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Eva Mendes opens up about her secret pregnancy and baby

Plus, Ariana Grande responds to Bette Midler, Anna Kendrick "embraces" feminism, Jennifer Aniston pulls a prank and Melissa McCarthy designs clothes

By Jamie Khoo | Published: 26 Nov 2014

Eva Mendes' Baby
Photo: Emma Summerton / Violet Grey

Eva Mendes talks publicly for the first time about her new baby
After a very low-key pregnancy, Eva Mendes has finally spoken about her new baby. In an interview with Violet Grey, Eva explained that she and partner Ryan Gosling named their now two-month-old daughter Esmeralda after the character in Victor Hugo's Hunchback of Notre Dame, and gave her the middle name 'Amada', meaning "beloved" after Eva's grandmother.

As to why she and Ryan decided to keep such a low profile during her pregnancy, Eva said they both knew how difficult it would be to maintain a private life for their child once born. "Ryan and I decided early on to give her as much privacy as we could. And my pregnancy was the first opportunity to give her that," she said. "It's such an intimate time for the mother too… I find the media's 'bump watch' obsession to be both intrusive and stressful. So I made a decision to eject myself from it completely."

Jennifer Aniston pranks BBC Radio 1's Chris Stark
BBC Radio 1's Chris Stark says that the last time he spoke to Jennifer Aniston, the interview video pulled about three million views. That's not surprising – there's lots to love about Jennifer. So what could possibly go wrong this time? Little did Chris know that Radio 1's DJ Scott Mills had teamed up with Jen to pull a big juicy prank on him. Jen agreed to play the worst interviewee ever and be "super, super mean" (and heck, we know she can act). Watch on for the epically awkward, cringeworthy interview. We would have felt a bit bad for Chris if it wasn't so funny.

Ariana Grande has words to say back to Bette Midler (but still "always a fan")
After Bette Midler's very pointed remarks to The Telegraph about Ariana Grande and the sexed up image of today's young female stars, the younger singer has responded by telling TMZ that she was "shocked" by Bette's comments. The 21-year-old singer star pointed out that Bette had her fair share of sexy time in the 70s too. Soon after, she posted an old photo of Bette in her famous mermaid outfit along with a tweet which said: "Bette was always a feminist who stood for women being able to do whatever the F they wanted without judgement! not sure where that Bette went but I want that sexy mermaid back!!! always a fan no matter what my love."

Anna Kendrick thinks we should "embrace" the word "feminist"
This F word sure is stirring up a lot of strong reactions. We can't really understand why people are getting so hot under the collar about it but are glad for people like Anna Kendrick who are standing up to the heat. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Anna talked about her upcoming film Into the Woods, a modern retelling of the Cinderella story with a strong, "brave" female character.

She also commented on Time magazine's inclusion of the word 'feminist' in their list of words to ban: "I understand that the implication is that 'I'm a woman who supports women' and not 'I'm a person who supports gender equality,'" she said. "I feel like the word can be appropriated by the wrong people for that reason and misinterpreted by those people, but you just have to fight back and own that word. It's practically become a curse word. Somebody says, 'Oh, you're being such a feminist,' and you're supposed to be like, 'No I'm not.' Why are we afraid of that word? It exists and we can't get rid of it, so let's fight for it and embrace it." You tell 'em, Anna.

Melissa McCarthy's upcoming collection will be designed for all sizes
One of Hollywood's funniest women Melissa McCarthy is designing her own collection of clothes that will cater to all sizes. After all, Melissa points out, "It's a strange thing to stop at a certain size. Women don't, so why should clothes?" Melissa also explains that she's been "every size on the planet. I have experience dressing me as a 6, a 12 and more. And when you go above a size 12, you don't lose your love of fashion." Exactly. Why don't more people realise this?

Having studied at FIT, Melissa is known for often designing her own red carpet outfits and is now lending her talent to a new line which will be done in partnership with Sunrise Brands, the people behind Superdry and Seven7 Jeans. The collection looks to include apparel, accessories and beauty products, with a casual sportswear line scheduled to launch in autumn 2015 in the US, Canada and the UK; a more upscale collection, accessories and cosmetics will follow in 2016 and 2017. There are also plans for an e-commerce site.


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