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Kate Middleton and Prince William learned about the passing of Nelson Mandela while attending the premiere of a new film about his life, Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom, in London on Thursday night. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by the film's stars, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, and members of Nelson's family, including his daughter, Zindzi Mandela, who was notified of his death just moments before the film started playing. Both Kate and William looked crestfallen when they left the premiere, but William took time to address reporters with kind words about Nelson's life. Watch the video below.
William and Kate were notified about Nelson's death just a few moments before the film ended. Before the screening, Kate, who wore a recycled Roland Mouret dress and a Zara necklace, happily chatted with Idris, Naomie, and Nelson's family in a reception room.
It's been an action-packed week for the royals, particularly Prince William. The duke showed off his volleyball skills (and a bit of his torso) when he made a special appearance at a charity event on Wednesday. He and Kate also donned their best ensembles, including a tiara for Kate and a white tie for Will, when they greeted diplomats at a special function in Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. Kate got a break on Wednesday, when she took the day off to go for a walk in the park with Prince George.
Keep reading to see more photos from Will and Kate's movie date.
Following Nelson Mandela's passing at age 95, celebrities have taken to Twitter to share thoughtful words and tributes about the great world leader. President Barack Obama called Mandela "a man who took history in his hands," while stars like Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lopez, and Jamie Foxx thanked him for his impact on the world.
Prince William, who had just viewed a screening of the new film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom with Kate, said after receiving the news, "It's obviously extremely sad and tragic news. We were just reminded of what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was, and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family." Read more heartfelt celebrity messages below.
President Obama remembers Nelson Mandela: "A man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice."
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela. God Bless You. http://t.co/yRZh3RrP7K
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) December 5, 2013
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Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Garner, in Valentino, got together for the Children's Defense Fund's annual Beat the Odds Awards in LA on Thursday night. The ladies posed solo on their way into the event, and then met up to chat inside where Matt Damon and his wife, Luciana, as well as Conan O'Brien and his wife, Liza, were in attendance. Reese has been a staple at the event for years, having also hit the red carpet in 2012 just months after giving birth to her son Tennessee. Matt and Luciana stepped out after taking a quick trip out of LA over the weekend. They mingled with other guests, including producer J.J. Abrams, though one person was noticeably absent — Matt's pal Ben Affleck wasn't photographed with his wife, Jennifer.
Read on for more from the charitable event.
Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95 after a long life dedicated to peace and democracy. His work has had a significant effect on his country and the world — he was jailed for 27 years as an antiapartheid leader before moving South Africa toward democracy and becoming the country's first black president. Over the years, he's inspired many as an international symbol for peace. To celebrate his life, let's take a look at Mandela's wise and thoughtful quotes on family, education, and self-growth.
Kanye West didn't look like he was in the mood to party when he and Kim Kardashian attended a bash hosted by DuJour magazine in Miami on Wednesday night. Art-lover Kanye took advantage of a small break in his touring schedule to head down to Miami, which is currently hosting Art Basel. Kanye was still pouting when he and Kim met up with Lindsay Lohan and Kim's friend Jonathan Cheban at a different party later that night.
Kanye's serious mood could have something to do with the fact that his Yeezus tour has been getting bad press as of late. The rapper made headlines over the weekend when he briefly stormed off the stage during a show in Tampa, FL, on Saturday, allegedly because he was angry about his sound effects not working properly. Kanye was also back in the press on Wednesday when it was revealed that he filled less than a fourth of the 18,500 seats at a gig in Kansas City, MO, the previous evening.
Kanye's troubles aside, his daughter, North West, got an "art lesson," as mom Kim out it when she met artist Jeff Koons during the Art Basel festivities on Wednesday.
Former South African president and human rights activist Nelson Mandela passed away today at age 95. The former world leader was first admitted for care on June 8, and supporters gathered outside the hospital while he was said to be in critical condition. Mandela was discharged in September after being treated for a recurring lung infection, and he'd spent the past few months receiving at-home care.
As an antiapartheid leader, Mandela was jailed for 27 years before stepping into the political spotlight as the South African president, serving from 1994 to 1999. Over the years, Mandela's efforts toward equality were an inspiration to people across the globe, and in 2009, the United Nations declared July 18 to be Nelson Mandela International Day in honor of his contributions to democracy and peace. During a 2001 interview, Nelson Mandela told Oprah that he didn't fear death, saying, "Shakespeare put it very well: 'Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear; seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.' When you believe that, you disappear under a cloud of glory. Your name lives beyond the grave — and that is my approach."
In a televised announcement, South Africa's current president, Jacob Zuma, said Thursday, "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves." President Obama also gave an emotional address following the news, saying "I cannot imagine my life without the example of Mandela." Watch it below.
Kanye West is known for his musical talents, his relationship with Kim Kardashian, and his taste in fashion, but it's his ability to get involved in a feud with pretty much anyone that keeps making headlines. From Justin Timberlake to Taylor Swift, Kanye has rumbled with some of the biggest names in the world, and now the Anti-Defamation League is accusing him of antisemitism. Read on for our full guide to Kanye's many feuds.
Kanye West vs. the Anti-Defamation League
Who Started It: Kanye.
What Happened: During a radio appearance in November, Kanye went on a rant about President Obama and somehow ended up talking about Jewish people. He said, "Man, let me tell you about George Bush and oil money and Obama and no money. People want to say Obama can't make these moves or he's not executing. That's because he ain't got those connections. Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people. Black people don't have the same connection as oil people." Later, the ADL accused Kanye of "classic antisemitism," adding that it hopes Kanye will "take responsibility for his words" and apologize.
How It Ended: The ADL shouldn't hold its breath waiting for an apology from Kanye, but we suppose there is still time for him to respond.
Kanye West vs. Nike
Who Started It: Nike, maybe?
What Happened: Kanye previously had a partnership with Nike to design Yeezy sneakers, but he got angry when he saw that the company was letting Eminem and Pharrell design kicks as well. When Nike came around again for a new partnership, Kanye told them he wanted royalties, but was told that the company doesn't give royalties to people who aren't professional athletes. Kanye said, "I'll go to Madison Square Garden and play one-on-no-one! I'm a performance athlete."
How It Ended: Kanye ditched his partnership with Nike and announced that he will now be teaming up with Adidas.
Kanye West vs. Louis Vuitton
Who Started It: Kanye.
What Happened: As Kanye tells it, he tried to meet with the head of Louis Vuitton but got blown off. Kanye said, "He said to me, 'I don't understand why we need to meet with you.' I said, let me explain to you why you need to meet with me. Everybody in New York City right now, don't buy any Louis Vuitton until after January. Now do you want to meet with me? Influence!"
How It Ended: It's obviously too early to tell if Kanye really holds the influence to make a dent in Louis Vuitton's sales in NYC, so we'll have to wait and see.
This year, Hollywood's leading ladies took the industry by storm. Some of our favorite moments came from huge stars like Jennifer Aniston, Kate Middleton, and Beyoncé Knowles. We'll never forget the incredible and brave op-ed Angelina Jolie wrote for the New York Times, while Kerry Washington swept us off our feet with memorable performances, and Jennifer Lawrence showed us a different side of celebrity with her candid attitude and unguarded behavior. See who else we've got on our list below, and don't forget to cast your vote!
Beyoncé wowed a crowd of about 18,000 people last night in LA at the Staples Center during her most recent Mrs. Carter Show World Tour stop — and that crowd happened to include plenty of famous fans. We spotted many celebrity couples in the boohoo VIP lounge, including Kate Mara and Max Minghella, who sipped champagne together in a corner booth, as well as Zoe Saldana, who attended with her new husband, Marco Perego, and her sister. Several stars also rolled to the show solo or with friends, including Molly Sims, Victoria Justice, and Kellan Lutz, and a couple of lucky ones had the chance to attend a meet-and-greet with the star after her show. Jessica Alba met Beyoncé backstage with a group of female friends and tagged their photo #queenb #beauty.
Beyoncé's dynamic show included more than a half-dozen costume changes and a set list full of her biggest hits, including "Single Ladies" and "Baby Boy." The singer also worked in a cover, announcing to the crowd: "I dedicate this song to Paul Walker" just before launching into a rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You." Beyoncé's performance landed on the eve her husband Jay-Z's 44th birthday. The couple, along with their daughter, Blue Ivy, are in LA not only for her tour, but also for Jay's. He'll follow Beyoncé on the Staples stage next Monday for the LA date on his Magna Carta tour. The rapper is also reportedly thinking about new beginnings as he embarks on another year. Jay Z and Beyoncé are going vegan — at least temporarily — which he announced on his blog yesterday. Jay said a friend inspired him to try the new approach to eating and that the effort was not just physical. "There's something spiritual to me about it being my 44th birthday," he wrote, "and the serendipity behind the number of days in this challenge; 22 (2+2=4) coupled with the fact that the challenge ends on Christmas Day . . . It just feels right!"