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Tuesday
Sep302014

"People" Magazine Publishes Clooney Wedding Pics

Robino Salvatore/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- While George Clooney and new wife Amal Alamuddin bask in newly-wedded bliss, the details of their lavish, star-studded, Venice-set nuptials can now be peeked at by the little people, thanks to a spread in People magazine.  

The pair officially sealed the deal Monday with a short civil ceremony, which followed a Saturday wedding befitting Hollywood royalty.

The magazine's latest issue boasts 25 exclusive photos of and surrounding the event, which was held at Italy's historic Aman Canal Grande Venice hotel.


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Tuesday
Sep302014

"Selfie," "Manhattan Love Story" Premiere Tuesday Night on ABC

ABC/Eric McCandless(NEW YORK) -- Two new ABC comedies premiere Tuesday night: Selfie and Manhattan Love Story.

Selfie
is a twist on the classic My Fair Lady story, but in this case, we get an uptight marketing genius named Henry Higgs, trying to "make over" an obnoxious social media addict named Eliza Dooley, and turn her into a person who actually cares about people in real life.

Henry is played by John Cho, of Harold & Kumar, Sleepy Hollow and Star Trek fame -- he plays Mr. Sulu in the rebooted films.  Eliza is played by Scottish actress Karen Gillan, best known in the U.S. for playing Amy Pond on Doctor Who and Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Gillan started out doing sketch comedy in the U.K., but in the U.S., she's better known for sci-fi, so, she tells ABC News Radio, "To return to that was really exciting, especially in this country, where I think you make the best comedy."  She uses an American accent to play Eliza, and is pretty much flawless, though she admits that she'll occasionally ask Cho to say a certain word so she's sure how to pronounce it American-style.

As for Cho, his part was originally envisioned for a British actor to play, and he considers the fact that he ended up with it to be a "personal revolution."  Why?  The Korean actor explains that during a Q&A with TV critics, "Karen had, like, seven questions about her being Scottish, and I came off the stage and I was like, 'I went through a 45-minute panel, and we didn't talk about my race at all,' which was, like, so awesome to me, and the absence of those questions was, to me, the revolution."

In the first episode, we see Gillan's super-obnoxious and shallow Eliza making a lot of progress as she tries to wean herself from her social media addiction. But according to Gillan, she's got a long road to go, and Cho's Henry is a big part of it. 

"We realize, quite quickly, that Henry needs Eliza just as much as she needs him, and they can learn a lot from each other," she tells ABC News Radio. "And also, I mean, this is the story of an addict, essentially, at its core. And that means there's going to be, like, a lot of, you know, one step forward and two steps back. So it's not going to be easy."

Selfie premieres at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Afterward, ABC debuts another new comedy, Manhattan Love Story. It follows the ups and downs of a New York romance between Dana and Peter, played by Crazy, Stupid, Love actress Analeigh Tipton and Greek actor Jake McDorman, respectively. The twist is that viewers will be able to hear the characters' inner thoughts -- and, as a result, what each really thinks of the other.

Veteran character actor Kurt Fuller, whom you'd recognize from his roles in various projects like the film Midnight in Paris and ABC's Scandal, plays Peter's dad, William. He says of Peter, "He’s a big, you know, 'I know everything, I can do everything, I’m the best,' just like me.  We all sort of find out that...maybe we didn’t know so much. And that’s one of the things I actually love about the show."


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Tuesday
Sep302014

Wal-Mart Blames Tracy Morgan After Fatal Crash

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Wal-Mart is pointing fingers, saying Tracy Morgan and his fellow passengers should've worn seatbelts, in a formal response to the lawsuit over the June crash on the New Jersey Turnpike involving one of its drivers.

In court papers, Wal-Mart broadly denied allegations of recklessness and negligence when the vehicle Morgan and his friends were riding in was struck by Wal-Mart truck driver Kevin Roper’s rig and said the plaintiffs’ injuries were caused “by failure to wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device.”

Had Morgan and the others been wearing seatbelts Wal-Mart said, “all or a portion of the injuries could have been diminished or minimized.”

Morgan was seriously injured in the crash. He suffered a broken femur, a broken nose and several broken ribs, among other injuries. His friend, comedian James McNair, died.

Wal-Mart declined to answer a specific allegation that its driver, Roper, was fatigued. The company said it can’t because it’s also involved in the National Transportation Safety Board investigation.

But Wal-Mart did say, “the plaintiffs’ alleged damages may have been caused by third parties over whom Wal-Mart had no control.”


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Tuesday
Sep302014

Robert Pattinson's Girlfriend Responds After Enduring Racism Online

Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- Earlier this month, news broke that Robert Pattinson has a new flame -- FKA Twigs. The British singer says that since being tied to the Twilight actor, she's endured tons of racism online.

"I am genuinely shocked and disgusted at the amount of racism that has been infecting my account the past week," the singer, whose birth name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett, tweeted.

"Racism is unacceptable in the real world and it's unacceptable online," she continued.

According to US Weekly, FKA is half-Jamaican and half-Spanish. She's been public about her relationship with Pattinson since early September.

Pattinson romantic relationship with his Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart ended after Stewart was caught cheating on him in 2012 with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. Since then, Pattinson has been romantically linked to model Imogen Kerr and Dylan Penn, the daughter of Sean Penn and Robin Wright.


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Tuesday
Sep302014

Reese Witherspoon Says She Wanted to Be 'Raw' in "Wild"

ABC/Image Group LA(NEW YORK) -- Reese Witherspoon is ready to walk on the wild side. And since she figured no studio would want to cast her as a woman dealing with drug addiction and reckless behavior, she decided to produce her new film, Wild, herself. The actress' own production company adapted Cheryl Strayed's novel, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, for the big screen.

"I just didn’t want to hear, 'Oh, we don’t want to see Reese have sex....Oh, can we not have any profanity?'' Witherspoon told Vogue of why she produced the film. "I wanted it to be truthful, I wanted it to be raw, I wanted it to be real."

After being portrayed largely as the girl next door, Witherspoon wants to challenge herself to be even more real, even if no one believes she can do it.

"When people underestimate me, it's actually a comfortable place for me," she explained. "'Oh, that's what you think I am; well, no, I'm not.' I'm a complex human being. I have many different shades."

So how did Witherspoon portray a character who looks like she does heroin and has a string of one-night stands? The actress said she did draw some inspiration from her own life.

"Nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors, but I think there’s a general sense now that I’ve lived a pretty textured life. So many of the things that Cheryl goes through in the book I’ve been through, you know? I’ve been married, I’ve been divorced," she explained in the magazine. "I haven’t lost my mother, but my mother’s mother died in a very similar way, of an aneurysm very suddenly."

"Cheryl has this idea that the things that have happened to you are part of you. There’s something really beautiful about that idea," Witherspoon continued. "I’m not sure I agree with her about everything. Someone might say, 'I was raped. Is that a part of me? Am I supposed to accept that?' That’s her perspective."

Wild will hit theaters on Dec. 5.


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Tuesday
Sep302014

Brad Pitt Says Marriage to Angelina Jolie Is More Than 'Just a Title'

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Now that he’s a married man, Brad Pitt seems to be relishing his new role as husband.

“I wouldn’t say [marriage is] just a title. There’s more to it than that,” the actor told the November issue of British GQ.

Pitt tied the knot last month with his longtime partner, Angelina Jolie in an ultra-private ceremony at their home, Chateau Miraval in Correns, France. The intimate wedding, attended only by family and friends, featured their six children.

Though Pitt reportedly missed out on the wedding of his close pal, George Clooney, who married lawyer Amal Alamuddin, in Venice, Italy, on Saturday, he still gushed about his good friend to GQ.

Responding to Clooney’s previous description of the very private Pitt as “unreachable,” the World War Z actor joked, “Well, you know, George is extremely accessible. He’s one of our best representatives. He’s funny as s***. He’s a joy to be around.”

In contrast, Pitt said, laughing, “I guess maybe I’m more of a miserable bastard. I’m a bit of a loner, you know? I’m more quiet by nature. And coming from, you know, hillbilly country, I’m probably more reserved.”

That reserve extends to his work on the screen. These days, Pitt is more likely to say no than yes to work. “I’m actually very snobbish about directors. I have to say no all the time,” he told the magazine. “‘No’ is the most powerful word in our business. You’ve got to protect yourself. …To leave home, it’s got to be worth leaving. It’s got to be worth it.”

The actor admitted, “I’ve been slowing down for a while now. And slowly transitioning to other things. And, truthfully, I do want to spend more time with my kids before they’re grown up and gone.”


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Monday
Sep292014

"Black-ish" Star Anthony Anderson Credits 'Vegan-ish' Choices for 47-Pound Weight Loss

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Anthony Anderson, the star of the new ABC series Black-ish, credits “healthier choices” for his stunning 47-pound weight loss.

The 44-year-old actor and self-described “husky” man said he never had a problem with his size, even at his heaviest weight of 270 pounds.

“I’ve always been confident,” he told People.

But, after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 13 years ago, he started making small changes to his diet.

“I started eating healthier and in moderation, but I was still sort of eating the same stuff that I’d been eating all my life,” he told the magazine.

That changed in 2008 when he was cast in Law & Order.

“I decided to make a drastic change,” Anderson said. “I got more serious about my health and appearance – not from a vanity standpoint. I just started making healthier choices.”

He upped his game again before starting Black-ish.

“Six weeks ago, I moved to a plant-based diet, he told People. “I’m vegan-ish – I’m not going to send anything back to the kitchen if some butter or cream found its way onto the plate.”

Though the father of two doesn’t plan to be vegan-ish forever, he likes the results he’s seen so far.

“This is what I’m supposed to look like,”  he said.


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Monday
Sep292014

Ben Affleck Reveals How Much the Batsuit Cost for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"

Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- Like most people would be, Ben Affleck was pretty impressed with his batsuit.

However, even he couldn't convince the powers that be to let him keep it.

"I asked them, 'So, how about maybe taking the suit home at the end of this thing?'" the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star said during a visit to Live with Kelly and Michael. "They were like, 'For $100,000 we could!'"

Affleck, 42, explained that "a lot goes into it," which is why it's such a pricey item. In fact, because every element of the film is meant to be perfect, the actor explained that it's forced him to hit the gym a little more often than usual.

"Audiences have an increasing expectation," he said. "You see guys like Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans and all these guys whose bodies are just like, you think, 'How is that even possible?!' So, exercising is as much of the job now in some ways as the rest of it."


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Monday
Sep292014

Amanda Bynes Arrested on DUI Charge

Neilson Barnard/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Amanda Bynes has been arrested for alleged DUI, ABC News has confirmed.

The California Highway Patrol confirmed that the actress was arrested at 4:10 a.m. on Sunday and charged with a misdemeanor. She was booked by the Los Angeles Police Department at a station in Van Nuys, California at 7 a.m. and held on $15,000 bail. Bynes was released that day at 12:44 p.m. on her own recognizance.

Last year was a troubling one for the 28-year-old actress. She was arrested in May 2013 for allegedly throwing a bong out of her New York City apartment window, though the case was dismissed in June 2014. Later in 2013, she entered rehab after being detained for a mental evaluation when she was involved in a disturbance in Thousand Oaks, California. Afterwards, her mother acted as her conservator, though it was not clear if she still was functioning in that role.

Things seemed to be improving for Bynes, who left rehab in December and, shortly thereafter, enrolled in fashion school.

"She's doing extremely well. Her primary focus is bonding with her family and being a student," her attorney, Tamar Arminak, told People magazine in April, adding that Bynes was on "zero medication."

People also reported that, around that time, Bynes got her driver's license back following earlier legal troubles, including a 2012 DUI arrest. The magazine added that this past February the actress pleaded no contest to a lesser alcohol-related offense in her DUI case to avoid jail time. As a result, she was placed on three-years probation and had to attend a three-month alcohol education course and pay fines.

Bynes is due in court on this new charge on October 23.


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Monday
Sep292014

Michael Strahan Reveals He'll Be in "Magic Mike XXL"

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Michael Strahan stunned viewers on Live with Kelly and Michael back in 2012 by breaking out into his very own stripper dance for Channing Tatum, who was promoting Magic Mike at the time.

Well, it seems for Strahan showing off his dance moves has paid off. On Monday, the former NFL player announced that he will be appearing in Magic Mike XXL.

"I'm getting ready to do something that's making me nervous," he said Monday. "I'm about to do something that started as a joke on the show. ...I decided to reenact some of [Tatum's] movie. So then he was messing around with me and wrote me into the next Magic Mike XXL movie."

Although his co-host Kelly Ripa didn't believe him, Strahan insisted his initial strip tease was a joke not an audition.

"That was a joke! And then everytime Channing would come here, he would go, 'Are you ready?' even when we weren't on camera. And I would go, 'I stay ready! If you stay ready, you don't have to get ready,'" he explained. 

Denying he was on a diet to prepare for his role, Strahan said he's ready regardless. "No, no, no. I'm not on a diet. See, I'm slim here but I'm telling you the muscles under this jacket are about to explode!" he said, laughing.

Strahan will join Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and Jada Pinkett Smith in the film. Earlier this month, Magic Mike XXL director Gregory Jacobs announced Matthew McConaughey won't be reprising his role as Dallas in the forthcoming sequel.

Magic Mike XXL will strut into theaters on July 1, 2015.


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