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Wednesday
Mar042015

Shania Twain Announces Farewell Tour

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABC(NEW YORK) -- After spending the last couple of years doing a residency in Las Vegas, Shania Twain is taking her act on the road.  The Grammy-winning singer is launching her first tour in 11 years -- and she says it'll be her final one.

The Rock This Country tour -- named after a track on Shania's 1997 album, Come On Over -- kicks off in Seattle on June 5 and will visit 50 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, wrapping up in August. 

When it's over, there'll be no more touring, but Shania isn't retiring. She also doesn't plan for the tour to serve as a tearful farewell to her fans: quite the opposite, in fact.

In a statement, Shania says, "This is a celebration tour. It's party time. It's a celebration that after all these years, I can still do it! The Rock This Country Tour will have a different spirit than my past tours."

She adds, "It's the momentum of confidence. The Vegas show was so intense and nerve-wracking because of not being onstage for all those years. So now that I got that out of my system, this tour is all about having fun, letting go and enjoying the new-found attitude." 

To that point, Shania promises a more upbeat show than her Vegas extravaganza. 

"There's a lot more punch. It's dynamic and reflects the rockier edge of things, because I have so many electric guitars in my music," she explains. "I'm looking forward to rocking out."

The tour will visit  Boston, Miami, Atlanta, New York City, Nashville and Washington, D.C., among other dates, as well as Shania's native Canada.  She promises fans "a Shania they've never seen before," adding, "A lot of years have gone by and I've got a lot more to share. It's all about looking back together. It's that unified community spirit of 'I remember where I was when I first heard that song.'"

Shania's opening acts include Wes Mack from June 5 through June 28, and then Gavin DeGraw from June 30 through August 23.


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Wednesday
Mar042015

Cate Blanchett Reveals How She Viewed the “Cinderella” Role

Disney(NEW YORK) -- Cate Blanchett plays the wicked stepmother in the reboot of the film Cinderella, but when the two-time Academy Award winner was initially approached about the role, she had her doubts.

"When I was approached to be in this, I said, 'It wasn't a fairy tale that I actually gravitated towards,'" she admitted on Wednesday's Good Morning America. "Because I found the central female character really passive."

But Disney says this rendition of Cinderella isn't that. In this live-action retelling of the 1950 Disney animated classic, Cinderella is loving and kind, but also smart and in control of her own destiny.

Once she was on board, Blanchett enjoyed playing the villain, describing it as "fantastic." 

"We get socialized out of all these mean, cruel things so you kind of have this vicarious experience through the villain," Blanchett says.

Cinderella, starring Downton Abbey's Lily James in the title role and Game of Thrones' Richard Madden as the prince, opens in theaters March 13.

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Wednesday
Mar042015

MTV Movie Awards 2015: Complete List of Nominations

Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- The Oscars have come and gone, and now stars can turn their attention to the next big awards show: The MTV Movie Awards.

On Wednesday morning, the network announced the complete list of nominees for the April 12 show, which will be hosted by comedian Amy Schumer.

Guardians of the Galaxy, The Fault in Our Stars, and Neighbors took in the biggest haul, with seven nominations apiece, while 22 Jump Street and Whiplash came up just behind with five. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Gone Girl were nominated for four awards.

Fans will ultimately have a big influence over who ultimately wins, by voting for their favorites at movieawards.mtv.com. Voting for "Movie of the Year" will continue throughout the broadcast of the show.

Below, find the complete list of nominations:

MOVIE OF THE YEAR

American Sniper
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Guardians of the Galaxy
Gone Girl
The Fault in Our Stars
Boyhood
Whiplash
Selma

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE

Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1
Emma Stone – Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Shailene WoodleyThe Fault in Our Stars
Reese Witherspoon – Wild
Scarlett Johansson – Lucy

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE

Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Chris Pratt – Guardians of the Galaxy
Ansel ElgortThe Fault in Our Stars
Miles Teller – Whiplash
Channing Tatum – Foxcatcher

BEST SCARED-AS-S**T PERFORMANCE

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Annabelle Wallis – Annabelle
Jennifer Lopez – The Boy Next Door
Dylan O’Brien – The Maze Runner
Zach Gilford – The Purge: Anarchy

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE

Ansel ElgortThe Fault in Our Stars
Rosamund Pike- Gone Girl
David OyelowoSelma
Dylan O’Brien – The Maze Runner
Ellar ColtraneBoyhood

BEST SHIRTLESS PERFORMANCE

Zac EfronNeighbors
Chris Pratt – Guardians of the Galaxy
Channing Tatum – Foxcatcher
Ansel Elgort – The Fault in Our Stars
Kate Upton – The Other Woman

BEST DUO

Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill – 22 Jump Street
Zac Efron & Dave FrancoNeighbors
Shailene Woodley & Ansel ElgortThe Fault in Our Stars
Bradley Cooper & Vin Diesel Guardians of the Galaxy
James Franco & Seth RogenThe Interview

BEST FIGHT

Jonah Hill vs. Jillian Bell – 22 Jump Street
Chris Evans vs. Sebastian Stan – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dylan O’Brien vs. Will PoulterThe Maze Runner
Seth Rogen vs. Zac EfronNeighbors
Edward Norton vs. Michael Keaton – Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

BEST KISS

Ansel Elgort & Shailene WoodleyThe Fault in Our Stars
James Franco & Seth Rogen The Interview
Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone – The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Scarlett Johansson & Chris Evans – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Rose Byrne & Halston Sage – Neighbors

BEST WTF MOMENT

Seth Rogen & Rose Byrne – Neighbors
Jonah Hill – 22 Jump Street
Jason Sudeikis & Charlie Day – Horrible Bosses 2
Miles Teller – Whiplash
Rosario Dawson & Anders Holm – Top Five

BEST VILLAIN

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
Jillian Bell – 22 Jump Street
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Peter DinklageX-Men: Days of Future Past

BEST MUSICAL MOMENT

Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Chris Pratt – Guardians of the Galaxy
Seth Rogen & Zac EfronNeighbors
Bill Hader & Kristen Wiig The Skeleton Twins
Miles Teller – Whiplash

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE


Channing Tatum – 22 Jump Street
Chris Pratt – Guardians of the Galaxy
Rose Byrne – Neighbors
Chris Rock – Top Five
Kevin Hart – The Wedding Ringer

BEST ON-SCREEN TRANSFORMATION

Eddie RedmayneThe Theory of Everything
Elizabeth Banks – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Zoe Saldana – Guardians of the Galaxy
Steve Carell Foxcatcher
Ellar Coltrane – Boyhood


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Wednesday
Mar042015

Hilary Duff Speaks Out About Filing for Divorce

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- It took over a year after announcing their split, but earlier this week Hilary Duff finally filed for divorce from her husband, former NHL player Mike Comrie. The actress opens up in the April issue of Cosmopolitan, explaining why the marriage fell apart.

"Mike and I were very in love when we met. We both really wanted to get married. I'd been working since the age of 11 or 12, so making that choice at a young age seemed right for me," she explained.

Duff added, "Maybe it wasn't, but we spent the majority of our time together really happy. It wasn't working well enough to stay together, but there was still a lot of love involved. It was just a slow set-in of us not being the match that we used to be. I'm lucky for the person he is and I am and how we decided to handle this."

Duff reveals that her split made her reevaluate marriage altogether.

"I don't want to sound bitter because I'm definitely not, but I don't know if people are meant to be together forever. Things happen over a long relationship that you can't always fight," Duff admits. "A marriage of 20 years, the accomplishment of that must feel really great, but there are also huge sacrifices."

"I just always want to fight for happiness," she added.

Duff and Comrie, who wed in 2010, have a 2-year-old son, Luca.


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Wednesday
Mar042015

Vince Vaughn's Latest Role: Star of Free Stock Images

Jessica Miglio / Twentieth Century Fox(NEW YORK) — Vince Vaughn's stock is rising as he promotes his new comedy, Unfinished Business.

On Tuesday, a series of stock images featuring Vaughn and his co-stars, Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco, was released for you to use, free of charge. The photos, which make light of the stock images news outlets use to accompany their stories, show the actors in an office setting and include slogans like, "Team work makes the dream work."

Four free images are currently available on content.istockphoto.com/unfinishedbusiness. More photos will be released in the coming weeks.

Unfinished Business stars Vaughn as a business owner who, with his two associates, played by Wilkinson and Franco, travel to Europe for what turns out to be a wild business trip. It opens this Friday.


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Wednesday
Mar042015

Is Chris Brown a Father?

Jeff Bottari/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Is Chris Brown a proud papa?

TMZ reports that Chris is the father of a nine-month-old girl whose mom is a former model named Nia. The website says Chris has known Nia, 31, for years, but is not currently romantically involved with her.

It's unclear what kind of support Chris is providing the child. TMZ says the 25-year-old singer is happy that he's a parent.

Chris has recently been spotted with his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Karrueche Tran.


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Wednesday
Mar042015

Report: Academy Considering Change to Oscars' Best Picture Category

ABC(LOS ANGELES) — The Oscars' best picture category may undergo a significant change. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is considering reverting back to its old policy of five nominees in the category.

The top Oscar race had been comprised of five nominees for decades until 2009, when the Academy announced it would expand to 10. A couple of years later, the Academy adjusted the rules so that the category would include between five and 10 nominees.

The idea was to have more box office hits contend for best picture, but as one Hollywood Reporter source says of the current format, "They tried it, and it really didn't do us any good."

The audience for the 2015 Oscars was down several million viewers from last year's ceremony.

An Academy spokesperson tells the publication, "As we do each year, the Academy will meet in the coming months to evaluate not only the telecast, but also the awards season in its entirety."

There were eight best picture nominees this year, with Birdman winning the category.


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Wednesday
Mar042015

Maggie Smith May Not Be Preparing for “Downton Abbey” Exit After All

WGBH(NEW YORK) — Downton Abbey actress Maggie Smith may not be leaving the show after its sixth season, despite what she may have suggested in a recent interview.

Smith, 80, who plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham on the popular PBS drama, told Britain's The Sunday Times, “They say this is the last one, and I can’t see how it could go on.”

“I mean, I certainly can’t keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We’re into the late 1920s,” she added.

However, Smith's rep says in a statement that the actress was speaking lightheartedly. The statement, obtained by TheWrap.com, notes that Smith “has always been on the record as saying she’ll be with the show for as long as the show runs.”

Smith's co-star Lily James, a.k.a. Lady Rose, wants to see Downton Abbey stick around for a long time. She tells ABC Radio, "I just hope that it never ends. I just feel it's going to be too sad to say goodbye to those characters. So, it will continue on in my dreams forever, I think."

Though Lady Rose and her husband, Atticus, are moving to New York, James -- who plays the titular character in Disney's upcoming movie Cinderella -- says she's "pretty sure" she'll return to the British drama for more episodes.

The fifth season of Downton Abbey concluded on PBS this past weekend. Filming on season six began earlier this year.


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Wednesday
Mar042015

Paris Hilton's Brother Pleads Guilty After Airline Arrest

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Conrad Hilton, the younger brother of Paris, has reportedly agreed to enter a guilty plea stemming from a meltdown on an airline flight from London to Los Angeles last July.

Hilton is accused of attacking British Airlines flight attendants both physically and verbally in the mid-flight fracas, after he was confronted about allegedly smoking marijuana and tobacco in the lavatory of the jet. He was restrained on board the flight and arrested after it landed.

TMZ reported at the time that the then-20-year-old entered rehab after the arrest.   

The Los Angeles Times reports Hilton will appear in a Los Angeles federal courtroom Thursday to be arraigned on a misdemeanor assault charge. He faces anywhere from fines and supervised release to six months in jail, the paper notes.


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Wednesday
Mar042015

"The Game" Creator on Why Show Has to End After Season Nine

Quantrell D. Colbert/BET(NEW YORK) -- The Game was almost like the TV show that couldn't die. After fans resurrected it on BET, after it was abruptly canceled on The CW in 2009, the series is finally coming to an end.

The Game creator Mara Brock Akil tells ABC Radio why the show, which is centered around a fictional San Diego football team, is finally ending for good after its ninth season, and why they let fans know way in advance.

"We always talked, and very candidly so, that...we can't do the same thing on BET. You can't just snatch it off the air and say, 'That's it people!' I don't think that would work," she says. "I know what everybody wants but there's a business side to things -- there's contracts, there's money. And not everything can align and so you have to make artistic decisions, based on business decisions."

"For a show to make it to 147 episodes, that's a lot," Akil adds.

Akil says that compared to her other hit TV show, Girlfriends, which ended without a proper finale, fans will be happy to watch a series finale.

"It's a blessing to be able to say goodbye. You create shows knowing that they're not gonna last forever. It's always bittersweet to say goodbye, but compared to my experience on Girlfriends, to know that you're going to end it so you can enjoy the rest of [it]," she explains, adding, "and sometimes you're gonna cry through the process."

Although there were some tears when the cast wrapped filming the series, Akil tells ABC Radio that after each cast member did their last scene, they got a champagne toast. "We took the time to honor each other and say thank you, and remember the moment."

Akil wouldn't spill on what happens when The Game hangs up its cleats. But one question she did answer was will beloved characters Melanie and Derwin, played by Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Pooch Hall, respectively, return? Fans and cast members alike were outraged when the two were written out of the series in 2013.

"For the record, I personally have wanted it to happen and so has Tia and Pooch...and so has BET. But it doesn't always work out," she explains. "And that's the part of the business that nobody likes. But yeah, they're family. They're Melanie and Derwin." 

Akil also shared that P.J. Byrne, who portrays the cut throat yet zany football agent Irv, will return along with Rick Fox. Fox's return could mean that Tasha Mack, played by Wendy Raquel Robinson, may finally find love with one of her exes in the end.

The season eight finale of The Game airs on BET Wednesday at 10 p.m. Eastern time.


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