Jay Leno Ups Ante for Kristin Chenoweth, Elisabeth Hasselbeck Returns to Co-Hosting

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Jay Leno Dares Kristin Chenoweth to Do What?!
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PHOTO: Kristen Chenoweth Dared By Leno
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When Kristin Chenoweth made an appearance on "The Tonight Show" Thursday, the Broadway star told Jay she wanted him to ante up more cash for her charity, Maddie's Corner, after he made her eat sea urchin for a $500 donation.

Chenoweth tried to rally the studio audience to get Leno to give a larger donation than the $1,000 he ended up forking over, but Leno instead countered with a different proposal.

"How many people think I should come up with something way more interesting for her to eat?" he asked.

Chenoweth then launched into a story about her time in Australia and her love for the Sydney zoo when she mentioned the fun fact that baby koalas eat their own poop.

"A thousand dollars," Leno teased. "Much like the koala."

But after quickly acknowledging the foulness of the dare, Leno quickly retracted the bet.

You're safe for now, Chenoweth.

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Turn on the TV for Elisabeth Hasselbeck
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PHOTO: Elisabeth Hasselbeck Joins FOX and Friends In September
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For those who miss turning on the television to see Elisabeth Hasselbeck, have no fear.

The former co-host of "The View" will be back on the air come Sept. 16 in her new role on Fox News' morning show "Fox and Friends," the Hollywood Reporter confirmed.

"Elisabeth's warm and engaging personality made her a star on 'The View,'" Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said at the time of her hire. "She has proven to be an excellent conversationalist, and I am certain she will make a great addition to our already successful morning franchise."

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Sara Bareilles and Katy Perry Earn Epic YouTube Mashup
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What do you get when you mix Katy Perry's "Roar" with Sara Bareilles' "Brave"?

Yes, the similarities between the two songs have been well-documented since Perry's newest single dropped. But throw in a little bit of The Lumineers' "Ho, Hey," Jason DeRulo's "The Other Side" and a loop pedal, and you have the feel-good remix of the weekend, thanks to the musical arrangements of YouTube user jdviolinboy.

While neither songstress has come out and acknowledged the sameness, Bareilles cryptically tweeted "All love, everybody. All love," while music fans buzzed about its meaning.

Happy Friday, climbers.

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Kentucky Movie Theater Owner Says No Way on "The Butler"
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PHOTO: Jane Fonda
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An Elizabethtown, Ky., movie theater owner has a bone to pick with Jane Fonda.

Patrons who frequent Ike Boutwell's MoviePalace and Showtime Cinemas will have to go elsewhere to see box-office smash "The Butler" because he doesn't feel like showing a film with Jane Fonda, the Hardin County, Ky. newspaper The News-Enterprise reported.

Why punish the residents of Hardin County over a little Fonda movie appearance?

Boutwell told The News-Enterprise it's because of the actress' anti-Vietnam sentiments. Turns out Boutwell is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War who trained pilots during Vietnam, and said Fonda's well-known stance merited a boycott of her movies.

"In life, you've got to stand for something, and that's where I stand," Boutwell said. "It makes me feel that I'm honoring those who died for this country."

Boutwell said he doesn't believe he has shown a Fonda film in his theater since he opened the venue in the late 1980s, according to The News-Enterprise.

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When You Don't Stay to See Brandy, They Turn the Lights On
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PHOTO: Brandy Performs In South Africa
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Talk about a blow to the ego.

Grammy-award winning R&B star Brandy was slated to give a surprise performance at the Nelson Mandela Sports and Cultural Day concert in Soweto, South Africa Saturday, the Guardian reported. But by the time she took the stage, the nearly 90,000-person arena had emptied, leaving about 40 people in the audience to see her perform.

On the upside, you could call it a private Brandy concert. But the turnout didn't seem to jibe well with the singer.

"Brandy performed to an empty stadium. With the stadium lights on," tweeted South African musician Kabomo. "She sulked after two songs and walked off."

The artist has gone social-media silent about the incident.

Oh, Brandy. Almost doesn't count.

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Germany's Third Gender Option Blurs Lines
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Male, female or indeterminate?

You read it correctly. A third gender option is set to be introduced to birth certificates in Germany come Nov. 1, making it the first country in Europe to allow parents to opt out of deciding their baby's gender, ABC News reported.

The law, which passed in May, would allow someone born with characteristics of both sexes to choose their gender later in life. It would also allow people to opt out of selecting a gender altogether, according to ABC News.

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#BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck Is a Real Hashtag
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PHOTO: Ben Affleck Cast As Next Batman
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Ben Affleck is Batman. Let's discuss.

Affleck will be suiting up as the Dark Knight for the sequel to "Man of Steel," Warner Bros. confirmed to ABC News.

"Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry's Superman," the film's director, Zack Snyder, said in a statement. "He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can't wait to work with him."

But not everyone is pleased with the casting decision. Turns out plenty of people think Affleck, who once donned superhero attire for 2003's "Daredevil," was the wrong choice for New Regency Productions.

Want proof? Check out #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck on Twitter.

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