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Julia Roberts Honored at “Pretty Woman” Hotel for Humanitarian Work

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Julia Roberts was back at the iconic Regent Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles Friday night, where she famously filmed Pretty Woman 25 years ago.

This time, however, the leading lady wasn’t gracing the hotel to rendezvous with Richard Gere. Instead, she was accepting the Humanitarian Award from GLSEN, an organization that aims to prevent bullying against members of the LGBT community in schools.

Before the 2014 GLSEN Respect Awards, Good Morning America sat down with Roberts, 46, along with five young GLSEN ambassadors — Mark Pino, Emery Vela, Peter Finucane-Terlop, Ben Espejo, and Ariana Thornton — to talk about bullying.

“Why is this such an important issue for you and for your family?,” ABC News’ Amy Robach asked Roberts.

“I think for my family, because these are the heroes that are leading the way so that my children can go to school really unencumbered by this conversation,” the actress explained of the five ambassadors. “You guys are the trailblazers. The future is really riding on people like this.”

When asked whether Roberts and each ambassador could summarize how bullying has made them feel in one word, they all had poignant yet similar answers.

“I’m going to start with my own experience and say that bullying, when I have been bullied when I was younger, it made me feel insignificant,” Roberts said.

“I would say it has made me feel silenced,” Vela, a high school freshman from Denver, Colorado, who identifies as a straight-trans man, added.

“Dehumanized,” Pino, a high school junior from Linwood, New Jersey, who identifies as gay, recalled.

“I want to say alone,” said Espejo, a high school senior from Buena Park, California, who identifies as gay.

“Devaluating,” Finucane-Terlop, a high school junior from Tampa, Florida, who identifies as gay, agreed.

“I would say ignored,” said Thornton, a high school junior from Midland, Michigan, who identifies as pansexual.

Each of them also had strong opinions about what they would change in their schools to promote acceptance, if given the chance.

“I feel like a majority of the bullying that happens, or any other major issue, mainly occurs from just ignorance,” Vela said. “You know, it’s not people intentionally trying to be discriminatory. It’s just they don’t know.”

“Teachers surprisingly need to be more sensitive with their lessons,” added Pino, pointing out that it’s not just students, but teachers and administration as well, who need to be cognizant of the LGBT community. “I’ve had teachers go on and talk about, ‘Oh guys, this is how you date a girl.’ [But] it doesn’t ever occur to them that there could be LGBT.”

Roberts, as a mother of three, said the most disturbing thing to her is the “anonymous aspect of it that I think gives this sort of courage to people to be hateful as a sport. It’s become like a game. And it’s not a game. It’s not funny. There’s nothing brave or courageous about anonymously writing unkind things.”

Roberts says she tells her children. “‘Remember who you are. Be impeccable in every way that you represent our family in the day.'”

“Because even to be passive,” she added, “to be a bystander, is to be absolutely as wrong as the person who is standing in the front of the line of cruelty. Even if this isn’t your friend, even if this isn’t your cause, we’re still all human kind. Everybody’s just trying to get through the day the best they can.”

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Former “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Actor Arrested over Boise Hotel Disturbance

Paul Warner/Getty Images(BOISE, Idaho) — Nicholas Brendon, an actor best known for his role as Xander Harris on TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was arrested Friday night in Boise, Idaho, following an incident at a hotel.

Boise police say witnesses had reported a disturbance in a hotel lobby. Officers who arrived at the scene say Brendon showed signs of intoxication and refused commands to stay seated while they tried to speak with witnesses.

The 43-year-old actor was arrested for resisting and obstructing officers after he allegedly continued to try to walk away. He was also arrested on a count of malicious injury to property after hotel staff said he broke a decorative dish.

Brendon was booked into Ada County Jail and has since posted bond.

A post on his Facebook and Twitter pages reads, “Nick is doing well. He sends thanks and appreciates all of you for your love, support and positive vibes.”

The actor was in town for the local Tree City Comic Con.

Aside from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Brendon’s credits include the TV series Criminal Minds and Private Practice.

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“Glee’s” Matthew Morrison Ties the Knot in Hawaii

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company(LOS ANGELES) — Glee star Matthew Morrison is officially off the market after tying the knot with his longtime girlfriend Saturday on the Hawaiian island of Maui, his rep tells People magazine.

The rep says the 35-year-old actor and his fiancée, actress Renee Puente, 31, exchanged vows at an intimate ceremony in front of 50 friends and family members on a private estate on Maui’s southwest shore.

Morrison sported a custom Brooks Brothers tuxedo for the occasion, while the bride wore a one-of-a-kind Gustavo Cadile gown.

The evening included a hula dance Puente performed especially for Morrison who then joined her in a couples’ version. The newlyweds also performed a duet of Laura Benanti’s “Starry Eyed/Video Games.”

Morrison and Puente began dating in 2011 and got engaged a year ago.

Morrison plays teacher Will Schuester on Glee, which returns for its sixth and final season in 2015.

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Medical Examiner’s Office Confirms Recovered Body Is Missing Actress

Charley Gallay/WireImage(SEATTLE) — The King County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Friday that the body found in the Seattle suburb of Auburn, Washington, was that of missing actress Misty Upham.

According to The Seattle Times, the medical examiner’s office announced Upham died Oct. 5 — the same day her family called police to report she was suicidal. They reported her missing the next day.

The cause of death remains under investigation, but Upham’s family believes she did not commit suicide. In a statement posted on Facebook, the family says, “We believe she ran into the wooded area behind her apartment to hide from the police. The area in question has a hidden drop off and evidence suggests that she slipped and fell off of the steep embankment when she tried to get out of a view from the road. She simply did not see the drop off.”

The family states that Upham was afraid of Auburn police due to an incident prior to her disappearance in which she was allegedly mistreated by officers. They also argue that Auburn police could have been more helpful after she went missing.

Upham was found Thursday in a wooded area, near the White River.

The 32-year-old Native American actress appeared in such films as August: Osage County, Frozen River and Django Unchained.

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Queen Latifah to Host Hollywood Film Awards

Sony Pictures Television (LOS ANGELES) — Queen Latifah will host the Hollywood Film Awards on Nov. 14.

For the first time since it began in 1997, this year’s Hollywood Film Awards will be televised.

The ceremony will air live on CBS after a red carpet show hosted by Nancy O’Donnell.

Then a recap show will follow, hosted by CBS This Morning anchors Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell, and Gayle King.

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Neil Patrick Harris Had ‘No Idea’ He Was Up for Oscars Hosting Gig

ABC/Mark Ashman(NEW YORK) – Neil Patrick Harris said he was just happily going about the book tour for his new autobiography, Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, when he got the phone call last week to host the 2015 Academy Awards.

“[I had] no idea at all,” Harris said on Friday’s Good Morning America. “I thought, weirdly, because I’ve hosted other shows, that that was a strike against me a little bit because they had gone with people before — Seth MacFarlane and stuff — who were sort of new.”

The How I Met Your Mother star has hosted the Emmy Awards twice and the Tony Awards four times.

Harris’ connections to this year’s producers might’ve helped him nab the coveted gig. “I know Neil Meron and Craig Zadan very well, the producers of it, and so they asked me to do it,” Harris explained.

Harris also clarified that he didn’t pitch himself to host Hollywood’s biggest night. “Awards shows, you can’t really decide that you want to host them. They call you and ask you if you will,” he said. “Even if you pitch yourself for it, it feels desperate so you just have to hope the spotlight hits you.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday that Harris will host the 87th Oscars ceremony on February 22, 2015. ABC will air the show live.

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Blake Lively Gushes She Wants to Have ‘A Lot of Kids’

Jean Catuffe/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Blake Lively walked the red carpet for the first time since revealing that she’s expecting — and the actress couldn’t be happier.

Wearing a dress that accentuated her baby bump, the mother-to-be gushed about her pregnancy.

“I never knew what I wanted to do for a living but I knew I wanted to have a lot of kids because I had come from a big family, so it was always important to me,” she told Us Weekly. “So it’s just the excitement of that finally being here.”

Lively, 27, and her husband Ryan Reynolds, 37, were married in 2012.

Earlier this month, she revealed on her blog, Preserve, that they’re expecting their first child together.

“He’s always good to me,” Lively said of how her husband has been treating her pregnancy. “That’s like a jerky thing to say because you want to be able to complain about your husband and be that person, but he takes pretty good care of me!”

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Charlie Sheen and Fiancée Brett Rossi Call It Quits

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Charlie Sheen and his bride-to-be won’t be making it down the aisle after all.

The Anger Management star has announced that he and his fiancée, Brett Rossi, have split. They were due to marry in November.

In a statement to E! News, Sheen says of Rossi, referring to her by her nickname, “Scotty and I had a great year together as we traveled the world and crossed a lot of things off our bucket list.”

Calling her a “terrific gal,” he continues, “I’ve decided that my children deserve my focus more than a relationship does right now. I still have a tremendous fondness for Scotty and I wish her all the best.”

Sheen, 49, proposed to Rossi in Hawaii in February.

Sheen was previously married to Donna Peele, Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller. He has two children each with Richards and Mueller. The actor was also once engaged to Kelly Preston.

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John Grisham Apologizes for Child Porn Remarks

J. Countess/WireImage(NEW YORK) — John Grisham has issued an apology after commenting to the British newspaper The Telegraph that punishment for child pornography offenses can be too harsh.

The best-selling author of such books as The Firm and A Time to Kill said America’s judges had “gone crazy” over the past 30 years by imprisoning far too many people. He said, “We have prisons now filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who’ve never harmed anybody, would never touch a child.”

He added, “But they got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, and pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn.”

Grisham told the story of a law school friend who was imprisoned after he was caught in a Canadian child porn sting operation when his “drinking was out of control.” He said his friend “went to a website. It was labelled ‘sixteen year old wannabee hookers or something like that’. And it said ’16-year-old girls’. So he went there. Downloaded some stuff — it was 16 year old girls who looked 30. He shouldn’t ‘a done it. It was stupid, but it wasn’t 10-year-old boys. He didn’t touch anything.”

Grisham declared that while he has no sympathy for “real pedophiles,” “so many of these guys do not deserve harsh prison sentences, and that’s what they’re getting.”

The interview resulted in backlash against the author, who on Thursday posted an apology on his website. It reads, “Anyone who harms a child for profit or pleasure, or who in any way participates in child pornography — online or otherwise — should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. My comments made two days ago during an interview with the British newspaper The Telegraph were in no way intended to show sympathy for those convicted of sex crimes, especially the sexual molestation of children. I can think of nothing more despicable.”

The statement continues, “I regret having made these comments, and apologize to all.”

Grisham’s latest book, Gray Mountain, will be released next week.

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“Fury,” “The Book of Life,” “The Best of Me” Open Friday

“The Book of Life” – Fox(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Fury – Brad Pitt is an army sergeant who leads his tank crew against Nazi Germany in 1945. Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs and Scott Eastwood also star. Rated R.

The Book of Life – The animated film follows Manolo, who makes his way through three fantastical worlds to save his true love and his village. Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Ice Cube and Danny Trejo are part of the cast for the film, which was produced by Guillermo del Toro. Rated PG.

The Best of Me — Two former high school sweethearts reunite in their hometown after 20 years for a friend’s funeral. James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato star in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel. Rated PG-13.

And expanding nationwide:

Men, Women & Children — The drama examines how the Internet affects the lives and relationships of a group of high school teens and their parents. Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris and Adam Sandler star in the film, which was helmed by Juno and Up in the Air director Jason Reitman. Rated R.

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