4 items from 2017
Being different isn’t a hindrance to also being just like everyone else in “Keep the Change” — a lesson that David (Brandon Polansky), a grown man with autism, finds difficult to accept throughout the course of this empathetic romantic comedy. Charting David’s budding romance with Sarah (Samantha Elisofon), writer-director Rachel Israel’s film embraces its characters’ uniqueness while using a standard-issue genre template to underscore that, beyond their issues, they’re a familiar pair. Winner of the best narrative feature and best new narrative director prizes at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, it’s an ode to self-discovery and acceptance that’s as funny as it is sweet.
As court-mandated punishment for making one of his trademark inappropriate jokes to a police officer, 30-year-old David is ordered to attend Connections, an NYC organization for autistic men and women. Wearing a blazer and dark sunglasses, David feels out of »
- Nick Schager
Natalya Neidhart enters a wrestling ring with total confidence, but admits she used to struggle with insecurities just like everybody else.
“It’s interesting — all the things that I used to worry about, that I was insecure about, they are the things that make me highly successful,” the Total Divas star, 34, tells People Now. “Being different and being unique, all those unique eccentricities that only Nattie has, for whatever crazy reason they’ve brought me to the top.”
One of those features is her unique voice. While she embraces it now, Neidhart says she was teased about it growing up. »
- Gabrielle Olya
Being different means you make the difference, so F#$& 'em! @Jtimberlake #SongOfTheYear #iHeartAwards pic.twitter.com/zN5GZi7ddR
— iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) March 6, 2017
Justin Timberlake was the first star to win an award Sunday night at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, and the singer wasted no time sending an inspiring message to his fans.
“I wrote this song because I wanted it to be about inclusion, about being together,” the singer and actor, 36, said as he collected his song of the year prize for “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”
“If you are black or you are brown or you are gay or »
- Harriet Sokmensuer
Being different means you make the difference, so F#$& 'em! @Jtimberlake #SongOfTheYear #iHeartAwards pic.twitter.com/zN5GZi7ddR - iHeartRadio (@iHeartRadio) March 6, 2017 Justin Timberlake picked up the song of the year award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday night, kicking off the show with an eyebrow-raising speech. It was funny enough to hear Timberlake admit that he feels old, but things got serious when he started speaking directly to the kids out there who feel "different," saying that people are afraid because they are the ones who will make a difference. So what do we say to the haters? "F*ck 'em." »
- Maggie Pehanick
4 items from 2017