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“Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Lead Oscar Nominees

“Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Lead Oscar Nominees

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Image(LOS ANGELES) — Birdman: The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance and The Grand Budapest Hotel are the leading nominees for the 87th annual Academy Awards. The two films picked up nine nominations each Thursday morning.  The next most-nominated film is The Imitation Game, with eight.Star Trek actor Chris Pine, Star Trek and Star Wars director J.J. Abrams, and Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón joined Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs in announcing the Oscar nominees Thursday morning at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.Eight films in all will compete for the Best Picture award: American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences could have nominated 10 films in the category.The Best Director nominees are Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman; Richard Linklater, for Boyhood; Bennett Miller, for Foxcatcher; Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel; and Morten Tyldum, for The Imitation Game.  Notably absent from that list is Selma director Ava Duvernay, who would've made history by becoming the first black woman nominated in the category.Best Actor nominees are Michael Keaton, for Birdman; Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything; Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game; Steve Carrell, Foxcatcher; and Bradley Cooper, American Sniper. In the Best Actress category, the nominees are Reese Witherspoon, for Wild; Julianne Moore, Still Alice; Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything; Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night; and Rosamund Pike, for Gone Girl.In the Best Original Song category, the nominees include “Everything Is Awesome,” from The Lego Movie; “Glory,” from Selma;“Grateful,” from Beyond the Lights; “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from I’ll Be Me; and“Lost Stars,” from Begin Again.The 87th Academy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air live on ABC from Hollywood on Feb. 22. Click here to see the list of nominees in key categories.

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Clinic That Treated Joan Rivers Intends to Stay Open

Clinic That Treated Joan Rivers Intends to Stay Open

Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The clinic where Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest in August 2014 intends to stay open despite the loss of a pair of certifications this week.Yorkville Endoscopy lost certification from the federal agency that determines eligibility for Medicare reimbursements this week. It also lost accreditation from a non-profit group used by private insurers to determine whether procedures can be covered.Still, the clinic told ABC News Wednesday that it plans to remain viable. "Yorkville Endoscopy LLC does not intend to cease operations," the clinic said in a statement. "Yorkville is hoping to cooperate with regulators to have the recent decision reversed or modified."

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Report: Rosie Perez Leaving “The View”

Report: Rosie Perez Leaving “The View”

ABC/Yolanda Perez(NEW YORK) -- ABC may be in the market for a new co-host for The View.Rosie Perez, one of three new additions to the daytime program this season along with Rosie O’Donnell and Nicolle Wallace, is leaving the show, Variety reports.The report doesn't give a reason, though sources tell Variety that Perez struggled with the show's format, which mixes hard news topics with lighter fare. The insiders also claim that Perez had difficulty reading from a TelePrompTer.The actress is committed to starring in Larry David's Broadway play, Fish in the Dark, which begins with previews in early February before it officially opens the following month.  She had already been scheduled to take time off from The View this month to rehearse for the play.A spokesperson for ABC says Perez is currently in rehearsals for Fish in the Dark and that her status with The View has not changed.The View underwent a major shakeup after last season, with Barbara Walters, Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd all moving on from the show.

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Miley Cyrus Reveals Which Outfit She Most Regrets

Miley Cyrus Reveals Which Outfit She Most Regrets

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Miley Cyrus has worn a number of eyebrow-raising ensembles.However, there's one that stands out in her mind -- and not in a good way."I had some shady wardrobe choices when I was about 16 to 18," she said in the February issue of Marie Claire. "I wore this hippie outfit to Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never premiere that I’m like, 'Girl, who told you—it was not Woodstock, it was a premiere.'"Cyrus, 21, added that she realizes that she's at an age where everything in her life is evolving."I have a lot of options of what I could do in my life," she said.However, her love for one wardrobe staple, jeggings, remains eternal."They're the best invention!" she gushed. "Even though they have kind of ruined jeans."

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How Reality TV Is Affecting Jennifer Lawrence’s Life

How Reality TV Is Affecting Jennifer Lawrence’s Life

Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- When chatting with actor Eddie Redmayne, 33, for the latest issue of Interview magazine, something magical happened for Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence -- she realized they both had an odd obsession."I come home from trying to pretend to know about astronomy and physics all day and turn on The Real Housewives," Redmayne told Lawrence of his secret pleasure while filming his acclaimed movie The Theory of Everything.To which the open and out Real Housewives fanatic Lawrence, 24, replied, "Oh my God."From that point on in the interview, nothing was more important to the American Hustle star."I've been a closet lover of faux-reality TV since The Hills," Redmayne said."I feel like I'm going to cry. We're making a breakthrough. I went to Pump the other night to meet Lisa Vanderpump [who stars on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills]. I had her sign a bottle of vodka, and when she gave it to my friend who was with me at the Oscars, my friend said, 'Jennifer, this is so much better than the Oscars!'" Lawrence added. "We took so many pictures with her."Lawrence even said she's "bored" with movies because she knows they are fake, but reality TV is another story."I go back to The Hills," Redmayne continued. "Occasionally Audrina [Patridge] or Whitney [Port] will be on a website that I shouldn't be looking at, and I'm like, 'You know, I just want to check that they're doing all right, because it's my youth.' And the depressing thing is that it's not my youth. I was too old to be watching those programs when I was watching them."Lawrence admitted that shows like The Hills actually interfere with her life."MTV sometimes plays them for, like, three hours, and that will just turn into my morning. Like, I'll cancel sh**," she said.

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Tom Hanks Reminisces on Community College

Tom Hanks Reminisces on Community College

Bruno Vincent/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tom Hanks is a big fan of the community college system.The Oscar winner graduated from high school in Oakland, California, in 1974 and with "lousy SAT scores" and no money for tuition, he enrolled at Chabot College nearby his home.In an op-ed in the New York Times published Wednesday, Hanks, 58, remembers those days where he went to a school that was basically "all free but for the effort and the cost of used textbooks.""Classmates included veterans back from Vietnam, women of every marital and maternal status returning to school, middle-aged men wanting to improve their employment prospects and paychecks," he writes.Hanks recalls taking classes he loved (oral interpretation) and classes he dropped (astronomy) "because it was all math.""A public speaking class was unforgettable for a couple of reasons. First, the assignments forced us to get over our self-consciousness. Second, another student was a stewardess, as flight attendants called themselves in the ’70s. She was studying communications and was gorgeous," he adds. "She lived not far from me, and when my VW threw a rod and was in the shop for a week, she offered me a lift to class. I rode shotgun that Monday-Wednesday-Friday totally tongue-tied. Communicating with her one on one was the antithesis of public speaking."Hanks continues to regale about how those classes he took have carried onto his work today."Of course, I goofed off between classes eating French fries and looking at girls; such are the pleasures, too, of schools that cost thousands of bucks a semester," he adds.Then, Hanks brings up President Obama's hope to "make two years of free community college accessible for up to nine million Americans.""I hope the idea sticks," he adds. "High school graduates without the finances for a higher education can postpone taking on big loans and maybe luck into the class that will redefine their life’s work. Many lives will be changed."He closes by writing, "Chabot College is still in Hayward. ...I drove past the campus a few years ago with one of my kids and summed up my two years there this way: 'That place made me what I am today.'"

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Vanessa Carlton Gives Birth to a Baby Girl

Vanessa Carlton Gives Birth to a Baby Girl

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Vanessa Carlton is a new mom.The singer/songwriter and her husband, rocker John J. McCauley of the alternative band Deer Tick, welcomed a daughter."Thanks for all the sweet wishes on our daughter. She's the quiet observer," Carlton tweeted Tuesday. "We are in for it."

Thanks for all the sweet wishes on our daughter. She's the quiet observer. We are in for it. 👌

— Vanessa Carlton (@VanessaCarlton) January 14, 2015

McCauley also posted a photo of himself holding the new baby, captioning it, "Sid the Kid, whoa!!!"

A photo posted by John J McCauley III (@johnjmccauley) on Jan 13, 2015 at 11:29am PST

This is the first child for the couple, who announced the pregnancy last summer. While the singer was ecstatic about becoming a mother, she also announced that her new album would have to be released this year instead of last.

"I’m bummed to delay the album because it's so special to me and the perfect combination of England and Tennessee," she wrote on Facebook at the time. "When I put the record on it feels like medicine. I hope it does the same for you…in due time!"

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Patricia Arquette on Response to “Boyhood”: ‘It Just Blows My Mind’

Patricia Arquette on Response to “Boyhood”: ‘It Just Blows My Mind’

IFC(NEW YORK) — The nominations for the 2015 Oscars ceremony will be announced Thursday morning, and Boyhood should receive at least a few nods after receiving great reviews and kudos during the ongoing award season.Boyhood won Golden Globes last Sunday for best motion picture, drama and best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette.

"It just blows my mind. Like, we really didn't even know if people would even accept this movie," the actress said when asked if the film could be an Oscar contender.

However, she's found that journalists have been writing about the drama in a "really personal, beautiful way."Boyhood was shot by director Richard Linklater over the course of 12 years, and though the project was supposed to be a secret during that time, Arquette says she and co-star Ethan Hawke openly discussed it.

She recalled, "People would glaze over and were not interested. I'd be like, 'We're working on this movie for 12 years.' 'Oh.' 'With Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater.' 'What's it about?' 'It's about a boy growing up in a family.' 'Oh, well, good luck with that.'"

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Former Prosecutor: Don’t Pardon Mark Wahlberg

Former Prosecutor: Don’t Pardon Mark Wahlberg

ABC/RANDY HOLMES(BOSTON) — Last month, Mark Wahlberg petitioned the state of Massachusetts to clear his record of a conviction in a 1988 assault case, but the former assistant attorney general who prosecuted the case tells the Boston Globe that the actor should not be pardoned for a racially-motivated attack 26 years ago.Wahlberg, who was 16 at the time, tried to steal two cases of alcohol from a man outside a convenience store. He hit the man over the head with a stick and punched another man in the face as he fled from police.In a blistering opinion piece, Judith Beals says no one should forget the then-troubled teen's attack on two Vietnamese men who immigrated to Boston. The assault severely injured both men, leaving one permanently blind in one eye -- and resulted in attempted murder charges for the star-to-be.Wahlberg pleaded guilty to assault, and was sentenced to two years in prison, however, he served just 45 days in behind bars.  Wahlberg has acknowledged and apologized for his crime which he blamed in part for drug use at the time.  He is seeking the conviction to be expunged from his record -- something Beals says should not happen, as it wasn't the first racially-motivated incident involving the then-troubled teen. "Now, as a private citizen, I see no reason why that history should be erased from the public record," Beals claims. "While private acts of reconciliation and forgiveness can be an important part of our shared racial history, that history should never be erased.""In the 13 years I served in the attorney general’s office, I recall only one instance of a defendant violating a civil rights injunction -- Mark Wahlberg. His attack on Thanh Lam and Hoa Trinh showed the same tendency toward serial acts of racial violence," the former prosecutor claims."Wahlberg’s repeated racial epithets [during the crime] revealed an equally racist motivation albeit toward a different class – making clear that bigotry harbors no boundaries." "Thanh Lam and Hoa Trinh immigrated to Boston after the Vietnam war, believing in this country’s ideals. Wahlberg’s actions shattered their very sense of themselves, and of the city and country they now called home."Beals says of the troublemaker-turned Transformers star: "I'm glad Mark Wahlberg has turned his life around. I've read that Hoa Trinh has forgiven him. But a public pardon is an extraordinary public act, requiring extraordinary circumstances because it essentially eliminates all effects of having ever been convicted. It is reserved to those who demonstrate, 'extraordinary contributions to society,' requiring, 'extensive service to others performed, in part, as a means of restoring community and making amends.' On this, I am not sold."

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Caught on Tape: Jamie Lynn Spears Grabs Knife During Sandwich Shop Brawl

Caught on Tape: Jamie Lynn Spears Grabs Knife During Sandwich Shop Brawl

Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic(HAMMOND, La.) — Jamie Lynn Spears, the younger sister of Britney Spears, appears to have helped break up a fight inside a Louisiana sandwich shop nearly a month ago by waving a knife, according to TMZ, which obtained video footage from the eatery's surveillance camera.The video shows the 23-year-old Spears entering the Pita Pit in Hammond, Louisiana, while a female friend appears to get caught in the middle of a brawl that breaks out between a bunch of guys.After pulling her girlfriend out of the scuffle, Spears is seen walking behind the counter, grabbing the knife and threatening the brawlers with it. An employee blocks Spears from leaving the counter area with the knife and she is then seen collecting her things and walking out of the shop.

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Ann Curry Leaving NBC News, Developing New Media Venture

Ann Curry Leaving NBC News, Developing New Media Venture

Andrew Eccles/NBC(NEW YORK) — Two and a half years after her uncomfortable firing from the Today show, Ann Curry announced she is leaving NBC News.Curry and NBC News jointly announced on Tuesday that she is leaving the network as a full-time employee after nearly 25 years. She is developing a new media venture, seeded by NBCUniversal, that will "focus on incubating and producing content of national and global importance with a multi-platform distribution approach."Curry, 58, said, "This is about reaching for the edge of the future in journalism, which we know is undergoing an irrevocable transition. I am excited about working to become a valuable link between traditional media and what is to come."Curry's new arrangement with NBCUniversal will allow her to report on any platform or network, including NBC.Curry joined NBC in 1990, eventually working her way up to the Today show co-anchor job alongside Matt Lauer in 2011. A year later, amid declining ratings and reports that there was tension between her and Lauer, she tearfully said goodbye to the show and was replaced by Savannah Guthrie. Since then, she's made appearances on other NBC News programming.

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Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s Daughter Makes List of Least Favorite Celebrity Baby Names

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s Daughter Makes List of Least Favorite Celebrity Baby Names

Noel Vasquez/GC Images(NEW YORK) — Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Kourtney Kardashian and Megan Fox may want to avoid visiting the BabyCenter website this week.The pregnancy and parenting site has posted its list of the least favorite celebrity baby names of 2014, based on the responses of more than one thousand visitors. Kunis and Kutcher's baby daughter, Wyatt Isabelle, made the list, as did Kardashian and Disick's infant son, Reign Aston, and Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green's son, Bodhi Ransom.BabyCenter also released a list of favorite celebrity baby names. Among the children who were honored: Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko's recently-born daughter, Kaya; Emily Blunt and John Krasinski's baby girl, Hazel; Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha's daughter, Isabelle; and Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen's child, Briar Rose.Here's a rundown of both lists:Top 5 Favorite Celebrity Baby Names

Briar Rose (Rachel Bilson & Hayden Christensen)Charlotte (Chelsea Clinton & Marc Mezvinsky)Hazel (Emily Blunt & John Krasinski)Kaya (Hayden Panettiere & Wladimir Klitschko)Isabelle (Kerry Washington & Nnamdi Asomugha)Tristan (Chris Hemsworth & Elsa Pataky)

Top 5 Least Favorite Celebrity Baby Names

Bodhi Ransom (Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green)Apollo Bowie Flynn (Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale)Reign Aston (Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick)Summer Rain (Christina Aguilera & Matt Rutler)Wyatt Isabelle (Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher)

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“Transformers: Age of Extinction” Leads Nominees for Razzie Awards

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” Leads Nominees for Razzie Awards

Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Transformers: Age of Extinction earned nearly $250 million at the domestic box office last summer, but the folks behind the Golden Raspberry Awards -- more commonly known as the Razzies -- were not impressed.The fourth film in the Transformers series has received a leading seven nominations for the 35th Annual Razzie Awards, which will recognize what its voters feel were the worst movies of the past year.Transformers: Age of Extinction -- referred to by the Razzies as the "Age of Ex-STINK-Tion" and "Trannies #4" -- is nominated for worst picture, worst screenplay, worst sequel, worst screen combo, worst director for Michael Bay, worst supporting actor for Kelsey Grammer, and worst supporting actress for Nicola Peltz. The film's lead star, Mark Wahlberg, escaped the wrath of the Razzies.Grammer is not only nominated for Transformers: Age of Extinction, but also for his performances in The Expendables 3, Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return and Think Like a Man Too.Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas and the Kellan Lutz film The Legend of Hercules each picked up six nominations. They join Transformers as contenders for worst picture, as do Left Behind and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.The winners will be announced Feb. 21 -- the night before the Oscars.You can find a list of nominees here.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Watch Matthew McConaughey’s “Dazed and Confused” Audition Tape

Watch Matthew McConaughey’s “Dazed and Confused” Audition Tape

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) --  When Matthew McConaughey was just a young film student at the University of Texas at Austin, he auditioned for the role that would launch him into fame -- Wooderson in Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused.Now, thanks to The Criterion Collection, you can see the audition online.The video shows McConaughey, in his early 20s, dishing out lines with his familiar Texas drawl, those wavy blond locks and that smile.Up to that point, McConaughey had only been in a beer commercial and a music video. But he'd had a fateful encounter at the Hyatt Hotel bar with the film's casting director, Don Phillips.The pair got to drinking and talking "about life and women and some great golf hole he’s played, and I guess we got a little rambunctious," McConaughey recalled in 2003 for Texas Monthly.Both were bounced from the bar, and Phillips invited McConaughey to audition the next day as the charming-but-creepy grad Wooderson, who still haunted the old high-school hangouts.As the video shows, McConaughey nailed the part -- and his future.Accepting the Academy Award 20 years later for Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey, now 45, paid homage to his first role, uttering Wooderson's famous line, "All right, all right, all right."

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Taylor Swift Sends $1,989 Check to Fan to Help With Student Loans

Taylor Swift Sends $1,989 Check to Fan to Help With Student Loans

ABC/ Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Taylor Swift absolutely loves her fans, and it shows.Swift, 24, has yet again sent a care package to a super-fan that was so detailed and filled with goodies that it must have taken hours to put together. Indeed, she sent proof that she put the package together herself: a Polaroid of herself "painting flowers for Rebekah."Swift routinely reaches out to fans with support.This time, Rebekah Bortnicker shared pictures of the amazing package on her Tumblr Monday, and there was one special gift inside that made her break down in tears: a check for $1,989 to help with student loans.The package came in a FedEx box that Swift had altered to say SwiftEx and had a handwritten note, in which the 1989 singer said she thinks Bortnicker is "so beautiful and positive," and a little zip bag that said, "now you're $1989 closer to paying off those student loans."

 

THE REST OF MY GIFTS FROM TAYLOR pic.twitter.com/NJEItIIctI

— Beks (@noitsbeks) January 13, 2015

The elated fan posted an emotional video of her opening the box.

 

 

http://t.co/HiLQMfTYYr VIDEO OF ME OPENING MY GIFTS

— Beks (@noitsbeks) January 13, 2015

After finding out Swift wanted to help with her loans, the young girl breaks down in happy tears."Oh, my God," she says. "Just thank you so much, I can't even."There are so many gifts that it takes her more than seven minutes to get through the entire box.

 

 

SOME PICTURES OF WHAT I GOT TODAY pic.twitter.com/9MiCM5QdiG

— Beks (@noitsbeks) January 13, 2015

 

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Taylor Swift Sends $1,989 Check to Fan to Help With Student Loans

Taylor Swift Sends $1,989 Check to Fan to Help With Student Loans

ABC/ Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Taylor Swift absolutely loves her fans, and it shows.Swift, 24, has yet again sent a care package to a super-fan that was so detailed and filled with goodies that it must have taken hours to put together. Indeed, she sent proof that she put the package together herself: a Polaroid of herself "painting flowers for Rebekah."Swift routinely reaches out to fans with support.This time, Rebekah Bortnicker shared pictures of the amazing package on her Tumblr Monday, and there was one special gift inside that made her break down in tears: a check for $1,989 to help with student loans.The package came in a FedEx box that Swift had altered to say SwiftEx and had a handwritten note, in which the 1989 singer said she thinks Bortnicker is "so beautiful and positive," and a little zip bag that said, "now you're $1989 closer to paying off those student loans."

 

THE REST OF MY GIFTS FROM TAYLOR pic.twitter.com/NJEItIIctI

— Beks (@noitsbeks) January 13, 2015

The elated fan posted an emotional video of her opening the box.

 

 

http://t.co/HiLQMfTYYr VIDEO OF ME OPENING MY GIFTS

— Beks (@noitsbeks) January 13, 2015

After finding out Swift wanted to help with her loans, the young girl breaks down in happy tears."Oh, my God," she says. "Just thank you so much, I can't even."There are so many gifts that it takes her more than seven minutes to get through the entire box.

 

 

SOME PICTURES OF WHAT I GOT TODAY pic.twitter.com/9MiCM5QdiG

— Beks (@noitsbeks) January 13, 2015

 

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Clinic Where Joan Rivers Went into Cardiac Arrest Loses Second Accreditation

Clinic Where Joan Rivers Went into Cardiac Arrest Loses Second Accreditation

Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Manhattan clinic where Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest has taken another hit.

One day after Yorkville Endoscopy lost its federal accreditation from the Department of Health and Human Services, it's also been stripped of accreditation from the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities.

“Yorkville Endoscopy is no longer accredited by AAAASF and we have no further comment on the matter at this time,” spokeswoman Kim Kubiak told ABC News Radio.

Losing accreditation from the AAAASF means that the facility can no longer claim it meets the industry standard for patient safety. It also could affect reimbursement from private insurance carriers.

Pending an appeal, the clinic will lose Medicare reimbursements January 31.

There was no immediate comment from Yorkville Endoscopy.

Yorkville Endoscopy came under fire after an investigation by the New York State Health Department following Rivers' death uncovered deficiencies in four categories. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services then found that staff members photographed Rivers with a mobile phone 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."The comedian's daughter, Melissa Rivers, has since hired attorneys Jeffrey B. Bloom and Ben Rubinowitz to further look into the circumstances surrounding her mother's death.

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Zooey Deschanel Is Pregnant, Expecting First Child

Zooey Deschanel Is Pregnant, Expecting First Child

Justin Jay/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Zooey Deschanel is kicking off 2015 by making a big announcement: She's pregnant.The New Girl star is expecting a baby with her boyfriend, producer Jacob Pechenik, her rep confirmed to ABC News."Jacob and I are over the moon," Deschanel told People magazine. "We are so excited to meet our little one."The actress, 34, began dating Pechenik, 42, last year. He accompanied her to the Emmys last August.While this is the first child for Deschanel, he or she will have plenty of company. Her sister, actress Emily Deschanel, announced last month that she's also expecting a baby, her second, with husband David Hornsby.

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Woody Allen Untitled Project Coming to Amazon

Woody Allen Untitled Project Coming to Amazon

Barry Brecheisen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Woody Allen is coming to TV -- sort of.

The famed director signed a one-year deal with Amazon to produce a season of his yet untitled project, which was announced on Tuesday. The half-hour series, which Allen will write and direct, will air on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Casting will be announced at a later date.“I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin. My guess is that Roy Price [VP of Amazon] will regret this," Allen joked in a news release.Price added, "Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it’s an honor to be working with him on his first television series. From Annie Hall to Blue Jasmine, Woody has been at the creative forefront of American cinema and we couldn’t be more excited to premiere his first TV series exclusively on Prime Instant Video next year.”This comes on the heels of Amazon's first big hit Transparent, which won big at the recent Golden Globe Awards this past Sunday.

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“RHOA’s” Claudia Jordan Says Nene Leakes Was ‘Desperate’ to Call Her ‘Half Breed’

“RHOA’s” Claudia Jordan Says Nene Leakes Was ‘Desperate’ to Call Her ‘Half Breed’Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Real Housewives of Atlanta newbie Claudia Jordan got into a nasty fight with co-star Nene Leakes during last Sunday's episode when the ladies traveled to Puerto Rico. With Jordan trying to stand up for co-star Demetria ...

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