Fashion icon and artist Gloria Vanderbilt dies at 95

(CNN)Gloria Vanderbilt died Monday morning, according to her son, CNN’s Anderson Cooper. The fashion designer and socialite was 95. Born in New York in 1924, Gloria Laura Morgan Vanderbilt grew up in France. Her father, financier Reginald Vanderbilt, the heir to a railroad fortune, died when she was a baby. Young Gloria was the focus of media attention at an early age, dubbed “the poor little rich girl” amid an intense custody battle between her mother and her father’s enormously wealthy sister, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. The latter prevailed in court proceedings. “As a teenager she tried to avoid the spotlight, but reporters and cameramen followed her everywhere,” Cooper said. “She was determined to make something of her life, determined to …

Sabrina Jalees Is The ‘Lesbian Ray Romano’ We’ve Been Waiting For

Photos by Oriana Koren The 34-year-old Toronto native never shies away from the things that make her comedy personal: She’s queer, half Pakistani, half Swiss and has been open throughout her career about coming out of the closet — initially getting rejected by some members of her extended Muslim family — all while navigating a post-9/11 world.  Instagram account serves as a sort of quasi-docuseries that fellow queer women like myself profoundly crave and rarely find.Jalees often admits she’s been a resource to other LGBTQ couples looking to have children, too. that Carol, lesbians!) alongside powerhouses Patricia Heaton and Kyle MacLachlan. The comedy will premiere in the fall. Oriana Koren for HuffPost Jalees with her son, Wolfie. “People do look at …

Ali Stroker makes history as the first Tony award-winning actor in a wheelchair

(CNN)In her history-making acceptance speech at the Tony Awards Sunday night, Ali Stroker spoke directly to the millions of young people watching with dreams like hers. Stroker waited backstage to accept her award, though most nominees are expected to walk down the theater’s aisles and up the stage steps once they’ve won. She told reporters after her win she hopes theater owners work to make backstage areas more accessible to performers in wheelchairs. She made history in her first appearance on Broadway, too: with her role in 2015’s “Spring Awakening,” she became the first Broadway actor to use a wheelchair for mobility use in a production that also starred deaf actors who performed in sign language. She also appeared on …

That ‘Always Be My Maybe’ Sex Scene Is Based On Randall Park’s First Time

In an interview with The Vulture that it was, in fact, drawn from the day in 1993 that he lost his own virginity in his hometown of Los Angeles. Afterward, he revealed that he and his girlfriend went to McDonald’s.  As amusing as the tale is, the film’s fictional version of it is pretty revolutionary given the rarity of seeing Asian Americans in romantic roles and steamy sex scenes. As the Times astutely points out, “Asian-American men rarely get to be the hero in mainstream Hollywood movies, Asian-American women rarely pick the Asian guy at the end, and Asian couples rarely exist onscreen at all, let alone have sex, let alone funny sex.”  Of course, the erroneous stereotype sparked a …

How ‘Booksmart’ Created A Banner Musical Moment With ‘You Oughta Know’

Booksmart,” her dazzling directorial debut about studious best friends who decide to cut loose on the eve of their high school graduation. What better way to embolden an introvert than to put her in a darkened room, hand her a microphone and blare … well, what song should it be? Wilde was working with writer Katie Silberman (“Set It Up,” “Isn’t It Romantic”) to update the “Booksmart” script, which had The results are a little more “Superbad” and a lot less “Cinderella.” Over the course of a single evening, Molly (“Lady Bird” breakout Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (“Justified” alum Kaitlyn Dever) bounce from one classmate’s shindig to the next en route to the popular kids’ blowout. Along the way, they …

Moby Fires Back After Natalie Portman Denies They Dated: It Hurts To Be Lied About

Moby fired back at claim that the two never dated in the late 1990s.  Thursday Instagram post. “But she’s denying that we ever dated, even though in the past she’s publicly discussed our involvement.” Moby denied that the two ever dated in a recent interview with View this post on Instagram A post shared by moby xⓋx (@moby) on May 23, 2019 at 9:53am PDT “So what should I do? What do you do when people believe lies and accusations and not actual photographs and evidence?” he wrote. “I want to take the high road, but I honestly don’t know what to do. It’s one thing to be lied about, and entirely another when someone’s lies result in physical threats …

Trump, the ‘say anything’ president, closes in on 10,000 false statements

New York (CNN Busienss)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. → Data point: Kessler said “we counted 45 misstatements or falsehoods in his interview with Sean Hannity” the other day… Leading versus misleading I return to this point about the president’s deceptions quite often — and that’s because I believe the lying often times is THE story. Not what he said, but why he chose to mislead instead of lead. Kessler’s team has been checking every one of Trump’s statements since 1/20/2017, and they’ve noticed a rapid rise in falsehoods: “He passed the 5,000 mark in September, so it’s only seven months ago.” This is one of …

Why India’s political parties are turning to Bollywood for election candidates

Mumbai, India (CNN)For decades, Urmila Matondkar has enjoyed a successful career as a leading lady in Bollywood. In that environment, and as this election increasingly looks to be a close call, parties in recent weeks have sought to capitalize on star power — especially, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which had added a number of celebrities to its line-up. This month, Daler Mehndi, one of India’s most famous singers, joined the BJP. He follows cricketer Gautam Gambhir, actress Jaya Prada and singer Hans Raj Hans, who all recently joined the BJP to run in this cycle. When stars announce their campaigns, their first political rallies are almost guaranteed huge crowds, says Komal Nahta, film trade analyst: “They have that …