2019 books and selected ten by women from a variety of genres to be published this month. Featured here are romance, fantasy, mystery, historical fiction and literary fiction. I excluded any books that were continuations of series. So get your library holds ready (or recommend your local library to get the books)!
by Emma Rous
Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny were born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle.
Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is beautifully dressed, smiling serenely, and holding just one baby.
Who is the child and what really happened that day?
One person knows the truth, if only Seraphine can find her.
In Paris With You
by Clémentine Beauvais
Eugene and Tatiana had fallen in love that summer ten years ago. But certain events stopped them from getting to truly know each other and they separated never knowing what could have been.
But one busy morning on the Paris metro, Eugene and Tatiana meet again, no longer the same teenagers they once were.
What happened during that summer? Does meeting again now change everything? With their lives ahead of them, can Eugene and Tatiana find a way to be together after everything?
To Keep the Sun Alive
by Rabeah Ghaffari
The year is 1979. The Islamic Revolution is just around the corner, as is a massive solar eclipse. In this epic novel set in the small Iranian city of Naishapur, a retired judge and his wife, Bibi, grow apples, plums, peaches, and sour cherries, as well as manage several generations of family members. The days here are marked by long, elaborate lunches on the terrace and arguments about the corrupt monarchy in Iran and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. And yet life in the orchard continues. An uncle develops into a powerful cleric. A young nephew goes to university, hoping to lead the fight for a new Iran and marry his childhood sweetheart. Another nephew surrenders to opium, while his widowed father dreams of a life in the West. Told through a host of vivid, unforgettable characters that range from servants to elderly friends of the family, To Keep the Sun Alive is the kind of rich, compelling story that not only informs the past, but raises questions about political and religious extremism today.
The Red Address Book
by Sofia Lundberg
Meet Doris, a 96-year-old woman living alone in her Stockholm apartment. She has few visitors, but her weekly Skype calls with Jenny—her American grandniece, and her only relative—give her great joy and remind her of her own youth.
When Doris was a girl, she was given an address book by her father, and ever since she has carefully documented everyone she met and loved throughout the years. Looking through the little book now, Doris sees the many crossed-out names of people long gone and is struck by the urge to put pen to paper. In writing down the stories of her colorful past—working as a maid in Sweden, modelling in Paris during the 30s, fleeing to Manhattan at the dawn of the Second World War—can she help Jenny, haunted by a difficult childhood, unlock the secrets of their family and finally look to the future? And whatever became of Allan, the love of Doris’s life?
by Mesha Maren
In 1989, Jodi McCarty is seventeen years old when she’s sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter. She’s released eighteen years later and finds herself at a Greyhound bus stop, reeling from the shock of unexpected freedom. Not yet able to return to her lost home in the Appalachian mountains, she goes searching for someone she left behind, but on the way, she meets and falls in love with Miranda, a troubled young mother. Together, they try to make a fresh start, but is that even possible in a town that refuses to change?
EXPECTED PUBLICATION DATE: JANUARY 15TH
by Joanna Ruth Meyer
Echo Alkaev’s safe and carefully structured world falls apart after her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf—the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents Echo with an offer: for her to come and live with him for a year. But there is more to the wolf than Echo realizes.
In his enchanted house beneath a mountain, Echo discovers centuries-old secrets, a magical library full of books-turned-mirrors, and a young man named Hal who is trapped inside of them. As the year ticks by, Echo must solve the mystery of the wolf’s enchantment before her time is up—otherwise Echo, the wolf, and Hal will be lost forever.
OP Note: Echo North is a retelling, so may want to remember it for the upcoming ONTD Reading Challenge task!
The Far Field
by Madhuri Vijay
In the wake of her mother's death, Shalini, a privileged and restless young woman from Bangalore, sets out for a remote Himalayan village in the troubled northern region of Kashmir. Certain that the loss of her mother is somehow connected to the decade-old disappearance of Bashir Ahmed, a charming Kashmiri salesman who frequented her childhood home, she is determined to confront him. But upon her arrival, Shalini is brought face to face with Kashmir's politics, as well as the tangled history of the local family that takes her in. And when life in the village turns volatile and old hatreds threaten to erupt into violence, Shalini finds herself forced to make a series of choices that could hold dangerous repercussions for the very people she has come to love.
The Gilded Wolves
by Roshani Chokshi
Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.
To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can't yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.
Together, they'll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.
EXPECTED PUBLICATION DATE: JANUARY 29TH
99 Percent Mine
by Sally Thorne
Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.
When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.
Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that's inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali
by Sabina Khan
Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali tries her hardest to live up to her conservative Muslim parents’ expectations, but lately she’s finding that harder and harder to do. She rolls her eyes instead of screaming when they blatantly favor her brother and she dresses conservatively at home, saving her crop tops and makeup for parties her parents don’t know about. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life in Seattle and her new life at Caltech, where she can pursue her dream of becoming an engineer.
But when her parents catch her kissing her girlfriend Ariana, all of Rukhsana’s plans fall apart. Her parents are devastated; being gay may as well be a death sentence in the Bengali community. They immediately whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh, where she is thrown headfirst into a world of arranged marriages and tradition. Only through reading her grandmother’s old diary is Rukhsana able to gain some much needed perspective.
Rukhsana realizes she must find the courage to fight for her love, but can she do so without losing everyone and everything in her life?
Iggy Azalea about her dancer having a seizure during her performance in Rio! 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/wS3rGCMSIr— IGGY AZALEA DATA (@IggyData) January 4, 2019
A follow up to this post.
Former Australian rap star Iggy Azalea stops by Rap 77 and discusses her performance from last week in Brazil when her dancer passed out during “Black Widow” and started having a epileptic seizure on stage. Azalea was heavily criticized for continuing to perform and rap after calling for a medic to the stage.
“I assumed she’d fallen over, and my other dancer was leaning over her so I couldn’t tell that she was passed out.”
Azalea adds that she thought her dancer had rolled her ankle and that to some it may seem “mean” to continue performing but that “that’s the standard procedure for a performance.” She says dancers fall all the time but performers keep going. In that moment, she had no idea that her dancer was having a seizure. It wasn’t until they got off stage and her dancer was being loaded into the ambulance that Iggy then saw that she was shaking.
Her dancer thankfully is doing well but remembers nothing from that night.
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From Nicole Kidman and Rosamund Pike to @LauraHarrier, @YalitzaAparicio and Michelle Yeoh, British Vogue shines a light on the actors bringing important, female-centric stories to life https://t.co/L0f9DyAaYY— British Vogue (@BritishVogue) January 5, 2019
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"I was very nervous - I still am very nervous," 25-year-old @YalitzaAparicioMtz explains of her experience attending the open audition for @RomaCuaron. As awards season hits, #BritishVogue celebrates some of the great successes of women in film for the February 2019 fashion, film and feminism issue, on newsstands now. #YalitzaAparico photographed by @Nick_Knight, styled by @KPhelan123, with hair by @SamMcknight1, make-up by @LauraDomini2, nails by @MarianNewman and set design by @Tomotattle.
Starring Felicity Jones, Michelle Yeoh, @LauraHarrier, Rosamund Pike, @Gemma_Chan and Nicole Kidman, British Vogue celebrates some of the great successes for the February 2019 fashion, film and feminism issue, on newsstands now https://t.co/TyTLb6oQD7pic.twitter.com/R2AB2ANIkq— British Vogue (@BritishVogue) January 4, 2019
British Vogue interviews and does a photoshoot with the actresses bringing female-centered stories to life, starring Yalitza Aparicio (Roma) , Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians) , Laura Harrier (BlacKkKlansman) ,Nicole Kidman (Destroyer and Boy Erased) and Rosamund Pike (A Private War)
You can read all the interviews and the other pics at the sources:
Kendall Jenner to Share Personal 'Raw Story' to Help People, Kris Announces https://t.co/4KtmPYXfPt— TMZ (@TMZ) January 5, 2019
In a new plea for attention, Kris Jenner has announced that Kendall will share something with the world on this Sunday's Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
-Kendall says it's something that happened at age 14, but she didn't have the 100 million Instagram followers that she does now to make a true impakt
-Kris kalled her "brave and vulnerable" and says this will "foster a positive dialogue"
-She also warns you to "be prepared to be moved"
Here is the video she posted about it:
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ONTD, what kould it be?
Alicia Keys called out by upset fans for video playing XXXTentacion song on piano https://t.co/j6LYeTOU0U— XXL Magazine (@XXL) January 5, 2019
She posted video of herself and her son playing an XXX song on piano on social media.
The video showed her and her son Egypt tickling the ivories with a rendition of XXX's song “What Are You So Afraid Of.”
She wrote “Such a vibe!! Big love to the talented @xxxtentacion !! Gone too soon.”
A number of Keys' fans were not feeling the gesture considering allegations of assaulting a woman that have been levied against the rapper.
The backlash was such that Keys deleted the post after a few hours.
I figured this is long over due. I only included 5 relationships and I'm sure there are more. So leave them down in the comments.
1. Joel Madden and Hilary Duff
-They began dating in the summer of 2004 when Duff was 16 years old and Madden was 25 years old. They broke up in November of 2006. The media treated them like couple goals even though there was a 9 year age gap between the 25 year old Madden and the underage Duff.
2. Lindsay Lohan and Wilmer Valderrama
-They also began dating in 2004 when Lohan was 17 and Valderrama was 24.
-They started dating in 2007 when Hayden was 18 years old and Milo was 29 years old. They broke up in 2009. When asked about the relaionship Milo said "Never do it again. There are things that happen to you in your life that shape who you are." No mention of him dating an 18 year old though.
4. Beyonce and Jay Z
-A power couple today but I wonder how folks would feel if an 18 year old Beyonce dated a 30 year old Jay Z today? hmm
5. Paul Walker and Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell
-They began dating when Walker was 33 and Gosnell was 16 years old. Walker passed away and it seems like his legacy is about him driving fast cars in the Furious franchise while everyone forgets he was dating a teenager at the time of his death.
OP Note: I don't really post a lot. So I'm sorry for any formatting issues. I also wanted to add Leonardo Dicaprio but I feel like he needs his own post since every single one of his girlfriends has been much much younger than him. Also I know there are/were couples with much wider age gaps but I wanted to focus more on the ones where the man is in his late 20s/early 30s and dating a teenager and why when they were dating there wasn't a bigger deal about it?
Young Justice is making its return soon on the DC Universe app, and fans of the original series can learn a bit about what to expect from the new series right here!https://t.co/LQsfKR0j1Tpic.twitter.com/ldBFvcaUhM— IGN (@IGN) January 5, 2019
-When it came to YJs possible comeback showrunners Greg Weisman, Brandon Vietti, and lead character designer Phil Bourassa all had different thoughts on the matter.
-Vietti was very pessimistic that the show would return after 6 years being off air while Bourassa had full faith that they'd return to the show one day. Weisman was down the middle, he left DC/WB and was able to focus on other projects but was aware of how big the fandom was and wouldnt be surprised if they got to return to it one day.
-Weisman found out 10 days before it was publicly announced that WB would bring the show back which lead to the long wait between announcing the shows comeback and it finally airing.
-Now that they are not on Cartoon Network it gave them a greater sense of freedom as they were no longer beholden to broadcast standards or network standards but they wanted to make sure that the freedom didnt make them jump the shark.
-One of the best things about being on a streaming service is that they are allowed to have varying degrees of episode run times. While they wont be an hour or 2 hrs they are able to vary between 22mins-25mins if need be.
-Season 3 will primarily focus on The Outsiders which include Nightwing, Superboy, Tigress, Black Lightning, Geoforce, and Halo. The Outsiders are inspired by Mike Barr and artist Jim Aparo comic run on Batman and the Outsiders.
-Apokolips and the Fourth World will be featured in S3.
-The third season of YJ has premiered to a 100% Rotten Tomato score! with 6 critic reviews and 49 audience reviews.
-YJ:O started off with a bang where do to new policies placed on the JL, certain members up and quit leaving the YJ universe divided.
-Batman leads some of the heroes to up and quit and takes their side kicks along with them. Batwoman, Plastic Man, Katana, Green Arrow all follow suit at the surprise of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Black Canary.
National Society of Film Critics names 'The Rider' best picture https://t.co/sjZQLR6vsl— Variety (@Variety) January 5, 2019
Here's the last awards roundup before the Golden Globes tomorrow (I think), and here National Society of Film Critics revealed their best of 2018, with Chloe Zhao's 'The Rider' winning the top prize. Full list below (including runners-up).
-- Best Picture:“The Rider”, Runners-Up: “Roma,” “Burning”
-- Best Actress: Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”), Runners-Up: Regina Hall (“Support the Girls”), Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
-- Best Supporting Actress: Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”), Runners-Up: Elizabeth Debicki (“Widows”), Emma Stone (“The Favourite”)
-- Best Actor: Ethan Hawke (“First Reformed”), Runners-Up: Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”), Ben Foster (“Leave No Trace”), John C. Reilly (“The Sisters Brothers” and “Stan & Ollie”)
-- Best Supporting Actor: Steven Yeun (“Burning”), Runners-Up: Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”), Brian Tyree Henry (“If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Widows,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”)
Best Foreign Language Film:“Roma”, Runners-Up: “Cold War,” “Burning,” “Shoplifters”
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”), Runners-Up: Lee Chang-Dong (“Burning”), Chloe Zhao (“The Rider”)
Best Cinematography: Alfonso Cuarón (“Roma”), Runners-Up: James Laxton (“If Beale Street Could Talk”), Lukasz Zal (“Cold War”)
Best Screenplay: Armando Iannucci, David Schneider and Ian Martin (“The Death of Stalin”), Runners-Up: Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”), Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”)
The 10th annual Dorian Awards nominations are here! https://t.co/dI78rurJy1— Collider (@Collider) January 5, 2019
Nominations were announced for the 2019 Dorian Awards, as chosen by GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, with 'The Favourite' getting the most nods at eight. The winners will be announced later this week; TV nominations are at the source so this isn't a never-ending scroll.
Film of the Year
CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
A STAR IS BORN
Director of the Year
(Film or Television)
ALFONSO CUARON, ROMA
MARIELLE HELLER, CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
BARRY JENKINS, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
YORGOS LANTHIMOS, THE FAVOURITE
SPIKE LEE, BLACKKKLANSMAN
Film Performance of the Year — Actress
YALITZA APARICIO, ROMA
TONI COLLETTE, HEREDITARY
OLIVIA COLMAN, THE FAVOURITE
LADY GAGA, A STAR IS BORN
MELISSA MCCARTHY, CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
Film Performance of the Year — Actor
CHRISTIAN BALE, VICE
BRADLEY COOPER, A STAR IS BORN
ETHAN HAWKE, FIRST REFORMED
RAMI MALEK, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON, BLACKKKLANSMAN
Film Performance of the Year — Supporting Actress
ELIZABETH DEBICKI, WIDOWS
REGINA KING, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
EMMA STONE, THE FAVOURITE
RACHEL WEISZ, THE FAVOURITE
MICHELLE YEOH, CRAZY RICH ASIANS
Film Performance of the Year — Supporting Actor
MAHERSHALA ALI, GREEN BOOK
TIMOTHEE CHALAMET, BEAUTIFUL BOY
SAM ELLIOTT, A STAR IS BORN
RICHARD E. GRANT, CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
MICHAEL B. JORDAN, BLACK PANTHER
LGBTQ Film of the Year
CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
Foreign Language Film of the Year
Screenplay of the Year
BO BURNHAM, EIGHTH GRADE
ALFONSO CUARON, ROMA
DEBORAH DAVIS AND TONY MCNAMARA, THE FAVOURITE
NICOLE HOLOFCENER AND JEFF WHITTY, CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
BARRY JENKINS, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
Documentary of the Year
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?
LGBTQ Documentary of the Year
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRE
SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD
Visually Striking Film of the Year
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
Unsung Film of the Year
THE HAPPY PRINCE
WE THE ANIMALS
Campy Flick of the Year
MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN
A SIMPLE FAVOR
Make good choices this weekend!
Today is Hayao Miyazaki's birthday!
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A med student with the ability to relive days uses her power to save people who have died under mysterious circumstances.
Opening Intro Sequence
Unhappy with being on the show, Zach Galifianakis tried to get fired by insulting Eliza Dushku (he told her she was "eating her way to cancellation") and the writers.
Melissa Joan Hart recently told her 6-year-old son to be wary of people who don't believe in Jesus.
"We don't know if these people are good people. We don't know if they believe in Jesus. And he really took the Jesus part to heart."
After Hart's son made friends with a Jewish boy, he asked his mother, "If you're Jewish, how do you get to heaven?"
Hart said she had some "heated" discussions with the Jewish boy's mother but did not elaborate.
Hart said that she reflected upon the warning she gave her son, but did not say whether she regretted it or not.
Many critics online blasted Hart for being anti-Semetic because her specific example was involving a Jewish child.
Others criticized Hart more generally for suggesting that anyone who's not a Christian cannot be a good person.
In what is clearly an attempt at damage control Chance the rapper sat down with Jamilah Lemieux discuss R. Kelly & his involvement with him
* First collaborated with him during his Lollapalooza set in 2014 that was hosted in Chicago.
* Went on to cameo for one of Kelly's videos before making a song with him, something he says now that he regrets.
* Does not know why (or have a good excuse) he never saw the truth of who Kelly was, citing perhaps him being from Chicago or both of them being black men as potential reasons.
* quote: 'Maybe I didn’t care because I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were black women. Usually, niggas that get in trouble for shit like this on their magnitude of celebrity, it’s light-skinned women or white women. That’s when it’s a big story. I’ve never really seen any pictures of R. Kelly’s accusers.'
Thanos (Josh Brolin, Avengers: Infinity War)
Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther)
Phoenix Buchanan (Hugh Grant, Paddington 2)
Ben (Steven Yeun, Burning)
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Clair Foy & Emily Blunt
Mahershala Ali & Amy Adams
Kiki Layne & Jonah Hill
Eddie Redmayne & Rami Malek
Michael B. Jordan & Margot Robbie
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Have you ever wished you had a moment where you mic-dropped out of a conversation? Or gotten back at someone after years and years of shower conversations with yourself? Here are five cinematic moments like that from five films from the 90s.
1. Muriel’s Wedding (1994): Rhonda proves to be the bestest friend Muriel could ask for.
In the 1994 Australian classic film that launched Toni Collette and Rachel Griffths film careers, Toni stars as the titular Muriel, an ABBA and marriage obsessed social misfit who follows her mean girl friends to Hibiscus Island. There she bumps into Rhonda (Rachel Griffiths), an old class mate who laments about how the mean girl group made her life hell in high school and how she wishes she could get them back, cue the most savage smack down in Australian cinematic history.
2. Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion (1997): Romy and Michelle confront Christie Masters
Romy and Michelle head back to Tuscon, Arizona for their 10 Year High School Reunion, where they get the bright idea to make up the fact that they’ve invented post-its to impress their old classmates, especially the popular “A-Crowd” headed by Christie Masters. Unfortunately their plan unravels, leading Christie to humiliate them during the reunion, until Romy and Michelle decide to finally confront Christy in their home-made Vogue approved outfits.
3. Ever After (1998): Marguerite FINALLY gets punched in the face.
In the best Cinderella Film Adaptation of the last 100 years (come at me), Drew Barrymore stars as Danielle, the orphaned daughter of a merchant who has grown up as a servant in the care of her cruel Step Mother and her two daughters. After one of her step sisters, Marguerite, insults the memory of Danielle’s mother, Danielle finally snaps.
4. Addams Family Values (1993): Wednesday’s Thanksgiving Play
After being tricked into getting sent to Summer Camp by their gloriously psychopathic nanny Debbie Jellinsky (Joan Cusack), Wednesday is force cast as Pocahontas in the Camp director's racist white-washed Thanksgiving play. During the performance, Wednesday and Pugsley band together with the camps other misfits to hijack the Thanksgiving play to be more historically accurate.
5. Harriet the Spy (1996): Harriet’s Revenge
Harriet treats her spy notebook like a personal journal and is horrified when her class nemesis Marion Hawthorn finds it during a game of bumper tag, and reads out Harriet’s mean private thoughts on her bests friends and class mates to them. Ostracised and bullied by her whole class which have created a “Spy Catchers Club”, Harriet decides to get them back one by one, saving the biggest gut punch monologue for Marion Hawthorn in the girls bathroom. (Lol i can only find the revenge scene in Spanish.)
My first ONTD original. I have been lurking for 100 years, may as well contribute. Got inspired to write this after watching Muriel’s Wedding and thought this would be a fun discussion post, a lot of these movies actually have multiple smack downs, but I chose my favourite. What are you favourite cinematic smack downs ONTD?
JAY-Z's relationship with R. Kelly played a role in Roc-a-Fella's downfall.
Roc-a-Fella co-founder Dame Dash said he tuned into Surviving R. Kelly, the series wasn't easy to watch, as it evoked painful memories about Aaliyah.
Dash and Aaliyah met in 2000 and continued to date until the singer's tragic death in 2001.
After Aaliyah died, Kelly and JAY released The Best of Both Worlds, a collaborative album that Dash strongly opposed.
Dash said JAY knew about Kelly's alleged sexual abuse of young girls, including Aaliyah.
Dash claims he refused to be credited on the album.
He donated his profits to a breast cancer awareness organization Aaliyah supported.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Tiffany “New York” Pollard! The queen of reality TV blessed the universe with her presence on this day 37 years ago.
Let us now celebrate by learning about this legend.
Tiffany Pollard was born in Utica, New York, in 1982. Her father and mother, Michelle Rothschild-Patterson, are evangelist reverends. To this day, Tiffany is a conservative Christian. The culture in her small town encouraged people to blend in instead of standing out, but she "always prayed to be famous,” She would wear six-inch fingernails and purple lipstick in class.
She knew that she wanted to get breast implants when she saw Dolly Parton for the first time: “Her rack was so huge and I just jumped up and I told my mom, ‘I’m gonna have those one day. I’m gonna buy those one day.’” Eventually, she would have them fixed on E!'s Botched.
She dropped out of high school in 10th grade and obtained her GED. She moved to Los Angeles in 2004 at age 22, with $2,000 that her uncle had loaned her. She fell victim to a scam from a fraudulent agency that tricked her into paying them money. Soon, she was living out of a suitcase.
To pay the bills, she would find sugar daddies:“A lot of lonely doctors and lawyers and men that are businessmen that are just very, very lonely, and all they really want to do is talk and all they really want are back rubs and they will pay your rent.” She does not call this escorting, “because then people think there’s sex automatically.”
But she felt pressure to stay thin. She developed bulimia, which she says “never goes away.”
One day in 2006, she was walking down the street when a casting producer told her that she would be perfect for a dating show he was casting. She thought that he might just be hitting on her, but gave him her contact information anyways. The show he was casting? Flavor of Love.
Tiffany apparently had no idea that she would be dating Flavor Flav until he walked through the door. She truly did fall for Flavor Flav. “And if you wanna know, yes, I did fuck Flav," she says. And if you're curious, she says that his penis was "super huge" and uncut. Flav is now apparently sick of her, because people constantly ask him about her.
She gave us this classic moment:
And, of course, when Pumkin spit on her. She feels that she underreacted to Pumkin spitting on her. “When I watch it now, it’s so funny. I should have pushed the gas even harder.”
Soon, New York was a reality TV sensation, with three shows of her own: I Love New York, New York Goes To Hollywood, and New York Goes To Work. But she had a hard time adjusting to fame, as much as she wanted it. She was prescribed Xanax and went to therapy. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
She has appeared on 20-30 other reality shows, including MTV’s Say What? Karaoke, Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School, New York Goes to Hollywood, New York Goes to Work, Botched, Family Therapy With Dr. Jenn, Scared Famous, Famously Single, Brunch with Tiffany, The Doctors, The Next 15, Good Work, and Celebrity Big Brother.
Of course, the most famous of these shows is Celebrity Big Brother, which spawned her infamous "David is dead" moment.
She also seen a resurgence in popularity due to gifs of her, including these classics:
And of course,
She recreated this one in 2018.
She doesn’t make money from the gifs/internet popularity, but she still makes $$$. “Like, if I’m just doing a walk-through, you just want me to turn up your mics for a little while and have a couple of cocktails, I’ll do that for $3,000, that ain’t nothing, you know,” she says. “But if we’re like talking in colleges, doing all this other stuff that’s involved then we’re talking like 8 to 10 and up.”
Tiffany Pollard is now so popular that she even had an art installation devoted to her.
People ask her all the time if she is actually like that in real life. She says that “New York” is one side of her, but it has almost become a character. “I would say if I had to do a ratio, it would be 30% New York and 70% Tiffany.”
What has she been up to recently? Though she was briefly engaged to Tango and Tailor Made from her shows, the relationships ended. She is currently single. She realized that she had some anger management issues, which she is learning to cope with. She quit smoking in 2018, but still indulges in weed now and then. She is considering getting into televangelism.
Raised by her father in the Finnish wilderness, teenage Hanna has trained all her life to be the perfect assassin. Her father sends her on a mission, and she stealthily makes her way across Europe while evading agents sent after her by a ruthless operative named Marissa, who once worked with Hanna’s father. As she draws closer to her target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and begins to question her humanity.
Starring Joel Kinnaman, Mireille Enos, and Esme Creed-Miles as Hanna, the series premieres on Prime Video on March 2019. The series will be helmed by writer David Farr (The Night Manager) and director Sarah Adina Smith (Buster's Mal Heart). It is adapted from the 2011 film of the same name, which starred Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, and Cate Blanchett.
We already chose them babe. Lol but thx. ♥️ https://t.co/T8hzrwdWz9— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) January 6, 2019
- Nicki Minaj answered her stans' questions on Twitter, opening up about her sex offender boyfriend and revealing that they already chose future baby names.
Facts but we were like this about each other since we were very young kids in the hood. He was on my body b4 the big ol’ ghetto booty 🤪. B4 the fame & fortune. Fought my bf cuz I wouldn’t be his girl. He was always a lil brazy. But anyway, timing is everything. ♥️🙏 https://t.co/RdnXKzSZbu— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) January 6, 2019
He’s like the male version of my bff TT. They both can make me calm with one look, hug, word. I tell them both all the time. My peace. Cuz they knew me since I was a kid so they understand me in a diff way I guess. Him & TT used to hate each other when we was younger tho lol https://t.co/Jgi6E2v6NA— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) January 6, 2019
Maybe I’ll answer this one on the next Queen Radio 😘 https://t.co/NMXGsIqQta— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) January 6, 2019
He not a internet dude. If u know what I mean. And I prefer his mystique. I’ll do all the talking for him. He’ll do the rest. https://t.co/LXZSpzdvHB— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) January 6, 2019
source: nicki's twitter
Have you already chosen baby names, ONTD?
10. Go On (2012-2013)
Best Episode: 1x13 - Gooooaaaallll Doll!
Not to be confused with Matthew Perry's other one season show 'Mr Sunshine', 'Go On' was an extremely funny and big hearted show about a support group that comes through for each other. It was diverse, funny and emotional when it needed to be and by far Matthew Perry's best work (right up there with Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip).
9. Up All Night (2011-2012)
Best Episode: 1x24 - The Proposals
Criminally underrated 'Up All Night' followed Will Arnett and Christina Applegate as new parents dealing with a new baby. The writing was amazing and Maya Rudolph was a fucking scene stealer. Sadly, the ratings were shit, NBC tried to fix the show and they tried to convert it from single cam, to a multicam sitcom. Christina Applegate quit during a hiatus cause she didn't agree with the new changes and they were gonna kill her character off. it became a mess and NBC cancelled the show without the changes ever airing.
8. Trophy Wife (2013-2014)
Best Episode: 1x10 - Twas the Night Before Christmas... Or Twas It?
This comedy about a young woman who marries into a complex family (a man, his two ex-wives, and three children) had everything necessary to become the new Modern Family...except the ratings. If you haven't seen it, you should for the wives alone. Marcia Gay Harden was hilarious!
7. Selfie (2014-2015)
Best Episode: 1x10 - Imperfect Harmony
An annoying premise of a modern take My Fair Lady, a horrible pilot, and even worse promo made Selfie tank from day one, so a lot of people missed that this rapidly evolved into a hilarious, emotional and very cute rom com. Also John Cho. YUM.
6. Pushing Daisies (2008-2009)
Best Episode: 1x01 - Pie-lette
Pushing Daisies spent two powerful seasons exploring life, death, and love with a good helping of quirky humor. and i mean QUIRKY. The show was weird, and not everyone's cup of tea. It'd probably be a hit nowadays on Netflix, but for a little show on ABC that had a year-long hiatus because of the writer's strike, it just wasn't the time.
5. The New Normal (2012-2013)\
Best Episode: 1x22 - The Big Day
By far, this was Ryan Murphy at his best. Sure, 'The New Normal' would be a bit problematic today for having a straight actor playing gay and the outrageous (yet hilarious) ramblings of the racist and conservative grandma. Yet, the show had a lot of heart and it truly delivered an honest story about two gay men adopting a baby. Ellen Barkin and Nene Leaks were amazing in this. If you can it deserves a rewatch.
4. Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (2012-2013)
Best Episode: 2x17 - Using People...
Chloe was the worst person in the universe and that's what made her so much fun. Also, the Dawson's Creek/90's reference were the best. The show was sadly cancelled after airing half of season 2. The episodes aired later on Logo.
3. Parks & Recreation (2009-2015)
Best Episode: 4x11 - The Comeback Kid
Sure, Parks and Rec had 6 seasons and can be considered a good run, yet it was never fully appreciated for how good it was. It was always compared to The Office, when Parks was way superior. Leslie Knope became a feminist icon, and the show gained a bit more profile during the final years thanks to Chris Pratt career, some awards, and Little Sebastian memes.
2. Community (2009-2015)
Best Episode: 3x04 - Remedial Chaos Theory
Talk about underrated, Community had a loyal fanbase through it's 6 seasons. Always in danger of cancellation, and always saved by fans, it became the definition of CULT TV. It's concept episodes were weird and hilarious and made the show worthy of many awards that never came. Hopefully it can live to the #6SeasonsAndAMovie promise.
1. Happy Endings (2011-2013)
Best Episode: 2x14 - The St. Valentine's Day Maxssacre
Friends who? 'Happy Endings' was by far the best comedy of the last 20 years, with one of the funniest ensembles ever. Criminally underrated, it's super clever writing never got them any big awards, and the ratings were never there after ABC kept shuffling it from the schedule. From DRAMAAAAAAAA to AH-MAH-ZING, happy endings pop legacy lives on.
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