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Wednesday
Apr232014

Lupita Nyong'o Is People's Most Beautiful Woman for 2014

Steve Granitz/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Lupita Nyong'o is having a very good year. After winning the Oscar for her role in 12 Years a Slave, the actress has now been named People magazine's "Most Beautiful."

"It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," Nyong'o said of nabbing the cover. "I was happy for all the girls who would see me on it and feel a little more seen."

Being a role model for other women like her is important for Nyong'o, who told People she first thought being beautiful meant having "light skin and long, flowing, straight hair."

"Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess," she added.

Nyong'o credits her mother, Dorothy, for finally convincing her that her own beauty was enough. The actress said her mother "always said I was beautiful. And I finally believed her at some point."

Nyong'o said she's received the most compliments on her looks when she doesn't have any makeup on, "and also before I comb my hair or put on a pretty dress. Happiness is the most important thing."

The Most Beautiful issue of People goes on sale this Friday.
 
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Wednesday
Apr232014

Discovery Channel Planning Documentary on Mount Everest Avalanche

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After cancelling its Everest Jump Live special in light of Friday's avalanche at Mount Everest that killed 13 people, Discovery Channel is instead planning a documentary on the tragedy.

According to Deadline.com, Discovery will utilize footage shot by NBC News' Peacock Productions, which had been set to produce Everest Jump Live. Its crews had been shooting footage for the five nights of Everest-themed programming that the network had planned, leading up to the special.

Everest Jump Live, which had been scheduled to air May 11, would have featured Joby Ogwyn gliding down from the summit of Mount Everest using a wingsuit.

The documentary will focus on the avalanche and the local reaction to it. The film's length and airdate have not yet been announced.

Discovery hopes to make a donation to a charity benefiting the families of the Sherpa guides killed in the avalanche, and encourage viewers to pitch in as well.
 
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Wednesday
Apr232014

Robert De Niro Posts First Vine Video

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for DTFF(NEW YORK) -- Robert De Niro may be a veteran actor with plenty of experience under his belt, but he apparently can still learn something new. Just this past week he recorded his first Vine video.

De Niro was playing around with Tribeca Film Festival judge Jerome Jarre's cell phone when he discovered the app.

The video, captioned "ROBERT DE NIRO'S FIRST 6 SECOND FILM!," shows the 70-year-old actor appearing puzzled as he looks into the camera lens and asks, "What happened to my iPhone?"

Jarre then appears in the frame and says, "What are you doing with my Vine? My Vine account?"

The video was most likely filmed during the Tribeca Film Festival, of which De Niro is a co-founder. The festival is currently running through April 27.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Diane Keaton Says She's Still Woody Allen's Friend Amid Sex Abuse Allegation

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of director Woody Allen and actress Mia Farrow, recently revived past accusations that Allen abused her as a child, but one person in Allen's life will not waver in her friendship with him.

"I’m Woody’s friend and I’ve been Woody’s friend for 45 years and nothing’s going to change that," Diane Keaton says in the May issue of More magazine.

Dylan Farrow detailed the alleged abuse in an open letter published in The New York Times. Allen has long denied the abuse claims and defended himself in his own open letter on the Times' website, saying, "Of course, I did not molest Dylan."

Keaton starred in eight Woody Allen movies, including 1972’s Play It Again, Sam, 1995’s Love and Death, 1977’s Annie Hall and Manhattan Murder Mystery in 1993. Allen reportedly wrote the title role of Annie Hall for Keaton. It earned her an Academy Award as best actress.  Keaton and Allen were romantically involved for a time.

Keaton has also been linked to her other co-stars, including Warren Beatty and Al Pacino, but she has never married.

In her interview with More, Keaton, 68, says she could've walked down the aisle for the right man.  "I told myself I wanted to [marry] but I didn’t really want a man that I could have...I wanted the dream."

Keaton details her life, including her love affairs, in her new book, Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, out April 29.
 
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Wednesday
Apr232014

Hollywood Executives Deny Allegations Made by Bryan Singer's Accuser

Mark Davis/Getty Images for EJAF(LOS ANGELES) -- The three Hollywood executives accused of sexual abuse by the man who is suing X-Men director Bryan Singer over similar allegations are denying the claims made against them.

Michael Egan, 31, claims in lawsuits filed this week that he was abused by Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard when he was a teenager.

A lawyer for Ancier, the former head of programming for Fox and NBC, says in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter that the claims are "demonstrably untrue." The statement continues, "As just one of many examples, Mr. Ancier has never even visited the estate in Hawaii where the plaintiff claims to have encountered him."

An attorney for Goddard, who has helped create theme park attractions for Universal Studios, said in an email to The Hollywood Reporter that Goddard is currently in China and a proper statement will be released in "due course but needless to say this is without merit."

Neuman, a former president of Disney TV, addressed the allegations against him on his Twitter feed, calling them "disgusting and COMPLETELY FALSE." He added, "Also very shocking in that they don’t just stretch the truth, they are whole-cloth lies with zero basis in reality or truth. Sickening, and very evil, for anyone to lie like that, let alone in a legal document."

The lawsuits against the executives were filed just days after Egan filed a similar complaint against Singer. The director's attorney has said the claims against Singer are "completely fabricated."

Singer's latest film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, opens on May 23.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Michael Imperioli Says It Would Be 'Painful' for Him to Watch James Gandolfini's Final Films

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Michael Imperioli is still coming to grips with the loss of his Sopranos co-star, James Gandolfini, who died last June in Italy of a heart attack at the age of 51.

ABC News Radio recently asked Imperioli whether he will reunite with his fellow Sopranos cast members to watch Gandolfini's final movie, The Drop, once the drama is released in September. He said he currently has no plans to do so, and mentioned that he has yet to see Gandolfini's most recent movie, Enough Said.

Imperioli admitted that it would be "a little painful" for him to watch one of Gandolfini's final works. He said, "We miss him a lot, man. He was a good guy and he was a good friend."

Imperioli is one of the stars of the new comedy The M Word, opening everywhere on May 2.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Kevin Spacey OK with Former President Clinton Dropping "House of Cards" Spoilers

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former President Bill Clinton may have dropped a couple of House of Cards spoilers at a recent benefit concert, but the lead star of the Netflix series, Kevin Spacey, has no problem with that.

Clinton and Spacey were among the top names who attended Sting's Rainforest Benefit Concert in New York City last Thursday night.

As he addressed the crowd, the 42nd U.S. president poked fun at Spacey's character on House of Cards, Frank Underwood. He joked, "When I was president, people accused me of murder all the time! Made a show of investigating it! Spacey's president for 15 minutes, and he gets away with murder!"

That last line contains two spoilers from the second season of House of Cards, which premiered in February: Spacey killing Kate Mara's journalist character, Zoe Barnes, and his character making the jump from vice president to president.

Spacey normally discourages people from discussing spoilers, but he makes an exception in Clinton's case. He pointed out to ABC News Radio that the event was not televised. He added, "If he wants to be the spoiler-in-chief that's entirely up to him. He's a good man, it was great of him to have shown up, and we had some fun on stage together."

Much like he did at the Rainforest Benefit Concert, Spacey imitated Clinton: "I love that show because 99 percent of what they do in that show, it's real. And the one percent they got wrong, you could never get an education bill passed that fast."

Aside from House of Cards, you'll soon be able to catch Spacey in the documentary NOW: in the Wings on a World Stage. He collaborated with his American Beauty director, Sam Mendes, on the film, which chronicles their touring production of the Shakespeare tragedy Richard III.

NOW: in the Wings on a World Stage will screen in select theaters and be made available for download on May 2. You can learn more about the film at KevinSpacey.com.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Go Behind the Scenes of Beyoncé's Toyota Commercials

Samir Hussein/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Last month Beyonce shot a Toyota commercial for the auto maker's new campaign titled “Get Going.” Now, a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot has surfaced on Tuesday.

In the two-minute clip, posted on one of her Beyhive's YouTube page, the singer films three spots as her latest single, “XO,” plays in the background.

"I feel like it’s a very emotional spot. It goes through my growth and my childhood and who I wanted to be and who I have become," Beyonce says during an on-set interview.

The commercial was directed by Melina Matsoukas, who previously helmed Beyonce's video "Pretty Hurts" and "Move Your Body." She comments, "We all can relate to the idea of 'get going' and how we all need that motivation in our own lives."

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Tuesday
Apr222014

Watch Emma Stone Make Andrew Garfield Eat His Words About What's Feminine

Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Sony Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Emma Stone certainly keeps Andrew Garfield on his toes.

During a recent Q&A about their new film The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Stone challenged her real-life boyfriend when he called sewing "feminine."

Asked by a child how Spider-Man got his costume, Garfield, 30, replied that he made it after taking sewing and needlepoint classes.

"It's kind of a feminine thing to do," he added, "but he really kind of made a very masculine costume."

Stone, 25, piped up, asking, "It's feminine, how?" -- prompting Garfield to respond, "It's amazing how you took that as an insult."

However, he immediately began to backpedal, and even threw in a personal story about his family.

"I would say that femininity is about more delicacy and precision and detail work and craftsmanship — like my mother, she’s an amazing craftsman. She in fact made my first Spider-Man costume when I was three. So I use it as a compliment. To compliment the feminine not just in women but in men as well. We all have feminine in us, young men."



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Tuesday
Apr222014

Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman Welcome Second Daughter

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Drew Barrymore is a mom -- times two.

The actress and her husband, Will Kopelman, welcomed their second daughter on Tuesday, her publicist confirmed to ABC News. Their eldest, Olive, is 19 months old.

"Happy to announce that today we are the proud parents of our second daughter, Frankie Barrymore Kopelman," the couple said in a statement. "Olive has a new little sister, and everyone is healthy and happy!"

Barrymore, 39, announced that she was expecting last November.

She said that she and her art adviser husband purposely chose to have children close in age.

"Will is just thrilled -- we both are -- [because] we just wanted so badly for Olive to have a sibling," she told People. "In some ways, it’s really for her. So congratulations, Olive!"

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