“The Big Bang Theory” star Simon Helberg hit the SAG Awards carpet Sunday night with a strong message about President Trump’s immigration ban.
Helberg carried a sign that read “Let Refugees In,” while his wife, Jocelyn Towne, wrote the words “Let Them In” across her chest. The 36-year-old Jewish actor has been actively taking a stand against the ban on Twitter, retweeting the names of Jews who died in Auschwitz because they were turned away from the U.S. border.
My name is Erna Dora Dublon. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered at Auschwitz pic.twitter.com/ufISrUsyJz— St. Louis Manifest (@Stl_Manifest) January 27, 2017
Helberg was just one of the many SAG Awards attendees who spoke out against Trump’s executive order, which halted immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
Ashton Kutcher kicked off the award show with a message of inclusion.
“Good evening, fellow SAG-AFTRA members, and everyone at home, and everyone in airports that belong in my America,” he said. “You are a part of the fabric of who we are. And we love you and we welcome you.”
The actor, who has been married to Mila Kunis since 2015, took to Twitter to denounce the ban on Sunday.
“My wife came to this country on a refugee visa in the middle of the Cold War! My blood is boiling right now!” he wrote.
My wife came to this country on a refugee visa in the middle of the Cold War! My blood is boiling right now!— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) January 29, 2017
When Mila Kunis refused to pose semi-naked to help promote one of her films, she was told by a producer that she’d “never work in this town again.”
In an essay penned on Medium yesterday, Kunis recalled feeling “livid [and] objectified.” It was the first time in her career she had ever said no.
The 33-year-old actress went onto write about the unique challenges women face in the workplace—and the fear associated with standing up for oneself.
“It’s what we are conditioned to believe — that if we speak up, our livelihoods will be threatened; that standing our ground will lead to our demise,” she wrote. “We don’t want to be kicked out of the sand box for being a “bitch.” So we compromise our integrity for the sake of maintaining status quo and hope that change is coming.”
Kunis added that throughout her career she has been insulted, paid less than her male peers and ignored creatively. For awhile, she tried to accept those burdens and play along with what she dubbed “the boy’s club.”
Then, she decided to take action.
“The older I got and the longer I worked in this industry, the more I realized that it’s bullshit! And, worse, that I was complicit in allowing it to happen,” she explained.
Kunis started her own production company with three other women, and has been working to push out television shows that promote diversity and inclusivity.
Her new venture has not been without its obstacles.
During a series of pitch emails to executives at a popular television network, one producer sent the following message:
“And Mila is a mega star. One of biggest actors in Hollywood and soon to be Ashton’s wife and baby momma!!!”
“He reduced my value to nothing more than my relationship to a successful man and my ability to bear children,” Kunis wrote. “It ignored my (and my team’s) significant creative and logistical contributions.”
She withdrew her involvement from the project.
Kunis noted that, despite the the difficulties she’s faced, women in less privileged positions have it far worse.
“I am fortunate that I have reached a place that I can stop compromising and stand my ground, without fearing how I will put food on my table,” she said. “I am also fortunate that I have the platform to talk about this experience in the hope of bringing one more voice to the conversation so that women in the workplace feel a little less alone and more able to push back for themselves.”
There is nothing worse than the first-date jitters. You are meeting a person you hardly know for an occasion that has a completely uncertain outcome.
One thing you can control? Rocking the perfect outfit for the occasion.
These seven Jewish celebrities mastered a variety of looks that are appropriate for any type of date. Here’s how to copy them on a budget.
Sarah Jessica Parker
If any woman knows how to dress up, it’s SJP. Here, she shows us how a long, romantic maxi dress can work for a celeb-filled event. This look is particular on-trend with its cutout shoulders, and would be great for a more formal event, like a cocktail party. Try your own version of the boho-glam dress. Add some strappy heels and a swipe of lipstick and you will be golden.
Like his O.C. alter ego, Adam Brody dresses equal parts geek and chic. Brody’s cognac V-neck sweater and white oxford shirt are a classic, yet casual combination, and the relaxed khakis, coordinating leather belt, and worn-in converse add the perfect amount of nonchalant polish. Achieve Brody’s look with a J. Crew lambswool sweater, a pair of converse, and a white button-down and khaki pants.
Mila’s sophisticated pantsuit transitions easily from work to play. The sheer top and red heels add just the right amount of sex appeal to the otherwise all-black look. This outfit is perfect for a nice dinner or an art gallery exhibition. Steal Mila’s look with a satin-trimmed blazer, cropped trousers, red pointy-toed heels and a black mesh top.
He may be known for his funny-man roles, but Paul Rudd’s off-screen style is actually quite serious. Rudd’s brown pea coat, plaid button-down, jeans, and dress shoes are casual enough for a stroll in the park, but still sleek enough for a Broadway production. Mimic Rudd’s effortless vibe with a wool-blend pea coat, a plaid shirt and a pair of jeans.
If you’re meeting a prospective date for dinner and drinks, a flirty dress like Dianna’s is always a fail-safe option. Ruffled sleeves and a colorful, whimsical print could potentially be overpowering, but Agron’s black tights and black strappy heels ground the look without detracting from it. Achieve Agron’s look with a printed chiffon dress, a pair of black ankle-strap heels and a coordinating handbag.
Garfield’s clean-cut, minimal look would be perfect for any date-night occasion, from a rooftop bar to a movie. Also, monochromatic black is always an undeniably chic choice. Sport a black sweater, black chinos and a button-down underneath for a swoon-worthy look.
Whitney Port is the queen of downtown cool, so it is no surprise that the fashion designer knows how to dress up a pair of jeans. This crop turtleneck, jeans and heels pairing would be great for a more laid-back event like a concert or a film festival. All you need is a trendy cropped sweater, some distressed denim, and a pair of lux-looking heels to complete the look.
Scarlett Johansson landed on Forbes magazine list of the the world’s highest-paid actress list with a $25 million salary—followed closely by Mila Kunis, clocking in with a cool $11 million.
“Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence on Tuesday topped the list for a second straight year, earning some $46 million, followed by Melissa McCarthy.
Lawrence, 26, took the top spot largely through a slice of the profits from the final movie in the “Hunger Games” franchise, as well as a big upfront fee for her forthcoming space adventure movie “Passengers,” Forbes said.
Yet Lawrence’s estimated payday was likely well below that for Hollywood’s leading men, Forbes said, despite the actress sparking a debate about the gender pay gap last year. She declared she was “finished being adorable” when it came to negotiating better deals for herself.
Lawrence’s 2016 earnings dropped 11.5 percent from her 2015 total of $52 million. Forbes will release its list of the world’s highest-paid actors on Thursday. Last year Robert Downey Jr. topped the list with an estimated $80 million.
Neither however came close to pop star Taylor Swift, who was named the top earning celebrity of 2016 earlier this year, pulling in an estimated $170 million from record sales and her world tour.
McCarthy took home $33 million in earnings, up $10 million from 2015 in part from her payday for the controversial female reboot of “Ghostbusters.”
It was the biggest annual paycheck to date for the star of television comedy “Mike and Molly.” McCarthy, 45, also launched a clothing line for sizes 4 to 28 after becoming frustrated at the outfits available for larger women.
Scarlett Johansson of “Captain America: Civil War” was third at $25 million, down nearly 30 percent from 2015.
Together, the world’s 10 highest-paid actresses tallied a combined $205 million between June 1, 2015 and June 1, 2016, before management fees and taxes, Forbes said.
The estimates include earnings from movies, TV and endorsements from cosmetic and other companies. Bollywood star Deepika Padukone is the only newcomer on the list.
The rest of the top 10 2016 highest-paid actresses are:
Jennifer Aniston - $21 million
Fan Bingbing - $17 million
Charlize Theron - $16.5 million
Amy Adams - $13.5 million
Julia Roberts - $12 million
Mila Kunis - $11 million
Deepika Padukone - $10 million
The Razzie nominations are here so while Leonardo DiCaprio looks for space on his mantle for his new shiny Golden Globe, Adam Sandler, Gwyneth Paltrow and Mila Kunis should probably start looking for space for the golden raspberry award.
The Razzies, the annual award show honoring the best in the worst of the last year in films, has announced its nominations, with Sandler’s movies leading the pack with four nominations, including the category of Worst Cameo for “Adam Sandler and Any Pair of Shoes, ‘The Cobbler.’”
But with his Netflix venture already breaking records, Sandler can just laugh the Razzie off all the way to the bank.
Other Jewish nominees include Josh Gad for “Pixels,” Andy Fickman for worst director of the painful to watch “Paul Blart Mall Cop 2,” Paltrow for “Mordecai” and Kunis for “Jupiter Ascending.”
Maybe Paltrow will place her Razzie next to her Oscar?
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