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“The Judge” & “Alexander” Among the Movies Opening Nationwide Friday

“The Judge” & “Alexander” Among the Movies Opening Nationwide Friday

"The Judge" - Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day -- Eleven-year-old Alexander has a horrible day -- and it's contagious, because his family subsequently experiences some terrible moments, too. Ed Oxenbould stars as Alexander, and Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner play his parents. Rated PG. The Judge -- Robert Downey Jr. is a lawyer who returns to his hometown after his estranged father, a judge played by Robert Duvall, is suspected of murder. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dax Shephard, Billy Bob Thornton, Melissa Leo, Leighton Meester and David Krumholtz also star. Rated R.Dracula Untold -- Fast & Furious 6 actor Luke Evans plays the titular character in this origin story. Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon and Charles Dance also star. Rated PG-13.Addicted --  A successful businesswoman with a family has an affair that carries major consequences. Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe and Tyson Beckford star in this adaptation of the best-selling novel by Zane. Rated R.

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Report: Katy Perry to Perform at Super Bowl Halftime Show

Report: Katy Perry to Perform at Super Bowl Halftime Show

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Insiders tell the New York Post’s Page Six that Katy Perry will be the halftime performer at Super Bowl 49.One insider tells the newspaper, “A deal is being hammered out for Katy to play the Super Bowl.”Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that the NFL had reached out to Coldplay, Rihanna and Perry, asking them to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, but the league wanted the artists to pay for the privilege of doing the gig.  The NFL figured the exposure would be so valuable, the artists wouldn't mind giving it a share of their future earnings in exchange.Last Saturday, Katy appeared on ESPN's College GameDay in Oxford, Mississippi, and confirmed there had been "some conversations" about her playing the Super Bowl, but dismissed the notion that she would pay the NFL to perform.

“I would be honored, of course, but I have let them know that I'm not the type of girl that would pay to play the Super Bowl, so the ball is in their field, honestly,” Katy said.Super Bowl 49 is set for Feb. 1.

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Marvel Experience Tour Announces Dates, Cities

Marvel Experience Tour Announces Dates, Cities

Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Marvel(NEW YORK) -- The Marvel Experience tour announced its first four stops Thursday at New York Comic-Con, according to The Hollywood Reporter.From Dec. 12 to Jan. 3, the tour will have a preview stay in Phoenix, Arizona. From there, it will travel to Dallas, Texas, for its official premiere from Jan. 9 to Feb. 1. From Feb. 7 to Feb. 22, the Marvel Experience sets up shop in San Diego, California. And from Feb. 27 to March 22, the tour moves to San Francisco, California.

After that, the tour will hit the East Coast. Those cities and dates have yet to be announced.The interactive tour is being housed in a massive dome complex designed to look like a S.H.I.E.L.D. command center. Attractions will include a 4D motion ride, interactive games and original animated short films.Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday via Ticketmaster.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Maleficent” Inspire Top Halloween Costumes

“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Maleficent” Inspire Top Halloween Costumes

"Maleficent" - Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy and Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent from the movie of the same name have been named the top male and female movie-inspired costumes for adults this Halloween, according to a new survey of more than one thousand moviegoers by Fandango.Captain America is the second favorite movie-inspired costume for guys this year, while Jennifer Lawrence's Hunger Games character, Katniss, is the runner-up for ladies.Olaf, the snowman in Disney's Frozen, is this year's favorite movie-inspired costume for kids.Here are the top 2014 movie-inspired costumes for Halloween, according to the Fandango survey:Female:

Maleficent, Angelina Jolie in Maleficent Katniss, Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Mystique, Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men: Days of Future Past Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson in Captain America: The Winter Soldier Gamora, Zoe Saldana in Guardians of the Galaxy

 Male:

Groot, Voiced by Vin Diesel in Guardians Captain America, Chris Evans in Captain America: The Winter Soldier Ninja Turtle, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Star-Lord, Chris Pratt in Guardians Dracula/Vlad the Impaler, Luke Evans in Dracula Untold

Favorite Kids’ Costume:

Olaf, Frozen Minion, Despicable Me Ninja Turtle, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Elsa, Frozen Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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New ABC Comedy, “Cristela,” Debuts Friday

New ABC Comedy, “Cristela,” Debuts Friday

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- The newest addition to ABC’s Friday night lineup is Cristela, a sitcom about a woman in her sixth year of law school whose dream of becoming a lawyer conflicts with her traditional Mexican-American family.Comedian Cristela Alonzo stars in the title role.Cristela airs Friday at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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Movie Review: “Dracula Untold” (Rated R)

Movie Review: “Dracula Untold” (Rated R)

Jim Spellman/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- It would be too easy to say Dracula Untold should’ve stayed untold, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. It’s nice to have a story about vampires that doesn’t involve emotionless actresses and actors who look like they were taken from the set of a Calvin Klein underwear shoot. Instead, we get a Crusades-era origin story about the vampire that started it all . The “untold” part of the title is a bit of an overstatement. Even if you’re only superficially aware of the Dracula mythology, you probably know many believe the inspiration for British novelist Bram Stoker’s Dracula was the 15th century Romanian Prince Vlad the Impaler.  The real Vlad was just a little different than the one Luke Evans portrays in this movie. For starters, I just don’t think the real Vlad the Impaler had an English accent.   This Prince Vlad rules a peaceful kingdom, partly because he’s murdered perhaps thousands of people and placed them on pikes -- they don’t call him “the Impaler” for nothing.  But Vlad is now a kinder, gentler man who just wants to hang out with his wife (Sarah Gadon) and his young son (Art Parkinson).  Enter Sultan Mehmed (Dominic Cooper) Ottoman Empire, who demands Vlad give up 1,000 of his kingdom’s young boys to train as soldiers in Mehmed’s army -- including the prince’s son. Vlad doesn’t have the troops to take on Mehmed, so you know what they say: desperate times call for vampire measures. Vlad visits a cave inhabited by a gnarly vampire (Game of Thrones’ Charles Dance), seeking the monster’s strength. Believing Vlad can set him free and help lift the curse that has kept him the cave for centuries, the master vampire agrees to make Vlad like him, with the vampire strength and tricks that, maybe, will help him defeat Mehmed.  For a movie that sets out to tell an original tale about an old story, Dracula Untold is decidedly unoriginal. Take away some decent battle sequences and respectable visual effects, and we’re left with ham-fisted dialogue and clichés.  But that doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable, if you’re willing to check your brains at the theater door. Two out of five stars.

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“Saturday Night Live” Vet Jan Hooks Dead at 57

“Saturday Night Live” Vet Jan Hooks Dead at 57

Photo by Ali Goldstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Saturday Night Live cast member Jan Hooks has died, ABC News has confirmed.

TMZ reports that Hooks had been battling a "serious illness." She was 57.

Hooks was an SNL cast member from 1986 to 1991. She worked with some of the show's biggest names, including Chris Farley, Phil Hartman and Dana Carvey. During her time on the show, she was best known for being one half of the singing Sweeney Sisters with Nora Dunn, but she also portrayed Sinead O'Connnor, Hillary Clinton, Tammy Faye Bakker, Kathie Lee Gifford, Diane Sawyer and more.

After SNL, Hooks joined the cast of Designing Women for the show's final two seasons. Her movie work included Pee Wee's Big Adventure, and 1992's Batman Returns.

Her most recent television role was on 30 Rock in 2010, playing Verna, the mother of Jane Krakowski's character, Jenna Maroney.

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Clooney Surprises Fans at NY Comic Con’s Tomorrowland Panel

Clooney Surprises Fans at NY Comic Con’s Tomorrowland Panel

Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Disney(NEW YORK) -- George Clooney cut his honeymoon short to surprise attendees at New York Comic Con on Thursday. The actor wasn't scheduled to appear at the Javits Center but he joined his co-stars for the Q&A panel for Disney's upcoming movie Tomorrowland.After some gentle ribbing by co-star Hugh Laurie, Clooney took the stage to loud cheers. “Hugh, it is not lost on me that I'm spending my honeymoon at Comic Con,” the newlywed actor joked.He then admitted to the audience that it was his first such event. “Since my Batman, I’d been disinvited from Comic Con," he admitted," referring to his nearly universally panned portrayal of the superhero in 1997's Batman and Robin. "I met Adam West back there, it was like, 'Hey, I’m really sorry...sorry about the nipples on the suit….'"For the record, West is a fan of Clooney's Batman portrayal: nipple suit and all. West told ABC Radio that he reassured Clooney during their Comic-Con meeting. "I said, 'George, you did not kill the Batman franchise, you were a good Batman,' and he said, 'Oh, you were the best,' we had fun," West said.All joking aside, the real business at hand was giving audiences a first look at Tomorrowland.In addition to Clooney and Laurie, the panel included Britt Robertson, Shiloh Nelson, director-producer Brad Bird, and screenwriter-producer Damon Lindelof. They all helped reveal a teaser for the film, which is set for a May 22, 2015 release.The film follows an inventor, played by Clooney, who teams up with a teenage genius, played by Robertson, to uncover the secrets of a mysterious place that exists somewhere in time and space. It's a loose theme-park adaptation, inspired by the futuristic Tomorrowland section of Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

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Barbara Walters Reveals She Once Had a Lumpectomy

Barbara Walters Reveals She Once Had a Lumpectomy

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(NEW YORK) --  For years, Barbara Walters has told the stories of others as a journalist for ABC News.On Thursday, during a speech at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's annual Symposium & Awards Luncheon, Walters, who was being honored with the Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award for her contributions to women’s health, told a personal tale: A few years ago, she had a lumpectomy.“As someone who believes in the power of investigation, in the power of discovery and uncovering the truth, I am an advocate for research and education,” she said. “I believe that we all have an obligation and a responsibility to support and fund medical research. Some years back, I discovered a small lump in my breast. Under the expert care of Dr. Larry Norton, I had a lumpectomy. There were other choices possible. This was mine."Walters -- who recently retired from The View, but stays active with ABC News and other projects -- said that at the time, she did tell a select group of people about the procedure. Thankfully, she never had to deal with it again, "nor was I worried," she said."I knew the advances that had been made in treating breast cancer, including lumpectomies when possible. I can remember when such treatments were not available," she said. "Research made my treatment possible.”

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Joe Giudice Admits to Drinking Up to Four Bottles of Wine a Night

Joe Giudice Admits to Drinking Up to Four Bottles of Wine a Night

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice admitted to Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen in their sit-down interview that he does have a drinking problem.The reality star, who was just last week sentenced to three and a half years in jail for fraud, said in a few teaser clips for Thursday night's part two of the full interview, "I might have a little problem, yeah. I'm not going to lie.""I think I used to drink only on the weekends. Now I drink everyday," he said of how the problem has gotten worse recently. "But, just wine, I don't drink anything else really."In fact, Joe, 42, said, "I could easily do two, three bottles, four bottles easily" a night."You know with another person," he said. "Sometimes two by myself. Well one bottle's like sucking a bottle of milk, it's like nothing...It does help me sleep. It's either that or I have to take a pill and I don't want to take a pill."Joe Giudice and his wife Teresa were sentenced last Thursday and sat down with Cohen the next day to speak out for the first time about their upcoming jail sentences. Teresa got 15 months and the couple's sentences will be staggered. They are parents to four daughters -- Gia, Milania, Gabrielle and Audriana.Part one of the interview aired this past Monday and part two airs Thursday at 9 p.m. on Bravo.Joe also talked about the chance of him being deported since he's not an American citizen. "I'm going to worry about that when the time comes," he said.As for if he may have to move the family to Italy, where he's from, he said, "It's not such a bad thing."Teresa, 42, also said she doesn't resent Joe in any way, since he admitted that the fraud was mostly his doing. She starts her sentence on Jan. 5."I don't think he meant to hurt me in any way," she said of getting jail time. "I think it's a learning lesson for both of us...I know he didn't mean to hurt me in any way...Since [the sentencing], he's been feeling bad and keeps coming up to me and hugging me."Joe said he does feel guilty about dragging his wife into his legal mess. "But at the same time what am I going to do. I did everything I could to get her out of it, but didn't work," he said.

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“In Touch” Defends Its Amanda Bynes Exclusive

“In Touch” Defends Its Amanda Bynes Exclusive

Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After living with her parents for much of the year, Amanda Bynes, 28, finished the conservatorship she was under a few months back, was arrested for a DUI in late September, and is due in court on that charge later this month.In the meantime, she's traveled from California back to New York City, where she has been seen walking around with friends.One magazine, In Touch, said it had an interview with the actress and, on Thursday night, Bynes reacted on Twitter, denying having given any magazine any quotes and tweeting that she's engaged.In response to the tweets, a representative for In Touch and the company sent a statement to ABC News saying its story was accurate, adding, "After identifying themselves, two of our reporters spent the afternoon with Amanda Bynes on Sunday, Oct. 5. She was aware that they were from Bauer. At one point, she even discussed writing a column for the magazine. Every word of our account is accurate and we hope that Amanda gets the help that she needs."The magazine also released a picture of the reporter speaking with Bynes.As for the alleged DUI Bynes recently was arrested for, the California Highway Patrol said that after the actress stopped in the middle of an intersection, she was pulled over and an officer determined that she appeared to be under the influence of a substance. After she failed a field sobriety test, Bynes was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor.

The Los Angeles courts directed inquiries about her case to the local probation department, which said probation files are protected by privacy laws.The actress had been in rehab and left last December to live with her parents under a court-ordered conservatorship and attend fashion school.A request for comment from Star magazine was not immediately returned, while People magazine declined to comment.

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Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes’ Baby’s Name Leaked

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes’ Baby’s Name Leaked

Sonia Recchia/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes' daughter's name has been released.The couple, who welcomed the baby on Sept. 12, have named her Esmeralda Amada Gosling, according to a birth certificate obtained by TMZ.She was born at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, at 10:22 a.m.Perhaps not coincidentally, both are names of characters that Mendes has played in the past. The actress played a woman named Esmeralda in the TV series, V.I.P. and Amada was the name of the woman she played in the 2007 film, We Own the Night.This is the first child for both actors, who were first linked in Sept. 2011, when they were shooting the movie, The Place Beyond the Pines.

This past July, reports began circulating that Mendes, 40, was expecting though neither she nor Gosling, 33, ever commented on the pregnancy or the baby's birth.

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Paula Patton Files for Divorce from Robin Thicke

Paula Patton Files for Divorce from Robin Thicke

Dan MacMedan/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- It seems Robin Thicke couldn't convince Paula Patton to take him back. The actress has filed for divorce from the "Blurred Lines" singer, ABC News has confirmed.TMZ reports Patton cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. She also requests joint legal and physical custody of their 4-year-old son, Julian.Thicke's rep had no comment, though she did confirm to ABC News that the TMZ report is accurate.  Patton's rep also declined to comment, but also confirmed to ABC News that the report is correct.Patton and Thicke met as teenagers in Los Angeles and married in 2005. They separated in February of this year and Thicke made various attempts at reconciliation, even going so far as to name his latest album Paula as a dedication to her.Last month, in depositions given related to an ongoing lawsuit over Thicke's monster hit with Pharrell, "Blurred Lines," Thicke revealed he "didn't do a single interview last year without being high," and says Patton left him when he told her of his substance abuse problems.  

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Raven-Symoné Clarifies: ‘I Never Said I Wasn’t Black’

Raven-Symoné Clarifies: ‘I Never Said I Wasn’t Black’

Harpo Studios, Inc/ George Burns(NEW YORK) -- Former child star Raven-Symoné had the Internet up in arms after her interview with Oprah Winfrey, when The Cosby Show actress said she doesn't prefer to be labeled "African-American" or a "lesbian." Now, she's clarifying exactly what she meant by that."I never said I wasn’t black…I want to make that very clear," she told NBC's The Grio. "I said, I am not African-American."During her sit down on OWN's Where Are They Now?, the That's So Raven star told Winfrey, "I don’t want to be labeled ‘gay.’ I want to be labeled ‘a human who loves humans.’”She added, “I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American. I’m not an African-American. I’m an American.”A surprised Winfrey responded, “Oh, girl. Don’t set up Twitter on fire. Oh, my lord. What did you just say?”Raven explained, “I mean, I don’t know where my roots go to. I don’t know how far back they go. …I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from, but I do know that my roots are in Louisiana. I’m an American. And that’s a colorless person.”When Winfrey warned, “You’re going to get a lot of flak for saying you’re not African-American. You know that, right?”Still, Raven reiterated, “I don’t label myself. ...I have darker skin. I have a nice, interesting grade of hair. I connect with Caucasian. I connect with Asian. I connect with black. I connect with Indian. I connect with each culture.”Quipped Winfrey, “You are a melting pot in one body.”“Isn’t that what America’s supposed to be?” replied Raven.The actress said she didn't expect such a firestorm concerning her comments. "I never expected my personal beliefs and comments to spark such emotion in people," she added. "I think it is only positive when we can openly discuss race and being labeled in America."

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Shonda Rhimes Explains Why She Didn’t Want Controversial “Times” Article Retracted

Shonda Rhimes Explains Why She Didn’t Want Controversial “Times” Article Retracted

ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(NEW YORK) -- Many were up in arms last month when Allesandra Stanley’s New York Times story on the new ABC series How to Get Away With Murder said that executive producer Shonda Rhimes redefined the "angry black woman" stereotype through characters like Scandal‘s Olivia Pope and Grey’s Anatomy‘s Dr. Miranda Bailey.Rhimes revealed in a new profile in The Hollywood Reporter that many of her colleagues were angry and wanted the story retracted. Still, the creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, said she wanted the piece to stand as is.“Some really amazing articles were written that had the conversation that I’ve been trying to have for a very long time, which, coming from me, makes me sound like I’m just, ‘Rrrraw!," she explained as to why she didn't want the piece retracted.“In this world in which we all feel we’re so full of gender equality and we’re a postracial [society] and Obama is president, it’s a very good reminder to see the casual racial bias and odd misogyny from a woman written in a paper that we all think of as being so liberal,” she added.Stanley wrote in her piece, "When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman."Still, Rhimes isn't the creator of the show. The writer and creator of How to Get Away with Murder is not even a female. It's a man named Pete Nowalk.Stanley also made some pretty broad claims about the physical appearance of African-American women on television.  She even asserted that Murder star Viola Davis is "less classically beautiful" than other African-American leading ladies like Scandal star Kerry Washington and Extant actress Halle Berry.Rhimes would rather not be defined in her career as "female" or black." The trade paper noted that when Rhimes read a draft of an announcement for a future event that described her as "the most powerful black female showrunner in Hollywood." Rhimes crossed out the words "female" and "black" and sent it back."They wouldn't say that someone is 'the most powerful white male showrunner in Hollywood,'" she told the magazine. "I find race and gender to be terribly important; they're terribly important to who I am. But there's something about the need for everybody else to spend time talking about it…that pisses me off."ABC's Thursday night lineup features three shows from Rhimes  -- Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and the new series How to Get Away with Murder.

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“Days of Our Lives” Actor and Girlfriend Injured in Car Crash

“Days of Our Lives” Actor and Girlfriend Injured in Car Crash

Paul Drinkwater/NBC(YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio) -- Days of Our Lives actor Freddie Smith and his girlfriend were involved in a serious car accident early Tuesday morning in Ohio, according to TheWrap.Smith, who plays Sonny Kiriakis on the NBC soap opera, was treated for minor injuries. His actress girlfriend Alyssa Tabit, who was in the passenger seat, suffered more extensive injuries.Tabit's team released a statement Wednesday night saying she is in "critically stable" condition at the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at St. Elisabeth Heath Center in Youngstown, Ohio.The accident occurred on State Route 84 when Smith's 2009 Mazda 6 lost control while negotiating a curve. The vehicle struck a culvert and flipped end over end before coming to a rest. The Wrap cites a police report that states “speed and alcohol are suspected to be factors in the crash," which "remains under investigation.”

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“Dancing with the Stars” Couples Get New Partners for Coming Episode

“Dancing with the Stars” Couples Get New Partners for Coming Episode

Adam Taylor/ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Dancing with the Stars is shaking things up. On Monday’s show, the celebrities will switch partners, dancing instead with pros who were selected for them by viewers who voted on Twitter.The stars will dance with these new partners on Monday’s show only, after which they’ll return to their original partners.Here are the new pairings, plus the dances they’ll each perform on Monday:

Alfonso Ribeiro and Cheryl Burke (flamenco). Ribeiro's original partner is Witney Carson. Tommy Chong and Emma Slater (mambo). Chong’s original partner is Peta Murgatroyd. Jonathan Bennett and Peta Murgatroyd (the jitterbug). Bennett’s original partner is Allison Holker. Michael Waltrip and Witney Carson (disco). Waltrip’s original partner is Emma Slater. Antonio Sabato Jr. and Allison Holker (Bollywood). Sabato’s original partner is Cheryl Burke. Lea Thompson and Val Chmerkovskiy (Broadway). Thompson’s original partner is Artem Chigvintsev. Janel Parrish and Artem Chigvintsev (burlesque). Parrish’s original partner is Val Chmerkovskiy. Sadie Robertson and Derek Hough (the Charleston). Robertson’s original partner is Mark Ballas. Bethany Mota and Mark Ballas (hip hop). Mota’s original partner is Derek Hough.

The new pairings can be seen Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC. British pop singer Jessie J will be the guest judge.

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“Scandal” Cuts Scenes with Stephen Collins, Wife Denies Extortion Claim

“Scandal” Cuts Scenes with Stephen Collins, Wife Denies Extortion Claim

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- There are some scandals even the show Scandal can't support. The ABC drama has cut scenes from an upcoming episode featuring actor Stephen Collins, who is currently embroiled in child abuse allegations."We can confirm that we will not be airing any footage with Stephen Collins," a rep for ABC said in a statement Wednesday.Collins, who appeared in an episode of the show in 2012, had tweeted about his return to the show in September. "Happy to say I did another episode of #Scandal. Had a gr8 time. Wish I could say more but @ShondaRhimes would have to kill me," he wrote.Collins, 67, starred as family patriarch Rev. Eric Camden on 7th Heaven from 1996-2007.  His more recent roles include the TV series Devious Maids and Revolution.Police are investigating claims that Collins molested three girls years ago, after a tape of the actor discussing the incidents, recorded in 2012 by his estranged wife Faye Grant was made public Tuesday.Grant has denied having any part of the leak, saying that she turned over the recording to the authorities two years ago. Now, she's defending herself against claims made by Collins's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, to TMZ that she "repeatedly threatened to give this audiotape to the media unless Stephen agreed to pay her millions of dollars more than that to which she was legally entitled."Grant told ABC News in a statement: "This is a deeply sad situation for everyone involved. With regard to the divorce proceedings, I am seeking no more than that to which I am legally entitled under the laws of the State of California. The recording of Mr. Collins' statements has not been part of family court proceedings or any negotiations related to that action at any time."Collins and Grant are scheduled to begin their divorce trial next week, though they've been apart for some time: The actor filed for divorce in 2012, after more than 20 years of marriage. Larry A. Ginsberg, an attorney for Grant, reiterated his client's claim that she turned over the tape to the LAPD and NYPD around the time of the couple's split, "after Mr. Collins refused to address and get help with regard to his reprehensible conduct.""It is offensive and outrageous that Mr. Collins' lawyer is now attempting to deflect focus away from the disturbing content of the recording and away from Mr. Collins' admissions by attacking the victims, including Faye, who Mr. Collins' lawyer is attempting to portray as the 'villain' in this tragic situation," Ginsberg told ABC News in a statement."From the very beginning of the dissolution of marriage matter, Faye has worked diligently to get this matter settled and to put it behind her while coping with the distress and trauma suffered as a result of the revelations about Mr. Collins' life. Faye requested that Mr. Collins create a trust fund for their [adult] daughter, and further requested that he make a contribution to a charitable organization benefiting sexually abused children. To falsely characterize these requests as extortion threats is reckless and constitutes yet further abuse," the statement continued.

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Movie Review: “The Judge” (Rated R)

Movie Review: “The Judge” (Rated R)

Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) is a cocky SOB. He’s a high-profile defense attorney in Chicago and the type of guy who will “accidentally” urinate on a prosecutor who confronts him in the courthouse bathroom during a trial break.  Hank’s got a beautiful wife, a gorgeous house, and an adorable daughter, Lauren (Emma Tremblay). But with the exception of Lauren, it’s all window dressing. Hank’s marriage is falling apart and he’s practically estranged from his parents and his two brothers. That quickly changes when his mother dies, and Hank heads back to his childhood home in Indiana. Hank visits the courthouse, where he sits up in the rafters and watches the Honorable Joseph Palmer dish out his brand of tough justice. As you’ve probably figured out, the judge is Hank’s father. What we quickly learn is there’s no love lost between these two. Joseph isn’t just a stern judge, he’s a stern dad. His three sons don’t even call him dad: they refer to him as “Judge.” The morning of the funeral, everyone grabs breakfast at the local diner, where we meet Sam (the always impressive Vera Farmiga), who’s working behind the counter. Wouldn’t you know it, she happens to be Hank’s ex-girlfriend. There’s an instant, though uncomfortable chemistry. In fact, throughout the film, Downey imbues this small-town-boy-turned-city-slicker with a steady undercurrent of uncomfortable, nervous tension while managing to maintain his slick veneer. The movie shifts into high gear when the judge is accused of intentionally hitting and killing Mark Blackwell with his car the night of his wife’s funeral. More than 20 years earlier, the judge gave Blackwell a light sentence for committing a violent act against his girlfriend, whom Blackwell then killed shortly after getting out of jail.  This is when Duvall takes over the movie. His performance at age 83 -- or any age, really -- is a tour de force of nuance, stoicism and pent-up rage. It’s a sight to behold. The judge does not want Hank to defend him in court, so he hires a country bumpkin attorney  (Dax Shepard in arguably his best role to date) who’s only ever defended one client. Making the task even more difficult is the special prosecutor brought in for this case: Dwight Dickham, played by Billy Bob Thornton. Hank and the judge’s combustible relationship plays authentic and relatable on so many levels. You don’t have be a son or a father -- you could be a mother and daughter, sister and brother, aunt, uncle or nephew. Hank’s relationship with Sam is almost as compelling, but for different reasons. There’s a lot of drama here, but it’s the type of conflict that keeps us interested until the very end. Did the judge really murder Blackwell? Will this dysfunctional family ever function? Director and co-writer David Dobkin does a fine job keeping us guessing. The verdict? The Judge is excellent. Four-and-a-half out of five stars.

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“Ghostbusters 3″ to Star ‘Hilarious Women,’ Says Director Paul Feig

“Ghostbusters 3″ to Star ‘Hilarious Women,’ Says Director Paul Feig

Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage(NEW YORK) --  "It's official," said Ghostbusters 3 director Paul Feig."I'm making a new Ghostbusters & writing it with @katiedippold & yes, it will star hilarious women. That's who I'm gonna call," he tweeted Wednesday.

 

It's official. I'm making a new Ghostbusters & writing it with @katiedippold & yes, it will star hilarious women. That's who I'm gonna call.

— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) October 8, 2014

The news comes weeks after speculation that the new movie would feature an all-women cast.Bill Murray, the star of the first two Ghostbusters films, even dared to say who he'd like in the new film -- though it hasn't been cast yet."Melissa [McCarthy] would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny -- God, she’s funny!" he told the Toronto Star in early September."I like this girl Linda Cardellini a lot. And Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there," Murray said.

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