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DNC: Lena Dunham, America Ferrera, Elizabeth Banks & More Strong Actresses Slam Trump

27 July 2016 7:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Democratic National Convention kicked off Monday with a host of speeches from powerful luminaries, including First Lady Michelle Obama, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Senator Bernie Sanders. Yesterday, a different set of luminaries spoke at the convention, specifically famous actresses. Last night, “Girls” star and creator Lena Dunham, former “Ugly Betty” star America Ferrera, and “Pitch Perfect 2” director and “Hunger Games” actress Elizabeth Banks took on Donald Trump and all that he stands for.

Read More: Stephen Colbert Brings ‘Hunger Games’ Persona To DNC, Tries To Rush The Stage

Dunham and Ferrera opened their speeches with cheeky references to Donald Trump’s careless attitude towards women and immigrants. Dunham said, “My name is Lena Dunham, and according to Donald Trump, my body is probably a 2,” and Ferrera said, “My name is America Ferrera, and according to Donald Trump, I’m probably a rapist.” Ferrera discussed her experiences as the »

- Vikram Murthi

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Elizabeth Banks Mocks Donald Trump’s Rnc Entrance at Democratic Convention (Video)

26 July 2016 5:05 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Actress Elizabeth Banks took the stage Tuesday night at the Democratic Convention to Queen’s “We Are The Champions” — complete with fog-machine accompaniment — in a jab at Donald Trump’s entrance at last week’s Republican National Convention. “When I tuned into Cleveland last week I thought, ‘Hey, that’s my act,'” Banks, who plays deranged host Effie Trinket in “The Hunger Games” series of films, said. The classic-rock group took the Gop to task for using its iconic tune “We Are the Champions” at the Rnc in Cleveland last week. The song was played as Trump walked out on stage, »

- Brian Flood

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Rockers Hold Their Noses to Perform Outside Gop Convention in Cleveland

20 July 2016 4:40 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

They were in Cleveland - but defiantly not #RNCinCLE. When it comes to booking the big showbiz entertainment Donald Trump promised for jazzing up his Republican National Convention, Third Eye Blind and Rick Springfield want to be very clear that they are not it. "We performed at a benefit for Musicians on Call because we support their mission in bringing music to the bedsides of patients in hospitals," Third Blind Eye's Stephan Jenkins wrote on Facebook. "We did not play a Republican National Convention event." He added, "Given that the benefit was held in Cleveland, we suspected that convention types »

- Linda Marx, @LindaRoz

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At Republican National Convention, Trump Emphasizes Entrance Over Substance

18 July 2016 10:55 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The stage in Cleveland was lit so intensely with floor lights that the surface took on a liquid, reflective quality. It was tinged slightly blue, as was the backdrop — the blown-out gray of a screen that is on, but not transmitting anything yet. From the wings emerged a silhouette, shadowy but unmistakable. That shambling gait, that helmet-like bouffant; these are the physical attributes of a man as reviled as he is adored, as mocked as he is lionized.

And now, these are the traits of a man on the verge of being officially nominated as the major political party’s candidate for commander-in-chief.

His wife is the former model, but it was Donald Trump who made a runway entrance at the Republican National Convention’s first night in Ohio. The theme of the evening was “Make America Safe Again,” but with that backlit attention to not just image but mere silhouette, the »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Watch: Gwen Stefani Joins James Corden, George Clooney and Julia Roberts for Carpool Karaoke

4 May 2016 11:14 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Gwen Stefani joined James Corden for another installment of “The Late Late Show” host’s Carpool Karaoke on Wednesday night — and they enlisted a couple of friends to come along for the ride.

After running through some of Stefani’s greatest hits — including No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” and “The Voice” coach’s solo songs “Rich Girls” and “Sweet Escape” — the duo passed the time by discussing Stefani’s favorite emojis and romance with “Voice” co-star Blake Shelton, before making a pit-stop to pick up two more passengers.

Upon discovering that they needed four people to use the carpool lane, Corden drafted George Clooney and his “Money Monster” co-star Julia Roberts to fill the quota — leading to raucous rendition of Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl,” followed by a deep philosophical debate about the meaning of the song.

“It’s your interpretation of the song; I don’t want to project what I thought onto you, »

- Laura Prudom

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