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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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Is “Walking Dead” Heartthrob Daryl Dixon Gay? Show’s Executive Producer Responds

AMC(NEW YORK) — As The Walking Dead gears up for its fifth season premiere on Sunday, one of the buzziest issues among fans is if Daryl Dixon, the show’s rugged zombie hunting heartthrob, is gay. But executive producer Greg Nicotero floated a completely different theory.

“I think he’s a virgin in my opinion,” Nicotero told ABC’s Dan Harris in an interview for Nightline. “I don’t think Daryl has ever been close enough with anyone to have sex so I always imagined that he’s a shy 12-year-old kid who doesn’t know how to handle the emotions that he has but has feelings for people on the show that he is close to but I never really imagined one way or the other that he’s had sex.”

Daryl, played by Norman Reedus, is the show’s breakout star who is handy with a crossbow, as in, he can put arrows through “walkers'” heads with ease. The quiet character’s love life, which is mostly non-existent, has often been a hot topic among fans who want to know whether he’ll strike up a romance with Beth Greene, Carol Peletier or any of the female characters.

But comic franchise creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman set off a firestorm of speculation this summer when he told fans Daryl’s sexuality had been “discussed” among show producers.

But Nicotero told Nightline he isn’t fazed by the speculation because it has created a build-up to this new season, and if Daryl does eventually have a sexual encounter, he wants it to be “awkward.”

“I don’t think Daryl is the type of guy to just throw someone up against a tree and kiss in the moonlight and once you do that it’s over,” Nicotero said. “I want that to be as awkward as possible and I don’t think Daryl has too much experience in that field.”

Nicotero is a jack-of-all-trades behind the scenes on the show — executive producer, director, special effects, make-up designer. He does it all. In fact, he has directed nine episodes and makes a cameo appearance every season.

“I like to because I have fun, it’s like Halloween,” he said.

And making the walkers as terrifying and realistic as possible is something showrunners have been meticulous about since season one. Their “authenticity” is what Nicotero believes is the whole crux for the show’s massive success — the season four finale had around 15 million viewers.

“You got to keep the audience, the moment they think something doesn’t look real and you lose them, you never get them back,” he said. “So on The Walking Dead I feel like we were able to establish this world, realistically … so they didn’t have to reach for it anymore, they could allow themselves … to just fall into the stories that these characters are having knowing that this threat is there and the threat exists.”

“If the zombies looked phony or cheesy nobody would care what the actors were doing or what the characters were doing,” he added.

The new season of The Walking Dead premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC.

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Amanda Bynes’ Parents ‘Very Concerned’ About Her, Says Their Attorney

Raymond Hall/GC Images(NEW YORK) — Amanda Bynes’s recent behavior has worried some fans. However, perhaps nobody has been more affected than her parents.

“My clients are very concerned about their daughter,” Tamar Arminak, the lawyer for the Bynes family, told ABC News in a statement. “Despite what is being reported, they are doing everything they can to help Amanda.”

Bynes, 28, had been under a conservatorship since last summer, when she was hospitalized after allegedly starting a fire in a residential driveway.

After the mandatory stay in the hospital, she went to rehab for a few months before moving back in with her parents in December. At that point, her lawyer said, she was “very happy to reestablish the loving relationship with her family that she once shared.”

Things seem to have deteriorated since then. Last month, Bynes was arrested for an alleged DUI, when authorities said the actress stopped in the middle of an intersection. She will be back in court later this month, where she is expected to enter a plea.

Then, she made her return to Twitter, where she announced that she is engaged and planning to move to New York City, among other things.

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