Duchess Kate in black crocheted Temperley for a London gala: pretty or bland?

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I feel like Duchess Kate is already carrying her second pregnancy much differently than her first. When she was pregnant with Prince George, it felt like it was well into her second trimester before she started to “look pregnant” all over. But with this pregnancy, I can already see it on her face. That’s not a bad thing at all – a little extra weight all over makes her look younger, like a knocked up teenager (with an addiction to her mom’s eyeliner). This is the Kate that won William’s heart at university: the girl with an athletic, healthy-looking build.

Anyway, these are photos of Kate attending the Action on Addiction Autumn Gala in London last night. There wasn’t much advanced notice on this appearance, which is weird because Kate’s people were going overboard announcing her future schedule just a few weeks ago. And I will give her props for showing up for one of her patronages. She became a royal patron of Action on Addiction in 2012. Her work with the group is sporadic (she hasn’t done any work with them all year that I can tell), but Kate does love a gala, doesn’t she?

As for the dress and styling… it’s not the worst, not the best. The dress is Temperley. I always wish Kate wore more Temperley because Alice Temperley seems to tick off a lot of boxes for a British duchess: Temperley is young, English and female and her designs are consistently girly, feminine, lacy, frothy and yet somewhat simple. Kate seems to favor crochet, lace and anything delicate-looking. So I’m sort of mystified why she A) doesn’t wear more Temperley and B) chose this dress which is hardly representative of the bridesmaid-y dresses that Temperley usually designs.

I do like that Kate wore black though. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know. I wear a lot of black so maybe that’s why. It’s kind of a no-no for royal women to wear black unless they’re attending a funeral, although Diana broke that rule a lot. My least favorite part of this look: Kate’s hair flapping around. Pro-tip: if the event is described as a “gala,” please pull your hair back.

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Kate Middleton The Duchess Stuns In Her LBD

The Duchess Of Cambridge Attends Action On Addiction DinnerClearly the morning sickness is getting better for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge! Here’s the former Kate Middleton on her third public engagement this week. She attended the Action on Addiction Autumn Gala Evening at L’Anima. RELATED: The Duchess makes her first public appearance since announcing her second pregnancy.

I feel redundant saying this, but again, as usual, I’m loving this dress. It’s a crochet dress by Temperley. If it hasn’t sold out yet, it will. This is a great LBD to have in your closet.

I’ve read people talking about her “tiny baby bump.” Sorry, I don’t see it- LOL. I’d never guess she was pregnant without the formal announcement. I’m not holding my breath, either, She wasn’t showing in her last pregnancy until practically her third trimester. My guess is she’s going to hide her baby bump in coat dresses, given the chilly London weather. Well, she’ll still look great ;).

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The Duchess Of Cambridge Attends Action On Addiction Dinner
The Duchess Of Cambridge Attends Action On Addiction Dinner
The Duchess Of Cambridge Attends Action On Addiction Dinner
The Duchess Of Cambridge Attends Action On Addiction Dinner
The Duchess Of Cambridge Attends Action On Addiction Dinner
The Duchess Of Cambridge Attends Action On Addiction Dinner
The Duchess Of Cambridge Attends Action On Addiction Dinner
The Duchess Of Cambridge Attends Action On Addiction Dinner
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Duchess Kate in baby blue Jenny Packham in London: cute or too mullety?

Here are some photos of Duchess Kate’s appearance last night at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards in London. This was Kate’s second public appearance yesterday. And yesterday’s two public events were her first events since August. It seems Kate is through the worst of her morning sickness, and she looked much improved in these evening shots. Meaning, she didn’t look like she about to barf on a ceremonial horse for the evening event, but horse-barfing was definitely a possibility at the carriage procession in the morning. I’m also including some photos from earlier in the day, including that shot of Kate’s coatdress billowing up because she’s still not weighting her hems. Classic Waity!

Also Classic Kate – this Jenny Packham gown she wore to the Wildlife Photographer event. This makes me recall the old Issa dresses she used to wear during her long courtship with William. Back then, Kate loved some clingy jersey, she loved to show her legs in anything short (some things never change) and she loved to party all night. I have mixed feelings about this Packham gown – I think the color is pretty and the general silhouette is clean and smart. You know I like a good sleeve. But the tufting on the sleeve is pissing me off and the front slit/mullet dress effect is really, really tacky. Not princessy, not duchessy. Very Real Housewife, honestly.

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Kate Middleton First Public Appearance Since Announcing Second Pregnancy

Prince William & Kate Watch The Horse Guards ParadeYesterday was a good day, health-wise, for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (a.k.a. Kate Middleton). She was able to make her first public appearance since announcing her pregnancy. Kate joined Prince William in welcoming President of Singapore Tony Tan and his wife, Mary, when they arrived in London. RELATED: Kate Middleton and Prince William are expecting baby #2 in April 2015!

The Duchess even felt comfortable enough to attend the Horse Guard Parade, which was part of the welcoming ceremony for the President and his wife. She looks fantastic, as always. Now I’m sure there will be people who can claim to see a baby bump, since she’s made it into her second trimester, but I’ll be honest: I don’t see it in this coatdress.

During her first pregnancy, Kate wasn’t showing until well into her second trimester, possibly the beginning of her third. She might start showing earlier this time, since the baby bump can show up a little earlier in subsequent pregnancies, but she’s so slim, I’m not holding my breath- LOL.

Prince William & Kate Welcome Singapore President
Prince William & Kate Welcome Singapore President
Prince William & Kate Watch The Horse Guards Parade
Prince William & Kate Watch The Horse Guards Parade
Prince William & Kate Watch The Horse Guards Parade
Prince William & Kate Watch The Horse Guards Parade
Prince William & Kate Watch The Horse Guards Parade
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Matthew McConaughey covers GQ, talks God, rom-coms & the ‘Redskins’ name

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Matthew McConaughey covers the November issue of GQ and it’s one of the most comprehensive interviews I’ve ever read. Full stop. MM gave a lot of decent-to-good interviews last year during his Oscar campaign, but now that he’s successfully rebooted his entire career and become an Oscar-winner, Matthew has thoughts. Deep thoughts. About everything from the name “Redskins” to his rom-com past to God to… everything. You can read the full interview here (prepare yourself for the McConauniverse). Some highlights:

His rom-com past, his early fame: “I’ve never had fears that I was stuck in one thing. I’m sure we’re going to talk about the years when I was in romantic comedies and I was seen as the guy who was on the beach, running around shirtless. I did that. Damn right that was me. I wasn’t scared like, “Oh God, I’m going to be stuck here.” But I was like, I understand at some point that that is in italics now. [The italics part of my life] has two parts. One was the myth that was branded and created. Second, yeah, it’s me. I did Fool’s Gold in Australia, had a summer in Malibu, and made a surfer film—basically, when you edit those all together, it was one continuous ninety-degree day on the beach without a shirt. But also, I worked hard to live in Malibu, California. I’m going to the beach! I’m gonna go surfing! No, I don’t want to wear a shirt. I want to get a tan and feel the sun on my bones. And it’s Tuesday. You’re recording it? Good for you…. I’m not going to apologize for enjoying what I do.”

He’s proud of those rom-coms: “Absolutely. These things aren’t easy. What’s hard is to make them look easy. Those kinds of movies are what they are. They get pooh-poohed by critics. They get pooh-poohed by actors themselves. And in a way I get it, but in other ways it’s completely unfair. There’s a buoyancy you need to make them work. I believe I gave them buoyancy. And some of the shoots were very difficult, with me trying to fight for the balls on the guy…Look, I’m happy if you think I “cruised through” those. I did my work.

Babies are his secret weapon: “Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn. Whatever decisions you make in the first six months of becoming a father, double down on them. I mean, you’re meeting the Courier. You’re meeting the Shepherd, the Future Prince. You immediately have something you don’t have to think about. You know what’s important. Bam! And the clarity of that is like, “Whew.” I definitely got more selfish. And at the same time, I think I got more compassionate, which don’t always go together, you know?

Being a lifelong Redskins fan, on whether they should change the name: “Man, it’s twofold. What interests me is how quickly it got pushed into the social consciousness. We were all fine with it since the 1930s, and all of a sudden we go, “No, gotta change it”? It seems like when the first levee breaks, everybody gets on board. I know a lot of Native Americans don’t have a problem with it, but they’re not going to say, “No, we really want the name.” That’s not how they’re going to use their pulpit. It’s like my feeling about gun control: “I get it. You have the right to have guns. But look, let’s forget that right. Let’s forget the pleasure you get safely on your range, because it’s in the wrong hands in other places.”

Whether it would hurt to see the Redskins logo gone: “It’s not going to hurt me. It’s just… I love the emblem. I dig it. It gives me a little fire and some oomph. But now that it’s in the court of public opinion, it’s going to change. I wish it wouldn’t, but it will.”

He goes to church every Sunday: “Yeah. In Texas. It’s non-denominational. It’s based in the faith that Jesus is the son of God, that he died for our sins, but many different denominations come in.

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There’s so much more in that interview. I didn’t want to just give you the motherlode of McConaughquotes, but he talks a lot about going back to church after his kids were born, why he and Camilla decided to marry, how he feels about Lance Armstrong, and whether he thinks vanity is a good thing (spoiler: he believes in vanity). It’s a really fascinating interview and a lot of it is Classic McConaughey because he’s talking about space and time and the waves, bro. As for his stuff about the Washington Redskins… actually, I don’t think there are many Native Americans who are really A-OK with the name. The name needs to be changed. Bro.

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Prince William & Kate Middleton Baby #2 Due In April!

Prince William, Kate Middleton, & Prince Harry Present At The Tour De France FinishLet the countdown commence! Prince William and Kate Middleton (a.k.a. Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) released a statement about when baby #2 is due as well as how the Duchess is doing in terms of her morning sickness. RELATED: Are Prince William and Kate Middleton coming to NYC?

Kensington Palace released a statement this morning.

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015. The Duchess of Cambridge continues to be affected by Hyperemisis Gravidarum, but her condition is steadily improving.”

So it sounds like Kate has made it through her first trimester! She’s scheduled to make her first public engagement tomorrow, Tuesday. She’ll join Prince William to welcome President Tony Tan Keng Yam of Singapore to London. If she’s feeling well enough, Kate will also join them at the Horse Guards Parade. Then she’s expected at the Natural History Museum for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards.

April is already a special month for William and Kate; they married in April as well, so it’ll be a big month for them!

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Prince William, Kate Middleton, & Prince Harry Present At The Tour De France Finish
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William, Kate & Prince Harry Visit Tower Of London's Ceramic Poppy Field
William, Kate & Prince Harry Visit Tower Of London's Ceramic Poppy Field
William, Kate & Prince Harry Visit Tower Of London's Ceramic Poppy Field
William, Kate & Prince Harry Visit Tower Of London's Ceramic Poppy Field
William, Kate & Prince Harry Visit Tower Of London's Ceramic Poppy Field
William, Kate & Prince Harry Visit Tower Of London's Ceramic Poppy Field
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Is the Queen refusing to invite the Middletons to Sandringham for Christmas?

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Here are some photos of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh visiting that giant installation of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London last week. The poppies are for the blood spilled during World War I and the last poppy will be planted on November 11th (Armistice Day). This year is the centennial anniversary of the start of WWI. Duchess Kate, Prince William and Harry visited the installation over the summer and it’s grown even bigger since then. This was a really beautiful and heartbreaking way to commemorate the anniversary, right?

As for the Queen, she’s allegedly already focused on the holidays and balancing all of the family stuff. I tend to believe that the Queen gave Anmer Hall to William and Kate as a way to bribe them into toeing the royal family line and spending the Christmas holiday with the royal family. Because it’s been a few years now with the optics all wrong. For Christmas 2012, Kate and William spent the holidays with Kate’s family. Then last year, the Queen apparently invited the Middletons for some of the royal holiday stuff, but Kate and Prince George largely spent the holidays with the Middletons again. That kind of thing just isn’t done within the royal family, especially for the women who marry into the family. So, this year the Queen isn’t even going to extend any kind of olive branch to the Middletons.

The Duchess of Cambridge is delighted that her country pile will be ready in time for Christmas – but the news has thrown her into the middle of a battle of the turkeys. For while Kate can now invite her family to celebrate the festive season at the ten-bedroom Amner Hall in Norfolk, she, William and Prince George will actually be sitting down for Christmas lunch a stone’s-throw away at Sandringham House.

The Cambridges will be with the Queen and the rest of the Royals, but I’m told that it is doubtful that the Middleton clan – her mother Carole, father Michael, sister Pippa and brother James – will be invited to join them after the traditional morning church service. It means they will have their own turkey at Amner Hall.

As my Palace insider explains: ‘It is highly unlikely that Kate’s family will be invited to the big Christmas lunch, or the famous Boxing Day shoot. Perhaps one day they will be invited to the big house for tea, but not for lunch or dinner, and not on Christmas Day. The Queen is fond of Kate and doesn’t mean to exclude her family – indeed she has broken many of the old rules for them in the past. But if all of her children and grandchildren’s wives had their families to lunch, there wouldn’t be enough room, even at Sandringham House’s dining room.’

After being plagued with problems for almost two years, renovation work on Amner Hall looked likely to continue well into 2015, but against the odds the project is now nearing completion. The Georgian treasure was a present from the Queen, and the Cambridges will use it as their base during William’s time as a pilot with the East Anglia Air Ambulance Service. With Kate expecting the couple’s second child next year, perhaps she will relish the chance of being waited on.

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It’s the Queen’s party and she controls the guest list. If she doesn’t want Carole, Michael, Pippa and James there, so be it. And if Kate wants to invite her family to stay at Anmer while she’s off doing royal things, so be it. That might be the best compromise we’re going to get, especially when William’s in charge of things and he pitches a hissy fit whenever anyone tries to tell him what to do. I actually think this is less about the Queen’s feelings towards the Middletons specifically and more about the Queen not wanting ALL of the in-laws in her home.

As for the extensive renovations of Anmer Hall – the mansion was being lived in at the time the Queen bought out the former tenants’ lease so that Anmer could go to Will and Kate. It had a new kitchen and it was pretty modern and comfortable. I have serious doubts as to whether Anmer really NEEDED two years’ worth of renovations (on top of the £4.5 million-plus renovations done to Kensington Palace).

PS… Us Weekly “confirms” that Kate is due in April 2015 and that she’s now past her first trimester. They also say that Kate is definitely going to do two events tomorrow in London. We’ll see!

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13 Celebrities Who Look Just Like Cartoon Characters (#9 is Scary!)

It’s not unusual for celebrities to voice famous cartoon characters.

We’ve already provided a list of 21 stars who you may not realize are behind such animated creations as Rapunzel, Donnie Thornberry and Brother Bear on The Berenstain Bears.

But celebrities who look like cartoon characters?

That may be a little less common. 

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Granted, Rihanna changes her hair on a near daily basis. But she also has a penchant for stepping on rakes, we hear.

But there are plenty of examples out there, from a beloved pop singer who resembles a beloved mass murderer to the mother of a reality star who looks a lot like a really mean octopus.

Seriously. A LOT.

Click around the above photo gallery to be taken surprise by some of these lookalikes and then follow the proceeding link for a similarly-themed slideshow.

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Iggy Azalea Slams Own Management Team for New Maxim Cover: Why?!

Iggy Azalea is not getting along with anyone these days.

Fresh off her feud with Snoop Dogg (her possibly staged feud with Snoop Dogg, that is), the 24-year old singer is now mad at her very own Australian record label.

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See, Azalea is covering the latest issue of Maxim Australia, posing for the publication in curve-baring monokini, sort of like Borat.

But while the photo is sexy, it was also snapped back in 2011 for a photo shoot with Complex Magazine – Iggy did NOT give her management team permission to reuse it.

“Im going to publicly say something to the australian division of my record label right now because my message seems to be ignored privately,” Azalea wrote yesterday.

She then explained why.

“stop giving permission on my behalf for magazines to purchase images of me that have already been printed in major publications for covers,” Iggy added.

“i think its awesome anyone would want me on the cover of a magazine, but theres a right way to make that happen and the australian label. clearly aren’t respecting my wishes. a magazine cover deserves an accompanying photoshoot not a reused image.”

The magazine, meanwhile, is on Team Iggy Azalea here.

“@IGGYAZALEA we couldn’t agree more!” it Tweeted in response. “We begged both your US management and Aussie label for a cover shoot & interview but were denied… we’d LOVE to do a shoot with you. Just say when, where and how high and we’ll jump!”

We can’t wait to see it. But, in the meantime, here are a few other looks at Azaela in a bathing suit:

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Iggy shows off her curvy beach body. This girl is definitely ready for summer.

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Batman v Superman Extra Leaks MAJOR Spoilers: You Won’t Believe Who’s Playing Robin!

Given the grand scale of the project, and the Internet’s insatiable hunger for spoilers, it was only a matter of time before Batman v Superman plot details began to hit the web, and today we’ve got a doozy.

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The film has reportedly employed hundreds of Detroit locals as extras, and despite iron-clad confidentiality agreements, the sheer number number of people on set has make it difficult to keep things under wraps.

First, amateur footage of the Batmobile hit Instagram, and now an extra speaking on condition of anonymity has revealed a bombshell regarding the flick’s casting and storyline. Obviously, spoilers lie ahead:

According to the source, Robin makes an appearance in the film and the Boy Wonder is played by a woman. Some fans have assumed that this tidbit puts an end to speculation as to what part actress Jena Malone will be playing in the film.

That last part hasn’t been confirmed, but given that Malone is a young, relatively high-profile actress and her role has been shrouded in secrecy, it’s safe to assume she’ll be donning the green cape.

The source adds that a scene being filmed this weekend will feature an unmasked Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) physically confronting Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor at a party.

Of course, we’ve already heard some iffy rumors from the set, such as the one about Affleck being so fat producers hired a body double for action scenes.

But these latest leaks come from a local NBC affiliate in Detroit, and not from a sketchy website run by fanboys, so it’s safe to assume there’s some legitimacy to them.

Sadly, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice won’t be released until March of 2016, so at this rate, we’ll know the whole plot by the time the damn thing hits theaters.

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Ben Affleck stars in Gone Girl. We can’t wait to see this movie!!!

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