Who knew rain could be so much fun? A group of artists are taking advantage of Seattle's famous weather by creating artwork on sidewalks that can only be seen in the rain. It's called Rainworks. The artists said that they just want to make people smile when the weather's gloomy.
Check it out! Should Berkshire County do this, too?
Rumor has it that Zayn may not have quit One Direction. According to Radar Online, the former 1D member was fired from the band. A source reportedly told the site that Zayn's alleged alcohol and drug use played a role in Zayn getting fired from the group. The insider said, "Zayn's alcohol and drug use became a huge problem. He chose not to get clean and that is when they parted ways. They gave him every opportunity to clean up his act, but he just couldn't do it."
In other news, Digital Spy has reported that 1D had the highest-grossing tour of 2014. The band brought in $290 million in ticket sales from their headlining shows last year.
If you'Âve ever made ill-advised drunk calls to exes, friends or family... you know that sordid feeling that settles in the morning after. But a new app called Drunk Mode lets you block certain contacts for a period of up to 12 hours while on a night out and only unlocks these numbers if you can solve math puzzles.
Before a night out, users select which contacts they want to block and for how long. This ranges from three hours up to 12. If an attempt is made to call or message a blocked contact a 'Drunk Quiz' pop-up appears, with the message: 'If you're ready to disable Drunk Mode, please solve the following equation.'
Users can additionally enter a list of friends, or 'drinking buddies', they are out with and track their movements on the app. These friends need to be fellow users but can be selected from the phone's contacts list or Facebook. Once connected, if a person wanders off or leaves the group to go home, their friends can check where they are and make sure they're safe.
J.K. Rowling stands by her decision to out Dumbledore as gay after the release of the last Harry Potter book. A fan tweeted to her on Tuesday, March 24th, writing, "Thank you so much for writing Harry Potter. I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is a gay because I can't see him in that way." The author responded, "Maybe because gay people just look like...people?"
J.K. also addressed the question on Thursday, March 25th, by defending the fan after her question was widely reported to be homophobic. Rowling wrote, "A minority of people are rushing to judgement without the facts, so here they are: @anakocovic21 did NOT ask an offensive question!"
Rumors are circulating that Rob Kardashian is refusing his family's help after several attempts at an intervention. According to People magazine, he has allegedly rejected requests to go into therapy or seek treatment of any kind.
A source close to the family said, "He's sad, he's bitter, he's single. He is very depressed and has been for a while. It's really hard for him that his sisters are so public and he looks like the shut-in." Another insider revealed, "He is very against therapy and any kind of rehab. But his family will continue to push for him to get help until he does. The attitude has always been that when Rob gets his act together, starts working out and loses weight, everything will be good and he will be happy. But behind the weight gain is this very unhealthy mental state that he keeps struggling with."
Rob has been mostly keeping a low profile but he made headlines earlier this week by posting a photo of Rosamund Pike as her Gone Girl character and writing, "This is my sister kim , the bitch from Gone Girl,,,"
There were reports last June that Rob had developed a dependency on weed and sizzurp.
We're in the age of the selfie, which means many have figured out the most attractive angle to photograph themselves from. A poll of one thousand women uncovered that 23 percent say they think their right side is most attractive.
Just 18 percent named their left side, and 43 percent said there is no advantage to either side. A confident 16 percent said both sides of their face are "great." Common reasons for thinking one side is more attractive than the other: hairstyle or parting, their nose profile, or to avoid a mole or scar. The poll results contradict a 2012 study, which found people tend to find the left-side of a face more attractive.
Sam Taylor-Johnson will not be returning to direct the next Fifty Shades of Grey movie. She released a statement on Wednesday, March 25th, saying, "Directing Fifty Shades of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful. I have Universal to thank for that. I forged close and lasting relationships with the cast, producers and crew and most especially, withDakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three."
Sam previously revealed in an interview that she found it difficult working withE.L. James to adapt her novel.
Lea Michele andKate Upton are joining forces for a new movie called The Layover. The film is described as a road trip sex comedy where the girls play best friends going on vacation together who are forced to do a layover in St. Louis when their plane is rerouted because of a hurricane. They end up fighting over the same guy during their stay. Shameless star William H. Macy will direct.
Actress Mariel Hemingway has written a new memoir where she alleges that Woody Allen tried to seduce her back when she was 18 years old. Mariel, who is now 53, worked on the director's 1979 movie Manhattan when she was only 16 and played his love interest in the film.
She writes in her book, "Our relationship was platonic, but I started to see that he had a kind of crush on me. Though I dismissed it as the kind of thing that seemed to happen any time middle-aged men got around young women." Mariel goes on to reveal that Woody planned a trip to Paris for them after her 18th birthday where he allegedly tried to make it so that they would share a room which was enough to convince her not to go on the vacation.
Deadline writer Nellie Andreeva is in hot water after creating a post called "Pilots 2015: The Year Of Ethnic Castings -- About Time Or Too Much Of Good Thing?" The article explores the idea that casting for next season's shows are specifically ignoring white actors due to the growing success of shows like How To Get Away With Murder, Empire, Fresh Off the Boat, and more.
Nellie wrote, "But, as is the case with any sea change, the pendulum might have swung a bit too far in the opposite direction. Instead of opening the field for actors of any race to compete for any role in a color-blind manner, there has been a significant number of parts designated as ethnic this year, making them off-limits for Caucasian actors, some agents signal. Many pilot characters this year were listed as open to all ethnicities, but when reps would call to inquire about an actor submission, they frequently have been told that only non-Caucasian actors would be considered. 'Basically 50% of the roles in a pilot have to be ethnic, and the mandate goes all the way down to guest parts' one talent representative said."
The post has received a lot of negative attention from industry folks including Shonda Rhimes who tweeted, "1st Reaction:: HELL NO. Lemme take off my earrings, somebody hold my purse! 2nd Reaction: Article is so ignorant I can't even be bothered."
Nellie has not responded to the controversy but Deadline has been retweeting people's negative reactions to the post.
I have yet to find a woman who hasn't been annoyed by PMS, or her premenstrual symptoms... especially when it boils down to the seriously uncomfortable calorie-fests.
But, maybe that is all about to change thanks to one women. Ladies, put down the Snickers bar... you're gonna like this.
Introducing PMS Bites, a healthier, vegan, and gluten-free option for those chocolate cravings. The tiny treats are only 60 calories and are describes as tasting like "a combination of a chocolate classic truffle and brownie batter."
A Kickstarter campaign for the Bites was launched in February, and was fully funded within 15 hours. On top of being healthy, the balls all have extremely cute names. They also contain ingredients like dandelion root, chamomile and Siberian ginseng, which are all believed to ease PMS symptoms. Once the orders promised through the Kickstarter campaign are fulfilled, the creator of the product says she wants to aim it at people whose lives are inhibited by PMS.
Not even a few hours after news spread that Zayn Malik is quitting One Direction, fans have been waylaid by yet another blow. Sources confided to E! News that Harry Styles is also planning to leave the group to pursue an acting career as well as going solo. Apparently he is in talks to move to Los Angeles and is hooking up with famous faces in the biz to get his career off on the right foot. No word as of yet when he plans to leave the group, but sources are saying it will be sometime after when the world tour wraps up.
Sorry, One Directioners, looks like the worst is yet to come.
A social media campaign using the hashtag #FindKatrinaGirl has gone viral, trying to reunite an Air Force veteran with the girl he helped rescue after Hurricane Katrina and who he's now trying to find. Michael Maroney, now a master sergeant at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, says his helicopter picked up the girl and her family from the roof of their house in flooded New Orleans after the August 2005 storm struck and dropped them off at the airport.
The little girl, whose name he never got, gave him a big hug that was captured in a sweet photo, and he's always remembered it. He told Yahoo News, "To be that strong in the face of adversity was mind-blowing. It touched my heart," adding, "To get a hug like that. If I never did anything else again, that hug would be enough." Explaining to ABC News why he's looking for the girl, Maroney said, "I've thought about her and her family every day; I just want to let her know how much she's inspired me and to see how she's doing."
Jay Z's new streaming site TIDAL is set to be up and running in the coming days. According to AllHipHop.com, the app will be available in five days. Listeners can trial the site for seven days however the monthly rate for the site is $19.99.
Meanwhile, Mediatakeout has reported that Jay's new streaming service can potentially bring the rapper big bucks. According to the site, Beyonce and Jay plan on releasing a "joint visual album" on Sunday (March 29th) and will launch a visual album for Rihanna the following week. An insider told MTO, "Beyonce's last album got a million [unit] sales, if we can get a million subscriptions to TIDAL, the company would be worth BILLIONS."
Jaime King has always wanted Taylor Swift as the godmother of her child.
The actress explained the decision to Buzzfeed saying, "I always knew she was going to be the godmother if I had another baby. It's because she's incredibly thoughtful. Choosing a godmother is a very sacred and important thing in our family. They're going to be guiding your child, and they're responsible for them if something was to ever happen. We try and choose people who we know would raise our child the way that we would raise our child and her thoughtfulness, her kindness, her authenticity -- the way that she's generous with her family, with her friends, with her fans -- is so powerful to me." Jessica Alba and Topher Grace are the godparents to Jaime's firstborn son, James Knight.
A reporter was broadcasting live at the Smithsonian Museum when an African Moon Moth perched on his ear and laid 2 eggs. He only discovered the eggs after the report was over. He Tweeted a picture of the eggs in his ear shortly after the broadcast.
If you can't get rid of your belly no matter how hard you try, it may not be your fault. It could be your genes. The Plexin D1 gene influences whether a person is apple shaped – with a big belly – or pear shaped – with fat on their hips and thighs. Researchers at Duke University say finding these gene means that there could potentially be a pill that would be able to stop people from gaining weight around the middle. However, the results wouldn't just be cosmetic. Eliminating belly fat also lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Susan Sarandon has joined a new campaign called Women on 20s which is requesting that a woman replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill by 2020.
The group's website reads, "It's our mission to generate an overwhelming people's mandate for a new $20 bill, to be issued in time for the 100th anniversary in 2020 of the Constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote. Think of it as honoring the vote by casting your vote. The process of commissioning, designing and minting a new bill takes years, so now is a good time to act." Suggested candidates include Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Margaret Sanger, Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony, and 10 others.
Susan tweeted a photo of herself holding a $20 bill on Tuesday, March 24th, and wrote, "I want to see a woman on the $20 bill. Post your own photo & join me by voting at womenon20s.org #WomenOn20s"
Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall has confirmed that he is currently developing the 1990 film into a stage musical. He told People magazine, "I had so much fun doing Pretty Woman the first time around that I'm trying it again as a Broadway musical. We have secured the rights to do a stage adaptation." Garry also revealed he is working with J.F. Lawton -- the author of the original screenplay. He added, "To see Vivian and Edward brought to life again with music will hopefully be something to cheer about the second time around too."
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Jon Hamm just finished a 30-day treatment at a rehab facility for alcohol abuse. His rep released a statement saying, "With the support of his longtime partner Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for his struggle with alcohol addiction. They have asked for privacy and sensitivity going forward." According to TMZ, Jon was staying at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT.
If you see groups of young girls breaking down and crying, here's why. It's an end of an era for One Direction. The band dropped the proverbial bomb regarding Zayn Malik's future with the group. In short: he quit.
Rumors claimed Zayn wanted to embark on a rapping career. Even 50 Cent weighed in, saying that he was more than willing to mentor the British heartthrob.
One Direciton issued a formal statement on their facebook page but made no mention why Zayn made the decision to opt out of his contract and leave the band for good.
Fox has filed a new lawsuit trying to stop a distribution company named Empire from claiming rights to the name.
Empire Distribution is attempting to argue that their business is being hurt by the fictional label on the show because Lucious Lyon is a "homophobic drug dealer prone to murdering his friends."
They are asking Fox to pay eight million dollars for the name and an extra five million if the show uses any of their artists which includes Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Too Short, N.O.R.E. and Sean Paul. The network's lawsuit is asking a judge to throw out Empire's request since their company is pretty obscure and doesn't have much of a rep to tarnish.
Kids love to complain about having too much homework, and a new study says they might be right about this one.
Scientists have proven that more than 90 minutes of homework per night is "too much." Students who have only an hour of homework benefit the most from their studies where as those who take more than an hour-and-a-half see a decrease in results. The study from the University of Oviedo also says that students should do their homework without help if they want to do well on their tests.
They are never ever ever getting back together. Katy Perry and John Mayer may have reconciled briefly after the Super Bowl, but looks like the burning candle those two held for each other finally fizzled out.
Rumors are pinpointing the breakup to Katy Perry's tour, but sources say that is anything but the case. Apparently there was a lack of emotional support and interest on John's end, which caused things to go sour. However, John has said he will always love and respect his former flame. The two were spotted in January holding hands and being touchy feely after breaking up in February 2014
Scammers are getting more creative. Security footage from a British restaurant recorded the moment a man set his pet rat on the ground in an attempt to land a free meal. Christopher Baker, 28, pleaded to a charge of fraud by false representation after he released his pet rat at the Borneo Bistro on Valentine's Day and demanded a refund for his meal.
See, Baker really didn't think out his plan that well. Kevin Smith, the restaurant's owner, reviewed security footage after thinking that the black and white rat seemed suspiciously clean and tame.
"Mr. Smith perhaps smelled a rat at this particular point and he retrieved the rat from the floor. It was a black and white rat, very calm. It did not appear to be wild at all. Acorn Pest Control arrived and they said it appeared to be a pet," prosecutor Lee Poppett said. "Mr. Smith viewed the CCTV and saw the defendant fiddling in his pocket. He waited until a family moved from the table next to him and retrieved what appeared to be a rat from his pocket and dropped it on the floor. He then jumped out of his seat."
In an interview with Us Weekly, Madge revealed, "The person I most want to meet is President Obama. When the heck am I going to meet him? He just needs to invite me to the White House already. He probably thinks I'm too shocking to be there. I'm serious. If I was a little bit more demure…or if I was just married to Jay Z. Hey, if Jay would only take me as his second wife, then I'd score an invitation."
She also threw shade at her birthplace, saying, "I miss absolutely nothing about growing up in Michigan. Nothing at all."
Is there a change in the box-office? Two recently revealed stats have shaken Hollywood to its core: Women are driving ticket sales to a degree rarely, if ever, seen before, while young men, HollywoodÂ's long coveted audience, are relatively AWOL. With the release of ÂThe Divergent Series: Insurgent,Â women have delivered the three biggest live-action openings of the year. The audience for ÂInsurgent,Â which took in an estimated $54 million from Friday to Sunday, was 60 percent female.
The opening-weekend crowd for ÂFifty Shades of GreyÂ was 67 percent female, and women made up 66 percent of the audience for ÂCinderella.Â The shift has been noticeable enough to prompt executives and producers to question the causes and consider whether studios should recalibrate their assembly lines (ya think?)
However, change isn't immediate. Movie execs are hoping to lure men back into the theater with nearly 30 superhero movies on the way by the end of Â2015, each costing well over $100 million to make.
The truth is still out there and Fox is looking to find it. The X-Files creator Chris Carter has revealed that the network is bringing back the popular series for a six episode event series.
Fox execs Dana Walden and Gary Newman said in a statement, "We had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons of 'The X-Files' -- one of the most rewarding creative experiences of our careers -- and we couldn't be more excited to explore that incredible world with him again. 'The X-Files' was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network, it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture -- yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning. Few shows on television have drawn such dedicated fans as 'The X-Files' and we're ecstatic to give them the next thrilling chapter of Mulder and Scully they've been waiting for."
Chris said in his own statement, "I think of it as a 13-year commercial break. The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories."
The X-Files debuted in 1993 and ran for nine seasons. It was also adapted into two feature films.
Production is expected to begin this summer with bothDavid Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning as Agent Fox Mulder and Agent Dana Scull
The Hollywood Reporter claims that Joss Whedon will not be returning to direct the third installment of the Avengers series. Anthony and Joe Russo will step in to take on Avengers: Infinity War. They directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and will helm the sequel Captain America: Civil War.
Joss told Empire magazine in January, "I couldn't imagine doing this again. It's enormously hard, and it will be, by the time I would make 'Avengers 3 & 4', a good five years since I created anything that was completely my own. So it's very doubtful that I would take on the two-part 'Infinity War' movie that would eat up the next four years of my life. I obviously still want to be a part of the Marvel Universe -- I love these guys -- but it ain't easy. This year has been more like running three shows than any year of my life. It is bonkers."
Mila Kunis appeared on the first episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden on March 23rd where she may have confirmed her marriage toAshton Kutcher. James asked if they had tied knot to which she would only say "Maybe." James did not take that as an answer and examines her hand to look at her ring. He ended the segment by announcing, "They got married, everybody! We're going to turn this into a wedding party." It is still unclear whether the whole thing was just a joke.
Rob Kardashian's Instagram post over the weekend comparing his sister Kim to Rosamund Pike's Gone Girl character is apparently a glimpse into his deeper troubles and a cry for help. A source explained to People magazine, "He has a funny sense of humor and posts weird things and then deletes them. It's just him. He's been depressed and just a bit off in general. But he has always been this way. He just can't lose the weight and he doesn't try -- he just sits around."
Khloe Kardashian recently spoke on his behalf to Wonderwall saying, "I just feel, especially over the last year, Rob has become very introverted and has a kind of social anxiety. He's definitely not at his happiest place that he once was, and I know he can get to that happy place and he will."
Brace yourself, spoilers are coming. Game of Thrones showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff have confirmed that the series will end up spoiling what has yet to happen in George R.R. Martin's books.
They told the Oxford Union, "Luckily, we've been talking about this with George for a long time, ever since we saw this could happen, and we know where things are heading. And so we'll eventually, basically, meet up at pretty much the same place where George is going; there might be a few deviations along the route, but we're heading towards the same destination. I kind of wish that there were some things we didn't have to spoil, but we're kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place. The show must go on...and that's what we're going to do."
The sixth season of the HBO series will premiere later this spring.
The warmer temperatures and bright colors of springtime are a welcome respite after winter's chill, but spring is getting a tiny bit shorter each year.
Don't worry, this year's spring will only be about 30 seconds shorter than last years, and next years will be 30 seconds shorter than this year's. It's all due to the Earth wobbling a little bit on its axis. LiveScience explains that summer solstice occurs when the northern hemisphere is most tilted towards the sun, but where the axis wobbles, it can change when exactly the solstice occurs each year. This year, summer will be 93.65 days long, while spring will be 92.76 days long.
If you love posting collages to Instagram-- get excited. The photo-sharing app has created a new, standalone app that lets you create collages.
Users simply pick photos out from their Camera Roll or use the smartphone's front-facing camera to snap shots in quick succession. You then choose from about 10 collage templates, depending on how many photos you selected. You then also have options for tweaking you project, including a "mirror" effect that duplicates part of a shot. So far the app is only available to iOS users; an Android version is expected in the next few months.
The era of entertainment reporters dissing womenÂs bodies and fashion choices could be coming to a close. Kathy GriffinÂs announcement on Thursday that sheÂd be exiting E!'s Fashion PoliceÂafter three months on the job Âseriously disrupted the acceptability of criticizing starsÂ outfits and bodies.
"ÂListen, I am no saintÂ . But I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference,Â" wrote Griffin in a statement she posted to Twitter. Â"I want to help women, gay kids, people of color and anyone who feels underrepresented to have a voice and a LAUGH!Â"
Griffin, who was a friend of late Fashion Police host Joan Rivers, wrote that she joined the show to continue RiversÂ Âlegacy as a woman being brash on television.Â However, Griffin found that her eagerness to engage in good-humored roasting of Hollywood stars is at odds with the desires of the showÂs producers.
Jamie Foxx was caught out and about by the paparazzi last week where he was confronted about the rumors that he is dating Katie Holmes. He told the photographer, "Oh come on, you guys have been trying to get that to stick for three years." Jamie went on to insist that they are just friends despite the photos recently published that seem to imply something else.
Man's best friend may actually help you fend off allergies.
Researchers are looking into whether bacteria found on dogs can help lessen the sneezing, itching, and other allergic reactions in humans. The twelve week study will also look to see if a dog's microbiome, or normal bacteria ecosystem, can help its human owner's immune system.
Study leader Dr. Charles Raison says the idea is that a dog could potentially work almost as a "probiotic" and help build healthy bacteria colonies in the human owner. Dr. Donna Hummell, a clinical director of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Vanderbilt University adds, "Influence of bacteria on immune system on the individual [we're] just beginning to dissect and sort out."
Bethenny Frankel appeared on Watch What Happens Live withAndy Cohen on March 22nd where she opened up about the end of her marriage to Jason Hoppy. Bethenny said, "I think people should be in relationships with people that really accept them and understand them. I think fame and attention and money do not bring out the best in everybody. I think money, in many ways, is the root of all evil. Relationships are really hard but you have to go with your gut because it's the best shot you have. Women try to drink a situation pretty and believe me, I'm good at that."
When asked if she plans to marry again, she responded, "I believe in love, I believe in marriage but I just don't believe in legal marriage for myself. I do believe in life after love." Bethenny is currently focused on raising her daughter Bryn.
Will Ferrell thinks it may be time for colleges to get rid of fraternities. The former Delta Tau Delta member and Old School star participated in a Q&A with the New York Times and was asked to comment on the racist video that went viral from a fraternity at the University of Oklahoma.
Will replied, "The incident in Oklahoma, that is a real argument for getting rid of the system altogether, in my opinion, even having been through a fraternity. Because when you break it down, it really is about creating cliques and clubs and being exclusionary. Fraternities were started as academic societies that were supposed to have a philanthropic arm to them. And when it's governed by those kind of rules, then they're still beneficial. But you gotta be careful. I was lucky in that the one I was in, we were really kind of the anti-fraternity fraternity. We were considered good enough to get the exchanges with the good sororities. We couldn't get anyone to vote on anything, but if you needed 40 guys to show up and build a 20-foot-tall papier-mâché version of the Matterhorn, we were there and ready. But we didn't take it too seriously. It was just about having fun. But I think it's an interesting dilemma for universities these days."
Vin Diesel announced on the Today show this on March 23rd that he and girlfriend Paloma Jimenez named their third child after the late Paul Walker. He said, "I named her Pauline. There's no other person that I'm thinking about as I'm cutting this umbilical cord. I knew he was there and I felt like, you know, a way to keep his memory a part of my memory, a part of my world."
Vin announced Pauline's birth on Facebook on March 16th. He and Paloma are also parents to six-year-old daughter Hania Riley and four-year-old Vincent.
"Grab your wallet and my hand... I'll be seeling cookies on your block this weekend."
Little girls LOVE Taylor Swift, and now she's helping them with their business ventures. Two young girlscouts called Kaylee and Lexi have taken TSwift's song "Blank Space" and made it all about them selling you what you need, Girl Scout Cookies. It's so adorable you may actually have to run out and buy a few boxes once you're done watching this.
The series finale of Glee couldn't manage to muster up many viewers. Only 2.6 million viewers tuned in for the two-hour show on Friday, March 20th which was a slight improvement from last year's season five finale. By comparison, the show was pulling in 13.5 million viewers during its sophomore season.
HereÂs just a recent example of how much cheating is going on in American public schools: the current controversy over Asian studentsÂ SAT scores, a cheating scandal in an Atlanta school district, and new research that suggests college courses might actually encourage cheating. The National Education Association notes that at least 80 percent of students admit to cheating at least once during high school. The rates are similarly high for college students.
Why is cheating so prevalent? In part, itÂs our obsession with winning or getting the right answer, which places too much emphasis on the end result instead of the process. Test scores tied to federal support increasingly put pressure on teachers and students to produce singular right answers.
Rob Kardashian, or someone using his account, took to Instagram on Sunday, March 22nd and deleted all of his previous posts. He then posted a picture of the Rosamund Pike's blood-soaked crazy female character from Gone Girl and wrote, "This is my sister Kim, the bitch from Gone Girl..."
Rob also unfollowed all of his family members. This recent update comes less than a week after his 28th birthday where all of his sisters, including Kim, and his mother posted messages to him about the big day.
Listen up fans of One Direction: Louis Tomlinson is back on the market. Billboard magazine reports that singer Tomlinson and his longtime girlfriend, Eleanor Calder, have officially split.
A rep for the band told Billboard, "Louis andEleanor split up two weeks ago. They have not announced this as they wanted some privacy during this time."
A friend of Tomlinson revealed that the 23-year-old wasn't dealing with the breakup very well. He told People, "They tried really hard to make it work but it was just impossible, he's away for nine months a year and they just grew apart."
How do you prefer to buy your music? New data shows that most seem to like to like to listen to it streaming. In 2014, CD sales generated 1.85 billion dollars, while services like Spotify and Pandora accounted for 1.87 billion. It may not sound like much of a difference, but in 2013 streaming services accounted for just 21 percent of the total revenue for the music industry. In 2014, that number jumped up to 27 percent. Physical sales, which include CDs and vinyl, made up 32 percent of the industry's total earnings for 2014.
Digital downloads sales are also decreasing due to the popularity of streaming services.
Zoe Saldana won't let a little controversy keep her from buying the brands she loves. The Guardians of the Galaxy actress discussed the celebrity boycott of Dolce & Gabbana with E! News on Saturday, March 21st, while attending the GLAAD Media Awards.
Zoe said, "That would be the stupidest thing if it affected my fashion choice. People are allowed to their own opinion, however, I wouldn't have chosen to be so public about something that's such a personal thing. I'm certainly not going to stop wearing Dolce, and I'm certainly not going to be refuting when they are adopting synthetic children, however they wanted to say it."
She continued, "Some things are lost in translation. My husband is from Italy and if I judged him based on the words that he misuses in our English language he wouldn't be here today. It's like, 'Look people, have a drink, relax, it's okay.'"
Celebrities have been boycotting the brand after the designers told an Italian magazine that children born through IVF are "synthetic children" but have since tried clarify that they do not judge people who create families that way.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi revealed at the same event that they have joined the boycott.
Fifty Shades of Grey producer, Dana Brunetti, doesn't really think thatDakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan deserve the huge pay raises they are supposedly demanding for the sequels.
He told The Hollywood Reporter, "Look, when I was starting out and had to cut my teeth and build my résumé to get in, I had to basically work for free on a lot of things. I still take reductions in my fees for the opportunities to do certain things. So I'm not going to cry for anybody who wants to be in this business just because a thing they were involved in did very well and they didn't get paid a lot." Dana added, "That's not the deal that you made. If it was, I'd have more than a couple Ferraris because all the money my films have made is f***ing insane. You've got to start somewhere."
He also cited Barkhad Abdi in Captain Phillips and Jonah Hill in Wolf of Wall Street as getting little pay for career-making roles.
Jamie and Dakota are rumored to be demanding a seven-figure salary to continue the trilogy.
Pharrell Williams opened up about the $7.4 million "Blurred Lines" verdict, saying that it was based off of "emotion." He told Access Hollywood about what he thought about the verdict, saying, "It was shocking, but I think, when you look back at it, I think the jury voted on emotion. This is my opinion – I feel like the verdict was based on emotion and not the real true issue, which was copyright infringement. There's no copyright infringement."
The producer said that the verdict will not change the way he does music, but it might if the verdict stands. He explained, "If that verdict stands, people can't be inspired by anything, companies can't be inspired by anything, or else they're liable for suit. However, there was no copyright infringement. And that's what our case was about. It wasn't about inspiration, as much as we can argue about that and as much as I feel that inspiration is a freedom and it's something that should be fought for and we will fight for inspiration, the funny thing is is that's not what this case was about."
According to The Wrap, Pharrell and Robin Thicke's attorney filed paperwork, calling the verdict "inconsisten" and plan to file a motion for a retrial.
Meanwhile, TMZ ran into T.I. and asked him about the Gaye family targeting him now on his "Blurred Lines" verse and he said, "I don't know what's going on. I never really got caught up in that. I have nothing but admiration and respect for the legacy and estate of Marvin Gaye and I have nothing but support and extreme admiration for my partner Pharrell as well as Rob. I know that I'm a writer, I'm a creator, I don't steal from anybody creatively when I make my music. I know that and I think anybody with common sense is going to be able to see that whenever they listen to it."
Rumor has it that Nick Cannon is dating modelJessica White. According to Page Six, the two were reportedly spotted shopping together at a supermarket near Nick's New Jersey home last Saturday, March 14th. It was also said that those who spotted White noticed that she was wearing the same short dress and thigh high boots that she had on when she was seen with Cannon that same night while in Atlantic City.
In other news, although Nick is no longer with ex-wife Mariah Carey, he doesn't consider himself a single father. In a recent radio interview, Nick said, "I never really thought of that term. I consider myself a father, you know? The word single is not really registering for me right now, because I'm not focused on that. But a father, first and foremost, I like that term. That's probably the most important title that I have right now."
Babies who are breastfed for longer grow up to have higher IQs and earn more, claim researchers.
A new study which followed around 3,500 newborns for 30 years suggests babies gain lifelong advantages from a year of breastfeeding. Lead author Dr. Bernardo Lessa Horta, of the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil said, "ÂProlonged breastfeeding not only increases intelligence until at least the age of 30 years but also has an impact both at an individual and societal level by improving educational attainment and earning ability.Â"
Experts are warning that children should by encouraged to play outside which can help them avoid short-sightedness, a condition that in its most severe form, known as myopia, can lead to blindness.
Professor Kathryn Rose, head of orthopedics at the University of Technology Sydney, said, "We're noticing a rise in the level of high myopia, which is the problematic one. While people used to think myopia was genetic, it's quite clear from the rapid chance that it can't be genes, it has to be environmental factors." She noted that countries with intensive education programs, which result in children playing outdoors less, have higher rates of myopia.
Kris Jenner is recovering from Paris Fashion Week in Cancun with Melanie Griffith and her daughter, Dakota Johnson.
They have been documenting the trip on social media with Kris captioning one picture, "Sunset vibes with @melanie_griffith57 #amazing#blessed #beautiful #friendship." Melanie shared another and wrote, "My beautiful friend @krisjenner." There are rumors that the vacation is to help Kris get over her breakup fromCorey Gamble but E! News claims that the stories are not true because they are still dating.
Pop singer Natalia Kills is hoping to set the record straight regarding her and her husband's firing from X Factor New Zealand after bullying a contestant. She is denying that the whole thing was pre-planned to get herself and husband, Willy Moon, more attention.
The 28-year-old told MTV Australia, "I feel like everyone needs to put the idea of it being a manufactured conspiracy theory behind them. There's really nothing to it. I love my husband with all my heart. We'll stick together no matter what. There are many sides to this story and I am not about to get an entire industry in trouble that has been going on for years and years entertaining the masses, so thank you absolutely everyone for your support. Thank you to all of my fans. Thank you to my husband. I would like to wish Joe Irvine and my boys category all the best on the show."
Irvine is the contestant who she referred to as "cheesy" and "disgusting" for ripping off her husband's style which ultimately got her fired. Several famous musicians including Lorde, Ed Sheeran, and Ellie Goulding have voiced their support for Joe.
There may be rumors of a possible romance betweenKatie Holmes and Jamie Foxx, but what about her ex, Tom Cruise? TMZ is reporting that Katie and Tom have absolutely no relationship these days despite being parents to eight-year-old Suri Cruise.
A source revealed to the website that the former couple has no communication. All of their co-parenting decisions are allegedly handled through intermediaries and neither Katie nor Tom is apparently interested in fixing the situation. Katie is believed to be unsatisfied with her ex's lack on involvement in their daughter's life.
Other sources claim that Tom has been busy working on Mission Impossible 5 but has every intention of spending time with Suri now that production has wrapped.
Tom is also rumored to be concerned about men that Katie dates having a negative influence on Suri.
Meanwhile, Us Weekly has added fuel to the relationships rumors between Katie and Jamie by publishing a photo that shows them holding hands.
Studies have shown that spending more time in warm weather can boost people's mental health and creativity, as well as helping people feel healthier and happier.
Research shows that in warm weather climates people are most likely to get up and get outside as well keep their minds more mentally fit and bring out their creativity. Researchers at the University of Michigan found that spending a little time outside in the sun every day improves moods and makes people feel more positive.
A report from the American Physiological Society said that mental performance and memory are at their peak when body temperature is high. A study from Central Washington University showed that 77% of people are vitamin D deficient, while The Univeristy of Utah reports that lack of movement can cause high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and depression.
A new Nicky Case video game, called Coming Out Simulator 2014, simulates what it will be like for anyone in the LGBTQ community to come out to their parents and loved ones. Players of the game have control of a semi-fictional version of Case, and the actions of the game follow the night he came out to his conservative parents. The player will handle the way they want to come out, direct, subtle or somewhere in between.
50 Cent has said that he'd sign One Direction's Zayn Malik if he wanted to pursue a rap career. 50 told the UK's The Sun, "If Zayn wants a rap career, just because of who he is, he is going to sell records. But if he wants to be credible he has to be with the right people. I'd happily sign him up to my label, mentor him and have him working with the biggest rappers on the planet."
The rapper went on to tease a potential business venture with Simon Cowell. He said, "I have always wanted to work with Simon, so this could be a joint venture. There is no doubt that members of One Direction are going to launch solo careers, and sometimes the bravest go on to be the biggest. Look at Justin Timberlake."
Amanda Bynes posted a new tweet on Monday, March 16th after nearly three months of radio silence. The 28-year-old shared a picture of a piece of art she made and wrote, "Hey my loves! Here's a drawing I did! ily :D" People magazine reported last month that Amanda has been doing much better than she was several months ago and is currently living in her own apartment.
In the event of a medical emergency, you obviously want to get to the hospital as quickly as possible. In some major cities, it's been found it could actually take an Uber driver less time to get to you than an ambulance. For example, in Manhattan it take an ambulance an average of 6.1 minutes to reach a caller, while Uber users usually wait an average of 2.42 minutes to receive a car.
With Uber, a user only has to push a button to get a ride, while placing a call to 911 requires you to verbally explain your situation. The minutes saved by an Uber driver could be the difference between life and death for some victims. As a result, Uber drivers may soon be required to undergo CPR and defibrillator training courses, as well as equip their vehicles with defibrillators.
Trying to make a new friend? Don't be afraid to laugh out loud. A new study proves that laughter is the ideal element for forming both romantic and platonic relationships. A group of 112 participants were split into two groups. One group was shown funny videos, while the other was shown neutral videos. Those who were shown the funny video laughed more as well as interacted with each other more. When participants in both groups were asked to exchange introductory notes with other members of their group, those that laughed more supplied more personal information.
Study leader Alan Gray explains this phenomenon, saying, "This seems to be in line with the notion that laughter is linked specifically to fostering behaviors that encourage relationship development, since observer ratings of disclosure may be more important for relationship development than how much one feels one is disclosing." In other words, when we laugh it's seen as letting our guard down, which is the first step to getting closer to others.
Pat Sajak had a brief Twitter exchange on Tuesday, March 17th with Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron after posting a message mocking the show. Pat wrote, "Might be time to change "Dancing with the Stars" to "Dancing with People Who Agree to Be on Dancing with the Stars."
Tom responded by writing, "@patsajak Or change "Wheel of Fortune" to "Wheel of Unfortunates." Pat seemed to back off a bit by complimenting Tom writing, "@Tom_Bergeron The host, on the other hand? Now we're talking stars! :-)" Tom ended exchange by applauding Pat's attempt spin the conversation in positive direction.
Jude Law has become a father for the fifth time. His ex-girlfriendCatherine Harding recently gave birth to a baby girl. A rep for the actor confirmed the news to E! saying, "I can confirm the arrival of Jude Law and Catherine Harding's daughter. Both are delighted and continue to ask that their privacy and that of their child be respected."
Jude is also father to 18-year-old son Rafferty, 13-year-old daughter Iris, 12-year-old son Rudy, and five-year-old daughter Sophia.
E! has announced that Fashion Police has been put on a temporary hiatus. The network said in a statement, "E!'s comedy series Fashion Police is going on hiatus and will return in September. We look forward to taking this opportunity to refresh the show before the next awards season. Our talented co-hostsGiuliana Rancic andBrad Goreski, along with executive producerMelissa Rivers, will continue their roles as we evolve the show into its next chapter for the legions of Fashion Police fans around the world."
It is unclear who will replace Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin but Khloe Kardashian andNene Leakes were rumored to be the front-runners prior to this announcement.
They're called the Delta Honor Guard at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. A Fallen Soldier and his K9 came home for the final time and the Honor Guard held a ceremony as the caskets were transferred onto the plane.
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Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell's new comedy Get Hard screened at SXSW on Monday night (March 16th) but not everyone found it funny. During a Q&A after the film, one audience member approached the mic to say, "This film seemed racist as f***."
Director Etan Cohen responded by saying, "The truth is, that was a delicate balance to find. When we were testing the movie, Ferguson was going on. It was hard to modulate...how far to push it." Another viewer questioned whether the film was actually funny or just perpetuating stereotypes to which said, "When you do satire, that's a big problem. That's a dangerous thing. It's a very small window -- that's what we're trying to find."
Get Hard tells the story of a millionaire who asks for help preparing for time in prison from an African American man whom he mistakes as a former convict.
According to Variety, there are scenes in which Hart mocks a Hispanic prisoner by listing off racial stereotypes. He also tricks Ferrell's character into calling him the N-word. There are also several scenes that include gay jokes that some might view as homophobic.
Does money make you mean? Social psychologist Prof Paul Piff conducted a recent experiment. At an intersection, who is more likely to stop for pedestrians, the rich or the poor? "None of the drivers of the least expensive cars broke the law, while close to 50% of our most expensive car drivers broke the law," he says. Piff asked a range of people from different backgrounds how they would behave in various scenarios. In the past, public perception has tended towards the notion that the very poor are more likely to break the rules because they are under financial pressure and face more difficult circumstances. But Piff's work suggests the opposite -- that having more money makes you care about others less and feel entitled to put your own interests first.
After nearly a decade researching this field, Piff has come to the controversial conclusion that being wealthy, rather than transforming you into a benevolent benefactor, can actually be rather bad for your moral fiber. "It makes you more attuned to your own interests, your own desires, your own welfare," he says. "It isolates you in certain ways from other people psychologically and materially. You prioritize your own needs and your own goals and become less attuned to those around you.
Kathy Griffin has been making the media rounds discussing her decision to quit Fashion Police. She said during a radio interview on Monday, March 16th, "I don't really feel it was my best work, I'll be honest. I stand by my specials and my series. The lane that that show was in was so specific that they weren't able to make the transition to the comedic lane that I work in. I just don't think that it's really what I do. I thinkJoan was the master of the one liners and the zingers. I probably shouldn't have taken the gig. Melissa Rivers was the one who called me and said 'You're the only person that I feel my mom would have given her blessing to.' For me, Fashion Police is not Joan's legacy. As a 54-year-old female comic still in the game, what Joan did was so much bigger than that."
Kathy also appeared on The View earlier in the day where she made similar statements.
Ashton Kutcher's Facebook plea for more baby changing stations in the men's public restrooms may become a reality. The actor is joining forces with Change.org to give dads the same access as moms.
He explained to his digital media website A+, "I would like my daughter to experience a world where gender doesn't dictate one's responsibility or limit one's opportunity. Having changing tables in men's rooms is just a tiny step in the process of rectifying legacy gender discrimination. Men who are aware of this bias want to participate equally in the child care process, and our society should support that. It's time to get our hands dirty." Ashton is hoping to first convince big companies like Target and Costco to make the change and believes others will follow.
It sounds like something straight out of a horror movie, but there are people out there who actually look to buy "haunted dolls" online. The online subculture got attention after an NPR reporter saw one listed for sale under eBay's "Everything Else" section, and then it sold for over $1,400. When women who sell the dolls were questioned they said people buy them for help with white or black magic, while others wish to adopt orphan spirits that supposedly occupy the dolls.
Seller Jayne Harris says some buyers "are interested because they don't have children of their own" and ask "if I've come across any spirited children that are in limbo." If you're in the market for a haunted item you may want to check a guide posted on eBay about buying them.
(Image: Getty - of "Annabelle" the haunted doll, which inspired "The Conjuring")
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Not to get political, but new data shows liberals may be happier than conservatives. Researchers looked at Twitter posts from over 4,000 twitter users. They determined each person's political affiliation based on people they followed on the site. The language patterns of both parties were then compared, as well as facial expressions of politicians in photos. They found that while conservatives say they're happier, liberals actually show more happiness.
Study co-author, Professor Peter Ditto says, "If it's real happiness, it should show up in people's behavior." Conservatives were more likely to engage in "self-enhancement," or present overly positive versions of themselves on social media compared to liberals. Still, study leader Sean Wojcik says the study doesn't offer the final word any more than earlier studies on the same topic.
It appears that one of Bruce Jenner's steps to transitioning was a nose job. TMZ is reporting that the E! star had a procedure done a few weeks ago to change his nose to look more feminine. He previously underwent a laryngeal shave last year to make his Adam's apple less prominent. Bruce has reportedly also been undergoing hormone treatments and visiting a therapist as part of the change.
Former Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor Nicholas Brendon appeared on TMZ Live on Monday, March 16th, where he attempted to explain his behavior which has led to him to being arrested three times in over the past six month -- most recently last Friday, March 13th, in Tallahassee. The 43-year-old revealed that he suffers from depression brought on by being a survivor of sexual abuse at a young age. He admitted to drinking excessively and taking prescription meds. Nicholas also claimed that he is ready to take a better approach and believes opening up about the abuse is his first step.
Vin Diesel announced the birth of his third child on Facebook on Monday, March 16th. He shared a photo of himself hovering over the newborn who is yawning in mom's arms. The Furious 7 star captioned the photo with lyrics from Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" which read, "I hear babies crying, I watch them grow. They'll learn much more, Than I'll ever know. And I think to myself, What a wonderful world..." He did not reveal the sex or name of his new baby. Vin also has a four-year-old son named Vincent and six-year-old daughter named Hania.
Betty White will be honored at the Daytime Emmys with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Previous honorees include Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters, Merv Griffin, Dick Clark, Bob Barker, Phil Donahue, Regis Philbin and Alex Trebek. The ceremony will take place on April 26th. The show will air live on the Pop network.
If you're a man looking for an excuse to sit around and watch college basketball, you could just schedule a vasectomy. That's the message from doctors at University of Utah Health Care (UUHC).
They've recently launched their "Vas Madness" campaign, which urges men to go under the knife during the NCAA tournament so they can spend their recovery watching the games on TV. Dr. William Brant, a urologist at UUHC says, "Men should take it very easy for a couple of days [after the procedure.] [Lying] on the couch, [applying] ice...and watching TV, then slowly increase activity."
Other places offering March Madness-themed vasectomies include the Idaho Urological Institute, which is offering free pizzas and take-home kits to patients. Virginia Urology also has an entire website dedicates to their campaign, which they push by writing, "Enjoy full days of uninterrupted basketball action from your couch."
He played Olaf in Frozen and Josh Gad has now nabbed a role in Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. He will be playing Lefou -- the sidekick to Gaston. Gad joins previously announced cast members Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and Luke Evans.
Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have released statements regarding the backlash over their controversial remarks that gay parents who have children through artificial insemination are "synthetic" and that "The only family is the traditional one."
Dolce told UK's The Guardian, "I was talking about my personal view, without judging other people's choices and decisions. I'm Sicilian and I grew up in a traditional family, made up of a mother, a father and children. I am very well aware of the fact that there are other types of families and they are as legitimate as the one I've known...But in my personal experience, family had a different configuration. That is the place where I learnt the values of love and family."
Gabbana said, "It was never our intention to judge other people's choices. We do believe in freedom and love. We firmly believe in democracy and the fundamental principle of freedom of expression that upholds it."
The former couple's initial remarks sparked a boycott from celebrities includingElton John, Ryan Murphy, Ricky Martin, and Sharon Stone who is the mother of three adopted sons.
Do you bite your nails, twirl your hair, or have some other body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB)? If so, you may be a perfectionist who is easily frustrated, according to a new study.
A group of 24 participants with a repetitive behavior and 24 who did not have the behavior issue were put through tests meant to cause feelings of stress, relaxation, frustration or boredom. Those with the repetitive behavior issues reported feeling a greater urge to engage in their behavior during the boredom and frustration sections, but not in the relaxation situation. A study author adds, "They... engage in these behaviors when they are under stress. This means that the condition is not simply due to 'nervous' habits. The findings suggest that individuals suffering from [these] behaviors could benefit from treatments designed to reduce frustration and to modify perfectionist beliefs."
When you think of Saint Patrick's Day what are the first things that come to mind?
Perhaps parades, debauchery, pots of gold, and of course: green beer. But who first thought of using food coloring to make light colored beer green? It seems to have taken off in Boston or New York. A 1914 newspaper article details a New York social club serving green beer at a St. Patrick's Day dinner.
A man named Dr. Curtin was credited with coming up with the green libation, noting he added a drop of "wash blue" dye into a certain quantity of beer to achieve the color. By the 1950s it had caught on all over the country, and Miami University in Ohio added the tradition of Green Beer Day in 1952. The day takes place every year on the Thursday before the school's spring break. In 2005 the drink went all-natural when Dogfish released a draft called Verdi Verdi Good, which was brewed with green spirulina algae.
Pop star Natalia Kills and her husband, Willy Moon, were fired from The X Factor New Zealand March 16th after bullying a contestant during Sunday's show. Natalia mocked Joe Irvine's performance of "Cry Me a River" by saying,"Ladies and gentleman, I'm just going to state the obvious: We have a doppelgänger in our midst. As an artist who respects creative integrity and intellectual property, I am disgusted at how much you have copied my husband. From the hair to the suit, do you not have any value or respect for originality? You're a laughing stock. It's cheesy. It's disgusting. I personally found it absolutely artistically atrocious. I am embarrassed to be sitting here in your presence having to even dignify you with an answer of my opinion."
Willy told Joe that he looked like Norman Bates dressed up in his mother's clothing. Host Dominic Bowden announced on today's show thatWilly and Natalia were fired but judges Melanie Blatt and Stan Walker will carry the show with new guest mentors filling the two empty seats.
Jessica Lange confirmed that she is no longer doing American Horror Story during a panel at PaleyFest over the weekend. She told the crow, "I'm done. We've had a great run here. I have absolutely loved doing these four characters that I've had the opportunity to play, and in all madness, I love the writers and Ryan and the insanity of shooting it. I've done four great characters. It's enough." Ryan Murphy revealed thatMatt Bomer and Cheyenne Jackson will be joiningLady Gaga in the upcoming fifth season, American Horror Story: Hotel.
An unidentified driver who was allegedly drunk behind the wheel ended up jumping the curb and crashing his car on Jennifer Aniston's front yard in Bel-Air on March 14th. The man initially told police that someone else was driving the car but surveillance footage showed that he was lying. It is not known whether Jen or her fiancé Justin Theroux were home during the accident or exactly how much damage was done to her property. Jen bought the home back in 2012.
This dad has discovered something that will make parents everywhere sing their hallelujahs. Imagine, your toddler decides to shed a few fake tears at the grocery store... and now you know exactly what to do to nip it in the bud. Check out this genius dad's idea!
DirectorPaul Feig was at SXSW promoting his new film Spy where he addressed the backlash surrounding the female reboot of Ghostbusters.
He told Variety, "The Internet is really funny -- I love it, but I hate it at the same time. The first wave when you make an announcement like that is overwhelmingly positive. Then comes the second wave and you're like, Oh my God. Some of the most vile, misogynistic s**t I've ever seen in my life." Paul added, "It's so dramatic. Honestly, the only way I could ruin your childhood is if I got into a time machine and went back and made you an orphan."
The new film will star Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. It has been scheduled for a July 2016 release.
Fifty Shades of Grey continues to clean up to the tune of $500 million from the global box office, but not everyone is fan of the E. L. JamesÂ best-selling trilogy. Last week, Fifty Shades of Grey was pulled from Boston CollegeÂs bookstore.
Boston CollegeÂs newspaper reports that after selling the series for months, the store pulled the remaining novels from the shelves this past Monday. And even though the S&M love story had been innocuously sold in the bookstore for a while, students only recently began complaining about their presence.
Boston College is a Jesuit university, and some complained because the book wasnÂt in line with the schoolÂs Catholic foundations and beliefs. Tina Plotegher, assistant director of the BC Bookstore, states that the decision to pull the books was made by the bookstore in an effort not to offend any more customers rather than a request from the university.
The price of weddings has jumped to a new all-time high, reaching an average $31,213 in 2014, new research says.
Surveying around 16,000 American couples, the Knot 2014 Real Weddings Study also found that 45% of weddings exceed a coupleÂs budgets and, more worryingly, 23% lack a budget altogether. Most brides spent an average of $1,357 alone on their wedding dress. At the same time, guest lists are shrinking even as costs rise. ÂThe average wedding now has 136 guests, down from 149 in 2009,Â says the KnotÂs Rebecca Dolgin.
The cheapest place to tie the knot was Utah, where couples spent only $15,000 on the big day in 2014. The most expensive place for nuptials was Manhattan at $76,328.
Joe Manganiello will no longer be part ofRyan Murphy's upcoming show Scream Queens. He could not find the time to do the show and promote his role in the sequel to Magic Mike. Joe's character will now be played by Oliver Hudson.
Rihanna has become Dior's first black spokeswoman. According to WWD, the singer will star in the fourth episode of Dior's Secret Garden video series. She joins actresses Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lawrence, and Marion Cotillard, who are all current faces of the brand. The "Secret Garden" video campaign with Rihanna is set to run this spring.
Marijuana may be a less deadly drug to use than cigarettes, but a brand new study suggests that teens who smoke regularly may actually experience problems with their long-term memory.
When 97 participants were analyzed, it was revealed those who had smoked as teens but hadn't lit up for at least two years actually scored more poorly on tests that assessed their long-term memory. Previous findings from the same group of researchers showed that pot use affects short-term memory negatively too. It's because the hippocampus of the brain is known for the formation of long-term memory, and it also is dense with cannabinoid receptors.
The marijuana plant is thought to have at least 70 cannabinoids, or compounds, that include the active ingredient associated with the drug's psychotropic effects called THC. Lead study author Matthew Smith says, " Due to the high level of receptors in the hippocampus that attract THC, I think it makes sense that we're seeing that that part of the brain looks different within someone who abused THC for several years as an adolescent."
The kitchen is stereotyped as being a woman's domain, but that is changing. In a poll of 2,000 Britons 40 percent of women said their partner is better at cooking a tasty meal than they are. About 50 percent of women say they actually refuse to cook a meal with their partner because their significant other is so much better at cooking than they are. Of children questioned, 25 percent said they preferred to eat a meal cooked by their dad rather than one prepared by mom. Eighty five percent of men even said they think the stereotype of women doing all the cooking is now a thing of the past. Fifty three percent of respondents think men are taking an interest in cooking because it is a trendier hobby now than it used to be.
Britney Spears is facing legal trouble as her case against former manager Sam Lufti has resurfaced. According to That Grape Juice, a jury is set to determine whether or not Britney owes Lufti commissions. As previously reported, Lufti managed Britney and the two reportedly came to an agreement where Lufti would take 15 percent of her earnings -- $800,000 a month, if she agreed to stop her drug use and sign an artist-management contract. However, Brit's parents intervened and ceased their relationship after believing that Lufti was drugging and taking advantage of their daughter.
According to Billboard, Lufti still felt that the contract was breached and claimed that he performed services for the singer until late January 2008. Appeals court judge Victoria Chavez spoke of the matter, "We must determine whether Sam's inconsistent testimony as to the start date, the right to terminate, and calculation of his fees shows insufficient clarity of material terms to enforce the alleged contract as a matter of law. We must determine whether Sam's inconsistent testimony as to the start date, the right to terminate, and calculation of his fees shows insufficient clarity of material terms to enforce the alleged contract as a matter of law."
The judge then said, "We find that it does not. As set forth above, it is a factual question for the jury to determine whether an oral contract was formed between Sam and Britney, and if so, to interpret the material terms of that contract."
Chavez continued, "We find that it does not. As set forth above, it is a factual question for the jury to determine whether an oral contract was formed between Sam and Britney, and if so, to interpret the material terms of that contract. We find that it does not. As set forth above, it is a factual question for the jury to determine whether an oral contract was formed between Sam and Britney, and if so, to interpret the material terms of that contract."
Kathy Griffin's sudden exit from Fashion Police may have been a mutual decision. Sources tell TMZ that Kathy may have actually quit because she was on the verge of being fired.
Production insiders claim that there was reportedly a meeting to end Kathy's contract a few hours before she quit on Twitter. The comedian was reportedly butting heads with new co-host Brad Goreski as well as the network who had to censor some of the jokes she wanted to make. Insiders close to Kathy are saying that they are just trying to save face by spinning the story a bit in their favor.
Griffin allegedly reached her breaking point when a writer pitched the idea of a segment called "Whore Score" which she was opposed to.
The sources also claim that Kathy has threatened to walk away from the show at least three times since she started.
An email was leaked on March 13th which Kathy allegedly sent to her celebrity pals urging them to support her on social media once her post went up. Many people including Wendy Williams, Lena Dunham, Chelsea Handler, and even Kelly Obsourne have given her praise for the decision.
Kathy discussed the media attention her departure has gotten during a stand-up gig in Connecticut on March 13th saying, "It just didn't work out. That's it. That's the scandal. However, Hollywood, of course, enjoys blowing something up. I'm just surprised that people are so invested in this show, but I shouldn't be, because Joan Rivers was so incredible and amazing, and it just wasn't the right thing for me."
Rumor has it that Jay Z called Beyonce, Madonna, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna for a private meeting regarding his new streaming service. According to That Grape Juice, days before this year's Grammy Awards, Jay held a meeting at The Fig House in LA to help him with his bid with Swedish music streaming service Aspiro. The artists met up along with two members from Daft Punk, Kanye West, Jack White andChris Martin from Coldplay. The singers shared their thoughts on the venture and weighed in on the current state of music streaming.
Jay's $56 million purchase was confirmed last week just before the deadline.
JAY Z HAS TO PAY UP ROYALTIES?
In other news, according to XXL.com, Jay will have to pay up for one of his samples on his 2013 album Magna Carta...Holy Grail. According to the site the sample was not cleared and the composer wants the rapper to pay royalties.Bruno Spoerri -- a 78-year-old composer and jazz musician in Switzerland, spoke to SwissInfo.ch about Jay using a sample for the record "Versus" on 'Magna Carta.' Jay apparently sampled Spoerri's track "On the Way" which was released back in 1978.
Jay's record was produced by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland.
We really don't know what we got 'til it's gone. With temperatures slowly crawling up to the beloved 50 degree mark, a Maine man has exposed the strange relationship we New Englanders have with the tempetature. Hilarious and spot on!
Kelly Osbourne isn't the only one who has had enough of Fashion Police.Kathy Griffin took to Twitter on March 12th to announce her decision to leave the show.
The comedian wrote, "When I chose to step into the shoes of my beloved friendJoan Rivers at Fashion Police, I was thrilled to continue her legacy as a woman being brash and eccentric on television. I am a freedom-loving female and gay rights activist who loves to find the funny in all people, attitudes, beliefs, and appearances, but only when appropriate. I thought that I could bring my brand of humor to Fashion Police so that beautiful people in beautiful dresses could be teased when appropriate. My brand of humor, while unrepentant and unafraid, is all about CONTEXT. There is plenty to make fun of in pop culture without bringing people's bodies into it."
Kathy continued, "After 7 episodes of Fashion Police, I discovered that my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show & now it's time to move on. I wish E! and the E! team only the best and I hope to continue to make you all laugh performing live or on television where I can be smart, irreverent, unrepentant, and unafraid in an observational way that is candid, honest and justified."
E! also issued a statement confirming the news saying, "We can confirm that Kathy Griffin is leaving E!'s Fashion Police. We wish her all the best and are grateful for her time on the show, as well as the many laughs that she gave us all. Fashion Police will return, as scheduled, on Monday, March 30 at 9pm with our talented Co-Hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski and Executive Producer Melissa Rivers. No further information is available at this time."
Peter Levine, an associate dean and professor at Tufts University, argues that the voting age should be lowered to 16 or 17 to make sure teenagers get the chance to vote before they graduate from high school. Here's his case for the change: ÂI just want to get kids to vote the first time while theyÂre still in school. I donÂt want to push the voting age way down. I just want them to vote before they turn 18, because then we can teach them to vote, teach them how the process works, and teach them to vote responsibly by, for example, getting up to speed on the issues before they vote.
It might seem like a simple act of chivalry, but next time a man holds a door open for you or smiles while waiting for you to answer a question, be warned -- his behavior may not be all it seems. Instead, his apparent gallantry may be masking his Âbenevolent sexismÂ. Often disguised as chivalry, experts say it is harder to spot than the Âhostile sexismÂ we are more familiar with.
It is typified by paternal and protective behavior, from encouraging smiles to holding doors open. U.S. researchers say that while women may enjoy being showered with attention, benevolent sexism is ÂinsidiousÂ and can damage the fight for equality.
Mark Goffman, showrunner for Fox's Sleepy Hollow, has announced he is leaving the show. He has inked a new development deal with CBS. The network said in a statement, "We are thrilled to be in business with Mark. He is a highly regarded showrunner and has emerged as a unique voice that crosses worlds and genres. We look forward to a successful creative collaboration in the coming years." He has previously worked on White Collar, The West Wing, Studio 60, and Law & Order: SVU.
Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba has signed up to run the Boston Marathon. The Massachusetts native has already started training for the race. She previously ran the New York City Marathon back in 2013.
Do you have a cutoff time for using your cell phone and your laptop? Well, the results of a new study suggest you probably should make one.
The data shows the average adult spends eight hours and 21 minutes per day sleeping, and eight hours and 41 minutes on their devices. In fact, 81 percent of smartphone users have their phone switched on at all times, even while they're in bed. Fifty one percent admit they spend more time checking emails and using the internet than they do eating breakfast (18%) or primping (32%.)
Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan, a sleep and energy coach, recommends turning off all devices at least 60 to 90 minutes before going to sleep in order to give the mind time to wind down. She adds, "It is crucial that people recognize the importance of a good night's sleep. The health risks associated with chronic sleep debt can cause a variety of problems [potentially leading to lifelong health issues.]"
How often do you express anger through social media? A leading psychologist is warning that the anger expressed via social media is very similar to road rage. The dangerous combination of people feeling distanced from the person they are abusing and having a vast platform on which to vent anger instantly encourages users to become more aggressive. Study author, Dr. Richard Sherry says, "If anything, online space seems to be robbing us of some of the most fundamental aspects of our humanity.
When using these sites, people are less likely to feel empathy, patience, or compassion towards others; they are significantly quicker to judge and more dangerously reactive in their anger." The study questioned 1,000 social media users about personality changes they experience while reading and posting messages.
Eighty four percent of respondents admitted they become more easily exasperated and enraged at others online than they ever would in person. Those age 18 to 24 were the most likely (26%) age group to say they are 'always' worked up while using social media. Have you ever really lost your temper at someone through social media? How did you feel about yourself afterwards?
Richard Glatzer, the director of Still Alice, has died at the age of 63. He had been battling ALS. According to People, he was diagnosed back in 2011 -- just a few months before he began adapting Still Alice.
Richard and his husband were going to be honored at the ALS Association Golden West Chapter gala next month. The President and CEO of the organization told the magazine, "We are so sorry for Wash's, and the family's, loss. The gala will be a celebration of their amazing perseverance in the face of ALS, and of Still Alice, a lasting legacy and tribute to them both."
Lindsay Lohan seems to be making a habit out of enhancing her Instagram posts. She was called out on Wednesday (March 11th) for posting a new picture to the social media site where she appears to have made her butt look bigger. People have been pointing out that her bad photoshopping job made the door of the room she is standing in look curved right around her thigh and butt.
She captioned the pic, "My feet look red lol- had to take that out. Only real red is my hair." Lindsay was previously accused of trimming down her waist in a selfie she posted back in January.
Madonna has been making the rounds promoting her new album, Rebel Heart, but touched on the topic of her rape during an interview on March 11th. She revealed, "First I was in shock, I didn't know a soul. I was saying hi to people on the streets like a dork. I was going to a dance class and the door was locked and I needed money for the payphone. A man gave it to me...he was a very friendly guy. I trusted everybody."
The "Living for Love" singer continued, "I was raped. The first year I lived in New York was crazy." She went on to explained why she never went to the cops saying, "You've already been violated. It's just not worth it. It's too much humiliation."
Kathy Griffin dished about the Fashion Police fiasco and targeted Giuliana Rancic's controversial comment about Disney star Zendaya. When asked if she thinks she could've gotten away making the same joke, she told the Chicago Sun-Times' Splash magazine, "Probably not. But I wouldn't have said the joke in the first place. Some dude wrote it for her. Don't have anyone write you jokes or even suggest jokes for you on Fashion Police. You have enough great insider gossip from actually being ON the red carpet. That's what fans want to hear the next day. Just talk and be yourself."
She went on to offer some advice to Giuliana saying, "Here's the best I can give you: I will make my Miley Cyrus jokes as long as people want to laugh at them...but there is a chasm of difference between making a joke about Miley Cyrus wearing duct tape over her nipples out in public (which I think is totally fair game) and simply looking at a photo of her on a red carpet and saying she is ugly or a bad singer or pathetic or something like that."
Sorry kid, no soda for you! Burger King has kiboshed all fountain drinks from the kidsÂ menu, and the drinks are no longer sold as part of the Burger King Kids Meals. This follows similar moves recently announced by McDonaldÂs and Wendys. Burger King claims they made the change Âas part of our ongoing effort to offer our guests options that match lifestyle needs,Â according to president of Burger King North America, Alex Macedo. Kids will now have to drink either fat-free milk, low-fat chocolate milk or 100% apple juice along with their chicken nuggets and French fries. If you are a terrible parent, you are still allowed to buy the child a soft drink separately, from the adultsÂ menu.
If you want to impress a man, don't try to be funny. Research shows that men aren't hugely attracted to witty women. Given the choice of a female who makes him laugh, or one that laughs at his jokes, he will choose the latter. Luckily, women aren't too worried about their jokes being appreciated. They, it seems, like men who make them smile. It is thought that women see the ability to make people laugh sign of intelligence Â and men have evolved to show off how good they are with words. The University of Miami researchers quizzed more than 80 men and women about how much importance they placed on having a partner who could make them laugh. They were also asked how much it mattered to them whether their partner found them funny. The answers revealed that women like men make them laugh, while men want to go out with women who appreciate their humor.
Rumors are circulating that Shia LaBeouf is engaged to girlfriend Mia Goth after she was photographed with a huge rock on her ring finger at LAX on March 9th. There have been engagement rumors about the couple in the past but this is the first time there has been a ring involved. Shia and Mia started dating after working together on Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac.
Karina Smirnoff can't seem to keep a fiancé. The Dancing With the Stars pro has had her third engagement called off. Jason Adelman reportedly called off the wedding because he says she has "different family values" than he does. Sources tell TMZ that he was uncomfortable with the way she acted around other men but never accused her of cheating. They first announced their engagement in January. She was previously proposed to by Maksim Chmerkovskiy and MLB pitcherBrad Penny.
Are you a sleepwalker? Those who wander around in their sleep apparently have the same number of navigational cells working in their brain as when they're awake. Researchers studied mice and discovered their inner compass, known in the creatures as "head direction system," was just as active when the animals were asleep as when they were awake. During slow-wave periods of sleep the system's speed actually increased ten times as much. Study author Gyorgy Buzsaki says, "We have known that the brain is at work during sleep. But now we know how it is working in one of the seemingly simpler senses-- heard orientation-- or our sense of where we look at in any given space." The findings could lead to new treatments for those with navigational problems.
If you hunker down and watch every new episode of a series on Netflix as soon as it's released, you won't like this news. Netflix will not be letting you power through the first season of its new series, Between. The science fiction thriller will release one episode per week during its first season starting on May 21st. Since Canada has first air viewing rights, Between will first become available to Netflix users there at 8 PM, before everybody else gets access at 9 PM. Netflix usually makes new programming available first thing in the morning on Fridays, so the fact that Between will premiere on Thursday nights puts it more in line with network and cable television. What do think of not being able to binge-watch this new series?
Tony Bennett revealed to Page Six that he will be performing at Lady Gaga's wedding to Taylor Kinney. He said, "They invited me to do it and, of course, I will. All I know is, knowing Lady Gaga, it will be fabulous." Tony also went on to discuss Gaga's groom-to-be saying, "She's marrying a very wonderful man, very talented and very handsome. I think he's going be highly successful in films. He's a very nice person." Taylor popped the question to Gaga last month on Valentine's Day.
Johnny Depp suffered an injury to his hand in Australia where he has been filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The Wrap is reporting that he did not get hurt on the set but the injury requires him to return to the U.S. to have surgery. Production will continue without Johnny on scenes where Captain Jack Sparrow is not present. The fifth Pirates hits theaters on July 7th, 2017.
Bruce Jenner has allegedly put his E! docu-series on hold because he is feeling pressured and is worried about his family. According to TMZ, Bruce was feeling rushed by producers who were trying to get enough footage to start airing the show in May. He is also trying to make sure his sons are ok with everything before it continues. Sources insist that the project is still very much on the table but it is unclear when production will begin again. The delay has reportedly not affected Bruce's upcoming interview with Diane Sawyer.
Sometimes we have the misfortune of dealing with over aggressive and downright nasty drivers. However, at least this particular special snowflake will think twice before he pitches another fit. Sit back and enjoy the satisfaction of instant karma.
Not everyone is excited about the double bachelorette twist for the next season of the hit ABC show. Several former cast members tweeted their negative feelings about the fact that Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson will share the spotlight in their search for love.
WE GOTTA ASK:
Do you think the twist was done to create drama between the women?
Have you ever fought with a friend over a guy/girl?
Trying to lose weight? If you're a man, you should know that being in love may actually help.
New data shows that oxytocin, the so-called "love hormone," that is released during sex and cuddling may also help men lose weight. The study was small, and only involved 25 men who were randomly assigned to self-administer a single dose of either synthetic nasal spray with oxytocin, or a placebo after fasting.
An hour later, all the men were given a double portion of a breakfast they had chosen from a menu. The men who received the oxytocin ate an average of 122 fewer calories and nine grams less fat compared to men who got the placebo. Even better, no side effects were reported. Study leader Elizabeth Lawson says, "Our results are really exciting. Further study is needed but I think oxytocin is a promising treatment for obesity and its metabolic complications."
Police Friday were looking for a man accused of using a phony $100 bill to buy Girl Scout cookies.
The suspect initially tried to buy detergent with the funny money at a Vons, located in the 1100 block of Fair Oaks Avenue in South Pasadena, on Feb. 27, police said.
An employee recognized the bill as counterfeit and the man left.
On his way out of the store, the suspect bought three boxes of cookies from Girl Scouts outside the market with the same bill and received more than $80 in change.
A ÂGirl Scout leader later discovered that the bill was counterfeit,Â said authorities.
Madonna has had many high-profile relationships and breakups but she says sending her daughter Lourdes off to college was like the first heartbreak of her life. She told Extra, "I cried every night for weeks. I would go in her bedroom and lay on her bed and cry, it was terrible." Lourdes is a freshman at Madonna's alma mater -- University of Michigan.
Nick Cannon has filed a new lawsuit claiming that his business manager with Mariah Carey, Michael Kane, allegedly sold the home they shared together behind his back. The America's Got Talent host claims he was never made aware of the $9 million sale and is worried about how the money will get divided up. He is asking a judge to put a freeze on it until everything gets sorted out.
Everybody wants their potential partner to be hot, but a new study reveals another desirable trait you might not think of immediately: playfulness. The trait came in just behind friendliness, intelligence and having a sense of humor in terms of desirability.
University of Zurich researchers also determined that naturally playful people deem humor, a laid back attitude and creativity more important in partners than their more serious peers. It's believed playfulness indicates a low level of aggression in men, and vitality in women. Playful people are described as having a love of wordplay, enjoying teasing, being spontaneous, and taking on challenges lightheartedly.
You're probably still recovering from moving your clock forward an hour for Daylight Saving Time-- the grogginess is no joke. For many, though, grogginess may be the least of their issues when it comes to the time change.
Scientists say you should watch out for "microsleeps." These tiny lapses in attention account for extra car crashes and workplace injuries that follow the clock-switch each March. Study leader Stanley Coren says, "It is likely that the effects are due to sleep loss rather than a nonspecific disruption in circadian rhythm, since gaining an additional hour of sleep at the fall time shift seems to decrease the risk of accidents." To lower your risk of experiencing microsleeps, head to bed earlier for the next few nights until your body adjusts to the time change.
Former NFL pro Terrell Owens is crushing hard on Jennifer Lopez. He recently revealed to Us Weekly, "I think everybody has somewhat of a Hollywood crush, I guess, coming from elsewhere. Mine is J. Lo. I've been trying to find her. If somebody can reach out to her and tell her I'm looking for her." Terrell ended his short marriage to Rachel Snider last year.
Kevin Federline may no longer be dating Britney Spears but he has fond memories of their time together. He recently told Access Hollywood Live, "That time, it's like a whirlwind. You know, you're thrown into this limelight...Everything kinda happened. I mean, it was a good time in my life. We have two beautiful children. The way that everything has turned out, everybody's happy. Co-parenting is going great. I can't complain." Kevin and Britney were married from 2004 to 2007. They share custody of their sons -- nine-year-old Sean and eight-year-old Jayden.
Channing Tatum ain't afraid of no ghosts. Deadline is reporting that the Magic Mike star has been cast in another reboot of Ghostbusters. This version will be directed by Ivan Reitman and also feature returning cast member Dan Aykroyd. Ivan said in a statement, "We want to expand the Ghostbusters universe in ways that will include different films, TV shows, merchandise, all things that are part of modern filmed entertainment. Paul Feig's film will be the first version of that, shooting in June to come out in July 2016."
It's the newest viral trend: singing in cars. These three Australian ladies not only know how to put on a show (they're comedians after all) but they shine a very interesting light on the lyrics of one of the world's most beloved songs. Get ready to daydream about road trips and summer...! Check out the hilarity below!
Kelly Clarkson has said that Adele's new album is "country-influenced." During an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Kelly said, "Adele I heard is doing something more country-influenced with this next record."
Leaders in the "party district" of St. Pauli in Hamburg, Germany, are discouraging public urination by covering walls in paint that "pees back."
The St. Pauli Interest Community released a YouTube video explaining the most frequently-soiled walls in the district are being covered in a super-hydrophobic paint that causes sprayed liquid to bounce back in the opposite direction -- causing public urinators to make a mess of their own pants and shoes. The walls treated with the paint are labeled with signs reading, "Don't pee here! We'll pee back!Â"
"It was a real annoyance that was growing and growing," St Pauli Interest Community board member Uwe Christiansen, who owns several local bars, told The Local. "We wanted to bring people to reason. [...] I've seen in Facebook and the local newspapers that the reactions were very positive. People were just tired of the peeing on walls, home entrances and playgrounds," Christiansen said.
In the latest crusade against porn, an unlikely candidate has emerged: British actor/comedian/aspiring political commentator Russell Brand. In BrandÂs words, Â"There's a general feeling, isnÂt there? In your core, if you look at pornography, this isnÂt whatÂs the best thing for me to do, this isnÂt the best use of my time now.Â"
Funny that Russell Brand is now denouncing porn after previously describing himself as a Âsex addict.Â In the past, Brand has used his notoriety to push for political change, publicly lambast bankers, and now, to denounce pornÂ, which he did last week on his unfiltered web series, The Trews.
What do you make of Russell Brand denouncing porn? Is that total hypocrisy from someone like him, a confessed sex addict?
Naya Rivera stepped out on March 6thshowing the first signs of her growing baby bump. The Glee actress wore a form-fitting black dress with a leather jacket. She announced her pregnancy in late February on Instagram. Naya married husband Ryan Dorsey last summer.
Ed Sheeran is raising money for charity one article of clothing at a time. According to the Irish website Her, Ed's mother brought home several items from L.A. which included the outfit he wore to the Grammy Awards and donated them to a store that sells them for charity. The money helps people living with progressive illnesses in the surrounding community.
The shop owner told UK's The Mirror, "We're so lucky to have Ed's support, and we're sure that these latest donations will be quickly snapped up by eager fans. If you'd like the chance to get hold of a unique piece of Ed Sheeran memorabilia, I suggest you pay us a visit as soon as you can."
An Earth-like planet may exist not too far away from ours Â discrediting a previous report that the planet was not real, scientists said.
GJ 581d was first spotted orbiting around the Libra Constellation, about 20 light years away, in 2007. The planet could be habitable because it is in the rare ÂGoldilocks zone,Â meaning it is the right temperature to host water, scientists speculate.
Of 1,700 known planets, only four fit that bill, NASA said last week. In a study in the journal Science, British researchers suggested the planet may be real after all, dismissing a 2014 report that said scientists mistakenly took ÂnoiseÂ on a spectrometer for the new planet.
The site WebMD gets over 100 million unique visits per month. ThatÂs great for WebMd, but not so good for the millions of people with a tendency to use the siteÂs ÂSymptom CheckerÂ and diagnose themselves and their own ailments via the web. Or as a physician writing for The Daily Beast puts it: ÂInternet search engines are useful for a lot of things. They can help you find recipes and directions and interesting facts. A quick Google search can tell you who won the Pulitzer for poetry in 1983, or if fate has justly rained down humiliating calamities on deserving ex-boyfriends. But please, donÂt use it to investigate your symptoms.Â
Adds the doctor: ÂI have yet to encounter a circumstance when the catastrophic diagnosis the Internet has suggested has been remotely accurate. Just like all the patients who didnÂt have Ebola, none of the ills people have been driving themselves crazy contemplating have ever been right.Â
Beyonce has been deemed the most-streamed female artist by women on Spotify. According toRob Copsey of The Official Charts, "To celebrate International Women's Day, the music platform has announced that the megastar is the most-streamed woman by women around the globe, with her latest self-titled album generating over 1 billion streams. Rihanna takes the title of most-streamed female artist overall for the third year in a row, with her Eminem duet 'The Monster' garnering over 200 million streams on Spotify, andKaty Perry finished second."
Meanwhile, Bey's company Parkwood Entertainment has been named the Most Innovative In The World. According to FastCompany.com, "Beyonce and her company broke pretty much all the music biz's album release rules with Beyonce last December. With no pre-release single, no advance promotion, and no warning, Mrs. Carter dropped the album globally with a simple note on her social media accounts: 'Surprise!' The Internet went crazy, she became the top search on Twitter, and, at a time when nobody was supposed to be buying records anymore, Beyonce sold more than 600,000 copies in three days. The album's 17 songs all had elaborate accompanying videos, an undertaking made feasible in part by the non-traditional release strategy."
In other news, Beyonce and her diehard Beyhive have been featured in Time's 30 Most Influential People On The Internet list. Within Bey's writeup on Time's list, the publication noted, "Her fans, known as the Beyhive, are also one of the most active and loyal communities on the web: their vigilant dedication helped inspire a Saturday Night Live skit, 'The Beygency,' about what happens when you say something bad about Queen Bey."
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Sean Penn does not care if anyone was offended by his green card comment about Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu at the Oscars. He explained to the Associated Press, "I'm always surprised by flagrant stupidity. I keep having more hope. The fact is that I understand it. I see it all the time. When somebody sees the opportunity to frame something in the comfort that it will be common -- that they can do that and they can get a group to look at them and that they will take on those positions and never really think about what it was." Sean continued, "I have absolutely no apologies. In fact, I have a big f*** you for...anybody who is so stupid not to have gotten the irony when you've got a country that is so xenophobic. If they had their way, you wouldn't have great filmmakers like Alejandro working in this country. Thank God we do. There's a little inside humor with he and I knew that he would be the first person in that room to know that his film won."
Alejandro has said publicly that he was not offended by the joke.
Gwyneth Paltrow wants her GOOP lifestyle brand to be a family business one day. She recently discussed the venture with Bloomberg saying, "I very much want Goop to be its own standalone brand. I know at this point it's inextricably me but we are a team of amazing people who bring incredible ideas to the site and it's not only me and my dream would be that in 20 years people would sort of recollect that I had something to do with it at one point and my involvement would be less essential. I never wanted to do a proprietary brand. I wanted it to be its own thing that my children can run one day if they want to!"
Miley Cyrus' dad Billy Ray Cyrus has also poked fun at rumors that his daughter is pregnant. Miley previously posted a photo to Instagram of her best friend giving her an ultrasound -- which showed that she was pregnant with a pizza baby. Billy tweeted this past weekend, "I'm going to be a grandfather. Call me Papaw! Yep… Papaw Cyrus."
BeautifulPeople.com, the elitist dating website that aims to connect only the genetic cream of the crop with matches, is under scrutiny after ousting 3,000 members it deemed had Âlet themselves go.Â
This isnÂt the first time the crazed husband-and-wife duo behind the website, Genevieve and Greg Hodge, have laid down the law in such a way. The siteÂs founder, Robert Hintze, said in a statement that year, Â"Letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model.Â"
According to Greg Hodge, the two main reasons for removing members were weight gain and Âgraceless aging.Â
Dunkin' Donuts, under pressure from an activist group, has agreed to phase out a controversial whitening agent used in the powered sugar atop some of its doughnuts.
The move wasn't announced by the doughnut kingpin, but by the advocacy group As You Sow. The group submitted a request asking Dunkin' Brands to reduce the use of titanium dioxide in its powdered sugar. According to advocates, Titanium dioxide -- a "nanomaterial" substance -- can be toxic to humans.
Also this week, McDonald's announced that they will curtail the use of antibiotics in chicken products sold in the United States.
Emma Watson opened up on International Women's Day on the threats made to release nude photos of her last year. During a HeForShe webcast that was posted on her Facebook, Watson said, "I knew it was a hoax. I knew the pictures didn't exist . . . But I think a lot of people that were close to me knew gender equality was an issue but they didn't really think it was that urgent or particularly, you know, 'We live in Great Britain, this is a thing of that past' . . . and then when they saw that the minute I stepped up and talked about women's rights, I was immediately threatened . . . I mean, in less than 12 hours I was receiving threats . . . and I think they were really shocked and particularly one of my brothers was very upset."
American Sniper is officially the highest grossing movie of 2014 as its raked in $337.2 million since its December release. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 sits at Number Two with $336.8 million.
Reality star and model Kendall Jenner was in Paris last week for Fashion Week and it looks like she's got quite the following in France. Jenner and her friend modelGigi Hadid were out for a walk on Friday, March 6th, on the Ponts Des Arts Bridge when a fan attempted to approach Jenner.
What made the situation a little odd was instead of asking for an autograph, the fan attempted to kiss Jenner on the cheek. The reality star was shocked by the fan but luckily her bodyguard jumped in and grabbed the fan by the hair before she could make contact with Jenner.
The two models shook off the incident and continued on their walk.
Without a doubt, your pets are members of your family. Americans definitely treat them as such.
The American Pet Products Association's annual report on pet industry spending reveals Americans spent 58 billion dollars on their 397 million pets last year. That breaks down into 22 billion spent on food, 15 billion on veterinary care, 14 billion on supplies such as beds, bowls, collars and over-the-counter medicine, 4.8 billion on other services, and two billion on the animals themselves.
The "other service" category grew fastest in 2014, and includes money spent on grooming, boarding, walking, training, day care and even trips to the spa. Just to give you some perspective, people spent about five times more on their pets than they did on movies last year.
Do you love to cook? Well, then you're the minority among Americans.
The Census Bureau finds that for the first time since the records have been kept, Americans spent more money at restaurants and bars in January than they did in grocery stores. More than two decades ago, Americans spent $162 in groceries for ever $100 they spent in restaurants.
But this past January, they spent nearly equal amounts of money in both places: $50.48 billion in restaurants and bars, and $50.47 billion in grocery stores. Researcher Mark Perry attributes the numbers to dropping gas prices, which have left many with more disposable income. He adds, "I think it's a combination of a recovering economy and changing eating habits. The role of the restaurant has changed in society. It's less of a special [destination or occasion], and even for some people, eating out is an everyday occasion."
Madonna says that she and Kanye West are one in the same. Madonna told the New York Daily News, "Kanye is the black Madonna. We know, and recognize, that we have that in common. We're comrades in the envelope-pushing genre."
Madonna also revealed in a Complex interview that Kanye worked on four songs on her album and they also wrote a track together for Ye's album.
Meanwhile, she also spilled the beans on another hip-hop collab that is in the works. During the interview, after saying that she thinks Drake's record "Madonna" is the best track on his album, she confirmed that a collab from her and Drizzy is "in the pipeline."
MADONNA SPEAKS ON 'REBEL HEART' ALBUM
In Madonna's same 'Daily News' interview, she also said that there is "a lot of reminiscing" on her upcoming album Rebel Heart. She said, "I've been doing what I've been doing for over three decades, so in many ways I feel like a survivor. I see that many of my peers, and friends, and people I collaborated with are no longer with us. That gave me pause. I said, 'Wow, I can't believe I made it this far.' That was a catalyst for me."
Madge then said, "There's a looking back here, a missing the beginning of my career when I was surrounded by other artists. Not musical artists, but artist-artists - like Keith Haring and Basquiat andWarhol. It was a time when pop music was more naive and free. I was missing that feeling and that mixture of so many different worlds in New York."
John Mayer has admitted to having an "ego addiction" but insists that he isn't a "womanizer." During an interview with the Today Show on March 6th, John spoke of his exes Jennifer Anniston and Jessica Simpson, saying, "I went, 'All right, dude, you did a couple interviews where you were out of touch and you were being a ham, and you were basically break-dancing into a nitroglycerin plant.'"
He went on to deny his "womanizer" reputation, but acknowledged that he did feed into the persona. John continued, "You go, 'Well I'm just going to be strange as they think I am.' And then you lose. Number one, you're not playing music anymore. Number two, you're not feeling anything honestly. Number three, you're not saying anything honestly."
John also confessed that his behavior contributed to his disappearing act from Twitter, saying, "I'm a recovered ego addict and the only way that I can be sure that I don't relapse is to admit that I constantly have this ego addiction every day."
He then gave advice from his older self to his younger self, where he said, "I'd say, 'That guy's really, really talented, but I don't want to be anywhere near him when that thing goes off!'"
JOHN MAYER SPEAKS ON TAYLOR SWIFT
On another note, Mayer has praised former girlfriend Taylor Swift. During an interview with MSNBC, when asked about Swift removing her music catalog from Spotify, the singer said, "I think that's cool. I think that's really cool. Artists need the person with the loudest voice to speak for them… The cynical could say, 'You're helping yourself.' But it's trickle down. You're not saying, 'I want this just for me.' I think that's a really cool thing for a musician to do."
He went on to say that Taylor is one of the few artists who are taken seriously. John explained, "Like two percent of the music industry has 80 percent of all the media [coverage]. There's like four people, and if any of those four people say, 'I want to speak for those people who would just never make this a story' -- The only reason we're talking about Taylor Swift taking Spotify on is because she's Taylor Swift, and that's great."
John went on to address Taylor's record "Dear John" -- which was reportedly about him, and said, "I put out a song called 'Paper Doll.' The song never got listened to as a song. It became a news story because of the lyrics. I'm not in the business of telling people what the song is about. I never said anything about it. And now I just go, 'Look, I can say the name Taylor Swift. She's an artist. I'm an artist. Everybody stop. Nobody's got an incurable cancer. We're rich people who get to live out our dreams. Let's just stop it.'"
He added, "I'm a musician who's bigger than one song or one record. So it's really about the longevity of all the work that goes together. I'm just not interested in the things that won't last forever."
Iggy Azalea has had enough of social media and quit Instagram. The rapper deleted her page March 4th, but before bidding farewell, she posted a message about why the invasion of her privacy has upset her. Iggy uploaded three photos of herself in a white shirt and blue jeans, with a caption that said, "This is me standing in front of my new home, which has a 6ft high blacked out fence around it. No one should be made to feel like their own home is a prison because even your garden may be grounds for a photo shoot. I really just want to urge my fans to be aware of what you are enabling when posting these pictures."
She continued, "It is illegal to post images of someone in their home or property with a long range camera. I'm asking in the nicest way possible to please think twice about that. [Your] home is supposed to be your place of peace. I just want mine to be that too, same as everyone else."
Iggy recently announced her departure from Twitter and that her management currently runs her account.
A live-action Barbie movie is currently in development and producers of the film announced on Wednesday that they have hired Juno scribe Diablo Cody to write the script. They announced that,"Diablo's unconventionality is just what Barbie needs. It signals we're going for a legitimately contemporary tone. We're bringing her on because she had great ideas, but even more importantly, she truly loves Barbie."
A first draft of the script was written by Sex and the City's Jenny Bicks.
A pair of customers showed up at the Boston-area restaurant Alden & Harlow recently with no reservation, sat themselves, "insulted and berated" the staff, and then refused to leave (one eyewitness also claims that before they sat themselves, they loudly told a bartender they weren't tipping because they couldn't get a table quickly enough), all while threatening to leave Alden & Harlow a bad Yelp review.
Where it gets fun is the restaurant ownerÂs response: he posted a picture of the customers on Instagram, along with a description of their terrible behavior that included the hashtag #wedontnegotiatewithyelpers. It has since gone viral. The restaurant industry is mad as hell at entitled people who wield the threat of a bad Yelp! review to get their way, and people are thrilled any time someone says he isnÂt going to take it.
A new study reveals that, on average, adults only get the actual flu twice a decade. Researchers analyzed blood samples from volunteers in Southern China, and looked at antibody levels against nine different flu strains that circulated from 1968 to 2009.
They found that children were likely to get the flu every other year on average, and that flu infections became less frequent with age. Oftentimes "flu-like illnesses" are caused by other viruses such as rhinoviruses and coronaviruses. The researchers also developed a mathematical model of how immunity to flu changes over a lifetime as people encounter different virus strains.
ComedianChelsea Handler took to Twitter on March 4th to deny the widely reported rumor that she treated herself to breast implants as a 40th birthday present. Chelsea wrote, "Um...there have been a lot of men who've touched my boobies, but not one of them has ever been a doctor." She followed it up with a topless photo of herself and the caption, "Here idiots. A totally sober portrayal of proof."
Emma Watson's male co-stars in Disney's upcoming live-action Beauty And The Beast have been cast. Former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens will be playing Beast and Dracula Untold star has landed the role of Gaston. Bill Condon is set as director.
Crazy cat people, rejoice! A scientist has created music specifically for cats.
Researcher Charles Snowdon says the music contains notes and noises cats already find interesting. Snowden explains, "We incorporated tempos that we thought cats would find interesting-- the tempo of purring in one piece and the tempo of suckling in another. Since cats use lots of sliding frequencies in their calls, the cat music had many more sliding notes than human music."
When the team played two of their tunes to 47 house cats in between regular classical music pieces, many of the cats rubbed their scent glands into the speakers during the cat music, in an attempt to mark it as their own. The hope is the music would provide lonely or anxious cats a sense of comfort and enjoyment.
We know that thicker, fuller eyebrows have been in for a while, but are unibrows now coming into fashion? Recently models in Paris at the Atsuro Tayama show rocked unibrows which were created using brown eyeshadow and eye liner.
In Milan, models walking for Antonio Marras also sported exaggerated eye makeup, only these models had a rusty red eyeshadow applied in a circle shape completely around the eye making the models look panda-like. Another weird make up trend that was seen on a catwalk: small drawings being added to the face. At the Giamba show models had hearts, moons and stars drawn on their faces, hands and fingers.
Despite frequently bashing L.A. on social media and in interviews, Lena Dunham is rumored to be relocating to the City of Angels. The 28-year-old has reportedly dropped nearly three million dollars on a new house in Hollywood. According to TMZ, the home was previously owned by Breakfast at Tiffany's and A-Team actor George Peppard.
Three of the four stars of Seinfeld reunited on March 4th for a charity lunch in L.A. Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards posed for photos together while raising money to benefit Baby Buggy -- a charity that provides essential clothing, gear and services to families in need. Former Seinfeld writerSpike Feresten shared a photo on Instagram and wrote, "It's a Seinfeld reunion at #BabyBuggyFatherhood Fantastic event and charity. @LoveRecycled @esquirenetwork #CarMatchmaker"
Bachelor star Chris Soules is the final celebrity to join the new season of Dancing With the Stars. The 20th season of the reality competition kicks on March 16th. Chris discussed the possibility of doing the show with E! Online last year saying, "At this point, why not? I went through The Bachelorette and never thought I'd do that and did it and it was a great experience. Now being The Bachelor, it's been an extraordinary experience...I'm open to a lot of opportunities, I'd be willing to consider these sorts of things. But I'm going to do what's best for me and do what's right and what I feel is right for my future."
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Iggy Azalea was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Album however she didn't want to win the award. In a recent radio interview, Iggy said, "I did not want to win that award. I never thought I'd be nominated ever... My speech would've been like, 'F--k this I don't want it! Take it! Get it away from me.' I'm really happy that I was thought of and I appreciate just that. I'm glad I didn't win because people already hate me enough... I do not need to be hated anymore."
Iggy then said that even after the Grammys, the social media hate didn't let up. She continued, "Even when I lost, that was the worst too. I was like, 'God d-mn, are you ever going to leave me alone? I lost, you should be happy! S--t, bye! Let me lose in peace.'"
She also spoke on the root of her backlash, saying, "I know, which I found to be kind of ironic cause it was because I'm white therefore I'm appropriating culture, but then Eminem won it, who's white, and has won it many times. They didn't seem to say anything about that. I was like, 'I suspect it was just that you dislike me.'"
The actors have been cast for Fox's Independence Day sequel. Jeff Goldblum will be back reprising his role from the first film and will be joined byLiam Hemsworth andJessie Usher. Jessie will be playing the son of Will Smith's character. The movie will hit theaters on June 24th, 2016.
Blame it on Kim Kardashian, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj, or Beyonce because this is someone's fault. New proof that big butts are huge: More than 13,000 people in the US paid a plastic surgeon to enhance their butts last year, according to a new report just released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Butt-boosting surgeries were among the fastest growing cosmetic surgeries in 2014: There were 11,505 buttock augmentation procedures, up 15 percent from 2013; 1,863 butt implants, up 98 percent from 2013; and 3,505 butt lifts, up 44 percent since 2013. While boob jobs, nose jobs, liposuction, eyelid surgery, and facelifts still remain more popular than butt enhancements, according to the report, ASPS president Scot Glasberg credits celebs like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez for the recent growth in butt surgeries. A butt surgery can cost upwards of $10,000, depending on where you get it. Which means that Americans spent an estimated $68.7 million on their behinds last year.
When you talk to or yell at Siri, do you think itÂs just a private conversation? Turns out, thereÂs a heavy breather listening in. Last week, a Redditor who goes by the username FallenMyst posted that heÂs working for a company that actually reviews audio recordings from voice-powered services. Not only Siri, but also Google Now and Cortan. FallenMyst says she gives performance feedback on what can be improved. Whether this angers you or not, the fact is that your voice IS being recorded when you use a service like Siri.
Google admits the same thing in their support page for Voice and Audio activity. Third party companies such as CrowdFlower pay people to review audio recordings to ensure analyze the translation jobs. Does this make you vulnerable? Or is it just improving the service?
Mama June Shannon and her family are fighting TLC to get back on TV. The network has threatened legal action if the family goes into business with anyone else while still under contract with them until May. The family is arguing that their contract was null and void once TLC pulled the plug on their show and that the network has not being covering any of their expenses since last November. They allegedly believe this gives them the right to shop their show wherever they please.
Bruce Jenner has plopped down $3.5 on a new home. TheE! star is moving into a mansion at the top of a mountain in Malibu, California. According to Variety, the house includes four bedrooms, three and a half baths, a three-car garage, heated floors, a pool, and a spa. Bruce has been renting a home in Malibu since his split from Kris Jenner back in 2013.
Do you spend more time watching cable TV or YouTube videos? If you said YouTube, there's a good chance you're a millennial, finds a new study. Commissioned by digital-media firm Defy Media, the data reveals consumers aged 13 to 24 spend 11.3 hours a week watching free online videos, and just 8.3 hours watching regularly scheduled TV.
Sixty two percent of respondents said digital content makes them "feel good" about themselves; just 40 percent said the same of TV. Additionally, 67 percent of millennials said digital videos are relatable, while just 41 percent said the same of TV. The study echos previous findings that revealed millennials in particular are watching less TV, and that the five most influential figures amount American teens are all YouTube creators.
The nominees for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards have been announced. Guardians of the Galaxy, The Fault in Our Stars, and Neighbors tied for the most nominations with seven each. Whiplash and 22 Jump Street each nabbed five. The show will be held at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre on April 12th withAmy Schumer as host.
MOVIE OF THE YEAR American Sniper
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Fault in Our Stars
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
Jennifer Lawrence -- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1
Emma Stone -- Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Shailene Woodley -- The Fault in Our Stars
Reese Witherspoon -- Wild
Scarlett Johansson -- Lucy
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
Bradley Cooper -- American Sniper
Chris Pratt -- Guardians of the Galaxy
Ansel Elgort -- The Fault in Our Stars
Miles Teller -- Whiplash
Channing Tatum -- Foxcatcher
BEST SCARED-AS-S**T PERFORMANCE
Rosamund Pike -- Gone Girl
Annabelle Wallis -- Annabelle
Jennifer Lopez -- The Boy Next Door
Dylan O'Brien -- The Maze Runner
Zach Gilford -- The Purge: Anarchy
Ansel Elgort -- The Fault in Our Stars
Rosamund Pike -- Gone Girl
David Oyelowo -- Selma
Dylan O'Brien -- The Maze Runner
Ellar Coltrane -- Boyhood
BEST SHIRTLESS PERFORMANCE
Zac Efron -- Neighbors
Chris Pratt -- Guardians of the Galaxy
Channing Tatum -- Foxcatcher
Ansel Elgort -- The Fault in Our Stars
Kate Upton -- The Other Woman
Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill -- 22 Jump Street
Zac Efron & Dave Franco -- Neighbors
Shailene Woodley & Ansel Elgort -- The Fault in Our Stars
Bradley Cooper & Vin Diesel -- Guardians of the Galaxy
James Franco & Seth Rogen -- The Interview
Jonah Hill vs. Jillian Bell -- 22 Jump Street
Chris Evans vs. Sebastian Stan -- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dylan O'Brien vs. Will Poulter -- The Maze Runner
Seth Rogen vs. Zac Efron -- Neighbors
Edward Norton vs. Michael Keaton -- Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Ansel Elgort & Shailene Woodley -- The Fault in Our Stars
James Franco & Seth Rogen -- The Interview
Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone -- The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Scarlett Johansson & Chris Evans -- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Rose Byrne & Halston Sage -- Neighbors
BEST WTF MOMENT
Seth Rogen & Rose Byrne -- Neighbors
Jonah Hill -- 22 Jump Street
Jason Sudeikis & Charlie Day -- Horrible Bosses 2
Miles Teller -- Whiplash
Rosario Dawson & Anders Holm -- Top Five
Rosamund Pike -- Gone Girl
K. Simmons -- Whiplash
Jillian Bell -- 22 Jump Street
Meryl Streep -- Into the Woods
Peter Dinklage -- X-Men: Days of Future Past
BEST MUSICAL MOMENT
Jennifer Lawrence -- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1
Chris Pratt -- Guardians of the Galaxy
Seth Rogen & Zac Efron -- Neighbors
Bill Hader & Kristen Wiig -- The Skeleton Twins
Miles Teller -- Whiplash
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Channing Tatum -- 22 Jump Street
Chris Pratt -- Guardians of the Galaxy
Rose Byrne -- Neighbors
Chris Rock -- Top Five
Kevin Hart -- The Wedding Ringer
BEST ON-SCREEN TRANSFORMATION
Eddie Redmayne -- The Theory of Everything
Elizabeth Banks -- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1
Zoe Saldana -- Guardians of the Galaxy
Steve Carell -- Foxcatcher
Ellar Coltrane -- Boyhood
Patricia Arquette is still attempting to do damage control following the backlash from her Oscar speech and backstage call to action for gays and people of color to fight for women's rights. She told The Wrap this week, "You can't go back in time. But, I guess I would have chosen my words a little more carefully. I think the way people perceived it is not the way at all I intended."
Patricia added, "Everyone should help women. Everyone has a vested interest. Every single lesbian and transgender woman is a woman. Every single woman in the African American community is getting impacted. Every single woman in the Latino community is being impacted. This is having devastating economic consequences across the board...If people can throw their weight behind women I think it would really help each of these bases."
Anna Kendrick was not shy about expressing her disgust with former Hills star Spencer Pratt on Twitter on March 2nd. Spencer favorited one of her tweets about The Bachelor which the Into the Woods star screen-grabbed and wrote, "Well now I have to kill myself." Spencer retweeted her as well as a message from @TysonApostol which read, ".@AnnaKendrick47 so are you dead now? Easy come easy go I guess."
A site called The Daily Buzz Live is reporting that McDonaldÂ's is phasing out the Big Mac. Social media latched onto the reports and the story took off like a wild fire. Unfortunately for those who ate up the report, Daily Buzz Live is a SATIRE SITE.
But that story was founded in some truth. McDonaldÂ's has announced that it is testing menu cuts after finding that sales in November were down 4.6 percent compared to the previous year. Among the menu items McDonaldÂ's really is considering cutting is the Quarter Pounder; a sandwich perhaps no less iconic than the Big Mac.
A construction crew's digger was called over to a nearby mud pit to help dig out a trapped elephant in Kenya. The elephant spent about 12 hours trapped by the mud. Thankfully, construction was taking place nearby. A path was dug out for the elephant. He then proceeded to make his way back into the brush.
Just as #thedress fiasco was about to die... comes this new relevant story.
New research suggests our ancestors may not have been able to see the color blue. Remember "The Odyssey?" Well, Greek poet Homer famously describes the sea as "wine-dark." But that's not all; there is also no mention of blue in the Koran, ancient Chinese stories, or in an ancient Hebrew version of the bible.
Egyptians were the only culture that produced blue dyes, and were the first ancient civilization to have a word for the color blue. Today, the Himba people in Namibia still don't have a word for the color blue, but have several different words for green. A recent study in Russia also focused on how Russian speakers have separate words for light blue and dark blue. It seems that while colors may be the same around the world, the language in which they are described has an impact on how they are perceived.
The "Left Shark" costume from Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime performance is now up for grabs. The singer is selling "Left Shark" onesies on her website KatyPerry.com. The costume has been listed as the "Katy Perry Left Shark Belovesie" and costs $129.99.
The site described the onesie, saying, "This EXCLUSIVE 'all over' print hooded jumpsuit, inspired by the 'Left Shark' from Katy's halftime performance, is made using a special sublimation technique to provide a vivid graphic image."
Kathy Griffin reportedly has big plans for Fashion Police now that Kelly Osbourne is gone. According to Radar Online, everyone at the show is allegedly relieved that she quit and are excited that Khloe Kardashian may be coming on board.
A source explained, "With Kelly gone, the show will be able to move forward in a very positive direction. Kathy plans on doing some fun skits, and is hopeful that Khloe joins the show. During recent months behind the scenes, Kathy and Khloe have established mutual respect for each other. Khloe has a terrific eye for fashion, and Kathy has been assured Kardashian jokes wouldn't be off limits."
An insider previously revealed to the website that Joan Rivers was the glue that held the group together and kept Kelly from fighting with Giuliana Rancic.
Page Six is claiming that with Joan gone and Kelly leaving, Kathy also wants the show to cut ties with Melissa Rivers.
You can soon have wireless charging capabilities in your living room. Ikea will soon offer furniture equipped with pads that charge mobile devices. More than 80 devices are compatible with the "Qi" technology, but the iPhone is not. Ikea will be selling special cases so that iPhones can also be charged on its products. The furniture will need to be plugged into a power source to charge, and will run customers about 22 dollars more each than a standard item. Qi technology is already available in hotels, restaurants, airports and Starbucks branches all over the country. Would you ever consider buying a piece of this special furniture for your home?
If you had to make a guess, would you say humans are getting smarter overall, or dumber? Believe it or not, a new study reveals we're actually getting smarter. Researchers reviewed IQ tests from the past few decades and discovered though the tests were getting harder, people were doing just as well. Since 1950, it was found the average IQ score had risen by 20 points. As for why we're getting smarter-- it's most likely due to improved education, increased exposure to testing, improved medical care, better nutrition, and decreased family size.
Jennifer Lawrence has landed a new role starring in a film directed by Steven Spielberg. The project is called It's What I Do and tells the story of war photographer Lynsey Addario. It is based on her memoir called It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War which was released last month.
Bobby Brown has shut down rumors that his family is currently shooting a reality show, while his daughterBobbi Kristina Brown is fighting for her life. Bobby's attorney Christopher Brown of Brown & Y Rosen LLC told RumorFix, "Yet again, TMZ has chosen to engage in false news reporting. There is no Brown family reality show that is in production which chronicles Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina or the medical emergency she presently faces at Emory Hospital. These reports are irresponsible and Warner Brothers as the owner of TMZ, should be ashamed to publish such nonsense, particularly one day before Bobbi Kristina's birthday."
Brown added, "Bobbi Kristina and Bobby Brown are dealing with enough right now. The fact that TMZ/Warner Brothers has decided to inject negativity into their lives at this critical time is plain insanity."
Bobby's wife Alicia Etheridge told the site that Bobby's siblings did shoot a reality show, but "this is a long time ago" and it is not currently attached to a network.
Bobby himself said in a statement, "We continue to request privacy in regards to my daughter's medical condition. We thank everyone that supports Bobbi Kristina and God is hearing our prayers."
Meanwhile, today (March 4th) is Bobbi Kristina's 22nd birthday.
Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift exchanged words on Twitter on March 1st after the "Style" singer wrote, "Is it just me or is Lady Gaga, like, fully LIVING right now?!? #goals." Gaga responded on Monday (March 2nd) by writing, "@taylorswift13 wow you're a sweetheart! Life is friends, family, and love! We all see that in you, your prince charming will come!" Some people have taken Gaga's words as throwing shade at Taylor's love life.
When a pet goes missing, it feels like it's the end of the world. For one boy, his beloved cat, Clyde, went missing for 12 days. Thankfully, a neighbor located the missing feline and returned him to his very thankful family.
Grab the tissues: this is the reunion video of the century.
Meet our country's new president. And his esteemed Veep. Syfy announced today that Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban will play the president of the United States in Sharknado 3.
Political commentator/author Ann Coulter is joining him as vice president.
Other cameos already lined up for the latest installment of the pop-culture pabulum (and we mean that in the nicest possible way): Bo Derek as May, mom of April (Tara Reid); Jerry Springer, who'll play manic tourist Mr. White; 'N SYNC singer Chris Kirkpatrick as a pool lifeguard, and Chris Jericho, who will play Bruce the roller coaster ride operator.
A 21-year-old Nebraska man was arrested Saturday night after a cop discovered his marijuana stash inside a plastic container labeled ÂNot Weed,Â police report.
Jordan Meier was traveling with three passengers around 9 PM when a Lancaster County SheriffÂs Office deputy pulled over his 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo on a Lincoln street for a traffic violation, according to a police report.
Meier was subsequently Âplaced into custody for DUI,Â investigators noted. During a post-arrest inventory search of Meier's vehicle, cops located a 16-ounce plastic container (which once held Land OÂLakes sour cream) under the front passenger seat.
The debate over vaccines seems to grow fiercer each day, but a new study addresses the increasing issue of parents pressuring doctors to delay vaccines for young children. Researchers from the University of Colorado surveyed 534 doctors across the U.S. and 93 percent reported they had received requests for vaccines to be rescheduled.
Some parents did this because they were worried about possible vaccine-related neurological complications, while others just wanted their child to receive fewer shots in the same day. Seventy five percent of doctors said they agreed to the vaccine delays at least some of the time, even though they knew it was potentially harmful. Some cited patient trust as a reason for giving in to the request. The CDC notes that vaccine schedules are based on research around what time they will be most effective at preventing disease.
The internet went crazy when untouched photos of Beyonce hit the net and now untouched photos of Jennifer Lopez have surfaced. According to Bossip, pictures from an alleged L'Oreal photo shoot from back in 2011 surfaced the net and J.Lo pretty much looks the same.
Should animals be used for testing our human products and medications? It's a hotly debated topic. A new study published in the Journal of Medical Ethics shows there was a 73 percent increase in animal testing from 1997 to 2012. It's thought the sharp rise may have something to do with which animals are federally regulated and which animals are not, making data on the actual prevalence of testing across species harder to come by. Currently, animals with charisma and likeness similar to humans (dogs, cats and chimpanzees are a few) are regulated, while animals like mice, rats and bird-- which make up about 98.8 percent of animals in the lab-- are not. Spokesperson for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Sandy Walsh, who was not involved in the study says, "There are still many areas where animal testing is necessary and non-animal testing is not yet a scientifically valid and available option. However, FDA has supported efforts to reduce animals testing."
You really can have too much of a good thing. A new study reveals sleeping more than eight hours a night may be bad for your health. Researchers analyzed the sleep patterns of nearly 10,000 U.K. residents ages 42 to 81 and followed up for nearly a decade afterwards. They discovered that older adults who slept more than eight hours a night were 46 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than adults who slept only six to eight hours. Interestingly, the risk of stroke was four times higher when people transitioned from sleeping less than six hours at the beginning of the study to more than eight hours as the years passed. Researchers still caution that it remains unclear whether longer sleep duration is a symptom or cause of stroke risk.
The father of former Sons of Anarchy star Johnny Lewis has filed a lawsuit against his estate. Johnny died back in 2012 after falling from the roof of his landlady's house after killing her and dismembering her cat. The actor's father, Michael Lewis, claims he gave his son $60,000 two weeks before his death but has only gotten $23,000 back. The lawsuit requests that he be given the additional $37,000.
Jennifer Lawrence, who won an Oscar and was nominated for another for the past two David O. Russell movies (Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle), had been rumored to have engaged in a screaming match with Russell on the set of his next film, Joy. On Facebook, Lawrence put those rumors to rest:
"David O. Russell is one of my closest friends and we have an amazing collaborative working relationship. I adore this man and he does not deserve this tabloid malarkey."
The rumors started in part because of RussellÂs reputation for being aggressive with his actors. An infamous video shows the director yelling at Lily Tomlin on the set of the 2004 film I Heart Huckabees, while Russell and his Three Kings star George Clooney have criticized one another in the press and reportedly got into a physical fight on set.
17-year-old Kylie Jenner feels the pressure of being in the spotlight but doesn't let herself worry about being a role model. She explains in the new issue of Flaunt magazine, "I never feel pressure to be a good role model. I always try to do my best to inspire people to be good and do the right thing, but I just can't live my life always trying to be a good role model. I try to be the best I can be, but it's hard sometimes. We're all human. I just like to live each day and just be me and be real. I definitely always feel pressure to act a certain way, but I try my best not to let it affect me -- although there are times where I'm not totally myself because of that. Even at the mall I feel like I can't totally be myself. When I'm not in public, I try to always be with my friends, so I can totally be myself and not have to worry about people judging or watching."
Hart of Dixie star Jaime King revealed on Instagram on March 1st that Taylor Swift will be the Godmother of her unborn baby. She posted one photo of her the pop star posing with her baby bump and wrote, "And @taylorswift will forever be looking over our new baby @kyle_newman -we all love you!!!! Xx" Taylor also shared a picture with the caption, "Guess who just got named Godmother of this little one.....(ME)" Jaime's firstborn son, James Knight, has Jessica Alba as a Godmother and Topher Grace as his Godfather.
Brooke Strickland captured the heartwarming video of a 95-year old World War II Veteran cheering on some runners in a local charity race. He got a big surprise with a spontaneous tribute to his years of service in the military. Prepare to smile, laugh, and maybe cry.
Taco Bell has created giant Crunch Berries filled with warm milky cream. They want you to put them in your mouth.
Some food experts and foodies have been invited to Taco Bell's mysterious test kitchen to give these colorful creations a try, snapping some photos of gooey cream oozing from the bright pink insides of what are essentially doughnut holes. In fact, these Cap'n Crunch Delights are a riff on the company's Cinnabon Delights, which are cinnamon sugar doughnut holes filled with cream, the food equivalent of biting into a warm, sugar-dusted boil.
When work follows you home, it can take a significant toll, researchers say. They looked at a week in the lives of 341 people as they received communications outside of work hoursÂfacing, in the words of Texas A&M researcher Wendy Boswell, "a new night shift." Subjects "became angry when they received a work email or text after they had gone home and that communication was negatively worded or required a lot of the person's time," says Boswell collaborator Marcus Butts, of the University of Texas at Arlington, in a press release.
That was a particular problem when the email came from a supervisor, since workers, seeking approval, "have no course of action other than to acquiesce to their supervisor's demands," MainStreet reports. Such communications especially bothersome for people described as "segmentors"Âthose who try to keep their work very separate from the rest of their lives.
Lupita Nyong'o's stolen Oscar dress was returned to her because the thief allegedly found out it was worthless. The unidentified culprit told TMZ that he stole the Calvin Klein gown, reported to be worth between $150,000 to $10 million, but returned it by leaving it in a garment bag inside of a garbage bag in the hotel bathroom after getting it appraised. The thief claims he got away with the crime by dropping the dress from the balcony of the hotel room and having his friend pick it up.
The thief removed two of the 6,000 pearls from the dress which is how they found out it was a fake. A source close to CK designer Francisco Costa told the website, "Did anyone ever say they were real from Calvin Klein? I always assumed everyone knew they were fake, but I guess not. Do they really make dresses out of real jewels since Cleopatra died?"
Lupita told Women's Wear Daily, "I'm happy that it has been potentially recovered. It's a timeless and priceless piece of art."
A rep for the clothing brand said in a statement, "All of us at Calvin Klein are thrilled to know that the dress has potentially been located. This was an amazing collaboration between the brand and Lupita and the dress looked truly exquisite on her. Once it's returned to us, we will be able to have the dress restored and archived, as it now represents an important moment for the brand."
Popular Cartoon Network series Adventure Time is heading to the big screen. Warner Bros. has hiredChris McKay and Roy Lee to develop the project. Adventure Time revolves around a 12-year-old boy named Finn and his dog who are on a quest to protect their home, the Land of Ooo.
FX and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy are covering some of the funeral costs for one of the stars from the Freak Show season, Ben Woolf. Ben died last month after he was hit by a car. His family will be holding a themed memorial service for him on March 21st. The entire cast and crew of American Horror Story has been invited. His family also announced that fans can honor him by donating to The Ben Woolf Fund which will help purchase memorial park benches and support his favorite charities.
Can you hear me now? The World Health Organization says millions of young people around the world are at risk of hearing loss from loud music. WHO says a review of data from middle- and high-income countries shows that nearly half of 12 to 35-year-olds listen to music at unsafe volumes on their personal audio devices or cellphones. Additionally, about 40 percent of teens and young adults are exposed to damaging levels of sound at nightclubs, bars and sporting events. WHO says volumes above 85 decibels for eight hours or 100 decibels for 15 minutes are unsafe.
You dog probably already forgot about that treat you just gave him. Animals are known to have two types of memory, short-term and longer-term "specialized" memories. And while animals are known for having excellent specialized memory, memories of specific events tend to disappear in a span "ranging form a few seconds to several minutes." A new analysis of previous studies reveals birds, mammals and bees all have an average short-term memory duration of just 27 seconds. Dogs remember for about two minutes, while chimps' short term memory only lasts 20 seconds, and for rats it's even shorter. Similar studies on humans have shown we can remember comparable information as long as two days. Researchers remark, "We think humans' ability to remember arbitrary events is unique."
After two weeks on top, moviegoers appear to have moved on from Fifty Shades of Grey. Will Smith's Focus debuted in first place at the weekend box office after taking in $19.1 million. By comparison, the film took in a bit less than his 2006 drama, The Pursuit of Happyness, but more than 2008's Seven Pounds.
Fifty Shades fell down into fourth place while Kingsman: The Secret Service and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water held onto their momentum in second and third.
The week's other new release, The Lazarus Effect, debuted in fifth place.
Julianne Moore's Oscar win last week helped Still Alice break into the top 10. It landed in ninth place with $2.69 million -- nearly two months after its initial release.
Jupiter Ascending, The Imitation Game, and Paddington all fell out of the top 10.
THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 1
1. Focus, $19.1M
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service, $11.75M
3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, $11.2M
4. Fifty Shades Of Grey, $10.9M
5. The Lazarus Effect, $10.6M
6. McFarland USA, $7.79M
7. American Sniper, $7.7M
8. The Duff, $7.15M
9. Still Alice, $2.69M
10. Hot Tub Time Machine 2, $2.4M
Taylor Swift thinks that she'll be single until she's 30-years-old. During a recent interview with The Telegraph, Taylor revealed where she sees herself in five years, saying, "I'll probably still be single, let's be honest. No one's going to sign up for this and everything that goes with it. Like, 'Hi, nice to meet you, want a date? Do you love camera flashes? I hope you do!' I don't know what's going to happen if I'm ever content in a relationship — no idea how that's going to work. I don't even know if that's possible with the life I have."
Taylor then spoke of herself in third person and said, "In five years' time she'll be so afraid of everything, she doesn't leave her house. She's just surrounded by cats. So many cats, they've divided themselves up into armies and she wanders around lint-rolling the couch that no one's going to sit on because she's afraid to have people over."
And if Taylor finds love, she says, "If that does happen, I think I could find complexity in happiness. I don't think anything's ever simple. Just because you're happy in a relationship doesn't mean that there aren't moments of confusion or frustration or loneliness or sadness. Hopefully, if I ever find some sort of meaningful relationship, I'll be able to still find inspiration, just through the everyday ups and downs.
She added, "I used to think it was important to find a boyfriend. But I don't feel that it is now. I just want to have as much fun and as many adventures as possible."
Mumford & Sons posted a brief video online late last week of the band in a rehearsal studio, hinting that a big announcement is coming on March 2nd. According to FMQB, the group is most likely to reveal the title and release date of its third studio album. The British quartet has been on hiatus since September 2013, after completing the touring cycle for their mammoth sophomore album, Babel.
Babel debuted at Number One on the Billboard album chart and stayed there for three weeks. The multi-platinum disc was named Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards in February 2013.
Babel sold 600,000 copies in its first week of release back in September 2012 and went on to sell more than two million copies.
Mumford & Sons stayed largely out of sight during its break, with only frontman Marcus Mumford briefly surfacing to work on the soundtrack for the movie Inside Llewyn Davis.
The band is confirmed to headline the 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 14th annual four-day camping and music festival will be held from June 11th through the 14th in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. Other headliners include Billy Joel, Florence And The Machine, Deadmau5, Robert Plant, My Morning Jacket and many more.
What age group do you go after? After analyzing the profiles of daters on OKCupid and OKTrends, researchers have created graphs indicating how our tastes in partners changes as we age. Study leader Christian Rudder says, "Women who are, say, 28 find guys who are also 28 about the most attractive, and so forth. Up until about 40, when that's getting too old." Not surprisingly, the findings reveal men at all ages find women at age 20 most attractive.
To that, Rudder comments, "From the time you're 22 you'll be less hot than a 20-year-old, based on this data. So that's just a thing. It is kind of terrible."
Madonna is collaborating with Alicia Keys. Madge confirmed the news on her Instagram with a pic of her holding up a vulgar sign and captioned, "#wearehere. Alicia Killin it on my record....,,,,.,..,,#livingforlove."