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Channing Tatum: Wife Has to OK Stripper Moves in “Magic Mike XXL”

Stuart Wilson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Channing Tatum‘s wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, not only gets a preview of his stripper moves for the sequel Magic Mike XXL, she actually signs off on them.

“Our two choreographers on the movie, they’re really, really good friends [with Jenna],” Tatum told People this weekend. “So I work it out with them and then I go show Jenna for approval.”

Tatum, 34, and his wife, 33, actually met on the set of the dance film Step Up in 2006. Since tying the knot in 2009, they have a daughter together, Everly, now 16 months.

“She actually loves Magic Mike, believe it or not,” Tatum said of his wife’s response to his sexy striptease numbers. “It’s an interesting thing that actors have to deal with. We’re 10 years into it now, so it’s kind of old hat. We’ve moved past it.”

Dewan-Tatum also knows how important the Magic Mike movies are to her husband, because they were inspired by his real-life experiences as a stripper in Florida.

“If I was just doing some movie about strippers, then she’d probably be like, ‘Why do you want to do that?’” Tatum said. “But it started off as a story that I really love, and it’s grown into something that I love even more because it’s a weird world that I experienced in my real life.”

He added, “It’s just a part of me telling some part of my life. And she understands that.”

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Iggy Azalea Leads American Music Awards Nominees

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABC(NEW YORK) — The nominations for the 2014 American Music Awards were announced Monday morning, and Iggy Azalea is waking up to a very nice day. The singer is the leading nominee with six nods, including in the top category, Artist of the Year. She’s joined in that category by three artists who received five nominations each: Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and John Legend.

There are 10 nominees for Artist of the Year, an increase of five from the 2013 ceremony. Five will be eliminated based on votes tallied through Nov. 13.

Jason Derulo and Charli XCX announced the nominees in select categories on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Fans can vote once per day for all categories, other than New Artist of the Year, beginning Monday on AMAVote.com. You can also have your say on Twitter by using the hashtag #AMAs and including the nominee and category name. Voting for New Artist of Year launches Nov. 1 and will continue through the first hour of the ABC broadcast, which airs live from Los Angeles on Nov. 23.

Here are the nominees:

Artist of the Year

Iggy Azalea
Beyoncé
Luke Bryan
Eminem
Imagine Dragons
John Legend
Lorde
One Direction
Katy Perry
Pharrell Williams

New Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl’s
5 Seconds of Summer
Iggy Azalea
Bastille
Sam Smith
Meghan Trainor

Single of the Year
Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy”
John Legend, “All of Me”
MAGIC!, “Rude”
Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

Favorite Male Artist — Pop/Rock
John Legend
Sam Smith
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock
Iggy Azalea
Lorde
Katy Perry

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Pop/Rock
Imagine Dragons
One Direction
OneRepublic

Favorite Album — Pop/Rock
Lorde, Pure Heroine
One Direction, Midnight Memories
Katy Perry, Prism

Favorite Male Artist — Country

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Blake Shelton

Favorite Female Artist — Country
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Favorite Band, Duo or Group — Country
Eli Young Band
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum

Favorite Album — Country
Garth Brooks, Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences
Eric Church, The Outsiders
Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am

Favorite Artist — Rap/Hip-Hop

Iggy Azalea
Drake
Eminem

Favorite Album — Rap/Hip-Hop
Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Drake, Nothing Was The Same
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Favorite Male Artist — Soul/R&B

Chris Brown
John Legend
Pharrell Williams

Favorite Female Artist — Soul/R&B
Jhene Aiko
Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige

Favorite Album — Soul/R&B
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
John Legend, Love in the Future
Pharrell Williams, G I R L

Favorite Artist — Alternative Rock
Bastille
Imagine Dragons
Lorde

Favorite Artist — Adult Contemporary
Sara Bareilles
OneRepublic
Katy Perry

Favorite Artist — Latin
Marc Anthony
Enrique Iglesias
Romeo Santos

Favorite Artist — Contemporary Inspirational
Casting Crowns
Hillsong United
Newsboys

Favorite Artist — Electronic Dance Music (Edm)
Avicii
Calvin Harris
Zedd

Top Soundtrack
Frozen
The Fault In Our Stars
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1

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Penélope Cruz Named “Esquire’s” Sexiest Woman Alive

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Penélope Cruz is Esquire magazine’s “sexiest woman alive.”

In the mag’s November issue, on which she graces the cover, Cruz, 40, discussed her acting career, saying she had “an attraction to drama” in her teens and 20s.

“Most of us have that, especially if you are an artist — you feel like you are tempted to explore the darkness,” Cruz explains.

“I could not be less interested now. For me, the most attractive, charming, cool, fun, interesting thing — how could I call it? A plan,” she adds.

One of the topics Cruz is unwilling to talk about is her personal life. When Esquire asked about her husband, actor Javier Bardem, or their two children, she replied, “That is for us.”

However, the Vicky Cristina Barcelona actress will admit she doesn’t feel like the sexiest woman alive, but more like a mother who doesn’t get enough sleep.

Cruz is also tight-lipped about her upcoming movie projects. All she’ll say about the first, the Spanish-language film Ma Ma, is that she suffers from an illness that she won’t reveal.

Of her part in the 2015 spy comedy Grimsby, starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Cruz reveals she’s been watching famous speeches to prepare for her part. However, she won’t specify which ones.

Cruz is the 11th woman to be named Esquire’s “sexiest woman alive,” joining a list that includes Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Rihanna, Charlize Theron and Scarlett Johansson.

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Bill Hader Returns to “SNL,” Show Pays Tribute to Jan Hooks

Dana Edelson/NBC(NEW YORK) — Bill Hader’s effeminate character Stefon returned to Saturday Night Live‘s “Weekend Update” on Saturday.

He offered up his latest recommendations for New York’s hottest new clubs — including Whimsy, which he said is “condemned by GLAAD and the EPA from Ghostbusters,” and described as an “old wet Band-Aid found in a Jacuzzi…the kind of place that makes you feel weird the next time you see your parents.” The party boy also referenced his “marriage” to Seth Meyers.

Stefon capped off the appearance with a surprise announcement: he’s pregnant.

SNL also paid tribute to Jan Hooks, who died on Thursday at age 57. She was a regular on the show for five seasons between 1986 and 1991.

The tribute was introduced by host Hader and fellow alum Kristen Wiig, and it featured a clip in which she co-starred with Phil Hartman, another former SNL star who passed away in 1998.

Saturday Night Live will return to NBC on October 25 withJim Carrey as host. It will be Carrey’s third time hosting the show, with his prior appearances having aired in 1996 and 2011. Carrey will likely use the opportunity to promote his upcoming sequel, Dumb and Dumber To, which hits theaters on November 14. Iggy Azalea will be the musical guest.

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“August: Osage County” Actress Misty Upham Missing

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(OLYMPIA, Wash.) — Actress Misty Upham, who portrayed a housekeeper in the movie August: Osage County, and also had roles in Frozen River and Django Unchained, has been missing for a week, according to police in Washington state.

The 32-year-old Native American actress was first reported missing by her father Charles on October 6. She was last seen the day before, leaving her apartment in Auburn, Washington, 20 miles outside of Seattle.

Commander Steve Stocker tells People magazine, “Our officers responded to her apartment where she lives with her parents on Sunday for a suicidal call. When our officers got there, she had already packed up some belongings and left the apartment, so the officers were not able to contact or find her.”

However, Stocker says she does not fit the criteria for a “missing and endangered person,” according to Washington state law, in which the person’s missing occurrence has to be “unexplainable, involuntary or suspicious.”

He adds, “As far as the information we have, she took some things with her, she has a bus pass and even access to some money, and the case has been assigned to a detective, but we aren’t putting resources to look for her.”

Earlier this year, Upham filmed her role in the upcoming movie Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston.

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Ralph Macchio Celebrates 30th Anniversary of “The Karate Kid” at New York Comic Con

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — One of the stars who made their presence felt at New York Comic Con over the weekend was Ralph Macchio, who celebrated the 30th anniversary of The Karate Kid.

The Karate Kid, released in the summer of 1984, starred Macchio as Daniel LaRusso, a bullied teen who overcomes long odds to win a karate tournament under the tutelage of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi.

Macchio told ABC News Radio the film has a permanent place in pop culture because people can identify with it. He says, “It still resonates and connects with anyone who is a fish out of water, not fitting in. It’s coming-of-age themes that are human and that will always be relatable at some point.”

Macchio adds that there’s a “soulful magic” to The Karate Kid because of his late co-star Pat Morita, who portrayed Miyagi.

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The Celebs Switch Pro Partners on Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars”

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) — Dancing with the Stars is switching things up on Monday night.

The nine remaining celebrities will change pro partners for the night while tackling new styles of dance such as hip-hop and flamenco.

Alfonso Ribeiro says he’ll try to enjoy himself without his usual partner, Witney Carson, by his side. He tells ABC News Radio he told her how much he’d miss her pushing him and slamming his face during rehearsals.

Tommy Chong is less enthusiastic about undergoing what he calls a “trial separation” with his partner, Peta Murgatroyd. He continues, “We’re going to see what it’s like with others, and then if we don’t like it we’re going to be back together again. I already don’t like it.”

British pop star Jessie J will serve as guest judge on Monday night’s edition of Dancing with the Stars, which begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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Check Out the First Official Photos From Marvel’s “Daredevil” on Netflix

Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Orange is the New Black and House of Cards just got some live action, superhero company on Netflix.

On Saturday, Marvel revealed the first official image from Daredevil, which is scheduled to start in 2015.

“You’re looking at the first official photos of Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock in #Marvel’s #Daredevil” the Instagram post read. The pictures were first revealed during a panel at New York Comic Con.

Joining Cox in the Daredevil cast are Law and Order veteran Vincent D’Onofrio and Deborah Ann Woll from True Blood.

Netflix also released the official synopsis of the show, featuring Marvel’s Man Without Fear.

“‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ is a live action series that follows the journey of attorney Matt Murdock, who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses,” it read. “Murdock sets up practice in his old neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, New York where he now fights against injustice as a respected lawyer by day and masked vigilante at night.”

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FX Series “Archer” Drops ISIS

FX Network(NEW YORK) — FX series Archer is undergoing a slight rebranding – again.

A season after going by Archer Vice, the animated spy show is dropping ISIS, the acronym for the show’s non-government approved spy agency.

“We won’t say ISIS anymore, and the only visual representation of it will be that sign rolling off the show,” executive producer Matt Thompson told The Daily Beast. “It’s just the most awful thing, and we didn’t want to have anything to do with it.”

Last month, a mobile wallet company also changed its name from ISIS to distance itself from the terrorist group.

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Viola Davis Reveals Lesson Meryl Streep Taught Her

ABC News(NEW YORK) — For Viola Davis, being the face of How to Get Away With Murder has meant a lot of responsibility. But she’s embraced it with grace, thanks to lessons she picked up from fellow actress Meryl Streep.

Davis appeared with Streep in 2008′s Doubt alongside Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

“When I got that role, I thought I had won the lottery — I cannot even tell you,” Davis said. “Meryl Streep is the greatest actress because you can see so many different emotions going on in her eyes. … It’s a joy as an artist.”

She said that on the movie’s set, Streep had asked for her colleagues’ opinions and never let them hide in the background.

“I see her consciously make that effort knowing what her responsibility is from the moment she steps on. And she does it as much as she can,” Davis said. “And I respected that and honored that.”

On the hit ABC show, Davis plays Annalise Keating, a criminal defense attorney and law school professor at a fictional school.

“‘How to get away with murder’ is her way of being dramatic. … [She] takes her job very seriously and also just wants to provoke these students, wants to manipulate them,” she said. “The classroom is her stage. … She’s MY sexy.”

Davis, who was nominated for Oscars for her role in The Help as well as Doubt, said she is aware of the example she sets the moment she steps on the show’s sound stage.

“I know that I set the mood and the groundwork and foundation in which people have to create,” Davis said. “And I gotta tell you the person I learned that from is Meryl Streep.”

Davis was one of six siblings. All but one was born in St. Matthews, South Carolina, on the Singleton plantation.

She moved north in 1965 when she was just a baby. Her father groomed horses at the racetrack. Her mother worked at a factory periodically. She has been outspoken about not having enough food when she was growing up in abject poverty in Rhode Island.

“I remember always thinking when I was a kid, remember thinking when people would look at me and go, ‘Oh I know she’s poor. … I would think, ‘Just give me some food and I could take care of the rest,” she said. “Just give me some fuel, you know? But there was such a shame and stigma attached to it.”

She now works with The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation on their Hunger Is campaign to eradicate childhood hunger.

“It’s been cathartic to say I was hungry,” she told ABC News. “I was. I was a hungry kid who could never get at the business of being me, you know? … So it’s my joy and my pleasure to be a part of this campaign.”

Davis said her struggles had helped her appreciate the achievements.

“I just wanted to find something that I really loved and to build a life around it — and so that’s what I did,” she said.

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