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Mariah Carey on Her New Children’s Christmas Book, Directorial Debut and Holidays

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Mariah Carey has become synonymous with the holidays.

Her hit song, “All I Want for Christmas is You” is a classic, and now she’s made it into a children’s book.

ABC News’ Amy Robach sat down with the superstar to talk about the book, her directorial debut and the holidays in the Carey home.

“’All I Want for Christmas is You’ is one of the all-time best selling songs, Christmas and otherwise, with 14 million copies plus sold around the world,” Robach said.

“Wow, I didn’t even know that,” Carey replied.

The singer always dreamed of having her hit song become a Christmas classic, and she can officially check that item off her bucket list.

“It’s kind of amazing to me, because I wrote it just out of love for Christmas, and really loving Christmas music,” she explained.

Carey is excited now, because she can share the song with kids through her new children’s book with the same title.

“Really it’s just the lyrics of the song,” she said. “The way little kids react to this song is so amazing to me, so we made it with a little girl who wants a puppy for Christmas and I thought it would be something nice to share with my own kids, as well.”

Carey’s first television movie, A Christmas Melody, airs next month on the Hallmark channel. “It was my directorial debut,” the singer said.

As for how being behind the camera compares to being in front of the camera, “It’s less abusive to the feet because you don’t have to wear your shoes, high heeled shoes,” said Carey, 45. “I put on a pair of flats, like slippers. It was cool. I really loved it because it was Christmas and I start getting into the holiday spirit early anyway.”

Holidays at Carey’s home are quite elaborate as well.

“Christmas is quite the affair I have,” she said. “Santa Claus comes every year. He’s my good friend. Real reindeer are there as well. It’s been fun through the years for the peeps who share the holidays with me.”

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Kim Kardashian Concerned Her Baby Is Breech

Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — Kim Kardashian just announced a big development heading into her 36th week of pregnancy with her second child.

“My latest concern is that my baby is breech, meaning he’s in the wrong position for childbirth. His head is still up and it’s supposed to be down. He was supposed to turn by 32 weeks. So now, I will have to get a C-section,” she wrote on her website.

However, the reality star, 35, is researching other options. She explained, “I’ve learned that you actually can deliver a breech baby and I feel fortunate that my doctor, Paul Crane is one of the few doctors that still does this.”

As a way to change the position, she wrote, “I lay practically upside down three times a day for 15 minutes. I play music in the right position and ice my belly in certain spots to get him to squirm out of the breech position.”

“Obviously, if it’s an emergency and for the safety of my son, I will get a C-section—but if I don’t need one, I’d rather not,” Kardashian explained.

“So please wish me luck and pray the baby turns!” she added.

This is Kardashian’s second time expecting with her husband Kanye West. The couple welcomed daughter North West in June 2013. Back in May, Kardashian announced she and West were expecting again, and one month later, in June, she revealed it was a boy.

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New “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Clip Features the Dark Side

Lucasfilm(NEW YORK) — A new clip for The Force Awakens was posted on Facebook Thursday and it’s all about the Dark Side.

The clip features a gritty voice-over saying, “There’s been an awakening, have you felt it?” Someone else replies, “Yes.”

Fans also see new shots of the First Order, which Supreme Leader Snoke heads up, and Kylo Ren surrounded by his Knights.

It’s the first we’ve really heard or seen of the leaders of the Dark Side.

The clip is also full of new action as Poe Dameron, played by Oscar Isaac, is shown in a dog fight, saying “All teams, give it what you got,” while a very frightened Finn (John Boyega) warns the others, “We all need to run!”

A female voice appears and replies, “We must face them, fight them.”

The movie is due out Dec. 18 and was made by Lucasfilm, part of Disney — the parent company of ABC News.

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“Empire Recap”: ‘Sinned Against’

Chuck Hodes/FOX(NEW YORK) — On Wednesday’s episode of Empire, Jamal continued his success streak after nabbing the Pepsi deal last week, collaborating with his favorite pop singer, Skye Summers, played by Alicia Keys. But when Jamal and Lucious created a song for Skye that was pop, she was disappointed. Jamal noticed this and said the two could get in the studio without Lucious to create a more authentic sound.

In the studio, Skye sang a heartfelt tune for him and told him how much she respected the fact that he’d shaped his own career. Jamal encouraged her to do the same after hearing an unreleased demo that the label had tried to hide from her fans.

Later, when the two performed their own song, “Powerful,” they kissed. Huh? Isn’t Jamal…gay?

Across town, Cookie and her sister Candace headed to Philadelphia to find their older sister Carol, who had gone missing, leaving the kids behind. When they couldn’t find her, Cookie enlisted the help of an old, mysterious friend, Pepper. Eventually, they located Carol, but she was completely strung out. After Candace agreed to watch her kids, Carole decided to go with Cookie to New York. But Cookie later told Carole that she must get clean if she wanted to stay in the city.

After Anika oddly drove off with Hakeem’s new girlfriend, Laura, on last week’s episode, we found out nothing bad happened to her because Laura was in rehearsals with ‘Keem. But it was clear Anika wasn’t stable and, after getting advice from Andre’s wife Rhonda, she crashed Hakeem’s party and confronted Laura. When she couldn’t take Anika’s insults any longer, she left. Hakeem then confronted Anika, telling her, “You’ll never be a Lyon.” Ouch!

The next episode of Empire airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. Eastern.

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Jennifer Lawrence on How Fame Has Changed Her

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) — As Jennifer Lawrence’s star has risen, her circle of friends has gotten smaller.

The 25-year-old Oscar winner, who was just named Entertainment Weekly’s 2015 Entertainer of the Year, opened up to the magazine about the price of fame, how she protects herself and what’s ahead now thatThe Hunger Games series is behind her.

“I can speak from personal experience. People start to feel a lot less guilty when you become bigger or have more money,” she told the magazine. “People feel less guilty because it’s like stealing a Snickers from [drugstore] Duane Reade. People forget about the personal drain or attack that you feel.”

“I have a very small circle. The moment I feel like someone is using me or is in it for the wrong reasons, I have zero guilt about just cutting them the f*** out of my life,” she said. “My bulls*** detector is phenomenal. None of my friends bulls*** me. Everything in my life has to be real.”

Included with her small circle of friends are her Hunger Games co-stars, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson.

“There’s just crazy s*** you would never tell anybody, but you do because you’re sitting on a set together for 16 hours a day,” she said. “Josh, Liam, Woody — we know each other. These people know more about me than anybody on the planet! So it’s bizarre for it to end.”

But with the final installment, Mockingjay – Part 2, in theaters now, it finally feels over for Lawrence, who signed on to the blockbuster franchise when she was just 20.

“It does feel over. It didn’t for a while and I didn’t think it would ever sink in, but it has now,” she said. “It feels over. And that’s okay. It’s okay to move on.”

Next up: Lawrence teams up again with director David O. Russell — who created her Oscar-winning role inSilver Linings Playbook — for the Christmas Day opener Joy.

There’s also that unnamed script she’s written with new BFF Amy Schumer, and much more.

“I’d like to write some stuff that I’m not acting in, too,” she told EW. “I want to get back to acting in small, dark stuff. I want to get back into indies. I’d also like to direct a comedy. I have wanted to direct as long as I’ve wanted to act. I just don’t talk about it because I’d rather just do it.”

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Streisand, Spielberg and More Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Steven Spielberg and Stephen Sondheim were among the 17 Americans who were honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a White House ceremony on Tuesday.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

President Obama spoke about each recipient, and Streisand was delighted by the remarks. She said to ABC News, “Isn’t he good? He is so spontaneous and so alive and so in the moment. I just love him.”

When asked how she would’ve felt had Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, and not Obama, presented her with her award, Streisand replied, “I probably would’ve choked. It’s almost terrifyingly scary but it’s funny.”

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Mark Hamill Appears to Confirm He’s in “Star Wars: Episode VIII”

Lucasfilm(LOS ANGELES) — It looks like Luke Skywalker will be in the next Star Wars after The Force Awakens.

After a fan tweeted at actor Mark Hamill, asking him about his “contractually-obligated facial hair,” he responded in kind.

“Last shaved on 10/22 after final day of my 2nd #TheFlash (which airs 12/8 #XmasTrix), just in time for Ep VIII-whew!” he said, mentioning the Star Wars movie coming in 2017, after The Force Awakens.

It would seem this isn’t much of a spoiler, as according to IMDb, he’s listed already in the cast, along with Oscar Isaac.

Hamill, 64, continued his tweeting by teasing audiences a bit more: “Sorry to spoil your ‘spoilers,’ but the Press widely reported my return to Skellig w/ @rianjohnson for SW shoot. My lips remain sealed. #shh.”

The Force Awakens will be released December 18 by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Alicia Keys Talks Tonight’s Guest Appearance on “Empire”

Chuck Hodes/FOX(NEW YORK) — Alicia Keys doesn’t consider herself a big TV watcher, but she made sure to tune in every week to her “favorite” show, Empire. As she gears up to make her guest starring appearance on FOX’s hit TV show, the singer reveals more details about her mysterious character, Sky Summers.

“[Sky] is an artist, and she is really looking for the next place that she’s going,” Keys says. “She’s really looking to break out of maybe the boxes that have started to close in on her as an artist. And she’s fantastic. She’s really a lot of fun.”

“I’ve had a great time putting her together, really creating a character. And, you know, there’s very specific things we talked about. I have been talking about to make Sky come to life,” Keys says, noting that the character is not just a version of herself.

Keys also reveals the meaning behind “Powerful,” the song she sings on Empire with Jussie Smolett.

“It’s the perfect song about right now, you know. Not only socially in America, really talking about how we all matter, you know, and one of my favorite lines in the song is, ‘I see a colorful future where skin don’t define any human, and stars are the only things shooting.’ And it’s really, it’s really beautiful, obviously with all the things we’ve been dealing with, you know. So that, that was really great to have,” Key says.

You can catch Alicia on the hit Fox show on November 25 at 9 p.m ET. Alicia’s is just one of many guest appearances this season — previous Empire cameos include Kelly Rowland, Chris Rock and Lenny Kravitz.

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John Boyega Reveals Second Word Spoken in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Lucasfilm(LOS ANGELES) — J.J. Abrams revealed Monday on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that the first word spoken in the upcoming Star Wars movie is “This.” So, what is the second word in the film? ABC Radio found out thanks to The Force Awakens star John Boyega.

Boyega plays the defecting Stormtrooper Finn. He said his life right now is “crazy,” so much so that he hasn’t even seen the finished version of The Force Awakens yet.

“There’s a screening today, and my flight clashes with the screening,” he explained to ABC Radio on Tuesday.

Still, Boyega was able to share with ABC Radio the second word in the film: “droid.”

Boyega also revealed how Robert Downey Jr. has helped him in his career. “I was at his house a few weeks ago, and he doesn’t give me like direct advice, he probably wouldn’t even call himself my mentor, but that’s how I see him,” he said. “Whenever he speaks there is something to learn from it. So, you know, I see him as the great Obi-Wan, and I’m his Padawan.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released December 18 by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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“Iron Man” and “Captain America” Debut Civil War Trailer

Marvel(LOS ANGELES) — Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night to debut the first trailer for Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War.

The movie will see Cap and Iron Man at odds — and eventually at each other’s throats — over a government plan to register superheroes, with Tony Stark/Iron Man for, and Steve Rogers/Cap against.

The sneak peek opens with part of a scene glimpsed after the credits of Ant-Man: Rogers and Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson/Falcon have finally cornered Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Cap’s lifelong friend-turned brainwashed assassin.

“You’re a wanted man,” Cap tells Bucky, who tries to explain he’s changed his ways. “[T]hey’re not planning on taking you alive.”

In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it was revealed Barnes murdered Stark’s parents, so Cap helping Bucky — along with the spangly hero’s rejection of the Superhero Registration Act — lead Stark and Rogers on a collision course.

“You’ve operated with unlimited power and no supervision,” William Hurt as Gen. Ross lectures The Avengers about city-flattening events seen in Age of Ultron and other Marvel movies. “That is something the world can no longer tolerate.”

“If we can’t accept limitations, we’re no better than the bad guys,” Stark tells Rogers, as agents are seen confiscating Cap’s shield and other superhero gear. He shoots back, “That’s not the way I see it.”

“Sometimes I want to punch you in your perfect teeth,” Tony hisses.

As the action heats up, we see Cap, Falcon, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, and Bucky on one side, and joining Iron Man, Col. James Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and — seen for the first time — Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman).

“Sorry Tony,” A bruised Cap says. “You know I wouldn’t do this if I had any other choice. But he’s my friend.”

“So was I,” an emotional Stark says from inside his helmet — before both Bucky and Cap are shown throwing him a vicious two-on-one beating that has Iron Man on his knees.

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, which also stars, among others, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, will be released May 6, 2016 by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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