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Watch Angelina Jolie’s Uplifting Speech at the Kids’ Choice Awards

Her first appearance since announcing she had surgery to remove her ovaries

Angelina Jolie gave the audience at the 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday a few words of inspiration after winning “Favorite Villain” for her role in Maleficent.

Here’s what the actress told her fans:

I want to say when I was little, like Maleficent, I was told that I was different—and I felt out of place, and too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in. And then one day I realized something, something I hope you all realize. Different is good.

The 39-year-old’s uplifting speech was her first public appearance since announcing last week that she had recently undergone surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes.

Wrapping up her remarks to the crowd, she advised to “cause a little trouble, it’s good for you.”

Read next: Why Angelina Jolie Chose to Have Her Ovaries Removed

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Sacha Baron Cohen Won’t Star in Freddie Mercury Biopic

Sacha Baron Cohen attends 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 22, 2015.
Venturelli—Getty Images Sacha Baron Cohen attends 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 22, 2015.

It was apparently "a small joke"

UPDATE: It appears we might have gotten excited over nothing—Queen guitarist Brian May posted on his website that the band’s manager Jim Beach was just throwing in “a small joke” when he claimed that Sacha Baron Cohen had officially signed on to the long-delayed project. Cohen’s rep has not returned our request for comment. The initial report is below.

A biopic starring Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury, the dynamic Queen frontman who died in 1991 at the age of 45 due to complications from AIDS, has been in the works for nearly seven years. It was confirmed as happening as early as 2010 and confirmed as not happening as recently as 2013—reportedly due to Cohen “not seeing eye to eye with the remaining members of Queen who have script and director approval.” Apparently the band was interested in a PG-version of the rock star’s life, while Cohen had hopes for a “gritty R-rated tell-all.”

During the project’s long gestational period, Cohen brought in the likes of Peter Morgan to write and David Fincher and Tom Hooper to direct the film, but all were rejected by the band. These differences appear to have been worked out, however, with Queen manager Jim Beach announcing that Cohen will depict the singer, as well as write, direct, and produce the film himself.

At the Artist and Manager Awards held on March 26, Beach used his acceptance speech—for the Peter Grant award for outstanding acheivement—to make the announcement. “You have probably followed the saga of the famous Queen-Freddie Mercury biopic which has been developing in Hollywood for the last seven years. An important breakthrough is that we have now managed to persuade Sacha Baron Cohen to write, produce, and direct this movie, and he has also agreed to star.”

When the film will get underway was not discussed. Cohen’s camp has yet to confirm his involvement.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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Vanessa Hudgens Chronicles Her Journey to Broadway Stardom on Instagram

Vanessa Hudgens (L) and Corey Cott (R) rehearse a scene of 'Gigi' at the Kennedy Center in Washington on Jan. 15, 2015.
The Washington Post—Getty Images Vanessa Hudgens (L) and Corey Cott (R) rehearse a scene of 'Gigi' at the Kennedy Center in Washington on Jan. 15, 2015.

The actress will be making her official debut of 'Gigi' next month

From High School Musical star to budding Broadway ingenue, Vanessa Hudgens had definitely come a long way. The actress is set to make her official debut on the Great White Way next month as the lead in the revival of the 1958 rom-comGigi, which is currently in previews at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City after playing a pre-Broadway engagement in Washington, D.C. earlier this year.

“I love this character so much,” Hudgens previously said. “I think the story is so relevant. Gigi’s a very strong, powerful young woman who knows who she is.”

And Hudgens is thrilled about heading to stage—the 26-year-old has documented every move of her Gigi journey on Instagram, from when she first received the news that the show was Broadway bound to prepping for the show backstage in the Big Apple just last night.

Gigi officially opens on Broadway April 8th. For more information, and to buy tickets, visit gigionbroadway.com.

Getting ready for another @gigionbroadway show! Can't wait!

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Best part about wearing a wig? The after math of pin curls 😉💁 wearing @camillawithlove

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My new home!!! Repost via @napacott

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That moment you realize you made it to Broadway @gigionbroadway

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@gigionbroadway #gma! click the link in my bio to watch the full performance!!

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I can't. even. handle it. Top knot party at @gigionbroadway rehearsals with the goof @naponacott. I can'ttttttttt

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Just finished day 2 on @gigionbroadway

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Back in NY, but wanted to give a shoutout to my LA @soulcycle family. Thank you for the lovely send off!

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Umm woooooow this is crazy @gigionbroadway

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Last show in DC!!!!! @gigionbroadway

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It's happening!!!!!!!! @gigionbroadway

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Best way to start the day. @soulcycle ride for @gigionbroadway 🚲💪😍

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Oh snap. Countdown @gigionbroadway

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Wore only the best @aliceandolivia last night #openingnight @gigionbroadway so excited. So grateful. And oh so blessed.

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My vocal coach Eric Vetro is the best. #openingnight @gigionbroadway

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My bb girl @ashleytisdale came to see me last night @gigionbroadway love u boo

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First looksie!!!!!!!!! @gigionbroadway @naponacott

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A WHOLE PAGE IN THE NY TIMES!!!!! @gigionbroadway Dress by @flynnskye

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Getting ready 💁🎶😉❤️ @gigionbroadway

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Ahhhh so close to having an audience!!!! So excited for tomorrow @gigionbroadway ❤️❤️❤️❤️💋💋💋

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This article originally appeared on InStyle.com.

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Listen to Ben Stiller’s Little-Known Punk Rock Music

His old album 'Roadkill' will be reissued on vinyl

Before Ben Stiller was a comedic juggernaut, he was just another an angsty teenager doing what angsty teenagers do—trying to make it as a punk rocker. Stiller was the drummer in a band called Capital Punishment; in 1982, the group self-released its only album, Roadkill.(Do you feel the angst?) Unfortunately, the trio disbanded shortly thereafter, ne’er to be heard of again—until their tracks appeared on YouTube last year.

But when the actor stopped by SiriusXM this week to promote his latest movie, While We’re Young, on Howard Stern, it came out that Captured Tracks, the independent Brooklyn label, is officially reissuing the album on vinyl. Hear Stiller discuss the band in the clip below—and get ready to order it (maybe).

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

TIME movies

Leonard Nimoy’s Son to Direct Spock Documentary

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock in the STAR TREK episode, "Spock's Brain." which aired on Sept. 20, 1968.
CBS/Getty Images Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock in the STAR TREK episode, "Spock's Brain." which aired on Sept. 20, 1968.

Zachary Quinto and William Shatner will be part of the film

Just one month after the death of Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock on Star Trek, his son Adam Nimoy has announced plans to produce a documentary about the iconic character titled For the Love of Spock.

Nimoy’s fellow Star Trek actors will help honor the star in the documentary. Zachary Quinto, who played Spock in the last two Star Trek films, will narrate. Filmmakers say that William Shatner, who starred opposite Nimoy in the original series as Captain Kirk, has also agreed to appear in the film.

Adam Nimoy hopes to release the film in time to honor the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, which first aired on Sept. 8, 1966. Nimoy, who has directed episodes of Gilmore Girls and The Practice, told Variety that he and his father had discussed the project for months before the elder Nimoy’s death. Adam Nimoy says that the reaction to his father’s illness has inspired him to go ahead with the film.

“He felt as if he had plenty of time, but then he declined precipitously,” he said. “I was struck with the outpouring of affection for him after he died, so this feels like the right thing to do.”

Leonard Nimoy announced via Twitter last year that he had been diagnosed with COPD, a chronic respiratory disease caused by smoking that has no cure. He encouraged fans on Twitter not to smoke. Nimoy died on Feb. 27.

Read next: This Is How the New Spock Said Goodbye to the Old Spock

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See Ryan Reynolds Lying on a Bearskin Rug in His First Picture as Deadpool

20th Century Fox Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool

The film is set to hit theaters in February 2016

Ryan Reynolds has pushed hard for a Deadpool spinoff movie from the X-Men franchise, and now that he has it, he’s celebrating in style. The actor spoofed Burt Reynolds in the first picture of Deadpool released by Fox, posing on a bearskin rug in front of a fire. Reynolds tweeted the picture for comparison, along with a disclaimer:

Reynolds has been talking about making a Deadpool movie since 2005. “I would love to play that role,” Reynolds said at the time during a convention. “The merc[enary] with a mouth … it’s like that’s the reason I stepped out of my mother, to play that role. So someday. Hopefully.”

The character, who has super healing abilities and thus is very difficult to kill, last appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a box office disappointment compared to other entries in the franchise. But fans responded positively to leaked test footage of Reynolds playing Deadpool, likely convincing Fox to give the project the green light.

Reynolds is currently filming in Vancouver. Deadpool is set to hit theaters in February 2016.

 

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Watch James Bond Return in the First Spectre Trailer

007 faces a formidable set of villains in the new movie

The long-awaited first teaser trailer for the next James Bond film, Spectre, premiered Friday night.

SPECTRE, fans will recall, is the evil organization behind attempts at world domination in classic Bond films like Thunderball and You Only Live Twice (That name? It’s an acronym: Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion). The new film will presumably reveal some of SPECTRE’s origins as Bond encounters it for the first time.

Ralph Fiennes takes over as the new M in the new movie, set for release Nov. 6, as Bond hunts down a cryptic message from his past to discover the shadowy organization.

Sam Mendes, who helmed Skyfall, will direct the film starring Daniel Craig as Bond, Christoph Waltz as Oberhauser, Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny and Andrew Scott as Denbigh.

Read Next: Here’s Why the Next James Bond Film Is Called Spectre

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One Direction Fans Ask for ‘Compassionate Leave’ From Work After Zayn’s Exit

Zayn Malik at the BBC Music Awards 2014 in London, England on Dec. 12, 2014.
Lia Toby—AP Zayn Malik at the BBC Music Awards 2014 in London, England on Dec. 12, 2014.

But they may want to double-check the meaning of 'compassionate leave'

A number of One Direction fans have reportedly requested “compassionate leave” from work, after they were left distraught following singer Zayn Malik’s recent departed from the pop group.

Malik left the boy band on Wednesday (March 25), after he had previously pulled out of the group’s Asian tour with stress.

Now The Independent reports that the Employer Advice Service has received more than 220 calls from One Direction fans.

“While I sympathize with One Direction fans, I hardly think this qualified as compassionate leave,” Employment law director Alan Price told the newspaper. “If employees feel strongly about the issue then request that they take days off as a holiday, but compassionate leave is what you allow if a close relative dies, unless the employer is unaware of family ties with Zayn Malik then I hardly think that this qualifies.”

He added: “Abusing compassionate leave is inconsiderate to fellow colleagues who may genuinely need the time off.”

Rumours about Malik’s future in the band were abound after he recently pulled out of the group’s Asian tour (March 19) so he could fly back to the UK to be with his family after pictures emerged of him with a mystery girl in Thailand. Malik is currently engaged to Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.

Malik recently spoke for the first time since his exit. He said: “I feel like I’ve let the fans down but I can’t do this anymore. It is crazy and wild and a bit mad but, at the same time, I’ve never felt more in control in my life.

“And I feel like I’m doing what’s right – right by myself and right by the boys, so I feel good. You know, I did try to do something that I wasn’t happy doing for a while, for the sake of maybe other people’s happiness. And that was mainly the fans. And I only ever tried to do it for the fans, and it was only ever for them.”

“I’m only upset [because] I feel like I may have let them down in some sort of way. It’s not that I’ve turned my back on them or anything, it’s just that I just can’t do that anymore because it’s not real to me.”

Meanwhile, Malik suggested that while One Direction will continue without him, it may not be for long. “They still want to do it for a while,” he said. “So they’re going to carry on doing what they want to do and I think they’re going to do okay for a while.”

This article originally appeared on NME.com.

TIME celebrities

Sopranos Actress Has Apartment Destroyed By Manhattan Building Collapse

Actress Drea de Matteo attends the LA Premiere Screening of "Sons Of Anarchy" in Los Angeles on Sept. 6, 2014.
Paul A. Hebert—AP Actress Drea de Matteo attends the LA Premiere Screening of "Sons Of Anarchy" in Los Angeles on Sept. 6, 2014.

The apartment was home to Drea de Matteo for the last 22 years

Sopranos actress Drea de Matteo’s apartment was among those destroyed in the devastating East Village blast on Thursday that caused the collapse of three buildings and damaged a fourth, according to the Associated Press.

The actress posted photos on Instagram of the buildings as firefighters attempted to put out the blaze with the caption, “A hole where my NYC home of the last 22 years once stood…RIP 123 2nd Avenue.”

According to the AP, the Red Cross said the buildings had approximately 50 apartments. The “gas-related explosion” left at least 22 people injured and at least two unaccounted for, with more than 250 firefighters on hand to assist in putting out the seven-alarm fire, according to The New York Times.

A hole where my NYC home of the last 22 years once stood… RIP 123 2nd Avenue 🍎💔🙏

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This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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Vin Diesel Spent His Childhood in an Artists’ Commune

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But his old stomping ground of the West Village was a lot grittier back then

For a guy whose career has been built on the impressive circumference of his biceps, speed of his drawl and pack of his punch, Vin Diesel’s childhood was surprisingly artistic. He grew up surrounded by painters, writers and performers in the first ever federally supported housing complex specifically for artists.

Westbeth, located in New York City’s West Village, is a cluster of old industrial buildings that formerly housed Bell Laboratories. The building has a quite a history: it was where the first talking movie, TV broadcast, and binary computer were demonstrated. But Bell Labs moved out and in 1970, was replaced by 383 units of loft-style affordable housing and studio space for artists designed by a young Richard Meier.

To live in one of the apartments, potential residents had to prove they were both poor and working artists. (Their art was judged by a committee.) As a result, the place was crawling with creativity. The dance pioneer Merce Cunningham had studio space there, Miles Davis played at a friend’s apartment at Westbeth, and photographer Diane Arbus lived there—and, alas, died there, when she committed suicide in 1971.

Mark Vincent, as Diesel was then known, grew up there with his twin brother Paul, because his stepfather (he never knew his biological dad) was an avant-garde theater director, who later worked in TV and film education. His mom, Diesel says, was an astrologer. “It was an artist community, everyone was expressing themselves,” says Diesel, who is profiled in TIME this week. “Great painters, poets, sculptors, musicians and thespians all lived in this building. It was kind of a mecca for artists. What a magical place for a young artist to grow up in.”

Other kids who grew up in the building remember Diesel, or Mark Vincent as he was then known, being the kind of brotherly big dog that he plays in the Furious 7, the latest in The Fast and the Furious series. He would scurry around the former industrial complex with a gang of other little kids, getting into mischief. “He was definitely one of the ringleaders or alphas,” says Adam Davidson, a financial journalist who also grew up in the complex “I was younger and Mark would encourage us to go to parts of the building that were a little scary.”

Not surprisingly, the place was fantastically progressive. Davidson remember being shocked when he got to college in the ’80s to discover interracial marriage and homosexuality were frowned on in some circles. Equally unsurprisingly, families who moved into the complex rarely moved out. The once-gritty industrial neighborhood is now one of Manhattan’s swankiest. And yep, Diesel’s parents still live there.

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