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The Celebs Switch Pro Partners on Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars”

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) — Dancing with the Stars is switching things up on Monday night.

The nine remaining celebrities will change pro partners for the night while tackling new styles of dance such as hip-hop and flamenco.

Alfonso Ribeiro says he’ll try to enjoy himself without his usual partner, Witney Carson, by his side. He tells ABC News Radio he told her how much he’d miss her pushing him and slamming his face during rehearsals.

Tommy Chong is less enthusiastic about undergoing what he calls a “trial separation” with his partner, Peta Murgatroyd. He continues, “We’re going to see what it’s like with others, and then if we don’t like it we’re going to be back together again. I already don’t like it.”

British pop star Jessie J will serve as guest judge on Monday night’s edition of Dancing with the Stars, which begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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Check Out the First Official Photos From Marvel’s “Daredevil” on Netflix

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Orange is the New Black and House of Cards just got some live action, superhero company on Netflix.

On Saturday, Marvel revealed the first official image from Daredevil, which is scheduled to start in 2015.

“You’re looking at the first official photos of Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock in #Marvel’s #Daredevil” the Instagram post read. The pictures were first revealed during a panel at New York Comic Con.

Joining Cox in the Daredevil cast are Law and Order veteran Vincent D’Onofrio and Deborah Ann Woll from True Blood.

Netflix also released the official synopsis of the show, featuring Marvel’s Man Without Fear.

“‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ is a live action series that follows the journey of attorney Matt Murdock, who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses,” it read. “Murdock sets up practice in his old neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, New York where he now fights against injustice as a respected lawyer by day and masked vigilante at night.”

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FX Series “Archer” Drops ISIS

FX Network(NEW YORK) — FX series Archer is undergoing a slight rebranding – again.

A season after going by Archer Vice, the animated spy show is dropping ISIS, the acronym for the show’s non-government approved spy agency.

“We won’t say ISIS anymore, and the only visual representation of it will be that sign rolling off the show,” executive producer Matt Thompson told The Daily Beast. “It’s just the most awful thing, and we didn’t want to have anything to do with it.”

Last month, a mobile wallet company also changed its name from ISIS to distance itself from the terrorist group.

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Viola Davis Reveals Lesson Meryl Streep Taught Her

ABC News(NEW YORK) — For Viola Davis, being the face of How to Get Away With Murder has meant a lot of responsibility. But she’s embraced it with grace, thanks to lessons she picked up from fellow actress Meryl Streep.

Davis appeared with Streep in 2008′s Doubt alongside Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

“When I got that role, I thought I had won the lottery — I cannot even tell you,” Davis said. “Meryl Streep is the greatest actress because you can see so many different emotions going on in her eyes. … It’s a joy as an artist.”

She said that on the movie’s set, Streep had asked for her colleagues’ opinions and never let them hide in the background.

“I see her consciously make that effort knowing what her responsibility is from the moment she steps on. And she does it as much as she can,” Davis said. “And I respected that and honored that.”

On the hit ABC show, Davis plays Annalise Keating, a criminal defense attorney and law school professor at a fictional school.

“‘How to get away with murder’ is her way of being dramatic. … [She] takes her job very seriously and also just wants to provoke these students, wants to manipulate them,” she said. “The classroom is her stage. … She’s MY sexy.”

Davis, who was nominated for Oscars for her role in The Help as well as Doubt, said she is aware of the example she sets the moment she steps on the show’s sound stage.

“I know that I set the mood and the groundwork and foundation in which people have to create,” Davis said. “And I gotta tell you the person I learned that from is Meryl Streep.”

Davis was one of six siblings. All but one was born in St. Matthews, South Carolina, on the Singleton plantation.

She moved north in 1965 when she was just a baby. Her father groomed horses at the racetrack. Her mother worked at a factory periodically. She has been outspoken about not having enough food when she was growing up in abject poverty in Rhode Island.

“I remember always thinking when I was a kid, remember thinking when people would look at me and go, ‘Oh I know she’s poor. … I would think, ‘Just give me some food and I could take care of the rest,” she said. “Just give me some fuel, you know? But there was such a shame and stigma attached to it.”

She now works with The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation on their Hunger Is campaign to eradicate childhood hunger.

“It’s been cathartic to say I was hungry,” she told ABC News. “I was. I was a hungry kid who could never get at the business of being me, you know? … So it’s my joy and my pleasure to be a part of this campaign.”

Davis said her struggles had helped her appreciate the achievements.

“I just wanted to find something that I really loved and to build a life around it — and so that’s what I did,” she said.

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Is “Walking Dead” Heartthrob Daryl Dixon Gay? Show’s Executive Producer Responds

AMC(NEW YORK) — As The Walking Dead gears up for its fifth season premiere on Sunday, one of the buzziest issues among fans is if Daryl Dixon, the show’s rugged zombie hunting heartthrob, is gay. But executive producer Greg Nicotero floated a completely different theory.

“I think he’s a virgin in my opinion,” Nicotero told ABC’s Dan Harris in an interview for Nightline. “I don’t think Daryl has ever been close enough with anyone to have sex so I always imagined that he’s a shy 12-year-old kid who doesn’t know how to handle the emotions that he has but has feelings for people on the show that he is close to but I never really imagined one way or the other that he’s had sex.”

Daryl, played by Norman Reedus, is the show’s breakout star who is handy with a crossbow, as in, he can put arrows through “walkers'” heads with ease. The quiet character’s love life, which is mostly non-existent, has often been a hot topic among fans who want to know whether he’ll strike up a romance with Beth Greene, Carol Peletier or any of the female characters.

But comic franchise creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman set off a firestorm of speculation this summer when he told fans Daryl’s sexuality had been “discussed” among show producers.

But Nicotero told Nightline he isn’t fazed by the speculation because it has created a build-up to this new season, and if Daryl does eventually have a sexual encounter, he wants it to be “awkward.”

“I don’t think Daryl is the type of guy to just throw someone up against a tree and kiss in the moonlight and once you do that it’s over,” Nicotero said. “I want that to be as awkward as possible and I don’t think Daryl has too much experience in that field.”

Nicotero is a jack-of-all-trades behind the scenes on the show — executive producer, director, special effects, make-up designer. He does it all. In fact, he has directed nine episodes and makes a cameo appearance every season.

“I like to because I have fun, it’s like Halloween,” he said.

And making the walkers as terrifying and realistic as possible is something showrunners have been meticulous about since season one. Their “authenticity” is what Nicotero believes is the whole crux for the show’s massive success — the season four finale had around 15 million viewers.

“You got to keep the audience, the moment they think something doesn’t look real and you lose them, you never get them back,” he said. “So on The Walking Dead I feel like we were able to establish this world, realistically … so they didn’t have to reach for it anymore, they could allow themselves … to just fall into the stories that these characters are having knowing that this threat is there and the threat exists.”

“If the zombies looked phony or cheesy nobody would care what the actors were doing or what the characters were doing,” he added.

The new season of The Walking Dead premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC.

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Amanda Bynes’ Parents ‘Very Concerned’ About Her, Says Their Attorney

Raymond Hall/GC Images(NEW YORK) — Amanda Bynes’s recent behavior has worried some fans. However, perhaps nobody has been more affected than her parents.

“My clients are very concerned about their daughter,” Tamar Arminak, the lawyer for the Bynes family, told ABC News in a statement. “Despite what is being reported, they are doing everything they can to help Amanda.”

Bynes, 28, had been under a conservatorship since last summer, when she was hospitalized after allegedly starting a fire in a residential driveway.

After the mandatory stay in the hospital, she went to rehab for a few months before moving back in with her parents in December. At that point, her lawyer said, she was “very happy to reestablish the loving relationship with her family that she once shared.”

Things seem to have deteriorated since then. Last month, Bynes was arrested for an alleged DUI, when authorities said the actress stopped in the middle of an intersection. She will be back in court later this month, where she is expected to enter a plea.

Then, she made her return to Twitter, where she announced that she is engaged and planning to move to New York City, among other things.

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“People” Magazine Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Retro Taylor Swift Cover & More

Courtesy People Magazine(NEW YORK) — Taylor Swift covers People magazine’s 40th anniversary issue, which is on stands Friday. The cover is a recreation of the magazine’s very first issue back in March of 1974, which showed Mia Farrow in character as Daisy Buchanan in what was then her current movie, The Great Gatsby. Inside, the special issue has a look at some of the magazine’s most memorable covers, but as Staff Editor Antoinette Coulton points out, it’s not all celebrities, all the time.

“The interesting thing about that [is that] it just runs the gamut — whether or not it’s a celebrity or it’s a big crime story,” Coulton tells ABC News Radio. “And what we’re really good at is sitting down with the celebrities and really getting in-depth on their lives and what they’re going through. And it’s just a mix of that that our readers seem to love.”

Among the covers highlighted: the election of Barack Obama, the O.J. Simpson trial, the investigation into Jon Benet Ramsay’s death, the story of teen AIDS patient Ryan White, the aftermath of 9/11, the birth of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s daughter Shiloh, the deaths of Michael Jackson and Robin Williams, Adam Levine’s selection as The Sexiest Man Alive and features on Madonna, Oprah Winfrey, the British Royal family, Julia Roberts and Britney Spears.

The issue includes many additional fun features, such as a list of the advice celebrities would give to their younger selves; scenes from classic movies recreated by stars like Kevin Hart, Sarah Silverman and Seth Meyers; a feature comparing Princess Diana and Kate Middleton; a list of stars who are turning 40 this year; a look at fashion trends; a roundup of the most heinous crimes of the past four decades; and People’s “Ones to Watch” list, highlighting the stars of tomorrow.

“We’re used to bringing you the celebs that a lot of people know,” Coulton says of the concept. “We wanted to also bring you celebs that we feel are on the rise and hopefully a year, two years from now they’ll be at the level of the Brad Pitts and the Matthew McConaugheys.”

Running down some of those rising stars on the list, Coulton says, “We’ve picked people like Meghan Trainor, who had a great hit with the song ‘All About That Bass,’ which kind of addresses body image and just being happy with yourself. We’ve got Ki Hong Lee, who was in The Maze Runner, which was just number one at the box office. And we’ve got the cast of How to Get Away with Murder. So we’ve got a lot of stars in here that we think people should be looking at for the future.”

As for why People magazine has been around for 40 years, Coulton says it’s simple.

“I think it’s one of those things that readers know that whatever they get from us, it’s going to be the truth,” she tells ABC News Radio. “We’re not going to make things up or speculate. And we go to the source. We go to the celebrities to get the news and they’re coming to us. And I feel that our readers trust that if they really want to know what’s going on, then People magazine is where they can go.”

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Why “People” Magazine Readers Love 40th Anniversary Cover Girl Taylor Swift

Courtesy People Magazine(NEW YORK) — Taylor Swift covers People magazine’s 40th anniversary issue, which is on stands Friday. The cover is a recreation of the magazine’s very first issue back in March of 1974, which showed Mia Farrow in character as Daisy Buchanan in what was then her current movie, The Great Gatsby. According to a People editor, Taylor easily pulled the look off because she’s a “chameleon.”

People Staff Editor Antoinette Coulton tells ABC News Radio, “It was actually our creative director who thought that it would look great to see if Taylor could recreate this. And she was up for the idea. And we saw when the pictures came out, they looked absolutely amazing.”

The recreation wasn’t as simple has having Taylor styled as a woman from the ’70s: she actually had to be styled as a woman from the 1920s, because that’s when The Great Gatsby takes place. Coulton says that wasn’t too difficult for Taylor, however. “Sometimes, when you see [how] she dresses in her own personal life, she kinda…sometimes there’s this throwback to other decades,” she says. “So she was pretty much like a chameleon.”

Inside the magazine, Taylor talks about her new album 1989 and what her life is like right now. Coulton says fans may be surprised to hear what the singer has to say about her love life, which is currently non-existent.

“There always has been so much attention on Taylor and ‘Who is she dating?'” Coulton tells ABC News Radio. “And she pretty much is saying to us, ‘I’m not dating anyone. I’m not looking to date anyone. I’m very happy with who I am with my close circle of girlfriends.’ And it’s gonna take a very special person for her to actually go out on a date.”

Most importantly, says Coulton, “”She’s not all ‘Woe is me, please feel sorry for me.’ She’s like, ‘I’m just really happy living my life.'”

As for why Taylor was chosen for the big 40th anniversary issue, well, she does have that album coming out, and she was People’s best-dressed of 2014 last month. But more than that, Coulton says, is the fact that ever since her career began, People magazine readers have connected with Taylor and her story.

“Our readers love her,” says Coulton. “And just to kinda see her grow up in the public eye — with no drama, really. She’s grown up. She’s maturing, and just to see that change — our readers love to see that.”

The 40th anniversary issue of People magazine is out now.

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“The Judge” & “Alexander” Among the Movies Opening Nationwide Friday

“The Judge” – Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day — Eleven-year-old Alexander has a horrible day — and it’s contagious, because his family subsequently experiences some terrible moments, too. Ed Oxenbould stars as Alexander, and Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner play his parents. Rated PG.

The Judge — Robert Downey Jr. is a lawyer who returns to his hometown after his estranged father, a judge played by Robert Duvall, is suspected of murder. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dax Shephard, Billy Bob Thornton, Melissa Leo, Leighton Meester and David Krumholtz also star. Rated R.

Dracula Untold Fast & Furious 6 actor Luke Evans plays the titular character in this origin story. Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon and Charles Dance also star. Rated PG-13.

Addicted — A successful businesswoman with a family has an affair that carries major consequences. Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe and Tyson Beckford star in this adaptation of the best-selling novel by Zane. Rated R.

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New ABC Comedy, “Cristela,” Debuts Friday

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) — The newest addition to ABC’s Friday night lineup is Cristela, a sitcom about a woman in her sixth year of law school whose dream of becoming a lawyer conflicts with her traditional Mexican-American family.

Comedian Cristela Alonzo stars in the title role.

Cristela airs Friday at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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