How Dolly Parton Became the Unofficial Fairy Godmother of Netflix's Dumplin'

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Dolly Parton is the type of celebrity who, the more you find out about her, the more impossible it is not to admire her.

The iconic singer-songwriter has not only been making music since the 1960s when she burst on the scene with her debut album, Hello, I'm Dolly, but she's also dabbled in being an actress, record producer, and philanthropist (her charity donated its 100 millionth book in February). On top of all that, she's also an incredibly savvy businesswoman, which means she's maintained ownership over most of her own songs over the last few decades, which is what allowed her to lend her music to Netflix's latest rom-com hit, Dumplin'.

The film follows the story of Willowdean Dickson (Danielle Macdonald), a "self-proclaimed fat girl" who decides to regain her confidence by entering the beauty pageant run by her thin, judgmental mother (Jennifer Aniston) in her small Texas town.
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Why Making Dumplin' Was a "Dream Come True" For Screenwriter Kristin Hahn and Jennifer Aniston

Why Making Dumplin' Was a
If you would've told me that a movie about a beauty pageant would end up being one of 2018's most empowering movies, I probably would've had a good laugh. Women prancing around on stage in bathing suits, getting scored for their appearance? Thanks, but no thanks. Fortunately my ideas about the entire process were completely flipped by Dumplin', a dazzling comedy-drama with a Dolly Parton-themed soundtrack so good I could cry. (Full disclosure: I did cry multiple times while watching. No shame.)

The adaptation of Julie Murphy's New York Times bestselling Ya novel was brought to the screen by writer Kristin Hahn, which led to her longtime friend Jennifer Aniston joining the film, and soon everything else - including singer-songwriter and all-around queen Dolly Parton's involvement - fell into place. The film stars Australian actress Danielle Macdonald as Willowdean Dickson, a "self-proclaimed fat girl" who's dubbed "Dumplin'" by
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Peanuts is coming to Apple’s new streaming service

It’s not just Disney who plans to get in on the streaming game next year, as Apple has also been assembling a host of original programming for its own as-yet-unannounced streaming service, and now comes word from Deadline that the tech giant has signed a deal to bring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and friends to its catalogue of content.

Deadline reports that Dhx Media is set to produce new Peanuts content, which will include new series, specials and shorts based upon the beloved Charles M. Schulz characters. As part of the deal, it will also feature original sort-form Stem content as part of the Space Act Agreement between Peanuts Worldwide and Nasa to inspire a passion for space exploration and science among the next generation of students.

In addition to Peanuts, Apple has a number of original shows in the pipeline, including (but not limited to!) a thriller series from M. Night Shyamalan,
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I'm Beggin' of You, Please Watch This Drag Queen "Jolene" Music Video

Netflix is doing the absolute most to promote its new movie, Dumplin'. If you're not familiar, it follows the story of an spunky, curvy, Dolly Parton-obsessed teenager named Willowdean as she tries to figure out who she is in a small Texas town. The clear Dolly Parton connection has yielded a treasure trove of exciting additions to the film: even during press rounds, Parton roasted her husband on national television and casually sipped tequila with Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock. When it comes to the actual film, she wrote new music for the soundtrack and released a gorgeous, stripped-down version of "Jolene" that will absolutely give you chills.

Speaking of the phenomenon that is "Jolene," Netflix has done us one better: a new music video featuring tons of popular RuPaul's Drag Race alumni. The video, which features a slightly more uptempo version of Jolene, stars Ginger Minj, Alaska Thunderf*ck,
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Apple to Create New ‘Peanuts’ Content for Streaming Service

Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang will soon head to Apple after the computer giant’s streaming service secured the rights to Charles M. Schulz’ beloved characters.

As part of the deal, reported by Variety, Apple will create new series, specials and shorts featuring the Peanuts characters. Dhx Media, which purchased a stake in the Peanuts franchise in 2017, will produce the new content.

The agreement also includes a series of original short-form Stem (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) videos that will feature Snoopy as an astronaut
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Apple Lands New ‘Peanuts’ Content From Dhx Media

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In a highly competitive situation, Apple has made a deal with Dhx Media to produce new “Peanuts” content for the tech giant’s upcoming streaming service, Variety has learned.

Dhx and its subsidiary, Peanuts Worldwide, will develop and produce original series, specials and shorts based on the iconic gang of characters created by Charles M. Schulz.

As part of the partnership, Dhx will produce original short-form Stem content that will be exclusive to Apple featuring astronaut Snoopy. Peanuts Worldwide and Nasa recently signed a Space Act Agreement, designed to inspire a passion for space exploration and the Stem fields among the next generation of students.

Dhx acquired a large stake in the “Peanuts” gang in May 2017. The $345 million deal also gave Dhx control of the “Strawberry Shortcake” franchise, adding to a children’s programming portfolio that also includes “Teletubbies,” “Caillou,” “Inspector Gadget,” and the “Degrassi” franchise.

Schulz debuted the characters
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Jimmy Kimmel Is Culpable: Watch Teenage Boys Hit Their Parents for Turning Off ‘Fortnite’ (Video)

Jimmy Kimmel Is Culpable: Watch Teenage Boys Hit Their Parents for Turning Off ‘Fortnite’ (Video)
Think teenage girls are bad? Watch what these boys do when their parents turn off third-person shooter video game “Fortnite,” per Jimmy Kimmel’s latest YouTube Challenge request.

Yeah, the footage from this one is really horrible. As if the cursing isn’t bad enough, like half of the young men (we’re using that phrase Very loosely) physically attack their moms and dads for cutting off their TV power mid-match.

At the very end of the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” compilation, we find out that the anger is not just for the middle- and high-schoolers when a grown man curses at his toddler for switching off his Xbox. We’ve got some advice for this dude’s wife: Flip off the cellphone camera and use the device to dial a divorce lawyer, pronto.

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Watch the video above.
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Why Making Dumplin' Was a "Dream Come True" For Screenwriter Kristin Hahn and Jennifer Aniston

If you would've told me that a movie about a beauty pageant would end up being one of 2018's most empowering movies, I probably would've had a good laugh. Women prancing around on stage in bathing suits, getting scored for their appearance? Thanks, but no thanks. Fortunately my ideas about the entire process were completely flipped by Dumplin', a dazzling comedy-drama with a Dolly Parton-themed soundtrack so good I could cry. (Full disclosure: I did cry multiple times while watching. No shame.)

The adaptation of Julie Murphy's New York Times bestselling Ya novel was brought to the screen by writer Kristin Hahn, which led to her longtime friend Jennifer Aniston joining the film, and soon everything else - including singer-songwriter and all-around queen Dolly Parton's involvement - fell into place. The film stars Australian actress Danielle Macdonald as Willowdean Dickson, a "self-proclaimed fat girl" who's dubbed "Dumplin'" by
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Film Review: ‘Dumplin”

Film Review: ‘Dumplin”
“I’m not the Dalai Lama, but I’ll try to offer up a few words of advice,” Dolly Parton chirped in her 2008 single “Better Get to Livin’,” before doling out exactly the brand of wholesome, no-nonsense wisdom you’d expect from the indefatigable country queen: If you keep your head up, keep moving forward and say the odd little prayer, life will more or less work out fine.

It’s no surprise that “Better Get to Livin'” features prominently in “Dumplin’,” a film as big on homespun heart as it is short on the letter ‘G,’ and one that certainly places Dolly and Dalai on more or less the same spiritual plane. The singer may not star in Anne Fletcher’s lovable self-help comedy — about a plus-size, Parton-worshipping teen who shakes up her small Texan community by entering a local beauty pageant — but from her integral narrative presence to
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I'm Beggin' of You, Please Watch This Drag Queen "Jolene" Music Video

Netflix is doing the absolute most to promote its new movie, Dumplin'. If you're not familiar, it follows the story of an spunky, curvy, Dolly Parton-obsessed teenager named Willowdean as she tries to figure out who she is in a small Texas town. The clear Dolly Parton connection has yielded a treasure trove of exciting additions to the film: even during press rounds, Parton roasted her husband on national television and casually sipped tequila with Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock. When it comes to the actual film, she wrote new music for the soundtrack and released a gorgeous, stripped-down version of "Jolene" that will absolutely give you chills.

Speaking of the phenomenon that is "Jolene," Netflix has done us one better: a new music video featuring tons of popular RuPaul's Drag Race alumni. The video, which features a slightly more uptempo version of Jolene, stars Ginger Minj, Alaska Thunderf*ck,
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Sandra Bullock Crashed Dolly Parton and Jennifer Aniston's Interview . . . With Tequila

Netflix's heart-warming new dramedy Dumplin' has officially arrived! As is customary for nearly every single film these days, a press junket accompanied the film's release, meaning journalists got the chance to speak with Jennifer Aniston, who stars in the film, and Dolly Parton, who serves as a muse throughout the story (and contributed new music to the soundtrack). While that's a pretty exciting interview in itself, Access hit the gold mine when Sandra Bullock - she must have been in the same building doing press for her Netflix film, Bird Box - crashed the interview. With tequila shots, no less!

There's so much going on in the moment (which starts just after the four-minute mark): Jennifer is kissing Sandra on the lips, Dolly is screaming with joy, and Sandra is switching between asking if everything is Ok and calling Jennifer "mama." Sandra also tries to bow out of
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Watch ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Stars Perform Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’

Watch ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Stars Perform Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’
Dolly Parton’s classic “Jolene” gets a colorful, dancefloor-ready update in a new promotional video for the new film Dumplin’, which was released on December 7th. Parton appears only as a statue in the beginning of the clip, but a group of performers from RuPaul’s Drag Race make up for the country icon’s absence with some outrageous (and outrageously good) impersonations.

“Come to the Smoky Mountains, they said. It’ll be fun they said. Where’s all the bears?” says Ginger Minj in the opening scene, perhaps confusing
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How many of the 16 performers with SAG, Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe nominations will contend at Oscars?

After the onslaught of nominations from the SAG, Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice awards, let’s take a deep breath and consider what they all mean. Nine lead and seven supporting players reaped bids with all three of these precursor prizes. Scroll down to see the full list.

How likely does that make them to number among the 20 performers who earn Oscar nominations?Since the Critics’ Choice Awards introduced nominations in 2001, there have been only 21 instances when a performer nominated for all three of these kudos did not go on to contend at the Oscars.

The most recent of those was last year when James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”) and Hong Chau (“Downsizing”) were snubbed for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively by the actors branch of the academy. The other lucky 13 performers with nominations across the board all contended at the Academy Awards.

See 2019 SAG Awards nominations: Full
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Jennifer Aniston

You already know that she’s responsible for the ‘Rachel cut’, the popular haircut that was seen on thousands of women, if not more, when Friends was still a popular show, but Jennifer Aniston has a lot more going for her than that and has managed a career that has put her in the midst of legends and newcomers alike. She’s been around a lot longer than some folks realize and looks great for her age, but she’s also gained a lot of wisdom on her way up. Obviously she’s loved and lost throughout her career and she’s done the best

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Jennifer Aniston
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Jennifer Aniston Opens Up About Relationship With Estranged Mother Nancy Dow

Jennifer Aniston opened up about her troubled relationship with her mother, Nancy Dow, recently in an interview with Elle. The news comes while she plays Rosie in Dumplin’. Rosie is a former pageant queen who finds herself as a single mother to a young daughter. It mirrors Aniston’s own relationship with her mother. Aniston’s parents divorced when she was 11. After […]
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Leprechaun Returns Review: This Surprising Reboot Finds Its Pot of Horror Gold

Leprechaun Returns Review: This Surprising Reboot Finds Its Pot of Horror Gold
It's been a big year for horror in general but, more specifically, horror reboots, with Halloween leading the pack. Now, a former video store staple has been given the reboot treatment, with Leprechaun Returns retconning the long-running series for a new generation. Believe it or not, this new take on the often cheesy and at times unwatchable franchise manages to strike some gold. This is, safe to say, a series-best entry.

Leprechaun Returns, much like the new Halloween, decides to throw out every previous sequel in favor of serving as a direct follow-up to the 1993 original. The premise is simple: a group of sorority sisters are fixing up a house in a small town in an attempt to go off-the-grid and do their part for the future. During the process, they unwittingly awaken a the gold-seeking killer, who was last seen falling down a well 25 years ago. Now, he's on
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How Dolly Parton Became the Unofficial Fairy Godmother of Netflix's Dumplin'

Image Source: Getty / Rich Fury

Dolly Parton is the type of celebrity who, the more you find out about her, the more impossible it is not to admire her.

The iconic singer-songwriter has not only been making music since the 1960s when she burst on the scene with her debut album, Hello, I'm Dolly, but she's also dabbled in being an actress, record producer, and philanthropist (her charity donated its 100 millionth book in February). On top of all that, she's also an incredibly savvy businesswoman, which means she's maintained ownership over most of her own songs over the last few decades, which is what allowed her to lend her music to Netflix's latest rom-com hit, Dumplin'.

The film follows the story of Willowdean Dickson (Danielle Macdonald), a "self-proclaimed fat girl" who decides to regain her confidence by entering the beauty pageant run by her thin, judgmental mother (Jennifer Aniston) in her small Texas town.
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These Adorable Tweets About Dumplin' Will Make Your Heart Grow at Least 10 Sizes

The reviews for Dumplin' are in, and the general consensus seems to be this: we're all sobbing.

Ok, Ok, in all seriousness, the Netflix romantic-dramedy is inspiring plenty of happy tears in viewers around the world, but its impact isn't something to be taken lightly. Anne Fletcher's film, which was adapted from Julie Murphy's bestselling Ya novel, follows Willowdean Dickson, a "self-proclaimed fat girl" who decides to regain her confidence by entering the beauty pageant run by her thin, judgmental mother. It's a beautiful story, that, for once, allows its character to fall in love with herself without having to lose weight or change her physical appearance.

That refreshing lesson is one that many women have been searching for in movies for years, with people on Twitter writing how they had hoped Netflix's other 2018 rom-com, Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, would've turned out more like Dumplin'. If you,
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'Dumplin'' Star Danielle Macdonald on Filming That "Scary" Swimsuit Competition Scene

'Dumplin'' Star Danielle Macdonald on Filming That
Actress Danielle Macdonald truly experienced what her character was going through when modeling swimsuits in a beauty pageant for Netflix's Dumplin'.

The dramedy, released Friday and adapted from the Julie Murphy novel of the same name, centers on Willowdean Dickson (Macdonald), a Texas high schooler who is too insecure about her body to enter the town beauty pageant that her obsessed mother (Jennifer Aniston) oversees every year. Inspired by her late, beloved aunt (Hilliary Begley), a trio of local drag queens and her idol Dolly Parton — who contributed the original song "Girl in the Movies" that scored ...
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Jennifer Aniston Gets Real About the Activity She Likes to Do Naked

Jennifer Aniston Gets Real About the Activity She Likes to Do Naked
Jennifer Aniston wasn't afraid to bare it all on Monday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. While playing a game of "Burning Questions" with the host, the Friends star revealed the activity she enjoys doing naked. Apparently, she likes to watch a little TV in the nude. Ellen DeGeneres seemed a bit surprised by Aniston's answer.  "Is that weird?" the actress asked. "I mean, at night, you get into bed and watch TV." However, it looks like this isn't the only activity Aniston likes to do in her birthday suit. When DeGeneres said she would have guessed sunbathing as the correct answer, Aniston replied, "Oh, that too." In addition to...
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