Helen Mirren has a request in return for this morning selfie …
Leave it to awards magnet and all-around excellent human, Dame Helen Mirren, to leverage her Instagram for COVID-19 relief in the most creative ways. Despite having admitted in interviews that she doesn't like how she looks sans makeup, Helen apparently sat up in bed on Tuesday, March 31, took a makeup-free selfie, bedhead, glasses and all, and posted it on Instagram. She then used the post as a quid pro quo, asking followers to return the favor by donating to the Intensive Care Society's COVID-specific outreach program. "in return for this pic of me literally first thing in the morning, please donate to the intensive care support at https://platform.nationalfundingscheme.org/COVID.ICS?charity=COVID.ICS#.XoNf4y9lCfA …thanks so much," she captioned the shot. The link takes users to an ICS fundraiser that supports the mental health and general daily wellbeing of intensive care workers currently on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this week, Helen offered her help amid the medical crisis by sharing a video of herself reciting, as she put it, "a poem for our governments and leaders, the good the bad and the ugly." It was from John Donne's "Meditation 17," which famously includes the lines, "no man is an island … / any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind," and "therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
Keep reading for the latest on Miley Cyrus and Cody Simpson's romance …
Cody Simpson wishes Miley Cyrus a happy 6-month anniversary
Miley Cyrus and Cody Simpson are celebrating their 6-month anniversary this week. Cody used his Instagram Stories to post a sweet tribute to his girlfriend. Cody, who was first linked to the singer in October, sent a short and sweet tribute to his lady in honor of the milestone in his Instagram Story on Tuesday, March 31, according to ABC News Radio. The post showed a black and white photo of Miley — possibly wearing zit cream,?! — with the caption, "6 months with you is worth a lifetime with anybody else. I love you." As Miley focuses on her new "Bright Minded" Instagram Live series, Cody's getting ready to release his first book of poetry, "Prince Neptune," on April 7.
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Kylie Jenner's cosmetics company working with Coty to manufacture hand sanitizer for use in hospitals
Now that Kylie Jenner's Kylie Skin and Kylie Cosmetics count beauty giant Coty, Inc., as a major stakeholder, Kylie has more flexibility to embark on massive projects like the one she and her mom slash manager Kris Jenner announced this week. According to Vulture, Kylie's company will soon make a large-scale hand sanitizer donation to hospitals in southern California, as medical staff across the country struggle to get adequate supplies of protective personal equipment (PPE) to protect their employees from COVID-19. The sanitizer donation, Kylie and Kris said, is "dedicated to first responders working to support our communities" amid the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement comes just days after Coty tweaked its manufacturing plans so it could use some facilities to produce hydro-alcoholic gel that would be used to support "medical and emergency services staff," plus the workers making the sanitizer. It seems Kylie's sanitizer is one of the products that Coty's facilities will produce. Estée Lauder, L'Oreal and LVMH are also reportedly now manufacturing hand sanitizer for similar purposes.
Angelina Jolie says son Maddox will return to college in South Korea 'as soon as things settle'
Like a lot of parents around the world this month, Angelina Jolie is enjoying some unexpected extra time at home with her college-aged son. Maddox Jolie-Pitt started school at South Korea's Yonsei University last fall but came home to Los Angeles ahead of schedule because of the coronavirus outbreak. Given her long-held post as a special envoy for the UN's refugee agency, Angelina has a unique perspective on meaning of schools shutting down globally, and she shared it this week with DongA Daily, South Korea's oldest news outlet. "My heart goes out to the people of Korea and everyone in the world who is suffering as a result … We are all part of the solutions that are needed" Angelina said. She pointed out that right now, "half of students worldwide" are out of school, and a lot of those kids "…depend on school to get one meal a day that can help them survive extreme poverty," while others "may be more vulnerable to abuse or domestic violence" while at home. Towards the end of the interview, the conversation shifted to Angelina and Brad Pitt's son, with the reporter asking why the star was "very supportive" of Maddox's decision to pursue college in South Korea. "I could not be happier about Mad's choice of university," she said. "It is of course closed at the moment because of the pandemic. But he's not transferring school, he'll be going back as soon as things settle. He's using the time to focus on his Korean and Russian studies." Asked for her impression of Korea so far, Angelina said: "I admire the way South Korea has become such a successful modern economy while also preserving the culture and values that have made it unique for centuries." Referencing the the rest of the family, which includes Angelina and Brad's kids Pax, 16, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 13, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 11, she added: "We are all so happy as a family that we will have the opportunity to get to know South Korea even better through Maddox, and with him, during his studies."
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's son Archie is reportedly 'happy,' 'enjoying the California sunshine' in his new home
On April 1, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan kicked off their history-making departure from their royal family roles. They have now officially closed their offices in London and are focused on launching their own non-profit. They've also reportedly left Vancouver Island, where they've spent most of the year, for Los Angeles, where they're expected to remain through the summer with their son, Archie, who turns 1 next month and is apparently all about his new home. Speaking to People, a source close to the family said the Sussexes still "adjusting to [social distancing], being cautious and safe," but Archie is "teething and is a happy baby." The source added: "I'm sure he is happy to be in the California sunshine." The couple acknow;pledged their big life change on Instagram earlier this week, urging followers to remember to stick together, "lift each other up" in these confusing times and find ways to be part of a solution for a healthier world.
Kim Kardashian just put on makeup for the first time in weeks
Last week, Kim Kardashian West posted a rare photo of her whole immediate family on Instagram. Rarer still, was the fact that she was mostly, if not entirely makeup-free in the pic. Maybe she's getting to used to it. Because when the mother of four appeared on "The View" on Tuesday, March 31, she admitted it had been weeks since she bothered with her usual glam routine. "Today was the first day that I actually brushed my hair and put on some makeup!" she said, according to People. It sounds like she's making more meaningful use of that time, anyway. Kim told the hosts of the show she and husband Kanye West have been bonding at home with their kids, North, 6, Saint, 4, Chicago, 2, and Psalm, 10 months. "We've been showing the kids all these 80s movies like 'Harry and the Hendersons' and things that they wouldn't have watched," she said. "I actually love that time. … It's so much fun. … I love all the family bonding stuff."
Quentin Tarantino dishes on Brad Pitt's shirtless scene in 'Once Upon a Time …'
"Let the master do his job." That's what director Quentin Tarantino remembers thinking when he and Brad Pitt discussed how Brad should ditch his two shirts for his shirtless rooftop scene in "Once Upon A Time In . . . Hollywood." Speaking to Amy Schumer on the comic's "3 Girls, 1 Keith" podcast, Quentin recalled (via Page Six), "In public Brad is kind of shy about stuff like that — at the same time he knows exactly what time it is." Joking that the scene ended up being "the closest to homoerotica" Quentin had ever filmed, the director continued sharing the conversation that went down between him and Brad. "I'm thinking maybe unbutton the Hawaiian shirt, and you peel that off the Champion T-shirt," he recalled saying, to which he said Brad answered, "Really? You want me to go through all that button bulls - - t? I'll just take it off in one big go!" Hey guys, whatever it takes to get to the finish line!
Ryan Reynolds finally weighs in on whether he ever watched 'Gossip Girl'
Ryan Reynolds has finally weighed in on that age-old question: did he ever watch the show that made his wife, Blake Lively, a household name? The answer, friends, is … sort of. A fan asked Ryan on Twitter this week if he'd fill her in on her burning need-to-know inquiry. And he gave, well, a very Ryan answer: "I didn't watch it. I drank it through my eyes," he quipped (via the Daily Mail). Blake played socialite Serena van der Woodsen on the show from 2007 until 2012. She met Ryan on the set of "Green Lantern" in 2010; they married two years later.
Quarantine is bringing Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel closer together: Report
After a rough few months, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are reportedly finding quarantine has brought them closer together. The couple landed in the headlines after photos surfaced of Justin holding hands off-set with a costar in New Orleans, where they were shooting a film. Though nothing happened beyond that, he said, he apologized publicly and the two worked hard to move forward. Now, they're finally getting back to normal, a source tells Us Weekly. "Although the pandemic is very stressful, Jess is trying to look on the bright side of things and thinks the extra downtime that comes along with the situation is great for her and Justin's relationship," the insider says. "They, of course, both have their moments of being irritated, but it has ultimately brought them closer and having the main focus be each other and [son] Silas has been a good thing." Justin recently shared a photo of the two on an isolated mountaintop with their family. "They make time to work on themselves and open up about their issues," said the source. "As a whole, they are having fun and have been getting along. They are doing well and are happy.
Why Melissa Rivers can't watch 'Mrs. Maisel'
Melissa Rivers hasn't been able to watch "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" even though it was based in part on her mother, Joan Rivers' career. Melissa stopped by the "Hollywood Raw" podcast recently, where she admitted the "particular reason" she's never watched the show. "I know it's based on my mom and Phyllis Diller, a lot of these different women," she said, according to Page Six. "It was still so soon after my mom's death and so raw to me. I would have loved more than anything an email just saying, 'Hey, your mom was one of the inspirations for this. We hope you love watching the show.' " Instead, Melissa said, she "never heard a single word from anyone" who was working on the award-winning series. "I guess 'hurtful' is the word — that they never even just said [anything]," Melissa mused. Still after Jane Lynch won an Emmy for her turn on the show, Melissa said she sent her flowers and a note — "because she actually acknowledged my mom."