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Katy Perry celebrity activist

Katy Perry has vowed to become a leading celebrity activist next year (17) after receiving the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award from her hero Hillary Clinton.

The Firework hitmaker was awarded with the prize at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball on Tuesday (29Nov16) and it has inspired her to get more involved in causes and do even more good in the world.

"This award will be a constant reminder to get out of my bubble and back into the field to shine a light on issues that matter most, especially to illuminate the plight of vulnerable children who are living without basic human needs and rights," Katy, who was appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2013, wrote on her Instagram page on Thursday (01Dec17).

"This honor is a starting line, not a finish line, for me, and I am excited for where my new ambition and purpose leads me!"

Katy actively campaigned for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in her failed presidential bid this year (16), and she was stunned when the former Secretary of State presented her with the trophy at the Snowflake Ball.

"I was profoundly moved and thoroughly surprised when Hillary showed up to give me this award," the pop star noted in a caption under a photo of herself and Hillary smiling onstage at the event. "I broke down and wept watching her take the stage."

The star went on to reveal the shock result of election night on 8 November (16) hit her pretty hard: "The last time I was in NYC (New York City) was for Election Night. I left covered in a blanket of sadness and despair because for me, and I imagine others, the results triggered a lot of dormant fears and emotions to the surface. I feared that we were not ever going to see the light of justice or fairness. I felt vulnerable, confused and frightened like a child."

However, now that divisive Republican Donald Trump is America's president-elect, Perry is more determined than ever to make a positive difference.

"I have a found a new voice, a more determined voice," she shared. "Feelings of despair still come in waves, but now more than ever I am MOTIVATED to fight against social injustice and to promote equality and kindness as best I know how, through my art and influence."

Katy concludes: "I am continually inspired by her (Clinton's) strength and how she continues to rise like the Phoenix she is, every time. It's funny, sometimes people who disagree with me just say, 'Shut up and sing'. Boy, will I do so in a whole new way... next year. Hell hath no fury like a woman REBORN."





Mila Kunis is a mom again

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are parents for the second time after the actress secretly gave birth to a baby boy on Wednesday (30Nov16).

Although multiple sources have confirmed the baby news to E! Online, representatives for the stars have yet to comment on the new arrival.

The couple, who wed last summer (Jul15), first became parents in 2014, when daughter Wyatt was born.

Ashton let slip the sex of the pair's unborn baby during an appearance on the Today show.

When host Savannah Guthrie asked how his daughter was dealing with the thought of becoming a big sister, the actor said little Wyatt was still trying to understand mommy was pregnant.

"She points to Mila and she's like, 'Baby brother', when she points to the belly, and then she points to dad and she goes, 'Beer!'" he said. "So I think she gets there's something in the belly but I don't quite think that she knows that it's not going to be a plastic doll yet."

Little Wyatt turned two on 1 October (16).

News of the newborn's name is still under wraps, but Ashton recently told chat show host Conan O'Brien he wanted to call the tot Hawkeye - the nickname of his beloved Iowa state college football team.

"It's like M.A.S.H.!" he beamed. "He could be a doctor!"

Ashton was referring to the character Captain Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce, a Korean War surgeon played by Donald Sutherland in the 1970 movie, and Alan Alda in the television series spin-off.

But the actor revealed his wife had shot the idea down, explaining the name "didn't fly" with Mila.

"It didn't cross the Mila threshold," he laughed.



Heard reunites with ex

Actress Amber Heard caught up with her singer ex Mark Wystrach on Tuesday (29Nov16) as they reunited for a friendly dinner date.

The Danish Girl star, who split from husband Johnny Depp in May, was spotted with country musician Mark at a restaurant in Los Angeles, and after a meal, they happily chatted outside the eatery before hugging and parting ways.

Amber, who has recently been linked to billionaire Elon Musk, dated Midland frontman Mark for about a year before calling time on the relationship in 2007, according to People.com.

The bisexual actress went on to romance photographer Tasya van Ree from 2008 to 2012, before moving on with Depp after meeting him on the set of their film The Rum Diary. They wed in February, 2015, but the union didn't last and the former couple endured an acrimonious break up earlier this year, when Amber accused Depp of verbally and physically abusing her throughout their relationship.

They reached a divorce settlement in August, with Johnny, 53, agreeing to pay the beauty $7 million. She promised to donate the cash to charity.

It recently emerged the final divorce documents have yet to be signed, although Amber's attorney, Pierce O'Donnell, revealed the stars are expected to put pen to paper this week (ends02Dec16), paving the way for the 30-year-old actress to make good on her charity pledge.

"Johnny is obligated by the settlement to pay Amber, and she in turn will honor her pledges to Children's Hospital (of Los Angeles) and the American Civil Liberties Union," O'Donnell told Us Weekly.

"Amber's commitment to protecting victims of domestic violence and helping sick children is her life's work... (and) she will continue to lend her voice to the rising chorus of women speaking out about this terrible scourge on the American family."



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Kanye released from hospital

Rapper Kanye West has reportedly been released from hospital after suffering a mental breakdown.

The Yeezus star was admitted to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center for a mental evaluation on 21 November after his allegedly erratic behavior sparked concerns over his health, and following over a week of treatment, TMZ reports the musician went home on Wednesday (30Nov16).

Sources tell the news outlet Kanye is now under the care of his personal physician, Dr. Michael Farzam, at his family residence, surrounded by his wife Kim Kardashian and their two young children.

Although he is no longer under the supervision of doctors in the hospital, insiders claim his treatment is far from over. Apparently West, 39, will require ongoing outpatient psychological and medical care for an unspecified amount of time.

However, it appears he has lots of support in his recovery, as his wife Kim rarely left his side during his stay in UCLA Medical Center, and even celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday last week (24Nov16) in hospital with Kanye.

Although the true nature of his illness has not been officially confirmed, sources suggest he suffered a psychiatric breakdown due to a mix of exhaustion and sleep deprivation.

His hospital admission took place hours after Kanye's representatives announced the cancellation of his Saint Pablo tour, following a string of erratic events, including a rant about friends Beyonce and Jay Z at a weekend (19-20Nov16) concert.

Sources claim the rigorous schedule of his tour, the anniversary of his late mother Donda's funeral in November, and the stress over wife Kim's October armed robbery ordeal in Paris all contributed to Kanye's breakdown.



OC Student wins contest

The title “This Time” is an appropriate name for a winning story, considering Okanagan College’s Three-hour Short Story Contest is all about time ­– 180 minutes precisely. 

Presented by the English department, the seventh annual contest took place on Saturday, Nov. 5 across all four College campuses. Writers were up against the clock with only three hours to create and edit an original short story while incorporating a secret phrase revealed at the competition’s start. This year’s phrase was “under the weather.”

Four regional authors (one per campus) were named the winners of the 2016 contest:

“This Time” by Pip Dryden (OC – Kelowna)

“Splat” by Daniel Greene (OC – Penticton)

“About Otters” by Adam Lauze (OC – Salmon Arm)

“Dinner Dive” by Mirka Yargeau (OC – Vernon)

The regional winners were awarded a $250 tuition credit and one overall winner received an additional $250 tuition credit and will have their story published in limited fine-press edition by Kalamalka Press. 

For Pip Dryden, a second-year Associate of Arts student at the Kelowna Campus, entering the contest was a way to overcome her creative block and be motivated in a fun environment. 

“The only thing I had in my brain when I started writing was the first line of the story,” says Dryden. “I tried to not be too formulaic and the story just sort of built itself around that.” 

Not only did Dryden find her inspiration to start writing again, her story “This Time” was chosen as the overall winner out of 22 stories submitted across the four campuses. 

“Pip’s story stood out to the judges because of her character development and consistent use of metaphor,” explains Dr. Shona Harrison, Okanagan College English professor and a contest judge. “We look for a strong story structure and relatable, believable characters that drive the plot and captivate the reader.”

Harrison and fellow Okanagan College English professors Kerry Gilbert, Hannah Ball, Jeremy Lanaway, Frances Greenslade and Jeremy Beaulne organized the event and judged the anonymous entries. 

“All of the stories were varied in topic and tone, but they all demonstrated playfulness, creativity, deftness of expression and an immediacy inspired by writing a complete, self-sustained narrative in real-time," adds Lanaway. 

For Daniel Greene, an Associate of Arts student and the 2015 overall winner, participating in the contest and having his story published was fulfilling on multiple levels.

“The biggest benefit was the recognition and affirmation of my skills as a writer. That was the first writing contest I had ever won and it has encouraged me to continue writing.”

Greene entered again this year and won the regional award for Penticton.

The free contest takes place every fall and is open to Okanagan College students and high school students in Grades 11 and 12.

Winning stories can be read online at www.okanagan.bc.ca/3hourwriting



Duff splits from boyfriend

Hilary Duff and her trainer boyfriend have split, according to reports.

The So Yesterday singer started dating Jason Walsh this summer after their gym relationship became so much more.

And Hilary made the romance Instagram official on 16 October, when she captioned a shot of the couple: "Date night with J."

The 29-year-old opened up about Jason during an appearance on Good Day New York in September, but stopped short of confirming the romance.

"We've known each other for a really long time and he's a great guy and we have a lot of fun together," she said.

"It's nice to have that excitement in my life."

But sources tell GossipCop the couple called it quits last week (ends25Nov16), parting ways amicably.

It is not clear if Walsh will continue to train the singer/actress now they're no longer dating.

The short-lived relationship marked Duff's first official romance since her divorce from Mike Comrie, the father of her four-year-old son, Luca.

She split from former ice hockey player Comrie in January, 2014, after four years of marriage, and they finalized their divorce in February. However, in May, the former couple was photographed sharing a lingering kiss goodbye in Beverly Hills, California. Hilary did not comment on speculation suggesting they were briefly back on, but she has always maintained their separation was amicable, and they have remained friendly as they co-parent their son Luca.

"We are good friends and we laugh a lot," she shared with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in January, "and we have a great communication and we share pictures when one is not with Luca. He's (Mike) great, we are great and we keep on trucking."



Rihanna welcomes Prince

Rihanna gave Prince Harry a pop star welcome to her native Barbados on Wednesday (30Nov16) as part of the British royal's Caribbean tour.

The Umbrella hitmaker returned to the island nation to represent her country as she greeted Harry at the Toast to the Nation event, held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Barbados' independence from the British Empire.

Rihanna, who wore a light blue, knee-length dress for the occasion, was photographed smiling as she and the Prince shook hands.

According to Britain's The Daily Express, Rihanna was seated at a table with Guyana's President David Granger, and as the Prince walked over to her, he told the singer, "Hello, it's very nice to meet you."

The moment was captured on Snapchat by a royal aide, who captioned the post, "Meeting @badgalriri (Rihanna) at Barbados Independence celebrations".

Harry is also due to attend the Golden Anniversary Spectacular Mega Concert later on Wednesday, when Rihanna is set to perform the national anthem. The event will also feature other top Bajan talent.

The royal heir arrived in Barbados earlier this week (begs28Nov16) and kicked off his visit with a stop at the Nightingale Children's Home, which provides accommodation and care for kids under the age of 18.

He also headed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Wednesday to spend time with sick children, six years after his last visit.

His two-week tour of the Caribbean will wrap up this weekend (03-04Dec16) with a trip to Guyana.



Aniston keen to return to TV

Jennifer Aniston is keen to make a return to the small screen, because she believes "television is where it's at".

The 47-year-old actress starred as Rachel Green in hit U.S. TV show Friends from 1994 to 2004, with the programme making history as one of the world's most successful television series.

And while Jennifer has gone on to feature in movies such as Office Space, Horrible Bosses and Cake, she is now thinking about staging a television comeback.

Chatting to her friend Chelsea Handler on her Netflix chat show, Jennifer was asked if she'd be interested in doing something for television or a streaming service like Netflix.

"We're so all over that," Jennifer replied. "Television is where it's at. I really do believe the shows are more interesting, there's more opportunity for women."

Shows that have been successful on the small screen in recent months include comic book adaptations like Arrow and Supergirl. And while Jennifer has yet to be offered a role in that genre, she wouldn't rule it out.

"I would be psyched!" she admitted when asked how she would react if she were offered a superhero part. "But I would want to be the really uncoordinated superhero. Because I couldn't take myself seriously, leaping out of somewhere in a full-leather something."

Jennifer has been doing the rounds for her new movie Office Christmas Party. And as she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday (29Nov16), Jennifer took part in a game of Never Have I Ever with the host.

The game, usually a drinking game, involves having to admit when you have done something the other person has never done. When Ellen read out "Never have I ever joined the mile high club" from her placard, both she and Jennifer raised their "I have" paddles in unison. Ellen then followed that up by saying "Never have I ever joined the mile high club in the cockpit", to which only Jennifer raised her paddle.



Mariah goes public

Mariah Carey has confirmed her romance with back-up dancer Bryan Tanaka, less than two months after her split from fiance James Packer.

Rumors had been swirling about the nature of the 46-year-old singer's relationship with Bryan, 33, since she and James ended their engagement in September after a fight while on vacation in Greece.

And on Monday (28Nov16), Mariah decided to set the record straight by confirming her new love in an impromptu photo shoot on the beach in Maui, Hawaii.

In the pictures, obtained by the Daily Mail Online, Mariah can be seen wrapping her leg around her toyboy's waist as he planted a kiss on her lips. Showing off his impressive moves, Bryan then dipped Mariah so low her hair nearly touched the sand, before picking her back up and carrying her gallantly out of the surf.

Later shots showed Mariah, who looked as sexy as ever in a black cut-out swimsuit and black and gold sarong, getting a piggy back ride from her boyfriend.

Clearly in the throes of the honeymoon period of the new romance, Mariah was seen beaming from ear to ear as Bryan lavished attention on her.

The new romance comes just weeks after Mariah and James called time on their romance. In an interview shortly after the break-up, Mariah admitted she was doing her best to move on - even when faced with watching footage of her trying on a wedding dress on her upcoming reality show, Mariah's World.

"All of those moments are bittersweet," Mariah shared with Entertainment Tonight, as she recalled watching scenes where she is planning her ill-fated nuptials. "But you just have to focus on whatever you're focusing on and keep it moving."



Gomez queen of Instagram

Selena Gomez rules Instagram.

The photo-sharing site released its year-end data Thursday showing the 24-year-old pop star has the most followers of any celebrity (103 million) and was responsible for nearly all of the most-liked celebrity posts in 2016.

Gomez beat out bestie Taylor Swift (93.6 million followers), Beyonce (88.9 million followers) and Kylie and Kendall Jenner (79.5 million and 68.9 million followers, respectively) to top the site's list of most popular celebs. The only men among the top 10 were soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo (82.3 million followers) and Dwayne Johnson (71 million followers).

Gomez also had eight of the 10 most popular celebrity photos and seven of the top 10 celebrity videos.

Her most popular picture, with 5.2 million likes, is an ad for Coke. It shows the singer in a red dress, her lips around a red-striped straw in a bottle she holds with long red fingernails. Other popular snaps show her performing onstage and posing with a fan. Ronaldo posted the other two photos on the list: both of him with the Euro 2016 trophy.

Gomez's top video, with 20.1 million views, shows her dancing and singing with a young fan.

Swift, Kim Kardashian and soccer star Leo Messi claimed the other three spots on the list of top celebrity videos. Swift's video is of her cat. Kardashian's and Messi's are of their children.



Coachella headliners named

Beyonce and rapper Kendrick Lamar have reportedly been tapped to headline California's Coachella festival next year.

Rumors suggesting the Formation hitmaker will be taking over the Indio desert first emerged in September, and now the gossip has gathered pace, with Kendrick also allegedly invited to close out one night of the three-day music and arts event, according to HITS Daily Double.

Rockers Radiohead are heavily tipped as the third headlining act.

The official line-up is set to be announced in January.

The Coachella 2017 will take place over two weekends, from 14 to 16 April and again from 21 to 23 April (17), with the same artists performing at each event.

LCD Soundsystem, Guns N' Roses, and Calvin Harris topped the bill for this year's festival.

If the news about Beyonce and Kendrick is true, it won't be their first appearances at the big desert gig.

Kendrick surprised fans twice in April when he joined both Ice Cube and Anderson Paak onstage to perform his hits Alright and Backseat Freestyle, while he made his Coachella debut back in 2012, when he played his own solo set.

Beyonce, meanwhile, made a memorable appearance in 2014 when she danced onstage alongside her sister Solange, four years after she was brought out as a special guest by husband Jay Z, who was one of the headliners in 2010.

Beyonce and Kendrick are also collaborators - the rapper featured on the R&B icon's song Freedom, from her latest album, Lemonade.



Khloe defends denim brand

Khloe Kardashian has hit back at allegations her denim line is manufactured in a sweatshop.

The reality TV star unveiled her new jeans brand Good American last month (Oct16), with the line boasting fashionable denim in sizes ranging from U.S. 0 to 24.

On Tuesday (29Nov16), the 32-year-old gave fans an inside look into her Good American factory, sharing behind-the-scenes snaps on her social media pages.

But the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star quickly received a few concerns from fans.

"By the looks of @khloekardashian Snapchat, she's got a sweat shop working on her jeans," one Twitter follower wrote.

Khloe saw the message and decided to fire back at the claim via her personal account.

"Watch your mouth. All make salaries and all are employed in la (Los Angeles)! Know your info before you chime in," she replied. "It means a lot to me to fight to make my denim in the US and to be employing good wages to all of my hardworking employees!"

Khloe has been working on her denim line for several years, after struggling to find a pair of fitted jeans to suit her curvy frame. With Good American, which she created in partnership with businesswoman Emma Grede, she hopes to fill a gap in the market for clothing for "real women".

"I used to not be able to wear a lot of denim. I would shop with my sisters at high end boutiques," she said during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I was a (U.S.) size 12 at the time and they didn't carry my size. I didn't think I was that big. I remember when I started losing weight and going into boutiques where I could wear denim, I thought, 'That's so unfair'" I fought to have my own denim line."



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