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Lorde Dishes On Visiting the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" Set


Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- When Lorde was tapped to curate the soundtrack of the upcoming Hunger Games movie Mockingjay Part 1, she found that part of the gig was being allowed to visit the movie's set.For the singer, the experience was nothing short of "magical.""In Berlin I had a show and The Hunger Games was shooting just across the road," she told Billboard. "A bunch of their people came over [to my show] -- Woody [Harrelson] was at the show being dragged away, because it was time to shoot. [And] we went to the set, which was so amazing for me.""I've never been to a film set before," she added. "And just seeing, like, you know, everyone has a place, everything is so perfectly timed and...they call action and it's just all on. It's like, so magical. That was really fun."The Mockingjay soundtrack is a blend of pop and R&B artists such as Charli XCX, Tove Lo, Miguel and Tinashé; British left-of-center acts like Bat for Lashes and The Chemical Brothers; rappers like Pusha T, Q-Tip and Kanye West; and '80s icons like Duran Duran frontman Simon LeBon and model/actress Grace Jones, who is one of Lorde's all-time idols. Lorde says she personally reached out to all of them to invite them to participate."It was really important to me, with the soundtrack, that people knew how involved I was, and a lot of that was me reaching out to people really directly, having a conversation on the phone, sending an email, sending a text, because I wanted people to know that, 'Your song isn't just going to be flung into some pot and, you know, chosen later,'" she explained. "I really cared about what was happening."Reaching out directly, Lorde added, led to "some crazy experiences, like calling Grace Jones on the phone. She's like, 'I'm in the spa, give me a second.' I'm like, 'Of course, you're Grace Jones. ...I'll wait!'"One person who can't wait to hear the Mockingjay soundtrack when it arrive November 17 is actress Willow Shields, who plays Katniss Everdeen's sister Primrose."Oh my God, I'm extremely excited," she told ABC News about the soundtrack. "I mean, I'm a huge fan of Lorde to begin with, and the fact that she's curating the soundtrack makes me so excited, because she also has just a great sense of who she loves as artists...so she's gonna get a lot of great people on that soundtrack."The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 arrives in theaters November 21.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Watch Kim Kardashian Call Herself 'Dope on a Rope' at Age 13


ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Some things never change!Even as a teenager, Kim Kardashian loved the camera.In honor of the reality TV star's 34th birthday, Entertainment Tonight released footage of Kardashian celebrating her eighth-grade graduation with mom Kris Jenner and her sister Kourtney -- and she was very vocal about how well-liked she was."I'm the dopest on the ropest person in this class. I'm dope on a rope," she said in the video. "Everyone loves me because I'm so popular and everyone loves me!"Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Matthew McConaughey Reveals 'Gut Reason' He Took 'Interstellar' Role


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) --  When Matthew McConaughey was considering taking the role of a father and former astronaut in the science-fiction movie Interstellar, he says he thought of his son Levi."He was into space and I would explain things in the solar system and how we got on the moon and all these things, and [he'd have] these young, wondrous eyes trying to, you know, work this out in his head," McConaughey said. "That was the main gut reason why I had to do this film."The Oscar winner appears alongside fellow Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway and Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain in the Christopher Nolan film. They all sat down for an interview recently with ABC News' David Muir.The film centers on a team of explorers that travels to another galaxy in search of another planet for humans to live on because Earth is in trouble over climate change.The movie is due out Nov. 5 in select theaters and in wide release Nov. 7.More ABC news videos | ABC Health NewsNolan said that he was drawn to the emotion of the script, which was originally written by his brother Jonathan Nolan."My brother's original script has this amazing set of characters at the heart of it. This family who's sort of tested in this extraordinary way," he said. "And that's the thing that I most related to in the film."Hathaway revealed that a particular scene during which her character cried had her hugging her castmates even more than usual."I immediately wanted to go out and find a comedy to act in," she said with a laugh.Nolan and his crew turned to Kip Thorne, a renowned theoretical physicist who has long studied the far reaches of the universe, for help on creating the black hole the astronauts travel through. Nolan said parts of a spaceship were also built and used on the set, rather than a green screen or special effects."If you look at this film and you look at where we are right now in the world — and the climate changes that’s happening … You have to push forward and evoke some kind of positive change in your life, in the world," Chastain said. "It’s an incredible, thrilling movie."She said she also hoped the movie would inspire younger generations."The idea that there could be a 7-year-old kid and it inspires her or him to want to go into space and explore space, I think that’s incredible," Chastain said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Taylor Swift Reveals How Fame Has Changed Her Day-to-Day Life


ABC/Richard Harbaugh(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift may sing about universal truths, but her life is decidedly different.Fame, she said, has allowed her to splurge on things like a private jet ("Isn't that crazy?" she said in Esquire) but it's also forced her to lose a bit of autonomy."I fought the idea of having security for a very long time, because I really value normalcy. I really do. I like to be able to take a drive by myself. Haven't done that in six years," she told the magazine. "[Even in Tennessee, my bodyguards] have to be in a car behind me because just the sheer number of men we have in a file who have showed up at my house, showed up at my mom's house, threatened to either kill me, kidnap me, or marry me. This is the strange and sad part of my life that I try not to think about. I try to be lighthearted about it, because I don't ever want to be scared. I don't want to be walking down the street scared. And when I have security, I don't have to be scared."There have been a lot of changes in Swift's life recently. The singer, 24, recently moved to New York City and is planning to release her new album, 1989, later this month. And despite recently moving to a place that many stars call home, New York City, Swift said she won't leave her home if she's having a bad day, so that she doesn't accidentally snap at a fan."It's a social situation every time I go out," she explained. "I just have to wake up in the morning and say, 'How am I feeling today? If someone asks for a picture, am I gonna feel imposed upon today because I'm dealing with my own stuff? Am I gonna take my own stuff out on some innocent 14-year-old today and be in a bad mood?' OK, maybe not … Maybe I won't leave the house."Her career also forced the singer to finish two years of high school in 12 months ("That was just the most practical way to do it," she said) and deal with online trolling in a way that would reduce most people to tears."That's what I don't like about celebrity culture and the obsession with it, and the takedown culture that we seem to be in. You have celebrities who are pushed to the brink of a public meltdown, and so the public thinks that every person in the public eye has dirty secrets that they're keeping, or isn't what they seem, or is masking it and faking sincerity, faking authenticity, faking being surprised at award shows when you win a Grammy," she said. "I'm not gonna let them make me have a meltdown."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bill Murray Talks Dating and Whether He'd Try Tinder


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Bill Murray knows all about Tinder, but that doesn't mean he's going to use it.When asked if he would consider downloading the dating app, he responded in the negative."I think it could be amusing but I can't imagine doing it," he said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. "I feel like I've lived that life and I can live that life at any moment."Need proof? The St. Vincent star, 64, looked into the studio audience and made eyes at a man in the front row."I can just sort of say, 'Hey you, with the camera. No, you. Come here,'" he said. "Dammit, I'm coming your way!"With that, he pulled the man onstage, to laughter from Kimmel and the crowd."Well, he blushes easily," Murray quipped. We're never going to get to a lot of the good stuff!"Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Why Shailene Woodley Is Homeless by Choice


Lloyd Bishop/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Shailene Woodley can certainly afford to buy a home, but the Golden Globe-nominated actress is homeless by choice.On Wednesday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Woodley said she prefers a nomadic existence at this point in her life."I feel like I'm so young and this is the time to travel and experience new things," Woodley said, adding that she prefers to travel with a single suitcase."It feels so nice to not have to worry about 'Oh, where is that pair of jeans' because you only have one pair of jeans, which is why I have a carry-on. Because if everything I own is in a suitcase and that suitcase somehow gets lost then I would just be stranded," she said with a laugh.Although she doesn't have a home, Woodley said she does have a home city."I guess L.A. would be my hub because my family is here but I just travel around with my little suitcase that I stole from my mom's house," she explained.Woodley will next be seen on the big screen in White Bird in a Blizzard, out Oct. 24.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kanye West Gushes over Kim Kardashian on Her Birthday


Steve Mack/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- In celebration of Kim Kardashian’s 34th birthday, Kanye West returned to his Twitter account to express his undying love for his wife."Happy Birthday baby! Thank you for being the dopest wife & mom!" he tweeted to Kardashian late Tuesday night.The rapper also professed that his love for her goes beyond what words can describe."Sometimes I feel like just saying I love you isn’t strong enough to express how much I love you…" he wrote, which was later retweeted 52,000 times by his fans.West seemingly showered Kardashian with a surprise vacation, judging by her recent Instagram picture. "Good morning #BdaySurpriseGettaway," she wrote in the caption along with a photo of an unnamed tropical locale.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Renee Zellweger Says She's 'Glad' People Think She Looks Different


Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The buzz on social media Tuesday centered on Renee Zellweger's appearance at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills the previous day. There were plenty of comments that the actress looks much different than she did just a few years ago.Zellweger doesn't appear to be too bothered by all of the attention she's receiving, though she does believe it is "silly." In a statement to People magazine, the 45-year-old actress declares, "I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows."Saying that she's adopted a healthier lifestyle and is in a loving relationship with boyfriend Doyle Bramhall, the Oscar winner notes, "Perhaps I look different. Who doesn't as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I'm happy."Zellweger says she decided to issue a statement because "it seems the folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth which doesn't exist won't get off my porch until I answer the door."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Matthew McConaughey Details What It Took to Wed Camila Alves


Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Matthew McConaughey sheds light on why he married his wife of two years, Camila Alves."I had to get to the point where I saw it as more than just the thing to do," the actor says in the November issue of GQ magazine, out nationwide Oct. 28. "I wanted to really want to. You know, I didn’t want it to be a destination; the fun is that we’re on the adventure together. And look, some of it had to do with her putting it on me. It took her going, 'C’mon, Big Boy, Mr. Easygoing-We’ll- Get-to-It-When-We-Get-to-It. Either s**t or get off the pot.'"McConaughey admits it did take some convincing. "We talked about it spiritually. We did a lot of reading and talked to a lot of people that had been divorced, a lot of people that had been happily married. We talked to our pastor," he explains. "In the end, our understanding was, 'Let's go make a covenant, with you, me, and God.'"Now that he's married father of three, McConaughey loves being a family man."It’s the one thing I’ve always wanted to be. Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn," he says. "You know what’s important. I definitely got more selfish. And at the same time, I think I got more compassionate."McConaughey will next be seen on the big screen in Interstellar, which opens Nov. 5.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Fox Sued for $250 Million over Mobster Character in "The Simpsons"


FOX(NEW YORK) -- Fox has been slapped with a $250 million lawsuit by an actor who claims a character on The Simpsons is based on him, in violation of his publicity rights.The character in question is Louie, who occasionally has been seen on the long-running animated series over the years as a crony of the mobster Fat Tony. The plaintiff, The Godfather Part II and Goodfellas actor Frank Sivero, claims "Louie's appearance and mannerisms are strongly evocative" of him, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Sivero alleges that back in 1989, the year The Simpsons premiered, he was living in the same apartment complex as Simpsons writers. He claims the writers were aware he was creating a gangster character for Goodfellas named Frankie Carbone, which was based on his personality. He says the Louie character debuted on The Simpsons a few years later.Furthermore, Sivero argues that actor Dan Castellaneta, who voices Louie as well as other Simpsons characters, most notably Homer Simpson, has said he "modeled his voice after Italian American actor, Joe Pesci, who also had a role in Goodfellas."Among other allegations, Sivero says Simpsons producer Gracie Films had expressed interest in collaborating with him, but he now feels they were "simply studying him further for the character Louie."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

'Duke Porn Star' Belle Knox's Life Mirrors Wednesday's "Law and Order: SVU"


Michael Parmelee/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Every Law & Order "ripped from the headlines" episode runs a coda stating that any similarities to any person is "purely coincidental," but for a Duke University student who became a household name when she was "outed" last year as porn star Belle Knox, Wednesday's episode of Special Victims Unit hits extremely close to home. Belle Knox, which is not her birth name, is currently a sophomore at Duke.  She began making movies under a stage name to pay her hefty tuition, and freely admits her side-job makes her feel empowered about her body and her sexuality.In Wednesday's episode of NBC's crime-drama, a college student is sexually assaulted by men who discover she's been shooting porn to cover tuition.The so-called "slut shaming" Knox felt after her cover was blown -- including death threats from some on campus -- figures prominently with the victim in the episode.A longtime L&O fan, Knox told ABC News Radio she can't wait to see art imitate life. "I think that this will be a really good episode in terms of raising awareness about...sexual assault on college campuses, and -- I haven't seen it, but the central theme I think they're trying to get at is that just because a woman is sexual or promiscuous, doesn't give anybody the right to sexually assault her or violate her." Knox tells us that slut-shaming isn't limited to those in the adult industry. "I think the celebrity nude hacking scandal is a good example of how we slut-shame women," the performer said, before allowing, "I think that the people involved in it, like Jennifer Lawrence, they handled it really well. And I hope we reach the point where a woman's body isn't used against her, like Emma Watson was saying."In June, Knox penned a Time magazine article about the spiraling costs of higher education in which she cheekily admitted, "Faced with either a degree from a less prestigious school or decades of crushing debt, a few hours of work on a porn set revealed itself to be the best way to avoid getting screwed."With her tuition getting paid, and her star in the adult world white-hot, Knox says she's looking towards the future. "My goal is to be a lawyer. Actually, SVU is like part of why I was...really inspired to be an advocate for women," she says, before laughing, "I learned a lot of...courtroom procedure just from...watching SVU." Fighting for victims of sexual assault in real life, like special victims cops and prosecutors do, "would be amazing," the 19-year-old maintains. Law & Order: SVU, "Pornstar's Requiem," airs Wednesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time on NBC. A documentary about the adult industry star, Becoming Belle Knox, recently debuted online.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"The Bridge" Cancelled After Two Seasons


Credit: Byron Cohen/FX Network(NEW YORK) -- FX has cancelled its critically popular but underwatched show The Bridge after two seasons, the network said on Tuesday.The crime thriller starred Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir as detectives working along the U.S./Mexico border.Entertainment Weekly reports that the show had only been generating about 1.2 million viewers per episode.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam, Donald Faison and CaCee Cobb Expecting Children


Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage // Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam are expanding their family.The How I Met Your Mother star and her Saturday Night Live comedian-husband are expecting their second child, her rep confirmed to People magazine.The actors, both 32, welcomed their daughter Shaelyn Cado in 2009. They wed three years later, before family and friends, including Smulders' How I Met Your Mother castmates, including Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan. Turns out, all their kids have bonded on-set.There are "a lot of play dates and time on set in the nursery," the actress said on The Bonnie Hunt Show in 2010.CaCee Cobb and Donald Faison also announced big news Tuesday, posting on Instagram that they're expecting another child.Rather than post a message, the stars each posted the same photo of their 1-year-old son Rocco with the message "I'm a big brother" emblazoned across his shirt. A photo posted by Donald Faison (@donald_aison) on Oct 10, 2014 at 1:21pm PDTThis will be the second child for the couple. Faison has one son from a previous relationship and three children from a previous marriage.The former Scrubs star, 40, and his wife of nearly two years welcomed welcomed Rocco last August. Since then, the little boy has enjoyed plenty of playdates with Ace Knute Johnson, the son of Cobb's best friend, Jessica Simpson."BFF's in the making! @caceecobb #ACEANDROCCO," Simpson wrote next to a sweet shot of the boys playing this past February. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"Django Unchained" Actress Daniele Watts Charged With Lewd Conduct


Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts and her boyfriend have been charged with lewd conduct stemming from an incident last month when the couple was found in a parked car having a romantic encounter.The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office filed the misdemeanor charge Tuesday against Watts and her companion, celebrity chef Brian Lucas. The charge carries a maximum sentence of six months in the county jail and a $1,000 fine.Reps for Watts did not respond immediately to ABC News’ request for comment.The 28-year-old actress was handcuffed and detained by Los Angeles police Sept. 11 after the LAPD responded to a 911 call for alleged “indecent exposure” involving a male and a female inside a silver Mercedes with the vehicle door open.At the time of the incident, Watts and Lucas maintained they had done nothing illegal and questioned whether the incident was racial profiling.According to the police report from the incident, “The responding sergeant and police officers located two individuals that matched the description of the suspects, and they were briefly detained. Upon further investigation it was determined that no crime had been committed. Ms. Watts and her companion were subsequently released.”The City Attorney’s office did not state in its court papers Tuesday what led them to press charges.The Los Angeles Police Department noted in its Sept. 14 release that “an internal complaint investigation has been initiated regarding this matter.” The Los Angeles Times reported that “the LAPD launched an internal affairs inquiry into the officers’ actions after Watts and Lucas complained publicly. Lucas wrote on Facebook that police acted as if the couple had been engaged in prostitution.”In an Times op-ed piece, Watts wrote that she and Lucas had been stopped four times by law enforcement since late spring. Watts is black and Lucas is white.“Would someone have called the police if it had been a white couple?” she wrote. “Would the sergeant have been so zealous in ‘investigating’ what was clearly not a crime? Does bias have something to do with how and why Brian and I have been stopped this year? I think it probably does.”A hearing date for the misdemeanor has been set for Nov. 13.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

How Kim Kardashian's Family Wished Her a Happy Birthday


ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) --  Kim Kardashian turned 34 Tuesday, and her family has been wishing her a happy birthday via social media all day.Her mom, Kris Jenner, reflected on Kim's youth with a throwback photo. "Back in the day when I was [Kim]'s stylist, makeup artist and glam squad," the caption reads.  Back in the day when I was @kimkardashian 's stylist, makeup artist, and glam squad. #priceless #happybirthdayA photo posted by @krisjenner on Oct 10, 2014 at 1:52pm PDTKim's sisters also wished the star a happy birthday. Khloe Kardashian called Kim "my bestie, my confidante, the keeper of my secrets," while Kendall Jenner praised Kim's "amazing soul."Happy birthday sister!!!! My bestie, my confidante, the keeper of my secrets (well only of I threaten your life?) the sharer of my world. You have become an amazing woman. I couldn't be prouder or more inspired. Enjoy your birthday KiKi! I love you like a fat kid loves cake! @kimkardashian ???A photo posted by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on Oct 10, 2014 at 7:06am PDT Happy Birthday to my beautiful sister! I don't know what I would do without your amazing soul. lots of love sister pants ??A photo posted by Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) on Oct. 10, 2014 at 7:19 PDTThe reality TV star has plans to celebrate in private, and there's no word yet on what her husband, Kanye West, is doing to mark the occasion. However, it'll be tough to top last year's gift: an engagement ring and over-the-top proposal at AT&T Park in San Francisco.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Prosecutors Object to Teresa Giudice's Plea to Spend Jail Time at Halfway House


Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Reality star Teresa Giudice may be having a hard time accepting the reality of a stint behind bars.In a letter to the judge who ordered her to serve time for tax fraud, the Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member asked to spend the bulk of her sentence in a halfway house instead of a federal lockup with other criminals.Giudice's new lawyer, Stacy Ann Biancamano, who replaced her trial attorney, sent a letter asking the judge to invoke the Second Chance Act, which would allow Giudice to serve as much as 12 months of her 15-month sentence in a halfway house. She also asked the judge to recommend Giudice serve her prison time at FCI Danbury “to facilitate visitation with her young children.”Prosecutors Paul Fishman, Rachael Honig and Jonathan Romankow responded Tuesday, shooting the request down in a letter to Judge Esther Salas, the same woman who sentenced both Teresa and Joe Giudice.The prosecutors noted that the judge “made detailed, express findings on the record about the need to sentence defendant to jail.” They added the “halfway house designation was not raised at all by the parties at the sentencing” and they believe such a request would “undercut” her sentence.Giudice is set to begin her sentence on Jan. 5. Teresa Giudice's sentence and her husband's sentence are staggered; he will begin his three and a half years in jail when Teresa is released.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Barbara Walters Reveals Who Made Her 'Most Fascinating' List


ABC/BOB D'AMICO(NEW YORK) — Barbara Walters is back.The ABC News journalist is returning to primetime on Dec. 14 with Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014 special, featuring Oprah Winfrey, Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler, and Scarlett Johansson. Additional names will be announced soon."I was absolutely delighted when ABC approached me to do another year of ‘10 Most Fascinating People’,” Walters said. “I know we said last year was our last, but there are just too many fascinating people out there... and you never pass up the opportunity to interview Oprah, Neil, Chelsea, or Scarlett.”Walters has been doing her special, which focuses on the most talked-about personalities in entertainment and pop culture that year, since 1993. Last year's list included Hillary Clinton, Miley Cyrus, and Jennifer Lawrence.It's been an exciting year for Walters, who retired from The View this past May.  However, she continues to stay active with ABC News."I have always had a schedule. I've always had deadlines. I've always had things to do," she told ABC News after her final The View taping. "It will be nice to get up and say, 'What do I have to do today? Nothing!'"Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"Dancing with the Stars" Recap: Jonathan Bennett Gets the Boot


ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Jonathan Bennett and his professional partner, Allison Holker, were eliminated on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Monday.“That’s OK,” said Bennett, after learning the news.“Here’s the thing,” Bennett explained. “I came here to do this show to have fun and just have a really great experience and to bring life back into my life, and that’s what I did. I can’t thank Allison enough. I had the best time.” Holker agreed, telling co-host Tom Bergeron, “I’m so proud of him.”It was “Muy Caliente Monday” on the show as guest judge Pitbull filled in for the absent Len Goodman during this Latin-themed sixth week of the competition. The singer opened the show with his hit song, “Fireball.” Former contestant and actress Leah Remini also helped host in Erin Andrews’ absence while she’s in Kansas City covering the World Series. Returning to compete next week are actors Antonio Sabato Jr. and Alfonso Ribeiro, Lea Thompson and fellow actress Janel Parrish, NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip, reality TV star Sadie Robertson, YouTube beauty guru Bethany Mota and comedian Tommy Chong. The stars compete each week for scores from the judges as well as votes from viewers. The star with the lowest combined total is eliminated each week.Here’s a rundown of Monday night’s routines: Jonathan Bennett: The actor and pro partner Allison Holker danced a Men in Black-inspired jazz routine to Pitbull’s “Back in Time.” “We need to see improvement and see a range, and that was exactly what that was,” said judge Julianne Hough, who immediately gave Bennett a big hug across the judges’ table. “The best part about you is your resilience,” added judge Carrie Ann Inaba. “I think this was your best dance so far.” Guest judge Pitbull joked, “You look just like Will Smith.” The actor earned 8s across the board for a total of 32 points.Janel Parrish: Parrish and professional partner Val Chmerkovskiy spiced things up on the dance floor with a samba to a song by the legendary Celia Cruz. “You’re such a phenomenal performer because you perform from your entire body,” Inaba told Parrish. “But tonight I felt like you were a bit off balance.” Pitbull couldn’t help but feel the passion was missing from their performance. “I don’t know [anything] about ballroom dancing, but I know a lot about passion,” he explained. “And I didn’t feel the passion.” Hough was very complimentary of the performance, however. “The choreography and the content was almost like a competition routine,” she said. “So I want to commend you. Well done, I thought it was great.” The judges awarded Parrish a total of 33 points.Tommy Chong: The comedian did a foxy foxtrot to Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” with professional partner Peta Murgatroyd. “I just want to say that I think you could be in this competition for a long time. That was so awesome,” said Hough. Inaba agreed, noting she was “so happy to see” that Chong was “back in great form.” Pitbull, who called Chong “The most interesting man in the world,” really enjoyed their routine on the dance floor saying, “It wasn’t perfect, but it was fun.” In a pre-taped segment, Chong and Murgatroyd spent time in the sweat lodge, and it appears to have helped recharge them. The comedian received 7s across the board for a total of 28 points.Antonio Sabato Jr.: The actor and his professional partner Cheryl Burke steamed things up with a salsa dance to Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailando.” Despite it being a tough week for Burke as she was also dealing with her father’s recent medical problems, the partners pulled through, earning decent remarks from the judges. “You really took me back to the streets of old Havana,” explained judge Bruno Tonioli. “You did a fantastic job of creating the perfect atmosphere, but you’ve got to learn to transfer the weight so you get the hips going.” Inaba agreed that Sabato Jr. was a bit stiff on the dance floor, but noted that his “trajectory of growth is consistent” which means he’s slowly and surely improving. But, she added, “You’ve got to let the music move you.” The judges awarded the actor all 7s, for a total of 28 points.Sadie Robertson: The reality star danced a rumba to Rihanna’s “Diamonds” with pro partner Mark Ballas. The partners attempted to keep the traditionally passionate dance style as conservative as possible, out of respect to Robertson’s Christian values. “It felt really good, but I’m glad to get the rumba over with,” Robertson said after her performance. “I wanted to find the perfect balance of being appropriate while still doing the perfect dance,” added Ballas. The judges felt they did an excellent job of maintaining that balance. Inaba called it “exceptionally gorgeous and age appropriate.” Tonioli told Robertson, “You really are a sparkling little jewel of a dancer,” adding however, “The rumba needs a continuous motion and at times it was a bit jagged, but mostly well done.” Pitbull said, “It was simple, but it was powerful.” The routine earned Robertson a whopping 35 out of 40 points.Lea Thompson: The actress and her pro partner Artem Chigvintsev spiced up the dance floor with their salsa to Pitbull’s “Sexy People.” Pitbull joked with the shirtless Chigvintsev saying, “I didn’t know Jean-Claude Van Damme could dance that good, man. It was sexy and that’s what I’m talking about.” Inaba, on the other hand, felt disappointed with their performance saying, “I think you should stay to your strengths. You play your game and stay on track.” Hough agreed that Thompson seemed to lack confidence, instead worrying too much about her fellow competitor, Alfonso Ribeiro. “I have always thought from day one you are the girl to beat,” said Hough. “Tonight though, I felt like you needed to trust your partner and trust yourself. At the end of the day, that’s all you can control.” The judges awarded Thompson a total of 32 out of 40 points.Michael Waltrip: The NASCAR driver and partner Emma Slater danced a sensual Argentine tango to Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything,” and the judges loved it, calling the choreography “beautiful.” Inaba told Waltrip “This is what a champion is made out of,” adding, “You were composed, you were elegant and you actually tried to really dance.” Pitbull said he was feeling badly for Waltrip at first, but then told him, “You did a great job and I see that you got so much into the moment you tried to sneak a kiss at the end.” Without missing a beat, Waltrip quipped back, “I felt like that was a Mr. Worldwide move.” Tonioli felt this performance was a “great improvement.” Waltrip earned two 8s and two 7s from the judges for a total of 30 out of 40 points, his highest score this season.Bethany Mota: The YouTube star danced a sensational tango to “Jealous” by Chromeo with professional partner Derek Hough. The judges raved that the performance was “pure tango.” Hough explained, “There was no fluff. It was a pure, honest, good tango. It was everything a tango should be.” Tonioli couldn’t agree more, adding, “No messing around. [It was] straight down the line pure ballroom.” And Inaba said she was “blown away,” telling Mota, “that was ridiculous.” The judges awarded Mota 9s across the board, for a total of 36 out of 40 points.Alfonso Ribeiro: The actor, despite a painful groin injury, managed to pull through with a vivacious salsa performance to Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull’s “Booty” alongside his professional partner, Witney Carson. Ribeiro’s wiggling hips and gyrating derriere had the judges all excited, especially Tonioli, who told the competitors, “The rhythm’s got me. I could have danced all night.” Inaba even called Ribeiro over to the judges’ table just so she could spank him 10 times, displaying her enthusiasm. “That’s how you give that spice,” said Pitbull, as he recreated some of the couple’s moves. “That’s what I’m talking about.” The actor earned three 10s and one 9 for a total of 39 points.The competition continues next Monday night on ABC.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Study 'Beyonce Feminism' and 'Rihanna Womanism' at University of Texas


Larry Busacca/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Beyonce’s band of feminism has been a source of debate recently, and now you can study how she and Rihanna are impacting the feminist movement, by taking a new course at the University of Texas at Austin.The African & African Diaspora Studies department just announced the “Beyonce Feminism, Rihanna Womanism” course for the spring 2015 semester. The goal is to explore their careers to understand the role of feminism in pop culture. According to the course description, "Students will be studying how the lyrics, music videos, and actions of these women express various aspects of black feminism such as violence, economic opportunity, sexuality, standards of beauty, and creative self-expression."The class will not compare Beyonce and Rihanna, nor is there word on whether Queen Bey or RiRi will make a guest appearance.  As previously reported, Beyonce has also been studied by the Ivy League: the Harvard Business School recently released a report on the marketing strategy behind the surprise release of her most recent, self-titled CD.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kylie Jenner and Rapper Tyga Seen Traveling Together in Europe


Timothy White/E!(NEW YORK) -- Kylie Jenner and rapper Tyga have been traveling all over Europe together, sources tell TMZ, but the pair still deny they're a couple.Eyewitnesses spotted the 17-year-old Keeping Up with the Kardashians star and Tyga, 24, at England's Gatwick Airport last Friday. The two then reportedly traveled on to Bordeaux, France and Geneva, Switzerland, before finally landing in Athens, Greece, where Tyga performed on Sunday.Tyga was previously linked to model Blac Chyna, with whom he has a child.Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs Sundays 10 p.m. Eastern time on E!Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Tori Spelling Hospitalized for Bronchitis and Possible Pneumonia


ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Tori Spelling had a bit of a scare this past Saturday when she was rushed to Los Angeles’ Cedars Sinai Hospital for a severe cough attack, a source tells Us Weekly.The True Tori star was coughing so intensely she nearly passed out, according to the source who adds she was eventually admitted to the hospital for severe bronchitis and possible pneumonia.Spelling’s husband Dean McDermott, with whom she recently reconciled following his highly publicized affair, was at her side, notes the source. The former Beverly Hills 90210 star is expected to remain in the hospital through the week, according to the source.The 41-year-old reality star was forced to cancel a promotional appearance for True Tori’s upcoming second season.TMZ had previously reported that upon her arrival, Spelling was initially quarantined and treated like she had contracted the Ebola virus. She was kept from other patients while medical staff took precautions treating her. However, the gossip website confirmed she doesn’t have the virus.Season 2 of True Tori kicks off Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Nicholas Brendon Says He Mixed Medication with Alcohol Prior to Arrest


Paul Warner/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Nicholas Brendon on Monday posted an apology on Facebook following his recent arrest in Boise, Idaho, stemming from a disturbance in a hotel lobby.The 43-year-old actor says he regrets disappointing his family, fans and himself, and that there is no excuse for his "unacceptable behavior."He then explains, "For the past 5 days, I have been taking prescription pain medication to help me manage a cyst behind my knee cap, which is scheduled for corrective surgery on Monday morning. I made the poor decision to mix this prescribed medication with alcohol. The result was embarrassing and unacceptable."Brendon says he intends to seek "appropriate treatment and therapy" for his medical ailments and "emotional demons."Brendon was arrested on a count of resisting and obstructing officers, as well as a count of malicious injury to property, at a Boise hotel on Friday night. Hotel staff accused him of breaking a decorative dish.The actor was in town for the local Tree City Comic Con.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Renee Zellweger Says 'It Would Be Fun' to Do "Bridget Jones's Diary" Sequel


Michael Buckner/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The woman behind the Bridget Jones series, author Helen Fielding, has already penned a third book that picks up on the life of our favorite British TV personality. Still, would Renee Zellweger, who portrayed Bridget in the big screen adaptations, want to reprise her role?"It would be fun," Zellweger told E! News.Still, Zellweger explained she's not sure what the status is on a third movie adaptation, if one is even in the works. "I have no idea. I'm not being cagey. I just don't know," she said.(Spoiler Alert)A third film would most likely follow Fielding's Mad About the Boy, the third book in the series. Mad About the Boy upset many fans when they learned Bridget Jones became a widow after the death of her husband, Mark Darcy. The third book picked up five years after Darcy’s death, with Jones being a 51-year-old single mom with two children and a boyfriend named Roxster.The first two books, Bridget Jones's Diary and Bridget Jones Edge of Reason, were made into films starring Zellweger, Colin Firth as Mark Darcy and Hugh Grant as Daniel Cleaver. Reportedly, Grant said that he wouldn't be part of a third film.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Shia LaBeouf Talks Religion, His Dad and His Latest Film "Fury"


Sony/Columbia(NEW YORK) -- Shia LaBeouf discusses a number of topics, including his stormy relationship with his dad, finding religion after filming his new movie Fury, and his recent behavior, in the latest issue of Interview magazine.LaBeouf, who was compared to actors like Tom Hanks early in his career, tells the magazine he always rejected those comparisons."The guys who I looked up to were far darker," the 28-year-old actor notes, naming actors such as Gary Oldman, Sean Penn and Joaquin Phoenix as his idols. The choices, he adds are largely due to his tumultuous relationship with his father, whom LaBeouf has previously admitted was a drug dealer."The guys who I looked up to were guys that my dad looked up to," he explains. "I looked up to my dad. And he doesn't have a Tom Cruise or a Tom Hanks kind of sensibility. He's in the Mongols biker gang. He's cut from a different kind of fabric, a different sensibility, a Vietnam veteran who came home disgruntled."LaBeouf goes on to say he only speaks to his dad when he's working and needs to stir up feelings of anger and grief. "He knows what I'm looking for. It's not to say 'Hey, Dad,' Shia declares, "It's just an excuse to rev up. He's the marionette puppeteer."In his latest film, Fury, LaBeouf plays a member of a World War 2 tank crew who relies on his faith in God as a way of coping with the rigors of war. He believes the role helped him find his own faith."I found God doing Fury," he tells the magazine. "I became a Christian man, and not in a f**king bulls**t way -- in a very real way. I could have just said the prayers that were on the page. But it was a real thing that really saved me," he adds.LaBeouf also credits co-star Brad Pitt as being "very instrumental" in his religious transformation.LaBeouf's bizarre behavior has landed in the tabloids a number of times over the past year, and he admits he's trying to ''reinvent'' himself, though "sometimes in very uncalculated behavior.""I'm not a very intelligent person," he confesses, "and you've got to be a f**king genius to learn from other people's mistakes, because you've got to be a very smart man to learn from your own."LaBeouf also admits looking like a "drunken buffoon" in New York City just prior to his arrest for disorderly conduct during a performance of the Broadway play Cabaret. His behavior led him to seek treatment for alcohol addiction.Fury is currently in theaters.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio