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Sunday
Apr202014

"Captain America" Holds Top Box Office Spot for Third Weekend

Buena Vista(LOS ANGELES) -- Captain America: The Winter Soldier has not lost its winning streak.

The action film remained the top-grossing movie at the box office for the third weekend in a row.

The sequel to 2011's The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, and Anthony Mackie.

Rio 2 came in second this weekend with $22.5 million. The animated movie features the voice of Jamie Foxx, Leslie Mann, Tracy Morgan, and Jesse Eisenberg.

Religious film Heaven Is For Real debuted in third place, while another new movie, Johnny Depp's science-fiction thriller Transcendence, opened in fourth.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier: $26.6 million
2. Rio 2: $22.5 million
3. Heaven is for Real: $21.5 million
4. Transcendence: $11.2 million
5. A Haunted House 2: $9.1 million
6. Draft Day: $5.9 million
7. Divergent: $5.8 million
8. Oculus: $5.2 million
9. Noah: $5.0 million
10. God's Not Dead: $4.8 million

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Saturday
Apr192014

Michelle Obama To Guest Star on "Nashville"

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Michelle Obama will be guest starring on an episode of the musical drama Nashville, ABC Television confirms.

In the episode, the First Lady will join Rayna-- played by Connie Britton-- for a charity concert at Fort Campbell.

Kellie Pickler will also guest star.

The episode airs Wednesday, May 7 at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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Saturday
Apr192014

Rosie, Al, and Other Extreme Celebrity Weight Loss Stories

Rachel Murray/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Rosie O'Donnell is down nearly 50 pounds.

The comedian and TV personality flaunted her major weight loss in a before-and-after photo of herself posted on Twitter this past Thursday.

"Almost 50 lbs off -- I can see it now," the 52-year-old The View alum wrote.

O'Donnell reportedly underwent weight-loss surgery in July 2013, one year after a heart attack. Before the procedure, O'Donnell reportedly weighed 220 pounds.

But O'Donnell isn't the only one. Here are some other celebrities who lost some serious weight:

Al Roker

It took Al Roker months after he shed 100 pounds in 2002 to go public about his gastric bypass surgery. "In this country, if you have an alcohol problem or a drug problem, you can get treatment," the Today weatherman told USA Today in 2002. "If you have a weight problem, it's lack of willpower."

Carnie Wilson

In 2012, 12 years after documenting her 150-pound weight loss following gastric-bypass surgery, singer Carnie Wilson went under the knife again. This time, she told People magazine, she opted for lap-band surgery. "It was the right decision for me and I'm doing really well so far," the Wilson Phillips singer told the magazine in 2012. "It's all about taking good care of myself." Wilson said that by 2010, she was struggling to keep the weight off, after having two children.

Star Jones

Beginning in 2003, Star Jones, another The View alum, dropped 160 pounds in three years. While the world speculated about how she did it, Jones was evasive, until finally, in 2007, she admitted in a first-person essay in Glamour magazine to undergoing gastric bypass surgery. "The complete truth is, I was scared of what people might think of me. I was afraid to be vulnerable, and ashamed at not being able to get myself under control without this procedure," Jones wrote.

Graham Elliot

MasterChef judge Graham Elliot has been up-front about his struggles with weight and the sleeve gastrectomy he underwent last July after nearly hitting 400 pounds. He told People magazine that the hour-long procedure, where nearly 80% of a patient's stomach is removed to create a small sleeve-shaped stomach the size of a banana, allows him to still taste and try ingredients -- a necessity for a chef. By the end of last year, Elliot had completed his first ever 5K run and had posted a before and after photo on Twitter. "Now weighing in at 268lbs, down from 396lbs. Thanks everyone for the continued support!" he wrote.

Randy Jackson

After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, American Idol judge and mentor Randy Jackson made the difficult decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery in 2003. "I was having serious issues with becoming a diabetic," Jackson told CBS' The Early Show in 2004 after losing over 100 pounds. "So thinking about how to do it, I tried all kinds of diets, everything under the sun. I was like: I really need to do something to nip this in the bud right now. It worked for me, but I hesitate to recommend it for people because it's like a personal life decision. It's a life choice because you change and alter your complete life when you do this."

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Friday
Apr182014

Debbie Matenopoulos Reveals She’s Married and Pregnant

Charley Gallay/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former The View co-host Debbie Matenopoulos, 39, shared a double dose of news with People magazine -- she’s married and pregnant!

Matenopoulos married Jon Falcone, a 36-year-old photographer, in Greece over the summer after two years of dating. The two met through mutual friends in 2012 and have been together since.

“I eloped in Greece and I’m four months pregnant!” she tells People.

She continued: “We had a secret eloping ceremony at a title monastery. I’ll do a proper wedding after I have the baby.”

The TV personality was in Greece working on her new recipe book, It’s All Greek to Me, when she decided to elope. This is Matenopoulos’ second marriage, but her first child.  The baby is due in October, but she isn’t sure she wants to know the baby’s gender just yet.

As for any strange cravings she’s having: “I’m not craving anything per se, but I have become ravenously hungry. I’d wake up in the middle of the night and chug orange juice and I’ve never liked orange juice! I’m a monster.”

On May 15, pregnant Matenopoulos will join all of the present and former co-hosts of The View for Barbara Walter’s special farewell episode.

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Friday
Apr182014

"Transcendence," "A Haunted House 2" and "Bears" Open Friday

Marie Ishikawa/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Earlier this week, the religious drama Heaven Is For Real made its debut (read a review here). It will be joined at the box office by three more new films on Friday. Here's a closer look:

-- Transcendence: Johnny Depp is a controversial researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, who tries to create a sentient machine that contains human intelligence and emotions. He eventually transitions into a digitized, power-hungry version of himself. Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara and Cillian Murphy also star. Rated PG-13. [Click here to read a review]

-- A Haunted House 2:
In the sequel to the 2013 comedy, Marlon Wayans' Malcolm is haunted again after moving into a new home with his girlfriend and her kids. Jaime Pressly, Gabriel Iglesias and Cedric The Entertainer star. Rated R.

-- Bears: The latest film in the Disneynature series follows a bear family in Alaska over the course of a year. It is narrated by John C. Reilly. Rated G.

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Friday
Apr182014

Is There Drama on the Set of "Glee?"

VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Is there trouble on the set of Glee?

Sources told TMZ that Lea Michele, who plays Rachel Berry on the Fox musical series, is acting like a "diva," causing many of her co-stars to be upset.

Reportedly, co-star Naya Rivera, who plays Santana Lopez, eventually became fed up and brought the issue to producers, telling them many people were upset with Michele.

According to sources close to Rivera, when Michele returned to the set she discovered Rivera complained to producers. That's when Michele stormed off of the set.

Still, sources close to Michele have a different take on events. They say Michele and Rivera weren't even filming scenes together, and Michele didn't even know people were upset with her. The sources, according to TMZ, added that it was actually Rivera who got kicked off the set.

Glee airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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Friday
Apr182014

"Law & Order" Creator Developing Series for A&E

VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Law & Order creator Dick Wolf is developing a non-fiction series for A&E.

The tentatively-titled D.O.A. will follow detectives who re-examine old murder cases.

Production on eight hour-long episodes will begin this spring.

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Friday
Apr182014

Lindsay Lohan: "Conquest List" Story Was "Humiliating"

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In the series finale of Lindsay Lohan's OWN reality series this Sunday night, the actress becomes emotional as she discusses the fallout from a magazine publishing her alleged "conquest list."

Last month, In Touch Weekly published what it claimed was a list of stars with whom Lohan allegedly was once involved. In a preview clip for Sunday's episode of Lindsay posted by E! Online, she says, "The fact that that happened was not only humiliating, but just mean."

Lohan then says, "For those two weeks that I took off, no one knows this..." The rest of the sentence is left out of the preview.

In the clip, Lohan also touches upon her struggles with alcohol, saying, "It's a really f**ked-up disease and it's really scary."

The Mean Girls star acknowledges how much her career has suffered in recent years, saying, "I've seen all of these other actresses do all these other things and then just realizing, 'Oh s**t, I don't have that anymore.'"

The two-part series finale of Lindsay airs this Sunday on OWN at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

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Friday
Apr182014

Bryan Singer's Accuser Addresses Sex Abuse Claims

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The man who has sued Bryan Singer, claiming he was sexually abused as a teen by the X-Men director, addressed his allegations Thursday at a Los Angeles press conference.

Michael Egan stated that he was abused over the course of a few years by Singer, beginning at the age of 15.

Egan, who's now 31, claimed the abuse began when he was lured to parties at an Encino, Calif., mansion. He said he was treated "like a piece of meat."

Egan, who was an aspiring actor at the time of the alleged incidents, further stated that he was threatened by men at the parties who told him, "If you don't keep the members of this group happy, we control Hollywood, we can eliminate you."

Egan said he and his mother later informed authorities about his allegations, but it "basically fell on deaf ears."

Egan's lawyer, Jeff Herman, claimed at the press conference that such abuse is a widespread problem and is a poorly-kept secret in Hollywood. He said he plans to file similar complaints against other Hollywood figures -- he didn't name names -- who allegedly abused teens.

Egan's lawsuit was filed in Hawaii, where he claims he was also abused by Singer and provided drugs and alcohol by the director. He seeks more than $75,000.

Following the press conference, Singer's attorney, Marty Singer, who is not related to the filmmaker, released a statement saying the claims are "completely fabricated." He added, "We look forward to our bringing a claim for malicious prosecution against Mr. Egan and his attorney after we prevail."

Marty Singer claimed that Egan was simply seeking "his 15 minutes of fame."

20th Century Fox, the studio behind Bryan Singer's next film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, says in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, "These are serious allegations, and they will be resolved in the appropriate forum. This is a personal matter, which Bryan Singer and his representatives are addressing separately."

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens on May 23.

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Friday
Apr182014

"Scandal" Recap: The Season Finale

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- On the season finale of ABC's Scandal, the bomb inside the church blew up but Vice President Sally Langston made it out alive. And although Sally was headed back to the White House, her campaign manager urged her to go back to the bomb site to help victims and make a speech.

Meanwhile, President Fitzgerald Grant tried to address the nation after the tragedy, but all of the news organizations instead picked up Sally's address -- Olivia Pope was upset, especially since this happened days away from the election. She told the president that he was going to lose.

Across town, Olivia went to visit her father, Eli, in the hospital after he was stabbed by her mother, Maya. There, Liv ran into her mother and Maya finally told her why she wanted to kill Fitz. "That man used you....I just wanted to give you a chance to be free," Maya said.

Meanwhile, Quinn's boyfriend discovered she was having sex with Huck. Thankfully for her, he didn't get upset and kill her. He just gave her an envelope that detailed where Huck's wife and child lived. Quinn eventually told Huck where his family lived, even at the risk of their budding relationship. And after thinking about it, Huck knocked on his wife's door. She was shocked to find out he wasn't dead.

Back at the White House, Fitz and Olivia were talking when Liv dropped a bomb on him: "Big Jerry raped" Mellie. Initially, Fitz didn't want to believe her, but after talking to Mellie, he did. That's when Mellie told the president she took a paternity test and that little Jerry is indeed his child.

Later, when Fitz was giving his final campaign speech, his son, Jerry III, all of a sudden started coughing up blood. He suffered a seizure and was rushed to the hospital where he died from bacterial meningitis.  The Secret Service told the president that a vial of meningitis went missing. "My son was murdered?" Fitz asked.

That's when Eli, who was still recovering in the hospital, ran into the president. The president told Eli he knew who killed his son: "It was Maya Pope. She missed me at the church so she went after Jerry." The president asked Eli to help him kill Maya, and Eli agreed to "put her head on a platter."

Liv headed back to Olivia Pope & Associates to tell them that she wanted to quit, especially now that the president was going to win because his son died. Abby was upset. "Go, run to Daddy," she said tearfully.

Still, Olivia went home and that's where Jake met her. Apparently, Huck had called to tell him the news. Jake tried to convince her to stay, but she told him, "I'm the common denominator...I'm the eye of the storm."

"This is me fixing it," Olivia continued. "...I'm the thing that needs to be fixed. I'm the thing that needs to be handled. I'm the scandal." So Jake told her that he was coming with her.

Across town, Eli ran into Harrison to tell him that Maya killed his lover Adnan. Because Harrison knew where Maya and Adnan were supposed to be meeting up to exchange a briefcase of money, Eli was able to capture Maya. Back at B613, Eli told Harrison to leave. "We're fine...the president saw to it to reinstate me," Eli said.

"This all worked out great for you," Harrison said, insinuating that it was in fact Eli who killed the president's son and not his estranged wife.

Eli then admitted he killed little Jerry. "He took my child so I took his," he said.

At the end of the episode, Eli is seen walking confidently around B613. He even put Maya back in solitary confinement. Meanwhile, Olivia is boarding a plane with Jake. And although the White House called -- Fitz needed help preparing his re-election speech -- Liv ignored the call.

"Are you sure?" Jake asked. She told him, "Yes."

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