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Emma Watson chops off her hair

Emma Watson chops off her hair

Harry Potter actress Emma Watson chopped off her long hair recently, revealing a super-short pixie cut while out and about in NYC.

“Yes, I cut my hair off a few days ago!” she Tweeted to fans Thursday, sharing another pic of the cut on Facebook. “I love it- feels incredible. Hope you like it!” (With longer locks, Watson made her modeling debut in ads for Burberry’s Autumn / Winter 2009 campaign.)

Watson has had the same shoulder-length ‘do for the past 10 years as she played Hermione in the hugely popular Potter film series. “I missed all that experimentation that most teenagers go through,” she says. “I’ve wanted to do this since I was about 16, so as soon as I had the chance I was like, ‘Right. This is it.’”

The chic cut was created by New York stylist Rodney Cutler of Cutler Salon. The 20-year-old British star has played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, cast as the title character’s best female pal at age 9. The second-to-last film in the saga, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, debuts this November.

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Sara Bareilles toughens up her sound on sophomore set

Sara Bareilles toughens up her sound on sophomore set

Good thing Sara Bareilles believes in second chances. His first attempt to learn to play piano when she was 9 years was short-lived. “I stopped being in the Scouts,” she said.

Sara Bareilles never returned to formal lessons, but the singer-songwriter still remember sitting at the piano that want to spend time with a “sweet, a special friend.” As time passed, that “friend” helped to create “Love Song”, his 2007 hit breakthrough, and guided through the creation of her second album, “Kaleidoscope Heart,” just released.

For “heart”, she wanted a more aggressive sound than that found on his major label debut, “Little Voice”, so she turned to producer Neal Avron, best known for his work with Fall Out Boy and New Found Glory . After working as a writer block stun has brought its own expectations on how to replicate the success of “Little Voice”, she was beginning to experiment more: write a song or two on guitar, working on arrangements copper. The result is an album that maintains the charm of melodic “Little Voice”, but is more confident and adventurous. The first single, “King of Nothing”, is already one of the pillars Adult Top 40 radio.

Bareilles, who made a terrible, heavy, slowed down version of Beyonce “Single Ladies” (which boasts its hand movement of the video down, too), we talk on this solo activity that ‘she particularly likes, assures us that this is not a misanthrope and talks about his most unusual guest on his new album.

You struggled to write the songs on “Kaleidoscope heart.” Any thought of using a co-author?

Sara Bareilles: I’m not a very good co-writer, I’ve never been. I love the sense of collaboration – I met some really nice people and had a good time – but I go out with the hardware that I do not think connected…. I am a writer autobiographical. The songs are for me much like journal entries, and it feels strange to share it with someone.

John Fogerty said the guitar will scream at him when he has a song ready. Your piano do it for you?

It often feels like this big old blank canvas. I never feel like it does not. He is there to listen and help me to make, and sometimes it works and sometimes not. It still feels like a kind of sanctuary, so if something sucks or if I’m in a bad mood the day I feel is horrible or whatever, it’s kind of there to be my companion to go through this .

What prompted you to write your current success, “the king of nothing”?

I just started to share the music for the first time [to] label, management and the band I just started to see everyone give me their opinion, which is what they were supposed to do, but then realize that I was pretty shaken up a bit. I was directing, “OK, here it goes,” and again, when you open back up.

It was like an experience of pipeline. I wrote it very quickly. It was the same as “Love Song” is dropped, and it felt very real, and I needed to say. I knew it would be the first single.

The “Not Alone”, you have a most unusual client, Alfred Hitchcock. How come?

It is an old, old interview off the BBC. This song came out so dark I had initially thought it would be. At the last minute, we wrote a musical interlude. He seemed nice, but very theatrical, like a scene from the soap opera or something. It does not feel complete. I think we could sample from an old movie. Like “The Birds” of Alfred Hitchcock, and we were looking online and we fell into this interview, and this quote was the perfect length, perfect sense, so he felt very happy chance that I found it.

You were on some Lilith Fair dates this summer. Why did you want to be part of the festival all the women?

I consider myself a feminist, but not in the way of man-hating. I really felt first hand the struggles encountered as a woman, especially in the music industry. It is such a boys club, and I felt, especially the start, I had to kick and scream to be heard, and I [was] happy to be about other women who may have experienced the same thing, just to see how everyone performs their business. Usually I’m the only girl – my crew and my whole group is all men – I like the idea of being around other women of energy.

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Tilda Swinton: I tried to kill my youngest brother as a child

Tilda Swinton: I tried to kill my youngest brother as a child

Was Tilda Swinton a bad seed? The Oscar-winning actress, 50, reveals a deep, very dark childhood secret: She nearly murdered her youngest brother as a child.

The We Need to About Kevin star told the shocking story to England’s The Telegraph magazine.

Recalling the brutal 1993 murder of 2-year-old British boy James Bulger, Swinton said: “Years ago, when James Bulger was murdered, every newspaper front page was talking about evil. At that point, having suppressed it for years, I remembered when I was four or five, I tried to kill my own brother.”

Explained the British star: “He was newly born and I was disappointed, because he was the third boy. That was enough as far as I was concerned.”

But, thankfully, the Michael Clayton actress had a change of heart when visiting her baby brother’s nursery. “I went into his room to kill him, saw some ribbons from a bonnet going into his mouth, and began to pull them out,” Swinton recalled. “And I was discovered saving his life. So I had this strange reputation – my brother’s savior – and no one knew I wanted to kill him. It took the Bulger case for me to remember that I’d seriously wanted to.”

Partners since 2004, Swinton and Scottish painter John Byrne are parents to 13-year-old twins, son Xavier and daughter Honor.

The topic of child evil has been on Swinton’s mind as she promotes new flick We Need to Talk About Kevin, in which she plays the mother of a boy who commits mass murder.

“It’s everybody’s nightmare that, when they’re pregnant, they’re going to give birth to the devil,” she has said. “That when they bring up children, especially a boy, they’re going to give birth to this violence.”

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Famke Janssen is unsure of new X-Men sequel

Famke Janssen is unsure of new X-Men sequel

Famke Janssen starred in the original X-Men movies. Some of the original cast are returning for X-Men: Days of Future Past. She says that she is not sure if she will be appearing in the film.

So far, it has already been confirmed that a number of actors from the original X-Men trilogy will be appearing in the Bryan Singer movie X-Men: Days of Future Past. However, one person who is not so sure whether they will appear in the film is Famke Janssen.

Famke says that she would definitely be open to returning to the role but is not sure whether it would even be possible. Famke played the character Jean Grey, who went on to die, before coming back as the Phoenix, who also went on to die.

Janssen told, “I’m sitting by the phone waiting, call me up Bryan! I think their challenge is that I died as Jean Grey and I died as the Phoenix, so what else can they do? If they bring a younger version back, they’ll have to get a younger actress, so what is there left to do.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past will be home for the return of Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, and Hugh Jackman and it is claimed that there will be more original stars in the film. X-Men: Days of Future Past begins shooting this month and is set to be released on July 18, 2014 in both the US and the UK.

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Shakira: Woman Child in the Promised Land

Shakira: Woman Child in the Promised Land

She’s hot, she’s talented, and she’s one of the few people ever to use the word “laundry” in an album title. But what’s it really like being Shakira? As prepared to take a look at the Colombian queen, Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll sat down to talk fame, family, and the process of learning English. As the chat demonstrates, there’s much more to this young songwriter than meets the eye.

So what’s it really like being Shakira?

Shakira: Sometimes I feel that Shakira is an old woman trapped in the body of a 24-year-old girl. Sometimes I feel that there’s a baby inside me that hasn’t grown up yet. So Shakira can be a very confusing character!

Why do you think you’re like an old woman inside a young woman’s body?

Shakira: Sometimes I feel full of theories. I don’t necessarily go through the experience of something, because I’ve already decided what the results are going to be. I don’t go out too much at night. I don’t visit too many clubs. I like to go out sometimes and just observe how people behave.

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Ashton Kutcher files for divorce from Demi Moore

Ashton Kutcher files for divorce from Demi Moore

After Demi Moore announced their split last year, Ashton Kutcher takes steps to make it final.

It hasn’t been a good month for Demi Moore. Just two weeks after embarrassing photos came out of the 50-year-old making a fool of herself at a party in Miami, Ashton Kutcher has filed for divorce from her – more than a year after they split. People reports that the “Two and a Half Men” star made the bold move in a Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, with the help of his high-power attorney Laura Wasser, who has also represented Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, and Angelina Jolie in divorce court.

Ashton Kutcher, 34, cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for their separation and also states he is not seeking any spousal support from Demi Moore, 50.

The couple, who first met through mutual pal Sean “Diddy” Combs, announced their split in November 2011, just after their sixth wedding anniversary – and following a report that Kutcher had cheated with 21-year-old Brittney Jones. “As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred,” Moore said at the time, “and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life.”

But the road has not been an easy one for the actress. In January, she was hospitalized following a reported drug overdose, and then checked into rehab. Although Moore, who has three grown daughters with ex-husband Bruce Willis, seemed to be doing better, her recent antics in Miami proved otherwise. It’s also been reported that she is dating 26-year-old art dealer Vito Schnabel, but he has denied the relationship.

Meanwhile, Kutcher has been flaunting his romance with former “That ‘70s Show” co-star Mila Kunis, who he began seeing in April. In October, reports surfaced that the 29-year-old was pregnant with Kutcher’s baby, but her rep denied it. A source close to the actor tells People that he has long-held a torch for the brunette beauty. “He was so in love with her for a while when they worked together. He thought she was a goddess, was always talking about how beautiful she is.”

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Taylor Swift recognized ACM Honors

Taylor Swift recognized ACM Honors

Taylor Swift attended the 5th Annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN where she was honored with the Jim Reeves International Award. Past recipients include Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and Keith Urban.

Taylor Swift and Speak Now – 2010 Album

Speak Now is the third studio album by American singer–songwriter Taylor Swift, released on October 25, 2010 by Big Machine Records. Production for the album took place during 2008 to 2010 at several recording studios, and was handled by Swift and country music producer Nathan Chapman. Written entirely by Swift, Speak Now expands on the country pop style of her previous work, and features lyrical themes concerning love, romance and heartbreak.

Speak Now received positive reviews from most music critics, who complimented Swift’s songwriting and themes. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling approximately 1,047,000 units in its first week. Due to strong digital sales, all fourteen songs from the standard edition of the album charted on the Billboard Hot 100, with the lead single “Mine” having the highest peak of number three.

It was also an international success, charting within the top 10 in several countries, including Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The album has sold 3.7 million copies in the United States and has been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). As of August 2011, the album has sold over 5.5 million copies worldwide.

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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony split

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony split

The couple announces that they are calling it quits after seven years together.

After seven years of marriage, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have separated, their rep tells Us Weekly exclusively.

“We have decided to end our marriage. This was a very difficult decision. We have come to amicable conclusion on all matters,” they said in a statement. “It is a painful time for all involved, and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time.”

The couple are parents to three-year-old twins Max and Emme.

Crooner Anthony, 42, was conspicuously absent at Saturday’s star-packed BAFTA Brits to Watch bash in L.A., where wife Lopez, 40, met Prince William and Duchess Kate with mom Guadalupe as her date.

Friends for years, Lopez and Anthony dated briefly in the 1990s. They stepped out again as a couple in early 2004, shortly after Lopez’s broken engagement from Ben Affleck, and in the midst of Anthony’s divorce from first wife, former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres. They wed at a quiet home wedding in June 2004.

Just last year, they renewed their wedding vows for their sixth anniversary at their Hidden Hills, Calif. estate June 5. “We realized the bets in Vegas [on whether we’d make it] stopped at five years,” Anthony joked to Us at the time. (The duo also renewed their vows in 2008, and playfully dirty-danced together at Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood bash in April 2010.)

And as recently as January, singer, actress and American Idol judge Lopez gushed on the Ellen DeGeneres Show about being a parent with Anthony. “As soon as I had the babies, I thought to myself, ‘I want to do this a thousand more times…I love this. This is life.”

Anthony and first wife Torres share sons Cristin, 10, and Ryan, 7. Lopez (who famously dated Sean Combs in addition to Affleck), had been married twice before: to restauranteur Ojani Noa (they split in 1998) and former backup dancer Cris Judd, to whom she was married from 2001 to 2003.

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Dwayne Johnson bulks up for ‘Fast Five’

Dwayne Johnson bulks up for 'Fast Five'

In his new macho action flick, the actor regains the imposing muscles he had as “The Rock.”

Summer begins this Friday, according to the tagline for “Fast Five.” But wrestler-turned-action star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been getting his imposing beach body ready for some time now. A newcomer to the “Fast and Furious” franchise, Johnson bulked up his already considerable musculature by 30 pounds for the fifth entry in this series, which finds returning stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walter moving from the world of underground drag racing to rip off a crime lord’s stash in Rio de Janeiro.

To bulk up for this high-octane heist flick — not to mention his climactic onscreen brawl with Vin Diesel — Johnson stuck to a diet and workout routine that involves weightlifting, curls and a low-carb diet. Building on the ripped biceps he sported in last year’s vengeance flick “Faster,” The Rock is now armed (pardon the pun) with some serious guns for this summer blockbuster.

According to screenwriter Chris Morgan, The Rock is “not a villain, but a man who will do whatever it takes [to bring in the series’ outlaws]… dead or alive.”

Everett Collection / Universal Pictures To make Johnson a threatening opponent for the famously-ripped Diesel, The Rock regained some extra muscle mass he carried in his wrestling days-weight he lost, in fact, when he made his transition to Hollywood in the first place.

Back around in 2004, closer to years he reigned as the “Scorpion King,” Johnson told Men’s Health how his trainer helped him cut down on his body mass for Hollywood roles by decreasing his cardio and increasing the number of particular body part-centric workouts. For much of his ’00s — which included several turns in family films — Johnson was a slimmer muscle man. The kind you might find around your local gym.

Everett Collection For “Fast Five,” Johnson has nearly returned to his hulking size circa his WWF/E days. Focusing on his abs with weight work and a strict six-day-a-week diet (he gives himself one cheat day), The Rock has returned to a muscle mass that makes him more than a match for his very-physical onscreen showdown with Vin Diesel.

“Fast Five” opens this Friday. Watch an exclusive interview with Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel in Rio de Janeiro below.

Related Link: Fast five Full Production Notes

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Lindsay Lohan released from jail

Lindsay Lohan released from jail

A judge had sentenced the troubled actress to serve 120 days in jail for a probation violation.

The day unfolded all too familiarly for Lindsay Lohan: a court hearing, a jail sentence, a quick release. The starlet appeared before a judge Friday for the fourth time in nearly a year and was sentenced to 120 days for violating her probation by taking a designer necklace.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner said she thought the actress had intentionally taken the $2,500 necklace from an upscale Venice store and shown poor judgment in not trying to return it until police became involved.

The judge reduced the actress’ charge from felony grand theft to a misdemeanor and imposed the 120-day sentence.

Lohan’s attorney Shawn Holley filed a notice of appeal right before court closed, clearing the way for the actress’ release on bail.

She was freed at 9:21 p.m. after posting $75,000 bail, according to the sheriff department’s website.

Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers said her office would consider appealing the ruling as well.

Sautner agreed with Meyers that Lohan showed intent to keep the necklace, and said that she thought Lohan’s conduct probably warranted a felony.

“I see the intent here,” Sautner said. “I see a level of brazenness with, `Let me see what I can get away with here.'”

But the judge said felony grand theft cases involving higher-valued goods are often reduced to the misdemeanor level and thought it was appropriate in Lohan’s case.

“I’m going to give her an opportunity,” the judge said.

She also said she hoped to give the “Mean Girls” and “Freaky Friday” star a dose of perspective by sentencing her to almost 500 hours of community service, including time at the county morgue and 300 hours at a women’s shelter.

It is unclear what effect the sentence may have on Lohan’s next acting role. Producers of the film “Gotti: Three Generations” announced on Wednesday that Lohan had been cast to play the wife of John Gotti Jr. in the film.

She told The Associated Press afterward she didn’t think her court case would affect her work.

“I think in the past, I had a lot of distractions,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot. I’ve lived a lot. When I’m on set, it’s about the film.”

Lohan did not visibly react to the sentence. She cried earlier in the day when Holley told Sautner that Lohan had been punished enough, and recounted the treatment programs the actress has completed since her first arrest for drunken driving in 2007.

Her father, Michael Lohan, put his hands over his face at times Friday and bolted from the courtroom after his daughter was led away by sheriff’s personnel.

It was the fourth time Lohan has been sentenced to jail, although three trips amounted to a few hours. Last summer, she spent 14 days in jail on a 90 day sentence.

The actress did not address the court during Friday’s hearing, but frequently conferred with Holley and shook her head when witnesses described some of her actions inside the jewelry store, Kamofie & Co.

Lohan has been a courthouse fixture since last May when she missed a hearing in her drunken driving case. Since then, two judges have sent her to jail twice and rehab, also twice.

She rejected two plea offers to end the necklace case early, including one in which Meyers was seeking six months in jails, the prosecutor said Friday.

Meyers’ witnesses included a police officer who received the stolen necklace from Lohan’s assistant. The investigative detective also testified that she verified the actress wore the necklace days after it was taken and was photographed with it by paparazzi.

Lohan made three visits within a week to a jewelry store that accused her of stealing the necklace but never purchased anything before leaving with the item, the shop’s owner testified.

Sofia Kaman said she waited a day to report the necklace stolen because Lohan had told her she would return the next day to purchase a ring. The actress never returned. The first time Kaman saw Lohan since the Jan. 22 store visit was Friday.

Kaman says she did not have any agreement with Lohan allowing her to leave the store with the necklace.

Lohan was wearing two of her own necklaces when entered the store, and she wore both pieces to court on Friday, taking them off at one point while her attorney cross-examined Kaman.

Holley showed Kaman the necklaces and questioned her about why she didn’t notice the actress was still wearing the store’s necklace, even though Lohan’s neck — and by Holley’s description, cleavage — were clearly visible.

“I wasn’t looking at her chest,” Kaman said. “I was looking at her face.”

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