Kiersey Clemons Is On Fire

If 2015 was the year that put Kiersey Clemons on the map, it’s 2017 that will make her a bona fide star. Fresh off of Sundance hit Dope, a film that landed her name on the tongues of casting agents everywhere, the 23-year-old signed on to enough blockbuster and prestige projects to make herself a nearly ubiquitous presence this season. If all goes as planned, by the end of the year Clemons will have had at least five new films released in theaters. They range from star-studded major studio releases, like a reboot of the 1990 sci-fi flick Flatliners and the mega-budget DC Comics superhero epic Justice League, to independent features such as An L.A. Minute, a satire about the cult of stardom.

The journey to this pivotal career moment began for the actress at age 11, when her father’s job relocated the family from Pensacola, Florida, to Redondo Beach, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. The proximity to Hollywood helped Clemons realize that her love of storytelling and performing in local plays could be more than just a childhood hobby. “I just enjoyed getting attention,” she recalls with a throaty laugh. “It all kind of came together for me—maybe it was manifestation.”

Exhibiting a rare tenacity, Clemons found her first agent online, made herself  a fixture at auditions and wisely struck up productive relationships with casting directors. The actress’ versatility became apparent when she followed a recurring role in Disney’s popular series Austin & Ally with a guest spot on CSI, and eventually a breakout recurring role on Transparent, a program that was decidedly not “Disney-esque.” Clemons says working on Jill Soloway’s landmark series, which follows a family
reacting to their patriarch’s decision to come out as transgender, changed her on a personal level. “It definitely expanded my mind and my heart,” she says. “It was a really warm set to be on. I’m always going to seek out that feeling.”

Around the same time, Clemons’ work in Dope—the 2015 Pharrell Williams– and Forest Whitaker–produced Sundance favorite—provided a broader showcase for her talents. Clemons, who plays a lesbian teenager obsessed with early-’90s hip-hop culture, was careful to avoid leaning on any stereotypes in her portrayal. “I think when you let sexuality come into play it can be distracting because then you’re trying to make the sexual preference an entertainment, like it’s their party trick,” she says. “Being a lesbian is not a party trick.”

Dope’s strong reviews (Rolling Stone called her performance in the dramedy “crazy good”) helped open other doors for Clemons. She took a role in a mainstream comedy, the 2016 hit Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, and more high-profile television gigs including guest spots on The New Girl and the Netflix anthology series Easy. The adage “there are no small parts, only small actors” seems to be one that Clemons holds dear. While some young performers will accept a project based on the paycheck or box-office potential, Clemons insists she has a different motivation: “Mostly I look at who I am in the world of the movie. Do I believe that person exists? Are these people having real conversations?”

Ultimately, Clemons’ career decisions are dictated by the strength of the scripts she sees. “You’d be surprised at how much shit I read that’s not believable,” she says. “I literally don’t know how I’ve ended up doing the amazing projects I’ve been able to be a part of. Even if the outcome isn’t exactly what I expected, something amazing still comes out of it, like a good friend.” (Her cast friendships are well documented. When she and Disney Channel co-star Dove Cameron got coordinating tattoos, the celebrity blogosphere reported on it breathlessly.)

Despite the career explosion that will inevitably accompany the release of Flatliners in September and Justice League two months later, Clemons is most excited about her work in The Only Living Boy in New York, an intimate drama headlined by Jeff Bridges, in theaters in August. Without revealing too much detail, she notes that her character Mimi is the one with which she’s felt the strongest connection lately. “It was very ironic because the character I was playing, I feel we were in the same boat,” she says. “I love when it works out that way.” 

Clemons is already getting ready to manage her growing fame, as well as preparing those closest to her for the moment when her recognition factor goes through the roof with Justice League. Clemons notes that her boyfriend, whom she doesn’t want to identify by name, is very protective of her. She, in turn, is looking out for her family members. “I’m not thinking about myself being harmed or boundaries being crossed, but I’m always thinking about my sister,” she says. “With social media, you can see how crazy people can get. You can see how people will find your relatives and your closest friends. It’s really bizarre and threatening.”

Clemons’ relationship with social media—which she describes as sometimes “freaking terrifying”—is a fraught one. Although she seems to be refreshingly candid on her Twitter account—she’s detailed an unpleasant encounter with an Uber driver and expressed glee at the termination of Fox News host Bill O’Reilly—she claims she’s actually holding back. “There’s so much more that I could say,” she says, hinting that she doesn’t want complete strangers to feel too familiar with her. “Everyone has their social media version of themselves and I think mine is a bit more upfront and aggressive. [In person] I am probably a bit more quiet and shy and chill. It’s so interesting when people say, ‘I love what you said on Twitter.’ I’m like, ‘Me too. Don’t make me repeat it.’”

To combat the increased pressure, Clemons likes to unwind by cooking and cuddling with her dog, a Jack Russell terrier named Booty. “I’ve found you have to be very present and comfortable with being alone in order to get things done,” she says. And if the stress is unbearable, Clemons has found an antidote: “If I am in a situation where it becomes overwhelming, I just have to shut up and breathe and realize I’m the luckiest bitch in the world.”

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Some Cubs Players Jokingly Wanted President Trump To Fire Miguel Montero

It’s a super slow Friday before 4th of July weekend, so here’s a pretty funny story that came yesterday from the Cubs. As you might’ve heard, catcher Miguel Montero was DFA’d after not being able to throw out any baserunners stealing second and then promptly blamed his pitching staff instead of himself. Rather than create any more clubhouse drama, they just cut him to get it over with.

But here comes the good part. Apparently, at least according to Peter Gammons, Cubs players were so done with Miguel Montero that they thought it would be hilarious if Donald Trump fired him when they went to the Oval Office:

Would this ever in a million years happen? No, but it’s definitely a fun thing to imagine.


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Adele Kicks Off Her Wembley Run With a Special Tribute to the Grenfell Fire Victims

Adele officially kicked off her four-night stand at England’s Wembley Stadium on Wednesday, and it was truly a night to remember. The singer is making sure the profits from her shows go to a good cause, and before the concert began, she explained how they will be benefiting the victims of London’s recent Grenfell Tower fire. «It’s been two weeks since the fire, and still the people who were affected by it are homeless,» she said in a video message. «I promise that the money we raise together will go directly to the people who are living in that block.» Variety also reported that she dedicated her song «Hometown Glory» to the victims of the tragic event that killed at least 79 and injured dozens.

Adele has been vocal and visible in her support of the residents of Grenfell, and just last week, she stopped by the Chelsea Fire Station to meet some of the firefighters who helped put out the blaze.

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Uzo Aduba Brings the Fire to Her Lip Sync Battle Against Danielle Brooks

Danielle Brooks and Uzo Aduba’s Lip Sync Battle doesn’t air until Wednesday, but judging from these sneak peeks, the women did not come to play. Danielle, who plays Tasha «Taystee» Jefferson on Orange Is the New Black, goes back to the ’80s and fully transforms into Jon Bon Jovi for an epic performance of «Livin’ on a Prayer,» while Uzo, also known as Suzanne «Crazy Eyes» Warren on OITNB, brings the heat with her sync of Outkast’s «B.O.B.» We don’t know what’s better: Danielle’s spot-on brown wig or Uzo’s upbeat attitude. All we know is they better bring it.


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16 Chrissy Teigen Swimsuit Photos That Are So Hot, You May Need to Call the Fire Department

As a Sports Illustrated model, Chrissy Teigen knows a thing or two about working a swimsuit. Whether she’s doing a photo shoot or enjoying a vacation with husband John Legend or simply hanging out poolside, the 31-year-old never misses the opportunity to show off her incredible body (can you blame her?). Sit down, grab a cold drink, and take a look at Chrissy’s sexiest swimsuit moments.

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Boris Johnson’s Sister Thinks That ‘Theresa May is a Victim of the Grenfell Fire As Well’

Rachel Johnson is a journalist. She is also Boris Johnson’s sister. Just the other day she called in to London radio show LBC to air some of her views on the recent and horrific tragedy that has shaken the city: the Grenfell Tower fire. The fire, which, according to most recent figures, may have claimed over 70 lives—and which likely burned as viciously as it did due to the cladding that was added to its outer shell in order to improve its appearance to nearby wealthy residents—is one of the worst things to happen in a city that has taken its fair share of knocks in recent years. It is also a terrifyingly resonant incident, revealing as it does the colossal levels of inequality that underpin so much of British society. How so? Like so so:

And a screencap for those who can’t click through:
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Our sitting strong and stable khaleesi, Theresa May, has been facing some criticism for her handling of the Grenfell tragedy. While Jeremy Corbyn visited the victims at ground zero and said that the nearby, empty mansions of absent Kensington millionaires should be used to house them, May has offered nothing but empty platitudes and reassurances that her government—

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—would step in to help. Mrs. May’s absence was also noted at ground zero, as she did not visit any of the victims. So some criticism has been incoming.

This criticism of Mrs. May is what Rachel Johnson, who lives in aforementioned Kensington—you can take a guess whether in a tower like Grenfell or some other means—was calling into LBC to address.

You can listen to it yourselves here.

But in the interests of brevity let’s splash a quote here too:

I think she is getting the most unbelievable pasting. It’s a weird thing to say but it is like she is one of the victims of the fire as well. She can do nothing right.

This has been the Tone Deaf Olympics. Thank you, and good night.

And a screencap for those who can’t click through:

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Petr Knava lives in London and plays music

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Prince William Breaks Royal Protocol to Console a Victim of the Grenfell Tower Fire

Following the deadly fire at Grenfell Tower in London last week, Prince William and Queen Elizabeth II paid an emotional visit to a crisis center on Friday. The royals met with some of the survivors, the victims’ families, and the rescue workers who were affected by the inferno — and William even broke royal protocol to embrace a woman who was reportedly desperate to locate her husband who was trapped in an elevator during the time of the fire. There is a royal protocol in place that states one shouldn’t go beyond a handshake when greeting a member of the British royal family, but people still manage to break it all the time, especially when emotion takes over.

William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry also donated to a fund that assists the families who lost their homes to the tragedy. «The tragedy at Grenfell Tower has left a number of local people in need of urgent assistance,» a spokesman for the three royals at Kensington Palace said. «The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are pleased the Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund has immediately swung into action. As residents of the local area, they are keen to offer their immediate support.»

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Jon Gruden’s 5-Foot-6 Fire Hydrant Son, Deuce, Wins World Lifting Gold Medal

Deuce Gruden is having himself a good time at the IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Belarus. He already has a gold medal in his pocket and now he’s going to come back to the States as a viral sensation now that word is starting to travel around that the 5 foot 6 fire hydrant is a yoked beast. This is exactly the kind of news a legitimate blogger latches onto during June when all we have is the College World Series and some NBA draft stuff to fake care about.

How did Deuce Gruden get his name? His actual name is Jon David Gruden II, hence the ‘Deuce’ nickname. I know some of you were losing your minds over this one.

Deuce spent the 2016 NFL season as a strength and conditioning intern with Uncle Jay’s Redskins after graduating from Lafayette where he was a running back (16 carries, 46 yards over final two seasons). Legend has it that Deuce was a 350-pound bench pressing behemoth who played quarterback, wide receiver, linebacker and safety during high school.

Now he’s a competitive lifter with just 1,317 IG followers as I type this. That number is about to explode now that Deuce is out here dominating the world in powerlifting. Now he has a gold.

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Reports: U.S. Open Blimp Catches Fire, Crashes, People Parachute Out (Updates)

Patrons at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills are reporting that the blimp providing television shots to Fox Sports has caught fire and crashed.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that a witness saw a pilot apparently parachuting to the ground.

From the BC DMs:

hey..I used to work for AirSign…I was txting the owner about an hour ago….the PenFed blimp was @the us open…and from the video reports of the crash, it looks like it was the PenFed

but- those blimps are helium propelled….so if there was a fire, that is pretty scary

usually they will have 3/4 large tanks for a 3/4 hour flight

More information as we get it.

Smoke from the U.S. Open blimp crash:

Here’s earlier video of the PenFed blimp flying over Erin Hills:

This appears to be the blimp that was flying over the U.S. Open with advertisement from PenFed Credit Union:


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