Katy Perry Jokes About ‘Deflate-Gate’

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Katy Perry had to make a joke about the elephant in the room when discussing her Super Bowl halftime performance.

Super Bowl: Katy Perry Talks Halftime Show, Jokes About ‘Deflate-Gate’

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Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday will feature wild animals, plenty of costume changes and a surprise female guest, she told reporters at a press conference on Thursday in Phoenix. She also hopes to leave ‘em smiling when she’s done.

“I think I’m gonna play on my strengths, which I think are humor, incredible joy…I think my songs are anthemic,” Katy told reporters. “And I just hope at the end of the day that over 100 million people are all smiling in unison. And if you can imagine that happening, I think there’s going to be an incredible energy that goes across the world.”

“I think I’m probably the only person in Super Bowl halftime history that will ever bring both a lion and sharks to the show,” she added.  Katy teased that her opening costume will be “flaming hot,” but denied that it’ll be a retread of her Halloween costume, which featured her dressed like a Flamin’ Hot Cheeto. “I did that already,” she joked.

Katy’s entrance and exit will be something “never done before,” she said, and she also revealed that two of the songs she’ll be singing are “Roar” and “Firework.”

As for her guest, Lenny Kravitz, Katy said, “We’ve worked up something incredibly soulful. Of course he brings the soul and I think he’s just going to make the night even sexier.” Then, she quickly added, “An appropriate sexiness, everyone!”  But the singer also revealed that a second surprise guest would be joining her.

“I thought long and hard about it, and wanted to kind of bring someone back, like a throwback of sorts, that definitely needed some more shine,” she told reporters. “All I can say is that it will be a real female fun night. When this person enters the stage and when you hear the first ring of the chord I think jaws will drop and faces will melt.” Place your bets on who it’s going to be starting now.

And speaking of betting, Katy says she doesn’t believe in gambling, but is thrilled that there are prop bets out there regarding what she’s going to wear, and what her hair will look like. “I’ve never been betted on as far as what my hair color is going to be,” she laughed. “I feel like, ‘Wow, nobody’s ever really invested in me this much. This is exciting!’”

Katy also admitted she’s rooting for the Seahawks, but when asked if she had her eye on any particular player romantically, she repeated Seahawk Marshawn Lynch’s now famous line: “I’m just here so I don’t get fined.”

Idina Menzel, who’s singing the national anthem on Sunday, is also rooting for the Seahawks, because as a New Yorker, she says she just can’t bring herself to root for the Patriots.  She named Whitney Houston as her favorite past Super Bowl anthem singer, and said it’s important for her to get across the meaning of the anthem when she sings it. “It’s actually a very poignant song and I’m proud to be singing about my country,” said the Tony-winning “Let It Go” vocalist.

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Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt Welcome a Son

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Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage(NEW YORK) — It’s a boy for Stanley Tucci!

The Hunger Games star and his wife, literary agent Felicity Blunt, welcomed a son on Jan. 25, his rep told ABC News.

Matteo Oliver Tucci, the couple’s first child together, was born in London. He joins half-siblings Camilla, 12, and twins Nicolo and Isabel, 14, Tucci’s children from his first marriage.

“I believe he is mine,” Tucci joked to People. “We are all thrilled to welcome him to this cold, cruel world.”

“We are all thrilled that he is here and healthy,” he added more seriously.

The couple announced last October that they were expecting a baby. And, baby Matteo already has a surefire playmate: Felicity Blunt’s sister, Emily Blunt, gave birth to her daughter with John Krasinski last February.

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Joan Rivers’ Doctor Slams Abandonment Allegation

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The attorney for Dr. Gwen Korovin, the voice doctor for Joan Rivers, denied allegations that she left the room when the comedian went into cardiac arrest.

Meet Elena of Avalor, Disney’s First Latina Princess

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She’ll debut on “Sofia the First” next year.

Sean Penn Says He Would Get Married Again

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Twice-married actor has been dating Charlize Theron for one year.

How Marriage to Kim Kardashian Has Changed Kanye West

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Kanye West says marriage to Kim Kardashian West has changed him for the better in more ways than one.

Tom Petty Has No ‘Hard Feelings’ Toward Sam Smith

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Petty was recently given a songwriting credit for “Stay With Me.”

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Mother Praises Her and Chris Martin for ‘Making It Work’

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Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have earned her mother’s approval for how they are handling their split.

“They are so smart…both incredibly brilliant. They’re making it work, they’re great friends and the kids are in wonderful shape,” Paltrow’s mother, actress Blythe Danner, told the New York Post at the Sundance premiere of her new film, I’ll See You in My Dreams. “So I have to take my hat off to both of them.”

But Danner, 71, couldn’t seem to recall the phrase her daughter used to announce her separation from Martin. “People make fun of this, um, what do they call it? What is that thing that they’ve been doing? Separating, but being?” she said, clearly confused.

When reminded of the phrase, “Conscious uncoupling,” Danner still wasn’t sure.

“Yes, but it’s called ‘conscious’…not ‘conscious uncoupling.’ Conscious,” she said before giving up.

Danner was married to Paltrow’s father, Bruce, for 33 years until his death in 2002.

In her new film, co-starring June Squibb, Danner plays a widow who starts dating. But she has no plans for romance in her own life.

“June says in the movie, ‘When you’ve had the best, forget the rest,’ and I kind of feel that way,” Danner told the Post. “I had an incredible husband. It would be great if somebody fell in from the sky … because you do get lonely as you get older. But I’m very grateful that I have grandchildren on both coasts and they fill my heart.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Mom Praises Her for ‘Making It Work’

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Blythe Danner says her daughter and her ex are handling their split well.

Dan Akroyd Calls the Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast ‘Magnificent’

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Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are in the cast.

Dan Akroyd Calls the Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast ‘Most Magnificent’

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Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are in the cast.

Dan Aykroyd ‘Delighted’ to Pass "Ghostbusters" Torch to Female Cast

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Mathis Wienand/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The cast of the all-female Ghostbusters movie has received the seal of approval from Dan Aykroyd, who co-wrote and starred in the first two movies in the series.

It was announced Tuesday that Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Saturday Night Live stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones will take part in the new installment in the franchise.

“The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy,” Akroyd said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “My great grandfather, Dr. Sam Aykroyd, the original Ghostbuster, was a man who empowered women in his day, and this is a beautiful development in the legacy of our family business.”

Aykroyd, 62, co-wrote Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II with the late Harold Ramis, with whom he co-starred in the films along with Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson. After Ramis’ death last year, Ivan Reitman, who had directed the first two installments and had been tapped to helm the third, bowed out of the project. Paul Feig will now direct.

After word of the new Ghostbusters cast got out, Hudson tweeted, “Two words: ‘No comment.’”

The all-female Ghostbusters movie will open on July 22, 2016.

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Dan Akroyd Weighs in on the New ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast

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Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are in the cast.

Kevin Costner Admits He Used "That Word" When Talking About Black People

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The Steve Harvey Show(CHICAGO) — In Kevin Costner’s new film, Black or White, he portrays a wealthy white man who suddenly has to raise his mixed-race granddaughter by himself after his wife dies. Elliot subsequently becomes involved in a somewhat-racially-charged custody battle with the child’s other grandmother, played by fellow Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer.

It’s a racially-charged film, which Costner said he had to finance himself to get made. He said he had to bring this story to the big screen because of how he grew up.

“I was raised around a level of racism, not of people who hated, but people who would use the word callously and not really think that they were — jokes that would start with that,” he admits on Friday’s The Steve Harvey Show, referring to the so-called N-word. “I used that word. I said that word.”

“And there was a point in time when I knew that word wasn’t right, when I finally traveled,” Costner continues. “But the truth is, we hope we get better than our parents. …My children don’t know about it at all.”

Anthony Mackie also stars in Black or White, which hits theaters Friday.

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Justin Bieber ‘Afraid of What People Are Thinking About Me’

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Justin Bieber is really trying to “express how I feel” and make amends for a year of trouble making and alleged legal drama.

Taylor Swift Files to Trademark ‘This Sick Beat’ and Other 1989 Phrases

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Want to put her lyrics on t-shirts? You’re out of luck.

Scott Foley Explains How to Lose More Than 10 Pounds Overnight

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Scott Foley is no stranger to shirtless scenes.

How Melissa Gilbert Feels About Going From Size DD to ???Just an Average B???

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Melissa Gilbert says concerns over her health prompted her to remove her breast implants.

Lindsay Lohan’s Community Service Credits Questioned at Hearing

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ABC News(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) — Are meet-and-greets with fans a form of community service? Lindsay Lohan probably hopes so.

A hearing regarding the actress’ sentence in her reckless driving case was held in Santa Monica, California, Wednesday. Prosecutor Terry White questioned whether Lohan has completed the terms of her community service, based on documents submitted by a London volunteer organization.

According to the papers from Community Service Volunteers, Lohan received several hours’ worth of community service credit for meet-and-greets with fans that followed performances of her London production of Speed-the-Plow, TMZ reports.

Lohan was also given credit for hours in which young people shadowed her in what was termed “work shadowing experience.”

White was given two weeks by the judge to investigate Lohan’s community service hours.

Lohan, who currently lives in the U.K., was ordered to perform community service as part of her sentence for the 2012 case involving her crash with a truck on the Pacific Coast Highway.

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"Parenthood" Ends Six-Season Run Thursday Night

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Colleen Hayes/NBC(NEW YORK) — After six seasons, the NBC drama Parenthood signs off on Thursday night.

Parenthood, which was inspired by the movie of the same name, has followed the Braverman family, including single mom Sarah Braverman, played by Lauren Graham.

Craig T. Nelson, who co-stars as Sarah’s father Zeek, laments the fact that his show is coming to an end.
“I wish there’d been probably another season,” he told ABC News Radio.

The 70-year-old veteran actor gushed about the cast and crew he’s worked with on Parenthood, which also includes Dax Shepard, Peter Krause and Monica Potter. He said, “It’s a wonderful group of people. It’s the best I’ve ever been with. From the very beginning you could just tell. They’re so invested in doing this.”  

Nelson’s role has been a challenging one this season, given that Zeek has been battling heart problems. Nelson said the story line has not been “fun” for him, explaining, “I gotta spend like seven hours in a place I don’t like. Really don’t like. It brings up issues of mortality, all kinds of stuff. You’re confronted with them and I don’t like that.”

In the series finale, airing at 10 p.m. Eastern time on NBC, Sarah is poised to marry Ray Romano’s Hank.

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Despite Confusion, Gene Hackman Is ‘Alive and Well,’ Says Rep

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Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage(NEW YORK) — After a Grantland article ran Tuesday with the headline “The Greatest Living American Actor at 85: Gene Hackman Is Gone But Still in Charge,” there was concern that the 84-year-old had died.

If you are confused about the age in the title and his real age, Hackman turns 85 on Friday.

The title has since changed from “Gone” to “Retired,” but not before several tweets went out with “RIP” and “condolences” for the acting legend’s family.

If that wasn’t enough, a Facebook page with “RIP Gene Hackman” also went up that claimed he died on Monday.

It read, “He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page,” according to ET Canada.

People were confused, but have since been relieved to find out the actor’s fine. On Wednesday, Hackman’s rep told ABC News that the Hoosiers star is “alive and well.”

Other actors like Dylan McDermott were not all that happy that people took the headline and ran with it. He had originally tweeted “Rest in Peace” about the icon, then took it down when he found out it was all just a hoax.

 

I guess Gene Hackman’s death was a celebrity hoax. People have too much damn time on their hands…

— Dylan McDermott (@DylanMcDermott) January 28, 2015

 

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"Scandal" Star Tony Goldwyn Says New Episodes Are ‘Outrageous’

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ABC/Kelsey McNeal(NEW YORK) — Fictional President Fitzgerald Grant, portrayed by actor Tony Goldwyn, will return to the Oval Office when Scandal returns Thursday.

During last year’s winter finale, viewers saw Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington, get kidnapped from her Washington, D.C. apartment. Goldwyn hinted at what fans can expect next.

“As you know, I can’t reveal anything except you will find out more,” he teased on Wednesday’s Good Morning America. “I can’t tell you if you’ll find out where she is or what happened but I can tell you that the show takes an entirely new direction tomorrow night and it’s crazy. It’s really great.”

Goldwyn credits creator Shonda Rhimes’ — who also created Grey’s Anatomy and executive produces How to Get Away with Murder — for the show’s forthcoming shocking plot lines.

“Shonda, as she has done over and over, just kind of reinvents the show and we go, you know, takes on a different tone. It’s pretty outrageous,” says Goldwyn.

“I mean, all of her work and Shonda herself…she just never ceases to amaze me. She’s always challenging herself. She’s always challenging us and, you know, I’m so happy,” Goldwyn continued. “She owns Thursday nights on [ABC] and I’m just so happy to see her being celebrated in the way she is particularly this year.”

Goldwyn directed the last episode of Scandal. He said the role switch was easy, particularly because he’s so close with his co-stars.

“When you have another person who is an actor you just speak the same language and particularly in Scandal because we’re all such close friends, aside from Kerry’s merciless teasing of me,” he quipped. “We’re just really close and intimate so it’s a really unique experience for me as a director, you know, to get the chance to kind of have a look at the show from a different lens and connect with, you know, these people I love so much, in a different way.”

Goldwyn is the grandson of film mogul Samuel Goldwyn — the “G” in MGM Studios — and son of film producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., who passed away earlier this month at the age of 88. He explained what it’s like to carry on his family’s legacy in the entertainment business.

“They were both independent guys who kind of carved their own path and, you know, we were sort of taught never to rest on the laurels of what they’d accomplished and you got to kind of figure it out for yourself and that’s the best way to carry on the legacy,” Goldwyn said.

Scandal returns Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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Get the Cast List of the New Steve Jobs Biopic

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Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels are all attached.

Amanda Peet Told Her Husband His Show ‘Game of Thrones’ Was ‘Terrible Idea’

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Amanda Peet told her husband ‘Game of Thrones’ was a ‘Terrible Idea, Terrible’ Whoops.

5 Ways North West Is Just Like Every Other Kid

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Her parents are Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, but in some ways life is low-key.

5 Reasons Chris Pratt Will Make a Great ‘Indiana Jones’

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Chris Pratt is the latest name to be rumored as the next “Indiana Jones” and after a huge 2014, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” star seems primed for the iconic role.

“Wet Hot American Summer” Cast Revealed by Netflix

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Netflix(NEW YORK) — Netflix is reviving Wet Hot American Summer, and they’ve recruited much of the original cast for it.

The streaming service announced that the cult classic will return for an eight-episode series in time for summer.

So, which counselors are returning for the second go-around? Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon and Michael Showalter are among the stars coming back.

The series, as was the case with the 2001 cult classic film, was co-written by David Wain and Showalter and will be directed by Wain.

Some burning questions remain: Will it still be 1981? Is it a reunion that Michael Ian Black’s McKinley won’t be able to make because he has something at 11:00 that he’s already moved twice? Does Elizabeth Banks’s Lindsay still taste like a burger, and does Paul Rudd’s Andy even like her anymore?

Here’s hoping we’ll find out soon.

 

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Can You Remember Who Sang ‘We Are the World’ 30 Years Later?

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“We Are the World” was recorded 30 years ago today on Jan. 28, 1985.

Will Chris Pratt Play Indiana Jones on the Big Screen?

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Buena Vista(LOS ANGELES) — Following his star turn in Guardians of the Galaxy last year, will Chris Pratt put on Indiana Jones’ iconic fedora?

Pratt is being eyed by Disney, the parent company of ABC News, to take over the role from Harrison Ford, according to Deadline. However, the website is calling this a “dishy informed rumor” and nothing more at the moment.

It’s worth noting that Guardians of the Galaxy was a film from Marvel, which is also owned by Disney.

Deadline doesn’t mention whether director Steven Spielberg would return for the new installment.

Ford has played the whip-cracking archaeologist in four movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The latter film, released in 2008, introduced Indiana Jones’ son, Mutt, played by Shia LaBeouf.

Pratt’s film career is on a roll right now. Aside from the Guardians of the Galaxy blockbuster, he lent his voice to The LEGO Movie last year. He stars in the Jurassic Park movie Jurassic World, due out in June.

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