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Paris Hilton Walks Out on ABC News Interview

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Paris Hilton may be the original celebutante -- a pioneer of the thoroughly modern phenomenon of being famous for being famous. But for all of her beauty, early success and entertainment industry experience, the young heiress who was born into one of the world's largest hotel empires can still be jarred by reporters who ask her sensitive questions.

Such was the case when she walked out of ABC News interview that took place at her newly renovated Los Angeles home this week when she was asked if she thinks she may be past her prime. After storming off, Hilton eventually returned to the interview after some cajoling to discuss her ideas about her own reinvention.

"I've been doing this for 15 years now, so it's been a long time … so just like any other business person or someone in the industry, it's always important to reinvent yourself and come up with new projects," she said.

From New York party girl to reality TV personality on the Fox series The Simple Life, and now the head of a billion-dollar personal empire, Hilton has certainly kept busy for a girl born into the lap of luxury. She now has stores in 31 countries, selling everything from perfumes to shoes to handbags to beauty products. She's even slapped her name on a motorcycle racing team.

"So many people that are rich do nothing," Hilton said. "I like being able to do what I want, to buy whatever I want, and to not ask for permission like some of my other friends who are adults but live like children."

While others may have usurped her role at the top of the reality television pecking order -- her latest series, The World According to Paris debuted to a dismal 400,000 viewers on the Oxygen Network – Hilton has had to deal with a terrifying phenomenon plaguing celebrities: stalkers.

James Brian Rainford was arrested outside Hilton's home on the Fourth of July. Rainford is the same man who attacked her now ex-boyfriend in April outside of a courthouse -- where Hilton was to testify against another stalker.

"It's very unsettling, because you don't know what frame of mind someone like that is in. Now four times he has tried to get in contact with me," Hilton said. "He's keeps getting in trouble for it, yet he keeps coming back, so obviously there's something wrong with him."

Hilton, who turned 30 in February, is eager now to show the world that she has now grown up. Yet The World According to Paris shows her engaged in her usual hi-jinks -- inhabiting an ecosystem where paparazzi are as omnipresent as pigeons in Manhattan, and where shopping is the dominant form of hunting and gathering.

Hilton even made a revealing and unusually candid admission about her on screen persona -- that when she is not on camera her voice drops, and she is much more serious.

"It's the character that I developed for The Simple Life. They wanted a character that was an airhead with a baby voice, and so that's a character that I do, and I had to do it for five seasons," she said. "And so sometimes when I'm on camera I'll revert back to it, just because I'm so used to it because I did it for so long."

She defends her behavior on the show as mere entertainment and part of the world of reality television.

The finale of the show's first season airs Wednesday.

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Jennifer Aniston: I'm 'Extremely Lucky and Extremely Happy'

Jordan Strauss/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Famously unlucky-in-love actress Jennifer Aniston says she is "very happy" with her personal life these days.

"I'm extremely lucky and extremely happy," Aniston said Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Making the former Friends star so happy is a string of "newness" in both her professional and personal life, including a new man, actor and screenwriter Justin Theroux, a new movie, the comedy Horrible Bosses out July 8, and a new "sold" sign on her Beverly Hills estate.

"I want to go smaller," Aniston, 42, told GMA of her plans now that she's unloaded the more than $40 million estate she spent years personally designing. "I love to entertain. I love to have people feel cozy and comfortable."

The main person the actress has been cozy with of late is Theroux, the 39-year-old actor and screenwriter she first became friendly with on the set of Wanderlust in the fall, according to People magazine.

The couple, who have been quietly dating since May, was spotted leaving the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City on June 15 wearing gold rings on their left ring fingers.

The actress, famous for her entertaining, threw a small get-together May 27 to introduce Theroux to her best pals, including comedian Chelsea Handler and former Friends co-star Courteney Cox, putting to bed rumors that she and Cox were on the outs.

Along with changes in her personal and home lives is a new look for the actress who revealed her first tattoo while wearing a see-through white skirt in downtown New York City last week. The tattoo, on the inside of her right foot, says "Norman," the name of her Welsh Corgi-terrier mix, who died in May at 15 years old, according to People magazine.

In her new movie, Horrible Bosses, the queen of romantic comedies strips her girl-next-door image to play a "sexually aggressive" dentist who harasses her male assistant, played by Charlie Day. The part required Aniston to bare all, including a reported topless scene, a first for the actress, and to go right to the dark side with bad language and all.

"That's the sad part, that I was kind of comfortable," Aniston told GMA of the fun she had playing the role. "It was sort of a dream to just live in that skin and be able to say those words."

Later this fall, Aniston could also appear topless in the film in which she met Thoreaux, Judd Apatow's Wanderlust. Aniston and Paul Rudd play a couple who drop out of the rat race to become hippies. Aniston not only rips off her shirt but smokes pot and has a threesome, according to

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Katie Couric Joins ABC to Host Syndicated Talk Show

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- Katie Couric is headed to ABC. For weeks, it was rumored that the veteran journalist was nearing a deal with the network, and on Monday the Disney/ABC Television Group made it official, calling the deal a multi-year, multi-platform agreement.

Couric will host and produce her own nationally syndicated talk show that will debut in Sept. 2012.

"We hope it will be a topical show dealing with all sorts of compelling, important issues," Couric told ABC News Radio on Monday, "and we hope it will be a lot of fun as well."

"This will be one place where you can go to make sense of a very complicated world and figure out ways that you can feel elevated and...improve the quality of your life," Couric said.

She will also contribute to ABC News platforms starting this summer.

"I'm very happy to be returning to the network where I began my career as a desk assistant in 1979," Couric said in a statement. "It is tremendously exciting to have the creative freedom to develop my own show...and to contribute to such a vibrant, innovative news division. I can't wait to be part of this incredibly talented, visionary team."

The network said that Couric's still-unnamed show has already been confirmed to air at 3 p.m. in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh/Durham, N.C., and Fresno, Calif.  It will be produced by Couric's former Today show boss, Jeff Zucker.

In a statement, Disney/ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney called Couric "one of television's iconic figures" and said "we are thrilled to have forged such an exciting partnership with her."

Couric stepped down as anchor of the CBS Evening News last month.

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GMA's Summer Concert Series 2011: Lady Gaga, Beyonce & More

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga will kick off Good Morning America's annual Summer Concert Series on ABC, but beyond that, this year's lineup has something for everyone, from pop to R&B to country to '80s nostalgia.

Among the highlights will be a show by Beyonce, the first-ever joint onstage TV performance from 80s pop princesses Debbie Gibson and Tiffany, a performance by all top 11 American Idol contestants, and appearances by Selena Gomez, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Taio Cruz, The Go-Go's, Nicki Minaj, Florence & The Machine, the Goo Goo Dolls and country stars Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley.

GMA's summer concert series starts with Gaga on May 27.  That show will be the only ticketed event -- details on how to get those tickets will be coming soon. The series continues with free concerts each Friday at Rumsey Playfield in New York City's Central Park.

For more details about attending the summer concert series, visit

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Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- What's the greatest film of all time? The best action film and best comedy ever made? What's the most memorable line ever delivered in a movie?

In an unprecedented collaboration between ABC News and People Magazine, it was America's turn to decide. They gave movie fans the opportunity to vote online for their favorite films of all time in 15 different categories, from best sci-fi film, best musical, best action flick, to greatest screen kiss and more.

Online voters selected the winners from a list of English-language film nominees created by an elite panel of film industry experts, including dozens of well-known actors, producers, directors and critics.

Over 500,000 votes were cast in the online poll, powered by, which was open from late November 2010 to early January 2011.

Category Winners:

1. Best Film -- Gone with the Wind (1939)
2. Best Comedy -- Airplane! (1980)
3. Best SciFi -- Star Wars (1977)
4. Best Animated Film -- The Lion King (1994)
5. Best Musical -- The Sound of Music (1965)
6. Best Suspense/Thriller -- The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
7. Best Action Film -- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
8. Most Romantic Screen Couple -- Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet
9. Greatest Film Character -- Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump
10. Greatest Line -- Gone with the Wind, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
11. Best Horror Film -- The Exorcist (1973)
12. Best Western Film -- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
13. Best Chick Flick-- The Notebook (2004)
14. Best Political/Historical Film-- Schindler's List (1993)
15. Greatest On-screen Kiss-- Gone With the Wind (1939)

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'Friday' Singer Rebecca Black Responds to Criticism

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Thirteen-year-old Rebecca Black is a bona fide Internet sensation after the video for her song "Friday" went viral, but even though it's been viewed more than 15 million times on YouTube, few people think the song is a hit.

Black told ABC's Good Morning America she was initially shocked by the backlash, but now she's taking the criticism in stride.

"At first, when I first saw all these nasty comments, I did cry," said Black. "I felt like this was my fault. And I shouldn't have done this, and this is all because of me. And now I don't feel that way."

The simple lyrics -- delivered via auto-tuned vocals set to pop music -- revolve around the teen's planned enjoyment of a weekend about to be spent partying with friends.

Much of the criticism has centered on Black's voice and the song's lyrics, but the attacks have also been personal. According to Black, the worst comment said, "I hope you cut yourself, and I hope you get an eating disorder so you'll look pretty. And I hope you go cut and die."

Despite the severe criticism, "Friday" continues to rack up views since it was first posted to YouTube on Feb. 10. It's even spawned several covers.

"Friday" is produced by California-based Ark Music Factory and was funded by Black's parents.

Ark Music producer Patrice Wilson said Black was not off key before the auto-tuned technology was applied and that her voice was "actually really good."

Black says the harsh criticism has not killed her confidence. "I think I have talent on some level," she said. "I don't think I'm the worst singer, but I don't think I'm the best singer."

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Britney Spears to Perform on Good Morning America

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Britney Spears will launch her new album Femme Fatale in a big way, with a special performance on ABC's Good Morning America on March 29, the day the album arrives in stores.

In a video promo, Britney says, "Good morning, America! I'm excited to tell you on Tuesday morning, March 29, I'll be performing for the first time ever in a special concert in San Francisco's historic Castro district...and I promise you, it'll be a morning to remember."

Britney also launched her 2008 album, Circus, with a day-of-release performance on Good Morning America.  That performance took place inside a three-ring circus.

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Exclusive: Michael Jackson's Kids Want Future in Showbiz

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Jackson's older children seem set to continue in their late father's footsteps as entertainers, but they have their sights set on movies or acting. ABC News talked exclusively with Katherine Jackson, the children's grandmother, and with the children themselves: Prince Michael, 14, Paris, 12, and Blanket, 9.

"I'm looking at a couple of opportunities in show business. Mostly producing," Prince Michael told ABC News. He added that his interest in movie production was fostered by his famous father.

Jackson's mother, Katherine, said that her son took filmmaking classes with Prince. "We had a teacher from UCLA come to our house and we would do film classes there," Prince said. And when we were in Ireland, we would film a couple of movies with him, too."

Paris wants to be an actress. "I'm thinking about auditioning for a play next week," she said.

The children are flexing their creative muscle at home. "Paris dresses up like a little waitress or something, and they shoot their little movies," their grandmother said. Katherine Jackson said her grandchildren's interest comforts her, because they are doing what their father would have wanted.

The pop legend died June 25, 2009 after being administered a lethal dose of propofol, a powerful intravenous sedative. His personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jackson. The doctor has been ordered to stand trial for his alleged role in his patient's death. His attorneys allege he did nothing wrong.

The children recently attended a charitable event on behalf of Heal the World Foundation, on which Prince Michael serves as a board member. He said he and his siblings want to "continue what our dad was doing, like, helping children from across the world. And animals who couldn't speak up for themselves."

"Ditto," Paris added.

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Charlie Sheen Tells ABC He's Clean, Will Come to Work Anyway

Photo Courtesy - Jeff Vespa/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Charlie Sheen's TV show Two and a Half Men may have shut down production, but that evidently won't stop the actor for attempting to do his job. In a series of text messages sent Friday, Sheen told ABC's Good Morning America that he's "100 percent clean" and plans to show up for work anyway.  Sheen also said that he is in talks with HBO to start his own show called Sheen's Corner, which reports would earn him $5 million per episode.

Sheen's claims are news to HBO -- the network told the Hollywood Reporter that they are not, in fact, in talks with the actor about a series.  Sheen had gone into detail about Sheen's Corner to Radar Online, claiming it was a "10-show guarantee," and saying it would be "epic, all types of guests and we would focus on the truth and the absurd!"

In the GMA texts, the embattled actor also continued his war of words with Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre, calling him a "clown" and a "loser."  Sheen gave a scathing and seemingly anti-semitic rant against Lorre on Thursday during a radio interview.  He also told TMZ that he "violently hates" Lorre.

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Lindsay Lohan's Mom: Lindsay Faces 'Lifelong Struggle'

Photo Courtesy - AL SEIB/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Despite her most recent stint in rehab, starlet Lindsay Lohan still faces "a lifelong struggle with addiction," said her mother, Dina Lohan.

"I believe [that Lindsay doesn't drink anymore], and I think it's gonna be a lifelong struggle with addiction. But I think she's gonna be okay," Dina Lohan told ABC News in a 20/20 interview set to air Friday at 10 p.m. ET.

She was once the most promising child star in America, but at just 24 years old, Lindsay has become the poster child for Hollywood vice, known more for mug shots than movies.

Most recently, the tabloid microscope zoomed in on a jewelry store in Los Angeles, where security cameras captured Lindsay walking out with an expensive necklace on Jan. 22.

Now, Lindsay Lohan faces charges of felony grand theft. But she and Dina both insist it's all a simple misunderstanding.

Dina Lohan said she could "absolutely not" imagine her daughter being a thief.

"I never thought it would be this -- the media would be so crazy. I really never thought it would get to this level," said Dina Lohan. "It's been really hard on my family, harder than anything."

Just two months ago, Lindsay completed her fifth stint in rehab. Her time at the Betty Ford Center was scarred by an alleged violent argument with a staffer that Dina says was blown out of proportion. Dina Lohan says Lindsay has now emerged, finally, as a woman on the mend.

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