When She Tweeted About Her Favorite Show, The Executive Producer’s Response Wasn’t What She Expected

This Twitter conversation between Shonda Rhimes, the executive producer of ABC’s “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” and a disgruntled fan is the most perfect response to homophobia I’ve ever witnessed. I was already a die-hard Shonda fan, but this takes it to the next level.I created screenshots of these tweets after reading about Shonda Rhimes’ epic response on Oh No They Didn’t. Considering the original tweet was incredibly ignorant and Shonda’s public reply was no doubt embarrassing, I decided to censor the tweets to keep the original poster from experiencing any further online dragging. Homophobia isn’t cool, but online harassment isn’t either. Thumbnail image via Thinkstock; Shonda Rhimes photo by Greg Hernandez used under a Creative Commons license.

Have You Ever Been Told, ‘Don’t Act Like A Typical Tourist’? Here’s Why.

It’s great to go off the beaten path and discover the personalities that create the actual heart of any city. Whether you are a world traveler or you like exploring what’s in your own backyard, take the time to get to know the people around you. This entire broadcast is fantastic, but if you want to hear a really interesting story, you can start the podcast at 40:00.
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Here’s Lewis Black With An Amazing Rant About Teachers

I don’t know about you, but when I hear about everything that teachers are doing for my kids, and I understand how much they really care about all of their students, I get a little misty-eyed. And when I hear political types talk about cutting their salaries and benefits, I get as angry as Lewis Black does here. With cuss words to boot… This clip is by the great Lewis Black. Find more on his website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.

A Famous Actress Was Bullied As A Child. At 2:50, She Calls Out Something That’s Just As Bad.

She’s already America’s sweetheart, and now she’s won an award for her anti-bullying work. As someone who was bullied herself, Julia Roberts can really relate to the teens she works with. Original video by ABC News. Check out the anti-bullying group GLSEN, which gave Julia Roberts a humanitarian award for her anti-bullying work. You can also find more info and help on bullying at stopbullying.gov.

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These Iconic Movies Would Be VERY Different Based On Their Original Casting. Star Wars… OMG!

There are actors that were born to play a role that made them superstars. Their performances were so iconic that one cannot imagine any other actor playing that part. In essence, these great actors were, ‘born to play the part.’ However, for a lot of these memorable films, the actors that put forth phenomenal performances were not the first choice. The following list chronicles the surprising casting preferences of directors and movie studios. Some are hard to believe.
#1. Michael Keaton turned down Groundhog Day which would later prove successful for comedian Bill Murray. Luckily for Keaton he is enjoying a comeback with Birdman.
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#2. Bill Murray was in talks to play Forrest Gump. The titled role went to Tom Hanks. The role itself gave Hanks his second Academy Awards win for Best Actor in a lead role in 1995.
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#3. Matt Damon turned down the opportunity to play Two-Face in The Dark Knight. No harm, the role went to Aaron Eckhart.
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#4. When Leonardo DiCaprio turned down the lead role of American Psycho, Christian Bale jumped at the opportunity despite warnings that it would be career suicide. He nailed his American accent to perfection in the cult classic that at the wrap party when speaking in his native Welch accent, production thought it was an accent he was preparing for another film.
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#5. Christian Bale turned down the infamous James Bond because he wasn’t interested in playing the British stereo-type. Daniel Craig turned the role down initially, but accepted the role a year later after reading the completed script.
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#6. Named one of “The 20 Most Overrated Movies of All Time” by Premiere, Monster’s Ball caused tension when Angela Basset famously stated she turned down the role because she “wasn’t going to be a prostitute on film.” The film’s producer Lee Daniels rebuffed by saying Basset was never even offered the role. Happy ending, Halle Berry won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role.
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#7. Does Angelina Jolie have any regrets? Perhaps when she turned down the lead in Gravity which earned Sandra Bullock an Academy Award nomination.
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#8. Although very different actors, this one is one where it would have been a hit whether it was Nicholas Cage or Willem Dafoe playing the Green Goblin in Spiderman. The role went to the latter.
#9. Michelle Pfeiffer exudes sex appeal, nonetheless she turned down the role of Pretty Woman. The role gave Julia Roberts her America’s sweetheart status despite playing a prostitute.
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#10. Julia Roberts turned down both The Proposal and The Blind Side which would be successfully played by Sandra Bullock. The Blind Side earned Bullock her first Academy Awards nomination and win for Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role.
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#11. Al Pacino in space? Pacino turned down Hans Solo from Star Wars. No need to mention that blockbuster golden boy Harrison Ford would take this role and make it his own.
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#12. Jack Nicholson admitted that he was offered the role of Michael Corleone, The Godfather. He also admitted that there was no one but Al Pacino who could have played that character.
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#13. Will Smith was first choice to play Neo in The Matrix.
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#14. The Black Widow will keep Scarlett Johansson busy for many years. Pay dispute kept Emily Blunt from accepting the role first offered to her.
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#15. Ian McKellen is often confused with Michael Gambon who played headmaster Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter. When Gambon passed away, the role was offered to McKellen. He felt playing the wizard Gandalf in The Lord of The Rings was plenty enough.
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#16. Harrison counted his lucky stars when Al Pacino turned down Hans Solo in Star Wars. Ford had to feel it was no longer luck when another famous actor of his time Tom Selleck’s scheduling conflict in Magnum P.I. had him pull out of a little film known as Indiana Jones.
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#17. Steven Spielberg admitted his initial choice to play Alan Grant in Jurassic Park was none other than Harrison Ford. Sam Neil was glad the Hollywood heavy hitter turned it down.
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#18. Denzel Washington has been one of the few actors confident enough to admit his regret turning down the lead in Se7en. An up and coming actor, Brad Pitt jumped at the opportunity to work in the bloody thriller.
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#19. Although the movie is not expected to be released until 2015, Charlie Hunnam shocked the movie industry when he pulled out of Fifty Shades of Grey. The Sons of Anarchy actor felt he could not transition in to his character in time. The role went to a relatively unknown Jamie Dornan.
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#20. Josh Hartnett has admitted to being offered practically every super hero role such as Superman. The serious actor refuses to be typecast, hence no capes or tights for him anytime soon.
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#21. Although a producer in 12 Years a Slave, Brad Pitt chose a smaller role in the film. Michael Fassbender took the role of Edwin Epps, a cruel, racist slave owner.
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#22. This is another one where either actresses would have nailed the role. Anne Hathaway initially secured the role in Silver Linings Playbook, nonetheless artistic differences change the course and Jennifer Lawrence took it. Lawrence also took home the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role.
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#23. Jonah Hill was allowed to choose from any of the three major roles in the Hangover. Concerned of being typecast in comedy, he chose not to participate in the movie. Luckily for women everywhere, Bradley Cooper was more than happy to be in the raunchy comedy.
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#24. Initially director James Gunn had no interest in even auditioning Chris Pratt for the role of Peter Quill/Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy. One audition, and the role was his.
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