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How Jordin Sparks Is Coping with Her Split from Jason Derulo

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by

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Taylor Hill/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It’s an exciting time for Jordin Sparks: her latest movie, Left Behind, arrives in theaters on Friday, and she’s preparing to release her first new music in five years.

Having to deal with the fallout from her breakup with Jason Derulo at the same time has been challenging, but as the star tells ABC News Radio, she’s getting through, thanks to support from what she calls the three “Fs”: Her family, her faith and her fans.

“I’m actually doing great considering all the craziness,” says Sparks. “So it’s been good…all I can do is smile, you know? It’s life. Things happen and, you know, you move on and you get better and you grow from it.”

“Right now, actually, I’m definitely leaning a lot on my family,” she adds. “They have been so instrumental in all the craziness in my career thus far, so, whenever something goes crazy, or something unexpected happens, I’m like, ‘Hey, mom, can you come out to California?’”

In addition, Sparks says, “My brother has been checking up on me every day, multiple times a day. He’s so sweet. And I definitely rely on my faith. You know, I have the hope that there is a plan for my life and that there are better and more amazing things happening and that I’m just gonna come out of this stronger.”

While Derulo has given several interviews telling his side of the story, so to speak, and has even issued a statement about the break-up, the one-time American Idol champ says she feels no need to put in her two cents.

“You know, when you answer things that haven’t even been said yet, it kind of just, kinda makes people go, ‘Well, wait a minute, I didn’t even think about that,’” she explains. “So, for me I’m just like. …you know, there’s not really anything for me to say.”

Thanks to all the support she’s getting from her fans, Sparks doesn’t really feel any pressure to discuss what happened, either.

“I’ve always had that support from them and I definitely feel it now,” she tells ABC News Radio. “You know, they’re just like, ‘Hey, we’re here for you. Don’t worry. We’re so excited for your music.’ And I just can’t wait to give that to them.”

“I think that’ll be my gift to them, in a way. You know, ‘Thank you so much for sticking by me these past five years and’ — well, past eight years really — ‘thank you so much for, you know, sticking by me when times get tough!’” she added.

The music Sparks is releasing will be her first official material since her album Battlefield came out in 2009, and she says she can’t wait to show people how she’s changed as an artist.

“I want to be able to introduce people to the newer, more grown-up me. It’s been five years…I’ll be 25 in December, you know, it’s a big growth spurt!” she explains. “So, I’m like, ‘I don’t want to scare them but at the same time, maybe that would be good!’ But I want my other fans to know that it’s still me. So, we’re really trying to figure out that point, but we definitely have the goal of having music out this year. So it’s coming!”

Meanwhile, catch Sparks in Left Behind, a new thriller that also stars Nicolas Cage, when it opens on Friday.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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Jimmy Kimmel Named McAfee’s ‘Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity’

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — On ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel confirmed that he has been named by the virus fighters at McAfee the Internet’s “Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity,” a badge he wears with honor.

“They say that if you search my name…there’s a one in five chance you’ll land on a malicious website,” Kimmel explained.

Number two on the list is a DJ named Armin van Buuren.

“Britney Spears is number 7. Usually it’s a woman on top of the list. The only other male celebrity to wind up number one was Brad Pitt in 2008 — so it’s just one more thing Brad Pitt and I have in common,” Kimmel quipped. “The price of being sexy, I guess.”

“Most consumers are completely unaware of the security risks that exist when searching for celebrity and entertainment news, images and videos online, sacrificing safety for immediacy,” said McAfee’s Gary Davis.

“Cybercriminals capitalize on consumers’ attention to breaking celebrity news and leverage this behavior to lead them to unsafe sites that can severely infect their computers and devices and steal personal data,” Davis added.

Kimmel had another take, implying “every girl” who wouldn’t go to the prom with him might now be regretting their decisions. “Who would have guessed that a boy used to carry a briefcase to junior high and played the clarinet end up being the most dangerous person?” he asked.

Other celebrities in the top 50 include Jimmy Fallon (No. 12), Adam Sandler (No. 14), Jason Segel (No. 19), Cameron Diaz (No. 41), Kate Winslet (No. 18), Jennifer Lopez (No. 31), Jessica Biel (No. 33), Jennifer Aniston (No.37), Jennifer Garner (No.38), and Cameron Diaz (No.41).

Here’s McAfee’s top 10 Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrities of 2014:

  1. Jimmy Kimmel – 19.38% chance of downloading a virus.
  2. Armin van Buuren – 19.33%
  3. Ciara – 19.31%
  4. Flo Rida – 18.89%
  5. Bruce Springsteen – 18.82%
  6. Blake Shelton – 18.47%
  7. Britney Spears – 18.19%
  8. Jon Bon Jovi – 17.64%
  9. Chelsea Handler – 17.22%
  10. Christina Aguilera – 16.67%

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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George Clooney Sold Wedding Pictures for Charity

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by

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Robino Salvatore/GC Images(NEW YORK) — George Clooney auctioned off his wedding pictures to the highest bidders, but that money will go to a great cause.

The winners were People magazine in the North American market and the British tabloid, Hello, in Europe. Sources familiar with the sale tell TMZ the decision came down to which publication would pony up the most money.

The sources say the money will be going to several human rights charities, with the lion’s share earmarked for the Satellite Sentinel Project. It’s a charity that monitors the movements of militant gangs in the Sudan in order to warn civilians. Clooney is a co-founder of the group, which launched in 2010.

“Every photo in both magazines will be saving a life,” one of the sources close to Clooney tells the gossip website.

Clooney, 53, married lawyer Amal Alamuddin, 36, over the weekend.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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Ed Sullivan Statue Stolen from Television Academy

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by

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CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — A statue of TV pioneer Ed Sullivan was stolen Sunday from the Academy of Television Arts & Science headquarters in North Hollywood, police said.

The solid bronze statue, weighing around 20 pounds and standing about two feet tall, was stolen from its pedestal in the Academy’s Hall of Fame Plaza, according to police.

The statue was part of an outdoor exhibit featuring several other classic television personalities. 

Sullivan hosted a variety show on CBS from 1948 to 1971. The Ed Sullivan Show originated from the Manhattan theater that David Letterman’s Late Show has called home since 1993. Sullivan died in 1974.

Police are investigating the theft.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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Elizabeth Banks and Donald Glover Complete “Magic Mike XXL” Cast

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by

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Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — Warner Bros. announced that Elizabeth Banks and Donald Glover are the latest stars to join the highly anticipated sequel, Magic Mike XXL. There’s no word on what their roles would be in the follow-up.

The actors will join writer and star Channing Tatum, who is set to reprise his role as Mike, in the stripper film.

Entertainment Weekly reports the movie studio also released a synopsis of what fans can expect from the sequel to the 2012 film.

“Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, the film finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blowout performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them,” the statement read.

“On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways,” the statement concludes.

The cast for Magic Mike XXL also includes Michael Strahan, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell.

Earlier this month, Magic Mike XXL director Gregory Jacobs announced that Matthew McConaughey won’t be reprising his role as Dallas in the sequel.

Magic Mike XXL will strut into theaters July 1, 2015.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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“Twilight” Making a Comeback — Sort Of

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by

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Lionsgate/Summit(NEW YORK) — Thought the Twilight franchise had ended in 2012 with the release of Breaking Dawn – Part 2? Not so fast.

Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer and Lionsgate have announced that five aspiring female directors will get the chance to release short films based on characters in the series, as part of an upcoming contest, according to The New York Times.

Meyer, Twilight star Kristen Stewart, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer and Julie Bowen are among the panelists who will select the directors.

The stars of the theatrical Twilight movies, including Stewart and Robert Pattinson, are not expected to take part in the short films, which will premiere on Facebook next year.

More information on the contest will soon become available on the social media platform Tongal.com.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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CBS Ordered to Pay $10.4 Million in “NCIS” Fatal Crash Lawsuit

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by

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Kevin Lynch/CBS(LOS ANGELES) — CBS has been ordered by a jury to pay $10.4 million to the family of a security guard who was killed on the set of NCIS in 2011, TMZ reports.

According to the report, a CBS production van was transporting NCIS crew members when the driver had a medical emergency and lost control.  The van crashed into 52-year-old security guard Julio Villamariona.  He died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.

TMZ reports CBS admitted during the lawsuit proceedings that the driver had a medical condition that the network should have known about.

Brian Panish, the attorney representing the victim’s widow and his three adult children, told TMZ, “I am so proud of the surviving family members and the jury for standing up to a powerful entity like CBS.”

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Watch the Trailer for “Taken 3″

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by

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Fox(NEW YORK) — The man with the particular set of skills is back for a third Taken movie.

Liam Neeson reprises his role of former CIA operative Bryan Mills for the latest sequel in the action franchise, whose trailer premiered on Tuesday.

This time, he’s on the run from the authorities — including a law enforcement agent played by newcomer to the series Forest Whitaker — after he’s suspected of killing his ex-wife. He puts his skills to good use to kick butt and protect his daughter, Maggie Grace’s Kim.

Taken 3 — officially titled Tak3n — will open on Jan. 9, 2015.

The most recent film in the series, Taken 2, made $140 million at the domestic box office following its release in 2012.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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Taylor Swift’s Management Company Named in Lawsuit Over Her Transportation Needs

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by

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ABC/Richard Harbaugh(NEW YORK) — Taylor Swift’s management company is the target of a lawsuit from a company that claims it arranged for Taylor to be driven around New York City this past summer, but then had its contract canceled after being hit with complaints that her alleged demands weren’t being met.

The New York Post reports that in its complaint, APG Security claims that it was hired as a contractor by Firefly Entertainment, Taylor’s management company, to arrange for cars and drivers to ferry Taylor and her entourage around Manhattan in June.  But a month into the job, Firefly’s director of security told APG that there were “issues” that the contractor was told to “‘remedy as soon as possible.”

According to APG security, the “issues” included what kind of food and supplies the vehicles were supposed to be stocked with when Taylor was in them, and “under what circumstances” the drivers were allowed to speak to her.

The next day, APG claims, Taylor requested two additional SUVs in addition to the one that was already being used for her transportation needs.  The extra vehicles cost APG $2,000 per month, claims the suit, but then Firefly abruptly canceled the contract on July 22 — leaving APG stuck with that bill.

According to the Post, Taylor’s reps have yet to comment on the suit.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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Robin Williams Autopsy Results Delayed One Month

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by

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ABC/Randy Holmes(MARIN COUNTY, Calif.) — The results of an autopsy conducted on late comedian and actor Robin Williams have been delayed, and may not be completed for another month.

The Office of the Marin County Counsel said on Tuesday that while the results were initially estimated for completion on Sept. 30, the Coroner’s Office “is waiting for the scientific testing and analysis to be completed.” The new estimated completion date is Nov. 3.

Williams, 63, apparently hanged himself on Aug. 11. His wife said that he had been battling depression and the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.

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