Last night's TrevorLIVE annual event in NYC brought on a collaboration of entertainers and advocates in support of the organization's lifesaving work for LGBT youth and I was there to ask the stars about...music!
Attendees included "American Idol" alum Jessica Sanchez, Gabourey Sidibe, Olivia Thirlby and of course, major LGBT supporters Snooki and JWoww. The incredible event was hosted by none other than Jane Lynch, who we all know brought the poses, smiles and the sangin'.
Every day, the Trevor Project provides suicide prevention services through a confidential lifeline, in-school workshops, online resources and advocacy. Guests shared endless stories on the importance on how we could save young lives and how, if it's a family member, friend or coworker in need of this assistance -- we must take a stand!
I received all smiles on the red carpet as I asked the question, "What's your favorite pride song?" I was surprised by most responses and surely agreed with them all! A big hit was Lady Gaga's "Born This Way." As DJ Kiss put it, "No matter what you say, your opinion of me is not important. I was born this way". When catching up with Jessica Sanchez, she mentioned that her song "Right To Fall" which she performed live at the event would be her #1 pride song. Everything Donna Summer & Whitney Houston were popular on the list as well. Of course, these divas stay on top! Check out what other celebs had to say:
What's Your Favorite Pride Song?
"You know as strange as it is, 'This Must Be the Place,' by the Talking Heads. It's a song about finding your home." - Olivia Thirlby
"Number one pride song? Hmmm...well I have to cheat a little bit and say on my new debut album, I have a song called 'Right to Fall' and it's about gay rights." - Jessica Sanchez
"I guess an easy one is anything by Lady Gaga really, like what are the pride songs...I think...I really like...there's a song, it's sort of old, by Anastacia called 'One Day in Your Life'...I like that one a lot." - Gabourey Sidibe
A new poster for "Anchorman: The Legend Continues" debuted online today, ahead of a brand new trailer, which will drop tomorrow.
Also, watch Ron Howard read fan tweets as the "Arrested Development" narrator in today's Dailies!
» Latino Review's El Mayimbe is making his feature film debut. Check out his indiegogo page to see perks and how to help. [indiegogo]
» New poster for "Anchorman: The Legend Continues." Trailer due out tomorrow. [Twitter]
» The "Veronice Mars" movie started shooting. [Twitter]
» Ron Howard reads fan tweets like "Arrested Development" narration. [Netflix]
» First look at Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela [THR]
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Haters might hate, but we over here at Act adore Snooki for so many reasons. Homegirl loves animals (almost) more than she loves pickles, and she has a totally fearless attitude when it comes to addressing her bullies -- which makes her truly one of a kind. The past few years we have heard Snooki address this issue, but our gurllll is back and taking to her blog to help spread her positive message further! #PREACH
She reveals, "It's not a secret that I may not be the most liked person on the planet, especially because people love to judge me off of Jersey Shore....Everyone judges one another and EVERYONE has an opinion. It's up to you to say, Bitch please, you have no idea what you're talking about because I'm fabulous."
With her fame came quite a bit off harsh judgement, but the Snookinator seems to have turned it all into a positive. In her post she explains how she deals with it. "I remind myself that I'm not as bad as these people think I am," says Snooki. "I'm a great mother, a loving fiancé, and a great friend." With the big platform she has, she even created a PSA last year with A Thin Line to raise awareness about bullying.
If you are ever feeling overwhelmed by the bullies around you, just know that you will rise above it, leaving them far behind. It may seem quite miserable in the moment, but there is so much ahead of you!
You've passed your classes. You put on the cap and gown. All you need to do is walk across the stage, and you will have officially graduated from college. But wait! First you have to listen to some words of wisdom from your commencement speaker.
Although most commencement speakers tend to be not-so-memorable, the famous speakers below did a great job of walking the line between making the audience LOL and faking that there's something in my eye thing we all do when we're starting to cry.
We've compiled a list of some of our favorite lines from this year's most memorable speeches. Check them out now if you need a good laugh or some really great inspiration:
+ Brian Williams Gets His Son to Play Ball
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams made the Elon University a family affair when giving his commencement speech. There were definitely a few watershed moments, but he made the entire crowd laugh when calling out his son, a graduate:
"Your time with my son is over. WE get him back now…(And, after throwing a baseball to his son in the audience) "I'm sorry about the ricochet. He used to be better, but he's been here for four years."
+ Astronaut Mark Kelly is SO Not Top Gun Material
Mark Kelly, husband of the courageous Gabby Giffords, wasn't always a stellar pilot. The astronaut joked about one of his earlier failures in his speech at Bard College:
"And, I do these four landings and then I go back to the shore that night, and, eventually, that evening, I get debriefed by the instructor pilot who had been watching me from the back of the ship. And, you know the first thing he says to me is, "Are you sure this career is for you?" He says, "You are not a particularly good pilot." You know, I really did bad; I actually think Tom Cruise would have been better -- and I don't mean the character from the movie, I mean the actor. Tom Cruise probably would have been better at that than me. "
+ Katie Couric Knows Who to Thank
Katie Couric might be super successful now, but the talk show host has had her fair share of terrible days. She joked about how she coped with a particularly bad day at the office while addressing the graduating class of Randolph-Macon College:
"The president of CNN called the assignment desk and said he never wanted to see me on the air again. Needless to say, I was devastated. T-G-H-D…Thank God for Haagen Dazs."
+ Oprah + the Worst Prize Fake-Out Ever
If Oprah told you to look under your chair because she did something special for you, you'd pretty much die from the suspense, right? Well that's how the queen of TV faked out the Harvard University grads in the beginning of her commencement speech:
"Actually, I was so honored I wanted to do something really special for you. I wanted to be able to have you look under your seats and there would be free master and doctor degrees, but I see you got that covered already."
+ John Green Knows What Heroes Are Made Of:
If you've been gutted by one of his best-selling YA novels, you know John Green pulls no punches when it comes time to wreak emotional havoc. Here's what he had to say about heroes to the graduating class of Butler University:
"The real hero's journey is from strength to weakness…But still, you are probably going to be a nobody for a while. You are going to make that journey from strength to weakness, and while it won't be an easy trip, it is a heroic one."
+ Julie Andrews is an Ambassador of Amazingness:
We envy the graduates at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Not only did Dame Julie Andrews drop some "The Sound of Music" references, but she also knocked everyone out of their seats with this advice:
"Use your knowledge, and your heart, to stand up for those who can't stand, speak for those who can't speak, be a beacon of light for those whose lives have become dark…Be a part of all that is decent and be an ambassador for the kind of world you want to live in."
+ Stephen Colbert Wants You to Choose the Hard Path:
Stephen Colbert might be used to easy laughs on Comedy Central, but he had some serious moments while delivering his address to the graduates of the University of Virginia:
"Your life will not be defined by the society that we have left you…If you must find your own path, and we have left you no easy path, then decide now to choose the hard path that leads to the life and the world you want."
+ Joss Whedon Found the Beauty in Conflict:
It should come as no surprise that the man behind "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "The Avengers" knows a thing or two about conflict. Here's what Joss Whedon shared with the graduates at Wesleyan University:
"You have, which is a rare thing, the ability and the responsibility to listen to the dissent in yourself. To at least give it the floor. Because it is the key, not only to consciousness, but to real growth….If you think happiness means total peace, you will never be happy. Peace comes from the acceptance of the part of you that can never be at peace. They will always be in conflict and if you accept that, everything gets a lot better! ... You do not pass through this life, it passes through you. You experience it, you interpret it, you act, and then it is different. That happens constantly. You are changing the world. You always have been."
+ The President Has Some Parting Words
Here's a bonus excerpt from President Obama's commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy, because we think the President sums up everything we need to know:
"This country cannot accomplish great things if we pursue nothing greater than our own individual ambitions."
Which speech was your favorite this year? Who would you like to see speak at your graduation?
Whether you like it or not, it looks like a sequel to "Prometheus" is coming our way. At least, that's what a new article from Variety suggests.
Word of Fox and the producers' intention to quickly follow-up the $400 worldwide hit spread just months after the original film debuted, with THR naming 2014 or 2015 as potential targets.
Even though those date now seem unrealistic considering how long it takes a project like "Prometheus" to get going, there is progress. Variety is reporting that Jack Palgen, who wrote "Dark Knight" cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut, "Transcendence," which stars Johnny Depp, has been hired to write the script.
A writer announcement has been expected for some time, ever since Damon Lindelof announced that he would not be returning to write the screenplay for the sequel. That announcement resulted in a gossipy story about how producers were pissed because Lindelof wrote them into a corner. If you'd like to know more about that hearsay, you can read Lindelof's official response to it over at /Film.
Both Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are expected to return as the ever-curious Elizabeth Shaw and the recently decapitated David-8. The two reportedly had sequel agreements in their original contracts, so we can expect further adventures of the lady scientist and her sometimes evil robot head. That's a winning combination!
We'll keep you posted as this story develops, but until then what would you like to see from a "Prometheus" sequel? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter!
We all have cringe-worthy moments, but most of ours don't play out on live television for millions of people to see. In the question and answer portion of the 2013 Miss USA Beauty Pageant this weekend, Miss Utah majorly botched a question about income inequality.
Marissa Powell, also known as Miss Utah, clearly got caught up in the moment when answering celebrity judge NeNe Leakes' question. Leakes asked Miss Utah:
"A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary earners yet they continue to earn less than men. What does this say about society?"
But it's okay! We have good answers for her right here:
+ This Says…American Families Are Earning Less
If women are the primary earners in 40 percent of American families with children, yet they're still being paid less than men for the same jobs, what does that mean? Basically, almost half of American families with children are at a significant disadvantage because the breadwinners, women, aren't earning what they should. Can you imagine if the wage gap was eliminated? How much more money would those 40 percent of families earn in a year? If we're sentencing such a significant portion of our population to this fate, we're doing our entire nation a disservice.
+ This Says…Women Aren't Valued As Much As Men
It's amazing that we're still having this conversation in 2013, but here we are. As noted on the White House blog, even though it's been 50 years since the Equal Pay Act was passed, the wage gap still exists. If two employees are hired to complete the same job and have the same experience, they should be paid the same. Amiright?
+ This Says…Income Inequality Is Bad For All Women, Especially Women of Color
"Les Misérables" star Eddie Redmayne was all smiles as he joined a group of prestigious Brits on the tennis court during the AEGON Championships this Sunday. The actor mostly sat on the sidelines, but he did his part to help raise money during the Rally Against Cancer Charity Tennis Match.
Even though pro tennis player Andy Murray had just endured a grueling three-hour-long match against Marin Cilic, he celebrated his tournament win by hopping back on the court. It's no surprise since Murray calls Ross Hutchins, who coordinated the event and was diagnosed with cancer in December, a good friend of his. Murray, Redmayne, and Hutchins were joined by tennis greats Tim Henman, Ivan Lendl, and Tomas Berdych. Notable Brit Sir Richard Branson even donned his best tennis gear to help promote the cause.
Photo: Sir Richard Branson and Eddy Redmayne were all smiles at the tournament. (Getty)
All games aside, the stars also raised a lot of money for the cause. Murray even donated his winnings from the tournament, €86,300, to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, the organization the Rally benefitted. The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity is a "world-leading" cancer center that helps care for "more than 50,000 cancer patients each year."
If you want to take after your favorite Brits and help fight cancer, you can visit the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity or check out the action widgets below.