Entertainment http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment The latest Entertainment news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:00:17 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Jim Parsons: ‘I Never Get Bored’ Playing Sheldon Cooper http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/09/jim-parsons-i-never-get-bored-playing-sheldon-cooper/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/09/jim-parsons-i-never-get-bored-playing-sheldon-cooper/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:00:17 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=321173 HT jim parsons adweek sk 140902 v16x9 16x9 608 Jim Parsons: I Never Get Bored Playing Sheldon Cooper

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Going into his eighth season on “The Big Bang Theory,” star Jim Parsons says he never tires of playing lovable geek Sheldon Cooper.

“I never get bored playing Sheldon,” he told the latest Adweek. “You get used to it, and that’s good, too. You should; it can help to deepen things, but it’s so nice to have a reminder of the remarkable character you’ve been given a chance to inhabit.”

Parsons knew he wanted to play Sheldon from the moment he read the pilot.

“I couldn’t tell you a good, bad or ugly pilot just from reading it, but I can tell you a character I want to play. I did feel that with him from the beginning,” he said. “God knows why. It probably does say something very odd about me, psychologically. That guy? Really? Yeah, yeah I did. I liked the way he talked, and I still do.”

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Parsons, who took a break from Sheldon to reprise his 2011 Broadway role in “The Normal Heart” for HBO’s 2013 adaptation, recently returned to the CBS sitcom after prolonged salary negotiations resulted in a production delay.

The 41-year-old actor, along with fellow stars Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, each inked three-year deals worth $1 million per episode, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“I’d certainly never done that before, and it’s hard to imagine going through that again,” Parsons told Adweek about the high-profile and drawn-out negotiation process. There’s no joy in going, ‘OK, we’re not starting.’ That was no fun. We enjoy doing this show. By the same token, I didn’t have my head buried in the sand.”

The salary bump couldn’t be more timely. Parsons recently took home his fourth Emmy award for playing Sheldon.

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Claire Danes Sometimes ‘Trapped by the Role’ of Motherhood http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/09/claire-danes-sometimes-trapped-by-the-role-of-motherhood/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/09/claire-danes-sometimes-trapped-by-the-role-of-motherhood/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:21:30 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=321159 ht claire danes harpers bazaar FLOAT kb 140902 16x9 608 Claire Danes Sometimes Trapped by the Role of Motherhood

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As CIA agent Carrie Mathison, actress Claire Danes will become a single mother when her hit show “Homeland” returns for the fourth season.

In real life, Danes, the mother of nearly 2-year-old Cyrus, is married to actor Hugh Dancy, but even with a partner, she finds motherhood challenging.

“Being a mom is incredibly challenging, but we still feel a pressure to talk about it in very romantic terms. And it’s not just that,” she told the UK edition of Harper’s Bazaar.  ”We all have that resentment at times and anxiety about being trapped by the role, that responsibility.”

Danes told the October issue that the bigger adjustment to being a mom was realizing she was always on.

“Even if you have the most healthy relationship with your child and have support and resources, it’s tough. It’s really tough,” she said. “And there’s no ‘off’ button. [For me] that was the hardest adjustment. You always feel beholden to somebody. … And for so long they’re like koala bears, you just feel a physical responsibility to be there for them to cling to. It’s pretty primal.”

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Challenges aside, the award-winning actress, 35,  speaks with affection about her son.

“He’s kind of revealing himself to be a bit of a ham, which shouldn’t really be a surprise,” she said. “A babysitter gave him a kiss goodbye and now he does ‘Mwah, mwah’ to everybody”

She also speaks with love about Dancy, whom she married in 2009.

“I’m genuinely in love with him,” she told Harper’s. “You know, marriage is hard, but I’m up for it.”

She continued, “There’s so much opportunity if you are interested in each other to go further. It’s kind of a beautiful exercise. … And life keeps it interesting for you. Like having a baby. The demands are different; that has been dictated by circumstance. So we haven’t had to liven it up. Life just keeps livening it up for us.”

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Inside Lauren Conrad’s Floral Bridal Shower http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/09/inside-lauren-conrads-floral-bridal-shower/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/09/inside-lauren-conrads-floral-bridal-shower/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:16:52 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=321150 HT lauren conrad bridal shower sk 140902 16x9 608 Inside Lauren Conrads Floral Bridal Shower

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While a slew of celebrities tied the knot this weekend, Lauren Conrad was getting ready for her big day with a floral-themed bridal shower.

Conrad’s pal and editor of her website, Allison Norton, posted a photo of the bride-to-be against a lovely floral backdrop.

“Best bridal shower for the best bride,” she captioned the photo.

Lauren Conrad Designed Her Bridesmaids Dresses Herself

Conrad, 28, gave her fans a peek at the festivities, posting photos of the table setting.

“Thank you to @Dishwishgirl for making my shower so lovely,” she wrote on Instagram.

She also showed off a personalized napkin for the event.

“Thank you to my amazing friends and family for the best shower ever! #tellmeyouloveme,” Conrad wrote.

“The Hills” alum got engaged to University of Southern California law student William Tell back in October 2013.

Since then, she has been working hard on her nuptials, even designing the dresses her bridesmaids will wear.

Though she previewed the dresses alongside five of her nine bridesmaids in the fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, she recently joked about recycling the bridesmaids’ dresses her mother used for her wedding.

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Check Out the First Trailer with ‘Frozen’s’ Elsa on ‘Once Upon a Time’ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/09/check-out-the-first-trailer-with-frozens-elsa-on-once-upon-a-time/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/09/check-out-the-first-trailer-with-frozens-elsa-on-once-upon-a-time/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:08:48 +0000 Michael Rothman http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=321142 ABC once upon time frozen jef 140901 16x9 608 Check Out the First Trailer with Frozens Elsa on Once Upon a Time

We are less than four weeks away from the season 4 premiere of “Once Upon a Time,” on ABC.

This season is particularly exciting as a “Frozen” crossover is happening when Elsa comes to Storeybrook. In a 30-second teaser video released by The Hollywood Reporter, you see Georgina Haig, who plays the “Frozen” princess walk through the town, freezing everything in her path.

“This September, winter comes early,” the video says, as Elsa walks by Mr. Gold’s shop frosting his windows, leaving Captain’s Hook’s appendage encase in ice and other story book folks with breath clouds.

Regina — the evil queen — even says, “Here we go again.”

Check it out!

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Lauren Conrad Designed Her Bridesmaids’ Dresses Herself http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/08/lauren-conrad-designed-her-bridesmaids-dresses-herself/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/08/lauren-conrad-designed-her-bridesmaids-dresses-herself/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:44:21 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=321117 HT lauren conrad martha stewart weddings cover blur w jt 140827 16x9 608 Lauren Conrad Designed Her Bridesmaids Dresses Herself

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Lauren Conrad is in full prep mode for her upcoming wedding day, and that includes designing the dresses that her bridesmaids will wear.

“The Hills” alum recently launched her own line of bridesmaids dresses. Her Paper Crown clothing line sells 12 different styles, which Conrad and five of her nine bridesmaids modeled in the fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddings.

“In our collection, we’re only doing a few dresses that aren’t long,” Conrad told the magazine. “We’re doing full-length, a couple midi, and then we have a couple to-the-knee. We didn’t really go shorter than that because it doesn’t really feel appropriate, and if that’s what you want, then you can always shorten the dress.”

The 28-year-old, who is expected to tie the knot with law student William Tell later this year, also dished on how she’s getting her bridesmaids ready for her big day.

After asking her besties to be bridesmaids with a specially designed necklace that looks like her engagement ring along with a “will-you-be-my-bridesmaid” card, Conrad let them choose among different shapes and two colors.

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“I don’t mind if there are a few girls in the same dress, or if people are all in different ones,” she told Martha Stewart. “It’s too difficult to take a group of girls and put them in the same color and silhouette; everyone has their own style.”

She added, “They’re all wearing the same two colors, so it’s all the same color scheme. I don’t think it needs to look too cohesive. They’re all individuals, so it’s nice that it doesn’t look too uniform.”

As for hairstyles on the big day, Conrad is letting her bridesmaids do whatever they want.

But, she admits, when it comes to nails she may need to offer some input.

“I was thinking about doing a gift bag and just including a pale pink or a nude in there,” Conrad told the magazine. “I think that’s a nice way to suggest, like, ‘Here’s a pretty color for you.’ Yeah, that might actually be a good call because some of my friends will probably have navy or dark nails!”


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See Reese Witherspoon’s Inspiring Message to Boy With Cancer http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/08/see-reese-witherspoons-inspiring-message-to-boy-with-cancer/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/08/see-reese-witherspoons-inspiring-message-to-boy-with-cancer/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:30:01 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=321125 HT reese witherspoon sk 140827 v16x9 16x9 608 See Reese Witherspoons Inspiring Message to Boy With Cancer


Reese Witherspoon transformed into “Pink Lady” Elle Woods from her hit movie “Legally Blonde” to send a hopeful message to a four-year-old boy battling cancer.

The Oscar-winning actress sent the message to four-year-old Will after learning that he was a big fan of “Legally Blonde.”

“This is for one of the strongest little four-year-olds I can imagine. Will – I hear that you’re fighting so hard and strong against cancer and that in the hospital you’ve been watching a lot of Legally Blonde and loving it. I hope it makes you laugh!” Witherspoon captioned an Instagram photo of herself holding a sign with the hashtag “Team Will.”

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“I wanted you to know that I made this sign in your honor – and I’m sending a big big hug and my hope and prayers. Just know – I’m a really big fan of YOURS!” Witherspoon wrote. “PS anyone else – feel free to make your own sign for Will and post it with the hashtag #TeamWill so he can see it….I’m sure he’d love that!”

In addition, the mother of three made a short YouTube video titled, “The Pink Lady’s Message To Will.”

Check it out below:

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Charlize Theron on the Benefits of Getting Older http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/08/charlize-theron-on-the-benefits-of-getting-older/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/08/charlize-theron-on-the-benefits-of-getting-older/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:05:16 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=321120 gty charlize theron jc 140827 16x9 608 Charlize Theron on the Benefits of Getting Older

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Charlize Theron thinks women get better with age.

“It’s ironic that we’ve built the beauty world around 20-year-olds, when they have no f****** concept about wisdom, what life is about, having a few relationships below [their] belt and feeling hardships, to grow into [their] skin and feel confident within [themselves] and to feel the value of who [they] are, not because of a man or because of something like that,” Theron told the latest issue of Women’s Wear Daily.

Theron called that kind of seasoning, which comes with time and age, “such a beautiful thing.”

“And that’s why I think people say women come into their prime in their 40s,” said the actress, who is 39.

And then for some reason our society treats older women like “a dead flower,” she said. “It’s like we wilt for some reason. And men are like fine wines — the older they get, the better they get. It’s such a misconception, and it’s such a lost opportunity because that’s when I think women are really in the true moment of their sensuality.”

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It would seem the Oscar winner, who turns 40 next year, has already reached that moment. A single mother to 2-year-old Jackson, Theron has been dating Sean Penn since earlier this year. And she’ll star in the latest “Mad Max” installment next year.

Theron commented on how motherhood has changed how she approaches her career.

“As far as creativity, it really didn’t change me other than I want my son, of course, you want your son, your children, to be proud of you,” she told WWD. “There’s definitely an element of that. But I also know that that pride comes from a place of real acknowledgment that somebody’s actually living their life for themselves, and I want to be that example for my son.”

She added, “I want him to grow up with a mom that he could see and look at her life with all the mistakes and with all the failures and all the flaws and say, ‘My mom lived an authentic life. That was the life she wanted to live.’”


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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Pros Meet with Girl Battling Cerebral Palsy http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/08/dancing-with-the-stars-pros-meet-with-girl-battling-cerebral-palsy/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/08/dancing-with-the-stars-pros-meet-with-girl-battling-cerebral-palsy/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:01:22 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=321103 ht sophia dancers shriners hospital dancing with the stars jc 140826 16x9 608 Dancing With the Stars Pros Meet with Girl Battling Cerebral Palsy

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Four “Dancing With the Stars” pros made a girl’s dream come true when they dropped by for a surprise visit before a performance in Honolulu.

Currently on tour with their show, “Ballroom with a Twist,” professional dancers Val Chmerkovskiy, his brother Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff and Sharna Burgess met 14-year-old Sophia Robinson backstage before the start of the show Thursday.

Robinson, who is battling cerebral palsy and diabetes, gets around in a wheelchair but her favorite show is “Dancing With the Stars.”

According to ABC affiliate KITV, Robinson’s mother, Ina Ries, arranged the meeting by writing to the show’s producers about her daughter’s health challenges.

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A spokeswoman for Honolulu’s Shriners Hospitals for Children, where Robinson is a patient, told ABC News that the teenager began having seizures last December and that her mother “nearly lost her.”

Last week’s visit with the “DWTS” pros was certainly a welcome surprise for the teen, especially meeting her favorite dancer, Val Chmerkovskiy.

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The dancers will soon return to the ballroom for the start of season 19 of “Dancing With the Stars,” which premieres Monday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

They’ll be joined by former dance pro and new judge Julianne Hough.

The celebrity cast of season 19 will be announced on “Good Morning America” on Sept. 4 at 7 a.m. ET.

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Sofia Vergara Tells Critics of Emmys Pedestal Gag to ‘Lighten Up’ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/08/sofia-vergara-tells-critics-of-emmys-pedestal-gag-to-lighten-up/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/08/sofia-vergara-tells-critics-of-emmys-pedestal-gag-to-lighten-up/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:57:50 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=321094 gty sofia vergara jc 140826 16x9 608 Sofia Vergara Tells Critics of Emmys Pedestal Gag to Lighten Up

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Sofia Vergara thinks people need to “lighten up.”

The “Modern Family” actress was referring to critics who called her rotating pedestal gag at Monday night’s Emmy Awards sexist.

During the 66th annual awards, Vergara stood on a slowly rotating pedestal, showing off her curves while the president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Bruce Rosenblum, spoke.

Vergara’s curves were supposed to be a funny distraction from the Academy president’s usual boring speech. Instead, the bit was slammed on Twitter and websites.

Salon called it “a bizarre, objectifying Emmy moment,” while Jezebel fumed, “She was treated like a literal object.”

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The Colombian actress and model, 42, didn’t see the stunt as sexist or demeaning.

“I think it’s absolutely the opposite,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “It means that somebody can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself. I think it’s ridiculous that somebody started this – I know who she was – who has no sense of humor [and should] lighten up a little bit.”

Vergara did not expound on who she believes started the criticism.

The backlash certainly didn’t get in the way of her celebrating the fifth consecutive win for “Modern Family” for best comedy series. Vergara was later spotted at HBO’s after party, shaking her famous curves on the dance floor.

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‘Suge’ Knight Shot: Rap Mogul No Stranger to Close Calls http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/08/suge-knights-close-calls/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/08/suge-knights-close-calls/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:46:36 +0000 Luchina Fisher http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=321075

At 49, former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight has had more close calls than most people experience in a lifetime.

In his latest brush with death, the co-founder of Death Row Records reportedly was shot six times and badly injured early Sunday morning at a pre-MTV Video Music Awards party thrown by Chris Brown at a trendy Los Angeles nightclub.

His family asked for prayers.

“Suge is currently resting and has lost a lot of blood. He’s human,” his family told Revolt TV in an exclusive statement.

Knight is certainly human, but for so long he had seemed invincible, rising from Compton, California, a Los Angeles suburb notorious for gang-related violence, where his childhood nickname was Sugar Bear, to starting the label that was home to some of the biggest names in rap – Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.

In the process, he developed a reputation as one of the most powerful and feared figures in the music industry, and trouble seemed to follow him.

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In 1996, Knight began serving five years in prison for a probation violation. While he was in prison, his company languished, and it never recovered after his 2001 release. Knight filed for bankruptcy in 2006, telling his creditors that his bank account contained just $11. He sold Death Row in 2008 and started a new label a year later, but so far hasn’t been able to replicate his earlier success.

“He was hip-hop’s boogeyman,” Keith Murphy, an editor of Vibe magazine, told ABC News in 2008. “You make the bed you lie in. You go around disrespecting people and things are going to come back to you.”

While the investigation into this latest shooting continues, here are a few of Knight’s close calls over the years:

1. Tupac Shakur Shooting

In September 1996, Knight was at the wheel of the car in which Shakur was a passenger when Shakur was shot and killed during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. Earlier that evening, the pair and their entourage were involved in a brawl at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. While Knight survived unscathed, Shakur died from gunshot wounds six days later. His killer has never been found. After the fight and shooting, Knight, who was on probation for charges including auto theft, attempted murder and carrying a concealed weapon, was sent to prison for violating his probation.

2. Previous VMA Shooting

Sunday wasn’t the first time Knight was injured at a pre-VMAs party. In 2005, he was shot in the leg at a bash hosted by Kanye West in Miami Beach, Florida. Witnesses reported at least six shots fired during the incident. Knight was treated for a fractured leg resulting from a gunshot wound.

3. Knocked Out

In May 2008, Knight was involved in an altercation involving a monetary dispute outside of a nightclub in Hollywood. During the incident, he was knocked out cold for three minutes. But when he came to, he reportedly refused to assist Los Angeles police in the investigation.

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