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    A video and set of photos have leaked ahead of tonight's "Game of Thrones" season finale, and they hint at some huge spoilers. If you want to stay surprised, stop reading here. Or else, all men must be spoiled.

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    What appears to be a "Previously On 'Game of Thrones'" video that will play before tonight's Season 5 finale has leaked online. The video was allegedly pulled from cable company German Sky's website and uploaded to YouTube on Saturday. The video has since been taken down from the German website, but you can still watch it on YouTube (for now).



    The video could very easily be fake or fan-made, especially since it hints at many plot points avid fans were already expecting to come in the season finale. (The Huffington Post could not immediately reach HBO for comment on the video.) But one part of the video reveals something no one saw coming: the possible return of Benjen Stark.

    Fans will remember Benjen as Jon Snow's uncle and Ned's brother. We haven't seen the First Ranger of the Night's Watch on the HBO show since Season 1, Episode 3 when he told Jon that he was heading North of the Wall. While Benjen's horse eventually returns to Castle Black, Benjen is nowhere to be seen. The character also disappeared in George R.R. Martin's books, and fans have speculated endlessly where the Stark could be. Martin has also taken it upon himself to shoot down one major theory.

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    While we still can't figure out just how Benjen's appearance will work into the finale, we know that his return (if this video is real) could most definitely break the internet -- Redditor libbykino even agrees. There's a fan theory that Benjen may know Jon Snow's true parentage, which the series might have alluded to during Benjen's last conversation with Jon in Season 1.

    Benjen's final words to Jon were, "We'll speak when I return." Fans have noted that this line is strikingly similar to what Ned told Jon in the pilot: "The next time we see each other, we'll talk about your mother." If Benjen somehow returns tonight, could he reveal who Jon's real parents are?

    But even if the Stark appears, he may not arrive in time to share the news. A set of leaked photos from the finale discovered by Uproxx seem to confirm what many spoiler-loving fans were expecting from tonight's episode. We, again, advise you to stop reading right now if you don't want it spoiled, since the photos look pretty real. (Seriously, stop reading!)

    The photos, posted to Imgur, seem to confirm two major scenes fans already expected, one involving Jon and one involving Cersei, and a third photo involving Stannis' wife Selyse. We won't even describe them here, so view them for yourself on Imgur.

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

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    Chris Pratt's "Jurassic World" character may be cool, but Beyoncé is still cooler.

    During in an interview with BuzzFeed surrounding the release of "Jurassic World," leading man Chris Pratt agreed to a friendly game of "Would you rather?" When asked if he'd rather be his "Jurassic" character Owen in real life or Beyoncé, Pratt chose Queen Bey.

    "Oh, that's tough," he said. "I guess I'd be, I guess I'd be Beyoncé."

    So would we, Pratt. So would we.

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    "Jurassic World," which debuted on Friday, set a world record for the second-largest opening weekend in history. Its approximately $204.6 million take exceeded predictions of $125 million to $135 million. (They must not have been factoring in the Power of Pratt.)

    For more of Pratt's "Would you rather" answers, head over to BuzzFeed.

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    She woke up like this.

    We all know Kourtney Kardashian loves her some good beauty products -- she is a Kardashian, after all. But the mother of three can apparently enjoy a fresh-faced look, too, as she proved to her 18.7 million Instagram followers Saturday:

    Gloomy morning.

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    Of course, the eldest Kardashian sister has stepped out without makeup plenty of times before. Need we remind you of her killer pajama-party-slash-baby-shower at IHOP last November?

    Baby shower breakfast. #pajamas #ihop #bestfriends ❤️

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    Stay real, Kourt.

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    The emotional rollercoaster of parenthood could provide enough creative inspiration for an anthology of albums. In fact, many musicians' popular songs are tributes to their children.

    In honor of Father's Day, we put together a list of 12 heartwarming songs about fatherhood by famous dad musicians:

    1. "Isn’t She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder



    Stevie Wonder wrote this hit song to celebrate the birth of his daughter Aisha.

    2. "You’re Gonna Miss This" by Trace Adkins



    This song is the product of an interaction between songwriter Ashley Gorley and a repairman who was working on his house while his children were home wreaking toddler havoc. As a dad to five daughters, country star Trace Adkins felt the song resonated with him, and his recording of "You're Gonna Miss This" zoomed up the Billboard charts.

    3. "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" by John Lennon



    John Lennon wrote this song in honor of his second son Sean. There have been many cover versions of the 1980 song, most notably those by Ben Harper and Celine Dion.

    4. "Daughter" by Loudon Wainwright



    Many recognize "Daughter" as the song that plays during the end credits of the movie "Knocked Up." Though folk singer Loudon Wainwright has written many songs about parenthood, this particular tune is a cover -- originally by his friend and fellow musician Peter Blegvad.

    5. "I’m Already There" by Lonestar



    This tear-jerking song is from the perspective of a dad on the road talking to his family on the phone. The chorus addresses his children after they ask him when he's coming home.

    6. "Gracie" by Ben Folds



    Ben Folds composed this song in honor of his young daughter Gracie. His hit single "Still Fighting It" is dedicated to his son Louis.

    7. "Glory" by Jay-Z



    Jay-Z released "Glory" two days after his wife Beyoncé gave birth to their daughter Blue Ivy. With lyrics about the emotional experience of becoming a father, the song begins with the sound of the baby's heartbeat and features a sample of Blue Ivy crying.

    8. "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" by Billy Joel



    This famous lullaby honors Alexa Ray Joel, the singer's daughter with Christie Brinkley.

    9. "Kooks" by David Bowie



    David Bowie wrote "Kooks" in 1971 to honor his newborn son Duncan Jones. The title is a nod to his "kooky" middle name "Zowie."

    10. "Sail to the Moon (Brush the Cobwebs Out of the Sky)" by Radiohead



    Thom Yorke wrote this slow piano ballad for his baby son Noah.

    11. "It Won’t Be Like This For Long" by Darius Rucker



    The former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman was one of the writers behind his 2008 single "It Won't Be Like This for Long" -- a sweet country song about a dad watching his child grow up.

    12. "Cecilia And The Satellite" by Andrew McMahon



    "Cecilia And The Satellite", the lead single off Andrew McMahon's debut solo album, is a sweet, upbeat tribute to his daughter.



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    On Friday, rapper Mykki Blanco made the decision to share something very personal.

    In a Facebook post, the rapper wrote:

    Ive been HIV Positive since 2011, my entire career. fuck stigma and hiding in the dark, this is my real life. I'm...

    Posted by Mykki Blanco on Friday, June 12, 2015


    Blanco, who is also a poet and performance artist, followed up by commenting on the post, writing, "no more living a lie. HAPPY PRIDE."

    The rapper, who is passionate about LGBT rights, was arrested in Portugal last year "for being gay," and spoke out about Russia's gay propaganda laws, according to Rolling Stone.

    Blanco grew up in Harlem and in a 2013 cover story the Village Voice called the performer a "gender ninja."

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    Angelina Jolie Pitt gave a powerful speech on June 11 at the biannual African Union Summit, using her star power to draw attention to women's rights across the globe.

    According to The Independent, the actress and activist addressed a group of delegates in Johannesburg, South Africa, including African Union chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and British foreign minister William Hague.

    Her speech focused on the need for the global community to address the violence and human rights violations that impact women and girls around the world.

    "There is a global epidemic of violence against women -- both within conflict zones and within societies at peace -- and it is still treated as a lesser crime and lower priority," Jolie Pitt said.

    "Women and girls are bearing the brunt of extremists that revel in treating them barbarically," she added. "This is inextricably linked to our overall failure to prevent and end conflicts worldwide, which is causing human suffering on an unprecedented level."

    The 40-year-old actress and Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees finished her address by offering solutions to the ongoing problem.

    "We need policies for long-term security that are designed by women, focused on women, executed by women," Jolie explained, "Not at the expense of men, or instead of men, but alongside and with men."

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    Jolie Pitt spoke to the critical need to engage men in the global women's rights movement, which begins at the individual level. "There is no greater pillar of stability than a strong, free and educated woman," she said. "And there is no more inspiring role model than a man who respects and cherishes women and champions their leadership."

    H/T The Independent

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    By Maria Caspani
    NEW YORK, June 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - During childhood, transgender actress Michelle Hendley would go to school and play pretend, picturing herself with a long ponytail and a girl's outfit.
    Hendley, 24, starred in the critically acclaimed independent movie "Boy Meets Girl," a trans-themed coming of age tale, alongside Twilight Saga film series actor Michael Welch.
    Hendley, who was born and raised in a small town in the U.S. state of Missouri, said that when she first came out as a gay male to her parents her mother asked: 'Are you sure you're not just a girl?'
    "(As a child) I loved to play dress up, it seemed just a game to me but every day I was pretending I was a girl," Hendley told Thomson Reuters Foundation over the phone from Columbia, Missouri. "When I came out as trans (my mother) said it made sense. Both my parents felt that way."
    From the fame of Laverne Cox, star of the popular series "Orange Is the New Black," to the coming out of Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as the athlete and TV personality Bruce Jenner, the transgender experience is gaining visibility on both the small and big screens.
    Hendley is one of a fast-growing group of high-profile transgender people in the United States.
    In "Boy Meets Girl," which was released earlier this year and is now on streaming platform Netflix, she plays Ricky, a young transgender woman living in rural small-town America.
    Ricky dreams of becoming a fashion designer and escaping the dull life of her sleepy Kentucky town while falling in love -- though not without a few plot twists -- with southern hunk Robby, played by Welch.
    Whether in jeans and t-shirt or in floaty summer dresses, with her long dark hair loose or in a ponytail, Ricky's girl-next-door beauty is captivating.
    "Ricky and I are pretty similar, she has a rougher edge and a darker past, she's a little sassier and I can't sew either!," said Hendley.

    'VLOGGING' ON YOUTUBE
    Hendley had left college and was grappling with her transition when director Eric Schaeffer contacted her on YouTube and asked her to audition for the part.
    Like many trans youth, Hendley had turned to the internet to connect with people who shared her experience.
    In popular video blogs, she spoke about starting hormone therapy, dealing with family and friends while transitioning and then, of course, being cast in the film.
    "I think a lot of trans kids don't have an accessible community to relate to in their daily lives," she said.
    "YouTube...allowed me to meet other girls and learn from their transitions."
    In a recent post, Hendley praised Caitlyn Jenner's coming out as a transgender woman at the age of 65, but said Jenner's journey didn't reflect that of most trans people.
    "For a lot of trans women, especially trans women of color, being out means living in the streets, being killed in the gutter," she said.
    According to a report released last week by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs transgender people of color faced the highest risk of murder within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

    'FLOATING'
    Throughout adolescence, Hendley had come to identify as a gay male. It wasn't until high school that she learned about transgender people.
    "Once I heard the word transgender and heard stories about kids who seemed just like me - I thought maybe there's something to it," she said.
    In college, she started styling her hair with bangs and wearing tight jeans and t-shirts. She also experimented with life as a girl for the first time.
    "I'd sneak off to frat parties and pretended I was a girl and make out with boys," said Hendley.
    "After I left college I started focusing on my transition, it was clear to me that I was trans."
    Dealing with her newly-found identity wasn't easy, Hendley said, and acting in Schaeffer's movie helped her find her path.
    "At that time I didn't have a lot of direction in my life, I felt like I was just floating," she said. "I knew I was Michelle but ... who is this girl?"
    For her next step, Hendley is moving to New York City to hone her acting skills. "I'd like to study acting more," she said. "This is all very new for me and I'm excited to see what I can do with it." (Reporting by Maria Caspani, Editing by Ros Russell; Please credit Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, corruption and climate change. Visit www.trust.org)

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    Dennis Christopher is best known for playing the hometown cyclist and Italy enthusiast Dave Stoller -- opposite Dennis Quaid -- in the 1979 coming of age movie "Breaking Away." Guess what he looks like now!

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    Much has been made about Rachel Dolezal’s race since it was reported that the now-former Spokane, Washington NAACP leader identified herself as African-American for nearly a decade.

    Prior to Dolezal resigning from her position as president on Monday morning, R&B singer Keri Hilson took to her personal Twitter account to offer her perspective on the 37-year-old’s intentions to identify herself as black. Hilson Tweeted; “Let's just all thank #RachelDolezal. Identity, pathological, & parental issues aside, she's doing more than most of us do for ourselves.”










    Hilson’s comment immediately prompted some of her 3.98 million followers to respond with disapproval. Hilson responded to the criticism and defended her stance:






    Regardless of your opinion on Dolezal, Hilson's comments are certainly a conversation starter.

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    Last night's Season 5 finale of 'Game Of Thrones' was a very stressful episode -- and none of it was very good for the women involved. If you haven't watched "Mother's Mercy" yet, look away now.

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    A lot happened. There was blood, there was gore, there was murder, there was battle and there was betrayal.

    But what stood out most during this season is how everything has gone to sh*t for the women of Westeros. Every moment of happiness the female characters experienced was tempered with a development that's bad at best, deadly at worst.

    Arya finally murdered Meryn Trant, then promptly went blind. Myrcella had a bonding moment with Jaime, then succumbed to poison. Melisandre triumphantly told Stannis that her visions came to pass and the snow had thawed, only to abandon his camp when she discovered that half the army had deserted and Selyse had committed suicide. Danaerys found safety from the Sons of the Harpy, but was surrounded by a menacing whirlpool of Dothraki riders when Drogon refused to cooperate. Cersei was told she was free to go from her prison cell, but then subjected to an incredibly humiliating, public punishment. And Sansa was finally able to light a candle in the broken tower -- only to find that no one was coming to help.

    Only Brienne of Tarth came out on top. But even her triumph of finally killing Stannis to avenge Renly came at a cost -- she missed Sansa's call for aid.

    "Thrones" has long been criticized for its treatment of women, in particular the pain and suffering inflicted on young girls, most of whom are treated as nothing but pawns or possessions. This season we saw Sansa being brutally raped by Ramsay Bolton, Princess Shireen being burned alive while her parents watched and Gilly narrowly escaping assault at the hands of brothers of the Night's Watch.

    Some have argued that these events are just a reflection of the fictional world the show is set in, while others consider the sexual violence gratuitous and disgusting. What's frustrating is not only are the scenes in which women we've learned to root for are harmed, raped and killed incredibly difficult to watch, but also the motives of their attackers are often difficult to understand. Westeros is full of power-hungry men like Stannis, disgruntled soldiers like the men at the Wall, and straight-up psychopaths like Ramsay Bolton. In a world so dominated by terrible men, there is little point in hoping for a woman in Westeros to find a happy ending. Even when you think a female character's story can't get any worse, it nearly always does.

    The "Game of Thrones" women problem isn't just about the brutalization of women who are largely innocent of wrongdoing. After all, everyone in Westeros is a bit twisted. But the only character who gets publicly called out and punished for his or her actions is not a perpetrator of horrendous violence against women, but Cersei. The Queen Mother probably deserves to be taken down a peg or two since she's been high on power for so long, but her punishment is completely disconnected from her actual misdeeds.

    In a world filled with manipulators, liars, rapists and killers, only Cersei pays for her sins in a public arena, paraded naked in front of every person in King's Landing for confessing to fornicating with her cousin. (Lancel, no one liked you anyway). Justice in "Game Of Thrones" doesn't match up to the crimes committed, and rarely comes to those who deserve it.

    Yes, some male characters eventually get what's coming to them, but the comeuppance of the show's men is often too late to feel gratifying -- and linked to the deaths of the innocent women unfortunate enough to be connected to them. Stannis (no longer "the mannis") is only punished for his many, many crimes after he murders his daughter "for the cause." He loses half his army, his wife, his spiritual guidance counselor, his battle, and then his life. Jaime, who once tried to kill Bran Stark by pushing him out of a window, watches his daughter die in his arms years later.

    After such a brutal season, is there any hope for the women of Westeros?

    Maybe Sansa survived that jump off the walls of Winterfell, magically unmaimed, and finds her way to safety and eventually power. Maybe Arya won't be blind forever. Maybe Melisandre atones for making Stannis burn his daughter alive and does something useful with herself. Maybe the Dothraki help Danaerys. Maybe Margaery will get out of prison. And at least Gilly was saved, by the most unlikely hero at the Wall.

    But if "Mother's Mercy" taught us one thing, it's this: Not one single woman on this show is truly free.

    Brienne is limited by her vows to avenge Renly and protect the Stark girls. Arya is bound by her promises to Jaqen H'ghar. Sansa is almost literally owned by Ramsay Bolton. Melisandre is in thrall to the Lord of Light. Ellaria is consumed by her need for revenge. Cersei and Margaery are controlled by the High Sparrow. The Sand Snakes have more freedom than most women on the show, but are essentially controlled by Doran. Gilly depends on Sam for her safety. Danaerys would be dead if not for Jorah, Daario, Tyrion and Drogon.

    In Westeros, the only path to freedom for a woman is death.

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    Somebody once told him the world was gonna (bread) roll him.

    Smash Mouth frontman and published food writer Steve Harwell was caught on camera exhibiting some less-than-all-star behavior at a show Sunday night after at least one person chucked bread at him, the Coloradoan reported.

    The band was performing at Colorado’s Taste of Fort Collins food festival, where one vendor was handing out loaves of bread free of charge. The bread was presumably not meant to arm agitated audience members, but that’s exactly what it did.

    While throwing baked goods at someone is not exactly a classy move, Harwell’s reaction is nevertheless a little over-the-top. Check out the video to see for yourself:



    In a profanity-laced tirade, Harwell informs the mystery bread-thrower that he’s going to “come find your a--, and I’m gonna beat your a--. Wherever the f--k you are, OK? … I will beat the f--k out of you.” Suffice it to say, we've seen performers handle projectiles better.

    During his rant, Harwell leapt offstage, but security prevented him from going into the crowd. He eventually got back onto the stage and resumed singing "All Star." It should be noted that throughout the incident, the drummer never missed a beat.

    Harwell’s onstage behavior made headlines in 2011 after he made crude comments to female concertgoers, kissed a female college student and announced that he was too drunk to sing at an Ohio State event, the Lantern reported at the time.

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Prince performed some of his greatest hits at a weekend White House party for President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.


    But although guests put details on social media, White House spokesman Josh Earnest is refusing to confirm the "Purple Rain" singer's attendance.


    Earnest says he has no details about the private event. A reported 500 lobbyists, corporate executives, celebrities and other guests attended.


    Earnest says the Obamas threw the party "on their own dime." He didn't say how much it cost or what they would pay for.


    The Rev. Al Sharpton tweeted Sunday after leaving the White House that it was "awesome" to see Prince and Stevie Wonder together on the keyboards.


    Prince performed in town Saturday at the Warner Theater.

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    Katy Perry is the new face of Moschino and looks gorgeous wearing the line's fall-winter collection.

    Perry took to Instagram to share six photos from the latest ad campaign. The 30-year-old superstar rocks the Kris Jenner hairstyle that had her fans talking back in April, along with an array of colorful threads in the ads photographed by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. In one snapshot, Perry goes nearly naked, wearing a strategically placed fur coat.

    The "Teenage Dream" singer is friends with Moschino designer Jeremy Scott. Scott designed her attire for the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show.

    ❤THE FACE OF MOSCHINO❤️

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    Miley Cyrus has teamed up with Instagram to launch an amazing campaign that spotlights people whose identities span across the gender spectrum.

    Called #InstaPride, the campaign involves Cyrus using her platform and Happy Hippie Foundation to share stories of individuals whose lives and experiences fall outside of the gender binary. Cyrus is shooting the subjects herself, and the portraits will live on Instagram accompanied by the hashtag #InstaPride.

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    “The portraits and the people in them are meant to serve as positive examples for young people who might be struggling to figure themselves out, as well as reference points for those who might not personally know anyone who doesn’t feel at home in their own body," Cyrus told TIME.

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    “Anyone should be able to express how they feel, without question, and be able to live," Cyrus continued. "And use the f—ing public restrooms… In places like Indianapolis, you can tell someone that if they’re trans or gay they can’t use your public bathroom… No matter what I’d do, I’d probably be allowed to go in there. Because they’re starf—ers. And these people are real people. I don’t want to be anywhere they can’t be."

    Cyrus has also been sharing the photos on her Instagram.



    Leo Sheng, a 19-year-old film student, blogged for Instagram about his experiences documenting his transition. He wrote, "For the past year and half, my Instagram photos have been about my transition-filled life — graduating high school, starting college, making new connections. I’ve been working on finding a balance between which moments I ‘need’ to take pictures of, and which moments are meant to be remembered and appreciated without a camera. But, the most obvious theme of my page is my transition from female to male. For me, a picture really does say a thousand words."

    Cyrus has long been an adamant supporter of queer people and also identifies as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. In a recent interview with Paper Magazine, Cyrus discussed the fluid way that she perceives her own sexuality and gender identity. The star also has an equality symbol tattooed on her middle finger in support of same-sex marriage and has stated that her gay fans are her favorite fans.

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    Head here to see more from Cyrus and Instagram's #InstaPride campaign.

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Taraji P. Henson is on a mission: To take her brand global following the success of Fox's hit show "Empire" — and her breakout character Cookie Lyon.

    "I am tired of Hollywood telling me what black people can't do overseas and what can't sell overseas, and black women can't do this overseas," Henson says. "Well, I am over there and they know who I am; and they knew me before Cookie." "Empire" debuted in January with 9.9 million viewers and ended its first season run with 17.6 million viewers for the finale, the most watched show that week, according to the Nielsen ratings.

    With Emmy nominations set for July 16, the 44-year-old actress, the 2015 ambassador for the American Black Film Festival that just completed its four-day run in New York, says she isn't focused on awards.

    "That's not my driving force. I respect the awards and I am always honored when I am recognized, but that's not really why I got into the business," Henson says. "Art is very powerful. It can touch and change lives, and that's what I am about with my talent."

    Henson recently talked with The Associated Press about "Empire" and the Texas law enforcement officer who threw an unarmed teenage girl to the ground.

    Associated Press: What's the formula for the success of "Empire" and how the show's viewership continued to grow throughout the season?

    Henson: Networks started underestimating the audience. They started believing that appointment television was dead. But we proved that if you give the audience good content they will watch, and I think that is what you are seeing. There's no special formula. There is no magic trick that we did. We just got an incredible cast, incredible writers; we deal with very diverse subject matter, subject matter that makes you think, that makes you ruffle feathers.

    AP: How important is it to address delicate subjects, such as homosexuality in the African-American community?

    Henson: Well it's very important to talk about any subject matter that deals with people not being afraid of being who they are. When we are born we do not get the luxury of saying, 'God I want white skin,' or 'I want to be straight,' or 'I want to be a woman,' you just get what you get, and your journey in life and how you decide to walk through that journey is what life is about and how you're going to move and affect people through your story.

    AP: What can we expect for next season?

    Henson: They are going to deal with a lot of the past, and this is something that I requested. What happened with Cookie in the 17 years she was locked away from her family? How did Lucious become — some people want to call him this monster — but people are the way they are because of their circumstances and so we just want to delve a little bit more into how these people became who they are.

    AP: How do you feel about the recent situation in McKinney, Texas, regarding the white police officer who drew his gun on unarmed African-American teens and threw a 15-year-old girl to the ground?

    Henson: I think it is time for people to stop being quiet about what's going on and stop turning a blind eye to it. People of all color, if you see an injustice happening, say something. They always say it is not important until it affects you, but I do not know what parent in the world watched that video, I do not care what color you are, and did not feel some kind of way. Take race out of it. That's a girl, that's a young woman in a bikini and that man slammed her down; like she was no threat, what was she doing? It's a big issue; we've got to deal with this. I do not know if we are becoming a police state. It's really scary.

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    "You motherf--kers!"

    We've all seen the raptor prank done a few times and had a good laugh. But imagine if you were in that position, completely unaware, maybe thinking about that jerk in line at the coffee shop when -- GRRRRR VELOCIRAPTOR IN YOUR FACE! LOOK OUT!

    From the same people who brought you the adorably terrifying spider dog and the zombie apocalypse comes the most star-studded prank of all: Chris Pratt getting the crap scared out of him by large, lifelike raptors.

    Yep, laugh it up. That just means you'll be distracted for the velociraptor waiting behind you.

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    The fifth season of "Game of Thrones" came to a close on Sunday night, leaving us in a pool of tears after that character's death. It was a devastating finale that packed in a surplus of storylines, but also left fans with a ton of questions.

    Spoiler alert for Season 5, Episode 10, "Mother's Mercy."

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    Just one of the many events from the finale leaving us with endless questions is Jon Snow's death. (First of all: why???) We've speculated over the possible ways in which Jon (Kit Harington) could return to the series eventually, especially after George R.R. Martin gave us more hope for Jon in the books. But still, a lot went down in "Mother's Mercy" that has everyone confused. Here are all the things we're still wondering about after the Season 5 finale:

    • Is Jon seriously gone forever?

    • Will Melisandre resurrect him?

    • If not, why is she even at The Wall?

    • Will Jon's body be burned so he won't turn into a Wight?


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    • Where is Ghost and why didn't he save Jon from the attack?

    • Is Stannis actually dead?

    • If so, why didn't they show Brienne fully kill him?

    • Where was Roose Bolton during the battle?

    • Speaking of that battle, um, why didn't we see it?

    • Hey HBO, can you increase the "Game of Thrones" budget so we can see the battle, please?


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    • Is Ser Davos going to avenge Shireen after her death?

    • Did Sansa and Theon actually survive that insane jump? (If so, how?)

    • Is Myrcella gone for good?

    • Is Jaime going to turn that ship around and seek revenge?


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    • Why were the Sand Snakes so lame?

    • Where was Tommen during Cersei's Walk of Shame?

    • Are Margaery and Loras still in prison and will they be freed?

    • Can Ser Pounce please come back?

    • Is Dany in grave danger with the Dothraki?

    • Are the Dothraki really not going to find the ring Daenerys dropped right in front of them?

    • Is Drogon still napping?


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    • How pissed are Rhaegal and Viserion for missing out on all the dragon action?

    • Are we eventually going to see what Qyburn did to The Mountain?

    • If Qyburn can save The Mountain, can't he save Jon somehow? (Please.)

    • Where is Benjen Stark, for real?


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    • On that note of missing persons, where the heck are Rickon and Osha?

    • Oh, and where is Gendry??

    • What has Bran been doing this whole time?

    • Will Jorah get jealous and try to kill Daario during their trip?

    • Is Jorah going to die from Grayscale?

    • Isn't Mace Tyrell like, "Uh, where's Meryn Trant?"

    • How long will Arya stay blind?


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    • Also, what the heck happened when Jaqen drank the poison and Arya swiped off all of the faces?

    • Where is Littlefinger and what is he planning?

    • What are the White Walkers doing?

    • Can we be team White Walkers now??


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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Bellas will be back again. Universal Pictures says another "Pitch Perfect" sequel is in the works.


    The studio said Monday that Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson will star in "Pitch Perfect 3," set for release in July 2017. Elizabeth Banks and her husband, Max Handelman, will return as producers.


    "Pitch Perfect 2" has taken in more than $171 million domestically since it opened last month. The original film, released in 2012, was a sleeper hit that went onto collect more than $115 million worldwide.


    The franchise follows the adventures of a competitive a capella singing group.

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    Perhaps Kylie will get into party planning now that she's busy not making music?

    Kylie Jenner, reality star and North West's aunt, attended her niece's birthday bash at Disneyland on Monday. The 17-year-old shared her all-white, midriff-baring ensemble -- accented with a huge gold watch -- on Instagram. The photo also shows gold balloons spelling out the birthday girl's name and carries the minimalist caption, "NORTH."

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    Tyga, 25, the rapper and Jenner's rumored boyfriend, also attended North's big celebration with his 2-year-old son, King Cairo.

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    It sounds like Adam Lambert has found a kindred spirit in Sam Smith.

    The 33-year-old Lambert, who became the first openly gay man to top the Billboard album charts in 2012, tells the publication that he's spoken about the media scrutiny over his private life with four-time Grammy winner Smith, who came out just before the release of his smash debut, "In the Lonely Hour," last year.

    Lambert says he and Smith, 23, have "commiserated on how it is to be gay in the media." Still, in the years since he first spoke about his sexuality in a 2009 Rolling Stone interview, "a lot has changed. People are not as hung up on it."

    He added, "I'd like to think that the media doesn't sensationalize it as much, but sometimes I'm proven wrong."

    The "American Idol" veteran, who released his third album, "The Original High," this week, had previously gushed about Smith in a May 2015 interview with Attitude magazine.

    "I'm so happy for him, and I’m so happy his sexuality wasn't a big thorn in his side," he said at the time. "I think with me and Sam, there's definitely an understanding there, like: 'Hey gurl, how you doing?' But you know, there's only a few of us actually, on a mainstream level. I think we're building a little clique, I hope, but I haven't met that many."

    Lambert also told Billboard that he had nothing but praise for Caitlyn Jenner, noting, "The power Caitlyn has is that she can show and teach ­everybody what transitioning is from start to finish, and challenge people's perceptions. It's important to have that ripple effect into the mainstream so people can begin wrapping their heads around it and become more comfortable."

    Check out the full Billboard interview with Adam Lambert here.

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