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Demi Lovato Is the New Face of Skechers


ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- And the latest female pop star to become the face of Skechers footwear is...Demi Lovato.

Demi will appear in the company's upcoming marketing and ad campaigns through 2016. She'll make her debut in a new Skechers commercial and print ad campaign that's launching this year.

In a statement, the singer says, "My generation grew up with Skechers and now with all of their cool styles and fun colors I'm excited to help introduce the collection to a new generation by sharing this incredible brand’s campaign with my Lovatics!"

Some of the stars who've previously appeared in Skechers campaigns include Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Carrie Underwood.

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"Guardians of the Galaxy" Cast Takes on 5-Year-Old Marvel Fan on "Kimmel"


Buena Vista(LOS ANGELES) -- On Monday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Jimmy welcomed Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, the stars of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. The gang -- bound for the movie's premiere that took place across the street after the late-night show taped -- also took on Mia Grace, a 5-year-old Marvel trivia fanatic.

Because Diesel and Cooper separately voiced their respective computer-generated characters, Groot and Rocket Raccoon, they explained they'd just met for the first time backstage at Kimmel.

For his part, Pratt, the star of Parks and Recreation and famous for supporting roles in movies like Zero Dark Thirty and Her, steps into leading man territory in Guardians, thanks to his character Peter Quill/Star-Lord. Pratt insists he had too much fun as the dual pistol-wielding thief-turned hero -- sometimes at the expense of the film's budget.

"I would shoot this gun...and over and over again they kept yelling cut, because...during the take I'd was going [makes gun sounds]. I was like, 'Come on, that felt really good to me!' And they'd were like, 'That just cost us 150 thousand dollars. Stop with making the noise with your mouth!'"

On the red carpet in front of the El Capitan Theatre, Pratt remarked that Guardians is unique. "It's comedy, drama, action, all which works simultaneously in a weird way that I don't think has ever been done before," he explained, before commenting that the role brings things full circle for him. "I'm excited for kids to pretend they're Peter Quill in their backyard, like I did with all these heroes when I was a kid."

Glenn Close, who plays interstellar top cop Nova Prime, said the production was "180 degrees different" from her 2012 period piece Albert Nobbs, "but really fun in its own way."

Guardians of the Galaxy, which also stars Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro as well as Lee Pace and John C. Reilly, opens Aug. 1.
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Robert Downey Jr. Tops "Forbes'" Top Earning Actors List


ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Robert Downey Jr. has once again topped Forbes’ list of the top earning actors, with estimated earnings of $75 million between June 2013 and June 2014 -- the same amount he earned during the previous year.

Downey Jr. is the highest-earning actor in Hollywood mostly due to his involvement in Marvel's Iron Man and Avengers movies.

Dwayne Johnson ranks second on Forbes’ list, with an estimated $52 million, in part because of his work in the Fast & Furious franchise. His latest film, Hercules, opens this Friday.

Bradley Cooper comes in at number three. He earned an estimated $46 million the past year, during which he earned an Oscar nomination for American Hustle.  Cooper is voicing Rocket Raccoon in the upcoming Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy, which should help solidify his position on Forbes’ list.

Leonardo DiCaprio takes the number-four spot, with an estimated $39 million in earnings, due to movies like The Wolf of Wall Street.

Here is Forbes' list of the top earning actors:

1. Robert Downey Jr., $75 million
2. Dwayne Johnson, $52 million
3. Bradley Cooper, $46 million
4. Leonardo DiCaprio, $39 million
5. Chris Hemsworth, $37 million
6. Liam Neeson $36 million
7T. Ben Affleck, $35 million
7T. Christian Bale, $35 million
9T. Will Smith, $32 million
9T. Mark Wahlberg, $32 million

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Court Docs: Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Not Want ''Trust Fund' Kids'


Valerie Macon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Philip Seymour Hoffman didn't want his children living off of his success.

The actor opted not to set aside money for his kids, reports the New York Post, citing recently filed court documents. The papers state the Oscar winner "did not want his children to be considered 'trust fund' kids."

Hoffman, who died of a drug overdose at the age of 46 in February, is survived by three children: Willa, who is 5; Tallulah, who is 7; and Cooper, who is 10.

Court-appointed attorney James Cahill Jr., who was brought in to protect the interests of Hoffman’s kids in his estate proceeding, recently interviewed the late actor's accountant, David Friedman.

Cahill says in the Manhattan Surrogate’s Court filing that Friedman told him he "recalled conversations with [Hoffman] in the year before his demise where the topic of a trust was raised for the kids and summarily rejected by him."

Instead, Hoffman wanted his estimated $35 million fortune to go to his longtime girlfriend and the kids' mother, Mimi O'Donnell. According to the filing, Friedman said Hoffman told him he believed O'Donnell would "take care of the children."

Cahill also noted in the filing that "Friedman also advised that he observed Hoffman treating his partner/girlfriend…in the same manner as if she were a spouse."  Hoffman explained to the accountant that he "simply did not believe in marriage."

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Rachel McAdams Was 'in Awe' of Lindsay Lohan's Talent on "Mean Girls" Set


Paramount(NEW YORK) -- Ten years ago, Lindsay Lohan's career was on fire ahead of her acclaimed performance in Mean Girls, and her co-star Rachel McAdams noticed. The actress tells the August issue of Allure she thinks it's odd to hear that director Mark Waters says LiLo was apparently intimidated by her on set.

"If anything, I was in awe of her talent," McAdams recalled. "I looked at her as this experienced actor, and she had great comedic timing, so natural. It's just funny to hear that because you never know what people are thinking. We all try to act like we've got it together."

Before the release of Mean Girls, McAdams appeared in the Rob Schneider comedy The Hot Chick, in which she performed a striptease -- a challenge for her. She says, "I just remember breathing deep and thinking, Oh, my God, I have to go out there and do this striptease, as a man…as a woman. How did I get here?"

She continues, "It was probably one of the scariest moments I've had in my career. It stretched me in ways I could never have imagined." After a pause, she adds, "Literally."

McAdams, 35, appears on the cover of Allure's August issue, which hits newsstands July 29.

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"The Bachelorette" Recap: The Men Tell All


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- The eliminated contestants on the current season of The Bachelorette reunited Monday night for the traditional "Men Tell All" special on ABC.

Of course, the two men who still remain in the competition heading into next week's finale -- Nick Viall and Josh Murray -- were not present. The "Bachelorette," Andi Dorfman, was interviewed, but she didn't discuss either finalist.

During her relatively brief appearance, Andi addressed the bachelors she sent home during the previous two episodes: Chris Soules and Marcus Grodd. She told Chris, who was dismissed last week, that while the hometown visit to his farm in Iowa was her favorite, she just didn't feel there was a foundation in their romance that would even lead her to consider living a rural life with him.

As for Marcus, she appreciated his honesty, but she wasn't on the same page as he was. Don't feel too badly for Marcus, though -- he's one of the stars of Bachelor in Paradise, the new spin-off that premieres in two weeks.

Andi spent several minutes learning some of the results of the lie detector test that was administered to several guys on a group date in Italy. She also denied rumors that she's pregnant.

In the most bizarre moment of "The Men Tell All," a female audience member from Canada named Petra interrupted host Chris Harrison's interview with Chris the farmer, hoping to ask a question. She joined Chris Soules on the couch and asked him if he thinks he'll ever find love in Iowa, then admitted she'd like to date him. They chatted a little, though it remains to be seen whether Chris Soules will actually make Petra's dream come true.

Before Andi emerged from backstage, there was a somewhat-heated exchange regarding JJ's claim from earlier in the season that Andrew used an offensive term to describe the African-American contestants on the show. Andrew denied he'd use the term, and said the claim had affected his personal life.

Marquel, who is African-American, said it was hurtful to him that he didn't know whether the allegation was true, though he said he took JJ at his word.

Interestingly, no mention was made of Eric Hill, the contestant who died in a paragliding accident following his elimination.

The special ended rather cryptically, with Harrison delivering a letter from one of the finalists to Andi in her dressing room. Andi stared at the note, but it's unclear -- for now -- whether she read it.

"The Men Tell All" began with an appearance by former Bachelorette star Ashley Hebert and her husband, J.P. Rosenbaum, who are expecting a child in October. A sonogram performed on the show revealed they're having a boy.

Next Monday night, The Bachelorette season concludes with Andi potentially deciding between Ben and Josh in the Dominican Republic.

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Tim McGraw Says He Feels Bad About Swatting at Fan During Concert


ABC/Eric Gebhart(LOS ANGELES) -- Tim McGraw doesn't feel good about swatting a fan at his show last week, but the country megastar said it's time to move on.

"I reacted in an instinctive, defensive way from my perspective of what was going on," he told ET Canada Sunday. "I think it was an unfortunate situation, I think, all the way around. But it happened. It happened in a split second. It was pure instinctive reaction. I think you just got to move on."

A video posted to TMZ early last week shows the singer walking into the crowd to sing to his fans. When one grabbed at his pants, he waved his hand to get the fan off.

His rep told ABC News after the incident that McGraw "instinctively swatted" the fan away so that his jeans wouldn't rip.

McGraw, 47, told ET Canada, "It is one of those things that happen, nobody feels good about it, but there’s nothing that could be done about it. You are in that position, you are out there, you are vulnerable, things happen and sometimes you react. There’s nothing to be said about it."

McGraw is in the middle of an international tour, which runs until November.

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Ex-Flight Attendant Reveals Celebrity Gossip in First Class


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For many travelers flying in coach, the only glimpse of first class they will ever get is a peek between the curtains dividing each airplane cabin. But now, a former flight attendant is pulling back the drapes with a memoir featuring gasp-worthy in-flight antics and celebrity gossip.

In his new book Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant: True Tales and Gossip from the Galley, Owen Beddall, who worked as a flight attendant for Qantas Airways for 12 years, shares how he was able to cozy up with A-listers on long-haul flights, as well as the less glamorous aspects of hospitality at 40,000 feet.

"People think it's all flying mattresses and shagging," Beddall told ABC News. "They don't realize it's a really manual job, that you're pushing 190-pound carts in a tilting plane with screaming babies and screaming people and lactose-intolerant vegans telling you their dietary needs at the last minute. You're a priest, a security guard, a nurse. There are so many different roles tucked into one."

Beddall made the transition from flight attendant to author after suffering a work-related spinal injury.

"During a training session, I fell down the stairs of a 747 and broke my back," he said. "So I went from this carefree lifestyle of a flight attendant traveling all over the world to an office job and taking on a corporation [for compensation]. I joked that the first version of my book should have been called Confessions of the Satanic Verses because it was so dark."

But eventually, after a few rewrites, Beddall was able to shift focus to some of the more fabulous experiences he had in first class hobnobbing with high rollers.

"I would say the most in-depth conversation I ever had with a celebrity was with Katy Perry," said Beddall, who was granted permission by her and other stars mentioned in the book to share his anecdotes. "She and Russell Brand came on as a surprise, because usually there is a lot of fanfare, and they were very amorous and lovely together. I remember saying to him, 'Clearly this is a very physical relationship,' and he gave me a wry smile."

Beddall said that after most of the other passengers had fallen asleep, Perry was unable to snooze and asked if he would stay up with her. They chatted at length about music and writing.

"I told her I liked to write in my spare time and she gave me a lot of advice on getting an agent, social media and how to run things as a business -- and I thought for someone so young she had her head so squarely on her shoulders," he said. "Although, I do have to say, at the end of the flight, I said, 'How long are you going to be in the United Kingdom for?' And she said, 'Oh, no, I'm going to London, England.' So that was very funny."

Pop artists were par for the course on Qantas flights, according to the memoir.

"Lily Allen was probably my all-time favorite," said Beddall. "She was actually sitting in business class, but she screamed 'celebrity' and, 'Don't you know who I am?' So I listened to her music and invited her up to first class. There, she got lashed up on cocktails, we did some facials together and had a very girly chat on the flight."

Afterward, Beddall admitted to worrying that Allen's overindulgence might come back to haunt him.

"I gave her all of this Dom [Perignon] and I thought, 'Oh great, they are taking pictures of her getting off the plane and I'm going to get in trouble.' But she actually blogged about me and the experience in a travel column not long after and it was very special."

But while some A-listers like Cate Blanchett, who arrived "with all of these designer gowns" can come across "like royalty," other famous faces behave strangely, said Beddall.

"There is this famous Aussie supermodel who comes from a very average suburb in Australia," he said. "She speaks English but will pretend not to and would only speak in French on flights. She would speak to her suitor in French and he would translate to us and then tell her what we said and we knew that she spoke English."

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Why "Pawn Stars" Star Corey Harrison Lost 192 Pounds


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- At 210 pounds, Corey Harrison is looking and feeling better than ever.

The Pawn Stars star, once nicknamed "Big Hoss," dropped nearly 200 pounds after learning that he was pre-diabetic three years ago.

"Literally, I'm driving home from the doctor's office kind of freaked out about it and I see the place where they do lap band [surgeries] and I just pulled in and said, 'What does it take to have the surgery?'" he told ABC's Good Morning America. "I didn't have much money at the time. I pulled out four credit cards and put it on that and there you go!"

At the time, the History Channel star, now 31, weighed about 400 pounds. However, after having his surgery, he also changed his exercise and eating habits.

"I can only have four to five ounces of food in my stomach," he noted. "When you only have that much space in there, you don't want to fill it up with crap."

Harrison also has a support system in his co-stars, including Austin "Chumlee" Russell. Inspired by Harrison's slim down, he began losing weight too, and is now down 100 pounds.

"Chum kind of thought we were gonna be fat guys together forever or something," joked Harrison. "I'm proud of him. He did it all with diet and exercise...[but] he's the sidekick! Let's not forget that."

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Zendaya Coleman Explains Exit from Aaliyah Biopic


ABC/Richard Harbaugh(NEW YORK) -- Zendaya Coleman opened up about her recent exit from the upcoming Aaliyah biopic.

The 17-year-old Disney star posted several videos on Instagram Friday explaining why she backed out of Lifetime’s Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.

“Let me just explain something,” she said in the first of three videos. “The reason why I chose not to do the Aaliyah movie had nothing to do with the haters or people telling me that I couldn’t do it, I wasn’t talented enough, or I wasn’t black enough. It had absolutely nothing to do with that.”

The Shake It Up star was cast to play the late R&B singer in June but dropped out of the part weeks later amid widespread criticism over her casting. Some complained Coleman, who is biracial, was too fair-skinned for the role. Others questioned whether the singer-dancer-actress had the maturity to play the 22-year-old Aaliyah, who was once linked to R. Kelly and died in a plane crash at the height of her popularity in 2001.

But Coleman, who was the runner-up on Season 16 of Dancing with the Stars, said she left because of concerns over the production.

“The main reasons were the production value wasn’t there, there were complications with the music rights, and I just felt like it wasn’t being handled delicately considering the situation,” Coleman said in the second clip. “I tried my best to reach out to the family on my own and I wrote a letter, but, I was unable to do so. Therefore, I felt not really morally okay with moving forward with the project.”

Instead, Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp will replace Coleman in the role. Talk host Wendy Williams, who is executive producing the TV movie, made the announcement on Twitter and her show Friday.

Coleman sent her best wishes to Shipp.

“Congratulations to the new woman playing Aaliyah,” Coleman she said in her final video. “I only hope that she does not have to deal with half the hate that I had to deal with. Remember that we are all human beings trying to do what we love to do. Let’s practice motivation and love, not discrimination and hate.”

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Jessica Simpson Shares Her Thoughts on Marriage, Growing Her Family


Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Jessica Simpson was busy this past weekend posting honeymoon pictures on Instagram and revealing her future family plans.

First, the recently-married singer and fashion mogul posted a picture with a friend's newborn, writing, "I love you Jack, but I do not want another!!"

Simpson, 34, and husband Eric Johnson are already parents to Maxwell and Ace. The couple married in Santa Barbara, California, earlier this month.

On Sunday, Simpson posted a beautiful photo from her honeymoon, striking a pose in the hotel suite with the water crashing in the background.



She also posted a couple pics with her husband.



"I love this man, our marriage, and everything in between," Simpson wrote.

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Beyonce Teases Involvement in "Fifty Shades of Grey" Soundtrack


Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Looks like the Fifty Shades of Grey movie landed a superstar for its soundtrack.

Beyonce, 32, teased a short video on her Instagram over the weekend that said the trailer would be coming out Thursday.

It showcased Beyonce's legendary vocals in the background saying , "Uh oh."

She has tagged the video "fiftyshades," which also shows some sexy scenes from the movie.

There's speculation that Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" is the song that is sampled in the video.

This movie just got a little steamier.

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Elle Macpherson Reveals Her Beauty Tips and Tricks


Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Supermodel Elle Macpherson has graced the cover of countless magazines, including a record five times on Sports Illustrated.

Now 50, the model who became known as "the body" is showing that she's still got it: On Tuesday, Macpherson tweeted a photo of herself looking lean and toned in a bikini.

ABC News' Sara Haines asked Macpherson about her beauty tips and tricks.

"You know, when you laugh it changes everything -- it changes your spirit and the way people receive you," Macpherson said.

She added that she prefers an "alkaline diet" consisting mostly of "vegetables, a little bit of fish, not much protein, no coffee, alcohol."

The 6-foot-tall Australian also swears by exfoliating, moisturizing every day and sleeping for at least eight hours.

"One of the biggest beauty tips -- and I know it's a cliché -- is I drink three liters of water a day," she said.

As for her workout regimen? Macpherson said she does not go to the gym.

"I'm Australian and I've always done a lot of sport, whether it be surfing or running or hiking, road biking…it's not really just about making sure you look thin but it's actually that you enjoy doing," she said.

In addition to her storied modeling career, Macpherson is a businesswoman and designer. She has just launched a new line of intimates called "The Body" with retailer JCPenney.

Macpherson said she is designing the line for "every woman."

"I think today women choose lingerie because...it's about feeling feminine, feeling sexy and feeling comfortable in your body," she said.

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George Clooney Discusses Feud with "Daily Mail"


ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- George Clooney couldn't resist gloating when it came to discussing how he got the Daily Mail to apologize to him.

Clooney told Variety on Friday, "It's just fun to slap those bad guys every once in a while, knock 'em around."

The Daily Mail published a story earlier this month claiming that Clooney's future mother-in-law objected to his upcoming marriage to Amal Alamuddin for religious reasons. However, the British tabloid pulled the article and apologized after Clooney wrote an op-ed in USA Today saying the article was completely fabricated.

Clooney said he doesn't go after every tabloid for every false story, but this time he felt a line was crossed. He explained, "That's why you pick your fights at a tabloid. Every day they write things that aren't true, but every once in a while they write something that is actually dangerous to your family, and it's probably not true. And that’s the one you pick."

He said of the Daily Mail, "I would sit with my friends and we'd just go, 'So they just sat at a computer and just went, "OK, this is what I'm gonna say today.'" I mean, literally, because you just go, 'there isn't literally an element of truth in this.' You just laugh, and let it go. I'm used to it after all these years. But the thing that bothers me is how much the Daily Mail is now bleeding into American press and becoming a source for some pretty legitimate newspapers. So that’s the thing that worries me."

Though the Daily Mail issued an apology, Clooney refused to accept its mea culpa, writing in a second USA Today op-ed piece the report was a "premeditated lie."

On a happier note, Clooney offered Variety this thought on his engagement: "I'm marrying up."

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"Treme" Star Rob Brown Settles Racial Profiling Suit Against Macy's, New York City


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Rob Brown, best known for his role as trumpet player Delmond Lambreaux on the HBO series Treme, is settling his racial profiling lawsuits against Macy's and the City of New York, according to the New York Daily News.

In court papers obtained by the newspaper, Manhattan Federal Judge Lorna Schofield writes, “The court has been informed that the parties have reached a settlement in principle.”

The 30-year-old actor claimed he was handcuffed, “paraded” through the Macy’s flagship store in New York City's Herald Square, and detained in June of last year after being accused of using a fake credit card to buy his mother a $1,300 watch.

In his complaint, Brown alleged false imprisonment, negligent training and civil rights violations. He was seeking unspecified money damages and a court order forcing Macy’s and the NYPD to stop the alleged practice of targeting minorities who shop at high-end stores.

A spokeswoman for Macy’s tells the Daily News, “The lawsuits by various plaintiffs who alleged racial profiling by Macy’s have been settled in principle. We are making no further comment.”

The spokeswoman adds, “Our company strictly prohibits discrimination of any kind and has zero tolerance for racial profiling.”

A lawyer for the city says, “A settlement has been reached in principle, but the details are still being finalized.”

Brown’s lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, confirmed the report, but declined to comment on the terms of the settlement.

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