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Amy Adams says switching up her hair color dramatically changed her career.

The 42-year-old actress reflected on the enormous impact going from blonde to red had on how people perceived her during a New York Times TimesTalks event Wednesday.

"Based on the sort of roles that I was getting called in for, people were responding to certain types of characters with me as a blonde. The minute I went red, it was just quirky and fun instead of flirtatious and dumb," Adams revealed.

"In all seriousness, it's just hair color, but it was really fascinating to see how just one element of yourself can change people's perception and that became a very powerful tool for me even in my acting," she added.

"You can change one very small thing and create an entirely different perception to the outside world based on one thing, and that was actually an important lesson for me to learn. I didn't quite get that before then," the star said.

Adams first went red for the short-lived CBS series Dr. Vegas starring Rob Lowe in 2004. The two-time Golden Globe winner previously discussed the change with Backstage magazine in 2012.

"I played a nurse and there was this beautiful blonde, Sarah Lancaster, who was cast as the casino dealer. I'm in a room with her, and they said, 'Someone's going to have to change their hair color,'" she recalled. "I looked at her and me, with my pale freckles, and thought, 'Gee, I wonder which one of us is going to go red!'"

"It really changed things up. People began to see me in a different way, for different roles," the star said. "I don't think if I can give credit to just the hair color, but maybe it did help people see me past blonde."

Adams will next star with Jeremy Renner in Arrival, which opens in theaters Friday. The movie is directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario), and stars Adams as a linguist tasked with communicating with aliens.

Hey, I don't care what color that Amy Adams dyes her hair. She's a darn good actress. I like a lot of her movies. The Muppets, Sunshine Cleaning, Enchanted, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Catch Me If You Can, and that's just the ones I've seen. I can't wait to see her new one, Arrival.

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Steve


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Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen dead at 82
Three weeks after the release of what was already expected to be his last album, singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died Thursday.

Cohen, a poet, writer, singer and songwriter who inspired countless legendary artists, and qualified as one himself, died of unknown causes in Los Angeles at age 82.

"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away," said a post on Cohen's official Facebook page. "We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief."

Cohen released his 14th album, "You Want it Darker," on October 21 to widely positive reviews, and caught the world off guard a week later when he told The New Yorker he was "ready to die" -- a statement he backed off of during a concert after the interview came out.

"Uh, I said I was ready to die recently," Cohen told an audience during a listening party in Los Angeles for the new album. "And I think I was exaggerating. I've always been into self-dramatization. I intend to live forever."

Cohen came to prominence in the late 1960s after abandoning a career dedicated only literature, turning instead to poetry and songwriting when he moved to New York City. His 1967 debut album became a cult hit, and with his second album, "Songs for a Room," unleashed one of his most revered and covered songs, "Bird on the Wire."

Throughout the decades that followed, Cohen released 12 more albums which included emotional, often dark, takes on love, life, success and failure. He may be best known for the song "Hallelujuah," a meditation of harsh self-examination and pleading for forgiveness.


Julie Bowen on rumored feud with Sofia Vergara: 'You don't have to have the truth anymore'
Julie Bowen set the record straight about her rumored feud with Modern Family costar Sofia Vergara Wednesday while appearing on Ellen.

"Every night I get a call or I get an email [there are stories] that you are icy to Sofia Vergara, because you are jealous of her fame," Bowen explained to host Ellen DeGeneres.

"So I emailed her last night and we talk. Cause I'm like, 'What should I say? You're funny,'" she continued.

"Please, just borrow my blouse," the 46-year-old said of Vergara's response to show that they are friends.

After DeGeneres asked how such stories could be made based on lies, Bowen responded by bringing up the recent presidential election.

"Well, you know it kept one of our candidates up there for a long time. I'm not going to name names but you don't have to have the truth anymore. You just have to have the internet. You can just make up anything," she said.

Earlier on Ellen, Bowen detailed how she almost backed out of starring on Modern Family due to being pregnant with twins

"I wanted to desperately, but I was so pregnant with the twins during the audition process," she said. "I was so large, that I was going to give birth any minute ... so, I took myself out of first place for it because there was another job that I was auditioning for where the lady was pregnant. And I was like 'I need a job.'"

"When I think of that, that can keep me up in the middle of the night," Bowen said. "I don't know what my life would be like right now."


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"Yes, I am a feminist, and whoever isn't is crazy. It's about owning your power, embracing your womanhood."
--Alicia Keys, on whether or not she's a feminist, to Elle UK



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Which film star's daughters have been jointly named Miss Golden Globe?


Sting on using a hearing aid: 'I heard more than I wanted to hear!'
Music icon Sting has detailed his use of hearing aids and why he has chosen to stop using them.

"I'm fairly deaf. 'What?' is my favorite word," the rocker said Tuesday of his diminishing hearing during SiriusXM's Artist Confidential series according to People magazine.

"I tried wearing a hearing aid, but I heard more than I wanted to hear!" he continued. "People talk a lot of [expletive].

Sting was also on hand to discuss his upcoming album 57th & 9th which is set to release Friday.

"My entire musical DNA is on this record," the 65-year-old said before noting that the project's title comes from the intersection he passes on to the way to his studio in New York.

"Walking has always been important to me," Sting said. "The binary rhythm of walking invokes narrative. 57th and 9th became this taking-stock point."

"You could write a play just by listening to people's phone conversations on the street in New York. The energy of New York gave [the album] an urgency."

Also coming up for Sting on Nov. 12 is a performance inside Paris' Bataclan concert hall in honor of the first anniversary of a terror attack that killed 130 people.

The gig will reopen the venue after a trio of Islamic State gunman opened fire on concert goers enjoying a performance from U.S. rock band Eagles of Death Metal last November.

"In re-opening the Bataclan, we have two important tasks to reconcile. First, to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the attack a year ago, and second to celebrate the life and the music that this historic theater represents," Sting said in a statement.

"In doing so we hope to respect the memory as well as the life-affirming spirit of those who fell. We shall not forget them."


Billy Bob Thornton 'never felt good enough' for Angelina Jolie
Billy Bob Thornton says he never felt good enough for fifth wife Angelina Jolie.

The 61-year-old actor reflected on his short-lived marriage to the 41-year-old actress in the November issue of GQ magazine.

"I never felt good enough for her," Thornton told the magazine, explaining that Jolie was involved with several social causes and frequently invited to celebrity events.

"I'm real uncomfortable around rich and important people," he added. "I like how I am."

Thornton and Jolie, who co-starred in the 1999 movie Pushing Tin, split in 2002 after two years of marriage. The actor had shared similar sentiments about the relationship on the ABC series Nightline in 2012.

"She has one way she wanted to live her life and I had another way to live mine and I was too insecure," he admitted. "I did feel like the Phantom of the Opera hiding in the catacombs. People have actually said that I didn't deserve to be with her."

Thornton and Jolie were known for their unconventional displays of affection, including wearing vials containing each other's blood. The actor told The Hollywood Reporter in 2014 that the romance was a "whirlwind."

"I mean it was a crazy time," he said. "She thought it would be interesting and romantic if we took a little razorblade and sliced our fingers, smeared a little blood on these lockets and you wear it around your neck."

Thornton has since married Connie Angland and shares 12-year-old daughter Bella with his wife. Jolie filed for divorce from third husband Brad Pitt in September after two years of marriage and a decade together.


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Which film star's daughters have been jointly named Miss Golden Globe?

Sistine, Sophia and Scarlet Stallone -- the daughters of film star Sylvester Stallone -- are to serve jointly as Miss Golden Globe 2017, marking the first time a trio has earned the title.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Lorenzo Soria made the announcement Thursday.

"For the first time in Golden Globe history, we have proudly selected not one but three Miss Golden Globe representatives. The Stallone sisters will continue our time-honored tradition of handing out the statuettes at the awards ceremony," said Soria. "Each of the lovely young women in the triad have had success whether it be in academics, sports or pursuing a modeling career. With being raised by such role models Sylvester and [his wife] Jennifer, we can't wait to see what the future has in store for these ladies."

The young women accompanied their father to the 2016 prize presentation where he won the Best Supporting Actor in a Film honor for his work in Creed, the latest installment in the Rocky franchise.

Previous Miss and Mister Golden Globe honorees include: Corinne Foxx, daughter of Jamie Foxx; Greer Grammer, daughter of Kelsey Grammer; Sosie Bacon, daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick; Francesca Eastwood, daughter of Clint Eastwood and Frances Fisher; Sam Fox, son of Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan; Rainey Qualley, daughter of Andie MacDowell; Gia Mantegna, daughter of Joe Mantegna; Rumer Willis, daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis; Laura Dern, daughter of Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern; Joely Fisher, daughter of Connie Stevens and Eddie Fisher; Melanie Griffith, daughter of Tippi Hedren; Freddie Prinze Jr., son of Freddie Prinze; and Mavis Spencer, daughter of Alfre Woodard and Roderick Spencer.

The 74th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony, which honors excellence in cinema and television, is set to air live on NBC on Jan. 8. Jimmy Fallon will host the gala, which will see eight-time Golden Globe-winner Meryl Streep become the recipient of the 2017 Cecil B. deMille Award.

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