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Charlize Theron and Diablo Cody Explore the Woes of #MomLife in Tully

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It was fall 2015 and Academy Award–winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno) was supposed to be writing a movie about Barbie for Sony and Amy Schumer. She had just delivered her third child, and thought she would adeptly juggle the demands of her work life and family life, like she had before. This time was different.

“I was supposed to be writing this big-budget, four-quadrant Hollywood movie, and I was failing at it. I could not even get a page written, which has never happened to me. I just hit this wall of exhaustion,” Cody said recently to Vanity Fair. “I knew it was crazy, and I knew that it would end eventually. But for some reason, I just was not myself after having [my son].”

Codys postpartum roller coaster is familiar territory to many women. Despite being able to logically rationalize the drastic changes to ones body and the brutal exhaustion that upends normal life, a moms emotional brain doesnt always follow suit, especially when charged with tending to the needs of older children, too. What helped for Cody, the screenwriter who has frequently mined her own life for her work, was that she turned to storytelling to mend her wounds.

“The only thing that comforted me at this time in my life was writing this weird, intense, almost stream-of-consciousness indie script, which became Tully,” she said. “I used it as a form of therapy—fantasizing about what it might be like if somebody could magically appear and take care of me.”

The result is her third collaboration with director Jason Reitman, and her second with her on-screen avatar, Charlize Theron.Tully is a story about Marlo, who, after having her third child, falls into a pit of despair, overwhelmed by the special needs of her 5-year-old while trying to address the relentless demands of a newborn. She is saved by the winsome night nurse Tully (Mackenzie Davis), who arrives as a gift from her brother to take care of Marlo and restore a sense of self to her haggard soul. Her husband (Ron Livingston) is a sweet, but clueless dolt, necessary for the films surprise twist.

Tully first debuted as a secret screening at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and has been hailed by critics for its revealing look at motherhood—and adulthood.

Said Vanity Fair chief critic Richard Lawson, “The film uses its mom-at-wits-end motif to explore a more broadly relatable anxiety about the ever-mutating shape of life, the slow and imperceptible shifts—caused by both choice and chance—that gradually make and remake our experience of the world. In its most poignant moments, Tully addresses something common among those of us whove found ourselves on the other side of young adulthood. Its the realization that weve woven a narrative for ourselves—consciously or not—whose past is forever irretrievable, that life has happened, that we have changed without noticing, that time has come along and carried us away.”

None of this would be possible without Theron fully embodying the character of Marlo. Gaining some 50 pounds to play the part, Theron connected easily to the main character, appreciating the depths Cody went to convey the irreparable changes that come with motherhood. It didn't hurt that her youngest was six months old and had just moved out of her room, finally offering her a complete night of sleep.

“The one thing thats always bothered me [about motherhood] is you cant just talk honestly about the experience without shame being attached to it,” said Theron, a single mother to a 6-year-old son and a now 2-year-old daughter. “Somehow, talking about how messy and hard it is to raise kids always carries this stigma. Everybody else is telling you its this fucking blessing and its great every single day—and if its not, then you are just not good at it.”

Theron is no stranger to the art of physical transformation. She gained 30 pounds to play serial killer Aileen Wuornos in her Oscar-winning role in Monster; she shaved her head and bulked up to portray Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road. And she did her own makeup to play disheveled Mavis in her original pairing with Reitman and Cody, the caustic Young Adult. So it was never a question that she would again transform to accurately portray a postpartum mother. It just came at a really bad time.

Emmerdale spoilers: Nicola and Bernice plot to get rid of Misty

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Nicola decides that shes had enough of Misty in Emmerdale this week but she cant bring herself to get rid of her directly.

Instead Nicola does what she does best and tells Jimmy that he has to be the one to tell Misty to leave.

But Jimmy is delighted when Misty reveals that shes been offered a job in Thailand for a year. The job involves fire eating, which seems a good fit for Misty.

Nicola should be delighted but shes horrified when Misty reveals one more detail – that Rodney is accompanying her to Thailand.

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Later, Nicola confides in Bernice. She tells Bernice that she will do anything it takes to make Rodney stay. Nicola readies herself for war.

The next day Nicola puts her plan into motion.

Nicola and Bernice tamper with Mistys cherished tarot cards. Then Nicola produces them and asks Misty for a reading.

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But Bernice ends up ruining the plan when she admits that theyve tampered with the pack.

Not many roles for transgender women in Hollywood, says Laverne Cox

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By: PTI | London | Published: February 24, 2018 5:44 pm Transgender actress Laverne Cox has been a part of the popular TV show The Orange Is The New Black.

Actor Laverne Cox believes she has often been overlooked for certain roles but says things have started to improve for the better. The Orange Is The New Black star said that being a black transgender woman has limited her opportunities as an actor.

“Two years ago … I was in the waiting room with actresses who were like, ‘Oh my God, this is my fourth audition today. And I was like, ‘Oh, I’ve never auditioned that much.’ There have never been that many parts as a black, openly transgender woman,” Cox said, according to Femalefirst.

“Because I am who I am, there probably have been fewer opportunities for me to work. I feel like we’ve made the very most of what we have been given …

I feel very blessed now,” she added. Cox said she is now determined to make the most of her platform and will campaign for better representation of certain demographics in Hollywood.

“Certainly there are fewer opportunities for someone like me being black and being trans and being a woman. In the face of that, it’s not bad. The truth is I’m one of the lucky ones. The question for me becomes … as I produce, how to bring other people along for the ride,” Cox said.

Laverne Cox has been a part of some films and many popular TV shows that include Orange Is the New Black, Faking It, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, The Mindy Project among others.

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Ekta Kapoors MOM Mission Over Mars features wrong rocket on its poster

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ekta kapoor shows Poster of Ekta Kapoors show MOM Mission Over Mars.

In what appears to be a major gaffe, the poster of Ekta Kapoors recently announced web series M.O.M – Mission Over Mars — inspired by the story of the women behind Indias successful Mangalyaan mission — features the wrong space rocket.

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In a tweet last week, Kapoor announced the launch of the show that revolves around the story of four women scientists who were involved in Indias Mars Orbiter Mission launched in 2013. Actors Sakshi Tanwar, Mona Singh, Nidhi Singh and Palomi Ghosh star in the show for ALTBalaji streaming platform.

The poster features what appears to be a Russian Soyuz launch vehicle, superimposed with the Indian flag. ISROs Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan, on the other hand, was launched aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket C25. Some Twitter users spotted the gaffe and criticised the showrunners apparent lack of research into the subject before the poster launch.

“The fact that the poster uses the wrong rocket is already a big flag,” one user tweeted.

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“Could it be that they didnt have a single expert as a consultant for this series?” another user wrote.

10 EastEnders spoilers: Keanu violent rage, Dennis death danger and Maxs shock move

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EastEnders spoilers for Hayley, Dennis, Keanu and Max
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Several EastEnders characters are making uncomfortable discoveries about themselves as Keanu Taylor realises that he is developing a nasty and violent temper that he is struggling to control which leads to a vicious showdown with Hayley Slater while Rainie and Max Branning are both torn and confused over which of their feelings are real and which arent.

Elsewhere, theres terror in store for Sharon Mitchell when Dennis Rickmans life is on the line thanks to the gang that has been hanging around while Ted Murray gets one heck of a blast from the past – when his dead wife Joyce contacts him from beyond the grave!

Here are the latest Walford spoilers:

10 EastEnders spoilers

  • Karen prepares to tell Keanu the truth about his violent father after a chat with Keegan.
  • Rainie is determined that Max fancies her and makes attempts to seduce him.
  • Ted discovers a message in a bottle left by his late wife Joyce.
  • Keanu is disgusted with himself when he lashes out violently towards Hayley.
  • Jack is forced to tell Mel that his kids come first after Amy makes her uncomfortable.
  • Phil takes over care of Dennis and starts to make headway with him.
  • Patrick and Bernie encourage Ted to see through a surprise request from Joyce.
  • Rainie admits the truth about her feelings to Max and he ends up sharing a drink with Jessica.
  • Sharon enlists Keanus help when Dennis goes missing after being confronted by the gang.
  • Masood and Ian prepare for the opening of their restaurant.

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Karen drops a bombshell on Keanu in EastEnders
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Keanu refuses to tell Karen how he came about his black eye but when he punches the wall, she fears the worst about his temper and decides that its time that he knew the truth about his father. Later, Keanu is disgusted with himself after a violent outburst towards Hayley.

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Rainie tries her best to get Maxs attention but when she learns that he has joined a no strings attached sex app, she plays games with him. Mel puts an early end to lunch when Amy quizzes her about her relationship with Jack while Ted discovers a message in a bottle from Joyce.

Tuesday 14th August

Dennis messes around in EastEnders
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Sharon overhears Dennis boasting about how lenient she is with him so decides to let Phil have a shot at managing his behaviour. Meanwhile, Ted discovers another note from Joyce as Bernie encourages him to fulfil her wishes.

Keanu tells Karen that he lost his temper and she tries to comfort him. Hayley later gives him a piece of her mind but can see how upset he is. Later, Keanu ends up in another clash with the gang and Hayley witnesses everything.

Max heads out on his date with excitement and Rainies plan to humiliate him backfires. Jack is forced to tell Mel that his kids will always come first.

Ananya Panday: Alia Bhatt has always been my idol

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ananya panday Ananya Panday says she wishes to emulate the career graph of her senior Alia Bhatt. (Photo: Ananya Panday/Instagram)

Newcomer Ananya Panday says she hopes to grow into a versatile artiste like her idol, Alia Bhatt some day.

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The 20-year-old actor is set to make her big Bollywood debut this Friday with Student of the Year 2, a sequel to the 2012 film that launched Alias career.

“I look up to Alia so much. She has always been my idol. When she came in with Student… she was raw and fresh and people saw her grow. Ive been inspired by her growth,” she told PTI in an interview here.

Ananya, the daughter of actor Chunky Pandey, plays Shreya in the Punit Malhotra directorial. The film also stars Tiger Shroff and another debutante Tara Sutaria.

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Ananya says her character in the film is similar to her real-life self.

Kasautii Zindagii Kay promo: SRK introduces Parth Samthaan and Erica Fernandes as Ekta Kapoors Anurag and Prerna

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Written by Sana Farzeen | Mumbai | Published: September 2, 2018 4:56:23 pm Shah Rukh Khan introduces Prerna and Anurag from Kasautii Zindagi Kay reboot. Related News

Ekta Kapoor has finally revealed the lead pair of Kasautii Zindagii Kay. The first promo of the upcoming show was released today. It has the king of romance Shah Rukh Khan introducing the couple, to be played by Parth Samthaan and Erica Fernandes.

The one-minute video will make viewers nostalgic, especially its title tune. Shot beautifully across Kolkata, the promo gives an insight into Prerna and Anurags life. The actors seem to have a crackling chemistry. And from the first look of it, seems like Ekta Kapoor has hit gold with Kasautii Zindagii Kay reboot.

The promo opens with Shah Rukh Khan asking viewers if they have ever noticed the rail lines that go on for miles together but never meet. The superstar then introduces Parth and Erica as Anurag and Prerna. He adds that the couple has a similar story like the rail lines. While they have been together for ages, they still remain apart.

Ekta shared the promo of Kasautii Zindagii Kay on her Instagram account. She posted, “ANURAG N PRERNA ..!they were so different no one cud imagine them with each other not even them themselves… destiny laughed fate smiled and said u both will always b with each other ….no not LIVE with each other but LIVE FOR each other! Introducing Anurag PLAYED BY @the_parthsamthaan n Prerna PLAYED BY @iam_ejftwo karmically connected lovers …introduced by the KING OF ROMANCE @iamsrk #kasautizindagiki#mugshot #mugshotlove #anurag #prerna.”

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Earlier talking about rebooting the romantic series, Ekta had told indianexpress.com, “For me, love is classic. It can be told many many times. Yes, with time there can be new characters and few changes but the essence will always remain the same.”

12 soap spoiler pictures: Emmerdale murder bloodbath, Coronation Street baby kidnap, EastEnders horror and Hollyoaks anger

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Emmerdale murder bloodbath, Corrie baby kidnap and 18 more soap spoilers
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Theres horror in soapland as several characters are taking drastic action that could have terrible consequences. In Emmerdale, killer Lachlan White creates a gas leak in order to silence Liv Flaherty and Robert Sugden forever and Rebecca is then caught in the crossfire while in Coronation Street, Eva Price is panicked when Johnny Connor kidnaps baby Susie.

EastEnders sees Tina Carter shaken to the core by the deplorable actions of menacing Stuart Highway but can she take him on? And Diane and Tony Hutchinson fear the worst when they are given frightening news about Dee Dee.

On top of that, theres forbidden passion in the Dales, a return to Eileen Grimshaw to Coronation Street, a baby bombshell for unsettled Hayley Slater in Walford and Buster Smith is left enraged in Hollyoaks.

Here are the brand new pictures:

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Johnny is out of sorts in Coronation Street
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After a mediation meeting with Eva goes badly, Johnny fears he will never see Susie again and kidnaps her before hiding out in a hotel room. When he breaks down and calls Liz to him, he reveals his plan to take Susie for a new life in Spain.

Eileen is shocked in Coronation Street
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Eileen is shocked to return and find her house in chaos but she is soon distracted when she hears that Steve and Tracy are engaged. With Devs help, Eileen tries to get Steve to see that Tracy isnt the woman for him – but the lady herself walks in and hears everything.

Chesney warns Gemma in Coronation Street
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Gemma is elated when Henry returns to say that he was forced to get engaged but he has told his family to stuff the inheritance as he loves Gemma. And whats more, he has bought her the Rovers! But Chesney and Cathy have words of warning for Gemma…

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EastEnders

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 10/07/2018 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2018 - TX: 16/07/2018 - Episode: EastEnders - July - September 2018 - 5742 (No. 5742) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS TUESDAY 10th JULY 2018* Tina is unhappy with Stuart asleep in living room Tina Carter (LUISA BRADSHAW WHITE) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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Tina is shaken as memories return to her about what Stuart did to her years ago and although he tries to manipulate her into believing he is innocent, she eventually opens up to Linda about what she went through and Mick has an idea about how to get to the truth.

17 Lizzo Quotes That Prove She’s the Hero We All Need but Don’t Deserve

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By now you're probably well aware that Lizzo is so much more than a singer. The 31-year-old, born Melissa Jefferson, is a powerhouse vocalist and classically trained flutist, yes — but she's also emerged as a beacon of positivity and self-love thanks to her bold, fearless approach to life. She doesn't shy away from addressing important topics like mental health and body image, and she makes sure to lift up those around her (especially marginalized groups like black women
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Emmerdale spoilers: Crash horror as Daz Spencer leaves man for dead in hit and run

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A stupid decision from a drunken Daz Spencer has a horrific outcome in Emmerdale as he gets behind the wheel of his car after a few pints and ends up mowing someone down.

For once, Dazs luck appears to be on the up having scored himself a new job which comes with a swanky new company car, but a boozy lunch could put paid to all of that.

He meets with his new boss Trish to discuss his job over a liquid lunch as she insists they forgo any actual food, a recipe for disaster, and she later invites him back to her house to sign some contracts. Fearful she wants more than a working a relationship but wanting to keep his job, Daz agrees.

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But hit with a conscience, he tells her he cant go through with it and she kicks him out mid-journey back to hers, leaving him stranded and sozzled in the middle of the countryside. He starts the long walk home and stumbles across his new car abandoned in a field with the keys still in.

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Little does he know that Leanna, Amelia and Noah stole the car for a joy ride and crashed it, scarpering when Leanna demanded they leave the car where it is.

Daz has a quick nap in the car after deciding hes too drunk to drive, and after 40 winks chooses to carry on his journey home. But as he makes his way along the dark, windy lanes, Noahs phone, which was accidentally dropped in a foot-well, rings and distracts Daz.

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Leaning down to pick the phone up, he takes his eyes off the road and theres a thud. Hes hit someone. Afraid of what hes done, he legs it and leaves the person to die.

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