Bruce Jenner sat down with Diane Sawyer to officially reveal what has caused him turmoil for many years. "For all intents and purposes, I'm a woman." He said he had known that since he was a child, around 8 or 9, when he would put on his mother's or sister's dresses when they weren't around. Only his ex-wives and sister knew of his secret and guarded it.
Jenner was hailed as the US's most prominent athletes and continued to make international headlines by marrying into one of the world's most famous families. He decided to use his fame to shine light upon the relatively unknown or misunderstood topic of transgenderism and hopes to make those resistant to it more understanding and compassionate.
From the parent's caption: "Our daughter, Bailey, had complete paralysis from the waist down for 11 days with no explanation as to why. This video is of one of her favorite nurses coming onto her shift and not knowing that Bailey had started walking this day."
A large group of Native American actors who were hired to work on Adam Sandler's new western comedy, Ridiculous 6, walked off the set slammed the project for being offensive to their community.
Actor Loren Anthony told the Native & American Indian News, "I was asked a long time ago to do some work on this and I wasn't down for it. Then they told me it was going to be a comedy, but it would not be racist. So I agreed to it, but on Monday things started getting weird on the set. We were supposed to be Apache, but it was really stereotypical and we did not look Apache at all. We looked more like Comanche. One thing that really offended a lot of people was that there was a female character called Beaver's Breath. One character says, 'Hey, Beaver's Breath.' And the Native woman says, 'How did you know my name?' They just treated us as if we should just be on the side. When we did speak with the main director, he was trying to say the disrespect was not intentional and this was a comedy."
Netflix responded with their own statement which read, "The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous. It is a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularized, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of -- but in on -- the joke."
And here comes the world's biggest "I told you so!"
Nagging moms around the globe feel vindicated thanks to a new study that says harassing your daughter is for the greater good. According to a study conducted by the University of Essex in England, girls of moms that nagged turned out to be more successful than the kids of less pushy moms.
From 2004 to 2010, researchers followed the lives of 15,500 girls between the ages 13 and 14, and they found that the girls with moms who set high standards for them growing up were more likely to go on to college and earn higher wages. Another bonus of being a Tiger mom: These same girls were also less likely to become pregnant as teens.
So maybe a little nagging isn't so bad after all? At least, that's what you can tell your daughter when she doesn't want to do her homework.
Ariana Grande and Big Sean are over and rumors are swirling that it was all according to Ariana's plan.
Sources claim Ariana's staged her LA performance with the Biebs to look flirtatious to bother her ex,Big Sean. Justin wrapped his arms around Ariana from behind which Big Sean is convinced was a calculated move. The rapper reportedly ended their romance because he felt that she was too immature but was allegedly hoping they could work things out.
E.L. James's husband, Niall Leonard, will write the script for the nect Fifty Shades of Grey movie - Fifty Shades Darker. Niall does have writing chops, his resume shows that he's written for a number of British TV shows and several novels himself
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson will be returning to star.
Verizon and AT&T just got some fresh competition: Google Inc. announced that it will join the wireless service market with Project Fi.
Google is teaming up with Sprint and T-Mobil to introduce its new wireless networks. The plans look pretty good, too.
Google will charge $20 for basic features like talk and text, and an additional ten bucks per gigabyte of data used. Plus, if you don't use your full amount of data you'll get credited for it.
As Google explains in their blog, "Let's say you go with 3GB for $30 and only use 1.4GB one month. You'll get $16 back, so you only pay for what you use." The new service will only be available on Nexus 6 for now, and the service will begin on an invitation-only basis. Google says Project Fi is unique because it "gives you better coverage by intelligently connecting you to the fastest available network at your location whether it's WiFi or one of our two partner networks."
Common has been added to the Suicide Squad roster. It's mums the word on the kind of role he'll be playing and if he will be contributing a song for the soundtrack. Suicide Squad stars Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, and Will Smith. Production has already started in Toronto.
A rep for Derek Hough released a statement about his injury, saying that the trauma on both of his feet may keep him out of next week's episodes of Dancing With the Stars.
The statement read, "Derek will remain in Los Angeles this week to rehab his injuries and his understudy will be filling in for him for New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall in New York. While it remains unclear at this time if Derek will be able to perform on the Monday April 27 episode of Dancing with the Stars, his partner Nastia Liukin will train in Los Angeles this week with pro-dancer Sasha Farber to prepare for the live show."
Derek chose to broke his silence, releasing his own statement that says, "Performing 10 shows a week at Radio City while rehearsing with Nastia for DWTS, I've never felt more healthy, strong and fit. But then a fluke accident happened that involved a light and some stairs. Can't believe it, wish I had a cooler story to tell. All that dancing, flipping, jumping and the thing that stops me in my tracks is something as simple as a light and some stairs. I'm doing everything I possibly can to have a quick recovery and I'm determined to come back stronger than ever. I appreciate all the love and support, you guys are the best. And thank you to Mark, BC Jean and Corky Ballas for staying with me at the hospital until 2am. Love you. This is new territory for me, I'm usually able to work through injury but this one has literally floored me. But like I said before I'm determined to come back all guns blazing...soon!!#setbackisasetupforacomeback."
Ben Affleck definitely didn't want his family's slave-owning secret to go public, but he's making lemonade out of life's lemons and is ready to talk.
He's controlling any information that concerns his family's past and utilized Twitter to share more information about his relative writing, "Lots of people have been asking who the guy was. His name was Benjamin Cole - lived in Georgia on my Mom's side about six generations back."
Meanwhile, it was announced this week that PBS will be conducting an "internal review" to look into the production of Ben's episode of their show, Finding Your Roots, where Benjamin Cole's existence was first revealed.
If you were to ask which gender was more clique-y... chances are you'd vote female.
Well, put that hand down because a new study finds the exact opposite! New data reveals that men prefer large all-male cliques while women seek out a few very close female friends. Researchers analyzed the profile photos of almost 112,000 adult Facebook users around the world, looking carefully at the photos that featured more than one person. Usually, when a profile photo showed a large group of people, they were all males.
Lead study author Tamas David-Barrett explains that within a group of all male peers, competition is suppressed and bonding is reinforced through rituals. The profile photos of women rarely showed large groups of all females. David-Barrett says women appear to "focus their social capital on only one person at a time."
It's thought our choice of friends may reflect the roles men and women took in ancient times to boost survival. Men, for instance, were usually responsible for defending a community against attacks, so it makes sense that they would bond together. Women may have developed "a unique capacity for intense empathic relationships" because of their roles as mothers.
Ben Affleck broke his silence concerning his dark family secret that they were once slave owners.
He posted a message on Facebook to address the recent revelation that he asked the producers of PBS' Finding Your Roots not to mention his relative who owned slaves. People behind the Sony hack leaked the emails earlier this week.
Affleck wrote, "After an exhaustive search of my ancestry for Finding Your Roots, it was discovered that one of my distant relatives was an owner of slaves. I didn't want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth. Skip (Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.) decided what went into the show. I lobbied him the same way I lobby directors about what takes of mine I think they should use. This is the collaborative creative process. Skip agreed with me on the slave owner but made other choices I disagreed with. In the end, it's his show and I knew that going in. I'm proud to be his friend and proud to have participated."
Ben continued, "It's important to remember that this isn't a news program. Finding Your Roots is a show where you voluntarily provide a great deal of information about your family, making you quite vulnerable. The assumption is that they will never be dishonest but they will respect your willingness to participate and not look to include things you think would embarrass your family. I regret my initial thoughts that the issue of slavery not be included in the story. We deserve neither credit nor blame for our ancestors and the degree of interest in this story suggests that we are, as a nation, still grappling with the terrible legacy of slavery. It is an examination well worth continuing. I am glad that my story, however indirectly, will contribute to that discussion. While I don't like that the guy is an ancestor, I am happy that aspect of our country's history is being talked about."
Paris Hilton's dog (and bestie,) Tinkerbell, died this week.
She broke the news on Instagram by sharing a photo of the Chihuahua and writing, "After 14 amazing years together my baby Tinkerbell has passed away of old age. I feel like I've lost a member of my family. She was such a special & incredible soul. We went through so much together. I can't believe she's gone. I will miss her & think about her for the rest of my life. I love you Tinky, you are a Legend & will never be forgotten. #RIPTinkerbell"
Tinkerbell was featured on Paris' reality shows, The Simple Life and Paris Hilton's My New BFF. She lived to be around 72 in dog years.
Talk about embarrassing... Lindsay Lohan attempted to be inspirational on Instagram but ended up insulting her followers instead. She shared a phrase in Arabic which she translated to be "You're beautiful" but several Arabic speakers pointed out that was definitely not the case.
It actually read "You're a donkey." or "You're an *ss." The post was later deleted.
Sandra Bullock has been named World's Most Beautiful Woman for 2015.
Today broke the news was announced on the Today show this morning with Sandra and when asked how she kept the news to herself all this time, she said, "I just said, 'That's ridiculous.' I've told no one."
Sandra continued, "Real beauty is quiet. Especially in this town, it's just so hard not to say, 'Oh, I need to look like that. No, be a good person, be a good mom, do a good job with the lunch, let someone cut in front of you who looks like they're in a bigger hurry. The people I find most beautiful are the ones who aren't trying."
It's no secret that Kylie Jenner plumped up her lips and makes a few enhancements before taking her next Instagram photo, but teens wanting to recreate her look have turned to a harmful new trend to get results.
The hashtag #KylieJennerLipChallenge has been lighting up social media by storm in the worst way possible. It's all about getting her lips and it's through such extreme measures that even doctors are getting involved.
A dermatologic surgeon explained to Seventeen magazine, "The new trend in trying to DIY lip plumping is quite concerning. Not only can significant pain, swelling, and bruising result from these suction techniques, but there is potential risk for scarring and permanent disfigurement with repeated attempts."
Teens record themselves shoving their lips into deoderant tops, shot glasses, to water bottles and sucking until the blood vessels burst. They pull the cap away to reveal full (and somewhat disfigured) lips.
Warning: there's also a lot of drool involved.
A cosmetic surgeon told Metro U.K., "I can definitely say that this would be dangerous even just to try it, and especially somebody does it more than once. The lips turn blue because blood fills up and they could easily become infected and lose all sensation. It is a really dangerous stunt and I'd advise strongly against anybody trying it."
17-year-old Kylie has denied that she has had any kind of surgical work on her mouth and insists that her lips are just the result of genetics and makeup.
She took to Twitter to write, "I'm not here to try & encourage people/young girls to look like me or think this is the way they should look. I want to encourage people/young girls like to be YOURSELF & not be afraid to experiment with your look."
Meanwhile, Tyga's baby mama Blac Chyna seemingly participated in the #KylieJennerLipChallenge when she posted a pic with plumped up lips.
It's okay, conspiracy theorists, the Illuminati isn't taking over your music. Even though Tidal blew into the music industry like a storm... it appears its reign is already over.
BGR has reported that Tidal is no longer one of the top 700 apps for the iPhone. Competing music streaming services, Pandora and Spotify are number three and four, on the iPhone's Top 20 revenue chart.
As previously reported,Andy Chen -- who was the CEO of Tidal, stepped down just a month after the streaming service launched.
This is a little surprising. Apparently the attractiveness of your competition determines if you're more or less likely to gamble... if you're a guy.
New data shows that heterosexual men take greater risks with money after being shown photos of male models. A group of men and women were shown photos of male Abercrombie models, female Victoria's Secret models, or photos of normal people.
All participants were given the choices to take $100, or opt for a bet that would give them a 10 percent chance of winning a $1,000 prize. The men who were shown photos of the male Abercrombie models showed a higher likelihood of taking the risky option compared to men who saw the other photos.
Study leader Eugene Chan explains, "Men want to appear more desirable to women, and having more money is one way to do so. Taking financial risk is one quick way to get more money, even if it might not be a sure thing." Notably, none of the participants who were shown the photos of the female models showed the same behavior.
Talking politics in the afterlife is now a thing. An 81-year-old North Carolina man had one final request printed in his obituary: "Do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016."
Larry Upright's family wondered if it was appropriate to honor his request and eventually decided the obituary should reflect the staunch Republican's love of politics.
"In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Shriners Hospital for Children," his obituary reads. "Also, the family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016. R.I.P. Grandaddy."
Michael Upright, Larry's son, said his father would have been amused by the obituary. "We know he's up there giggling right now, just laughing out loud," he said.
Warner Bros. Pictures has great news for LEGO fans...
The company dropped the details on three of its upcoming LEGO animated features.
LEGO Batman is coming to theaters, which is earlier than planned, with the global launch starting domestically on Feb. 10, 2017. Ninjago, a LEGO Ninja series, is being pushed back from Fall 2016 to Sept. 22, 2017 domestically, with international dates to follow.
The LEGO Movie Sequel, the followup to the smash hit The LEGO Movie, is opening one week earlier than originally slated, now being released domestically on May 18, 2018, beginning its worldwide release.
Miley Cyrus is taking a mini vacation from beu Patrick Schwarzenegger. However, some reports are saying they are done for good. E! Online claims to have the exclusive, saying that the two are trying to work things out by taking time a
The couple was rumored to be going through a rough patch after Patrick went to Cabo San Lucas for Spring Break back in March and got a little too cozy with a 'female friend.'
Exactly what the title says, Roseanne Barr is going blind.
She revealed during an interview with Daily Beast that her sight is compromised by macular degeneration and glaucoma. She said, "My vision is closing in now. It's something weird. But there are other weird things. That one's harsh, 'cause I read a lot, and then I thought, 'Well, I guess I could hire somebody to read for me and read to me.' But I like words and I like looking. You do what you have to do. I just try and enjoy vision as much as possible -- y'know, living it up. My dad had it, too."
She also revealed that doctors have not given her a time frame for when she will completely lose her sight.
Tony winnerLin-Manuel Miranda launched a severe call-out campaign against Madonna taking out her cellphone during his performance, Hamilton. Lin-Manual tweeted, "Tonight was the first time I asked stage management NOT to allow a celebrity (who was texting all through Act 2) backstage #noselfieforyou."
He later deleted the message.
Although he doesn't specify that he is talking about Madonna, a source told People, "It was definitely her. She was texting, I believe, although at one point she also pulled out a Blackberry. She was also 20 minutes late and caused quite a stir getting to her seat."
Jon Stewart closed out Monday's The Daily Show with the date of his final episode as host.
To the dismay of the audience, he confirmed his last day will be in the first week of August. He told the viewers, "I mentioned to you that I would keep you up to date on any new information we had on the transition of the program and all those other things. We do have some specific information. My last Daily Show program will be August the 6th. I will be wearing a suit. I will more than likely be showered... I'm sorry, I'll be wearing overalls and I won't shower. So I hope that you will join us for that program."
Jon also revealed that fans of the show could enter a contest to win a trip to New York for the taping of the final episode. No date has been set for Jon's replacement, Trevor Noah, to kick off his hosting duties.
The man who was behind the scenes at many a One Direction concert delivered bad news to fans.
Morgan Spurlock -- who directed the band's film One Direction: This Is Us, is pretty confident thatHarry Styles is getting ready to leave the next. Spurlock told TMZ, "I think they'll stay together for a little while… and then at some point Harry will probably leave. He'll probably be next."
He added, "And then the three of those guys will become Bell Biv DeVoe."
Meanwhile, Zayn Malik has broken his silence on his departure on Twitter. He tweeted, "Wanna say thanks to everyone that's been there for me over the last few weeks, love you all... You know who you are x."
Let's face it, we love sleep and it's very tempting to hit the snooze button once in a while, but after reading this you may look at your pillow a little differently.
By now you know it's recommended adults sleep about seven to eight hours per night. In studies, sleeping that long has been linked with being a healthy weight, having a healthier appetite, and even living a longer life. However, new research from Made To Measure Blinds in the U.K. shows that powerful people like Margaret Thatcher, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and even Thomas Edison all reported sleeping between just four and six hours per night!
A recent New York Times article also points out that on average, adults earning the highest incomes sleep 40 minutes less than people in the lowest-income families. So what gives?
Dr. Christoper Winter, medical director of the Sleep Medicine Center at Martha Jefferson Hospital says, "With great success comes great responsibility, and that being able to function and do well without a lot of sleep provides opportunities long sleepers simply miss by sleeping."
Still, he says getting less sleep isn't for everyone, and experts say it's rare that anyone can function well on five hours or less of sleep per night.
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Sam Smith has pretty thick skin, but some comments do hurt him more than others. He sat down for 60 Minutes and said that fat critics affect him more than anti-gay insults. He opened up about his weight and said, "When I was at school and wasn't having a great time or when music wasn't going very well. I would eat, eat. Eating would make me feel better, when I felt lonely I would eat."
He continued, "If someone called me fat, that affects me way more than someone calling me a f**. I think just because I've accepted that, if someone calls me a f**, it's like, I am gay and I'm proud to be gay so there's no issues there."
Sam added that the comments affect him more because "that's something [he] can change."
The cable monopolies have had it good for a long time, able to frequently raise their rates and force people to pay for a whole slew of channels they don't want just to get the one... maybe two channels they do. Fortunately, the lacking of options has customers hopping mad and change is a'coming.
With more people "cutting the cord" in favor of cheaper online video services, Verizon announced that it will let its FiOS cable customers pick from groups of channels they want. But while it costs less, it still isn't exactly cheap, running $55 for a base package of more than 35 channels, plus two additional channel packs that have themes including sports, children and lifestyle.
More packs, which have about 10 to 17 channels on average, can be added for $10 each. If Internet service is added, the deal costs $65 to $85 per month.
Another heart break is on the horizon for Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger. Even though the two have been seen together since his little Cabo incident, speculation is flourishing that the two are offifcially dunzo.
E! Online reports that when Patrick was spotted in Cabo San Lucas getting cozy with a "female friend" during spring break last month it caused a huge rift in his relationship with Miley. The two haven't been hanging out as much, so much that Miley took a vacation without Patrick, and Patrick attended Coachella without Miley.
One source tells E! that Miley skipped Coachella entirely because of her situation with Patrick. Only time will tell if they're still together or not.
Social media is a powerful thing. Channing Tatum harnessed that power over the weekend to help him find is missing backpack in New York City.
When he noticed his precious possession was missing, the actor tweeted out, "Dropped off at 42nd Street in New York City and left my bag in the cab!" He then followed up again, tweeting, "Seriously, left my black backpack in a cab near NYC's 42nd street. If you find it, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!"
By the next evening his backpack had been found and he tweeted, "To everyone who tried to help and to the good New York Samaritan who found my bag and asked for nothing in return, thank you. Thank you all!"
Even though Nick Cannon said he wants to patch things up with Mariah Carey, she ain't feeling it. Sources to TMZ say she is 'never, ever, ever, ever' getting back together with Nick. The singer just wants to focus on her upcoming residency in Vegas and raise her kids.
Are your nostalgia glasses off? Good... because this is going to make you a wee bit embarrassed.
Someone unearthed an old promotional video for the restaurant chain, Sizzler. They're based out in the western parts of the country, so this may be the first time of hearing of the place. Think of them as the Californian counterpart to Applebee's or TGI Friday's. Anyways, first impressions are everything and this one is bound to knock your socks off.
Can't you FEEL the patriotism?? Admit it, you totally want to eat at Sizzler now.
More info HERE
Kim Kardashian is now so famous, she's winning awards that she isn't even qualified for! She is one of five famous women to be honored at Variety's upcoming Power of Women: New York event and people are, understandably, not happy.
An anonymous source told Page Six, "Everyone had their own version of, 'Huh?' None of the honorees knew about Kim when they agreed to accept the award every single person had a hard time with it. No one knew about Kim until very recently, and everyone thought, 'This isn't what I signed up for. The company we keep is important.'"
Another insider said, "People were surprised Kim was selected, considering the event is for a 'New York power issue.' Kim's not a New Yorker."
Other honorees include New Yorkers Glenn Close, Rachel Weisz, Lena Dunham and Whoopi Goldberg.
Last week Gwyneth Paltrow, the Goop curator, boasted to the masses that she would take up a challenge laid down by chef Mario Batali and the Food Bank For New York City to live on what families on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) would be allowed to spend in a week: $29.
Her run? Four days.
"We only made it through about four days, when I personally broke and had some chicken and fresh vegetables (and in full transparency, half a bag of black licorice)," Paltrow wrote on Goop. "My perspective has been forever altered by how difficult it was to eat wholesome, nutritious food on that budget, even for just a few days." She graded herself a C- on the project, but Internet gave her an F because she couldn't even complete the basic requirement of the "assignment."
Jon Stewart broke his silence on why he is leaving The Daily Show and insists is not based on any particular instance.
Jon explained in an interview, "It's not like I thought the show wasn't working any more, or that I didn't know how to do it. It was more, 'Yup, it's working. But I'm not getting the same satisfaction. These things are cyclical. You have moments of dissatisfaction, and then you come out of it and it's OK. But the cycles become longer and maybe more entrenched, and that's when you realize, 'OK, I'm on the back side of it now.'"
He added that the whole thing has been getting a bit repetitive adding, "Honestly, it was a combination of the limitations of my brain and a format that is geared towards following an increasingly redundant process, which is our political process. I was just thinking, 'Are there other ways to skin this cat?' And, beyond that, it would be nice to be home when my little elves get home from school, occasionally."
Jon also said that he believes now is the best time to leave just prior to the 2016 presidential election which will give his replacement, Trevor Noah, plenty of material to utilize.
Ben Affleck apparently tried to use his star power to cover up a dark family secret.
According to several of the hacked Sony emails that were posted to WikiLeaks, Affleck wanted his episode of PBS' Finding Your Roots cleanse the episode of any mention of his slave-owning relatives.
One e-mail from host Henry Louis Gates Jr. to Sony CEO Michael Lynton read, "Confidentially, for the first time, one of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors -- the fact that he owned slaves. We've never had anyone ever try to censor or edit what we found. He's a megastar. What do we do?"
Lynton recommended that they make the cut even though the host pointed out that censorship would make them lose control of their brand.
Henry released a statement defending the episode saying, "We are very grateful to all of our guests for allowing us into their personal lives and have told hundreds of stories in this series including many about slave ancestors -- never shying away from chapters of a family's past that might be unpleasant. Ultimately, I maintain editorial control on all of my projects and, with my producers, decide what will make for the most compelling program."
PBS also released their own statement which read, "It is clear from the exchange how seriously Professor Gates takes editorial integrity. He has told us that after reviewing approximately ten hours of footage for the episode, he and his producers made an independent editorial judgment to choose the most compelling narrative. The range and depth of the stories on Finding Your Roots speak for themselves."
What's this? A story that isn't claiming sugar is the root of all evil when it comes to our waistline and overall health?
Oh my goodness, it is!
There's new data showing that a little sugar can got a long way in curing stress. In a group of female participants between the ages of 18 and 40, half were given a sugary drink three times a day, while the other half were given drinks made with the artificial sweetener aspartame.
Before and after the study period participants were given a difficult math test and then underwent MRI scans to measure how their brains responded to stress. Saliva samples were also used to measure the participants' levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Researchers discovered the women who drank the sugary drinks released less cortisol during the math test than those given the artificially sweetened drinks.
Study leader Dr. Kevin Laugero says, "This is the first evidence that high sugar consumption... may relieve stress in humans." He also warns that drinking too many sugary drinks can be habit-forming, and may explain our desire to eat comfort food when stressed out.
Raise your hand if you didn't even know Hasselhoff could carry a tune.
Or you may have just forgotten about the Hoff's singing ability, but he hasn't. He released a music video for his new (campy) song "True Survivor." The song is from the soundtrack of the Kickstarter-funded 30-minute short film Kung Fury. In the promotional shot, there's 80s video game graphics, battles Vikings, and even Nazis.
After hearing about a study that claimed income-- to a certain level-- directly affects one's emotional well-being, the founder of a Seattle-based credit card processing company announced Monday that he will take a large salary cut so he can increase the pay for each employee to at least $70,000 a year.
Cool boss alert! Imagine getting a nearly 100% raise because of the power of social media. It happened at Gravity Payments in Seattle.
Dan Price, the head of Gravity Payments will slash his nearly $1 million salary to $70,000 and use about 80 percent of the businessÂ anticipated profit to increase the salary of his employees. Some will cross over the $70,000 threshold.
The workers reportedly clapped and cheered when he made the announcement at the Seattle office.
"IÂ'm completely blown away right now," Hayley Vogt, 24, who earned $45,000 a year at the company, told the paper. "Everyone is talking about this $15 minimum wage in Seattle and it's nice to work someplace where someone is actually doing something about it and not just talking about it."
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Britney Spears knows who she is and anyone who says otherwise can stick their head in a toilet.
She clapped back at a hating concertgoer during her show in Vegas earlier this week. The showdown of Britney using a few choice words for a couple of hecklers was all caught on film. They started the row by calling her "fat b*tch" toward the end of her show.
She heard it and turned her back to the audience and quips "f*cking a**hole" into the mic.
As previously reported, Britney currently has a residency called Piece of Me in Vegas at the AXIS auditorium inside the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.
We've gotta ask: Was Britney's outburst necessary?
A female CEO has gained widespread attention by saying a woman's place is NOT in the Oval Office. As you might imagine, the post has attracted quite a bit of attention from people across the country. CBS 11Â's Steve Pickett caught up with Cheryl Rios, the CEO of Go Ape Marketing, and asked her to explain the comment. ÂShe said, "ThereÂs an old biblical sound reasoning why a woman shouldnÂt be President.Â"
HereÂs the full text of her post: Â"If this happens Â I am moving to Canada. There is NO need for her as she is not the right person to run our country Â but more importantly a female shouldnÂt be president. Let the haters begin . . . but with the hormones we have there is no way we should be able to start a war. Yes I run my own business and I love it and I am great at it BUT that is not the same as being the President, that should be left to a man, a good, strong, honorable man." Girl... you know it's 2015, right?
ÂRios says a President should always be a man. ÂShe says it's because women and men arebuilt differently and have different hormones. ÂShe concluded, "In the world we live in, we have equal rights Â and I support all of that. I donÂt support a woman being President."
A new teaser for The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer is now out and, ooooooh, this is getting EXCITING!
We will have to wait until the 20th to sink our teeth into the full trailer, but this certainly helps tide us over until then. The only downside is that the film won't be hitting theaters until March 25, 2016.
Allure's annual nude issue this year is making history by featuring Laverne Cox, a transgender woman.
Laverne admits that she was hesitant about participating, "I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again. But I'm a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent. Black women are not often told that we're beautiful unless we align with certain standards. Trans women certainly are not told we're beautiful. Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about her body might be inspiring for some folks. There's a beauty in the things we think are imperfect. It sounds very cliché, but it's true."
The issuewill also feature Nicole Beharie, Jordana Brewster, Katheryn Winnick and Sandrine Holt.
Emotional intelligence is an important, if not the MOST important skill, even for kids. Well... if they want to sit on top of the social food chain, that is.
New research from Australia reveals that the more popular the child is... the better they at knowing what others want, think and feel.
The scientists reviewed information from 20 different studies, which covers over 2,000 children between 2 and 10 from around the world. Study leader Virginia Slaughter says, "[Our findings] suggest that understanding others' mental perspectives may facilitate the kind of interactions that help children become or remain popular."
The link between empathy and popularity was weaker among boys than girls, suggesting that there are major differences between how the two genders relate. Girls' friendships, for example, were found to often have higher levels of intimacy and the need to resolve conflicts more often, which may mean that their interactions require more sensitivity.
It's the new apology tour and it's all about Sarah Palin!
Louis C.K. says he has apologized to Sarah Palin for bashing her on Twitter back in 2010. He said he recanted everything he said when he met up with the former vice presidential candidate at a Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary after-party in February.
Sarah was asked to recall their encounter during an interview with People and said, "I had to ask C.K. what it was he was apologizing for. C.K. explained he'd said some things about me and was sorry, and went on with such a nice, humble apology. I laughed and said he didn't need to apologize, for I hadn't even heard it. Then I teased him that, 'If you really did say nasty things about me, well, then you're the only person to have ever said mean things about me, so for shame!' I wish I could have spoken with him longer. And again, I sincerely appreciated his unexpected and character-revealing apology. I think he's the only one in Hollywood who's ever done that."
Louis specified during his interview that he "never in a million years apologized for anything" when people have been offended by his jokes.
She first launched into fame for her 'cheeky' Carl's Jr. Super Bowl ad, was signed to star in the upcoming Joe Dirt sequel, has been tearing up the floor on Dancing With the Stars, and now she's back in the headlines for a not so nice reason.
Charlotte McKinney was at the center of a new photo hacking scandal and her nudes were leaked online. The pictures show the model topless and some of her not wearing anything below the waist. She has remained silent on the controversy.
This news caused serious Internet whiplash because none of us saw this coming as quickly as it did...!
Nicki Minaj first hinted on Twitter that she may have a big rock on THATf finger. She teased, "I'll post it later" with three emojis: a ring, a heart, a diamond and a tongue. She previously posted a photo of her and Meek in Miami, FL.
Now she's posted a photo of the ring to her Instagram and it's a GORGEOUS (and expensive looking) heart shaped diamond ring.
Yeah, you're lying if you said you knew that was happening so soon.
In other news, senator and presidential candidateMarco Rubio has revealed that he is a Nicki Minaj fan. When asked what he thinks of today's music, Sen. Rubio told a TMZ photographer, "Electronic music -- I've gotten into a little with David Guetta, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Swedish House Mafia, those guys. And I'm still a Nicki Minaj fan. She's very talented."
Here's a sentence I never thought I would write... a math equation has gone VIRAL. Can you figure out when Cheryl's birthday is?
It's a puzzling logic problem that was created for Singaporean middle school "mathletes" and it has whipped up a viral storm. After a television host in Singapore posted the question to his Facebook page over the weekend, people around the world wanted to take a stab at it.
Here's the question: Albert and Bernard just became friends with Cheryl, and they want to know when her birthday is. Cheryl gives them a list of 10 possible dates. May 15, May 16, May 19, June 17, June 18, July 14, July 16, August 14, August 15 and August 17.
Cheryl then tells Albert and Bernard separately the month and the day of her birthday respectively.
Albert: I do not know when Cheryl's birthday is, but I know that Bernard does not know too.
Bernard: At first I don't know when Cheryl's birthday is, but I know now.
Albert: Then I also know when Cheryl's birthday is.
So when is Cheryl's birthday? The TV host, Kenneth Kong, said he posted the puzzle because he and his wife were debating it.
Can you figure out the answer? Here's a hint to get started: Albert is initially confident that Bernard doesn't know the answer, so the day can't be a number that is only listed once.
ANSWER: July 16. (Go to Kong's Facebook page for a detailed explanation.)
--Admit it! You tried to figure it out. Did you get the right answer? Is knowing how to do complex math problems ever helpful in everyday life?
--Does your child come home with impossible homework problems? For him/her and for you? Do you suddenly feel like your child's school system is failing them after hearing this?
The robot takeover is happening and it's starting with the chefs!
Meet the robot that can imitate a top chef at work - and it could be available to buy in just two years.
A London-based company called Moley Robotics unveiled this week what it claims to be "the world'Âs first robotic kitchen,Â featuring a robot which can create top-quality dishes from scratch."
The robot consists of two dexterous arms and hands, made by The Shadow Robot Company, which are mounted above a kitchen surface but retract from view when not in use.
Inventor Mark Oleynik, a computer scientist, says that the limbs, which have 24 joints and 129 sensors, are able to Âfaithfully reproduce the movements of a human handÂ, so that the robot can cook food as well as a human chef.
So... will you be getting one or is your mind still blown by your George Foreman?
Paula Deen is making her comeback and is serving it up southern style with the opening of a new restaurant in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Paula Deen's Family Kitchen will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner starting on April 27th. She said in a statement, "I am so excited to serve the food family style -- in big bowls to the table. Everyone will share like they are at their grandmother's table. Everything is so fresh. I want to take people back to the time when their feet were under their grandmother's table. I want them to relive those memories and create new ones."
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Rita Ora fired off on Instagram in support of Madonna following the tidal wave of backlash for her infamous kiss with Drake at Coachella.
The "Black Widow" singer shared a photo of Madge and wrote, "Thank you for fighting all these ageist battles, and paving a way, that just maybe one day, all of us 'younger' artists won't have too in the future!" #if***inlovethisb*tch #thatswhatlegendsdo"
Hold off sending in that résumé! Yeah, we totally know the feeling of job searching, but there's one day of the week you may have more luck with it than others: Tuesdays at 11 A.M.
This study comes from SmartRecruiters.com and they analyzed more than 270,000 job listings to find Tuesday is the most popular day for jobs to be posted, and also the day when companies extend the most job offers to prospective employees.
SmartRecruiters founder and CEO Jerome Ternynck explains, "Mondays are busy and tend to get away from people before they have a chance to extend offers. By Tuesday things are back to normal and they can focus on extending job offers." This also means more people are applying for jobs on Tuesdays, but you should still submit your application early, as 60 percent of applicants submit their details within the first week of a job being posted.
Good news for Orange Is the New Black fans! Netflix is going back into Litchfield! Uzo Aduba revealed on Good Morning America that the show has been renewed for a fourth season which will start filming in June. The episodes will premiere next year. The third season will launch on Netflix on June 12th.
Joss Whedon has been behind many famous titles, such as the Avegners and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but he's in hot water for apparently stealing other people's ideas. He is being sued for allegedly stealing the idea for his 2012 film Cabin in the Woods.
A man namedPeter Gallagher has filed a lawsuit against Joss claiming that the movie is taken from his book called The Little White Trip: A Night in the Pines which came out five years before the film. The writer lists 25 scenes which he says are similar to his work and he is seeking damages over $10 million.
The owner of a restaurant called P.B. Jams noticed someone rummaging through the trash for food containers. She said it broke her heart to know someone was so down on their luck they had to resort to eating garbage. Immediately, she put a sign on the dumpster and at the front door, telling whomever was eating from her trash that they're "a human being, and worth more than a meal from a dumpster."
The sign goes on to say the person is welcome to come in to the sandwich shop for a meal, free of charge.
Ashley said, "I will not take down that sign until they come in." She hopes pride won't keep that person away and that they will join her for a meal. She says that is the least she can do for someone who is obviously down on his or her luck.
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MTV isbringing Celebrity Deathmatch back from the dead exclusively for MTV 2. The animated fantasy fight show pitted celebrities against each other in battles to the death. The original show ran from 1998 to 2002 on MTV before it was revived for MTV2 in 2006 and subsequently canceled the following year.
Musicians and record labels are continuing to look for new sources of revenue in the wake of the digital revolution's "disruption" of the record industry that's seen revenue more than cut in half from its peak in 1999. So they're looking to copy the streaming model, which is responsible for an increasing amount of their revenue, with radio, wanting terrestrial radio stations to pay royalties to artists and record labels to play songs, even though traditional radio has always been thought of as a promotional tool, not a revenue source.
Time reports that congressional legislation mandating radio station payments has been sponsored by Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York. E. Michael Harrington, chair of the music business program at SAE Institute Nashville, told Time, "It seems to be inconsistent that the same recording rewards performers when it's on the Internet but doesn't when it's on AM/FM radio," and Michael Huppe, CEO of SoundExchange, which was established by the record labels to administer digital royalty payouts, explained that it's about how money is made in the digital music world, saying, "It's all about the listen, the stream, the hitting of the eardrum instead of the buying of the CD."
However, radio advocates say that terrestrial radio still has a huge reach, and is the best way for artists to debut and promote new music.
Dennis Wharton, vice president for communications at the National Association of Broadcasters, which is fighting the legislation, said, "We think it would . . . actually hurt artists in the long run because if you have fewer financial resources, you have less ability to expose new artists."
Rita Wilson, the wife of Tom Hanks, has been forced to take time away from her time on Broadway due to a breast cancer diagnosis.
She released a statement to People saying, "I have taken a leave from the play Fish in the Dark to deal with a personal health issue. Last week, with my husband by my side, and with the love and support of family and friends, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction for breast cancer after a diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma. I am recovering and most importantly, expected to make a full recovery. Why? Because I caught this early, have excellent doctors and because I got a second opinion."
Rita goes on to encourage everyone to get second opinions and to trust their instincts if something doesn't 'feel' right."
Look before you click send! An office bookkeeper was sacked for accidentally sending a text to her boss, which she called him a "complete d**k." Louise Nesbitt said the text was meant for her daughter's boyfriend.
The full text described her boss 'Rob' as a "complete d**k," adding: "we know this already so please try your best not to tell him that regardless of how you feel the need." Once she realized the huge mistake, Ms. Nesbitt sent a follow up text to her boss apologizing and pleading with him to delete the message.
She wrote: "Rob, please delete without reading. I am so so so sorry. Xxx." Obviously, he didn't listen.
Ms. Nesbitt, who had worked at a mineral exploration company in Perth for six years, lost a claim for unfair dismissal before Australia's industrial tribunal. The tribunal ruled that the text was deeply offensive and was Âfar from a light-hearted insult.Â
Tori Spelling apparently suffered an injury on Easter Sunday after falling onto a hibachi grill at Benihana. According to Daily Mail, Tori was getting up to leave the restaurant when she apparently tripped and fell backward onto the grill. She is reportedly getting skin grafts this week to treat the burns.
19-year-old Ireland Baldwin, the daughter of Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin, wrote admitted on Twitter that she is going to the SOBA Recovery Center in Malibu to recover from "emotional trauma."
She, "I checked myself into Soba for two weeks to just get away for a little bit. I'm not much a party cat but I am here deal with...some emotional trauma and getting the intensive therapy I needed in order to recover. Someday I'll feel ready to share my story...openly without feeling the way I do. Right now I just needed a breather. I needed a chance to work on myself and gather all the tools...I need to overcome everything that I had been through and rid myself of all the pain I locked away in unreachable places."
Radar Online is reporting that Ireland was forced to seek treatment for an out-of-control substance abuse but she denied that rumor writing, "'Intensive partying' haha. Apparently I'm in rehab for intensive partying soooo I'm just going to lay pretty low for a bit and maybe get some frozen yogurt."
Drake took to Instagram to defend Madonna's infamous kiss during their performance at Coachella. The rapper posted a photo of the smooch and wrote, "Don't misinterpret my shock!! I got to make out with the queen Madonna and I feel  about that forever."
Madonna has also defended her actions but that hasn't stopped the internet from mocking the situation through memes and the hashtag #StopMadonna.
It's a major milestone for three Berkshire County towns! Becket, Lanesborough, and Richmond all turn the big 2-5-0 this year and they are celebrating BIG time!
Each town is brainstorming a myriad of activities to celebrate all week long, including fireworks, town-wide decorations, dances, a living portrait, geocatching events, and so much more!
Becket (Anniversary - June 21)
Geocaching - multiple GPS hunts for special prizes throughout June
Becket Day at Camp Chimney Corners (June 6)
Jacobs Pillow Day (June 13th) Reissue town history books - "A Bicentennial History of Becket."
Guided historical tours
Lanesborough (Celebrating until October)
Cedar signs of slogans from Josh Billings
Free signs for oldest homes
Flotillas on Pontoosuc Lake
Mystery grand finale celebration at the Berkshire Mall Richmond (Anniversary: June 21) Hay figures
Houses planting red,white, and blue flower gardens
Special decortations for the oldest homes in town
Huge decorations throughout anniversary day
Living portait consisting of 20 students depicting the famous painting of Shay's Rebellion.
Party boat rides
It's a one-two punch and Pink has knocked out her fat-shaming haters. Yes, you read it correctly.Â There are people in this world who think Pink is fat.
Critics were bashing her on Twitter about her weight during her appearance on the red carpet atÂ the John Wayne 30th Annual Odyssey Ball lastÂ in L.A.
Pink laughed off the comments before saying, "I can see that some of you are concerned about me from your comments about my weight. Youâre referring to the pictures of me from last nightâs cancer benefit that I attended to support my dear friend Dr. Maggie DiNome. She was given the Duke Award for her tireless efforts and stellar contributions to the eradication of cancer."
She continued, "But unfortunately, my weight seems much more important to some of you. While I admit that the dress didnât photograph as well as it did in my kitchen, I will also admit that I felt very pretty. In fact, I feel beautiful."
Pink added, "So, my good and concerned peoples, please donât worry about me. Iâm not worried about me. And Iâm not worried about you either. I am perfectly fine, perfectly happy, and my healthy, voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off. Thanks for your concern."
Attention everyone with thinning hair: scientists may have discovered one of the most effective cures for baldness, and it isn't what you think. Researchers from the University of California have shown how hair plucking can actually stimulate hair growth.
Researchers employed the concept of "Quorum sensing." which determines how would a system respond to stimuli that would affect a certain part but not all of the members. This same approach is used by bacteria and insects to populate and nest.
The study is actually a follow up from a research made by Dr. Chih-Chiang Chen from the National Yang-Ming University based in Taiwan. Chen, a dermatologist, developed a technique where 1,300 new hairs grew by just precision plucking 200 hair follicles.
Kanye West performed a free concert in Armenia which was shut down by the cops after the rapper and his fans started jumping into Swan Lake. Kanye has been in the country visiting the homeland of wife Kim Kardashian's relatives.
The concert was being live-streamed on YouTube before Kanye jumped into the lake while performing his song "Good Life."
Kim tweeted about the show writing, "Crazy night! Kanye wakes me up & says he's doing a free concert in Yerevan, Armenia! I throw on sweats & we go! Thousands of people were there! Kanye jumped in swan lake to be closer to the crowd on the other side & so many people jumped in too! Such an exciting crazy night! So happy I got to rock out with everyone in Armenia on our last night here!!!! #EpicNight #ArmenianPride"
Goop is going on welfare. Gwyneth Paltrow has accepted a challenge from celebrity chef Mario Batali to participate in the #FoodBankNYCChallenge to live on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program for a week.
She will only have $1.38 to spend on each meal for a week -- $29 total. Gwyneth posted a photo of her groceries to Twitter last week which included limes, cilantro, corn, whole grain brown rice, eggs, and more.
The challenge is intended to raise awareness about hunger.
Mario also challenged Sting andDebbie Harry to participate.
Do you watch Game of Thrones? Apparently many want to, and the show has sparked a surge in internet piracy with fans making more than 100,000 illegal downloads per day.
More than seven million episodes from seasons one through four of the show were illegally downloaded between February and April of this year as fans of the series attempt to catch up or recap before season 5 gets into full swing. Anti-piracy group Irdeto says overall illegal downloading of the show is up 45 percent since last year.
The top country for illegal downloads of the series is Brazil, accounting for nearly a million downloads. Other top countries making illegal downloads: France, the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Other TV shows that were most-downloaded illegally in the same time period: The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Vikings and House of Cards.
Four episodes from the new season of Game of Thrones leaked online just prior to the season five premiere. According to TorrentFreak, the episodes were downloaded over 100,000 times in just three hours. HBO issued a statement that they have launched an investigation to get to the bottom of the leak.
Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham wants to be a plastic surgeon and has taken her first step toward her new dream by studying under famed surgeon Dr. Sergio Alvarez of Miami.
She discussed the decision with Gossip Cop saying, "From seeing the best and the worst in the industry and experiencing it as well, it has me wanting to pursue and achieve the best in education to help men and women from trauma scenarios to reconstructive and aesthetic surgeries. It is incredible how important doctors are to our society and how they help individuals live up to their full potential in life. I hope to inspire and help others fulfill their best selves as I do my best to become the top doctor in the nation in my future."
The 23-year-old continued, "Like Dr. Alvarez, I hope to study aesthetic surgery and bring more health and happiness to this world through my future top clients as Dr. Alvarez has done. I look forward to adding a doctorate to my other degrees and expanding into another field. I have a lot of passion and experience with aesthetic surgery and look forward to helping men and women all over the world. I want to learn through my upcoming mentorship from Dr. Alvarez about dermatology, and the new frontier of healthy and safe practices, from injectables to facial surgeries at first, then continuing education into breast augmentation and Botox procedures. I hope to sit in on surgeries to help myself understand the system and safe practices."
Farrah has undergone breast augmentations twice and had lip injections last January that didn't turn out quite as planned -- the photos of her duck lips went viral before a doctor fixed the mistake.
It's the news "Harry Potter" fans have been waiting for Â almost.
J.K. Rowling has told the BBC she has not ruled out writing another book in the phenomenally successful series about the boy wizard, reports Metro.
Speaking on BBC radio program "Today," she said a sequel might be in the pipeline. "I have always said 'never say never.' I've always said I'm not going to say 'I definitely won't,' because, because I don't see why I should say that. [...] You know, it is my world and I might choose to step back into it."
Â If she did write a sequel it would be the eighth in the series. The seven Potter novels have sold 450 million copies and spawned a wildly popular film franchise.
What's your drink of choice? If it's bourbon you may want to start stockpiling it, depending on who you listen to. Currently demand for bourbon is overwhelming. In the past decade, there's been almost a 40 percent growth increase in sales of bourbon and Tennessee whiskey in the U.S., and distillers are falling behind.
The problem is that whiskey needs to mature for about five years or longer before it can be bottled and sold. The problem is only heightened by the drink getting more popular, with one survey predicting global sales of the stuff to rise about 20 percent more in the next five years.
On the flip side, Richard Thomas, editor of The Whiskey Reviewer, says there's no bourbon shortage. He says most major suppliers of the stuff have started expanding or already completed expanding their distilleries and new warehouse storage spaces. Thomas says, "Most distillers either had ample extra capacity or started expanding early enough to get on top of things."
Bill Maher has no apologies for his joke aboutZayn Malik looking like the Boston marathon bomber. The Real Time host recently discussed the controversy in an interview with BuzzFeed.
The 59-year-old comedian said, "I feel like any place that considers itself a serious journalistic enterprise and I certainly consider BuzzFeed to be that, it's beneath their dignity to even ask about something that, really, is the province of teenage girls. We threw up a picture of the guy from the guy from One Direction and we threw up a picture of the Tsarnaev kid. They look alike. That's the whole joke." Bill added, "'Do something useful with your life' is my response to the people who are asking for an apology. I understand why teenage girls are upset; they're teenage girls. Anybody else that is upset is acting like a teenage girl. I don't know how we got to this place where we think that anything that gives us the least bit consternation we have to make a protest about it. Turn the page or flip the dial. Pick up the roll of quarters and leave the booth. Whatever it is. It's insane."
One Direction fans started trending the hashtag #respectforzayn following Bill's joke.
Justin Bieber is wanted by an Argentine judge. According to the sources, Judge Alberto Julio Banos has issued an order for his arrest as soon as he sets foot in the country. Judge Banos has ordered the "immediate attention" of Bieber and his bodyguards Hugo Alcides Hesny and Terrence Reche Smalls.
Biebz and his security are wanted after the singer failed to answer questions about a reported assault at a club in Buenos Aires back in 2013.
How many close friends do you have? If you're over age 26 that number could be dwindling. New data shows that on average, our social circle peaks when we are 26 years and seven months old when we typically have five close friends.
Women are most popular at 25 years and ten months, while men hit their friendship high point at 27 years and three months of age.
A survey by a U.K. greeting card company Forever Friends reveals that 36 percent of adults say they met their closest friends while at school, while 22 percent say they met them at work. Relationship coach with Forever Friends, Sam Owen, says, "It is no coincidence that over a third of us meet our best friends at school. It is a key time in our lives where friendships are grown through sharing notes, giving gifts, seeing each other regularly and laughing a lot. As adults we can often forget how powerful these small things are."
Madonna wasn't bad for a first time stand-up comedian when she made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Madge made a joke, saying, "But I did find myself very strangely the other day, at breakfast with my son Rocco, thinking, 'I haven't had a date in a couple weeks. I looked at my son, and without thinking I said, 'Um, do you have any friends you can introduce me to?'"
Jessica Biel is a mom. Her rep confirmed over the weekend that she and husband Justin Timberlake welcomed a baby boy.
Although the exact birth date has not been revealed, Jessica and Justin have named their son Silas Randall Timberlake. Silas was the middle name of Justin's grandfather who died back in 2012. Baby Silas shares a middle name with his dad.
Randall is also Justin's dad's first name.
After months of rumors, they finally confirmed Jessica's pregnancy on Instagram while celebrating Justin's 34th birthday back in January.
Amy Schumer kicked off the 2015 MTV Movie Awards by inserting herself into scenes from huge movies including Boyhood, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, Pitch Perfect, Whiplash, and more. The night seemed to be a celebration of the films adapted from young adult novels with most awards going to The Fault in Our Stars, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1, and The Maze Runner.
The first award of the night went to Shailene Woodley for Best Female Performance in The Fault In Our Stars. She and the film went on to win three other awards.
Special golden popcorn trophies were given out to Shailene for the Trailblazer Award, Kevin Hart for the Comedic Genius Award, andRobert Downey Jr. for the Generation Award.
Award show darlingMeryl Streep can add a golden popcorn to her trophy case. She took home the award for Best Villain for her work in Into the Woods.
Mark Wahlberg asking Jessie J about British slang.
Amy revealing that Hillary Clinton announced herself as the replacement for Zayn Malik in One Direction.
Channing Tatum twerking for Jennifer Lopez.
Movie of the Year:The Fault in Our Stars
Best Male Performance: Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Best Female Performance: Shailene Woodley, The Fault In Our Stars
Breakthrough Performance: Dylan O'Brien, The Maze Runner
Best Scared-As-S**t Performance: Jennifer Lopez, The Boy Next Door
Best On-Screen Duo: Zac Efron and James Franco, Neighbors
Best Shirtless Performance: Zac Efron, Neighbors
Best Fight: Will Poulter and Dylan O'Brien, The Maze Runner
Best Kiss: Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, The Fault in Our Stars
#WTF Moment: Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen, Neighbors
Best Villain: Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Best Musical Moment: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1
Best Comedic Performance: Channing Tatum, 22 Jump Street
Best On-Screen Transformation: Elizabeth Banks, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1
MTV Trailblazer Award: Shailene Woodley
Comedic Genius Award: Kevin Hart
MTV Generation Award: Robert Downey, Jr.
Best Hero: Dylan O'Brien, The Maze Runner
Fall Out Boy took the stage with Fetty Wap to play "Centuries" and "Trap Queen"
Charli XCX brought out Ty Dolla Sign andTinashe to perform "Famous" and "Drop That Kitty."
The family of the late Tejano singerSelena Quintanilla is working with a tech company called Acrovirt LLC on a project called "Selena The One." According to E!, the company has created "a walking, talking, singing, and dancing, digital embodiment of iconic singer, Selena."
A message posted to Selena's official Facebook page reads, "'Selena The One' will release new songs and videos, will collaborate with current hit artists, and aims to go on tour in 2018." Selena was shot and killed byYolanda Saldivar in 1995.
The longtime mayor of a small Missouri town was reelected to the position Tuesday Â even though he died last month. Frank Roland Jr. died March 9 at age 81, but was running unopposed for mayor of the small town of Hillsboro, Mo. Â population 2,800.
The popular politician held the post since 1995 and garnered 87 votes in TuesdayÂs elections. Write-in candidates received a total of 81 votes in the town, some 40 miles southwest of St. Louis.
ÂFor whatever reasons, people voted for Mayor Roland,Â City Administrator Gery Marmaduke told the Daily News. ÂHe was well liked, did a lot for the community, did a lot for Jefferson County. He was a cheerleader for the city and county and helped any way he could. He was well known and well liked.Â
Kelly Osbourne believes she is being the bigger person in the Fashion Police situation by not blabbing about it. The 30-year-old broke her silence to People magazine saying, "There's been so much drama surrounded by what went on at Fashion Police that I have chosen to keep quiet about. I will continue to keep quiet because I don't think it will do anyone service, but I will say this: Giuliana is not often wrong. She really isn't, but it's been really, really heartbreaking to see her behavior that has transpired when she did get caught being wrong. That's what broke my heart."
Kelly continued, "Do we really need to be wasting time talking about three b***hes not getting along, or so you think? It's so small in the grand scheme of things. I want to make a difference in people's lives. I want to make people feel good, and I want to have fun. I just feel very lucky that I've been given so many opportunities."
A Florida inmate wants to keep Kanye West and Kim Kardashian out of Florida. TMZ has reported that a man named Wayne Albright filed a lawsuit against Kanye and his wife that seeks a temporary restraining order against the couple to keep them out of the state. Albright -- who has been in prison since 2000 for attempted sexual assault, says that he would like to "ban these two Moose Knuckles from appearing on any television programs aired in the state of Florida, unless it's Court TV and they're on trial for posing as a famous couple."
And although the inmate isn't a fan of Kim, he praises her brotherRob Kardashian -- whom he says is "eating himself out of house and home, no doubt from the shame he feels as a result of what Kim has done to the Kardashian name."
In other news, Yeezy has been said to be the executive producer of the new soundtrack for the upcoming WGN America series called Underground. According to Deadline and a casting call for the show that was posted online, Underground is the story of "a group of slaves who plan a daring escape from a Georgia plantation to cross 600 miles to freedom, aided along the way by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad, as they evade those tasked with bringing them back, dead or alive." The show will feature actors Christopher Meloni, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge andJessica De Gouw and is said to premiere sometime in 2016.
Unless you're lactose intolerant there's a good chance you enjoy grilled cheese sandwiches. New data shows if you indulge in the gooey comfort food often, you're probably having more sex than those who don't eat grilled cheese.
The weird finding comes from the social platform Skout, which surveyed 4,600 of its U.S. users. They found that 73 percent of grilled cheese lovers reported having sex at least once a month, while just 68 percent of those who dislike grilled cheese said the same.
Additionally, 32 percent of grilled cheese fans said they have sex at least six times a month, compared to only 27 percent of the anti-grilled cheese group. Overall, 86 percent of respondents said they "love" grilled cheese, with 88 percent of those people saying they are "fairly" or "very" adventurous people.
Taylor Swift has announced to her fans that her mom Andrea has been diagnosed with cancer. Taylor revealed the news on Tumblr saying that she wants to keep her mother's illness and treatment private. She explained, "For Christmas this year, I asked my mom that one of her gifts to me be her going to the doctor to get screened for any health issues, just to ease some worries of mine. She agreed, and went in to get checked. There were no red flags and she felt perfectly fine, but she did it just to get me and my brother off her case about it."
She continued, "The results came in, and I'm saddened to tell you that my mom has been diagnosed with cancer. I'd like to keep the details of her condition and treatment plans private, but she wanted you to know."
Taylor then said, "She wanted you to know because your parents may be too busy juggling everything they've got going on to go to the doctor, and maybe you reminding them to go get checked for cancer could possibly lead to an early diagnosis and an easier battle… Or peace of mind in knowing that they're healthy and there's nothing to worry about. She wanted you to know why she may not be at as many shows this tour. She's got an important battle to fight."
FANS SHOW SUPPORT FOR TAYLOR SWIFT'S MOM'S DIAGNOSIS
Tas tweeted, "I'm just feeling so lost for words. #PrayForMamaSwift… you'll fight through this."
Ashley Samples tweeted, "I can't even fathom what @taylorswift and her family are going through! Just know that I love you and will be praying."
A tweeted, "She's like the fandom's second mom Lord pls help her #PrayForMamaSwift (stay strong bby @taylorswift13)"
Style tweeted, "Swifites are always here for you TaylorS. No matter what [happens]. We love you swift family."
CELEBS SHOW SUPPORT FOR TAYLOR SWIFT
Actress Mindy Kaling tweeted, "@taylorswift13 stay strong. Love to your Mom."
Singer Brooke Curry said, "Sending love to @taylorswift13 and her family. I remember when my mom found out. Still creates a knot in my chest when I think about it."
Actress Manoela Gavassi tweeted, "@taylorswift13 all my love to you and [your] mom in this moment. I'll pray for her and I'm sure she will win this."
Giuliana Rancic has been addressing all thing Fashion Police while promoting her new book. The E! host dropped by HuffPost Live on April 7th where she discussed why the show was such a failure following Joan Rivers' death.
Giuliana explained, "When Fashion Police came back on after Joan's death, it was the exact same format that they had created for Joan, but it couldn't succeed. She was so unique in the way she delivered comedy -- the format was built around her." She also revealed that she has not kept in touch with former co-hosts Kelly Osbourne or Kathy Griffin saying, "I haven't talked to them since the incident. There's nothing good that can come of trying to speak for them, or guess what they meant by their comments."
She also made an appearance on Extra where she confirmed that she still plans to return to the show once the producers are done reworking the format. They are apparently not looking to hire new co-hosts until they figure out the new direction of the show.
Kelly tweeted earlier this week that "Liars always get caught" which is rumored to be a response to Giuliana's claim on the Today show that her comment about Zendaya seemed racist because of poor editing.
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay and Law & Order: SVU star Stephanie March have split up.
Sources tell E! News that they have actually been living apart for several months and tried everything to make the marriage work. They celebrated their 10th anniversary back in February. Bobby was married twice before exchanging vows with Stephanie.
Freddie Prinze Jr. won't throw his support behind the planned remake of his 1999 romantic comedy, She's All That. The actor made his feelings known in a brief response to a fan on Twitter after the news broke from The Wrap.
According to the website, the new version will be directed by Kenny Leon and feature a diverse cast in the roles originated by Freddie, Rachael Leigh Cook, Paul Walker, and others. A fan posted a link to the story and wrote, "You know, just Hollywood running out of ideas one more time. But what's new?" Freddie responded, "Tough for writers with original scripts."
The original film grossed over $100 million worldwide.
The plot of She's All That is based on My Fair Lady and Pygmalion.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 47.6 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 44 did not have children in 2014. That number is up from 46.5 percent in 2012, and the highest percentage since 1976 when the Census Bureau began tracking the data.
Among women ages 15 to 44 in 1976 just 35.1 percent of women did not have kids. Additionally, the general fertility rate in the U.S. fell for its sixth straight year in 2013 and now stands at 1.86. A fertility rate of 2.1 is required to have a stable U.S. population. Still, it's nothing to worry about.
Andrew Cherlin, a family demographer says, "t's a bigger problem in Europe, where countries like Germany and Spain have much lower rates. And even at 1.8, we're in the ballpark with the highest rates in Europe."
Some like their meat still mooing, while others want it as hard and charred as a hockey puck.
A new study reveals that the way you take your steak could reveal your risk of developing Alzheimer's. Scientists explain that when foods are browned or blackened they produce compounds called "glycotoxins," which when ingested can increase your risk of age-related dementia.
Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine found that mice on a diet rich in glycotoxins were more likely to develop dementia-like cognitive and movement problems than mice who were fed a low-glycotoxin diet. Will you be ordering your next steak rare?
Furious 7 fans are claiming that Iggy Azalea's brief cameo in the film ruined the movie. In the film, Iggy is an onlooker as Michelle Rodriguez's character returned to the racing circuit. Iggy has a small speaking part in the film, where she said, "Hey, there's the girl I've heard so much about. Where you been at, ghost girl?"
One fan said, "Iggy Azalea's one-second Furious 7 cameo, where the sound of her voice literally makes Michelle Rodriguez want to punch someone." Another fan said, "So far in fast and furious 7. Levy Tran and Iggy Azalea are in it. Horrible." A third fan said, "I'm kinda bothered that you're in Furious 7 smh @IggyAzalea." A fan even said, "I never knew why people hated Iggy Azalea until I saw fast n furious 7... Now I know!"
Mindy Kaling's brother, Vijay Chokal-Ingam, wants his sister's support as he publicly challenges Affirmative Action.
He stopped by HuffPost Live earlier this week where he said, "I recently learned that she put out through her press agent that we were estranged. That was her word, not mine. Like any two siblings we have arguments, we have rivalries, we have disagreements, but I love her to death and I wish her all the best." Vijay added, "I wish she was supporting me on this but I'm willing to go forward without her support."
He also revealed that they haven't been speaking lately but still see each other at family gatherings during the holidays.
Narcissists may actually be more difficult to spot than you'd think. New findings show that those with the personality disorder actually do not use the pronoun "I" more than any other person.
University of Arizona researchers surveyed 4,811 subjects and had them go through one of 15 different experiments. They discovered that narcissists and non-narcissists used the pronoun "I" with about the same frequency. So why did a similar study back in 1988 first identify the overuse of "I" with narcissists? It's not clear. Leader of the new study, Angela Carey, says, "Perceived 'I' talk may be part of a perceptual schema of self-confidence or arrogance which, once activated, selectively...draws attention to a person's use of the first-person singular."
In other words, if people think you're a narcissist, they may simply pay more attention to how often you use "I," and then overestimate how much you do.
Nooooo! And we REALLY liked these two together. Unfortunately, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield have split up.
Sources tell Us Weekly that they are taking a break from their three-year relationship to focus on their careers. One insider told the magazine, "They had been fighting a lot and they hadn't seen each other. They have both been working but they weren't getting along."
Another source insists that Andrew's new role as a Jesuit priest in Silence in Taiwan may have something to do with their issues. The source revealed, "He's very in his character. He's lost weight, and he's in dark place mentally for his performance and he's not boyfriend material right now."
Former O.C. star Mischa Barton has filed a lawsuit against her mother/manager for allegedly stealing her money. The court documents reveal that Mischa suspects Nuala Barton of lying to her about her salary for a recent movie called The Hoarder to pocket the extra money on top of her 10% management fee.
She also accuses Nuala of using Mischa's name to promote her line of handbags and a boutique in London but hasn't given any money to her daughter for it. Nuala reportedly even managed to kick Mischa out of a home she owns in Beverly Hills after rigging paperwork to give herself co-ownership.
Bruce Jenner is allegedly viewing his upcoming Diane Sawyer interview as a goodbye to his male self. Sources tell TMZ that he will "present himself" as a woman but that does not include dressing as a woman or discussing his female name. The 65-year-old is hoping the interview will educate the people who don't understand transitioning or just don't support it. ABC announced that the interview will air on April 24th.
Valar Kermhulis... all frogs must die? Nah, that's not THAT kind of spoof. Sesame Street toned down the glorified violence for a more kid-friendly and lesson instilling parody of HBO's massive hit series, Game of Chairs.
Please oh please don't let this become 'Glitter 2.'
Mariah Carey is developing a Christmas movie. According to Deadline, New Line Cinema is developing a movie where Mariah is said to play "a major role" in the film and soundtrack. The producer of the film -- Jon Shestack, spoke of the film to Entertainment Weekly and said, "It's a little bit about how music can take you back in time. It will be everything you hope a Christmas movie with Mariah Carey would be."
The film is said to be based on an idea that Mariah came up with.
These days, more and more hyper-customized Âand pretty pricey Âdating apps plus services keep popping up. From facial-recognition software to DNA-based compatibility tests, these high-end matchmakers will run you anywhere from $3,500 to a whopping $15,000. Unfortunately, most of us don't have thousands to blow on personalized love coaching. Here's some free advice to get the most out of standard online-dating memberships.
1. Reach out to a match on Wednesday, Friday, or over the weekend.
You'll have about a 50 percent higher chance of getting a response on these days, according to data collected by VirtualDatingAssistants.com.
2. Use words like "you" and "supportive" in your intro message.
A 2012 study claimed that social and outward-focused terms receive more responses than those that are self-involved or leisurely, like "I" and "movies."
3. Find out how he/she likes to spend his time and cash.
Similar tastes in these areas are crucial, says Maria Avgitidis, founder of Agape Match. Ask: "What do you like to do on your days off? What's a worthy splurge?"
4. Set the first date 17 to 23 days after initiating contact with him/her.
This specific window gives you the optimal online courting time before meeting, found a study in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.
Taylor Swift took to Twitter to deny the recent OK! story claiming that she and Lorde are fighting after Lorde suggested they record a duet. Taylor wrote, "Media, when you say "Lorde & Taylor are fighting"-by fighting do you mean "FaceTiming constantly from US to NZ and LOLing at you"? Thnx bye." Lorde retweeted that message and added, "sisters are doin' it for themselves @taylorswift13."
Tom Cruise allegedly hasn't seen his daughterSuri in almost a year. Sources tell TMZ that he recently had two weeks off from shooting Mission Impossible 5 in London but couldn't manage to find the time for Suri. He was photographed over the weekend watching the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament in Tampa with his son Connor. A rep for Tom has claimed in the past that he sees Suri in secret to avoid paparazzi attention but other sources insist that isn't true.
It's a moral dilemma: should you do the thing best for you, or best for the greater good of mankind? A new study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin reveals that women are less likely to commit harm for the greater good than men are.
Researchers had 6,100 people a range of moral questions, and conclude, "Women seem to be more likely to have this negative, emotional, gut-level reaction to causing harm to people...whereas men were less likely to express this strong emotional reaction to harm." The questions touched on topics such as torture, murder, abortion, lying and animal research. In general, men questioned were more concerned with the long-term consequences, while the women tended to dwell on the morality of acts that break societal norms.
ABC has announced that Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer will be airing on April 25th. The chat will cover the Olympian's transition from male to female as well as his recent car accident which left seven people injured and one woman dead. Bruce's interview will air as a two-hour special.
Dave Poulin, the artist who created the sculpture of Lucille Ball that is frightening residents in her hometown, has agreed to fix the statue for free. A group of locals in Celoron, New York created a Facebook group called "We Love Lucy! Get Rid of this Statue!" to get rid of the piece that was erected back in 2009.
Dave wrote to The Hollywood Reporter, "I take full responsibility for 'Scary Lucy,' though by no means was that my intent or did I wish to disparage in any way the memories of the iconic Lucy image. I have always believed it to be by far my most unsettling sculpture, not befitting of Lucy's beauty or my ability as a sculptor. Yes, in retrospect, it should have never been cast in bronze and made public, and I take complete ownership of that poor decision. I am willing to put my time and money into redoing the Lucy sculpture."
Dave also claims that he actually approached the mayor of the town five years ago about getting another shot at it.
Nina Dobrev has confirmed the rumors that were circulating online on Monday (April 6th) that she is leaving The Vampire Diaries. She wrote to fans on Instagram, "Dearest TVD Family, I've just spent the most beautiful weekend on Lake Lanier in Georgia with my own TVD Family, the cast and crew of The Vampire Diaries. I want to be the first to tell you that it wasn't just a holiday celebration, it was a goodbye party. I always knew I wanted Elena's story to be a six season adventure, and within those six years I got the journey of a lifetime. I was a human, a vampire, a doppelganger, a crazy immortal, a doppelganger pretending to be human, a human pretending to be a doppelganger. I got kidnapped, killed, resurrected, tortured, cursed, body-snatched, was dead and undead, and there's still so much more to come before the season finale in May."
"Elena fell in love not once, but twice, with two epic soulmates, and I myself made some of the best friends I'll ever know and built an extended family I will love forever. There's more to come before we wrap this up, and I promise you'll get to hear all about my experiences over the next month as we approach the season finale (I have given an exclusive interview for the June issue of SELF Magazine that I am excited for you to see!), but until then I invite you to hop on the roller coaster ride that is Elena Gilbert's life and join me as I celebrate her and prepare to say goodbye to her — and to my work family — as I move on to the next chapter of my life. I want to share this goodbye with all of you (this weekend's pictures were just the beginning). You, the wonderful fandom who gave more love, support and passion than anyone could have ever imagined seven years ago, when a young Degrassi girl from Canada showed up in LA to audition for 'that Twilight TV show.' ;-) I love you all. Fasten your seatbelts. If you think you know what's coming, you don't. Love, Nina"
Michael Trevino's exit from the show has also been confirmed. He has signed on to star in the ABC pilot, Kingmakers.
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The NY Post has reported that Sprint and their parent company SoftBank have bought a minority stake in Jay Z's music streaming service TIDAL. The publication has said that although the amount of the stake couldn't be confirmed, the deal values TIDAL at around $250 million. Reports are also claiming that the music service has 100,000 subscribers since it was made known thatBeyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, Madonna, Nicki Minaj and Daft Punk have a part in the company.
Meanwhile, Beyonce has released a new TIDAL-exclusive record in honor of her and Jay's seven year anniversary. The track is titled, "Die With You."
In other news, rumor has it that Beyonce didn't give Chris Brown permission to remake her record "Jealous." According to Sandra Rose, Breezy is so "desperate" to get in with Bey that he secretly recorded vocals on the track without her knowing. Breezy spoke of the remix on social media last week, saying, "I did the jealous remix some months ago for the Beyoncé collaboration album but it was never used. Glad you guys get to hear it." However, reports are saying that Bey's reps ordered that the singer delete the link to the song.
There appears to be a slight hiccup in VH1's planned reboot of The Osbournes. Jack Osbourne has filed several lawsuits against companies he partially owns for trying to claim revenue for his participation in the new show.
He is part of a production company called JOKS who is suing Schweet Entertainment because they are claiming to be the sole owners of interest in the show. The new episodes of The Osbournes are expected to premiere later this year.
Would you add a little something to your light beer if it would make it taste better? That's the idea behind Hop Theory's beer-steeping bags. Similar to tea bags, the HopTheory bags contain cascade hops, orange peels and coriander seeds. You simply drop it into a glass of light beer, and wait two to four minutes for it to steep. The result is added flavor (and a little color) to your basic light beer. Since they come packaged like tea bags, you can take them to your local bar, or even just keep it in your pocket for emergencies. Right now the company is raising money on Kickstarter, with the hope of raising $25,000 by May 9th.
Bill Prady, co-creator of Big Bang Theory, is working on a revival of The Muppets. He is working on a pilot presentation which will be shown to ABC execs. According to The Hollywood Reporter, some of the original Muppet performers are expected to return.
A keyboard may soon be a valuable tools in figuring out if you have Parkinson's disease. State researchers say how a person types may reveal a huge amount of information about their motor skills. As a result, they're working on a keyboard that can closely analyze the way a person types, particularly by sensing a person's "key hold time," or how long they press a key down before releasing it.
The test has the potential to have a huge impact, as most Parkinson's patients don't usually get diagnosed until they are five to ten years into the disease, at which time most of the damage has already been done.
Emotional eating is a real thing, with many of us seeking out so-called "comfort foods" during rough times. But why do we do this? Science finally has the answer. University of Buffalo researchers had 100 participants track their feelings and eating habits in a diary for two weeks. They discovered that participants who had positive associations with their caregivers or parents tended to eat comfort foods more often when they were sad or lonely.
Study leader Shira Gabriel explains, "You don't think 'I'm having mac and cheese today because I'm feeling lonely and I need my mom,' but that's actually part of what's happening." Additionally, when participants were primed to feel lonely or isolated and then served potato chips, those who had remembered a time they felt lonely reported enjoying the snack more than the others.
But it won't bring comfort to everyone,Gabriel adds, "Comfort food is especially appealing when we're lonely, but if you didn't really get along with your parents, these sorts of food probably aren't going to make you feel better."
It was a record-shattering weekend at the box office for the seventh Fast & Furious movie. Furious 7 managed to rake in over $143 million in the U.S..
Paul Walker's final film is now the biggest April opening for a film, the largest Friday and Saturday opening ever for Universal Pictures, the largest opening of 2015 so far, and the biggest opening for any of the previous Fast & Furious installments. It is also the second-largest pre-summer opening in history behind the first Hunger Games.
Universal's Nick Carpou said in a statement, "Originally, we planned to release the picture last July, but that wasn't going to happen, so we thought of April because opening on Good Friday has proven historically to be a very good thing to do. Being first in the marketplace this year with such a big franchise certainly helped us. There's four weeks before the next big blockbuster, so our picture will have time to play."
Nick is referring to The Avengers: Age of Ultron which is opening on May 1st.
Furious 7 is already the ninth-highest grossing film in history.
It brought in $240 million internationally in 63 foreign markets.
The weekend's other new release, Woman in Gold, debuted in seventh place.
Run All Night and The Gunman dropped out of the top 10.
THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- APRIL 3 - APRIL 5
1. Furious 7, $143.6M to $145M
2. Home, $26.7M to $27M+
3. Get Hard, $12.6M to $12.9M
4. Cinderella, $10.2M
5. Insurgent, $9.8M to $10M
6. It Follows, $2.4M
7. Woman in Gold, $2M
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service, $1.68M to $1.7M
9. Do You Believe?, $1.48M
10. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, $988K to $1M
Is Kylie Jenner the latest celebrity to try and get away with doing blackface? The reality star faced backlash on social media over the weekend for sharing photos where she appeared to have darker skin which was originally captioned, "What I wish I looked like all the time thank you." She later deleted that post.
After many people slammed the 17-year-old for her racist and offensive pictures, she took to Instagram on April 4th and reposted the photo with the caption, "This is a black light and neon lights people lets all calm down." Kylie also tweeted, "so just got the time to head on social media lol.. The photographer used a black light & neon lights for those photos. Yes, In another world I wish I could have pink hair & blue eyes & covered in sparkles. But in this world I'm happy w the way God created me. Happy Easter everybody."
A Broadway musical of the 1993Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day is in the works. The show is expected to begin previews in January 2017. Groundhog Day will reunite the creative team behind Broadway's Matilda which has grossed $117 million to date.
This is not an April FoolsÂ joke. A Benedict Cumberbatch made entirely out of chocolate Â and appropriately titled ÂChocobatchÂ Â now exists. To mark the launch of a new drama channel on the UKTV network the network enlisted the help of some Âchocolate gurusÂ to create a life-sized sculpture of the ÂSherlockÂ actor.
The sculpture is 6 feet tall, weighs in at 88 pounds and is made out of 500 melted-down Belgian chocolate bars (which contain 33% cocoa). The crew is aiming to have ÂChocobatchÂ displayed in Westfield Stratford City for the public before Easter arrives.
Billboard has reported that Sony Music filed a breach-of-contract counterclaim against 19 Recordings -- the American Idol label controlled by Core Media Group. In the court docs, Sony says that they overpaid $2 million in royalties for stars such asKelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood andClay Aiken. As a result, Sony is demanding recovery of their funds.
Sony's claim is a result of 19 Recordings filing a blockbuster lawsuit alleging that 'Idol' stars were robbed through a "tricky account."
In a 2014 lawsuit, the label had an issue with how Sony dealt with income that came from streaming services, how Sony calculated television advertising deductions and how the company interpreted bonus royalty escalators when consumers bought tracks from an album on iTunes.
Hearing the word "Easter" probably conjures up images of pastel eggs and chocolate bunnies, but did you ever wonder how a bunny became associated with the Christian holiday? The short answer is that it's not exactly clear.
The bunny's connection with Easter may stem from the pagan belief in Eostre, the goddess of fertility, whose animal symbol is the rabbit. History.com seems to think the tradition of the Easter Bunny started with the Germans who settled in Pennsylvania in the 1700s. They brought with them the tradition of the egg-laying hare called "Osterhase" or "Oschter Haws." Their children built nests for the creature to lay its colored eggs in, and eventually the custom spread across the U.S.
A new piece on Gawker suggests that rapper Tupac Shakur, supposedly gunned down in 1996, might still be alive Â and living in Cuba. The author of the piece explains his theory:
ÂOverwhelmed by fame, Tupac faked his death and fled to Cuba to stay with his aunt, Assata. Free from the reach of American media and 90's rap beefs, Tupac knew he'd be safe and go mostly undetected in the one place the US government wanted nothing to do with.
As the rapper began to re-emerge last yearÂanticipating Obama's move to open diplomatic channels to Cuba before the end of his presidencyÂTupac put monetary safeguards in place. After 18 years away, the rapper's funds were nearly depleted, so he sold audio rights to Interscope (the label that released Lamar's album) and Coca-Cola (the company that owns Powerade) to ensure his financial survival.Â
Is TIDAL the Illuminati's attempt to control music? Some conspiracy theorists certainly think that's the way things are headed. However, Madonna had something else to say.
Madonna took to Instagram and said, "If you refer to Tidal as Illuminati, you are paying us the highest of compliments. As I've stated before it is another name for 'The Enlightened Ones' a group of scientists, philosophers and artists that emerged after the dark ages. They changed and shaped the world for the better! Do the research and find out for yourself!"
Stephen Amell, star of CW's Arrow, has landed a huge role in the sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He will be playing Casey Jones -- a friend to the turtles and love interest for April O'Neil. The role was played byElias Koteas in the 1990 film. The second Turtles movie will hit theaters in 2016.
Avril Lavigne reveals in the new issue of People magazine that she was diagnosed with Lyme disease last year around the time of her 30th birthday.
She describes her birthday trip to Vegas last October saying, "I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool, I had to leave and go lie in bed. My friends asked, 'What's wrong?' I didn't know. [...] I had no idea a bug bite could do this. I was bedridden for five months. There were definitely times I couldn't shower for a full week because I could barely stand. It felt like having all your life sucked out of you. I felt like I couldn't breathe, I couldn't talk and I couldn't move. I thought I was dying."
Jamie Dornan revealed in a recent interview with the L.A. Times that he actually stalked someone to prepare for his role as a serial killer in The Fall.
He explained, "This is a really bad reveal. I, like, followed a woman off the train one day to see what it felt like to pursue someone like that. It felt kind of exciting, in a really sort of dirty way. I'm sort of not proud of myself. But I do honestly think I learned something from it, because I've obviously never done any of that. It was intriguing and interesting to enter that process of 'what are you following her for?' and 'what are you trying to find out?'" The Fall was recently renewed for a third season by The BBC with both Jamie and Gillian Anderson set to return.
There is a rumor circulating that One Direction will lose out on a nearly $20 million bonus because of Zayn Malik's exit from the group. According to The Province, each member was promised a portion of that bonus for fulfilling their recording contract but only as the complete group.
A source told the website, "There's a massive loyalty bonus for each member if they fulfil their record deal. But Zayn didn't even want the money. All he ever wanted was to buy his mom a house -- and he's done that -- so there was no incentive for him to finish the tour, let alone make a fifth album only to spend another six months on the road."
If you're heading to Coachella and are devastated by your precious selfie stick being banned, you're in luck. Shoe maker Miz Mooz has just announced a new design it's calling "The Selfie Shoe." The shoe features an extended toe that comfortably fits a phone, allowing the user to control the phone with their toes. Despite obviously challenges like flexibility and the potential for wardrobe malfunctions, it seems like this could be a viable alternative to the selfie stick.
Either way, though, you'll probably look equally silly using a selfie shoe as you would using a selfie stick.
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It has only been a couple of days since Trevor Noah was announced as the new host of The Daily Show but he is already in hot water. The 31-year-old is being called out on social media over some offensive tweets he has posted over the years targeting Jews and women.
The tweets were written between 2008 and 2014. He even tweeted about Bruce Jenner's transition last month writing, "Looking at how successful all the Kardashian women are, I don't blame Bruce Jenner at all." Trevor responded to the backlash on Twitter writing, "To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn't land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian."
Comedy Central also defended Trevor in a statement on March 31st saying, "Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included. To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair. Trevor is a talented comedian with a bright future at Comedy Central."
One blogger wrote on the Daily Caller, "Many young people don't watch 'The Daily Show' just to laugh -- they watch the show to get their news. The show shapes perceptions."
Author Roxane Gay came to Trevor's defense by tweeting, "I'm not saying his old tweets are ok but I hope you are crawling through the tweets of a range of comedians. The results will be interesting."
Nice guys finish last when it comes to their paychecks, a new study proves. University of Sheffield researchers analyzed the personalities and productivity levels of a number of participants.
They discovered friendly workers actually earned less money than their less agreeable colleagues. It's probably because the nice guys are often reluctant to push for pay raises, too focused on team work and worry too much about being liked.
Despite the pay gap, friendly workers were found to have similar levels of productivity compared to their less agreeable peers. Women were more likely than men to show agreeable personality traits, which may help explain the gender pay gap.
According to a new study by researchers at the Harvard Business School and Stanford's Graduate School of Business, stress from the workplace is responsible for about 120,000 deaths each year.
That's more fatalities per year than Alzheimer's or Diabetes. Workplace factors that may contribute to stress include: morning drives (they correlate with more belly fat and higher blood pressure), being unappreciated at work (which can raise your heart disease risk by up to 79%), indulging in food high in fat, not taking breaks, having no comraderie with co-workers and irregular shifts (can raise your heart attack risk by 23%).
According to a new study by researchers at the Harvard Business School and Stanford's Graduate School of Business, stress from the workplace is responsible for about 120,000 deaths each year.
That's more fatalities per year than Alzheimer's or Diabetes. Workplace factors that may contribute to stress include: morning drives (they correlate with more belly fat and higher blood pressure), being unappreciated at work (which can raise your heart disease risk by up to 79%), indulging in food high in fat, not taking breaks, having no comraderie with co-workers and irregular shifts (can raise your heart attack risk by 23%).
A judge in San Francisco has ordered Robin Williams' widow and children to work out their issues outside of the court. They have been given an 11 day window to figure out how to divide up his personal items before they will intervene. As previously reported, Susan Williams filed documents back in December claiming that Robin's children removed items from their home which were not part of the listed items that were left to them in his will. Susan and the kids have until April 10th to sort things out.
Johnny Depp's hand injury in Australia has delayed production on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Filming is expected to resume with on April 15th. The injury required Johnny to get a pin in his finger which delayed filming for two weeks longer than was initially expected.
If you want to go to the Austin City Limits Music Festival this year, better leave the selfie stick at home.
ACL is just one of the major music festival across the country banning selfie sticks. On the official ALC website, the selfie stick is on the list of prohibited items. Selfie sticks have become a popular but polemical photo-taking tool: Avid picture takers like snapping their own shots in front of monuments and sunsets, but critics dismiss them as obnoxious and dangerous to others around them.
Coachella in Indio, California and Lollapalooza in Chicago, Illinois are among dozens of popular events and landmarks taking a stand against the sticks. In Europe, the Palace of Versailles outside Paris, Britain's National Gallery in London and the Colosseum in Rome have all banned selfie sticks, saying they need to protect exhibits on display and ensure the safety of visitors.
Some concertgoers welcomed the decision, saying the sticks get in the way of seeing the stage and enjoying the concert.
NBC has announced that this year's live musical event will be The Wiz. The production will air on December 3rd. The network will be working with Cirque du Soleil for the live performance which will then move to Broadway for the 2016-2017 season.
Network presidentBob Greenblatt said in a statement, "We love this yearly tradition and we're more excited than ever to not only bring another Broadway musical to America's living rooms, but also see it land on Broadway as well. It's a natural next step for our live musical events and we're so pleased to be in business with this award-winning creative team...Cirque's incredible imagination will help bring the fantasy world of Oz vividly to life and give this great show a modern spin on the age-old story we all love."
Disney is keeping their live-action trend going with a new adaptation of their animated film Mulan. The studio is developing a script written by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek which tells the story a Hua Mulan -- the Chinese cross-dressing warrior heroine. The animated version was released in 1998 and earned $304.3 million around the world. Disney has already released Cinderella and Maleficent and is working on live-action versions of Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book.
Louis Tomlinson isn't quite ready to let go of former bandmate Zayn Malik. The One Direction member called out producerNaughty Boy on Twitter for promoting his rumored solo work with Zayn which is being called "Zaughty" which Louis called "inconsiderate." Naughty responded by writing, "when ur gettin hate for something u didn't do, a bit of love can go a long way, that's why I retweeted, time will tell the real story guys. lol you should let the other boys talk for a change. :)"
The producer later posted a tracked to Soundcloud believed to be a demo he did with Zayn called "I Won't Mind" and wrote, "let the music do the talking. there is nothing but love for what was left behind. that's why we don't mind. ;) #2016 #zaughty #zindabad." The track has since been removed.