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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Angelina Jolie and her eldest son were given a private tour of Buckingham Palace on Tuesday (03.14.17) night.

The 41-year-old actress' visit to London will certainly be one she'll never forget as she and 15-year-old Maddox were allowed to roam around Queen Elizabeth's home - but neither of them are believed to have met any members of the royal family.

The brunette beauty - who also has children Pax, 11, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and eight-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox with her estranged husband Brad Pitt - and her son were spotted climbing into a car from their hotel and then making their way to the lavish property before being allowed through the iron gates of the palace, according to MailOnline.

Buckingham Palace is not yet open to members of the public but tours of its State Rooms will take place from 9:30am to 7:30pm from July 22 to August 31, before it'll reopen to tourists from September 1 to October 1.

Earlier in the day, the 'Maleficient' star made her first appearance at the London School of Economics' (LSE) Centre for Women, Peace and Security in her role as a visiting professor to talk to students about her work as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and as the co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, and admitted that she was riddled with nerves before her speech.

She said at the time: "I'm a little nervous, feeling butterflies. I hope I do well. This is very important to me."

A spokesperson from LSE added: "Angelina Jolie spoke to a class of students taking the postgraduate course 'Women, Peace and Security,' as part of her role as visiting professor in practice in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security. Miss Jolie spoke about her experience and what has motivated her work as UNHCR special envoy and as co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, and took questions from the class."

Angelina previously launched the one-year MSc course on women, peace and security alongside Britain's former foreign secretary, William Hague.

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Taylor Swift is launching her own streaming service.

The 'Bad Blood' hitmaker - who famously withdrew her catalog from Spotify in 2014 in a row over royalties - has filed documents giving her the right to brand a website "featuring non-downloadable multi-media content in the nature of audio recordings."

And as well as the website, which will be called Swifties, Taylor is also planning to launch a line of music products, including guitars, guitar picks and straps, and drumsticks.

TMZ reports her plans also include organizing educational camps and retreats, as well as self-guided online courses.

The 27-year-old singer previously put pressure on streaming giants Apple Music to change their policy not to pay artists for streams when users signed up for a three-month free trial.

She wrote on her Tumblr page at the time: "I'm sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service.

"I'm not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months.

"I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company."

Although Taylor acknowledged the move will not make a huge difference to her own financial wellbeing, she insisted her actions were not those of "a spoiled, petulant child".

The 'Blank Space' singer concluded her letter: "It's not too late to change this policy. We don't ask you for free iPhones. Please don't ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation."

Following the publication of Taylor's letter, Eddy Cue, the Senior Vice-President of Internet Software and Services at Apple, vowed the company would change its policy.

He tweeted: "#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer's free trial period.

"We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple."

And in response, Taylor later agreed her '1989' album could be streamed on the site.

Posted by GossipCenter at 4:37 pm

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Kim Kardashian West thinks the Paris robbers targeted her because they could track her whereabouts on social media.

The 36-year-old beauty suffered a horrific ordeal when masked raiders tied her up in her bathroom and stole her jewellery from her apartment during Paris Fashion Week last October, and on reflection she feels they saw her as an easy target because she shared her entire trip to the French capital on Snapchat and Instagram and from her posts they could see she was alone.

In a new clip teasing the next episode of 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians', the brunette beauty said: "What I think happened now, after like thinking about it so much, is that there was probably a group of guys that were following us the entire trip.

"I was Snapchatting that I was home and that everyone was going out. So I think they knew [bodyguard Pascal Duvier] was out with Kourtney and that I was there by myself.

"They had to have known we were leaving that I was there by myself.

"They had to have known we were leaving that day. They had this window of opportunity and just went for it."

It comes after the reality star - who has children North, three, and Saint, 15 months, with husband Kanye West - said she feared she would be "shot in the back" if she tried to escape the robbers.

In a previous preview clip for the E! show, Kim told her sisters Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian: "They ask for money. I said 'I don't have any money.'

"They dragged me out to the hallway, on top of the stairs. That's when I saw the gun like, clear as day. I was kind of looking at the gun, looking down back at the stairs...

"I had a split second in my mind to make this quick decision.

"Am I gonna run down the stairs... Either they're gonna shoot me in the back, or if I make it and they don't, if the elevator does not open in time, or the stairs are locked, then like, I'm f***ed. There's no way out."

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The last time Keanu Reeves made a sequel to an action movie with a huge cult following and two directors, it didn't really go well twice over. Nonetheless, John Wick wasn't exactly The Matrix, and John Wick: Chapter Two fortunately isn't The Matrix Reloaded or The Matrix Revolutions. Even so, this sequel does expose a few new cracks in the foundation of the latest Reeves franchise, whether or not it will really make any difference for its own inevitable threequel.

After tying up the last loose end of his last revenge mission, John Wick puts himself back into retirement. Yet he only has about five minutes in his old home with his new dog before a ghost from the past comes calling, as the Italian assassin who helped him get out of the life the first time demands that he honor his blood oath to him. When John's refusal results in his house getting blown up, and when the rules of his old assassin's guild prevent him from seeking retribution, he has no choice but to go to Rome and fulfill his obligation. But when even that isn't enough to get him out scot free, John has to go through a whole legion of killers to try and get it done.

While the original John Wick waited about 25 minutes to turn Wick loose, sequels usually play by different rules, so Chapter Two pretty much has him on the rampage in mere moments. It quickly proves that director Chad Stahelski and the Wick franchise in general still has the brutal, bloody action chops, even without original co-director and new Deadpool 2 director David Leitch's help. Still, John's opening quest to get his car back is the first of many opportunities to question how he can really keep getting up after so many hits, let alone how his car can keep working after them.

Things do slow down afterwards, however, as they set up John's latest reasons for revenge and for postponing retirement. Dog lovers should be reassured that John's much bigger new canine is out of the crossfire, and is safely sent away before the action really starts. Although that is surely a good thing, it does make Chapter Two less compelling than the original in giving John and the movie a pretext for mass destruction.

Triggering John's return to killing through dog murder last time may have been horrifying, but it did provide a real emotional hook, and helped prove how different the original was from its action peers. Yet this time around, merely burning down John's house and keeping him from retiring again just makes Chapter Two look like any other revenge/coming out of retirement story.

Dogs shouldn't keep dying to set these adventures up, but there should be other more original thoughts and motivations to get the ball rolling. It also works against Reeves, who doesn’t get to show as much of a drive behind his killing spree this time, or get anything like his “I’m thinking I’m back!” speech to speak when not shooting heads off. Even with that in mind, the commitment he still shows in his fighting and his rage remains a welcome difference from the ultra-robotic Reeves of past action movies.

The other big element that made John Wick more original, and more quirky than the average action film, was the assassin's society/hotel that John went back into during his mission. It was a unique brand of universe building that didn't seem forced in merely to set up more sequels, at least not much more than in the average blockbuster universe. Fortunately, Chapter Two keeps expanding that world with more quirky little touches, bits and details, especially as it and John goes international in Rome.

From having a special kind of suit fitting and 'tasting' in Rome, to having Franco Nero guest star as the head of Rome's Continental Hotel, bringing back Ian McShane as the head of New York's branch, showing the guild's 'accounts payable' branch and pairing Reeves up with old Matrix mentor Laurence Fishburne to start the third act, Chapter Two is at its best when branching out the wider world John just can't leave behind. But as the movie goes on, however, there is a bit of a downside to it all and perhaps to the newly expanded franchise in general.

John Wick was its own animal in going back to the old school ways of action movies, through a lack of hyperactive quick cuts, a lack of holding back in its action, and through telling a simple stand alone story. Chapter Two is a somewhat different matter, as it gives in to the usual sequel impulse in thinking bigger and longer automatically means better, and in turning into just another prequel for the next sequel to come by the end.

As welcome as Stahelski's bang-bang, bloody and CGI free brand of action still is, at least compared to the MTV-style editing and non-stop explosions of other action franchises, Chapter Two obviously can't be as fresh and new with such a style as the original was. In fact, when John goes underground in Rome's catacombs for the film's second big set piece, it is often too dark to really see anything and to savor how his enemies go down, which goes against the franchise's biggest action hook.

Of course, given that John and most everyone else has indestructible suits now, head shots are an even greater cause of death than last time, if that is actually possible. Yet there really are only so many head shots to take before they nearly become as repetitive as explosions are in other action movies.

There are still some joys to be had that don’t threaten to wear out their welcome, such as Claudia Gerini as John’s initial mandated target, a few big hand-to-hand fight scenes between John and Common, and Ruby Rose as the sign language speaking right-hand assassin of John’s nemesis. But it takes until the middle of Chapter Two before its most deliriously action-packed and outrageous set piece occurs, as seemingly everyone in New York is activated to take John out to no avail.

Stahelski still tries to top it with a big finale in a museum and a house of mirrors, although it is technically far from a finale. In fact, the last 10 minutes are pretty much devoted to setting up Chapter Three, in a way that should leave everyone wanting more until they stop to think about it.

By turning into another sequel that spends more time setting up the next movie with unanswered questions and cliffhangers, it threatens to turn John Wick into just another franchise, which really isn’t how the original worked at all. Regardless, “Sequelitis” is on the doorstep of the Wick series, which may well be inevitable for all franchises but is a bit disappointing for one that started like this.

This is hardly the worst case of it that Reeves has been a part of, as Chapter Two is nowhere near the letdown of either Matrix sequel, although that really isn’t hard to accomplish. There’s still good reason for many Wick fans to be excited for more and for what is set up to come, yet there is also reason to wonder about how much more innovative they can really get from here, which wasn’t something to question after the original.

Saying that Chapter Two is really more of the same isn’t an entirely damning statement, as almost everything that fans loved about the first chapter is still around in some form. Yet by definition and by its own repeated style, it can’t be as much of a breath of fresh air as the original was, which is even clearer in the other glaring ways that it doesn’t entirely match up.

There is still a share of imagination to be had in the Wick mythology, even if it pops up more infrequently this time around. However, spurts of the old John Wick originality, invention, brutal action style and universe building may not be enough on their own to keep up a passing grade when Chapter Three turns its first bloody pages.

John Wick: Chapter Two will start earning its grade with general audiences on Feb. 10.

Posted by GossipCenter at 3:24 pm

 

Actress and best-selling author Lauren Graham covers the January issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.

In the issue, the Gilmore Girls star opens up on playing the role of unconventional single mom, her relationship with former Parenthood co-star Peter Krause, her inspiration to writing her now best-selling novel, and more.

Posted by GossipCenter at 4:56 pm

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Selena Gomez stole the show at the American Music Awards on Sunday night (November 20) by delivering a passionate speech to her fans as she accepted the Female Pop/Rock Artist trophy.

The pop star was not expected to attend the ceremony in Los Angeles and so her arrival on the red carpet was a shock to many, marking her first public appearance since she abandoned her world tour this summer and reportedly checked into rehab to focus on her struggle with autoimmune disorder lupus.

Posted by GossipCenter at 3:32 pm

British royal Prince Harry has reportedly struck up a romance with actress Meghan Markle.

The rumored couple is said to have met in Toronto, Canada in May 2016, when Harry was visiting the city, where Meghan's TV drama Suits is filmed, to promote the 2017 Invictus Games.

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Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps celebrated his recent marriage by walking down the aisle with Nicole Johnson in a formal ceremony in Mexico on Friday (October 28).

The longtime couple hit headlines on Wednesday when it was reported the pair had tied the knot in mid-June (2016), a month-and-a-half before Phelps extended his record-breaking medals streak at the Rio Olympics in Brazil, where Nicole was frequently referred to as his fiancee.

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