Act http://act.mtv.com MTV Act Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:56:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kate Upton Voices Her Insecurities + 5 Other Things To Know About Today http://act.mtv.com/posts/kate-upton-voices-her-insecurities-5-other-things-to-know-about-today/ http://act.mtv.com/posts/kate-upton-voices-her-insecurities-5-other-things-to-know-about-today/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:27:52 +0000 http://act.mtv.com/?p=106884 + Kate Upton Reveals Insecurities in New Interview "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala - Candids

The September magazine issues are starting to be revealed, and it looks like Kate Upton snagged the cover of Elle UK! In the interview, she talks about what makes her feel insecure and how she deals with pressure to lose weight.

+ The Women Who Kick Ass Panel Is Now Online

+ Watch The Women Who Kick Ass Panel

Stop what you’re doing right now and watch this Comic-Con panel. Catch Katey Sagal, Tatiana Maslany, Natalie Dormer and more women on the small screen talk about kicking ass and taking names!

+ Olivia Munn + Boyfriend Send Superfan a Signed Jersey

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When Olivia Munn isn’t being a hilarious actress, she’s just being an awesome human being. Because she had the hookup with Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers – he’s her BF – she took the initiative to send a superfan one of his jerseys. Watch his reaction here!

+ One More Reason to Go See “The Giver”

+ Watch Torren’s First Concert

Taylor Swift has a role in the upcoming film “The Giver,” but if you need another reason to see the film, it’s this video. In it, Torrin, a 13-year-old living in an assisted living home, gets to go to a concert for the first time; like the characters in the book, she got to have an experience she never thought she would!

+ Miranda Kerr Says Women Need to Support Other Women

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In a new interview with Marie Claire Mexico, Miranda Kerr talks about the importance of women encouraging other women. She says women “need to stand together and empower each other as women to be the best versions of ourselves that we know we can be.”

+ Jenny McCarthy Regrets Comments on Hillary Clinton

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Last week on The View, Jenny McCarthy made a snide comment suggesting that Hillary Clinton had girlfriends. Now she is reflecting on the incident and coming clean about feeling like a hypocrite, especially since she’s such an advocate for women empowering other women.

 

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The Thing About Sex Is … It Gets Better! http://act.mtv.com/posts/the-thing-about-sex-is-it-gets-better/ http://act.mtv.com/posts/the-thing-about-sex-is-it-gets-better/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:00:06 +0000 http://act.mtv.com/?p=106837 kylevirginBy Amy Kramer of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

The first time usually isn’t so great. It can be awkward or embarrassing or stressful, and for most people it’s kind of anticlimactic. So, contrary to what you see in the movies and hear from your more experienced friends, if your first time isn’t the best thing ever, you’re not alone. And certainly you saw a lot of this awkwardness on tonight’s “Virgin Territory.”

Among 18-24 year olds, less than half (46%) say their first time was “a mostly good experience.”   And the younger they were the first time they had sex, the more likely they are to say it wasn’t great. For those who were 17 or younger their first time, just 40% say it was “mostly good.” For those 18 and older the first time, 58% said so. (The average age for first sex in the U.S. is 17).

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And even those who had good feelings about it at the time, when they look back on it now, they feel differently: 55% say they were HAPPY at the time they first had sex, but looking back on it, only 31% say that’s the case. 47% say they felt LOVED their first time, but in retrospect, only 25% say that’s true. 28% say they were RELIEVED, but only 14% feel that way about it now.

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When asked if they would change something about their first time if it were possible to go back and re-do it, half (49%) said they would. What would they change? Lots of things, from doing it with someone they loved/someone who loved them, to using a condom, to allowing themselves to enjoy it more, to being sober, to just waiting a bit longer.

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A little more than one-third (38%) say their first time was “not as good as I was expecting” and another 38% say it was “about what I was expecting.” Only 19% say it was “better than I expected it would be.”

Remember Lisa from the first episode of “Virgin Territory“– she was married and in love her first time, but the experience itself was kind of underwhelming. Or Kyle, who finally did it in the most recent episode – he was psyched but you can kind of tell it didn’t knock his socks off.

Still, even if the first time isn’t like lighting and rainbows and fireworks, it does get better. The more comfortable you are with your own body, the more you know what you like and how to communicate that to your partner, the more experienced you are in general, the better it will be.

 

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The BatKid Trailer Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity http://act.mtv.com/posts/the-batkid-trailer-will-restore-your-faith-in-humanity/ http://act.mtv.com/posts/the-batkid-trailer-will-restore-your-faith-in-humanity/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:09:43 +0000 http://act.mtv.com/?p=106846

If you need a mid-week pick-me-up, this is it. All you need to do is think back to last November, when the Make-A-Wish Foundation helped Miles become the hero we desperately needed. America, we give you: BatKid.

You might be familiar with BatKid’s story; after all, the Make-A-Wish Foundation did transform San Francisco into Gotham City just so Miles could fight crime in the most adorable way possible. But now BuzzFeed is giving us all a look behind-the-scenes at what it took to make this dream a reality.

+ Watch the BatKid Trailer

The trailer is for BatKid Begins, a documentary based on the viral experience, and it chronicles how the city worked to make sure Miles got what he wanted: the chance to become a superhero.

We can’t imagine how much we’ll cry during the actual documentary – the trailer alone gave us chills – but it’s clear this is truly humanity at its finest. As Chris Taylor, the Deputy Editor of Mashable says, “In helping him to live this dream, we were saving ourselves.”

For those wondering how Miles is doing today, his leukemia is in remission! So grab some tissues, watch the trailer, and give yourself a pat on the back for being a member of the human race.

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You Need to See This Inspiring “Game of Thrones” Moment from Comic Con http://act.mtv.com/posts/you-need-to-see-this-inspiring-game-of-thrones-moment-from-comic-con/ http://act.mtv.com/posts/you-need-to-see-this-inspiring-game-of-thrones-moment-from-comic-con/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:44:54 +0000 http://act.mtv.com/?p=106856

There are a lot of amazing things going on at Comic-Con. There’s the new Avengers trailer, which blew everyone away. There’s Tatiana Maslany crying over a fan’s moving question. And now there’s another one to add to the list: Game of Throne’s Gwendoline Christie celebrating the show’s inclusivity of women.

Fans of the show know that Christie plays Brienne of Tarth, a role that requires the actress to be “strong” and “powerful.” While on appearing on TV Guide’s Fan Favorites panel, the British actress – who stands at 6’3” – spoke about how the fan reactions to her character have inspired her.

+ Watch the “Fan Favorites” Panel

The biggest surprise, she says, has been “the way people have embraced this character.” She said it gives her “so much pleasure in the way people’s minds are expanding.” They’re becoming more “inclusive,” which means that they’re accepting and supporting women “in all their different forms.”

The actress continued, speaking about how important is it to play a character like Brienne. When she was growing up, she didn’t see anyone on TV that she could identify with, that women “all looked kind of a particular way.” Taking on the role meant exploring “the parts of (herself)” that she had “hidden from.”

Misha Collins (Supernatural), Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black), Sam Heughan (Outlander), John Noble (Sleepy Hollow), Colin O’Donoghue (Once Upon a Time), Retta (Parks and Recreation) and Aisha Tyler (Archer) joined Christie on the panel.

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Ariana Grande Talks About Fighting Her Fears + 4 Other Things to Know About Today http://act.mtv.com/posts/ariana-grande-talks-about-fighting-her-fears-4-other-things-to-know-about-today/ http://act.mtv.com/posts/ariana-grande-talks-about-fighting-her-fears-4-other-things-to-know-about-today/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:29:06 +0000 http://act.mtv.com/?p=106850 + Ariana Grande Opens Up About Her Fears ArianaSeventeenMag

In a new interview with Seventeen, Ariana Grande opened up about her grandfather, who has since passed away. She spoke briefly about how she balanced her astronomical success with her worry over her grandfather’s health.

+ Paul Wesley Supports His Friend Who Needs Brain Surgery

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Sink your teeth into this story, TVD fans. Paul Wesley has a friend, Maggie, who needs your help. She just found out she has a brain tumor, and the doctors need to operate immediately. If you can, head over to the Rally.org page to help out.

+ Teen Vogue Teaches You How to Treat Trolls

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According to new research, Internet trolls might specifically search out teenagers to torment. Teen Vogue has the scoop on how to handle the harassers.

+ Lady Gaga Has A Part in Sin City 2

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Paws up, Little Monsters! Your leader is heading for the silver screen in Sin City 2. Although Gaga admits the part isn’t a big one, it’s still awesome to see the singer dressed up as a retro waitress and interacting with Joseph Gordon-Levitt!

+ “Once” Actress Supports Husband’s Charitable Scavenger Hunt

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JoAnna Garcia stepped out to support her husband’s Mission Swisher Charity Scavenger Hunt on Monday. The event benefitted The Swisher Family Foundation, which “seeks to provide children with medical care, education, recreational activities and support programs.”

]]> http://act.mtv.com/posts/ariana-grande-talks-about-fighting-her-fears-4-other-things-to-know-about-today/feed/ 0 Sophia Bush + Kate Bosworth Have “Words” of Praise for New I AM THAT GIRL Campaign http://act.mtv.com/posts/sophia-bush-kate-bosworth-have-words-of-praise-for-new-i-am-that-girl-campaign/ http://act.mtv.com/posts/sophia-bush-kate-bosworth-have-words-of-praise-for-new-i-am-that-girl-campaign/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:00:26 +0000 http://act.mtv.com/?p=106858

If you’re a fan of I AM THAT GIRL, you know the organization is on a mission to help girls turn self-doubt into self-love. In order to do just that, IATG recently announced its newest campaign: “Words,” a global movement inspiring girls to “love, express, and be who they are.”

+ Watch “Words” To Learn More About the Campaign

IATG created the six-week campaign to address six topics to help you “rock your heart and change your world.” The third video, featuring Sivan, was released yesterday, and it’s a must-see. After you watch that one, make sure you check out the ones featuring Mariah and Avery.

Given that the media often focuses on catfights and competitiveness among women, it’s inspiring to see an organization encourage girls to build each other up and celebrate each other. It’s no wonder Sophia Bush and Kate Bosworth are fans of the campaign!

The campaign prompts girls all over the world to tag that girl in their life in order to keep these conversations going. Want to get more involved? You can download the conversation kit to help you start conversations and connect with other girls.

Tag that girl in your life using the following hashtags: #beautyFULLgirl #loyalgirl #electricgirl #bestiegirl #fearlessgirl #dreamergirl.

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Satanists Have Plans For Hobby Lobby Ruling + 4 Other Things To Know About Today http://act.mtv.com/posts/satanists-have-plans-for-hobby-lobby-ruling-4-other-things-to-know-about-today/ http://act.mtv.com/posts/satanists-have-plans-for-hobby-lobby-ruling-4-other-things-to-know-about-today/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:31:42 +0000 http://act.mtv.com/?p=106788 + Satanists Have Plans Post-Hobby Lobby Ruling
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In a move we’re sure Hobby Lobby didn’t see coming, the Satanic Temple is reportedly seeking to use the recent Supreme Court decision to “exempt its believers from state-mandated informed consent laws that require women considering abortions to read pro-life material.”

+ This New Chip Will Change How We Make Drugs

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In cool science news, the brightest minds in the field are working toward what they’re calling “human on a chip.” Some of the strongest proponents for this new technology are those working to put an end to testing drugs on animals.

+ Kid President Announces Book News

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On Monday afternoon, Kid President started everyone’s week off right by announcing some pretty exciting news: He’s writing a book! If you’re interested in pep talks and celeb interviews, you’ll want to pick up “Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome.”

+ Good News for Marriage Equality Activists

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Activists hoping for a win for marriage equality had a reason to celebrate on Monday as a federal appeals court struck down the same-sex marriage ban in Virginia. The panel concluded that, “inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws.”

+ Nestlé’s Poor Timing Angers People Affected by Drought

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In what looks to be a PR team’s nightmare scenario, Nestlé picked a pretty bad time to suggest having a “water party.” The company has already angered many by bottling water in California, especially considering that the state is experiencing a record-setting drought.

 

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Here’s Why We Are So In Love With Jenny Lewis [GIFS] http://act.mtv.com/posts/heres-why-we-are-so-in-love-with-jenny-lewis-gifs/ http://act.mtv.com/posts/heres-why-we-are-so-in-love-with-jenny-lewis-gifs/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:02:01 +0000 http://act.mtv.com/?p=106801
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By H. Alan Scott

Jenny Lewis, that effervescent indie crooner of magical diddies, has a new album coming out TODAY! If you’re anything like me, you’ve been in love with her ever since she told the Golden Girls to …

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Having been a key part of bands like The Postal Service and Rilo Kiley, Lewis has since gone on to identify herself as a powerful solo act with albums like Rabbit Fur Coat, Acid Tongue, and her most recent, The Voyager.

She’s a fearless artist, putting all of herself into every project. Dare I call her fearless? Yep, I dare. One needs to look no further than her songs to see this fearlessness on full display.

+ ‘Just One of the Guys,’ The Voyager

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“No matter how hard I try, to be just one of the guys,

There’s a little something inside that won’t let me

Now matter how hard I try, to have an open mind,

There’s a little clock inside that keeps ticking

There’s only one difference between you and me,

When I look at myself all I can see,

I’m just another lady without a baby”

I can’t you guyz, I just can’t. It’s like she’s saying that she’s just like her male Rock & Roll counterparts, but she’s also a woman that has needs! See, raw emotion. It reminds me of that episode of Roseanne where Darlene recites this poem. Yes, not totally related, but I bet Lewis was BFF’s with Gilbert in their childhood star days.

Oh, also, how cool is it that she gets friends like Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart and Brie Larson to act like dudes for her. Yep, she’s THAT cool.

+ ‘She’s Not Me,’ The Voyager

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“Remember the night I destroyed it all

When I told you I cheated,

And you punched through the drywall

I took you for granted

When you were all that I needed!”

Whoa, whoa, whoa!!! Did Lewis cheat? We don’t know, and frankly I don’t care. Because she put it in a song, basically being like, “We all make mistakes folks!” Thank you Jenny.

+ ‘Rise Up With Fists,’ Rabbit Fur Coat

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“It’s hard to believe your prophets

When they’re asking you to change things

But with their suspects live we look the other way

Are you really that pure, Sir?

Thought I saw you in Vegas

It was not pretty, but she was”

This is Jenny’s way of saying, “Don’t let others influence you, make up your own minds.” I have, and I’ve decided I love you Jenny (I’m available to go on tour, totally free, nothing holding me back).

+ ‘Acid Tongue,’ Acid Tongue

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“So I found myself a sweetheart

With the softest of hands

We were unlucky in love

But I’d do it all again”

My heart Jenny, I can’t take it – but don’t stop, don’t ever stop. Again she’s wearing her heart on her sleeve, and she’s telling us all, “Have fun! Feel things!” I feel you boo.

+ Jenny Being Cool

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OK, these aren’t actual Jenny Lewis songs, but rather guest spots. Regardless, they give us a great insight into her fearlessness. Like when she sang Christmas carols with Megadeth for Jimmy Kimmel, or did the very awesome “Bah Bah” for the Postal Service in “We Will Become Silhouettes.” But my personal favorite is when she did this with Zach Galifinakis. Like, I’m gagging with glee.

‘You Are What You Love,’ Rabbit Fur Coat

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“Because we live in a house of mirrors

We see our fears and everything

Our songs, faces, and second hand clothes

But more and more we’re suffering

Not nobody, not a thousand beers

Will keep us from feeling so all alone”

Can you take the massive life hammer that Jenny just smashed into the wall that is our souls?!?! Well, you better, because she’s right (of course). You, my friend, are what you love, so why not just love?

If you haven’t embrace Jenny Lewis yet, then you aren’t living your best life. There, I said it. Live your best life, yo! Also, her album is out today!

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Maybe We Should Root For The ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Movie http://act.mtv.com/posts/maybe-we-should-we-all-be-rooting-for-the-fifty-shades-of-grey-movie/ http://act.mtv.com/posts/maybe-we-should-we-all-be-rooting-for-the-fifty-shades-of-grey-movie/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:24:15 +0000 http://act.mtv.com/?p=106792

We still have a few months until the Fifty Shades of Grey movie hits theaters worldwide, but that gives us plenty of time to answer one question: Should we all be rooting for the film to be a hit?

On the surface, it might seem like a simple answer: Why not? After all, it’s a female-directed film (Sam Taylor-Johnson), and it’s based on a bestselling book by a female author (E. L. James). Hell, the screenplay is even written by a woman (Kelly Marcel). In the male-dominated film industry, that’s a major coup.

And unless you’ve already forgotten: Queen Bey herself allowed the marketing team to use a new version of “Crazy in Love” for the official trailer.

The problem with Fifty Shades of Grey is, of course, the grey area. Like most pop culture phenomena, it’s not easy to separate the book or movie into black-and-white. Sure, it’s easy to say we should celebrate a movie helmed by women, but at what cost?

For most, what it comes down to is one question: Is it possible to root for a film’s success while ignoring the source material?

People have been talking about Fifty Shades of Grey since the first book was published back in 2011. Since then, numerous articles have been written criticizing the book and its author, mostly concerning the protagonists’ BDSM relationship.

Some studies suggest that the relationship is far from healthy, even going as far as to claim that Ana’s behavior begins to mirror that of women in abusive relationships. Still other articles are quick to point out that the books spurred a sexual reawakening for some women — that reading the trilogy was actually beneficial for readers’ relationships.

What do you think, readers? Is it worth rooting for the film to be a success? Or should the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise fizzle out here?

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4 Reasons Cameron Diaz Would Be The Best BFF http://act.mtv.com/posts/4-reasons-cameron-diaz-would-be-the-best-bff/ http://act.mtv.com/posts/4-reasons-cameron-diaz-would-be-the-best-bff/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:07:42 +0000 http://act.mtv.com/?p=106608

Cameron Diaz is a woman of many talents. She’s an actress, a former model and four-time broken nose champion, but the one talent she holds closest to her heart seems to be her ability to be a true friend. I know, I know: You may be confused as to why we are saying this, but hear us out! Below are four reasons we feel she is no doubt the best BFF material:

+ Don’t Mess With Cameron’s Friends

While Cameron was on KIIS 106.5′s “Kyle & Jackie O” promoting her new movie “Sex Tape,” one of the radio hosts took jab at her BFF Drew Barrymore by bringing up Drew’s past drug use. As Cameron was on the other line, Kyle (the host) said, “Let’s hope [Cameron's character] misses out on the Drew Barrymore drug years, because those were a great thing to watch, but not so good to be in, I’d imagine.”

Then, like a good BFF would, Cameron went into attack mode, replying, “I’m sure, Kyle, you’ve never been through a drug phase, have you? Or alcoholism or anything like that? Pretty clean — always did it right? Congratulations.” Soon after this, Cameron backed out of finishing the interview. Good for you, gurlllll! #KeepitClassy

+ Eco Chick 

Besides sticking up for her friends like any BFF should, she is a lover of the planet and has spoken publicly on her passion for the eco-friendly lifestyle. I mean, who doesn’t love having a friend who reminds you to not throw that bottle out but to recycle it? In an interview with the Huffington Post, she opened up about how she does her part to save the planet, explaining: “I’m recycling. I’m recycling old scripts. Yeah, I recycle everything. And reuse everything. My house is just a nice little package of reusable items.”

+ Philanthropic Queen 

When she isn’t on a movie set, she most likely is off somewhere giving back. The amount of charity work under her belt makes me want to run to the nearest soup kitchen to do my part to catch up. From raising money for the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to supporting Stand Up to Cancer, Cameron sets the bar high — and no doubt inspires her friends to do the same.

+ Role Model

Cameron has she has turned her massive fan following into an opportunity to educate young people and does not sugarcoat the truth. In her new book, “The Body Book,” she dives into various topics in order to inform her fans on what REALLY is going on in your body — and how to handle it.

What celebrity would YOU want to become BFF’s with? Tweet us at MTVact on Twitter!

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