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May032015

Brooklyn Decker, Andy Roddick Expecting First Child

Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Actress and former model Brooklyn Decker is expecting a child with husband and retired tennis star Andy Roddick, her rep confirmed Saturday evening.

The child would be the first for the couple. Decker, who has appeared in the movie Battleship and on episodes of television's New Girl and Ugly Betty, announced the news on Instagram, posting a photo of her baby belly.

So this happened... #the3ofus

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The one-time Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover model told People magazine last year that she "definitely" wanted children. "I just have to figure out the timing of that," she said at the time.


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Saturday
May022015

Netflix's New Releases for May

Brian McEntire/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It's a new month, which means new releases on Netflix and iTunes.

From your favorite TV shows to movies old and new, the list seems to have something for everyone.

The complete list of new releases on the streaming services are below.

Netflix

May 1

-- Beyond Clueless
-- Jimi: All Is by My Side
-- Legally Blonde
-- Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
-- Longmire: Season 3
-- No No: A Dockumentary
-- Shameless: Series 10
-- The Last Waltz
-- The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
-- Underclassman

-- Witnesses Season 1

May 2

-- Lalaloopsy: Festival of Sugary Sweets
-- LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures: Amazing World Explorers

May 3

-- Anita
-- D.L. Hughley: Clear
-- Royal Pains
Season 6

May 5

-- A Few Best Men

May 6

-- The Longest Week

May 8

-- Grace & Frankie
-- Puss in Boots Season 1
-- Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas

May 9

-- Jinn
-- The Liberator


May 12

-- Extraterrestrial
-- Fruitvale Station
-- Magical Universe

May 13

-- The Identical

May 14

-- American Restoration (New collection)
-- Counting Cars (New collection)
-- Dance Moms (New collection)
-- Duck Dynasty (New collection)
-- Hoarders (New collection)
-- Modern Marvels (New collection)
-- The Universe (New collection)

May 15

-- Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Season 4
-- Cyber-Seniors
-- Dawg Fight
-- Give Me Shelter
-- Granite Flats Season 1-3

May 16

-- First Period

May 17

-- Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
-- Before I Disappear
-- Girlhood
-- Zombeavers


May 21

-- Between Season 1

May 22

-- H20 Mermaid Adventures
-- Inglourious Basterds

-- Jen Kirkman: I'm Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)
-- Richie Rich Season 2
-- The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir
-- Transporter: The Series Season 1

May 23

-- Antarctica: A Year On Ice
-- The Boxtrolls

May 24

-- Love and Honor
-- Welcome to the Punch

May 26

-- Graceland Seasons 1-2

May 27

-- Before I Go to Sleep

May 29

-- Hot Girls Wanted
-- Mako Mermaids
Season 3


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Saturday
May022015

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" Stars Open Up About 'Family'

The Walt Disney Company/Marvel Comics(NEW YORK) -- Avengers: Age of Ultron opened internationally as the No. 1 movie, raking in more than $200 million overseas, and Friday's U.S. premiere was widely expected to set or break records.

New characters in this installment of the blockbuster franchise include a murderous robot and a pair of siblings with superpowers. Those siblings -- the characters Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch -- are played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen.

The two chatted with ABC News’ Amy Robach about their turn in the film, and she asked them whether they were intimidated to join the cast of such well-known and beloved superheroes.

“We had just come off working together on Godzilla, so we had already known each other and were already friends at that point,” said Olsen, 26, referring to her previous work with Taylor-Johnson. “So it was nice to come in together into an intimidating environment. But everyone ended up being like the nicest people ever and not intimidating.”

Taylor-Johnson, 24, agreed, saying: “It felt like family.”

Speaking of family, Johnson and Olsen have famous ones of their own in real life.

Taylor-Johnson's wife, 48-year-old Sam Taylor-Johnson, directed the hit Fifty Shades of Grey. The film is based on the bestselling book of the same name.

Olsen’s sisters are Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the 28-year-old twins who rose to fame as young children when they starred in the hit sitcom, Full House.” The two women are now entrepreneurs and fashion designers. One of their brands, Elizabeth and James, is named for Elizabeth and another actor sibling, James, who uses the name Trent Olsen professionally.

Robach asked Elizabeth Olsen whether she inspired her sisters’ designs or whether they inspired her.

“They inspire me,” she replied. “I don't know anything about fashion. And they have the best taste above anyone I know. So I'm inspired by them every day of my life.”


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Friday
May012015

Bruce Jenner Served With Wrongful Death Lawsuit for Malibu Crash

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A wrongful-death lawsuit was filed Friday in California against Bruce Jenner stemming from the four-car crash in February that left one of the drivers dead.

Stepchildren of the late Kim Howe allege Jenner was "negligent" when his SUV hit Howe's Lexus in Malibu, resulting in her death, according to Superior Court of California paperwork obtained by ABC News.

Jenner's Escalade hit Howe's white Lexus, causing the car to roll into oncoming traffic, where she hit a Humvee, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department at the time of the crash. The five people inside the Humvee suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The lawsuit say the two stepchildren suffered "enormous damages and losses" after Howe's death.

Jenner, who was uninjured in the crash, released a statement Feb. 8, the day after the incident, saying, "My heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to the family and loved ones, and to all of those who were involved or injured in this terrible accident. It is a devastating tragedy and I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time. I am praying for them. I will continue to cooperate in every way possible."

Jenner, 65, cooperated with investigators, police said. He passed a field sobriety test and then voluntarily submitted a blood sample to determine whether he was intoxicated.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. is still investigating the crash and Jenner has not been charged.

A representative for Jenner did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.


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Friday
May012015

Taylor Swift Opens Up About Her Upcoming World Tour

ABC/ Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift is constantly trying to one-up herself.

The singer, who’s about to embark on her 1989 World Tour, admitted to Extra that she wants this one to be even better than her last tour.

“It would be so ridiculous if I didn’t look it at that way, because that’s how everyone else is looking at it,” she said. “So yeah, I need my tour to be better than my last tour. I need my album to be better than my last album.”

Swift said she wants this tour to be a fresh experience for her fans.

“My hope is that my fans don’t feel similar watching this tour in any way then they felt watching the last tour,” she explained.

That includes enlisting some of her pals, including the girl band HAIM, to join her on the road.

“It’s gonna be insane,” Swift said. “They’re just so incredible and there’s just such good vibes. Like, when they walk into a room it just changes the entire dynamic. They’re just like loud in the best way and so energetic. And that energy is gonna be so cool to have on the road.”

She’s even started making phone calls to some of her famous friends to get them to take the stage with her as surprise guests.

“I end up assuming the role of booking agent essentially when I’m on tour,” she added.

The 1989 World Tour kicks off Tuesday in Tokyo.


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Friday
May012015

Christie Ally or Kirstie Alley: Actress Put at Center of Bridge Scandal After Internet Fail

ABC/Michael Ansell(NEW YORK) -- What's the difference between Kirstie Alley and a Christie Ally?

The Internet needs help distinguishing between the two similarly sounding nouns, so we're here to help.

Kirstie Alley is the actress from Cheers who woke up Friday morning to find herself one of the most talked about people on the Internet for something she did not have a part of.

The other Christie ally is David Wildstein, a high school classmate of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and an official at the Port Authority. Wildstein pleaded guilty on Friday to his role in "Bridgegate" where he allegedly helped plot the closing of lanes at the George Washington Bridge in 2013.

After a long week and waking up to a headline such as "Christie Ally Expected to Plead Guilty in New Jersey Bridge Lane Closings," some people were left with their heads spinning.

How did the actress wind up tangled in Bridgegate?

 

 

 

 



After having her fine name dragged through the mud, we'll let Kirstie Alley (the actress) have the last word:

 

 

 

 

 


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Friday
May012015

'Stand By Me' Singer Ben E. King Dead at Age 76

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall Of Fame(NEW YORK) -- Singer Ben E. King, best-known for his work with The Drifters and his classic solo hit, “Stand By Me,” has died at age 76. King's booking agent confirmed his passing to ABC News Radio.

Born Benjamin Earl Nelson in North Carolina, King’s family moved to Harlem, New York when he was 9. Eleven years later, he joined a new incarnation of The Drifters and sang lead on many of the group’s biggest hits, including “There Goes My Baby,” “This Magic Moment,” and “Save the Last Dance for Me.”

Two years later, a dispute with the singing group’s management prompted King to leave The Drifters for a solo career, where he scored a hit with his first single, “Spanish Harlem.” But it was his second single, the Leiber & Stoller composition “Stand By Me,” released in 1961, that has proven King’s most enduring, and has become a rock and pop classic.

King’s chart success waned as the British Invasion took over America’s radio airwaves, though he continued to perform throughout his life. In 1988, King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Drifters. Last March, the National Recording Registry added King’s original performance of “Stand By Me” to its permanent collection, joining other recordings judged to be "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."


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Friday
May012015

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” Now in Theaters

The Walt Disney Company/Marvel Comics(NEW YORK) — The summer movie season is under way with the release of what will undoubtedly be one of the highest-grossing films of the year.

Avengers: Age of Ultron sees the return of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man; Chris Hemsworth as Thor; Mark Ruffalo as The Incredible Hulk; Chris Evans as Captain America; Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow; and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.

Marvel newcomer James Spader voices Ultron, a villainous robot aiming to wipe out humanity. It's up to the Avengers to save the planet from Ultron's destructive ways.

Also new to the franchise are Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver, and Paul Bettany as Vision. Bettany has voiced Iron Man's A.I. pal, J.A.R.V.I.S., in past Marvel films.

Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson also star in Avengers: Age of Ultron, which was directed by Joss Whedon. The film is rated PG-13.

The first Avengers film, released in 2012, grossed $207 million in its opening weekend, so expect Age of Ultron to rake in big bucks over the next few days.

Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.


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Friday
May012015

Kristin Wiig Explains Why She Went Nude in Latest Film, “Welcome to Me”

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Kristin Wiig gets serious in her latest film, Welcome to Me.

The actress plays Alice Klieg, a woman with a borderline personality disorder who wins the Mega Millions Lottery and buys her own talk show. In one heart-wrenching scene, Wiig strips down completely and wanders naked and confused through a crowded casino.

"It was the part and it felt right, so I did it," Wiig said in the latest issue of Violet Grey magazine about her decision to disrobe on camera. "Of course you’re nervous, and you know people are going to make comments, but if you care about that, your job instantly becomes more difficult. You have to do things for you."

Wiig hopes people embrace this more dramatic side of her.

"I always say people know you how they know you, and I think people know me probably from SNL and Bridesmaids," Wiig said. "I’ve done a couple of things that have been dramatic and sometimes I get frustrated because like...there was a scene I shot once where it was like, 'Oh, this woman is so sad that she’s doing this thing,' and when we screened it people laughed."

For that reason, Wiig was nervous going into her latest film. "I know that there’s some really dark moments and there’s some really funny moments," she said, "and it’s kind of up to the audience to interpret them."

Welcome to Me, which also stars James Marsden, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack and Loretta Devine, opens in theaters Friday.


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Friday
May012015

James Spader Made a Film for His Kids with “Avengers” Sequel

Justin Stephens/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — James Spader had strong motivation for joining the cast of the Avengers sequel: He wanted to take part in a movie that would appeal to his kids.

The Blacklist star voices the titular, killer robot in Avengers: Age of Ultron, in theaters now. He tells ABC Radio he was "intrigued" after watching past Marvel films such as Iron Man and the first Avengers movie.

Spader adds, "I'd never made a film for my kids. And I thought that would be really great, to be able to do a film that my kids would be excited about."

Though Ultron seeks to destroy humanity, Spader believes his character can be funny and eloquent at times.

He argues, "We may not like the idea that maybe another species might be more successful at this than us, but he's presenting that as a possibility."

Avengers: Age of Ultron reunited Spader with Robert Downey Jr., his co-star in the 1980s movies Tuff Turf and Less Than Zero. Spader shares that while they drifted apart in the ensuing years, Age of Ultron "brought us back together again and it was probably, in the long run, I guess it probably is going to end up being the most important aspect of doing this film, probably, is that."

Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.


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