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Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) — Shakira has 100 million reasons to love her fans. The singer has just become the most “liked” public figure in Facebook history, with 100 million friends overall.In a new Facebook video, Shakira says, “100 million friends on Facebook! I mean, that is incredible. Thank you so much for your support, for your loyalty, for your love. It’s really unbelievable! Thank you so much!”In a statement, she added, “I am honored and humbled about reaching this milestone, because it’s one that’s purely about connecting with my fans from all parts of the globe. Social media and specifically Facebook has helped myself and other artists bridge the gap between the stage and the audience.”Shakira added, “We’ve been able to create a conversation, where both artists and fans can share with one another their thoughts, achievements, the most important moments of their lives in photographs and videos, and have a real, ongoing dialogue.”The most popular posting that Shakira has ever had is a photo of her at the World Cup in Brazil: the image has received over 3.6 million likes.
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Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:Planes: Fire & Rescue — Disney’s sequel to its 2013 animated film Planes focuses on a crew of firefighting aircraft that battles a wildfire. The voice cast of the film, which is screening in 3D, includes Dane Cook, Ed Harris and Julie Bowen. Rated PG. Sex Tape — Jason Segel and his Bad Teacher co-star, Cameron Diaz, play a married couple who tries to spice up their romance by making a sex tape. Unfortunately for them, they accidentally share the racy video with friends and family. Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper and Rob Lowe also star. Rated R. The Purge: Anarchy — In the horror sequel, a couple tries to survive the “Purge,” a 12-hour period in which criminal acts are permitted by the government. Zach Gilford, Michael Williams, Kiele Sanchez, Frank Grillo and Carmen Ejogo star. Rated R. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
Sony / Columbia(NEW YORK) — The next wave of the Teen Choice Awards nominations has been announced, with 22 Jump Street leading with seven nominations.22 Jump Street stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill were both nominated in the category of Choice Movie Chemistry and Choice Summer Movie Star. Hill and co-star Ice Cube were also both nominated in the category of Choice Movie Hissy Fit. The film itself is up for Choice Summer Movie, up against Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Earth to Echo, Hercules, Think Like a Man Too, and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Keegan Allen, Tyler Blackburn, Lucy Hale and Ian Harding join previously announced stars scheduled to appear, including Jake T. Austin, Big Show, Jamie Blackley, Kellan Lutz, Chloë Grace Moretz, Cody Simpson, Hailee Steinfeld, Gregg Sulkin, Bella Thorne and Zendaya. The special also will feature a previously announced performance by Jason Derulo. The Teen Choice Awards will air August 11, live on Fox from 8 to 10 p.m. ET. Fans ages 13-19 can vote once a day in each category for their favorite Teen Choice 2013 nominees right now at TeenChoiceAwards.com.Here are the nominees:MOVIES
Choice Movie VillainMichael Fassbender, X-Men: Days of Future PastJamie Foxx, The Amazing Spider-Man 2Kelsey Grammer, Transformers: Age of ExtinctionKate Winslet, DivergentDonald Sutherland, The Hunger Games: Catching FireChoice Movie Scene StealerSam Claflin, The Hunger Games: Catching FireNicholas Hoult, X-Men: Days of Future PastAnthony Mackie, Captain America: The Winter SoldierEllen Page, X-Men: Days of Future PastNat Wolff, The Fault In Our StarsChoice Movie Breakout StarAnsel Elgort, Divergent and The Fault in Our StarsTheo James, DivergentElizabeth Olsen, GodzillaNicola Peltz, Transformers: Age of ExtinctionWyatt Russell, 22 Jump StreetChoice Movie ChemistryCameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, The Other WomanAnsel Elgort, Nat Wolff and Shailene Woodley, The Fault in Our StarsChris Evans and Anthony Mackie, Captain America: The Winter SoldierIce Cube and Kevin Hart, Ride AlongJonah Hill and Channing Tatum, 22 Jump StreetChoice Movie LiplockScarlett Johansson and Chris Evans, Captain America: The Winter SoldierJennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games: Catching FireEmma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter, We’re The MillersEmma Stone and Andrew Garfield, The Amazing Spider-Man 2Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, The Fault In Our StarsChoice Movie Hissy FitGodzilla, GodzillaKevin Hart, Ride AlongJonah Hill, 22 Jump StreetIce Cube, 22 Jump StreetJason Sudeikis, We’re The MillersChoice Summer Movie22 Jump StreetDawn of the Planet of the ApesEarth to EchoHerculesThink Like a Man TooTransformers: Age of ExtinctionChoice Summer Movie StarJonah Hill, 22 Jump StreetDwayne Johnson, HerculesMelissa McCarthy, TammyChanning Tatum, 22 Jump StreetMark Wahlberg, Transformers: Age of ExtinctionTELEVISION
Choice TV VillainRobbie Kay, Once Upon A TimeJane Lynch, GleeDylan O’Brien, Teen WolfJanel Parrish, Pretty Little LiarsPaul Wesley, The Vampire DiariesChoice TV Reality Personality – MaleNick Cannon, America’s Got TalentRob Dyrdek, RidiculousnessAdam Levine, The VoiceNev Schulman and Max Joseph, Catfish: The TV ShowRyan Seacrest, American IdolChoice TV Reality Personality – FemaleCat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”Abby Lee Miller, “Dance Moms”Jennifer Lopez, “American Idol”Shakira, “The Voice”The Kardashians and Jenner sisters, “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”Choice TV Male Scene StealerDarren Criss, GleeAdam DeVine, Modern FamilyTyler Hoechlin, Teen WolfTahj Mowry, Baby DaddyMichael Trevino, The Vampire DiariesChoice TV Female Scene StealerSarah Hyland, Modern FamilyCandice Accola, The Vampire DiariesEden Sher, The MiddleNaya Rivera, GleeMayim Bialik, The Big Bang TheoryChoice TV Female Breakout StarNicole Beharie, Sleepy HollowDove Cameron, Liv & MaddieAdelaide Kane, ReignSasha Pieterse, Pretty Little LiarsEmily Bett Rickards, ArrowChoice TV: Male Breakout StarRichard Brancatisano, Chasing LifeBrett Dalton, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Tom Mison, Sleepy HollowMiguel Pinzon, Mystery GirlsToby Regbo, ReignChoice TV: Breakout ShowBeing Mary JaneChasing LifeFaking ItReignSleepy HollowChoice Summer TV ShowBaby DaddyGirl Meets WorldSo You Think You Can DanceUnder The DomeWipeoutYoung & HungryChoice Summer TV Star: MaleJean-Luc Bilodeau, Baby DaddyTyler Blackburn, Pretty Little LiarsDavid Lambert, The FostersTyler Posey, Teen WolfMike Vogel, Under the DomeChoice Summer TV Star: FemaleAshley Benson, Pretty Little LiarsShay Mitchell, Pretty Little LiarsEmily Osment, Young & HungryCierra Ramirez, The FostersItalia Ricci, Chasing LifeFollow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
ABC/Jeff Neira(NEW YORK) — Jason Biggs has apologized for a joke he tweeted about the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed on Thursday. The Orange Is the New Black star wrote, “Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?” The quip elicited many negative comments on Twitter. However, the 36-year-old actor initially appeared as though he wouldn’t back down.Biggs responded, “Hey all you ‘too soon’ a**holes- it’s a f***ing joke. You don’t have to think it’s funny, or even be on my twitter page at all.” He added, “The idea that I wouldn’t have any empathy 4 the victims or their families because I make a joke is absolutely ridiculous. U know that, right?”By Thursday evening, it seemed the actor had a change of heart. Biggs tweeted, “Hey all — ok, so, I am deleting my previous tweets. People were offended, and that was not my intent. Sorry to those of you that were.”Biggs added, “This is obviously a horrible tragedy, and everyone-including myself- is sad and angry about it. Sending positive thoughts to the victims and their families. P.S. No one is making me send these tweets- I simply understand that my comments might have come off as insensitive and ill-timed. For that, I apologize.”Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew members, heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, when it crashed in eastern Ukraine, about 25 miles from the Russian border. There were no signs of any survivors.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
Michael Yarish/Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) — Two people will tie the knot during the 12th and final season of CBS’ Two and a Half Men, but it’s not who you think. CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler confirms to ABC News Radio that Ashton Kutcher’s Walden will pop the question to Jon Cryer’s Alan.Tassler confirmed that Walden will have a health scare that causes him to make the commitment.”Walden, in having kind of an existential crisis, he has a near-death experience and he is evaluating the meaning of life. He wants to adopt a child and it is particularly challenging to do so as a single male. So he decides that he and Alan should get married and they will adopt a child as a gay couple,” Tassler noted Thursday, while at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.ABC News Radio asked Tassler whether there has been any discussion regarding bringing back former star Charlie Sheen for the show’s swan song. She simply answered, “Not at this time, no.” Of course, Sheen left Two and a Half Men in 2011 on acrimonious terms, having chastised creator Chuck Lorre and others involved with the sitcom. Sheen, who now stars in the FX comedy Anger Management, has since attempted to make amends with Lorre.Two and a Half Men’s final season premieres Oct. 30.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
Sonja Flemming/CBS(LOS ANGELES) — At the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday, CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler talked about the network’s plans for its late-night schedule, now that David Letterman is retiring from Late Show in 2015, and Stephen Colbert is stepping in. Tassler said she’s in very early talks with The Colbert Report host regarding the details of the transition. She remarked, “He does want an interview format, we’ve had some conversations, will he have a band, will he not have a band.”Tassler also addressed Craig Ferguson’s impending departure from Late Late Show this December, hinting the program’s format could change. She said, “This is an opportunity for us to look at all different kinds of hosts, not only from the comic world, but maybe there’s the political world.” There is no timetable for a decision on the Late Late Show’s future.Elsewhere on the CBS front, Tassler discussed the fact that the main stars of The Big Bang Theory are not yet under contract for next season. Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar will likely be working without a contract if they don’t work out a deal soon. However, Tassler says, “We’re feeling very confident that everything will work out. These deals manage to get done somehow miraculously.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
Sony/Columbia(NEW YORK) — On a whim, married couple Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) try to spice up their formerly formidable sex life (“formidable” is probably an understatement) by making a sex video on Jay’s new iPad. Annie somewhat graphically describes their sex life in the prologue, disguised as an entry on her popular mommy blog: two kids and a couple of terabytes worth of adult responsibility have made sex nearly impossible. It’s been so long, they’ve nearly forgotten how to do it. They can’t even kiss without banging their teeth. It’s a somewhat adorable scene that’s at times hilarious, though at other times falls flat. Even so, with the aid of some alcohol, Jay and Annie loosen up and decide to try every position in The Joy of Sex while the iPad records their three-hour sexcapade. Annie has just one condition: delete the video in the morning. So, what do you think Jay does? Actually, I can tell you what he didn’t do: he didn’t delete the video. Here’s the rub. Jay is constantly upgrading, buying new iPads and when he does, he gives away the old ones as gifts. He also uses his iPad to sync all of his digital devices — iPads, phones, computers, all of them. In other words, whatever media he puts on his device, eventually winds up on all of those other platforms. Ruh-roh. Now Jay and Annie are faced with the task of getting back all of those synced devices before anyone sees the sex video. The list of potential viewers includes Annie parents, the mailman, their best friends, and Hank (Rob Lowe), the head of the company that’s considering buying Annie’s mommy blog. Nobody watches a sex tape for the plot, but this movie should’ve had a better one, and a smarter script. There are some head-scratching moments as Jay and Annie are presented as hip and intelligent, yet make decisions that completely contradict that. In other words, if they were Harry and Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber, some of the gags would’ve been funnier. Having said that, there’s plenty to work with in Sex Tape, thanks to Diaz and Segel, both of whom are both willing and able to, literally, let it all hang out. There’s nothing either of these actors wouldn’t do for a laugh and we, the audience, benefit from their generosity and commitment. Three-and-a-half out of five stars.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — Emma Stone revealed on the Late Show with David Letterman that her grandfather haunts her, but in a nice way.Promoting her new Woody Allen-directed movie, Magic in the Moonlight, in which her character, Sophie, talks to spirits, she told Letterman on Wednesday that she has “had a few” magical instances where she’s dealt with ghosts.”Things materializing,” the 25-year-old actress and girlfriend to Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield told the audience. “There’s a long family history with quarters, my grandfather leaves quarters. It’s just amazing. It’s him. It’s absolutely him!”The actress added that she, in fact, has never met her grandfather — but she knows it’s him that leaves her the money.”It’s such a long story,” she told Letterman. “You’d have to go to commercial five times and roll to a clip and come back, and I’d still be telling the story, but it’s him.”Stone was on Good Morning America on Wednesday morning and said working with Allen was “incredible,” and she is currently teaming up with him again. “Right now, we are shooting in Rhode Island,” she said.
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Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — Kelly Ripa has a pretty simple beauty routine.
When asked about her favorite products she only named one.”Botox,” she told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live. “That’s pretty much it.”Ripa, 43, said she spends so much time in hair and makeup for her talk show-hosting job that she doesn’t feel “ritualistic” about her beauty routine. However, since she began getting Botox treatment, she said, getting ready to go out has been quicker.”It’s cut my getting ready time in half,” she said. “I’m not advocating for it one way or the other. I’m just saying Botox changed my life.”So how does the talk show host avoid looking constantly surprised? Moderation, she said.”The key to everything is knowing what you look like and being a minimalist,” she said. “Your cheeks are not supposed to block out your eyes when you smile!”
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Beyonce leads all nominees for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. The singer, who released a video for every song on her “surprise” self-titled album, has received eight nods, including Video of the Year for “Drunk in Love,” as well as Best Female and Best Choreography.Eminem and Iggy Azalea, meanwhile, scored seven nods each: Eminem for his videos “The Monster” and “Berzerk,” and Azalea for her Clueless homage, “Fancy.” Other stars receiving multiple nominations include Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Lorde, Sam Smith, Pitbull, Jason Derulo, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Avicii and Sia.In addition to “Drunk in Love,” the contenders for Video of the Year are “Fancy,” Pharrell’s “Happy,” Sia’s “Chandelier” and “Wrecking Ball” by Cyrus. Nominees for a new category, Best Lyric Video, will be announced at a later date.Usher, 5 Seconds of Summer and Ariana Grande are all confirmed to perform on the MTV VMA telecast on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.Here are the nominees:VIDEO OF THE YEARIggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX — “Fancy”Beyoncé ft. Jay Z — “Drunk in Love”Pharrell Williams — “Happy”Sia — “Chandelier”Miley Cyrus — “Wrecking Ball”BEST HIP-HOPEminem — “Berzerk”Drake ft. Majid Jordan — “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”Childish Gambino — “3005″Kanye West — “Black Skinhead”Wiz Khalifa — “We Dem Boyz” BEST MALEPharrell Williams — “Happy”John Legend — “All of Me”Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell — “Sing”Sam Smith — “Stay with Me”Eminem ft. Rihanna — “The Monster” BEST FEMALEIggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX — “Fancy”Beyoncé — “Partition”Lorde — “Royals”Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea — “Problem”Katy Perry ft. Juicy J — “Dark Horse” BEST POPPharrell Williams — “Happy”Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX — “Fancy”Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz — “Talk Dirty”Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea — “Problem”Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc — “Wake Me Up” BEST ROCKImagine Dragons — “Demons”Arctic Monkeys — “Do I Wanna Know”The Black Keys — “Fever”Lorde — “Royals”Linkin Park — “Until It’s Gone” MTV ARTIST TO WATCHSam Smith — “Stay with Me”5 Seconds of Summer –”She Looks So Perfect”Charli XCX — “Boom Clap”Schoolboy Q — “Man of the Year”Fifth Harmony — “Miss Movin On” BEST COLLABORATIONBeyoncé ft. Jay Z — “Drunk in Love”Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea — “Problem”Pitbull ft. Ke$ha — “Timber”Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga — “Loyal”Eminem ft. Rihanna — “The Monster”Katy Perry ft. Juicy J — “Dark Horse”MTV CLUBLAND AWARDDJ Snake & Lil Jon — “Turn Down for What”Zedd ft. Hayley Williams — “Stay the Night”Calvin Harris — “Summer”Martin Garrix — “Animal”Disclosure — “Grab Her!”BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGEAngel Haze ft. Sia — “Battle Cry“Avicii — “Hey Brother”Beyoncé — “Pretty Hurts”J. Cole ft. TLC — “Crooked Smile”Kelly Rowland — “Dirty Laundry”David Guetta ft. Mikky Ekko — “One Voice” BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY30 Seconds to Mars — “City of Angels”Beyoncé — “Pretty Hurts”Arcade Fire — “Afterlife”Gesaffelstein — “Hate or Glory”Lana Del Rey — “West Coast”BEST EDITINGEminem — “Rap God”MGMT — “Your Life Is a Lie”Zedd ft. Hayley Williams –”Stay the Night”Beyoncé — “Pretty Hurts”Fitz and the Tantrums — “The Walker”BEST CHOREOGRAPHYSia — “Chandelier”Beyoncé — “Partition”Usher — “Good Kisser”Michael Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake — “Love Never Felt So Good”Jason Derulo ft. 2Chainz — “Talk Dirty”Kieza — “Hideaway”BEST DIRECTIONDJ Snake & Lil Jon — “Turn Down for What”OK Go — “The Writing’s on the Wall”Miley Cyrus — “Wrecking Ball”Beyoncé — “Pretty Hurts”Eminem ft. Rihanna — “The Monster”BEST ART DIRECTIONDJ Snake & Lil Jon — “Turn Down for What”Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX — “Fancy”Eminem — “Rap God”Arcade Fire — “Reflektor”Tyler, the Creator — “Tamale”BEST VISUAL EFFECTSDJ Snake & Lil Jon — “Turn Down for What”OK Go — “The Writing’s on the Wall”Disclosure — “Grab Her!”Eminem — “Rap God”Jack White — “Lazaretto”
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Eddy Chen/FOX(NEW YORK) — It has been a year since Glee’s Cory Monteith died of a drug overdose. His mother, Ann McGregor, is now speaking publicly for the first time about the son she called “baby bear.””I’m beginning to accept it,” she told ABC News in a segment that aired on Thursday’s Good Morning America. “The loss is horrendous. Until three days ago I couldn’t look at a picture of Cory. So there’s been progress.”Monteith, who played the character Finn Hudson on Fox’s Glee, was found dead in his Vancouver, British Columbia hotel room July 13, 2013. The actor died of a mixture of alcohol and intravenous heroin, according to the coroner’s report. He was 31.McGregor is still unable to talk about the night she found out about her son’s death, but did reveal that his then-girlfriend, Glee co-star Lea Michele, is still in touch with her via texts and emails.”She’s hurting, too,” said McGregor. “I mean, you see the sadness. I know her pain.”McGregor said that her son started to get into trouble with drugs as a teenage, overdosing at 15.
“He had a lot of emotional things he was trying to figure out — lot of it was he really wanted a relationship with his father,” she explained. “I think when a child gets invalidated they keep reaching even harder. They want to find out why.”Monteith’s father, Joe Monteith, has been estranged from the family for many years and was not invited to his son’s memorial. Monteith never showed any interest in Cory’s life until the last two years, when Cory became successful, McGregor said.Asked what advice she had for the mothers of other stars who are facing similar problems, McGregor replied: “I don’t think we have power to change the choices they’re making. I think with the kind of connection Cory and I had, if we couldn’t prevent that situation, I don’t have the answer. What could I say to them? Live every moment. Grab the second.”
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Rommel Demano/Getty Images(BIRMINGHAM, Mich.) — Broadway great Elaine Stritch died Thursday, her friend, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, told ABC News. She was 89.
“She passed away this morning at 8 o’clock at her home in Birmingham, Michigan,” said Herdlicka, who worked with Stritch on a production of A Little Night Music. “She had several friends there and it was very peaceful and painless, from what I hear.”
“It’s been extremely heartbreaking for everybody in her family and everyone in New York,” Herdlicka added.
Born in Detroit in 1926, Stritch moved to New York City at 17 to study at the Dramatic Workshop of The New School alongside Marlon Brando. She began her theater career in 1944 and in 1946 she made her Broadway debut. A few years later, she appeared on TV for the first time.
In the 1970s, she moved to London, where she starred in several West End productions, as well as a British sitcom, Two’s Company. For that, she earned a BAFTA TV Award nomination.
Meanwhile, her personal life was evolving. In 1972, Stritch married actor John Bay, her co-star on Two’s Company, who died 10 years later. Around that time, Stritch returned to America. She never remarried.
In 1993, Stritch earned an Emmy award for a guest-starring role she had in Law & Order. She went on to earn two more Emmys — in 2004, for her variety program, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, and 2007, for her guest starring role on 30 Rock, in which she played the Alec Baldwin character’s brassy mother.
Stritch, a five-time Tony nominee, also won a Tony for her one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, which explored her experiences with alcoholism, among other topics.
A longtime New Yorker, she moved back to Michigan last year.
“I don’t know what to say about humor except thank God for it,” she once told the New York Times. “I can change the subject of my life with humor when it’s down. I can change it like that!”
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Universal(NEW YORK) — The Purge was one of the 2013’s big box office success stories. It cost $3 million to make and went on to gross around $90 million. The plot was just a bit heavy-handed: In the not so distant future, a new U.S. government regime has solved most of America’s social ills by establishing The Purge. One designated night a year, every act of violence you can think of is legal, including murder. As a result, crime is down, employment is up, and the population is under control. The Purge allows citizens to cleanse their souls through violence. But if you don’t want to participate, you’d better make sure you’re somewhere safe, because no home is off limits and no person is safe when The Purge takes place. The Purge: Anarchy once again takes us into the streets on the night of The Purge. This time, Sergeant (Frank Grillo) has no intention of staying home and protecting himself from murderers. Instead, he plans on exacting revenge on the drunk driver who killed his son. It’s a different story for Eva Sanchez (Carmen Ejogo) and her daughter, Cali (Zoe Soul). They live in the projects and, for some reason, feel relatively safe in their boarded-up apartment. Then there’s Shane (Zach Gilford) and Liz (Kiele Sanchez), who are on their way to Shane’s sister’s house to deliver important news about their relationship. Naturally, Shane and Liz’s car breaks down about an hour before The Purge is set to start, and they wind up being chased by masked thugs on motorcycles. As for Eva and Cali, their building falls under attack by a small army, and they’re about to get shot in the middle of the street. Good thing for all of them that Sergeant happens by. I’ll spare you the details, but against his better judgment he saves them all. Problem is, if he leaves them on the street, he knows they will surely die but if he takes them with him, his very personal mission will likely be compromised. The Purge: Anarchy has more heart than its predecessor — and when I say more heart, I mean it has more people getting shot and stabbed in the heart. And stomach. And head, and arm, and leg…well, you get the picture. The attempt to disguise this gratuitous bloodbath as social commentary on class warfare would be insulting if it wasn’t so unintentionally comical. One out of five stars.Follow @ABCNewsRadio
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VH1(NEW YORK) — The new VH1 series — or should we say “nude” VH1 series — Dating Naked premieres Thursday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time. It’s as exactly as it sounds — the stars of the show will actually go on dates in the buff.Each week, two people will have three naked dates on an island resort, including one with each other. Afterward, they’ll decide with whom they’d like to pursue a romance back home — presumably, where they can wear clothes again.Host Amy Paffrath says the nudity on the show will be censored, to a point. She tells ABC News Radio, “There is pixilation and sometimes strategically placed items on a table to kind of block the view of women’s breasts when they’re eating, things like that. But butts are OK because it’s primetime.”If you tune in to Dating Naked expecting to see only physically fit contestants, you may end up disappointed. Paffrath explains, “That’s a very good representation of what real life is like. You know, some people work out every day and some people have never seen a weight room in their life.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — Two major pieces of news for Marvel fans were released Wednesday: one from the world of its comic books, and the other from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.Entertainment Weekly leaked details about its upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron cover story, featuring secrets about the sequel, including shots of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and the other members of the superhero team in the 2015 movie, as well as the basics of the plot.As some speculated, the movie’s villain, the malevolent robot Ultron, is created by Downey’s Tony Stark as something of a replacement for his hero Iron Man, but the super-intelligent robot gets away from the playboy inventor in a big way — and targets mankind for extinction. James Spader will voice and motion-perform the baddie, the first official picture of which is featured on the magazine’s cover.”Ultron sees the big picture and he goes, ‘Okay, we need radical change, which will be violent and appalling, in order to make everything better,” writer-director Joss Whedon explains. “He’s on a mission. He wants to save us.” Also breaking Wednesday, a day after it was announced the new Thor is female, Marvel Comics revealed Steve Rogers will again be replaced as Captain America — at least in the pages of the comics.
“I don’t have to tell you that the world is falling apart under Barack Obama’s leadership,” Colbert joked before outlining the story line that will see a villain extracting Cap’s super-serum from his blood, aging him 65 years in a matter of seconds. “Meaning his new super-serum will be Ensure,” Colbert quipped. Marvel Comics Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada revealed, “Sam Wilson, his partner, the Falcon, is becoming the new Captain America,” and taking up Rogers’ spangly vibranium shield. “This new guy’s black,” Colbert noted. “Doesn’t that make him Captain African-America?”This leaves an opening for the Falcon, who was played by Anthony Mackie in the blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Colbert said he’s ready to strap on Falcon’s wings — something Quesada predicted, producing a comic rendering of Colbert as the hero, as drawn by Marvel’s Kris Anka. Colbert responded by trying out a new catchphrase: “Why did the Falcon cross the road? For justice, motherfu***er!”Wilson will take on the role of the red, white, and blue hero in October’s Captain America #25. For the record, he makes the seventh character to use the name, according to the books. Another former sidekick, Rogers’ childhood friend Bucky Barnes, formerly known as The Winter Soldier, also took up the mantle of Captain America for a spell. The Captain switch won’t be seen on the big screen anytime soon, as Evans is still contracted to play him. Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1, 2015.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
Dale Robinette/CBS (LOS ANGELES) — Black female actresses are the latest group in Hollywood to discover what other A-listers, including Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey and Jessica Lange, already have: some of the best roles right now are on the small screen.Oscar-winner Halle Berry and two-time Oscar nominee Viola Davis are among the black female film stars making the move to television, following Kerry Washington’s success on the hit ABC show Scandal. Behind the camera, Oscar nominee Angela Bassett is making her directorial debut with a television movie, Lifetime’s biopic of Whitney Houston.The reason behind the latest black migration? “Opportunity,” Thelma Adams, contributing editor at Yahoo! Movies, told ABC News. “The simple answer is opportunity. Kerry Washington led the way with Scandal.”The so-called New Golden Age of Television is especially sweet for black women, who already face a paucity of roles in Hollywood.”I’ve gotten some wonderful film roles, but I’ve gotten even more film roles where I wasn’t the show. It feels like I’ve been invited to a really fabulous party only to hold up the wall,” Davis told reporters recently at the Television Critics Association’s summer tour. “I wanted to be the show. I wanted a character who took me out of my comfort zone. That character happened to be in a Shonda Rhimes show. So I did the only sensible thing and took it.”Starting this fall, Davis will play criminal law professor Annalise Keating in Rhimes’ newest show for ABC, How to Get Away with Murder. Davis, who was nominated for The Help and Doubt and won a Tony for August Wilson’s King Hedley II, describes her character as “messy and mysterious and you don’t necessarily know who she is.””She’s not nurturing like ‘come sit on my lap.’ She’s not the kind of person who needs God, Jesus or Buddha, because she knows all the answers. She’s sexy, she’s vulnerable,” Davis told reporters.For Davis, playing Keating is also an opportunity to see someone like her, a dark-skinned woman in her late 40s, playing the lead role on screen.”There is no way in the history of film or TV that you’ve seen a character like this played by a black woman who looks like me,” Davis, 48, told a handful of journalists after the TCA news conference. “This is progressive. This is a first.”Added Davis, “Not even Kerry Washington or Halle Berry [looks like me]. I’m talking about a black woman who looks like me — a dark-skinned black woman with the nose, the age, in every way like me. No one has taken my look in that way and put it on the screen. Shonda’s been the first.”Rhimes, who is the creator of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, sidesteps questions about diversity, preferring that the work speak for itself. But she told the small group of reporters that “the world of television should look like the world outside.””Given the huge struggle that continues in film for women to play the lead role in which they carry the plot and not just play the mother, the girlfriend, the sister, TV creates those roles,” Adams said. “Everywhere you look [on TV], you see women who are staking a claim in major shows. And now African-American women are getting a piece of that.”As material has gotten better on television, the divide between TV actor and film actor has diminished with stars moving between the two mediums.”Some of the best projects are on television these days,” said Halle Berry, whose show Extant led the TV ratings for its debut last week. “TV is much more interesting in some ways than film now. You know, not to knock film. Because film will always be film. But the quality of television has changed over the years.”Added the 47-year-old actress, “That day of ‘I only do movies and I only do film,’ those days are gone. It’s now all a shade of grey. We go where the good material is, and if you do movies, you’re no longer looked down upon if you do a television show. Because TV is so good. And I love that, because that just gives more opportunity for everybody to work in and out of both of the mediums interchangeably. More chances for us to do good work.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
Sonja Flemming/CBS(LOS ANGELES) — Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, the stars of The Big Bang Theory, are without contracts, even though CBS has renewed the popular sitcom for three additional seasons.Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter there hasn’t been any movement in the negotiations since they began last September, but a deal is expected to be reached before the eighth season debuts in September. The cast also is expected to return to work on the show at the end of the month when production begins, with or without contracts.Parsons and Galecki, who play physicists Sheldon Cooper and Leonard Hofstadter, respectively, and Cuoco, who portrays Penny, an aspiring actress, currently earn $325,000 per episode. They’re seeking up to $1 million per half-hour and are expected to negotiate together, a source tells the industry trade publication.Simon Helberg, who plays mechanical engineer Howard Wolowitz, and Kunal Nayyar, who plays astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali, are also looking for increases and will negotiate together.Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, who play Sheldon’s girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler and Howard’s wife Bernadette Rostenkowski, respectively, have already signed, with both securing raises.The Big Bang Theory earned Emmy nominations last week for best comedy series, lead comedy actor for Parsons, and supporting actress for Bialik.The Big Bang Theory returns for its eighth season on Monday, Sept. 22. It will return to CBS’ Thursday-night schedule in late October.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
Kevin Mazur/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Drake took some playful jabs at Macklemore and Iggy Azalea as host of the ESPYS award show on Wednesday night.During one segment of the ESPN ceremony, which was held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Drake performed a song titled “Honorable Mention” — a tribute to athletes who have failed to win a championship.Singing to Oklahoma City Thunder basketball player Kevin Durant, Drake quipped, “I know you understand real talent doesn’t always win championships, like real music doesn’t always win Grammys.” A photo of Macklemore with a Grammy in hand was then shown on a screen behind Drake.After Macklemore won a bunch of Grammys earlier this year, and then sent a text message to Kendrick Lamar apologizing for his victories, Drake told Rolling Stone that Macklemore’s gesture felt “cheap” and not “genuine.”Later in “Honorable Mention,” Drake gave a shout-out to Iggy Azalea and her boyfriend, Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Nick Young, calling them a “poor man’s Jay and B,” referring to Jay Z and Beyoncé.He followed “Honorable Mention” with a song titled “Side Pieces,” about athletes’ activities with women on the road. He was joined by Brian McKnight for that one.Drake closed the segment with a song that sampled an interview with embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in which Sterling declared he’s not a racist.Drake’s enemy-turned-friend, Chris Brown, popped up during a sketch in which Drizzy was “feuding” with basketball star Blake Griffin via a series of practical jokes. As Drake was set to undergo an appendectomy, it was revealed that Chris and Blake would be the ones operating on him. They also pretended to tie up Drake so they could take over ESPY hosting duties.Drake kicked off the ESPYS with a funny monologue in which he riffed on Sterling, LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Washington Redskins team nickname controversy, among other sports topics.
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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(PODGORICA, Montenegro) — Jennifer Lopez’s music touches many people in many different ways. Recently a group of scientists named a new species of water mite they discovered near Puerto Rico after her.University of Montenegro biologist Vladimir Pesic explains that “J-Lo’s songs and videos kept the team in a continuous good mood when writing the manuscript [on their findings] and watching World Cup Soccer 2014.”He notes that while he and other scientists rooted for different teams during the World Cup, they could all connect with Lopez’s music.Pesic calls the gesture a small token of gratitude to J-Lo, who has Puerto Rican roots.It’s actually not unusual. Over the years, scientists have named dozens of organisms after famous people to honor them. Mick Jagger has a type of trilobite named after him, a spider was named after Bono and a marine parasite found in the Caribbean sea was named after Bob Marley.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Kevin McEnroe, son of tennis icon John McEnroe and actress Tatum O’Neal, was arrested Tuesday night in New York City for alleged possession of cocaine.He was busted in the East Village section of Manhattan during what police said was a cocaine deal, when they allegedly observed the 27-year-old buying drugs after 11:20 p.m.Police said he was in possession of six clear bags of cocaine, a muscle relaxant, 20 white oxycodone pills and 10 unidentified orange pills.The police charged him with possession of a controlled substance and he will be arraigned Wednesday in a lower Manhattan court.O’Neal, who agreed to enter a treatment program in 2008 after her arrest on misdemeanor criminal possession, had called the cops after she was looking for her son.
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