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Oscars 2015: Red Carpet Fashion Report

Oscars 2015: Red Carpet Fashion ReportABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Rain came down in Los Angeles Sunday, but the show still went on -- the red carpet show at the Oscars, that is.  Actors and actresses were unfazed by the wet stuff, and showcased their finest for the million...

“Fifty Shades” In Control of Box Office Once Again

“Fifty Shades” In Control of Box Office Once Again

"Fifty Shades of Grey" - Focus Features(NEW YORK) -- Fifty Shades of Grey controlled the box office again this weekend, bringing in more money than any other film for the second week in a row.The movie, based on the best-selling erotic novel by E.L. James, stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. It brought in over $23 million this weekend, bringing its total gross through two weeks to $130,148,000.The top three films at the box office remained the same as last weekend, with McFarland, USA; The DUFF; and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 breaking in at fourth, fifth and seventh respectively.Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:1. Fifty Shades of Grey: $23.246 million2. Kingsman: The Secret Service: $17.525 million3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water: $15.5 million4. McFarland, USA: $11.315 million5. The DUFF: $11.025 million6. American Sniper: $9.65 million7. Hot Tub Time Machine 2: $5.8 million8. Jupiter Ascending: $3.66 million9. The Imitation Game: $2.565 million10. Paddington: $2.289 million

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Bobby Brown Responds to Reports Nick Gordon Not Allowed to See Bobbi Kristina

Bobby Brown Responds to Reports Nick Gordon Not Allowed to See Bobbi Kristina

Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage(ATLANTA) -- Bobby Brown's lawyer says that his daughter's partner, Nick Gordon, was offered a chance to see her as she is being treated at a hospital in Georgia, despite Gordon's reported complaints about being kept away.Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of pop icons Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, has been at the hospital surrounded by family members ever since Gordon and a friend found her unresponsive at her Roswell, Georgia, home.“To address the continued and never ending media requests for comment about Mr. Gordon’s requests to visit Bobbi Kristina, let me be very clear, Mr. Gordon was offered an opportunity to potentially visit Bobbi Kristina and he declined to meet the terms of any possible visit," said Christopher Brown of Brown & Rosen LLC, legal counsel for Bobby Brown.The statement did not elaborate on what those visitation terms were, but added, "We are only concerned with individuals that can help Bobbi Kristina and bring resolution to this investigation. Obviously Mr. Gordon is not as desperate to visit Bobbi Kristina as he wants the world to believe.”The statement Saturday night from Brown's lawyer followed tweets from an unverified Twitter account with more than 30,000 followers claiming to be Gordon's. The tweets purported to be Gordon begging to see his partner.Gordon's lawyer, Randall Kessler told ABC News last week, "Nick has been trying privately to do everything he can to see Bobbi Kristina cooperatively. He has respected the family’s wishes and for that reason alone has not returned to the hospital and risked a public confrontation. But he desperately wants to be with the one he loves and continues to hope that his request will be granted.”Shortly after Brown, 21, was found face down in her tub, her father's lawyer stated that she and Gordon were not married despite the couple announcing a marriage on social media and to reporters last year.Gordon and Brown got together romantically shortly after the death of Brown's mother, Whitney Houston, in 2012. Before that time, Gordon lived with Houston and her family for almost a decade.After Brown was discovered by Gordon in her home on Jan. 31, she was taken to North Fulton Hospital, but then moved to Emory University Hospital days later.“We continue to request privacy in this matter," Brown's statement added. "We thank everyone that supports Bobbi Kristina and God is hearing our prayers."

Gordon's attorneys released a statement on Sunday saying that "Bobby Brown has consistently prohibited Nick...from being there." Regarding Brown's statement, Gordon's attorneys said that Bobbi Kristina's father was offering only "an opportunity to potentially meet with Bobbi Kristina" if he were to meet certain conditions. The attorneys said they had advised Gordon not to meet those conditions, as Brown was unable to guarantee access. "In an effort to do all he can to visit, Nick has repeatedly offered to meet with Mr. Brown privately to discuss his request in person, rather than through lawyers," the statement said. "These offers have also been rejected. We hope Mr. Brown has a change of heart."

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Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, North West in Car Accident

Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, North West in Car Accident

Photo by James Devaney/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- Kim and Khloe Kardashian, their younger sister, Kylie Jenner, and Kim Kardashian's daughter, North West, were safe after a car accident in Montana this morning, according to reports confirmed by ABC News.The Montana highway patrol would only tell ABC News "celebrities" were involved in the crash.The Kardashians' car lost control on ice after another vehicle kicked up snow, apparently disorienting Khloe Kardashian, according to People. The car slid across an oncoming lane and ended up in a ditch, according to a TMZ report confirmed by ABC News.On Friday, Kim Kardashian tweeted a photo of the trio hitting the slopes in Montana.

Thank you God for watching over us and keeping us safe 🙏 pic.twitter.com/mcqBa1IYCZ

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 21, 2015

#BlizzardIsComing #We'reDone #LastRun pic.twitter.com/bVrqCejJhy

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 21, 2015 Another Kardashian sister, Kourtney Kardashian, was also in Montana, according to Instagram, but it appeared she was not in the car.

✌️#montana

A video posted by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) on Feb 21, 2015 at 4:12pm PST

The accident came two weeks after Bruce Jenner was involved in a fatal car crash in Malibu, California. The former Olympian is father to Kylie Jenner and step-father to Kim and Khloe Kardashian.

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“Birdman” Wins Best Feature at Spirit Awards

“Birdman” Wins Best Feature at Spirit Awards

"Birdman" -Fox/Searchlight(LOS ANGELES) -- Birdman was flying high Saturday at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, honoring the best in independent film.Birdman won the awards for best feature, best male lead for Michael Keaton, and best cinematography. The film had entered the ceremony, held on the eve of the Oscars, with a leading six nominations.Boyhood, Nightcrawler and Whiplash each picked up two awards. Boyhood earned the best director prize for Richard Linklater for his work on the film, while Patricia Arquette was named best supporting female.Julianne Moore earned best female lead for Still Alice. J.K. Simmons received best supporting male for Whiplash.A complete list of winners is available on FilmIndependent.org.

Here’s a look at select categories:Best FeatureBirdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)Best DirectorRichard Linklater, BoyhoodBest Male LeadMichael Keaton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)Best Female LeadJulianne Moore, Still AliceBest Supporting MaleJ.K. Simmons, WhiplashBest Supporting FemalePatricia Arquette, BoyhoodBest ScreenplayDan Gilroy, NightcrawlerRobert Altman AwardInherent Vice castFollow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Five Things to Look Forward to Oscar Night

Five Things to Look Forward to Oscar Night

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Hollywood's biggest night is almost here.For those of us not sitting in the audience waiting for our name to be called, there's still plenty to get excited about.Here are five things to keep an eye on during Sunday's broadcast of the 87th annual Academy Awards:Neil Patrick HarrisAs previous hosts have learned, helming the Oscar telecast is one of the toughest gigs in entertainment. But if anyone can inject new life into the Oscars, it's Neil Patrick Harris. The How I Met Your Mother alum is making his debut running the show, but he's had good practice leading up to it: well-lauded hosting gigs for the Emmys and Tonys and kicking off the 82nd Academy Awards with the opening number, "No One Wants to Do It Alone.""He's someone who's so multitalented," said Jordan Zakarin, a writer for Yahoo! Movies. "He can do comedy, sing and dance. It will be refreshing to see what he can do. People want to root for him."Harris has a team helping him, including Oscar-winning Frozen duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who've written a song, called "Moving Pictures."But besides promising that there will be musical numbers, jokes about movies and a bit of magic -- Harris is also a magician -- the Hedwig and the Angry Inch star wasn't giving up much."They really want things that can only happen on the show, you have to watch the show to see," Harris said of producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan in a sneak peek from the Academy. "We're actually going to be using people in interesting ways."Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson and Anna KendrickSome of those people include Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson and Anna Kendrick. All three are confirmed for the show, but producers aren't giving away much about what they'll be doing."They are keeping it mysterious at a time when so many things are scripted," Zakarin said. "Should be a surprising night."Common and John LegendSpeaking of musical numbers, Common and John Legend's performance of the Oscar-nominated song "Glory" from the best picture nominee Selma, is sure to be one of the highlights of the night."I think it will be one of the more powerful moments of the entire show, while reminding Academy viewers that they snubbed the film," Zakarin said, referring to Selma director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo being overlooked for an Oscar nom.John TravoltaLast year, John Travolta gave folks something to talk about long after the night was over, when he introduced singer Idina Menzel as Adele Dazeem.Despite and, perhaps, because of his epic flub, producers have invited Travolta back. Whatever he presents, it's sure to be one of the most anticipated moments of the evening, as millions watch to see if the Hollywood A-lister will become tongue-tied once again."Let's hope he practices the name better," Zakarin said.The UpsetGoing into Sunday night, so many categories already seem to have a clear winner. Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and J.K. Simmons seem to be comfortable favorites for the best actress, best supporting actress and best supporting actor categories respectively.So it's kind of nice not to know who will win the top prize of the night: best picture.Boyhood and Birdman have been running neck-and-neck in the final stretch of the awards season, though the latter has picked up both the producers and directors guild awards, considered two of the precursors to winning the Academy Award. Zakarin predicts that the two films will split the top prizes with best director going to Boyhood director Richard Linklater and best picture going to Birdman.Zakarin also didn't rule out a possible upset in the best actor category. Even though Eddie Redmayne from the Theory of Everything has the momentum going in, Birdman star Michael Keaton could pull off an upset."It's the new guys versus the Hollywood veteran having a comeback," Zakarin said. "Sometimes Hollywood likes to reward its own."

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Vanilla Ice Says He Hasn’t Slept, Eaten Much Since Arrest

Vanilla Ice Says He Hasn’t Slept, Eaten Much Since Arrest

Photo by Paul Warner/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Vanilla Ice called his recent arrest for burglary and grand theft the worst day of his life, adding that he hasn't slept or eaten much since the incident.The former rapper, who was born Robert Van Winkle, was arrested in Lantana, Florida, on Wednesday, accused of stealing furniture from a neighbor's home."I feel horrible," he told ABC affiliate WPBF. "It's the worst day of my life."The police report states that Van Winkle, 47, told investigators "he was going to purchase" the home where the goods were taken from, even though he "did not have any type of contract or down payment on the property."He added, according to the report, that "he found several of the items next to the curb and he thought they were trash.""I'm a family man, I'm married, I got kids," Van Winkle said. "I'm sorry to everybody."Van Winkle, who had hit songs in the early 90s, recently reinvented himself as a renovator, fixing up houses on the DIY Network.In a statement to ABC News, the DIY Network said it had "been made aware of this situation and is currently looking into the matter."

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Angela Bassett Talks ‘Whitney’ Biopic, Bobbi Kristina

Angela Bassett Talks ‘Whitney’ Biopic, Bobbi Kristina

Florian Schneider/Lifetime(NEW YORK) -- Angela Bassett starred alongside Whitney Houston in 1995's hit Waiting to Exhale, but she also made her directorial debut this year with her film Whitney, based off the icon's career and relationship with Bobby Brown.Bassett, 56, says Houston -- who died in 2012 -- meant a lot to her and that the current situation with Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, is "tragic.""I do try to keep my ear open to what some of the developments are," she told ABC News Friday.Brown, 21, has been in the hospital since being discovered three weeks ago unresponsive in her Georgia home."I pray for it to work out the way God will have it to," Bassett added.She also said she can only hope Brown's family is able to "find a measure of peace with what is really a heart-wrenching situation."Bassett was happy with the way her film about Houston turned out when it was released last month."For me as an artist, as a woman, I had to step out of my comfort zone. It was a story I was intent on telling correctly because of what Whitney meant to the world, what she meant to me and because we are all Whitney. We all make our choices and we all have our dreams and our aspirations," she said. "I was very happy with how it turned out."Conversations about losing or sick loved ones are difficult, but Bassett stressed "they can be had" as long as they have compassion.In fact, she spoke to ABC News for an initiative close to her heart called "Let's Talk Now," created by Genworth. The idea is to not be afraid to have that conversation now with loved ones about long term care and planning.Bassett had to deal with different long-term care situations involving both her mother Betty Jane, who died last year, and mother-in-law, who was diagnosed with ALS and is now living with her family."I know the importance of it," she said of having that talk with your kids or other loved ones. "It's absolutely something we are each going to deal with, our parents as well as ourselves, one day."Bassett, who has two children with her husband Courtney B. Vance, said the important thing when having this serious talk is only bringing up what they can handle for their ages."We have their grandmother living with us, they get to see that up close and it's just another part of life," she said. "It's unfortunate, but what we need to do is put a plan in place. ... So that she can continue to live in comfort to the best of her ability and to what her desires would be. It's something I wasn't able to do with my mother, but fortunately I had the resources to care for her."The American Horror Story star said while caring for her mother and mother-in-law, she found out nursing homes and assisted living can cost upwards of $100,000 a year."Start the conversation early before you're in a desperate situation," she said. "The truth is my mother wanted to go to assisted living. My mother-in-law, she did not want to do that ... These are your loved ones, this will eventually be you in this situation. You have to think about this."As for Bassett herself, the general consensus in Hollywood is that this beauty just simply does not age. She cites staying away from processed foods and sugars and just learning more about what serves her body as she grows and learns over the years."More and more water," she said. "And exercise is good for you. A positive mental outlook is good for you, having a spiritual base and being grateful is good for you. Having a purpose in life, that's good for you."

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Neil Patrick Harris Admits to Panicking over Hosting the Oscars

Neil Patrick Harris Admits to Panicking over Hosting the Oscars

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Neil Patrick Harris has been preparing to host this Sunday's Oscars for weeks, but he's still on edge about the show. Those nerves are nothing new, however, because they're the same ones that plagued him before he hosted the Tonys and the Emmys."I know what is going to happen: I know that four days out, three days out, I'll think everything is wrong and it's terrible," he said Friday on ABC's Good Morning America. "And it'll all turn out OK."Harris, who has said hosting the Academy Awards was always on his bucket list, was approached to helm the awards show after a whirlwind year."I had just finished How I Met Your Mother. And I had done done Hedwig, this crazy Broadway musical. Oh, and I had a book that was out. I have a book out. You should buy it. Plug!" he quipped. "No, no, as soon as the book tour is done and those 50 million people buy this book and not Amy Poehler's, then everything is done. And then you get a call, 'Will you host the Oscars?' And I had to say yes."So what can viewers expect? Costume changes (he's considering a lime-green ensemble), magic ("It doesn't have to be sawing a woman in half," he hinted) and, hopefully, a few surprises, too."The only time it's [terrible] is when it [involves] mishaps," he said. "Then you think, 'Should I comment on it? Should I comment on the fact that they garbled that name or...is that kicking someone when they're down?'"Harris explained that the Oscars caps off a nearly year-long campaign for the "starving, exhausted" nominees, and, he joked, knowing that they're sitting in a crowded theater wearing uncomfortable couture, he wants to make them feel at ease.

"That's my job," he said. "My goal is to [make them feel] comfortable...and respected."Harris now joins a short list of Hollywood heavyweights to host the Oscars including, Bob Hope, Billy Crystal, Seth McFarland, Whoopi Goldberg and Ellen DeGeneres, among others.One former host, Harris said, was part of his first memory of watching the Oscars.

"I remember Johnny Carson in a tuxedo, probably '70s, early '80s, bow tie. Being classy and cool," he revealed on GMA.

Harris said he's thrilled to step into his shoes. "A fine group of people have been asked to do it before me so it's quite an honor," he added.

The Oscars airs this Sunday on ABC beginning at 7 p.m.

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“Hot Tub Time Machine 2″; “McFarland, USA”; “The Duff Open” Friday

“Hot Tub Time Machine 2″; “McFarland, USA”; “The Duff Open” Friday

"The Duff" - Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:Hot Tub Time Machine 2 -- The cast of the 2010 comedy returns, minus John Cusack. This time, Rob Corddry's Lou is shot by an assailant, and his friends have to save him. Clark Duke and Craig Robinson also star. Rated R.McFarland, USA -- Kevin Costner plays Coach Jim White, who builds a cross-country team at a predominantly Latino high school in a rural California town. The film is inspired by a 1987 true story. Rated PG.The Duff -- Parenthood's Mae Whitman plays a high school senior who's known by her classmates as "The DUFF" -- the designated ugly fat friend. She tries to reinvent herself with the help of a jock. Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell and Ken Jeong also star. Rated PG-13.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

“Parks and Recreation” Executive Producer Dead at 30

“Parks and Recreation” Executive Producer Dead at 30

Amy Graves/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- An executive producer of Parks and Recreation died Thursday, possibly from a drug overdose.The Los Angeles Times reports Harris Wittels, 30, was found in his home in L.A. Police suspect he died from a drug overdose, but the county coroner's office will determine the cause of death.The comedian and writer also worked on the comedies Eastbound & Down and The Sarah Silverman Program.Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler remembered Wittels at a Variety event Thursday night in L.A.  “Today, I lost a friend,” said Poehler. “I lost a dear, young friend in my life who was struggling with addiction.”Poehler was being recognized at Variety’s second annual unite4humanity event. She received the trade paper’s Unity Award for her work with the Worldwide Orphans Foundation and underprivileged children.Poehler said she was sharing the sad news with those in attendance “because life and death live so close together, and we walk that fine line everyday.”“When things happen in our lives, we turn to the people that we love...and we lean on people, in a hope that we will ease our pain. So, I don’t really feel like telling any jokes. I’m kind of sad...” she added.Sarah Silverman tweeted on Thursday night, "He was my baby. I just keep thinking of superman flying backwards around the earth. I wish I could do that. I'm so mad at you Harris."She wrote, "You should know that Harris was brilliant beyond compare. That his imagination was without limit. That he loved comedy more than anything. That his heart was big and he FELT hard. That he was someone who would reach out to tell you he was thinking of you for no particular reason."The official Twitter account for Comedy Central wrote, "RIP and thank you, Harris Wittels." Seth Meyers, Billy Eichner, Kevin Nealon and other comedians also commented on Wittels' death on Twitter.The series finale of Parks and Recreation airs next Tuesday on NBC.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

“Two and a Half Men” Ends Without an Appearance from Charlie Sheen

“Two and a Half Men” Ends Without an Appearance from Charlie Sheen

Michael Yarish/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Fans of Two and a Half Men who were expecting to see Charlie Sheen on the series finale of the CBS sitcom on Thursday night were left disappointed.The episode's plot had built up to a potential cameo from Sheen, who was famously fired from the show in 2011. It turned out that his character, Charlie Harper, previously thought dead, was actually alive, and was issuing threats against Jon Cryer's Alan and Ashton Kutcher's Walden.In the final moments, a helicopter approached Alan and Walden's home, with a piano attached to it. Though it was teased that the piano might be dropped on the duo, it instead fell on a man who rang the front doorbell and looked suspiciously like Sheen from behind. Viewers never saw his face.The camera then zoomed out, revealing series creator Chuck Lorre -- one of the targets of Sheen's heated rants prior to his firing -- in a director's chair. He uttered Sheen's famous catchphrase, "Winning," before a piano was dropped on him, too.Lorre explained Sheen's absence in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it vanity card at the end of the episode. He explained, “I know a lot of you might be disappointed that you didn't get to see Charlie Sheen in tonight's finale. For the record, he was offered a role. Our idea was to have him walk up to the front door in the last scene, ring the doorbell, then turn, look directly into the camera and go off on a maniacal rant about the dangers of drug abuse. He would then explain that these dangers only applied to average people. That he was far from average. He was a ninja warrior from Mars. He was invincible. And then we would drop a piano on him. We thought it was funny. He didn’t.”Lorre continued, “Instead, he wanted us to write a heart-warming scene that would set up his return to primetime TV in a new sitcom called The Harpers starring him and Jon Cryer. We thought that was funny too.”For his part, Sheen tweeted earlier on Thursday, "Attention World: If you're looking for my much anticipated cameo on network TV, you'll have to check out 'The Goldbergs' Wed Feb. 25th on ABC! I go where the love is."So, what had Charlie Harper been up to the past four years? His stalker/wife, Rose, had kept him captive, Silence of the Lambs-style, in a pit in the basement of her home. He managed to escape in the finale, setting up the events that followed. We saw an animated version of Sheen as Rose recounted what happened after they tied the knot and then honeymooned in France.The self-referential episode included many jokes about Sheen's destructive past, including his sexual escapades and use of the phrase "tiger blood."Though Sheen was nowhere to be found in the episode, it did feature the brief return of another original cast member, Angus T. Jones, who sported shoulder-length hair and a beard. His character Jake is now living in Japan with a wife and kids.There were a handful of guest stars in the episode. Arnold Schwarzenegger played a police lieutenant who attempted to track down Charlie, but instead took into custody Christian Slater.John Stamos -- who was rumored to be a potential replacement for Sheen on the show before Kutcher was brought in -- also made a cameo in the episode, which marked the end of Two and a Half Men's 12-season run.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Goldie Hawn Explains Why There Was Never a Sequel to “The First Wives Club”

Goldie Hawn Explains Why There Was Never a Sequel to “The First Wives Club”

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- When The First Wives Club was released in 1996, it was a huge box office hit and eventually became a cult classic. So why wasn't there a sequel to the film that followed three ex-wives as they got revenge on their former husbands?"We were all women of a certain age, and everyone took a cut in salary to do it so the studio could make what it needed. We all took a smaller back end than usual and a much smaller front end. And we ended up doing incredibly well. The movie was hugely successful. It made a lot of money. We were on the cover of Time magazine," Goldie Hawn said in the March issue of Harvard Business Review."But two years later, when the studio came back with a sequel, they wanted to offer us exactly the same deal. We went back to ground zero," she continued. "Had three men come in there, they would have upped their salaries without even thinking about it,. But the fear of women's movies is embedded in the culture."The film, which also starred Diane Keaton and Bette Midler, earned over $181 million globally.Now Kate Hudson's mother is looking to get back to work. Hawn said she's "looking at a potential television series that's in its nascent stages."Still, it's taken so long to find her next project because Hawn says she's very selective. "It's important, at least for me, that while we're entertaining there's also something substantive to talk about. Whether you're an actor, producer, writer, or director, it's all about the story you're going to tell," she explained.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bravo’s “Fashion Queens” Dish on Oscar Red Carpet Looks They’re Anticipating

Bravo’s “Fashion Queens” Dish on Oscar Red Carpet Looks They’re AnticipatingAlex Martinez/Michael Lavine/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- When actresses and actors walk the red carpet at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday, the world will be watching -- and analyzing -- every detail of their glamorous looks.  While there will be dozens...

Mo’Nique Says Director Lee Daniels Told Her She Was ‘Blackballed’ After Winning Oscar

Mo’Nique Says Director Lee Daniels Told Her She Was ‘Blackballed’ After Winning OscarJason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Many thought that after Mo'Nique won the Oscar for her role in Precious her career would skyrocket, but in fact the opposite happened. The comedian says she finally figured out why when she spoke with the film's ...

Movie Review: “Hot Tub Time Machine 2″ (Rated R)

Movie Review: “Hot Tub Time Machine 2″ (Rated R)

"Hot Tub Time Machine 2" - Paramount(NEW YORK) -- In a parallel universe, Hot Tub Time Machine would be a terrific five-minute red band trailer. In this universe, it’s an underwhelming, uninspired, lazy, R-rated comedy with just enough funny moments to fill a five-minute red band trailer…and that doesn’t bode well for a movie that has 88 additional minutes to fill.  Even in the best time travel flicks, fans are usually able to poke holes in the continuity issues, but when it comes to this movie, you may want to back off.  After all, this is a movie about a hot tub time machine. If you’re willing to pay money and suspend your disbelief enough to see a film based on that particular concept, then you might as well just go all in and accept every ill-conceived plotline presented here.  The film begins with a news report on the lives of Lou (Rob Corddry), Nick (Craig Washington) and Jacob (Clark Duke), chronicling their incredible rise to fame and fortune after the life-changing ski trip depicted in the original Hot Tub Time Machine. We learn that Lou became a rock star and also created the Internet tech company Lougle (get it?). Nick became an international singing sensation and multiple Grammy-winning recording artist by using time travel to steal and pre-release pop hits from the 90s.  Jacob, meanwhile, hasn’t done anything except live with his father, Lou, whom he hates.  As for John Cusack’s character Adam, well, Cusack didn’t agree to appear in the sequel, so he’s been replaced by Adam Scott, who plays Cusack’s character’s son. How is that possible? Because time travel, obviously. After Lou is shot in the crotch, Nick and Jacob attempt to save his by taking another dip in the hot tub: they want to go back in time to stop the guy who shot him.  But when the three of them get out of the tub, they wind up, not in the past, but 10 years in the future. Not only that, but Lou’s crotch is completely healed.  That’s when Chevy Chase’s time-traveling hot tub handyman appears and explains that the tub doesn’t take you where you want to go: it takes you where you need to go.   As it so happens, these guys aren’t exactly in the future; they’re in a parallel future. They then deduce that this parallel future is actually the past of the present time they came from!  Let’s pause for a few seconds while your brain stops hurting.  Ok, let’s continue… In this particular future, dogs ride hover boards, and self-driving smart cars show up when you need a ride, when they’re not trying to  kill you.  This destination on the non-linear concept we call time also includes Adam Junior (Scott) as a nauseatingly nice and innocent guy who is about to marry his sweetheart of ten years (Gillian Jacobs).  Adam acts as our heroes’ guide around 2025, where they wreak havoc upon themselves and cause all sorts of trouble for each other.  Hot Tub Time Machine 2 comes across as a desperate attempt to cash in on the surprise success of the first movie, but then again, most sequels come across this way.  It’s just that here, you can picture writer Josh Heald, who did a terrific job with the first movie, standing in front of his dry erase board, desperately trying to figure out how to shove what would normally be a powerful life lesson into a movie filled with crotch jokes. Some of them work, by the way – but not enough do.   Two out of five stars. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Movie Review: ‘The Duff’ (Rated: PG-13)

Movie Review: ‘The Duff’ (Rated: PG-13)

"The Duff" - Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- The Duff is based on a book by Kody Keplinger called The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend. It's essentially a combination of various John Hughes movies with a sprinkle of She's All That.The day Bianca Piper (Mae Whitman) finds out she's a DUFF is the day that changes her life forever. Bianca is what some would consider frumpy, but she's hardly fat. Her two best friends, Casey (Bianca Santos) and Jess (Skylar Samuels), however, are gorgeous.We learn about all the main players through a voiceover from Bianca, accompanied by hashtags on the screen next to the person she's describing. Not only are we introduced to her besties, we're also introduced to the worst person on the planet, Madison (Bella Thorne), who is just as evil as she is pretty; Toby (Nick Evesman), the guy Bianca has a crush on; and her neighbor, Wesley (Robbie Amell, who plays Firestorm on The Flash), who she's known since she was a baby. He's grown up to be an obnoxious Tom Cruise lookalike, a ladies man and the captain of the football team.It's Wesley who informs Bianca that she is the DUFF. At first, Bianca rejects Wesley's rude thesis, but once she does a little research, which features an amusing sequence, she realizes that she is, in fact, Casey and Jess's DUFF. Bianca confronts her confused buddies in the school library and hilariously breaks up with them, unfriending and unfollowing them on Facebook and Twitter, and warning them not to troll her Pinterest, either.Bianca is now a free woman, but she's still awkward, especially when it comes to her crush, Toby. She decides to turn to the guy who made her aware of her DUFFness in the first place: Wesley. She offers to help him get his science grades up if he helps her become "the dateable one," or, as Wesley calls it, "the reverse DUFF."The Duff tries too hard to be cool instead of actually being cool. I get it -- high school kids are dependent on their cell phones and social networks, but this movie goes out of its way to make sure the audience knows that. Sometimes less is more. Also, it would be nice if, while making a movie about teenagers, you actually cast actors who were just two or three years removed from being teenagers, instead of six or seven.I don't doubt that teen girls will find great satisfaction in some of the movie's more tender moments. Sadly, those moments, like so many others in The Duff, feel like they were engineered in a lab specifically for teen girls to have those very reactions. The good news is that Mae Whitman, an actress who's had a considerable amount of success doing voiceover work, is delightful when she's in front of the camera. She helps elevate a predictable story into one many won't mind watching.Three out of five stars.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kim Kardashian Looked Just Like North West at Same Age

Kim Kardashian Looked Just Like North West at Same Age

Photo by James Devaney/GC Images(NEW YORK) --  She gets it from her mama!Kim Kardashian West, 34, posted a split of her and her 20-month-old daughter North West, both posing for the camera at the same age.The split of the two girls at just under 2 years old is not only adorable, it shows how much Kardashian looked like her daughter back then."I love seeing these! This side by side of North & I at the same age! Thanks to whoever made it!" she wrote on Instgaram.Decide for yourself:

 

I love seeing these! This side by side of North & I at the same age! Thanks to whoever made it!

A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Feb 19, 2015 at 8:36am PST

Meanwhile, North has been living it up this week, sitting front row at New York Fashion Week, supporting her dad Kanye West as he debuts his new fashion line.She also attended the Alexander Wang show two days later.

 

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Vanilla Ice: Why He Told Cops He Thought He Could Take Stolen Property

Vanilla Ice: Why He Told Cops He Thought He Could Take Stolen Property

Photo by Paul Warner/Getty Images(LANTANA, Fla.) -- According to the arrest report from Lantana, Florida, Police, Vanilla Ice -- born Robert Van Winkle -- said he thought the items he was arrested for stealing were "trash" left on the curb.The former rapper was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday night and charged with burglary of a residence and grand theft, according to Chief Sean Scheller at the Lantana Police Department. He was released from jail on bond.In the arrest report obtained by ABC News on Thursday, the interview Van Winkle, 47, had with police states the former rapper said "he was going to purchase" the home where the goods were taken from, even though he "did not have any type of contract or down payment on the property."He added, according to the report, that "he found several of the items next to the curb and he thought they were trash."Van Winkle also admitted to lying to others that he had already purchased the home, when he had not, according to the report.The home in question, in Palm Beach County, is located near a residence that the former rapper actually does own and is renovating. According to authorities, the missing items -- which included furniture, a pool heater, bicycles and other items -- were found at Van Winkle's property and later returned to the owner.The total value of the items found at Van Winkle's home totaled more than $6,000, according to the report.The police also spoke with a foreman for Van Winkle, who told them he was instructed to remove some of the allegedly stolen property and take it to Van Winkle's home in Lake Worth, Florida, the report adds. The foreman told police he didn't think he did anything wrong because the former rapper told him he owned the house.Van Winkle, who is best known for his hit song "Ice Ice Baby," has a home renovation show on the DIY Network, The Vanilla Ice Project.A rep for Van Winkle did not respond to a request for comment.After being released from jail, Van Winkle spoke to West Palm Beach, Florida, ABC affiliate WPBF. "It's just out of proportion. I wish you guys would focus on the good things I've done," he told the station. Asked if the incident is part of his reality show, he laughed and said, "I wish it was -- there's nothing fun about this. I wish everyone the best and maybe the good news will travel this fast."

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Lady Gaga Shows Off Favorite Part of Her Engagement Ring

Lady Gaga Shows Off Favorite Part of Her Engagement Ring

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga saved the favorite part of her engagement ring for last.Days after posting a pic of the heart shaped diamond, the singer posted a second snapshot, this time showing off the part of the ring that means the most to her."My favorite part of my engagement ring, Taylor and Lorraine designed 'T (heart) S' in white diamonds on the band. He always called me by my birth name," Gaga wrote, referring to real name, Stefani Germanotta. "Since our very first date. I'm such a happy bride-to-be! I can't stop smiling!!"

 

A photo posted by @ladygaga on Feb 18, 2015 at 4:01pm PST

 

The "Born This Way" singer, 28, announced her engagement to actor Taylor Kinney on Monday, posting the first picture of her ring to Instagram with the caption: "He gave me his heart on Valentine's Day, and I said YES!"Gaga and the Chicago Fire actor, 33, have been dating since they collaborated together in 2011 for her video "You and I."

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