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Kylie Jenner Celebrates High School Graduation with Family, Ryan Seacrest & Tyga

Friday, July 24th, 2015 by

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Photo by: Timothy White/E!(LOS ANGELES) — If you’re Kylie Jenner how do you celebrate graduating from high school? Well, your mom, Kris Jenner, throws you a celebrity surprise birthday bash complete with synchronized swimmers, a photo booth and giant silver balloons.

Kylie graduated from Laurel Springs High School earlier this week, though she’s been home-schooled.

Attendees of the party, which was hosted by Ryan Seacrest, included Kylie’s sisters Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, and Khloe Kardashian. Also spotted in the various posts on Instagram and Snapchat were Kylie’s boyfriend, rapper Tyga; her best friend, model Gigi Hadid; and even Khloe’s new boo, NBA player James Harden.

Noticeably absent was Kylie’s father, Caitlyn Jenner.

Kylie bragged about her graduation gifts on Snapchat, showing off a Cartier bracelet and a diamond Rolex watch.

The teen also made sure to thank mom for her efforts. “I love my mom for doing this,” she wrote on Instagram. “Thank you for making this experience as normal as possible for me. Yay?? I graduated :)”

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Jaime King Reveals Newborn Son’s Name

Friday, July 24th, 2015 by

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Eddy Chen/The CW(NEW YORK) — Jaime King and her husband, Kyle Newman, announced Monday they’ve welcomed their second child, a baby boy. Now King is revealing her son’s name.

“Kyle and I named our second son Leo Thames Newman,” the model and actress tells JustJared.com. “Our family couldn’t be happier welcoming another little angel into this world. Thank you for all of the support and well wishes.”

A family friend explained the special meaning behind the name, saying, “Jaime and Kyle were married by the River Thames and Leo means strong and powerful.” 

King shared a picture of her family in the hospital to announce the birth of baby Leo. “We are SO happy to welcome to the world our new baby boy! Born Thursday, July 16th! Xx,” she wrote on Instagram.

King, 36, who’s already mom to son James Knight — born in October 2013 — announced in February she was expecting again.

This baby has a very special godmother in pop superstar Taylor Swift, one of King’s closest friends.

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Nicki Minaj Clarifies VMA Twitter Comments; Says Taylor Swift Apologized over Phone

Friday, July 24th, 2015 by

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Barbz and Swifties can take their fingers off the Twitter trigger — their two favorite stars, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift, respectively, have worked things out.

Nicki confirmed Friday on Good Morning America that she and Taylor spoke on the phone Thursday and are “all good” after their Twitter spat following Tuesday’s announcement of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards nominations.

“We spoke for a long time. We were cracking up laughing on the phone. It’s over, you guys,” Nicki declared.

The rapper sparked the firestorm by taking to social media to express her frustration that her music video for “Anaconda” wasn’t nominated for Video of the Year, the MTV Video Music Awards top award. “Anaconda” was nominated for Best Female Video and Best Hip-Hop Video.

“I posted something on my Instagram and it just showed the stats of other videos that had been nominated previously and there just seemed to be a little funny business going on,” Nicki explained.  “‘Anaconda’ had such a huge cultural impact and, on top of that, we broke the Vevo record and ‘Anaconda’ therefore should’ve been nominated.”

The rapper’s online comments called out the MTV Video Music Awards for allegedly “celebrating women with very slim bodies.”  Nicki added, “I do think if it was one of the pop girls, there would have many nominations for it.”

Nicki explained that she was just referring to the diversity she wants to see in music. “I think that we just have to have both images for girls,” she said. “We can’t have only one type of body being glorified in the media because it just makes girls even more insecure than we already are.”

Her tweet, however, was not interpreted that way at first by Taylor, whose “Bad Blood” music video famously features her gaggle of supermodel friends and was nominated for Video of the Year. The singer replied directly to Nicki’s tweet, claiming the rapper was trying to “pit women against each other.”  Swift later tweeted an apology, and Nicki said Friday Taylor also called to apologize.

“She was, you know, super, super sweet and she apologized,” Nicki explained. “She said, ‘You know, look I didn’t understand the big picture of what you were saying but now I get it.'”

Nicki said she hopes the two can work together in the future. “I’m sure we can,” she added. “You know why, because it takes a big person to do what Taylor did. …Sometimes we do things and we don’t think right away or we don’t investigate and we just talk so it was big of her to come out and say that.”

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Hulk Hogan Apologizes for Reported Racist Comments; WWE Ends Relationship with Wrestler

Friday, July 24th, 2015 by

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Craig Ambrosio/WWE/USA Network(NEW YORK) — Hall of Fame pro wrestler Hulk Hogan apologized Friday after a transcript from a sex video he made reportedly shows him repeatedly using the N-word while discussing his daughter, Brooke, and an African-American man she was dating.

“Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it,” Hogan said in a statement provided to ABC News.

The National Enquirer published a transcript they say is based on several sources who saw the video, which is the subject of a separate lawsuit involving the pro wrestler. They claim Hogan, in talking about his daughter’s music career, says a “black billionaire guy” offered to fund it.

“I don’t know if Brooke was f***ing the black guy’s son,” Hogan reportedly says. “I mean, I am racist to a point, f***ing n*****s. But then when it comes to nice people and s**t, whatever.”

Hogan, according to the sources, goes on to say he’d be okay with his daughter dating an “eight-foot-tall n***** worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player!”

“This not who I am,” Hogan continued in his statement. “I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.” 

World Wrestling Entertainment cut ties with Hogan Friday before the transcript was released. In a statement to ABC News, the organization declared, “WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.” 

However, Hogan’s lawyer said his client resigned from the WWE, rather than was expelled. “He decided to resign from WWE because he didn’t want to put them or his family through this,” attorney David Houston told People magazine.

Hogan’s name has been virtually wiped from the WWE’s website, apparently remaining only in past news stories. The organization also removed Hogan merchandise from its online store, where a search for his name does not return any hits.  

Early Friday morning, just as news of the WWE’s move was surfacing, Hogan tweeted, “In the storm I release control, God and his Universe will sail me where he wants me to be, one love.”

Hogan is currently in a $100 million lawsuit against Gawker over the 2008 sex tape, which shows Hogan in bed with Heather Clem.  Gawker posted the video online in 2012. The lawsuit will be brought to trial later this year. Gawker later removed the video from its website.

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“Avengers: Age of Ultron” Coming to Digital, DVD & Blu-ray This Fall

Friday, July 24th, 2015 by

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The Walt Disney Company/Marvel Comics(NEW YORK) — We don’t have much longer to wait before we can watch Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron in our own living rooms.  The box office smash is coming to DVD, Blu-ray and on-demand October 2.

The DVD features 45 minutes of exclusive new content including never-before-seen deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, and a gag reel.

If you can’t bear to wait that long, you can watch it in digital 3D, digital HD and Disney movies anywhere as early as September 8.  Details on that are forthcoming.

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron has earned over $1.3 billion worldwide since it opened last May.

Disney is the parent company of both Marvel and ABC News.

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“Pixels,” “Paper Towns,” “Southpaw” Open Friday

Friday, July 24th, 2015 by

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Sony/Columbia(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Pixels — Classic arcade game characters like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong are on the rampage, thanks to an alien invasion, and it’s up to some old-school gamers to take them on. Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad and Brian Cox star. Rated PG-13. 

Paper Towns — A boy and his friends embark on an adventure to track down his female neighbor, who’s disappeared and has left behind clues for him to solve in order to unravel the mystery. Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne star in the film, which is an adaptation of the best-selling novel by The Fault in Our Stars authorJohn Green. Rated PG-13.   

Southpaw — Jake Gyllenhaal is a boxer whose life goes into a downward spiral after he loses his wife and then custody of his daughter. Training Day director Antoine Fuqua helmed the drama, which also starsCurtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Forest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams. Rated R.

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Judge Rules Kelly Rutherford’s Custody Battle Can’t Continue in California

Friday, July 24th, 2015 by

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Will Hart/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas ruled Thursday that California doesn’t have jurisdiction in actress Kelly Rutherford’s lengthy custody battle, according to court documents obtained by ABC News.

The Gossip Girl star, 46, has been fighting to regain custody of her two children — son Hermes, 8, and daughter Helena, 6 — who have been living with their father in Monaco since 2013.

“Given the fact that the children have only spent approximately one week in California in over two years, if these children have any connection to California, it is tenuous at best,” he ruled. “The court does not believe that it is obligated to relinquish jurisdiction to Monaco, only that it acknowledge that it no longer has jurisdiction over the children.”

In 2012, Rutherford and Giersch had a joint custody arrangement when Giersch lost his U.S. visa and a California judge ruled that the two children should stay with him in Europe. About three years later, this past April, a judge in the U.S. Federal Court in New York denied Rutherford’s request to bring the children back to the U.S, a ruling she has appealed.

Rutherford’s California attorney, David Glass, who argued that his client has business and family ties to California, told ABC News he and his client “are extremely disappointed” by the ruling.

“This court set up the current situation whereby my client was forced to live bi-coastally, but now, the court appears to be holding it against her,” Glass said. “Likewise, the court created the situation whereby the children would lose their connections to California, and despite the judgment’s language precluding the passage of time from creating new jurisdiction, that is exactly what has happened.”

The actress began this custody battle after Giersch’s visa was revoked in 2012 and he was not able to re-enter the U.S. A California judge then sent her children to live abroad with their father so they would live in one location. Rutherford was never accused of any wrongdoing.

ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams said the new ruling puts Rutherford in a legal bind. Now, there is no court in the U.S. that has jurisdiction, Abrams said. He added that he doesn’t know what Rutherford will do next, but that she can potentially appeal the California ruling. He said there is no precedent for a case like this.

“There’s never been another case where one parent was refused access to the country and, as a result, the children in custody were sent to live with that parent,” he said.

Up until this summer, Rutherford had been traveling overseas to see her children.

“I can sit here and tell you how often I cry,” she told Good Morning America earlier this year. “I can tell you how it feels to leave my kids in a foreign country…to see them after not seeing them for weeks on end.”

Giersch’s attorney, Fahi Takesh Hallin, told ABC News in a statement, “Daniel will continue to promote Kelly’s relationship with the children. He believes that the children deserve to love both parents and has never nor does he intend to ever participate in any negative press directed at Kelly. As always, Daniel will continue to guard the privacy of the children, in their best interests and for their safety.”

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Angelina Jolie Pitt Directing Drama for Netflix

Friday, July 24th, 2015 by

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ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Angelina Jolie Pitt is the latest A-list celebrity to sign on for a Netflix project.

She will direct and produce an adaptation of First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, a memoir from Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung about surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime.

Saying she was “deeply affected” by the book, Jolie Pitt said Thursday in a statement, “It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it. And it helped me draw closer still to the people of Cambodia, my son’s homeland.” 

Netflix says Jolie Pitt’s Cambodian-born son, Maddox, 13, will be involved in the production of the drama, which will premiere on the service in late 2016.

Jolie Pitt recently directed the 2014 film Unbroken and the upcoming drama By the Sea, in which she co-stars with her husband, Brad Pitt.

Netflix announced last month that Brad Pitt will star in a satirical comedy titled War Machine that will debut on its platform next year.

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“Sharknado 3″ Ratings Down from Previous Installment

Friday, July 24th, 2015 by

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Syfy(NEW YORK) — Did the third Sharknado movie match the ratings of the other sequel in the Syfy series? Oh hell no!

The premiere of Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! on Wednesday night was watched by an estimated 2.8 million viewers — a solid number for Syfy, but a drop from the 3.9 million who tuned in to last year’s Sharknado 2: The Second One.

The original Sharknado movie drew 1.4 million viewers in 2013.

Sharknado 3, which featured the return of stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, resulted in two billion Twitter impressions on Wednesday night. It was the most social program on TV in Twitter activity.

The movie ended with a cut-to-black scene that left the fate of Reid’s character, April, uncertain. Viewers were asked to vote on whether she should live to see the fourth Sharknado movie.

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Comedienne Lisa Lampanelli Talks Donald Trump and Bill Cosby

Friday, July 24th, 2015 by

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Epix(NEW YORK) — The “Queen of Mean,” Lisa Lampanelli, has a new comedy album out Friday, and she recently talked Donald Trump and Bill Cosby with ABC Radio.

Lampanelli knows Trump, given that she was a contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice a few years back. She says, “He works really super hard and made a great living for himself and his family.”

But she’s not exactly giving the GOP presidential candidate her endorsement. She jokes, “I don’t know if he wouldn’t have our country blown off the map within a few short minutes, just ’cause of the things he says.”

Lampanelli doesn’t know Cosby, who’s facing sexual assault allegations from dozens of women, but she never really liked him.

She says, “Anyone that sets himself up as father of the year or as a role model…anything with preachiness always hits me wrong, and I go, that’s somebody hiding something. I would have never guessed it was this thing.” 

She has a few Cosby jokes on her new special, titled Back To The Drawing Board.

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