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Kourtney Kardashian Welcomes a Son

Kourtney Kardashian in West Hollywood, Calif., Oct. 23, 2014.
Kourtney Kardashian in West Hollywood, Calif., Oct. 23, 2014. Jason Merritt—Getty Images for De Re Gallery

The same day that son Mason Dash turned 5

Kourtney Kardashian just gave her son a pretty great birthday gift: a little brother!

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star and Scott Disick welcomed their third child, a boy, on Sunday, Dec. 14, PEOPLE confirms — the same day their son Mason Dash turned 5.

The new baby also joins big sister Penelope Scotland, 2.

Kardashian, 35, revealed she was having a boy on last week’s episode of Kourtney and Khloé Take the Hamptons on E!

As for Mason, he still got a special birthday celebration. His famous family, including aunts Khloé Kardashian and Kendall Jenner, threw him an early Nightmare Before Christmas-themed bash in November.

– Michele Corriston with reporting by Jennifer Garcia

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Bill Cosby Briefly Breaks His Silence

Bill Cosby during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington. ON NOV. 6, 2014.
Bill Cosby during an interview about the upcoming exhibit "Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue," at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington D.C. on Nov. 6, 2014 Evan Vucci—AP

He explains why he hasn't responded sex assault allegations

Over the past four weeks, multiple women have come forward claiming Bill Cosby drugged and/or sexually assaulted them. But the comedian hasn’t issued any sort of response to these claims—because, predictably, his lawyers don’t want him to. “They don’t want me talking to the media,” Cosby said in a brief phone interview with Page Six Friday.

In that interview, the comedian did briefly touch on the accusations, albeit vaguely: “Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism, and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind,” he told Page Six.

This isn’t the first time Cosby’s had some words for the media—in November, he told Florida Today that people need to “fact check.”

“I know people are tired of me not saying anything,” he told the newspaper. “People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Aaron Sorkin Defends Amy Pascal in Sony Hack

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Writer Aaron Sorkin attends the premiere of "The Newsroom" at DGA Theater on November 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Jason LaVeris—FilmMagic

The director of The Social Network stands by the beleaguered Pascal

Aaron Sorkin, George Clooney and others in Hollywood have voiced support for Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal in the wake of a devastating cyber attack on her studio.

Pascal has faced a series of humiliating revelations in recent weeks as internal company emails were dumped online after a massive hack against Sony. Pascal and producer Scott Rudin exchanged racially insensitive emails about President Barack Obama, for which she has since apologized, and Sony has been accused of poorly securing its data.

Sorkin, who wrote The Social Network (2010) and the upcoming Jobs told The Hollywood Reporter that Pascal’s apology was sincere.

“Amy knows more than a lot of people what it’s like to battle stereotypes. She’s a woman at a large corporation who worked her way from assistant to the chairman’s office,” Sorkin said. “Amy would rather cut off her own hand than intentionally hurt someone.”

George Clooney and Creative Artists Agency partner Bryan Lourd have privately expressed support for Pascal, according to the Reporter. Seth Rogen said to an audience at the premiere of The Interview on December 11, “I’d like to thank Amy Pascal for having the balls to make this movie.”

MORE: Who is Amy Pascal?

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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Celebrate Taylor Swift’s Birthday With 25 Instagrams in 25 Seconds

Her new album, 1989, was named for the year of her birth

Taylor Swift loves the No. 13, and not just because it’s lucky—she also was born on Dec. 13 in 1989, the year that inspired the name of her new album. Because the “Blank Space” singer turns an iconic age Saturday—Taylor Swift is now a quarter-century old even if she’s feeling 22—TIME went through her Instagram to find her most iconic snapshots, from award shows and arena shows to quiet moments of down time.

Considering all the famous friends who show up in her Instagram—Ed Sheeran, Lorde, Ariana Grande—she’ll no doubt celebrate her birthday in “Style.”

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What Could Beyoncé and Taylor Swift Be Talking About in This Photo?

The two pop stars crossed paths Friday

Pop music’s two biggest stars—the only two musicians to have graced TIME‘s cover in 2014—met up Friday at Billboard‘s Women in Music event. It’s not the first time Beyoncé and Taylor Swift have interacted—remember the Kanye West incident at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards?—but it’s rare that such pop powerhouses are in the same room, let alone taking a moment to catch up.

Allow us to speculate about what they could have talked about:

  • Taylor was thanking Beyoncé for releasing her surprise album on her birthday, because what do you get for the girl who has everything? Try 17 new Beyoncé videos.
  • They were having a thoughtful debate about Spotify and their respective decisions to leave it and embrace it.
  • Beyoncé recently watched The Fault in Our Stars and wanted to know what Taylor and John Green talked about the other day.
  • They were discussing the “7/11″ video. “Wait, so it’s not about the convenience store chain?” Taylor asks. “Also, spinning on one foot with my hands up is really hard.”

Read next: This Is How the Internet Talks About Beyoncé and Taylor Swift

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Lindsay Lohan Just Released an App Called ‘The Price of Fame’

Look out, Kim Kardashian!

Lindsay Lohan has teamed up with Space Inch game developers to get her own piece of Kim Kardashian’s Hollywood by releasing her own app, Lindsay Lohan’s Price of Fame.

According to a press release, the game is “designed as a parody on celebrity culture and paparazzi,” which reveals that La Lohan is now self-aware enough to poke fun at her own place in pop culture. Much like Kardashian’s wildly successful celebrity culture app, Lindsay Lohan’s Price of Fame lets players act like world famous professional celebrities by creating an avatar that can purchase outfits, accessories, toys and even pets.

“I love this game and am happy to be part of it. It’s so much fun!” said Lohan, who recently filed a lawsuit against the makers of Grand Theft Auto for allegedly incorporating her likeness into the game. She will undoubtedly love Lindsay Lohan’s Price of Fame even more if the game earns even a fraction of what Kardashian’s app has brought in. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is estimated to bring in $200 million annually, with $85 million of that reportedly going to Ms. Kardashian herself.

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Who Is Amy Pascal? Meet the Exec Tangled Up in Sony’s Leaked Emails

The Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment has been the executive behind successful movies like Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty

Sony executive Amy Pascal found herself in the headlines this week after her company was hit by hackers, exposing emails ranging from racially insensitive exchanges about President Obama to reports that she served as an intermediary between the company’s brass and Seth Rogen in toning down Kim Jong-un’s death scene in The Interview (though Rogen has thanked Pascal for having “the balls” to make the movie at its Thursday premiere).

Though Pascal’s name may be unfamiliar to some readers, her films surely are not: she’s overseen major blockbusters from When Harry Met Sally to The Da Vinci Code.

Pascal is currently the Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group, the division responsible for the company’s film production. Alongside Michael Lynton, she’s also co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), the umbrella over the Motion Picture Group, the Television Group, Networks and other operations. Lynton is CEO of SPE, and as such is Pascal’s boss.

Pascal began her career as a Hollywood secretary and soon climbed the ranks to become Vice President of Production at 20th Century Fox. She joined Columbia Pictures, a division of SPE, in 1988, overseeing movies like Groundhog Day and A League of Their Own. She left in 1994 to become President of Production at Turner Pictures, but returned to Columbia two years later as President. She was promoted to Chairman of SPE’s Motion Picture Group in 2003, and became Co-Chairman of SPE in 2006.

Pascal and Lynton have had a fruitful relationship as business partners, with Pascal acting as the intuitive pro at picking scripts likely to succeed and Lynton functioning as her business-minded counterpart. According to a 2009 New York Times story, Lynton couldn’t fathom Superbad becoming a profitable film when he read the script, but since it wasn’t very high-budget, Pascal was able to convince him they should take it on. It was a good bet: the movie cost only $18 million to make, but yielded $120 million at the domestic box office.

Though Pascal engaged in racially inappropriate emails with producer Scott Rudin (for which Pascal apologized), speculating on President Obama’s taste in films with African-American narratives, she’s been a generous donor to Obama and other Democrats.

Pascal is on Forbes’ 50 Most Powerful Women list and was elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors last year.

Read next: Hackers Sent Sony Employees a Terrifying New Message

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Beyoncé, One Year Later: What Have We Learned?

Beyoncé and Jay Z
Beyoncé and Jay Z Mason Poole—Invision for Parkwood Entertainment

An album about marriage and hard work still holds up despite the headlines and gossip, one year later

When you’re making awkward small talk at your company holiday, consider this conversation starter: “Where were you when the Beyoncé album came out one year ago?” On Dec. 13, were you already asleep, waking up to your phone buzzing with texts and tweets? Were you in the middle of recapping Scandal? Anybody with a passing interest in pop culture has a story about that time, and Beyoncé knows it — as she boasts on Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint track “Feelin’ Myself,” “Changed the game with the digital drop / know where you was when that digital popped / I stopped the world / male or female it make no difference.” If you do find yourself talking to someone who claims he or she couldn’t care less, maybe excuse yourself and pretend you need to hit the snack table.

Beyoncé’s The Pinkprint reminder comes at a good time, and not just because she’s celebrating her surprise album’s anniversary. With Taylor Swift covering magazines, selling records like crazy and ditching Spotify, it’s easy to forget that one of the biggest music stories of the year technically happened in 2013 — and was felt for months after, especially as her personal life made headlines.

Beyoncé’s little surprise defied a major norm of releasing an album in today, which is waiting. It’s not unusual for pop albums to have dragging promotional cycles and require several singles before building enough momentum to secure a release date. (“Fancy,” which propelled Iggy Azalea to the top of the charts, was the fourth single in a year to come in advance of her album The New Classic, though Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime show and HBO documentary helped whet appetites for her music earlier in 2013.) Considering how common advanced streams and album leaks are, new records are also often fractured experiences: it’s rare that fans can simultaneously react to new music on the scale they did with Beyoncé.

The industry ramifications were immediately apparent after Beyoncé sold 430,000 copies in 24 hours and went platinum by its third week. A surprise release with 17 music videos generates publicity for its novelty, but it’s also a savvy move for quality artists who dislike how much weight is given to that first big single — and how much of an album’s narrative is shaped by it. Beyoncé doesn’t have as hard a time putting out an album as, say, Ciara, but even “Run the World (Girls)” only peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 after mixed reviews — not exactly an auspicious sign for an album that ultimately gave the world “Love on Top” and “Countdown.”

But Beyoncé was a landmark release for Beyoncé the artist and Beyoncé the person, too, not just Beyoncé the businesswoman. After years of releasing the kind of female empowerment anthems she’s championed since her Destiny’s Child days, she explored the grey areas of relationships with refreshing nuance and honest self-examination. After years of being tight-lipped about her relationship, she opened up about her marriage to Jay Z with considerable detail: she addressed their sex life (“Partition”), their daughter (“Blue”), petty fights (“Jealous”) and the rough patches: on the Drake collaboration “Mine” she sings, “Been having conversations about break-ups and separations / I’m not feeling like myself since the baby / are we gonna even make it?”

The answer to that last question seemed to be a resounding “Yes!” when the two announced in April their co-headlining On the Run Tour, which seemed like the ultimate way to flaunt their power-couple status while efficiently dealing with summer child care. (The On the Run Tour was like Take Your Child to Work Day but 20 times in a row — and for people who probably never have to work a day in their lives again.) Beyoncé reminded us that a successful marriage, like her massively successful career, requires hard work, and few pop stars embody a work ethic like Beyoncé’s — there’s a reason they sell inspirational coffee mugs that say “You have the same amount of hours in the day as Beyoncé.” Their marriage wasn’t without a few bumps here and there, but it was still a triumph.

But in the months that followed, the answer to the question she posed on “Mine” seemed less certain. Rumors of Jay Z cheating have been around for almost as long as Beyoncé has been singing about cheaters, but Solange’s elevator attack on Jay Z after the Met Gala prompted celebrity rubberneckers to speculate about their marital health. More serious rumors came later in the summer: a website that some deemed reputable for previously calling the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes split hinted in a blind item that a divorce was imminent; another source told the New York Post that emergency meetings with lawyers were the only things keeping the On the Run tour from going up in flames.

Because Beyoncé revealed so much of herself on this album compared to her other releases, I found it harder to keep the art and the artist separate. As divorce rumors swirled, they creeped into my headphones, and I found myself wondering this summer — get the Serial theme song ready — was an album that seemed to about celebrating marriage, flaws and all, actually about the end of one? Yes, marriage is hard work, but is letting go of one even harder?

This interpretation of the album isn’t necessarily spot-on, and it certainly doesn’t apply to every song. But for a handful of tracks on the album, this hypothetical perspective gives them a whole new meaning. There’s no denying that “Haunted” is about sex and lingering fantasy, but there’s little evidence in the lyrics that it’s about a happy, stable marriage — in fact, a line about “ghost in the sheets” hints more at dealing with some kind of loss than it does her sexual appetite. That sense of loss is also palpable on “XO,” which in months since its release has only seemed more urgent and wounded — it’s still a love song, but maybe the love song you’d write after everything nearly fell apart. “Mine” may not be ripped from her diary given its references to getting married and carried away, but the song’s hook — “I just wanna say you’re mine, you’re mine” — sounds resigned. Why can’t she say that he’s hers? What’s getting in the way?

Beyoncé certainly isn’t a conventional breakup album. She closes the album with a just-the-two-of-us ode to her daughter, but I don’t think its ending — Blue Ivy Carter literally asking where Daddy is — is a secret clue. (Besides, Beyoncé seemed to largely squash the chatter by bringing her family on stage during the MTV Video Music Awards and then renewing her vows with Jay Z in October.) But it’s a testament to Beyoncé that after believing I knew the album like the back of my hand, a new perspective offered a completely different — and equally rewarding — listening experience. Lyrics I had heard dozens of time popped out at me like they were new. Songs I thought were happy now bum me out. Surprising fans with a deeply personal album and 17 gorgeous music videos is impressive, but so is the fact that Beyoncé’s personal life could go south and the album’s messages would be just as relevant.

If you’re looking for Beyoncé’s next surprise, just listen a little closer — she may have already written it.

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Joan Rivers’ Will Leaves Money To Her Favorite Charities

Joan Rivers in New York in 2012.
Joan Rivers in New York in 2012. Jason Kempin—Getty Images

Her fortune has been estimated at $150 million

NEW YORK — Joan Rivers’ left her daughter, Melissa, in charge of her fortune and left money for some of her favorite charities, including Guide Dogs for the Blind, Jewish Guild Healthcare and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

According to Rivers’ 2014 will, which was filed in New York State Surrogate’s Court, the late comedian made Melissa Rivers her will’s executor with “the broadest and most absolute permissible direction” over a fortune that has been estimated as high as $150 million.

Other charities she singled out were the New York-based food pantry God’s Love We Deliver, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Jewish Home and Hospital Foundation in Manhattan.

Rivers died Sept. 4 at 81 of brain damage due to lack of oxygen. She’d stopped breathing during an endoscopy days earlier.

The late comedian asked that her business manager Michael D. Karlin and interior designer Robert Higdon be named co-executors of the living trust. Specifics of her assets and how they will be divided haven’t been disclosed.

Bequests were made to her assistants, Sabrina Lott and Jocelyn Pickett, her friend Scott Currie, and Rivers’ niece and nephew, Caroline Waxler and Andrew Waxler.

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Keira Knightley Is Expecting Her First Child

'The Imitation Game' - Opening Night Gala of 58th BFI London Film Festival
Keira Knightley attends a screening of 'The Imitation Game' in London, England on Oct. 8, 2014 Anadolu Agency—Getty Images

The actress is expecting not just a bountiful award season, but a child

Just a day after Keira Knightley nabbed two big acting nominations, the British star has more happy news: she is about three months pregnant.

Knightley, 29, is expecting her first child with husband James Righton, of the Klaxons, Page Six reports. The actress-singer couple married in France in spring 2013.

Knightley received a Best Supporting Actress nod from both the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes on Wednesday, for her role in The Imitation Game. The wartime drama picked up five Golden Globe nominations in total, including best motion picture.

[Page Six]

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