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  • Of Course Sir Elton John's Birthday Party Was An A-List Affair





    When you’re Sir Elton John, all the stars come out to cheers to your birthday. 


    Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Jon Hamm, Heidi Klum and many others attended a special gala on Saturday, celebrating Elton John’s 70th birthday and 50-year songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin. The event, held at RED Studios Hollywood, was hosted by Rob Lowe and benefited the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the UCLA Hammer Museum. 


    According to People Magazine, guests sipped on Clase Azul tequila and Gaga and Wonder led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to John.




    John was apparently thrilled to be celebrating the big 7-0, telling Lowe, “70 sounds so archaic, doesn’t it? When I was growing up, 70 sounded like the end of the world. But things have changed — you’re only as old as you feel inside.”


    Check out photos of the star-studded event below: 










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  • Liam Payne Shares Touching Note On Fatherhood After Birth Of Son





    Liam Payne is a dad! 


    The One Direction star and his girlfriend, singer Cheryl Cole, welcomed their first child together on Wednesday. They shared the news on Instagram, with Payne posting a heartfelt note about the experience of becoming a father. 


    “My close friends and family know there are very few times when I’m left speechless... wow! I’m incredibly happy to welcome our new baby boy into the world, it’s a moment that I will never forget for the rest of my life and my favourite memory I have so far,” he wrote alongside a photo of himself holding his son, whose name has yet to be revealed.


    “I’m completely in awe of his incredible mother and how she has been the whole way through this, she’s really made my dreams come true,” Payne added. “We haven’t named him yet but he’s already capturing hearts including mine. I feel very blessed. Happy Mother’s Day everyone!” 




    Cole posted the same photo and wrote, “We are all madly in love and overwhelmingly happy with our little arrival.” 


    Payne, 23, and Cole, 33, met in 2008, when Payne auditioned for the U.K. version of “The X Factor,” on which Cole served as a judge. He didn’t make the cut, but auditioned again in 2010 and was placed in the boy band One Direction ― ever heard of them


    The pair reconnected in 2015 and began dating in 2016 ― and now, they’re parents! 









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  • 'Orange Is The New Black' Star Samira Wiley And Writer Lauren Morelli Get Married





    The confetti was surely flying during this particular wedding day!


    Orange Is the New Black” star Samira Wiley on Saturday married her longtime girlfriend, Lauren Morelli, in a special ceremony celebrating their mutual love for Pillsbury Funfetti cake, Martha Stewart Weddings reports. The nontraditional, confetti-themed nuptials took place in Palm Springs, California.


    Wiley’s parents officiated the ceremony, which began with a procession up the aisle to Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.” The actress and Morelli, who is a writer on the Netflix series, wore custom Christian Siriano ensembles, with Wiley changing her look before hitting the dance floor to Justin Bieber’s “Baby.”


    Martha Stewart Weddings shared a photo from the event on Instagram and will feature the wedding in an upcoming issue. 




    Wiley and Morelli met while on the set of “OITNB.” Morelli divorced her husband of two years in 2014 after realizing she was gay while shooting the show. She came out in a Mic essay that same year, and subsequently began dating Wiley. 


    “Samira became my outlet,” Morelli told Out magazine in December, “and through that process I fell in love with her. But I thought, This will be the one that got away. Being with her felt too good to be true.”


    Congrats to the happy couple!

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  • This Missy Elliott Lyric From 2002 Has The Internet In Shambles



    It’s been 15 years since Missy Elliott dropped “Work It,” her hit song that had teens across the country speaking gibberish in an attempt to imitate her catchy-as-hell hook.


    But, for reasons the internet gods only understand, people are just now realizing what Missy was actually saying in her song.


    You know the part we’re talking about:



    Is it worth it? Let me work it.


    I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it


    Itsyerdinnaflipnwod......... ?!?!?!



    On Friday, Missy tweeted a shout out to her fans who finally noticed her tongue-twisting hook. 


    “Yup, I FLIPPED IT & REVERSED IT,” she wrote, along with a clip of the famous line. “Go to snap. Try it.” 






    It’s not as mysterious as everyone’s making it out to be.


    If you record the hook to “Work It” on Snapchat, then put the rewind filter on, you’ll see that Missy did exactly what she said she’d do. That line of gibberish is actually the line “I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it” played in reverse.


    You can also see it by looking up the lyrics to the song:



    I put my thing down flip it and reverse it


    Ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gniht ym tup I



    A lot of people did not know how to handle this new information.














    After the lyric went viral, resurrecting a classic hip-hop jam from 2002, the internet was split between those whose minds were blown and those who let out a collective, “DUH.”














    No matter where you stand on this “revelation,” let’s all agree on one thing. Missy Elliott is the real MVP for having us sound like this for two and a half decades:










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  • Chris Pratt Handles Body Shamers In The Most Chris Pratt Way





    Chris Pratt is currently filming the sequel to “Jurassic World” and he’s been giving his Instagram followers a peek into the life of a movie star on a diet.


    Of course, Pratt being Pratt, he’s managed to make his calorie counting into a rather entertaining experience for all to watch called “What’s My Snack?” In the first installment posted on March 16, Pratt babbles on about his baobab, banana, cacao and chia smoothie. 



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    #JurassicWorld2 #WHATSMYSNACK watch me eat cat food like a good little boy

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    Pratt posted three more episodes of “What’s My Snack” on Instagram, where he ate sashimi, broke his diet by eating olive oil pistachio cake a day early, and tried to rectify his embarrassment over how he handled the cake by devouring a more “manly” snack: an apple. 



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    Then on Thursday, Pratt, who previously lost a significant amount of weight for his roles in “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” took on some body shamers who claimed the actor looked “skeletal” in his Instagram posts by posting a photo of T. Rex skull along which a rather hilarious caption. 


    “So many people have said I look too thin in my recent episodes of #WHATSMYSNACK Some have gone as far as to say I look ‘skeletal.’ Well, just because I am a male doesn’t mean I’m impervious to your whispers,” he wrote. “Body shaming hurts. So to prove my security in the way I look I’m posting a current selfie of me at what I consider a very healthy weight. 500lbs. Zero percent body fat. Totally JK guys. This is a T Rex skull. Nailed you so bad. Omg.”




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  • Lady Gaga: Gay Men 'Helped Me Become A Woman'



    Lady Gaga delivered a poignant and passionate monologue during her “RuPaul’s Drag Race” appearance this week about her relationship with the LGBTQ community and the significant role gay men have played in her life.


    The moment happened during the first “Untucked” of this ninth season of “Drag Race,” the weekly behind-the-scenes web series that airs the day after the show’s Friday night episodes. Just after the 15:00 mark, Los Angeles-based contestant Valentina thanked Gaga for what she’s done “for the gay community” over the years. 


    The singer responded by talking about not only her own identity and how it relates to the LGBTQ community, but also the ways gay people have impacted her throughout her career.



    I’m not a gay woman, you know? And [it’s] that touchy sort of subject where ― can you stand up for people that you are not necessarily fully part of that community in a way that you can understand what you all go through? But I have always been surrounded by incredibly intelligent, powerful gay men who have lifted me up through lots of changes in my life. Becoming famous was very strange and it’s the gay men in my life that helped me to become a woman. And I don’t know that a lot of people would understand that but it’s because of what you’ve through ― you survived so much that you inspire me to continue surviving.



    While Gaga has identified as bisexual in the past, she also uses the word “ally” to describe her relationship with LGBTQ people.


    Thanks for continuing to be an amazing advocate, Gaga!






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  • Mindy Kaling Says Yes To Dinner Date With Sen. Cory Booker After 'Dissing Newark'





    This is what romance looks like in the 21st century ― and we’re all for it. 


    It all began with a diss on Hulu’s “The Mindy Project” and ended with Mindy Kaling agreeing to go on a date with New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker


    On Tuesday’s episode, Kaling’s character Dr. Mindy Lahiri joked that she couldn’t believe Booker showed up to her party:


    “Cory Booker? I can’t believe he came. I guess anything to get out of Newark, huh?” 


    On Thursday, Booker tweeted at Kaling that he heard her “Mindy Project” character had dissed Newark and posted a link to a Vogue article on why it’s worth visiting. The senator made sure to keep the tweet light-hearted and was quite flirty with his use of emojis ― not to mention the fact he added “(I still ❤️ U”). 






    Kaling responded by assuring Booker that anything her character dislikes is actually cool:  






    And then something magical and rom-com worthy happened. He asked her out! On Twitter! 






    And. Then. She. Said. Yes. 






    Are you swooning yet?  


    As this was unfolding in real time PATH chimed in with its train schedule to ensure that this date actually happens. 










    So far no word on when the date will happen, but we wish them all the best. 


     


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  • Mandy Moore Throws Cold Water On 'Tangled' And 'Frozen' Fan Theory



    Sorry fans, Mandy Moore has outright rejected the theory that connects Disney’s 2010 animated feature “Tangled” with its 2013’s animated blockbuster “Frozen.” 


    Fans have theorized that “Frozen’s” king and queen of Arendelle were on their way to the wedding of Rapunzel and Flynn from “Tangled” when their ship sank and they died. Fans believe that’s why the newlywed couple make a cameo in “Frozen” as they are obligated to be at Elsa’s coronation ceremony. 



    It’s a rather disturbing theory and Moore, who voices Rapunzel in the Disney Channel’s new “Tangled” TV series, as well as the 2010 movie, was not having it. 


    “That’s a pretty morbid fan theory,” Moore said while looking slightly horrified in an interview with TVLine, published Friday. “It feels like someone is really reaching, like into ‘Lost’ territory or something.”


    “There is no connection as far as I know,” she continued. But I don’t think there is any connection. No. But sure, people can imagine what they will all day. That’s their prerogative.”


    The theory actually goes a step further and connects the sunken ship that appears in Disney’s the “Little Mermaid” as potentially belonging to to the king and queen of Arendelle. 


    It’s all very creative and the co-director of “Frozen,” Chris Buck, further connected films within the Disney universe when he participated in a Reddit AMA in August 2015.


    According to Buck, the king and queen didn’t die on that ship. Rather, they washed up on the shore of a “jungle island,” where the queen gave birth to a baby boy. Together they all lived in a tree house before tragedy struck and the king and queen were eaten by a leopard. The baby boy was left to be “raised by gorillas.” If that sounds like the start to Disney’s “Tarzan,” it’s no coincidence that Buck also directed that movie and further helps cement the theory that all Disney films are somehow connected.


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  • Harrison Ford Called Himself A 'Schmuck' After Latest Plane Incident





    Harrison Ford is heard calling himself a “schmuck” in an audio recording released on Friday of his exchange with an air traffic controller following a February incident in which the actor landed his private plane on a taxiway instead of a runway.


    “Yeah, hi, its Husky Eight-Niner Hotel Uniform,” Ford is heard saying on the recording, using the phonetic pronunciation of his aviation call sign. “I’m the schmuck that landed on the taxiway.”


    The star of “Star Wars” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” then goes on to explain that he landed in the wrong place because he was distracted by two jets.


    On the audio tape, released by the Federal Aviation Administration, the air traffic controller asks for Ford’s name and pilot’s license, assuring the film star that the mishap is “no big deal.”


    “Well it’s a big deal for me, hold on,” Ford responds, adding that he is looking in a backpack, apparently for his pilot’s license. At that point the audio cuts off.


    In the Feb. 13 incident Ford flew his single-engine Aviat Husky over an American Airlines Boeing 737 jet in Santa Ana, California, before landing on the taxiway that runs parallel to the runway. Taxiways are paths along which aircraft can taxi when moving to or from a runway, where planes take off and land.


    In 2015 Ford crashed a vintage plane onto a Los Angeles-area golf course, suffering serious injuries.

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  • 'The Art Of The Fail': The Meme That Ate Donald Trump's Book





    President Donald Trump’s business boasts in his book The Art of the Deal returned to haunt him after the GOP failed to repeal Obamacare and replace it with his Trumpcare health plan Friday. And the irony was not lost on many social media users, who quickly turned the title into hilarious memes.


    To illustrate the GOP’s bill failure, memesters and commentators offered up new titles, such as “The Art of the Fail,” “The Art of the Bad Deal,” “The Art of the Ordeal,” “The Art of Repeal,” “The Fart of the Deal,” and even “The Shart of the Deal.” And that doesn’t begin to cover the comments...












































































    Actor Jim Carrey went way out on a limb to post the most memorable dig, with visual that earned him lots of Twitter admonishments to “have some respect” for the president.










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  • Laura Dern On Her 'Big Little Lies' Confrontation With Reese Witherspoon And Nicole Kidman





    One of the best scenes ― as in, rewind-immediately-and-watch-it-again-it’s-so-good ― in “Big Little Lies” is Episode 4’s board-room confrontation. Three of our finest actresses stake out territory across a table: Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon on one side, and Laura Dern on the other.


    Battling over a controversial local production of “Avenue Q,” Madeline Martha Mackenzie (Witherspoon) and lawyer Celeste Wright (Kidman) argue the town of Monterey wouldn’t want a censorship scandal by giving in to Renata Kline’s (Dern) insistence that the mayor shut down a production of the profane musical.


    For Dern, who has remained close friends with Witherspoon since they made 2014’s “Wild” together, it was a delicious scene to perform. 


    “As beautiful as the experience is working with fellow women and doing that whole scene,” Dern said, “Reese and I have become like family ... so to look across from each other, all I can say is we’re filled with such contempt with every look, and after every take we would be grateful for them to cut so that we could howl out loud. You just can’t believe how fun it is to hate someone you love so much. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe I’m hating you this much!’”


    Dern cracked up while recalling the experience during a recent Huffington Post interview for Build Series, so do yourself a favor and watch her describe it in the above video.


    Below, Dern talks about the costumes in “Big Little Lies” and her new movie “Wilson,” which opens this weekend. 






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  • Lin-Manuel Miranda Says So Much More Than 'Thank You' During His Acceptance Speeches





    History has its eyes on Lin-Manuel Miranda, and he constantly delivers. 


    The “Hamilton” creator is known to win things ― he nearly MacPEGOT’d at the Oscars this year (but lost Best Original Song to “City of Stars” from “La La Land”) ― and his victory speeches are nothing but net. 


    Never one to shy away from making a statement, Miranda has addressed everything from love and immigration to “senseless acts of tragedy” as he rapped or sonneted his way through a moment


    The lyricist, composer and playwright may take part in the Facebook telethon Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU to raise money for the American Civil Liberties Union on Friday, March 31. The event will stream live on The Huffington Post and Funny or Die Facebook pages, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. 


    Check out some of his most inspiring acceptance speeches below.


     


    2016 Tony Win for Best Score - “Hamilton” 





    2016 Tony for Best Book of a Musical - “Hamilton” 





    2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album - “Hamilton”





    2008 Tony for Best Score - “In the Heights”




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  • How Kristen Bell Is Trying To Protect The Environment In The Age Of Trump

    As I rode an elevator up to a midtown hotel suite for an interview with Kristen Bell about her green lifestyle, a news alert buzzed on my phone. President Donald Trump’s administration had approved the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project climate change activists have advocated against for years because of its potentially damaging impact on the environment.


    The “Good Place” star was in town to promote eco-friendly and sustainable living by way of her new partnership with Tide and the World Wildlife Fund, which will receive $5 every time someone pledges to live clean using energy saving products. 


    The irony of the moment was not lost on me or Bell, who has used her platform to advocate for causes like water conservation and animal rights, as we sat down in between a stuffed animal sloth. (Please take a moment now to watch her meltdown over meeting a sloth IRL, if you don’t get the reference.) 


    “We all have to start thinking about passing earth on,” Bell told The Huffington Post. “It’s not here to be used and abused. I’m inspired by companies that are doing it right.”


    Since we can’t look to the current administration to enact policies to combat climate change ― Trump’s proposed budget slashes the Environmental Protection Agency’s funding by nearly one-third ― Bell is hoping to instead empower regular ol’ you and me to make eco-friendly choices every day. 


    “People are realizing that everything is in the hands of the consumer. The irony is that it always has been because you vote with your dollars,” she said. “When the consumer makes their desires known to companies, they have no choice but to give us what we want. That’s how capitalism works and it can work for us if we are loud and proud and protect what we care about.” 


    Bell’s already seen the impact public pressure and opinion can have on policy after campaigning alongside actresses like Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry to stop news outlets from sharing, buying or posting photos of celebrities’ children. The bill, aimed to deter paparazzi from getting too close to the children of famous individuals, was signed into law in 2014. 


    “[The No Kids Policy] saw a lot, if not all, positive feedback and people started to acknowledge the kind of media they were purchasing and the pictures they were looking at were harmful or damaging to children and they started to care about that.” 


    The actress hopes that these small steps, be it which gossip magazine or detergent we buy, will begin to add up and create real change. But in typical Bell fashion, she admits that life does have the tendency to get in the way of being the perfect mother, spouse and, yes, environmentalist. 


    “I don’t do it 100 percent right,” she said. “I’m not without blemishes, but I get inspired by things everywhere.”

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  • Bill Nighy Previews The 'Satisfying' 'Love Actually' Mini-Sequel





    Bill Nighy is as excited for the “Love Actually” mini-sequel as we are. 


    During a Build Series interview with The Huffington Post on Thursday, the actor, who stars in the new movie “Their Finest,” shared a little bit of information about the much talked-about “Love Actually” revival, which will debut on Red Nose Day in the U.S. May 25. 


    “I’m in it,” Nighy, who of course played pop star and “Christmas Is All Around” singer Billy Mack in the beloved film, confirmed. “And Hugh Grant and Liam Neeson and Keira Knightley and Colin Firth and Lúcia [Moniz] and Andrew Lincoln and Chiwetel Ejiofor, you can probably guess that I’ve been saying this quite often over the last few days,” the actor joked. “It was very, very cool.”



    The cast reunited with a goal to end child poverty and ensure that kids are safe, healthy and educated by supporting Red Nose Day and Comic Relief, which was founded by “Love Actually” writer and director Richard Curtis. 


    “You’ll get to see what’s happened to everybody in the 14 years since the movie was made,” Nighy said, adding that it’s definitely “satisfying.”


    “I’ve seen Liam Neeson’s one and don’t miss it, and don’t miss Hugh Grant’s [bit] because it’s hilarious,” the actor concluded. 


    Nighy brings another comedic character to life as actor Ambrose Hilliard in “Their Finest,” a rom-com war drama that centers around a British film crew as they attempt to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg. The lovely movie is out April 7 in select theaters. 






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  • 13 Times Reese Witherspoon Nailed What It's Like To Be A Mom

    It’s a busy time for Reese Witherspoon. The actress wrapped filming “A Wrinkle In Time,” has been making the press rounds for her HBO miniseries “Big Little Lies,” and on Wednesday, celebrated her 41st birthday.


    Witherspoon had a solid squad to help her commemorate the occasion. She’s married to talent agent Jim Toth and has three kids: 17-year-old Ava, 13-year-old Deacon and 4-year-old Tennessee.


    Since becoming a mom, Witherspoon has been open about the ups and downs of parenting. In honor of her birthday, we’ve rounded up some of her best quotes about motherhood.


    1. “I was 23 [when I became a mom]. I didn’t know what I was doing. I was young. It was shocking. When people ask, ‘When’s the best time to get pregnant?’ I say, ‘Pick the best day for when your entire life is gonna change.’ There’s no good time to have your world turned upside down.”


    2. “I constantly question myself: Have I exposed them to the right amount of culture (no), do I spend enough time with each of them as individuals (probably not), do I have the right amount of work/family balance (who knows!). I’m trying!”



    3. “We have rules around the house. I always say if you aren’t yelling at your kids you’re not spending enough time with them. Just telling everybody to clean up all the time. I feel like I’m always telling people to clean up. ‘Clean up, clean up, put your dishes in the dishwasher, put your clothes in the laundry, come on now.”


    4. “The first few months with a baby are so disorienting. I felt like my brain was scrambled eggs, and I think it is, understandably, hard to get dressed or even get out of the house ― you have to go easy on yourself. Having prepared foods in the fridge and freezer was essential because thinking about cooking made me want to cry.”


    5. “No one’s really doing it perfectly. I think you love your kids with your whole heart, and you do the best you possibly can.”



    6. “People know not to call me before 8:15, because 8:15 is when everybody has to either be on the bus or at school and then my whole life starts at 8:15.”


    7. “I don’t think there’s been an hour of my life since Ava was born that I don’t think of my kids. I call it my CNN ticker tape: Is Ava OK? Yes. Is Deacon OK? Yes. Is Tennessee OK? Yes. Back to Ava.”


    8. “Seeing my kids for the first time was primal. The ferocity of love you feel for your children when you see them for the first time ― but you’ve known them inside you ― is phenomenal.”



    9. “When I had a little girl at 22, I was even more determined to, I don’t know ... I went from just surviving to, ‘Who do I want to be for this other person?’ That’s what happens when you have a child... You kind of look inward. [When you have three], your eyes cross. You look so far inward that your eyes cross. No, you’re just confused all the time.”


    10. “This is so dumb, but the other day Ava said, ‘Well, Mom, you said that drinking water with lemon is good for my body. I burst into tears, going, ‘Oh my God, you listen to me!’ Parenting triumph.”



    11. “Having kids made me clearer about who I was as a woman. I just wanted to exhibit good qualities for my daughter. I was a little competitive before I had kids ― probably really competitive, to be honest. It really made me let go of that.”


    12. “There are some sacrifices you make, and it hurts your heart sometimes, but my kids tell me they’re proud of what I’ve accomplished, and that just means everything. I grew up with a working mom, and I have so much respect for the things she did as a nurse and a teacher. I would never begrudge her that.”


    13. “Parenthood is not at all what I expected it to be. I thought you make little people in your image. But they are just nothing like me or their father. They are their own individuals.”

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