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  • 06/17/15--12:41: Name of the Year: Caitlyn
  • Well, suffice it to say that we don't actually need to reach the end of 2015 before we know the name of the year is Caitlyn. I thought that the name of the year would be Charlotte (Elizabeth Diana) but boy was I wrong! So the spotlight in celebrity names is now on Caitlyn Jenner and below I present facts about this name's origins and associations with the Jenner family.

    According to the much celebrated and cutting edge cover story regarding Caitlyn Jenner in the July issue of Vanity Fair, Caitlyn chose her name over two other top contenders: Heather and Cathy. Caitlyn, meaning pure, is an Irish name. It has been posited that Caitlyn wanted a name that means pure to reflect her new start as a woman. This may especially be true given that one of the other names in top consideration was Cathy, which also means pure. (Heather means from the heather plant.)

    Both Caitlyn and Cathy are related to the English name Catherine. Heather is a name with English origins. The fact that these names are connected to the British Isles may be one of the reasons she chose it: Caitlyn's mother, Esther McGuire, has a surname traditionally considered of Irish descent. Although Canadian in birth for generations, the Jenner side of the family has names that are also traditionally from the British Isles. Caitlyn's father was William Hugh Jenner (d. 2000), whose parents were named Hugh Burton Jenner and Bertha Cunningham.

    Nay-sayers (I not among them) have said that the name Caitlyn is outdated. Indeed, the Social Security Administration reported that Caitlyn was most popular in 1998 and waned in popularity in the 2000s. However, it is important to note that Caitlyn stayed in the top 200 from 1990 to 2005. Interestingly, of the top three names considered by Caitlyn, one reached its peak in the 1950s (Cathy), one reached its peak in the 1980s (Heather) and one reached its peak in the 1990s (Caitlyn). Therefore, Caitlyn picked the most modern name of the three.

    Although Caitlyn is #463 in U.S. popularity according to the Social Security Administration's top baby girl names in 2014, it is #24 among BabyNames.com users. This shows the name remains a top consideration among new and expecting mothers. Also we must look at its modern usage: variation Catelyn was a character on today's hottest t.v. show -- no, not Keeping up with the Kardashians, but Game of Thrones (Catelyn Stark).

    The media has speculated that Caitlyn chose to name herself with a C instead of the more popular K because she wants to separate herself from her famous family. I, on the other hand, believe she has chosen a name that starts with a C as an homage to her family. After all, if you say Caitlyn, Kendall and Kylie, there is no difference to the starting consonant sound. However, by using a C, Caitlyn seems to be saying, "I am allied with my family but don't feel I am one of the children." I find this a very healthy outlook on the boundaries between adults and children.

    There are many reasons why a person may want to rename him or herself. One is certainly to align with the gender with which one associates. I have also seen other reasons, such as separation from one's nuclear family or identification with something someone treasures. (One such example is someone who named herself Catlin because she liked cats. Fortunately, she did not like ocelots). Regardless of the reason, we have reached generation e(quality), in which our teens and 20-somethings are focused on the equality of their friends and family and even strangers. I, for one, am proud of this generation who instead of a being focused on themselves, are focused on social justice and humanity's basic rights.

    So, Caitlyn Jenner, thank you. Thank you for bringing transgender issues to the forefront of public opinion. Thank you for your beauty of your name. And thank you for just being you; we like you, we really do.

    Dr. Mallory Moss is a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and a founding partner of BabyNames.com. Since its launch in 1996, BabyNames.com has been heralded as one of the top parenting sites on the internet. Dr. Moss' passions lay in community-based mental health and destigmatizing mental health diagnoses. Dr. Moss was also the editor of the popular online parenting advice column, "Ask Grandma Maggie."

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    Gina Rodriguez may have just given her dad the best Father’s Day gift ever.

    The “Jane the Virgin” star announced on Tuesday that she'll be publishing a book that will encompass all of the lessons she's learned from her father, Genaro Rodriguez. The book, titled I Can And I Will: Tools My Daddy Gave Me, is expected to be released by Simon & Schuster in 2016, according to Entertainment Weekly.

    Rodriguez enthusiastically shared the news on Twitter after the announcement by the publishing company.




    “In I Can and I Will, [Rodriguez] will share words of wisdom from her father,” Simon and Schuster associate editor Emily Graff told EW. “These are words that give her strength in times of hardship. Through personal stories, she will describe how these words were challenged, and confirmed. This book will be something you can turn to when you are in search of a friend, when you need inspiration and encouragement.”

    When Rodriguez, 30, accepted her Golden Globe in January, she spoke about the influence her father has had on her life and career. Rodriguez is just the second Latina to win a Golden Globe for best actress.

    "This award is so much more than myself," Rodriguez said during her acceptance speech. "It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes."

    "My dad used to tell me to wake up each day and say, 'I can and I will,'" she continued. "Well, Dad, today's a great day. I can and I did."

    Rodriguez and her fans have since used hashtags like #ICanAndIWill as empowering statements. Earlier this week, the actress channeled her father again with an Instagram photo and caption that thanked him for introducing her to boxing as a child.



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    Adam Lambert opened up about his love life -- or, rather, lack thereof -- in an interview with HuffPost Live on Wednesday.

    "I haven't dated in a minute," the star, who split from boyfriend Sauli Koskinen in 2013, said. As it turns out, the release of his hotly-anticipated new album, "The Original High," has kept Lambert busier than ever. "I'm dating my album, I keep saying. We're having a very exclusive relationship."

    Noting that he hasn't "had a minute of social time" in a "non-stop" month of album promotion, Lambert said he's always able to find ways to stay social despite being single. Just don't expect him to turn to Grindr to spice up his personal life.

    "Ew," he quipped, after a viewer asked if he was on the popular gay social app.

    The 33-year-old also took the time to recall navigating "American Idol" before he'd come out as gay in the media.

    "I can guarantee if any of the judges had asked me about my personal life or my preference, I would've been an open book. But it just never came up," Lambert, who came out to friends and family at 18, said.

    Watch more from Adam Lambert's conversation with HuffPost Live here.

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    Other than Ned Stark, the dads on "Game of Thrones" are usually pretty crummy. (Tyrion knows what we're talking about.) Well, Brian Fortune is here to make up for all that.

    The "Game of Thrones" actor, who plays Othell Yarwyck on the show -- a member of the Night's Watch -- reportedly got the other Watchers on the Wall to send their well wishes to his son Kevin for his birthday. There's Alliser Thorne; Sam Tarly; Olly, who, remember, is just an actor, everyone; and even the Lord Commander himself, Jon Snow.

    Though most of the cast put on their serious faces for the video -- the Wall is a tough place, after all -- Kit Harington manages to give Kevin a smile, which is probably the best birthday present any of us could've received after that Season 5 finale.

    Happy b-day, Kevin. For this birthday and all birthdays to come.

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    Sean Penn and Charlize Theron have called it quits, reports Us Weekly.

    Multiple sources told the magazine the couple, who have been together since December 2013, split up after their trip to the Cannes Film Festival in May. E! News also confirms news of the breakup.

    And though it hadn't been confirmed by either star, the magazine claimed the pair got "secretly engaged" while in Paris in December 2014. Shortly after rumors of their engagement began buzzing, the subject of marriage was not something Penn shied away from when speaking to Esquire UK for a March 2015 cover story.

    "You say I've been married twice before, but I’ve been married under circumstances where I was less informed than I am today," he said of his previous marriages to Madonna and Robin Wright. "So I wouldn’t even consider it a third marriage, I’d consider it a first marriage on its own terms if I got married again. I mean, I like the tradition. A friend of mine wrote a line, 'Without tradition, new things die.' And I don’t want new things to die."

    Meanwhile, in early May, Theron told told Elle UK that Penn was "the love of [her] life."

    A rep for Penn told The Huffington Post they had no comment, while a rep for Theron has yet to respond at this time.

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    After the death of Joan Rivers, losing two co-hosts and a whole lot of drama, "Fashion Police" will return this August with Melissa Rivers, reports Variety.

    E! announced that veteran co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski will also return to the show, kicking off the first episode with coverage of the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 31. The new season will feature the trio of co-hosts, as well as two other rotating celebrity guests in each episode.

    Back in March, E! announced the show was going on hiatus after co-hosts Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin left the series. The former co-hosts exited amid drama surrounding Rancic's offensive remarks about actress Zendaya's dreadlocks during a post-Oscars episode of "Fashion Police."

    On the show, Rancic said Zendaya's dreadlocks made her look as if she smelled "like patchouli oil" or "weed," though it was later confirmed that the co-host's remarks were edited, and that she was making a reference to "hippie culture."

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    Dawn of a Dead relationship! Emily Kinney and Norman Reedus, who met on AMC’s zombie thriller The Walking Dead, are seeing each other, sources reveal exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly.

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    Donald Trump's big presidential announcement Tuesday was made a little bigger with help from paid actors — at $50 a pop.

    New York-based Extra Mile Casting sent an email last Friday to its client list of background actors, seeking extras to beef up attendance at Trump's event.

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    Lady Gaga is making the most of her Bahama vacation.

    The singer shared two bikini photos Wednesday from the Caribbean locale where she has been soaking up the sun this week. Gaga posed in a green bikini next to a palm tree on the sand. She captioned one of the shots with: "Work hard, play hard. Work hard again, play harder."

    It hasn't been all rest and relaxation. The 29-year-old performed with Tony Bennett on Saturday in Paradise Island as part of their "Cheek to Cheek" Tour. On Friday, the two will be back in New York City for a show at Radio City Music Hall.

    Work hard, play hard. Work hard again, play harder.

    A photo posted by @ladygaga on




    I take a Bahama mama

    A photo posted by @ladygaga on


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    Robin Williams gave his final dramatic performance in indie movie "Boulevard." The film, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, stars Williams as Nolan, a 60-year-old closeted man who's been hiding from his true self all of his life. In the first trailer, we meet Nolan, who has been working at the same bank and married to the same woman for decades. But, finally, Nolan decides to explore who he really is.

    "Boulevard" is one of four films Williams left behind after he died in August of 2014, including "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb " and "A Merry Friggin' Christmas," both of which opened last year, and the comedy "Absolutely Anything," in which Williams voiced a dog.

    "Boulevard," which also stars Bob Odenkirk, Kathy Baker and Roberto Aguire, opens in New York on July 10.

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    Tyra Banks proves that true "smizing" comes from within.

    On Wednesday the 41-year-old supermodel posted a makeup-free, unretouched photo on her Instagram, along with a lengthy caption explaining her decision to post the hyper-low-maintenance look.





    The "America's Next Top Model" host embraced the potential backlash of uploading the picture. "Maybe you're thinking, 'Whoa, she looks ROUGH,'" she wrote in the caption. "And if you are, great! You deserve to see the REAL me. The REALLY real me. #RawAndReal."


    Banks, who hosted the Daytime Emmy Awards earlier this year, often talks about evolving style trends and female confidence. In a 2014 op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal, Banks wrote about her view of the future of beauty, saying that, "In general, I believe, traditional beauty will be less valuable -- and more uniqueness will be heralded."

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    Bye, Brandi?

    Brandi Glanville has been cut from "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," TMZ reports. Bravo allegedly gave her the axe because of her tense relationships with other cast members on the series. It is unclear if she will return as a guest on the show.

    E! News also confirmed her departure from the reality show, reporting that "it was Bravo's decision not to have Brandi return."

    Glanville tweeted a message to fans hinting at some "RHOBH" news Thursday morning:




    People magazine also reported that Kim Richards and Yolanda Foster won't be returning, either.

    The mother of two first appeared on Season 2 of "RHOBH" and then became a regular cast member for Season 3. During Season 5, her interactions with the other cast members became more and more contentious. She had a physical altercation with Kyle Richards, she slapped Lisa Vanderpump and she got involved in the feud between Lisa Rinna and Kim Richards over questions regarding Kim's sobriety.

    In February, Glanville hinted that her future on "RHOBH" was up in the air.

    “I’m not sure how much longer I have on that show,” she told In Touch magazine. “Maybe it’s not for me anymore.”

    Bravo told The Huffington Post they are not commenting on casting at this time. A rep for Glanville was not immediately available for comment.

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    On Tuesday, Kim Kardashian released a letter to her future self, and on Wednesday, late-night hosts Jimmy Kimmel and James Corden each used their respective shows to lovingly mock it. Because lets face it, a letter from someone who hopes that in 10 years scientists will have invented a "mysterious and delicious green juice to keep [her] tan forever" is mockable. (Again, we would definitely invest in this technology should it ever exist.)

    Kimmel went for the straight-forward route, with his own letter to his future self, complete with a full recreation of Kardashian's outfit, down to her pastel pink nails. And just as the reality star wondered in her own letter if selfies would still be a thing 10 years from now, so did Kimmel, who also pondered, "Did Hitler ever come back to life? I sure hope not."





    Meanwhile, Corden had a slightly more original (and more self-deprecating) take in a bit that had him reading a letter he had written to himself back in 2005. Like Kardashian, he had many questions for himself, including: "Are you still rocking those Von Dutch trucker hats? So cool. Are you still writing 'Harry Potter' erotic fan fiction? ... I just invested all of my money in MySpace, so I bet by now you must be a billionaire." Yep, 2005 was rough and 10 years from now, all of this will be just as cringeworthy.


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    You think you know, but you have no idea.

    Minday Kaling is letting non-Hollywood folks in on a secret Hollywood folks haven't been telling: sex scenes are actually fun to film. She makes the revelation in her new book, Why Not Me?, due out in September. The Washington Post obtained an excerpt from the book in which Kaling says actors and actress who say otherwise are lying.

    “Obviously onscreen sex is not actual penetrative sex, but, as any religious high schooler will tell you, simulating sex can be pretty damn enjoyable as well," she writes, adding that she's even fine with a gaggle of crew members around. “To that I say: the more, the merrier! Most of those people are artists whose job it is to make sure your physical imperfections are cloaked in mysterious shadows. By the end of the shooting day, you’ll wish there were more people there.”

    She does understand why actors and actresses with significant others might want to downplay it, though, and bragging about getting paid to film a pseudo-sex scene might not resonate with those outside the biz.

    “People already think acting is the world’s easiest and most frivolous job,” she says. “So we all have this tacit agreement to keep our traps shut about the world’s best job perk.”

    Kaling, who knows a thing or two about what it's like to film intimate moments, said it was "a joy" to shoot a sex scene with Chris Messina, who played her on-screen boyfriend on "The Mindy Project."

    "Chris Messina is the most in-touch-with-his-body person of all time, and all he does is make you feel beautiful and confident," she previously told Time. "I’ve known him now for quite some time and we’re so comfortable with each other that I wasn’t self-conscious at all. I wish on every actress that they get to shoot a sex scene with Chris Messina, because it’s great fun."

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    There's officially one more reason get yourself a ticket to one of Madonna's three shows in New York City this September.

    On Thursday, Amy Schumer announced via Twitter that she would be opening for the singer on her "Rebel Heart" tour in best way possible -- capitalizing on pure nostalgia and the fact she was a pretty cute kid. Along with the news, the "Inside Amy Schumer" star shared an adorable childhood "audition" video of her singing Madonna's 1989 hit "Like a Prayer."




    No word yet if Schumer will get to duet with the singer on any of her dates, but Madonna's tour kicks off Sept. 9 in Montreal, Quebec.

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    This week's best-dressed list has something for everyone.

    If you're into bold colors and playful textures, check out the fabulous Missoni number that Michelle Obama wore in Milan. If you're more obsessed with cut-outs and high slits, Laverne Cox's gown will make you swoon. And if general bad-assery is your cup of tea, take a gander at model Abbey Lee Kershaw's too-cool-for-school look.

    Check out our favorite outfits from the past few days and let us know if you agree with our picks.






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    Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian's close friend Jamie Sangouthai died from a bacterial skin infection related to drug use, the LA County coroner confirmed to multiple publications.

    The 37-year-old died on Sunday, and while some outlets initially claimed he died of a drug overdose, the Coroner told Page Six, Sangouthai died from necrotizing fasciitis, a rare flesh eating disease that was caused by injections from dirty needles.

    Sangouthai appeared on a 2009 episode of the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and made regular appearances on the spinoff series "Khloe & Lamar," during which his struggle with drugs was highlighted.

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    If you're anxiously awaiting the next Gillian Flynn film adaptation, wait no longer.

    The new trailer for "Dark Places," the adaptation for the second book from the best-selling author of Gone Girl, shows Charlize Theron's Libby Day facing the murders of her past. The film follows Libby, the only survivor of her family's massacre, in which her two sisters and mother (Christina Hendricks) brutally murdered 25 years ago. At the time, the 7-year-old Libby blamed her then-16-year-old brother Ben (Tye Sheridan) for the murder, sending him to prison for life.

    In the present day, Libby (Theron) is approached by a true-crime club, the Kill Club, to reinvestigate the murder. A previously released clip from the movie shows Libby's first encounter with the Kill Club, who strongly believe Ben is innocent.

    "Dark Places" finds Theron alongside her "Mad Max: Fury Road" co-star Nicholas Hoult, as well as Corey Stoll, who plays Ben in the present day, and Chloë Grace Moretz. Check out the trailer and film poster. "Dark Places" is available now exclusively on DirecTV and opens in theaters August 7.

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    Scott Baio and his family could use your prayers and positive thoughts.

    The 54-year-old actor confirmed his wife, Renee Baio, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. He shared the news with his followers on Facebook Tuesday morning.

    Just a few days ago we learned my wife, Renee has a meningioma brain tumor. Although 90% of these type of tumors are...

    Posted by Scott Baio on Tuesday, June 16, 2015


    The "Happy Days" actor and his wife have been married more than seven years, and the two have a 7-year-old daughter, Bailey DeLuca.

    After sharing his announcement, Baio thanked his fans for their support and positivity on Twitter.







    We're wishing Renee a full recovery.

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    Actress Susan Sarandon says her son "colors outside the lines" when it comes to gender expression, and she's perfectly OK with that.

    The Oscar-winner, 68, opened up about her 23-year-old son, Miles Robbins, during a June 15 appearance at the TrevorLIVE, The Trevor Project's annual fundraiser.

    "My son Miles is a musician and a DJ," she told People magazine. "And sometimes when his band performs they all wear dresses, and he has long hair."

    Sarandon went on to note that Miles' willingness to break stereotypes had her full support. "I think the more crayons you have in your box to color outside the lines, the more exciting it is," she said.

    The "Thelma and Louise" star has been a longtime supporter of The Trevor Project, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth advocacy organization, and said motherhood has motivated her ongoing support.

    "As a mother, I know how difficult it is to survive the teenage years intact and the socialization process -- if you step out of line, it's so difficult," Sarandon, who is slated to play the lesbian grandmother of a transgender teen in the upcoming film, "Three Generations," told the publication. "And there are so many kids these days who are questioning, gay or transgender, who have a very tough time and it could be very dangerous for them."

    Earlier this month, Sarandon discussed gender identity in today's evolving society in a candid interview on "Oprah's Master Class," saying she was "so excited" by the "fluidity of gender that's happening" in today's evolving society.

    "I think once all those 'boxes' are gone, it's going to be so much more interesting and so much less energy spent on those 'boxes,'" she said. "We can get down to the nitty-gritty of, really, what a person is."







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