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    It's here! With less than a month to go until the show's Season 5 premiere, FX just released the full cast trailer for "American Horror Story: Hotel."


    This season, showrunners Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's twisted minds take us to Los Angeles' fictional Hotel Cortez with a storyline that we previously learned was inspired by a surveillance video of a girl who went missing after she entered an elevator in a downtown hotel.


    New cast member Lady Gaga plays a bloodthirsty hotel owner known as The Countess, and since it's been noted she's not an actual vampire, her character sounds very much inspired by the infamous Countess Elizabeth Bathory


    Sarah Paulson returns to the show, this time as Hypodermic Sally -- and with a name like that, it's not surprising she's a hotel guest with a drug addiction. 


    Meanwhile, Lily Rabe also returns in a guest-spot, playing real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos, whom Charlize Theron won an Oscar for portraying in 2003's "Monster."


    Like previous seasons, "AHS: Hotel" features a huge ensemble cast including Kathy Bates, Matt Bomer, Chloë Sevigny, Wes Bentley, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters, Naomi Campbell and Darren Criss. 


     We can't wait. 


    "American Horror Story: Hotel" premieres Oct. 7 at 10:00 p.m. ET.


     


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    BY DERRICK CLIFTON

    Beneath the illuminated perimeter of a packed stadium -- one named after an African-American tennis legend -- two women played one of the most emotional matchups of their careers Tuesday evening. Their achievements in the sport, as black athletes who defied the odds, already merits their classification as living legends in their own right. Yet as the eyes of a nation watched with intense interest, and as their fingers tweeted every development in real time, one of the sisters stood poised to reach a rare historic feat with a U.S. Open championship this year.

    With the attention on Serena Williams' seemingly inevitable march towards a calendar-year sweep of all four Grand Slam majors, along with potentially breaking the record for the most Grand Slam wins by a woman in the open era, there's no question about what's a stake. But on the other side of the net Tuesday evening, Serena saw a familiar face -- not only her practice partner from the very moment she picked up a racket, but also a dear friend and perhaps her biggest fan: her sister, Venus.

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    Together, they've journeyed through the ups and downs of careers as professional athletes. Serena battled a life-threatening health scare and Venus an autoimmune condition. Meanwhile, they've weathered unrelenting and unfair criticism from the media, sexist insults, and perhaps most visibly of all, the institutional racism of tennis as sport. Regardless of Tuesday night's result, both sisters' careers hold an indisputable place in the history books already -- serving as a testament to the resilience and vitality of black people. They offer important possibility models when it comes to overcoming institutional barriers to black success.



    Although there are now tennis courts in most corners of the country, tennis as an institution has a racialized history as a "country club" sport, a marker of race and class status for well-off white people. But the Williamses, like many others before them, found ways to break into the culture, after some of the most overt obstacles had already been challenged and mostly dismantled.

    According to the American Tennis Association, the oldest African-American sports organization in the United States, black people were barred from professional tennis competitions not long after the first lawn tennis court was built in America in 1876 -- a time when the abolition of slavery had only just begun. The U.S. Lawn Tennis Association, then the governing body of the "whites only" section of the sport, is known today as the United States Tennis Association -- which has overseen a bevy of major tournaments spanning multiple decades, including the U.S. Open.

    "The USLTA color line was finally broken with prodding from within the association by Alice Marble and Edward Niles and from outside by the ATA," the website's history section notes. "Dr. Robert Walter Johnson, Dr. Hubert Eaton and Bertram Baker were among the ATA officials were the key force behind negotiations that in 1950 led to the United States Lawn Tennis Association's acceptance of Althea Gibson's application to become the first Black to ever compete in the U.S. National Championship at Forest Hills." 

    Gibson went on to become the first person of color to win the first of five Grand Slam titles at the 1956 French Open, followed 12 years later by Arthur Ashe -- the namesake of the largest arena on USTA grounds -- becoming the first black man to win the U.S. Open.



    This history couldn't have been lost on the Williams family, as the sisters set out on their quest to become tennis greats in the early 1990s. And as they ascended from the juniors to the top of the professional game, both encountered subtle and overt forms of racism.

    When Venus was just 14 years old, Emmy-nominated correspondent John McKenzie challenged her in an interview with ABC News Day One about why she was so confident in her gameplay -- as if she had any reason not to be.

    When questioned about a forthcoming opponent, McKenzie asked Venus if she thought she could win, to which the young prodigy responded, "I know I can beat her." But that wasn't enough. McKenzie continued pressing Venus, following up with: "You know? Very confident." She didn't deny the faith she had in herself, which led him to push back for the last time: "You say it so easily. Why?" Demonstrating poise under pressure -- even though she didn't necessarily have to -- Venus responded, "Because I believe it."

    Her father, Richard Williams, then intervened to protect his daughter, calling out the insidious racial biases at play.



    "What she said, she said it with so much confidence the first time, but you keep going on and on," to which McKenzie protested in vain. The elder Williams continued:

    This racial element here deserves careful attention. As Stacey Patton noted at the Washington Post, data from the U.S. Department of Education and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology shows that white adults perceive black young people as older than they actually are. 

    It isn't as much of a compliment or a statement on their maturity as it is a phenomenon that renders them vulnerable to criminalization and sexualization. And especially within the context of Venus's interview, it also renders black young people to harsh, age-inappropriate treatment by white adults, some of whom withhold the social graces otherwise afforded to white children.

    But that's just the tip of the iceberg in the long, continuing careers of both sisters.



    There's also the accusations that their father fixed sibling rivalry matches between the sisters during their early career, which came to a head when Venus pulled out of a semifinal matchup against Serena at Indian Wells in 2001. Not only did the crowd boo the entire time, but both Richard and Serena reported hearing racial insults, including the "N-word," hurled at them the entire time.

    Although she went on to win the title, the incident left Serena Williams in tears. She boycotted the tournament until a momentous return earlier this year, announcing her entry in a video published on the Internet -- along with the promotion of a racial justice initiative.


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    However, they haven't just dealt with the systemic racism of the sport but also the Other-ization of their bodies, deemed inferior, grotesque, and masculine. Not only did a Russian tennis official call them the "Williams brothers," the sentiments also become quite clear whenever there's Twitter chatter during their tournament competitions.

    As Jenee Desmond-Harris noted at Vox, every time Serena Williams has won in recent history, with the ascent of social media participation making it a breeding ground for all kinds of unpleasant and ignorant comments, the discussions come with a stark, disgusting air of racism and sexism. Desmond-Harris wrote, "The racism that underlies the characterizations of her as hypersexual, aggressive, and animalistic also means that when she dares to express frustration, she's stamped with the infamous angry black woman stereotype." 

    Yet even with the scourge of racism and sexism both sisters have endured. It was a journey of that began on rundown courts in Compton, California -- a far cry from the whites-only, country club environments where American tennis began. And still, despite all that stood in their way, they've both managed to become two of the greatest athletes of their generation.

    When celebrating their gameplay, and cheering their entries into the record books, we shouldn't only be celebrating an athletic feat -- but also a triumph against many forms of institutional prejudice.

    This story was originally published on the Daily Dot.

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    Summer lovin’, had me a blast. Or that’s the idea, anyway.


    In song, the lazy months of beach trips and top-down country jaunts are supposed to be a golden time of the year for romance. But in celebrity circles, the summer of 2015 may be remembered as a buzz saw for famous lovers: a grim season that sliced several of Hollywood’s most celebrated couples in half.

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    Wearing only a teeny tiny two-piece bikini, aviators, and hat, the Younger star’s abs were on full display as she soaked up the sun and enjoyed a little R&R on the island.

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    Dakota Johnson is Another magazine's latest cover girl


    The actress appears on not one but three different covers for the mag, one of which shows her completely topless. In the black and white image, the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson stares straight into the camera and covers her chest with her arms. 



    The second cover shows the "Fifty Shades of Grey" star from the neck up, lying on the ground in a denim jacket. Her brown locks are messily laid out around her and she's biting on the jacket's collar (taking a cue from Anastasia Steele). In the last image, Johnson is topless again, though covering herself with a satin jacket. 




    Inside the issue, Johnson talks about everything from growing up with famous parents to still getting panic attacks during auditions.


    "Sometimes I panic to the point where I don’t know what I’m thinking or doing. I have a full anxiety attack. I have them all the time anyway, but with auditioning it’s bad," she told the mag. 


    She even addresses that mini mother-daughter spat from the Oscars, which basically proved Johnson is (gasp!) just like us. 


    "Oh my God, so embarrassing!” Johnson said. “All day it was building up to that moment and then it was just the wrong time for me to have a little spaz …"


    To check out the whole interview, head over to Another magazine's website or pick up the issue (available now). 


     


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    Jessica Simpson is crushing our souls this week with the news she has no plans to return to her reality roots.  


    The tragic revelation came during an interview on Tuesday with "Today" show co-host Savannah Guthrie while discussing her insanely successful fashion brand. 


    "No, no, no. That’s very rearview. I’m very open with fans or just in the media, but having a camera on me at all times -- I mean, we all know I probably stick my foot in my mouth a little bit too much," the 35-year-old said when asked if she'd do another reality show. "Now that I’m a mom, I probably have to keep it together a little bit better.”


    Of course, Simpson's reality TV days seem like they were part of another life. Her old show "Newlyweds" with ex-husband Nick Lachey aired on MTV from 2003 until 2005 and captured important moments in pop culture history, including Simpson's repeated confusion involving items of food. She divorced Lachey the same year the show ended. These days she's married to former NFL player Eric Johnson, with whom she has two ridiculously adorable children. 


    So if you can peel yourself off the floor from the despair of knowing Simpson's comedic genius will likely not return to TV, take solace in the fact that she's getting ready to return to music. 


    "That's how I started; [singing has] always [been] one of my biggest passions in the world," she said during her appearance on "Today." "I love to use my voice."


    After dropping these bombshells, she showed up to the 10th anniversary celebration of the Jessica Simpson Collection in New York City on Wednesday, where she no doubt turned heads. Simpson stunned in an a bodysuit with a sheer, plunging neckline and high-waisted navy pants. 






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    Contrary to popular belief, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez are definitely still friends. You might even say they're cool for the summer. 


    Earlier this year, Lovato unfollowed Gomez on Twitter, giving Semi fans everywhere a massive heart attack. To make matters worse, she posted a cryptic tweet that may or may not have been directed at her former "Barney" co-star and BFF.


    But fear not, Semi fans, because there's clearly no bad blood between the two stars. Want proof? Just check out this photo Lovato shared on Twitter Thursday morning.





    "Look at how #coolForTheSummer we are...Friends for years, #SameOldLove," Lovato wrote.  


    If that doesn't look like a picture of true friendship, we don't know what does. 


     


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    A decade after her divorce from Nick Lachey, Jessica Simpson isn't holding back -- since she had to pay up. 


    If you weren't aware, Simpson is a major success story in the fashion world. Her retail empire is valued at more than a $1 billion, which is why she appeared on CNBC's "Closing Bell" on Thursday. 


    When asked her biggest money mistakes, without missing a beat, the 35-year-old replied, "For some reason, I thought of my first marriage."



    The couple, who appeared together on the on the MTV reality show "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica" from 2003 to 2005, called it quits a few months after the show ended. 


    Over the course of their marriage, Simpson's star power grew well beyond any level of fame Lachey achieved as a boy band member, and his later attempt at a solo career also flopped; alas, the couple didn't sign a prenup, according to People magazine. Simpson reportedly offered Lachey a settlement of $2 million. According to Forbes, the former 98 Degrees singer is said to have walked away with just less than half of their estate when their divorce was finalized in 2006, in an effort to avoid a drawn-out court battle. Ouch. 


    Luckily for Simpson, she went on to make the majority of her millions after her divorce from Lachey. 


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    Tomorrow night, Will Ferrell appears in the comedy stunt Ferrell Takes the Field (10:00 p.m. Saturday, HBO, TV-14). A charity fundraiser, Field showcases Ferrell on a single day of major league baseball spring training earlier this year, as he plays 10 different positions for 10 different teams in a five-game marathon.

    Field strives to parody sports specials, with Ferrell, in his patented Really-Obtuse-White-Man role as the amateur athlete taking himself entirely too seriously, throwing tantrums and complaining when he is "traded" from one team to another.

    Like the very idea for Field itself, everything about Ferrell's performance is strenuously contrived. He gets to play every position on the baseball diamond but seems to have forgotten his own job: that of entertainer.

    This project airs at the end of a summer that has been overstuffed with similar celebrity indulgences, many -- but not all -- involving former "SNL" talent. Ferrell and fellow "SNL" cast member Kristen Wiig played it super straight in their parody Lifetime movie, A Deadly Adoption. Rather than mining the genre for humor, they turned in a rather turgid Lifetime movie.

    Ferrell and Wiig also appeared, along with "SNL" alum Maya Rudolph, in The Spoils Before Dying, the arch sendup of old TV miniseries. We've also seen Documentary Now! this summer, created, produced and starring "SNL" talent Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers and Bill Hader. Earlier this summer, HBO presented the aggressively vulgar mock tennis epic, 7 Days in Hell, starring Andy Samberg. You may remember him from "SNL."

    In making all of these "ironic" projects, the comedians have been far more successful at amusing each other than finding, or entertaining, large audiences. And it's not just "SNL" talent. Netflix's star-studded Wet Hot American Summer adaptation also has elements of a celebrity home movie. It's central gag was watching all of those professionals wearing bad wigs while appearing in a thoroughly amateur production.

    Another example of a big star getting really small is Making a Scene with James Franco. In this AOL web series that entered its second season this Wednesday, Franco and his pals will act out scenes from classic television shows, but set them in different genres entirely. Want to see Gossip Girl as a Western starring Franco in a wig? Help yourself!

    Taken individually, such whimsical efforts seem harmless enough. But as a trend they've become rather tedious if not odious, a case of desperate famous players never ceding the stage or the spotlight.

    You have to wonder what striving baseball players thought while watching Will Ferrell hog valuable at-bats from their Spring Training audition. And how many truly original series from talented unknowns did IFC pass on so they could air Documentary Now!?

    It's understandable that a smaller network might cling to the fame of known "SNL" talent. HBO's participation in this never-ending festival of narcissism is more troubling.

    A night after Ferrell's baseball stunt, HBO debuts season two of Doll & Em (10:30 p.m. Sunday). In this comedy acclaimed actress Emily Mortimer and her real life best friend, Dolly Wells, portray acclaimed actress Emily Mortimer and her real life best friend Dolly Wells.

    Season two sees the two pals move into a lighthouse to write an off-Broadway play about a subject near and dear to their hearts.

    They cast Evan Rachel Wood and Olivia Wilde to play the lead characters, none other than acclaimed actress Emily Mortimer and her real life best friend Dolly Wells.

    To quote Dana Carvey, former "SNL" performer, "Isn't that special?"

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    Country singer Jewel opened up about the disturbing sexual harassment she has faced since she was just a child in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter. 


    "I’ve had men hitting on me, sadly, since I was really young," she told THR. "At 8, I had men putting dimes in my hands saying, 'Call me. It’d be so great to f— when you’re older.' And just horrible stuff."


    The 41-year-old, who grew up in Alaska, said sexual harassment led to her homelessness after she was fired from a San Diego coffee shop for refusing to have sex with her boss. Last year, she told Billboard "men were predatory" during this period of her life. 


    At 18 years old, she signed with Atlantic Records and used these harrowing experiences to arm herself. 


    "In the music business, it ended up serving me very well," she told THR. "I learned to keep my energy to myself, where there’s nothing about me that seemed approachable. And as men did approach me, I got very good at handling men in a way that sort of didn’t anger them. ... And at the same time using wit and usually humor to defuse the situation and to inform them, 'P.S. Not available that way.'"


    Jewel's latest album, "Picking Up The Pieces," is out Friday. Her memoir, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Storyis on sale Sept. 15. 


     


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    In an industry that places so much emphasis on how a person looks, it's commonplace to read about a celebrity's sudden weight loss, new diet plan, targeted workout routines and whatever trendy wellness product they now swear by. It seems that many stars happily discuss the high points of recent health journeys in polished sound bites, but every so often, someone comes along to speak about their long-term experience with total honesty.


    Enter Lisa Rinna. The "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star and former soap opera actress has always worked hard to stay svelte, but also admits that she's had a unique advantage that has helped her ever since she began exercising decades ago.


    "Staying in shape has always been a big part of my life," Rinna tells "Oprah: Where Are They Now -- Extra." "Luckily, I was born with good genes, first and foremost -- and I know that."


    From her early years playing competitive tennis through to today, the 52-year-old mother of two has viewed working out as an indispensable part of her regular routine. "For me, working out is like brushing my teeth," she says.



    With so many years spent exercising, Rinna says she has tried "every workout known to man." Over time, her preference has evolved, and right now, she is most dedicated to practicing yoga.


    "I have a really strong yoga practice," Rinna says. "For my body type, that really works."


    Of course, a big part of working out is staying motivated. What has helped keep Rinna motivated throughout the years?


    "I'm always doing something... Because [it makes me] feel better. If I feel better, I'm nicer. If I'm nicer, my life goes better," she explains. "Because if I'm nicer, then you're going to be nicer to me, and if I'm nice, then everything runs smoothly."


    The same goes for food, she adds.


    "I try to fill my body with good stuff because if I don't, I feel terrible," Rinna says. "It's that simple... I'm very disciplined because, selfishly, I like to feel good. It's really that.


    "I like to feel good and I like to look good," she continues. "If I feel good and look good, [those are] two things that I don't have to beat myself up over. How nice is that?


    "Whether that's superficial or not, folks, that's the truth," she says.


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    OK, we like mixologist Eddy Buckingham for selfish reasons. After all, he created a cocktail just for us, named The Huffington Toast (more on that later).


    But Buckingham is noteworthy for other reasons, too: Not only does he look like Captain John Smith in real life, he's been Justin Timberlake's personal mixologist since joining the team at Timberlake's tequila brand, Sauza 901, last year -- he basically comes up with all the promotional fancy drinks for the brand, as well as the cocktail recipes for Timberlake's parties.


    "Justin acts as a bit of a launching pad," Buckingham told HuffPost. "He trusts me. He's an expert in his field and me in mine."


    Timberlake even brought Buckingham along to The Tonight Show this week to promote the tequila by making Jimmy a drink of his very own, a take on the old fashioned called The Fallon.




    When Buckingham creates a recipe, he said he considers everything from the theme to the menu, to even the personality of the host. For The Huffington Toast, which Buckingham created for this interview, he said he thought about HuffPost readers -- he wanted to make a drink that's "very attractive to look at" -- as well as our brand.


    "I was thinking about making something with a bold character," he said. "It’s a crowd pleaser, so it was important that it would have broad appeal."


    It's a take on a tequila sour, mixing silver tequila with pomegranate juice, lemon juice, simple syrup and Aperol, with a splash of soda.


    Not only is it refreshing, but we're also honored, Eddy. And kind of drunk right now.


    See the recipes for both The Fallon and The Huffington Toast, as well as two more tequila-based drinks, below.



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    Natalie Portman is pretty much untouchable in terms of natural beauty, smarts and talent in Hollywood today -- but even she has moments from her past that she feels dorky about. Stars, just like us, yadda yadda.


    It turns out Portman, who appeared at this year's Toronto International Film Festival in support of her directorial debut, "A Tale of Love and Darkness," keeps up with the same popular shows we do -- namely, "Broad City." The actress is such a fan of Abbi and Ilana's antics that a small dig made on the show about one of her earlier films made her cringe for her past self.


    During a conversation with TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey, Portman explained how fun it was to shoot the 2004 film with writer and director Zach Braff. In it, Portman's character is an optimistic, giant headphone-clad foil to Braff's Andrew -- a character later cited in the oft-quoted A.V. Club article that coined the term Manic Pixie Dream Girl.


    “I’ve been insecure about it recently because of 'Broad City,'" Portman told Bailey, according to Vulture. “Best show. If you haven’t watched it, watch it. And on the show there's a really dorky character who’s a gym instructor, like an Equinox guy or something, and he’s the worst. And he’s like, 'Oh my God, I love 'Garden State'! I donated all my money to Zach Braff’s Kickstarter.' And I’m like, 'Oh my God.' So now, because the people I think are the coolest think it’s really lame I’m kind of insecure about it.”


    Don't fret, Natalie. As teens of the early aughts, we're sure "Broad City" creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer also felt their hearts lift when they watched you and Braff scream into the infinite abyss. Maybe it was more about Braff's subsequent Kickstarter than your character's pet funeral. And most importantly: Maybe you can rectify this with a #iconic onscreen cameo a la Kelly Ripa next season. Let's make this happen, Hollywood.



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    Ever since the "Game of Thrones" Season 5 finale, fans have wondered one big question about Jon Snow, and now we might finally have an answer ...



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    So is Jon Snow dead or not? Well, according to "Game of Thrones" fanatics site Watchers on the Wall, he's at least undead.


    Rumors about Kit Harington reprising his role as Snow on "Game of Thrones" have been going around for a while, but now the website reports their sources have spotted the actor on set in Northern Ireland participating in a huge battle scene involving Stark bannermen the Umbers, the Boltons, wildlings and perhaps others. 


    So, if this is true, it means Harington isn't just back, but he also might introduce the Boltons to his sword, Longclaw, and, you know...




    The Huffington Post reached out to HBO about the report, but they declined to comment. 


    Little is known about Season 6 at this point, since the show has basically caught up to the books. The Jon Snow storyline is a huge cliffhanger from George R.R. Martin's most recently released novel in the series, A Dance with Dragons. But with reports that HBO may be consolidating filming to fewer locations this year, some on Reddit speculate this is to pour more funds into making a massively huge battle scene in Season 6. A battle which, just perhaps, may include Jon Snow.


    So next time you hear Harington telling people that his character is dead and gone, just remember ...




    H/T Watchers on the Wall

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    Hollywood makeup artist Vittorio Mascecchia married his longtime boyfriend, Felipe Noquiera, last weekend in a ceremony officiated by none other than his superstar client, Kesha. 


    The "Die Young" singer, 28, shared an image of herself presiding over the union of Mascecchia and Noquiera on Instagram, captioned with: "All you need is love." 



    #VxF ❤️ all u need is love

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    Exact details of the nuptials are scarce, but from the looks of the couple's Instagram shots, it appears to have taken place at twilight in a backyard decorated with candles and icicle lights. 



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    To add to the cuteness, Mascecchia and Noquiera sealed their union with -- what else? -- oversize ring pops.



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    As it turns out, this is Kesha's second time as a same-sex wedding officiant. The singer, who identifies as bisexual, became an ordained minister online so that she could officiate the 2012 wedding of her pals Monique Morrison and Gretchen Helt in Malibu, California, a year before marriage equality was legally recognized by the state. 


    "I was honored to participate firsthand in a wedding between two women who love each other," she told CBS. "I saw how much in meant to them, and I can't understand why any person or any law would stand in between that kind of love."


    Congratulations, gentlemen! 


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    Could you even imagine: Chrissy Teigen going head-to-head with none other than her husband, John Legend, in the greatest show on Earth, "Lip Sync Battle?" We can see it, and Legend definitely wants it to happen. 


    The Huffington Post caught up with Legend on Thursday at New York Fashion Week for his collaboration with AXE's White Label Collective, which mentors and gives opportunities to young designers. When asked about dueling his wife in an official lip sync battle, he seemed down for all of it. 


    "I don’t know if she wants to go against me, because it’s not fair since she’s on the show," he said, adding "but I would do it if she was up for it. I love doing the show, it’s such a fun concept." 


    So, it's your call Teigen, you in? We hope so. 


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    NEW YORK (AP) — Dick "Dickie" Moore, a saucer-eyed child star of the 1930s who appeared in "Our Gang" comedies, gave Shirley Temple her first screen kiss and was featured in many major Hollywood productions, has died. He was 89.


    Helaine Feldman, a senior staff member at Dick Moore & Associates Inc., confirmed that Moore died Monday in Connecticut.


    While not as famous as Temple or Mickey Rooney, Moore was a veteran of dozens of films, many of them top-drawer productions directed by such greats as Cecil B. DeMille ("The Squaw Man"), Ernst Lubitsch ("Heaven Can Wait") and Josef von Sternberg ("Blonde Venus").



    He also wrote a 1984 book about the child star business, called "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: But Don't Have Sex or Take the Car."


    He was a member of producer Hal Roach's "Our Gang" ("Little Rascals") troupe in 1932-33, playing alongside Spanky McFarland, Stymie Beard and other Gang stars in such shorts as "Free Wheeling," ''Hook and Ladder" and "Mush and Milk."


    But unlike Spanky and the Gang, Moore wasn't limited to Roach's comedies.


    The handsome actor was Marlene Dietrich's little boy in her 1932 film "Blonde Venus." He recalled her as "warm and friendly" but saying it made him uncomfortable when she gave him a bath. That same year he played the leading lady's little brother in the wacky W.C. Fields-Jack Oakie concoction "Million Dollar Legs," and in 1933 he got the title role in a version of "Oliver Twist."


    Among his many roles were Julius Reuter as a boy in "A Dispatch from Reuter's"; war hero Alvin York's (Gary Cooper's) brother in "Sgt. York"; the boy that Louis Pasteur cured of rabies in "The Story of Louis Pasteur"; and heroine Barbara Stanwyck's young son in "So Big."



    In 1942, toward the end of his (and her) child star career, he gave Temple her first screen kiss in "Miss Annie Rooney." As a young man, he had a featured role in the 1947 film noir classic "Out of the Past," which starred Kirk Douglas and Robert Mitchum.


    For his 1984 book, he mixed personal reminiscences — many of them painful — with interviews with dozens of his former colleagues and rivals.


    "We lied about my age," he wrote. "At eight, we said that I was seven; at nine, we said I was eight. ... When I turned 11, we finally told the truth.


    "Many children lied about their ages, and the studios lied for them. It fostered the idea that we were precocious. ... Studios and parents with investments to protect wanted us to stay the productive kids we were."


    Moore was born on Sept. 12, 1925, in Los Angeles and had his film debut a year and a half later in John Barrymore's "The Beloved Rogue." As his film career waned, he appeared in television shows such as "Captain Video and His Video Rangers."


    As an adult, he was a correspondent for Stars and Stripes during World War II and later became a public relations executive, establishing Dick Moore & Associates Inc. in New York. He served as the public relations director for Actors' Equity Association and was publisher of Equity News.


    He also coproduced, co-directed and acted in a two-reel short subject called "The Boy and the Eagle" that was nominated for an Academy Award in 1949. His last film was "The Member of the Wedding" in 1952


    He met actress-singer Jane Powell while researching his book and married her in 1988. He is also survived by a sister, the Hollywood publicist Pat Kingsley; son, Kevin Moore, and by several grandchildren.


    Moore's death comes only a few days after the passing of another former "Our Gang" member, Jean Darling.


     


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    Selena Gomez is not immune to body-shaming comments, but she didn't let them tear her down. 


    "I feel very empowered and confident and comfortable with where I am," she said during an "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" interview Friday. "And I think it took me a long while to get there because, you know, the past year was so interesting because I've never been body-shamed before ... I did gain weight, but I don't care." 


    Trolls criticized paparazzi photos of Gomez in swimsuits while on vacation with friends in Mexico in April. The 23-year-old decided to use the moment to share an Instagram post with some words of self-love. 



    I love being happy with me yall #theresmoretolove

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    "You know what's interesting? I posted this photo on Instagram and I was like, 'There’s more to love and I’m happy with myself,'" she told Seacrest. "The reason why I did that was 'cause I didn't want them to win. 'Cause then the next day, it wasn't about how I gained weight, it was about how I embraced it, and that’s just kind of my approach."


    Selena, you're always fabulous to us. 




     


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    Last year, audiences were introduced to Pete Davidson, the then 20-year-old who earned a spot on the list of the youngest cast members of "Saturday Night Live" over the show's 40 seasons. 


    A lifelong New Yorker, Davidson was just 7 when the Sept. 11 attack on the Twin Towers occurred. His firefighter father Scott Davidson was killed in service at Ground Zero. 


    On the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, Davidson paid tribute to his late father on social media.








    He also retweeted the New York City Fire Department's message. 








    Davidson paid tribute on Instagram, too, where he called his father his "hero." 



    The 21-year-old later thanked fans on Twitter for their support. 





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    NEW YORK (AP) -- A hologram of the late, great Whitney Houston will arrive next year.


    Hologram USA and Houston's estate announced Friday that the hologram will stream live on FilmOn.com.


    Houston's sister-in-law and president of her estate said in a statement that the hologram is "a great opportunity for her fans to see a reinvention of one the most celebrated female artists in history and to continue a legacy of performances that will not be forgotten in years to come."


    Houston died in 2012 at age 48.


    FilmOn is a free online and live TV app. Alki David, who is the CEO of Hologram USA, also founded FilmOn.


    Hologram USA announced earlier this week that a Billie Holiday hologram will debut later this year at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.


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