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Chris Noth on “Sex and the City 3″ Rumors, His Mr. Big Character

Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by

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Warner Bros. (New Line)(NEW YORK) — Amid rumors of a third Sex and the City movie, actor Chris Noth, who played Mr. Big, recently discussed the topic with the Australian news website News.com.au and said he’ll “believe it when they say ‘Action.’”

Noth adds, “…Until then I don’t pay any attention. Sure, I’ve heard rumors, but they’ve been saying that s**t for 10 years.”

The 59-year-old actor also talked about Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw, and cleared up a misconception about his character’s money and power giving him the upper hand in the relationship, noting that “emotionally he was a wreck.”

“It was [Carrie] who tried to pretend he was something he wasn’t. He was always honest about himself — he never cheated on her,” Noth explains.

“The relationship just didn’t work, and he went on to get married while she went on to…how many boyfriends did she have? She was such a whore,” Noth declares with a laugh.

“There’s a misconception that Carrie was a victim of him, and that’s not the case — she was a strong, smart woman,” Noth adds.

When asked why he thinks the critical response to the second Sex and the City movie was mostly negative, Noth blamed poor timing.

“I think it was considered an indulgence and a distraction because it hit right when the recession happened,” he tells the Australian website. “People were like, ‘Who gives a f**k about these broads going to Dubai when we can’t pay our mortgage?’”

“It was originally intended as a romp between these friends, but I think it was a mistake to leave New York City, because New York is an integral part of that show,” he added.


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Jay Leno Returns to TV with “Jay Leno’s Garage”

Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by

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Jeff Riedel/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — It looks like the rumors are true: Jay Leno is returning to TV to host a CNBC primetime show focusing on his well known love for cars.

The network announced Wednesday that Leno will host Jay Leno’s Garage where he’ll highlight classic cars, restoration projects and the latest on the car collector’s marketplace.

“This show will be about anything that rolls, explodes and makes noise,” Leno said in a statement. “We hope to highlight the passion and the stories behind the men and women who made the automobile the greatest invention of the 20th century.”

The series is based on Leno’s Emmy Award-winning web series of the same name on NBC.com. The series has more than one million subscribers on YouTube with over 105 million combined views.

Jay Leno’s Garage will premiere in 2015.


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Stephen Collins Case: LA County Sheriff Probes Sex Crime Claims

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by

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Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department has joined authorities in New York and Los Angeles in investigating Stephen Collins for allegedly exposing himself to a minor about 30 years ago, ABC News has confirmed.

The 7th Heaven actor was being investigated already for other alleged past sexual-abuse claims. No charges have been filed in the cases.

An LASD spokesperson told ABC’s Los Angeles affiliate KABC that the Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau is aware of one allegation in West Hollywood, California, and is working with detectives in New York.

“The allegation was first reported to the Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday, October 9, 2014, and was forwarded to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for investigation. The victim, who was 13 years old at the time of the incident, reported the event that occurred in the summer of 1983,” a release from the Sheriff’s Department reads.

The opening of these past claims started when audio purportedly of Collins, 67, was leaked and posted on TMZ on Oct. 7, where he allegedly confesses to the acts during a therapy session in 2012 with his now-estranged wife, Faye Grant.

On the audio, Collins appears to admit to revealing himself to girls as young as 10 and 11 years old.

Collins and Grant are involved in divorce proceedings that started in 2012. Grant previously told ABC News in a statement: “With regard to the divorce proceedings, I am seeking no more than that to which I am legally entitled under the laws of the State of California. The recording of Mr. Collins’ statements has not been part of family court proceedings or any negotiations related to that action at any time.”

Collins’ lawyer has neither confirmed nor denied the audiotape is of Collins.

Collins and Grant are scheduled to begin their divorce trial next month.


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Archie Panjabi Will Leave “The Good Wife” After This Season

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by

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Photo: Jeffrey Neira/CBS(NEW YORK) — Archie Panjabi is leaving The Good Wife at the end of this season, ABC News has confirmed.

The actress, who has played Kalinda Sharma on the CBS drama since 2009, has inked a deal with 20th Century TV that will begin when her current contract with CBS expires at the end of this season.

The plan is for Panjabi to headline a drama pilot for 20th Century TV this spring.

“Archie is an Emmy Award winning dramatic actress, and rightly so. Her work on The Good Wife has been extraordinary, and the time has come for her to star in a project of her own,” Fox’s executive vice president of casting, Sharon Klein, told ABC News in a statement. “We couldn’t be happier that it will be with us.”

This is the second big loss for the The Good Wife, which also dealt with the the departure of Josh Charles earlier this year. However, showrunners Robert and Michelle King said in a statement that “we still have her for the rest of season six, so let’s not exhaust our goodbyes yet.”

“Archie is an amazing actress who helped build Kalinda from the ground up as an enigmatic, powerful, and sexy character. It’s been a pleasure to write for her, and we’ll be sad to see her go,” they said. “We look forward to meeting all the wonderful new characters Archie brings to the screen. But either way, we’re keeping the boots.”


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Marvel Kills Off “X-Men” Great Wolverine

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Marvel Universe said goodbye to an iconic character on Wednesday — Wolverine.

Yes, the mutant whose healing factor kept him alive for what seems like forever is gone. Even though Wolverine has been around for well over 100 years in the books, he’s been alive for quite some time in the real world.

Wolverine first appeared in “The Incredible Hulk #180″ back in October 1974, so it’s only fitting this incredible character is gone on his 40th birthday.

“Death of Wolverine #4″ hit newsstands on Wednesday and ABC News caught up with writer Charles Soule to see how this huge loss will affect the X-Men and everyone else in Marvel comics.

Soule said the first three books focused on Wolverine losing his healing factor.

“He can’t heal from the injuries he receives,” Soule said, alluding to his death. “That’s always been one of his biggest powers. He went to see Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic [of the Fantastic Four] and he said, ‘I’ll figure it out eventually, but you gotta stop fighting.’ And Wolverine’s like ‘Yeah, okay, I’ll do my best.’”

But, Wolverine immediately gets into a ton of fights and even finds out there is a contract out on his life.

“The biggest bounty ever is on his head,” Soule added. “So, he starts on this global adventure to figure out what’s going on.”

The first issue was set in Logan’s native Canada. The second and third adventures move to other venues like the South China Sea and Japan, places that factor into Wolverine’s rich past.

In issue #4, Wolverine finds out who is hunting him, a guy named Dr. Abraham Cornelius, who actually put the adamantium in his body that you see when he draws his impressive claws.

“We don’t know why he wants him [dead or captured] and the reason for all this crazy bloodshed,” he added. “But we are going to find out [today] … It’s pretty epic, it’s a great showdown.”

“Then, he goes out, he goes out like he should,” Soule said about his death.

Soule, who’s worked for DC Comics in the past and has been called the “real deal” by Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso, added, “I would be lying if there wasn’t a little bit of terror” going into a series like this. “This is a huge character. This is one of those stories that I knew if I did it right, I’d be part of his legacy forever.”

Soule said books and other series would be coming out after “Death” focusing on how the bad guys are reacting to Logan’s demise and of course how the X-Men are dealing with the loss of a close friend and emotional leader. These include “The Logan Legacy,” “Wolverines” and “The Weapon X Project.”

So, as often happens in comic — will we see Logan again, ever?

“We have not had any concrete discussion about if and how he’ll be back. People love him and I personally hope he comes back at some point, but it’s not something we intend to do anytime soon,” Soule added. “The idea is to make this something that sticks … right now, he’s gone.”


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Neil Patrick Harris Named Host of the 2015 Oscars

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by

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Heather Wines/CBS (NEW YORK) — Neil Patrick Harris has hosted the Emmy Awards and the Tony Awards, but he’s never emceed the Oscars. That will change next year.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday afternoon that Harris will host the 87th Oscars ceremony on Feb. 22, 2015.

Harris confirmed the news with an online video in which he says into a cellphone, “I’m in.” The camera then pans over to his bucket list, on which he circles the final item, “Host the Oscars.” Above it are several items that are already checked off, such as “Meet the president,” “Have children” and “Get married.”

Harris later released the following statement: “It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards. I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show. To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true.”

Previously, the How I Met Your Mother star hosted the Emmy Awards twice and the Tony Awards four times.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the Oscars telecast for the third consecutive year. ABC will air the show live.

The 2014 Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, aired last March 2.


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Kesha ‘Had a Lot of Trepidation’ About Suing Producer Dr. Luke

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by

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Eric McCandless/ABC(NEW YORK) — Singer Kesha had “a lot of trepidation” about suing her longtime producer, Dr. Luke, over allegations that he was sexually, verbally, emotionally and physically abusive toward her, her lawyer, Mark Geragos, told ABC News’ Good Morning America Wednesday.

Kesha filed her lawsuit Tuesday, and Dr. Luke — whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald — has filed his own lawsuit against the singer for alleged defamation and breach of contract.

Taking legal action was nerve-wracking for the singer, Geragos said.

However, “she’s strong,” Geragos told GMA. “When I talked with her yesterday, I thought she was enormously resilient about this. She’s in a good place.”

The singer, 27, sued Dr. Luke, claiming that his abuse was so severe that she “nearly lost her life.” In the 27-page document, obtained by ABC News, she alleged that he gave her drugs and alcohol so that he could take advantage of her, and that he “cruelly and incessantly” berated her about her physical appearance. She claimed that the alleged verbal abuse contributed to the singer developing an eating disorder, for which she entered treatment earlier this year.

Now, “she’s in a place where she’s strong enough that she can make it work. She can stand up to him,” Geragos said. “I mean, this is a frightening thing to have to go through. The date rape. The years of mental and emotional abuse. Those are things that I think anybody, especially at her age when this started, would be devastated by.”

Gottwald’s lawsuit denies claims made by Kesha and added that her mother “has made clear that extortion is the ultimate goal of this defamatory campaign.”

Gottwald’s lawyer, Christine Lepera, told ABC News Tuesday that while she had yet to see Kesha’s lawsuit, she believed it to be “nothing more than a continuation of her bad and offensive acts.”

“As set forth in the complaint that we have filed on behalf of Dr. Luke, Kesha and her mother are engaged in a campaign of publishing outrageous and untrue statements about Dr. Luke to third parties, including scurrilous and false statements of purported physical and mental abuse of Kesha,” Lepera said. “The complaint explains that Kesha and her mother Pebe have wielded these defamatory statements in an attempt to extort Gottwald into releasing Kesha from her exclusive recording agreement with Dr. Luke.”


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Warner Bros. Reveals Next 10 Movies Featuring DC Comics Universe

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by

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Warner Bros(LOS ANGELES) — Warner Bros. on Wednesday released the biggest comic movies list yet. The company detailed the next DC Comics movies to be produced through the year 2020.

The list is:

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
  • Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer (2016)
  • Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot (2017)
  • Justice League Part One, directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
  • The Flash, starring Ezra Miller (2018)
  • Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa (2018)
  • Shazam (2019)
  • Justice League Part Two, directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
  • Cyborg, starring Ray Fisher (2020)
  • Green Lantern (2020)

 

Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara said the purpose of the upcoming movies is to produce more “outstanding content, working with the best talent and maintaining the culture that makes Warner Bros. so great.”


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Joe Giudice Accepts Plea Deal in Fraud and Forgery Case

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(PATERSON, N.J.) — After thinking things over, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice has accepted a plea deal in a fraud and forgery case, in which he has been accused of using his brother’s marriage and birth certificates to obtain a driver’s license in 2010.

The plea deal, which will allow Giudice to forgo a trial, required him to plead guilty to possession of a fraudulent driver’s license. He initially faced a more serious charge of willfully using the identification of another — a second-degree offense that carried a maximum 10 years in prison. Under this deal, Giudice accepts an 18-month sentence that will run concurrently with his previously arranged federal prison sentence.

Earlier Wednesday, Giudice, 42, told a Paterson, New Jersey, judge that he refused the deal, because it required him to admit guilt. However, he changed his mind after a judge asked him to think things through.

Earlier this month, the reality TV star was sentenced to more than three years in a federal prison and ordered to pay part of $414,000 in restitution for federal crimes including hiding assets, submitting fake loan applications and failing to pay taxes.

He and his wife, Teresa Giudice, who was ordered to spend 15 months in prison, will serve their time separately, which the court determined was in the best interest of their four children.

“I just want to apologize that I got you into this mess,” he told his wife in a televised interview after his federal sentencing. “If I could take it all back, I would.”


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Report: Amanda Bynes Could Be Confined, Treated for a Year

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by

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Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — TMZ reports that Amanda Bynes could be involuntarily confined for up to a year if her doctors successfully secure a so-called LPS hold on the troubled actress. The gossip site says her doctors are trying to get a judge to do just that, after Bynes began exhibiting troubling behavior following the recent expiration of the conservatorship secured by her parents.

According to TMZ, the LPS hold could force the actress to confinement — and to take psychiatric medication — for up to a year. A similar, but shorter hold was placed on the actress more than a year ago, after she was caught sparking a fire in a driveway and accidentally dousing her dog with gasoline.

Following a 72-hour psychiatric hold that began on Friday evening, Tamar Arminak, a lawyer for Bynes’ family, confirmed to ABC News Monday that Bynes will remain hospitalized for another two weeks. The 28-year-old actress arrived at the Las Encinas Hospital for a three-day stay after arriving in Los Angeles from New York late last week, Arminak added.

Bynes’ parents first expressed concern on Friday, the same day their daughter went on a troublesome Twitter rant.

“My clients are very concerned about their daughter,” Arminak told ABC News in a statement. “Despite what is being reported, they are doing everything they can to help Amanda.”

Bynes spent the week in New York after flying in last week from California, where she was arrested for DUI on September 29, according to authorities. She is due in court on October 23 and is expected to enter a plea on the DUI.

While under her parents’ conservatorship, the actress reportedly entered treatment, which she left in December of 2013, and enrolled in a fashion school from which she reportedly parted ways amid reports of increasingly erratic behavior. 


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