Review Category : Entertainment

Bindi Irwin Shares ‘Last Family Photo’ with Father Steve

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) — There’s no doubt that Steve Irwin would be proud of how his daughter Bindi has performed during her run on Dancing with the Stars this season. Irwin has also repeatedly paid homage to her father, the late “Crocodile Hunter.”

Irwin, 17, and her partner Derek Hough performed to Leona Lewis’ “Footprints in the Sand” Monday night, and the song ended with a picture of Irwin and her father, who passed away in 2006 at age 44. The photo, which was orchestrated by Hough, was actually a surprise to Bindi.

Around the same time, Bindi herself took to Twitter to post a throwback photo of the family. “The last photo as a family, before I had to wave goodbye to my hero, for the last time. Dad, I love you,” she wrote.

Bindi and Hough led the way in the first part of the Dancing with the Stars finale, scoring perfect marks for their two rounds of dance. The second part of the finale, during which the season 21 winner of Dancing with the Stars will be crowned, airs tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

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Check Out Chris Hemsworth’s Dramatic Weight Loss

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Chris Hemsworth has gone from superhero to shipwrecked.

The Thor actor posted a snapshot via Instagram Sunday, showing off his dramatic weight loss for the upcoming film In the Heart of the Sea, in which he plays a man stranded in the Pacific Ocean for 90 days.

“Just tried a new diet/training program called Lost At Sea” and “wouldn’t recommend it…#IntheHeartoftheSea,” the 32-year-old actor said.

The Australian hunk recently shared how he went on a strict diet in order to shed pounds for his role as Owen Chase, the first mate of the 1820s whaling ship Essex, which was taken down by a massive whale, stranding the crew for 90 days at sea.

“Throughout the shoot, each week or two we’d reduce the calories, down, down until, we were at about 500 or 600 calories a day for the last couple weeks,” he told Nightline recently during a sit-down with the actor and the film’s director, Ron Howard. “I can’t say that I want to do it again, I read things now and if it has any mention of being skinny, I’m like that’s a pass.”

He continued, “Transforming physically had such an effect on us emotionally, which we were all going through. It kind of bonded us, in a way that I think we wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. You know, we felt like it was us against the world, or us against anyone who was well fed.”

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Angelina Jolie Pitt Loves Being in Menopause

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Angelina Jolie Pitt went into menopause immediately following surgery this past March to remove her ovaries and Fallopian tubes.

The mother of six and wife of Brad Pitt has no regrets about the operation.

“I actually love being in menopause,” she told Australia’s The Daily Telegraph.

“I haven’t had a terrible reaction to it, so I’m very fortunate. I feel older, and I feel settled being older,” the actress explained.

“I feel happy that I’ve grown up” and “I don’t want to be young again,” she added.

Jolie Pitt turned 40 in June, just months after undergoing the preventative surgery, which was motivated by a family history of ovarian cancer. Both her mother and her maternal grandmother died from the disease.

In 2013, the actress underwent a double mastectomy because of an abnormal BRAC1 test result, a genetic mutation that elevates the risk for developing breast cancer.

“I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt. I told myself to stay calm, to be strong, and that I had no reason to think I wouldn’t live to see my children grow up and to meet my grandchildren,” she wrote in a New York Times op-ed in March after undergoing her second surgery.

Jolie Pitt’s rep has not responded to ABC News’ request for comment.

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Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler Welcome a Baby Girl

Jonathan Clay Harris/E!(CHICAGO) — Kristin Cavallari is a mother of three.

The former reality TV star and her husband, NFL quarterback Jay Cutler, welcomed daughter Saylor James Cutler, the reality star announced Monday on Instagram.

“Saylor James Cutler was born today at 132pm!!” she posted.

Cavallari, 28, and Cutler, 32, are already parents to sons Camden, 3, and Jax, 18 months. Cavallari said earlier this year that she was looking forward to having another female in the house.

“She’s going to steal Jay’s heart, which will in turn melt mine!” she told American Baby magazine. “I’m excited for the boys to grow up with a sister. I think it will help them to better understand and respect women.”

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Chris Hemsworth Won’t Let Hollywood Turn Him into a ‘Total Narcissist’

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Chris Hemsworth is determined not to succumb to Hollywood’s mission to “turn you into a total narcissist,” so much so that he reveals in Vanity Fair‘s holiday edition that he moved his wife and three kids from Los Angeles to his native Australia.

The Avengers star says the pressure of driving past endless billboards for movies in L.A. made it too hard to stay grounded. “You just kind of lose touch with reality a bit here,” he explains. “You drive down the street and you’re constantly reminded of everything you’re either involved in or not involved in. It’s exhausting.”

Another feature of living in Hollywood that turns off the 32-year-old actor is dealing with the paparazzi, for which he has little patience. He quotes another outspoken movie star who dislikes the shutterbugs. “What was it that Jennifer Lawrence said? ‘I know everyone says you’re not supposed to complain about the paparazzi. Well, I don’t give a s***. I’m f****** complaining!’ ”

“But she can get away with that,” Adds Hemsworth.

Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the Avengers series, insists there are risks that go along with starring in big-budget films. “When something costs $150 million and it doesn’t work, it’s your face, it’s your fault,” he says. “And the character has fans. Are they still a fan or did you just make them never want to read the comic again?”

The holiday issue of Vanity Fair is available in New York and Los Angeles, and on mobile devices, on Thursday, and nationally December 1.

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Is Zayn Malik Dating Gigi Hadid?

Image Group LA/ABC; Jeff Daly/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — Taylor Swift’s bestie, Gigi Hadid, split from Joe Jonas earlier this month and it seems she’s already moved on to another pop star. According to Us Weekly, the model is now dating former One Direction member Zayn Malik.

“It’s a very new thing. They’re just seeing where it goes,” a source tells the mag.

The two were spotted getting cozy together at a party Sunday following Gigi’s appearance at the American Music Awards.

“I wouldn’t call them boyfriend and girlfriend,” another source says. “But seeing each other? Definitely. He’s chuffed.”

It’s an interesting pairing, considering Gigi’s pal Taylor used to date Zayn’s former band mate Harry Styles.

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“The Voice” Recap: The Top 11 Perform

Trae Patton/NBC(NEW YORK) — The top 11 artists on The Voice returned Monday night, hoping to earn the viewers’ votes with their singing ability.

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams all had artists take the stage during the two-hour show.

Team Adam’s Shelby Brown was the first artist to enter the spotlight. She belted out Lady Gaga’s “You and I.” Blake called it his favorite performance of hers this season, citing the range she showed. Gwen encouraged Shelby to save her growl for special occasions. Adam said he is so proud of Shelby.

Evan McKeel of Team Pharrell played the Nat King Cole classic “Smile” on the guitar. Gwen said he let his voice shine. Pharrell thought Evan did a great job.

Team Blake’s Barrett Baber was next up with “Delta Dawn” by Tanya Tucker. Gwen was impressed with the way he commanded the stage. Blake said Barrett “took us all to church.”

Korin Bukowski of Team Gwen tackled Mandy Moore’s “Only Hope.” Pharrell praised her for being herself. Gwen said she’s so happy that Korin has this moment to shine. She added that it was great that Korin was able to sing a song that meant something to her.

Team Adam’s Amy Vachal took some advice from her coach before putting a folksy spin on the Taylor Swift hit “Blank Space.” Pharrell encouraged people to download the performance on iTunes. Adam said more than any other artist in the competition Amy has triumphed in taking her own approach to songs.

Zach Seabaugh of Team Blake entertained with Thompson Square’s “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?” Adam said Zach has the “chops” and can sing. Blake said Zach’s vocals were “spot-on.”

Madi Davis of Team Pharrell brought her dad to tears after delivering a haunting performance of Jack White’s version of the U2 song “Love is Blindness.” Adam declared, “I had no idea you had that in you.” Blake called it the performance of the night. Pharrell stood up and said it was unbelievable.

Team Gwen’s Braiden Sunshine took on Spandau Ballet’s “True” — a song released well before the teen was born. Blake said it was an odd song choice, but it fit Braiden. Pharrell liked the little “runs” that Braiden had in his performance. Gwen said it was so good and Braiden is so cute.

Team Adam’s Jordan Smith sang the Jessie J tune “Who You Are.” Pharrell said he could feel Jordan’s “intention.” Adam said Jordan is one of the best performers he knows because he keeps the audience mesmerized.

Emily Ann Roberts, 17, played The Judds’ “Why Not Me” for Team Blake. Blake said she’s going to stick around in the music biz for a long time.

Jeffery Austin of Team Gwen closed the night with his take on Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own.” Adam noted that Jeffery has a unique quality in his voice. Gwen said she was moved to tears, and that Jeffery is so gifted.

Also during the broadcast, Pharrell performed his song “Freedom.”

NBC will air a new results show Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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Carrie Fisher on How “Star Wars'” Leia Has Changed in 32 Years

Lucasfilm(NEW YORK) — We are about three weeks away from the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and back to help lead the rebellion is General Leia, no longer a princess.

The actress who embodies Leia, Carrie Fisher, recently spoke to Time magazine about how the character has changed in the 32 years since we’ve seen her.

“Oh, my God, she got so much older. I tried to stop her, but apparently that includes death so that didn’t seem like a good solution,” she told Time. “Along with aging comes life experience, so in every way that is consistent with even being human Leia has changed.”

But Fisher, 59, added that she and her character wear less makeup now, and that’s on purpose.

“I’ve seen pictures of myself with makeup on and I look like those women who look like they’re wearing makeup so they can look young, and I don’t think that’s good,” she said. “They have all these products now called — wait, what’s it called, it’s my favorite — youth suppressant, or age go away, they don’t work.

“I didn’t wear a lot of makeup to begin with and I was always — you have to be very careful with that stuff. It really annoys me that I’m vain but, unfortunately, I haven’t been able to discard that tendency.”

Fisher is also fine with Leia being the role for which she is remembered, and wasn’t hesitant to come back to the Star Wars franchise.

“I’m a female and in Hollywood it’s difficult to get work after 30; maybe it’s getting to be 40 now. I long ago accepted that I am Princess Leia,” she added. “I have that as a large part of the association with my identity. There wasn’t a lot of hesitation.”

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

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“Dancing with the Stars” Recap: Big Time Rush singer Carlos PenaVega Eliminated on Finale’s First Night

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) — Despite two consecutive weeks of earning perfect scores, Big Time Rush singer Carlos PenaVega was eliminated from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Monday night during the first night of the season-21 grand finale, leaving conservationist Bindi Irwin, singer Nick Carter and U.S. National Army guardsman Alek Skarlatos to dance Tuesday for the Mirror Ball trophy.

The final four gave it their all during the first night of the two-part finale, performing two separate dances — one of which was picked for them by the judges, and the other, the all-important freestyle.

PenaVega thanked his pro partner, Witney Carson, for helping him get this far in the competition.

“Well, first of all I thank God for this opportunity because it has been life-changing,” he told the show’s co-host, Tom Bergeron, when his fate was announced. “My marriage is so much stronger. I made some amazing friends….”

PenaVega also earned perfect scores after three rounds of dance in last week’s show.

Elimination is determined by judges’ votes combined with viewer scores based on the performance from the prior week’s performance.

The Mirror Ball winner will be announced Tuesday at the end of a two-hour show that starts at 9 p.m. ET.

Monday night’s show featured live performances by singers Meghan Trainor, Who Is Fancy and Ariana Grande.

Monday night’s top scorers: Bindi Irwin, Carlos PenaVega and Nick Carter each earned perfect scores for their two rounds of dance. PenaVega won kudos from the judges for having eliminated stars from this season – Paula Deen, Hayes Grier, and Alexa PenaVega (his wife) — make cameos in his hip-hop-inspired freestyle. When Irwin finished her poignant contemporary freestyle that paid homage to her late father,Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin, there weren’t many dry eyes in the ballroom. And Nick Carter brought the audience on its feet and cheering with his group dance to “Larger Than Life,” his 1999 hit song with the Backstreet Boys.

Monday night’s standout moment: When Irwin’s freestyle ended, a photo of her with her father appeared on a large screen onstage. She appeared surprised and overcome, and she quickly hugged her pro partner, Derek Hough. Judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough (Derek’s sister) were both moved to tears by Irwin’s performance. Judge Bruno Tonioli told Irwin that she showed the power of dance. “You danced from the heart and you touched everybody’s souls…and that is a great achievement,” he said.

Monday Night’s Scores (Judges’ pick dance; Freestyle. Total.)

  • Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: 30; 30. Total: 60
  • Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson: 30; 30; Total: 60 (They were eliminated.)
  • Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: 30; 30. Total: 60
  • Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold: 27; 30. Total: 57

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Kim Kardashian on Her Final Month of Pregnancy

Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — Kim Kardashian isn’t sure what to expect during her final month of pregnancy with her second child.

“I think the last month is just waiting,” the reality star told E! News. “I didn’t get to experience the last month last time. You know I delivered [North] almost six weeks early, so they say you gain your most weight at the end.”

Having already gained 52 pounds, Kardashian said she can barely pick up North anymore. “She always wants me to pick her up and be with her and it’s really hard to do a lot of the lifting and stuff like that, so that last month is not fun,” Kardashian said.

And there’s still plenty to do, like figure out a name for the son she is expecting with husband Kanye West.

“I don’t have names, which is so crazy,” she said. “We just started talking about it and that was the last thing for us last time. So I feel confident obviously that we’ll figure it out.”

Their new bundle of joy is due in December.

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