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Brooke Shields Takes Charge Of Her Story In ‘Pretty Baby’

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NEW YORK — Brooke Shields has been dubbed “beautiful, smart, and famous” since she was a baby, but a new documentary explains why it took her decades to believe in her abilities.

“Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields” is a firsthand examination of her success as a model, actor, author, and now lifestyle entrepreneur, despite being sexualized and objectified at a young age and managing her alcoholic mother — the original “momager,” Teri Shields — with a dazzling array of archival photos and footage, and in-depth interviews with Shields.

“Pretty Baby,” like other recent documentaries on Britney Spears and Pamela Anderson, contains a cringeworthy barrage of media clips in which mostly older men reduce her to a pretty face and are uninterested in her responses to their queries. The film, which will be released in two parts on Hulu on Monday, examines how women were treated in the 1980s and 1990s, with Shields disclosing she was the victim of a sexual assault by a Hollywood executive after graduating from college.

Shields recently spoke with The Associated Press about what she learned from the project, how she gained confidence after being shamed for her personal choices, and how she views her future.

The responses have been modified for length and clarity.

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AP: In the series, you state, “I’m fully owning my identity.” What do you mean?

Shields: For so long, I made myself small, either to be relatable or to avoid being menacing or humbled, you know? Don’t be a jerk. Don’t be conceited. Have individuals who admire you. Everyone should be treated with respect. This was how I grew up, and I was awarded for it. It’s fine to give myself a gentle slap on the back. It’s fine to state I have talent because I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t. It’s not just because I’m clever or have a certain appearance. I’ve kept working and challenging myself, and I never felt confident enough to say it aloud. I’d always desired other people’s approval for my talent, never imagining I could give it to myself.

AP: The documentary outlines the press’s years of scrutiny of you; how have you felt promoting the series?

Shields: I noticed no one desired my answers when I was a little girl. They wished to base their story on the soundbite I gave them. And, as is my wont, I refused to give it to them in my manner. I no longer feel on the defensive because I’ve realized that I’m not at the mercy of others. Looking back, I can see that’s what I was doing, and I don’t have to do it anymore, which is very liberating, but it took 40-something years. (laughs).

AP: What was the most difficult aspect of the program to reveal?

SHIELDS: I was concerned about the #MeToo movement simply because I didn’t want it reduced to a story. But I knew that if I didn’t, I’d feel like a phony or inauthentic. I hadn’t been able to speak about it until now, and it felt like you owed it to yourself. And I just prayed that out of two hours and however many minutes, the one brief story — I mean, I knew it would be clickbait — I wouldn’t be let down by the press again.

AP: Does it sound like compartmentalizing was a survival strategy for you?

SHIELDS: I believe that occurs with an alcoholic’s child. You do learn to categorize, you know. You care about someone broken and suffering from a disease they can’t seem to manage. But you can’t afford for their affection to be fake. So, when things felt…out of control, I would become very orderly, which became my center, my meditation, redoing my Filofax or refolding my socks.

AP: Brooke, You recently founded a business dedicated to celebrating women’s lives after age 40. What makes that so essential to you?

SHIELDS: I decided at a young age that if I were going to speak about anything, it would be about issues that could benefit others. How can I not feel alone? I’ve wondered over the years. I can tell my story, and I’m confident it will resonate with someone else. Before COVID, I was healthy, worked out frequently, and felt good. I was so relaxed about everything. My children are fine. I enjoy my existence. I’m pleased with it.

The irony was that nothing was addressing me when I glanced outside myself. You know how your agents tell you, ‘Well, you’re of a certain age…’ I’m not deceased, and I’m not buried, come on! I was taken aback. It would help to recognize how difficult it is to reach this age with your wits about you, decent people in your life, and how much more there is.

AP: What are your current ambitions?

SHIELDS: To appear on another TV program. I’m desperate to find the correct (one) because “Suddenly Susan” was such a revelation to me, and it was the happiest time of my life. And I want to relive the experience because it was a very healthy, pure location for me. And I adored it.

SOURCE – (AP)

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Taylor Swift Stuns London Crowd By Bringing Travis Kelce On Stage During Eras Tour Concert

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Taylor Swift feels that being “Instagram official” with Travis Kelce isn’t enough.

Swift went one step further on Sunday, according to social media videos from the event, bringing Kelce on stage with her during her Eras Tour concert at London’s Wembley Stadium.

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Taylor Swift Stuns London Crowd By Bringing Travis Kelce On Stage During Eras Tour Concert

The football star’s big moment occurred amid a shift in Swift’s “Tortured Poets Department” setlist. He was greeted with boisterous yells and acclaim when he initially emerged on stage, dressed in a top hat and a black tailcoat and holding Swift in his arms.

Kelce fanned himself with a hand fan, twirled around, and grinned at Swift while her dancers assisted her with an onstage outfit change.

Swift looked to blow Kelce a kiss before walking away to sing “I Can Do It With a Broken Heart.”

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Taylor Swift Stuns London Crowd By Bringing Travis Kelce On Stage During Eras Tour Concert

Swift introduced the skit into her act in May after she altered her Eras Tour setlist to include some songs from her most recent album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” which was released in April.

Swift uploaded a photo on Saturday of herself and Kelce posing for a selfie with Prince William and his two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who came to her concert to honor the Prince of Wales’ 42nd birthday.

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Taylor Swift Stuns London Crowd By Bringing Travis Kelce On Stage During Eras Tour Concert

The snapshot is the first Kelce Swift uploaded on her regular Instagram profile, marking their “Instagram official” post.

Swift and the three-time Super Bowl champion first became romantically involved in September.

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‘Hawaii Five-0’ Fan Favorite And Former UFC Fighter Taylor Wily Dies At 56

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Los Angeles — Taylor Wily, a former sumo wrestler best known for his role as confidential informant Kamekona Tupuola on “Hawaii Five-0” and “Magnum P.I,” died on Friday, according to a friend and a “Hawaii Five-0” producer. He was 56.

“Hawaii Five-0” executive producer Peter M. Lenkov announced his death to The Associated Press and posted numerous condolences to the actor on Instagram, adding, “I am devastated. “Heartbroken” was the caption for a photo of the two.

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‘Hawaii Five-0’ Fan Favorite And Former UFC Fighter Taylor Wily Dies At 56

KITV 4 in Honolulu was the first to report Taylor’s death on Thursday. Additional data concerning the cause are unknown. Lina Girl Langi, a TV and radio personality, said on the show “Island Life Live” that she broke the news “with a heavy heart,” because Wily was a friend.

Taylor’s longtime friend and partner, Lenkov, uploaded a second post later on Thursday with a video montage of images and clips with him. He commented, “You charmed me into making you a regular on the show and my life.” You were a family member. I’ll miss you every day, brother.”

In an extra statement to the AP, Lenkov said it was difficult to characterize Wily’s “special” qualities and praised the actor’s abilities.

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‘Hawaii Five-0’ Fan Favorite And Former UFC Fighter Taylor Wily Dies At 56

“Even though a lot of his ‘Hawaii Five-0’ and ‘Magnum’ scenes featured his comedy skills, he was also an incredible dramatic actor,” Lenvok pointed out. “I wrote a script for him a few years ago and hoped to cast him in my next production. I wanted to keep him near, both as a friend and as an artist. I’m devastated that I won’t get the opportunity.

Taylor played Kamekona on “Hawaii Five-0” from 2010 to 2020 and became a fan favorite. He reprised his role in the reboot of “Magnum P.I.” and had a noteworthy performance as a hotel worker in the 2008 comedy “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”

‘Hawaii Five-0’ Fan Favorite And Former UFC Fighter Taylor Wily Dies At 56

Before becoming an actor, Taylor, born Teila Tuli, was a well-known sumo wrestler and UFC 1 competitor. In 1993, he became the first knockout victim in UFC history after opponent Gerard Gordeau’s kick knocked a tooth out of Wily’s mouth, ending the bout in 26 seconds.

Wily is survived by his wife, Halona, and two children.

SOURCE – (AP)

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Jeff Bezos Is Under Fire At The Washington Post As Patience Wears Thin Among Staffers

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When will Jeff Bezos confront the crisis in his newsroom?

The Washington Post’s owner and Amazon millionaire has yet to take any meaningful action to address concerns at his newspaper, which continues in disarray while explosive reports are published on a daily basis, calling the outlet’s new publisher, Will Lewis, into severe question.

Staffers at The Post are losing patience with Bezos, whose only response to the Lewis disaster so far has been to send a 138-word, single-paragraph memo from his Mediterranean yachting vacation to a few leaders at The Post, assuring them that he wants standards to remain “very high.” That is the root of the problem, according to The Post staff. They, too, want standards to stay “very high” and are concerned that Lewis constitutes an active threat to that common goal.

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Jeff Bezos Is Under Fire At The Washington Post As Patience Wears Thin Among Staffers

More drama occurred Friday when Lewis said that Robert Winnett, whom he had identified as the paper’s incoming editor, would not be coming to manage the Post. This comes after The Post published a 3,000-word front-page exposé this week, revealing that Winnett had previously utilized documents from a self-described “thief” for reporting.

Frustrations and concerns are so severe at the outlet that two of the institution’s Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists have chosen to come out publicly, pushing for a change in leadership, an unprecedented move at the venerable newspaper. David Maraniss, an associate editor at The Post for nearly 50 years, said he doesn’t “know a single person at the Post who thinks the current situation with the publisher and the supposed new editor can stand.” Scott Higham, who has been with The Post for over two decades, concurred and urged for Lewis’ dismissal.

“Will Lewis needs to step down for the good of The Post and the public,” Higham posted on Facebook. “He has lost the newsroom and will never win it back.”

To summarise, Maraniss and Higham express what many in the newsroom believe. In meetings with more than a dozen people inside and close to The Post this week, it became evident that Lewis, in his brief six months on the job, has completely alienated personnel and now confronts insurmountable odds in regaining the employee base he hopes to lead. Whether or not he has strong business ideas is irrelevant. He has lost the respect of his staff. And any successful leader will tell you that without the credibility to lead, it is impossible to accomplish anything, let alone perform a Herculean company revolution.

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Jeff Bezos Is Under Fire At The Washington Post As Patience Wears Thin Among Staffers

Bezos’ spokeswoman did not reply to demands for comment on Thursday. But certainly, the millionaire realizes the grave predicament that has gripped The Post. And it’s hard to imagine he truly feels his brief memo to The Post’s leadership was sufficient to quell the worries that have sparked the extraordinary outrage at the newspaper. In fact, it’s worth noting that Bezos has not expressed support for Lewis recently, providing him options as he assesses the deteriorating situation and decides how to stop the bleeding.

Staff at The Post are eagerly awaiting Bezos’ action. Since Lewis’s fury flared earlier this month, CNN employees have repeatedly warned the outlet that the ongoing turmoil has diverted attention away from the newsroom’s essential job. With a high-stakes election just months away, it is far from ideal to have the attention of one of the country’s leading news organizations diverted by internal strife.

It’s “a massive distraction,” one Postie told me Thursday, adding that The Guardian’s eye-catching story accusing Lewis of allegedly advising then-U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “clean up” his phone amid the so-called “Partygate” controversies is “the talk of the newsroom.” (Both Lewis and Johnson refuted the story.)

“I don’t think the mood will change until something else changes,” the employee explained.

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Jeff Bezos Is Under Fire At The Washington Post As Patience Wears Thin Among Staffers

In Bezos’ absence, reports questioning Lewis’ ethical integrity continue to emerge. According to the Financial Times, Lewis “retains links” to a public relations agency that advises powerful corporate and political figures on negotiating difficult circumstances. While the FT reported that Lewis had sold his ownership part in the company, it also stated that the firm had “continued to distribute regular emails from Lewis,” producing “confusion among people in contact with the agency.”

While the FT’s Thursday story lacked the weight of other news outlets’ recent reports, it did raise new questions about Lewis’ past and entanglements.

Meanwhile, as The Post and other sources, including The New York Times, continue to investigate Lewis’ past, many more concerns will arise. And as the inquiries continue, those at The Post will undoubtedly have one in particular for Bezos: What are your plans for restoring your newspaper’s reputation and status?

SOURCE – (CNN)

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