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Posts Tagged ‘Hilary Swank’

The Daily Questions Van Damme’s Return to Chechnya

Good item today on The Daily about two very different celebrity reactions to the public’s outrage over an October visit by Hollywood folk to Chechnya for “City Day” celebrations coinciding with the 35th birthday of the Russian republic’s brutal leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.

While Hilary Swank donated the fee she received to charity and fired her PR folks (in what some deemed an unfair scapegoat move), Jean-Claude Van Damme, who was also on the trip with her and Seal, has done no such thing. In fact, according to The Daily, he returned to Chechnya in November:

Flying in on a private jet, Van Damme was given a police escort to meet with Kadyrov, who treated him as the guest of honor at a performance of a Chechen folklore play called “Spiritual Values,” followed by a dinner of traditional Chechen delicacies, like mutton head and sheep-tail fat.

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Former Extra Intern Moves Up the Coast to KXLY-TV

During her college years at Arizona State University, Kylee Cruz interned at a number of different places. There was KTVK-TV in Phoenix, media in her hometown of Yuma, and the non-descript Glendale offices of entertainment news magazine Extra.

Cruz also got to interview Diane Sawyer for a Walter Cronkite School of Journalism luncheon event and was voted “Outstanding Undergraduate Student” of 2010-11. Now, she’s ready to start her professional career with KXLY-TV Channel 4 in Spokane Washington and make good on some precocious beginnings. Per the station’s warm welcome post:

Back when she was only six-years-old, her neighbor started calling her the “cub reporter” because she always asked so many questions.

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Innocent Hilary Swank Remark Sparks Tempest in KCRW Teapot

After a harmless Hilary Swank interview remark made by Kim Masters on Monday’s edition of KCRW-FM program The Business, the sound bite was picked up Tuesday by EW and TMZ, continuing on today via CNN.com. Each of these reports skipped over the part where Masters quickly apologized, acknowledging that her observation that Swank and Meryl Streep are not “pretty girl”-like came out wrong.

But that’s enough for an Internet news trail. Would you believe that TMZ got 200,000 clicks in a poll asking readers to rank the relative horizontal hotness of Masters and Swank?

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Assessing the New Hollywood Reporter

OK, we finally got our hands on a copy of the new and improved Hollywood Reporter. First thought: wow, this thing is thick. 152 pages thick, filled with glossy fashion ads. Nice.

That said, our initial thoughts about the cover have stuck with us: that’s an awful lot of white women. Said cover is a rather dull shot of pasty Oscar hopefuls Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman, Helena Bonham Carter, Annette Bening, Hilary Swank and Natalie Portman. When we wrote about the lily white cover earlier this week, a rep from THR wrote us to say she agreed, and that THR had covered the issue of how this could be the whitest Oscars in 10 years–no minorities are expected to be nominated in any of the major categories.

True, but that doesn’t mean you have to go along with it. It’s your cover.

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Fashion Week: What Celebrity Drought?

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Front row at this morning’s Miss Sixty show at Bryant Park, from left: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hilary Swank, Demi Moore, Clive Owen, tent security guy, Mischa Barton and Joy Bryant.

Freedom Writers: Hilary Ain’t The Only Swank Thing About This Movie

Style diva and general troublemaker Stevie Wilson takes issue with Robin Roberts’ piece about Hilary Swank on Good Morning America, noting that Roberts’ description of Wilson High School in Long Beach is far from “inner city.”

Stevie cc’d FBLA on an e-mail she sent Roberts, saying: “The designation of Woodrow Wilson as an inner city school shows a lack of research on their part and a bit of spin doctoring on the part of the movie producers to increase the movie’s reach,” she wrote. “It’s a school in one of the most affluent areas of Long Beach — where most of the upscale homes are located.”

The sign outside Wilson declares it a “classical high school,” we don’t know what that means, but we know about the sign because we lived two blocks away from the school and can agree, wholeheartedly, with Stevie when she says Belmont Heights is not the hood.

So here, without further ado, is Stevie’s rant:

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