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Under Fire, Lena Dunham Now Says ‘Barry’ Was Pseudonym in Her Sexual Assault Essay

Under Fire, Lena Dunham Now Says ‘Barry’ Was Pseudonym in Her Sexual Assault Essay

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — In her book, Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham accused a Republican named Barry of sexually assaulting her in college. After the media connected the incident with an actual person who fits that description, Dunham, 28, revealed in an essay that she used a pseudonym for her offender. "As indicated in the beginning of the book, I made the choice to keep certain identities private, changing names and some descriptive details. To be very clear, 'Barry' is a pseudonym, not the name of the man who assaulted me," she wrote in an essay for BuzzFeed. "Any resemblance to a person with this name is an unfortunate and surreal coincidence. I am sorry about all he has experienced."Aaron Minc, an attorney for the real-life Barry, released a statement on his client's behalf, thanking Dunham for her clarification. However, Barry also called the experience of being suspected "frightening" and "baffling," and slammed Dunham for not speaking out on his behalf sooner, adding that he first approached her and her publisher two months ago. "Why didn’t you clear my name? Why did you wait?" he asked. "Surely, had my concerns not been ignored when I quietly and privately brought them to your representatives in October, your story would have remained focused on its true intentions, which I believe are very noble. Unfortunately, because of the delay, my reputation has sustained irreparable harm."A spokeswoman for Random House told People magazine that the publisher will change the digital version and future printings of the book to indicate that "Barry" is a pseudonym. Random House will also pay Barry's legal fees. Previously, Minc created a GoFundMe page for his client, explaining that Barry "already spent a substantial portion of his savings on legal fees." The GoFundMe page raised more than $25,000. "Our offer will allow Mr. Minc and his client to donate all of the crowd-funding raised to not-for-profit organizations assisting survivors of rape and sexual assault," the Random House spokeswoman said.Through his lawyer, Barry added that he hopes that this incident will remind writers and publishers to be steadfast fact-checkers. He also urged them to be absolutely clear when discussing people accused of committing criminal acts. "I want to be very clear: I have absolutely no reason to doubt Ms. Dunham's claim that she was sexually assaulted in college. I hope, too, that her story brings courage and strength to other survivors of sexual assaults," he said. "I also hope that my story will serve as an example to those who are falsely accused or incorrectly placed under suspicion of serious sexual misconduct allegations that the truth will eventually come out."

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Columbus Short Reveals Drugs Forced “Scandal” Exit

Columbus Short Reveals Drugs Forced “Scandal” Exit

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — Columbus Short portrayed Harrison Wright on the hit TV drama Scandal for three seasons before personal problems forced him to exit the show this past April.During a recent appearance on Access Hollywood Short revealed that drugs were a major factor in his sudden departure."I had a lot on my plate," the 32-year-old actor admitted. "I was using unhealthy ways to kind [to] self-medicate and deal with a lot of heavy duty stuff in my life…I was doing cocaine and drinking a lot, and trying to balance a 16-hour work schedule a day, and a family, and I just lost myself back then."This past Valentine's Day, Short was charged with misdemeanor spousal battery. His wife, Tanee McCall-Short, later filed for divorce.A month later, the actor was arrested on another battery charge for allegedly brawling with a fellow patron in a restaurant.Short tells Access Hollywood Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes and his castmates were aware of his drug problems and even tried to help him, noting, "they protected me and they held me down.""They just wanted me to get my stuff together. Sometimes the bottom has to be dropped out for you to really get it," he adds.Short blames his drug use on a series of personal struggles. "I was going through a lot, going through a lot in my marriage," he tells the show. "I had a lot of loss, tragic loss, so it's tough."He continues, "Last year, one of my best friends died, he killed himself, [Friday Night Lights actor] Lee Thompson Young, and that kind of started a spiral. I found out when I was on set, and it really just, it took my legs out from under me."Short says he's been living in Atlanta for the past five months and "it's just been great. It's been life-changing." He says he's doing much better and hopes to make a return to acting."I'm really ready to get back to work," he declares. "As far as Shonda's shows, I would love nothing more to go back to Scandal. It's my family."Scandal returns to ABC with new episodes Jan. 29.

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Bill Cosby Facing Defamation Lawsuit

Bill Cosby Facing Defamation Lawsuit

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) — Bill Cosby is facing a new lawsuit, this time from a woman who claims he sexually assaulted her and later defamed her. Tamara Green filed her lawsuit Wednesday in a Massachusetts court, alleging Cosby drugged and assaulted her in the early 1970s. She further claims that after she alleged in interviews in 2005 that Cosby had attacked her, the comedian's lawyer and publicist made statements that branded her a liar.Green's attorney, Joseph Cammarata, held a press conference Wednesday in Washington, D.C., during which Green appeared via video. She said, "This should give us a chance to go to a forum where we will speak our stories and tell our truth. And the most important thing is that Bill Cosby will be required to appear in court and to speak and he will finally be heard. And that's what I hope to accomplish."Cosby has been accused by several women in recent weeks of sexual abuse. Earlier this month, a woman named Judy Huth sued Cosby, alleging he molested her in the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15 years old. Last month, Cosby denied the allegations made against him through his attorney.

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Angelina Jolie Among “People” Magazine’s ‘Most Intriguing People of 2014’

Angelina Jolie Among “People” Magazine’s ‘Most Intriguing People of 2014’

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) — Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence and Benedict Cumberbatch are just three of the celebrities who intrigued People magazine this year.An upcoming double issue of the magazine celebrates its "Most Intriguing People of 2014." Jolie headlines the list as "Woman of the Year." The Unbroken director, who married Brad Pitt and starred in the Disney hit Maleficent in 2014, tells the magazine, "It's been a beautiful year."She also addresses the future of her acting career, commenting, “There are a few more acting roles I’d like to do, and then I’m going to be very happy to put that part of my life behind me.  I’ve loved being an actor, but I’m happier shining a light on other actors."The mother of six was asked whether she and Pitt plan to expand their family. She replied, "Not at the moment, no," but added, "Something could change tomorrow, so I don't know."  Lawrence is named "The Leading Lady" by People, while Cumberbatch is labeled "The New A-Lister" and Chris Hemsworth -- who was recently awarded the title of "Sexiest Man Alive" by People -- is an "Aussie Adonis." The magazine's "intriguing list" also includes Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey and George and Amal Clooney.People's double issue, which also looks back at the notable weddings, babies, splits and feuds of 2014, hits newsstands Friday.Here are People magazine's “Most Intriguing People Of 2014”:

Angelina Jolie:  Woman of the Year Reese Witherspoon:  The Industry Force Chris Pratt:  The Break Through Tracy Morgan:  The Fighter George & Amal Clooney:  The Dashing Duo Matthew McConaughey:  The Champ Lupita Nyong’o:  The New It Girl Jennifer Lawrence:  The Leading Lady Shonda Rhimes:  The TV Titan Laverne Cox:  The Trailblazer Jimmy Fallon:  The New King of Late Night Neil Patrick Harris:  The Hardest Working Man in Showbiz Into the Woods:  The Dream Cast Ebola in America:  Grateful Survivors Bruce Jenner:  The Makeover Man Lena Dunham:  The Storyteller Benedict Cumberbatch:  The New A-Lister Kate, William & George:  The Royals Duggar Brides:  The Next Generation Kim & Kanye:  The Power Couple 5 Seconds of Summer:  The Tween Dream Brittany Maynard:  The Crusader Chris Hemsworth:  The Aussie Adonis Barack Obama:  The Embattled Leader Taylor Swift:  The Hit Maker

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George Clooney to Make Guest Appearance on “Downton Abbey” Christmas Special

George Clooney to Make Guest Appearance on “Downton Abbey” Christmas Special

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Kim Kardashian’s recent nude photo didn’t quite break the Internet as planned, but this might do it -- at least, if you’re a Downton Abbey fan.  George Clooney will make a guest appearance on the hit British period drama for a charity Christmas special.In a video tease posted online, Elizabeth McGovern’s Lady Cora is seen approaching a man at a party and calling him “darling.”  But when he turns to face her, it’s not her husband, Lord Grantham -- played by Hugh Bonneville -- but rather Clooney himself, clad in a dapper gray suit.Clooney's character, whomever it is, also reportedly will plant a kiss on the elderly Dowager Countess, played by Maggie Smith.The special Downton Abbey episode, which will benefit British TV network ITV’s “Text Santa” charity campaign, will air in the U.K. Dec. 19.

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Movie Review: “Exodus: Gods and Kings” (Rated PG-13)

Movie Review: “Exodus: Gods and Kings” (Rated PG-13)

Fox(NEW YORK) -- You have to wonder why someone would want to tackle another film version of the story of Moses. Putting aside the fact that it’s only going to be compared to 1956’s iconic The Ten Commandments, I can certainly understand wanting to make an updated version that benefits from 60 years of improved movie and beard technology. But I couldn’t help but think while watching this 2.5-hour epic: “Why Moses, why now?” And the best I could come up with was, “why not?” Which isn’t a great answer.Director Ridley Scott is certainly no stranger to epic films, having directed Gladiator to a best picture Oscar in 2001. But when compared to that film and other epics in the same vein, like Braveheart, Exodus: Gods and Kings falls short. It should certainly be a prime candidate for an Oscar, given its director, its star, its subject matter, and when it’s being released. But Exodus: Gods and Kings isn’t part of the Oscar conversation at all. And that’s rather telling, especially in an awards season that’s begging for something to break out of the pack. Exodus: Gods and Kings begins with Christian Bale as our hero, Moses, all buddy-buddy with the future Pharaoh Ramses, the two of them raised basically as brothers and commanding the Egyptian army almost side-by-side. But soon Moses learns the truth -- that he’s actually Jewish and not an Egyptian prince -- and he’s cast out of the kingdom by his former best friend. He wanders the desert for a while, finds a wife, has a kid, and learns he can talk to God (who oddly takes the form of a British child with a buzz cut). God then encourages Moses to return to Ramses’ kingdom and lead the Hebrew people out of slavery. Exodus: Gods and Kings doesn’t deviate much at this point from the story that’s familiar to many of us, which may be part of the problem. It’s hard to build tension when we know where it’s all going. No, Moses doesn’t die in that wall of water. Also, the story is so focused on the struggle between Moses and Ramses that it does little to develop the minor characters.  Which is a shame, because great actors including Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver, and Aaron Paul, are given very little to do.And let’s talk about the accents. I guess we can try and pretend it’s not weird that Moses has an English one, Australian actor Joel Edgerton plays Ramses with what sounded to me like a slightly Scottish lilt, and Moses’ wife, Zipporah, speaks English with a Middle Eastern flair. It’s head-scratching. Some of the characters look and sound more authentically of the region where the story takes place, while others appear as if they’d be more comfortable in a production of King Lear.  Honestly, it’s a little distracting. Vague accents and ethnicities aside, there is some solid stuff to chew on in Exodus: Gods and Kings. Where the movie is most interesting is in the treatment of the ten plagues, which are graphically depicted in all their brutal glory, finishing with the death of the first-born sons of the Egyptians. During this stretch of the film our sympathies and allegiances are almost reversed: instead of rooting for Moses and the Jews, we now feel really bad for Ramses and the Egyptians, as the story hammers home the reality that the God of the Old Testament could be a vengeful S.O.B. When Bale’s Moses argues with the little British boy-God about right and wrong, the struggle is complex and thought provoking. It’s not that Exodus: Gods and Kings is a bad film. It’s not. Christian Bale broods effectively, the sweeping shots of Egyptian cities are spectacular, and Ridley Scott knows full well that his shot of Moses and Ramses on horseback in front of a gargantuan tsunami threatening to swallow them whole is a frame of film among the most dramatic and beautiful we’ve seen all year. Exodus: Gods and Kings is certainly watchable, and at times entertaining. But if you’re going to tackle the story of Moses, shouldn’t it be more than that?In the end, Exodus: Gods and Kings is a well-made, big-budget Hollywood movie that’s short on heart. Its flaws aren’t fatal, and there’s enough good stuff to keep it interesting. But don’t expect to be inspired. Three out of five stars.

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Melissa Rivers Speaks Publicly for the First Time About Her Late Mother Joan

Melissa Rivers Speaks Publicly for the First Time About Her Late Mother Joan

Photo by: Stephen Lovekin/NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- For the first time since her mother Joan died at the age of 81 on September 4, Melissa Rivers spoke publicly about the comedic legend."For me the last three months and six days -- not that I’m counting -- have been different to say the least,” she said during The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast in Los Angeles Wednesday.When The Hollywood Reporter's president approached Melissa about the possibility of sharing memories of the late icon, she admitted she "was overwhelmed." She still kept her sense of humor during the event Wednesday morning, even though she was speaking for the first time about her mother."Not just because it is the first time I'm speaking in tribute to my mother, but because every single person in this room could hire me, and a few have actually fired me. You know who you are but I don't want you to feel bad...but technically I am now an orphan," she added, according to the magazine.Rivers remembered her mother as "fearless.""I don’t mean she didn't have any fears," she added. "I mean that although she was only 5'2", she stood tall and walked through them....She was willing to say what others were thinking and too frightened to admit. She never apologized for a joke and no topic was taboo and she was fine with that."Rivers also regaled the room with stories of when her mother was younger, still taking risks and going after her dreams. From sending a photo in a frame to MGM at the age of just 8 to being sent home from camp for organizing a bunk strike, Melissa said, "In her mind, this little girl was clearly a star."Even though to everyone else she was a legend, to Melissa she was just her mom."It's hard for me to really think of her as any of those things because the bottom line is, she was just my mother," she added. "I guess it's true that most of the women who are here -- and we all have powerful voices in our respective fields -- wouldn't be here if it weren't for that brave little girl who sent her photo in."

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Scarlett Johansson on Being a New Mom: ‘It’s Wonderful and Exhausting’

Scarlett Johansson on Being a New Mom: ‘It’s Wonderful and Exhausting’

ABC/ Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- Scarlett Johansson took on a new role this year – female action hero. In Lucy, she played a woman powerful enough to destroy the world, and in the blockbuster Marvel Comics movies, she played Black Widow. Those roles were a far cry from what she’s doing in her real life - taking care of her new baby.In an interview with Barbara Walters for the two-hour ABC News special Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014, Johansson, 30, talked about becoming a mother with her new husband, French creative director Romain Duriac."It's wonderful, and exhausting," Johansson said of having a child. "The love is just unbelievable. It's very overwhelming."Johansson said she cares for her daughter herself, from changing diapers to breastfeeding."The whole bit," she said. "I'm nursing, and I love it, I love it. It's the best way to get back in shape."Johansson, who will next star in the film Avengers: Age of Ultron, scheduled to open in May, has been working as an actress since she was eight years old.When not in front of the camera, Johansson tries to avoid the spotlight, and said she lives a "pretty low-key lifestyle." One exception to that was her marriage to actor Ryan Reynolds, which landed her first in the tabloids and then in divorce court, four years before she secretly married Duriac."I think being in a committed relationship takes work... It's challenging, but when it works, it's really worth it," Johansson said.

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Celebs React to Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations

Celebs React to Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- The nominations for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, honoring the best performances in film and TV in the past year, were announced Wednesday, and celebrities are reacting to the news.

Here's a round-up of some of their comments so far:Jennifer Aniston (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, Cake): "This is the best 6 a.m. wake up call ever. Words can't describe how blessed I feel to be recognized like this by my peers for this film. What an Enormous feeling of joy and gratitude."Maggie Gyllenhaal (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries, The Honorable Woman): "Making ‘The Honorable Woman’ was one of the most inspiring and exciting experiences of my career so far, and I'm thrilled to be nominated for my performance in it. Hugo and the cast were beyond amazing, and I'm so grateful that SundanceTV and the BBC took a chance on this show. Also, it's pretty awesome that my brother and I are going to be there together!"Matthew McConaughey (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, True Detective): "To Rustin Cohle -- the best outlaw west of Woody Harrelson and the best detective in the business -- thanks to [writer] Nic [Pizzolatto] for the ownership and to my fellow actors for the nomination."Julianne Moore (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, Still Alice): "Wow! What a thrill to be nominated -- it means so much when it comes from your peers. Thank you SAG, and thanks for including me with these wonderful actresses. Yay, what a great day!"Eddie Redmayne (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, The Theory of Everything): "To be nominated by my peers, and to be included in a list that is comprised of so many actors I admire, is an incredible honor. And to be recognized alongside Felicity [Jones] and my castmates means the world. Huge, huge thanks to SAG-AFTRA; I am beyond grateful."Emma Stone (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Birdman): "This is a huge honor and I'm pretty much stunned. To be in a category with three women I respect so much -- and one I've never heard of but I'm sure is also great (Meryl Streep?) -- is just incredible. The fact that these awards are voted on by other actors makes it even more exciting. As a thank you, I hope to work with every single one of them one day in a giant, one-take movie I'm planning, starring this upstart Meryl Streep."The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will simulcast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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David Letterman’s Last Day on “The Late Show” Will Be May 20

David Letterman’s Last Day on “The Late Show” Will Be May 20

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS(NEW YORK) -- We've known since April that David Letterman's leaving The Late Show next year. Now, we know when.CBS announced on Wednesday that May 20, 2015 will be Letterman's last day behind the Late Show desk, after which Stephen Colbert will take over. Colbert's debut date has not yet been announced.“David Letterman has given to all of us a remarkable legacy of achievement and creative brilliance that will never be forgotten,” said CBS President Les Moonves in a statement. “It’s going to be tough to say goodbye, but I know we will all cherish the shows leading up to Dave’s final broadcast in May.”Letterman is currently the longest-running late night host on American TV, having begun on Feb. 1, 1982 as host of Late Night with David Letterman on NBC, which re-defined the genre for every generation thereafter. He jumped to CBS on Aug. 30, 1993 after NBC passed him over in favor of Jay Leno to succeed Johnny Carson as host of The Tonight Show.The night he steps down, Letterman will have hosted 6,028 total episodes of both Late Night and The Late Show.Also on CBS, Craig Ferguson's last broadcast as host of The Late Late Show after 10 years is Dec. 19. British actor James Corden will make his debut as the show's host on March 9, 2015.

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Avril Lavigne Reveals Serious ‘Health Issues’

Avril Lavigne Reveals Serious ‘Health Issues’

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) — Punk rock princess Avril Lavigne revealed recently that's she been dealing with some "health issues."Lavigne, 30, took to Twitter to explain to her fans why she's been absent and hasn't been seen in weeks.

 

" I'm not feeling well. I'm having some health issues. So please keep me in your prayers. 🙏" - Avril Lavigne

— Avril Lavigne Charts (@AvrilMusicChart) December 7, 2014

 

The singer interacted with a fan site @AvrilMusicChart and wrote in a direct message, "I feel bad because I haven't been able to say anything to the fans to let them (know) why I have been absent. I'm torn as I'm quite private. I'm not feeling well. I'm having some health issues. So please keep me in your prayers."

She did not specify what she's been dealing with.Fans reacted in support tweeting the hashtags #PrayforAvril and #GetWellSoonAvril.A rep for Lavigne had no comment about the illness.Lavigne married fellow rocker and Nickelback's lead singer Chad Kroeger last summer and when she wasn't seen out with her husband in weeks, rumors of relationship woes started to circulate.Over the weekend Lavigne thanked her fans for the support.

 

“@AvrilMusicChart: #GetWellSoonAvril #PrayForAvril” thank you 👼

— Avril Lavigne (@AvrilLavigne) December 7, 2014

 

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Mariska Hargitay Directs New ‘No More’ PSAs on Domestic Violence

Mariska Hargitay Directs New ‘No More’ PSAs on Domestic Violence

NBC(NEW YORK) -- As tough-talking detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU, Mariska Hargitay is rarely at a loss for words.But in a new series of public service announcements about domestic violence and sexual assault, the 50-year-old Emmy winner shows just how difficult it is for her and other celebrities to talk about the subject."There was no one who didn't have a particular line resonate so deeply that they had to take a moment to gather themselves," Hargitay, who directed the spots and whose Joyful Heart Foundation produced them, told ABC News.The new series of PSAs, titled "Speechless," which start rolling out on Wednesday, are comprised of just those moments. The new spots, which are visually spare and use only ambient sound, weren't planned. They were the unexpected -- and unscripted -- byproduct of emotions that ran high while shooting previously aired spots in the "No More" campaign to end domestic violence and sexual assault.In the previous PSAs, which began airing in September, celebrities, as well as current and former NFL players, are seen speaking out against domestic violence. The NFL rolled out the spots during game times amid a number of high-profile cases involving NFL players and domestic violence.But Hargitay said the celebrity campaign had been in the works since she founded Joyful Heart for sexual assault survivors 10 years ago. It was after joining forces with No More that the campaign got momentum.Once the celebrity PSAs began airing during NFL broadcasts, Hargitay said, "Players started reaching out, wanting to be involved, wanting to speak out. Some came because they had personally experienced violence and abuse, others because they felt moved to take a lead in bringing change. But their lives -- and their souls -- had been touched by these issues."The first "Speechless" spots featuring current and former NFL players and directed by Hargitay, along with Blair Underwood and Tate Donovan, aired during NFL broadcasts on Thanksgiving Day for more than 92 million viewers.Next up, the three directors as well as Hargitay's SVU co-stars Chris Meloni and Ice T, Andre Braugher, Hilary Swank, Tim Gunn, Mary J. Blige, Debra Messing and more will appear.Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro is among them.He told ABC News that he got involved because the issue of domestic violence is "pretty close to my heart."

When he was 15, Navarro's mother Connie Navarro was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. John Riccardi spent nearly a decade on the run, until he was finally captured in 1991 after the case was featured on America’s Most Wanted. He's currently serving life without parole in a California prison."It was a horrific relationship that ended in tragedy," Navarro said, adding, "it affected my life greatly.""I have first-hand knowledge how these types of situations can escalate. The fact is the realm of the impossible is in fact possible, which is why it's important for me to get the word out now," said the 47-year-old rocker, speaking on behalf of Viacommunity, Viacom’s social impact umbrella."We are trying to raise awareness so people can get help or even assess their situation," he said. "The denial is so thick that sometimes it's hard to get a grasp of one's self within a conflict. But if someone can see themselves in the campaign, maybe they can reach out for help."According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one in three women and one in four men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence and stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.Though Navarro and his fellow celebrities are showing just how hard it is to talk about domestic violence in the new spots, their goal is really to get the conversation started."The fact is we are having a conversation," Navarro said. "I wouldn't be talking to you about this experience in my life if not for this."Added Hargitay, "Most simply put, we want these spots to bring these issues out of the darkness and into the light."

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“Birdman” and “Modern Family” Lead Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominees

“Birdman” and “Modern Family” Lead Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominees

"Birdman" -Fox/Searchlight(LOS ANGELES) — Birdman and Modern Family lead the nominees for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, honoring the best performances in film and TV in the past year.Birdman, starring Michael Keaton as a former superhero actor staging a comeback with a one-man stage show, leads the film nominees with four nods.  For television, ABC's Modern Family scored the most nominations, also with four, followed by Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Homeland and House of Cards, all of which each earned three nominations each.Fox Searchlight Pictures was the studio to receive the most nominations for its films, with six nods, followed by Sony Pictures Classics, with four nods. On the TV side, HBO led all networks with 14 nominations, with ABC, Showtime and Netflix tied for second, with five each.Debbie Reynolds will receive the highest award from the Screen Actors Guild, the 51st SAG-AFTRA Life Achievement Award.Ansel Elgort and Eva Longoria announced the nominees in West Hollywood, California Wednesday morning. The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will simulcast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

See the complete list of nominees here.

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“Game of Thrones” Tops Facebook’s List of Most-Mentioned TV Shows of 2014

“Game of Thrones” Tops Facebook’s List of Most-Mentioned TV Shows of 2014

Photo: Macall B. Polay/HBO(NEW YORK) — Game of Thrones tops the list of most-mentioned TV shows on Facebook this year, according to the social network. The HBO series is followed by Orange Is the New Black, The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory and Downton Abbey.According to Facebook's Year in Review website, Frozen, Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were the top three most-mentioned movies. Maleficent and The LEGO Movie rounded out the top five.Beyonce tops the list of most-mentioned entertainers on Facebook in 2014. She is followed by Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift.Jimmy Fallon, Iggy Azalea, Katy Perry, Pitbull, John Legend and Kim Kardashian round out the rest of the top 10.The lists were compiled by measuring how frequently certain topics were mentioned in Facebook posts throughout the year.

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Nicole Kidman Reveals She Dated Keith Urban for Weeks Before Tying the Knot

Nicole Kidman Reveals She Dated Keith Urban for Weeks Before Tying the Knot

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — It didn't take long for Nicole Kidman to realize that Keith Urban was the man for her. They dated for less than a month before walking down the aisle."I’m spontaneous. I jump in," she reveals in the January issue of Elle magazine. "I kind of like getting married and then getting to know each other; I know that it sounds incredibly strange, but to me, it’s a more natural process."It worked out as the two have been married for eight years now and have two kids together.And if it were up to the actress, she'd have even more children. "I had my last one at 43," Kidman said. "My grandmother had her last at 49. Every month, I’m like, 'I hope I’m pregnant!...Why not, right? I wish I was!"Kidman will next star in Paddington, based on the popular children's book series by Michael Bond. The film hits theaters Jan. 16, 2015.

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“Dancing with the Stars” Pro Lindsay Arnold Gets Engaged

“Dancing with the Stars” Pro Lindsay Arnold Gets Engaged

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Happy news from Dancing with the Stars pro Lindsay Arnold.  She just got engaged to boyfriend Sam Cusick.The 20-year-old announced the happy news in an Instagram post Tuesday.

"Just when I thought our day in Africa couldn't get any better....We are engaged!!" she wrote.Her close pal, fellow Dancing with the Stars pro Witney Carson also took to Instagram to share her excitement over the news.

"My best friend in the whole entire world got engaged to the love of her life today!" she wrote. "I am crying tears of joy, I could not be happier!! I love you guys, congrats!!!"

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Kathy Griffin Says for Joan Rivers’, She Won’t Hold Back on “Fashion Police”

Kathy Griffin Says for Joan Rivers’, She Won’t Hold Back on “Fashion Police”

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Kathy Griffin recently confirmed she's taking over for her friend, the late Joan Rivers, as the top cop on E!'s Fashion Police.On Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday, Griffin said in Joan's honor, she won't be holding back. "I understand I have some very large shoes to fill," Griffin said. "I am giving no passes...I am going to bring the hammer down," she said before cautioning the chat show host: "And you: you might want to up your game." "In what way?" Jimmy Kimmel questioned. "I'm tired of the same suit every time. I get it: It's Gucci. It fits well. Yawn...Give me some sparkles. Give me a fig leaf. Take a risk for God's sake," replied Griffin.Fashion Police has been on hiatus since the death of Rivers on Sept. 4 at the age of 81. The series will return Jan. 12, 2015 with coverage of the Golden Globe Awards.

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“Selma,” “Scandal” and “Black-ish,” Earn NAACP Image Awards Nominations

“Selma,” “Scandal” and “Black-ish,” Earn NAACP Image Awards Nominations

Paramount(NEW YORK) — The NAACP Image Awards nominations were announced Tuesday, and Selma and Scandal are among the top contenders.The Martin Luther King Jr. film Selma scored eight nods, including outstanding motion picture and outstanding actor in a motion picture for David Oyelowo. The James Brown biopic Get On Up, starring Chadwick Boseman, and the period piece Belle, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, each received five nominations.In the TV categories, Scandal, Black-ish and Orange Is the New Black all nabbed six nominations each. How to Get Away with Murder landed five nominations, including one for its star Viola Davis.Pharrell Williams and Beyonce were the top musical contenders, with four nominations each, including nods in the outstanding album category.The 46th annual NAACP Image Awards will take place on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, and will air on TV One.

Go to naacpimageawards.net for a full list of nominees.

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Prince William and Duchess Caught Up with Harvey Weinstein, Patrick Stewart and More

Prince William and Duchess Caught Up with Harvey Weinstein, Patrick Stewart and More

Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesPOOL/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On Monday night, Prince William and Duchess Kate met Beyoncé and Jay Z, and Tuesday, they rubbed elbows with the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman, Sir Patrick Stewart, J. Crew executive creative director Jenna Lyons, and The Good Wife actress Archie Panjabi at a star-studded reception in Manhattan.Tuesday afternoon, the royals attended the star-studded Creativity is GREAT reception, hosted by NeueHouse, to celebrate British creative talent based in New York City."They’re very kind people that really have this great ability to connect with people," Panjabi said of meeting the royals. "They were very generous with their time. They really do connect with people and it’s very nice to see that."During their time at the reception, Will and Kate mingled with guests, speaking to them at four or five at a time. Weinstein said that his wife spoke with them about their children, while Lyons briefly chatted with Kate about meeting Beyoncé and Jay Z. Meanwhile, various foods, including mini Yorkshire puddings with roast beef, Scotch egg bites, and pea soup shooters, and drinks including cider, beer and wine, were served. Following a short video and brief remarks from the British ambassador, the royals were escorted out."They’re in great shape, and I know they’re enjoying themselves," the ambassador said. "They’re both here for the first time. So all this is a new experience. I think it’s going well, and they seem to be very pleased -— that’s what they say!"

 

.@PeterWestmacott announces that @Neuehouse will open one of three planned new locations in London late next year! pic.twitter.com/MGZ9kY8AwM

— British Consulate NY (@UKinNewYork) December 9, 2014

 

 

The Duchess of Cambridge shares a laugh with @SirPatStew at our #CreativityIsGREAT event! pic.twitter.com/52IaRvW2St

— British Consulate NY (@UKinNewYork) December 9, 2014

 

 

The Duke of Cambridge meets with producer @HarveyWeinstein at our #CreativityIsGREAT event. #RoyalVisitUSA pic.twitter.com/MxUSpwKvNc

— British Consulate NY (@UKinNewYork) December 9, 2014

 

 

Their Royal Highnesses join us at a celebration of #creativity in @GREATBritain at @Neuehouse! #RoyalVisitUSA pic.twitter.com/zpWQaZbLcR

— British Consulate NY (@UKinNewYork) December 9, 2014

 

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Joan Rivers’ Will Revealed

Joan Rivers’ Will Revealed

Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Joan Rivers' will, obtained by ABC News on Tuesday, reveals that the iconic comedian left all her assets in a living trust.As a result, specifics of her assets and how they will be divided will not be disclosed.What is known is that Rivers, who died on Sept. 4 at the age of 81, named her daughter, Melissa Rivers, her longtime business manager Michael D. Karlin, and interior designer Robert Higdon as co-executors of the will, filed in the New York State Surrogate's Court on Dec. 5.Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest on Aug. 28 while undergoing a procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan. Since then, an investigation by the New York State Health Department found the clinic deficient in four categories, though a clinic representative noted that the clinic "immediately submitted and implemented a plan of correction that addressed all issues raised."Several weeks later, a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicated that staff members at the clinic photographed her with a cellphone while she was sedated, improperly documented how much of the sedative propofol was used, and "failed to identify deteriorating vital signs and provide timely intervention during the procedure."Melissa Rivers has retained attorneys, though sources familiar with her legal situation told ABC News last month that she had not yet decided whether to file a lawsuit against the clinic."As any of us would be, Ms. Rivers is outraged by the misconduct and mismanagement now shown to have occurred before, during and after the procedure," attorneys Jeffrey B. Bloom and Ben Rubinowitz said last month in a prepared statement. "Moving forward, Ms. Rivers will direct her efforts towards ensuring that what happened to her mother will not occur again with any other patient."

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