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“The Voice” Returns Monday with New Coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams

Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by

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NBCUniversal(LOS ANGELES) — On Monday night, The Voice returns for a seventh season, and this time around, there’ll be two new faces in the big red chairs: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.  The chart-topping artists, who are also longtime friends, join Voice lifers Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as coaches, and Gwen says dealing with those two goofballs on the set literally left her sore.

“Seriously, after day one…I haven’t laughed that hard in so long,” she says. “I had a face headache where everywhere was, like sore, from smiling and laughing. They were making me and Pharrell laugh so hard!”  She adds, “Everybody at home, they get a sneak peek at those two, but we got the R-rated, hilarious, locker room version of what they’re getting at home. I mean, it is bad.”

“I thought I was in a boys club my whole life, like being on a tour bus with all guys,” she says, referring to her years with her band No Doubt. “But these two, they really take it to another level!”

“I don’t even feel alive unless I’m making fun of Blake. And neither one of us cares about it. It’s so much fun. It’s genuinely a blast,” laughs Adam, who pronounces season seven “the best…we’ve ever had.” He adds, “I think that Gwen and Pharrell are incredible, formidable opponents, but also just people I respect and love very much.”

Adam says he was surprised how little time it took for Gwen and Pharrell to get into the groove during the Blind Auditions. “The learning curve seemed nonexistent, almost,” he says. “They were just really astute and good at it right away, and very competitive and took a lot of people away from me that I wanted.”  He says he was also gratified that Gwen, especially, got sucked into the emotion of the competition.

“I told her, ‘You’re not gonna believe how wrapped up you get in this.’ You do it, and all of a sudden you find yourself totally lost in it and you’re loving it, and it’s amazing,” Adam says. “So, it happened, like I knew it would. It was just great to watch. It was just cool after six seasons to see that kind of joy about the show and enthusiasm back again.”

As for Pharrell, he says he was pleasantly surprised at his experience on the show.  “My expectation is that it would be work that I would enjoy, but I was wrong. It’s not been any work at all. It’s been fun. Really, honestly fun,” he says.  He also disagrees with those who feel that The Voice is a failure because it hasn’t produced any superstars.  In his mind, the coaching the contestants receive makes it all worth it.

“Essentially, at the end of the day, there are 48 contestants, and only person is gonna win,” he says. “The rest of those 47 people, like, their lives are gonna be changed because they had Blake teach them a lot about their voices and what they could do. And they had Gwen to teach them about the tone and their styling. And they had Adam to teach them about vocal control. That’s huge!”

Gwen agrees that imparting lessons she’s learned over the years is a big reason why she’s excited to be on The Voice.

“I’ve had an amazing journey so far, and so to be able to to play this role as a coach, I feel super-blessed,” she says. “It’s gonna be one of those times in my life I know that I’m gonna look back and go, ‘That was incredible.’”

The Voice debuts Monday night at 8 p.m. on NBC.


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Ray J Denies Dating “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” Co-Star Teairra Mari for Nine Years

Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by

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VH1(NEW YORK) — When fans tuned in to the premiere episode of VH1′s Love & Hip Hop Hollywood last Monday, many were shocked to learn that cast members Ray J and R&B singer Teairra Mari had dated for nine years — at least that’s what Teairra claimed. Ray J tells ABC News Radio not to believe everything you hear.

 

“I mean I’m still trying to add that up. We’re all still confused about that statement. We still trying to find out the time gap of everything and see if it all equals the same thing and right now we haven’t figured out exactly what she meant by that,” Ray says.

 

In the episode, Ray J and Teairra meet up eight months after their painful split. The conversation, held in the parking lot of his office building, quickly turned sour with an emotional and crying Teairra threatening to beat up Ray’s new girlfriend, Princess Love. Later in the episode, she does throw a drink on Princess during a party Ray J threw in honor of his website, RayJ.com.

 

Ray says he doesn’t condone his ex’s violent behavior. “If I’m not with you no [sic] more I never want to see you again and I’ll run into you. It just never should be some street activity going on as adults,” he adds.

 

It’s clear that Teairra still has feelings for Ray J, but he says he probably won’t get back together with her despite what viewers may see on forthcoming episodes.

 

“I don’t ever think that that’ll ever happen because I love my girl. But at the same time…I’m in an emotional roller-coaster ride,” he explains.

 

Ray J says viewers can expect him to “turn up” on the series, but when cameras aren’t rolling, and despite his reputation, he’s a pretty regular guy. So what’s his normal routine? “[I] go to bed at 9 p.m., wake up at 6 a.m., go to the gym, chill at home with my girl. I got four Maltese and I just chill. I don’t do nothing. I might go to the dog park with the dogs or go to the movies,” he says. “I got an office where I just go and put together shows, you know.”

 

VH1′s Love & Hip Hop Hollywood — which also stars Soulja Boy, Omarion and former member of B2K Lil Fizz — returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


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“The Maze Runner” Dominates Weekend Box Office

Sunday, September 21st, 2014 by

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20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) — Three new releases held the top spots at this weekend’s box office, with sci-fi action thriller The Maze Runner dominating at number one.

The film, based off the 2009 young-adult novel with the same name, stars Teen Wolf actor Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, and Game of Thrones‘ Thomas Brodie-Sangster. In its weekend debut, the movie brought in $32.5 million.

A Walk Among the Tombstones, directed by Scott Frank, and comedy-drama This Is Where I Leave You, rounded out the top three during their first week, pushing last weekend’s leader, crime-thriller No Good Deed, down to number four.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:

1. The Maze Runner $32.5 million
2. A Walk Among the Tombstones $13.126 million
3. This Is Where I Leave You $11.86 million
4. No Good Deed $10.2 million
5. Dolphin Tale 2 $9.005 million
6. Guardians of the Galaxy $5.18 million
7. Let’s Be Cops $2.675 million
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $2.65 million
9. The Drop $2.05 million
10. If I Stay $1.835 million



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Miranda Cosgrove Talks NFL, Fashion and College Life at USC

Sunday, September 21st, 2014 by

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Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) — Miranda Cosgrove is just your normal 21-year-old college student — except for the fact that she’s been starring in movies and TV for more than a decade on shows like iCarly and hit movies like School of Rock.

While Cosgrove is hard at work, trying to learn as much as she can at the University of Southern California, some of her classmates also happen to be fans.

She just got back to school and said being an actress has its ups and down.

“The weirdest part is after a day at school, I’ll go on Instagram or the Internet and there will be pictures of me from school that random people took and I didn’t know they took,” she told ABC News. “So, that can be kind of weird sometimes.”

The good? It helps her meet new people, she said.

“People come up to me and introduce themselves and it kind of opens the door, so that part of it’s nice,” she added. “I feel like I’m not the kind of person that would just go up to somebody and introduce myself, so it’s helped me in a lot of ways.”

Right before school, Cosgrove got her own place, but said she regrets it a little because she would love to live on campus and have the classic college experience.

“I might even try it for a semester at some point, because I do want that experience,” she said, adding she decided on majoring in film and is interested in screenwriting classes.

In fact, she looks up to the likes of Tina Fey and Kristen Wiig, and admires their ability to both act and write.

“College really does help you grow up and figure out who you are. So, it’s just helped me grow as a person, like even just getting to classes on time and figuring out where classes are,” she added, laughing.

Cosgrove spoke to ABC as part of her partnership with the NFL as the Tweens/Juniors Apparel brand ambassador. She’s a San Francisco 49ers fan and the love of the team comes from her father Tom.

“I’m personally a fan of Colin Kaepernick … Football also kind of brings everyone together and my dad loves football and loves sports,” she said. “For as long as I can remember I’ve watched football games with my family.”

Cosgrove has always been a fan of fashion and sports, making the collaboration ideal, she said.

“Even now that I’m back at school, I like to dress comfortable and I think the shirts [jerseys] are comfortable and cute,” she said.



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“The Cosby Show” Turns 30: 30 Things You May Not Have Known About the Show

Saturday, September 20th, 2014 by

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Larry Busacca/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Thirty years ago today, audiences were introduced to The Cosby Show, a sitcom about the Huxtable family in Brooklyn, New York, that would remain on the air for eight seasons.

The series was a huge hit, winning six Emmys, two Golden Globes and a slew of other awards — not to mention ranking number one in the Nielsen ratings for five years in a row.

While most people know a little bit about its creator, Bill Cosby, here are 30 things you may not know about the show:

1. The Cosby Show wasn’t the first show named after Bill Cosby. There were three others that came before, The Bill Cosby Show, The New Bill Cosby Show and Cos. After The Cosby Show ended, Cosby and Phylicia Rashad moved to CBS to star in Cosby.

2. Cosby’s real-life family was the basis of the Huxtables. Both families consisted of four daughters and one son in the middle.

3. The character Theo was patterned after Cosby’s own son, Ennis, who like the character had dyslexia. Ennis was murdered in 1997.

4. Bill Cosby never received an Emmy nod for his acting on the series—apparently at his own request, because he was opposed to such competition between performers. He did receive, however, two Golden Globe awards for playing Cliff Huxtable.

5. Whitney Houston was up for the role as the Huxtables’ oldest daughter, but the part instead went to 26-year-old Sabrina Le Beauf because she had more acting experience and Houston was intent on becoming a recording artist.

6. On the show, the Huxtable brownstone was supposedly in Brooklyn, but the facade was actually shot in the East Village at 10 St. Luke’s Place in Manhattan.

7. Much of the artwork that hung on the walls of the Huxtable home was by renowned African-American artists Synthia Saint James and by the painter Varnette Honeywood.

8. Phylicia Rashad won the part of Clair, in part, because she spoke fluent Spanish. The show originally planned to have Clair’s character be a Dominican who would go on tirades in Spanish — a la I Love Lucy — but dropped the idea before the pilot was taped.

9. The show, according to TV Guide, was the biggest hit in the 1980s and almost single-handedly revived the sitcom genre and NBC’s fortunes.

10. Cosby used material about family life from his stand-up routines for episodes of the show.

11. The show frequently promoted African-American and African culture by working into story lines artists and musicians, such as Jacob Lawrence, Miles Davis, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Miriam Makeba.

12. Bill Cosby, along with his longtime collaborator collaborator Stu Gardner, composed the show’s theme music and during season four, it was performed by Bobby McFerrin.

13. The show helped usher in other successful sitcoms, featuring African-American casts, including 227, Amen and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

14. A Different World was a spin-off from The Cosby Show created after the character Denise, played by Lisa Bonet, left home to attend Hillman College, a fictional historically black college.

15. Raven-Symoné originally auditioned for Cosby’s Ghost Dad, but she was too young for the part. Cosby liked her so much that he gave her a role on his TV show as his step-granddaughter Olivia.

16. Four-year-old Alicia Keys appeared in an early episode as one of Rudy’s friends.

17. Adam Sandler also got his start on the TV show playing Theo’s friend, Smitty.

18. Cliff Huxtable was ranked No. 1 on TV Guide’s List of 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time.

19. Story was always intended to have the parents in charge — and not the kids. Cosby thought too many shows were being done from the kids’ perspective and wanted the show to always be done from that perspective.

20. Many celebrities made guest appearances – Blair Underwood, Elaine Stritch, Stevie Wonder, Naomi Campbell, Lena Horne, Tony Orlando, Iman, Danny Kaye, Rita Moreno, Debbie Allen, Christopher Plummer, BB King, and Robin Givens … to name a few.

21. There weren’t five kids in the pilot. The character of Sondra was added in the second episode.

22. The Cosby Show was known for its fashion — Dr. Huxtable’s sweaters were a trade mark of the show, but so were Denise’s high-fashion looks.

23. The designer behind Cosby’s sweaters in the show was Dutch designer Koos van der Akker.

24. The show was also famous for its new openings each year.

25. Some of the characters are named after people in Bill Cosby’s life. His mom’s name is Anna — like the TV mom. And his real brother’s name was Russell, which became his father. His wife’s maiden name in real life is also Claire’s maiden name.

26. Speaking of names, Cosby’s character’s name was “Heathcliff,” though in the first few episodes, he was called “Clifford.”

27. A mural featured in the opening of The Cosby Show was taken out because of a dispute with the school responsible for it.

28. The finale of The Cosby Show was the seventh most-watched of all time, with 44.4 million viewers.

29. Rudy was originally supposed to be a boy, but it wasn’t until Keshia Knight Pulliam was permitted to audition for the role that producers felt they found the right person to star.

30. It’s rumored that Carl Anthony Payne II, who played Cockroach on the show, was fired after he refused to comply with Cosby’s request that he cut his hair.


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Jessica Chastain Opens Up About the ‘Love of My Life’

Saturday, September 20th, 2014 by

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ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — Jessica Chastain is madly in love.

“The love of my life is Chaplain,” the actress said Thursday on The View, while promoting her new movie, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby.

Chaplain, the Oscar-nominated movie star’s three-lagged, sweet pooch, made his TV debut in all his white, fluffy glory.

After the actress revealed her undying love for her puppy, View host Rosie O’Donnell brought him out to meet the rest of the panel.

Chastain, 37, said she got her dog “from a rescue organization,” and that he lost his leg, because “he was hit by a car before I got him.”

“He plays fetch better than any dog I’ve had,” she added. “He’s an acting dog … He’s in my new film, it’s his first part. But I think he wants to be a big old movie star because when I was on Broadway, he jumped on stage in the middle of a performance.”

 

 


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Jada Pinkett Smith Says She Has ‘Fun’ Playing the Villain in “Gotham”

Friday, September 19th, 2014 by

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ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Jada Pinkett Smith’s latest project has her heading to the small screen in Gotham, a Fox series based on the DC Comics characters Detective James Gordon and Bruce Wayne. Smith portrays Fish Mooney, a hot-headed gangster and nightclub owner in Gotham.

“I had a lot of fun with her. Because she was a blank canvas, I dived right in and did some of the most bizarre things,” Smith said of her character in the October issue of Health magazine, on newsstands Friday. “One morning I came to the producers, and I had a guy on a chain walking on his hands and knees with the word liar across his face in red lipstick. I said, ‘This is what Fish Mooney does when she’s betrayed by one of her henchmen.’ I was hardcore! Some things worked and some things didn’t.”

One of the things that didn’t work was an accent for the character. “I went in for the table read and did this over-the-top Mid-Atlantic accent, like Joan Crawford. And Peter Roth from Warner Bros. called me that afternoon and said, ‘Jada, I don’t know how to tell you this, I love you to death, but…’”

When Smith isn’t on the set of her own TV show, she’s watching her favorite small-screen guilty pleasure. “My guilty, guilty, guilty is RuPaul’s Drag Race! It’s the only reality show I watch, and I do not miss an episode,” she revealed.

She also spends time with her Hollywood husband, Will Smith. She said date nights can get a little difficult thanks to their star status.

“A lot of times, we’ll do [date nights] at the house because when we go out it can be a little hectic,” she explained. “So we have different places around our yard where we like to set up a little Arabian tent, pillows, wine and cheese, candlelight. Will likes really thought-out productions.”

Fox’s Gotham premieres Monday.


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“Twilight’s” Jackson Rathbone Okay After His Plane Loses Engine Mid-Flight

Friday, September 19th, 2014 by

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Kiyoshi Ota/Paramount via Getty Images(LONG BEACH, Calif.) – Twilight’s Jackson Rathbone had a close call Thursday when his airplane lost one of its engines in mid-flight.

His wife Sheila and their 2-year-old son Monroe were also on board.

The 29-year-old actor gave a detailed account of the incident in a series of posts on his WhoSay page. “We were on @jetblue flight 1416 to Austin from Long Beach,” he recalls, adding, “Our right engine exploded and our cabin filled with smoke.”

He notes, “The oxygen masks did not deploy, but the brave stewardesses came around and manually deployed them. It was rough, the plane was rocking.”

“We were told to brace as we careened sharply back towards land. Guided by our pilot, and I believe our guardian angels, we landed safely,” he continues. “I grabbed my son and jumped down the inflated ramp. We left all our personal effects on board.”

“Who cares. We were alive,” he writes. “We’re safe. I’m grateful.”

Rathbone played Jasper in the Twilight series.


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Aaliyah’s Lifetime Biopic Premiering in November

Friday, September 19th, 2014 by

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Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After swapping Disney actress Zendaya Coleman with Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp, Lifetime has announced the release date for the much-discussed Aaliyah biopic, which will chronicle the late singer’s rise to fame.

The network confirmed via Twitter that the film, titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, will air on Nov. 15.  In an accompanying image, Shipp channels the singer by wearing her signature bandana while posing in a recording booth.

The made-for-TV movie will be executive produced by Wendy Williams, who promised to deliver on the controversial film, which is being made without the approval or involvement of the late singer’s family.

“You can count on us to get this movie right,” said Williams on her daytime talk show.  “I want to know the things you wanna know.  What happened with R. Kelly, what was going on with Dame Dash, what was Aaliyah’s personal life really like?”

The upcoming project is based on Christopher Farley’s bestselling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman.


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Jennifer Lawrence Spotted at Coldplay Concert Amid Rumors She’s Dating Chris Martin

Friday, September 19th, 2014 by

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ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — It looks like Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin’s relationship is heating up. The Oscar-winning actress was spotted attending Martin’s performance with his band, Coldplay, on Wednesday night at the Ace Hotel Theatre in Los Angeles, according to Us Weekly.

Sources told the magazine Lawrence tried to keep a low profile at the performance, sitting in the balcony and only arriving minutes before the show started.

“Just before the show was supposed to start, Jennifer Lawrence walked toward the stage, surrounded by a couple girlfriends, trying to find their seat,” a source told Us Weekly.  “They looked a little rushed, like they wanted to get to their seat before the show started, so someone on the theater staff helped them out.”

The source added that when the show started, Martin apparently scanned the crowd in an effort to look for Lawrence.

“Chris gave a good look around the room and then spotted someone up on the balcony,” the source continued.  “He pointed and said, ‘A ha!  I see you!’ and then smiled and waved.  He kept looking up in the direction during the show and smiling, pointing, singing to her.”

Rumors of Lawrence, 24, dating Martin, 37, started when they were first spotted together in public at one of his London concerts in July.  They were also recently spotted dining together at a Beverly Hills hot spot earlier this month.

Lawrence split from her longtime boyfriend, X-Men actor Nicholas Hoult, over the summer, while Martin separated from Gwyneth Paltrow, his wife of 10 years, in March.

Lawrence will next be seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.   It opens nationwide Nov. 21.


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