The 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards
Held April 30, 2016, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Hosted by Alex Aiono & Brooke Taylor.
Sabrina Carpenter, 16, performed "Smoke and Fire," won Best Anthem for "Eyes Wide Open," and also presented.
Hailee Steinfeld, 19, performed a medley with Joe Jonas's band DNCE, "Love Myself / How I Want Ya / Rock Bottom."
Laura Marano, 20, performed "Boombox," and her big sister Vanessa, 23, presented. Ariana Grande, 22, performed "Dangerous Woman" and was nominated for Best Song to Dance To for "Focus."
Sofia Carson, 23, performed "Love Is the Name" and presented.
Yara Shahidi, 16, and Marsai Martin, 11, from Black-ish. Marsai's shirt read Selfie or it didn't happen.
Katherine McNamara, 20, and Emeraude Toubia, 27, from Shadowhunters
Skai Jackson, 14, from Bunk'd, and Dove Cameron, 20 (with her fiance, Ryan McCarten, 22), from Liv & Maddie
Trinitee Stokes and Veronica Dunne, 21, attended to support Zendaya, 19, their TV big sister and best friend on Disney Channel's KC Undercover. Zendaya, who hosted the awards last year, was nominated for Artist with the Best Style, but she lost to Becky G and didn't attend.
From Best Friends Whenever, Anna Grace Barlow, Landry Bender, and Lauren Taylor
From Bizaardvark, Madison Hu, DeVore Ledridge, and Olivia Rodrigo
Previous posts on the Radio Disney Music Awards: 2015.
Film: Fear (1996). Young Actresses: Alyssa Milano, 23, and Reese Witherspoon, 19.
It's hard to pinpoint even one minute of this movie that isn't completely over-the-top and ridiculous. The plot is an absurd, badly-written love story turned horror story between 16-year-old Nicole (Reese) and David (a young Mark Wahlberg, The Lovely Bones). He's all charm and good manners at first, but quickly turns abusive and controlling. He tattoos Nicole's name on his chest, stalks her, builds an altar to her in his house, and kills her male friend, but the police are too incompetent to do anything, leaving Nicole's dad Steve (William Petersen) to protect her. Unfortunately, he's pretty incompetent too, while David is a criminal mastermind with a gang of bikers at his command, ready to do his dirty work.
See what I mean about over-the-top? But if you lower your expectations and just go with it, this movie can be pretty fun.
Nobody gives a good performance here, but in their defense, nobody has good material to work with, and the movie is still watchable in an amusingly bad way. There's also a very '90s feeling to it, especially in throwbacks like Nicole's clothes, her huge carphone (remember those?), and the fact that David is able to follow her into her high school cafeteria, despite not even being a student there. Apparently back in the days before school shootings, campuses had no security. Another highlight for is Alyssa's role as Nicole's best friend Margo. The close-up shot of her screaming, "You're my only friend!" at Nicole has to be one of the biggest eyeroll moments of the whole eyeroll-worthy movie.
A promo still of Nicole (Reese) and her best friend Margo (Alyssa) at a party
A lot of it is humorously bad, but the movie is uncomfortably bad in the cheap way that it sexualizes its young star. Nicole and David never actually have a sex scene, but David does brag to Steve about "busting her cherry," and he maintains eye contact with Steve while kissing her. Nicole spends most of the movie shifting between her father and her boyfriend's influences over her, never actually standing up for herself. And for some completely pointless reason, the poster is of Nicole shirtless against David's chest. (Wow, how classy.) In a better film, maybe this wouldn't have felt so cheap and insulting, but in a low-quality movie like Fear, it's the most shallow kind of shallow shock value.
The 2016 MTV Movie AwardsHeld April 10, 2016, outdoors at Warner Brothers Studio. Hosted by Kevin Hart & Dwayne Johnson.
Unfortunately, the MTV Movie Awards were fairly underwhelming this year. For some reason, MTV decided to focus on YouTube stars and Internet celebrities, inviting many of them to the red carpet in place of film or TV stars. Several starlets that I expected to see weren't there. Hailee didn't attend to support Pitch Perfect 2, which had four nominations, and Willow didn't attend to support Mockingjay 2, which had three. Just Jared Jr. reported, "While not a ton of stars hit the red carpet, those that did, slayed it." New star Daisy Ridley, 24, had a lot to celebrate. Not only was the show held on April 10, her 24th birthday, but her movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens had the most nominations: 11 total! She accepted the Movie of the Year award together with director JJ Abrams and also won for Breakthrough Performance, but lost Best Hero to Jennifer Lawrence. Daisy later posted on her Instagram: Bringing in my 24th year with JJ @mtv Movie Awards! Thank you so much to everyone that voted for Breakthrough and Movie!!!!
Cara Delevingne, 23 (pictured), and Margot Robbie, 25 (who skipped the red carpet), attended to present the trailer to their upcoming supervillain movie Suicide Squad, set for release in August. Not many celebrities were at the show this year, but nobody was surprised that Ariana Grande, 22, attended. She performed her number "Dangerous Woman" during the show.
Laura Marano, 20, from Disney Channel's Austin & Ally, attended together sister Vanessa Marano, 23, from ABC Family's Switched at Birth, to support her new single "Boombox," which dropped earlier in the week.
Previous posts on the MTV Movie Awards: 2015, 2014, 2011, and 2010.
Vulture recently did a fantastic group interview with the diverse young stars of ABC comedies. The two child actresses in the group were Marsai Martin, age 11, from Black-ish, and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, 8, from Modern Family. There's a lot of interesting discussion in this interview, like complaints about the long commute to the set, Marsai's story about getting mistaken for Skai Jackson, and Aubrey's strong opinion that she does not want to keep acting as an adult.
The five boys in the group were Hudson Yang (who's friends with Aubrey in real life), Forrest Wheeler, and Ian Chen, all from Fresh Off the Boat; Marsai Martin's Black-ish brother Miles Brown; and Albert Tsai, from Dr. Ken. With so many kid actors, the published interview is quite lengthy, and it can be read it full here. I've condensed the girls' part down a bit and mostly edited out the boys.
Let's talk about your first acting jobs. What was the part? How old were you?
Aubrey: My first job was Modern Family, actually. I was 4. I really don't remember anything. I had five lines, maybe, and I got to work with [Eric Stonestreet] and [Jesse Tyler Ferguson] that first day I went into the audition. My mom just told me the lines, because I didn't know how to read yet. I copied them, and that's what I did.
Marsai: My first acting job was a public service announcement about being a little lady. You know, like bullying and being strong and powerful. I had just turned 5.
Aubrey and Marsai both attended the premiere of Disney's live-action The Jungle Book on April 4
What do you love most about acting?
Marsai: You get to work with such awesome people. When I worked on Black-ish, I was like, am I working with Tracee Ellis Ross from Girlfriends? Wow! I’m working with Anthony Anderson from Kangaroo Jack? Whaaat? And some people I just love so much that I can’t even take it. [looks at Miles] I love you!
What don't you like about acting?
Marsai: I love acting. But I think we agree on this, too [looks at Miles] — I just don’t like the fittings. They already know my size but they have to try it on. Like, every time.
Aubrey: Um, I hate fittings as well! When I was 4, I had to try on this super-itchy Cinderella dress.
Miles: We have to try on the same clothes like every week. But also, another not-really-fun time is that I live about an hour and a half away from set.
Ian Chen: That's me!
Aubrey: That's me!
Marsai: The fastest I've gotten to set is 45 minutes, but the slowest is 2 and a half hours.
Aubrey with pal Hudson Yang, and Marsai with TV brother Miles Brown
School, season renewals, and life in LA as a kid:
Marsai: Last season was really rough because I was like, man, I'm not gonna be able to see them again, what's going on? Then we found out we had season two and I was like, I'm gonna see them again! And it was awesome.
Albert Tsai: You guys have been renewed for season three, right?
Forrest Wheeler: And Aubrey over here is in season seven.
Miles Brown: Also, another really bad time is, you look at Anthony and Tracee and they're just chillin' in their trailers, and we have to be at school.
Marsai: They have an hour lunch and we just have 30 minutes. It's just crazy. And bank! Bank is bad.
What does bank mean?
Albert: Banking is, you have to do three hours of school a day but on not-so-busy days you do four hours or five hours. And then you do two on a really busy day.
The uncomfortable position of saying bad words:
Marsai: We have an awesome dialogue coach. She helps me a lot 'cause mostly everybody knows that Diane [her character on Black-ish] says a whole lot of stuff. She says some long words even Marsai doesn’t know. Like, man.
Miles: Especially that episode where I had to keep saying that bad word.
Marsai: Oh, the N-word.
Aubrey: I was supposed to say the F-word when I was 4 years old.
Aubrey: I know!
Hudson Yang: Wait. Did your mom say it and then you said it back?
Aubrey: No, I said fudge, not the F-word. I didn't even know what that word meant. So I asked my mom.
Albert: So, did you actually say the F-word at the end?
Aubrey: No, I just said fudge on the set.
Marsai: I had an audition where I was supposed to be a really bad girl that was adopted. That’s the only thing I’m gonna tell you about that part. But I had to say the S-word, the H-word, the F-word, the N-word. Every single line [had] at least one bad word. And I didn't get it because I kept saying it wrong. I was, like, 5. I didn't get the part because I didn't know. I barely even said those words. I didn't know how to pronounce it or say it.
Working the crowd: Aubrey at the Emmys, and Marsai at PaleyFest
The frustration of filming multiple takes:
Marsai: I kept saying sorry to everybody. I was like, I'm so sorry. I know you're tired, I'm so sorry. But sometimes it's kind of hard because, say that you have a huge paragraph you have to say and you got that right. Whew, I got that, now we're almost done with this scene. And then they're like, Okay, we need to change a few more things. It's so crazy because you already have that paragraph in your head and you're going to have to start all over again. It's just crazy!
Do people recognize you a lot when you're out?
Marsai: Oh, God, yes! One time, I was walking on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a little kid, she was, like, 5, said, "Oh my God, it's you, I love you so much!" Thank you, thank you, thank you. I didn't realize she had, like, a whole group of people. She ran back with a whole group of people, but one at a time. So she kept coming back. I took like 20 pictures.
Miles: Sometimes they won’t pronounce the name of our show right. They say Black-fish. [Everybody laughs]
Marsai: Anthony, our TV dad on the show, everybody looks at him and rushes him. He can't take one step. It's crazy!
So now that you're getting a taste of this life, do you want to still be actors when you grow up?
Aubrey: I don't want to be an actor when I grow up. I want to have a very successful business. I'm not sure what, though.
Marsai: When I grow up, I want to be an actress. But I want to be a legend of something.
Miles: Oooh! What?
Marsai: When I found out I wanted to be a legend, this person was like super excited to see me. She walked to me and said, "Oh my gosh, I love you so much, can you take a picture with me?" So she took a picture with me and said, "I love you on Jessie."
Mistaken Identity: Marsai and Jessie's Skai Jackson, now age 14
That made me realize I want people to know me as who I am. I don't want people to call me Marsie or Marshay. 'Cause I don't really know who the heck that is. That's not me. I'm not turning around to take a picture with you. But I want people to know me, and see me, for who I am and not for Black-ish or anything like that. That's what makes me want to be a legend. And if I'm not an actress, I want to be a singer. And if I'm not a singer or an actress, I want to be a dancer. If I'm not a dancer, singer, or an actress, I want to be a lawyer.
When you say legend, what do you mean? Who's a legend to you?
Marsai: A legend to me is a powerful woman. Gladys Knight. Diana Ross, my TV-mother's mother.
On Black-ish, you deal with a lot of serious topics in a comedic way, which is very hard to do.
Marsai: To be honest, when Hope came, they were really trying to tackle that. It was about police brutality and some people were scared. I was scared. Hope was really deep. We didn't want to lose anybody. We don't want to lose fans. We don't want offend people. We were trying to do that in season one but we were too scared to tackle that.
What about you, Aubrey? Your show has a gay marriage as part of the main story.
Aubrey: I think it's very special. And I think the whole world can maybe see that as the future one day — like, anybody can be anything. It's just amazing.
Aubrey and her mom, Amy Anderson, at The Jungle Book premiere
April has been a busy month for British starlet Maisie Williams. On April 10, she attended the sixth season premiere of her show Game of Thrones in Los Angeles. On April 14, she was at the Tribeca Film Festival promoting her new drama movie The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. And on April 15, she celebrated her 19th birthday.
As if all of this weren't enough, Maisie is featured on this year's Young Hollywood edition of Nylon Magazine. Below are some of my favorite bits from their interview with her, which can be read in full here.
On being a role model: “Online, I used to [present] a version of myself that was very clean and neat, and then I thought, ‘What’s the point?’ That’s the worst role model to be — to be someone else. Being perfect is a bit disheartening. Life’s too short and I want to inspire people to have fun and not take life too seriously. And if that means I make mistakes and say the wrong thing, then so be it. That’s kind of what being young and growing up is about. I’m learning like everyone else.”
Maisie in her final days as an 18-year-old, at the Game of Thrones season premiere, April 10
On the depiction of women on Game of Thrones: “They’re written as whole characters. Of course, there are elements in the show where women are treated badly, but it’s representative of that era. And yes, it is disturbing watching a woman get raped onscreen, but it’s also disturbing watching kids getting killed, babies getting killed, horses being killed, basically everything you can think of on the show being killed, murdered, tortured. For a lot of the most violent scenes, my character was there. I was there for the filming of Ned Stark’s beheading, I was there when Joffrey got his arm bitten. I was there for a lot. So it was more intriguing than scary for me to watch how it was all cut together.” And all the nude scenes? “My mum was cool with that, too, like, ‘It’s where babies come from.’”
Maisie between Jason Sudeikis (Mother's Day) and Jessica Biel at a Q&A for The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea at the Tribeca Film Festival, New York City, April 14On growing up in the film industry: “Honestly, this industry frightens me — it scares me seeing people who are evil... no, not evil. But seeing people change. Seeing what this industry has done to me, and then having to pull it all back again. I am very happy with who I am, and people always say, ‘Don’t change,’ but no one ever intentionally changes. It is frightening. If I saw myself in twenty years’ time, and I was a dickhead, I would be like, ‘Why did this happen? Who did this to you?’”
On labels/sexuality: “There is a label for everything now, which is okay, because some people need labels. I’ve never sat up and thought about my sexuality for hours. It’s like what Shailene Woodley said: ‘I fall in love with personalities and not people or genders.’ I have no problem with anyone who would want to be labeled, but I also think that it is no one’s business. Do what you want.”
Ever since the 2003 hit comedy Love Actually, studios have been trying to recreate that success by making movies with the same premise: interlocking stories (some funny, some dramatic) set around a holiday. Julia Roberts has already done three of them, Valentine's Day in 2010 (which costarred her niece Emma), 2011's New Year's Eve (with Abigail Breslin), and now the latest, Mother's Day. Like the previous two movies, there's an ensemble cast (Julia, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson), and with multiple stories going on at once, I doubt that filming required much effort from the actors.
Anyway, here's a look at who was at the premiere, held April 13 at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollwood. From oldest to youngest:
High School Musical graduate Ashley Tisdale, 30, did her makeup for the event herself, using products from her new makeup line. Unfortunately, nobody was paying attention to her face, since she wore a leather jacket over a sheer black top with no bra. Ashley said later that this was a mistake (not an intentional publicity stunt) and posted on her Instragram: When you're feelin yourself but your Gel Petals wanna steal the show #dying #notmynipples #freethenipplecover Bailee Madison, 16, attended to support Jennifer Aniston, who played her mom back in 2011's Just Go With It. Bailee's Hallmark series Good Witch premieres its second season this Sunday, April 17, and she guested on another episode of Once Upon a Time last month. Ella Anderson, 11, has a part in Mother's Day as Jason Sudeikis's daughter, Vicky. Ella can also be seen in Melissa McCarthy's new comedy The Boss, playing everywhere now, and on her Nickelodeon series Henry Danger.
Film: The Trouble with Angels (1966). Young Actress: Hayley Mills, age 19.
This film opens as Mary (Hayley) reluctantly arrives at St. Francis Academy, an all-girls Catholic boarding school run by nuns. Young actress movies are full of girls who cause trouble without actually meaning to (think Ramona and Beezus or Annie), but that's not the case with Mary. No, she's older, smarter, and from her first scene, puffing a cigarette aboard a train en route to St. Francis, she's determined to wreck havoc as much as she can, especially for the Reverend Mother (Rosalind Russell, Gypsy). She quickly recruits another student, Rachel (June Harding, then age twentysomething), into helping her, and their antics form the majority of the movie.
Mary (far right) arriving at St. FrancisIn a strange decision, this movie takes place over all four of Mary and Rachel's years at St. Francis. To cover so much time, it meanders all over the place, throwing in lots of pointless subplots and gag scenes that are only there to get cheap laughs (one of the nuns taking the girls to a department store to buy bras, for example). None of these scenes contribute anything to Mary or the Reverend Mother as characters, which is a shame because the two actresses playing them are both so good. Russell is very impressive as the Reverend Mother, who can be kind when she wants to be, but also has such nerves of steel that she can freeze Mary and Rachel in place with just one good glare. Hayley is a strong young actress (one of my long-time favorites), and there's great chemistry between her and Russell, as Mary starts off despising the Reverend Mother but eventually develops a grudging admiration for her. But honestly, even Hayley isn't strong enough to carry this slow, plodding film.
Just before graduating St. Francis, Mary receives "the call" and decides to become a nun herself. Maybe this would've felt like a powerful decision if it had been handled better, but instead, it's very rushed. The writers throw it in almost out of nowhere after a lot of silly subplots. I would've preferred if they'd delved more into why Mary was so rebellious in the first place. They do imply that it's because she's neglected and ignored by her wealthy family, but that's hurriedly thrown in, too. With so little time spent on her character and her decision, Mary joining the order feels way too extreme. Wouldn't it have been more realistic to just show her coming to respect and admire the nuns, perhaps forming a mentor-student bond with the Reverend Mother?
Late-night scheming between Mary and RachelIn another odd decision, Mary's best friend Rachel is furious and rejects her when she learns that Mary intends to join the order. It's absurd even by this movie's absurd standards, since Rachel has been such a follower-along to Mary throughout. I would've expected her to join the order too, just because Mary did, rather than get angry at her.
Hayley was a teen idol in the '60s (think of her as the Selena Gomez of her day; their round faces even look a bit alike) and she cranked out several hit movies with Disney. Angels was her first non-Disney film after her contract with the studio expired, and I get the impression that she was trying to give herself a little edge – Mary's smoking and trouble-making – while still maintaining an essentially wholesome image. But the majority of Mary's stunts feel so silly that it's hard to believe that they were edgy even in the '60s, and the Angels hasn't aged nearly as well as Hayley's Disney films have. It doesn't have the timelessness of Pollyanna, or the charm of The Parent Trap, or the gentle heart of Summer Magic. It should've been "coming of age," rather than "becoming a nun."
Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke, renowned since her childhood as a star of stage, film, and TV, died on March 29, 2016, at a hospital near her home in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. She was 69. Her family said that the cause was sepsis from a ruptured intestine.
Born Anna Marie Duke in Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, the actress grew up in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens. Her father, John Patrick Duke, was a handyman and a cabby; her mother, Frances McMahon Duke, was a cashier. Her mother, Anna later said, was chronically depressed, and her father was an alcoholic. When Anna was 6, her father left the family, and she saw him again only occasionally.
Anna began acting at age 7, after she was taken on by John and Ethel Ross, husband-and-wife managers who represented her older brother Ray. They immediately changed her name to the pert, less ethnic-sounding Patty. "Anna Marie is dead; you're Patty now," she was told, as she recalled in her memoir Call Me Anna, published in 1987.
As Patty Duke, she had several small parts in films and on TV (including a 1959 production of Meet Me in St. Louis, in which she reprised Margaret O'Brien's Tootie Smith) before being cast in her star-making role, Helen Keller in the original Broadway production of The Miracle Worker. To prepare her for the audition for the part, the Rosses blindfolded her and moved the furniture around.
Helen Keller, a blind and deaf child subject to fearsome rages, was a challeging, rigorous role. Patty was required to learn the manual alphabet and to engage nightly in a highly physical onstage fight with adult star Anne Bancroft (playing Helen's teacher, Annie Sullivan) that could last up to ten minutes. The play debuted in October 1959, two months before Patty's 13th birthday, and ran for nine months. Patty won critical plaudits and enduring fame.
Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke in a still from The Miracle WorkerShe and Bancroft both reprised their roles for the 1962 film adaptation. In 1963, at age 16, Patty won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Miracle Worker. She was the youngest winner in that category at the time, a record that she held until 10-year-old Tatum O'Neal won for Paper Moon eleven years later. Today, Patty is still the third-youngest Best Supporting Actress winner, following Tatum and Anna Paquin, who won at age 11 for The Piano. Proudly holding her Oscar at the 1963 ceremonyThe same year as her Oscar win, Patty came to even wider attention when she returned to TV with The Patty Duke Show, a popular ABC sitcom crafted specifically as a vehicle for her. Patty starred in the dual roles of Patty Lane, a fun-loving Brooklyn girl, and her prim and proper, identical British cousin, Cathy Lane. The show ran for three seasons. In the view of many critics, Patty's transition from Helen Keller to Patty Lane was a step from the sublime to the ridiculous, but the show remains a touchstone of American nostalgia.
Producer Sidney Sheldon crafted the idea for the show after spending time with Patty and noticing that she had two distinct sides to her personality. At the time, it wasn't known that Patty suffered from bipolar disorder. (She wasn't diagnosed until 1982.) But the irony wasn't lost on Patty that she was famous for playing a typical teenager who lived in a world of cute clothes bubble gum pop. The Patty Duke Show also had vigorously marketed merchandise, including dolls, clothes, puzzles, and board games.
Despite its success, Patty eventually came to deplore the show. "I hated being less intelligent than I was," she later wrote. "I hated pretending I was younger than I was, I hated not being consulted about anything, having no choice in how I looked or what I wore, I hated being trapped."
Her managers the Rosses, who by now saw Patty as their golden goose, removed her from her mother's home against her wishes and took her to live with them. They monitored her every movement, she later said, telling her what to wear, what to do and what to eat, and fiercely controlling her own mother's access to her. They also fed her uppers and downers and introduced her to alcohol.
To extricate herself from the Rosses' clutches, Patty married Harry Falk, an assistant director on The Patty Duke Show, when she was 19; he was 13 years her senior, and the marriage ended in divorce three years later. Patty's second marriage, to Michael Tell, was annulled after 13 days. In 1972, she married actor John Astin and was billed during their marriage as Patty Duke Astin. They divorced in 1985.
Patty's adult roles include the female lead in My Sweet Charlie, a 1970 TV movie in which she portrays a pregnant runaway who falls in love with a black man (Al Freeman Jr). This performance won her the first of her three Emmy Awards. In film, she appeared in The Valley of the Dolls, the 1967 adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's novel, playing a woman addicted to sex, drugs, and alcohol.
But offscreen, Patty was dealing increasingly with an emotional instability for which she had no name. She attempted suicide several times, and was committed to mental hospitals. In 1982, she was diagnosed with bipolar disordered and began to receive proper medication. She recounted her experiences in another memoir, A Brilliant Madness: Living With Manic-Depressive Illness, published in 1992.
After her diagnosis, Patty began working to educate others about bipolar disorder and mental illness. She partnered with the National Institute of Mental Health and National Alliance on Mental Illnesses to raise money and awareness about the conditions. Her mission of education and awareness never ended; in 2011, she played a bipolar character in an episode of The Protector, continuing her efforts to destigmatize the condition.In a tweet posted two months before her death, Patty shows that she was still dedicated to mental health advocacy.
Patty won two more Emmys for My Sweet Charlie and Captains and Kings. In 1979, she returned to her most famous piece, The Miracle Worker, this time in the role of Helen's teacher, Annie Sullivan, in a TV movie. Little House on the Prairie starlet Melissa Gilbert played Helen. Another TV movie of The Miracle Worker was made in 2000, and the play was revived on Broadway in 2002 with Skye McCole Bartusiak and in 2010 with Abigail Breslin.
In 2015, Patty guest-starred on an episode of Liv & Maddie, a Disney Channel show styled after The Patty Duke Show. Dove Cameron, 20, stars in a dual role of identical twins with very different personalities; in her episode, Patty played both the girls' grandmother and their great-aunt. In a tribute to Patty, Disney Channel has replayed her Liv & Maddie episode a few times since her death. The show's creator John Beck said in a statement: "We are so unbelievably saddened to hear about the passing of Patty Duke. We only had her for a week on the set of Liv & Maddie, but she touched our lives forever. Liv & Maddie would not exist without Patty."
Dove Cameron and Patty Duke on the set of Liv & MaddiePatty is survived by her fourth husband, Pearce, an Army drill sergeant whom she married in 1986; her brother, Raymond; three sons, Kevin Pearce and actors Sean Astin and Mackenzie Astin; a stepdaughter, Charlene Gibson; and six grandchildren.
In a quotation on her website, Ms. Duke summed up her life in lines whose final word rings with resonance: “I’ve survived. I’ve beaten my own bad system and on some days, on most days, that feels like a miracle.”
Film: Clouds of Sils Maria (2014). Young Actresses: Chloe Moretz, 16, and Kristen Stewart, 23.
Juliette Binoche does her best to carry this movie as Maria, an aging actress who first rose to fame in a play about two female lovers. In the play, a forty-something businesswoman, Helena, hires an intern half her age, Sigrid, and falls in love with her. But Sigrid is selfish and destructive, and even though she enters a relationship with Helena, she never really cares about her, and when she callously dumps the older woman, Helena falls apart. (It's implied that her company goes bankrupt and she kills herself.) Maria launched her career by playing Sigrid onstage and in film, and now, years later, the director of a new stage production wants her to come back to the play, this time as Helena. Maria eventually agrees and spends much of the movie at a remote mountain villa, rehearsing the play with her assistant Val (Kristen).
Maria and ValIn an early scene, Maria initially turns down playing Helena because, she says, "I'm in the middle of a divorce. I feel alone and vulnerable, too vulnerable for that." She also says that "Sigrid was always much more than just a role for me. In a way, I am Sigrid." This is indicative of the movie as a whole. It doesn't really show you things. It tells you things – and sometimes, it tells you every. little. thing. There are occasional scenes where some action actually happens, but most of this movie is just Maria and Val running lines, debating what Sigrid and Helena mean to them, and talking this film to death.Chloe has a smaller supporting role as JoAnn, a young Hollywood starlet who's playing Sigrid opposite Maria's Helena. JoAnn is Maria's opposite in many ways, a sexy, scandalous "It Girl" who just starred in a blockbuster superhero movie and got arrested for driving drunk. (Val is incredulous that Maria hasn't heard of her before.) Maria watches clips online of her cursing and throwing things at the paparazzi and seems to admire her nerve, but she's also intimidated by seeing JoAnn play Sigrid, a role that she still considers hers. JoAnn, meanwhile, is a good actress even off-stage, pretending to idolize Maria while being subtly bitchy to her at the same time.
Chloe has never exactly been my favorite young actress, but watching her as JoAnn, I really wished that she'd gotten more screentime. JoAnn is a such breath of fresh air when she finally shows up (after spending much of the movie offscreen while Maria and Val hammer out their opinions on her and her career). Like her character Sigrid, she's reckless and flippant, doesn't give a fuck, and most appealing of all, doesn't overanalyze everything like Maria and Val do. Chloe is a decent actress who works well with the material that she's given, but she isn't given that much, and while Kristen is given plenty, some of it is bizarre and even boring.
The scandal-prone JoAnn on a date with her married loverThis movie has been compared to All About Eve, and that's probably what it was aiming for, but Maria doesn't have anywhere near Eve's fast pace or sharp wit. I'd sooner compare it to Binoche's 2005 child-actress movie, Bee Season. Maria isn't as languid as that was, but it does have a similar slow, heavy, "art movie" feel to it. But none of the actresses can be blamed for its faults, and I can understand why Chloe and Kristen wanted to be in this. Despite its flaws, it's still unconventional in a mostly good way, and they're getting to star alongside a well-respected veteran like Binoche. (Kristen has made some smart choices for her post-Twilight projects.) If you're a fan of any of these three actresses, or of the art-movie genre, you should enjoy this.
Other reviews of Chloe's films: Laggies (2014).
Awards: Nominated for Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Miranda Cosgrove, 22, has been busy lately promoting her new NBC sitcom Crowded. The show centers on the Moore family, whose parents (Patrick Warburton and Carrie Preston) had been enjoying an empty nest when their two adult daughters (Mia Serafino, 26, and Miranda) decide to move back home after college. In this this interview with Glamour magazine, Miranda said that even though she owns her own house, like her character on Crowded, she still lives with her parents. Miranda arriving at AOL Build, March 2016"I do. I could see where people might think that kids aren't working hard enough, but all my friends live at home and go to college and are working towards something, and they still love being with their families." Later, when asked about the future: "I'm still trying to figure out if there are other things I'd like to do in life. I'm going to college right now, and the show does touch on that, but there's a whole arc about us trying to get jobs and a lot of my friends are going through that. Even I feel like that sometimes with figuring out what I want to do. I've taken photography classes, film classes—just trying to figure it all out."
Crowded hasn't received very good reviews so far (Glamour calls it "a throwback sitcom, like something you might've seen on TGIF in the late '90s," while The Guardian writes that it has "little new to say"), despite the show's attempts to be relevant and edgy. Mia Serafino, playing Miranda's sister, said, "I was talking with one of the writers, and they were saying, 'Your character is what we call sexually fluid.' One of my lines is, 'That doesn't make me a lesbian. I'm not even bisexual. I'm just going with it.' That's acceptable now. I have a lot of gay friends, and I think this is one of the first multi-cam sitcoms where we're really pushing the envelope and showing what is going on with families and real dialogue, not just cookie cutter. In one episode, my character, as you mentioned, is kissing a girl, but we don't even make that big of a deal of it. It's not like, oh my God! It's just, whatever."
Miranda and the cast of Crowded on NBC's Winter TCA Tour, January 2016Later, while promoting Crowded on AOL Build, Miranda took questions from the audience, one fan asked about iCarly, the long-running Nickelodeon sitcom that made Miranda a teen idol. "Yeah, I would totally do a reunion," she said, adding that she has reunions all the time with her iCarly costar Jennette McCurdy, 23, who she's remained friends with. She even pitched a possible plot: "I'd also like to know what's going on with Carly's mom because nobody ever told me."
Jennette has shown her support by plugging Miranda's show on her social media account: watch my real life bestie tonight in the premiere of her new show on NBC, #crowded! After Jennette's rather public feud with Ariana Grande, it's sweet to see that she and Miranda have stayed close.