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Vanilla Ice Arrested for Burglary in Florida, Police Say

Photo by Paul Warner/Getty Images(LANTANA, Fla) — Vanilla Ice has been arrested in Florida, authorities said on Wednesday.

The former rapper, whose real name is Robert VanWinkle, was taken into custody and is expected to be charged with burglary residence and grand theft, according to a Chief Sean Scheller at the Lantana Police Department.

This past December, the police investigated a burglary at a home near a residence VanWinkle has been renovating. According to authorities, the missing items — which included furniture, a pool heater, bicycles and other items — were found at VanWinkle’s property and later returned to the owner.

Scheller told ABC News that VanWinkle is currently working with investigators and will be charged when he is booked at the county jail.

A rep for VanWinkle has not yet responded to a request for comment.

VanWinkle, who is perhaps best known for his hit song, “Ice Ice Baby,” has a home renovation show on the DIY Network, The Vanilla Ice Project.

It is unclear whether this property is affiliated with show.

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Bronies Take Brooklyn for Ponycon 2015

ABC News(NEW YORK) — “Bronies” are one of the more peculiar and interesting phenomena of this decade: they’re adult male fans of the children’s toy and eponymous TV show, My Little Pony.

The My Little Pony toys have been around since the early 1980s but didn’t catch on with men on a wider scale until the release of the 2010 animated series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

While Friendship Is Magic is every bit the children’s series it intended to be, the writing is deceptively sophisticated and adult humor is subtly woven through the series without the younger audience knowing, according to Bronies.

Those inside jokes, along with high-quality animation, has created a fan base that rivals Trekkies in their passion and knowledge.

To see the phenomenon for ourselves, ABC News visited Ponycon, a My Little Pony convention in Brooklyn. It was a mix of My Little Pony fans, young and old, where fans dressed in costume and shared three days of friendship, magic and harmony.

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Bronies Take Brooklyn for Ponycon 2015

ABC News(NEW YORK) — “Bronies” are one of the more peculiar and interesting phenomena of this decade: they’re adult male fans of the children’s toy and eponymous TV show, My Little Pony.

The My Little Pony toys have been around since the early 1980s but didn’t catch on with men on a wider scale until the release of the 2010 animated series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

While Friendship Is Magic is every bit the children’s series it intended to be, the writing is deceptively sophisticated and adult humor is subtly woven through the series without the younger audience knowing, according to Bronies.

Those inside jokes, along with high-quality animation, has created a fan base that rivals Trekkies in their passion and knowledge.

To see the phenomenon for ourselves, ABC News visited Ponycon, a My Little Pony convention in Brooklyn. It was a mix of My Little Pony fans, young and old, where fans dressed in costume and shared three days of friendship, magic and harmony.

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Neil Patrick Harris on Why He’s Haunted by Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars Selfie

ABC/Bob D’Amico(LOS ANGELES) — 2015 Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris compared notes on Wednesday with last year’s host, Ellen DeGeneres, and the two entertainers chatted about the pressure of performing in a room full of celebrities.

“We’re right in the thick of it,” Harris, 41, told DeGeneres. “They started loading in the theater. They’re doing all this stuff now there, at the theater, and my team of writers are thinking about jokes. And it’s a tricky process with the content, as you well know. I should really ask you: What was it like for you a week, six, five days out?”

DeGeneres gave Harris some advice before passing the torch.

“Well, you write as much as you possibly can,” she said. “And up until that day you’re changing jokes and timing it in rehearsal. And really until that day. I mean, I was changing things an hour before it started.”

Harris confessed to being intimidated by DeGeneres’ 2014 Oscars selfie, which pictured Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and other big names.

“Your selfie shot was the most spectacular, successful thing,” the Gone Girl actor said. “It worked out so well. But it’s a horrible dark cloud above my head now. How do you try to beat the selfie that broke the Internet? … It turned out to be a great thing. Selfie’s into my brain, so I’m gonna try to do something better.”

The Oscars will air Sunday, Feb. 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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Jennifer Garner: My Mom Taught Me Not to Prioritize Beauty

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Jennifer Garner moved to New York City from Charleston, West Virginia, in the early 1990s, but in the March edition of Southern Living magazine, she insists she didn’t leave her Southern values behind, especially when it comes to her appearance.

In particular, the 42-year-old actress said she learned that looks aren’t everything.

“What my mom did that I valued so much was to not place beauty high on the list of priorities,” she recalled.

Indeed, Garner admitted it was “a shock” when her classmates at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, told her she was attractive.

Even when she’s walking the red carpet, Garner likes to keep things simple. “Although I adore it on others, you won’t see me wearing many one-shoulder, asymmetrical, cool things. I can’t feel like I’m wearing a costume.”

Garner said she wouldn’t trade growing up in West Virginia for anything.

“I feel so fortunate to have grown up in a place where people look out for each other,” the actress said. “Community is the one thing people crave most, and it’s hard to come by. I grew up with such an excess of it that now wherever I go, the first thing I do is build my group.”

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Dakota Johnson Dishes on Charlie Hunnam Quitting “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Universal(NEW YORK) — Originally, Charlie Hunnam was set to star alongside Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades of Grey.

However, he bowed out of the project early and Jamie Dornan landed the role of Christian Grey.

“That was a confusing moment,” Johnson admitted to David Leterman on Tuesday. “I think his schedule conflicted. He was busy.”

Ultimately, the project was very successful: It earned an estimated $94.4 million over the four-day holiday weekend. It was a well-deserved reward for the actress, who said the audition process took about two months.

“The first few auditions, I did a monologue from Persona which was really random but kinda the same vibe and the rest of it was just reading with a lot of really handsome men,” she said. “Then once I got the role [and] then it was another month to find Jamie.”

And while it took awhile for everything to come together, Johnson said it was well worth it.

“It turned out OK,” she said.

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Award Show Expert Offers Tips for Your Oscars Pool

ABC(NEW YORK) — Haven’t made your predictions yet for this Sunday’s Academy Awards? Tom O’Neil of the award show-themed website GoldDerby.com has some advice before you participate in your office’s Oscars pool.

His first suggestion: follow your brain and not your heart. He explains to ABC News Radio, “The biggest mistake you could make predicting the Oscars is voting for the movies you love and the performances you’re rooting for. Don’t do that. You will inevitably fail. Vote for what you think they’re going to vote for based on past history.”

O’Neil also believes your vote should fall in line with the experts’ predictions. He says, “Be conservative, because in general there aren’t huge surprises at the Oscars.”

The 87th Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on ABC this Sunday night. Terrence Howard and Oscar-nominated The Theory of Everything actress Felicity Jones have just been added to the list of presenters.

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You Can Rule Out John Oliver as Next Host of “The Daily Show”

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — We can rule out John Oliver as the next host of The Daily Show.

HBO announced Tuesday it has renewed Oliver’s Sunday-night program, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, for a third and fourth season. The third season will premiere in 2016, while season four will air the following year. Both will consist of 35 shows.

Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming, said in a statement, “We are incredibly proud to have John as part of the HBO family.”

“His unique ability to deliver socially significant commentary week after week, along with his innate comedic brilliance, puts John in a class by himself,” Lombardo continued.

Oliver is a former Daily Show correspondent who filled in for Jon Stewart as host of the Comedy Central program in 2013 when Stewart went on hiatus to direct the film Rosewater. Oliver parlayed his success in that role into his current gig with HBO, which launched the second season of Last Week Tonight earlier this month.

HBO’s announcement comes a week after Stewart revealed he’s stepping down from The Daily Show later this year.

There has been much speculation regarding who will replace Stewart. Current correspondent Jessica Williams downplayed suggestions that she would be a good fit when she tweeted this week, “I’m not hosting. Thank you but I am extremely under-qualified for the job!”

Williams has received the support of thousands of fans who have endorsed her for The Daily Show hosting job on a Change.org petition. She even plays the host of The Daily Show — albeit in the year 2025 — in a scene in the upcoming time-travel comedy Hot Tub Time Machine 2.

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Congressman Expresses Concern over Lack of Diversity Among Oscar Nominees

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A California congressman on Tuesday issued a letter to the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, expressing his “shock at the lack of diversity” among this year’s Oscar nominees.

The lack of diversity among the nominees was a hot topic after they were announced last month. All of the acting nominees are white.

In his note to Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Rep. Tony Cárdenas, who represents the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County, states that Hollywood and film “portray who we are as a people and what we value as a culture.”

“When we fail to include diverse, talented faces, reflecting both today and tomorrow’s America, we send a poor message to our youth and the world,” Cárdenas says. “We are not celebrating the diversity that makes this country unique. I believe we must do better.”

Cárdenas invites Boone Isaacs to meet with him to discuss how to build a more diverse entertainment industry. He CC’d a number of Academy branches and studio executives on his letter.

Cárdenas released his letter on the same day Oscars voting ended.

The Academy Awards will air on ABC this Sunday.

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Jennifer Garner Admits Being Shocked When First Told She Was Pretty

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Jennifer Garner moved to New York City from Charleston, West Virginia in the early 1990s, but in the March edition of Southern Living magazine, she insists she didn’t leave her Southern values behind, especially when it comes to her appearance.

In particular, the 42-year-old actress tells the magazine she learned that looks aren’t everything. “What my mom did that I valued so much was to not place beauty high on the list of priorities,” she recalls.

In fact, Garner admits it was “a shock” when her classmates at Denison University in Granville, Ohio told her she was pretty.

Even when she’s walking the red carpet, Jennifer likes to keep things simple. “Although I adore it on others, you won’t see me wearing many one-shoulder, asymmetrical, cool things. I can’t feel like I’m wearing a costume.”

Garner says she wouldn’t trade growing up in West Virginia for anything. “I feel so fortunate to have grown up in a place where people look out for each other,” the actress says. “Community is the one thing people crave most, and it’s hard to come by. I grew up with such an excess of it that now wherever I go, the first thing I do is build my group.”

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