Legendary Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82

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Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Legendary fashion designer Oscar De La Renta passed away on Monday at the age of 82.

A family member confirmed De La Renta’s passing to ABC News. The designer had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006.

Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, De La Renta left home at 18 to study painting in Madrid. It was there he developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with Cristóbal Balenciaga, who became his mentor, and then, landed a job with Lanvin in Paris.

“When I first arrived here in 1963, all the names on clothes were the name of [the store],” he told Gotham magazine last year. “You made your clothes, you sold them to the store, and they quickly removed the label and put the label of the store. If it was a dress at Saks Fifth Avenue, the label was Saks Fifth Avenue. Bergdorf Goodman was Bergdorf Goodman. But it was a time of transition.”

In 1965, the designer launched his own label, and soon caught the eye of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Other first ladies including Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton would follow suit, as well as a bevy of A-list stars, from Amy Adams to Sandra Bullock to Jessica Biel and countless others.

He also launched a successful bridal line, and most recently, designed Amal Clooney’s wedding gown.

“George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can’t imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress,” she told Vogue last month. “Meeting him made the design process all the more magical, as he is so warm and such a gentleman.”

The fashion designer is survived by his wife, Annette, and a son, Moises, as well as stepchildren and step-grandchildren.

De la Renta, who won a bevy of fashion awards in his lifetime, including two Council of Fashion Designers Designer of the Year Awards, a CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award and two COTY Awards, always appreciated every moment of his high-profile life.

“A huge mistake we make is forgetting that one day we will die. We think that we are going to live forever. I always say life is a little like a garden. There is a time to plant, then a time you have to weed. Just think about people you’ve deeply cared for. And then think of the people you wish you’d spent more time with,” he told Gotham. “I always say this: Live, love and laugh.”

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Brad Pitt on ‘Pecking Order at Home’ with Dame Angelina Jolie

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ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Angelina Jolie may be an honorary dame, but that doesn’t necessarily make her the boss at home.

“Aaah, no,” Brad Pitt told Us Weekly with a laugh Sunday at the London premiere of his new film, Fury. “We have our own pecking order at home!”

Pitt recalled the recent royal reception, in which the queen of England made Jolie a dame of the British Empire — one of the highest honors awarded by Britain — for raising global awareness of violence against women as the co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.

“It was just a pleasure and certainly one for the books,” the proud husband told Us Weekly about the Oct. 10 ceremony. “[It was] a wonderful afternoon for our family, a great honor for Angie and something we won’t forget.”

Pitt and Jolie brought their brood of six kids along for the meeting with the queen.

Because Jolie, 39, is a foreign citizen, she cannot be addressed as “dame,” and the award was given on an honorary basis.

Still, it was a significant achievement for the actress.

“To receive an honor related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to,” Jolie said in a statement. “Working on PVSI and with survivors of rape is an honor in itself. I know that succeeding in our goals will take a lifetime, and I am dedicated to it for all of mine.”

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Michael Bolton Finds New Fans in Starring in Commercials as Michael Bolton

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ABC/Matt Brown(NEW YORK) — Michael Bolton is back in the studio, not to record another passionate break-up song, but to lay down tracks for a new line of greeting cards.

The ‘90s R&B icon who made us swoon with tear-jerking ballads like “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” has launched a second career as a celebrity pitchman, selling all kinds of things from e-cards to Starbursts and Hondas.

The mullet is gone, but the pipes are as solid as ever. In all of his spots, Bolton plays a version of himself. “So far they all want me to be Michael Bolton,” the Grammy-winning artist said, laughing.

Bolton, who has sold nearly 55 million albums, clearly doesn’t need the money. He is just the latest celebrity to lend their persona to commercials.

Recently, Matthew McConaughey starred in two Lincoln car commercials and Will Ferrell became Ron Burgundy for a few Dodge Durango spots. William Shatner has also starred in commercials where he too plays an over-the-top version of himself. Not only is Shatner in on the joke, he’s cashing in. Those Priceline ads have led to new roles, including his Emmy-winning star turn on The Practice.

For Bolton, the ads have brought his career full circle. Back when he was a starving singer-songwriter, struggling to pay the bills, Bolton wrote and sang product jingles.

“’Be all you can be, get an edge on life in the Army,’” Bolton said. “That was me plus 20 great singers.” Bolton likes to joke that he has done a jingle for every drink in the picnic cooler, including spots for Coca-Cola, Pepsi, 7Up, Cherry 7Up and Dr. Pepper.

“Dr. Pepper was huge,” Bolton said, bursting into song: “’Dr. Pepper, give me the news, I got a bad case of loving you.’” Somewhere along the way, his music career took over, and Bolton remembers the moment he realized it.

“I was driving to New York, and one of my commercials comes on,” he said. “Then the commercial is off and my single comes on and now I’m in my heart.”

“I’m thinking, “This is what I’ve worked my whole life for. It’s happening,’” Bolton continued. “And just as it finishes another of my jingles comes on after it. They were bookends to my single.

He said when he heard a second jingle, he called his manager from the car.

“‘We have to stop doing the jingles.’ I told him,” Bolton said. “I don’t want people at radio trying to guess whether I’m a real singer or whether I’m a jingle guy.”

But what brought Bolton back to the commercial airwaves was a music video parody called “Jack Sparrow” that first aired on Saturday Night Live in 2011. In the skit, Bolton is working on a song with Andy Samberg and The Lonely Island, and while the guys sing about partying in the club, Bolton keeps singing about a Disney Pirates of the Caribbean fantasy. (The Walt Disney Company, which owns the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, is also the parent company of ABC News.)

Bolton said Samberg didn’t have to twist his arm to participate. He jumped at the chance.

“We met at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and they gave us this boardroom,” he said. “We sat across from each other and I said, “Okay first of all my daughters are flipping out that I’m meeting with you guys right now.” And Andy says to me, “My mother is going insane that I’m sitting here with you!”

Through ads, Bolton can re-connect with fans who once weathered a break-up with a Michael Bolton tune, and reach their kids too.

“You are now stepping in front of an audience that record companies can’t even hope to get in front of,” he said. “There’s no comparison… Because you don’t have MTV and VH1 doing that anymore. Top 40’s not looking at us… We can’t look at them to get a new record out. It’s not realistic. It could happen, but it’s not realistic.”

Now the quirky ads have given Bolton a new way to remind his fans he’s still going strong.

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Katie Couric Opens Up About Married Life

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Katie Couric married John Molner back in June, but is still on cloud nine four months after tying the knot.

Kim Kardashian Dresses North West In Leather Pants, Personalized Sneakers

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The reality star posted photos of North in the kicks and blowing kisses.

Nicki Minaj Doesn’t Get All the ‘Talk’ About her Racy ‘Anaconda’ Video

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Rapper’s video features women flaunting their prominent backsides.

Sinead O’Connor Rants About American Music Awards

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Irish singer claims AMAs wanted her to perform with Pope Francis.

How Jake Gyllenhaal Lost 30 Pounds

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Jake Gyllenhaal’s latest movie ” Nightcrawler” is due out at the end of the month and a Halloween release date is fitting, since the actor’s appearance in set photos could easily be categorized as “creepy.”

The Oscar-nominated actor takes on the role of Lou Bloom, a photog, who scours the night looking for horrific photos to get the most media traffic.

How Jake Gyllenhaal Lost 30 Pounds for Latest Movie "Nightcrawler"

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Open Road Films(LOS ANGELES) — Jake Gyllenhaal’s latest movie Nightcrawler is due out at the end of the month and a Halloween release date is fitting since the actor’s appearance in set photos could easily be categorized as “creepy.”

The Oscar-nominated actor takes on the role of Lou Bloom, a photographer who scours the night looking for horrific photos to get the most online traffic.

To take on such a role, Gyllenhaal went to the extreme.

“I made a lot of choices physically,” he told Entertainment Weekly for its latest issue, adding he lost upwards of 30 pounds for the film.

Some of the actor’s staples were kale salad and chewing gum to be able to drop such intense weight, he told the magazine. He also ran 15 miles each night and didn’t see his friends for weeks.

“The running thing, you’re pretty hungry because you’re not eating a lot of food,” Gyllenhaal added. “You’re lonely because you’re not meeting your friends for dinner. People go, ‘Hey you want to meet for dinner after work?’ I go, ‘Well, I’m shooting all night.’ ‘Alright, you want to meet for lunch?’ I’m like, ‘I can’t!’ So I’m gonna go run.”

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Blake Lively and Amber Tamblyn Share Photos From ‘Traveling Pants’ Reunions

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The last “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” movie hit theaters in 2008. However, all these years later, the cast has remained close.

Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt Are Expecting a Baby

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This is the actor’s fourth child, but his first with his wife.

See the Cast of ‘One Tree Hill’ Reunite in Paris

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It’s been 11 years since “One Tree Hill” debuted on the CW, but the cast is as close as ever.

Stars like Sophia Bush, who played Brooke Davis on the show, and Joy Lentz, who was Haley James Scott, came together over the weekend in Paris for a ???From Wilmington to Paris 2″ convention.

Brad Pitt on ‘Pecking Order at Home’ With Dame Angelina Jolie

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Brad Pitt on ‘Pecking Order at Home’ With Dame Angelina Jolie

Bethenny Frankel Officially Returning to ‘Real Housewives of New York’

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The rumors are true.

Bethenny Frankel, 43, is returning to ‘The Real Housewives of New York’ for season 7.

Taylor Swift Reveals First Song on 1989: "Welcome to New York"

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ABC/Richard Harbaugh(NEW YORK) — Taylor Swift has revealed the first track on her new album. 

“The first song on 1989 is a song called ‘Welcome to New York,’” she explained on Monday’s Good Morning America.  “And I wanted to start the album with ‘Welcome To New York’ because New York has been an important landscape and location for the story of my life in the last couple of years,” Taylor said.

Written by Taylor and Ryan Tedder,”Welcome to New York” is available tonight at midnight exclusively on iTunes, but only if you’ve pre-ordered 1989. “Welcome to New York” follows the release of the singles “Out of the Woods” and “Shake It Off.” 

Taylor said the Big Apple definitely inspired the track. “I dreamt about moving to New York, I obsessed over moving to New York and then I did it,” Taylor said. “The inspiration that I found in that city is kind of hard to describe and hard to compare to any other force of inspiration I’ve ever experienced in my life.”

“It’s like an electric city and I approached moving there with such wide-eyed optimism and sort of saw it as a place of endless potential and possibilities and you can kind of hear that reflected in this music and in this first song especially,” she continued.

1989 will be officially released October 27. Three days afterward, Taylor will perform live on GMA in Times Square.

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"American Idol" Contestant Joanne Borgella Dies at 32

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Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for BMI(LOS ANGELES) — Former American Idol contestant Joanne Borgella died Saturday after battling cancer. She was 32.

Borgella’s family posted the news to her Facebook page on Saturday.

“With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Joanne,” the message read wrote. “On Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 5:45AM, Joanne Borgella Ramirez was called by the Lord to heaven. At an early age, Joanne made a choice to serve and trust the Lord; and since her diagnosis over a year ago, Joanne made a choice to also be a fighter and share her journey with the world.”

The message added, “Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered. Although our family is suffering with this great loss, we find comfort in the closeness Joanne shared with the Lord. We know her spirit still shines and will continue to live on in heaven. #Godgotthis #cancerfree2014 #godisgoodallthetime. If you would like to send your condolences or for more information please feel free to email joanneborgella529@gmail.com or leave a message on her facebook fan page. If you feel so inclined, we hope you’ll take the time to educate yourselves on Endometrial Cancer and support research efforts.”

It was signed “The Borgella & Ramirez Family.”

A few weeks ago, Borgella posted a message on Facebook saying she was having more radiation.

“Gooooood morning!! We are heading back to radiation for 2 procedures!! God js with us!! I have lots to fill you in on.. The presence of The Lord is here.. Prayers up!!! I love you guys #GodsGotThis #ThePowerofPrayer #Faith #IWillbeCancerFree2014 #JoanneBorgella,” she posted.

In a video posted last October, she revealed that her cancer started in her throat and spread to her chest.

Borgella competed on the seventh season of Idol in 2008, where she finished in the top 24. Before that, she won Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance show in 2005.  Borgella had also been featured on the cast of NUVOtv’s show Curvy Girls.

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Julia Roberts Honored at "Pretty Woman" Hotel for Humanitarian Work

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ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Julia Roberts was back at the iconic Regent Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles Friday night, where she famously filmed Pretty Woman 25 years ago.

This time, however, the leading lady wasn’t gracing the hotel to rendezvous with Richard Gere. Instead, she was accepting the Humanitarian Award from GLSEN, an organization that aims to prevent bullying against members of the LGBT community in schools.

Before the 2014 GLSEN Respect Awards, Good Morning America sat down with Roberts, 46, along with five young GLSEN ambassadors — Mark Pino, Emery Vela, Peter Finucane-Terlop, Ben Espejo, and Ariana Thornton — to talk about bullying.

“Why is this such an important issue for you and for your family?,” ABC News’ Amy Robach asked Roberts.

“I think for my family, because these are the heroes that are leading the way so that my children can go to school really unencumbered by this conversation,” the actress explained of the five ambassadors. “You guys are the trailblazers. The future is really riding on people like this.”

When asked whether Roberts and each ambassador could summarize how bullying has made them feel in one word, they all had poignant yet similar answers.

“I’m going to start with my own experience and say that bullying, when I have been bullied when I was younger, it made me feel insignificant,” Roberts said.

“I would say it has made me feel silenced,” Vela, a high school freshman from Denver, Colorado, who identifies as a straight-trans man, added.

“Dehumanized,” Pino, a high school junior from Linwood, New Jersey, who identifies as gay, recalled.

“I want to say alone,” said Espejo, a high school senior from Buena Park, California, who identifies as gay.

“Devaluating,” Finucane-Terlop, a high school junior from Tampa, Florida, who identifies as gay, agreed.

“I would say ignored,” said Thornton, a high school junior from Midland, Michigan, who identifies as pansexual.

Each of them also had strong opinions about what they would change in their schools to promote acceptance, if given the chance.

“I feel like a majority of the bullying that happens, or any other major issue, mainly occurs from just ignorance,” Vela said. “You know, it’s not people intentionally trying to be discriminatory. It’s just they don’t know.”

“Teachers surprisingly need to be more sensitive with their lessons,” added Pino, pointing out that it’s not just students, but teachers and administration as well, who need to be cognizant of the LGBT community. “I’ve had teachers go on and talk about, ‘Oh guys, this is how you date a girl.’ [But] it doesn’t ever occur to them that there could be LGBT.”

Roberts, as a mother of three, said the most disturbing thing to her is the “anonymous aspect of it that I think gives this sort of courage to people to be hateful as a sport. It’s become like a game. And it’s not a game. It’s not funny. There’s nothing brave or courageous about anonymously writing unkind things.”

Roberts says she tells her children. “‘Remember who you are. Be impeccable in every way that you represent our family in the day.’”

“Because even to be passive,” she added, “to be a bystander, is to be absolutely as wrong as the person who is standing in the front of the line of cruelty. Even if this isn’t your friend, even if this isn’t your cause, we’re still all human kind. Everybody’s just trying to get through the day the best they can.”

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‘Glee’ Star Matthew Morrison Marries Renee Puente

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“Glee” star Matthew Morrison tied the knot with his now wife Renee Puente on Saturday!

‘American Idol’ Contestant Joanne Borgella Dies at 32

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Former “American Idol” contestant and model Joanne Borgella died over the weekend after battling cancer. She was 32.

Prince William and Wife Kate Announce Baby’s Due Date

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Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting a baby in April 2015, Palace officials confirmed in a press release.

Allison Williams Says Flying Lessons for "Peter Pan Live" Musical Are ‘Fun’ But ‘Uncomfortable’

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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Allison Williams is well on her to flying into homes when she becomes Peter Pan for NBC’s upcoming live musical production. Still, learning how to fly like a boy who never wants to grow up isn’t easy.

The Girls star, who began flying lessons in August, told People magazine that being airborne is “about as fun as you can imagine.”

Williams said the harness “becomes uncomfortable really quickly, but that first moment when you are lifted off the ground is just utter bliss.”

“It’s a shame we were not built to be airborne,” she added.

NBC will air the musical Peter Pan Live!, also starring Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, on Dec. 4.

Peter Pan Live! is NBC’s follow-up to its hit production of The Sound of Music, which starred Carrie Underwood.

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Former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Actor Arrested over Boise Hotel Disturbance

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Paul Warner/Getty Images(BOISE, Idaho) — Nicholas Brendon, an actor best known for his role as Xander Harris on TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was arrested Friday night in Boise, Idaho, following an incident at a hotel.

Boise police say witnesses had reported a disturbance in a hotel lobby. Officers who arrived at the scene say Brendon showed signs of intoxication and refused commands to stay seated while they tried to speak with witnesses.

The 43-year-old actor was arrested for resisting and obstructing officers after he allegedly continued to try to walk away. He was also arrested on a count of malicious injury to property after hotel staff said he broke a decorative dish.

Brendon was booked into Ada County Jail and has since posted bond.

A post on his Facebook and Twitter pages reads, “Nick is doing well. He sends thanks and appreciates all of you for your love, support and positive vibes.”

The actor was in town for the local Tree City Comic Con.

Aside from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Brendon’s credits include the TV series Criminal Minds and Private Practice.

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"Glee’s" Matthew Morrison Ties the Knot in Hawaii

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Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company(LOS ANGELES) — Glee star Matthew Morrison is officially off the market after tying the knot with his longtime girlfriend Saturday on the Hawaiian island of Maui, his rep tells People magazine.

The rep says the 35-year-old actor and his fiancée, actress Renee Puente, 31, exchanged vows at an intimate ceremony in front of 50 friends and family members on a private estate on Maui’s southwest shore.

Morrison sported a custom Brooks Brothers tuxedo for the occasion, while the bride wore a one-of-a-kind Gustavo Cadile gown.

The evening included a hula dance Puente performed especially for Morrison who then joined her in a couples’ version. The newlyweds also performed a duet of Laura Benanti’s “Starry Eyed/Video Games.”

Morrison and Puente began dating in 2011 and got engaged a year ago.

Morrison plays teacher Will Schuester on Glee, which returns for its sixth and final season in 2015.

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Medical Examiner’s Office Confirms Recovered Body Is Missing Actress

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Charley Gallay/WireImage(SEATTLE) — The King County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Friday that the body found in the Seattle suburb of Auburn, Washington, was that of missing actress Misty Upham.

According to The Seattle Times, the medical examiner’s office announced Upham died Oct. 5 — the same day her family called police to report she was suicidal. They reported her missing the next day.

The cause of death remains under investigation, but Upham’s family believes she did not commit suicide. In a statement posted on Facebook, the family says, “We believe she ran into the wooded area behind her apartment to hide from the police. The area in question has a hidden drop off and evidence suggests that she slipped and fell off of the steep embankment when she tried to get out of a view from the road. She simply did not see the drop off.”

The family states that Upham was afraid of Auburn police due to an incident prior to her disappearance in which she was allegedly mistreated by officers. They also argue that Auburn police could have been more helpful after she went missing.

Upham was found Thursday in a wooded area, near the White River.

The 32-year-old Native American actress appeared in such films as August: Osage County, Frozen River and Django Unchained.

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"Fury" Takes Top Spot at Box Office in Its Opening Weekend

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Sony / Columbia(LOS ANGELES) — Fury topped the box office in its opening weekend, earning $23.5 million.

The World War II film stars Brad Pitt as an army sergeant. It also features Shia LaBeouf, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal.

The thriller Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck, fell to the number two spot this weekend, with $17.8 million.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:

1. Fury: $23.5 million
2. Gone Girl: $17.8 million
3. The Book of Life: $17.0 million
4. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: $12.039 million
5. The Best of Me: $10.2 million
6. Dracula Untold: $9.9 million
7. The Judge: $7.940 million
8. Annabelle: $7.925 million
9. The Equalizer: $5.45 million
10. The Maze Runner: $4.5 million

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Michael Keaton Feels ‘Blessed’ for Starring Role in "Birdman"

Posted on: October 18th, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved(NEW YORK) — Twenty-five years ago, Tim Burton’s Batman, starring a then 37-year-old Michael Keaton, kickstarted the cinematic superhero era.

“I’ve done a lot of things, you know, besides wearing a big, rubber suit,” Keaton told ABC News’ Nightline.

For much of the last 20 years, Keaton’s had a low profile in Hollywood, but that is about to change thanks to his performance in the film Birdman.

The movie is the story of a down-on-his-luck actor Riggan Thompson, played by Keaton. Keaton’s character is famous for his work in a series of films as a costumed avenger, Birdman, and is desperate to redeem himself years later artistically by directing and starring in a Broadway drama. (While there are obvious parallels between Riggan’s and Keaton’s stints as superheroes, Keaton is quick to dispel any additional connection between his real-life self and his character in Birdman.)

Keaton is joined by the film’s all-star cast, gathered at Lincoln Center before Birdman‘s debut at the New York Film Festival exclusively for ABC News, including Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan, and Andrea Riseborough. The actors play characters in this film that are poised to present a personal or professional crisis for Keaton’s character.

“Just when you think he’s this kind of weak, desperate, insecure dude–he is that–but he’s also this other thing,” Keaton said.

Now 63, Keaton said he made a conscious decision to get back in the acting game.

“Specifically, in the last couple of years, [I] started saying, ‘I’ve got to start focusing more on not being so lazy and going after the things.’ I mean, I always turned a ton of things down, but it’s not like I turned really great things down necessarily,” Keaton said. “You wait for that great script to come along, or you hope it’s attached with a great director. And that’s what happened.”

The film is shot almost entirely in and around a Broadway theater. Birdman gets its adrenaline from director Alejandro Inarritu and his decision to shoot it without visible cuts.

“We were attempting two things that are very difficult to do: a comedy and a single shot,” Inarritu told Nightline. “It was extremely difficult to coordinate.”

With the able assistance of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, said Edward Norton, “I think he pulled off something that’s as technically audacious and astonishing and virtuoso as [the film] Gravity,”

The film was challenging for its crew and actors, who were required to be perfect for seven-minute seamless takes.

“We used to get to the twelfth hour in the day, and he felt that he had nothing in the can yet,” Naomi Watts told Nightline.

“One word, delivered a little later or earlier, or one door open wrong, even if it’s in the right time, but it’s not perfectly executed, suddenly it’s like the music, the sound,” Inarritu said. “There’s something that doesn’t match, and that was a scary but, I will say, beautiful part of doing this film.”

“And the feeling that came over you when it worked was the most satisfaction I’ve ever felt,” Emma Stone told Nightline.

For Keaton, who’d been careful about his roles for years, Birdman, and the character of Riggan Thompson, was a completely original change of pace.

“I was pulling out some of my old tricks or looking for new tricks, and I was getting lazy, so I had no real interest in watching myself for a while,” he said. “[Birdman] is different in that … there’s nothing like it. There’s no other movie that I’ve seen that’s like it, let alone been a part of.”

Now earning rapturous reviews, Birdman and Keaton’s performance seem likely to be part of the conversation through the awards season. Its themes reach beyond the rise or fall of an actor’s reputation.

“I think every character in the movie, except maybe Amy’s, whose is grounded, is fighting to get back to a version of themselves that they can respect,” Norton said. “Making the film was like a fantastic antidote to those sensations.”

“I’m unbelievably blessed. This is 100 percent original. You don’t get more original than what Tim [Burton] did with Beetlejuice and arguably what he did with the first Batman too,” Keaton said.

“And then you get this, which is like a whole other thing. I mean, come on. Somebody’s looking out for me in a large way.”

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Portia de Rossi Says No Kids With Ellen DeGeneres Is ‘Disappointing the Whole of America’

Posted on: October 17th, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(NEW YORK) –  By now, everybody has heard a rumor at one point that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are planning to have a family.

But de Rossi reiterated that it’s simply “one big rumor that doesn’t seem to go away.”

“At this point, I feel like I’m disappointing the whole of America, not just my mother. You know?” she said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “It’s true. The tabloids are at me. My mother’s at me…”

De Rossi, 41, and DeGeneres, 56, were married in 2008. Neither had a burning desire to be a mother, though they do treasure their roles as aunts to their two young nieces.

“They’re adorable and we love them and we play with them, and then we leave,” de Rossi said. “My brother’s way too smart to leave me alone with his children! It’s supervised play, Jimmy.”

But the Arrested Development star said her eldest niece prefers her Aunt Ellen, and she’s pretty sure that the younger one will follow suit, too. After all, she said, “there are a lot of perks” to having DeGeneres as an aunt.

“There’s free stuff, there’s meet the pop star that she wants to meet, 12 days of giveaways, obviously,” she said. “Yeah, she’s a pretty good aunt to have!”

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Dane Cook Calls Out Kate Hudson As His Worst On-Screen Kiss Ever

Posted on: October 17th, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — Dane Cook may not have had a ton of on-screen kisses in his day, but he knows what his worst one was.

When asked, without hesitating, he responded, “Kate Hudson.”

“I did a movie with her, My Best Friend’s Girl, and I think she purposely ate like a feast of onions before our scene,” he said, during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live. “I had to burn her on that one!”

Cook, 42, who’s promoting a new special, Troublemaker, also revealed that he bedded “a few hundred” groupies in his “younger days,” and revealed his biggest male comedic crush.

“Who’s funny? Who’s a handsome young man?” he wondered. “Gary Gulman.”

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