Kate middleton delivers a baby boy!

Kate Middleton and Prince William are parents to a baby boy!

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to the couple’s first child together today at St. Mary’s Hospital in London.

A royal aide announced the good news with a proclamation signed by the doctors who delivered the wee HRH Prince of Cambridge.

Kensington Palace announced that the couple’s firstborn weighed in at 8 lbs 6 oz. and arrived at 4:24 p.m. local time.

“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight,” a statement read.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are delighted at the news.”

Middleton arrived at the hospital at 6 a.m. local time after going into labor. She was joined by her hubby, who was by her side for every step of the way. The two entered the hospital through a side door and were driven from Kensington Palace via a two-car convoy. 

The palace announced that it was making a last minute change to the birth announcement plans. Traditionally, news of the arrival was posted on an easel by a palace aide—the same easel used when William was born 31 years ago—just inside the front gates for the press. This time, however, a formal announcement was made prior to the formal signed bulletin being posted on display.

The notice will still be seen and remain on the easel for 24 hours before it is sent to the Privy Council (the queen’s formal body of advisors, made up of members of parliament). 

Kate and Will’s baby is the first grandchild of Prince Charles and he or she is Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s third great-grandchild.

On what happened to be Kate’s 31st birthday this year, the queen paved the way for the child to have an equal shot at a title regardless of gender with a Letters Patent stating: “All the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should enjoy the style, title and attribute of Royal Highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names.”

The decree overturned the previous rule set in place by Elizabeth’s grandfather, King George V, that would have prevented a daughter—even a firstborn one—from being a princess.

Kate gave birth in a private suite in St. Mary’s exclusive Lindo Wing, the same place where Princess Diana had Will and Harry.

It’s highly likely that the first glimpse the world gets of Kate and Will’s baby will be right outside the hospital, which is where Will also made his debut in his mother’s arms.

The press have a specially designated area to wait it out—which they may be doing until the entire family of three head for home.

 

Study: Long-distance relationships better than face-to-face

Though traveling for work (or working in different cities) may feel like a strain on your marriage, you may actually be better off in the relating department than couples who see each other day in and day out.

A new study found that people in long-distance relationships often have stronger bonds and deeper communications than those in ‘normal’ relationships.

An estimated three million Americans live apart from their spouses (for reasons other than divorce). Prior studies have looked at the issues that arise, like jealousy and stress, but more recently, some studies have shed some light on the advantages of less living together.   

In this study, published in the Journal of Communication, researchers Dr. Crystal Jiang, of City University of Hong Kong and Dr. Jeffrey Hancock, associate professor of communications at Cornell University, wanted to probe the positive side to long-distance relationships. They asked dating couples in either long-distance and geographically close relationships to report their daily interactions for a week. The couples kept a log of how they communicated—face-to-face, phone calls, video chat, texting, instant messenger, and email. And they had to report on how much they shared about themselves, and how much intimacy they experienced.

The researchers found that long-distance couples tended to share more personal feelings and thoughts, and felt their partners were more responsive to them than normal couples, making them feel a greater closeness.  

The long-distance couples also tended to idealize their partners’ behaviors, perceiving them as more likely to share personal thoughts and feelings and more responsive to their own thoughts. This enhanced their good feelings about the relationship, though it may cause more problems when they reunite.

“The positive illusion goes away when they spend more time together,” said Jiang.

Long-distance couples essentially had to make up for the limited face-to-face communication.

“One strategy is to maintain constant communication, such as video chat, texting, instant messaging and letters,” Jiang said.

The distance also forced more intimate conversations and left out more mundane day-to-day issues that can take the joy out of a relationship.

“They adapt their messages, for example, by focusing on relationally intense topics, such as love, caring and intimacy,” said Jiang. “Our culture emphasizes being together physically and frequent face-to-face contact for close relationships, but long-distance relationships clearly stand against all these values.”

The researchers concluded that long-distance couples try harder than geographically close couples in communicating affection and intimacy—something those in conventional relationships could take a lesson from.

“Use more frequent and longer communications—Skyping and phone calls, for example, rather than texting and quick emails—and don’t forget to express your affection and commitment,” Jiang said.

 

Alleged Kanye West rant targeting Taylor Swift, Pink published on website

MTV announced the nominees for the 2013 Video Music Awards on Wednesday, but the talk of the town is still the infamous incident during the 2009 show when West ripped the mic out of winner Taylor Swift’s hands during her acceptance speech.

Why?

Because the website Gawker.com published an audio recording Thursday they say is Kanye West unloading on Swift, Pink, and the recording industry in general at the Corner Bistro in Manhattan’s West Village, some time after the 2009 kerfuffle.

“I was happy to be in a situation where people couldn’t say, oh, I was trying to promote my own song. For the times that I’ve, like, defended myself… I’m pushing the envelope! I wrote my fu**in’ ‘Run This Town’ verse for a fu**in’ month! When I heard Eminem’s verse on the Drake s**t, I went back and rewrote my s**t for two days,” a man they say is West says in the recording. “I canceled appointments to rewrite! I fu**in’ care! You know what I’m saying? And that’s what I’m saying. Because I did that, Taylor Swift cannot win over Beyoncé! Because I wrote my verse in two days, Taylor Swift cannot beat Beyoncé.”

The voice purported to be West’s then pulled the race card: “As long as I’m alive! And if I’m alive, kill me then! Kill me then! As long as I’m alive, you gon’ have to deal with it. ‘Cause there ain’t gonna be no more motherfu**ing Elvises with no James Browns.”

When asked by a woman in his group why he was so angry, the voice on the recording brings up West’s mom, Donda West, who died in 2007 as a result of complications after undergoing liposuction, saying: “My mother got arrested for the f**in’ sit-ins. My mother died for this fame shit! I moved to f**kin’ Hollywood chasing this shit. My mother died because of this shit. F**k MTV.”

Then, it was Pink’s turn in the crosshairs.

“What the f**k was Pink performing? Don’t nobody know that song. Pink performed twice! Two songs? How the f**k Pink perform two songs and I didn’t even get asked to perform ‘Heartless,’” the audio continues. “‘Heartless’ is the biggest song of the year! It had the most spins of the first quarter! I don’t know that Pink song! But I noticed that she’s Pink!”

The eyebrow-raising audio had many expressing their distaste for the artist, who recently referred to himself as “God” and claimed “ego is my drug” in an interview with W magazine. Last month he released his sixth album “Yeezus,” and it quickly became his sixth consecutive number one debut.

“Disgusting” many tweeted, as others questioned how anyone can stand to even be around him.

But according to the PR experts, the audio isn’t likely to damage West’s reputation.

“Although Kanye’s behavior appears to be increasingly erratic, ultimately he will always continue to have a strong fan base due to the fact that he’s such a talented artist,” said New York-based publicist, Elissa Buchter. “The public is so desensitized to his outrageous comments by now, to the point where its almost become his calling card. A lesser musician may not be able to sustain it however definitely Kanye can.”

And pop culture writer Michael Cohen said simply that it “will never be the end of Kanye West.”

“Fans, including those in the industry, have a love and hate relationship with him. He says really inappropriate disgusting comments that get everyone irritate and remind us just how immature and classless he really is, but then he comes out with an over-the-top album so everyone forgets his last rant,” he said. 

And although Swift was said to be deeply upset by the 2009 VMAs humiliation – these days she is the one having the last laugh.

“Two VMA nominations!! If you vote and get us one, I promise to keep a firmer grip on the mic this time ;),” she tweeted following the nomination announcement this week.

Source: Fox entertainment

‘Red 2’ Review: Anthony Hopkins shines in rare sequel that’s better than original

Now that the joke of aging and retired assassins is behind us, having been successfully played out in “Red”, “Red 2” is able to move beyond its initial concept and allow this mighty talented cast to really flex their comedic muscles in a sequel that just slightly surpasses the original.

When Marvin (John Malkovich) tracks down Frank (Bruce Willis) and his new spouse Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) to alert them they are CIA targets and need to find the location of a long-lost nuclear weapon, the retirees go on the run. Former Black Ops team member Victoria (Helen Mirren) is tasked with targeting and killing Frank and friends, but even she has to beat newcomer and ace assassin Han (Byung-hun Lee) to the kill.

As Frank, Sarah and Marvin traipse across Europe chasing the MacGuffin, they encounter a ragtag team of new and returning characters, including Brian Cox reprising his role as Ivan and newcomer Catherine Zeta-Jones as a seductive Russian operative. Parker’s cattiness compared to Zeta-Jones’ smooth-talking tigress is an enjoyable contrast that heats up some scenes.

Anthony Hopkins is delightful as an insane professor who knows the whereabouts of the lost nuclear device which the CIA is racing Russia to uncover. His zany antics combined with his erudite and genteel British scholarliness gives the thespian a satisfying range to work with. Hopkins makes the role look like a cakewalk for him, which it probably was.

Once again, John Malkovich steals the show. In “Red,” Malkovich created Marvin, a perfect concoction of paranoia, mad scientist and dorky juvenile prankster. With “Red 2,” Malkovich boosts Marvin’s charisma and drollness without sacrificing quality. A character as quirky as Marvin could become stale rather quickly, but Malkovich keeps his craft fresh and vibrant. Everything from his occasional puppy-dog pouts to his hilarious costumes, like his stereotypical senior citizen jump suits, to his crazy conspiracy theories make Marvin one of Malkovich’s best roles yet. Honestly, there should be a spinoff film just about Marvin and give Malkovich his very own franchise. It’s a win-win for the universe.

Not all the comedy lands. Some of the gags are on the verge of mediocrity; a gentle push in either direction of absurdity would make all the difference. Just when the film starts to feel like it could potentially hit a wall, along comes Anthony Hopkins to breathe comical new life into the second half.

Though “Red 2” has some uproarious moments, it is still a high-octane actioner with some fantastic “Bourne”-like sequences, which director Dean Parisot (“Galaxy Quest”) skillfully maneuvers between the comedy. Essentially this is a “Bourne” film laced less with intrigue and more with comedy. Some of the fight sequences, especially between Bruce Willis and Byung-hun Lee, are top notch.

The film is at its best when the entire ensemble is together, which surprisingly is a decent portion. While teaming Mirren and Willis was a head-turner in “Red,” teaming Willis and Hopkins here is equally exciting. They all appear to be enjoying their time shooting (and shooting) their away across Europe which is reflected in the final product, making “Red 2” an enjoyable ride.

The “Red” series is based on comics by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner and screenwriters   John and Erich Hoeber have nicely adapted Eliis and Hamner’s world into a Hollywood one, but really it’s the perfect casting that has made the “Red” franchise such a sleeper hit.

Behind the scenes, director of photography Enrique Chediak and editor Don Zimmerman give “Red 2” a Bourne-like sophistication and intensity while composer Alan Silvestri keeps the film moving at breakneck speed with his groovy score.

While “Red 2” is a fairly traditional espionage film with a comedic twist and brilliant cast, the film is ultimately as Hopkins’ character frequently quips: “Jolly good.”

MPAA Rating: PG-13. Running time: 1 hour and 56 minutes.

 

‘Red 2’ Review: Anthony Hopkins shines in rare sequel that’s better than original

Now that the joke of aging and retired assassins is behind us, having been successfully played out in “Red”, “Red 2” is able to move beyond its initial concept and allow this mighty talented cast to really flex their comedic muscles in a sequel that just slightly surpasses the original.

When Marvin (John Malkovich) tracks down Frank (Bruce Willis) and his new spouse Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) to alert them they are CIA targets and need to find the location of a long-lost nuclear weapon, the retirees go on the run. Former Black Ops team member Victoria (Helen Mirren) is tasked with targeting and killing Frank and friends, but even she has to beat newcomer and ace assassin Han (Byung-hun Lee) to the kill.

As Frank, Sarah and Marvin traipse across Europe chasing the MacGuffin, they encounter a ragtag team of new and returning characters, including Brian Cox reprising his role as Ivan and newcomer Catherine Zeta-Jones as a seductive Russian operative. Parker’s cattiness compared to Zeta-Jones’ smooth-talking tigress is an enjoyable contrast that heats up some scenes.

Anthony Hopkins is delightful as an insane professor who knows the whereabouts of the lost nuclear device which the CIA is racing Russia to uncover. His zany antics combined with his erudite and genteel British scholarliness gives the thespian a satisfying range to work with. Hopkins makes the role look like a cakewalk for him, which it probably was.

Once again, John Malkovich steals the show. In “Red,” Malkovich created Marvin, a perfect concoction of paranoia, mad scientist and dorky juvenile prankster. With “Red 2,” Malkovich boosts Marvin’s charisma and drollness without sacrificing quality. A character as quirky as Marvin could become stale rather quickly, but Malkovich keeps his craft fresh and vibrant. Everything from his occasional puppy-dog pouts to his hilarious costumes, like his stereotypical senior citizen jump suits, to his crazy conspiracy theories make Marvin one of Malkovich’s best roles yet. Honestly, there should be a spinoff film just about Marvin and give Malkovich his very own franchise. It’s a win-win for the universe.

Not all the comedy lands. Some of the gags are on the verge of mediocrity; a gentle push in either direction of absurdity would make all the difference. Just when the film starts to feel like it could potentially hit a wall, along comes Anthony Hopkins to breathe comical new life into the second half.

Though “Red 2” has some uproarious moments, it is still a high-octane actioner with some fantastic “Bourne”-like sequences, which director Dean Parisot (“Galaxy Quest”) skillfully maneuvers between the comedy. Essentially this is a “Bourne” film laced less with intrigue and more with comedy. Some of the fight sequences, especially between Bruce Willis and Byung-hun Lee, are top notch.

The film is at its best when the entire ensemble is together, which surprisingly is a decent portion. While teaming Mirren and Willis was a head-turner in “Red,” teaming Willis and Hopkins here is equally exciting. They all appear to be enjoying their time shooting (and shooting) their away across Europe which is reflected in the final product, making “Red 2” an enjoyable ride.

The “Red” series is based on comics by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner and screenwriters   John and Erich Hoeber have nicely adapted Eliis and Hamner’s world into a Hollywood one, but really it’s the perfect casting that has made the “Red” franchise such a sleeper hit.

Behind the scenes, director of photography Enrique Chediak and editor Don Zimmerman give “Red 2” a Bourne-like sophistication and intensity while composer Alan Silvestri keeps the film moving at breakneck speed with his groovy score.

While “Red 2” is a fairly traditional espionage film with a comedic twist and brilliant cast, the film is ultimately as Hopkins’ character frequently quips: “Jolly good.”

MPAA Rating: PG-13. Running time: 1 hour and 56 minutes.

 

Elin Nordegren ‘really likes’ Lindsey Vonn, says she’s good influence on Tiger Woods

Elin Nordegren has given her golf-great ex-husband Tiger Woods’ relationship with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn her blessing, sources exclusively tell The Post’s Page Six

We’re told Swedish stunner Nordegren “really likes Lindsey and thinks she is a very good influence on Tiger.”

Nordegren, who had two children with Woods, famously dumped him after his affairs with dozens of women, including New York hospitality maven Rachel Uchitel, were revealed.

Woods is now dating pro skier Vonn, after meeting her at a charity event in 2012. Now, Nordegren has given their relationship a thumbs-up.

Sources tell us the former model believes her ex “seems happy with Lindsey, and she gets on well with their children.”

Nordegren — who reportedly received a $100 million divorce settlement from Woods — is happily dating billionaire coal-mining entrepreneur Chris Cline, and constructing a $12 million home in North Palm Beach, Fla.

Meanwhile, Vonn opened up about her relationship with Woods in Vogue’s August issue, admitting: “We immediately clicked, you know? It was just one of those things.” Though they’ve been inseparable since meeting, Lindsey, who divorced her skiing coach Thomas Vonn in 2012, says she’ll never wed again. “No, thanks! I am definitely not getting married. To anyone,” she said.

 

Actress Rae Dawn Chong uses racial slur to rip former co-star Oprah Winfrey

Rae Dawn Chong  (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)

Rae Dawn Chong co-starred with Oprah Winfrey in “The Color Purple,” and said the two were friends on set. But in a crude radio interview on Thursday filled with expletives and a racial slur, she said that soon changed.

Appearing on Matty P’s Radio Happy Hour for a segment later published on TMZ, Chong said Winfrey was “lovely” on the film, but became jealous when Chong got a part on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s action flick “Commando.”

“That’s when she was a total biotch,” Chong said. “I starred in ‘Commando.’ And she just wasn’t having me. She’s competitive. She didn’t like me.”

But Chong was just getting started.

“The thing that’s really great about Oprah that you can’t take away from her is that she’s a great brown-noser,” she said.”If you go into a room with her she will pick the most powerful person and will become best friends with them.”

Then she went even further.

“She was that fat chick that was a cheerleader or the wannabe cheerleader in school that was the student council president that was the best friends with the principal,” she said. “She was the fat chick in school that did everything and everyone loved her.”

Then Chong really got down and dirty, even dropping the n-word.

“If you look at the way [Oprah] looks, she looks like 60 years ago she would have been a house keeper, luckily.” 

She then used the n-word and said had Winfrey been a slave, she would have been working in the field.

Chong wrapped things up with a compliment of sorts.

“This woman is a miracle and I respect her and I say kudos to you, and I don’t give two cents about the other parts of it,” she said. “She shifted the DNA in terms of our thinking of a woman of a certain size and a certain shade. I love her for that.”

Eva Longoria Denies George Clooney Dating Rumors

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13:  George Clooney arrives at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Yesterday, Us Weekly reported that the 52-year-old actor tried pursuing the 38-year-old beauty while he was still with his now ex-girlfriend Stacy Keibler. “George began pursuing Eva,” a source told the mag. “He told her that he was still with Stacy, but had plans to break up with her and was interested in being with Eva.”

However, Longoria took to Twitter earlier today to shoot down the Clooney romance rumors herself. “As interesting as the George Clooney rumors are, they aren’t true. George and I have been friends for years,” she shared.

We bet Longoria’s new boyfriend Ernesto Argüello is glad to hear that. The former

Desperate Housewives star dating the hunky Ready for Love bachelor in April and confirmed their new romance earlier this month. “I think that’s why our relationship is so special—we truly started as friends,” she told People, adding, “I guess we have the press to thank for pushing us to see something we didn’t see!”

A source also recently told E! News or Longoria and Argüello 34, “She just got back from meeting his family. The two are very serious as he is crazy about her.” The couple met last year on the reality dating show, which he starred on and Longoria produced.

Longoria and Argüello have been spotted out and about a lot recently. Last week, the cute couple got their PDA on with a handholding walk around Paris together. And not long before their Parisian getaway, Longoria and Argüello were all smiles while playing in the water together in Malibu. The actress and her super sexy Latin hunk were snapped splashing around during some paddling boarding in the ocean.

As for Clooney, he and Keibler broke up earlier this month after two years together. It sounds like the twosome is still on good terms though. Keibler told E! News earlier this week, “I’m great [post-split], yeah,” the upbeat TV star said. “George and I have always been friends and we always will be friends.”

Source:E!

Jennifer Lawrence to Younger Starlets: Don’t Be an Idiot, Do Drugs or Make a Sex Tape

Jennifer Lawrence went from famous to super­-famous when she signed on to play Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games movies. But the 22-year-old actress seems to have a good handle on how to keep it together—and have some fun—while helming a wildly popular young adult franchise.  

Shailene Woodley, 21, was apprehensive about signing on to the Divergent series, which has a similar futuristic, dystopian theme to The Hunger Games. So, very wisely, she looked to Jen for advice about committing to a multi-movie role, and as always, the Oscar winner was honest and unfiltered.

“I have still yet to meet Jennifer in the flesh, but I had a slight interaction with her where I asked her about Hunger Games and what it was like, and her life and how much it has change,” Shailene told Vanity Fair on Friday . “It was nice asking someone who has been through the process and is kind of seasoned in the young adult franchise.”

Last year, Jen told Moviefone she doesn’t “feel like I’m being tied down” to her roles as Katniss, explaining, “I actually can’t wait to go back [to film Catching Fire]. It’s a character I would love to revisit. I think if you sign on to the right franchise [you’re OK]. I don’t feel like a slave to anyone.”

“I feel like I’m very passionate about this story and what it means about our world and about humanity,” she said. “It’s something I want to talk about, I want people to see, and I’m proud to put my name to it.”

For those reasons, most likely, Jen encouraged Shailene to take on the role of Tris. “It will be the best thing that ever happened,” she told her. “But don’t be an idiot, do a sex tape, or do drugs. And go to Whole Foods when your movie opens.”

Very smart! And frankly, it’s the kind of advice all of us should follow—minus the whole going to Whole Foods when our movie opens bit.

Source:E!

Michael Moore Files for Divorce From Wife Kathleen Glynn After 21 Years

The awful truth about Michael Moore’s marriage is that it’s not working.

The firebrand filmmaker has filed a petition to divorce from his producer-wife Kathleen Glynn seeking to end their 21-year union.

According to Michigan’s Mlive.com, which obtained a copy of the June 17 complaint filed in Antrim County, Mich., the 59-year-old Moore said “there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved” after a “breakdown” in the relationship.

The famed documentarian revealed that the couple separated sometime prior to the filing and have no children.

He’s asking a court for a restraining order barring his estranged missus from selling any of their joint assets until such time as they reach an agreement on the division of those possessions. That includes Moore and Glynn’s $2 million home on the state’s picturesque Torch Lake, north of Green Bay.

The left-leaning director’s wealth is estimated at least $50 million as of 2010, according to CelebrityNetwork.com, thanks to the blockbuster success of such documentaries as Bowling for ColumbineFahrenheit 9/11, and Sicko.

The pair first met in his hometown of Flint, Mich. and tied the knot on Oct. 19, 1991.

Glynn became Moore’s principle producing partner thereafter starting with his 1994 tube series, TV Nation, followed by his little-seen stab at fiction filmmaking with the 1995 comedy Canadian Bacon.

The duo’s other notable credits include the 1999 Bravo show The Awful Truth as well as such big-screen docs as 1997’s The Big One and 2009’s Capitalism: A Love Story. They also co-wrote the tome Adventures in a TV nation based on his NBC news magazine show.

While Moore embarks on life as a single man, the helmer has stuck to producing other documentaries the last couple of years including Occupy Los Angeles and 10%: What Makes a Hero as opposed to making his own. No word yet on his next project.