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Stephen Collins Case: LA County Sheriff Probes Sex Crime Claims

Stephen Collins Case: LA County Sheriff Probes Sex Crime Claims

Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The L.A. County Sheriff's Department has joined authorities in New York and Los Angeles in investigating Stephen Collins for allegedly exposing himself to a minor about 30 years ago, ABC News has confirmed.The 7th Heaven actor was being investigated already for other alleged past sexual-abuse claims. No charges have been filed in the cases.An LASD spokesperson told ABC's Los Angeles affiliate KABC that the Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau is aware of one allegation in West Hollywood, California, and is working with detectives in New York."The allegation was first reported to the Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday, October 9, 2014, and was forwarded to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for investigation. The victim, who was 13 years old at the time of the incident, reported the event that occurred in the summer of 1983," a release from the Sheriff's Department reads.The opening of these past claims started when audio purportedly of Collins, 67, was leaked and posted on TMZ on Oct. 7, where he allegedly confesses to the acts during a therapy session in 2012 with his now-estranged wife, Faye Grant.On the audio, Collins appears to admit to revealing himself to girls as young as 10 and 11 years old.Collins and Grant are involved in divorce proceedings that started in 2012. Grant previously told ABC News in a statement: "With regard to the divorce proceedings, I am seeking no more than that to which I am legally entitled under the laws of the State of California. The recording of Mr. Collins' statements has not been part of family court proceedings or any negotiations related to that action at any time."Collins' lawyer has neither confirmed nor denied the audiotape is of Collins.Collins and Grant are scheduled to begin their divorce trial next month.

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Archie Panjabi Will Leave “The Good Wife” After This Season

Archie Panjabi Will Leave “The Good Wife” After This Season

Photo: Jeffrey Neira/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Archie Panjabi is leaving The Good Wife at the end of this season, ABC News has confirmed.The actress, who has played Kalinda Sharma on the CBS drama since 2009, has inked a deal with 20th Century TV that will begin when her current contract with CBS expires at the end of this season.The plan is for Panjabi to headline a drama pilot for 20th Century TV this spring."Archie is an Emmy Award winning dramatic actress, and rightly so. Her work on The Good Wife has been extraordinary, and the time has come for her to star in a project of her own," Fox's executive vice president of casting, Sharon Klein, told ABC News in a statement. "We couldn’t be happier that it will be with us."This is the second big loss for the The Good Wife, which also dealt with the the departure of Josh Charles earlier this year. However, showrunners Robert and Michelle King said in a statement that "we still have her for the rest of season six, so let's not exhaust our goodbyes yet.""Archie is an amazing actress who helped build Kalinda from the ground up as an enigmatic, powerful, and sexy character. It's been a pleasure to write for her, and we'll be sad to see her go," they said. "We look forward to meeting all the wonderful new characters Archie brings to the screen. But either way, we're keeping the boots."

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Marvel Kills Off “X-Men” Great Wolverine

Marvel Kills Off “X-Men” Great WolverineiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Marvel Universe said goodbye to an iconic character on Wednesday -- Wolverine.Yes, the mutant whose healing factor kept him alive for what seems like forever is gone. Even though Wolverine has been around for well ove...

Neil Patrick Harris Named Host of the 2015 Oscars

Neil Patrick Harris Named Host of the 2015 Oscars

Heather Wines/CBS (NEW YORK) -- Neil Patrick Harris has hosted the Emmy Awards and the Tony Awards, but he's never emceed the Oscars. That will change next year.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday afternoon that Harris will host the 87th Oscars ceremony on Feb. 22, 2015.

Harris confirmed the news with an online video in which he says into a cellphone, "I'm in." The camera then pans over to his bucket list, on which he circles the final item, "Host the Oscars." Above it are several items that are already checked off, such as "Meet the president," "Have children" and "Get married."

Harris later released the following statement: “It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards. I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show. To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true.”

Previously, the How I Met Your Mother star hosted the Emmy Awards twice and the Tony Awards four times.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the Oscars telecast for the third consecutive year. ABC will air the show live.

The 2014 Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, aired last March 2.

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Kesha ‘Had a Lot of Trepidation’ About Suing Producer Dr. Luke

Kesha ‘Had a Lot of Trepidation’ About Suing Producer Dr. Luke

Eric McCandless/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Singer Kesha had "a lot of trepidation" about suing her longtime producer, Dr. Luke, over allegations that he was sexually, verbally, emotionally and physically abusive toward her, her lawyer, Mark Geragos, told ABC News' Good Morning America Wednesday.Kesha filed her lawsuit Tuesday, and Dr. Luke -- whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald -- has filed his own lawsuit against the singer for alleged defamation and breach of contract.

Taking legal action was nerve-wracking for the singer, Geragos said.However, "she’s strong," Geragos told GMA. "When I talked with her yesterday, I thought she was enormously resilient about this. She’s in a good place."The singer, 27, sued Dr. Luke, claiming that his abuse was so severe that she "nearly lost her life." In the 27-page document, obtained by ABC News, she alleged that he gave her drugs and alcohol so that he could take advantage of her, and that he "cruelly and incessantly" berated her about her physical appearance. She claimed that the alleged verbal abuse contributed to the singer developing an eating disorder, for which she entered treatment earlier this year.Now, "she’s in a place where she’s strong enough that she can make it work. She can stand up to him," Geragos said. "I mean, this is a frightening thing to have to go through. The date rape. The years of mental and emotional abuse. Those are things that I think anybody, especially at her age when this started, would be devastated by."Gottwald's lawsuit denies claims made by Kesha and added that her mother "has made clear that extortion is the ultimate goal of this defamatory campaign."Gottwald's lawyer, Christine Lepera, told ABC News Tuesday that while she had yet to see Kesha's lawsuit, she believed it to be "nothing more than a continuation of her bad and offensive acts.""As set forth in the complaint that we have filed on behalf of Dr. Luke, Kesha and her mother are engaged in a campaign of publishing outrageous and untrue statements about Dr. Luke to third parties, including scurrilous and false statements of purported physical and mental abuse of Kesha," Lepera said. "The complaint explains that Kesha and her mother Pebe have wielded these defamatory statements in an attempt to extort Gottwald into releasing Kesha from her exclusive recording agreement with Dr. Luke."

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Warner Bros. Reveals Next 10 Movies Featuring DC Comics Universe

Warner Bros. Reveals Next 10 Movies Featuring DC Comics Universe

Warner Bros(LOS ANGELES) -- Warner Bros. on Wednesday released the biggest comic movies list yet. The company detailed the next DC Comics movies to be produced through the year 2020.The list is:

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Snyder (2016) Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer (2016) Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot (2017) Justice League Part One, directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017) The Flash, starring Ezra Miller (2018) Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa (2018) Shazam (2019) Justice League Part Two, directed by Zack Snyder (2019) Cyborg, starring Ray Fisher (2020) Green Lantern (2020)

 

Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara said the purpose of the upcoming movies is to produce more "outstanding content, working with the best talent and maintaining the culture that makes Warner Bros. so great."

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Joe Giudice Accepts Plea Deal in Fraud and Forgery Case

Joe Giudice Accepts Plea Deal in Fraud and Forgery Case

iStock/Thinkstock(PATERSON, N.J.) -- After thinking things over, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice has accepted a plea deal in a fraud and forgery case, in which he has been accused of using his brother's marriage and birth certificates to obtain a driver's license in 2010.The plea deal, which will allow Giudice to forgo a trial, required him to plead guilty to possession of a fraudulent driver's license. He initially faced a more serious charge of willfully using the identification of another -- a second-degree offense that carried a maximum 10 years in prison. Under this deal, Giudice accepts an 18-month sentence that will run concurrently with his previously arranged federal prison sentence.Earlier Wednesday, Giudice, 42, told a Paterson, New Jersey, judge that he refused the deal, because it required him to admit guilt. However, he changed his mind after a judge asked him to think things through.Earlier this month, the reality TV star was sentenced to more than three years in a federal prison and ordered to pay part of $414,000 in restitution for federal crimes including hiding assets, submitting fake loan applications and failing to pay taxes.He and his wife, Teresa Giudice, who was ordered to spend 15 months in prison, will serve their time separately, which the court determined was in the best interest of their four children."I just want to apologize that I got you into this mess," he told his wife in a televised interview after his federal sentencing. "If I could take it all back, I would."

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Report: Amanda Bynes Could Be Confined, Treated for a Year

Report: Amanda Bynes Could Be Confined, Treated for a Year

Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- TMZ reports that Amanda Bynes could be involuntarily confined for up to a year if her doctors successfully secure a so-called LPS hold on the troubled actress. The gossip site says her doctors are trying to get a judge to do just that, after Bynes began exhibiting troubling behavior following the recent expiration of the conservatorship secured by her parents.According to TMZ, the LPS hold could force the actress to confinement -- and to take psychiatric medication -- for up to a year. A similar, but shorter hold was placed on the actress more than a year ago, after she was caught sparking a fire in a driveway and accidentally dousing her dog with gasoline.Following a 72-hour psychiatric hold that began on Friday evening, Tamar Arminak, a lawyer for 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.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 DUI on September 29, according to authorities. She is due in court on October 23 and is expected to enter a plea on the DUI.While under her parents' conservatorship, the actress reportedly entered treatment, which she left in December of 2013, and enrolled in a fashion school from which she reportedly parted ways amid reports of increasingly erratic behavior.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Director Addresses Stephen Collins’ Role in Film

Director Addresses Stephen Collins’ Role in Film

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The director of a short film starring Stephen Collins has released a statement saying he made the project well before the child molestation allegations against the actor came to light.Collins plays a pedophile priest in Penance, which has recently played at various film festivals but which director Jeff Wolfe notes was made in 2013. In a statement to People magazine, Wolfe says, "When I cast Stephen Collins, I had no idea there might be a connection between his real life and the part I asked him to play."He adds, "I found the recent allegations particularly shocking, as my film is meant to speak to victims of abuse and the idea that the effects of abuse never really go away."Wolfe had also worked with Collins on the since-cancelled NBC show Revolution.

Police are investigating claims that Collins molested three girls years ago.

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Bill Murray Vows He Won’t Catch Oscar ‘Virus’

Bill Murray Vows He Won’t Catch Oscar ‘Virus’

Weinstein Company(NEW YORK) -- Bill Murray's performance in the upcoming movie St. Vincent is being called Oscar-worthy, but in a new interview with Variety, Murray reveals that unlike other awards-season hopefuls, he won't be campaigning for the coveted trophy.“I’ve never done that,” he tells the magazine. “I know that’s something Harvey [Weinstein, head of The Weinstein Company, the studio backing the film] does -- he forces you to do these things. I’m not that way. If you want an award so much, it’s like a virus. It’s an illness.”The 64-year-old actor, who earned an Academy Award nomination for Lost in Translation back in 2004, admits he convinced himself that he would win.  He didn't.

“Six months later, I realized I had taken the virus. I had been infected," he confesses.Murray notes that winning the Oscar has been a curse for some of his Hollywood peers. “People have this post-Oscar blowback,” he explains. “They start thinking, ‘I can’t do a movie unless it’s Oscar-worthy.’ It just seems people have difficulty making the right choices after that.”Weinstein tells Billboard he thinks it's too early to discuss St. Vincent’s Oscar odds, "until something happens, like a Golden Globe or a critic’s award."If that happens, Weinstein adds, Murray will "have to get a restraining order against us. We’ll disregard what he told us.”St. Vincent stars Murray as a crabby neighbor who develops an unlikely friendship with the son of a recent divorcee, played by Melissa McCarthy. Naomi Watts also stars.St. Vincent is now out in limited release. It opens nationwide Oct. 24.

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Rene Russo Reveals Struggle with Bipolar Disorder

Rene Russo Reveals Struggle with Bipolar Disorder

Mark Mainz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While taping an appearance on Queen Latifah's daytime talk show on Monday, Rene Russo revealed that she has bipolar disorder.As seen in a preview clip posted on People's website, the actress brought up the subject when Latifah asked her and her Nightcrawler co-star, Jake Gyllenhaal, to identify something in their lives that they've had to "push through." Russo laughed, "Bipolar medication."Russo, 60, explained, "I pretty much hit a wall and then I realized, my mom said my whole childhood, that you're stop-and-go. And then I stopped and I had to, like, whoa, that was it for me."Latifah asked Russo what motivated her to take medication. Russo answered, "I literally crashed, hit a wall and couldn't get out of bed. I thought it was depression, but if you take antidepressants it speeds you up more, so I'm kind of stop-and-go."Russo added that it was an important topic to discuss: "I have friends who don't want to go on the medication, and they are suffering."Latifah's interview with Russo and Gyllenhaal will air on Oct. 30. The film Nightcrawler, directed by Russo's husband Dan Gilroy, opens the next day.

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Chris Rock, Prince to Headline “SNL” Next Month

Chris Rock, Prince to Headline “SNL” Next Month

Photo by: David Giesbrecht/NBC / Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Prince will return to Saturday Night Live for his third appearance as a musical guest next month in a show hosted by SNL alum Chris Rock.The star comedian will host and the seven-time Grammy Award-winning musician will perform on the show's Nov. 1 episode.

Rock was a cast member on three seasons of the show in the early 1990s and hosted one episode in 1996.

Prince released a pair of albums, Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum, on Sept. 30, and the Nov. 1 appearance on SNL will be his first television appearance since then. Prince's previous Saturday Night Live appearances came in 1981 and 2006.

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Kelly Clarkson Reveals the Sweet Gift Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Gave Her Baby

Kelly Clarkson Reveals the Sweet Gift Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Gave Her Baby

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Looks like Kelly Clarkson's daughter is destined to follow in her mother's footsteps!The former American Idol winner posted a photo of her daughter, River, with a guitar gifted to her by family friends Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton."Aunt @mirandalambert & Uncle @blakeshelton 4 the win! She is destined 2 b a Country/Rock legend with this! Thnx guys!" she wrote, along with the photo below.

 

Aunt @mirandalambert & Uncle @blakeshelton 4 the win! She is destined 2 b a Country/Rock legend with this! Thnx guys! pic.twitter.com/7GvPtnmiDC

— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) October 14, 2014

Clarkson, 32, and her husband of almost one year, Brandon Blackstock, welcomed River this past June. Before the couple eloped, they had been planning a big wedding, and Shelton, who is managed by Blackstock, was going to officiate."He's very serious. He's so into it," she told Entertainment Tonight last year. "He can be very sentimental, and it's like, 'What?' You don't know how to take it!"Sentimental, and from the looks of it, a thoughtful gift-giver too.

 

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Kesha Sues Producer Dr. Luke, Accuses Him of Abuse

Kesha Sues Producer Dr. Luke, Accuses Him of Abuse

ABC/Bob D'Amico(NEW YORK) -- Kesha's mother has already gone on record blaming Dr. Luke, the super-producer behind many of her biggest hits, for bullying her into an eating disorder.  Now, the singer herself has filed suit against Dr. Luke, accusing him of far more than that.

The lawsuit accuses the producer, born Lukasz Gottwald, of "sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally" abusing Kesha until "she nearly lost her life."Kesha's attorney says in a statement, "This lawsuit is a wholehearted effort by Kesha to regain control of her music career and her personal freedom after suffering for ten years as a victim of mental manipulation, emotional abuse and an instance of sexual assault at the hands of Dr. Luke.""The facts presented in our lawsuit paint a picture of a man who is controlling and willing to commit horrible acts of abuse in an attempt to intimidate an impressionable, talented, young female artist into submission for his personal gain," the statement continues. "Kesha is focused on moving her life and her career beyond this terrible time.”When Kesha entered rehab for an eating disorder at the very start of 2014, her mother gave several interviews in which she blamed Dr. Luke, in part, for bullying her daughter such that her resulting poor self-image drove her to her eating disorder.  But in the lawsuit, she further claims he continually made sexual advances towards her, and plied her with drugs and alcohol so he could take advantage of her sexually.  For example, Kesha accuses Luke of forcing her to snort "an illegal drug" before boarding a plane, and says during the flight, he forced himself on her sexually. On another occasion, Kesha claims, Luke gave her the "date-rape" drug GHB, after which she says she woke up naked in his bed, "sore and sick," with no memory of how she had gotten there.Kesha also claims in her suit that Luke continually told her how worthless and inferior she was, and that she would be nothing without him.  Soon, she says, she began to believe him. He also allegedly insulted her physical appearance and constantly harangued her about losing weight, leading to the eating disorder.In addition, the singer claims that Luke told her that if she ever told anyone about his behavior, he would take away all her publishing and recording rights and destroy her career. He also, according to Kesha, threatened her family's physical safety.When Kesha finally sought help in early 2014 for bulimia nervosa, post-traumatic stress and depression, the complaint states, doctors "concluded that Luke has physically and psychologically damaged" her to such a point that continuing contact with him would be "life-threatening."However, Dr. Luke has now filed his own lawsuit against Kesha, claiming she's attempting to extort him.In a statement to ABC News, his lawyer says, "Kesha and her mother are engaged in a campaign of publishing outrageous and untrue statements about Dr. Luke to third parties, including scurrilous and false statements of purported physical and mental abuse of Kesha.  These are allegations that Kesha and [her mother] Pebe have themselves admitted are false."The statement continues, "The complaint explains that Kesha and her mother Pebe have wielded these defamatory statements in an attempt to extort [Luke] into releasing Kesha from her exclusive recording agreement with [him].""We understand that Kesha has filed a lawsuit of her own against Dr. Luke, though we have not yet seen it," concludes the statement. "Undoubtedly, Kesha’s lawsuit is nothing more than a continuation of her bad and offensive acts. We are confident that Dr. Luke will prevail in all matters, and that our client will be awarded substantial damages for this malicious conduct."

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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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