Chrissy Teigen takes aim at Donald Trump on Twitter
Nobody handles Twitter and the harsh realities of 2016 with quite the same aplomb as Chrissy Teigen. With her snark in full effect, Chrissy took aim at Donald Trump this week after he posted a tweet claiming celebs were clamoring for access to the inauguration. "The so-called 'A' list celebrities are all wanting tixs to the inauguration, but look what they did for Hillary, NOTHING. I want the PEOPLE!" he wrote amid the latest wave of reports that multiple marquee-name musicians have declined invitations to perform at the ceremony next month. Here's how Chrissy responded: "Hi – we are people. You are our president too. I don't want you to be, but u are. Also we ALL know you are dying without the approval, dear." She then added, "But have fun with DJ Buttcrack spinning the hot s—t and Lil Banana dropping bars at your inauguration." When disses from the Donald's supporters began to pour in, the non-plussed model and cookbook author maintained her usual level of cheerful sarcasm. "AT LEAST WE WON'T BE ALL SUBJECTED TO YOUR NO TALENT ILLITERATE HUSBAND. #Winning," tweeted an incensed Trump fan, referencing John Legend. Chrissy's cool-as-a-cucumber response? "John went to the same University as the Donald, silly billy. Only difference was John went at the young age of 16 ."
Chris Martin plays impromptu benefit show for NYC shelter
That's the spirit! After visiting the Bowery Mission homeless shelter in New York on Wednesday, Dec. 21, Chris Martin played a surprise show at the Mercury Lounge to benefit the organization. According to E! News, the sold-out performance raised at least $4,000 for the shelter. Coldplay is currently working on new music for a forthcoming EP called "Kaleidoscope," due out next year.
Selma Blair and more stars support Baby2Baby
Chris Martin and Chris Pratt aren't the only celeb focused on giving back this month. Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Jessica Alba and Jaime King were among the stars who helped underserved children affiliated with the Volunteers of America celebrate the holidays in style at the Baby2Baby Holiday Party Dec. 18. The event gave the actresses and other guests a chance to enjoy some QT with the kids as they opened gifts, played in the snow and met Santa. Speaking to E! News about why she makes a point of getting involved with Baby2Baby — and teaching her own son about the importance of giving back to the community — Selma said reaching out to others comes naturally because others have helped her in the past. "I think now more than ever people are afraid, afraid of the future — whether it's real or imagined, there is a great fear and I think more than ever we have begun to unite together as a community as moms for other kids, for parents that are nervous or scared, financial and political stuff that is happening," she said. "I think we have a great opportunity to take all these feelings and come together and help everybody."
Lucy Hale has a message for hacker behind topless photo leak
In Lucy Hale's eyes, a recent hack that revealed topless photos of her is part of a larger breach of women's privacy rights. The pics are currently still available on Celeb Jihad despite the letter Lucy's lawyer fired off soon after the photos surfaced in which the actress threatened to sue. On Thursday, Dec. 22, the actress and singer spoke out about the pics, telling the hacker or hackers exactly what they could do with their offensive intentions. "Well, I wasn't going to comment on something so ridiculous, but since 2017 is gonna be all about speaking my truth…I'm going to say something," she wrote on Twitter (via Us Weekly). "Once again, a woman in the public eye was violated, stolen from and her private life and body were exposed for anyone to see. I will not apologize for living my life and having a personal life that is all mine. It's truly unfortunate that being exposed in this way is allowed." She went on to say how much she appreciates the support she's gotten since the hack, writing, "Thank you for all the sweet, supportive message I've been receiving. It was a much needed reminder that I'm surrounded by so much love. I appreciate you all very much." Lucy added: "And to whoever did this … kiss my a–." The hack mirrors similar leaks of photos of female celebrities that in 2014 targeted stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst. Lucy's photos were reportedly meant for a friend.
Joanna Kerns remembers Alan Thicke
Over the course of seven seasons of "Growing Pains," Joanna Kerns and Alan Thicke, who played Maggie and Jason Seaver, became close friends. But as Joanna explained in a moving tribute to the late actor published by EW, she also saw her costar as a mentor. "Alan was my biggest supporter, and we truly loved and trusted each other," she wrote. "When I wanted to move from acting to directing, I asked his advice because he was a major writer-producer, the Emmy-nominated star of a Canadian talk show. And without a second thought, he said, 'Well, you're old…but you'd make a great director. You're opinionated, stubborn, strong, and you love telling everyone what to do.' Then he smiled. That was Alan. He was snarky but direct. Outside of my husband, he was probably the most supportive guy I've ever known. … Alan had this way about him. He was handsome, cocky, and fiercely intelligent, but he was no saint. That was what made him so much fun. He lived to connect with people, and even more important, he loved to make them laugh. He was happiest when he could perform. It's very hard to have a self-deprecating humor about the silliness in yourself, but he could do it better than anybody. He was oddly humble because he did not really consider himself a great actor. …'Growing Pains' was a gift. It lifted us both out of insecurity and changed my life forever. Best of all, it introduced me to Alan. He was my mentor and friend, and I loved him."
Octavia Spencer reflects on what her late mother taught her
In "Hidden Figures," Octavia Spencer plays one of three African-American women — Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson — whose work for NASA engineered the launch of John Glenn into space. Their accomplishments broke down boundaries not only in science but also in gender and race. In new interviews with People and Variety (via Celebitchy), Octavia opens up about how her mother, who died when she was just 18, taught her lessons similar to those NASA's pioneers so so many others half a century ago. "I had a very strong mom who made me and my sisters understand that there were no limitations on our lives except what we placed on ourselves," Octavia said. "We were very sheltered too. My mom was very strict. A God-fearing woman… She taught us to see people as people. All people. Taught us to understand our place in the world. And our place in the world is, if you want to be a leader, you can be that. There was no glass ceiling until I got into the real world and realized there are glass ceilings everywhere. My mom was a single mom. She worked as a maid. She had several jobs to put food on the table. It's just a – very noble woman and I credit her for the person I am today. Feet firmly on the ground." She added: "My mother always made me understand that at the end of the day it's how you feel as a person and how you treat the people around you… she really prepared me for the crazy that is this industry. You have to see the sky's the limit otherwise you will never get off the ground."