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    Sportz y'all.



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    ~*~*~BONUS~*~*~ 


    Here's LeBron with Peyton Manning and Derek Jeter. AGAIN I SAY TO YOU, SPORTS!



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    The 2015 Emmy nominations are here and, as usual, there are plenty of surprises to celebrate and snubs to angrily tweet about. The most joyous reactions, of course, come from the shocked (or, at least, pretending to be) nominees themselves.


    "Outstanding Actress in a Comedy" nominee and reigning champ Julia Louis-Dreyfus released this statement in response to the good news:



    As President, my staff and I are too busy doing the people's business to watch television.  Nonetheless, we are thrilled to be a part of this celebration of creativity. (Go Jon Hamm!)



    Triple nominee -- for acting, directing, and writing! -- Amy Schumer responded in the Amy Schumerest way possible. "I feel like I just had the best orgasm," she told EW. "We were jumping up and down on the bed screaming, we’re so excited."


    "American Horror Story: Freak Show" star Sarah Paulson told EW that, even after four nominations, “I can’t imagine it would ever get old. And if it does, someone should take my SAG card away!”


    Here are some of the best reactions to today's Emmy announcement, as shared by nominees.






































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    As if we needed further proof. But here it is anyway, because you know you want it. And you know he deserves it.


    Bill Murray is the kind of guy who shows up to parties -- sometimes invited, sometimes not -- and stays to help do dishes after. He's a celebrity who never seems to grow tired of taking photos with fans, even if they're wearing a shirt with his face on it.


    He's a lot of different things, but mostly he's just a remarkable human being. Let's enjoy a trip through Murray's less conventional roles, further proving he is the best human. 



     


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    The moment we are first introduced to Dionne in "Clueless" -- she bounces out of her gorgeous mansion rocking braids and a ridiculously huge church-auntie hat -- I instantly fell in love. Later in the movie, when Amber says she can't play games where "balls fly at my nose," and Dionne responds, "Well, there goes your social life," I became obsessed. Witty one-liners, beauty, killer fashion sense, and she was a black girl? Heaven. 


    This month marks the 20th anniversary of "Clueless," Amy Heckerling's movie adaptation that took Jane Austen's Emma and turned it into the quintessential '90s teen rom-com. The film's fashion, soundtrack, and catchphrases ("As if!") are now iconic, and, for better or worse, forever associated with the young cast of mostly unknowns who brought them to life. 


    Whenever an anniversary of a movie like this one comes up nostalgia descends, and with it an inevitable question: "Where are they now?" There have been countless reunions and roundups on the stars of "Clueless"-- we know that Alicia Silverstone (Cher) has gone on to do guest stints on shows like "Suburgatory," started a lifestyle blog, and raised eyebrows by feeding her 11-month old son chewed up food back in 2012. 


    Other cast members, like Paul Rudd (Josh) and the late Brittany Murphy (Tai), went on to Hollywood stardom, or became the leads in cult TV shows, like Donald Faison (Murray) in "Scrubs."


    And then, there is Stacey Dash. 


    Dash played Cher's best friend Dionne in "Clueless." Dionne is, arguably, one of the most iconic black teen characters of all time. With her box braids, beanie, and coordinated plaid mini-skirt, she stood out in the sea of white faces that made up the pantheon of teen movie characters. She was the "best friend," but she wasn't a sidekick. She was a rich girl at a predominantly white school, but her blackness wasn't completely erased. And in her loving but often volatile relationship with boyfriend Murray, she was given complete autonomy -- allowed to be sexual without being a "slut," while still asserting herself with lines like, "Murray, I have asked you repeatedly not to call me 'woman!'"


    Since 1995, she reprised the role of Dionne on the "Clueless" television series, and more recently was the star of the short-lived VH1 soap "Single Ladies." But it's not her work on screen, but her work as a pundit that's kept her relatively relevant in the last few years. 


    In May 2014, Fox News announced that Dash had been hired as a contributor across daytime and primetime shows, as the token Black Republican from "liberal Hollywood" who would presumably give the network some badly needed black cred. This was after Dash had openly endorsed Mitt Romney, drawn the wrath of Twitter users by tweeting her support of Paula Deen, and called out Jay Z and Beyoncé for taking a vacation in Cuba, writing: "Do you care that The Jay Zs have taken the capital you have given them and funded a communist oppressive regime?”


    Perhaps most heartbreaking in her long list of questionable political stances has been her commentary on women's issues. In February 2015, Dash made a series of comments on Fox News that she later described as a "joke," in a discussion about rape on college campuses.


    She said, "I think it’s a good thing for the good girls to be told: 'stay home, be safe'. The other bad girls -- bad women -- are the ones who like to be naughty, might go out and play and get hurt and then, you know..."


    In May, she had a heated debate with TV host Meredith Viera about wage inequality during which she argued that women should stop playing the "victim" when it comes to equal pay. 


    "I feel like it's an excuse. It's the same thing with race. It's an excuse. Stop making excuses," Dash said. "If there are opportunities, seize them and be prepared for them, and be the best, if that's what it takes. If you have to be extraordinary, then be extraordinary... I will not be a victim." 


    How does one reconcile Dash and her politics, especially concerning race and women, with the iconic role and movie she's best known for?


    You don't.  



    Obviously, and logically, Dash and Dionne are decades and worlds apart. Actors are not the characters they play, and they're entitled to do and say whatever they want to in their real lives. And yet. There's something especially difficult to swallow about Dionne/Dash that's different than the shock of Cher Horrowitz growing up to feed her baby like a mama bird. 


    On any given Halloween you'll find at least one black girl wearing box braids and a plaid skirt in homage to Dionne and, in a sense, to Stacey Dash's amazing portrayal of her. It's unfortunate that Dash's politics seem in opposition to everything "Clueless" and her character stood for, but is it possible for an actor to ruin a film?  Can the things someone says and does off screen impact the way you feel about the character they once portrayed? 


    With every year that goes by, "Clueless" changes as a cultural artifact. It changes in its relationship to those who first watched it back in 1995, and those who may just be discovering it today. Jokes that went over our heads at age 7 suddenly make sense at 17 and trigger nostalgia at 27, while feminist themes of female friendship and empowerment have become more significant. For better or worse, Dash's "Clueless" role and her role as pundit, have added to that ongoing evolution.


    At the end of the day, while one may feel a twinge of disappointment every time Dash says something awful in the media relating to race or gender (or even "Clueless" -- she says she never watches the movie to this day), it doesn't take away from the impact her character had on teen movie history. Dionne remains empowered, intelligent and flawless. (Plus, she would never skin a collie to make her backpack.) That, at the very least, has to count for something. 


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    GQ declared Amy Schumer the "the funniest woman in the galaxy" when they released their cover and accompanying photo shoot for their August Comedy issue on Wednesday.


    We have to admit, we were surprised the magazine chose to promote Schumer's sexy "Star Wars"-themed photo shoot without a single quote from the forthcoming interview. But on Thursday, that all changed when GQ released Schumer's take on the cover, which the magazine offered up as a fun assignment. 


    Per GQ: "We also asked Amy if she wanted to take a shot at writing her own cover lines for an alternate version. She maybe got a little carried away … "



    The cover lines are hilarious (how does one get abs like Pax Jolie-Pitt? Does Pax Jolie-Pitt have abs?) and we have to say the photo seems like a better fit than the real cover that has the comedian sucking on C-3PO’s finger.


    The mock cover is an interesting task for Schumer, who hasn't been shy about her experiences with the magazine industry. She's taken aim at women's magazines repeatedly in her standup routines, sketches on "Inside Amy Schumer," and in June she spoke of how refreshing it was to work with Glamour compared to her previous experiences.  


    "Any comic in the room knows that when a female comic does a photoshoot, they're like 'Oh, cool, can you hold this plastic dick over your head? We're going to shoot actual cum out of it," she said, explaining that Glamour was the first magazine that just asked her to smile. 


    She hasn't let men's magazines off the hook, either. Schumer plays a writer at fictional men's magazine S'Nuff in "Trainwreck," and when she spoke to GQ last year, she explained the magazine setting in the film was born out of personal experiences. 



     "I’ve been doing a lot of press in the last couple of years, and I knew it would be a fun place to satirize a little." Like how? "Well, there’s a little bit about how, when they profile a girl, it’s always right on the precipice of, like, 'We almost fucked.' Like, 'She walked in, and her nipples were just a little hard, and she ordered a whiskey because her throat hurt.'"



    So while there's nothing wrong with Schumer's sexy "Star Wars" photo shoot -- the comedian even thanked GQ for putting her on the cover -- her version just seems to actually live up to the title of "funniest woman in the galaxy."



     


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    Netflix released a new teaser for their upcoming series, "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day at Camp," (a prequel to the original film) on Thursday, and we couldn't help but notice the cast looks exactly the same as they did 14 years ago.We're not kidding. Check out the trailer below, and tell us you're not blown away by how ridiculously ageless this cast is. Were they all drinking from some hidden fountain of youth at Camp Firewood? We'd like to know. 




    See what we mean? 


    And just to prove our point even further, we've compiled a list of side by side images showing a selection of cast members then (on the left) and now (on the right). 



    "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day at Camp" begins streaming on Netflix on July 31. 


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    Thousands of Selena Quintanilla fans’ hearts exploded as news of a MAC cosmetic line inspired by the slain Tejano singer broke on Thursday morning.


    The cosmetic's company delivered the news to fans via their social media accounts, including Twitter and Instagram.



     The company's decision comes nearly six months after fans first began to rally online for a MAC collection inspired by the late singer. Las Vegas-based make-up artist and Selena fan José Antonio Figueroa was the catalyst to the movement after he photoshopped an image of Selena on a MAC liptick and posted the photo on Instagram in January.


     The image included the hashtag  #SelenaQuintanillaForMAC and quickly went viral. 


     Patty Rodriguez, a producer for “On Air With Ryan Seacrest," then started a formal petition on Change.org to make a full collection a reality. Rodriguez initially hoped to recieve 5,000 signatures in support of a limited-edition collection in the singer's name. By the time MAC announced the line on Thursday morning, the petition had accrued nearly 38,000 signatures. 


    MAC originally responded to the petition in April, bringing hope to many with a statement acknowledging the “enthusiasm” of Selena fans and assuring them that all their feedback would be taken into consideration as new collaborations are planned. 


    The company came through Thursday morning. 


    “The talent and beauty, both physical and internal, of Selena has caused a significant and colorful impact on the world that has continued to grow during the last two decades,” James Gager, Creative Director for MAC James Gager, told People en Español. “We have paid attention to the passion and enthusiasm of her fans and whole heartedly recognize that her legacy personifies MAC’s philosophy.”


    Gager also told People that the collection will debut in the second half of 2016.


     Rumors that the company had reached out the Quintanilla's sister, Suzette, to collaborate on the collection were also confirmed on Thursday. The singer's sibling and bandmate spoke to People en Español exclusively on the collection. 


    "Helping create this collection takes me back to those late night chats on our tour bus, when [Selena] use to talk about some day having her own make up line," Suzette said as part of her statement to the website.   


     Take a look at some of the ecstatic reactions from fans online:


     




















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    NEW YORK (AP) — This is the full statement posted by the Duggar family on Facebook on Thursday:


    Today, TLC announced that they will not be filming new episodes of 19 Kids and Counting.


    Years ago, when we were asked to film our first one hour documentary about the logistics of raising 14 children, we felt that it was an opportunity to share with the world that children are a blessing and a gift from God.


    We are so thankful for our film crew that has shown up at our house for over a decade. They have become like family to us. They have invested their time and energy into our lives and have been so loving and patient. We love and appreciate them so much!



     With God's grace and help Josh, our daughters and our entire family overcame a terrible situation, found healing and a way forward. We are so pleased with the wonderful adults they have all become.


    It is our prayer that the painful situation our family went through many years ago can point people toward faith in God and help others who also have lived through similar dark situations to find help, hope and healing, as well.


    We appreciate the love, support, prayers and kindness extended to us by many of you. You have deeply touched our hearts and encouraged us, during this time.


    God's faithfulness and goodness to us, along with His abundant grace have given us strength and joy even in the most difficult days.


    We have committed to Him that in all things — difficulties or success, good times or bad — we will purpose to bring Him honor by staying true to our faith and our family.


    We look forward to working with TLC on this upcoming special documentary and hope that it is an encouragement to many.


    We know Who holds the future and are confident that He will work all things together for good.


    We love each of you and look forward to unfolding the future with peace and joy.


    With Gratefulness,


    Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar family


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    If only our imaginations were reality. 


    There is no video that can't be improved with the addition of imaginary characters, especially when said video involves Kanye West. Redditor RayRod747, known as RayRod in social media circles, took some preexisting footage of Kanye listening to music on a plane, and then decided to add some Marvel and Capcom characters to accent his head bopping.


    RayRod said he was inspired by all the Kanye hate that's been floating around lately. "It was strange to see him look so regular. He wasnt on a fancy plane or jet, sipping champagne and popping bottles. Instead, he looked like one of us taking a flight home."


    So RayRod had some fun with it, and it's magical. You can check out some of his other stuff on Instagram.



     


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    Bobby Flay and Stephanie March have finally settled their divorce.


    The two confirmed the news to People magazine on Friday. "We have come to an amicable divorce settlement," they said in a joint statement. "We look forward to putting this difficult time behind us and we ask that you respect our privacy as we move forward."


    The chef and actress split in April after 10 years of marriage, but interactions have hardly been cordial, according to the press. In May, the former "Law & Order: SVU" star reportedly challenged an infidelity clause in the couple's prenup, claiming that Flay allegedly cheated on her with three women, including actress January Jones.


    The news of the allegations managed to go beyond the headlines and make their way over Flay's head, quite literally. When the chef received his Hollywood Walk of Fame star last month, a banner emblazoned with the word "CHEATER" flew overhead. March's reps, though, claimed she had no involvement with the stunt.


    For more, head to TMZ and People.


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    This year's Emmy nominations included surprises, wearyingly predictable nods, and a few glaring snubs, but one of the most striking things about the nominations had to do with age. Of the 18 leading actress nominees across comedy, drama, and mini-series, 15 of them are over the age of 40.


    It would be nice if this wasn't notable, but it is. And it's awesome. 


    In the category for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Amy Schumer, at 34, is the youngest actress nominated. The other nominees include Amy Poehler, Edie Falco and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The oldest is Lily Tomlin, who earned a nod for her funny, honest and nuanced performance in the Netflix series "Grace and Frankie." Tomlin is 75. A woman her age has never been nominated in this category. Prior to her, the oldest nominee was Betty White at 69 for "Golden Girls" in 1991. (Cicely Tyson, at 92, is the oldest nominee this year for her guest starring role on "How to Get Away With Murder.")


    The age diversity among this year's female nominees is even more significant when you count the supporting actress categories, which include women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s, from 28-year-old Emilia Clarke from "Game of Thrones," to 63-year old Christine Baranski from "The Good Wife." A vast majority of these actresses, even if they aren't over 40, are in their 30s. All of the actresses are playing characters who are age-appropriate.


    This is, in a word, huge.


    In a Hollywood landscape where 24-year-old Jennifer Lawrence consistently gets cast as a middle-aged single mom or 30-something divorcee, and where 26-year-old Emma Stone plays the charming young lover of men twice her age in Woody Allen movie after Woody Allen movie, it's refreshing to see women of all ages being recognized and celebrated for playing complex, meaty roles across genres. 


    Television has long been praised for being more daring and creative, and certainly more diverse when it comes to race and gender (though, of course, we have a long way to go -- shows like "Jane the Virgin" and "Empire" were largely shut out of the major Emmy categories this year). This year, two African-American actresses are nominated for lead actress in a drama, and both of them (Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis) also happen to be in their 40s. 


    As Davis said in a roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter, "I had never seen a 49-year-old, dark-skinned woman who is not a size two be a sexualized role in TV or film... I'm a sexual woman, but nothing in my career has ever identified me as a sexualized woman. I was the prototype of the 'mommified' role."


    Hollywood perpetuates the straight male fantasy that every woman who is on screen, no matter her age or station in life, should be "fuckable" (in the eyes of white heterosexual male viewers). But this year's Emmy nominees prove that pandering to that kind of audience is unnecessary and boring -- there's so much more out there. Davis doesn't have to play the mom or the "Law & Order" judge just because she's 49, and conversely Amy Schumer doesn't have to play the dumb blonde type -- instead, she can satirize it. 


    This is all to say that there's some room for optimism. The Emmys, like many awards shows, are a great representation of where we're at and where we have to go. There's been a growing trend not only of complex women on the small screen, and a diversity in the types of actresses who get these roles, but also in the accolades and acknowledgement that these performances are getting. That's progress. Last year, the number of nominated lead actresses over 40 was 14. This year's, it's 15. That number -- and the rich, interesting performances that go along with those stats -- should only grow.


    Check out all the female acting nominees below, and rejoice: 


    Outstanding Leading Actress in a Drama Series 


    Claire Danes “Homeland” - 36 


    Viola Davis “How to Get Away with Murder” - 49


    Taraji P. Henson “Empire” - 44


    Tatiana Maslany “Orphan Black” - 29 


    Elisabeth Moss “Mad Men” - 32


    Robin Wright “House of Cards” - 49


    Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy Series 


    Amy Poehler, "Parks And Recreation" - 43 


    Lily Tomlin, "Grace and Frankie" - 75


    Lisa Kudrow, "The Comeback" - 51


    Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" - 52


    Amy Schumer, "Inside Amy Schumer" - 34 


    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep" - 54


    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series


    Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”- 34
    Lena Headey, “Game Of Thrones” - 41
    Emilia Clarke ,“Game Of Thrones” - 28 
    Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife” - 63
    Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men” - 40
    Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is The New Black” - 34


    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series 


    Mayim Bialik ,“The Big Bang Theory” - 39 
    Niecy Nash, “Getting On” - 45
    Julie Bowen, “Modern Family” - 45
    Allison Janney, “Mom” - 55
    Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”  - 31
    Gaby Hoffmann, “Transparent” - 33
    Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” - 46
    Anna Chlumsky, “Veep” - 34


    Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie
    Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge” -58
    Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honorable Woman” - 37
    Queen Latifah, “Bessie” - 45
    Emma Thompson, “Sweeney Todd: Live From Lincoln Center” - 56
    Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Freak Show” - 66
    Felicity Huffman, “American Crime” - 52


     


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    It's hard to keep up with all of Kim Kardashian's magazine covers, but her most recent, for Vogue España, is pretty hard to miss. It's not every day that we see the queen of selfies sans contouring.


     The 34-year-old beauty is makeup-free on the glossy's August cover. The glowing reality star even looks, dare we say, normal? If it weren't for that blinding rock, you might mistake North's mama for a regular old mortal. 


     Kardashian took to Instagram to share the news, revealing that the entire shoot was done without makeup. "I can't wait for you to see it!" she captioned the photo. 



    Here's to many more makeup-free moments (and magazine covers) for this mommy mogul.


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    Fans of The CW's "Jane the Virgin" were shocked to find that the series' lead, Gina Rodriguez, was not among the Emmy nominees announced on Thursday. And they weren't alone. 


    Narrator Anthony Mendez picked up the show's only Emmy nomination this year in the Outstanding Narrator category. The voice actor told The Huffington Post the news was "bittersweet" after he realized Rodriguez and other cast members had been snubbed. 


    Rodriguez won a Golden Globe for her role earlier this year and gave an emotional acceptance speech on what the award meant for Latino representation on television. The actress was a favorite for an Emmy nomination, and Thursday's snub came as a surprise to many. Rodriguez, for her part, enthusiastically congratulated Mendez via Twitter after the nominees were announced.





    Mendez spoke to HuffPost about his nomination, why he was "heartbroken" over Rodriguez's snub and his hopes for season two of "Jane the Virgin." 


    Congratulations!


    Thank you so much, I appreciate it.


    They don’t announce Outstanding Narrator nominees on the Emmy live stream, so how did you find out about your nomination?


    Literally through my publicist Kanessa and a desktop Windows notification from Twitter. [laughs] We had just finished watching, my wife and I, the live stream. Of course I was heartbroken that Gina [Rodriguez] and nobody else from the show got nominated, because they so much deserved it. But after that, we just started waiting for the list [of all Emmy nominations] and it popped up right on the screen and I got a call from Kanessa, almost at the same time. And we started a little celebration between my wife and I here.


    You’ve worked as a voice-over actor for more than a decade now. What does an Emmy nomination mean to you at this point in your career?  


    I think it’s just an incredible responsibility, really, because it throws the voice-over family almost into the spotlight -- which is a good thing, because it allows people to know that there’s a wonderful career here that allows you to not only make a living and support your family in due time and with hard work, but more importantly, be around your family and not have to be around the world or on the set and things like that. So I’m really, really grateful to be recognized for this one aspect of acting that usually is almost invisible. And that’s OK with most of us, [it's] not that we want the recognition. It’s just that in this case it becomes even more important, because of the fact [that] it's the single Emmy nomination [for the show], so in a way I’m just glad that I can represent the show.  


    But also, the Emmys are really the pinnacle of achievement when it comes to television, so I imagine it’s very nice to receive that type of recognition.


    It really is. It’s almost like an affirmation of all the hard work, especially from my wife. [After] all the criticism of basically not having a real job, and things like that, that we had to ignore over the years, and sometimes not being able to pay our bills... I think this is a nice affirmation of "Yes, we did it." Hopefully others will pick up on that and be inspired as well.


    This is only the second year the category of Outstanding Narrator exists. Before that, narrators were nominated as part of the Voice-Over Performance category. And now, not only are you the first Latino to be nominated, you’re also the first narrator in a scripted series to be nominated. Did you feel confident you’d be nominated?


    It was still a risky thing, because this [“Jane the Virgin”] narrator was not your typical National Geographic narrator, which is what has been recognized these last couple of years. So it was still a risk. But I’m just glad that they saw, not only my work, but the amazing, amazing character that the writers created and developed.  


    Now I really have to shift this back to the complete shock of “Jane the Virgin” fans when Gina Rodriguez was not recognized with an Emmy nomination, especially after she won a Golden Globe earlier this year.


    Not that we took it for granted, but I think to a degree it’s like, "How could you not recognize this talented young lady?" You know? And somebody who is not only talented but, as you can tell in all the interviews and her public experiences, she’s an amazing human being. She’s somebody who, when you’re with her, she makes you feel like you’re the only one in the room. And that’s a really rare trait. I’m just sad that she wasn’t recognized. I’m just hoping that I can kind of be like, "Heyyy 'Jane the Virgin'!" and represent the whole team. But I’m still in shock. It’s a bittersweet celebration here at the Mendez house.


    Have you heard from any of the cast about your nomination?


    I’ve heard from [executive producer] Jennie Urman, through tweets and texts from Justin Baldoni [who plays Rafael] and Yael [Grobglas, who plays Petra] and several others that I haven’t gotten around to yet.


    Have they expressed the kind of heartbreak that you felt while watching the nominations being announced?


    They’re an amazing group of human beings, and all I’ve gotten from the very beginning is a sincere, almost unbelievable level of humility -- that in what they’ve sent me, I know that they’re as happy for me as if it was their own nomination.


    I’m sure that they’re a little disappointed, obviously. I’m not going to lie. But I’m sure that they’re happy for me almost as if it were their own nomination.


    To end on a lighter note, “Jane the Virgin” returns this fall. Have you seen the script for the season premiere?  


    No, unfortunately -- and fortunately, because it kind of keeps us on our toes. We won’t see anything until either table read itself or the night before it.


    OK, well, honestly, the twist in the final seconds of the season finale was one that you see on so many telenovelas, and yet it came as a shock to many. What do you think is next for Jane and her baby?


    I think Jennie has already publicly said that the baby will be back very soon into Jane’s arms. I know most people will be happy about that because there were mixed feelings, but you had to do that for a finale, especially with this show.


    I’m hoping that -- and I’m sure they’ll be able to manage it, I don’t know how, because sometimes I feel like they’re magicians with their writing -- but I’m hoping that while they welcome new eyeballs to the show, they also give a nod to those fans who have supported us from the very beginning.


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    Richard Gere recently played a role so convincingly, that nary a fan bothered to approach the award-winning actor.


    While prepping for his role in “Time Out of Mind,” a film about a homeless man with a mental illness, Gere spent a day panhandling on the streets of New York. Instead of getting besieged with requests for autographs and selfies, the actor got a whole $1.50, The Washington Times reported.


     



    Gere said the experience has further widened his eyes to the pressing needs of homeless people.


    “I made a buck and a half. I was very bad at this,” he said on Thursday at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington, D.C.


    The largest event of its kind, the conference drew about 1,600 people, which included federal and local officials, homeless advocates and others working to end homelessness, according to a National Alliance to End Homelessness press release.


    Going entirely undetected underscored for Gere how treating homeless people as invisible has become the norm. And, in order to effectively address the problem, supporters need to address the specific needs of people on the streets.


    According to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s latest estimates, there were 578,424 people on the streets on a single night in January. 


    While the figures are significant, Gere noted the importance of connecting meaningfully with homeless people in order to get them off the streets and into a stable setting.



    That line of thinking follows the theory of “housing first,” which promotes giving homeless people housing, and then dealing with any addiction and health issues. 


    A number of studies have found that this approach is actually both effective and cost efficient.


    This is hardly the first time the “Pretty Woman” star has put his name behind a critical cause.


    A longtime supporter of City Harvest, a nonprofit that feeds 1.4 million New Yorkers every year, Gere contributed to an event the group hosted in 2013 that raised $3 million. 


    He hopes his latest role will inspire people to better understand what it means to be homeless, and also inspire them to take an active role in ending it.


    “I was a black hole that people were terrified [they] were being sucked into,” Gere said of how he felt while playing the role. “In simple ways, [you’re] trying to find a connection.”

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    Taylor Swift is undoubtedly one of the world's leading platonic friends, and now we have it on good authority that she's a pretty great girlfriend, too.


    In a phone interview with KISS FM UK, Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, Swift's boyfriend of several months, gushed about his relationship with the "Style" singer.


    “It’s going absolutely fantastic," he said. “It’s interesting because obviously there’s different things written about it every day and even if we don't do anything publicly for a while, someone will make something up.”


    Still, Harris said he doesn't really mind the intense scrutiny from fans and media outlets. “For me it could be a lot worse and I’d still be like insanely happy with her, so I’m good with it.”


    The superstar duo were first spotted together in March and have been fairly private about their growing relationship (these are Harris' first public comments on the subject). Earlier this month, Swift shared a snap of the two lovebirds getting cozy during 4th of July festivities, captioning the photo, "Friendly relations between Scotland and America."



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    Harris also plugged his new single, an upbeat, dance-friendly collaboration with Disciples called "How Deep Is Your Love" during the interview.




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    What's it like to be a superhero who's the size of an ant? That's what "What to Watch" host Ricky Camilleri asked himself about Paul Rudd in "Ant-Man." Instead of merely daydreaming, Camilleri took it upon himself to step into Rudd's shoes and experience life from a shrunken perspective.


    Aside from getting some solid life advice from "Ant-Man" actor Michael Peña, Camilleri also talks about Amy Schumer's "Trainwreck" and Thursday's Emmy nominations in the latest episode of "Watch to Watch." Watch it above as Camilleri writes sympathy cards to this year's egregious Emmy snubs, like "Empire" and Kit Harington for "Game of Thrones." Maybe next year -- or, uh, maybe not for Harington.


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    If you somehow missed Patrick Stewart's dramatic reading of "Blank Space" and Ian McKellen's equally theatric take on "Bad Blood," then you don't have the proper context for why two of the most beloved actors of our time suddenly asked to join Taylor Swift's ever-growing group of friends (otherwise known as her squad).


    Actually, that's not something that really needs context. Who wouldn't want to be part of the Swift Squad, right? 


    On Thursday, Stewart, 75, tweeted at the 25-year-old singer, asking ever so politely if he and his 76-year-old friend may "join the squad." 





    Swift clearly knows a good offer when she sees one. The singer lived up to her surname and responded swiftly:  





    Then this happened: 








    And they all lived happily ever after. 


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    Nigerian-American rapper Jidenna has responded to the backlash from Nigerians following comments he made in a July 10 interview with Vlad TV. The rapper told interviewers that as a light-skinned Igbo man, he is often the target of armed-robbers in the country where people perceive him as wealthy. 


    He said: "Our family was light. Therefore when we go to our village, and when I actually buried my father, I had to bring a lot of AK47s, I had to employ military commandos… Because when you’re light skinned, you’re a heavier target for being kidnapped… Because you’re seen as more valuable. You’re seen as white, therefore you have money. You’re American, therefore you have more money. If you have more money you’re easy to kidnap, and if you’re easy to kidnap we’re going to get you. So for me being light-skinned in Nigeria, in our family, it was difficult."


    His comments drew criticism from Nigerians online, who complained that his observations painted the West African country in an unflattering and untrue light as violent, dangerous, and money-obsessed. 


    Twitter user @LOSGIDDY wrote, "Such misinformation and diaspora ignorance. Suddenly I don't like this jidenna lad..."


    On July 15 Jidenna posted an open letter to Nigerians, responding to the backlash. 


    "I am, always have been, and always will be proud of my Nigerian heritage," the letter began. 


    The rapper went on to add that he has often spoken highly of Nigerian culture and achievements, saying: "Contrary to popular belief, this interview was not the first in which I mentioned Nigeria. In fact, I’m frequently bragging about how Nigerians attend the world’s most prestigious institutions, and how we are known to produce world class doctors, entrepreneurs, innovators, lawyers, engineers, professors, athletes and artists."


    In response to criticism over his use of the term "light-skinned" the rapper added, "My comments about skin tone were related to the notion of perceived wealth and value, not my personal beliefs. My point was never to imply that biracial or 'light-skinned' people are the only ones or the most targeted group of people kidnapped, or that I myself was wealthy at the time. Rather than focus on my perceived value, let us continue to focus on the value of Nigeria."


    Jidenna is best known for his collaboration with Janelle Monae on the single 'Yoga', and his current hit single 'Classic Man.'


     


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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — British character actor Aubrey Morris who is best known for his role as Mr. Deltoid in "A Clockwork Orange" has died.

     

    His agent, Larry Corsa, confirmed that Morris passed away in Los Angeles on Wednesday at the Barlow Respiratory Hospital, where he'd been under care for several weeks. He was 89.

     

    In his over five-decade career, Morris, who brought a memorable touch of eccentricity to many of his parts, appeared in films including "The Wicker Man," ''Love and Death" and "Lisztomania."

     

    His television work included roles on "The Avengers," ''Murder, She Wrote," ''Deadwood" and, most recently, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."



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    Art could imitate life, but why would we want it to? Life is missed opportunities, witty rejoinders left unsaid, jobs and homes and boyfriends lost to the sands of time.

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