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Reality TV personalities Kris and Bruce Jenner to divorce

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kris Jenner, the matriarch of the Kardashian reality television family, on Monday filed for divorce from her husband Bruce Jenner, the gold medal-winning Olympic decathlete, almost a year after they announced their separation.

Miley Cyrus Photoshops Her Childhood Eye Roll Face Onto Her Raunchiest Pics: See the Funny Meme

Miley Cyrus has created her very own meme, and we must admit the photos are pretty funny. It all started a few days ago when the 21-year-old pop star found a silly childhood pic of...

Miley Cyrus — Burglars Will Do Time for Maserati Theft

The Bonnie-and-Clyde burglars who broke into Miley Cyrus' house and stole her Maserati and jewelry ... will both serve years behind bars ... TMZ has learned.Tylor Scott and Naomi Charles both copped pleas Monday ... guilty on 1 count of felony… Permalink

James Franco Disses Lindsay Lohan in New Hollywood Dreaming Book: See Four More Famous Targets

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Kris And Bruce Jenner File For Divorce After Living Apart For More Than A Year

It looks like it's really over for Kris and Bruce Jenner, as the 58-year-old momager finally filed for divorce after the pair separated more than a year ago.

TMZ reports that the divorce is "totally amicable," and no lawyers have been involved. Sources told the website that everything has been worked out with their business managers, and since the couple reportedly married without a prenup, they've agreed to split their property. Neither is seeking spousal support.

RadarOnline claims to have obtained the divorce filing, and notes that Kris lists "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split. Additionally, Kris has asked for joint physical and legal custody of their 17-year-old daughter, Kylie, and made requests to keep her own jewelry.

Request for comment made to the Jenners' rep has not been returned at this time.





Lady Gaga sheds quirky image for jazz album with Tony Bennett

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, bridging a 60-year age gap to form one of music's unlikeliest pairs, launched a jazz album on Monday that lets the pop diva put aside her wacky image to sing sweet harmonies with the elder statesman of cool.

Ken Jennings Of ‘Jeopardy!’ Fame Tweets Awful Wheelchair ‘Joke’

Ken Jennings may have won big with fans on "Jeopardy!," but his latest tweet may lose him a lot of followers and respect.

Known on Twitter for his smart and snarky tweets, Jennings tweeted an apparent "joke" on Monday that mocked people in wheelchairs:

Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.

— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) September 22, 2014


It is unclear if Jennings' account has been hacked, but his followers have already tweeted their disgust at the 40-year-old television personality and author:

@KenJennings I just...how can you even think this is ok to say? I can't even express how many levels this can be hurtful on. Goodbye.

— Jordan Goldstein (@thetabyte) September 22, 2014


@KenJennings You're better than this.

— mostly charmless (@OopsNate) September 22, 2014


@KenJennings #unfollow

— Hafthor Stefansson ❎ (@hafthor) September 22, 2014


@KenJennings not funny, even in the slightest.

— Dan Carson (@okdan) September 22, 2014


HuffPost Entertainment contacted Jennings to see if he had any comment on the tweet; this post will be updated if and when he responds.

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal Ready to Ditch L.A. Pad

2014-09-19-JakeGyllenhaal.jpg It looks like Jake Gyllenhaal is ready to part ways with his Los Angeles property, which he has owned for nearly 10 years. The three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home is up for grabs for $3.5 million.

The gated celebrity compound, built in 1948, is perfect for anyone looking for some privacy; the house is situated on almost two acres of land down a long private driveway, with nothing behind it but a beautiful view of the Los Angeles city skyline. The interior of the home seems to be reflective of the actor himself, oozing with character and charm. The décor is chic yet simple, with white walls and neutral toned furniture giving the home an overall midcentury modern vibe. The living area has high-beamed ceilings and a large window letting in plenty of natural light. The property also has a swimming pool and several trails.

One feature Gyllenhaal must have had in mind when scooping up the place was location: The manse is ideal for anyone who would need to get to and from studios in the Los Angeles area. The Hollywood hunk purchased the abode back in 2005 for $2.5 million, around the same time of the release of his movie "Jarhead."

Gyllenhaal must not see much of a need for the home on the Golden Coast, considering that he has been spending a lot of time in New York with many reports saying that he has been checking out a townhouse in Manhattan. Aside from real estate wheelin' and dealin', the actor is busy with plenty of other projects, including his recent film, "Nightcrawler."

For more celebrity real estate news, follow me on Twitter @AlannaFinnNYC.

Adam Driver’s Yearbook Photos Preview Total Stardom

May we present yet another edition of Awesome Celebrity Yearbook Photos, this time featuring Adam Driver.

Brian Doty, one of Driver's former classmates, tweeted photos of the "Girls" star from the Beiger Junior High and Mishawaka High School in Mishawaka, Indiana yearbooks. As a response to Kevin Lincoln's Grantland article on Driver, Doty wrote, "Can you spot him in my junior-high yearbook?"

"I remember him well from school," Doty told HuffPost Entertainment in an email. "I was never in any drama classes with him, but I did take a few art classes with him, and wouldn't you know it ... he was/ is an amazing artist. (I wonder what a high school drawing might be worth in five-10 years ...)"

@KTLincoln Nice piece on @Grantland33 about Adam Driver. Can you spot him in my junior-high yearbook? (names are off) pic.twitter.com/JT7xAjIvvT

— Brian Doty (@bmdoty) September 22, 2014


@KTLincoln No problem. Here he is in high school. pic.twitter.com/JKXmN21Kgw

— Brian Doty (@bmdoty) September 22, 2014

Miley Cyrus Has Been Uploading Her Photoshopped Baby Picture On Instagram Like Crazy – And The Result Is Complete …

We have no idea what's going on here… But these images kept us entertained all weekend! Miley Cyrus is back to posting oddities on Instagram — but this time, it's all about THIS baby picture:  She posted the silly stare on Friday, followed by more than 10 over sexualized photoshopped images of her body and baby Miley's unique [...]

Singer Lauryn Hill comeback gets off to rocky start in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Lauryn Hill's five shows in Britain this month were billed as a rare treat for fans of the elusive singer-songwriter, coming less than a year after she was released from U.S. federal prison where she served three months for tax evasion.

LA Attorney Svitlana Sangary Faces Suspension Over Doctored Celeb Photos

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has recommended a six-month suspension for a Los Angeles attorney who posted doctored photos on her firm's website that show her with high-profile people such as President Obama, Hillary Clinton and George Clooney.

In an 18-page decision this month, Judge Donald Miles said Svitlana Sangary failed to remove the images after a State Bar warning that they were false advertising; disregarded the disciplinary process and responded to the charges with a 16-page soliloquy that had little or nothing to do with the case. The California Supreme Court will decide on the recommendation.

In a rambling statement to The Associated Press, Sangary implied that the photos were genuine. The attorney says she was photographed with "talented and successful people" at charity and political events and provided a photo link.

Julianne Moore Perfectly Sums Up Everyone’s Feelings On Juice Cleanses

As if you needed another reason to skip that juice cleanse you've been pressured into trying, Julianne Moore just gave you one.

The gorgeous actress is NewBeauty's fall/winter 2014 cover star. Inside the mag, she admits the one thing she just can't behind: a liquid diet. "I did a juice cleanse for the Golden Globes one year. I think I did it for three days. To be honest, the only weight I lost was in my brain," she told the glossy.

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So we know she prefers solid foods, but what are her secrets to always looking so great? A combination of yoga -- "I do better when I am working out in quiet," she said -- and lots of sunscreen. "I was lucky enough to have a very fair-skinned mother who instilled in me the importance of sunscreen. We wouldn’t go to the beach until after 3 p.m., and we would do things like walk on the shady side of the street to avoid the sun. People are so much more careful now, but back then it was rather unusual," she told NewBeauty.

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Check out the entire interview in NewBeauty magazine, which hits newsstands Sept 23.

ICYMI: Miley Cyrus Has Been Meme-ing Herself!

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Katherine Heigl Dons A Bikini, Parties With Friends At The Beach

The rest of us may be settling into fall, but for Katherine Heigl, summer is still in full swing.

The actress took to Instagram on Sunday to share a snap of herself enjoying a day in the sun with three friends.



"Love love love! @cheyenneellis @tawnylehman @irritated_one," she captioned the photo.

The beach trip appeared to be a relaxing break for Heigl, who has been busy filming her upcoming TV show "State of Affairs." In the series, Heigl plays a CIA analyst who works with the president on international security. Catch the premiere on Nov. 17 on NBC.


Angelina Jolie to direct Richard Leakey biopic ‘Africa’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has been hired to direct "Africa," a feature film about paleoanthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey and his campaign against ivory poachers that threaten Africa's elephants.

Yoga Pose of the Day: Standing Forward Bend

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Miley Cyrus burglars sentenced

The people who burglared Miley Cyrus’ home in May have reportedly been ordered to serve time behind bars.

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Teens Sing Along To Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ Video, Then Question Its Portrayal Of Women

So, we've heard a lot about Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" music video over the past month.

But what does its target audience think? Get a fresh perspective on the controversial clip by watching a group of teenagers react to the video in the latest episode of the Fine Bros. "Teens React" series.

Their takes on the video are wrought with nervous laughter and animated facial expressions.

"I should have brought holy water today!" says 17-year-old Kaelyn.

But after admitting the song is super catchy, the teens quickly turn their discussion to the portrayal of women in Minaj's video, as well as the objectification of women in mainstream culture.

"[Minaj is] putting herself out there...to expose herself the way she wants to, and she's expressing herself," says Rachel, 18. "But at the same time, she's not, because she's over-sexualized and she's objectified."

Tori, 16, takes the analysis one step further:

"[Music videos like "Anaconda"] make men feel like they're entitled to that body, because they see it all the time."

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Miley Cyrus Will Design You a Custom Tattoo for Just $10,000

Ever wanted to get something designed by a celebrity permanently inked onto your body? Do you have an extra $10,000 sitting around? If the answer to both of those questions is an emphatic "yes" then Miley Cyrus might want a word with you...

Emma Watson Delivers Game-Changing Speech On Feminism For The U.N.

Earlier this summer, fresh from college graduation, Emma Watson, was named a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. Though the ripples of her involvement over the past six months can be seen online (crashing the U.N. website, using Twitter to denounce a sexist politician in Turkey or respond to the gender politics of the recent celebrity nude photo hack), Watson’s power in person is an entirely different matter.

Mike Tyson Rescues Man From Horrifying Motorcycle Crash

Mike Tyson was a real-life hero for a man who was in a horrifying motorcycle crash.

Ryan Chesley says he was riding his bike to Las Vegas when he was allegedly cut off by a cab on the freeway, throwing him from the motorcycle.

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You+Me’s ‘Break The Cycle’ Is A Love Song To P!nk’s Mom In Disguise

You+Me is the project of Alecia Moore (P!nk) and Dallas Green (City and Colour), two of the most notable voices in music today. While such prominent voices rarely mix too seamlessly, Green and Moore were destined to harmonize together.

"It doesn't sound like you featuring me, or me featuring you," Green said in the group's explainer video. "It sounds like us."

Gearing up to release their debut album, "rose ave.," on Oct. 14, HuffPost Entertainment is pleased to premiere the group's second single, "Break the Cycle."



Keeping in line with the acoustically driven tone of their first track, "You and Me," strings float in and out as Moore and Green sit an octave apart atop sparse strums during the verses. In the chorus, the duo harmonizes with a more upbeat feel, matched in lyrics like, "Let me heal the wounds you've held onto for all these years / Break the cycle, break the chains / Love is louder than all your pain."

“We were at the bar talking and I really wanted to write a song about my mom," Moore told HuffPost Entertainment. "It didn’t turn out to be quite the love song I thought it would be, but it’s very honest and came out to be so much more.”

“The words of the chorus is the loving, nurturing part," Green told HuffPost Entertainment. "I did not expect this song to turn out the way it did and it’s so good.”

For more information about You+Me, head over to their website.

Aaron Carter Responds To Hilary Duff’s Comments About His Undying Love For Her

Because we must be living in some kind of time warp, the Aaron Carter-Hilary Duff love saga continues.

Carter has responded to comments Duff recently made to Buzzfeed about the singer's repeated public declarations of love for her.

"He does, I keep seeing that, that he keeps doing that," Duff said. "I don’t know how I feel. I mean, that was so long ago, and obviously I’m still married, and I have a baby and we kind of just … don’t know each other."

Carter remarked on Duff's apparent disinterest in his advances, telling Wenn, "If I'm too open about how I feel then people wanna nag and pick and poke at me," he said. "I don't know Hilary either. She don't know me and I don't know her. I just need to shut up now about it. I think it's time."

"She's got a kid and she's married and I'm not trying to be that dude," he continued. "That's not my intention. Hilary will always hold a very special place in my heart."

Alright, well now that that's cleared up -- sort of -- we can all go back to dreaming about this "Lizzie McGuire" reunion actually becoming a reality.

Jennifer Lopez Takes The Stage In A Sheer Bodysuit

Following the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, Jennifer Lopez took center stage this weekend for a sizzling 90-minute show.

The 45-year-old superstar performed hits like "Jenny From the Block" and "Love Don't Cost a Thing" for a crowd of 60,000 at the Padang, according to Yahoo! Sports Singapore. Lopez wore an array of sheer costumes, including a fringed bodysuit and a white, belted number.

She took to Twitter to thank the audience:

Thank you for coming out #Singapore!!! 60K strong!!! Amazing night. @F1 Congrats @LewisHamilton. #SingaporeGP pic.twitter.com/rOjdjr1gom

— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) September 21, 2014


Check out photos from Lopez's performance:

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One Direction Star Liam Payne Responds To Alleged Nude Photo Leak, Gay Rumors

People love to speculate about the sexuality of the members of boy band One Direction -- and a recent nude photo leak seems to have fed rumors.

Last week a photo that made the rounds on Twitter allegedly showed Liam Payne naked. In response, Payne denied the photo is him and also took the opportunity to address gay rumors that have circulated about him.

Wow as if people think that weird photo going around is actually me lol think id rather tweet a full frontal than have people look at that

— liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) September 21, 2014


I'm 100% not homophobic. But I'm also 100% not gay so when somebody says I am I'm gunna say I'm not which does not make me a homophobe

— liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) September 21, 2014


Payne landed himself in hot water earlier this year when he tweeted out a statement of support for Phil Robertson following the anti-gay "Duck Dynasty" star's infamous GQ profile.

Last week, Niall Horan, another One Direction star, responded to gay rumors of his own when a Vine video allegedly showing him kissing a male friend went viral.

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Nepotism in Hollywood is nothing new, but with pseudonyms and ever-changing last names, the tangled webs of celebrity lineage isn't always visible. Luckily for those curious about which famous faces are breaking bread together, HuffPost Live took the time to map out some of these elite family trees in the video above. Now, if we could just get an engraved invitation to be adopted by the Coppolas...

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Neil Patrick Harris Says He Married David Burtka As ‘A Proclamation’ To Share With Their Kids

Neil Patrick Harris says he and new husband David Burtka were "not trying to elicit any kind of reaction from anyone" when they decided to tie the knot in Italy earlier this month.

The Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor spoke at length about his destination wedding in an interview on "The View" last week, saying the nuptials were "less about a proclamation and more about a declaration that I was able to share in front of our kids, and that he could do back for me."

"We've been together over 10 years and I think when our kids got to the age they were having reasonable conversations, when they are asking lots of 'why' questions, then it seemed [important] to be able to have a real clear-cut explanation of who their daddy is, I think is great — that he’s my husband, it was easier than 'partner' or 'boyfriend' or something like that."

The intimate ceremony, which took place at a rented Italian castle, was an emotional moment for Harris and Burtka, and included their two children, Gideon Scott and Harper Grace.

"It was so crazy, because when you watch other people say their vows and get all chocked up, you say 'Come on! Pull it together, man,'" he added. "Then when you are standing there and it's you and you have this piece of paper in your hand and it's shaking...you can't help but just get super-duper chocked up."

Watch a video clip of the segment here.

Hilary Duff Rocks A Cutout Leather Dress To The iHeartRadio Music Festival

Hilary Duff channeled her rocker side in a cutout leather dress for the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Friday.

The 26-year-old looked glamorous in the strapless Anthony Vaccarello dress, which featured a cutout in the center of the bodice and large metallic ruffles on the side. She paired the look with Christian Louboutin pumps and some wavy hair.

"My fans have been so supportive of me for so long," the singer, who is getting ready to drop her new album this year, told Billboard backstage. "Getting to see stuff on Twitter and see the way that they're excited for the music and excited for what's to come, it feels really good."

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‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Inherent Vice’ And More Movies To Anticipate At The New York Film Festival

The New York Film Festival runs from Sept. 26 to Oct. 12, completing the great post-Labor Day festival onslaught following Venice, Telluride and Toronto. That means big Oscar movies like "Gone Girl" and "Inherent Vice," which will make their world premieres, are soon to be hot discussion topics. But buried among those banner films is a slew of releases worthy of your attention.

"Gone Girl" (World Premiere, Opening Night Feature)

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NYFF synopsis: "David Fincher’s film version of Gillian Flynn’s phenomenally successful best seller (adapted by the author) is one wild cinematic ride, a perfectly cast and intensely compressed portrait of a recession-era marriage contained within a devastating depiction of celebrity/media culture."

What else to know: The NYFF nabbed the first public screenings of what may be fall's most anticipated movie. Reviews are in, which means we can start studying exactly how much of the novel's ending was changed.

"Inherent Vice" (World Premiere, Centerpiece Feature)

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NYFF synopsis: "Paul Thomas Anderson’s wild and entrancing new movie, the very first adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, is a time machine, placing the viewer deep within the world of the paranoid, hazy LA dope culture of the early ’70s."

What else to know: The most we've seen of this movie is a couple of nondescript photos and a few seconds of footage in the NYFF trailer, so it currently stands as one of the most enigmatic awards contenders. But given the auteur-ish styles of Anderson, a four-time Oscar nominee, and Pynchon, a National Book Award recipient, there will be much to discuss here.

"Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance" (U.S. Premiere, Closing Night Feature)

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NYFF synopsis: "One-time action hero Riggan Thomson (a jaw-dropping Michael Keaton) stages his own adaptation of Raymond Carver’s "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" while contending with a scene-hogging narcissist, a vulnerable actress, and an unhinged girlfriend for co-stars; a resentful daughter; a manager who’s about to come undone... and his ego, the inner demon of the superhero that made him famous, Birdman."

What else to know: You'll have to wait a little longer to compare Keaton's performance to his two biggest awards competitors -- Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") and Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game") -- but it's a safe bet to assume he'll earn his first Oscar nomination for this.

"CITIZENFOUR" (World Premiere)

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NYFF synopsis: "When filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong to meet Edward Snowden for the first time, Poitras brought her camera with her. The result is a 100 percent real-life thriller unfolding minute-by-minute before our eyes. 'CITIZENFOUR' is a major work on multiple levels, and a deeply unsettling experience."

What else to know: This one's a late addition to the festival, and it's a hotly anticipated documentary that's shrouded in secrecy. It also marks the first time the NYFF has ever added a feature to its Main Slate lineup after the schedule has been announced. Oh, and it's produced by Steven Soderbergh.

"The 50 Year Argument"



NYFF synopsis: "The 50-year history of The New York Review of Books is chronicled by co-directors Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi in 'The 50 Year Argument,' which takes viewers behind the scenes with the journal’s editor Robert Silvers and many of the writers and pundits who have collaborated on the publication through the years. From the publication’s origins in 1963, when it was created to fill a void left by a citywide newspaper strike, the publication has evolved from a platform to review new books by contemporary authors to an editorial forum for some of the most creative minds in the world, dubbed 'the premier literary-intellectual magazine in the English language.' The documentary includes recent interviews with many past and present contributors, as well as archival footage of such literary lions as Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Susan Sontag and William Styron, among others."

What else to know: Scorsese has turned his attention to Bob Dylan, Fran Lebowitz, The Rolling Stones and George Harrison for documentaries, and now we're excited to see what he'll do with a portrait of this influential publication.

"'71"

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NYFF synopsis: "A riveting thriller set in the mean streets of Belfast over the course of 24 hours, '71' brings the grim reality of the Troubles to vivid, shocking life as a squaddie (Jack O’Connell) finds himself trapped and unarmed in hostile territory and the lines between friend and foe become increasingly blurred."

What else to know: Jack O'Connell will probably find a bigger moment in Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken," but see him in "'71" before he becomes a star.

"Clouds of Sils Maria"

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NYFF synopsis: "Juliette Binoche plays an aging actress and Kristen Stewart her personal assistant in Olivier Assayas’s brilliant new film, a close meditation on the passage of time."

What else to know: "Clouds of Sils Maria" contains one of three big dramatic roles in Stewart's near future, the others being "Camp X-Ray" and "Still Alice."

"Eden"

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NYFF synopsis: "Mia Hansen-Løve’s fourth feature is based on the experiences of her brother (and co-writer) Sven -- one of the pioneering DJs of the French rave scene in the early 1990s -- and plays in the mind as a swirl of beautiful faces and bodies, impulsive movements, rushes of cascading light and color, and music, music, and more music."

What else to know: Curious about the evolution of EDM? This is the French movie for you. (Daft Punk makes an appearance as well.)

"Foxcatcher"

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NYFF synopsis: "A vivid portrait of a side of American life that has never been touched in movies, Bennett Miller’s meticulously crafted new film deals with the tragic story of the the fatally dissociated billionaire John E. du Pont (Steve Carell) and the brothers and championship wrestlers (played by Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum) recruited by du Pont to create a national wrestling team on his family’s sprawling property in Pennsylvania."

What else to know: Another fierce Oscar contender, "Foxcatcher" was originally slated for a 2013 release but has instead dominated the entire 2014 festival circuit.

"Goodbye to Language"

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NYFF synopsis: "Jean-Luc Godard’s 43rd feature, shot in 3-D and 'starring' his beloved dog Roxy, is a work of the greatest freedom and joy, as impossible to summarize as a poem by Wallace Stevens or a Messiaen quartet."

What else to know: "Goodbye to Language" is a trippy, experimental comment on cinema and 3-D today, in signature Godard fashion. The French master reinvents and distorts the way we see (literally, at times) and approach the moving image.

"Listen Up Philip"

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NYFF synopsis: "For his sly, very funny portrait of artistic egomania, Alex Ross Perry draws on literary models (mainly Philip Roth and William Gaddis) to achieve a brazen mixture of bitter humor and unexpected pathos."

What else to know: Elisabeth Moss and Jason Schwartzman are in it.

"Maps to the Stars" (U.S. Premiere)

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NYFF synopsis: "David Cronenberg takes Bruce Wagner’s script -- a pitch-black Hollywood satire -- chills it down, and gives it a near-tragic spin. The terrible loneliness of narcissism afflicts every character from the fading star Havana (Julianne Moore) to the available-for-anything chauffeur (Robert Pattinson) to the entire Weiss family, played by John Cusack, Olivia Williams, Evan Bird and Mia Wasikowska."

What else to know: "Maps to the Stars" saw mixed reception at Cannes and Toronto, but everyone seems to agree that Moore is terrific in it. The movie is one of several this year ("Birdman," "Clouds of Sils Maria," non-NYFF films "The Humbling" and "The Congress") that centers on aging Hollywood stars.

"Mr. Turner"

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NYFF synopsis: "A portrait of the great painter J.M.W. Turner and his time, but also an extremely clear-eyed film about art and its creation, and the great human problem of sharing a life with other people. Featuring a remarkable performance from director Mike Leigh’s frequent collaborator, Timothy Spall."

What else to know: You know Spall as Peter Pettigrew in the "Harry Potter" franchise and Winston Churchill in "The King's Speech," but now he's one of 2014's festival darlings. "Mr. Turner" earned the actor voracious praise at Cannes and Toronto. It also boasts a 100-percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

"Saint Laurent"



NYFF synopsis: "Focusing on a dark, hedonistic, wildly creative decade in Yves Saint Laurent’s life and career, Bertrand Bonello toys deliriously with biopic rules and limitations."

What else to know: Not to be confused with the documentary "Yves Saint Laurent," which also hit the 2014 festival scene, this movie features several French faces that American audiences may find familiar: Gaspard Ulliel played the title role in "Hannibal Rising," Jérémie Renier was in "In Bruges," Léa Seydoux was one of the breakout stars of last year's "Blue is the Warmest Color" and Helmut Berger portrayed Frederick Keinszig in "The Godfather Part III."

"Tales of the Grim Sleeper"

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NYFF synopsis: "Four years after the arrest of the Grim Sleeper serial killer in South Central Los Angeles, filmmaker Nick Broomfield interviews friends, neighbors, and community activists to unravel the chilling story, while giving voice to his victims and illuminating the racial divide that still exists."

What else to know: This doc is from the director of lauded movies like "Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer," "Kurt & Courtney" and "Biggie & Tupac."

"Time Out of Mind"

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NYFF synopsis: "As George, a man forced onto the streets, Richard Gere may be the 'star' of Oren Moverman’s haunting new film, but he allows the world around him to take center stage, and himself to simply be."

What else to know: Moverman co-wrote "I'm Not There," "Married Life" and "The Messenger," the last of which secured Oscar nominations for his script and supporting actor Woody Harrelson. We'll see if Richard Gere, who's never been nominated, can climb his way to similar fate.

"Two Days, One Night"

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NYFF synopsis: "A factory worker on the verge of being laid off (Marion Cotillard) has 48 hours to convince her co-workers to forego their bonuses so that she might keep her job. At once an unforgettable drama and a tough ethical inquiry, from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne."

What else to know: The brothers were the first Belgian directors to see their film take home Cannes' Palme d'Or prize (back in 1998, for "Rosetta"). "Two Days, One Night" was up for that same accolade this year (it would have been the Dardennes' third), but lost to "Winter Sleep."

"Whiplash"

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NYFF synopsis: "A pedagogical thriller and an emotional S&M two-hander, 'Whiplash' is brilliantly acted by Miles Teller as an eager jazz drummer at a prestigious New York music academy and J.K. Simmons as the teacher whose method of terrorizing his students is beyond questionable, even when it gets results."

What else to know: Teller is a busy boy. In addition to hopping across the festival circuit to promote what could result in his and Simmons' first Oscar nominations, he's starred in a buddy comedy ("That Awkward Moment"), a major YA adaptation ("Divergent") and a rom-com opening this week ("Two Night Stand"). On top of that, there's the comedy "Get a Job," which eyed a 2014 release but has yet to find a slot on the calendar, and another four movies set for 2015. The Miles Teller decade is just getting started.

Robert Pattinson Holds Hands With Rumored Girlfriend FKA Twigs

Robert Pattinson and his rumored new girlfriend FKA twigs seem to confirm their relationship status by holding hands on Sunday in Venice Beach, California.

Lauryn Hill Angers Concertgoers With Tardiness, Unintelligible Remixes

Lauryn Hill has a bit of a reputation for showing up late to concerts and performing incomprehensible renditions of her songs. That's apparently what happened this weekend, and fans were quick to vocalize their displeasure.

Hill reportedly arrived 90 minutes late on Saturday for a concert at London's O2 Academy. Critics and concertgoers alike deemed her setlist "awful" and "unrecognizable" -- sentiments that resulted in a trending topic on Twitter, according to The Guardian. Fans reportedly booed Hill, whose set was also riddled with sound issues.

HuffPost Entertainment contacted Hill's rep for comment, but the request was not immediately returned.

Here's what Londoners had to say about Hill's performance:

I paid to watch Lauryn Hill perform, in my opinion a truly great album but instead I've just left half way through her High School Musical..

— Karlos Andrade (@KarlosAndrade9) September 20, 2014


Why on earth she chose to remix her beautiful classic songs to the point of being unrecognisable (in a BAD way), I'll never know #laurynhill

— Tahirah Sharif (@TahirahSharif) September 20, 2014


Saw quite a few people leave with disgruntled looks on their faces but I think that's because they wanted to hear Miseducation #laurynhill

— Sian O'Neill (@wsolxxx) September 22, 2014


OK the #laurynhill concert is weird. That's my verdict. Sounds like circus music.

— TS (@decolonising) September 21, 2014


#laurynhill I don't understand what is going on here. Worst concert I've ever been to. #NoLie

— . 808INK . (@808Charmer) September 21, 2014


I've seen 20 people leave already. She is doing Ex-Factor "remix" #LaurynHill, what a buzzkill!!!

— Ronda Zelezny-Green (@GLaM_Leo) September 20, 2014


#LaurynHill you might win some but you just lost all of brixton

— ryan o (@ryanjxo) September 20, 2014


.@O2academybrix how do we get a refund for the #LaurynHillConcert on Saturday? The sound was appalling.

— **Lady V**BANG Radio (@_LdyV_) September 22, 2014


Starting a concert 90 mins late #LaurynHillConcert is not being a #diva its being rude and disrespectful.

— John Daramy (@Munku1) September 22, 2014


To be fair, not everyone hated it:

#laurynhill musical genius. Don't let nostalgia get in the way of objective critique. She has been amazing #mslaurynhill

— Jide Adéga (@JideAdega) September 21, 2014


The #LaurynHillConcert was good!! I don't care what anyone says pic.twitter.com/TfqKqQJX4m

— S.L.P (@shekinah40) September 22, 2014


#LaurynHillConcert looked pretty good to me!! Music should sound different performed live? That's the point of LIVE music...

— Kelly Rose Johnson (@Karmarose007) September 22, 2014

The 15 Most Iconic Josh-Donna Moments in ‘West Wing’ History

It has been 15 years since the series premiere of "The West Wing," which means it has been 15 years since viewers first discovered the palpable onscreen chemistry of characters Josh Lyman and Donnatella Moss. In honor of the anniversary, and the new generation of viewers recently discovering "The West Wing" for the first time on Netflix, we've compiled a list of the 15 most notable moments in Josh-Donna history, ranked from our least to most favorite.

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15. Donna brings Josh a cup of coffee, "Pilot," Season 1
The scene that started it all! Janel Moloney was famously only hired for a small part in the pilot episode, which mainly featured a scene in which she brings Josh a cup of coffee for the first time in their relationship. The show producers saw so much chemistry between her and Bradley Whitford in their brief banter-filled exchange that Moloney secured herself a regular role.

"I had a real feel for this part that I felt very strongly about," she told Backstage in 2006. "I felt integral to the show. Part of my personality is just overestimating my importance to all things that I'm a part of. I think I wanted so badly to be a part of it that I was determined somehow. I was like, "No, I'm not leaving. Find a place for me."

14. Josh and Donna spend the night together, "Election Day" Season 7
Aaand, we jump seven seasons down the line to "Election Day," in which Donna finally puts the back and forth charade to an end. She makes her intentions clear, and Josh for once doesn't shoot himself in the foot and follows her upstairs. This moment has got to make the list, as it is pretty straightforwardly pushes Josh and Donna's relationship into forever-altered territory. But in the context of the couple's long list of emotionally charged moments, it's actually pretty boring. In early seasons, the rush and extreme chemistry between Josh and Donna is larger-than-life romantic. Unfortunately, as you'll notice from the low ranking of many of the technically major moments in their relationship, the arc that brings them together is ultimately lackluster.

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13. Josh and Donna wake up together, "Tomorrow," Season 7
This very brief moment in the series finale is basically an exhale for long term Josh-Donna fans. In earlier Season 7 episode "Transition," Donna lays out a four-week window for the two to figure out their feelings for each other or abandon their relationship altogether. The fact that they wake up together in this episode, which takes place after that four-week period is over, signals to viewers that Josh and Donna did indeed, finally, end up together.

12. Josh and Donna Kiss, "The Cold," Season 7
After new polling data shows Santos has tied up the race with Vinick, Donna busts into Josh's room to share the good news. Excitement leads to an "excitement kiss," which ultimately leads to a real kiss. This is the moment where Josh-Donna tension officially crosses the line to Josh-Donna actually happening, and is the first element of the arc that eventually brings them together as a couple.



11. Josh refuses to hire Donna on the Santos campaign, "The Ticket," Season 7
This moment in Josh-Donna history is notable mostly for its extreme painfulness. After Santos beats Russell in the Democratic primary, Donna goes to Josh to ask for a job on the continued Presidential campaign. Josh says no, citing the negative comments she made against the congressman while working for Russell, but not before getting inappropriately personal: "I've got an airplane hanger out there filled with 500 strangers looking to me for direction. I've got a candidate who doesn't trust any of them, and frankly neither do I. And if you think I don't miss you every day ..."

Donna is upset, rightfully, because how dare he continually try to guilt her over leaving his side for a job in which she can actually have real authority, and leaves the office before they resolve anything.


10. Josh tends to Donna in Gaza, "NSF Thurmont," Season 6
When Donna is injured in an attack on Americans in Gaza at the end of Season 5, Josh flies to the hospital in Germany where she's being treated to sit by her side. After she develops a blood clot and has to undergo emergency surgery, Josh comes into the ER before the procedure and assures her with a convincing false confidence that it's all going to be okay. This is one of the more tender Josh-Donna moments in the post-Sorkin era of the TV show.

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9. Jack Reese wants to know Josh and Donna's deal, "Arctic Radar," Season 4
So many gems of moments in this episode, which features Donna asking Josh for help getting a date with newly White House assigned naval officer Jack Reese. After having two Donna-centric conversations with Josh, Jack says he doesn't want to get "in between anything" by asking Donna out. Off of Josh's confusion, he says: "I have an aide, who in my life, I haven't talked about as much as you've talked about Donna in our entire relationship, yours and mine, which is a cumulative total of seven minutes old." Josh assures Jack he's not, but we're not convinced. Later, explaining to Donna why he shared what she finds to be embarrassing stories about her in his attempts to spark Jack's interest, he says "Those are good stories about you, though. Those stories would make me like you." (And by would, he means, did/does. He likes her.)

This episode is also notable in its marking of a slight shift in the dynamics of the Josh-Donna relationship. At this point in the series, we've seen much more of Donna yearning for Josh as he dates others (and Amy seriously), but haven't really seen the tables turned. After Josh delivers that heartbreaker of a line, Donna does not react like a woman in love, as she does to similar comments in early episodes, because she's distracted and genuinely excited to go out with Jack. How's that for a change, Lyman?

8. Josh gets flustered when Donna leaves on a romantic getaway, "Holy Night," Season 4
Donna's plans to spend Christmas away with her boyfriend are thwarted when the president decides to make last-minute adjustments to the Federal Budget. Josh apologizes for delaying her trip, but promises to get her drunk when they're done working -- a prospect which he seems to be pretty into. After Leo calls off the plan, and tells Josh he set Donna up with a news helicopter landing near her destination, Josh gets noticeably flustered. "Oh, get it together, would you please?" Leo says to him. Josh replies, "I'm trying." (And, may we note, failing.)

7. Josh tells Donna she looks great in the "stolen" dress, "The Portland Trip," Season 2
Excellent banter opens up this exchange when Donna puts on a red dress she bought for a date. Josh insists it's stolen, because she plans to return it the next day, but Donna insists she's just being thrifty. The date's a bust, and Donna returns to the White House to help Josh with a late meeting because DEVOTION. On her way out, Josh stops and tells her, "You look really great in that dress tonight, Donna. You should buy it for yourself."

She melts, obviously, and so do viewers at home.

6. Josh gives Donna a heartfelt Christmas gift, "In Excelsis Deo," Season 1
A classic build-up moment. In this Christmas episode, Donna issues repeated pleas for Josh to buy her various items of ski equipment as her gift. He appears playfully disinterested until episode's end when he gifts her a rare book on alpine skiing with a personal note inside. It makes her cry, and he tells her he "meant it." After he goes back into his office, he watches her unseen as she rereads the note and smiles.




5. The Post-Rosslyn Stories, "In The Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part 1," "The Midterms, "Noel," Season 2
For the purposes of this ranking, we'll group a few moments together that all showcase Donna's devotion to Josh in the aftermath of the harrowing Rosslyn shooting. Viewers will firstly remember the moment in "In The Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part 1," when Toby tells Donna that Josh has been shot. It's a brilliant moment of acting from Moloney, whose devastated reaction could not possibly feel more real. In "The Midterms," Donna takes charge of Josh's recovery-work balance, creating a set of rules dictating how the other Senior Staffers are allowed to interact with him. And lastly, in "Noel," we find out after Josh has been officially diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that Donna was the one to first notice his symptoms. Josh has a related hand injury, and at episode's end, Donna gently leads him to the car to take him to the emergency room.

4. Joey Lucas tells Josh that Donna is into it, "The War At Home," Season 2
Joey Lucas is in town and Donna is determined to get Josh to ask her out. Josh tells Sam he think it's puzzling that Donna is the one pushing the union -- it's not that he gets jealous when she goes out with other guys, but he does "do everything within [his] considerable capabilities to sabotage it." Toward the end of the episode, Joey explains why Josh is misinterpreting the latest polling data with this stunner of a speech:

"If you polled a hundred Donnas and asked them if they think we should go out, you'd get a high positive response. But, the poll wouldn't tell you it's because she likes you, and she knows it's beginning to show, and she needs to cover herself with misdirection."

To which Josh replies:

"Believe me when I tell you that's not true."

Except nobody does, because it is!

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3. "Are you in love with Josh?," "Commencement," Season 4

A lot is going on in the final moments of Season 4's penultimate episode "Commencement." There is a national security threat involving a possible attack on American soil, and first daughter Zoey Bartlet has gone missing with a dead Secret Service agent found at the scene. Yet the interaction that sticks out most in our mind is between Amy and Donna, safe in the White House late at night. After Amy makes repeated unsuccessful attempts to try to enlist Donna's help in understanding why a comment she'd made earlier had offended Josh, Donna finally breaks and says "You have to get Josh." Amy prods further at her insinuation that she doesn't get him, eventually prompting her to flat out ask Donna: "Are you in love with Josh?" We see Donna's face for a few seconds before the camera cuts from the scene.

After four full seasons of rising tension without a single overt mention of Josh and Donna's "love" from within the show, this scene was, to put it simply, huge. Even though we don't hear Donna respond, the fact that she says nothing as opposed to some kind of quick deflection a la Josh to Joey Lucas in Season 2 is extremely telling. The scene is also notable as the last Josh-Donna nod written by series creator Aaron Sorkin before his departure at the end of season 4. It stands as a little RIP to Aaron Sorkin era of this romance, and of the show.

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2. Josh throws snowballs at Donna's window, "Inauguration Part 2: Over There," Season 4
A very close runner up to the number one spot! What Josh-Donna supporter does not melt when Josh pauses his big good-cop speech in this episode to look at Donna longingly and say "You look amazing"? Leading up to the moment had been an emotionally tumultuous storyline for fans: Donna takes credit for an anonymous quote published about the White House being disloyal to military officers, which strains her relationship with Josh. He later figures out that she was covering for Jack (her boyfriend at this time), who actually made the comment. He shows up at her apartment, gang of "West Wing" boys in tow, and throws snowballs at her window until she comes downstairs. He immediately gives her his coat and a big long speech, marvels at her beauty, and says she has to sit on "somebody's" lap on the way back in the car. Josh-Donna fans everywhere basically fainted.

1. "If you were in an accident, I wouldn't stop for red lights," "Seventeen People," Season 2
We would be shocked to discover a true "West Wing" fan that wouldn't consider this the hands down top Josh-Donna exchange of all time. Josh gives Donna flowers to honor the anniversary of her starting to work for him, which she refuses to accept on the basis that his calculation discounts the time she put in before briefly leaving to go back to her ex-boyfriend. In a grounded moment toward the end of the episode, Donna explains that she came back after her ex stopped for a beer on the way to pick her up from the hospital after a car accident. The exchange ends with Josh saying that if Donna were in an accident he wouldn't "stop for a beer," to which Donna replies: "If you were in an accident, I wouldn't stop for red lights." She then walks confidently out of the office and down the hall, leaving Josh flattened against the doorway.




Happy anniversary, Josh and Donna (sort of)! We hope you're off living a happy life together somewhere in the fictional universe.

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Jessica Simpson’s Kids Steal The Spotlight At Fashion Show

Awww!

Jessica Simpson's kids were adorable additions to the runway as they graced the Jessica Simpson Collection Fashion Show at Nordstrom on Saturday in Los Angeles. Maxwell Drew, 2, and Ace Knute, 1, stole the spotlight while attending the event with their parents, Simpson and Eric Johnson, who tied the knot in July after four years together.

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Maxwell looked too cute in a pink and black striped dress by Jessica Simpson Girls. Ace wore a collared shirt and shorts. Simpson, 34, rocked an all-black ensemble from her own collection, which she paired with leopard-print shoes and a wide-brimmed hat.

As to whether or not the newlywed is adding more babies to her brood, Simpson told Ryan Seacrest last week, "Oh, we are done. I say we're done. I don't want to accidentally get pregnant one day and then that poor kid feels like it wasn't meant to be or something. We've got the girl and we've got the boy."

Romeo Beckham’s New Burberry Ad Looks Even Cuter Than The First One

We guess the adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" rings true for Burberry advertisements, at least when it comes to the brand's pint-sized stars.

Romeo Beckham has returned to Burberry as the star of its new Festive campaign. The British fashion house debuted a behind-the-scenes snap of the stylish 12-year-old on its Instagram account on Saturday. We must say -- the photo is even more adorable than his first go-around (if that's even possible).



Looking as classic Burberry as ever in a trench and that iconic scarf, Beckham once again proves he has inherited his father's modeling chops and his mother's excellent taste in fashion.

We'll have to wait until November to find out who he is posing next to, but one thing is for certain: Beckham has officially secured his place in the fashion world (and, OK, in our fashionable-kid-loving hearts, too.)

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‘Gone Girl’ Movie Reviews Confirm Ending Was Unchanged

The first reviews of David Fincher's "Gone Girl" adaptation have arrived, and the praise-filled notices confirm that one key element from Gillian Flynn's source novel is unchanged: the ending.

"Despite published reports that major plot changes were being made, particularly in the third act, this simply isn't true; it's an extremely faithful adaptation of what is ultimately a withering critique of the dynamics of marriage," wrote Todd McCarthy in his review for The Hollywood Reporter. Justin Chang at Variety also noted that the film's denouement is "completely faithful to the novel's wrap-up."

Their words echo what Cara Buckley wrote in a New York Times feature on star Ben Affleck earlier this month: "Mr. Fincher granted The New York Times a private screening at his office. Contrary to early speculation, the film hews closely to the book."

That there was any doubt to how "Gone Girl" would finish stems from an interview Flynn, who also wrote the film's script, gave to Entertainment Weekly back in January of this year.

"Ben [Affleck, the film's star] was so shocked by it," Flynn said of her screenplay. "He would say, 'This is a whole new third act! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.'"

Flynn walked back those comments during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session in April, calling the reports of a new finale "greatly exaggerated."

"Of course, the script has to be different from the book in some ways -- you have to find a way to externalize all those internal thoughts and you have to do more with less room and you just don't have room for everything," she wrote. "But the mood, tone and spirit of the book are very much intact."

Which doesn't mean faithful readers of Flynn's prose will find the film without twists.

"I think if you look at the trailer, there's some moments where you think, 'Wait a minute ... I know the book said this, but the trailer is taking it in a whole different direction!'" Tyler Perry, who co-stars in the film, told Vulture in August. "So David has his own way of telling the story. Whether you've read the book or not, I think it's going to surprise people."

"Gone Girl" debuts at the New York Film Festival on Friday. It opens in theaters on Oct. 3.

A Year of Being One of Ronan’s Spicy Monkeys

You may know me as the girl who talks too much on Twitter. You may know me as the girl who loves her life but never sleeps. Or, if you're that girl or that guy in my Spanish class, you may be tempted to yell "Taylor Swift!" whenever you see me. That's okay, too.

You see, last September was insanely magical, and it all started when I took to HuffPost Teen to talk about how a Taylor Swift song, "Ronan," first sparked my journey into childhood cancer. Two hours later, Taylor herself tweeted a link to the blog post and called me a "true inspiration." Me. I don't remember spazzing out so much in my life.

And while I don't think I'm particularly inspirational or that my dream of becoming a pediatric oncologist is worth all the attention it received, this September I want to talk about everything I've done in the last year. I owe it to Taylor and everyone else who took the time to read my blog post and shared it for others to read. (Note: I'm not trying to brag about any accomplishments; I'm trying to outline what I've done to reach my goals and done in honor of Ronan.)

In the last year, I've challenged myself to be brave and spread smiles. As the Ronan's mom would put it, I tried to be "spicy," just like Ronan was. To me, this meant trying new things, becoming more confident and doing things Ronan would be proud to see. Here's how I did it.

As a student leader in Friends of Rachel club, I spread smiles and kindness throughout the school. I also became a student leader in a global awareness club, where we helped the school raise over 70,000 pounds of food for a local food bank and raised over $600 for a charity helping people in places like Africa and India gain access to clean, safe drinking water. In National Honor Society, which is one of three honor societies I'm involved in at school, we raised money to restore preschool classrooms that budget cuts had removed. This year, I'm mentoring a group of freshmen as they explore their first year of high school.

In an effort to push myself even more to continue giving back to my community, I joined the teen advisory board at my public library, where I attend monthly meetings and help the library in various ways, whether with wrapping books for an event or putting together packets for the Children's Summer Reading Program.

In October, I started volunteering at a hospital. My experiences in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit enriched my devotion to pediatrics. It was amazing to see how all of these newborns are fighting so hard and how compassionate the nurses were with the babies. I got a better appreciation for life than I ever had before, and I learned again that each breath I take is a blessing. In the summer, I transferred into the Inpatient Oncology Unit, where I continue to grow and learn.

This fall, I'm in a career observation program at the hospital called Learning Link, which allows me to shadow health care workers around for a semester of my senior year. I've been watching the unique interaction between nurses and patients in the Inpatient Oncology Unit, and the experience has been absolutely spectacular. I've watched nurses administer chemotherapy, draw blood, prevent blood clotting in patients and more. I've even been able to look through a real MRI scans for a patient. Soon, I'll be rotating into the Cardio Recovery Unit, where I'll learn how nurses care for those patients, as well.

Despite how cool it's been to spend time in the hospital, this summer was the highlight of my year.

I landed a place in the 2014 Summer Child Health Research Internship Program from the University of Colorado and Children's Hospital Colorado, which was INSANE. It was open to raising high school seniors and undergraduate, graduate, and first-year medical school students. The program only accepted 20 students from over 420 applicants, and I soon found myself between students from Dartmouth, Columbia, UC Berkeley and the like.

Even though I drove an hour to work every morning and anywhere from one to four hours on the way back (thank you, traffic, for giving me a chance to listen through Taylor Swift's Red album a million times in two months), the internship was completely worth it. Not only was I paid, but I got to attend weekly seminars given by PhDs and MDs who were passionate about their work. In the laboratory I ended up in, I was treated as an adult and did my own research project with pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia cell lines.

My research involved a drug the lab had developed, which has the potential to change how we fight cancers including leukemia, breast cancer, colon cancer, melanoma, lung cancer and more. I gained a new appreciation for the mountain of work and research that goes into every single drug and treatment we take for granted, and at the end of the program, I gave a presentation and turned in a summary of my work. Now, I have a beautiful certificate proudly displayed on my piano.

The last 12 months have been full of volunteering, doing cancer research, becoming a stronger leader in my school and community and giving back to people. It was about expanding my horizons and reaching out while helping other people and spreading the happiness and joy Ronan represents. It was me striving to be fearless and spicy and everything in-between.

It was my year of Ronan, and I cannot wait to see what the next year will bring as I continue by dedication towards reaching my goals and becoming a better person. These are just the first few steps I will take towards becoming a pediatric oncologist.

And just like last year, I'll always have Ronan to thank for everything.

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