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Bono Had a Mid-air Scare When a Door Fell Off His Learjet

The plane landed safely

U2 singer Bono had a mid-air scare on Wednesday when the rear door of his private jet plummeted at least 15,000 feet to the ground.

The rock star and four friends were aboard the Learjet 60 traveling from Dublin to Berlin when the mishap occurred over Germany, authorities said. The plane landed safely and the two pilots only found out on the ground that the aircraft had lost its door and two suitcases from the luggage compartment.

They told investigators that they noticed a rumble similar to turbulence during a right-hand turn on approach, but that they felt no major change in how the plane was flying…

Read the rest of the story from our partners at NBC News


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Kim Kardashian’s Butt Might Just Break the Internet Today

Kim Kardashian Paper Magazine
Jean-Paul Goude—Paper

She mooned everyone

After debuting in her sex tape, periodically gracing her Instagram and making a brief appearance in GQ, Kim Kardashian’s butt’s latest showing is the cover of Paper magazine. She’s going full-moon, above the headline “Break the Internet: Kim Kardashian”

The photos were shot by famed French photographer Jean-Paul Goude, who also used Kardashian’s recognizable derriere to recreate his iconic “Champagne Incident” image for another safe-for-work version of the cover.

She posted the original image on her Instagram here.

Of course, whenever Kim Kardashian or her butt do anything, it creates a massive Internet controversy. Glee actress Naya Rivera allegedly commented on Kardashian’s Instagram, “I normally don’t… but you’re someone’s mother.”

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But Kim herself tweeted about her champagne balancing act:

Just when everyone thought they’d already seen Kim Kardashian’s butt a million times, oops, there it is.

Read more: Kim Kardashian Is Publishing a Book of Selfies

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Watch a Baby-Faced Taylor Swift Sing the National Anthem in 2002

Because awwww

Taylor Smith wasn’t always the svelte, 5-foot-10 24-year-old she is today, and that’s part of her charm. We’ve watched her grow like fond parents who indulge in memories of of her early years, as a curly-haired newbie and a guitar-slinging warbler.

In 2002, when Swift was a wee 12-year-old, she sang the national anthem at a Detroit Pistons game in her home state of Pennsylvania. Though her singing does sound expectedly thin in a pubescent kind of way, she clearly had the makings of a great voice.

This is what Taylor Swift singing The Star-Spangled banner at age 12 sounds like.


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Here’s Why Mr. Big Thinks Taylor Swift’s a Perfect NYC Ambassador

Actor Chris Noth attends the 2014 NAMI-NYC Metro Seeds Of Hope Gala at Altman Building on Nov. 6, 2014 in New York City.
Actor Chris Noth attends the 2014 NAMI-NYC Metro Seeds Of Hope Gala at Altman Building on Nov. 6, 2014 in New York City. Noam Galai—WireImage/Getty Images

"Manhattan has become a borough for the rich... So she’s probably the perfect representative"

Sex and the City’s Mr. Big, actor Chris Noth, is a bit confused why people think Taylor Swift isn’t the right pick for New York City’s Global Welcome Ambassador.

“Manhattan has become a borough for the rich. I’ve said it and I’m not afraid to say it again,” Noth told the New York Daily News. “So she’s probably the perfect representative.”

The singer’s appointment had angered those who thought the Pennsylvania native and lavishly wealthy star wasn’t appropriate to represent a city noted for its socioeconomic diversity, according to the New York Daily News. And that wasn’t the least of the heat Swift faced: critics also bashed her song “Welcome to New York” for its “lifeless” portrayal of the metropolis, and fans were confused when the NYC tourism ambassador’s 1989 world tour didn’t even include New York.

Noth said that he’s among the critics who believe Swift’s appointment shadows New York’s “rainbow coalition of class and ethnicity.” But instead of complaining, The Good Wife star told others to start getting used to it.

“It’s become a boutique borough, and that’s why young people are having a hard time finding a way to live here, and the middle class and the blue-collar workers,” said Noth. “I’ve always had a beef about that. But people are sick of hearing me say it. So she’s our representative, and if that’s the image you’re talking about, it’s probably a correct one.”

[New York Daily News]

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Picked Up by Universal

The sequel to the 2002 film will be helmed by Waking Ned Devine director Kirk Jones

Universal Pictures has officially tied the knot for a sequel to the 2002 hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

The film studio was confirmed Monday as the distributor of the second big-screen installment of the Portokalos family, according to Entertainment Weekly. The sequel, directed by Kirk Jones (Waking Ned Devine), will feature the original 2002 blockbuster’s star and screenwriter, Nia Vardalos, who played a Greek-American woman named Toula who fell in love and married a non-Greek man. John Corbett, who played Toula’s betrothed and then husband, is also set to return.

Vardalos, who spent over four years working on the sequel’s screenplay, had confirmed in May that a sequel was in the works. She said the sequel will focus on the Porotkalos family reuniting for another wedding and the revelation of a family secret.


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Hans Zimmer on Interstellar and Working With Christopher Nolan

Composer Hans Zimmer attends the 'Interstellar' New York Premiere on Nov. 3, 2014 in New York City.
Composer Hans Zimmer attends the Interstellar New York Premiere on Nov. 3, 2014 in New York City. Jim Spellman—WireImage

"Chris and I work as a sort of breathless, constant sprint because we are just trying to keep up with our own ideas"

Answer by Hans Zimmer, Interstellar composer, on Quora.

I think one of the things that is really great about working with Chris is that he doesn’t, in any way, get in the way of my imagination. In fact, he works very hard at not having me confined by the mechanics of filmmaking. So, our process is usually starting long conversations just riffing on ideas. Then slowly I start writing and experimenting, coming up with sounds, etc., all the while keeping in constant conversation with Chris.

In Interstellar, for instance, there’re so many themes, so many pieces, which always got to a certain point during the writing process but never had an ending, because Chris and I would get to a certain point with an idea and then abandon it because we got excited about the next idea. You have to think of how Chris and I work as a sort of breathless, constant sprint because we are just trying to keep up with our own ideas. The ideas are so plentiful when Chris and I get together, but the execution always takes more time and it can be so frustrating. It’s sometimes very frustrating for him as well because he’s trying to make a movie and he’s waiting on the music.

When it comes to the music for Interstellar, I can honestly say that in one way or another, the music is our music, not just my music. It’s entirely our music, and that’s a testament to how much I let Chris into my world. The great thing is that as a composer, you can only write from the heart and from your innermost place. So, you have to trust your director. And that’s the thing — there’s a great sense of trust and a great sense of balance that Chris brings to the composing process. Because Chris cuts his movies in his garage, (giving his films a sort of a homemade quality), he never makes me feel that I have the enormous weight of the canvas on my shoulders. His editing process is really helpful for my composing process. The work and the story is always brought back to the personal and the intimate, and that’s perfect for how I work.

This question originally appeared on Quora: What is it like working with Christopher Nolan?

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Glenn Beck Reveals 5-Year Health Battle That Made Him Feel ‘Crazy’

Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck attends a Tea Party Patriots rally on June 19, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck attends a Tea Party Patriots rally on June 19, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Tom Williams—CQ-Roll Call, Inc.

He was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, adrenal fatigue, and Addison's disease, among other ailments

Glenn Beck has revealed a shocking secret he has kept for five years: He’s battling several serious medical conditions that have wreaked havoc on his brain functioning.

The conservative pundit came clean about his health problems on his network, TheBlaze TV, on Monday night, explaining why he was slowly slipping away from the spotlight – and how he has miraculously recovered.

“I was told by doctors just this last spring … that I could no longer work the way I had been working because it was literally killing me,” he said, tearing up.

About five years ago, Beck, now 50, began “to have a string of health issues that quite honestly made me look crazy,” he said. “And quite honestly, I have felt crazy because of them.”

The right-wing media personality was plagued by vocal cord paralysis, couldn’t sleep but never felt tired and struggled with his eyesight (one symptom he did disclose publicly). He’d forget names and faces and suffered from seizures.

“We didn’t know at the time what was causing me to feel as though, out of nowhere, my hands or feet or arms or legs would feel like someone had just crushed them,” he said, “or set them on fire, or pushed broken glass through my feet.”

After countless medical tests and consultations with the country’s top doctors, Beck moved his family from New York to Texas, discovering a local rehab facility, Carrick Brain Centers. He was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, adrenal fatigue, and Addison’s disease, among other ailments.

But now, he seems to be back on track.

“After months of treatment and completely changing the way I eat, sleep, work and live, along with ongoing hormone treatment and intensive physical therapy, I have reversed the process,” he said. “Some of the physical scars will be with me for the rest of my life … but my brain is back online in a big way.”

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Eminem Raps About Punching Lana Del Rey in the Face Like Ray Rice

Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey Katie Darby—Invision/AP

...And Azealia Banks comes to her defense!

Taylor Swift’s 1989 first-week sales weren’t enough to dethrone Eminem’s 2002 numbers, but Slim Shady has a bone to pick with a different diva.

In a new verse intended to drum up attention for the new Shady Records compilation Shady XV, Eminem raps about punching Lana Del Rey in the face and compares himself to Ray Rice, the Baltimore Ravens running back whose assault on then-fiancée Janay Rice was captured by elevator surveillance cameras and published by TMZ earlier this year.

The lyrics, per Billboard:

“But I may fight for gay rights, especially if the dyke is more of a knockout than Janay Rice / Play nice? Bitch I’ll punch Lana Del Rey right in the face twice, like Ray Rice in broad daylight in the plain sight of the elevator surveillance / ’Til her head is banging on the railing, then celebrate with the Ravens.”

Lana Del Rey, who has said before that Eminem “changed her life” and taught her that “music could be intelligent,” has yet to respond to the rapper’s unfortunate name-drop. But Azealia Banks, who finally dropped her long-awaited debut Broke With Expensive Taste last week, has come to Lana’s defense: “Tell him to go back to his trailer park and eat his microwave hotpocket dinner,” she tweeted.

Needless to say, when Lana Del Rey begged for “all of that ultraviolence” this summer, she probably wasn’t talking about this.

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Why Jennifer Lawrence Says She’ll Never Use Twitter

The idea is “unthinkable” to her

Jennifer Lawrence is one of the biggest movie stars in the age of social media, but she’s not a big fan of Facebook or Twitter.

In an interview with BBC Radio One, the actress said she’ll never get a Twitter account. Lawrence said she wasn’t good with phones and struggles to keep up with email, so the idea of Twitter is “unthinkable” to her. She called the social network “a weird enigma that people talk about.”

“If you ever see a Facebook, Instagram or Twitter [account] that says it’s me, it most certainly is not,” Lawrence said, though she does have a verified Facebook Page. Overall, she doesn’t seem to be a big fan of Internet culture: “The Internet has scorned me.”

Earlier this year, nude photos of Lawrence and several other celebrities were stolen and posted online. Following the incident, she told Vanity Fair in September: “It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting.”


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