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Catwoman Comes Out as Bisexual in New Comic

DC Comics(NEW YORK) — Catwoman, the Batman villain/love interest, has come out as bisexual.

In the Catwoman No. 39 comic book, which was released this week, the character also known as Selina Kyle kisses another woman.

The writer of the issue, Genevieve Valentine, addressed the development in a post on her website.

Valentine wrote, “She’s flirted around it — often quite literally — for years now; for me, this wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation.”

“[P]lease be assured that Selina’s longstanding connection to Batman has not been forgotten; that is not how bisexuality (or humanity) works,” she continued. “Selina doesn’t care easily, but when she does care it strikes deep, and there will be plenty of that coming up.”

Catwoman was introduced in Batman No. 1 in 1940, the year after the Caped Crusader made his comic debut.

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Actor Leonard Nimoy, Best-Known as “Star Trek’s” Mr. Spock, Dies at Age 83

CBS via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Leonard Nimoy, the actor who made the Star Trek character of Mr. Spock an international pop culture phenomenon, has died. He was 83.

Nimoy’s granddaughter confirmed his passing to ABC News.

Nimoy was hospitalized last week after complaining of chest pain, though no information on his condition was released after that. He announced in late January, 2014 that he’d been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, a progressive condition that decreases lung efficiency, making it difficult to breathe. “I’m doing OK. Just can’t walk distances. Love my life, family, friends and followers,” Nimoy later tweeted, followed by “LLAP,” shorthand for Mr. Spock’s customary benediction, “Live long and prosper.”

Born in Boston, MA, to Jewish immigrants from Russia, Nimoy began acting in local theater as a child and was appearing in films and television by age 20. After a two-year stint in the Army, he turned to acting full-time, with roles in classic TV series including Dragnet, Bonanza and Perry Mason, and the sci-fi series The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone.

In 1966, Nimoy took on the role with which he would be forever identified — the half-human, half-Vulcan science officer Spock, who served aboard the starship Enterprise on the TV series Star Trek. Though the original series was canceled after three seasons due to poor ratings, it found its audience in syndication, with Spock the show’s most recognizable and popular character. In his 1975 autobiography, titled I Am Not Spock, Nimoy explored his mixed feelings about being so closely identified with the character — initially resentful, but ultimately grateful.

In addition to the original Star Trek series, Nimoy appeared as Spock in two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and played the character in eight Star Trek films, two of which he directed. His most recent appearance as Spock was in 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. He also occasionally parodied the character, and himself, in voiceovers on shows including The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory.

After Star Trek ended its initial run, Nimoy co-starred on TV’s Mission: Impossible for two years and also hosted the reality show In Search of…, which explored paranormal and mysterious phenomena. His most recent television role was as the ruthless Dr. William Bell on the sci-fi series Fringe. In 2011, he appeared as a disheveled parody of himself, wandering through a supermarket in his bathrobe and ignoring fans, in the video for the Bruno Mars hit “The Lazy Song.”

In addition to acting, Nimoy was a published poet and an avid lifelong photographer, whose work was exhibited in numerous galleries. He’s survived by his wife, actress Susan Bay, two children and several grandchildren.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Writes Touching Letter for Teen Fan Following Her Death

ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — Benedict Cumberbatch wrote a touching letter for a 14-year-old fan who died suddenly earlier this month and whose funeral was held Monday in Warrington, U.K.

The letter was read aloud during the funeral for Eve Shepherd, a fan of Cumberbatch’s TV series Sherlock, according to the Warrington Guardian. The Oscar-nominated actor wrote:

“I send my deepest sympathies to Eve’s family. To lose someone so young who fought for her health all her life must be beyond endurance. I hope they can take solace from the fact that she was clearly much loved and her support of our show is hugely appreciated and shall be remembered. I wish I could be there but sadly am filming the show she loved. God rest her soul. With all my love and sympathies, Benedict xxx.”

Eve’s father, Mark, tells the Warrington Guardian, “Eve would find this funny as she was a big TV and film fan. She would be giggling her head off at the thought she was in the newspaper. But she would be so happy about the letter from Benedict — she was a huge fan. “

Eve led a difficult life after being born at 28 weeks in 2000. She underwent more than 200 operations after needing a tracheostomy at just three months old, according to the newspaper.

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Movie Review: “Focus” (Rated R)

Frank Masi/Warner Bros. Entertainment(NEW YORK) — From the directors and writers of Crazy, Stupid, Love. comes the con-job romantic dramedy, Focus.

Nicky (Will Smith) is drinking, alone, in a posh New York City hotel restaurant when a gorgeous blonde, Jess, (The Wolf of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie) begins having some trouble with a gentleman at the bar. She approaches Nicky and asks if he’d mind pretending to be her boyfriend, which is kind of like asking anyone with a pulse — man or woman, gay or straight — if they’d mind pretending to be Margot Robbie’s boyfriend.

Robbie is gorgeous, and her chemistry with Smith is palpable. Small talk leads to flirtation, which leads to Jess’ hotel room, which leads to her “husband” bursting through the door and threatening Nicky’s life at gunpoint — at which point Nicky insists that the jealous husband shoot him. The husband, perplexed, doesn’t know how to handle the situation. Turns out, Nicky has known all along he was being conned — because he’s a con man, too.

Nicky points out the flaws in Jess’ con, gives a few tips, and leaves. It’s a telling scene, because it telegraphs what the rest of the movie will be: enjoyable and aesthetically pleasing, but just a little too cute and convenient.

Nicky isn’t just a con man — he runs a multi-million-dollar network of cons. He employs freelancers to work major events, like the Super Bowl, and Jess wants a piece of the action. She also wants a piece of Nicky. And off we go.

These two like each other, but their lack of morality is this story’s major flaw. As great as Focus is to look at and as charming as Smith and Robbie are, it was difficult to fully invest in either of them because, at their core, Nicky and Jess are despicably selfish people.

There’s also a wild card here, and that’s Adrian Martinez. The journeyman actor, probably best-known to most as the Cheesehead fan from the State Farm insurance commercials starring Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, steals scenes in Focus as Farhad, Nicky’s right-hand man and good friend. Martinez is flat out, R-rated funny.

Focus is, overall, entertaining and surprisingly unpredictable. Though when I say unpredictable, what I mean is some of the twists are imaginative — and when I say imaginative, I mean impossible. Even so, Focus provides some fun moments, though that lack of empathy for the main players ultimately makes it a less than satisfying experience.

Three out of five stars.

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Ivanka Trump Opens Up About Converting to Orthodox Judaism

Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism after getting together with her husband, Jared Kushner, though she rarely discusses it.

For the businesswoman, the subject is “such a personal thing.”

“We’re pretty observant, more than some, less than others. I just feel like it’s such an intimate thing for us,” she told Vogue. “It’s been such a great life decision for me. I am very modern, but I’m also a very traditional person, and I think that’s an interesting juxtaposition in how I was raised as well. I really find that with Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity.”

Trump, 33, and Kushner, 34, who have been married since 2009 and are now parents to two small children, keep kosher and observe the Sabbath. From Friday night until sundown on Saturday, they disconnect from the rest of the world and enjoy time with their family.

“We don’t do anything but hang out with one another. We don’t make phone calls,” she said. “It’s an amazing thing when you’re so connected to really sign off. And for [my three-year-old] Arabella to know that she has me, undivided, one day a week? We don’t do anything except play with each other, hang out with one another, go on walks together. Pure family.”

It’s nice for Kushner too. His wife, he said, has really embraced the ritual, and even learned to cook as a result of it.

“Ivanka’s such a type A,” he said. “She just gets it done. But she said, ‘If we’re going to do Shabbos, I’m going to cook.’ She never cooked before in her life, and became a great cook. So for Friday, she’ll make dinner for just the two of us, and we turn our phones off for 25 hours. Putting aside the religious aspect of it; we live in such a fast-paced world.”

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Mirjana Puhar: Tyra Banks ‘Deeply Saddened’ by Death of “ANTM” Contestant

Amanda Edwards/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Tyra Banks, the executive producer of America’s Next Top Model, expressed her deep sorrow over the death of one of the show’s former contestants, Mirjana Puhar.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic news about Mirjana Puhar,” Banks and fellow executive producer Ken Mok wrote in a statement to ABC News. “She was a vivacious and promising young woman. Our hearts and prayers go out to her loved ones.”

Puhar, 19, was found dead, along with Jonathan Cosme Alvarado and Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia, Tuesday in a home in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Police have not said how or when the three were killed, but have arrested and charged 19-year-old Emmanuel Rangel in the killings, according to The Charlotte Observer. Rangel remains in custody and has not yet appeared in court to enter a plea.

Puhar appeared on the 21st cycle of America’s Next Top Model, which premiered in August. At the time of filming, she was 18 and introduced as the youngest of the show’s 14 contestants.

She was eliminated in the 10th episode of the season.

As word spread of Puhar’s death, people connected with ANTM responded on social media.

Judge Miss J Alexander took to Twitter to mourn:

Saddened to learn about #ANTM Cycle 21 contestant Mirjana Puhar’s murder. Remembering her fondly. RIP pic.twitter.com/gHj7WMZEcY

— Miss J Alexander (@MissJAlexander) February 25, 2015

Fellow contestant Will Jardell posted several remembrances on his Instagram, including a photo with Puhar. “You are one of the kindest most passionate people I know and I am at a loss knowing that you are gone,” Jardell wrote. “Reality TV may have painted you one way but make no mistake you are an incredible and loving person that the world will truly miss.”

Jardell also posted a video of Puhar.

A video posted by Will Jardell (@williamjardell) on Feb 25, 2015 at 12:36pm PST

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Beyonce Shows Off Her Fierce Workout Routine

@beyonce/Instagram(NEW YORK) — Beyonce works hard for that flawless figure.

The 33-year-old singer showed off some of her fierce workout moves in a new video posted on Instagram Wednesday.

Queen Bey is the latest celebrity to accept first lady Michelle Obama’s challenge to show off five ways to stay healthy.

FLOTUS issued the challenge, dubbed #Gimme5, on Monday in honor of the fifth anniversary of her “Let’s Move” fitness campaign.

“I want kids, parents, maybe even a few celebrities, to give me five ways to be healthy,” Obama said in a promotional video that features a cameo from President Obama.

Beyonce responded with her own sped-up video in which she shows off an impressive set of squats, crunches, lunges and punches to the tune of Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.”

“Celebrating the 5th anniversary of Let’s Move! #GimmeFive @michelleobama,” she captioned the video, in which she appears in a black T-shirt and black-and-white, striped leggings.

The first lady re-posted the video on her Instagram, writing, “Double tap if you’re ready to work out with @Beyonce! #GimmeFive of your workout drills (or you’ll disappoint the Beygency).”

Check out Beyonce’s video below, along with a couple others from celebs who have accepted the challenge.

“House of Cards” Season 3 on Netflix: A Season 2 Refresher

David Giesbrecht for Netflix(NEW YORK) — So, House of Cards season 3 is just hours away (3 a.m. to be exact), but before you get cozy in bed, or set up your favorite snack by the couch and clear your schedule for the next 10 hours, here’s a quick-and-dirty rundown of season 2:

To kick off the season, the sexiest reporter in D.C. — Zoe Barnes — was killed by Frank Underwood, who pushed her in front of a train.

After spending most of season 1 vying for the vice presidency, Underwood stepped things up and set up the president for a big fall, just so he could take the top spot.

Meanwhile, Underwood and his wife Claire had an affair with a Secret Service agent — at the same time. Frank also had a season-long battle with billionaire Raymond Tusk, who had been very close to the president. We found out about Claire’s past as a victim of sexual abuse and also her affair with a famous photographer.

A prostitute keeping a secret that could ruin Frank is sent away and watched over by Underwood’s friend Doug, but then she kills him. The season ends with Frank taking over the presidency.

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“House of Cards” Season 3 on Netflix: A Season 2 Refresher

David Giesbrecht for Netflix(NEW YORK) — So, House of Cards season 3 is just hours away (3 a.m. to be exact), but before you get cozy in bed, or set up your favorite snack by the couch and clear your schedule for the next 10 hours, here’s a quick-and-dirty rundown of season 2:

To kick off the season, the sexiest reporter in D.C. — Zoe Barnes — was killed by Frank Underwood, who pushed her in front of a train.

After spending most of season 1 vying for the vice presidency, Underwood stepped things up and set up the president for a big fall, just so he could take the top spot.

Meanwhile, Underwood and his wife Claire had an affair with a Secret Service agent — at the same time. Frank also had a season-long battle with billionaire Raymond Tusk, who had been very close to the president. We found out about Claire’s past as a victim of sexual abuse and also her affair with a famous photographer.

A prostitute keeping a secret that could ruin Frank is sent away and watched over by Underwood’s friend Doug, but then she kills him. The season ends with Frank taking over the presidency.

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Beyonce Shows Off Her Fierce Workout Routine

@beyonce/Instagram(NEW YORK) — Beyonce works hard for that flawless figure.

The 33-year-old singer showed off some of her fierce workout moves in a new video posted on Instagram Wednesday.

Queen Bey is the latest celebrity to accept first lady Michelle Obama’s challenge to show off five ways to stay healthy.

FLOTUS issued the challenge, dubbed #Gimme5, on Monday in honor of the fifth anniversary of her “Let’s Move” fitness campaign.

“I want kids, parents, maybe even a few celebrities, to give me five ways to be healthy,” Obama said in a promotional video that features a cameo from President Obama.

Beyonce responded with her own sped-up video in which she shows off an impressive set of squats, crunches, lunges and punches to the tune of Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.”

“Celebrating the 5th anniversary of Let’s Move! #GimmeFive @michelleobama,” she captioned the video, in which she appears in a black T-shirt and black-and-white, striped leggings.

The first lady re-posted the video on her Instagram, writing, “Double tap if you’re ready to work out with @Beyonce! #GimmeFive of your workout drills (or you’ll disappoint the Beygency).”

Check out Beyonce’s video below, along with a couple others from celebs who have accepted the challenge.