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    If your heart was broken by news of Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's divorce this past summer, perhaps you'll take some solace in knowing the two are still friends. 


    Shelton, 39, opened up about his split from his wife of four years on the "Bobby Bones Show" on Wednesday. 


    "In Oklahoma, it happens so fast," the singer told the radio host. "Like, Miranda and I didn't have any kids, and we had a prenuptial agreement, whatever we had. Once we filed for divorce, it was over in, like, I think it was like a nine- or 10-day waiting period."


    The couple was plagued by rumors of marriage trouble, which they always denied and tried to laugh off. When the rumors eventually proved true, the couple decided they needed to beat the press to the punch. 


    "We knew if rumblings and rumors started coming out, they would just be that. By the time anybody knew anything, it was over. It was done," he explained. "Our whole thing was, we are going to be cool about this, it is what it is. We're buddies."


    "The Voice" star and Lambert, 31, announced their divorce in a statement to TMZ on July 20: 



     This is not the future we envisioned and it is with heavy heart that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real family, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.



     


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    Just after ex Mariah Carey stepped out with billionaire James Packer, Nick Cannon went to dinner with model Winnie Harlow, sparking dating rumors. 


    Cannon and Harlow, whose real name is Chantelle Brown-Young, were spotted leaving Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills on Tuesday.



    It looks like the camera flashes were a little bright, as Cannon was pictured squinting as he exited the restaurant. 



    Cannon filed for divorce from Carey in January of 2015 and has yet to date anyone seriously. He has, however, actively posted funny memes about his status on Instagram that pretty much all single people can relate to:




    Except I got Vegetable juice in my bottle!

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    Viola Davis made history this past weekend as the first black woman to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama. But for Davis, the award is so much more than a personal accomplishment or a golden statue to add to the mantle.


    "It’s not just the award. It's what it's going to mean to young girls -- young brown girls, especially. When they saw a physical manifestation of a dream, I felt like I had fulfilled a purpose," she told Variety magazine


    Since winning the award, the star has received an outpouring of love and support on social media. The memorable moment also spawned plenty of think pieces (like this one by Ashley Ford at Elle), furthering the discussion of diversity in movies, TV and the media in general. 


    Davis, who's been in the business professionally for 27 years, is no doubt the perfect symbol of a hardworking woman in the business. "I'm the journeyman actor that you saw in one scene here, two scenes there. I’ve been eking out a living doing theater, Broadway, Off Broadway, film supporting roles, that I’m just excited to be a part of the conversation.”


    Now a veteran, the "How to Get Away with Murder" star and self-proclaimed "real O.G." hopes her success can inspire others. 


    "I’ve learned so much about myself and what it means to be an actor. By going to the unemployment line, by going to the theater and doing your two lines," she told the magazine. "Somewhere in the midst of that, you begin to discover what kind of actor you are and what kind of person you are."


    To read Davis' entire interview, head over to Variety.com.


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    When Canadian model Coco Rocha received criticism for posting an Instagram photo that indicated she feeds her baby daughter formula, she put an end to the bottle-shaming with a strong follow-up post. 


    While on vacation in Oahu, Rocha shared a screenshot of a text message conversation with the virtual assistant service GoButler about acquiring formula for her six-month-old daughter Ioni.



    While Rocha's caption was an endorsement of GoButler, many commenters fixated on the fact that she used the service to acquire baby formula, with several responders criticizing the model for bottle feeding Ioni.


    Rocha responded in the comments section and in a follow-up Instagram post that she would be blocking hateful, judgmental commenters. She also shared her personal breastfeeding and bottle-feeding journey.



    The model mama wrote:



    "Getting a lot of unwanted advice based on my last post. Not that this is anyone's business -- I loved breastfeeding Ioni for the first 5 months of her life and then one day my milk went dry. It happens to every mom at different times. She's been on formula for a few weeks now and seems to be doing just fine. In the last 4 weeks she gained another 2 pounds, grew another inch and is in the 90th percentile for her age. Anyone who has a negative comment to make on the way I raise my baby will be blocked. This is not a democracy, everyone doesn't get a say."



    Rocha's follow-up Instagram received over 19,000 likes and 800 comments, most of which praised the model for "shutting down the haters" and reminding people that the way a mom feeds her child is a personal parenting choice.


    Power to this mama!


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    If you've missed quality time with the Bundy family, you're in luck. Last week we saw Ed O'Neill slip back into his famous "Married ... with Children" character when the Modern Family cast starred in a photo shoot recreating famous television shows.


    And this week, James Franco shows us his best Al Bundy in an all new episode of "Making A Scene." Only in this version, Al isn't exactly a shoe salesman. See what happens when you mashup "Dexter" with the classic TV sitcom (and when Alicia Silverstone guest stars as annoying neighbor, Marcy D'Arcy).


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    "Girls" star Lena Dunham sat down for an interview with ESPN to talk about her new-found love of running and, in addition to tackling the riveting topic of staying motivated while stretching, she said something that's probably going to make some people angry. 


    When the topic turned to body-shaming -- something Dunham has plenty of experience dealing with -- the 29-year-old told ESPN she believes that "fixating on bodies is a way to police women" and a way to "let them know that they do not matter to us and that they are not in control of their own destiny."


    She added, "I really think it comes down to misogyny. And then women join in because that's what they're being taught from the time they're born. They don't even recognize that they're agents of their own oppression."


    When the interviewer pointed out that female athletes like Serena Williams and Ronda Rousey get body-shamed, Dunham also had a theory about that:



    With Serena Williams and Ronda Rousey, men are thinking, "You could beat me up, that f***ing scares me, you have achieved more than I ever will in my lifetime, so I'm going to get online and tell you that you don't look like someone I want to f**k." That is where I believe it comes from. And it's so unenlightened. And man, it's a bummer.



    When asked why women with "nonconforming" bodies like Williams or Rousey are so threatening, Dunham explained: 



     The fact is, Ronda Rousey could punch you in the face any time she wanted, and she has completely created her own life and she’s having an incredible career that most of us could only dream of and she doesn’t give a s**t what you think. And that point of view is really, really threatening to certain people, especially when it comes in the form of a woman, because to a man, a woman not caring what you think means that all your power is gone. You can’t control her anymore.



    Dunham's comments are pretty heavy-handed, but they come after Rousey herself responded to body-shamers who dubbed the UFC women's bantamweight champion "too masculine."


    "I’m just like, listen, just because my body was developed for a purpose other than f**king millionaires doesn’t mean it’s masculine. I think it’s femininely badass as f**k. Because there’s not a single muscle on my body that isn’t for a purpose. Because I’m not a do-nothing bitch," Rousey said in an episode  of "UFC Embedded" in July. 


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    One of the most emotional moments of Sunday's highly emotional Emmy Awards was the surprise appearance of comedian Tracy Morgan -- the "30 Rock" star's first public appearance since his nearly fatal car accident in June 2014. When he walked onto the stage to present the Best Drama award, the last of the night, the entire audience gave him a standing ovation. 


    In the days leading up to the Emmys, Morgan's presence there was a tightly kept secret. Morgan even flew to LA on a private plane on Saturday to avoid being spotted. 


    But the Hollywood Reporter writes that Morgan's big reveal was nearly spoiled by the Queen of Southern Cuisine -- that's right, Paula Deen. 


    Apparently, Deen was staying in the same LA hotel as Morgan, and at some point over the weekend, Deen saw Morgan in the lobby, and asked him to snap a photo. Only the last-minute intervention of a publicist stopped Deen from posting the picture to the Internet, which might have spoiled the surprise. (After all, why would Morgan visit LA on the weekend of the Emmy Awards if he weren't participating?) 


    Deen has been in LA for several weeks to prepare for her upcoming appearance on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." The show is meant to be a key plank in her long-running quest to return to public favor after it was revealed that she had a history of racial insensitivity. Ruining Morgan's big surprise certainly wouldn't have helped her out in this arena. 


    To give Deen the benefit of the doubt though -- more, perhaps, than she deserves -- she might feel warmly toward Morgan because he once defended her behavior on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", sort of. In November 2013, he said that he thought "people were way too hard on her," explaining, "She’s a 65-year-old white woman from the South. I wouldn’t trust her if she didn’t use the N-word!”


    Requests for comment from Deen and Morgan's publicists were not immediately returned. 


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    If there's one thing Kim Kardashian knows how to do, it's pose for a sexy photo shoot. 


    The reality star shared two new photos on her Instagram page and they may be her hottest yet. In the pics, which were shot by Steven Gomillion for her new app and website, the 34-year-old channels her inner dominatrix in a collection of latex ensembles. She's also seemingly channeling little sister Kylie, whose boyfriend Tyga shared a similar photo of on her 18th birthday.



    Love this shoot I did with @stevengomillion for my app & website

    A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on




    Gomillion shared some snaps from the steamy poolside shoot on his Instagram page as well, and a few weeks ago, the photographer also shared a behind-the-scenes pic of Kim and sister Kourtney, which seems to be from the same shoot. That can only mean there's plenty more to come! 




     


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    Miley Cyrus became the face of MAC Cosmetics' Viva Glam campaign in January 2015, and the controversial star's ads are already upsetting people. 


    The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which is the UK's independent regulator of media advertising, recently received three complaints about a Miley Cyrus MAC ad appearing on billboards and posters that featured the star in a "suggestive" pose. The complaints were mostly concerned with "a mirrored reflection of Miley Cyrus’ crotch." 



    MAC fought back against the complaints, telling the ASA the images "were not overtly sexual since they featured no nudity or any hint of sexual activity including in her facial expression." The company also added that "the reflected images of Miley Cyrus’ crotch in the mirrors were no more than what one would ordinarily see when walking along a beach with women sunbathing or by a pool." 


    Despite concluding that it was "sexually suggestive," the ASA decided to rule against banning the ad, saying in an assessment that "they were not overtly sexual and unlikely to cause serious or widespread offense." 


    Cyrus has yet to make waves with her other ad for the MAC campaign, which features the star in a blonde wig, floral crop top and polka dot shorts: 



    Help to end AIDS with my new @MACcosmetics #VIVAGLAM lipstick available online in North America on 9/8

    A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on



    Keep doin' you, Miley. 


    H/T Cosmopolitan 


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    Beatles fans will have the chance to bid on a set of unpublished photos of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, taken just two days before Lennon was assassinated.


    Nate D. Sanders Auctions is auctioning off a collection of unpublished negatives taken by BBC producer and photographer Paul Williams. The images were taken during one of Lennon's final interviews on Dec. 6, 1980. It took place just two days before the Beatle was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside his home in New York City. The interview was conducted by DJ Andy Peebles for the BBC and came to be known as the Last Lennon Tapes (now available in book form on Amazon). 


    The photos were also taken right before Annie Leibovitz shot Lennon and Ono for their cover of Rolling Stone magazine (the same day as Lennon's death). That cover, which shows a naked Lennon clinging to Ono on their bed, went on to become one of the most memorable in the magazine's history. 


    The photos taken by Williams offer a small, intimate glimpse of the music legend's life before death. 



    To place a bid on the photos and to see what other Beatles memorabilia, including performance footage from 1963, you can visit the Nate D. Sanders website


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    Jessica Simpson isn't letting her bizarre appearance on the Home Shopping Network keep her down.


    On Tuesday, the blond bombshell turned heads in a skin-tight brown mini-dress that hugged every curve, as she hit up some stores in Beverly Hills for some retail therapy. 




    Simpson also made headlines recently when she called her marriage to Nick Lachey, her biggest financial mistake, and said she'd have a "panic attack" if she had to watch the former couple's reality show, "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica." 


    Meanwhile, Simpson has yet to address last week's HSN appearance, in which she slurred her speech while giggling and teetering back and forth, causing speculation she was drunk while trying to sell her  company's skinny jeans. But the network's president Bill Brand defended the 35-year-old to "Entertainment Tonight," dismissing the notion that she was intoxicated. 


    "Of course she wasn't drunk," he said. "She's a top-notch professional. She was here. She was thrilled to be here. I can tell you our team loved working with her." 


     He added, "I think what you have to take into account when you're on HSN it's very different than traditional television in the sense that it's not just a Q&A on a talk show, where you get a question and an answer. This is two hours live. It's a completely different beast.'


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    Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne are two supermodels well known for their work in front of the camera, but it appears they're taking matters into their own hands.


    Earlier today, Cara posted photos of each other in a "#selfieswap" photoshoot. Delevingne is clad in a fur jacket and Superman underwear, while Moss wears a bra and black tights. 



    SUPER KATE! Photo take by myself #KateMoss @mertalas #selfieswap

    A photo posted by Cara Delevingne (@caradelevingne) on




    SUPER WOMEN photo taken by Miss Moss #KateMoss #selfieswap @mertalas

    A photo posted by Cara Delevingne (@caradelevingne) on



    No word yet on whether the photos are for a specific shoot or just the result of a lazy afternoon.  


     


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    The end of summer means many things. Chief among them, for music fans, is the end of festival season.

    Sure, festivals have a whole lot of downsides -- we've previously detailed them here at HuffPost -- but there are a lot of positives to consider about the experience as well, and, in the mind of this writer, perhaps no music festival this year epitomized these more than Riot Fest's latest edition in Chicago.

    While Riot Fest was held in three cities again this year -- including Denver and Toronto, where the fest wrapped last weekend -- its heart, and headquarters, is in Chicago. And despite a great deal of controversy preceding the event and likely impacting its planning, the Chicago affair in the city's Douglas Park has received overwhelmingly glowing reviews.

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    Merle Haggard seen at Riot Fest in Douglas Park on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 in Chicago. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP)


    And deservedly so. When it came to the lineup, the key to any music festival's success, the musical acts varied wildly in age, genre and gender, from 78-year-old country legend Merle Haggard in Chicago to rapper GZA's 12-year-old hype man in Denver.

    At a time where most of the major music festivals are built around lineups that are virtually indistinguishable from one another -- and seriously lacking in diverse talent -- Riot Fest somehow managed to book one of the more varied and unusual collections of musicians despite (or perhaps because of) its punk-centric ethos.

    The Chicago festival also clearly took complaints about the 2014 festival's sprawling, bottleneck-prone layout -- which often meant at least a 20-minute walk between stages at opposite ends of the grounds -- to heart and concocted a common sense-driven layout to this year's festival which somehow balanced improved access to its seven different stages while still avoiding significant noise bleed between stages. Access to the festival's signature carnival rides was also greatly improved over the previous year.

    As an added bonus, the festival this year took place less than a five-minute walk away from the CTA Pink Line train, which encouraged more festivalgoers to refrain from driving to the park, likely reducing the traffic impact on surrounding communities.

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    Ice Cube seen at Riot Fest in Douglas Park on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 in Chicago. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP)


    But, again, back to the most important part: the music. Phenomenal sets in Chicago from older acts like L7, Iggy Pop, Ice Cube, the Prodigy and Echo & the Bunnymen allowed festivalgoers to rock out to songs they love by bands they probably thought they would never have the opportunity to see live. Who could resist singing along to Chicago deep dish lover Gwen Stefani to No Doubt's "Don't Speak"?

    On the younger end of the spectrum, acts like Joyce Manor, FIDLAR, Psalm One and Meat Wave were granted the chance to win over new fans in an environment already friendly to their musical genres of choice. How else can you see (a not-very-punctual) Snoop Dogg, Against Me! and Tenacious D all on the same weekend? And no festival is complete without the theatrical GWAR showering the crowd with various "bodily fluids."

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    Laura Jane Grace and Inge Johansson of Against Me! seen at Riot Fest in Douglas Park on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 in Chicago. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP)


    Of course, it rained on Friday and Saturday in Chicago, meaning that wide swaths of the field difficult to traverse, the porta-potties pretty gross and, much like Lollapalooza does each year, leaving behind a six-figure price tag for park repairs (fest organizers are covering the tab). There were sound issues throughout the weekend, too, but all of this comes with the territory of any outdoor music event. On the plus side, the festival's natural setting provided a refreshing backdrop for three days packed with hours upon hours of live music.

    Even better, local businesses also seem to have benefited from the festival's presence in the West Side neighborhood and the number of arrests -- one! -- reported for the weekend was incredibly low for an event attended by tens of thousands of people that also served a whole lot of alcohol.

    So, this is all to say -- farewell, summer; until next year, festival season. And three cheers to Riot Fest for capping it off spectacularly.

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    Iggy Pop seen at Riot Fest in Douglas Park on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 in Chicago. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP)


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    The 35-year-old stepdaughter of reality TV star Duane Chapman, better known as "Dog the Bounty Hunter," was arrested Sunday for allegedly robbing a bank in downtown Honolulu.


    Nicole Gillespie reportedly entered Territorial Savings Bank around 8 a.m. on Sept. 3 and handed a teller a note demanding money before fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. 


    She was charged Monday with second-degree robbery and her bail was set at $40,000, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.



    Gillespie is Chapman’s stepdaughter from a two-year marriage to Tawny Marie, according to the New York Daily News.


    In a statement Monday, Chapman and his current wife, Beth Chapman, said they had not seen "Nickie" in over 10 years and that watching her on CrimeStoppers left them "shocked" and "heart broken." 


    "It's always difficult and disheartening when someone you knew as a child grows up and chooses a life of crime," the couple said.




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    Former Miss USA Ali Landry's father-in-law and brother-in-law of were found dead in Mexico after a kidnapping earlier in the month, according to People. Jose Manuel Gomez Fernandez and Juan Manuel Gomez Monteverde are the father and brother of Landry's husband, acclaimed director Alejandro Monteverde.


    In a written statement on a Veracruz website, Prosecutor General of Justice for Veracruz, Luis Angel Bravo Contreras, said that Fernandez and Monteverde were found Sept. 19 near Pueblo Viejo. The two, who were identified by relatives, had sustained traumatic brain injuries and been dead for several days. Allegedly, a ransom had been paid after the kidnapping. 


    Though not much is known about the reasoning behind the attacks, the Latin Times reports



    Monteverde’s brother, Juan Manuel, was a business partner at “La Pecerita,” previously known as “El Callejón de los Milagros” in Tampico, Tamaulipas, a restaurant that has allegedly reported drug cartel activity in the past. It is well known that the south of Tamaulipas and the north of Veracruz are lawless territories with high rates of crime, primarily caused by drug cartel members. 




    Celebrating in San Miguel de Allende, with my best friend, my life mentor, the wisest man I know; my father. Tobala mezcal

    A photo posted by Alejandro Monteverde (@alejandromonteverde77) on



    Alejandro Monteverde and his father, Jose Manuel Gomez Fernandez.


    H/T People 


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    Morena Baccarin is pregnant with her second child, and her "Gotham" co-star Ben McKenzie is the father. The actress' rep confirmed the news to The Huffington Post Thursday via email. 


    TMZ reports the actress will reveal her pregnancy (and the father) during a court appearance for her divorce case on Thursday. 


    The actress is said to have filed documents on Thursday asking a judge for full custody of her 1-year-old son with her ex, Austin Chick, because she lives in New York and he lives in LA, and because she's pregnant, which means she won't be able to fly soon.


    TMZ also reports that Baccarin is at the end of her first trimester and her and Mckenzie are excited about the new baby.  


    A source confirmed the couple's relationship to People earlier this week, after they attended an Emmy after-party together. 


     


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    Blair Waldorf and Seth Cohen are officially parents.  


    Married couple Leighton Meester and Adam Brody welcomed their first child together after more than a year of marriage, Us Weekly first reported. TMZ obtained the birth certificate, which says Meester gave birth on Aug. 4 to a baby girl named Arlo Day at a California hospital. 


    The two have not spoken about expecting, although Meester was photographed looking very pregnant in July. 


    The baby comes more than a year after the couple tied the knot. The former "Gossip Girl" star has been vocal about wanting to start a family


    “Most people I know are starting to get married," she told Nylon last October. "It’ll be kids next. I like the grown-up stuff. I like having a house. I’ve got dogs.”


    Reps for both were not immediately available for comment. 



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    NEW YORK (AP) — Months after a scandal involving a member of the Duggar family shut down TLC's long-running reality hit "19 Kids and Counting," the network is resuming its on-air relationship with the Arkansas brood by starring daughters Jill and Jessa in two or more specials.


    Production begins soon on the programs, announced Thursday, with an anticipated airdate by year-end for at least the first of them. Two or three are currently planned, the network said.


    So far untitled, they will feature Jill Dillard, 24, who, with her husband, Derick, and their infant son are preparing to move to El Salvador for missionary work, and sister Jessa Seewald, 22, who with her husband Ben is expecting their first child on Nov. 1.


    A production source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the programs will not include 27-year-old Josh Duggar, the oldest of the Duggar siblings and the subject of revelations last May that, as a teenager, had fondled four of his sisters, including Jill and Jessa. More recently he publicly apologized for a pornography addiction and cheating on his wife. The source said he will not appear on any future TLC programming.


    "What we will be following in these specials is Jessa preparing for her first child," TLC Executive Vice President and General Manager Nancy Daniels told The Associated Press, "and we'll be watching Jill preparing to make a major move to Central America with her family, which we know is something our audience will be interested in."


    The project, Daniels said, came together quickly "after talking with the girls and understanding that this was something they wanted to do.


    "We know that our audience is really excited about what's been going on with Jill and Jessa as they move into young adulthood," said Daniels. "And now they're both at the precipice of big changes. With what was happening in their lives in the next few months, it felt like now is the time (for the specials), and we got going pretty quickly."


     The specials will be following a recent documentary TLC commissioned and aired to raise awareness of child sexual abuse nationwide. Both women participated in that film, titled "Breaking the Silence."


    "They thought it was an important issue, and they showed an incredible amount of courage in sharing their story," Daniels said. "We were struck by that courage, and by how they are moving forward. Our audience continues to be engaged with what's going on in their lives.


    "There's no doubt it's been a tough few months on the family, and we've obviously been in close contact with them as they've been going through it," Daniels added


    Viewers have watched Jill and Jessa grow up along with their numerous siblings since 2008 on "19 Kids and Counting," which chronicled the family life of Arkansas couple Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their children, now numbering 19. A portrait of wholesome family life, it became TLC's most watched series, averaging 3.2 million viewers, until it was pulled from the air in May, then officially canceled in July.


     


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    The following article is provided by Rolling Stone. 


    We know his voice. We know his face. But we don't know him, and that's what makes Stephen Colbert's new gig on The Late Show so weird and exciting. Who the hell is this guy? He's been in the public eye all these years, playing America's favorite right-wing blowhard asshole on The Colbert Report. But without his character to hide behind, this is a Stephen Colbert we've never met. It's like if Jim Henson quit The Muppet Show at its peak so he could host his own talk show without using his Kermit voice. We haven't seen the mask behind the mask, so this is the extremely strange case of a network handing off a high-profile franchise to a complete unknown. Colbert's Late Show is bumpy, eccentric, unpredictable — everything late shows are designed not to be.


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    "This is network TV — the big leagues," Colbert announced in his first week as the official replacement for David Letterman. "Some of you fear that I'll be corrupted by my newfound authority. So let me assure you: You will never be able to prove it." Although his Late Show has had plenty of failed moments so far, it's truly bold television, whether that means Kendrick Lamar doing a ferocious live "King Kunta" or Joe Biden quoting Kierkegaard, or Paul Simon playing a bitter dude in a Paul Simon tribute band, grousing, "Yeah, Paul Simon is a bit of a jerk." Art Garfunkel, what's good?


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    Colbert's Biden interview was fearless shit — one of the most intense moments seen on TV all year, with two maudlin Irishmen talking about death and grief for 20 minutes. It could have been sappy: a Very Special Episode in the first week? But both the host and the Vice President rose to the occasion, upping each others' emotional ante in ways neither could have fully seen coming, discussing the deaths in their families, sometimes starting sentences they couldn't finish. It would have been rare to see a conversation like this anywhere on TV — as if it wouldn't be rare in real life. And this was a late-night corporate chat show, with a politician talking to a comedian. It's hard to imagine Letterman holding up either half of this discussion, or wanting to.


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    Colbert might be the new guy in town, but he's a decade older than Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers. At 51, he's also older than Jay Leno, Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel were when they took over. Those hosts had spent years on high-profile comedy shows honing the personas they'd bring to late night. When Fallon and Meyers took their seats behind the desk, they turned their opening nights into mission statements, so the audience would know what to expect. But Colbert, almost on principle, didn't. His first night had his fiasco of an interview with Jeb Bush, proving that Colbert is not only new to this whole "sucking up" thing, he's inept at it. Even Leno would have done an edgier job.


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    The chat-show format might look old-fashioned, but it's also unkillable. These franchises are the cruise ships of network TV. Colbert is already joking about what a stagnant enterprise he's locked himself into. "I'm sitting now," he declared from behind his desk. "Before I was standing. That's why it's called a variety show." Yet he's getting off to an impressive start, mostly because he resists settling on any consistent tone or style. He might have retired his old character, but he's still puzzling out his new characters, seeing which ones work for him and which ones fail. And CBS is clearly giving him time to develop an audience with his own eccentric style. He's doing something different with the formula, and we really don't know where he's going with this, and that's what makes his Late Show fascinating so far. Viva variety!


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    Fresh off an amazing performance at hubby Jay Z's Made in America festival, Beyoncé and the family headed to Italy for some quality rest and relaxation.


    The trip, which is apparently a birthday celebration for Beyoncé, has already included yachting along the Amalfi Coast. It doesn't look like the party is ending anytime soon, as the singer has continued to post photos to all of her social media accounts showing just how fun her life is.



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