Julia Louis-Dreyfus posts stunningly defiant post-surgery Instagram photo

Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced her breast cancer diagnosis in September 2017.
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus has posted a stunningly defiant photo of herself following surgery for breast cancer, alongside a “fuck you cancer” message. 

In September 2017, the Veep star announced her breast cancer diagnosis, and called for universal health care. 

Louis-Dreyfus has shared updates on Instagram throughout her treatment, including a video her sons made to celebrate her last day of chemotherapy. 

Now, months after her diagnosis, Louis-Dreyfus has shared her first photo taken after her surgery, stating that she’s “feeling happy and ready to rock after surgery.” 

“Hoorah! Great doctors, great results, feeling happy and ready to rock after surgery. Hey cancer, ‘Fuck you!’ Here’s my first post op photo,” she wrote. 

Hoorah, indeed!

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/02/15/julia-louis-dreyfus-post-surgery-instagram/

From Veep to House of Cards: what to expect from TV shows ending in 2018

Its a big year of small-screen goodbyes but what do fans want to see from the final episodes of their favorite shows?

There is something strangely apropos about the group of shows that will be ending in 2018. Along with beloved comedies like Portlandia, Nashville and New Girl, series like Veep, The Americans, Scandal and House of Cards all of which involve the goings-on of the political caste and have, at some point or another, drawn comparisons to the current administration will debut their final seasons this year, at a cultural moment when the fecklessness of Selina Meyer and the dealings of Russian counterintelligence groups no longer defy imagination.

That the Trump administration contains echoes of both Veep and House of Cards is now an old adage, but both were some of the most zeitgeist-y shows of the era of Peak TV, and their departures leave a void. So, here are eight of the series concluding in 2018, some that are ending too soon and others well past expiration, and what to expect from their curtain calls.

Veep

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer in a still from Veep. Photograph: Colleen Hayes/AP

Veep, whose star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has swept the last six Emmy awards for best actress in a comedy, will bow out with its seventh season, after its anti-heroine Meyer went from vice-president to president to, in hilariously tragic fashion, private citizen. While production on the last season was halted due to Louis-Dreyfus breast cancer diagnosis, its expected to return sometime in the spring, under the auspices of David Mandel, who took over the show when creator Armando Iannucci departed after its fourth season.

What exactly do we want from the final season of one of the best comedies of the last decade? It seemed for a moment that Selina was done chasing after the Oval Office, having found a morsel of closure in her one-year presidency; but the season six finale suggested otherwise, as Selina announced her desire to run for a fourth time. That sets things up for a political showdown between former president Meyer and that plus-sized homunculus congressman Jonah Ryan: seeing the two face off, with current president Montez in the mix, too, would be a fitting finish for a series that in strange ways augured the election of tremendously stupid people to public office. Shes no longer the president running for president. Shes a person who used to be the president and is now running for president, but that never worked out too well, Mandel told Indiewire. It didnt work out for Teddy Roosevelt, and it has not worked out historically when one-term presidents have tried to run.

The Americans

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A still from season 5 of The Americans. Photograph: Matthias Clamer/FX

Critical darling The Americans, FXs cold war period drama following two married KGB sleeper agents played by Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, will begin its 10-episode sixth and final season in March, wrapping up a run thats set to be remembered squarely in the canon of this decades television dramas. The fifth season was not as well-received as the four that came before it, but as this tale of Reagan-era paranoia comes full circle, you can expect showrunner Joe Weisberg, a former CIA officer himself, to pull off the finale.

In the shows timeline, 1985, the year Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet Union, is just around the bend. The show will inevitably grapple with what the political sea change back home means for Philip and Elizabeth, who at the end of season five elected to remain in the States rather than return to Russia. Season six will also expand on the story of their daughter Paige, who as she gets older is beginning to understand more about her parents extraordinary line of work.

Showrunners Weisberg and Joel Fields told Deadline the series conclusion has been etched in stone for years now: Our stories sometimes change a lot, we write pretty far ahead and well have ideas written down in pretty extensive thoughtful form earlier on and then some will stay with us. The ending itself has stuck since the middle of season 2.

Scandal

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Bellamy Young as President Mellie Grant and Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in Scandal. Photograph: Richard Cartwright/ABC

In how many more directions can Shonda Rhimes jerk us before Scandal ends with its seventh season? It would be unwise to guess, since the ABC drama regularly provides as many plot twists in an episode as some shows do in a season. The role of crisis-management guru Olivia Pope was made for Kerry Washington, who through six seasons has done a real high-wire act of melodrama, weathering death, lies, affairs, national emergencies and, well, scandals. Shell begin the final season as President Mellie Grants chief of staff, but it would be foolish to guess where shell end up. All we know, at least from hints dropped by Rhimes, is that season 7 will hold nothing back. So, next year we are going all out. Leaving nothing on the table. Creating this world in celebration, Rhimes said in a press call. We are going to handle the end the way we like to handle the important things in our Scandal family: all together, white hats on, Gladiators running full speed over a cliff.

House of Cards

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Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in House of Cards. Photograph: David Giesbrecht / Netflix

House of Cards began filming its final season in October, before the revelations about Kevin Spaceys alleged history of sexual predation were made public. And so, in a bold and costly move, Netflix decided to scrap the two episodes that had been filmed, plus several other episodes that featured Frank Underwood and were already written, in favor of rejiggering the final season around his wife, President Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright.

Although the wheels fell off House of Cards around season four or five, it was Netflixs first certified hit as a streaming service and helped popularize the idea of binge-TV. A Spacey-free finale season is not just the pragmatic move for House of Cards, but the right one, too: she didnt become president until the very end of season five, but Claire Underwood has long been the more interesting and watchable half of televisions most cunning couple. The powers-that-be at Netflix have been tight-lipped about the series finale, but chief content officer Ted Sarandos said he hoped season six would provide some closure to the show for fans.

Portlandia

One of the great sketch-comedy shows of the past decade or so, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownsteins Portlandia, a Peabody Award winner in 2012, will air its eighth and final season beginning in January. Somehow, this show has yet to run out of ways to lampoon Portlands hipster culture: remember The Deuce hotel, where each room comes with a complimentary turntable? From season ones Put a Bird on It sketch to the great Did You Read It?, where Fred and Carrie play spitfire with their knowledge of recent New Yorker and McSweeneys articles, the shows satire is shrewd and often absurd, and will be hard to replace once its gone.

With a sketch-comedy show, theres a bit less riding on a season finale than with traditional episodic television, so Armisens said he and Brownstein are not planning to make any big final statements with season 8. We tried to keep it like a sketch show and comedy, just because people watch it out of order. Our main goal is to keep it funny and entertaining and relevant, we stuck to that.

Nashville

Through six seasons, the last of which premiered this January, Nashville has acquired something of a cult following, which helped salvage the show after ABC cancelled it in 2016. Afterwards, CMT picked it up for seasons five and six, with new producers at the helm and a revived fanbase. Part musical, part soap-opera, Nashville, which follows country music singer Juliette Barnes, played by Hayden Panettiere, is a fun jaunt, a countrified take on the high camp of Glee. And even though Connie Brittons Rayna James the former queen of country and rival of Barnes was killed off in season five, the show has just enough oxygen left to croon for one more season. After fans helped give the show new life, executive producer Marshall Herskovitz told Deadline we want to return the favor with a final season that celebrates all the joys and passions, twists and turns and amazing music! that made Nashville such an exciting journey for the last six years.

New Girl

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Zooey Deschanel stars as Jess in New Girl. Photograph: Fox

Following a three-year time-jump, the Fox sitcom New Girl (which, like The Big Bang Theory, feels like its been on air for a decade) will kick off its final installment in April after creator Liz Meriwether made a last-second push for an eight-episode seventh season. Im so passionate about this show. Its been my life for seven years. I did feel really good about the end of season six, but I really wanted a chance to say goodbye to the show with a final season, Meriwether told Entertainment Tonight.

Starring Zooey Deschanel as the peppy teacher Jess, New Girl finished season six with a classic romcom flourish, Jess and Nick (Jake Johnson) playing revolving elevators to the tune of Lordes Green Light before the latter professes his love. Since the show so fittingly ended things for its central couple in what was thought to be a series finale, theres reason to believe theyll pull it off again in season seven, not just for Nick and Jess, but for Cece and Schmidt too.

Love

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Paul Rust as Gus and Gillian Jacobs as Mickey in Love. Photograph: Suzanne Hanover/Netflix

Judd Apatows Netflix romcom will bow out after its third season, which is set to premiere on the streaming service in early March. This show can be a charmer, exploring relationships through its prickly but endearing leads Mickey, played by Gillian Jacobs, and Gus, played by Paul Rust. After a great first season, Love lost a lot of steam in season two and, as its two leads finally got together, failed to keep pace with snappier, more progressive shows that explore the ups-and-downs of millennial courtship. Love doesnt exactly reinvent the genre its female lead is the typical wild child, her counterpart an affable nerd but it still contains threads of truth among its many contrivances. Speaking about season three, Apatow said, its our sweetest, funniest season and ends our story in a beautiful way, so hopefully Love will get back to its season one heights.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/jan/08/veep-house-of-cards-tv-shows-ending-in-2018

‘Name a bitch badder than Taylor Swift’ memes are endless

Taylor Swift, who is apparently not so bad.
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Despite Taylor Swift’s grand attempt at rebranding her reputation from “innocent girl who cries teardrops on her guitar while writing love songs in her room” to “bad bitch who sits on golden throne surrounded by snakes,” the internet still doesn’t think she’s that bad.

A hilarious new meme, started after Twitter user “Nutella” challenged people to “Name a badder bitch than Taylor Swift,” has shown that people feel just about anyone — even fictional children’s show star Dora the Explorer — has a more rep as a badass than the singer.

In response to the Taylor tweet, Twitter users eagerly shared other iconic women from the entertainment industry, politics, and history, along with family members, activists, and of course, a few dogs ferociously carrying knives.

While it seems Swift’s actions have still not earned her the title “bad bitch,” her latest album Reputation sold over one million copies in the U.S. its first week, which is pretty impressive.

(Still not as impressive as simply being a mom, though.)

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/12/03/taylor-swift-bad-ass-woman-meme/

Photo of paramedics taking patient to the beach for final time is heartbreakingly beautiful

In the end, it’s the little things that matter.

Ambulance officers from Hervey Bay, Australia took a terminally ill patient to see the beach for one final time, in a heartbreaking photo shared on the Queensland Ambulance Service Facebook page on Wednesday.

“A crew were transporting a patient to the palliative care unit of the local hospital and the patient expressed that she just wished she could be at the beach again,” the post reads. 

“Above and beyond, the crew took a small diversion to the awesome beach at Hervey Bay to give the patient this opportunity — tears were shed and the patient felt very happy. Sometimes it is not the drugs/training/skills — sometimes all you need is empathy to make a difference!”

One of the ambulance members who took the patient to the beach, Graeme Cooper, told ABC News it was the patient’s last trip back to her house, where she would pass away.

“She was saying how she moved to Hervey Bay with her husband on the spur of the moment and they’ve been here ever since,” he told the news outlet.

“She said she loved the esplanade and the beach and we said, ‘Well, do you want us to take you down by the esplanade and pop you out of the truck and give you a look at the ocean?'”

How beautiful.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/11/23/paramedics-beach-final-time/

How this NFL player went from underdog to champion for kids struggling with literacy.

Growing up in Flint, Michigan, Brandon Carr of the Baltimore Ravens had a deep connection with the teachers in his life.

His fourth and fifth grade teacher, Denise Pitman, made a major impression on him.

“She really turned my education around,” Brandon says. “I was so excited to go to school. She was like my mom — she pushed me.”

Brandon always had a soft spot for teachers because his mom, Kathy, was one for 33 years, and he saw firsthand just how hard they worked.

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Kathy’s two sisters were also teachers, and they all wound up in Flint together, so it’s no surprise that education was a regular topic of conversation in the Carr household.

His mom did everything she could to help her boys grow up well-rounded, and that meant prioritizing education, even when football came into play.

Simultaneously Brandon’s dad always stressed the foundations one needs to be a great athlete, and that included stepping outside your comfort zone.

So Brandon started playing football. “I followed in my brother’s footsteps,” he says. “He was the first African-American quarterback in my high school.”

As a smaller guy, Brandon was a bit of an underdog, but it ended up working to his advantage. He played college football for Grand Valley State and was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. In 2012, at 25 years old, he was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys on a five-year $50 million contract.

Brandon Carr. Photo by Keith Allison/Wikipedia.

Needless to say, his athletic career was soaring, but Brandon started to feel a tug to do more.

He was itching to give back in a big way but didn’t know how he could be the most useful. Then he remembered his dad’s advice: Go outside your comfort zone.

With that in mind, Brandon signed up to speak publicly about juvenile diabetes.

As a shy guy, he was more than a little nervous at his first speaking engagement. But when he saw all these kids in the auditorium, his nerves melted away. He immediately owned the space, joking and laughing with them. He felt like he could totally be himself.

Carr with kids from Glenmount Elementary School. Photo via Carr Cares, used with permission.

That’s when he realized he wanted to continue to help instill confidence in kids. And how does one do that?

Well, thanks to voices in his head like his mom and his old teacher Ms. Pitman, it became clear — teach them to read.

“You need to be able to comprehend everything around you to get ahead in this world,” Brandon says. “That starts with reading.”

So, in 2012, Brandon started the Carr Cares Foundation — a nonprofit dedicated to improving children’s literacy.

Carr with a student from Roots and Branches Elementary School. Photo via Carr Cares, used with permission.

The idea for the foundation was rather broad at first, but after talking to his mom, aunts, and former teachers, he began to hone in on what schools and students really need. Now they offer programs specifically designed to identify students who are struggling with literacy and give them the tools to succeed.

For example, there’s a peer-to-peer reading program that pairs younger, struggling readers with high school mentors who provide one-on-one tutoring twice a week.

“A big piece of it is the young students build a sense of trust with their mentor and let them into their lives which can be extremely helpful when a student is having problems outside of the classroom,” Brandon explains.

The mentors get a great deal in return as well. Having to be there for younger students every week teaches them accountability. Some even choose to go into education, and in turn, Carr Cares offers them scholarships.

Beyond helping improve kids’ confidence levels, Brandon is doing everything he can to preserve his mom’s legacy.

Carr reading to kids at Roots and Branches Elementary School. Photo via Carr Cares.

Kathy passed away in 2014 from her second bout of breast cancer. While he misses her every day, his work in schools lets him feel close to her.

“When I go into these schools, I know she’s with me, and she’s getting the same joy out of seeing these kids,” Brandon says.

And to bring it full circle, he opened three reading centers back in his hometown of Flint in 2015, which provides kids with over 500 books, a fun place to read, and tutors whenever they might need them.

What’s even cooler is that some of Brandon’s former teachers have come back to help run the program.

Thanks to his teachers and loved ones, Brandon’s the confident man he is today, which is why he always comes back to his community.

Carr reading to kids. Photo via Carr Cares, used with permission.

Thats why he’ll be wearing cleats that broadcast the Carr Cares message for NFL’s initiative My Cause, My Cleats during week 13 of the season.

“We all want to go out and do great things in this world, but [we can’t] forget about the ones coming up behind [us],” Brandon says.

One day, he hopes to take his volunteers and literacy programs and build a school dedicated to bolstering reading skills. It may seem like a massive undertaking, but for the small football player who made it to the top of the NFL by age 25, the sky’s the limit.

Brandon Carr is one of more than 750 NFL players who will lace up for charitable causes as part of the NFL’s My Cause, My Cleats initiative. Starting November 28th, NFL players will reveal their custom cleats, several of which will be auctioned to raise money for the charitable organizations they support. For more information, visit www.nfl.com/mycausemycleats.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/how-this-nfl-player-went-from-underdog-to-champion-for-kids-struggling-with-literacy

Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ ‘Veep’ costars ‘psyche’ her up before chemo treatment

As Julia Louis-Dreyfus continues treatment for breast cancer following her September diagnosis, her Veep costars have made major public displays of support for their Emmy-award winning colleague.

On Thursday, Veep stars Sam Richardson and Matt Walsh stepped up to “psyche” Dreyfus up ahead of her third chemotherapy treatment. 

She shared the video – in which the well-meaning actors offer a few ill-advised motivational quotations  – on Twitter.

“2 of my darling Bozos (love them so much) psyche me up for 3rd chemo today,” she wrote. “And guess what? It worked! I’m psyched AF.”

Dreyfus has been sharing clips like these since revealing her diagnosis earlier this fall. In October, Dreyfus said working alongside her Veep co-stars is “a huge comfort and joy.” 

On the same day, she shared an extremely sweet video of costars Timothy Simons and Tony Hale lip-syncing Katy Perry’s “Roar” for the camera. 

The clip closes with a message: “We Love You Julia.” If that isn’t enough to get you misty-eyed, I can’t help you.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/11/09/julia-louis-dreyfus-sam-richardson-matt-walsh-video/

Finally there’s a way to find out the benefits of having a vagina

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Having a vagina doesn’t feel like it comes with great perks these days, but there are still a few benefits available to those of us who have them, believe it or not.

Thankfully there’s a new website to help us navigate what exactly theses benefits are. The helpfully named VaginaBenefits.com is put together by TIA, an app that provides women’s health advice, and is meant to help people who are trying to navigate our current insurance landscape.

So what exactly are these benefits? They’re women’s health services that the Affordable Care Act mandated be 100 percent covered by insurance. They include birth control without a copay, UTI and STI tests, pap smears, breast cancer screenings, and wellness exams. 

However, as efforts to undo pieces of the ACA — including the rollback of the birth control mandate — move forward in Washington, our federal access to these services are less and less secure. This leaves things in the hands of states, where it all gets very confusing.

That’s where the interactive map comes in. You can explore which states offer what coverage, and see how they’re ranked on the Vagina Benefits Index.  

This is especially relevant right now as the 2018 open enrollment period for ACA coverage has just started today. (It runs through December 15th.) But even if you have employer-based insurance, this is a great way to educate yourself on your rights and how to take full advantage of the available care. 

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/11/01/vagina-benefits-womens-health-map/

Watch Gina Rodriguez bust out some expert salsa moves for a good cause with Ellen DeGeneres

Gina Rodriguez is a dream to start with, but Gina Rodriguez dancing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to raise money for breast cancer awareness and Puerto Rico relief? It doesn’t get much better than that. 

The Jane the Virgin actress visited the set Wednesday to chat about the new season of her show, teach salsa dancing to a producer, and offer ways to support Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Rodriguez is one of the many voices on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s star-studded relief song, “Almost Like Praying,” which isn’t necessarily a song you can salsa to but is for a good cause.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/10/12/gina-rodriguez-ellen-dancing-/

Joe Biden supports Julia Louis-Dreyfus after her breast cancer announcement like only a veep could

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After Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ breast cancer diagnosis announcement Thursday, former Vice President Joe Biden voiced his support to the acclaimed actress who has played a fictional vice president on HBO’s Veep.

Biden assured Louis-Dreyfus that he was there for her during her cancer fight. “We Veeps stick together,” he wrote. He included a photo from a 2014 spot the two did together before the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2014. Aviators are obviously involved.

Louis-Dreyfus, who plays vice president-turned-president (briefly) Selina Meyer on the show, had produced a spoof video in character with the then-real-life veep. The two had an adventurous day in the White House and bumped into Michelle Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and called former Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Julia liked Joe’s tweet, and posted her own response shortly after.

Like Biden tweeted, we’re with you, Julia.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/09/28/joe-biden-julia-louis-dreyfus-veep-breast-cancer/

Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals breast cancer diagnosis, calls for universal health care

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the 2017 Emmy Awards earlier this month.
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Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced Thursday that she has breast cancer, sharing a heartening post on Twitter that also calls for universal health care.

“1 in 8 women get breast cancer,” her statement begins. “Today, I’m the one.” 

But ever one to use her platform for good, Dreyfus’ statement also called on her followers to demand universal access to health care.

“The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal care a reality.”

Her announcement prompted an outpouring of sadness and love from fans, most notably from fellow actress and breast cancer survivor Christina Applegate, who immediately offered her support.

Her Veep co-star Tony Hale also posted a heartfelt message about the news:

Dreyfus is an 11-time Emmy award winner. She took home her latest, for her role as President Selena Meyer on Veep, earlier this month.

HBO issued the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter:

“Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time. We have every confidence she will get through this with her usual tenacity and undaunted spirit, and look forward to her return to health and to HBO for the final season of Veep.

The company also offered support on Twitter.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/09/28/julia-louis-dreyfus-breast-cancer-statement/