What You Need to Know About Oprah Winfrey's Absolutely Stunning Performance in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
- Created on 22 April 2017
When Doves Cry: Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and More of the Most Moving Prince Tributes in the Year Since His Death
- Created on 22 April 2017
April 21 marked the one-year anniversary since the death of legendary music icon Prince .
The world was devastated by the news, as the musician served as an inspiration for so many and, accordingly, celebrities from all different music genres paid tribute to the artist with performances and covers in the days following his death. Throughout the past 12 months stars in the music industry have continued to celebrate the "Purple Rain" singer and his legacy by organizing collaborations and tributes of the artist's most iconic songs, filled with purple outfits and lighting, in true Prince fashion.
When the news that Prince had died reached Coachella on opening day of Weekend 2 the dusty festival grounds were dotted with purple outfits, scarves, and accessories as music lovers reacted to the news. Ellie Goulding , who headlined the opening night on April 22, was one of the first performers of the weekend to respond and gave a moving and somber performance of "When Doves Cry" in front of a purple backdrop before transitioning into her hit song "Lights." She didn't comment on her choice to include the last-minute tribute but, the huge crowd that attended her performance didn't need an explanation. Coachella continued with more tributes and dedications from performers such as Usher and Major Lazer throughout the weekend.
During the iHeartCountry festival in Las Vegas on April 30th the Zac Brown Band performed an upbeat cover of the singer's well known hit "Let's Go Crazy" and the crowd went wild for the classic.
On the opposite coast in Miami, Beyoncé opened her Formation World Tour on April 27 and included a tribute to her 2004 Grammys performance partner in a "Purple Rain" moment that had the crowd swaying with their smartphones out and singing along.
Beyoncé continued to remember the singer throughout the year and made dedications to Prince when she stopped in his home state of Minnesota in May.
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In New York City stars honored the singer across the city on Thursday night after the news was first released. Even Broadway got a touch of Prince magic when Jennifer Hudson and the cast of The Color Purple gave the audience a performance of "Purple Rain" in lieu of taking bows at the end of the show.
All the way in Paris, Mariah Carey gave a heartfelt speech and dedicated one of her songs to the pop music icon during her Sweet Fantasy show on the same night.
By the time the Billboard Music Awards came around on May 22 the producers of the awards had drafted Madonna and Stevie Wonder for an official Prince tribute during the show. Madonna came decked out in purple glitter and ruffles and sang "Nothing Compares to U" before Wonder joined her for an emotional rendition of "Purple Rain," the crowd singing and swaying along.
Wonder gave another crowd pleasing performance at the BET Awards' epic Prince tribute concert on June 26. Tori Kelly and Wonder. dressed in purple glitter and plaid....
The Beckhams, The Wilsons More Celeb Couples Who Do Charity Work Together
- Created on 22 April 2017
Besides supermodel good looks, David and Victoria Beckham sound like some super parents.
Last year, the famous couple cheered on their middle son as he competed in the children's race at the London Marathon. His famous parents, big bro Brooklyn, and little brother Cruz welcomed him as he crossed the finish line in matching "Team Romeo" t-shirts.
As though competing in a marathon wasn't impressive enough, Romeo Beckham must have made his parents even prouder by running for charity , raising £6,000 for UNAIDS and 7 Fund, organizations both his parents are active in.
The Beckhams aren't the only couple using their star power to do some good. Check out these other do-gooder celebrity couples, just in time for Volunteer Week!
The Seahawks quarterback and R&B singer took to Instagram to give us some volunteering inspiration. Russell Wilson and Ciara took a moment from their busy schedules to spread some smiles at the Seattle Children's Hospital.
The "1, 2 Step" singer had been hard at work recording a new album , but that's not the only thing she's got on her mind—the couple just celebrated the first anniversary of their engagement and have a baby on the way !
Must be some good karma for this happy couple!
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This "Humble and Kind" singer stays true to his word, giving back whenever he can. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have performed at numerous charity events, and the Nashville Rising Flood Recovery Concert was no different.
Alongside country stars like Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, and Carrie Underwood , this powerhouse couple helped raise $50,000 for flood relief.
The pair recently performed at the ACM Awards, sharing their single "Speak to a Girl" in preparation for their joint tour this summer.
Of course, there are tons of different ways to get involved. Just ask Tom Brady and Gisele Bunchen.
The New England Patriots quarterback swapped out his football jersey for an apron, helping serve Thanksgiving dinner at a soup kitchen in Boston. The Victoria's Secret model was reportedly on turkey duty throughout the day, while her NFL hubby dished out pumpkin pie. Naturally, the player couldn't eat any though. Pumpkin pie definitely doesn't fit into the couple's strict diet plan .
Miley Cyrus was clearly on a mission to spread some holiday cheer, dressed in bright colors and laughing with everyone she met. You'd have to be a total Grinch not to smile!
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The Angry Birds Movie actor is no stranger to making kids laugh, and put his skills to use visiting the Cancer Center at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City,...
Eva Longoria's Long History of Shutting Down Unnecessary Pregnancy Rumors
- Created on 21 April 2017
Eva Longoria 's message is clear.
Much like her contemporaries, the actress' personal life has been a subject of public fascination for more than a decade, but the topic that is most recurring is pregnancy. The ongoing "is she?" speculation sparked again recently when photos emerged of the Golden Globe nominee while on vacation standing on a boat, appearing to sport what some believed was the beginning of a baby bump.
Blame the angle, blame the pose—Longoria blamed lactose intolerance.
"I saw some pictures of myself really fat on a boat and I have to tell you all I did was eat cheese," she told fans on Snapchat. "Everybody is saying I'm pregnant and I'm not. I was just lactose intolerant apparently. I just had to share because my whole family is calling me asking me if I'm pregnant. Yes, I look pregnant, but that was just a ball of cheese in my stomach...everybody gets bloated."
You can say that again, Eva!
This is far from the first time she's unnecessarily had to defend herself against naysayers calling her body into question, particularly years ago when the Desperate Housewives star decided to gain weight for her character, who had given birth to twins on the ABC series.
"I'm just fat!" she told inquirers in September 2008 when pregnancy speculation began, a year after her wedding to ex-husband Tony Parker . She set the rumor mill to rest (for a moment) when she told reporters she spent the summer indulging in pizza and pasta like anyone else. "Tony and I went crazy this summer," she said.
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"I've stopped working out and gained about seven pounds over the summer, which is a lot for a small person," she later told Allure . "It's like: 'Oh my God. She's fat.' I hate that message they're sending out to young women everywhere who think: 'God, she's a size zero and she's still too big'...I never went up a size. I just got a little rounder."
While Longoria has been able to brush off the questions with grace and humor, she hasn't been the only famous woman faced with a media microscope. Jennifer Aniston took the tabloids to task last summer when photos of her similarly on vacation in a bathing suit gave some people the (false) notion that she was expecting.
So, she released a response in the form of a poignant and articulate essay published by The Huffington Post to say—in more words—back off.
"Yes, I may become a mother some day, and since I'm laying it all out there, if I ever do, I will be the first to let you know. But I'm not in pursuit of motherhood because I feel incomplete in some way, as our celebrity news culture would lead us all to believe. I...
Anna Faris Live-Tweets Chris Pratt's Walk of Fame Day--and He Laughs and Cries at the Ceremony
- Created on 21 April 2017
Anna Faris is at it again.
The 40-year-old Overboard actress had her 409,000 followers regularly refreshing their feeds Wednesday when she live-tweeted every moment leading up to the world premiere of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (in theaters May 5). So, a few hours before her husband Chris Pratt 's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony Friday, she decided to take fans along for the journey again.
Glamorous? Not in the least. Humorous? You bet. Faris' followers were delighted to see Pratt shirtless and strumming his guitar in one shot and practicing yoga in another picture. Faris also got a number of "likes" and "retweets" for showing just how much work goes into getting red carpet ready. And it's not just Faris—Pratt has peeling back the curtain via his own social media accounts. Yesterday, for example, the actor's stylist used a blow dryer to dry his "man boobs."
Pratt's Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony began at 11:30 a.m. PT.
The actor, whose TV credits include Everwood , The O.C. and Parks and Recreation , has found fame on the big screen in movies like Moneyball , Jurassic World and Passengers . In spite of his success, the Lake Stevens, Wa.,-raised actor has never forgotten who he was before the world knew his name. "I had good parents that raised me right," Pratt told Variety Friday. "And maybe it had something to do with the fact I'm 37 and moved here when I was 20, and in those 17 years saw the benefits and cost of being an a--hole play out in front of me with other people."
Director James Gunn was the first to sing Pratt's praises during the ceremony. "I first met Chris about five years ago. He auditioned for Guardians of the Galaxy —and this is the honest to God's truth—I knew within 20 seconds that he was the man for the job. He brought a passion, a charisma and a humor to the role...Five years ago I said to reporters, 'Chris Pratt is the biggest movie star in the world. It's just that people don't know it yet.' Well now, here today, people know it." As Dave Bautista , Pom Klementieff , Michael Rooker and Zoe Saldana looked on, Gunn compared Pratt to stars like Clark Gable and Harrison Ford : "He is a man of that stature."
Gunn said Pratt possesses a vulnerability and sensitivity "that no one else on this green [earth] has today." The director added that "like all actors," Pratt "wants people to like him. He's always juggling and entertaining...As we went on, it was allowing him to drop all of that and just be himself. I think that's when audiences went from just liking Chris Pratt to loving Chris Pratt."
"Just between us," Gunn told Pratt, "I love you dearly."
Faris was next to speak. "Hi, honey! So, I got my notes here in my purse, so let me just unfold this. It's actually a unicorn that Chris drew me a while back....