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The True Story of Netflix’s Fatherhood Is Probably Going to Break You

By | June 16, 2021

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Netflix’s upcoming film Fatherhood has a completely devastating premise: a man’s wife passes away the day after giving birth to their first daughter, and they must rebuild the life that follows. Starring Kevin Hart, the drama is actually based on a bestselling book titled Two Kisses For Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love by Matthew Logelin. Heartbreakingly enough, the plot is actually based on a true story that happened to the author himself.

What Is the True Story Behind the Movie?

Matt and Liz Logelin were high school sweethearts who had finally settled together in Los Angeles with a beautiful marriage, new home, and baby girl on the way. One day after welcoming baby Madeline into the world, Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism and died instantly, without ever holding Madeline. As Logelin told The Guardian, “All of a sudden it hit me . . . she was going to die, today, here in this hospital. And she was never going to hold her baby.” He continued, “I always thought I’d be a good parent alongside Liz. Doing it alone had never occurred to me.” Facing both debilitating grief and the beauty (and responsibilities) of raising his daughter, Matt chose to keep moving forward for Maddy.

Logelin poured his grief, with dashes of humor and bittersweet joy, into a blog he started to document his experience and connect with other people going through similar situations of loss. On his blog, the writer documented his new daily life, describing both heart-wrenching and tiny, funny moments he experienced. Writing about Liz’s memorial service, he depicted every detail, then going on to talk about how he went to the record store to collect some new albums. The contrasts were what readers kept going back to: the honesty – and the raw reality – of grief. And all the people reading the blog made clear their support: they offered child-rearing suggestions, plus items he would need for Maddy like tiny nail clippers and hair accessories.

From Blog to Book to Movie

Eventually, Logelin turned his blog, which was attracting nearly 50,000 people a day, into a memoir. Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love is a book that details Logelin’s early days with Liz, from the very beginning of courtship as teenagers to their marriage, the pregnancy, and eventually, both the passing away of Liz and the beautiful birth of their daughter. Always bittersweet, the memoir depicts Logelin’s experience blogging, with the incredible community of strangers he found who both offered and looked for support, all the funny, real moments with Maddy and dealing with grief, and how he has honored Liz’s legacy every day. Logelin also started a charity, The Liz Logelin Foundation, which he said “was created in honor of my wife to provide hope in the form of financial grants for widowed families with children.”

Logelin makes it clear that Maddy’s mother’s story will always be a big part of her life. As he told the Star Tribune, “We still talk about her daily . . . I don’t know all the answers, but for us, it’s worked really, really well. She seems incredibly happy.” Maddy continues to get to know her mom through photos, places, and the many stories Logelin retells.

As Kevin Hart said in a statement regarding the upcoming movie, “When I started reading this script, I was immediately touched and brought to tears.” He continued, “At HartBeat, we seek to provide the audience with stories that evoke true emotions and this story does just that.”

Fatherhood premieres on Netflix on Friday.

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She’s Getting Married! Gwen Stefani Celebrates Intimate Bridal Shower

By | June 11, 2021

Gwen Stefani is getting ready to tie the knot with Blake Shelton! On June 10, the bride-to-be celebrated her upcoming nuptials in an intimate gathering with mom Patti Flynn and sister Jill Stefani, as well as family and friends. “I got kidnapped by my family to celebrate that I’m getting married!” the singer said on her Instagram Stories on Thursday. Gwen also shared some sweet gifts and flowers from the relaxed occasion, including a heartwarming card from her family featuring her something old (a mass booklet from her parent’s wedding), something new (a drawing of the gift box she received), and “something borrowed and blue” (a piece of jewelry). “Feeling loved feeling blessed,” she wrote on her Stories.

In October 2020, the singers got engaged after five years of dating, in what Gwen described as a magical proposal during a sweet escape at their ranch in Oklahoma. Though a set date has yet to be revealed, Blake shared he hoped to make things official in the summer. Looks like the big day is coming up! Keep scrolling to see photos from Gwen’s sweet celebration ahead of her wedding.

Willow Smith Wants Black Women to Embrace Their Love of Punk Rock After Being “Bullied” Herself

By | June 9, 2021

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Willow Smith grew up in the music scene. Her dad, Will Smith, got his start as the “Fresh Prince,” and her mom, Jada Pinkett Smith, was the lead vocalist for metal band Wicked Wisdom in the early ’00s. But despite the diversity of her parents’ experience, Willow still felt ostracized from the punk-rock community growing up. She recently sat down with Alexis White of Straight Line Stitch for V magazine to talk about their shared experience of navigating the rock world as Black women.

Willow released her track “Transparent Soul” featuring Travis Barker of Blink-182 back in April. The song has become a viral TikTok track and brought in over two million views on YouTube, but Willow told White her experience in the industry hasn’t been easy. “Being a Black woman in the metal crowd is very, very different on top of the pressures that the music industry puts on you,” Willow explained. “Now, it’s like an added pressure of the metal culture, the metal world, and just rock in general. I used to get bullied in school for listening to Paramore and My Chemical Romance.”

This exclusion or intimidation of Black women in metal music is far from new. As Willow recalled, her mom used to receive “death threats” and “people would say violent things” when she was on stage. “I’ve always wanted to do this type of music and always been so afraid to do so . . . because I saw the hate and verbal abuse that my mom had to go through, that stuck with me.”

“You’re not alone. You’re not the only Black girl who wishes she could flip her hair to the side, and wear black eyeliner, you know what I mean?”

Now, the 20-year-old musician is overcoming her fear and making the genre more inclusive. “Just through the music that I’m putting out right now and the representation that I can bring to the mix, I just hope that the Black girls who are listening to my music and listening to this album see that there’s more of us out there,” Willow said. “It’s a real thing, you’re not alone. You’re not the only Black girl who wishes she could flip her hair to the side, and wear black eyeliner, you know what I mean?”

Willow’s album is coming out soon and will feature musical guests including her idol and “pop punk queen” Avril Lavigne. A tour is also on the horizon. Willow has dreams of going even grungier with her music, but that’s still to come. “I’m going to go wherever the music is, but I love pop-punk a lot. But, where my heart lies, is metal. At some point, that’s definitely going to happen.”

Courteney Cox Does Dance “Routine” From Friends With Unexpected Ross Impersonator Ed Sheeran

By | May 31, 2021

Five, six, seven, eight! After the Friends reunion on HBO Max, Courteney Cox is once again stepping into Monica Geller’s shoes to re-create an iconic TV moment. On May 30, the actress shared a video of herself and singer Ed Sheeran doing the famed “routine” choreography that Monica and Ross perform with the hopes of getting spotted by their parents during a New Year’s Eve TV special.

“Just some routine dancing with a friend,” Cox captioned the Instagram clip, showing herself and Sheeran nailing every single move – except for that dramatic ending. Of course, we have to give it up for Cox remembering each step, but we also can’t ignore Sheeran’s dedication to the choreo. Call him up if there’s ever a Friends reboot; he’s already putting in the work as Ross!

Since the original cast are adamant that another reunion will never happen, fans will have to cherish short-and-sweet returns to the show like the clip Cox shared. Compare the dances, both from 1999 and 2021, in the videos ahead.

Paul Rudd Might’ve Missed the Friends Reunion, but His Camcorder Moment Is Forever

By | May 28, 2021

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While the Friends reunion was a delightful tribute to fans in every way, one cast member was noticeably missing from HBO Max’s special: Paul Rudd‘s Mike Hannigan, or shall we say Crap Bag, who played Phoebe’s boyfriend and later, husband, in the last two seasons of the show. Sadly, Rudd wasn’t able to make it to the reunion due to the “incredibly difficult” timing of the filming, particularly during a pandemic, but that didn’t stop fans from honoring him and his character.

At the end of reunion, as the cast and crew reflected on the show’s extremely emotional last day of filming, shots of the set and surrounding crowd were weaved into the segment. That’s when eagle-eyed fans noticed that in the crowd watching as the gang did their final bow was Rudd crouching over with his camcorder, looking like a proud dad. Apparently, Rudd made this a thing before Regina George’s mom ever appeared on the scene. While Rudd unfortunately didn’t make an appearance in present day, his sweet cameo from the past reminded fans how much we loved Mike, the unofficial seventh friend.

Back in 2004, just weeks after filming wrapped for the show, Rudd stopped by Late Night With Conan O’Brien to discuss the finale. He admitted it was “really strange” because he wasn’t one of the group, but he was honored to be included. (I mean, that smile as he watched them bow just says it all.) “There was a lot of crying and even during the read-through and during the taping,” Rudd said at the time. “It felt as if I absolutely shouldn’t be there. I felt like I was watching someone bathe. It just wasn’t right.”

So being the stand-up guy he is, he stepped aside and filmed the final bow for the cast to remember forever. To the people who edited the Friends reunion, we say thank you for sharing that glorious moment.

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