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Ja Rule Is Very Upset With Wikipedia For Misreporting His Height

onstage during the Viacom TCA Presentation at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.
Jason Kempin— Getty Images Ja Rule onstage during the Viacom TCA Presentation at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

The site says he's 5'6" but he swears he's 5'9"

So, Ja Rule started some beef on Wednesday. With Wikipedia. He took to Twitter to vent about the online encyclopedia, which he claims is horribly inaccurate and irresponsible with its reporting, specifically when it comes to his height:

As the New York Daily News points out, Ja may not fully understand how Wikipedia — a free, collaborative, user-generated encyclopedia — really works. Fans let him know he could edit the page himself. Still, he demanded that Wikipedia itself step in:

Full disclosure: I met Ja Rule last year for an interview about his memoir. I remember a few things about Ja. I remember him being very friendly and receptive to my questions, I remember him being muscular and I remember him being short. I am 5’7″ and if I recall correctly — please, Ja, don’t be mad at me here — he was a smidge shorter than me. That would mean Wikipedia is correct: Ja Rule is 5’6″.

What’s tripping me up here, though, is a mug shot that indicates Ja is 69 inches — or, like he claims, 5’9″. Racked points out that this mug shot could come from anywhere and could be Photoshopped — and appears different from other Ja Rule mug shots — so it might not be trustworthy.

So what’s going on here? Is that mug shot unreliable? Am I misremembering the time I hung out with Ja Rule? Or am I simply mistaken about my own height?


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Read Idris Elba’s Classy Response to ‘Too Street’ Comment

Idris Elba at "Mandela, My Dad And Me" photocall as part of MIPTV 2015 in Cannes, France on April 14, 2015.
Tony Barson—FilmMagic/Getty Images Idris Elba at "Mandela, My Dad And Me" photocall as part of MIPTV 2015 in Cannes, France on April 14, 2015.

He responded in the best way

Somehow it’s become unofficial law that Idris Elba’s name must be a part of any conversation about who would be the next best James Bond. (Trivia: Elba has said that it was current 007 Daniel Craig who started this whole thing in the first place: “I blame Daniel,” Elba has joked. )

So it’s hard to imagine how the actor felt after yesterday’s kerfuffle. To recap: Anthony Horowitz, the author of a new James Bond novel, told The Daily Mail that he didn’t think Elba was the right man for the job. “Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” Horowitz said. “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.”

The world reacted with appropriate outrage and Horowitz quickly took to Twitter to apologize: “I was asked in my interview if Idris Elba would make a good James Bond. In the article I expressed the opinion that to my mind Adrian Lester would be a better choice but I’m a writer not a casting director so what do I know? Clumsily, I chose the word ‘street’ as Elba’s gritty portrayal of DCI John Luther was in my mind but I admit it was a poor choice of word. I am mortified to have caused offence.”

On Tuesday, Elba took to his Instagram account — this controversy is hitting all the social media platforms — to respond, keeping things classy (as usual):

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Obama and Bear Grylls Pose for a Selfie During Alaska Hike

"Glad this was the only Bear I met in the park. -bo"

President Obama posted a tongue-in-cheek photo on Instagram while hiking the great outdoors with Bear Grylls, host of NBC’s Running Wild with Bear Grylls.

“Glad this was the only Bear I met in the park. -bo,” he captioned the picture Wednesday morning on the White House Instagram account, grinning ear-to-ear in a zip up jacket.

Obama is on a three-day trip to Alaska to test his wilderness skills and to survey the impact of climate change on the state.

The special edition of Grylls’ Running Wild will air later this year, according to NBC.

Glad this was the only Bear I met in the park. -bo

A photo posted by The White House (@whitehouse) on

Jimmy Kimmel, host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! was quick to crack wise about Obama’s outdoor adventure.

“This is a show on which celebrities eat mice and squirrel and drink bodily fluids. In this one, the President teaches us how to survive alone in the wilderness, surrounded by 14 Secret Service agents disguised as trees. Bear Grylls and President Obama will trek through the forest together. Eating roots and berries – which is basically what his wife already makes him eat.”

Kimmel goes on to say: “A lot of people are upset that our President is appearing on a reality show. To which I say – big deal! A little over a year from now, we might have a President who hosted a reality show.”

Others have jumped in with suggestions for what Obama should do on the show. Someone put up a petition on the White House’s petition site, demanding the President drink his own urine “for science.”

Despite the petition, Grylls Tweets that he doesn’t foresee that happening.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Watch Kanye West’s VMAs Speech Recut as a Stand-Up Comedy Act

Kanye West MTV VMA 2015
Jeff Kravitz—FilmMagic/Getty Images Kanye West at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 30, 2015.

All it needed was a laugh track

Still haven’t seen Kanye West’s speech from this past weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards, where he announced he was running for president in 2020? Then we recommend watching the below clip, which reimagines the speech as a stand-up comedy act.

All it took was a laugh track and some clever cuts to audience members — including Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift — laughing and clapping. “Pryor, Carlin, Seinfeld, C.K…Yeezy?” writes creator David Elmaleh in the video description. We can totally see it.

This video has inspired others to create their own Kanye speech mashups, including this one, which incorporates the Seinfeld intro music.

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Watch This 7-Year-Old Cancer Patient Sing ‘Fight Song’ With Rachel Platten

Rachel Platten performs during the 'Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour' in Rohnert Park, Calif. on Aug. 23, 2015.
C Flanigan—Getty Images Rachel Platten performs during the 'Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour' in Rohnert Park, Calif. on Aug. 23, 2015.

Inspring and challenging

Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” has become an anthem this summer. It soundtracked a Girl Scouts PSA, appeared on The Biggest Loser and the trailer for Supergirl, and was used in one of Good Morning America’s inspirational campaigns. Now, the track has taken on a new and even more personal meaning.

Platten sang the hit with a cancer patient, 7-year-old Jeremiah Succar, at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles after finding out through social media that Succar was a huge fan of the song since he was diagnosed with stage-four atypical rhabdoid teratoid in May. “He used to sing it when he got a lot of headaches, but now he sings it in the morning, before bed and during shots he has to get,” Succar’s father Jerry Succar told CHLA.org.

The Succars started a campaign on Instagram and used#RachelMeetJeremiah to catch Platten’s attention. It worked, and Platten visited Succar in his hospital room to play the song, which you can hear below.

After meeting him, she wrote on Instagram, “The Greek was cool….but THIS was amazing. I love you Jeremiah, thanks for inspiring me and rocking out with me!!!”

Earlier this summer, Platten spoke to EW about realizing the song’s impact after hearing it used by cheerleaders, other cancer patients, and campaigns. “The first time it happened, a woman who had cancer sent an email to her family [saying], ‘I have three months to live, but I don’t want you to be sad. I want you to know this is how I feel, and this song is my anthem,’” she said. “I knew the song was helping me, but seeing what a difference it had had on this woman’s life made me realize there was something to this song. People need to hear this, it’s connecting to people’s lives. This is going to help.”

This article originally appeared on EW.com


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One Direction Sets 6 New Guinness World Records

(L-R) Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan of One Direction at ABC's "Good Morning America" in New York City on Aug. 4, 2015.
Kevin Mazur—WireImage/Getty Images (L-R) Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan of One Direction at ABC's "Good Morning America" in New York City on Aug. 4, 2015.

The band's latest single has already achieved high numbers as well

They might be taking a hiatus next year, but the boys of One Direction will still be in the 2016 Guinness World Records book. The record keepers announced the group’s six honors on Monday, awarded for everything from their ability to sell albums to attracting Twitter followers.

Here’s a list of the accomplishments that landed One Direction a place in history:

First group to debut at No. 1 with their first four albums in the U.S.: Up All Night, Take Me Home, Midnight Memories, Four

First U.K. group to debut at No. 1 in U.S. with debut album (same as above)

Highest debut by U.K. group on U.S. singles chart at No. 3 with “Live While We’re Young”

Most popular dance game track for their “What Makes You Beautiful” routine on Just Dance 4, which garnered 36,817,975 views

Most followers on Twitter for a music group: 23,393,106

Most subscribers for a band on YouTube: 36,817,975 views

In 2015, 1D earned a spot in the Guinness World Records book for becoming the first act to debut at No. 1 with their first three albums.

One Direction’s latest single “Drag Me Down” — the band’s first without Zayn Malik — has already achieved high numbers, breaking the Spotify record for one-day streams, and becoming the first video to reach one million likes within the first 24 hours of its Vevo release. Hopefully their upcoming album, expected this fall, will put the foursome in the world record books yet again.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Kesha to Guest-Star on Jane the Virgin

Charles Sykes—Invision/AP Kesha attends the 2015 Delete Blood Cancer Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Apr. 16, 2015.

She will star in the CW dramedy’s second episode of the season as Annabelle

We R Who We R, and this season on Jane the Virgin, Kesha is the rocker next door.

The singer will guest-star in the CW dramedy’s second episode of the season as Annabelle, a colorful musician who becomes Jane’s (Gina Rodriguez) new neighbor. She is described as not being a “baby person.”

“We are so thrilled Kesha will be appearing on Jane!” said executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman in a statement on Monday. “We are all huge fans of hers, and we are so excited to welcome her to the Jane The Virgin family.”

Earlier this month, Jane tapped another famous pop star for a guest spot: Britney Spears—whom Kesha has written for—will play the nemesis of Rogelio (Jaime Camil) in this season’s fifth episode.

Jane returns for season 2 on Oct. 12.

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.com

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This Is Why Bill Murray Agreed to Appear in the Next Ghostbusters Film

Bill Murray speaks at Comic-Con International 2015 in San Diego on July 9, 2015.
Albert L. Ortega—Getty Images Bill Murray speaks at Comic-Con International 2015 in San Diego on July 9, 2015.

"I feel really good about it."

Ghostbusters fans around the world rejoiced earlier this month, when it was revealed Bill Murray will make a cameo in Paul Feig’s upcoming reboot.

Murray, who had long been resistant to the prospect of starring in a third Ghostbusters project, explained how the role came about — and what made him agree to it — over the weekend at a screening of his new film, Rock the Kasbah, in East Hampton, N.Y.

“You know, they were incredibly nice to ask me, and I really enjoyed being there,” Murray told Vulture. “They have such a jolly group, and they are going to have great success with this project. I didn’t want to overshadow [them] or anything, and I feel really good about it.”

Murray said the addition of actresses like Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy to the film’s cast made him come around to the idea of aGhostbusters return. “I like those girls a lot,” he added. “I mean, I really do. They are tough to say no to. And Paul is a real nice fellow.”

Still, he gave the prospect a lot of thought — by his count, years worth.

“I thought about it for a very long time,” Murray said. “Like, many, many months. No, that’s not right. I was seriously thinking about this for years, really … It kept eating at me, and I really respect those girls. And then I started to feel like if I didn’t do this movie, maybe somebody would write a bad review or something, thinking there was some sort of disapproval [on my part].”

Feig’s Ghostbusters, with Wiig, McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Michael K. Williams, and Neil Casey, opens in theaters on July 15. You can read the rest of Murray’s interview over at Vulture.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Read Lena Dunham’s First Short Story in Her New Newsletter

Lena Dunham at the 2015 Film Society of Lincoln Center Summer Talks with Judd Apatow and Lena Dunham in New York City on July 13, 2015.
Mike Pont—WireImage/Getty Images Lena Dunham at the 2015 Film Society of Lincoln Center Summer Talks on July 13, 2015 in New York City.

It's titled "Six Sausages"

Lena Dunham, when she’s not working on Girls or musing about her childhood for The New Yorker, has a newsletter, Lenny, that’s about to launch. For its preview “summer fiction” issue, the writer-actress-filmmaker published a short story, “Six Sausages,” in which a woman plans a weekend with her visiting not-quite-boyfriend in New York City – only to question whether it had gone the way she wanted it to, and whether it would mean anything at all.

Read the opening paragraphs here:

She picked him up at the airport at 9:30, just as the sun was setting, orange and blue above the hangars at JFK. She had cut and flat-ironed her own bangs, which were longer on the left side and came to a gothic point, and purchased a shapeless blue cotton dress at Old Navy. Despite her mother’s feet being as big as paddles, she always borrowed her shoes for important occasions and this was as important as anything, so she limped across the median towards the terminal doors. He came off the plane with a dazed look like a just-landed astronaut. She clapped her hands when she saw him, and then back-tracked to a shy wave.

In the cab back to her parents’ house he stared out the window. He was more transfixed by the nothingness surrounding the airport, the broken-down pre-fabs and mattress warehouses and tortilla factories, than he was by the city’s bridges, hanging like fine necklaces and which she could never accurately name. When she explained the geography of New York to him, she was really explaining her personal geography.

“Look!” she said.“That’s where I went to pre-school and got a bean stuck up my nose.”

“Really?” he asked, distracted by a pack of teens skateboarding boldly through traffic. “That doesn’t look like a school. It looks like a store.”

He’d been to New York once before, in that way groups of boys come to New York after high school, walking cockily around Times Square looking for fake IDs and suspicious looking people to dupe them into dangerous purchases. “Once,” he told her, “I accidentally bought ether.” She laughed, but she wasn’t really listening, just breathing in his smell—laundry, mixed with sour hungry breath—and letting herself forget the torture of June and July. He didn’t have a cell phone and so she never knew when he’d call or what number he’d be calling from. Mostly he called from his friend Greg’s phone and they had to keep the interactions brief—she could hear Greg in the background muttering, “Dude, my minutes.”

She had asked him, again and again, if he would visit, finally offering to buy the ticket with her own money, which really meant her parents’ money. It took him another three weeks to decide if he could live with the ambiguous morality of this before he finally accepted the flight.

And now he was here.

For more, head over to Lenny.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Watch Justin Bieber’s Long-Awaited Video for ‘What Do You Mean’

Bieber has been teasing his new hit for months on Instagram

It’s been quite the week for Justin Bieber.

After releasing his brand new song, “What Do You Mean,” on Friday, the 21-year-old performed his new hit for the first time at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday in an emotional performance (complete with tears). He then shared the official music video for the song just moments after the show wrapped.

The video, which is more like a short film, is produced by Brad Furman and features Bieber, actor John Leguizamo and model Xenia Deli (Bieber’s rumored new girlfriend).

The pop star shows off some serious moves with Deli, 25, during their sexy makeout in a motel room until a couple of masked individuals break into the room and kidnap the duo.

After an epic escape, the couple wind up at a skate party where Leguizamo reveals himself as one of the “kidnappers.”

Bieber has been teasing his new hit for months on Instagram, enlisting dozens of stars to help him count down to the single’s release.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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