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Kanye West: ‘I’m a Better Human’ Because of Kim Kardashian

He also said he sees a lot of himself in his daughter

Marriage and fatherhood have made Kanye West think about more than himself and his art – and that’s made him a better person, he says.

“I’ve definitely learned how to compromise more,” the rapper, 37, told Ellen DeGeneres about being married to Kim Kardashian, 34. “And I’ve learned how to shut up more. And yeah, I think I’m a better human being because of her and because of my daughter [North].”

West still has lofty visions for his work, of course, and wants to be “brave for what I want to do for humanity, but also to be more protective of myself for my family, too.”

He also said he sees a lot of himself in his daughter – particularly when she gets frustrated.

“I think I was going through my version of my terrible twos,” he says of his sometime difficult younger years as an artist and businessman. “My daughter, she wants to express herself, and she just doesn’t have the words for it. And, for me, there were so many things I wanted to do with film and clothing, and I just didn’t have the words or the resources.”

Life as a family man has been such a positive experience for him that it’s no surprise West and Kardashian are looking to grow their family sooner rather than later.

“Yeah, we’re trying,” he says on the topic of having more kids.

How many does he want in all? “I just want whatever Kim wants,” West says. To which Ellen replies with a laugh: “Wow, that’s a good answer, whether it’s true or not.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Watch Amal Clooney Eloquently Argue Her Case in Armenian Genocide Hearing

Clooney is representing Armenia before Europe's top human rights court

Amal Clooney laid her case before the European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday against a Turkish politician who denied the 1915 Armenian genocide.

The international human rights lawyer is representing Armenia in a case against Dogu Perincek, the chairman of the Turkish Workers’ Party, who was convicted in Switzerland in 2005 for calling the Armenian genocide an “international lie.”

The Strasbourg-based ECHR later agreed with Perincek that the conviction violated his freedom of expression, and now Switzerland is appealing, with Armenia’s backing as a third party.

“The most important error” made in the earlier ECHR ruling, Clooney said, “is that it cast doubt on the reality of the Armenian genocide that the people suffered 100 years ago.” In her remarks, Clooney noted Turkey’s “disgraceful” record on freedom of expression.

An estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks in what historians widely consider to be the first genocide of the 20th century, but Turkey has contested the numbers and refused to call it a genocide.

The case could also have wider implications for Europe, where several countries have laws prohibiting public denial of past genocides such as the Holocaust.

Clooney, now arguably the most famous human rights lawyer in the world after marrying actor George Clooney in September, previously represented Greece in its long-running bid to have a collection of classical Greek sculptures returned from the British Museum. She also defended one of three al-Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt.

Read next: Amal Clooney Begins Next Big Human Rights Case

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Kim and Kanye Working on Difficult Second Child

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian arrive to Soho House New York James Devaney—GC Images

The celebrity tells People she and Kanye West are "trying for another kid"

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have unveiled their winter project — a younger sibling for baby North.

“We’ve really been trying for another kid,” Kardashian, 34, told People. More kids can’t come soon enough.”

The newlyweds had their first child, North, nineteen months ago.

This has been a busy 12 months for Kardashian. Not only did she break the internet, but Kardashian also got married, launched a mega-successful smartphone game, wrote a book (about selfies), and starred in a Super Bowl ad (also about selfies.)

Read more at People.

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Tom Petty Has No Hard Feelings About Sam Smith Song

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Tom Petty of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers performs onstage at The Forum on October 10, 2014 in Inglewood, California. Paul R. Giunta—Getty Images

"Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this.”

Tom Petty says there is no ill will between him and Sam Smith after the artists reached an agreement announced this week over similarities between a song of his and Smith’s recent hit, Stay With Me.

A representative for Sam Smith announced on Monday that Tom Petty and his co-writer Jeff Lynne would be credited as co-writers on Smith’s song because of similarities between it and Petty’s 1989 hit I Won’t Back Down.

“Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of “Stay With Me” listened to “I Won’t Back Down” and acknowledged the similarity,” the representative said in a statement. “Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of “Stay With Me” along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips.”

Now Petty has confirmed that the two artists have reconciled their differences amicably. “Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this,” Petty said in a post to his website. “A musical accident no more no less.”

Here’s the full statement:

“About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam. All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen. Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by. Sam’s people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement. The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention. And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself. Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this. A musical accident no more no less. In these times we live in this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all.”

 

Here are the two songs, for you to compare:

 

 

 

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Selma Star Supports Benedict Cumberbatch in Race Controversy

David Oyelowo attends the 2014 National Board of Review Gala on Jan. 6, 2015 in New York City.
David Oyelowo attends the 2014 National Board of Review Gala on Jan. 6, 2015 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris—2015 Getty Images

David Oyelowo said the controversy is "ridiculous"

Days after Benedict Cumberbatch incited controversy by referring to black actors as “colored,” David Oyelowo has come to his defense.

“To attack him for a term, as opposed to what he was actually saying, I think is very disingenuous and is indicative of the age we live in where people are looking for sound bites as opposed to substance,” the Selma star told BBC.

Cumberbatch’s inflammatory remark came in the context of him talking about diversity differences in the entertainment industries of the U.K. and the U.S.. Oyelowo also lamented the lack of diversity in Hollywood: “We’re talking about diversity again and that’s because there isn’t enough of it,” he said.

Cumberbatch said he feels like “a complete fool” for using the word.

[THR]

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Lindsay Lohan Is Trying to Pass Off Meet-and-Greets as Community Service

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Photo dated Oct. 13, 2014 of Lindsay Lohan who has revealed she plans to make her permanent home in London because it is the ideal place for her to grow up. Anthony Devlin—Press Association Images/AP

Not so fast, Lindsay!

Lindsay Lohan has been accused of trying to include socializing with fans as some of the 80 hours of community service she was supposed to perform for a 2012 reckless driving charge.

Lohan, 28, reportedly included meeting several fans during a stage production of Speed-the-Plow, in which she starred in the U.K. last year, as part of the mandatory 4,800 minutes she had to spend benefiting the community.

Her lawyer, Shawn Holley, appeared in court Wednesday to submit a dossier of documents outlining the Mean Girls actress’s community service hours, which Lohan claims were completed in nine days. Lohan also apparently awarded herself hours for allowing star-struck fans to shadow her, reports USA Today.

“I’d love to hang out with a celebrity all day and see their life, but that’s not community service,” said prosecutor Terry White, who has until Feb. 18 to demonstrate Lohan did not fulfill her community service requirement.

Lohan may face jail time if the prosecution can establish that this component of her criminal sentence was not met.

[USA Today]

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No, Gene Hackman Is Not Dead

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This Jan. 19, 2003 file photo shows actor Gene Hackman at the 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Mark J. Terrill — AP

Don’t believe the online rumors

Actor Gene Hackman is alive and well.

Rumors were spreading that the Hollywood legend had died, following the publication of an article on sports and pop culture blog Grantland earlier this week.

The confusion was sparked by a headline that ran on the website Tuesday stating “The Greatest Living American Actor at 85: Gene Hackman Is Gone But Still in Charge,” spurring rumors that Hackman, who is in fact 84-years-old, had died.

The headline has since been revised from “Gone” to “Retired.” Hackman turns 85 on Friday.

[ABC News]

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Bradley Cooper Says American Sniper Role Was Life-Changing

Actor bulked up to play former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle

Actor Bradley Cooper says in a new interview with People that playing former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in American Sniper was a life-changing experience.

Cooper, who has been visiting veterans nationwide, admits he has always respected military men and women but never fully realized the toll it can take on their families. He called playing Kyle “life-changing,” and says he’s gratified that people are responding well to the film.

“People were willing to express themselves in a format that they would never do normally,” Cooper adds. “But because they saw Chris’s story, they were willing to say, ‘Thank you for putting a guy I can relate to up there and have it be something right away that I know is accurate.'”

Read more at PEOPLE.

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Cabaret’s Joel Grey Comes Out: ‘If You Have to Put a Label On It, I’m a Gay Man’

Actor Joel Grey attends the 73rd Annual George Foster Peabody Awards at the Waldorf Astoria on May 19, 2014 in New York.
Actor Joel Grey attends the 73rd Annual George Foster Peabody Awards at the Waldorf Astoria on May 19, 2014 in New York. Debby Wong—Corbis

"All the people close to me have known for years who I am," Grey tells People

Broadway icon and award-winning actor star Joel Grey is speaking publicly about his sexuality for the very first time.

“I don’t like labels,” Grey tells People magazine, “but if you have to put a label on it, I’m a gay man.”

The 82-year-old won an Oscar and a Tony for his role as the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret (Grey has also appeared on Private Practice and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) He was married for 24 years to actress Jo Wilderand and raised two children, a time period he calls the “happiest of my life.”

“All the people close to me have known for years who I am,” Grey says. “[Yet] it took time to embrace that other part of who I always was.”

The announcement kicks off a busy year for the actor: his memoir and a new photography book are due later in 2015.

Read more excerpts from the interview at People.

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