By Natalie Roterman

Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey played a game of “name association” in an interview for People magazine, where he talked about some of his former female costars, what he liked about them and who he had a crush on.

 

McConaughey said Sandra Bullock could run her own country and described Jodi Foster as deliberate, but when it came to Jennifer Lopez he had so many good things to say. “Ah! Quad-threat; she knew all the beats and had it down,” he explained. “She was very, wonderfully kind–a hard worker too; very, very hard worker. Lopez shows up she goes to work,” he insisted.

Then the actor went on to ask the interviewer if he’d ever seen a bad shot of Lopez? McConaughey explained that JLo is very conscious and “knows where it is” so there are no bad angles. “I really like that about her,” he said.

Surely Lopez will appreciate the comments and more so because they come from a man, as the singer recently shared her views on Hollywood sexism and said it is shocking how much more men can get away with. “I’ve always been fascinated by how much more well behaved we have to be than men,” she said. “I got a moniker of being ‘the diva,’ which I never felt I deserved — which I don’t deserve — because I’ve always been a hard worker, on time, doing what I’m supposed to do.”

The singer also shared how fascinating it was to see a man arrive late to the set or being “belligerent to a crew” and nothing happened. But when she was 15 minutes late to something, she was “berated.” Lopez said she also feels very strongly about how some things are still a no-no for women in Hollywood. “We’re not allowed to have certain opinions or even be passionate about something, or they’ll be like, ‘God, she’s really difficult.’ It’s like, “Am I? Am I difficult because I care?”

Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Bell in The Boss

Director: Ben Falcone. Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Ella Anderson, Tyler Labine, Kathy Bates, Cecily Strong, Mary Sohn, Kristen Schaal, Eva Peterson, Timothy Simons. 15 cert, 99 mins

Melissa McCarthy makes a lot of individual moments in her new big-business comedy, The Boss, fly pretty well. She’s the kind of performer who can surprise you even when you’ve given up on a scene – when it’s not going anywhere – as if she senses instinctively that some fresh burst of ex machina inspiration is needed, and quick.

Boy, is that a necessary skill set in this thing. The second of McCarthy’s vehicles to be directed by her husband, Ben Falcone, The Boss is a sketchpad for a character masquerading as a movie. Like their previous collaboration, Tammy, it lurches ahead into its story with no clear idea of what we’re meant to be investing in.

McCarthy’s character, a take-no-prisoners businesswoman called Michelle Darnell, is entirely ghastly, and meant to be: the film’s only recourse is stacking her up against rivals who are even less likeable.

The trouble is, they’re much less funny, too. They include a frankly desperate Peter Dinklage, as a bitter tycoon called Renault, who turns out to be the former paramour Michelle clambered all over to get ahead.

Wearing a feathered, redhead power coiff and the kind of chin-skimming turtlenecks Katharine Hepburn started adopting in the 1960s, Michelle starts the film as bitch-queen of her corporate domain, before a malicious tip-off from Renault gets her arrested, and briefly jailed, for insider trading.

Melissa McCarthy in The Boss

She emerges with her assets stripped, and there’s nothing for it but to shack up with her former PA (Kristen Bell), a long-suffering doormat with a daughter in a Girl Scouts group.

Commandeering this organisation to turn it into a ruthless profit machine – they start selling Bell’s home-baked brownies with the zeal of Jehovah’s Witnesses – is the script’s idea of an entire second act. But it’s a rotten one, gaining the film almost nothing in terms of driving things to a point, or developing the characters in any productive way.

The Boss

Essentially playing straight man, Bell is often a real help – the scene where she and McCarthy score entirely breast-related points off each other deserves to stand in isolation as a classic McCarthy riff. It’s worthy of her cop comedy The Heat, with Bell’s meek homebody stepping in for Sandra Bullock.

But The Boss entirely lacks The Heat’s consistency as a pas de deux, or the amiability of the supporting turns in Spy, or any redemptive feminist message that doesn’t feel groanworthily obligatory and grafted on. There’s not much for it here except choosing to be a barracuda in a man’s world, then apologising for that stance.

This time out, McCarthy is stranded, salvaging only what she can through the stray excellence of her timing, which is more or less infallible. But she needs writing that’s as sharp as she is, and ideas that don’t feel scraped up dubiously from the slush pile.

BY DANIELLE ANDERSON

She may have a way with words, but Blake Shelton’s got a way with videos.

Following up his sexy beachside clip for “Came Here to Forget,” Shelton went back home to film the video for his latest single, “She’s Got a Way with Words.” The singer purchased an old dentist’s office in his hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma and gutted it, transforming it into the dive bar set for his latest project.

With lyrics like, “She put the S.O.B. in sober/She put the hang in hangover/She put the ex in sex/She put the low in blow/She put a big F.U. in my future/Yeah she’s got a way/She’s got a way with words,” it’s a tune any fan who’s ever been bitter and brokenhearted over an ex will appreciate.

“There’s just a hint of sarcasm in this one,” he jokes of the tune in PEOPLE’s exclusive behind-the-scenes clip. “I have high hopes for this one.”

Blake Shelton

In addition to the town’s dentist office, Shelton, who recently celebrated his 40th birthday, also purchased the Pink Pistol property formerly owned by his ex, Miranda Lambert, after she closed it down.

“As a resident of Tishomingo I’m very sorry that the Pink Pistol has decided to move its operations out of the area,” Shelton told Entertainment Tonight in May. “We all, as a community, appreciate everything it has done for our town. As for the actual properties left behind … I was offered the opportunity to buy them, and I have a plan brewing.”

“She’s Got a Way with Words” is the second single off Shelton’s chart-topping new album If I’m Honest. The full-length clip premieres Tuesday on his Twitter account.

by Sarah Netemeyer

photo: Sony Music Nashville

Miranda Lambert’s life story sounds like a country song…

 

1) Miranda Lambert experienced homelessness as a child.

When her parents’ private investigation business faltered, the family was forced to relocate to a quaint farmhouse on her uncle’s property. It needed a lot of help, but the family worked hard to make it livable. Eventually, the property inspired Lambert’s hit song ‘The House That Built Me.’

photo: Country Living Magazine

2) Before fame, Miranda’s go-to style was wind pants and T-shirts with no makeup.

Her stint on Nashville Star— where she placed third— opened her eyes to fashion.

3) She was named after her great grandmother, Lucy Miranda.

4) Lambert always has a box cutter near her while on stage.

She’s ready when an irritating beach ball comes her way. Yes, she HATES beach balls that much.

5) In middle school, she was voted “Most Likely to Become a Country Singer.”

6) Miranda used to collect bells — now she collects salt and pepper shakers.

Her favorite set —a ’55 Chevy with an Airstream—was a gift from a fan.

7) She has owned her ’55 Chevy stepside truck named “Tammy”since she was 17-years-old. 

It’s one thing she will never ever sell.

photo: Country Living Magazine

8) Lambert recorded her first demo at 16-years-old but felt the songs selected for her were too pop.

This experience prompted Lambert to learn guitar and pen her own tunes.

9)  As a child, the songbird was extremely shy and quiet at school.

Lambert’s quiet nature concerned her teachers and she didn’t open up until fifth grade.

source: instagram (mirandalambert)

10) Lambert’s ‘family’ includes 16 rescue animals— and counting!

She especially loves dogs.

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Denver Broncos Demaryius Thomas (88) and Peyton Manning congratulate each other after the Broncos victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-19 Sunday, September 9, 2012 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. John Leyba, The Denver Post By NICKI JHABVALA |

Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas can add another line to their lengthy resumes: two of the world’s highest-paid athletes this past year.

Forbes magazine released its 2016 rankings of the 100 top-earning athletes across the globe, counting both in-sport earnings and endorsements over the last 12 months.

The newly retired Manning, No. 27 on this year’s list, is said to have earned $34.2 million ($19.2 million in salary and bonuses).Per Forbes’ calculations, Manning retired with $249 million in career earnings from the NFL (salary/bonuses) and $400 million in total earnings. While his last season was arguably his worst on the field statistically, it was his best off, having earned $15 million in endorsements to lead all NFL players in that category. And even though his playing days are behind him, he’s slated to appear in five national ad campaigns during the 2016 NFL season.

Thomas, who signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Broncos in July 2015, came in at No. 73, with $23.4 million ($22.2 million salary/bonuses, $1.2 million endorsements) in total earnings over the past year.

Soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo ($88 million) and Lionel Messi ($81.4 million) claimed the top two spots, while LeBron James ($77.2 million), Roger Federer ($67.8 million) and Kevin Durant ($56.2 million) rounded out the top five.

Carolina’s 27-year-old quarterback Cam Newton ranked No. 7 and led all NFL players with $53.1 million in total earnings ($41.1 million salary/bonuses, $12 million endorsements).

Other highlights from the top 100:

  • With Peyton retired, Eli Manning is now the NFL’s active leader in career earnings with $188 million.
  • For the second consecutive year, Serena Williams ($28.9 million) and Maria Sharapova ($21.9 million) were the only two women on the list, at Nos. 40 and 88, respectively.
  • Former Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki ranked 79th with $22.5 million ($22.2 million salary/bonuses, $300,000 endorsements). That $2 million “assignment” bonus he collected with his trade to Toronto helped.
  • Michael Jordan topped every active athlete in the world by earning $110 million over the last 12 months.

By Amanda Wicks

(Jean-Baptiste LaCroix/AFP/Getty Images)

Country music and sports go together well, as Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill have shown by each helming Sunday Night Football‘s theme song for the past several years. Now Blake Shelton is lending his talents to NASCAR singing the opening song for NASCAR. Like Underwood, he reworked one of his tunes to fit the program.

Shelton rewrote the lyrics to his 2014 song “Bringing Back the Sunshine” off his album by the same name. The upbeat song features a big anthemic chorus that is pure country through and through.

“Happy to be back to kickoff NBC Sports’ second season of NASCAR coverage and be able to rework my song, ‘Bringing Back the Sunshine’ for the opening theme song,” said Shelton in a press release. “I am a true NASCAR fan and love being around the sport, spending time with the drivers, so this is a lot of fun for me.”

Underwood recently rewrote her hit with Miranda Lambert “Somethin’ Bad” to offer football fans a new opening theme come fall.

Shelton’s new version of “Bringing Back the Sunshine” will debut when the program returns on July 2.