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Miley Cyrus Goes Topless Again For ‘V’ Magazine — See Pic

Miley can’t stop and won’t stop going topless!

Lupita Nyong’o’s $150,000 Oscar gown returned by thief via TMZ

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The $150,000 Oscar gown worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o that was stolen two days ago was returned on Friday by the thief, who tipped off celebrity news site after learning the pearls on the dress were fake, according to officials and the website.

Miley Cyrus Takes a Hike with Patrick Schwarzenegger & Nicole Richie

Miley Cyrus tries to stay warm in a cozy outfit while out and about on Friday afternoon (February 27) in Los Angeles. The 22-year-old singer and her boyfriend Patrick Schwarzenegger took a little hike around Runyon Canyon with Nicole Richie. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Miley Cyrus Nicole brought along her adorable dog [...]

Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s ‘Mr. Spock,’ dies at 83

(Reuters) - Leonard Nimoy, who won fame and fans with his portrayal of logic-bound, half-alien Mr. Spock in the "Star Trek" TV series and movies, died on Friday. He was 83.

Lupita Nyong’o’s $150,000 Oscar gown returned by thief via TMZ

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The $150,000 Oscar gown worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o that was stolen two days ago was returned on Friday by the thief, who tipped off celebrity news site after finding out that the pearls on the dress were fake.

Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s ‘Mr. Spock,’ dies at 83

(Reuters) - Leonard Nimoy, who won fame and fans with his portrayal of logic-bound, half-alien Mr. Spock in the "Star Trek" TV series and movies, died on Friday. He was 83.

Zachary Quinto Pays Tribute To His Spock Predecessor Leonard Nimoy

The younger Spock has joined the chorus of condolences for Leonard Nimoy. Zachary Quinto, who portrayed the "Star Trek" character Nimoy made famous in two movies directed by J.J. Abrams, posted a shot of his predecessor on Instagram alongside a heartfelt caption that quotes "Hamlet" and mourns the loss of his "dear friend."

my heart is broken. i love you profoundly my dear friend. and i will miss you everyday. may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

A photo posted by Zachary Quinto (@zacharyquinto) on Feb 27, 2015 at 10:01am PST

Quinto and Nimoy made regular appearances together once the 37-year-old actor was cast as Spock. The duo did press ahead of 2009's "Star Trek," appearing at San Diego Comic-Con and on talk shows. Quinto, Nimoy and Chris Pine popped up during "Weekend Update" on a Justin Timbelake-hosted episode of "Saturday Night Live" the same year. Nimoy also cameoed in the first "Star Trek," and he and Quinto co-starred in a car commercial in 2013.

Watch ‘Frozen’ Retold Using Only Emojis

It looks Emojis are taking over more than just your text threads. In the new video "Disney's Frozen as told by Emoji," the blockbuster film gets reimagined with the cutest little animated faces. At less than three (very entertaining) minutes, could the short film nod to a whole new emoji genre? Here's hoping.

Lisa Rinna: My Husband Harry Hamlin Said He’d Divorce Me If I Joined ‘Real Housewives’

It's hard to imagine "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" without Lisa Rinna now, but had she listened to hubby Harry Hamlin, she might never have appeared on the hit reality show.

In a "Live! With Kelly and Michael" interview Wednesday, the reality star revealed that Hamlin initially had some reservations about her joining the Bravo series this season.

"I went to Harry and said I'm thinking about [doing RHOBH] and he looked at me and said, 'If you do this show, I'll divorce you.'" (The divorce talk starts at 1:29 in the video above.)

So Rinna said she put the thought behind her. "I walked away and was done with it," the 51-year-old said. "I was done with the show idea."

Eventually, Hamlin, 63, caved. "He comes to me a day later...and he said, 'I've thought about this and I think it'll be a good idea if you did it.' He went through it. And I was like 'Okay.' And there you are!'"

All's well that ends well, but it's easy to understand Hamlin's reservations. "The Real Housewives" series has long been said to curse the relationships of its stars -- in 2013, Jezebel's Anna North did the math and found that half of the women on the shows at that time had been divorced, with the Beverly Hills franchise having the worst romantic track record.

"Real Housewives of Orange County" star Vicki Gunvalson has said that appearing on the show played a part in her divorce after 17 years of marriage, comparing the decision to "making a deal with the devil."

"Donn [my husband] said, 'Look at all these reality TV stars that are losing their marriages over this,'" Gunvalson said. "He goes, 'I'll be damned if we're gonna be one of them.' And I said, 'Honey we're never gonna be one of them.' Seven years in, we were one of them."

Below, more "Real Housewives" stars who've gone through divorce.

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Let These ‘House Of Cards’ Charts Remind You Why You’re Binge-Watching So Hard

"House of Cards" is back!

After months of anticipation, everyone's favorite power-hungry, fourth-wall-breaking politician has returned to Netflix for a third season. Here are some "House of Cards" charts to prep you before you disappear into a weekend of binge-watching. If you're not caught up completely, you may want to turn back, since there are a few spoilers ahead.

Lindsay Lohan tells judge letting "unfortunate kids" see her play *was* community service

Not surprisingly, the judge didn’t buy into her reasoning.

Farewell to Leonard Nimoy

Few fictional characters, particularly from television, have been as enduring in the public consciousness, memorable and profound as Spock, and few actors have both inhabited and created a character as fully and brilliantly as Leonard Nimoy did with Spock. Leonard Nimoy, who died today at 83 years old, played many roles, supported the arts, wrote poetry, published books of photography, and even sang songs, albeit not well, but will always be remembered for being Spock, the character he created and immortalized.

Spock was, of course, the half-Vulcan, half-human science officer and first mate on the original Star Trek television show. Spock possessed a superior intellect but sought to repress any emotions due to his understanding of Vulcan philosophy, which raised the idea of logic to a guiding, almost spiritual, principle. The character could have become a one-dimensional robot-like character, but instead Nimoy turned him into the most profound, and most human, character on the show. Spock, as the only non-human in the crew, wrestled with feelings of alienation, struggled to have his views recognized, and frequently bickered with Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelly), who distrusted the Vulcan Spock and thought his logic was too frequently insensitive and inhuman.

Spock's multidimensionality shone through best in his close friendship with Captain Kirk (William Shatner). The friendship between Spock and Kirk lasted decades and spanned three seasons of the original series and six movies. It even survived Spock's temporary death at the end of the second Star Trek film and only ended when Kirk died in the 1994 film Star Trek: Generations. Spock was the ultimate best friend. He was calm and reliable, always had Kirk's back, and was usually smarter and stronger than everybody else in the room or on the planet.

Nimoy, of course, was not Spock, but the actor and the character have always been identified very deeply with each other. Nimoy addressed his concerns about this in a 1975 book called I Am Not Spock but revisited those concerns two decades later in a book called I Am Spock. The character was initially the work of Star Trek creator Gene Rodenberry, but Nimoy embraced and developed the character, ultimately making Spock his own, and occasionally making it difficult to determine where Spock ended and Nimoy began.

In this regard, Nimoy was not simply an actor who will be remembered for one major role, like Jason Alexander as George Constanza or Jean Stapleton as Edith Bunker. To some extent it can be said that Nimoy created not only Spock and Spock's backstory but the entire Vulcan race and history.

Spock and the Vulcans were not created entirely out of whole cloth, however. Nimoy drew heavily on his own Jewish background to flesh out who Spock was and who the Vulcan people were. It is reasonably well known that the Vulcan salute, created by Nimoy, was taken from the Kohanim blessing, but Jewish influences on Spock go much deeper than that. In an speech given late in his life, Nimoy referred to Spock as "a diaspora character if there ever was one."

It does not take much imagination to see Spock's quest to feel fully part of Starfleet as part of the quest of Jewish Americans to be fully integrated into American society. This is particularly true given that Star Trek was a product of the late 1960s, a period of great societal transition, but also one where anti-Semitism and exclusion of Jews from various institutions was still strong. The themes of alienation, struggling to fit in, and being caught between two worlds, with which Nimoy's Spock wrestled across three televisions seasons, several movies, a few other cameos in later Star Trek programs, and even a few novels, are universal, but they are also distinctly central to the Jewish experience.

In the end Nimoy lived a life that would have made Spock proud. He lived long, and he prospered. Despite his years as a photographer, his work on television shows ranging from Three Men and a Baby to The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and roles including Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Nimoy will always, and rightly, be remembered as Spock. In his later years Nimoy embraced his most extraordinary creation and spoke frequently and often with great profundity about Spock and was aware of the depth of the impact Spock had made.

Spock's home planet does not exist in our universe, but for Nimoy and many of his biggest fans, it is real. Perhaps only Leonard Nimoy knew how to sit shiva on Vulcan, but today that is what they are doing on that not-quite-real planet. I don't know how to speak Vulcan, but I suspect at a time like this the phrase they use there is "Alav Hashalom." Farewell, Leonard Nimoy. We will miss you here on Earth.

Lindsay Lohan Is Headed Back to Community Service

An Oral History of Laurel Canyon, the 60s and 70s Music Mecca

They made music together, took drugs together, formed bands together, slept together. But none of the legends of the Laurel Canyon scene that flowered in L.A. in the late 60s and early 70s—Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Linda Ronstadt, and others—remember it quite the same way.

5 Things That Happened To Conan O’Brien When He Went To Cuba

"Hey, who's paying for this?" asked Conan O'Brien as he entered an Italian restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, where about a dozen journalists were sitting in front of appetizers, waiting for him to arrive. The purpose of the luncheon was to hear, first-hand, how O'Brien became the first U.S. late night talk show host to shoot an episode from Cuba since the embargo began. The episode will air March 4.

Those familiar with O'Brien's popular remote segments know that his "fish out of water" approach to new cultural phenomena can be hilarious. After President Barack Obama's announcement that the U.S. was working toward ending the embargo with Cuba, head writer Mike Sweeney casually suggested that they go there. O'Brien took the idea seriously because he remembered when then-"Tonight Show" host Jack Paar shot an episode from Havana after the revolution ended but before the U.S embargo in 1962.

"So the minute I heard [Sweeney suggest] that I was like, 'We gotta go, and we gotta go right away, because we don't know what's going to happen,'" O'Brien said.

And with that, O'Brien and executive producer Jeff Ross began planning a completely under-the-radar trip to Cuba for four days over President's Day Weekend to shoot a 1-hour special completely from Havana.

"I wanted the whole thing to be from Cuba, not a cutaway [from California]," O'Brien said. "We asked a cafe if we could borrow their cafe table, then we put an old microphone on it. There was a band of three or four Cuban women playing and I asked if they would be my house band. Then we found a guy to be Cuban Andy -- who I actually have better chemistry with -- and we shot the wraparounds there, just to give it that sense."

Here's a breakdown of what happened during the trip, which O'Brien explained over lunch.

1. Getting there was an adventure of its own, so much so that O'Brien sought comfort in "The Gilmore Girls."

First of all, the trip had to be covert. O'Brien and his team didn't announce it publicly because they feared the Cuban government might shut it down -- nor did they tell anyone at TBS or Time Warner for the same reason. Ten people traveled in total, six of them being the camera crew who flew out of Toronto, a more accepted way for U.S. citizens to get there. O'Brien, his assistant, Ross and Sweeney flew directly from Miami on a charter flight. They had contacted a Canadian production company in Havana who told them to "just come," saying that they would seek a formal invite from the Cuban Ministry Of Culture and get their Visas upon arrival. What they didn't know, as their charter left them without any way to reach their contact on the other side of customs, was that the Visas were on the plane.

"We see the charter plane start to pull away," O'Brien explained. "We walk up and we're greeted by this very genial man who asks for our papers, so we hand him this form that we were told takes care of everything, and he looks at us and goes 'No, Visa!' and then he folded up the paper and threw it away. Jeff and I are standing there. We don't know if he's coming back, we have no phones, we 're in Cuba. We had this idea that we thought would be pretty cool and now we might just be completely fucked."

Luckily there was a bit of American comfort waiting for them at the airport.

"So we go into this very small, not impressive building where airport workers are sitting around looking so bored because there's nothing to do, and in the corner there's an old television and it's showing 'Gilmore Girls' in Spanish. And I had this feeling of comfort for a second [...] It's the episode where Rory has decided to leave Yale and Edward Herrmann's upset ... I'm just getting lost in it and looking around at these people who couldn't give a shit if Rory leaves Yale or doesn't leave Yale."

Ross explained that after waiting around for quite some time, "the guy who runs the airport" came to them and worked everything out (luckily the charter plane hadn't yet left the airport with their Visas).

2. O'Brien found out he was bad at making cigars, among other things.

The trip was a short one but they planned to visit various sites, such as a cigar and rum factories, and pick up lessons in Salsa dancing, authentic Cuban music and more. "We were winging it, but it was planned winging it," O'Brien said, explaining that much of the trip was spent walking around and talking to people. But it was the cigar factory experience that he spoke about the most.

"They let me into a cigar factory, which is fascinating. It's 400 people in a room where they make them by hand and they're works of art, each one. It takes nine months of study to get to the point where you're even allowed in the factory," O'Brien said. "I actually started improvising with this great woman who tried to teach me how to make a cigar, and obviously I'm terrible at it."

O'Brien wanted to be sure that his special was not a "snarky, American comedy take," instead relying on his ability to be a comedian who makes fun of himself. "I'm not in my own land and I'm not good at things," O'Brien said of the special's ethos.

He said he further proved that intention when he got a traditional Cuban singing lesson and started supplementing the lyrics for 8th-grade Spanish phrases like, "The cat is in the sky" and "The dog has no milk."

3. O'Brien was brought back down to Earth when he saw a familiar face at a paladar.

Restaurants in Cuba are mostly state-run, but years ago it became legal to operate paladars (a.k.a privately owned restaurants run out of people's homes) which has led to some unique dining opportunities in Havana. When O'Brien decided to pay one a visit, he was taken aback by how beautiful and unsuspecting the building was. For a moment, he thought he was the first person to stumble upon this incredible find. But all it took was one photo to give him a wake-up call.

"Imagine a really nice, Upper West Side, beautiful 1900s apartment, and two of the three floors are in ruins, meaning crumbling. But you get to the top and there's a beautiful restaurant. There's no signage. And I'm thinking I'm the first guy here. Then I look up and on the wall there's a picture of Rob Schneider!" O'Brien said with a laugh. "Amongst others ... but Rob Schneider? The guy I shared an office with at 'SNL' like 20 years ago."

4. O'Brien had a great rapport with the Cuban people (even though he was only recognized by Canadian tourists).

Due to the lack of Internet and no access to American television, O'Brien wasn't recognized much in Havana except by Canadians who were there on vacation. But that didn't stop him from trying to convince Cubans that he can make them laugh.

"Everywhere I went, people were very open. When I would improv with them, they were really funny and really quick," he explained. "It's a form of humility to make yourself the butt of the joke in another culture and I think they respond to that."

Using an iPad to show clips of his TBS show, O'Brien did a lot of talking to Cubans about being from the U.S. ("Sometimes I would say I'm the greatest star in America," he joked) and found that many of them seemed relieved to hear that Americans do not harbor ill feelings toward the Cuban people.

"The one thing that was a constant is they were very interested in how Americans feel about [Cubans]. I did not get into how people feel about the Castro regime the last 53 years -- I don't think they wanted me to get into that either -- but I explained that America's a very divided country. We disagree on everything, 50/50, pretty much, and recently they did polls about normalizing relations with Cuba and they were overwhelmingly in favor," O'Brien said. "They were very happy to hear that. They want things to change, very much so."

5. O'Brien realized he might want to do more of this in the future.

O'Brien made a deliberate choice with this special to seek out more than just the funny parts and, now that he's returned, he's thinking outside the late-night show box.

"We're used to only thinking about comedy. For this one we thought: we want there to be funny moments, we want there to be really sweet moments and moments of connection, but we really just want to get the palate of Cuba," O'Brien said. "That was the big difference to me. I've only, for 22 years, been aggressively pursuing what's funny, and this was a different agenda."

O'Brien's career as a late-night host could morph into something closer to what Anthony Bourdain does, but with a comedic bent rather than a foodie one. He explained that in a world where there are more and more talk shows every year, he feels more of an impetus to keep changing and "do something radically different than what [he] did 10 years ago."

"I love travel and I love exploring things and I love trying to see if I can make someone laugh in a different culture," O'Brien said. "That was the most satisfying part of this project, just getting people to laugh who might not speak much English, don't know much about our culture, but they understand this guy not being able to make a cigar."

O'Brien hopes to somehow get a copy of the finished special down to Cuba after it airs so people can watch it, in hopes that his portrayal of the Cuban people helps to heal relations between the two countries, even if the special was done in the name of comedy.

"And maybe it's not a bad form of diplomacy," O'Brien said. "It is a universal language, if you can get it right."

Will Forte Can’t Stop (and He Hopes That Doesn’t Bother Anyone)

Will Forte greets me outside the bathroom, extending his hand as I zip up my fly. We are at the production offices of his new television show on the far northwest side of the San Fernando Valley, and I’ve shown up early for our interview.

An Official Bruce Lee Biopic Is In The Works

Bruce Lee's life will make it to the big screen, according to an announcement made by his daughter, Shannon Lee, on Friday. His family will be fully involved in the biopic's production as Bruce Lee Entertainment will partner with Lawrence Grey and Janet Yang on the feature film.

“There have been projects out there involving my father, but they’ve lacked a complete understanding of his philosophies and artistry," Lee said in a statement. "They haven’t captured the essence of his beliefs in martial arts or storytelling. The only way to get audiences to understand the depth and uniqueness of my father is to generate our own material and find amazing, like-minded partners to work with."

Lee gained success early in life for films such "Enter The Dragon," "Fist of Fury" and "The Game of Death." He became a household name in the '70s, and died at 32 years old at the height of his fame.

“Many don’t know that Bruce Lee was also a prolific writer and a creator of his own unique art and philosophy. That’s what we want to show – not just his kick-ass physicality, but the depth of his character and beliefs,” Lee said.

“It is a tremendous privilege to be working with Shannon on these exciting ventures about her father," Yang said in a statement. "In this age of an increasingly globalized culture, I can’t think of a more talented and innovative individual who embodies the best of East and West, and who can inspire future generations."

No casting or director has been announced just yet.

This ‘Map To The Stars’ Scene Scared Off Other Actresses, But Not Julianne Moore

A tricky scene that takes place in a bathroom didn't scare Julianne Moore away from accepting a leading role in "Maps To The Stars," but the same can't be said for others.

In a conversation with HuffPost Live on Thursday, the film's director David Cronenberg spoke of how the Oscar-winning actress didn't so much as question the sequence -- "a whole long, complex, funny dialogue scene while they're sitting on a toilet, farting and whatever else" -- unlike a number of her fellow Hollywood colleagues.

"[We had] no discussion whatsoever," he told host Ricky Camilleri. "It was other actresses -- this script being around for 20 years, other actresses had certainly seen it and many, many of them had big problems with that scene. They just felt they could not do that scene."

The veteran director recalled various actresses' ambivalence about being able act out that scene, but Moore didn't require any convincing.

"With Julie, it was no discussion at all because it was in the script," he recounted. "It was great. She loved it, as she did the rest of the script, and it was just, 'What's the best way to do it?' You know, where do we want to put the camera, how do we block it, what's the choreography, all just very pragmatic stuff. Nothing at all about the inner-life of that scene because it was right there on the page and it would come out in the performances."

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Jada Pinkett Smith Enjoys Watching Will Smith’s Sex Scenes

Jada Pinkett Smith (and Will Smith, chiming in) to Extra on watching her husband Will's sex scenes, and ... you know what, no. There's just too much wrong with all this.

What Makes ‘The DUFF’ This Generation’s ‘Mean Girls’

What makes a good teen movie? Tina Fey? The 2004 version of Lindsay Lohan? Glen Coco? "Mean Girls" has become the definitive high school comedy and "The DUFF" may be the classic for the next generation.

"The DUFF" hits all of the teen movie requirements: there's the vaguely sociopathic popular girl, the trying-on-lots-of-outfits scene and, as Vulture writer Bilge Ebiri notes, "the boy our heroine likes, who eventually turns out to be Mr. Wrong." But the movie moves beyond the genre's checklist and is more innovative than its beloved predecessor. "Mean Girls" is about the pain of adolescence and ever elusive feeling of fitting in. "The DUFF" takes on one specific part of that idea -- putting people in boxes, usually based on how they look -- and deconstructs it.

In terms of tone, "Mean Girls" makes "The DUFF" look like an ABC Original Series turned feature length film. It's starchy, corny and over-the-top. It would feel like a parody if it wasn't trying to be so earnest. But, the overarching message makes up for what the film lacks in quality.

Based on the title -- "DUFF" stands for "Designated Ugly Fat Friend" -- and the promo materials, the movie looks like another example of the trope across so many teen movies: our protagonist lets down her hair, puts on some lip gloss and is suddenly good enough to get the guy. For that, "The DUFF" faced controversy, and Mae Whitman -- who's fantastic and wildly relatable in the film -- experienced her share of backlash.

"I was like, 'I don’t want to see that,'" Whitman told HuffPost. "You know, where she takes off her glasses and all of a sudden the guy is like 'Actually, I do like you.' That’s not a story I felt invested in telling."


That is not at all what "The DUFF" is about. Instead, Whitman's character Bianca goes through a transformation that is purely emotional. By the end of the film, she has strengthened her sense of self without a need for more makeup or a new wardrobe.

There's something really refreshing about watching this trope be undone. "She never changes who she is the whole time," Whitman said. "I think we’ve all been in those situations where you’re willing to do anything to be less bullied, and then you realize that doesn’t work. It’s about feeling like your best self. I thought that was really a striking thing that I haven’t really seen yet in a movie about young people."

For those non-young people out there, "DUFF" is real slang used by kids these days. HuffPost Teen blogger Ally Del Monte explained the real-life implications of "DUFF" better than anyone over 18 ever could in a recent post:

I understand the premise behind DUFF -- being the person who looks different, and not what some might think is as attractive. They are kept around to make others look more desirable -- but I don't get why it's a thing now. Why would you want to own that you think you're not as good/pretty/lovable/worthy as someone else? Why do we need to have a label? Why can't we just be ourselves and get on with life?

The label is sort of more conceptual than literal designation. It's not about being ugly or fat, per se, but less traditionally attractive. It's yet another marker for "otherness" that we don't need.


The point of the film is not that Whitman is fat or ugly. She's objectively neither. The emphasis is on defining yourself outside of these labels.

"It could have been anything," Whitman said. "It could have been the friend that doesn’t dress as well or the friend that tells bad jokes at a party. Its like picking something out and making somebody feel like 'You’re this and you deserve to be in this category, because I said so.'"

This message aligns with the happy ending we see in "Mean Girls." Tina Fey's comedy was based on book about friendships (and enemy-ships?) between young women, "Queen Bees And Wannabees" by Rosalind Wiseman. Its cutting wit is grounded in realities about the cruel forms of self-esteem destruction that fill high school hallways.

Whitman has experienced the form of labeling we see in "The DUFF," both while growing up and in her career. If she wants anything out of her performance, it's that it will help make high school a slightly less hellish environment. "I was bullied a lot," Whitman said. "And still there is such a tendency to judge yourself even now ... It was important for me to have something that young girls could watch and feel less alone in that struggle."

"The DUFF" is now out in wide release.

10 Spock Quotes That Took Us Where No One Has Gone Before

Without Spock, there would be no "Star Trek." The Starship Enterprise's part-Vulcan officer always captivated audiences with his wit and logic while knowing exactly how to keep Captain Kirk in check.

On Friday, Leonard Nimoy, the actor who made Spock famous, died at the age of 83. Now, looking back on his career, we fondly remember the times no one could have said it better than Spock.

In honor of Nimoy, here are 10 of Spock's best quotes from "Star Trek":

10. On change.

9. On sacrifice.

8. On critical moments.

7. Spock just being Spock.

6. When even he doesn't understand.

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5. ... like when it comes to women.

4. On the difference between wanting and having.

3. On luck.

2. Fascinating!

1. And of course.

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12 Musicians Who Have Inspired Some Of The Fastest-Rising Baby Names

They’re so famous that no last name is required. This group of Grammy-winning hitmakers has changed what we listen to, what we wear, and yes, how we name our children. The biggest names in music have inspired some of the fastest-rising baby names in recent years, from the now well-established Aaliyah to the astonishing debut of Jayceon. Which celebrity names will leap from the Billboard Hot 100 to the baby name popularity charts next?


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Aaliyah Haughton was just 12 years old when she signed her first recording contract, and only 22 when she died in a plane crash. In the decade between, the Princess of R&B’s given name became a sensation. Aaliyah’s debut album, "Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number," was released in May 1994. That same year, over 1,400 girls were named Aaliyah -- up from just 22 the year before. The baby name Aaliyah has been in the US Top 100 every year since the singer’s tragic death, and has inspired countless respellings and variations, from Alia to Kaliyah.


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Adelyn, Adeline, Adelina, and Adelaide are all racing up the popularity charts in the US. Spare, simple Adele is one of six Adel- names currently in the US Top 1000. With Grammy-winning songstress Adele -- born Adele Laurie Blue Adkins -- in the spotlight, this name feels very on trend.



Beckett is big, and Jack is back, so how about Beck? Musician Beck -- born Bek Campbell -- has topped the charts since the 1990s, and recently won Album of the Year at the 57th Grammy Awards. Well over one thousand boys have been named Beck in the last decade -- and Beckett is racing up the US popularity charts, currently at Number 279 and rising.


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There’s only one Beyoncé -- except that the Destiny’s Child alum has inspired almost 2,000 parents over the past fifteen years to give her unusual name to their daughters, too. Beyoncé’s name is a spin on her mother’s maiden name, Beyincé. Apparently the family was once concerned that their rare surname was in danger of extinction. Problem solved!



Ciara is a traditional Irish saint’s name. Spelled Kira, it’s Russian, and spelled Keira, it’s Knightley -- as in the actress. But Ciara is also the given name of Ciara Princess Harris, the Grammy-nominated singer-actress who uses just her first name. As a girl’s name in the US, Ciara had been fading until Miss Harris came along. Over 2,000 girls were given the name in 2005, the year Ciara’s "Goodies" went triple platinum. She also put a different pronunciation on the table, because the singer pronounces Ciara like Sierra.



Aubrey Drake Graham started out as a teenage actor in his native Canada, but is better known as a Grammy-award winning rapper and singer. Drake also brings to mind singer-songwriter Nick Drake. There’s something fierce about this name -- Drake is another word for dragon. Drake was already on the rise when the rapper came along, but his multiple Grammy nominations have pushed his name into the US Top 300.

Jay Z

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He’s widely considered one of the greatest rappers of all time, plus he’s a successful entrepreneur, husband to Beyoncé, and dad to Blue Ivy. We haven’t named our sons Jay in his honor -- that name is stuck in style limbo. But Jay-Z imitator names proliferate, with sound-alikes Jace and Jase now among the Top 100 baby names, Jayce getting close, and Jayse newly arrived in the Top 1000.


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Speaking of Jay-names, Jayceon debuted at Number 206 in 2013. Jayceon Taylor is better known as The Game, a rapper and star of VH-1 reality series "Marrying the Game," documenting his on-again, off-again relationship with fiancée Tiffney. There’s a second singer known as just Jayceon. Both men pronounce it with three syllables: jay SEE on. The more conventional Jason -- as in the Argonaut -- is still in the US Top 100, but falling. Jayceon might be the name of the future.



Mexican singer and actress Litzy has pushed her unusual given name into the US Top 1000 baby names a handful of times since her career took off at the beginning of the 2000s. A Spanish nickname for Elizabeth, Litzy feels like an independent name. Spelling variations abound -- think Litcy and Litzi. Litzy left the US Top 1000 in 2013, but with the singer-actress back on another Telemundo telenovela in 2014, don’t count this name out.


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It might seem crazy what I’m about to say. With the oversized hats and the infectious anthem, singer Pharrell has become a household name. Born Pharrell Williams, his name is both a spin on Irish surname Farrell -- which means courageous -- as well as his father’s name, Pharaoh. 13 boys were named Pharrell in 2013, and around 300 since the musician-producer-fashion designer launched his career in the early 2000s. It wouldn’t be a surprise to hear more of this creative, “Happy” name.


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Rihanna is an alternate spelling of an Arabic name, one of the wives of Muhammad. It’s originally the middle name of Barbados-born singer Robyn Rihanna Fenty. As a girl’s name in the US, Rihanna was almost unknown until the singer’s 2005 debut. Her first major hit was 2007’s “Umbrella.” In 2008, over 1,000 newborn girls were given the name Rihanna. No question, the singer has put her name on the list of possibilities for a daughter.


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Mia, Leah, Gia, and now Sia! The Australian singer scored a major hit with “Chandelier” in 2014. In Old Norse, Sia means “victory.” It could also be short for names like Sophia, Sienna, and Cecilia, or even a creative spin on Mia and company. It’s too soon to say if the Grammy-nominated singer’s name will also prove a sensation, but we’ll probably meet at least a few little Sias in the coming years.

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Why ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Is TV’s Most Radical Show

Gay sex. Natural hair. Viola Freaking Davis. "How to Get Away With Murder" creator Peter Nowalk tells us how he managed to make the most progressive drama on broadcast television.

Meryl Streep’s Daughters Star In A Fashion Campaign, Define ‘Waking Up Like This’

Meryl Streep's daughters just upped their awesome factor, which means a lot considering, well, their mom is Meryl Streep.

Mamie, Louisa and Grace Gummer are the stars of cool-girl brand & Other Stories' Co-Lab collection campaign, which includes bags and accessories designed by Clare Vivier. These three are the definition of effortless beauty and look more like they are hanging out than posing for an ad (in the best way possible.)

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This is the second collaboration between & Other Stories and Vivier. A release from the brand explains why it was a natural fit. "Her collection is sophisticated yet bold, bringing a piece of that elusive and charming California essence to our customers," Creative Director Sara Hidén Bengtsson said.

That essence can also be attributed to the Gummer sisters, who Vivier calls in a release her "dream customers. Creative, hardworking, stylish, city girls."

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The collection debuts March 5th both in stores and online, so don't be surprised when you see way more people walking around with fanny packs come spring.

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Zachary Quinto Is ‘Not A Huge Fanatic’ Of Marriage, But Hopes To Have Kids

Zachary Quinto may be one of Hollywood's most high-profile out celebrities and a vocal, if divisive, advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, but don't expect him to tie the knot anytime soon.

"I personally am not a huge fanatic of marriage, whether it’s gay or straight," the 37-year-old actor, who is currently dating model Miles McMillan, told The Hollywood Reporter. "Commitment and relationships are a very individual thing, and I don’t stand to tell other people what to do or who to do it with, but for me, love is defined by two people in an intimate and personal way, and superimposing an institution on that isn’t necessarily, for me, the most exciting idea."

That doesn't mean he doesn't support same-sex marriage, of course. In an interview with The Huffington Post in 2013, he described marriage equality as "an unstoppable wave," a sentiment that he reiterated that once again in his chat with The Hollywood Reporter's Chris Gardner.

"It’s something I have been an advocate for and a fighter for in the past eight years," the "American Horror Story" and "The Slap" star said. "I want to see that continue. And maybe there will come a day when it makes perfect sense for me personally. We’ll see."

Quinto felt differently about the possibility of fatherhood, however, saying that he "definitely" wants children.

"I gravitate toward the people in my life who have kids," he noted. "I love fostering relationships with them and watching them discover the world and being a part of that."

Prior to his relationship with McMillan, Quinto was romantically linked with Broadway and "Looking" star Jonathan Groff. The pair reportedly split in 2013.

Celebrities Mourn Leonard Nimoy After News Of His Death

When Leonard Nimoy died on Friday after living a long and prosperous life, the news of his death hit Hollywood hard. Friends, former co-stars and others who just found the 83-year-old actor to be an inspiration took to social media to express their grief over the loss of a beloved man.

"I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love."

-William Shatner

— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 27, 2015

This, too

— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) February 27, 2015

George Takei, Nimoy's friend and former co-star, called into "Andrea Mitchell Reports" on MSNBC to say:

You know, the word extraordinary is often overused, but I think it's really appropriate for Leonard. He was an extraordinarily talented man, but he was also a very decent human being. His talent embraced directing, as well as acting and photography. He was a very sensitive man. And we feel his passing very much, he had been ill for a long, long time. And we miss him very much. He'd been there for a long, long time, and we miss him very much.

my heart is broken. i love you profoundly my dear friend. and i will miss you everyday. may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

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Leonard Nimoy brought us one of the greatest, noblest characters in the history of American storytelling. Someone find the Genesis planet.

— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 27, 2015

#LeonardNimoy illustr8d th blessing of Th High Priest on Star Trek-every1 who watched th show received his loving intentions thru his hands.

— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) February 27, 2015

He created a role that nobody else could play. Multitalented writer,actor,director. A terrific&sweet man. RIP Leonard Nimoy #Spock #StarTrek

— Larry King (@kingsthings) February 27, 2015

Has the Information Society released a statement yet? #RIPLeonardNimoy

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 27, 2015

RIP Leonard Nimoy

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 27, 2015

Live Long And Prosper. RIP Leonard Nimoy #Spock

— Randy Jackson (@YO_RANDYJACKSON) February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy! You will forever be part of us all! Rest. Rest with the angels.

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 27, 2015

Sad to hear about the passing of Leonard Nimoy. He was a true renaissance man.

— Joy Behar (@JoyVBehar) February 27, 2015

RIP to the great #LeonardNimoy.

— Howard Stern (@HowardStern) February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy was more than Mr. Spock. But Mr. Spock is his gift to us all. Live long and prosper. HANX.

— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy Dead at 83 via @thedailybeast #rip, sir.

— Eliza Dushku (@elizadushku) February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy has died. I've set my phaser on "weep."

— Gary Shteyngart (@Shteyngart) February 27, 2015

RIP, Mr. Nimoy.
You really did live long and prosper, and we were all the richer for it.

— Jeri Ryan (@JeriLRyan) February 27, 2015

"This is the Mugar Omni Theater." "...because he grew up six blocks from here." "Who put the bomp?" #LeonardNimoy

— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) February 27, 2015

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The Internet Just Served Up Some Weird Stuff, So Here Are Some Joe Biden Photos To Cleanse Your Palate

The last 24 hours of the Internet have been pretty weird. First we all stopped to watch a live llama chase, and then there was that argument over the color of a dress. (It's blue and black, by the way.)

Because we could all use a reset, here are some classic photos of Vice President Joe Biden being himself, doing his thing, keeping it real:

Sheer Dresses, Bold Shoulders And More Looks That Made Our Best Dressed List

Between the Oscars, Brit Awards and Elle Style Awards, there was no shortage of spectacular red carpet moments.

While sparkly and sheer dresses were a huge trend, stars like Janelle Monae and Diane Kruger stood out in pant outfits. Rashida Jones hit up the Hollywood after-party scene in a gorgeous floral gown that channeled spring. And Cara Delevingne made our jaws drop as she went total bombshell in a curve-hugging black dress.

Check out our favorite celebrity looks of the week and let us know if you agree with our picks.

Rita Ora in Zuhair Murad Couture
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If you're going to go ultra-sheer, this is how you do it. The champagne tulle jumpsuit with its crystal and sequin embellishments and plunging neckline practically shines against the singer's bronzed complexion and platinum pixie. Her smoldering eye makeup and nude lips accentuate the ease of this effortlessly sexy look.

Janelle Monae in Emporio Armani
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Nobody does menswear quite like Ms. Monae. She put her own spin on this straight-from-the-runway velvet suit with a white ruffle shirt, oversized hat and, of course, a matte red lip. Not to mention, the tailoring is absolutely spot on, as the hemline hits right above her black sandals.

Rashida Jones in Andrew Gn
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It's quite refreshing to see such sophisticated florals in the dead of winter. The vibrancy of the pink and green floral print is balanced by the black and the cut of the gown. The soft ruffle detail at the shoulders and those stunning emerald earrings make the whole look interesting.

Diane Kruger in Donna Karan Atelier
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We're convinced that Diane Kruger is the definition of style. She wowed us with this one-shoulder red jumpsuit at the Vanity Fair Party. Side-swept waves and strappy Jimmy Choo sandals made the actress appear even more statuesque. And how fun is her funky Anya Hindmarch clutch?

Cara Delevingne in Vivienne Westwood
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We almost didn't recognize Cara. We rarely see her looking so dolled up. The supermodel ditched her jeans and sneakers for a phenomenal long-sleeved black dress. Retro waves, red lipstick and a shiny diamond necklace upped the glamour.
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