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Madonna Donates to Detroit After ‘Inspiring’ Visit

Madonna to return to film directing
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The pop icon is giving money to a boxing gym and a charter school in her troubled hometown

Madonna is donating money to support youth in her hometown of Detroit after being “inspired by the progress she’s witnessed thus far after a recent visit,” the pop star announced in a press release Tuesday.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will donate funding toward a new facility for Detroit’s Downtown Boxing Gym—where the kids, she says, have a 100% high school graduation rate—and the Detroit Achievement Academy charter school, which she’ll buy “new equipment, art and music supplies including speakers, iPods, iPads and Smart Boards for each classroom.”

Racked by years of decay and a faltering economy, Detroit is currently undergoing the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history. Madonna called this “the first phase of a long-term commitment” to invest in the Motor City.

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Shia LaBeouf Getting Treatment for Alcohol Abuse After Public Outbursts

A rep for the actor says he’s not in rehab but understands that his recent actions are part of a larger problem

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Actor Shia LaBeouf is voluntarily getting treatment for alcohol addiction after a string of public scenes, a spokesperson said Tuesday.

“He understands that these recent actions are a symptom of a larger health problem and he has taken the first of many necessary steps towards recovery,” a representative said.

The Transformers star says he has not checked into rehab but is getting help at a “celebrity-frequented” addiction treatment center in Hollywood, the NY Daily News reports.

LaBeouf was arrested in New York Thursday after an apparently drunken disruptive outburst at a Broadway performance. A week earlier, he was filmed in an altercation with a man outside a Manhattan strip club.

[NYDN]

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Susan Sarandon Wore Prosthetic Cankles for Tammy, and They Were Liberating

Susan Sarandon in Tammy
Susan Sarandon in 'Tammy' Michael Tackett / Warner Bros.

Playing a grandmother has its advantages, the actress tells TIME

Susan Sarandon knows that it can be risky for an actress to mess with her appearance. “If you’re a woman and you gain weight for a part and you look really terrible, the business is more concerned about hiring you than when a guy does it,” she tells TIME. “I mean, people do sometimes have a lack of imagination and just think, ‘Oh wow, she’s really changed.’”

But when Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone asked her to play McCarthy’s grandmother, Pearl, in their new road-trip comedy, Tammy (out July 2), Sarandon’s concern wasn’t that it was dangerous to go gray as a grandmother — even if, in reality, McCarthy is less than 25 years younger than she is. Sarandon did the math and decided the role was age-appropriate: if Pearl had her daughter as a teen mom, and her daughter was a teen mom too, the character of Tammy could easily be 30 — “I mean, [McCarthy]’s not playing 40; she looks about 4,” Sarandon jokes — and Pearl could still be younger than Sarandon, who’s about to be a grandmother in real life.

Sarandon’s bigger concern was whether how exaggerated the grandma-ness would be. If Pearl were all about facial hair, little glasses and a funny voice, she says, she worried the extras would distract viewers from the personhood of the character. When it became clear that McCarthy and Falcone had in mind to keep the character realistic, despite the crazy situations she gets into, Sarandon signed on. And the Pearl costume ended up relatively minimal, relying heavily on three sets of prosthetic “cankles,” for different degrees of the swollen ankles that figure into the movie’s plot; minimized eyebrows and eyelashes; peppercorns in her shoes for when the character’s feet were supposed to be hurting; and a grandma-approved wardrobe.

“If you put on a pair of baggy, high-waisted, under-your-breasts, elasticized jeans, it does change your outlook,” Sarandon says. “But she could be 70, and I’m almost 68. Pearl has just led a very aging, hard life and doesn’t have the advantage of my makeup and hair people.”

It’s not news that aging in the real world and aging in Hollywood are different, though both can be tough. For Sarandon, playing the former wasn’t all bad, as it meant that she didn’t have to waste any energy worrying about her appearance while she did her job. “It’s very liberating, actually, to not ever be looking at what you look like,” she says. “You hope that whenever you’re working your makeup and hair people are catching things and you don’t have to pay attention, but certainly I’m aware. I can’t help after all these years to be aware, if you’re being badly lit from above or if the camera is at your knee, but in this instance that helped everything.”

In the real world and in movies alike, Sarandon thinks it’s important to show people who are old enough to be grandparents doing more than sitting around at home. “You can’t suddenly just decide, Oh God, I’m old, because then you certainly are old. And age — I don’t want to say age is a number because that’s a really silly expression,” Sarandon says. “There are so many women who are my age and older who are so vital and engaged and creative and still working. That’s why all these young kids are having problems in the workplace, because people are not retiring.”

And that means showing those people who have a lack of imagination that playing a gray-haired grandmother doesn’t mean an actress is looking for “old lady” parts — and it certainly doesn’t mean wearing grandma pants forever. “I’m very aware,” Sarandon says, “that I’m glamming it up for the premiere.”

 

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Neil Patrick Harris Smooched Josh Radnor During Hedwig Performance

Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER.
Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. Richard Cartwright—CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

It was a legen — wait for it — dary kiss

How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor shared a special moment with former cast-mate Neil Patrick Harris while attending a recent performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the Broadway musical in which Harris currently stars.

“He came out in the audience during ‘Sugar Daddy’ and planted a big kiss on my forehead, which humiliated me and also made me very happy,” said Radnor, who this year is starring in plays The Babylon Line and Disgraced, in an interview with Broadway.com.

Now that his long-running CBS show is over, Radnor says he’s thinking about following Harris’ lead and returning to his musical roots. “I did a benefit of She Loves Me a couple years ago with Kelli O’Hara, and I would love to do a production of that,” he said. “We’re talking about it a little bit, but there’s nothing set. I started off in musicals, and I still thing it’s the most adrenaline-producing, fun thing.”

[Broadway.com]

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Beyoncé Tops Forbes’ Celebrity 100 List

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Kevin Mazur—2014 Kevin Mazur

The singer has climbed from number 4 to number 1. Bow down!

Queen B’s reign over the entertainment industry remains unchallenged.

Beyoncé has climbed to the number 1 position on Forbes’ new Celebrity 100 list unveiled Monday, pushing down Oprah Winfrey, last year’s champ, to the fourth place. On the current list, Bey is followed by LeBron James, Dr. Dre, Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres.

Forbes compiles the list by aggregating factors such as nominees’ yearly earnings, presence on social media, and the number of times they were mentioned in print, on TV or on the radio. For the first time this year, the magazine also took into consideration each celebrity’s “impact ranking”— a number that designates the “degree of impact each celebrity has had on the entertainment industry and our culture overall during the prior year.” The time frame for this year’s list was June 1, 2013 through June 1, 2014.

Beyonce, whose estimated income is $115 million, played 95 shows last year, amassing an average of $2.4 million per performance. Forbes also singled out the resounding success of Queen B’s new album, Beyoncé, which the singer dropped on iTunes last December with almost no publicity. She was ranked fourth on last year’s list.

Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z, her partner in the ongoing On the Run tour, has been awarded 6th place on the list; he is followed by Floyd Mayweather, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Robert Downey, Jr., rounding out the top 10.

 

 

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Hermione in Trouble Over a Housekeeper

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Actress Emma Watson attends the premiere of "Boulevard" during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 20, 2014 in New York City. Steve Mack--FilmMagic

Hermione in trouble over a housekeeper

In news that’s less Harry Potter and more Bling Ring, British immigration officials are investigating Emma Watson over claims that her American housekeeper might have worked for the actress illegally in the U.K.

The Harry Potter actress allegedly had her U.S. housekeeper accompany her to London on a tourist visa even though the employee continued to work for Watson while in the U.K, the Independent reports. While on tourist visas, visitors to the U.K. are forbidden from working. A spokesperson for Watson didn’t comment to the Independent.

The housekeeper, who was thought to have been hired by Watson in New York in early 2013, was reportedly stopped by British immigration officials. Authorities were said to be investigating a complaint that the housekeeper was paid to continue working for Watson in her London home for three months.

If the investigation finds Watson did employ the American at her London home without the proper work permits, the actress could face up to £10,000 ($17,000) in fines.

[The Indpendent]

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Orange Is the New Black Stars Rock NYC Pride Float

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From left, Orange Is the New Black cast members Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks and Barbara Rosenblat attend the New York City pride march on June 29, 2014 D Dipasupil—Getty Images

Not-so-straight out of Litchfield

Netflix prison drama Orange Is the New Black is one of the most buzzed-about television shows, and it’s a show that has also earned plenty of praise for its refreshingly varied depictions of sexuality and gender identity. So it’s only right, then, that its stars (and Instagram BFFs) took part in New York City’s pride parade on Sunday.

Cast members, including Yael Stone (Lorna Morello), Samira Wiley (Poussey Washington), Dascha Polanco (Dayanara Diaz), Danielle Brooks (Taystee) and Matt McGorry (Officer Bennett) rode in New York City’s pride parade Sunday on an Orange-themed float.

Co-star and TIME cover star Laverne Cox was also on hand for the celebration, but she had her own VIP car elsewhere in the parade — after all, she is one of the event’s grand marshals.

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Elton John: Jesus Would Approve of Same-Sex Marriage

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Elton John Douglas Mason—Getty Images

He also wants to sit down with Putin

Pop star Elton John called the Pope “wonderful” and said Jesus would approve of marriage equality in an interview on Sunday, the same weekend gay-pride events occurred all over the world.

Although Pope Francis does not support same-sex marriage, John praised the Pope’s attitude toward LGBT people as a sign of progress in an interview with Sky News, the AFP reports.

“He’s excited me so much by his humanity and taking everything down to the humility of faith,” he said. “It’s all basically about love and taking everybody in inclusiveness.”

The singer, who plans to marry longtime partner David Furnish, with whom he has two children, also said Jesus would approve of same-sex marriage, which became legal in England earlier this year.

“If Jesus Christ was alive today, I cannot see him … saying this could not happen,” John said. “He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together, and that is what the church should be about.”

John also said he wants to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the country’s stance on gay rights after Putin said many Russians were fans of John “despite his orientation.”

“As long as I’m alive, I will fight for people’s rights,” John said.

[AFP]

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Amy Adams Gives Her First-Class Seat to a Serviceman

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Amy Adams attends the 2014 Time 100 Gala on April 29 in New York City. D Dipasupil—FilmMagic/Getty Images

Much to the pleasure of her fellow Delta passengers

Amy Adams has class — even if it means flying coach. The 39-year-old Oscar nominee gave up her first-class seat on a Friday flight for a U.S. serviceman.

Accounts of the seat swap were posted to Twitter by fellow passengers flying to Los Angeles from Detroit. “When we were waiting to board, I saw her glance the soldier’s way and then she said something to the person she was traveling with,” said Jemele Hill, co-host of ESPN’s Numbers Never Lie, who was also on the flight. “Before we took off she had vacated her seat and the flight attendant brought the soldier to her seat.” Hill’s tweet about the star’s selfless act has since gone viral:

Adams then sat in the serviceman’s original economy-class seat, where a fellow passenger snapped a selfie with the American Hustle actress.

A flight attendant told Hill that the 2014 TIME 100 honoree chatted with the serviceman at the front of the plane. As a possible explanation for the actress’s kindness, one of Hill’s followers tweeted that Adams was raised on a military base because her father was a serviceman.

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Shailene Woodley: Parents Should Stop Freaking Out About Miley Cyrus

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Left: Miley Cyrus; Right: Shailene Woodley Getty Images (2)

Keep calm and twerk on, Miley — Shailene's got your back

Shailene Woodley in the July issue of Vanity Fair came to the surprising defense of another young female celebrity: Miley Cyrus.

“Miley isn’t rude or mean or cruel to anyone in her actions,” the 22-year-old Fault in Our Stars told the magazine. “She just does herself. And regardless of whether you agree with what she’s doing or not, it’s none of your business what she does.”

Cyrus has been criticized in the past for her less-than-wholesome performances, particularly at the VMAs with Robin Thicke and the sexually themed theatrics of her Bangerz tour, and their potential influence on her young fans.

But, to Woodley at least, that criticism is ridiculous. “She’s not in the world doing mean things. Why are all these parents or all these people freaking out about Miley being herself?” Woodley said.

The young actress also advised parents to redirect their attention to non-Miley-related issues. “If you don’t want your kids to watch it, you know, you can change that situation at home, but don’t make a big deal of what she’s doing,” Woodley said. “Make a big deal about the bullies at school who are beating kids up.”

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