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An Open Letter to Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson

It seems that everyone has an opinion about the upcoming film Fifty Shades of Grey starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. There has been so much buzz and hype surrounding the sexually explicit books over the last few years, and now readers and fans are turning their opinionated discussions towards the provocative film adaptation. "Who should play the characters and why," is the biggest topic of concern for Fifty Shades fans. The haters and internet trolls seem to pile on the discussions offering their thoughts on how unhealthy and abusive the relationship between naive Ana and controlling Christian is and how it's being glamorized. Others offer up another topic on how terribly written they believe the books to be. People forget that these books were written as fan fiction to the Twilight series, so ultimately I guess Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) are the inspiration for the characters of Christian and Ana.

 

I had thought I personally wouldn't ever read something as sexually graphic as these novels. However, I was eventually talked into it, and what I found surprised me. Author E. L. James had created characters that I developed a love-hate relationship with, and the story itself was interesting, with plot twists and nail-biting emotional drama. Would I call myself a Fifity Shades of Grey fan? Yes. I did enjoy the books, reading all three novels. I am not a reader of books, I'm just not. Fifty Shades of Grey was the first book I had picked up in years. The last book I read was on vacation in 2008. I am getting back into reading again, though. I've read thirteen books in the last two years, and that, for me, is a lot. Admittedly I had trouble getting through the third book in the series because by then I was over it (the sex). Okay I get it you guys have a lot of sex. I was kind of bored and had to force myself to power through to the end, and just like I was told, it was worth it. It wasn't the steamy erotic sex that drew me to the books, that was an eye-opening learning experience (I had to look of the definitions of some words - yup I'll admit it), rather it was the emotional desire and passion these two characters felt for one another and how they dealt with these feelings in their reality and dream-like worlds. Christian and Ana are characters with tortured, naive, lost, beautiful, damaged, loving and stubborn souls, and they worked together in such a way that was, for lack of a better word, believable. 

We all know someone who has been in a dramatic relationship with all the sorrow, betrayal, sexual heat and madness. Seriously, sometimes I thought my college and twenty-something friends were constantly starring in a real life soap operas, myself included having my heart ripped into a thousand pieces and feeling the gut-wrenching pain of loving someone to the point it physically hurt. Relationships are hell, and love can be beautiful one day and ugly the next. So this is my open letter to Jamie and Dakota, because I know they will read it, right?

Dear Jamie and Dakota,

Firstly, congrats on the roles you've been selected to play for this mad, dramatic, erotic movie. It seems you both have your work cut out for you by taking on these challenging characters. After you read this letter, I need to you both to step away from the internet for a while. Don't read anything regarding the film, and don't even think about doing a Google search for your names. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but, you're both currently being cyber-bullied. It's not anything against either of you personally, it's that some of these crazy ass fans and non fans (internet trolls) cannot seem to separate you from the characters you're going to portray. These women and some men, have pictured their ideal Christian and Ana for months and years, electing who they will masturbate to while in the shower or which Hollywood hottie they will envision in their minds while f*^@ing their partners and spouses. These books have made some people completely insane. They've gone as far as making fake movie trailers with their selected actors, fake movie posters and have devoted countless blogs and Pinterest boards to show their love and fevered compulsions for these characters. It's more than just a simple, "I think this person would make a fantastic Christian or Ana and here's why" -- it goes much deeper, almost to a level of bizarre obsession. Do not let that scare you, or let it - and be aware of these things during the promo tour. My advice hire an extra bodyguard or two, because you'll probably need it.

Jamie,

I loved, loved, loved you as the Sheriff in Once Upon A Time. I was so sad when your character died. I'm going to be honest, you weren't who I pictured for the role of Christian. I personally envisioned Christian Bale, for obvious reasons -- it was a Patrick Bateman meets Bruce Wayne thing for me (I mean have you seen the way he wears a suit?). Then I realized Bale was way older than Mr. Grey and turned my sights towards Colin Egglesfield. It was his mysterious eyes and stellar physique. With that being said, it really is all about personal preference from a fans point of view. Suddenly, we the readers have become movie directors, casting agents and studio executives who've all been in the business for years and know what we're doing when it comes to talent {insert sarcasm here}. People are pissed that Matt Bomer isn't playing the role. These relentless haters will continue to protest from behind the safety of the computer screens and mobile phones calling for your resignation, saying things about how you are ugly and you will ruin your career. I am telling you do not listen. I mean why would you anyway? I know you have better things to do with your time, but, if you do, just know that for every hater there are way more non-haters. I've read your interview with EW and I think you will be a fantastic Christian Grey. Practice saying "Laters Baby" in your sexiest voice, and you'll have most of the women in the world swooning by that phrase alone.

Dakota,

I've seen you in 21 Jump Street, The Social Network (fantastic dialog with Justin Timberlake by the way), and I know you were the bright spot in the show Ben & Kate (although I didn't watch it I heard much buzz about your performances). Bringing us back to your role as Anastasia Steele, you will be fine. Also, do not pay attention to those who say you landed the part because your parents are famous, that is absolute stupidity. People (women mostly) are going to hate you, the Ana you, that is -- own it. Whether the haters will admit it or not, they have pictured themselves as Ana Steele hoping that they can live out their sexual fantasy of being the one who saves and holds the attention of the rich, handsome, brooding, damaged Fifty - and oh yeah, have "mind-blowing sex" with the man. Not gonna happen. So your job now is to live out every woman's desire and make them believe it. You've got this. 

In a few months the film's teaser trailer will debut and you will win over a majority of the haters. People will have a visual of your on-screen chemistry and be pleasantly surprised. Not everyone will be moved to change their minds, but you cannot please everyone, right? I look forward to your performances and seeing you on the big screen. Until then our twitchy palms have been stowed. Best of luck to both of you and have fun.

Sincerely, Christy Pastore

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Livingly Media, Pinterest, Fifty Shades Movie

Fables and Legends: The Modern Day Coverage of History

Napoleon once said, “What is history but a fable agreed upon?”

This past week, I read a column berating people who read, observe, and absorb celebrity gossip. It was critical of what many people consider a simple pleasure or a means of escape... not a hobby necessarily, but a means of relaxing without exercising too much thought.

There’s nothing wrong with that. For some, gossip (which always has a ring of truth) is how they make their living. Celebrity news (gossip or factual or a mix of the two) is a billion dollar industry. 

Most common folks (as much as they hate to admit it) find celebrities interesting, at least to some degree. Even hipsters have their icons (Lena Dunham). 

Stars live in a separate, surreal world. It’s ridiculous and as incestuous as most political factions in the world.

No, Kristen Stewart’s bad judgment isn’t solving world hunger. It isn’t bringing peace in the Middle East, but, it is giving people jobs at a time when people are struggling to find work. 

As a sometimes journalist who has been published and holds two major awards, I support these endeavors for one simple reason: celebrity news is no different than any other type of news.

In my career, I covered scheming political figures, White Supremacists, mass murderers, high school shootings, tornadoes, tropical storms, hurricanes, two NFL franchises, and three Mardi Gras. How is any of that different from writing about Chris Brown and Rihanna’s troubles? That story in particular calls attention to a major issue in the world (domestic abuse). Sure, it’s sad and troubling, but the story spreads and perhaps has saved some women. 

I listened to a lecture today from CTV's etalk Reporter/Gossip Blogger Elaine Lui. She made a strong case: this is how she makes her living and history itself is derived on storytelling and even gossip (at one point, she said the Egyptian people were so “obsessed with gossip” that they wrote it on walls in stone).

The next time you peruse a celebrity gossip website or buy “People” or “US Weekly,” don’t feel guilty or ashamed - realize you’re probably helping a struggling writer or content producer stay on the job.  Not only that, if that’s how you choose to relax, so be it. Everyone deserves a little bit of time to themselves.

Or, think of it this way: where did all those stories in the Bible come from? Storytelling passed from generation to generation.  While religion teaches us these stories are true, there were no cameras, recording equipment, etc. Therefore, how do we know what really happened? We don’t. 

The same can be said for much of history. How do we know these are true stories or just gossip? Again, we don’t. 

While we may never know the truth around ancient celebrities like Mark Antony and Cleopatra, we know just as much about their modern-day equivalents.

~Devon Dean @DevonScottIndy

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Devon Dean is a writer, journalist, sometimes media relations/PR gal-about-town, and social media/marketing expert.  She is a native Hoosier and winner of the 2003 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for “Best Feature Series” and the 2007 Indiana Associated Press Reporter of the Year.  For  more information on Devon, check out her LinkedIn Page.

More Pregnancy Rumors for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

More pregnancy rumors are circulating (as they always do) that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant.  The difference this time, is that a very good friend of the couple, Jessica Hay (former roommate of the couple and royal wedding attendee) has stated that the Royals will have "wonderful, happy news" to share in December. It is reported that Hay told Aussie Tabloid, New Look that William and Kate are focused on started a family.

What do you think of this latest rumor?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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Drew Barrymore's Daughter, Olive Named After Animated Character?

Yesterday it was announced that Drew Barrymore had delivered her daughter, Olive Barrymore Kopelman, on September 26th. This is the first child for Drew and her husband, Will Kopelman who were married this past June, just six months after announcing their engagement. 

There is something vaguely familiar about the name Olive. In 1999 the CGI animated television special Olive, the Other Reindeer debuted and chronicled the story of a sweet Jack Russell Terrier named Olive (voiced by Drew Barrymore), based off Vivian Walsh's 1997 children's book about her real life Jack Russell terrier.

The story begins as Olive returns home one day to find her owner, Tim, packing up all of the Christmas decorations and tells Olive that there will not be a Christmas this year.

Eventually, Olive finds out that the reason is that Blizten, one of Santa's reindeer, is injured and cannot fly. The radio reported that Santa hopes he can make the Christmas run with "all of the other reindeer", however Olive hears, "Olive the other reindeer," and believes Santa is talking about her to help save Christmas. Upon hearing this news, Olive sets out for an adventure to the North Pole to help save Christmas.

Along the way she meets many friends including a penguin named Martini (personally my favorite character) and an evil Mailman who is mad at Santa for always being on the "Naughty List". The Mailman is determined to make trouble for Olive and do anything he can to stop her from saving Christmas. In the end, Olive saves Christmas and all the presents are delivered in time.

When I heard that Drew Barrymore had named her daughter Olive I immediately thought of the cute little cartoon special. It will be interesting to hear if there is a story behind the name Olive or if it's just purely coincidence.

What do you guys think? Have you seen Olive, the Other Reindeer?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Zimbio, IMDB

Blake Lively's Marchesa Wedding Dress Details

Martha Stewart helped Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively plan their, "intimate, personalized party set in a rustic barn," for their wedding Sunday evening. The private affair that included just their immediate and extended families took place at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., "was an enchanting celebration".

The Bride wore a one-of-kind Marchesa couture ballgown with crystal and rose gold embroidered details. Lively's bridesmaids wore unique custom made blush, silk chiffon Marchesa gowns, with crystal embroidered detail paired with Christian Louboutin heels.

The groom and groomsmen all wore Burberry suits with custom leather suspenders designed by  Christopher Bailey.

The couple exchanged Lorriane Schwartz rings, a personal favorite jeweler of Blake's.

We can only imagine how gorgeous the Gossip Girl star looked in her wedding gown, but until we can see the actual photos we've rounded up Blake's top five Marchesa moments.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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Selena Gomez Covers Teen Vogue's September Issue

Selena Gomez is Teen Vogue's Septembear cover girl. The young star was photographed by Boo George and is featured wearing an American Eagle Outfitters chambray shirt, a Jill Stuart bracelet and a gold Gucci necklace while showing off her fab abs on the cover.

Inside for her editorial, Selena is featured in several relaxed California Girl cool shots in natural light with minimal makeup and tousled hair wearing designs from Michael Kors and Citizens of Humanity. The 20-year-old entertainer dished on her dream music collaboration, taking risky roles and, of course, her love life.

Selena on her love life: “It’s really fun. I’m lucky. I’m 20. I don’t take anything in my personal life too seriously. I have great friends and a solid group of people I love. I feel like everything else will come organically.”

Selena on taking risky roles: “I said, ‘I know I haven’t done much and that taking a chance on me is a risk because it’s like, Oh, a Disney kid. I just want you to know that I would work really hard. I want to do things like this."

Selena on her dream music collaboration: “Who I would die to work with, but I don’t think he ever would—I don’t even think he’s doing music anymore—is Justin Timberlake. Just ’cause I love his music sooo much.”

What do you think of Selena's cover? Will you be picking up a copy when it hits newsstands this month? To view more of Selena's editorial images click here.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Zimbio

Victoria Beckham Covers Glamour's September 2012 Issue

Victoria Beckham is Glamour Magazine's September 2012 cover girl. The singer, turned fashion designer, is photographed in an intimate setting for the newsstand cover relaxing at home in her bubble bath, and it features her signature. How very fitting that the "Queen of fashion" is styled wearing a tiara and diamond bracelet. For the subscribers' cover, she is photographed wearing a tangerine, open weave, belted sweater drinking a strawberry milkshake. We adore both covers. It's nice to see a playful side to the 38-year-old British beauty.

Beckham also took on the role of guest-editor, where she came full of ideas and ready to participate fully in castings and layout decisions. "I wanted to put my stamp on the magazine," said the designer of her guest editor role with the publication.

Which cover is your favorite? Will you be picking up the issue?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Image Source: Zimbio

Ashley Greene Covers Nylon's August 2012 Issue

Ashley Greene is a two time cover girl in the month of August. Not only is the Twilight star featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan, but she also shines on the cover of Nylon magazine next month. The brunette beauty is featured on the magazine's denim issue cover looking causal chic wearing a black Moschino vintage blazer, A What Goes Around Comes Around tee and bandana paired with Element cut-off shorts and Dsquared2 shoes. The 25-year-old dishes on dating and the tabloids, her past modeling days and her instant fame thanks to Twilight.

Ashley on dating and the tabloids: “Imagine going out with a girl one night, then the next day she’s like, ‘We’re hooking up! This is serious!  It’s this overload of someone saying, ‘This is what this is, even though we’ve only been on one date and I don’t even know your middle name.’ Everything has a title immediately.”

Ashley on her modeling days before becoming the face of DKNY: “I knew I was never going to be a supermodel. I mean, I’m 5'5"—it’s not going to happen unless you’re Kate Moss, which I’m not. And until you hit a certain level in the modeling world, it’s really rough: You’re never tall enough, you’re never thin enough, there’s always another girl. It just wasn’t for me anymore.”

Ashley on her instant Twilight fame: “Right when I was cast, my IMDb STARmeter [a chart that tracks actors based on how many searches are done on them] went through the roof—all of ours did, and we hadn’t even done anything yet! Now I have to remind myself that not everything is always going to be like that.”

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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Kate Beckinsale Covers Glamour UK's August 2012 Issue

Kate Beckinsale is Glamour UK's August 2012 cover girl. Inside, the Total Recall star talks about having another baby, the pressure the media places on celebrity mom's and their bodies, beauty and growing older.

Kate on having another baby: "There's absolutely part of me that goes, 'I'd love to have a baby in the relationship I'm in, and have that experience when the relationship's really good and exclusive,' but I'm just not sure. At some point the decision will be made for me, when my ovaries dry up and die. We'll see. There's nothing that makes me go, 'And now I must have triplets!'"

Kate on beauty: "I feel like beauty is a gift that you have for a while, and you enjoy the hell out of it while you have it. And if you’re lucky enough to have a daughter and you give it to her, you enjoy the fact she has it. My mother was always very, very beautiful – she still is, in her sixties. I’m sure she feels, 'Wouldn’t it be nice if my neck did this?' but not to the degree of cutting parts of herself odd and dragging them behind her ears. I feel very similar. I much prefer how my mother looks to the people I see here [in Los Angeles] with wind-tunnel face,"

Kate on the pressure that the media places on celebrity mom's to regain their figures: "There’s an obsessional hatred of normal human processes. Pregnancy changes and woman’s body and should. It isn’t normal to not look like you’ve had a baby immediately after you’ve had a baby. I was gigantic after I had Lily – I put on a good 3 ½ stone, and it didn’t go ‘til I stopped breast feeding… I was lucky that Britain wasn’t so paparazzi-orientated [then]. I was allowed to get on with it and enjoy my baby – and figure out what being a mother was all about instead of worrying about [fitting into] my f**king jeans..."

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Ashley Greene Covers Cosmopolitan's August 2012 Issue

Ashley Greene is featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan's August 2012 issue wearing a floral print, Minkpink bustier and light pink Rich & Skinny jeans. Inside, the Twilight star talks about her career, avoiding the Hollywood scene and all the craziness, but also marriage and love.

Ashley on her career: "I'm looking for things that are going to push boundaries. I want to work with directors I know get great performances and actors who force me to up my game," she says. "Hopefully, I'll be able to find that."

Ashley on getting married: “I’m not one of those girls who sits at home thinking, 'By 25, I have to be married.' Right now, I’m like I’m 25, I need to book my next movie! My parents have such a beautiful marriage. I’m not someone who takes it lightly. So I’m not going to get married until I know I’ll be with someone forever.”

Ashley on whether she has a type: "It's about chemistry and a connection. I've changed so much over the past 10 years. What I wanted when I was 16, I didn't want when I was 20, and that's changed to something else now that I'm 25. Having a type is not for me."

Ashley on the crazy Hollywood scene: "In this industry, it's easy to get sidetracked by the glitz. But there are certain precautions you can take. Look, if you go out to a club, you're going to be written about."

You can read more with Ashley at Cosmopolitan.com

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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