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Art Exhibit Plans to Showcase Celebs’ Hacked Photos

iStock/Thinkstock(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — A Florida gallery says it’s going to showcase the hacked photos of starlets — including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton — as part of an art exhibit about privacy in the age of the Internet.

The leaked images will be printed on huge canvases and added to Los Angeles artist XVALA’s ongoing “Fear Google” project, Cory Allen Contemporary Art said on its website. The St. Petersburg, Florida, showroom will put the images on display on Oct. 30, as part of XVALA’s “No Delete” show.

“The artist and myself were both really inspired and encouraged by the way people are reacting to this — both positive and negative,” founder Cory Allen told ABC News. “It’s inspiring to see that people are angry, and that they care about privacy in an age where everyone gives away their information.”

The point of the project is “to show how technology is consuming us,” Allen added.

The latest installment is part of a seven-year art project about privacy, he said. It also includes paparazzi photos of celebrities.

The timing of the celeb photo hack was a coincidence, he said.

Allen said he and the artist aren’t too worried about police interference, and won’t show any photos they believe were taken of the celebrities when they were underage. As for any potential legal hurdles, he said “we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”

And they will probably have to, according to attorney Brad Shear, who specializes in digital issues.

“Their fair use claim would be very weak, because at the end of the day these are just stolen images,” Shear told ABC News.

The artist and gallery owner could potentially be violating privacy laws, revenge porn laws and copyright laws by using the images, he said.

Allen stressed that the gallery doesn’t condone hacking, but the goal of the exhibit is to continue the social conversation about privacy.

Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence vowed to go after hackers after the leaked images surfaced.

“This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client, Kate Upton’s, privacy,” attorney Lawrence shire said. “We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible.”

Liz Mahoney, a spokesperson for Jennifer Lawrence, has said the actress will “prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos.”

Mahoney and Shire did not immediately respond to ABC News request for comment on this specific matter.

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Art Exhibit Plans to Showcase Celebs’ Hacked Photos

iStock/Thinkstock(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — A Florida gallery says it’s going to showcase the hacked photos of starlets — including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton — as part of an art exhibit about privacy in the age of the Internet.

The leaked images will be printed on huge canvases and added to Los Angeles artist XVALA’s ongoing “Fear Google” project, Cory Allen Contemporary Art said on its website. The St. Petersburg, Florida, showroom will put the images on display on Oct. 30, as part of XVALA’s “No Delete” show.

“The artist and myself were both really inspired and encouraged by the way people are reacting to this — both positive and negative,” founder Cory Allen told ABC News. “It’s inspiring to see that people are angry, and that they care about privacy in an age where everyone gives away their information.”

The point of the project is “to show how technology is consuming us,” Allen added.

The latest installment is part of a seven-year art project about privacy, he said. It also includes paparazzi photos of celebrities.

The timing of the celeb photo hack was a coincidence, he said.

Allen said he and the artist aren’t too worried about police interference, and won’t show any photos they believe were taken of the celebrities when they were underage. As for any potential legal hurdles, he said “we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”

And they will probably have to, according to attorney Brad Shear, who specializes in digital issues.

“Their fair use claim would be very weak, because at the end of the day these are just stolen images,” Shear told ABC News.

The artist and gallery owner could potentially be violating privacy laws, revenge porn laws and copyright laws by using the images, he said.

Allen stressed that the gallery doesn’t condone hacking, but the goal of the exhibit is to continue the social conversation about privacy.

Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence vowed to go after hackers after the leaked images surfaced.

“This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client, Kate Upton’s, privacy,” attorney Lawrence shire said. “We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible.”

Liz Mahoney, a spokesperson for Jennifer Lawrence, has said the actress will “prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos.”

Mahoney and Shire did not immediately respond to ABC News request for comment on this specific matter.

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Joy Behar Remembers Joan Rivers as a ‘Great Role Model’

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Joan Rivers was one of the hardest-working comedians in the business before her death Thursday. Even at the time of her death, the 81-year-old was supposed to be in New York City covering Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for E!’s Fashion Police.

Joy Behar explained on Friday’s Good Morning America why Rivers, her longtime friend, worked so hard.

“I said, ‘Joan, what is it with this empty calendar that makes you so…’ [She said] ‘Oh sure, sure! You have a husband. You have someone to hang out with.’ She was right. It was like, you know, she was a single widow and she needed to do things with her life,” Behar recalled.

Behar said the comedy legend just wasn’t just a role model to other female comics, but to women in general.

“We’re trained to be nice and to be good little girls and don’t speak your mind. She’s the opposite and so all of us women comedians are like that,” said Behar. “We just say whatever. So we took a page from Joan. She was a great role model. [She said] just go out there and say whatever and be funny and don’t worry if the men don’t think you’re sexy or if they don’t like it, too bad! You know, that’s a very important thing for women to understand.”

Behind-the-scenes, Behar said Rivers was just a regular person: “She was normal. She picked up a check. She had a conversation. She was a normal person. You would’ve enjoyed her conversation I think. Not one of these people that has to be funny 24/7.”

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Katie Couric’s Mother and ‘Best Friend’ Elinor Dies

Lou Rocco/ABC(NEW YORK) — Katie Couric had to say goodbye to her “best friend” Thursday.

“My heart is broken. I lost my mom and best friend. We love you and miss you, Mom/Granny,” she tweeted along with a sweet picture of her late mother, Elinor H. Couric.

My heart is broken. I lost my mom and best friend. We love you and miss you, Mom/Granny. pic.twitter.com/gamqIxqlIz

— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) September 4, 2014

She also posted on Facebook that her mother lived from 1923 to 2014 and died at the age of 91.

“She loved fiercely and was fiercely loved,” she added.

Fans immediately shared their condolences.

Couric, 57, took care of her mother after she lost her father to Parkinson’s in 2011.

The veteran news anchor just remarried herself, when she tied the knot to John Molner in June.

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Tom Brady Admits He’ll ‘Pout and Whine’ to Get Attention from Wife Gisele Bundchen

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tom Brady is a star NFL quarterback who’s garnered plenty of attention for throwing touchdowns.

Off the field, however, he gets recognition for throwing hissy fits.

“I like attention from [my wife, Gisele Bündchen], so when I’m not getting it I let her know in immature ways, like a young, immature child would,” he told Man of the World magazine for its latest cover story. “You throw fits and you pout and you whine until you get what you want.”

“[But] she’s on to me. She knows all of my tricks,” he continued. “So now I have to learn new tricks!”

Brady, 37, has been married to Bündchen, 34, since 2009. Their oldest child, Benjamin, was born that December, while their daughter, Vivian, came along three years later. (Brady also has an 8-year-old son, Jack, from a previous relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan.)

These days, the supermodel’s expectations of Brady are high (“I’m a guy, what doesn’t she get on me for?” he joked. “That’s just what wives do!”) but she told Good Morning America that she’s always rooting him on.

“He’s a wonderful man and he’s so supportive. It’s great that way,” she gushed. “I’m his biggest fan and I think it goes both ways.”

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Tom Brady Admits He’ll ‘Pout and Whine’ to Get Attention from Wife Gisele Bundchen

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tom Brady is a star NFL quarterback who’s garnered plenty of attention for throwing touchdowns.

Off the field, however, he gets recognition for throwing hissy fits.

“I like attention from [my wife, Gisele Bündchen], so when I’m not getting it I let her know in immature ways, like a young, immature child would,” he told Man of the World magazine for its latest cover story. “You throw fits and you pout and you whine until you get what you want.”

“[But] she’s on to me. She knows all of my tricks,” he continued. “So now I have to learn new tricks!”

Brady, 37, has been married to Bündchen, 34, since 2009. Their oldest child, Benjamin, was born that December, while their daughter, Vivian, came along three years later. (Brady also has an 8-year-old son, Jack, from a previous relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan.)

These days, the supermodel’s expectations of Brady are high (“I’m a guy, what doesn’t she get on me for?” he joked. “That’s just what wives do!”) but she told Good Morning America that she’s always rooting him on.

“He’s a wonderful man and he’s so supportive. It’s great that way,” she gushed. “I’m his biggest fan and I think it goes both ways.”

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What to Expect from Oprah Winfrey’s “The Life You Want Tour”

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(NEW YORK) – Iyanla Vanzant is one of the many stage personalities featured on Oprah Winfrey’s multi-city self-help tour called “Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend.” The self-help guru tells ABC News Radio what attendees should expect from the two-day event.

“[Oprah] always wants to make sure that the audience is treated well and has a very good time and the movement throughout whatever it is that we’re doing is easy and supportive,” she explained. “So all we have to do is show up and look pretty.”

Vanzant will be joined by Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert and Pastor Rob Bell. In addition, author and medical guru Deepak Chopra will make appearances in select cities.

Vanzant’s appearance on the tour proves that the OWN host and Winfrey have put their troubled past behind them. After a major fall out where the two reportedly didn’t talk for 11 years, the two famously made up during a 2011 episode on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Vanzant tells ABC News Radio their relationship is stronger than ever now.

“We relate to each other. We send each other notes. We check in with each other,” Vanzant said of her boss. “We don’t go shopping and hang out and make soup and watch TV and cartoons together. She does that with Gayle [King]. But we have a deep, deep love for one another and respect for one another.”

“Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend” will make stops in eight cities, beginning in Atlanta on September 5.

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Movie Review: “The Identical” (Rated PG)

Freestyle Releasing(NEW YORK) — The Identical is a semi-ambitious but nonsensical story inspired by the fact that Elvis Presley had a stillborn twin brother. In this film, the identical twins live, though neither is named Elvis. Instead, we get Dexter and Drexel Hemsley, both of whom grow up with Elvis’ good looks and talent, but take very different life paths.

The twins are born to a poor couple living in Alabama during the Depression. One night, downtrodden and desperate to find work to support his infant sons, father William Hemsley stumbles upon a tent revival, where a passionate preacher named Reece Wade (Ray Liotta) delivers a moving sermon about selflessness, and shares that he and his wife, Louise (Ashley Judd), were recently told they wouldn’t be able to have children.

Moved by the story, William convinces his wife to give Dexter to the Wades, who can better provide for the boy, leaving the Hemsleys with only one child to raise. It’s a scene, like so many others in this movie, that lacks the emotional punch it ought to have.

The narrative then focuses on Dexter’s life with the Wades. Reece is doing his best to make sure his son, now named Ryan, follows him to the pulpit. Ryan’s a good son and tries to fulfill his father’s dream, but he knows the church isn’t his calling: he’s a gifted musician and singer, with little desire to be a preacher.

In the meantime, Drexel Hemsley is becoming a music star. And that’s a problem, for this movie. Writer
Howard Klausner intentionally scripts Drexel’s career to mirror Elvis Presley’s, so we’re left with the impression that this world doesn’t have an Elvis: it has as a Drexel Hemsley. And that makes sense — until later in the film, when a character name-drops Elvis. In other words, Elvis exists in a world with another wildly successful singer who looks and sounds exactly him? DUMB. The conceit deflates an already struggling film whose only strength is the undercurrent of sadness born of the notion that a poor couple had to give up a child because they couldn’t afford to raise him.

Will Ryan and Drexel ever meet? I know the answer but believe me, it’s not worth finding out. The Identical’s heart is in the right place, and Ray Liotta delivers one of his more impressive performances, but it’s all for naught. With nonsensical character choices and plot points unworthy of a major motion picture, The Identical feels more like the kind of movie you’d find on TV’s Lifetime.

One-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Nicolle Wallace: Five Things to Know About the New “The View” Co-Host

William B. Plowman/NBC(NEW YORK) — When Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace were officially added to the panel of The View, most people knew of Perez, the actress from movies like White Men Can’t Jump.

Wallace, however, is a little more of a niche figure whom many in political circles recognize, but less so for the majority of The View fans.

Well, Wallace, 42, is a formidable addition to the panel and someone who is accomplished in several mediums, including TV and print. She has even worked in The White House alongside the president himself.

Here’s five fast facts to know about the newest member on The View.

1. Presidential Ties

Wallace started working for then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in 1999 before she joined President George W. Bush’s White House staff as communications chief in the early-2000s, according to her website’s bio.

According to the Washington Post, her site adds, she served as “a voice for more openness with reporters.”

She also worked on the 2008 McCain-Palin campaign.

2. Her Likeness Has Been in Movies

American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson played Wallace in the 2012 movie Game Change, which followed the 2008 McCain presidential campaign. Julianne Moore played Palin. In the movie, Wallace grilled Palin on knowing current events and the status of noteworthy events with which the U.S. was connected, such as the Iraq War.

3. Accomplished Author

Wallace wrote Eighteen Acres, which was published in 2010, and had a sequel published the next year. Both books received critical acclaim.

Amazon’s description of the book says, “From the former Communications Director for the White House and current political media strategist comes a suspenseful and smart commercial novel about the first female president [Charlotte Kramer] and all dramas and deceptions she faces both in politics and in love.”

Her website says the next book in the series in coming in 2015.

4. She’s Not New to TV

Wallace has been serving as political correspondent for MSNBC and appeared on shows like Morning Joe and Office Politics to talk about the status of the government. She isn’t afraid to say negative things about her own Republican party, saying “this is stupid politically” when the GOP threaten to shut down the government last year.

5. Famous Friends

In an article from More magazine in 2011, Wallace recounts how she became such close friends with Katie Couric. “Katie nurtured and mentored me professionally,” Wallace said. “And our friendship grew out of that.” The article adds that while they both live in New York City, they often meet for walks, breakfast or even go to movies.

Couric said, “When push comes to shove, there are few people you can trust with advising you on your career. Nicolle has always had my best interest at heart. I really value that.”

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Joan Rivers Wanted Her Funeral to Be a ‘Huge Showbiz Affair’

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — Joan Rivers detailed how she envisioned her funeral in her 2012 book, I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me, and described it as a “huge showbiz affair.”

In a chapter of the book titled, “Death Be Not Proud,” the 81-year-old comedienne provides the following instructions to her daughter Melissa:

“When I die (and, yes, Melissa, that day will come; and, yes, Melissa, everything’s still in your name), I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras and action. I want craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way. Don’t give me some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents. I don’t want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing ‘Mr. Lonely.’ I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag. I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce’s.”

Rivers died Thursday at New York’s Mount Sinai hospital. Her funeral is set for Sunday at New York City’s Temple Emanu-El.

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