Given the heavily guarded world of Beyonce, those first photos of Blue Ivy Carter seemed surprisingly candid for the superstar. But wait until you see her Tumblr.
Mrs. Jay-Z on Thursday unveiled a simple Tumblr blog as an extension of her heavily designed official website, which has revamped portals for album info and business ventures like her fragrances. The "I Am" Tumblr section is packed with intimate portraits of Bey and her family.
"This is my life, today, over the years -- through my eyes. My family, my travels, my love. This is where I share with you, this will continue to grow as I do," Beyonce writes in an introductory note.
The snaps are kinda thrilling: Bey and Jay walking luxurious sands, candids of the "Single Ladies" singer getting dolled up, sister Solange rubbing Beyonce's then-baby-bump. There's also a video, below, that teases to the genesis of Blue Ivy's name.
"We woke up this morning and took a nice little walk and passed by this beautiful blue tree. I think it's Blue Ivy, which will be quite appropriate," she says, rocking Blue in the womb at the time.
Forthcoming updates could include some intimate looks at B in the studio, as she's reportedly working on two new music projects, as well as set shots from Clint Eastwood's update of "A Star Is Born" and Ryan Murphy's female ensemble "One Hit Wonder" with Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz.
Amber Rose is showbiz beautiful and well-compensated for it, but don't expect the model to go the celebrity route when it comes to planning her wedding to rapper Wiz Khalifa.
Rose is manicured-hands-on when it comes to every step of their special day.
"I'm doing everything, baby!" she told the Ministry. "And I want to. I met the love of my life, you know? So this day is amazing."
We caught up with Rose as she prepared to celebrate the inaugural Virgin America flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia. Rose is a South Philly girl herself, something she says has a major influence on her big day.
"I've got my dad's side, which is the Italian side, like straight Italiano, which is very family oriented, so I'm reading that into music, procession, reception, bring it on!" she said.
And what about Khalifa, who has an eccentric style all his own?
"He has his ideas, for sure. But I'm the bride. I mean, he has no choice!"
Rose has already found her dress, but she's keeping designer details (and the wedding date) on lockdown.
She hopped the Wednesday flight with actor Seth Green, pulling up to Philadelphia International Airport, where Richard Branson awaited his aircraft. Later that evening, a welcome party was held at Center City's Palomar Hotel.
Rose was joined by Penn Badgley and Zoe Kravitz, actor Terrence Howard and director M. Night Shyamalan, part of a group that danced the night away to a set from DJ Jazzy Jeff.
Looks like Kim Kardashian is making beautiful music again, this time with rap star Kanye West.
Though her contentious divorce proceedings rage on with ex Kris Humphries, longtime pals Kardashian and West are said to have taken their relationship to the next level.
"Kim and Kanye have now just started dating," a source told People magazine, adding that the duo are "keeping it light" and "seeing where it goes."
Kim and Kanye have been pals for some time, with West even appearing on "Kourtney & Kim Take New York," just one show in several Kardashian franchises over at E!
West has a predilection for model types, most recently bombshell blond Amber Rose (now engaged to rapper Wiz Khalifa). Karashian has been trying to offload Humphries since she ended their 72-day marriage. The NBA player is holding up proceedings until Kim forks over $7 million he's demanding.
[Updated at 2:48 p.m. April 5: One sweet little bit to add: On Kanye's newest track, "Theraflu," which leaked online Thursday, he expressed his affection for Ms. Kardashian, rapping, "I'll admit, I fell in love with Kim / 'Round the same time she had fell in love wit' him / Well, that's cool, baby girl, do ya thing / Lucky I ain’t have Jay drop him from the team."
The "him" in question, of course, would be Humphries; the last bit refers to West opting against asking for a favor from buddy Jay-Z, who's a part owner of the New Jersey Nets -- the team Humphries plays for. Listen to the track via Perez Hilton, if you can handle the profanity.]
We get it, Ryan Gosling. You know how to help a stranger — and boy, did the many headlines Tuesday remind us of that fact after the actor kept a woman from getting pegged by an oncoming cab in New York.
The "Ides of March" actor seems on a bit of a roll lately in helping his fellow man. The taxi incident comes not long after he helped break up a street fight in that same fair city. Of course, word of both incidents came via social media — though this time around the aftermath is a little different. As in, there is an aftermath.
"I literally, LITERALLY just got saved from a car by Ryan Gosling. Literally. That actually just happened," British journalist Laurie Penny said Tuesday in the first of several tweets. "I was crossing 6th avenue in a new pink wig. Not looking the right way because I am from London. Ryan Gosling grabbed me away from a taxi.
"He did not say 'hey, girl.' He said 'hey, watch out!'
It was at this point that people — one on site and others in Twitter responses — started informing her that she was in fact lucky to have been almost hit by a cab. Or was it lucky that Gosling had intervened? Let's go with a mix of the two.
But because no good deed goes uncritiqued, later Tuesday via Gawker we heard more from Penny, who further described the incident in an article — headlined "Ryan Gosling Saved Me From a Speeding Car But There's War In the Middle East So Everyone Calm Down" — that carefully pointed out, in case we hadn't noticed, that there are more important heroes than "The Notebook" actor hanging around this country, not to mention more important news:
"The real heroes I've met in America are risking everything to make sure that the United States doesn't slide further into bigotry, inequality and violence whilst everyone is distracted by the everyday doings of celebrities."
Oh heavens. Need we point out that this distraction might be yet another way the Ryan Goslings of the world are saving us from peril in the course of daily life, and that Laurie Penny was rather dashing as well as she shared her that-never-happens-to-me moment in real time? Is it wrong to take a break from our relentless multitasking? The opportunity to fantasize certainly explains why last week's Mega Millions jackpot fixated the nation.
By the by — Penny's Twitter bio now reads, "Author, journalist, feminist, reprobate. Please do not talk to me about Ryan Gosling, thanks."
As of Thursday, she too was taking a break: "I'm leaving Twitter until all this bloody fuss dies down," she wrote. "Honestly, it would have been less trouble to get run over."
In need of your own break from reality? Check out "How to Look Like Ryan Gosling," below, brought to you by one Joey Thompson, who given the opportunity would also most certainly save you from an oncoming taxi.
If you happen by royal couple Kate MIddleton and Prince William looking stiff, it's not that British monarch stuffiness wafting through the room -- they could very well be wax.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, WIll and Kate, have been immortalized by the artists at Madame Tussauds in London, just in time for the couple's one-year wedding anniversary.
At an unveiling ceremony Tuesday in the British capital, folks turned up for a glimpse of the waxen duo, whose real-life counterparts are celebrating 12 months of wedded bliss on April 29. The prince's likeness looks congenial, as always, but the figure of Middleton is striking.
Forget the facial resemblance (almost too good), the Kate replica is a carbon copy down to the blue Issa dress made famous when she wore it to announce her engagement to the late Princess Diana's eldest son in 2010.
The replicas will be on display through the month and beyond. You can relive their wedded bliss on the Ministry here, and stay tuned for more anniversary shenanigans.
Rihanna is steering her battleship back to Los Angeles, where this month she'll serenade cancer survivor Sheryl Crow at the annual Unforgettable Evening gala, benefiting the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Women’s Cancer Research Fund.
The singer and actress will light up the April 18 event after a cancellation last year due to laryngitis over Grammy weekend. Cee-Lo Green filled her spot then, but the "We Found Love" crooner plans to show this year at the Beverly Hilton as Crow receives the Courage Award.
The gala counts honorary chairs in Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, and Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, as well as co-founders Kelly Chapman Meyer, Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow, Marion Laurie and Jamie Tisch.
Crow underwent treatment for breast cancer in February 2006, and has lived cancer-free since. Rihanna is currently promoting her summer action flick "Battleship," costarring Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgard and Liam Neeson.
Oprah Winfrey has always been pretty ingenious about self-marketing, even when it comes to supposed failure.
Tidying up the first year at OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, the award-winning TV host and mogul is talking about her mistakes in launching the channel as well as other content and operational moves that led to an underwhelming start.
"I didn't think it was going to be easy. If I knew then what I know now, I might have made some different choices," Winfrey confessed to "CBS Morning," co-anchored by her BFF Gayle King.
"If I were writing a book about it, I could call it '101 Mistakes,' " she added.
OWN launched with an ambitious slate of programming, including a documentary of the female-to-male transition of Chaz Bono and a reality project on acting family Ryan and Tatum O'Neal. Nothing caught on with viewers, however, aside from the Oprah-led speaker series "Masterclass."
"It was like having the wedding before you were ready, and walking down the aisle saying, 'Oooh, should we really be doing this?' " Winfrey told King of her hesitation in letting the network go live while she remained in Chicago wrapping her eponymous talk show.
But Oprah is not totally unforgiving of herself. In the new issue of O magazine, she pens a letter to a much younger Oprah, with some sage words.
"Even then you understood that success was a process," Oprah wrote to a photo of her 20-year-old self, just starting out as a reporter, "and that moving with the flow of life and not against it would be your greatest achievement.
Whitney Houston's final film performance in the the Motown musical drama "Sparkle" is upon us, with a bittersweet first look courtesy of a trailer that hit the Internet on Monday.
Houston plays a mother to three daughters seeking girl-group stardom in the 1960s, a performance in which she not only seems coherent as an actress but sounds more than competent in her vocal ability.
Alongside costars Jordin Sparks, Derek Luke and a super-coifed Cee Lo Green, Houston, who plays a strict mama, looks to have a church-choir number in the film and a touch of art imitating life. Houston's character plays a former singer discouraging her girls from pursuing the same career.
"Was my life not enough of a cautionary tale for you?" she poses to her fictional brood in the film, which opens Aug. 17.
Houston's passing hasn't, however, seemed to affect the real-life entertainment-industry ambitions of her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown. The singer's only child with Bobby Brown has been cast on Tyler Perry's TBS show "For Better or Worse."
Get a look at Whitney's swan song in the clip below, then tell us your thoughts on "Sparkle" in comments.
Joshua Michael Stern (previous credits include the 2008 Kevin Costner film "Swing Vote") has been tapped to direct.
Kutcher hasn't ventured much into drama, his designated lane being goofier fare such as his days on TV's "That 70s Show" and films including "Guess Who" and "Just Married," plus more recently the massive-ensemble flicks "Valentine's Day" and "New Year's Eve."
Reactions have been mixed, some praising the guys' similar looks and others questioning Kutcher's acting abilities. Gadget website CNet tweeted that the casting was "not a joke" and even offered up five — or is it seven? — other actors they'd rather see step into Jobs' shoes.
The film is said to cover Jobs' journey from a classic California hippie to the turtleneck-wearing powerhouse who gave us the iPhone and a bounty of other well-designed electronics. Jobs died in October at age 56.