Kim Kardashian reveals she didn’t pass the First Year Law Student Exam in newest KUWTK teaser

In March, she revealed she’s halfway through her law degree with only years left of studying.

But on Wednesday’s teaser for Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim Kardashian revealed she did not pass the baby bar, also known as the First Year Law Student Exam.

The 40-year-old reality star chatted with her sisters about it, revealing that she is nervous to re-take the exam.

Latest: In March, she revealed she’s halfway through her law degree with only years left of studying. But on Wednesday’s teaser for Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim Kardashian revealed she did not pass the baby bar, also known as the First Year Law Student Exam

The teaser kicked off with Kim seated with sisters Kourtney and Khloe on the couch, with Khloe enjoying a salad.

‘Guys I did not pass the baby bar,’ Kim said out loud to them, looking visibly disappointed.

Kim says in the one on one interview portion: ‘If you do law school the way that I’m doing it, it’s a four year program instead of your typical three year program and after year one, you have to take the baby Bar.

Adding: ‘This one actually harder here than the official Bar.’

Upset: The 40-year-old reality star chatted with her sisters about it, revealing that she is nervous to re-take the exam

Kim then talked to her mentor, attorney Jessica Jackson virtually about her scores.

Jessica says: ‘You needed a 560, you got a 474. That’s extremely close on a test that most people are not taking in the middle of a pandemic.’

New episodes of the final season of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” air Thursdays at 8:00pm ET/PT on E!. Don’t forget, you can watch your favorite episodes of KUWTK on Peacock.

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Jodie Turner-Smith reflects on being the first black actress to be cast as Anne Boleyn

Jodie Turner-Smith has reflected on being the first black actress to be cast as Anne Boleyn in Channel 5’s forthcoming three-part drama.

Speaking to Radio Times on Tuesday, The Queen and Slim star, 34, admitted that she knew it might be ‘a stretch’ for some viewers to see her as the doomed second wife of Henry VIII, but said she was sure others were ‘finally ready’ to see her in the role.

Jodie is the first black actress to portray Anne, and she follows in the footsteps of Natalie Dormer, Claire Foy and Natalie Portman by playing the historic part.

‘I am aware it’s going to be a stretch for some people’: Jodie Turner-Smith reflected on being the first black actress to be cast as Anne Boleyn in a new interview on Tuesday

Reflecting on this, Jodie told the publication: ‘It’s much more approachable and appealing to a contemporary audience when you cast this way because we are distilling this down to a human experience.

‘If you ask anyone to watch a film or to observe any art, you are asking them to suspend their beliefs.

‘I am aware it’s going to be a stretch for some people because they will feel too distracted by that, but I think for a lot of other people who are finally ready to see the world in a different way, they’re going to see that this is a human story we are telling, and a fascinating one at that.’

Thoughts: Jodie said while some viewers might find it hard to see her as the doomed second wife of Henry VIII (pictured), she was sure others were ‘finally ready’ to see her in the role

Jodie went on to discuss how Anne was executed after King Henry began to hate how independent and intelligent she was.

‘Before I met my husband [The Affair star Joshua Jackson], some of the men I dated would love what they saw but the minute we got together, the thing they loved was the very thing they wanted to stamp out.

‘I think that’s the mark of any powerful woman: the male ego can be quite fragile. They love how outspoken you are and suddenly it’s, “You’re speaking too much.”‘

Jodie welcomed her daughter Janie in April 2020, and she explained how motherhood has changed the way she sees other women and their experiences.

Candid: Jodie said, ‘For a lot of other people who are finally ready to see the world in a different way, they’re going to see that this is a human story we are telling’

Of her character, she said: ‘Anne, like all women at the time, was trying to navigate the patriarchy as a mother and a woman and that’s what makes this story so powerful and interesting; it felt relatable and modern.’

Anne Boleyn will explore the final months of Anne Boleyn’s life from the eponymous Queen’s perspective, as she struggles to secure a future for her daughter and to challenge the powerful patriarchy closing in around her.

The three-part series will depict the key moments that cause Anne to topple, unpicking her immense strength, her fatal vulnerabilities and her determination to be an equal among men.

The cast also includes I May Destroy You’s Paapa Essiedu, who will portray the role of Anne’s brother and Tudor nobleman George.

Background: The series explores the final moments of the queen’s life from her lens before she is executed by her husband

Dating Amber actress Lola is featured as Anne’s love rival, Jane Seymour, who succeeded her as the Queen of England.

Jamael Westman, Amanda Burton and Thalissa Teixeira also play roles in the mini-series – which finished production on location in Yorkshire in December 2020.

Penned by writer Eve Hedderwick Turner and directed by Lynsey Miller, Anne Boleyn aims to ‘challenge all the conventions of who we think Anne Boleyn was and shines a feminist light on her story.’

Challenging conventions: The three-part series will depict the key moments that cause Anne to topple, unpicking her immense strength and her determination to be an equal among men

Fable Pictures added: ‘We’re absolutely thrilled to have the magnetic Jodie Turner-Smith on board to encapsulate Anne’s determination to be an equal among men and to pave a path for her daughter.

‘We feel that history has side-lined the voice of this ambitious Queen in favour of the men who brought her down, and that Lynsey Miller’s beautiful, intimate vision will put Anne’s gaze at the heart of the piece.’

Ben Frow, director of programs at ViacomCBS, added: ‘This project re-frames her story as a propulsive psychological thriller, told from a new perspective, with top talent like Jodie Turner-Smith attached.

Queen: Back in 2007, Natalie Dormer took on the role of Anne Boleyn alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyer’s Henry VIII in BBC series, The Tudors

All the stars: Natalie Portman took on the role of the Queen for The Other Boleyn Girl in 2008, while Claire Foy played her for the BBC’s £7 million series Wolf Hall in 2009

‘It was simply too irresistible to say no to and I’m very excited to see the finished product.’

Director Miller previously defended the decision to give the role to a black actress, after sparking accusations of ‘blackwashing’.

The TV executive said: ‘I feel very strongly that we have the best actress for the role so I am happy to stand by it. I’m very proud of what we have created together, so let them talk.

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Kim Kardashian celebrates Scott Disick’s 38th birthday as she shares sweet throwback snaps

She shared details from his extravagant early party on Monday.

And Kim Kardashian celebrated Scott Disick’s 38th birthday on Wednesday as she shared a gushing post and throwback snaps to Instagram.

The KUWTK star, 40, sweetly said that she is ‘always here’ for the the reality star, 38, who previously dated her sister Kourtney.

Celebrate! Kim Kardashian celebrated Scott Disick’s 38th birthday on Wednesday as she shared a gushing post and throwback snaps to Instagram  (pictured with sister Khloé, left, and mother Kris Jenner, right)

Kim also joked that she was ‘so grateful’ to have Scott ‘always keep it real’ with her and that they have always celebrated their milestones together.

The SKIMS founder shared a gorgeous picture of herself in a plunging coral corset gown as she posed with Scott, her mother Kris Jenner and other sister Khloé Kardashian.

Kim penned: ‘Happy Birthday Lord!!!! OMG it’s crazy to think we’ve spent so many birthdays together.

‘From Vegas to Calabasas our memories are endless and I’m so grateful that I have a brother like you to always keep it real with me no matter what and celebrate our milestones together!’

Sweet: The KUWTK star, 40, sweetly said that she is ‘always here’ for the the reality star, 38, who previously dated her sister Kourtney

‘Keep it real’: Kim also joked that she was ‘so grateful’ to have Scott ‘always keep it real’ with her and that they have always celebrated their milestones together

Kim sweetly added: ‘I am always here for you no matter what!!! Love you always @letthelordbewithyou.’

The reality star also took to her Instagram Story to share a collection of throwback pictures which included them working out and eating ice cream.

Kim penned: ‘Happy birthday @letthelordbewithyou love you so much.’

Earlier this week, the reality star, who has been enjoying single life since filing for divorce from husband Kanye West earlier this year, shared updates from Scott’s early birthday to Instagram.

Memories: The reality star also took to her Instagram Story to share a collection of throwback pictures which included them working out and eating ice cream

Close: A different photo saw the duo in a home gym as they posed for a mirror selfie

Kim looked radiant in the clip as she donned a skintight dark grey vest while she styled her brunette locks into loose waves.

Despite it being his birthday, Scott turned the tables and treated his guests to stunningly luxurious party favours.

Kim set the stage coyly before revealing just how much the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star was treating his guests.

‘I bet you guys want to know what Scott has for his party favours,’ Kim teased while filming herself outside. ‘That’s what I want to show you guys. I’ve never heard of this before, party favours like this.’

Stunning: Earlier this week, the reality star, who has been enjoying single life since filing for divorce from husband Kanye West earlier this year, shared updates from Scott’s early birthday to Instagram

She cut to the inside of the house, where Scott had laid out a jaw-dropping array of jewellery and luxury wristwatches, all for the taking.

There were boxes of diamond-encrusted Rolex watches, along with gold bracelets and glittering Cuban links.

‘So anyone can just walk in to here,’ she said, quickly adding, ‘If they’re invited to the party.’

Scott looked proud to show off his expensive party favours.

Birthday: Despite it being his birthday, Scott turned the tables and treated his guests to stunningly luxurious party favours

Luxury: Kim set the stage coyly before revealing just how much the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star was treating his guests

‘This is how Lord does it. I’m sorry that everybody gives out candy, but I give out ice,’ he boasted.

Kim even panned her phone to show the security guard standing watch outside the door to make sure no one entered without permission.

Scott was joined by his new girlfriend Amelia Hamlin, 19, for his birthday celebrations.

Joining the loved-up couple and Kim for the birthday bash were Scott’s ex Kourtney, along with sister Khloé and even their pop star friend Sia.

Dig in: Kim also shared a look at a food truck making churros for guests.

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Brad Pitt scores huge victory in war with Angelina Jolie after judge awards joint custody of kids

Brad Pitt was granted joint custody of his children with Angelina Jolie following a lengthy court battle.

The 57-year-old actor has been fighting in the court system for nearly five years to obtain equal rights to the six kids he shares with his ex-wife.

A source told DailyMail.com: ‘He’s so relieved. His only intention is to spend more time with the kids.’

Victory: Brad Pitt was granted joint custody of his children with Angelina Jolie following a lengthy court battle. The stars are seen in 2015

Jolie and Pitt are parents to six kids, five of them minors: Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14 and twins Vivienne and Knox, 12.

After months of testimony from witnesses and child services professionals who interviewed their children, Judge John Ouderkirk reportedly made his thoughts clear on the ruling, according to Page Six.

‘There was a significant change made in the custody agreements based on an extremely detailed decision made by the judge,’ a source said.

‘Brad was just trying to have more time with his kids — and it has been clear that Angie has done everything possible to prevent this.’

The insider added: ‘This trial lasted for several months and there were a f**k ton of witnesses, experts, therapists and other people who have been with the kids and around them, and the decision was based on this.’

Big family: The 57-year-old actor has been fighting in the court system for nearly five years to obtain equal rights to the six kids he shares with his ex-wife; seen in 2014

The 45-year-old actress will reportedly continue her legal fight and said the judge’s ruling was more of a ‘tentative decision.’

‘Joint custody is not the issue that Angelina objects to, there were other issues of concern, but the court proceedings are closed and sealed,’ the source said.

Lost love: Brad and Angelina met while working on set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2004 and were married in 2014; pictured in 2009

The source added: ‘There was a safety order surrounding the previous custody arrangements, that is public, and the kids schedule has been set under the jurisdiction of the division of family services for over three years.’

Angelina attempted to dismiss the private judge they had hired to rule over the case in documents submitted to California’s Second District Court of Appeals on Monday.

Jolie’s lawyers argued the judge ‘has failed to adequately consider … input as to their experiences, needs, or wishes,’ which is in violation of a state legal code that allows minors 14 to 17 to testify.

The Oscar-winner’s legal team told the appellate court that the judge has neglected to let her submit to the court evidence that speaks to the safety and well-being of the minors, which is ‘evidence critical to making her case.’

Pitt’s legal team fired back, saying that the presiding judge ‘has conducted an extensive proceeding over the past six months in a thorough, fair manner and reached a tentative ruling and order after hearing from experts and percipient witnesses.’

Jolie filed for divorce in 2016 — citing the ‘the health of the family’ — in the wake of a conflict on a private flight from France to Los Angeles in which she accused Pitt of behaving abusively to son Maddox, who was 15 at the time.

Brad faced no charges in connection with the incident amid probes from the FBI and social services.

Angelina and Brad met while working on set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2004 while he was married to Jennifer Aniston.

Both actors claimed their was no infidelity despite falling in love while working together, and Aniston filed for divorce in March 2005 after five years of marriage.

Fighting on: The 45-year-old actress will reportedly continue her legal fight and said the judge’s ruling was more of a ‘tentative decision’ (pictured in 2019)

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Alec Baldwin rips cancel culture: ‘Like a forest fire in constant need of fuel’

Alec Baldwin has once again bashed cancel culture, this time comparing it to the devastation of a “forest fire.”

“Cancel culture is like a forest fire in constant need of fuel. Functioning objectively. No prejudice. No code. Just destroy. The deserving and the undeserving alike,” the 63-year-old actor tweeted Friday.

Baldwin’s take was written just one day after he slammed U.S. Congress.

“There appears to be a zero tolerance policy for bad behavior everywhere except where it matters most: the US Congress,” he wrote on the social media platform.

Back in March, the father of six made headlines for seemingly defending Woody Allen and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo while railing against cancel culture.

The actor initially released a 14-minute video on his Instagram in which he covered the topic more at length before deleting it and replacing it with a significantly shorter video that takes on cancel culture in less-specific terms.

“I think my last message went on too long. What I was saying is that I think that the cancel culture is getting out of hand,” Baldwin said. “There are people that deserve to be punished for what they have done but not everybody should be punished in the same way… Not everybody should be punished in the same way. Even the criminal justice system recognizes that.”

Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend the Roundabout Theater’s 2020 Gala at The Ziegfeld Ballroom on March 02, 2020 in New York City.  (Getty Images)

He went on to claim that cancel culture “is creating more problems than it solves.”

In late 2020, the Baldwin family became subject to its own cancellation after the actor’s wife, Hilaria Baldwin, 37, was caught in the center of a viral controversy over claims that she lied about her Spanish heritage.

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Jodie Turner-Smith says Meghan Markle ‘could have modernised the royal family’

Jodie Turner-Smith has revealed she feels Meghan Markle ‘could have modernised the royal family’ and said the monarchy is ‘limiting’ and ‘archaic’.

The British actress, 34, who is the first black woman to take on the role of Anne Boleyn in the new Channel 5 series, said she is not a ‘monarchist’ in a new interview.

Speaking about Meghan in an interview published in The Telegraph, Jodie said: ‘It was a terrible missed opportunity, the way in which it was not allowed to be something that really modernises that institution, and to change it to something for the better. I think that’s why there’s dysfunction there.’

Meanwhile the actress also revealed she ‘understood’ the choice to cast her as Henry VIII’s wife was ‘polarising’, saying: ‘It was an opportunity for me to bring my individual identity to this and distil it down to a human story, as opposed to a story that’s about whiteness or class

Jodie Turner-Smith, 34, who is set to play Anne Boleyn in a new drama series coming out this month, has revealed she feels Meghan Markle ‘could have modernised the royal family’

Speaking about the monarchy, she said: ‘We have to look at things in a modern context. And only then we will recognise that certain things are archaic, and don’t really serve us as a community and are limiting us.

‘I think we should keep those things in stories and move on to something else in reality.’

Meanwhile she said the backlash she received when it was announced that she would the first actress of colour to play the character of King Henry VIII’s second wife, was ‘to be expected’ because people are ‘attached’ to the way Anne Boleyn looks in their imagination.

The mother-of-one revealed that she thinks Anne was ‘deeply feminist’ and ‘ahead of her time’ as she argued for women to have a voice in relation to politics and religion.

Jodie said it was a ‘terrible missed opportunity’ that the Duchess of Sussex didn’t change the institution for the better

Backlash: Jodie said the reaction she received to the news she would play Anne Boleyn was ‘to be expected’ because people are ‘attached’ to the way King Henry VIII’s second wife looks in their imagination

In the official full-length trailer for the Channel 5 series released on Friday, Jodie is seen trying and prove her innocence after being accused of high treason but ultimately prepare to be beheaded.

The intense clip opens with Thomas Cromwell, played by Barry Ward, informing Anne she is being charged with treason, to which she immediately pleads not guilty.

It then shows her in childbirth, desperately asking if her child was ‘a boy’ before she is seen arguing with King Henry VIII, played by Mark Stanley, yelling: ‘You promised me sons.’

In the official full-length trailer for the Channel 5 series released on Friday, Jodie is seen trying arguing with King Henry VIII played by Mark Stanley (pictured)

Another character is heard asking Anne if her husband no longer visits her chamber, and King Henry is seen giving Jane Seymour, played by Lola Petticrew, an affectionate look as he and Anne attend a party.

Shortly after it appears she was accused of treason as she’s seen telling another character: ‘The world will know my innocence.’

Anne is shown walking serenely in a number of locations before finally stepping up to the chopping block.

As the dramatic scenes unfurl, a character is heard telling Anne: ‘Fear can be fuel, let your fear drive you to be bigger, louder, the sky itself will not limit you.’

Anne Boleyn will explore the final months of Anne Boleyn’s life from the eponymous Queen’s perspective, as she struggles to secure a future for her daughter and to challenge the powerful patriarchy closing in around her.

Background: The series explores the final moments of the queen’s life from her lens before she is executed by her husband

The three-part psychological thriller will depict the key moments that cause Anne to topple, unpicking her immense strength, her fatal vulnerabilities and her determination to be an equal among men.

The cast also includes I May Destroy You’s Paapa Essiedu, who will portray the role of Anne’s brother and Tudor nobleman George.

Dating Amber actress Lola is featured as Anne’s love rival, Jane Seymour, who succeeded her as the Queen of England.

Jamael Westman, Amanda Burton and Thalissa Teixeira also play roles in the mini-series – which finished production on location in Yorkshire in December 2020.

Penned by writer Eve Hedderwick Turner and directed by Lynsey Miller, Anne Boleyn aims to ‘challenge all the conventions of who we think Anne Boleyn was and shines a feminist light on her story.’

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Brian McFadden and Danielle Parkinson welcome first child after tragic miscarriage

 

Brian McFadden and his fiancée Danielle Parkinson have welcomed their first child together.

The former Westlife singer announced the happy news in an Instagram post he shared on Sunday evening with a snap of Danielle pushing their baby girl in a pram.

In the black and white photo, Danielle, who has dressed in a hoodie and tracksuit bottoms, had her back to the camera as she pushed the buggy down the street.

He captioned the adorable snap: “Mammy, Daddy and baby out for our first walk together. It’s been the best week of our life @daniparky.”

The couple are yet to reveal the baby’s name or when she was born.

Brian McFadden and his fiancée Danielle Parkinson have welcomed their first child together

Danielle is also yet to post about their new baby on her own Instagram account.

The couple announced they were expecting back in November last year.

Danielle told OK Magazine: “We’re due on 14 May. But they said normally with your first baby it can be early.”

They had conceived their daughter through IVF and tragically suffered two miscarriages before falling pregnant with their new arrival.

Brian shared this adorable snap

The new mum added when making the announcement: “It does [feel like a miracle] but I feel awful saying that, as I’ve had so many messages on Instagram.

“The IVF community is so lovely and I’ve heard real traumatic stories from people who have been trying for 10 years, people who have had eight-plus miscarriages, so I feel we got lucky on our third attempt.”

This is Danielle’s first child and Brian’s third.

Brian with Molly and Lilly-Sue

Brian also shares two children with his ex-wife Kerry Katona: Molly, 19, and 18-year-old Lilly-Sue.

The couple announced that they would be having a baby girl back in January.

Sharing a scan photo, Brian said: “Hello to our little angel! We’re having a GIRL!!!!!!!!”

The couple decided not to do a big gender reveal party amid the coronavirus pandemic and the third lockdown.

This is Danielle's first child and Brian's third

Danielle previously discussed how they struggled to get pregnant during a candid Instagram Live, saying it took a couple of years.

She said: “My self and Brian have been together for four and a half years now.

“A year into our relationship we decided to start trying for a baby, without thinking too much about it, just the odd ovulation test here and there.

A scan photo of their baby girl that Brian shared

“After a year and a half we realised we may need some help. We made an appointment with our doctor to start the IVF process about two years ago.

“We were told all the worst news, given worst case scenarios but you just have to keep going and trying everything you can.

“Getting your body and your head in the best physical health is the most important thing… if it’s something you really want you’ve just got to throw everything at it.”

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Grammys end ‘secret’ nomination committees after criticism from The Weeknd

The organisers of the Grammy Awards have announced that they are ending the “secret” committees responsible for its nomination process.

The Recording Academy had faced criticism from artists including previous Grammy-winner The Weeknd, who stated in March that he would be boycotting the ceremony “because of the secret committees”.

Other artists including Beyoncé, Solange, Kanye West, and Frank Ocean have skipped or criticised the awards body in recent years for failing to honour artists of colour.

On Friday (30 April), the Recording Academy announced that nominations for next year’s major awards would be selected by its full voting body, totalling more than 11,000 members. Previously, nominees in certain categories (including Album, Song, Record of the Year and Best New Artist) had been approved by committees of 15-30 unnamed industry experts.

Nominating committees remain for some of the “craft” categories (such as Liner Notes and Producer), where the process has been the subject of less controversy in the past.

Additionally, 90% of the general Academy electorate will undertake a requalification process this year “to ensure the voting body is actively engaged in music creation”.

In a statement, the Academy said the changes were made “to ensure that the Grammy Awards rules and guidelines are transparent and equitable”.

The Weeknd’s 2020 album After Hours was one of the most successful records of the year, but was not nominated for any awards at this year’s Grammys.

Writing on Twitter last November, the Canadian pop star claimed: “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency.”

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