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Details of Prince William and Duchess Kate’s Trip to the Caribbean

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 by

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Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) — Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince George have arrived in Mustique to enjoy a family holiday with Kate’s parents.

This is 18-month-old Prince George’s second international holiday and third trip abroad.

The couple, who generally take an annual trip to the Caribbean island famed for its privacy and beauty, will celebrate Carole Middleton’s 60th birthday on January 31 along with Kate’s siblings Pippa and James.

The Middleton family has rented Villa Aurora in Mustique in the past and it’s believed they’re there again. The stunning property, which rents for $20,000 a week, includes three bedrooms, a 45-foot swimming pool, private rock pool and a staff of five including a butler. The Daily Mirror reported that its likely Prince William and Kate and their personal protection team have rented an adjacent villa.

The island is among the most exclusive in the Caribbean with world famous Basil’s Bar which has seen celebrity visitors from Mick Jagger to the queen’s sister Princess Margaret. The island also boasts a no paparazzi policy, which allows the family to have some semblance of privacy, though pictures generally surface taken from yachts moored off the coast. Prince William and Kate are expected to enjoy the turquoise waters and white sandy beaches.

The duchess is known to take Prince George swimming in the Buckingham Palace pool. The toddler is said to love his swimming lessons with his mother.

Kate and William are extremely close to her parents and they were the first to visit them after Kate gave birth. The couple also stayed with them in Kate’s family home in Bucklebury with Prince George in the weeks following his birth and recently invited her family to celebrate Christmas with them at their new country home Anmer Hall near the queen’s Sandringham estate.

Kate is about six months along with her second child. She completed three days of engagements just last week and is expected to do several more when she returns from this vacation, which could last up to two weeks. She recently told well-wishers at an event in Notting Hill the new baby was making itself known, “moving all the time…I can feel it kicking,” she added.

William and Kate have chosen to keep the baby’s sex a surprise from them as they did with Prince George.

William is busy studying for exams to acquire his commercial pilot’s license and is expected to become a member of the East Anglia Air Ambulance this spring. It’ll be a busy time, as their baby, the fourth in line to the throne, is due in April.


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Miley Cyrus Talks Being Face of MAC Viva Glam, Grammy Nomination

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by

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Michael Buckner/Getty Images for MAC Cosmetics(NEW YORK) — Miley Cyrus is fresh off her worldwide tour, but she’s not slowing down. She’s joining the ranks of Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj as the new face of MAC cosmetic’s Viva Glam campaign.

The singer said on Friday’s Good Morning America that she signed on to the campaign because she wants to empower “those even affected by HIV and to kind of give them this hope, and know that there’s people out there who are fighting for them and especially not just for the cure, but to end this kind of stereotype.”

All of the proceeds from sales of Miley’s custom lipstick will go to the MAC AIDS Fund, which supports people affected by HIV and AIDS.

“I think it’s fun for young people to get to buy a lipstick and know that it’s going to actually go to changing the way that their future is going to be,” Miley added.

Regardless of her reputation for twerking, humping foam fingers and posing topless, Miley considers herself a role model for young people.

“I am [a role model] for what I know of what is important to teach people — and what is important to teach people is that…you can’t judge other people,” she said.

Along with joining the campaign, Miley is also gearing up to attend the Grammy Awards Feb. 8. The singer is nominated in the best pop vocal album category for Bangerz, but she doesn’t think she’ll take home a trophy.

“[It’s] probably not gonna happen, but I’m stoked to go,” she said.


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Jill Scott Talks “With This Ring,” Explains Why She Only Dates Guys for Six Months

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by

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Bob Mahoney/Lifetime(NEW YORK) — Jill Scott co-stars alongside Regina Hall and rapper Eve in Lifetime’s original movie, With This Ring.

“The film is about three women, who are of a certain age. They’ve accomplished much in life, but they just haven’t found the ideal love,” the R&B singer tells ABC News Radio of the romantic comedy. “There’s a lot of pressure in society to be I guess complete — quote unquote complete. So these three women are making every effort to get married within the next year.”

Jill stars as a single mother who, like the other ladies, vows to be married in 12 months. But Jill’s character, Viviane, has her eyes already set on one man, the father of her child, Sean, portrayed by Jason George. Not to give too much away, but the two have a rather steamy love scene in the film. The Philadelphia singer says she didn’t have much time to prepare.

“We had that scene the first day we met, so it really wasn’t much time to figure it out. You know, I just work with the script,” Jill explains. “My character was in love with this man, and that’s all to it! You know, there’s nothing for me to figure out. So it’s go time. It’s time for me to be in love with this man.”

Jill says the cast filmed for one month in Cleveland, Ohio. It gave the stars time to get to know each other, and even discuss what With This Ring taught them about their own love lives.

“The movie made us all think about what we’re doing. You know, what are we doing? For the married girls, it made them question and decide for certain that they made the right decision on who they married. They thought about it — not to say they hadn’t before — but we talked about that: why they chose to marry these guys,” she says. “And for Regina and I, the two single girls, we really thought about what it is that we want.”

If Jill decides to walk down the aisle again, it would make her second time. She divorced graphic artist Lyzel Williams in 2007, and even broke off an engagement from her one-time drummer, Li’l John Roberts, a few months after giving birth to their son, Jett, in 2009.

The Grammy Award-winning singer says she knows why those relationships didn’t work.

“You can hold your stomach in for four hours, but you can’t hold it in forever,” she explains in a metaphor. “You have to be who you are and you have to genuinely love who you love in order to have a lasting marriage. Getting married is one thing; staying married is something else.”

Now, Jill says she’s very focused when it comes to finding the one.

“I’m older now so I see a little bit better than I did before. My longest relationships now are about nine months. Actually, now it’s grown to six months,” she tells ABC News Radio. “There’s no need for me to waste my time or anybody else’s. I know by then. If you make it over the six month hump, you have done something. I must really like you.” 

Lifetime’s With This Ring premieres Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


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“Real Housewives’” Cynthia Bailey Says Apollo Nida Still Keeps ‘in Touch’ from Behind Bars

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by

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Wilford Harewood/Bravo(NEW YORK) — Apollo Nida, the estranged husband of Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks, was sent to prison for eight years on fraud charges. Parks’ co-star Cynthia Bailey tells ABC News Radio that Apollo’s still in contact with her husband, Peter Thomas, from behind bars.

“Peter and Apollo actually are still quite friendly. You know, he calls him and they keep in touch,” Bailey says.

Parks is filing for divorce from Nida. Bailey considers Parks a friend and says the mother of two young sons is holding up.

“I assume she’s doing OK. It’s tough. It’s a tough situation to be in,” she adds. “However, I think she is strong and I think she’ll be OK.”

Fashion Queens co-host Derek J., who knows Parks well, echoed Bailey’s statement. “She’s good. I mean, she’s doing the best she can do in the situation,” he tells ABC News Radio.

Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Bravo, while Fashion Queens airs Sundays at 11:30 p.m. Eastern time.


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Dustin Diamond Pleads Not Guilty in Bar Stabbing Incident

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by

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Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office(OZAUKEE COUNTY, Wis.) — Dustin Diamond pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he stabbed a man in a Wisconsin bar altercation last month.

The former Saved By the Bell actor, 38, appeared in Ozaukee County Circuit Court, along with his fiancée Amanda Schultz, to plead not guilty to second-degree reckless endangering safety, disorderly conduct, and carrying a concealed weapon, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Diamond was arrested on Dec. 26 after officers responded late the night before to the Grand Ave. Saloon regarding reports Diamond “had stabbed another male patron and left the bar,” police told ABC last month.

A conviction on the recklessly endangering safety charge could result in up to 10 years in jail for Diamond, according to documents obtained by ABC News.

Diamond told police that at the bar, “there was a group of intoxicated people being rude and insulting,” according to court papers. After an altercation that his fiancée had with another woman, Diamond told police that he saw her bleeding, then he intervened. He did not intentionally stab the man at the bar, but “chaos broke out and people were grabbing at him,” a District Attorney’s report added.

During questioning, according to police, Diamond said that he was holding a knife or a pen during the altercation.

Police also spoke with witnesses, the victim and a bartender at the Saloon, according to court papers. The victim, who told police he never saw the knife, suffered wounds that were not life-threatening.

“Dustin continues to believe the legal process will exonerate him and he is undaunted by the work that lies ahead,” Diamond’s attorney, Thomas Alberti, told reporters after the hearing.


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Amanda Bynes Won’t Be Charged for September DUI Arrest

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by

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Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Amanda Bynes will not face charges in connection with an arrest last September on suspicion of driving under the influence. However, she can’t put the incident behind her just yet.

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office tells E! News that while it has declined to press charges against the 28-year-old actress, the case is being forwarded to Los Angeles prosecutors as a potential violation of her probation.

Bynes, who’s on probation for a 2012 DUI arrest, was arrested in Los Angeles last September for allegedly driving under the influence of a drug. The following month, she was placed on a psychiatric hold; she was released from the hospital a few weeks later.


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SAG Awards Scheduled for This Sunday

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by

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Fox Searchlight(LOS ANGELES) — The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be held this Sunday at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center in L.A. TNT and TBS will air the ceremony live at 8 p.m. Eastern time, 5 p.m. Pacific time.

Birdman leads all films with four nominations, including one in the ensemble cast category. Stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone are all up for individual acting honors, too.

Boyhood, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything each have three nominations. They join Birdman in the ensemble cast category, along with The Grand Budapest Hotel.

On the TV side, ABC’s Modern Family has the most nominations, with four. HBO is the most-nominated network, with 10 nods.

Singin’ in the Rain actress Debbie Reynolds is scheduled to receive the 51st SAG Life Achievement Award at the ceremony. It will be presented to her by her daughter, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher.

See a full list of nominees here.


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Latest “Hunger Games” Sequel Becomes Highest-Grossing 2014 Movie

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by

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“Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1″ – Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — The latest film in The Hunger Games series has just become the highest-grossing movie to have been released in 2014.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, starring Jennifer Lawrence as the heroine Katniss Everdeen, has earned nearly $333.2 million at the domestic box office as of Wednesday. It’s now slightly ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy, which falls to number two in the rankings.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 opened in theaters days before the Thanksgiving holiday.

2014 is the second consecutive year for which a Hunger Games sequel was Hollywood’s highest-grossing movie. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire led the way for 2013.

If you haven’t yet seen The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 and are waiting to watch it in the comfort of your own home, you’ll be able to purchase a digital copy on Feb. 17 or pick it up on DVD or Blu-ray on March 6.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, the final film in the series, will hit theaters on Nov. 20.


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“Mortdecai” Stars Admit They’re Members of the Mile High Club

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by

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“Mortdecai” – Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) — Which star of the new film Mortdecai is a member of the Mile High Club: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow or Paul Bettany? The correct answer: all three.

The actors shared that very personal fact while playing a game of “Never Have I Ever” with Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday’s episode of her talk show. They were asked revealing questions, which they answered by holding a paddle that read “I Have” on one side and “I Have Never” on the other side.

When DeGeneres stated, “Never ever have I joined the Mile High Club,” Depp and Paltrow held up their “I Have” paddles, with Bettany and DeGeneres following suit.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Mile High Club, the term applies to people who have had sex onboard an airplane in flight.

Depp, Paltrow and Bettany also admitted that they’ve seen one of their Mortdecai co-stars naked. However, only Paltrow revealed that she’s “sexted” — sent an explicit text message.

Mortdecai opens in theaters Friday.


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Rainn Wilson Moves on from Dwight Schrute with New Show “Backstrom”

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 by

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Fox(NEW YORK) — After playing the socially-awkward Dwight Schrute on The Office for nine seasons, actor Rainn Wilson tackles a different kind of role in his new Fox series, Backstrom, which premieres Thursday night.

He is the titular character in Backstrom — an irritable, erratic detective who, Wilson says, “hates everyone, including himself.”

Wilson says it’s been a challenging role for him, one that’s very different from the Dwight Schrute character he’s best known for.

Wilson was reluctant to star in another TV show after The Office concluded its run in 2013, but he says Backstrom was “too great to pass up.”

Backstrom, an adaptation by Bones creator Hart Hanson of a Swedish book series, was originally a CBS project. However, after the network passed on it, Fox stepped in and ordered the show to series.

Backstrom premieres on Fox Thursday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time.


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