Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons are reportedly engaged
Less than a year after they were first spotted sharing a kiss, multiple outlets are saying former "Fargo" costars Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons are engaged. The New York Post reports Jesse, who played Kirsten's character's husband on their show, popped the question over the weekend. People, meanwhile, suggests slightly different timing, pointing to the vintage-looking, oval shaped diamond sparkler Kirsten wore on her left ring finger during a Jan. 2 appearance at the Palm Springs Film Festival. Kirsten, 34, and Jesse, 28, met on the set of "Fargo" back in 2015 when Kirsten was dating Garrett Hedlund. That relationship came to an official close in April 2016 and it wasn't long before Kirsten and Jesse's onscreen chemistry became evident offscreen. Reps for the pair have yet to comment on the report, but if a wedding is in the works, we're guessing it will be pretty chill. According to the Daily Mail, Kirsten once said her ideal wedding day would go a little like this: "Courthouse, dinner party and DJ with friends and family. I'll treat it like it would be my 40th birthday."
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Celebs react to Barack Obama's farewell speech
"From here with the Young Senator from Chicago to tonight. #obamafarewell. We will miss you." That's how an emotional Sharon Stone captioned this photo of President Barack Obama on Tuesday, Jan. 10, as she watched his farewell speech, along with a slew of other famous fans of the outgoing president. Referencing his first campaign tagline — and the encouragement he gave Americans this week to keep fighting for positive change, Kerry Washington tweeted simply, "YES WE CAN #obamafarewell" (via ABC). Ashley Judd echoed a similar sentiment, tweeting, "Our dear @POTUS just re democratized power and handed #America over to…..us. #FarewellSpeech," while Drake posted, "As a Canadian that calls America home for part of the year I will always carry your words and the memory of your time in office with me as inspiration. Big up yaself O." Ellen DeGeneres chimed in, too, tweeting, "@POTUS @BarackObama I love you more than I have space on Twitter to describe. #ObamaFarewell." Finally, Whoopi Goldberg summed up the president's speech as a mic drop, tweeting, "And BOOM…THAT is the way a President drops the microphone and moves on down the road."
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Prince William and Duchess Kate visit a child bereavement center
After an extended holiday break, Duchess Kate and Prince William returned to their royal duties on Wednesday, Jan. 11, with a visit to the Child Bereavement UK Centre in London, where William serves as a patron. In addition to meeting volunteers and staff and participating in one of the family therapy sessions the center offers, Will and Kate teamed up with young children who had lost loved ones to help them make "memory jars" filled with different colored salts meant to signify different memories of whomever each child was mourning, according to the Daily Mail. At one point, William empathized with a little girl whose father had fought and lost a battle with pancreatic cancer. "I lost my mummy when I was very young too," he told her.
Taylor Swift applies to make Goldwyn house a historic landmark
Taylor Swift may soon be the owner of a historic landmark in Los Angeles. On Wednesday, Jan. 12, the city's Cultural Heritage Commission is expected to hear Taylor's application to designate the six bedroom mansion she owns on Laurel Lane in Beverly Hills into a piece of history. The home, which she's been renovating since she bought it for $25 million in 2015, was built by Samuel Goldwyn in 1934, according to the Daily Mail. Maxing out at nearly 11,000 square feet, the property sits on two acres that also house a sunken tennis court, a five car garage and a pool complete with a kitchenette. Taylor also owns homes (slash party-ready Instagram sets) in Rhode Island, New York and Nashville.
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale's house is back on the market
Speaking of mansions … Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale relisted the massive pad they bought together in 2006 this week after taking it off the market temporarily last year. Dubbed "The Summit," the 12,000 square foot, seven-bedroom home boasts views of Beverly Hills and Studio City as well as its own playground and chicken coop, according to Trulia. The former couple, who split in 2015, are asking for $35 million for their onetime marital home.
Lena Dunham on Donald Trump and the new season of 'Girls'
"Girls" returns for its last season on Feb. 12 and its creator, Lena Dunham, says it tackles women's issues in a bigger way than ever. Speaking to Nylon for the magazine's February cover story, she recalled how the presidential election affected the vibe of the script — and wondered what Donald Trump and his supporters would think of the topics they chose to cover. "…We wrote in a climate where we were thinking a lot about this election, and the election was heating up as we shot the show, and that energy for sure made its way into how we tackled topics. I don't mean to be demurring, but there are some big female issues, more than maybe ever before," she said. "It's going to be interesting promoting this show right after Trump is inaugurated. The final season definitely tackles some topics that are complicated and wouldn't be beloved by the incoming administration. Hopefully it'll bring up important conversations, and not just become the worst Twitter abuse storm in history — or it will."
Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara 'fell in love' on set of new film: Report
Has the friendship between Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara blossomed into something deeper? The New York Post claims multiple sources have confirmed the pair fell in love when Joaquin was playing Jesus and Rooney was starring in the title role of the forthcoming film, "Mary Magdalene." Rooney's absence from the Golden Globes, where her film "Lion" was up for four awards, fed the rumors further, with an insider claiming she and Joaquin were "holed up together in the desert" over the weekend. "They worked on 'Her,' 'Mary Magdalene' and [their] next movie," Joaquin's rep told the Post. "They are and have been good friends for quite a long time." The rumored couple are teaming up together again in Gus Van Sant's "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot." Though they haven't been photographed together since last summer, Rooney had been in a relationship with Charlie McDowell for six years.
Showtime backed Emmy Rossum's bid for equal pay
The brass behind Showtime would like viewers to know the network was all for Emmy Rossum being paid a wage consistent with the amount her co-star, William H. Macy, was earning. In a press conference this week, Showtime President David Nevins addressed Emmy's equal-pay-or-I'm-out standoff, reiterating William's comments about Emmy's talent as both an actor and a director. "To be clear, parity was justified in this case. We were advocating for that from the beginning," said the network exec (via Celebitchy), "It is great for her and great for us. Emmy has been a force on that show. Not just in front, but behind the cameras. She'll continue to direct." Having negotiated equal pay, Emmy expects to return to work on "Shameless" in May.