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Renée Zellweger on Overcoming ‘Humiliating’ Tabloid Stories About Her

Renee Zellweger is revealing how she maintains a positive outlook.

The 50-year-old Judy star covers the December issue of InStyle and shares how she’s managed to silence negative noises throughout her career in Hollywood.

“Different hardships that are unexpected can sort of assist you moving forward. With this job, it’s peculiar because you’re not born with the faculties to know how to handle the things that come your way. I found that shifting your perspective is really important,” she explains. “I don’t internalize things, and I don’t personalize things, and I don’t engage. I spend a lot of time focusing on the work itself, not the consequences of the work or people’s perceptions of it.”

Zellweger says that she learned those lessons “pretty early on,” after one of her breakups made its round on the tabloids.

“I was devastated about a breakup, and it was plastered all over the tabloids. None of it true, all of it humiliating. Never mind that living the experience [of the relationship] was plenty,” she recalls, before sharing how an experience with her brother helped her to stop caring what others say or think.

“I was at a supermarket with my brother. And he saw some of those magazines, and, unbeknownst to me, he bought them. He opened one while I’m driving down Sunset Boulevard, and I looked over, and his shoulders were shaking,” she recounts. “I was trying to figure out what was going on. I was like, ‘Is he crying?’ He was in tears; he was laughing so hard, he could barely breathe.”

“He’s reading my quotes from this supposed interview I had done. Things I supposedly said about this personal relationship that I have never talked about and never will. And he was reading them in a voice that he imagined this fictional person to be,” Zellweger continues. “And then we were both laughing, because of the tone of voice and the delivery of these lines.”

That experience made her realize that tabloid reports are “not a proper representation of you and how you live your life.”

“The choices you make, this is not. It is entertainment, and it’s funny if you look at it in the right way,” she says. “You wouldn’t choose it, and you have to resign yourself to certain things that aren’t natural, and to the fact that you will not necessarily determine how you will be remembered in the world. That what someone chooses to put out there about you has nothing to do with the truth of your life [or what that means for] your grandchildren when they are asking about who you are. That kind of thing.”

Renee Zellweger

In addition to discussing navigating tabloid culture, Zellweger also spoke about aging in Hollywood, telling the magazine that “it doesn’t consume me because it’s inevitable.”

“It’s a privilege. And, I don’t know, I’d rather celebrate each phase of my life and be present in it than mourn something that’s passed. I don’t want to miss this moment to be something that I used to be,” she says. “That’s for someone else now. And good luck to them, because you have to survive a lot to move forward to your next state.”

“I’m not saying I’m canceling my gym membership anytime soon, because I’m not. I’d rather be a healthy, productive woman in each stage of my life than apologetic. I also don’t want to perpetuate the notion that somehow moving forward in your life is wrong,” she continues. “I feel energized and full of wonder and excitement about what’s ahead.”


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Kathie Lee Gifford Returns to the ‘Today’ Show, Opens Up About Her Dating Life

Kathie Lee Gifford is back on Today. 

The former Today With Kathie Lee and Hoda co-host returned to the show’s fourth hour on Tuesday, where she dished all about her new life in Nashville — and stepping into the dating pool. Tuesday’s episode marks her first appearance on Today since she left seven months prior, on April 5. 

“Kathie Lee is happier now than I remember her,” Hoda Kotb told Jenna Bush Hager at the top of the interview. 

“Than I’ve been in years and years!” Gifford agreed. “You know what it is? There’s a completely different culture down there, and it’s a culture of kindness in Nashville, and they’re authentically kind. There are some mean ones, I guess, but I don’t hang out with them. They’re joyful. They have so much fun, music everywhere — everything’s Americana.”

Gifford has been keeping herself busy in Nashville, but revealed that she’s also made some time to go on a few dates. She was snapped by paparazzi dancing with a man at a music festival in July. 

“I went out on a couple of dates… [getting caught by paparazzi] was kind of disappointing because I thought, ‘Oh, surely they’re going to leave me alone down here,'” she shared. 

“I went out with friends to a club to hear my favorite band down there, Tim Akers and the Smoking Section,” she explained. “So, I went to hear them. And this sweet guy asked me to dance, so I said, ‘OK.’ And then he disappeared into the crowd, I said, ‘OK.’ And then a couple of weeks later, same band …so we danced again. And we just went out a couple of times.”

Gifford was married to Frank Gifford for 29 years, from 1986 until his death in 2015. She said going out in Nashville “was fun, because I hadn’t been on a date in 33 years.”

“It’s surreal because the world’s changed so much,” she continued. “But [my date was] a gentleman, so it was fine. But then I got so busy. We’re just from different worlds.” 

In an interview shortly before her Today departure, Gifford opened up about the “crippling loneliness” she felt following the deaths of her husband and mother. 

“You battle a lot of things when you get older, especially as a widow, when you lose a spouse,” Gifford told AARP The Magazine. “It dawned on me the other day, I’m a widow, I’m an orphan, because my mother also passed and I’m an empty nester all at the same time. If you’re not careful, what you’ve lost in life can define you. It’s so much healthier to be defined by what you still have. I’m making big changes in my life because I need to, really big changes that are feeding my soul. Otherwise, despair sets in and loneliness can be crippling.”

“I didn’t have to stay in this big house anymore,” she adds of her home in Long Island, New York. “I found myself dealing with crippling loneliness. I had to make moves and spiritual moves. You gotta make new memories or the old ones are going to kill you.”

Still, Gifford said it was “lovely” returning to New York — and seeing her old friends at Today on Tuesday. See more on Gifford in the video below. 


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New ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Trailer Reveals Character Redesign — Watch!

The brand new Sonic has arrived!

On Tuesday, the second trailer for the upcomingSonic the Hedgehog movie was released, offering fans a look at the redesign of the beloved character after the film’s first trailer was met with a fierce backlash from fans.

In the new clip, Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) is still blue, furry and faster than light speed, but his physical traits are much more aligned with his animated look in the Sega games which first made him a household name.

Yes, his teeth are still intact but they are much less pronounced. Gone are his human-shaped eyes and his fur’s tone and texture have also been updated to be more reflective of Sonic’s cartoonish features. The new redesign offers Sonic a much more pronounced brow, making his facial expressions a bit more vivid as well.

The new trailer also offers a peek at more moments between the fun-loving titular alien and his human pal in the movie, Sheriff Tom Wachowski (James Marsden), as they battle the nefarious Doctor Robotnik (Jim Carrey), who’s as wild and hilarious as ever in the trailer.

When the first trailer was released in April, fans quickly took to social media to voice their frustrations with the main character’s look. The controversy escalated to the point where the film’s director, Jeff Fowler, announced that they’d be redesigning Sonic.

At the same time, ET spoke with Carrey about embodying the film’s over-the-top villain, which he stated wasn’t very dissimilar from himself, minus the evil agenda. 

“I’m always animated, OK?” he joked at CinemaCon 2019 in Las Vegas. “So, there’s really very little difference between that and real life for me.”

Carrey also discussed fans’ enthusiasm to see him revisit cherished previous roles, like Ace Ventura and The Mask, arguing that it’s a double-edged sword.

“Oh, I’m bringing nothing back. No, no, no, I’m moving forward,” he shared. “The only thing is, like, you get a lot of pressure from people, you know, to bring things back and stuff, and then you do and they go, ‘OK, I just wanted you to do something.'”

Sonic the Hedgehog races into theaters on Feb. 14, 2020.

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