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March 6th, 2013
11:45 AM ET

Celebrity stylist Brad Goreski dishes on the second season of his reality show

Rachel Zoe's former assistant Brad Goreski now has his own show documenting his life as a stylist to the stars. Season two of "It's A Brad Brad World" debuts Wednesday night on Bravo.

Goreski says the stress of being an assistant is different from the stress of being a boss because “when you’re an assistant you’re executing the wishes of your boss.” He adds, “I try now with my assistants to be aware of the amount of work I’m giving them.”

This season Goreski says focuses on him working with his clients and “the nitty gritty of the styling world” as well as his life with his boyfriend Gary Janetti.

Regarding the Oscars Goreski says “the fact that [Anne Hathaway’s] dress is overshadowing her great performance is a little upsetting.” Goreski say he wishes “everybody just release Anne Hathaway and just let her enjoy all of her accolades.”

The second season of "It's A Brad Brad World" premieres Wednesday at 10pm eastern on Bravo.

Filed under: A little fun • TV
March 5th, 2013
12:35 PM ET

Actor Matthew Fox goes from 'Lost' to 'Emperor,' explains the appeal of playing a character from history

Matthew Fox is best known for his role as Dr. Jack Shepard on the popular TV show Lost. Now, Fox sits down on "Starting Point" to talk about his role as General Fellers in the new historical drama “Emperor.”

The film takes a look at the time directly following Japan’s surrender that ended World War II, and a 1945 investigation that looked at whether Japan’s Emperor Hirhito should be tried for war crimes, and potentially hanged as a war criminal. General Fellers is MacArthur’s “right hand man, and was with him through a large portion of the South Pacific campaign.”

Fox’s character, “was a Japanese expert, and in our story he had fallen in love with a Japanese woman in 1930, and their love was torn apart by the war breaking out so MacArthur tasks him with the responsibility…of making this determination, and the film focuses on that 1945 investigation.”

While Fellers has no definitive evidence to suggest that the Emperor should not be tried as a war criminal, he still recommends to MaCarthur that the Emperor should not be removed from his position, citing “removing the emperor as the emperor of Japan is going to lead to chaos in Japan.”

Fellers strongly believes that the implications of executing the Japanese Emperor would hinder rebuilding Japan after the war. “He understands more than most Westerners the implications of that, and that the Japanese people look to the Emperor in a way that no Westerner could really understand, and to remove that position would be terrible."

Fox revealed when he took on the role of the general that, “I really knew very little, almost nothing about this moment of our history...and I think that the movie does a great job of reminding us that there are always going to be conflicts, but it’s the way we exit those conflicts that often times determine how we’ll look back at that over history."

Fox says he thought “the US foreign policy decisions made at that time were really a shining moment for US foreign policy, and the recommendations that MacArthur made to Washington after Fellers made recommendations to him, he was looking down the field, looking at the big picture.”

“Emperor” will be released nationwide on Friday, March 8th.

Filed under: A little fun • History • World War II
February 21st, 2013
12:25 PM ET

2012 Oscar winner Octavia Spencer talks life after her big win, this year's contenders and the Hollywood weight battle

The clock is ticking down with just three more days remaining until The 85th Academy Awards! Last year, first-time nominee Octavia Spencer won best supporting actress for her role as the outspoken maid Minny in "The Help". This year, she will be presenting an award alongside other previous Oscar nominees like Melissa McCarthy, Salma Hayek, John Travolta and Liam Neeson. Spencer joins “Starting Point” to talk about her big win, life after the Oscars and her picks for this year's race.

Spencer says this time around as a presenter has been “fun” and she is “having a ball.” Regarding who she wants to win for best supporting actress Spencer says, “I love all of the performances but I have to tell you… Sally Field… taught me something about Mary Todd Lincoln that I didn’t know.” She adds, “you know behind every great president is a great wife who’s running things and I think – the slaves were freed that year so there you go.”

Spencer says that winning an Oscar definitely changed her career but her life is still the same. “It definitely changed how I’m perceived and the choices that I get to make,” she says.

Spencer recently starred in "Fruitvale," which won an award for best dramatic American film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. She says now she gets to “drive the bus.”

“I get to make choices. I have a say. A lot more of a say in what I get to do and I get to chose projects that… resonate with me and I have some sort of a bond with,” she adds.

In the world of Hollywood, Spencer says “as an African American woman, I'm aware that there are fewer roles for women of color” and that she is “a very specific type.”

Now a paid spokeswoman for the weight loss product "SENSA," she adds that “weight issues, race issues will always be there and if allow them to get to you and you allow them to affect you then yes they affect you. But my thing is I have so many other things to worry about I can’t worry about other people’s perception of me.”

Filed under: A little fun • Awards • Oscars
February 21st, 2013
10:07 AM ET

VIDEO: DC's Spy Museum celebrates 50 years of Bond villains – Barbara Starr reports

CNN's Barbara Starr on the Washington D.C. Spy Museum's exhibit honoring the great villains in the James Bond movies.

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February 18th, 2013
10:57 AM ET

Quvenzhane Wallis captures Oscar's heart as youngest nominee in history for 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

She's making Oscar history. Quvenzhane Wallis, at just nine years old, is the youngest person ever nominated for an Academy Award for best actress. Her role of "Hushpuppy" in the movie "Beasts of the Southern Wild" tells the story of a little girl and her ailing father trying to survive in the Louisiana Bayou.

Quvenzhane Wallis talks with Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning, and asks her what it's like to be part of the Oscar buzz.

Wallis says she was very excited when she heard about the nomination.

"I was half asleep" when the nominations were released, she says. "So nothing reacted on the outside, but in the inside, I was doing cartwheels, back flips, and these are some things I can't even do."

When it comes to winning Oscar gold, Wallis shows a striking maturity.

"It's just not about winning. It's about being there and being nominated. It's not about trying to win the award. It's having the pride enough to be nominated and being in the history book and being nominated or just being nominated. Everything is great, what you have. Whatever you win, that's great too," she says.

As for her future projects, she says she just completed three other films. She also tells Soledad that when she grows up, she hopes to be an actor and a dentist.

See more from the interview in the clip above.

Have you seen "Beasts of the Southern Wild"? What did you think of Wallis's performance?

Filed under: A little fun • Movies • Oscars
February 15th, 2013
11:05 AM ET

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein takes on animation with 'Escape from Planet Earth,' lists his Oscar picks

The Academy Awards are a little more than a week away. The man who really seems like he's in charge of the Oscars, Harvey Weinstein, has been picking great films for a long, long time and he can promote them and sell them like no one else. After all, he is the force behind two of this year's best picture nominees: "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Django Unchained."

This week, he's out with a new film, his first venture into producing an animated movie. It's a sci-fi adventure featuring funny aliens they are trapped on earth. It's called "Escape from Planet Earth," featuring voices of Brendan Fraser, Ricky Gervais, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, and many, many others.

Weinstein visits the "Starting Point" set this morning to talk about the challenges of making an animated movie, and to talk about the season's Oscar race.

ON THE CHALLENGES OF PRODUCING AN ANIMATED FILM: I've acquired a couple of animated movies like "Hoodwinked", but this is the first that I made from beginning to end, developing the script, working in the studio, you know. And it is - I've got to tell you, it's not easy. This is two and a half years of my life...I did it for the challenge, you know, because I see what John Lasseter and what Jeffrey Katzenberg does. Both of those guys are friends of mine and I have new respect for them.

But I had one great opportunity. The aliens are trapped in this prison. The American general is taking advantage of them, and I just said, guys, why don't we just tweak all these guys and say that the aliens did not - that the aliens invented computer generation and not John Lasseter? It's in there with a grumpy picture of John. Then also we tweaked - we tweaked the guys, Eric Schmidt and Larry and Sergei, my pals from Google, we said they didn't invent that either. And I tweaked Zuckerberg at Facebook, and said that social networking was invented by the aliens. It's probably true.

ON THE OSCAR RACE: I can't have any favorites. But I will say that I think Quentin Tarantino has written the best screenplay of the year; he won the Golden Globe, he won the BAFTA. "Silver Linings" Jen Lawrence - Bob De Niro hasn't won an Oscar in 32 years. So, you know, there are just some great opportunities on our films. But all of the movies are good this year - "Lincoln", "Argo."

ON BEING COMPARED TO GOD: Every year at the Golden Globes, each one of those actors or actresses try to top what they say. So when Meryl Streep said, you know, we were told to thank our agent and God, whatever, which is what they tell them to say at the Golden Globes. She said, "I'd like to thank Kevin Huvane, my agent, and Harvey Weinstein," referencing God.

Four hours later, God - me - was sitting in a morning talk show with the dog from "The Artist" relieving himself on my leg on national television. I don't think I was God and I proved it to the world that I definitely wasn't, but they love it. They have this, you know, each one tops each other and makes these terrible jokes about me. I'm a good sportsman; I don't care.

OSCAR BEST PICTURE PREDICTION: If "Silver Linings" wins this year, it will be a great upset in Oscar history.

Filed under: A little fun • Oscars
February 7th, 2013
09:31 AM ET

VIDEO: Soledad O'Brien stuns in red for heart health

Soledad O'Brien walks the runway in red at the "Red Dress Collection Fashion Show" for the Heart Truth campaign.

Filed under: A little fun
February 6th, 2013
11:41 AM ET

Mysteries of the male mind revealed by Rev Run and Tyrese in new book 'Manology'

Ever wonder about what is going on inside a man’s brain when it comes to dating and relationships? A new book by singer Tyrese Gibson and Rev Run of Run DMC offers insight to the inner thoughts of a man's mind, life lessons and how to find happiness in your relationships.

The book called "Manology," came about after an unexpected disagreement between the two music stars on whether or not marriage is truly meant to last forever. This morning, Tyrese and Rev Run talk with Soledad O'Brien on “Starting Point” to further discuss some of the secrets of the male mind and ultimately help both men and women be more successful in their relationships.

Tyrese, a single dad of a five-year-old girl, admits that he is still hesitant to settle down but the book has advice that can help him and other men “in transition” figure out what their next move is. The Grammy-nominated singer adds that he believes in “getting things out of your system before you finally settle down.”

Rev Run, a married father of six, says the biggest mistake that women make is trying to bring a man into their life before they have their own life.

“The self-love is what you need to have," he says. "Once you create the self-love then you can go out and find love. Many women get lonely or needy and I like to tell them that just because you’re boyless doesn’t mean you have to be joyless.” He says when women create a life built around self-love it is viewed as highly attractive and “that’s how Beyonce got Jay-Z...her being busy and her also being feminine when she was with Jay is what closed it.”

The book also discusses women who share too much information too soon. Tyrese says that when women first meet a man they should “shut up” and stop “spilling your guts over exposing too much information about things you went through in the past.”

He explains that when a man first meets a woman he likely thinks of her as an A+ and by going into multitudes of details about disfunction, infidelity or other situations in your life, “you’ve now devalued yourself” to a D-.

Filed under: A little fun • Author • Authors • Book • Inspiration • Relationships • Self help
February 5th, 2013
10:22 AM ET

Worlds collide hilariously for comedian Heather McDonald in her new book 'My Inappropriate Life'

As if being a full-time writer, performer, and story producer on E! Channel's top rated show “Chelsea Lately” was not enough, Heather McDonald has decided to pen a new book which she says has “material not suitable for small children, nuns, or mature adults.”

The book, “My Inappropriate Life,” covers McDonald’s life as a mother and performer. This morning the veteran comedy club performer, who also stars in the E! Channel spin-off “After Lately,” joins “Starting Point” to give her hysterical take on balancing family with fame.

McDonald, who also had a supporting role in the movie "White Chicks" which she co-wrote with the Wayans brothers, says her book really captures her double life as a comedian and mother.

"I do crazy sketches and characters and I do very off-topic kind of conversations,” she says. And then “I have this other life – a very conventional life where my kids go to catholic school, my son is a Boy Scout and so sometimes the worlds collide and I feel inappropriate a lot.”

Recently the mother of three broke the law by driving in the carpool lane on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles with a stuffed monkey in a car seat that she dressed in her son’s Red Sox cap and little league outfit. McDonald, who was trying to save time commuting says the incident made her fantasize about having another baby to which her husband responded: “I would rather you be arrested and go to jail.”

Filed under: A little fun • Book
January 31st, 2013
09:57 AM ET

'Kid President' viral video takes web by storm – Robby Novak shares his advice for President Obama

"I think we all need a pep talk."

Those are the opening words from a video by the "Kid President" – a nine-year-old 3rd grader from Tennessee.

His real name is Robby Novak, and his videos have been seen by more than 5 million people. He's inspiring people to make "the world awesome" and to "be a party."

Kid President Robby Novak and brother-in-law Brad Montague talk with Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning. They talk about the surprise success of the video, and Robby shares advice he would give to President Obama.

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