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Sherri Shepherd Still Watches “The View” ‘Every Morning’

ABC(NEW YORK) — Sherri Shepherd left ABC’s The View earlier this year to pursue other projects, including starring as the evil stepmother in the Broadway revival of Cinderella. Still, that doesn’t mean she’s stopped watching the daytime talk show.

“I’ll watch The View every morning because I love ‘Hot Topics,'” she said on Tuesday’s Good Morning America. “You know, the problem is I scream out at the TV. I’m screaming out my jokes and I’m like, ‘Nobody’s listening to me!’ So I go to Cinderella and I do ‘Hot Topics’ at Cinderella.”

Shepherd, who said she didn’t realize how much she would miss former co-host Whoopi Goldberg, also used the opportunity to rib current co-host Rosie O’Donnell. Imitating O’Donnell, Shepherd said, “‘Oh, I got gout. Here’s my toes! I want to show you my toes! And I’ve been depressed and I got sciatica in my back and I’m going through depression. How many other ailments can I get?'”

“‘I got 12 more in the year that I’ll be on The View,'” she deadpanned.

When she’s not watching The View, Shepherd is enjoying her time on the Great White Way. “I am having the best time of my life doing Broadway. I love it,” she said.

Shepherd also said her former boss is among the celebrities who have come out to support her run in Cinderella.

“Barbara Walters came to see me and she said, ‘Dear, I didn’t have high expectations for the show but you were adorable. You should try acting more.’ And I go, ‘OK!'” she said, laughing.

Shepherd’s run in Cinderella at New York City’s Broadway Theatre ends Nov. 23. Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes will step into her slippers starting Nov. 25.

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“Orange Is the New Black” Actress Goes from Criminal to Cop in ABC’s “Forever”

ABC/Giovanni Rufino (NEW YORK) — Orange is the New Black breakout star Lorraine Toussaint is now starring in ABC’s new fall drama, Forever.

Toussaint’s character on Orange Is the New Black was a criminal named Vee, but her character on Forever is on the right side of the law.

On Forever, Toussaint plays Lt. Joanna Reece, the commanding officer of Alana de la Garza’s Detective Jo Martinez. They both work with the show’s main character, Dr. Henry Morgan — portrayed by Ioan Gruffudd — to help solve murders. Morgan is a medical examiner, but as Toussaint explains, he has a special quality that makes him invaluable to the police.

“The lead character Henry is…an immortal. He’s 300 years old. He died 300 years ago and doesn’t know why he didn’t die,” Toussaint tells ABC News Radio. “He was killed but didn’t die, and subsequently has died countless numbers of times in the last three centuries. So he’s become something of an expert on death. So flash forward, he’s now working at the morgue. He’s a forensic pathologist because, frankly, he’s an expert on death.”

While Toussaint’s character doesn’t get a lot of screen time on Forever, she tells ABC News Radio that viewers can expect to find out more about Reece in the near future.

“She’s gonna have a level of complexity as the series unfolds,” she says. “There’s some alcohol issues. There’s gonna be some interesting things to play coming down the road. But in the first…six or seven [episodes] it’s really about establishing the style of the show.”

Toussaint says she’s enjoying being part of a network TV show after starring in a Netflix series, though she recognizes that Netflix has seriously changed how viewers consume television.

“This Netflix model has really blown that glass ceiling. It’s so interesting the way we watch [TV] and the kind of global impact and the immediacy of it,” she says. “And they’ve tapped into the human psyche — that addictive gene that they have touched upon — and activated, that we all have.”

ABC’s Forever airs Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

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Halle Berry Says She’s Changed After Marrying Olivier Martinez

Dale Robinette/CBS (NEW YORK) — Halle Berry wed Olivier Martinez last year, and already her husband is rubbing off on her. He helped inspire her latest initiative to partner with Scandale to create a low-end intimates collection.

“I have definitely changed as a result of being married to a French husband,” the Extant star told Yahoo! Style. “French women would not put their sweats on and run out to the market. So I care more about what I wear out of the house, because if not, he calls me out on it.”

“They put a lot of energy into their outerwear, but also their underwear,” she continued. “They’re not going to get caught in an emergency room without being prepared.”

Caring about her unmentionables is what inspired Berry to produce a new collection of bras and underwear, priced between $7 and $18. The collection is now available at Target stores.

Berry is also adjusting to being a famous mother. In fact, the mother of two said she recently struggled with how to explain being famous to her eldest daughter, Nahla.

“That confused her,” she told Yahoo Style. “She was like, ‘Mommy, is that you?’ And how do you explain that mommy is sometimes a superhero who controls the weather? She hasn’t seen any of my movies, so she doesn’t quite understand what I do for a living.”

“The beauty of our lifestyle is my daughter doesn’t see me as any different than anyone else. I try very hard to be like other mothers,” Berry added.

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Zoe Saldana Insists Acting Won’t Interfere with Motherhood

Randy Holmes / ABC(NEW YORK) — Zoe Saldana stars in three popular movie franchises, but her most important role will be in December, when she’s expected to give birth to twins.

The actress tells Entertainment Weekly she won’t let her movie career take her away from her family.

The 36-year-old, who’s confirmed to appear in upcoming sequels to Guardians of the Galaxy, Avatar and Star Trek, isn’t sure exactly how she’ll accomplish all that, but feels confident she’ll have the support of everyone involved in the films.

“The great thing is that all the producers and creators involved in the projects that I’ve done — Avatar, Star Trek, and Guardians — they’re very good people,” she notes. “So they’ve been very understanding, especially with what’s happening in my personal life.”

“I’ve gotten nothing but support. To know that we are getting to that place where women can have that support from male driven workforces is — I have to say, it’s very inspiring,” she adds.

Of course, Saldana notes it’s not like they’ll have a choice.

“It’s nature! Like, you just cannot do it. What kind of mother would I be? There’s no choice,” she explains. “It’s like, ‘What, you want me to leave my newborn so that I can work 16 hours on your set? He’s only a month old, are you out of your mind?’”

Saldana married Italian artist Marco Parego in 2013.

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“Dancing with the Stars” Recap: Antonio Sabato Jr. Eliminated

ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. and his professional partner, Cheryl Burke, were eliminated on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Monday.

The actor said his time on the show meant the world to him. “I was able to dance with one of the best dancers in the world,” he said, referring to Burke. “She’s a friend of mine a part of my family right now,” Sabato added.

Burke said she was proud of the actor. “This had been one of the most memorable seasons for me for so many reasons and it’s just so sad for me to say goodbye…”

“I just had the most amazing time with you and I’m so proud of you,” Burke told Sabato.

Monday’s show was a “spooktacular” event in which the eight remaining couples performed an individual Halloween-themed routine in addition to a competitive team dance. The couples were split into two teams, Team Creepy and Team Itsy Bitsy.

The couple with the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes is eliminated each week.

The evening also featured performances of spooky-sounding singles. Ella Henderson sang “Ghost” and Nikki Yanofsky performed “Necessary Evil.”

Here’s a rundown of the individual routines:

Tommy Chong: The 76-year-old comedian had trouble with his knees during rehearsal, but his quickstep earned high praise from the judges. Chong, the oldest star to make it this far in the competition in the show’s history, did well when he danced in hold with his partner Peta Murgatroyd but the routine “went a bit wrong” once they were apart, judge Bruno Tonioli said. Judge Len Goodman — back on the panel after several weeks’ absence — commended Chong. “I tell you what Tommy, you’re very easy on the eye, you’re very watchable, there’s a charm about you that I love. Well done,” he said. Judge Julianne Hough agreed that Chong was light on his feet, and while judge Carrie Ann Inaba said she thought this was Chong’s best routine of the entire season, she said she had to deduct points because the performance at times was out of sync with the music. Chong earned four 7s for a total of 28 out of a possible 40 points.

Lea Thompson: The judges told the actress her Argentine tango was precise but she had been stressed over doing a good job and Hough told her to give herself and her pro partner Artem Chigvintsev a break. “Don’t forget the fun of it,” Hough urged. Goodman said it was clean and precise, but added: “For me, it lacked a little bit of chemistry.” Tonioli said the routine was “efficient, accurate” with great shapes and “just the right touch of evil.” Thompson earned two 8s and two 9s for a total of 34 points.

Bethany Mota:
The YouTube star’s theatrical paso doble — complete with drummers on the ballroom floor — earned her rave reviews from the judges. Tonioli called it a paso doble “painted on a grand, operatic scale” adding that Mota and her pro partner, Derek Hough, “were the embodiment of the flame of passion. Absolutely fantastic!” Inaba said Mota continued to rise to the occasion, saying her performance was “flawless.” Goodman said the performance was spectacular, but noted that, for him, the routine got lost in the high production value of the number. “I want to just see a paso doble,” he said. While Julianne Hough agreed that the routine was highly produced, she said it didn’t overshadow Mota. Judges gave Mota three 10s and a 9 for a total of 39 points.

Antonio Sabato Jr.: The actor’s Viennese Waltz failed to impress the judges. Goodman called the effort “a bit hectic at times,” adding that the performance was OK. Inaba said she was “frustrated” with the actor because, even though he’d grown as a dancer, his waltz never felt smooth. “It makes me uncomfortable to watch you,” she said. Hough said she wanted to see Sabato improve, but said that this week, “everything was kind of off.” The actor earned a six and three 7s for a total of 27 points.

Michael Waltrip: The NASCAR driver has struggled throughout the competition, and in the rehearsals leading up to Monday’s jive he worried that he wouldn’t be able to deliver the quick kicks required of the style. Those fears were realized, and the judges didn’t hold back. In keeping with the Halloween theme of the night, the performance was “a nightmare,” Hough said. Goodman expressed his surprise that Waltrip had made it to week 7 of the competition. “In driving terms, you’re running on empty now…you did your best but it really wasn’t good enough,” he said. Tonioli said there was no jive in the routine, adding that he thinks Waltrip broke the record for being out of sync with the music. Added Inaba: “I want you to do better, but this was a great freestyle. It was supposed to be a jive, so that’s the sad part.” Waltrip earned four 5s for a total of 20 points.

Janel Parrish: The Pretty Little Liars actress’ campy Viennese Waltz with partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy drew mixed reviews from the judges. Hough thought the Halloween theme overshadowed Parrish’s performance while Tonioli liked the number but said Parrish needed to be more careful how she completed her movements. Inaba disagreed, saying she thought Parrish’s movements were fluid but said the actress needed to point her toes. Goodman added: “For me it was a lovely, fluid dance but there was no Viennese Waltz.” Parrish earned one 7 and three 8s for a total of 31 points.

Alfonso Ribeiro: The actor and his pro partner, Witney Carson, turned in a rumba that the judges hailed for its technical accuracy. Tonioli called the routine “captivating” and “full of content,” but cautioned Ribeiro to watch his foot action. Inaba was impressed by the “integrity” of the routine, saying: “the magic is happening.” Goodman appeared gratified that the dancers didn’t spend too much time on props or extraneous activity leading into the routine. “It was a proper rumba,” he said. Ribeiro earned four 9s for a total of 36 points, and he also took time to wish his son a happy first birthday. The actor then announced that he and his wife were expecting another baby.

Sadie Robertson: The judges felt that the Duck Dynasty star’s zombie-themed paso doble with partner Mark Ballas fell a little flat. Repeating a critique that they leveled throughout the show, the judges said they thought the Halloween theme overshadowed the performance. Inaba said the character Robertson played didn’t fit with the style of the dance, and Goodman said the theme got in the way. Hough said the theme was a bit overwhelming but added that she saw true paso doble content. She urged Robertson to work on finishing her moves. Tonioli said he loved the story but noted that Robertson needed to work on her shaping. The judges awarded Robertson two 7s and two 8s for a total of 30 points.

The Team Dances:

Each team member had the group’s score added to his or her individual score. Team Creepy featured Ribeiro, Chong, Robertson, Sabato Jr., and their respective partners. The judges said the team’s routine was unique but faulted the members for being out of sync when they danced as a group. The team earned four 8s for a total of 32 points.

Team Itsy Bitsy featured Mota, Parrish, Thompson and Waltrip, along with their respective partners. Their hip-hop inspired freestyle was uniformly praised by the judges. “It was a great routine and you danced it beautifully. Well done,” Goodman said. Hough said the routine was “awesome,” and Tonioli added that the dancers “killed that number.” Inaba singled out Waltrip — who had missed some of the routine’s rehearsal — telling him he “looked fabulous.” The team earned 36 points.

The Scores (Couple’s dance; Group dance. Total out of 80):

  • Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: 39; 36. Total: 75
  • Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson: 36; 32. Total: 68
  • Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev: 34; 36. Total: 70
  • Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 31; 36. Total: 67
  • Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: 30; 32. Total: 62
  • Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: 28; 32. Total: 60
  • Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke: 27; 32. Total: 59
  • Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater: 20; 36. Total: 56

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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Marvel Studios Head Says Avengers Team Will Be ‘Altered’ by “Age of Ultron”

Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, says the catastrophic events in the 2015 sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron leave the superhero team of Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye in a much different place leading up to the 2018 Avengers 3.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Feige explains, “It’s like as it was in [comics], when each of the characters would go on their own adventures and then occasionally team up for a big, 12-issue mega-event. Then they would go back into their own comics, and be changed from whatever that event was. I envision the same thing occurring after this movie, because the [Avengers] roster is altered by the finale of this film.”

When the film once considered Marvel’s long-shot, Guardians of the Galaxy, became a global smash — and the highest grossing comic movie of 2014, with a worldwide haul just shy of 753 million bucks — most in the know believe it opened up some unique possibilities for Avengers 3. For example, Iron Man/Tony Stark has already joined Star-Lord, Groot, Rocket, and company in other books.

Marvel could choose to use its Avengers stars — and their remaining movie contracts — for other films, as they demonstrated when they signed Robert Downey Jr. for Captain America 3. He was already signed for A3.

Much of the speculation could be clarified Tuesday, when Marvel hosts an as-of-press-time still-mysterious event in Los Angeles.

As you know, Marvel planned to release a teaser to Avengers: Age of Ultron during Tuesday’s installment of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but a leak led the studio to release the teaser last week. After that record-breaking online launch, Marvel announced more footage from the sequel will air during Tuesday night’s episode.

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Report: Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Marvel’s “Doctor Strange”

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Having appeared in the most recent Star Trek film, and in The Hobbit films, Benedict Cumberbatch is now reportedly set to dominate yet another realm of nerd culture: superhero movies. Deadline reports that he’s in final negotiations to play the titular character in the upcoming Marvel movie Doctor Strange, which is due in July of 2016.

Initially, Joaquin Phoenix was the frontrunner for the role, but talks fell apart. Then, Ethan Hawke was rumored to be up for the role, but everyone from Jared Leto to Tom Hardy also had allegedly been in the mix.

The character of Doctor Strange made his debut in the sixties. Initially, he was a obnoxious, pompous neurosurgeon whose hands were damaged in an accident, rendering him unable to operate. While searching for a miracle cure, he stumbled onto the world of magic, and eventually became the “Master of the Mystic Arts.” As the Sorcerer Supreme, he now protects Earth with his magical powers.

Cumberbatch, best known for playing Sherlock Holmes in the BBC/PBS series Sherlock, will next be seen in The Imitation Game, coming Nov. 21. It’s a biopic of Alan Turing, considered to be one of the founding fathers of computer science.

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Julianne Moore Explains Why She Signed Onto “Hunger Games” Franchise

ABC/MATT BROWN(NEW YORK) — Any actor would jump at the chance to be part of the blockbuster Hunger Games film franchise. Still, for Julianne Moore, who is set to appear in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 and Part 2, she had another reason much more closer to home on why she signed on — her children.

“Most of the films I make are not for kids. My son was in line for the midnight show when The Hunger Games first came out. They both loved the books. For them, my being in Mockingjay was fairly meaningful,” she told the November issue of More magazine, on newsstands Oct. 28.

Moore portrays President Alma Coin in the films. The actress said her character “is about political power — how you wield it and what you are trying to gain.”

Moore worked briefly with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in the first film. The actor, who died Feb. 2, portrays rebel leader Plutarch Heavensbee in the Hunger Games films. In a trailer released earlier this year, Heavensbee is seen trying to convince President Coin that Katniss Everdeen, played by Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, is the one to lead the Districts’ revolution against The Capitol.

“What is there to say? It was a terrible, ridiculous, untimely loss. It’s difficult,” Moore said of her late colleague, “because I’m not sure how his family wants to deal with all this. It’s not my place. But I can talk about him as a colleague: He was an extraordinary talent and a lovely human being.”

Mockingjay — Part 1, which also stars Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, is due in theaters Nov. 21.

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Hugh Jackman Treated for Skin Cancer Again

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Hugh Jackman recently suffered his third cancer scare in the past year.

A rep for the ­X-Men actor tells E! News that Jackman was treated for a basal cell carcinoma, and is now “all good.”

The 46-year-old Australian movie star previously had a basal cell carcinoma removed in November of 2013 and again last May. After the second time, Jackman posted a photo on Instagram of himself with a bandage on his nose, and he urged his fans, “PLEASE! PLEASE! WEAR SUNSCREEN!”

Days later, he told ABC News Radio at the world premiere of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, “I was lucky to be in a job where I have makeup artists looking at my face going, ‘What’s that?’ And then my wife nagging me to get it checked out.”

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Neil Patrick Harris to Host Variety Series on NBC

ABC/Mark Ashman(NEW YORK) — Neil Patrick Harris will host a new variety series on NBC, the network announced Monday.

The show will air in primetime and will be based on the British show Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. That show, created by ITV Studios, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, won two BAFTA awards in 2014.

NBC says the show will feature “comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-list stars.” The network ordered 10 episodes from ITV Studios America.

The show will be filmed in front of a live audience.

“Nothing like this has been done before,” Harris, who will host the 2015 Oscars, said, “and its unique structure fits right into my random skill set.”

Harris won four Emmy Awards for his role as Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother and a Tony Award for his time as the lead in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway. He stars in the recently released feature film Gone Girl.

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