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    Since 2001, Angelina Jolie has carried out more than 40 humanitarian missions in her role as UN High Commissioner for Refugees Goodwill Ambassador, and this past weekend she continued her efforts with her 9-year-old daughter Shiloh Jolie-Pitt by her side.

    On Saturday, the 40-year-old actress and her daughter traveled to Turkey in honor of World Refugee Day, where they spent time touring a Syrian and Iraqi refugee camp in the southeastern province of Mardin.





    In addition to their tour, the actress also met with UN officials, as well as Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whom she thanked for his generosity towards the Syrian and Iraqis refugees. Jolie also voiced her concerns in an impassioned speech:

    "We are here for a simple reason: This region is at the epicenter of a global crisis. Nearly 60 million people are displaced from their homes. That is one in every 122 people on our planet. Our world has never been richer or healthier or more advanced. Yet never before have so many people been dispossessed and stripped of their basic human rights," she said. "We should call this what it is: not just a 'refugee crisis,' but a crisis of global security and governance, that is manifesting itself in the worst refugee crisis ever recorded – and a time of mass displacement."

    She added, "I plead to the international community and leaders of the world to recognize what this moment in mass human displacement means. This is not just another day. This World Refuge Day marks some frightening truths about our inability to manage international crisis – about our inability to broker peace and find lasting solutions."

    To read Jolie's entire speech, head over to The UN Refugee Agency website.

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    There's nothing quite like your hometown.

    Just ask Britney Spears. The 33-year-old pop star reconnected with her roots, returning to Kentwood, Louisiana, where she threw on a tiny yellow bikini and hit the open water with an unidentified male friend. (No, that's not her boyfriend, Charlie Ebersol.)

    After she soaked up the sun with her pal, the singer shared a photo with her 4.8 million Instagram followers, which she captioned, "So nice to be home! Nothing like Louisiana boys."

    So nice to be home! Nothing like Louisiana boys

    A photo posted by Britney Spears (@britneyspears) on

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    Cailtyn Jenner and her children were all smiles on Father's Day as they went off-roading together as a family.

    On Monday, the former Olympian took to Twitter to share a photo from the fun-filled day. In the snap, Jenner poses alongside her children Kendall Jenner, Burt Jenner and Brandon Jenner and stepchildren Kim Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian, as well as Kanye West, North West, Brandon's wife Leah Jenner and Burt Jenner’s girlfriend Valerie Pitalo.

    In the tweet, the 65-year-old Vanity Fair cover star wrote, "Great day yesterday for Father's Day. We had so much fun off-roading" -- and we totally believe it was blast, considering Kanye's usual frown is replaced by a giant smile in the photo.

    Khloe shared a video of her off-roading experience on Sunday, in which she's seen screaming while Kendall is behind the wheel:

    If you hang with the Jenner's you can't show them fear!!! lol

    A video posted by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on

    Khloe, Kendall and Kylie also celebrated their father on Sunday via Instagram:

    CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misidentified Valerie Pitalo as Casey Jenner. It has since been corrected.

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    As an actor, writer, producer and director, Greta Gerwig has had plenty of experience both behind and front of the camera. All that experience has given her an often disconcerting look at the absurd expectations we place on female characters and, as she put it, "women in general." The Huffington Post caught up with Gerwig to talk about her most recent role in the film "Eden" and that pesky (and sexist) "likability" problem, which plagues fictional and nonfictional ladies alike.

    What drew you to working on "Eden"? Stylistically, you and Mia Hansen-Løve seem like such a great fit.
    I was a really big fan of Mia's after [her 2009 film] "Father of My Children." I just thought she was brilliant. I never thought I would get the chance to work with her because she worked with French actors. But then a friend of mine who is a producer told me she was putting together the movie that became "Eden" and said, "I'd like Greta to play our American girlfriend, but I can't get a hold of her." I said I would do anything! And then I did. We were both, from a distance, feeling each other. It's so great when you find out someone you admire also has an interest in you.

    You've had a diverse career, managing to act, write, direct and produce. How do you chart your career in terms of choosing what form of storytelling to focus on?
    I'm taking it project by project. That's what I've always done. I think I have a compass in a way. I try and check back in with myself to make sure I'm following true north. I don't have an architecture planned for my career or anything like that, but I think it's definitely evolved and I've been very lucky working with people I admire.

    Especially with acting, you're so rarely choosing your career. You're hoping you get jobs and then you're hoping you get to work with people you like. So, I find it impossible to micromanage. In terms of writing, I think that's become more of a constant, and much more the meat of what I do.

    Next up you have "Mistress America," another collaboration with Noah Baumbach. I've seen it described as "Frances Ha" all grown up. In what ways is it a follow-up?
    The story is very different. It's more a madcap '80s movie with larger-than-life characters and a real farcical element. I mean, it's about women again. And I'm one of them, again. It's not a companion piece, but the real similarity was that when we sat down to write it, we said, "Let's write a story mainly about women that has nothing to do with romantic intrigue." I hope to make dozens of movies about relationships between women in different ages and times and configurations that are only about that, and not who they have sex with or don't have sex with.

    Do you think removing the romantic interest is a major factor in developing nuanced female characters?
    Yeah, even if I look at "Eden" as a movie that's true. "Eden" is about a man, but you rarely see that story told about women. It's a worthy journey ... whether it's a woman's journey or a man's journey. But what I love about Mia is that obviously she's a female and a filmmaker, and it's not just, "Make great female characters." She just makes great characters. Period.

    Our world is equally weighted and populated by people of both genders. I mean, I think she's a real voice for people, which is really what it's about anyway.

    Even with narratives that may seem interchangeable in terms of gender, we have this pesky "likability" issue for female characters. How have you experienced that?
    I don't understand it! Of course, I live in this culture and I think likability is not just an issue for characters, it's an issue for women in general. It can be a real straightjacket limiting life. It can feel like you're operating outside of social norms when that's your highest value: to be liked. I think it's really tricky.

    Even now, when I'm talking to you or doing an interview, I'm aware of coming off a certain way or not wanting to be too strident or say something too "out there," because of the potential for it to be taken out of context and become a pillory for me. I mean, I don't think that's specific to women. The world is capable of doing that to men too. But I think it's true moreso for women. Especially if they're artists, writers or creators of characters, it's at a pitch and a level that is somehow much more than what is directed at men.

    Definitely. One of the theories on why CBS dropped "How I Met Your Dad" was that executives worried whether your character was "likable."
    I was in New York and working on other things, so I didn't really get too involved with why they didn't want it. I mean, also, that's just a tool to make yourself crazy, so I didn't think about it too deeply. I can't really speak to what them not wanting it had to do with likability, but that would not surprise me.

    "Eden" is now out in limited release.

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    Josh Duggar -- who admitted this past May that as a teenager he molested five minor girls (some of whom were his sisters) -- released a heartfelt message to his father Jim Bob Duggar -- who admitted to helping cover up the abuse for years -- in a Father's Day video.

    The Duggars are, of course, the stars of the somehow miraculously still uncanceled TLC reality series "19 Kids and Counting." On Sunday, Josh shared the video, thanking his father for being there "through the hard times and through the good times." Josh's wife Anna chimed in, too, thanking her father-in-law for "raising such an awesome husband."

    Jim Bob was definitely there for his eldest son through those "hard times." In fact, in an interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly, the Duggar patriarch revealed that he and his wife Michelle didn't seek any sort of help for their eldest until the third time he confessed his troubling behavior to them. Jim Bob went on to admit that the breaking point was when Josh admitted to touching one of his younger sisters, who was only 5 years old at the time.

    It's all a tad bit ironic, right?

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    Britney Spears is single, according to Us Weekly.

    The magazine reports that the singer and boyfriend Charlie Ebersol have split. The two started dating in October 2014.

    No word on what went down between the two, but Us Weekly points out that Spears has already deleted all photos of Ebersol, who is the son of "Saturday Night Live" co-creator Dick Ebersol, from her Instagram account, though it seems she hasn't gotten around to it on Twitter just yet.

    In addition to erasing him from her social media, it seems like the 33-year-old singer might be throwing a bit of shade her ex's way as well. On Sunday, Spears posed in a bikini next to a male friend and she captioned the photo, "So nice to be home! Nothing like Louisiana boys."

    The Huffington Post has reached out to Spears' rep for comment.

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    Dinner's over, "Hannibal" fans.

    The NBC series is only three episodes into its third season so far, but don't expect a fourth cannibal course. On Monday, NBC canceled the show in a death so grisly that even Mads Mikkelsen's Hannibal Lecter wouldn't approve. In a statement, showrunner Bryan Fuller wrote, "NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared, and kept us on the air for three seasons despite Cancellation Bear Chow ratings and images that would have shredded the eyeballs of lesser Standards & Practices enforcers."

    It's no news that "Hannibal" is one of the most graphic shows on network television with some of the most gruesome death scenes shown on the small screen. While it has been critically praised, the show has also suffered from consistent low ratings, even into its current third season.

    Fuller did give some hope though that the series could possibly return one day, or at least that we may be invited to another cannibal dinner in the future. "'Hannibal' is finishing his last course at NBC’s table this summer," Fuller said, "but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC." Executive producer Martha De Laurentiis also confirmed to BuzzFeed that the producers are hoping to continue the series on another network or platform.

    In a statement, NBC said, “We have been tremendously proud of 'Hannibal' over its three seasons. [Fuller] and his team of writers and producers, as well as our incredible actors, have brought a visual palette of storytelling that has been second to none in all of television -- broadcast or cable."

    But people are incredibly upset over the loss of the show:

    There are still 10 new episodes of "Hannibal" Season 3 that will continue to air on NBC, according to BuzzFeed. In the meantime, maybe you can brush up on your cooking skills during the mourning period.

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    Kim Kardashian doesn't let something like pregnancy interfere with her personal style.

    The 34-year-old reality star, who just revealed she's expecting a baby boy with husband Kanye West, made quite the statement as she arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on Monday.

    Photographers snapped photos of Kardashian, who was busy taking a phone call -- but it was her clothes that did all the talking. The "Selfish" author stunned in a ultra-low-cut nude bodysuit paired with high-waisted pants and peep toe booties, making everyone in the airport feel simultaneously over- and underdressed.

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    TMZ was the first to report that Sean “Diddy” Combs was arrested on Monday afternoon after he allegedly got into a fight with a UCLA football coach, where his son, Justin Combs, attends school and is on the team.

    A source told the website that the rapper took issue with Strength and Conditioning Coach Sal Alosi, who was "screaming intensely" at his son on the field. Diddy allegedly swung at the coach with a kettlebell, but "narrowly" missed him.

    UCLA later issued a statement confirming the incident that took place at the Acosta Athletic Training Complex led to the 45-year-old Bad Boy Records founder's arrest on the charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

    UCLA Police said no one was seriously injured during the altercation and they will continue with their investigation.

    As of 6 p.m ET the rapper was still in custody at UCLA's campus jail, but is expected to be transported to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Inmate Reception Center later this evening, police said in a statement.

    The Huffington Post has reached out to Diddy's rep comment.

    This post has been updated throughout.

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    This Lifetime movie starring Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell has been a strange thing from the start. No one will do interviews about it and the project was being treated like a secret to the point that the billboard advertising it counted as news. Now that it has aired, "A Deadly Adoption" is no less inscrutable. It's likely we all just got tricked into watching a regular old Lifetime movie.

    Mild spoilers for anyone who does not understand the thematic elements of literally every Lifetime movie.

    The setup is simple. Well, relative to a canon that includes the likes of "Restless Virgins" and "The Cheerleader Murdering Mother," the setup is simple. A couple who has previously lost their child invites a pregnant woman to stay in their home in hopes of adopting her baby ... but she's evil! And the husband has a dark past!

    Honestly, watching the trailer gives you the gist of it. There are elements of the adoption that become deadly, etc. What's interesting, and clear from the start of the film, is that Wiig and Ferrell play it totally straight.

    Save for a few line readings -- Ferrell saying pretty much anything can conjure up Ron Burgundy -- nothing seems to be deliberately funny. There are the absurd moments, the kind you might laugh at when watching a Lifetime movie ironically, though they seem to be there in their usual context, rather than parodic or self-aware.

    There's no twist, no curveball element to disrupt the usual structure. It runs so true to the course, I was half waiting for the whole thing to end with an invasion by aliens.

    Could it be that the ultimate comedic act is being in a Lifetime movie and playing it totally straight? While Wiig is underutilized, there's something hilarious about her and Ferrell's very presence in this setting. Still, their existence does not a satire make.

    Many of the reviews tick of all the tropes "A Deadly Adoption" is parodying. Rolling Stone, bless their sweet hearts, tried to make "Lifetime-gasmic" happen, while pointing to the Foreshadowing, Sunblock Seduction and Gratuitous Shower Scene. But "A Deadly Adoption" is not really parodying those tropes as much as using them. Put simply, if you replaced Wiig and Ferrell with lesser-known comedic actors who delivered similar performances, there would be little to distinguish it from the likes of "Sexting in Suburbia" or "Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life."

    You could credit Wiig and Ferrell with executing an irreverent brand of deadpan humor. Though, there's still nothing to turn the mirror back on the genre. Their being in the movie might make you think a bit more about how absurd a channel is that has created several movies about murderous clowns, though that's not something anyone really needed help thinking about. Any more elevated commentary is absent.

    When this movie was first announced, it was kind of fascinating. The kind of overhauling rebrand on Lifetime's part looked like a concerted effort to deconstruct and then reinvent itself. The channel seemed to finally be aware of its exploitative archetypes in monopolizing the female-centric made-for-TV movie. But after watching "A Deadly Adoption," it seems more likely Wiig and Ferrell were bored and Lifetime said "Yeah, whatever, that's fine!"

    Anyway, if you pull it up on your DVR later tonight and find yourself asking, "Wait, what did I just watch?" The answer is really just this: a regular old Lifetime movie.

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    WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) — A former child actor who starred in one of the "Star Wars" movie sequels was in an all-out flight from South Carolina law officers that hit speeds of about 120 miles an hour, according to details of Jake Broadbent's arrest released Tuesday.

    Broadbent performed under the name Jake Lloyd when he played a young Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 movie "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace." In the movie Anakin wins a death-defying, high-speed race between anti-gravity "podracer" vehicles.

    Broadbent, 26, remained in the Colleton County jail Tuesday after his arrest Wednesday on charges including reckless driving and resisting arrest. Broadbent carried no identification when he was arrested, but deputies established he had a valid driver's license with an Indianapolis address, said Colleton County Sheriff's Sgt. Kyle Strickland.

    A jail official said he had no information whether Broadbent had a defense attorney. His bond was set at $16,700.

    Broadbent first attracted attention driving his Nissan Maxima through South Carolina towns and backroads at 70 miles an hour, but accelerated to about 120 mph as officers flashed blue lights signaling him to stop, an arrest report described.

    A dashboard video released by the sheriff's department shows Broadbent weaving through traffic on Interstate 95. A pickup truck with flashing blue lights pulled alongside the car and tried to force it into a spinout by bumping it onto the interstate's grassy median.

    Broadbent's car keeps going until a police vehicle again bumps it, pushing it sharply to the right off the interstate, down an incline and through a fence onto a parallel frontage road. Broadbent kept going, the report said.

    "The frontage road came to a dead end and the driver continued driving into the woods striking several trees causing extensive damage and finally stopped. The driver exited the vehicle on foot but after a brief struggle with law enforcement, he was apprehended approximately 20 feet from his vehicle," the arrest report said.

    Broadbent suffered small cuts to his face, head and arms after hitting the trees, the report said.

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    We fully admit that we don't always understand Jaden Smith, but we're into his DGAF attitude when it comes to doing his own thing.

    We're also into the fact that the 16-year-old finally explained why he wore a Batman costume to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's star-studded wedding in May 2014, and dusted off the white Batsuit for prom last month.

    "I wore the Batman suit to heighten my experience at the wedding and prom which was fun, but also at the wedding I felt as though I needed to protect everyone there and needed to have the proper gear to do so," he told GQ in an interview, adding that his style icons are " Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Superman, and Kanye West."

    The Comeback...(Albino jacked the headgear)

    A photo posted by Téo (@pleiadianmessage) on

    And suddenly it all makes sense -- which is a good thing, since not even Kris Jenner really knew what the superhero costume was all about. "But actually, the Batman costume was really cool and fabulous, and it was white and it was almost like, 'Oh, there's Jaden in his Batman costume,'" Jenner told HuffPost Live host Caitlyn Becker in an interview in June 2014.

    We're one small step closer to understanding Jaden Smith, and yet we've only scratched the surface.

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    Caroline “Tula” Cossey, who became the world's first transgender model to pose for Playboy magazine in 1991, opens up in her first media interview in two decades for the publication.

    In the 1970s, the British-born Cossey appeared in issues of Australian Vogue and Harper's Bazaar before landing a role in the 1981 James Bond film, “For Your Eyes Only.” Shortly after the movie's release, however, she was outed as transgender by the tabloid News of the World.

    View a vintage shot from Cossey's 1991 Playboy spread. Story continues below.
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    Although she opened up about her transition in interviews with Howard Stern and Arsenio Hall, Cossey, now 60, eventually walked away from the spotlight and now lives a relatively quiet life in Atlanta. "There’s a difference between being known as Tula the transsexual international model versus just a successful model," she tells Playboy's Shane Michael Singh in the July and August issue of the magazine. "It wasn’t the same. I felt like a circus act."

    Playboy officials say Cossey remains the only transgender model to receive a full spread in the magazine's pages. Another trans model, Ines Rau, appeared in the magazine's May 2014 issue, but hers was not a complete pictorial.

    Cossey described her spread, photos of which are reprinted in the new issue alongside the interview, as a positive experience.

    "Playboy’s readership is mostly male and heterosexual, so it allowed me to get out there and prove that people like myself can be sexy and attractive. That’s what I aimed to do at that point," she said of her pictorial, which appeared in Playboy’s September 1991 issue.

    The media interest that followed her spread, she said, "gave people the chance to get to know me, to feel the situation and hopefully gain empathy and understanding. That was my goal, and Playboy was a great platform for that."

    Despite the strides that the transgender community has made over the years, Cossey said she doesn't know "if I’ll ever stop feeling like a second-class citizen. It’s embedded and instilled from birth. You grow up, you don’t fit in, you don’t belong, you’re bullied. That doesn’t go away in five minutes. I don’t think it ever goes away."

    Singh's interview with Cossey was conducted before Caitlyn Jenner made her now-iconic debut on the cover of Vanity Fair earlier this month. The model was pretty frank in her assessment of Jenner, offering views some may deem controversial.

    Read the full Playboy interview with Cossey here.

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Hip-hop mogul Diddy's company says he was defending self in UCLA incident that led to arrest.

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    When “Magic Mike” star Joe Manganiello proposed to Sofia Vergara last December, he was nervous -- but it wasn’t because he thought the “Modern Family” leading lady would say no.

    Instead, Manganiello, 38, was nervous about making a mistake reciting the Spanish proposal he'd been practicing for the occasion. Manganiello shared a part of the “big speech” during an appearance on "Live with Kelly and Michael" on Monday.

    “I wasn’t nervous that she was going to say no, I felt pretty confident in that,” said Manganiello, who is currently promoting his new film “Magic Mike XXL." “But you only get one chance to do it, and if you’re going to do it, you gotta do it right. So there’s a lot of planning that goes in, and yeah, actually I proposed in Spanish.”

    "So I had a big speech in Spanish, and that's what I was nervous about," the actor continued. "The last thing you want to do is, like, mess up the Spanish on the proposal to the Colombian woman."

    After host Kelly Ripa asked him to recite a portion of the proposal, Manganiello said that he told Vergara “Eres mi todo,” or “You are my everything,” during the speech.

    Manganiello proposed to Vergara, 42, during a Christmas family vacation to Hawaii. Since then the Colombian star has teased at a possible destination wedding and confirmed that a date has been set.

    "Yeah, we have a date," Vergara told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM radio show in May. "It was kind of difficult because we're both working, and you never know what's going to come in our work. But we had to stick to it because it was impossible to book a place with short notice."

    Vergara has kept most of the wedding details under wraps, but generally speaking, she's been anything but quiet about her relationship with the “Magic Mike” actor. She even celebrated the couple’s first year together with a romantic Instagram post earlier this month.

    Happy 1st Anniversary love of my life!!! Never been so happy!!#lucky❤️❤️❤️❤️@joemanganiello

    A photo posted by Sofia Vergara (@sofiavergara) on

    Watch the interview with Joe Manganiello on "Live with Kelly and Michael" above.

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    Even celebrities have really bad first dates.

    After Gayle King got divorced in her late 30s, she was happy to share the details of her experience back in the dating world. Known for being candid, Gayle even appeared on a 2002 episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to talk about dating after 35 -- and opened up even more after the show finished taping. With cameras still rolling, Oprah and Gayle dished on Gayle's biggest dating flops. Three of Gayle's potential suitors are unforgettable.

    "Scrimp Scampi" Guy

    Once, Gayle was set up with a man and agreed to meet him for a lunch date. But instead of going to a restaurant, he offered to prepare a meal himself. "He goes, 'Oh, I'd love to cook for you. I make a really good scrimp scampi. I'm really good with scrimps,'" Gayle recalls.

    She decided not to make room in her schedule for that date. "I think grammar's important!" Gayle insists. "You've at least got to be able to speak well."

    Mr. Million Man March

    One of Gayle's dates was a man who had participated in the Million Man March in 1995, to encourage "unity, atonement and brotherhood." Three weeks after the event, Gayle and this man met for lunch. "He's wearing a teal, highly flammable suit and... matching teal shoes," she says. "That's not even the worst part. The button that he wore was [huge], that said, 'I went to the March.' Three weeks later!" Needless to say, he wasn't the one for Gayle.

    The Blabbermouth

    About two years after Gayle's divorce, she reconnected with an old high school boyfriend that she hadn't seen in decades. He had read about the breakup of Gayle's marriage and wanted to see her when he came to New York. Gayle, who lived in Connecticut, agreed to meet up with him, but Oprah gave her friend a strict warning: "She goes, 'Whatever you do, don't bring him to your house,'" Gayle says.

    Though Gayle had no intention of bringing her old boyfriend to Connecticut, she had such a great time in the city that she ended up inviting him to her home. "We spent the weekend," Gayle admits. "Oprah calls me Monday morning and goes, 'What was the name of that guy?... And what's his last name?'"

    Gayle's heart started beating. She had told Oprah about parts of the weekend, but intentionally left out the part about going to her house. Suddenly, Oprah correctly "guessed" the man's name. How did she know?

    "She goes, 'Well, ain't that interesting. The man you didn't bring to your house has gone to the tabloids... and says that he has spent the weekend with you, that he's been in your home and that you have an altar to me in your home and that the [rumors] about Gayle and Oprah, he has proof [of]... Now, this is the man you didn't bring to your house, right?'" Gayle says. "She goes, 'I told you!'"

    "Busted!" Oprah says.

    As for Oprah, she's been with her partner, Stedman Graham, for nearly 30 years. Watch the two offer a rare glimpse into their relationship in this behind-the-scenes clip from one of the final "Oprah Show" tapings.

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    Sorry Bob Saget, but Perez Hilton is taking over as Danny Tanner.

    Saget may be reprising his "Full House" character in Netflix's upcoming reboot, but Hilton will sing as the TV dad on stage. While visiting the "Howard Stern Show" on Tuesday, the celebrity blogger announced that he will be playing Danny Tanner in the upcoming "Full House: The Musical Parody." The new musical is a National Lampoon production, the company behind "Bayside! The Musical!", a similar song-and-dance tribute to "Saved by the Bell."

    The musical cast will include "Bayside!" alums Seth Blum as Uncle Joey, John Duff as Uncle Jesse and Amanda Nichols as D.J. Tanner, as well as Marguerite Halcovage as Stephanie Tanner and Marshall Louise as Michelle Tanner. The musical will debut in Toronto on Aug. 18 before it makes its way off-Broadway in New York City on Sept. 7.

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    Ever since I was born, the love for wildlife and wild places has been in my blood. I live in the middle of Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, which means that every day brings a new and different adventure. I have the most incredible backyard on planet Earth and I'm able to share it with people who visit from around the world.

    We are one big family here at the zoo, trying to inspire others to get involved and want to make a difference in our world. As a family, our heart has always lied in conservation work and because of this we have been taken to the far corners of the Earth, to spread the message and make a difference.

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    Through lots of filming work and talking to many people, we have been blessed to have the opportunity to follow our passion and hopefully influence others along the way to make a difference. My mum and dad truly are the original Wildlife Warriors. They have changed people's minds all over the world about conservation not only for the cute and cuddly creatures, but the modern day dinosaurs like crocodilians and other reptiles as well. They shed light on the fact that all creatures need respect and protection, and they have sparked the passion for wildlife and wild places in many.

    After dad passed away, our determination to make a difference in the world and carry on his legacy stayed strong. As a family, we want to make sure that everything he worked so hard for continues. My dad was the first one to come up with the term "Wildlife Warrior." A Wildlife Warrior is someone who stands up and speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves. Protecting our world for the generations to come. Being a Wildlife Warrior is not just a title; it describes who you are and your attitude.

    Over the years we have certainly had some incredible adventures and it has been amazing to share our journey with so many others. My hope is that along the way we have empowered others to get involved and be the change they wish to see in the world. Every day is a new beginning and a chance for us all to use our voice and seize the opportunity to do something great. Personally, I think that no matter where you go, you have the ability to learn and the opportunity to learn. Each and every adventure you take, particularly as a family, shapes you and changes you and expands your horizons.

    One of my favourite quotes is, "One crowded hour of glorious life is worth more than an age without a name." This couldn't be truer. As a young person, I want to make a difference in our world, and be the change I wish to see. However, sometimes it can be a challenge. There are so many issues facing our world today, that it can seem a little daunting at times. But you have to find the strength and passion within yourself to make a difference. As young people, we are the next voters, the next decision makers, and the next generation to be changing the world. We must create positive change today, if we want a beautiful world tomorrow. I know that personally I want clean air, fresh drinking water, and an abundance of wildlife for my children and my grandchildren. So we must work together to make this a reality.

    My best advice to all young people who wish to make a difference in the world is to always follow your dreams. No matter what happens in life, it is so important to follow your heart. Surround yourself with the love and light and support of your family and friends, and never give up. Having the willingness to apply yourself to everything you do, at school, at work, by volunteering or just helping your family around the house. You must follow your life passions.

    I am so grateful for the love and support of my family and friends. Without them, I couldn't have achieved half of what I have in my life. No matter where life takes us, we are always together as a family, and I can't even begin to describe how important it is to surround yourself with the unconditional love from those close to you.

    I hope that in my lifetime I am able to make a difference and empower others to help the planet in their own backyards. There are so many things that each of us can do to help. Even small things like recycling, planting a tree, turning off the tap when you brush your teeth, going to the beach or a local park and having a cleanup day with your friends, all helps.

    My mum and dad starting a nonprofit organization back in 2002 to help support conservation projects worldwide. Wildlife Warriors supports conservation projects all over, from anti-poaching patrols in Sumatra for orangutans, and tigers; a partnership with Cheetah Outreach in South Africa protecting cheetahs and farmers' cattle, Asian elephant conservation in Cambodia and rhino conservation in Kenya, just to name a few.

    Australia Zoo is also home to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, first started back in 2004 by my mum and dad in memory of my grandmother, Lyn Irwin who was a compassionate and dedicated wildlife carer. The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and has treated over 58,000 sick and injured animals. Some of these animals include koalas, native birds, all kinds of reptiles and even sea turtles. Without the kind donations from the public and help from Australia Zoo, we couldn't continue to save so many precious lives.

    I truly believe that together we can and will make a difference. Without the support from people worldwide, we couldn't continue to do all of this important conservation work. So be strong and always believe. If you do that, you will be able to undertake and accomplish anything.

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    By Architectural Digest.


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    Oscar-winning actress Bette Davis's former home on Cape Elizabeth, Maine, is for sale. The coastal residence has views of Casco Bay from every room and includes access to two private beaches.


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    Celebrity chef Paula Deen's estate on Georgia's Wilmington Island is on the market. Located about ten miles outside of downtown Savannah, this home is the ultimate southern retreat. In addition to the sprawling main residence, the property features two guest cottages, a barn that contains a three-bedroom guest apartment and an eight-car garage, and a dock complete with a quaint dock house.


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    Blockbuster producer Jerry Bruckheimer's sprawling Los Angeles home is on the market. Built in 1965 by noted midcentury architect Thornton Abell, the spacious single-story residence is located above Sunset Boulevard in the exclusive Brentwood neighborhood.


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    Located in the equestrian community of Hidden Hills, California, this traditional home owned by actress and singer Jennifer Lopez boasts sweeping vistas of the San Fernando Valley with the San Gabriel Mountains beyond. Built in 1993, the estate is 20 minutes from Malibu.


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    The Jolie-Pitts are on the move again: Their beloved New Orleans home is on the market for $6.5 million. Situated near the waterfront in the city's French Quarter, the early-19th-century rowhouse (featuring five bedrooms and three and a half baths) is a five-minute walk from the historic beignet-and-chicory-coffee hot spot Café Du Monde.


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    Built in 1957, Bing Crosby's former home in the picturesque Coachella Valley features an indoor-outdoor floor plan with sweeping mountain vistas. The single-story structure comprises a kitchen (shown), spacious living and dining rooms, a media room, and six bedrooms, including the 1,400-square-foot master retreat. The two-bedroom guesthouse is said to be where JFK and Marilyn Monroe stayed together in 1962.


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    The airy Upper East Side apartment that's been home to New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony and his wife, television personality La La Anthony, is on the market. The newly renovated prewar penthouse is located in an exclusive building across from Central Park whose amenities include a 24-hour concierge, a large fitness center, and a residents' lounge. AD100 architect and designer S. Russell Groves devised the building's interiors.


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    The exceptionally glamorous Upper East Side home of the late, great Joan Rivers is on the market. The 5,100-square-foot penthouse is located in the heart of Manhattan, between Madison and Fifth avenues, just a few minutes' walk from Central Park. The prewar triplex includes a two-bedroom, two-bath guest apartment complete with its own kitchen. The main residence's dining room (pictured) opens onto a terrace.

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — No actor or actress can match Meryl Streep's 19 Academy Award nominations, and only Katharine Hepburn has bested her three Oscars for acting. So maybe it's conceivable that Streep's letter Tuesday to each member of Congress can somehow revive the Equal Rights Amendment, politically dormant since its high-water mark four decades ago.

    "I am writing to ask you to stand up for equality - for your mother, your daughter, your sister, your wife or yourself - by actively supporting the Equal Rights Amendment," Streep writes. Each packet includes a copy of "Equal Means Equal," a book by Jessica Neuwirth, president of the ERA Coalition. Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972. Over the next decade, 35 states ratified it, three short of the 38 needed to add it to the Constitution.

    Conservative opposition and other factors halted its momentum. They have helped relegate the ERA to America's political backburners ever since. Still, lawmakers from both parties regularly try to restart the process.

    The proposed amendment states, "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."

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    "A whole new generation of women and girls are talking about equality - equal pay, equal protection from sexual assault, equal rights," Streep's letter says.

    Advocates in Hollywood and Washington are battling the notion that the ERA is an artifact whose time has passed.

    "The time is ripe to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment," says Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif. "Seventy percent of people polled think that we already have an ERA in the Constitution and they're shocked to find we don't have one."

    Comedian and author Chelsea Handler says, "You wouldn't think that in 2015, in the United States, women still need to fight for legal equality, but here we are."

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