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Seventh album release, Unapologetic, became her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200
Caught flak for flaunting her relationship with Chris Brown on Instagram
M&M's might boast chocolate that won't melt in your hand, but Cadbury has created chocolate that won't melt, period. O.K., not entirely: the treat (made with smaller sugar crystals) stays solid at temperatures up to 104F, which is great news for all of us who love to snack in saunas.
Number of Michael Jackson belongings bought by Lady Gaga at a Beverly Hills, Calif., auction, which raked in some $5 million. (A portion of the money will go to charity.) The 465 available items included a Bad tour jacket, which sold for $240,000
Katharine Hepburn, who became a style icon for her tomboy look--button-down shirts, wide-leg trousers--loved fashion so much that she saved most costumes from her plays, movies and TV shows. Some 40 of them are on view at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts through Jan. 12, including this gown from The Philadelphia Story.
The Latin handle--which means bridge builder--belongs to none other than Pope Benedict XVI, who has joined Twitter at age 85. Don't expect any Kanye-style caps-lock rants, though. Vatican officials promise the feed will tout "pearls of wisdom" approved by the Pope himself.
Between his turns as a ruthless politicker on The Good Wife, a mutant villain in X2 and, now, one half of a gay couple fighting to adopt a disabled boy in the 1970s in Any Day Now (out Dec. 14), we're pretty sure Alan Cumming has one of the most diverse rsums in Hollywood. Here, the 47-year-old actor lets loose with TIME.
Any Day Now has been winning tons of awards at film festivals. Why do you think it's resonating so well?
Because it goes beyond a gay or LGBT issue. People are just so horrified by the injustice. That type of prejudice still exists, and we're part of a society that allows it. There's a complicity the audience feels that obviously arrests them.
How did you prep for the '70s-set role?
Researching on the Internet! There were obvious things I realized. Everyone was skinnier in the '70s because they all smoked and there wasn't as much processed food available. It's also an interesting time, moving away from the hippie thing and into a more progressive political era. But mostly it was trying to deal with a terrible wig and the lack of natural fibers that were in the clothes I had to wear.
Speaking of period pieces, aren't you playing Salvador Dal soon?
It's such a great script, and I just hope it all comes together. People obviously quite like the idea of me playing Salvador Dal.
We share a bonkers gene.
Do you paint?