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Tim McGraw Says He Feels Bad About Swatting at Fan During Concert

Monday, July 21st, 2014 by

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ABC/Eric Gebhart(LOS ANGELES) — Tim McGraw doesn’t feel good about swatting a fan at his show last week, but the country megastar said it’s time to move on.

“I reacted in an instinctive, defensive way from my perspective of what was going on,” he told ET Canada Sunday. “I think it was an unfortunate situation, I think, all the way around. But it happened. It happened in a split second. It was pure instinctive reaction. I think you just got to move on.”

A video posted to TMZ early last week shows the singer walking into the crowd to sing to his fans. When one grabbed at his pants, he waved his hand to get the fan off.

His rep told ABC News after the incident that McGraw “instinctively swatted” the fan away so that his jeans wouldn’t rip.

McGraw, 47, told ET Canada, “It is one of those things that happen, nobody feels good about it, but there’s nothing that could be done about it. You are in that position, you are out there, you are vulnerable, things happen and sometimes you react. There’s nothing to be said about it.”

McGraw is in the middle of an international tour, which runs until November.

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Ex-Flight Attendant Reveals Celebrity Gossip in First Class

Monday, July 21st, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For many travelers flying in coach, the only glimpse of first class they will ever get is a peek between the curtains dividing each airplane cabin. But now, a former flight attendant is pulling back the drapes with a memoir featuring gasp-worthy in-flight antics and celebrity gossip.

In his new book Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant: True Tales and Gossip from the Galley, Owen Beddall, who worked as a flight attendant for Qantas Airways for 12 years, shares how he was able to cozy up with A-listers on long-haul flights, as well as the less glamorous aspects of hospitality at 40,000 feet.

“People think it’s all flying mattresses and shagging,” Beddall told ABC News. “They don’t realize it’s a really manual job, that you’re pushing 190-pound carts in a tilting plane with screaming babies and screaming people and lactose-intolerant vegans telling you their dietary needs at the last minute. You’re a priest, a security guard, a nurse. There are so many different roles tucked into one.”

Beddall made the transition from flight attendant to author after suffering a work-related spinal injury.

“During a training session, I fell down the stairs of a 747 and broke my back,” he said. “So I went from this carefree lifestyle of a flight attendant traveling all over the world to an office job and taking on a corporation [for compensation]. I joked that the first version of my book should have been called Confessions of the Satanic Verses because it was so dark.”

But eventually, after a few rewrites, Beddall was able to shift focus to some of the more fabulous experiences he had in first class hobnobbing with high rollers.

“I would say the most in-depth conversation I ever had with a celebrity was with Katy Perry,” said Beddall, who was granted permission by her and other stars mentioned in the book to share his anecdotes. “She and Russell Brand came on as a surprise, because usually there is a lot of fanfare, and they were very amorous and lovely together. I remember saying to him, ‘Clearly this is a very physical relationship,’ and he gave me a wry smile.”

Beddall said that after most of the other passengers had fallen asleep, Perry was unable to snooze and asked if he would stay up with her. They chatted at length about music and writing.

“I told her I liked to write in my spare time and she gave me a lot of advice on getting an agent, social media and how to run things as a business — and I thought for someone so young she had her head so squarely on her shoulders,” he said. “Although, I do have to say, at the end of the flight, I said, ‘How long are you going to be in the United Kingdom for?’ And she said, ‘Oh, no, I’m going to London, England.’ So that was very funny.”

Pop artists were par for the course on Qantas flights, according to the memoir.

“Lily Allen was probably my all-time favorite,” said Beddall. “She was actually sitting in business class, but she screamed ‘celebrity’ and, ‘Don’t you know who I am?’ So I listened to her music and invited her up to first class. There, she got lashed up on cocktails, we did some facials together and had a very girly chat on the flight.”

Afterward, Beddall admitted to worrying that Allen’s overindulgence might come back to haunt him.

“I gave her all of this Dom [Perignon] and I thought, ‘Oh great, they are taking pictures of her getting off the plane and I’m going to get in trouble.’ But she actually blogged about me and the experience in a travel column not long after and it was very special.”

But while some A-listers like Cate Blanchett, who arrived “with all of these designer gowns” can come across “like royalty,” other famous faces behave strangely, said Beddall.

“There is this famous Aussie supermodel who comes from a very average suburb in Australia,” he said. “She speaks English but will pretend not to and would only speak in French on flights. She would speak to her suitor in French and he would translate to us and then tell her what we said and we knew that she spoke English.”

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Why “Pawn Stars” Star Corey Harrison Lost 192 Pounds

Monday, July 21st, 2014 by

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — At 210 pounds, Corey Harrison is looking and feeling better than ever.

The Pawn Stars star, once nicknamed “Big Hoss,” dropped nearly 200 pounds after learning that he was pre-diabetic three years ago.

“Literally, I’m driving home from the doctor’s office kind of freaked out about it and I see the place where they do lap band [surgeries] and I just pulled in and said, ‘What does it take to have the surgery?’” he told ABC’s Good Morning America. “I didn’t have much money at the time. I pulled out four credit cards and put it on that and there you go!”

At the time, the History Channel star, now 31, weighed about 400 pounds. However, after having his surgery, he also changed his exercise and eating habits.

“I can only have four to five ounces of food in my stomach,” he noted. “When you only have that much space in there, you don’t want to fill it up with crap.”

Harrison also has a support system in his co-stars, including Austin “Chumlee” Russell. Inspired by Harrison’s slim down, he began losing weight too, and is now down 100 pounds.

“Chum kind of thought we were gonna be fat guys together forever or something,” joked Harrison. “I’m proud of him. He did it all with diet and exercise…[but] he’s the sidekick! Let’s not forget that.”

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Zendaya Coleman Explains Exit from Aaliyah Biopic

Monday, July 21st, 2014 by

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ABC/Richard Harbaugh(NEW YORK) — Zendaya Coleman opened up about her recent exit from the upcoming Aaliyah biopic.

The 17-year-old Disney star posted several videos on Instagram Friday explaining why she backed out of Lifetime’s Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.

“Let me just explain something,” she said in the first of three videos. “The reason why I chose not to do the Aaliyah movie had nothing to do with the haters or people telling me that I couldn’t do it, I wasn’t talented enough, or I wasn’t black enough. It had absolutely nothing to do with that.”

The Shake It Up star was cast to play the late R&B singer in June but dropped out of the part weeks later amid widespread criticism over her casting. Some complained Coleman, who is biracial, was too fair-skinned for the role. Others questioned whether the singer-dancer-actress had the maturity to play the 22-year-old Aaliyah, who was once linked to R. Kelly and died in a plane crash at the height of her popularity in 2001.

But Coleman, who was the runner-up on Season 16 of Dancing with the Stars, said she left because of concerns over the production.

“The main reasons were the production value wasn’t there, there were complications with the music rights, and I just felt like it wasn’t being handled delicately considering the situation,” Coleman said in the second clip. “I tried my best to reach out to the family on my own and I wrote a letter, but, I was unable to do so. Therefore, I felt not really morally okay with moving forward with the project.”

Instead, Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp will replace Coleman in the role. Talk host Wendy Williams, who is executive producing the TV movie, made the announcement on Twitter and her show Friday.

Coleman sent her best wishes to Shipp.

“Congratulations to the new woman playing Aaliyah,” Coleman she said in her final video. “I only hope that she does not have to deal with half the hate that I had to deal with. Remember that we are all human beings trying to do what we love to do. Let’s practice motivation and love, not discrimination and hate.”

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Casey Kasem’s Body Is Missing, Daughter Says

Friday, July 18th, 2014 by

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Michael Tullberg/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The late Casey Kasem’s body is missing, more than a month after the radio icon’s death, according to his daughter.

A spokesperson for Kerri Kasem confirmed to ABC News that the legend’s adult children have yet to see his body. Casey Kasem died on June 15 at 82 years old after suffering from a form of dementia. An autopsy has also not been performed yet, the family said.

Jean Kasem, the radio personality’s second wife, had been embroiled in a conflict with his children from a previous marriage over her husband’s medical care for months before he died. She collected the body within 72 hours of his death.

Kerri Kasem was informed Thursday that Casey Kasem’s body was no longer at the mortuary, where it remained for a month.

Kerri and two more of Kasem’s adult children fought Jean in court for control of his health care leading up to his death. Early last month, a judge ruled that his care would be in the control of Kerri, not Jean. Shortly after, he was moved to hospice.

“This is the most difficult decision that a judge or an attorney can make. Mr. Kasem is dying and Mr. Kasem has expressed his desire to die peacefully and in comfort,” Troy Martin, an attorney for Kerri Kasem told ABC News in June.

A rep for Jean Kasem has yet to respond to a request for comment.

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Why Tim McGraw ‘Swatted’ a Fan in Atlanta

Friday, July 18th, 2014 by

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ABC/Eric Gebhart(LOS ANGELES) — Tim McGraw may have had a good reason for getting aggressive with a fan.

A video posted by TMZ shows the country singer wading into the crowd during a show earlier this week in Atlanta, when one fan got too grabby.

“At the end of the night during the encore, Tim was singing out in the audience and someone firmly grabbed onto his leg and wouldn’t let go as he was moving through the crowd,” his rep told ABC News. “He instinctively swatted to try and keep them from ripping his jeans — which they succeeded at doing! — and so he could get to more fans who were trying to slap hands with him before the end of the show.”

The rep added that McGraw, 47, didn’t realize who grabbed his leg. “[He] was simply trying to keep his pants from being torn,” his rep said.

McGraw is in the middle of an international tour, which extends through November of this year.

His album, Sundown Heaven Town, is due out in September.

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Blake Lively Opens Up About Husband Ryan Reynolds

Friday, July 18th, 2014 by

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Photo by Jean Catuffe/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) –  He may not have been snapped alongside his wife, but the August issue of Vogue is as much about Ryan Reynolds as it is about cover star Blake Lively.

Sitting down with the magazine to promote her lifestyle website, Preserve, which will launch later this month, Lively opened up about her relationship with husband and cited him as an essential influence on her most recent venture.

“He’s a part of it because everything we do in life we do together,” Lively told writer Jonathan Van Meter. “If I’m working on a movie, he helps me with my character; I do the same with him. Picking out a coffee table. What we’re going to eat. He’s a beautiful writer — he’s written a lot of stuff for us. And he’s got a great barometer and he knows me, so he will tell me if it’s not as good as it can be.”

That characteristic frankness is clearly a trait that Lively has picked up on. The budding entrepreneur made tacit mention of Reynolds’ previous marriage to Scarlett Johansson, saying: “The fact that he lived so much before we got together, he’s the exact realized person that he should be. And so I get to share my life with the person he’s become, and we get to grow from there.”

Given that the article makes frequent mention of her status as a “celebrity homemaker,” it’s no surprise that Lively has babies on the brain. And while Lively is focused on her forthcoming venture for now, which the article in fact compares to a newborn, she is confident that Reynolds is “going to be a great father and leader and patriarch.”

“He’s so meant to be all of those things,” she said.

The actor has already mastered the easy-going attitude that parenthood requires. Lively told Vogue that her husband has helped her see beauty in imperfection and accident.

To wit: At their wedding outside Charleston, South Carolina, two years ago, an errant sparkler left “a big burn mark” on the front of her dress.

“It was just so heartbreaking to me,” Lively told the magazine. But Reynolds termed it “beautiful”– an unlikely memento of the special day.

“Now that’s my favorite part of the dress,” Lively said.

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Shakira Becomes Most Liked Celebrity on Facebook, Ever

Friday, July 18th, 2014 by

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Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) — Shakira has 100 million reasons to love her fans. The singer has just become the most “liked” public figure in Facebook history, with 100 million friends overall.

In a new Facebook video, Shakira says, “100 million friends on Facebook! I mean, that is incredible. Thank you so much for your support, for your loyalty, for your love. It’s really unbelievable! Thank you so much!”

In a statement, she added, “I am honored and humbled about reaching this milestone, because it’s one that’s purely about connecting with my fans from all parts of the globe. Social media and specifically Facebook has helped myself and other artists bridge the gap between the stage and the audience.”

Shakira added, “We’ve been able to create a conversation, where both artists and fans can share with one another their thoughts, achievements, the most important moments of their lives in photographs and videos, and have a real, ongoing dialogue.”

The most popular posting that Shakira has ever had is a photo of her at the World Cup in Brazil: the image has received over 3.6 million likes.

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“Planes: Fire & Rescue,” “Sex Tape,” “The Purge: Anarchy” Open Friday

Friday, July 18th, 2014 by

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Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Planes: Fire & Rescue Disney’s sequel to its 2013 animated film Planes focuses on a crew of firefighting aircraft that battles a wildfire. The voice cast of the film, which is screening in 3D, includes Dane Cook, Ed Harris and Julie Bowen. Rated PG.       

Sex Tape
Jason Segel and his Bad Teacher co-star, Cameron Diaz, play a married couple who tries to spice up their romance by making a sex tape. Unfortunately for them, they accidentally share the racy video with friends and family. Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper and Rob Lowe also star. Rated R.

The Purge: Anarchy In the horror sequel, a couple tries to survive the “Purge,” a 12-hour period in which criminal acts are permitted by the government. Zach Gilford, Michael Williams, Kiele Sanchez, Frank Grillo and Carmen Ejogo star. Rated R.  

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“22 Jump Street” Leads Second Wave of Teen Choice Award Nominations

Friday, July 18th, 2014 by

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Sony / Columbia(NEW YORK) — The next wave of the Teen Choice Awards nominations has been announced, with 22 Jump Street leading with seven nominations.

22 Jump Street stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill were both nominated in the category of Choice Movie Chemistry and Choice Summer Movie Star. Hill and co-star Ice Cube were also both nominated in the category of Choice Movie Hissy Fit. The film itself is up for Choice Summer Movie, up against Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Earth to Echo, Hercules, Think Like a Man Too, and Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Keegan Allen, Tyler Blackburn, Lucy Hale and Ian Harding join previously announced stars scheduled to appear, including Jake T. Austin, Big Show, Jamie Blackley, Kellan Lutz, Chloë Grace Moretz, Cody Simpson, Hailee Steinfeld, Gregg Sulkin, Bella Thorne and Zendaya. The special also will feature a previously announced performance by Jason Derulo.

The Teen Choice Awards will air August 11, live on Fox from 8 to 10 p.m. ET. Fans ages 13-19 can vote once a day in each category for their favorite Teen Choice 2013 nominees right now at

Here are the nominees:


Choice Movie Villain
Michael Fassbender, X-Men: Days of Future Past
Jamie Foxx, The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Kelsey Grammer, Transformers: Age of Extinction
Kate Winslet, Divergent
Donald Sutherland, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Choice Movie Scene Stealer
Sam Claflin, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Nicholas Hoult, X-Men: Days of Future Past
Anthony Mackie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Ellen Page, X-Men: Days of Future Past
Nat Wolff, The Fault In Our Stars

Choice Movie Breakout Star
Ansel Elgort, Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars
Theo James, Divergent
Elizabeth Olsen, Godzilla
Nicola Peltz, Transformers: Age of Extinction
Wyatt Russell, 22 Jump Street

Choice Movie Chemistry
Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, The Other Woman
Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff and Shailene Woodley, The Fault in Our Stars
Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, Ride Along
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, 22 Jump Street

Choice Movie Liplock
Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter, We’re The Millers
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield, The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, The Fault In Our Stars

Choice Movie Hissy Fit
Godzilla, Godzilla
Kevin Hart, Ride Along
Jonah Hill, 22 Jump Street
Ice Cube, 22 Jump Street
Jason Sudeikis, We’re The Millers

Choice Summer Movie
22 Jump Street
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Earth to Echo
Think Like a Man Too
Transformers: Age of Extinction

Choice Summer Movie Star
Jonah Hill, 22 Jump Street
Dwayne Johnson, Hercules
Melissa McCarthy, Tammy
Channing Tatum, 22 Jump Street
Mark Wahlberg, Transformers: Age of Extinction


Choice TV Villain
Robbie Kay, Once Upon A Time
Jane Lynch, Glee
Dylan O’Brien, Teen Wolf
Janel Parrish, Pretty Little Liars
Paul Wesley, The Vampire Diaries

Choice TV Reality Personality – Male
Nick Cannon, America’s Got Talent
Rob Dyrdek, Ridiculousness
Adam Levine, The Voice
Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, Catfish: The TV Show
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

Choice TV Reality Personality – Female
Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Abby Lee Miller, “Dance Moms”
Jennifer Lopez, “American Idol”
Shakira, “The Voice”
The Kardashians and Jenner sisters, “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”

Choice TV Male Scene Stealer
Darren Criss, Glee
Adam DeVine, Modern Family
Tyler Hoechlin, Teen Wolf
Tahj Mowry, Baby Daddy
Michael Trevino, The Vampire Diaries

Choice TV Female Scene Stealer
Sarah Hyland, Modern Family
Candice Accola, The Vampire Diaries
Eden Sher, The Middle
Naya Rivera, Glee
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Choice TV Female Breakout Star
Nicole Beharie, Sleepy Hollow
Dove Cameron, Liv & Maddie
Adelaide Kane, Reign
Sasha Pieterse, Pretty Little Liars
Emily Bett Rickards, Arrow

Choice TV: Male Breakout Star
Richard Brancatisano, Chasing Life
Brett Dalton, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Tom Mison, Sleepy Hollow
Miguel Pinzon, Mystery Girls
Toby Regbo, Reign

Choice TV: Breakout Show
Being Mary Jane
Chasing Life
Faking It
Sleepy Hollow

Choice Summer TV Show
Baby Daddy
Girl Meets World
So You Think You Can Dance
Under The Dome
Young & Hungry

Choice Summer TV Star: Male
Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Baby Daddy
Tyler Blackburn, Pretty Little Liars
David Lambert, The Fosters
Tyler Posey, Teen Wolf
Mike Vogel, Under the Dome

Choice Summer TV Star: Female
Ashley Benson, Pretty Little Liars
Shay Mitchell, Pretty Little Liars
Emily Osment, Young & Hungry
Cierra Ramirez, The Fosters
Italia Ricci, Chasing Life

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