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Carla Gugino: Robert Rodriguez had me play a mother to preteens when I was 28
Added 1077 days agoSource: CeleBitchy
Carla Gugino: Robert Rodriguez had me play a mother to preteens when I was 28
This interview with Carla Gugino has been out for a couple of weeks but I just saw it covered on Just Jared and wanted to talk about it. Carla, 49, is promoting Gunpowder Milkshake, also with Angela Bassett, Lena Headey and Michelle Yeoh. I tried watching it and it was too stylized for me so I didnt finish it. I know Carla from The Haunting of Hill House and the excellent Geralds Game. She was also in the Spy Kids movies, which started 20 years ago and were directed by Robert Rodriguez. Carla was just 28 when she played the mother to children who were 10 and 12. When she asked Rodriguez about it, he said it was fine because his mom had ten kids.

She got injured on her day off earlier this year

?I went on this amazing hike and I was coming down a hill and I broke my wrist really badly,? Gugino tells me from her home in New York City. ?I broke all the bones all the way across and then had a bunch of complications because I had to have a bonesetter on. It made me look like RoboCop, but it was a massive metal thing that was literally drilled into my bones that I had to have on for seven weeks. Then it didn?t heal because the bone was pulled too far apart, so I had to have a second surgery seven weeks ago. I now am bionic.?

She was playing a mom to preteens when she was 28

This year marks the 20th anniversary of ?Spy Kids,? the first film in Robert Rodriguez?s four-movie family-friendly franchise. Gugino and Antonio Banderas played retired spies raising their kids (Alexa PenaVega and Daryl Sabara) when they?d asked to go on another mission. ?What?s particularly strange about the ?Spy Kids? of it all is I was so young when I did it,? Gugino says. ?I was at least ten years too young for the role because I was supposed to have been a spy for ten years, then had two children who were now 10 and 12. I was 28 years old. But Robert kind of said, ?My mom had ten kids and if we play this right, no one will ever question it.? I think it only hurt me a little because people did think I was older than I was for a period of time. But I would never have given up that experience. It was such an extraordinary time. It was just this little tiny movie we made alone in Austin and it became a phenomenon that continues.?

Gugino doesn?t think a fifth movie will be made anytime soon. ?You know, I think Robert has moved on. I actually just saw him recently and we always want to collaborate. I think he did four of them and that was sort of right,? she says.

[From Variety via Just Jared]

I got the impression that Carla wanted to call out her old director but was trying to be gracious and diplomatic about it. It makes sense that his mom had kids young so he wouldnt think it was a big deal. She sounds like it bothered her at first but she shrugged it off and realized its part of the business. Women are asked to play grandmothers at 40 and love interests to men 20 years older and more. Thats just the consequence of having men run everything I guess, and hopefully its changing. Also, her story about breaking her wrist while hiking was a cautionary tale for me. Im around her age and also love hiking. One of my friends broke her ankle hiking and had to have surgery. It just takes one wrong move or a loose stone. Then again Brooke Shields broke her leg at the gym so we might as well do what we love.

Photos credit: and Studio Canal SAS via Netflix Press

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Scarlett Johansson's SAG union calls out Disney's 'gender-shaming & bullying'
Added 1077 days agoSource: CeleBitchy
Scarlett Johansson's SAG union calls out Disney's 'gender-shaming & bullying'
Scarlett Johansson filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Disney two weeks ago after they screwed her over on her contractual backend by releasing Black Widow on their Premier Access streaming service. BW?s box office numbers struggled, and that struggle was partially attributed to the fact that millions of people simply streamed the movie from the comfort of their own home, the profits of which Scarlett does not get a cut. In retaliation and response of Scarlett?s lawsuit, Disney immediately went Full Petty and issued this statement:

?There is no merit whatsoever to this filing. The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Disney has fully complied with Ms. Johansson?s contract and furthermore, the release of ?Black Widow? on Disney+ with Premier Access has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20 [million] she has received to date.?

Disney came out firing, which in my opinion shows that Scarlett?s lawsuit has some merit. They wouldn?t have come out, guns blazin?, if this was just some nuisance suit. People are still really mad about this statement from Disney too Scarlett?s CAA agent, Bryan Lourd, called out Disney?s sexism and appalling language. I said at the time that this has the power to really shift a lot of loyalties and business-as-usual within Hollywood. Powerful people might actually have to take sides and there?s a ?going to the mattresses? vibe. Speaking of, the president of SAG-AFTRA, Gabrielle Carteris, issued her statement on behalf of the actor?s union.

?Disney should be ashamed of themselves for resorting to tired tactics of gender-shaming and bullying,? Carteris said in a statement. ?Actors must be compensated for their work according to their contracts. Scarlett Johansson is shining a white-hot spotlight on the improper shifts in compensation that companies are attempting to slip by talent as distribution models change. Nobody in any field of work should fall victim to surprise reductions in expected compensation. It is unreasonable and unjust. Disney and other content companies are doing very well and can certainly live up to their obligations to compensate the performers whose art and artistry are responsible for the corporation?s profits.?

?Additionally, we are deeply concerned by the gendered tone of Disney?s criticism of Ms. Johansson. Women are not ?callous? when they stand up and fight for fair pay ? they are leaders and champions for economic justice. Women have been victimized by pay inequity for decades, and they have been further victimized by comments like those in Disney?s press statements. These sorts of attacks have no place in our society and SAG-AFTRA will continue to defend our members from all forms of bias.?

[From Deadline]

Honestly? While I will hate on ScarJo for many, many things, I admire her for what she?s doing here, and I?m glad that her union and several womens? groups and equal pay groups are backing her too. Carteris is right Disney?s statement is gendered and Disney was trying ?to put a woman in her place.? Which, again, shows that Scarlett?s lawsuit has merit, and that she?s been treated differently (with less respect) by Disney/Marvel.

Meanwhile, ?longtime Disney attorney Daniel Petrocelli? gave an interview to Variety in which he? continued to smear Scarlett as a greedy ahole. Petrocelli told Variety: ?It is obvious that this is a highly orchestrated PR campaign to achieve an outcome that is not obtainable in the lawsuit. No amount of public pressure can change or obscure the explicit contractual commitments. The written contract is clear as a bell.? A lawsuit isn?t a PR campaign. It?s a lawsuit, and if Scarlett didn?t have all of her ducks in a row, Disney?s smears would have worked. That?s why he?s mad.

Now, Petrocelli also claims that the revenue from the Premier Access streams are factored into the box-office tally. Meaning, I guess, that they?ll just lump the Premier Access money with the box office money and it?s all the same and ScarJo might hit her bonus markers that way? Which is interesting, if true, although I think Scarlett?s case is more about how she had zero choice in BW coming out on Premier Access on the same day as the theatrical release. Speaking of, the Disney lawyers also claim that they were blindsided by Scarlett?s lawsuit and that she had not raised any of these issues beforehand. That?s a damn lie and everyone knows it. Anyway, this Variety piece is interesting and I bet Petrocelli?s comments will be entered into the court record at some point.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Marvel.

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Rihanna on what being a billionaire means to her: God is good
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Rihanna on what being a billionaire means to her: God is good
B*tch Better Have My Money became an anthem about getting paid what we are worth. However, it seems the song was prophetic for Rihanna. Forbes announced recently that Rihanna is now a billionaire and the wealthiest female musician. Rihanna is now ranked second to Oprah in wealth held by a woman entertainer. Unlike Oprah, who gained most of her wealth from syndicating her show, Rihannas grew to billionaire status because of her 50% owner stake in Fenty Beauty and her Fenty X Savage lingerie line. In case you are wondering, Rihanna is now worth $1.7 billion. When asked about her billionaire status, Rihanna said, God is good, and kept it moving. A few highlights from Entertainment Tonight:

Fenty Beauty, which Forbes confirms Rihanna owns 50% of, makes up $1.4 billion of the moguls fortune, which is incredibly impressive since she only launched the brand in 2017. But its not surprising considering how popular the innovative beauty brand has become. When Rihanna launched Fenty Beauty, she changed the beauty game forever by debuting an unprecedented foundation line that featured 40 foundation shades for people of all color. The line was expanded to 50 foundation shades and 50 concealer colors by 2019.

And now, with the inclusive makeup collection having expanded into skincare, its not just the women Rihanna is targeting. She wanted to make sure her Fenty Skin line not only worked for all skin tones and types, but that it was also gender-neutral, so she called up friends like A$AP Rocky and Lil Nas X to star in the campaign shoot.

I wanted men to be represented because this skincare line is gender-neutral, she told ET. I want it to be for everyone, so you dont have men scared to use skincare. They think its a feminine thing, they think its just for girls, and I dont like that idea. We all have skin, we all wear skin, so I knew we needed that male representation in the campaign.

Rihanna added, We want these products to work for all skin types and, of course, all skin tones. I want these things to be different from anything that is on the market. I want it to be simple. I want it to be accessible, but still with the high level of ingredients that some of these other brands do but theyre so expensive.

On Thursday, the 33-year-old mogul was spotted by paparazzi while stepping out and asked what her newly revealed billionaire status means to her. God is good, she humbly declared before going on her way.

The rest of Rihannas fortune comes from her stake in her lingerie company, Savage x Fenty, worth an estimated $270 million, and her earnings as a chart-topping musician and actress. Back in February, it was announced that the A-list stars lingerie and loungewear brand had reached a $1 billion valuation in lingerie equity, with Forbes estimating that it would be the global lingerie market leader by 2025.

[From Entertainment Tonight]

I am so damn proud of Rihanna. She has come such a long way. Rihanna is now that bad b*tch calling the shots and I am here for it. I know everyone has been pressuring her to make a new album because they want new music. But I have been saying for the longest that Rihanna is busy building an empire and music was secondary. It would seem that I was correct. Its sweet that Rihanna said, God is good, and maybe that is true but Rihanna cannot discount not only her hard work but her god given vision and ingenuity. I hope Rihanna is out celebrating somewhere with folks who love her. The other thing I love about Rihanna is that she has become more of a philanthropist and activist. Hopefully Rihanna will start picking better men to build her empire with.

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