Viola Davis, John Legend, Riz Ahmed and More Stars Land Covers for Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2017

Viola Davis, John Legend, Riz Ahmed and More Stars Land Covers for Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2017

The list is out!

As is tradition,Time released its annual list of the 100 most influential people for 2017, featuring power players from all walks of life. Among the familiar faces on the list are acclaimed Hollywood stars like Oscar winners Viola Davis and Emma Stone, comedians like Leslie Jones and Jordan Peele, musicians like Alicia Keys and Demi Lovato, TV personalities like James Corden and RuPaul, athletes like Colin Kaepernick and Simone Biles, tech titans like Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and world leaders like President Donald Trump and Pope Francis

In addition to Davis and Bezos, John Legend, Melinda Gates and Riz Ahmed were also chosen for five of this year’s covers. As Lin-Manuel Miranda excitedly wrote about the Star Wars actor, “Look! We’re alive at the same time as Riz Ahmed! Look!”

Xi Jinping, president of the People’s Republic of China, appears on the list for his eighth time, the most of anyone featured this year. Activist for LGBT rights, Gavin Grimm is the youngest person on the list at 17 years old while Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female Supreme Court Justice, is the eldest at 87. 

Notable figures like Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey and Buzz Aldrin also worked behind the scenes to pen tributes to this year’s featured influential people.

Supermodel and entrepreneur Tyra Banks honored model and body activist Ashley Graham for her ongoing contributions to the fashion industry. “Every Graham of her body embraces anyone who ever doubted themselves,” Banks wrote. “It is time for everyone to bow down to the fashion industry’s—no, make that beauty’s—new queen.”

“He’s like a fighter who pops back up on his feet before you even noticed he’d been knocked down,” Taylor Swift said of her friend, Ed Sheeran

“Like no one else—that’s what Margot Robbie‘s like,” Wolf of Wall Street director Martin Scorsese described his leading lady. 

“My daughters have long looked up to her,” Wendi Murdoch said of entrepreneur Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s assistant and daughter. “Now women and girls around the globe can look up to her too.”

“Anyone—friends and fans alike—can tell you that James doesn’t take himself, or others, too seriously,” Elton John described Corden. “And that’s why he’s able to make us laugh, cry and sing—sometimes all at once.”

This year’s issue will hit newsstands April 21. 

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Published at Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:15:44 +0000

The Real Housewives of New York City Dinner Blowout: Bethenny Frankel, Ramona Singer Give Their Sides of the Story

Three episodes in and The Real Housewives of New York City is already off to the races thanks to Ramona Singer and Bethenny Frankel.

During a heated dinner conversation, Ramona asked if Bethenny had explained her past to six-year-old daughter Brynn because articles were popping up in the press. These articled, according to Ramona, were about Bethenny’s softcore porn past. Bethenny was quick to point out that it was a job she took when she was making a go at acting in Los Angeles.

“The dinner was like The Twilight Zone. I own every inch of my past. I’m elated that my crappy acting career has been upgraded to my being a former porn star. If anyone can monetize that now, it is me,” Bethenny wrote in her blog.

Ramona defended it as concern during the exchange. But Bethenny didn’t buy it. “As for the cute and calculated concern, you decide for yourself what the intent was,” she wrote.

In her blog, Ramona posed this question: “Aggressive, inappropriate or just a bitch?”

“That’s the question I ask myself. Well first, I know that I am not the bitch. Was my delivery inappropriate? Bad timing? Or just aggressive? Well here are my thoughts,” she wrote. “None of those words fully describe what happened at the restaurant! As we sat there chatting, yes I did come out and ask her directly if anyone had said anything to Bryn about Bethenny’s pictures.”

Ramona said Bethenny went on the attack with her “quick tongue.”

“My question might have been better if I worded it better, but WTF! I mean, like really, is she that defensive that she needed to say, ‘Yes, Diane Sawyer came to the playground’? She knew damn well that is not what I meant. She also knows what I went through while Avery was younger and I was on the show,” Ramona said. “People do talk! The adults talk to each other and the kids hear and repeat! So I was just asking! It’s not that unusual for a 10-year-old to walk over to a 6-year-old and say, ‘My mother said your mother is a…!’ But B needs to add the drama and talk about me being a drama queen. Maybe she needs to watch herself.”

Bethenny skipped dinner at Ramona’s the following night, but the drama is far from over.

“Well, Bethenny and I have probably the most…explosive fight ever,” Ramona told E! News. “I never, ever in my life had a situation with that with any girlfriend…It kind of tortured my soul a little bit and you’ll have to see what happened. It was pretty crazy. Pretty crazy.”

Gulp.

The Real Housewives of New York City airs Wednesdays, 9 p.m. on Bravo.

(E! and Bravo are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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Published at Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:12:29 +0000