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Benedict Cumberbatch Apologizes for Calling Black Actors 'Colored'


Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the Oscar-nominated film The Imitation Game, apologized on Monday for comments he made on a PBS show in which he used the term "colored" to describe black actors.

While discussing diversity in Hollywood on Tavis Smiley, Cumberbatch said, "I think as far as colored actors go, it gets really difficult in the U.K." Many people on social media and elsewhere called Cumberbatch's choice of words inappropriate and racist.

On Monday, Cumberbatch said in a statement that he was devastated to have offended anyone, calling himself an idiot.

"I offer my sincere apologies," Cumberbatch said. "I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done."

 

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What "Modern Family's" Sofia Vergara and Miss Universe Have in Common


ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Miss Universe Paulina Vega isn't the first beauty from Barranquilla, Colombia, to compete and win in pageants.

In fact, Sofia Vergara's character Gloria was Miss Barranquilla on Modern Family, according to ABC.

In real life, Vergara, 42, is really from this town that also boasts pop icon Shakira.

Vergara was so happy with Vega's win, representing her hometown, that she posted on WhoSay and Tweeted, "Barranquilla!!!!! Miss Universe!!!!"

 

Barranquilla!!!!! Miss Universe!!!! http://t.co/68EW4C8qhN

— Sofia Vergara (@SofiaVergara) January 26, 2015



Barranquilla is one of Colombia's largest cities, along with Bogota, Medellin and Cali. The city in Northern Colombia is a major port and has a rich and illustrious history dating back to the early 1600s.

Other notable people that hail from Barranquilla include baseball player Edgar Rentería and soccer player Fredy Montero.

 

 

Paulina Vega from Colombia is crowned Miss Universe 2014! http://t.co/8UUplK47DK

— Paulina Vega (@MissUniverse) January 26, 2015



For more on the similarities between Vergara and Vega, head to ABC.go.com and check out -- Barranquilla, Colombia: Gloria & Miss Universe 2015's Connection.

 

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Kim Kardashian Shares Behind-the-Scenes Photos From Her Sexy Shoot With Kanye West


ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Kim Kardashian is giving fans a sneak peek into her photo shoot with Kanye West.

The couple is shooting a new ad campaign for Balmain, one of their favorite design houses.

"This was so much fun! Getting 2work w my husband& my friend @olivier_rousteing ! How did I get so lucky! #BalmainLove," she wrote on Twitter.

 

This was so much fun! Getting 2work w my husband& my friend @olivier_rousteing ! How did I get so lucky! #BalmainLove pic.twitter.com/rRKeR2jD2S

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 26, 2015



Kardashian, 34, and West, 37, have been fans of Rousteing's for some time, and invited him to their wedding last year. Rousteing, the creative director of Balmain, has also used Kendall Jenner as a runway model for the brand.

Most recently, Kardashian and West starred in an ad campaign for the brand, which will debut in March.

 

 

Here are some behind the scenes of our Balmain ad campaign shoot This is me & @olivier_rousteing discussing the looks pic.twitter.com/NvwKVwEvad

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 26, 2015

 

 

Then things got really serious pic.twitter.com/OQlRNQAvGH

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 26, 2015

 

 

Fitting with @olivier_rousteing @balmainparis #BalmainLove pic.twitter.com/uwYAHZ5sVS

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 26, 2015

 

 

He's happy about this look! ???? pic.twitter.com/HI8ldqL9jD

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 26, 2015

 

 

We were making it fit! #DamnSampleSize #BalmainArmy pic.twitter.com/w97h1UbRTg

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 26, 2015

 

 

BTS #BalmainCampaign pic.twitter.com/cRHIuCF4eE

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 26, 2015

 

 

Almost ready.... #BalmainBTS pic.twitter.com/J5hd8Kjm5P

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 26, 2015

 

 

#BalmainCampaignBTS pic.twitter.com/2Il8VGw698

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 26, 2015

 

 

Break time #BalmainBTS pic.twitter.com/m5eYTknTTT

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 26, 2015

 

 

Love these looks!!!! #BalmainCampaignBTS pic.twitter.com/T6McBlPFAx

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 26, 2015

 

 

That's a wrap! #BalmainCampaign #BTS pic.twitter.com/Y1sxqHQwRy

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 26, 2015

 

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Phillip Phillips Sues to Get Out of His "American Idol" Contract


Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is suing the show's producer, 19 Entertainment, and its affiliated companies to get out of his contract.

The singer claims in paperwork that he's been "manipulated" by the company over the past few years.

"I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on American Idol," Phillips told ABC News in a statement. "The value that the fans and the show have given to my career is not lost on me. However, I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with. I look forward to being able to make my own choices about my career and to being able to make great music and play it for my fans."

Phillips, 24, filed a petition with the California Labor Commissioner, claiming that he was obligated to play gigs that did not benefit his career, such as one show he did for free for JetBlue, and that the production company regularly withheld information about his career from him. For example, he claimed he only found out the name of his album when the public did. Phillips also alleged that 19 Entertainment receives as much as 40 percent of any of his endorsement deals.

At the core of the petition is the Talent Agencies Act, a California law that states that only licensed talent agents can negotiate gigs for their clients. Phillips' legal team aims to show that the producers were violating the TAA.

Phillips' lawyer, Howard King at King Holmes Paterno & Berliner, called the deal "oppressive" and "fatally conflicted." In a statement, he said: "Phillip appreciates the opportunity provided to him by American Idol and always expected the producers to share in the rewards of his subsequent success. However, he never anticipated that the producers would favor their own interests above his career or commit egregious violations of the California's Talent Agencies Act. Thankfully, California has a long history of protecting artists from being victimized by people illegally operating as de facto talent agencies."

However, 19 Entertainment stands by the deal.

"We’re very proud of everything we’ve accomplished together with Phillip, working closely to help nurture his extraordinary talent and advance his career. We have always acted in the best interest of Phillip," a spokesperson for the company told The Hollywood Reporter. "We will vigorously defend ourselves from any baseless claims to the contrary and from any attempt to interfere with our rights and relationships."

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Melissa Rivers Files Lawsuit Against Clinic Where Joan Rivers Went into Cardiac Arrest


Stephen Lovekin/NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Melissa Rivers on Monday filed a lawsuit against the Manhattan clinic where her mother Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest last year.

In a statement, Melissa Rivers called the decision "one of the most difficult decisions I've ever had to make." The suit names Yorkville Endoscopy, its former Medical Director Dr. Lawrence Cohen, anesthesiologist Robert Koniuta and Joan Rivers' personal ENT Dr. Gwen Korovin.

Melissa Rivers alleges that her mother authorized the clinic to perform an upper endoscopy on August 28, and that Dr. Cohen allowed Dr. Korovin to be in the procedure room despite the fact that she "should not have been permitted." Korovin then allegedly performed an unauthorized transnasal laryngoscopy on Rivers. The suit claims that Dr. Cohen began the endoscopy after the unauthorized procedure, but at that point, Rivers' vital signs were deteriorating.

Korovin, the lawsuit notes, "had no right to perform any medical procedures or render any medical services" at Yorkville Endoscopy.

The lawsuit further notes that Cohen used his cell phone to take photos of Rivers while she was under sedation and while her vital signs were dropping. That action, the suit claims, was also unauthorized and was not objected to by any individual in the room.

When the doctors became aware of her dropping vital signs, the lawsuit alleges, they attempted to revive her with an ambulatory bag, taking ten minutes before determining that that wouldn't work due to Rivers' obstructed airway. At that point, the doctors realized an emergency procedure called a cricothyrotomy was required, but Korovin, the only one who knew how to perform the procedure, had left the procedure room.

Korovin, the lawsuit says, "abandoned her patient, Joan Rivers."

The clinic released a statement on Monday saying that it was aware of the filing, but that "it is not appropriate to comment publicly." The clinic say it is continuing to "work with regulatory agencies to ensure compliance with all laws and regulations."

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Emma Watson to Play Belle in "Beauty and the Beast"


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Harry Potter star Emma Watson is going to be Belle.

The 24-year-old actress posted the message on Facebook Monday, writing, "I'm finally able to tell you...that I will be playing Belle in Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast!"

She continued, "It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I'll get to dance to 'Be Our Guest' and sing 'Something There'. My six year old self is on the ceiling -- heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can't wait for you to see it. Emma xx."

The movie is set to start filming later this year, but has no release date from the studio.

The animated version of Beauty and the Beast, released in 1991, grossed more than $145 million in the U.S.

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Keira Knightley Breaks Silence on Her Pregnancy


Randy Holmes / ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- For weeks, reports have stated that Keira Knightley is expecting her first child with husband James Righton. However, the SAG Award nominee hadn't said anything about them until Sunday night, when it came up during a discussion about her stilettos.

"I can kinda go, 'Well, I’m pregnant so my shoes have to come off,’ and nobody is allowed to say anything!" the Imitation Game star told E! News, according to People magazine. "So that's quite nice."

Knightley, 29, wore a Erdem gown to the awards show, concealing her growing bump.

The fashion choice was a necessity, she said.

"[My] waist has disappeared!" she said. "[But] for a very good reason."

This is the actress' first child. She married Righton, a rocker, in 2013.

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Sofia Vergara Shares Details from Upcoming Wedding to Joe Manganiello


ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- The news broke in December that the hottest couple quite literally in Hollywood -- Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello -- were engaged. But Vergara finally confirmed the news Sunday night on the SAG Awards red carpet, and even dished on their upcoming nuptials.

Have they picked a date yet? The Modern Family actress told Access Hollywood on the red carpet, "We're trying to figure it out because…he's shooting and promoting Magic Mike this summer and I'm promoting my movie with Reese Witherspoon and so we're kinda busy, but we're trying to do it maybe [in the] fall."

Magic Mike XXL will strut into theaters July 1, while Vergara's film with Witherspoon -- Don't Mess With Texas -- hits theaters May 8.

"Summer is going to be too crazy," Vergara added.

Still, they do know they'll have a large guestlist. "It's big. We started, like, 'It's only 20.' Yeah right! It's like now there's like pages and pages," she said.

Vergara also gushed about the new sparkler on her left hand. "It's all about the bling-bling, so he knew what I needed," she said with a smile.

Still, the actress would've said yes if Manganiello opted for a smaller diamond. "I opened it up and I checked it to see," Vergara quipped. "He's so handsome that it would have been okay, you know? I would have said, 'Okay, yeah.'"

Manganiello popped the question on Christmas Day while on vacation in Hawaii. The two began dating last May, after Vergara ended her two-year engagement to businessman Nick Loeb.

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Patrick Dempsey Still Wearing Wedding Ring Days After Wife Files for Divorce


ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Jillian Fink, the estranged wife of Patrick Dempsey, filed for divorce from the Grey's Anatomy star last week after 15 years of marriage. But the actor may be holding on for hope as he's still wearing his wedding band.

Fink, a makeup artist, filed for divorce Friday while Dempsey was in Daytona Beach, Florida for a 24-hour racing event at Daytona International Speedway. By Sunday, Dempsey was still sporting his silver wedding band, according to photos obtained by E! News.

News that his wife filed for divorce may have been hard for Dempsey as he was a no show for an autograph signing, in which he participates every year, according to E! He also was late to the racing event.

In a statement to People magazine, the couple said it's with "careful consideration and mutual respect" that they've decided to end their marriage of 15 years. They added, "Our primary concern remains the well-being of our children, and we ask with profound gratitude that you respect our family's privacy at this very sensitive time."

The couple has three kids: 12-year-old daughter Tallulah Fyfe and seven-year-old twin boys Sullivan Patrick and Darby Galen. 

This was the second marriage for Dempsey. He was previously married to the actress Rocky Parker from 1987 to 1994.

Dempsey currently stars in Grey's Anatomy, which returns to ABC Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams Getting Divorced


Mark Sullivan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Mandy Moore and her husband of nearly six years, musician Ryan Adams, have split.

Their reps confirmed to E! News in a statement that the couple has "mutually decided to end their marriage."

"Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams have mutually decided to end their marriage of almost six years," reps for the couple said. "It is a respectful, amicable parting of ways and both Mandy and Ryan are asking for media to respect their privacy at this time."

The Tangled actress, 30, and Adams, 40, announced their engagement in February of 2009 and married a month later. They worked together a bit, most recently, with Moore providing vocals on Adams' recent, self-titled album.

They do not have any children.

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Bradley Cooper Takes “The Elephant Man” Across the Pond


ABC News(LONDON) — Despite nabbing an Oscar nomination for his role in American Sniper, Bradley Cooper continues to focus on his stage career.  He currently stars on Broadway as Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man and he will continue the role when the production heads to London.

People reports the play will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from May 19 until Aug. 8.

"Never did we think we would have the privilege to perform this show on Broadway, let alone in London," Cooper said in a statement. "I'm honored that [co-stars] Alessandro [Nivola], Patricia [Clarkson], the entire company and I have the opportunity to continue to tell his story."

Cooper says he feels drawn to the role.  "There's something about the physical manifestation of the movie star, who by nature has to be looked at, playing this part. I get that," he added.

Heading across the pond is also good for Cooper's personal life. His girlfriend, model Suki Waterhouse is a native of London. The pair began dating in March 2013 after Cooper ended his on-again, off-again relationship with Zoe Saldana.

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"Full House" Stars Reunite for Birthday Bash


ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — There was a big Full House reunion over the weekend, but unfortunately it wasn't televised.

Several of the cast members came together to celebrate the birthday of Full House creator Jeff Franklin. Lori Loughlin, who played Rebecca on the beloved sitcom, shared a photo on Instagram of herself with her onscreen husband, John Stamos.

In another photo she's posing with Bob Saget and Candace Cameron Bure, a.k.a. Danny Tanner and his oldest daughter, DJ Tanner. A third photo features Loughlin with Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin, who played DJ's sister Stephanie.

Cameron Bure captioned an Instagram photo she posted of herself with Saget and Loughlin, "It was a Full House at Jeff Franklin's birthday party last night. Love my 2nd family."

Looks like the Olsen twins weren't there to join the party.

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Actor Joseph Fiennes Attending Sundance Film Festival with Fingers Crossed


Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(PARK CITY, Utah) — The main purpose of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, is to showcase and hopefully sell independent films.  Actor Joseph Fiennes is a veteran of the festival and is attending this year in the hope that a movie he stars in, The Games Maker, gets picked up by a distributor, which is key to getting it into theaters.

“Well, I hope, I pray that it does get distribution because it would be such a shame if it didn't get viewed,” Fiennes tells ABC News Radio.

Fiennes says it will be hard to take if the film doesn't get distribution because a lot goes into making a movie.

The story centers on a young boy with a love of board games who finds himself in the competitive world of game invention.

Still, Fiennes is pleased he’s attending one of the biggest film festivals in the world. “To be at Sundance is a blessing, so, I couldn't be happier,” says Fiennes.

The Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 22 to Feb. 1.

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Why “Into the Woods” Star Anna Kendrick Will Never Make an Album, Despite Success of "Cups"


Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — In 2013, actress and singer Anna Kendrick scored a top 10 with "Cups (When I'm Gone)," from the movie Pitch Perfect. The song is still played all the time on the radio, and someone even auditioned with it on American Idol this month.  But while she continues to sing onscreen -- currently in Into the Woods, next month in the movie musical The Last Five Years and later this year in Pitch Perfect 2 -- Anna swears she'll never capitalize on her "Cups" success by making an album.

Why? She finds the prospect "terrifying."

"To be honest, I have been offered that opportunity in a couple different ways and it's just not for me," she tells ABC News Radio. "I just wanna get my brain around navigating the movie industry. The music industry is so terrifying to me, I just could not do it. It's not for me."

Anna says instead of using her voice to hit the pop charts, she prefers to use it to convince people that they don't actually hate musicals, despite what they may think.  So far, she says, it seems to be working.

"I feel like...I'm hearing this phrase more than any other lately: 'I'm not really a fan of musicals but I loved this,'" she tells ABC News Radio. "And whether they're talking about Into the Woods [or] Pitch Perfect, I'm just so happy to see it.  Because to me, it doesn't actually mean, 'I don't like musicals but I loved this.'  It means, 'I haven't really been exposed to musicals and I think I might have an appetite for them.'"

In particular, Anna says she seems to be able to persuade men that musicals aren't so bad and she's thrilled about that.

"I'm telling you, I'm so happy that the capacity to enjoy musicals is actually everywhere," she laughs. "And that, y'know, the guy who says, 'I don't like musicals' -- I'm like, 'You just haven't seen the right one yet!' And that's really exciting to me."

Looks like we'll just have to be content with watching Anna and the Barden Bellas sing "When I'm Gone" in Pitch Perfect 2, which hits theaters May 15.

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“Birdman,” Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore Winners at SAG Awards


Kevin Winter/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Birdman spread its wings at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Birdman
, which entered the ceremony with a leading four nominations, earned the award for ensemble movie cast. It stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone.

Keaton failed to win the prize for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role. Instead, The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne was honored for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the drama.

Julianne Moore accepted the award for lead female actor for playing a woman with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in Still Alice.

Whiplash star J.K. Simmons and Boyhood's Patricia Arquette received the supporting male actor and female actor awards, respectively.

Moore, Simmons and Arquette are all considered front-runners for next month's Oscars ceremony. Keaton is looked upon as a strong contender for the Academy's best actor category, though Redmayne's win on Sunday night could signal a tight race.

On the TV side, the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black collected a pair of awards, including for comedy ensemble. One of the show's stars, Uzo Aduba, was handed the trophy for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series.

PBS' Downton Abbey earned the title of best drama ensemble.

The two-hour ceremony, which aired on TNT and TBS, featured Star Wars star Carrie Fisher presenting her mother, Singin' in the Rain actress Debbie Reynolds, with the 51st SAG Life Achievement Award.

On the SAG Awards red carpet, Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara showed off her engagement ring and confirmed that she is set to wed Joe Manganiello. She told Entertainment Tonight, "I'm so happy," adding, "I'm excited about the future."

See a complete list of winners here.

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