Kelly Clarkson demands ‘moment of action’ on gun violence in moving speech

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Kelly Clarkson has demanded not a moment of silence for victims of gun violence, but instead a “moment of action.”

Following the Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas that left ten victims dead on Friday, the Billboard Music Awards host opened Sunday’s ceremony in Las Vegas with a moving speech focused on gun violence in the U.S.

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Clarkson, who grew up in Texas, took the opportunity to call for change, saying that “we’re failing our communities.”

“I’m a Texas girl, and my home state has had so much heartbreak over this past year, and once again we’re grieving for more kids that have died for just absolutely no reason at all.” Read more…

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‘September’ songwriter Allee Willis is not a fan of Taylor Swift’s Earth, Wind & Fire cover

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Taylor Swift got dragged pretty hard last month when she released her cover of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September.” But little did we know the sickest burns were yet to come.

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Allee Willis, who co-wrote the original tune with Maurice White and Al McKay, has weighed in with her assessment of Swift’s version. And what she had to say was… well, get your ice packs ready.

Willis shared her thoughts during a recent performance in Detroit. “I didn’t really think she did a horrible job,” she began. 

So far, so diplomaticBut Willis continued: Read more…

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Serena Williams’ royal reception outfit had a very relatable surprise

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There are a lot of ways in which Serena Williams is nothing like us. For starters, she was invited to Harry and Meghan’s nuptials and we weren’t. 

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But there is one thing Williams has in common with every ordinary schmuck getting dragged to a friend’s wedding this summer: Even she can only take so many hours of standing around in high heels.

Williams shared a photo of herself all dressed up for the royal reception yesterday, in a colorful Valentino gown. (With pockets. Williams truly is living the dream!) Read more…

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Chewbacca met the hobbits, but there was a problem

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Move over, Infinity War – there’s a new cinematic crossover in town.

Joonas Suotamo, a.k.a. Chewbacca from Solo: A Star Wars Story, recently spent some time with Sean Astin, Elijah Wood, and Billy Boyd, a.k.a. Sam, Frodo, and Pippin from Lord of the Rings.

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There’s just one problem.

Finally met my heroes — The Hobbits from Lord of The Rings! pic.twitter.com/SHWxH3A0BQ

— Joonas Suotamo (@JoonasSuotamo) May 20, 2018

Suotamo isn’t actually Chewbacca-sized, and Astin, Wood, and Boyd aren’t actually hobbit-sized. But at 6’10”, Suotamo is certainly tall enough to make a photo opp with three guys around 5’6″ to 5’7″ seem like a serious challenge. Read more…

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Ronan Farrow had a terrifying Harry Potter take

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Ronan Farrow had some hot takes for Twitter on Sunday – specifically that we reexamine some highly hated figures in children’s literature and see if they don’t deserve a new assessment. His examples included Miss Trunchbull in Matilda and Harry Potter’s Dolores Umbridge.

To which we say…yikes.

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It all started with this Sunday tweet about Miss Trunchbull from Roald Dahl’s Matilda.

Is Miss Trunchbull in Matilda misunderstood? She’s a pathbreaking Olympic athlete who seems to own her sexuality. She’s a harsh disciplinarian, but it seems like she had an unhappy life and her fate—being gaslit and driven insane—is as sadistic as anything she inflicts on others.

— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) May 20, 2018 Read more…

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Ariana Grande learning what ‘oomf’ means is too cute

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It’s tough to keep up with jargon when the internet moves so fast. 

Pop star Ariana Grande announced Saturday that she had learned what “oomf” meant (“one of my friends” or “one of my followers”). Knowledge is power, and Grande expressed an immediate feeling of empowerment.

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just learned what ‘oomf’ means. watch out twitter.

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 20, 2018

Grande then delighted in using the term liberally, with gems like “oomf is my mom” (not false!). She also compared herself to an evolving Pokémon, because even international celebrities have room for growth. Read more…

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Shut it down everyone, Billy Idol had the best tweet about the Royal Wedding

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You’d think if anyone had an obvious Royal Wedding joke lined up and ready to go, it’d be Billy “White Wedding” Idol.

Turns out what Idol had in mind was even better.

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Like seemingly everyone else on Twitter, Idol logged on yesterday to share his thoughts about Harry and Meghan’s nuptials. 

But what he didn’t say was even more noticeable than what he did.

Looks like a lovely day in UK for Harry and Meghan’s wedding #royalwedding

— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) May 19, 2018

Yup, the dude went with “lovely day” instead of “nice day,” “Harry and Meghan’s wedding” instead of “a white wedding.” It’s so close to his famous lyric, but not quite, and that not-quite-ness drove Twitter absolutely nuts. Read more…

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Inside that beautiful aerial shot of Harry and Meghan

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The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was a beautiful spectacle all around, but one aerial shot of the newlyweds making the rounds on social media was particularly stirring. The photo, from the Sunday Times Twitter account, went viral online, and Press Association photographer Yui Mok shared more about how it came to be.

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Always holding hands ❤️ #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/bCfuirSoSg

— Sunday Times Style (@TheSTStyle) May 19, 2018

Mok responded on Saturday to a viral tweet calling his photo “exquisite” and shared that he took it from the roof of Windsor Castle while the couple passed beneath. Read more…

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CyberGhost is a VPN that stands out, and not just because it’s on sale

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One bright spot in this year’s black hole of bad news concerning internet privacy and data security: VPNs are thriving. It seems like you can throw a rock while blindfolded and hit a crypto-technology company, many of which are just variations on the same theme.

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If you’re having a tough time figuring out which VPN to commit to for the rest of your web surfing days — or at least for the duration of a 90-day trial — one worth checking out is CyberGhost VPN, which is currently on sale. It does all the usual VPN duties efficiently and reliably while also introducing some truly unique and impressive features that never feel like filler.  Read more…

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Rashida Jones calls out Pixar’s poor track record with female directors

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It’s hardly news that Hollywood tends to favor white men, to the exclusion of everyone else. And Rashida Jones is done putting up with it.

Jones called out Pixar’s lack of diversity in an interview with Net-a-Porter, while explaining why she and writing partner Will McCormack left Toy Story 4 last year.

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Describing the situation as “complicated,” Jones said: 

The one female director Jones is referring to is Brenda Chapman, who was to be Pixar’s first female director before she was taken off of Brave and replaced by Mark Andrews.  Read more…

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