Entertainment http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment The latest Entertainment news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:11:44 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Nicole Richie’s Strategy for a ‘Healthy Family Life’ With Joel Madden, Kids http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/nicole-richies-strategy-for-a-healthy-family-life-with-joel-madden-kids/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/nicole-richies-strategy-for-a-healthy-family-life-with-joel-madden-kids/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:11:44 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=320599 GTY richie madden jef 140730 16x9 608 Nicole Richies Strategy for a Healthy Family Life With Joel Madden, Kids

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After seeing both their parents’ marriages break down, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden vowed when they became parents themselves to work through whatever difficulties they faced as a team in order to give their own children a “healthy family life.”

“‘We met and we were partners from day one,” the reality star and daughter of singer Lionel Richie told Oprah Winfrey Tuesday.

Richie officially tied the knot with her rocker husband, singer for the band Good Charlotte, four years after they met in 2010.

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“From the second we found out we were going to be parents together,” Richie told Winfrey on OWN’s “Where Are They Now,” “we looked at each other and we said: ‘OK, both of our parents are divorced. We both have had ups and downs with our parents, and we don’t really have a strong example of what a healthy family life is. But we’re recognizing that now, so let’s work at it and let’s go through this together as a team.’

“It’s been great,” she added. “And I would say that’s the easiest and hardest part.”

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Rita Ora on Perfecting American Accent for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/rita-ora-on-perfecting-american-accent-for-fifty-shades-of-grey/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/rita-ora-on-perfecting-american-accent-for-fifty-shades-of-grey/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:17:45 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=320596 gty rita ora jc 140730 16x9 608 Rita Ora on Perfecting American Accent for Fifty Shades of Grey

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British pop singer Rita Ora had a steep learning curve for her first major acting role in the highly anticipated “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

After eight call backs, Ora finally landed the part playing Christian Grey’s adopted sister, Mia, opposite Jamie Dornan.

“I was a bit kind of stressed out during the audition process,” she told Access Hollywood recently. “When I got that phone call I was so happy. I couldn’t wait to tell everybody.”

But the audition wasn’t the hardest part: Perfecting an American accent was.

Ora called it “incredibly difficult.”

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“I had to have someone in my ear on set telling me what to say before I said it. Because I was honestly so nervous, I forgot everything I learned.”

But Ora, who previously had a small part in “Fast and Furious 6,” relied on now-good friend Dakota Johnson, who will play Anastasia Steele in the film.

“She really eased me,” Ora said. “She was really nice to take care of me.”

The “I Will Never Let You Down” singer said fans should be pleased with the film.

“The movie is as close as it can visually be,” said Ora, who has read all three E.L. James novels. “I think the actors are phenomenal in this. I’m just honored to be on the same kind of wavelength as them.”

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Joel McHale on ‘Community’ Moving to Yahoo: ‘We Can Swear Now’ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/joel-mchale-on-community-moving-to-yahoo-we-can-swear-now/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/joel-mchale-on-community-moving-to-yahoo-we-can-swear-now/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:04:32 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=320587

One of the funniest men in television, Joel McHale, shared some exciting news about his show, “Community,” this morning on “GMA LIVE!”

“It is coming to Yahoo,” he told host Ginger Zee.

But that’s not what McHale is most excited about for the upcoming sixth season that is launching on the new platform.

“We can swear now, and a lot of nudity,” he joked.

On a more serious note, McHale explained what Dan Harmon, the show’s creator, thinks about “Community” airing on Yahoo TV.

“‘People will now watch the show exactly how they always did,’” he said of Harmon’s thinking. “It has a huge presence on the internet. Our fans are very young, they’re powerful, they’re strong. They’re nerds in a wonderful way.”

The sixth season of “Community” will air “in about six to eight months,” said McHale.

Tune in for more viral moments every weekday on ” GMA LIVE! ” at 9 a.m. ET.

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Elizabeth Banks on Balancing Motherhood and Career http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/elizabeth-banks-on-balancing-motherhood-and-career/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/elizabeth-banks-on-balancing-motherhood-and-career/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:00:49 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=320581 GTY elizabeth banks sk 140728 16x9 608 Elizabeth Banks on Balancing Motherhood and Career

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Actress Elizabeth Banks has never been busier, starring in six movies this year and shooting “Pitch Perfect 2″ and the final installment of “The Hunger Games.”

But the mother of two always puts her boys first.

“I balance it by always putting my children’s health and safety first,” she told New You magazine. “Then I feel OK to go and do the job I love.”

But Banks, 40, believes the “balance” issue is more of a mommy problem.

“I don’t think dads do it as well as moms, quite frankly, as I don’t think there’s any pressure on them to balance anything in their lives when it comes to parents being at work,” she told the magazine.

“I try not to feel that pressure, either,” she added. “I actually have a girlfriend who works in the justice department, going after criminals and the mafia, and she’s got three kids. Parenting is challenging any way you slice it.”

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If she’s feeling the pressure, it doesn’t show. Then again, the blonde beauty has never emphasized her looks.

“I didn’t quite believe I was pretty for a long time. I never thought about it,” she said. “I’m very genetically blessed, I cannot deny it, but I work hard at keeping myself together. Yes, I have nice cheekbones and skinny legs but I can’t take any credit for it.”

What she has relied on is her comic skills.

“Your funny gets developed pretty early on,” the “30 Rock” actress told New You. “Comedy requires that you understand as much as possible about the viewpoints of all people and everything that’s going on around you. It genuinely requires a true point of view, a real sense of your own view of things in the world.”

For Banks, it’s also about making fun of the powerful and not the vulnerable.

“Comedy often comes at the expense of others, and to do that smartly, you don’t want to make fun of vulnerable people,” she said. “You want to make fun of people in power, and so you need to really understand the dynamics of power.”

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How Sandra Bullock Celebrated Her 50th Birthday in Wyoming http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/how-sandra-bullock-celebrated-her-50th-birthday-in-wyoming/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/how-sandra-bullock-celebrated-her-50th-birthday-in-wyoming/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:04:27 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=320570 HT sandra bullock jef 140728 16x9 608 How Sandra Bullock Celebrated Her 50th Birthday in Wyoming


Sandra Bullock kicked off her 50th birthday celebration a couple days early with a night of music and drinks with friends at a country-western bar in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

The “Gravity” star, who turned 50 Saturday, and a group of girlfriends, including Chelsea Handler, got the festivities started at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar on Thursday.

An eyewitness told ABC News that Bullock “came in with about eight friends, sat down and had a couple cocktails. They just enjoyed themselves. Nobody got up on the table and danced.”

But according to Dianne McManus, a member of the Southern Soul Allstars, the band that performed that night, Bullock and her friends did get out on the dance floor.

“They came out and danced and took a bunch of pictures,” McManus told People.

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“She’s real sweet,” the eyewitness told ABC News, adding that Bullock has been coming to Jackson Hole for years. “She gave her cocktail waitress her autograph, and she’s a good tipper.”

Pictures from Bullock’s fun-filled day ended up on Instagram.

Handler posted a photo of Bullock and her sister Gesine, nose-to-nose, earlier on Thursday.

Comedian Whitney Cummings posted a pic of the bar’s red neon sign, along with the caption, “Now I know where all the cowboys have gone. Let’s go make some bad choices!”

The party continued for Bullock’s actual birthday, with Handler posting a “cheeky” photo of Bullock and her friends, captioned “Birthday girls.”


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Watch What Happens When ‘Family Guy’ Meets ‘The Simpsons’ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/watch-what-happens-when-family-guy-meets-the-simpsons/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/watch-what-happens-when-family-guy-meets-the-simpsons/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:24:32 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=320564

You no longer have to imagine what would happen if Peter Griffin met Homer Simpson, because a first look at the “Family Guy“/”The Simpsons” crossover episode has been released.

The extended five-minute clip of the Griffins’ much-anticipated visit to Springfield for the Sept. 28 one-hour show was screened during the “Family Guy” panel at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday.

It opens with the Griffins somehow winding up in Springfield, where Peter and Homer initially bond over beer and donuts while their sons Stewie and Bart make prank phone calls and skateboard together.

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Naturally, Peter and Homer’s nascent friendship takes a dark turn when Homer says Peter’s Pawtucket Patriot Ale tastes a lot like Springfield’s Duff Beer.

When Peter says the ale “may have been inspired by Duff, but … takes it in another direction,” it’s also a dig at the shows’ similarities. “Family Guy” arrived years after “The Simpsons” became a hit.

The two men duke it out in an epic fight that also involves a runaway bus and a nuclear meltdown.

Watch what happens when these animated worlds collide below:

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Victor Rasuk on Nudity in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Role http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/victor-rasuk-on-nudity-in-fifty-shades-of-grey-role/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/victor-rasuk-on-nudity-in-fifty-shades-of-grey-role/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:00:11 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=320552 GTY victor rasuk jef 140724 16x9 608 Victor Rasuk on Nudity in Fifty Shades of Grey Role

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Not everyone in the highly anticipated movie adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey” strips their clothes off.

But Victor Rasuk, the Dominican American actor who plays Anastasia’s best friend Jose Rodriguez, wasn’t so sure of that when he landed the part.

“When I got the part in ‘Fifty Shades,’ my aunt loves all three books and said, “OMG, you’re playing Jose Rodriguez!’” the 30-year-old actor told Variety Latino. “And I hadn’t read the book yet so I asked her, ‘Wait, am I going to get naked in the movie?’”

Though Jose keeps his clothes on throughout film, Rasuk said he would have been open to doing a nude scene.

“If I had to do it I would have,” he said.

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Rasuk, who first made a splash in 2002 playing the lead role in the indie film “Raising Victor Vargas,” is having a breakthrough year. Earlier this year, he had a memorable part in the monster epic “Godzilla.”

Now, he has a major role in one of next year’s most anticipated films. As Jose, an aspiring photographer, Rasuk has strong feelings for Anastasia, played by Dakota Johnson, but is unable to tell her.

“His love for her is not passionate, but, like we say in Spanish, he has a cariño for her,” Rasuk said. “I related because it’s the girl that got away or the girl you always loved and you never got to tell her how much you cared or that you wanted to be with her. I’m sure every one can relate to that.”

Rasuk said the film portrays Jose exactly as the book did in “trying to sway Anastasia” away from Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), but, he added, “the outcome is a little different. I don’t want to give it away.”

The actor believes the books’ fans will be happy with the screen adaptation.

“[Author] E.L. James was making sure it stayed true to the book to satisfy herself and fans,” Rasuk said. “It was a great experience in that aspect that everyone who was a part of it really wanted to capture what was in the book.”

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Daniel Radcliffe on the First Time He Had Sex http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/daniel-radcliffe-on-the-first-time-he-had-sex/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/daniel-radcliffe-on-the-first-time-he-had-sex/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:48:30 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=320541 GTY daniel radcliffe sk 140724 16x9 608 Daniel Radcliffe on the First Time He Had Sex

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If you have any doubt whether Daniel Radcliffe is all grown up, just read what the “Harry Potter” star has to say about sex and relationships.

“I’m one of the few people who seem to have had a really good first time,” the 25-year-old British actor told Elle magazine about losing his virginity.

“It was with somebody I’d gotten to know very well,” he said about his first time. “I’m happy to say I’ve had a lot better sex since then, but it wasn’t as horrendously embarrassing as a lot of other people’s were – like my friend who got drunk and did it with a stranger under a bridge.”

Radcliffe broke from his boy wizard image when he went full frontal in Broadway’s “Equus” in 2008.

“There’s something to be said for getting naked onstage when you’re 17,” he told Elle’s August issue, admitting that he was terrified at the time.

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But, in some ways, it made dating easier.

“I went out with quite a few girls at that time. I would normally follow that up with, ‘Oh, cool, you’ve seen me naked,’” said Radcliffe, who skinny dips in his latest film, the romantic comedy “What If.”

Now, he’s in a grown-up relationship with actress Erin Darke, and confesses that he enjoys “being in relationships more often than being single.”

As for marriage, Radcliffe said, “I sort of go back and forth on it. It seems like the most romantic thing you can do is stand up in front of all your friends and say that you love this person.”

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Tara Reid Really Believes a ‘Sharknado’ Could Happen http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/tara-reid-really-believes-a-sharknado-could-happen/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/tara-reid-really-believes-a-sharknado-could-happen/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:49:42 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=320534 HT gq sharknado 2 sk 140724 33x16 608 Tara Reid Really Believes a Sharknado Could Happen

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Think “Sharknado” is just a fun, summer B-movie? Think again.

“You know, it actually can happen,” one of the stars, Tara Reid, who returns for “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” told GQ recently. “I mean, the chances of it happening are very rare, but it can happen, actually. Which is crazy. Not that it- The chances of it are, like, you know, it’s like probably ‘pigs could fly.’ Like, I don’t think pigs could fly, but actually sharks could be stuck in tornados. There could be a sharknado.”

Whether or not you believe an actual shark storm could hit, SyFy drew about two million viewers last summer for its first made-for-TV schlock fest about sharks inside a tornado attacking Los Angeles.

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The feeding frenzy returns July 30 with “90210″ heartthrob Ian Ziering and a whole new cast of celebrity chum, including Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath and Kari Wuhrer. This time, sharks attack New York City.

Just in case Reid is right, her celebrity co-stars chimed in with what to do in the case of an actual sharknado.

“The most terrifying tornado would be probably be full of lawyers,” Ziering told GQ, while recommending the biggest “chainsaw you can find and hope for the best.”

Fox, who wishes for an assist from Samuel L. Jackson because “he’s been up with some snakes on a plane,” told GQ, ”Definitely go to the top of a roof, get some bombs, and make sure you have on an awesome, powerful wetsuit.”

McGrath’s advice: ”You have to stay calm, OK? Because everybody else is freaking out. And you have to be good friends with Ian Ziering. If you’re part of Ian’s group, you got a 50/50 chance of survival.”

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Cynthia Nixon Shocked to Learn Her Ancestor Was an Ax Murderer http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/cynthia-nixon-shocked-to-learn-her-ancestor-was-an-axe-murderer/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/07/cynthia-nixon-shocked-to-learn-her-ancestor-was-an-axe-murderer/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:22:03 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=320529 GTY cynthia nixon sk 140724 16x9 608 Cynthia Nixon Shocked to Learn Her Ancestor Was an Ax Murderer

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The one about having an ax murderer in the family turns out to be no joke for Cynthia Nixon.

The “Sex And The City” star discovered that her great-great-great grandmother, Martha Curnutt, killed her abusive husband, Noah Casto, with an ax in 1840s Missouri.

The 48-year-old actress learned the shocking connection on Wednesday’s premiere of the celebrity genealogy show “Who Do You Think You Are?”

While looking into Nixon’s father’s family history, Ancestry.com research manager and family historian Jennifer Utley uncovered a newspaper article from 1843.

Nixon teared up while reading aloud the account of Curnutt, whose married name had been Casto.

“[Noah Casto] had been in the habit of treating his wife in a manner too brutal and too shocking to think of,” she read. “On the morning of the day mentioned he told his wife to get up and get breakfast for himself and her two children, and then to commence saying her prayers, for she should die, he swore, before sunset.”

The article continued, “She got up and made a fire and returned to the room where her unnatural husband slept. He was lying on his back in a sound sleep. She took the ax with which she had been chopping wood and with one blow sunk it deep into his head, just through the eyes.”

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Curnutt was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter and sentenced to five years in the Missouri State Penitentiary. At the time, she was the only female prisoner out of 800 inmates.

“It is awful to think of what Martha endured,” Nixon said. “I certainly wouldn’t call [the murder] a happy ending, by any stretch of the imagination, but certainly I think a better ending than if Noah had killed Martha and maybe killed her children, too.”

While visiting the prison where her relative was held, Nixon learned that Curnutt gave birth to a daughter, Sarah, while behind bars, though the father’s identity was unknown.

It was then that many prominent people in the state, including future governor and congressman, Willard Preble Hall, and a former governor, Lilburn Boggs, petitioned Missouri Gov. John Edwards to pardon her.

In December, 1844, Curnutt was pardoned after serving less than two years of her sentence. Upon her release, she returned to using her maiden name, Curnutt.

Nixon held the actual petition and pardon at the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City and paid a visit to Curnutt’s grave in Leasburg, Missouri, where she placed flowers in her memory.

“I admire how she must have wanted to give up so many times, and how she kept going and how she didn’t accept things,” Nixon said on the show. “I’m sure we’ll make many jokes about it in the years to come, about the ax murderess in our family, but I think we will remain in awe of her.”

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