*A photo of President Obama hugging his wife Michelle Obama is no longer the most retweeted pic in Tw’istory…thanks to Ellen DeGeneres.
During last night’s Academy Awards telecast, the host got Meryl Streep, then Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong’o (and her ecstatic brother) to take a selfie in the aisle in an attempt to break Twitter’s retweet record.
Before Cooper pressed the button, Jared Leto, Brad Pitt,Angelina Jolie and Kevin Spacey had jumped in it.
*If you’ve seen the trailer for “American Hustle,” the David O. Russell film based on the FBI’s ABSCAM sting operation during the late 1970s and early 1980s, then you’ve seen Bradley Cooper with his hair rolled up in some plastic perm rods — the very ones stored in every mobile bin at every hair salon, or sported by at least one of the homies in 1985.
In the film, Cooper plays FBI agent Richie DiMaso, a colorful character who recruits a con man (Christian Bale) and his lover/partner (Amy Adams) for the ABSCAM operation.
Cooper says DiMaso’s (that-ain’t-nothin’-but-an-ultra) perm was a joint project along with director Russell, crafted to add another dimension to the character.
“The exterior, the crustacean around the sort of spirit that David was creating, it all was informed around the idea that DiMaso is a child really, a young boy,” Cooper said during a press conference for the film Sunday in New York. “And also we wanted him to look different, that maybe I’d be a bit unrecognizable. We thought maybe curly hair.”
That’s an understatement.
Below, Cooper goes into more detail about his curl.
“American Hustle” opens in limited release on Dec. 13.
Actress Glenn Close attends the White House Mental Health Conference in the East Room of the White House June 3, 2013 in Washington, DC
*President Obama turned to Hollywood for help in raising awareness of mental illness, beginning with a White House summit on Monday with Vice President Joe Biden, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. They were joined by two entertainment industry stalwarts with personal connections to mental health issues: actress Glenn Close and actor Bradley Cooper.
Close, who co-founded the nonprofit awareness group Bring Change 2 Mind, has said she first became aware of mental health problems when she starred in “Fatal Attraction” in 1987. Her sister Jessie grew up with severe bouts of depression and tried to commit suicide several times before being diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. Her nephew Calen has also been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. She’s also the narrator of a PBS documentary that started airing last week in California, “A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness.”
Actor Bradley Cooper acknowledged his connection with mental illness is more remote, starting with his role as a bipolar man in “Silver Linings Playbook.”
“I’m sort of here by accident,” he said. “It’s not that I didn’t know about mental illness. I think it’s just that I just didn’t see it as a part of my life.”
It’s the first time he’s been back to D.C. with the mental-health message since the height of the movie’s Oscar campaign, when Cooper met with Joe Biden on the topic and held forth at a Center for American Progress forum on mental health.
Actor Bradley Cooper (2nd L) listens as U.S. President Barack Obama delivers opening remarks to the White House Mental Health Conference in the East Room of the White House June 3, 2013 in Washington, DC
The goal of the summit is to start a national conversation about mental health, removing any stigma around it so afflicted people will feel free to seek help. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) and the California Mental Health Services Authority are teaming up to give movie and TV producers tools to more accurately portray mental health challenges. Part of that effort is a rollout of public service announcements prepared by Ogilvy Public Relations. The PSAs, backed by the NAB, will air on 7,500 member radio and television stations across the U.S.
Then, on August 8th, the EIC will present an event on a studio lot in Los Angeles for scriptwriters, producers, directors, performers and execs. Along with panels of experts, the producers, studios and networks will be offered a toolkit and resources in both English and Spanish – including story ideas – provided by TEAM Up (Tools for Entertainment and Media).
The event is paid for through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) passed by voters in 2004, and the group it created, the California Mental Health Authority. While that group gets government funding, it’s not an official state agency.
“Media and entertainment professionals can play a significant role in the public’s understanding of mental health,” said Brian Dyak, the EIC’s president and ceo. “Inaccurate portrayals of individuals living with mental illness can fuel misconceptions that could lead to subsequent discrimination and deter individuals from seeking help for mental health challenges.”
President Barack Obama (R) delivers opening remarks to the White House Mental Health Conference as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (L), Education Secretary Arne Duncan (2nd L) and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki (2nd R) look on in the East Room of the White House June 3, 2013 in Washington, DC.
In a statement, the White House outlined the President’s goals: “The conference will bring together people from across the country, including representatives from state and local governments, mental health advocates, educators, health care providers, faith leaders, and individuals who have struggled with mental health problems, to discuss how we can all work together to reduce stigma and help the millions of Americans struggling with mental health problems recognize the importance of reaching out for assistance.”
Per the Hollywod Reporter, one subject the summit won’t address is guns. When the gathering was first announced in May, press secretary Jay Carney described it as part of an effort to reduce gun violence. But after guns proved a political hot potato, they’ve since disappeared from announcements.
Below, CBS News interviews Glenn Close about the summit:
(L-R) Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helmes in “The Hangover Part III”
*The third and final film in the “Hangover” franchise will arrive in theaters this month looking a bit different from its predecessors.
The Wolfpack is back – Phil (Bradley Cooper), Alan (Zach Galifianakis), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha). But this time, they’re not spending the whole movie trying to figure out how they managed to lose a human being following a night of wild partying.
Part III finds the Wolfpack concerned with Alan’s mental state. His father has died, he’s off his meds and his friends and family are seen in the trailer trying to get him to go to treatment.
Despite the format change, there are some familiar aspects to the film. Heather Graham from Part I returns as heart-of-gold stripper Jade, Ken Jeong is back as a “darker than ever” Mr. Chow, per writer/director Todd Phillips, and a ‘Hangover” wouldn’t be a “Hangover” without Mike Tyson – who made memorable cameos in the first two films. (He admitted he was high on cocaine while filming Part I.)
How the former heavyweight champion of the world factors in to the third film is being kept under wraps. (He’s not in any of the trailers.) But ,during interviews for the movie, Cooper did reveal that Part III as a whole – though it’s different in format from I and II – is more similar in tone to the 2009 original, and not the frenetic chaos of its Bangkok-set sequel.
“The Hangover Part III” opens in theaters on May 24. Watch the trailers below.
*Zoe Saldana has stripped naked to promote her next film.
The “Star Trek Into Darkness” wears nothing but a gold bracelet in the latest issue of Allure magazine, in which she openly discusses dating Hollywood bachelors (like Bradley Cooper), her sexuality, and continually chasing her dreams.
After over a decade of dating entrepreneur Keith Britton, and an on-and-off relationship with Cooper, Saldana is not looking to get involved with another famous face. “Been there, done that, got the T-shirt,” she says in the June 2013 issue, which hits newsstands on May 21.
If anything, her love life has taught her to know what she wants. “If I have something good in front of me — it doesn’t matter if it’s a person or a pair of shoes — I’m not going to test something else,” Saldana explains. “It’s insecure, and it’s immature.”
But after a few failed romances, men may be a thing of the past for Saldana, who characterizes herself as “androgynous.” Just what does that mean for her sexuality? Well, Saldana says she may “end up with a woman raising my children…that’s how androgynous I am! I was raised that open.”
When asked if she ever been romantically involved with a woman, Saldana simply says: “Promise me one thing: You’re going to ask this question [in the article] — if you choose to, just put three dots as my response. That’s it.”
While she may be staying lips-sealed on that matter, Saldana is sure to speak her mind when it comes to her career. “It’s OK to say, ‘This is what I want,’ and go after it,” Saldana says. “And if it doesn’t happen, it’s OK. Be a reasonable person with yourself.”
“In the last few years of my life, I’m actually claiming what I want and not being afraid that I’m jinxing it, that it might not happen, that I might be disappointed if it doesn’t happen,” she continues. “It’s OK to say, ‘This is what I want’—and go after it. And if it doesn’t happen, it’s OK. Be a reasonable person with yourself.”
Saldana reprises her role as Uhura in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” in theaters Friday (May 17).
*I am a movie fanatic! Netflix is losing money on my subscription, for sure. It may be no secret to some of you, that I much prefer films that are grounded in an honest human connection. Well, last week I had the distinct pleasure of going to see Silver Linings Playbook, with the adorable Bradley Cooper (Pat) and the underrated Jennifer Lawrence (Tiffany), on my birthday.
Although, I’m an avid movie watcher, I usually only turn my TV on, on Thursday nights for Scandal. That being said, I had not seen the trailer and had no idea what the movie was about. I had; however, heard that it was excellent.
Well, I agree! The movie was focused on the extremely important topic of mental illness and I am not qualified to discuss that matter. Except to offer that it is relevant (as it has always been) and not addressed adequately, as we see from the 30 shootings since Columbine; with the latest claiming the lives of 20 beautiful children and 6 adult servants to our children.
In my work as a Brand Strategist and Advisor, fighting for authenticity in all aspects of life, I found the journey to the character’s personal truths to be refreshing. Tiffany’s honesty about her behaviors, her past and her existing circumstances led to a very genuine connection between she and Pat. Meanwhile, Pat’s denial about his existing circumstances, his past and his behaviors created the ultimate turmoil in his own life, as well as his human connections.
Tiffany experienced something very traumatic that led her to exhibiting behaviors that caused people to label her in certain ways. Instead of explaining away her situation, she simply owned it and swallowed it up in the love she felt for herself. On the other hand, Pat continued on making excuses for himself and believing that if he just kept going down the same path, everyone else would see his lie, as well. Until. . .Tiffany, gets into his head and heart. There, I believe he sees truth and the beauty in the journey.
Whether it’s divorce, promiscuity, crime, molestation, failure, mental illness or something else, don’t label yourself because of it. Instead, take a look at the fact, right where it is and own it. Why? Because it doesn’t define you.
Life is full of failure and success, highs and lows, heartache and heart-joy. Not a one of us can escape it, no matter how much we pretend. Some of it will be self inflicted, others will be out of our control. Either way, we must stay authentic to the journey. Let’s not hide the bad from ourselves, but learn from it.
This level of personal and internal authenticity will leave you with an amazing level of confidence as you travel along your path. In this honesty, nothing will haunt you because you will have already diffused it, by acknowledging its existence.
Need a playbook for life? Find the silver lining in your truth.
Monica Cost is a Brand Strategist for Evidently Assured & the Live Your Truth Experience (L.Y.T.E.). She is the Author of the new life changing book on living an authentic life called, “The Things I Used to do to Sneeze!: How to live an authentic life with awesome sensations” (found at www.monicacost.com) Email her at: LiveYourTruth@MonicaCost.com. Follow her via Twitter: @monicacost and Facebook.com/monicahairstoncost. www.monicacost.com. Live true!