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‘Riverdale’ Actresses Say Betty and Veronica Won’t be as Catty as Their Comic Counterparts

When the CW announced plans to bring ‘Archie’ comic book characters to a modern teen soap, there were plenty of skeptics. Did audiences really need another show about teenagers caught up in a love triangle in a small town? With the show carrying a bit more ‘Twin Peaks’ vibe than your typical teen fare though, a love triangle might be the least of the drama. Betty and Veronica actresses Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes also promise that the two comic book rivals aren’t nearly as catty on the small screen.

In the 70-year comic series, Betty and Veronica are polar opposites who vie for the affection of good guy Archie. Betty is the stereotypical girl next door – nice to a fault and the kind of person everyone wants to befriend. Veronica is the school mean girl, a little spoiled, and used to getting exactly what she wants. While some of those traits make their way into the new television series ‘Riverdale,’ the two characters become fast friends instead of bitter rivals.

When Reinhart and Mendes appeared on ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ to promote the premiere of ‘Riverdale,’ they made a point of addressing the fact that their characters only really “fight” once in the pilot episode. Reinhart assured the audience that before even taking on the roles, the two actresses were aware that, “these two girls weren’t going to be catty with each other because we’ve seen that… We wanted to bring to television girls that cared about each other, and were friends, and supportive.”

That idea was promoted right away in the premiere when Veronica (Mendes) immediately befriended Betty and helped her with cheerleading tryouts, even setting her own attraction aside to help Betty get a date with Archie.

Viewers can make their own decision about how well the series keeps up the positive female friendship as ‘Riverdale’ airs at 9PM on Thursdays.

Stephen Colbert and Andrew Garfield Lock Lips on The Late Show

Comedian turned late night television host Stephen Colbert recently hosted Golden Globe nominee and most recent Spiderman Andrew Garfield on CBS’s The Late Show. The interview began with Garfield, who is British, flattering Colbert’s political reporting. Then Colbert recapped Garfield’s two big roles of the year in Silence and Hacksaw Ridge.


Colbert then brought up a funny moment from the Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday, January 8. Garfield and fellow actor Ryan Reynolds, who were seated next to each other, shared a comical kiss when Ryan Gosling took the stage to accept his award for his role in La La Land. Garfield explained that he “wanted Ryan [Reynolds] to know he loved him whether he won or lost,” a nod to the fact that Reynolds, who was nominated for playing the title role in Deadpool, lost out to Gosling in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical category. Garfield was not in competition with the two Ryans because he was nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his role in Hacksaw Ridge.


Colbert then noted that Garfield must not mind kissing other men and joked that he is not bothered by it either. The duo then leaned in for two soft smooches to laughter and cheers from the audience. The two men were clearly trying not to burst out laughing. After some giggles they settled down and finished their interview about Garfield’s most recent film roles and who inspired him as a child.


Best Friends Jimmy Fallon and Viola Davis

There’s no doubt that Jimmy Fallon has established a reputation for getting celebrities to play some very wacky games with him. And this week was certainly no exception. Digging into the “Best Friend’s Box”, Jimmy and Viola had to answer questions about each other. This game was all about predicting what the other person would say. Obviously, the person who got the most answers correct was the winner.


It started off innocently enough, with a question regarding superheroes. Ever the consummate actress, Viola seemed to take the challenge very seriously. When their first question and response session was entirely off base, they went to the next question. This one was about Christmas movies and, once again, the two entertainers were not on the same page. While Viola chose A Christmas Carol, Jimmy went with It’s a Wonderful Life. At this point, it seemed as if the two would never get in sync.


As the jazzy music played, the suspense ramped up for the last question. However, it was all for naught, as the two once again missed each other’s answers by a mile. Still, it was fun to see the talented actress let loose, as she is usually known for playing very dramatic roles. After this impossible game, the rest of the interview seemed like it was a breeze. Davis, who just won a Golden Globe for her mesmerizing performance in Fences, should celebrate her success and become a late-night fixture as much as she can in the coming weeks.


Oprah Winfrey Fights Criticism For Her Twitter Post On Donald Trump

World famous talk show host Oprah Winfrey is attempting to address the numerous criticisms following her Twitter post of President Obama meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. Underneath a picture of Trump and Obama meeting in Washington D.C., Winfrey tweeted “Everybody take a deep breath! #HopeLives!”


Winfrey sent out this tweet on November 10th at 3:10PM. Almost immediately after she posted this tweet, Winfrey faced extreme criticism from her followers on Twitter. People accused Winfrey of “normalizing” President-elect Donald Trump.


Critics of Trump told Winfrey she was “too intelligent to believe that.” Some even threatened Winfrey, writing tweets like “DON’T YOU DARE OPRAH,” and “please do not normalize this man. Minority children are already being targeted.”


Winfrey addressed this issue with filmmaker Ava DuVernay after the first screening of a documentary called “13th.” When the results from the election came in on November 8th, Winfrey said she literally couldn’t breath deeply after hearing that Trump won. It wasn’t until she saw both Obama and Trump in the same room acting civil towards each other that she was able to take a deep breath again.


Although she did not take back her statement, Winfrey wished she could have rephrased it. Winfrey said, “you can never talk to everybody” on social media. She went on to say that she should have written, “I just took a deep breath #CivilityLives.”


Winfrey went on to say she was surprised just how civil the Trump transition has been thus far. However, she understands just how tense this election cycle was, and her tweet was only a representation of her own perspective at the time.

Madonna is next ‘Celebrity Karaoke’ Guest

Who knew James Corden would have such a big hit segment on his hand when he introduced “Carpool Karaoke” to ‘The Late Late Show’? The segment has become so popular, it even got its own primetime special in March of this year. Corden has managed to get popular guests like One Direction, Adele, and Michelle Obama on the show, and his latest is the queen of pop herself, Madonna.


“Carpool Karaoke” involves a bit in which Corden, who hosts ‘The Late Late Show,’ needs help getting to work. He calls on a famous friend to assist him and they chat in between bouts of singing along to his selection of music, which typically involves some of the guests own songs when they’re a musician. His most popular guest is Adele, whose youtube video for the segment has garnered more than 133 million views since it debuted in January.


Corden, who was recently in New York to host an event for the Ad Council’s Public Service Awards, appeared in an image Madonna shared on both her instagram and twitter accounts. She captioned the photo, “riding around Manhattan with this Hunk of Burning Love” and tagging “The Late Late Show,” fueling rumors that she would appear next. A producer for the show later shared the same image, confirming she would be the next guest.



Riding around Manhattan with this Hunk of Burning Love


Queens of Drama and Drama Queens

In this drama-filled show, six women come together to accomplish something unique: to produce a fresh prime time drama. After tiring of being told what roles they should play by mainly male-dominated production companies, they decide to write their own show in which they construct the characters they will act. However, these powerful women struggle to get along as they fight over the hierarchy that begins forming. Tensions rise as loyalty turns into betrayal and bonds are both created and broken.

The show gives a realistic twist to dramatic soap operas. It allows people who do not work within the television business to have a peek inside the workings behind a show while still maintaining a fascinating plot. The relationships portrayed are highly genuine; there is just the right amount of tension that someone would find in a workplace similar to the television industry. Although some of the scenes feel too dramatized to be completely authentic, the show feels more original than many dramas, convincing its audience that they are watching the makings of a soap opera in real time.

The cast consists of a few big names, including Vanessa Marcil, winner of a Daytime Emmy in 2003 for her role in General Hospital, and Donna Mills, three-time winner of “Best Villainess” for her role in Knots Landing. Another actress that has made an impression in the show is Crystal Hunt.

In Queens of Drama, Hunt plays herself. She is very opinionated and willing to stick up for her beliefs. However, some of her behaviors come across as offensive to the others and stress the budding friendships in the group. After Donna finds out about her past, Crystal is almost rejected from the crew. She then goes out of her way to mend her relationships within the party while helping the group to pitch their idea. During the filming of the show, Hunt split her time between Queens of Drama and Magic Mike XXL.

Crystal Hunt is both an actress and producer. Her most well-known part was “Lizzie Spaulding” in Guiding Light which lead to an Emmy Nomination. Hunt costarred alongside Amanda Bynes in the movie Sydney White and was cast as “Stacy Morasco,” a stripper in the daytime series One Life to Live. She was also the executive producer of Talbot County, a horror film inspired by a true story.  Crystal Hunt has an official Facebook page for fans.   Otherwise, see Crystal branch out into Photography on her official site.

An Overview of Brazilian Authors

Some of the greatest authors are from Brazil. The following are just a few of the authors from Brazil whose works deserve to be read and loved by readers from all over the world.

Jaime Garcia Dias is a well-known author in Brazil. He has written over 20 fiction books and has received many awards. He recently won the ABC Award of Brazil Literature Prize. Dias began writing at a very early age. He became interested in literature and began writing his first book when he was just fifteen years old. Before taking up writing as a career, Dias was an educator. He was a teacher at Carioca Literature Academy and taught there for five years. This academy was a prep school for students who were interested in studying and pursuing literature after they completed their high school years. Dias is now president of Carioca Literature Academy and gives credit to the authors before him that have helped him reach such a high point. Literary men such as Jorge Amado and Paula Coehlo have shaped him to become a current leader in the Brazilian literary world.

Sergio Rodrigues began his career as a journalist. He started out reporting for the country’s leading national newspaper. While working as a reporter, he covered a wide variety of topics from sports to entertainment to culture. Around the year 2000, he decided to turn to fiction. Since the change, he has published three novels and two books of stories. “The Feint”, his most recent novel, focuses on Brazil’s star soccer player Pele and his involvement in the 1970 FIFA World Cup.

Ana Maria Machado is a Brazilian author who has been writing for over 45 years. She has published more than 100 titles that have ultimately sold 19 million copies. She writes stories for both children and adults. She serves as President of the Brazilian Academy of Letters and has also won a variety of literary prizes over the years.