Hilary Swank pays veterinary bills for people who can’t afford petcare

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It seems like Hilary Swank has been everywhere lately after a long hiatus. All of these pictures are from this month. Hilary is co-starring in You’re Not You with Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel. It was out October 10th in limited release. She plays a concert pianist who gets ALS and is cared for by Rossum’s manic pixie dream girl character. (The trailer is here.) The film may do modestly when it hits VOD.

Hilary is an animal lover with a and she often brings her dog, a Beagle Terrier mix named Kai, with her when she travels. She’s shown here with Kai a LAX on October 20th. I love that little derpy face of his! She’s also an animal philanthropist. She has a charity which connects at risk youth with shelter pets. On Thanksgiving she’s going to co-host and produce a “Dog-A-Thon” urging animal lovers to adopt pets. Miranda Lambert is cohosting and the special will also feature Scarlett Johansson, Fergie, Josh Duhamel, Kesha, Kristen Bell, LeAnn Rimes and Betty White.

What’s more is that Hilary often pays people’s vet bills for them – anonymously, when they can’t afford to pay.

Hilary Swank… has made a habit of secretly paying veterinary bills for cash-strapped pet owners. “A number of vets around LA have Hilary on speed dial,” says a source, revealing that the Oscar winner will anonymously pick up the tab if someone can’t afford treatment for their injured critters. “She’s spent hundreds of thousands of dollars paying vet bills. She literally saves lives weekly, without seeking any credit!”

Hilary has made it her mission to help all creatures big and small, founding The Hilaroo Foundation, which brings together at-risk youth and abandoned animals. And this Thanksgiving, the actress is set to produce and cohost The Great American Dog-A-Thon, a two hour dog rescue special, on Fox. “She truly believes that every pet deserves a chance and will do anything in her power to save their lives.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition, November 3, 2014]

That makes my cold heart melt. What a nice thing to do! I hope, though, that the vets give people who can’t afford to pay a discount and don’t just call up Hilary asking her to foot the entire bill. There should be some sort of sliding scale fee. Vet bills can be astronomically high, and they can vary wildly based on where you live and which vet you choose. It’s really not fair that some people can’t afford to save their pets and it’s the animals that suffer. Good for Hilary for doing this. I really love this story.

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How to Get Away with Murder Season 1 Episode 5 Recap: We Are Not Friends

How to Get Away with Murder Season 1 Episode 5 saw Annalise and her team defend a minor accused of killing his father in a case that took some intriguing turns.

Entitled “We’re Not Friends,” How to Get Away with Murder Season 1 Episode 5 got underway with what would seem like the team’s easiest case to date.

After a teen killed his father, a police officer with a penchant for beating his wife, the police turned out in force to discredit the accuser and protect the abuser.

While the killer’s motives may have justified his actions, this wasn’t the slam dunk it appeared, and Annalise had to dig deeper than you might think.

After some modest jury tampering, she was able to orchestrate a mistrial and a juvenile sentence for the boy in a case that was surprisingly moving.

As for the grander scope of the new hit ABC drama? Other developments you’ll see when you watch How to Get Away with Murder online include …

  • The flashbacks to the night of Sam’s murder focused on Laurel, who revealed that slept with Frank and used him to dispose of / plant evidence.
  • At this point five people are in on this murder.
  • Sam admitted sleeping with Lila, but swears he didn’t kill her. Annalise thinks Sam’s alibi is a lie and she seems more sure of his guilt than ever.
  • Rebecca did not hear much from Lila about her affair. They were not exactly best friends, despite the link to the scandals they may share.
  • Most significantly, Wes now also knows Sam was sleeping with Lila, leaving the show’s protagonist at an interesting fork in the road.

Will Annalise protect her husband or give her client the best defense she has? Or go rogue and do something so crazy it just might work? Stay tuned.

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Kaley Cuoco Shows Off New, Spiky Hairstyle on Instagram: Love It or Loathe It?

When Kaley Cuoco chopped her hair off back in June, she got mixed reactions from fans.

It was a dramatically different look and some of her IG followers weren’t loving it, but Kaley and her husband Ryan Sweeting both like the Ellen-esque ‘do, so it’s probably sticking around. 

In fact, Kaley says she asked Ryan’s permission before she got her chopped her locks, which caught her some flak from feminist fans.

Yes, that’s what a big deal Kaley’s hair – it’s been known to spark political debates. With that in mind, we’re guessing her new look will probably affect the Dow Jones somehow:

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On the left is Kaley fresh from an ASPCA gala. (Apparently she came right home and made a salad! Rockstar!) And on the right is the aftermath of her falling asleep with a head full of product.

Is it weird that we actually like the electric chair Tim Burton thing she’s got going on in the morning after pic?

Of course, now that we’ve seen Kaley getting her hair done on the toilet, we can’t get the image out of our brains. Hopefully that’s not something she’s made a regular habit of.

As always, the debate rages on, so we’ve gotta ask: What do you think of Kaley’s new hairstyle?

 
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Nick Jonas: Shirtless and SMOKIN in Details!

Another week, another Nick Jonas shirtless magazine spread.

We’re assuming you don’t mind, ladies.

A short while after flaunting nearly everything for an ultra sexy Flaunt magazine article, the singer/actor is back to not wearing a top for Details. Check out the sizzling shots here:

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The singer – who bulked up for his role as an MMA fighter on the DirecTV series Kingdom – tells the publication that he “gained about 15 pounds of muscle” for the role.

“Diet had a lot to do with it,” Jonas explains. “I went from consuming about 3,000 calories a day to 4,200… Breakfast was usually an omelet with veggies and cashew cheese, a turkey-meat patty, and some fruit; lunch and dinner would be lean protein, veggies, and nuts; snacks consisted of things like snap peas with peanut sauce.”

Jonas has type 1 diabetes, however, so he does have to be a bit careful about what he consumes.

“I wasn’t drinking at all while I was training for the show, but now that we’re done, I keep it classy with Coors Light,” he says.

Jonas does three workout sessions per day while filming (Kingdom has been picked up for Season 2), but he takes a break in the off-season.

“I’m not the kind of person who wakes up in the morning and can’t wait to work out,” he admits. “I kind of dread it, actually. I see it as a necessary evil.”

How can Nick Jonas get even sexier? The star says he’s not adverse to showing his penis at some point.

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Celebs defend Renee Zellweger: is it ‘mean’ to point out that she looks way different?

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As you know by now, Renee Zellweger had some major work done about a year ago. She emerged at an event this weekend looking much different than we’re used to, and so people naturally noticed. Renee commented on her changed appearance and she made it worse, in my opinion. Renee decried the “folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth” and she attributed her new look to aging and “living a different, happy, more fulfilling life.” Buried in a lot of BS, there was a hint that maybe she’d visited a dermatologist/surgeon. She said “I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion,” which to me sounds like she had something done and regrets it. That’s all she said about it, though.

Now celebrities have weighed in on Renee, and they’re saying “leave her alone” pretty much. Which… I mean that’s the response to a lot of a gossip stories. E! Online has more, and credit to them for this story idea:

Today show co-host Kathie Lee Gifford defended the actress Wednesday morning on-air. “Let her be and don’t be so mean spirited about her choices,” she explained. “I think she looks beautiful.”

The View co-host Nicole Wallace also thinks the chatter can open up a whole separate conversation on women and beauty. “I think the reality is that there is an unending pressure on women to look forever young,” she shared.

[From E! Online]

E! also posted some tweets from celebrities about Renee’s change and I’m cribbing a few of them here:

Of course Renee can do whatever she wants, and I think she looks beautiful now as she did before. In fact I did say that she looked beautiful in our last story, just nothing like herself. It’s human nature to notice when someone’s appearance changes so much they’re barely recognizable. There are a small minority of people (trolls) who are being nasty about it, but that’s not the larger conversation. If an acquaintance did this in my small town, you could bet that my friends and neighbors would be talking about it. And if that acquaintance told everyone she got an eye or face lift, it’s likely that the gossip would die down and we would be like “good for her.” Renee is famous and people have noticed that she doesn’t look like herself. I think that’s par for the course and I don’t find it sexist or mean spirited, but I gossip for a living. My standards differ from the average person.

There’s a bigger conversation about the pressure women feel about aging in our society, and how that leads many of us to have surgery and injectibles. It’s still a choice that people make, and it’s something that can be done subtly as well. I’m personally not ruling it out, but that doesn’t mean I don’t find it scary.

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Ivanka Trump Raids Mom Ivana’s Closet For 30-Year-Old Bob Mackie Dress

ivanka trump in ivana's bob mackie dressLike mother, like daughter! Ivanka Trump needed something to wear to a wedding. She found herself in a predicament many of us can appreciate: she couldn’t find anything to wear. So, Ivanka raided mom Ivana’s closet. RELATED: Ivanka Trump throws daughter Arabella a ‘Frozen’- themed birthday party.

Ivanka explained on Instagram:

Last night in my mother’s vintage Bob Mackie dress. It’s a good thing she’s not on Instagram! A daughter’s never too old to clandestinely raid her mother’s closet! Shhhhh…#latergram

Us Weekly has a picture of Ivana wearing the dress back in 1991. The Mackie dress clearly held up well, didn’t it? Ivanka looks amazing! I don’t blame her for “borrowing” the dress. Do you?

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Annie Lennox has more thoughts on feminism, twerking, sexuality & more

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Annie Lennox continues to be a truth-telling goddess, queen and icon. It all started last month when Annie was asked about Beyonce’s performances and whether it’s a good thing that Beyonce self-identifies as a feminist. Annie basically said that Beyonce is “feminist lite” and that her self-identification is “tokenistic.” Annie got some hate from The Hive, but in an interview this week with The Daily Beast, Annie didn’t back down. She clarified her comments a bit, talking about the sexualization of young women in music and how feminism exists on a broad spectrum. Annie has a new interview, this time with NPR (via Billboard) and of course those liberal hippies at NPR (God, I love NPR) asked her about feminism and all of that good stuff. YES!

Annie Lennox, former member of the Eurythmics, has been doing plenty of interviews to promote her new album, Nostalgia. Lately, those conversations have often turned to a different topic: Beyonce. Lennox labeled Bey “feminist lite” in an interview at the end of September. Talking with NPR in a recent interview, Lennox attempted to clarify her stance.

NPR’s Steve Inskeep asked the singer, “What has made you comment on a lot of modern music today that is being put out by women as being over-sexualized?” “Well you’ve said it in the question,” Lennox replied. “The reason why I’ve commented is because I think that this overt sexuality thrust — literally — at particular audiences, when very often performers have a very, very young audience, like 7 years older, I find it disturbing and I think its exploitative. It’s troubling. I’m coming from a perspective of a woman that’s had children.”

The discussion then moved from over-sexualization more generally to focus on Beyonce. “Some people will know that you specifically criticized Beyonce for this the other day,” prompted Inskeep. “Well, I didn’t specifically criticize Beyonce,” noted Lennox. “I was being asked about Beyonce in the context of feminism, and I was thinking at the time about very impactful feminists that have dedicated their lives to the movement of liberating women and supporting women at the grass roots, and I was saying, ‘well that’s one end of the spectrum, and then you have the other end of the spectrum.’”

Inskeep pressed further: “It sounds like you feel that there was a phrase taken and that became the headline, but you were actually trying to deliver a more involved thought?”

“Listen,” said Lennox, “Twerking is not feminism. Thats what I’m referring to. It’s not — it’s not liberating, it’s not empowering. It’s a sexual thing that you’re doing on a stage; it doesn’t empower you. That’s my feeling about it.” Before returning to Nostalgia, Lennox suggested, “Maybe this is a good thing because it creates debate.”

[From Billboard]

Yes. Word. I hate how people are boiling this down to “Annie hates Beyonce” or “Annie hates Miley Cyrus” or “Annie thinks the young ones aren’t real feminists” or whatever argument some of you will make about race. Annie is very clearly and concisely talking about the spectrum of feminism and feminist acts. She’s very clearly talking about the “disturbing and exploitative” nature of many performers. I don’t know why we can’t take Annie’s words at face value. She was a feminist when it wasn’t “cool”. She’s been talking about women’s issues for decades.

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Kristen Stewart Taking Time Off From Movies To Make Other Forms Of Art

Exclusive... Kristen Stewart Enjoys A Smoke Break‘Twilight’ star Kristen Stewart wants to practice some art that doesn’t require getting in front of a camera. She revealed her plans in an interview to try her hand at some other forms of art besides acting. RELATED: Kristen Stewart rocks leather overalls: love it or hate it?

Kristen explained to Us Weekly:

I’m taking some time off because I’ve been working for two years. I’m an actor and that’s my art form, and because I started that so young, I’ve always felt intimidated and insufficient when I think about other forms of art I want to create.
“I’m going to take so much time off. I’m going to buy a live-work space in downtown L.A. and I’m going to make some [stuff] with my hands. Literally, I made that decision a few weeks ago. I’m making a short film. I’m making a bunch of stuff. I don’t know how I’ll put it out. But I’m not going to hold it so preciously close to me. I write all the time.”

One thing Kristen won’t be doing, however, is just sitting around, doing nothing.

One thing that will stay with me forever is, I really love work. I love hard work. I’m somewhat OK with the isolation. At times I realize, that’s so not normal. It’s weird but it gives me the opportunity to do what I love.”

Well, how isolated can Kristen be in downtown LA? Besides, she has a movie listed in pre-production called ‘The Big Shoe’ and several movies in post-production, so it’s not like we won’t be seeing Kristen. That’s probably for the best for her, career-wise.

Hollywood is full of stories of A-listers who decided to take a few weeks off and that “break” lasted for years. Sandra Bullock, for example, was one of the top actresses in Hollywood in the 90s when she decided to take off a few months. That “break” lasted for about years until she had a career resurgence with ‘The Proposal’ and ‘The Blind Side.’ Not everyone gets as lucky as Sandra, though! It’ll be interesting to see what Kristen creates during her self-imposed hiatus.

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Exclusive... Kristen Stewart Enjoys A Smoke Break
Exclusive... Kristen Stewart Enjoys A Smoke Break
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Beyonce & Jay-Z ‘worked out’ their marriage problems & ‘renewed their vows’

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Beyonce and Jay-Z seem tighter than ever. Who would have thought? They’ve had a hell of a year. The Met Gala elevator-drama, the wildly successful On The Run Tour, Beyonce’s Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs, and throughout it all, they’ve been battling the most serious crisis their marriage has ever faced. It really looked like they were headed for divorce there for a while. But now they’re not. They took an extended break in Italy and France and now they’re in London, soaking up the art. And apparently the worst is over. People Mag’s sources say that Bey and Jay are so strong, they even renewed their vows. Huh. Usually that’s the kiss of death for couples (example: Mariah and Nick).

What breakup rumors? Beyoncé and Jay Z have faced a whirlwind of whispers in recent months that they were on the rocks and ready to split, but now it appears the couple are doing well!

“They did have major problems,” a source tells PEOPLE. “But they worked it out and they’ve renewed their vows.”

Also confirming their relationship is on steadier ground: the pair have been been seen house hunting in Paris several times over the past month. “They’re looking for a place,” confirms an insider. The properties they’ve toured so far have been nothing short of extravagant, including a villa near the Seine, a home in a gated community referred to as “Millionaire’s Row,” and a townhouse next to the Elysee Palace. The real estate news doesn’t come as a total surprise – Bey and Jay have been vocal about their love for the City of Light in the past.

“We love Paris,” Jay Z told the audience at the last show of the couple’s “On the Run” stadium tour there in September. “It’s special to us because we got engaged here, and this is where Blue Ivy was conceived.”

The recent news of the couple’s united front comes after a summer of breakup speculation, initially kicked off with footage of Beyoncé’s sister, Solange, attacking Jay Z in a New York City elevator in May. While the source admits the stars’ relationship can be strained, “they worked it out for [the sake of] their reputations and for [their 2-year-old daughter] Blue Ivy.”

And while there’s been no official word on talk of a possible pregnancy (and a rep for the singer did not respond to request for comment on the vow renewal), the source says the couple do have at least one collaboration in the works: a new album.

[From People]

Yeah, about those pregnancy rumors… Beyonce keeps posting photos of her bangs trauma on her Tumblr and some of the recent pics have her drinking wine. I doubt she’s knocked up, so don’t bring out the pillowy conspiracies! As for their love of France… I didn’t know they felt that strongly about it. I didn’t know Blue Ivy was conceived there (was Beyonce there? haha JK) That seems like a very Kimye admission, honestly, although Kanye said earlier this year that he and Kim conceived North West in Italy (Rome, wasn’t it?). Us Weekly’s sources also claim that Bey and Jay want to partially raise Blue Ivy in France and they hope she’ll learn how to speak French too. How Jolie-Pitt of them!

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Chris Evans, James Spader & RDJ in the ‘Age of Ultron’ trailer: awesome?

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Last night, a lo-res teaser trailer for Avengers: Up All Night to Get Bucky Age of Ultron leaked. The fanboys & girls watched it really fast before Marvel yanked it:

Marvel went ahead and released the official teaser. It was supposed to premiere during next week’s Agents of Shield episode, but the internet refused to wait. Let’s get to it:

This trailer is full of mayhem and a little confusing. Once again, the fate of the Earth can only be saved by these Avengers. James Spader’s Ultron character gets a sweet, menacing setup. His origins are murky. Tony Stark is supposed to unwittingly create Ultron, which would fit nicely with recent news that Robert Downey Jr. will appear in Captain America 3. But this trailer makes it look like Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are working with Ultron, so this could all be the work of Hydra.

Anyway, the trailer teases just the right amount. Cap walks amongst the destruction. Tony Stark is sad. Bruce Banner curls up in a modified fetal position. Black Widow has a touching moment with the Hulk. We see a broken Cap shield next to Thor’s immobile arm. There’s a glimpse of a non-CGI Andy Serkis. Ultron talks about puppets and strings. We don’t see Bucky Barnes, who is supposed to be “in the wind.” Cap is totally looking for his Bucky. I think Cap is kicking in the door to a Hydra facility. Marvel always makes sure to add some Cap booty shots to every trailer. How considerate.

P.S. Chris Evans and Minka Kelly are back together again? They picked up tacos together in these PopSugar photos. This would be their third go. Lainey questions whether these two are really “together” because tacos aren’t the most romantic thing (hilarious). These two are probably just hooking up. They know each other, and they’re comfy. Dude got some and ate some tacos.

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