After 90 year wait, Minnie Mouse gets her Hollywood moment

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – She waited 90 years and saw a trail of men and Disney princesses get there before her, but on Monday Minnie Mouse finally got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Minnie Mouse made her movie debut in the 1928 film “Steamboat Willie,” and her co-star and beau Mickey Mouse got his bronze plaque on Hollywood Boulevard back in 1978.

But it took another 40 years for Minnie, who appeared in more than 70 animated movies, to join him on the Walk of Fame.

“In true Hollywood fashion, she delivered a memorable performance but Mickey got all the credit,” Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger said at the ceremony unveiling the 2,627th star.

“After 90 years in show business, it’s certainly about time you got your star,” Iger said.

Minnie has been celebrated as a fashion icon, pop culture staple and a character who brings joy to children worldwide, and an actor dressed as the cartoon character waved and batted her eyelashes throughout Monday’s ceremony.

“This is the best day ever. Thank you, thank you, thank you,” she squeaked from the red and white polka dot stage.

Pop star Katy Perry, also dressed in red and white polka dots for the occasion, said she had been a fan of Minnie since the age of two or three.

“Minnie and Mickey printed diapers – that was my first memory ever and it turned into a lifelong devotion,” the “Firework” singer said.

“No one rocks a bow, or the color red, quite like her,” Perry added.

Walk of Fame honorees are selected by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Women have stepped up their campaign in recent years for equal pay in Hollywood and better representation behind and in front of the camera.

It took Minnie much longer than her boyfriend to receive Monday’s accolade because Disney only nominated her last year, Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“Maybe he was more popular back in the day,” Martinez said.

Donald Duck, Tinker Bell, Snow White and other Disney characters were immortalized on the Walk of Fame before Minnie.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant, Sebastien Malo and Reuters Television; Editing by Tom Brown

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Ashley Judd Asked to Take Her Shirt Off During Audition

Ashley Judd opened up about her experiences with abuse and gender bias in Hollywood at an emotional panel at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday.

Joined by a group of diverse filmmakers and Hollywood power players, Judd and the panel discussed inclusion in Hollywood, addressing practical solutions to spur change in the industry and beyond.

Judd, who has been outspoken about the Harvey Weinstein scandal, opened up about her own history with both discrimination in film and sexual abuse.

“Well first of all, my first audition yielded a screen test and I was asked to take my shirt off. It was between another woman and me, and I said that isn’t about our acting, that’s about evaluating a pair of breasts. And the answer was not ‘no’ but ‘hell no,’” she recalled at the panel, titled Univision Communications Behind the Camera: Where Diversity Begins.

Discussing her new Sundance film Monster, which addresses themes of sexual assault, Judd said the storytelling resonated with her deeply. Speaking about her own willingness to discuss her history of sexual abuse, Judd said, “I understand it was never my shame and it was the perpetrators shamelessness which he put on me — and I’ve given that shame back to the perpetrator where it belongs.”

The actress previously discussed her depression and traumatic childhood in her 2011 memoir All That Is Bitter and Sweet.

She added, “And I talk about this from the perspective of from hurting to healing to now helping, but I have the exact same experience where this one summer I was incested and I thought that I had a relationship with an adult man and that it was fancy because he was wealthy. It was just the sophisticated affair and it was outright incest because he was married to a family member.”

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Judd noted that while Monster is a “must watch” movie, it was also very difficult for her to watch. “I mean this in a very complimentary way because of the authenticity of the film, I nearly threw up at one point and then a beat later the character throws up.

“I’m just very glad it that it was made and I’m glad that I had done my work because I was using my tools as I watched the film, and I know the filmmakers are very responsible and are going to have trigger warnings and have all types of support systems in place.”

To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which will provide subsidized legal support to women and men in all industries who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace, visit its GoFundMe page. Learn more about Time’s Up, an organization of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its website.

She also spoke about the cost she has incurred from her recent activism against sexual harassment. “I have to know the hill on which I’m willing to die. And the hill on which I’m willing to die is equality, and if that means going to jail, being maligned, being defamed, having tremendous economic loss because I stood up to Harvey Weinstein — and it’s incalculable the amount of money I could have made that I didn’t — that’s the hill on which I’m willing to die.”

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Judd was one of the first women to come forward accusing Weinstein of sexual harassment. Since her story broke, over 50 others have shared their own accounts of alleged abuse at the hands of the defaced producer.

Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by over 50 women including Judd, Cara Delevingne, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Angelina Jolie since The New York Times and The New Yorker documented  decades of alleged sexual misconduct and sexual assault involving a number of women in detailed articles in October.

A spokesperson for Weinstein previously told PEOPLE in a statement, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”

Former Shutdown Leader Ted Cruz Claims He Has Consistently Opposed Shutdowns

In this brave new world, it’s not just the Enormously Consensual President who feels empowered to say anything at all on national television. The shamelessness has filtered down, particularly to those who had a taste for it to begin with. Enter Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, who spent his last cent of shame calling voters on behalf of a candidate who publicly insulted his wife’s appearance and insinuated his father was involved in the JFK assassination. Now Cruz is freed up to really let it rip, and he did just that on MSNBC Monday:

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This whole exchange is, as his questioner—NBC’s Kacie Hunt—made clear, ridiculous. (His plug for his book, A Time for Truth, is merely the icing.) In 2013, Cruz led the charge, particularly among the more extreme House Republicans, to oppose any government funding bill that did not defund Obamacare. Obviously, President Obama and Senate Democrats—who still controlled the higher chamber—rejected the idea that their signature legislative achievement of the decade should be de facto repealed through parliamentary trickery and hostage-taking. Cruz capped off his performative opposition to funding a duly enacted piece of federal legislation by reading Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham on the floor of the Senate as part of a 21-hour protest speech:

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Cruz’s conductorial role was so clear that his Republican colleagues largely blamed him for the whole mess, as a Politico write-up from October 2013 makes clear:

Ted Cruz faced a barrage of hostile questions Wednesday from angry GOP senators, who lashed the Texas tea party freshman for helping prompt a government shutdown crisis without a strategy to end it…

“It was very evident to everyone in the room that Cruz doesn’t have a strategy – he never had a strategy, and could never answer a question about what the end-game was,” said one senator who attended the meeting. “I just wish the 35 House members that have bought the snake oil that was sold could witness what was witnessed today at lunch.” …

Many Senate Republicans publicly and privately scoffed at the Cruz tactics, arguing that he was making a false and politically damaging promise that he could use the funding bill to gut Obamacare — since the law moved forward anyway on Tuesday despite the government shutdown.

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Cruz’s shtick this time around only makes sense if you consider the vote in a complete vacuum where all that matters is whether you voted “yes” or “no.” The reason there was even a prospect of a shutdown was because of the intra-Republican insurgency Cruz spearheaded in the House. He did more than any other member of Congress to create the conditions for a shutdown. Even the Wall Street Journal editorial board, a reliable GOP backer which recently told Special Counsel Robert Mueller to shove off, characterized the 2013 shutdown thusly in an editorial from this past weekend:

The government shutdown continued on Sunday as Senate Democrats imitate Republican Ted Cruz’s 2013 strategy of using government funding to force a President’s hand on an unrelated issue. Mr. Cruz wanted ObamaCare repeal while Democrats want to coerce the GOP on immigration, but the budget blackmail strategy deserves to fail again.

“Budget blackmail?” Sounds a lot like the “legislative arson” about which Speaker Paul Ryan was complaining a few days back. The kind of power politics in which the Democrats just dabbled was unquestionably introduced into the modern body politic by the Republican Party, beginning with the scorched-earth tactics of Newt Gingrich in the ’90s and culminating with the various spasms of the Tea Party—of which Cruz’s 2013 number was the coup de grace. That does not justify the Democrats’ strategy as a matter of principle. But it does justify ridiculing Ted Cruz.

Sophie Turner Has Already Asked Maisie Williams to Be a Bridesmaid

When Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas announced their engagement this past fall, their celebrity friends and family were quick to congratulate the couple on social media. The most vocal by far, though, was Turner’s Game of Thrones co-star and best friend Maisie Williams. “Congratulations to my beautiful girlfriend on her engagement,” she wrote on Instagram shortly after the announcement was made public. “This is just one of MANY life milestones we’ll share. Love you both.” Clearly, the Stark bond is strong.

So, it’s not surprising that Williams would be involved in the wedding in a big way. In a new interview with Radio Times, she confirmed that she’ll serve as one of Turner’s bridesmaids. When asked if she is bidding for the job, Williams said, “I already got it!” She continued, “[The wedding] is very, very exciting. It’s kind of bizarre though.” Despite any weirdness that Williams, 20, might feel about her best friend, 21, getting married in the near future, she seems like a dedicated wedding planning side kick. “We’re waiting until this season [of Game of Thrones] is done until we get into any [wedding planning],” she said. “But I think she’s already letting her little heart wander and imagine.”

Jonas popped the question in October 2017 with a $25,000 pear shaped diamond ring. Sophie was reportedly caught “completely off guard” by the gesture, but didn’t hesitate to say yes after a year of dating the DNCE frontman. Since Game of Thrones is filming now, it seems like we can expect the two to tie the knot next year.

So now, just one question remains: Which Jonas brother gets to be best man?

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Chrissy Teigen Finds Streak of Gray Hair and Loves It

The only thing we love more than when Chrissy Teigen posts an adorable photo of her family (or keeps it real on Twitter or shares a delicious recipe) is when she gets honest and open about style and beauty. She’s shared everything from wardrobe malfunctions to the trouble of taking out hair extensions but her latest tweet may be the most relatable yet.

On Monday she wrote on Twitter that she discovered a “skunk like” streak of gray hair, and she’s actually loving the look because she feels like a Disney villain. “My cruella dreams are coming true,” she wrote, referencing the 101 Dalmatians foe.

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Chrissy’s actually so open and honest that just over the weekend, she shared the struggles of covering her growing baby bump with a video demonstrating how her robe won’t stay closed anymore.

And a few days earlier she revealed the “tricks of the trade” for dressing her baby bump, explaining in her Instagram Story that it’s all about a “little tape” as her stylist Monica Rose placed pieces of tape around her cleavage and she held her breasts in place.

Crissy Teigen Dresses Up Her Baby Bump in Curve-Hugging Gown

The star is expecting her second child with husband John Legend, but decided to keep the sex of the baby a secret.

“We’re not ready to say what it is yet,” Teigen told PEOPLE at a junket for Lip Sync Battle LIVE: A Michael Jackson Celebration. “We did the harvesting — as they call it — again, where they make the embryos,” she said about conceiving through IVF again.

And going through IVF meant that the couple found out they were expecting 11 days after treatment. “You get the phone call and you’re like, ‘Please, please, please,’ and then you get the result and then you’re so excited,” she said. “It does make for a very long-feeling pregnancy because you know so early.”

Luckily, she’s making the most of her time having fun with her new fashion obstacles along the way.

Senate approves bill to end government shutdown, as Dems back down

The Senate on Monday afternoon voted 81 to 18 to re-open the government, clearing the way for the House to approve a stopgap measure and end the three-day government shutdown.

Democrats backed off their opposition after being given assurances from Republicans that the Senate would soon consider legislation that would protect illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children. It was a stark contrast from the Senate Democratic position just a few days ago.

“We will vote today to reopen the government,” Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said on the Senate floor. “In a few hours, the government will reopen.”

The bill heads to the House, which plans to vote on it Monday before sending it to President Trump’s desk.

The temporary spending bill keeps the government open until Feb. 8.

Earlier Monday, the Senate voted 81-18 to break a Democratic filibuster on the stalled government spending bill.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., holds a news conference to talk about the Democratic victory in the Alabama special election and to discuss the Republican tax bill, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer faced heavy pressure to end the filibuster of a government funding measure.


“I am pleased that Democrats in Congress have come to their senses and are now willing to fund our great military, border patrol, first responders and insurance for vulnerable children,” Trump said in a written statement. 

During Monday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the administration expects the bill to make it to the president’s desk late afternoon or early evening Monday and the government to open at full capacity on Tuesday morning. 

Sanders pushed back against the notion from Democrats that Trump wasn’t doing enough behind the scenes during the shutdown. She said Trump was busy working the phones with lawmakers and Cabinet officials.

“The president was putting pressure and standing firm on exactly what he was willing to do and what he wasn’t,” Sanders said. “And it very clearly worked.”

The funding and reopening of the government would allow U.S. military personnel to be paid, end the furlough of nearly 1 million federal workers and resume all federal services and operations.

But congressional lawmakers made it clear Monday that they’re still faced with challenges, like how to fund hurricane disaster relief and craft a comprehensive immigration reform bill on which both parties can agree.

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The Capitol Visitor Center is empty, as the government shutdown entered its third day.

“We still have a lot more work to do,” said Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa.

After days and weeks of blaming and finger-pointing, a bipartisan group of senators met Sunday and brokered the deal in which rank-and-file members would provide the 60 votes in exchange for Senate leaders’ promise to immediately proceed to immigration reform.

Democrats largely had opposed the stopgap spending bill because it did not include provisions to protect the illegal immigrants from deportation under former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order. Trump last year set a deadline of early March to end the protections, but has indicated he wants to provide permanent protections for the young illegal immigrants — along with border security, particularly funding for his U.S.-Mexico border walll. 

Under the apparent deal to end the filibuster, Schumer said Monday they would negotiate on immigration, and immediately consider such legislation if there’s no agreement by Feb. 8.

Schumer lauded the bipartisan group’s weekend efforts and suggested the group could lead efforts to replace DACA with permanent, legislative protections.

However, he also needled Trump, whom he said on Friday rejected his compromise plan that included money for the border wall.

“Today we enter the third day of the Trump shutdown,” Schumer said before saying they would provide the votes to get to the spending bill. Republicans call it the “Schumer Shutdown.” 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., then thanked Schumer and said: “I think if we’ve learned anything during this process, it’s that a strategy to shut down the government over the issue of illegal immigration is something the American people didn’t understand and would not have understood in the future. So I’m glad we’ve gotten past that.”

With Republicans having just 50 senators available to vote Monday, they needed the support of roughly a dozen Democratic senators to break the filibuster. They got 33.

The 18 senators who didn’t vote to end debate included Republican Sens. Mike Lee, of Utah, and Rand Paul, of Kentucky.

The 15 Democrats in opposition were Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, both of Connecticut; Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, both of New Jersey; Catherine Cortez Masto, of Nevada; Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York; Mazie Hirono, of Hawaii; Patrick Leahy, of Vermont; Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, both of Massachusetts; Jon Tester, of Montana; Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both of Oregon; and Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, both of California. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, also voted in opposition.

Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain did not vote because he’s home fighting cancer.

McConnell on Sunday night indicated a deal was in the works to break the filibuster, in exchange for immediately addressing Democrats’ desire for immigration reform.

“When the Democrat filibuster of the government funding bill ends, the serious, bipartisan negotiations that have been going on for months now to resolve our unfinished business — military spending; disaster relief; health care; immigration and border security — will continue,” he said Sunday in announcing the Monday vote.

Early Monday, before the votes, the Trump White House and Capitol Hill Republicans cranked up the pressure on Democrats to abandon their immediate demands for immigration measures and vote in support of the temporary spending bill.

“They shut down the government,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning. “The pressure is on them.”

Trump tweeted that Democrats shut down the government to appease the “far left base” and are now “powerless” to change course.

“The Democrats are turning down services and security for citizens in favor of services and security for non-citizens. Not good!” he tweeted.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

Alex Pappas is a politics reporter at Follow him on Twitter at @AlexPappas.

Sundance Film Festival 2018 – WWD

Before the #OscarsSoWhite controversy a few years back put a spotlight on racial homogeneity in Hollywood, encouraging more diversity, the same could be said of the streets of Park City, Utah, a tony mountain resort tailored for skiing, snowboarding, hiking and mountain biking, depending on the season. The state is also the center of Mormon cultural influence.

As the movie industry has worked to make people of color more visible on screen, the effect could also be seen in the Sundance Film Festival’s entries as well as the industry types who descend on the festival to acquire titles, make deals and support the actors appearing in the films. (The indie showcase has always nurtured counter-culture and world cinema — with Oscar-caliber films like “Twelve Years a Slave,” “Birth of a Nation,” “Beasts of No Nation” and “Mudbound” premiering here.)

This year’s festival crowd, at least on the bustling blocks of Main Street in Old Town Park City, looked more like a melting pot, bringing with it more actual “street-style” fashions that went beyond tan shearling coats, black down jackets and furry boots. The floppy wide-brimmed hat has been supplanted by the knit beanie, and animal textures and patterns, whether real or man-made, abounded in a rainbow of colors.

Also on the accessories front, logomania backpacks and messenger bags, skateboards, kicks and other urbane accessories were on proud display. There will always be a fair share of Western mountain style at Sundance, but the big-city influence may be here to stay. At least, until the 10-day festival ends on Jan. 28, not a minute too soon for locals eager to take back their sleepy town turf.

Deported Dad of Two’s Goodbye to Family Goes Viral

After nearly 30 years of living in the United States, Jorge Garcia — an undocumented immigrant — was forced to say goodbye to his family on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The heartbreaking moment between Garcia and his wife and two children at the Detroit airport was caught on camera and has caused a stir online.

At the age of 10, Garcia, now 39, crossed the border illegally alongside a relative who brought him from Mexico. During the last three decades, he met his wife Cindy and raised two teenagers, who are all U.S. citizens. He also worked as a landscaper.

In the video, Garcia experiences an agonizing moment with his loved ones, hugging and kissing his them goodbye under the watchful eye of two immigration agents, who then accompany him through the gates.

Several family members and friends also went to the airport in support of Garcia with posters that read, “Stop separating families.”

For years, the Garcias have tried to gain permanent legal status for Jorge, spending over $125,000 on lawyers, according to the Detroit Free Press. The father of two doesn’t qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows children of undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. legally. The future of DACA itself is currently being debated in Congress and is an issue at play in resolving the current U.S. government shutdown.

According to immigration laws, Garcia could be banned from entering the United States for at least 10 years, a harsh reality for a close-knit family living together all these years. “The house is completely empty,” Cindy told the Detroit Free Press. “We walk in, and it’s not the same. We’re always looking at the door, waiting for him to come through from work, and he’s not going to come through.” The family continues to file petitions to get him back home.

She adds, “I believe that we have to continue to fight, step up to the plate. The fight is not over. It’s just beginning.”


Paris Shows Glow, Say Buyers – WWD

Breaking News: @hedislimane joins @celine as its new artistic, creative and image director. One of fashion’s preeminent image-makers and trendsetters, Slimane is to join the LVMH brand on Feb. 1 and unveil his first fashion proposition for men and women next September during Paris Fashion Week. It marks a major homecoming for Slimane, who cemented his reputation – and influenced men’s tailoring for more than a decade – as the designer of Dior Homme between 2000 and 2007. He went on to reinvent and ignite the house of Yves Saint Laurent, which he rechristened Saint Laurent, between 2012 and 2016 – all the while maintaining a close relationship with the Arnault family, which controls LVMH and Dior. Read the full exclusive story on Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Style Spotlighted in PEM Show and Capsule Line – WWD

Georgia O’Keeffe was a source of inspiration for Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first cruise collection for Dior as the label’s ads featuring Jennifer Lawrence can attest. After the Brooklyn Museum’s heralded run of “Georgia O’Keeffe; Living Modern” last year, the Peabody Essex Museum outside of Boston is taking another look at the artist’s disciplined sense of style with “Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style.”

For the most part, the Massachusetts exhibition features most of the major designer pieces owned by O’Keeffe including looks from Pucci, Balenciaga, Zoe de Salle, Ferragamo, Marimekko and Claire McCardell, as well as pieces the bespoke tailors Emsley and Knize. And Estrellita Karsh, the wife of the esteemed portrait photographer Yousuf, believes her husband mentioned how the artist wore couture made by Christian Dior. In 1956, Karsh traveled to New Mexico to shoot O’Keeffe. That portrait hangs near the entrance to what used to be her Abiquiu home, which is now a museum run by the Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation.

“She really presents herself in many areas — in women’s rights, women’s independence. Taking herself to the desert and the fact that she was a schoolteacher who came to New York to a gallery that was in itself revolutionary. That was very, very push-the-envelope,” Karsh said. “She crafted her own image and the clothes were part of it. In this sense, the clothes not only made the man, they made the woman, or she made the clothes [making] the woman. So no stylist dressed her.”

Karsh added, “She didn’t have to do this. If she had worn slippers and a nightgown, her art would have been wonderful. But look at what she did with her clothes. Her clothes seemed so carefree, but they weren’t — they were calculated.”

Estrellita Karsh once caught a glimpse of the artist years ago during a salute to Pablo Casals at Carnegie Hall, where “100 cellists from all over the world had dropped whatever they were doing to come in his honor.” Karsh said she told her husband, “Look at this woman. She’s so beautiful.” He said, ‘That’s Georgia O’Keeffe.’…She was beautiful as a person, not a movie star but this was a presence — great energy.”

PEM has reimagined its own version of the artist’s style with a capsule collection. Cape Cod-based designer Brenda Lee created a Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired pleated dress, a wrap style, a black-and-white jacket and a swirl scarf. Lee is owner of the design company Cupcake International and a Barnstable, Mass. boutique called OZ. Lee’s husband Peter O’Keeffe has a distant connection to the artist.

Meanwhile, Karsh through her late husband’s work has a more direct connection to another prominent figure that is back in the popular vernacular – Winston Churchill. Gary Oldman’s Oscar run is helping to reintroduce the younger generation to the former British Prime Minister. Karsh’s 1941 portrait of Churchill is iconic on its own, even appearing on the British five pound note. The image is aptly named “The Roaring Lion.” Karsh described the scenario to Morley Safer of “60 Minutes” how he politely removed a cigar from Churchill’s mouth after Churchill had declined to do so. Harsh then recalled how Churchill told him, “You can even make a roaring lion stand still to be photographed.”