Kerry Washington Had A Safe Word While Filming ‘Django Unchained’

kerry washington on filming django unchained

Have you had a chance to see Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie, ‘Django Unchained‘? I finally did this weekend. Amazing! Kerry Washington plays the slave Broomhilda. She’s also the wife of Jamie Foxx’s character, Django, who is freed after helping German bounty hunter Dr. Schultz (played by Christoph Waltz). Even if you haven’t seen it, it won’t ruin the story for you to read this. In one scene, Kerry’s character is put in the “hotbox” after trying to run away. Quentin explained how he shot the scene for the most realistic effect possible.

“I think she had to be in there for 20 minutes before I yelled action. Kerry is very game to make things as real as possible. Leaving her in the box for 30 seconds and then yelling action wouldn’t work. Nor would sticking her in the box for hours. But 10 minutes in the box could feel like 30. The idea was for Kerry to become disoriented, lose track of time in there, and contemplate what eight hours in the box would feel like. She could yell or scream.”

Luckily for Kerry, however, some precautions were taken. She told Deadline:

“But there was a safe word, so that the crew knew when I was panicking as a person, and not as an actor. This is how a lot of the film went — taking the reality as far as we could.”

There was plenty of realism in ‘Django Unchained,’ trust me, which made it all the more fantastic. I’ve (very) recently become a huge fan of Kerry’s, too. In addition to seeing her in ‘Django Unchained’  this weekend, I finally got on the bandwagon and started watching her show, ‘Scandal.’ I sat down to watch the pilot and ended up watching the entire first season (it was only seven episodes) on Netflix. I’m HOOKED.






Quote Of The Day: Adam Lambert On ‘Les Miserables’

adam lambert slams les miserables on twitter

I haven’t had a chance to see ‘Les Miserables‘ yet, but former ‘American Idol‘ runner-up Adam Lambert has. I think it’s safe to say, based on his tweet, that he wasn’t completely sold on the movie.

Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers.

OUCH! Although in all fairness, some reviewers made similar comments about less-than-stellar singing. Have you seen ‘Les Miserables’ yet? If so, what did you think?



Lady Gaga Offers Fans Pre-Concert Counseling

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Now this is a first! Lady Gaga is offering her “little monsters” counseling before her Born This Way Ball shows. Gaga explained it on her Facebook page.

For those wondering about the “counseling” at the BTWBall BornBrave pre-show, it will be a fun tailgating experience for monsters to unite.

At the BornBrave Bus you have access to professional private or group chats about mental health, depression, bullying, school & friends. There will also be food and games, DJ White Shadow andLady Starlight will DJ with host BREEDLOVE to keep the experience fun.

BornBrave Bus Is a place where mental health + depression are taken seriously w/ no judgement, FREE real help available to all. I feel like most kids don’t look for help because they feel embarrassed so mom + I wanted to break the stigmas around “help” and make it fun.

I’m counting down the days till the Ball starts up again. ONLY 3 MONTHS LEFT OF TOURING, what will I do!!!!?? I love seeing you every night!

I think this is a great thing to do! Hopefully teens who really need help will be able to connect with a professional.


Photos by FlynetUK/FAMEFLYNET

Celebrity Moms & Their Mini-Me’s

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These celebrity moms practically have little twins. Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise are the mother-daughter duo I think of when I look at how much some celebrity tots resemble their moms! But there were some that were included in this video that surprised me. How about Heidi Klum and her oldest child, daughter Leni?

Or what about Kate Beckinsale and her daughter, Lily? I guess I was thinking actual physical resemblance rather than dressing alike. What do you think of this list of mother-daughter duos who look a lot alike?

Kim Kardashian Unaware Kanye West Was Going To Announce Pregnancy, Still Plans On Partying NYE

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Kim Kardashian reportedly had NO idea Kanye West was going to announce to the world  that they’re expecting their first child together last night, according to TMZ. However, Kim wasn’t upset and was “crying tears of joy” when he broke the news. Apparently, Kanye was moved to make the announcement because Kim’s family as well as his own was in the audience.

Kim reportedly is about 12 weeks along. She hadn’t planned on making the big reveal until she started showing. However, since Kanye did make the announcement, Kim confirmed it on her blog.

It’s true!! Kanye and I are expecting a baby. We feel so blessed and lucky and wish that in addition to both of our families, his mom and my dad could be here to celebrate this special time with us. Looking forward to great new beginnings in 2013 and to starting a family. Happy New Year!!! Xo

But Kim’s pregnancy won’t stop her from ringing in the New Year at 1 Oak nightclub in Las Vegas as planned. She’s set to earn six figures for her appearance and reportedly isn’t a big drinker anyway. Kanye West is planning to be with her. I’m still in shock over this news. How about you?


Photos by Thumbs42/FAMEFLYNET

Heidi Klum Grocery Shops With Her Girls

heidi klum, martin kristen & kids at whole foods

Heidi Klum has spent the weekend making sure her kids have a fun holiday. They went to the Pretend City Children’s Museum. Then Heidi took the kids to the Adventure Plex. But these pictures show you can entertain kids even in very low-key ways. Heidi and Martin Kristen took Leni and Lou with them to Whole Foods to pick up some groceries.

Lou looks like she’s quite the little helper, too. Check her out in the gallery as she helps unload the groceries from the cart to the conveyor belt to be rung up. Too cute! Note the boys, Johan and Henry, stayed home. They’re probably typical boys, which means it’s probably for the best that they stayed at home for this excursion- LOL.


Photos by Goodwin/Pablo/FAMEFLYNET

Daily Link Love

Check out what my cyber friends are writing about!

  • Charlie Sheen drops the other F-bomb at his big club opening in Cabo. (D Listed)
  • Miranda Kerr shows off her legs while getting out of her car. (Moe Jackson)
  • Ashley Tisdale flaunts her bikini bod on twitter. (DS, Site NSFW)
  • Here’s a look back at a memorable moment from 2012: the Spice Girls at the Olympics. (Lainey Gossip)
  • Accessorize yourself with awesome! (The Berry)
  • Remembering one of the amazing celebs we lost this year: Nora Ephron. (HuffPost Celebrity)
  • Here’s a list of 26 books to read before they’re adapted into movies in 2013. (PopSugar)
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal says her maternal impulse is to be a good working mom. (Celebrity Baby Scoop)
  • The Jackson family “fight case” from this past summer has been closed after all of them refused to talk to the police. (TMZ)
  • Ashley Tisdale is tweeting even more bikini pics of herself. (Hollywood Tuna)
  • Nick Stahl got into some trouble in a porn store. (IDLYITW)
  • Is Piers Morgan ready to deport himself? (Evil Beet Gossip)
  • Sandra Bullock hangs out with her son, Louis. (Celeb Dirty Laundry)
  • Is Lindsay Lohan in London following The Wanted around? (Amy
  • Here’s a list of the top music sellers for 2012. (Pop Crush)