Emily Gray

The Famous Grey Gardens Estate Hits the Market at $20 Million

Grey Gardens may have looked run-down and uninhabitable when it was featured in the eponymous 1975 documentary, but the East Hampton home has since been restored–and has just been put on the market for the first time in 40 years. The asking price? A cool $19.995 million.

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For those unfamiliar with the famous documentary Grey Gardens, the film followed the lives of mother and daughter Edith “Big Edie” Ewing Bouvier Beale and Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale, relatives of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Big Edie and Little Edie are shown living in isolation in the estate, which is decaying and dilapidated, both inside and out. The documentary ultimately received critical acclaim, and the story of the mother-daughter duo inspired an HBO movie and Broadway musical. According to Newsday, after Big Edie died, Little Edie sold the house in 1979 to Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and his Washington Post columnist wife Sally Quinn, who restored the home to its original grandeur.

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The 1.7-acre property was built in 1897 and is very close to Georgica Beach. The main house has seven bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms. Inside, fans of the documentary can see the refurbished main staircase, where Little Edie performed her American flag dance. There are also beautifully restored details like lattice windows, wainscoting, and crown molding. Outside, the grounds feature beautiful gardens, a charming stucco cottage, a heated pool, and a tennis court. The three-story home is one of the remaining original shingle homes in the area, according to the listing on Corcoran, represented by Michael Schultz.

The Sweetest Valentine’s Day Gifts for Kids, According to Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney Kardashian is one devoted mother. She’s constantly on the lookout for new reasons to treat her kids and Valentine’s Day is no exception. This year, the mama of three –Mason, 7, Penelope, 4, and Reign, 2–decided to do a roundup on her app of her favorite Valentine’s Day gift picks for kids.

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Keep scrolling to see what she recommends buying for the little boys and girls in your life.

Shia LaBeouf’s anti-Trump exhibit shut down over violence

Shia LaBeouf’s anti-Trump exhibit shut down over violence

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Shia LaBeouf (left) launched the He Will Not Divide Us project on the day Mr Trump was inaugurated

An exhibit by actor Shia LaBeouf that lambasted President Donald Trump has been shut down because it had turned into “a flashpoint for violence”.

The piece of performance art encouraged the public to say “He will not divide us” into a camera mounted outside the Museum of the Moving Image in New York.

The Transformers star was arrested after a fracas at the site, which police began manning round the clock.

The actor criticised the museum’s decision to shut down the exhibit.

On Twitter, he posted an image of the live stream, which now reads: “The museum has abandoned us.”

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The actor Jaden Smith has also appeared on the live stream

LaBeouf co-founded the project, which was launched on the day President Trump was inaugurated, on 20 January, with artists Luke Turner and Nastja Ronkko.

The live-stream ran for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the artists had planned to maintain it throughout Mr Trump’s presidency.

But in the early hours of 26 January, LaBeouf was charged with assault and harassment after a confrontation with a man that was broadcast on the live-stream.

The New York Daily News reported that a number of white supremacists turned up at the site over the past three weeks, including one apparently wearing a Nazi hat.

In a statement, the museum said the atmosphere at the exhibit, named HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US, “deteriorated markedly” after LaBeouf’s arrest.

There had been “dozens of threats of violence and numerous arrests” and it had become “a flashpoint for violence”, it added.

“Until public safety concerns overrode the intent of the installation, HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US generated an important conversation allowing interaction among people from many backgrounds and with different viewpoints,” the museum said.

A statement on the exhibit’s website says: “On February 10, 2017, the Museum of the Moving Image abandoned the project. The artists, however, have not.”

Is Rosie O’Donnell about to break the internet?

Is Rosie O’Donnell about to break the internet with SNL impression?

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Rosie O’Donnell was a regular on US talk show The View

Rumours that comedian Rosie O’Donnell is due to play White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live have sent social media into overdrive.

Currently experiencing its highest ratings in 22 years, what’s behind SNL’s resurgence in popularity?

Since debuting in 1975, Saturday Night Live has been a bulwark of the US TV landscape. As America’s longest-running comedy-sketch series, generations have grown up with its oft-emulated brand of slapstick and satire.

But as celebrity, politics and modern living changed over the years, so too have the targets of SNL’s jokes. With the arrival of Donald Trump’s White House administration, SNL has been gifted a comedy cash-cow.

Alec Baldwin’s devastating portrayal of Trump triumphed with viewers when it debuted in the run-up to last year’s US Presidential Election and has since become a staple feature of the series.

Last week, Melissa McCarthy’s ultra-caustic turn as White House press secretary Sean Spicer went viral on YouTube.

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O’Donnell was seen dressed as Steve Bannon in a Twitter profile picture

On social media, fans of the show are raving about its persistent jabs at the new presidency.

“This is hilarious. Comedians have never had it so easy with this admin,” said Youtube user mimi k.

“Trump made SNL ‘GREAT’ again!” exclaimed Steven L.

“I don’t care who you voted for, that was funny as hell,” added Joe Momma.

‘Boring and unfunny’

It remains to be seen whether SNL’s Trump bump is due to new viewers from across the political spectrum, or merely re-engaged liberals who had fallen out of love with the show in recent years.

One viewer who has been less than impressed by the cutting caricatures is the president himself.

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President Trump is no fan of Alec Baldwin’s impression

“Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me. Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!” Trump tweeted three weeks before voting day last year.

“I watched parts of @nbcsnl Saturday Night Live last night. It is a totally one-sided, biased show – nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?” he tweeted again less than two weeks after winning the presidency.

“@NBCNews is bad but Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!” he wrote five days before inauguration.

‘Part of American culture’

In this extraordinary time of western political upheaval, that the most powerful man in the world should feel compelled to repeatedly condemn his own parody has become an added draw for SNL fans.

After last week’s stinging routine from Melissa McCarthy, Spicer told Fox News he thought her impression of him was “cute” and “part of American culture.” Trump, however, stayed uncharacteristically silent.

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Melissa McCarthy recently played Sean Spicer in a skit

Fans began to wonder whether SNL had genuinely hit a nerve. Politico reported that behind closed doors Trump was furious his administration was being made to “look weak”.

In particular, it is thought Trump took exception to his staffer being spoofed by a female comedian.

This tension between SNL and Trump has created genuine suspense for fans of the series – eager to find out which member of the White House administration will be in the firing line next – simply because they know it riles the president.

‘Ten-year feud’

As SNL has forged its recent reputation for Trump baiting, fans began submitting their own suggestions on how best to lampoon the leader of the free world.

Enter Rosie O’Donnell. The actress and comedian has never previously appeared as part of the Saturday Night Live cast, but has been embroiled in a very public 10-year long feud with Donald Trump.

Frequently referred to in the US tabloids as each other’s nemesis, the spat dates back to 2006 when O’Donnell criticised Trump’s Miss USA beauty pageant on talk show The View.

She has since described Trump as a “snake-oil salesman” who should “sit and spin”, while Trump in turn has called O’Donnell a “fat pig” and “a real loser”.

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Steve Bannon is currently portrayed on the sketch show as the Grim Reaper

After McCarthy’s outing as Spicer last week, Twitter user @calvininsf tweeted at O’Donnell to ask whether she was “willing to take one for the team?”

O’Donnell replied to say: “I am here to serve – Alec has Trump – Melissa has Spice – I would need a few days to prepare – so if called – I will be ready.”

The discord between O’Donnell and Trump has provided a ripe opportunity for SNL’s sketch writers. They are in the unique position of knowing that the target of their jokes is watching, but remain tight-lipped about whether they will take up O’Donnell on her offer.

Seemingly keen, O’Donnell has changed her Twitter profile picture to a superimposed image of her face on the body of the White House’s Steve Bannon.

A caricature of Bannon has already appeared on SNL, played by regular cast member Mike Day dressed as the Grim Reaper.

Having O’Donnell portray Bannon would doubtless infuriate the Trump administration further – especially in light of recent press speculation about the amount of power Bannon wields in the White House.

‘I can see Russia from my house!’

SNL has got its teeth back after an arguably lacklustre and directionless few years.

During the last White House administration, President Obama was parodied more than 50 times by SNL cast members Fred Armisen and Jay Pharoah. But those impersonations never quite resonated with viewers in the same way Baldwin’s Trump and McCarthy’s Spicer have.

The last time SNL so overtly contributed to America’s national dialogue was Tina Fey’s impression of former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin.

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Sarah Palin is among SNL’s previous satirical targets

Palin’s misquote “I can see Russia from my house!”, which was said to have derailed her 2008 vice presidential campaign, was in fact a line from Fey’s SNL skit.

Whether SNL has the potential to shape our perception of Donald Trump in the way it did Palin remains to be seen.

SNL’s current growing ratings can in part be attributed to its biting humour and supremely talented cast – but just as important as the jokes is how Trump reacts to them.

Alec Baldwin is again set to host the show this weekend.

If O’Donnell makes an appearance, then it will no doubt help boost those record viewing figures further. Not just because she is funny, but because Saturday Night Live strikes at the very heart of American politics.


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7 Accessories Ideas from Tommy Hilfiger’s Gigi Hadid Collection

The best part of Wednesday night’s Tommy Hilfiger’s show in L.A. last night wasn’t only a beaming co-designer, Gigi Hadid, beaming down the runway. The spectacle was wild (a carnival with a moving carousel!), but all eyes were on the clothes and accessories.

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Below, our favorite accessories from the Tommy Hilfiger x Gigi Hadid collection.

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National Pizza Day Is a Thing: 18 Pizza-Themed Gifts to Help You Celebrate

Christmas, Hanukkah, President’s Day, and YES, Pizza Day! All important holidays—though not necessarily in that order. Some take National Pizza Day very seriously. If that includes you, it’s time to get excited because today’s the day, girlfriend.

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On Thursday, Feb. 9, we’re giving credit where credit is due. After all, how else would we have gotten through long study nights in college, childhood birthday parties, and countless other occasions without said cheesy, carby, doughy goodness?

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For those who feel equally passionate about celebrating pizza, we’ve shopped all the merch needed to get you started. Now’s the time to buy these pizza-themed pillows, cups, keychains, clothes, and more, that’ll make you laugh, cry tears of joy, and, of course, crave pizza.

Keep scrolling for the sauciest pizza merch we’ve seen.

17 Times Olivia Benson’s Hair Was the True Star of Law & Order: SVU

Nobody messes with Olivia Benson—or her hair, for that matter. For more than 17 years, Mariska Hargitay has played the most badass detective in recent memory on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Sure, Benson—who now serves as a lieutenant at the department—has experienced her share of ups and downs since we first met her, but the character’s fierce dedication to her job has never wavered. And neither has her willingness to try out a new ‘do.

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As anyone who’s ever spent a day watching an SVU marathon can tell you, Benson’s hair has gone through an evolution all its own over the course of the series. From pixies and layers to bangs and center-parts, there’s nothing this detective shies away from when she’s ready to switch up her look. You can practically pinpoint the year an episode aired just based on Benson’s hairstyle alone, which leaves us wondering when she even has time to hit the salon. Seriously, catching bad guys is a full-time job—and it’s one that she does without so much as a single hair falling out of place.

Scroll down to see 17 times that Olivia Benson’s hair was the true star of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

EXCLUSIVE: Dirty Dancing writer ‘ready for sequel’

Dirty Dancing’s writer is ‘ready’ to write a sequel

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Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze co-starred in the original Dirty Dancing

We last saw them having the time of their lives in Dirty Dancing, 1987’s sleeper hit about finding love, coming of age and learning to mambo.

Now, 30 years on, the writer of that film says she’s ready to bring Baby and Johnny back to the big screen.

“I am now thinking I might be ready to do a sequel,” Eleanor Bergstein told the BBC.

She added her characters were “very particular people who find a very particular reality with each other, and I do want to explore that now”.

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Eleanor Bergstein based the film on her own youth in the Catskills

Set in 1963, Dirty Dancing told of a teenager, Frances “Baby” Houseman, who has an affair with dance instructor Johnny Castle while staying at a Catskill Mountains resort.

The film starred Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze and won an Oscar for the song (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.

Audiences fell in love with the movie’s characters, music and its iconic dance routines, including the famous “lift”.

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The film’s climactic lift has become an iconic movie moment

In an interview to be aired on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, Bergstein pointed out that her film also included an illegal abortion that has become all too topical in the wake of US President Trump’s election.

“All these things have come around again,” she told Samira Ahmed. “All these battles we thought in some way had been won… it’s come back now.”

Bergstein also said that were Baby around today, she would be out marching for women’s rights and Black Lives Matter.

“The thing that is so moving to me is that in cities all across America… everyone instinctively dropped their lives and went out on the streets.

“That’s what Baby would be doing now.”

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Bergstein says Baby would have been at the Women’s March had she been real

Swayze, who died in 2009, made a cameo appearance as a dance teacher in 2004 prequel Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.

A TV movie remake of the original film, starring Abigail Breslin and Nicole Scherzinger, is set to air later this year.

Listen to the full interview on Monday’s Front Row at 19:15 GMT.


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Zoë Kravitz, Scarlett Johansson, and More Chic Stars at the 2017 amfAR New York Gala

If your pockets were heavy enough to hold more than $40,000, you could have taken home a gilded vending machine that dispenses mini bottles of Moët & Chandon at the click of a button. Fabulous, right? One lucky bidder wrapped up that prize Wednesday night at the 2017 amfAR New York Gala.

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At the FIJI Water-hosted affair inside Cipriani Wall Street, stars including Scarlett Johansson, Zoë Kravitz, and Diane Kruger put on the Ritz. amfAR honoree Johansson set the tone of the night in a custom Atelier Versace silk black tuxedo with white lapels, a sleek white mini clutch, and pumps.

Her elegantly tailored look provided a sharp contrast to Kravitz, who took the plunge in a sheer beaded gown with a top covered in Swarovski crystals. Brad Goreski, one of the evening’s many headline-making guests, also fell in love with another member of the Versace squad. “Diane Kruger in Versace!” he told InStyle, referring the actress’s beaded sheer minidress. “I think she’s always one of the best and tonight’s no exception.”

The ladies’ outfit choices were especially appropriate since Donatella Versace herself was also an honoree. And the designer did what Donatella does best and wowed on the carpet next to friend and presenter Naomi Campbell. Everywhere you turned, Scarlett and Donatella were the main topics of conversation. 

“It’s just been such an honor every time I get to walk her shows,” Victoria’s Secret beauty Josephine Skriver told us of Donatella. “She’s the kind of person you would tell about your summer break and the next season she’ll remember it and be like, ‘Oh, by the way, how is it?’ There are not a lot pf people who actually take the time to really remember.”

Lena Dunham, unfortunately, was not able to fulfill her hosting duties due to illness, but her mother, Laurie Simmons, and Girls co-star Zosia Mamet kept the crowd smiling, as did last-minute host Iman. Brian Newman pumped up the jazz between dinner courses and the auction and Ellie Goulding lit up stage by singing hits like “Love Me Like You Do.”

And though there were many touching moments, the award for most tear-jerking goes to Johansson. Mark Ruffalo introduced her to the stage, calling her “smart, funny, kind, socially conscious, beautiful, and generous. “Scarlett is driven by the simple fact and firm conviction that she should do whatever she can to help those who are less fortunate than she is,” he told the crowd.

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Moments later, she took to the mic and delivered an emotional story about Anthony (Tony) Kennedy, a close friend of her mother who died of AIDS complications in 1993. She dedicated the award to him and others who have been affected by the disease. “I’d like to acknowledge the more than 37 million people around the world today that are still living and struggling with HIV/AIDS. And to dedicate this award to all those that have lost their lives and the lives of their loved ones to this disease.” 

Scroll down to see all of the looks from the 2017 amfAR New York gala.

Fifty Shades Darker gets critical spanking

Fifty Shades Darker gets critical spanking

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Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson star in Fifty Shades Darker

The reviews of Fifty Shades Darker are in and err, well… oh dear.

While not everyone hated the sequel to 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey, the vast majority of critics were not impressed.

The New York Times said the film was “Fifty Shades Darker and only half as watchable” as its predecessor.

“What an incredibly, indelibly idiotic movie,” is how Rolling Stone‘s Peter Travers summed it up in his 0.5-star review.

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“Fifty Shades Darker is an ordeal to watch not because of its gothic eroticism but because of its utter blandness,” wrote The Independent‘s Geoffrey Macnab.

“When the inevitable spanking scene takes place, it is tongue in cheek (although not quite literally so).”

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“Buff, bland, bonking machines are possessed of prodigious libido but bereft of personality,” The Daily Mirror‘s Chris Hunneysett wrote.

“If you want to watch a movie about a billionaire playboy with a penchant for darkness, inflicting violence and dressing up in masks, you’re far better off seeing The Lego Batman Movie.”

But Variety liked it a little more, writing: “For all its structural and psychological deficiencies, it’s hard not to enjoy Fifty Shades Darker on its own lusciously limited terms.”

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“It sure ain’t boring,” observed Deadline‘s Pete Hammond, who also gave the film a more positive review.

“Best of all, like the first film, this one has a killer soundtrack that makes Fifty Shades Darker sound just as good as it looks.”

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“There’s one significant problem with both Fifty Shades movies that’s impossible to ignore: [Jamie] Dornan is just a dud,” said Time‘s Stephanie Zacharek.

But, she adds: “It’s all fantasy, so what’s the harm? There isn’t any. And if millions of girls or guys go out to see Fifty Shades Darker with their friends for a giggle or two, then the world is a happier place.”

Other publications who didn’t quite consider the film a masterpiece included The Guardian, The Telegraph and The New Yorker.

To be fair – we’re fairly confident everyone involved in making the film wasn’t pinning their hopes on critical praise.

Like the first film in the franchise, Fifty Shades Darker will still likely be a huge box office success.


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