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Joan Rivers Doubles Down on Cleveland House of Horrors Humor


Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- One day after making a joke on NBC's Today show regarding the victims who were held captive in that "house of horrors" in Cleveland, Joan Rivers refused to back down Wednesday.

The 80-year-old comedienne was talking to the Today show co-hosts Tuesday about her living arrangements in a guestroom at her daughter Melissa's home when she declared, "Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space."

Lawyers for two of the women, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, called the "unfortunate comparison" both "shocking and disappointing" and demanded an apology.

According to TMZ, Rivers refused and said of the women, "They got to live rent free for more than a decade."

Rivers said of the women, which also included Michele Knight, "One of them has a book deal. Neither are in a psych ward. They're ok. I bet you within three years one of them will be on Dancing with the Stars."

Furthermore, the comic said her comedic colleagues often make fun of tragedies like the sinking of the Titanic and the Holocaust.

"The TV the guy [captor Ariel Castro] gave them must not have had SNL," Rivers said.

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Meg Ryan Cast in "How I Met Your Mother" Spin-Off


Venturelli/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- When Harry Met Sally star Meg Ryan will be the voice of "future Sally" in the How I Met Your Mother spin-off, Entertainment Weekly reports.

If you recall, HIMYM tapped Bog Saget to voice future Ted in the original.

How I Met Your Dad will star Greta Gerwig and comes from the same creators -- Craig Thomas and Carter Bays -- that brought you HIMYM.

Gerwig spoke to Vulture earlier this month about the role.

"It's going to be different than the original," she told Vulture. "When the premise of the show is that it's a young man looking for his true love, it's a very different feeling than a young woman looking for her true love. But I'm so nervous about it that I have trouble talking about it."

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Rihanna and Drake's Relationship Is Getting Serious, Friends Say


Eric McCandless/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- While Drake and Rihanna have remained mum on their relationship status, sources close to the famous pair are spilling new details on their feelings toward one another.

"They got on so well and have always had a special connection from the moment they met…and now they have found each other again, everyone just feels like this is it," a spy tells E! News.

Rihanna and Drake have been spotted at various public places, including a recent date where they hugged and kissed at the Clippers basketball game in Los Angeles on April 10.

"Their friends are so happy that they're together. There's a real feeling among their inner circle that they were always meant to be together," the insider continued. "They really are made for one another. Everyone knows it. And Drake could not be happier. They couldn't be better suited."

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Beyoncé Tops "Time" Magazine’s 2014 '100 Most Influential People’ List


Steve Granitz/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Since hitting the world stage as a member of Destiny’s Child, music superstar Beyoncé  Knowles has shattered album records, won Grammys, secretly recorded and released a surprise album on iTunes, married a fellow music superstar -- Jay Z -- and become a mother, to Blue Ivy.

All of that and more has landed the 32-year-old singer atop the Time 100, Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The tribute to Beyonce inside the magazine is written by Sheryl Sandberg, a female force herself in the tech industry whose book Lean In encourages woman to take charge of their careers and lives.

“Beyoncé has insisted that girls ‘run the world’ and declared, ‘I’m not bossy, I’m the boss,’” Sandberg writes.

Beyoncé topped other entertainment stars like Pharrell Williams, Seth Meyers and Kerry Washington in reaching Time cover status, as well as influential political, business and cultural leaders like Hillary Clinton, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Beyoncé even topped Pope Francis, who is featured inside the magazine in a piece written by President Barack Obama.

Clinton stands out for both making the Time 100 list as well as writing about another honoree on the list, Secretary of State John Kerry.

Other Time 100 honorees, and the luminaries writing about them, include:

  • Miley Cyrus by Dolly Parton
  • Rand Paul by Mitch McConnell
  • Serena Williams by Dwayne Wade
  • Vladimir Putin by Madeleine Albright
  • Robert Redford by Harvey Weinstein
  • Eric Holder by John Lewis
  • Alice Waters by Ruth Reichl
  • Charlie Rose by Michael Bloomberg

The issue of Time hits newsstands Friday.

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Movie Review: "The Other Woman"


Fox(NEW YORK) -- The Other Woman stars Cameron Diaz as Carly, a kick-butt lawyer who looks like, well, Cameron Diaz, and never gets played for a fool by the many men she dates. It’s impossible to find a worthy guy in the big city until Mark (Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Costar-Waldau) comes along.  Could this handsome, seemingly rich investment professional be the one? Even Carly's assistant, played by rapper Nikki Minaj, thinks he might, since Carly is actually calling him by his first name, rather than a dehumanizing nickname.
 
But we learn a few minutes into the movie that Mark is actually married to Kate, played with gusto and unwavering commitment by the great Leslie Mann.  Kate doesn’t seem particularly smart, given that her husband has been cheating on her for a few months, possibly longer, and she doesn’t suspect a thing.
 
Mark's lies begin to catch up with him when Carly decides to surprise him at his home, and Kate answers the door.  What ensues is an unlikely friendship between wife and mistress. After all, Carly had no idea Mark was married, and Kate has nobody to turn to for comfort, because she shares all of her friends with Mark.
 
Things really get out of hand when Kate and Carly realize Mark is cheating on both of them with Amber, played by Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton.  Though she's not asked to stretch much beyond what she might do in a photo shoot, you can see Upton's potential as an actress: to her credit, she holds her own with two proven comedy talents.
 
The Other Woman lacks an organic flow and often drags, bogged down with unnecessary sentimentality.  The movie's laugh-out-loud funny moments are thanks to Diaz and Mann’s commitment to do anything for a laugh.  Mann in particular has never been better.  But what could’ve been a smart revenge comedy is instead absurd and predictable, relying too much on Diaz and Mann’s physical comedy, at times reducing both of them to vacuous archetypes.
 
Two-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie Still 'Check in on Each Other'


Vince Bucci/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie have been divorced for almost 11 years, but Thornton says the two remain friends.

When the relationship website Your Tango asked Thornton recently if he still talks to his ex-wife, the Armageddon actor revealed, “Oh of course, yeah. She's amazing, amazing. She's got so much energy and so much goodness in her, and we check in on each other all the time."

The actor adds, “She makes sure I'm doing okay. I make sure she's doing okay.”

Thornton, 58, and Jolie, 38, were married from 2000 to 2003.

Thornton plays a drifter named Lorne Malvo in the new FX series Fargo, airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

Jolie will next be seen playing the villain from Sleeping Beauty in the upcoming film Maleficent, set to hit theaters May 30.

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Despite Success, Debra Messing Says Hollywood Still Sexist


Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Overture Films(NEW YORK) -- You would never think Debra Messing would have trouble finding a great role, but the Will & Grace star, 45, said there are still "inequities" in Hollywood when it comes to men and women.

"It's well-known that it's not equally represented for women. It's just a struggle we are going to try and continue and rectify," she told ABC News. "Whether or not it's above the title, executive producing or directing, or even writer categories."

She added that even "the best roles" and "stories written" are usually skewed towards men. But Messing is not complaining and having great opportunities in Will & Grace, Smash and now her new show The Mysteries of Laura, is something she is very thankful for.

"Having said that there's so much talent out there and I'm always looking for the thing that's going to move me," she added. "There have been obvious disappointments along the road, whether it has been a coveted role, where I'm one of a thousand women who want that role and it's not going to go my way. And you sort of sit back and say, 'Why aren't' there 50 roles like that, that are available right now.'"

She continued, "[But] on the whole I feel incredibly blessed. There have been roles along the way that have spoken to me or moved me and I feel like The Mysteries of Laura is one of those special, special roles!"

In the new show that just filmed its pilot, Messing plays Detective Laura Diamond, who is also a mother when she is off-duty, something the actress can relate to. Messing is busy on Broadway and filming this pilot, but still finds time to spend with her 10-year-old son Roman.

"I don't think there are many tricks," she said of finding time to be with her son. "When you are not working, you have tons of time for your personal life and the people in your life and you can make that time special. Obviously when you work, it's intense."

But even when she is working, she and her son adapt.

"We just work together," she added. "When I did the Broadway play, it was three months, so we knew I was only going to be working at night. We just made our time in the morning and our time before I went to the theater."

"You just have to be flexible," she said of helping Roman with his homework, watching TV or even eating together. "It's not always easy and not always ideal. But it's all for the right reasons -- to be a consistent a parent as possible."

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Ivan Reitman Hoping Third Ghostbusters Film Will Be 'Satisfying'


Columbia Pictures/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The director of the first two Ghostbusters movies is tuning out the critics on the Internet who are not in favor of the planned third film in the series.

Ivan Reitman, who will produce the third Ghostbusters flick, said he can't focus on what others have to say because they have so many ideas on what the sequel should be. He explains to ABC News Radio, "It's our job as creative people to come up with something that is going to be satisfying. I think, you know, none of us want to make a crappy movie."

One of the ongoing questions regarding the new Ghostbusters film is whether Bill Murray will be back as Dr. Peter Venkman. Reitman says the cast has yet to be assembled: "I think we'll have a number of the original actors play a role in it. Perhaps even Bill Murray if he sort of decides at some point that he wants to."

The original starred Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and the late Harold Ramis as the Ghostbusters.

Reitman originally planned to direct the third Ghostbusters movie, but he stepped aside in part because of Ramis' death. A replacement has not yet been named.

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ABC's "Black Box" Premieres Thursday Night


ABC/Patrick Harbron(NEW YORK) -- The new drama Black Box premieres on ABC Thursday night. The reason for the title: the main character's name is Catherine Black.

Catherine, played by Heaven Is For Real actress Kelly Reilly, is a New York-based neurologist. She sees patients from around the world as the medical director of a center called "The Cube."

Catherine also has personal issues. She's bipolar, but she keeps her illness a secret from those around her.

Black Box debuts at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

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Hollywood Executive Releases Statement Denying Sex Abuse Claims


Director Bryan Singer. Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Attorneys for one of the Hollywood executives being sued by director Bryan Singer's accuser have released a new statement denying the sex abuse allegations made by the plaintiff.

Michael Egan, 31, has claimed that Gary Goddard and two other executives, David Neuman and Garth Ancier, abused him when he was a teenager at an Encino, Calif., home, and in Hawaii.

Goddard's attorneys say in their statement that their client "was not in Hawaii with Mr. Egan. He did not molest or touch or annoy Mr. Egan or commit any of the acts alleged. Also, he did not furnish drugs or alcohol to any minor at any time."

The statement continues, "We have also reviewed the complaints filed against other defendants by Mr. Egan. The 'cookie-cutter' allegations in all of the complaints filed by Mr. Egan are so fantastical as to be unbelievable on their face."

Goddard directed the 1987 He-Man movie Masters of the Universe and has helped create theme park attractions for Universal Studios.

Ancier, Neuman and Singer -- the latter of whom was named in Egan's first lawsuit, filed last week -- previously denied the allegations made against them by Egan, who is represented by attorney Jeff Herman.

Herman also represented plaintiffs who brought three sex abuse cases against former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash.  The U.S. Court of Appeals threw out the cases this month, agreeing with a previous decision by a New York judge to dismiss the complaints, according to People magazine.

Herman tells the magazine, "The case was dismissed because of the statute of limitations. There is no ruling on the merits."

Another, similar case against Clash is still pending.

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Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis Welcome Baby Boy


Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis are new parents. They have welcomed a baby boy named Otis Alexander.

Wilde, 30, made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday evening. She posted a photo of herself holding her new child, and wrote, "Ladies and gentlemen, Otis Alexander Sudeikis has LEFT the building! (I'm the building)."

The House and Rush actress didn't release additional details. Otis is the first child for both Wilde and Sudeikis, 38.

The couple announced the pregnancy last October. They've been engaged since January of 2013.

Sudeikis and Pitch Perfect screenwriter Kay Cannon divorced in 2010. Wilde divorced Tao Ruspoli in 2011.

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Cameron Diaz Clarifies Anti-Monogamy Comments


Raymond Hall/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- Cameron Diaz recently made headlines for her thoughts on monogamy, telling InStyle magazine, "I don't know if anyone is really naturally monogamous. We all have the same instincts as animals. But we live in a society where it's been ingrained in us to do these things."

But the actress cleared the air Wednesday on Good Morning America about what she really meant about having a solo sexual partner.

"Monogamy, I think, is a very important part of relationships working," Diaz, 41, told GMA co-host Lara Spencer, adding that she was previously referring to her character's beliefs in her upcoming film, The Other Woman, rather than her own.

"My character said she doesn't believe in monogamy and then somehow journalists were like, 'So, you don't believe in monogamy?' And I'm like, 'That is my character. You know I'm acting, right?'" Diaz explained.

In the new romantic comedy hitting theaters Friday, Diaz plays a sexy single woman who discovers she's dating a married man. The confusion surrounding her comments on monogamy stemmed from the publication's interview where she said, "A lot of people chase after it because they've been told, 'This equals happiness.' They chase it, they get it, and then they find out, 'Why did I think this was going to make me happy? I'm miserable.'"

It's a sentiment the blond bombshell echoed on the BBC's The Graham Norton Show earlier this month.

"I'm like, 'Relax. It's OK if you did.' Everybody gets cheated on," she explained.

Of course, the A-lister has not shied away from serious relationships. She has been linked to some of Hollywood's leading men, from Justin Timberlake to Jared Leto to baseball star Alex Rodriguez.

"I'm grateful for all of it, whether it was something quick and passing or something that lingered too long," she told the publication. "There is not one thing I've been through that hasn't been a lesson that led me to this moment, and I can't believe how great life keeps getting."

 


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Jodie Foster Marries Alexandra Hedison


Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts(LOS ANGELES) -- Congrats are in order for Jodie Foster and photographer Alexandra Heddison. ABC News Radio has confirmed the two were married last weekend.

Foster and Heddison began dating in the summer of 2013, according to E! News

Heddison previously dated Ellen DeGeneres before the talk show host left her for Portia de Rossi, according to E! sources. Heddison and DeGeneres had dated for about three years before they split in 2004.

Foster was previously linked to Cydney Bernard; they split in 2008 after 20 years together. They are co-parents to two sons: Charles and Kit.

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"Bachelorette" Contestant Eric Hill Dies in Paragliding Accident


GO with Eric/Facebook(NEW YORK) -- One of the competitors on Andi Dorfman's season of The Bachelorette has died, his sister confirmed.

Eric Hill, an adventurer who sought to visit every country in the world in less than 1,200 days, was involved in a paragliding accident Sunday that left him in a coma. He died Wednesday morning. He was 31.

"Eric shared his final journey with us this morning as all his immediate family were able to be at his side when he passed away. Thank you to all of your love and support and prayers and fasting," Karen Tracey wrote on her Facebook page. "It was amazing to be with so many of his friends and family yesterday in the hospital who came to express their love for Eric."

According to reports, Hill's parachute collapsed while he was paragliding in Utah with a friend.

The California native, who called his trip around the world, "The Global Odyssey," did not seem to be filming the ABC reality series at the time of the accident.

"He gave us such a gift of a life fully lived and fully shared, and allowed us all to be a part of his last adventure here on earth. It is hard to think of life without his bright spark, but we know he is on to new adventures," Tracy added in her post. "We look forward to carrying on his legacy here and greeting him joyfully again someday. I love you so much, little brother!"

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Chris Brown's Trial Postponed to Late June


Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABC(WASHINGTON) -- After being postponed twice, Chris Brown's misdemeanor assault trial was expected to start Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Superior Court. But the trial has been delayed once again.  

The Washington Post reports the judge overseeing the case delayed Brown's trial until June 25, which is the same day the singer's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, will be sentenced. Earlier this week, Hollosy was found guilty of assaulting a man outside of a Washington, D.C., hotel last year.

The paper reports Hollosy has refused to testify against Brown, who allegedly participated in the physical altercation, in an effort to avoid incriminating himself prior to his sentencing. Brown's bodyguard faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

While Brown has denied hitting his accuser, he faces the same penalty as Hollosy. In addition, Brown also could face problems in California, where he's on probation stemming from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna. If he's found to have violated his probation in that case, he could face four years in a California prison.

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