The intricate history of the studio system’s production of stars is filled with manipulation, cover-ups, excised histories, and a gossip press willing to overlook it all as it behooves its own interests…. If and when the stars did misbehave, each studio employed “fixers” to cover up the evidence (which included bribing cops, paying off mistresses, […]
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by Carder Terminating a pregnancy is not inherently tragic - women have a variety of abortion experiences - but for Lena (and Stef), this was devastating. She really wanted this baby; she’d dreamed about this baby and already fought with the baby’s sperm donor over parental rights. A lot of stories on The Fosters are about making […]
by Kelli The evening I found out the sex of the baby was when I lit up my first cigarette. I’m not proud of it – but I couldn’t stop myself. It changed everything. Once I’d finished the cigarette I found it difficult to focus on anything positive, so I had a small glass of […]
by Carder The main thing for me is that I don’t really want to offer this graphic novel as a political stance on abortion…. I have my feelings about it, obviously, but that was not my intention. In fact I make a point to start the book where the girls find out that they are […]
by Carder There is distinction between “shame-free” and “consequence-free,” and abortion will never be the latter. Most, like the character of Stacy Hamilton, agonize over up up [sic] until the last minute. It seems to me that the MSNBC hosts and the filmmakers in this case are reaching to glamorize one of the few acts […]
by Carder While out to lunch with LaDonna, Savon admits that she definitely considered having an abortion — but she didn’t have the money. Thankfully, Savon has another man in her life already — Mauwi. He’s a college student who also plays basketball, and he seems to get along with Savon very well. The best […]
Miss Pennsylvania Valerie Gatto, 24, a self-described “product of rape,” hopes her experience growing up as well as her mother’s attack can show that anything is possible from a bleak starting point….
Gatto, a marketing consultant, told TODAY.com. “Being a child of a rape, not knowing who my father is, not knowing if he’s ever been found, most people would think it’s such a negative situation.
“I grew up with my mom and my grandparents. They never looked at it as something negative. I have a loving, supportive family who told me I could be the president of the United States.”…
Although this particular Tennessee bride’s intentions to have her baby play an important part in her wedding ceremony may have been admirable, her means of bringing the newborn down the aisle may seem downright reckless by others. As evidenced by Shona Carter-Brooks’ own admission, she did indeed have her one-month-old strapped to her gown and […]
I had an abortion at 17 and it was the worst thing I ever did…. I went alone. I was terrified. It was full of other young girls, and we were all terrified and looking at each other and nobody was saying a bloody word. I howled my way through it, and it was horrible. […]
UPDATE 7:45p: An abortion proponent on Twitter sent me a link to a 2008 Daily News story, wherein Angelou said she supported abortion. So between 1994 and then she tragically “evolved,” as President Obama would say. Angelou chose life and reaped many blessings from it, but she ultimately did not wish the same blessings on other mothers and babies.
According to TMZ.com:
L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling told his GF he does NOT want her bringing black people to his games … including Magic Johnson … and it’s ALL on tape.
by Carder I’m finally on the verge of becoming famous and I’m not going to ruin it now. An abortion will further my career. This time next year I won’t have a baby. Instead, I’ll be famous, driving a bright pink Range Rover and buying a big house. Nothing will get in my way. ~ […]
by Carder She loves being pregnant right now and I f–king hate it…. I’m not a fan of pregnancy right now with my thighs touching and my boobs changing but I know it will be worth it and hopefully I get back to that really quickly. ~ MTV’s Jersey Shore star Jenni “JWoww” Farley talking about […]
by Carder I love being pregnant, and I love making babies. I loved getting fat!…. Just bringing a being into this world is crazy wild! It’s like an exchange you can’t compare to any other. It’s like when ET connected with Elliot, you know, where they got sick when they were with each other and […]
by Carder Maybe because it puts things in perspective having two people in my life who I am responsible for. There were times last year when I would live in two rooms, y’know kitchen and bedroom, in your house. It is a weird existence when you live on your own…. On the phone all night, […]
by Carder It was only a matter of time before people other than James Franco and Seth Rogen parodied Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Vogue cover - but who would have thought it would have been the perfect basis for a pregnancy announcement? ~ Writer Ivy Jacobson, marveling at a photoshopped Vogue cover featuring the pregnancy announcement of Maggie and Gennady Borukhovich, […]
by Carder Alyssa is so excited to be pregnant again! She just recently started showing and has wanted to expand her family with David for a while. ~ US Magazine source revealing that actress Alyssa Milano is pregnant with her second child with husband David Bugliari, March 21 [HT: Laura Loo]
by Carder I was never the girl who yearned for children. I pretended to be interested in other people’s kids, but that was obviously just an act. The truth was, children scared me. I knew that no matter what I did as a parent, I was bound to do some things wrong…. I wasn’t completely […]
I do want to have children, whether I have a man or not…. I will have it on my own. ~ Supermodel Naomi Campbell, insisting that fatherhood is optional for her future children, E! Online, March 12. More backstory from E!: In September 2008, during a London Fashion Week fund-raiser for the White Ribbon Alliance, the […]
by Carder My becoming a father has changed absolutely everything in my life, period…. I am more and more wanting to be a part of things that [are] playful and more the things I see my son really responding to and enjoying. ~ Actor Josh Lucas (pictured with son Noah Rev and estranged wife Jessica […]
The last thing I wanna do is rip on a pregnant woman, but it’s a horrible dress on her. It doesn’t look like a baby bump, it looks like a beer belly. ~ George Kotsiopoulos of E!’s Fashion Police commenting on Chris Hemsworth’s wife, who is pregnant with twins, and the maternity evening gown she wore […]
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Loved this, via People:
Oh, my gosh, I hope not. If it is, I’m really in trouble. ~ Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, responding to a question by Fusion Channel’s Jorge Ramos, “Is the character based on you?” regarding evil Claire Underwood, played by actress Robin Wright, of the Netflix television series, House of Cards. See that February 27 interview clip […]
Seven scenes of about 20 seconds each are censored in the EMEA console versions of South Park: The Stick of Truth. “The decision to cut this content from the game was made by Ubisoft EMEA.” The scenes censored include: ~ A mini-game where a doctor is performing an abortion on the player. ~ A mini-game […]
by Carder The show follows Jessica Beth Giffords, a 15-year-old girl who is equal parts Justin Bieber superfan and aspiring pro-life celebrity, as she attends the Students for Life of America Conference. Throughout the hour-long solo performance, Jessica interacts with six other characters based on real-life pro-life activists, from crisis pregnancy center directors to ministers to self-described […]
The show’s backdrop, quoting Wikipedia:
Set in present-day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a Democrat from South Carolina… and House Majority Whip who, after getting passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, decides to exact his revenge on those who betrayed him. The series also stars Robin Wright….
House of Cards is produced by Netflix, which releases an entire season all at once for viewing via its livestream service. Netflix dumped all 13 episodes of season two on February 14. This season Underwood has been appointed vice president.
The movie has a blockbuster budget of $130 million and features a stellar cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, and Emma Watson.
Very few people have read the script or seen the movie, but the book I’m reading includes a summary by movie critic Brian Godawa of a script he read in the fall of 2013.
Potential spoiler alert…
So in that version of the script there was an infanticide element. Quoting from the book:
by Carder When I worked at an abortion clinic, my friends would always say there should be a TV show about it; at the time I couldn’t imagine any aspect of my life being interesting enough to be on TV, but given the growing interest in what other people’s jobs are like, and the ever-polarizing […]
by Carder Such a good baby. You guys have no idea. I don’t even know how I could be so lucky. I was not connected to this second pregnancy like I was when I was pregnant with Isaac, but as soon as this little human being was born it’s like every feeling and anxiety I had was […]
by Carder Is it just us, or is all of Hollywood glowing? Check out what babies are coming soon in 2014! ~ In Touch Weekly, February 5 [Photo (click to enlarge), featuring Drew Barrymore, Olivia Wilde, and Kerry Washington, via US Magazine]
by Carder I panicked — I’d just gotten off heroin, I was very skinny and unhealthy, I wasn’t stable…. But I hope people will see where I was then and where I am now and why I decided it’s OK to keep this baby. ~ Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans, explaining the circumstances involved in her decision […]
by Carder I’ve always wanted about six [kids]. After having [North], I would have a million…. But the pregnancy – I wouldn’t really wish that upon anyone. I mean, it’s all worth it in the end, so I would definitely suffer through that…But pregnancy was not a good experience for me. At all. ~ Kim […]
by Carder The Sundance Film Festival this January will feature a film focused on an abortion. The romantic comedy Obvious Child follows Donna, a young woman who gets fired, dumped, and pregnant all before Valentine’s Day. Unlike the lead characters in Juno and Knocked Up, Donna chooses to abort her baby. The abortion, the crux but not focus of the […]
by Carder My biggest regret is I didn’t have children. I had an abortion in my 20s. I was pregnant, and I didn’t have enough money and I didn’t think it was ok to have a child and be a single parent. And now look, everybody’s doing that! I didn’t find the right guy at […]
by Kelli Piers Morgan: If you could relive one moment in your life, the moment that brought you the greatest satisfaction, thrill, sadness perhaps, the moment? Barbara Walters: Can I tell you what I regret when you’re talking that way? I regret not having more children. I would have loved to have had a bigger […]
by Kelli Contrary to what we see in the movies and television shows, plenty of women have abortions, and many of those do so without guilt or regret…. My own experience, at any rate, supports that. First, there was my grandmother. She told me that after she had my mother, her fourth child, she was […]
If I had kids, my kids would hate me. They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me; because something would have had to suffer and it would’ve probably been them. ~ Time Entertainment, December 12, quoting Oprah Winfrey on why she never had children [Photo via Time/Getty]
by Carder I used to find myself feeling empty a lot. I spent almost seven years riding around on a tour bus chasing a dream. You go out and play a show and people scream and sing along, but then the show is over, and you go back to the bus and sit there alone. […]
There may not be a more painful oxymoron than “feminist comedian.” MTV flash-in-the-pan Sarah Silverman and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart co-creator Lizz Winstead teamed up in New York City on Nov. 18 for a telethon to fund abortions in Texas via NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Think Jerry’s Kids – children assisted by the Muscular Dystrophy Association – except instead of saving them, the unborn are eliminated. They call that “reproductive justice.”…
by Carder We have two kids. And they’re so great. And I never wanted kids before, but now I want, like, five…. I honestly never ever used to want to want kids because I’m kind of selfish with my career, but going to soccer games with Seth and doing homework with Savannah – I just really […]
I love being a mom. I’m less judgmental than before I had a kid. The biggest thing I’ve learned is that parenting is a totally different experience for every person. ~ Actress Natalie Portman, as quoted by People, October 29
It’s so intoxicating, the bond is just so… viscous. It’s like superglue. ~ Actress Claire Danes on her relationship with 9-month-old son Cyrus, to British Vogue as featured by People [HT: LauraLoo]
She’s a great role model…She’s been a great godmother to Zachary. She came to bathe him in Las Vegas. She was already dressed to go to the show, and she was sitting there and she bathed him, and she was like dressed like Audrey Hepburn… and she fed him…. We’re all bonkers in this business, […]
I always said the two main goals are keep them alive and keep them off the pole. ~ Sarah Michelle Gellar, on her primary responsibilities as a parent to 4-year-old daughter Charlotte and 1-year-old son Rocky, on the Late Show with David Letterman, as featured on People, October 4
No, I’m not one of those women that’s like, ‘Oh I must procreate!’ So, no. I think kids are a product of love, so if you find the right person and you want to have a family with that person then that’s when the time is right… I don’t think if I’m 50 and single […]
I would like five, but I kind of started late… um, yeah. We’ll see, we’ll see. ~ Celebrity Pink (pictured with daughter Willow), answering the question of how many children she would like to have, E! Online, September 18 Video at the link.
I am not a huge fan of abortion, but we both had sports careers, plus we could not financially handle a baby,” said Mr. Haslem, noting how he struggled with supporting Kedonis, the son he had in high school, who is now 14 and who lives with his mother. “Udonis appreciated that I was willing […]
In the interactive experience “Choice: Texas,” players choose a female avatar to navigate “the struggle with geography, time, and money to obtain abortions,” according to the developers behind the idea, Carly Kocurek and Allyson Whipple… There will be five personas in total, including a high school student not ready to be a mother, a woman […]
I am a man. I could say this has nothing to do with me. Except I have two daughters and I have a mother who was forced to illegally have an abortion in her state where abortion was illegal when she was a very young woman. It cost $600 cash. It was a traumatizing thing […]