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    Holly Madison reveals devastating details about her time in the Playboy Mansion in her upcoming memoir, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny.

    The 35-year-old says that her life in the famous house was nothing like the "incredibly glamorous" adventure portrayed in the media. Instead, it was full of "misery" and led her into a deep depression.

    Down the Rabbit Hole discusses many of Madison's darkest moments, including a time in 2002 when she contemplated suicide while taking a bath. "If I just put my head under water and take a deep breath in," she recounts, "it would all be over."

    Madison first entered the public eye in 2005 when she was featured along with fellow Hefner girlfriends Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt on the E! reality show "The Girls Next Door." Now, Madison is revealing the way she really felt within Hefner's "twisted world."

    "Thankfully the only thing greater than my need to escape was my desire to share my experience. If I sunk my head below the water and went to sleep, no one would ever know the truth."

    Now, that truth is finally coming to light. "Everyone thinks that the infamous metal gate was meant to keep people out," she writes, "But I grew to feel it was meant to lock me in."

    Madison married entrepreneur Pasquale Rotella in September 2013. The couple are parents to 2-year-old daughter Rainbow.

    Down the Rabbit Hole will be released June 23.

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    Hugh Jackman is a movie star, Broadway performer, family man, humanitarian and all-around class act. But did you know he was a coffee shop owner?

    The 46-year-old actor was inspired to open his own cafe after traveling to Ethiopia in 2009 as an ambassador for World Vision Australia. There, he meet a young coffee farmer named Dukale, who worked day-in and day-out to provide for his family. While spending time working alongside Dukale and understanding his craft, Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness soon realized the difference fair trade coffee makes to the grower and the environment, and how purchasing it can change lives. Just by having a cup of fair trade coffee a day, they, and others, could change the course of global poverty.

    What began as a trip to tell the story of coffee turned into much more. "By the end, we had this whole fairy tale ending of seeing Dukale's name on a brand with a massive national coffee seller," Jackman told The Huffington Post of the creation of his brand, Laughing Man Coffee & Tea, and the documentary film "Dukale's Dream," which documents his friendship with Dukale and how his time in Ethiopia shaped his view on buying and drinking java. Thanks to a new partnership with Keurig, Laughing Man Coffee will be available nationwide, allowing Dukale’s blend to prosper and awareness for these unique coffees to grow.



    "Buying fair trade to non is the difference to a grower having pride, having the ability to send their kids to school and making sure they're going to be eating three times a day or not," Jackman said. "I always think about where my coffee is coming from: Who's the grower? What's that grower's situation? What's the community like? Keurig is the number one buyer of fair trade coffee in America and they have programs in every one of the communities that we work with. That should give people a huge amount of confidence and security when you buy their coffee. It does make a big difference. It's not just the nice thing to do, it changes lives."

    Keurig is offering four blends of Laughing Man's: 184 Duane St. Blend (the location of Laughing Man Cafe in New York City), Colombia Huila, Ethiopia Sidama and Dukale's Blend (straight from Dukale's farm). One hundred percent of Laughing Man Worldwide profits benefit those in need around the world.

    "I don't care who you are, everyone wants the whole planet to have equal opportunity to live," Jackman told HuffPost. "The sad part is knowing that generations of a family have never been out of the cycle of poverty, but we'll get to see it broken."

    "Dukale's Dream" premiered last week in New York City and is available to screen with Tugg.com.

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    The following article is provided by Rolling Stone.

    By JONAH WEINER

    When Jack Black was a first-grader, he loved "The Six Million Dollar Man" so much he tried to convince other kids that he was bionic: "I'd go to school with these wires poking out of my sleeves," he says. Black is at a brunch spot in Los Angeles. He's wearing a T-shirt with a chaotic magic-marker whorl on its chest, courtesy of his youngest son, Tommy, and he's recalling the origins of his own chaotic creativity: how he first got hooked on hoodwinking other people. "There was a lot of fraud in my youth," he says. In addition to his bionics infatuation, Black was fascinated by the supernatural, so "I orchestrated a séance with a Ouija board, where I rigged a room with strings to make the books and stuff move, and invited kids over, dimmed the lights and made everything perfect, so the kids would say, 'This is real!' I wanted them to believe in magic." He pauses. "And I also wanted them to believe in me."

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    Things weren't great at home. Black's parents, both scientists, fought their way toward divorce during his childhood; as Black mediated between them, he contemplated someday working as a therapist, in order to help others connect. When he went into show business, he did so out of a similar desire, although more specious motivations were at play, too: "When I see cults, or people that have that cult-leader impulse, I feel like I can understand that. They're frauds, just trying to get people to believe in magic. Under different circumstances, I definitely could have started my own cult."

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    Black is in the midst of a run of impressively unmagical roles. In "The D Train," a bleak indie comedy, he stars as a high-school-reunion coordinator who cruelly deceives the people who love him and has a very debauched hookup with his idol from adolescence (James Marsden). "He's an irredeemable guy," Black says of his character, grinning. Coming later this month is the grim HBO sitcom "The Brink," in which Black plays an unscrupulous White House minion who stumbles into a geopolitical crisis. Think "Dr. Strangelove" for the "Homeland" era: "There's so much human error at the high levels of government, which felt underrepresented in television," he says.

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    Black's willingness to sully his cuddly persona is remarkable. "Maybe that's just what turns me on now," he says. "It feels more realistic to me, more like what people are really like." He connects this change in artistic priorities to a reversal in his personal life. "There was a flip-flop," he says. Back in his crowd-pleasing "School of Rock" period, "I was the guy who hated weddings, thought they were all tedious and maudlin. And now I cry my eyes out at weddings, but I only want to play really shitty people. Maybe having kids transformed me: Maybe you want to play the thing you're not." He's got two boys and a wife of nine years. Black plays Minecraft with his sons, ages six and eight, and lets them blast Die Antwoord and Kanye: "They know the words you can say in the car and the words you can say at school."

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    In Black's twenties, his acting hero was John Malkovich. "He seemed like the crazy guy from the desert. My other favorites were Christopher Walken, Gene Wilder — these people who seemed like they had a screw loose. For a long time I was just doing imitations of them." When Black found a more authentic voice, it came through comedy. "The marker I put in the sand is when I started writing and performing live with Tenacious D" — his loopy joke-rock duo with buddy Kyle Gass. "High Fidelity" and "School of Rock" made him a movie star, but a lead part in Peter Jackson's "King Kong" gave him reservations about being one — he's complained about the tedium of sitting around in trailers for hours. Smaller films followed; the best was Bernie, in which Black portrayed an adorable murderer. His ingenious performance earned a Golden Globe nomination but didn't fling open the prestige-picture floodgates as wide as he might have liked. "Not that many things come my way that are like, 'Holy crap, I have to do this,' " says Black. "Paul Thomas Anderson's not calling me."

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    On the horizon are tentpoles like "Kung Fu Panda 3," and smaller passion projects. In his spare time, Black collects rare coins. "I like the 1916 Standing Liberty quarter. When it was originally minted, she had an exposed breast, and you actually can gauge its quality by its definition." He's considered collecting fine art, too, but hasn't dived in. "I had an opportunity to buy a charcoal by Basquiat of Mr. T for a hundred grand." He let the chance pass. "It felt like he might be dissing Mr. T — he had this sad gold chain, no shoes, and I think Basquiat was saying, 'Look, this is your sad American dream for the African-American man.' " It turns out there are limits to Black's desire for art with a bitter aftertaste: "It was provocative, but it was also 'Don't you say that about my Mr. T!' "

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    "Bachelor In Paradise' is coming back for a second season of "romance."

    Formers stars and villains, who didn't find love on national TV the first time around, are totally game to try again, (because they are definitely looking for love, not exposure) this time in sunny Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

    On Wednesday, People magazine revealed the cast of your new, guilty summer pleasure:

    Ashley Salter

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    Jade Roper



    Clare Crawley

    BBQs + bikinis tonight!☀️✌tag YOUR favorite bikini brands!! #summer#onthehuntfortheperfectone

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    Tenley Molzahn





    Carly Waddell





    Jillian Anderson





    Ashley Iaconetti

    Hello @laurenai's arm. (Crop requested)

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    Juelia Kinney

    This just happened. #omg #bigasssnake #venom I wasn't nervous at all #yikes

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    And because on "Bachelor In Paradise" there's equal opportunity for humiliation, the show also involves male contestants:

    Dan Cox

    Ready to swim this again #lifeafterdenim #escapefromalcatraz

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    Kirk DeWindt





    Mikey Tenerelli

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    According to People, the male cast will also include four men on the rebound after they failed to get a rose from Kaitlyn Bristowe on the current season of "The Bachelorette."

    "Bachelor in Paradise will air a special two-hour premiere on Sunday, Aug. 2 at 8 p.m, followed by an another episode in its regular time slot on Monday, Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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    You may think you don't like Jeff Goldblum, but you could be wrong.

    For those of you living under a rock and don't know Goldblum, here's a crash course in his godliness. The 62-year-old movie star has starred in numerous box-office smashes such as "The Fly," "Independence Day," and, most importantly, "Jurassic Park."

    "Jurassic Park" is why we're here today. On the 22nd anniversary of that blockbuster release, we celebrate the sexiest nerd actor in dinosaur movie history -- Goldblum's Dr. Malcolm.

    1) When he looked at us with those sultry bedroom eyes.



    2) When he blinked slowly and gazed at us in awe by the candlelight.



    3) When he danced like the suave man he is with no inhibitions.



    4) When he explained biology in a way that made us want to rip off our proverbial lab coats.



    5) When he looked at Laura Dern after her quip in shock, admiration, and approval and we all wanted to become Laura Dern.



    6) When he had the perfectly sophisticated salt-and-pepper-hair-and-dark-framed-glasses look a la Wes Anderson.



    7) When he smiled like this and the world suddenly was full of possibility.



    8) When he asked this RIDICULOUS question. The answer is obviously, "yes."



    9) When he was the king of snark and sass.



    10) When he asked this and we wanted to tell him to look in a mirror.



    11) And of course... when this other worldly moment happened and nothing else mattered.


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    By Bill Trott
    NEW YORK, June 11 (Reuters) - Ornette Coleman, a self-taught alto saxophone player who polarized the jazz world with his unconventional "free jazz" before coming to be regarded as an avant garde genius, died on Thursday morning in New York at the age of 85, according to his publicist.
    Ken Weinstein confirmed the death but said he would not be issuing any further information. Media reports said the cause of death was cardiac arrest.
    Coleman's motto for his music, often uttered before starting his performances, was "I'd like to go out in space tonight." He would then launch into music that broke the limits of conventional bars, keys, chord changes and harmony.
    Coleman so divided jazz musicians, critics and fans that in his early years some musicians at jam sessions would leave the stage during his solos.
    His fans labeled him the greatest jazz innovator since Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker but he also was called crude and self-indulgent by skeptics - although many of them reversed their opinions over the years.
    "I listened to Coleman high and I listened to him cold sober," trumpet player Roy Eldridge once told a jazz writer. "I even played with him. I think he's jiving, baby."
    Coleman's outlaw approach involved what he called "harmolodics" - breaking away from traditional harmonic structure and "removing the caste system from music."
    He found approval through the years and in 2007 was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and was an award presenter at the ceremony. He also won a Pulitzer Prize for Music, as well as a Grammy nomination, for the 2007 album "Sound Grammar" and in 2014 released "New Vocabulary."
    Often working with trumpeter Don Cherry, Coleman recorded 40-plus albums.
    "I wasn't so interested in being paid. I wanted to be heard," Coleman said in a 2009 interview with Esquire magazine. "That's why I'm broke."
    Born in a poor, black neighborhood of Fort Worth, Texas, Coleman said he grew up "so po' we couldn't afford the 'o' and the 'r.'" At 14, he bought a cheap alto saxophone and mimicked radio melodies. He began playing in honky tonks and at 19 traveled the South, playing blues with a minstrel show.
    He made his way to Los Angeles, where he began perfecting his free-form style. Coleman was inspired by the inventive bebop jazz performers of the time and also wove honky tonk, blues and dance music into his unconventional harmonies.
    "I didn't know I was improvising," Coleman said. "I just thought that was the way you played music ... I didn't think of a structure and what you could and couldn't do."
    In 1958, Contemporary Records bought some of Coleman's compositions but studio musicians could not play them. Coleman himself was hired to record them, leading to his first album, "Something Else!"
    He first played in New York a year later at the Five Spot nightclub. Composer Leonard Bernstein and John Lewis, founder of the Modern Jazz Quartet, were among his supporters.
    Many critics, however, echoed the comments of a journalist who called Coleman's music "incoherent, ugly and sick, not only hybrid but meaningless."
    Coleman was signed by Atlantic Records and made such albums as "The Shape of Jazz to Come" (1959), which Rolling Stone magazine ranked No. 248 on its list of 500 greatest albums, "This Is Our Music" (1960) and "Free Jazz" (1961). Sales were low and he was soon dropped by the label.
    Coleman studied various musical forms and in 1972 released a symphony called "Skies of America." Another work was a 1977 album called "Dancing in Your Head" that featured a jam session recorded in Morocco with tribal musicians.
    In the '70s he began working with electric guitarists and formed the band Prime Time, which incorporated rock-funk sounds.
    Coleman married poet Jayne Cortez in 1954 and they divorced 10 years later. Their son, Denardo, was a drummer who began performing with his father at age 10 and managed his career in the 1980s.

    (Reporting by Patricia Reaney in New York; Editing by Franklin Paul and Matthew Lewis)

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    There was no pratfall here.

    On Wednesday night, Chris Pratt stopped by "The Late Late Show" to talk "Jurassic World" -- and also to show host James Corden that he could run in heels with grace and beauty, just like his co-star Bryce Dallas Howard. Pratt starts off a little unstable, but then eases into what can only be described as a frolic across the studio.

    Running from dinosaurs versus running in heels. Which is harder? Tough call.

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    Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder made a gorgeous appearance at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville Wednesday night.

    The beautiful newlyweds, who married in a sunset ceremony in Santa Monica back in April, were dressed in their finest for the country music event held at the Bridgestone Arena. Reed wore a white Kaufmanfranco halter dress and Brian Atwood pumps, while her husband went with a classic black suit.

    Reed, who released the full-length album "I'm Not Falling" with ex-husband Paul McDonald in 2014, presented the award for Male Video of the Year to Luke Bryan for "Play It Again."

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    Kendall Jenner is putting plenty of mileage on that Estée Lauder contract.

    Since being tapped as the face of the renowned beauty brand back in November, the 19-year-old supermodel has already fronted two campaigns -- and the third was just released last night.

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    In this latest ad, Jenner is helping to launch Estée Lauder's new perfume, Modern Muse Le Rouge. She looks stunning in a siren-red power suit with nothing underneath, which perfectly plays off the fragrance's crimson-themed name and strong tagline: "Be daring. Be an inspiration."

    Check out the behind-the-scenes video of Kendall's campaign shoot above and let us know what you think of her new ad in the comments section.




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    Yep, the Teletubbies are coming back.

    On Thursday, Nickelodeon announced plans to bring back "Teletubbies." Nick Jr. will air all new episodes of the children's show in 2016.

    BBC-owned channel CBeebies first announced plans for the reboot to air in the U.K. last June. The company has commissioned 60 new 12-minute episodes in the U.S. on Nick Jr. and in the U.K. According to The Telegraph, Jim Broadbent, aka Professor Slughorn in "Harry Potter," will voice a talking trumpet in the new series. Now we just wonder who the new sun baby will be, since the original one is all grown up now.

    But just in case you watch to re-watch the original "Teletubbies," Nickelodeon has also acquired rights to all 365 episodes of the original series, which first debuted in 1997. The episodes will be available on the network's mobile subscription service, Noggin. Get ready for lots more of Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po.

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    By: Lee Breslouer

    It's not debatable: Anthony Bourdain has the best job in the world. He hops around the globe, learning about different cultures through the lens of food and drink. A lot of drink. Did we mention he likes to drink? He's given us plenty of booze-soaked pearls of wisdom from his many years on TV (both No Reservations and Parts Unknown) and in his books (Medium Raw and Kitchen Confidential). These are the ones worth living by, or maybe just tattooing on an inconspicuous part of your body that won't get you in trouble with your mom.

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    "This is the dream of all the world. The dream is to live in Granada. You know, work in the morning, have a one-hour nap in the afternoon, and at night go out and have that life. Go out and see your friends and eat tapas and drink red wine and be in a beautiful place."
    -- from Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Spain)

    "I managed to reach a depth of self-loathing that usually takes a night of drinking to achieve."
    -- after eating a Frito pie on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (New Mexico)

    "Unlicensed hooch from a stranger in a parking lot. Good idea? Yes, of course it is."
    -- from Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Hudson Valley, NY)

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    "They're professionals at this in Russia, so no matter how many Jell-O shots or Jäger shooters you might have downed at college mixers, no matter how good a drinker you might think you are, don't forget that the Russians -- any Russian -- can drink you under the table."
    -- excerpted from A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines

    "I believe -- to the best of my recollection, anyway -- that I soon made the classic error of moving from margaritas to actual shots of straight tequila. It does make it easier to meet new people."
    -- from Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (New Mexico)

    "Even on the Serengeti, it ain't a barbecue if there ain't some kind of beer."
    -- from Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Tanzania)

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    George R.R. Martin is a very, very busy man. On top of trying to finish the sixth book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, he's also juggling a handful of other book and TV projects and public appearances. And the last thing Martin has time for are your "Game of Thrones" complaints.

    It's no surprise to "GoT" fans that this year has been full of heated debates and controversies over the latest episodes. Season 5 alone has (spoiler alert) been condemned for its Sansa rape scene and the violent death of Shireen Baratheon with constant, unending backlash resulting in viewers -- and U.S. senators -- quitting the show. But hey, Martin wants you to stop bugging him about it.

    In the author's most recent post on his LiveJournal, Martin asked his readers and fans to stop sending him so many emails about "Game of Thrones." After all, Martin writes the books and didn't pen any episodes for the HBO show this season or next, so it's sort of out of his hands. "It is not my intention to get involved in those," Martin wrote of the recent controversies, "nor to allow them to take over my blog and website, so please stop emailing me about them, or posting off-topic comments here on my Not A Blog."

    Martin already responded to Sansa's rape scene in the show (which doesn't happen to her in the books), emphasizing the differences between the HBO series and his novels. He further reiterated this in his blog post on Wednesday. "What I can control is what happens in my books," Martin wrote, "so I am going to return to that chapter I've been writing on The Winds of Winter now, thank you very much." In other words:



    The Season 5 finale of "Game of Thrones" airs Sunday, June 14, at 9:00 p.m. ET on HBO.

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    Jennette McCurdy's tenure on Nickelodeon has earned her legions of young fans, but with that fame, the former "iCarly" actress understands there is great responsibility.

    "I want to make sure that when I say things, I think kind of before I speak, because I do recognize that maybe some young people look up to me and listen to what I have to say," McCurdy told HuffPost Live on Wednesday. "So I just don't want to give them the wrong thing to model their years off of."

    Though the TV star, who will be seen next in the upcoming Netflix series "Between," makes a conscious effort to tailor her image for her fans, it's not always easy.

    "I certainly appreciate people who look up to me and everything, but I'm 22. I make mistakes all the time," she said.

    That's why McCurdy says she admires Miley Cyrus, who is known for her transparency with her fans. Cyrus has openly talked about her sexuality, support for marriage equality and her smoking preferences, among other things.

    "I applaud Miley in a lot of ways," McCurdy said of the singer. "I don't know her personally -- I've met her at a few events, and she's always very kind. She seems like she's really happy with what she's doing, and I think that's amazing."

    "I feel oftentimes I overthink things," she continued, "and will [have] the thought process [of] ... 'Which do I do?' That kind of neurotic sensibility can be frustrating and maybe not as fulfilling as just being like, 'I'm going to do me. I'm going to be Miley.'"

    Watch more from Jennette McCurdy's conversation with HuffPost Live here.

    Sign up here for Live Today, HuffPost Live's new morning email that will let you know the newsmakers, celebrities and politicians joining us that day and give you the best clips from the day before!

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    There, there, Bryce. It'll be okay. We'll get our sink fixtures at Lowe's.

    Conan is once again making people cry, but this time because they wanted to! On Wednesday night, Bryce Dallas Howard showed off her acting chops by crying on command during some small talk about Home Depot.

    Conan then discovers one of the show's sponsors is, actually, Lowe's. To which Conan quipped, "Lowe's: It won't make you cry."

    Good save.

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    Can we talk about Chris Pratt for a second? Talking about Chris Pratt and just liking him all together as one happy Internet is so much fun and unifying. Chris Pratt is hot and nice and funny. Watching him do anything is like being asked out on a date while cuddling a puppy and finding out Nutella has fewer calories than you thought all at the same time. He is the best!

    Which must mean ... How rough is the backlash going to be, eh? You know, when Chris Pratt reaches Chris Pratt-overload? When everyone decides Chris Pratt is trying too hard? When everyone picks a new "It" guy?

    Just kidding, that doesn't exist! There are no sexist double standards for wildly popular men in Hollywood!

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    Now, no one, not even for one second, should stop loving Chris Pratt. Participating in liking Chris Pratt is like getting a big, warm hug from someone willing to share their HBO GO password. With all the angry, outrage mob culture of the Internet, it's really nice to all get to like someone and then clap for each other for liking that someone. You could post any article or video of Chris Pratt with a mere "❤️" and get at least one "Like."

    And that's not a bad thing! Just look at this picture of Chris Pratt with his family. They are so cute! But can we, without stopping the liking of Chris Pratt, juxtapose the way men and women experience this ultimate stratosphere of newfound celebrity?

    Consider Jennifer Lawrence. When she rose up to fame in 2013, we loved her with all our celebrity-worshipping hearts. She was our best friend. During every single quirky talk show appearance, we daydreamed about eating pizza with her and said, "Oh my God, for real though, Jennifer Lawrence is my spirit animal!" But then something changed. The court of public opinion turned on Lawrence almost as quickly as they had crowned her queen.

    "What's Behind The Jennifer Lawrence Backlash?," "Is Jennifer Lawrence Katnissing Us?" the headlines asked. As soon as she fell on the Oscars red carpet for a second time, the public (and Jared Leto) seemed to throw up their hands in unison, as if asking if any of it is "real." Lupita Nyong'o was immediately crowned a worthy successor.

    But this isn't really about Jennifer Lawrence. Or Chris Pratt, for that matter. This is about how the question of authenticity, of constant scrutiny and evaluation to the point of combustion, is a singularly female phenomenon. A reality best expressed by the very fact that the phrase "It Girl" exists.

    "I think, to some extent, there can only be one person on 'top' at one time, at least when it comes to women," Aisha Harris wrote for Slate back in March of 2014. The corollary there is that we pit famous ladies against each other, measuring their strengths and weaknesses, deciding who deserves to be on "top." Why did Nyong'o need to "replace" Lawrence? Why can't we have both?

    The complete absence of this conversation surrounding Pratt is not a mere byproduct of him being at Peak Lovability (though he is). It's a gendered reality which pervades the marketability of stars and their corresponding fandom -- an enduring need to tear all but one lucky woman down before moving on to the next. There's no fathomable future where we recoil at Chris Pratt's antics, saying, "Ugh, enough of this Pratt guy. He's totally faking this whole adorable-and-talented-family-man thing!" We only expect women to run in that pair of heels.

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    Gloria Mendoza has spent two seasons dishing out plenty of attitude and tough love on "Orange Is The New Black," but actress Selenis Leyva says fans will soon see her character "come undone."

    The 43-year-old actress recently spoke with The Huffington Post about what direction Gloria and her Latina crew are heading in the third season of the Netflix series, set to premiere June 12. Leyva also opened up about the impact the show has had on Latinos and her take on diversity on television.

    Before season two’s premiere last year, we spoke about the impact “Orange Is The New Black” has had on Latinas in television. Now that you’ve wrapped up a third season, what are your thoughts?

    I think that in the beginning for the most part, I was completely bombarded by questions or comments about stereotypes of Latinas in this particular show. I would laugh because anybody that really saw the show would see that these characters are so layered; and we’re dealing with prison number one and there are so many stereotypes in prison as it is. It’s not just the Latino community, it’s across the board. So now that has died down, and I’m so happy because people finally see that this show is so much more.

    This is a group of different types of Latinas, which is fantastic and educational too to Hollywood. [To show] how we come in different forms and shapes and all kinds of loveliness. After season three, I really feel that the Latinas on the show are being looked at even more. Our stories are being told more, backstories that are being introduced that we haven’t seen before. We’re revisiting things. And we’re really showing these women in a very different light, and that’s great because that has not happened up until now. It really truly hasn’t happened.

    One of the backstories we saw last season was actually Gloria’s. We also saw her running a very tight ship in the kitchen. So what can we expect from her this season?


    You’re definitely going to see her in a very different light. I felt the third season for me was refreshing as an actor to play this very wonderful difficult moment in the season, which I appreciate. That means that there is more depth, conflict is good. When you give a character conflict that’s a good thing. You will see her calming down a little bit. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but you will see her come undone, and I think the audience will relate to that in a wonderful way because it just makes us so human to see another person who is so tough really have a moment where you just see them for who and what they really are.

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    Selenis Leyva as Gloria Mendoza (center) flanked by the Latina crew on "Orange Is The New Black." (AP Photo/Netflix, K.C. Bailey)

    And the thing about Gloria is that she has a tough exterior but very motherly instincts.

    Yes, and you’re going to see a lot more of that, of that motherly side of her. This year we’re dealing with faith and motherhood, that’s basically the kind of things that are going to bring season three together. Somehow.

    What about the Latina crew, what can we expect from them?

    We still have Daya’s story, which is interesting and we’re a part of it. The beautiful thing about the crew this season is that what’s happening to one is almost affecting us all. That’s what I really love about the crew of Latinas. They really are a family, dysfunctional at times but still a family. They love each other and they stick by each other, and this season you’re going to see how one thing that may be happening to one character trickles in and affects them all in a really beautiful way.

    "There was this Latin explosion at one time, and it was literally called the ‘Latin Explosion,’ which is funny to me. And what happens with explosions? It explodes and the smoke clears and that’s it."

    With shows like “Orange Is The New Black,” “Empire” and “Jane The Virgin,” it’s clear that diversity on television is on the rise. But do you think it’s a passing trend or do you see real change happening behind the scenes?

    You know, I really hope it’s not a passing trend. [With] 20 years in this industry, you do see a lot of passing trends. I remember when particular networks put on a diversity showcase, and I don’t really know what came from that. I felt it was a trend like the Ricky Martin trend and Jennifer ... there was this Latin explosion at one time, and it was literally called the ‘Latin Explosion,’ which is funny to me. And what happens with explosions? It explodes and the smoke clears and that’s it.

    But I’m hoping that because of “Orange Is The New Black,” Gina Rodriguez in “Jane The Virgin” and “Empire” and all these shows that really are diverse, that Hollywood is finally paying attention and realizing that they can’t stick to “Oh, I don’t know if people will watch. I don’t know if these type of actors can bring in an audience. I don’t know if the Midwest is ready for this.” Clearly, the world is ready because if it wasn’t I don’t think that “Orange Is The New Black” would be the success that it is. I think we’re ready for it. I think we need to give the audience a little bit more credit. So I hope, because I’ve been through a lot of Latin explosions, that this not just a passing fancy and this is something bigger.

    Speaking of something bigger, you recently joined the cast of “Custody,” starring alongside Oscar-nominated actress Catalina Sandino (“Maria Full Of Grace”) and Viola Davis (“How To Get Away With Murder”). Tell me about that.

    It’s a great film that deals with a woman’s (Sandino) struggle as she is threatened with losing her children, and Viola Davis plays a judge in this. There are other wonderful actors that I almost fell off my seat when I realized it. I think it’s going to do really, really well. The beauty of it is that my character comes in and she’s Catalina’s [character’s] friend. Her name is Jackie, my character. She’s free-spirited, loving and kind of a little oblivious. Not in a mean way, but a little self-absorbed. It’s fun to play someone who is a little lighter than what I’ve been playing for the past three seasons. Not that I’m complaining.

    This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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    Most people know that sunscreen factors into overall skin health. If you're still not concerned, take a cue from actress Jennifer Aniston.

    In an interview with People StyleWatch, Aniston admits that she had to give herself "a sun-tanning intervention a few years ago," and notes that she regrets not taking the proper measures of sun protection when she was younger.

    When The Huffington Post caught up with Aniston in early June, she listed sunscreen, along with sleep and water, as the keys to her skincare routine. "I cut out the sun-tanning, even though I'm a sun lover," she said, adding that her past as a frequent tanner is a constant reminder to always apply "sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!"

    Other actresses including Kerry Washington and Julianne Moore tout the use of SPF on a daily basis, with Washington pointing out "there's no excuse" to neglect the very important product.

    Read more about Aniston's simple regimen here, including her thoughts on how annoying makeup can be.




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    Get ready for some major hip-hop throwbacks this summer.


    Ahead of the upcoming N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton," set to open in August, Ice Cube is reuniting almost all of the surviving members of the legendary rap group. The group is set to reunite in June as part of the four-day BET Experience festival, and perform for the first time in 15 years.


    Ice Cube told Rolling Stone that the last time he performed with N.W.A. members DJ Yella and MC Ren was in 1989 and 2000, respectively. But he's excited to bring the group back together for a special one-night show. "It's just gonna be a great night," Ice Cube told Rolling Stone. "It's just gonna be one of those 'I wish I were there in L.A.' nights. And we're gonna rock that shit, no problem."


    The rapper and actor, who promised to perform some old N.W.A. favorites during the show, told the magazine that he's not sure if Dr. Dre will make an appearance. "It's like, I hope he blesses us with his presence," he added. "But if not, I've been rockin' for a long time without anybody."


    N.W.A. will perform June 27 at the Staples Center and will be joined by Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul. "Straight Outta Compton," which tells the rap group's origin story in southern Los Angeles during the mid-80s, opens August 14.


    For more, head to Rolling Stone.


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    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Miss Zimbabwe has been officially stripped of her title after photographs emerged of the now former beauty queen posing naked.

    This is the second consecutive year in which a Miss Zimbabwe winner has been dethroned. Pageant organizers said Emily Kachote would no longer represent Zimbabwe in the Miss World pageant held in China later this year.

    The Miss Zimbabwe Trust said in a statement that they were forced to dethrone Kachote on Wednesday because violated an agreement she signed before the competition, in which contestants are required to swear that they have never posed nude and will not pose nude if they won the title.

    Kachote, 25, said the photos were taken before she entered the competition.

    Last year Thabiso Phiri was dethroned after photographs of her posing nude surfaced.

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    When she's lounging around the house, Kylie Jenner wears Crisp boxers.

    The 17-year-old reality star posted a photo on Snapchat Thursday of her wearing a white tank top and a pair of tight Crisp boxers. Her rumored boyfriend, Tyga, partnered with Crisp last year to create his own line of the men's undergarments.

    Earlier in the day, Jenner was photographed wearing different clothing -- specifically a $300 pair of camouflage sweatpants from Bape -- while at the grocery store with Tyga in Calabasas.

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