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The Word: Matthew McConaughey brings the fanny pack back

Matthew McConaughey, pictured here sans fanny pack. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images) Matthew McConaughey, pictured here sans fanny pack. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

This is of great cultural significance, so pay attention: Matthew McConaughey has officially vouched for the fanny pack, so it's cool again (if it was ever cool). The "Dallas Buyers Club" wore won to a Red Sox-Astros game recently — and even defended the accessory to CSN Houston's Julia Morales. "I'm not afraid of the fanny pack," McConaughey said. "You've got to kind of put it on the side to make it look a little not as nerdy, but still, practicality wins out. I got so much gear in here that I don't want in my pockets." Hoo boy. I mean, I know McConaughey is a dad now, but I had no idea he was such, you know, a … dad. On the plus side, if they really do become popular again, we'll have a whole new round of explaining why the name makes British people titter.

Portia de Rossi ruins it for the rest of us


If there's one thing famous people are good at, it's setting unrealistic expectations for us normal folks. Case in point: anyone having an anniversary soon, since Portia de Rossi went and set the bar way too high in celebrating her sixth anniversary with wife Ellen DeGeneres. The talk show host posted a photo of the two smiling underneath the skywriting de Rossi had ordered for the day, with clouds spelling out "six." Skywriting! How is a nice dinner and some lotto tickets supposed to look after skywriting has been offered up as an option? Sheesh.

Kevin Hart's getting hitched


Kevin Hart's been having a pretty good year, so how about some more good news? The comedian and actor announced via Twitter that he asked girlfriend Eniko Parrish to marry him. "She said YEEEEESSSSS," he posted, along with a photo of the happy couple along with a rather impressive diamond ring on her finger. The couple has been dating for five years, though Hart's ex-wife, Torrei Hart, previously told Entertainment Tonight that Parrish was the reason for their divorce — a claim Hart refuted. "My woman has nothing to do with my past marriage problems," he wrote. "It's almost [seven years] total of me not being with my ex. … I guess giving a woman over [$20,000] a month and still being there for her and being an incredible father isn't enough."

Kid Rock's kid is having a kid


Let me say that again: Kid Rock's kid is having a kid. At 43 years old, Kid Rock is set to become a grandfather, as his son, 21-year-old Bobby Ritchie Jr., is expecting a baby with his girlfriend, according to Us Weekly. Kid Rock's rep had not comment on the news.

James Franco goes bottomless for Ice Bucket Challenge


Getting a little tired of those ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos? Well, don't worry, because James Franco is here to keep things interesting. Hollywood's reigning enfant terrible got dosed in a shower and passed the challenge on to Zach Braff, Keegan Allen and Joey King by way of a piece of paper shielding his naked crotch. Classy, Jim. Though, to be fair, he wasn't completely naked. Never one to pass up a good literary reference or bad pun, Franco wore a "Moby Dick" T-shirt. Thar she blows, indeed.

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