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    Outside the Sugar Factory in New York on Wednesday night, a crowd of more than two hundred teenagers lined up against a barricaded sidewalk in hopes of getting a glimpse of Kylie Jenner. 


    "We've been here since 2 o'clock," one particularly tired teen with braces lamented to me as I shamefully slipped past the red ropes. I felt bad for some of these kids, especially the ones who got a great spot in front of the backdrop on the red carpet, where Jenner would eventually pout and pose for the cameras. Hours later, paparazzi had swarmed in and blocked their views.


    Why is it still surprising to see this kind of hoopla over somebody like Kylie Jenner? After all, she has 36 million Instagram followers. Her new self-titled app topped the iTunes Free Apps chart, surpassing that of her sisters Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kendall Jenner. She's been a reality star since she was 10. Still, I found myself wondering, "Why are all of these teens here?" And since the 18-year-old was running late, I had time to go out and ask them myself. 


    "We love her. A lot of people think bad of her, but we don’t see her in that light. We see her in a positive light," a 16-year-old girl from New York City said. "Her app, she posted a video about how she went to a children’s hospital and she gave them presents. It brought a smile to their faces to see Kylie Jenner." 


    Two 11-year-old girls wore specially made shirts with Kylie Jenner's picture on them. "I love her style. Her lips, her blue hair... I’ve loved her for, like, three years," one of them said. (When you're 11 years old, three years is a long time.) 


    Finally, the woman of the hour arrived, who had apparently changed up her newly-dyed blond locks into a shade of mint green. Donning a nude crop top and a matching pencil skirt, the hair chameleon smiled for the cameras as the crowd chanted her name at a pitch that only teenagers could manage. Her boyfriend, Tyga, stood on the sidelines, snapping photos of her as well:



    When asked about the massive success of her app, which provides beauty, fashion and lifestyle tips for the price of $2.99 a month, Jenner seemed humbled.


    “It’s so surprising. I never thought I’d be No. 1 in general, so it’s dope," she said. "I have a lot of tips on my style, and the fans that follow me love that stuff. That’s like, their lane. There's so much fun stuff to share with them."


    Jenner also made headlines on Wednesday for serving as a model in her brother-in-law Kanye West's fashion show. But the real star of the event was North West, who sat adorably in mom Kim Kardashian's lap. Jenner lovingly gushed to HuffPost about her niece:


    "I just left the Kanye show and [North] was yelling my name, like 'Kylie! Kylie!' She’s so cute. I loved her outfit and I’m probably gonna get brown Doc Martens because of her," Jenner said.  


    And then she went and gave the people what they really wanted all along: selfies.




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    When Kylie Jenner confirmed she'd gotten lip injections back in May, we can't say we were surprised. A question that did come up, however, was: Why did Kris Jenner let her 17-year-old daughter do it in the first place? 


    Well, as it turns out, the Kardashian matriarch wasn't fully supportive of her daughter's decision. In an exclusive new interview with Access Hollywood, the 59-year-old momager told Billy Bush how she really felt about her youngest daughter's desire to change her appearance




    "I get a little crazy -- and I think that is what no one sees -- and I do have definite thoughts and ideas or [ideas on] what she should do, you know, at a really young age," she said. "I am from the generation that, in my day, I mean, some of this stuff did not exist for sure but ... I don't think I did one thing, physically, to myself until I was in my 50s ... So I am thinking, why? Why? Why do you need to do that?"  


    But once the procedure was all said and done, Kris just learned to accept it and has moved on. (It should be noted that even though she may not have been happy about it, she must have given permission, seeing as Kylie was only 17 when she started.)


    "I got really upset, and then it was done, and I had to let it go," she added. "She's my kid; I love my kid. We make mistakes."


    Kris also proudly confirmed that as their momager, she takes a standard 10 percent of her daughters' earnings. Just let that sink in for a minute -- if Kim, Kylie or any one of the sisters makes an appearance for $250,000, Kris goes home with a cool $25,000 just for getting them there. Not too shabby. 


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    Fresh off his fight with Floyd Mayweather, Jr., 32-year-old Andre Berto joined me on HuffPost Live to discuss his opportunity of a lifetime. Berto, despite suffering the loss, is hardly gun-shy either.


    He broke down why Mayweather, despite his brilliance and unblemished professional record, didn't do anything Berto hadn't seen before. 


    Email me at jordan.schultz@huffingtonpost.com or ask me questions about anything sports-related at @Schultz_Report, and follow me on Instagram at @Schultz_Report.

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  • Yes, Fox News often does things so egregious that it makes your head explode, Those are usually about important matters, so the whole head-explosion thing is understandable. But sometimes they do something so insane because it's over something so totally idiotic that the pointlessness of it is just inexplicably numbing.

    Enter Emily Blunt.

    Ms. Blunt recently became an American citizen. That alone should tell you her affection for the country, not that such a thing is critical in the grand scheme of things here, but it's true and obvious and is the foundation of what started this whole story. That, by choice, Emily Blunt went out of her way to go through the long process to become an American citizen. But Fox News seems incapable of grasping that point. Or grasping anything said that's even remotely critical about conservatives. Or grasping the concept of humor.

    In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Emily Blunt off-handedly quipped that after watching the last Republican debate she thought that becoming a citizen might have been "a terrible mistake."

    This, it turns out, infuriated the hosts Fox & Friends. Never mind, of course, that at the heart of the quote is the point that she says she became a citizen and never mind too that the point of the quote is that she actually watched the debate! (Fun Fact: which was on...Fox.)

    One of the Fox & Friends co-hosts, Anna Kooiman, was not only upset at this joke but so upset at it that she suggested that Emily Blunt "leave Hollywood" and then added, "Let some American women take on the roles that you're getting, because Americans are watching your movies and lining your pockets."

    A moment here to point that Emily Blunt is, in fact, now an "American woman." Which again, is blatantly clear because it's the only way for her joke to make sense. Though "making sense" doesn't appear to be a high priority here on Fox News.

    Properly primed at this point, that then brought about another co-host Brian Kilmeade pointing out in his annoyance that when Ms. Blunt was recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, she talked about when becoming a citizen she had to renounce the Queen, something that disappointed her, but she said she was told she didn't have to really mean it -- to which the riled Mr. Kilmeade thought was just "just so perfect" from someone clearly taking digs at America.

    Before we go any further, though, let's take a look at that appearance of Emily Blunt on Kimmel's show. She's charming, adorable and funny, telling funny stories about her husband, fellow-actor John Krasnski being at the ceremony with Matthew McConaughey whose wife was also becoming a citizen.



    Okay, so that's the appearance that Brian Kilmeade was so bothered about and referencing in chastising Emily Blunt for supposedly un-American comments. After having just become an American citizen, just to be really clear...

    And then as if two pissed-off hosts wasn't enough to help fill up their airtime, the third Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy had to pile on. Though he would have been better served if he had followed the advice of the father of the Republican Party, when Abraham Lincoln said, "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak and remove all doubt."

    Doocy chimed in -- "You know what Emily Blunt just did? She just Dixie Chicked herself. She has alienated half the country, that now will think twice about going to one of her movies."

    Well, you know what Emily Blunt just didn't do? Anything remotely close to what Steve Doocy is trying to talk about.

    For starters, it was reprehensible what conservatives did do to the Dixie Chicks, which Steve Doocy is seemingly endorsing. So many on the far right today seem to love to revel in political un-correctedness which they defend by asking in faux-outrage about what's happened to free speech? Where was that attitude though when the Dixie Chicks said something conservatives didn't like. It's one thing to not want to buy an album from someone you don't like for what they said. It's another for radio stations to literally blackball them -- for daring to say something critical.

    Further, being critical wasn't the point of the "outrage" against the Dixie Chicks. What the Dixie Chicks came under the most heat for was daring to say something negative about the Bush Administration while on foreign soil. (I'm sure that their critics would have been just fine if the Dixie Chicks had said nice things about George Bush when on foreign soil. So much, again, for that whole "freedom of speech" thing.)

    But again, the point is that the "outrage" of conservatives (unjustified or not) was that the Dixie Chicks were on foreign soil. Emily Blunt was in Los Angeles talking to the Hollywood Reporter. I certainly hope that Steve Doocy isn't suggesting that an American citizen can't say something critical about anything concerning America at any time, but especially when they're actually in America. Because if he doesn't believe that, he not only is being seriously un-American, but he himself could be "Dixie Chicked" for what he's been saying critically about the president of the United States for the past seven years.

    Beyond that, though, I think I'm on pretty safe ground saying that Emily Blunt did not just "alienate half the country." And I say this knowing that that very "half" themselves pretty much hates most of the GOP candidates, too, giving two-thirds of the GOP candidates less than 3% support each.

    And I feel even safer saying that half the country is also not going to "think twice" about going to a movie that Emily Blunt is in because of her quip. And I say that because this video below is who Emily Blunt is. And most people know that, even if Steve Doocy and all the hosts of Fox & Friends don't.




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    "Maze Runner: Scorch Trials," the second film in the Wes Ball-directed franchise, follows Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and the other Gladers as they take on an adversary even bigger than WCKD, aka The Scorch, a barren wasteland that used to be civilization but is now just full of zombie-like Cranks and super dusty abandoned malls. (No Auntie Anne's? No thanks.)


    And from actor Aidan Gillen's warnings in the trailer, we know they're probably not gonna last very long.




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    Yeah, thanks, Aidan. We just said that. Whose side are you on


    So could the cast actually last a day? The Huffington Post caught up with O'Brien and the rest of the Gladers at the New York premiere to find out.


    Would you last one day in The Scorch?



    "Maze Runner: Scorch Trials" opens Sept. 18 in the U.S.


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    Try to name another Miss America besides Vanessa Williams. You can't. Who even won this year? I'm not kidding; I actually watched and I don't know the name of the person who won. I mean, I could definitely Google it, but without Googling it, all I know is that Vanessa Williams was there. And that one of the gowns had a crop top.


    What is even the point of the Miss America competition in 2015? Don't say scholarships. John Oliver proved that isn't true. Even if it was, making women wear bikinis to win money for college is only slightly less barbaric than if it was just a sandwich-making pageant judged by Hugh Hefner's penis.



    The Miss America Competition is formalized objectification with a question-and-answer portion that lets the hosts pretend it's what's on the inside that counts. Given that logic, it's especially absurd Vanessa Williams had her crown snatched for posing nude. Shouldn't we be thrilled she was offering up her body for the male gaze and eliminating the trifling sex obstacle that is the two-piece?


    Alas, American sexism is more complex than that. 


    Let's go back in time. It's 1984. Here, play Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do with It." Williams is the first ever African-American Miss America, she's experiencing hate from people upset that she's black or not black enough. She rejects all the backlash, taking a strong pro-choice stance and actively discussing civil rights. She's proving everyone wrong and blowing critics away. Then disaster Puritanical nonsense strikes.



    Now play Lionel Richie's "Hello."


    News breaks that Penthouse will release nude photos of Williams. She's blindsided. As the story goes, when Williams posed for the photos, the photographer said he wanted to experiment with silhouettes. She agreed, thinking it was an experimental shoot that wouldn't be published. Despite that information, the Miss America committee tells Williams she has 72 hours to resign or have her title forcibly removed.


    After she steps down, the photos hit shelves. Penthouse makes over $14 million in sales, because PornHub doesn't exist yet, I guess. Williams is disgraced, and not just by the purveyors of her tiara. She auditions for "My One and Only" on Broadway and is called a "whore" by a producer who refuses to cast her. At least eight record labels turn her down, including one executive who tells her manager and now-ex-husband Ramon Hervey that he will never pay to resuscitate Williams' image.



    And yet, she perseveres. If anything, as one friend put it in Williams' bio-documentary, the struggle "put a fire in her belly" to succeed. She eventually breaks through singing backup vocals for George Clinton. In 1988, four years after her public shaming, she is signed as a solo artist and releases "The Right Stuff."


    OK, now play, "Save the Best for Last."


    The rest is legend. Williams' current list of awards and nominations is almost as long as the list of total Miss Americas. She is a symbol of perseverance and excellence in the face of adversity. Still, it took more than 30 years for the Miss America organization -- now couched in her wild success -- to come around and admit they were wrong. While part of the fallout she faced was a product of the time, the way we treat nude photos today isn't much different.



    It's only in recent years that the "shamed starlet" narrative has began to crumble.


    Consider that when private photos of Vanessa Hudgens were leaked in 2007, she was forced into contrition, with Disney making a public statement on her "lapse in judgement" and media outlets having the nerve to ask how Zac Efron felt about the whole thing. In 2011, despite refusing to apologize, Scarlett Johansson's nude pictures sent to her then husband Ryan Reynolds were still charted as a scandal narrative. It was only with the massive hack in 2014 that defeating the stigma became remotely possible, with Jennifer Lawrence rightfully calling the leak a "sex crime."


    Still, the awful/wrong/sexist/definitely wrongquestioning of why each woman took nude photos in the first place lingers. The cycle of blame reinforces a culture of misogyny that allows us to police women's bodies while still treating them as objects. Whether the photographer ran into Williams' dressing room and snapped a picture or she Snapchatted her fallopian tubes to Phil Collins, we'd find a way to stigmatize the act -- not based on whatever agency she played in releasing the photos, but the very fact of her lady bits existing.


    That Williams' rise coincided with such a sexist ritual of bikinis and sequins makes for an itchy juxtaposition of the paradoxical standards by which we regulate female sexuality. The Miss America that was founded in 1921 started with points awarded for head and limb construction. If you want to argue that, since then, asking contestants about #Deflategate has elevated things, well, then, sure, live in that fantasy world. It sounds terrible. In Williams' case, the ritual succeeds only in casting our gendered oppression in sharper relief.


    We're happy to indulge female sexuality, just as long as the women we're objectifying are under control. That's the reality in and outside of the Miss America microcosm; it's just a bit more obvious during their annual parade of beauty standards. Without an overhaul of the very structure of the event -- without it being canceled altogether and replaced with a two-hour Vanessa Williams tribute event, really -- the committee's three-decades-late apology is about as useful as a strip of butt glue immediately following the swimsuit competition.


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    If you've seen French-Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners," a 2013 crime drama about a missing girl, you know the director's penchant for moody, heightened tension. If you also had the chance to see his Middle East family war drama "Incendies" (which has one of the most brilliant twists in years), you can also expect an unsettling sense of darkness from him. His latest, "Sicario," brings all that and more.


    Wrapped up in the bleak and anxiety-ridden atmosphere of "Sicario" is Emily Blunt's Kate Macer, a dedicated-to-the-job FBI agent. After a mission gone wrong, Kate volunteers to join a task force led by Josh Brolin's government operative Matt with the help of former prosecutor Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro). While shaking up the Mexican cartel to find a perilous drug trafficker in Juárez is the basic setup for "Sicario," the film is really about the sexist schemes Kate becomes victim to.


    After the film screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Huffington Post sat down with Villeneuve to talk about the desolate themes and aesthetics that attract him to a project. Villeneuve told us about why he hates seeing violence for the sake of violence, working with cinematographer Roger Deakins again and what he plans to bring to their upcoming "Blade Runner" sequel.


    All of your films are very dark, but I’d say this is probably the bleakest.


    Oh yeah, you think so? It is quite dark.


    What appeals to you most in a script when it comes to the bleak atmosphere?


    I think cinema is a tool to explore our shadows. I remember when I read the screenplay [for "Sicario"] it was a mixed feeling, because I read it and it was like reading Heart of Darkness. You finish the screenplay and you are like, "Whoa." So powerful, so dark. I felt doomed. I remember feeling something tired inside of me. "Do I really want to go there again, after 'Incendies' and 'Prisoners'?" It’s really demanding to go in that kind of a space. I made a deal with myself. I said, "OK, I will chose another movie that has a total different kind of light." "Story of Your Life," the movie I just directed this summer, is very positive. So it was a way to find equilibrium. I was able to go into "Sicario's" darkness because I just directed something that was more uplifting in a way. It’s very demanding.



    When you find a script like that, what do you want to bring to it as a director?


    Authenticity. I wanted to find something that I felt it was talking about some aspect of our human condition. There was something in the screenplay that was very authentic. Taylor Sheridan, the screenwriter, did his homework. He had done massive research about the border. He’s from Texas, he knows what he was talking about, the tension there, the contradictions, the strong contrasts on both sides of the borders, and he knows about the culture of the Delta Force, the military culture and CIA culture. It was really filled with this kind of feeling of authenticity, the vocabulary, the rhythm. There was, in a strange way, a lot of love for that universe in the screenplay. I just tried to take care of it, to embrace that culture and to keep that authenticity alive as much as possible. It was the same with the Mexican culture. I think that’s what I brought, to try to love Mexico as much as possible, even if we see the country [at] its worst angle. I was trying to love the Mexican territory as much as I was trying to give love to the U.S. side.


    The film also focuses on the victim’s point of view.


    Yeah. It’s a thing that I try to [emphasize] as a director, to stay on one side of the gun as much as possible.


    Why is that?


    Because I hate violence, and I think that violence is meaningful if you see the impact of violence on victims. I’m interested on the impact, I’m not interested in the show. I don’t want to make a show of violence. I mean, I’ve been in contact with people who suffered from the trauma of war. [...] When I use violence in a movie it’s just to express the power, the impact of it. Do you understand what I'm saying?


    Yeah, definitely. But there is a lot of violence in this, as well. Were you conscious of how you were portraying it while filming?


    Yeah. The idea is always to, when you show it, not being afraid to go all the way to feel the impact. But those moments are very small. The rest is trying to show as little as possible. Suggestion is always more powerful.


     



    The film also relies a lot on a growing tension. How do you create tension in a way that doesn’t turn the film into a typical action-thriller, since “Sicario” is far from that?


    It’s a good question. It’s very instinctive. [...] Tension, I love the fact that it’s coming from stillness and silence, expectations and fear. How to create tension? That’s a thing I would be able to answer in 25 years. I will say, for this movie, I was inspired by Kurosawa's “Seven Samurai,” which is one of my favorite movies. There’s a scene I was so impressed [by] when I saw this movie the first time. A young samurai and an old samurai, they are in the woods and they are waiting together and talking together. And suddenly the young one says, "The thieves are coming." [...] You know violence is coming and there’s nothing happening. When the thieves are coming, it’s a very powerful shot, very quick, of the old samurai rising and killing them. But it was so tense, and nothing was happening. I was always amazed how he was able to bring such a level of tension with stillness. That was a big lesson for me and that was a big inspiration for “Sicario,” that sequence.


    Is that something you’d also bring into your “Blade Runner” sequel?


    It’s something I like to explore a lot, to be simple and try to express an action sequence in more simple ways. That’s the thing I love about Roger Deakins; he’s a master at trying to find the most powerful angle, and you explore that angle as much as possible. We always shoot with one camera, and “Sicario” was shot with one camera. It was really trying to find the strongest approach from one perspective.


    You’ve done so much original work, how are you going to approach a sequel to a classic sci-fi film?


    I said to myself that I would never do that, that I would never do a sequel. I was not interested in taking someone else’s universe. But "Blade Runner," I was not able to say no. It’s by far one of my favorite, if not my favorite movie of all time. I’m a huge, huge Ridley Scott fan. The thing that I felt in the screenplay is the movie has its own personality. The movie stands on its own. It really had its own life. So I said, "All right. I’ll be able to create a world." But it’s of course coming from the first one, but I have space to exist there.


    This interview has been edited and condensed.


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    Earlier this week a reporter from a queer Canadian publication caused controversy -- and outrage -- when he asked Tom Hardy about his sexuality during a Toronto International Film Festival press conference for the actor's new film "Legend."

    Hardy, who in 2008 candidly stated that he experimented with other guys when he was younger but found gay sex "did nothing for him," quickly shut down the interview after refusing to answer the "disrespectful" question. However, on Thursday the "Mad Max" star had quite a bit more to say about the incident while speaking with The Daily Beast.

    "I think everybody is entitled to the right to privacy," Hardy said. "...Some things are private. I'm under no obligation to share anything to do with my family, my children, my sexuality -- that's nobody's business but my own. And I don't see how that can have anything to do with what I do as an actor, and it's my own business. "

    Hardy, who plays a queer character in "Legend," (which means the question about his sexuality actually could have something to do with what he does and/or draws on as an actor) explained that he'd be fine with a friend asking about his sexuality but noted, "to put a man on the spot in a room full of people designed purely for a salacious reaction? To be quite frank, it's rude."

    Hardy conceded that what the reporter "had to talk about was actually interesting, but how he did it was so inelegant," and noted that what the reporter "and his publication stands for, none of that is offensive, and on the contrary, it's very admirable, and an important issue." However, he also emphasized that "I'm not a role model for anyone, and you're asking me something about my private life in a room full of people. I don't want to discuss my private life with you. I don't know you! Why would I share that with a billion people?"

    As if Hardy's hypocritically self-righteous stance (more on that in a minute) wasn't disappointing enough in and of itself, when I saw how quickly my social media feeds were filling up with giddy praise for his comments -- in many cases giddy praise from queer people -- I grew even queasier.

    While watching variations of "Tom's right! It's nobody's business!" and "That's private!" flood comment fields, tweets and Facebook statuses, I sighed and thought to myself, Really? Are we really still defending -- and celebrating! -- the idea that sexual orientation is akin to some deep dark secret to be discussed after dark behind closed doors in hushed tones with only our most trusted confidantes?

    Apparently we are. But this has to change, folks. Why? Because even though, sure, everyone should be "entitled to the right to privacy" regarding certain aspects of their lives, sexual orientation shouldn't be considered private. Let me type that again and put it in boldface so that you don't miss it: Sexual orientation should not be considered private.

    Our sexuality is merely a part of who we are -- like the color of our eyes or our height. What we do with our sexuality may be private (and even then, if I had my way, we'd all be a lot more open and honest about how and when we have sex too, but let's save that for another blog), but our sexual orientation shouldn't be. By claiming otherwise, you're saying that there is something about how a person identifies -- and who they choose to love and/or sleep with -- that should remain secret.

    But why would that be? If there's nothing wrong with being anything other that heterosexual -- as most people and I'm sure Hardy himself would claim -- what exactly are we keeping private? And, again, why?

    Perhaps the homophobia that historically had people -- especially celebrities -- employing statements like "no comment" and "that's private" hasn't disappeared as nearly or as neatly as we'd like to think or hope. Maybe -- just maybe -- even though marriage equality has finally come to every state in our fair nation and beloved sitcoms are being boldly rebooted with gay characters, we haven't really come as far as we think we have and queerness is still seen as shameful -- and therefore damaging -- especially to a male action star like Hardy whose masculinity serves as his mealticket.

    And I get it. Despite the fact that we've seen more and more stars come out in the last 10 years, Hollywood's closets remain uncomfortably crowded due to the not-so-irrational fear of losing jobs, disloyal fans and plummeting relevance. But I refuse to accept the "sexuality is private" lie any longer, and I refuse to accept Hardy's outrage at being asked about his sexuality, especially under the guise of privacy. This is the same man who, though he claims he doesn't want to share his personal life with "a billion people," gave an interview to Details magazine earlier this year in which he discussed his father, his spirituality and his sobriety. That all sounds pretty personal to me. What's more, Hardy has opened up about his harrowing experiences with drugs and alcohol on numerous occasions, offering intimate soundbites like "I didn't want anyone to know I was out of control, but I couldn't hide it... I was lucky I didn't get hepatitis or AIDS" and "I would have sold my mother for a rock of crack."

    So, apparently, it's not his personal life that he doesn't want to talk about -- it's just his sexuality.

    And before anyone gets the wrong idea, I want to be clear that I'm not questioning Hardy's heterosexuality. This is not about that. As much as I'd like to have my way with him, I'm fine with him living a straight life. By all means! But I do want to point out that heterosexual people who are completely at ease with themselves have the luxury of not pulling the "my sexuality is private" card because being heterosexual isn't seen as shameful -- it's our society's default (and privileged) setting. It's "natural." It's "normal." It just... exists, much as I'm arguing all other orientations should just exist.

    We can't keep saying that being queer isn't a big deal out of one side of our mouths and then turn around and cry "How dare you!" and "Privacy!" out of the other side. For those of you who are championing Hardy's little hissy fit, I'd love to know why and what you think is so precious about his -- or your -- sexual orientation that it should remain off the record. I wish Hardy had responded, "My sexuality? I'm straight" or "I'm only interested in being with women but I fooled around a bit when I was a kid and it wasn't a big deal." I don't need him to be a role model or a poster boy for me or anyone else -- but saying something like that alone! Imagine how amazing it would be to hear that come out of his mouth.

    But maybe Hardy isn't quite as comfortable with that candid 2008 conversation he had about his youthful daillances with other guys as we (and he) thought he was. Maybe seven years and a slew of really successful action films have changed the way he thinks about who he was and what he did -- or at least how he's perceived and what that means for his career. Who knows?

    What I do know is that queer people have to answer "inelegant" questions about who they are and what they do all the time. But the more we are asked and the more we answer honestly and with deep, daring introspection -- not just of ourselves but of the world we live in and how and why it views us the way it does -- the further we push the needle until one day the needle snaps off and these kinds of questions are no longer necessary.

    But we aren't there yet. And we won't get there by campaigning for people -- queer or not -- to shy away from being honest about who they are, especially about something we've all agreed shouldn't be a secret and shouldn't be shameful.

    Instead, we should tell and we should teach. Instead we should say "I'm gay." Or "I'm straight." Or "I'm bisexual." Or "I once had a dick in my mouth but that was a long time ago and to be honest it didn't do a whole lot for me, but I'm not embarrassed about it and I'm not ashamed of it and yeah I guess maybe it did help me approach this character in a way I wouldn't have otherwise." Or it didn't. I don't know. I don't want to put words in Tom Hardy's mouth (or anyone else's). But I do want him -- and everyone else who is yammering on about privacy -- to rethink exactly what they're trying to protect, exactly why it's so threatening to answer a question about sexuality and what it says about them -- and all of us -- when they refuse to do it.

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    Ahhhh, school ... the place your parents make you go where terrible things happen.


    With the school year underway, Jimmy Fallon decided to make this week's hashtag #OneTimeInClass, asking for your funniest fails from school


    Remember those dreams where you show up in class without pants on? Well, that actually sounds pretty good compared to these.











    As if you needed more proof that it's better to just stay home.


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    On March 11, 2005, an accused rapist named Brian Nichols fled from an Atlanta courthouse, killing four people during his escape and taking officers on a dangerous manhunt through the city. That's when his path crossed with an unsuspecting stranger named Ashley Smith.


    Armed with a gun, Nichols forced his way into Smith's apartment as she was arriving home and ended up holding her hostage for seven hours. During that time, Smith, a widowed mother struggling with addiction, made a deliberate effort to connect with her kidnapper. She spoke about her own life, asked about Nichols', read aloud from The Purpose Driven Life and even made Nichols pancakes. Eventually, Nichols surrendered himself to police, and the nightmare was finally over. Smith is now a sober mother of three, and Nichols is behind bars, serving multiple life sentences without parole.


    If it sounds like it could be the plot to an intense thriller, it is now. "Captive," which opened everywhere Friday, stars Kate Mara and David Oyelowo as Smith and Nichols. Oyelowo recently spoke with Oprah about his experience portraying a real-life killer and what he hopes others will take away from Smith's harrowing -- and eventually triumphant -- story.


    "In my life, there are mistakes I've made. There are second chances I've hoped for. There are choices made that are questionable, that have gone on to have an effect," he says. "I really hope that people are able to watch the film and come away knowing that there can be a second chance for them."


    But there's also another important takeaway from Smith and Nichols' interaction, he continues.


    "One of the things I truly believe is the reason why Brian didn't kill Ashley and [why] she managed to thaw him... was looking at him as a human being," Oyelowo says. "Allowing him to feel seen."


    On Saturday's "Oprah: Where Are They Now?", Oyelowo is joined by both Smith and by her kidnapper's mother, Claritha, who speaks publicly about her son for the first time. The episode airs at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.


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    Carrie Underwood understands the importance of date night. 


    The country superstar shared a selfie with husband Mike Fisher on Instagram Thursday with the caption, "Date night with this handsome hunk!!!" In the snap, Underwood looks picture-perfect in a floral dress and loose side braid, while Fisher rocks a blue shirt. They make one good-looking couple, that's for sure.



    Date night with this handsome hunk!!!

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    Underwood, 32, was recently nominated for female vocalist of the year at the County Music Awards and she's set to release her new album, "Storyteller," on Oct. 23. Meanwhile, Fisher just signed a two-year contract, worth $8.8 million, to continue playing center for the Nashville Predators. 


    So yep, we'd say their date night was very well-deserved. 


     


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    BY JAM KOTENKO


    Sex and the City -- which details the experiences of one Carrie Bradshaw as she immerses in love, life, and everything in between alongside her besties Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha -- is arguably one of HBO's most successful shows to date. While it's been more than a decade since the show ended, Amazon has reportedly added all six seasons of the series to its roster of premium channel content that's streamable with a Prime membership. Amazon Prime subscribers may also watch the episodes offline by downloading the Amazon Video app on their televisions, phones, and other eligible devices.


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    If this piece of news excites you, or if you've forgotten what made SATC a pop-culture classic, here are a couple of reasons to plan your next binge-watch session immediately (preferably with someone who hasn't seen a single episode).

    1) You can figure out which of the SATC girls you are most like.

    Do you believe in love at first sight? (Charlotte.) Are you open to absolutely anything sexually, no matter how risqué? (Samantha.) Is sarcasm your defense mechanism? (Miranda.) Do you feel like you're in constant search of what you want in a relationship? (Carrie.)



    Go beyond the usual personality quizzes and remind yourself of what makes each of the women you've grown fond of truly unique. After a while, you'll definitely find yourself relating to one of them more than the others (I'm a total Carrie myself), and then you can settle on which of your friends is the rest of the cast.

    2) You can have (onscreen) surrogate gal pals to commiserate with.

    Since every episode of the show provides you a peek into the foursome's dating styles and beliefs, and you can rest assured that you'll have at least one character to relate to. If your own set of girlfriends is in need of a break from your incessant whining about your relationship woes, SATC is definitely an adequate alternative.



    3) You can figure out which of the SATC boyfriends is your type.

    The show has covered myriad dating scenarios, ranging from realistic to outrageous, so you are guaranteed to accumulate a few dating insights you can apply in real life. Of course, while you are cringing over Samantha swallowing a guy's "funky spunk" or laughing at Miranda trying to avoid tuchus-lingus, you can also pick your fave beau.



    Do you think Aidan is the best boyfriend a gal like Carrie could ever ask for, or do you agree that Big is her soul mate? You can even put Charlotte's lovable Harry and maybe even Samantha's hot Smith on the list. (Let's go ahead and rule out Carrie's Aleksandr Petrovsky aka The Russian because he's the worst.)



    4) You can get ideas on how to spruce up your wardrobe.

    Since the show is set in the country's fashion capital, you know you'll find an outfit or two worn by the ladies that you wish you had in your closet. Wouldn't it be great if you had a tutu you could wear to work and effectively pull off?



    That's right: The ensembles the women don on SATC are usually next-level eccentric (especially considering that SATC was set in the late '90s), but if it's fashion inspiration you want, it's fashion inspiration you'll definitely get.

    5) You can fall in love with writing (again).

    A big part of every SATC episode is Carrie's voiceovers. She's a sex columnist who regularly ponders on love's many facets, and you can follow along as she visibly types her thoughts onto her Mac.



    If you're a writer on hiatus, hearing Carrie's questions may awaken your urge for words, and you can finally finish that novel you've been working on for years. If not, it will at least make you wish you had a journal or a blog handy, just in case.

    6) You can take a virtual tour of New York.

    All 94 episodes of SATC would not be as entertaining without Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, or Samantha, but the show would surely not be the big hit it was (and still is) if not for its location: New York is the heart and soul of the series. If you're unable to take the Sex and the City tour in person, you can at least live vicariously through the characters on the screen as they enjoy cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery, a movie at the Paris Theatre, or a stroll by Central Park. Be sure to take notes for your next trip to the Big Apple.



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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quincy Jones was taken to a Los Angeles hospital with shortness of breath, but his representatives say he's going to be OK.


    Publicist Arnold Robinson told The Associated Press in an email that Jones was hospitalized for observations out of caution after having breathing problems Thursday.


    Robinson said "Quincy is fine," and gave no further details.


    Jones' hospitalization was first reported by TMZ.com.


    The 82-year-old producer and arranger's long and storied career has included collaborations with Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles.


     


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    Blue Ivy gets her dance moves from her mama. 


    Beyoncé shared a video from her Italy vacation on Instagram Thursday and Blue makes an appearance. In the clip, the 3-year-old mimics her superstar mom's dance moves while poolside at their vacation spot in Sardinia



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    Beyoncé shared a handful of other photos from the gorgeous getaway of her, Blue and Jay Z. The family headed to Europe earlier this month and enjoyed a yachting trip for Beyoncé's  birthday



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    Don't even try to keep up with this Kardashian. It can't be done.


    Ever since Kylie Jenner turned 18, she and Tyga have put their relationship in overdrive. The pair hasn't been shy about PDA and even made their 'ship award-show official, which is like the celebrity equivalent of Facebook official for all us civilians.  


    Now the pair has kicked things up a notch again with a racy Snapchat video showing Jenner pressing her breast up against Tyga's face. 



    This is just one of a few different new vids of the couple. The pair also lip-synced some explicit lyrics together.



    And in another, Tyga asks Kylie if she's ever seen "The Mask," which is a valid question since the movie came out in 1994, and Jenner wasn't born until 1997. Tyga, 25, was born in '89. 



    Jenner and Tyga haven't been shy about pushing the envelope before. Seeing how things have been going since the star's 18th birthday, don't expect them to slow down anytime soon.


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    At 59, Kim Cattrall says women of her generation who are looking to find themselves best not waste their time trying to look younger. "I don't think the answer is in a jar of anti-aging cream or under a plastic surgeon's knife," the "Sex and the City" actress told BBC Radio. 


    Cattrall was asked what advice she would give to women who are feeling "washed-up" and who have neglected themselves for years as they focused instead on caring for children, partners or parents. She says they should concentrate on finding purpose and chasing their passions. 


    "I think that you should find something that you love ... or continue the career you had in some different way," Cattrall said. "Really invest in yourself, in your education, in what you want to do. Do something you love. Do it. Do it now!"


    For Cattrall, finding herself has been a journey that's only made her stronger. She says she's been single for nearly seven years -- her two previous marriages ended in divorce. 

     

    But for her, it's all about focusing on the positive, and the many opportunities she still has. "Relationships are work and that's the great thing about being single is it's half the work!" Cattrall joked adding that she has finally started sleeping in the middle of her own king-sized bed. "I can snore. I can fart."

     


     

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    Dakota Johnson made her "Ellen" debut on Friday to talk about her upcoming film,"Black Mass," but as is the case with many talk-show hosts and interviewers, Ellen DeGeneres just couldn't help but bring up "Fifty Shades of Grey." 


    In a charmingly awkward way, Johnson answered DeGeneres' questions while maintaining a sense of humor about her role in the sexual fantasy film.When asked if people act "weird" around the actress, Johnson admitted, “Sometimes people just say things that are little bit awkward for me.” 


    She went on to recall an interesting encounter with a cab driver -- judging by the accent she put on, it took place in New York -- who told her he'd watched her film with his wife. 


    "He’s like, ‘We really liked it.’ I was like, ‘Thank you very much.’ And he was like, ‘I thought there could be more sex,'" she said, deadpan. "And I was about to roll out of the car as he was driving.”


    But the best part of Johnson's appearance on the show was when she reluctantly accepted the host's gifts: a collection of "Ellen blue" sex toys, including a flogger, a crop and rhinestone-encrusted handcuffs. Now she'll always be reminded of Ellen while in the act with her "Fifty Shades" co-star, Jamie Dornan. 


    Steamy. 


    You can watch the entire clip above. 


     


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    Actress Jada Pinkett-Smith turns 44 today, and her husband, Will Smith, posted a throwback photo of the couple on his Facebook page with the sweetest caption.


    "I've told you 'I love you' at least 8,285 times," Smith wrote under a photo of the couple from 20 years ago. "And of the nearly 3.96 Billion women on the planet -- there is only 1 that I want to spend the rest of my life with."


    Excuse us while we dry our eyes over here. 


    Happy birthday Jada! Read Will's full, adorable post below.



    This was taken at your mom's house 20 years ago. That's a long time ago!!! So I decided to do some math... I have sung...

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    Have you ever wondered how your favorite celebs get ready for the red carpet? From the perfect pout to glowing skin and bouncy hair, getting dolled up like the stars is within your reach with tips from lifestyle expert Elycia Rubin.


    Hottest Instagram Beauty Trends


    In the video above, Rubin shares some of Hollywood’s favorite beauty products on The Doctors that you can buy at your local beauty or drug store.


    Check out more beauty tips and trends from The Doctors.



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    Since the hosting of the VMAs and her on-air feud with Nicki Minaj, the Internet has been abuzz talking about Miley Cyrus.


    Love her or hate her, everyone has been focusing on the same topics: her insane outfits, new dreadlocks, and how far removed she has become from her original tame image. It seems like only yesterday Miley was the awkward, prepubescent princess of the Disney Channel.


    Fast forward to 2015 and we've seen her ride a wrecking ball naked, smoke a joint on stage, and reference almost every psychedelic drug there is. While her physical change has been the most obvious and distracting, what has been going without acknowledgement is her attitude towards her music and artistic independence as a whole.


    While everyone was busy frantically tweeting about Kanye running for president, something went almost completely unnoticed: Miley's surprise release of "Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz." I know, I know. We're all thinking the same thing as soon as we hear that she releases it without any promotion whatsoever. "She's doing it for the attention" or "She's desperate to show how different she is."

    We heard it when she gyrated against Robin Thicke as well as when she executed her series of stunts throughout her tour. What this represents for the music industry as a whole goes beyond Miley Cyrus, and shows how the trend of creative independence is stronger than ever with Miley being the newest spearhead of the movement.

    Dropping this album out of nowhere exclusively on Soundcloud is nothing new. Beyonce gave everyone the ultimate panic attack with the release of her entire album and every music video last year, and Chance the Rapper exclusively puts his music on the site as well.

    What's different about this is Miley basically gave her record label, along with the rest of the world the middle finger by doing what she wanted stylistically, as well as releasing it on her own terms. She may not be the first to do it, but she's definitely been the boldest.

    Miley's release represents the ultimate rebellion against creative censorship. She may be controversial, but it can't be denied that what Miley is doing is completely pushing artistic boundaries within the industry.

    The album itself is composed of glitter, sex, and a rainbow of drugs. Produced by her good friend and frontman of "The Flaming Lips," Wayne Coyne, along with help from "Bangerz" producer Mike Will, the 23 song album stretches across a vast wasteland of experimental guitar riffs and industrial  beats.

    Miley bathes in streams of milk while dripping  gallons of glitter down her face, screaming for the world to "bang her box." It's a psychedelic whirlwind of pain, sexual frustration, and pure expression, an anthem for the new generation of struggling creative youth.

    While some may argue this is all post-Disney rebellion, it's clear that Miley is here to say and do what she wants, and not a single person or record label is going to get in her way.

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