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“American Ninja Warrior” Finalist Kacy Catanzaro Is Shocked By Fame

Peter Larsen/NBC(NEW YORK) — After becoming the first woman to make the finals of American Ninja Warrior, Kacy Catanzaro became a celebrity almost overnight.

Nobody was more surprised than she was.

“I had no idea how many people would care so much about it,” she told People. “I’m getting messages from my friends saying telling me that I am trending on Facebook and Twitter and that my video has 4 million views. It’s amazing. My followers have skyrocketed 30,000 plus more in just a couple of days.”

Catanzaro, who appeared on the show once before, blew away viewers by mastering each obstacle of the show’s grueling course. Though she doesn’t know what the finals have in store, she feels ready for whatever comes her way.

“The ring toss was something new this year and it was definitely a challenge, but I just took it slow and tried to stay calm,” she explained of her strategy. “I just kept going and tried to stay calm and it was really helpful. I believed in myself and went for it.”

No matter what happens in the future, the lifelong gymnast is happy to have inspired so many fans with her performance thus far.

“Being able to get the opportunity to be in that spotlight and put such a positive message out has been so amazing,” she said. “It was a surreal moment.”

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Casey Kasem’s Body Is Missing, Daughter Says

Michael Tullberg/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The late Casey Kasem’s body is missing, more than a month after the radio icon’s death, according to his daughter.

A spokesperson for Kerri Kasem confirmed to ABC News that the legend’s adult children have yet to see his body. Casey Kasem died on June 15 at 82 years old after suffering from a form of dementia. An autopsy has also not been performed yet, the family said.

Jean Kasem, the radio personality’s second wife, had been embroiled in a conflict with his children from a previous marriage over her husband’s medical care for months before he died. She collected the body within 72 hours of his death.

Kerri Kasem was informed Thursday that Casey Kasem’s body was no longer at the mortuary, where it remained for a month.

Kerri and two more of Kasem’s adult children fought Jean in court for control of his health care leading up to his death. Early last month, a judge ruled that his care would be in the control of Kerri, not Jean. Shortly after, he was moved to hospice.

“This is the most difficult decision that a judge or an attorney can make. Mr. Kasem is dying and Mr. Kasem has expressed his desire to die peacefully and in comfort,” Troy Martin, an attorney for Kerri Kasem told ABC News in June.

A rep for Jean Kasem has yet to respond to a request for comment.

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Why Tim McGraw ‘Swatted’ a Fan in Atlanta

ABC/Eric Gebhart(LOS ANGELES) — Tim McGraw may have had a good reason for getting aggressive with a fan.

A video posted by TMZ shows the country singer wading into the crowd during a show earlier this week in Atlanta, when one fan got too grabby.

“At the end of the night during the encore, Tim was singing out in the audience and someone firmly grabbed onto his leg and wouldn’t let go as he was moving through the crowd,” his rep told ABC News. “He instinctively swatted to try and keep them from ripping his jeans — which they succeeded at doing! — and so he could get to more fans who were trying to slap hands with him before the end of the show.”

The rep added that McGraw, 47, didn’t realize who grabbed his leg. “[He] was simply trying to keep his pants from being torn,” his rep said.

McGraw is in the middle of an international tour, which extends through November of this year.

His album, Sundown Heaven Town, is due out in September.

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Shakira Becomes Most Liked Celebrity on Facebook, Ever

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) — Shakira has 100 million reasons to love her fans. The singer has just become the most “liked” public figure in Facebook history, with 100 million friends overall.

In a new Facebook video, Shakira says, “100 million friends on Facebook! I mean, that is incredible. Thank you so much for your support, for your loyalty, for your love. It’s really unbelievable! Thank you so much!”

In a statement, she added, “I am honored and humbled about reaching this milestone, because it’s one that’s purely about connecting with my fans from all parts of the globe. Social media and specifically Facebook has helped myself and other artists bridge the gap between the stage and the audience.”

Shakira added, “We’ve been able to create a conversation, where both artists and fans can share with one another their thoughts, achievements, the most important moments of their lives in photographs and videos, and have a real, ongoing dialogue.”

The most popular posting that Shakira has ever had is a photo of her at the World Cup in Brazil: the image has received over 3.6 million likes.

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Blake Lively Opens Up About Husband Ryan Reynolds

Photo by Jean Catuffe/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — He may not have been snapped alongside his wife, but the August issue of Vogue is as much about Ryan Reynolds as it is about cover star Blake Lively.

Sitting down with the magazine to promote her lifestyle website, Preserve, which will launch later this month, Lively opened up about her relationship with husband and cited him as an essential influence on her most recent venture.

“He’s a part of it because everything we do in life we do together,” Lively told writer Jonathan Van Meter. “If I’m working on a movie, he helps me with my character; I do the same with him. Picking out a coffee table. What we’re going to eat. He’s a beautiful writer — he’s written a lot of stuff for us. And he’s got a great barometer and he knows me, so he will tell me if it’s not as good as it can be.”

That characteristic frankness is clearly a trait that Lively has picked up on. The budding entrepreneur made tacit mention of Reynolds’ previous marriage to Scarlett Johansson, saying: “The fact that he lived so much before we got together, he’s the exact realized person that he should be. And so I get to share my life with the person he’s become, and we get to grow from there.”

Given that the article makes frequent mention of her status as a “celebrity homemaker,” it’s no surprise that Lively has babies on the brain. And while Lively is focused on her forthcoming venture for now, which the article in fact compares to a newborn, she is confident that Reynolds is “going to be a great father and leader and patriarch.”

“He’s so meant to be all of those things,” she said.

The actor has already mastered the easy-going attitude that parenthood requires. Lively told Vogue that her husband has helped her see beauty in imperfection and accident.

To wit: At their wedding outside Charleston, South Carolina, two years ago, an errant sparkler left “a big burn mark” on the front of her dress.

“It was just so heartbreaking to me,” Lively told the magazine. But Reynolds termed it “beautiful”– an unlikely memento of the special day.

“Now that’s my favorite part of the dress,” Lively said.

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Jason Biggs Apologizes for ‘Insensitive’ Joke About Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

ABC/Jeff Neira(NEW YORK) — Jason Biggs has apologized for a joke he tweeted about the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed on Thursday. The Orange Is the New Black star wrote, “Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?”

The quip elicited many negative comments on Twitter. However, the 36-year-old actor initially appeared as though he wouldn’t back down.

Biggs responded, “Hey all you ‘too soon’ a**holes- it’s a f***ing joke. You don’t have to think it’s funny, or even be on my twitter page at all.” He added, “The idea that I wouldn’t have any empathy 4 the victims or their families because I make a joke is absolutely ridiculous. U know that, right?”

By Thursday evening, it seemed the actor had a change of heart. Biggs tweeted, “Hey all — ok, so, I am deleting my previous tweets. People were offended, and that was not my intent. Sorry to those of you that were.”

Biggs added, “This is obviously a horrible tragedy, and everyone-including myself- is sad and angry about it. Sending positive thoughts to the victims and their families. P.S. No one is making me send these tweets- I simply understand that my comments might have come off as insensitive and ill-timed. For that, I apologize.”

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew members, heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, when it crashed in eastern Ukraine, about 25 miles from the Russian border. There were no signs of any survivors.

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Jason Biggs Apologizes for ‘Insensitive’ Joke About Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

ABC/Jeff Neira(NEW YORK) — Jason Biggs has apologized for a joke he tweeted about the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed on Thursday. The Orange Is the New Black star wrote, “Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?”

The quip elicited many negative comments on Twitter. However, the 36-year-old actor initially appeared as though he wouldn’t back down.

Biggs responded, “Hey all you ‘too soon’ a**holes- it’s a f***ing joke. You don’t have to think it’s funny, or even be on my twitter page at all.” He added, “The idea that I wouldn’t have any empathy 4 the victims or their families because I make a joke is absolutely ridiculous. U know that, right?”

By Thursday evening, it seemed the actor had a change of heart. Biggs tweeted, “Hey all — ok, so, I am deleting my previous tweets. People were offended, and that was not my intent. Sorry to those of you that were.”

Biggs added, “This is obviously a horrible tragedy, and everyone-including myself- is sad and angry about it. Sending positive thoughts to the victims and their families. P.S. No one is making me send these tweets- I simply understand that my comments might have come off as insensitive and ill-timed. For that, I apologize.”

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew members, heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, when it crashed in eastern Ukraine, about 25 miles from the Russian border. There were no signs of any survivors.

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“Two and a Half Men” to Feature Gay Wedding During Its Final Season

Michael Yarish/Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) — Two people will tie the knot during the 12th and final season of CBS’ Two and a Half Men, but it’s not who you think. CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler confirms to ABC News Radio that Ashton Kutcher’s Walden will pop the question to Jon Cryer’s Alan.

Tassler confirmed that Walden will have a health scare that causes him to make the commitment.

“Walden, in having kind of an existential crisis, he has a near-death experience and he is evaluating the meaning of life. He wants to adopt a child and it is particularly challenging to do so as a single male. So he decides that he and Alan should get married and they will adopt a child as a gay couple,” Tassler noted Thursday, while at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.

ABC News Radio asked Tassler whether there has been any discussion regarding bringing back former star Charlie Sheen for the show’s swan song. She simply answered, “Not at this time, no.”

Of course, Sheen left Two and a Half Men in 2011 on acrimonious terms, having chastised creator Chuck Lorre and others involved with the sitcom. Sheen, who now stars in the FX comedy Anger Management, has since attempted to make amends with Lorre.

Two and a Half Men’s final season premieres Oct. 30.
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“Two and a Half Men” to Feature Gay Wedding During Its Final Season

Michael Yarish/Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) — Two people will tie the knot during the 12th and final season of CBS’ Two and a Half Men, but it’s not who you think. CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler confirms to ABC News Radio that Ashton Kutcher’s Walden will pop the question to Jon Cryer’s Alan.

Tassler confirmed that Walden will have a health scare that causes him to make the commitment.

“Walden, in having kind of an existential crisis, he has a near-death experience and he is evaluating the meaning of life. He wants to adopt a child and it is particularly challenging to do so as a single male. So he decides that he and Alan should get married and they will adopt a child as a gay couple,” Tassler noted Thursday, while at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.

ABC News Radio asked Tassler whether there has been any discussion regarding bringing back former star Charlie Sheen for the show’s swan song. She simply answered, “Not at this time, no.”

Of course, Sheen left Two and a Half Men in 2011 on acrimonious terms, having chastised creator Chuck Lorre and others involved with the sitcom. Sheen, who now stars in the FX comedy Anger Management, has since attempted to make amends with Lorre.

Two and a Half Men’s final season premieres Oct. 30.
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“22 Jump Street” Leads Second Wave of Teen Choice Award Nominations

Sony / Columbia(NEW YORK) — The next wave of the Teen Choice Awards nominations has been announced, with 22 Jump Street leading with seven nominations.

22 Jump Street stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill were both nominated in the category of Choice Movie Chemistry and Choice Summer Movie Star. Hill and co-star Ice Cube were also both nominated in the category of Choice Movie Hissy Fit. The film itself is up for Choice Summer Movie, up against Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Earth to Echo, Hercules, Think Like a Man Too, and Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Keegan Allen, Tyler Blackburn, Lucy Hale and Ian Harding join previously announced stars scheduled to appear, including Jake T. Austin, Big Show, Jamie Blackley, Kellan Lutz, Chloë Grace Moretz, Cody Simpson, Hailee Steinfeld, Gregg Sulkin, Bella Thorne and Zendaya. The special also will feature a previously announced performance by Jason Derulo.

The Teen Choice Awards will air August 11, live on Fox from 8 to 10 p.m. ET. Fans ages 13-19 can vote once a day in each category for their favorite Teen Choice 2013 nominees right now at TeenChoiceAwards.com.

Here are the nominees:

MOVIES

Choice Movie Villain
Michael Fassbender, X-Men: Days of Future Past
Jamie Foxx, The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Kelsey Grammer, Transformers: Age of Extinction
Kate Winslet, Divergent
Donald Sutherland, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Choice Movie Scene Stealer
Sam Claflin, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Nicholas Hoult, X-Men: Days of Future Past
Anthony Mackie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Ellen Page, X-Men: Days of Future Past
Nat Wolff, The Fault In Our Stars

Choice Movie Breakout Star
Ansel Elgort, Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars
Theo James, Divergent
Elizabeth Olsen, Godzilla
Nicola Peltz, Transformers: Age of Extinction
Wyatt Russell, 22 Jump Street

Choice Movie Chemistry
Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, The Other Woman
Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff and Shailene Woodley, The Fault in Our Stars
Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, Ride Along
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, 22 Jump Street

Choice Movie Liplock
Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter, We’re The Millers
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield, The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, The Fault In Our Stars

Choice Movie Hissy Fit
Godzilla, Godzilla
Kevin Hart, Ride Along
Jonah Hill, 22 Jump Street
Ice Cube, 22 Jump Street
Jason Sudeikis, We’re The Millers

Choice Summer Movie
22 Jump Street
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Earth to Echo
Hercules
Think Like a Man Too
Transformers: Age of Extinction

Choice Summer Movie Star
Jonah Hill, 22 Jump Street
Dwayne Johnson, Hercules
Melissa McCarthy, Tammy
Channing Tatum, 22 Jump Street
Mark Wahlberg, Transformers: Age of Extinction

TELEVISION

Choice TV Villain
Robbie Kay, Once Upon A Time
Jane Lynch, Glee
Dylan O’Brien, Teen Wolf
Janel Parrish, Pretty Little Liars
Paul Wesley, The Vampire Diaries

Choice TV Reality Personality – Male
Nick Cannon, America’s Got Talent
Rob Dyrdek, Ridiculousness
Adam Levine, The Voice
Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, Catfish: The TV Show
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

Choice TV Reality Personality – Female
Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Abby Lee Miller, “Dance Moms”
Jennifer Lopez, “American Idol”
Shakira, “The Voice”
The Kardashians and Jenner sisters, “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”

Choice TV Male Scene Stealer
Darren Criss, Glee
Adam DeVine, Modern Family
Tyler Hoechlin, Teen Wolf
Tahj Mowry, Baby Daddy
Michael Trevino, The Vampire Diaries

Choice TV Female Scene Stealer
Sarah Hyland, Modern Family
Candice Accola, The Vampire Diaries
Eden Sher, The Middle
Naya Rivera, Glee
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Choice TV Female Breakout Star
Nicole Beharie, Sleepy Hollow
Dove Cameron, Liv & Maddie
Adelaide Kane, Reign
Sasha Pieterse, Pretty Little Liars
Emily Bett Rickards, Arrow

Choice TV: Male Breakout Star
Richard Brancatisano, Chasing Life
Brett Dalton, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Tom Mison, Sleepy Hollow
Miguel Pinzon, Mystery Girls
Toby Regbo, Reign

Choice TV: Breakout Show
Being Mary Jane
Chasing Life
Faking It
Reign
Sleepy Hollow

Choice Summer TV Show
Baby Daddy
Girl Meets World
So You Think You Can Dance
Under The Dome
Wipeout
Young & Hungry

Choice Summer TV Star: Male
Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Baby Daddy
Tyler Blackburn, Pretty Little Liars
David Lambert, The Fosters
Tyler Posey, Teen Wolf
Mike Vogel, Under the Dome

Choice Summer TV Star: Female
Ashley Benson, Pretty Little Liars
Shay Mitchell, Pretty Little Liars
Emily Osment, Young & Hungry
Cierra Ramirez, The Fosters
Italia Ricci, Chasing Life

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