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Angelina Jolie Addresses Retirement Rumors: ‘Happier’ Behind Camera


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- First it was Brad Pitt. Now, his wife, Angelina Jolie, is vowing to give up acting.

Despite being Hollywood’s highest paid actress, Jolie, 39, makes it clear in two new interviews that directing is her first love.

“I’m happier when I get to put a camera on another actor and watch them do great work,” Jolie, who recently directed her second film, Unbroken, told Variety.

Earlier, she told DuJour magazine, that she “absolutely” plans to give up acting.

“I’ve never been comfortable as an actor; I’ve never loved being in front of the camera,” she told DuJour.

Fortunately for fans, she doesn’t plan to quit right away. “I’ll do a few more,” she coyly told Variety. “I’m about to direct something with Brad and myself, in fact.”

The film, By the Sea, which she’s shooting in Malta, features Jolie and Pitt playing a married couple on a trip to France.

“Compared to Unbroken, this film is a walk in the park,” Jolie told DuJour. “The tricky thing is directing myself and directing Brad. It’s hard, dramatic material, and we’re balancing.”

It will be the couple’s first film together since 2005′s Mr. & Mrs. Smith, where they met and fell in love. It could also be their last.

Long before Jolie talked about retiring from acting, Pitt said he was nearing the end. Three years ago, he told Australia’s 60 Minutes that he’d planned to transition to roles behind the lens by age 50.

“I wasn’t actually putting an exact deadline on my expiration date, but I see it coming,” he clarified in a news conference days later. “I just have other interests and I do quite enjoy the production side.”

Pitt turned 50 last December.

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Anna Faris, Chris Pratt Open Up About Their Premature Son


Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt and his wife actress, Anna Faris, are finally opening up about their ordeal when their first child was born back in August 2012. Jack was born premature.

"He was born at three pounds," Faris told GQ for the Men of the Year Issue. "And we were told, 'Okay, you need to be prepared for raising a special-needs child.'"

Faris said that though it was a shock, they took it in stride and focused on being the best parents they could be to their son.

"And we felt like it was devastating, but it also felt like, you know, 'We can do this,'" she said.

Pratt added, "He's alive."

The couple added that now, Jack is doing well and only needs to wear glasses. He's also adjusting to pre-school.

"I don't know what the f**k they do. Basically you just go there to get a cold," Pratt quipped.

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"Pitch Perfect 2" Trailer Starring Anna Kendrick Revealed


Universal(NEW YORK) -- Pitch Perfect 2 is getting even closer.

The trailer for the sequel to the 2012 film about a capella groups, starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, hit the Internet on Thursday.

This time around, the Barden Bellas are competing on the world stage. Familiar faces, including director Elizabeth Banks, are back, as are the gang's crazy antics.

"It's a big responsibility, but I was really excited to take it on and try to do it confidently," Banks told ABC News of directing the movie. "[The original] was lightning in a bottle and it was such a surprise to see how the movie was received."

"The whole 'Cups' phenomenon was a surprise to all of us. It came from the authenticity of the movie, and this time around we were really aiming to do that again and be pure in our intention to tell more of the story of these characters that people have fallen in love with," she continued.

Pitch Perfect 2 will hit theaters on May 15, 2015.

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Angelina Jolie Says Directing Hubby Brad Pitt Is 'Not Easy'


Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Angelina Jolie serves as writer, director and star of the upcoming film, By the Sea. It also marks the first time she's worked with new hubby Brad Pitt since the two tied the knot in August, and she reveals in this month's issue of DuJour magazine that it presented some challenges for the newlyweds.

“The tricky thing is directing myself and directing Brad," the 39-year-old actress confesses. "It’s hard, dramatic material, and we’re balancing.”

Jolie adds, “It’s a heavy film, and it’s not easy for us. But even as you struggle through it, you’re in the trenches together and you don’t expect it to be easy."

"We’re challenging each other," she tells the magazine, "and that’s a really good thing.”

Although Jolie has hinted in the past that she may retire from acting and focus her attention on directing full time, she sounded less certain when she spoke to Variety recently.

“I’ll do a few more,” she revealed, before noting, “I’m happier when I get to put a camera on another actor and watch them do great work.”

Jolie and Pitt play a troubled married couple who travel the country together in By the Sea, which is set for a 2015 release.

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"Orange Is the New Black" Star Won't Face Charges Following Arrest


Jill Greenberg for Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Orange Is the New Black actress Taryn Manning will not face charges following her arrest in New York Tuesday for criminal contempt.

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reports a judge determined Manning, who plays inmate Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett on the hit Netflix series, violated a restraining order by threatening to kill a former friend through social media and by text message.

However, ABC News subsequently confirmed that the district attorney's office declined to prosecute her.

Manning, 36, appeared to dispute on Twitter at least some of the information in the TMZ report. She tweeted, "Oh! That's what happened huh? Id say get the ALL the facts correct before any posting @TMZ or tell the whole story. Let's get it right!"

She continued, "There are no charges against me. This is just further harassment. It is troubling that the system can be used to abuse the actual victim."

Manning later wrote, "I could go on any media outlet and tell the real story but I'd rather save my time and energy for things that really matter. All will unfold."

TMZ notes the friend, Jeanine Heller, was arrested in September after, authorities said, she violated a protection order by attempting to contact Manning.

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Jerry Seinfeld Clarifies Autism Comment: 'I Don't Have Autism'


Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It turns out Jerry Seinfeld doesn't have autism, as he told NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams a couple of weeks ago.

The comedian clarified his comments in an interview with Access Hollywood's Billy Bush on Wednesday.

"I don't have autism, I'm not on the spectrum," Seinfeld told Bush. "I just was watching a play about it and...I related to it on some level...that's all I was saying," he explained.

Seinfeld, 60, stirred up controversy when he told Williams, "I think, on a very drawn-out scale, I think I'm on the spectrum."

He continued, "Basic social engagement is really a struggle. I'm very literal, when people talk to me and they use expressions, sometimes I don't know what they're saying."

Some people have criticized Seinfeld's self-diagnosis, claiming it makes autism sound fashionable and may possibly lead to others to use the developmental disorder as an excuse for aggravating and quirky behavior.

Seinfeld is currently starring in his own Internet series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

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"Parenthood's" Craig T. Nelson Says Midseason Finale Is a Tearjerker


Colleen Hayes/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- The midseason finale of the NBC drama Parenthood airs Thursday night at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

Craig T. Nelson, who plays the rough-around-the-edges patriarch of the Braverman family, Zeek, says the episode is a real tearjerker. When asked by ABC News Radio how many tissue boxes viewers will need when watching it, on a scale of one to five, he replied, "I think this is a niner."

Nelson typically sheds a tear or two while watching his show with his wife. He says, "I'm crying. I'm crying at this. I don't even remember doing it half the time."

Nelson says he won't live tweet the midseason finale, joking, "I don't tweet. And I don't tweak and I'm not a twerterer."

Parenthood will return in January for its final few episodes to end its six-season run.

Also on Thursday night, ABC will air the midseason finales of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder.

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Celebrated Film and Broadway Director Mike Nichols, Dead at 83


Bryan Bedder/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Mike Nichols, one of the most celebrated and successful film and stage directors in American history, died Wednesday night at age 83.  No cause of death was given.

Nichols directed some of American cinema’s classic films, including 1968’s The Graduate, for which he won the Academy Award for best director, his sole win out of a total five career Oscar nominations.  His other films include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as well as Catch-22, Silkwood, Working Girl, Postcards from the Edge, The Birdcage, Primary Colors, and 2007’s Charlie Wilson’s War, his last film.  He also directed the original Broadway productions of the Neil Simon hits Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple, as well as the 2005 Monty Python-inspired hit Spamalot, which won three Tony awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical.

Born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky in Berlin, Germany in 1931, Nichols’ family escaped Nazi Germany to America just prior to the start of World War II.  He found theatre at the University of Chicago, where he also met soon-to-be-partner Elaine May.  The pair performed as the improvisational comedy duo Nichols and May in the 1950s and early 1960s, releasing several Grammy-winning albums and performing a hit Broadway show together.  May later wrote the film adaptations The Birdcage and Primary Colors, which Nichols directed.

After directing the original productions of the Broadway smash hits Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple, in 1966 Nichols directed his first film, the screen adaptation of the play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  Starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, the movie also was a smash success, and launched Nichols’ career as a film director.  He also directed television, winning Emmys for his direction of the HBO adaptations of the Broadway hits Wit, in 2001, and Angels in America, in 2003.

Nichols is one of a select group of entertainers who have won the Academy Award, Emmy Award, Grammy Award, and Tony Award.  He received the National Medal of the Arts in 2001, the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003, and the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

Nichols was married to ABC News journalist Diane Sawyer, whom he wed in 1988.


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TV Land Pulls "Cosby Show" Reruns in Wake of Cosby Sex Abuse Claims


Ben Gabbe/NBC(NEW YORK) -- The fallout from the sex abuse claims made against Bill Cosby continues.

TV Land has decided to stop airing reruns of the his 1984-1992 sitcom, The Cosby Show, ABC News confirmed Wednesday.

The news came just hours after NBC announced its comedy project involving the 77-year-old Cosby "is no longer under development." On Tuesday, Netflix said it has postponed the launch of a new Cosby standup comedy special.

Multiple women have accused Cosby of sexual abuse, including supermodel Janice Dickinson, who told Entertainment Tonight this week that Cosby assaulted her in 1982. A lawyer for Cosby says Dickinson's story conflicts with her prior statements and is an outrageous lie.

Cosby has never faced criminal charges in connection with any of the allegations.

Currently, Cosby has more than 35 stand-up comedy performances scheduled in North America through early May. He's set to appear in Melbourne, Florida, this Friday.  

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Hunter Hayes Cancels St. Louis Show After State of Emergency Declared in Missouri


ABC/Image Group LA(ST. LOUIS) -- County music star Hunter Hayes has cancelled a concert planned for Thursday night in St. Louis after a state of emergency was declared in Missouri.

The show was scheduled for Thursday night at Chaifetz Arena, but on Wednesday a message to his fans appeared on his website.

"Out of respect for Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's declaration declaring a state of emergency in Missouri, Hunter Hayes' Thursday, November 20 show at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis has been cancelled," it read.

It continued, "Tickets will be reimbursed at the point of purchase. At this time, all other University related events at Saint Louis University this week are planned to go on as scheduled. Hunter assures his fans that he will be back to St. Louis in 2015."

Hayes, 23, also tweeted, "I am so beyond bummed that our show had to be canceled. St Louis fans, your shows are always epic. We miss you and cannot wait to come back!"

Nixon declared a state of emergency on Monday and activated the National Guard.

The move was made with the impending grand jury decision about whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will be charged in the Aug. 9 shooting and death of Michael Brown.

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MTV Star Chris 'CT' Tamburello Remembers Diem Brown as 'The Love of My Life'


Mike Coppola/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fans and former MTV co-stars lost a dear friend last week when Diem Brown died at the age of 32 after battling cancer for the third time.

None more so than Chris "CT" Tamburello, who dated Brown on and off during the pair's time on the network's challenges.

"You have always been My Angel," Tamburello posted on Instagram Wednesday, next to a picture of Brown and some sentimental items. "And now you have your wings. We've been thru so much over the years. Thru the ups and downs we somehow managed to keep our promise. We never gave up on each other. Our plan to be together forever hasn't changed... it's just going to take a little longer now."

He continued, "And I'm going to hold onto this ring for you till we are together again. So don't worry mama, I'm not afraid. I know you will always be with me to give me your strength. You are The Love of My Life. My reason to be a better man. I Love You Always and Forever."

 

 

Much like the rest of her MTV family, Tamburello was there for Brown as she was diagnosed with cancer yet again this past summer.

In September, he posted a heartfelt picture holding her hand in the hospital.

"Sometimes just being there for someone can be the difference between a good and bad day. @diembrown could definitely use a few... Please goto her support page: www.medgift.com/diemsnextchallenge #medgift," he wrote.

 

 

Tamburello, who first met Brown in 2006, was among those at Brown's funeral on Tuesday in New York City.

Also in attendance was Brown's sister Megan, who gave a eulogy and said, "Diem loved hard, lived hard and danced hard. My mom always said that Diem came out fighting since day one," according to People magazine.

Another close friend, Alicia Quarles, also spoke, saying, "Diem was the happiest person I know. Till her last breath, she never gave up. I can't even explain to you her divinity."

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Kristen Bell Donates $91,500 Worth of Baby Supplies to Mothers In Need


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Kristen Bell is on the cusp of delivering her second child, but these days she's focused on giving back to other expectant women.

The actress donated $91,500 worth of Bravado nursing bras and Medela breast pumps to new and expectant mothers.

"I understand the importance of having the essential tools necessary to provide for a newborn. Greater still, I am aware of the immeasurable value of having support systems in place to ensure success on this journey of motherhood," Bell said. "Anything I can offer in support and care to new moms in need remains a huge priority to me."

At a shower thrown in her honor by Baby Buggy on Tuesday in L.A., 40 of the recipients were sized for the products and enjoyed an afternoon of bonding and finger sandwiches.

"It's overwhelming to have such amazing support," guest Alicia Mora said. "For me, it's exciting to see everybody pregnant and all of the mothers sharing in this experience together. It's pretty good! I'm really happy."

The Frozen star was unable to attend due to her impending due date.

Bell, 34, is married to actor Dax Shepherd, with whom she has a one-year-old daughter, Lincoln.

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NBC Cancels Planned Bill Cosby Comedy


Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Following the news that Netflix had postponed its plans to air a Bill Cosby comedy special, NBC now says that a comedy it was developing around the veteran comedian won't be moving forward, ABC News confirms.

The project was a family comedy that would have cast Cosby as the father of three married daughters with children.

The cancellation comes after allegations of rape against the comedian resurfaced in recent weeks.

A series of women have claimed to have been sexually abused by Cosby over the years, including Joan Tarshis, who came forward on Sunday. Last week, Barbara Bowman published an essay in the Washington Post detailing her own alleged abuse at the hands of Cosby, and later told the Hollywood Reporter that she felt NBC would be "irresponsible" to put Cosby "back in a position of a patriarchal father, in an authoritative and trusted position."

Cosby's attorney, John P. Schmitt, issued a statement earlier in the week, calling the rape allegations “decades-old” and “discredited.” Schmitt later issued a second statement saying the comedian's denial "was not intended to refer in any way to Andrea Constand," an accuser who settled a civil lawsuit against the 77-year-old comedy legend in 2006.

The comedian's rep told ABC News that Cosby agreed with Netflix's decision to postpone the special, which would have aired on Nov. 28.

Cosby himself has not responded to the allegations. He has never been criminally charged.

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Bono Needs 'Intensive and Progressive Therapy' After Bicycle Accident


ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- U2 singer Bono is going to need "intensive and progressive therapy," according to a statement Wednesday from the medical center that treated him after his bicycle accident.

The accident took place earlier this week in New York City and on Wednesday, a trauma surgeon at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center said after multiple X-rays and CT scans, the singer's injuries included a left facial fracture, a shoulder blade fracture in "3 separate pieces" and a fracture to his arm.

"He was taken to the operating room for a 5-hour surgery Sunday evening," Dr. Dean Lorich stated, adding that his elbow was the focal point. "A nerve trapped in the break was moved; and the bone was repaired with 3 metal plates and 18 screws."

The next day, Bono, 54, had surgery on his left hand, the hospital said.

"He will require intensive and progressive therapy, however a full recovery is expected," Lorich added.

The accident happened after Bono "attempted to avoid another rider," according to the hospital's statement.

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Trailer for Disney's "Cinderella" Debuts


Disney(NEW YORK) -- Disney's latest film, Cinderella, doesn't hit theaters until March 13, but fans got their first look of the new flick on Wednesday as the trailer debuted.

The movie follows a young girl, Ella, played by Lily James, who is cared for by her evil stepmother (Cate Blanchett) after her father dies.

Her stepmother is far from kind, renaming the girl "Cinderella" and tearing a dress she hoped to wear to a ball at the palace.

"It would be an insult to take you to the palace dressed in these old rags," she says in the trailer. "You shall not go to the ball!"

Enter Helena Bonham Carter as Ella's fairy godmother, who, naturally, saves the day.

Editor's note: Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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November 22nd

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Kansas City Southern's Holiday Express

November 29th
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KCS' Holiday Express is a six-car train that brings Santa Claus and his elves to communities throughout the U.S. network at scheduled stops. These events are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.


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Pineville Christmas Parade

December 12th
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Holiday themed floats and music. The 7th Night of the 12 Nights of Christmas. Presented by the City of Pineville.
Route: Begins at Donahue Ferry/College Drive/Main Street - down Main Street to Riverfront Street.

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Alexandria Holiday Tour of Homes

December 13th
Alexandria's Garden District Neighborhood
5:00PM - 8:00PM

Alexandria's Garden District Neighborhood Foundation is hosting a Holiday Tour of Homes to include four homes in the Garden District. 2014 Marye Street was the home of General and Mrs. Omar Bradley when they resided in Alexandria during the Louisiana Maneuvers. 2022 Albert Street was modeled after actress Cathleen Moore's Beverly Hills home and it is said that Long was an occasional overnight guest in this house. 1703 Polk Street is built entirely of glass bottles circa 1945. More than 3,000 bottles were used to construct the house, which was originally used as a gift shop. The house at 1924 Barrister Street has been in the same family since it was built 100 years ago. What began as a one-story planter cottage, is now a grand colonial home.

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