October 5, 2018

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Keira Knightley Opens Up About Mental Breakdown & PTSD In Her 20s

Now 33, Pirates of the Caribbean star Keira Knightley has been in the acting game since she was just a teenager. However, while her Disney franchise — and a slew of other movies, including Love, Actually, Atonement, and Pride & Prejudice, the last of which earned her an Academy Award nomination — rose her to the top of the A-list, it wasn't always easy navigating fame.

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter 's "Awards Chatter" podcast, Knightley — whom critics are currently praising for her role as feminist author in Colette — admitted that she once dealt with mental health issues that were exacerbated by her fame.

Knightley admitted on the podcast that she felt intense pressure during the press circuit for Pride & Prejudice, because "you're getting all these nominations for all of these things, but press-wise, when I'm going into interviews, people are still saying, 'Everybody thinks you're shit,' or focusing on your looks, or focusing on what's wrong with you."

When it came time to do the awards circuit for her film Atonement, she was struggling with panic attacks, Knightley revealed to The Hollywood Reporter.

"I hadn't been out of the house for three months when the BAFTA nomination [for her performance in Atonement] happened, and I remember having conversations with my agent and going, 'I can't get there,' and everyone going, 'If you don't get to the BAFTAs, the heat on you is going to be ten times more.' So I actually did hypnotherapy so that I could stand on the red carpet at the BAFTAs and not have a panic attack."

She added:

"I did have a mental breakdown at 22, so I did take a year off there and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder because of all of that stuff."

This is not the first time that Knightley has addressed the downside to fame. In 2015, while promoting her Oscar-nominated The Imitation Game at a TimesTalk and TIFF panel, she shared that living in fear of the paparazzi isn't exactly fun.

"Having 20 to 30 men who you don't know on a 24-hour surveillance outside your house calling you a 'whore' every time you leave the door to try to get a reaction from you is quite a difficult thing to deal with," she said during the talk.

By the way, if you're surprised about Knightley's frankness — don't be. This is the woman who, in October of 2018, penned a women-empowering essay about giving birth. It's very first line? "My vagina split."

While we may think that celebrities have it made, Knightley's candidness about her own struggles is a reminder that mental health issues can affect everyone.

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October 5, 2018

Alyssa Milano Tearfully Recalls Her Own “Secret” Sexual Assault In Speech

While protesting the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, actress Alyssa Milano joined a number of protesters outside Senator Susan Collins’ office in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both in high school. In front of the crowd, and in hopes that Susan Collins, a key deciding vote in Kavanaugh's nomination, would hear, Milano recounted the emotional sexual assault she experienced at 19 years old.

"My name is Alyssa. When I was 19-years-old, I was at a concert of a very famous pop star who told the crowd to get closer to her. This resulted in a stampede. People were smashed against each other. I couldn’t breathe, I thought I was gonna die," she remembered, getting emotional. "From behind me, I felt a hand up my skirt and I was punched repeatedly in the vagina,” she said. “I couldn’t turn around. I looked to the stage, and I looked to the security guards, and I said, ‘Please help me’ and they couldn’t help me. They shook their heads. I managed to break free and I climbed up the stage to get away from my predator,” she continued. “And I turned around and I didn’t know which one it was. And I looked to the sea of people and I couldn’t find him."

Because of the anonymous nature of the attack, Milano didn't know how to report it or who to report.

"I kept the secret just like Dr. Ford kept her secret for decades," Milano said. She also posted a video of the speech to Twitter, writing "I told one of my #MeToo stories in @SenatorCollins office. I was with her constituent. We asked to speak with Senator Collins. She hid. Here’s my story through a 'human microphone.' I’ll never know if she heard me."

I told one of my #MeToo stories in @SenatorCollins office. I was with her constituent. We asked to speak with Senator Collins. She hid.

Here’s my story through a “human microphone”.

I’ll never know if she heard me.

*Trigger Warning* pic.twitter.com/i7awexXLfL

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 4, 2018

A vote on Kavanaugh's nomination is expected today.

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This Assassination Nation Trench Coat Isn’t For The Faint Of Heart

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Shonda Rhimes’ New Netflix Series Sounds Like Black Mirror Meets Grey’s Anatomy

What if you combined Black Mirror and Grey’s Anatomy? Well, it seems you’d get Shonda Rhimes’ new Netflix series Recursion. Rhimes is creating a movie and “a television universe” based on the upcoming Blake Crouch sci-fi novel Recursion, which will be released next June. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the book looks at a brilliant female scientist who invents technology that will allow people to reinvent their most visceral memories and, in some cases, rewrite their entire lives. What could possibly go wrong?

While Recursion may sound much different than what Rhimes is known for, she says it’s exactly what she wants to be doing right now. "Projects like this are why I came to Netflix,” Rhimes said in a statement. “The opportunity to explore a multi-genre universe in innovative ways is extremely exciting.”

What might be even more exciting about this project is that it’s a female-empowering sci-fi thriller. “@shondarhimes is helping to develop a sci-fi thriller focused on a brilliant female scientist,” the Twitter account @StrongBlackLead wrote. “This is why we love her... HERE FOR IT.” The next question is: Who will be Recursion ’s lead?

.@shondarhimes is helping to develop a sci-fi thriller focused on a brilliant female scientist.

This is why we love her... HERE FOR IT  🙌🏾 https://t.co/qw4IdujN38

— Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) October 4, 2018

For this project, Rhimes will get producing help from Matt Reeves, who directed the Planet of The Apes reboot and promises Crouch’s “mind-bending novel” is expansive enough to warrant so much content.

It’s true that Crouch’s work has made for entertaining TV before. Crouch is the writer behind the Wayword Pines trilogy, which inspired Fox TV series of the same name. His novellas also inspired Michelle Dockery’s TNT series Good Behavior , which just finished its second season. Crouch is also slated to write the script for a film based on his 2016 best-selling sci-fi thriller Dark Matter.

Rhimes is certainly keeping herself busy after signing a multi-year production deal that will have her leaving ABC for Netflix. (Don’t worry, Grey’s Anatomy will be fine.) Back in July, Rhimes announced she’ll be working on eight new series including a show about foul-mouthed girl scouts called Sunshine Scouts, an adaptation of Ellen Pao’s memoir about taking on Silicon Valley, and a series based on a New York story about everyone’s favorite summer of scam artist Anna Delvey. Clearly, Rhimes’ years of saying yes have paid off for all of us.

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October 5, 2018

Halsey Lets Fans Inside Her G-Eazy Relationship In Break Up Anthem

Halsey dropped a new track on Thursday, and it's a big gulp of hot tea. The stand alone song, "Without Me," is her first new song since her 2017 album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. Speaking to Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Halsey revealed the track is, in fact, about her on-again, off-again relationship with G-Eazy.

"Here I have this record where it's just me," Halsey said. "No wig, no colorful hair, no character, and it's about my life and about my relationship that the world has watched so closely and so vehemently like in the past year and a half. My fans are really going to be like whoa [at] all the video content, everything behind the song is just me. It's me in a white T-shirt with normal hair, singing to the camera. No character, no cinematography, no gunfight, or car explosion."

She went on to explain that the track was her first time writing as Ashley, her given name, rather than Halsey, whom she indicates she considers a character. And, for her, that was not easy.

"It kind of gave me like an existential crisis as an artist a little bit, because I've prided myself on being an artist who's authentic and writes about her life and all that stuff," Halsey said. "Then when I made this and I felt just how bad it hurt."

She didn't indicate if G-Eazy was working on new music, but she was clear that this isn't an album song. Rather, it's a song that just had to come out, even though she's been taking time off and was most recently on vacation in Italy with G-Eazy for her birthday.

Halsey announced the two were taking time apart in July, but they appeared to reunite by September when they started popping up in each others Insta feeds and performed their duet, "Him & I" together on his Endless Summer tour. And somewhere in the middle of all of that was some drama around her allegedly dating Machine Gun Kelly (which she denies), that led to a beef track between G-Eazy and Kelly, who are, presumably, former friends or new best enemies.

Though her lyrics make it seem like he instigated the breakup, she doesn't want feedback from the world on their relationship or their reunion.

"...I've beaten myself up about what people think about me and about what people think about [my relationship]. And so in a weird way like this relationship has been one of the most liberating thing that's ever happened to me, because it made me put my phone down and go I don't care what you think because this makes me happy," Halsey said.

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Chick-fil-A partnership with Pittsburgh Marathon causes ire among LGBT activists

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October 5, 2018

Ariana Grande Is Teasing New Music After An Intense Few Weeks

Following an intense few weeks, in which she took to Twitter to ask for “one okay day,” Ariana Grande seems to have found her happy place: the studio. On Thursday, Grande teased new music and even hinted that her next album may come sooner than expected. She just released her latest record, Sweetener, less than two months ago, so this is some quick turnaround.

In a tweet posted late Thursday night, Grande shared a video of her in the studio. The clip features vocals from Grande in which she sings, “I admit that I’m a little messed up/I can hide it when I’m all dressed up.” Later she states, “I’m obsessive and I love too hard.” By the end, she’s repeating the line, “I can be needy/way too damn needy” before ending on the words she wrote in her caption: “tell me how good it feels to be needed.” Perhaps the title of a new song?

tell me how good it feels to be needed pic.twitter.com/myoGc788uV

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) October 5, 2018

Grande appears to be coping with music. After all, she tweeted earlier this week, “music is the best medicine.” But, it might surprise fans that she’s already talking about a new album. According to Stereogum,Grande tweeted and then deleted a message in which she wrote, “can’t wait for you guys to start being weird little ag5 detectives.” Since Grande previously teased her third and fourth albums on social media as “AG3” and “AG4” it’s safe to say this is in reference to her fifth album.

Last we heard, though, Grande was taking time off to make music "without deadline." She reportedly dropped out of the Saturday Night Live premiere for "emotional reasons," leaving Kanye to take her place. Last month, Grande lost her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller to a drug overdose and was wrongly blamed for his death. She would later pay tribute to Miller writing, "i adored you from the day i met you when i was nineteen and i always will. i can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. i really can’t wrap my head around it.”

music is the best medicine 🎙

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) October 1, 2018

Not to mention, Grande’s also had to deal with the circus surrounding her relationship with Pete Davidson. Last week, Davidson revealed he’s gotten death threats over his engagement. And Grande, more than once, has had to defend the SNL star, specifically calling a blog out for making fun of his “butthole” eyes. "y’all do kno this man has an auto immune disease ...... right ?” she tweeted. “like you do understand what you’re doing when u do this right ? jus wanna make sure.”

Regardless, Grande appears to want to be working again. Last week, she told her fans on Twitter that she's "antsy" and may go for a mini sweetener tour. Maybe AG5 is closer than we think.

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