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“The Voice” Season Eight: Welcome Back, Christina; Bye Bye, Gwen

“The Voice” Season Eight: Welcome Back, Christina; Bye Bye, Gwen

Trae Patton/NBC(NEW YORK) -- The Voice season seven has just gotten underway, but we already know who the coaches will be for season eight. NBC has announced that the next season of the show will feature regulars Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, but will also welcome back Christina Aguilera, who hasn't appeared on the show since season five. Current coach Gwen Stefani will depart, but fellow newbie Pharrell Williams is going to stick around.In a statement, NBC Entertainment exec Paul Telegdy said, "We are excited to welcome Christina back to her red chair and can't wait to see how she mixes things up among Adam, Blake and Pharrell, in what will be an incredibly competitive competition."The original coach lineup when The Voice began in 2011 was Levine, Shelton, Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. Since then, Levine and Shelton have been the only constants. Usher and Shakira have also served as coaches. And here's some trivia: all the female coaches on The Voice have either been pregnant during their time on the show, or had recently given birth.The Voice season eight will begin early next year.

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Teresa Giudice Has Paid $200,000 in Restitution

Teresa Giudice Has Paid $200,000 in Restitution

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice has paid the federal government the $200,000 in restitution she was ordered to have at sentencing, the U.S. Attorney's Office confirmed to ABC News.The $200,000 will go toward the $414,588 in restitution that Giudice and her husband Joe have been ordered to pay. (They must pay restitution separately, and according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Joe Giudice has not yet paid his half.)

As far as Teresa Giudice's recent payment, according to her attorney's testimony, about $150,000 was secured through a contract advance while $50,000 was obtained as a loan from a friend.In addition to paying restitution, both reality TV stars were sentenced to prison earlier this month. Teresa Giudice will begin her 15-month sentence early next year and her husband's 3.5 years behind bars will begin when she gets out."I was shocked," she said of her sentence last week. "It was very unexpected. I don't even know what to say."Meanwhile, Joe Giudice's legal troubles are far from over.The father of four daughters, who also faces deportation as he is not a U.S. citizen, is expected to appear in state court in Paterson, New Jersey Wednesday, where he is charged with presenting his brother's marriage and birth certificates to the Motor Vehicle Commission in 2010 to obtain a driver's license.

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“Dancing with the Stars”: Sadie Robertson Dazzles on Partner Switch Episode, No One Is Eliminated

“Dancing with the Stars”: Sadie Robertson Dazzles on Partner Switch Episode, No One Is Eliminated

Adam Taylor/ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- The stars switched partners Monday night on Dancing With the Stars, performing their routines with pros chosen for them by viewers who voted on Twitter, and after a tough judges’ panel they all likely breathed a sigh of relief to learn there would be no eliminations in this fifth week of the competition.The switch was for one night only. Stars will return to their original pro partners next week. The couple with the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes then will be eliminated.With head judge Len Goodman absent from the judges’ panel this week, pop star Jessie J was tonight’s guest judge. The singer opened the show with her hit songs, “Bang Bang” and “Burnin’ Up.”When the night was over, Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson topped the leaderboard with 36 out of a possible 40 points, while NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip brought up the rear with 20 points.Monday's Routines

Antonio Sabato Jr.: The actor’s original partner is Cheryl Burke, but he and Allison Holker turned in a rousing, crowd-pleasing Bollywood number that earned him a standing ovation from the ballroom audience. Judges Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough said they appreciated his enthusiasm, but faulted him on timing.“It wasn’t as synchronized as it should have been,” Tonioli said. Inaba felt Sabato danced the song “very well,” but said she saw missteps from both him and Holker. Jessie J offered Sabato “massive congratulations” on his performance, but earned some boos for awarding him only 6 out of 10 points. The other judges gave him two 7s and an 8, for a total of 28 out of a possible 40 points.Bethany Mota: Mota’s original partner is Derek Hough, but Monday night she danced hip-hop with Hough’s best friend, Mark Ballas, and judges praised the new pairing.“You have swag,” Inaba told Mota. Julianne Hough –- Derek’s sister –- said Mota “attacked” the performance. “You completely held your own and it was really wonderful,” she added. Jessie J said she really enjoyed the routine, while Tonioli pointed out that Mota was “blossoming in confidence, week after week after week.” Judges gave Mota four 8s for a total of 32 points.Jonathan Bennett: During the actor’s high-energy jitterbug with Peta Murgatroyd –- his pro partner is Allison Holker –- he had some trouble with timing and appeared to fumble a few moves, including fairly acrobatic landings by Slater. Judges said the routine caused them some anxiety because of those issues.“It made me feel uncomfortable,” Jessie J said. “I was nervous. I couldn’t relax and enjoy it. ... I could feel like you wanted it to be better than it was, and I mean that in the nicest way.” Inaba said she saw “moments of brilliance” but said “so much of it was wrong.” Hough agreed with Jessie J. “It’s true, I was holding my breath, and not in a good way,” she said. Bennett earned 6s across the board, for a total of 24 points.Alfonso Ribeiro: The actor is normally partnered with Witney Carson, but tonight he and Cheryl Burke danced a passionate flamenco that brought the audience to its feet. Jessie J said she thought it was amazing, saying she was drawn in and “wanted the story to continue.” Hough said the pairing was “the first partnership that I believed tonight,” adding that she found the chemistry amazing. Tonioli agreed that the chemistry was “scorching,” but told Ribeiro that in flamenco it was important to keep a separation between the shoulder and neck. Ribeiro earned two 9s and two 8s for a total of 34 points.Janel Parrish: The actress is normally partnered with Val Chmerkovskiy but she turned in a sultry burlesque with Artem Chigvintsev that may have been too hot for some judges. Hough pointed out that the dance was sexy verging on raunchy, and said it lacked the cheekiness and humor typical of the style.“I did not see the burlesque,” Hough said, at which point Tonioli put in: “Don’t worry, love, I saw it! Never too sexy for me!” he said, adding that the dance was so sexy that Parrish had saved many people the need to spend money on Viagra. Inaba shared Hough’s opinion, but Jessie J said she enjoyed the routine. Parrish earned three 8s and a 9 for a total of 33 points.Michael Waltrip: The NASCAR legend who’s struggled in the competition normally dances with Emma Slater but he was partnered tonight with Witney Carson, and judges found their disco disappointing. Inaba acknowledged that she understood Waltrip’s approach: “When you can’t dance, make us laugh. ... Once again, you had me giggling, but I don’t want to giggle anymore,” she said, adding that more was expected from stars at this stage of the competition. Hough agreed, and Tonioli said he didn’t believe any of Waltrip’s movements were in time with the music. Jessie J found it “really consistent,” saying: “It wasn’t amazing but it wasn’t terrible.” Waltrip earned four 5s, for a total of 20 points.Tommy Chong: The comedian’s original partner is Peta Murgatroyd, but he danced a mambo Monday night with Emma Slater that pleased the audience but drew mixed reviews from the judges. The slow tempo of the song was hard for a mambo, Inaba said, adding that she felt the tempo contributed to a loss of energy in the routine. Hough said the 76-year-old Chong looked tired (and after the routine he addressed her comment, saying he looked tired because he was old.) Jessie J enjoyed the performance. “You were so relaxed. ... You did really well,” she said. Tonioli added a driving analogy: “What it was, it was a mambo in the slow lane. You were running on your own time. You hit a few bumps in the road but you got to the end.” Chong earned a 5 and three 6s for a total of 23 points.Sadie Robertson: The Duck Dynasty star danced a Charleston with Derek Hough, the best friend of her regular pro partner, Mark Ballas. Jessie J told Robertson the routine was “really clean,” while Hough said it was “so great.” She continued: “Every week you come out here and you show us a different side of who you are.” But she noted that Robertson missed a bit of the timing at the beginning of the routine. Tonioli said the timing was “spot on,” and Inaba found it “magnificent.” Robertson earned four 9s for a total of 36 points –- the highest score of the night.Lea Thompson: The actress has so far danced with Artem Chigvintsev but she was paired tonight with Val Chmerkovskiy and their Broadway routine drew high praise from the judges. Hough called the concept “so fun,” but said she saw uncharacteristic hesitation in Thompson. Jessie J said she enjoyed the character played by Thompson, and Tonioli said he liked the apparent references to the popular musicals, Hairspray and The Producers. “A treat for me,” he said. Inaba, too, was pleased with the routine. “I actually loved it. It was way wackadoodle but everything was executed great. ... Well done,” she said. Thompson earned two 8s and two 9s for a total of 34 points.The Scores

Sadie Robertson and Derek Hough: 36 Lea Thompson and Val Chmerkovskiy: 34 Alfonso Ribeiro and Cheryl Burke: 34 Janel Parrish and Artem Chigvintsev: 33 Bethany Mota and Mark Ballas : 32 Antonio Sabato Jr. and Allison Holker: 28 Jonathan Bennett and Peta Murgatroyd: 24 Tommy Chong and Emma Slater: 23 Michael Waltrip and Witney Carson: 20

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Taylor Swift Ponders a Future in…Politics?

Taylor Swift Ponders a Future in…Politics?

Trae Patton/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift has conquered the music industry and is just getting started on an acting career.  But in the future, she says she might just move into a completely new career: politics.In the new issue of InStyle magazine, cover girl Taylor says she has considered the possibility of actively supporting causes that she believes in.

"I’ve thought about if I were to be passionate about something political, stepping forward and speaking about it," she tells the magazine. "At this point I have my hands full, but as with everything in my life, when I come upon something I’m passionate about, I’m very vocal about it, so we’ll see.”In her cover story, Taylor also discusses her personal life, including the fact that she feels she's not ready for marriage at this point in her life, and having kids is something she hasn't yet decided she'll do. 

"I’m too young to get married," she says. "Not agewise, but I know myself, so why try to meet someone right now when I know I’m too young to do something serious?”"I don’t know if I’ll have kids," she notes. "It’s impossible not to picture certain scenarios and how you would try to convince them that they have a normal life when, inevitably, there will be strange men pointing giant cameras at them from the time they are babies.”Marriage and babies might be something that are a ways away for Taylor anyway, since she's basically put her love life on the back burner, and the romances she's had haven't been long-lasting."I’ve only had three real relationships, and none of them lasted more than four months," she claims.  "I haven’t gone near a guy in a year and a half."You can read the full interview with Taylor when the November issue of InStyle arrives on Oct. 17.

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Blake Lively’s Pregnancy Announcement Shirt Sells Out

Blake Lively’s Pregnancy Announcement Shirt Sells Out

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Blake Lively announced she was expecting her first child with husband, Ryan Reynolds by posting a photo of herself looking down and holding her bump on her website, Preserve. And apparently fans of the former Gossip Girl star loved her look so much that the Sam & Lavi outfit she was wearing has sold out, according to E! News.Lively's flower print shirt, created by Lyna, is already sold out, while the black-and-white Seren maxi skirt is still available in a few sizes.Lively met Reynolds on the set of Green Lantern in 2010 and the couple tied the knot in 2012. It will be the first child for both.

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“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Picking Up Steam in Season Two, Says Star, Producer

“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Picking Up Steam in Season Two, Says Star, Producer

ABC/Bob D'Amico(NEW YORK) -- Tuesday night's episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has Clark Gregg's Director Phil Coulson and Ming Na's Agent Melinda May going undercover -- in formal wear, no less -- to infiltrate a secure facility."We learn a lot about their past and, and what could be their future," executive producer Jeph Loeb tells ABC News Radio at this weekend's New York Comic Con.

"I'm all in," he enthuses about the episode, crediting the show's cast and crew with hitting their stride in the show's new season two.  "...[F]or me, to be as integral a part of what's going on, to be that excited about what's going on...then, yeah...they must be doing something right."Ratings for the ABC show climbed last season after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier revealed S.H.I.E.L.D. had been infiltrated by the Nazi offshoot Hydra. The events of the movie flipped the script for the series, but Gregg tells us the major change was a welcome one.

"All that's left of S.H.I.E.L.D. right now is Coulson, and what is a ragtag bunch of people who still know that if there isn't something like S.H.I.E.L.D. that the world is in very serious jeopardy -- that's really exciting. To be underdogs, now, to be on the run," he explains.Gregg, who played then-Agent Phil Coulson in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and The Avengers, was a fan of Marvel comics before becoming part of the "family," and so he was no stranger to comic conventions. However, thanks to his involvement with the character, he's something of a rock star at events like New York Comic Con.

"What I love about it is I go to San Diego [Comic Con] or I'll come here, and just have the time of my life, and feel like, 'I am a superhero!' And then go home just to have my daughter go, 'Is that what you wore? Ew.'"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs at 9 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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New Comedy “Marry Me” Premieres Tuesday Night

New Comedy “Marry Me” Premieres Tuesday Night

Jeff Lipsky/NBC(NEW YORK) -- NBC has a couple of premieres scheduled for Tuesday night.Marry Me, a new series from Happy Endings creator David Caspe, will debut at 9 p.m. Eastern time, following an hour-long edition of The Voice.The comedy stars Happy Endings actress -- and Caspe's real-life wife -- Casey Wilson as Annie, who anxiously awaits a marriage proposal from her longtime boyfriend, Jake, played by Eastbound & Down's Ken Marino. After Jake upsets Annie by not popping the question during a two-week getaway, the couple decides to hold off on an engagement until the circumstances are right.  The Marry Me pilot will be followed by the second-season premiere of About a Boy at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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“The Walking Dead” Reaches New Ratings High with Season-Five Premiere

“The Walking Dead” Reaches New Ratings High with Season-Five Premiere

Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC(NEW YORK) -- The Walking Dead is more popular than ever, if the ratings for the fifth-season premiere are any indication.Sunday's new episode drew a series-high 17.3 million viewers. The previous best for the AMC drama was the 16.1 million who tuned in to the fourth-season premiere a year ago.AMC also notes that The Walking Dead outperformed its competition, including NBC's Sunday Night Football, in the advertiser-coveted 18- to- 49-year-old demographic, with 11 million adults.The Walking Dead after-show Talking Dead, featuring Conan O'Brien as a guest, pulled in 6.9 million viewers. It was the highest-rated premiere yet for the program.

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Shia LaBeouf Continues to Talk About Erratic Behavior

Shia LaBeouf Continues to Talk About Erratic Behavior

Sony/Columbia(LOS ANGELES) -- On Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, Jimmy welcomed Fury co-star Shia LaBeouf, who told the story of his very public arrest at the Broadway musical Cabaret back in June. According to published reports, LaBeouf was spotted chasing a homeless man before ending up getting arrested after being disruptive inside theater, and spitting on a cop. LaBeouf told Kimmel the incident began by drinking too much whiskey while watching the World Cup.  From there, the actor explained, he began speaking with a homeless man in preparation for playing a homeless vet in a movie, but the man got "spooked" by a passerby taking the actor's picture and ran. The actor ran after him, but later lost the gentlemen -- and that's when LaBeouf ran into a fan who worked in Cabaret and offered him a ticket.LaBeouf took the ticket eagerly, and although by that point, according to the actor, the "drunk was kicking in," he made it to the play.The night got progressively worse, when he got handsy with star Alan Cumming -- or "Alan Tudyk -- it could have been Allen Iversen at that point," he admitted, and got lured outside and shortly thereafter was arrested.In jail, LaBeouf admitted being scared for his life in a cell with six other inmates. He told Kimmel, "I figured...I was gonna spit on this cop's shoe, that's my way out...And he put a mask on me, a Hannibal [Lecter] mask on me and a lead jacket, and escorted me to my private dwelling where I stayed for 25 hours."So did he learn anything from the incident, Kimmel asked? "Yeah, I'm gonna stay away from Broadway for a bit," he said to laughs.

"Broadway's not the problem, it's the whiskey, I think," Jimmy said.

"Yeah, you're probably right," LaBeouf said. "And I'm checking that, too." LaBeouf was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and harassment. In a plea deal, he pleaded guilty in September to disorderly conduct.LaBeouf’s sentencing was deferred for six months while he completes three months of court-ordered substance abuse treatment.

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Robin Williams’ Daughter Zelda Addresses ‘Misconceptions’ About Mental Health

Robin Williams’ Daughter Zelda Addresses ‘Misconceptions’ About Mental Health

Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Zelda Williams has taken to Twitter to talk about mental health. Williams, who is the daughter of comedian Robin Williams, lost her father in August to an apparent suicide after bouts with depression.She wrote on Friday about the subject on social media, urging others suffering from the disease to get the help they need, not just for themselves but for their families, as well.

 

Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay. Mental illness is often misunderstood & misrepresented, but that's starting to change. Let's end the stigma.

— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) October 10, 2014

 

 

Mental health IS as important as physical health, & whether there are visible signs or not, the suffering is real. It can affect EVERYONE.

— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) October 10, 2014

 

 

So please, let's help stop the misconceptions & support those who need our help. Healing the whole starts with healing minds.

— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) October 10, 2014

 

 

No matter what the misinformed say, you can't simply CHOOSE to make mental illness go away. It is NOT cowardly to suffer or seek help.

— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) October 10, 2014

Finally, Zelda, 23, addressed how mental illness affected her famous father.

 

 

Lastly, my dad openly fought depression his whole life, both in general and his own. No matter what anyone says, it is a FIGHT. Fight on.

— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) October 10, 2014

 

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Amanda Bynes’ Psychiatric Hold Extended Two Weeks

Amanda Bynes’ Psychiatric Hold Extended Two Weeks

GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Following a 72-hour psychiatric hold that began on Friday evening, Tamar Arminak, a lawyer for Amanda Bynes' family, confirmed to ABC News Monday that Bynes will remain hospitalized for another two weeks.The 28-year-old actress arrived at the Las Encinas Hospital for a three-day stay after arriving in Los Angeles from New York late last week, Arminak added.A so-called 5150 hold is used on those deemed to have a mental illness that makes them a danger to themselves or others. She was placed under the same hold last July after allegedly starting a fire in the driveway of a home in Thousand Oaks, California.The hold can be extended if a judge deems it necessary.Bynes' parents first expressed concern on Friday, the same day their daughter went on a troublesome Twitter rant."My clients are very concerned about their daughter," Arminak told ABC News in a statement. "Despite what is being reported, they are doing everything they can to help Amanda."Bynes spent the week in New York after flying in last week from California, where she was arrested for a DUI on Sept. 29, according to authorities.The California Highway Patrol confirmed that after the actress stopped in the middle of an intersection, she was pulled over and an officer determined that she appeared to be under the influence. After she failed a field sobriety test, Bynes was arrested, police said.Bynes is due in court on Oct. 23 and is expected to enter a plea on the DUI.After her 5150 hold last summer, Bynes entered rehab and her parents got a conservatorship over the actress after her treatment.She left rehab in December and, shortly thereafter, enrolled in fashion school. She has since said she is no longer in school.

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Amal Alamuddin Changes Her Name to ‘Amal Clooney’

Amal Alamuddin Changes Her Name to ‘Amal Clooney’

Karwai Tang/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Amal Alamuddin has changed her name.The lawyer, 36, who wed George Clooney, 53, last month in Venice, is now professionally known as "Amal Clooney," according to her bio on her company's website."Amal Clooney is a barrister specialising in international law, human rights, extradition and criminal law," the bio says. "She has represented clients in cases before the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, as well as in domestic courts in the UK and US."

Alamuddin and Clooney marked their nuptials with a lavish, days-long celebration with famous friends including Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. The newlyweds capped things off with a 12-minute civil ceremony on Monday, Sept. 27."The best part of being at George and Amal's wedding was those two people finding each other," Murray told E! News. "It's just amazing that those two people -- the way they are -- found the other person. It's almost surreal. I am so happy for them!"

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Channing Tatum: Wife Has to OK Stripper Moves in “Magic Mike XXL”

Channing Tatum: Wife Has to OK Stripper Moves in “Magic Mike XXL”

Stuart Wilson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Channing Tatum‘s wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, not only gets a preview of his stripper moves for the sequel Magic Mike XXL, she actually signs off on them.“Our two choreographers on the movie, they’re really, really good friends [with Jenna],” Tatum told People this weekend. “So I work it out with them and then I go show Jenna for approval.”Tatum, 34, and his wife, 33, actually met on the set of the dance film Step Up in 2006. Since tying the knot in 2009, they have a daughter together, Everly, now 16 months.“She actually loves Magic Mike, believe it or not,” Tatum said of his wife’s response to his sexy striptease numbers. “It’s an interesting thing that actors have to deal with. We’re 10 years into it now, so it’s kind of old hat. We’ve moved past it.”Dewan-Tatum also knows how important the Magic Mike movies are to her husband, because they were inspired by his real-life experiences as a stripper in Florida.“If I was just doing some movie about strippers, then she’d probably be like, ‘Why do you want to do that?’” Tatum said. “But it started off as a story that I really love, and it’s grown into something that I love even more because it’s a weird world that I experienced in my real life.”He added, “It’s just a part of me telling some part of my life. And she understands that.”

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Iggy Azalea Leads American Music Awards Nominees

Iggy Azalea Leads American Music Awards Nominees

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABC(NEW YORK) -- The nominations for the 2014 American Music Awards were announced Monday morning, and Iggy Azalea is waking up to a very nice day. The singer is the leading nominee with six nods, including in the top category, Artist of the Year. She's joined in that category by three artists who received five nominations each: Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and John Legend.There are 10 nominees for Artist of the Year, an increase of five from the 2013 ceremony. Five will be eliminated based on votes tallied through Nov. 13.Jason Derulo and Charli XCX announced the nominees in select categories on ABC's Good Morning America.Fans can vote once per day for all categories, other than New Artist of the Year, beginning Monday on AMAVote.com. You can also have your say on Twitter by using the hashtag #AMAs and including the nominee and category name. Voting for New Artist of Year launches Nov. 1 and will continue through the first hour of the ABC broadcast, which airs live from Los Angeles on Nov. 23.Here are the nominees:Artist of the YearIggy AzaleaBeyoncéLuke BryanEminemImagine DragonsJohn LegendLordeOne DirectionKaty PerryPharrell WilliamsNew Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s5 Seconds of SummerIggy AzaleaBastilleSam SmithMeghan TrainorSingle of the YearIggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy”John Legend, “All of Me”MAGIC!, “Rude”Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”Pharrell Williams, “Happy”Favorite Male Artist -- Pop/RockJohn LegendSam SmithPharrell WilliamsFavorite Female Artist -- Pop/RockIggy AzaleaLordeKaty PerryFavorite Band, Duo or Group -- Pop/RockImagine DragonsOne DirectionOneRepublicFavorite Album -- Pop/RockLorde, Pure HeroineOne Direction, Midnight MemoriesKaty Perry, PrismFavorite Male Artist -- CountryJason AldeanLuke BryanBlake SheltonFavorite Female Artist -- CountryMiranda LambertKacey MusgravesCarrie UnderwoodFavorite Band, Duo or Group -- Country  Eli Young BandFlorida Georgia LineLady AntebellumFavorite Album -- CountryGarth Brooks, Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of InfluencesEric Church, The OutsidersBrantley Gilbert, Just As I AmFavorite Artist -- Rap/Hip-HopIggy AzaleaDrakeEminemFavorite Album -- Rap/Hip-HopIggy Azalea, The New ClassicDrake, Nothing Was The SameEminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2Favorite Male Artist -- Soul/R&BChris BrownJohn LegendPharrell WilliamsFavorite Female Artist -- Soul/R&BJhene AikoBeyoncéMary J.  BligeFavorite Album -- Soul/R&BBeyoncé, BeyoncéJohn Legend, Love in the FuturePharrell Williams, G I R LFavorite Artist -- Alternative RockBastilleImagine DragonsLordeFavorite Artist -- Adult ContemporarySara BareillesOneRepublicKaty PerryFavorite Artist -- LatinMarc AnthonyEnrique IglesiasRomeo SantosFavorite Artist -- Contemporary InspirationalCasting CrownsHillsong UnitedNewsboysFavorite Artist -- Electronic Dance Music (Edm)AviciiCalvin HarrisZeddTop SoundtrackFrozenThe Fault In Our StarsGuardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1

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Iggy Azalea Leads American Music Awards Nominees

Iggy Azalea Leads American Music Awards Nominees

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABC(NEW YORK) -- The nominations for the 2014 American Music Awards were announced Monday morning, and Iggy Azalea is waking up to a very nice day. The singer is the leading nominee with six nods, including in the top category, Artist of the Year. She's joined in that category by three artists who received five nominations each: Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and John Legend.There are 10 nominees for Artist of the Year, an increase of five from the 2013 ceremony. Five will be eliminated based on votes tallied through Nov. 13.Jason Derulo and Charli XCX announced the nominees in select categories on ABC's Good Morning America.Fans can vote once per day for all categories, other than New Artist of the Year, beginning Monday on AMAVote.com. You can also have your say on Twitter by using the hashtag #AMAs and including the nominee and category name. Voting for New Artist of Year launches Nov. 1 and will continue through the first hour of the ABC broadcast, which airs live from Los Angeles on Nov. 23.Here are the nominees:Artist of the YearIggy AzaleaBeyoncéLuke BryanEminemImagine DragonsJohn LegendLordeOne DirectionKaty PerryPharrell WilliamsNew Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s5 Seconds of SummerIggy AzaleaBastilleSam SmithMeghan TrainorSingle of the YearIggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy”John Legend, “All of Me”MAGIC!, “Rude”Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”Pharrell Williams, “Happy”Favorite Male Artist -- Pop/RockJohn LegendSam SmithPharrell WilliamsFavorite Female Artist -- Pop/RockIggy AzaleaLordeKaty PerryFavorite Band, Duo or Group -- Pop/RockImagine DragonsOne DirectionOneRepublicFavorite Album -- Pop/RockLorde, Pure HeroineOne Direction, Midnight MemoriesKaty Perry, PrismFavorite Male Artist -- CountryJason AldeanLuke BryanBlake SheltonFavorite Female Artist -- CountryMiranda LambertKacey MusgravesCarrie UnderwoodFavorite Band, Duo or Group -- Country  Eli Young BandFlorida Georgia LineLady AntebellumFavorite Album -- CountryGarth Brooks, Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of InfluencesEric Church, The OutsidersBrantley Gilbert, Just As I AmFavorite Artist -- Rap/Hip-HopIggy AzaleaDrakeEminemFavorite Album -- Rap/Hip-HopIggy Azalea, The New ClassicDrake, Nothing Was The SameEminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2Favorite Male Artist -- Soul/R&BChris BrownJohn LegendPharrell WilliamsFavorite Female Artist -- Soul/R&BJhene AikoBeyoncéMary J.  BligeFavorite Album -- Soul/R&BBeyoncé, BeyoncéJohn Legend, Love in the FuturePharrell Williams, G I R LFavorite Artist -- Alternative RockBastilleImagine DragonsLordeFavorite Artist -- Adult ContemporarySara BareillesOneRepublicKaty PerryFavorite Artist -- LatinMarc AnthonyEnrique IglesiasRomeo SantosFavorite Artist -- Contemporary InspirationalCasting CrownsHillsong UnitedNewsboysFavorite Artist -- Electronic Dance Music (Edm)AviciiCalvin HarrisZeddTop SoundtrackFrozenThe Fault In Our StarsGuardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1

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The Celebs Switch Pro Partners on Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars”

The Celebs Switch Pro Partners on Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars”

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) -- Dancing with the Stars is switching things up on Monday night.The nine remaining celebrities will change pro partners for the night while tackling new styles of dance such as hip-hop and flamenco.Alfonso Ribeiro says he'll try to enjoy himself without his usual partner, Witney Carson, by his side. He tells ABC News Radio he told her how much he'd miss her pushing him and slamming his face during rehearsals.Tommy Chong is less enthusiastic about undergoing what he calls a "trial separation" with his partner, Peta Murgatroyd. He continues, "We're going to see what it's like with others, and then if we don't like it we're going to be back together again. I already don't like it." British pop star Jessie J will serve as guest judge on Monday night's edition of Dancing with the Stars, which begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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Penélope Cruz Named “Esquire’s” Sexiest Woman Alive

Penélope Cruz Named “Esquire’s” Sexiest Woman Alive

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Penélope Cruz is Esquire magazine's "sexiest woman alive." In the mag's November issue, on which she graces the cover, Cruz, 40, discussed her acting career, saying she had "an attraction to drama" in her teens and 20s."Most of us have that, especially if you are an artist -- you feel like you are tempted to explore the darkness," Cruz explains.

"I could not be less interested now. For me, the most attractive, charming, cool, fun, interesting thing -- how could I call it? A plan,” she adds.One of the topics Cruz is unwilling to talk about is her personal life. When Esquire asked about her husband, actor Javier Bardem, or their two children, she replied, "That is for us."However, the Vicky Cristina Barcelona actress will admit she doesn’t feel like the sexiest woman alive, but more like a mother who doesn’t get enough sleep.Cruz is also tight-lipped about her upcoming movie projects. All she'll say about the first, the Spanish-language film Ma Ma, is that she suffers from an illness that she won't reveal.Of her part in the 2015 spy comedy Grimsby, starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Cruz reveals she’s been watching famous speeches to prepare for her part. However, she won't specify which ones.

Cruz is the 11th woman to be named Esquire's "sexiest woman alive," joining a list that includes Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Rihanna, Charlize Theron and Scarlett Johansson.

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Bill Hader Returns to “SNL,” Show Pays Tribute to Jan Hooks

Bill Hader Returns to “SNL,” Show Pays Tribute to Jan Hooks

Dana Edelson/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Bill Hader's effeminate character Stefon returned to Saturday Night Live’s "Weekend Update" on Saturday.He offered up his latest recommendations for New York’s hottest new clubs -- including Whimsy, which he said is "condemned by GLAAD and the EPA from Ghostbusters," and described as an "old wet Band-Aid found in a Jacuzzi...the kind of place that makes you feel weird the next time you see your parents." The party boy also referenced his "marriage" to Seth Meyers.Stefon capped off the appearance with a surprise announcement: he's pregnant.

SNL also paid tribute to Jan Hooks, who died on Thursday at age 57. She was a regular on the show for five seasons between 1986 and 1991. The tribute was introduced by host Hader and fellow alum Kristen Wiig, and it featured a clip in which she co-starred with Phil Hartman, another former SNL star who passed away in 1998.

 

 

Saturday Night Live will return to NBC on October 25 withJim Carrey as host.  It will be Carrey's third time hosting the show, with his prior appearances having aired in 1996 and 2011. Carrey will likely use the opportunity to promote his upcoming sequel, Dumb and Dumber To, which hits theaters on November 14. Iggy Azalea will be the musical guest.

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“August: Osage County” Actress Misty Upham Missing

“August: Osage County” Actress Misty Upham Missing

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(OLYMPIA, Wash.) -- Actress Misty Upham, who portrayed a housekeeper in the movie August: Osage County, and also had roles in Frozen River and Django Unchained, has been missing for a week, according to police in Washington state.The 32-year-old Native American actress was first reported missing by her father Charles on October 6. She was last seen the day before, leaving her apartment in Auburn, Washington, 20 miles outside of Seattle.Commander Steve Stocker tells People magazine, "Our officers responded to her apartment where she lives with her parents on Sunday for a suicidal call.  When our officers got there, she had already packed up some belongings and left the apartment, so the officers were not able to contact or find her."However, Stocker says she does not fit the criteria for a "missing and endangered person," according to Washington state law, in which the person's missing occurrence has to be "unexplainable, involuntary or suspicious."He adds, "As far as the information we have, she took some things with her, she has a bus pass and even access to some money, and the case has been assigned to a detective, but we aren't putting resources to look for her."Earlier this year, Upham filmed her role in the upcoming movie Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston.

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Ralph Macchio Celebrates 30th Anniversary of “The Karate Kid” at New York Comic Con

Ralph Macchio Celebrates 30th Anniversary of “The Karate Kid” at New York Comic Con

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the stars who made their presence felt at New York Comic Con over the weekend was Ralph Macchio, who celebrated the 30th anniversary of The Karate Kid.The Karate Kid, released in the summer of 1984, starred Macchio as Daniel LaRusso, a bullied teen who overcomes long odds to win a karate tournament under the tutelage of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi.Macchio told ABC News Radio the film has a permanent place in pop culture because people can identify with it. He says, "It still resonates and connects with anyone who is a fish out of water, not fitting in. It's coming-of-age themes that are human and that will always be relatable at some point."Macchio adds that there's a "soulful magic" to The Karate Kid because of his late co-star Pat Morita, who portrayed Miyagi.

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