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.”

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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.”

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.

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.”

 

Busy Philipps Gets Emotional Over Heath Ledger Death

Like many, Busy Philipps is remembering Heath Ledger on the 10-year anniversary of his death.

The 28-year-old Brokeback Mountain star was found dead on Jan. 22, 2008 in his apartment. A toxicology report revealed a fatal mix of prescription drugs in his system. Ledger was survived by his partner at the time, Michelle Williams, and their young daughter, Matilda (now 12). Philipps is Williams’ longtime best friend and was close with Ledger before his passing.

In videos posted to her Instagram story on Monday, Philipps cries while driving in her car as the song “Time to Pretend” by MGMT plays in the background.

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“I was just driving and I was thinking about my friends Heath who died 10 years ago and this song came on, ‘Time to Pretend,’” she says in post. “It came out after he passed away and I remember when it came out, because [I thought] it made me think of him. I just thought he would have liked this song. And for some reason, every time I hear this song… it’s weird.”

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Williams previously called Philipps the “love of my life.”

“I’m so in love with her,” Williams told PEOPLE in 2016 about her best friend. “She’s proof that the love of your life does not have to be a man! That’s the love of my life right there.”

According to Daily News, Philipps was the only friend staying with Williams and her family in the wake of Ledger’s death.

Ledger, the Australian-born star of 10 Things I Know About YouThe PatriotBrokeback Mountain, and The Dark Knight, among others, was beloved for his rugged handsomeness, as well his low-key demeanor. He was often seen skateboarding down streets of his Brooklyn neighborhood, and strolling with Matilda.

Considered one of the most compelling actors of his generation, he brought a deep soulfulness to his roles, especially in Brokeback Mountain, opposite Williams and Jake Gyllenhaal, for which he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar.

Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Sons Duke, Drake Play Baseball

The Gaines boys have inherited the baseball bug.

Chip and Joanna’s sons Drake, 12, and Duke, 8, are taking after dad when it comes to their favorite sport. And all three of them just received a very special gift that will no doubt help their love of the game (and skills) grow.

“There are baseball gloves and then there are family heirlooms!” Chip writes in a tweet sharing three customized leather mitts the Waco-based family received. “Thank you @MarucciBaseball can’t wait to make some memories with these beauties.”

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The Fixer Upper couple’s oldest child, Drake, proved he could match his dad’s skills on the field and his cheeky humor on a recent episode of Fixer Upper, that saw him pitching in a big game and joking about which Gaines man had the better looks. Now, it seems the couple’s youngest, Duke, who’s also a bit of a bookworm according to Chip’s recent Instagram post, has a field of dreams of his own.

Chip was a standout second baseman himself in high school, and after graduating and playing at North Lake Junior College, was recruited to play for Baylor University. Sadly, his college ball dreams didn’t come through after the coach who called him up retired.

“[Baseball] got me in the front door at Baylor. As God would have it, I was not destined to be the next great baseball player, but I was destined to enjoy Baylor University and the dear friends that I met there,” the HGTV star told Baylor Magazine. 

The family may soon have enough members to start a league of their own, as Chip and Joanna announced in early January that they were expecting their fifth baby. They also have two daughters, Ella, 11, and Emmie Kay, 7.

How Kumail Nanjiani Found ‘Perfect’ Woman in Emily V. Gordon

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon‘s romantic comedy The Big Sick was one of the biggest hit films of 2017, and now the actor is opening up about how he found true love with his wife.

“When I was younger, I had this list of ‘the perfect women will have these qualities,’ and then you grow up and you realize that stuff doesn’t matter,” Nanjiani, 39, says in his debut with the feminist media brand MAKERS. “What matters is the real connection.”

Luckily for the Silicon Valley star, Gordon, 38, has “all that stuff that was on shallow teenage Kumail’s list” — and much more.

“With Emily, I got the real connection,” he says about his wife, who co-wrote The Big Sick with him.

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon

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In his MAKERS interview, the star also opened up about the importance of having more women in positions of power and behind the scenes.

“Here’s the big thing: having more women writers, more women directors, more women executives, more women in positions of power — you don’t just do that to make a more equal society. You do that because the product will be better,” he says.

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The actor also urged those in Hollywood and in other industries to truly listen to the women who have been speaking out on sexual misconduct in the workplace.

“I think of how scary it was for me starting comedy in Chicago, and then how much scarier it would have been if I was a woman starting comedy there because it really was such a boys’ club,” he says. “It was very aggressive. It was very locker room.”

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Going forward, “I think the most important thing that we can do right now is listen to women who have been talking for f—ing centuries,” he adds. “I think it’s time for us to shut up and listen.”

Tom Brady, Donald Trump Friendship Under Scrutiny Ahead of Super Bowl

With the New England Patriots headed for the Super Bowl once again, star quarterback Tom Brady could face renewed scrutiny over his controversial friendship with President Donald Trump.

During his campaign, Trump frequently boasted about his relationship with Brady, Patriots coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft. But as criticism of Trump and his contentious comments and policies grew over the past couple years, Brady has increasingly sought to distance himself from the president — a step back that was reportedly a “disappointment” for Trump.

Here are all the key statements Brady has made about his friendship with Trump since he launched his bid for president.

September 2015: Brady voices support for a Trump presidency

After a “Make America Great Again” hat was spotted in Brady’s locker, he told reporters that it would be “great” if then-candidate Trump became president, because then “there would be a putting green on the White House lawn.”

December 2015: Brady praises Trump’s “remarkable” path to the White House

Asked about Trump’s candidacy during a radio interview with Boston’s WEEI, Brady said he wanted to “stay out of this debate.”  But that didn’t stop the Patriots star from praising Trump’s unique career path.

“I support all my friends in everything they do. I think it’s pretty remarkable what he’s achieved in his life,” Brady said of Trump at the time. “You’re going from business, kind of an incredible business man and then a TV star, and then getting into politics. It’s a pretty different career path. I think that is pretty remarkable.”

Brady added that “if you know someone it doesn’t mean you agree with everything they say or they do.”

October 2016: Brady says he considers Trump a friend

As the November 2016 election grew closer, however, Brady began to dodge questions about Trump, telling reporters that his wife, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, had asked him to stop speaking publicly about politics.

Brady bolted from an October 2016 press conference after he was asked about Trump’s leaked Access Hollywood tape from 2005, in which Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women.

In a subsequent interview with WEEI, Brady said he left the press conference in an effort to avoid headlines.

“I’ve been in an organization where we’re taught to say very little,” he explained. “The thing I’ve always thought is, ‘I don’t want to be a distraction for the team.’ That’s what my goal is.”

Though he still declined to comment on the leaked tape, Brady told WEEI at the time that he considered Trump a friend.

“I met him probably 15, 16 years ago,” said Brady, who was hired by Trump’s organization to judge the 2002 Miss USA pageant. “We’ve played golf together many, many times and I’ve always had a good time with him. He’s been a friend of mine.”

November 2016: Trump claims he’s got Brady’s vote — but Brady’s wife pushes back

At a rally on the eve of the election, Trump claimed that Brady was voting for him for president. But shortly afterward, a fan asked Bündchen in a comment on one of her Instagram posts, “Gisele, I heard you and Tom were backing Trump! Is that true?”

She replied with an emphatic, “No!”

Brady later dodged questions about who he voted for, CBS Sports reported at the time.

February 2017: Brady declines to comment on the president’s immigration policy

During last year’s Super Bowl, Brady repeatedly evaded questions about Trump’s controversial policies, including his widely panned executive order temporarily banning immigration and heavily restricting travel from seven Muslim–majority countries, according to Sports Illustrated.

April 2017: Brady skips the New England Patriots’ visit to the White House

All eyes were on Brady to see if he would join his Super Bowl LI champ-teammates when the Patriots visited the White House in April at the president’s invitation.

Although Brady was expected to make the trip to Washington, D.C., he announced at the last minute that he would not be attending due to “personal family matters.”

“In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today’s ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters,” Brady said at the time in a statement to Sports Illustrated.

It’s unclear why Brady skipped the event. Some speculated that it was to be with his mother, who was battling cancer at the time, while others believed it was related to the suicide of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who hanged himself in his prison cell earlier that same day. 

September 2017: Brady breaks his silence on Trump and the NFL protests

During a Sept. 25 interview on the Boston sports radio show Kirk & Callahan, Brady criticized the president’s comments calling on the NFL to fire players who kneel in protest during the national anthem.

“Yeah, I certainly disagree with what he said. I thought it was just divisive,” Brady said. “Like I said, I just want to support my teammates.”

“I am never one to say, ‘Oh, that is wrong. That is right.’ I do believe in what I believe in,” he continued. “I believe in bringing people together and respect and love and trust. Those are the values that my parents instilled in me.”

Brady’s comments marked the first time he spoke out publicly about the protests. Just before that interview, Brady showed solidarity with his Patriots teammates who linked arms and kneeled during the playing of the national anthem at a Sept. 24 game. The quarterback chose to link arms with a teammate, while placing his other hand over his heart.

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December 2017: Trump “expresses disappointment” in Brady

A New York Times article exploring Trump’s “battle for self-preservation” claimed he had expressed “disappointment” that Brady had “distanced himself” from the president.

Did Ed Sheeran Hint at Proposing to Cherry Seaborn in ‘End Game’?

Ed Sheeran may have hinted that he was going to pop the question to longtime girlfriend Cherry Seaborn on Taylor Swift‘s new single “End Game”!

At the conclusion of his guest verse, the British singer raps: “This end game is the one / With four words on the tip of my tongue.”

Because the Swift-Sheeran-Future collaboration is predominantly about enduring love — see the repetition of lyrics including “I wanna be your end game / I wanna be your first string / I wanna be your A-team” — one could surmise the four words Sheeran references are “Will you marry me?”

Sheeran, 26, announced on Saturday that he had proposed to Seaborn, 25, captioning an Instagram post: “Got myself a fiancée just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well.”

Sheeran alludes to his relationship with Seaborn throughout his “End Game” verse, with lines like “Knew it when I was young / We connected when we were little bit older” and “Something was born on the Fourth of July.”

Indeed, Sheeran and Seaborn — a senior risk advisory consultant — have known each other since they attended grade school together in their native U.K. They reconnected almost three years ago, and their first date was at Swift’s annual Independence Day party.

“I’ve known Cherry since I was 11,” the “Shape of You” singer, who’s nominated for two awards at the Grammys on Sunday, told PEOPLE last year.

“She worked on Wall Street in New York, and I had like six shows [around New York in 2015]. It was around then, and we reconnected. I went on tour again, and then I went to Taylor’s 4th of July party. I was texting [Seaborn], and she was like, ‘I’m in Rhode Island at a 4th of July party,’ and I was like, ‘So am I.’ I kinda said to Taylor, ‘Can I invite one of my old schoolmates?’ The rest is history.”

Deer Rescued from Frozen Reservoir in Colorado

Oh, deer!

A deer’s commute through Lakewood, Colorado, was halted by a treacherous detour. According to Denver 7, the animal wandered into a frozen-over water reservoir and soon got stuck in the icy soup inside.

Local animal control was contacted about the stranded stag and they reached out to West Metro Fire Rescue for help retrieving the animal. Firefighters responded to the call and found the deer standing in the middle of the reservoir, “too tired to move.”

The rescuers quickly set to work, cutting a path through the frozen crust of the water to the deer. After clearing the way, firefighters carefully and safely walked the deer back to shore, where they were greeted by more rescuers ready to towel off the frigid cutie.

Courtesy West Metro Fire Rescue

Courtesy West Metro Fire Rescue

The woodland creature was given a break from the winter weather, thanks to an animal control van on-site. West Metro Fire Rescue posted several photos of the deer on Facebook, warming up and getting some well-deserved rest.

Courtesy West Metro Fire Rescue

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Thankfully, the deer’s unexpected dip into the reservoir did not lead to any serious injury. After taking three hours to warm up and get the feeling back in his hooves, the deer went back into the wild, reports The Denver Post.

Thalía reunites with her grandmother, who turned 100 years old

Thalía traveled to Mexico to be with her grandmother, Eva Mange, on her 100th birthday. The Mexican singer and actress, 46, shared a photo of the emotional reunion on Instagram Jan. 21. “Today was an unforgettable day! God gave us the blessing of celebrating our grandmother’s 100th birthday! Eva Mange Márquez, I love you,” she wrote.

But there was another reason the trip was so special: Thalía reconnected with her sister and Mange’s longtime caretaker, Mexican actress Laura Zapata, 61. In 2012, after their mother died and Zapata took over caring for Mange, family drama erupted over money that resulted in a lawsuit against Thalía and her three other sisters.

At a party thrown by Zapata at Mange’s Mexico City home, Zapata and Thalía put past differences aside, even singing together along with a mariachi band.

The singer and entrepreneur, who lives in California with her American music executive husband Tommy Mottola and their children Sabrina, 10, and Mateo, 6, did not arrive at the party empty-handed. She brought Mange a gorgeous seven-layer pink cake with a dedication in the frosting: “100 years Evita! We love you abuelita. Sabrina, Mateo, Thalía, Tommy.”

The festivities also included a mass in Mange’s honor. Univision’s entertainment show El Gordo y la Flaca — co-hosted by Thalia’s longtime friend Lili Estefan — covered the fiesta and shared details on its Instagram’s page.

A few hours before hopping on a flight to hug her in person, Thalía honored her maternal grandmother’s centennial on Jan. 19 with an Instagram post of Mange looking lovingly at her great-grandson, Mateo, when he was a baby. “Happy birthday abuelita. Today it’s been 100 years since you first saw the light of day in the precious beaches of La Paz, Baja California. We love you so much grandma. Sabrina, Mateo, Tommy and I celebrate your life!” she wrote in the caption.

The post garnered over 80,000 likes and hundreds of comments in a few hours. “Wow, 100 years! May God continue to bless her and always care for her,” one user said. “What a blessing to have your grandma for so many years. From heaven, doña Yola [Yolanda Miranda] is also celebrating with so much joy,” another added, mentioning Mange’s daughter Yolanda Miranda, the singer’s beloved mother, who passed away in 2011 at age 76 from a heart attack.

Some of the singer’s followers on Instagram commented on her birthday post, urging her to visit Mange and congratulate her in person. “The best gift is your presence. Visit her,” one fan said. “Hug your grandma Thalía,” another added. Consider it done!