Rihanna responds to slur in Dutch magazine
December 20th, 2011
05:44 PM ET

Rihanna responds to slur in Dutch magazine

Dutch fashion magazine Jackie is facing outcry after publishing an article in which it refers to pop star Rihanna as the ultimate "n****b****."

As posted on Parlourmagazine.com, the magazine's piece focuses on Rihanna's style, but uses the aforementioned language to describe the singer.

The responses poured in swiftly enough that according to Parlour magazine, the editor of Jackie, Eva Hoeke, issued a statement of apology on the publication's Facebook page, saying that "the author meant no harm" and that the headline using the words was meant to be "a joke."

Update, 12/21: According to the BBC, Hoeke has since resigned. In a press release, as posted in full on Parlour magazine's website, Hoeke explains that her initial reaction, "in which [she] indicated that it was a joke, has been a complete misrepresentation" of what she and the article's author meant. The statement adds that Rihanna will be invited to share her view on the piece in question in an upcoming issue.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Rihanna
While you were working...
December 20th, 2011
05:30 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Daniel Radcliffe will work some of his magic as host of "Saturday Night Live" on January 14, along with musical guest Lana Del Rey. The week prior, on January 7, Charles Barkley will host and Kelly Clarkson will perform. [NBC]
  • Gerard Butler's role in surfer flick "Of Men and Mavericks" took a scary turn Sunday when he had a surfing accident in Northern California. Thankfully, he's expected to make a full recovery. [People]
  • A drunk Ryan Gosling, along with Jim Carrey and Eva Mendes, wants to wish you a Merry Christmas with a little storytime. [Funny Or Die]
  • And for those of you celebrating Hanukkah: Gwyneth Paltrow will be enjoying the Festival of Lights with kosher ice cream treat Chozen, apparently. [People]
  • Britney Spears' "everyday princess" engagement ring reportedly cost Jason Trawick an estimated $90,000. [Us Weekly]
  • Also: Mariah Yeater, whom we haven't heard from in quite a while, is standing by her claim, saying she believes Justin Bieber is the father of her baby. [Chicago Sun Times]

Filed under: While you were working
Ashton, Demi line up new (separate) projects
December 20th, 2011
04:09 PM ET

Ashton, Demi line up new (separate) projects

Hot on the heels of their November split, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are announcing new TV ventures.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Ashton, 33, is reviving his prank show “Punk’d,” while the New York Daily News reports that Demi Moore, 49, has a new talk show in the works.

The actress is behind “The Conversation,” an interview series slated to air on Lifetime in January. A source close to Moore notes that the female-friendly show, ordered in April, has “taken on a whole new meaning since her split.”

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Actors to McDonald's: 'Stop torturing hens for McMuffins'
December 20th, 2011
03:41 PM ET

Actors to McDonald's: 'Stop torturing hens for McMuffins'

Apparently on a mission to make himself even more adorable, Ryan Gosling is coming to the aid of egg-laying hens. According to Change.org, the actor is petitioning McDonald's on behalf of the animals that help make the chain's breakfast sandwiches.

The “Drive” star has joined celebs like Zooey Deschanel, Steve-O and Alicia Silverstone in the campaign to convince McDonald's to stop using “battery cage” hens to obtain their eggs and other products.

Ryan and his fellow animal-loving actors have partnered with Mercy For Animals to write McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner about the issue.

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Trailer lands for 'Dark Knight Rises'
December 20th, 2011
03:05 PM ET

Trailer lands for 'Dark Knight Rises'

We have months still to go until Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" bows in theaters, but there's now a full trailer to tide us over.

It begins "in peace time," with an ominous rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner being performed at a football game. Tom Hardy's villainous masked Bane stalks menacingly as a football field full of players will soon meet their demise, and Anne Hathaway's Selina Kyle issues a dire warning to Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne/Batman.

"You think this can last. There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne," she says, before dropping into a whisper. "You and your friends better batten down the hatches. 'Cause when it hits, you're all going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large, and leave so little for the rest of us."

"The Dark Knight Rises" opens next July.


Filed under: movies • Trailer Park
Simon Cowell: I'm cocky by nature
December 20th, 2011
01:50 PM ET

Simon Cowell: I'm cocky by nature

With the first season of "The X Factor" scheduled to wrap this week, Simon Cowell says he's keeping a level-headed perspective on how well the series has launched in the States.

"Never finish a season thinking it's the best you've ever done, because you have to feel that you can get better," Cowell, who serves as one of "X Factor's" judges/mentors, told CNN Monday. "I think I probably came here a bit too cocky, but I'm cocky by nature."

He recalls that he was coming off a "massive" run overseas, and with the adrenaline pumping, he couldn't wait to bring "X Factor" to America. "One of these artists is going to be the legacy of this year...and it's going to be better next year."

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