Entertainment » Celebrities http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment The latest Entertainment news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:23:05 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Is ‘Bachelorette’ Andi Dorfman Already Pregnant? http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/is-bachelorette-andi-dorfman-already-pregnant/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/is-bachelorette-andi-dorfman-already-pregnant/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:00:17 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=320497 abc andi dorfman bachelorette jc 140522 16x9 608 Is Bachelorette Andi Dorfman Already Pregnant?

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Andi Dorfman has yet to deliver the final rose on this season of “The Bachelorette,” but she’s batting down rumors that she is already pregnant.

“That’s news to me and my body!” Dorfman joked to E! News backstage at the taping of the “Men Tell All” special which aired Monday night.

“It’s funny. I joke about it. It’s so far from the truth, you gotta laugh,” she said. “I remember saying, ‘Alright, this is as close as I’ll get to Kate Middleton!’ Which is on the cover of a magazine. I’m like, that’s totally false, but that’s OK because I’m next to Kate!”

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Turns out, there’s an upside to the pregnancy rumors.

“It’s gym motivation!” Dorfman told E! “I’ll just stay in shape, then they can never say that I’m pregnant.”

Dorfman makes her final choice between the two remaining men, Josh M. and Nick V., on next Monday’s finale.

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See Zac Efron Skydive with Bear Grylls http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/see-zac-efron-skydive-with-bear-grylls/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/see-zac-efron-skydive-with-bear-grylls/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:47:48 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=320492 ht zac efron skydives kb 140721 16x9 608 See Zac Efron Skydive with Bear Grylls

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Zac Efron does it all in the season premiere of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls.” He jumps off a cliff, he skydives, he even goes shirtless.

The “Neighbors” star posted a short video of his very first skydive on his Instagram account. In the video, he’s seen giving the sign of the cross before leaping from a plane and, later, giving a thumbs up in midair during the tandem jump.

Efron kicks off British adventurer Grylls’ new show next Monday with their one-on-one adventure in New York’s Catskills.

Apparently the 26-year-old actor was thrilled to get the call from Grylls.

“My dad and I would watch Bear Grylls’ adventure shows growing up constantly. That’s something we would do together as a family,” Efron said in a behind-the-scenes video from the upcoming first episode. “It inspired a lot of family trips for us.”

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Efron was also open to whatever Grylls had in mind.

“I know Bear, he’s a little bit crazy,” Efron said in the video. “I know he’s very well-trained. I know that he’s not going to put me in any danger I can’t handle. But I know he’s going to push me to my limit.”

Describing himself as a “moderate to advanced outdoorsman,” Efron admitted, “I really liked to get pushed out of my comfort zone.”

In other videos from the episode, Efron can be seen free falling with Grylls and rappelling down a massive cliff – shirtless.

It was Grylls’ idea for them to strip off their shirts. To give them extra incentive to get down to the bottom of the cliff, Grylls suggested they stuff their shirts in their backpacks before tossing both packs in the water below. That way, they’d have a dry shirt to put on later, he said.

“I can’t believe how high this is,” Efron said before taking the leap with Grylls.

Ben Stiller, Channing Tatum and NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders will join Grylls on future episodes of the show, which premieres July 28.

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Elizabeth Berkley Slams Unauthorized ‘Saved by the Bell’ Movie http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/elizabeth-berkley-slams-unauthorized-saved-by-the-bell-movie/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/elizabeth-berkley-slams-unauthorized-saved-by-the-bell-movie/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:12:23 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=320481 GTY elizabeth berkley kab 140721 16x9 608 Elizabeth Berkley Slams Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Movie

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Elizabeth Berkley is not the least bit curious about seeing her life unfold on screen in Lifetime’s upcoming unauthorized “Saved by the Bell” movie.

Berkley, who played Jessie Spano on the 1990s hit series, told reporters at a dance gala in Los Angeles Saturday, “I’m not really curious about it. We know the lives we led. I have no idea what their picture of it is.”

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The TV movie centers on the behind-the-scenes drama of the series’ six young stars: Mario Lopez, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Lark Voorhies, Tiffani Thiessen, Dustin Diamond and Berkley, who will be played by “Supernatural” actress Tiera Skovbye.

Diamond, who played Screech, wrote about widespread drug use and sexual escapades by the cast in his 2009 tell-all book “Behind the Bell.” But, according to Buzzfeed, Lifetime’s movie, scheduled to air Sept. 1, is based on interviews conducted for the film.

 

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Zendaya Coleman Explains Exit from Aaliyah Biopic http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/zendaya-coleman-explains-exit-from-aalyiah-biopic/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/zendaya-coleman-explains-exit-from-aalyiah-biopic/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:30:32 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=320478 gty zendaya coleman aaliyah jc 140721 16x9 608 Zendaya Coleman Explains Exit from Aaliyah Biopic

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Zendaya Coleman opened up about her recent exit from the upcoming Aaliyah biopic.

The 17-year-old Disney star posted several videos on Instagram Friday explaining why she backed out of Lifetime’s “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.”

“Let me just explain something,” she said in the first of three videos. “The reason why I chose not to do the Aaliyah movie had nothing to do with the haters or people telling me that I couldn’t do it, I wasn’t talented enough, or I wasn’t black enough. It had absolutely nothing to do with that.”

The “Shake It Up” star was cast to play the late R&B singer in June but dropped out of the part weeks later amid widespread criticism over her casting. Some complained Coleman, who is biracial, was too fair-skinned for the role. Others questioned whether the singer-dancer-actress had the maturity to play the 22-year-old Aaliyah, who was once linked to R. Kelly and died in a plane crash at the height of her popularity in 2001.

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But Coleman, who was the runner-up on Season 16 of “Dancing with the Stars,” said she left because of concerns over the production.

“The main reasons were the production value wasn’t there, there were complications with the music rights, and I just felt like it wasn’t being handled delicately considering the situation,” Coleman said in the second clip. “I tried my best to reach out to the family on my own and I wrote a letter, but, I was unable to do so. Therefore, I felt not really morally okay with moving forward with the project.”

Instead, Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp will replace Coleman in the role. Talk host Wendy Williams, who is exec producing the TV movie, made the announcement on Twitter and her show Friday.

Coleman sent her best wishes to Shipp.

“Congratulations to the new woman playing Aaliyah,” Coleman she said in her final video. “I only hope that she does not have to deal with half the hate that I had to deal with. Remember that we are all human beings trying to do what we love to do. Let’s practice motivation and love, not discrimination and hate.”

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Jennifer Aniston Gushes Over Justin Theroux http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/jennifer-aniston-gushes-over-justin-theroux/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/jennifer-aniston-gushes-over-justin-theroux/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:18:45 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=320468 gty justin theroux jennifer aniston jc 140717 16x9 608 Jennifer Aniston Gushes Over Justin Theroux

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Normally tight-lipped about their relationship, Jennifer Aniston opened up about her fiance, Justin Theroux, at a recent dinner celebrating his Details cover.

“I commend him for his courage. This is not normal for him. He’s so graceful and utterly kind and golden,” Aniston told Women’s Wear Daily at a dinner toasting Theroux’s August cover.

“It is amazing. He’s just so beautiful and handsome to me, and I love that his eyeballs are so beautifully captured because those eyes just knock me out every day,” the actress said. “He just gets better every year. He’s just like a lost gem in the sand, and he’s just always been there and been brilliant, and now this is just in a different light.”

Read: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux Look More in Love than Ever

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Backing up Aniston was pal Courteney Cox, who brought along her own fiance, the musician Johnny McDaid.

“There’s no better cover boy than Justin Theroux,” Cox told WWD. “He’s so handsome and cool.”

For his part, Theroux, who stars on the HBO series “The Leftovers,” said he felt at ease at the shoot, especially because he was able to help style it.

“They wanted me to incorporate my style,” he told WWD. “I just brought basically old T-shirts and jeans – nothing major. It’s always a bummer when you show up to a shoot, and they’re like, ‘Here’s a pink leather [piece]‘ and you’re like, ‘I don’t really want to wear that.’”

These days, the 42-year-old actor said he’s dressing more age appropriately.

“I can’t wear things that are totally ripped anymore or completely beaten to s***. That’s a young man’s game. As you get older, you have to clean it up a little bit,” he said.

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Candace Cameron Bure Defends Her 5-Day Cleanse http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/candace-cameron-bure-defends-her-5-day-cleanse/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/candace-cameron-bure-defends-her-5-day-cleanse/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:56:06 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=320460 GTY candace cameron bure jef 140717 16x9 608 Candace Cameron Bure Defends Her 5 Day Cleanse

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Candace Cameron Bure found herself on the defensive after announcing earlier this week that she was starting a five-day dietary cleanse.

It all started Monday, when the “Full House” star announced her eating plan on Facebook.

“After a very indulgent week in Napa, I’m excited to kick off my 5 day cleanse with @eatpaleta today!! Shakes for breakfast & lunch, sensible snacks & a light veggie dinner,” she wrote.

Her followers were quick to weigh in, some with support and praise, others criticizing her for not eating “real food.”

“Poor girl, get a steak dinner,” “Are you trying to disappear” and “Whatever happened to simple, healthy eating?” were among some of the hundreds of comments she received.

In a follow-up post the same day, Cameron Bure, 38, who has previously been open about her struggle with bulimia after marrying pro hockey player Valeri Bure, defended her dietary decision.

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“After reading your comments, let me explain! I’m excited to start my 5 day cleanse not to lose weight but to get my body back on track, ridding all the toxins and unhealthy stuff I’ve put in it the last few months. Since being off Dancing with the Stars, my body has struggled to find its balance after having danced up to 8 hours a day and eating so clean,” wrote Cameron Bure, who finished third.

“After going back to my normal eating habits as well as extended over indulgent summertime vacation eating and normal exercise routine, my body has endured some confusion causing some minor health issues,” she continued. “That is private, so I will not [be] going into detail, but this cleanse is just a step to getting it back on track because I know that food is a key source to healthy living.”

She then added that she chose the Paleta product line for her cleanse because it “includes real food.”

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First Look at Georgina Haig as Elsa from ‘Frozen’ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/first-look-at-georgina-haig-as-elsa-from-frozen/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/first-look-at-georgina-haig-as-elsa-from-frozen/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:14:30 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=320453 SPL georgina haig jtm 140717 16x9 608 First Look at Georgina Haig as Elsa from Frozen

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Elsa has come to life.

Actress Georgina Haig, who was cast earlier this month to play Disney’s newest and most popular princess from the movie “Frozen,” slipped into her character’s sparkling icy blue gown on the set of “Once Upon a Time” Wednesday.

She completed the look with Elsa’s long blonde braid.

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The ABC fairytale series has also cast Elizabeth Lail as Anna and Scott Michael Foster as Kristoff for an original plot that’s not taken from the film but honors the spirit of the animated hit.

Haig, who hails from Australia, previously appeared on “Fringe” as Etta and in the indie flick “The Sapphires,” alongside Chris O’Dowd. She’s currently starring as Lee Anne Marcus on CBS’s summer drama “Reckless.”

 

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2014 ESPY Awards: 5 Top Moments http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/2014-espy-awards-5-top-moments/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/2014-espy-awards-5-top-moments/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:15:07 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=320436

The sports world celebrated its most glamorous night, honoring the year’s greatest athletes and moments in sports, at the 2014 ESPY Awards Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

It was both a night of laughter with Drake hosting and emotional moments with touching speeches by openly gay NFL hopeful Michael Sam and ESPN anchor Stuart Scott.

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Check out some of the night’s best moments:

 

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1. Drake

Grammy-winner Drake kicked off the night with a funny, if not bordering on uncomfortable, opening monologue, poking fun at some of sports’ biggest stars and most infamous. ”We’re just a couple hundred yards from Staples Center, which also happens to be as close as Donald Sterling’s allowed to get,” the rapper said during his opener about the banned L.A. Clippers owner.

But it was when Drake performed that he really shined. In a hilarious skit as boxer Manny Pacquiao, he sang “Let It Go” from “Frozen.” He also debuted three new songs especially for ESPN’s ESPY Awards. The first was “Honorable Mention,” in which he mocked Macklemore, singing, “Real talent doesn’t always win championships/ Like real music doesn’t always win Grammys.” He then gave shout-outs to other No. 2′s, like Kevin Durant, Danica Patrick and Colin Kaepernick.

In “Side Pieces,” he got an assist from singer Brian McKnight, while crooning that most of the athletes probably had girls on the side wherever they traveled. He wrapped the evening with another dig at Sterling in ”#SterlingNeverLovedUs,” which he opened with a picture of Sterling’s friend, V. Stiviano, whom he called “the side piece of the year.”

 

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2. Drake and Chris Brown Bury the Hatchet

Speaking of hilarious skits, Drake appeared in one with his former rival Chris Brown. In the skit, Drake is on a surgical table waiting to get his appendix out, when Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin pops up in scrubs and a mask. “Oh, my God, you’re the surgeon?” Drake groaned. “Oh, I’m not the surgeon,” Griffin said. “He is.” The camera pans over to Brown holding some scary looking implements as he shouts, ”YOLO, motherf*****,” bringing a huge roar from the crowd. Guess that bottle-tossing altercation is behind them.

 

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3. Michael Sam Speech

One of the most inspirational speeches of the night came from Michael Sam when he received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. In May, Sam became the first openly gay football player to be selected in the NFL draft. “This year I had a lot of experience being part of something bigger than myself,” Sam said, fighting back tears during most of his speech. “At times, I felt like I’d been living in a massive storm, but the lessons learned — love, respect and being true to yourself — will never leave me.”

 

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4. Stuart Scott

The other tearful moment of the night came when ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Stuart Scott received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, in honor of the late N.C. State basketball coach Jim Valvano, who inspired millions with his courageous battle against cancer in 1993. Scott was honored for his ongoing battle with cancer, which was first diagnosed in November of 2007.

Making note of Valvano’s line, “Don’t ever give up” from his legendary speech at the first ESPYs, Scott said, “I know I have a responsibility to never give up. I’m not special — I just listened to what the man said.” He ended his moving speech asking his daughter to join him on stage to give him a hug because he “needed one.”

After his speech, celebrities and athletes, including “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jesse Williams and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, tweeted their support for Scott.

 

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5. Maria Sharapova towering over Floyd Mayweather

Tennis giant Maria Sharapova showed off some comedic chops when she presented the award for best game beside world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather. After Drake introduced the boxer to red carpet and trumpet fanfare, reading his accomplishments from a scroll, complete with British accent, Sharapova showed her fellow presenter a little less respect. The 6-foot-2 tennis pro boxed out the 5-foot-8 boxer, before leaning on him, drawing laughter and applause.

ESPN and ABC News are both owned by the Disney Co.

 

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Shonda Rhimes on Diversity: ‘The Shows Speak for Themselves’ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/shonda-rhimes-on-diversity-the-shows-speak-for-themselves/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/shonda-rhimes-on-diversity-the-shows-speak-for-themselves/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:48:38 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=320421 GTY shonda rhimes jef 140716 16x9 608 Shonda Rhimes on Diversity: The Shows Speak for Themselves

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Shonda Rhimes is about to follow-up her success with “Scandal,” the first TV series in 30 years to be helmed by a black female star, with a new series starring Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis.

But asked at the Television Critics Association summer press tour about the “impact of having two shows on network TV that star black women,” Rhimes brushed it off, according to Deadline Hollywood.

“It remains to be seen. It hasn’t happened yet,” Rhimes said Tuesday about Davis’ show, “How to Get Away with Murder,” which airs this fall on ABC.

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“Do I think there are any lessons? No, I don’t. The shows speak for themselves,” the “Grey’s Anatomy” creator responded curtly.

For Davis, star of the “The Help,” the new TV series gives her a chance to play the lead.

“I have gotten so many wonderful film roles,” she said at the press conference, according to Deadline. “I’ve gotten so many where I haven’t been the show — I’ve been invited to fabulous parties to hold up the wall. I wanted to be the show -  to have a character that took me out of my comfort zone, and that happened to be on a Shonda Rhimes show. So I did the only sensible thing and took it.”

 

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Christie Brinkley Pens Touching Tribute to Billy Joel’s Mom http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/christie-brinkley-pens-touching-tribute-to-billy-joels-mom/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/christie-brinkley-pens-touching-tribute-to-billy-joels-mom/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:33:57 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=320398 GTY christie brinkley jef 140716 16x9 608 Christie Brinkley Pens Touching Tribute to Billy Joels Mom

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Once family, always family.

Shortly after Billy Joel broke the news that his mother, Rosalind Nyman Joel,  had died on Sunday, his ex-wife Christie Brinkley penned a touching tribute to her former mother-in-law.

Rosalind, the inspiration for Joel’s song, “Rosalinda’s Eyes” from the 1978 album “52nd Street,” was 92.

“At sad times we look for ways to find the good to lift our spirits, So I have only to imagine what Rosalinda’s Eyes have seen to find cause to celebrate a life well lived !” Brinkley posted on Instagram Tuesday, alongside a picture of Joel’s mother as a young woman.

“Just in this year alone she saw her son, Billy Joel receive the Kennedy Center Honor, the highest cultural honor possible, from the President of the United States no less, and Rosalind greatly appreciated the Arts!) She also saw her son get a regular gig at Madison Square Garden ( where he already holds a record and where Roz is welcomed on a first name basis!” wrote Brinkley, who was married to Joel from 1985 to 1994.

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Brinkley also mentioned her only child with Joel, Alexa Ray Joel, and how proud Rosalind was of her granddaughter for following in her father’s footsteps.

“Her eyes sparkled with pride and joy as the former Gilbert and Sullivan chorus girl, watched her granddaughter Alexa perform at the famed Cafe Carlyle surrounded by a large group of her friends enjoying themselves,” Brinkley wrote. “I know as a mom myself that when you see your kids happy healthy and enjoying their passions you feel content and happy.”

Brinkley concluded with, “Rosalinda’s Eyes will live on not only in the song inspired by her, but in Billy, and Alexa… and Nanny Roz herself would find that worth celebrating. @alexarayjoel#cherishedgrandmother #restinpeace”

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