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Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff Address Engagement Rumors

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Lena Dunham and boyfriend Jack Antonoff have been sounding off on marriage lately, but don’t expect them to head down the aisle anytime soon.

The Girls creator and star addressed those pesky engagement rumors that arose last week after she posted a photo of herself in her favorite vintage find of 2014.

This jacket= my most beloved vintage find of 2014 @thebeardedladystore

A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Dec 12, 2014 at 10:50am PST

Instead of noticing her jacket, fans picked up on the ring she seemed to be flaunting on her left hand.

Dunham and her friend and co-executive producer, Jenni Konner, explained to reporters Monday night at the the Girls season-four premiere that the “ring” was actually a stack of three friendship rings.

“When they announced that she was wearing an engagement ring, I was like, ‘Yeah, to me!'” Konner joked.

Added Dunham: “Yeah, we’re engaged to continue to work together for the rest of my life.”

Dunham went on to say she wasn’t sure why that particular ring caught everyone’s attention.

“It’s funny, I have a ring that my boyfriend gave me that I wear on my right hand, and like, clearly nobody gives a s*** about…it’s like a diamond! And everybody was like, ‘Let’s ignore that diamond and focus on this stack of three rings,'” she said. “I definitely had a feeling, like, ‘Slow news day, dudes?'”

The news, however, managed to reach her rocker boyfriend’s family.

“He was, like, ‘My mom called asking if we were engaged?'” Dunham told reporters. “She was, like, on him. I also just want to say that if we were going to get engaged, we would be more creative than to do it on New Year’s Eve. You don’t want to be basic.”

For his part, Antonoff is not in a hurry either.

The Bleachers and fun. singer told ABC News’ Nightline that he and Dunham would be putting off marriage “till it’s legal for everyone.”

“That’s what I personally believe,” he said. “To me, it seems odd to get married especially when someone else can’t and I always believed, especially in my state, that it should be a country thing.”

Questions about their marital status is something Dunham has learned to take in stride, having made peace with being a celebrity.

“I realized early on that I was not going to be able to have a comfortable relationship with celebrity if I didn’t feel like I was using it to talk about things that were important to me,” she told Elle‘s fifth annual Women in TV issue. “It was always going to make me feel gross, for lack of a better word. I was like, ‘Oh, this attention is something I’m going to figure out how to use in a way that feels productive, healthy, and smart. And not just like as an excuse to collect handbags.'”

She paused.

“Although,” she told the magazine. “I love handbags.”

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Channing Tatum Releases Big News About His “X-Men” Role

Stuart Wilson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Get ready X-Men fans, Channing Tatum is joining the family.

The 22 Jump Street star posted on Facebook Monday, “How do you say October 7, 2016 in Cajun?”

For those who are fans of the X-Men franchise, obviously Tatum is referring to the card-throwing character Gambit, who has strong ties to New Orleans. Gambit first appeared in the early 1990’s. The only time we’ve seen the X-Men great in any of the movies has been in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where Taylor Kitsch played the role.

Now with Tatum at the helm, he’s getting his own movie in 2016.

The Magic Mike star was first confirmed by X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner as the card-throwing Gambit, real name Remy LeBeau, back in May. Donner told Total Film, “It is Channing, yes, yes.”

Gambit will be coming out five months after the new X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27, 2016.

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Nicholas Sparks and His Wife Cathy Separate

Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Notebook, The Best of Me and A Walk to Remember are just a few of the touching books by writer Nicholas Sparks, some of which were turned into hit movies. All of them are about enduring love.

Even so, Sparks has announced that he and wife of 25 years Cathy have decided to separate.

“Cathy and I have separated,” he told ABC News via a statement. “This is of course not a decision we’ve made lightly. We remain close friends with deep respect for each other and love for our children. For our children’s sake, we regard this as a private matter.”

The author and Nebraska native, 49, married his wife in 1989 and the two have three sons — Miles, Ryan, and Landon — and two daughters — Lexie and Savannah.

Sparks recently appeared on Good Morning America to talk about his first dual love story The Longest Ride, which is currently being made into a movie starring Scott Eastwood.

The character Ira was actually based on someone in his own life.

“When my grandma got divorced, moved to San Diego and met a man,” he said on the show. “They were companions for 20, 25 years. He was like my grandfather growing up. When writing Ira, I really modeled him on Leo.”

Aside from his professional life, Sparks is an avid philanthropist with the Nicholas Sparks Foundation. He also donates to his alma mater Notre Dame and helped to start The Epiphany School of Global Studies in the late 2000’s.

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“Marvel’s Agent Carter” Debuts Tuesday on ABC

Marvel(NEW YORK) — On Tuesday, ABC will kick-off its limited run series Marvel’s Agent Carter. Hayley Atwell reprises her role as Peggy Carter — the love of Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers/Captain America — seen in both of the spangly Avenger’s blockbuster movies.

As in the “One Shot” short film Agent Carter on which the show’s based, Peggy, still working for the S.H.I.E.L.D. forerunner agency the Strategic Scientific Reserve, sees her role as a wartime super-spy reduced in a male-dominated postwar world.

Whether it be hiding her job from her roommate, or cracking cases behind the backs of her fellow Strategic Scientific Reserve agents who have the fearless agent fetching coffee and filling out paperwork, Carter shows sometimes the best man for the job is a woman.

The two-episode premiere has Peggy trying to clear the name of her pal, inventor Howard Stark — yes, Iron Man’s dad — who is falsely implicated in trying to sell dangerous technology.

The first teaser trailer to Marvel’s upcoming movie Ant-Man will air during Agent Carter, which debuts at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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“Saved by the Bell” Star Ordered to Stand Trial in Stabbing Case

Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images(PORT WASHINGTON, Wis.) — A judge has ordered former Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond to stand trial following the 37-year-old actor’s alleged stabbing of a fellow patron at a bar in Port Washington, Wisconsin, on Christmas night, the Journal Sentinel reports.

Diamond told police he accidentally stabbed a man while the former child star was attempting to defend his fiancée, Amanda Schutz, who apparently took issue with a group of people taking the couple’s picture.

The alleged victim, Casey Smet, told cops he was attempting to apologize to the couple when things got physical between he and the actor; Smet also told investigators he didn’t realize he’d suffered a small stab wound in his leg in the altercation.

TV’s “Screech” was arrested at the scene and slapped with a number of charges, including carrying a concealed weapon, disorderly conduct, and second-degree recklessly endangering safety.

At a preliminary hearing on Monday, Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy deemed there to be probable cause to proceed to a trial.

The actor is currently free on $10,000 bail.

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Exes Katy Perry and John Mayer Hang Out Together, Fuel Reunion Rumors

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) — Are Katy Perry and John Mayer back on?

The two former lovebirds reconnected in Beverly Hills over the weekend, People magazine reports, leading many to speculate that their relationship may be heating up again. It was the first time the exes had been spotted together publicly since their breakup last February.

But a source close to Katy told People that just because the two are hanging out, doesn’t mean they’re getting back together. “They actually buried the hatchet a while back, and they are friends,” the source said.

Added the source, “It’s not a surprise they would see each other socially. She’s focused on her career and making herself happy.”

Katy was most recently romantically linked to deejay and producer Diplo.

Reps for both Katy, 30, and John, 37, had no immediate comment on the former couple’s rendezvous.

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“Selma” Excluded from Producers Guild Awards Nominations

“Selma” – Paramount(LOS ANGELES) — The Producers Guild of America on Monday announced the motion picture nominees for its 2015 awards ceremony, and one critical favorite was noticeably snubbed.

The Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma was excluded from the list of 10 nominees for theatrical motion picture producer. The films that did make the cut, in alphabetical order, are American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, Foxcatcher, Gone Girl, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Nightcrawler, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash.

Five films are nominated in the animated movie category: Big Hero 6, The Book of Life, The Boxtrolls, How To Train Your Dragon 2 and The LEGO Movie.

The PGA also announced its long-form television category on Monday. The FX series Fargo and American Horror Story: Freak Show are among the contenders.

The nominees in the other movie and TV categories were previously revealed in late 2014.

The 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards will be held in Los Angeles on Jan. 24.

A full list of nominees is available on ProducersGuild.org. Here are the nominees in select categories:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Nightcrawler
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash


The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How To Train Your Dragon 2
The LEGO Movie


The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television

American Horror Story: Freak Show, FX
Fargo, FX
The Normal Heart, HBO
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, PBS
Sherlock, PBS

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama

Breaking Bad, AMC
Downton Abbey, PBS
Game Of Thrones, HBO
House Of Cards, Netflix
True Detective, HBO

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy

The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Louie, FX
Modern Family, ABC
Orange Is The New Black, Netflix
Veep, HBO

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television

30 For 30, ESPN
American Masters, PBS
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, CNN
COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey, FOX/NatGeo
Shark Tank, ABC

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television

The Amazing Race, CBS
Dancing With The Stars, ABC
Project Runway, Lifetime
Top Chef, Bravo
The Voice, NBC

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television

The Colbert Report, Comedy Central
Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, HBO
Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, NBC

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“The Bachelor”: Chris Soules Meets 30 Women, Premiere Ends in Cliffhanger

ABC(LOS ANGELES) — The 19th season of The Bachelor began Monday night on ABC with a three-hour extravaganza that ended in an unusual cliffhanger.

Chris Soules, a farmer from Iowa who was rejected by Andi Dorfman on the 2014 season of The Bachelorette, was introduced to 30 women at the Bachelor mansion. After the standard getting-to-know-you mixer, Chris dismissed eight of the ladies during the first rose ceremony of the season.

One of the eliminated bachelorettes was a yoga instructor named Kimberly, who apparently had a hard time letting go. She briefly left the mansion before returning inside to ask Chris if she could pull him aside for a second. What happened next? You’ll have to tune in to next Monday’s episode to find out.

In a twist to the usual format, only 15 women were taken to the Bachelor mansion at first. They were confused when the party began with a relatively small number of bachelorettes in attendance. Their confusion gave way to disappointment once their other rivals showed up.

Many of the 30 women tried to stand out with funny, quirky or just plain awkward arrivals. Reegan, a cadaver tissue saleswoman, presented Chris with a fake heart in a cooler. Real estate agent Nicole wore a pig nose and told Chris she was hamming things up for him. Get it?

Tara wore a country outfit, including cowboy boots, to the mansion, but she quickly felt she was being judged by the other women. So she put on a dress, sneaked out of the mansion and into a limousine, and then introduced herself again to Chris. Tara’s choice of clothing wouldn’t be her only problem in the episode.

Ashley S., a hairstylist, provided some comic relief for the cameras when she became obsessed with a pomegranate hanging on a plant that she thought was an onion.

Amid all of the craziness, Chris gave his first impression rose to a waitress named Britt. He boldly gave her a kiss, too.

We should point out that the alcohol was flowing during the mixer, and it certainly had its effect on Tara. Tara was noticeably drunk during the rose ceremony, stumbling, stomping her feet and blowing on her hands for some reason. At one point Chris stepped out of the room and told host Chris Harrison that he had planned to award Tara a rose, but the fact that she was wasted concerned him.

In the end, Chris decided to give Tara another chance. He also kept Ashley S. around, too, but he dismissed Reegan, Nicole and six others. Twenty-two women in all remain in the competition, pending the outcome of Kimberly’s impromptu chit-chat with Chris.

The new Bachelor season launched with a one-hour red carpet event that featured appearances by former Bachelor couple Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici, Bachelorette couple Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray, and Nikki Ferrell, who was chosen by Juan Pablo Galavis on the 2014 season of The Bachelor but has since split from him. Nikki explained that she and Juan Pablo broke up because their lifestyles were too different.

A new episode of The Bachelor will air next Monday night on ABC.

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Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden Tie the Knot at Her Home

Karwai Tang/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — The rumors were true: Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden indeed tied the knot Monday night.

The actress and the rock musician exchanged vows inside her Beverly Hills home in front of approximately 100 guests, according to E! Online. A reception followed in a tent set up in Diaz’s yard.

Us Weekly says Nicole Richie and Diaz’s Charlie’s Angels co-star Drew Barrymore were among Diaz’s bridesmaids.

Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow were among the other celebrities who attended the ceremony.

Rumors were rampant earlier in the day that Diaz, 42, and Madden, 35, would marry at her home.

Diaz and Madden reportedly got engaged before Christmas, after dating for seven months. This is the first marriage for both.

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Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Welcome First Child

Bennett Raglin/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively somehow rang in 2015 without anyone finding out that they had become new parents.

The married couple welcomed their first child near their home in Bedford, New York, during the holidays, according to the New York Post‘s Page Six and other media outlets. The baby was born early but is said to be healthy and doing well.

So far there’s no word on the child’s gender or name.

Lively announced her pregnancy on her lifestyle website, Preserve, in October.

Lively, 27, and Reynolds, 37, tied the knot in 2012.

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