Abby Lee Miller Appreciates Support During a ‘Challenging Time’

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The “Dance Moms” star pleaded guilty to fraud.

Well, That Was a Surprise: “Game of Thrones” Star Spills About Her Character’s Sudden Death

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Finn Jones as Ser Loras Tyrell and Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell/image courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) — (SPOILERS AHEAD!)  So many characters died during Sunday night’s Game of Thrones season-six finale, but perhaps one of the most unexpected was when Cersei Lannister blew up the temple of the High Sparrow, killing not only the religious leader, but also Queen Margaery Tyrell, the king’s wife, and her brother, Ser Loras.

Natalie Dormer, the actress who plays Tyrell, tells Entertainment Weekly she learned of her character’s death even before producers intended.  

“I pre-empted the phone call because in true Natalie Dormer style, I tried to fit a million projects into a single year. I requested [while making season five that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] release me from working on the show earlier than usual so I could do another project, and they ended up phoning me — and that was ‘The Call,'” she told the magazine.

She also said her character’s death shouldn’t be a surprise to Game of Thrones fans.

“Every year something comes from the left field that no one could have predicted. It’s great they can still shock people six years on. I watch as an audience member as well, you get side-swiped,” she said

Dormer’s last day on set included a visit from Weiss and Benioff.

“Dan and David made sure they were there at the very end. It seemed very fitting Margaery’s last day is shooting a scene with the Queen of Thorns. They gave me a big hug and made a fuss out of me. It was lovely,” she said.

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Chelsea Handler Opens Up About Abortions at Age 16

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“I’m grateful that I came to my senses and was able to get an abortion legally.”

5 Things to Know About Jesse Williams

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The “Grey’s Anatomy” star was the highlight of Sunday night’s BET Awards.

Judge at Prince Estate Hearing: "We Are in Uncharted Water"

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Neil Lupin/Redferns(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) — The battle for Prince’s estate continued Monday morning at the the Carver Country District Court in Minneapolis, MN.  Five of the late singer’s siblings and their attorneys, along with attorneys from the estate’s trust, attended the hearing that will determine who’s the rightful heir to the music icon’s estate.

Judge Kevin Eide, who presided over the hearing, explained that the case was a crossroads between probate and paternity law, which made it difficult to determine which motions and hearings should be held privately. “We are in uncharted water,” the judge said.

Attorneys from Bremer Trust are handling Prince’s estate in the absence of a will, which has yet to be found, if it exists at all.  Trust attorney say they’ve so far searched thousands of documents in four different locations looking for a will, with no success.  They said the search will soon be over.

Subsequently, the parties involved are working to interpret Minnesota law in order to determine what factors legally establish paternity, so they can then determine which, if any, of Prince’s alleged heirs are entitled to a piece of his estate.

Attorneys for the potential heirs are requesting that the case be settled quickly, so as not to harm the estate, which they consider a “national treasure.” Judge Eide promised to have the Minnesota Court of Appeals review the case to ensure proper handling, declaring, “I want to do this right.”

Prince died April 21 from an overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.

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Demi Lovato Talks Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery

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“I lived fast and I was going to die young,” she told American Way magazine.

Timberlake Sparks Backlash After Tweeting About Jesse Williams’ BET Speech

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“I have nothing but LOVE FOR YOU AND ALL OF US,” he wrote.

‘Finding Dory’ Tops the Box Office; Brings in $73.2 Million

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“Independence Day: Resurgence” didn’t do as well domestically.

‘Finding Dory’ Tops the Box Office

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“Independence Day: Resurgence” didn’t do as well domestically.

Diane Kruger on How Partner Joshua Jackson Changed Her Life

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German actress opens up about her longtime love, whom she met in 2006.

Celebrities and Where to Find Them: Try J.K. Rowling’s Carnegie Hall Movie Screening

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(NEW YORK) — Pottermore, the official website of author J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter universe, announced that tickets have gone on sale for a special star-studded screening of Rowling’s latest, the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The bestselling author herself will attend the event — along with other celebs — at New York’s Carnegie Hall, with all proceeds going to Rowling’s international non-profit children’s organization Lumos.

The screening will be held Saturday, November 12.

Set in Harry’s Wizarding World — but in New York City in 1926, not at Hogwards in England — the film stars Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne as a specialist in capturing escaped magical creatures.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which also stars Colin Farrell and Ezra Miller, officially opens November 18. 

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Jesse Williams Delivers Moving Speech at BET Awards

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After receiving the Humanitarian Award, the actor delivered a powerful speech.

Oscar-Winner Mark Rylance Tackles a Giant Role in “The BFG”

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Walt Disney Studios(NEW YORK) — Mark Rylance won an Academy Award earlier this year for playing a Soviet spy.  His latest role, however, has him playing a very different part – that of a big, friendly giant in the Disney film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book, The BFG.

The 56-year-old Brit had been a theater actor for years, and snagged a best supporting actor Oscar last February for his first Hollywood role, playing Rudolf Abel in Bridge of Spies, directed by The BFG director Steven Spielberg.

“It means the world to me, that the stories I’m telling are making people laugh, or moving people, or just … distracting themselves from the troubles of the world for a day and giving them a bit of strength to carry on,” Rylance told ABC News.

The BFG – the story of what Rylance calls “a very loving friendship” between the giant and a young human girl – hits some of those themes, including finding the strength to overcome differences.

The movie even includes a special language, which Rylance was happy to demonstrate.

The BFG premieres July 1.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star on Her Crazy Death

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SPOILERS from last night’s finale.

Michael Jackson’s Family Honors Him on 7th Anniversary of His Death

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Steve Granitz/WireImage(NEW YORK) — La Toya Jackson was among the Jackson family members who took to social media Saturday morning to honor the seventh anniversary of her brother’s death.

Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, in Los Angeles at the age 50.

In recent weeks, a new crop of salacious rumors have plagued his legacy. La Toya made reference to them by pleading with fans to let the “Thriller” singer rest in peace.

She posted a photo of Michael on Twitter, writing, “Please! May We All Let Him #RIP! #MichaelJackson The #KingOfPop June 25, 2009.”

Please! May We All Let Him #RIP!#MichaelJackson The #KingOfPop
June 25, 2009 pic.twitter.com/ojmVi3kXSh

— La Toya Jackson (@latoyajackson) June 25, 2016

La Toya also took to Instagram, posting a similar message, but with a different photo.

Michael’s daughter Paris paid tribute to her dad on Instagram with a creating a photo collage featuring images of them together, including what appears to be a Photoshopped picture of what the pair might look like if they posed together today.

“7 years, rest in peace, my best friend in the entire universe,” Paris wrote. “i love you more than anything,” she wrote in the touching note. “things may be a little s***** in the press right now but everyone knows it’s all bull and i swear on the family name i will protect you for as long as i live. there’s no one like you, and there never will be. thank you for touching millions of hearts, but especially my own.”

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Mark Rylance Talks Giant Role in ‘The BFG’

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Mark Rylance plays a larger-than-life outcast in Disney’s “The BFG,” directed by Steven Spielberg.

Jill Scott Weds Longtime Boyfriend

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See the singer’s wedding gown.

Who Died and Who Lived in ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Finale

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Jon Snow’s parents are revealed and more.

‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Recap

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Jon Snow’s parents are revealed and more.

All the Most Talked About Moments From the 2016 BET Awards

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Beyoncé brought down the house, artists paid tribute to Prince, and more.

"Finding Dory" Tops "Independence Day: Resurgence" at the Box Office

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Disney/Pixar(NEW YORK) — In the battle of fish vs. aliens at the box office this weekend, fish won.

Finding Dory topped Independence Day: Resurgence taking in $73.2 million in its second weekend.  The Independence Day sequel disappointed in its debut weekend, managing just $41.6 million domestically.

However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Independence Day: Resurgence has fared well overseas, taking in more than $102 million in 57 foreign markets including China.

Central Intelligence, the comedy starring The Rock and Kevin Hart, finished the weekend third earning nearly $18.4 million.

Other debuts this week: the Blake Lively shark attack move The Shallows bowed with $16.7 million domestically while the Matthew McConaughey Civil War movie, Free State of Jones, earned nearly $7.8 million.

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"Game of Thrones" Season Finale Recap: "The Winds of Winter"

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L-R: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jamie Lannister and David Bradley as Walder Frey; Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) — (SPOILERS AHEAD!) It’s been six seasons since Ned Stark declared “Winter Is Coming,” and now “The Winds of Winter” are here. In the season six finale of Game of Thrones, Jon Snow and the North plan for the future, Danarys plans to sail to Westeros and a popular fan theory is confirmed. But first, we start in King’s Landing, where Cersei Lannister and Loras Tyrell are to face trial for their crimes against the gods.

King’s Landing
Loras’ trial is up first, and he immediately confesses. He is marked with the symbol of the Faith, the seven-pointed star, which worries his sister, Queen Margaery. The Queen also realizes that Cersei has not arrived at the trial. Margaery tries to warn everyone that something bad is about to happen, but before she can, the entire courtroom blows up thanks to the rumored stash of explosive wildfire Cersei uncovered in the Red Keep. Everyone in the courtroom dies, including Margaery, Loras and the High Sparrow.

Cersei celebrates her victory by torturing Unella, a member of the Faith who tortured Cersei when she was kept in captivity. She doesn’t have long to celebrate, however, as King Tommen, who watched the courtroom explosion from his room in Red Keep, jumped out of his window and killed himself. With yet another King of Westeros dead, Cersei herself is declared Ruler of the Realm.

Riverrun
Walder Frey celebrates retaking of Riverrun, thanks to the Lannisters. He plans a dinner with his sons, but when they don’t arrive, he asks a servant where they are. He then realizes with horror that his sons have been killed and cooked into his meal, and the servant reveals herself to be none other than Arya Stark, who’s now gone rogue with her powers as a faceless assassin. Arya then kills Frey, and declares vengeance for the Red Wedding.

The Citadel
Sam and Gilly finally arrive at the Citadel, where Sam is to study to become a maester. He is allowed to enter the library, where it is clear he has found his new home.

Winterfell
While the Starks have retaken Winterfell, Davos confronts Melisandre about the death of Shireen Baratheon, the daughter of Stannis. The Red Priestess admits that she had Shireen burned at the stake. Davos demands that Jon execute Melisandre, but Jon instead banishes her from the North.

Jon then meets with Sansa. She apologizes for not telling Jon about the Nights of the Vale, who helped them reconquer Winterfell in last episode’s “Battle of the Bastards.” Sansa also tells Jon that a White raven has arrived, which means that, finally, winter is here.

Later, Sansa meets with Petyr Baelish, who tells her that he wants the Iron Throne, and he wants Sansa as queen. However, she rebuffs him. It’s just as well, since the rest of the North has rallied around Jon Snow, and declares him to be the new King of the North.

Dorne
Hey, we’re back in Dorne! After nine episodes away, we return to the much ignored region to find Olena Tyrell meeting with Ellaria Sand to plot revenge against the Lannisters. Varys is also at the meeting, implying that they will be aligning with Daenerys.

Mereen
As Daenerys plans to sail to Westeros, she orders that her lover Daario stay in Mereen, as she plans to make alliances by marriage. Tyrion tries to console her, telling the Mother of Dragons that she’s finally ready to take Westeros and is part of the “great game” now. And it only took six seasons! Thankful for his council, Daenerys names Tyrion the Hand of the Queen. Then she, her new ships, and, of course, her dragons, begin their journey to Westeros.

In the North
Bran and Meera prepare to cross back over the Wall to return to Westeros. But before they do, Bran returns to his visions to see what is in the Tower of Joy. He sees a young Ned Stark enter the tower to find his dying sister, Lyanna. She makes Ned promise something, and she brings out a baby. That baby is Jon Snow, confirming the popular R+L=J theory, meaning that Jon is the son of Lyanna and Rhaegar Targaryen.

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Who Does ‘The Bachelorette’ Confront Tonight?

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JoJo Fletcher has a tense sit-down with one suitor because of his behavior.

Venus Williams on Gender Equality in Sports

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Williams: Tennis is a beacon of hope, other sports “have a long way to go.”

Kenny Chesney Apologizes for Telling Philadelphia Fans Police Officer Died

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The country singer accidentally told the crowd a police officer and fan died.

See Ciara and Kelly Rowland’s Sons Play

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They even hug! How adorable!

The Finale Is Coming: "Game of Thrones" Wraps Sixth Season Tonight

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Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Peter Dinklage as Tryion Lannister in “Game of Thrones”; Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) — Hold on to your dragons: Game of Thrones ends its sixth season with an epic finale Sunday night titled “The Winds of Winter.” We’re just assuming it’s epic, considering last week’s game-changing “Battle of the Bastards” that ended with the Starks reclaiming Winterfell.

The director of that penultimate episode and the finale, Miguel Sapochnik, would only offer one ominous hint to The Hollywood Reporter about this week’s season-ending episode: “People die.”

Actor Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos, was a little more wordy — though no more helpful. He says the finale will be “a little bit different” compared to past finales in that it’s not just a set-up for season seven.  “You can certainly say there are going to be some surprises in the next episode,” he adds, teasing some “very big events.”

One thing’s for certain: make sure you watch the episode right when it airs — at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. Otherwise, you might get spoiled. There’s even a new app out there, aptly called Spoiled, which allows users to anonymously text Game of Thrones spoilers to unsuspecting friends immediately after the episode airs.

Ruthless. The Lannisters would be proud.

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Inside BET Awards’ Tributes to Prince and Muhammad Ali

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The awards show airs Sunday night.

Rory Gilmore Meets Michelle Obama in New Teaser

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There’s no word on when “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” will premiere.

Justin Bieber ‘Taking It Easy’ After Spraining His Ankle

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The singer, who is currently on tour, said he sprained his ankle “playing ball.”