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Wednesday
Sep022015

Where Did Melissa Rivers Scattered Her Mom Joan Rivers' Ashes?

Brian Bowen Smith/E!(NEW YORK) -- Just days from the one-year anniversary of Joan Rivers' death, daughter Melissa Rivers and her son Cooper have found a meaningful place to scatter the late star's ashes.

"Coop and I took our annual family vacation to Wyoming," the new Fashion Police co-host told Entertainment Tonight. "[The] first without my mom and scattered some of her ashes there so we can still be together every August as a family."

Joan died unexpectedly last September 4 at the age of 81.  Rivers shared how she and her son will mark Friday's one-year anniversary.

"Everyone expects me to have this big grand plan for the 4th and I am just going to be spending it with my son," she told ET. “He is going to go to school, I am going to go to work and come home and light a candle, and have a glass of wine."

Rivers recently returned to Fashion Police, which she executive produces, taking on the role of co-host after both Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin exited the program earlier this year following Joan Rivers' death. 

"I'm kind of a disaster this week," she confessed, adding "the greatest way to honor my mother's legacy is to keep going, because she was not a quitter."

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Wednesday
Sep022015

New "Dancing with the Stars" Cast Includes Paula Deen, Tamar Braxton & More 

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- The full cast of season 21 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars has finally been revealed, and it turns out most of the rumors regarding who would be included turned out to be true -- including controversial celebrity chef Paula Deen.

Nine of the celebrity dancers had already been revealed before Wednesday morning's announcement, with the most recent Gary Busey, who made the announcement on Tuesday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live!  The final four contestants revealed on GMA were former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak, singer and reality show star Tamar Braxton, celebrity chef Paula Deen -- who immediately started talking and wouldn't stop for about a minute -- and National Guard Specialist Alek Skarlatos, who helped subdue a gunman on a French train last month.

Here are the celebrity and pro pairings for the new season of Dancing with the Stars:

  • Kim Zolciak (ex-Real Housewife of Atlanta) and Tony Dovolani
  • Tamar Braxton (singer, reality star, talk show host) and Val Chmerkovskiy
  • Paula Deen (celebrity chef) and Louis Van Amstel
  • Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys member) and Sharna Burgess
  • Alexa PenaVega (Actress, wife of Carlos PenaVega) and Mark Ballas
  • Carlos PenaVega (Big Time Rush member, actor, husband of Alex PenaVega) and Witney Carson 
  • Andy Grammer ("Honey I'm Good" Singer) and Alison Holker
  • Bindi Irwin (daughter of late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin) and Derek Hough
  • Victor Espinoza (jockey) and Karina Smirnoff
  • Chaka Khan (singer) and Keo Motsepe
  • Hayes Grier (online Vine star) and Emma Slater
  • Gary Busey (actor) and Anna Trebunskaya
  • Alek Skarlatos  (National Guard specialist ) and Lindsay Arnold

Dancing with the Stars season 21 debuts Monday, September 14 on ABC.


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Wednesday
Sep022015

"James Bond" Author Apologizes After Calling Idris Elba 'Too Street' to Play 007

Sony/Screen Gems(LONDON) -- Current James Bond author Anthony Horowitz has apologized after stating that British actor Idris Elba is too "street" to play 007 on the big screen.

"Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better," Horowitz told the U.K.'s Daily Mail. "For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a colour issue. I think he is probably a bit too 'street' for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah."

Instead, Horowitz said, he can see Hustle's Adrian Lester as Bond.

Horowitz has since issued an apology via Twitter. It reads:

“I’m really sorry my comments about Idris Elba have caused offence. That wasn’t my intention. I was asked in my interview if Idris Elba would make a good James Bond. In the article I expressed the opinion that to my mind Adrian Lester would be a better choice but I’m a writer not a casting director so what do I know? Clumsily, I chose the word ‘street’ as Elba’s gritty portrayal of DCI John Luther was in my mind but I admit it was a poor choice of word. I am mortified to have caused offence.”

Horowitz is the latest author to be tapped by Bond creator Ian Fleming's estate to continue writing novels about 007. Unlike the earliest Bond films, which were adaptations of Fleming's original novels, the latest Bond films -- with the exception of Casino Royale -- have been stories written specifically for the screen.

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Wednesday
Sep022015

"The Muppets": Kermit Says He's Just Friends with Denise

Disney Junior/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Kermit the Frog has moved on.

Photos of the Muppets star with his new girlfriend, Denise, were released Tuesday.

"The word is out: Kermit is seeing Denise," read a tweet from the Muppets Twitter account. "We're bracing for Miss Piggy's forthcoming wrath."

However, Kermit subsequently tweeted, “While I prefer to keep my personal life private, this is Hollywood, so who am I kidding? It is true that I am dating again. However, at this time no one woman-–pig or otherwise-–is my official ‘new girlfriend.’ We are simply close friends.”

Kermit and Miss Piggy announced in August that they were ending their relationship. The two will, however, work together on the ABC series The Muppets, which premieres September 22.

"Our personal lives," they said in a statement at the time, "are now distinct and separate, and we will be seeing other people, pigs, frogs, et al."

Miss Piggy isn't sitting around sulking, however. On Monday, The Hunger Games' Liam Hemsworth shared a photo of himself with her, calling Miss Piggy "the most beautiful girl in the world."

"Loved @LiamHemsworth, our latest guest coming to #TheMuppets," she added on her Twitter page. "Although, I had to explain that hunger is NEVER a game!"

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Wednesday
Sep022015

Andrew Garfield Says Playing "Spider-Man" Felt 'Like a Prison'

Ida Astute/ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Andrew Garfield was candid when asked about his experience taking on the role of The Amazing Spider-Man, calling the pressure "like a prison."

"I was well up for the challenge and I still am," Garfield told Indie Wire's the Playlist while promoting his new film 99 Homes, out September 25.

He continued, "The pressure to get it right, to please everyone...it's not going to happen...You end up pleasing no one, or everyone just a little bit. Like, 'Eh, that was good.'"

In fact, Garfield felt like even the marketing affects the art. "[It's] like 'We want 50-year-old white men to love it, gay teenagers to love it, bigot homophobes in Middle America to love it, 11-year-old girls to love it.' That's canning Coke," he added. "So that aspect of it was a bummer."

For Garfield, a rising star, he was upset that the hype and the marketing affected the "unique" project the cast and crew were trying to create.

"It was about authenticity, flavor, and truth, but at the same time, I understand people want to make a lot of money, and they're going to spend a lot of money so the playpen can be as big as it was. I can't live that way; it sounds like a prison, to be honest, living within those expectations," he said.

Tom Holland will take over as Spider-Man in next year's Captain America: Civil War.

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Wednesday
Sep022015

J.K. Rowling Wishes Harry Potter's Son James Sirius Good Luck on His First Day of School

Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- J.K. Rowling has conjured up more than a cauldron’s worth of emotions for Harry Potter fans after wishing James Sirius Potter a happy first day at Hogwarts.

The author took to Twitter to remind fans that, according to the novels’ timeline, today is the day Harry’s son would board the Hogwarts Express at platform 9 and three quarters.

"I'm in Edinburgh, so could somebody at King's Cross wish James S Potter good luck for me? He's starting at Hogwarts today," she tweeted.

Rowling first introduced James Sirius Potter in the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. He is the first son of Harry and Ginny, named after Harry’s father James and late godfather, Sirius Black. And like any other 11-year-old British wizard, James would be heading to Hogwarts today, September 1.

In honor of the date, and inspired by Rowling’s tweet, #BackToHogwarts climbed to a top Twitter trend worldwide early Tuesday morning. Muggle and magical Harry Potter fans alike celebrated the anniversary of Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s first meeting.

About an hour after her first post, the world’s most successful author followed up with this tweet: "Now worried that he'll be irritated by the number of people saying hi."

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Tuesday
Sep012015

"The Voice" Coaches’ Dream Picks for a Fifth Coach Include Kermit the Frog 

NBCUniversal(LOS ANGELES) -- There are only four red chairs on The Voice, but if the show ever added another, who should sit in it? In a new video on TVLine.com, this season’s coaches reveal their dream picks for a fifth coach.

Both Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani think Bette Midler would make a great addition to the show. Gwen says the Divine Miss M is “somebody we’d love to get to know a little better,” and Adam agrees.

“She looks like the kind of lady that doesn’t take any s***, and I like that,” Adam says.

Gwen also suggests Barbra Streisand because, she says, “that is an artist that can do everything.”

The other two coaches, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams, are a little sillier with their fantasy choices. Blake wants model Kate Upton as the fifth judge -- because he’s “a fan” -- and Pharrell says he’d pick either Kermit the Frog or Krusty the Clown.

The ninth season of The Voice premieres Monday, September 21 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

 

 

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Is Rihanna Launching Beauty Line?

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Rihanna is planning her own beauty line.

While promoting her new RiRi perfume at a meet-and-greet Monday at Macy’s in Brooklyn, New York, The Barbadian singer said a line called Fenty Beauty is next in her business plan.

"That is definitely something I am going to have my hands on and would love to do,” she told Refinery29.com. “It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, but I’ve always had so much on my hands. But, this time, I’m going to make sure it happens. I'm going to find some time between albums and fragrance to do that. I promise."

Rihanna has enjoyed great success in a variety of endorsements, including a MAC lipstick collection, a fashion line with River Island, and serving as the face of Christian Dior. As she envisions her own beauty line, she already ideas for the perfect products.

“Lashes that could just put themselves on,” she says. “Lipstick that doesn’t move, but doesn’t dry your lips out, that you don’t need a liner for."

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Tuesday
Sep012015

"James Bond" Author Says Idris Elba Is 'Too Street' to Portray 007

Sony/Screen Gems(LONDON) -- If left up to current James Bond author Anthony Horowitz, British actor Idris Elba would never portray 007 on the big screen.

"Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better," Horowitz told the U.K.'s Daily Mail. "For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a colour issue. I think he is probably a bit too 'street' for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah."

Instead, Horowitz can see Hustle's Adrian Lester as Bond.

Horowitz is the latest author to be tapped by Bond creator Ian Fleming's estate to continue writing novels about 007. Unlike the earliest Bond films, which were adaptations of Fleming's original novels, the latest Bond films -- with the exception of Casino Royale -- have been stories written specifically for the screen.  And Horowitz doesn't agree with some of what he's been seeing of the next Bond film,Spectre.

"I’m looking at the trailer and I am seeing a photograph of Bond’s family. The mum and the dad are in there and their faces are missing because the picture has been burned in a fire. This is going to be to do with his family background, and I know the fans are all terribly excited to know more, but I’m saying, 'Don’t tell me, I don’t want to know,'" he said. "I don’t want to know about his doubts, his insecurities or weaknesses. I just want to see him act, kill, win."

At least Horowitz likes Daniel Craig, calling him "a terrific Bond."

Spectre isout November 6.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Jaime King Calls Being the Mother of Two Boys 'Surreal'

Eddy Chen/The CW(LOS ANGELES) -- Jaime King is still trying to comprehend that she's a mother to two boys.

The actress, who gave birth to her second son, Leo Thames, last month, told ABC News that having two children under the age of two is "surreal."  "It feels like I'm living in a dream," she said in Los Angeles last week. "I feel like I'm so blessed that I'm still not even processing the fact that I have another child."

King and her husband of seven years, Kyle Newman, welcomed their first child, James Knight, 22 months ago. At nearly two years old, King said he's "in this magic time where he's just discovering everything every minute."

Meanwhile, "Leo Thames is a beautiful newborn. He's very sweet and he sleeps and he eats and he does what newborns do," she dished. "I don't ever want to be away from either of them!"

This baby has a very special godmother in pop superstar Taylor Swift, one of King's closest friends.

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