Entertainment » Celebrities http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment The latest Entertainment news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:59:48 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Why Kourtney Kardashian Won’t Be Getting a Baby Nurse http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/why-kourtney-kardashian-wont-be-getting-a-baby-nurse/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/why-kourtney-kardashian-wont-be-getting-a-baby-nurse/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:59:48 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=322376 ht kourtney kardashian fit mag 02 mt 141120 16x9 608 Why Kourtney Kardashian Wont Be Getting a Baby Nurse

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With her third child on the way, Kourtney Kardashian will certainly have her hands full, but don’t look for the reality star to hire any extra help.

“I love doing everything myself at the beginning,” Kardashian, 35, told the December-January issue of Fit Pregnancy.

“I’m not getting a baby nurse. I take two months off and no one is allowed to bother me or talk to me about anything work-related, or maybe three months this time.”

Instead, the fashion designer and mother of daughter Penelope Scotland, 2, and son Mason Dash, soon to be 5, will spend the first months bonding with her new baby, including breast-feeding.

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“I nursed Mason for 14 months and Penelope for 16, and I loved it,” she told the magazine. “It was built-in time that the two of us could share alone every day. I didn’t have any goals or expectations.”

Kardashian does expect, though, to bounce back quickly after her delivery, just like she did with her first two.

“Both were really easy. I actually pulled both babies out of me!” she told Fit Pregnancy. “I was out of the hospital so fast both times because I just wanted to get home. I stayed in my pajamas for 30 days and kept the house really quiet.”

Said the busy working mom, “It’s the only time I feel I have that excuse to shut everyone out and shut everything off. That time is a gift.”

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Why Sheryl Crow Is Selling Her Cowboy Boots http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/why-sheryl-crow-is-selling-her-cowboy-boots/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/why-sheryl-crow-is-selling-her-cowboy-boots/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:29:13 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=322369 gty sheryl crow kb 141120 16x9 608 Why Sheryl Crow Is Selling Her Cowboy Boots

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Sheryl Crow is ready to give you the shoes – make that, cowboy boots – right off her feet.

The 52-year-old singer is auctioning some of her most prized possessions on eBay to benefit the nonprofit group Feeding America, which Crow has been a part of for the past decade.

“I’ve toured for 20-something years, and I’ve collected a lot of stuff over the course of that time,”  Crow told People. “I’ve got over 80 pairs of cowboy boots or boots in general, and I’ve got quite a few pairs of blue jeans. There’s going to be a lot of [Ralph Lauren], some Rag & Bone, some Paige; some great name brands that people will be able to get on the cheap, for a good cause!”

The cause is close to Crow’s heart.

“When I was living in Los Angeles I started working with Feeding America on a campaign,” the nine-time Grammy winner said. “I wrote a song for them that Jason Mraz and I duetted on.”

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Since then, she has become more hands-on, even volunteering at the group’s food banks in Nashville, Tennessee, with her two adopted sons, Wyatt, 7, and Levi, 4.

“On our first trip to the food bank, my son and I sat down next to a man,” Crow recalled to People. “The guy who ran the food bank came over and gave him a pair of boots. My son Wyatt said, ‘Why did he give you boots?’ And the man said, ‘Cause I didn’t have any boots.’ And my son said, ‘Why don’t you have any boots?’ And he said, ‘Cause I can’t get a job.’ And my son said, ‘Why can’t you get a job?’ And the man said, ‘Cause I don’t have any boots.’ For three weeks, my son talked about that experience, of not understanding that having food and a job for some people is a real luxury.”

Crow’s auction runs through Dec. 11 on eBay’s Charity Shop

“It makes you feel so grateful to have what you have and to be able to help someone else, the feeling that I get from that is much bigger than anything else that I could experience,” Crow said. “It just matters that we take care of each other in our lives.”

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Angelina Jolie Addresses Retirement Rumors: ‘Happier’ Behind Camera http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/angelina-jolie-addresses-retirement-rumors-happier-behind-camera/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/angelina-jolie-addresses-retirement-rumors-happier-behind-camera/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:27:43 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=322366 GTY angelina jolie sk 141119 16x9 608 Angelina Jolie Addresses Retirement Rumors: Happier Behind Camera

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First Brad Pitt, now his wife, Angelina Jolie, is vowing to give up acting.

Despite being Hollywood’s highest paid actress, Jolie, 39, makes it clear in two new interviews that directing is her first love.

“I’m happier when I get to put a camera on another actor and watch them do great work,” Jolie, who recently directed her second film, “Unbroken,” told Variety.

Earlier, she told DuJour magazine, that she “absolutely” plans to give up acting.

“I’ve never been comfortable as an actor; I’ve never loved being in front of the camera,” she told DuJour.

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Fortunately for fans, she doesn’t plan to quit right away.

“I’ll do a few more,” she coyly told Variety. “I’m about to direct something with Brad and myself, in fact.”

The film, “By the Sea,” which she’s shooting in Malta, features Jolie and Pitt playing a married couple on a trip to France.

“Compared to ‘Unbroken,’ this film is a walk in the park,” Jolie told DuJour. “The tricky thing is directing myself and directing Brad. It’s hard, dramatic material, and we’re balancing.”

It will be the couple’s first film since 2005′s “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” where they met and fell in love. It could also be their last.

Long before Jolie talked about retiring from acting, Pitt said he was nearing the end. Three years ago, he told Australia’s “60 Minutes” that he’d planned to transition to roles behind the lens by age 50.

“I wasn’t actually putting an exact deadline on my expiration date, but I see it coming,” he clarified in a news conference days later. “I just have other interests and I do quite enjoy the production side.”

Pitt turned 50 last December.

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Why Jessica Simpson Attended the ‘Mockingjay’ Premiere http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/why-jessica-simpson-attended-the-mockingjay-premiere/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/why-jessica-simpson-attended-the-mockingjay-premiere/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:17:14 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=322359 AP jessica simpson jtm 141118 16x9 608 Why Jessica Simpson Attended the Mockingjay Premiere

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It was an extended family affair at “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ premiere Monday night.

Jessica Simpson, accompanied by husband Eric Johnson, showed up wearing a vintage gold one-shoulder gown with a thigh-high slit that displayed her seriously toned leg.

While she may have stolen the show on the Los Angeles red carpet, Simpson was there in support of sister Ashlee’s husband, Evan Ross, who has a role in the movie opening Friday.

Ross was not only accompanied by his new wife but his famous mom, Diana Ross, who flew in from her concert tour to attend her son’s premiere event.

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Later, the family got a little rowdy inside L.A.’s Nokia Theater when Ross, who plays Messalla, Cressida’s assistant from the Capitol, first appeared on screen.

“When my face showed up onscreen the first time, everyone jumped up. The whole group. It was unbelievable,” Ross told USA Today.

After the film, Ross and the two Simpson sisters, along with Jessica’s husband, kept the party going at the film’s lavish after-party.

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Solange Knowles Shares Feelings About the ‘Best Day of My Life’ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/solange-knowles-shares-feelings-about-the-best-day-of-my-life/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/solange-knowles-shares-feelings-about-the-best-day-of-my-life/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:23:15 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=322345 GTY solange wedding jtm 141118 16x9 608 Solange Knowles Shares Feelings About  the Best Day of My Life

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Solange Knowles was still in the throes of wedded bliss a day after her wedding to Alan Ferguson.

Beyonce’s baby sis posted a snap of a tender moment she shared with Ferguson after the couple exchanged vows Sunday in New Orleans.

“Yesterday, I had the best day of my life and ended it with an abundance of peace, love over flowing through me like never before,” she wrote on Instagram Monday. “Words only understate the feelings I experienced , but I want to thank you for all of your beautiful sentiments. I’m now one, with the one.”

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Among the 200 family members and friends attending the intimate affair were big sis Beyonce and husband Jay-Z, with daughter Blue Ivy in tow. Mom Tina Knowles and son Daniel Julez, 10, also attended. Celebrity guests included singer Janelle Monae and musician friends Kelela, Questlove and Kindness, who performed at the reception.

Knowles, 28, and her son also surprised guests by performing a choreographed dance routine to the song “No Flex Zone.”

“Everyone I worked with on the wedding are friends who I love,” Knowles told Vogue by email earlier in the day. “Everything was a labor of love.”

This is Knowles’ second marriage. She had Daniel Julez with ex-husband Daniel Smith.

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Chris Martin Reveals Which Pop Star Inspired Coldplay’s ‘Sky Full of Stars’ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/chris-martin-reveals-which-pop-star-inspired-coldplays-sky-full-of-stars/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/chris-martin-reveals-which-pop-star-inspired-coldplays-sky-full-of-stars/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:55:37 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=322333 GTY chris martin jtm 141118 16x9 608 Chris Martin Reveals Which Pop Star Inspired Coldplays Sky Full of Stars

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If Coldplay’s latest album, “Ghost Stories,” appears inspired by frontman Chris Martin‘s “conscious uncoupling” with wife Gwyneth Paltrow, the inspiration for its standout hit, “Sky Full of Stars,” will come as something of a surprise.

“I’ll tell you the truth, I was listening to a lot of Katy Perry,” Martin, 37, said in a new Beat x Beat webcast, produced by Beats by Dre, breaking down the creative process behind his writing the chart-topping hit.

“A lot of her songs have the same chord sequence the whole time. Your body feels comfortable with them and then the melody’s changing on top so there’s a groove you really get in to and then also you’re kept interested, so I was like, ‘That’s an amazing way of doing songs,’” he said.

Once he found the groove, Martin knew he had to imbue the track with something more to lift the listener out of the melancholy of the rest of the album. That’s where electronic dance music came in.

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“That song really ended up being inspired by EDM [electronic dance music], which some people turn their nose up and then you go to see an EDM thing and people are together and having the best time,” he said. “So I was like f*** it! I love that stuff. So I wanted to have a song that comes from that world. But in terms of, ‘I’d really like to jump up and down to this,’ we don’t really know what we’re doing.”

The band turned to Swedish EDM DJ and producer Avicii.

“He did a full Avicii version, we did a full Coldplay version,” Martin said, “and we spent weeks weaving it all together.”

 

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Dave Chappelle Reveals Why He’s Really Back http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/dave-chappelle-reveals-why-hes-really-back/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/dave-chappelle-reveals-why-hes-really-back/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:32:21 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=322325 ht dave chappelle gq cover float mt 141118 16x9 608 Dave Chappelle Reveals Why Hes Really Back

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If there are still doubts about whether Dave Chappelle is really back, he dispels them in a new interview with GQ.

The 41-year-old comedian, who took a break from show business in 2005 at the height of his eponymous television series, opened up about where he went and why he’s back for good.

“You know, for a while, I was kind of sequestered,” Chappelle, who was named one of GQ’s Men of the Year, told the magazine’s December issue. “Well, sequestered is not the right word. It was more like Superman’s self-imposed exile.”

Chappelle, who took a trip to South Africa after abruptly leaving his show, said he never planned to leave the business for good.

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“People are always like, ‘I heard you moved to Africa.’ And in reality I was only there for about two weeks,” he said. “I was on ‘vacation.’ I don’t want to be too specific, but it wasn’t even like I necessarily left. I wasn’t like, ‘I’m leaving and I’m never coming back.’ It wasn’t necessarily that kind of thing. But then there was a sequence of events…and ten years later, here we are.”

Having recently spent nine out of the past 12 months on the road doing standup, including 10 sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Chappelle said he’s in a good place in his life.

“You know, I have angst in my life, but I’m like anybody,” he told GQ. “Some days I am not happy, but I’m not necessarily sad. What I’m trying to say is that if anything like Robin Williams ever happened to me, suspect foul play.”

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Inside Kourtney Kardashian’s Pajama Party Baby Shower http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/inside-kourtney-kardashians-pajama-party-baby-shower/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/inside-kourtney-kardashians-pajama-party-baby-shower/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:52:21 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=322307 HT instagram kourtney kardash ll 141117 16x9 608 Inside Kourtney Kardashians Pajama Party Baby Shower

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Kourtney Kardashian didn’t bother getting dressed for her latest baby shower. Instead, she wore a pair of plush red pajamas, accessorized with sparkly devil horns.

The pregnant reality star, who is expecting her third child with beau Scott Disick, posted photos from the early morning pajama party at IHOP with some of her closest pals.

“I have the best friends in the world! Sunday morning 9am IHOP in our pajamas! #fancyBabyShower,” Kardashian wrote, alongside a snap of her and her girlfriends, also in their sleepwear.

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In another photo, she can be seen smiling in front of a white-frosted cake and mug of hot chocolate.

“Baby shower breakfast. #pajamas #ihop #bestfriends,” Kardashian, 35, captioned the photo.

The cozy celebration was a far cry from her family-hosted baby shower last week. Sisters Kim and Khloe Kardashian threw a formal Breakfast At Tiffany’s themed celebration Nov. 12 at the Montage Hotel and Resorts in Beverly Hills.

“Thank you to @kimkardashian and @khloekardashian for the magical, unforgettable perfectly charming baby shower,” Kardashian wrote on Instagram.

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Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen Reflect on 10 Years in Fashion http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/mary-kate-and-ashley-olsen-reflect-on-10-years-in-fashion/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/mary-kate-and-ashley-olsen-reflect-on-10-years-in-fashion/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:00:49 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=322300 HT mary kate ml 141117 16x9 608 Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen Reflect on 10 Years in Fashion

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In just 10 years, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have become one of the most lauded design teams in fashion, a fact that surprises no one more than them.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years,” Mary-Kate said of their label, The Row, a nod to Savile Row tailoring, in an interview with December’s Elle magazine. Every move that we’ve made through the past 10 years has been step-by-step,” Ashley said.

“One item at a time,” Mary-Kate added. “We sit and look at everything in every possible version of how you might wear it. We are all about making our clothes work with reality.”

But when the 28-year-old child stars left Hollywood for New York City 10 years ago to reinvent themselves as designers, cynics questioned whether they were just playing an expensive game of dress-up.

“People were asking us all sorts of questions in the beginning,” Mary-Kate said.

“It went beyond skeptical,” Ashley added. “You just have to put on blinders and do your work.”

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That’s exactly what they did. Launching in 2004 with a perfect white T-shirt, they focused on fit and fabric, methodically setting out to create the perfectly cut tank top next, then $1,000 leather leggings, followed by the perfectly tailored blazer.

“I think we do things because we stare at them for too long,” Ashley said with a laugh.

Their method works. The label generates tens of millions in sales and is carried in more than 145 high-end boutiques and department stores in the United States, like Barneys, Bergdorf’s, Neiman Marcus and Saks, as well as in London and Paris. Their accessories are sold in more than 77 stores, with prices ranging from $1,000 to $39,000 for an alligator-skin backpack.

The fashion industry has also embraced the Olsen twins, awarding them CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year in 2012 and CFDA’s Accessories Designer of the Year this year.

Last May, they opened their first Los Angeles store, on Melrose Place.

“Our client is very understated, but she’s happy to spend the money,” Ashley said.

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How Jack O’Connell Got the Lead Role in Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/how-jack-oconnell-got-the-lead-role-in-angelina-jolies-unbroken/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/how-jack-oconnell-got-the-lead-role-in-angelina-jolies-unbroken/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:13:04 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=322293 GTY Jack OConnell Angelina Jolie ll 141117 16x9 608 How Jack OConnell Got the Lead Role in Angelina Jolies Unbroken

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Jack O’Connell’s star is on the rise thanks to Angelina Jolie, who tapped him to play the late Louis Zamperini in her new film, “Unbroken.”

At Friday’s Hollywood Film Awards, where Jolie presented O’Connell with the New Hollywood Award, the Oscar-winning actress-turned-director revealed why the 24-year-old newcomer won the role of Zamperini, an American Olympic track star who spent more than two and a half years as a POW after he was captured by Japanese forces during World War II.

“The auditions were very intense and none more so than the cell,” the filmmaker said. “In the cell, the actors would be confined, not knowing if he would be there for three minutes or an hour. A crew member with a rubber baton would go in at unexpected times and hit the actor. It didn’t hurt, but the feeling would bring up the emotion of the loss of freedom, the control, the never knowing, the sense of powerlessness.”

When it came to O’Connell’s turn, Jolie said, “All of the actors were so brave and many of the auditions were emotional and heartbreaking, and then came Jack. He went in the cell. He sat in the dark. He didn’t force anything. He didn’t act. He was just present. He looked around the darkness, he felt the isolation, and he looked so young and vulnerable, and when he was hit, he took the beating, he ended up shaking from the feelings and he allowed his emotions to come forward.”

The director continued, “The second time he begged the guard to stop with tears in his eyes. And the third time, something happened. His eyes changed and he went against the script. And when the guard came in, he fought back. He just couldn’t stay down.”

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Jolie said Zamperini, himself, approved of O’Connell’s casting before his death at age 97 July 2.

“I showed [that] audition tape to Louis, and he smiled,” she said. “As a director, to have Jack in front of your lens is a gift. He makes every moment honest.”

“Unbroken” is scheduled for release Christmas Day.

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