Sunday, October 22, 2017
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Blac Chyna first came for Rob and his Sock Money and now she’s set her sights on all the Kardastrophes.
Chyna—real name Angela White—filed a new lawsuit this week against her ex-fiancé Rob Kardashian—as well as his mother, That Woman, and his sisters Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kendall and Kylie—over claims of assault, battery, domestic violence, defamation and interference with prospective economic relations ... meaning they tried to stop her from making her coins. Chyna’s suit claims:
“Rob Kardashian is an abuser intent on destroying Angela White, the mother of his baby, who left him in 2016. In revenge, the Kardashian-Jenner family became media predators, slut-shaming her on social media and killing her hit television show [“Rob & Chyna”], which had already begun filming a second season.”
Um, hold up Chyna, so you mean to say that even though you and Rob broke up and you sued him for custody and support you still wanted to do your TV show with him? Gurl, bye.
Chyna, who was the victim of Rob’s revenge porn this summer, says she created a new social media account to quell any damage:
“‘He stressed me out my ENTIRE PREGNANCY!!! Accusing me of cheating, going crazy on me with massive text blast daily! being an absolute lunatic & then covering it up with gifts! I was verbally abused every other day.'”
And yet you wanna film a show with him? Gurl, please.
Chyna is ALLEGING Rob physically abused her, “violently knocking” her to the ground during one past instance when she tried to call her other child’s father, Tyga.
And you’d like to continue working with this man? Gurl. Gurrrrrrrl.
In addition to the battery and harassment claims, Chyna says the Kardastrophes “intentionally interfered” with the show “Rob & Chyna” so E! wouldn’t bring it back for a second season, which “harmed” Chyna “personally, professionally and financially.”
See, it’s about the coins, always and only. She really is a Kardastrophe, if only by giving birth to one of their spawn.
Megyn Kelly, former Fox Blond, is finding out that she’s not really all that and a bag of chips. I know she figured she could parlay being _____’s Twitter Punching Bag into a solid career at a real news outlet, but it just isn’t happening for her.
It seems Kelly isn’t the Popular Girl she thought she was and, as people and critics have discovered, her new show, as part of Today’s four-hour morning stint, kinda sucks. And it’s about to get, well, suckier, as more and more celebrities are refusing to appear on TV with Kelly.
According to Variety, one high-powered publicist said she would be thrilled to book her clients on any part of The Today Show, except Megyn Kelly’s part:
“I’m not booking anyone on her show. I literally haven’t pitched anyone even from right out the gate. The buzz that is out there is so bad.”
To be fair, Megyn shouldn’t have expected to get big name guests in the first place because her show was always a bit of a gamble; it was shilled out to big publicity firms as a “lighter, more inspirational” Megyn Kelly. And most people were all:
“What? Huh? Who?”
And, as a result, only a few celebrities agreed to appear, at the beginning, and now that number is dwindling.
Debra Messing had appeared with the cast of the rebooted Will & Grace but found the experience so distasteful she won’t return; that was the show where Kelly asked a gay man if W&G “made” him gay. And Jane Fonda went on to discuss a new film while Kelly tried to corner her about her plastic surgery; I saw the look Fonda gave Kelly at the line of questioning and I’m surprised she didn’t turn into a ball of flames on the spot.
NBC, for their part, are assuring people, the public and advertisers, that they have no problem booking she show; they pint to the fact that Miles Teller is coming on as an example.
I know, who? I see a long future as a Midwestern weathergirl in Kelly’s future.
As we know Kathy Griffin won’t be invited to the White House by this president—or probably any president—and she won’t be giving Andy Cooper the Giggle Fits on CNN this New Years Eve, and has apparently lost other gigs too as a result of her idiotically stupid decision to post a photo of herself holding the severed head of Donald _____.
And she’s still whining about the jobs she’s lost because of that choice she made ... taking to Facebook to show how The Hollywood Reporter [THR] took back their invite for her to speak at its annual Women in Entertainment Power 100 event this year. Kathy posted the email THR sent asking her to deliver the opening remarks at the breakfast:
“I’ve attended this event numerous times, including last year when they honored Megyn Kelly (and yeah…I playfully flipped her the bird when she continued to praise _____). I was honored to FINALLY have my chance to take the mic at an event I admired and to address my peers directly. Unfortunately, they rescinded my offer and I am no longer invited to speak. I do not buy their official reasoning and I believe ‘the word has been put out’ on me. I can’t help but take this as another occasion where Hollywood is blacklisting a woman and silencing her.”
Well, THR has the right to invite, and disinvite, whomever they choose, for whatever reason they choose, but let’s be clear: the invitation to Griffin was rescinded four days after Kathy entered an AIDS fundraiser in L.A. wearing a _____ mask and flipping off the audience.
Hey Kathy, why don’t you grow up and stop this nonsense. You took the photo, thought it was funny until the backlash, then you apologized, and yet now you’re trying to ride that for more free press?
Get a job somewhere else, and stop playing the victim. That is so D-List.
So ... Kevin Can Wait star Kevin James is up next to explain why the producers of his comedy show decided to kill off his character’s wife.
When the show ended its first season, it was announced that Kevin’s TV wife Donna—played by Erinn Hayes—was going to die during reruns, and that season two would find a new leading lady for Kevin: his wife from his first TV show, The King of Queens, Leah Remini, because Leah was better for ratings.
But Kevin James says that’s not true ... he says they killed Donna “to give life to new storylines”:
“It really felt like a thing like this was needed for this show to drive forward. Now, I have to deal with my daughter in a different way, and she’s gonna go to college, or one’s getting married, or the holidays. And it deals with things in a different, weightier way.”
Yeah, I’m calling bull shiz because of a couple of things:
Number One: nothing says comedy like having your wife die, and ...
B: if that was the case then why bring Leah back?
Um, because it’s better for ratings, better for dollars, better for the show. Everybody knows that Kevin.
I’m sure you know that Dance Moms villain Abby Lee Miller has given up the dance studio for prison, right? I mean she was jailed for tax evasion or fraud or maybe just for being a TV bitch, I don’t know.
But what I do know is that she is less liked in prison than she was while she was free. It seems her fellow inmates have barred the 51-year-old former reality show “star” from performing in their upcoming Fall Festival because they’re “fed up” with her bad attitude!
A source—and it could be Roxie Hart—says:
“Aside from the few friends that she’s paid off with commissary cash, the majority of the women think she is a narcissistic bitch!”
Whoops! Abby’s buying friends with ciggies and tampons? You’d think she would have used those goods to get herself a starring role in the festival.
She may be gone, but Carrie Fisher still knows how to serve ... In the wake of the Weinstein Scandal comes the story of the time her friend, actress Heather Ross, who says she was once invited to dinner by an “Oscar-winning producer” who he picked her up in his car and then, during the drive, pulled over, climbed on top of her and pinned her down. She was able to push him off and as she escaped he yelled:
“You’ll never make a movie in my town and get the fuck out of my car.”
Heather told Carrie about it and Carrie, who doesn’t take assholery lightly, decided to do something about it ... Heather says:
“About two weeks later, she sent me a message online and she said, ‘I just saw [blank] at Sony Studios. I knew he would probably be there, so I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany box wrapped with a white bow. I asked her what was inside and she said, ‘It was a cow tongue from Jerry’s Famous Deli in Westwood with a note that said, ‘If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box!’”
God I love Carrie Fisher.
I mean, who else would deliver a tongue in a Tiffany’s box with the BEST.NOTE.EVER?
Okay, with The Twin Demons Sobbing and Cheating gone, we can get down to a little less drama and a little more design ... and another Unconventional Challenge!
That’s right! Tim meets the designtestants with three Lexus’, and Brian Bolain, a bigwig with Lexus—a proud sponsor of Project Runway™—and tasks them with creating a high fashion look out of safety materials ... traffic cones, safety netting, seatbelts, knee pads, reflectors, rubber boats, harnesses, and bungee cords amongst other things.
The designers have three minutes to grab what they want from the cars, and then just one day, and no Mood trip, to complete their looks. With just six designers left, there are no more Safe Designs, and no immunity, so let’s rip...
Kenya hates the unconventional and, like the last time, she is struggling. She didn’t grad a lot of useful thing—not even a bra full of earplugs is of any use, though it was kinda fun seeing her pull them from her top—and so she’s struggling again. She wants to use black seat belts but doesn’t have enough—and the other designers are not keen on sharing—so she resorts to seatbelts and bandages, adorned with some high gloss black paint.
Tim likes the idea but worries that all-black isn’t pushing the envelope as far as he’d like. But Kenya keeps on keeping on and finishes strong until the inevitable last minute sipper break as they’re walking to the runway.
WHAT SHE SAID
She looks great!
WHAT I SAID
It’s kinda hippy and just a little lopsided. But she did manage to semi-hide the busted zipper.
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Heidi loves the detail and especially the seatbelt belt; she also loves the little cocktail hat Kenya made. She does, however, call out the broken zipper, but does that mean much?
Zac Posen liked that Kenya painted the dress because it gave the basic black dress some added dimension. He did note that the shape is not the most flattering.
Nina liked that the dress gave drama without throwing “everything and the kitchen sink” at it.
Guest Judge, Mr. Robot actress Cary Chaiken, called it classic and simple, but hated the tacky hat.
After her near win last week—and I still think she was robbed—Ayana is once again going ‘out there’ in her look. She’s smashing reflectors to make a mosaic! She’s cutting a floatation device in half to make shoulder pads! She’s using orange fence netting to make a huge skirt! And she put her girl in a hard hat!
Tim loves her look and tells her to go for every idea she has.
WHAT SHE SAID
Everything I wanted to bring is right in front of me.
WHAT I SAID
Wow. She rocked it, though the hard hat kinda threw me at first.
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Heidi calls it fantastically over-the-top, and loved the hard hat and the sleek, chic, modernity to it all.
Zac Posen called it hot, wow, bold, big, fun and tactile, but he wasn’t a fan of the 80s shoulder pad detail; he was, however a fan, of all the other detail including the handpainted underskirt hidden by the mesh.
Nina Garcia said it was insanely on fire, and loved the caution tape and hard hat hijab; she also loved the elegance and the drama of the skirt.
Carly Chaiken just loved the pop of blue that seemed to tie the whole look together.
Even while waiting to get his goods from the car, Michael had his mind set on making some sort of corded and tubed bondage-inspired sophisticated look and that was all he could think about. He toiled hard creating the twist of tubes and cords, but then struggled with what to put under it.
Tim sees the bondage dress and a blue top made of straps, and wonders if the two even go together. But Michael is undeterred and continues on his path, using the blue top and then using bandages to create a skirt beneath the bungees.
WHAT HE SAID
I‘m very pleased with what I produced.
WHAT I SAID
Bungees over bandages aren’t really fashion, are they?
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Nina Garcia said it was not her favorite because it lacks drama—she’s seen this look before—and lacks a certain freedom that the unconventional challenges bring. She ended up saying it was a bandage dress on a backup dancer and somewhere in New York, Michael Kors was saying, Yasssssss!
Carly bluntly called it hooker-ish and tacky.
Heidi said it was “kinda” hot but compared to the others it didn’t look like Michael did very much.
Zac Posen said the blue was good, and that was about it; the bra-let was smashed beneath the straps and he is disappointed.
Up close Heidi said, “I’m not hating it.” To which Nina replied, “I hate it.” Ow.
Kentaro grabbed several fire hoses and when he began to cut the fabric off the hose, he realized he had fabric and that was his jumping off point.
Tim, however, noted that, yes, the fabric did come off the hose, but it was fabric and nothing new or unconventional or creative; he urged Kentaro to rethink, which Kentaro did, by adding yellow and orange plastic arrows to the look. He also had his model, the fierce Liris, wear a Native American looking hair style and shoes.
Oh no ....
WHAT HE SAID
I’m not happy.
WHAT I SAID
Oh honey, no one is ....
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
I know she isn’t a judge, but Liris called it when she said the look was “Pocahontas about to play football.”
Nina Garcia was also less than impressed. She said it wasn’t good, it lacked vision, and was a Native American Costume; she ended up saying it was more “Project Tailoring” but she didn’t come on the show to judge a costume.
Heidi said it was too stiff and that Liris looked like a doll, but not in a good way.
Carly Chaiken said it didn’t feel like fashion, and was ruined by the hair and shoes.
Zac Posen liked some of the details—the frayed edges of the hose and the graphic print on it, but said the piping and the colored details weren’t good. He called the top JPB ... Just Plain Bad.
As with Kenya, Brandon does not like the Unconventional Challenges—“I want fabrics! Gimme fabrics!’—and he also struggled with what to do, what to use, and how to make it work.
When Tim game by Brandon showed him a simple circle skirt with a geometric pattern and one of those tin-foil-looking things that paramedics use as blankets as a shirt. But he didn’t know what to do with the tin-foil-ish stuff and it was looking to be a very hot mess—especially when he tried sewing it and it easily ripped... or when he tried it in his model and it easily ripped. So, Brandon had a make it work moment and created his own fabric, print, and textile for his top.
WHAT HE SAID
It has a lot of flow, despite the rugged materials.
WHAT I SAID
It’s totally his vibe, but different because of the materials.
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Zac Posen said, “I adore this,” and called it spectacular work; he also said he was happy for this challenge because it made Brandon stretch and play with color and texture. He did say the skirt was short in the back but called the overall look the “top of the top” and said he wanted to see a Brandon runway show
Nina Garcia also loved seeing him play with movement, especially given the stiffness of the fabric, and said she loved his cool, street print that stayed true to his aesthetic.
Heidi loved it, calling it flirty and hard at the same time, which, I’m guessing, is what Heidi likes.
Carly Chaiken wasn’t sure about the thing on the wrist, but she wanted to rip the top off the model and wear it herself.
One thing I’ll give Margarita is that she’s organized. Once back with her treasures, she laid everything out on the tables, and organized it all, so she could see what she wanted and how she might use.
I’ll take away from Margarita because, apparently, there wasn’t much she wanted and hardly anything she didn’t put in her dress. But, Tim liked the idea of a knee-pad bustier and straps and hardhat shoulder pads, so Margarita went for it.
WHAT SHE SAID
My look has so much inventiveness to it.
WHAT I SAID
It’s a lot, and just kinda looks like she tossed everything at the dress form and what stuck, stayed there.
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Nina Garcia got a superhero vibe, not necessarily a bad thing, and loved the innovation of the reflectors and the straps.
Carly Chaiken was stunned by the hard hat shoulder pads, saying the model could have been wearing just those and a trash bag and she would have loved it; she did, though, wished some of the blue colors on the top were used in the skirt.
Heidi said it was modern and chic and something out of Paris ... a Paris car show?
Zac Posen loved the graphic nature of the look, the dimension, the helmet shoulders and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-ness of it all, but said even after all these weeks he didn’t know who Margarita was as a designer.
Kenya, Brandon, Margarita ... Margarita? ... and Ayana are all the Tops and, while I wondered for a moment that the winner was not going to be the right one, Ayana got the well-deserved win.
That leaves Michael and Kentaro; who goes home, the Hooker or Pocahontas? Honey, the hooker always goes home.
I liked that Michael and Margarita both tried to dog Brandon. Michael said Brandon was running out of ideas, and Margarita thought he might be a “one-trick pony.” But Brandon made an outfit true to his aesthetic that used the unconventional materials and looked like fashion, while Michael tied his model up and Margarita didn’t find a piece of garbage she didn’t want to sue and still has no apparent POV.
Plus, Brandon has that smile.
I also thought it funny Margarita said she didn’t want to be obvious in her usage of the materials but then made a skirt that you knew right away was caution tape.
I loved when the designers found out who their models were and Kentaro said, “My model is Michael.” I also loved Kentaro telling Brandon that his model, Liris, has “chunk in her trunk or trunk in her junk.”
And I’m glad we’re down to real designers now and the show-offs and wannabes are gone, which leads me to The tents: I’m with Zac, I want to see Brandon’s show; I also want to see what Ayana will bring now that she’s kinda pushed herself into some fabulous places. Kentaro needs to listen, and learn, and try harder or he’ll be a guest. Kenya keeps getting high marks lately, though this week was a wee bit safe for me, but Margarita’s look, I thought, was just too much and too awful. Maybe we’ll get a three-designer show with Brandon, Ayana and Kentaro ... or maybe Kenya. I can’t see Margarita there unless she really pulls out a POV that everyone can see.
Next week? Boxing. Seriously? Why not keep the twins around for that so the others can take a shot at them? Just sayin’.
Lastly, on a sad note, Project Runway alum Mychael Knight died this week of an intestinal disorder. He had just had a show in Atlanta and was working on his next collection.
He was one of my favorite designers his season, and always seemed like such a sweet and talented man. He was just thirty-nine years old. RIP
What did YOU think?
Prince Harry, on his mother, Princess Diana’s AIDS activism and what she might be doing today:
“She was still finding her way in public life, but she already felt a responsibility to shine her spotlight on the people and issues that were often ignored. She knew that AIDS was one of the things that many wanted to ignore and seemed like a hopeless challenge. She knew that the misunderstanding of this relatively new disease was creating a dangerous situation when mixed with homophobia. So when that April, she shook the hand of a 32 year-old man with HIV in front of the cameras, she knew exactly what she was doing. She was using her position as Princess of Wales, the most famous woman in the world, to challenge everyone to educate themselves. To find their compassion, and to reach out to those who need help, instead of pushing them away. I believe that [if she were still alive] she would be telling everyone across society, not just those most at risk, that with effective treatment being free and available in the UK, that we must all embrace regular testing, both for our own sake and for those that we love. She would be demanding that same access to treatment and testing for young people in Africa and across the world, and she would of course, of course, be standing alongside those who are living openly as healthy, happy, and HIV positive.”
I remember that photo of Dina holding that man’s hand and how it sent shockwaves around the world. But that photo also told many people not to be afraid, to care, to help.
Just one photo ....
PS Harry is hot!
Kate Winslet, on why she didn’t thank Harvey Weinstein in her Oscar acceptance speech:
“For my whole career, Harvey Weinstein, whenever I’ve bumped into him, he’d grab my arm and say, ‘Don’t forget who gave you your first movie.’ Like I owe him everything. Then later, with The Reader, same thing. ‘I’m gonna get you that Oscar nomination, I’m gonna get you a win, I’m gonna win for you.’ But that’s how he operated. He was bullying and nasty.”
And from what I’ve heard about Weinstein’s massive ego, the fact she didn’t say his name probably pissed him off something fierce.
Sebastian Gorka, speaking at the Values Voter ‘Hate’ Summit:
“The Left has no idea how much more damage we can do to them as private citizens, as people unfettered by being part of the U.S. government. And as you can see, from the campaigning I did for Judge Moore, and Steve [Bannon] as well, we have begun!”
Check your figures, dickwad, because the Democrat running against Moore is gaining momentum. And, to be clear, helping an asshatted bigoted homophobe win an election in Alabama isn’t rocket science, so put your white hood back on and go away.
America Ferrera, on her own experience being sexually assaulted:
"First time I can remember being sexually assaulted I was nine years old. I told no one and lived with the shame and guilt thinking all along that I, a 9-year-old child, was somehow responsible for the actions of a grown man. I had to see this man on a daily basis for years to come. He would smile at me and wave, and I would hurry past him, my blood running cold, my guts carrying the burden of what only he and I knew — that he expected me to shut my mouth and smile back."
Nine years old. And no one knew but the pedophile and her.
John McCain, warning Americans against _____ without ever saying his name:
“To abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history. We live in a land of ideals, not blood and soil.”
Blood and soil; a clear reference to the white supremacists that support the Bigot-In-Chief.
Reese Witherspoon, on her experience with sexual assault at age 16:
“I’ve had multiple experiences of harassment and sexual assault, and I don’t speak about them very often. But after hearing all the stories these past few days and hearing these brave women speak up tonight, the things that we’re kind of told to sweep under the rug and not talk about, it’s made me want to speak up and speak up loudly because I felt less alone this week than I’ve ever felt in my entire career.”
All it takes is one voice to lead the way and suddenly you feel less alone.
To co-opt a phrase from another movement: Silence = Death.
George W. Bush, no longer the worst president in history, talking about _____ without ever saying his name, at a George W. Bush Institute event in New York:
“Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication. We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism. We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. Argument turns too easily into animosity. It means that bigotry and white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed, and it means the very identity of our nation depends on passing along civic ideals. Bullying and prejudice in our public life … provides permission for cruelty and bigotry.”
Bush, who never spoke out against Obama, is coming for _____; hopefully he can sway the non-Deplorables into realizing _____ is not their man.