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Jennifer Lawrence’s Class Clown Moments Caught on Film

Jennifer Lawrence was seen face-palming Emma Watson at the Christian Dior fashion show in Paris Monday, but this is only her most recent incident of goofing off in front of the camera

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Watch Jimmy Fallon Channel His Inner Neil Young

Crosby, Stills, Nash.... and Fallon?

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The Tonight Show played host to an epic reunion Monday, with the appearance of Crosby, Stills, Nash and a certain Jimmy Fallon standing in for Neil Young.

The quartet performed a rendition of Iggy Azelea’s song Fancy with Fallon donning a long wig, hat and guitar.

This isn’t the first time Fallon has inexplicably covered a random song dressed as Neil Young. The host has a habit of dressing up as the singer, with his most famous cover being the theme tune to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

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The Tao of Ja: 10 Things We Learned From Reading Ja Rule’s New Book

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The rapper talks to TIME about the surprising personal facts he reveals in his memoir

Most of us know Ja Rule as the rapper who dominated the airwaves in the early 2000s with a steady succession of hit songs. (“Murder, Inc!”) But in his new memoir, titled Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man, the rapper sets out to paint a more complete picture of himself. In the book, on shelves now, Ja Rule (born Jeffrey Atkins) reflects on his past struggles with a difficult adolescence in New York City and everything that followed, from breakout success and destructive rivalries to fatherhood and a two-year prison sentence.

Unruly also reveals a few lesser-known tidbits about the rapper, who sat down with TIME to offer some insight about each of these surprising facts.

1. He grew up Jehovah’s Witness

He lived with his grandparents, who were Jehovah’s Witnesses, from age 6 to 12, attending church regularly and going door-to-door to help seek new members. “It was a tough and very strict religion,” Ja says. “No birthdays, no holidays, no Christmas. That type of stuff is tough on a kid, especially when everyone around you is celebrating those days, and you’re trying to figure out why we don’t get to celebrate too. For a lot of years I just thought my grandparents were cheap.”

2. He lost his virginity at 10 or 11

He can’t remember which one exactly — but he knows it made him more promiscuous at a young age. “Having your first taste, you know, like a vampire having your first taste of blood, is something you don’t want to stop. You want to continue.”

3. He originally wrote “Can I Get A…” and then agreed to let Jay Z have it

While Ja Rule still had a verse on the track, it went down in history as a Jay Z song. “At the time I felt like — maybe I am shorting myself, maybe if I would have kept it for myself, maybe my album would have sold three million copies,” he says. “That was a great moment for me though, because it really launched my career, that record.”

4. He started selling crack at 14

It was the easiest way he could find to make money, and he continued selling until he got a record deal with Def Jam in 1998. “I wanted to secure my career in music, and I knew if I got in trouble or got arrested, that probably wouldn’t happen. I kind of slowed down.”

5. He met his wife in 8th grade shop class

“I’ve known that woman for a long time. It’s good to meet your soulmate, so to speak, at an early age, and go through life together, growing together. I watched her grow up, she watched me grow up.”

6. He grew up in Hollis, Queens — the same place as Run-D.M.C.

“They were a big influence on my life and my rhymes. They were guys who were from my backyard. To see them go out there and make it, it gave me the feeling that I could make it too.”

7. He has a tattoo dedicated to his baby sister, who died in the womb

It says “Kristen,” which is the name his mom gave her. “I’m an only child, so I always wonder what it would be like to have a brother or sister, and that was my only shot at it,” Ja says. “I think about it a lot, as I watch my kids grow and see that camaraderie and bond that they have. I wish I would have been able to have that with a sibling, but it wasn’t meant to be.”

8. He once stayed in one of Saddam Hussein’s hunting lodges

Ja Rule performed in Iraq as part of a USO tour, spending time at a U.S. Army base. “After they killed Saddam, they took over all of his properties. They had me stay at his hunting lodge and it said Property of the United States.”

9. Ever since he met Jay Z, he writes his rhymes in his head

When Ja Rule was first breaking into the music scene, he met Jay Z in a recording studio and noticed that Jay had no pen or paper nearby. He’d simply stored all his lyrics in his head. Ja decided to start using that technique too. “That’s when I really learned to hone my craft as an emcee,” he says. “It put me [at] one with the music.”

10. He’s only nine years old

Well, sort of. He was born on February 29th on a leap year. “Yeah, I’m nine. I love that that. I call myself Benjamin Button. Everyone gets older, I get younger.”

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Watch Tom Hanks Dance to Montell Jordan, as Recorded by Justin Bieber

This is how we do it.

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Tom Hanks in a yarmulke, dancing and singing This Is How We Do It. Not something you thought you’d see? Well, then thank Justin Beiber.

The pint-sized Canadian pop star posted the video to his Instagram account Monday, while attending the wedding of his manager Scooter Braun and Yael Cohen.

The video shows Hanks dressed in a yarmulke and tallit, rocking out with the wedding band to Montell Jordan’s 1995 hit. Bieber posted more photo and video from the event, along with other guests including Ed Sheeran, Christina Perri and Carly Rae Jepsen.

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Actress Emma Watson Named U.N. Goodwill Ambassador

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Hermione would approve

British actress Emma Watson is the new Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N.’s gender-equality arm, U.N. Women, the organization announced Monday.

The Harry Potter alumna and recent graduate of Brown University is the first ambassador appointed under the leadership of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Under Secretary-General and executive director of U.N. Women.

“Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting,” Watson, who will work on the organization’s women’s-empowerment campaign, HeForShe, said in a statement.

Mlambo-Ngcuka said Watson’s “intellect and passion” as well as her experience promoting girls’ education in countries such as Bangladesh and Zambia will help the organization spread its messages around the world.

“I still have so much to learn, but as I progress I hope to bring more of my individual knowledge, experience and awareness to this role,” Watson said.

 

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Is This Thing On? Why Social Media Keeps Taking Down Media Celebs

Radio shock jocks Greg "Opie" Hughes, left, and Anthony Cumia, right, leave CBS Radio studios on 57th Street with fans after finishing their first morning show, in New York. Cumia of the "Opie & Anthony" radio show on April 26, 2006.
Radio shock jocks Greg "Opie" Hughes, left, and Anthony Cumia, right, leave CBS Radio studios on 57th Street with fans after finishing their first morning show, in New York. Cumia of the "Opie & Anthony" radio show on April 26, 2006. Louis Lanzano—AP

It isn't censorship that does in stars like Anthony Cumia. It's a weird combination of entitlement and naivete about how media works now.

You would think that the rise of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social-media platforms would be an unmitigated good for media celebrities. They are, whatever their expertise or specialty, people in the business of saying stuff, and suddenly here are all these new platforms for stuff-saying! Heaven, I call it, pure Heaven!

Indeed for many TV and radio personalities, these new outlets are a force multiplier, a way of projecting their brand into even more corners of the public consciousness. But for a few–Alec Baldwin, say–social media is less like a megaphone than an electric radio perched precariously at the edge of a bathtub, a constant invitation to instant self-Twimmolation.

In June, Man vs. Food host Adam Richman got into a curse-filled fight after an Instagram user complained that he hashtagged a weight-loss photo #Thinspiration, a tag that’s been popularized in pro-anorexia circles; the Travel Channel cancelled his new show set to premiere in early July. And last week Opie and Anthony co-host Anthony Cumia was fired by Sirius XM radio for spewing a sewer gusher of vicious racial and sexist insults on Twitter after he said he was assaulted by a black woman whose picture he took on the street in Times Square.

Richman apologized; Cumia not so much. And fans of both–as did fans of Paula Deen, Phil Robertson, and so on–cried free speech. Sorry, no. This is not a First Amendment violation; no government authority is hauling them off to jail or canceling their License to Be Famous. It is not “thought policing”: getting fired after publicly calling someone a “cunt,” as both Richman and Cumia did, is not like getting fired for questioning government policy on taxation. This is not censorship. It is a case of someone whose only job is to communicate in public doing so in such a dumb and ugly way that it is not worth it for his private employer to continue employing him.

What’s most baffling, in fact, is that this sort of thing keeps happening to people whose very job description involves talking into live microphones or otherwise living in public. There is something hypnotically dangerous about the always-on social media, especially for someone with enough followers that Twitter or Facebook amounts to a personal broadcast operation. It’s like standing on a skyscraper balcony: the views are commanding and exhilarating, but somewhere in the back of your head is the morbid thought that all you have to do is take one step forward and–whoosh!

Most people don’t, though. And for a media celebrity to expect to do it without repercussion requires a special combo of entitlement and naivete. Take Cumia’s complaint that he was “fired for shit that wasn’t even on the air & wasn’t illegal.” Right now Cumia has over 163,000 followers–that’s a cable-TV audience right there before you take into account retweets. There were negative repercussions–just as for years, as a professional shock jock, Cumia enjoyed the positive repercussions from his employer of walking up to an invisible line. It’s strange he should complain about being fired for crossing that line when the existence of a line is the only reason he has his career in the first place. It’s like a daredevil blaming the canyon he eventually crashes into.

But there’s another dimension to Richman and Cumia’s troubles, one that’s echoed in recent arguments over whether tweets should be quoted by journalists: the idea that behavior on social media, even if offensive, is not really public, not totally public, not public in a way that should cost someone a job. Social media posts are public–if you don’t use the options provided for making them private–but I can understand this complaint when it comes from someone who doesn’t do media for a living. From a radio or TV star, not so much. When you use media–be it on a major network or on your phone–to engage your audience and boost your career, you can’t decide that you only get to have the positive effects of it (say, posting a photo with your black friend after a racial controversy).

People get angry; people make mistakes; I get that. As I’ve said before, if we demand a career death penalty for every interesting but volatile personality, we are demanding a more boring world. But not everyone calls strangers the c-word in public–and someone who works in media for a living has less excuse than anyone not to understand this. The great thing about having smartphones everywhere is that everyone can be their own cameraman and publicist. But it also means that all celebrities are now their own paparazzi.

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Celine Dion Meets ‘All By Myself’ Airport Video Star

...And he was probably lip-syncing from his seat at her Las Vegas show

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Richard Dunn isn’t all by himself anymore — the star of the viral lip-syncing video featuring Celine Dion’s “All By Myself” finally met the singer herself.

After Dunn’s video went viral, Dion made a video in response, commenting on the “hilarious” and “touching” video. She also invited him to her show, saying, “But next time, you know, you’re stuck all by yourself at Las Vegas airport for hours and hours, please be my guest at my show.”

Dunn took her up on the offer on the July 4 weekend, with his family in tow.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime memory I never thought would happen but will last forever,” he told the Las Vegas Sun.

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Solange Brushes Off Elevator Smackdown with Jay Z

Solange attends the Gucci beauty launch event hosted by Frida Giannini on June 4, 2014 in New York City.
Solange attends the Gucci beauty launch event hosted by Frida Giannini on June 4, 2014 in New York City. Andrew H. Walker—Gucci/Getty Images

She refers to the attack as "that thing"

Singer Solange Knowles has apparently kissed and made up with Jay Z after “that thing” when she attacked her brother-in-law in an elevator, an interview with Lucky magazine suggests.

“What’s important is that my family and I are all good,” she told Lucky. “What we had to say collectively was in the statement that we put out, and we all feel at peace with that.”

The incident took place at the Met Gala after-party, in the elevator of The Standard hotel in New York City. Leaked security footage shows Solange attacking Jay Z while her sister Beyoncé stands by. Solange had to be restrained by a bodyguard.

A few days later, the family released a joint statement saying: “Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family.”

[Lucky]

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Mel Gibson on Gary Oldman Controversy: ‘These Things Happen’

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Mel Gibson at he opening ceremony of the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) on July 4, 2014 in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. Matej Divizna—Getty Images

Gibson would know

Actor Mel Gibson has shrugged off the recent controversy that enveloped fellow actor Gary Oldman, saying “these things happen” and adding that he considers the Dark Knight star a “good guy.”

During a recent interview with Variety, Gibson said he hadn’t been aware of Oldman’s notorious Playboy interview. The British actor apologized last month for the June interview in which he railed against political correctness in Hollywood and claimed Gibson was a victim of hypocrisy:

“Mel Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him—and doesn’t need to feed him anymore because he’s got enough dough. He’s like an outcast, a leper, you know? But some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn’t turned and said, “That f—ing kraut” or “F— those Germans,” whatever it is? We all hide and try to be so politically correct.”

Gibson made anti-Semitic remarks to a police officer in 2006 after he was arrested for driving under the influence. When informed about Oldman’s interview, Gibson said he had “nothing much to say” about it, before adding: “He’s fantastic. I know him. He’s a good dude.”

Oldman said on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that his comments were “poorly considered” and that his choice of words was “offensive, insensitive, pernicious and ill-informed.”

[Variety]

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After Pregnancy Tweet, Lea Michele’s Publicist Says Her Twitter Account Hacked

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Lea Michele on Friday became the second Glee star to have her Twitter account hacked in as many days.

“Before this gets out to the media, I would like to announce to my fans that I am pregnant #BabyBoy,” read a message posted on her Twitter account. But Michele was hacked, the 27-year-old’s publicist confirmed to TIME. The publicist, however, did not touch upon the pregnancy question.

Michele’s tweet was met with skepticism by many after another Glee star, Chris Colfer, appeared on Thursday to tweet that he had been fired from the popular FOX show. But the show’s producers also said that Colfer was a hacking victim.

“We’ve been alerted that Chris Colfer’s Twitter account has been hacked,” read a statement to TIME from 20th Century Fox Television. “Rumors of his dismissal from Glee could not be further from the truth. We love Chris and look forward to working with him again this season.”

 

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