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Largest-Ever Collection of Madonna Memorabilia Going on the Auction Block


Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS photo via ABC(NEW YORK) -- Over the years, various items of clothing or objects owned by Madonna have been sold at auction to collectors, but this fall will see the largest-ever collection of memorabilia from the Queen of Pop go under the hammer in Beverly Hills.

Julien's Auctions, the leading entertainment and music memorabilia auction house, will be selling off a pile of the Material Girl's material on Nov. 7 and 8, both in person and online.  The items span her entire professional career, as well as personal items from her pre-stardom life, such as her 1972 junior high school yearbook, estimated to bring between $800 to $1,200.

In addition, the famous Marilyn Monroe-inspired dress, stole and jewelry from the "Material Girl" video; more than thirty pieces of period clothing from her movie Evita; the outfits she wore in the videos for the songs "Music" and "American Pie"; and her costumes from the movies A League of Their Own and The Next Best Thing are all up for grabs, as are handwritten lyrics, an MTV VMA trophy, an American Music Award, signed checks and contracts and her personal make-up compact.  Even a signed document relating to her separation from Sean Penn is on offer.

One of the most interesting items is Madonna's day planner from 1988, in which she's entered notes about appearances on Letterman, outings with then-husband Penn, birthday reminders and holiday plans.  That's estimated to fetch $2,000 to $4,000.

The most recent items up for sale probably are the latex mask, gloves, bra and panties Madonna sported for her S&M-inspired photo shoot with Katy Perry for the cover of V magazine earlier this year.  Those are expected to fetch between $1,000 and $4,000.

From Nov. 3 to 7, many of the items will be on public display at Julien's Auctions' Beverly Hills location.  Visit JuliensAuctions.com to find out how to bid.

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Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson Among "Marie Claire's" '20 Women Changing the World'


ABC/Jon LeMay(NEW YORK) -- Can a pop star change the world?  According to Marie Claire magazine, the answer's yes.  The magazine's current issue highlights "20 Women Changing the World," and some top female singers are included on that list.

Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Shakira and Jennifer Hudson are all featured on the list, alongside people like Chelsea Clinton, Jennifer Garner and Eva Longoria.  Alicia is included because of her work with her charity Keep a Child Alive, which helps families in Africa and India fight HIV/AIDS. J-Hud is there for establishing her charity, the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, named after her murdered nephew.  The charity distributes school supplies on Julian's birthday, as well as gifts at Christmastime.

Taylor makes the list for her philanthropy in general, as well as for writing a song about a young cancer patient and then donating the proceeds to cancer charities.  She also makes unannounced visits to children's hospitals and visits with the patients for hours.  Shakira is included because of her Barefoot Foundation, which builds schools and early childhood centers in poor countries around the world, including her own, Colombia.

Visit MarieClaire.com, or buy the magazine's September issue, to read about all the other women who are changing the world.

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Pharrell's Hat Going on Display in Washington, D.C.


ABC/Randy Holmes(WASHINGTON) -- Over the past year, Pharrell Williams' hat -- that huge brown one that he wore to the Grammy Awards -- has become almost as famous as he is.  Now, you'll be able to see it up close and personal, when it goes on display in a Washington, D.C. museum.

As you might remember, the fast food chain Arby's, whose logo is a large hat that's very similar to Pharrell's Vivienne Westwood-designed topper, joked about the resemblance during the Grammy Awards via Twitter, and that tweet was retweeted more than 80,000 times. Arby's later purchased the headgear from the singer for more than $44,000, and all the money went to charity. Now, Arby's is loaning the hat to D.C.'s Newseum, where it'll go on display starting Aug. 22, according to the Washington Post.

An Arby's executive tells the Post that the reason the short-term exhibit is being set up at the Newseum is because "it goes to show the power of social media in its ability to create news."

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J-Lo Spotted with Ex-Boyfriend Casper Smart


Mike Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Are Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart giving romance another try? The two former lovers were spotted cruising around in a BMW convertible together on Monday.

"Casper was driving and J-Lo was in the passenger seat,” a witness told Us Weekly. “They had the music on loud and were both grooving to the music and laughing together."

The source said that once they both noticed photographers following them, Lopez ducked down in her seat and Smart put the top up.

Lopez, 45, and Smart, 27, split in June after dating for two and a half years.

"They still have a lot of love for each other and are incredibly close," another source told Us. "It doesn't surprise me to hear they are hanging out and having fun."

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Kourtney Kardashian's Boyfriend Gives Update on Her Pregnancy


Mike Coppola/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kourtney Kardashian revealed in June that she was expecting her third child in December with longtime boyfriend Scott Disick. Disick recently told People magazine just how the reality star is handling her third pregnancy.

"She's great," he revealed. "She'll [keep running around] until that kid pops out of her."

Kardashian and Disick are already parents to Mason and Penelope.

Disick himself is also doing better after overcoming alcohol poisoning earlier this summer. Reportedly, his downward spiral was sparked after losing both of his parents. His struggles with sobriety have been well documented on E!'s Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

"I'm good," Disick said. "I've had ups and downs. Every time you can better yourself it's a good thing, and a positive thing."

"I'm excited to just be feeling good and living healthy, eating better, exercising more and doing whatever I can to get by," he continued.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on E!

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Experts Predict Good Things for "Breaking Bad" at the Emmys


Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC(LOS ANGELES) -- The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held Monday night at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Seth Meyers will serve as host of the ceremony, which will air live on NBC.

AMC's Breaking Bad, which ended its run last year, will go out on top at the Emmys, according to Tom O'Neil, founder of the Hollywood awards prediction website GoldDerby.com.

He tells ABC News Radio two-time Breaking Bad Emmy winner Aaron Paul could be victorious in the supporting drama actor category for his portrayal of Jesse Pinkman. "I'm betting on Aaron Paul to win again," O'Neil said, part of what he predicts will be "a huge Breaking Bad sweep."

Scott Feinberg, the lead awards analyst for The Hollywood Reporter, agrees, telling ABC News Radio, "I do think it's Aaron Paul's to lose, and it would be an unprecedented third win in this category if he does pull it off."

O'Neil also said Anna Gunn will be part of Breaking Bad's victory lap, and she'll take home another best supporting actress in a drama trophy. "Anna's got this locked up," O'Neil explains. "She won last year, this year she's back with an even bigger performance, this is 'Ozymandias,' the same episode Bryan Cranston submitted, it is the one where she has her baby ripped from her arms by her thug husband, she sees the world collapse around her, it is magnificent."

On this point, Feinberg agrees as well, with one caveat: "It really to me is between Anna Gunn and [Downton Abbey's] Maggie Smith, and I would not rule out Maggie Smith, but I am picking Anna Gunn. Because she won last year, I think she probably stands a very good chance to win this year for really the final episodes of her show."

Cranston is a nominee for lead drama actor, and Breaking Bad is a contender for best drama series.

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Adam Driver Doesn't Feel Like He's Earned "Star Wars: Episode VII" Role


Lucasfilm Ltd.(NEW YORK) -- Girls star Adam Driver is one of the many actors attached to J. J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. Still, he doesn't feel like he's earned such a coveted spot.

“It’s very nice,” he said in the September issue of GQ. “But in a way, I don’t feel like I’ve really put in my dues. Like it doesn’t feel earned.”

Driver hates talking about acting, telling the magazine it makes him feel like “a pretentious f***ing a**hole." Instead, the actor would rather talk about his time in the Marines.

“It’s hard to describe. You’re put in these very heightened circumstances, and you learn a lot about who people are at the core, I think. You end up having this very intimate relationship where you would, like, die for these people,” he said of his time serving the country.

Why did he enlist? “It just seemed like a bada** thing to do, to go and shoot machine guns and serve your country,” he explained.

Driver was eventually discharged after two years thanks to a broken sternum. He now focuses his attention to his organization, Arts in the Armed Forces, which educates and entertains those in the armed forces. The actor said he founded the organization to make the life of servicemen and women easier.

“Here’s the thing, life’s sh**ty, and we’re all gonna die. You have friends, and they die," he explained. "...What a terrible thing to process! Every. Day. And then you go to sleep. But then sometimes, things can suspend themselves for like a minute, and then every once in a while there’s something where you find a connection.”

Driver will be seen in Episode VII, which also stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. Episode VII is slated for a Dec. 18, 2015 release.

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Why "Breaking Bad" Stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Are Reuniting


Ursula Coyote/AMC(NEW YORK) --  Walter White and Jesse Pinkman back together again?

No, not exactly, but Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad are back in a hilarious short video.

The two play pawn shop owners -- Buzz and Randy Jackson -- when Julia Louis-Dreyfus comes in to to sell her Best Supporting Actress Emmy from her days on Seinfeld because she owes some big money.

Cranston and Paul own Barely Legal Pawn and Louis-Dreyfus has to make money to pay for her own island.

Paul cracks some jokes and mistakes the actress for Mary-Louise Parker from Weeds.

Then Cranston picks on her for only winning "supporting" actress. "It would be better if it was a leading," he says.

There's even a Breaking Bad joke at the end. Check it out!

 

Breaking News: Bryan Cranston and myself reunite for the first time in a new reality show. Here it is. #YeahBitch http://t.co/ZOUXseRz7a

— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) August 19, 2014

 

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Check Out First Photo of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man


Lloyd Bishop/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- The first photo from the set of Ant-Man is out.

Paul Rudd, who will play Scott Lang, the thief turned superhero, looks extra dangerous in the photo. It's a darker Rudd than you’re used to from moves like Knocked Up and Clueless.

"Get your 1st look at Paul Rudd as Scott Lang in #Marvel's #AntMan, in theaters July 17, 2015!" Marvel tweeted earlier Tuesday.

 

Get your 1st look at Paul Rudd as Scott Lang in #Marvel's #AntMan, in theaters July 17, 2015! pic.twitter.com/q4Frmxdn7m

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From the photo, Rudd, 45, looks to be under the Golden Gate Bridge and in front of his van, which looks like the typical van used in a heist.

In the movie, Rudd's character Lang uses the shrinking-suit technology from the original Ant-Man Hank Pym, which will be played by Michael Douglas.

The release from Marvel says, "The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe."

"Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world," it continues.

Disney is the parent company of both Marvel and ABC News.

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Report: NFL Asking Artists to Pay to Play the Super Bowl


Ray Mickshaw / FOX(NEW YORK) -- When artists perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, they usually don't receive any payment: the publicity alone is worth millions. But this time around, the Wall Street Journal reports that the National Football League is asking stars to pay to play.

According to the paper, the NFL has narrowed down the list of potential halftime performers to three acts: Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay. But when the NFL reached out to their camps, reports the paper, it also asked "at least some" of the acts if they'd be willing to "contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income" or make some other type of "financial contribution" in exchange for landing the gig.

As you might imagine, this suggestion didn't go over well with the artists' reps, sources tell the Wall Street Journal.

When contacted for comment, an NFL spokeswoman told the paper that contacts with performers are confidential, and that all they want to do is "put on the best possible show." The paper also says that no decision has been made yet on who will perform, and another act entirely may be selected.

The Super Bowl will be held in Phoenix on Feb. 1. The most recent Super Bowl halftime performer, Bruno Mars, drew a record 115.3 million viewers for his Super Bowl 48 performance last February.

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Legendary TV Announcer Don Pardo Dead at 96


Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Legendary television announcer Don Pardo died Monday evening, an NBC spokesperson has confirmed to ABC News. He was 96.

Pardo is strongly associated with NBC, and in particular its sketch-comedy program Saturday Night Live. He served as the announcer for SNL for virtually its entire run, beginning with its premiere season in 1975. Pardo did not participate in the show's seventh season.

During his distinguished career, Pardo also lent his voice to several game shows, including early versions of Jeopardy! and The Price Is Right.

Pardo, who began his relationship with NBC as a radio broadcaster in the 1940s, also worked on various NBC news programs.

His fame carried him to a number of guest appearances in the entertainment field, including in the Woody Allen film Radio Days, in the NBC comedy 30 Rock, and on albums by Frank Zappa and "Weird Al" Yankovic.

Pardo was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame in 2010.

Pardo is survived by five children.

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David Letterman 'Had No Idea' Friend Robin Williams 'Was in Pain'


John Paul Filo/CBS ©2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. (NEW YORK) -- During his Late Show installment Monday night, David Letterman spent a segment memorializing his friend of 38 years, Robin Williams, who died of an apparent suicide last week.

Letterman recalled the first time he and a group of comics saw Williams, in the 1970s at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. For some reason, Letterman said, Williams was introduced as having come from Scotland, which made the comics complacent -- until they saw him perform.

"It was like nothing we had ever seen before. Nothing we had ever imagined before. We go home at night and are writing our little jokes about stuff...and this guy comes in...like a hurricane."

"The longer he's on stage, the worse we feel about ourselves," Letterman laughed, "and then he finishes and I thought, 'Well that's it: they're going to have to put an end to show business, because what can happen after this?'"

Eventually, the two became friends, with Williams paying it forward by getting Letterman a bit part on a Mork and Mindy episode.

The chat show host explained that between his Late Night with David Letterman on NBC and CBS' Late Show, Williams appeared as a guest 50 times. "Two things would happen because Robin was on the program. One was I didn't have to do anything....And two...the viewership would go up...People were drawn to him because of this electricity, this whatever it was...that powered him."

A clearly emotional Letterman ended a montage of clips of the comic's appearances on Letterman's two talk shows expressing regret. "I'm sorry, like everybody else I had no idea that the man was in pain, that the man was suffering," he said.

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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's Italian Wedding Plans


ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- George Clooney and his fiancée, Amal Alamuddin, will probably tie the knot next month, at his villa in Lake Como, Italy, sources tell E! Online.

"George has always loved Como, he finds it very peaceful and relaxing and now Amal has fallen in love with the area as well," according to a source, who adds, "They want to start their married life there with the beautiful lake as a backdrop.”

Another thing that makes Como an ideal location, according to the source, is that the 53-year-old actor’s home “is like a very well-oiled machine. He has the local mayor fully on his side and the locals too and he can ensure that press and paparazzi are kept away."

The source goes on to say the future bride and groom "want it to be about them celebrating their love and respect for each other with their loved ones watching. And they can do that in Como while keeping everything fully under their control."

Another source reveals the wedding will be very "small and intimate."

"This is not going to be a huge Hollywood wedding with Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock flying in to Italy for a week," a source insists, adding, "George and Amal don't want a media circus with paparazzi helicopters flying overhead and motorbikes chasing after them as they all arrive at the airport in Milan from Los Angeles."

The source says, “They want the wedding to be intimate with quiet but happy and fun dinners and lunches after they've said short but meaningful, handwritten vows in front of their loved ones.”

“They can do a party for movie industry friends in Los Angeles at a later date," the source adds.

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Debbie Reynolds to Receive SAG Life Achievement Award


Shaun Heasley/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Debbie Reynolds is set to receive the highest award from the Screen Actors Guild. She'll receive the 51st SAG Life Achievement Award at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in January.

The Singin' in the Rain star has spent over 60 years in the business, starring in over 50 films, plus two TV series and two Broadway shows. She's been nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe, an Emmy and a Tony during her accomplished career.

"She is a tremendously talented performer with a diverse body of screen and stage work, live performances and several hit records. Her generous spirit and unforgettable performances have entertained audiences across the globe, moving us all from laughter to tears and back again," SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard said in a statement.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.

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Seth Meyers Details What TV Lovers Can Expect During Primetime Emmys


Lloyd Bishop/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Don't expect much singing and dancing when Seth Meyers takes the reigns at the Primetime Emmys. He can't even sing and dance, according to a new GQ profile.

Instead, the late-night talk show host said television lovers can expect "just really well-written jokes."

The Emmy Award-winner is particularly looking forward to his opening monologue. "As the night goes on, more people are upset because they haven't won -- but the monologue is the one time of the night when everyone is in a really good mood. And positive. And optimistic," he explained.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, being held inside the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, will air live on NBC next Monday.

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