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Wednesday
Jul012015

Tim McGraw Honors Veterans with Mortgage-Free Homes

Nino Munoz/Big Machine RecordsAs America prepares to celebrate its independence July 4, country music superstar Tim McGraw continues to celebrate the veterans who've helped fight for the country.

So far, on the Shotgun Rider 2015 Tour he’s given away six mortgage-free homes to deserving soldiers, with 30 more members of the armed forces set to get new houses by the tour’s end through his partnership with Chase and Operation Homefront.

“[These are] people who have given us security for a lot of years,” Tim reflects, “and we’re able to do that back for them in a small way.” In the three years he's worked with Chase and Operation Homefront, they’ve partnered to give away 114 homes in 30 states.

Tim’s next tour stop with singers Billy Currington and Chase Bryant is July 10 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Trailer Debuts for "Creed," New "Rocky" Movie

Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros.A trailer for the latest film in the Rocky series, Creed, had debuted.

The movie stars Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa's rival/pal played by Carl Weathers in previous Rocky films. The trailer features the return of Sylvester Stallone as the Italian Stallion himself, Rocky Balboa.

Creed, helmed by Jordan's Fruitvale Station director, Ryan Coogler, opens November 25.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Ben & Jen Reportedly in Therapy "For Years"; Will Continue to Live on Same Property Despite Split

C Flanigan/WireImageWhen Ben Affleck thanked his now-estranged wife Jennifer Garner at the 2013 Oscars for working on their marriage for "10 Christmases," he apparently wasn't kidding.  A source tells US Weekly magazine the couple nearly divorced three years ago, and was participating in regular couples therapy to try to salvage their marriage.

According to the source, the two were going to split three years ago when their youngest child, Samuel, was born, but "you know how it is -- baby comes and solves the issues for a bit but it's just a Band-Aid.  It hasn't been working for ages."

The couple reportedly wanted to make their marriage work for the sake of their three kids, who in addition to Samuel include nine-year-old Violet and six-year-old Seraphina.  Now that the marriage is over, though, the couple will still stay together -- sort of -- for the sake of the children.  According to a source close to the situation, the actors, who announced their split one day after their 10th wedding anniversary, will continue to live on the same property.

"It's obviously a very sad time for both of them," the source told ABC News. "They have been trying to save the marriage for years, but they know it's the right thing for their family and for them. The kids will continue to come before everything."

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Wednesday
Jul012015

TV Land Pulls "Dukes of Hazzard" Reruns from Schedule

CBS Photo Archive/Getty ImagesThe General Lee will no longer race across your TV screens -- at least not on TV Land.  The cable network has pulled re-runs of the show from its schedule.

“We can confirm that we removed Dukes of Hazzard from the schedule. We have no further comment," a TV Land rep tells ABC Radio.

TV Land hasn't revealed why the show was pulled, but the move comes amid the growing debate in the U.S. about the display of the Confederate flag, in the wake of last month's racially-motivated shootings at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.  The signature 1969 Dodge Charger that's so central to The Dukes of Hazzard has the Confederate flag painted on its roof, and is named the General Lee, after Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee.

Several states have removed Confederate flags and other symbols from public places in the wake of the Charleston shootings, while South Carolina is currently debating whether to remove the flag from the statehouse grounds.  Many retailers have followed suit, no longer selling items that feature the Confederate flag.  Just last week, Warner Bros. said it would no longer license products featuring the General Lee.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Amber Heard Opens Up About Being Bisexual, Marriage to Johnny Depp

Samir Hussein/Getty ImagesAmber Heard is more than Johnny Depp's wife.  The Magic Mike actress, who tied the knot with the famed actor in February, has been acting since the mid-2000s and has several movies out this year including The Danish Girl opposite Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne.

But before meeting Depp and eventually falling in love, the actress, 29, dated artist and photographer Tasya van Ree and came out as bisexual in 2010 during a GLAAD event. Since then, she's never tried to hide her true self when speaking to the press.

"I don’t want to have to deny my sexuality in order to be me," she told the Times of London. "But I don’t want to have to be defined by it. I’m fundamentally opposed to trying to edit myself to be palatable or popular. I don’t give a f***. I fight, but I shouldn’t have to.”

Heard added, "I never thought I would get married. But I’ve always loved who I’ve loved."

She also opened up about being an activist and being married to one of the most famous men on the planet.

"I’ve never let anyone else decide that for me, the [gay] community as much as mainstream society," she said, speaking about love. "The ironic thing is that’s what we’re fighting for: to not have your preferences mediated by others’ prejudices. In 32 U.S. states you can still be fired just for being bisexual. I don’t know how a country full of the descendants of free-spirited people can [support] the government dictating aspects of our private lives.”

About her high-profile relationship, Heard said, "It’s been a steady rise in exposure, pressure and accountability over the years. It ebbs and flows. It’s life on the run. I always wanted to be a vagabond. I’m a gypsy now, living out of a suitcase, constantly on the road. I like the travel, but I don’t like to fight to have anonymity."

As for any split rumors, she fires back, "I don’t care. I’m a happily married woman.”

Magic Mike XXL hits theaters Wednesday.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Donald Trump Files $500M Lawsuit Against Univision Over Miss USA Pageant

ABC/Lou RoccoDonald Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision Tuesday over the network's decision to terminate its contract with Trump's Miss Universe Organization and not broadcast the upcoming Miss USA pageant, according to New York state court records.

The Spanish-language broadcaster recently announced it would not show the July 12 Miss USA pageant after Trump made "insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants" during a speech announcing his presidential candidacy.

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best," Trump said in the speech. "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

When asked by ABC News last week whether he regretted those comments, Trump said, "Not at all. I said it about people from all over. I didn’t say it about Mexico -- I said people from all over."

Trump believes that the termination of the contract was a "politically motivated attempt to suppress" his freedom of speech "as he begins to campaign for the nation's presidency," according to the complaint, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.

The suit, which alleges breach of contract and defamation, also claims that Univision pressured NBC to cut ties with Trump and the Miss Universe Organization on Monday.

Univision called the suit both "factually false and legally ridiculous" in a statement.

"We will not only vigorously defend the case, but will continue to fight against Mr. Trump's ongoing efforts to run away from the derogatory comments he made on June 16th about Mexican immigrants," the statement said.

NBC announced earlier this week it will not broadcast the Miss USA pageant, and on Tuesday, Dancing with the Stars' Cheryl Burke and MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts said they will no longer host the event. The pageant will be streamed on MissUniverse.com/MissUSA.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Movie Review: “Magic Mike XXL” (Rated R)

Warner Bros.You may remember from 2012’s Magic Mike that Channing Tatum’s Mike was leaving the stripping business to build his own custom furniture business. Let’s just say neither the business or his relationship went as planned, so when his old buddies -- Richie (Joe Manganiello), Tarzan (Kevin Nash), Ken (Matt Bomer) and Tito (Adam Rodriguez) -- decide to take a road trip for one last hurrah at the annual stripper convention in Myrtle Beach, Mike can’t resist the temptation to turn back the clock and dry-hump strangers all the way up the Florida and South Carolina coasts.

On the way to the convention, Mike meets Amber Heard’s Zoe, an aspiring photographer who also happens to be a stripper. Zoe doesn’t really serve as Mike’s love interest, but more of somebody he’s interested in getting to know a little better. On a stage, in front of several hundred strangers.

There’s very little dramatic tension in Magic Mike XXL. The outcome is never in doubt. Really, the only question needing an answer in this movie is whether they can find an emcee to replace Dallas, played by Mathew McConaughey in the first film.  That’s where strip club owner Jada Pinkett Smith’s Rome comes in, who’s kind of like the Willie Wonka of the male stripping business -- she’s the candyman.

Truthfully, Magic Mike XXL is a story that could’ve been told in 20 minutes. On the flip side, even if male strippers aren’t your thing, it’s impossible not to be impressed by Tatum’s dancing ability and Manganiello’s comedic timing. I just wish Manganiello’s two funniest scenes didn’t feel like they were three hours apart. This film’s pacing is atrocious.

The movie’s best attribute is it looks great, and that has everything to do with Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh’s decision to act as the director of photography this time, while Gregory Jacobs, his longtime first unit assistant director, takes the reins.  Few people know how to utilize depth of field better than Soderbergh, but here it’s almost as if he’s attempting to make the movie look beautiful to make up for an incredibly boring and predictable story.

When Channing Tatum and friends aren’t thrusting their hips in someone’s face -- and that’s putting it mildly -- Jacobs and writer Reid Carolin attempt to craft a buddy road trip movie with the heart and humor of the first Magic Mike. While some of the humor remains, the heart is gone -- and that heart was Matthew McConaughey.

I’m sure some will find Magic Mike XXL arousing, but not anyone whose idea of a turn-on is a good movie.

Two out of five stars.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Are Divorcing

Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- Hollywood couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have decided to divorce after ten years of marriage.

They issued a statement saying, "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce.  We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time."

They added, "This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding."

Garner, 43, and Affleck, 42, married in 2005; they have three children: Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3.

The pair met in 2001 on the set of Pearl Harbor and went on to star alongside each other in the 2003 film Daredevil.  Years later, Affleck admitted that’s where and when he fell in love with Garner.

"That’s where I found my wife," he later told Playboy. "We met on Pearl Harbor, which people hate, but we fell in love on Daredevil."

They got engaged in April 2005 and married two months later in a private ceremony in the Turks and Caicos while Garner was four months pregnant with their daughter, Violet.

Garner has been open about how having children changed their marriage.  She recently told Yahoo! Parenting, "You just go on a ride together because you don’t know who you’re going to be when you first have a baby and you don’t know who [your partner] is going to be. You have to just hang in there while you figure it out -- and have a lot of patience for each other."

Last year, Garner told InStyle, "When we had our first [child], we had only been together a year. We were babies. It happened so fast, I hardly remember what we were like before the kids got here."

She also told the magazine that she and Affleck had a "mindful" marriage.  "You can't expect to be courted all the time, and I don't want to court him right now; I don't have the energy!" Garner said. "But we're definitely in a very mindful place where we're making an effort to be together, do things at the same time, and be loving."

For his part, Affleck made headlines when he accepted his best picture Oscar in 2013, for Argo, and thanked his wife for "working on our marriage," adding, "there's no one I'd rather work with."


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Tuesday
Jun302015

Jeremy Renner Addresses Sexual Preference Rumors

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Jeremy Renner recently responded to rumors about his sexual preference. So is he or isn't he?

"I'm not going to try to prove what I am or am not," the Avengers star told Playboy magazine. "It's silly, right? When you Google yourself and the first thing that comes up is 'Jeremy Renner gay,' it's like, 'Oh, now you've arrived. You're now a giant star.'"

He continued, "I don't care, ultimately, if that's what people want to think, read and care about. F***ing say whatever the hell you want about me. Look at where we're at socially -- leaps and bounds ahead of where we started. That's an amazing thing. To suggest that it's negative, that being gay is a terrible thing, a perversion or whatever -- I just don't get it."

When the conversation turned to family, Renner talked about the home he's in now and his plans for his beloved daughter Ava, 2.

"This will be my daughter's place in the future," he said. "I own it now, but Ava owns me. When she drew her first breath and with that palmar reflex grabbed my finger, the thought came to me, if all goes well, this same scenario will happen when I take my last breath."

With his daughter and his love for her in mind, Renner also opened up about the struggles of his ongoing divorce from ex Sonni Pacheco. The two announced they were married late last year, but the two split months later. Divorce proceedings began earlier this year.

"I haven't slept more than four hours a night in the past week," he revealed. "My skin’s breaking out. I’ve got dark circles under my eyes. I’m dehydrated. I look like s**t. I felt pretty insecure walking into a photo shoot this morning, and I was running late because I had just gotten out of my fourth deposition for the divorce."

The Oscar-nominated actor's parents also split when he was just in third grade and his situation contributed to the man he is today. "They didn’t have a lot of money, and after the divorce, we moved around a lot. Up until junior high, I thought a new grade meant a new school for everybody," he said, adding that may be what spawned his "shyness."

Renner won't be acting shy, however, when he stars in his next film, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, out July 31.

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Is a Pregnant Naya Rivera Naked in Latest Instagram Photo?

Frank Micelotta/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- One thing is for sure: Naya Rivera, who is expecting her first child, recently enjoyed some time out in the sun. What's not certain, however, is if the former Glee star is wearing any clothes in a new photo she posted to Instagram.

The pic shows off the actress' very tanned legs as she lounges beside a pool. Her growing baby bump not only provides the perfect covering if she is indeed naked, but it also hides any bikini bottoms, if the actress is indeed wearing them.

“A serious tan and a serious bump #summeraccessories,” Rivera captioned the photo.

Rivera and husband, Ryan Dorsey, wed almost a year ago and announced they were expecting back in February.

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