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Jaime King on How Her Son James Makes Her a ‘Better’ Person

Sunday, May 10th, 2015 by

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Frederick M. Brown / iStock / Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Jaime King couldn’t be happier.

The Hart of Dixie actress attended the Met Gala last week while pregnant with her second child and even though she admits she still felt the pain from wearing high heels days after the event, “it was my favorite Met thus far.”

King, 36, went to the Gala with Jason Wu for Hugo Boss with a custom dress that was a showstopper. Wu is one of her closest friends, so she said the night felt like she went with family.

“It was emotional in a great way for me,” she told ABC News about the Gala.

King added that she loves being pregnant.

“It doesn’t matter if I don’t sleep and have insomnia and feel like crap, all that physical stuff that goes along with it, cause at the same time, there’s just like this human being inside of you, it’s such a magical and sacred experience,” she said.

King announced that she and her husband Kyle Newman were expecting again this past February. She has been open about how her and her husband tried for four years to get pregnant with their first child, James Knight, and how motherhood has been the actress’ greatest gift.

“Looking at my son now, who’s 18 months, and having another on the way, it makes it even more exciting, cause I know what it’s like,” she said. “It feels like there’s so much magic in my life. I rediscover the world through seeing this little person. When you watch and see his sense of self discovery, his joy and happiness, it makes me a much better human being.”

King said no matter how hard life gets, knowing that she only has years with her son until he grows up pulls her away from the stresses and “totally changes my point of view on how I live my life.”

“I just feel really blessed,” she said. “When I reflect on my life … I just realize all of your hard work and all of your perseverance and your good values and what it is that you put out into the world, will come back to you. I didn’t come from a lot, but I came from a lot of love.”

With a second baby on the way, King revealed two months ago that dear friend Taylor Swift would be the newborn’s godmother.

“The greatest gift about having her (Swift) in my life and having her as the godmother to my upcoming child is just having her and everything that she encompasses,” King said. “She’s one of the most loving and compassionate, loyal people that I know. She is such an incredible light on this planet. The way she treats her fans and family just consistently stuns me with how beautiful she is.”

King said what sums up how she feels about Swift is a speech she recently posted that the “1989” singer said while on her new tour.

King spoke to ABC News as part of a collaboration with Plenti, a loyalty program with the likes of Macy’s, Hulu and AT&T. American Express is the operator of the Plenti program, which launched this month.

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Stars Celebrating Their First Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 10th, 2015 by

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Kevin Winter / iStock / Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — This Mother’s Day takes on a new meaning for Hollywood’s first-time moms.

That is, unless you’re Eva Mendes.

“There is no plan,” the actress, who welcomed daughter Esmeralda with Ryan Gosling, told Access Hollywood on Tuesday. “I kind of feel like I haven’t quite earned my stripes yet, in a way. She’s seven months [old].”

Mendes does plan to celebrate her own mom, however.

“This Mother’s Day is definitely all about my mom. She’s had a really hard year. My brother’s sick, so it’s all about my mom, honoring her,” the star said. “We’re all going to go over to her house and bombard her with love.”

Whether or not she celebrates Mother’s Day herself, Mendes is among a slew of stars who have welcomed their first child in the last year. Check out these other star moms celebrating their first Mother’s Day and what they’ve said about becoming a mother.

Carrie Underwood

American Idol winner Carrie Underwood and her hockey-star husband, Mike Fisher, welcomed son Isaiah Michael Fisher on Feb. 27.

Soon after, she was celebrating her own birthday, March 10, with a sense of humor.

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!” she tweeted. “My 1st present = late night date with a tiny semi-bald chubby dude who likes to grunt & cry & pass gas! #bestgiftever”

The country star was already relaxing ahead of Mother’s Day. Earlier in the week, she posted a bikini-selfie on Instagram, captioning it, “Vacation selfie. #IKnowImLame.”

Blake Lively

Blake Lively and husband Ryan Reynolds welcomed their first baby, daughter James, late last year.

Since becoming a mom, the actress’s life has been completely transformed. For one thing, breastfeeding, she said, has been all-consuming.

It’s “a full-time job,” Lively told Allure magazine. “I’m, like, driving down the road, pumping.”

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana welcomed twin boys, Cy and Bowie, with husband Marco Perego in November.

While she has said she’s “enjoying every minute” of motherhood, the 36-year-old actress has also been candid about her struggle to get back in shape and adjust to taking care of twins.

“Yes, by far, the most amazing experience of my life, but also a very challenging experience when it pertains to my body. I’m sure moms across the world (and dads sometimes) can identify with what I’m about to say,” she wrote on Facebook.

“Bouncing back feels impossible, but I know it is important as a woman, and now a mommy, to not give up. I am determined to get my energy back and find balance for my body before these little guys start walking, and before I go back to work….. my clock is ticking!” she wrote.

Mila Kunis

In February, Mila Kunis opened up on Reddit about becoming a mother to daughter Wyatt last fall with fiancé Ashton Kutcher.

“I am proud to be a stay-at-home mom. I have no desire to be in front of the camera,” she said in the online Q&A. “I find her to be the most challenging job I’ve had.”

She went on: “It is the most life-changing experience you can have, in my opinion. EVERYTHING changed. The amount of love that you have, the type of love that you have, changes, the way you look at the world changes … everything has changed, because of her. I want an ecofriendly car, I want to compost everything, because I want the world to be better for her. And you have the opportunity to make a really great child for the world. Or a really great human being.”

Stacy Keibler

George Clooney’s ex Stacy Keibler and her husband, Future Ads CEO Jared Pobre, welcomed daughter Ava last August.

Posting a photo of her and Ava on her blog in December, Keibler wrote, “Life can be unpredictable. You feel one way, and then…boom! You need to entirely change your perspective. That is certainly what happened to me this past year. Until I started dating Jared, the idea of being married and having a family was never on my radar. I was just hoping that the right love would find me.”

She went on to say that Pobre turned out to be her soulmate and that “Ava has graced us with such joy, such light and such love — we never saw it coming. She is our special little lady, and I couldn’t be more thankful for how she has opened my heart.”

Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel and husband Justin Timberlake welcomed their first child, son Silas Randall Timberlake, last month.

Two weeks later, Timberlake posted a first photo of Silas, wearing a shirt that said Memphis Grizzles, the basketball team for which the singer is a part owner.

“The Timberlakes are ready!!! GO GRIZZ! #GritNGrind #Playoffs #BabyGrizzROAR,” Timberlake wrote.

Jill Dillard

Though she’s a big sister to 15 siblings, Jill Dillard said motherhood is a lot different than she expected.

“There are a lot of things that seem different than I thought they would be,” Jill, 23, who gave birth to son Israel David on April 6, told People magazine. “I have just asked my mom a lot of questions about what is normal and what to expect.”

Dillard’s mom is something of an expert. Michelle Duggar has 19 kids with husband Jim Bob, and they are the stars of the TLC series, 19 Kids and Counting.

Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton and husband Marc Mezvinsky welcomed daughter Charlotte last September. Since then, the former president’s daughter said her life hasn’t been the same.

“Marc and I are like, ‘What did we do before we were parents?’ My whole life is reoriented around my daughter in the most blessed sense,” Clinton told the May issue of Elle. “I now understand — this is something else that Marc and I talk about all the time — all of the enthusiastic, bombastically spectacular, wonderful things people say about their children, because we also feel and think all those things about Charlotte — that she is just the most remarkable little bubbly, perfect, chunky monkey creature ever.”

Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere began her life as a mom after welcoming daughter Kaya last December with fiancé Wladimir Klitschko.

Last month, she told Good Morning America that being a mom was like an out-of-body experience.

“[It’s] out of body,” the Nashville star, 25, noted. “As you know. You know what it’s like. As long as your kids are happy and healthy and all good — it’s fabulous.”

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson and her fiancé, Romain Dauriac, welcomed daughter Rose in September.

“It’s wonderful, and exhausting,” Johansson told Barbara Walters in December. “The love is just unbelievable. It’s very overwhelming.”

Johansson said she cares for her daughter herself, from changing diapers to breast-feeding.

“The whole bit,” she said. “I’m nursing, and I love it, I love it. It’s the best way to get back in shape.”

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson said her world has changed “in the most awesome way” since she became a wife and mother of three.

“My whole life took a big 180,” the American Idol winner told People in February. “I never thought I was going to be a mom, so it’s very much changed my world in the most awesome way.”

After Clarkson, 32, married husband Brandon Blackstock, 38, in October 2013, she became a stepmom to his two children, Savannah, 13, and Seth, 8. Then, in June 2014, the couple welcomed their own daughter, River Rose, now 8 months old.

“I love what I do, but I feel like I relied on my career a lot for my self-worth. And now I’m more than that,” the pop star told People. “I’m a mother and a wife and have this whole other thing going on.”

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Kristin Chenoweth Shares Her Letter to Her Mom This Mother’s Day

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 by

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Kristin Chenoweth is a mama’s girl and proud of it!

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Chenoweth is among the celebrities who contributed a personal letter to her mom in a new book, A Letter to My Mom, which includes notes and tributes from people across the world celebrating the women who raised them.

“You have given me many gifts, but the most important one is easy: you told me to believe in myself always,” the actress, 46, wrote in the touching letter to her mom, whom she affectionately calls “Junie aka June bug aka Mama.”

“You supported my decision to become an actress and a singer. You supported me with my self-esteem, not be confused with arrogance.”

Chenoweth, the Tony-award winner who stars in the Broadway musical On the Twentieth, thanks her mom for her sacrifices.

“You gave up your own career so you could have ours. You did without so we could have whatever we needed. You drove many miles to ballet class and piano lessons for me. You sacrificed so I could go to college,” she wrote.

She also reveals that it’s her mother who taught her how to be strong.

“Another question I get asked if how can I be so ‘tough’? I have seen you battle cancer several times and come out the winner. I have seen you handle difficult surgeries barely complaining. You have shown me how to handle any difficulty with grace,” Chenoweth wrote.

Chenoweth’s tribute is one of many in the collection, including letters from Melissa Rivers, Shania Twain, Kelly Osbourne,, and ABC News’ chief meteorologist Ginger Zee.

Zee thanks her mother, Dawn, for her sacrifices.

“My respect for you is so great,” Zee wrote. “And now that I am newly married and wanting to start my own family someday, this reflection on our relationship makes me see all the sacrifices you made more clearly than ever before. I have a ton to live up to if I get the chance to be a mom.”

Watch Chenoweth read her letter below.

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Jimmy Fallon Says Moms ‘Have to Be the Disciplinarians’ for Daughters

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 by

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James White/NBC(NEW YORK) — Jimmy Fallon is not only the host of The Tonight Show, but he’s also a father to two daughters. He has advice for moms ahead of Mother’s Day.

“Moms should know that even the manliest guys will become softies when they have daughters,” he told Parents. “Dads immediately fall in love with their little girls, and will let them get away with everything. So moms are going to have to be the disciplinarians when it comes to daughters.”

Fallon and his wife Nancy, are parents to Frances Cole, 5 months, and Winnie Rose, 22 months. The pair wed in 2007.

The late night talk show host said he never thought he’d be one of those annoying over-sharing parents, “but as soon as Winnie was born I was showing iPhone snaps to a cab driver,” he said.

As his girls grow older, Fallon said he’s looking to teach them many things. “I want to teach them everything I’ve ever learned. I’m going to teach them what a vinyl record is, and I can’t wait for them to eat their first meatballs,” he gushed. “I look forward to vacations and family time. I’m going to be that nerdy dad, like, ‘Okay kids, let’s back up the RV, and here we go!’ They’ll be like, ‘Dad, leave us alone. You’re such a nerd.'”

For now, Fallon can read to them his own book — Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada. The comedian said his oldest daughter inspired him to write the children’s book.

“I loved reading to Winnie, and at the time I came up with the book it was important to me that her first word be ‘Dada.’ I went as far as to try to trick her into saying ‘Dada’ by calling everything ‘Dada’ from her bottle to diapers to strawberries,” he admitted.

Sadly for Fallon, his plan backfired. “‘Mama’ was her first word. That’s why I invented this book, so hopefully other dads can trick their kids,” he quipped.

Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada hits bookshelves June 9.

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Big Bird Puppeteer Caroll Spinney Recalls Heartbreaking Story About Dying Fan

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Douglas Gorenstein/NBC(NEW YORK) — The man behind Big Bird shared an emotional story about how he brought joy to a dying fan in the final moments of his young life.

Caroll Spinney, who most of the world knows by his Sesame Street alter ego, hosted an ‘ask me anything’ interview on Reddit Thursday afternoon while promoting a documentary about his life and the first questioner prompted a truly heartbreaking revelation.

When asked about his most meaning interaction with a child, Spinney told what he called a “very sad story, but it’s real.”

Spinney said he received a letter asking him to call a 5-year-old boy named Joey who was “so ill, the little boy knew he was dying.”

“He said the only thing that cheered him at all in his fading state was to see Big Bird on television,” Spinney wrote of the man who had written to him.

Spinney said it “took a while to look up a phone, because this was before cell phones” — but when he called and spoke to him as Big Bird, their conversation lasted for about ten minutes.

“He said, ‘Thank you for calling me Big Bird. You’re my friend. You make me happy,'” Spinney wrote.

The boy’s condition had deteriorated at that point to the degree that the doctors had called his parents in “because they weren’t sure how long he’d last,” Spinney wrote, and the puppeteer received a thank you note from the boy’s father shortly after.

The father reportedly told Spinney that “he hadn’t seen him smile since October, and this was in March – and when the phone was hung up, he said ‘Big Bird called me! He’s my friend,'” he wrote.

“We haven’t seen our little boy smile in MONTHS. He smiled, as he passed away. It was a gift to us. Thank you,” the father reportedly wrote.

Spinney went on to tell other stories from his nearly half century spent performing as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, reflecting on the impact that the characters have in kids’ lives.

“We’re not trying to fool them, we’re just trying to entertain them, and let them know that their friend Big Bird is not just a man in a giant suit,” he wrote in the Reddit AMA.

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Bobby Brown Granted Co-Guardianship of Bobbi Kristina

Friday, May 8th, 2015 by

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Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage(ATLANTA) — Bobby Brown and Pat Houston will be co-guardians for Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Their attorneys said in a statement Friday that the singer and the sister-in-law of Bobbi Kristina’s late mother, Whitney Houston, spent a day in court working out the agreement.

“We are delighted to inform the public that the court has appointed Bobby Brown and Pat Houston as co-guardians of Bobbi Kristina Brown (‘Krissi’),” read a statement issued by David Long-Daniels, counsel for Pat Houston and Cissy Houston, and Christopher Brown, an attorney for Bobby Brown. “Both Mr. Brown and Ms. Houston are jointly responsible for decisions related to Krissi’s care and medical needs.”

A court-appointed attorney, Bedelia Hargrove, will act as a conservator for the 22-year-old. Hargrove, according to her law firm bio, “specializes in fiduciary litigation, probate and estate administration, estate planning, personal injury and wrongful death cases, as well as general civil litigation.”

“Ms. Hargrove is responsible for Krissi’s assets, including her likeness, rights and legal claims,” the statement read. “Both parties are delighted with the court’s decision and are working harmoniously to ensure Krissi receives the best possible medical care. We are appreciative of the manner in which Judge Jeryl Debra Rosh handled this matter.”

Rosh, a judge for the probate court of DeKalb County in Georgia, confirmed in paperwork from April 24 that Brown’s guardianship petition had been received.

“A petition for guardianship has been filed and received by this office,” read the document, which was obtained by ABC News. “No further information is available on this subject at this time.”

Bobbi Kristina, 22, was hospitalized in January after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Georgia home. In March, she was moved to a rehab facility nearby, and last month, her maternal grandmother, Cissy Houston, said that she had “irreversible brain damage.”

“Meeting with the doctors and understanding that she can live in this condition for a lifetime truly saddens me,” she said at the time. “We can only trust in God for a miracle at this time. Keep us in your prayers.”

However, Alicia Etheredge-Brown, Brown’s wife, said that the singer has been “encouraged by the steps that Bobbi Kristina has made.”

“She has made it out of ICU, opened her eyes, and started a rehabilitation that will be long and hard,” Etheredge-Brown said in late April. “We will hold on to all the blessings God gives us to help her at this time.”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Reveals How He Fought to Change ‘I’ll Be Back’

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Paramount(NEW YORK) — Arnold Schwarzenegger has worked with acclaimed director James Cameron numerous times, most notably 1984’s iconic film, The Terminator.

While speaking to ABC News’ Popcorn with Peter Travers, the iconic actor spoke about Cameron and revealed that the two argued over his classic “I’ll be back” line. If Schwarzenegger had it his way, the line may never have been uttered.

“I remember when we were sitting there and we were arguing over the ‘I’ll be back’ line,” he said. “Which, of course, we didn’t know was going to become such a famous line after the movie came out. I always felt that ‘I’ll’ sounded weird.”

The actor fought for it to be “I will be back.”

“I said, ‘That sounds more like a machine,'” he added.

Cameron replied, “Do I tell you how to act?”

Schwarzenegger, 67, said, “No” — and the rest is cinematic history.

But, the actor said a “great relationship” developed between himself and Cameron because the director knew exactly what he wanted and a product came out that would stand the test of time.

To check out the rest of Schwarzenegger’s interview, watch the full clip above.

Terminator: Genisys hits theaters July 15.

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George Clooney Explains Why He Fell in Love with Amal Alamuddin

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Karwai Tang/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — George Clooney has said in the past how proud he is of his wife, Amal Alamuddin, and that he “married up.” But now, the 54-year-old is literally listing the reasons why he’s so enamored with the woman he married last year.

“She’s an amazing human being and she’s caring,” he told Entertainment Tonight earlier this week. “And she also happens to be one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. And she’s got a great sense of humor. There’s a number of reasons why [I fell in love].”

Alamuddin is an attorney who has represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and is now representing Armenia in the country’s case against the leader of the Turkish Workers’ Party, among other important cases.

“I’m always very proud of her when I see her speaking at the International Court of Appeals in Strasbourg [France], you know, with her robe on. It’s very impressive,” Clooney added.

But the Tomorrowland star didn’t forget to bring up his wife’s well-known sense of high fashion.

“Since the day I met her — she’s always had this insanely…it’s eccentric but it’s fun, sense of fashion,” he said. “How she does it while she’s got 11 cases she’s working on? …It’s crazy. It has been sort of fascinating to watch, because she has such great taste.”

Clooney married his wife this past September in Venice, Italy.

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ABC Picks Up New Dramas and Comedies for Next Season

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Viola Davis (r) with Shonda Rhymes. ABC/Ida Astute(NEW YORK) — ABC has ordered several new drama series for next season, including the thriller, The Catch, from Shonda Rhimes. 

Entertainment Weekly reports The Catch is about fraud investigator Alice Martin, played by Mirelle Enos. She becomes the victim of fraud by her fiancé, played by Damon Dayoub.

The other series include, Of Kings and Prophets, an epic Biblical saga as told through the eyes of a king, a prophet and a young shepherd.

Quantico centers on a group of recruits training at the FBI Quantico Base.  They are supposed to be the best of the best, but one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11.

The Family tells the story of a politician’s young son who mysteriously goes missing and is presumed dead.  Ten years later, he reappears and is welcomed back into his family, but suspicions emerge about his true identity.

The series Wicked City follows a different period of Los Angeles history each season. The series kicks off with a Sunset Strip murder case from 1982.

The final project remains untitled, but tells the story of Billy and Cody Lefever, who move to North Dakota, which is booming after the biggest American oil discovery ever. They’re soon facing off with an evil tycoon who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage. The series stars Don Johnson and Chace Crawford.

Along with the new drama series, ABC has also ordered three new comedy series for next season, reports DeadlineThe Real O’Neals, follows a Catholic family that has a gay son who comes out.  The Real O’Neals stars Martha Plimpton, Jay R. Ferguson, Noah Galvin,  Mathew Shively, Bebe Wood and Mary Hollis.

Dr. Ken is about a brilliant physician who has absolutely no bedside manner. He drives his co-workers and family completely nuts. Dr. Ken is played by Hangover actor, Ken Jeong.

As previously reported, ABC will also air The Muppets, which is being described as a more adult-oriented, documentary-style Muppet show that will explore the personal lives and relationships of the Muppets.

With the exception of the supernatural drama Resurrection, the drama Forever and the comedy Cristela, all of ABC’s current shows are coming back, according to Deadline. That includes eight freshmen series: How To Get Away With Murder, black-ish, American Crime, Secrets & Lies, Fresh Off The Boat, Galavant, Agent Carter and the unscripted Shark Tank spinoff Beyond The Tank

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is also returning, along with Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and Nashville.

ABC’s entire Wednesday comedy lineup, including The Goldbergs, The Middle and Modern Family will be back as well. Once Upon a Time and the reality shows Dancing with the Stars, Shark Tank and The Bachelor are also all returning.

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“Hot Pursuit” and “The D Train” Open Friday

Friday, May 8th, 2015 by

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“The D Train” – IFC(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Hot Pursuit — Reese Witherspoon is a Southern cop who has to protect the widow of a drug boss, played by Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara, from killers who are targeting her. Rated PG-13.

The D Train — Jack Black plays Dan Landsman, who tries to entice a cool former classmate who’s now a commercial star to attend their high school reunion with him. James Marsden, Jeffrey Tambor and Kathryn Hahn also star. Rated R.

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