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Variety’s Power of Women New York 2017

Each year, Variety highlights five prominent women who are using their clout and influence to bring attention to worthy causes. This year’s honorees are: Jessica Chastain (Planned Parenthood), Chelsea Clinton (Alliance for a Healthier Generation), Gayle King (SEO Scholars), Blake Lively (Child Rescue Coalition), Audra McDonald (Covenant House), and Shari Redstone (Legal Services Corp.).

Blake Lively wants to use the power of the web to crack down on child pornography. The movie star (“The Shallows,” “Café Society”) is working with the Child Rescue Coalition on promoting a groundbreaking technology that flags the IP addresses of people who share and download sexually explicit images of minors.

The actress and L’Oreal pitchwoman found out about the nonprofit at an event sponsored by the beauty brand. “There are millions of files all over the world being traded every single day of child pornography,” says Lively, who was drawn to the cause as the mother of two young children. “It’s so disturbing. A lot of these people are fathers.”

Coalition CEO Carly Asher Yoost says she and Lively were immediately simpatico. “We hit it off, and we’re both passionate about protecting kids,” says Yoost, who founded the nonprofit organization in 2013, in Boca Raton, Fla. “We stayed in touch, and she really wanted to help. She got us a meeting at a technology summit at Facebook.”

Yoost hopes to convince internet providers to block users from sharing child pornography, as she points to research that suggests 85% of those who consume it have abused children. “Our mission is to protect the innocent,” Yoost says. “We try to get [the data] in the hands of law enforcement.”

By partnering with officers in 67 countries, the Child Rescue Coalition has led to the arrest of 9,000 predators, and rescued 2,084 children from active abuse. “If you proactively find these predators, you can save so many children,” says Lively.

Source: Variety

Ryan talks about his family official public debut at Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony

Aww. Blake’s first baby daughter is growing up fast, and oh my goodness isn’t she cute! I literally think she’s the cutest kid I’ve seen in a long time!

James, who just turned two – ahead of her birthday, made her official public debut at her daddy’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony, with her little sister Ines by her side.

Normally we don’t drop the whole family out like this, but I just thought I’d regret this in 20 years if I didn’t have my kids here as well… So we all, we decided collectively just to come down here in one big movement and be a part of this…

And it sure was a memorable moment, certainly a proud moment for his family and an equally awe-inducing moment for the fans. Reynolds had this to say about his wife, and daughters during his speech at the ceremony:

“I want to thank my wife, Blake, you make everything better, I mean absolutely everything in my life better,” he said in a video captured by ET. “You’ve given us two of the most incredible children I could ever hope to have…”

OK, swooning overload.

Blake’s New Year’s Resolution

Blake Lively is the latest celeb to admit that snapping back to your pre-pregnancy body doesn’t come easy. She’s doing it with lots of gym time, an entire diet program, and a New Year’s resolution to hold her accountable.

“New Years resolution started early — I WILL fit into my jeans again gall darnet,” she captioned a pic of her food haul on Monday night. “Thanks @getepicured for making it tasty.”

And while a celeb endorsement like that doesn’t usually come cheap, this one was free. “This is not an ad,” she continued. “This is me getting it up for healthy food. ?????.”

But a nutrition regimen is just the beginning of her post-baby body plan of action. She’s also hitting the gym hard — at least when she’s not hiding from her personal trainer, Don Saladino.

Blake Lively Takes Ryan Reynolds to O Ya Restaurant on His 40th Birthday

Blake’s favorite food may come from O Ya restaurant, she highly thanked the restaurant on her own Instagram post to her hubby noting that it was that restaurant in Boston where the two met and now they are celebrating his birthday at their NYC location.

Furthermore, she credited the restaurant for having the “BEST” food and being the couple’s “favorite.”

Lively and Reynolds are seen gazing into each other’s eyes, Lively’s hand on his shoulder (a very Romantic Comedy Poster set up), as—yes, there are layers within layers here—Reynolds holds a picture of the two, making the same pose, in a shot taken five years prior. Per Lively’s caption, we learn that the 35th birthday celebration took place at O Ya, a Japanese restaurant in Boston, whereas the current shot is taken at O Ya’s New York outpost. (You just know Lively has been orchestrating this celebration plan for months now. There were probably three notebooks filled with brainstorming about the streamers alone.) “We fell in love at your restaurant in Boston,” she wrote, “We stay in love at your restaurant in New York.” (If O Ya hasn’t scrapped its current awning this morning for a large sign that says “This is where Blake and Ryan Stay in Love,” they need new management.)

O.K., now here is where Swift enters the picture. The singer and Lively have become fast ultra-best-friends, as we all know very well. Swift reportedly arrived at the hospital to see the actress after she gave birth a few weeks ago, and other reports claim she recently went to spend a few days with the couple at their compound in Pound Ridge. Anyway, the singer reportedly commented on Lively’s Instagram last night, “Thanks guys, Now I’m drowning in tears of joy.” (Will Lively and Reynolds get a song like 1989’s “You Are In Love”—which was written about Swift’s friends Jack Antonoff and Lena Dunham—on Swift’s next album?! Or, more to the point, will it be called “Live and Let Lively” or not?!)

Reynolds also posted a shot from the festivities, and his picture adds a whole other layer of complexity. In his picture from the dinner party, Lively and Reynolds are sitting at a table in the restaurant wearing what look to be rabbit-nose masks. He wrote, as a caption, “Best. Birthday. Everrrrr. Courtesy of my wife, buddy, and international spy, @blakelively. With huge thanks to my favorite restaurant in NYC,@oya_ — and a special shout out to our children for not ruining everything like they planned.”

Blake to join husband Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool 2

The most recent Deadpool 2 rumor is that Blake Lively may be joining her husband Ryan Reynolds in the new movie. However, considering that The Shallows star is currently about four months pregnant with new baby, it’s highly unlike that she will be ready to film Deadpool 2. That doesn’t mean that Ryan Reynolds will drop out of the film though! The Shallows star became pregnant with her second baby back in April, after celebrating her first baby James’ birthday in December. She did not confirm until much later when her baby bump began to show… Ooo will she, won;t she?

There’s A Chance ‘Gossip Girl’ Might Come Back To TV?

It’s the era of television reboots, and it looks like the CW’s “Gossip Girl” might be getting it’s moment next.

According to a report from E! News, the show’s executive producers, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, are not ruling out the possibility of a revival.

When asked if he would consider doing a reboot, Josh replied,

We haven’t really explored some of those conversations. Maybe, I don’t know. We haven’t really thought about it.

He also added “the internet has changed” and he would be interested in exploring how Serena and Blair would fair with new social media apps like Snapchat and Instagram.

So, although that sounds like a “maybe, probably not” to a normal person, in industry speak that’s a lot more optimistic.

To me, it sounds like they’re at least trying to work on something — it’s hard to believe the producers hadn’t even thought about it amidst the publicity for the “Gilmore Girls” and “Fuller House” reboot series.

“Gossip Girl” ended in 2012, so it might be a bit too soon to launch a revival just yet. Maybe we’ll hear about it again in upcoming years.

And of course, whether Blake Lively, Leighton Meester and the rest of the cast would come back if there WAS a revival would be a whole different story.

As the girls would say, only time will tell.

“I never imagined I’d be in a Woody Allen film”

Actress Blake Lively was so anxious on her first day of shooting Woody Allen’s Café Society that she had to hold her co-star’s hand.

Blake Lively was shocked when she was asked to audition for Woody Allen’s new movie Café Society because she never saw herself as “fitting in” the director’s world. The comedy drama is set in 1930s Hollywood and tells the love triangle story between Bobby (Jesse Eisenberg), Vonnie (Kristen Stewart) and Veronica (Blake Lively).

Making her name in teen drama TV series Gossip Girl, Blake, 28, has recently been branching out into more serious roles, including a recent turn as a troubled surfer in The Shallows. But she never anticipated being cast in one of Woody’s offbeat dramas, and was extremely nervous when she auditioned for the role, especially as she wasn’t given any details about the character before she read the lines for the famed director.

“I did it once in a room with a couple of people and Woody – no cameras, very low-key. Then he says, ‘OK, do it again. Just this time, louder’. I realised I must have been whispering, I was so nervous,” she told Total Film magazine. “But the next day, I got a phone call asking if I wanted to do it. A Woody Allen movie is such specific writing, such a refined cadence, so I never saw myself fitting into that world, though I love it.”

Blake, who is married to actor Ryan Reynolds, was also extremely worried on the first day of filming Café Society as one of her first scenes had a lot of lengthy dialogue and she didn’t want to stumble on her words.

“(Co-star) Parker Posey was holding my hand under the table,” she confided. “I was intimidated because he’s an iconic filmmaker.

Café Society is showing in U.S. theatres now and opens in U.K. cinemas on 2 September (16).

Gallery Additions (Interviews)

Blake recently appeared on Live! With Kelly and co-host Fred Savage, you can watch the interview, here. We also added x289 screencaps to the gallery, and while we were at it, we capped a bunch of other recent interviews too – enjoy!

x289 Live! With Kelly and co-host Fred Savage July 2016
x418 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon July 2016
x131 The TODAY Show June 2016
x527 Late Night with Seth Meyers June 2016
x230 The Shallows Interview June 2016
x520 Sway in the Morning June 2016
x414 The Chew June 2016
x162 The Shallows Junket Interview June 2016
x192 Cafe Society Cannes Interview May 2016

Blake Lively & Parker Posey CAFE SOCIETY Interview

Blake Lively’s trainer on her current workout routine

Straight from the trainer to you.

In preparation for her role in The Shallows, Blake Lively and trainer Don Saladino set up a flexible six day workout plan for the actress to ensure she was in peak physical condition to fight that shark.

“She truly listened to me every step of the way and we both listened to her body,” Saladino tells Well and Good. “At the end of the day, it will never be one-size-fits-all. In order to get the results, you need to be paying attention to what’s going on [with you].”

Before laying out the workout regimen, Saladino noted that every workout is different and to always keep that in mind when reading up on celebrity workout plans:

“I could write out a workout for you, but the thing that people have to take into consideration is the intensity levels,” Saladino says. “And just because you see a celebrity workout plan, doesn’t mean that it’s exactly the same formula that helped them get in shape. If a leg day was set up for a Monday for Blake, but she was flying home the night before and stayed up all night with the baby and was exhausted, I’m not gonna make her do the full workout.”

So what did Lively get up to on those six days?

Day one focused on the upper body, finishing with a 20-30 minute burst of cardio. Day two was all about the lower body, think kettlebell deadlift, a lateral lunge, and split squat. Day three encompassed water; Lively hit the pool with a mix of interval work, treading water and long-distance swimming. Day four focused on getting outdoors and exercises that work anywhere: walking lunges, push-ups, and planks and more cardio. On day five, Saladino simply encouraged Lively to head outdoors “whether that was a walk with her daughter or husband, a jog around town, or a hike—for 30-40 minutes.”

Simple.