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Why Kristen Wiig Went ‘Fully Naked’ In New Film

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Kristen Wiig has played many comedic characters in her career, but now, the former Saturday Night Live star is trying her hand at drama.

“I was introduced to the world as a cast member of SNL but I’ve always wanted to do dramatic stuff, to write and direct, do a lot of different things,” she told Elle magazine. “Comedy is where my heart lies, but there’s also something really satisfying about being able to step away with a small crew, become a character and get to know her for a few months at a time.”

To that end, Wiig, 40, has two big projects coming down the pike: The Skeleton Twins alongside Bill Hader, and Welcome to Me, in which she portrays a woman with borderline personality disorder who wins millions in the lottery.

The latter forced the actress to really push herself into new territory.

“I’d never read a character like that!” she said. “I got to a scene where it read, ‘She’s fully naked,’ and I remember thinking: If I do this movie, I have to do this scene, because it’s really important to this script.”

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Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino Reveals His Mother, Not Brother, Gave Him His Black Eye

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is back on TV in The Sorrentinos, a reality show about his family that premieres Tuesday.

You can’t mention the Sorrentino family and “The Situation” without bringing up his arrest from last month, following a fight with his older brother Frank in a tanning salon they own together.

The entire family — Mike, Frank, Marc, Melissa and mother Linda “Peaches” — stopped by ABC’s New York headquarters this week to clear up exactly what happened on June 17 and fire back at critics who think the fight might have been staged to promote the show.

“It was a business miscommunication among family,” said the former Jersey Shore star. “At the same time, not many in this world have the ability or capacity to work with your family. It’s rewarding, I’ve always dreamt of it since I was little, but there are trials and tribulations, but at the end of the day we sit down for mama’s gravy.”

Frank added that filming for The Sorrentinos had finished and that there was no way the altercation was planned because there were no cameras around at the time.

“We had wrapped filming a week and a half prior to that,” Frank said.

He added that the network picked up a 9th episode to film the aftermath of the brotherly fight and how the family coped with the drama.

“Like all families, there is drama, there are ups and downs … ours may happen to be in front of the camera,” Marc said, adding that he’s also been fighting with Mike since he was 7. “I wish it was staged — it happens to be a very real case later this month, we believe in putting our best foot forward that it will be dismissed.”

The family will go back to court in New Jersey to handle the simple assault charge against Mike. Frank said he would never press charges “against my own brother.”

As for the fight itself, photos surfaced the day after of “The Situation” sporting a shiner under his right eye. He said his mother Peaches — not Frank — gave that to him!

“That was Peaches, my mom got the licks in,” Mike said. “Frank did not touch me at all.”

Sorrentino’s mother hit him by accident when she as trying to break up the fight between Mike and Frank.

“I was trying to break them apart,” Peaches clarified. “When they were fighting, me and Melissa tried to break them up, unfortunately to try and break them up I might have hit him with a left.”

Mike added, “She tried to grab me multiple times, there were multiple jabs, she kept missing she wasn’t able to grip, so that’s why I had the black eye.”

Frank said following the fight he didn’t talk to Mike for a week and Mike said he even blocked his brother on Twitter.

The squabble aside, Mike said he wants to show people a different side on The Sorrentinos.

“On the Jersey Shore, fans only saw a part of Michael Sorrentino,” he said. “On this new show, there are a whole new set of characters as well as finally introducing the real Michael Sorrentino, not ‘The Situation.’ I don’t know if I am ever going to be able to drop the nickname, did ‘The Rock’ ever drop ‘The Rock’ … it’s part of what had made me but at the same time part of what had destroyed me, but the situation is not the whole me. It’s really a dream upon another dream to get a second shot, some people don’t even get one shot, to get another one is very special.”

With Marc continuing his DJing career, Mike and Frank pursuing acting, Melissa in the process of planning her wedding and Peaches single and dating, Marc said “you get to see a family on the East Coast, I know there’s a very prominent family on the West Coast.”

Mike added, “You get to see a real show,” joking about the Kardashians and adding that his show is never scripted.

The Sorrentinos premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m on TVGN.

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Nick and Vanessa Lachey Expecting a Baby Girl

Taylor Hill/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Nick and Vanessa Lachey are expecting their second child.

The host of VH1′s Big Morning Buzz announced on Twitter that his wife of three years is pregnant with a baby girl.

“Can’t think of a better way to celebrate 3 years of marriage to my beautiful @VanessaLachey than this! #family,” Nick Lachey tweeted, along with a photo of their 22-month-old son, Camden, running on the beach.

Lachey, 40, married his wife, formerly called Vanessa Minnillo, 33, in 2011. They welcomed their son the next year.

Since landing his hosting gig, Lachey has been living in New York City, though he told ABC News last year that he hoped to raise his family in Cincinnati, where he grew up.

“I’ve never embraced the idea of raising my kid in L.A.,” he said. “I want to move back home in a few years when Camden starts school. Vanessa and I share a common understanding that family is the most important thing and we both appreciate the idea of raising our kids around their grandparents and cousins.”

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Erin Andrews Opens Up About New ‘Dream Job’

ABC/Randy Holmes(MINNEAPOLIS) — The news broke Monday that Erin Andrews would be taking over the top spot on the NFL sidelines for Fox, replacing Pam Oliver who is entering her 20th and final season with the network.

Andrews told ABC News on Tuesday that the opportunity is definitely “a dream come true.”

The Dancing With the Stars co-host and veteran sports reporter added that “it’s what I think I’ve wanted, it’s pretty much what every sports fan that loves the NFL would love to do at some point. To work with those guys and to be with that crew, it is a dream come true. It’s exactly what I’ve wanted.”

Andrews, who joined Fox in 2012, will work with the top NFL team on the network, which includes the iconic Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.

“I know I have huge, huge shoes to fill,” she added. “There’s nobody I’ve watched more over these past 15, 20 years than Pam Oliver and what she did and the precedent she set. How she worked tirelessly day in and day out and really set the standard for women and sideline reporters and so much more than that. I can’t thank her enough for being a wonderful role model. This is not going to be easy for me.”

She added, “What I set out on day 1 was to be someone like Pam, I hope I can just hold up that end of the bargain.”

Andrews, 36, spoke to ABC while in Minneapolis for the MLB All-Star Game and as part of the Yoplait Greek challenge. For someone as busy as Andrews, she said getting the right foods in her body is important at all times.

“It’s the easiest for me on the go, when I’m running to workout or running to a DWTS rehearsals, I usually grab a plastic spoon and my yogurt,” she said of Yoplait. “It’s very good and very good for you…its perfect for me, easy for me.”

Andrews said that her family couldn’t be prouder of what she’s accomplished, especially this milestone.

“They are proud, they really are. It’s been a whirlwind ride for all of us. last year…I handed out the world series trophy to Boston Red Sox, a team my dad grew up loving,” she said. “A playoff game in minus 30 degree in Lambeau Field, I was at the Super Bowl, it’s just been a dream come true. Just a month ago, I watched my boyfriend play for the Stanley Cup, it’s kind of been an absolute whirlwind.”

And Andrews knows that her parents Paula and Steve really helped her get to these heights.

“I am trying to convince my mom to retire, trying to convince my dad get out of work so he can be with me every weekend and live this dream with me,” she said. “I’m kind of like ‘You know what, you guys already paved the way for me, just come and enjoy all this.’”

Finally, Andrews wanted to be clear to DWTS fans that she still plans to co-host the show.

“I am going to have time for Dancing with the Stars. That was all part of our negotiations with them. In February when they came to us, I kind of hinted when I took the job, I was going to be on the Michael Strahan program, now more so than ever,” she said. “He works crazy hours on Sunday, I’ll be doing the same thing. I’m literally going to be going from the football field to the ballroom just like ‘Stra,’ he goes from the studio in New York to his show with Kelly Ripa.”

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Report: Christina Aguilera Celebrates Baby Shower with Graphic ‘Birth’ Cake

Mark Seliger/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — Christina Aguilera isn’t a shrinking violet, so it’s no surprise that the cake at her baby shower didn’t try to sugarcoat the experience of giving birth.

E! News reports that Christina, who’s expecting a daughter with fiance Matthew Rutler, had the co-ed shower over the weekend at her stylist’s home. The cake was in the shape of a woman giving birth on a rug on top of a hardwood floor, and the baby’s head — with a full head of hair — was shown coming out of, well, you know. The writing on the cake? “Push Xtina, Push.”

A source told E! that about 50 family members and close friends gathered for the adults-only shower, which went on past midnight. Food included veggie burgers, sliders, salads, mini grilled cheese sandwiches, and tomato and burrata salad. Guests downed cocktails and mocktails with names like “It’s Almost Time” and “Baby Bellini.”

Said the source, “Christina is doing great. She’s really glowing. She’s feeling great and isn’t tired at all. She can’t wait to meet her baby girl.”

Christina announced her engagement to Rutler on Valentine’s Day, and a week later, we got the news that they were expecting. Christina also has a six-year-old son, Max, from her first marriage to Jordan Bratman.

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Is Lisa Rinna Headed to “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills?”

ABC/Kelsey McNeal(LOS ANGELES) — Lisa Rinna will be joining the cast of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for its fifth season, sources tell E! Online.

The wife of Harry Hamlin, 51, will reportedly fill one of the spots vacated by Joyce Giraud and Carlton Gebbia, who were fired from the reality show after just one season.

The former Melrose Place actress previously insisted she would not join the franchise, telling E! News last year, “Basically that was never gonna happen.”

She later tweeted, “For the record, no. I am not going to be a housewife. Keep calm and carry on.”

Lisa Vanderpump, Brandi Glanville, Kyle Richards, Kim Richards and Yolanda Foster will return for the fifth season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which will premiere in the fall.

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Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson Honeymoon in Mexico

Dimitrios Kambouris/VF14/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Jessica Simpson and former pro football player Eric Johnson tied the knot on the 5th of this month, and spent the past week honeymooning at Mexico’s Four Seasons Punta Mita Resort.

An insider tells Us Weekly the newlyweds stayed in one of the hotel’s presidential suites, where they “had an amazing time and looked so in love during the entire visit.”

The eyewitness also reveals the couple “enjoyed cocktails by the pool and spent a lot of time on the beach, just relaxing after their big day,” adding, “They just let the natural surroundings put them at peace.”

Simpson also celebrated her 34th birthday last Thursday while on honeymoon. She shared a selfie on Instagram with the caption, “And the sun sets on 33.”

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Is Lisa Rinna Headed to “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills?”

ABC/Kelsey McNeal(LOS ANGELES) — Lisa Rinna will be joining the cast of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for its fifth season, sources tell E! Online.

The wife of Harry Hamlin, 51, will reportedly fill one of the spots vacated by Joyce Giraud and Carlton Gebbia, who were fired from the reality show after just one season.

The former Melrose Place actress previously insisted she would not join the franchise, telling E! News last year, “Basically that was never gonna happen.”

She later tweeted, “For the record, no. I am not going to be a housewife. Keep calm and carry on.”

Lisa Vanderpump, Brandi Glanville, Kyle Richards, Kim Richards and Yolanda Foster will return for the fifth season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which will premiere in the fall.

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Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson Honeymoon in Mexico

Dimitrios Kambouris/VF14/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Jessica Simpson and former pro football player Eric Johnson tied the knot on the 5th of this month, and spent the past week honeymooning at Mexico’s Four Seasons Punta Mita Resort.

An insider tells Us Weekly the newlyweds stayed in one of the hotel’s presidential suites, where they “had an amazing time and looked so in love during the entire visit.”

The eyewitness also reveals the couple “enjoyed cocktails by the pool and spent a lot of time on the beach, just relaxing after their big day,” adding, “They just let the natural surroundings put them at peace.”

Simpson also celebrated her 34th birthday last Thursday while on honeymoon. She shared a selfie on Instagram with the caption, “And the sun sets on 33.”

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Meredith Vieira on Returning to “The View”: ‘You Can’t Go Back’

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — Meredith Vieira, who served as the original moderator on ABC’s The View from its debut in 1997 until 2006, insists she has no desire to return to the show.

While promoting her upcoming daytime talk show, debuting in September, at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in California on Monday, Vieira, 60, discussed The View.

According to Deadline.com, she said, “I knew after nine years it was time to leave The View,” noting, “I have a pretty good sense of timing and I always like to get out before something bad happens.”

The TV journalist and talk show host has made several appearances on the program since leaving, and says she was treated “lovingly.” Vieira came to realize, however, that “you can’t go back,” explaining it would have seemed like the “crazy aunt going back.”

Vieira’s remarks come on the heels of ABC’s announcement this past Thursday that Rosie O’Donnell, who co-hosted The View from 2006-2007, will return this fall.

Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy recently announced their impending departures from the show, while co-host Barbara Walters retired from her on-air role in May.

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