Natalie Portman Reveals Why She Skipped Israeli Prize Ceremony After Government Official Slams Her

Natalie Portman wants to make it clear why she canceled a planned trip to receive a prestigious Israeli award after a government official in the country slammed her. The Oscar-winning actress, 36, was announced as the honoree of the Genesis Prize Laureate, the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Israel in November. In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, the actress says her decision “not to attend the Genesis Prize ceremony has been mischaracterized by others.” “Let me speak for myself. I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony,” she explained. “By the… Read More

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4/20 ritual was a mellow affair in SF, but kind of a bummer in Santa Cruz

At “Hippie Hill” in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, marijuana smoke curled up in every direction Friday as revelers with bags of Funyuns in their hands and pot leaf leis around their necks toked up for the ritual known as 4/20, which has served as both a beacon of protest and a laid-back festival since the 1970s. Police and security guards could be spotted here and there on the outskirts and park rangers at checkpoints closer to the action, yet law enforcement mostly kept its distance from the revelers. But down in Santa Cruz, known for a hippy culture that refuses to die, the annual celebration that took place in… Read More

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Kevin McHale Comes Out as Gay, Cites Ariana Grande as Inspiration

Kevin McHale has an announcement to make. And a singer to thank. The 29-year old actor, best known for having played the role of Artie Abrams throughout the duration of Glee on Fox, took to Twitter on Friday and confirmed his homosexuality. The star says he’s gay. And he’s provided an unexpected shout-out to Ariana Grande for giving him the confidence to make this declaration. “#NoTearsLeftToCry is gayer than me and I ACCEPT. Ty @ArianaGrande,” McHale Tweeted this afternoon, adding: “I’d like to request a remix with @JanetJackson. ty for ur time. @ArianaGrande.” Fans and television viewers have speculated about McHale’s personal life and sexual preference ever since he started… Read More

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Travel Troubleshooter: I fainted at the airport

Dear Travel Troubleshooter: Last year, I booked a package online, flying from Washington, D.C., to London and staying at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London. I passed out in the airport and was taken to the ER by ambulance. The airline kept calling from the gate, while I was in the back of the ambulance, to ask where I was, since they were waiting on me to board. Related Articles Travel Troubleshooter: A miscarriage, a missed vacation — and no refund Travel Troubleshooter: A miscarriage, a missed vacation — and no refund Travel Troubleshooter: How did this Galapagos flight get so messed up? Travel Troubleshooter: Missing British Airways suitcase —… Read More

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E. coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce Spreads to 16 States — Here’s What to Know

Fifty-three counts of E.coli reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been linked to a multi-state contamination of romaine lettuce. Consumers are being urged to not purchase or eat all types of romaine lettuce (including whole heads, hearts, chopped and salad mixes) at either a grocery market or restaurant unless it can be confirmed it was not grown in Yuma, Arizona. Since many packages do not detail where the lettuce was grown, the CDC is encouraging people to throw away any lettuce they already have, even if you’ve consumed some of it and have not gotten sick. The symptoms of E. coli include diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and/or… Read More

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Angelina Jolie Talks About Her Fight to End Deforestation — and Teaching Knox to Fly a Plane!

Angelina Jolie is fighting to make the world a better place for her kids one tree at a time. The environmentalist filmmaker, 42, recently appeared alongside Queen Elizabeth and Sir David Attenborough in the ITV special The Queen’s Green Planet, which focused on her forest conservation work in Namibia. The new documentary highlights the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project, which aims to create and protect areas of indigenous forest across all 53 Commonwealth nations, of which Namibia is a member. The Namibian government asked Jolie to help developed the country’s contribution to the Queen’s project in 2016 due to her previous work as a conservationist. “I wanted to help communities,” Jolie… Read More

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Selena Gomez Has Junk Food-Filled Viewing Party for Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty

Selena Gomez had the ultimate movie night on Thursday while watching a screening of Amy Schumer‘s new movie I Feel Pretty. The singer gathered her girlfriends and a variety of junk food to watch the film in her pajamas at home. After quickly taking a bite, Gomez says “I’m getting to watch Amy Schumer’s new movie I Feel Pretty with Caroline and we got pizza, an enchilada casserole, I got blackberry ice cream, strawberry vanilla ice cream and cookie dough something and then cones. So I feel pretty.” Gomez captioned the video with a glowing review of the film. “Yesterday @amyschumer sent me her new movie I Feel Pretty (its… Read More

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Kim Kardashian Has Already Lost 5 Lbs. on Her 10-Day Cleanse: ‘This Makes a Big Difference’

Kim Kardashian West’s new cleanse is really paying off! “Today is day 4 of the cleanse and I am 5 lbs. down,” the 37-year-old wrote on social media, just one day after announcing she was doing the 10-day Sunfare Optimal Cleanse in order to look her best for the Met Gala next month. “I didn’t see any weight difference until today so that’s motivation I needed,” she added. “I am only 5’3 so this makes a big difference.” But even with the added motivation to keep up with the cleanse, the next couple of days are going to be rough for the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star. “For the… Read More

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Michael J. Fox Undergoes Spinal Surgery: ‘He Is Recovering and Feeling Great’

Michael J. Fox has faced another health hurdle but is on the road to recovery. The Back to the Future star, 56, recently underwent surgery his representative confirms to PEOPLE. “Michael J. Fox recently underwent spinal surgery unrelated to his Parkinson’s,” his spokesperson Leslie Sloane says. While a significant surgery, his rep says the star is recovering and doing great. “He is recovering, feeling great, and looking forward to getting back on the golf course this summer.” Further details of Fox’s surgery were not immediately available. The surgery is likely the reason the actor was forced to cancel an appearance at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo in Canada scheduled… Read More

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Mark Bittman’s Grilled Lebanese Flatbread

Makes 8 Ingredients: 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon sugar 1 tablespoon instant yeast 3 cups all-purpose flour Extra virgin olive oil as needed 2 tablespoons za’atar, optional Directions: 1. Whisk together the salt, sugar, yeast and 1 cup warm water in a large bowl. Let the mixture sit until it begins to froth, about 5 minutes, then add the flour and mix until well combined. (If the dough is very dry, add more warm water a tablespoon at a time to moisten it.) Cover and let rise somewhere warm for about an hour. 2. Meanwhile, prepare a grill; the heat should be medium-high and the rack about 4 inches from… Read More

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