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The MTV Video Music Awards turned solemn for a few minutes on Sunday night.
At one point during the event, Jared Leto took to the stage; not to accept any trophies or present any performances, but to honor late Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington.
In mid-July, Bennington killed himself via hanging at the age of 41.
Leto, who is an Academy Award-winning actor but also a member of the band Thirty Seconds to Mars, knew Bennington well as a result of his music career.
“Chester was my friend as he was to so many and witnessing his life taught me important things – especially about working relentlessly, pursuing dreams and being kind and caring while doing it,” Leto said on stage, continuing:
"When I think about him, Chester, I see his face which was always smiling.
"I think about his heart which he wore on his sleeve. I think how kindly he treated me, my brother, our band."
It was virtually impossible to watch Leto pay tribute to Bennington without getting choked up.
“I think about his wife and his six, six incredible children," Leto said toward the end of his speech.
"I think about his family, I think about his band who were really his brothers and I remember his voice – at once ferocious and delicate. That voice will live forever.”
To wrap up his tribute, Leto kept his eye on the larger picture.
"If there is anyone else out there who is watching this tonight who feels like there is not hope, hear me now: you are not alone," he said.
"The absolute biggest breakthroughs in life lie just beyond the darkest days."
Very well said all around.
Watch the moving tribute now:
I have never sought the spotlight.
So stated Jared Kushner after speaking in private to the Senate Intel Committee this week.
The son-in-law of Donald Trump, Kusher answered questions in this session about allegations that he colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 Presidential election, following the revelation that he met on a number of occasions with representatives from that foreign adversary.
In response to the charges, Kushner said simply afterward: "I did not collude."
He also uttered the above quote about the spotlight, which got our attention because… come on, Jared!
We all know you and wife Ivanka Trump appeared on a 2010 episode of the former CW smash Gossip Girl!
You can see for yourself via the screen capture below:
For their cameo, Kushner is presenting an award at a New York Observer party, while Trump is seen smiling in the background.
It actually aired on the couple's one-year wedding anniversary, and Ivanka later quipped that she wasn't sure you could refer to what she's doing in the clip below as "acting, per se."
Ah, that classic Trump self-deprecation!
Check out the throwback video below and think back to a more innocent time… when Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were simply appeared on teen TV shows, not threatening our national security.
You know, there’s more to Jared Leto than having a reportedly huge penis or irritating the everloving f–k out of his Suicide Squad castmates. He’s also a person who can be truly thoughtful and sensitive. He is also a musician.
While countless fans were shocked and saddened by Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington’s death by suicide, we have to remember that there were people who knew Chester as a person as well as an artist.
Jared Leto is one of those people, and he penned a beautiful tribute to Chester’s life and memory.
Sometimes it takes days, or longer, to process news of a death even enough to write down your thoughts and feelings in a way that might make sense to anyone.
(Some people never do)
We’re glad that Jared Leto collected his thoughts and expressed himself, because this is beautiful:
“When I think of Chester I remember his smile, his laughter, his intelligence, kindness, and talent.”
That’s precisely how he should be remembered.
“That absolutely unforgettable voice that was at once — delicate, ferocious and always full of emotion.”
Passion fuels art, after all.
“Witnessing his life taught me a lot. Especially about commitment, about kindness, about hard work, and the pursuit and achievement of dreams and mostly, about love.”
That’s a lot to learn from one person.
“I know that both his family and his band were a massive source of inspiration and pride for him.”
Of course they were — which made his loss that much harder for countless people.
But Jared’s focusing on the positive.
“It was clear to me that he was deeply grateful for both the people that surrounded him and the life that he had.”
It’s good that he’s giving credit to Chester’s loved ones, instead of blaming them — as some awful people do after suicides.
“My heart goes out to his family, friends, band and fans. A tragic loss of an absolute legend. We will miss you.”
We all will.
This is the photo that Jared shared of the Chester that he remembers.
It isn’t uncommon for those lost to suicide to be people associated with happiness and passion.
Depressive suicide doesn’t come with an ominous dark cloud to signify its presence to everyone.
And, in case it needs to be said, people who are suicidal don’t choose to take their own lives.
Just as they didn’t choose to be suicidal in the first place.
Just as cancer patients didn’t choose to have cancer.
It’s a terrible disease that impacts so many people.
Contrary to what some vile member of Korn said about Chester being a coward, Chester was a victim of a battle with a disease that ultimately claimed his life.
Most responses weren’t anything like that, of course.
We saw countless celebrities react to Chester Bennington’s death, but we think that Jared’s was one of the most moving.
Jared Leto’s faced some criticism recently for his antics on set.
An actress with a smaller role in Suicide Squad was creeped out by Leto’s behavior.
He also reportedly played “pranks” on more famous costars while staying in character as part of his ridiculous self-aggrandizing method acting shenanigans.
At one point, he sent Margot Robbie a box with a live rat.
(That rat has been adopted and is now in a loving home, so don’t worry)
He reportedly did not try any of that nonsense with Viola Davis
The end results were a few minutes of awkward screen time as a genuinely bad and almost universally panned version of The Joker that bore a stronger resemblance to some sort of bizarroverse Justin Bieber where he’s a criminal with his own gang who wants to impress a bunch of impressionable Myspace tweens.
(The best version of The Joker is Mark Hamill, no question — after that there’s some debate)
That’s a real shame, because Jared Leto is a good actor. If only his Joker hadn’t been such a cringeworthy Hot Topic guy, you know?
And also one of Suicide Squad‘s real strengths — aside from being better than Dawn of Justice, which can be said of most films — was that almost all of the characters were true to their comic selves.
But that wasn’t the case for The Joker.
(Or for Rick Flag but that’s another story)
It’s good to see posts like this, where Leto pours out his thoughts and expresses himself outside of the context of acting.
This, this heartfelt note, is who Jared Leto is.
Of course, Jared Leto isn’t the only one who knew him who’s spoken up.
There will be more over time.
Suicide is tragic and claims too many lives.
We hope that some good can come of Chester Bennington’s tragic death.
Maybe some people waging the same battle will reach out for help, or have loved ones reach out to them, to prevent a few more tragedies.
Every life saved is important.
We’ve watched Jared Padalecki grow up on a string of WB/The CW drama series over many years, and we still can’t quite believe he’s a father to three children.
It is crazy how the time flies, right?
Turns out, Jared is embracing fatherhood with open arms and even penned a touching letter to his children after Father’s Day. His wife, Genevieve Cortese shared the letter on her blog, Now & Gen, on Thursday.
It was titled Post Father’s Day Thoughts and included a whole lot of thoughts that will hit you right in the feels. He and Genevieve have three children, Thomas, 5, Austin, 3, and Odette, 3 months.
“I realize Father’s Day was supposed to be about … well … ‘fathers’ … praising them and thanking them and making them feel needed and appreciated. But, as the ‘father’ in this relationship, I wanted to change things up a bit,” the actor’s letter began.
“I wanted to take this opportunity, after my fifth Father’s Day (and counting), not to say ‘you’re welcome,’ but to say ‘thank you.’”
In the letter, the star reflects on some funny moments in which his kids turned his trailer into a “jungle gym,” his office into a “secret candy storage bunker,” his bed into a “UFC octagon, and his truck into “a giant garbage and food crumb receptacle.”
“Thank you for making my trailer feel like more than just a ‘place I go to work,’ thank you for our ‘don’t tell mom’ excursions up to my office to have a sweet treat, thank you for testing the mattress springs, thank you for making me clean my truck more often,” he said.
“Thank you for letting me feel what it’s like to love something more than yourself. I have your back, now and always. You’ve humbled me, you’ve helped me rediscover the joy of discovery. You’re turned my world upside down. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Was that, like, the biggest tearjerker of the century?
Hit the comments, you guys.
Ellen Pompeo may play a doctor who saves lives on television…
… but she just played a very different role on Twitter:
The server of total and complete Ivanka Trump shade.
And Jared Kushner, we should add.
On Monday, the President’s son-in-law – who has amassed an unusual amount of White House power for someone with no political or foreign policy experience whatsoever – gave a speech at a technology roundtable.
Despite Kushner having often been in the news since Donald Trump was elected, and despite the many responsibilities he’s been given by this administration, this marked one of the few times the public has heard him talk.
Did he blow everyone away?
Was it obvious from the get-go why President Trump has entrusted Kushner with an array of domestic and international tasks and duties?
Not to Pompeo.
“Ok ok this… omg @IvankaTrump you have sex with this guy??? I can’t aahhhhhaaaa,” Pompeo Tweeted along with a link to Kushner’s speech.
The veteran Grey’s Anatomy really couldn’t believe it.
She had to jump back online and repeat herself shortly after making her initial comment.
“Wait wait one more time aaahhhhaaaa,” Pompeo added.
Aside from once wondering who needs a penis to get things done, Pompeo isn’t exactly the type of celebrity to make outrageous statements.
She isn’t Sarah Silverman. Or even Katy Perry.
She doesn’t usually make waves on social media or step into the political fray, which is what makes this Tweet both so noteworthy and so hilarious.
It was as if Pompeo truly could not help herself.
She was so taken aback and so turned off by Kushner’s speech that she literally couldn’t comprehend how anyone could have sex with him.
And yet… Ivanka has had sex with Jared Kushner.
At least three times by our count, considering the couple has three children, two sons and a daughter.
The replies on Pompeo’s page were mostly congratulatory after she slammed Kushner, with one following even welcoming the actress to the “blocked by Donald Trump club.”
Alas, the Commander-in-Chief is yet to take this step when it comes to Pompeo.
Another user replied: “ELLEN UR A SAVAGE OMG.”
And another paid homage to the most famous Meredith Grey quote in Grey’s Anatomy quotes history by writing:
“Can someone help me be friends with @EllenPompeo? Choose me. Pick me. Love me!”
Mad props to this person. We’d totally understand why someone would have sex with him or her.
Jared Martin, a veteran actor likely best known for his role as Steven “Dusty” Farlow on the beloved series Dallas, died on Wednesday night from pancreatic cancer.
He was 75 years old.
Martin’s son, Christian, has confirmed the sad news via Twitter and also to The Hollywood Reporter, telling the publication that his father passed away at home in Philadelphia.
Farlow was a rodeo cowboy who seduced main character on the aforementioned drama,
He actually perished in a plane crash… only to have producers resurrect his character by popular demand shortly afterward.
As for the actor himself?
Martin was born in Manhattan and attended Columbia University where he roomed future filmmaker Brian De Palma, who cast his pal in his 1968 film Murder à la Mod.
“I played a mad photographer-murderer who liked to lick the blood off his victims’ bodies,” Martin told People Magazine way back in 1981, adding:
“Brian used Hershey syrup for blood and paid me $ 35.”
Martin’s impressive resume also included starring roles on two sci-fi TV shows: 1977’s The Fantastic Journey at NBC and a 1988-1990 adaptation of War of the Worlds, which aired in syndication.
He signed on for just three episodes of Dallas Season 3 in 1979 as Dusty.
But he became such a fan favorite that producers had no choice but to keep him around for longer than initially planned.
“They brought Dusty Farlow on to make goo-goo eyes at Sue Ellen [Linda Gray], become moderately involved with her, tempt her and then she basically remembered who she was and went back to J.R. [Larry Hagman],” Martin said a few years ago in an interview for a Dallas fan site.
The character was killed off in a plane crash to conclude Martin’s initial stint on the series.
After J.R. Ewing was shot by an unseen assailant in what many consider to be the most buzzworthy season finale in TV history, viewer polls and Las Vegas oddsmakers made Dusty a favorite to be the answer to the question on literally everyone’s minds:
“Who shot J.R.?”
For this reason, the series brought Dusty back from the dead.
“My agent said, ‘Get ready, they are going to bring you back,'” Martin said in the past, explaining:
“I said, ‘How? I’m dead.’ My agent says, “Oh, this is Hollywood, they will think of something.'”
HA! That remains the case today, really.
Dusty would make an amazing recovery and even return to the rodeo circuit.
Upon his retirement from acting, Martin co-founded and served as the creative director for the non-profit Big Picture Alliance, which brought the world of filmmaking to inner-city kids.
He also spent his time as a painter and photographer after his acting days were over.
Martin is survived by Christian, wife Yu Wei, and grandchildren.
We send our condolences to the family members and loved ones of Jared Martin, as well as to those close to every celebrity who has passed away this year.
May they rest in peace.
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