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Monday
Jul272015

Jeremy Renner Talks What to Expect in "Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation"

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- In Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation, Tom Cruise is seen hanging from the side of a plane as it takes off as he reprises his role as agent Ethan Hunt. Can moviegoers expect the same high-octane action sequences from co-star Jeremy Renner? 

"I don't know," Renner admitted on Monday's Live with Kelly and Michael of daring stunts. "I don't think I'd go that far to do that sort of stuff, but I'd do it if I had to."

"I think [Tom] kind of comes up with those ideas to do it. I would do it if it was asked of me," Renner added. "I think he's sort of likes coming up with the idea to do it."

Still, Renner said viewers can count on him to make them laugh in the action film. "There's a lot of humor to help cut the tension. I usually am the guy that creates tension but this one, I get to like, you know, kinda cut it a little bit," he explained.

On Kelly and Michael, Renner also revealed the hardest part of working on the fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible series"For me, it was being on an 11-hour flight from my baby. So that was tough," he said.

Renner and his estranged wife, Sonni Pacheco, welcomed a daughter, Ava Berlin, in March 2013.

"I did Avengers right before Mission and we both shot in London so it's a year [of being away,]" sad Renner. "People are like, 'You're not gonna miss out on any[thing]...she's not gonna remember.' I'm like, 'What about my memories!' My memories are important."

Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation, also starring Alec Baldwin and Ving Rhames, is out Friday.

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Monday
Jul272015

Nick Gordon's Dad Says Son Is 'Distraught' over Bobbi Kristina Brown's Death

Lifetime(NEW YORK) -- Nick Gordon hasn't said much since he entered rehab earlier this year. Now, his father, Jack Walker Jr., had told Access Hollywood how his son is dealing with the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, his partner.

"He's distraught. I can't put it into words right now," Walker said. 

Walker also denied reports his son was suicidal following Brown's death. 

Gordon's father added his thoughts on his son's late girlfriend. "Krissi was a blessing to this world, she had the power to brighten the day of anyone in her presence. She will dearly be missed," he said.

Brown, the daughter of the late Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, died Sunday. She was 22 years old. Brown was found in her bathtub by Gordon, and a friend on January 31. After suffering a brain injury and being hospitalized for months, where she was kept in a medically induced coma for a time, she was moved to hospice care last month.

Gordon and Bobbi Kristina's family have long been at odds. A lawsuit filed by her estate and obtained by E! News alleged Gordon, who was living with Bobbi Kristina at the time she suffered the brain injury, committed domestic abuse and made unauthorized money transfers from Bobbi Kristina's bank account into his own when they were together. The suit also claims Gordon stole more than $11,000 from Bobbi Kristina's account after she was hospitalized.

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Monday
Jul272015

Ice-T and Coco Announce They're Expecting a Baby

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Ice-T and his wife Coco have more than a new daytime talk show coming soon. They're also expecting their first child together.

"I'm pregnant!!! Yah!! Ice & I are so excited! I announced it Friday on our new talk show which airs Aug 3rd," Coco tweeted Monday.

Coco, who wed T in 2001, also revealed her pregnancy news during a July 24 taping of the couple's new daytime talk show, Ice and Coco.  

The rapper's wife has been vocal about pressure she's felt to become a mother. She previously told E! News, "It's not just my family that's giving it, it's the world…When the time's right, I will [become a mom]."

Ice-T has two children from a previous relationship.

Ice and Coco, airing on select Fox stations, will premiere August 3. 

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Monday
Jul272015

Inside Bobbi Kristina's Relationship with Her Mom Whitney Houston 

Lifetime(NEW YORK) -- Bobbi Kristina Brown's close relationship with her legendary mother, Whitney Houston, was well known. From the time she was a little girl, Houston would take Brown on tour, even pulling her up on stage to sing along with her.

Later, Brown would make appearances with Houston on her famous father's reality show, Being Bobby Brown, and accompany her mom on the red carpet to events such as the premiere of The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

But Brown was more than just close to her mother. She reportedly became her caregiver as the six-time Grammy winner struggled with addiction.

"[Bobbi Kristina] was her friend, confidante, and her protector," a family member told the Daily Beast in 2012. "Bobbi Kristina...loved her so much and never gave up on her."

After Houston divorced her father, Bobby Brown, in 2007 and entered rehab, she seemed to be making up for lost time with her daughter, who, like Houston, was an aspiring singer and actress -- apparently with her own impressive voice. Mother and daughter had begun working together on songs in the recording studio when Houston was found dead in a bathtub in a Los Angeles hotel room February 11, 2012, the eve of the Grammy Awards.

Nearly three years later, Brown, then 21, was found unresponsive in a bathtub of her Roswell, Georgia, home and rushed to the hospital. Eventually, she was moved to a rehab facility.  In April, her maternal grandmother, Cissy Houston, said she had "irreversible brain damage."

"While she is no longer in a medically-induced coma she has a tracheotomy and according to the doctors she has global and irreversible brain damage and remains unresponsive," Houston said.

Brown's aunt, Pat Houston, announced June 24 that the 22-year-old had been moved to hospice. She died just over a month later, on July 26, the Houston family said in a statement.

As her loved ones try to make sense of the family tragedy, it seems Brown hadn't been the same since the death of her mother. She had been vocal about the love and loss of her mother both in interviews and on Twitter. 

Here are some of Bobbi Kristina's most memorable quotes about her famous mom:

"Watching #Casino with mommy (: I love being with her. All we do is laugh and love together, all the time. Couldn't be more blessed 2haveher!" -- Tweet, August 2011

"I can hear her voice and her spirit talking to me telling me, keep moving, baby. I can always feel her with me. She humbles me. I remember what she told me, I remember what she taught me. ... She was a sister, a comforter. The spirit that she had -- no matter where she was ... she touched everyone." -- March 2012 interview with Oprah Winfrey

"We are going to do the singing thing, the acting thing, the dancing thing. It's a lot of pressure, but she prepared me for it." -- March 2012 interview with Winfrey

"I am my mothers child! Have you ever heard of a #fastmetabolism ? Damn, lol, it's incredible how the world will judge you 4ANY&EVERYthing" -- Tweet in March 2014, after she came under scrutiny for her super-skinny physique.

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Monday
Jul272015

Celebs React to the Death of Bobbi Kristina Brown

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter and only child of the late Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, died Sunday. She was 22 years old.

From the moment the news was announced, celebrity reaction began, and it hasn't let up since.  Here's a round-up of some of the comments so far:

Oprah Winfrey: "Peace at Last! #BobbiKristina"

Chris Brown: "RIP BOBBI KRISTINA! My heart goes out to the family. People please be respectful and understanding to their privacy."

Angela Bassett: "Children are God's most precious gift to us. In Him we live & breathe & have our being."

Paula Abdul: "I was greatly saddened to hear of the passing of #BobbiKristina -I send my love & heartfelt condolences to the Brown & Houston families."

Taraji P. Henson: "Rest in heaven #BobbiKristina"

Puff Daddy: "Rest in peace #BobbiKristina"

Ciara: "Lost For Words About The Life Story Of Whitney and Her Daughter Bobbi Kristina. Praying For The Houston and Brown Family. #RestInPeaceBobbiKristina"

Sam Smith: "The most heartbreaking tale. May you both rest in peace, and find the happiness and contentment you couldn't find in this world, in the next. My love and thoughts with all their family and friends on this sad night xx."

Ne-Yo: "Rest in peace #BobbiKristina"

Tamar Braxton: "Lord Jesus."

Erykah Badu: "Love to you Bobbi Kristina. We love you B. Brown!!"

Missy Elliott: "My heart is truly heavy. May u rest in peace with your mommy #BobbiKristina sending prayers 2 the Brown/Houston family"

Viola Davis: "My prayers are with the entire Houston/Brown family. May #BobbiKristina, rest peacefully with her mother in heaven."

Questlove: "Man. #RIP."

Sherri Shepherd: "'Motherhood changes you… you don’t live for you, you’re living for your children' Whitney Houston #RIP Bobbi Kristina" 

Sheryl Underwood: "Rest With The Lord #BobbiKristina"

Wendy Williams: "Devastating. May you rest in peace Bobbi Kristina."

Ava Duvernay: "She seemed to be caught in the web of celebrity upon arrival. Twenty two years. A sad end. May the sister have peace now. #BobbiKristina"

Vivica A. Fox: "RIP #BobbiKristina My deepest sympathies 2 your father #BobbyBrown n your GrandMa #CissyHouston We will miss ya 4sho darling ;)"

Al Sharpton: "My prayers are with Cissy Houston, Bobby Brown, and the entire family and love ones of Bobbi Christina. So sad. May God grant her peace."

Holly Robinson Peete: "Rest In Heaven.  You were loved, Bobbi Kristina Brown."

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Monday
Jul272015

Bobbi Kristina Brown, Whitney Houston’s Daughter, Dead at 22 

(Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)(ATLANTA) -- Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter and only child of the late Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, died Sunday. She was 22 years old.

A statement from the Houston family reads, "Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away Sunday, July 26 2015, surrounded by her family. She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months."

Brown, who was an aspiring actress and singer herself, was found in her bathtub by her partner, Nick Gordon, and a friend on January 31 and taken to North Fulton Hospital, according to police. ABC News sources confirmed February 3 that Brown had been moved to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Brown was reportedly kept in a medically induced coma for a time. People magazine reported in late February doctors had attempted to bring Brown out of the coma, but reversed their decision after Brown began experiencing “violent seizures.” In March, Brown was moved from Emory to a rehab facility.

In late June, Pat Houston said Bobbi Kristina had been moved to hospice care after her condition worsened. "Despite the great medical care at numerous facilities, Bobbi Kristina Brown's condition has continued to deteriorate....She has been moved into hospice care. We thank everyone for their support and prayers. She is in God's hands now," Houston said in a statement.

Shortly after the initial news regarding Bobbi Kristina broke, Bobby Brown asked for privacy in the matter. "Please allow for my family to deal with this matter and give my daughter the love and support she needs at this time," he said in a statement to ABC News.

The Houston family followed up with their own sentiments, saying, "Bobbi Kristina is fighting for her life and is surrounded by immediate family," adding another request for privacy.

Bobbi Kristina Brown's legendary mother, singer and actress Whitney Houston, was found unresponsive in a tub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California around the time of the Grammy Awards in 2012. Houston died February 11 of that year at the age of 48. It was ruled she accidentally drowned, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors in her death.

"I'm doing as good as I possibly can," Bobbi Kristina told Oprah Winfrey in 2012 after her mom’s death. "Just trying to keep going.  I can hear her voice and her spirit talking to me, telling me keep moving, baby. I can always feel her with me.  She humbles me. I remember what she told me, I remember what she taught me....She was a sister, a comforter. The spirit that she had -- no matter where she was...she touched everyone."

Bobbi Kristina Brown was born March 4, 1993 in Livingston, New Jersey.  She starred in the 2012 reality show The Houstons: On Our Own following her mother's death. She also appeared on another reality show, Being Bobby Brown, in 2005 and received an acting credit for a role on the show For Better or Worse in 2012.

Brown had been vocal about her career aspirations and following in her mother’s footsteps. Last March, she tweeted to her more than 140,000 fans on Twitter that she in fact has a voice just like Houston’s. "Think about it.. She had 1babygirl, lungs and a GORGEOUS unforgettable voice .. Who do you think ONLY has HER vocal chords.. ?" she posted.

Just two days before she was found unresponsive at her home, Bobbi Kristina tweeted, "Let's start this career up & moving OUT TO YOU ALLLL quick shall we !?!???!"

The daughter of two music stars was also in the spotlight for other reasons. In a tweet she posted in January 2014, Brown wrote that she and Gordon were "happily married." Her reps subsequently told ABC News that she was married.

However, an attorney for Bobby Brown said in a statement February 3 of this year that Bobbi Kristina was not “and has never been married to Nick Gordon."  Gordon was a young man Whitney Houston had taken in years before.

Brown dismissed critics who questioned her relationship with Gordon. "I'm tired of hearing people say, 'Eww you're engaged to your brother or if Whitney was still alive would we be together or would she approve of this.' Let me clear up something. We aren't even real brother and sister, nor is he my adoptive brother," she wrote on Facebook before reportedly tying the knot.

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Monday
Jul272015

"Ant-Man" Earns Narrow Box Office Win over "Pixels"

Buena Vista/Marvel(LOS ANGELES) -- Ant-Man crawled past the competition for the second weekend in a row.

The Marvel movie, starring Paul Rudd as the titular superhero, remains the box office champ after earning an estimated 24.8 million dollars from Friday through Sunday.

The video game-themed Adam Sandler flick Pixels opened in second place, collecting 24 million dollars -- perhaps a disappointing total, since the film had a production budget of 88 million.

The Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama Southpaw bowed in fifth place with 16.5 million, one spot ahead of Paper Towns, which had a 12.5-million-dollar debut.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Rentrak:

1. Ant-Man, $24.8 million
2. Pixels, $24 million
3. Minions, $22.1 million
4. Trainwreck, $17.3 million
5. Southpaw, $16.5 million
6. Paper Towns, $12.5 million
7. Inside Out, $7.4 million
8. Jurassic World, $6.9 million
9. Mr. Holmes, $2.8 million
10. Terminator Genisys, $2.4 million

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Monday
Jul272015

Caitlyn Jenner Reveals 'True Identity' to Family in "I Am Cait" Premiere

James White/E! Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- Caitlyn Jenner's new E! series, I Am Cait, premiered Sunday night, offering insight into how she and her family are handling her transition to a woman.

The episode began with Caitlyn waking up at 4:32 a.m., unable to sleep. She commented, "I feel bad that...especially young people are going through such a difficult time in their life."

"We don't want people dying over this. We don't want people murdered over this stuff," she continued. "What a responsibility I have toward this community."

"I just hope I get it right," she added moments later.

Caitlyn stressed that she had a strong support system around her. That includes stepdaughter Kim Kardashian, who called to tell her that Caitlyn had gained hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter after her Vanity Fair cover was released.

"I don't think I have ever been more excited about life than I am right now," Caitlyn remarked. "Living my true identity and hopefully going to make a difference in the world. That's my mission."

We saw Caitlyn reveal her true identity to her mother, Esther, and sisters Pam and Lisa. Pam recalled that Caitlyn had first confided in her decades ago, but Caitlyn didn't raise the subject again until a couple of years ago.

Esther told Caitlyn that she "hid it very well."

Esther admitted that it would take some getting used to. That was evident in her pronoun use when she told the cameras, "I think he's a very good-looking woman. He's still Bruce."

While Caitlyn spent time with her mom and sisters, her daughter Kylie FaceTimed her, "loopy" from a dentist appointment. It was the first time Kylie would see Caitlyn as a woman, and that made Caitlyn a little nervous. Kylie reassured her, "You look pretty."

Kylie later saw Caitlyn in person; the teen worried that it might be uncomfortable at first. However, all went well.

During a private moment with Esther, Caitlyn addressed any concerns her mom might have. She explained, "I feel like Caitlyn fits in better into society than Bruce ever did because Bruce had to lie."

Kim Kardashian and her husband, rapper Kanye West, also made an appearance in the series premiere. Kanye was supportive of Caitlyn's transition, calling it "one of the strongest things that [has] happened in our existence as human beings, that are so controlled by perception."

In a more lighthearted scene, Kim went through Caitlyn's closet and critiqued her clothing.

In the final minutes of the episode, Caitlyn met with the family of Kyler Prescott, a San Diego transgender teen who had committed suicide. Afterward, contact information for the Trevor Lifeline, a suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth, was displayed.

E! is scheduled to air a total of eight episodes of I Am Cait.

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Monday
Jul272015

Kristen Bell Leaves Voicemail as "Frozen" Princess for Girl with Brain Tumor

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Kristen Bell just made one very brave girl's day.

Avery Huffman, 6, recently was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and her family has been documenting her battle on CaringBridge.org.

"On June 30th, our sweet Avery was diagnosed with a brain tumor, a cancerous tumor that is inoperable...a brain tumor found in the pons, part of the brainstem on the lower back of the brain, near the top of the spinal cord. Please join us in prayer as we stand with Avery as this tough little girl fights the battle of her life. #AveryStrong," her family wrote on the site.

Well, someone must have gotten the message to Bell, because she took it upon herself to call Avery and leave her a sweet message as Anna from Frozen. ABC News confirmed that it was Bell who sent the voicemail.

In the voicemail, she says, "This is Princess Anna of Arendelle. I just wanted to call and say, 'Hello.'"

She then brings her a message from her sister Elsa, who had heard "you've been such a good girl."

"She has decided to crown you as an honorary princess of Arendelle," Bell adds. "I think you’ll make a great princess."

It made quite an impression on Avery and her family.

"I've watched the video of her hearing from Anna/Kristen Bell, around 50 times, just to watch her face light up, and to hear her giggle and see her smile," Avery's parents, Brandon and Amanda, commented on the Caring Bridge site.

Frozen was released by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Monday
Jul272015

John Stamos Says 'I'm Back' After Leaving Rehab

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Weeks after entering rehab, John Stamos is back.

"I’m back! Took a month to take care of things. Healthy. Feeling grateful for the love & support of family & friends," the Full House star wrote on Twitter.

Earlier in July, ABC's Los Angeles station, KABC, confirmed that the actor had gone into rehab.

Stamos checked himself into a residential program for substance abuse, according to People magazine. This came after he was charged in June with a DUI.

Officers stopped Stamos in Beverly Hills last month and took him to a local hospital, where he was cited for driving under the influence, according to a statement from the Beverly Hills Police Department.

After the incident, Stamos tweeted, "Thanks to everyone for their love & support. I'm home & well. Very appreciative of the BHPD & Cedars for their care."

He's now focusing on his Full House spin-off, Fuller House. Over the weekend he posted a photo on Instagram of himself in front of his trailer on the set, looking at a script. He wrote, "And we're back! Same sideburns- different decade."

Fuller House will premiere on Netflix in 2016.

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