Jennifer Aniston had the sweetest Valentine’s surprise whilst filming Friends

Jennifer Aniston had the sweetest Valentine’s surprise whilst filming Friends


And with a co-star…

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After ten years of being there for us, Friends left our screens in 2004 – leaving a Central Perk shaped hole in our hearts – and we’re still not over it.

Yes it may have been 15 years since Chandler, Rachel, Ross, Monica, Phoebe and Joey made their last appearances but it still feels like it was just yesterday.

We’re still deeply invested in Rachel and Ross’ tumultuous relationship, we’ve never given up hope on Parker (Alec Baldwin) coming back into our lives, and we can’t believe how quickly the Friends children have grown up. Are we the only ones confused by our feelings for Ben now that he’s grown up and starring in Riverdale?

But it’s not Cole Sprouse who became a conversation topic this week. Instead it was Jennifer Aniston, as a sweet Valentine’s moment between a former co-star and ex on the Friends set resurfaced.

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Tate Donovan, Jen’s ex boyfriend, reportedly bought the actress a 9-week-old puppy for Valentine’s Day back in 1996, leaving ‘Enzo’ in Jen’s dressing room as a surprise.

‘Then I opened the door, and this little puppy with a ribbon on poked his head out,’ she has previously explained of the surprise.

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Tate then went on to star in a series of Friends episodes as Joshua, Rachel’s love interest, with the actor explaining that the couple were actually breaking up during his guest appearance.

‘I was just happy to be on the team,’ he explained of his time on Friends to Us Weekly. ‘The only bummer was Jennifer and I were breaking up at the time. And so that was tricky to sort of act, and act like we are just meeting each other, and falling in love, or whatever, interested in each other, when we’re sort of breaking up. That was just tough.’

He continued: ‘It was just six episodes. I mean, only because we were breaking up. We were like, “Hey, can we not keep doing this? ‘Cause this is really painful and tough.” The people that know that we dated think that we met on Friends. But in fact we had dated for two years before then, and it was over by the time we were on Friends together.’

Is anyone else feeling nostalgic?

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George Clooney is rebalancing Hollywood’s gender disparity one project at a time

George Clooney is rebalancing Hollywood’s gender disparity one project at a time


‘We tried to be a part of the solution as opposed to being part of the problem’

George Clooney is one of the most talked about people in the world, making news for everything from his friendship with Prince harry and Meghan Markle to his power relationship with barrister, Amal Clooney.

He is undoubtedly one of the most influential actors and producers out there, so the world was relieved to see that he has used his power for good on his latest project.

The 58-year-old was producer and actor in the new TV adaptation of Joseph Heller’s iconic novel Catch-22.

And while Clooney and his co-producer Grant Herslov predominantly stayed true to Heller’s work, a male dominated story, they did make some alterations in order to include women.

‘We tried to be a part of the solution as opposed to being part of the problem,’ George told the Radio Times of their adaptation, welcoming onboard a female, producer, director and editor to include more female voices – and reportedly hiring more women in crew positions to rebalance the gender disparity in the entire production.

Another change made by Clooney and Herslov was around character names, with the two producers changing the previously named ‘Nately’s whore’ and ‘Nately’s whore’s sister’ to actual names, and giving them proper storylines.

‘We made it our mission statement to make the portrayal of women more interesting,’ one of the co-writers Luke Davies explained to The Telegraph of the alterations.

Catch-22 is set to air on Channel 4 later this year.

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The reason why Love island isn’t filmed on Saturdays will surprise you

The reason why Love island isn’t filmed on Saturdays will surprise you


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Love Island is back on our screens, meaning that around 3 million of us now have no social lives whatsoever, instead living our best lives through this year’s islanders.

From following the ever growing love triangle-turned-square around Molly Mae to analysing the Love Island rules to see why Sherif Lanre was axed this week for violating a guideline, it’s safe to say that the ITV2 show is consuming our lives.

Well, almost, with the show giving us a day off on Saturday to do all our socialising.

But why? Well, the answer might actually surprise you.

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While it was thought that the show didn’t air on Saturdays due to scheduling conflicts, it actually turns out that it’s a decision by producers to give islanders a day off.

Yes, the islanders get Saturdays off!

During a recent appearance on This Morning, former islander Kem Cetinay made the revelation, going on to explain how they pass the time.

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‘They get one day off a week,’ Kem explained to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. ‘What happens is it gives them a day to clean the villa and you take your mics off and normally we go to the beach and we just chill out.’

He continued: ‘Not a lot of people know this. What happens is when you take your mics off, you’re not allowed to talk about anything to do with the show. ‘You’ve got to talk about home life. You’re being watched by an evil hawk, by the producers because they don’t want you to talk about what’s going on.

‘You can all sit and chat but they are quite careful about what you talk about because they want to keep it so everyone at home can see and get it on video. It’s more a day off from all the intense games, all the intense dates, deciding who you like and don’t like.’

Well, our minds are blown.

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What actually are the Love Island rules this year?

What actually are the Love Island rules this year?


Here’s everything to know…

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Love Island is back on our screens, meaning that around 3 million of us now have no social lives whatsoever, instead living our best lives through this year’s islanders, ahem Amy and Curtis.

But while Tommy’s continuous love triangles and Lucy’s spreading of ‘Bev’ have caused the most news, it was islander Sherif Lanre that got everyone talking this week, as it was announced that the 20-year-old had been axed from the show, told to leave the villa after breaking the rules.

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‘After breaking the villa rules Sherif had conversations with the producers and it was mutually agreed that he would leave the Love Island villa,’ announced a spokesperson for the show, with Sherif since releasing the following statement:

‘In a case of poor judgement, I broke the villa rules and as a result agreed with the producers that it was best for me to leave the villa. I regret that I didn’t conduct myself in the right way and, as a 20 year old guy, it’s something I know I will take on board and learn from. I really enjoyed my time in the villa and look forward to catching up with everyone on the outside.’

Sherif Lanre

So, what actually are the Love Island rules?

No nudity

It is reported that islanders are not allowed to be naked in the villa, with the house classed as a public space. Apparently islanders must even wear their swimming costumes in the shower.

No masturbating

While Love Island contestants are allowed to have sex, masturbating is apparently taboo in the villa.

No inappropriate behaviour or language

Inappropriate and aggressive behaviour and language is strictly forbidden, with security on hand to get involved if necessary. Throw back to series two’s Malia-Kady-gate.

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No excessive drinking

In the early days of Love Island, there were fewer rules around drinking, but now according to ex-islanders, there’s a limit. ‘You’re allowed one or two drinks a night,’ ex-islander Liana Isadora Van-Riel disclosed, via The Sun. ‘Either wine or beer, no spirits’.

No unsafe sex

While islanders are allowed to have sex during their time in the villa, they have to use condoms, with the rule reportedly being enforced in a rulebook sent to contestants before they enter the villa.

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No smoking inside the villa or villa garden

While in the earlier seasons, smoking was allowed, it was announced this year that this was no longer the case. ‘There will be no smoking within the Love Island villa or the villa garden this year,’ an ITV spokesperson announced. ‘Producers have provided a designated smoking area outside the villa where Islanders will be able to have a cigarette if they chose to.’ However it is reported that they can only go for a cigarette one at a time.

No phones or prohibited items

Part of the point of Love Island is to cut them off from the outside world, prohibited from taking their own phones or personal items into the villa with them. The contestants do of course have phones on the show to receive announcements from producers, but these are provided by the show and are unable to do anything but communicate with those in Love Island. ‘They give you these basic little phones where you can text each other but nobody really uses them,’ ex-islander Liana Isadora Van-Riel told The Sun. ‘They’re only really there for the whole “I’ve got a text” aspect.’

It is not yet known how Sherif broke the show’s rules, but we’re sure to find out soon.

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This love Island contestant has been kicked off the show after breaking the rules


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Love Island is back on our screens, meaning that around 3 million of us now have no social lives whatsoever, instead living our best lives through this year’s islanders, ahem Amy and Curtis.

But while Tommy’s continuous love triangles and Lucy’s spreading of ‘Bev’ have caused the most news, it was islander Sherif Lanre that made shock news today, as it was announced that the 20-year-old had been axed from the show, told to leave the villa after breaking the rules.

Sharif Lanre

‘After breaking the villa rules Sherif had conversations with the producers and it was mutually agreed that he would leave the Love Island villa,’ announced a spokesperson for the show.

Sherif has since opened up about his departure, announcing: ‘In a case of poor judgement, I broke the villa rules and as a result agreed with the producers that it was best for me to leave the villa.

‘I regret that I didn’t conduct myself in the right way and, as a 20 year old guy, it’s something I know I will take on board and learn from.

‘I really enjoyed my time in the villa and look forward to catching up with everyone on the outside.’

It is not yet known how Sherif broke the show’s rules, but we’re sure to find out when the episode airs.

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Love Island is facing criticism over the mental health of its viewers

Love Island is facing criticism over the mental health of its viewers


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Love Island is back on our screens, meaning that around 3 million of us now have no social lives whatsoever, instead living our best lives through this year’s islanders, ahem Amy and Curtis.

The ITV2 show has faced recent criticism however as the mental health foundation released new statistics on the correlation between reality TV and body image.

To be honest, it’s pretty shocking.

Love Island has long been accused of promoting an unrealistic body image, with all its contestants boasting toned slender bodies and model-like looks, something that does nothing for the self-esteem of viewers, with last year even seeing Skinny Sprinkles being advertised in the commercial breaks – something that has thankfully stopped this year.

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But according to the UK survey data released by the Mental Health Foundation, the problem is still ongoing, with reality TV leading to dangerous body image issues.

Almost one in four people aged 18 to 24 revealed that reality TV made them worry about their body image, according to the data obtained in a survey of 4,505 UK adults by YouGov.

Not only this but almost a quarter of 18-24 year-olds admitted to experiencing suicidal thoughts due to their body image, with over one in seven of those asked admitting to self-harming or hurting themselves due to their body image insecurities.

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‘Millions of people enjoy Love Island for a whole range of reasons,’ announced Dr Antonis Kousoulis from the Mental Health Foundation in a statement.’Our concern is how the programme projects body images that are not diverse, largely unrealistic and presented as aspirational.’

He continued: ‘Our research clearly shows that a large number of young people say reality TV has a negative impact on how they feel about their own bodies. Concern about body image is linked to anxiety, depression and feelings of shame and disgust. We had hoped that Love Island’s producers would choose a more representative range of contestants for the new series, bearing in mind the likely impact on their predominantly young audience.’

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‘This lack of diversity is further feeding unhealthy advertising and media coverage. Love Island has issued mental health aftercare guidelines for contestants but they must also take into consideration the potential damage being done to viewers.’

Here, here.

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Taylor Swift’s new merchandise is going viral for all the wrong reasons

Taylor Swift’s new merchandise is going viral for all the wrong reasons


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Taylor Swift is one of the most talked-about women in the world, and from her sell-out tours to her relationship with Joe Alwyn, she never fails to make viral news.

It was her new song from her upcoming album however that made headlines this week, or rather the merchandise around it.

The song ‘ME!’ featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco has already raked up 200 million YouTube views for its music video in a month alone, inspiring merchandise – t-shirts featuring ME! lyrics.

Some Taylor Swift fans however found fault with their merch, with some of the clothing containing a typo – a misplaced apostrophe.

Yes, the line, ‘You’re the only one of you/ baby that’s the fun of you’ actually reads, ‘Your’e the only one of you/ baby that’s the fun of you’.

Fans are pointing out the irony as the song ‘ME!’ actually involves spelling, with one of her lyrics being: ‘Spelling is fun!’

‘There’s a typo on the new @taylorswift13 merch!,’ one fan posted to Twitter. ‘So much for “Spelling is fun,” am I right?’. Another added: ‘EXCUSE ME! I’ve had this shirt for nearly a month and you’re telling me it’s had a typo THIS WHOLE TIME!!’

But not all the Taylor Swift ME! merchandise contains the typo, leading some fans to speculate that it’s a hidden easter egg from Taylor herself on what to expect from the new album.

When speaking about her new album on The Graham Norton Show, Taylor admitted to teasing her fans with clues.

‘When I was making the first music video, I was just putting lots of references to unreleased music in the music video so it’s definitely my fault that there are lots of theories about it because I put a lot of clues in the video, so some fans have definitely guessed [the album title]’ because they’re very smart’.

Taylor has yet to respond.

What does it all mean??

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Sophie Turner is not here for sexism in superhero films

Sophie Turner is not here for sexism in superhero films


And she’s not afraid to say it.

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Sophie Turner is one of the most talked-about women in the world, shaping up to be one of Game of Thrones’ most exciting success stories.

Whether she’s showing off her acting chops as GoT’s Sansa Stark (now Queen of the North) or being one half of an LA power couple with fiancé Joe Jonas, the 22-year-old never fails to make viral news.

She’s not afraid to take down Piers Morgan, body shamers, and as of this week, it seems, superhero films.

Why? Because of the sexist stereotypes.

Ahead of the release of her new film, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, alongside some powerhouse women from Jessica Chastain to Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie voiced her thoughts on the matter.

‘It’s true,’ she said of the moment when Jennifer Lawrence’s character Raven confronts James McAvoy’s character, Professor Charles Xavier, about the sexist noun ‘X-Men’. ’In terms of this movie all the women are saving his arse.’

Sophie continued: ‘She’s asking him to step up. We’re not going to keep saving you. It was absolutely a reason why I was so excited for this movie.

‘She’s often saying “Why are you listening to this man,”’ Sophie explained of her character’s scenes with Jessica Chastain. ‘“Are you going to be a little girl all your life or are you going to make your own rules and rebel against authority and embrace this power?”’

Like we needed another reason to love Sophie Turner!

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Jennifer Aniston just said the words we’ve all been waiting to hear

Jennifer Aniston just said the words we’ve all been waiting to hear


Could we BE any more exited?

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After ten years of being there for us, Friends left our screens in 2004 – leaving a Central Perk shaped hole in our hearts – and we’re still not over it.

Yes it may have been 15 years since Chandler, Rachel, Ross, Monica, Phoebe and Joey made their last appearances but it still feels like it was just yesterday.

We’re still deeply invested in Rachel and Ross’ tumultuous relationship, we’ve never given up hope on Parker (Alec Baldwin) coming back into our lives, and we can’t believe how quickly the Friends children have grown up. Are we the only ones confused by our feelings for Ben now that he’s grown up and starring in Riverdale?

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But it’s not Cole Sprouse that’s making news this month with the Friends women making all the headlines.

First, Lisa Kudrow’s sad revelation about acting in Friends went viral and now Jennifer Aniston is making news as she hinted that there might well be a Friends reunion.

Yes, really.

In a new interview with Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen Show, Jennifer insisted she wouldn’t rule the idea out.

‘OK. Why not?’, she responded to the question of whether she’d be interested. ‘ You know what, because, listen, I told you this. I would do it. The girls would do it. And the boys would do it, I’m sure. Listen. Anything could happen.’

That’s all we need to hear!

Could we BE anymore excited?

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Sandra Oh on family, fear and the moment that changed everything

Sandra Oh on family, fear and the moment that changed everything


The most exciting show on TV is back and Sandra Oh is more than ready for her moment. Here, she tells Alina Cho about fighting against resistance, gaining recognition and bagging the role of a lifetime

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In the days following this year’s Golden Globes, Sandra Oh remembers feeling triumphant, exhausted and a little like she just finished a marathon. ‘Just straight up, it was terrifying,’ 
she recalls over Skype, sporting a new fringe. ‘I had so much stress and tension about it, but by the end of Sunday night, I was exhilarated.’

Oh co-hosted the Globes with Andy Samberg in January and, in an almost-too-good-to-be-true turn of events worthy of a Hollywood ending, won one herself for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama, for her role as MI6 operative Eve Polastri in the thrilling BBC drama Killing Eve (which returned this month for a second series).

Just like that, she became the first person of Asian descent to host a major US awards show and – with a 2006 Best Supporting Actress statue for Grey’s Anatomy – win multiple Golden Globes. By the end of that month she had also picked up Critics’ Choice and Screen Actors Guild awards.

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The moment was not lost on Oh. In a move considered deeply meaningful to many in the Asian community (myself included), the Korean-Canadian actress honoured her parents in her acceptance speech by bowing – the ultimate show of respect – and telling them in Korean that she loved them. In the opening monologue, she spoke of getting over her fear of taking the stage as co-host. 
‘I wanted to be here to look out into this audience and witness this moment of change,’ she said.

‘I was very clear on who my target was – young people of every colour, people who have different body shapes or different abilities who have never been able to be up on a stage,’ she says now. Yet she’s clear that one moment under the shiniest of lights is just that. ‘It’s a moment, right? Don’t hang everything on Crazy Rich Asians,’ says Oh. ‘It’s OK if shit changes. Change is slow and long. But for this moment, let’s be together because, for God’s sake, I’m standing on that stage.’

‘I couldn’t see myself in a leading role’

My first memory of Oh is in the 2004 critically acclaimed film Sideways, in which she plays Stephanie, a scorned woman who breaks her lover’s nose with a motorcycle helmet after finding out he’s engaged to another woman. She did seven seasons of the 
HBO sports-agent comedy Arli$$, but it was her role as Dr Cristina Yang in 
the long-running medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy that catapulted Oh, who was on the show for ten years, to fame.

Her latest character, Eve, is headstrong and hell-bent – at the expense of almost everything, including her marriage – on catching assassin Villanelle (played by Jodie Comer). ‘I’m grateful that it’s happened at 47,’ she says of the recent recognition, ‘because I’ve done enough work on myself to really experience it. And then, too, it just has deeper meaning for me.’

Sandra Oh

Photography by Thomas Whiteside

Born and raised in Ottawa, French-speaking Oh is the middle child – she calls herself the peacekeeper – in a family of high achievers. Her father was an economist, her mother a biochemist; her sister is a lawyer, and her brother, a geneticist with a PhD.

She was equally ambitious, but in a non-textbook kind of way. At age ten, she started acting, found her calling, and decided against her parents’ wishes to skip a traditional four-year college in favour of attending the National Theatre School of Canada in Montréal, paying for it herself. She found early success with a few leading roles in Canada, then, as aspiring young actors often do, decided to make the move to Los Angeles.

Not long after, in 1995, she was met with resistance from an agent, a moment she would love to but simply can’t forget. ‘She said, “Listen, I’m not going to lie” – and that was, I think, what was so painful – “I’m going to tell you the truth,”’  she recalls. ‘It was basically, “Go back home and get famous, and then try and make a transition because I already have an Asian actress on my roster, and she hasn’t auditioned in three months. I don’t know what I could do for you.”’

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She now links that fateful meeting to her reaction upon finding out she won the leading role in Killing Eve. ‘I was like, “What’s my part?” When my agent said, “You’re fucking Eve,” 
I just couldn’t see it. I couldn’t see myself in a leading role… It’s like a fucking shard in my heart [that I felt that way] because we work really hard, love what we do and understand how important it is to be visible and to see ourselves, right? But to catch myself in a moment where I’m not [doubting myself] is still really difficult.’

‘I’m grateful it’s happened at 47, because it just has deeper meaning for me’

Yet, as someone whose spiritual practice is based in Buddhist philosophy and teaching, Oh is all about living in the moment. And this is definitely hers. She’s not just the star but also a co-executive producer of Killing Eve. She’s in what appears to be a loving, committed relationship. (Oh is fiercely private, and her publicist would confirm only that she’s had a boyfriend for a few years.)

When asked about whether she’d want a family of her own, Oh replies, ‘I went through that period, I’d say in my mid to late 30s into 40, where it was like, I make a great living and I could do this on my own, and I didn’t. I have an extremely fulfilling life as an aunt, not only to my nieces and nephews but also to a lot of my friends’ children.’

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Now she’s reached a point where she has the luxury of being choosy about what roles she takes and what projects she wants to devote her hard-earned time to. For now, she just wants a break. ‘I know a big part of my job is to rest. Do you know what I mean? The output is tremendous, and if you do not rest, you will not be balanced. And if you’re not balanced, you’re an asshole.’

Killing Eve airs weekly on BBC One from Saturday 8th June, or watch all episodes via BBC iPlayer

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