ABC/Eric McCandless(NEW YORK) -- Two new ABC comedies premiere Tuesday night: Selfie and Manhattan Love Story. Selfie is a twist on the classic My Fair Lady story, but in this case, we get an uptight marketing genius named Henry Higgs, trying to "make over" an obnoxious social media addict named Eliza Dooley, and turn her into a person who actually cares about people in real life.
Henry is played by John Cho, of Harold & Kumar, Sleepy Hollow and Star Trek fame -- he plays Mr. Sulu in the rebooted films. Eliza is played by Scottish actress Karen Gillan, best known in the U.S. for playing Amy Pond on Doctor Who and Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Gillan started out doing sketch comedy in the U.K., but in the U.S., she's better known for sci-fi, so, she tells ABC News Radio, "To return to that was really exciting, especially in this country, where I think you make the best comedy." She uses an American accent to play Eliza, and is pretty much flawless, though she admits that she'll occasionally ask Cho to say a certain word so she's sure how to pronounce it American-style.
As for Cho, his part was originally envisioned for a British actor to play, and he considers the fact that he ended up with it to be a "personal revolution." Why? The Korean actor explains that during a Q&A with TV critics, "Karen had, like, seven questions about her being Scottish, and I came off the stage and I was like, 'I went through a 45-minute panel, and we didn't talk about my race at all,' which was, like, so awesome to me, and the absence of those questions was, to me, the revolution."
In the first episode, we see Gillan's super-obnoxious and shallow Eliza making a lot of progress as she tries to wean herself from her social media addiction. But according to Gillan, she's got a long road to go, and Cho's Henry is a big part of it.
"We realize, quite quickly, that Henry needs Eliza just as much as she needs him, and they can learn a lot from each other," she tells ABC News Radio. "And also, I mean, this is the story of an addict, essentially, at its core. And that means there's going to be, like, a lot of, you know, one step forward and two steps back. So it's not going to be easy."
Selfie premieres at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Afterward, ABC debuts another new comedy, Manhattan Love Story. It follows the ups and downs of a New York romance between Dana and Peter, played by Crazy, Stupid, Love actress Analeigh Tipton and Greek actor Jake McDorman, respectively. The twist is that viewers will be able to hear the characters' inner thoughts -- and, as a result, what each really thinks of the other.
Veteran character actor Kurt Fuller, whom you'd recognize from his roles in various projects like the film Midnight in Paris and ABC's Scandal, plays Peter's dad, William. He says of Peter, "He’s a big, you know, 'I know everything, I can do everything, I’m the best,' just like me. We all sort of find out that...maybe we didn’t know so much. And that’s one of the things I actually love about the show."
Robino Salvatore/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- While George Clooney and new wife Amal Alamuddin bask in newly-wedded bliss, the details of their lavish, star-studded, Venice-set nuptials can now be peeked at by the little people, thanks to a spread in People magazine.
The pair officially sealed the deal Monday with a short civil ceremony, which followed a Saturday wedding befitting Hollywood royalty.
The magazine's latest issue boasts 25 exclusive photos of and surrounding the event, which was held at Italy's historic Aman Canal Grande Venice hotel.
ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Wal-Mart is pointing fingers, saying Tracy Morgan and his fellow passengers should've worn seatbelts, in a formal response to the lawsuit over the June crash on the New Jersey Turnpike involving one of its drivers.
In court papers, Wal-Mart broadly denied allegations of recklessness and negligence when the vehicle Morgan and his friends were riding in was struck by Wal-Mart truck driver Kevin Roper’s rig and said the plaintiffs’ injuries were caused “by failure to wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device.”
Had Morgan and the others been wearing seatbelts Wal-Mart said, “all or a portion of the injuries could have been diminished or minimized.”
Morgan was seriously injured in the crash. He suffered a broken femur, a broken nose and several broken ribs, among other injuries. His friend, comedian James McNair, died.
Wal-Mart declined to answer a specific allegation that its driver, Roper, was fatigued. The company said it can’t because it’s also involved in the National Transportation Safety Board investigation.
But Wal-Mart did say, “the plaintiffs’ alleged damages may have been caused by third parties over whom Wal-Mart had no control.”
Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- Earlier this month, news broke that Robert Pattinson has a new flame -- FKA Twigs. The British singer says that since being tied to the Twilight actor, she's endured tons of racism online.
"I am genuinely shocked and disgusted at the amount of racism that has been infecting my account the past week," the singer, whose birth name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett, tweeted.
"Racism is unacceptable in the real world and it's unacceptable online," she continued.
According to US Weekly, FKA is half-Jamaican and half-Spanish. She's been public about her relationship with Pattinson since early September.
Pattinson romantic relationship with his Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart ended after Stewart was caught cheating on him in 2012 with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. Since then, Pattinson has been romantically linked to model Imogen Kerr and Dylan Penn, the daughter of Sean Penn and Robin Wright.
ABC/Image Group LA(NEW YORK) -- Reese Witherspoon is ready to walk on the wild side. And since she figured no studio would want to cast her as a woman dealing with drug addiction and reckless behavior, she decided to produce her new film, Wild, herself. The actress' own production company adapted Cheryl Strayed's novel, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, for the big screen.
"I just didn’t want to hear, 'Oh, we don’t want to see Reese have sex....Oh, can we not have any profanity?'' Witherspoon told Vogue of why she produced the film. "I wanted it to be truthful, I wanted it to be raw, I wanted it to be real."
After being portrayed largely as the girl next door, Witherspoon wants to challenge herself to be even more real, even if no one believes she can do it.
"When people underestimate me, it's actually a comfortable place for me," she explained. "'Oh, that's what you think I am; well, no, I'm not.' I'm a complex human being. I have many different shades."
So how did Witherspoon portray a character who looks like she does heroin and has a string of one-night stands? The actress said she did draw some inspiration from her own life.
"Nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors, but I think there’s a general sense now that I’ve lived a pretty textured life. So many of the things that Cheryl goes through in the book I’ve been through, you know? I’ve been married, I’ve been divorced," she explained in the magazine. "I haven’t lost my mother, but my mother’s mother died in a very similar way, of an aneurysm very suddenly."
"Cheryl has this idea that the things that have happened to you are part of you. There’s something really beautiful about that idea," Witherspoon continued. "I’m not sure I agree with her about everything. Someone might say, 'I was raped. Is that a part of me? Am I supposed to accept that?' That’s her perspective."
ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Now that he’s a married man, Brad Pitt seems to be relishing his new role as husband.
“I wouldn’t say [marriage is] just a title. There’s more to it than that,” the actor told the November issue of British GQ.
Pitt tied the knot last month with his longtime partner, Angelina Jolie in an ultra-private ceremony at their home, Chateau Miraval in Correns, France. The intimate wedding, attended only by family and friends, featured their six children.
Though Pitt reportedly missed out on the wedding of his close pal, George Clooney, who married lawyer Amal Alamuddin, in Venice, Italy, on Saturday, he still gushed about his good friend to GQ.
Responding to Clooney’s previous description of the very private Pitt as “unreachable,” the World War Z actor joked, “Well, you know, George is extremely accessible. He’s one of our best representatives. He’s funny as s***. He’s a joy to be around.”
In contrast, Pitt said, laughing, “I guess maybe I’m more of a miserable bastard. I’m a bit of a loner, you know? I’m more quiet by nature. And coming from, you know, hillbilly country, I’m probably more reserved.”
That reserve extends to his work on the screen. These days, Pitt is more likely to say no than yes to work. “I’m actually very snobbish about directors. I have to say no all the time,” he told the magazine. “‘No’ is the most powerful word in our business. You’ve got to protect yourself. …To leave home, it’s got to be worth leaving. It’s got to be worth it.”
The actor admitted, “I’ve been slowing down for a while now. And slowly transitioning to other things. And, truthfully, I do want to spend more time with my kids before they’re grown up and gone.”
Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- Like most people would be, Ben Affleck was pretty impressed with his batsuit.
However, even he couldn't convince the powers that be to let him keep it.
"I asked them, 'So, how about maybe taking the suit home at the end of this thing?'" the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star said during a visit to Live with Kelly and Michael. "They were like, 'For $100,000 we could!'"
Affleck, 42, explained that "a lot goes into it," which is why it's such a pricey item. In fact, because every element of the film is meant to be perfect, the actor explained that it's forced him to hit the gym a little more often than usual.
"Audiences have an increasing expectation," he said. "You see guys like Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans and all these guys whose bodies are just like, you think, 'How is that even possible?!' So, exercising is as much of the job now in some ways as the rest of it."
Neilson Barnard/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Amanda Bynes has been arrested for alleged DUI, ABC News has confirmed.
The California Highway Patrol confirmed that the actress was arrested at 4:10 a.m. on Sunday and charged with a misdemeanor. She was booked by the Los Angeles Police Department at a station in Van Nuys, California at 7 a.m. and held on $15,000 bail. Bynes was released that day at 12:44 p.m. on her own recognizance.
Last year was a troubling one for the 28-year-old actress. She was arrested in May 2013 for allegedly throwing a bong out of her New York City apartment window, though the case was dismissed in June 2014. Later in 2013, she entered rehab after being detained for a mental evaluation when she was involved in a disturbance in Thousand Oaks, California. Afterwards, her mother acted as her conservator, though it was not clear if she still was functioning in that role.
Things seemed to be improving for Bynes, who left rehab in December and, shortly thereafter, enrolled in fashion school.
"She's doing extremely well. Her primary focus is bonding with her family and being a student," her attorney, Tamar Arminak, told Peoplemagazine in April, adding that Bynes was on "zero medication."
People also reported that, around that time, Bynes got her driver's license back following earlier legal troubles, including a 2012 DUI arrest. The magazine added that this past February the actress pleaded no contest to a lesser alcohol-related offense in her DUI case to avoid jail time. As a result, she was placed on three-years probation and had to attend a three-month alcohol education course and pay fines.
Bynes is due in court on this new charge on October 23.
ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Michael Strahan stunned viewers on Live with Kelly and Michael back in 2012 by breaking out into his very own stripper dance for Channing Tatum, who was promoting Magic Mike at the time.
Well, it seems for Strahan showing off his dance moves has paid off. On Monday, the former NFL player announced that he will be appearing in Magic Mike XXL.
"I'm getting ready to do something that's making me nervous," he said Monday. "I'm about to do something that started as a joke on the show. ...I decided to reenact some of [Tatum's] movie. So then he was messing around with me and wrote me into the next Magic Mike XXL movie."
Although his co-host Kelly Ripa didn't believe him, Strahan insisted his initial strip tease was a joke not an audition.
"That was a joke! And then everytime Channing would come here, he would go, 'Are you ready?' even when we weren't on camera. And I would go, 'I stay ready! If you stay ready, you don't have to get ready,'" he explained.
Denying he was on a diet to prepare for his role, Strahan said he's ready regardless. "No, no, no. I'm not on a diet. See, I'm slim here but I'm telling you the muscles under this jacket are about to explode!" he said, laughing.
Strahan will join Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and Jada Pinkett Smith in the film. Earlier this month, Magic Mike XXL director Gregory Jacobs announced Matthew McConaughey won't be reprising his role as Dallas in the forthcoming sequel.
Magic Mike XXL will strut into theaters on July 1, 2015.
PIERRE TEYSSOT/AFP/Getty Images(VENICE, Italy) -- George Clooney tied the knot -- again -- to his wife Amal Alamuddin during a civil ceremony in Italy Monday.
The ceremony at the Ca' Farsetti Palace in Venice was short, lasting just about 12 minutes. The couple arrived at the palace on their boat, the "Amore," and both looked happy while wearing their wedding bands.
The Oscar-winner, 53, and his now wife, 36, had also been married during a private ceremony Saturday for friends and family at the Aman Canal Grande Venice Hotel.
As for Monday's venue, the Ca' Farsetti is a palace facing the Canal Grande and boasts one of the best views in all of Italy. It's also close to the Rialto Bridge.
Clooney and Alamuddin took part in Monday's legal ceremony in order to make the marriage legal. Italian law stipulates that you have to sign the register at a local town hall in order for the marriage to be valid.
ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Have your popcorn ready on Monday night, because Dancing with the Stars is going to the movies.
The 11 remaining couples will dance to songs from their favorite movies. Lea Thompson's most popular acting credit is Back to the Future, so it's no surprise that her performance will be inspired by the classic 1980s film. But she feels some of her other movies could have worked just as well.
Thompson tells ABC News Radio, "I do have a lot of movies that people really like. We could have done Some Kind of Wonderful, or the controversial Red Dawn with my Russian." She was referring to her pro partner, Artem Chigvintsev.
What else can you expect on Dancing with the Stars' "movie night"? Comedian Tommy Chong is planning a dance inspired by Scent of a Woman, actress Janel Parrish is working on a jazz routine based on West Side Story, and fashion designer Betsey Johnson will recreate a scene from Ghost.
An A-list movie star will be on hand to serve as a guest judge: Kevin Hart. Celebrity contestant Alfonso Ribeiro is looking forward to Hart's commentary, though he doesn't expect the Ride Along actor to critique each competitor's technique.
Ribeiro tells ABC News Radio, "I think what he's going to judge is the fun of it all, and probably what he sees from a fan point of view."
Dancing with the Stars airs on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Lopez is apparently okay following a fender-bender in Malibu, California, on Saturday, but she's still pretty upset about the incident.
The 45-year-old American Idol judge posted a photo on Instagram of herself and pal, actress Leah Remini, in a car with the caption, "Sitting at a light, Riding high right before some drunk fool rear ended us in my new whip!!!" She added, "Thank god everyone ok!!!"
Police tell TMZ that Remini, 44, was driving J-Lo's car with the singer and her two kids along the Pacific Coast Highway when they stopped at a light.
TMZ reports either Lopez or Remini called 911 and told cops a driver in a small pickup had rear-ended them and fled the scene.
According to the report, the driver of the pickup was located a short distance away and was arrested for DUI and hit and run.
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Randy Jackson's wife has filed for divorce from the former American Idol judge and season 13 mentor after 18 years of marriage, according to court papers obtained by E! News.
Erika Jackson cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and listed their date of separation as Sept. 11.
Randy and Erika have two children together, but 17-year-old Jordan is the only minor. She's asking for joint legal custody and primary physical custody, with "reasonable visitation" for Randy.
Erika is also petitioning to have her maiden name of Riker legally restored.
This is the second marriage for Jackson, who has a daughter with his first wife. American Idol returns for its 14th season on Jan. 14 on Fox.
Steve Granitz/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Vanessa Williams has exciting news to share: She's engaged.
The actress, 50, is set to wed her boyfriend of more than a year, Jim Skrip.
"I've had a lot of good things happen while I've been on this lovely trip," she told Queen Latifah, who commented on her "bling ring," on Latifah's daytime talk show. "I turned 50 when we were in rehearsal on Broadway, and I just got engaged a couple weeks ago. It's been a lot of blessings on this trip!"
Williams said Skrip "was in real estate and, back in the day, he was an accountant."
This will be the third marriage for the actress, who has three children with her first husband, her former manager, Ramon Hervy II. She has one child with her second husband, former NBA player Rick Fox.
The episode of Latifah's talk show that features the interview will air Tuesday.