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“Hercules” Star Kevin Sorbo Rants Against Ferguson Protesters, Then Apologizes

“Hercules” Star Kevin Sorbo Rants Against Ferguson Protesters, Then Apologizes

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Hercules star Kevin Sorbo is facing criticism after he posted a Facebook rant Wednesday against protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, where a white police officer fatally shot unarmed black teen, Michael Brown. The outspoken political conservative called the demonstrators “animals” and “losers.””Ferguson riots have very little to do with the shooting of the young man,” Sorbo reportedly wrote in a post that has apparently since been taken down. “It is an excuse to be the losers these animals truly are. It is a tipping point to frustration built up over years of not trying, but blaming everyone else, The Man, for their failures.”He also took the opportunity to criticize President Obama in his tirade. “Hopefully this is a reminder to the African Americans (I always thought we just Americans. Oh, well.) that their President they voted in has only made things worse for them, not better,” he wrote.His comments were met with backlash and accusations of racism, prompting the actor to remove the post and issue an apology Thursday on Facebook. He wrote in part, “Okay….I stand humiliated and humbled. My most sincere apologies for my post on the events in Ferguson. I posted out of frustration and anger over the violence and looting. My words were never meant to hurt the African-American community. My use of the word ‘losers’ was directed at those doing the looting and vandalising and violence toward others.”
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Wilmer Valderrama Writes B-Day Message for Demi Lovato

Wilmer Valderrama Writes B-Day Message for Demi Lovato

Jeff Vespa/Getty Images for Topshop Topman(NEW YORK) — Wilmer Valderrama wrote his girlfriend Demi Lovato a sweet birthday message on Instagram this week.The 34-year-old posted a pic of the two wearing matching holiday hoodies and laughing. “Wishing you happy birthday would never come close to all the inspiring things I wish for your life,” he wrote alongside the photo. “We laugh our a**es off. While we do all we can to better everything around us. Love you through all.”Lovato, 22, wrote a similar birthday message to Valderrama back in January, calling him “the funniest, most inspiring, incredible man I know.” She added, “You truly are a light to this world and to my life.”The two first got together in 2010. After a brief split, they were back in a relationship the following year.
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Is Lindsay Lohan Dating an Investment Banker?

Is Lindsay Lohan Dating an Investment Banker?

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Lindsay Lohan will make her live theater debut in London next month, but in the meantime, she’s reportedly fallen for an older investment banker named Patrick Mahony.An insider tells In Touch magazine the 28-year-old Mean Girls star and Mahony are living together under the same roof, along with Patrick’s two young daughters.A second source tells the magazine, “Lindsay helps the kids take baths,” adding, “She really pitches in looking after them, and the girls really like her.”The source goes on to say Lohan is doing better than ever, noting, “She’s finally in a mature relationship with a really grounded guy.”Lohan will star in a London production of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow, opening Sept. 24.
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Pierce Brosnan Regrets Turning Down Batman Role

Pierce Brosnan Regrets Turning Down Batman Role

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — Pierce Brosnan admitted one of his career regrets in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session Wednesday. The Bond actor revealed he once turned down the role of Batman in Tim Burton’s 1989 film.During the online Q&A, a fan asked: “You were a great Bond but I always thought you’d make for a great Batman. Were you ever approached for that role?”
He answered that he was, but at the time he just couldn’t get on board with a superhero who “wore his underpants outside his pants.”
“That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought,” the 61-year-old said.The role of Burton’s Batman ultimately went to Michael Keaton.Brosnan’s latest film, The November Man, hits theaters next Wednesday.
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Nick Cannon Confirms He and Mariah Carey Are Living Apart

Nick Cannon Confirms He and Mariah Carey Are Living Apart

ABC/ Jeff Neira(LOS ANGELES) — On Thursday Nick Cannon discussed the rumors that his marriage with wife Mariah Carey is on the rocks.”There is trouble in paradise,” he told The Insider. “We have been living in separate houses for a few months.”
He shot down rumors that the problems are the result of infidelity on his part and added that his children come first, no matter what he and the Grammy winner plan to do with their relationship.”My main focus is my kids,” he added.Cannon, 33, and Carey, 44, married in 2008 and welcomed fraternal twins in 2011 — daughter Monroe and son Moroccan.This past May, the couple celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary and around that time, he addressed the rumors to Parade magazine, and took a much different tone, saying there was no issue in the marriage.”You kind of have to ignore it because every week it’s something different, and if you paid attention to it, it actually probably would start really affecting you,” he added. “It’s kind of humorous, really. It couldn’t be further off from the truth, and it really affects the credibility of the so-called newspapers.”
Carey’s rep told ABC News, “I am not commenting on Mariah’s personal life but Mariah is focusing on her children and her upcoming tour.”
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Gwyneth Paltrow Does Ice Bucket Challenge in Bikini, Nominates Ex Chris Martin

Gwyneth Paltrow Does Ice Bucket Challenge in Bikini, Nominates Ex Chris Martin

Phil McCarten/FOX © 2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. (LOS ANGELES) — They may have split, but Gwyneth Paltrow wasn’t above involving her ex, Chris Martin, when she did the Ice Bucket Challenge for the ALS Association.She posted a video on Instagram, accepted the challenge, and then wrote “NOW I challenge @camerondiaz Chris Martin and @stellamccartney to the #ALSicebucketchallenge. join me in donating to alsa.org.”  In the video, Paltrow is in a two-piece bikini out in the grass, presumably in her backyard.
After almost a decade of marriage and two kids, Paltrow, 41, and Martin, 37, announced their split in March.
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Beyonce’s Mom Quashes Divorce Rumors: ‘Everything’s Perfect’

Beyonce’s Mom Quashes Divorce Rumors: ‘Everything’s Perfect’

Eric McCandless/CBS(NEW YORK) — If mom knows best, then Beyonce and Jay Z are doing just fine.Beyonce’s mother, Tina Knowles, took a moment Wednesday to quash rumors that the couple is headed for divorce.Approached by a TMZ cameraman as she was leaving a lunch date with Beyonce’s former bandmate Kelly Rowland in Los Angeles, Knowles said, “Haters going to be haters and there’s nothing we can do about that.”Asked if everything is fine between Beyonce and Jay Z, Knowles replied, “Everything’s perfect.”She also admitted she doesn’t bother reading the gossip about her daughter and son-in-law.“I just don’t even read the bull, you know?” Knowles said.Rumors of trouble in the couple’s six-year marriage have been circulating since Jay Z’s infamous elevator dust-up with Beyonce’s sister, Solange, in May.Since then, there have been reports that Beyonce had her IV engagement tattoo removed from her ring finger, that she changed lyrics to her breakup ballad “Resentment” while on tour with Jay Z, that she’s shopping for her own New York City apartment and even that she turned to pal Gwyneth Paltrow for advice on “conscious uncoupling.”The couple hasn’t commented on any of the rumors, but Beyonce has posted plenty of snaps of her with Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy.
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Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp Split

Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp Split

Ian Gavan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — John Mellencamp and his longtime girlfriend, actress Meg Ryan, apparently have called it quits. 
ABC News confirmed that their long-distance relationship — Ryan is based in New York City while Mellencamp lives in Indiana — proved to be too taxing for the couple.
Ryan, 52, and Mellencamp, 62, were first photographed together at the start of 2011, not long after the rocker split from his wife of 18 years, Elaine Irwin. In the years that followed, they were sometimes photographed together in Manhattan, with Mellencamp even spotted holding hands with Ryan’s 8-year-old daughter, Daisy. However, last year, he told Rolling Stone, “I’m not leaving Indiana. I’m going to die here.”
“I’m too sensitive to live [in New York City],” he said. “I can’t see poor people. I can’t see the suffering. I can’t see the trash on the streets.”
A rep for Ryan did not respond to a request for comment. A rep for Mellencamp declined to comment.
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Julianne Hough Joins “Dancing with the Stars” Judges’ Panel

Julianne Hough Joins “Dancing with the Stars” Judges’ Panel

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) — Two-time Dancing with the Stars champ and former pro Julianne Hough is trading in her dancing shoes to join the show’s judges’ panel. On Thursday’s Good Morning America, Hough explained why she’s returning to the ABC dancing competition, which will also see her brother Derek competing this season.
“Well, Dancing with the Stars has always been apart of my family. I mean, that’s where it all began for me so it just kind of made sense,” she explained. “And when I think about what Derek and I just did on tour, with Move Live on Tour, reconnecting with the fans and just the people that have supported me from day one from Dancing with the Stars, it just felt like the right time and the right kind of opportunity.”
Hough won’t be replacing anyone. Instead, she’ll be joining returning judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.
Hough said “the camaraderie between the judges” is what she’s most looking forward to next season.  But will it be tough judging her brother Derek and his celebrity partner on the dance floor?
“It’s not necessarily about Derek and the pro dancer. It’s about a collaboration,” she said, after admitting she can be hard on her brother. “It’s the team effort. It’s what they’re doing as a partnership and really the celebrity and what they can do to improve each week.”
ABC’s Dancing with the Stars returns Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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Report: Mariah Carey-Nick Cannon Divorce a ‘Done Deal’

Report: Mariah Carey-Nick Cannon Divorce a ‘Done Deal’

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The speculation that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s marriage has fallen apart is intensifying.TMZ is now reporting that a divorce is a “done deal” after the two allegedly separated in May. Reportedly, their lawyers have been negotiating a custody agreement in regards to the couple’s three-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan.TMZ claims Mariah is upset with Nick because he’s constantly working, thus making him absent from their children’s lives. In turn, Nick is allegedly frustrated that Mariah surrounds herself with “yes men.”Earlier this week, the New York Post’s Page Six reported that Nick and Mariah are separating after six years of marriage.
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Jay Z and Beyonce Cleared of Violating US Sanctions in Cuba Trip

Jay Z and Beyonce Cleared of Violating US Sanctions in Cuba Trip

Image Courtesy Cliff Lipson/CBS(WASHINGTON) — It’s been determined Jay Z and Beyonce did not violate U.S. sanctions when they made a trip to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary in 2013, Time magazine reports.The United States Treasury Department’s inspector general’s office made an announcement Wednesday. It concludes that the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which issues licenses to organizations that sponsor educational exchange programs in Cuba, was “reasonable” for having passed on a formal investigation into the couple’s visit.In April 2013, Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, who are Cuban-Americans, raised concerns that the Obama administration wasn’t properly enforcing the travel regulations between the U.S. and Cuba.At the time, the Treasury Department had given Jay and Bey clearance to make the trip.In response to the accusations, Jay Z released the song “Open Letter,” in which he rapped, “Obama said, ‘Chill, you gonna get me impeached. You don’t need this s**t anyway, chill with me on the beach.’”
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“Guardians” Star Chris Pratt Turns Real-Life Hero for Kids Hospital Patients

“Guardians” Star Chris Pratt Turns Real-Life Hero for Kids Hospital Patients

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(LOS ANGELES) — Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has made good on a promise to do some good with his Star-Lord outfit he swiped from the set of the hit film.According to a tweet and pictures posted from the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Wednesday, the actor paid a visit in full costume, and even let some of the patients try on his character’s red leather duster.The tweet read, “Star Lord (@prattprattpratt) cheered up our patients by sharing #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy! Thanks for making them smile!”Before the blockbuster opened, Pratt told Panzer TV, “If it was a big enough movie to where it would mean something to a kid who’s sick in the hospital for Peter Quill or Star-Lord to come visit them, I’ll do that. I think that’s awesome, man. That would give me real meaning for this movie, you know?”
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Experts Say There Could Be Comedy Gold for “Orange’s” Kate Mulgrew

Experts Say There Could Be Comedy Gold for “Orange’s” Kate Mulgrew

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held Monday night at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, and there’s stiff competition in the comedy categories.Many experts are predicting Orange Is the New Black will earn some gold trophies, and Kate Mulgrew has a good shot at taking the win in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category.
Tom O’Neil, the founder of the Hollywood awards prediction website GoldDerby.com, tells ABC News Radio viewers should “watch out” for the former Star Trek: Voyager captain. “She plays the cook with the kind of Russian accent, she’s very funny,” O’Neil says, with the caveat, “I wouldn’t bet against Allison Janney.”He explains the West Wing veteran-turned-Mom star “has five Emmy wins behind her, she just won at the Creative Arts for Masters of Sex in the guest category. I think she’s got it again,” explaining the Mom episode she submitted to Emmy voters has the actress “dealing with menopause and hot flashes, it’s really over the top.”Scott Feinberg, the lead awards analyst for The Hollywood Reporter, also tells ABC News Radio that it’s between Mulgrew and Janney. “Many people are picking Allison Janney and she does have a long history of Emmy love and could happen here,” the expert says. “But I think the fact that her show was not widely embraced at all and Kate Mulgrew’s was, and also the fact that Allison Janney’s already been so recognized in her past, whereas Kate Mulgrew was never even nominated before now, I think those things will work in the favor of Orange Is the New Black.”In the supporting comedy actor category, O’Neil’s betting on Veep’s Tony Hale, explaining the Arrested Development star “pulled off an upset for Veep last year and I think he’s going to do it again…And that combination of physical comedy and great acting and a major plot development…usually translates into Emmys.” Seth Meyers will serve as host of the ceremony, which will air live on NBC starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time and 5 p.m. Pacific time on Monday.
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Robin Williams’ Death Certificate Reveals He Was Cremated

Robin Williams’ Death Certificate Reveals He Was Cremated

Image Courtesy Monty Brinton/CBS(SAN RAFAEL, Calif.) — Robin Williams’ death certificate was issued Wednesday and obtained by RadarOnline.com. The document revealed that Williams was cremated and his ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay just one day after his death.It also listed his cause of death as still “pending investigation.” The certificate confirmed that Williams died at his Tiburon, California, residence on Aug. 11.The 63-year-old entertainer apparently hanged himself after battling depression. His wife has also said Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.Toxicology reports are still pending.
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Movie Review: “When the Game Stands Tall” (Rated PG)

Movie Review: “When the Game Stands Tall” (Rated PG)

TriStar(NEW YORK) — When the Game Stands Tall takes on the story of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur.   Played here by Jim Caviezel, Ladoceur’s a deeply religious man who puts his high school football team before himself and, it would seem, his family. The result? Concord, California’s De La Salle High School football team, the Spartans, win a record 151 consecutive games. This story starts at the end of the 2003 football season, when De La Salle wins its final game of the streak.  As the seniors graduate, the team is losing some of its most talented players, and it seems the juniors, led by Chris Ryan (Alexander Ludwig, The Hunger Games) and the coach’s son, Danny (Matthew Daddario), lack the heart and chemistry of the previous teams that upheld the streak.  And although Chris is on pace to set the all-time state touchdown record, he doesn’t want to achieve that record nearly as badly as his father, Mikey, does (Clancy Brown). Then it all begins to fall apart.  Coach Ladouceur has a heart attack just before the 2004 season begins, preventing him from participating in spring practice. Making matters worse, one of the Spartans’ former star players is shot and killed, the night before he was scheduled to report to the University of Oregon. The rest of When the Game Stands Tall is everybody trying to bounce back from adversity while coping with real human loss, and the loss of their coveted winning streak. To triumph, Ladouceur is going to have to be more than just a coach — but, as we learn, to these young men he always was more than a coach. Director Thomas Carter does a nice job of capturing the innate humanity of this story.  While so many of our great sports movies are about believing in oneself and defying the odds, When the Games Stands Tall is more about faith and selflessness.  It’s a message that on occasion is driven home through hokey plot devices, but you know what? It works. Four out of five stars.
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Taylor Swift Says Twerking Is ‘Mind-Blowing to Me…It’s So Above My Comprehension’

Taylor Swift Says Twerking Is ‘Mind-Blowing to Me…It’s So Above My Comprehension’

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) — Taylor Swift’s a pretty smart woman, and she seems to be able to do everything — write, sing, play instruments, act — effortlessly.  But Taylor says there was one particular thing she tried to do recently that just left her baffled: twerking. In her new video for her song “Shake It Off,” Taylor is seen attempting to take on various dance styles, one of which is hip-hop. She tells Rolling Stone, “We had twerking, which was so funny. Those girls were trying to teach me how, and it’s just never gonna happen. I tried really hard. They were teaching me what they do, and there’s like a science to it — they’re, like, digging their heels into the floor without you seeing their legs move, but their butt’s moving. It’s mind-blowing to me.””They were explaining it all to me, and it’s so above my comprehension of how to understand your body,” she adds. In the video, Swift is also seen being equally clumsy at ballet, modern dance, cheerleading and other types of movement.”I’m putting myself in all these awkward situations where the dancers are incredible, and I’m having fun with it, but not fitting in,” she says, describing the video’s concept. “They’re doing the most beautiful things, and I’m being embarrassingly bad at it. It shows you to keep doing you, keep being you, keep trying to figure out where you fit in in the world, and eventually, you will.”Expect Taylor to perform “Shake It Off” — the first single from her new album 1989 — on this Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. Hopefully, Kanye West won’t be in the building.
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Joe Manganiello Won’t Apologize for Checking Out Sofia Vergara

Joe Manganiello Won’t Apologize for Checking Out Sofia Vergara

Photo: Tony Rivetti/HBO(NEW YORK) — Joe Manganiello is not sorry for checking out Sofia Vergara’s assets at the White House correspondents dinner earlier this year.The actor stopped by E! News and when a picture of him looking down at her famous backside was brought up, his answer could not have been better.”Come on! You can’t put that in front of me,” he joked. “I’m not going to apologize. I totally got busted.”The True Blood star said since he and Vergara have started dating, it has become a joke between the love birds.But a true guy’s guy, Manganiello said he didn’t act on any attraction at the dinner back in May because she was taken at the time.”We didn’t start dating till she was single; she had a boyfriend at that time, so I probably could have gotten into a fight for doing that,” he added. “I’m not trying to start a fight at the White House, but if that walks in front of you, it’s like the Pied Piper.”Manganiello said filming for Magic Mike 2 is starting soon and that Vergara may be reaping the benefits of his dance moves.”I need to practice getting ready for Magic Mike 2, so that’s all I’ll say,” he said.
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Joe Manganiello Won’t Apologize for Checking Out Sofia Vergara

Joe Manganiello Won’t Apologize for Checking Out Sofia Vergara

Photo: Tony Rivetti/HBO(NEW YORK) — Joe Manganiello is not sorry for checking out Sofia Vergara’s assets at the White House correspondents dinner earlier this year.The actor stopped by E! News and when a picture of him looking down at her famous backside was brought up, his answer could not have been better.”Come on! You can’t put that in front of me,” he joked. “I’m not going to apologize. I totally got busted.”The True Blood star said since he and Vergara have started dating, it has become a joke between the love birds.But a true guy’s guy, Manganiello said he didn’t act on any attraction at the dinner back in May because she was taken at the time.”We didn’t start dating till she was single; she had a boyfriend at that time, so I probably could have gotten into a fight for doing that,” he added. “I’m not trying to start a fight at the White House, but if that walks in front of you, it’s like the Pied Piper.”Manganiello said filming for Magic Mike 2 is starting soon and that Vergara may be reaping the benefits of his dance moves.”I need to practice getting ready for Magic Mike 2, so that’s all I’ll say,” he said.
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Billy Crystal to Pay Tribute to Robin Williams at Emmys

Billy Crystal to Pay Tribute to Robin Williams at Emmys

Art Streiber/CBS© 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc.(NEW YORK) — Billy Crystal, a longtime friend of the late Robin Williams, will present a tribute to the actor and comedian at the Emmy Awards this Monday night.The news was announced Wednesday by Emmys executive producer Don Mischer, who had previously promised to give Williams “the proper and meaningful remembrance he so well deserves.” Crystal’s tribute will come during the “In Memoriam” segment of the show, with singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles providing the musical accompaniment for that entire segment. It’s not clear what she’ll perform, though she recently dedicated her song “Hercules” to Williams during a concert.Williams, who himself honored his hero Jonathan Winters during the “In Memoriam” segment at last year’s Emmys, was found dead on Aug. 11. He was 63.
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Jennifer Hudson to Perform on Stand Up to Cancer Charity Telecast

Jennifer Hudson to Perform on Stand Up to Cancer Charity Telecast

Heather Wines/CBS(NEW YORK) — Jennifer Hudson has signed on to perform on the upcoming fourth edition of the fundraising telecast Stand Up to Cancer. The show will air Friday, Sept. 5, across several TV networks, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Bravo, E!, HBO, Showtime, VH1 and more.Other scheduled performers on the one-hour show, which raises money for cancer research, include rappers Lupe Fiasco and Common, and pop singer Ariana Grande.The one-hour special also will feature a slew of celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Rob Lowe, Keifer Sutherland, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jennifer Aniston and Mark Harmon, in a “digital lounge” hosted by Katie Couric.
The stars will be reaching out to viewers via phone, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms. If you want to donate money to the cause and would like to receive a call, sign up at WereCallingYou.org.While the telecast airs from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET/PT on Sept. 5, you also may receive a call on the 6th or 7th.
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