February 26th, 2014

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Ashlee Simpson Out With Fiance Evan Ross



Ashlee Simpson and her fiance Evan Ross hold hands while heading to Iguana Vintage Clothing to do a little shopping on Saturday (February 22) in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

That same day, the 29-year-old entertainer tweeted a music video to her fans.

“.@TheOrlandoJones new video Thug Music – Play at Maximum Volume is kinda AMAZING MUST WATCH #DangerousBlackKids” Ashlee tweeted, along with a link to the video. Evan also retweeted the link.
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Kylie Jenner Out With Jaden Smith



Jaden Smith shows his star power while grabbing a bite to eat with his close gal pal Kylie Jenner at Sugarfish on Sunday (February 23) in Calabasas, Calif.

A few weeks ago, the 15-year-old entertainer and the 16-year-old reality star were spotted hanging out together with their buddies Mateo and Moises Arias.

“I have died everyday waiting for you,” Kylie recently tweeted. We wonder who she is directing this message to?
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BREAKING: Katy Perry and John Mayer Call It Quits



Katy Perry and John Mayer have called it quits.

A source close to the pair exclusively tells E! News that Perry broke up with Mayer within the last few days.

No other details about what prompted the "Dark Horse" singer's decision were forthcoming, but Mayer was noticeably absent from Perry's side on her recent trip to London and Milan. She returned home to Los Angeles on Friday.

Despite some early ups and down, the musical pair fast became one of Hollywood's hottest couples, sweetly gushing about each other in interviews and collaborating on the song "Who You Love," off of Mayer's latest album, Paradise Valley.

The duo have been the center of engagement rumors for quite some time now, with the most recent round of are-they-or-aren't-they being sparked by the huge diamond ring Perry was wearing at the Elle Style Awards last week in London.

Perhaps the glittering accessory was just for style after all.

A source told E! News in November, however, that the next step seemed "inevitable," and that all of their nearest and dearest were really rooting for them to stay together. "They are so perfect together," the insider added.

The Prism artist once called Mayer a "genius" and told E! News, "I've been a fan of John's for years before I got to actually kiss him."

About their musical collaboration, she added, "I've been such a fan, I think he's so incredibly talented and gifted and a genius songwriter. So to be a part of anything he was doing was just natural."

The two first went public with their off-and-on romance in summer 2012. They split briefly, reconciled, called things off again last March, but then seemed to be going strong once again.

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Amanda Bynes -- Mortified At Drake 'Vagina' Comment



Amanda Bynes has turned it around in a big way ... and one of the markers is that she is now remorseful about things she did and said when she was at her worst -- particularly her comment about Drake, "I want Drake to murder my vagina."

Sources directly connected with Amanda tell TMZ ... she is in the territory of being her old self again. They say the fact that the Drake comment "horrifies her" shows she again has a sense of the difference between right and wrong.

But there's more. We're told Amanda has stopped smoking weed, she's in the process of removing a number of inappropriate tattoos, and she's kind to people with whom she interacts.

Most impressive ... Amanda is now at FIDM -- the Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising in Orange County -- and she's become so self-confident she makes presentations to her entire class and freely interacts with her classmates.


TMZ broke the story ... Amanda was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolarity. It's apparent the meds and the therapy are working.

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Shia LaBeouf and girlfriend Mia Goth go grocery shopping

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Shia LaBeouf and his girlfriend Mia Goth stock up on groceries at Gelson’s on Sunday (February 23) in Van Nuys, Calif.

The 27-year-old actor was just analyzed by James Franco in a piece he wrote for the New York Times.

“This behavior could be a sign of many things, from a nervous breakdown to mere youthful recklessness,” James wrote. “For Mr. LaBeouf’s sake I hope it is nothing serious. Indeed I hope — and, yes, I know that this idea has pretentious or just plain ridiculous overtones — that his actions are intended as a piece of performance art, one in which a young man in a very public profession tries to reclaim his public persona.”

FYI: Mia is wearing Levi’s jeans.

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AFTER SUFFERING A VERY PUBLIC TRAGEDY, LEA MICHELE HAS SPENT THE BETTER PART OF A YEAR CHANNELING HER ENERGIES INTO HER CAREER. THIS SPRING, WATCH AS THE MULTITALENTED SPITFIRE FROM NEW JERSEY ASCENDS LIKE A CANNONBALL INTO THE POP STRATOSPHERE WITH A DEBUT ALBUM, A NEW BOOK, A FEATURE FILM, AND THE BITTERSWEET GLEE FINALE



The first thing I notice about Lea Michele is that she has perfect eyebrows. They are strong, angular, and likely shaped for the day, since we’re meeting on the set of her music video shoot for the first single “Cannonball,” off her debut album, Louder. The tea-cup petite singer is taking a lunch break, a delectable-looking mélange of cubed tofu and tangled kale with a smattering of quinoa set before her. Glee’s leading glamour gal tells me she’s a vegetarian most of the time (“I eat fish occasionally”). Her bright eyes and springy skin attest to it—or maybe she just has dynamite genes.

The 27-year-old was born in the Bronx to a Turkish father, who was famous for bringing heros from his deli to the Spring Awakening set for cast mates when she was on Broadway, and an Italian-American mother. Complementing her Mediterranean good looks today are blunt, shiny bangs, and she is wearing a short, white cotton slip with Uggs, uncomely yet comfortable footwear, perfect for someone in need of an on-set shoe. Lea is kicking them off beneath the coffee table with nonchalance. Not that the star hasn’t earned the right to put her pedicured feet up for a minute.

Michele has been going full throttle for the release of Louder, slated for March fourth (as in, “march forth,” she says). It’s an 11-song distillation of a woman who took the time to find her voice. “I started working with Anne Preven, Felicia Barton, and Bonnie McKee right out of the gate, and we came up with some great, awesome pop songs,” she says. “But closer to the beginning of this year—four or five months into making the album—the label was like, “This is great, but we need more of you in here. You sound like you’re singing awesome songs that are similar to Katy or Kelly. We need more Lea Michele.”

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Russell Crowe urges Pope Francis to watch Noah: "powerful , fascinating , resonant"


There are myriad ways to promote a film these days, most notably through trailers, billboards, media junkets and talk-show appearances.

Now "Noah" star Russell Crowe is trying to reach a higher power, beseeching Pope Francis on Twitter to watch his upcoming biblical adventure, which is based on the Noah's Ark story from the Book of Genesis.


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Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia dies at 66



World-renowned Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia has died aged 66 in Mexico, reportedly of a heart attack while playing with his children on a beach.

The death of one of the most celebrated flamenco guitarists was announced by the mayor's office in Algeciras, southern Spain, where he was born.

He is said to have died in the Mexican resort of Cancun.

Famous for a series of flamenco albums in the 1970s, he also crossed over into classical and jazz guitar.

He also worked on films by Spanish director Carlos Saura, notably appearing in his 1983 version of Carmen, which won a UK Bafta award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1985.

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Decades of Glamour Oscar party and Vanity Fair Celebrate Young Hollywood

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Host Chris Evans attends Vanity Fair and FIAT celebration of "Young Hollywood" during Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood at No Vacancy on February 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

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Pity Party Time! Paula Deen is Fighting To Get Her Name Back!


At her lowest point last summer, Paula Deen struggled to get out of bed.

"When I woke up each morning, it was like my world was crashing down again," the celebrity chef, 67, tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week's cover story.


Her multimillion-dollar food empire and personal reputation shattered by Deen's admission in a 2013 deposition that she had used the N-word a "very long time" ago, the onetime "Queen of Butter" lost her Food Network contract along with most of her endorsement deals.

Nearly nine months later, she is now hoping to reboot her business with a new company funded by a $75 million deal with private investment firm Najafi Companies.

"I'm fighting to get my name back," says Deen, who adds that weathering the scandal involved facing her "greatest fear."

"I used to have dreams that I lost everything," she says. "And when it finally happens, you think, 'I'm still alive.' "


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Rashida Jones' Parents, Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton, to Play Her Folks in TBS Pilot Tribeca

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Rashida Jones is keeping it in the family with her new TBS pilot.

Jones’ real-life parents, Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton, have been tapped to play her on-screenparents in Tribeca,

The single-camera comedy casts Jones as Angie Tribeca, an LAPD vet who is now part of an outlandish group of investigators that — against all odds — manage to actually get their jobs done.

Alfred Molina will guest-star on the pilot as handwriting expert Dr. Edelweiss, and could recur should the pilot be ordered to series. Lisa Kudrow is also reportedly in talks to appear.

Steve Carrell, who co-wrote the pilot with wife Nancy Carrell, is set to direct.

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Kaley Cuoco: Moving In With Ryan After The First Date Sounds Slutty But We Were In Love



Kaley Cuoco isn't crazy -- just crazy in love with Ryan Sweeting. The Big Bang Theory actress is well aware that her quickie marriage to the tennis pro seems a little hasty, but she insists she knew what she was doing when she said "I do" on Dec. 31 just six months after they met. Speaking about their whirlwind romance in an interview with David Letterman on Monday, Feb. 24, the 28-year-old star said she just immediately hit it off with her now-husband when they were introduced by a mutual friend last July.

"We actually met on a blind date. I had never met him, and he had really never met me. He still tells me he had never seen the show, he didn't know who I was," Cuoco told Letterman of Sweeting, 26, who was coming off a national tennis tour when they first went out.

"He came to L.A. for a blind date -- and he never left," she revealed. "We had been texting, we texted a little bit. Dinner was great, and then he moved in the next day. I know, it sounds so slutty, but it wasn't!"

"It all did move quite fast on paper," she admitted, "but we really did know...And I know you're all thinking, 'She's nuts!' I swear I'm not nuts. We just fell in love."

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Suffering for their art: 10 actors with unflattering long hair


Daniel Radcliffe - The 24-year-old Harry Potter star is currently sporting long hair for a role in a film version of Frankenstein.

"I don't mind how it looks but I mind dealing with it. I don't know why any man would have it voluntarily," he laughed. "The amount of work it takes, having to dry it - doing anything to it is a f------ nightmare. I do have a whole new sympathy for women. I wouldn't be growing my hair this long in my own time."

The hair extensions do have one bonus: Radcliffe is now occasionally able to walk down the street without being recognised. He added: "I actually don't mind it because there's something really fun about looking totally different and seeing yourself that way. But it's not a permanent change."

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King Pharrell Williams' ™ 'Happy' Hits No. 1 On Hot 100 - Queen Bey Holds Steady at #5



After two weeks at No. 2, the song rises to the top, dethroning Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse,' featuring Juicy J, after four weeks at the summit. Plus, John Legend lands his first top 10.

Clap for Pharrell Williams, whose bouncy single "Happy" reaches the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with a 2-1 rise. The song unseats Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, which reigned the past four weeks (and despite the release of the latter's song's video last week). Meanwhile, John Legend earns his first Hot 100 top 10 with "All of Me."

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New Ray LaMontagne Song



The first single from Ray’s upcoming album Supernova is the title track. The new song is available for download on iTunes now. Get your first listen to the new music by clicking here.

Rolling Stone recently caught up with Ray to talk about the new record and working with Dan Auerbach. You can read the exclusive piece on RollingStone.com.

The fifth studio LP from Ray LaMontagne, Supernova, will be available May 6, 2014.

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YA author Chandler Baker writing three book horror series, "High School Horror Story"

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DiGa is set to reimagine classic literary monsters in a high school setting.

But rather than begin with television, where co-founders Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley have made their careers, DiGa is starting with books. The New York-based production company has inked a three-book deal with Macmillan Children's Feiwel and Friends imprint for a High School Horror Story collection written by veteran YA author Chandler Baker. The first book, tentatively titled Teen Frankenstein, is expected to be published in the fall of 2015.

With the literary world driving more and more television ideas, we wanted to develop our own franchises that begin on pages of a novel before ever being imagined for television. It is taking what we did with Teen Wolf and backing up the truck, so to speak, allowing a book to be the point of inception rather than a screenplay,” said Gateley, whose other credits include Laguna Beach, The Hills and Teen Mom.

The High School Horror series will be set in Paris, Texas, with book No. 1 drawing inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, told through the lens of a teenage girl who falls in love with the popular classmate she both accidentally kills and then brings back to life. Future books in the series will follow interconnected characters in the same small town high school and will modernize such classics as Jekyll & Hyde and Phantom of the Opera.

Added Jean Feiwel, senior vp and director of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group: “I love a damaged, romantic hero and Teen Frankenstein definitely fits the bill.”

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Lindsay Lohan Tops Nanny in Court



Lindsay Lohan just kicked a nanny's ass.

A nanny sued Lindsay -- claiming she was pushing a baby stroller in West Hollywood when LiLo recklessly drove her Maserati smack into her -- but she just folded like the cheap suit she takes to the dry cleaners.

TMZ broke the story ... Nubia Del Carmen Preza filed the lawsuit back in 2012 for personal injuries -- the baby was not hurt. But the case lingered and the nanny just threw in the towel ... that she uses to clean the kitchen.

The nanny has now dropped the lawsuit altogether ... and sources tell us the Nanny didn't get anything ... not even 99 cents that she could use at a discount store.

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Kim K & North @ JFK

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Kim Kardashian showers her little teddy bear North with kisses as they jet out of New York

With North looking adorable in a pink jacket with ears on the hood, Kim couldn't resist giving her a big kiss on the cheek, hugging her close while preparing to go through security at the airport. North, meanwhile, appeared more interested in what was going on around her, looking around inquisitively as she observed her surroundings. Kim and little Nori were joined at the airport by her mother Kris Jenner, who accompanied the pair to the French capital.
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Khloé Kardashian Talks About Her Divorce From Lamar Odom: "I Have No Regrets" + Pictures



Khloé Kardashian looks downright fabulous on the April cover of Cosmopolitan magazine.

Dressed in a cleavage-baring black tank top and a matching blazer and shorts, the E! reality star worked her killer curves for the camera.

And aside from the sexy photo shoot, the 29-year-old opened up to the publication about her dramatic past year.

"I'm not a big 'cry on a shoulder' person," she explained. "I'm very introverted when it comes to my own stuff. Everyone has issues and I'm not someone who liked to burden people…I hold things in. I don't know why."

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Justin Bieber -- 2 Jail Videos + Weed Found in Seized Escalade



Justin Bieber -- I'm A Bad Ass Behind Bars

Justin Bieber had his ass up in the air during his short stint in jail ... impressively doing 23 1/2 pushups in 28 seconds.
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Justin Bieber -- Stumbles in DUI Jail Video ... Cops Think It's Smoking Gun
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Justin Bieber -- Weed Found in Seized Escalade
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First-Look: Concept Art for the Guillermo del Toro-Produced 'Book of Life'


Animator Jorge Gutierrez co-wrote and directed the movie, which is set during the Mexican holiday of the Day of the Dead.

It's always bugged Jorge Gutierrez when the concept art for an animated film gets substantially altered for the finished film. Gutierrez, the co-writer and director of Fox Animation's upcoming animated feature The Book of Life, describes himself as a huge animation lover, and some of the things he likes to buy are "The Art of…" books for the movies.
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Ripper Street Renewed For Season 3 on BBC America



"Ripper Street" has been renewed for a Season 3 on BBC America. The surprising news comes just a few months after the series had supposedly been canceled.


In addition to the renewal, "Ripper Street" has a digital-streaming deal with Amazon, which acquired the U.K. subscription rights. Season 3 will begin production in May 2014.

Taking place just before the beginning of the 20th century, "Ripper Street" chronicles the lawmen of "H-Division," who struggle to bring order to the dark streets of London's most dangerous streets. Those same streets of London's Whitechapel district had previously played host to the notorious Jack the Ripper.

Starring Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg and MyAnna Buring, Season 2 of "Ripper Street" premiered Saturday, Feb. 22 on BBC America.

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National Enquirer apologizes over Philip Seymour Hoffman 'gay lover' story

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The media got it wrong when it came to reporting about actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's death, the late Oscar winner's friend said Wednesday in an exclusive broadcast interview on CNN's "New Day."

Not only did the reporting inaccurately depict Hoffman as a man in a death spiral, playwright David Bar Katz said the press also was lax when it came to a National Enquirer story claiming he and Hoffman were lovers. The report, since debunked, was cited in mainstream outlets.

"I don't know why they did it," he said of the Enquirer. "I know that it's lousy journalism."

Katz sued the Enquirer over the story, reaching a settlement in which the tabloid agreed to fund an award for unpublished playwrights in Hoffman's memory.

Hoffman died of apparent drug overdose February 2. Katz found his body.

On Wednesday, the National Enquirer took out a full-page ad in The New York Times saying it "made a good faith error by publishing an interview with a person who falsely and convincingly claimed to be Mr. Katz."

The real Katz told "New Day's" Chris Cuomo he believes the Enquirer was misled but he was still stunned the publication ran with the story without cross-checking it with other sources -- and that other media outlets picked it up.
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Vanessa Hudgens Gets Coffee In L.A.



Vanessa Hudgens carries two iced coffees to her car after grabbing a pick me up on Wednesday (February 26) in Los Angeles.

The 25-year-old actress recently joined the question and answering social media platform Mobio Insider, where she can answer fan questions!

The day before, a fan asked Vanessa, “Who is your inspiration? :),” to which Vanessa responded, “You guys inspire me everrryday!” So sweet!
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LeBron Surprises Heat With WWE Championship Belts

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few months back, after Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy did a postgame interview with a WWE-style title belt draped over his shoulder, LeBron James hopped on Twitter and asked how he could get his hands on a WWE belt, “the real ones.”










It didn’t even take a day before former Miami-resident Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson responded via social media to make LeBron’s wishes come true…







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Kerry Washington: Pregnant Multitasker on 'Scandal' Set!

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Kerry Washington rocks some curls while arriving on the set of her hit show Scandal on Monday (February 24) in Pasadena, Calif.

On the same day, the 37-year-old pregnant actress was seen showing off her insane multitasking skills while chatting on the phone, carrying her pet pooch, and holding two boxes of food.

The day before, Kerry flaunted her growing baby bump while heading to her baby shower at Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes‘ house.

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True Detective Director Cary Fukunaga’s Journey from Pro Snowboarder to Hollywood’s Most Wanted





Cary Fukunaga is always directing. We’re seated at the True Detective helmer’s favorite neighborhood restaurant in the West Village, but something is amiss. Our table, it seems, is cramped into an odd corner of the cozy establishment by the stairs leading to the bathroom.

“This isn’t gonna work,” he tells me, before getting up and walking to the center of the restaurant. His head pans around 360 degrees, surveying each and every seating possibility. The maître d’ glides over to him and suggests a table by the bar. Fukunaga isn’t impressed. Finally, his eyes home in on a table in the front-left corner that’s just right.

He’s nonetheless a very down-to-earth guy—a far cry from some of those self-serious filmmakers in Tinseltown. Fukunaga, who is half-Swedish and half-Japanese, is sporting his long, dark hair in a man-bun, and is dressed casually in a red shirt and khakis. He’s got some serious stubble going, too, like he’s slaved away all night in an editing room. In his left hand he’s clenching a brown leather camera bag for his Leica.

Despite his normal-dude appearance, the 36-year-old filmmaker has fast become one of the hottest directors in Hollywood for his first two features, the immigration and Mexican gangland saga Sin Nombre and his über-gothic adaptation of Jane Eyre, as well as his riveting work on the hit HBO series True Detective, of which he directed all eight episodes. The latter mystery series, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as a pair of macho, hard-boiled cops struggling to unravel a case involving a series of ritualistic female murders. Nic Pizzolatto’s gritty, existential series, set over three time periods, has become a bona fide phenomenon.

Fukunaga orders the “Smoked Salmon” sandwich—a mélange of Russ & Daughters lox, lemon crème fraîche, caperberries, and dill on wholegrain toast, and I get the chicken baguette, topped with a small bed of baby spinach, roasted red peppers, white cheddar, and honey dijon aioli. He also orders the day’s special—a pair of fluffy, rich crab cakes—for the table. Over the next hour-and-a-half, we discuss his direction of True Detective, his rise through the filmmaking ranks, and his myriad upcoming projects.

How did True Detective come across your desk?

[Creator] Nic Pizzolatto and I are at the same management company, Anonymous Content, so my manager sent me the project and said it was timely, and me and Nic met and talked about the movies we liked and things we have in common. It happened very quickly. I had gotten it, and then Alejandro González Iñárritu was on it for a very short time, and then he slipped out and it came right back to me.

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Carol Alt Doesn't Understand the 'Hullabaloo' Over Kate Upton

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Carol Alt was not impressed by Kate Upton’s recent Sports Illustrated cover. The elder model told Huffington Post Live that she didn’t understand the hype surrounding the 21-year-old.

“What I don't understand with Kate [Upton] is what's all the hullaballoo," Alt, 53, said of the 21-year-old beauty. "There are many covers of Sports Illustrated — one girl was just wearing a bottom, no top. I don't get what all the hullabaloo is. I think what it is is that in this moment there's just so much social media, and that's why she's had more word of mouth than anybody."

Kate Upton graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue each of the last two years. She also appeared on the inside flap of the 2014 edition, as Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge, and Chrissy Teigen shared the cover. But Carol Alt feels that Kate Upton’s photos should not receive all the attention.

"I like Kate, she's a pretty girl," Alt continued. "But all the girls are nice, and all the girls are pretty. Every cover, to me, deserves to be talked about."

This is not the first time Carol Alt has dissed Kate Upton. Alt, herself a former SI Swimsuit cover model, told Galore in December that Upton was a “large size model.”

“I think Kate [Upton] is a product of great media hype,” Carol Alt said. “Without Sports Illustrated, I’m not sure she would’ve made it in the industry as a high-fashion model. Because she is more of a large size model. And even if I’ve seen her in person, and I don’t think she’s in any way fat or overweight or anything; she’s just more large-sized than fashion models are. .... Once she got the cover, she was already in a position to move forward. Of course, the cover was just a fluke because nobody knows who gets the cover. But she looks at herself as a business, and I admire that.”

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Pippa Middleton: my bridesmaid dress fitted a little too well


Pippa Middleton has revealed how the figure-hugging bridesmaid dress which she wore at the wedding of her sister, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Cambridge, changed her life forever.

Miss Middleton, who gained instant fame when she appeared in a fitted Alexander McQueen dress for the wedding, confessed she didn’t sleep for two nights because she was so nervous about the royal occasion.

She said that while the recognition she received since the Royal Wedding in April 2011 had given her opportunities, this too has had its pitfalls.
Miss Middleton said accusations that she had been cashing in on her connections to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had been hurtful and she admitted the negative response to her book, Celebrate, had been “difficult.” The book sold around 18,000 copies.

Speaking at the Women in Advertising and Communications Dinner, Miss Middleton also revealed the pitfalls of the bridesmaid dress that earned her overnight fame. The simple cowl-neck dress, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, immediately thrust Miss Middleton into the limelight and made her a fashion icon.

She said: “As I have found out, recognition has its upside, its downside and – you may say – its backside.” She confessed that while she was just pleased at the time that the dress fitted, “in retrospect maybe it fitted a little too well,” the Daily Mirror reported.

Around 400 guests attended the £132 event, and Miss Middleton received positive responses to her first after-dinner speech, at the Savoy Hotel in London.

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Sales Hit 100 Million

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The erotic series joins inspiration "Twilight," "Harry Potter" and a few others on the elite list of the bestselling series of all time.

Fifty Shades of Grey, the hit erotica series that essentially gave birth to the "mommy porn" genre, crossed an important milestone recently when it recorded its 100 millionth sale this week.
Publisher Vintage Books, a division of Random House, made the announcement.

The 100 million mark puts EL James' trilogy about the torrid--and kinky--affair between a billionaire and a college student--in elite company. Other series that have hit that milestone include Twilight, Harry Potter, Sweet Valley HIgh and James Bond.

The first book, Fifty Shades of Grey, was released in March 2012 (based on a self-published piece of Twilight fanfiction). Sales hit 10 million about six weeks later. By the end of 2012, sales had reached about 65-70 million copies.

The three books have sold 45 million copies in the U.S. and an additional 27 million copies in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth countries. Sales have topped one million in France, Germany, Spain, Brazil and the Netherlands.

The series has been translated into 51 different languages (Hebrew! Thai!, Icelandic! Mongolian!).
The movie version starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan is scheudled for release on Valentine's Day weekend 2015. Vancouver-based filming for the movie just wrapped last week, according to tweets from James and other associated with the project.

“The Fifty Shades trilogy struck a chord around the world that continues to resonate,” said Anne Messitte, publisher of Vintage/Anchor Books in the U.S., in a statement. “We see new readers coming to the books every day, and the sales, two years after our initial publication, remain strong and steady.”
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Princess Madeleine of Sweden and husband Chris O'Neill name their baby daughter

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her husband Chris O'Neill have named their daughter Leonore Lilian Maria.

Leonore, who was born on 20 February and is fifth-in-line to the throne, will have the title of Duchess of Gotland.

The name Lilian is a likely nod to the late Princess Lilian of Sweden who passed away aged 97 in March last year, while Maria may be in honour of Chris' mum Eva Maria. Leonore is also reminiscent of Spain's future queen, eight-year-old Infanta Leonor.

"It's definitely something new," royal expert Roger Lundgren told the Aftonbladet newspaper immediately after the announcement. "There aren't many Swedish girls called Leonore." The moniker is in fact only held by 128 women in Sweden, according to national statistics.

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Taraji P. Henson Joins Fox's Hip-Hop Empire, from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong



Fox’s Empire pilot has cast a person of considerable interest as its female lead: Onetime Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson.


From Lee Daniels’ The Butler scribe Danny Strong and director Lee Daniels, the prospective series is a unique family drama set in the world of a hip-hop and centering on music mogul Lucious Lyon.

TVLine has learned that Henson will play Cookie Lyon, Lucious’ ex-wife and former business partner. She is described as a “sexy, outrageous, over-the-top force” who has spent 17 years of hard time in prison for dealing drugs, funneling the ill-gotten gains into Lucious’s then-fledging music empire. Now that she’s been released early for good behavior, she wants what’s hers.

Also joining the Empire family is Season 1 Mindy Project guest star Jussie (brother of Jurnee) Smollett, playing Jamal Lyon, a musical prodigy who, being a gay man, has been rejected and judged by his father Lucious since childhood.

At the time of her abrupt POI exit this past fall, Henson told TVLine, “I’m the type of actress who loves to leave people wanting more. That’s just me. I don’t think I’m there in my career yet, where I ride out a show until the wheels fall off.”

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Sandra Bullock to Make $70 Million (At Least) for 'Gravity'



Space travel has been very good for Sandra Bullock. The 49-year-old actress looks set to earn her biggest paycheck to date for Gravity, with studio sources saying she will make at least $70 million when all revenue streams are factored in.

According to multiple sources, Bullock's deal with Warner Bros. for the Alfonso Cuaron-directed space epic calls for her to earn $20 million upfront against 15 percent of first-dollar gross. That means once her advance is covered, she will collect 15 percent of the studio's slice of the box-office pie, known as "film rentals."

Each studio negotiates individual deals with theater owners to determine what those rentals are, but a rule of thumb is that the studio will collect roughly 40 to 50 percent of the box office (it gets somewhat less in foreign markets than domestically).

Gravity has earned more than $700 million at the worldwide box office and is expected to cross the $750 million mark. Assuming Warners gets 45 percent of that, Bullock's take would be more than $50 million, including her upfront payment. But theatrical revenue is just one part of what she'll make, as she also gets a percentage from home video, TV and ancillary revenue.

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'LOOKING' RENEWED FOR SECOND SEASON AT HBO



HBO likes what it sees in Looking. The premium cable network has renewed the gay-themed comedy starring Jonathan Groff for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Production on the comedy about three friends (Groff's Patrick, Frankie J. Alvarez's Agustin and Murray Bartlett's Dom) exploring the options available to a new generation of gay men in San Francisco will resume later this year in the Bay Area.

As part of the renewal, HBO has promoted recurring players Lauren Weedman (Doris), Raul Castillo (Richie) and Russell Tovey (Kevin) to series regulars. [OMG YASSSS] Weedman plays Dom's roommate; Castillo is Patrick's love interest; and Tovey portrays Patrick's boss.

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Taylor Panter, who hails from ATL, told CB! her mom took her 10 and 11-year-old siblings to Zoo Atlanta on Monday when animal-loving patrons noticed the pop star and his entourage of 10 sneak in to the exhibit to see the cuddly creatures.
“He came into the panda exhibit a little before closing and was acting very strangely my mom said,” Panter said. “He walked in and was talking to the panda like the panda was going to respond to him. He said stuff like, ‘I know you've listened to my music’ and ‘Wake up, panda I know you wanna take a picture with me.’ And continually having odd conversations with the panda."
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Kacey Musgraves: "Country Music Needs More Diversity" + Announces 4th Single


Kacey Musgraves‘ debut album, ‘Same Trailer Different Park,’ is less than a year old, but she is already making huge waves with her music.

The singer, who won two Grammys last month, including one for Best Country Album, is also nominated for five ACM Awards, including for Album of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. But while she’s received plenty of positive support, she’s also faced a lot of backlash, especially with her controversial single, ‘Follow Your Arrow.’ But she isn’t about to let the negativity distract her from making the music she loves.

“I know I’m not everyone’s cup of tea, and I don’t really want to be,” she tells the Wall Street Journal. “I think if you’re everyone’s cup of tea, that probably means you’re a little bit boring, or you’re not pushing yourself. Creativity happens where it’s dangerous and scary, where you’re not comfortable. And that’s how it should be. That’s real. Music isn’t supposed to be vanilla. It’s not supposed to be something absolutely everyone enjoys. Frankly I’d love to see even more diversity in country music. Art is not supposed to be McDonald’s.”

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Kacey announced yesterday, as she opened for Lady Antebellum, that "Keep It To Yourself" would be the 4th single off her debut album!

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Nice day for a beige wedding: Allison Williams is Getting Married.



Perhaps covering her face with wedding cake on "Girls" was a hint: Allison Williams is engaged.
The actress behind the "total and complete mess" that is Marnie Michaels said "yes" to her boyfriend of three years, College Humor co-founder Ricky Van Veen, her rep confirmed to People on Wednesday (February 26).

The two reportedly met through mutual friends.

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One Direction: Louis Tomlinson's Doncaster Rovers 0-0 debut Draws Crowds



Doncaster Rovers reserve games do not usually attract fans from across Europe - nor queues hours before kick-off.

But when a member of One Direction is in the line-up things can be quite different.

Fans of boy band star Louis Tomlinson are believed to have travelled from as far afield as Denmark, France, Italy and the US to see his debut match.

Yorkshireman Tomlinson joined Rovers on a non-contract basis last summer but this was his first match.

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In random casting news...Mayor de Blasio To Appear On ‘The Good Wife’



NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio will be making a guest appearance as himself on an episode of CBS’ “The Good Wife” next month.

The mayor is listed as a guest star, appearing as himself, in a preview for the episode of the CBS drama set to appear on March 16.

In the episode, “A Few Words,” Julianna Margulies’ Alicia Florrick character is asked to be the keynote speaker at the American Bar Association conference in New York City.

“The Good Wife” tells the story of Florrick, a wife and mother who both assumes full responsibility from her family and reenters the workforce as an tough attorney in her own right, after her husband, Peter, resigns as Cook County State’s Attorney in Chicago and ends up in jail following a public sex and corruption scandal.

Also in the March 16 episode, Jill Hennessey guest stars as power lawyer Rayna Hecht, and Eric Bogosian returns as Nelson Dubeck, an agent in
the Office of Public Integrity.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared as a guest star on “The Good Wife” last spring.

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Rihanna to Make Concept Album for Upcoming Animated Movie



Rihanna will create a concept album based on DreamWorks Animation’s toon “Home,” out in theaters in November. She will also perform new songs in the film.

DWA chief Jeffrey Katzenberg announced the news during the company’s fourth quarter and full 2013 year earnings results on Tuesday.

“Home,” formerly known as “Happy Smekday!,” is based on Adam Rex’s book “The True Meaning of Smekday” and features the voices of Rihanna, Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin.

The film is directed by Tim Johnson, who helmed DreamWorks’ “Antz,” “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas” and “Over the Hedge.”

DreamWorks Animation will release “Home” on Nov. 26 through 20th Century

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Rachel McAdams and Patrick Sambrook stroll around Montreal



Rachel McAdams and James Franco recently finished filming Win Wender's latest project Every Thing Will Be Fine in Montreal. McAdams was photographed strolling around the city with her boyfriend, Canadian music manager Patrick Sambrook, on February 10.

McAdams, 35, and Sambrook were first photographed together at a CANFAR benefit in Toronto in May 2013. In July, they posed for a photo with restaurant staff at Toronto's Beast. They've also been spotted at various Canadian concerts and music festivals.

Sambrook runs Toronto-based Eggplant Productions, managing artists including Kathleen Edwards and The Tragically Hip.


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One Direction to release special edition new fragrance



One Direction will be releasing a new perfume.
The boyband's first fragrance, 'Our Moment', broke records for the fastest-selling scent. The Perfume Shop had to hire new staff to cope with the demand upon its release as one bottle was sold per minute on average.
Band member Harry Styles announced the new scent in a video released online. He thanked their fans for their "amazing" reaction to their fragrance.
He added that the new perfume will be called 'That Moment' and will be a limited edition.
Styles described the new product in the video, saying: "We've come up with a new version of 'Our Moment' with some of the original notes but with some new stuff.
"It's taking things like pink grapefruit and jasmine and mixing them with new things like green apple and violet in a swanky new bottle. It's a special edition and it's called 'That Moment'."



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Daft Punk on new Pharrell Williams song 'Gust Of Wind' - listen

Pharrell Williams has premiered a new track online.

The singer has teamed up with Daft Punk for new cut 'Gust Of Wind', which has been lifted from his forthcoming album G I R L. The track follows the acts' previous team-ups for 2013's 'Get Lucky' and 'Lose Yourself To Dance', which featured on Daft Punk's album Random Access Memories. Pharrell's new album G I R L has been made available to stream on iTunes in the US and Australia, but UK users are not able to access the preview.



The collection features further collaborations with Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys. Pharrell's new album G I R L will be released in the UK on March 3 and a day later in the US.

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Jack Thorne Set to Pen Screenplay for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Adaptation of SANDMAN



A few months ago, Joseph Gordon-Levitt signed on to produce an adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s Sandman alongside Warner Bros.’ go-to comic-book-guy, David Goyer (Batman Begins, Man of Steel).

For those unfamiliar with Gaiman’s comic, it centers on Morpheus (a.k.a. Dream), the Lord of Dreams but also expands to follow his six siblings Death, Desire, Destruction, Delirium (formerly Delight), Despair, and Destiny. It’s a wonderful comic book, and it’s not easy to translate beyond its tame first arc (“Preludes and Nocturnes”), which has Dream escaping from a prison and trying to reclaim his objects of power.

This story will probably be the basis for the film, and Deadline reports that Jack Thorne will write the screenplay based on a pitch from Goyer. Thorne wrote the script for How I Live Now (a film I didn’t particularly care for) and the adaptation of Nick Hornby‘s novel A Long Way Down. Personally, I don’t think Sandman needs to go into another medium, but hopefully Thorne, Goyer, and Gordon-Levitt (who the studio hopes will also direct and star in the picture) have found an interesting way to translate it to the big screen.


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Natalie Portman talks Tom Hiddleston

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When ELLE cover star Tom Hiddleston interviewed ELLE cover star Natalie Portman, she told him how much she enjoyed hitting him in the face while filming Thor: The Dark World ("Oh my god, it was so good"). He enjoyed it too, btw. "It was really fun" he told us. Who knew their tastes ran in that direction?

Now Natalie has expanded on her feelings for Tom, who was named Man of The Year at the ELLE Style Awards. Surprise surprise, they're pretty much in line with every right-thinking straight woman in the known universe (and the Asgardian one for that matter).

"Tom is wonderful," she says. "He plays Loki [the god of Mischief] and he’s just an incredible actor who finds so much humor in his evil. He’s also fun to be around, and he and Chris [Hemsworth] have a great rapport with each other. They’ve got sort of a brotherly thing. They really enjoy each other and annoy each other in a loving, joking way. It’s fun to be around.”

Portman has equally kind words to say about Chris, who plays epoymous hero Thor: "He’s really got the best energy. He is so enthusiastic about the work and so sweet to work with and so good."

Franky, that's one family we would sell our real one to be part of.

Thor: The Dark World is out on DVD and Blu-Ray now

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‘Star Wars’: Adam Driver Near Deal to Play the Villain



Sources describe the villainous role in the vein of Darth Vader

Adam Driver is ready to travel to a galaxy far, far, away.

Sources tell Variety that while no deal is done yet, the “Girls” actor is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader.

Driver, 30, is the first cast member to be revealed for Walt Disney Studios and LucasFilm’s highly-anticipated “Star Wars” installment, which will open in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.
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Travis Fimmel for Flaunt Magazine



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Photographed by Tony Duran

“It’s bloody cold,” he says in a relaxed Australian drawl. Of course it is. Fimmel grew up helping out on the family farm in a small town on the fork of two rivers in the middle of the sunburnt Australia.

He’s currently in the benumbed west Canadian port city filming Duncan Jones’ Warcraft: a film of epic proportion and expectation. But despite the video game-based film, one gets the feeling Fimmel is the kind of lad that would much rather be chopping wood than mashing plastic buttons on a gaming controller. “I’d never heard of it,” he freely admits.


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'Real World: Ex-Plosion' cast member Arielle discusses the house trans conversation



On Wednesday (Feb. 26) night's episode of "The Real World: Ex-Plosion," Arielle discovered articles online speculating that she is a "trans" member of the cast. Since she didn't understand exactly whey people thought that about her when she isn't transgendered, she brought in a group of her LGBTQ friends to hold an educational conversation with her housemates to talk about what it means to be transgender.

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Movie stars who did it for the money

What’s the biggest draw to being a movie star? A love of acting? The fame and adoration? If we’re being honest, it’s the money, right? Actual Hollywood types are rarely so open about the financial perks of the job, never breaking from coy character to admit they did it for the dollar, out of fear of being dubbed a real Scrooge McDuck. That’s why it’s still SO surprising when big names reveal their bigger cash incentives. Scroll through our greedy gallery below to see the movie stars that just did it for the money…




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Gary Oldman in ‘Robocop’ (2014)
“Money!” the 55-year-old acting ledge quipped when asked why he took the part. “I'm at the mercy of what the industry is making and what comes through my door,” he added. “But I thought this was an intelligent script and I love Jose [Padilha, the director]’s point of view."

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