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Monday
Feb082016

Teresa Giudice Talks Finances, Prison, Future in Exclusive "GMA" Interview

ABC/Jeffrey Neira(NEW YORK) -- Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice opened up about her financial situation, her time in federal prison and what her future holds in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Amy Robach.

"[We're not in] foreclosure any longer, thank you, God," Giudice said in the interview, airing Tuesday on Good Morning America. "And our restitution's paid off. We're in -- thank God -- in good shape."

The interview marks the first sit-down television interview with Giudice, 43, since she was released from a federal correctional institution in Danbury, Connecticut, in December.

The reality-TV star served 11-and-a-half months after pleading guilty last year to tax fraud.  Despite her guilty plea, when asked whether she believed she was "breaking the law," Giudice replied, "No."

"This is what happened in my eyes. I signed some papers. There was no intent to commit a crime. I didn't know I was committing a crime," Giudice told Robach. "I got indicted. The government saw it differently. I got sentenced. I ... served time. I did what I had to do and now I'm moving past it."

Her husband, Joe, also pleaded guilty. He's set to begin his own 41-month prison sentence in March.

Giudice was released from jail before her sentence of 15 months for good behavior, her attorney, James Leonard, told ABC News at the time.

Giudice has spent her time since the release at home with her husband and their four daughters, Gia Gabriella, Milania and Audriana. She recounts her experience in her first-ever memoir, Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again, out Tuesday.

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Monday
Feb082016

Alejandro G. Iñárritu Wins Top Prize at Directors Guild of America Awards

"The Revenant" star Leonardo DiCaprio and director Alejandro G. Iñárritu; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The Revenant director Alejandro G. Iñárritu won a major award over the weekend.

He received the prize for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film at the Directors Guild of America Awards Saturday in Los Angeles.

The DGA Awards are traditionally a bellwether for who will win the best director Oscar. Only seven times has the DGA winner for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film not gone on to win an Academy Award the same year.

Iñárritu won the directing award at the DGAs and the Oscars last year for Birdman.

The other DGA nominees this year were, in alphabetical order: Tom McCarthy, for Spotlight; Adam McKay, for The Big Short; George Miller, for Mad Max: Fury Road; and Ridley Scott, for The Martian.

Check out the winners in the other categories on DGA.org.

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Monday
Feb082016

Elton John Hits the Road with James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke"

Darren Michaels/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- Elton John was in the passenger seat for the latest installment of James Corden’s popular feature “Carpool Karaoke” during a special edition of The Late Late Show following Super Bowl 50 Sunday.

After breaking into a chorus of Elton’s “Your Song,” the rock legend told Corden that the tune marked a big step in his long songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin.

"[I] sat at the piano, read it through and said, 'God, this is amazing for an 18-year-old poet to write this lyric.' And I played it to him, and I think when I finished playing we both realized that this was a huge step forward in our songwriting. We never looked back from that song."

Corden and his passenger then donned funny sunglasses and boas as they launched into “Crocodile Rock.” Other songs included “Tiny Dancer and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”

In between, Elton explained that his crazy stage costumes were born out of necessity. noting, "I was never a lead vocalist. I was playing the piano...and I wasn't you know, a sex symbol, and so I had fun with my outfits."

Elton and his partner of more than 20 years, David Furnish, have two sons via surrogate -- 5-year-old Zachary and 3-year-old Elijah -- and insisted that at 68, the recording artist doesn’t feel like he’s too old to be a dad.

 "I love it. They've been amazing,” he says. “And I haven't had one second in Zachery or Elijah's life where I felt that they'd been getting on my nerves...Ten years ago if you'd have told me that I'd be saying this, I would've said, 'you're crazy,' but it's changed my life."

Elton appeared on the Late Late Show to promote his new album Wonderful Crazy Night, which arrived  Friday. 

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Monday
Feb082016

Sunday Night's Super Bowl Scores Second-Highest Ratings Ever

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Sunday night's match-up between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers scored the second-highest overnight rating for a Super Bowl, according to Variety.  Only last year's game drew more viewers.

Variety reports that, according to Nielsen, Super Bowl 50 averaged a 49 rating/73 share.  Last year's game scored a 49.7 rating, which equaled 114.4 million viewers -- an all-time record.  Actual viewer estimates for Sunday's game will be out later today.

The Bronco's beat the Panthers 24-10, while Beyonce and Bruno Mars upstaged Coldplay during the halftime performance.  Lady Gaga nailed the national anthem all by herself.

This year, digital ratings are expected to set records as well; this year's game was available for free viewing on devices like Apple TV and Roku for the first time.

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Monday
Feb082016

Super Bowl 50: The Halftime Show

ABC News(SANTA CLARA, CALIF.) -- Coldplay offered a flashback performance during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show Sunday night at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, dipping deep into their catalog while also paying homage to past performers who've graced the big stage at the big game -- with the help of Beyoncé and Bruno Mars.

Chris Martin and company teased their first hit, "Yellow," before launching into "Viva La Vida." Martin commanded a psychedelic stage while the fans in the seats held up yellow, blue and orange signs.

Martin said, "Wherever you are, we are in this together," before seguing into the sing-along "Oooooh" part of the song.

His band -- which was joined by the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles -- followed up with "Paradise," as the audience surrounding the stage waved their arms.

Chris shed his jacket with blue patches for a more recent tune, "Adventure Of A Lifetime," jumping up and down and singing "Woohoo" repeatedly.

Coldplay gave way to Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, who delivered their smash hit "Uptown Funk." Bruno wore a shiny black outfit with sunglasses, plus large chains dangling from his neck.

A marching band led into Beyoncé, who performed her just-released song "Formation." She and Bruno then had a bit of a dance-off before she and Martin joined in on "Uptown Funk," with a sample of Bey's "Crazy In Love" mixed in.

Coldplay returned with "Clocks" and "Fix You," as viewers saw a montage of highlights of past Super Bowl halftime performances from the likes of Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Stevie Wonder and others. Martin even worked in lyrics of songs by these artists, including Prince's "Purple Rain" and Bruno's "Just The Way You Are."

Martin, Beyoncé and Bruno all sang Coldplay's "Up&Up" to close things out. In the stands, fans held up placards that spelled out, "Believe In Love."

A new Beyoncé tour was announced immediately after her appearance in the halftime show.


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Monday
Feb082016

Beyoncé Announces The Formation World Tour

ABC News(SANTA CLARA, CALIF.) -- After joining Coldplay for their Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday night, Beyoncé announced a stadium tour for later this year.

The North American leg of The Formation World Tour will launch in Miami on April 27 and will continue through a June 12 date in Hershey, Pennsylvania. 

Incidentally, one of the stops will be Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, where Sunday night's Super Bowl was held.

As part of the tour, fans will have the chance to get involved in Beyoncé’s #BeyGOOD initiative, which is helping out the response to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Tickets will go on sale beginning Tuesday, February 16. Beyhive members can purchase tickets in advance. Visit Beyonce.com for more info.

The European leg runs from June 28 in Sunderland, U.K., through July 31 in Brussels, Belgium.

Bey's halftime show appearance and tour announcement came one day after she released a new song, "Formation."

Here are the North American tour dates: 

4/27 -- Miami, FL, Marlins Park
4/29 -- Tampa, FL, Raymond James Stadium
5/1 -- Atlanta, GA, Georgia Dome
5/3 -- Raleigh, NC, Carter-Finley Stadium
5/5 -- Nashville, TN, Nissan Stadium
5/7 -- Houston, TX, NRG Stadium
5/9 -- Dallas, TX, AT&T Stadium
5/12 -- San Diego, CA, Qualcomm Stadium
5/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, Rose Bowl
5/16 -- Santa Clara, CA, Levi's Stadium
5/18 -- Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field
5/20 -- Edmonton, AB, Commonwealth Stadium
5/23 -- Minneapolis, MN, TCF Bank Stadium
5/25 -- Toronto, ON, Rogers Centre
5/27 -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field
5/29 -- Detroit, MI, Ford Field
5/31 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Field
6/3 -- Boston, MA, Gillette Stadium
6/5 -- Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field
6/7 -- New York, NY, Citi Field
6/10 -- Baltimore, MD, M&T Bank Stadium
6/12 -- Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium

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Monday
Feb082016

Super Bowl 50: The Commercials

ABC News(SANTA CLARA, CALIF.) -- The stars weren’t only on the field during the Super Bowl on Sunday.

The much-hyped commercials offered a wide range of A-listers, from Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen to Christopher Walken to Willem Dafoe –- as Marilyn Monroe.

Of course, the ads cost a lot of money to air during the CBS broadcast of the game: $5 million per 30-second spot, according to reports.

If you missed some of the commercials during the Super Bowl telecast, or if you want to re-watch them, you can check out all of the ads on YouTube.

Here’s a recap of the best spots:

Pregame

-- Comedian Jim Gaffigan made his debut as KFC's new Colonel Sanders, replacing Norm MacDonald.

-- Kevin Hart is an overprotective dad who lends his daughter’s date his Hyundai Genesis, then follows their every move with its tracking system.

-- There were movie previews for Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War and 10 Cloverfield Lane.

First Quarter

-- Willem Dafoe tries to pass himself off as Marilyn Monroe in her Seven Year Itch white dress in Snickers’ latest “You’re not you when you’re hungry” spot.

-- Jeff Goldblum and a choir perform The Jeffersons theme -– and Lil Wayne makes a cameo -– in a spot for Apartments.com.

-- Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in an action-packed commercial for the game Mobile Strike.

-- Things get nutty when a pregnant woman's partner eats Doritos during her ultrasound.

-- A retired, depressed astronaut is reinvigorated when he’s handed the keys to the Audi R8 V10 plus. The commercial utilizes the David Bowie song “Starman.”

-- What do you get when you cross a puppy, a monkey, and a baby? A really weird creature for an even weirder ad for Mountain Dew Kickstart.

-- Comedy duo Key and Peele play funky characters as they tout Squarespace.

-- Silicon Valley’s T.J. Miller trades insults with a Shock Top beer tap.

-- There was a movie preview for The Jungle Book.

Second Quarter

-- Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen form the “Bud Light Party” and go on the campaign trail like they’re in the presidential race. Paul Rudd and Michael Pena make cameos.

-- Steven Tyler teaches a Skittles portrait of the Aerosmith singer how to sing like him –- until it falls apart.

-- Steve Harvey spoofs his Miss Universe mishap in an ad for T-Mobile.

-- Two women driving a Hyundai Elantra on a road in “Ryanville” pass by Ryan Reynolds as a cop, a construction worker, a dog walker, etc. The car is billed as one that “doesn’t get distracted” thanks to its auto-emergency brake system.

-- Bank robbers are forced to rely on a Toyota Prius for their getaway vehicle, leading to a chase that becomes a media sensation.

-- There were movie previews for the new Bourne movie starring Matt Damon and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Independence Day sequels.

Halftime

-- CURE auto insurance had an awkward ad in which a dying father has something important to tell his son, who's distracted by an attractive hospital staffer.

-- Janelle Monae dances to the sixties hit "Do You Love Me" by the Contours and Madonna's "Express Yourself" before singing her updated version of the "Joy of Pepsi" jingle.

-- Alec Baldwin and Dan Marino take verbal jabs at each other during a party in a commercial for Amazon's Echo speaker and Alexa voice service. "How many championships has Dan Marino won?" Baldwin asks Alexa. Marino's response: "How many Oscars has Alec Baldwin won?"

Third Quarter

-- Dogs desperate for Doritos dress in human clothing to purchase the cheesy snack in a shop.

-- Serena Williams, Tony Hawk, soccer star Abby Wambach, T-Pain and others describe MINI USA vehicles as a “chick car,” a “short man’s car,” a “cute car,” a “slow car” and more. The message: the MINI will “defy labels.”

-- Anthony Hopkins stars in an ad for TurboTax.

-- Liam Neeson is a man who travels back in time to chat with his younger self, played by his real-life son, Micheál, about protecting the future –- and LG’s OLED TV.

-- Kung Fu Panda isn’t just a star on the big screen. The animated character is front and center in an ad for Wix.com, a website builder.

-- Dogs dressed in hot dog costumes? Why not. That’s what Heinz gave us.

-- A flock of sheep sings Queen’s “Somebody to Love,” apparently inspired by the Honda Ridgeline truck.

-- There was a movie preview for X-Men Apocalypse.

Fourth Quarter

-- The NFL aired its commercial on “Super Bowl babies” –- kids born nine months after their city won the big game. The children sing a football version of Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose.” Seal himself appears in the spot, too.

-- Christopher Walken and his sock puppet lecture a man inside a walk-in closet -- get it? –- before introducing him to the new Kia Optima.

-- In a T-Mobile commercial, Drake gladly takes suggestions on how to revise his hit tune “Hotline Bling” for a mobile phone company.

-- Helen Mirren charmingly warns viewers about the dangers of drunk driving on behalf of Budweiser.

-- Colgate advises viewers to start conserving water by turning off the faucet when it’s not needed.

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Monday
Feb082016

"Kung Fu Panda 3" Stays on Top at the Box Office 

DreamWorks Animation(NEW YORK) -- Kung Fu Panda 3 scored another box office win during Super Bowl weekend.

The animated sequel earned an estimated 21 million dollars in its second weekend of release to top three new films.

The Coen brothers' Hail, Caesar! opened in second place, collecting 11.4 million dollars. It boasts an all-star cast that includes George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum.

The Nicholas Sparks romantic story The Choice debuted in fifth place, with 6.1 million, followed by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which premiered with 5.2 million.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens reached two more milestones over the weekend. It surpassed the 900-million-dollar mark at the domestic box office and two billion globally. It was released in December by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Rentrak:

1. Kung Fu Panda 3, $21 million.
2. Hail, Caesar! $11.4 million.
3. The Revenant, $7.1 million.
4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, $6.9 million.
5. The Choice, $6.1 million.
6. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, $5.2 million.
7. The Finest Hours, $4.7 million.
8. Ride Along 2, $4.5 million.
9. The Boy, $4.1 million.
10. Dirty Grandpa, $4.1 million.

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Monday
Feb082016

Bernie Sanders and Larry David Together at Last on "Saturday Night Live"

Dana Edelson/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders flipped the tables and did an impression of comedian Larry David while standing right next to him onstage on NBC’s Saturday Night Live over the weekend.

Asked how New Hampshire was going, Sanders replied, "Well, it's pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good," referencing David’s famous line from his show Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Saturday was the first time the two doppelgangers stood side-by-side since David debuted his instant-Internet sensation impression of the presidential hopeful on SNL last fall. David hosted the show Saturday night.

During a Titanic-esque skit, David was arguing he should be given a spot on the sinking ship’s lifeboat because he was from a wealthy family.

"Hold on, hold on, wait a second. I am so sick of the one percent getting this preferential treatment,” Sanders boomed, coming on set waving his finger and wearing a vest and newsboy cap.

"Enough is enough,” he continued, delivering one of his go-to campaign lines. "We need to unite and work together if we are all going to get through this."

"Sounds like socialism to me,” David retorted.

"Democratic socialism,” Sanders replied.

"Huge difference,” he continued in his accentuated Vermont-via-Brooklyn accent. Sanders is the longest-serving independent in Congress and a self-described democratic socialist.

The senator introduced his character as “Bernie Sanderswitzky.”

"But we're gonna change it when we get to America, so it doesn’t sound quite so Jewish,” he said.

David also spoofed Sanders with a "Bern Your Enthusiasm" sketch that resembled a Curb episode.

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Sunday
Feb072016

Super Bowl 50: The Pregame Performances

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga dazzled at Super Bowl 50, performing the national anthem before the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers faced off at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Accompanied by a pianist, Gaga delivered a stunning performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner." She wore a shimmering red outfit for the occasion, and showed off red eye shadow and blue fingernails.

After belting out the final words, Gaga said, "God bless you, America."

Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin signed the national anthem for the hearing impaired.

Before Gaga took center stage, an Armed Forces chorus sang "America the Beautiful."

The Tailgate Party during the pregame show was headlined by Seal and country star Sam Hunt.

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