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02.03.2010

It's like one of those seeing eye puzzles.

Wait for it, wait for it.

Oh! Any non-white girls!

Now, I’m not saying that this Vanity Fair piece about Hollywood’s new, fresh class of young actresses IS racist per se, I’m just saying that’s what the entire rest of the internet is saying. And it does raise certain questions.

The girls featured are Abbie Cornish (STOP-LOSS), Rebecca Hall (FROST/NIXON), Anna Kendrick (UP IN THE AIR), Carey Mulligan (WALL STREET 2), Amanda Seyfried (DEAR JOHN), Kristen Stewart (TWILIGHT), Emma Stone (ZOMBIELAND), Mia Wasikowska (ALICE IN WONDERLAND) and Evan Rachel Wood (THE WRESTLER).

Now, yes, most of this girls’ careers are on the upswing in some form or another, so I think it’s fair to feature them here, however, does the lack of any actresses of other races reflect poorly on Vanity Fair, or more so Hollywood in general?

My thoughts immediately jumped to Zoe Saldana, who had a breakout year starring in two huge films, AVATAR and STAR TREK, but at 31, she might be too old for a “young Hollywood” list. And outside of her, it’s hard to think of other black, latino, Indian, Arabic, or Asian actresses having similar career surges at the moment. SLUMDOG's Frieda Pinto maybe? Jamie Chung? What do you mean DRAGONBALL wasn’t a career booster?

This does look bad for Vanity Fair (another up-and-coming actress they could have featured is PRECIOUS’ Gabby Sidibe, but I think we know why they passed on that), but I do think the blame lies more with Hollywood as barely any mainstream filmmaker wants to take a chance by making a non-white young actress the lead of their film. I’m really not trying to be Mr. Politically Correct here, but look around and it’s true for the most part. I think audiences are ready for such a “bold move” as multi-racial casting in mainstream flicks, more so than the studios might think.

Extra Tidbit: To be fair, Emma Stone is a redhead. Diversity!
Source: Vanity Fair

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10:20AM on 02/07/2010
The chick from Precious does come out in the mag.....with her Director and fellow co-star Mo'nique......People can take this cover how they want it.....I'm just happy Emma Stone is up there!
The chick from Precious does come out in the mag.....with her Director and fellow co-star Mo'nique......People can take this cover how they want it.....I'm just happy Emma Stone is up there!
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8:48AM on 02/07/2010
I think this article is completely irrelevant to the normal run of film related articles and the last thing we need to debate/argue about on these threads is race. This article is bad and you should feel bad.
I think this article is completely irrelevant to the normal run of film related articles and the last thing we need to debate/argue about on these threads is race. This article is bad and you should feel bad.
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6:38AM on 02/07/2010
double post
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6:37AM on 02/07/2010
Vanity Fair is targeted at white women... If a magazine targeted at black women put a bunch of black actresses on their cover as 'up and coming actresses' would anyone start turning all red and calling out 'racist!' The world is so pc these days, it is sick
Vanity Fair is targeted at white women... If a magazine targeted at black women put a bunch of black actresses on their cover as 'up and coming actresses' would anyone start turning all red and calling out 'racist!' The world is so pc these days, it is sick
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12:41PM on 02/04/2010
Vanity Fair is useless.
Vanity Fair is useless.
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11:56AM on 02/04/2010

FREIDA PINTO..!!!!???Yeah right!.. uhm uhm..she sucked

freida pinto isnt suppose to be any anylist anyways ,she cant act for shit,and her role in slumdog was hardly 15 minutes...lol...why do people like her anyways...
freida pinto isnt suppose to be any anylist anyways ,she cant act for shit,and her role in slumdog was hardly 15 minutes...lol...why do people like her anyways...
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12:50AM on 02/04/2010

Hmmmm...

Even though some of the comments from 'some' of these white boys here online are OUT of line, I think--from a black man's pov--that there are other things we should focus a little more on.

Now, with that said....I wouldn't mind a cover with a bunch of hot Asian actresses; specifically Yun-jin Kim...


Even though some of the comments from 'some' of these white boys here online are OUT of line, I think--from a black man's pov--that there are other things we should focus a little more on.

Now, with that said....I wouldn't mind a cover with a bunch of hot Asian actresses; specifically Yun-jin Kim...


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6:41PM on 02/04/2010
You mean from a black boy's pov. Right, black boy?
You mean from a black boy's pov. Right, black boy?
11:29PM on 02/03/2010
Why is this racist? I'm positive that everyone in the picture is not of the same nationality. Is it supposed to be racist because there are no colored people? Come on now!
Why is this racist? I'm positive that everyone in the picture is not of the same nationality. Is it supposed to be racist because there are no colored people? Come on now!
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10:28PM on 02/03/2010
Screw you white people!
Screw you white people!
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10:26PM on 02/03/2010

LAME, you guys trying to stir some controversy

Come on people, there is nothing racist about this. Would you call the USA basketball committee racist for not putting a white player on the team. No, you put the most talented people on the court, variety felt that these actresses were the most talented. Simple as that.
Come on people, there is nothing racist about this. Would you call the USA basketball committee racist for not putting a white player on the team. No, you put the most talented people on the court, variety felt that these actresses were the most talented. Simple as that.
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9:41PM on 02/03/2010
ellen. freakin. page.
ellen. freakin. page.
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9:13PM on 02/03/2010
gawdd get over it. ya know, you shouldnt have to put in a black actress just to be diverse. If she deserves it, then put her in. But lets face it, I can't think of one that deserves to replace any of these girls
gawdd get over it. ya know, you shouldnt have to put in a black actress just to be diverse. If she deserves it, then put her in. But lets face it, I can't think of one that deserves to replace any of these girls
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6:44PM on 02/03/2010

Fucking hell...

So fucking tired of political correctness. No really, I haven't seen that many black actresses in the past couple of years that have merited this kind of publicity. Unless you count television, which sadly no one does. Put down the picket signs and get over it.

Edit: And for that matter, Vanity Fair is aimed at skinny white chicks. Who gives a fuck?
So fucking tired of political correctness. No really, I haven't seen that many black actresses in the past couple of years that have merited this kind of publicity. Unless you count television, which sadly no one does. Put down the picket signs and get over it.

Edit: And for that matter, Vanity Fair is aimed at skinny white chicks. Who gives a fuck?
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6:20PM on 02/03/2010
They're also missing Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Dziena, and Chloe Moretz.
They're also missing Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Dziena, and Chloe Moretz.
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4:51PM on 02/03/2010

no problems here

this cover is fine with me.That Gabby lady should not be on the cover of any magazine unless it is a magazine pointing out how not to look.
You know what else is sad? That Gabby and monique both up for oscars. Thanks to all of you politically correct losers out there. The oscars have to be politically correct and go by affirmative action rules and nominate one black person per category these days.

Those 2 elephant eating hippos will never be in another good movie. This movie wasnt good
this cover is fine with me.That Gabby lady should not be on the cover of any magazine unless it is a magazine pointing out how not to look.
You know what else is sad? That Gabby and monique both up for oscars. Thanks to all of you politically correct losers out there. The oscars have to be politically correct and go by affirmative action rules and nominate one black person per category these days.

Those 2 elephant eating hippos will never be in another good movie. This movie wasnt good either but because of the affirmative action groups of america, it gets pushed for a nomination.
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4:55PM on 02/03/2010
Somewhere a village is missing its idiot.

My guess is that your village is FoxNews.
Somewhere a village is missing its idiot.

My guess is that your village is FoxNews.
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4:39PM on 02/03/2010
I honestly could give a shit less because:
1. I'm a straight male, which means I don't read Vanity Fair,
2. I go to movies to be entertained, not to make political, racial, etc. statements,
3. There are MUCH bigger problems in the world then what magazine puts what skanky hoe on what cover (it's like complaining why there aren't any white people on the cover of Ebony),
4. If any of these girls are remembered by name five years from now it will be a Hollywood miracle, and
5. I'm still
I honestly could give a shit less because:
1. I'm a straight male, which means I don't read Vanity Fair,
2. I go to movies to be entertained, not to make political, racial, etc. statements,
3. There are MUCH bigger problems in the world then what magazine puts what skanky hoe on what cover (it's like complaining why there aren't any white people on the cover of Ebony),
4. If any of these girls are remembered by name five years from now it will be a Hollywood miracle, and
5. I'm still trying to figure out how Avatard got a best picture nomination, while Moon (the far superior film) was ignored.
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3:10PM on 02/03/2010
why not the girl from Precious? she was nominated for an oscar. i don't get the reference to why "we all know why not"
why not the girl from Precious? she was nominated for an oscar. i don't get the reference to why "we all know why not"
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6:36PM on 02/03/2010
i think he was referring to that she is black...and by Hollywood standards.. "overweight" compared to the slim chalk sticks they have on the cover.
i think he was referring to that she is black...and by Hollywood standards.. "overweight" compared to the slim chalk sticks they have on the cover.
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2:44PM on 02/03/2010
i was gonna guess the missing ingredient was guns.
i was gonna guess the missing ingredient was guns.
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2:29PM on 02/03/2010

Shrug.

As a black guy, I can honestly say I'm not bugged by it. It's Vanity Fair; aren't all they feature are pale white girls? I like Amanda Seyfried, though. She's the only one out of that whole group that I'm a fan of. The rest I don't really pay attention to.
As a black guy, I can honestly say I'm not bugged by it. It's Vanity Fair; aren't all they feature are pale white girls? I like Amanda Seyfried, though. She's the only one out of that whole group that I'm a fan of. The rest I don't really pay attention to.
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2:28PM on 02/03/2010
Evan Rachel Wood face is funky in the photo...that and I find her overrated as an actress.
Evan Rachel Wood face is funky in the photo...that and I find her overrated as an actress.
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1:29PM on 02/03/2010

To be fair...

That is Vanity Fair. Black people, let alone not-rail-thin ones aren't usually allowed there. Aside from Sidibe has there been any non-white early to mid twenties woman that has any shot at a promising career? Frieda Pinto? Maybe, but she was so last year.
That is Vanity Fair. Black people, let alone not-rail-thin ones aren't usually allowed there. Aside from Sidibe has there been any non-white early to mid twenties woman that has any shot at a promising career? Frieda Pinto? Maybe, but she was so last year.
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2:18PM on 02/03/2010
so Frieda Pinto was last year, yet Evan rachel Wood, from the Wrestler, is current?
so Frieda Pinto was last year, yet Evan rachel Wood, from the Wrestler, is current?
1:13PM on 02/03/2010

It's more

Affirmative Actions than just Political Correctness in your liberal head.
You missed minorities? I can solve it. Isn't Evan Rachel Wood Jewish? Here you go. You got still a white girl who represents a minority with the very troubled history and stuff. It's not her fault you can't say the same about Hollywood.
And Arabic? How much more politically correct you can be?
Arabic actresses are popular in Arab world, Indian - in India (the biggest movie industry in the world), Asian - in Asia (you
Affirmative Actions than just Political Correctness in your liberal head.
You missed minorities? I can solve it. Isn't Evan Rachel Wood Jewish? Here you go. You got still a white girl who represents a minority with the very troubled history and stuff. It's not her fault you can't say the same about Hollywood.
And Arabic? How much more politically correct you can be?
Arabic actresses are popular in Arab world, Indian - in India (the biggest movie industry in the world), Asian - in Asia (you mean Far East, right?), Latino - in Latin America, Blacks - everywhere (I hope). I am pretty sure in Hong Kong, Mumbai or Rio people less concern about why there are so few white actresses appearing in their movies. Or, vice versa, why there are not that many Latino actresses in Polish movies.
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1:17PM on 02/03/2010
Finally someone with a brain!
Finally someone with a brain!
2:06PM on 02/03/2010
you call this a brain? America is much more culturally diverse than any of those coutnries you named. Non-whites buy a crapload of the movie tickets sold in America. "not that many latinos in Polish movies"??? this is your argument?
you call this a brain? America is much more culturally diverse than any of those coutnries you named. Non-whites buy a crapload of the movie tickets sold in America. "not that many latinos in Polish movies"??? this is your argument?
2:45PM on 02/03/2010
so since America is SOOO diverse, that means every SINGLE form of news/entertainment must take into consideration other ethnic groups? Does that mean in every commercial on TV now we need 1 of every color?

White people listen to rap music TOO! *sarcasm. Where is the love in hip hop magazines? We spend our money on ethnic proprieties.
so since America is SOOO diverse, that means every SINGLE form of news/entertainment must take into consideration other ethnic groups? Does that mean in every commercial on TV now we need 1 of every color?

White people listen to rap music TOO! *sarcasm. Where is the love in hip hop magazines? We spend our money on ethnic proprieties.
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1:11PM on 02/03/2010
It doesn't bother me any,I don't even read Vanity Fair,and I feel sorry for those who do.
It doesn't bother me any,I don't even read Vanity Fair,and I feel sorry for those who do.
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1:08PM on 02/03/2010

WHO CARES!

God help me man, do we really have to whine and complain about EVERYTHING in America. We are a bunch of PC pussies now. It's a STUPID article, who gives a crap, and since I'd say most of Vanity Fairs readers are white, does it matter? Am I going to complain about a Latino magazine with only latinos on the cover? Or a hip hop magazine with only blacks on the cover? NO, you know why? Because I don't give a shit, and life moves on, and I don't pay attention to meaningless things like this!
God help me man, do we really have to whine and complain about EVERYTHING in America. We are a bunch of PC pussies now. It's a STUPID article, who gives a crap, and since I'd say most of Vanity Fairs readers are white, does it matter? Am I going to complain about a Latino magazine with only latinos on the cover? Or a hip hop magazine with only blacks on the cover? NO, you know why? Because I don't give a shit, and life moves on, and I don't pay attention to meaningless things like this!
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2:09PM on 02/03/2010
I'm guessing you're white...
I'm guessing you're white...
2:34PM on 02/03/2010
and I'm guessing your a whiney puss who looks way into what a magazine is actually doing, and actually wastes their time caring about such stupid things. You sound pretty quick to jump on the "you are white" bandwagon. So since your of "color" you are automatically supposed to whine and cry about everything that resembles ANY form of racist undertone?

Btw, can I complain about the lack of white shows on BET? Wait here comes your argument, all shows on big networks have only
and I'm guessing your a whiney puss who looks way into what a magazine is actually doing, and actually wastes their time caring about such stupid things. You sound pretty quick to jump on the "you are white" bandwagon. So since your of "color" you are automatically supposed to whine and cry about everything that resembles ANY form of racist undertone?

Btw, can I complain about the lack of white shows on BET? Wait here comes your argument, all shows on big networks have only whites.....wait a minute RACIST OMG!
1:05PM on 02/03/2010

In agreement...

What a sham, so what if Zoe is 31. Most good, hell great actresses take years to climb the ladder. It's a shame the age factor always effects women because their is some truly remarkable talent out there regardless of T&A. You probably won't see 3/4 of those in that spread 5-10 years from now, but they sure do look pretty, huh? Garbage!
What a sham, so what if Zoe is 31. Most good, hell great actresses take years to climb the ladder. It's a shame the age factor always effects women because their is some truly remarkable talent out there regardless of T&A. You probably won't see 3/4 of those in that spread 5-10 years from now, but they sure do look pretty, huh? Garbage!
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12:27PM on 02/03/2010

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1:03PM on 02/03/2010
Go fig right? Asians only star in Kung fu movies, African Americans are only rappers or ghetto trash, and Middle Easterners are terrorists. Gotta love Hollywood.
Go fig right? Asians only star in Kung fu movies, African Americans are only rappers or ghetto trash, and Middle Easterners are terrorists. Gotta love Hollywood.
1:05PM on 02/03/2010
Yeah, me too...
Yeah, me too...
12:14PM on 02/03/2010
Ahh, the world loves a white woman. That's all that matters of course. Being white, blonde, and pretty. That's what we should all aspire to be. Good for America! Good going Vanity Fair!
Ahh, the world loves a white woman. That's all that matters of course. Being white, blonde, and pretty. That's what we should all aspire to be. Good for America! Good going Vanity Fair!
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1:07PM on 02/03/2010
You hit that nail on the head. If they are worthy of it, then great. Personally I'll take a brunette or a black woman because they usually have half a brain to go with their beauty. In the words of Nicholas Cage, "The world is being Fed-exed to HELL!"
You hit that nail on the head. If they are worthy of it, then great. Personally I'll take a brunette or a black woman because they usually have half a brain to go with their beauty. In the words of Nicholas Cage, "The world is being Fed-exed to HELL!"
3:06PM on 02/03/2010
My argument is not that there HAS to be minorities, it's that we've all been conditioned to feel more comfortable with white people, so Vanity Fair is only feeding that need and making money off of it. Why do you think Rita Hayworth and Raquel Welch, who are hispanic, were groomed to look white? Because in this country, no, in this world of ours, white, good looking and blond is what sells, and we eat it up with a spoon. I'm prone to agree that Vanity Fair is slightly racist, but I honestly
My argument is not that there HAS to be minorities, it's that we've all been conditioned to feel more comfortable with white people, so Vanity Fair is only feeding that need and making money off of it. Why do you think Rita Hayworth and Raquel Welch, who are hispanic, were groomed to look white? Because in this country, no, in this world of ours, white, good looking and blond is what sells, and we eat it up with a spoon. I'm prone to agree that Vanity Fair is slightly racist, but I honestly just think they're doing what works. We see blond pretty white women on the cover of magazines and we're going to respond well to it. You think if we have a minority actress on there that it would sell as much? Yeah it's pretty outrageous, but hell, it's the truth.
12:09PM on 02/03/2010

What's missing from Vanity Fair's New Hollywood actress shoot?

Tits?
Tits?
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12:08PM on 02/03/2010

What's missing??

Me, of course. Doing the nasty with all of them.
Me, of course. Doing the nasty with all of them.
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12:07PM on 02/03/2010

Heigl?

Why is Katherine Heigl in this photo? She's been around for years and years.
Why is Katherine Heigl in this photo? She's been around for years and years.
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12:13PM on 02/03/2010
That's Abby Cornish, bro.
That's Abby Cornish, bro.
12:33PM on 02/03/2010
Oh shit, my bad! They look identical.
Oh shit, my bad! They look identical.
1:08PM on 02/03/2010
Heigl is skank and I'm sorry but is a terrible actress with no class. Yet she's still the flavor of the month for some reason. Wonder who she's sleeping with in the front office?
Heigl is skank and I'm sorry but is a terrible actress with no class. Yet she's still the flavor of the month for some reason. Wonder who she's sleeping with in the front office?
10:18AM on 02/04/2010
actually thought it looked more like a young charlie theron than katherine heigl
actually thought it looked more like a young charlie theron than katherine heigl
12:02PM on 02/03/2010

Also....

Amber Heard is another one...
Amber Heard is another one...
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12:01PM on 02/03/2010

Either way....

Zoe Saldana should be in this group regardless. She's an up and coming actress who's hotter than hell.
Zoe Saldana should be in this group regardless. She's an up and coming actress who's hotter than hell.
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1:09PM on 02/03/2010
In total agreement!
In total agreement!
11:47AM on 02/03/2010

Not Vanity Fair's Fault

There are two 27 year olds, 2 24 year olds, 1 22, 1 21, 1 20 and 1 19 year old on the list. The only 2 non white people you list are Saldana who is 31 years old! Not young compared to their list. I bet they use 30 as their cut off. Gabby Sidibe is known for one movie and probably isn't up and coming. Do you really see her getting many more roles?

Call Hollywood racist if you want but Vanity Fair can't change who is up and coming. Since Hollywood's main goal is to make money and we are the
There are two 27 year olds, 2 24 year olds, 1 22, 1 21, 1 20 and 1 19 year old on the list. The only 2 non white people you list are Saldana who is 31 years old! Not young compared to their list. I bet they use 30 as their cut off. Gabby Sidibe is known for one movie and probably isn't up and coming. Do you really see her getting many more roles?

Call Hollywood racist if you want but Vanity Fair can't change who is up and coming. Since Hollywood's main goal is to make money and we are the ones with the money the general public must be racist if anyone is.
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2:14PM on 02/03/2010
according to IMDB Gabby has more roles coming. You just assumed because she isnt the hollywood ideal she wouldnt get roles... probably because you wouldnt cast her.

"i bet they use 30 as their cut off".. again, more guessing and excuse making. Do you know? No.


according to IMDB Gabby has more roles coming. You just assumed because she isnt the hollywood ideal she wouldnt get roles... probably because you wouldnt cast her.

"i bet they use 30 as their cut off".. again, more guessing and excuse making. Do you know? No.


11:46AM on 02/03/2010

irresponsible...

technically, there's nothing "wrong" with that list, but it does send out the wrong message. considering the world is flooded with ignorant morons (hey, that's me most times) a bit of effort on the editors part could have served as a better example of what's "hot" in hollywood.
technically, there's nothing "wrong" with that list, but it does send out the wrong message. considering the world is flooded with ignorant morons (hey, that's me most times) a bit of effort on the editors part could have served as a better example of what's "hot" in hollywood.
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11:15AM on 02/03/2010

Damnnnnnnnnnn

Emma Stone is smoking hot. That is all.
Emma Stone is smoking hot. That is all.
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11:15AM on 02/03/2010

Cahoot

No he's not kidding. and he's right.
Mia who? Carey what? If this list doesn't have Zoe on it (a couple of blockbusters under her belt already) and Gabby Sidide (an oscar nod) then this list is bullshit.

If you disagree with this I'd love to hear your logic.
No he's not kidding. and he's right.
Mia who? Carey what? If this list doesn't have Zoe on it (a couple of blockbusters under her belt already) and Gabby Sidide (an oscar nod) then this list is bullshit.

If you disagree with this I'd love to hear your logic.
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1:10PM on 02/03/2010
I am in total agreement with you...
I am in total agreement with you...
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11:09AM on 02/03/2010
Are you kidding me with this?
Are you kidding me with this?
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