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Nicole Kidman in a bit of hot water over for endorsing a shitty airline

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Nicole Kidman isn’t quite rich enough – she’s got millions, by why stop there when you can have… billions! (Insert Dr. Evil face here.) She recently picked up an endorsement gig for the elite Etihad Airways, the most popular airline of the United Arab Emirates, and you can probably safely assume that she’s making BANK on the deal. You know who’s not making bank in the worker’s rights area? The women who work for the airline. Rut roh.

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants wrote Nicole an open letter on Monday, asking her to end her involvement with Etihad since they’re well known for some messed up gender-discriminatory labour practices. The association’s national president, Laura R. Gading, talked about the “abusive” practices of the company, like firing women who became pregnant and making their female flight attendants “live in confinement in secure compounds”.

“We urge you, on behalf of the women and girls that you spoke of so eloquently, not to play a part in promoting Etihad Airways, a company that imposes abusive labor practices on its female employees and whose sole owner is a government that stands against the very world that you imagine.

“Using your profile and stature for such a noble endeavor is commendable. However, we believe those efforts are at odds with your prominent role in an advertising campaign for Etihad Airways.” 

The letter is actually much longer than that and worth reading, but unfortunately, I doubt it’ll make any difference to what Nicole Kidman does or doesn’t do. The check is written, the endorsement has been made. And let’s be honest – you know she didn’t look into anything before deciding to take the job. Her agent arranged it and told her how much she’d make and she signed on the dotted line. Done deal.

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Will Kristen Stewart survive Robert Pattinson’s engagement?

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Now that Robert Pattinson is officially off the market and engaged to FKA Twigs, things must be really hard for his ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart, right? I mean, it’s not like she’s super happy with her girlfriend and has been for like, at least a year! She’s probably crying herself to sleep at night thinking about how much she misses Ol’ Sparkles (I’m pretending that’s what she used to call him as a pet name since they met on the Twilight set).

Anyway, apparently other people have seriously been thinking KStew gives a shit since ~a source~ felt the need to publicly comment on it to basically confirm what anyone with a brain already knows.

“Kristen is doing fine, working and traveling, and she will survive Robert’s engagement,” a source tells PEOPLE. “She has her own life and has moved on.” 

“Kristen lives a much more low-key life now and seems happier,” the source added. “It was obvious that she was struggling with the media attention [during her relationship with Rob].” 

“She often acted frustrated and looked drained,” the source says. “Now she focuses on work, spends time with her friends and family.” 

Maybe she was frustrated and looked drained because RPattz had the wrong anatomy in his pants? Just a guess. I called KStew as a lady’s lady back when she was in Panic Room, and she was, what, 12 then? Some things just can’t be helped.

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Anne Hathaway is trying to make us like her again

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Anne Hathaway, otherwise known as She Who Was “Fucked Up By Fame”, has got some new movies to promote after taking a somewhat lengthy hiatus from the talk show junkets, so she decided to pop into Spike’s new Tonight Show spinoff, Lip Sync Battle. While there, she performed ‘Wrecking Ball’ like only she could: awkwardly. Extremely awkwardly.

Also on the episode are Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and John Legend. It airs on Thursday night at 9pm, if that’s your thing. Also, The Rock’s was the best EVER:

Sigh. I love The Rock.

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Date set for Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer

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Bruce Jenner has been planning a lengthy sit-down interview with Diane Sawyer for ABC for several months, though it was unknown when said interview would air – until now, that is. ABC revealed yesterday that a two hour special aptly titled Bruce Jenner – The Interview will air Friday, April 24th at 9pm.

The interview was apparently filmed a couple of months ago, right around the time his intention to transition became public (though “became public” seems like a stretch since Bruce has never confirmed this, even to this day), so it should be interesting to see what’s discussed.

“Bruce’s primary goal is to bring awareness to this issue in order to help others [in the transgender community],” a source told PEOPLE. “He is not sure that E! and a reality show is the best format to do that.” 

Jenner “wants this to be taken seriously so that [his situation] can have the most positive impact on society’s perception of the transgender community,” said the source. 

Incidentally, the entire Kardashian clan is due to be out of the country in Armenia when this interview airs. April 24th is also apparently the anniversary of the Armenian genocide, but the Kardashians have claimed their trip to Armenia on that date has nothing to do with that, so… yeah.

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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon played nice for Easter

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Things haven’t been all that kosher between Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon lately – in fact, it seems to be getting nasty, with Nick threatening to write a tell-all book about Mariah’s secret life unless she gets out the checkbook and writes him one to the tune of $30 million. But it seems they were able to put their differences aside long enough to be civil for the sake of their kids on Easter.

Monroe and Moroccan are still little and the Easter bunny is an important thing in their lives, as are Easter egg hunts and candy. I’m not sure where this event was being held or why Moroccan seems to have only one part of Buzz Lightyear’s costume, but let’s just go with it. Parenting!

Mariah even hit up the kitchen this weekend to make some gluten-free Easter lasagna, as you do, and some adorable cupcakes!

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Like only a diva could, obviously.

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The Amy Winehouse documentary looks amazing and sad

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Amy Winehouse died nearly four years ago, and it’s still pretty hard to believe. I was a massive fan and was rooting for her all the way to the end, but it seemed her demons were just too big for her to beat (and I still think it’s all Blake’s fault). She was an incredible talent, one that was gone far, far before her time, and she was a massive loss to the music world. No one spoke for our generation the way Amy did – so frank, so unfiltered, so emotive. I really miss her a lot.

Director Asif Kapadia has now made a documentary, aptly titled Amy, which followed her life both before and during her fame, and really shows so much love and care for the subject at hand. The movie isn’t due out until July, but we’ve got the first trailer, and it’s really sad:

Sigh. Now I need to go listen to Frank.

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Keanu Reeves was nearly blacklisted from Hollywood for not doing ‘Speed 2′

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Keanu Reeves‘ career in the early ’90s was going incredibly well – almost too well, as far as he was concerned. While roles like Speed and Chain Reaction were making him a household name among action hero fans, that wasn’t what he’d envisioned for himself as an actor and he was desperate to escape it. After turning down a role in Speed 2, Keanu learned the consequences of saying no in Hollywood and had to fight to ensure he continued to have a career at all.

From The Telegraph:

“When I was offered Speed 2, Jan came to Chicago and so did Sandra, and they said, ‘You’ve got to do this’,” he recalls. “And I said, ‘I read the script and I can’t. It’s called ‘Speed’, and it’s on a cruise ship’.”

When he was next in Los Angeles, William Mechanic, the then-head of Fox Filmed Entertainment, tried to persuade him with a $12m pay cheque. “And I told him, ‘If I do this film, I will not come back up. You guys will send me to the bottom of the ocean and I will not make it back up again. I really felt like I was fighting for my life.”

So Reeves turned down Speed 2, and also the role of Chris Shiherlis in Michael Mann’s Heat, which eventually went to Val Kilmer. Instead, he took off to Winnipeg, Canada, for a season at the Manitoba Theatre Centre. The role he played, of course, was Hamlet.

As a result, Reeves was effectively blacklisted by Fox for more than a decade, only working with the studio again in the 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, which was hardly worth the wait.

So would Reeves make the same decision again, in the full knowledge of how things would pan out? “Yeah. Y-ee-aa-h,” he says, before rumbling with laughter.

“That’s a good old Hollywood story! That was a whole, ‘Hey, kid, this is what happens in Hollywood: I said no to the number two and I never worked with the studio again!’” He waggles his right hand, an invisible cigar clamped between his knuckles.

Things did eventually work out for Keanu, obviously – he now has 56 film credits to his name and even has his own meme! In all seriousness, Keanu is an okay actor and seems like a pretty cool guy, so he’s alright in my books. Also, now I really want to watch The Matrix.

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