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Why Frances McDormand Hates Plastic Surgery

10/17/2014 AT 08:30 AM EDT

Frances McDormand is aging. And unlike most people, she’s perfectly fine with it.

“We are on red alert when it comes to how we are perceiving ourselves as a species,” the Oscar-winning actress, 57, told The New York Times in an interview this week. “There’s no desire to be an adult. Adulthood is not a goal. It’s not seen as a gift.”

“Something happened culturally: No one is supposed to age past 45 – sartorially, cosmetically, attitudinally,” said McDormand, who is married to director Joel Coen. “Everybody dresses like a teenager. Everybody dyes their hair. Everybody is concerned about a smooth face.”

Everyone except McDormand.

“I have not mutated myself in any way,” she said. “Joel literally has to stop me physically from saying something to people – to friends who’ve had work. I’m so full of fear and rage about what they’ve done.”

In fact, she believes there is much to respect about the aging process. Looking older should signify “that you are someone who, beneath that white hair, has a card catalog of valuable information,” she explained.

That’s one of the reasons McDormand is relishing her latest role as the aging Olive Kitteridge in HBO’s mini-series adaptation of the same name, based on the Pulitizer Prize-winning book by Elizabeth Strout.

The collection of short stories follows a married couple over the course of several decades as they face ordinary trials and tribulations. McDormand bought the rights to the book five years ago and helped assemble the creative team as one of the main producers.

“It’s a subversive act,” she said of Olive Kitteridge, which will premiere Nov. 2.

Why Frances McDormand Hates Plastic Surgery
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Gwyneth Paltrow and Martha Stewart’s Frenemy Timeline

Gwyneth Paltrow and Martha Stewart’s Frenemy Timeline

Once upon a time, Gwyneth Paltrow and Martha Stewart were gal pals. (We promise! Look at the photo above, from 2011.) But now, where there once was friendship, all that remains is shade. Ever since Paltrow’s lifestyle brand goop started gaining momentum, Stewart — arguably the queen of lifestyle — hasn’t been pleased. Is it possible Stewart feels her old friend is barking up her territory (and might even be jealous)?

All oven mitts are off when it comes to these two Hollywood titans. Let’s take a stroll through the blonde duo’s friendship — if you can call it that — and figure out just where it all went wrong.

Pre-Fall 2013: The Honeymoon Stage

Before the first shots were fired, Paltrow and Stewart had your standard Hollywood friendship. In the aforementioned photo, the two looked pretty chummy at a party for Paltrow’s 2011 cookbook My Father’s Daughter. The Shakespeare in Love actress isn’t shy to high-profile friendships; she’s been spotted toying around with Madonna and Beyoncé among others. It is only fitting she set her prospects on the one-woman empire that is Stewart.

Fall 2013: Let’s Get Ready To Rumble! 

Paltrow launched goop in 2008, but it only started gaining mainstream popularity within the last few years. The first sign there was trouble in paradise for Paltrow and Stewart was in an interview Stewart did for Bloomberg TV last fall. When asked what Stewart thought of Paltrow’s goop, the homemaking icon gave a rather — erm — curt response. “I haven’t eaten at Gwyneth’s house, and I’ve never seen how she lives,” Stewart explained to Bloomberg. “But if she is authentic, all the better. I mean, I certainly hope she is. She really wants to be part of the lifestyle business. … Gwyneth, for example, has a book on the bestseller list. She must be doing something right. She’s a charming, pretty person who has a feeling for lifestyle. She wants to be a lifestyle arbiter. Fine. Good. I think I started this whole category of lifestyle.” Oooh, that last remark! Did it just get a little icy in here?

September 2014: Stewart Comes for Paltrow’s Bread and Butter 

Things were relatively calm on the Paltrow-Stewart feud for about a year, but the fireworks started popping last month. In an interview with Net-a-Porter magazine, Stewart criticized Paltrow’s foray into lifestyle again, and something that cut a little deeper: her acting. “She just needs to be quiet,” Stewart said. “She’s a movie star. If she were confident in her acting, she wouldn’t be trying to be Martha Stewart.” We appreciate Stewart’s cockiness almost as much as her delicious cake recipes. 

October 2014: Paltrow Pounces Back 

Paltrow did an interview at the 16th annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Dana Point, Calif., where she was asked about Stewart’s biting comments. Paltrow remained cool as a sarcastic cucumber, saying, “No one has ever said anything bad about me before, so I’m shocked and devastated. I’ll try to recover.” She continued, “I’m so psyched that she sees us as competition.” Paltrow got a little shady when asked a general question about dealing with people criticizing her.“I think that when anybody criticizes anyone, it really is revealing more about where they are in time and space as opposed to where you are in time and space,” Paltrow explained. A dig at Stewart? Possibly. 

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Are Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp Rekindling Their Romance? (PHOTO)

Are Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp Rekindling Their Romance? (PHOTO)

Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp

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10/17/2014 AT 08:00 AM EDT

After apparently splitting up nearly two months ago, Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp were spotted together in New York City on Wednesday – a sign that they may be rekindling their romance.

Looking comfortable and relaxed together, Ryan, 52, and Mellencamp, 62, strolled through Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, stopping by the Scholastic children’s bookstore.

As it is, the “Jack and Diane” singer had seemed to be holding out hope that he and the Sleepless in Seattle star would be working things out.

Hinting that he and Ryan, who began dating three years ago, had never quite broken up, the rocker told the Associated Press on Sept. 26: “I’m very happy with the time I’ve spent with Meg Ryan. She’s a beautiful girl and I know that I will never, ever, ever be with a funnier girl than her. Not gonna happen. I’m grateful for the three and a half years we’ve been together.”

He also left the door open to the possibility that they could work out their differences. When asked if he and Ryan might reunite, he replied, “Nothing’s over. I never say ‘die’ for anything. Do you ever quit on anything?”

On Sept. 25, on NBC’s Today to promote his new album, Plain Spoken, Mellencamp again talked about Ryan, telling Matt Lauer, “She’s an angel sent to me, and I’m very happy. And, you know, nothing’s over ’til it’s over.”

It’s a sentiment he clings to. Just a day earlier, on SiriusXM’s Howard Stern Show, he called Ryan an angel “sent to me at the right time. We tried to have a relationship for three years – long distance. We’ll see what happens.”

Reps for Mellencamp and Ryan could not be reached for comment.

Are Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp Rekindling Their Romance? (PHOTO)
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Joe Biden’s Son Leaves Navy After Drug Test: Report

10/17/2014 AT 07:10 AM EDT

Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden, has been kicked out of the military after testing positive for cocaine, two people familiar with the matter said Thursday.

The Navy said that Biden, a former lobbyist who works at a private equity firm, was discharged in February – barely a year after he was selected for the part-time position as a public affairs officer in the Navy Reserve. Citing privacy laws, the Navy did not give a reason for the discharge, which was not disclosed until it emerged in the media on Thursday.

In a statement released by his attorney, Biden said he respected the Navy’s decision and was moving forward with his family’s love and support. He did not give a reason for his discharge.

“It was the honor of my life to serve in the U.S. Navy,” Biden said. “I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge.”

The vice president’s office declined to comment. Hunter Biden’s attorney didn’t respond to inquiries about whether Biden had used cocaine.

Two people familiar with the situation said Biden, 44, was discharged because he failed a drug test last year. They weren’t authorized to discuss the incident by name and requested anonymity. The Wall Street Journal first reported Biden’s discharge and failed drug test.

An attorney by training, Biden applied to join the Navy Reserve as a public affairs officer and was selected in 2012 — one of seven candidates recommended for a direct commission for public affairs. A board of senior Navy officers interviewed Biden before making the recommendation.

Because he was 42 at the time, he needed a special waiver to be accepted. Cmdr. Ryan Perry, a spokesman for the Navy, said Biden had been assigned to the Navy Public Affairs Support Element East, based in Norfolk, Virginia.

The terms of Biden’s separation from the Navy were unclear. Typically, military members discharged for failing drug tests don’t receive an honorable discharge. The vice president speaks about his children frequently during public appearances. In December, Hunter Biden and one of his daughters accompanied the elder Biden on a trip to Asia, where the vice president praised his son’s work around the world as the chairman of the World Food Program USA.

“I’m so incredibly proud of him,” Vice President Biden said.

Earlier this year, Hunter Biden raised eyebrows when he joined the board of a private Ukrainian gas company, just as his father and the Obama administration were working to wean Ukraine off Russian energy. At the time, the vice president’s office brushed aside questions about the arrangement by saying that the younger Biden was a “private citizen.”

Biden, a managing partner at investment firm Rosemont Seneca Partners, has three children. His older brother, Beau Biden, is Delaware’s attorney general and an Army National Guard member who served a yearlong deployment in Iraq.

Joe Bidens Son Leaves Navy After Drug Test: Report
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