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Ryan Gosling Becomes Even More Attractive When Attempting an Australian Accent

The actor made a cameo at a recent Australian awards show

Stars: they’re just like us! In the sense that they also embarrass themselves with goofy attempts at foreign accents. Take Ryan Gosling, who tried to talk like an Aussie as he crashed Russell Crowe’s speech at the recent Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.

The two actors “attended” the ceremony through a live feed from the Los Angeles set of their upcoming film, The Nice Guys. The movie takes place during the 1970s, and it totally shows, because Gosling and Crowe are rocking some serious retro looks.

“G’day folks, how ya going,” Gosling says, attempting to fit in with all the Aussies in the crowd. It’s a pretty terrible accent, but he’s Ryan Gosling so he makes it charming.

“It’s okay, I’m honorary Australian,” he then assues Crowe. “I lived in New Zealand for like, two years.”

(h/t Elle)

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The World’s Obsession With Amal Isn’t About Her Accomplishments

Lawyer Amal Alamuddin Clooney attends the hearing in the case Perincek vs Switzerland, at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, Jan. 28,2015.
Lawyer Amal Alamuddin Clooney attends the hearing in the case Perincek vs Switzerland, at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, Jan. 28, 2015. Sandro Weltin/Council of Europe/EPA

Charlotte Alter covers lifestyle, crime, and breaking news for TIME in New York City. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

They're real, but the gushing isn't

Amal Clooney is at it again— doing something celebrities don’t usually do, and looking like a movie star while doing it.

This time, she’s arguing in the European Court of Human Rights against a Turkish politician who denied the existence of an Armenian genocide 100 years ago in which more than 1.5 million people were brutally murdered. That’s, like, sooo impressive… but who is she wearing?

When a reporter from The Telegraph asked her, she cheekily replied “Ede and Ravenscroft,” the legal robes maker that has been selling drab back judge costumes since 1689, the year Benjamin Franklin’s parents met.

Once she did that, the focus shifted from the history of the Armenian genocide to Amal’s sense of humor and fashion choices. The global reaction to her comments was proof that jig is up: it’s stop pretending you care about what Amal Clooney is doing, when you really just care about how she looks while doing it.

The public obsession with Amal Clooney has been outwardly focused on her professional accomplishments, and with good reason. She’s represented high-profile clients like Julian Assange and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, fought for the Elgin Marbles to be returned to Greece, and worked to free three Al-Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt. She’s done more in the last ten years than many lawyers do over their entire career.

It sounds great, and it is. But the gushing adoration in the media about her work is false appreciation that crumples under scrutiny. How many other human rights lawyers inspire anything close to Amal-mania? Look at Samira al-Nuaimy, the Iraqi human rights lawyer who was executed by ISIS last year. If the tabloid-buying American public so obsessed with human rights, why wasn’t she on the cover of InTouch?

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Let’s face it: no matter how real Amal’s accomplishments are, the breathless celebration of her legal triumphs is just a thinly veiled infatuation with how she looks.

When placed in the glare of celebrity, Clooney’s binders of legal documents and folders of case material become accessories to her shiny hair and perfect manicure, instead of the other way around. What’s worse, there’s something grotesque about using serious work on behalf of genocide victims as a pretense for a fixation on her looks, her clothes, and her marriage to one of the world’s most eligible actors.

Amal’s beauty is the unspoken end of every sentence about her legal career, the sub-head to every headline about her human rights work. Even if the coverage is ostensibly focused on Turkish politics, or the Elgin marbles, or sexual violence in conflict zones, the substance get inevitably lost in the subliminal hum over what Amal’s wearing, how Amal’s hair looks, and the fact that Amal is married to George Clooney. It even happens when there’s nothing to report—the Armenian genocide case was overshadowed by Amal’s non-outfit (she was wearing essentially the same thing as all the other lawyers in the room).

It’s also a weird over-correction to the common sexist problem of focusing on women’s looks over their careers. Instead of focusing on the looks of an accomplished woman (like Kirsten Gillibrand), the media is loudly proclaiming how not-sexist they are by obsessively trumpeting Amal’s professional accomplishments, then mentioning her beauty as a super-conspicuous after-thought.

But discussing Amal Clooney’s human rights work in the same tone as Kim Kardashian’s workouts or Jennifer Lawrence’s pizza cravings isn’t just awkward— it’s bizarre. Imagine if other human rights activists were treated the same way. Next it’ll be “Watch Ban Ki-Moon Go to the Gym Without Makeup” or “Malala’s Celebrity Crush: REVEALED!”

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Some celebrities use their existing fame to shine a light on problems in the world, like Amal’s husband’s best friend’s wife Angelina Jolie, who recently wrote an op-ed in the New York Times demanding improved conditions in Syrian refugee camps. But that’s a different story, because Jolie came to activism after she got famous. She’s getting her picture taken in refugee camps and giving impassioned speeches at the U.N. precisely to direct those who are interested in her hair and clothes towards something more important.

But Amal’s just doing her job. Her work isn’t celebrity activism or a publicity stunt. Yet when it’s put in the context of celebrity fodder, Amal Clooney’s work on behalf of marginalized people gets reduced to just another thing a woman does while being beautiful.

So stop gushing. Stop with the headlines that trumpet Amal as a goddess for doing her job. Stop with the shock and awe that someone so beautiful could be so smart as well. Just let Amal keep doing her thing.

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Tennis Star Andy Murray’s Fiancée Drops the F-Bomb Courtside, Internet Goes Wild

You need to have this girl on your side

Scottish tennis star Andy Murray may have just beaten Czech Tomas Berdych to make it through to the finals of the Australian Open, but it’s his fiancée Kim Sears who has taken social media by storm.

Cameras caught 27-year-old Sears’ apparent expletive-filled reaction to Murray’s break in the first set.

 

And professional lip-readers have been called in to suggest what Sears — an artist who specializes in animal portraits — was actually saying, the Telegraph reports.

Lip reader Tina Lannin believes Sears says,“F—— have that you flashy Czech, you flashy f—. If that’s what you get…”

Whereas lip reader and teacher Martine Monksfield thinks it was, “F—— have that Czech you fat old f—.”

But Jessica Rees, a forensic lip reader says it could be, “F—— hell! That f—— Czech could fight to five now he’s one down.”

Murray came to her defense after the match, saying the outburst was “completely normal.”

The Internet too found little wrong with somebody voicing, shall we say, impassioned support for her partner. German tennis player Andrew Petkovic summed up the feelings of many when she tweeted:

[Telegraph]

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Justin Bieber Is Very Sorry for Being the Absolute Worst

The pop singer wants you to know how much he cares. Aww!

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber apologized for his erratic, immature behavior in a Facebook video Wednesday.

The singer, who recently posed in his underwear for a widely-mocked ad for Calvin Klein, said he was nervous about what people think of him during a recent taping of an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“I didn’t want to come off arrogant or conceited, basically how I’ve been acting the past year, year and a half,” he said. “I’m not who I was pretending to be.”

Examples of the behavior he is talking about: making disrespectful comments at a Tokyo shrine and the Anne Frank museum, fighting with paparazzi and getting arrested for a DUI while driving a yellow Lamborghini. Oh, and that time he abandoned a pet monkey at a German airport.

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Kenny G Says He Basically Invented the Starbucks Frappuccino

attends ISINA collaboration announcement at Capitol Recording Studios Holiday Party at Capitol Records Studio on December 17, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
Musician Kenny G at Capitol Records Studio on December 17, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Paul Redmond—Getty Images

Or rather, he strongly encouraged Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to start selling them

You probably haven’t thought about Kenny G in a while, but here’s some fun new information about him: the smooth jazz legend says he’s basically the reason Starbucks Frappuccinos exist.

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Mr. G reflected on his early days as one of Starbucks’ first investors, when the store sold nothing but coffee. But another company, called Coffee Bean, was selling a sweet “blended” drink had people lined up around the block. He said he would always call up Starbucks founder Howard Schultz and tell him about this great drink that was essentially a milkshake.

Soon enough, Starbucks created its signature Frappuccino and everyone fell in love with. “I’d like to think I was partially responsible for that,” Kenny G said.

So next time you’re kneeling before the Kenny G shrine we know you have in your closet, thanking him for the sweet musical bliss he has given the world, be sure to thank him for this other sweet gift.

h/t E!

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Kim and Kanye Working on Difficult Second Child

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian arrive to Soho House New York James Devaney—GC Images

The celebrity tells People she and Kanye West are "trying for another kid"

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have unveiled their winter project — a younger sibling for baby North.

“We’ve really been trying for another kid,” Kardashian, 34, told People. More kids can’t come soon enough.”

The newlyweds had their first child, North, nineteen months ago.

This has been a busy 12 months for Kardashian. Not only did she break the internet, but Kardashian also got married, launched a mega-successful smartphone game, wrote a book (about selfies), and starred in a Super Bowl ad (also about selfies.)

Read more at People.

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Lindsay Lohan Is Trying to Pass Off Meet-and-Greets as Community Service

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Photo dated Oct. 13, 2014 of Lindsay Lohan who has revealed she plans to make her permanent home in London because it is the ideal place for her to grow up. Anthony Devlin—Press Association Images/AP

Not so fast, Lindsay!

Lindsay Lohan has been accused of trying to include socializing with fans as some of the 80 hours of community service she was supposed to perform for a 2012 reckless driving charge.

Lohan, 28, reportedly included meeting several fans during a stage production of Speed-the-Plow, in which she starred in the U.K. last year, as part of the mandatory 4,800 minutes she had to spend benefiting the community.

Her lawyer, Shawn Holley, appeared in court Wednesday to submit a dossier of documents outlining the Mean Girls actress’s community service hours, which Lohan claims were completed in nine days. Lohan also apparently awarded herself hours for allowing star-struck fans to shadow her, reports USA Today.

“I’d love to hang out with a celebrity all day and see their life, but that’s not community service,” said prosecutor Terry White, who has until Feb. 18 to demonstrate Lohan did not fulfill her community service requirement.

Lohan may face jail time if the prosecution can establish that this component of her criminal sentence was not met.

[USA Today]

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Here’s What Conan’s Show Would Look Like in Minecraft

Game on

On Tuesday night, Conan O’Brien says his show’s team asked Minecraft, the popular virtual world video game, if they could do an episode of Conan in Minecraft, and the company said no. But considering there are tons of customizable Minecraft maps, it was not hard for the comedian’s staff to just make their own. There is a red-headed cubist figure of Conan, his desk, the audience and the game even played around with the idea of hosting the show from a pirate ship or fire pit.

It is not the first time the comedian has lampooned the blocky game. He mocked Microsoft’s acquisition of its maker Mojang in the format of the game and, in a 2012 mock review of Minecraft for Xbox 360, described players as “young people [who] really can’t see well…people who have never seen what a real house looks like, and [who] like depressing climates.”

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Watch Channing Tatum Brilliantly Imitate His Baby Daughter’s ‘Poop Face’

He says it reminds him of Marlon Brando dying in The Godfather

Channing Tatum stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night to talk about general celebrity things — but the conversation got really good once it turned to the topic of fatherhood. And then also poop.

Tatum’s daughter, Everly, is one and a half now, and Chan is still really, really into being a dad. One of his favorite things about babies in general, he says, is that they all have “these different poop faces.”

Then he demonstrates what Everly’s poop face looks like and says it reminds him of the scene in The Godfather when Marlon Brando dies.

It’s a pretty good poop face, but we’re a bit disappointed it doesn’t look like this.

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Watch Kim Kardashian Mock Herself Perfectly in a Super Bowl Ad

It involves selfies, obvi

T-Mobile’s Super Bowl ad stars “Kim Kardashian, Famous Person” discussing a very serious matter.

“Each month millions of gigs of unused data are taken back by wireless companies. Tragic,” she says over somber PSA-style music. “Data you paid for that could be used to see my makeup, my backhand, my outfits, my vacations and my outfits. Sadly all lost. Please, help save the data.”

What follows is an ad that could be for T-Mobile’s Data Stash program or for Kardashian’s new book, appropriately titled Selfie.

Last year T-Mobile did a text-only ad that ended with the message: “Maybe next year, we’ll do an ad with overpaid movie stars.”

Let’s hope they spring for puppies in 2016.

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