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Bill Cosby’s Daughter Says Her Dad Is a Real-Life Cliff Huxtable

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by

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Bryan Bedder/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Bill Cosby’s family is rallying around him.

The comedian’s daughter, Evin, released a statement Tuesday comparing her father to his wholesome Cosby Show character, Cliff Huxtable.

“He is the FATHER you thought you knew,” she told Access Hollywood. “The Cosby Show was my today’s TV reality show. Thank you. That’s all I would like to say :)”

Evin, 38, is the latest person close to the embattled comedian to come out in support of him. On Monday, Cosby’s wife, Camille, suggested that the media has published unvetted accusations about her husband and slammed reports in which he has been accused of sexual misconduct.

“The man I met, and fell in love with, and whom I continue to love, is the man you all knew through his work. He is a kind man, a generous man, a funny man, and a wonderful husband, father and friend,” she said. “He is the man you thought you knew.”

At least 19 women have come forward publicly to accuse Cosby of sexual assault. Cosby, 77, himself has yet to speak out directly about the allegations, though his lawyer has called them “unsubstantiated, fantastical stories.”

However, speaking to freelance journalist Stacy Brown on Friday for an article published over the weekend in The Washington Informer and also the New York Post, Cosby declined to directly address the allegations, but when asked about his wife of more than 50 years, Camille Cosby, he became sentimental.

Asked how his wife has been holding up, he said, “Love and the strength of womanhood. Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love.”

Cosby told Brown that he hoped at least the black media would be impartial about the allegations.

“I only expect our black media to uphold the standards of excellent journalism,” he told Brown in an audio recording of the conversation. “And when you do that, you go in with a neutral mind.”

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Brad Pitt on Wife Angelina Jolie: ‘Her Spirits Are High’

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by

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Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Standing in for wife Angelina Jolie at the premiere of her film, Unbroken, Brad Pitt told reporters that his wife is doing great despite battling chicken pox.

“Her spirits are high,” Pitt told E! News at Monday’s premiere in Hollywood. “A little spotted and a little itchy, but her spirits are high.”

He told People, “She’s doing great.”

Pitt brought along kids Maddox, 13, Pax, 11, and Shiloh, 8, to represent their mom on the red carpet. His parents, Bill and Jane Pitt, also came to support their daughter-in-law, who directed the film.

“We all miss her,” the film’s star, Garrett Hedlund, told People at the premiere. “I’m sure she wants to be here really bad.”

Jolie announced on Friday that she was pulling out of all her appearances for Unbroken because of her illness.

“I just wanted to be clear and honest about why I will be missing the ‘Unbroken events’ in the next few days, which is that I found out last night that I have chickenpox,” Jolie said in a video released on Universal Pictures’ Facebook page. “So, I will be home itching and missing everyone, and I can’t believe it, because this film means so much to me. I just can’t believe it. But such is life, there it is. And send everyone my love, and hope everything goes well.”

Unbroken, which recently scored four nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, including best picture and best director, arrives in theaters on Christmas Day.

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Cast of “American Sniper” Discuss Importance of Film at NYC Premiere

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by

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Warner Bros/American Roadshow(NEW YORK) — On Monday night at New York City’s Lincoln Center, the cast of American Sniper hit the red carpet to attend the film’s premiere. The movie centers on the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, who served four tours during the Iraq War.

Star Bradley Cooper gained over 40 pounds for the role, and had to do extensive training.

“It was a journey and it took a lot of focus, but it pales in comparison to what the men and women do in our Armed Forces,” Cooper said of his preparation for the film. “But it was a little glimmer of the sacrifice that helped me sort of get my way into Chris’ shoes.”

Cooper said the most emotional moment during filming was “probably when the vets came on set and it all made it very immediate. But I have to say the whole thing was pretty emotional; the whole thing.”

Cooper discovered the story of Kyle through his friend, screenwriter Jason Hall. The Oscar-nominated actor immediately got on board, and after a reported 20 months, convinced Kyle’s family to support the project. It was especially hard since Kyle was shot dead at a Texas shooting range by a former Marine suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I mean it’s something to tell a man’s story and he was murdered Feb. 2, 2013 — I mean it was just a second ago,” Cooper said Monday. “And to sit and talk to his parents and try to really have them put the trust in you that you’re going to do his son proud it was a responsibility and it was emotional.”

Sienna Miller portrays Kyle’s wife Taya. Their marriage is depicted as being full of challenges as Taya tries to deal with Chris’ changes when he returns from combat. Miller said the real-life Taya made it easy to play her on the big screen.

“Well you try and be as honest as possible. Taya was very open. She gave us access to all of their email correspondence,” Miller explained. “She said, ‘I know it’s difficult to talk about this, but let’s talk about everything.’ I mean she very easy to investigate. And I love her, so it was not hard to do. She’s amazing.”

Director Clint Eastwood told ABC News Radio the film is important for the U.S. right now. “American society doesn’t really understand the war and they don’t understand where we are,” he said. “As is stated in the film, half of the country doesn’t even know there is a war going on.”

American Sniper hits theaters on Christmas Day, opening nationally on Jan. 16.

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Tyler Perry Doesn’t Do Diapers

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by

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ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Tyler Perry’s adjusting to life as a new dad, and so far the movie mogul said that the hardest part for him so far has been changing his two-week-old’s diaper.

“It’s hard and difficult for me because I have very big hands, so I’m not that comfortable at it yet,” he told the New York Post.

“He’s very small. I need him to get a little bit bigger, then I’ll be better,” he added.

In the meantime, Perry hasn’t gotten away totally scot-free. “I’ve been christened,” the director joked. “He’s peed on me, but it’s all good.”

Perry, 45, and his longtime girlfriend, Ethiopian model Gelila Bekele, 28, welcomed their first child, Aman on Nov. 30.

The couple has been dating on and off for five years.

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Morgan Freeman Voted ‘Most Liked Celebrity’ in US

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — It must be that soothing voice. Morgan Freeman has been voted the “Most Liked Celebrity” in the country for 2014.

The 77-year-old Million Dollar Baby actor was the clear favorite of the 1,100 people surveyed. Tom Hanks took the number two spot, followed by Sandra Bullock, Betty White and Will Smith.

The list of “Most Liked Celebrities” in the U.S. was determined by a consumer survey of people ages 13 to 49 by E-Score, a research service that provides information to media and entertainment companies.

All 25 celebs that ranked are as follows:

1. Morgan Freeman
2. Tom Hanks
3. Sandra Bullock
4. Betty White
5. Will Smith
6. Clint Eastwood
7. Bruce Willis
8. Julia Roberts
9. Leonardo DiCaprio
10. Jennifer Aniston
11. Ben Stiller
12. George Clooney
13. Ellen DeGeneres
14. Eddie Murphy
15. Dolly Parton
16. Nicolas Cage
17. John Travolta
18. Whoopi Goldberg
19. Sylvester Stallone
20. Taylor Swift
21. David Letterman
22. Oprah Winfrey
23. Jay Leno
24. Alec Baldwin
25. Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Green Day, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Among 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by

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Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW(NEW YORK) — Green Day and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are among six acts that have been selected to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The 30th class of inductees also includes the late Stevie Ray Vaughn and his band Double Trouble, Bill Withers, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and the late Lou Reed, who is being inducted for his solo work. He was inducted in 1996 as a member of the Velvet Underground.

The 1950s vocal group, The “5” Royales, will be recognized with the Early Influence Award.

In addition, Ringo Starr will be presented with the Award for Musical Excellence. Of course, Starr was inducted in 1988 as a member of The Beatles. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison are also in as solo artists.

“This means recognition to me,” Starr tells Rolling Stone. “And it means, finally, the four of us are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame even though we were the biggest pop group in the land, though now it all looks funny in black and white.”

Artists are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single.

Green Day’s debut EP, 1,000 Hours, came out in 1989, which means the band is entering the hall in its first year of eligibility.

“I had to go for a walk when I heard the news,” Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong tells Rolling Stone.

“We’re in incredible company and I’m still trying to make sense of this. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has always held something special for me because my heroes were in there. This is a great time for us to sort of reflect and look back with gratitude,” Armstrong said.

Joan Jett tells Rolling Stone the news is “surreal and very humbling.” 

“It’s a culmination of all you’ve dreamed about doing as a musician. I’ve always been hopeful [that I’d get in] because I think it’s an incredible acknowledgment,” says Jett, adding, “I’m very proud to be with all these great musicians. It’s going to take a few minutes to sink in before I see how I really feel about it.”

The induction ceremony is set for April 18 at Cleveland’s Public Hall.

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Chris Pine Hints at “Star Trek 3″ Film Date

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Chris Pine, the star of the recent Star Trek films, dropped some details Tuesday morning about the upcoming third installment of the series.

Pine, who plays James T. Kirk, said on Tuesday’s Good Morning America that they’re set to start filming “sometime next year, I think.”

“We’re always the last to know as the actors. But there is a script somewhere out there and I’m pretty sure we’ll get into making it happen sometime next year,” he added.

The film is reportedly on the hunt for a new director.

In the meantime, Pine is busy promoting his new musical film, Into the Woods, which hits theaters Christmas Day.

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“Birdman” Receives 13 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominations

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by

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“Birdman” -Fox/Searchlight(NEW YORK) — The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominations were announced Monday and Birdman leads the pack with a total of 13 nominations.

The film nabbed a best picture nomination along with nominations for its stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone. Keaton portrays a former superhero actor who mounts a one-man stage show to resurrect his career.

Also snapping up multiple nods is Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel with 11, and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood with eight nominations. Both films will be competing with Birdman for the best picture honor, along with Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, Nightcrawler, Selma, The Theory of Everything, Unbroken and Whiplash.

Michael Strahan will host the 20th annual ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium on Jan. 15. It will be broadcast live on A&E.

The complete list of nominees can be found at

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Chris Hemsworth Says His Partying Days Are Over, Reveals His Hollywood Best Friend

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Chris Hemsworth may be the sexiest man alive and an A-list movie star, but he’s also a committed family man.

“The fame, the parties, the women — I did that stuff back home,” the Thor star told GQ about his native Australia. “I got away with a lot more over there. Then I came here and sort of started over.”

About the same time, he met Spanish model and actress Elsa Pataky. They married over the Christmas holiday in 2010 and now are parents to a 2-year-old daughter and twin sons.

Hemsworth said becoming a dad worried him. “Just not screwing it up,” he admitted.

Now, he not only has the fatherhood thing down, he’s also overprotective when it comes to little brother Liam Hemsworth, star of The Hunger Games franchise.

“I’ve watched Liam do things I did at his age, like being in relationships he shouldn’t be in, or being reckless just to prove a point. And I had no empathy. My mom had to remind me I was the same way,” Hemsworth told GQ.

If Hemsworth seems wiser than his years, then it shouldn’t be surprising that his best friend turns out to be Matt Damon, who is 13 years older. The two actors and their families even take annual trips to Costa Rica together.

“We became friends around the time I started to work, and I’ve really benefited from watching how he handles himself,” Hemsworth told the magazine. “Matt’s just a normal guy who has the movie-star thing figured out.”

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Merriam-Webster Chooses Word of the Year for 2014

Monday, December 15th, 2014 by

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Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2014 may be disappointing to some, simply by being too boring.

Merriam-Webster says it based its selections for the top 10 words of the year based on an uptick in lookups on its website compared to last year. As a result, the word of the year is “Culture.”

The word, whcih “allows us to identify and isolate an idea, issue or group,” topped the second place word, “nostalgia,” to be selected as the word of the year.

Insidious, legacy — linked to the retirement of New York Yankees star Derek Jeter — feminism, je ne sais quoi, innovation, surreptitious, autonomy and morbidity — linked in part to the spread of Ebola — rounded out Merriam-Webster’s list.

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