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Saturday
Nov222014

"Lord of the Rings" Actor Sings Farewell to Series

Photo by Phillip Chin/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- A new video is causing an emotional reaction among Lord of the Rings fans, and it's not a new trailer for the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Billy Boyd, who plays Pippin in the series and fronts the band Beecake, collaborated with director Peter Jackson to write "The Last Goodbye" and Entertainment Weekly released the music video this week. The song will play over the credits when The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens next month.

The video of the ballad offers plenty of goosebumps, including classic scenes and behind-the-scenes footage of major characters.


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Saturday
Nov222014

Bill Cosby, Lawyer React to 'Innuendos'

Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Fla.) -- Bill Cosby briefly addressed the "innuendos" about him before a performance in Melbourne, Florida, on Friday evening, and his lawyer released a statement denouncing what he described as the media's focus on "fantastical stories" in which women have accused the comedian of sexual abuse.

Cosby spoke briefly to Florida Today before Friday's show, denouncing an alleged call by a radio station to heckle his performance and explaining his recent silence on the accusations against him.

"I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn't have to answer to innuendos," he said. “People should fact check. People shouldn't have to go through that and shouldn't answer to innuendos."

In addition, Cosby's lawyer, Martin D. Singer, made the following statement to ABC News:

“The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity."

"These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous, and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years."

"Lawsuits are filed against people in the public eye every day. There has never been a shortage of lawyers willing to represent people with claims against rich, powerful men, so it makes no sense that not one of these new women who just came forward for the first time now ever asserted a legal claim back at the time they allege they had been sexually assaulted."

"This situation is an unprecedented example of the media’s breakneck rush to run stories without any corroboration or adherence to traditional journalistic standards. Over and over again, we have refuted these new unsubstantiated stories with documentary evidence, only to have a new uncorroborated story crop up out of the woodwork. When will it end?"

"It is long past time for this media vilification of Mr. Cosby to stop."


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Friday
Nov212014

Robin Williams' Son Zak Says Their Family Is 'Acclimating to the New Normal'

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Robin Williams' death devastated his family. However, his son, Zak, said that they're trying to move forward.

"We're doing okay," he told Us Weekly. ""We're acclimating to the new normal. Everything is step by step."

Zak, 31, is the oldest of Williams' three children. He also has two half-siblings Zelda, 25, and Cody, 22.

"Personally, my wife and I are focusing on doing a lot of good," he said. "She runs the San Francisco office of Human Rights Watch, and we're working with them to do good in the world."

Robin Williams was 63 when he died this past August of an apparent suicide.

However, he left behind a legacy that his son cherishes.

"Dad had almost a childlike love, and he shared that love with people, with everyone," he said. "And that ability to love, and that ability to be generous and giving and kind is something we would want to share with future generations."


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Friday
Nov212014

Cher Cancels the Rest of Her Tour

Beth Gwinn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Back in September, Cher became ill and and had to reschedule all her concert dates. Now, she's been forced to cancel all those rescheduled dates because she still hasn't made a full recovery.

"I am totally devastated. Nothing like this has ever happened to me," Cher said in a statement. "I cannot apologize enough to all the fans who bought tickets. I’m so proud of this show. It is my best ever. I sincerely hope that we can come back again next year and finish what we started."

The singer, 68, wrapped up the first leg of her "Dressed to Kill" tour in March, but before she embarked on a second leg, she contracted an infection that affected her kidney function, leading the postponement and rescheduling of the dates. Now, her doctors have advised her that she needs even more time to ensure a "complete and total recovery."

Ticket holders can get refunds at the point of purchase.

The dates were to have run through January, and included two shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden.


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Friday
Nov212014

Country Singers Billy Gilman and Ty Herndon Come Out as Gay

Beth Gwinn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Two country stars, Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman, made personal announcements on Thursday: They're gay.

Herndon, 52, went first, telling People magazine that he realized he was gay when he was about 10 years old and told his loved ones ten years later.

Now, in a happy relationship with his longtime partner, Matt, Herndon is looking forward to one day marrying and starting a family. He's also hoping that his announcement will help others.

"During an Anthony Robbins seminar, I realized I had an incredible story that could possibly help someone's son or daughter or grandchild's life not be as difficult as mine has been," he told the magazine. "Maybe they wouldn't have to go through as much pain and suffering. It's time to tell my truth."

One person he inspired was Gilman, 26, who made his own announcement via a YouTube post.

"It’s taken me a good many weeks to figure out how I was to approach this video that you’re watching right now," Gilman began. "But today, actually, a fellow country artist and friend made it easier for me to make this video. And I wanted my fans, who have stuck by me for many, many years, to know."

Gilman went on to explain that he decided to come out after he was spotted with his partner, "who I am happily now sharing my life with," by a local reporter. As a result, he felt it was important to tell his fans the truth behind the photo before it hit the press.

"I know some people won’t agree with this. And that’s OK. To each his own," he said. "But I felt it was time for me to be honest and to be truthful. I love you all and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you."


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Friday
Nov212014

Greer Grammer, Kelsey Grammer's Daughter, Named Miss Golden Globe 2015

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Every year, a celebrity's son or daughter is tapped by Hollywood Foreign Press Association to hand out awards at the Golden Globes.

In 2015, the honor will belong to Greer Grammer, the daughter of Kelsey Grammer and Barrie Buckner.

"I screamed and I jumped up and down," she told People of receiving the nod. "I was just so happy...It was such a dream come true."

Here are a few things to know about the 22-year-old:

1. Acting is in her blood -- and her name: Grammer tweeted in 2009 that she was named for Academy Award winner Greer Carson. "She's absolutely radiant," gushed Grammer. "I can only hope to live up to the name."

2. She's college-educated: Greer attended the University of Southern California where she belonged to the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

3. She's already landed a few big roles: Though she's only been acting for a few years, she's already appeared in two big TV series, iCarly and Awkward, in which she played series regular Lissa.

4. She likes to lay low: Born and raised in Malibu, Grammer loves to hit the beach, ride her bike and do other quiet activities. "I’m so boring. Most people go out but I lay in my bed. I binge-watch Friday Night Lights," she told Complex U.K.. "My boyfriend lives in Brentwood so sometimes we’ll go to Santa Monica. The past few weekends, I’ll ride my bike and get ice cream. I live a very normal life."

5. She feels supported by both of her parents: Grammer gushed to People that her parents were both "so proud" when she told them about Miss Golden Globe. "I called them separately and my mom was over the moon and I had to tell her not to tell anybody, because I know that she would have called everyone right off the bat, and same with my dad," she told the magazine. "They're so excited to see me on stage. I can't wait."


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Friday
Nov212014

Bill Cosby Returns to Stage Amid New Sexual Abuse Allegations

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas) -- Bill Cosby took the stage in the Bahamas Thursday night for a women's charity event and, despite opening the show on a personal note, he didn't comment on the recent sexual abuse allegations against him.

Cosby, 77, began the show at the Atlantis Resort with stories of his life growing up in the housing projects in Philadelphia, followed by an evening of laughter and applause.

He never commented or alluded to the allegations by several women that he drugged and raped or sexually abused them, some of their stories dating back as far as five decades ago.

The audience not only enjoyed Cosby's set, but some defended him.

"It's sad that somebody so famous can be brought down, you know, by this," a member of the audience told ABC.

The women's group that organized the event, The Links Inc., addressed having Cosby perform amid all the accusations.

"Recent accusations against Bill Cosby are alarming and unsettling," the group told ABC News. "Being that no formal charges have been filed against Mr. Cosby, we therefore don't deem it appropriate to further comment on the accusations."

This performance ended a week in which several women have stepped forward with the abuse allegations.

Cosby's attorneys told ABC News overnight that two women who came forward with allegations Thursday are simply accusers "coming out of the woodwork with fabricated or unsubstantiated stories."

Cosby, who has never been criminally charged in connection with the allegations and has repeatedly denied them in the past, was first publicly accused of assault 10 years ago, in 2004. The allegations have gained attention in recent weeks as a number of women have come forward.

John P. Schmitt, one of Cosby's lawyer, posted a notice this past Sunday to the comedian's website, saying Cosby would not be addressing "decade-old, discredited allegations.”

"The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true," Schmitt said in the statement. "There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives."


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Friday
Nov212014

John Stamos, Britney Spears Read 'Mean Tweets' on "Kimmel"

Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube(LOS ANGELES) -- John Stamos does have a gross belly button, after all.

Stamos, Chris Pratt, Gwyneth Paltrow and other celebs appeared in a new installment of “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday, reading put-downs and observations about themselves.

Stamos was forced to consider the look of his navel. “Guys, John Stamos has a gross belly button,” he said, reading someone’s Twitter post.

“That’s f****ed up. I don’t …,” Stamos said.

Stamos lifted his shirt. “Hmm. He’s right,” Stamos conceded.

Britney Spears laughed at the notion that she’s “stalking” someone through the radio.

“Quit forcing your suckage on me you tired hag!” the person wrote, causing Spears to grin.

Gerard Butler made an acknowledgment about his movie roles. “Does Gerrard Butler have a massive student loan or something? Is that why he does all these s*** films?” a Twitter user wrote.

No, Butler doesn’t have student loans, “I just do all these s*** films,” he said.

Even Bob Newhart was involved. “How old is bob Newhart now, about 120?” Newhart read. For the record, he’s only 85.

Lisa Kudrow found humor in the criticism. “I hope you all have a great weekend! Except you, Lisa Kudrow. F*** you,” Kudrow read, cackling.

Things weren’t so peaceful for Adam Sandler. “If an alien landed here and demanded a famous person to eat, I’d drive straight to Adam Sandler’s house with a net,” a person wrote, causing Sandler to approach the camera, Happy Gilmore-style, returning the viral vitriol with a mock threat of his own.

This is the eighth “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” segment.


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Friday
Nov212014

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to Spend Thanksgiving Together

Angela Weiss/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Childhood friends Ben Affleck and Matt Damon plan to spend Thanksgiving together this year.

"My mother is staying with us now and we'll all go down the street to Matt Damon's house," the Gone Girl star told Us Weekly. "We're all invited. Matt and my family are all like one big extended family for Thanksgiving. I'm looking forward to it a lot."

"This year we're going to Matt's house, but usually I cook and Casey and his family come over," Jennifer Garner added, referencing her husband's younger brother, Casey Affleck. "This year Casey is going to be in Boston and we'll be home."

Affleck and Garner, who have been married for nine years and have three children, live in Los Angeles.

Garner said she won't go empty-handed to Damon's house. "I'll still cook some stuff. Ben and the kids want me to take my grandmother's sweet potato pudding so I'll make that," she said.

Affleck also said he's bringing something over. "I know I'm not cooking!" he said. "I'll bring some wine for sure -- wine will be flowing -- but I'll be focused on the turkey. I know I'll be eating a lot of turkey at Matt's house."


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Friday
Nov212014

Bill Cosby Removed as Advisor at NC University

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(HIGH POINT, N.C.) — High Point University in High Point, North Carolina, has removed Bill Cosby’s name from its board of advisor, in the wake of sex abuse claims made by multiple accusers against the comedian.

A statement released by the university obtained by the High Point Enterprise reads, “In the best interest of all parties, we are removing his name from our board of advisors until all information on this matter is available."

Cosby, who spoke at the school’s 2007 graduation ceremony, was appointed to the board over the summer.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Cosby’s alma mater, Temple University, says he remains a trustee of the Philadelphia-based institution, according to The Temple News.

Cosby -- who has never faced criminal charges in connection with any of the allegations -- performed at a benefit for a women’s service organization in the Bahamas on Thursday. He did not reference the growing controversy swirling around him.

Cosby has more than 30 stand-up comedy performances scheduled in North America through early May. An Arizona casino has cancelled an appearance scheduled for Feb. 15, according to TucsonNewsNow.com, though an official reason was not given.


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