ABC/BOB D’AMICO(NEW YORK) — Barbara Walters is back.

The ABC News journalist is returning to primetime on Dec. 14 with Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014 special, featuring Oprah Winfrey, Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler, and Scarlett Johansson. Additional names will be announced soon.

“I was absolutely delighted when ABC approached me to do another year of ‘10 Most Fascinating People’,” Walters said. “I know we said last year was our last, but there are just too many fascinating people out there… and you never pass up the opportunity to interview Oprah, Neil, Chelsea, or Scarlett.”

Walters has been doing her special, which focuses on the most talked-about personalities in entertainment and pop culture that year, since 1993. Last year’s list included Hillary Clinton, Miley Cyrus, and Jennifer Lawrence.

It’s been an exciting year for Walters, who retired from The View this past May. However, she continues to stay active with ABC News.

“I have always had a schedule. I’ve always had deadlines. I’ve always had things to do,” she told ABC News after her final The View taping. “It will be nice to get up and say, ‘What do I have to do today? Nothing!'”

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Michael Buckner/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The woman behind the Bridget Jones series, author Helen Fielding, has already penned a third book that picks up on the life of our favorite British TV personality. Still, would Renee Zellweger, who portrayed Bridget in the big screen adaptations, want to reprise her role?

“It would be fun,” Zellweger told E! News.

Still, Zellweger explained she’s not sure what the status is on a third movie adaptation, if one is even in the works. “I have no idea. I’m not being cagey. I just don’t know,” she said.

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A third film would most likely follow Fielding’s Mad About the Boy, the third book in the series. Mad About the Boy upset many fans when they learned Bridget Jones became a widow after the death of her husband, Mark Darcy. The third book picked up five years after Darcy’s death, with Jones being a 51-year-old single mom with two children and a boyfriend named Roxster.

The first two books, Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bridget Jones Edge of Reason, were made into films starring Zellweger, Colin Firth as Mark Darcy and Hugh Grant as Daniel Cleaver. Reportedly, Grant said that he wouldn’t be part of a third film.

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Larry Busacca/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) — Beyonce’s band of feminism has been a source of debate recently, and now you can study how she and Rihanna are impacting the feminist movement, by taking a new course at the University of Texas at Austin.

The African & African Diaspora Studies department just announced the “Beyonce Feminism, Rihanna Womanism” course for the spring 2015 semester. The goal is to explore their careers to understand the role of feminism in pop culture.

According to the course description, “Students will be studying how the lyrics, music videos, and actions of these women express various aspects of black feminism such as violence, economic opportunity, sexuality, standards of beauty, and creative self-expression.”

The class will not compare Beyonce and Rihanna, nor is there word on whether Queen Bey or RiRi will make a guest appearance.

As previously reported, Beyonce has also been studied by the Ivy League: the Harvard Business School recently released a report on the marketing strategy behind the surprise release of her most recent, self-titled CD.

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Timothy White/E!(NEW YORK) — Kylie Jenner and rapper Tyga have been traveling all over Europe together, sources tell TMZ, but the pair still deny they’re a couple.

Eyewitnesses spotted the 17-year-old Keeping Up with the Kardashians star and Tyga, 24, at England’s Gatwick Airport last Friday. The two then reportedly traveled on to Bordeaux, France and Geneva, Switzerland, before finally landing in Athens, Greece, where Tyga performed on Sunday.

Tyga was previously linked to model Blac Chyna, with whom he has a child.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians
airs Sundays 10 p.m. Eastern time on E!

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ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) — Tori Spelling had a bit of a scare this past Saturday when she was rushed to Los Angeles’ Cedars Sinai Hospital for a severe cough attack, a source tells Us Weekly.

The True Tori star was coughing so intensely she nearly passed out, according to the source who adds she was eventually admitted to the hospital for severe bronchitis and possible pneumonia.

Spelling’s husband Dean McDermott, with whom she recently reconciled following his highly publicized affair, was at her side, notes the source. The former Beverly Hills 90210 star is expected to remain in the hospital through the week, according to the source.

The 41-year-old reality star was forced to cancel a promotional appearance for True Tori’s upcoming second season.

TMZ had previously reported that upon her arrival, Spelling was initially quarantined and treated like she had contracted the Ebola virus. She was kept from other patients while medical staff took precautions treating her. However, the gossip website confirmed she doesn’t have the virus.

Season 2 of True Tori kicks off Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.

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Paul Warner/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Nicholas Brendon on Monday posted an apology on Facebook following his recent arrest in Boise, Idaho, stemming from a disturbance in a hotel lobby.

The 43-year-old actor says he regrets disappointing his family, fans and himself, and that there is no excuse for his “unacceptable behavior.”

He then explains, “For the past 5 days, I have been taking prescription pain medication to help me manage a cyst behind my knee cap, which is scheduled for corrective surgery on Monday morning. I made the poor decision to mix this prescribed medication with alcohol. The result was embarrassing and unacceptable.”

Brendon says he intends to seek “appropriate treatment and therapy” for his medical ailments and “emotional demons.”

Brendon was arrested on a count of resisting and obstructing officers, as well as a count of malicious injury to property, at a Boise hotel on Friday night. Hotel staff accused him of breaking a decorative dish.

The actor was in town for the local Tree City Comic Con.

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ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Angelina Jolie may be an honorary dame, but that doesn’t necessarily make her the boss at home.

“Aaah, no,” Brad Pitt told Us Weekly with a laugh Sunday at the London premiere of his new film, Fury. “We have our own pecking order at home!”

Pitt recalled the recent royal reception, in which the queen of England made Jolie a dame of the British Empire — one of the highest honors awarded by Britain — for raising global awareness of violence against women as the co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.

“It was just a pleasure and certainly one for the books,” the proud husband told Us Weekly about the Oct. 10 ceremony. “[It was] a wonderful afternoon for our family, a great honor for Angie and something we won’t forget.”

Pitt and Jolie brought their brood of six kids along for the meeting with the queen.

Because Jolie, 39, is a foreign citizen, she cannot be addressed as “dame,” and the award was given on an honorary basis.

Still, it was a significant achievement for the actress.

“To receive an honor related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to,” Jolie said in a statement. “Working on PVSI and with survivors of rape is an honor in itself. I know that succeeding in our goals will take a lifetime, and I am dedicated to it for all of mine.”

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ABC/Matt Brown(NEW YORK) — Michael Bolton is back in the studio, not to record another passionate break-up song, but to lay down tracks for a new line of greeting cards.

The ‘90s R&B icon who made us swoon with tear-jerking ballads like “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” has launched a second career as a celebrity pitchman, selling all kinds of things from e-cards to Starbursts and Hondas.

The mullet is gone, but the pipes are as solid as ever. In all of his spots, Bolton plays a version of himself. “So far they all want me to be Michael Bolton,” the Grammy-winning artist said, laughing.

Bolton, who has sold nearly 55 million albums, clearly doesn’t need the money. He is just the latest celebrity to lend their persona to commercials.

Recently, Matthew McConaughey starred in two Lincoln car commercials and Will Ferrell became Ron Burgundy for a few Dodge Durango spots. William Shatner has also starred in commercials where he too plays an over-the-top version of himself. Not only is Shatner in on the joke, he’s cashing in. Those Priceline ads have led to new roles, including his Emmy-winning star turn on The Practice.

For Bolton, the ads have brought his career full circle. Back when he was a starving singer-songwriter, struggling to pay the bills, Bolton wrote and sang product jingles.

“’Be all you can be, get an edge on life in the Army,’” Bolton said. “That was me plus 20 great singers.” Bolton likes to joke that he has done a jingle for every drink in the picnic cooler, including spots for Coca-Cola, Pepsi, 7Up, Cherry 7Up and Dr. Pepper.

“Dr. Pepper was huge,” Bolton said, bursting into song: “’Dr. Pepper, give me the news, I got a bad case of loving you.’” Somewhere along the way, his music career took over, and Bolton remembers the moment he realized it.

“I was driving to New York, and one of my commercials comes on,” he said. “Then the commercial is off and my single comes on and now I’m in my heart.”

“I’m thinking, “This is what I’ve worked my whole life for. It’s happening,’” Bolton continued. “And just as it finishes another of my jingles comes on after it. They were bookends to my single.

He said when he heard a second jingle, he called his manager from the car.

“‘We have to stop doing the jingles.’ I told him,” Bolton said. “I don’t want people at radio trying to guess whether I’m a real singer or whether I’m a jingle guy.”

But what brought Bolton back to the commercial airwaves was a music video parody called “Jack Sparrow” that first aired on Saturday Night Live in 2011. In the skit, Bolton is working on a song with Andy Samberg and The Lonely Island, and while the guys sing about partying in the club, Bolton keeps singing about a Disney Pirates of the Caribbean fantasy. (The Walt Disney Company, which owns the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, is also the parent company of ABC News.)

Bolton said Samberg didn’t have to twist his arm to participate. He jumped at the chance.

“We met at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and they gave us this boardroom,” he said. “We sat across from each other and I said, “Okay first of all my daughters are flipping out that I’m meeting with you guys right now.” And Andy says to me, “My mother is going insane that I’m sitting here with you!”

Through ads, Bolton can re-connect with fans who once weathered a break-up with a Michael Bolton tune, and reach their kids too.

“You are now stepping in front of an audience that record companies can’t even hope to get in front of,” he said. “There’s no comparison… Because you don’t have MTV and VH1 doing that anymore. Top 40’s not looking at us… We can’t look at them to get a new record out. It’s not realistic. It could happen, but it’s not realistic.”

Now the quirky ads have given Bolton a new way to remind his fans he’s still going strong.

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Open Road Films(LOS ANGELES) — Jake Gyllenhaal’s latest movie Nightcrawler is due out at the end of the month and a Halloween release date is fitting since the actor’s appearance in set photos could easily be categorized as “creepy.”

The Oscar-nominated actor takes on the role of Lou Bloom, a photographer who scours the night looking for horrific photos to get the most online traffic.

To take on such a role, Gyllenhaal went to the extreme.

“I made a lot of choices physically,” he told Entertainment Weekly for its latest issue, adding he lost upwards of 30 pounds for the film.

Some of the actor’s staples were kale salad and chewing gum to be able to drop such intense weight, he told the magazine. He also ran 15 miles each night and didn’t see his friends for weeks.

“The running thing, you’re pretty hungry because you’re not eating a lot of food,” Gyllenhaal added. “You’re lonely because you’re not meeting your friends for dinner. People go, ‘Hey you want to meet for dinner after work?’ I go, ‘Well, I’m shooting all night.’ ‘Alright, you want to meet for lunch?’ I’m like, ‘I can’t!’ So I’m gonna go run.”

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Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for BMI(LOS ANGELES) — Former American Idol contestant Joanne Borgella died Saturday after battling cancer. She was 32.

Borgella’s family posted the news to her Facebook page on Saturday.

“With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Joanne,” the message read wrote. “On Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 5:45AM, Joanne Borgella Ramirez was called by the Lord to heaven. At an early age, Joanne made a choice to serve and trust the Lord; and since her diagnosis over a year ago, Joanne made a choice to also be a fighter and share her journey with the world.”

The message added, “Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered. Although our family is suffering with this great loss, we find comfort in the closeness Joanne shared with the Lord. We know her spirit still shines and will continue to live on in heaven. #Godgotthis #cancerfree2014 #godisgoodallthetime. If you would like to send your condolences or for more information please feel free to email joanneborgella529@gmail.com or leave a message on her facebook fan page. If you feel so inclined, we hope you’ll take the time to educate yourselves on Endometrial Cancer and support research efforts.”

It was signed “The Borgella & Ramirez Family.”

A few weeks ago, Borgella posted a message on Facebook saying she was having more radiation.

“Gooooood morning!! We are heading back to radiation for 2 procedures!! God js with us!! I have lots to fill you in on.. The presence of The Lord is here.. Prayers up!!! I love you guys #GodsGotThis #ThePowerofPrayer #Faith #IWillbeCancerFree2014 #JoanneBorgella,” she posted.

In a video posted last October, she revealed that her cancer started in her throat and spread to her chest.

Borgella competed on the seventh season of Idol in 2008, where she finished in the top 24. Before that, she won Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance show in 2005. Borgella had also been featured on the cast of NUVOtv’s show Curvy Girls.

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