ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) — Teen conservationist Bindi Irwin danced her way to the Mirror Ball trophy Tuesday night on Dancing with the Stars, finishing off a stellar season by defeating fellow finalists Nick Carter and Alek Skarlatos in a two-hour finale during which the final three performed a routine they learned within the past 24 hours and in which the season’s previously eliminated stars also took to the ballroom floor.

Irwin screamed when the show’s co-host Tom Bergeron announced she was the winner. She and her pro partner, Derek Hough, were immediately surrounded by their fellow dancers and competitors and lifted into the air.

“Thank you so much for everything,” Irwin said. “I can’t believe that I’m here. Just, thank you for changing my life.”

This is Hough’s sixth Mirror Ball trophy.

Carter, who took second place with pro partner Sharna Burgess, said Irwin deserved the win. Calling his time on the show “something that I will always remember,” he added: “Honestly, Bindi deserved it. Bindi deserved it. She kicked butt!”

Skarlatos finished third.

“This has been the craziest ride of my life, and I’ve just had so much fun, met so many nice people and I’m just grateful for the experience and the opportunity,” he said, standing next to Lindsay Arnold, his pro partner.

The three finalists’ scores from Monday’s night show – the first part of the finale – were added to the scores they earned Tuesday night from the judges for the fusion routines they performed live.

The competitors had less than 24 hours to learn the routines that fused two separate styles of ballroom dance, with Irwin performing a cha-cha/Argentine tango, Carter with a salsa/tango and Skarlatos, a rumba/tango.

Irwin and Carter were tied with perfect scores from the judges on Monday, the first night of the finale. They again earned perfect scores Tuesday night for their fusion dances, each ending with 90 points for the three routines. Skarlatos trailed them by a few points, earning 57 out of a possible 60 points after two routines on Monday night, plus an additional 27 out of a possible 30 points for his fusion routine, for a grand total of 84 out of a possible 90 points.

With her irrepressibly upbeat personality, the 17-year-old Irwin had been a strong fan favorite since the season began in September. She started off strong, consistently scoring at or near the top of the leader board. Her skills have only gotten better throughout the season, with judges telling her that she was unique not just for her precision and at-times flawless technique but for her ability to lift people’s spirits with her performances.

There were high expectations of Carter when he started off in the competition, and while he lived up to them for the most part with scores that put him either in the middle of the pack or at or near the top of the leader board, there were times when the 35-year-old Backstreet Boy band member’s self-doubt affected his performances and scores. Judges have hailed his most recent performances, telling him he had recaptured his spark.

Throughout the season judges have praised the 23-year-old Skarlatos’ strength and discipline while urging him to work on improving his technique and musicality and his scores reflected that, landing him solidly in the middle of the pack or, at times, near the bottom of the leader board. Despite that, the U.S. National Army Guardsman persevered and advanced in the competition.

See all the finalists live Wednesday on Good Morning America at 7 a.m. Eastern.

Elimination is based on a combination of judges’ scores and viewers’ votes. The viewers’ votes counted for half of the couples’ combined total in the two-part finale.

Singers Chaka Khan and Andy Grammer, singer/actor Carlos PenaVega and his wife, actress Alexa PenaVega, social media personality Hayes Grier, TV chef Paula Deen, Triple Crown champion jockeyVictor Espinoza and actor Gary Busey were all voted off during the season. Reality TV stars Tamar Braxton and Kim Zolciak-Biermann withdrew due to serious health concerns.

Grammer and Khan each sang one of their hits Tuesday night and another song – “It’s Cold Outside” — together, while singer Elle King sang her hit “Ex’s and Oh’s.” Head judge Len Goodman – who sat out this season – appeared in a video message to congratulate the finalists and announced that he would return to the show for the next season.

Carter also performed live “I Will Wait for You,” a song from his new album.

The Judges’ Scores: (Monday’s judges’ pick dance and freestyle; Tuesday night’s fusion challenge.)

  • Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: 30 + 30; 30. Total: 90. They won the competition.
  • Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: 30 + 30; 30. Total: 90
  • Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold: 27 +30; 27. Total: 84

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ktsimage/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — On the day before Thanksgiving, you can feast on three new movies at your local theater. Here’s a closer look at the films opening Wednesday:

* The Good Dinosaur — The latest animated flick from Disney-Pixar follows a dinosaur named Arlo, who befriends a human. Rated PG. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

* Creed — The Rocky spin-off stars Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed, who’s trained by his dad’s rival/friend, Rocky Balboa. Sylvester Stallone reprises his iconic role of the Italian Stallion. Rated PG-13.

* Victor Frankenstein — James McAvoy is Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe is Igor in this new twist on the classic story. Rated PG-13.

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ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — Eddie Redmayne may be playing Lili Elbe, born Einar Wegener, in the upcoming film The Danish Girl, but the Oscar winner is quick to admit he wasn’t as educated as he thought about the transgender community when he first found out about the role.

“You don’t want to let people down,” he tells Details magazine about taking on the anticipated role of the first person to undergo sex-reassignment surgery back in the 1930s. “I fell into all the clichés of ignorance,” he said. “I didn’t realize that gender and sexuality weren’t related.”

Before starring in this buzz-worthy movie, the award-winning actor confused the terms of “transvestism” and “transgender.” He explained that, where he sits now is “lovely.”

“The second you understand the difference, you see how gigantic it is and how important it is that we educate ourselves,” he said.

So, Redmayne did what all great actors do, he researched until he knew the person he was playing and the community she champions.

In fact, the actor explained that the reaction from the cast and crew when he walked out as Lili Elbe “was overwhelming.” He added, “Just walking onto a set filled with men, watching the difference in how you’re treated, or the scrutiny faced is different. A lot of the women I worked with said, ‘Yeah…welcome to our world.'”

The Danish Girl is out Friday.

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Melinda Sue Gordon/Columbia Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Will Smith may be one of the world’s highest-paid actors, but the star still has experienced racism in his vaunted career.

The actor recently sat down with fellow actors Michael Caine, Benicio Del Toro, Joel Edgerton,Samuel L. Jackson and Mark Ruffalo, as part of The Hollywood Reporter‘s 2015 Actor Roundtable, to talk about prejudice in their industry, among other things.

Smith made a distinction between prejudice and racism. “Everybody is prejudiced. Everybody has their life experiences that make them prefer one thing over another — it makes them prefer blond hair over a brunette; if you see somebody with dark skin walking down the street, you have a different reaction than you have [with] someone who is 5-foot-1 and white,” the Focus star said. “But there is a connotation with racism of superiority: You feel that your race generally is superior.”

Smith said that while he lives “with constant prejudice,” the times he deals with racism “is actually rare.”

“The times I have come in contact with it, you get away from those people,” the actor said.

Fortunately, Smith said, actors have “the ultimate power” for combating hate. “Historically, story combined with imagery moves humanity forward,” he said. “What we do — not that it’s a responsibility, but it is the ultimate forum for changing people’s hearts and minds. So when I’m choosing a movie, I understand the global power of being able to send imagery around the world.”

In his latest film, Concussion, Smith plays real-life forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who first identified a degenerative disease in football players known as CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

“Dr. Bennet Omalu was deeply connected to tell the truth. And he said that truth doesn’t have a side. I thought that was such a powerful idea,” Smith said. “Whose side are you on? Are you a Republican or a Democrat? I’m just trying to tell the truth. The truth doesn’t have a side.”

Concussion opens Christmas Day.

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Alex Bailey/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) — As Daniel Radcliffe’s voiceover tells us at the beginning of Victor Frankenstein, we know this story. At which point I thought, “Yes, I do. So why are you telling it to me again?” Unfortunately, the rest of the movie fails to give a satisfactory answer.

Here, Radcliffe’s Igor is a hunchbacked circus freak with a brilliant scientific mind and a knack for medicine. The young and charismatic Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy), a medical student, breaks Igor out of the circus and recruits him to be his lab assistant. I’d explain the rest of the plot but it’s so boring, I’m afraid I might fall asleep while typing.

Radcliffe and McAvoy, two terrific actors, are committed to the material, but Victor Frankenstein is an uninspired attempt to turn a classic monster tale into an action-adventure bromance, and it simply doesn’t work.

One-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. (NEW YORK) — Another Rocky movie sounds about as appealing as, well, another Rocky movie. Here’s what does sound appealing: Ryan Coogler writing and directing another Rocky movie, this time starring Michael B. Jordan.

One of the most notorious Oscar snubs of recent years was the Academy overlooking Coogler and Jordan’s 2013 collaboration, Fruitvale Station. Never mind being nominated – I can argue they should’ve won, though dozens of other organizations showered Coogler and company with awards. In Fruitvale Station, Coogler demonstrated his ability to turn two-dimensional film into a realistic three-dimensional environment (no glasses needed, thank you), re-creating a tragic, real-life story, anchored by Jordan’s otherworldly, searing performance.

With Creed, Coogler takes an existing mythology and lovingly turns it into something new and very real, while Jordan takes a character who could easily be seen as unsympathetic, and turns him into someone exceedingly relatable.

Jordan plays Adonis Johnson, a kid with money and connections who still spent time in juvy, fighting — a lot. That is, until Mary Anne Creed (Phylicia Rashad) comes along and offers Adonis a home. That’s because Adonis is the biological son of her late husband and his mistress, and Mary Anne is a freakin’ saint.

For those who don’t remember, Apollo Creed died fighting Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. Twenty years later, though he’s landed what seems to be a nice job with a financial firm, Adonis has been spending time in Mexico, prizefighting. He’s undefeated and obsessed with boxing, and retreats to a room at night where he watches YouTube videos of his father fighting Rocky, which he projects on a wall. He knows every punch, and boxes along with the images.

Adonis quits his job and moves to Philly, hoping to find Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) and convince the legendary fighter to train him. He moves into an old, bare-bones studio apartment that happens to be above the apartment of an up-and-coming singer named Bianca (Tessa Thompson), whose soulful and nuanced performance enriches every moment she’s on screen.

On a practical, superficial level, Adonis has everything a person could want – yet he needs something more. This young man wants to become a legitimate boxer, and through a stroke of luck will get a shot at the title. And his late father’s former nemesis, turned friend, is going to help him.

Creed isn’t complicated. It’s a simple story with just enough humanity sprinkled throughout to capture the hearts and minds of audiences who — trust me when I say this — will be cheering at the end of a movie that’s not nearly as predictable as you might think. You may love Stallone as Rambo, but Rambo’s the action star anti-hero. Rocky Balboa is Stallone’s heart and soul: the character that made him a star nearly 40 years ago, and still brings out his best.

Unlike the previous Rocky movies, however, Stallone wasn’t necessarily best suited to write this story. Instead, he chose Coogler, a filmmaker who’s still in touch with the struggle of becoming a professional filmmaker, and then some. That makes Creed, the seventh Rocky movie, one of the best Rocky movies.

Four-and-a-half out of five stars.

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ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) — There’s no doubt that Steve Irwin would be proud of how his daughter Bindi has performed during her run on Dancing with the Stars this season. Irwin has also repeatedly paid homage to her father, the late “Crocodile Hunter.”

Irwin, 17, and her partner Derek Hough performed to Leona Lewis’ “Footprints in the Sand” Monday night, and the song ended with a picture of Irwin and her father, who passed away in 2006 at age 44. The photo, which was orchestrated by Hough, was actually a surprise to Bindi.

Around the same time, Bindi herself took to Twitter to post a throwback photo of the family. “The last photo as a family, before I had to wave goodbye to my hero, for the last time. Dad, I love you,” she wrote.

Bindi and Hough led the way in the first part of the Dancing with the Stars finale, scoring perfect marks for their two rounds of dance. The second part of the finale, during which the season 21 winner of Dancing with the Stars will be crowned, airs tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Chris Hemsworth has gone from superhero to shipwrecked.

The Thor actor posted a snapshot via Instagram Sunday, showing off his dramatic weight loss for the upcoming film In the Heart of the Sea, in which he plays a man stranded in the Pacific Ocean for 90 days.

“Just tried a new diet/training program called Lost At Sea” and “wouldn’t recommend it…#IntheHeartoftheSea,” the 32-year-old actor said.

The Australian hunk recently shared how he went on a strict diet in order to shed pounds for his role as Owen Chase, the first mate of the 1820s whaling ship Essex, which was taken down by a massive whale, stranding the crew for 90 days at sea.

“Throughout the shoot, each week or two we’d reduce the calories, down, down until, we were at about 500 or 600 calories a day for the last couple weeks,” he told Nightline recently during a sit-down with the actor and the film’s director, Ron Howard. “I can’t say that I want to do it again, I read things now and if it has any mention of being skinny, I’m like that’s a pass.”

He continued, “Transforming physically had such an effect on us emotionally, which we were all going through. It kind of bonded us, in a way that I think we wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. You know, we felt like it was us against the world, or us against anyone who was well fed.”

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ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Angelina Jolie Pitt went into menopause immediately following surgery this past March to remove her ovaries and Fallopian tubes.

The mother of six and wife of Brad Pitt has no regrets about the operation.

“I actually love being in menopause,” she told Australia’s The Daily Telegraph.

“I haven’t had a terrible reaction to it, so I’m very fortunate. I feel older, and I feel settled being older,” the actress explained.

“I feel happy that I’ve grown up” and “I don’t want to be young again,” she added.

Jolie Pitt turned 40 in June, just months after undergoing the preventative surgery, which was motivated by a family history of ovarian cancer. Both her mother and her maternal grandmother died from the disease.

In 2013, the actress underwent a double mastectomy because of an abnormal BRAC1 test result, a genetic mutation that elevates the risk for developing breast cancer.

“I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt. I told myself to stay calm, to be strong, and that I had no reason to think I wouldn’t live to see my children grow up and to meet my grandchildren,” she wrote in a New York Times op-ed in March after undergoing her second surgery.

Jolie Pitt’s rep has not responded to ABC News’ request for comment.

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Jonathan Clay Harris/E!(CHICAGO) — Kristin Cavallari is a mother of three.

The former reality TV star and her husband, NFL quarterback Jay Cutler, welcomed daughter Saylor James Cutler, the reality star announced Monday on Instagram.

“Saylor James Cutler was born today at 132pm!!” she posted.

Cavallari, 28, and Cutler, 32, are already parents to sons Camden, 3, and Jax, 18 months. Cavallari said earlier this year that she was looking forward to having another female in the house.

“She’s going to steal Jay’s heart, which will in turn melt mine!” she told American Baby magazine. “I’m excited for the boys to grow up with a sister. I think it will help them to better understand and respect women.”

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