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Wednesday
Jul232014

Whitney Houston's Mother Cissy Slams Upcoming Biopic

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Cissy Houston, 80, is not happy about Lifetime's upcoming biopic about her late daughter.

Whitney Houston's mother spoke to Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday and begged the network and anyone else listening to "please let her rest."

"Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family's objections," she told ET in a statement. "No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby."

She continued, "In the two years since Whitney's death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her. I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn't know her. We are exhausted by the continuing misinformation and comments offered by people who did not know her. Please, please let her rest."

The new movie will feature Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston and will be directed by Angela Bassett.

Entertainment Weekly reported earlier this month that shooting for the film has begun and the movie will focus on the singer's relationship with Bobby Brown. Houston died in 2012 at 48 years old.


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Tuesday
Jul222014

How Eric Stonestreet Spoils His Parents

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Eric Stonestreet lives in California now, but he hasn't forgotten his Midwestern roots.

Now a star on Modern Family, he enjoys spoiling his parents when he can.

"[I enjoy] just having them out and giving them a comfortable place to stay," he told ABC News. "They don't need anything but ... [I] give them a first class trip all the way out and make sure they're comfortable and have everything they want."

However, recently, his mother, who lives in Kansas, has another reason to jet to Los Angeles: She filmed a Swiffer commercial with Stonestreet, who is a spokesman for the product

"She was nervous and excited," he said. "She'd never worked with me before. She's never done anything like that before!"

When shooting ended, she extended her trip a bit and got to "sit by the pool and relax."

"Both my mom and dad have been able to participate in the more fun aspects of my life in the past few years," he said. "It's fun."


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Tuesday
Jul222014

Why Jessica Alba Had a 'Freak-Out' Moment When She Turned 30

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Jessica Alba looks as good at 33 years old as she did back when she was 20, maybe even better. But the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For actress said when she hit the big 3-0, she had a bit of a moment.

"I had this 'Aaagh!' I'm not in my 20s anymore! What does it all mean?' kind of freak-out," she told SELF magazine for its August cover, which hits newsstands on July 29. "[But] I feel much better at 33 than I did at 23, even than I did at 30."

The next obvious question is how does she look so good at 33 after two daughters Honor, 6, and Haven, 2.

"I hate working out. It's boring!" she told the magazine. "I really only did it when I had a job that was physically demanding. But from age 17 until I was 27, all I did were movies that were physically demanding -- so all I did was work out all the time!”

The Sin City star also revealed how she is passing down her healthy philosophy to her kids.

"We eat mostly lean protein and fresh fruit and vegetables, nothing processed or from a box, if we can," she said. "For me, when I don’t eat a ton of carbs, I have more energy. But I'll for sure have a piece of chocolate. I will mow through a bowl of guacamole. If I'm not going to have dessert, I'll have a martini."

Finally, the actress dished on her secret to happy marriage with her husband Cash Warren.

"You’ve got to have the girls' night out to complain about your husband or whatever it is," she said. "You have some fun, then you can go and enjoy the work, and you can take pride in it instead of it depleting you and being a burden."


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Tuesday
Jul222014

Kate Hudson Says She May Never Legally Marry Her Fiance

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Kate Hudson doesn't need a piece of paper or a wedding to feel married to fiance Matt Bellamy.

The Wish I Was Here actress stopped by The View on Monday to talk about her unconventional family and why it works.

"I'm happy, we're married," she said basically of her relationship of more than four years. "We've got kids and a family. ...We are in it. I think if we do get married it will be for the kids really."

She continued, "We're happy and...we'll get there when we get there."

Hudson also talked about raising her two children -- Ryder, born with her ex Chris Robinson, and Bingham, who she had with Bellamy.

"I've got two different children from two different fathers, that's definitely unconventional," she said. "I'm actually a strict parent, I'm very strict when it comes to manners. I think kids get too much too fast, so Ryder of course wants a cell phone like every 10-year-old kid now. ...He can get a pager, he can get a pager when he's 12."

As for her body at 35 years old after two kids, Hudson said: "I work out, you got to eat right. I dance, I just jump around, jumping around makes me happy."


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Tuesday
Jul222014

FX Picks Up "Fargo" for Another Season

FX/Matthias Clamer(NEW YORK) -- FX is sticking with Fargo.

The cable network has picked up a second installment of the series, which will feature an all-new cast, a new time period and a new “true crime” story covering 10 episodes.  

The first season of the series received 18 Emmy nominations.

Fargo is inspired by the Oscar-winning film of the same name.


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Tuesday
Jul222014

Jimmy Kimmel Reveals First Photos of Newborn Daughter

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Jimmy Kimmel and his wife, Molly McNearney, welcomed their baby girl earlier this month.

Now, the talk show host is introducing her to the world.

"We've been off work for the last two weeks. We've actually been on vacation. I got a lot done. I painted a mirror in my house. I grew this beard. Oh, and I had a baby also. My wife and I made a baby," he said on his show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night. "You know how we did it? We made it out of sex."

Kimmel, 46, said his wife, 36, is "doing fine" after giving birth to baby Jane.

"I'm fine too. I was so brave," he added. "I didn't scream. You guys would've been very, very proud of me."

Describing his daughter as having a "tiny" head ("Her head's the size of a plum!" he marveled), he explained that her name has a sentimental origin.

"We named her after my grandmother," he explained. "Her name is Grandma Kimmel."

The comedian, who also has two adult children from a previous marriage, said that he's been busy taking thousands of photos of his baby every day and re-learning how to parent a newborn.

"It's interesting how much you forget. Did you know they don't eat pizza at this stage?" he said with a smile. "Rest assured we're going to do everything in our power to make this the best baby since a cute little guy called Jesus."


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Tuesday
Jul222014

Demi Lovato Is the New Face of Skechers

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- And the latest female pop star to become the face of Skechers footwear is...Demi Lovato.

Demi will appear in the company's upcoming marketing and ad campaigns through 2016. She'll make her debut in a new Skechers commercial and print ad campaign that's launching this year.

In a statement, the singer says, "My generation grew up with Skechers and now with all of their cool styles and fun colors I'm excited to help introduce the collection to a new generation by sharing this incredible brand’s campaign with my Lovatics!"

Some of the stars who've previously appeared in Skechers campaigns include Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Carrie Underwood.


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Tuesday
Jul222014

"Guardians of the Galaxy" Cast Takes on 5-Year-Old Marvel Fan on "Kimmel"

Buena Vista(LOS ANGELES) -- On Monday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Jimmy welcomed Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, the stars of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. The gang -- bound for the movie's premiere that took place across the street after the late-night show taped -- also took on Mia Grace, a 5-year-old Marvel trivia fanatic.

Because Diesel and Cooper separately voiced their respective computer-generated characters, Groot and Rocket Raccoon, they explained they'd just met for the first time backstage at Kimmel.

For his part, Pratt, the star of Parks and Recreation and famous for supporting roles in movies like Zero Dark Thirty and Her, steps into leading man territory in Guardians, thanks to his character Peter Quill/Star-Lord. Pratt insists he had too much fun as the dual pistol-wielding thief-turned hero -- sometimes at the expense of the film's budget.

"I would shoot this gun...and over and over again they kept yelling cut, because...during the take I'd was going [makes gun sounds]. I was like, 'Come on, that felt really good to me!' And they'd were like, 'That just cost us 150 thousand dollars. Stop with making the noise with your mouth!'"

On the red carpet in front of the El Capitan Theatre, Pratt remarked that Guardians is unique. "It's comedy, drama, action, all which works simultaneously in a weird way that I don't think has ever been done before," he explained, before commenting that the role brings things full circle for him. "I'm excited for kids to pretend they're Peter Quill in their backyard, like I did with all these heroes when I was a kid."

Glenn Close, who plays interstellar top cop Nova Prime, said the production was "180 degrees different" from her 2012 period piece Albert Nobbs, "but really fun in its own way."

Guardians of the Galaxy, which also stars Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro as well as Lee Pace and John C. Reilly, opens Aug. 1.

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Tuesday
Jul222014

Robert Downey Jr. Tops "Forbes'" Top Earning Actors List

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Robert Downey Jr. has once again topped Forbes’ list of the top earning actors, with estimated earnings of $75 million between June 2013 and June 2014 -- the same amount he earned during the previous year.

Downey Jr. is the highest-earning actor in Hollywood mostly due to his involvement in Marvel's Iron Man and Avengers movies.

Dwayne Johnson ranks second on Forbes’ list, with an estimated $52 million, in part because of his work in the Fast & Furious franchise. His latest film, Hercules, opens this Friday.

Bradley Cooper comes in at number three. He earned an estimated $46 million the past year, during which he earned an Oscar nomination for American Hustle.  Cooper is voicing Rocket Raccoon in the upcoming Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy, which should help solidify his position on Forbes’ list.

Leonardo DiCaprio takes the number-four spot, with an estimated $39 million in earnings, due to movies like The Wolf of Wall Street.

Here is Forbes' list of the top earning actors:

1. Robert Downey Jr., $75 million
2. Dwayne Johnson, $52 million
3. Bradley Cooper, $46 million
4. Leonardo DiCaprio, $39 million
5. Chris Hemsworth, $37 million
6. Liam Neeson $36 million
7T. Ben Affleck, $35 million
7T. Christian Bale, $35 million
9T. Will Smith, $32 million
9T. Mark Wahlberg, $32 million


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Tuesday
Jul222014

Court Docs: Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Not Want ''Trust Fund' Kids'

Valerie Macon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Philip Seymour Hoffman didn't want his children living off of his success.

The actor opted not to set aside money for his kids, reports the New York Post, citing recently filed court documents. The papers state the Oscar winner "did not want his children to be considered 'trust fund' kids."

Hoffman, who died of a drug overdose at the age of 46 in February, is survived by three children: Willa, who is 5; Tallulah, who is 7; and Cooper, who is 10.

Court-appointed attorney James Cahill Jr., who was brought in to protect the interests of Hoffman’s kids in his estate proceeding, recently interviewed the late actor's accountant, David Friedman.

Cahill says in the Manhattan Surrogate’s Court filing that Friedman told him he "recalled conversations with [Hoffman] in the year before his demise where the topic of a trust was raised for the kids and summarily rejected by him."

Instead, Hoffman wanted his estimated $35 million fortune to go to his longtime girlfriend and the kids' mother, Mimi O'Donnell. According to the filing, Friedman said Hoffman told him he believed O'Donnell would "take care of the children."

Cahill also noted in the filing that "Friedman also advised that he observed Hoffman treating his partner/girlfriend…in the same manner as if she were a spouse."  Hoffman explained to the accountant that he "simply did not believe in marriage."


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