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Ashley Judd Slams Hip Hop 'Rape Culture'

April 11th, 2011 1:34pm EDT
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Ashley Judd has slammed the rap and hip hop community for its lyrics and videos that demean women and promote misogyny.

In her new book All That Is Bitter and Sweet, Ashley Judd says rap and hip hop are partially to blame for creating an environment in which women and young girls are sexualized and objectified, allowing for abuse to be seen as no big thing.

"As far as I'm concerned, most rap and hip hop music -- with its rape culture and insanely abusive lyrics and depictions of girls and women as 'ho's' -- is the contemporary soundtrack of misogyny," Judd wrote.

"I believe that the so...

Naomi Judd Admits She Was A Victim Of Child Abuse At Age 3

April 9th, 2011 1:30pm EDT
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Veteran country star Naomi Judd has confessed to suffering her own abuse hell as a child, shortly after her actress daughter Ashley revealed all about her own trauma in her new memoir.

Double Jeopardy star Ashley Judd hit headlines this month by detailing sensational claims of sexual assault in her candid autobiography, "All That is Bitter & Sweet." In the book, Judd alleges she was abused by an older man living near her family home and later taken advantage of by a relative's husband.

The actress' decision to open up about her troubled childhood has now prompted her mom to come clean abo...

Naomi Judd Not Angry About Daughter Ashley's Book

April 8th, 2011 8:30am EDT
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Ashley Judd's mother is adamant she is not angry with her daughter for detailing her troubled childhood in a new book, insisting the actress has the right to tell her side of the story.

The Double Jeopardy star hit headlines this month by detailing shocking claims of abuse and sexual assault in her candid autobiography, All That is Bitter & Sweet.

Judd alleges she was abused by an older man living near her family home and later taken advantage of by a relative's husband, while she also claimed to have been neglected as a child.

Judd's singer mother Naomi has now spoken out about her da...

Ashley Judd: 'I Was A Victim Of Sexual Abuse And Incest'

April 5th, 2011 10:51am EDT
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Ashley Judd says she was a victim of sexual abuse and incest as a child.

In her new memoir, All That's Bitter & Sweet, the actress writes that she grew up depressed, having attended 13 schools before she was 18, while her mother, Naomi, and sister, Wynonna, pursued country stardom.

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The Gown, The Flowers & The A-List Guests: All The Details On Reese Witherspoon's Wedding

April 5th, 2011 10:33am EDT
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Reese Witherspoon's elegant country-style wedding to Hollywood agent Jim Toth is featured in this week's issue of PEOPLE, along with exclusive photos from her perfect day including details about her gown, flowers, A-list guests, and more.

"There was a real family feel," a guest tells PEOPLE about the big day. As guests eagerly waited for Witherspoon, 35, to make her grand entrance in the garden of her Ojai, California ranch, all eyes were on two little scene-stealers: the bride's 11-year-old daughter Ava (the maid of honor) and 7-year-old son Deacon (the ringbearer). Along with two of W...

Jack Black To Host 24th Annual Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards

February 10th, 2011 2:02pm EST
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Jack Black is back! For the third time in KCA's history, the always funny Jack will take viewers on a wild ride as he returns to host Nickelodeon's 2011 Kids' Choice Awards premiering live on Saturday, April 2, at 8:00 PM (ET).

Check out the complete list of nominees for the awards below and start voting for your favorites starting March 7th here!


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Wynonna Judd Lucky To Be Alive After Scary Summer

September 14th, 2010 10:40pm EDT
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Singer Wynonna Judd is lucky to be alive after two summer health crises.

The Judds star underwent a scary procedure to repair the wall of her stomach and then suffered a near-fatal blood clot in her heart, which should have killed her.

She says, "I was in the studio two months later with blood clots in my lungs. 'I shouldn't be here,' they said and I said, 'Well, obviously there's a reason.'"

And then she was involved in a car crash when another motorist fell asleep at the wheel.

The Burning Love singer recalls, "He hit me head-on (at) 55 miles an hour and they life-flighted him (to hos...

Celebrities And Their Alma Maters

August 24th, 2010 9:00am EDT
Celebrities have the reputation of being talented, gorgeous, rich and famous. But if they weren't stars, what would they be doing? Some never even finished high school and some were brought up in the theater, never knowing anything outside of the world of acting. However, there are a handful of stars who attended college and some even hold a degree, proving education is important to them as well. Here are a few of our favorite celebrities and their Alma Maters.

Actress Ashley Judd attended the University of Kentucky when she was younger but dropped out to pursue acting. Clearly, she exce...

Ashley Judd Took Advice Before Her Suicide Role

August 9th, 2010 2:00pm EDT
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Actress Ashley Judd called on the experts who helped her battle depression before she accepted the role of a suicidal teacher in her new film Helen.

The Double Jeopardy star entered the Shades of Hope Treatment Center in Texas for depression and isolation issues in 2006 and is now "emotionally sober" thanks to the help and advice she received there. Judd feared that playing a depressed person on film would trigger her own past problems with the condition - but the doctors who gave her the help she needed at her lowest point insisted she'd be perfect as Helen.

She tells

Ashley Judd To Run For Political Office?

August 4th, 2010 2:00pm EDT
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Learned actress Ashley Judd is considering a run for political office after sharpening her knowledge at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The Double Jeopardy star graduated the fabled Harvard school in May with a Masters in Public Administration, and now she has her sights set on Washington, D.C.

In an upcoming interview with, Judd says, "It's a possibility that I could run for office some day. I mean the Kennedy School is certainly the ultimate formal power factory and I would consider myself reasonably well trained at this point because they (lecturers) are ...

Style Watch: Celebrities Fragrances Dominate The Market

August 4th, 2010 6:05am EDT
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Jennifer Aniston and Mary J. Blige recently joined the ongoing list of celebrities who launch their own personal fragrances. It seems you haven't really made it unless you make an attempt to market your scent in a bottle (or publish a book).

Celebrities have the power to create, or at least have someone else create, anything to promote their name and rake in more money. Clothing, shoes, bags, restaurants and perfumes are just a few ways celebrities brand themselves.

But who started the celebrity fragrance trend? It certainly wasn't Jennifer Lopez or Paris Hilton.

Elizabeth Taylor has lau...

Ashley Judd Protests Mountain Mining

June 9th, 2010 8:20pm EDT
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Actress Ashley Judd fought back tears as she spoke out against mountaintop mining on Wednesday, accusing government officials of supporting the "rape of Appalachia."

The "Double Jeopardy" star appeared in Washington, D.C. to deliver a speech at the National Press Club, where she highlighted the environmental damage caused by mountaintop removal mining.

The practice involves the use of explosives to mine for coal in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia and Kentucky - Judd's home state.

The actress took aim at officials who have approved permits, calling the practice "strip mining on...

Midweek Fashion Notes: The White House Correspondent's Dinner

May 4th, 2010 9:56am EDT
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Apparently the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel was the place to be on Saturday after the White House Correspondent's Dinner. It hosted many celebs such as Kim Kardashian, Ewan McGregor, Ashley Judd, and Dennis Quaid- who all partied until late into the night.

A few behind the scene tidbits from the evening:

- Kim Kardashian flew into D.C. with Ryan Seacrest just to do a last-minute interview. Without an outfit planned, she scrambled and borrowed her mother?s vintage Valentino black and white piece, ordered room service when she checked into the hotel, asked her twitter followers how they tho...

Ashley Judd To Write Her Memoirs

January 27th, 2010 7:00pm EST
Ashley Judd To Write Her Memoirs
Actress Ashley Judd is writing her first autobiography - detailing her troubled childhood. The Double Jeopardy star suffered depression as a youngster while her singer mother, Naomi, was away for long periods of time, touring the globe for her career.

Judd has spent her adult years concentrating on charity work, serving as a Global Ambassador for Population Services International's YouthAIDS program.

And now the star is putting pen to paper to explain how her early life inspired her to help abandoned children and women in poor countries.

She says, "By sharing my own story along ...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies -'Legion,' 'Extraordinary Measures' & More

January 18th, 2010 12:36pm EST
In a rare feat, I was able to catch two movies last week that came out in theaters: "The Lovely Bones" and "The Book of Eli." I didn't really care for "The Lovely Bones" however

I very much enjoyed "The Book of Eli." To get a more detailed look at my thoughts check out my reviews here on Starpulse.

This week features a bizarre mix of movies including the religious thriller "Legion," the silly family film "Tooth Fairy," the emotional drama "Extraordinary Measures," and the coming-of- age story "To Save a Life."


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Matthew Mcconaughey: Actor, Surfer, Dude, Humanitarian Turns 40

November 4th, 2009 9:32am EST
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As we all know by now Matthew McConaughey is a cool dude and today, November 4, marks his 40th birthday. We will speak for all of us when we say, "Now we feel old."

McConaughey is one of the few people in the world that can make 40 look cool as he keeps in great shape, recently had his first child, and is together Camila Alves, who is a total babe and he does not even have to marry her!

The couple is expecting their second child in early 2010 and we can only hope the new baby is as cute as Levi Alves McConaughey. If you have not seen the pictures of Matthew and Levi on the beach doi...

Top Celebrity/Athlete Couples

October 21st, 2009 9:30am EDT
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What goes together better than peanut butter and jelly? Celebrities and athletes of course. Here's our list of the top celebrity/athlete couples that have seen canoodling on red carpets and football fields.

Victoria and David Beckham - She's best known as Posh Spice form the girl group, Spice Girls, and he's the best soccer player in the world. They should have named their first child Soccer Spice.

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Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom - Among reports that the duo's recent marriage is a hoax, Khloe and Lamar claim to be going strong. The Los Angel...

Celebrity Weekend In Photos: Gaga In Washington, Jonas Playing Kickball & More

October 12th, 2009 9:15am EDT
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Lady Gaga receives acknowledgment from President Barack Obama as he speaks at the Human Rights Campaign national dinner, Saturday, Oct. 10, in Washington. See what other celebrities did this weekend...

Nick Jonas pitches a kickball during a charity game in Norwich, Conn., Sunday, Oct. 11.

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IRL driver Dario Franchitti, of Scotland, and his wife, Ashley Judd, kiss after he won the IRL championship after winning the Firestone Indy 300 auto race at the Homestead-Miami Internationa...

Charlize Theron Would Like To Play Catwoman

September 24th, 2009 8:33am EDT
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Charlize Theron is ready to sink her claws into a forthcoming Batman movie - she's desperate to take on the role of Catwoman.

Several actresses, including Megan Fox, Angelina Jolie and Ashley Judd, have been tipped to step into the famous PVC catsuit, although Hollywood bosses have announced there isn't even a script in the works for the superhero sequel yet.

But Theron insists she'd love the chance to transform into the feline femme fatale, offering her name up for casting directors.

She says, "I think what has happened to that franchise is amazing. (Batman filmmaker) Chris Nolan ...

Male Celebrities Who Attract More Women Than 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'

August 24th, 2009 10:30am EDT
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Women are enthralled by them. Men envy them. Young boys want to grow up and be like them. Who are we talking about? We're talking about male celebrities who have a large female fan base and phonebooks filled with the numbers of models and actresses. These male celebrities attract a lot of women because of their looks and celebrity status. If there was a Chick Magnet Hall of Fame, these guys would be the first ones inducted. Here's a list of male celebrities who attract more women than a yoga class:

Derek Jeter

The New York Yankees shortstop is a clutch player on and off the field. He'...

Ashley Judd Goes Back To School

August 6th, 2009 11:51am EDT
Ashley Judd Goes To Harvard
Hollywood actress Ashley Judd has enrolled at prestigious Harvard University - to study public administration.

The Double Jeopardy star, 41, graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1990 with a degree in French but is eager to further her educational achievements. Judd has taken a step back from acting in recent years, preferring instead to concentrate on her political and humanitarian activism.

Now the star has proved she is taking her interests seriously by enrolling at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, signing up to study the institution's Mid-Career Master in P...

Best Space Movies

June 12th, 2009 9:53am EDT
The subject of space is a difficult one in terms of selecting films. Qualifying elements are somewhat subjective. Does the film have to take place in space? Must it include aliens? Does a mere reference to space, or different planets, make it a "space" film? In short, is it merely a subgenre of science fiction? Space and science fiction, while not mutually exclusive, can occur without the other.

In celebration of the release of one of the newest and most promising space films, Moon, check out a brief list of our favorite space films. What you will find below is a mix of films t...

Top 10 Celebrity GILFS

May 22nd, 2009 9:28am EDT
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There are so many articles and pictures on Celebrity MILFS (Moms I'd Like To F---). Rarely do you see features on celebrity GILFS (Grandmas I'd Like To F---). It's time to put the spotlight on some of hollywood's hottest grannies. The criteria for being a celebrity GILF is a female celebrity who is actually a grandmother. That means celebrities like Sharon Stone and Melanie Griffin don't qualify for this list.

Check out the top ten Celebrity GILFS (Note: These aren't your typical grandmas), and tell us if we missed anyone!

10. Sophia Loren

If you're wondering why Sophia Lore...

Dad Taught Matthew McConaughey How To Seduce Women

April 13th, 2009 11:35am EDT
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Hollywood heartthrob Matthew McConaughey's father taught him how to successfully seduce the opposite sex.

Before settling down with girlfriend Camila Alves, McConaughey was one of Tinseltown's most eligible bachelors and counted Kate Hudson, Penelope Cruz and Ashley Judd among his ex-lovers.

And the 39-year-old has his dad Jim to thank.

He explains in an interview with Men's Journal, "(My dad taught me) If you ever make a move, whether it's for a kiss or touching her down there, and you feel the slightest bit of resistance, stop. A lot of times, after you stop, they're going ...

Sarah Palin Fires Back At Ashley Judd Over Hunting Attack

February 5th, 2009 9:03am EST
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Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has taken aim at actress Ashley Judd over the star's new anti-hunting ad campaign. The actress fired off at Palin, who last year ran as a Vice President candidate, in a recent Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, accusing the politician of planning to expand the aerial hunting of wolves in her native state.

But Palin insists Judd and bosses at the charity group are misguided.

In a written statement, the Governor calls Judd's campaign video, which hit the Internet over the weekend, a "fundraising ploy". In the new ad, Judd says, "When Sarah Palin came on t...

Slideshow: Celebrity Inaugural Ball Attendees

January 21st, 2009 9:18am EST
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A bunch of stars attended and performed at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C., yesterday. Check out who appeared in this photo slideshow:

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Ashley Judd & Julia Ormond Fight US Sex Slavery

September 17th, 2008 8:57am EDT
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Ashley Judd and Julia Ormond have teamed up to expose America's shameful underage sex trade in a powerful new documentary. The actresses have spent months researching the U.S.'s dirty little secret and are now speaking out in an effort to put an end to the sick crime.

Ormond says, "We live in a world where you don't necessarily know what's going on next door... It's the fastest growing crime on the planet."

The shocking documentary, "Call & Response," suggests the sex slave industry made $32 billion last year, and 2.2 million children are sold into sex slavery every year.


Spotlight On Celebrity Sisters

July 29th, 2008 8:45am EDT
Paris & Nicky Hilton
When it comes to siblings in Hollywood, they are either very competitive with one another or they come as a team. These following celebrity sisters have all made a name for themselves whether it was on their own or with a little push from their already famous sibling. There's nothing wrong with riding the coattails of someone - just hold on tight!

Tia and Tamara Mowry

These beautiful twins are best known as the stars of the WB's "Sister Sister." As far as the competitiveness of this duo, it seems as though they are on equal ground. With Tia and Tamara, it seems as though you see ...

Ashley Judd Thinks Twice About Starting A Family

May 28th, 2008 5:31pm EDT
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Actress Ashley Judd fears she'll never have her own child because she'd feel too guilty about not adopting one of the millions of unwanted and orphaned children who need a home.

A global ambassador for the YouthAIDS organization, Judd has traveled the world and has seen suffering children desperate for a family.

That and the parentless child statistics she knows by heart have forced her to think twice about having children with husband, racing car driver Dario Franchitti.

She explains, "The fact that there are 25 million AIDS orphans makes it hard to decide (to have kids). Th...

Ashley Judd 'I Had A Very Unsafe & Unstable Childhood'

May 27th, 2008 12:23pm EDT
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Ashley Judd was primed for depression as a child because she was left on her own while her mother, singer Naomi, toured the world.

The star went public with her battle against depression after she entered a program at Shades of Hope Treatment Center in Buffalo Gap, Texas in February, 2006, and now she admits she has always battled the blues.

The actress says, "I had a very unsafe and unstable childhood about 10 months out of the year. I didn't have my normal, natural little-girl needs met. I was left on my own a great deal. There was a time when I skipped a whole week of school be...

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