The New Gwyneth Paltrow

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Gwyneth Paltrow revealed her miscarriage. But for what purpose and to what affect?

One story caught my attention this past week in the land of celebrity gossip. In an interview with the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine, Gwyneth Paltrow revealed she suffered a miscarriage during her third pregnancy. “I had a really bad experience when I was pregnant with my third. It didn’t work out and I nearly died.” She goes on to describe the void she feels in her life because of the absence of a third child.

I was instantly struck by the frankness of Paltrow’s revelation. A miscarriage is a profoundly sad event for anyone to experience and it is a profoundly personal event for a celebrity to share. Although about 1/4 of all pregnancies result in a miscarriage, few celebrities are forthcoming about having had a miscarriage. This fact alone makes Paltrow’s revelation noteworthy; her candor will certainly help other women dealing with their own grief.

But we should immediately question why a celebrity shares revealing personal information. Celebrities might lead public lives and want us to respect their privacy but they also depend on us – the fans and consumers – to buy their products. Thus when a celebrity is promoting their latest movie, album, book, or product, privacy becomes a relative term. So why did Gwyneth Paltrow choose to discuss this personal experience that happened several years ago? The (somewhat cynical) answer is that Paltrow is currently promoting her latest cookbook, It’s All Good and she is attempting to rebrand her public image. Continue reading “The New Gwyneth Paltrow”

What These Six Character Posters Tell Us About Contagion

The more I see of Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, the more excited I get. The movie centers around a growing airborne epidemic, the race to cure it, and the resulting panic. So, it is a jolly good time. Contagion is overloaded with star power. The trailer hints that this cast of many Oscar winners have brought their A-game and can deliver great sound bites (“Don’t talk to anyone. Don’t touch anyone”).

Along with this trailer that just sucks you in, character posters for the six main stars of the ensemble have been released. Just for some fun, I try to guess what these characters will get up to during Contagion.

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That Classic Look

Today’s starletts and screen sirens are taken cues from the leading ladies of the past.

Take a look:

Scarlett Johansen – Marilyn Monroe

Penelope Cruz – Sophia Loren

Gwyneth Paltrow – Grace Kelly

Kate Beckinsale – Ava Gardner

Audrey Tatou – Audrey Hepburn

The pictures are from a feature on Hellomagazine.com. Each modern day actress is given a detailed comparison to the classic star. You can view it here.