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Ireland Baldwin took to Twitter Saturday night to defend her dad, Alec Baldwin, following his latest meltdown and the subsequent media outcry, People reports.

Baldwin’s MSNBC show was suspended on Friday after he allegedly yelled a homophobic slur at a paparazzo last week.

Ireland, 17, posted a series of tweets that rather eloquently defended her dad. Here’s what she had to say:

“For someone who has battled with anger management issues, my dad has grown tremendously. My dad is far from a homophobe or a racist. From what you’ve read and from what media has been shoved down your throats, he has a kind heart. Having paparazzi following my mom and I has not been thrilling. Paparazzi can bring out many confined feelings of anger and spite out of anyone,” she wrote.

“My point being, what my dad said was WRONG. What my dad felt WASN’T. Boundaries have to be made. Paparazzi have jobs to do, but some of them jeopardize people’s lives and cross a line. My dad has an INFANT CHILD to protect. All the parents out there should understand. You would do anything to protect your baby,” she continued.

She added, “Now, let’s all quit acting like children. Let my dad be and let him have his room to learn and enjoy his family.”

And lastly, “As someone very wise once said, ‘Be peaceful and love everyone.’ ”

It seems as though Alec could learn a thing or two about diplomacy from his daughter.

These days, Jennifer Lawrence is known to many as Katniss Everdeen, but years ago, she had another moniker entirely, People reports.

“My nickname was ‘Nitro.’ I was hyperactive, curious about everything,” the “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” actress, 23, tells the French magazine Madame Figaro in its new cover story. “When my mother talks about my childhood, she always says there was a light within me. When I went to school, this light went out.”

“We never knew what it was, a kind of social anxiety,” reveals the Oscar winner. “I went to see a shrink, nothing worked.”

That is, nothing until she found her calling.

“One day, I begged my parents to take me to a casting,” she told the magazine. “We went off to New York, and that’s where I started acting. On stage, my mother saw the change taking place in me. She saw my anxieties disappear.”

Acting, adds Lawrence, “made me happy because I felt capable whereas before I felt good for nothing. This is why mom fought for me to become an actress.”

But that’s not where her parents stopped in ensuring their daughter’s happiness. They took two mortgages on their homes, she says, and moved to New York for their daughter to pursue her dream.

“They wanted me to grow up in Kentucky, to lead a normal life, what all parents want for their children,” says Lawrence. “But they saw me so truly happy that they sacrificed everything for my happiness … without my family, I would be nothing.”

It looks like people are still gaga for Lady Gaga.

The pop star matched “Saturday Night Live’s” best ratings of the season when she pulled double duty as host and musical guest on Saturday, E! News reports. The episode brought in 4.9/12 in household results, which made it the night’s top-rated program, and a 2.6 in the all-important adults 18-49 demo, matching the numbers Kerry Washington and musical guest Eminem pulled in.

Gaga’s numbers also match the show’s highest rating in the demo since its March 9 episode, which was hosted by Justin Timberlake, and puts it on par with Miley Cyrus’ Oct. 5 episode.

And although many fun sketches made it to air (Our personal favorites included Gaga as a nerdy Apple store employee during “Waking Up With Kimye” and the sketch about an album called “Whaat: The Worst Cover Songs of all Time”), one sketch that did not feature Gaga received plenty of buzz: a parody ad for “Paxil,” an anti-depressant designed to be “strong enough for an embattled second term.” The ad, featuring Obama impersonator Jay Pharoah, lists a number of “symptoms,” including Benghazi, the NSA, the IRS — and, naturally, “Obamacare website problems.”

NBC also released a sketch titled “Female Sea Captains” that didn’t make the cut.

In the funny sketch, Gaga, along with “SNL” cast members Cecily Strong, Nasim Pedrad and Aidy Bryant, are, you guessed it, female sea captains who must take the helms of their husbands’ ships as all the men fall ill to herpes. Gaga even works in a “Work, b--ch!” when the ladies make someone walk the plank.

But Gaga’s episode wasn’t without its controversy, as her performance of “Do What U Want” with R. Kelly, during which they simulated sex on stage, drew quite the response from critics. Basically, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke are so five minutes ago after Saturday night!

It’s kind of a big deal that Emerson College is changing the name of its school of communication, The Associated Press reports.

The college in Boston will rename the school — for one day only — the Ron Burgundy School of Communication on Dec. 4 to honor the fictitious television anchorman.

Actor Will Ferrell, in character, is scheduled to share his path to journalism greatness with students. His visit will include a news conference, the renaming ceremony and a screening of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Ferrell, as himself, will introduce the movie.

College president Lee Pelton says Burgundy “understands the power of media, as well as hair spray, firsthand.”

Burgundy, known for telling people he’s “kind of a big deal,” says he hopes to let students know how hard it is to make it to the top, in his words, “especially if you don’t have good hair.”

Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin and Angela Lansbury were moved to tears at Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Governors Awards, the AP reports.

Each of the entertainers accepted honorary Oscar statuettes Saturday at a private dinner ceremony at the Hollywood & Highland Center.

Jolie received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. She became emotional as she thanked her late mother, whom she said inspired her to think of others and give back.

Martin got misty-eyed as he reflected on the dear friends he’s made during his five decades in film. He joked that he’d cried while rehearsing his speech in front of his dog earlier that day.

Lansbury brought her two brothers, three children and three grandchildren to the ceremony, where she thanked movies and acting for rescuing her after the death of her husband.

It is a triple billing for the ages, one night only: Paul Simon, Stephen Sondheim and Pittsburgh native and University of Pittsburgh grad Michael Chabon, the AP reports.

The subject will be words and music.

Chabon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, will host a discussion among himself and the two celebrated composers. Announced Monday by the MacDowell Colony for artists, the event will be held Dec. 3 at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City.

Chabon is chairman of MacDowell, based in New Hampshire and one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious artist colonies. Last summer, Sondheim was awarded the 54th annual Edward MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement.


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