Duchess Kate wants reporters to follow a dress code she has never adhered to

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There are a bunch of new stories about Prince William, Duchess Kate and the other royals from the past few days, but this post is just for Will & Kate! I think I’ll probably do another royal post on Monday, or maybe even Tuesday. First up in this royal round-up: William and Kate finally hired a PR person. Like, a real person with real-world experience in crisis management and public relations. Considering the last guy left very quickly after he came in, and given the more frequent reports of William’s constant bitchery, I’ve got to wonder how long this new guy is going to last. Plus, the new guy is an American!! OH NOES. The Yanks are invading the royal press office! Anyway, the guy’s name is Jason Knauf and he previously worked for RBS and the New Zealand government. You can read more about him here – his CV doesn’t seem all that impressive, but it also sounds like being in charge of media relations at RBS was akin to being captain of the Titanic. I say Knauf lasts less than a year.

Knauf’s first duty seems to be preparing the colonies for the invasion of William and Kate. Last week, the monarchy’s website sent out a reminder to all journalists covering Will and Kate: reporters much adhere to a “dress code.” The dress code seems relatively simple for professional people – no jeans or sneakers, men must wear a jacket and tie and women must wear pants or a skirt suit. What’s funny (to me at least) is that kind of simple, professional dress code is something Kate has never been able to adhere to. She is constantly wearing the wrong outfits for dress-code specific events, nevermind all of her “Marilyn Moments.” And if we see her in jeggings during a public event one more time, I think the journalists should revolt. Why would Kate be allowed to wear painted-on jeggings and a member of the press can’t wear comfortable sneakers?

Also on Knauf’s to-do list: trying to make Will and Kate seem like they actually spend time together and like they have a completely normal, romantic marriage. People Magazine managed to get this little story in:

When British florist Paula Pryke received her Order of the British Empire from Prince William last week, he confessed his love for pretty blooms – and how much he enjoyed treating his wife Kate to beautiful flowers.

“He told me that he liked buying flowers for Kate and how much she loved flowers,” Pryke tells PEOPLE from her base in London’s New Covent Garden Market.

Of course, it’s not the first time William has shown his romantic side. Just seven months after Prince George was born, he whisked Kate off for a luxurious week-long stay at an exclusive resort in the Maldives. And let’s not forget that in true princely style, he carried his mom Princess Diana’s engagement ring in his backpack all the way to Africa to propose to Kate back in 2010.

Pryke, who has worked with the royal family as well as numerous celebrities during her 30-year career, says receiving her award from William on Friday was “very exciting.”

[From People]

William buys flowers for Kate? Er? Okay. I mean, no shade. I like getting flowers too and it’s a simple, lovely gesture. But it does seem like a little piece of royal propaganda. Look, they’re so normal!

Last thing – Jack Whitehall is a young British comedian and he performed at the Variety Show, the same one that Will and Kate attended. During his set, Whitehall joked about how he went to school with Kate (although Jack is several years younger than Kate) and how she was “the one who got away” and he had a “crush” on her at school. Apparently, William came up to him later and joked about how Whitehall was “flirting with my missus.” Whitehall told Graham Norton: “William came over and he was very funny, he was very nice but very passive aggressive [and said] ‘Oh, so you were flirting with my missus? Oh no that was very funny!’” LOL, describing William as passive-aggressive… amazing.

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Prince William Teases Comic For Flirting With Kate Middleton

Prince William & Kate Middleton Visit The Valero Pembroke RefineryComedian Jack Whitehall got a little bit of his own medicine after joking during a performance that Kate Middleton, now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was “the one that got away.” Apparently the two went to school together and Jack had a bit of a crush on the Duchess. Prince William didn’t let the joke slide when he met the comedian after the show. RELATED: Prince William and Kate Middleton are coming to visit NYC!

Jack said the Prince told him:

William came over and he was very funny, he was very nice but very passive aggressive [and said] ‘Oh, so you were flirting with my missus? Oh no that was very funny!’”

Jack admitted to a reporter that the odds of getting Kate’s attention were never in his favor anyway.

She was a lot older than me. She was in sixth form – it was never going to happen, I was in a head brace!”

LOL. Prince William had better send his wife some flowers, just to remind her she’s loved ;).

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Prince William & Kate Middleton Visit The Valero Pembroke Refinery
Prince William & Kate Middleton Visit The Valero Pembroke Refinery
Prince William & Kate Middleton Visit The Valero Pembroke Refinery
Prince William & Kate Middleton Visit The Valero Pembroke Refinery
Prince William & Kate Middleton Visit The Valero Pembroke Refinery
Prince William & Kate Middleton Visit The Valero Pembroke Refinery
Prince William & Kate Middleton Visit The Valero Pembroke Refinery
Prince William & Kate Middleton Visit The Valero Pembroke Refinery
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“Oscar winner Mike Nichols has passed away at the age of 83″ links

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Oscar-winning director, writer, comedian, EGOTer & mensch Mike Nichols has passed away at the age of 83. Rest in peace. [Buzzfeed]
Tori Spelling in close-up: not good. [Celebslam]
Michael Phelps’ girlfriend is intersex. [The Blemish]
Elisabetta Canalis still gets pap’d in LA for some reason. [Moe Jackson]
Chris Hemsworth is the male beauty ideal? [IDLY]
The Aaron Sorkin-Michael Fassbender movie about Steve Jobs is done? [Gawker]
Lana del Rey did a disturbing video with Marilyn Manson. [OMG Blog]
Chris Martin’s musical inspiration is Katy Perry. [ICYDK]
Dear Harry Hamlin: are you poor?! [Bitten & Bound]
Dakota Fanning might need new hair & makeup people. [RCFA]
Mm… travel p0rn for those of us who like it hot. [The Frisky]
Azealia Banks is a broke ice princess with expensive taste. [PopBytes]
Jennifer Lopez in bed with a full face of makeup. [Seriously OMG WTF]

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FKA Twigs Calls Out Racist Haters, Embraces Robert Pattinson Relationship

Things are getting very serious between FKA Twigs and Robert Pattinson.

According to a new report, the singer and the actor may be living together and may even be planning a wedding. (Sorry, Kristen Stewart.)

But FKA Twigs admits in a new interview with USA Today that dating the former Twilight Saga star has not always been rainbows and sunsets… not when so many supposed fans of Pattinson have expressed so much disdain for Twigs online.

“I am genuinely shocked and disgusted at the amount of racism that has been infecting my account the past week,” Twigs says. “Racism is unacceptable in the real world and it’s unacceptable online.”

As Pattinson and Twigs have been spotted holding hands in both Europe and New York City, the vitriol has only increased, with the latter assuming most of it comes from “14-year old kids that should be in bed.”

Twigs says it feels “weird” and “disgusting” to be getting attention for simply dating someone and she tries not to take any of it personally.

“I know that’s not really because of me or what I’m doing,” Twigs says. “The positivity that I get from [my relationship] makes the more challenging aspects… very worth it.”

The artist is still adjusting the life in the spotlight and says it’s easier for men than for women, due to a clear double standard.

“Sometimes I look at someone like James Blake, and I kind of envy the fact that he’s a 6-2 English guy and no one will say he’s changed his T-shirt from black to blue,” she laments. “People will only talk about his music.”

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Robert Pattinson is not bad looking, is he? Drool away, ladies!

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Prince Albert & Princess Charlene kiss for Monaco National Day: cute or gross?

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Here are some (awkward) photos of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene today in Monaco, on the balcony of The Prince’s Palace (I guess?). They were celebrating Monaco National Day, and Albert and Charlene waved to the crowds and kissed in public. And it was kind of gross. Charlene has gotten very big! She’s super-knocked up. Like, I think she’s going to give birth in the next month. Word is that she’s due in December, but she’s expecting twins and don’t twins usually come early? I hope – again – that at least one of the babies is a boy. Even though the Monaco constitution has been changed, if she has two girls, there’s still going to be an expectation for her to provide a male heir.

I do have to give Charlene some credit in these photos – she looks more approving of Albert than we’ve ever seen. Usually she looks like she’s sick of him, but I’m actually getting a “loved up” vibe from her. Perhaps it’s just the hormones. Meanwhile, Albert doesn’t really look like the joyful expectant father. My take: he’s never really cared about fatherhood one way or the other.

I’m also including some photos of Princess Caroline, Sacha Casiraghi and Andrea Casiraghi and Andrea’s wife Tatiana Santo Domingo. Sacha is the blonde toddler in-between Andrea and Caroline. He’s only 19 months old and I think he was surprisingly well-behaved for this outing. Did you know Tatiana is knocked up again? They announced that a few weeks ago. I’m not sure if that’s why Tatiana has to stand so far apart from Andrea. Also: Andrea lost the hot in a big way. Good God.

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Chris Hemsworth is People Mag’s 2014 Sexiest Man Alive: yay or nay?

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To be a Sexiest Man Alive, you have to have hustle. And while I have my doubts that Chris Hemsworth really has that hustle, I have no doubts that Elsa Pataky could out-hustle nearly everyone in Hollywood. So, here you go! Our 2014 Sexiest Man Alive is NOT Chris Pratt. Or Prince Harry. Or an Otter Dressed Up As Benedict Cumberbatch. It is Chris Hemsworth. My first reaction? “What does he have to promote?” You know what it is? That Ron Howard movie, In the Heart of the Sea. Smart. Too bad they stuck Brad Pitt’s 1996 wig on him for the cover!!

He continues to smite bad guys as a hammer-wielding Norse god in The Avengers, will fight off a terrorist hacker in Michael Mann’s upcoming cyber thriller, Blackhat and battle a whale in Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea, but there was no contest when it came to naming Aussie Chris Hemsworth this year’s Sexiest Man Alive.

The actor, 31, thought it was “pretty funny” when he first heard the news – as did his wife, Spanish model, Elsa Pataky, 38, whom he wed in 2010.

“I think you’ve bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “I can just say to her, ‘Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don’t need to do the dishes anymore, I don’t need to change nappies. I’m above that. I’ve made it now.’ ”

The Australian-bred Hemsworth also reveals that he prefers to sleep sans pajamas, has a signature dance move (with a spin!) and would rather be home in Australia, where he and Pataky live with their three kids – daughter India, 2½, and 8-month-old twin sons, Sasha and Tristan – than anywhere else.

“We just had a big beach day with the kids, swimming and kicking the ball around,” he says. “That was the first time in a long time we’ve done that. That’s what it’s all about.”

As for that ripped body, Hemsworth, who puts on 20 lbs. of muscle for his role as Thor, says he tries to be disciplined when it comes to his diet and exercise but looks forward to his cheat days. “Then it’s pizza, hamburgers, beer, sugary things,” he adds. “Everything I’m not allowed to have!”

[From People]

It probably would have been smarter to give this to him last year, with Thor and Rush coming out last fall/winter. But he has the Ron Howard movie, plus Blackhat… which looks BAD. So he needs a push. He needs a push more than Chris Pratt. And hey… I’m sure more people find Hemsworth sexier than Pratt.

You can see the rest of People’s SMA package here. The rest of the men who made the list: Chris Pratt, Jamie Dornan, Ki Hong Lee, Blake Shelton, Bradley Cooper, Matt Bomer, Michael Strahan, Eddie Redmayne, Scott Foley and Tim Tebow. UGH! No otters made the short list. No charming potatoes either.

Chris was announced as the SMA last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Hemsworth came out and told Kimmel that “I learned everything there is about being sexy from Matt Damon.” You can see the video here. And here’s his video with People – he’s better in motion. And he thinks Elsa is the sexiest.

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Gotham Season 1 Episode 10 Teaser: RUN!!!

Bruce Wayne met Selina Kyle on Gotham Season 1 Episode 9, with the future antagonists getting along rather well at this young age.

Elsewhere, Harvey Nicholas D’Agosto made his first appearance as Harvey Dent, flipping that character’s iconic two-headed coin in his very first scene.

Where will things on this freshman fall series go on Gotham Season 1 Episode 10, which will mark the final new installment of 2014?

As you can see in the teaser above, a pair of assassins will be on the hunt for Bruce and Selina, with Alfred coming to their rescue and with Gordon blaming Dent for putting them in harm’s way.

Elsewhere, due to a misstep at work, Gordon will be reassigned to duty at Arkham Asylum, which we’d have to image will play a key role in 2015.

Are you still on board with Gotham? Will you be tuning in to the fall finale?

Check out scenes from the upcoming episode above and then watch Gotham online below via the following video:

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Castle Season 7 Episode 8 Teaser: Back to Business

It’s been a fun couple weeks on Castle, hasn’t it?

First, of course, Rick and Kate finally got married, exchanging vows in an intimate ceremony in the Hamptons.

Then, Rick and Kate went undercover at a dude ranch on Castle Season 7 Episode 7, going all John Wayne on viewers and making the most out of an unusual honeymoon.

But it will be time to get back to business on Castle Season 7 Episode 8, as teased in the above promo.

Next Monday’s all-new installment will find Castle and Beckett arriving at their first crime scene as a married couple… but they won’t have much time to laugh or joke about it after a mysterious bad guy takes a group hostage.

And it includes Detective Esposito.

Will Beckett and company be able to rescue him in time?

Get an idea of what’s on tap via the above promo and then go back to relive Caskett’s honeymoon when you click on the video below to watch Castle online. You won’t regret it.

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Tila Tequila She’s A Mom!

tila tequilaA couple of days ago, Tila Tequila posted a picture of her baby bump (it’s not quite family friendly, but you can see it here) with a post on her website titled “40 Weeks Pregnant and still no baby!” Well, that’s not the case anymore. Tila gave birth to a baby girl the very next day, on Sunday. RELATED: Tila Tequila is pregnant!

Tila (real name Tila Nguyen) named her daughter Isabella Monroe Nguyen. Iabella weighed in at 7 lbs, 2 oz, and was born at 7:05 pm. Tila told Us Weekly:

I am so in love with her. She’s so perfect and beautiful.”

Initially Tila said she was hoping for a baby boy, but that all changed when she found out she was having a baby girl.

For a long time I thought I wanted a baby boy, but that’s because most of my family members wanted me to have a boy. However, deep, deep down inside of my heart I knew that I wanted a baby girl! I wanted a little mini-me so that when she grows up I could do everything with her and be able to talk to her about anything!”

She openly shared her hopes and dreams for her daughter, too.

I want my baby girl to grow up a very strong, and independent woman just like I am, and you know what? I know that she will! My daughter will grow up to be a leader and stand up for all of the people who cannot stand up for themselves. My daughter will be beautiful just like her mama, but at the same time I will raise her to be a humble and loving person who respect herself and others.”

Awww… congratulations, Tila! Hopefully we’ll get to see a pic of her little princess soon :).

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Prince William’s press office is in shambles because he ‘does not take advice’

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Slowly but surely, “sources” have been leaking interesting details about the inner workings of Kensington Palace/Clarence House, meaning Duchess Kate and Prince William’s people and how those people interact with Prince Charles’ people, and how good all of these people really are at their jobs. My take has always been that Charles actually learned a lot about the press machine when he was with Diana – you could call it trial by fire, because anyone engaging in a press battle with Diana always lost, because she had an otherworldly gift for media management. But Charles took what he learned and he put it into somewhat good use, like getting the public used to Camilla and at this point, getting the public to gradually accept the idea of a Queen Camilla.

But what about William and Kate? The problem, I’ve always felt, is that William thinks he has his mother’s gift for PR and he just doesn’t. So much of what William and Kate try to do in the press is often blatant propaganda spin and/or lies. No nuance, no give and take, no sticking to an accessible press narrative. I think William is a temperamental man and he doesn’t understand why the press won’t just do as their told, and so he yells and throws tantrums about it. So, guess what? As it turns out, NO ONE wants to be in charge of Will and Kate’s press office.

Polishing the images of the popular Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry should be one of the plum jobs in PR. But I hear their appointment of a new communications secretary has proved such a fraught process that they have drafted in a highly paid firm of headhunters. Former BBC producer Ed Perkins quit Kensington Palace more than seven weeks ago, after only two years as their press secretary, and Prince William, Kate and Harry have still not found a suitable candidate to succeed him.

‘It’s a nightmare,’ claims a senior courtier. ‘Prince William does not take advice readily — let’s put it like that. Several well-qualified candidates have been ruled out.’

William has a reputation for being strong-willed, but a Kensington Palace spokesman denies suggestions that the Prince has made clear he does not want anyone who has worked at Buckingham Palace or Prince Charles’s office at Clarence House.

‘The recruitment process is ongoing,’ says the spokesman. ‘It has been straightforward and we are close to an appointment being made.’

Plans were announced in January for a unified media operation based at Buckingham Palace for all members of the Royal Family, but they have been shelved amid some tensions. Prince Charles’s staff have returned to Clarence House while William, Kate and Harry have their own office at Kensington Palace. The plans are said to have caused friction between Buckingham Palace press chief Sally Osman, and Kristina Kyriacou, Prince Charles’s outgoing communications secretary. Kyriacou, a straight-talking former PR for pop singers such as Take That star Gary Barlow and Bjork, favoured a more dynamic, modern approach to promoting the heir to the throne, but she is said to have come up against resistance from traditionalists.

Perkins, who has left to join the PR firm Portland, succeeded Miguel Head after he was promoted to the role of William, Kate and Harry’s private secretary. Head was at the hospital when Kate gave birth to Prince George and is said to act more like a friend of William than an employee.

[From The Daily Mail]

So, everything is in shambles, it sounds like. The Queen tried to ease Charles into some kind of power position and it sounds like her staffers at BP were in open revolt. It also sounds like Charles’ people weren’t up for the more difficult task of actually firing some of the “old guard” men in grey who have been there much too long. As for William and Kate’s press office… “Prince William does not take advice readily — let’s put it like that.” WOW. Let’s put it like this: William thinks he’s a genius and everyone should just do what he says and then when it all blows up in his face, he yells and blames everyone for doing what he said.

Oh, and as for William and Kate’s NYC trip December 7-9… they will attend their first basketball game! They will watch a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets. The game is in Brooklyn, and Page Six says it will be the second time ever that a member of the royal family has visited Brooklyn. Princess Diana was the first to go to Brooklyn (before it was COOL TO GO BROOKLYN), back in 1989. I want to see Will and Kate rock some hipster style for their jaunt to Brooklyn. Kate can break out her skinny jeans, maybe an “ironic” flannel and trucker’s hat and some horn-rimmed glasses. William should grow some ironic facial hair. Maybe a soul patch. Last thing: Prince George will not be coming on this trip. Probably because he would have punched Mayor de Blasio in the face.

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