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Oprah Takes Part in March with “Selma” Collaborators

Oprah Takes Part in March with “Selma” Collaborators

Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images(SELMA, Ala.) -- Oprah Winfrey was one of the celebrities involved in the Oscar-nominated movie Selma who gathered in Selma, Alabama, Sunday to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.Oprah, who served as a producer of the drama and also played civil rights activist Annie Lee Cooper, took part in a march to the Edmund Pettus Bridge to honor the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march in 1965 depicted in Selma.She was joined by Selma director Ava DuVernay; David Oyelowo, who portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr. in the film; and musicians John Legend and Common, who contributed the Oscar-nominated song "Glory" to the movie.Before the march, Oprah remarked, "I'm so excited that once again I get to march across the bridge, not as portraying Annie Lee Cooper but as standing in the shoes and on the shoulders of everyone who came before us."A screening of Selma followed the march.

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Dallas Taylor, Former Crosby, Stills & Nash Drummer, Dead at Age 66

Dallas Taylor, Former Crosby, Stills & Nash Drummer, Dead at Age 66

Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Dallas Taylor, who played drums on Crosby, Stills & Nash's first two albums, died early Sunday morning at age 66.  Taylor's wife, Patti McGovern-Taylor, announced the news on her Facebook page.

Dallas Taylor first played with the short-lived 1960's band Clear Light before turning to session work.  He played drums on Crosby, Still & Nash's first two albums, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Deja Vu.  He also played for Stills' group Manassas and their two studio albums, 1972's Manassas and 1973's Down the Road, as well as with Van Morrison and Paul Butterfield.

In the 1980s, Taylor changed careers, becoming a substance abuse and addiction counselor and interventionist based in Los Angeles.

Current session drummer Denny Seiwell, best-known by most for his work with Paul McCartney and Wings, writes on his Facebook page, "This morning at 2:38 am we lost another icon both of the drumming community and the sober community. Dallas Taylor helped countless people find their way out of the madness of alcohol and drugs and inspired many many drummers by his unique style. If you knew Dallas you were blessed. His battle is over and he left In a room full of people that loved him. Dallas touched many lives and will be missed very much. RIP Dallas."

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Actor and Fitness Instructor Greg Plitt Struck, Killed by Train

Actor and Fitness Instructor Greg Plitt Struck, Killed by Train

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor and fitness instructor Greg Plitt was struck and killed by a train just north of Los Angeles Saturday, officials said.Plitt was in Burbank with friends when he was hit by a Metrolink train a few minutes after 4 p.m, Burbank Police Department Watch Commander Scott Meadows told ABC News Sunday.Plitt, 37, was found dead at the scene.Burbank police say the actor and one of his friends had been carrying cameras at the time."We do require film permits if you're outdoors, but there was no permit on file," Meadows said.The cameras have been seized as evidence.Police have interviewed Plitt's friends, witnesses and the roughly 185 people on the train at the time of the collision, but detectives are still "trying to determine exactly what happened," Meadows said.Plitt, an actor and fitness model, is on the Bravo reality dating show Friends to Lovers, which premieres Monday, Variety reports. Plitt also appeared in Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro's boxing film Grudge Match, and the Bravo docu-series Work Out, according to Variety.The accident remains under investigation, police said Sunday, and the coroner will determine the official cause of death.

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“American Sniper” Tops Box Office on First Weekend of Wide Release

“American Sniper” Tops Box Office on First Weekend of Wide Release

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- American Sniper won the box office this weekend, beating out The Wedding Ringer and Paddington in its first weekend of wide release.The film stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who was killed at a Texas gun range in 2013, allegedly by a former Marine he was trying to help. Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq, was considered the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history.

Cooper was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Kyle. American Sniper, which was directed by Clint Eastwood, is nominated for five other Academy Awards including best picture and adapted screenplay.American Sniper brought in $90.205 million over the weekend, more than four times as much as Kevin Hart's The Wedding Ringer, which finished in second. Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:1. American Sniper: $90.205 million2. The Wedding Ringer: $21 million3. Paddington: $19.287 million4. Taken 3: $14.05 million5. Selma: $8.3 million6. The Imitation Game: $7.192 million7. Into the Woods: $6.542 million8. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: $4.86 million9. Unbroken: $4.267 million10. Blackhat: $4.03 million

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Jennifer Aniston Speaks Out About “Cake” Oscar Snub

Jennifer Aniston Speaks Out About “Cake” Oscar Snub

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Aniston went into Thursday's Oscar nominations with a lot of momentum and buzz for her performance in Cake.But the nomination didn't come and the megastar was very candid about her reaction to the snub."I'd be lying if there wasn't a little aw," she told Access Hollywood on Thursday at the Critics' Choice Awards.But the Friends actress, 45, preferred to look on the bright side and the fact she's been nominated for other awards and is still proud of the critically acclaimed role. "But after that there's a lot of like, 'But look at tonight, look at the Globes, look at the SAGs!'" Aniston said. "We're an embarrassment of wonderful riches that we've [gotten for] a movie that hasn't even been released and is teensy tiny. This is all just kind of cherries on top of something that was really special to us. So we're really excited." Aniston said that close friend Reese Witherspoon, who was nominated, sent her a sweet email after the Oscar list came out. "They are amazing women and we are all rooting for each other," she added. "It doesn't take away the work that was done."

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Why Mindy Kaling Doesn’t ‘Need’ Marriage

Why Mindy Kaling Doesn’t ‘Need’ Marriage

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- With her busy schedule, Mindy Kaling doesn't really have a lot of time to devote to her personal life. But the actress isn't concerned about her single status. "When I was younger, I wanted so badly to be married and have kids in a rush," she told Good Housekeeping. But now, "I don't need marriage. I don't need anyone to take care of all my needs and desires. I can take care of them myself now." Kaling, 35, said her parents' marriage is something she has always admired, but "I don't know that that will happen for me." Now, she's enjoying dating when she can. "If I could relive the first three months of courtship over and over for the rest of my life, I would. Especially in winter, who doesn't like a nice heavy seven-course meal with lots of alcohol, then making out when you're a little tipsy and taking a cab home to fall asleep in the clothes you wore on the date?" she said. "Wait. Actually that was, like, my whole twenties. And it was very fun." Another big part of her younger years? Her ex-turned-best friend, B.J. Novak, with whom she is often photographed. "I'm definitely not in the friends-with-my-exes camp, but B.J. has the stamp for life as a friend," she said. "My mom loved him. He feels like family."

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Five Dramatic Moments from “Whitney,” the Lifetime Biopic of Whitney Houston

Five Dramatic Moments from “Whitney,” the Lifetime Biopic of Whitney Houston

ABC/ Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- Last year, Angela Bassett announced that she would direct a biopic about Whitney Houston. Whitney, which centers on Houston's relationship with her ex-husband Bobby Brown, premieres on Lifetime on Saturday night. "Her life, her stardom, was so massive. Nothing that’s never been seen or done before, her talent was so anointed and so galvanizing, like nothing ever heard before. She was like no one ever known before," Bassett told Entertainment Weekly last year. "She deserves to have this movie, and another movie, and everything and anything else." Whitney, starring Yaya Costa as Houston, centers on the singer's life with her husband of 14 years, Bobby Brown. It begins in 1989, the year that they met, and ends shortly after the birth of their only child together, Bobbi Kristina, in 1993. However, that leaves plenty of time for drama, including: 1. The Start Of Their Relationship: In real life, Houston met Brown at the Soul Train Music Awards in 1989, where Brown performed "My Prerogative." (In the TV movie, he sings "Every Little Step," but the outfit is pretty spot-on.) However, if the rest of the scene is to be believed, their first interaction was an icy one, and their relationship was tough at first, with Houston doing drugs recreationally while Brown abstained (Brown has said in the past that she did drugs "way before" they got together). The film also showed Houston struggling to accept the mothers of her beau's children. At one point, while they weren't together, Brown impregnated one of his babies' mothers. The scene in which he tells Houston is explosive. 2. Cissy Houston's Disapproval Of Their Romance: "I'm getting married!" Houston gushes to her family in the film. "I just hope it's not Bobby Brown," shot back her mother, Cissy. "I spent my life trying to keep you and your brothers out of the projects. Now you're marrying into them?" Throughout the rest of the film, Brown and the Houston matriarch don't seem to have much of a relationship.3. Whitney's Miscarriage: In 1993, Houston told Barbara Walters that she had a miscarriage during the filming of The Bodyguard, which is documented in the film. (Yes, she's wearing her Rachel Marron's glamorous headscarf in that scene.) The aftermath, which features Houston sobbing to Cissy, who reiterates that she shouldn't be with Brown, is heart-wrenching, mimicking the real-life horror the singer felt. "It was very painful, emotionally and physically," she told Walters of the experience. "I was back on the set the next day. And it's over. But I had Bobbi Kristina one year later, and I am blessed." 4. Bobby's Infidelity: In the film, Brown puts his career on the back-burner to support Houston after her miscarriage and the birth of their daughter. Eventually, especially after a woman calls him "Mr. Houston," Brown, self-conscious and with a bruised ego, begins partying too hard and sleeping with other women. Houston catches him and erupts. "Both of us cheated on each other," he confirmed to Lifetime recently. "So that's hard to swallow for both of us. I just think when two people that love each other as much as we loved each other, when they start drifting apart different people come into the situation, into the scenario, and we make mistakes." In the film, she gives him another chance. 5. Bobby's Friend Is Killed In Front of Him: In the film, during a rocky period for Brown and Houston, the New Edition singer's friend was shot and killed in front of him as they left a club. (He calls Houston, who answers the phone mid-performance and then returns to the stage.) Shortly thereafter, Brown is seen dishing about his wife's substance abuse in group counseling only to have his admissions appear in the National Enquirer shortly thereafter. In real life, their relationship was tabloid fodder at that time, and Brown, who was treated for alcohol abuse at the Betty Ford Center, really did bear witness to a pal's murder.

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Ellen DeGeneres on Supreme Court Taking Up Issue of Same Sex Marriage: “It’s About Time”

Ellen DeGeneres on Supreme Court Taking Up Issue of Same Sex Marriage: “It’s About Time”

ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(LOS ANGELES) -- "Fantastic...it's about time."

That was Ellen DeGeneres' reaction Friday when the news came that the Supreme Court will take up the issue of same-sex marriage in the upcoming term. 

At the time, she was onstage at the Television Critics Association Winter press tour, promoting the new NBC sitcom One Big Happy, which she's executive producing.The talk show host went on to compare the issue to the civil rights movement. "I don't know if you've seen the movie Selma," she said, "But the thing that changed the civil rights movement is when white people got involved and starting marching.  Because until then it was nothing but violence and disaster and it continued to be for a while. But, we need everyone on the same side, we're kind of trying to do this march, and we just need people that believe in equality."Ellen believes that once everyone, both gay and straight, agrees that same-sex marriage is important, it'll go a long way towards the fight."If we have people that will join us, and give us that which is only fair -- to have the same rights that everybody else has -- then it's a wonderful world," she told reporters.

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Stevie Nicks Opens Up About Past Cocaine Use

Stevie Nicks Opens Up About Past Cocaine Use

Richard E. Aaron/Redferns(NEW YORK) -- Fleetwood Mac legend Stevie Nicks details her past drug addiction and cocaine habit in a new Rolling Stone article, admitting broadly, "All of us were drug addicts." The rock icon is candid in the magazine's cover story, which hit newsstands on Friday, adding, "but there was a point where I was the worst drug addict." "I was a girl, I was fragile, and I was doing a lot of coke," she said. In the in-depth story about Nicks' past, rock legend Tom Petty also shares the past concerns he had about Nicks, 66. Fleetwood Mac formed in the late 1960s and Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined the band in the 1970s. "I was very worried about her,” Petty reveals. “To the point that if the phone did ring and they said, 'Stevie died,' I wouldn't have been surprised.” Nicks eventually went to rehab for her coke habit in the 1980s after a plastic surgeon told her she could die if she kept using the drug. "I had that hole in my nose. So it was dangerous," she explained in the recent interview. Having kicked the hard stuff, Nicks admits she still smokes a bit, especially with her still active in the music industry today. "When I'm writing, I will allow myself to smoke a little bit of pot," she added. "It's my one little thing that I can do. I use it as a tool, and I'm very careful, you know? And I get results. However, if I thought it was going to lead me back to something worse, I'd stop."

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#OscarsSoWhite: Academy Awards Panned for Lack of Diversity

#OscarsSoWhite: Academy Awards Panned for Lack of Diversity

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- When nominations for the Academy Awards were read on Thursday morning, many people bristled at the lack of diversity.The 20 lead and supporting actor nominees were all white, which is the second time this has happened in nearly 20 years.It sparked the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, with people registering their criticism of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.One of the most notable snubs was of David Oyelowo, who plays Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the acclaimed film Selma. Oyelowo had been widely expected to snag a best actor nod for his portrayal.Stacey Wilson of The Hollywood Reporter said the diversity issue isn’t just about the nominees.“It’s a bigger issue in Hollywood, not a lot of diverse films,” she said.Women were also largely overlooked, especially in the category for best director. The category hasn’t seen a single female nominee since 2013, when Kathryn Bigelow won for her film Zero Dark Thirty.Noticeably not nominated this year was Angelina Jolie, who directed the film Unbroken. Also overlooked was Selma director Ava DuVernay. Had she been nominated in the best director category, she would have been the first African-American woman ever considered in the category.Just last year, actress Lupita Nyong’o, who is black, took home a best supporting actress Academy Award for her turn in the film 12 years a Slave. That film also took best picture award.Film executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy’s first black president, said the organization is spending more time "seeking out new talent, new voices, diversity."Many point out Hollywood has a diversity problem behind the scenes, too. According to the Los Angeles Times, of the Academy's nearly 6,000 members, about 94 percent are white and 77 percent male.

The Academy has not responded to ABC News’ request for comment.Many people took to Twitter to register their disappointment over the nominations:

 

I'm not surprised, we only get recognition for playing our "role" as the help, the slave, the butler, and the mistress #OscarsSoWhite

— Bola Adeniran (@bladeniran) January 16, 2015

 

 

Disgusted with the Oscars! Why the snub? I'm white and I think this is crap. #OscarsSoWhite #AvaDuVernaydeservedit #OscarRants

— Hopeful Justice (@hopeful_justice) January 16, 2015

 

 

#OscarsSoWhite The Academy is always terrible with representation but this is just a new low

— Tyler Chavez (@HylianTyler) January 16, 2015

 

But not everyone agreed.

 

#OscarsSoWhite? Are you serious? Shut up. Seriously.

— Кelsea (@Kelsowearsprada) January 16, 2015

 

 

Stop making such petty issues. No one is being racist or something. The deserving movies got their nominations. Period. #OscarsSoWhite

— Salman Bhatti (@salmanbhatti) January 16, 2015

 

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Gwyneth Paltrow Reveals What Blue Ivy Is Really Like

Gwyneth Paltrow Reveals What Blue Ivy Is Really Like

Charles Sykes/Bravo(LOS ANGELES) -- Being friends with Beyonce and Jay Z comes with a lot of perks. However, for Gwyneth Paltrow, she says the greatest one is being able to spend time with the couple's daughter, Blue Ivy.

"She is a powerhouse," Paltrow revealed on Thursday's Watch What Happens Live. "I love her so much."

Paltrow revealed that the three-year-old may have incredibly famous and successful parents, but she still runs the Carter house as "the boss of everything."

It also seems that she's following in her mom's footsteps. "She can do all the choreography to...Sia's 'Chandelier' video," she said. "She's just super-smart."

Watch What Happens Live, hosted by Andy Cohen, airs Sundays through Thursdays at 11 p.m. Eastern on Bravo.

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Idina Menzel to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

Idina Menzel to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Katy Perry's playing the halftime show, and now we know who'll be singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Feb. 1: Idina Menzel.The Tony-winning actress and Frozen star will belt out "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the game in Arizona next month. Menzel will be the eighth consecutive woman to sing the anthem; the last male performer to sing it was Billy Joel, at Super Bowl XLI.In addition, newly-minted Oscar nominee John Legend will sing "America the Beautiful" as part of the pre-game festivities, airing on NBC.

Among the stars who've performed that song at the Super Bowl over the years: Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Mark Anthony, Faith Hill, Queen Latifah and the late Ray Charles.

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Tiffani Thiessen Pregnant with Second Child

Tiffani Thiessen Pregnant with Second Child

NBC / Universal(LOS ANGELES) -- White Collar star Tiffani Thiessen is expecting baby No. 2 with her husband Brady Smith. The new bundle will join the couple's 4-year-old daughter, Harper."We are excited to announce the news that we are expecting," the actress, 40, wrote on Instagram Thursday. "Harper could not be more thrilled to have a sibling and a playmate."Thiessen previously told online magazine Sweden with Love how excited she was to try and expand her family and that she and her husband were "definitely trying.""With Harper it happened right away," she said, adding that she doesn't feel like she's currently pregnant. "I’m hoping it’ll be as easy this time around."

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Movie Review: “The Wedding Ringer” (Rated R)

Movie Review: “The Wedding Ringer” (Rated R)

"The Wedding Ringer" - Sony / Screen Gems(NEW YORK) — The most bizarre, yet kind of funny, thing about The Wedding Ringer is it seems a bit of a rip-off of the 2005 comedy Wedding Crashers. The reason that’s bizarre and kind of funny is The Wedding Ringer was written before Wedding Crashers was ever pitched. True story. In The Wedding Ringer, Kevin Hart is Jimmy Callahan, who performs “best man services,” meaning he’ll be your best man at your wedding, for a price. If you happen to die a few years after the wedding, he’ll even attend your funeral and give a speech about you. Enter Josh Gad as Doug , an overweight, socially awkward lawyer who’s less than two weeks away from marrying Gretchen, played by Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, who is, according to every person with functioning eyes, out of his league. Doug also has no friends, but Gretchen doesn’t know that.  Doug tells her his best friend is the fictional Bic Mitchum, a priest in the military who’s currently in El Salvador. Only the flamboyant wedding planner realizes Doug is friendless, and quietly suggests he meet Jimmy.  Doug doesn’t just ask Jimmy to perform best man services as Bic, he also asks him to provide seven groomsmen.  That’s the “Golden Tux” package, Jimmy says, and it’s never been done before -- and since he has less than two weeks to pull it off, it’s going to cost Doug 50 grand.  Doug is fine with that. The Wedding Ringer is a funny movie. Brilliant? No.  But funny, certainly, though if you’re easily offended, it’s definitely not for you.  We’ve known about Kevin Hart for a while but the world is only now waking up to Gad, who really got Hollywood’s attention when he took Broadway by storm in The Book of Mormon, and more recently as the voice of Olaf, in Frozen.  While I agree studios historically save January to release their not-so-entertaining movies, Hart and Gad make you laugh simply by showing up. Add a moderately funny script, and The Wedding Ringer is a winner. Three-and-a-half out of five stars.

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“Paddington,” “The Wedding Ringer,” “Blackhat” Open Friday; “American Sniper” Expands

“Paddington,” “The Wedding Ringer,” “Blackhat” Open Friday; “American Sniper” Expands

"Paddington" - Weinstein / Dimension(NEW YORK) — Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:Paddington -- The bear from the popular kids' books comes to the big screen, where he's being chased after by an evil taxidermist. Ben Whishaw lends his voice to the titular character in the film, which stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins. Rated PG.The Wedding Ringer -- Kevin Hart is the owner of a company that provides a best man to grooms-to-be in need. He offers his services to a socially-awkward guy named Doug, played by Josh Gad. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting also stars. Rated R.Blackhat -- Chris Hemsworth stars as a furloughed convict and hacker who helps American and Chinese computer specialists take on a cybercrime network. Viola Davis also stars. Rated R. And expanding to theaters nationwide:American Sniper -- Bradley Cooper portrays the late Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, in the Oscar-nominated drama. Sienna Miller and Jake McDorman also star in the film, which was directed by Clint Eastwood. Rated R.

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Angela Bassett Directs “Whitney” Biopic; Says Bobby Brown Didn’t Force Singer to Do Hard Drugs

Angela Bassett Directs “Whitney” Biopic; Says Bobby Brown Didn’t Force Singer to Do Hard Drugs

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Angela Bassett makes her directorial debut in the biopic Whitney, which focuses on the late Whitney Houston and her relationship with longtime husband, Bobby Brown. The film, which covers only a select portion of Whitney's life, shows the superstar singer not only fall in love with the New Edition frontman, but also fall out of love with him.The films also shows Whitney introducing cocaine to Bobby at her birthday party -- a scene that may upset some die-hard fans. Angela explains to ABC News Radio why she depicted their relationship in that way, despite the common perception that Bobby introduced Whitney to hard drugs."She was a grown woman and I think we do her detriment when we say that she was so weak minded, this 24-year-old woman," says Angela. "You meet a 19-year-old man and he is such a Svengali and a puppet master that he can make you do lines of cocaine? Just thinking about that I find that hard to believe."Angela does, however, understand the need for fans to have someone to blame. "It's human nature to want to scapegoat and [have] someone to point the finger at, especially when there is such a loss...of such a beloved individual to your community, to your life, to your culture, to your soundtrack," she says. "So you gotta have a bad guy, you gotta have a demon, you gotta have the devil, you gotta have something to say it wasn't her fault. She didn't make a choice. The choice was made for her by Bobby. And that's a lie."Whitney's drug use is only one part of the film that largely celebrates the singer. It's that fact that made Angela sign on to direct the film."I thought that [the script] was something that I could work with. I thought it had good bones," Angela tells ABC News Radio. "You know, it starts on the page. So what they had written I thought had the potential to serve her legacy and her life well. It wasn't a script that slung arrows or slung mud at her or brought her down, you know?"Also, working with Whitney on the 1995 hit film Waiting to Exhale helped Angela prepare to depict the singer in the film. "I don't feel as if I had to guess at the type of woman she was...in sort of regular down time or just being around, or professionally. I was able to observe that for myself," says Angela.It's not Whitney's voice you'll hear in the biopic.  R&B singer Deborah Cox covers Whitney's classic songs, such as “The Greatest Love of All,” “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” “I’m Every Woman,” and “I Will Always Love You.”

Angela said there was never a question that they'd have to re-record those songs for the film. "Even if the family were, let's say, 'on board' the songs would've had to be recorded anyway. A lot of Whitney's songs, if you look at them, they are seven, eight, nine-minute renditions," she explains."You can't use that and I know that from doing What's Love [Got to Do with It]," Angela says, referencing her starring role as Tina Turner in the hit 1993 biopic. "We had to redo those songs, all of those songs for whatever reasons. They were old recordings and scratchy or they're new recordings and they're just too long."

Whitney premieres on Lifetime Saturday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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Report: Nick Cannon Files for Divorce from Mariah Carey

Report: Nick Cannon Files for Divorce from Mariah Carey

Dan MacMedan/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Just one day after it was revealed Mariah Carey will be making a mint with a multi-million dollar stint at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas comes word from TMZ that her estranged hubby, Nick Cannon, reportedly won't get a piece of that pie: he filed for divorce from the singer late last year. The gossip site says Cannon filed the papers on Dec. 12 -- just days after Carey was late for a taping of her appearance on NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center special. Carey performed live when the show aired the following night, Dec. 3.TMZ reported at the time that Mariah blamed her tardiness on a marathon call to a divorce lawyer.   Cannon may have beaten her to the punch in court, but, according to TMZ, that means she "has completely detached Nick" from her forthcoming Vegas payday.Cannon and Carey split last August. They married in 2008.

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“Birdman,” “Boyhood” the Top Winners at Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

“Birdman,” “Boyhood” the Top Winners at Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

"Birdman" -Fox/Searchlight(LOS ANGELES) — Birdman was the leading winner Thursday night at the 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in Hollywood, but Boyhood took the top prize, Best Picture.Boyhood director Richard Linklater accepted the Best Picture award to close the ceremony, remarking, "It means so much to us that this little intimate film...has connected with you and resonated."Linklater spent 12 years shooting his Oscar-nominated drama, which follows the ups and downs of a boy and his family as he grows up.Boyhood also received the awards for Best Director, for Linklater; Best Supporting Actress, for Patricia Arquette; and Best Young Actor/Actress, for Ellar Coltrane.Birdman won seven awards -- three of them for its lead star, Michael Keaton. He was named Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy, and he helped accept his movie's award for Best Ensemble.At one point Keaton quipped onstage, "Everybody keeps talking about what a grind this is. If you ask me, man, this is fun. I'm digging this."The award for Best Actress went to Julianne Moore for her performance in Still Alice.Kevin Costner was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Ron Howard was given the Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award for demonstrating "unprecedented excellence in the cinematic arts."Jessica Chastain was handed the Critics’ Choice MVP Award for her work in several movies released last year, including Interstellar and A Most Violent Year.Noting that it was Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, Chastain said she was thinking about the need for the film industry to "build the strength of diversity" and stand up against racist, homophobic, sexist and misogynistic agendas. It was an interesting comment, since some critics felt the Oscar nominations announced earlier in the day lacked diversity.While serving as presenter, Judd Apatow took another shot at Bill Cosby, joking that the comedian is like Wilt Chamberlain, the basketball legend who allegedly slept with 20,000 women. Apatow has criticized Cosby on Twitter in light of the growing number of sex assault allegations made against Cosby. The 77-year-old comedian has never been criminally charged in connection with the allegations.Michael Strahan hosted the two-hour telecast on A&E, which he opened by stripping off his pants and briefly dancing, in a nod to his role in the upcoming Magic Mike sequel. Later in the night he dressed as characters from Maleficent, The Hobbit and The Grand Budapest Hotel.The Critics' Choice Movie Awards are staged annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, an organization of television, radio and online critics.Here's a list of this year's winners:Best Picture: BoyhoodBest Actor: Michael Keaton, BirdmanBest Actress: Julianne Moore, Still AliceBest Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, WhiplashBest Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, BoyhoodBest Young Actor/Actress: Ellar Coltrane, BoyhoodBest Acting Ensemble: BirdmanBest Director: Richard Linklater, BoyhoodBest Original Screenplay: BirdmanBest Adapted Screenplay: Gone GirlBest Animated Feature: The LEGO MovieBest Action Movie: Guardians of the GalaxyBest Actor in an Action Movie: Bradley Cooper, American SniperBest Actress in an Action Movie: Emily Blunt, Edge of TomorrowBest Comedy: The Grand Budapest HotelBest Actor in a Comedy: Michael Keaton, BirdmanBest Actress in a Comedy: Jenny Slate, Obvious ChildBest Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: InterstellarBest Foreign Language Film: Force MajeureBest Documentary Feature: Life ItselfBest Song: "Glory," Common and John Legend, SelmaBest Score: BirdmanBest Cinematography: BirdmanBest Art Direction: The Grand Budapest HotelBest Editing: BirdmanBest Costume Design: The Grand Budapest HotelBest Hair & Makeup: Guardians of the GalaxyBest Visual Effects: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Movie Review: Blackhat (Rated R)

Movie Review: Blackhat (Rated R)

Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Making a movie is hard work. Making an entertaining and beautiful-looking movie about hacking is even harder. For director Michael Mann and Blackhat, one out of two ain’t bad. The term “blackhat” is apparently reserved for hackers whose intent is to inflict damage, rather than just cause mischief. The hackers in Mann’s movie damage a Chinese nuclear power plant, mess with the commodities market, and command a small cell of badass, ruthless militants. Perhaps blackhat is too nice a term to describe the entity behind this plot.  In order to figure out who attacked their power plant, MIT-trained Chinese cyber agent Chen Dawai (Leehom Wang) convinces his reluctant superiors he must work with the FBI.  Here at home, FBI agent Carol Barrett (Viola Davis) also has to convince her boss that working with Chen is the right thing to do.  Almost immediately, the plan seems a mistake when Chen asks Barrett and company to release imprisoned convicted hacker Nicholas Hathaway (played by Thor -- I mean, Chris Hemsworth) because he’s the only person in the world who can help. How does Chen know?  They attended MIT together. We meet Hathaway during a somewhat ham-fisted sequence designed to let us know he’s an incarcerated, buff, disciplined genius. He’ll capitulate to prison guards, despite knowing they’re about to throttle him, then throw passive-aggressive verbal darts while being interrogated by the warden for what really amounts to some silly exposition. Then back in his cell, he does pushups with his hands on the floor and his feet overhead, resting against the wall at a 70-degree angle. Chen has a sister, Lien Chen (Wei Tang), who seems to “get” Hathaway. She’s also gorgeous and, like her brother, is a computer genius, and the only other person Chen trusts to help him find the hackers. I know very little about computer programming or hacking but, based on interviews with Mann, it took a lot of time, research and effort to get the computer code we see on-screen to look as authentic as possible. But unless you’re a programmer or a hacker, watching computer code during an action thriller is about as exciting as, well, watching computer code during an action thriller. Likewise, Mann devotes a lot of focus to the movie’s look and musical score, but seems to focus less on the on-screen relationships between his actors.  Hemsworth, once again, proves he’s a lot more than Thor, but the language barrier made his scenes with Tang awkward.  It’s obvious Tang’s English is limited.  While it doesn’t diminish her acting ability, the strongest moments between Tang and Hemsworth are when they’re not talking. I also kept thinking, “This movie would be so much more compelling if Viola Davis was the lead.” No actress brings more gravitas to a role than Davis, and that includes Meryl Streep. Blackhat is suffused with Michael Mann’s gritty cinematic aesthetic.  It also has a serious pacing issue. The meat of the story takes too long to develop and by the time it does, I found myself too detached to really care about the outcome. Two-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Olivia Munn Shares When She Goes to Aaron Rodgers’ Football Games

Olivia Munn Shares When She Goes to Aaron Rodgers’ Football Games

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Aaron Rodgers has hit the red carpet with Olivia Munn on more than one occasion.But the gesture goes both ways: Munn attends every Green Bay Packers home game, she said."Every home game, I'm definitely there. I'm in awe of what they do! It's really tough," she said during an appearance on Live with Kelly & Michael.“The away games, that's when I go off and do my work."Munn, 34, and Rodgers, 31, were first linked last year. Since then, they've had a big impact on each other’s lives, including, according to Munn, when the NFL star shared fitness tips with her ("He does talk to me about how I have to eat better and eat more," she said) and when he recently house-trained her new dog, Chance."He's been the best dog ever! He was house-trained in a day and a half," she gushed. "He is the entire love of my life. My little, cold, dark heart has turned a lighter shade of gray."

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