Review Category : Entertainment

George Clooney and Fiancée Vacation in Cabo San Lucas

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — George Clooney and his fiancée, attorney Amal Alamuddin, seem to really be enjoying life as a newly engaged couple.

A source tells E! Online the couple was spotted Wednesday night enjoying a romantic dinner in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, before joining a group of about nine friends at a popular downtown club.

E! reports George and Amal were holding hands throughout the night and laughing together. An eyewitness noted, “You can tell these two are in love.”

George and Amal are in Cabo for the Saturday wedding of his friends, actor Thom Mathews and Spanish news correspondent Karla Jensen.

George and Amal have been staying at George’s house in El Dorado.

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“Legends of Oz” Star Lea Michele Thought She Was Dorothy as a Child

ABC News(NEW YORK) — If watching Lea Michele sing every week on your TV screen isn’t enough, you can catch her on the big screen this weekend. She provides the voice of Dorothy in the new animated film Legends of Oz, in theaters starting Friday. And the Glee star says being part of the project is really a childhood dream come true.

“I watched The Wizard of Oz nearly every single night as a little girl, I had plastic ruby slippers that I wore every day and I thought I was Dorothy, so this is so exciting!” she tells ABC News Radio.

Legends of Oz is also part of Lea’s bid to be the Queen of All Media. Not only does she star in Glee, but she recently released her debut album, Louder, and on May 20, her first book, Brunette Ambition — a combination memoir, style guide and how-to tome — arrives in stores.

“The fact that I have my album, my book, my TV show and an animated movie…I give myself, y’know, a lot of credit!” she laughs about the timing of all her projects.

Legends of Oz
also features the voices of Bernadette Peters, Patrick Stewart, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Jim Belushi, Megan Hilty and Martin Short.

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“Neighbors,” “Legends of Oz,” “Moms’ Night Out” Open Friday

“Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return” (Clarius Entertainment)(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Neighbors — Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne are new parents who move into a suburban home, which happens to be located next door to a rambunctious college frat. They end up clashing with their new neighbors, including the president of the frat, played by Zac Efron. Rated R.

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s ReturnGlee actress Lea Michele voices Dorothy in this animated musical sequel to the Wizard of Oz story. Bryan Adams wrote the music for the 3D film, whose cast also includes Hugh Dancy, Megan Hilty, Jim Belushi, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer and Patrick Stewart. Rated PG.

Moms’ Night Out — Three mothers try to spend a fun night out together, without their kids, but all sorts of hijinks ensue. Patricia Heaton, Sarah Drew, Sean Astin and Trace Adkins star. Rated PG.

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Jennifer Lopez Grateful for the ‘Messy Stuff’ in Her Life

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Even in the celebrity world, Jennifer Lopez has had one of the more complicated personal lives: she’s been married and divorced three times, was once engaged to Ben Affleck, and also had a drama-filled relationship with Sean “Diddy” Combs. But in the new issue of People magazine, J-Lo says experiencing all that heartache has made her a better person.

“I went through some tremendous lows,” J-Lo says. “I’ve made a ton of mistakes, but you need the messy stuff. You learn from it or laugh about it. And I’m pretty happy with where I am today.”

And where’s that? These days, Jennifer’s happily involved in a romance with dancer Casper Smart; she dotes on her six-year-old twins, Max and Emme; she’s the head of an entertainment and fashion empire; she’s one of the stars of American Idol; and she’s going to receive the Icon Award later this month at the Billboard Music Awards.

In particular, J-Lo says her split with her third husband, Marc Anthony, was so painful that it forced her to “take a look at” myself and “look at what is going on” when it comes to attitudes toward relationships.

“As women, we sometimes can give ourselves away. I was certainly guilty of that for some time,” Jennifer says. “Now, I realize I am good on my own, so now I can share my life with somebody…I have worth. I have value. I love myself now.”

Jennifer also talks to People magazine about her life as a single mom to Max and Emme. “When I’m not working, I am usually at home with the kids. Just getting up, making them breakfast and planning dinner. I love to cook so I will make them whatever they want,” she says. As for entertainment, she says the twins “love Frozen, although during Easter, we took a break since they wanted to watch Hop, like, 15 times.”

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Iyanla Vanzant Explains Why “Love & Hip Hop’s” Erica and Saigon Came on “Fix My Life” YORK) — Iyanla Vanzant is back on Iyanla: Fix My Life, helping even more people deal with their issues. Still, the self-help guru has already raised eyebrows thanks to this season’s first guests — Love & Hip Hop‘s Erica and Saigon, known for their volatile relationship, which was shown on their hit VH1 reality series. Vanzant tells ABC News Radio why many viewers will be able to relate to their story since the pair is struggling to raise their son together.

“They represent a major issue in the broader community, which is co-parenting through difficulty,” she says. “They represent a young demographic. They represent a demographic of people who parent children without a solid relationship. They represent people who want to co-parent when they don’t even like each other.”

In the past Vanzant has featured many celebrities on her show, including rapper DMX and reality star Sheree Whitfield. Vanzant says although many celebs say they regret coming onto the show afterward, it doesn’t bother her because her show doesn’t invite celebs on in the first place. In fact, Vanzant says, “ninety-nine percent of our guests have come to us.”

She adds, “We use public people not because they’re public people but because we’re trying to make the point that we’re all in the same boat just with different paddles. And the other reason is because public people will bring eyeballs to the show and the show is about the issue not about the individual.”

One of the most watched Fix My Life episodes was when former Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada came on to discuss her life and marriage to then-husband, former NFL player Chad Johnson. The episode aired as reports came out that Johnson head-butted Lozada, forcing the reality star to get stitches in her forehead. The two later divorced in 2013, just six weeks after walking down the aisle.

Vanzant says Lozada is one of her favorite Fix My Life success stories. “She took the information. She put it into practice in her life. She made some lasting changes and is doing really, really well personally,” she explains.

Lozada is now engaged to professional baseball player, Carl Crawford. The two welcomed their first child together, Carl Leo, in March.

Iyanla: Fix My Life returns to OWN Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Shonda Rhimes Slams Reports She Re-Cast Columbus Short’s Character on “Scandal”

ABC/Kelsey McNeal(LOS ANGELES) — Sorry Gladiators! Harrison Wright is probably gone forever after being held at gunpoint at the end of Scandal’s third season.

Actor Columbus Short, who portrayed Olivia Pope’s right hand man on ABC’s hit show Scandal, announced last month he will not return to the show next season, after battling numerous personal problems that were well-publicized.

Still, after Deadline reported that Short had already been replaced with actor Eric West, Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes slammed the report.

“I’ve never heard of Eric West. Harrison is not being recast EVER. How about reporters CHECK THEIR SOURCES before running with a story?” she tweeted.

“Um, @Deadline? Handle yourself,” Rhimes added, pointedly.

West, who’s appeared in Hey Girl and Hawaii Five-0, also chimed in tweeting: “this is news to me..”

Deadline then changed their story and instead issued an apology. “Sorry, Scandal fans. In the rush of upfront news, a release purported to be from ABC about an actor named Eric West, whose name had been circulated for weeks, replacing troubled Scandal co-star Columbus Short got to me. It turns out it was an elaborate hoax, which is very unfortunate,” TV editor Nellie Andreeva wrote. “Scandal creator said on Twitter that she has never heard of West and there are no plans to recast Short.”

Short announced his departure last month after his wife reportedly obtained a restraining order and filed for divorce after he allegedly threatened to kill the both of them. In March, Short pleaded not guilty to spousal battery in a separate incident, after he allegedly attacked his wife in front of his daughter and his son. Around the same time he entered that plea, he was arrested for allegedly punching another man at a West Los Angeles restaurant.

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Angelina Jolie Comments on Nigeria Schoolgirl Kidnappings

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(LONDON) — Angelina Jolie is hoping that the kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria will soon be returned to their homes. She’s also hoping that measures will be taken to ensure that such incidents never happen again.

While in London Thursday for the premiere of her new movie, Maleficent, Jolie noted that she will return to the U.K. city next month for a conference regarding sexual violence — an issue that she says is tied to the Nigeria kidnappings.

The actress, who serves as a special envoy of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said that Boko Haram “felt they could get away with this, and they can abuse women in such a way, sell them, rape them, take them as property.”

She added, “One of the things we’re working so hard to do is not just do everything we can to bring these girls home, but make sure this stops happening, and that this is not something that people feel they can get away with, and right now it is, and so it is our failing that it’s gotten to this point.”

The Islamic militant group Boko Haram recently abducted nearly 300 schoolgirls.

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Hugh Jackman Suffers Another Skin Cancer Scare

Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Hugh Jackman suffered another cancer scare this week.

The actor on Thursday posted onto Instagram a photo of himself with a bandage on his nose. He wrote, “Another Basel Cell Carsinoma [sic]. All out now. Thanks Dr. Albom and Dr. Arian. PLEASE! PLEASE! WEAR SUNSCREEN!”

He also tweeted, “Huge thanks to Dr. Arian and Dr. Born for operating on my nose until 10:20pm! #SUNSCREEN.”

Jackman, 45, previously had a basal cell carcinoma removed last November.

He reprises his role of Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past, opening May 23. He’ll host the Tony Awards for a third time on June 8.

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Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi: I’m Having a Girl

ABC(NEW YORK) — Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is thinking pink. The reality TV star and her fiance, Jionni LaValle, are expecting a baby girl, she revealed to ABC News exclusively.

“I’m so excited about having a little best friend to shop with and just do girlie things with!” Polizzi told ABC News. “Can’t wait for that!”

Polizzi, 26, and LaValle, 27, announced in 2012 that they were engaged and expecting their first child together. Their son, Lorenzo Dominic, was born that August. Now expecting their first daughter, Polizzi joked that she felt “terrified” when she heard the news.

“Just kidding. I was so excited. I looked at Jionni’s face and he turned white,” she said. “He’s very excited but, of course, nervous like every father having a daughter is. They’re more complicated!”

Though their new baby will likely wear some of her big brother’s hand-me-downs (“Lorenzo is already so excited. He’s going to be such a protective brother — I already see it!” Polizzi gushed), expect baby LaValle to be clad in plenty of frilly dresses, too.

“Lots of bows and pinks and animal prints!” Polizzi promised. “[Lots of] cute new girly outfits. Gotta dress her up, once in a while!”

While they’re still looking at possible names for their daughter, Polizzi said that the baby will have little brothers and sisters, too, for sure. She’d still like Lorenzo to have a little brother, too.

“Obviously, we are extremely excited and happy to have a girl,” she said, “but this isn’t our last!”

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Paula Patton Still Has ‘Deep Love’ Towards Robin Thicke

ABC/Kelsey McNeal(LOS ANGELES) — Paula Patton and Robin Thicke separated earlier this year, but the Hollywood beauty still has a “deep love” for her ex.

“We’ve known each other since we were teenagers. All I can tell you is there’s a deep love there — always was, and always will be,” she told the latest issue of Vanity Fair when asked if she and the singer will remain apart.

Patton recalled the pair’s first meeting at an 18-and-under nightclub in Los Angeles when she was 15; he was 14.

He serenaded her with Jodeci’s “Forever My Lady” in his famous father Alan Thicke’s living room, before their first kiss.

“He wasn’t my first kiss,” Patton, 38, told the magazine, “but he was my first lots of other things.”

The couple, who have a 3-year-old son, Julian, split in February after nine years of marriage.

Though Thicke dedicated a song to Patton at a concert days later and told the audience, “I’m trying to get my girl back,” he told People magazine in March that he and Patton are “both very happy right now — much happier.”

Thicke also told the magazine his goals for 2014 are “to be a great father and hopefully write some great music, put on some great shows and be a great friend to Paula.”

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