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    The pastel hair trend can't stop, won't stop. 


    The latest star to jump on the bandwagon is none other than Cara Delevingne. She joins stars like Jenny McCarthy, Kelly Ripa and Kaley Cuoco, all of whom have tried the bold trend for themselves.  


    The supermodel attended the Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal, Canada, over the weekend, where she showed off her new pastel-pink strands. It's unclear whether or not the new 'do is a wig or her actual hair, but either way, it looks pretty awesome. 


    The 22-year-old paired her new hairstyle with a blue bandana, reflective blue sunglasses, a pineapple-print shirt and bacon-print boxers. Because of course she'd wear bacon-print boxers. 




    The Daily Mail reports the "Suicide Squad" actress was at the Canadian music festival to support girlfriend Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, who was performing a set. But the "Paper Towns" actress wasn't alone -- she was with quite the fun-looking #squad:  



    #Squadgoals #Squadforlife #squadlife #squadonpoint #aintnobodyfresherthanmyclique ❤️

    A photo posted by Cara Delevingne (@caradelevingne) on



    Party on, Cara. 


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    Sofia Vergara knows that nothing makes those lazy hazy crazy days of summer sweeter than cotton candy. 


    The "Modern Family" star also knows that cotton candy can be a great fun form of disguise. And a mustachioed Vergara was caught pink-handed playing with the sugary treat on Sunday, evidence of which she later posted on Instagram. 



    Cotton candy mustache

    A photo posted by Sofia Vergara (@sofiavergara) on



    The cotton candy was merely the cherry on top of a very sweet Sunday afternoon tea that included a fruit-topped cheesecake and traditional tea-time miniature treats. 



    Sunday afternoon tea!!! #hm

    A photo posted by Sofia Vergara (@sofiavergara) on




    Cheesecake❤️❤️❤️

    A photo posted by Sofia Vergara (@sofiavergara) on



    Vergara may be making time to indulge her sweet tooth, but her lazy days of summer will soon come to an end. The "Modern Family" cast had their first table read last week and the seventh season of the Emmy-winning ABC series will premiere on September 23. 


    If the wedding date reports are true, Vergara will be very busy while filming this new season. Sources told US Weekly late last month that Vergara and fiance Joe Manganiello will tie the knot in Florida on Nov. 22. 


    The actress can at least look forward to the sweet task of wedding cake tasting. Frosting mustache, anyone? 


     


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    With the recent controversy following Emma Stone's casting in "Aloha" and this year's very white Oscars, it's undeniable that the film industry has a serious race problem. But a new video from BuzzFeed shines a light on a type of offensive racial stereotyping still going on today.


    In the BuzzFeed video, a handful of East Asian people react to yellowface, or when a non-Asian actor wears makeup to appear Asian, in classic and recent films. The participants watch clips from "Breakfast at Tiffany's," the film that famously cast white actor Mickey Rooney as a cranky Japanese landlord, and "The Teahouse of the August Moon," which showed Marlon Brando as a Japanese interpreter. "Watching this feels really dehumanizing," one person says of Brando's performance in the BuzzFeed video.


    But yellowface isn't just a thing from the days of classic Hollywood; it's also popped up in recent movies and TV shows. "How I Met Your Mother" fans will remember the episode where Alyson Hannigan played a stereotypical Asian woman for a kung fu movie tribute (which received well-deserved backlash)."It's not homage anymore when you start playing someone else's race," one man tells BuzzFeed. Another example is when white English actor James D'Arcy portrayed an East Asian character in the Wachowskis' "Cloud Atlas," which one viewer said was "really racist." Uh, yeah. How about casting some East Asian actors, Hollywood?


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    Miley Cyrus and Stella Maxwell sure know how to have a good time. 


    The 22-year-old singer and 24-year-old model posed for an upcoming W magazine spread (shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott) and judging by the Instagram photos Cyrus shared, things got pretty wild. 


    In one photo, the "Wrecking Ball" singer is seen lying on a shag carpet (obviously) with silver glitter dusted all over her body. She's dressed in a leather bustier top and sequin boy shorts, which are pulled down halfway. A man's feet (Alas, according to the caption) are seen in the frame on either side of the star's body, suggesting that he's standing over her, watching as she caresses her body. This is pretty risqué stuff, you guys. 



    @mertalas @mahhhc this is how we party @wmag @edward_enninful #lagang

    A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on



    In another shot, Cyrus is photographed with Maxwell, who's shoving a piece of cake into the performer's mouth. Oh, and of course, she's topless. (The creative director for the shoot clearly took inspiration's from Boregore's "Decisions" video.) The former "Hannah Montana" star also cozies up to a large stuffed bear in another shot



    This is how we party!!! @mertalas @mahhhc @stellamaxwell #lagang @wmag @edward_enninful

    A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on



    The spread, which seemingly took place at a "secret party" in LA,  includes top models like Joan Smalls, Anna Ewers and Emily Ratajkowski, but cover girl Gigi Hadid is noticeably absent. Though, she probably wouldn't have had much fun anyways, since she's "kind of a grandma." 


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    Rumors that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's marriage is on the rocks have been swirling for years, and on Monday, RadarOnline came out with what seems like the millionth report claiming the couple is headed toward divorce


    And what do you know: It's not true. Just ask Will Smith. The 46-year-old actor was pretty emphatic about it when he took to Facebook to dispel reports



    Under normal circumstances, I don't usually respond to foolishness. (Because it's contagious) But, so many people have...

    Posted by Will Smith on Monday, August 3, 2015

    Jada quickly followed up Will's statement on Twitter.





    The couple, who married in 1997 and are parents to Jaden, 17, and Willow, 14, have long been plagued by rumors of divorce, cheating and that they have an open marriage. 


    And because their marriage is under constant scrutiny, Pinkett Smith recently opened up to American Airlines' inflight magazine American Way, revealing that at this point, the couple almost expects the rumors. 


    "Every year there’s a new [rumor]. And I’m like, 'Here we go. Get ready. Are ya holdin’ on tight?'" she told the magazine, adding that though her and Will's relationship isn't perfect, she doesn't understand why people assume the couple would simply give up on their marriage. 


     "And relationships go through shifts because in life, things shift," she said. "So people are automatically like, ‘What’s going on? They must be getting a divorce.’ Well, no. But when people feel those shifts and there’s a mystery, they have to fill it with something."




     


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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Country superstar Reba McEntire and her husband and manager Narvel Blackstock announced they are separating after 26 years of marriage.


    The two said in a joint statement Monday that they had been separated for the past several months.


    "Despite this being the end of their marriage, they continue to support each other," the duo said in a statement from Big Machine Label Group. "They have worked together for 35 years and will continue to do so. They have asked that you respect their privacy during this time."


    A representative for Big Machine declined to say whether they had filed for divorce.


    The Grammy-winning multiplatinum artist's career has spanned across music, television, film and theater and she remains one of country music's most popular artists with No. 1 records in each of the last four decades. The Oklahoma native was the star of the popular "Reba," television show for six seasons and has appeared in 11 films.


    Her latest album, "Love Somebody," was released in April and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart.


    Blackstock runs a management company that represents McEntire, Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson.


    The couple has one son together, race car driver Shelby Blackstock; Blackstock has three other children from a previous marriage.


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    When it comes to Woody Allen, Amazon Studios prefers to look at the bigger picture rather than directly responding to the sexual assault allegations against the filmmaker.


    During Amazon's panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Monday, the studio was asked why they pursued Allen for a new original TV series. When a reporter asked Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios, whether the company took Dylan Farrow's sexual assault accusations against Allen into account when hiring the filmmaker, Price evaded the question with a roundabout answer. “I think you have to look at the whole picture, [and] take everything into account," he said. “Our focus is on the fact that he’s a great filmmaker and storyteller and so we look forward to the show in 2016.” Farrow's allegations were published as an open letter in the New York Times in 2014, accusing Allen, her adoptive stepfather, of sexually abusing her as a child.  


    Price continued, focusing on Allen's professional career instead of addressing the allegations within his personal life. “You know, Woody Allen is one of the greatest filmmakers America has ever produced, and people are going to be talking about Woody’s films for a long, long time," he said. "And we said, ‘What if we asked Woody himself to do a show?’ And I think that was really our focus.” 


    Vox Culture Editor Todd VanDerWerff criticized the studio's response (or lack thereof) on Twitter, and we couldn't agree more.





    The studio responded similarly when asked about the controversy surrounding former "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson, who has a new car-oriented show with Amazon. When asked about Clarkson's history of making racist and sexist comments, along with the physical on-set incident that led to his firing from the BBC, Price said “there’s a lot to focus on other than" those incidents. 




    Allen previously raised some eyebrows about his upcoming Amazon series while at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. "I have regretted every second since I said OK," Allen said of working with Amazon. The studio revealed on Monday that the scripts are nearly complete for the new series, which is expected to debut in the second half of 2016.


    Maureen Ryan contributed reporting.


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    Ruby Rose is having the best vacation ever, and we're stuck here at our desks figuring out how to master the art of dressing for air conditioning. 


    The Australian actress has been living it up in Spain with a bunch of ridiculously good looking model friends and fellow DJs (like Zedd). She was spotted rocking a tiny black bikini, which complemented her awesome tattoos, while hanging out on a boat (because she's cool like that). 




    And just to rub it in a little more, the "Orange is the New Black" breakout star has been posting plenty of envy-inducing photos on her Instagram page


    Here she is riding a giant inflatable hot dog with some girlfriends: 



    @lisbettaa @shaynateresetaylor @emilysearcy hotdog sisters

    A photo posted by Ruby Rose (@rubyrose) on



    And here she is enjoying a delicious meal with friends: 



    And here she is again in her bikini, after a "hard days work": 



    Hard days work.

    A photo posted by Ruby Rose (@rubyrose) on



    Can you take us with you next time, Ruby? 


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    Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are calling it quits after nearly 13 years of marriage. 


    "While the two of us have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment," the couple told Access Hollywood in a statement.  "To that end, we respectfully request privacy from the media during this time."


    According to the divorce filings obtained by TMZ, Stefani cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the couple's split and both musicians asked for joint custody of their sons Kingston, Zuma and Apollo.


    The couple first met when their bands, No Doubt and Bush, went on tour together in 1995 and the two began dating shortly after. They tied the knot on Sept. 14, 2002, in London and followed it up with yet another wedding in Los Angeles two weeks later.


    The relationship was not without its bumps, as Rossdale would soon learn he was father to then-14-year-old model Daisy Lowe, whose mother is former Powder singer Pearl Lowe. Stefani was rumored to be "devastated" by the news, but the couple stayed strong and welcomed their first son in 2006. 


    The pair has been plagued by divorce rumors for years and Stefani is the first one to admit their marriage hasn't been easy. This past February she told Cosmopolitan, "We go through so much together -- it's a miracle that we could stay together this long."


     


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    Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik are new parents and newlyweds!


    A rep for the actress confirmed to Us Weekly on Monday that Deschanel gave birth to a healthy baby girl. 


    "I am thrilled to confirm that Zooey Deschanel and her husband, Jacob Pechenik, are new parents to a beautiful healthy baby girl," Deschanel's rep told the magazine, additionally confirming that the couple wed in secret. 


    Deschanel first announced that she and Pechenik were expecting a baby back in January.


    “Jacob and I are over the moon," she told People at the time. "We are so excited to meet our little one."


    The pair got engaged shortly after the announcement.


     


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    On the verge of adulthood, Bindi Irwin opens up in a new interview about how she stays grounded, a new boyfriend and the lasting impact of her father's sudden death.

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    Actress and reality TV celebrity Kim Richards is in trouble, again.


    According to CBS Los Angeles, the former "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star spent the night in jail after she was arrested for allegedly shoplifting at a Southern California Target store.


    Richards, 50, had about $600 worth of items in her cart when store security apprehended her on Sunday, E! Online reported. When the police arrived, Richards was taken into custody and booked in Van Nuys Jail on a misdemeanor theft charge, LAPD spokesman Mike Lopez told CBSLA.


    Richards' bail was set at $5,000, and she was released on Monday afternoon.


    "I couldn't imagine Kim stealing or shoplifting anything. She is a giver," Richards' ex-husband Monty Brinson told ET. "I am in complete shock."


    This is the second time the former child actress has been in trouble with the law this year.


    In April, police arrested her for appearing intoxicated at the Beverly Hills Hotel. During the incident, she was also accused of attacking an officer. She pleaded not guilty to charges of trespassing, public intoxication, resisting arrest and battery.


    "I was angry and frightened and I was scared. I knew what I had done," Richards told Dr. Phil. "The whole night is my fault. None of this would have happened if I didn’t drink."


    Richards entered an alcoholic rehabilitation center after the incident at the hotel. In July, she told ET that she had completed the treatment program and been sober for more than a month.


     


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    Guys can't come between Taylor Swift and her girls. 


    Swift covers Vanity Fair's September 2015 issue in a shoot by Mario Testino and opened up about her group of famous friends, which includes Gigi Hadid, Selena Gomez and Karlie Kloss. Some of them have even broken the "girl code," but that doesn't seem to matter. 


    “We even have girls in our group who have dated the same people,” she said. “It’s almost like the sisterhood has such a higher place on the list of priorities for us. It’s so much more important than some guy that it didn’t work out with.”


    “When you’ve got this group of girls who need each other as much as we need each other, in this climate, when it’s so hard for women to be understood and portrayed the right way in the media ... now more than ever we need to be good and kind to each other and not judge each other -- and just because you have the same taste in men, we don’t hold that against each other.”




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    On Instagram, Derek Luke's life looks pretty sweet. The feed @IAmDerekLuke, which says it's the "official" account of the "Empire" actor, shows him hanging out with his family in his hometown, posing with his nephew, saluting friends after their Oscar wins and giving a birthday shoutout to his favorite rapper, Biggie Smalls.


    There’s just one problem: Luke doesn’t have anything to do with the account.


    "Someone is trying to mess with my life," he said of the Instagram feed in an interview with "Access Hollywood" last month. He complained to the anchors that whoever is behind @IAmDerekLuke had gone beyond simple fan antics, inviting followers to attend fake auditions and announcing the birth of a nonexistent child.


    After almost six months of posting photos of Luke without his permission, the imposter account has amassed 78,000 followers, many of whom don't appear to realize the photos aren't endorsed by the actor. Even the "Access Hollywood" hosts didn't know @IAmDerekLuke was fake before the segment.


    The account attracts thousands of likes and comments. Especially popular are posts about social justice issues and photos of the actor posing with fans. Many praise @IAmDerekLuke for its apparent down-to-earth accessibility. "We need more actors like you who remain just ordinary people," one fan wrote. 



    Had a blast with my family yesterday #JerseyCity I will def be back soon #MyJerseyFam #MyHomeTown

    A photo posted by Derek Luke (@iamderekluke) on


    @IAmDerekLuke posts a personal photo of the actor at home with his family.


    The birth of celebrity impersonators on social media coincides with our mass adoption of the medium. There are fake Twitter profiles for Will Ferrell (@WillFerrell), Tina Fey (@tinafey) and Jon Stewart (@itsmejonstewart). At one point Buzzfeed tallied 36 Twitter parody accounts for Bill Murray. The best of these are both witty and obviously fake. (All hail @KimKierkegaard, a mash-up of observations from Søren Kierkegaard and Kim Kardashian, and @SwiftOnSecurity, a vault of cybersecurity tips in the voice of Taylor Swift.)


    But it's not always so easy to root out the problematic imposters. When a Twitter exchange between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift can become the subject of national debate, knowing who's really posting -- or who really isn't -- matters.


    Part of the draw of sites like Twitter and Instagram is the option of anonymity -- a tenet that's central to the founding philosophy of the web. Facebook is one of the only social platforms with an anti-pseudonym policy -- and it faces a constant backlash from people who don't use their legal names professionally, like drag queens, or people who avoid disclosing their identities for their own safety.


    The user policies at both Twitter and Instagram prohibit posing as someone else without providing an obvious clue-in for readers that the account is fake, and both sites give explicit descriptions of the difference between parody and impersonation. Many parody sites contain a clear disclaimer, like @BillMurry, whose Twitter bio reads "I AM NOT BILL MURRAY. This is a parody account."


    But anonymity -- along with the size of the user base -- makes enforcing these policies a monumental undertaking. You can fill out a form to report a violation, or file a lawsuit, which might get the account taken down quicker.


    Or you can take matters into your own hands, though this won't always solve the problem either. In July, model, actress and singer Amber Rose took to her Instagram account to distance herself from a malicious Twitter account that was using her name. The account, @DaRealAmberRose, had made headlines cyberbullying Caitlyn Jenner and calling Drake a "fugly slut."


    "I'm not a mean girl and I don't jump on the bandwagon of bullying ppl AT ALL especially when the whole world is against them," Rose wrote on Instagram.


    As of this writing, the fake account is still up. 



    In a world where the most important currency is attention, celebrities are the real winners.Judith Donath, Berkman Center

    I tried to get in touch with the creator of @IAmDerekLuke to find out what had prompted him or her to pose as Luke. But when I posted a comment that included my contact, Instagram marked it as spam and temporarily suspended my account. The situation seemed akin to real life celebrity: @IAmDerekLuke is tantalizingly public but still inaccessible. 


    It's not hard to imagine why someone would impersonate a celebrity online. Creating a fake account is the easiest way to experience that person's prominence, to feel heard among the cacophony of voices online.


    "In a world where the most important currency is attention, celebrities are the real winners," said Judith Donath, who studies how social networks affect behavior at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. "If you create an account like this, you're able to gather an audience that thinks that you're that person and they're following your every word." 


    Slipping into a celebrity's voice to spew vitriol could also be a way of defaming that celeb -- or a way of elevating a troll's own words. "If a random unknown person says something nasty, it's shocking. It seems very shocking if it's coming out of the words of a known person," said Donath. 


    Impersonators may have even more sinister motives. Take Robert Hunter, a 35-year-old man who was sentenced to 14 years in prison after using a fake Justin Bieber Facebook account to collect over 800 videos of teenage girls stripping for him on Skype. Still worse? He's not the only one to use the scheme. 


    Pressure from celebrities led California to update its penal code in 2010 to specifically criminalize impersonation on the Internet. The law states that posing as a celebrity "for the purposes of injuring, defrauding ... deceiving another person, or of obtaining a benefit" is a misdemeanor, punishable by a $1,000 fine or up to a year in prison. 


    While the California law is stricter than that of most other states, there’s still room for interpretation as to when it has been violated.


    "The law is not entirely clear," Mark Lemley, a professor at Stanford Law School and director of Stanford’s interdisciplinary program in law and technology, told The Huffington Post. "A fake account that actually pretends to be the real person in order to deceive others likely violates the right of publicity in most states. To be criminal, there would have to be actual fraud or other misbehavior, not just posting pictures."



    A photo posted by Katie Holmes (@katieholmes212) on



    Celebrities increasingly use Instagram to share behind-the-scenes photos. 


    On Twitter, verified badges generally keep us from taking fake celebrities too seriously -- and have become a point of pride that you're the kind of person whom someone might bother to impersonate. The dating app Tinder recently rolled out verified accounts under pressure from its celebrity users. But it’s trickier on Instagram, which only started verifying in December 2014. Major celebrities who use the app -- including Katie Holmes, who has been posting for almost six months -- are still unverified. An Instagram flack told me that the company prioritizes celebrities or brands that have a high likelihood of being impersonated. The company provides a form through which fake accounts can be reported.


    Derek Luke’s manager confirmed that the actor's team is trying to get the imposter account @IAmDerekLuke taken down.


    In the meantime, this particular fake account is probably not hurting his career. 


    While Luke posts only sporadically to his Twitter account, the fake Instagram account is killing it. Last week, the African-American actor faced a torrent of abuse online for his interracial marriage to Hispanic actress Sophia Adella Luke. The fake Luke posted a stirring rebuttal to the critics: “My wife may not be Black but she is mine." The post was picked up by Cosmopolitan, the Daily Mail, Fox News and here at The Huffington Post



    @IAmDerekLuke's comment on his marriage drew accolades from the press. 


    You can’t pay for publicity like that.

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    Meryl Streep took a break from rocking out in her new movie "Ricki And The Flash" to rock something a bit more sartorial.


    The always elegant star appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" on Monday night to promote the film, wearing a sleek black jumpsuit from Balmain's pre-fall 2015 collection with -- wait for it -- sheer cut-outs.



    Streep has certainly made some chic outfit choices in the past (ahem, Oscars blazer), but this outfit is a far cry from her typically conservative look. Of course, as with most things in her life, she pulls it off flawlessly. (It's entirely possible that there are nude-colored panels lining the jumpsuit, for modesty's sake.)


    If this is the beginning of a new phase in Meryl Streep's style evolution, we say bring it on



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    It may not be Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but Kim Kardashian and her friends are still having fun in The Big Easy.


    The "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star shared a series of Instagram photos of herself and her friends having a blast in the Louisiana city. The 34-year-old ate beignets (all day) and tried on fancy Mardi Gras masks with her pals, including Jonathan Cheban, at a costume shop. When in New Orleans ...




    New Orleans Nights

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    And while en route to New Orleans, the pregnant star made sure to capture an airplane selfie. Because, #necessary.



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    I'm constantly telling people my wife is crazy.

    When tasked with describing the complex and fascinating character of Jill to people who have never met her and aren't looking for a Shakespearean sonnet, it's the quippy, off-the-cuff thing I can say that gives one a sense of who she is immediately: "She's this crazy, aggressive, artist chick with a big afro who talks like a valley girl but paints these very intellectual paintings." At least that was my first impression of her.

    It makes me wonder how people describe me. Perhaps: "He's this skinny guy who wears ratty old baseball tees." Yes, they smell. Yes, they're threadbare and yes, I love them like children.

    Or maybe: "He calls himself a foodie, but he doesn't really eat anything." I don't eat pork or red meat, I hate cheese, detest vinegar and think mayo is the devil's condiment.

    But really it's more like: "He's this bougie black guy who speaks like a Harvard professor and talks with his hands way too much." I talk with my hands way too much. It's a thing.

    I certainly can't argue with any of those descriptions. They do describe some aspect of my personality. But somehow, ever since being married, I've become uneasy with the stereotypes I project out into the world.

    Let me start from the beginning...

    Most of us spend our adolescence trying to define who we are. I vividly remember practicing how to tie the perfect neck tie to prepare for high school. I was going to attend a Catholic school, one with a strict dress code, and in my mind, tying a tie properly separated the men from the boys.

    And you better believe that I was going to be a man. A sophisticated man. One whose neck was delicately framed by a Half-Windsor Knot or, God-willing, a Pratt. I worked diligently and eventually perfected the procedure. I walked into my first day of school feeling like the Sophisticated Man™ I so desperately wanted to be. I wore my tie proudly and adopted a whole set of stereotypes that I thought constituted the essence of that man: I played chess, I read The New Yorker, I watched Frasier.

    But when I actually became a man, when I actually grew towards wanting to become a mature, honest, emotionally available adult, I steadfastly clung on to a stereotype that inherently possessed contradictions with the man I wanted to be. The stereotype was comfortable, reassuring, and ultimately, profitable -- Sophisticated Man™ formed the entire basis of my approach to "Toofer" on 30 Rock.

    When I met Jill, though, I was beginning to wonder if I had doubled down too hard on the identity I tried so desperately to forge in my youth.

    Meeting her frightened me. Jill is open, honest, trusts her intuitions and is not afraid to display her emotions freely. She was everything I felt I was, but was too afraid to show. She was my anti-stereotype. She challenged me, made me see my habits and made me realize that my hand-talking was just a way of trying to express the emotions that wanted so desperately to break free.

    In my acting work, I began to realize I was increasingly being cast in roles that required me to be "perfect": the perfect husband, the perfect employee, the perfect friend. In an attempt to carve out a career, I locked myself in as the sane and logical foil. Fun, because it meant I was a working actor; but limiting, because I never got to show fear or anxiety or love or hate of all things hipster.

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    Marrying Jill was my way of breaking free. A year ago, I went through a minor surgical operation (which I chronicle in my comedy web series Keith Broke His Leg -- SHAMELESS PLUG!) and for a week, had to completely relearn how to do even the smallest tasks. I see being married to a "crazy person" as a much more invasive surgical operation.

    I am re-learning things I took for granted most of my adult life: how to have friends, how to have a career, how to interact with strangers. I now cry while watching The Notebook (and not from Ryan Gosling trying to pull off a ridiculous newsboy cap); I regularly try to interpret stupid dreams; I use way too many emoticons in text messages and I constantly think Facebook is an appropriate place to go on self righteous tangents about Donald Trump. I still talk with my hands, but now with much more feeling.

    In truth, I can't currently define who I am completely. I'm still learning. I know that whoever I am now (or whoever I am becoming) doesn't fit neatly into some broad generalized box like Sophisticated Man™. Thanks to being married to a crazy, aggressive, big-afro artist chick, I'm slowly being able to express where I am emotionally, even if it contradicts what one may already know about me.

    And perhaps that's what being married is about -- the ability to have a partner who helps you become a better you, no matter how hard you fight them.

    Next time, I'll tell you what Jill and I do to help each other be the best version of ourselves. But in the meantime, let me know -- what would people describe YOU as? And are they correct?

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    Usher wants to improve high school dropout rates across the globe.


    The singer launched “Usher’s New Look” program with his mother, Jonetta Patton, in 1999 to increase high school graduation rates and provide students with strategies for success. Since its launch, “Usher’s New Look” has worked with more than 25,000 students globally, according to the singer.


    “I’ve seen kids dream bigger. They know that anything is possible and they’re amazed at all of the opportunities available to them,” he told The Huffington Post. “It’s not enough to dream big. You have to have the tools and skills to make it happen.” Indeed, mentoring is one effective practice in preventing students from dropping out of school, according to the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network.


    Usher, who serves as one of the program’s board members, said he spreads the very same principles that he instills in his children, which is to “find your spark, be entrepreneurial and, above all, give back to your community.”



    Since 2000, the nation has seen a decline in its dropout rate for 18 to 24-year-old students (from 12 to 7%), according to a 2014 Census Bureau report. The report cited fewer Hispanic and black dropouts as contributing factors for the lower rates.


    “Teens drop out of high school for many reasons, but I think it boils down to having a support system that helps you see past your current circumstances,” Usher said. “Whether it’s engaged parents, a professional mentor or a network of peers, your chances of graduating high school increase the more support you have.”


    High school dropouts list lack of parental support and teen pregnancy as two contributing facts for their decision to drop out, according to a U.S. News report


    Looking ahead, the organization plans to increase their number of 25,000 certified students worldwide.  “My goal is to keep doubling this number until The New Look Effect can be felt around the world. Until we are ‘One World, Powered by Service’.”


    For more info on “Usher’s New Look” program click here.


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    Marlon Brando and Francis Ford Coppola had one of the rockiest on-set relationships documented in the annals of Hollywood gossip. Their feuds while filming 1979's "Apocalypse Now" became a ping-pong match of wits and power when the actor, who'd declined his Oscar for "The Godfather" in 1973, arrived overweight and underprepared for the role of the lean and vicious Colonel Kurtz. The episode becomes a point of interest in the new documentary "Listen to Me Marlon," which charts the star's steady rejection of fame's prying gaze in favor of reclusion. 


    "Listen to Me Marlon" director Stevan Riley thought it an important era to include because he felt the way the conflicts have been portrayed, particularly in the 1991 documentary "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse," hasn't given Brando a proper chance to respond. (The actor did not submit to an interview for "Hearts of Darkness.") Riley didn't reach out to Coppola while making his movie, instead relying on Brando's own reflections, which stem from homemade audio recordings and other footage released by his estate. 


    "I’m not sure I agree with the 'Hearts of Darkness' interpretation," Riley told The Huffington Post. "It’s a bit inconsistent, because you’ve got Coppola basically at his wit’s end and on the verge of a meltdown because he didn’t have a script. Everyone was off their face, and they’re in a war zone. It was a mess."


    Calling "Apocalypse Now" a "mess" may be an understatement. A typhoon destroyed the Vietnam War film's set, delaying production by six weeks and skyrocketing the budget by $2 million. The shower-averse Dennis Hopper required an ounce of cocaine for the shoot's duration, Sam Bottoms was high on LSD and speed throughout much of it, and the often-inebriated Martin Sheen suffered a near-fatal heart attack. When Brando arrived, he weighed a reported 300 pounds, was incapable of memorizing his lines, hadn't read Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, on which the film was based, insisted on lengthy conferences to discuss the script and wanted nothing to do with the hard-partying Hopper. To accommodate the actor's corpulence, Coppola agreed to dress Brando in black, employ shadowy lighting and shoot mostly his face. "My film is not about Vietnam -- it is Vietnam," Coppola famously quipped at a press conference following the movie's 1979 Cannes Film Festival premiere. 



    Because Brando couldn't memorize lines, and because he held up shooting to powwow about the "awful" script, Coppola was forced to consider delaying the production once again. But when Life magazine labeled his project the "most expensive movie in history," that option no longer seemed viable. 


    "The next response is -- and Coppola asked the question -- well, what do you do in that situation?" Riley said. "Do you hold all of this? Do you send back the helicopters and break off the production so I can go back and rewrite for a few months, or do you do improv with the world’s greatest actor?" 


    Riley, who watched the outtakes from the improvised shoots while compiling "Listen to Me Marlon," argues that Coppola, whom he "idolizes," can't complain about the shoot going over schedule since Brando rewrote the movie for him. An audio recording in the documentary finds Brando discussing his contributions to the script, made after he finally read Heart of Darkness: "I told Francis, 'You're making an enormous error. This guy Kurtz, don't misuse him.' I rewrote the entire script and I have it all on tape. I have a tape of everything." 


    But the aforementioned Life article didn't paint so fair a picture. The 1979 story portrayed Brando as difficult, building on a reputation established by on-set demands and a failure to show up to shoot a flashback scene in "The Godfather Part II." Responding to the magazine piece, Brando is heard in the documentary saying, "Francis Coppola, he's a prick. A card-carrying prick. He's a c--k-sucker. How could he do that to me? I saved his f--king ass and he shows his appreciation by dumping on me."


    Riley has a different take. "[The improvs were] Marlon Brando developing these thoughts on what he thought the character of Kurtz would be," the director said. "Marlon said, 'No, Kurtz should be the embodiment of evil and the logical expression of that.' He set out to basically, in his mind, justify genocide. That’s what he wanted to do, and make him terrifying in that way, so that he’d seem sane in his explanation of torture. And to get to the heart of darkness, which he thought was in the heart of us all."


    Riley continued, "It was all this stuff that he was interested in, so it was another excuse for Brando to come in and hijack a script with what he liked. And if you watch the outtakes, it’s just the camera pointed at Brando until he runs out of steam. He’s talking in riddles and all this sort of thing. He shaved his own head. He wasn’t that overweight. When I pressed 'export' on that cut and those words from Marlon were there, I felt that it was his autobiography. I saw a letter to the effect where Coppola was apologizing for the Life magazine article about Brando, saying that it was taken out of context. But then I’d see it repeated elsewhere. It’s a tricky one. All I can be sure of is that Brando scripted that stuff, and the character is very different from the script." 


    Despite the production's travails, "Apocalypse Now" went on to earn eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay -- but Brando's contributions to the latter element were never officially recognized. Brando's performance was snubbed, too, despite much acclaim. It's hard to know precisely what the experience did for Coppola and Brando's relationship, especially because the actor announced his retirement in 1980 and appeared in only a few more films up until his death in 2004. But thanks to "Listen to Me Marlon" and any listicle enumerating the most troubled film sets in history, the "Apocalypse Now" fracas lives on. 


    "Marlon would hate the idea of people chiming in to give their comments about his death," Coppola said in 2004. "All I'll say is that it makes me sad he's gone." 


    "Listen to Me Marlon" is now in limited release. It will air on Showtime later this year. Read more from our Q&A with Stevan Riley.


     


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    Iggy Azalea gets real about her plastic surgery in the latest issue of Seventeen magazine. 


    “I’m not denying it," Azalea told Seventeen for the September 2015 issue. "Denying it is lame. I don’t think you should be ashamed if you made a change to yourself, which is why I’ve spoken about the changes I’ve made, like with my breasts.”


    The rapper's new look first made headlines after the Billboard Music Awards back in May. Two months earlier, she admitted to getting implants and loving them. 



    She opened up about self-image and the emotional process of undergoing cosmetic procedures. 


    “Your perception of yourself can change a lot over time, so I think it’s important to wait and make sure it’s the right choice," she said. "Plastic surgery is an emotional journey. It’s no easy feat to live with your flaws and accept yourself -- and it’s no easy feat to change yourself. Either way you look at it, it’s a tough journey."


    In a world where social media is omnipresent, the 25-year-old feels the pressure.  


    “It’s hard to be a woman in 2015 with social media. There’s so much more emphasis on taking pictures of ourselves and the 'likes' or people commenting on them. There’s a lot more pressure to look beautiful. Some days I just want to look like s**t and feel okay with that.”


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