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"Fashion Police" to Continue Without Joan Rivers, E! Network Says


Photo by: E! Entertainment(NEW YORK) --  After much deliberation and Melissa Rivers' blessing, Fashion Police will officially move forward without Joan Rivers, E! said Friday in a statement to ABC News.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Joan Rivers and, for the last two weeks, have turned our attention to honoring her memory on all of our platforms," the network said about the late comedic icon.

"We have also thought long and hard about what Joan would have wanted as it pertains to the future of Fashion Police. We decided, with Melissa Rivers' blessing, that Joan would have wanted the franchise to continue. Fashion Police will return in 2015 commencing with Golden Globes coverage on Monday, January 12. No further details will be announced at this time," the statement added.

Rivers died on Sept. 4 at the age of 81. The comedy legend, alongside Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos, made Fashion Police a red-carpet staple, with their biting, yet funny comments on the attire chosen by Hollywood's elite for big-time award shows.

Rancic told ABC News earlier this week that Rivers' death was "the shock of a lifetime" and that her daughter Melissa, an executive producer of the show, would be instrumental in deciding if the show would continue.

"They are looking at different scenarios, whether it moves forward or it doesn't," Rancic said. "A lot of that will be up to [Melissa] and how she's feeling and how she decides what she wants to do, along with the execs here at E! There is no word now. ... They are seeing what Fashion Police looks like without Joan."

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Melissa Rivers: Obama Sent Handwritten Letter After Joan Rivers' Death


Larry Busacca/NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Melissa Rivers made an appearance on a special Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan -- the first time she's publicly spoken out on television since her mother's passing on Sept. 4 at the age of 81.

Rivers sat next to Fashion Police stars Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos for the special, which airs Friday, and spoke about how influential her mother Joan Rivers was and the unexpected people she touched.

"She affected so many people, and people you would never expect to have humor," Melissa Rivers said, according to E! News. "I received a letter from the White House, from President Obama."

Rivers explained that Obama and the first lady were often targets of her mother's jokes.

"But I received a handwritten note saying, 'Not only did she make us laugh, she made us think,'" she said.

Rivers added, "That's one of the things people now are realizing. It wasn't just the funny, she made us think."

Osbourne seconded that sentiment and added that if it weren't for Joan Rivers, "I wouldn't be able to be me...any outspoken, independent woman wouldn't be who they are."

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"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" Stars Mama June and Sugar Bear Separate


TLC(NEW YORK) -- Mama June had sad news to share Friday.

The Here Come Honey Boo Boo star, whose real names is June Shannon, has separated from Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson.

"Sugar Bear and I have decided to take some time apart to figure out some things in our relationship," she told ABC News in a statement. "We are taking things day by day, but regardless of what happens, the girls will always be our number one priority. We want to thank y'all for your support."

Shannon and Thompson have one daughter together, Alana, whom has been nicknamed Honey Boo Boo. Thompson has been involved with Shannon's older daughters, Lauryn ("Pumpkin"), Jessica ("Chubbs") and Anna ("Chickadee") too. Last summer, they held a commitment ceremony during which they exchanged vows.

“I’m so glad that they’re finally doing it,” one of Shannon's friends said at the time. “June just is scared of the whole thing. But I guess he finally convinced her.”

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Kaley Cuoco Opens Up About Her Nude Photo Leak


ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- A few weeks ago, Kaley Cuoco was among the celebrities who had nude photos of herself leaked on the Internet.

The Big Bang Theory actress called the breach of privacy "disturbing."

"I totally have Google alerts that come to my phone so anything that my name pops up [in] comes to my phone because I'm, like, obsessed. I need to know what's going on," she said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday. "So every day, every day there's like 30 'Kaley Cuoco nude photos' [alerts]. It's been going on for years."

"So then this one came up and I was like, 'Oh, it's another fake one,'" she continued. "Then I started getting emails like, 'No, there are some real ones going around.'"

Cuoco, 28, took initiative to send an email to her family, explaining what was happening and adding that she wasn't pregnant or getting divorced. Then she made a joke of it, posting a funny photo of herself on Instagram.

"It was just a really bad situation but I took it in my own hands and make a joke about it because what are you gonna do?" she said. "You gotta make fun of yourself."

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Ashley Tisdale Honeymoons in Bora Bora


Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YOKR) -- After her "French" wedding, Ashley Tisdale and her husband, Christopher French, honeymooned on the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora.

The High School Musical star revealed her post-nuptial vacation spot via Instagram, sharing a photo of herself doing a headstand on the beach, with the caption: "Yoga in paradise #honeymoon #borabora."

Tisdale and French wed on Sept. 8. French, a musician, proposed to Tisdale atop the Empire State Building in August of last year.

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"Millennium Falcon," Batmobile Take Center Stage in J.J. Abrams' "Episode VII" Tease


Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- In The Empire Strikes Back, Han Solo said his ship, the Millennium Falcon, still had "some surprises left in her," but fans could never have guessed the old freighter hid a Batmobile. However, in a new tease from Episode VII director J.J. Abrams shows that's exactly the case.

The video snippet is just the latest in a back-and-forth franchise mash-up between Abrams and his pal, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder. Snyder's most recent salvo showed a snap of some of Gotham City's Finest escorting a Stormtrooper into a cop car for reportedly stealing the Batmobile.

Abrams' clip, shot on his U.K. set, gives fans their closest look yet at Solo's ship, the painstaking detail on it more evidence of his pledge to return to the Star Wars saga's roots with physical, non-computer-generated sets. But as the camera tracks along the ship's hull, John Williams' "Binary Sunset (the Force Theme)" gives way to Hans Zimmer's pounding Dark Knight score -- just as the camera zooms in on a detail that would have been invisible at a distance: Batman's Tumbler as seen in Christopher Nolan's trilogy, painted so as to camouflage into the ship.

Incidentally, Abrams has hidden similar Easter eggs in other movies. Even before he was given the Episode VII gig, the lifelong Star Wars fan smuggled R2-D2 into both his 2009 Star Trek and its 2013 sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness.

Star Wars: Episode VII is slated for a Dec. 18, 2015 release, while Batman v. Superman swings into theaters March 25, 2016.

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Jada Pinkett Smith Says She Has 'Fun' Playing the Villain in "Gotham"


ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Jada Pinkett Smith's latest project has her heading to the small screen in Gotham, a Fox series based on the DC Comics characters Detective James Gordon and Bruce Wayne. Smith portrays Fish Mooney, a hot-headed gangster and nightclub owner in Gotham.

"I had a lot of fun with her. Because she was a blank canvas, I dived right in and did some of the most bizarre things," Smith said of her character in the October issue of Health magazine, on newsstands Friday. "One morning I came to the producers, and I had a guy on a chain walking on his hands and knees with the word liar across his face in red lipstick. I said, ‘This is what Fish Mooney does when she’s betrayed by one of her henchmen.’ I was hardcore! Some things worked and some things didn’t."

One of the things that didn't work was an accent for the character. "I went in for the table read and did this over-the-top Mid-Atlantic accent, like Joan Crawford. And Peter Roth from Warner Bros. called me that afternoon and said, 'Jada, I don’t know how to tell you this, I love you to death, but…'"

When Smith isn't on the set of her own TV show, she's watching her favorite small-screen guilty pleasure. "My guilty, guilty, guilty is RuPaul’s Drag Race! It’s the only reality show I watch, and I do not miss an episode," she revealed.

She also spends time with her Hollywood husband, Will Smith. She said date nights can get a little difficult thanks to their star status.

"A lot of times, we’ll do [date nights] at the house because when we go out it can be a little hectic," she explained. "So we have different places around our yard where we like to set up a little Arabian tent, pillows, wine and cheese, candlelight. Will likes really thought-out productions."

Fox's Gotham premieres Monday.


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"Twilight's" Jackson Rathbone Okay After His Plane Loses Engine Mid-Flight


Kiyoshi Ota/Paramount via Getty Images(LONG BEACH, Calif.) -- Twilight's Jackson Rathbone had a close call Thursday when his airplane lost one of its engines in mid-flight.

His wife Sheila and their 2-year-old son Monroe were also on board.

The 29-year-old actor gave a detailed account of the incident in a series of posts on his WhoSay page. "We were on @jetblue flight 1416 to Austin from Long Beach,” he recalls, adding, “Our right engine exploded and our cabin filled with smoke."

He notes, "The oxygen masks did not deploy, but the brave stewardesses came around and manually deployed them. It was rough, the plane was rocking."

"We were told to brace as we careened sharply back towards land. Guided by our pilot, and I believe our guardian angels, we landed safely," he continues. “I grabbed my son and jumped down the inflated ramp. We left all our personal effects on board.”

“Who cares. We were alive," he writes. "We're safe. I'm grateful."

Rathbone played Jasper in the Twilight series.

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Aaliyah's Lifetime Biopic Premiering in November


Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After swapping Disney actress Zendaya Coleman with Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp, Lifetime has announced the release date for the much-discussed Aaliyah biopic, which will chronicle the late singer's rise to fame.

The network confirmed via Twitter that the film, titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, will air on Nov. 15.  In an accompanying image, Shipp channels the singer by wearing her signature bandana while posing in a recording booth.

The made-for-TV movie will be executive produced by Wendy Williams, who promised to deliver on the controversial film, which is being made without the approval or involvement of the late singer's family.

"You can count on us to get this movie right," said Williams on her daytime talk show.  "I want to know the things you wanna know.  What happened with R. Kelly, what was going on with Dame Dash, what was Aaliyah's personal life really like?"

The upcoming project is based on Christopher Farley's bestselling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman.

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Jennifer Lawrence Spotted at Coldplay Concert Amid Rumors She's Dating Chris Martin


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- It looks like Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin's relationship is heating up. The Oscar-winning actress was spotted attending Martin's performance with his band, Coldplay, on Wednesday night at the Ace Hotel Theatre in Los Angeles, according to Us Weekly.

Sources told the magazine Lawrence tried to keep a low profile at the performance, sitting in the balcony and only arriving minutes before the show started.

"Just before the show was supposed to start, Jennifer Lawrence walked toward the stage, surrounded by a couple girlfriends, trying to find their seat," a source told Us Weekly.  "They looked a little rushed, like they wanted to get to their seat before the show started, so someone on the theater staff helped them out."

The source added that when the show started, Martin apparently scanned the crowd in an effort to look for Lawrence.

"Chris gave a good look around the room and then spotted someone up on the balcony," the source continued.  "He pointed and said, 'A ha!  I see you!' and then smiled and waved.  He kept looking up in the direction during the show and smiling, pointing, singing to her."

Rumors of Lawrence, 24, dating Martin, 37, started when they were first spotted together in public at one of his London concerts in July.  They were also recently spotted dining together at a Beverly Hills hot spot earlier this month.

Lawrence split from her longtime boyfriend, X-Men actor Nicholas Hoult, over the summer, while Martin separated from Gwyneth Paltrow, his wife of 10 years, in March.

Lawrence will next be seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.   It opens nationwide Nov. 21.

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"The Maze Runner," "This Is Where I Leave You," "A Walk Among the Tombstones" Open Friday


Fox(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

The Maze Runner
-- A boy named Thomas is mysteriously trapped in a maze along with other boys. In order to escape, he must try to remember his past. Will Poulter, Dylan O’Brien and Patricia Clarkson also star in the film, which is based on the best-selling novel by James Dashner. Rated PG-13.

This Is Where I Leave You -- Four adult siblings are forced to spend a week together at their childhood home after their father passes away. Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard and Jane Fonda star in the comedy. Rated R.

A Walk Among the Tombstones
-- Liam Neeson is a private investigator who helps a heroin trafficker track down the men responsible for murdering his wife. Rated R.

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Movie Review: “A Walk Among the Tombstones” (Rated R)


Universal(NEW YORK) -- Based on the best-selling novel by Lawrence Block, A Walk Among the Tombstones stars Liam Neeson playing an amalgam of his characters from the Taken films, The Grey and Non-Stop. Here he’s Matt Scudder, a former New York City cop and recovering alcoholic turned private investigator.
 
Matt is recruited by Howie, a guy in his AA group, to meet his brother Kenny (Dan Stevens, Downton Abbey), who’s a drug trafficker.  Kenny’s wife has been kidnapped and killed, even though he met the kidnapper’s ransom demands, and Kenny wants Scudder to find who did it, so he can get even. Scudder doesn’t want the job but Kenny ultimately persuades him.
 
While Scudder’s investigating, he meets TJ (Brian “Astro” Bradley), a homeless young African-American teen who’s also a gifted artist, good with computers, and a class-A smartass.  Scudder takes a liking to TJ, a character clearly created to show us that Scudder has a heart.
 
As the movie progresses, we learn the kidnappers are sub-human sadists who aren’t necessarily kidnapping women for the money.  A Walk Among the Tombstones at times almost feels like a snuff movie, but director Scott Frank refrains from showing us too much. What Frank is particularly good at here is helping us suspend our disbelief by giving the film an authentic and creepy feel. What he’s not particularly good at is pacing: there are times when it feels as if we’ve been walking among the tombstones for days.
 
I’ve been finding violent movies a bit boring lately. I don’t need to see somebody being strangled with a metal wire or taking a hatchet to the head. Creative suspense is what excites me, and A Walk Among the Tombstones, luckily, does supply a bit of that. Otherwise, I prefer Neeson when he’s challenging himself with something other than a mediocre Brooklyn accent and the same character he keeps playing over and over again.  But Neeson fans who like seeing him in this sort of role will probably be thrilled.
 
Three out of five stars.

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“This Is Where I Leave You” (Rated R)


Photo Credit: Nicole Rivelli/Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- This Is Where I Leave You boasts an incredible ensemble cast, including Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Timothy Olyphant, Rose Byrne, Dax Shepard, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Debra Monk, and Abigail Spencer -- and the list goes on.

Bateman, Fey, Stoll and Driver play the Altman siblings, with Bateman, as Judd Altman, serving as the film’s chief protagonist. When we first meet Judd, he’s a producer for a popular syndicated radio show hosted by Wade Beaufort (Shepard). Judd loves his wife, Quinn (Spencer), and even rushes home early from work to surprise her with a cake for her birthday -- only to walk in on his wife and his boss in bed together. Three months later, we find an unemployed, bearded Judd sleeping on a couch in a small, messy apartment when the phone rings. It’s his sister, Wendy (Fey), standing in a hospital room, delivering the news that that their father just died. 

The elder Altman’s dying wish is that the kids come home to sit shiva, the Jewish tradition of mourning the dead, even though dad was an atheist. The humor gleaned from this moment is a proper setup for things to come. 

The Altman siblings don’t hang out. They don’t even particularly like each other, and the person they like even less is their mother, Hillary (Fonda), a psychologist and famous author whose most popular book is about child rearing. The fact that the book uses embarrassing anecdotes about her four kids has haunted the Altman children from childhood through their adult lives. Hillary is a force of nature, with a matter-of-fact attitude about life and a very noticeable boob job, a visual joke that endows several scenes with ample humor.

Judd’s certainly got personal problems, but his siblings aren’t exactly sailing through life either. Wendy’s husband cares more about his job than he does about her or their kids; Paul (Stoll) and his wife Alice have been trying to have kids for years, and it’s taking a toll on their marriage; and Phillip (Driver) suffers from arrested development and struggles to stay faithful to his much older, more intelligent girlfriend, Tracy (Britton). Returning to their hometown, in the house in which they grew up in, forces all of them to revisit past emotions and conflicts none of them seem ready to confront.

Two of This Is Where I Leave You’s best performances come from supporting players Rose Byrne and Timothy Olyphant. Byrne is sweet and unforgettable as Penny, the goofy and adorable girl who loved Judd in high school but never left town. Olyphant is barely recognizable as Horry, Wendy’s ex-boyfriend and neighbor who suffered a relationship-ending brain injury. Olyphant’s quiet, brief on-screen moments are some of the movie’s strongest.

With This Is Where I Leave You, director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Cheaper by the Dozen) delivers his funniest film, and his most poignant. Like a great coach or manager, he plays to all of his actor’s strengths, turning the most subtle moments into powerful subtext and in some cases, punchlines without the dialogue. It’s an enormous cast, yet not one actor is wasted. Jonathan Tropper, who adapted the screenplay from his novel, dresses up sentimental and somewhat manipulative moments with hilarious, concise and relatable dialogue. He also piles on the drama a bit, negating some of This Is Where I Leave You’s organic appeal.  But as this film certainly shows us, nobody’s perfect.

Four out of five stars.

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Grand Ole Opry Star George Hamilton IV Dead at 77


Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV, 77, died on Wednesday afternoon, less than a week after suffering a serious heart attack.

Hamilton IV released his signature hit, "Abilene," in 1963. However, he'd scored a number of hits before then, including "A Rose and a Baby Ruth," "Before This Day Ends," "Three Steps to the Phone (Millions of Miles)" and "If You Don't Know I Ain't Gonna Tell You."

Hamilton was known as, “The International Ambassador of Country Music,” a title he earned after becoming the first American country singer to perform in the then-Soviet Union and in Prague.

Hamilton had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1960.

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Reese Witherspoon's New Movie Sheds Light on US Lives of Sudan's Lost Boys


ABC/Image Group LA(NEW YORK) --  Reese Witherspoon's latest campaign has taken the star of movies such as Legally Blonde far from the glamour of Hollywood.

"It was one of those things where I was like, 'I can't not do this movie 'cause it's so important to me," Witherspoon told ABC News.

The Walk the Line Oscar winner's new movie, The Good Lie, tells the story of the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan, orphaned children who walked hundreds of miles, without food or shelter, to escape the civil war in 1983.

Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort brought 3,600 Lost Boys and Girls to the U.S. to start new lives.

The Good Lie, set to be released October 3, is inspired by the children's stories as well as the U.N. program that brought them to the U.S. The actors playing the Lost Boys were either Lost Boys themselves or descendants of Lost Boys; all of them fled Africa for the U.S. or U.K. as children.

The film's producers launched a fund this month to help raise monies for those in the Kakuma refugee camp, which Witherspoon visited in 2013 with her daughter.

Witherspoon plays a tough-talking employment counselor who is assigned to find the Lost Boys jobs when they first reach the U.S.

Some of Witherspoon's co-stars lived that hardship, including Emmanuel Jal, a hip-hop artist and former child soldier.

"This is the story of my home," Jal said. "This is the voice of those who was not heard."

The Good Lie is not just about where the Lost Boys started, though; it's also about how far so many have come.

On Wednesday night, former Lost Boys Thon Chol, Kuol Awan, John Dau and Moses Ajou, as well as several others, were honored during a special gala and congressional screening of the movie. The gala also helped raise nearly $400,000 for the Good Lie Fund, with all monies going to the Kakuma camp.

Chol, a former Senate intern, works for the government of Washington, D.C., and is a leader in the Lost Boys community, and more broadly as a refugee advocate. Awan fled Sudan in 1987. He now lives in Phoenix, Arizona, serving as executive director of The Lost Boys Center for Leadership Development in Phoenix.

Dau fled Sudan in 1987 and resettled in Syracuse, New York, in 2001, and is now the president of John Dau Foundation. And Ajou joined the U.S. Air Force and served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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