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Paul Walker's Brother Cody Remembers the Actor a Year After Death


Paul Walker (R) and his brother, Cody. Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It has been nearly a year since the accidental death of Fast and Furious star Paul Walker, but his memory is still fresh in his brother Cody's mind.

Walker died Nov. 30, 2013, in a car accident near one of his charity Reach Out Worldwide events. Cody Walker has since taken the charity under his wing to keep it alive and thriving.

"ROWW continues to be, to function, to help others even after our primary contributor, my brother, Paul Walker has passed," Cody told E! News. "I know he would be so stoked to know that. ROWW changed his life, and he was so proud of it."

The mission of Reach Out Worldwide includes collecting toys and backpacks for less fortunate kids. Cody, 26, and the charity even went to the Philippines to help after Typhoon Haiyan late last year.

Cody Walker also talked about what his famous brother taught him up until his death at age 40.

"Just live your life to the fullest. Laugh a lot, love and find your true happiness," Cody said. "Remember that no matter how cool you think you may be, you're not cool enough to look down on anyone, ever. I am so lucky to have had him as a big brother."

Cody and his brother Caleb stepped in to help finish Furious 7 when some scenes were left after Paul's death. Furious 7 opens April 3, 2015.

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Melissa Rivers Tweets 'Happy Thanksgiving' From Joan's Twitter Account


Stephen Lovekin/NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Joan Rivers died nearly three months ago, but her daughter continues to keep her legacy alive and well, and fans smiling.

Melissa Rivers on Thursday tweeted from the late comedian's account, writing, "I finally figured out my mom's password HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Xo Melissa."

I finally figured out my mom's password HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Xo Melissa. pic.twitter.com/giTnL2qwnO

— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) November 27, 2014


She also shared a sweet picture of the two of them all dolled up in black dresses for a special event. This was the first tweet from Rivers' account since Aug. 27.

Joan's fans were more than pleased to see Rivers' Twitter account active again, with more than 6,000 "favorites" in two hours.

Rivers died Sept. 4 at age 81 after having been in the hospital for a week following a cardiac arrest during a medical procedure in New York City.

"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers," Melissa Rivers released via a statement at the time of the comedian's death. "She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends."

Melissa added at the time that she and her son, Cooper, "have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support and prayers we have received from around the world."

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Johnny Depp Opens Up About Recent Movie Flops


ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) --  Johnny Depp has nothing to prove to anyone.

The Oscar-nominated actor and icon, 51, recently told Details magazine that he is no longer worried about the perception of what makes a movie a hit. He opened up about recent films that have done less than what is expected of the Prates of the Caribbean star.

"What is really satisfying is, like Marlon [Brando, one of his mentors and icons], getting to that place where he just didn't give a f---," Depp told the magazine. "First, I reached a point where I cared so much and was so diligent in terms of approaching the work. Then you get to where you care so f----- much that it gets g------ beleaguering, you know? But then a great thing happens. Suddenly you care enough to not give a f---, because not giving a f---, that's the total liberation. Being game to try anything."

Depp, whose recent movies like The Lone Ranger, did poorly at the box office, said hits like Pirates often happen by accident and are hard to replicate.

"It's like being a dog at the track," Depp added. "They expect you to live up to some race you happened to be in and won accidentally. From that first second, you're nothing more than a commodity. They have expectations of another Pirates. It's great if something works. Boy, that's killer. But God, to have that as your design . . . it's ugly, I think."

Finally the reclusive Depp said even though he is a legend and a sex symbol, "I'm f----- shy ... I'm living, in a sense, like a fugitive. I don't like to be in social situations. It's fine for me in a weird way, having to run and hide. Less and less, I have the opportunity to observe, because I'm the one being observed."

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Taylor Swift Jokingly Called Out Justin Long for Singing "Shake It Off" at Knicks Game


Photo: Darren Michaels/Warner Bros. ©2013 Warner Bros. Television. // Image Group LA/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" is definitely a song that gets stuck in your head and you find yourself singing without even knowing it.

But to be singing the song while sitting right next to her -- that's a different story, but that's exactly what happened to actor Justin Long.

"At one point they were playing that song," Long told HuffPost Live about sitting next to Swift at a Knicks game earlier this week. "That song, you all know it and I think had been playing over the speakers. It's one of those songs that really gets in your head, really crawls in there."

The Yoga Hosers actor, 36, said he "sang it to myself, like absent minded."

"And of course she heard it," he added. "And she was like, 'Oh,' and sort of started laughing, and I was so embarrassed."

He said it just got in his head and he didn't even realize.

"I didn't do it so she would hear me. I wouldn't have done it had I been all that conscious of all that," he said.

But, in the end, Long said Swift was really sweet about it and was actually grateful.

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Bill Cosby to Resign Role as Co-Chair of UMass-Amherst's Capital Campaign


Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC(AMHERST, Mass.) -- In the wake of renewed sexual assault allegations against him, Bill Cosby has agreed to resign his role as co-chair of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst's capital campaign.

Cosby is an alumnus of the school's College of Education, through which he received a master's degree and a doctorate. UMass spokesperson Edward Blaguszewski issued a statement to ABC News, saying that Cosby "has agreed to resign as an honorary co-chair of UMass Amherst's capital campaign. He no longer has any affiliation with the campaign nor does he serve in any other capacity for the university."

The Boston Globe says that Cosby and his wife had donated to the school's ongoing $300 million fundraising campaign.

A series of women have claimed to have been sexually abused by the 77-year-old comedian over the years. Earlier this month, Cosby's attorney issued a statement in which he referred to the allegations as "decades-old" and "discredited."

UMass is not the first organization to cut ties with Cosby. Last week, Netflix postponed the launch of a stand up comedy special. Cosby has never been charged in connection with the accusations.

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Director Ridley Scott Slammed for White Casting in 'Exodus'


Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The film Exodus: Gods and Kings isn’t due out for another two weeks, but the movie's focus on the life of Moses is already being criticized because the actors in its major roles are whites playing Egyptians.

The movie stars Christian Bale as Moses, Aaron Paul as Joshua, Sigourney Weaver as Tuya and Joel Edgerton as Rhamses. On Twitter, the hashtag #boycottexodusmovie is trending, with posters airing their displeasure with the casting.

One poster wrote: “I actually wanted to see #BoycottExodusMovie but I won't waste my money on something some historically inaccurate.”

Another added: “Blacks only cast as slaves, thieves...Not the Kings and Queens? I hope @ExodusMovie bombs at the box office..”

There are several other actors of color in the film’s cast, including Ben Kingsley, Dar Salim and Indira Varma.

Director Ridley Scott addressed the issue in an interview with Variety, telling the publication the casting was a business decision.

“I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such,” Scott says. “I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn’t even come up.”

In this respect, Scott isn’t alone. Much of Hollywood’s portrayals of notable Biblical figures have been by white actors – Liz Taylor played Cleopatra, Charlton Heston played Moses and Russell Crowe played Noah. There was one notable exception when Egyptian actor Omar Sharif played Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, in the 2006 film, The Ten Commandments.

Ramin Setoodeh, an editor with Variety, says Hollywood has a big diversity problem.

"They don’t often let actors of color or diverse actors play lead roles in films and I think we’re seeing this spill over to these Biblical stories," he said.

Scott’s film is also in hot water with religious groups, who are angry over Bale’s take on Moses.

In an interview with ABC’s Nightline, Bale said of Moses: “[He was] absolutely seen as a freedom fighter for the Hebrews, but a terrorist in terms of the Egyptian empire,” adding that if Moses were alive today, “Drones would be sent out after him, right?”

And at news conference in September, Bale said of Moses: “I think the man was likely schizophrenic and was one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life. He's a very troubled and tumultuous man who fought greatly against God, against his calling."

Setoodeh of Variety said religious groups want to make sure the Bible is portrayed in a way that is fair and not offensive.

Exodus: Gods and Kings opens nationwide Dec. 12.


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"Dancing With the Stars" Host Tom Bergeron on How Julianne Hough Did First Time as Judge


ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) -- There was a lot of talk surrounding former Dancing With the Stars pro Julianne Hough when it was announced prior to season 19 that the 26-year-old would be joining the judges table on the show.

Hough, whose brother Derek still performs on DWTS, has done splendidly, says host Tom Bergeron.

"I think she's been doing wonderfully. I think there was more on her shoulders and for Carrie Ann [Inaba] and Bruno [Tonioli --the other judges], as well when Len [Goodman] took a month off," Bergeron explained to ABC News. "I think they all stepped up wonderfully."

In fact, Bergeron, 59, thinks Hough only got better as the season wore on.

"I think Julianne's really hit her stride," he said. "She knows what it's like to be on that floor competing, her comments are concise, are empathetic, are knowledgeable. I don't think you ask any more of a judge."

Along with Hough, Erin Andrews enjoyed her second season as co-host, aiding Bergeron by interviewing the Stars, even asking the personal questions fans want to know.

"Erin's been doing great. She breaks me up, keeps me on my toes," he said, laughing. "I never know what she's going to say, I'm always paying close attention! That can be her role there and she has embraced it, of almost being the voice of the viewer, the person who has access and can ask or say what the people in the audience are wondering."

Season 19 ended on Tuesday night with a dramatic finale, where Alfonso Ribeiro took home the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

“I cannot believe this,” he said after the win. “I’ve wanted it forever … I don’t even know what to say. These are happy tears.”

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One Direction Album Debuts at Number 1 on Billboard 200 Chart


Image Group LA/ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- One Direction just did something no music act has ever done before-- had their first four albums debut at number one.

The boy band's new album, Four, has debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart, taking the top spot away from Taylor Swift.

Four has sold 387,000 copies. It is the second biggest debut of the year behind Swift's 1989.

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Proof Even Jennifer Aniston's Friends Have No Idea When Her Wedding Is


ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Aniston said even her friends get fooled by all the rumors that the actress and fiance Justin Theroux are tying the knot on certain weekends, according to various media reports from time to time speculating when the two will wed.

While on Wednesday's episode of the Ellen DeGeneres Show, DeGeneres said "because it is so secretive ... when we're invited, we go, 'We can't be in town, but should we be in town,'" referring to the fact that they don't know what to believe.

In fact, actors and couple Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher were also fooled.

"Our friends Sacha and Isla showed up for four parties, four little gatherings, about a year ago, they would show up in beautiful wedding wear," Aniston, 45, revealed. "Even the Fourth of July last year, they showed up and Sacha was in a powder blue suit and Isla was in a little cute dress and we were like, 'Guys, it's the Fourth of July, we are in cutoffs, we are eating hot dogs, we will actually let you know.'"

She continued, "Like Thanksgiving, I had a friends who said, 'I can't come this year, but should I?'"

DeGeneres, 56, even said one time her wife Portia de Rossi were told there may be a thing hosted by Aniston, but it wasn't like "Just come over, it was like, 'We'll let you know where it is and what time.'"

"We were like, 'Oh, should we make that?" DeGeneres said.

"But you didn't come," Aniston said.

"Yeah, we found out we didn't need to!" DeGeneres laughed. "There has to be a wedding for me to stay in town."

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Lea Thompson Reflects on "Back to the Future" 30 Years Later


ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- It's been almost 30 years since Back to the Future hit theaters in 1985, but the movie starring Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson is just as iconic as ever.

Thompson, 53, who played Lorraine, Fox's mother in the film, spoke to US Weekly about the movie and her favorite memory of filming.

"My favorite memory of Back to the Future actually is seeing it! I was engaged to Dennis Quaid at the time and the movie had been out for like two months and we went to the Cinerama Dome," she said. "They gave me a free parking spot and it was completely full and we stood in the back and watched the whole movie. People were just ecstatic!"

Thompson said her favorite of all the Back to the Future movies -- where Marty McFly travels either back in time or into the future, usually to save his family or his close friend Doc Brown -- was the original.

She also kept the "pink dress" she wore in scenes with Fox from the first film almost three decades ago.

The actress, who was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars earlier in the month, said she doesn't keep in touch with the cast "too much," but "I love [the cast]. I do see Claudia [Wells, who played Jennifer Parker] a lot and Chris Lloyd [who played Doc Brown] here and there."

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Taylor Swift Reveals Who She Gets Dressed Up For


Image Group LA/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift has a history of lost love and then writing songs about exes, but the pop star is all about being with her friends at the moment.

Swift, 24, spoke to Asos magazine for a story called "How to Be a Supergirl" and said when she is looking to get all dolled up, it's not for guys.

"When I’m getting dressed, it’s always based on what my friends will think," she said. "They are my No. 1 priority and the opinions of girls are more important to me, at this point in my life. But depending on the city I’m in and depending on the time of day and what mood I’m in, my choices are ever changing. That’s what keeps fashion exciting. You’re always coming from a different place of inspiration."

That doesn't mean Swift doesn't have plenty of advice when it comes to guys, dating and, especially, heartbreak.

"Fixing your heartbreak by getting into another relationship is not the way to live your life -- you need to live it on your terms for a while," she said. "Honestly, being in my twenties and only focusing on what I want, moving to New York because I wanted to, cutting my hair short because I wanted to, making all these decisions based on the direction I wanted to go, has been the most liberating thing I’ve done in my life. You can have love all around you without being in love, and find romance in your everyday life without being in a romantic relationship."

The singer also explained how her friendships -- she's often seen with supermodel Karlie Kloss and Grammy winner Lorde, among others -- are "real" and how that is an advantage as a celebrity.

"My friends are the kind of people who have their own lives and their own busy schedules, and that’s why we get along so well," she said. "A lot of 'celebrities' surround themselves with chic cling-ons who don’t have much of a job or a passion. They follow around their celebrity BFF and provide constant affirmation for them. I’m really not interested in that kind of deal."

Finally, Swift revealed how her mistakes "have gotten me the greatest sense of clarity."

"As much as I would really like to have saved myself heartache, embarrassment or gossip, I also know that my biggest mistakes have turned into my best lessons and sometimes my greatest career triumphs," she said.

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First Teaser from "Game of Thrones" Season 5 Debuts


Macall B. Polay/HBO(NEW YORK) -- Game of Thrones fans are rejoicing after the official Twitter account just released a 10-second teaser of Season 5.

"The raven brings #TheSight" and "Follow the Three Eyed Raven. Gain the power of #TheSight" were the captions to the short video.

"I see a darkness in you," a voice says in the clip that features Arya, played by Maisie Williams.

 

Follow the Three Eyed Raven. Gain the power of #TheSight: http://t.co/9fNrrJIGHG https://t.co/4RhAiTR9tw

— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) November 25, 2014

 

Along with the clip, fans got linked to a new site for the "Three Eyed Raven," which will supply fans with updates on the next season, still months away, set for the spring.

The raven has been an underlying symbol in the past four seasons.

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Alfonso Ribeiro on Why It Was Perfect Time to Win "DWTS"


ABC/Kelsey McNeal(LOS ANGELES) -- After winning the coveted Mirrorball trophy Tuesday night on Dancing with the Stars, Alfonso Ribeiro tweeted Wednesday that "This is the moment I've waited 10 years for."

The former Fresh Prince star has been vying to get on the show since it began a decade ago and now he's the champion. He beat out other finalists -- Sadie Robertson, Janel Parrish and Bethany Mota.

"This...is worth waiting for," he told ABC right after the win. "The right thing happened at the right time. I think it was the right, the right time with my family, you know if I had done it before last season, I wouldn't have gotten Witney."

Ribeiro, 43, gave a warning to other celebrities thinking about being on the show.

"I would first tell them, 'If you want to do the show, get in shape first,'" he joked.

Finally, the actor and father of two said he knows exactly who he wants to take his place on the dance floor next season.

"I want to get my boy David Justice to do it," he said. "He was in the audience tonight. You know, he's an MLB star so, it might be nice to see him on the dance floor."

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How Ethan Hawke's Divorce Still Impacts His Family


ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) --  In his new film Boyhood, Ethan Hawke plays the father in a story that follows a boy from innocent child to surly teen as his family grapples with divorce. It's a perspective that Hawke knows deeply himself.

Hawke separated from his first wife, actress Uma Thurman, in 2003 after five years of marriage when their daughter Maya was just 5 years old.

"When we were first splitting up, it broke her heart because she just didn't know anybody else," Hawke said in an interview with Nightline. "She was the only kid in her kindergarten whose parents weren't together, and it was really hard for her, and now she's a junior in high school and she helps her friends."

In Boyhood, Hawke, who stars alongside Patricia Arquette as his ex-wife and newcomer Ellar Coltrane as their son, channeled a lot of himself into playing a divorced dad on screen. A passion project for director Richard Linklater, all the actors involved agreed to be filmed every year over the span of 12 years to make the almost three-hour-long movie.

"I had this realization that I thought I was being offered a job that I'm not sure any actor had ever been offered before, to get to create a character and be able to use time to create them," Hawke said.

Hawke and his wife Ryan Shawhuges Hawke, whom he jokingly called the "CEO" of their family, have been married now for more than six years and have two young daughters together. Ryan is currently working on a documentary called Seymour, about an 87-year-old concert pianist who suffered from horrible stage fright.

"What makes our family work is you can't have one person be creative inside a couple, and traveling a lot, and expect to have a home life if somebody isn't taking care of a sense of balance," Hawke said. "There are so many different levels. Who's managing our money and paying our taxes? A sense of balance that needs to happen. And she makes that happen for me anyway."

Through the twists and turns of his career, and his love life, Hawke has found a role that is most meaningful to him -- being a father to his kids.

"A lot of things happened in my life over the last decade, but there's only one thing that has really been consistent, and that's them," he said. "I would do interviews and stuff, and they ask me about movies... It's really not what's really happening ever in my life. What's really been happening in my life is being a father. That's been the most important thing. And this movie [Boyhood] gave me an opportunity to place all those feelings and all those experiences into a narrative."

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"American Horror Story" Actress, Smallest Woman Jyoti Amge Dislikes Being Treated 'Like I'm a Baby'


Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup/FX(NEW YORK) -- Actress Jyoti Amge weighs 11 pounds, stands 2 feet tall and, according to Guinness World Records, is the world's smallest woman.

Amge, 20, is also the newest star on American Horror Story: Freak Show, where she plays Ma Petite.

"She [Amge] didn't have any reservations because even though the name of the show is 'Freak Show,' nobody is a freak here," Amge's translator told Entertainment Tonight.

That said, the Indian actress' new fame does come with some downsides.

"When people see me on TV, they become very happy because they don't have to interact with me," Amge's translator added. "When they start interacting with me they ask me questions like I'm a baby or treat me like I'm a baby and hold me like I'm a baby."

Amge doesn't want to be treated like a doll or a baby. The young actress just wants to be treated normally.

In an October promotional video, Amge said she only gets "mad when someone annoys me by touching my hair or keeps touching me without permission."

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