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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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Jewish Group Objects to Lena Dunham’s ‘Dog or Jewish Boyfriend’ Story

Bauer-Griffin—GVK/Getty Images Lena Dunham seen at JFK on March 15, 2015 in New York City.

But the New Yorker says the Anti-Defamation League is "howling in the wrong direction"

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) says a humor piece written by Lena Dunham for The New Yorker is “offensive” and “insensitive” about anti-Semitic stereotypes.

The story, “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz,” lists attributes of her dog, Lamby, and her boyfriend, musician Jack Antonoff. ADL National Chairman Abraham H. Foxman took issue with jokes that amounted to “stereotypes about cheap Jews” and said that the comparison “evokes memories of the ‘No Jews or Dogs Allowed’ signs from our own early history in this country.”

Dunham, whose mother is Jewish, has not yet responded, but called the story a “love letter to @jackantonoff & Lamby” earlier this week on Instagram. The New Yorker’s editor David Remnick replied:

“Abe Foxman’s statement on behalf of the ADL is curious. The Jewish-comic tradition is rich with the mockery of, and playing with, stereotypes. Has Mr. Foxman never heard Lenny Bruce or Larry David or Sarah Silverman or read ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’? Lena Dunham is a comic voice working in that vein. I don’t mind if Abe Foxman didn’t find the piece funny. People can differ on that, God knows. But this is something else and, considering all the real hatred in the world, Mr. Foxman is, like those who railed at Philip Roth a generation or two ago, howling in the wrong direction.”

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See the Dress Sophie Hunter Wore to Marry Benedict Cumberbatch

Here comes the bride, all dressed in Valentino

Actress and director Sophie Hunter wore a beautiful dress by Valentino to marry Benedict Cumberbatch on Valentine’s Day.

Before the private ceremony on the Isle of Wight, Annie Leibovitz photographed the bride being fitted in her gown for Vogue. The lacy dress was reportedly inspired by William Blake watercolors and featured a high neckline and an empire waist that flattered her baby bump.

The photo was initially posted on Maison Valentino’s Instagram page as well, but now seems to have been taken down.

[Vogue]

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Emma Watson Named Most ‘Outstanding Woman’ in the World

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Mike Marsland—WireImage/Getty Images Emma Watson attends the British Fashion Awards at London Coliseum on December 1, 2014 in London, England.

Ronda Rousey and Kim Kardashian round out AskMen's top three

AskMen has placed actress Emma Watson at the top of its list of the Top 99 Outstanding Women, citing her work on the United Nations’ HeforShe campaign as a “noble pursuit.”

The men’s website says their list celebrates women who are both beautiful and remarkable within their industries. MMA fighter Ronda Rousey clocks in at No. 2 on the list, and Kim Kardashian rounds out the top three. Laverne Cox was named No. 16, and though the list is heavy on actresses, there are plenty of spaces for athletes, from Alex Morgan to Lindsey Vonn.

Publisher James Bassil called Watson “rich, successful, famous, stylish, beautiful, intelligent, personable, kind,” yet emphasized that she has “thrown her back” into the issue of feminism.

[AskMen]

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Can You Tell The Difference Between Lena Dunham’s Dog And her Jewish Boyfriend?

Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff
Jamie McCarthy—Getty Images Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff attend the "Girls" season four series premiere after party at The Museum of Natural History in New York City on Jan. 5, 2015.

Readers are divided over whether Dunham's quiz is funny or just plain offensive

Writing in The New Yorker this week, Lena Dunham asked readers to guess whether a number of statements apply to a) her dog or b) her Jewish boyfriend. While some have criticized Dunham for perpetuating tired stereotypes, others have been tweeting it, praising Dunham’s sense of humor.

Read some of her statements below and decide for yourself:

– We love to spend hours in bed together on Sunday mornings

– He’s crazy for cream cheese

– I feel that he is judgmental about the food I serve him. When I make something from scratch, he doesn’t want to eat it, but he also rejects most store-bought dinners.

Read the rest here.

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Zayn Malik Speaks Out About Leaving One Direction

Singer Zayn Malik of One Direction at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Nov. 23, 2014.
Jason Merritt—Getty Images Singer Zayn Malik of One Direction at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Nov. 23, 2014.

"I feel like I'm doing what's right"

Zayn Malik admits that even he was surprised by the worldwide reaction to his announcement that he was leaving One Direction.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper in the U.K. on Friday, the 22-year-old said that the past week – which saw him leave the band’s tour, return home to London and subsequently quit the band – has left him “feeling quite interesting.”

But he doesn’t regret making the decision to walk away from the biggest boy band in the world.

“It is crazy and wild and a bit mad,” he admitted in an interview conducted Thursday. “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.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Read a Poem at Richard III’s Reburial

The actor is also a distant relative of King Richard III, who died 530 years ago

Was ever a crowd in this humor wooed?

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch read a poem Thursday to the somber group that gathered for the reburial of King Richard III.

The poem was written by British Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy to commemorate the event in honor of the last British King to die in battle, whose remains were rediscovered beneath a parking lot in 2012. King Richard III was given a ceremonious burial more than 500 years after he fell fighting Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth.

Cumberbatch, who is a distant cousin of Richard III, is set to play the monarch in BBC’s The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses set for next year.

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Listen to Rihanna Collect Her Debt on a Swaggering New Single

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The singer follows up the light and lovely "FourFiveSeconds" with the woozy urban banger "Bitch Better Have My Money"

Even in relatively quiet years, Rihanna casts a wide shadow over the world of pop music. The depth of her catalogue of hits is almost unrivaled, with 26 landing in the top 10 in the last decade alone, and she’s sharpened the tools she uses to create them to the finest possible points: a voice that’s flexible enough to fit into any genre, a preternatural sense for sounds and trends ready for a bigger stage, and a devil-may-care je ne sais quoi that resonates with young people in a way many of her contemporaries can’t manage. She’s been dangling her upcoming eighth studio album, widely known as R8, above the heads of fans and label executives for about a year at this point, and she’s just premiered the second single, “Bitch Better Have My Money,” on radio stations across America.

It’s a world away from the gospel-tinged campfire folk of the album’s first single, Kanye West/Paul McCartney collaboration “FourFiveSeconds.” This one is hypnotic, thudding, and confident, but the core’s the same: her voice, which seems to be reaching new heights. Here she’s strident and percussive, hammering out the hook with abandon; it’s surely only a matter of time until Vine’s littered with inspired, barking debt collectors. R8 is on the horizon.

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Watch Cate Blanchett Drop the F-Bomb in a Cinderella Interview

"Seriously, that's your f**king question?"

Cate Blanchett, one of the stars of the new Cinderella, recently turned the airwaves blue in a highly unorthodox interview about the movie that aired in Australia.

First, Channel Ten’s Jonathan Hyla said he’d planned to add alcohol to the mix: “I was going to bring like a six pack of beer. You seem like the type of person that we should just crack open a beer and just have a chat,” he says to Blanchett.

To which she responds: “This date is not going well, I do not drink beer.” But she goes on to suggest potato vodka might help on a hypothetical date.

After a bit of flirtatious banter, the two eventually agree to “start over” and reintroduce themselves to each other. But Blanchett can’t keep a straight face when Hyla asks about how she wrangles a cat on a leash in the film.

“I tried to put my girlfriend’s cat on a leash, and it just never works for me,” Hyla says. Blanchett fires back, “Seriously, that’s your f**king question?”

Here’s the full clip:

Correction: The original version of this story relied on an incomplete version of the video to report Cate Blanchett’s comments. The post has been updated to include the full video.

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Chelsea Handler Says Bill Cosby Once Tried to ‘Cosby’ Her

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Michael Tran—FilmMagic Chelsea Handler arrives at a screening of Orange Is the New Black held at DGA Theater in Los Angeles on Aug. 4, 2014

Chelsea Handler has turned Bill Cosby’s name into a verb, stating in her recent Esquire interview that the comedian once tried to “Cosby” her.

As more and more women continue to come forward with accusations of sexual assault against Cosby, Handler says she has no doubts “he’s guilty,” pointing to a past incident with the comedian a decade ago in an Atlantic City hotel.

She and Cosby were both doing stand-up routines at the hotel and she was asked to go back to Cosby’s hotel suite. “And I thought, That’s really weird. And I said, ‘That’s really weird. I don’t want to go alone.’ I go, ‘I don’t know him,’ ” Handler said.

She had three men with her at the time who were filming her and was grateful to have them along. “I brought them up with me to his room and thank God I did, because now I know what would’ve happened if I went up there alone.”

Handler didn’t remember the incident until a friend recently brought it to her attention. “I was like, I didn’t even think of it. Then my friend texted me the other day saying, ‘Do you remember that night we went up to, or that afternoon we went up to Bill Cosby’s and you were so freaked out you made us come with you?’ And I said, Yeah, and he said, ‘Hello! You could’ve been one of his victims if we weren’t there.’ And I went, “Oh my gosh.'”

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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