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Julianne Moore Graces The Cover Of Beach Magazine

Donning Marni and Eres, the beautiful and talented actress Julianne Moore graces the mid-August cover of BEACH Magazine. While the A-list star exudes Hollywood glamour on the cover and just won the Best Actress award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Moore speaks to BEACH about an organization that is close to her heart.

Moore began working with the Children’s Health Fund five years ago. The non-profit organization provided preventative care and treatment for chronic conditions to disadvantaged children in need across the country. Moore is now helping the organization with its newest initiative that ensures low-income children are healthy and able to learn in order to close the achievement gap.

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Robin Williams' Wife Informs Public About His Parkinson's Disease

As the world mourns the death of the beloved actor, Robin Williams, we have been begging for any piece of information that would help us to make sense of this entire situation. The comedic talent has been making the world laugh for decades, so of course it came as a shock that he was in such a severe state of depression that he felt his only choice was to end his own life.

His wife has recently released a statement in order to assist his mourners in coming to grips with the recent tragedy.

“Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child — Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.

Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.

Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.

It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid.”

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Justin Bieber to Serve No Jail Time for January Arrest


Justin Bieber will reportedly plead to lesser charges stemming from his January arrest in Miami. The singer was originally charged with a DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired drivers license.

Instead Bieber will plead guilty to the misdemeanor of careless driving and resisting arrest without violence. The DUI he was originally charged with, the most serious of the charges, will be dropped.

According to People magazine, he will also have to make a $50,000 charitable donation as well as take an anger management course. Although the plea deal includes no jail time he will still have to pay court fines.

Lawyers for Bieber will be in court on Wednesday to accept the plea deal. Bieber himself is not expected to attend the hearing.

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Justin Timberlake Completes Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been exploding all over social media recently. What is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? For those of you who are living under a rock, the challenge calls for people to dump buckets of ice water on their heads. Then that person nominates others on social media to do the same within 24 hours. If the person refuses or doesn't achieve the challenge in time, he or she has to donated money to an organization that raises awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Some famous people have gotten involved, like TODAY show anchors Matt Lauer and Natalie Morales, and Martha Stewart and Ansel Elgort. Now added to the bucket list is Justin Timberlake!

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Ariana Grande Blasts Fan for Homophobic Comment

Don't mess with Ariana Grande if you're going to insult her brother.

An Instagram user commented on one of the singer's pictures and called her brother, Frankie Grandie, "that homo." Frankie is currently on Big Brother and he has recently confessed that he is related to the "Bang Bang" singer.

Grande didn't waste any time; she fired back and blasted the user for the homophobic comment.

"That 'homo' is the fiercest, most incredible, funniest, most intelligent, kind hearted and most LOVED person on the face of the planet," she wrote. "he also cleaned up his game and told the truth to everybody in the house WHICH by the way, nobody else on that show has done. so I don't give a flying fuck if or when he comes!!! he is incredible and I am SO proud!!!! ..... oh and also.... 'that homo' gets more ass than you'll ever get in your life. k miss thing?"

Burn! Ari definitely put that person back in his/her place!

Miley Cyrus Spoofs Nicki Minaj's “Anaconda"

Miley Cyrus recently posted three photos on her Instagram account that imitates Nicki Minaj’s cover art for her new single “Anaconda.” The original photo shows Minaj wearing only blue sneakers, a sports bra and a g-string with her booty of full display. Cyrus had her head photoshopped on to the singer’s body and has even made it her Twitter profile picture.

But Minaj isn’t taking Cyrus’ imitation as a form of flattery though. She reposted the photo to her own Instagram account with the caption “Give me one good reason why Miley made this her twitter avi” with emojis that are crying with laughter. She also reposted another imitation of the “Anaconda” cover that Cyrus posted where it is a picture of Cyrus back in her Hannah Montana days with the title reading “Hannah Conda.” Minaj captioned that picture with “No chill ZONE!!!!”

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Actor Robin Williams Found Dead at 63

If you were a fan of quality television or movies during the 90’s, then the following statement may be slightly disturbing. The beloved Robin Williams was found deceased in his California home at the mere age of 63, most likely by way of suicide. The endearing actor who has been in iconic movies ranging from Aladdin, Jumanji, and Happy Feet, to Good Will Hunting and Mrs. Doubtfire was found around noon August 11th in the home he resides in with his wife, Susan Schneider. She told press “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings.”

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Beyoncé Will Perform at the 2014 MTV VMAs and Receive the Video Vanguard Award


This year at the MTV Video Music Awards not only will Beyoncé put on a showstopping performance, she will also receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. This award has been recieved by Beastie Boys, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, Michael Jackson, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. This is a big deal for the music industry and Queen Bey.

Beyoncé is up for eight Moonmen this year, more than any other artist or band. "Drunk in Love" (feat. Jay Z) is up for Video of the Year and Best Collaboration. "Partition," is in the running for Best Female Video and Best Choreography. And finally, "Pretty Hurts" is nominated for Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Video With a Social Message.

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Cast of Broadway's 'The Lion King' Sing on NYC Subway


Riders on the "A" train had the most interesting ride of their life on June 28.

Dressed in normal, everyday clothes and looking like typical subway riders reading a book and listening to music, the Broadway cast of The Lion King boarded a subway car and sang an acapella version of "Circle of Life."While on break between a matinee and evening show, nearly 30 of the cast members gave NYC subway riders an unforgettable show.

This isn't the first time a Lion King cast made a surprise acapella performance. In April, the Australian cast of The Lion King gave passengers a surprise, live performance of "Circle of Life" on an Australian flight.

The Lion King is one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere in 1997, productions of the show have played globally.

Watch the surprise performance below:

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J.K. Rowling Sends Letter to Shooting Survivor

Nearly a month after losing her parents and her four siblings in a shooting spree in Texas, 15-year-old Cassidy Stay got something that every teenager would wish for: an acceptance letter into Hogwarts.

The teenager, who survived a gunshot wound and played dead after the gunman killed her family, turned to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and quoted Albus Dumbledore at her family's memorial.

"In The Prisoner of Azkaban, Dumbledore says: 'Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remember to turn on the light,'" she said.

According to the Daily Telegraph, after an internet campaign to get Rowling to meet Cassidy, the author wrote her a letter in the voice of Dumbledore, using his signature purple ink.