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Friday
May222015

Bill Murray Wants to Wish You "A Very Murray Christmas"

Dana Edelson/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Netflix has released a trailer for A Very Murray Christmas, its upcoming Christmas special starring Bill Murray set to debut in December.

The 24-second trailer, which is clearly a nod to his role in Lost in Translation, features a signature shrug from the actor while he dons a pair of headband antlers and gazes glumly out a Carlyle Hotel window at the New York City skyline -- all set to a score of jazz piano.

It's no coincidence that the trailer looks like the hit 2003 film. The special reunites the actor with Sofia Coppola, who last directed Murray in Lost in Translation, for which he earned his first Oscar nomination of his career.

A Very Murray Christmas pays tribute to the classic variety show and features Murray as the host, according to Netflix.

In the special, a snowstorm hits New York City and Murray worries that none of his guests will be able to make the trek, according to Netflix. But with a combination of divine luck and perseverance, he ends up partying the night away with countless A-list guests at The Carlyle Hotel.

The cast of partiers includes highly notable names, including George Clooney, Dimitri Dimitrov, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Miley Cyrus, Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones and more.

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Friday
May222015

Blythe Danner Calls Criticisms of Gwyneth Paltrow 'Hurtful'

Virginia Sherwood/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Blythe Danner doesn't go online. One reason? It would be tough for her to read criticisms of her daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow.

"I don't like to read stuff. I don't even know what they write," she told Vulture. "I'm told, but it's hurtful to see things written about your baby."

Danner added that she struggles with making "my brain and my fingers cooperate with the text. I'm just a mess."

While she believes she belongs in "another era," she does break her self-imposed Internet ban to read Paltrow's lifestyle website, Goop.

"I'm a devoted mother. That's the one thing I know how to do," she said. "She's a very bright, brilliant girl, my girl. She's really handled all of her life quite well. She's got a thick skin, which we all have to have in this business."

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Friday
May222015

TLC Pulls "19 Kids and Counting" in Wake of Josh Duggar Scandal

David Welker/TLC(NEW YORK) -- In the wake of Josh Duggar admitting that he inappropriately touched minors several years ago as a teenager, TLC has pulled the show in which he's featured with his large family, 19 Kids and Counting.

In a statement to ABC News, the cable network said: "Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time."

The firestorm started when In Touch magazine reported that Duggar was investigated in 2006 for alleged misconduct starting when he was 14 years old.

Duggars' representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but in a statement first provided to People magazine and then posted to Facebook, Josh admitted, "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. ...I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged."

Josh, now 27, admitted he told his family, including his wife Anna, of his actions and received counseling.

People magazine added that Josh has now resigned from his position at the Family Research Council.

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Friday
May222015

Kim Kardashian Fires Back at Critics of Her Career

Timothy White/E!(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Kardashian is a reality star, clothing designer and a book author -- and is now firing back at her critics who say her career is easy.

"I get more fed up with questions like -- I was traveling recently and I was doing a press day and people were like, 'How do you feel when people say what do you do?' And I'm like, I'm here working aren't I? Like, I'm here to promote something," she told Access Hollywood.

Kim fires back at those people: "I said, 'Hey why don't you do this -- tell someone else that you think can do it. Tell them to do everything that I've done in my career and see if they end up where I'm at. Try it. Just try it. I dare you."

Kardashian also said she ignores most of the criticisms online, but she does have her boundaries. "I will block someone if they say something negative about my daughter," she said.

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Friday
May222015

Does George Clooney Want Kids? You're Not the Only One Asking

Paul Drinkwater/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Now that George Clooney is a married man, he's getting used to being asked repeatedly if he and wifeAmal Clooney are going to have kids.

"I just did a junket," Clooney said about his new film, Tomorrowland. "Each of the outlets has a different version of how to get to it. They'll be like, 'There's a kid, who plays you as a young guy George' and I go, 'Yeah.' [Then they go] 'Does it ever make you want to have a little George?'  There's always some way in."

The actor stopped by Popcorn with Peter Travers to chat not only about his new film, but married life.

"I'm a happier person," he said of being a newlywed. "We have a very happy life. We enjoy many of the same things and I very much enjoy the projects she takes on, because they have real consequence."

Clooney said his lawyer wife doesn't get involved in his work, but she offered to take a teaching job for three months while he was working in New York on a movie directed by Jodie Foster.

"I said, 'I gotta be in New York for three months.' She's like, 'Okay, I can do that.' Then she says, 'You know what I'll do, I'll take a teaching job at Columbia,'" Clooney explained, the joked, "I'll take a teaching job at Columbia, too.  So, we are able to adapt. I'll go to London and spend a little time in London while she can work and we'll be able to move back and forth."

Clooney added that Amal watches his films, but isn't a fan of all of them. "She didn't like Gravity. She felt that I floated off in space a little too soon," he said.

Clooney's latest film, Tomorrowland, is in theaters now.


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Friday
May222015

"Tomorrowland" and "Poltergeist" Open Friday

Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Tomorrowland -- In the Disney film, George Clooney is a former boy-genius who, along with a bright teen, attempts to uncover the secrets of a mysterious place called "Tomorrowland." Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn and Keegan Michael-Key also star. Rated PG.

Poltergeist -- The horror remake focuses on evil spirits that snatch a young girl from her family. Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris and Jane Adams star. Rated PG-13.

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Friday
May222015

David Letterman Goes Out on High Ratings Note

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS(NEW YORK) -- David Letterman's Late Show swan song brought in big ratings for CBS.

Wednesday night's broadcast of Late Show, which marked the end of Letterman's 33-year run on late-night TV, averaged 13.76 million viewers. It was the program's largest audience since February of 1994, when an episode of Late Show followed CBS coverage of the Winter Olympics.

The Letterman finale boosted the audience for The Late Late Show with James Corden, which averaged four million viewers, the program's biggest-ever audience with any host.

Stephen Colbert succeeds Letterman as Late Show host in September.

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Friday
May222015

Stars Line Up for a Good Cause on "Red Nose Day"

David Giesbrecht/NBC(NEW YORK) -- "Red Nose Day," a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.

The star-studded lineup included actors Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Anna Kendrick, and Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as musicians like Coldplay, John Mellencamp, Keith Urban, Ed Sheeran, and U2.

Here are some of the evening's highlights:

  • There was a comedy montage called "Seth Meyers' Celebrity Phone Tree," in which Meyers started a phone tree featuring a myriad of film stars to spread the word about "Red Nose Day" to their friends. The message gets more jumbled with each subsequent call, until, finally, Reese Witherspoon calls Seth to ask him if he'll agree to take part in a charity called "The Day They Stopped Making Rosé."
  • In a parody of The Voice, Ferrell faced off against Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman to prove who is the best at convincing people to donate. To Ferrell's disgust, Voice coach Adam Levine declares the battle a tie, to which Ferrell responds, "That's not the way winning works, Levine. There's no such thing as two winners."
  • In a segment of "Billy on the Street," comedian Billy Eichner and Martin Short approached random New Yorkers on the street asking for "Red Nose Day" donations. The two manage to collect some money, but are outraged to learn that people either haven't heard of Short or don't believe it's really him.
  • Jane Krakowski, noting the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot featuring an all-female cast, presented a comedy segment featuring several films that once starred men, re-imagined with women. Among them:Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, starring Anna Kendrick, in search of the Holy Grail as a decoration for her house.
  • Coldplay's Game of Thrones parody featured the show's cast taking part in a musical production of the show, written by the band's frontman, Chris Martin. Though he had high hopes for the production, it ends in failure when, according to the sketch, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin won't give his consent to turn the books into a play.

The evening also included musical performances from U2, who performed "Song for Someone." Ed Sheeran teamed up with Kermit the Frog for "The Rainbow Connection," from The Muppet Movie. Mellencamp and Urban joined forces for Mellencamp's "Pink Houses."

 

 

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Friday
May222015

Josh Duggar Responds to What He Calls 'Inexcusable' Actions as a Teen

David Welker/TLC(NEW YORK) -- Josh Duggar is responding to recent reports that he inappropriately touched minors several years ago, saying he "would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions."

In Touch magazine was the first to report that Josh Duggar was investigated in 2006 for alleged misconduct starting when he was 14 years old.

A representative for TLC, the network behind the Duggars' show 19 Kids and Counting, referred a request by ABC News for comment to the Duggars' personal representative. That person did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In a statement first provided to People magazine and then posted to Facebook, Josh admitted, "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. ...I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged."

Josh, now 27 but 14 at the time of the first alleged incident, admitted he told his father of his actions.

"I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life," he said.

People magazine added that Josh has now resigned from his position at the Family Research Council.

Josh's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, added, "When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before. ...We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles every day."

Josh's wife, Anna, 26, has also released a statement to People, saying she knew about Josh's actions before they were married, adding that he received counseling after the incidents, which "changed his life."

"I can imagine the shock many of you are going through reading this. I remember feeling that same shock," she told the magazine. "When my family and I first visited the Duggar home, Josh shared his past teenage mistakes."

Anna added that she was surprised by Josh's "openness and humility" in admitting this.

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Friday
May222015

J.K. Rowling Ribs "Harry Potter's" Matthew Lewis for Sexy Photo Shoot

Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- Matthew Lewis, the actor who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter series, is all grown up.

The one-time child actor recently showed off his toned physique on the cover of Attitude, the U.K.'s gay lifestyle magazine. And inside the magazine, there are pics where he's just wearing underwear and not much else.

Lewis' new look is getting tons of reaction online, including from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. The writer tweeted: "@Mattdavelewis Not as bad as watching Dan in Equus, but close. Warn me next time, for God's sake."

The acclaimed author was referring to the time Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, was naked in a play.

The best part is Lewis' response: "Well, this is awkward. Sorry, Jo ..." he tweeted.

In the end, Rowling responded in support. "@Mattdavelewis I will always support you whatever you want to do, Matthew. Now go put some clothes on," she wrote.

Lewis, now 25, started in the Potter series back in 2001, when he wasn't even a teenager yet. He will next be seen in Me Before You, a film adaptation of Jojo Moyes' book of the same name in which a woman finds herself taking care of a recently paralyzed man. The film is set for release June 3, 2016.

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