Matthew McConaughey reveals why he didn't speak to his mom for eight years
For a guy whose trademark revolves around everything being "alright" (times three), Matthew McConaughey has certainly weathered a lot of drama in his 50 years. The latest revelation came during a chat with Howard Stern for his radio show Wednesday, where the actor described the circumstances that lead to an eight-year rift with his mother, Kay. "I would have [private] conversations and then all of a sudden — whoop — what we'd talk about would end up in the paper three days later," shared the star, while promoting his new memoir, "Greenlights" (via the Daily Mail). He said that he began trying to "set some boundaries," but the violations of his privacy continued. Finally, he learned she'd gone on TV with a tour of his childhood home — and when he called her on it, she shrugged, "Oh that, I didn't think you'd find out." "… She was always still my mom, but she became a different person," Matthew said at one point. "Look, nobody is perfect. This was something that was out of the realm of any relationship my mother has ever had." The actor said he's since forgiven Kay, now 88, and that she's currently in quarantine with him, his wife and their kids. "It was tough for eight years, but we went through it and we're on the other side of it," said Matthew. His new memoir is out this week.
B.J. Novak leaves a swoon-worthy comment on Mindy Kaling's #HowsItGoing challenge post
#FriendshipGoals? #ExGoals? #FamilyGoals? However you define the endlessly adorable relationship between Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak, Mindy's former "Office" co-star and co-writer (turned boyfriend … turned ex … turned best friend … turned godfather of her children), one thing is for sure — those two love each other unconditionally. The latest example of that love came in a brief yet tear-inducing comment B.J. left on Mindy's Instagram after she played the viral "How's It Going" challenge. For her "How It Started" pic, she shared a decidedly non-glam photo of herself on set as Kelly Kapoor from the early days of "The Office." Next to that, for the "How It's Going" follow-up, she shared a gorgeous shot of herself in a yellow gown at the 2020 Oscars — where B.J. was her date. "So yeah," she casually wrote in the caption. "It's going pretty well. How about you?" While the implication was clearly meant to be that Mindy's making major strides in her industry — not to mention, in her glamour quotient — CommentsByCelebs noticed B.J. commented with three little words that said so much more: "I like both." Swoon. Back in 2015, Mindy told InStyle of B.J.: "I guess you could describe our relationship as a 'romantically charged camaraderie with loud arguments,'" joking, Facebook probably wouldn't "accept this as a new status." On "The Late Show" this fall, Mindy revealed she'd quietly welcomed a son and named B.J. the godfather of both her kids, telling host Stephen Colbert: "The truth is that BJ is so much more like family now than a platonic friend."
Jennifer Lawrence reveals she was once 'a little Republican'
The first time Jennifer Lawrence could vote, the Kentucky native went with what she knew in 2008, and that was the Republican party. As she explained on Dear Media's "Absolutely Not" podcast this week, though, the election of Donald Trump "changed everything." "I grew up Republican," she shared, per People. "My first time voting, I voted for John McCain. I was a little Republican." The Oscar-winning 30-year-old said that at the time, she appreciated "the fiscal benefits of some of the Republican policies." But the GOP's social policies didn't work for her as she got older. "[I] changed my politics based on the things I learned," she explained. As for President Trump? "This is an impeached president who's broken many laws, and has refused to condemn white supremacy, and it feels like there has been a line drawn in the sand," she said, referring to the president's response to Chris Wallace during the first presidential debate. (Rather than condemn white supremacists explicitly when asked his opinion on them, he said "sure" and, after some prodding from Joe Biden about the Proud Boys, addressed the all-male, far-right group directly, telling them to "stand back and stand by.") Reflecting on the moment, Jennifer said, "I don't think it's right … it just changes things for me." She officially endorsed Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris in V magazine earlier this month, telling the outlet: "I'm voting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris this year because Donald Trump has and will continue to put himself before the safety and well-being of America. He does not represent my values as an American, and most importantly as a human being."
Robin Roberts visits Gulf Coast communities still reeling from Hurricanes Laura and Delta
Amid news Hurricane Epsilon likely won't make landfall in the U.S. after all, "Good Morning America" anchor and Mississippi Gulf Coast native Robin Roberts caught up with residents of Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Thursday, to help remind viewers how much rebuilding still needs to be done in the region, which was walloped by both Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta during this historically busy hurricane season. "The devastation from hurricanes Laura and Delta was shocking to see and yet the spirit of the gulf is still there," Robin later told People. "It was moving to see such resilience and love especially during this painful time." Laura crashed into Lake Charles on Aug. 26, killing at least 24 people. Then, on Oct. 9, Delta followed suit. "We wanted to let the people of Lake Charles and its surrounding communities know that they are not forgotten," Robin explained. "This was a good reminder that unity and love are essential to getting through hard times."
Gwyneth Paltrow praises her daughter's 'beautiful' 'sense of entitlement,' but she doesn't mean it the way you think
Leave it to Gwyneth Paltrow to find the sunny side of the word, "entitlement." The Goop creator, 48, was discussing gender representation in the entertainment industry on Wednesday's virtual Adobe MAX conference when she noted that her 16-year-old daughter Apple Martin already has a "sense of entitlement that's beautiful." Questionable choice of words aside, she went on to explain what she meant — essentially, that teenage girls in 2020 no longer feel hemmed in by outdated power structures. "We're laying the groundwork for the change. I think the #MeToo Movement was a big part of that change. I think Black Lives Matter is part of that change," Gwyneth said (via People). "What we're saying collectively as a culture and a society is that we are done with that paradigm of patriarchy of white men. The patriarchy itself feels like it's cracking and starting to embrace a much wider variety of voices and races and genders." As an example, she then pointed to Apple: "By the time my daughter is in the workforce, those girls are not going to stand for it. When I see my daughter with her friends, they are so empowered," she continued. "They have, and I mean this word in the best possible way, a sense of 'entitlement' that's beautiful. It's not spoiled, [they] are here for what the boys are going to get too." She added: "I find it very uplifting and heartening that we all seem to be going in this direction together."
Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan launch website for new charitable venture, Archewell
Archewell — the charitable venture Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have been working on for much of the year — is one step closer to fruition. This week, a landing page for the organization went live at archewell.com. As of Thursday, it only featured the name, "Archewell," in all caps, and its etymology. "Arche," the site states, is "the Greek word meaning 'source of action,'" while "well" is defined as "a plentiful source or supply; a place where we go to dig deep." At the bottom of the page, visitors have the option of signing up for email announcements, presumably including one about Archewell's formal launch. After stepping down from their royal duties, the couple announced plans to create the organization just as they closed their Sussex Royal Instagram account, with a promise that they were considering how to "best contribute" to the current "global shift." At the time, they implied press had already reported on their charity foundation plans, and that they wanted to fill people in themselves, to the extent they could. "Like you, our focus is on supporting efforts to tackle the global Covid-19 pandemic but faced with this information coming to light, we felt compelled to share the story of how this came to be," they said in a statement. "We connected to this concept for the charitable organization we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son's name. To do something of meaning, to do something that matters." They said they'd be launching Archewell "when the time is right."
The Recording Academy now has a leadership council in place for its new Black Music Collective, the organization announced Thursday. Singer-songwriter H.E.R., gospel star Yolanda Adams and soul singer Aloe Blacc are among the six artists, three producers and 11 music industry execs set to join Honorary Chairs Quincy Jones, John Legend and Jimmy Jam in the collective's mission to "amplify Black voices within the Academy and music community," according to Billboard. The Academy announced the collective last month as part of a diversity and inclusion initiative that went into action after Diddy used his Clive Davis Industry Icon Award acceptance speech in January to call out the Grammys for failing to "respect hip-hop." "Our time is now and I'm so excited to add my voice in whatever way I can… ," H.E.R. told press in a statement. "Initiatives like this help give a voice to young and emerging artists who dream of an even bigger future," she added. "We're all in this together."
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani on how their new music brought them 'closer together'
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton snagged the CMT Award for Collaborative Video of the Year for "Nobody But You" during Wednesday night's show. That should give them a solid excuse to enjoy a tiny bit of downtime, despite the fact that they're still setting up the new, $13 million dollar home in Los Angeles. But as Blake hinted to ET after the awards, the two are probably already thinking about their next joint challenge. "We've been together now for five years, believe it or not. We've worked together and we've written together. So at this point in our relationship, we're always looking for what's the next thing that we haven't accomplished yet," Blake explained. He went on to describe their new song as being akin to their "two worlds colliding" in terms of music. "From a work standpoint, we knew we could work together on 'The Voice,' and obviously that's where we met, and now to be able to make music together and work together and go perform that stuff," he said. "That clearly has brought us closer together." So what's next for "The Voice" judges? "Blake has won too many times," Gwyneth joked. "It's time to share the throne with me. It's time for me to win!"
Newly single Christina Anstead says she's choosing 'peace' over 'nonsense'
Given the choice between "nonsense" and "peace," Christina Anstead chooses … dolphins. As the HGTV star's estranged husband, Ant Anstead, works through their split via the five-week "Breakup Recovery" program he recently posted about, Christina seems to be finding comfort on her new boat. On Tuesday, she shared a video of dolphins playing in the waves, which she accompanied with a caption about keeping a healthy distance from whatever's being said about her online in the wake of her separation from Ant. "When we have a choice to get caught up in alllllll the nonsense or just choose to find peace … I'm choosing the anomaly," she wrote. "It's interesting how you can go from being worried / getting anxious about what people are saying about you to just deciding not to read / read into any of it. When you are officially done 'playing the game'. We all have the choice… choose the one that makes you feel good. I've always loved the ocean and find it relaxing – To me- this is peace and perfection ♥️." Christina announced in September that she and Ant, who share 1-year-old son, Hudson, had separated after less than two years of marriage. Ant was slower to return to social media, but has since told followers on his Instagram Story that the "Breakup Recovery" course has "been a lifeline" for him.
Frankie Muniz teases fans with baby name pick
Dad-to-be Frankie Muniz has some seriously determined "Malcolm in the Middle" superfans — and apparently, they're all following him on Twitter. After the actor and his wife Paige Price revealed over the weekend that their first child together will be a boy, Frankie announced on Twitter Monday that they've settled on a name. Rather than share it right away, though, he teased his followers by writing, "We have picked a name for our little boy. Take a guess… You'll never get it." Not surprisingly, the bulk of the guesses that poured in opted for "Malcolm," his character from the long-running, Emmy-winning series. Other characters he's played popped up, too, including Cody Banks. But the Malcolm fans were kind of relentless, throwing out the names of the character's relatives when their first try didn't work. "No… I'm not naming my son Malcolm," Frankie tweeted the next day, igniting more rounds of guesses about Malcolm and the names of all his family members along with a few confusing and vaguely threatening replies. "It's obvious they named him after the grandfather Hal," wrote one fan. "How about middle?" joked another. "If you don't name your son malcolm then i will have to do it and in my country it's a weird name so people will make fun of him," posted a third. (Huh?) As of Thursday, Frankie hadn't replied to any of them — but he did post a photo of himself taken in Canton, Mississippi, in front of the house where he filmed, "My Dog Skip." His character in the 1996 flick was named Willie, so …