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Bobbi Kristina Brown: Bobby Brown Was In an ‘Emotional State’ When He Said She Was Awake

Monday, April 20th, 2015 by

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Lifetime(NEW YORK) — Bobby Brown said over the weekend that his daughter, Bobbi Kristina, was “awake,” but on Monday the singer’s wife and attorney clarified that statement.

Alicia Etheredge-Brown said that her husband was in “an emotional state” when he spoke out to a concert crowd, though he is encouraged that his daughter “has made it out of ICU, opened her eyes, and started a rehabilitation that will be long and hard.”

Added Christopher Brown, Bobby Brown’s lawyer, “Doctors have indicated that she will have a long life. However, Bobbi Kristina is presently embarking on a rehabilitation process and the quality of her life will not be known for years to come.”

Brown, the 22-year-old daughter of the singer and the late Whitney Houston, was found unresponsive in a bathtub inside her Roswell, Georgia, home on January 31. She was moved from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta to a rehabilitation facility last month.

Still, a source close to the family told ABC News that Brown’s condition remains “unchanged.”

The source said that while Brown is no longer on a ventilator, she still has a tracheostomy tube that helps her breathe.

“Nothing has changed since she got that months ago,” the source added.

Etheredge-Brown, who is expecting her second child with Bobby Brown, said that her husband has been “encouraged by the steps that Bobbi Kristina has made” and is praying for her recovery.

“We will hold on to all the blessings God gives us to help her at this time and we look forward to her having a relationship with her unborn sister as our family grows in love and faith,” she said. “I just wish my husband could deal with this most painful and difficult time with people surrounding him who fully support and pray for Bobbi Kristina’s recovery and only her recovery. Life is the most precious thing that we all have.”

Throughout the past few weeks and months, Bobby Brown has asked fans to pray for his daughter. Earlier this month, during an appearance at the Soul Food Festival in Los Angeles, he thanked the crowd for their support — a sentiment that he echoed Monday.

“We thank everyone that supports Bobbi Kristina,” he told ABC News in a statement. “God is hearing our prayers.”

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New “Jurassic World” Trailer Features Dinosaur Causing Chaos

Monday, April 20th, 2015 by

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Universal(NEW YORK) — A new Jurassic World trailer just dropped and it finally features the dinosaur on the loose that’s threatening everyone’s lives and, basically, eating the other dinosaurs at the park.

The clip opens with Chris Pratt talking about control and how he keeps the dinosaurs under wraps, even though they are primal creatures.

However, things quickly get out of control when it’s revealed “corporate” decided to genetically modify the dinosaurs.

The new dinosaur is bigger than a T-Rex and actually ate its sibling. Check out her devastation in the brand new clip below:

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Ariana Grande and Big Sean Split

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ABC/Kevin Mazur(NEW YORK) — Ariana Grande and Big Sean are no longer making beautiful music together. The couple has called it quits after eight months of dating.

“They both deeply care for each other and remain close friends,” Grande’s rep tells ABC Radio. “We kindly ask that the media respect their wish for privacy regarding this personal matter at this time.”

Insiders tell Us Weekly the couple’s conflicting schedules likely contributed to the split. Both the singer and the rapper are currently on tour, making it difficult for them to see each other.

“They made the decision to part ways because their conflicting touring schedules would keep them apart over the next year,” a source says.

Just last month, Sean joined Grande on stage at her Detroit concert. The two performed a couple of songs together and shared a kiss.

Grande and Sean had been dating since August 2014, but only confirmed they were a couple this past October.

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ACM Awards 2015: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert Win Big

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Bill Matlock/CBS(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Co-host Luke Bryan took home Entertainer of the Year honors at the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, but it was Miranda Lambert who proved to be the night’s big winner.

The wife of Bryan’s co-host Blake Shelton collected her sixth consecutive Female Vocalist trophy. Miranda’s “Automatic” won Song of the Year, and she also notched her fourth Album of the Year award, for Platinum. She is now tied with George Strait in the latter category.

Speaking of Strait, he was one of seven artists to receive the Academy’s 50th anniversary Milestone Award. The others were Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Reba, Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney. They were recognized for their career achievements.

In a particularly touching moment, Swift’s mother Andrea, who Taylor recently revealed via social media is battling cancer, presented the Milestone Award to her daughter, at one point gushing, “Like many of you out there tonight with children of your own, I am a very proud mom.” She also noted that Taylor, who released her first full-blown pop album, 1989, last year, was “brave enough to explore her musical curiosity.”

During her acceptance speech, Taylor praised her Music City family by declaring, “I am so happy I learned how to write songs in a town like Nashville.” She then thanked the country music community for showing her who they are with the “grace” with which they accepted her decision to go pop.

Garth Brooks also provided one of the show’s memorable moments by using his segment to pay tribute to America’s fighting men and women. He sang “All-American Kid” and, after receiving the Milestone Award from Taya Kyle, the widow of the late “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, he noted, “I’d like …to thank all of our men and women in the armed forces…protecting our freedom.”

Jason Aldean was named Male Vocalist of the Year during the telecast, which aired on CBS.

At the top of the show, Shelton and Bryan revealed that the crowd of 70,252 that filled AT&T Stadium for the ceremony earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for “Most Attended Live Awards Show of All Time.”

The duo’s third ACM hosting gig was light on comedy. Instead, they made way for the long list of star presenters and performers. One of the few jokes of the night featured Shelton asking Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to throw a football ball to Bryan, who was wearing gloves. After Bryan caught the ball, Shelton asked Romo if it was one of those deflated balls, referencing the Deflategate scandal involving the New England Patriots earlier this year.

Randy Travis, who suffered a stroke two years ago, was in attendance. His presence was acknowledged by Lee Brice, who also sang a little of Travis’ classic “Forever and Ever, Amen.”

See a complete list of winners here.

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ACM Awards 2015: Taylor Swift’s Mother Presents Her with an Award

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Heather Wines/CBS(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Being honored with a Milestone Award at the Academy of Country Music Awards was sure to be a a big moment for Taylor Swift.

However, it was made all the more poignant by the fact that mother, Andrea, presented it to her.

“Like many of you out there tonight with children of your own, I am a very proud mom,” Andrea Swift said at Sunday’s awards show. “So I’d like to thank the ACMs for honoring [my daughter] in this way, but I’d also like to thank the entire music community for taking such good care of her. And to the fans…I know you love her as I love her, and for that, I thank you eternally.”

It’s been an emotional stretch for the Swift family. Earlier this month, the singer revealed on her Tumblr page that her mother had been diagnosed with cancer. She kept the details private, and explained that her mother’s battle would prevent her from attending as many 1989 world tour dates as she’d like. However, it’s clear that no matter how many miles apart they may be in the next few months, Andrea Swift is firmly in her daughter’s corner.

“For many years, I was her constant companion, and I witnessed a young girl with very few friends become a young woman with many, learning to stand up for herself and the things she believes in,” Andrea Swift told the crowd at the ACM Awards. “Being brave enough to explore her musical curiosity, having a voice against those who hate, and giving of herself to those in need.”

The speech was punctuated by moments of levity too. At one point, she also told a humorous story about a situation that led to one of Swift’s most famous songs.

“I’ve watched this milestone artist from the time she was a tangled-haired little girl growing up on our farm, full of imagination and creativity until right now, as she prepares for her next world tour, and ever since then, her favorite thing in the world to do has been to write a song, tell a story, play a guitar, or piano, and I’ve seen those things carry her through every emotion, every experience in her life, good or bad,” she said. “Now, every once in a while her dad, her brother or I find ourselves to be the subjects of those songs. Sometimes we’re merely the inspiration. Like the time she was 17 years old, and her dad and I strongly disapproved of a certain young man, and rightfully so. But she was mad. She was real mad, and she went to her room, and she closed the door, and she came out about an hour later with a song called ‘Love Story.'”

Swift, like those in the crowd, was touched. Upon taking the stage, the “Style” singer embraced her mother before turning her attention to the audience.

“Somebody once told me that you truly see who a person is when you tell them something they don’t want to hear. You truly see who a person is when you give them news that they weren’t expecting,” she said. “So to the country music community, when I told you that I had made a pop album and I wanted to go explore other genres, you showed me who you are with the grace you accepted that with. I will never forget it.”

“I’m so happy, so happy that I learned how to write songs in a town like Nashville,” she continued. “I’m so grateful that I learned what hard work is from my heroes who are all sitting here, and I’m so unbelievably proud that I learned to treat people with kindness and respect from country music. I love you so much. And to the fans… I’ll see you right here in this exact stadium in a few months on the 1989 world tour. See you soon. I love you.”

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Justin Timberlake Shares Photo of New Son

Monday, April 20th, 2015 by

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Larry Busacca/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Justin Timberlake just shared the first public photo of his new son, and, predictably, the baby is adorable.

Justin on Sunday uploaded a picture to Instagram of wife Jessica Biel holding little Silas Randall Timberlake, who’s wearing a Memphis Grizzlies shirt.

The singer wrote, “The Timberlakes are ready!!! GO GRIZZ! #GritNGrind #Playoffs #BabyGrizzROAR.”

The Grizzlies beat the Portland Trailblazers in the opening game of their first-round NBA playoff series on Sunday.

Justin and Jessica welcomed Silas, their first child, earlier this month. 

The Timberlakes are ready!!! GO GRIZZ! #GritNGrind #Playoffs #BabyGrizzROAR

A photo posted by Justin Timberlake (@justintimberlake) on Apr 19, 2015 at 5:12pm PDT


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Bobby Brown at Concert: ‘Bobbi [Kristina] Is Awake!’

Monday, April 20th, 2015 by

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Lifetime(DALLAS) — During a concert appearance in Dallas Saturday night, Bobby Brown made a surprising announcement about his daughter Bobbi Kristina, who had reportedly been unresponsive since Jan. 31, when she was discovered unconscious in a bathtub in her Roswell, Georgia, home.

“Bobbi is awake!” the 46-year-old singer exclaimed to wild applause, according to video TMZ posted of the announcement. “She’s watching me.”

That would be news indeed if it is confirmed; last official word was the 22-year-old daughter of Brown and the late Whitney Houston was moved out of Emory University Hospital in Georgia to a long-term care facility after attempts were made to wake her from a medically-induced coma. 

Bobby Brown’s news appears to be supported by a message from his sister, Tina Brown, who shared a Facebook post Sunday from a friend that declares, in part, “Please don’t stop praying for Bobbi Kris even though she is off life support and she has woke [sic] up.”

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“Star Wars” Celebration News: “Rogue One” Teaser, “Battlefront” Trailer

Monday, April 20th, 2015 by

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Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — While it might be hard to believe, there was other news coming out of the fan festival Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim over the weekend, other than the revelation of the movie’s latest teaser.

Not only did Electronic Arts reveal footage from its eagerly anticipated Star Wars: Battlefront game — which lets players relive some of the greatest battles in the Star Wars saga — but a teaser was also screened of the first Star Wars “anthology” movie, Star Wars: Rogue One.

The snippet of Rogue One, which is set between Star Wars: Episode III and IV, was screened during a scheduled panel Q&A with directors Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank on Sunday.

Trank, who is to direct the second “stand-alone” Star Wars movie, tweeted in sick at the last moment, but Edwards was on hand to not only screen the footage, but also show some concept art, and confirm that Rogue One centers on the Rebels’ attempt to steal the plans to the Death Star. As you may recall, the plans were later smuggled inside R2-D2, and ultimately used to find a fatal flaw in the space station’s construction that Luke Skywalker exploited to destroy it in Episode IV.

The teaser footage was brief, and hasn’t been released officially, but opens as the camera flies over a forest-covered planet, and the voice of Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi is heard from that film. “For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic,” Kenobi says, as a single Imperial TIE Fighter flies over the treetops.

“Before the dark times,” he continues. “Before the Empire.” With that, the camera pans up to a ghostly sunrise: the Death Star, looming large on the horizon.

Edwards explained the movie, which stars Felicity Jones as a Rebel soldier in the film, will shy away from the Jedi, and center more on the “war” aspect of Star Wars.

While Battlefront is slated for a Nov. 17 release, Rogue One will be released in December 2016 by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Anna Kendrick to Pen a Book of Funny Essays

Monday, April 20th, 2015 by

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ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Anna Kendrick will not only be cracking up moviegoers when the sequel to Pitch Perfect hits theaters next month, but she’ll also be getting laughs from readers as she’s releasing a book of funny autobiographical essays, publisher Touchstone announced Thursday.

The untitled book will detail the Oscar nominee’s life from growing up in Maine to her success in Hollywood.

“I’m excited to publish my first book, and because I get uncomfortable when people have high expectations, I’d like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude, pettiness, and the frequency with which I embarrass myself,” Kendrick said in statement.

“And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well-educated and accomplished comedy writers, I’m very, very funny on Twitter, according to Buzzfeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea,” she continued. “Quick question: are run-on sentences still frowned upon? Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit!”

It will hit bookshelves in fall 2016. Before then, fans can see Kendrick in Pitch Perfect 2, out May 15.

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“Dancing with the Stars” Celebrates Spring Break Monday Night

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Spring break comes to the Dancing with the Stars ballroom on Monday night.

The eight remaining couples will perform dances to various spring break-inspired songs. In addition, the cast will be divided into two groups for a team dance-off.

Judge Bruno Tonioli vows to ABC Radio that Monday’s show will provide plenty of spring break fun — sober spring break fun. He warns, “[D]efinitely no drinking allowed on stage. No, darling, that would be strictly prohibited.”

One couple will be eliminated at the end of the show. The two-hour edition of Dancing with the Stars begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

Here’s a rundown of the songs to which the celebrities will dance:

  • Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess: “Waves” by Mr Probz
  • Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson: “Surfin’ Safari” by The Beach Boys
  • Patti LaBelle and Artem Chigvintsev: “Heat Wave” by Martha and the Vandellas
  • Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough:  “Summer” by Calvin Harris
  • Riker Lynch and Allison Holker: “Work It” by Missy Elliott
  • Willow Shields and Mark Ballas:  “Tequila” by Xavier Cugat
  • Chris Soules and Witney Carson: “Hopelessly Devoted to You” by Olivia Newton-John
  • Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child

Team Dance-Off

#TeamTrouble – dancing to “Trouble” by Iggy Azalea featuring Jennifer Hudson

Rumer Willis (team captain) / Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Riker Lynch / Allison Holker
Patti LaBelle / Artem Chigvintsev
Chris Soules / Witney Carson

#TeamYOLO – dancing to “Wipeout” by The Surfaris

Nastia Liukin (team captain) / Derek Hough
Willow Shields / Mark Ballas
Robert Herjavec / Kym Johnson
Noah Galloway / Sharna Burgess

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