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See the Best Red Carpet Moments From the 2014 Emmys

Watch as Christina Hendricks, Laverne Cox and other celebrities arrive on the red carpet throughout the night

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See Who Wore What at the 2014 VMAs

Including Katy Perry's "ode to Britney and Justin"

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Dressing up is half the fun with any awards show, and the Video Music Awards are no exception. As always, big stars posed on the red carpet to show off their newest looks.

In their coverage of the event, People highlighted Taylor Swift’s choice of a Mary Katrantzou romper/unitard, and rapper Iggy Azalea’s cutout Atelier Versace gown. Meanwhile, Katy Perry’s floor-length denim dress was an “ode to Britney and Justin”–the same outfit that Britney Spears wore to the 2001 VMAs when she was still dating Justin Timberlake. Talk about a serious throwback.

[People]

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Nicki Minaj Apparently Had Big Dreams as a Little Girl, But They Did Not Involve Rapping

Funny how life works out, isn't it?

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Many young girls can only dream of the type of superstardom Nicki Minaj enjoys: fame, fortune, unlimited access to wigs, unlimited access to Drake, etc.

But before she was Nicki Minaj, she was Onika Maraj — just a normal girl attending P.S. 45 in Queens, New York. The video above, which surfaced on Reddit, shows young Onika discussing her hopes and dreams. And let us assure you: they do not involve wigs or Drake at all!

Instead, she says she aspires to be a nurse, so she can help people less fortunate than herself.

Real talk: there’s very little information about where this video comes from, but it sure seems like Nicki — even without that goofy Barbie voice.

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See Photos of Celebrities on the Red Carpet at the 2014 VMAs

Watch as Taylor Swift, Kesha and other celebrities arrive on the red carpet throughout the night

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See Richard Attenborough’s Career in Photos

From Gandhi to Jurassic Park, take a look back at the career of the Oscar award winning actor and director, who died Sunday at age 90

The acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director of 1982’s Gandhi was called “one of the greats of cinema” by British PM David Cameron. Take a look back at some moment’s in his career that has spanned 60 years.

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Actor-Director Richard Attenborough Dies at 90

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LONDON (AP) — Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, has died. He was 90.

The actor’s son, Michael Attenborough told the BBC that his father died Sunday. He had been in poor health for some time.

Prime Minister David Cameron issued a statement calling Attenborough “one of the greats of cinema.”

“His acting in ‘Brighton Rock’ was brilliant, his directing of ‘Gandhi’ was stunning,” Cameron said.

Attenborough won an Academy Award for best director with “Gandhi” in 1982, only one of many highlights of a distinguished career as actor and director.

With his abundant snow-white hair and beard, Attenborough was one of the most familiar faces on the British arts scene — universally known as “Dickie.”

He appeared in a many major Hollywood films, directed a series of movies and was known for his extensive work as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and other humanitarian causes.

As a director, Attenborough made several successful movies, from “Oh What a Lovely War” in 1969 to “Chaplin” and “Shadowlands” in the 1990s. But his greatest success was “Gandhi,” a film that was 20 years in the planning and won eight Oscars, including best picture.

The generation that was introduced to Attenborough as an avuncular veteran actor in the 1990s — when he played the failed theme park developer in “Jurassic Park” and Kriss Kringle in a remake of “Miracle on 34th Street” — may not have appreciated his dramatic range.

A small, energetic man with a round face that remained boyish even in old age, he was perfectly cast at the start of his career as the young sailor or airman of British movies during and after World War II.

In his 1942 film debut as a terrified warship’s crewman in “In Which We Serve,” a 19-year-old Attenborough made a small part into one of the most memorable roles in the movie, which won the Best Picture Oscar.

In 1947, Attenborough gave one of the best performances of his career as the menacing teenage thug Pinkie in “Brighton Rock,” the film version of Graham Greene’s novel.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila Sim, their son and a daughter.

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Rap Mogul Suge Knight Shot in L.A. Night Club

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Music producer Suge Knight in Los Angeles, March 30, 2013. Michael Bezjian—WireImage/Getty Images

Knight has been in his share of East Coast v. West Coast rap feuds, but the reason for the shooting remained unknown Sunday

Rap entrepreneur Marion “Suge” Knight was shot early Sunday in a crowded night club but is expected to survive, Los Angeles police said.

Knight, who is the founder of the influential Death Row Records and who helped steer Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg to success, was one of three club patrons struck by gunfire around 1:30 a.m. at the 1OAK nightclub on West Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard, the Associated Press reports.

The two other victims, a man and a woman, were being treated at local hospitals and also expected to survive.

The shooting occurred the night before MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday evening in Inglewood. MTV said the party was not affiliated with its awards event.

The R&B star Chris Brown co-hosted the party at the nightclub with Pia Mia and was inside the club at the time of the shooting, but wasn’t hit by gunfire.

Knight has been engaged in a rap feud with East Coast artists over the past two decades and has been in and out of jail due to related parole violations and physical attacks.

[AP]

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Watch Robin Williams Hilariously Explain How He Was So Good at Improv

In 2001, Robin Williams explained his hilarious improv by doing seven minutes of hilarious improv

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Robin Williams’ improvisational style—effervescent, manic, freewheeling—was greatly admired among his fellow comedians and adored by audiences. He brought an exuberant energy to the stage and invented characters with a lightning quickness. But how did he do it? What was his trick?

In a session on Inside the Actor’s Studio in June 2001, host James Lipton asked Williams what makes his gift come to life.

“Are you thinking faster than the rest of us?” says Lipton. “What the hell is going on?”

Williams launches into a seven-minute improvisational schtick, playing characters from an Amish prisoner to Kung-Fu master, to an automobile at a car wash, to an Oedipal psychotherapist’s patient. It’s less of an explanation of his talents than a full-throated demonstration of them, and it’s hilarious and wonderful.

“That’s as close as I could explain,” says Williams.

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Taylor Swift Finally Explains Why She’s a Feminist and How Lena Dunham Helped

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Taylor Swift and Lena Dunham at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10, 2013 in Los Angeles. Kevin Mazur—WireImage/Getty Images

"Becoming friends with Lena... has made me realize that I’ve been taking a feminist stance without actually saying so."

Taylor Swift’s stance on feminism has been hotly discussed since early in her career: her lyrics and persona have been scrupulously analyzed for evidence (or lack thereof) of an incipient feminist vein. When asked in a 2012 interview with the Daily Beast whether she was a feminist, Swift answered, somewhat evasively, “I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life.”

Well, the debate over whether one of our era’s most renowned pop stars identifies as a feminist appears to have finally been put to rest.

“As a teenager, I didn’t understand that saying you’re a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities,” Swift said in an interview with the Guardian. “What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men. And now, I think a lot of girls have had a feminist awakening because they understand what the word means. For so long it’s been made to seem like something where you’d picket against the opposite sex, whereas it’s not about that at all.”

In fact, it’s Swift’s friendship with the indefatigable Lena Dunham that appears to have swayed her view. According to the Guardian, Dunham and Swift became friends when the creator of Girls sent the pop singer a direct message over Twitter that said “Can we be friends please?” Things pretty much went naturally from then on.

“Becoming friends with Lena – without her preaching to me, but just seeing why she believes what she believes, why she says what she says, why she stands for what she stands for – has made me realize that I’ve been taking a feminist stance without actually saying so,” Swift said.

[Guardian]

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Pound the Alarm! Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ Video Breaks Record

It came in like a "wrecking ball" (and demolished "Wrecking Ball")

It’s quite an ass-essment: the music video website Vevo has announced that Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” got 19.6 million views in a day, setting a new record for the most views in 24 hours. The previous record, 12.3 million, was held by Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball.”

As The Wrap points out, this isn’t Minaj’s first Vevo record: “The rapper previously set Vevo’s most-watched record, twice — her collaboration with Justin Bieber for “Beauty and a Beat” received 10.6 million views in October 2012, and “Stupid Hoe” got 4.8 million viewers in January 2012.”

Minaj will be performing “Anaconda” at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 24 — and if the reports are true, Minaj and Cyrus could be sitting next to each other at the event, so now they’ll have something to talk about. That said, it could get real awkward real quick — especially in light of Cyrus’s spoof of the “Anaconda” cover art.

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