Jennifer Lawrence Delivers Moving Speech About Feeling ”Trapped” and Objectified in Early Career

Jennifer Lawrence, ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood

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During tonight’s star-studded event honoring Elle‘s Women in Hollywood, several famous faces took to the stage to deliver powerful speeches about the injustices they have faced over the years.

Dianne Ladd, Kristen Stewart and more were on hand to not only honor the special women in attendance, but to speak about the hurdles they faced during the early days of their career.

But it was Jennifer Lawrence‘s speech that seemed to have garnered the most attention for her horrifying account of being asked to lose 15 pounds in two weeks when she first started out in Tinsletown.

The Oscar-winning actress explained how a producer asked her to do a nude lineup for the role and to subsequently use the naked photograph as part of her inspiration to lose the weight they deemed necessary to play the part.

J.Law added that she felt “trapped” by the entire experience.

“In a perfect workd, every human being should have the power to be treated with respect because they’re human,” she told the audience while tearing up.

Neill-Fraser’s murder case subject of new Tasmanian play

Updated October 17, 2017 15:53:45

A play focused on one of Tasmania’s most divisive criminal cases is set to open just one week before a long-awaited “last chance” appeal begins in court.

The Tasmanian Theatre Company’s production An Inconvenient Woman makes its debut on October 24, with a sold-out opening show.

The production centres on the case of Sue Neill-Fraser, who is serving a 23-year sentence after being convicted of the murder of her de facto partner Bob Chappell, 65, who went missing from the couple’s yacht Four Winds on Australia Day in 2009.

Mr Chappell’s body was never found.

The case sharply divided Hobart public opinion over Neill-Fraser’s guilt or otherwise.

“An Inconvenient Woman does not make any judgment about Susan Neill-Fraser’s guilt or innocence, but asks probing questions about a judicial system under the spotlight,” the play’s promotional material reads.

“With no body, no forensic evidence connecting the accused and no clear motive presented, the case has divided the public and raised much conjecture in and outside the courtrooms of Tasmania and beyond.”

The play, written by Brian Peddie, has been bankrolled by Canberra lawyer Mark Blumer.

“The legal process is a fragile thing, we think of it as a pillar of society but it’s not made of stone — it’s made of people,” Mr Blumer said.

“It has so much power to affect people’s lives.”

Anne Cordiner said playing Neill-Fraser is a big responsibility and she has had a mixed reaction from friends and family about the production.

“I suppose like any cross-section of the community, some friends say ‘how could you do it?’, others say ‘wow’,” she said.

While Ms Cordiner now calls Hobart home she is not from Tasmania originally, and said she was surprised by the amount of community engagement with Neill-Fraser’s case.

“People really have very strong views,” she said.

Play director Aiden Fennessy said it was broadly about the psychological ramifications of the judicial system.

“It is just a timely reminder that there are people at the centre of these narratives, that don’t affect everyone’s lives but kind of form the day-to-day scuttlebutt of gossip news and tabloid stories,” he said.

“They’re very easy stories to sell.”

Neill-Fraser’s appeal begins on October 30.

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Sarah Stage Gives Birth: Six-Pack Mom Welcomes Baby No. 2

Congrats to Sarah Stage!

The Instagram star and California model, who quickly rose to Internet fame after being both shamed and admired for maintaining a super fit figure—and a smaller-than-usual baby bump—while pregnant, has given birth to her and husband Kris Jason‘s second child, a boy named Logan Alexander. 

The 33-year-old model, who is often dubbed the “six-pack mom,” and her husband welcomed their child via C-section on Monday, E! News has learned exclusively.

The couple released a statement to E! News, “We are so overjoyed and happy to welcome baby Logan into our family.” 

The duo says that Logan weighed in at 7 pounds and 2 ounces and measures 19 inches long.

Stage’s new baby boy joins big brother James Hunter, who is 2 and 1/2.

Stage had posted a photo of herself on Instagram over the weekend, writing, “Our last date night before baby…#39weeks this weekend.”

About a week ago, she shared a pic of her husband with their toddler, sitting on the couple’s bed and looking at a bassinet for the baby.

“We are ready for you baby boy,” Stage wrote. “#38weekspregnant @kristopherjason #family.”

Stage was criticized online over her fit figure during both of her pregnancies.

In August, when she was seven months along with her second child, she revealed that she has gained 18 pounds during her pregnancy so far, weighing 137 pounds.

In September, Stage had a baby shower, where she dished on her pregnancy workouts and cravings.

“I always crave In-N-Out,” she said. “But I crave In-N-Out even when I am not pregnant.”

She also said she was still working out but not as often and as intensely.

During her last pregnancy, Stage had gained 20 pounds by the time she was 8-months pregnant.

Speaking with Good Morning America at the time, she didn’t seem too concerned about the noise surrounding her baby bump pics, saying, “As long as the baby is healthy, I don’t think anything else matters…That should be the most important thing.”

But if people still think she’s not being healthy, they should probably look to Stage’s insanely adorable son as proof that she’s got what she needs to keep her pregnancy on lock down.

We should say that, of course, having a baby (and everything leading up to it) is different for every woman. According to The Mayo Clinic, “There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to pregnancy weight gain. How much weight you need to gain depends on various factors, including your pre-pregnancy weight and body mass index.”

According to a chart on the site, women within the normal weight range (having a BMI from 18.5 to 24.9) should generally gain between 25 and 35 pounds during pregnancy. The Mayo Clinic notes that each woman should work with her health care provider to determine what’s healthy and right for her.

Watch Selena Gomez Give an Empowering Message to Little Sister Gracie

Who wouldn’t want Selena Gomez as a big sister?!

The 25-year-old songstress posted an empowering video on her Instagram that shows a candid and inspiring moment with her 4-year-old sister Gracie Elliot Teefey.

In the video, Gracie says, “I’m not scared.”

Encouraging her, Selena says, “‘Cause you are fearless, right? You’re not scared of anything, right?”

Then the two high five.

Along with the video, the queen of Instagram wrote a powerful message to her 128 million fans.

The “Fetish” singer wrote, “I will forever let my sister know she is strong, bold and beautiful. She will be raised to know her voice matters. She is going to understand the importance behind being a leader and inspire others by her truth.”

Selena and Gracie share the same mother, Mandy Teefy, who was married to Selena’s father from 1992-1997 and then married Brian Teefey in 2006. The duo had Gracie in 2013.

Soon after her sister was born, Gomez, who has often said she loves “littles,” talked to E! News about having her first sibling.

She gushed, “Gracie is five months old, she’s adorable. I’m obsessed with her and becoming a big sister…I know I’ve had the responsibility to be a role model for girls but, when you have a little sister of your own, you kinda think, ‘OK, this is legit.'”

Looks like she’s still obsessed and still a great role model!

Meanwhile, Gomez and her boyfriend Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd) had a fun-filled weekend. The twosome were spotted in Los Angeles at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights on a date night wearing matching black hoodies.

Dream Kardashian Just Got Her Ears Pierced While Celebrating King Cairo’s Birthday

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King Cairo isn’t the only one receiving gifts today.

As Blac Chyna celebrated her eldest son’s birthday on Monday, the proud mom also decided to make the occasion special for her daughter Dream Kardashian.

While visiting a local shopping mall, the model and businesswoman revealed to fans that “Dreamy got her ears pierced.”

The stud earrings were on full display as Dream rode around the center in her stroller. The famous family would also stop by Wetzel’s Pretzels and Toys R Us where the birthday boy picked up a few gifts.

“Happy birthday King, happy birthday nugget,” Chyna shared. “Lego boy. Lego boy. I love you.”

Blac Chyna, Dream Kardashian, King Cairo

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Earlier in the weekend, both Chyna and Tyga treated their son to a family day at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

In fact, Tyga shared some of the special father-son moments in an Instagram collage that included a ride on the go-karts.

“The Bday boy said he stepping in 5 on a new level,” the rapper wrote to his followers. “Happy bday to the bornstar.”

While Chyna and Tyga focus on co-parenting their son, the same can be said for Chyna and Rob who recently reached a custody agreement over Dream.

“Rob and Chyna working together put the best interest of their child first and have amicably resolved their personal matters,” Rob’s attorney Robert Shapiro recently told E! News.

See All the Stars Arriving to the 2017 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards

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Girl power is alive and well! 

Elle magazine hosts it annual Women in Hollywood Awards tonight, where some of the biggest names in the biz have gathered to raise a toast to female achievement in entertainment. 

Earlier this month, Elle introduced the 2017 honorees with eight separate editions of the Women in Hollywood issue. Jennifer Lawrence, Margot Robbie, Laura Dern, Tessa Thompson, Jessica Chastain, Cicely Tyson, Riley Keough and Kathleen Kennedy posed for their individual covers, inside addressing issues such as gender inequality, media representation and career development. 

As Chastain put it, “For me, it’s for finding and creating opportunities for women and minority groups that might not have an outlet, whether it be as a writer or an actor or a director. It’s important to me to create these stepping stones.”

Robbie echoed the Oscar winner’s remarks, telling Elle, “I’d always wanted to direct and write, but I got to a point as an actress where I felt like I was everyone’s puppet. I thought, Why don’t I get a say in the art I’m making?”

Amen! Keep scrolling to see all the inspirational beauties that hit the red carpet Monday evening for the unforgettable event.

HGTV Home Town Stars Ben and Erin Napier Announce They Are Expecting A Baby Girl

The Home Town heroes are having a baby!

HGTV’s Ben and Erin Napier, who star in home renovation show Home Town, announced to the world that they were expecting their first child together, a daughter they’ve decided to name Helen.

In a lengthy post on her website entitled “Our Secret,” the 7-month-pregnant reality star, who lives with her hubby in Laurel, Mississippi, told her fans that their daughter would be named after her grandmother and hoped for a good life for the wee one.

“She’s a girl and we will name her after my grandmother,” she wrote. “My prayer for Helen is that she will be brave and kind. I pray that she will not be bullied the way I was, and that she will be a protector of the ones who are. I pray that she will learn that from her father, the protector who loves the people in his life so well.”

In the blog post, which she does daily and has for years, Erin detailed the May morning she found out the life-changing news.

“When I woke up, I knew. Parts of my body felt like they were made from lead, heavier, as if I was stuck in molasses, thick and sweet,” she wrote. “I tip toed to the bathroom and took a test…It confirmed what I thought, in tiny pink vertical lines. I ran crying, falling onto Ben who was sound asleep. I couldn’t think of anything to say. I just held out the test to him, shaking and crying, ‘What does this mean? What does this mean?’ though I knew perfectly well what it meant.”

The candid reality star also admitted that despite being with her husband for nine years (the two are coming up on their 10th anniversary in November), she’s always been afraid to be a mom.

She wrote, “Becoming a mother was my greatest, and most hated fear. It had followed me since I saw the photos illustrating childbirth in my daddy’s medical books at the tender age of 6. I didn’t want to be afraid of it. I wanted to be like the other women in my life who never considered pregnancy something to be feared.”

In the post, Erin also said that the couple kept the news to themselves for so long because it felt too important to share lightly.

“We’ve kept it a secret because it felt too close and too important to share,” she wrote. “I’ve not written about it here, but you’ll be able to follow along with our whole journey when season 2 airs, the date of which I am excited to tell you about tomorrow when HGTV releases it. It’s too hard to hide now, and Laurel has been whispering but respectfully keeping it here in our family of community.”

She also says that her the last seven months “have been thankfully a healthy and easy pregnancy. The long hours of filming have been hard on my very tired body each day, and in the first trimester there were headaches daily but never morning sickness.”

The expectant mother ended the announcement: “”Thank you for making me a mother, Ben. Thank you for your heart and your love that’s big enough to carry Helen and I both, and for holding my hand every step of the way.”

Congrats to the growing family!