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NBC Cancels Planned Bill Cosby Comedy

NBC Cancels Planned Bill Cosby Comedy

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Following the news that Netflix had postponed its plans to air a Bill Cosby comedy special, NBC now says that a comedy it was developing around the veteran comedian won't be moving forward, ABC News confirms.The project was a family comedy that would have cast Cosby as the father of three married daughters with children.

The cancellation comes after allegations of rape against the comedian resurfaced in recent weeks.A series of women have claimed to have been sexually abused by Cosby over the years, including Joan Tarshis, who came forward on Sunday. Last week, Barbara Bowman published an essay in the Washington Post detailing her own alleged abuse at the hands of Cosby, and later told the Hollywood Reporter that she felt NBC would be "irresponsible" to put Cosby "back in a position of a patriarchal father, in an authoritative and trusted position." Cosby's attorney, John P. Schmitt, issued a statement earlier in the week, calling the rape allegations “decades-old” and “discredited.” Schmitt later issued a second statement saying the comedian's denial "was not intended to refer in any way to Andrea Constand," an accuser who settled a civil lawsuit against the 77-year-old comedy legend in 2006.The comedian's rep told ABC News that Cosby agreed with Netflix's decision to postpone the special, which would have aired on Nov. 28. Cosby himself has not responded to the allegations. He has never been criminally charged.

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Bono Needs ‘Intensive and Progressive Therapy’ After Bicycle Accident

Bono Needs ‘Intensive and Progressive Therapy’ After Bicycle Accident

ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- U2 singer Bono is going to need "intensive and progressive therapy," according to a statement Wednesday from the medical center that treated him after his bicycle accident.The accident took place earlier this week in New York City and on Wednesday, a trauma surgeon at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center said after multiple X-rays and CT scans, the singer's injuries included a left facial fracture, a shoulder blade fracture in "3 separate pieces" and a fracture to his arm."He was taken to the operating room for a 5-hour surgery Sunday evening," Dr. Dean Lorich stated, adding that his elbow was the focal point. "A nerve trapped in the break was moved; and the bone was repaired with 3 metal plates and 18 screws."The next day, Bono, 54, had surgery on his left hand, the hospital said."He will require intensive and progressive therapy, however a full recovery is expected," Lorich added.The accident happened after Bono "attempted to avoid another rider," according to the hospital's statement.

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Trailer for Disney’s “Cinderella” Debuts

Trailer for Disney’s “Cinderella” Debuts

Disney(NEW YORK) -- Disney's latest film, Cinderella, doesn't hit theaters until March 13, but fans got their first look of the new flick on Wednesday as the trailer debuted.The movie follows a young girl, Ella, played by Lily James, who is cared for by her evil stepmother (Cate Blanchett) after her father dies.Her stepmother is far from kind, renaming the girl "Cinderella" and tearing a dress she hoped to wear to a ball at the palace."It would be an insult to take you to the palace dressed in these old rags," she says in the trailer. "You shall not go to the ball!"Enter Helena Bonham Carter as Ella's fairy godmother, who, naturally, saves the day.

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Gordon Ramsay Claims Rival Tried to ‘Sabotage’ His Restaurant

Gordon Ramsay Claims Rival Tried to ‘Sabotage’ His Restaurant

Justin Stephens / FOX(NEW YORK) -- Gordon Ramsay is a celebrity chef known for holding nothing back on reality TV shows such as Kitchen Nightmares, but now the chef claims he was the victim of his own restaurant nightmare thanks to an unnamed rival.Ramsay revealed on ITV's The Jonathan Ross Show that he believes a rival chef tried to spoil the opening of his newest London restaurant, Heddon Street Kitchen, by booking fake reservations.“Well, Saturday was our first big day open and we had 140 on the books and we had a 100 no-show,” Ramsey told Ross.When Ross asked if he thought it was deliberate, Ramsay replied, “Yeah, sabotage.”The refusal by Ramsay, 48, to name which rival he thinks “sabotaged” his restaurant’s opening has led some skeptics to question his claim.“This just wouldn't happen,” Kit Kinsman, editor-in-chief of TastingTable.com, told ABC News. "Restaurants are in the habit of Googling their customers at this point, especially if they made online reservations, because they want to know who is coming into their restaurant.”Ramsay, who has around 30 restaurants to his name, has previously accused rival Chef Marco Pierre White of stealing a reservation book from one of his restaurants in 1989, only to admit 10 years later that he faked the whole thing.Despite the controversy, the launch for Heddon Street Kitchen was a success, a Ramsey spokesperson told ABC News.“We were fortunate to have a large number of walk-ins ... despite whatever someone’s intentions were,” the spokesperson said. “We had a terrific, packed launch.”

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Chris Hemsworth Is “People” Magazine’s 2014 ‘Sexiest Man Alive’

Chris Hemsworth Is “People” Magazine’s 2014 ‘Sexiest Man Alive’

ABC(LOS ANGELES) — On Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night, Jimmy revealed Thor and Avengers series star Chris Hemsworth as People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2014.In a Skype session with the star, whose identity was at first shielded, Jimmy had his audience members attempt to guess the star's identity. Eventually, clues that the mystery man was born overseas, played a superhero, and that the superhero used a hammer, led to none other than the 31-year-old Aussie, who is married to actress Elsa Pataky. The pair have three kids.In accepting the honor from Australia, Hemsworth was handed a cheeky trophy emblazoned with a mirror, and told Kimmel he's, "most excited about the 'alive' portion" of the honor. "The sexy is a bonus, and I'm flattered,"  Hemsworth added.The actor reveals to People magazine that he prefers to sleep naked, and when he’s cheating on his diet he prefers pizza, hamburgers, beer, and sugary things.Hemsworth takes over the crown from last year’s Sexiest Man Alive: Adam Levine.

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MTV Star Diem Brown’s Funeral Held in NYC

MTV Star Diem Brown’s Funeral Held in NYC

Mychal Watts/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Diem Brown's funeral was held in New York City Tuesday.Brown, a recurring cast member on MTV's The Challenge, lost her lengthy battle with cancer last Friday at the age of 32.Us Weekly reported that the service, held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, was attended by many of her fellow MTV stars, including her former flame Chris "CT" Tamburello, Ace Amerson, Ruthie Alcaide and Aneesa Ferriera.Her casket was brought into the church as the hymn "On Eagle's Wings" played. Following the opening procession, country singer Trisha Yearwood performed "I Remember You," a song from her new album Prizefighter: Hit After Hit.Brown was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006, and then again in 2012. She was diagnosed for a third time this past August, this time in her colon. Last month, she revealed to People magazine that the cancer had spread to her liver and lymph nodes.

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Tracy Morgan Still Struggling to Recover from Car Crash

Tracy Morgan Still Struggling to Recover from Car Crash

ABC/Randy Holmes(TRENTON, N.J.) — Tracy Morgan is on the road to recovery, but he is still struggling, his lawyer said Tuesday."Mr. Morgan is a fighter," attorney Benedict Morelli told reporters outside of federal court in Trenton, New Jersey. "He's fighting to get better. If there's a chance to be back to the Tracy Morgan he once was, he is going to try to do that. We just don't know."Morgan suffered multiple broken bones and a traumatic brain injury when a Walmart truck slammed into his limo on the New Jersey Turnpike back in June. The crash killed comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair, and injured three other passengers.Morgan, 45, is suing Walmart over the crash. He is accusing the retailer of being negligent when they put driver Kevin Roper behind the wheel. Roper, 35, had allegedly been awake for more than a full day before the crash. He has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide and four counts of assault by auto. In court documents, Walmart said the passengers were partly to blame because they weren't wearing seat belts.Attorneys for both Morgan and the retail chain were in court Tuesday to schedule dates in the civil case.

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Ellen and Portia’s Christmas Card Spoofs Kim Kardashian

Ellen and Portia’s Christmas Card Spoofs Kim Kardashian

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — If there was an award for best Christmas card, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi would probably win it.For their season's greetings this year, the two spoofed Kim Kardashian's booty-baring Paper magazine cover.The 56-year-old TV host tweeted the Photoshopped image Tuesday. “Here’s a holiday wish from me and Portia to you,” she wrote. The card wishes people "Happy Holidays...And a Shiny New Year."

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Netflix Postpones Launch of Bill Cosby Comedy Special

Netflix Postpones Launch of Bill Cosby Comedy Special

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In the wake of multiple sexual abuse claims against Bill Cosby, Netflix is postponing the premiere of the veteran comedian’s comedy special, a Netflix spokesperson confirmed to ABC News.“At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand up comedy special Bill Cosby 77," the spokesperson said in a statement released Tuesday night.  Cosby’s rep, David Brokaw, released a statement to ABC News, saying, "My client agrees with Netflix."The special was taped on the comedian's 77th birthday in July. It was scheduled to run on Netflix on Nov. 28.Earlier in the day, supermodel Janice Dickinson became the latest woman to come forward with abuse allegations against Cosby.In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Dickinson claims the comedian sexually assaulted her in 1982. She said they first met when her agent set up a meeting with him to discuss a possible role for her on The Cosby Show. They met for a second time over dinner. Dickinson said Cosby gave her a glass of red wine and a pill, which she asked for because she was menstruating and had stomach pains.“The next morning I woke up and I wasn't wearing my pajamas and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man…," she said. "Before I woke up in the morning, the last thing I remember is Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me.”Dickinson said she tried to write about the assault in her 2002 autobiography, but Cosby and his lawyers pressured her and the publisher to remove the details.When ask why she chose to tell her story now, the 59-year-old Dickinson said, "I'm doing this because it's the right thing to do, and it happened to me, and this is the true story.”A series of women have claimed to have been sexually abused by Cosby over the years, including Joan Tarshis, who came forward on Sunday. Last week, Barbara Bowman published an essay in the Washington Post detailing her own alleged abuse at the hands of Cosby.Cosby's attorney, John P. Schmitt, issued a statement earlier in the week, calling the allegations “decade-old” and “discredited.” Schmitt later issued a second statement saying the comedian's denial "was not intended to refer in any way to Andrea Constand," an accuser who settled a civil lawsuit against the 77-year-old comedy legend in 2006.Cosby has never been criminally charged.

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How Carrie Underwood Found Out Her Baby’s Gender

How Carrie Underwood Found Out Her Baby’s Gender

ABC/Image Group LA(NEW YORK) -- Carrie Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher, both had a feeling they were having a baby boy -- but they didn't want to find out in the doctor's office during her sonogram.

In fact, they went to great lengths to keep themselves in the dark.

"[The doctor's office is] kind of a sterile place," Underwood explained to ABC News Radio. "We got to see all the pictures and everything. It was really cool to see that, but whenever she'd get near, near those parts we would look away."

Instead, Underwood, 31, and her hockey player husband, 34, asked the doctor to write down the baby's gender for them to look at when they were ready. They took the envelope containing the news of the baby's sex with them out to a nice restaurant.

"[It was] just the two of us in a nicer setting, but we both knew," she said. "So, that was just confirming our suspicions. We didn't really speak of it before, 'cause we were both just like, 'Whatever. It's all good.' But we knew it was a boy."

Of course, Underwood's CMA Awards co-host Brad Paisley told the world she was having a boy during the show earlier this month. She said she'd planned to announce the baby's sex during the show all along, but she didn't let Paisley in on the secret until the very last minute.

"Brad's got loose lips. He's a blabber mouth!" Underwood said with a laugh. "So, I was like, 'I'm not gonna tell you until we're ready for the rest of the world to know, 'cause I know you'll tell people.'"

The singer has another big delivery -- the double-disc compilation Greatest Hits: Decade #1 -- due out December 9. The lead single from that project, "Something in the Water," is already a big hit at country radio.

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The Most Memorable Quotes From the New Willow and Jaden Smith Interview

The Most Memorable Quotes From the New Willow and Jaden Smith Interview

Angela Weiss/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jaden Smith has never been afraid to speak his mind when it comes to things like American public schools and social media.The 16-year-old son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith sat down with his sister Willow, 14, for an interview with the New York Times to talk about their music, and more importantly, drop some knowledge on the world, including how time does not exist, Willow writes and reads her own novels, and on the downside of education.

Here are the 7 most memorable quotes from the interview:1. Willow and Jaden on Time"I mean, time for me, I can make it go slow or fast, however I please, and that’s how I know it doesn’t exist," Willow said."It’s proven that how time moves for you depends on where you are in the universe. It’s relative to beings and other places. But on the level of being here on earth, if you are aware in a moment, one second can last a year. And if you are unaware, your whole childhood, your whole life can pass by in six seconds," Jaden pontificated.2. Jaden on Apples and Duality"Because your mind has a duality to it. So when one thought goes into your mind, it’s not just one thought, it has to bounce off both hemispheres of the brain. When you’re thinking about something happy, you’re thinking about something sad. When you think about an apple, you also think about the opposite of an apple. It’s a tool for understanding mathematics and things with two separate realities," Jaden said.3. Willow on Her Classic Hit, "Whip My Hair""'Whip My Hair' was a great thing. When I look back I think, “Wow, I did so much for young black girls and girls around the world. Telling them that they can be themselves and to not be afraid to be themselves.” And I’m doing that now but in a whole different way, coming from source energy and universal truths," she said about her and her brother's new music.4. Willow on Writing Her Own Novels"There are no novels that I like to read so I write my own novels, and then I read them again, and it’s the best thing," Willow said."Willow’s been writing her own novels since she was 6," Jaden said.5. Willow on Her and Jaden's Sound"Me and Jaden just figured out that our voices sound like chocolate together. As good as chocolate tastes, it sounds that good," she said.6. Jaden and Willow on Breathing and Babies"When babies are born, their soft spots bump: It has, like, a heartbeat in it. That’s because energy is coming through their body, up and down," Jaden said. "It’s prana energy because they still breathe through their stomach. They remember. Babies remember.""When they’re in the stomach, they’re so aware, putting all their bones together, putting all their ligaments together. But they’re shocked by this harsh world," Willow said.7. Willow and Jaden on Education, Including Driver's Ed"School is not authentic because it ends. It’s not true, it’s not real. Our learning will never end. The school that we go to every single morning, we will continue to go to," Jaden said. "Kids who go to normal school are so teenagery, so angsty.""They never want to do anything, they’re so tired," Willow added."You never learn anything in school. Think about how many car accidents happen every day. Driver’s ed? What’s up? I still haven’t been to driver’s ed because if everybody I know has been in an accident, I can’t see how driver’s ed is really helping them out," Jaden continued.Bonus - Jaden on the Future"I have a goal to be just the most craziest person of all time. And when I say craziest, I mean, like, I want to do like Olympic-level things. I want to be the most durable person on the planet," Jaden said.

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Solange Knowles Calls Her Wedding the ‘Best Day of My Life’

Solange Knowles Calls Her Wedding the ‘Best Day of My Life’

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Solange Knowles was still in the throes of wedded bliss a day after her wedding to Alan Ferguson.Beyonce’s little sister posted a snap of a tender moment she shared with Ferguson after the couple exchanged vows Sunday in New Orleans.“Yesterday, I had the best day of my life and ended it with an abundance of peace, love over flowing through me like never before,” she wrote on Instagram Monday. “Words only understate the feelings I experienced , but I want to thank you for all of your beautiful sentiments. I’m now one, with the one.”

 

Yesterday, I had the best day of my life and ended it with an abundance of peace, love over flowing through me like never before. Words only understate the feelings I experienced , but I want to thank you for all of your beautiful sentiments. I'm now one, with the one.

A photo posted by S A I N T R E C O R D S (@saintrecords) on Nov 11, 2014 at 5:11pm PST

 

Among the 200 family members and friends attending the intimate affair were Beyonce and husband Jay Z, with daughter Blue Ivy in tow. Mom Tina Knowles and son Daniel Julez, 10, also attended. Celebrity guests included singer Janelle Monae and musician friends Kelela, Questlove and Kindness, who performed at the reception.Knowles, 28, and her son also surprised guests by performing a choreographed dance routine to the song “No Flex Zone.”“Everyone I worked with on the wedding are friends who I love,” Knowles told Vogue by email earlier in the day. “Everything was a labor of love.”This is Knowles’ second marriage. She had Daniel Julez with ex-husband Daniel Smith.

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“Hot In Cleveland” Stars React to Show’s Cancellation

“Hot In Cleveland” Stars React to Show’s Cancellation

TV Land(NEW YORK) -- Hot In Cleveland is coming to an end.TV Land announced on Monday that the sitcom's sixth season, which premiered earlier this month, will be its last.Hot in Cleveland, which premiered in 2010 and aired its 100th episode in September, stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick as three friends from Los Angeles who unexpectedly landed in Cleveland and rent a home from a sassy caretaker, played by Betty White.Bertinelli, Leeves and Malick took to Twitter to express their feelings about the show's ending. See their reactions below:

 

I'm so glad we had this time together. @Wolfiesmom @WendieMalick @BettyMWhite #HotInCleveland #FarewellSeason http://t.co/mKaJMJMjCW

— Jane Leeves (@JaneLeeves) November 17, 2014

 

 

BIG thank you to our amazing fans! I hope you love the final season as much as we've loved making it. It's been such a gift. #HotInCleveland

— Jane Leeves (@JaneLeeves) November 17, 2014

 

 

Ok first of all, you #HotinCleveland fans are totally awesome...secondly, next April, we're going out in a blaze of glory!

— Wendie Malick (@WendieMalick) November 18, 2014

 

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Kim Kardashian Said Back Hurt for a Week After Nude Photo Shoot

Kim Kardashian Said Back Hurt for a Week After Nude Photo Shoot

Timothy White/E!(NEW YORK) -- Kim Kardashian's nude photo shoot for Paper magazine took hard work and a ton of flexibility.The reality TV star said that the photographer, Jean-Paul Goude, contorted her body into positions she didn't realize she could be in."My back hurt for about a week after that shoot!" Kardashian said during an appearance on the Australian talk show, The Project. "He has an art of posing you and it was definitely not comfortable and things were falling all over the place. ...We made a big mess on set!"Kardashian, 34, shocked her fans by posing fully nude for the magazine, but she's thrilled with the photos. Working with Goude was a dream come true, she said."I looked at it as, this was an art project for me. This was something that was going to make me feel confident and me feel good," she said. "I felt really positive and really good about myself."However, she said that taking provocative photos aren't for everybody."It taught me to do what you want to do," she said. "Everyone should do what they're comfortable with."

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How Paul Walker’s Father Is Still Struggling One Year After Actor’s Death

How Paul Walker’s Father Is Still Struggling One Year After Actor’s Death

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It's been almost a year since Paul Walker tragically died in a car accident.On Monday, Entertainment Tonight sat down with the late actor's father, Paul Walker III, who shared sweet memories of his famous son."Well, I'm not looking forward to Thanksgiving," Walker said. "He died two days after that and I guess it'll probably be that way until I'm with him. It's a sad time. We're a very close, loving family and Paul is a piece that's missing now."The 40-year-old Fast & Furious star died last Nov. 30 near an event for his charity Reach Out Worldwide, after the Porsche he was riding in crashed and killed both him and his friend Roger Rodas."I miss him even more now...it's not getting any better for me," Walker added.When asked about Paul's 16-year-old daughter Meadow, Walker said, "We don't talk enough. The family's in shock, we are afraid to talk to each other...the only thing I think is it hurts too much, especially the holidays are coming."Walker also talked about how great of a father the actor was and showed some great family videos of when Paul was just a little boy. He also revealed the moment he found out his son was gone."I was on my motorcycle. I kept getting calls," he said. "My brother says, 'Paul has been killed.' ...There was this young guy next to me and I just turned to him and said, 'My son was just killed.' He looked at me and just reached up and gave me a big hug."

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“Game of Thrones” Character Reveals Season Five Plot Twist

“Game of Thrones” Character Reveals Season Five Plot Twist

Macall B. Polay/courtesy of HBO (NEW YORK) —  If you haven’t seen season four of Game of Thrones, stop reading.This past season of Game Of Thrones ended with the unexpected death of Lannister family patriarch Tywin -- who some would say was the most powerful man in Westeros.The fact that he died wasn't just surprising, the manner in which he died, while in the bathroom, was a bit shocking, too.Charles Dance plays Tywin Lannister, and he says he found the death quite satisfying. “Indeed. What an ignominious end. Yes...quiet five minutes and you're in the privacy of one's lavatory, yes, and the door is kicked open and, y'know, shot with crossbow. Yes, yes, great death scene.”But just because Tywin dies at the end of season four, Dance says that doesn't mean we've seen the last of his character.  “Tywin's a very important character in the series and they're not just going to dig a hole and bury him," Dance reveals, adding, "He has a bit of a sendoff. More than that I cannot say.” The HBO series is currently filming its fifth season.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” Debuts via Digital Download

“Guardians of the Galaxy” Debuts via Digital Download

Buena Vista Pictures(NEW YORK) — The highest-grossing domestic film of the year, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, is now available for digital download ahead of its release on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 9. The sci-fi action film went from being what many considered a long-shot at the box office to the second-biggest movie of 2014, with a global take north of 770 million bucks. One person who was confident of the movie's fate in theaters was Sean Gunn, the actor brother of Guardians director/writer James Gunn. Sean Gunn played Kraglin, one of the group of space pirates known as Ravagers -- who abduct and sort-of adopt then-youngster Peter Quill, the earthling who grows up to become Chris Pratt's Star-Lord. Gunn also played Rocket on set.Gunn tells ABC News Radio, "Honestly, I can't lie -- I don't want to, you know, sound crazy...but when people said, 'Did you have any idea of the kind of success?'...I had some idea. I didn't know it was gonna be quite as big as it was, but I had a pretty good feeling it was going to be really big...Just because I knew it was good." While the Rocket was later replaced by a computer-generated raccoon character voiced by Bradley Cooper, Gunn was a key on-set reference for the other characters to interact with, and he also helped shape the character through ad-libbing and movement. Gunn tells ABC News Radio he was surprised when his brother told him he'd landed both gigs. "He kind of called me and all at once said, 'Okay, you're in to play Kraglin, and also we would like you to come and be Rocket on set, but it means you'd need to be here for the full five months in England...""So it was crazy, I just packed up my whole life and went to England," Gunn adds.Guardians of the Galaxy also stars Zoe Saldana, Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close, and the voice of Vin Diesel as Rocket's buddy, the imposing alien tree-man Groot. A sequel is set for May 5, 2017.

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Matthew McConaughey Awarded Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Matthew McConaughey Awarded Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Matthew McConaughey was honored Monday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Oscar winner received the 2,534th star.Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, McConaughey said he never thought he'd be an actor. "Shoot, I only saw two or three films before I was 18 years old. And I got my first job in Austin, Texas, on a film called Dazed and Confused," he explained. "Yeah, I got my first job there. Little did I know it'd turn out to be a career.""This industry has given me a lot. It's given me a chance to live out some dreams I didn't even know I had," McConaughey added.The 45-year-old actor was joined by his Interstellar co-stars Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, as well his wife Camila Alves and their three children.McConaughey told those in attendance that he wants Hollywood to continue making great films."Let's keep telling great stories. Let's keep entertaining, you know. Let's keep putting stuff up there that matters. Let's keep putting stuff up there that is original. Let's keep putting stuff up there that's just plain fun," he said.

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“Hot in Cleveland” Ending After Six Seasons

“Hot in Cleveland” Ending After Six Seasons

Jesse Grant/Getty Images for TV Land(NEW YORK) — TV Land is putting Hot in Cleveland on ice.The cable network announced Monday that the sitcom will end with its sixth season, which premiered earlier this month.Hot in Cleveland, which launched in 2010 and aired its 100th episode in September, stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick as three friends from Los Angeles who unexpectedly landed in Cleveland and rent a home in the Ohio city from a sassy caretaker, played by Betty White.A statement from TV Land President Larry W. Jones reads in part, "It’s been an honor to work with Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and the incomparable Betty White as well as our executive producers Suzanne Martin, Todd Milliner, Sean Hayes and the rest of our exceptional writers, production team and crew." The statement continues, "The passion and talent they brought to the set each and every week over the past 5 years has put TV Land on the map as a network dedicated to quality original programming."  TV Land is also the network home of the Hot in Cleveland spin-off The Soul Man, starring Cedric the Entertainer.

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“Hunger Games” Stars Hit the White Carpet at LA Premiere

“Hunger Games” Stars Hit the White Carpet at LA Premiere

Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 was held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live Monday night. Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, and the other stars walked the white carpet for fans' first look at the third film in the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' bestselling book series. In stark contrast to her character Katniss Everdeen's dark locks and black body armor, Lawrence's hair was much lighter as she wore a scoop-neck ivory-colored Dior Couture dress, complete with shimmering silver details and gold sandals. The movie's two leading men, Hutcherson and Hemsworth, however, went dark, wearing black suits.Hutcherson, who plays Peeta Mellark in the series, said of Mockingjay, "It's so different from the first two Hunger Games. It becomes about the consequences of war, and it's a much bigger scope. You see it's not just about the games, it's about society and how they all are trying to make a change in the world. So it becomes a much bigger film I think." One notable absence from the premiere was Oscar winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who died of a drug overdose in February. The actor passed away before some of his scenes in both Part 1 and 2 were finished, and while it was thought computer generated technology would be used to replace Hoffman, director Francis Lawrence reportedly balked out of respect for the actor.Instead, the filmmakers shuffled some of the lines his character, Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, was to deliver.Producer Nina Jacobson explained to ABC News Radio, "We had two scenes that he hadn't shot, and in both of them there were scenes where we gave the dialog and the content of that scenes to either Effi or Hamitch." Those characters are played by Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson, respectively. She explained, "The scene where they show Katniss and Cinna's notebooks, he should be in the scene, he's not. And we had Effi there, and you know, she's certainly capable of delivering that scene. And there's another scene at the end of the second movie where we had to give his dialog to Woody and our other actors. We have wonderful actors and characters who could step into those parts and they did." The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 opens nationwide Friday.

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