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Kate Hudson Says ‘It’s Nice’ Being Single

Charles Sykes/Bravo(LOS ANGELES) — Kate Hudson is enjoying being single for the first time in five years.

“It’s nice to get acquainted with myself alone,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “You know, the goal when you get into a relationship is not to be out of the relationship. It’s to try to stay in the relationship. But if it doesn’t work, you can’t force things.”

Hudson split with fiancé Matt Bellamy, the front man for the band Muse, at the end of last year. They were together four years and became engaged in April 2011.

“It’s hard to let go of something, even when you know that it’s not right,” Hudson added. “I’ve chosen something in my life that I’m very comfortable with that goes against a lot of people’s more traditional feelings. If something’s not right, I don’t believe in maintaining something for the sake of what’s considered a traditional family, because I believe that there are different ways to raise children. It’s far more effective to raise children in happy homes.”

These days, Hudson is content to be at home alone with her two children, Ryder, 11, her son with Black Crowes front man Chris Robinson, and Bing, 4, her son with Bellamy.

“I’m at that age now. I really do feel very lucky,” she said. “I’ve had my kids and my relationships. I’ve set my life down — I’m in my house, and I’m alone with my children — and I’m at peace, and that’s a really nice feeling. All I really want in my life is to maintain that.”

That makes going away from them to be on a film set especially tough. “I think a lot of people, especially when you’re a woman, you have kids, and work on movies, it’s hard because you’re away from them,” Hudson said. “There’s nothing lazy about it. You go to work, get on the first plane home even if it’s for eight hours, go back to work. I don’t want to be away from my family, I love it so much. I just enjoy being on movie sets.”

Fortunately, she always carries a reminder of her two young men in her purse. “I always have Lego men in my purse,” she laughed. “When I’m traveling and I’m not with my kids, I look in my purse and there are, like, five Lego men.”

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“Fast & Furious” Prequels, Spinoffs May Be on the Way

Universal(LOS ANGELES) — Fast & Furious star Vin Diesel says the team behind the franchise is at work on a Star Wars-style series of spinoff and prequel projects.

“We’ve written out story lines for various characters,” Diesel tells Variety. “We’ve been playing with it for a long time. It’s a very rich property and we’re committed to treating it with a lot of class.”

Although Diesel revealed no details about which characters or timelines the new spinoffs would explore, Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley confirmed that the studio is looking to expand the Fast & Furious brand. “We’re certainly in conversations about how we can expand the franchise now,” she said. “It’s an ensemble cast and there’s room to bring characters in and out.”

In addition to spinoffs, three new feature films are in the works, including the eighth with Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray behind the camera. “We have a director who is going to bring the darkness out and bring out the character,” Diesel tells Variety of the direction of the next film.

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Barbra Streisand & Steven Spielberg to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records, Russell James, Copyright Barwood(NEW YORK) — Steven Spielberg and Barbra Streisand, are among the entertainment figures set to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony on November 24, the White House announced on Monday.

Others among this year’s 17 recipients are singers James Taylor and Gloria Estefan; Gloria’s husband, music producer Emilio Estefan; Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim and classical violinist Itzhak Perlman, as well as baseball legends Willie Mays and the late Yogi Berra.

“I look forward to presenting these 17 distinguished Americans with our nation’s highest civilian honor,” President Obama says in a statement. “From public servants who helped us meet defining challenges of our time to artists who expanded our imaginations, from leaders who have made our union more perfect to athletes who have inspired millions of fans, these men and women have enriched our lives and helped define our shared experience as Americans.”

According to the White House, the Medal of Freedom is bestowed upon those “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

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Charlie Sheen Reveals More HIV Diagnosis Details in “Open Letter”

Frank Ockenfels/FX(NEW YORK) — Charlie Sheen revealed on NBC’s Today show Tuesday that he’s HIV-positive, declaring he’d been diagnosed some four years ago. In a separate statement released by his publicist after the interview aired, Sheen and his doctor both provide even more details – some of which may explain his notoriously erratic behavior years ago.

In what’s titled an “An Open Letter from Charlie Sheen,” the 50-year-old actor begins by relating how he went to his doctor “roughly four years ago” after experiencing severe headaches for three days. “Following a battery of endless tests, that included a hideous spinal tap, it was sadly and shockingly revealed to me that I was, in fact, positive for HIV,” Sheen says — a diagnosis he called a “’mule kick’ to my soul.”

Sheen says he immediately began “a rigorous and intensive treatment program. Not missing a beat, a med dose, or one shred of guidance, quickly my viral loads became undetectable. Like every other challenge in my life, again, I was victorious and kicking this disease’s ass. I wish my story had ended there. Unfortunately, for my family and myself, it had only just begun.”

Sheen goes on: “The personal disbelief, karmic confusion, shame and anger lead to a temporary yet abysmal decent into profound substance abuse and fathomless drinking. It was a suicide run. Problem was, I’d forgotten that I’m too tough for such a cowardly departure. Yet, despite this loathsome and horrific odyssey, I was vigilant with my anti-viral program.”

Sheen says his blood tests revealed his HIV was “ a state of remission. Even though I might have been trying to kill myself, one thing was radically evident; the disease was not.”

It was also during this “perplexing and difficult time” time that Sheen maintains he was extorted by “unsavory and insipid types” whom he “dazedly chose (or hired)” for companionship. He says he was honest with them about his HIV diagnosis and practiced safe sex, and in turn was hit with “a deluge of blackmail and extortion,” paying “countless millions” to them to keep quiet about his diagnosis.

“News Flash,” writes Sheen. “This ends today. I’m claiming back my freedom. The scales of justice will swiftly and righteously rebalance themselves. In conclusion, I accept this condition not as a curse or scourge, but rather as an opportunity and a challenge. An opportunity to help others. A challenge to better myself.”

After noting “countless individuals” live their lives with “a host of disabilities,” Sheen declares, “My partying days are behind me. My philanthropic days are ahead of me. Earnest Hemingway once wrote: ‘Courage is grace under pressure.’ I’ve served my time under pressure; I now embrace the courage, and the grace. Love and Peace, Charlie Sheen.”

In a more brief statement appended to Sheen’s, his physician, Dr. Robert Huizenga, confirms Sheen’s diagnosis but says thanks to treatment, “his viral HIV load has remained consistently undetectable.” Dr. Huizenga goes on to say some 1.2 million people are HIV-positive, with one in five unaware of it and three in five not receiving adequate treatment.

“I anticipate Charlie can save many more lives coming forward with his revelation then I could ever have aspired to as a doctor,” says Huizenga, then adds, “With Charlie remaining dedicated to his treatment regimen, I expect the HIV will only minimally — if at all — affect his predicted life expectancy.

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Porsche Fires Back: Paul Walker’s Death Was His ‘Own Fault’

Universal(LOS ANGELES) — In a legal response to the lawsuit filed against the car company by the Fast and the Furious series star’s daughter Meadow in September, Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) is claiming Walker’s death in a fiery crash in November of 2013 was his “own comparative fault.”

The suit filed by Meadow Rain Walker and her legal guardian claimed the Porsche Carrera CT Walker and driver Roger Rodas lost their lives in was riddled with defects that made the car inherently unsafe.

An investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol had concluded that unsafe speed caused the crash; Walker’s suit claims the Porsche was traveling 63 to 71 miles per hour when it spun out of control, crashed into trees, and burst into flames.

However, in the automaker’s 7-page legal response asking for a dismissal of Meadow Walker’s lawsuit, Porsche claims the vehicle was, “abused and altered,” and, “misused and improperly maintained,” which led to the fatal wreck.

“PCNA alleges that Mr. Walker knowingly and voluntarily assumed all risk, perils and danger in respect to the use of the subject 2005 Carrera GT,” Porsche said, noting “the perils, risk and danger were open and obvious and known to him, and that he chose to conduct himself in a manner so as to expose himself to such perils, dangers, and risks, thus assuming all the risks involved in using the vehicle.”

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“The Voice” Recap: The Top 12 Sing for America’s Votes

NBCUniversal(LOS ANGELES) — On Mondays episode of The Voice, the top 12 artists from Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams’ teams sang live for America’s votes. One of the artists will be eliminated on Tuesday’s results show.

Before the show, host Carson Daily, surrounded by the Voice coaches and contestants, offered “love and support for the people of Paris” on behalf of everyone associated with the show. The stage was lit in the colors of the French flag.

The youngest contestant in the competition, Braiden Sunshine, 15, led things off for Team Gwen. He choseStyx’ “Renegade,” explaining that rock was the music he first started singing when he was nine years old. Gwen advised him that he needed to command the stage and be “body confident.” Afterwards, she declared Braiden “nailed it.”

On the advice of her coach, Team Adam’s Amy Vachal performed a soulful version of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” as a way to “elevate her game.” Adam was pleased with Amy’s performance, noting he wanted to own Vachal’s version of the song.

Blake, who along with Stefani, recently revealed they were romantically involved, commented that he hadn’t heard a more “elegant” version of a “booty call.” Adam was surprised he knew the song and Shelton answered back, “Gwen sang it to me on The Tonight Show,” which drew a reaction from fellow coaches, Daly and the studio audience.

Mark Hood, from Team Pharrell, sang Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds.” Pharrell warned him to keep the performance “stripped-down,” later explaining to the camera “Mark’s strength is when he feels.” Gwen called the singer one of her favorites. Pharrell praised Hood for showing people another side of himself.

Emily Ann Roberts, representing Team Blake was next with Patty Loveless’ “Blame It on Your Heart,” suggested by Blake because it was mainstream country, but touched on Emily’s bluegrass roots. Blake congratulated Roberts for commanding the stage as if it was hers.

Team Gwen’s Korin Buckowski tackled “Titanium,” by David Guetta featuring Sia. She also suggested Korin “shock people” by getting a new hairstyle, going from brunette to platinum blonde. Stefani praised the singer taking a risk and showing her range, adding that she felt “blessed” to be a part of Korin’s journey.

Barrett Baber put a country spin on Richard Marx’s rock ballad “Right Here Waiting,” with his coach Blake Shelton explaining that it gave the singer a chance to sell a story. After the performance, Shelton declared it a success, noting that Baber proved that he was a first and foremost a great singer.

Maddi Davis, a 16-year-old Texas native, took the stage next for Team Pharrell, putting her spin on Jewel’s “Who Will Save Your Soul.” Pharrell’s advice to his artist was to “get out of your head.” He complimented the teen for knowing exactly what she wants at such a young age — from her clothes to the way she handles a song.

Team Gwen’s Jeffery Austin sang James Bay’s “Let It Go,” explaining he connected with the song because he lost his dad when he was nine years old. Gwen declared that Austin took the song to a whole new place, adding she was proud of him.

Team Adam’s country singing contestant, 17-year-old Shelby Brown, performed Jamey Johnson’s “In Color.” Blake noticed that Shelby got a little ahead of the band towards the end of the song, but Adam praised the teen for not only recovering, but following it by delivering “one of the most powerful notes” she ever sang in her life.

Evan McKeel took the stage next for Pharrel’s team, singing Kenny Loggins’ “This Is It.” His game plan was getting “any thoughts out of my head and just being me.” Pharrell noted Evan went out there with his heart and “lifted people.”

Team Adam’s Jordan Smith sang the gospel standard “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” noting his fondest memory was singing in church with his family and performing at the Vatican with his church choir. Jordan got a standing ovation from all four judges. Referring to Friday’s terrorist attack in Paris, Levine thanked Smith for making “all of us feel like there’s a lot of hope.”

Zach Seabaugh of Team Blake closed the show with “My Love,” by Little Texas. Blake told Zach he’s never had an artist that was ready to “walk off the stage…walk out the door, get in your tour bus and go and be on your headlining tour.”

The Voice continues Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.

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“Dancing with the Stars”: Bindi Irwin & Carlos PenaVega Lead Final Four

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) — The final four contestants on Dancing with the Stars each pulled out all the stops for tonight’s season 21 semifinals, and with three routines, the pressure was on to perform well enough to make it to next week’s finale.

They all did.

This was the first time in the program’s history that contestants had to dance three routines in the semifinals. Conservationist Bindi Irwin, Big Time Rush singer Carlos PenaVega, Army National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter and their pro partners each had to do a dance that included another dance pro, a routine to a style of dance that the couple had never before performed on the show, and a dance-off challenge against a competitor, with the winner earning 3 bonus points from the judges.

Five stars were to have competed in tonight’s show after actress Alexa PenaVega’s elimination last week, but that number was whittled down to four when singer/TV host Tamar Braxton dropped out of the competition after finding out that she had blood clots in her lungs.

Her pro partner, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, publicly thanked her supporters during tonight’s show.

“On behalf of both of us she loved every moment of it and I wish she were here to say her thank yous but on behalf of both of us it was an incredible season for me,” he said. “I’m very blessed to have met Tamar and she’s incredible. I wish her all the best.”

Based on their judges’ scores and viewer votes, Irwin and Carter had been in jeopardy of elimination tonight, however, because Braxton dropped out of the competition, no one was eliminated at the end of the show.

At the end of the night’s three rounds, PenaVega and Irwin were tied for the top spot, followed by Skarlatos, and then Carter at the bottom of the leaderboard.

Monday night’s top scorers: Bindi Irwin and Carlos PenaVega were tied for first place with 60 points each after their respective three routines. PenaVega earned his high score of the night for his bubbly Charleston trio, while Irwin got a perfect score for her jazz trio routine.

Monday night’s standout moment: Bindi Irwin’s innovative jazz trio with pro partner Derek Hough and Mark Ballas brought the audience to its feet, and the judges shared the sentiment. Bruno Tonioli called the routine “a totally compelling and intriguing work of genius,” while Julianne Hough (Derek Hough’s sister) praised the attention to detail in the Irwin’s movements. Carrie Ann Inaba expressed her approval with several siren-like noises, explaining: “That is what I felt like watching that … this was not Dancing with the Stars. That was like a professional contemporary dance company.” Irwin earned a perfect score for the routine.

Monday Night’s Scores (First dance; dance-off; third dance. Total.)

  • Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: 27; 3; 30. Total: 60
  • Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson: 28; 3; 29. Total: 60
  • Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold: 30; 0; 27. Total: 57
  • Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: 24; 0; 30. Total: 54

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Charlie Sheen Confirms He’s HIV-Positive

Jordin Althaus/FX Network(NEW YORK) — As expected, Charlie Sheen confirmed Tuesday morning that he’s HIV-positive.

Describing it as “a hard three letters to absorb,” the former Anger Management and Two and a Half Menstar told NBC’s Today show he was diagnosed about four years ago, and was going public with the news now in part because “I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks, of sub-truths,” apparently referring to rumors regarding his health.

Publicist Howard Bragman confirmed to ABC Radio Monday a People magazine report saying sources told him Sheen has the auto-immune disease and is currently in treatment. “It’s been going on for quite a while,” Bragman said in the magazine. “He’s not necessarily comfortable talking about it. It was very hard to get up the courage for him to talk about it.”

Sheen, who’s 50, said Tuesday there’s another reason he’s publicly confirming he has the disease, revealing he’d paid “millions” to parties he didn’t name, calling the payments “shakedowns” and saying those parties threatened to go public with his HIV-positive diagnosis if he didn’t pay. When asked if he was still paying the hush money, Sheen replied, “Not after today, I’m not,” adding, “I think I release myself from this prison today.”

Sheen of course made headlines in recent years with his erratic behavior, and has admitted to both soliciting prostitutes and abusing drugs. His behavior famously got him fired from Two and a Half Men in March of 2011, which in turn led to a year of even more erratic public behavior, which included posting long, rambling Internet videos and declarations he had “tiger blood” and was “winning.” He also embarked on a brief, equally disjointed tour dubbed the “Violent Torpedo of Truth.”

In spring 2012, Sheen appeared to pull his act together and returned to TV as star of the FX comedy series Anger Management, which aired until December 2014.

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Julia Roberts Shares Her Plans for the Holidays: ‘Just Eat’

Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire(LOS ANGELES) — Julia Roberts will have a low-key Thanksgiving holiday at home with her family of five.

When asked about her holiday plans, the Secret in Their Eyes star told E! News that she will “just eat and be cozy. It’s such a great [time]. It’s cold outside, have a fire.”

Roberts said she’ll also spend a lot of time in the kitchen. “I just cook what anybody wants to eat,” Roberts added. “[I] cook for days and days. I love it. To feed people is one of the joys of my life.”

Roberts and her husband of 13 years, Danny Moder, have three children together — twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, almost 11, and son Henry, 8.

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Bruce Willis Responds to Fan Who Took Out Full Page Ad to Revise Plot of “Die Hard” Prequel

Twentieth Century Fox(NEW YORK) — Bruce Willis has responded after Die Hard film franchise fan Eric D. Wilkinson took out a full page ad in a November issue of The Hollywood Reporter in an effort to re-direct the recently announced sixth installment of the franchise, a prequel titled Die Hard: Year One.

The ad from Wilkinson, who is reportedly an independent writer and film producer, suggested to “the makers of Die Hard” that in the new film Willis’ character John McClane would eventually rescue himself after being found in prison, wrongfully convicted of killing a sex trafficker.

The Die Hard fan was inspired to take out the ad after Fox announced that Die Hard: Year One, set in 1979, would show how Willis’ character became the beloved tough cop.

The Hollywood Reporter caught up with the action hero in New York to ask him what he thought about Wilkinson’s pitch. Although Willis admitted he hadn’t seen the ad, he said he’s not currently focused on that film franchise . “It seems far away right now,” he added. “I don’t know.”

Right now, Willis is focused on his Broadway play, Misery, in which he made his Great White Way debut. Willis portrays a romance writer who is imprisoned by his number one fan. Misery runs at New York City’s Broadhurst Theatre until Feb. 14, 2016.

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