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Rihanna: Rachel Dolezal Is 'a Bit of a Hero'

And more from her 'Vanity Fair' cover story

(Newser) - What does Rihanna think about Rachel Dolezal, the white NAACP exec who portrayed herself as black? You may be surprised: "I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit. Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to... More »

Someone's Coming Out on The Simpsons?

Smithers, long rumored to be gay, has something to say to Mr. Burns: producer

(Newser) - This is looking to be a groundbreaking season of The Simpsons: Marge and Homer separate , Homer's been diagnosed with narcolepsy , and now "one of the greatest stories of unrequited love in modern popular culture is about to move to a new phase," per the Guardian . To wit:... More »

Putin Calls Elton John—for Real

The singer had previously been punked by pranksters

(Newser) - Elton John got seriously punked recently , when a couple of Russian pranksters called him up pretending to be Russian President Vladimir Putin and his translator wanting to talk to the singer about LGBT rights. But today Putin himself actually called John, the BBC reports. The Russian prez asked the singer... More »

How Sarah Jessica Parker Was Pressured to Stay Thin

It involved a treadmill being sent to Iowa

(Newser) - Sarah Jessica Parker is no stranger to the pressure to be fit that Hollywood puts on actresses. Back when she was 27, "I was about to do Honeymoon in Vegas and before that I was off to do another movie in Iowa," Parker said yesterday on a SiriusXM... More »

SNL Has Chosen Its Trump

Taran Killam will play candidate during 41st season of show

(Newser) - If anyone has ever wondered what it's like to be Donald Trump for a day, or for a season of Saturday Night Live, talk to Taran Killam in 2016. The 33-year-old cast member has been tapped to slip into the real estate mogul's hairpiece for the 41st season... More »

How JLaw Congratulated Amy Schumer on Her Win

'Sweet text' said something only a BFF could say

(Newser) - Only good friends will point out things that no one else would, like if the guy you're dating is terrible, if you've got something stuck in your teeth, or how you looked onstage accepting your Emmy. Jennifer Lawrence had some definite opinions for Amy Schumer after Schumer took... More »

Viola Davis Makes History With Emmy Win

'The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity'

(Newser) - The most moving (and historic) moment of Sunday's Emmys came when Viola Davis became the first African-American to win for lead actress in a drama series for her role in ABC's How to Get Away With Murder, Entertainment Weekly reports. "'In my mind, I see a... More »

Andy Samberg Kept Crowd Laughing ... With a Mug

Initial reaction to pleasant-enough host isn't bad

(Newser) - Hosting the Emmys, or any awards show, can lead to an invite back the next year or to comedy pariah status (sorry, Bryant Gumbel) . But from initial reaction, Andy Samberg seems to have pulled off a solid performance tonight, with plenty of audience-pleasing knee-slappers, sketches, and celebrity interaction. What's... More »

Tracy Morgan Ends Show With After-Party Warning

And other highlights from the awards show

(Newser) - Andy Samberg held his own as host and Viola Davis nabbed the first Emmy for an African-American actress in a drama series in an evening that started off super-hot and ended up heartwarming. Highlights included: More »

Veep, GOT, Olive Kitteridge Rack Up Honors

The 67th awards show is underway

(Newser) - The steamy walk down the red carpet complete, the 67th Emmy Awards kicked off today at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater, with a frenetic opening musical piece and cheerful, well-received monologue from host Andy Samberg of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer handed out the first award for supporting actress... More »

Celebs Gripe About Heat on Red Carpet

One actress even wiped out in temps that hovered near 100

(Newser) - Everyone likes to bitch about the weather—even celebrities dressed to the nines for the Emmys. Temperatures hovered near the triple digits today in downtown Los Angeles, where the stars sweated their way down the red carpet at Microsoft Theater. Actress Olivia Culpo (aka Nick Jonas' ex) even wiped out... More »

20 Years After Her Murder, a New Selena Song

"Oh No (I'll Never Fall in Love Again)" released by her dad

(Newser) - A new song by Tejano star Selena has been released two decades after she was killed by her fan club president. Selena's father, Abraham Quintanilla, says he found a recording of the song, "Oh No (I'll Never Fall in Love Again)," a few weeks ago. Selena... More »

Rosie's New Galpal: Tatum O’Neal

At least according to the rumor mill

(Newser) - Have Rosie O'Donnell and Tatum O'Neal moved in together? That's what a source tells Radar , weeks after the two were first spotted out together on what appeared to be a hot date. Rumors of a romantic relationship have been flying ever since, though O'Donnell's rep... More »

Trump Makes Emily Blunt Reconsider US Citizenship

'This was a terrible mistake. What have I done?'

(Newser) - Donald Trump might actually be able to follow through on his promise to reduce immigration as he's already made British actress Emily Blunt regret her new US citizenship. "I became an American citizen recently," Blunt told the Hollywood Reporter when asked about Trump. "That night we... More »

Gabrielle Union: Barrenness Is Price Career Women Pay

'You feel like you're wearing a scarlet letter'

(Newser) - Actress Gabrielle Union doesn't have any kids at age 42, and she doesn't hold back when discussing the issue with Redbook . "So far, it has not happened for us," she says of herself and 33-year-old husband Dwyane Wade. "A lot of my friends deal with... More »

Ringo Starr Is Hawking a Treasure Trove of Beatles Stuff

Drummer auctioning off more than 800 things he owned

(Newser) - More than 800 items owned by Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach, are going to auction, including rare Beatles memorabilia like his three-piece drum kit used in more than 200 performances and a Rickenbacker guitar known as the "Beatle-Backer" that John Lennon owned and later gave to Starr.... More »

5 Crazy-Dangerous Film Sets

Including a 'Noah's Ark' set that actually flooded

(Newser) - Making a movie isn't always all fun and games. Pixable rounds up nine film locations that were extremely hazardous for cast and crew:
  • The Conqueror, St. George, Utah: The 1956 John Wayne flick was filmed near a government nuclear test site in Nevada. Nearly 100 cast and crew members
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Katy Perry Totally Fails at Segway Riding

But her dad makes up for it

(Newser) - Katy Perry: good at singing, not so good at riding a Segway. Perry posted an Instagram video from Burning Man this weekend showing her (while clad in a puffy coat, tiny backpack, and vaguely creepy mask) attempting to spin on a Segway, only to watch it escape from her grasp... More »

Kim Kardashian Might Have Her Uterus Removed

She talks about fertility struggles with 'C Magazine'

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian talks about her struggle to conceive in a new interview with C Magazine —and reveals that ultimately, she may need to have a pretty major procedure. "I had this condition called placenta accreta. There were a couple of little operations to fix all that, so that... More »

Miley Cyrus: 'I'm Pansexual'

Also, her 2013 VMAs performance 'wasn't shocking at all'

(Newser) - Miley Cyrus has a coming out of sorts in her new Elle UK cover interview: "I'm very open about it—I'm pansexual. But I'm not in a relationship. I'm 22, I'm going on dates, but I change my style every two weeks, let alone... More »

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