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Chrissy Teigen Shuts Down Doritos-Diet Rumors

If there's one thing we know about Chrissy Teigen, it’s that she has no problem responding to her haters. The outspoken supermodel, 29, set the record straight on Twitter today about a rumor regarding her diet. In an interview with ahead of the release of her first-ever cookbook, the → Read More

Watch Shanice Williams Find Out She'll Play Dorothy In NBC's "The Wiz"

Shanice Williams might be the happiest teenager alive right now. Hailing from New Jersey, the 18-year-old was cast as Dorothy in NBC’s live production of The Wiz. The exciting news was shared on the Today show on August 5. With the announcement came a touching video of Williams learning about her → Read More

Zendaya Explains The Severity Of Cultural Appropriation

This month, The Hunger Games' Amandla Stenberg called out Kylie Jenner for appropriating Black culture. The debacle, which came shortly after Stenberg's passionate explanation of cultural appropriation, led to yet another teaching moment from the 16-year-old. Now, singer and fellow actress Zendaya, → Read More

How To Carry Around The Internet's Cutest Cats In Your Pocket

Calling all feline-obsessors: Your prayers have been answered, thanks to Burning Flowers (the software company behind Make It Rain). Cat Shake is a brand-new app that plays home to an endless supply of the cutest cat videos in existence. Here’s how it works: Download the app. Shake your phone → Read More

Katy Perry Weighs In On The Nicki Minaj & Taylor Swift Feud

If you thought the Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift feud was winding down, think again. The two may have quieted down on Twitter, but Swift's good 'ol pal Katy Perry has piped in with her two cents. The fellow pop star weighed in with a not-so-subtle tweet. "Finding it ironic to parade the pit women → Read More

Taylor Swift's Training Video For "Bad Blood" Will Inspire You To Kick Ass

Taylor Swift may have a sweet and sassy signature dance move, but don't let it fool you. The pop star certainly has a tough side, and can throw a mean jab. Following on the announcement of the 2015 MTV Music Video Awards nominations, Swift, who’s up for nine moon men, shared behind-the-scenes → Read More

A Xena: Warrior Princess Remake May Be In The Works

Mondays can be tough, but those beginning-of-the-week blues got a lift, thanks to the Hollywood rumor mill. As The Hollywood Reporter reports, Xena: Warrior Princess could be making its way back to your small screens. The action-adventure drama starred the queen of '90s tough girls, Lucy Lawless. → Read More

A Bittersweet Look At Miranda And Blake During Happier Times

The end of a relationship is never easy. Even celebrity breakups make us more emotional than we'd like to admit. First we grieved over the end of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, and now Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are calling it quits. On July 20, the couple released a joint statement → Read More

Third Time's A Charm? Ariana Grande Declares Her Love For The U.S.A.

Ariana Grande has had her fair share of problems this month, and it all started with some sugary treats. The pop star was under investigation after TMZ acquired surveillance footage of her licking doughnuts at Wolfee Donuts in California. Although the owner of the store decided not to press → Read More

Justin Bieber Posts Instagram Of His Crush, Surprises Us A Little

Justin Bieber has a big crush, and it's not who you'd expect. Selena Gomez's ex-boyfriend might have raised several eyebrows during a spring concert with Ariana Grande, but beliebe it or not, he has a thing for the Live! with Kelly and Michael host, Kelly Ripa, People reports. "Wow Kelly makes me → Read More

People Are Freaking Out Over This Kendall Jenner Driving Video

Remember when you first got your driver's license? Did you show off your parallel-parking skills or how smoothly you could change lanes? Maybe your concerned parents spouted the age-old line, "It's not you; it's the other people on the road we're worried about." Kylie Jenner is probably one of → Read More

The 35 Sexiest Music Videos Of All Time

Once upon a time, when an artist released a new album or single, you could expect a correlating music video to premiere on MTV shortly after. Arguments about the demise of the music video, and why MTV doesn't play them anymore aside — dance numbers like Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" and big → Read More

Brace Yourselves, "Suicide Squad" Looks Incredible

The wait is over. After a low-quality version of the Suicide Squad trailer leaked online once it was shown at Warner Bros' Hall H presentation at Comic-Con, director David Ayer (Fury, Training Day) took matters into his own hands and released the official teaser. "As we used to say in the #Navy, → Read More

Which "Clueless" Character Are You?

Clueless came out in theaters 20 years ago. Let's all take a moment of silence for our youth. Despite a gender-bias roadblock that almost kept the film from happening, beloved Beverly Hills besties Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne Davenport (Stacey Dash) burst unforgettably onto the → Read More

Serena Epically Shuts Down Body-Shamers

Serena Williams is untouchable. The six-time Wimbledon champ , recently dubbed as America's greatest athlete, crushes both on and off the court. Relentless training, practice and confidence seem to be key and Williams gracefully demonstrated the latter after the Wimbledon Champions' Dinner, People → Read More

Zoe Saldana Has A Sordid Story About A Truly Offensive Casting Director

Alas, sexism in Hollywood continues. Actress Zoe Saldana is known for stepping outside of societal stereotypes and standards, an admirable trait no doubt. She also is not one to shy away from speaking her mind — especially if that means others might be able to learn from her experiences. → Read More

Nicholas Hoult Is A Huge Taylor Swift Fan

We're all familiar with Taylor Swift's clique. In addition to her boyfriend Calvin Harris and BFF Ed Sheeran, Swift rolls with a solid group of homies, some have even made thrilling surprise performances at her concerts. However, we weren't aware of just how many celebs are major Swift fans. On → Read More

Taylor Swift's Fashion Advice For Prom Is So On Point

Prom is important. Every detail — from your dress or tux to your shoes and hairstyle are key to creating the perfect night. Such decisions can be tough, leaving you frustrated in department stores for hours. Yet despite the ultimate high school fashion hardship, there's always someone to save the → Read More

Amy Schumer's Audition For "The Real Housewives" Is Hilarious

Amy Schumer has found her calling. Forget The Bachelorette, because the Trainwreck star is headed to the garden state to star in The Real Housewives Of Secaucus. Not Trenton or Princeton, but Secaucus, which is just 30 minutes away from Franklin Lakes, where RHONJ's Jacqueline Laurita and Caroline → Read More

Beyoncé's Rainbow-Themed Instagram Tribute T0 Gay Marriage Is Epic

Beyoncé tends to be subtle when it comes to showing her support for issues she's passionate about. In May we discovered that she and husband Jay Z quietly donated bail money to protestors in Ferguson. In June, she shared a heart-warming tribute to the families of the nine victims who were killed → Read More