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November 09, 2017
In this May 14, 1999 file photo, Playboy founder and editor in chief Hugh Hefner receives kisses from Playboy playmates during the 52nd Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. Hefner has died at age 91.
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Lupita learns more about self as a star

Lupita Nyong'o has become "more familiar" with herself and Hollywood over the last three years.

The '12 Years A Slave' star has learnt a lot about herself since she catapulted to fame.

She said: "I am more familiar with [this world]. I have my likes and dislikes. I know when I am spreading myself too thin. Now I know how many hours I need to sleep."

And the 34-year-old actress feels "very privileged" that her fame has allowed her to choose what she wants to work on.

She added: "I feel very privileged. It has given me the luxury of choice; I get to choose and work on things I can't stop thinking about. That is how I choose a project -- if I read the script and after I leave it, the character lingers in my head. If I am not terrified of the character, then it is probably not for me."

Lupita also dispelled the myth she is very reserved and serious, insisting she is just "thoughtful".

She told The Sunday Times' Style magazine: "I don't think of myself as serious. Thoughtful, perhaps, yes. I think, oftentimes, when I'm talking to the world through magazines, it's with strangers. When I'm comfortable, I can be silly."

Hugh Hefner remembered as a pioneer

Hugh Hefner was laid to rest last Saturday.

The family and close friends of the Playboy magazine founder remembered him fondly in an intimate ceremony held at Los Angeles' Westwood Village Memorial Park at noon.

Hefner's four children, his wife Crystal Harris and some of the closest staff were there to pay tribute to the late media personality, TMZ reports.

Hugh will be buried next to Marilyn Monroe, a space which he is reported to have purchased for $75,000 in 1992.

He also has several friends buried there, including jazz musician Buddy Rich and Canadian Playboy Playmate, Dorothy Stratten, who was murdered in 1989.

He said at the time: "Jay Leno suggested that if I was going to spend that kind of money, I should actually be on top of her. But to me there's something rather poetic in the fact that we'll be buried in the same place. And that cemetery also has other meanings and connections for me. Friends like Buddy Rich and Mel Torme are buried there. So is Dorothy Stratten."

Hugh's son Cooper Hefner, who is the chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, praised his father for living an "exceptional and impactful life".

He said in a statement: "My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom.

"He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognisable and enduring in history. He will be greatly missed by many, including his wife Crystal, my sister Christie and my brothers David and Marston, and all of us at Playboy Enterprises."

Lady Gaga donates $1 million to relief efforts

Lady Gaga has donated $1 million to relief efforts following devastating hurricanes in the US and the Caribbean.

The 31-year-old singer has revealed she has made the generous donation to help those affected by the hurricanes that ripped through Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean islands in recent weeks, as well as the earthquake that struck Mexico City.

Taking to Twitter last Saturday, she wrote: "While praying every day, I'm also donating $1Mil to relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria and the Mexico City earthquake (sic)"

The 'Million Reasons' hitmaker's donation means she joins a long list of celebrities who have given money to the cause, with the likes of Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Jimmy Fallon, and Kevin Hart just some of the stars who have donated to help those affected by the natural disasters.

Fellow singer Pink has also donated a whopping sum half a million dollars to support the cause, while actress Kate Hudson, who is the co-founder of athleisure brand Fabletics, has revealed she is giving "100 per cent of net proceeds" made to the organisation.