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    Sofia Vergara took a break from planning her own wedding to play bridesmaid at a friend's wedding on Saturday.

    With fiancé Joe Manganiello in tow, the "Modern Family" actress donned a pastel yellow strapless gown for the occasion. She shared several shots from the celebration on her Instagram account.

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    By the looks of it, Vergara is a woman after our own hearts. She shared a snap of her digging into some wedding cake, writing, "It's bad luck if you don't eat wedding cake." That's a superstition we can get behind.

    Its bad luck if you dont eat wedding cake

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    Vergara and Manganiello, who got engaged while on vacation in Hawaii in December, have set a date for their own wedding, but have yet to reveal details. The bride-to-be recently said that it looks like the guest list is going to be on the larger side.

    "I had to invite like all my family, and Joe has a lot of friends," Vergara told Ryan Seacrest in May. "So it became bigger and bigger and bigger."

    Keep in touch! Check out HuffPost Weddings on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

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    Score another point for 14-year-old Mo'ne Davis!

    Originally made famous by her stellar performance at the 2014 Little League World Series, Mo'ne is adding accomplishments to her resumé at a remarkable pace: a shoe line, a memoir, several athletic awards, and most recently, an offer from traveling exhibition basketball team, the Harlem Globetrotters.

    Wait -- isn't her sport baseball?

    Davis' talents can't be confined to one realm, and apparently not to one sport either. New York Magazine reports that The Globetrotters have instituted a "Future Discovery Clause," meaning that Davis will begin playing for them after she graduates from college, but she has indeed been offered a spot on the team.

    And since she's not yet a high school freshman, she's got plenty of time to practice. Although, she seems to be in pretty good shape already. According to ESPN, she's been playing for her school's varsity basketball team since she was in 8th grade.

    We're on Team Mo'ne -- whatever sport she ends up playing.

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    After a decade in development, Nina Simone’s authorized documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” was released in select theaters and on Netflix Friday.

    The Netflix original documentary, directed by Academy Award-nominee Liz Garbus, follows the famed singer as she narrates her life story through archival audio and video footage. In addition to personal anecdotes told by friends and collaborators, Simone’s daughter and executive producer Lisa Simone Kelly also talks about her experience growing up with her mother.

    According to Simone Kelly, a tribute project was initially discussed in the 1990s, but it wasn’t until after Simone's 2003 passing that the project got off the ground. Now, after a 10-year search for a director and distributor, Simone Kelly feels “What Happened Miss Simone?” accurately captures her mother's tale and sets the bar for future Nina Simone projects.

    “It reboots everything to what it’s supposed to be in terms of mom’s journey and mom’s life the way she deserves and the way she wants to be remembered in her own voice on her own terms,” Simone Kelly said during an interview with The Huffington Post. “The rest for me is gravy at this point, because we were able to get our project out first. That’s what’s most important, because this is what people will refer to.”

    “I look at all the other projects as keeping my mother’s memory alive. I no longer have to worry or lose sleep over the facts that more misinformation is being shared with the masses that could further distort what my mother’s truth was. That was my biggest thing,” she added.

    Later this year, the biopic, “Nina,”, which stars actress Zoe Saldana in the lead role, will be released. The project has dominated headlines, slapped with lawsuits and has received heavy backlash against Saldana's casting -- critics feel the actress is too light-skinned to portray the singer.

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    Although Saldana initially stated the criticism -- which sparked an online petition for a boycott of the film -- wouldn’t “deter” her from telling Simone’s story, the 36-year-old actress admitted July issue of InStyle magazine that she wasn’t the right choice for the role.

    “I missed that particular article. I don’t want to come down on Zoe any more than I already have,” Simone Kelly told HuffPost. “I love her as an actress. Truly, I do, but not all people are meant to play certain parts. The energy and the name behind this project is Cynthia Mort. She’s the writer, she’s the director, she’s the one who came up with the concept. And she’s the one who set this whole thing in motion. And it has been full of non-truth since its inception. And the addition of Zoe Saldana to the casting -- for me -- was only a further example of how much this project really just veered away from what the truth was.”

    Instead, Simone Kelly would have preferred either Kimberly Elise, Viola Davis or Adepero Oduye to portray her mother on screen. Adding that "Nina" is "totally unauthorized," and claiming the Simone estate was “ignored” after an attempt to “engage the energies that were behind the scenes.”

    In speaking with the Los Angeles Times earlier this month, Mort said that she understood the negative reaction to her decision to cast Saldana for the role, but stated, “Nina was much more than that and lived beyond those definitions," and added that she is very excited for the release of “What Happened, Miss Simone?”

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    Simone also held incredible influence as a Civil Rights activist. She leveraged her voice and platform to record songs that aligned with the Black Power Movement, including “Mississippi Goddam,” “Baltimore,” “To Be Young Gifted & Black" and “Backlash Blues,” among others.

    Though the recording of her 1960s civil rights-themed music helped rally and uplift those seeking racial equality in America, it also cost her commercial success, accolades and bookings, which is addressed in the documentary.

    In one particular scene -- filmed during a 1986 interview segment with the “Ebony/JET Showcase” TV program -- Simone discussed her role in the Civil Rights Movement and how her political songs were a liability for her career.

    “I wouldn’t change being a part of the civil rights movement. I wouldn’t change that, but some of the songs that I sang it hurt my career. All of the controversial songs, the industry decided to punish me for and they put a boycott on my records and it’s hard for me to incorporate those songs anymore because they are not relevant to the times…there is no reason to sing those songs. Nothing is happening. There is no civil rights movement. Everybody’s calm.”

    Simone Kelly said that had her mother lived to witness America's current issues with police misconduct and such violence as the Charleston church massacre , she would’ve written an entire album.

    “She would probably be right back on fire all over again,” Simone Kelly said. “It’s interesting how when you’re so far ahead of your time and when you’re courageous and outspoken and fearless, you know that’s a double edge sword. And for her to use the stage and her prowess as an artist to inspire and to enlighten and to shine a light on so much on the horrible things taking place.”

    “And when I see that scene [of the documentary] my heart actually hurts, because she’s speaking very clearly but what I feel in my heart is… she had to find a way to resurrect herself and do it without that fire.”

    The 52-year-old singer-actress went on to discuss some of today’s big name artists who she feels lack the same passion for social issues her mother frequently expressed.

    “I think about the artists today, the big names that we all know and recognize. Where are they? What are they doing,” she asked. “My mom, she decided to forgo awards and a lot of the accolades in order to use the stage to achieve something for the greater good.”

    “What Happened Miss Simone?” is now available on Netflix and in theaters.

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    1995 just wasn't ready for the campy brilliance of "Showgirls." But 20 years after the film flopped in theaters its star, Elizabeth Berkley, has finally embraced the cult classic -- and the film's adoring fans.

    On Saturday night, the former "Saved by the Bell" star gave a heartfelt speech before a screening of the film at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

    "This is such a special night, you don’t even know. This is 20 years in the making, I can’t believe I’m here with you. 4,000 people. 4,000 Nomis, 4,000 Cristals," the 42-year-old actress told the massive crowd.

    Berkely went on to say how she did everything her character Nomi Malone would have done to get this part.

    "When a dream is happening, it's unlike anything you can imagine. Which is why, when the movie came out, it was more painful than anything you can imagine," she said. "While in 1995, it was such a different time when taking risks like that were not embraced. They were laughed at, they were shamed publicly, and to be a young girl in the center of that was something that was quite difficult."

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    Two decades ago, critics were not kind to Berkley or the NC-17 rated film, but critics be damned, as Berkley learned it's the fans that matter.

    "Tonight is like this magical full-circle moment, where I actually didn't get to experience the sweetness of a screening with a crowd that embraced it. Tonight I want to thank you guys for giving me this gift of truly getting a full-circle moment of experiencing the joy with you," she said, adding, "because you guys and the love you have for this movie have made this the cult film that it is."

    Berkley concluded her speech by telling the audience, "I hope that you grab life and go Andrew Carver on its ass. Just know that I love you guys so much and thank you for giving me strength and confidence to become the woman that I am."

    And while Berkley may have shunned the film for the last 20 years, she proved she still remembered the best parts just as any true "Showgirls" fan would by posting the legendary "Versace” scene to her Instagram account:

    #versayce #Versace #nomi #showgirls #serve

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    Iggy Azalea doesn't seem too happy with Britney Spears over the success, or lack thereof, of their track, "Pretty Girls."

    During a Twitter Q&A session on Sunday, Azalea appeared to throw shade at Spears over the minimal promotion of their duet, which dropped in May and peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

    The rapper's remarks about the duet came after a Twitter user posted: "Even if PG flopped a little bit still getting a lot of views on YT and it's the summer anthem of 2015, so whatever we love you." 

    When a pop music fan board shared Azalea's tweets and accused her of shading Spears, the Australia native shot back. 

    She then called out the press for skewing her comments. 

    Last month, at the Billboard Music Awards Azalea gushed about getting to work with the pop star. 

    "It's not something that I ever anticipated happening ... And I didn't know I'd end up making such a crossover mesh of pop and rap where that would be a collaboration that would be possible," she said. "In the last two years I kind of transitioned my style so much to where that could be plausible. So I didn't when I was younger, but it's really quite surreal."

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    2014's "Guardians of the Galaxy" was a massive hit. Even before the movie managed to pull in close to $800,000,000 at the box office worldwide, we knew there was going to be a sequel (even before the movie hit theaters we knew there was going to be a sequel). Now that sequel has a name.

    On Monday, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige let it slip to Collider that the much-anticipated sequel will be called "Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2," and filming is set to start sometime around February or March 2016.

    Details surrounding the sequel have been kept hush, hush, but "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn confirmed the title via Twitter later in the day:

    "Vol. 2" seems to be a reference to the mix tape that Peter Quill aka Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt) mother gave him as a child. And it seems fitting since Gunn told Collider that the sequel would "focus more intensely on some of the characters," and that fans could expect to "learn a lot about fathers."

    "Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2" is currently set to hit theaters May 5, 2017.

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    In the era where (nearly) everything in Hollywood is a remake, there's the fear another beloved classic will be destroyed by the dreaded reboot. But thankfully, not every filmmaker is behind the trend.

    When The Telegraph asked Robert Zemeckis if he wold ever allow a "Back to the Future" remake to happen, the filmmaker's response was pretty perfect. "Oh, God no,” he said. “That can’t happen until both Bob [Gale] and I are dead," Zemeckis said of himself and trilogy co-writer Gale. Though the director knows that a remake could happen once he is dead, he hopes there's a way his estate can prevent it from happening in the future. (If only Zemeckis had an actual DeLorean.)

    “I mean, to me, that’s outrageous," Zemeckis told The Telegraph. The filmmaker compared it to the likes of remaking "Citizen Kane," adding, "What folly, what insanity is that? Why would anyone do that?” We couldn't agree more.

    Gale echoed this sentiment when he told Yahoo last year that a fourth installment of the film series wouldn't be happening. “Let’s face it, we’ve seen a lot of sequels that are made years and years later and I don’t think I can name one that’s any good, that lives up to the originals," Gale told Yahoo. "I don’t think you can recapture it.”

    Instead, Gale and Zemeckis are working on a "Back to the Future" musical. The two originally planned to open the musical on London’s West End in 2015 to celebrate the film's upcoming 30th anniversary, but last October, Gale announced it wasn't quite ready. "We’re not going to put it out there until we absolutely love it ourselves," he told Yahoo.

    For more, head to The Telegraph.

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    Jeremy Renner doesn't care if you think he's gay. 

    As has been the case with many celebrities, Renner's sexuality has been a source of public interest. Back in 2012, the "Avengers" star gave a candid cover-story interview to The Hollywood Reporter and quashed speculation about his sexual orientation.

    “I want my personal life to be personal," he said at the time. "How about I go peek in your window, take what underwear you wore last night, whose husband you were f**king, and shove that in the megaphone throughout your neighborhood? How does that feel?” 

    Fast forward three years and Renner is addressing those same gay rumors head-on in an interview with Playboy magazine. 

    [A]s a general rule I don’t respond to questions about my personal life. I’m not going to try to prove what I am or am not. It’s silly, right? When you [G]oogle yourself and the first thing that comes up is “Jeremy Renner gay,” it’s like, “Oh, now you’ve arrived. You’re now a giant movie star.” So I just had a big laugh about it. I don’t care, ultimately, if that’s what people want to think, read and care about. F**king say whatever the hell you want about me. Look at where we’re at socially -- leaps and bounds ahead of where we started. That’s an amazing thing. To suggest that it’s negative, that being gay is a terrible thing, a perversion or whatever -- I just don’t get it. Don’t you wish we were in a world where we’re not shaming, judging and boxing people in?

    The 44-year-old actor is currently in the process of getting divorced. His ex, Sonni Pacheco, made the filing back in December after 10 months of marriage. The two share custody of their 2-year-old daughter, Ava.  


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    Deen Castronovo, the drummer for the band Journey, has been charged with raping his wife in addition to several other charges, TMZ reports.

    The 49-year-old was arrested earlier this month on domestic violence charges in Salem, Oregon and was released on bail.

    According to local news site KOIN6, it's not clear if the new charges are related to the incident that led to his earlier arrest, however, the drummer has now been charged with "unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of menacing, one count of rape in the first degree, one count of sexual abuse in the second degree, four counts of assault in the fourth degree and one count of assault in the second degree, one count of coercion and one count of criminal mischief in the second degree."

    Following the drummer's arrest, Journey announced that Omar Hakim would fill in for Castronovo on the band's upcoming U.S. tour dates.

    "We have made the decision to have Omar Hakim play drums for the band's upcoming U.S. concerts (Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 20 and the Stadium of Fire in Provo, Utah on Saturday, July 4), as well as the band's Canadian tour (July 6 – August 3), due to Deen Castronovo's pending issues," the band said in a statement on June 18. "We are very grateful to Omar filling in with his musical excellence."

    Castronovo, who joined Journey in 1998, replacing drummer Steve Smith, was also arrested in 2012 for allegedly assaulting a girlfriend. He is due in court on Tuesday for a plea hearing.

    The Huffington Post reached out to a rep for Journey for comment.

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    Take a seat and put on Vanessa Carlton, because Marlon Wayans has some potential big news.

    On Sunday, the actor shared a photo on Instagram of himself with brother Shawn Wayans in a fake poster for "White Chicks 2." But that fake poster could soon be a reality. The actor wrote in the caption, "Show of hands who wants to see the sequel to this? 300,000 likes and I may make this our next movie."

    Show of hands who wants to see the sequel to this? 300,000 likes and I may make this our next movie

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    The photo already has over 407,000 likes on Instagram and over 700,000 likes on Facebook. So is "White Chicks 2" actually happening? Marlon Wayans has been talking about it for years, and back in 2009 ScreenRant reported Sony and the Wayans were moving forward on a sequel to the 2004 comedy.

    Last year, though, Marlon Wayans told The Grio that a change in the film sales market had thus far prevented the possibility of a sequel. “I think people are scared that it’s 10 years removed," he said. "Overseas markets have changed and selling foreign isn’t as lucrative as it was for these types of movies."

    The Huffington Post has reached out to Marlon, Shawn and Keenen Ivory Wayans to find out whether or not the brothers will actually make "White Chicks 2" their next movie. If it doesn't happen, we warn you, we might just have a BF.

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    Recent reports claim Kim Kardashian and Kanye West took steps to ensure their next child would be a boy by using only male embryos in Kardashian's in vitro fertilization procedure. Medical technology makes selecting your baby's gender very possible (with a steep price tag), but how exactly does it work? HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd got the answers on Monday from fertility specialist Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg, who explained the science behind it all.

    Watch Dr. Steinberg's description of the steps to gender selection in the video above, and click here for the full HuffPost Live conversation about the latest in pregnancy science.

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

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    Alex Trebek rapped -- again.

    This time, he busted out the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" theme song as a clue on Monday night's "Jeopardy!"

    Of course, the 74-year-old Canadian game show host has rapped an entire category before, but we'll always get kind of hyped when he does it anyway.

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    Kanye West finally has a real reason not to smile.

    Over the weekend, the rapper broke out a cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody" at the Glastonbury Festival, and it could probably be best described as polarizing. The performance has received a lot of love, but one person who doesn't seem to be a supporter is the late Freddie Mercury -- at least according to a new video pitting West against the Queen singer.

    Radio station Q104.3 FM posted the video on Monday, and, like they say, it's not even a contest: contest: Kanye West vs. Freddie MercuryWant more of the best classic rock? >> Q1043.COM/LISTEN

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    West's cover flew in the face of a petition to have him replaced at the festival by a rock group, but, unfortunately, when compared to the original, there's just no escape from reality for Kanye.

    H/T Q104.3 FM

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    When it comes to beauty, there isn't a whole lot Kat Dennings won't try -- goth makeup and coffee hair dye included -- so when we dared the actress to channel her beauty icons for this month's Byrdie editorial, we knew she'd be game! With the help of hairstylist Gregory Russell and makeup artist Rachel Goodwin, Dennings seamlessly transformed into her favorite sources of inspiration, everyone from '60s screen siren Sophia Loren to '90s grunge god Eddie Vedder. Keep reading for Byrdie's exclusive story. Plus, Dennings talks the products she can't live without, her liquid liner tips, and the advice she'd give her younger self.

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    Katharine Hepburn
    "Katharine Hepburn obviously was one of the earth's most inspiring female movie stars. When I was a young girl, I watched a lot of her films and thought she was such a badass. She just has this attitude towards publicity and fame and things like that, and she just rebelled against all of it and really paved her own way in the industry with what she wore and how she looked, and I just respect that so much. And I like to wear pants, and she liked to wear pants, and I thought why not?"

    Makeup artist note: Goodwin used Burberry's Eye Colour Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow ($29) in #103 on the eyes and Kevyn Aucoin's The Precision Brow Pencil ($26) in Brunette on the brows. She finished the look with Make Up for Ever's Rouge Artist Intense Color Lipstick ($20) in 41 Satin Rust.

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    Sophia Loren
    "She kind of epitomizes Old Hollywood babe glamour. She is just full-on feminine, an amazing actress, gorgeous face, and amazing body. I think, also, I am a formidable-shaped human body, so I really loved watching her films and feeling, you know, like I had somebody to dress towards, if that makes sense. Like I try to sort of get inspiration from her when I'm going to an event or something like that, just because I love her whole essence."

    Makeup artist note: Goodwin used Chanel's Écriture de Chanel Eyeliner Pen Effortless Definition ($35) in #20 on Dennings's eyes.

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    Anjelica Huston
    "Anjelica Huston is another one of those amazing, classic beauties, classic actresses. And she's one of the actresses that I idolized. I grew up watching the Addams Family movies and ended up going through a major young-girl goth thing, and she had probably 99% to do with that. We did a cool version of Anjelica when she was a hot babe in the '70s, and I loved that. I kind of forgot that she was this gorgeous disco flower babe, so that was really fun too."

    Makeup artist note: Goodwin used Make Up for Ever's Artist Shadow Matte Finish ($210) in Rosewood on the eyes and cheeks, Hourglass Cosmetics' Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss ($28) in Origami on the lips, and finished with Chanel's Le Volume de Chanel Mascara ($32).

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    Eddie Vedder
    "Well I'm sure Eddie Vedder would be horrified to see what I thought I was doing. He is a big inspiration to me, just because also his attitude about--I like people's attitudes more than fashion or beauty or whatever it is. Do you remember when Pearl Jam won I think it was a Grammy and he went up there he gave this insane, amazing speech like, 'I don't really know what this is or what it means,' and then he just left? It was great! He's just an artist and just a very inspirational person, and I respect him a lot. Furthermore, I notice when I'm at my most casual I look exactly like him when he was younger. I am a grunge kid a little bit, so I thought I would throw the Vedder hat in the mix, and I hope he doesn't hate me."

    Makeup artist note: Goodwin prepped the face with Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant ($21). For Dennings's smoky eye, Goodwin used Chanel's Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow ($36) in Mirifique and finished the look with Kevyn Aucoin's The Precision Brow Pencil ($26) in Brunette.

    Byrdie: Who do you find inspiring in the beauty world today?
    Kat Dennings: I mean there's so many actress and ladies around that always look amazing. I tend to look towards girls who have similar coloring as me, just so I can feel like I can pull it off, even though maybe I can't. I love Rachel Weisz. I think she is an incredible beauty, and I creepily look up what's she wearing and bask in her gorgeousness. I love Liv Tyler, she always looks very chic and beautiful, and also pale and brunette, so I look her up for makeup inspiration.

    B: Let's talk about your current beauty routine.
    KD: I love makeup! I have a pretty set daily routine when I'm actually trying to make an effort. I really like right now Dr. Hauschka's Rose Day Cream ($34). And then I've been using as my whole foundation Maybelline's Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer ($7). The Ivory is perfect for my color, and it never breaks me out--it's just really nice. I use a Real Techniques Foundation Brush ($6). I also sometimes like the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint SPF 15 ($40)--that's good stuff. I use NARS blush in the color, I think is Rita. And then I always do a black liquid line on my eyes. That's my thing. No matter what else, even if I forget mascara, dare I, at least I have some kind of dimension going on. I love em Michelle Phan. You know who she is, right? She is the YouTube star. She has her own makeup line called em Michelle Phan, and you can get it on Amazon. It's incredible. And she has an amazing liquid liner called Scribble ($18). The brush is really tiny and gets you shapes that are pretty amazing. I've practiced for years, so I can do a fast liquid liner. I love her products, and I love that one.

    B: Do you have any tips for applying liquid eyeliner?
    KD: Again, it took me a long time, and it's really hard. It's like one of those things that nobody really wants to even go do, because it's annoying. I watched videos, when I first wanted to master it, of geishas doing their makeup. They keep their eyes open, and that's actually my number one tip is try to keep a steady eye, like try not blink and go crazy, and try to keep your eye open. I start at the inner corner and I do midway to like three quarters of a line over both eyes, so they are both done except for the ends. Then I try to get the ends even so I don't happen to worry about the rest of it. Honestly, though, it's just practice. Just have your Q-tips ready.

    B: In the spirit of Two Broke Girls, what are your favorite drugstore beauty buys?
    KD: Well, honestly, most of my beauty routine is drugstore, because you can get that Maybelline thing, I think it's like $10 or something like that. I actually prefer drugstore things over fancy, because I tend to keep the fancy stuff for a "special occasion," and then it goes bad. I like to just use it and throw away and then buy more. And also Covergirl. I use their Lipstain crayons--they are fantastic. There's also Miss Manga mascara by L'Oréal. Despite the name, it's a fantastic mascara.

    B: If you could give any beauty advice to your younger self, what would it be?
    KD: Oh my god. Well, where would I start? I was a hot mess for a long time, because I loved trying everything and I thought I was kind of a genius with my look, which I was kind of, looking back. I used a very white powder all the time, I don't know why. It was this white, chalky powder all over my face, and I thought it was a good move, so I would caution against over-powdering to my younger self. But I did have a flair for the beauty products back then, and I wouldn't want to hinder it.

    B: What are some of the best beauty tips you've learned from working in the industry?
    KD: I've worked with some wonderful people, including Rachel Goodwin, who did the shoot with us. It's always easier to sit back and relax when a pro is doing your makeup, but one thing I do know is over time you learn what you feel most comfortable in, and it's actually good to share that, so you end up happy no matter what. And within that, you end up getting some really good tips. Now what I do is I apply lipstick to just my lower lip and then I smoosh it around to get it on the rest of my lips, and I learned that from Lauren Andersen. It's actually better for my lips, because I have larger, weird-shaped lips, but I usually apply to the top and then smoosh it to the bottom, but I switched and it looks much better. So maybe, for those reading, try experimenting which lip you do first. It makes a big difference.

    B: You once dyed your hair with coffee. Are you a big fan of at-home beauty remedies? What are some of your favorites?
    KD: Well, not anymore, not since that [laughs]. Here's the thing. So we're going into the fifth year of the show, and my whole life I've never died my hair, I've barely cut it, it always looks the same and you just get a little cabin fever-y within your own face. So as soon as we went on hiatus this year, I was like I need a change right now, like I don't care what it takes. I was on Pinterest, of course, it was late at night, and it was like, "Dye your hair with things you have in the house," and I was like, "I'm doing it!" Needless to say, there was no change at all; I felt like I was going to die, and there was coffee everywhere. It was a mess--do not try it.

    Another Michelle Phan tip, but these are from earlier videos. You can get these rice sheets that you make those summer spring rolls out of and literally cut shapes out of them--shapes for your cheeks, your forehead, your nose, and chin. And then make some green tea, and put anything else in there you want for you skin, and then add the sheets, and it will soften them, and put them on your face and leave them there for like 15 minutes. And your skin will be really moisturized, because you have rice and green skin in your skin. It costs nothing.

    Photographer: Olivia Malone
    Hair: Gregory Russell
    Makeup: Rachel Goodwin
    Stylist: Christine Baker
    Manicurist: Kait Mosh

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    Ice Cube promised an N.W.A. reunion and he delivered.

    On Saturday night in Los Angeles, N.W.A. members MC Ren and DJ Yella joined Ice Cube on stage for their first live performance together in 26 years, according to Ice Cube. While the rapper-actor last performed with MC Ren in 2000, Ren said the three haven't performed live together since 1989. Dr. Dre, the only other surviving member of the legendary rap group, was not present for the performance.

    The trio performed N.W.A. songs "Straight Outta Compton," "8 Ball," "Chin Check" and "Fuck tha Police" in between Ice Cube's solo songs “Check Yo’ Self," “You Can Do It" and "It Was a Good Day." The group also paid homage to late N.W.A. member Eazy-E by referencing the songs "Boyz-N-the-Hood" and "For the Love of Money." "Rest In Peace, Eazy-motherfucking-E," Ice Cube told the crowd. "Without his vision, you wouldn't see what you see today."

    Ice Cube told Rolling Stone about the reunion performance earlier this month. "It's just gonna be one of those 'I wish I were there in LA' nights. And we're gonna rock that shit, no problem," he said. Before Ice Cube and N.W.A. took the stage at the Staples Center on Saturday, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock also performed.

    But more N.W.A. is on the way. The rap group's biopic, "Straight Outta Compton," hits theaters on Aug. 14.

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    Earlier this year, we got out first look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden. Now, the first official trailer has arrived of Oliver Stone's biopic on the whistleblower. The trailer features no footage from "Snowden," but serves as a visual resume for the former CIA employee and government contractor who quickly became the most wanted man across the globe.

    The film also stars Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans and Nicolas Cage. "Snowden" hits theaters Dec. 25.


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    This past weekend we learned that Amy Schumer had turned down Comedy Central's offer to host "The Daily Show" because it felt too "safe," but that's not the whole story. 

     On Tuesday, the 34-year-old further explained her reasoning during an appearance on  Howard Stern's SiriusXM show

    "It felt like it would be betting against myself," she said. "OK, this way I'm secure and I know I'll make [money] and I'll have this job ... but I'm like, 'No. I'm gonna bet on myself that I can do more.'"

     Schumer said she wasn't quick to turn down the offer, and even met with Jon Stewart over pizza to discuss the job, where she inquired about its perks. 

    Ultimately, Schumer decided she simply wasn't right for it. 

    "I think if I heard I was hosting 'The Daily Show,' I'd be like, ‘Oh, give me a fucking break!'" she told Stern, adding that the five years' worth of potential blazers kind of had something to do with it.

    "But I just pictured all the fittings, like all the blazers I’d have to wear and I was like, 'I don’t want to do that,'" she explained to Stern. "I just thought, I don’t think it’s right for me. Trevor [Noah] will be so much better at it than I would ever have been."


    Meanwhile, Schumer also spoke about one gig that she actually said agreed to -- opening for Madonna for three nights in New York City in September. The "Trainwreck" star told Stern that she's the first comedian to open for the Material Girl, but she doesn't have high hopes for it. 

    "I really think that it will be a bad set. I'm going to try my hardest. I'm going to write some Madonna material, I'm going to practice. I'm going to do everything I can. Like you said, they're not here for me,"she said. "So I'm planning on just taking one to the chin every night, and then getting to see a Madonna show." 

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    History was made in the ballet world this week when soloist Misty Copeland was promoted to principal dancer, thereby becoming the first black female principal in the 75-year history of the American Ballet Theatre.

    Copeland, now 32 years old, has been dancing with the American Ballet Theatre for over 14 years, nearly eight as a soloist. Most recently, she starred as Odette/Odile in "Swan Lake" at the Met, a role dance critic Alastair Macaulay called "the most epic role in world ballet."

    "Two aspects of [Misty's] performance ... proved marvelous," Macaulay wrote in his review. "One: that it all happened successfully. Two: the curtain calls."

    Copeland's name is known far beyond the traditional confines of the ballet world, in part due to her emphatic openness regarding the problematic relationship between race and ballet. As Elizabeth Blair explained on NPR: "It's hard for any ballet dancer to succeed, regardless of race, but a black dancer is up against a centuries-old aesthetic -- the idea, for example, that the swan must be feather-weight and snow white, and so does her prince."

    Copeland's rise to fame, despite the centuries of tradition working against her, has served as an inspiration for young dancers who don't fit the mold around the world. During "Swan Lake," she repeatedly experienced cheers so intense they stopped the show, according to The New York Times. The ballerina is also the author of an illustrated children's book and a memoir, both elaborating on her journey overcoming the odds to pursue her passion.

    Both because of her immense talent and candor regarding her personal hopes and struggles, Copeland has become a heroine to young dancers around the world. She has over 516,000 followers on Instagram and her breathtaking ad for Under Armour received over eight million views on YouTube.

    "Something that my mother instilled in me, as a biracial woman herself, and me being biracial, was that the world was going to view me as a black woman, no matter what I decided to do," Copeland said at the Time 100 gala, where she was honored. "I had no idea that that was going to be my truth at some point in my life, when I moved to New York City at 17 years old and joined American Ballet Theatre and realized I was the only African American woman in a company of 80 dancers."

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    Copeland grew up in San Pedro, California, and took her first ballet classes for free at the Boys & Girls Club in the neighborhood. At the time, her family was living in a motel, part of a personal narrative that strays greatly from the traditional tale of a young ballerina. Copeland has said that she always hoped to rise to the level of principal, the highest status in a company. "My fears are that it could be another two decades before another black woman is in the position that I hold with an elite ballet company," she explains in her memoir. "That if I don’t rise to principal, people will feel I have failed them."

    Arthur Mitchell was the first African-American dancer to become a principal dancer, breaking grounds at the New York City Ballet in 1962. Years later in 1990, Lauren Anderson became the first African-American principal at the Houston Ballet. Anderson, along with Raven Wilkinson, a dancer and mentor of Copeland's, handed her bouquets on stage following her recent "Swan" performance.

    There has never before been a female black principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, until now. "Seven amazing dancers from American Ballet Theatre were promoted today," Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director of the American Ballet Theatre explained in an email to the Huffington Post. "Each has demonstrated the talent and hard work needed to succeed in a highly competitive environment. I couldn't be prouder." We reached out to Misty Copeland for comment and have yet to hear back.

    "I never saw a ballerina who looked like me before," Copeland has said. "And I’m here to be a vessel for all these brown ballerinas who have come before me."

    Congratulations, Misty, on a historical accomplishment, one that is sure to shape the future of ballet's diversity in ways we can only imagine.

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    It's 2015. By now, reality TV is a young adult, but it hasn't grown out of "The Bachelor" franchise. Despite its bizarre dating rituals, low success rate, and questionable racial and gender politics, the stable of shows is, if anything, more popular than ever. Do people love "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," or do they love to hate it? It's unclear. But here at Here To Make Friends, we both love and love to hate them -- and we love to snarkily dissect each episode in vivid detail.

    In this week's Here To Make Friends podcast, hosts Claire Fallon, Culture Writer, and Emma Gray, Senior Women's Editor, recap the eighth episode of "The Bachelorette," Season 11. We'll discuss Shawn's emotional freakout, the least dramatic two-on-one ever, Cupcake's sad exit and Chris Harrison's game-changing conversation with Kaitlyn.

    Kate Dries, Senior Editor at Jezebel, joins to give her recapping insights -- plus, we'll hear from the Bachelorette herself, Kaitlyn Bristowe!

    You can check out our future episodes of Here To Make Friends and other HuffPost Podcasts on The Huffington Post's Sound Cloud page. Thanks to our producer, Katelyn Bogucki, our editor Jorge Corona, and our guest Kate Dries.

    Also, check out the HuffPost Here To Make Friends podcast on iTunes and make sure to rate and review the show, too.


    The best tweets about this week's "Bachelorette"...

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    Our worst nightmare has come true.

    Hollywood golden couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have called it quits after 10 years of marriage, TMZ reports. The couple confirmed their split in a statement:

    "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding."

    Rumors first started swirling about the state of their relationship earlier this month, with an insider telling Us Weekly, "The marriage is in trouble." Reportedly, Affleck's "workaholic" mentality didn't sit well with Garner, who is usually home with the pair's three children, Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3.

    Garner recently opened up to Yahoo! Parenting about balancing her marriage and parenthood, explaining, "You just go on a ride together because you don’t know who you’re going to be when you first have a baby and you don’t know who [your partner] is going to be. You have to just hang in there while you figure it out -- and have a lot of patience for each other."

    Affleck and Garner tied the knot on June 29, 2005 in a private ceremony in Turks and Caicos. (Yes, their 10th anniversary was on Monday.) This was the first marriage for the "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" star, while Garner was previously married to actor Scott Foley.

    Hearts everywhere are breaking.

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