"The Place Beyond The Pines" Premiere - 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

 

It's a girl for Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes, who reportedly welcomed a daughter last Friday, according to Us Weekly. The super-private couple managed to keep out of the public eye for much of the pregnancy, only confirming the impending birth two months ago. In February this year, Mendes initially sparked pregnancy rumors when she refused to use a full-body scanner at airport security. Gosling and Mendes began dating in 2011 after meeting on the set of "the Place Beyond the Pines." We can only wait to see what Internet meme magic comes out of images of Gosling with an infant. It will be stupendous, whatever it is.

 


 

U2, Apple realize maybe they creeped people out


If you were one of the millions of iTunes users less than thrilled to wake up last week to find a brand new U2 album you never ordered sitting in your library, fear not. In the wake of a massive amount of complaints about the album being automatically downloaded to users' devices without permission, Apple has released a tool to help remove the 11-track "Songs of Innocence" album.

"Some customers asked for the ability to delete 'Songs of Innocence' from their library, so we set up [a tool] to let them easily do so," said an Apple spokesman who is apparently a big fan of putting things mildly, considering the tone of many of the responses online to the album's sudden appearance. And in the silliest of warnings, Apple advised that once removed, the album will no longer be available to re-download as a previous purchase. But we're pretty sure those using the removal tool are sure about what they're doing.

 

At the iPhone 6 announcement last week, U2 announced that the album would be "made available" to iTunes users for free, which is slightly different than "added to your library without your permission in a manner that makes it very hard to remove." But then Bono was never great on details. "The most personal album we've written could be shared with half a billion people by hitting send," Bono said at the launch. On the bright side, we now know for sure that U2 is less a band than a Bond villain in the making. And knowledge is power.


Minaj clashes with former high school over visit


Nicki Minaj (Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School class of 2000) was looking forward to visiting her alma mater and meeting with current students, but the school said no thanks — a slight Minaj took quite personally. "I wanted to go back to my HS and speak to the students but the new principal declined. No need for me to inspire them, I guess," Minaj tweeted. "I guess I'm not good enough." But before this pity party really gets going, let's check in with the school itself. Officials say Minaj is leaving out one key detail. "The fact is that Ms. Minaj was told by the NYC Department of Education that she would not be allowed to enter the school with a television crew," a letter sent by the school to parents reads. "The DOE has policies in place to protect the privacy and security of all it students."


Kanye comes to his own defense in wheelchair-gate


Kanye West - The Yeezus Tour SYDNEY

Kanye West addressed — kind of, sort of — the incident earlier this week where he admonished a wheelchair-bound fan for not standing up during a concert and, well, the results are pretty typical Kanye. Here are some choice excerpts from his five-minute rant:

"This is such big media-press-news and everything that obviously they trying to demonize me for. It's like, 'Welcome to today's news, ladies and gentlemen.' We’ve got Americans getting killed on TV, kids getting killed every weekend in Chicago, unarmed people getting killed by police officers … It makes you just want to reflect on what are the things that are a little bit more sensationalized than others.

"They’ve got this thing where they want the masses — people who’ve never heard my albums — to somehow read a headline that reads negative, and think that I'm a bad person or something. I'm not judging, I'm just going to tell you who I am. I'm a married, Christian man. So, if you take someone that can go from being a rock star across the globe and everything and make the decision to pick one woman and raise a family, anyone here that's married or that's in a relationship knows that there's enough things working against you. I'm not going to make one of them Ben Affleck statements and s---."

"This is real expression. This is real artistry. You know, an artist's career doesn't happen in one cycle of news. An artist's career happens in a lifetime. And if you're a true artist, you're willing to die for what you believe in … . Does it seem like in any way I might be slightly a true artist?"

"So all this demonizing me, it ain't going to work after a while. Pick a new target. Pick a new target. Because I'm not one of these dumb-ass artists that you're used to. You come at me, I'm going to take my platform and break this s--- down for real, intelligent people every night. And then, we'll get back to the music."


Whatever you say, Yeezus.


Matt Damon is Bourne again


Despite director Paul Greengrass saying he and Matt Damon were done telling Jason Bourne's story, the pair are reportedly re-teaming for another installment in the series, according to Deadline. The franchise had moved on from Damon's character, switching to Jeremy Renner in 2012's "the Bourne Legacy," with Greengrass insisting that there was no place to go creatively with Damon's character once he'd regained his memory at the end of "the Bourne Ultimatum," but they seem to have found a way. The new Damon-starring film is set for a July 2016 release, with another Renner installment directed by Justin Lin still in development.

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