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Lindsay Lohan Ordered to Do Additional 125 Hours of Community Service

Thursday, February 26th, 2015 by

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Lindsay Lohan will have to work overtime on community service following a decision by a Los Angeles judge on Wednesday.

Judge Mark Young ordered the Mean Girls star to perform an additional 125 hours of community service in connection with her reckless driving case, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Last month, a prosecutor questioned whether Lohan had completed the terms of her community service. She had received credit for young people shadowing her while in London working on her play, Speed-the-Plow.

Her attorney, Shawn Holley, said Wednesday that the court and prosecutors “had a problem with some of the work shadowing.”

A hearing is scheduled for March 12 to determine how Lohan can perform her remaining hours of community service before late May.

Lohan, who currently lives in the U.K., was ordered to perform community service as part of her sentence for the 2012 case involving her crash with a truck on the Pacific Coast Highway.

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Justin Bieber Roast: Kevin Hart Reveals What to Expect

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 by

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Comedy Central(NEW YORK) — We are just a month away from the Justin Bieber “Roast” on Comedy Central and the roastmaster himself, Kevin Hart, is dishing on what to expect.

“He’ll be fine, that’s a great friend of mine. I’m not going to be malicious, we’ll throw a couple jabs here and there, but it’s all about setting the tone,” Hart told MTV News over the weekend. “It’s all in fun.”

Hart added that he’s not trying to make the pop singer cry on his 21st birthday on March 30.

“We don’t,” he said. “[Almost crying] where his face shakes. I don’t want to make him cry, I just want to make his face shake. Then go ‘I’m kidding Bieb.'”

Check it out.

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Lady Gaga Is Heading to “American Horror Story: Hotel”

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 by

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A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Michael Yada(NEW YORK) — Lady Gaga is heading to American Horror Story.

The singer announced Wendesday on Twitter that she will appear in season five of the FX show, which will be dubbed American Horror Story: Hotel.

“Make your reservation now,” she wrote.



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How “Modern Family’s” Groundbreaking Episode Was Made

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 by

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ABC(NEW YORK) — Modern Family has always lived up to its name with its depiction of modern, 21st-century family life, but now the show is breaking new ground by depicting that family interacting with 21st-century technology.

Wednesday night’s episode of the TV comedy was shot using only mobile devices, an idea that grew from a real-life conversation on a mobile device.

“The whole thing began when I was FaceTiming with my daughter, who’s at college,” the show’s co-creator, Steve Levitan, told ABC News. “There were some emails that were open, some Web sites I’d been on and maybe a script I was working on at the time.”

From that experience came Wednesday night’s episode, which takes place entirely on the Mac laptop of Julie Bowen’s character, Claire Dunphy, as she waits for a plane and FaceTimes with the rest of her family on their phones.

“We have 11 or 12 characters that all appear this way,” said Levitan. “I think people were somewhat cautious about it in the beginning, shall we say.”

Actor Rico Rodriguez, who plays Manny Delgado in the show, calls the concept “amazing” and “so different.”

“At first, whenever they told us how we were going to do it, holding the cameras, we’re not going to be holding the cameras but we will, the whole thing about iPhones, filming it on iPhones, was kind of mind-boggling,” he said Wednesday on ABC’s Good Morning America. “But we all got the hang of it pretty fast.”

The episode was filmed in two days — a “pretty amazing” amount of time, according to Rodriguez — and got the thumbs-up from the actor.

“Last week all the cast and crew went and screened it and it was a pretty amazing episode,” Rodriguez said. “I got lost in the story even though I knew exactly what was going to happen.”

“I was like, ‘Whoa, this is crazy,’” he said.

Modern Family airs Wednesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Central on ABC.

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Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke Head to Court over Marvin Gaye Copyright-Infringement Claims

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 by

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Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are in court to face the family of Marvin Gaye.

Thicke, Williams and Clifford Harris Jr. (aka, T.I.) defended themselves in a lawsuit filed in 2013 against accusations made by Gaye’s loved ones that the singers stole parts of the 1977 Gaye song, “Got to Give It Up,” for their hit, “Blurred Lines.”

However, in October, a judge sided with the Gaye family, ruling that their musicological experts had given enough evidence to allow it to go to trial.

Thicke and Williams are expected to take the stand in the two-week trial, during which a jury of five women and three men will listen to the composition and melody of “Got to Give It Up” to determine if there was a copyright infringement. The trial began Tuesday and continues Wednesday.

They’ll also watch past interviews that Thicke gave, including one with VH1 in which he admitted that “Got to Give It Up” was one of his favorite songs of all time. However, he has since said that he lied during that interview, and wasn’t in his right mind when it was conducted.

Some experts believe that this case could have a resounding effect throughout the music industry.

“Artists have drawn upon the inspiration for their songs, listening to other songs,” legal expert Alison Triessl told Good Morning America. “They may not be able to do that anymore.”

Lawyers for both parties would not comment.

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“Glee” Star Naya Rivera and Ryan Dorsey Expecting First Baby

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 by

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Mathieu Young/FOX(LOS ANGELES) — Glee star Naya Rivera, 28, and her husband Ryan Dorsey, 31, are expecting their first baby.

Rivera posted the announcement on Instagram and on her website.

“We’re having a baby! Ryan and I feel so blessed and can’t wait to welcome the newest member of our family,” Rivera wrote on her site.

She also posted a pic of her and her husband back when they were kids.

The baby news comes after the two tied the knot last July, only months after Rivera had ended her engagement to rapper Big Sean.

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“DuckTales” Will Return to TV

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 by

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Disney XD(NEW YORK) — Children of the ’80s, rejoice. DuckTales, the beloved animated series, will be remade for a new audience, Disney announced Wednesday.

DuckTales has a special place in Disney’s TV animation history,” said Marc Buhaj, Disney XD’s Senior Vice President of Programming and General Manager, in a statement. “It drew its inspiration from Disney Legend Carl Barks’ comic books and through its storytelling and artistic showmanship, set an enduring standard for animated entertainment that connects with both kids and adults. Our new series will bring that same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation.”

The new series will again feature the adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his grandnephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, as well as Donald Duck.

Other characters that will return are Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell and Poe, Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys (Burger Beagle, Bouncer Beagle), Mrs. Beakley and Webbigail Vanderquack.

The reboot of the show, which originally aired from 1987 to 1990, is set to launch in 2017 on Disney XD channels worldwide.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown: Bobby Brown Postpones Tour for Family

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 by

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Lifetime(ATLANTA) — Bobby Brown has postponed the Australian leg of his tour to be with family and his ailing daughter Bobbi Kristina.

Brown has been at the hospital with his daughter for most of the time since she was found unresponsive more than three weeks ago in her Roswell, Georgia home.

“Bobby Brown’s upcoming Australian Tour featuring special guests Treach and Kay-Gee from Naughty By Nature, has been postponed to May to allow Bobby Brown to spend further time with his family,” a statement from the Australian site Ticketek read.

The site also posted new tour dates for the shows that were supposed to happen in March and that “for anyone who has bought tickets, they will still be valid for the rescheduled tour.”

Bobbi Kristina Brown, 21, was found face down in her tub on Jan. 31 and the daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown was taken to North Fulton Hospital, but then moved to Emory University Hospital days later.

Since then, Bobby Brown, 46, has been thankful about the continued support from his and his daughter’s fans.

“We continue to request privacy in this matter,” read a recent statement from his attorneys. “We thank everyone that supports Bobbi Kristina and God is hearing our prayers.”

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Exclusive First Look at Disney’s “Frozen Fever” Trailer

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 by

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“Frozen” – Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — Forget about spring fever. “Frozen Fever” is about to take hold.

The Frozen gang is coming back with a brand new seven-minute short film called Frozen Fever, which debuts before Disney’s live-action Cinderella, in theaters March 13.

ABC’s Good Morning America got an exclusive first look at the animated short, which features the same magical cast of characters, Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf.

Elsa and Kristoff are preparing a birthday celebration for Anna. But in fairy-tale fashion, things go awry and Elsa’s ice powers have a few unintended consequences. Still, Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give Anna the best celebration ever.

The film also features a new original song from the Oscar-winning songwriters behind the infectious hit, “Let It Go.”

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“Parks and Recreation” Star Says Cast Was Like Catching ‘Lightning in a Bottle’

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 by

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Mitchell Haaseth/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — The series finale of Parks and Recreation aired on NBC Tuesday night.

For cast member Jim O’Heir, it wasn’t easy to say goodbye to the cult favorite after seven seasons. O’Heir, who played associate director Jerry Gergich on the comedy, says he’s experienced a sense of “melancholy” because he and the rest of the Parks and Recreation cast and crew were so tight-knit.

He explains to ABC News Radio, “[W]e all kind of fell in love. The odds of finding this mix again, lightning in a bottle, it probably won’t happen.”

O’Heir recalls shedding a tear or two after the finale was taped. He notes that star Amy Poehler and series creator Mike Schur got emotional, too: “Amy tried to give a little speech and she lost it, and Mike gave a speech, he got worked up.”

Parks and Recreation, which premiered in 2009, starred Poehler as a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana. Her co-stars through the years included Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe and Adam Scott.

The finale jumped around from the show’s present day, 2017, to 2023, 2035, and beyond — to give fans closure about their favorite characters’ fates. Vice President Joe Biden made a second cameo appearance on the series. His wife, Dr. Jill Biden, also appeared.

The cast of Parks & Recreation visited NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers Tuesday to celebrate the series finale by sharing memories from the show’s run and their feelings about the final episode.

Pratt, who played Andy Dwyer, revealed that he pitched an idea for what happens to his character and Plaza’s character, April Ludgate. 

“I’d thought just…a little line about how everybody died…and the first one, when you saw April it would be that she died of a broken heart,” he shared.

“And then you would see that Andy died ’cause he was left in a hot car with the windows rolled up,” Pratt added.



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