For anyone fascinated by film, celebrity, and the glamorous South of France, these juicy reads about the annual Cannes Film Festival are the perfect page-turners for your Summer reading list. Just in time for this year's event, we're sharing a variety of books about the festival's history, scandals, and most famous faces. Take a look at these autobiographies, portrait collections, and insider stories for a compelling view of the Cannes Film Festival!
Happy birthday, Lena Dunham! The actress, filmmaker, and writer turns 27 today, closing out another highly successful year of her relatively young life. The creator and star of the Golden Globe Award-winning HBO show Girls signed a $3.5 million book deal last year, and she uses her popularity for good, participating in political ads last election and fundraising for mental health causes. Lena has also shown her refreshingly fearless and bare-it-all personality, literally baring it all in her countless nude and sex scenes as Hannah Horvath on Girls and speaking out about body image and her struggles with obsessive compulsive disorder. Both Lena and her alter ego Hannah have a lot to say on what it's like being a 20-something woman in today's world. So we're looking at some of Hannah's best moments and lines to illustrate how to survive your 20s with some cupcakes, dancing, and self-reflection.
Raise your hand if you'd watch a movie following a 20-something Hillary Rodham while she's deciding between her political career and her boyfriend, Bill Clinton. Yeah, that's what we thought. Where can we buy tickets? Well, we're getting a little ahead of ourselves here, but a Hillary Clinton biopic screenplay has Hollywood all atwitter, and we don't blame them. Titled Rodham, it was No. 4 on Tinseltown's coveted "Black List" (a list of film execs' favorite scripts), but as of yet it only has a production company — Twilight's Temple Hill Entertainment — and a director, James Ponsoldt.
Thanks to Hillary's autobiography Living History, we got a glimpse into her past, and we're going to find out even more about her tenure as secretary of state in her next memoir, out in 2014. Now we'd love to see the life of the possible 2016 presidential candidate played out on the big screen. The script was written by a 39-year-old writer from South Korea, Young Il Kim, and he had us intrigued at "there's a scene with Hillary and Bill making out." Even more hot and heavy details have recently emerged, as The Daily Beast has obtained a copy of what may be the final screenplay. Find out more about the screenplay now, and tell us: who could you see playing a young, lovestruck Hillary?
The story follows Hillary as she's struggling to find the balance between work and romance. Ironically, her job at the time — as the youngest attorney on the House Judiciary Committee — was working to impeach President Richard Nixon, while her boyfriend was rising political hopeful Bill. This same impeachment process would be used against Bill during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Hillary gets flirtatious with her impeachment committee co-worker, former Governor (and Republican) William Weld, in the script. She describes him as looking like Ryan O'Neal in Love Story, and there's a scene in which they "draw closer for that inevitable kiss" just to be interrupted by a call from Bill.
Since Hillary and Bill were in a long-distance relationship during those courtship days — Bill was trying to get his political career started in Arkansas, while Hillary had her own high-stakes career in Washington DC — they made their time together count. Il Kim spilled that there's a scene where they hook up in her Dupont Circle apartment. According to the script, they "devour each other" in a makeout scene that includes Hillary getting pressed against the wall and Bill tearing off her top before he "buries his head into her cleavage." There's also a scene in which Hillary tells Bill, "I f*ckin' love you. I mean that. I love you and I want to f*ck you."
The writer dishes that there's a scene in which Hillary puts on makeup while singing Carly Simon's "You're So Vain." Bill also gets in on the musical numbers, wooing Hillary by playing "Happy Birthday" and "Hail to the Chief" on the saxophone.
From infancy on, winding down the day with a bedtime story is a favorite way for kids to fall asleep. Lest you grow weary of reading the same book again and again and again, we've rounded up seven favorite books about bedtime to read before your kids go to sleep. Check out our ideas of books to add to your little one's library, from the beloved Goodnight Moon to some options you may not be familiar with. Sweet dreams!
In honor of Mother's Day, we're taking a look back at one of the most-loved onscreen mother-daughter duos of all time: Rory and Lorelei Gilmore on Gilmore Girls. Thanks to their close, quirky mother-daughter relationship, Rory and single mom Lorelei Gilmore (played by Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham) shared plenty of witty back-and-forths over the course of the show's seven seasons. As any avid fan of Gilmore Girls knows, sarcasm reigned supreme on the show, so here are the best zinger-filled Rory-Lorelai conversations on everything from fitness to love to Jessica Simpson.
Mother's Day is this Sunday, and if you're looking for the perfect last-minute gift for Mom, we've got some books she's sure to love. Whether she's looking for something lighthearted and funny or an emotional memoir, these page-turners take on the issues mothers and mothers-to-be can relate to. And many of these are great for daughters, too, so you can borrow it when Mom's done! Check out books that will make great Mother's Day gifts now.
Good news for Erica Jong fans — her controversial novel Fear of Flying will soon be adapted for the big screen. First published in 1973, the smart book made waves with its frank, feminist perspective on women's sexual attitudes. In it, a young married woman lives out her sexual fantasies while traveling in Europe. It was a bold storyline back in the '70s, and with the recent success of Fifty Shades of Grey, the film adaptation comes at a time when female sexuality is already in the spotlight. So we're curious: have you ever read Fear of Flying?
If you're anything like us, you're counting down the days until The Great Gatsby hits theaters today. And thanks to the film's book cover that was recently released (featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan), we can just feel the excitement drumming.
It's not the only Gatsby cover to leave an impression, though. Since the novel was first released in 1925, many illustrations and photos have been the face of the legendary book. Here, we've rounded up 20 of them that are whimsical, bright, and full of 1920s flair. Click on to check 'em out.
If you're still stumped about what to get mom this Mother's Day, you're in luck! Turns out, getting a gift on the fly can be just as thoughtful as a present you took weeks to plan. Trust us. Keep reading to get the skinny on our three go-to gifts for mom (that won't require overnight shipping)!
Think of it as a riff on the tried-and-true Mother's Day bouquet — only this one won't wilt after a few days. While you could pick up something stunning like this geometric vessel, you could also get away with shopping your shelves. Glass punch bowls, vases, and even wineglasses can look just as cool. For tips and an easy how-to, check out our terrarium DIY!
Gift Baskets (Done Right!)
I know what you're thinking, but replace the cellophane and granny basket visual with a more modern, lidded version filled with foolproof home goods. One-stop shops like Target or Cost Plus World Market will guarantee you a good-looking basket and the fixings. Tea towels, wrapped soaps, neutral picture frames, and a beautifully packaged candle will never steer you astray.
Decorator in a Box
For the mom who wants to redecorate a room or has a design conundrum, consider buying her a gift certificate for Decorator in a Box to slip into a Mother's Day card. Decorator Annie Pauza offers a virtual design service that's more affordable than hiring a traditional interior designer. It's great for moms who need creative help but don't mind doing the leg work. Starting at $350, you can purchase a design plan for an entire room (complete with a decor shopping list, layout, swatches, etc.) or you can pick a single service, a la carte item for something like paint color selections or window treatment design starting at just $50.
If you're stressed about the sticker shock and time commitment associated with this type of gift, don't be. Peruse coffee-table tomes filled with photography or vintage botanical prints and snip something for mom. Ikea carries a range of affordable frames with clean lines that look good with any type of art. Use the mat that is sold with the frame or pop into craft stores like Michaels for a custom job that won't cost a fortune.
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Jennifer Wayland, 15, who attends Parkway Central High in Chesterfield, MO, quietly existed in a lonely well of low self-esteem, shame about her body, and, as she puts it, the feeling that she "took up too much space." Then she found the courage to tell her mom, and so began the tough road back to regaining control of her health and self-confidence.
The ninth grader earned a prestigious award for the compelling essay she wrote on her struggle with body image and disordered eating. On May 1, Sharon Robinson, the daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, presented Wayland with the grand prize in the Jackie Robinson Breaking Barriers essay contest, sponsored by Major League Baseball and Scholastic. The other grand prize winner was Luke Lunday, a fifth grader who has cerebral palsy and shared his determination to ride a bicycle on his own. The contest received more than 18,000 submissions.