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Katy Perry Admits She’s Nervous to Perform at the Super Bowl

"Honestly? I feel like I've outdreamt my dream"

Katy Perry is definitely bracing for some game day nerves.

In an interview for ESPN The Magazine‘s music issue, the pop star said even she has some jitters about headlining the Super Bowl half-time stage on Feb. 1.

“Honestly? I feel like I’ve outdreamt my dream,” she said. “I don’t get nervous about much, but I’ll definitely be a little tingly inside that day.”

Perry shares the cover with Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who seems a little jealous she gets to take the field.

“She’s playing in a bigger game than I’ve ever gotten to play in,” the footballer said. “I’m hoping to someday be in those shoes.”

We can’t blame the pop queen for being a little nervous. Last year, Bruno Marstook center stage in front of 115 million viewers during the half-time gig.

If the tingle gets a little too intense, Perry can always turn to veteran rocker Lenny Kravitz, who will be joining her onstage, for advice.

Fellow songstress Idina Menzel may also be battling butterflies before kick-off, as the Frozen star will be performing the National Anthem.

Tune in to Super Bowl XLIX at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 1, on NBC.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Russell Brand Defends Bruce Jenner Amid Sex Change Speculation

Russell Brand poses for photographs as he arrives to deliver The Reading Agency Lecture at The Institute of Education on Nov. 25, 2014 in London, England.
Russell Brand poses for photographs as he arrives to deliver The Reading Agency Lecture at The Institute of Education on Nov. 25, 2014 in London, England. Carl Court—Getty Images

The comedian and actor calls stop to "bullying"

Bruce Jenner has found an unlikely ally in comedian and actor Russell Brand.

On his daily YouTube show The Trews (which stands for “true news”) on Friday, Brand stood up for the former Olympian and Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, saying the constant media attention focused on his physical appearance is akin to bullying and “transphobia.”

“Transphobia seems to be the most recent and encouraged form of prejudice, now that racism and homophobia are not tolerated,” Brand said, referring to a TMZ show focused on dissecting Jenner’s new look – and that now infamous InTouch cover where Jenner was photoshopped wearing lipstick and blush.

“It’s such a celebration of the worst aspects of human values,” Brand said. “What this does is it sanctions people being judgmental and cruel toward transgender folks.”

In response to a TV quiz where the host asked “Do you think Bruce wants to be a woman? Tweet us and let us know,” Brand replied mockingly, “Do you think people should be judged until they’re driven into a hole, perhaps even suicide? Let us know!”

Jenner himself has never responded to any media speculation about his looks, and a close family friend tells PEOPLE that he doubts he ever will.

“Bruce has really no interest in responding to everything that comes out in the media about him,” the friend says. “He’s much more private than people think.”

Nor are his changing looks going to be a plot line in the upcoming 10th season of KUWTK, according to an insider on the show.

Either way, Brand openly pleads for the endless media scrutiny to end.

“This is bullying. Stop. Stop. Bruce Jenner is a human being,” he said. “If you want to learn more about transgender issues, look at GLAAD.org.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Here’s Proof the Jokes for Comedy Central’s Justin Bieber Roast Will Write Themselves

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Singer-songwriter Justin Bieber presents onstage at Fashion Rocks 2014 Theo Wargo—2014 Getty Images

From monkey abandonment to pot planes

Soon, several comedians will have the opportunity to collect their easiest paycheck to date. All they have to do is make fun of Justin Bieber.

Comedy Central announced that the Canadian pop star will be the subject of its next roast, to be taped and aired at a later date.

While roasters won’t have to search hard for material — see: literally every single news story about the Biebs from the last year — here are some points we hope they hit.

That time he caused $80,900 of damage by egging his neighbor’s house
No, that’s not a typo.

That time he abandoned his pet monkey in a German airport
Mally the monkey was seized by German officials when Bieber tried to smuggle him out of the country without permission during the “Believe” tour. According to The Guardian, “emails from Bieber’s management to the shelter [where the monkey was held] indicated the singer does not want the monkey anymore.” Bieber reportedly owed Germany $11,000 for the incident.

That time he peed in a restaurant’s mop bucket while saying “F*** Bill Clinton”
He later thanked the former president on Twitter after Bill called the Biebs. No words on a reconciliation with the bucket.

That time he was arrested for a DUI and drag racing
In a yellow Lamborghini, obvi.

That time he decided this was a good look for a mugshot

That time the FAA investigated him for a “pot plane” incident (he was cleared)
What’s the point of having a private jet if you can’t hotbox it?

That time he thought he was being super thoughtful about Anne Frank
In April 2013, the Biebs took a trip to the Anne Frank House in Amsteram and wrote in the guestbook: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a believer.” Because, yes, the true tragedy of Frank’s early demise was that she never got to see Never Say Never. In lieu of an apology, Bieber posted a shirtless selfie on Instagram the next day. #Dontbecreepin (his words, not ours).

That time he was probably photoshopped for a Calvin Klein underwear campaign

That time he had an identity crisis
Repeat after me: I am not Eminem

That time he literally begged Comedy Central to roast him
Nothing’s hotter than desperation.

“We’re thrilled he listened,” Comedy Central president Kent Alterman said in a release.

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Justin Bieber Will Be Roasted on Comedy Central

The network has caught Bieber fever.

It’s official: Justin Bieber will be roasted on Comedy Central. The network announced Tuesday that Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber will tape in Los Angeles at a date and time still to be determined, though it already has a hashtag, #BieberRoast.

“Justin has been asking us for a few years to roast him, and we just kept telling him to go create more source material first. We’re thrilled he listened,” Kent Alterman of Comedy Central said in a statement. In a remarkably similar choice of words, Bieber tweeted out the news:

The fact that Bieber was tasked with creating more “source material” for the roast, does raise the specter of whether all of Bieber’s behavior (beef! drag races! spankings! drugs! monkeys!) has just been part of his effort to give Comedy Central the source material they were seeking. Perhaps Bieber is displaying Andy Kaufman levels of commitment to the task.

Over the weekend, he proved he could take a joke after he tweeted “Well played. LOL.” in response to the send-up of his new Calvin Klein ads by Saturday Night Live actresses Kate McKinnon (as the pop star) and Cecily Strong (as the female model).

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Johnny Depp Says Actors Who Try to Be Rock Stars are ‘Sickening’

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Actor Johnny Depp poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film Mortdecai, in London, Jan. 19, 2015. Joel Ryan—Invision/AP

Mortdecai co-star Gwyneth Paltrow is among the guilty

Johnny Depp has slammed actors who he thinks are capitalizing on their fame by becoming musicians.

“That whole idea for me is a sickening thing, it’s always just made me sick,” the Hollywood superstar told reporters in Berlin on Sunday, before the premiere of his latest film Mortdecai, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

“I’ve been very lucky to play on friends’ records and it’s still going. Music is still part of my life,” he said. “But you won’t be hearing The Johnny Depp Band. That won’t ever exist.”

In the past, Depp has recorded with Oasis and Marilyn Manson, even performing onstage with the goth rocker. But being a low-key musician is fine by the Pirates of the Caribbean star.

“I hate the idea, ‘come see me play the guitar because you’ve seen me in 12 movies’.”

[Sydney Morning Herald]

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Real Housewives’ Yolanda Foster: I’ve Lost the Ability to Read and Write

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Most days, Yolanda Foster says she feels like someone “tied my hands behind my back, “just so she can watch “life go by without me.”

The 51-year-old star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills – who was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2012 – wrote in a candid and heartfelt blog post that her illness has left her feeling like “someone came in and confiscated my brain.”

“I have lost the ability to read, write, or even watch TV, because I can’t process information or any stimulation for that matter,” Foster wrote. “It feels like someone came in and confiscated my brain and tied my hands behind my back to just watch and see life go by without me participating in it.”

Foster began the blog by apologizing to fans for not writing earlier because “unfortunately I have lost the ability to do so in an intelligent matter at this time.”

“Most of you know I have been battling Lyme disease for the past three years,” she wrote. “I wasted the first year trying to get diagnosed and spent the next two trying to find a cure. I have gone from the conventional long-term antibiotics to about every holistic protocol there is to offer. Unfortunately, I was only able to get to about a 60% recovery until I relapsed in early December and have not been able to find my way back.”

Other than passing references to her illness, Foster’s ongoing battle with the Lyme disease has largely been avoided in the current season of Real Housewives.

“The most frustrating thing is that there is medical data on Lyme and spirochete infections going back all the way to 1908, but yet we still don’t have proper diagnostic testing, a vaccine, or a cure for Lyme disease while we are living in the United States of America, the most extraordinary country in the world,” Foster wrote.

“Something doesn’t add up here, and I will make it my life mission to figure this out, because nobody deserves to suffer this way in 2015.”

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

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Michael Moore Clarifies His Controversial Sniper Tweets and Praises Bradley Cooper

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Michael Moore attends the 12-12-12 screening at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City on Nov. 8, 2013 Craig Barritt—Getty Images

Michael Moore caused a stir on Sunday when he Tweeted his negative opinion of snipers, seemingly in response to the release of American Sniper.

In a Facebook post later that day, the director, 60, defended his statements about snipers – but also attempted to distance the Tweets from the the Oscar-nominated film about real-life Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

“Lots of talk about snipers this weekend (the holiday weekend of a great man, killed by a sniper), so I thought I’d weigh in with what I was raised to believe about snipers,” Moore wrote in his post. “My dad was in the First Marine Division in the South Pacific in World War II. His brother, my uncle, Lawrence Moore, was an Army paratrooper and was killed by a Japanese sniper 70 years ago next month.”

He explained that his views were passed down to him by his father.

“My dad always said, ‘Snipers are cowards. They don’t believe in a fair fight. Like someone coming up from behind you and coldcocking you. Just isn’t right. It’s cowardly to shoot a person in the back. Only a coward will shoot someone who can’t shoot back.’ ”

“I don’t think most Americans think of snipers as heroes,” he added.

Despite his critical take on the topic, Moore did have some positive things to say about Bradley Cooper‘s film, which broke box office records this weekend.

“Awesome performance from Bradley Cooper,” he wrote. “One of the best of the year. Great editing. Costumes, hair, makeup superb!”

However, he had less kind words for director Clint Eastwood.

“Too bad Clint gets Vietnam and Iraq confused in his storytelling,” said Moore. “And that he has his characters calling Iraqis ‘savages’ throughout the film.”

He does end his review on a positive note, though.

“There is also anti-war sentiment expressed in the movie. And there’s a touching ending,” he posted. “Also, best movie trailer and TV ads of the year.”

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

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Watch Harvey Weinstein Explain Why Judi Dench Has His Name Tattooed on Her Bottom

The Academy Award-winning actress wanted to thank the producer for supporting her career

It seems that Dame Judi Dench has solved the question of what to get the man who has everything.

When Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein appeared on the British late-night program, The Graham Norton Show, he told the story of how he had helped launch Dench’s Hollywood film career by convincing her to take the role of Queen Victoria in 1997’s Mrs Brown, for which she earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination. As a thank you, the award-winning actress had “JD loves HW” tattooed on a very private spot.

Even more surprising is the circumstances in which Dench revealed her tattoo to Weinstein. According to the producer, Dench showed off the ink during a dinner at the Four Seasons Restaurant, in front of a group that included Carly Simon, Nora Ephron and Mike Nichols.

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Hip-Hop Label Boss A$AP Yams Has Died at Age 26

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A$AP Yams visits BET's 106 & Park at BET Studios on July 15, 2013 in New York City. John Ricard — Getty Images

The rap community has been airing its shock and sadness

The brains behind Harlem’s critically acclaimed rap collective A$AP Mob, Steve Rodriguez — who was popularly known as A$AP Yams — has died.

The circumstances around Rodriguez’s death have not yet been made public. He was 26.

Yams was the co-owner of the A$AP Worldwide label, which helped launch and promote the careers of fellow A$AP Mob members, A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg.

“As one of the creative forces behind A$AP Worldwide, Yams’ vision, humor and dedication to the members of A$AP Mob will always be remembered. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends,” read a statement released by RCA Records.

The label executive kept a considerably lower profile than his peers in the collective, a position he appeared to enjoy.

“Rocky’s like Luke Skywalker, and I’m Yoda,” Yams told the New York Times during an interview published in 2013.

Members of the A$AP collective and fellow hip-hop stars aired their condolences via social media after news of Yam’s death surfaced on Sunday.

R.I.P YAMS, I LOVE YOU BROTHER

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ALWAYS STRIVE AND PROSPER. RIP YAMS

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Bill Cosby Gets Standing Ovation in Denver Despite Protests

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Bill Cosby performs at the Buell Theater in Denver, Colo., Jan. 17, 2015. Brennan Linsley—AP

Women's rights attorney Gloria Allred and one of his alleged victims, Beth Ferrier, were among the protestors outside venue

After a day of protests against Bill Cosby the comedian performed two shows Saturday at the Buell Theatre in Denver, before an audience which showed him their full support.

When Cosby walked out for his 5 p.m. show uttering “Hey, Hey, Hey” – his traditional Fat Albert opening – wearing a grey hoodie with the words “hello friend,” the audience, estimated at 1,800 people in a 2,900-seat auditorium, cheered in response.

For the next hour and nearly 40 minutes, Cosby regaled the crowd with stories of being a husband, a father and a son. He talked about not having six-pack abs anymore yet still having the bag they came in, but not one word was said about the protestors outside, including women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred and one of his alleged victims, Beth Ferrier.

As the performance wrapped up, the audience of mixed ages and genders, stood in a standing ovation, applauding loudly while Cosby, 77, offered a military salute and his thanks.

Earlier that afternoon, a much smaller audience greeted Allred and Ferrier, who hosted a rally at Denver’s Crawford Hotel in support of the women who’ve come forward with claims the comedian had sexually assaulted them. The event, called a “Teach In and Speak Out,” was attended by about 75 men and women.

The audience showed their support by shouting, “We’re with you,” as Ferrier, a Denver resident, shared her story of the alleged assault that took place in 1986 a few miles from the venue. “This doesn’t get any easier,” Ferrier told PEOPLE about publicly sharing her story. 

 “It’s an important day because Bill Cosby has the chutzpah – the guts – to come to Denver, of all places, to perform and to treat these allegations as a joke,” Allred told the crowd.

So far, more than 15 women have come forward claiming they were drugged and assaulted by Cosby. The alleged attacks go back as far as the 1960s. 

Cosby, who has never been charged with sexual assault, faces a new complaintfrom model Chloe Goins that is now being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Cosby’s attorney Marty Singer issued a statement to PEOPLE denying he attended the party at the Playboy Mansion where the alleged assault took place in 2008. 

In response, Goins’ attorney Spencer Kuvin plans to fight back and tells PEOPLE: “If he has evidence then we would like to see it, and the LAPD would like to see it too. Otherwise, it is just a lawyer’s words. Additionally, I appreciate Mr. Singer admitting that Mr. Cosby has kept records going back to 2008. We would like to see where he was for the entire summer of 2008 and if he was ever at the mansion.”

– Reporting by Elizabeth Leonard and Christine Pelisek

This article originally appeared on People.com

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