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POSTED: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12:32 PM
Stephen Hawking attends the closing night after party for 'Monty Python Live (Mostly)' at The O2 Arena on July 20, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan (Getty Images)

Renowned scientist Stephen Hawking has made one giant, technological step for mankind—he joined Facebook.

With his new social network page, Hawking has promised to share his discoveries on “what makes the universe exist” with all his Facebook followers. “Our connections to one another have grown infinitely and now that I have the chance, I’m eager to share this journey with you,” he wrote Friday.

Having already gained over 1 million followers, Hawking’s second post was a video of him accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Hawking has ALS and, he said, after having pneumonia last year, opted not to take the challenge himself. However, his three children acted as stand-ins for Hawking, as he encouraged everyone to donate to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

POSTED: Friday, October 24, 2014, 1:28 PM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
Aaron Paul, 66th Primetime Emmy Awards - Press Room held at The Nokia Theatre L.A. Live!

Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul has blasted bosses at kids' store Toys 'R' Us for pulling his action figure from shelves.

The actor, who played Jesse Pinkman in the hit series, was upset to learn miniatures of his and Bryan Cranston's drug dealer characters had been dumped following complaints from a mom, who felt they were inappropriate. He took to on Thursday and wrote, "Wait, so @ToysRUs pulled all of the Breaking Bad figures from their shelves and still sells Barbie? Hmmmm... I wonder what is more damaging?

"And what about all of the violent video games you sell @ToysRUs? Do you still sell those? Florida mom really messed it up for everyone."

POSTED: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 12:03 PM
Brad Pitt visits "Between Two Ferns" with Zach Galifianakis. (via Funny or Die)

Compared to President Obama, Brad Pitt is just some dumb actor living in his wife’s illustrious shadow — according to funnyman Zach Galifianakis. Pitt sat down with the “Between Two Ferns” host, presumably to talk about his new movie “Fury,” but, uh, of course that never quite happened. 

Galifianakis put Pitt’s casting as “Nazi-haters” into question, citing his Aryan appearance and calling him “Hitler’s dream.” So, as usual, things escalated quickly.

Spoiler alert: Louis CK crashes the scene in the most appropriately awkward way possible. Check it out.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 4:20 PM
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit September 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Family Research Council (FRC) hosting its 9th annual Values Voter Summit inviting conservatives to participate in a straw poll. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Warning: the audio recordings referenced contain language some might find offensive.

Last month, news broke that the Palin clan had been involved in an apparent drunken brawl at a family gathering. Now, audio recordings of police interviews following the incident have been released, loaded with foul language, racial slurs, and a full-panic mode Bristol Palin relaying her account of that fateful evening's goings on.

Evidently, it all began when, as Bristol says, an "old lady" shoved her sister. As per the tape: 

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 1:57 PM
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Jon Gosselin attends Talent Resources Sports presents Maxim 'Big Game Weekend' sponsored by AQUAhydrate, Heavenly Resorts, Wonderful Pistachios, Patron Tequila, Touch by Alyssa Milano and Philippe Chow at ESPACE on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for Maxim)

Jon Gosselin's path to the bottom began many moons ago, and, if today's news is any indicator, there is still no end in sight. Eviction, after all, does tend to make many bad situations worse. Abandon a kitten on top of it all, and you're really in trouble. 

Gosselin, of course, knows this, with former landlord Linda Eways telling Star that following an eviction for missed rent payments, the Jon and Kate Plus 8 dad vacated his rural Pennsylvania home, leaving behind a small kitten. According to reports, Gosselin had left the house in extremely poor condition, and was not concerned about his apparently abandoned feline friend. Star fills in the details: 

"I showed up to take a look at the house after Jon was supposed to have been entirely moved out, and what I found completely shocked and infuriated me," Linda tells Star... Garbage and other debris were scattered throughout the house, while white walls and doors inside bore damage from Jon's dog. "I was so frustrated by the entire situation that I had to leave and give him one more day to entirely move."

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 10:22 AM
A California company called Hendo has developed what it calls the "world's first REAL hoverboard," according to its Kickstarter campaign.

Twenty-five years ago, Marty McFly got imaginations soaring when he hopped onto a hoverboard -- a skateboard with no need for wheels -- in Back to the Future II.

The dream is finally getting off the ground, according to a Kickstarter campaign that has kicked up headlines around the world.

"Hendo hoverboards -- world's first REAL hoverboard" boasts the title of a California couple's pitch that includes video of a skateless skateboard being demonstrated.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 12:25 PM
Yesterday, after a grueling Marcel the Shell-video-less three-year interval, Marcel returned back, touting his new book, “Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I’ve Ever Been,” out Tuesday, Oct. 21. (via YouTube)

You might remember about four years ago when arguably the most adorable bit of randomness graced your computer screens in the form of a baby-voiced talking shell wearing shoes. (If you don’t, watch this. Now.) About a year later, Marcel returned in the second installment of sassy cuteness that is Marcel the Shell. The videos have garnered over 30 million views between the two of them.

Well yesterday, after another grueling Marcel the Shell-less three-year interval, the insightful shell has returned, touting his new book, “Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I’ve Ever Been,” out Tuesday, Oct. 21.

In the newest short, “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Three,” Marcel tells viewers that shrimps are “the idiots of the sea,” says that he has to wear deodorant in the space between his shell and his shoes and reveals his mantra: "Life's a party, rock your body."

POSTED: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 11:37 AM

LOS ANGELES ( - ROME - Italy's singing nun, Sister Cristina Scuccia, who won "The Voice of Italy" in June, has released a cover of Madonna's "Like a Virgin" as her first single, ahead of a forthcoming album.

The 26-year-old Sicilian sister's rather restrained cover of "Virgin," softly sung against picturesque religion-themed Italian backdrops, while wearing her nun's habit, crucifix around her neck, and plain black shoes, is bound to provoke some polemics, especially in Italy. And is clearly calculated to generate boffo sales. 

In an interview with Italian catholic daily Avvenire, Scuccia said she "chose it with no intention to provoke or scandalise." 

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