Emma Watson (right) attends the U.N. with her distractingly handsome brother (center). Emma Watson (right) attends the U.N. with her distractingly handsome brother (center).

Ladies and gentlemen, Emma Watson is your new feminist icon. The "Harry Potter" star and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador gave an impassioned speech at the United Nations headquarters this weekend to launch the HeForShe campaign, looking to help turn men into advocates as well. "I decided that I was a feminist. This seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, [women’s expression is] seen as too strong, too aggressive, anti-men, unattractive," Watson said during her speech. "Why has the word become such an unpopular one? I think it is right I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decisions that affect my life. I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men." I have no joke here but just wanted to point out that Watson is awesome. Though I was a little distracted by the presence of her ludicrously attractive brother seated behind her.

Katherine Heigl, vindicated

Photo courtesy of NBC. Photo courtesy of NBC.

Maybe sometimes we're too quick with our instinct to jump all over Katherine Heigl with criticism anytime she does, well, anything. For instance, when Heigl posted a photo of herself and co-star Chris McKenna from the set of her new series, "State of Affairs," with the caption "Santa Clarita played part of Kabul, Afghanistan today," several critics were quick to point out she was standing in front of posters from Iraq. Well, Heigl wants you to back the hell off, OK? "Some eagle-eyed fans spotted that the posters in the background of my photo yesterday were from Iraq not Afghanistan," Heigl says in a statement. "Our secret is out! The sets we use on 'State of Affairs' represent many different countries around the world. We were actually shooting scenes in 'Kabul,' but for the selfie had wandered into 'Iraq' by simply crossing the street. Movie magic, people!" OK, fine. But now can we get upset about the fact that the photo in question is not actually a selfie? Get it together, Heigl!


Jon Hamm's lady knows how "Mad Men" ends

While the rest of us have to wait until next year to find out how "Mad Men" ends, there's at least one person not working on the show who knows what happens: Jon Hamm's longtime girlfriend, Jennifer Westfeldt. But don't expect her to spill anytime soon. "Oh, she knows. I tell her everything," Hamm tells Us Weekly. "I tell her everything and she definitely knows. She won't tell anyone." I imagine series creator Matt Weiner stands outside their window menacingly every night just to make sure.

Sharon Stone loses a few Italian fans

Sharon Stone is getting some bad buzz from the Italian filmmaking duo Pupi and Antonio Avati, with whom she worked on the upcoming "Golden Boy." During a press conference in Rome, the Avati brothers recounted some diva-ish behavior on Stone's part brought on by the presence of paparazzi, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "We brought her to the most luxurious suite of the Hassler Hotel. The next day on set there were more than 200 paparazzi. There her ego definitively inflated. It is the classic pattern with these American actresses who are slightly declining." Ouch. And Pupi remembers Stone ghosting on them completely. "We looked for her everywhere, but nothing," he says. "Then my brother received a phone call from Los Angeles from her manager: She wouldn't come back on the set until the photographers … had gone away. Obviously we did so and she, like nothing happened, shot the scene. The thing that I found most absurd is that she had to call to the States and to close herself in a car, instead of coming to ask us directly." By the way, Pupi says that despite all this, he'd still totally re-team with Stone. "It is not absolutely true that I would never work with her again," Pupi says. Except at this point I'm not sure that's exactly up to him.

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