In a new interview with TIME, the 51-year-old comedian actually reveals the “very lovely evening” he had with David Letterman, before the iconic host went off the air in May.
“We had a couple bottles of water, and he answered questions,” Colbert dishes. “It was two guys with similar jobs talking shop. And at the end of the night, he showed me how to run the freight elevator, which is how you get down to the theater.”
“After that, I went across the street, got myself a cup of coffee and looked at the theater from the outside for about an hour, and I realized that nothing we do right now really matters,” he recalls. “I mean, we’ll do our best to have a good design and a good logo and a good marquee and hire all the right people and have the right sound and the right guests. But it doesn’t really matter until you go and do it.”
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Colbert is finally ready to let audiences see the real him, after playing his Colbert Report persona – a fictional anchorman – for almost a decade on Comedy Central.
“We’ve got a series of field pieces, packages that are ways for me to try to figure out who that is, as if I don’t know who I am,” he explains on how he plans to introduce himself. “The unexamined life can be extremely enjoyable, and who knows if I do know who I am. We’re going to see whether I do. I’ll have my own suppositions as to what these answers might be from people, and see if their memory of me is the same, or whether the police investigator we hired to investigate me to finds out. We’re doing a series called ‘Who Am Me?’”
Colbert is used to the naysayers, who predict he won’t last actually being himself on television.
“They said, ‘You can’t do a nightly show in character – it won’t last until Christmas,’” he recalls about the early days of the Colbert Report. “And now there’s a lot of 'You can’t do the show not in character.’ Evidently nobody has any belief that I can do anything.”
But his longtime friend, former Daily Show host Jon Stewart, has absolutely no doubts about his ability.
“He’s a better person than he is a performer, and he’s the best performer I’ve ever worked with,” Stewart gushes to the magazine. “I think he’s a far more open performer than some of the greats of the past. The idea that we knew Johnny Carson as a person was ludicrous. But somehow it’s a demand we have of Stephen, that we understand who he is underneath all of this. Fortunately for him, the foundation of it is wonderful.”
Clearly, Colbert himself is entirely comfortable with who he is – a “nerd” before it was cool.
“'Nerd’ now is like someone discovering your favorite band. I was a nerd when nerd was nerd. OK? Alright?” he jokes. “There was no reward. No one catered to us. We weren’t a demographic. We were a punching bag and a punch line. There was a movie called Revenge of the Nerds because the nerds needed revenge because of all of the things that were happening to them. That’s a cultural artifact that people need that people need to understand. Revenge of the Nerds is proof that nerding has changed.”
All jokes aside, Colbert is grateful that his huge new late-night gig has come at a mature point in his life.
“I feel very lucky that I got this kind of gig as old as I was,” he surprisingly says. “I was 41 before anybody stopped me on the street, so I hope I had a sense of who I was.”
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And Colbert is certainly giving fans a star-studded first week on The Late Show. On Monday, it was revealed that George Clooney and Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush will be his first two guests, as well as Scarlett Johansson, Amy Schumer, and author Stephen King later on in the week.
Sherlock star Martin Freeman has revealed that he did a “terrible” audition for the hit BBC detective show Sherlock.
He told an audience at the Edinburgh International Television Festival: “I went in for it and apparently I did a terrible audition.”
Martin said they “sort of hated” him, thought he was a “moody prick” and seemed like his heart wasn’t in it.
“I might well have been a moody prick but I really did want it,” he said – luckily, his next audition went better.
But he added that when the BBC said they wanted to make a 90-minute show, he thought: “These fools… what’s wrong with an hour? They’re going to ruin it.”
He said he thought it seemed “a bit silly”, but added that he was “happily, extremely wrong”.
The BBC’s latest version of Sherlock Holmes’ adventures, starring Benedict Cumberbatch alongside Freeman as Holmes and Dr Watson, updates the story to modern-day London.
But the new clip, unveiled to fans at Comic-Con in the United States earlier this summer, shows the pair back on familiar ground in what seems to be Victorian London complete with horse-drawn hansom cabs clattering over the cobbles in Baker Street.
It shows Cumberbatch, complete with trademark pipe and deerstalker, explaining to his landlady Mrs Hudson (Una Stubbs) why he is late coming home, saying: “That’s the trouble with dismembered country squires. They are notoriously difficult to schedule.”
Asked if he caught the killer, he says: “Caught the murderer, still looking for the legs, think we’ll call it a draw.”
The hit show, created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, is inspired by the original stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.
It regularly pulls in huge audiences and has been a worldwide hit, propelling its two leading men to Hollywood and in Cumberbatch’s case an Oscar nomination.
The third series bowed out last year with Holmes appearing to shoot villain Charles Augustus Magnussen, and teased viewers that Andrew Scott’s criminal mastermind Moriarty may have cheated death and be set for a return.
Blue light saber! 6 things that got fans really excited in the latest Star Wars teaser
It’s either a heart-warming way of rewarding your loyal fans on a regular basis, or a sadistic form of torture. Of course we’re talking about the drip-drip leaking of tiny trailers for the new Star Wars film.
The most recent offering was exactly 15 seconds of Force Awakens footage (only some of it completely new), released on Instagram of all places. Here it is.
Everyone reckons this hooded chap is a character called Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver. We didn’t know much about Mr Ren – who seems a tad ambiguous – but now we do know he’s got a reason to face off with Finn.
Finn wielding the lightsaber against Kylo Ren in the snow has me both excited and nervous at the same time. #StarWars#TheForceAwakens
The ballerina is capping off a breakout year with her Broadway debut in the hit musical, On the Town. The dance-heavy show proved to be the perfect place for the 32-year-old performer to expand her repertoire.
She was all smiles on Tuesday, during her first performance as Ivy Smith, New York City’s “Miss Turnstile” and the desire of sailor Gabey (Tony Yazbeck). The crowd was eager to see the dancer on stage, the New York Times reports, adding that “her Ivy was terrific.”
Though, the paper did offer one critique: “Ms. Copeland’s singing voice may be flat,” but clearly the draw is her dancing. Following her debut performance, Good Morning America host Robin Roberts presented Copeland with flowers, and she received cheers from the crowd.
Sadly, Copeland’s time on the Broadway stage is a limited one. The show is scheduled to close on Sept. 6. So fans of the dancer better act quick before she’s back to performing at Lincoln Center.
Married couple Alexa and CarlosPenaVega will compete on season 21 of Dancing With the Stars, ET exclusively and officially reveals.
Alexa, 26, best known for her big-screen role in Spy Kids, and her husband, 26-year-old actor and singer Carlos (Big Time Rush), will be the dancing competition’s first married duo to compete against each other on the series.
ET caught up with the dancing duo at Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration on Thursday morning to break the DWTS news.
“It’s so exciting,” Alexa, who is also celebrating her 27th birthday today, gushed to ET’s Cameron Mathison. “It’s beautiful, it’s overwhelming, it’s an incredible blessing.”
Alexa and Carlos, who tied the knot in January 2014, will be paired up with separate professional partners and will dance against each other for the mirror-ball trophy. However, the couple is determined to support each other throughout the process.
“It’s so good, though, because he literally rehearses right next door,” Alexa shared. “So he’ll walk over to me and he’ll just give me a kiss. It’s just so encouraging. He is my teammate and my life partner, so I like that encouragement. I need it.”
Carlos confessed that there was one very important reason why he accepted ABC’s invitation to dance on season 21. “The opportunity to work with my wife was like kind of almost a number one because we love spending time together,” he said. “We’re almost two years married. It’s still fresh. I was like, ‘Babe, we got to do this’ and here we are.”
Back in season eight, Jewel and her then-husband Ty Murray, were set to be the first-ever married couple to perform on the series, but due to the singer’s injuries in week one rehearsals, she was forced to drop out of the series. Jewel was later replaced by former Playboy model Holly Madison.
Julianne Hough is hitting the town and showing off her sparkling new engagement ring!
The 27-year-old stunner appears in a silly selfie snapped en route to Taylor Swift’s Wednesday night performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, but it’s her diamond that stole the show. See the pic below, courtesy of Hough’s hairstylist Riawna Capri.
(Note to self: Don’t stare directly at Julianne’s left hand! It could be blinding.)
But Hough’s finger wasn’t the only thing sparkling on Wednesday night. The group of gal-pals, which also included Nina Dobrev and Aaron Paul’s wife Lauren, donned glittering face paint for the big show.
Last week, the Dancing With the Stars pro announced her engagement to NHL star Brooks Laich in an adorable lakefront photo.
The Force may have awakened, but we’re still waiting for that trailer.
At the Star Wars convention back in April, director J.J. Abrams promised we would get a full-length Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer sometime in the very nebulous “fall.” We thought we might get it at D23; alas, Lucasfilm and Disney only their announced plans to make a Star Wars theme park. (Which admittedly, looks really, really, really, cool.)
Thankfully, they dropped a new teaser on Instagram Thursday, partially to showcase Insta’s new landscape option. More importantly: NEW FOOTAGE! Instagram loops video, so we’re just going to watch it for all eternity. (Or at least until Dec. 18 when The Force Awakens finally hits theaters.)
The 15-second clip starts with Supreme Leader Snoke’s (Andy Serkis) same voiceover, “There’s been an awakening…have you felt it?” and the shot of the Nazi-esque First Order from that Korean TV spot.
There’s a new shot of Rey (Daisy Ridley) and everyone’s favorite robot, BB-8.
Then we see Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) unsheathe his homemade lightsaber, the same clip we’ve been seeing since the first teaser trailer back in November. But this time it cuts to Finn (John Boyega) unsheathing his blue lightsaber! What’s happening here?! Are they about to duel in the forest?! Is the full-length trailer dropping soon?!?
ANYWAY, YES, WE FELT THE AWAKENING. WE FELT IT SO HARD.
Now, find out how The Force Awakens cast ruined the Chewbacca costume…by hugging it too much?!
The “Bitch Better Have My Money” singer’s new Puma sports bra ad just debuted as part of her position as Brand Ambassador and Creative Director of Puma. The clothing brand posted the ad to Instagram, adding the caption, “FOREVER BOLDER.”
Of course, activewear isn’t the only thing Rihanna is promoting. She also debuted her perfume line, RiRi, last month, saying, “Excited to announce my newest fragrance “RiRi”… coming soon! #ThisIsRiRi.“
Don’t be mistaken, however – it’s not all product endorsements for RiRi. Last week, she took to Instagram to absolutely destroy NBA player, Matt Barnes, for hinting that the two might have a budding relationship.
Rihanna posted a screengrab of Barnes that included several brutal hashtags: ”#bishwhere #thedevilisaliar #shesnotthatintoyou #shesnotintoyouatall #shesneverevenmetyou #thisactuallyhurtmyfeelings #defamationofcharacter.“
“We are all shocked and broken and furious,” one member of the Duggar family says. “Who did we spend Christmases with? Who have we grown up with? Who is this person? This is supposed to be a happy time, and there is a dark cloud over our family.”
“Josh’s integrity is gone,” the family member continues. “It’s scary. You never know who can have a double life. You really think you know someone. Josh was caught with his hand in the cookie jar and I hope he gets broken in rehab and gets the help he needs. I hope Anna finds the strength to make some changes.”
A second family member reveals,“My heart is broken over this,” adding that, “I hope and pray Josh gets the help he needs. I believe he is getting that help. We had no idea about any of this. We love our family and we are praying for Josh. Thank you for all the prayers and support of all the friends and fans.”
These comments come after Anna Duggar’s brother, Daniel Keller, slammed Josh on Facebook, writing, “You have to confess and forsake your sin to have mercy. Not sin confess and repeat,” Daniel wrote. “ … Confessing and getting caught are two different things.”
“I don’t think Josh will see that this is a big deal and be truly broken till [Anna moving out] happens,” he added. “I bet my life on the fact that Josh has not come to true brokenness yet.”
After Josh checked himself into a rehab facility, the Duggar family posted an update to their website.
“We are so thankful for the outpouring of love, care and prayers for our family during this most difficult situation with Josh,” the statement reads. “As parents we are so deeply grieved by our son’s decisions and actions. His wrong choices have deeply hurt his precious wife and children and have negatively affected so many others. He has also brought great insult to the values and faith we hold dear.”
“Yesterday Josh checked himself into a long-term treatment center,” the Duggars revealed. “For him it will be a long journey toward wholeness and recovery. We pray that in this he comes to complete repentance and sincere change. In the meantime, we will be offering our love, care and devoted support to Anna and our grandchildren as she also receives counsel and help for her own heart and future. During this time we continue to look to God—He is our rock and comfort. We ask for your continued prayers for our entire family.”
Most reports speculate that Josh is seeking treatment at Reformers Unanimous in Rockford, Illinois, a Christian, biblically-based recovery program.
“They are an incredible Christian based drug/ alcohol addiction program,” Josh’s parents Jim Bob and Michelle posted about the treatment center last October. “While there, we saw our good friends Godfrey and Launa Watson from Jamaica, too. Love supporting organizations and events like these.”
The last two celebrities joining Strictly Come Dancing are TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher and sprinter Iwan Thomas.
They were announced as they joined BBC One presenters Alex Jones and Adil Ray on The One Show.
Sky Sports News presenter Kirsty said she’s always been a huge fan of Strictly.
Kirsty Gallacher joins Strictly (Ian West/PA)
“Sport and fitness have always been a big part of my life but dancing is an entirely new challenge for me. I can’t wait to get started,” she said.
Iwan, who now regularly presents on The One Show, said he’s “extremely excited and scared” about Strictly.
Iwan is a former athlete who now does TV presenting for The One Show (Andrew Matthews/PA)
“I love watching the show and I can’t believe I’m swapping my running spikes for dancing shoes,” he said, “I used to be quick at running around the track and I’m just hoping my dance partner doesn’t leave me behind.”
The other 13 celebrity contestants are Jeremy Vine, Ainsley Harriott, Kellie Bright, Georgia May Foote, Katie Derham, Carol Kirkwood, Peter Andre, Daniel O’Donnell, Anthony Ogogo, Jay McGuiness, Anita Rani, Jamelia and Helen George.
The launch show will air on BBC One on September 5 at 7.15pm.
ET has learned that a plane registered to Josh’s brother, John David Duggar, left Springdale, Arkansas (where the Duggar family lives) at 10:45 p.m. Monday night, and landed in Rockford, Illinois at around midnight. The plane then left again at 12:25 a.m., landing back in Springfield at around 3 a.m. The Duggars are also clearly familiar with the center – last October, Josh’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, spoke at a Reformers Unanimous national conference, and proudly posted about it on Facebook.
“They are an incredible Christian based drug/ alcohol addiction program. While there, we saw our good friends Godfrey and Launa Watson from Jamaica, too. Love supporting organizations and events like these,” the couple wrote.
So what exactly is Reformers Unanimous? The Reformers Unanimous Schools of Discipleship is a Christian, biblically-based recovery program. “Our mission is to train and empower men and women to live victorious Christian lives, enabling them to have permanent victory from any and all crippling sins,” their letter to potential applicants states. “We represent one of the most successful, if not the most, successful, method in America.”
The full cost of the program is $7,500, and lasts approximately six months. As for what a typical weekday is like for the men’s program, it includes waking up at 4:30 a.m., having “It’s Personal” daily devotions from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., then starting the workday at 7:30 a.m. The workday ends at 4:30 p.m., and after having dinner and chapel, participants have an “evening function” such as group Bible study, or mid-week church service. Bed time is strictly 10 p.m.
Weekends are almost exclusively dedicated to faith-based activities, such as Bible class and attending multiple church services.
Electronic equipment, music, and any products containing alcohol such as mouthwash, cologne and aftershave, are prohibited.
“If you have tried everything else, and are looking for something that ‘just works’ then this program is for you,” Reformers Unanimous’ website states. “Every part of our program is in place to transform a ‘non-functioning’ person into a stable, successful member of society.”
Meanwhile, the allegations against Josh keep getting more shocking. Adult film star Danica Dillon, 28, claims that she had sex with Josh on two separate occasions – both times allegedly while his wife Anna was pregnant with the couple’s fourth child, Meredith, who was born on July 19. Watch below:
Ellen Page doesn’t think it’s brave that she would play a straight woman.
The openly gay actress, 28, who will next appear as one half of a lesbian couple opposite Julianne Moore in Freeheld, recently spoke out about whether straight actors are taking a “career risk” by appearing in so-called gay movies.
“When people are [called] brave in regards to playing LGBTQ people, that’s borderline offensive,” she tells TIME. “I’m never going to be considered brave for playing a straight person, and nor should I be.“
Page goes on to explain that she felt a “deep sense of peace” on the Freeheld set. “There was something about being out, getting to play a gay character, and getting to play a woman who is so inspiring to me—it was such an amazing experience for me,” she says. “Honestly, if I played gay characters for the rest of my career, I’d be thrilled. I wish I could, honestly!”
Unfortunately, there aren’t very many LGBT movies being made, which Page calls “the huge issue.”
“It’s evident from what people are watching on television that people want diversity. They want it. Whether they consciously know it or not, I’m not sure,” she says, noting the success of Orange Is the New Black, which made trans actress Laverne Cox a star. “You’re seeing actors that, if that show didn’t exist, we might not have ever seen – that are extraordinary.”
She continues, “To be moved and have more compassion, that’s the wonderful thing all art can do, and particularly film! I want to see gay stories, of course, because I’m gay, and I want to connect to a reflection of my life on film. But I also want to see what it’s like to be a young Native person, African-American, African-Canadian. Hopefully that will keep changing.”
“And even more than whatever it means to act, whatever it means to know that you’re living an authentic life,” she adds. “For me, the level of sadness and lack of inspiration and joy in general – that was hurting my work. I didn’t feel motivated. I was just depressed.”
“The moment I came out, I felt every cell in my body transform,” she recalls. “I was happier than I ever could have imagined. You feel excited about life, and motivated and inspired. You want to do more. You want to go on adventures.”
One of those recent adventures, which TIME reveals is part of a Vice series called Gaycation, took place when Page confronted presidential hopeful and extreme conservative Ted Cruz about discrimination against LGBT people at the Iowa State Fair.
Now, watch Ellen thank Ellen DeGeneres for coming out ‘when it was much harder’:
“Here’s to new beginnings!” Bure captioned the photo. “It’s going to be a wildly fun ride!”
The entire View gang was almost all there. Noticeably missing from the dinner celebration is The View’s moderator Whoopi Goldberg, and original co-host Joy Behar,who will be returning to the ABC daytime series for season 19.
“Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in,” Behar, who co-hosted for seasons 1-16, said in a statement earlier this week. “I’m happy to be back home. And I’m looking forward to sticking my two cents into the hot topics, especially now that Hillary and the Donald are in the spotlight.”
Season 19 of The View premieres Tuesday, Sept. 8 on ABC.
The first time I saw Taylor Swift in concert was August 24, 2011, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. She was still rocking those famous curly locks, promoting her third studio album, Speak Now, and singing songs like “Sparks Fly,” “Our Song,” and “Dear John.” Her special guest that night: Jason Mraz, on a duet of his 2008 hit “I’m Yours.” (One night prior, Justin Bieber had joined her on stage to sing “Baby.”) It was her second headlining arena tour.
At the time, I was on assignment reviewing her set for a Hollywood trade publication. I wrote things like, “Every flip of the hair, every strut and movement, felt over-rehearsed” and “the country-crossover artist might be better suited to a more intimate venue where the volume of her voice isn’t a struggle. Her poppy radio hits deserve to be heard.”
On Wednesday, August 27, 2015, in that same arena, I saw a different performer. Sure, she sang “Love Story” and a brief verse of “Enchanted,” but Swift had moved well beyond that doe-eyed girl – and it’s about time.
Two years ago, I admired how far she had come on the Red Tour. Again, in the same venue, Swift traded her signature hand-hearts and the aw, shucks, you came here to see me?! routine for choreographed dance numbers and duets with Ed Sheeran. This is what I tweeted:
1.5 yrs after #speaknow tour & I’m happy to say that Taylor grew up! Girl found a way to engage the audience w/o feigning modesty #RedTour
By 2015, within those first opening moments of her 1989 World Tour, it’s obvious that Swift has cemented her place in the big leagues. There’s the big budget production, the deafening screams, and Swift’s confidence like she’s been doing this her whole life. (Because, let’s face it, she has.)
But underneath the pop mega-performance, there’s still Taylor. “Hi, I’m Taylor!” she cheerily introduces herself to the crowd. (I’m also pleasantly surprised to see that her dance moves have not largely improved – but dammit, she tries. That remains one of the things I find genuinely endearing about her.) Later, she rambles on about self-worth and not letting haters on Instagram get you down. “I know how tricky happiness can be to find in 2015,” she says. “These days, all I care about is what you think about me – not people who don’t know me.”
Have these fans actually met Ms. Taylor face-to-face? Overwhelmingly, no. Do they know her? Perhaps. But if there’s one thing Swift is set on, it’s making her fans feel deeply and undeniably connected to her. And she’s done an exceptionally good job of that.
Still, Swift has relied largely on buzzworthy guest appearances from stars like Julia Roberts, Alanis Morissette, and Nick Jonas – to name only a few – with this tour. As ET has recently suggested, it’s all part of her grand plan for world domination, and it’s working. While guaranteeing once-in-a-lifetime experiences for fans at each of her shows, she’s kept herself in the headlines consistently all summer long. And while parading her famous friends through a series of pre-taped confessionals (pals like Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham, Cara Delevingne and Jamie King all sing Swift’s praises at various points in the show), I can’t help but think: She doesn’t need this. She’s doing just fine on her own.
I look around at the audience, filled with fans of all ages – crying tweens, middle-aged moms wearing tutus and homemade 1989 shirts, groups of 20- and 30-somethings indulging in adult beverages – and I wonder: What are they feeling right now, and why are they so invested?
Sure, I sang along to “Blank Space,” I reveled in Swift’s new found sexiness on “I Knew You Were Trouble,” and I got my mom-croon on during “I Wish You Would.” I screamed with the best of them when Swift introduced Gomez as her first guest of the night, singing, as Swift said, “the song of the summer,” “Good For You,” all while secretly thinking to myself: I bet all those suckers that bought tickets to the first four shows are kicking themselves right now.
I whipped out my cell phone to record Lisa Kudrow aka Phoebe Buffay trade verses with Swift on the Friends classic, “Smelly Cat,” (“You have to really feel the lyrics,” she scolded Swift halfway through.) but I was an observer – there for work, very much enjoying myself, but not fanatically invested. Then, I lost my mind when Swift’s final guest hit the stage.
“I’m obsessed with his music, you’re obsessed with his music, there’s no one that’s not,” she teased. “It’s like the one thing everyone in the world has in common.”
And then, amid a dazzling pyrotechnics display, Justin Timberlake launched into “Mirrors.”
Now, I’ve seen Mr. JT live several times under different circumstances. There was the nosebleeds for *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached tour in Buffalo, New York, then the front row of his intimate iHeartRadio release party at the El Rey in Los Angeles, but I still maintain that his 20/20 Experience tour stop at L.A.’s The Forum is one of the best shows that I have ever seen. But to be caught off guard with a JT sighting – while he’s singing one of my favorite songs of all time – was enough to send me into shock. Overwhelmed with happiness, cheeks flushed, heart pounding, hands shaking… I thought, for a brief moment, I might vomit.
I didn’t vomit, but I did remember exactly what it feels like to worship a pop star, and that’s the best gap she could have bridged. Suddenly, any criticism seems, as Swift immortalized in song, “Mean.” Whether it’s alongside Joan Baez, John Legend, Lorde, Fetty Wap or Mary J. Blige, Swift will command your attention – whether you like it or not.
Since its inception, 1989 has been a bold move for the country crossover darling. Swift has openly addressed her decision to give her label head “a very firm ‘no’” when asked to incorporate at least three country tracks into the synth-heavy album, and in an interview with ET earlier this year, she opened up about the high stakes surrounding the tour and her decision to take on “100 percent control” of the shows message and flow.
“It’s pressure that’s worth putting on yourself, I think,” she said in April. “You just have to take that on if you are really going to own the direction of your life and your career.”
If there’s one downside to this star-studded affair, it’s that Swift has raised the bar so high – not only for her fellow pop stars, but for herself. That said, Swift has built her career on being relentlessly relevant in the zeitgeist, wearing out her Taylor Swift Surprise Face, moving on to “a long list of ex-lovers,” then collecting an enviable squad of gal-pals and coining the phrase “Tay-lurking.” I have no doubt that she’s already thinking about her next chapter, and I have no doubt that pop culture will be ready and waiting to soak it all in.
See Swift’s big duet with Timberlake in the video below.
The 34-year-old reality star shared withC magazine’s Amanda de Cadenet that she suffered from a condition called placenta accreta that she believes made it harder for her to get pregnant a second time.
“There were a couple of little operations to fix all that, so that created a little hole in my uterus, which I think made it really tough to get pregnant again,” she said of her condition.
Kim recalled the hardship she went through when trying to conceive a second time. “It was a long road. I would go to the doctor in Beverly Hills every day at five in the morning to get tested to see if I was ovulating,” she told the magazine. “I was trying everything: I did acupuncture and got a nutritionist to eat healthier, thinking that was an issue.”
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star confessed that her fertility struggles “took the fun out of” trying to get pregnant. She said she used to tell her husband, Kanye West, “'I’m ovulating, get home now!’ He’d be like, ‘Wait, I’m in the studio.’”
As for whether she and West plan on having more children, Kim is skeptical.
“Well, they think I’ll have placenta accreta again, so if the placenta grows a little bit deeper than it did last time, then they are prepared to have my uterus removed, which is a little scary for me,” Kim revealed. “I think we’re just gonna go day by day, see how overwhelming it is, and see how the delivery goes.”
“And I also feel lucky that as of right now, I don’t feel like I’m gonna get preeclampsia again,” she said, adding, “which last time [contributed to] not only the weight, but also the swelling that everyone would make fun of, not understanding that I had this condition.”
The 19-year-old supermodel shared this close-up picture of a t-shirt with the slogan, “You broke my f**ing heart,” on Instagram on Wednesday, captioning it with a broken heart emoji.
Although Kendall hasn’t publicly stepped out with a boyfriend, earlier this month, multiple reports stated that she was dating 22-year-old “Jealous” singer Nick Jonas after being set up by her bestie, Gigi Hadid, and Gigi’s boyfriend, Joe Jonas.
“I’m single,” he clarified in an interview with Ryan Seacrest last Friday. “Contrary to what people I think, think. It’s just mind-blowing to me how these things start.”
He was much more blunt in another interview with E! News. “We’re not dating,” he said about his reported new romance with Kendall. “Kendall is great and naturally with her being good friends with Gigi, and with Joe and Gigi dating … There are times we’ll be in the same place and we all hang out.”
… Could Kendall be upset about Nick’s super-quick denials?
Or she could, you know, just really like this t-shirt, tagging designer Virgil Abloh in her post.
Kendall also appears to have a thing for broken hearts – she and her close pal, Hailey Baldwin, got matching broken heart tattoos on their middle fingers earlier this month.
She’s the darling of Made In Chelsea, but fans can rest easy, because Louise Thompson isn’t leaving the show for good.
When asked if she really was planning on say au revoir forever, she said: “Not per se. I will only leave the show when it comes to an end.”
Louise Thompson talks about Made In Chelsea (Avios)
“I am considering moving to New York next year, there is a lot to sort out in the UK in the meanwhile. I would never leave on an abrupt or distasteful note without the option to come back and do bits and pieces of filming… I don’t want anything to be final. As long as my friends and family are still involved.”
Her co-star Jaime Laing hinted that a wedding may be on the cards for her and her American beau Alik Alfus.
“There’s no rush, I’m only 25,” she said. “But I can’t see myself with anyone else. I would like to live with Alik officially at least a year before getting engaged.”
Talking about series, she says her favourite location for filming so far has been Finland.
Alik Alfus and Louise Thompson attending the Kiss FM Haunted House Party at the Hammersmith Apollo in London in 2014 (Ian West/PA)
“I’ve never experienced anywhere like it before. It was freezing, we all had to wear five layers of thermals just to walk around outside, we had snowball fights and drank a lot of whisky,” she recalled.
“I stayed in a log cabin with Victoria and Rosie, and we had the boys Jamie and Spencer trying to scare us in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere. I think some people made out in an igloo.”
When asked if she has any regrets from the show, she said she struggles to think of one.
“I guess I wish that Andy and I hadn’t ended on such bad terms. But now we are very respectful of one another.”
Louise Thompson is working with Avios to encourage people to do more with their Avios points and treat a loved one.
“I wanted to make sure that I was okay with me, feeling strong and feeling happy on my own,” the 28-year-old actress shared of finding love again. “I didn’t want anybody to fill any holes for me—that sounds sexual!”
The brunette beauty continued, “I wanted to make sure that I was a whole person again and that no one was coming into my life to put me back together. I needed to do that on my own.”
The Glee gal, who has been dating Matthew Paetz, 30, for about a year now after meeting on the set of Michele’s “On My Way” music video in April 2014, revealed that the time was right to move on.
“I worked very, very, very hard and I got back to that place where I was genuinely happy and strong and ready to live again and see the world and, you know, bring in more beautiful experiences. And that’s when someone miraculously came into my life.”
Back in May, the big-voiced starlet shared a sweet Instagram picture of Paetz kissing her on the cheek accompanied with a sweet birthday message. “Matthew, thank you for bringing such happiness into my life. For making me smile again and bringing such a bright joy into my every day,” she wrote.
Although Michele is personally and professionally thriving with a hilarious new role in Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens and a second book – You First: Journal Your Way to Your Best Life – coming out, she still has to deal with the haters.
“I’m so proud of my success. I’m really proud of the life I’ve built and created for myself,” she said. “I’ve kept my head on my shoulders to get to where I am. You’re always going to run into critics.”
Michele continued, “The only people I care about are the people that are close to me. It’s a tough business, it’s a tough town, and you really have to have a thick skin. I’m constantly learning, but I’m really proud of where I am.”
The full interview with Michele is available now on Flare.com, and will be available on newsstands September 14.
Charlotte Rampling has revealed she doesn’t enjoy stripping off.
The 69-year-old star, who has bared her body in films such as 1974′s The Night Porter and Life During Wartime in 2009, admitted she still doesn’t feel comfortable doing those raunchy scenes.
“Intimate scenes, I don’t like doing. I’ve never liked doing them,” she said.
“I’m at ease with my body, but intimacy is intimacy, it’s not supposed to be seen.”
This time, Charlotte gets her kit off alongside Tom Courtenay in Andrew Haigh’s moving drama 45 Years. The pair play retired couple Geoff and Kate Mercer, who are about to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary when they receive some unexpected and unsettling news.
As for Tom, he is glad he finally got to film his first sex scene after more than half a century in the acting business.
“I don’t think I’ve ever done one, I was very excited at the prospect,” the 78-year-old said. “I thought, ‘Here I go, 77 years old’. I had to wait. Now it’s too late!”
Charlotte added: “No. You’re going to be around the world in your underpants! He was gung ho, no problem.”
Tom added: “I found it utterly easy, because it was so ungratuitous. It came so naturally out of his attempt to revive their youth together… and it doesn’t work out very well. It was so spot on in this story, I had no difficulty with it.”
Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay won awards for their performances (Tim Brakemeier/AP)
Charlotte and Tom have already won awards at the Berlin Film Festival, where they were named best actor and actress, and the film landed the Best British Feature Film prize at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
“We’re children. We keep our child inside us – actors a bit more than others – because we’re always doing that. We’re play acting and playing with life, so to have an award is a thrilling thing,” Charlotte revealed.
“It makes other people excited too. Anyone would be lying if they said otherwise.”
Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance in Hamlet has been described as “really good” by his Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman.
It comes after Cumberbatch’s mother hailed him as “a bloody good Hamlet” – but the show has received mixed reviews.
Freeman laughed when he was asked if he had to pay to see the much talked about show, before saying: “No.”
Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock (Robert Viglasky/Hartswood Films/PA)
He said: “We were invited to come, and yeah, he was really good. He was really good. He was very clear.”
During a session at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Freeman was asked if he had rules for what he says to friends and co-stars about their performances in other shows.
He said he was told by a director many years ago that you can “only be positive” towards someone doing a play, because anything else is unhelpful.
“Certainly overt criticism isn’t helpful, because there’s nothing they can do about it,” he said.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet (Johan Persson/PA)
Freeman said Cumberbatch also came to see him when he was starring in Richard III, joking that he did not know if he paid.
Cumberbatch will be playing the lead role in the Shakespeare drama at the Barbican theatre in London until the end of October, with the show becoming the fastest-selling play in British history.
He made his debut in the production earlier this month, and made headlines after pleading with fans not to film his performances, saying he found the experience “mortifying”.
The show received mixed early reviews, with The Times giving it a mere two stars, branding it “Hamlet for kids raised on Moulin Rouge”, while the Daily Mail hailed the performance with a five-star rating.
In a candid new interview with radio host Elvis Duran that airs tomorrow on the nationally syndicated radio program, Elvis Duran and The Morning Show, the 21-year-old superstar opens up about being let down in the past, and how it’s affected him.
“Trusting people is hard, especially for me. I’ve trusted people who I probably shouldn’t have trusted before and they’ve hurt my heart,” he says bluntly. “I’m a pretty sensitive guy, so I’ll lay it all on the line, and they’ll kind of pull it. So now I’m figuring out there’s certain people I can’t do that with.”
“Here’s what I’ll tell the people: Don’t let someone who ruined your trust ruin that next person’s chance to gain that trust. I think I let that affect me and change the way I looked at people for a while,” he admits. “There’s so many beautiful and amazing people who will encourage you, who will love you, who will not judge you. … I still have moments where I’m like, ‘Yeah people suck.’ And then I’ll have those moments of like, ‘No, people are awesome, and this is why I do what I do in the first place.’”
These days, the “Where Are U Now” singer is all about surrounding himself with the right people. “I just want to be around people who I feel are supporting me, uplifting me, and making sure I’m the best version of myself because there are so many people in this industry who just want to keep seeing me fall,” he acknowledges.
ET talked to Duran, who said that the singer is using all of the naysayers as motivation.
“Justin did acknowledge that there are people out there that want to see him trip and fall and totally fail,” Duran dished. “I get the feeling though he’s using that as fuel to prove them wrong, and I really believe this new album, his new work is going to do that. I think it’s going to make everyone forget about a lot of the bad stuff that was reported and just remember he’s an artist, and he’s a great singer.”
As for turning around his previously less-than-stellar reputation, Bieber admits it took some time for him to get to the point where he wanted to make the change for himself.
“It has to be on you. You have to make the conscious effort, because for me, so many times it was good people coming in my life and tugging at me, but I wasn’t ready,” he reflects. “They’re like, 'Justin, come on.’ But I wasn’t ready to take that leap and be like, 'Okay, this is what I want to change, this is who I am, and this is not who I am.’”
“I mean, maybe I’m a bad influence, but for me I was like, 'No, I’m going to do this until I feel like I shouldn’t be doing this,’” he adds. “Maybe I was wrong, but that’s how I learn, and I feel like I’m much better for it.”
A large part of Justin’s big public turnaround has been his new music. His Skrillex and Diplo collaboration, “Where Are U Now,” has been well-received, and his highly anticipated new single, “What Do You Mean?” debuts Friday.
“Well, girls are often just flip-floppy,” Bieber explained about the new tune to Ryan Seacrest last month. “They say something and they mean something else. So … what do you mean? I don’t really know, that’s why I’m asking.”
Not only that, but Lovato also got a slew of stars with tons of Twitter followers to promote her new music. Boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama, Ryan Seacrest, Hailee Steinfeld, Iggy Azalea, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Jonas and Kim Kardashian all helped get the word out about the album.
“I feel like every public figure has been put in the public because they are meant for more than just singing,“ she said. “I had a lot of people that I looked up to when I was younger that weren’t the best role models, so for me, it’s a responsibility to hold myself accountable and to be that inspiration for young girls and even people who are older than me.”
Such totally gorgeous news just in – Kylie Jenner and her boyfriend Tyga have taken time out of their hectic schedules to visit a children’s hospital.
The couple – who made things official just a couple of week’s ago – can be seen paying a visit to the local hospital as part of Tyga’s reality show Kingin’ With Tyga.
Yep, now even Tyga has his own reality show – we wonder where he got that idea from, eh?
Coincidentally, he has also just reportedly also signed up to star in Keeping Up With The Kardashians alongside Kylie – a move producers are saying will be ‘ratings gold’.
Surely soon it’s going to be tough for the pair to go just about anywhere considering the numbers of cameramen who must have to follow suit.
Anyway – back to today - the pair were snapped at the hospital posing for selfies for patients before handing out a whole heap of presents.
Speaking about the visit, the 25-year-old rapper said:
“I think it’s good to work with like a children’s hospital and I’ve been doing it for the last couple of years and every year is just getting bigger and better. I meet more kids and put more smiles on kids’ faces.”
“It’s a very humbling experience to really just touch somebody and make them feel great even though they’re going through a lot.”
N’aw – lovely, much?
Earlier this month, Kylie was snapped at another hospital where she went to hand out even more pressies ahead of her 18th birthday celebrations showing that this is hardly a one off.
Keep up the good work, Kyles - you’re doing a brill job. If we were Kris Jenner, we’d be super proud right now.
Pardon us for using a cliché to explain a cliché, but that whole “women aren’t funny” adage has been beaten down like the dead horse it is. The all-around amazingly hilarious improv-TV-movie-host duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have done a solid job taking down the comedy patriarchy; Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Amy Schumer kill basically everything they do; and Iliza Shlesinger was not only the youngest person to win Last Comic Standing back in 2008, she was also the first woman to do so.
One of the outlets that seems to have taken notice of the plethora of female talent is Netflix. Though it doesn’t feature an even ratio of male to female comedians, the popular video-streaming service does have a number of specials from talented women in its arsenal, including two from Iliza.
The 32-year-old Texas native has come a long way over the past decade. Her first hour special, War Paint, was acquired by Netflix in 2013, and her follow-up, Freezing Hot, debuted as a Netflix Original last January. “It’s nice to have someone put faith in you in a business where you’re constantly having to prove yourself,” she admitted. With the web giant prepared to work with Iliza again on a third special next year, ETonline talked to the comedian about her journey from reality TV champ to a leading lady on the comedy circuit. Funny for a woman? Try just funny.
ETonline: How did competing on Last Comic Standing, and reality TV in general, inform your comedy?
Iliza Shlesinger: I moved to L.A. in my early twenties at the height of reality TV, around Rock of Love and Girls Next Door. I was a huge fan of all of them. This was a new medium, and I couldn’t get enough of it. The way that watching absolute garbage TV helped me is that when I finally got on a reality show, I knew how it worked. I always credit a big part of my success on Last Comic Standing to two things: One, they love to make women look bad. There’s got to be a villain on every show. Knowing that, I made sure not to give them a single soundbite. I never said anything bad or had an attitude. Two, face time is your asset, so I made the decision that I was never going to say anyone else’s name. If I did, they would cut to them, so I always made sure to make every question about me. The truth is, it was about me. It was my story. I really used being a student of reality TV to my advantage on that show.
One of the most interesting things about Freezing Hot is that you feature hashtags, which are traditionally used by networks for fans to use as a show is airing in first-runs. With Netflix, there’s no set time someone is watching, so what made you decide to use them?
I specifically did it because Netflix doesn’t share their numbers. I put them in so I could sort of gauge who was watching it. I also love my fans very much. I fully acknowledge that without them, I would have nothing. It’s a fun way to interact with my audience and let them feel like they’re interacting with me, and these hashtags have permeated people’s lives. All day every day, people send me pictures of their flatbread, their blousy cow outfits, of raptor vag – like making faces, not their vaginas. I believe in creating an environment with your fans, and a language. It’s just been a really fun social experiment.
What are the biggest changes you’ve noticed from when you first started in stand-up to working through bits today?
In my first set, I had a joke about herpes medicine. That’s horrible, right? I hate that I did that joke, but whatever, it’s self-aware, almost like investigative journalism. There’s even a difference between War Paint and Freezing Hot – it’s not just about positing a premise, it’s about really diving into it and almost trying to offer an explanation for our behaviors. It’s a lot of speculation and questioning why things are the way they are, very curious comedy. I would hope it got smarter, more introspective and more personal. I had a period where my comedy was very female-focused. In my next special, I want to give people what they want, but at the same time, I have to grow as an artist. If I didn’t, then I would just be a female humorist for the rest of my life.
Netflix is also home to specials by Jen Kirkman and Chelsea Handler, and they seem to be putting more faith in female comics more than some other outlets. Was that something you paid attention to when working with them?
I’ll look at lineups at clubs, and I won’t see a woman performing there for months, so I’m very used to being the only girl. That being said, I didn’t notice that Netflix had a ton of women versus not a lot of women. It played zero into my thinking, because being the only girl is great and being supported by other women is great, so either way, it’s good. I went with Netflix because it is the best choice for comedy. The women they have on there are not garbage comics. Jen Kirkman is a smart girl. She’s an author. These aren’t girls who are getting up and telling one-dimensional dick jokes. These are people who have a body of work, so I think it’s less about the female thing and more about, ‘This set’s funny, and not just for a girl.’ Look at someone like Tig [Notaro]. She’s a unique comic, and that’s a very heavy story she tells. There might be some specials put out there just because a person is famous, but I think that Neftlix really acknowledges real comedians.
One of the things that’s especially interesting about your comedy is that you skewer how we are as women, but it never feels cruel.
I appreciate that. That’s something I do naturally but am also mindful of. Women are so horrible to each other. We’re chastised for everything that we do, and we call ourselves and each other horrible names. Even if I’m making fun of women, I’m coming from a place of love, because I’ve been there. I’m holding up a mirror to let girls know that what they’re doing isn’t necessarily wrong, because, guess what, I probably feel the same way. I have the license to say these things because I’ve lived through them.
I look at other girls’ stand-up and it’s all about, 'Here’s how horrible I am, what a disaster I am. I’m such a slut.’ You will never, ever catch me calling myself those names, because what all women who do comedy fail to realize is that you are teaching men how to treat us when you say things like that. When you get up there and talk about how many dicks you’ve sucked and how slutty you are, you’re teaching men that that’s how you view yourself and it’s okay to treat you that way.
When you were coming up, did you ever feel like you weren’t respected because you were a woman?
It’s funny, when I hear a woman’s voice on stage, I listen because I’m waiting for them to tell me how awkward they are in bed or how much like a guy they are. When I hear a girl doing normal jokes, I perk up. I’m sad for the landscape of comedy, because I don’t think the bar is set very high for women. Fortunately, and unfortunately, girls always say how hard it is, but for a long time, girls have been able to coast by on, 'I’ll just be gross or crass or shocking.’ There’s no heart behind it. I think I’ve chosen a path of most resistance, because I’ve decided I want to say something awesome and authentic. I don’t know if that will render me the most popular at the end of the day. As long as you’re okay with your act, whatever it is, that’s all that really matters.
Do you find that female comics are supportive of one another?
I personally didn’t have a class that I came up with. I won Last Comic Standing three years in, and then I started headlining. That is something you do alone. I don’t have that group of girls that I moved out here from Chicago with and we all started together. I kind of piecemealed people together based on talent. That being said, if I see a girl who’s funny, I’m the first one to walk up to her. I see it with other girls in comedy. You’ve got to have an ensemble. I think guys would like it if we hated each other, because then they could pit us against each other. They’re hoping we’ll fight each other, and then they’re hoping that we’ll kiss.
It would be great if the world were like Taylor Swift, where she’s surrounded by all these perfect women. You rarely see a female comedian who surrounds herself with women who are better than her, because nobody wants to get outshined. Gone are the days of the ugly female comedian. There’s an acknowledgment of people who are also funny, but you have to be an idiot to hire someone who’s better or going to get more attention than you.
What are the most frustrating things that still exist as a woman in comedy?
It’s so hard because I’ve never known comedy any other way. But it’s the landscape and people, what they expect from you: 'You’re a girl, so you’ll be okay with making blow job jokes.’ Nothing in any of my acts makes you think I would do that. It’s a bar that we haven’t raised. I always think, 'Could I ever see Tina Fey doing a blow job joke?’ No. You have to decide where your standards are and either accept work or don’t, but never allow anyone to put you into a box.
The other thing that irks me is that I don’t like being asked what I think of other female comedians. In no world are you ever going to get me to say anything bad, and, in most cases, we’re nothing alike. The only thing we have in common is that we both do stand-up. You would never say to Chris Rock, 'What do you think of Kevin Hart?’ in the middle of an interview that isn’t about Kevin Hart. That’s frustrating. But, I’ve been saying this since the day I started comedy: What girls don’t understand is that what you view as a weakness is actually a stepping stone. Maybe you’re the only girl on the lineup, maybe everyone’s being s**ty to you and disrespectful, but the second you get on the stage, that’s your eight minutes to dominate. Once you get up there and you crush, you’re undeniable. You will be the most memorable one on that lineup, because you’re the girl who did a great job, so use that opportunity to shine bright. Quit complaining and go write some better jokes. Nobody wants to hear about your vibrator.
It’s just a few more days until X Factor kicks off and at this point we doubt we could be any more excited.
Last night was the official launch and as a result there is a whole LOAD of goss doing the rounds today - including this very interesting little nugget courtesy of Simon Cowell who has opened up for the first time about the initial backlash against the choice of Nick Grimshaw’s seat on the revamped judging panel.
Speaking to reporters at the launch of the show last night, the X Factor newly bearded boss insisted that Nick was the right replacement for Louis Walsh and he is confident that viewers will be in total agreement as soon as the first episode airs.
“I felt for Nick beforehand because he’d read some of the stuff and it’s not a great feeling when you’re going in with people saying you shouldn’t be on the show, but it just went over his head,” Simon said.
We’re not going to lie - we <3 the beard. Copyright: [Rex]
“I didn’t know Nick well but I’ve got to know him better, and I thought if we could show the side I know - which is different to what I knew before - people are going to be surprised.”
Surprised in a good way – just like when we saw that designer stubble appear on the red carpet last night.
And Simon is also insistent that Louis Walsh was totally fine when he wasn’t invited back, saying that it wasn’t awkward at all delivering the news that he wouldn’t be returning for the new series.
Of the former judge, he said: “He was waiting everyday with his bag packed. I kind of felt for Nick because I think he knew that, but within a few minutes we were all so comfortable because we’d had dinner at my house the week before and got to know each other. So it wasn’t awkward and Louis never got the call.”
Wah - couldn’t they have just pulled up and extra chair or something?
CBS local news team WDBJ7 in Moneta, Virginia paid tribute to reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, after they were killed by former employee, Vester Lee Flanagan, on Wednesday during a live broadcast.
Anchor Kimberly McBroom joined hands with weatherman Leo Hirsbrunner and anchor Steve Grant, who came in from sister station KYTV in Springfield, Missouri to lend his support, and asked viewers to take a moment of silence to remember the journalists that were killed on the job.
“Joining hands here on the desk,” McBroom said on Thursday morning, holding back tears. “It’s the only way to do it.”
McBroom added that the news team was remembering Parker and Ward with “tears, but also with some smiles and even laughter.”
Photos of Parker and Ward were displayed throughout the broadcast, and Chris Hurst, Parker’s boyfriend and an evening news anchor for WDBJ7, spoke about his relationship with the reporter. Hurst announced that he will be taking a brief break from his job at the anchor’s desk but will return to work soon, adding that this is what Parker would have wanted.
“I will be speaking about our love together which burned white hot for only a short matter of time,” Hurst said. “But it was a kind of love that I was so privileged and lucky to have had that I need to share that with everyone - to tell people that even if it gets taken away from you, it exists.”
As for those that loved Parker, Hurst added, “This station is resilient, her family is resilient, they’re strong, and we’ll be back folks.”
At around 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Flanagan, who went by the name Bryce Williams, opened fire on Parker and Ward at the Bridgewater Plaza outside Moneta, Virginia on live TV. Parker and Ward were interviewing Vicki Gardner, Executive Director at Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, when they were attacked. Gardner is currently in stable condition at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Flanagan died on Wednesday afternoon from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“Today we received news that no family should ever hear,” Parker’s family said in a statement. “Our vivacious, ambitious, smart, engaging, hilarious, beautiful, and immensely talented Alison was taken from the world. This is senseless and our family is crushed.”
The 65-year-old Olympian recently partnered up with WhoSay to release a weekly series of editorials called “The Real Me” – which aims to shine a light on the issues and people in the LGBT community – and revealed the very surprising place she keeps her gold medal. Caitlyn, when she was formerly known as Bruce Jenner, memorably won gold in the Men’s Decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
“My gold medal is my most prized possession – I’m so proud of it,” Caitlyn tells a reader who asks the all-important question. “However, I never wanted my kids to feel like they had to have a gold medal in order to be considered a success. I didn’t want them to constantly compare their own achievements to my time in the Olympics, so I haven’t displayed my medal.”
Instead, Caitlyn actually keeps it the very bottom drawer of her dresser in the bathroom, completely hidden in her “makeup drawer.”
The former Keeping Up With the Kardashians star stresses that although winning an Olympic gold medal was an important time in her life, it’s an “even greater” time in her life now, after coming out as a transgender woman earlier this year.
“I’m very proud of this. That was a great time in my life,” Caitlyn says, holding up her impressive achievement on Instagram. “But to be honest with you, it’s an even greater time in my life right now, and what I’m trying to accomplish with this.”
During his visit to The Dr. Phil Show, the 44-year-old troubled actor walked off set before the interview was finished.
“Nicholas Brendon appeared on Dr. Phil today. Unfortunately, he chose to disengage before a dialogue with Dr. Phil ever began,” a spokesman for the program told ET in a statement. “There was no drama, he simply chose to leave and did so in a respectful manner.”
Brendon has been arrested three times this year for charges of public intoxication, grand theft and criminal mischief. In February, he split from his wife of five months, Moonda Tee. He later entered rehab in June for alcoholism, substance abuse and depression.
“When I was in that seat, I felt that Dr. Phil went for the jugular, talking about some of my recent mistakes, with no build up,” he wrote. “I felt that he wanted me to lay the darkest parts of myself on national TV right from the start, and I’m not willing to do that.”
Brendon went on to say that he’s committed to getting better, and “hopeful for a bright future.”
“My illnesses and addictions are a daily struggle for me, and I am committed to working on them for the rest of my life,” he continued. “A big part of that is focusing on positivity. I’m the first to admit I’ve messed up, a lot, and I’ve hurt people I care about and who care about me.”
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Though Brendon abruptly left the show, Dr. Phil'sspokesperson tells ET that “his family and associates remained and participated fully and productively.”
“Dr. Phil has nothing but the highest respect for Nicholas and wishes him the best in his quest for physical/mental health and sobriety, and stands ready to assist him in any way possible,” the statement continued. “The episode was completed as scheduled. An air date will be announced in the future.”
Brendon ended his Facebook post with an apology. “To my fans. For those of you who are disappointed by the events of the past week or the past year, I’m sorry,” he wrote. “For those of you who have shared your own struggles with addiction and depression, thank you. It lifts my spirits to know we are not alone.”
This wouldn’t be the first time a celebrity has stormed out on Dr. Phil. Prior to Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death, Nick Gordon broke down during an interview with the TV personality. Gordon eventually stormed out of the sit-down and subsequently checked himself into rehab.
“My first consideration is I don’t want him dead. I don’t want him overdosed,” Dr. Phil told ET following the interview. Watch as Dr. Phil reflects on what transpired between him and Gordon:
Cate Blanchett is to join the Fellowship for real – this time at the BFI London Film Festival.
The Oscar-winning Australian actress, who starred in Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, will be presented with the festival’s top honour, the BFI Fellowship, at the awards ceremony on Saturday October 17 at Banqueting House in Whitehall.
Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto at the 2014 Oscars (Ian West/PA)
Cate, who also played Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth and sequel Elizabeth: The Golden Age, won Best Actress for her portrayal of a socialite, who had fallen from grace, in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine in 2013 and Best Supporting Actress in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator in 2004.
The star of stage and screen joins previous recipients of the Fellowship such as Danny Boyle, Stephen Frears, Al Pacino, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and the late Christopher Lee, who have all been recognised for their outstanding contribution to film or television.
Danny Boyle received the BFI Fellowship in 2010 (Ian West/PA)
Cate will be in the capital for the UK premieres of Todd Haynes’s drama Carol and the film Truth, the latter in which she portrays news journalist Mary Mapes alongside Robert Redford as 60 Minutes producer Dan Rather.
Based on Mapes’s book Truth And Duty, Truth focuses on the risks the CBS reporter took to find the “truth” and expose a story on the then president George W Bush.
In Carol, the 46-year-old actress plays a woman trapped in a loveless marriage who falls for a young woman (Rooney Mara) in 1950s Manhattan.
BFI chairman Greg Dyke said: “Cate Blanchett is a compelling and brave actress whose mesmerising screen presence has captivated audiences since her earliest roles. We are absolutely delighted to honour her extraordinary talents with a BFI Fellowship at this year’s LFF awards.”
Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan, will open the BFI London Film Festival on October 7, while Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic will close the festival on October 18.
Nick Grimshaw has confessed he can’t say “no” to X Factor contestants if he can see their proud parents in the audience.
The Radio One DJ has joined the judging panel on the ITV talent show this year, and has admitted he is struggling with having to shatter the dreams of hopefuls by telling them when they are not good enough.
Nick said: “It depends if I can see their family. If it’s just them, I’m fine.
The new X Factor judges and hosts (Syco/Thames TV)
“If I can see their nanna or their mum I have to say, ‘Yes! You’re through!’
“I can’t be mean if I can see their nanna.
“I’m going to have to get tough I think.”
The 31-year-old presenter has been taking advice from more experienced judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini on how to cope.
He revealed: “Cheryl has told me ‘Don’t feel sorry for them.’ Because then it’s not fair later on when the public gets to meet them and they’re rubbish, it’s just I felt sorry for them.”
“He really sees the beauty in a mature woman – like, through experience, through having children, through heartbreaks, through love – all of that Peter thinks adds to our beauty,” Cindy, 49, says about the famed photographer.
It’s safe to say all of the ladies have still got it.
Cindy recently made jaws drops with her picture-perfect family photoshoot for the September issue of Vogue, letting cameras into their remote, private getaway in Ontario, Canada. Good genes clearly run in this family, as evidenced by her and her husband Rande Gerber’s stunningly good-looking kids – 15-year-old Presley, and 13-year-old Kaia.
In Addicted to Fresno, Shannon (Greer) and Martha (Lyonne) are two sisters that reunite after Shannon gets out of rehab and start working at the same hotel. The two quickly find themselves in trouble when Shannon accidentally kills one of the guests.
ET has an exclusive clip from the film that sets the tone for this dark comedy. During a shift at work, Shannon and Martha bump into a high school classmate, Kristen (played by Jessica St. Clair), who works at the front desk. What should be a happy reunion quickly turns bitter when Shannon reveals exactly what she’s been up to since high school – and shares an unexpected secret.
The new film, directed by Jamie Babbit (But I’m a Cheerleader), stars Aubrey Plaza, Ron Livingston, Fred Armisen, and Molly Shannon.
Addicted to Fresno also serves as a special treat for But I’m a Cheerleader fans, reuniting the director with Lyonne and her on-screen lover, Clea DuVall.
An ABBA piano which featured on the band’s most popular hits will go under the hammer next month.
Expected to sell for up to £800,000, the Bolin grand piano was played on Mamma Mia, Waterloo and Dancing Queen and its sound has resonated across dancefloors around the world.
It is the first major piece of ABBA material to be auctioned, and comes with a certificate of authentication signed by band member Benny Andersson who described the piano as a “great source of inspiration”.
ABBA had a string of hits (AP)
Designed by Georg Bolin, a Swedish instrument-maker, the New York Times said the “space-age piano” represented Bolin’s desire to produce an instrument that “gives the pianist the sensation of playing ‘directly on the strings’”.
It was originally built for American jazz pianist and composer Bill Evans, who said it was “one of the most unbelievable instruments I’ve ever played”.
In 1967, the piano was purchased by Metronome Studios – now Atlantis Grammofon – in Stockholm, where it became known as “The ABBA Piano” and featured on almost all of the band’s recordings between 1973 and 1977.
Tribute act Bjorn Again with the famous piano (Philip Toscano/PA)
The Swedish band shot to fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 and their hits dominated charts in both the UK and the US. Their music inspired a generation of artists and was immortalised in the film and musical production Mamma Mia!
The ABBA Piano will be sold at Sotheby’s in London on September 29, where it is expected to be one of the star attractions at the rock and pop auction.
Dr Philip W Errington, Sotheby’s books and manuscripts specialist, said: “The opening piano glissando from Dancing Queen is one of the most distinctive sounds of the Seventies and we are delighted to offer the actual instrument used by the legendary ABBA in their major recordings. The piano itself is an instrument of real importance and with the added Abba provenance we expect it will have worldwide appeal.”
The instrument is expected to sell for up to £800,000 (Frank Augstein/AP)
It is not the first time a famous piano has appeared at auction.
John Lennon’s Steinway upright piano, on which he composed Imagine, was sold for £1.67 million in 2000, while the piano which featured in the film Casablanca was sold for 3.4 million dollars (£2.2 million) last year.
Taylor Swift Performs ‘Smelly Cat’ With Lisa Kudrow As Justin Timberlake And Selena Gomez Also Join Her On Stage
Okay, so Taylor Swift might have had more than a few famous faces join her on stage during her 1989 World Tour, but the singer well and truly outdid herself last night.
How? By taking her love of cats to a brand new level and bringing Lisa Kudrow, Phoebe Buffay herself, out on stage to give Central Perk classic ‘Smelly Cat’ another outing.
WE SMELL A GRAMMY COMING UP.
Becoming the second Friends cast member to grace the stage with Swifty, after Matt Le Blanc joined her at the weekend, Lisa arrived guitar in hand to teach her protegé how to do the song justice.
Giving us probably the best duet of all time ever, the two blew the roof off of LA’s Staples Centre, with the audience joining in to belt out all the words.
And we really do mean ALL the words. We think we remember them better than we remember our own parents’ birthdays. Sorry, guys.
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Taking to Twitter after the amazing duet, Lisa wrote: “So @taylorswift13 is THE best person I’ve ever met. That was fun. Thanks Taylor.”
We can’t even describe how jealous we are of everyone in that audience.
The song was the highlight of her entire tour (for us, anyway), and the perfect way to end her ‘1989′ run at the Staple Centre.
Have a watch for yourself, and reminsce about Phoebe’s amazing Friends back catalogue.
Taylor and Lisa win, everyone else can go home.
The actress wasn’t the only special guest Swifty brought out on stage though, as she was also joined by Justin Timberlake to perform his smash hit ‘Mirrors’.
According to Vanity Fair, T-Swiz told the crowd: “So Justin hasn’t performed since he became a dad, so I’m just honoured that this is his first performance.”
Not a bad for his first gig back, eh?
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These two should definitely record a duet in time for Christmas. Just IMAGINE how incredible that would sound.
Tay’s BFF Selena Gomez also popped on stage for a rendition of ‘Good For You’, after many fans guessed that the two would duet at some point during the tour.
Going for a matchy-matchy thigh-high boots look, the two looked ruddy gorgeous as they belted out Selena’s killer track.
Taking to Instagram to thank Swifty for the opportunity, Selena wrote: “After nearly 8 years of friendship, I just can’t wait to tell our kids we ACTUALLY got to perform in front of thousands of insanely beautiful people together. TWICE!
“I love you Tay. #bestnightEVER #whatISlife.”
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‘What IS life’ just about sums this night up.
If, like us, you weren’t quite lucky enough to be there, here’s a quick look at what happened.
On Tuesday, Amy Schumer teamed up with Talib Kweli in Chicago for a joint show that certainly pleased the crowd. TheTrainwreck star debuted her rap skills when she and Kweli performed Kanye West’s 2004 hit “Get ‘Em High.”
The original collaboration of the song included West, Kweli and Common, but Schumer held her own when she added her own vocals.
Clearly proud of the performance, she posted a clip to Instagram with the caption: “You mean Talib Lyrics stick to your rib.”
This isn’t the only collaboration that has Schumer fans excited. It was also announced that the 34-year-old comedian is joining forces with pal Jennifer Lawrence to write a comedy where they play sisters.
Walliams has also enjoyed success publishing several fiction novels for children.
His most recent novel, Awful Auntie, has sold more than 657,000 copies and was also named the biggest selling book, across all categories, published in 2014.
HarperCollins children’s books executive publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh said: “David Walliams brings his storytelling magic to the picture book market once again this Christmas.
“His deliciously funny new tale features a small polar bear who is all set to be a big hit with his growing number of younger fans.
“Tony Ross’ joyful illustrations are the perfect partner – full of his inimitable mischief and fun. The Bear Who Went Boo! affirms that David Walliams is now a major force in picture books alongside his phenomenal fiction.
“It is sure to be a smash hit and supercharge the picture book market this Christmas.”
15 Facts You Didn't Know About One Direction's Drummer Josh Devine
Since it’s been a tough few months for One Direction fans (understatement of the last ten centuries), what with Zayn Malik’s departure, all this hiatus chit-chat and everything else they’ve got going on, we thought it was about time there was something fun AND educational to cheer everyone up.
Yes, we know you may be off school/college/university right now and learning things may come after ‘seeing how many Doritos you can eat in one sitting’ and ‘seeing how many hours you can spend lying on the sofa without moving’ on the to-do list, but we promise this will be FUN LEARNING.
Oh, and if your school/college/university/work holiday has been and gone, consider this an extra-curricular activity.
Today’s lesson is all about Josh Devine, 1D’s drummer who we’re *pretty* sure you all know, love and have spent a lot of time staring at when he’s banging his skins up on stage with the boys.
DRUMSKINS, YOU LOT. Tsk.
Anyway, in honour of his incredible debut EP ‘Through The Fire’ being officially available to download right now, we thought we’d test your knowledge and see how much you really know about him.
So, without further ado, here’s 15 facts about Josh Devine, given to us exclusively by the man himself.
1. His favourite colour is green which, as coincedence would have it, is the same ours. OH LOOK AT THAT, WE’RE SOULMATES.
2. His earliest memory is his mum teaching him to walk. Cutie.
3. He starting honing his drumming skills at the grand age of three, with his parents buying his first drum kit on his fourth birthday!
The only thing we remember about our fourth birthday is falling asleep in our cake. Go figure.
4. He grew up in Bournemouth, but moved to the Midlands for secondary school.
5. He actually wanted to be a professional football player as a kid, but was better at drumming - and it’s stuck ever since! Something that, as much as we enjoy watching boys run around a football pitch in little shorts, we’re pretty thankful for.
6. The first ever time he played drums in front of an audience he was around eight years old. It was at a church and came about because the actual drummer didn’t turn up. Eek!
7. He loves to surf, even though he reckons he’s still not too great at it. You’re better than us, Josh, if that helps.
Oh hi, Nialler.
8. All of his family, apart from a few members, live in South Africa.
9. He used to work in a supermarket when he was in school, meaning we can only assume he was the original Alex from Target.
We’re also super gutted that it wasn’t our local Aldi that he did his weekly shift in. SIGH.
10. He came first in a martial arts tournament when he was a teenager, so maybe don’t mess with him. Ever.
11. He also won a few national drumming competitions when he was aged 16, which is hardly surprising because his skills are crazy amazing.
12. He loves driving and cars in general. The new Top Gear co-presenter, anyone?
13. Aside from his drumming talents, he can also play bass and guitar and, as you can tell by his new EP, has recently started singing.
Is there anything he can’t do?
14. He’s been writing songs since he was 15.
15. Before his career as a drummer started, he was in a heavy metal band called Aversion. In fact, he even had dreadlocks.
We’re going to need to see some evidence of that, Josh.
So, there you go. You learn something new every day, right?
Josh’s EP ‘Through The Fire’ is available to download now, and we suggest you get buying because it’s ruddy awesome.
Safe to say it was one of the more inexplicable moments of recent celebrity history – however, finally some light has been shed on THAT photo of Kardashian matriarch, Kris Jenner, in bed with Hollywood’s finest, Jennifer Lawrence.
We were like, ‘WHAAAAAT?’. Copyright: [Instagram]
Apparently, it was just JLaw’s reaction to Kris Jenner making a surprise appearance at her 25th birthday party caught on camera.
“My knees buckled. I fell. Seriously!” the 25-year-old Hunger Games actress told the New York Times. “It was the closest I’ve ever come to losing consciousness. I had no idea.”
“My two best friends planned a surprise birthday party with a big surprise within the surprise,” Jen explained.
“So, I’m there, and people start singing Happy Birthday. Kris Jenner comes out holding my cake, which is a pile of s**t, with a sign that says “Happy Birthday You Pile of S**t.”’
Kris lost us our cornflakes over the weekend when posted the above snap to Instagram, wishing the Hunger Games star lots of love and a Happy Birthday.
The picture – taken by the reality star’s rumoured boyfriend, Corey Gamble, shows the two of them draped over each other, legs akimbo, looking as if they’ve just been walked in on.
We think we would have pretty much the same reaction if Kris Jenner, or any of the Kardashians for that matter, turned up at any of our life events – birthdays, weddings, bat mitzvas.
So to clarify, rather than settle for a sparkler and a singing waiter - Jennifer Lawrence’s birthday surprise was Kris Jenner.
Khloe Kardashian Causes Outrage With Birthday Party Firework Display
Khloe Kardashian definitely knows how to throw a party.
Khlo has been laying on the celebrations for her boyf of just over a month, James Harden, and by the sounds of things – the party certainly got wild.
Apparently, police have even been called into to look into what went down on the rented yacht hired for James’ 26th birthday bash.
The famous fam landed themselves in trouble after they lit up the skies with a midnight firework display – much to the annoyance of sleeping residents nearby, some of whom even rung 911.
It’s believed they didn’t have a permit for the fireworks that lasted 15 minutes. Free firework display and a load of Kardashians on your door step? Sounds alright to us. They’re probably just totally jel they weren’t invited.
With this being star studded LA, one of those woken up was singer Rebecca Black:
who on earth in the los angeles areadecided it’d be a good idea to set off FIREWORKS AT MIDNIGHT IM TRYING TO SLEEP
However, it could have been worse - they could have been blasting Friday for 15 minutes.
Firework DRAMZ aside, the theme was all white and the family dressed up accordingly.
There was obviously a selfie booth (well, naturally) aboard and every single member of the Kardashian Klan made sure they took full advantage…
It MUST have been a good party to get Kanye smiling. Copyright: [Instagram]
We suppose they look ‘all white’. #sorrynotsorry. Copyright: [Instagram]
God knows the Kardashians love a selfie. Copyright: [Instagram]
Ahoy etc. Copyright: [Instagram]
Posing with the mother-in-law. Copyright: [Instagram]
Even if it did all get a bit too tiring for Kris and her son-in-law Kanye West who flaked out AT the party.
Kris and Kanye defo weren’t disturbed by the fireworks. Copyright: [Instagram]
And Taylor admitted she was so excited to perform with Justin, writing: “I have no way to deal with this. Justin Timberlake is the BEST.”
Justin’s wife Jessica Biel was among the stars in the audience.
During her run of shows at the Staples Centre, as part of her 1989 world tour, Taylor has surprised the audience with special guests every night, including Ellen DeGeneres, Alanis Morissette, Julia Roberts, Little Mix, Cara Delevingne, Mary J Blige and Matt Le Blanc.
Toby Sheldon, who spent over $100,000 (roughly £64,595) to look like his idol Justin Bieber, has tragically been found dead just days after going missing.
The 35-year-old, who was also known as Tobias Strebel, was reported missing on August 18th, and was last seen in West Hollywood, California.
TMZ reports that his body was found three days later in a Motel 6 room in the San Fernando Valley, with law enforcement telling the site that police found drugs in the room.
However, the circumstances surrounding his death are not known (although there is speculation about a recent break-up) and no cause of death has been given.
His spokesperson has told Mirror Celebs: “I
am beyond devastated to have heard the news about Tobias. Tobias was a
kind, caring, and gentle soul that was dedicated and passionate to his
music and career.
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“For all the slings and arrows put forth against him, he always held
his head high, treated everyone with respect, and had a warmth and glow
to him that made anyone around him smile… My condolences go out to his
Toby spoke about the surgery he’d had to look like Justin on ‘My Strange Addiction’ last year, revealing he’d had everything from hair transplants and lip surgery to a chin reduction.
In July 2014, he also appeared on an episode of ‘Botched’, which showed him working on his music career in the recording studio.
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He said: “The gift of writing music is not something you can learn. You can have
to have that inner creativity; you have to have something to say.
have to be lyrically gifted. You have to know
what’s catchy. It’s just something I’ve come to master.”
Explaining why he was willing to spend so much to look like Biebs on ‘Botched’, he added: “What brought me to Bieber was the whole package: the full cheeks,
the full temples, the bright open eyes, the full luscious lips and
Emmerdale’s James Hooton has played simple and unpretentious Sam Dingle in the soap since 1995.
But when he appeared on This Morning with co-star Gemma Oaten to discuss their characters’ domestic violence storyline, fans were shocked to learn after all these years, that James is a well-spoken, quite intellectual sounding actor.
James discussed Gemma’s character Rachel Breckle’s abuse of boyfriend Sam, describing it as “harrowing” but admitting as an actor it had been a “great opportunity”.
Viewers were shocked to see such a different man than the troubled Dingle with learning difficulties they are used to.
Wasn’t expecting the guy who plays Sam Dingle to sound so intelligent! Wow, he can really act! #thismorning
James Bond star Daniel Craig has said there is one thing that leaves him shaken and stirred – fans taking pictures of him when he’s trying to relax with a quiet drink.
The 007 actor told DuJour magazine that he doesn’t mind giving up his time to meet fans so long as they don’t cross the line.
He also revealed how his actress wife Rachel Weisz was very skilled at getting rid of unwanted attention when the couple are out in public.
Daniel, who has been working on the latest Bond movie Spectre, and whose character is partial to martinis “shaken not stirred”, said going out drinking in real life was far from relaxing these days because of mobile phones.
“I’ll do autographs all day long, and I’ll even do a picture at the end of an evening. But if I’m being photographed all night long in a bar, that p***es me off,” he said.
“If you ask, I may say yes, but come up to me and say, ‘Would you like to take a photograph with me?’ If you’re f***ing sneaking photographs of me … it’s human nature, you’re sneaking something!
“But people don’t see it as a problem. Maybe I’m delusional.”
He revealed how his other half dealt with the intrusion.
“My wife [Rachel Weisz] is the best in the world at all that, she’ll just turn to them and go, ‘No, thank you very much,’ and they’re like, ‘OK’.”
Daniel also revealed that he had been known to get a little starstruck himself and, unlike his fans, he was a bit shy about saying hello to his own heroes.
“On a flight to New York recently, Alicia Keys and Desmond Tutu were on the plane,” he recalled.
Daniel Craig on playing James Bond, his own heroes, how he deals with hangovers and much more. http://t.co/fSKTmgzP9y
“I didn’t go up to them. I smiled at Alicia Keys, but I couldn’t look Desmond Tutu in the eye. I wanted to go up to him and fall at his feet. It was one of those situations where I blew it completely.”