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Ariel Winter looks ahead, prepares for life after Modern Family and Sofia the First

Between recording dialogue for “Sofia the First: The Secret Library” and getting ready to take her College Boards in real life, Ariel Winter has really been hitting the books lately.

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“I just took the SAT yesterday,” Ariel admitted during a recent phone interview. “Which — I have to admit — kind of freaked me out.”

But given that Alex Dunphy (i.e., the character that Alex plays on ABC‘s “Modern Family“) just went through this exact same thing last season on that Emmy Award-winning sitcom … Well, Winter finds it oddly familiar to now be visiting campuses and filling out her college applications in real life.

“I’m in my senior year at Campbell Hall. I and the other 150 students in my class have ’til the end of this year to finish writing our college entrance essays and then send in our applications. After that, we all just wait ’til March to find out which schools actually accepted us,” Ariel continued. “Me? I’m concentrating on colleges that have a good Poli-Sci program so that I can then take all of the classes that are required for law school.”

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Why law school? Given how transient working in the entertainment industry can often be, Winter feels that it’s important to have skills in other fields as well. Not as a back-up plan per se. But rather to be able to grow as a person and a professional.

“I’ve always wanted to do something in the social sciences arena. Plus I love history. And given that I have always been good at arguing, I just thought that that skill might come in handy if I were to ever become a lawyer,” Ariel laughed.

Mind you, the real irony here is — given that, the entire time she was taking classes at Campbell Hall, Winter was working on “Modern Family” AND “Sofia the First” — Ariel is the one young actor out there who doesn’t actually seem to need a back-up plan.

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“I’ve been working in this business for over a decade now. One of my very first job was for Disney. I voiced one of Thumper’s sisters on ‘Bambi II.’ I followed that one up with a Cartoon Network series called ‘Tickle U.’ I was doing voiceover work long before I ever appeared on camera,” Ariel recalled.

But then came “Sofia the First” (which Disney Junior not only renewed for a fourth season back in April but they also have a spin-off series, “Elena of Avalor,” already in production). And from the moment Winter got the script that she’d be using to audition for this animated series, Ariel knew that “Sofia” was going to be something special.

“You have to understand that — when I first auditioned for this show — I only had part of the script. Just my sides,” Winter explained. “But based on what I was reading, I could immediately see that Sofia was going to be a very different Disney Princess. One that both little girls and little boys would be able to embrace.”

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And speaking of princesses that little boys like … Merida, the fierce, red-haired heroine from Pixar‘s “Brave” will be putting in an appearance in “Sofia the First: The Secret Library.” This four-part story arc begin on Monday, October 12th at 9 a.m. ET/PT.

“And what’s really great about ‘The Secret Library’ is that this is the episode where (SPOILER ALERT!) Sofia becomes the Storykeeper. This introduces a whole new element to the show. Because — from here on in — Sofia’s going to be able to magically enter storybooks and then finish all of these novels & tales, kicking butt and saving whoever needs saving,” Ariel enthused. “I also love that this new element of ‘Sofia the First’ is set in a library because I love books.”

Speaking of books … To help support this particular set of “Sofia the First” episodes, Disney Publishing Worldwide has released an illustrated storybook & e-book version of “The Secret Library.” Not only that, but a “Secret Library” game went live on the WATCH Disney Junior website earlier this month.

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“And while all of that stuff is cool — likewise all of the ‘Sofia the First’ merchandise I see whenever I visit a Disney theme park or stop by my local Disney Store — you want to know what I really like best about voicing Sofia? It’s when my niece introduces me to one of her little friends and then says that my Dooda — she calls me Dooda — is the voice of Sofia the First. It’s always fun to watch a little kid try and process that information,” Winter stated.

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Ahead Of Pope’s U.S. Visit, Survey Finds Many Catholics Disagree With Church On LGBT Families

Just weeks ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States for the World Meeting of Families, a major international Catholic festival that kicks off Sept. 21 in Philadelphia, a new survey shows that many Catholics are widely more accepting than church hierarchy of families led by parents who are gay, unmarried, single or divorced.

Nine in 10 Catholic Americans say that a family led by a mother and a father is an “ideal situation,” according to the Pew Research Center’s report, which was released Wednesday. At the same time, nearly half of Catholics say that children being raised by an unmarried couple is “acceptable and as good as any other arrangement,” while more than 4 in 10 Catholics say the same of gay and lesbian couples who raise kids.

Francis, who will address an estimated 1.5 million people during a World Meeting of Families Mass in Philadelphia, is expected to speak frequently about Catholic views of the importance of the family during Masses, speeches and high-level meetings that also will take him to Washington, D.C., and New York.

While the pope has made several friendly gestures toward LGBT people, including his famous “who am I to judge” remarks on gay priests, he has also spoken out against efforts to “redefine the very institution of marriage” and has warned of “ideological colonization that tries to destroy the family.” In October, Francis and high-level bishops will gather at the Vatican for the church’s synod on the family, which will likely address divorce and LGBT Catholics.

Speaking at the annual conference of the Religion Newswriters Association in Philadelphia, where Pew revealed the survey results, Pew Associate Director of Research Greg Smith said Saturday that he was “struck by the high level of dissent” from church teachings by self-identified Catholics, who are “very accepting of nontraditional families.”

“Catholic opinions look an awful lot like U.S. opinions as a whole” on issues such as sexuality and marriage, Smith said.

At the same time, he said, Catholics are “also quite loyal to the church despite any misgivings” about its positions on hot-button issues. Seven in 10 said they could never leave the church, “no matter what.” Close to 6 in 10 also said abortion is a sin. Greater than half said that devotion to Mary and receiving sacraments, such as communion, are “essential” to being Catholic.

There are “major differences between Catholics who attend Mass regularly and those who do not,” Smith said. Catholics who attend Mass at least once a week are much more likely to agree with church positions on sexuality, marriage and other controversial issues.

Pew’s report on the survey noted that although it was conducted before the Vatican’s June 18 release of the pope’s encyclical on human ecology and climate change — a topic he’s expected to highlight during speeches to Congress and the United Nations — “Pope Francis may have a difficult time persuading Catholics in the U.S. to adopt his philosophy about excess and his focus on the environment.”

Six in 10 Catholics told the organization that helping the poor is essential to being Catholic, yet just half gave the same response regarding combating climate change.

“Catholics are divided on the question of whether it is sinful to spend money on luxuries without also giving to the poor, but large majorities say it is not a sin to live in a house larger than needed or to use energy without concern for the impact on the environment,” the report said.

The survey, which asked questions of 5,122 adult Americans, including 1,016 Catholics, was conducted between May 5 and June 7 with a 3.5 percentage point margin of error among Catholics.

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It’s OK To Be Fat. Go Ahead. You’re Allowed.

I know the fat shamers on the anti-fat Reddit threads and the “concern trolls” all over the world will disagree heartily, but I am allowed to take up as much space as I want to take up. And, you know what else? I do not OWE IT TO ANYONE to be fat and healthy, either.

Contrary to popular opinion, I can be fat and healthy if I want to be. I can also be fat and unhealthy. Fat people have existed as long as humans have existed, so get used to us. We’re not going to go and hide just because a bunch of people who have a lot of time to waste on a computer are creating hate sights dedicated to making fun of our fat body. I’ve been fat for over 30 years. My fat skin is extra thick and used to your vile and mean comments. They roll right off my back. (And right over my fat ass, too.) And, the mean threads that are started by the fat haters actually fuel my fire and serve as a reminder as to how much there is still to do in the Body Acceptance movement.

To me, it’s plain and simple: You get to exist any way you want to exist. As Pink so eloquently put it recently when being attacked about her body: “I’m not worried about me. And I’m not worried about you, either. I am perfectly fine, perfectly happy, and my healthy, voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off.”

Pink is saying what a lot of us “fatties” in the Body Acceptance movement repeat over and over. “My body, my business. Your body, your business.” I have had my run-ins with people (total strangers) trying to police my body and the customers of my lingerie boutique. I even was on CNN talking about the right to be fat and wear lingerie. My boutique and I got embroiled in a fierce media debate about whether or not my plus size lingerie boutique glorifies obesity.

I think it’s happiness that really infuriates and confuses some fat haters. People are often baffled when they see happy fat people. And when you add in the idea that we are not addicted to dieting or working out or obsessed with the notion that we should become some thin version of ourselves, well, that really throws the shamers and haters for a loop. I literally had to defend, on national TV, our right to exist as fat women who want to wear sexy and very revealing lingerie. All bodies are good bodies. All bodies deserve to be celebrated. No one body is better than another body.

So, yes, you can EXIST and take up more space than your neighbor. You do not have to quality that existence with a “but, I am fat and healthy.” You don’t have to justify anything to anyone about your body and what it looks like on the outside or the inside. The people who want to police your body are just sad, unhappy people with way too much time on their hands. They have nothing better to do. Me, on the other hand, I have shit to do. And, the first item on my TO-DO list is to help fat, thick, curvy women to find some sexy lingerie and help them celebrate their fat, luscious bodies.

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Universal Orlando’s Lora Wallace is always at least one holiday ahead

You know the old saying — “April showers bring May flowers” — right? Well, that’s not how Lora Wallace — who works as a show director for Universal Orlando Resort — looks at her calendar.

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“You have to understand that — here at Universal Orlando — we prep for Halloween Horror Nights year ’round,” Wallace explained. “We had our first meeting for the 2015 edition of Horror Nights three weeks before the 2014 edition opened. So by the time May rolls around, we already need to be building the haunted houses that people will be walking though come September & October.”

And the reason that work has to begin so early on this seasonal event is that — by the first week of August — Lora has to already be rehearsing Universal Orlando team members for the roles that they’ll be playing in that theme park’s spookified streets and mazes.

“Mind you, what’s kind of bizarre is that — just as we’re in the middle of rehearsals for Halloween Horror Nights — I then have to begin casting for Universal Orlando’s holiday program. As I try and find the very best performers to appear in Grinchmas over at Islands of Adventure,” Wallace continued. “I don’t do that by choice. It’s just that — by the end of summer — all of the other theme parks & attractions in and around Orlando are already holding their Christmas casting sessions. And if I want to be certain that Universal has the very best people appearing in the holiday shows at its theme parks … Well, that’s why we have to hold our Christmas casting sessions in late summer as well.”

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So is Lora always at least one holiday ahead? Sort of. As soon as something seasonal like Halloween Horror Nights or Grinchmas opens at the Universal Orlando Resort, Wallace immediately enters the here & now. She then puts herself in the guests shoes and goes out into the theme parks to try these experiences just as the they would.”

“That’s honestly the most important aspect of my job as show director. Making sure that I see things just as the guests do and then making sure that Universal Orlando’s entertainment offerings are actually entertaining. Our goal is to always give our guests a top quality show experience right from the get-go. And if that’s not happening for some reason … Well, here at Universal Orlando, the customer is always right. And if they’re not being entertained by a show, we then immediately begin making tweaks & changes to that show’s script and start adjusting the cast’s performances,” Lora stated.

Which — I know — makes Wallace sound like kind of a tough taskmaster. But here’s the thing: Lora was once where all of these Universal Orlando performers are today. Standing in the spotlight, singing and sweating in the Central Florida heat as she tried to entertain some tourists.

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“I’ve been with Universal Orlando for over 18 years now. And one of my first jobs at this resort was playing a singing, dancing Bride of Frankenstein in the Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue, ” Wallace laughed. “So I’ve been exactly right where all of these performers are right now. Back in the day, I had to get notes from my show director as well. Learn what I could do personally to deliver a better overall show experience for Universal Orlando’s guests.”

And it’s that personal touch which Lora has tried to foster with all of the performers that she directs at Universal Orlando Resort. Making sure that — whenever possible — the people who sing, dance and interact with the guests at these theme parks always then try to forge some sort of personal connection with the guests.

“This is why — whenever we send a performer out into the parks to do a meet-n-greet or a photo op — I always tell them to actually talk with the guests. Make these people aware that this same performer will be appearing in the Macy’s Holiday Parade or in our Mardi Gras parade in a specific spot in that parade’s line-up,” Wallace said. “And the little kids? They just love this. They love being able to spot someone they’ve previously met in the park performing in the parade. So they wave frantically from the curb to get that performer’s attention. And you should see their faces light up when that performer actually acknowledges them and waves back.”

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Now you’d think — given that the Universal Orlando version of Halloween, Christmas and Mardi Gras run for weeks at a time– that Lora must have her hands full, what with having to keep this huge team of performers motivated over the long haul. Making sure that they deliver a top quality, high energy performance day-after-day, night-after-night. But that’s where you’d be wrong.

“When it comes down to casting these seasonal shows, I’ve found that there are performers who really love Halloween Horror Nights and will only audition for that event. Likewise there are people who only want to perform in our Macy’s Holiday Parade or in our Mardi Gras celebration. So they’ll only come out when we’re holding auditions for those specific events,” Wallace explained. “So in this situation, my job as a show director is to make sure that I’m always casting the right people for the right shows. Making sure that I’m harnessing all of that person’s passion & enthusiasm and then channeling that into the right production. So that Universal Orlando visitors will then experience the best possible performance which comes from a highly motivated team member.”

“I won’t lie to you. Being a show director can sometimes be a very stressful, very demanding job. But given that we have places in our theme parks like New York Street that are such natural stages, our guests expect that all the shows we present here at Universal Orlando are going to be big, grand and entertaining. And it’s sometimes a challenge to deliver on that expectation,” Wallace stated. “But I’ve honestly got the greatest job. More importantly, I absolutely love what I do. There’s no other career that I’d rather have.”

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So with the 2015 edition of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras now officially in the rear view mirror, Lora — for the moment, anyway — is focusing all of her attention on this year’s edition of Halloween Horror Nights. Which perhaps explains this seasonal event’s catch phrase: “It’s never too early to start panicking.”

“And given that this year’s event will be the 25th anniversary of Universal Orlando’s very first Halloween offering, we’ve got some very special stuff planned for 2015. Stuff that I’m not allowed to talk about. Not yet, anyway,” Lora teased.

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Maisie Williams: What’s Ahead For Arya In ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 5?

At the ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 premiere in San Francisco, Maisie Williams previews what’s ahead for Arya Stark.


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‘Empire’ Scores No.1 Album Ahead of Season Finale, Beats Out Madonna

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Word Origins as Comics: The Thrill of It All… Buckle Up and Full Speed Ahead!

Richard Pryor once noted, “I know that if I wasn’t scared, something’s wrong, because the thrill is what’s scary.” Want to remove the fear from the thrill? Looking to Introduce some into your life? Look no further. Learn where they came from. How they can be acquired. What to do with them once you’ve got them. The answer to these and other piercing questions right here — from a series of fifteen books of educational comics by Larry Paros.

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A New Priority: Looking Ahead to College with My Transgender Daughter

The tree was up, packed full with presents. Granny was sleeping on the couch and at that moment life is good and the future is bright. It is a perfect night; the end to a great year. A year that has shown my children that good things happen if you work hard and you have a community and talented people that support you.

I turned off the lights, leaving only the Christmas tree to provide one last glimpse of a special moment in time. I was at peace, something that has seldom been present during the past ten years. There have been some wonderful moments that will always be cherished, but in the background loomed uncertainty. Uncertainty because I had and still have few points of reference to guide me. Few families and fewer men have been on this journey. My father, my uncles, my coaches and male mentors can only provide moral support. I can see in their eyes, the worry and the fear that they might say something wrong. I tell them there are no wrong responses or questions, I just need your ear.

It would have been of great value to hear from others that have been down the same path. Maybe I would have not made some of the early mistakes. Maybe I would have not been so afraid. The transgender child fathers’ club is pretty small and seldom do I have the opportunity to talk to Petri, Greg, David or Chuck. All who live many miles away.

I was at peace when my head hit my pillow, thinking what a great Christmas present it would be to have a fathers’ golf weekend, filled with evening poker games, great food and sharing. Sharing conversations that few dads have ever had. Then the sense of peacefulness started to fade. Raising my children has brought about many unique needs and challenging decisions that creep to the top of my to-do list. It is a list that most men could never imagine, and last tonight as I tried to sleep my focus was on priority number two: college.

Priority number one is always safety. Priority number two changes often, but it is always related to priority number one. Soon the kids will send out their college applications. I am hopeful that the kids will attend an excellent school near home — schools that will provide opportunities for a great education, diverse experiences in a safe environment that will instill values and that will help them grow. It sounds simple enough, but for transgender families the challenges are often daunting. Challenges that campuses might not really understand and struggle with finding successful solutions. Solutions that demonstrates that our children will be safe and supported in the same manner as their classmates.

In January of this year we won an amazing victory for transgender rights. We are so thankful for all of the support we have received from GLAD and our friends and supporters from across the nation. We are thankful for our state leaders that had the courage to make the right decisions to protect all Mainers. We are proud that the Department of Education is stepping forward to enforce Title IX. All are great steps forward, but there is still a great deal of work to do.

Not long ago I read When Women Become Men at Wellesley, one quote jumped out at me, “I just wish the administration would at least acknowledge our existence.” That student’s statement reminded me that transgender students are still “separate but equal” at colleges and universities across the nation.

Tossing in bed, I thought about Nicole’s recent visits to Mt. Holyoke and Smith College. Both campuses provide different approaches to supporting transgender students. Like Wellesley, they are trying to do the right things but seem to be struggling with how to balance tradition and procedure. I often worry about the decisions their leadership teams will make and how they will impact Nicole and her friends.

Nicole toured their campuses in stealth mode, to not raise her head too high, to just have a chance to visit without fanfare. She had a great time, both are campuses of interest. I still wonder if they are really ready for her. I wonder what campuses across the nation are ready to support her in every way.

Colleges and universities are changing. I am hopeful that highly regarded institutions like Wellesley and Smith will continue the trend and lead the way for others. I know the change does not come easy. I learned that saying the right words is not enough to implement change. It requires adjusting your core values. Core values that have been instilled since birth by family, coaches, teachers and commanders.

Core values are not that different from institutional values. Both are designed to help keep us on the right path. Institutional values provide campus presidents with a map to develop mission statements, policies and procedures. Campus leaders must go beyond written policy and rhetoric. They must demonstrate that equality is core on a daily basis.

Nicole’s college visits reminded me that real change requires more than courage, it requires strong leadership and commitment.

While we have welcomed trans students in the past and for several years have been in conversation with campus constituencies about how best to foster a respectful environment for all students, we needed a formal policy: one that would articulate our commitment to core values of individual freedom, social justice, and diversity and inclusion.

The Mt. Holyoke president read that statement not long ago. I wish we could have been there to share the moment, so I might have had an opportunity to shake her hand for her courage and commitment.

We have ruled out remarkable schools because they still struggle with policy and procedure. We ruled out others because we cannot afford them. We are not alone; families with transgender children are living in hiding, they are constantly on the move, struggling to stay safe, unable to provide the medical care required to help their children. All of these challenges are emotionally and financially draining. Seldom is there much left to prepare for college.

How can we send Nicole to an institution where equality is not practiced in everyway. How will we know? Some of the campuses we are considering still struggle with housing, bathrooms, medical coverage and much more. Only 153 colleges and universities have gender-inclusive housing policies in the United States. Suggesting that transgender students are only welcome to live on campus as their true selves at five percent of our nation’s colleges and universities. Our children are welcome, but in an extremely limited way.

It is the responsibility of each campus president to provide a safe and supportive community for the entire campus community. I hopeful that Wellesley, Smith and others will soon join Mt. Holyoke, Simmons, Mill’s and Scripps to demonstrate that they want to be on the right side of history, leading the way to total equality.

I remind Nicole and Jonas how proud I am of them everyday. I remind anyone that will listen that transgender children and adults are not people to be feared, to be debated or categorized. They are the bravest people I know, revealing truths that will provide opportunities for institutions of higher education to learn in new ways. They are heroes to be embraced and introduced to every aspect of each institutions family and traditions.

My family gave up a number of traditions during our fight for equality. Every step of the way we reminded the kids that fighting for what you believe in, working hard and trusting that others will help you are the right path to success. We are hopeful that the institutions our children attend will continue to instill these same values. That is all we can ask for, it is up to them to take it from there.
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An overview of the most anticipated original productions being released in Hollywood in 2015. Holly Rubenstein reports.


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The Year’s Worst Movies Went Ahead And Reviewed Themselves

“Hercules,” “I, Frankenstein,” “Tammy,” “RoboCop,” “Winter’s Tale,” “A Million Ways to Die In the West”: these are but some of the worst movies of the year. In a bit of schadenfreude that should make anyone who wasted precious disposable income on the much-derided features very happy, Yahoo! Movies cut together a video where each terrible film reviewed itself. “Is this your idea of a joke?” Liam Neeson asks in a clip from “Non-Stop” featured below. It sure is, Liam!


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“The Interview” streams online ahead of theatrical release

Dec. 24 – The latest celebrity news including Sony Pictures makes its controversial comedy, “The Interview,” available on Wednesday (December 24) for online streaming on Google, YouTube, among other online video platforms. John Russell reports.


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Melo ahead of matchup vs. Bulls: No what-ifs

Carmelo Anthony says he refuses to second-guess his decision to remain with the Knicks and not jump to the Bulls via free agency this summer.
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