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Billy Bob Thornton explains his bloody past with Angelina Jolie

Remember how Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie wore vials of each other's blood around their necks during their passionate three-year relationship? Seems it didn't happen exactly like that.

That the details were exaggerated in in a celebrity marriage isn't surprising, as the couple were major tabloid fodder back in the day as she became his fifth wife and he her second husband after only two months of dating.

"You know those lockets you buy that are clear and you put a picture of your granny in and wear it around your neck? She bought two of those," Thornton explained to the Hollywood Reporter, looking back on a time in his life he said he's "never been fond" of.

They were apart a lot, he said, working on different films, and Jolie got an idea about how to feel closer to one another.

"She thought it would be interesting and romantic if we took a little razor blade and sliced our fingers, smeared a little blood on these lockets and you wear it around your neck just like you wear...

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Renee Zellweger has responded to the freak out about her face

On Monday, Renee Zellweger showed up at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards wearing a dress and makeup, as actresses who show up to such events are wont to do.

By Tuesday morning, the freak out over her allegedly much-altered appearance was well on its way to peak freak out.

So by that night, Zellweger found it necessary to issue a response, and did so in the form of a statement to People:

"Perhaps I look different. Who doesn't as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I'm happy," she told the magazine. 

She called the freak out "silly." She said she's glad "folks" think she looks different. She said her friends think she looks "peaceful." 

"I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows," she told People. "... For a long time I wasn't doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn't allow for taking care of myself. Rather than stopping to recalibrate, I kept running until I was depleted...

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Pregnant Catherine gets back to work, meets with Singapore's president

The former Kate Middleton is back to her official duties and has made her first public appearances since announcing the royal-baby sequel.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, joined husband Prince William on Tuesday to welcome Singapore's president to the United Kingdom. Later that evening, she continued her royal tasks when she attended the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 Awards ceremony.

The duchess, whose second child is due in April, has been keeping a low profile since she and Wills announced the second pregnancy on Sept. 8.

Catherine has repeatedly had to cancel events, including what would have been her first solo overseas trip, to Malta, because of hyperemesis gravidarum — extreme morning sickness — that also plagued the duchess while she was pregnant with Prince George, the third in line to the British throne.

On Monday, the palace said that she continues to be affected by the illness, "but her condition is steadily improving."

By Tuesday, though, the glowing duchess...

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Renee Zellweger looks different on red carpet, world freaks out

This just in: Arguably the biggest story to come out of the 21st Elle Women in Hollywood Awards -- an event that exists to honor the success of women in front of and behind the camera -- was about one actress' appearance, not her accomplishments.


Granted, the Renee Zellweger who showed up on the red carpet for the Beverly Hills event on Monday night did not look exactly like the Renee Zellweger who broke out in Hollywood with "Jerry Maguire" in 1996. (She'd apparently and inexplicably aged over the course of nearly 20 years.)

She did, however, look a lot like the Renee Zellweger who was photographed at events last October and November, which was when the first critical "What did she do to her face?!?" stories seem to have cropped up.

Keep in mind, those come in the wake of all the critical "Why does she look like she's sucking on a lemon?!?" stories that have dogged her over the course of her entire career. Same headlines, different words.

Nope, the new pictures taken Monday...

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Cobie Smulders of 'HIMYM' is expecting baby No. 2 with Taran Killam

Cobie Smulders has another little agent on the way: She's pregnant with her second child.

The "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "How I Met Your Mother" star is expecting baby No. 2 with husband Taran Killam of "Saturday Night Live," her rep confirmed to the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, declining to share how far along Smulders is in her pregnancy.

Smulders and Killam, both 32, wed in 2012 and are already parents to daughter Shaelyn Cado, 5.

The actress starred in "How I Met Your Mother" as Ted Mosby's longtime love interest, Robin Scherbatsky, a former Canadian pop star who went by Robin Sparkles and developed a penchant for guns, cigars and scotch. Incidentally, Killam played recurring character Gary Blauman on the CBS comedy, which wrapped its ninth and final season with a controversial ending in March.

While she was pregnant with Shaelyn in 2009, producers worked twice as hard on the show's fourth season to hide her growing belly — as well as that of pregnant costar Alyson...

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