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Nick Lachey Returns as Host of VH1′s “Big Morning Buzz Live”

Monday, September 29th, 2014 by

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Miller Mobley/VH1(NEW YORK) — Nick Lachey returns as host of VH1′s Big Morning Buzz Live.  The 98 Degrees singer told ABC News Radio his morning show stands out from the rest.

“I think the biggest thing for me that sets us apart is that we have live music every day and you know that makes sense being on VH1,” he explained. “And certainly that’s special to me being a musician to be able to feature both established artists like Pharrell Williams, who was on last season, Neon Trees, Sam Smith, but also feature some up and coming artists who people may not necessarily be as familiar with.”

Big Morning Buzz Live
airs out of Total Request Live studios in Times Square in New York City. Lachey said the location is so important to the show.

“Times Square is almost a character on our show. And we make it a point to go out into the square every day [and] interact with the people who are there,” he said. “You’ve got kind of a cross section of New Yorkers and tourists and young and old and there’s cowboys and underwear and all kinds of crazy stuff. It brings the spirit of New York into the show.”

Lachey is getting a new permanent co-host this season, comedian Michelle Buteau, who has guest co-hosted previously.

“I adore her,” Lachey said of his new side kick. “[She's] one of the funniest people that I’ve ever been around, just quick as she can be, [and] obviously hilarious. She’s definitely going to keep me on my toes.”

VH1′s Big Morning Buzz Live premieres Monday at 9 a.m. Eastern time.


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“Saturday Night Live” Returns with New Faces for Its 40th Season

Monday, September 29th, 2014 by

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NBC (NEW YORK) — There were a couple of “firsts” on the 40th-season premiere of NBC’s Saturday Night Live over the weekend.

It marked the first appearance of new SNL featured player Pete Davidson. The 20-year-old comedian took part in a memorable bit on “Weekend Update,” leading a pretty raunchy discussion about a sex act.

“Weekend Update” also unveiled its new anchor: Michael Che, who was named Cecily Strong’s replacement earlier this month. Che, who was a writer on the show last season, joined Colin Jost at the desk.  

Former SNL star Darrell Hammond made his debut as the show’s announcer. He took over the role from the late Don Pardo, who passed away in August.

Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt hosted the season premiere, and Ariana Grande was the musical guest.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ratings were on par with that of last May’s season finale, but were down from the 2013 season premiere in the advertiser-coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic.


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“The Equalizer” Comes Out Ahead at Box Office

Sunday, September 28th, 2014 by

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Sony/Columbia(NEW YORK) — Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer won the box office this weekend, unseating The Maze Runner.

The movie, based on the 1980s television show of the same name, also stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo. On its opening weekend, The Equalizer more than doubled the week’s second-highest grossing film, bringing in $35 million.

The Maze Runner slipped to second, while newly-opened The Boxtrolls finished in third.

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

1. The Equalizer: $35 million
2. The Maze Runner: $17.5 million
3. The Boxtrolls: $17.25 million
4. This is Where I Leave You: $7.01 million
5. Dolphin Tale 2: $4.835 million
6. No Good Deed (2014): $4.6 million
7. A Walk Among the Tombstones: $4.234 million
8. Guardians of the Galaxy: $3.789 million
9. Let’s Be Cops: $1.515 million
10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014): $1.45 million





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Family, Friends Gather at Memorial for Robin Williams

Sunday, September 28th, 2014 by

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ABC/Randy Holmes(SAN FRANCISCO) — Hundreds gathered on Saturday to honor late actor and comedian Robin Williams.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, numerous celebrities attended the memorial, including Ben Stiller, Better Midler, George Lucas, Danny DeVito, Gus Van Sant and Jeff Bridges, among others. Stevie Wonder performed with the Glide Ensemble and Change Band, which represent a San Francisco house of worship.

Us Weekly says that Gov. Jerry Brown, D-California, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi. D-California, were also in attendance.

Williams died in an apparent suicide last month.


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George Clooney Marries Amal Alamuddin

Saturday, September 27th, 2014 by

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ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images(VENICE, Italy) — George Clooney is a married man!

The 53-year-old actor said “I do” to British-Lebanese barrister Amal Alamuddin, 36, in a private ceremony in Venice, Italy, Clooney’s rep told ABC News.

The well-known Hollywood bachelor became engaged to Alamuddin in April. The couple first sparked relationship rumors last October when they dined out with friends.

A graduate of Oxford and New York University School of Law, Alamuddin has represented a number of high-profile clients, including WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his fight against extradition.

Clooney, who was married once before to actress Talia Balsam from 1989 to 1993, famously declared that he would never marry again.

Last December, he admitted that he was single because he was still waiting for the love of his life.

“I haven’t met her yet,” Clooney told W magazine.

A couple months later, he stepped out publicly with Alamuddin for the first time, taking her to the White House for a film screening.

This is believed to be Alamuddin’s first marriage.


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Jay Z, Carrie Underwood, And More to Perform at Global Citizen Concert

Saturday, September 27th, 2014 by

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ABC/Bob D’Amico(NEW YORK) — For the third year in row, celebrities are joining together to perform a free concert organized by Global Citizen.

Jay Z, Carrie Underwood, No Doubt, Sting, FUN, and the Roots will all be performing at Saturday’s concert in Central Park.

Volunteers from across the country earned free admission to the star-studded festival by completing community service.

Organizer Ryan Gall, who co-founded Global Citizen, says more than 60,000 people earned tickets this year.

“In order to get a ticket, you have to take action and those actions can be anything from signing a petition or tweeting out a congressman, asking them to vote a certain way,” Gall said. “When we work together towards a big goal, we can make big change.”

Global Citizen is an initiative of the Global Poverty Project, a group that aims to end extreme poverty by 2030.


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Robert Downey Jr. Eulogizes Late Mom on Facebook

Friday, September 26th, 2014 by

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Paul Drinkwater/NBC(NEW YORK) — Robert Downey Jr. is mourning the loss of his mother Elsie Ann Downey. The actor took to Facebook on Friday to post a long eulogy celebrating his mom as his “role model as an actor.”

Downey’s mother passed away on September 22, and he writes, “I feel the need to run the risk of over sharing…I wanna say something about her life, and a generic ‘obit’ won’t suffice.”

After giving some background on her early life, the Iron Man star spoke about some of her early work as an actress, but then reveals that by the mid-’70s, she’d became an alcoholic, and got her last paying job — a recurring role on the show Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman — in 1976.

She eventually beat her addiction disease, only to be plagued by medical problems. Downey writes, “By 1990, she’d had enough, went to treatment, got sober. Just in time to enjoy several decades of heart disease, bypasses, you name it.”

Downey then mentions his personal struggles with substance abuse, writing, “While I strived to have the kind of success that eluded [my mother], my own addiction repeatedly forbade it. In the summer of 2004, I was in bad shape. She called me out of the blue, and I admitted everything. I don’t remember what she said, but I haven’t drank or used since.”

He then recalls returning from filming Avengers: Age of Ultron in June to visit his ailing mom, who was on life support at the time.

“To my amazement, she was completely lucid, interactive, mugging + pulling faces,” he writes. “We couldn’t speak ’cause she had a tracheal tube. I wondered if she might just beat the odds once more. Another set of seizures answered that, and we brought her home for hospice. She died @ 11 p.m., September 22nd, survived by her extremely loving and tolerant partner of 37 years, Jonas Kerr.”

Downey adds, “She was my role model as an actor, and as a woman who got sober and stayed that way.  She was also reclusive, self-deprecating, a stoic Scotch-German rural Pennsylvanian, a ball buster, stubborn, and happy to hold a grudge. My ambition, tenacity, loyalty, ‘moods,’ grandiosity, occasional passive aggression, and my faith….That’s all her…and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

He finishes by writing, “If anyone out there has a mother, and she’s not perfect, please call her and say you love her anyway.”


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Vanessa Williams Is Engaged to Jim Skrip

Friday, September 26th, 2014 by

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Heather Wines/CBS ©2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved(NEW YORK) — Vanessa Williams has exciting news to share: She’s engaged!

The actress, 50, is set to wed her boyfriend of more than a year, Jim Skrip.

“I’ve had a lot of good things happen while I’ve been on this lovely trip,” she told Queen Latifah, who commented on her “bling ring.” “I turned 50 when we were in rehearsal on Broadway, and I just got engaged a couple weeks ago. It’s been a lot of blessings on this trip!”

This will be the third marriage for the actress, who has three children with her first husband, her former manager, Ramon Hervy II. She has one child with her second husband, former NBA player Rick Fox.

The episode of Latifah’s talk show that features the interview will air Tuesday.


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All the Details of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s Wedding Weekend

Friday, September 26th, 2014 by

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ABC/Randy Holmes(VENICE, Italy) — George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin are ready to wed!

On Friday, the couple arrived in Venice, where they’re set to celebrate their impending nuptials with a three-day extravaganza. The actual civil ceremony will take place on Monday.

On Friday they were photographed on a boat with Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber, who’s said to be Clooney’s best man.

Also seen in Venice: Matt Damon with his wife, Luciana Barroso, guitarist Steve Lukather, actress Ellen Barkin, and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are also reportedly set to attend, as are Bono and Sandra Bullock.

But, before they say “I do,” there are toasts to be made and champagne bottles to be popped! On Saturday, Clooney, 53, and Alamuddin, 36, will be escorted by police boats from the Cipriani hotel to the Aman hotel, where a big pre-wedding bash will take place.

Clooney, who will wear Armani for his big day, can’t wait to marry his lawyer love.

“I would just like to say to my bride-to-be, Amal, that I love you very much,” he said at a charity event earlier this month. “And I can’t wait to be your husband.”


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How Kendra Wilkinson Protected Her Son From Her Marital Issues

Friday, September 26th, 2014 by

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Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — When reports surfaced that Kendra Wilkinson’s husband, Hank Baskett, cheated on her, she was devastated.

However, she then shifted her attention to their 4-year-old son, Hank IV.

“When the news broke, I flipped on Hank and told him to get out of the house,” the reality TV star told People. “But then I allowed him to come back and get Little Hank, because we knew there was going to be this s**t storm. I had to calm down and really just think logically and figure out what the right thing to do was.”

Ultimately, Wilkinson, 29, told Baskett, 32, to take the boy to New Mexico, where the former NFL player’s parents live. In the meantime, she stayed at their California home with their daughter, 4-month-old Alijah.

“It was so gross to me, but I knew in the back of my mind that he’s a great father, and is the only one who could protect his son,” she said. “If he’d stayed here, he’d have been hounded. If I took him to preschool, to the movies, I would not feel safe. But giving Little Hank to Hank to go to New Mexico was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life.”

The most difficult part, she added, was that she wasn’t sure when it would be safe for him to return home.

“I wanted my son back, but I didn’t want to do something to hurt Little Hank, like use him as a tug-of-war item,” she said. “I had to just allow him to think he was just visiting grandma and grandpa. It was the right thing to do.”


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