Beyonce Drops New Music With Power Producer Boots

The track is called 'Dreams' and it's pretty much just that.
By Brenna Ehrlich

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Rebel Wilson Tweets First Photo Of ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Rehearsals

"Pitch Perfect 2" is well on its way to being aca-mazing. Rebel Wilson tweeted a photo from the first day of rehearsal for the highly-anticipated sequel. Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, Ester Dean, Brittany Snow, Kelley Jakle, Alexis Knapp and Hanna Mae Lee (she's blonde now!) posed for a pic against a "Pitch Perfect 2" mural while on set.

Deke Sharon, who served as the music director for the first film, also tweeted about the first day of rehearsal in Baton Rouge. "Today PP2 aca-boot camp BEGINS!!! Drop and give me 40 (semitones)," he wrote.

Last week, Banks, who will direct the film, noted that "Pitch Perfect 2" will jump in time and will follow Wilson and Anna Kendrick's characters through graduation from Barden University. Even though the follow-up film won't be released for over a year, we ... can't ... wait.
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Not Vaccinating Children Is Deadly. This Infographic Proves It

Vaccines save lives.

April 24-30 marks the World Health Organization's World Immunization Week, which focuses on global efforts to protect children from deadly but preventable diseases, such as measles.

As the infographic below created by UNICEF points out, if all children globally were immunized today, about 25 million lives would be saved by 2020. Vaccines also cost little, and would save billions of dollars in treatment expenses for preventable diseases down the road.

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James Franco And Seth Rogen Were Asked To Perform At Kimye’s Wedding

James Franco and Seth Rogen's spoof of Kanye West's video for "Bound 2" was so brilliant that West apparently wanted the actors to do a live performance of it the night before his wedding to Kim Kardashian.

On an appearance on "The View" on Tuesday, April 22, Franco said that West called him to say how much he loved "Bound 3."

"But then two weeks ago, we got a call from Kanye. Seth and I were on the phone. We thought he was just going to let us have it. But he loved it," Franco said. "And I'm pretty sure I can say it now because I'm pretty sure it's not going to happen -- he wanted us to perform it live the night before his wedding at Versailles."

He continued, "I think it would be awesome for about 10 seconds, but then there would be Seth with his shirt off in front all the Kardashians!"

It's a true tragedy if that doesn't work out, but wait, did Franco accidentally reveal the location of the couple's upcoming nuptials? Previously there were rumors that Kimye were planning to wed at the famed palace in France, but reps for the venue itself denied reports. And sources tell E! that while the pair does intend to exchange vows next month, the exact location has yet to be confirmed.
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We Need to Stop Perpetuating Celebrity Disclosure

Over the weekend, two stories broke within a matter of hours. The first revealed the tactical termination plans of Josie Cunningham of NHS boob-job notoriety. The second was Lindsay Lohan's season finale miscarriage bombshell. Putting aside righteous outrage and peremptory disbelief for a moment, it seems worth addressing the troubling epidemic of some sort of obsessive-compulsive disclosure.

We live in a perverse age of celebrity culture. Considering, the number of 'belfies' in ill-fitting swimsuits mooning about on Twitter, and the recent Instagram #aftersex overshares, it is hard to believe that the Phone Hacking Scandal and Leveson Inquiry took place in the same decade. It appears that for every public figure that wants to maintain some sense of privacy, there is another willing to air the most personal aspects of their lives.

I have not watched any of Lohan's OWN series but it strikes as a misguided decision to follow the every-move of a young recovering addict, whose struggles were, at least partially, a result of this overexposed culture.

Previous episodes have reportedly contained revelations of Lohan falling off the wagon, behaving unprofessionally and cancelling filming. The question has to be asked, what person would choose to have all this documented and thrown out as bait for a greedy public to feed on?

Speaking on the Late Show, the actress said "Some things are taken out of context and that creates the drama... I don't have control of the editing." So this is manipulative publicity tactics, or, perhaps worse, Lohan's colleagues are taking advantage of a sick woman to make dramatic TV disguised as a career comeback.

Whatever the case, the depths to which celebrities will go to sustain public interest is uncomfortable, and the extent to which the public are interested is, frankly, sinister. Apparently, we have become so accustomed to playing the central character in our own twisted social media shows that many of us do not question our right of access to the intimate lives of people we don't know.

I do not entirely exempt myself from this group and the irony that I am writing an article about these disclosures does not escape me. However, I would suggest that a world where a young woman did not feel the need to publicise a trauma (real or otherwise, either scenario is sad) would be a better place. The same goes for Tom Daly's public statement of his sexuality and the cheating scandal rocking the marriage of Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott.

In a blog post yesterday, Spelling explained her reasons for giving her marriage troubles an audience:

"the tabloids have told every story you could imagine -- and they always got it wrong... I don't know if it will have a happy ending. But I need to get my voice back, and this is my way of doing that."

Is that really what we have come to? A place where full disclosure is control?

The problem remains that as long as there is a consumer demand for this kind of information 'reality' TV will continue to be made, the press will continue to dig and misguided celebrities will offer themselves up to the buzzards in a thinly veiled attempt at regulating their public image.

And then there's the case of Josie Cunningham. I find her reasons for aborting her baby deeply troubling but is it really such a mystery as to why she's offered this life-altering decision to the media on a plate? The woman wants to be famous -- she's not alone. We are a narcissistic society. With the chance of a spot on a reality game show fading fast, she has used what celebrity culture has taught her, and offered her bones for the picking.

What does it matter if people verbally abuse her? It's worked. People who didn't know about her on Saturday are now talking about her. She's totally in control, right?

Let's stop reprehending these women for a moment and acknowledge how scary this disclosure epidemic is. Let's look at how we perpetuate it. Perhaps we can all take some responsibility, and the next time we see a shock revelation, hold back from clicking and ask ourselves who this benefits. It seems like the worst that can happen is a few people might fade into the background, which might well be for the best. I can well imagine, the alternative is completely losing grip of reality -- a time when we're all allowing full access to our intimate lives before we have processed them ourselves.
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Drew Barrymore Gives Birth To Second Daughter

Actress and husband Will Kopelman welcomed Frankie Barrymore Kopelman on Tuesday.
By Christina Garibaldi

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Mack Wilds Will Help You Dump Your Cold-Weather Boo

'Make sure that you're able to take those cuffs off,' Mack Wilds tells MTV News.
By Rob Markman

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Billy Bob Thornton Reveals Close Relationship With Angelina Jolie

Ever since his breakout, Oscar-nominated role in Sling Blade, Billy Bob Thornton has carved a successful career in movies including Armageddon, A Simple Plan, Monsters Ball, and Bad Santa, yet he became more famous than ever when he married Angelina Jolie in 2000.
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New Ad Questions Clay Aiken’s ‘Invisible’ Presence On Presidential Committee

One of Clay Aiken's Democratic primary opponents is attacking the former "American Idol" runner-up for missing meetings during his tenure on the Presidential Commission for People With Intellectual Disabilities.

Former North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco (D), who is running against Aiken in the state's 2nd congressional district, released a TV ad Tuesday claiming that Aiken was a chronic no-show for the commission's meetings.

“Clay Aiken says helping children with special needs is one of his top priorities, but when the president appointed Clay Aiken to the Presidential Commission for People With Intellectual Disabilities, no-show Clay Aiken skipped every single meeting,” a narrator says in the ad, which was first reported by Roll Call.

President George W. Bush first appointed Aiken to the commission in 2006. In his own ad released Tuesday, Aiken highlights his work on behalf of children with special needs.

Aiken has faced criticism about his attendance in the past. In 2008, he defended himself, saying he was busy touring and performing on Broadway.

Crisco and Aiken are vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) in the Republican-leaning district.

In a Tuesday email to supporters, Aiken asked for donations to “help us defend the campaign from these attacks" and blamed his record with the commission on his burgeoning career at the time.

“While it’s true that I couldn’t attend many of the committee meetings, I had just finished American Idol,” Aiken's email reads. “So I made it clear to the committee during the first meeting I attended that I was touring and working on my album at the time and that I couldn’t be physically present for most meetings.”
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Robert Downey Jr. Tweets His First Photo From The ‘Avengers’ Set

The actor is busy working on 'Age of Ultron,' but he still has time for Twitter.
By Kevin P. Sullivan

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