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Jonathan Rhys Meyers Impresses ‘Dracula’ Coworkers

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Seems like things are looking up for Jonathan Rhys Meyers!

Thanks to Netflix, The Tudors isn’t exactly long gone; however, the 36-year-old Meyers is filling another swoon-worth role as Alexander Grayson, the lead in NBC’s new fall drama, Dracula.

Aside from Albert Nobbs (written by and starring Glenn Close), we haven’t seen much of Meyers, who’s reportedly struggled with substance abuse and alcohol addiction and entered rehab on several occasions.

Starting October 25, though, we’ll see him every Friday night!

(Unless you’re in the UK, in which case you have to wait until Halloween–which, let’s face it, is way cooler.)


Dave Matthews and Grover Learn to Express Their Feelings

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Dave Matthews of Dave Matthews Band and Grover of Sesame Street learn to express their feelings through song.


Creating a Personal Profile: Think You Could Do It?

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

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NBC knocked it out of the ballpark last night with the network’s new drama, The Blacklist.

(Really, I don’t know how any network could go wrong with James Spader, but that’s a whole ‘nother post.)

Basically, without really spoiling anything, James Spader plays Raymond “Red” Reddington, a mastermind criminal who’s known as “The Concierge of Crime” and who happens to be one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. For reasons we don’t yet know, Reddington surrenders himself, claiming he can help the FBI bring down the world’s most dangerous criminals (the “Blacklist”).


Oprah’s Next Chapter: Lindsay Lohan Airs Tonight

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

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Just a quick heads up, sweet readers:

Oprah’s Next Chapter: Lindsay Lohan airs tonight, and if you’re wondering what the 60-minute sit-down’s going to be like, here are just a few of the questions we see Oprah ask Lindsay in the preview:

  • “Are you an addict?
  • “Do you think you are addicted to chaos?”
  • “When you get the first DUI, is that a wake-up call?”
  • “What does it feel like to be both an adjective and a verb for ‘child star gone wrong’?”
  • “What do you know about yourself now that you wish you’d known six rehabs ago?”
  • “What’s going to be different this time?”

Clearly, Oprah’s not pussyfooting around. Unfortunately, we don’t get any sneak-peek answers from Lindsay.

(Sort of unrelated note: I always thought the point of Oprah’s Next Chapter was to interview folks about their next chapter; however, Oprah.com tells me the idea for the show came after Oprah “moved into the next chapter.” So…okay.)

Oprah’s Next Chapter: Lindsay Lohan airs tonight at 9 p.m. EST. Check OWN and your local network listings for details.

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Drug Abuse and Alcoholism: Painting the Face of Addiction

Monday, July 15th, 2013

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(UPDATE July 16, 2013: Cory Monteith’s official cause of death was a drug overdose of heroin and alcohol, according to the British Columbia Coroners Service.)

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Cory Monteith, one of the stars of the Emmy award-winning musical comedy-drama Glee, was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room over the weekend.

Some news sources have reported drug overdose as the suspected cause of death, but thus far police have confirmed only that they don’t believe foul play was involved.

An autopsy is scheduled for today (Monday, July 15, 2013), after which the coroner will be closer to establishing an official cause of death.


Celebrate These Celebrity Mental Health Success Stories!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

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Happy 4th of July, sweet readers!

(Well, almost, or belated, depending on when you’re reading this.)

In honor of July 4th, I thought we’d take a look back at four of the most inspiring celebrity mental health stories of 2013 so far.

After (and sometimes before and during) battling addiction and mental illness, these famous folk have enjoyed successful careers and helped spread education, encouragement, and hope to others.

1. Friends Star Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry has been pretty vocal about his own prescription pain pill addiction and rehab. After a friend introduced him to the nation’s drug court system, he became pretty vocal about that, too, leading U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske to present him with the Champion of Recovery Award for “giving a voice to millions of Americans in recovery.” (Actor Matthew Perry Awarded for Drug Court Advocacy)


Why Using Bert & Ernie to Celebrate Marriage Equality Doesn’t Make Sense

Friday, June 28th, 2013

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DISCLAIMER: This is NOT a post about anyone’s beliefs, opinions, ideas, thoughts, or otherwise on homosexuality or same-sex marriage. This is a post about how some media outlets–in this specific case, The New Yorker–are celebrating marriage equality. Understand upfront that comments that are hateful and offensive to anyone will not be published.

So, The New Yorker released its July 8-15, 2013 cover this morning, “Moment of Joy.”

“Moment of Joy” depicts Bert and Ernie, two Sesame Street characters who also are longtime friends and roommates, snuggling together on a couch as they look at the United States Supreme Court Justices on a television screen.

It’d probably be a heartwarming picture, if, you know, Bert and Ernie were actually gay.


Richard Pryor Documentary Explores Drugs, Celebrity Pressure

Friday, May 31st, 2013

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Here’s a sweet Weekend Watching for you comedy fans:

Showtime airs a new Richard Pryor documentary, Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, tonight at 9 p.m. EST.

You might be wondering why we’ve added yet another Richard Pryor documentary to the shelf, and Pryor’s fourth and seventh wife (the man married five women over seven marriages), Jennifer Lee Pryor, tells Rolling Stone she wanted to make sure at least one of them didn’t portray him as “the guy that said m***** f***** all the time.”


‘Mob Wives’ Drita D’Avanzo On Privacy, Parenthood, and Celebrity Charity

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

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We’ve talked about the stress Karen Gravano endured growing up as the daughter of one of the most notorious mobsters of modern times and Renee Graziano’s battles with addiction, but what’s going on with some of the other ladies of VH1′s hit reality show Mob Wives?

Well, Drita D’Avanzo, one of the original Mob Wives, recently sat down with OK! Magazine to talk about her good and, well, less-than-good experiences since signing on with the show.

‘Mob Wives’ Star Renee Graziano: “I’m Not a Junkie; I’m an Addict”

Drita walks us through sacrificing privacy for the show, monitoring her daughters’ exposure to the episodes (as well as asking her oldest daughter, Aleeya, for permission to film!), and using her celebrity for good.


‘Mob Wives’ Star Renee Graziano: “I’m Not a Junkie; I’m an Addict”

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Any Mob Wives fans in the audience?

If you’re one of them, you probably caught last week’s Season 3 premiere and weren’t surprised when you spent the hour listening to the women talk trash with, to, and for each other.

Just another day in Staten Island, yes?

However, if you don’t keep up with the Mafia celebrities’ goings on in between seasons, then you did get one surprise last week: Renee Graziano announced she was addicted to pills and seeking rehab.

The announcement came during a sit down posing as an afternoon brunch. Peacemakers Angela “Big Ang” Raiola and Drita D’Avanzo thought the sit down would be a good, neutral place for feuding Renee and Carla Facciolo, to make peace.

The meeting was anything but peaceful, though, and after Carla called Renee a “junkie” for what felt like the millionth time, Renee finally (and surprisingly calmly) replied that she wasn’t a “junkie,” but an “addict” who needed help.

The girls looked stunned.


 

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