ABC/Eric McCandless(NEW YORK) — When Kesha checked into rehab last year, rumors circulated as to why she was there.

Now she’s clarifying that she was there to cope with an eating disorder, “nothing more and nothing less.”

“Making my last record, Warrior, was a pretty miserable process, and it wore my spirit down,” she confessed to Teen Vogue. “I was fighting like hell to keep my whole irreverent essence and everything raw and visceral that I stand for in it, but in the end I was promoting something that wasn’t the animal I wanted it to be. I decided to face my problem head-on.”

These days, the singer, 27, is in a much better place. Now appearing on the ABC series Rising Star, and happily dating her “new squeeze,” Brad Ashenfelter, Kesha looks back on her stay in Timberline Knolls, a women’s inpatient facility, as a crucial time in her life.

“To have a breakthrough you have to have a breakdown, and I definitely went through both of those — in hindsight, it saved my life,” she said. “Things got worse because I’m in an industry where people photograph your body and zoom in and blow it up and put it on the cover of magazines, and other people make terrible comments.”

“It really messed with my head, and I realized I couldn’t do it by myself,” she continued. “The decision to take control of it is the scariest thing I’ve ever done, and this is coming from someone who dives with sharks and jumps out of airplanes for fun.”

However, it was a necessary one. Kesha said that she felt herself losing sight of who she is and the message of self-acceptance that she preaches to her fans.

“I have a public persona where I need to be fun all the time, and I refuse to be a hypocrite. I felt I needed to get help, not only for myself but also for my fans. My worst fear in life is to be fake,” she said. “My whole message is to love who you are and accept all your beautiful imperfections. When I felt I was slipping into unloving territory with myself, I knew I had to listen to my own advice and correct it.”

Now writing music again, the singer said she’s in an entirely different place than she was just a few months ago.

“The whole process has made me so much stronger,” she said. “[I'm] ready to take my life by the horns and make a record that I’m going to be proud of and not care what anybody else thinks.”

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Ron Galella/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — A Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan reunion may be in the works.

Hanks is in talks to appear in a film Ryan is directing and will star in, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Ithaca, which will be executive produced by Hanks and is based on the William Saroyan novel The Human Comedy, focuses on a 14-year-old boy in 1942 who supports his family as his older brother is sent off to fight in World War II.

Hanks and Ryan previously co-starred in the films Joe Versus the Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail.

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Andrew Southam/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank(LOS ANGELES) — Jillian Michaels won’t be returning as a trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, E! News reports.

“After helping hundreds of contestants transform their lives and inspiring millions of viewers at home, The Biggest Loser and Jillian Michaels have decided to part ways and she will not be returning for season 16 when it airs in the fall,” NBC said in a statement.

Michaels previously left The Biggest Loser in 2006, returning in 2007, only to leave again in 2011 and return in 2013.

The Biggest Loser will return for Season 16 on Sept. 11.

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Bryan Bedder/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Sarah Jessica Parker may return to the small screen in a new investigative series set in Philadelphia.

According to Deadline, Parker will star in Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love, based on a book of the same name, written by investigative reporters Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker. The book chronicles the reporters’ efforts to uncover police corruption.

There’s no word on what role Parker will play in the pilot, which is currently not attached to any network.

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Ray Mickshaw/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are bringing back their HBO filmmaker series Project Greenlight, and they’re looking for aspiring directors to help them out.

In a promotional video, Damon says, “This time around we’re looking to identify an incredibly talented first-time director.”

Affleck adds, “The winning candidate will lead a Hollywood-vetted script from pre-production to casting through principal photography and on to post-production.”

“We will mentor and guide you through the process of making this film,” Damon explains, adding, “There’ll be some veteran producers working alongside with you.”

Afflect continues jokingly, “So you won’t have to just rely on us.”

More details are available at ProjectGreenlight.com.

Project Greenlight aired on HBO in 2001 and 2003.

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Weinstein Company(NEW YORK) — After premiering at several major film festivals, the new movie Begin Again arrives in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday; it opens nationwide next week. The movie’s premiere was held in New York City Wednesday, and its stars, including Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener and Maroon 5 frontman and Voice coach Adam Levine, all walked the red carpet at the event.

The movie, which has the music industry as its backdrop, casts Knightley as singer/songwriter Gretta and Levine as her boyfriend Dave, also a musician. They move to New York after Dave gets a record deal, but soon, the trappings of fame prove too much of a temptation, and he cheats on Gretta, then dumps her. She’s lonely and dejected, until she’s spotted singing in a club by Dan, a washed-up record executive, played by Ruffalo. He’s convinced the two can make beautiful music together, literally.

Knightley, who does all her own singing in the film, told reporters on the red carpet that being believable as a musician was “the biggest challenge.”

“You know, it’s not how I express myself kind of creatively or emotionally…I don’t really know much about music. I don’t even listen to much music, actually. So I think just kind of getting into the head of somebody who does express themselves like that…was a challenge. I don’t know how I did it!”

While Knightley struggled with how to play a musician, Levine was struggling with how to act, since Begin Again marks his first movie role. Did he give Knightley tips on music, while she gave him acting pointers? Not so much.

“He just sort of said ‘Oh, you’ll be fine,’ and I just sort of said, ‘You’ll be fine’ and that was it,” Knightley told reporters. “And we were both right. I think Adam’s totally lovely and he’s a completely natural performer. So that always helps, and he was great fun to work with.”

The movie’s director, John Carney, the man who brought us that other music-themed film, Once, agrees with Knightley about Levine’s acting skills. “Oh yeah, I think he’s a natural,” Carney said when asked if the singer acquitted himself well in his movie debut. “I think he managed to play that lovely zone between yourself and the part. He brought a lot of himself to the part, but he didn’t let it take over the part in any way. And I think he’s funny and he’s very natural.”

Carney predicted a bright future onscreen for Levine, adding, “I think he’ll just act and act and act in loads of different things.”

British actor James Corden, who plays the best friend of Knightley’s character, raves that Levine was “genuinely brilliant” and “spectacularly good” in Begin Again. But then again, maybe that’s because he’s in love with the singer…sort of. Asked if he had a “man crush” on Levine, Corden laughed, “Of course! Yeah! I mean, what happened, happened — we were both drunk and just, you know, we’ve gotta let it go.” He was joking, of course.

Filmmaker Judd Apatow, who’s either directed, written or produced comedies like Knocked Up, Anchorman, Superbad and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, is one of the producers of Begin Again. On the red carpet, he said that setting a movie within the music industry just lends itself to comedy.

“I mean, it’s an interesting industry because we all love music,” he explained. “We’re all digesting so much music, but also the industry’s crumbling, ’cause no one knows what formats or how to make money..no one owns a hard copy of anything. So it’s kind of inherently comedic because it’s just in flux.”

The soundtrack of Begin Again, featuring Levine, Knightley and Cee Lo Green, who’s also in the film, arrives July 1 on 222 Records, Levine’s own label imprint.
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Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Which film is the most popular among Hollywood types? The Hollywood Reporter polled more than two thousand filmmakers, agents, executives and others in the entertainment industry to learn the answer.

The number-one choice: The Godfather. One of its stars, Marlon Brando, has the most films of any actor in The Hollywood Reporter‘s “100 Favorite Films,” with five. The Wizard of Oz is number two, followed by Citizen Kane, The Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction.

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton were among those who participated in the poll.

As part of its celebration of Hollywood’s favorite movies, The Hollywood Reporter reunited the casts of Pulp Fiction, Thelma and Louise, West Side Story and Love Story for photo and video shoots. You can check out the results on TheHollywoodReporter.com.

Here are the top 10 films on the list:

  1. The Godfather
  2. The Wizard of Oz
  3. Citizen Kane
  4. The Shawshank Redemption
  5. Pulp Fiction
  6. Casablanca
  7. The Godfather Part II
  8. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
  9. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  10. Schindler’s List

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Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC(NEW YORK) — According to a study released by TiVo this week, the Emmy-winning drama Breaking Bad topped a list of the most “binge-watched” shows on television.

The study compiled a list not only of the shows 15,196 surveyed fans were willing to gorge on via various video on demand applications — but also their reasons for doing so.

“When television seasons began in the fall and ended in May and the menu of great TV programs was shorter, viewers could use summer reruns to catch up on missed episodes of their favorite shows,” said TiVo Chief Research Officer Jonathan Steuer.

“Today, though, the menu of available television fare has expanded to include thousands of channels, original programming from broadcast, cable and over-the-top sources and year-round premieres. It is now literally impossible for viewers to see all the shows they enjoy when they are first broadcast, and there’s no ‘summer break’ when viewers can catch up,” said Steuer.

Here’s a List of the Top 10 Binge Watched Programs:

  1. Breaking Bad – 35%
  2. House of Cards – 29%
  3. Game of Thrones – 25%
  4. The Walking Dead - 24%
  5. Downton Abbey – 23%
  6. Star Trek (any version) – 20%
  7. Homeland - 19%
  8. Mad Men – 18% (tie)
  9. Doctor Who – 18% (tie)
  10. NCIS – 14%

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ABC/Randy Holmes(GRASSE, France) — Rob Lowe and his family had a little more excitement than they bargained for while vacationing in Grasse, France, this week.

Lowe and his wife, actress Sheryl Berfkoff, and their 19-year-old son, John, had to be rescued by firefighters Wednesday after a powerful storm dumped three months’ worth of rainfall in less than four hours, creating flash floods, and trapping them in their house, the Toronto Sun reports.

The actor posted a photo on Instagram of the churning waters with the caption, “This is right outside the house. Was twice as high at the worst, just before sunrise.” Lowe then expressed gratitude to the first responders.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) The Anti-Defamation League is not satisfied with the apology Gary Oldman gave for his remarks to Playboy magazine. The organization has released a new statement calling Oldman’s mea culpa “insufficient.”

Oldman, commenting on Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic rant during his 2006 DUI arrest, told Playboy, “Mel Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him, and doesn’t need to feed him anymore because he’s got enough dough.”

After the ADL publicly chastised Oldman, the actor issued an apology to the organization, saying he is “deeply remorseful” and that he now understands how insensitive his comments may have been.

However, the ADL has since published a new statement on its website, which reads in part, “While his apology may be heartfelt, Mr. Oldman does not understand why his words about Jewish control were so damaging and offensive, and it is therefore insufficient.”

The ADL further states, “Mr. Oldman needs to recognize that his words, not just as they were written, but as he uttered them, are deeply offensive. And he needs to be sensitive to the fact that other remarks for which he has yet to apologize — including his disparaging remarks about the Pope and about gay people — were also deeply troubling and hurtful to many.”

In the Playboy interview, Oldman also alluded to Alec Baldwin’s past use of an anti-gay slur. The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star said, “Alec calling someone [an anti-gay slur] in the street while he’s pissed off coming out of his building because they won’t leave him alone. I don’t blame him. So they persecute.”

Perhaps the ADL tuned in to Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night, when Oldman took the time to again say he is sorry. Calling his comments “offensive, insensitive, pernicious and ill-informed,” he said, “From my heart, I am profoundly, profoundly sorry and deeply apologetic.” He said that as a 56-year-old man, he should have known better, and that he feels he let down his fans.

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