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Sofia Vergara’s Ex-Fiancé Files Lawsuit over Fertilized Eggs

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 by

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Sofia Vergara’s ex-fiancé, Nick Loeb, has filed a lawsuit to prevent the Modern Family star from destroying the fertilized eggs they created when they were together, according to TMZ.

Loeb claims he still wants to have a baby. According to the lawsuit, Loeb alleges that he and Vergara made a contract in November 2013 when they both agreed to attempt to have children via in vitro fertilization. Her eggs were fertilized by his sperm, then frozen and stored at a Beverly Hills facility.

Loeb says that Vergara wants to terminate the fertilized eggs because they called it quits, but he says he has the right to use the stored samples to have a child because both parties have not agreed in writing to destroy the eggs.

Loeb also claims in the lawsuit that he was physically abused and berated by Vergara.

As for Vergara, she’s now engaged to Magic Mike XXL star Joe Manganiello.


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Jennie Garth Gets an Unusual Engagement Ring

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 by

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Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — When Jennie Garth accepted the marriage proposal from actor David Abrams, she also accepted his unusual taste in engagement rings.

According to a photo on People magazine, Garth showed off her one-of-a-kind ring while on vacation in Tulum, Mexico. The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum’s sparkler is a black diamond, with several smaller white diamonds surrounding it. It’s all set on a tiny gold band.

Garth and Abrams, who announced their engagement last week, reportedly met “a couple years ago” and began dating last fall.

Garth’s relationship with Abrams is her first serious relationship since her reportedly painful divorce from Twilight star Peter Facinelli in 2012 after 11 years of marriage. The two have three daughters.

Garth has also been linked to media executive Michael Shimbo, photographer Noah Abrams and musician Jeremy Salken.


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Rita Wilson Has Breast Cancer, Underwent Double Mastectomy

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 by

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Charles Sykes/Bravo(LOS ANGELES) — Actress Rita Wilson revealed on Tuesday that she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and has undergone a double mastectomy.

Wilson, 58, who is married to Oscar winner Tom Hanks, told People magazine, “I have taken a leave from the play Fish in the Dark to deal with a personal health issue. Last week, with my husband by my side, and with the love and support of family and friends, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction for breast cancer after a diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma.”

She added that she expects to make a full recovery because she caught the cancer early.

“I have had an underlying condition of LCIS, (lobular carcinoma in situ) which has been vigilantly monitored through yearly mammograms and breast MRIs. Recently, after two surgical breast biopsies, PLCIS (pleomorphic carcinoma in situ) was discovered,” she continued.

After a pathology showed no cancer, Wilson opted for a second opinion.

“My gut told me that was the thing to do. A different pathologist found invasive lobular carcinoma. His diagnosis of cancer was confirmed by, yet, another pathologist. I share this to educate others that a second opinion is critical to your health,” she said. “You have nothing to lose if both opinions match up for the good, and everything to gain if something that was missed is found, which does happen.”

The Girls actress said she is getting better every day and feels “blessed to have a loving, supportive husband, family, friends and doctors.”

Wilson married Hanks in 1988 and the couple have two children.


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The Avengers Assemble on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 by

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — On Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night, Jimmy welcomed Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and Scarlett Johansson, the stars of the May 1 Marvel Studio film Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The stars took part in an A-List game of “telephone” that opened the show, before participating in a group interview, in which Johansson jokingly claimed to have done all of her own motorcycle stunts, even though she was with child at the time they filmed. “Are you crazy?!” she laughed. “I was pregnant!”

The actress also lamented wearing a skin-tight “catsuit when you’re humongous.” It all seemed better than Ruffalo’s “man-canceling” leotard, which was used to help transform him via computer magic into The Hulk. Why man-canceling? “It makes you look small everywhere you want to look big, and big everywhere you want to look small,” he explained.

The cast also chatted with fans on Kimmel’s “Wall of America” video screen.

One of those fans who popped up with a question was Clark Gregg, who starred with the cast in the original Avengers, and has appeared in virtually every Marvel movie. As far as moviegoers know, however, the Avengers still think his character, Phil Coulson, is dead — though he’s alive and well on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – and it seemed his absence made the stars’ hearts grow fonder. They went bananas when they saw him on the screen. “Get the f*** over here!” a stunned Ruffalo mouthed, making room on the couch next to him for Gregg to sit. “Where are you?!” Johansson asked. For his part, Downey screamed “Yes!” and fist-pumped.

Gregg explained, “Big fan, big fan…I just wondered if any of you would consider working on the small screen. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but it’s the golden age of television.” Kimmel asked the stars if they’d appear on S.H.I.E.L.D., and after an awkward pause, Evans sarcastically blurted out, “Sure!” and after some cross-talk, Downey jokingly jabbed, “You wouldn’t want to be blown off your small screen.” Ruffalo told Gregg he’s more than eager: “Quit blowing us off!” Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk enthused.

The gang was also split into two teams for “Avengers Family Feud.” Captain America himself, Chris Evans, led Ruffalo and Renner. Downey opposed, joined by Johansson and Hemsworth. After some apparently tequila-based confusion, Downey’s team took the victory — and a tandem bike built and decorated for three superheros.

Appropriate for an episode plugging a Marvel movie, the Kimmel episode even featured an after-credits scene. Kimmel, seemingly sitting in his living room, watched the show end, and said, “What? No after-credits scene?!”

The camera pulled back to reveal Ant-Man star Paul Rudd was watching with him, wearing an Ant-Man shirt. “That blows,” the actor deadpanned, before they started trashing the room.

The action didn’t end for the stars, however, who decamped from Kimmel’s studio and walked across the street to the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the movie’s world premiere. The scope of the movie was stunning for both series newcomers Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Scarlet Witch, and Paul Bettany, who finally got to suit up as the cybernetic hero Vision after being heard as the voice of JARVIS in the Iron Man movies and the original Avengers. “I’ve never seen sets like this,” the actor explained, “and I’ve never seen film sets destroyed in the same way that I’ve seen film sets destroyed on this film.”


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Drake Sets the Record Straight About Madonna Smooch

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 by

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Eric McCandless/CBS(NEW YORK) — Drake doesn’t have any regrets about his kiss with the Queen of Pop.

The rapper, 28, locked lips with Madonna onstage at Coachella Sunday. Madonna, 56, slinked behind Drake, who was seated onstage, as the music ended, and tilted Drake’s chin backward and planted a kiss on his lips.

But as the kiss broke, Drake had a curious reaction, holding his mouth.

Despite his body language, Drake says he enjoyed the smooch.

“Don’t misinterpret my shock!!” he wrote in a post on Instagram Monday night. “I got to make out with the queen Madonna and I feel 100 about that forever. Thank you Madonna,” he wrote.

 

Don’t misinterpret my shock!! I got to make out with the queen Madonna and I feel



Chris Harrison Named New Host of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 by

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ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Bachelor veteran host Chris Harrison has just been named the new host of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

He will start with the 14th season in the fall of 2015.

“Chris is an accomplished host and valued member of the Disney/ABC family and now he’ll also be bringing his classic talent and charm to Millionaire,” said Janice Marinelli, president of Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution.

Harrison has hosted 19 seasons of The Bachelor and 10 seasons of The Bachelorette.

“This is a great fit and I’m extremely excited and honored to take on this new endeavor,” Harrison said in a statement from ABC.

Harrison will take over hosting duties from Terry Crews.


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David Letterman Draws A-List Stars for Final “Late Show” Broadcast

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 by

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Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS(NEW YORK) — The biggest stars will visit David Letterman for a farewell chat as the longtime late night talk show host enters his final weeks as the host of Late Show.

This week, Letterman will welcome Sarah Jessica Parker, Billy Crystal, Michael J. Fox, Kevin James and Alec Baldwin, among others. Musical guests include country music singer Chris Stapleton, Tracy Chapman, John Mayer and more.

For Letterman’s final 28 shows, also expect to see George Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Keaton, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Julia Roberts, Ray Romano, Paul Rudd, Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Short, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Oprah Winfrey, Norah Jones, and Mumford and Sons, plus more. 

It will be interesting to see whether Bill Murray will be Letterman’s final guest — he was Letterman’s first guest on Late Night with David Letterman‘s NBC debut in 1982, and again when Late Show with David Letterman debuted on CBS in 1993.

Letterman, whose late-night run on both NBC and CBS totals 33 years, will host his final Late Show May 20.


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Octavia Spencer Explains Why She Began Writing Mystery Novels for Children

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 by

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ABC/MICHAEL DESMOND(NEW YORK) — Octavia Spencer is out with her second children’s book in the Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective series, The Sweetest Heist in History. The Oscar winner tells ABC Radio she decided to write a mystery series because she fell in love with the book genre at a very young age.

“When I was growing up, actually about six, I realized that…I wasn’t the best reader and didn’t understand why things seemed more fragmented, or sentences didn’t make sense,” she says. “And then I had a teacher who told my mom that maybe mysteries were the best way to keep me engaged. It just opened up a whole new world for me.”

So Spencer decided to write her own mystery novels for children. The Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective series centers on ninja detective Randi Rhodes and her fellow ninja detectives, DC and Pudge. In the second book in the series, the detectives trek to New York City to visit Randi’s aunt.

The Insurgent star adds of the second book, “One of the things that I’m obsessed with in my regular life…is Faberge Eggs. My dream would be to come across one. And I decided that the next mystery needed to involve Faberge Eggs.”

“Randi is in Brooklyn and there are six Faberge Eggs that go missing, and she and her counterparts have to solve that mystery,” she adds.

The Oscar winner said one character in her book has a disability, much like Spencer, who is dyslexic. Spencer tells ABC Radio why she finally decided to go public with the reading disorder.

“It was never my intention to be open about it,” she admits. “But…because there was certain things that I won’t do when I was auditioning. It’s like, ‘Look, if they want me to do new material, they can’t just give it to me in the room. I have to have had the material for a while. I don’t do cold readings.’ And you know there were a lot of things that I don’t do. And [my agent] was like, ‘You know? I think this is that time that you get to share that to let kids know that this is something that you have and you were able to overcome those obstacles.'”

Although Spencer plans to pen a third book in the mystery series, she has no plans to write for adults. “No, no! Let me tell you! This is hard enough,” she says, laughing. “I like the lighter fare. I enjoy reading darker fare and books for adults, but this is very nostalgic for me and it also helps to ground me in a way with my work.”

The Sweetest Heist in History is in bookstores now.


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“Dancing with the Stars” Recap: Suzanne Somers Voted Off in Week 5 of Season 20

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 by

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ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) —Actress-turned-entrepreneur Suzanne Somers was voted off ABC’s Dancing With the Stars Monday night during a show dedicated to classic Disney films.

Even though Somers and The Bachelor star Chris Soules were both in jeopardy of going home based on their performances from last week’s show, Somers, 68, ended up being voted off because she had the lowest combined total of viewer votes and judges’ scores for her foxtrot.

The foxtrot was a tribute to Three’s Company, the hit sitcom that shot Somers to stardom.

Somers said she believed she had done what she set out to do — which was to show that a woman in her late 60s could compete on the show — and she praised her pro partner, Tony Dovolani.

“He is a gentleman and he gave me everything he had and I so loved this,” Somers said.

Before Monday night’s elimination, each star danced one routine set to a song from a beloved Disney film. Some routines featured dancers performing alongside live animated classic Disney characters.

The Routines

Suzanne Somers: The actress had some doubt during rehearsals — even saying at one point that she didn’t believe she could stay on the show, but after encouragement from her pro partner, Tony Dovolani, she came out and delivered a judge-pleasing, sultry jazz routine. Unfortunately, the dance’s pacing was interrupted when Somers’s heel got caught in the hem of her glittering black gown. Despite the setback, judges said she had improved. Head judge Len Goodman and fellow judge Julianne Hough said they believed this was Somers’ best performance yet. Bruno Tonioli said the actress was confident, assertive and “in character,” and Carrie Ann Inaba said she should be proud. “This is what we’ve all been waiting for,” she said, mentioning the actress’ maturity, elegance, class and grace. Somers earned four 7s, for 28 out of a total 40 points.

Robert Herjavec: The Shark Tank star’s Mary Poppins-themed quickstep was ebullient but judges said Herjavec was out of step with the music. Even though the footwork was problematic, Inaba said Herjavec seemed happy during the performance. Goodman agreed, adding that it appeared Herjavec may have been carried away by his enthusiasm, thereby throwing off his timing. Goodman did commend Herjavec, though, for his personality on the dance floor. “You were out there really popping, giving it your all. It was full of razzle dazzle…You come out. You entertained. Well done!” Herjavec earned four 6s, for a total of 24 points.

Patti LaBelle:
Even with an injured knee, the iconic singer’s smooth waltz dazzled the judging panel. Tonioli said the performance was affectionate and warm, with “just the right touch of Disney magic.” Inaba said watching LaBelle, 70, was like “watching the fairy godmother of Dancing With the Stars,” adding that the singer was “so elegant.” Goodman called the performance charming, but pointed out that, because of LaBelle’s knee injury, the routine didn’t have as much movement as it could have. Despite that drawback, he said: “You’re great. I love watching you.” Hough said the competition was a marathon, and she commended LaBelle’s dedication, attitude and dance floor presence. LaBelle earned three 7s and a 6, for a total of 27 points.

Willow Shields: The Hunger Games actress, playing Alice from Alice in Wonderland, delivered a fantasy-filled foxtrot that judges praised for its creativity. Inaba pointed out that Shields lost her footing during the first half, but said she recovered during the second part of the routine. Goodman said the foxtrot was good. “You’re getting better and better,” he said. Hough agreed that Shields needed to work on her arm movements, but added: “The concept was so fun. You guys executed it so well.” Tonioli said Shields was becoming “a force to be reckoned with.” Shields earned two 9s and two 8s, for a total of 34 points.

Chris Soules:
The Bachelor star hurt his calf during rehearsals, but performed his Hercules-inspired quickstep anyway, and it drew mixed reviews from the judges. Given the difficulty level of the style of dance and the fact that Soules was injured, Goodman said he thought the Iowa farmer “did fine.” Hough cautioned Soules against putting too much pressure on himself. “I want you to remember that feeling of that first week when you did have fun,” she said. She also advised Soules to work on his musicality. Tonioli agreed, telling Soules to listen to the music, but Inaba said she thought Monday night’s performance was Soules’ best “by a long shot.” Soules earned three 7s and a 6, for a total of 27 points.

Noah Galloway: The U.S. Army veteran and double-amputee’s foxtrot earned a standing ovation from the ballroom audience. Hough approved of Galloway’s frame and said she loved his confidence. Tonioli said Galloway had a natural, intuitive way of being in tune with the music and his pro partner, Sharna Burgess. He called their connection and interaction “flawless.” Inaba, too, said she liked Galloway’s power and commitment but said she felt the routine lacked a bit of content. Goodman acknowledged that Galloway had challenges, but said he had great lines, sway and musicality. Galloway earned four 7s for a total of 28 points.

Riker Lynch: Channeling Captain Jack Sparrow, the R5 band member performed a powerful paso doble that had judges gushing with excitement and awarding Lynch his first 10s of the season. “That was mad and wonderful! You stuck everything you had into that. A super-production for a super-talent,” Tonioli said. Inaba was amazed. “Riker, what the heck was that? Where did you pull that out of?” she said. “You slayed it! Best ever. Best, best ever!” Added Goodman: “That wasn’t Pirates of the Caribbean. That was Fast and Furious….Well done!” Hough said the performance encompassed technique, content, emotion, passion, showmanship and artistry. Lynch earned two 10s and two 9s, for a total of 38 points.

Rumer Willis:
The actress played a villain — The Little Mermaid’s Ursula — for her dramatic samba, and the ballroom audience stood and cheered. Judges, too, had rave reviews. “What is going on tonight? Everybody’s drinking the Disney juice…it was out of this world and odd and weird, but it turns me on,” Inaba said. Goodman repeated his comment from a few weeks ago: “You’re a fantastic dancer. That’s it,” he said. Hough said she thought Willis’ performance was “the best dance of the night,” and Tonioli said Willis did wicked “brilliantly.” Willis earned three 10s and a 9, for a total of 39 points.

Nastia Liukin:
The Olympic artistic gymnast’s jazz number – set to “Love Is an Open Door” from Frozen — earned judges’ approval. “That was like a warm hug on a cold evening,” Goodman said. Hough said the routine was “so Disney,” and Tonioli agreed. “What you saw captured the essence of the wonderful world of Disney. Practically perfect in every way,” he said. Inaba, too, was impressed, but said she was a little bothered by the fact that Liukin and pro partner, Derek Hough, would sometimes lip-synch and not at other times. She said trying to anticipate when they would lip-synch took her out of the routine a bit. Liukin earned two 10s and two 9s, for a total of 38 points.

Monday night’s Scores

  • Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 39
  • Riker Lynch and Allison Holker: 38
  • Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough: 38
  • Willow Shields and Mark Ballas: 34
  • Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani: 28 (They were voted off.)
  • Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess: 28
  • Patti LaBelle and Artem Chigvintsev: 27
  • Chris Soules and Witney Carson: 27
  • Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson: 24


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Kim Kardashian, Kanye West Have North West Baptized in Jerusalem

Monday, April 13th, 2015 by

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AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — Kim Kardashian and Kanye West extended their trip abroad to include a visit to Israel.

The famous couple took their daughter, North, to Jerusalem Monday.

According to a rep for the reality TV star, the 22-month-old was baptized there. No other details were available.

However, the Jerusalem Post reported that the event took place at Saint James Cathedral, a 12th-century church in the Armenian quarter.

In the days leading up to the visit, Kardashian, 34, and West, 37, spent time in Armenia — the country from which her family descended. During their time there, they met with Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan.

 

“He expressed how proud they are that we are proud Armenians and we have not forgotten our roots! #NeverForget,” she tweeted.

 


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