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Aug102017

Facebook launching new video service, Watch 

Image courtesy Facebook(NEW YORK) -- Facebook is getting into the video content business with a new service called Watch, the company announced Wednesday.

Watch will feature content from a variety of media partners including Billboard, which will launch a show called "How It Went Down," in which musicians will recount crazy stories; Time, Inc., which will offer "Celeb Moms Get Real," a show in which famous mothers talk about parenthood; and Vulture's "Fan Theories."

There also will be content from National Geographic, Vox, A&E and various sports leagues like Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer and the WNBA.

The service will be personalized and organized around what a users friends and groups are watching, says Facebook.

Watch will begin rolling out today to a limited group of early user's before going Facebook-wide at some point in the future.

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Thursday
Aug102017

Jane Fonda, Robert Redford reunite for 'Our Souls at Night'

Kerry Brown/Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, who last starred together on screen in 1979's The Electric Horseman, will reunite in the upcoming Netflix movie Our Souls at Night.

The film, also starring Bruce Dern and adapted from Kent Haruf's novel by The Fault in Our Stars writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, features Redford and Fonda as a pair of Colorado neighbors whose spouses died years earlier, and who discover a connection that changes their lives.

Redford and Fonda first starred together as newlyweds in the 1967 romantic comedy Barefoot in the Park.

Our Souls at Night premieres on Netflix and in select theaters September 29.

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Thursday
Aug102017

Taylor Swift's mom takes the stand: "He sexually assaulted her. *That* guy."

iStock/Thinkstock (DENVER) -- Taylor Swift's mother, Andrea Swift, delivered some emotional testimony Wednesday afternoon in Denver, at one point looking at David Mueller -- the deejay who's suing her daughter -- and declaring, "He sexually assaulted her. That guy."

Mueller is suing Swift, saying her claim that he groped her during a meet-and-greet in 2013 is false, and caused him to be fired.  Swift has countersued, claiming assault and battery for "offensive and harmful physical contact." 

Wednesday, Andrea Swift said she didn't witness the alleged incident, but after her daughter told her about it, she "wanted to vomit and cry at the same time."  She added that it was "inconceivable" that someone would grope Swift, adding, "We were shocked."

Andrea Swift recalled that Taylor told her, "Mom, a guy just grabbed my a**" and that the incident left her daughter "shaken" and "humiliated."  She denied that Taylor specifically asked for Mueller to be fired, but Mrs. Swift said others felt it was "imperative" to let Mueller's bosses know what had happened.

"We did not want him to get away with it," she said.

"I heard it from my daughter's mouth. I knew exactly what happened," said Andrea Swift, pointing at Mueller. "He sexually assaulted her. That guy."

Mrs. Swift said when she saw the photo of the incident, "I knew something horribly wrong was going on. I know these eyes better than anyone," she said, referring to her daughter.  "Her body is at an awkward angle.  Her smile is frozen on her face. Something is going on in her eyes.  I looked and was sickened."

Andrea Swift says she and her daughter visited thousands of radio stations and record labels over the years, and Taylor had "never" reported inappropriate touching or contact before.  Now, Andrea said, Taylor's team is doubly concerned about keeping her safe.

"It shattered our trust," she said. "It scared us."

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Thursday
Aug102017

Ousted White House aide Anthony Scaramucci to make late-night TV debut with Stephen Colbert

Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci's 15 minutes of fame aren't up yet.

Scaramucci, who was ousted after less than two weeks on the job, following an expletive-filled interview with The New Yorker in which he excoriated other White House aides, will be making his first late-night TV appearance Monday on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

"On Monday 8/14 Anthony Scaramucci will be my guest on @colbertlateshow. This is just a heads up for our censors to get ready!" host Stephen Colbert tweeted Wednesday.

Colbert, who has ridden his nightly skewering of President Donald Trump to an overall lead in the late-night ratings, had a lot of fun at Scaramucci's expense during the bombastic former White House staffer's brief West Wing tenure.

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Wednesday
Aug092017

Chloe Grace Moretz says she was body shamed at 15

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Chloe Grace Moretz has always been outspoken about promoting body confidence for everyone, but the actress reveals that a few years back, she was on the receiving end of some intense shaming because of her size.

In an interview with Variety, Moretz, now 20, says that a male co-star made a comment when the cameras were not rolling that really affected her, when she was just 15 years old.

"This guy that was my love interest was like, 'I'd never date you in real life,' and I was like, 'What?' And he was like, 'Yeah, you're too big for me' -- as in my size," said Moretz, adding, "It was one of the only actors that ever made me cry on set."

She didn't name the actor or the movie they were in, but Moretz had a slew of projects in 2012 and 2013, including Kick-Ass 2 and Carrie.

"I went bawling to my brother," she said. "I had to pick it up and go back on set and pretend he was a love interest, and it was really hard ... It just makes you realize that there are some really bad people out there, and for some reason, he felt the need to say that to me."

Moretz called the incident "really, really dark."

This revelation comes just a couple of months after Moretz spoke out against the marketing campaign for her movie Red Shoes and the 7 Dwarfs, because she and others felt the advertisements promoted body shaming.

The campaign and billboards read, ""What if Snow White was no longer beautiful and the 7 Dwarfs not so short?"

May 31, Moretz tweeted, "I have now fully reviewed the mkting for Red Shoes, I am just as appalled and angry as everyone else, this wasn't approved by me or my team."

In the animated film, Moretz lends her voice to the leading character of Snow White. After the backlash, the campaign was pulled.

Moretz is about more than empowering women of all sizes. The actress said in 2013, "I have two gay brothers and two straight brothers. And my gay brothers were treated horrifically until they grew up and understood how to deal with it."

If she sees any inappropriate comments on social media or other platforms directed at her brothers or others in the LGBT community, Moretz said, "I will delete you and I will block you, and you will not be a part of my life if you ever say anything bad about my brothers."

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Wednesday
Aug092017

Bill Murray moved to tears by 'Groundhog Day' musical

Bill Murray with the cast of the Broadway musical "Groundhog Day"; Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Bill Murray was so impressed with the Broadway musical rendition of his hit film "Groundhog Day," he was moved to tears when he saw it for the first time Tuesday night.

Murray, 66, starred in the 1993 film, which follows egotistical TV weatherman Phil Connors as he relives the same day over and over again,  learning in the process to be more caring and compassionate.

Murray showed up with fellow cast members Danny Rubin, who co-wrote the screenplay and the book for the musical, and his brother, actor Brian Doyle-Murray, to check out the hit show. Sopan Deb documented the night for The New York Times.

Inside the August Wilson Theatre, Murray was all smiles, even posing for pictures with fans attending the performance.

The acclaimed actor also gave a classic inspirational speech to the Broadway cast.

"As actors, I can't respect enough how disciplined you are and how, how serving you are of the process," he said. "You're creating something that's very different. There's something that's higher and finer than an ordinary show."

Murray also received a round of applause from the crowd.

"[B]y the end of the performance, Mr. Murray was visibly sobbing," wrote Deb for the New York Times. He added that during his interview with Murray, the actor said the late director and actor Harold Ramis "would've been flabbergasted by the musical."

"The idea that we just have to try again. We just have to try again," Murray told the Times. "It’s such a beautiful, powerful idea."

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Wednesday
Aug092017

'Bachelorette' runner-up Peter Kraus would "consider" doing 'The Bachelor'

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- After Rachel Lindsay broke up with Peter Kraus on Monday night's finale of The Bachelorette, fans of the 31-year-old Wisconsin native made #TeamPeter a trending topic on Twitter.

Though there has been a grassroots campaign to make Kraus the next star of The Bachelor, he isn't sure he'd take the job if it was offered to him.

During a press call on Tuesday, Kraus said he would "consider" the opportunity if it presented itself, but right now, he isn't thinking about it, as "this entire process has been really tough."

"Being the head of all this, being in Rachel's position, as I saw her go through it throughout the entire time, was a lot of pressure. You are the face of a franchise, you're the face of an entire population of people who love the show and love the people on it and that’s hard," he said.

In a post-breakup interview with Bachelorette host Chris Harrison, Lindsay told Kraus that perhaps he was not well-suited to the franchise, which she later told reporters was based on a perceived inability to "take a leap of faith." However, on Tuesday, Kraus told reporters that he isn't sure whether that assessment is accurate.

"I went into this process open-minded and ready for whatever was thrown at me and I don’t think even with that I was prepared for what was going to happen, and it was extremely tough ... for me. And I don't know if I can get to that level with someone that fast, but I certainly know I tried," he said.

If he doesn't get the job, Kraus nominated his friend and former cast mate, Dean Unglert, for the part, saying that he's "a really good guy" with "a good soul."

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Wednesday
Aug092017

Former DJ accused of groping Taylor Swift testifies in court

ABC/Fred Lee(DENVER) --  Former DJ David Mueller testified in court Tuesday in Denver that he did not inappropriately touch pop superstar Taylor Swift at her June 2013 show in the Colorado capital.

With Swift and her mother, Andrea Swift, present, Mueller told the jury of six women and two men that he was fired from his job even after he was "100 percent clear" with his managers that he did not grope Taylor.

He also claimed that he recorded the meeting during which he was let go, but said that the audio was destroyed when he accidentally spilled coffee on his computer.

The reason he sued Swift, he said, was to clear his name.  "It's a humiliating experience to be accused of something despicable," he told the jury.

Mueller sued Swift in 2015, claiming that the singer had falsely accused him of grabbing her backside during the event, and that her allegation caused him to lose his job. According to his suit, Mueller is accusing the singer of "intentional interference with contractual obligations" and "interference with prospective business relations" that led to lost wages.

Swift, who's also expected to testify, claimed in a countersuit obtained by ABC News that Mueller "took his hand and put it up my dress" during the publicity event, and it "was not an accident." Mueller denied "unequivocally" that he intentionally groped the singer, according to the documents.

During cross-examination, Swift's attorney, Doug Baldridge, noted that Mueller did not sue the radio station, and repeatedly said that "the jury will never know" what transpired during his meeting with his bosses, because of the destroyed recordings. He also asked Mueller for a reason why Swift would make up her story, to which the former DJ responded, "I cannot."

Mueller said in depositions that his damages amount to some $3 million. Swift, who is countersuing Mueller, wants damages in an amount to be proven at trial, but also a verdict that holds Mueller responsible for the alleged assault.

Swift says she will donate any money she receives to charities.

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Wednesday
Aug092017

Bethenny Frankel's ex rejects plea deal in stalking case

Bethenny Frankel; Patrick Ecclesine/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Jason Hoppy, ex-husband of entrepreneur and Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel, rejected an offer from prosecutors to resolve aggravated harassment and stalking charges on Tuesday.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office had offered Hoppy a one-year adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, which he declined.

Hoppy has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges.  A trial is set for Sept. 27.

Hoppy, who married Frankel in 2010 and split from her in 2012, was accused of badgering his ex-wife with dozens of text and email messages, and shouting at her outside their daughter’s school.

According to court records obtained by ABC News, the torrent of messages, more than 160 in all, began last summer when Frankel received a text that said, "Despite your games, I'll never let you do to me what your mother did to your father. I'll never go away." The messages continued through Jan. 17, according to the criminal complaint, despite a cease-and-desist letter sent to Hoppy by Frankel’s attorney Nov. 22.

January 17, Frankel claims in the criminal complaint that Hoppy approached her and her boyfriend and allegedly said, "OK I see. This is how you want to do this. OK. You can play your game. It doesn't matter. You can get 10 lawyers. There's nothing you can do to stop me. You'll be sorry. You've been warned. I can't help it. She's pure evil. You've been warned. Don't say I didn't warn you."

Frankel, 46, filed for divorce from Hoppy, also 46, in 2013.  The next year, they reached a settlement over custody of their now 7-year-old daughter, Bryn. Frankel and Hoppy’s divorce was finalized last year.

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Wednesday
Aug092017

"America’s Got Talent" recap: Seal is a guest judge as the final last acts advance

Trae Patton/NBC(NEW YORK) -- The Judge Cuts wrapped up on Tuesday’s edition of America’s Got Talent, with seven of the acts that made it through the auditions advancing to the Live Rounds.

Air Force chorus In the Stairwell; animal act Pompeyo Family Dogs; gospel choir DaNell Daymon & Greater Works; dancers Artyon & Paige and Merrick Hanna; and singer Kechi, all advanced. Singer Johnny Manuel was sent straight to the Live Rounds via “the Golden Buzzer.”

Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B were back behind the judges’ table to offer their opinions and decide which acts would advance. Helping them this week was Klum’s ex-husband, singer/songwriter Seal.

Here’s a rundown of some of Tuesday’s highlights:

Dancers Artyon & Paige -- nine and eight years old, respectively -- performed to Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes’ “(I've Had) The Time of My Life,” from the movie Dirty Dancing. Ironically, Simon, who had pressed his buzzer for the duo during their first audition, was pleased this time out, while Howie, who was a fan after the first audition, wasn’t thrilled this time.

Howie also wasn’t impressed with In the Stairwell’s first audition, but changed his tune after hearing Tuesday’s performance of N’ Sync’s hit, “Bye Bye Bye.” Mel B agreed, noting that the Air Force chorus was “awkward, but adorable.”

DaNell Daymon & Greater Works earned a spot in the live rounds with their rousing performance of Marvin Gaye and Tami Terrell’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Seal declared that “There was a joy that filled the room” when the 42-piece choir began singing.

Pompayo Family Dogs featured the family of three, dressed as cowboys and cowgirls, putting the dogs through their paces, coaxing them to leap through hula hoops, skip rope and climb ladders. Simon called the act “fun and original.”

Johnny Manuel’s cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Lately” pleased most of the judges, but Simon called it a poor song choice, noting that no one could top Wonder’s version. However, Johnny redeemed himself when Cowell asked him to reprise the song from his first audition, Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” right there on the spot. Afterwards, Simon called Manuel “One of the best singers in the competition.” Seal was so impressed with Johnny’s impromptu rendition, that he pressed his “Golden Buzzer,” sending him straight to the live rounds.

Dancer Merrick Hanna, 12, dazzled the judges with his robotic moves to "Something Wild," by Lindsey Stirling featuring Andrew McMahon, but Simon -- as he’d been doing for most of the night -- disagreed, criticizing the song choice. On the other hand, he did like the story within Merrick’s performance.

Kechi, a 27-year-old burn victim, brought the judges to their feet with her take on Donny Hathaway’s version of “A Song for You.” In response to her earlier comment that she felt lucky to be in the competition, Howie insisted, “WE feel really lucky to have YOU here.” Simon agreed, saying that Kechi earned her place in the competition with her talent, as well as her back story. Seal, noting that “strength through vulnerability” is his mantra, added, that there was no greater example of that then what Kechi had showed them.

It's on to the Live Rounds when America’s Got Talent returns Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.

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