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Drew Barrymore gets honest about post-baby body: 'Everything's saggy'

Drew Barrymore is sharing some graphic nuggets of truth about her post-baby world: A) It isn't all that glamorous and B) She's come to be totally OK with it.

"After making two babies, holy cow, does your body do some crazy stuff!" the "Miss You Already" star overshared in a Glamour Q&A. "It's hard to stay positive and love yourself. You feel like a kangaroo with a giant pouch; everything's saggy and weird."

Yes, folks, it appears that was all said on the record.

The actress, memoirist and Flower Cosmetics founder has two daughters -- Olive, 2, and Frankie, nearly 1 -- with husband Will Kopelman and has intentionally let her performing career take a back seat to parenting. She has taken on other "curation" side projects that allow her to spend more time with her kids, and that time away from the big screen seems to have played a role in giving her perspective.

"You think about how beautiful it is that you're able to make children," the former child star continued. "When I lose sight of...

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One Direction's remaining members speak out after Zayn Malik quits

In the wake of Zayn Malik's sudden departure from the boy band One Direction, the group's four remaining members have spoken up on social media, calling recent events "mad" and "crazy" and "the worst."

They promised Thursday to keep delivering the music and shows that their fans have come to expect — efforts that are also part of a multi-multi-million-dollar enterprise.

Malik announced a week ago that he was taking a break from the "X Factor"-spawned pop juggernaut because of stress. On Wednesday, it was confirmed that he was out for good.

The first to leave the fivesome had blamed stress for his split from the tour last week. That stress may have been in part caused by rumors that he had cheated on his fiancee, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards. 

"I'm 22 years old... I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there's a lot of jealous ... in this world I'm sorry for what it looks like x," he said March 18 in what remains his most recent social media message.

On Thursday, bandmate Niall...

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Cate Blanchett, interviewer crack up in off-the-rails 'Cinderella' chat

A movie junket is a movie junket is a movie junket is just like every other movie junket. Until it's not.

Then it gets fun.

It seems Cate Blanchett was game to go off the rails Wednesday during the assembly-line process of giving junket interviews to promote "Cinderella." And no, she didn't "lose her cool" with her interviewer, drop an F-bomb and cut off the chat, no matter how the Daily Mail and others spun a single slice of the amusing sit-down. (Click that link to watch it for yourself.)

Yeah, sure, the F-bomb happened, and she did end the chat after dropping it, but, as with so many things, context matters.

Blanchett started with banter when she met with Jonathan Hyla, an interviewer talking to her late in the day for the Australian show "The Project." Hyla quickly picked up on her vibe and they ran with it, peppering their time together with smiles, eye rolls and plenty of laughs.

And why not roll your eyes, when a "Cinderella" interview starts hopping and skipping from speed...

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Ben Affleck back on Capitol Hill, offers Congo progress report

Ben Affleck made his way back to Capitol Hill on Thursday to testify on behalf of Eastern Congo in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The Oscar winner, who was joined by wife Jennifer Garner and philanthropist and Microsoft founder Billl Gates, spoke about his Eastern Congo Initiative in front of the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs subcommittee hearing on diplomacy, development and national security to ask them to allocate some of their budget to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

He last went to Washington in December 2012 to testify in front of the House Armed Services Committee about the "pursuit of durable peace" in the war-torn democratic republic.

The "Gone Girl" star, 42, sped through the written pages in front of him to persuade the committee to make targeted foreign-assistance investments in public-private partnerships to drive economic development programs that would make a lasting impact in Congo.

He also acknowledged Gates, whose Bill & Melinda...

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Joan Collins receives damehood from Prince Charles

Just call her Dame Joan Collins now, darling.

The "Dynasty" alum received the title of Dame Commander of the British Empire from Britain's Prince Charles on Thursday for her charity work with Shooting Star Chase children's hospice, breast cancer research and children with learning disabilities.

The 81-year-old English actress, who's set to play the Queen Mum in E!'s rookie series "The Royals," attended the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace wearing an ornate Philip Treacy hat and a cream-colored caped ensemble of her own design. The glamorous Alexis Carrington would have approved (though she might have opted for more shoulder pads).

"Not in a billion years did I think I would be made a dame; it never even crossed my mind," the Golden Globe winner told reporters at the palace (via the BBC). "It wasn't anything I ever aspired to. I just wanted to be a jobbing actress, a working actor and somebody who could still perform."

The "ecstatic" Collins was accompanied by her fifth husband...

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