Olivia Wilde Speaks Out Against Sexism in Hollywood

Whether you know her from House, Tron, her raunchy Jason Sudeikis-related quotes, or her Marchesa sparkleball of a Golden Globes dress, there's no denying the fact that Olivia Wilde is kind of awesome. She's awesome for lots of reasons, but chief among them (this month, anyway) is her recent cold-hard-truth-telling about sexism in Hollywood. As a panelist at the State of Female Justice, Wilde was able to distill down just what is wrong with the movie industry.

Yes, she said it, and she said it eloquently – and most importantly, she said it in a way that people are able to rally behind. It makes sense – we know she's smart and well-spoken from the column she wrote forGlamour (girl's good with words!). And her outcry against show business chauvinism delivered with some memorable pearls of wisdom.

She tells it like it is (and drops some Bechdel test truth): "Any woman working at any level in any part of Hollywood will tell you ... it's really hard to get a any stories made that are about women ... not just women being obsessed with men or supporting men."

She calls out her male peers: "It's really hard to get men to be a part of films that are about women in a leading role."

She rallies her cause: "Movies are made based upon what people areasking for ... so really the power is in our hands, and it's really just a matter of asking for it much louder."

And she tells a hilarious and hard-hitting anecdote about a gender-swapped version of American Pie: "It was so fascinating to be a part of this because, as the women took on these central roles – they had all the good lines, they had all the good laughs, all the great moments."

...And she throws some more (delicate) shade on her male peers: "The men who had joined us to sit on stage started squirming rather uncomfortably and got really bored because they weren't used to being the supporting cast."

She talks about some films that got it right: "When we switch the roles, which has been done with movies, many of you probably know already that in Aliens, Siourney Weaver's role was written for a man. In Salt,Angelina Jolie's role was written for Tom Cruise. These things, when reversed, have proven to be just as exciting and entertaining with women in leading roles."

Carole Maroule Demesmin Biography


Carole Maroule Demesmin is considered as one of the legendary performers of Haiti. Her first album, Carole Maroule, was released in the late 1970s. Later she released some other hit albums in 1980, 1987 and 1998. She along with few others of her generation was the first to break through the cultural barrier that had made it difficult for women to work as professional singers or musicians.

Music of Demesmin is a unique blend of jazz and folk infused with percussive Vodou rhythms played on drums, rattles, conch shells, and gongs. The story of past and present of Haiti is found in her songs.

Carole Maroule Demesmin was born in the city of Leogane, Haiti. She went to schools for her early education in Port-au-Prince and Leogane. She moved to Boston in late 1960s after a short stay in New York for three months. In Boston Carole Maroule Demesmin first came in contact with a cultural group and met a prominent Haitian writer Jean Claude Martineau who wrote most of her early songs.

Demesmin sang songs of Jean Claude Martineau in her first two albums, Carole Maroule and Carole Men Rara, before she pursued her education at Berkeley College of Music in 197os. She won hearts of the crowds in her first concert in Boston where she sang Maroule for the first time.

In quest to know about the Haitian culture, Carole Maroule Demesmin returned to Haiti in the 1980s. She showed her interest in Vodou, the Haitian way of life. She spent a lot of time to discover the history of the Nation and the black. She took lectures in different colleges and universities in Haiti where she shared her experiences. Carole Maroule Demesmin is a singer who is still popular to people of all classes and all ages.


Kim Kardashian Reveals She's 'Excited' About 'Small And Intimate' Wedding To Kanye West In Paris

Kim Kardashian may be the most photographed woman on the planet, but she insists her wedding to Kanye West won't be a media circus as she is looking forward to having a "small and intimate" ceremony in Paris this year.

It seems the 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' star has learned from her past mistakes following her elaborate 2011 wedding to Kris Humphries, which saw her file for divorce just 72 days after the televised wedding.

Now Kim - who also eloped with music producer Damon Thomas when she was just 19-years-old - is keen to avoid the same fate when she marries Kanye this year, as she insists her upcoming nuptials will be an understated affair. 

"We’re having a super, super small, intimate wedding," she explained to Ryan Seacrest on his US radio show, "As we’re going along we’re realising that we just want it to be small and intimate."

While Kim remains mum on the date of the ceremony, she did confirm that she will tie the knot in Paris, following rumours earlier this year that the couple had been viewing possible venues in the French capital.


Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are set to tie the knot in Paris (WENN/Alberto Reyes)

She added: "It’s in Paris but I’m not saying when."

Kim also says she is looking forward to expanding her family and giving her daughter North some siblings, despite suffering a difficult pregnancy last year.

"I’m loving being a mum, I never thought I would say that," Kim admitted. "For some reason when I got pregnant I was so scared."

She added: "I went into this so scared of every last thing pregnancy meant and motherhood and the responsibility."

While the brunette beauty is keen to have more kids, she insists she won't be following in the footsteps of her mother, Kris Jenner who birthed her and five siblings.

" I definitely want to have more but I’m definitely not going the route my mum did, she is crazy," Kim explained adding, "I don’t think I can do more than 3 tops, that would be my absolute tops."

Kim even revealed she contemplated having just one child, however she would feel guilty to deprive North of having a large family.

She joked: "I even contemplate should North just be an only child but then I remember all the Christmases and all of the fun experiences I had and I might just have to tough it out."

Something tells us North won't be the last child for Kim and Kanye!

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Hollywood stars descend on London for BAFTA awards

The UK's top film awards, the BAFTAs, have taken place in London, with the space thriller Gravity having been named best British Film. British actress Helen Mirren received a special award honoring her career.


Hollywood stars descended on London's Royal Opera House Sunday evening for the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), hosted for the ninth time by actor Stephen Fry.

The first award of the night was for best British film, with space thriller "Gravity" beating "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Philomena," "Rush," "Saving Mr Banks" and "The Selfish Giant."

"Gravity" fitted that category, as it was filmed in the UK with groundbreaking visual effects made in Britain. Director Alfonso Cuaron is pictured above on the left.

The film, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, led the nominations with 11 in total, just ahead of "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle", each running in 10 categories.

British director Steve McQueen's unflinching "12 Years a Slave," based on a true story about a man kidnapped and sold into slavery, was the winner of best film overall.

"The biggest thing about this event is being in London town. I was born here ... I am so proud," McQueen said on the red carpet before the event.

McQueen missed out on the best director award, which instead went to Cuaron for "Gravity."

Australian Cate Blanchett claimed the best actress award for her part in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," while the prize for best actor went to "12 Years a Slave" leading actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.

British actress Helen Mirren was presented with the British Academy Fellowship, honoring a career that has included her role as a detective in the TV series "Prime Suspect" and her Oscar-winning portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in the 2006 film "The Queen." Britain's Prince William presented the award.

The awards are seen as an indicator of success leading up to Hollywood's Oscars, which are set to take place on March 2