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Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray Share Details of Their Secret Atlanta Dates

ABC/Javier Pesquera(NEW YORK) — Bachelorette fans learned Monday night that Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray were engaged.

But the proposal actually happened months ago and, since the end of filming, the two have had to sneak around Atlanta, where they both live, to see each other.

“We kind of just chilled all the time,” Murray told ABC News. “We couldn’t do anything outside, obviously, and [we wore] a lot of disguises: wigs, hats. [And there was a lot of] coming over back ways.”

To pass the time, Dorfman, 27, cooked meals for Murray (think short ribs and steak) and even taught him to love sushi (almost!) as much as she does.

“I’m like, ‘I’ll take three sashimi combos,’” she recalled, laughing. “I’ve got to feed him at all times.”

Added Murray, “She’s an amazing cook. She cooks any and everything.”

Now that the world knows that they’re engaged, the couple can’t wait to go on their first real date. While they declined to reveal specifics, they did say that they’ve already picked the restaurant.

“We’re going to a good steak place,” she said. “But we don’t even know when we’re going to be able to go.”

Added her smiling fiancé, “It’s just going to be nice for her and I to not have to hide anything.”

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Elizabeth Banks on Balancing Motherhood and Career

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Actress Elizabeth Banks has never been busier, starring in six movies this year and shooting Pitch Perfect 2 and the final installment of The Hunger Games.

But the mother of two always puts her boys first.

“I balance it by always putting my children’s health and safety first,” she told New You magazine. “Then I feel OK to go and do the job I love.”

But Banks, 40, believes the “balance” issue is more of a mommy problem.

“I don’t think dads do it as well as moms, quite frankly, as I don’t think there’s any pressure on them to balance anything in their lives when it comes to parents being at work,” she told the magazine.

“I try not to feel that pressure, either,” she added. “I actually have a girlfriend who works in the Justice Department, going after criminals and the mafia, and she’s got three kids. Parenting is challenging any way you slice it.”

If she’s feeling the pressure, it doesn’t show. Then again, the blonde beauty has never emphasized her looks.

“I didn’t quite believe I was pretty for a long time. I never thought about it,” she said. “I’m very genetically blessed, I cannot deny it, but I work hard at keeping myself together. Yes, I have nice cheekbones and skinny legs but I can’t take any credit for it.”

What she has relied on is her comic skills.

“Your funny gets developed pretty early on,” the 30 Rock actress told New You. “Comedy requires that you understand as much as possible about the viewpoints of all people and everything that’s going on around you. It genuinely requires a true point of view, a real sense of your own view of things in the world.”

For Banks, it’s also about making fun of the powerful and not the vulnerable.

“Comedy often comes at the expense of others, and to do that smartly, you don’t want to make fun of vulnerable people,” she said. “You want to make fun of people in power, and so you need to really understand the dynamics of power.”

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Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray Talked Engagement Rings in Fantasy Suite

ABC/Javier Pesquer(NEW YORK) — Bachelor and Bachelorette fans often wonder what goes on in the fantasy suite.

For Andi Dorfman and her new fiancé, Josh Murray, it meant a lot of chit-chat about the future, including what engagement ring he should choose.

“It’s a pretty big deal. I might as well tell him [what I want] if we’re getting engaged!” Dorfman told ABC News, adding that she “could not be happier” with his pick. “Normal couples would go ring shopping or talk about it, so I’m like, ‘Round, halo, maybe triple shank.”

He listened. The Neil Lane sparkler — an oval cut diamond surrounded by 154 round cut diamonds — is three carats. The platinum band is also studded with diamonds.

“There’s no triple shank, but this is round, halo and it is nice and big,” Murray said. “I wanted to make sure it was the perfect ring for her.”

However, they didn’t just discuss jewelry. Murray said that he and his bride-to-be talked about their future plans for hours in the kitchen and became “best friends.” Walking out, he felt confident that they’d end up together.

“It’s over,” Murray said he remembered thinking. “Done deal!”

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Avoids Questions about Dating Jennifer Lopez

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — He may have shown up to her 45th birthday party, but don’t expect Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy to talk about those rumors that he’s dating Jennifer Lopez.

After the dancer was spotted celebrating with J-Lo last Thursday in New York’s Hamptons, People magazine caught up with him Saturday night at his performance of Sway: A Dance Trilogy, and asked him point blank if he was dating Lopez.

“I’m just focused on dancing,” he retorted. “I’m not interested in talking about anything other than the show.”

Chmerkovskiy split from swimsuit model Kate Upton in December after six months of dating. Lopez split with dancer Casper Smart last month after dating for a few years.

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Lisa Kudrow Shows Up for Jury Duty, Gets Dismissed

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Lisa Kudrow reported for jury duty at Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, but the former Friends star managed to get dismissed the same day.

According to TMZ, the 50-year-old actress went all day without being selected for a jury panel. That automatically qualifies potential jurors for dismissal in L.A. County.

Sources tell the gossip website Kudrow sat quietly in the jury pool room, wearing a comfortable pair of loafers. The sources add that while some of the other jurors were star struck, Kudrow was friendly to everyone.

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Marvel to Release Three New “Star Wars” Comic Book Titles

Fox(LOS ANGELES) — Get ready for new Star Wars comic books. Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment have announced three new comic book titles for the sci-fi franchise, starting in January 2015 with Star Wars by writer Jason Aaron.

Aaron tells Marvel.com, “Every story is about the characters, and we’ll focus on all the old favorites. There will be big moments for everyone, from Han to R2-D2. But a major part of the narrative will be driven by Luke Skywalker and his journey of discovery, a journey that will decide the fate of the entire galaxy.”

In February 2015, the comic Darth Vader will be released, followed by the five-issue limited series Princess Leia in March.

The movie Star Wars — Episode VII opens worldwide on Dec. 18, 2015.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy’s” Zoe Saldana Wants More Female Superheroes

Buena Vista(SAN DIEGO) — Zoe Saldana is known for playing kick-butt characters in movies like Colombiana, Avatar, J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek series, and now Guardians of the Galaxy. However she thinks that the world of superheroes can use more girl power. “[A]nd I think that I’m not the only who is saying that,” the actress told ABC News Radio over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con.

“I think it’s overall a very loud, loud voice that is speaking up and saying, ‘OK, enough with the sausage fest. It’s actually sexier to see women kicking the crap out of each other.’”

In Guardians, there’s no shortage of that: in the film, Saldana plays the fearsome, green-skinned assassin Gamora, and she tangles with another deadly beauty, Karen Gillan’s cybernetic warrior Nebula.

Not to be outdone in the “strong female lead” department, Glenn Close also appears as the steely leader Nova Prime.

Guardians of the Galaxy
, which also stars Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, opens Friday, Aug. 1.

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Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino Must Reportedly Undergo Anger Management

ABC News (MIDDLETOWN, N.J.) — Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino has reportedly accepted a plea deal in connection with an arrest last month for allegedly getting into a “fist fight” with his brother at a New Jersey tanning salon.

TMZ reports the former Jersey Shore star, agreed to undergo 12 weeks of anger management classes. Upon completion, a judge in Middletown, New Jersey, will review the case and most likely reduce the assault charge to disorderly conduct.

Edward Fradkin, Sorrentino’s attorney, told the gossip site his client will take the classes on a “one-on-one basis.”

On June 17, a customer at Sorrentino’s Boca Tanning Salon called police to report the reality star had gotten into a fight with his older brother Frank, according to 911 tapes obtained by ABC News.

A video posted by TMZ shows Sorrentino explaining the fight happened because “brother Frank, the HR was not running the store correctly, so I had to go in there and clean house.” He joked that his brother Frank, “Don’t look too good.”

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“Once Upon a Time” Adds More “Frozen” Roles

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Frozen’s presence in Once Upon a Time is growing. The latest character from the animated Disney blockbuster to make the move to the ABC series is Pabbie, the gentle rock troll king. John Rhys-Davies, who played Sallah in the Indiana Jones films and Gimli the dwarf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, will voice the computer-animated version of Pabbie.

Once Upon a Time co-creator and executive producer, Adam Horowitz tweeted, “We’re thrilled to welcome John Rhys-Davies to the #OnceUponATime family as the voice of everyone’s favorite rock troll — Pabbie!”

In addition, Horowitz tweeted that the role of Frozen’s Prince Hans on Once Upon a Time will be filled by Shameless star Tyler Jacob Moore.

Other Frozen characters previously announced to be heading to Once Upon a Time include Georgina Haig as Queen Elsa, Elizabeth Lail as Anna, Scott Michael Foster as Kristoff.

Once Upon a Time returns for its fourth season on Sept. 28.

Disney is the parent company of ABC.

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Michael Douglas Reveals He Lost 40 Pounds During His Cancer Treatment

ABC News (NEW YORK) — In 2010, Michael Douglas was devastated to learn that he had stage-four cancer.

Speaking to a group of doctors at the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies’ 5th World Congress in New York City on Sunday, he spoke about his grueling experience with the disease and how it affected him.

“When I learned that I had stage-four cancer, I’m pretty sure that my eyes rolled into the back of my head,” he said during the event’s opening ceremony. “From the little I knew, this wasn’t good. And I think that was probably the scariest moment I faced.”

Douglas, 69, told the crowd that he was misdiagnosed three times, after experiencing gum pain behind his molars. When a CAT scan confirmed his doctor’s suspicion that it was cancer, it was determined that the Oscar winner would be treated at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, near his home.

“I went through seven weeks of radiation and chemotherapy, which somehow seemed very accurately mapped to the seven circles of hell,” he recalled. “Each week I sank a little lower and I felt a little — no, I felt a lot worse.”

Because he opted not to have surgery that would put a feeding tube in his stomach (“[It] would have had consequences for swallowing and taste later on,” he explained), Douglas lost 40 pounds. However, he worked regularly with a nutritionist to help him keep his weight up, and he credited his team of physicians for being brutally honest with him throughout his treatment — something he said helped him maintain a necessary sense of control.

“The doctors and nurses at Sloan Kettering had warned me not to expect to feel great the moment those seven weeks were over — that there would be another five weeks of feeling pretty awful until I could even hope to improve,” he said. “All of that was enormously important. Like a soldier, I prepared for battle. …It was my job to toughen up and get ready for the treatment and later on for my recovery, and that’s what I was able to do.”

Douglas’ wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, also spoke at the event. According to the New York Daily News, she remarked that when she learned of Douglas’ diagnosis, “I was a mess. I’ll be quite frank, I was a mess.”

However, Zeta-Jones said, “When I’m married to a man who has such a conviction for life…he fights to make the wrongs right. For the first time, he was fighting for his life.”

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