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Tiffani Thiessen Is 'Definitely Trying' to Get Pregnant

USA Network Photo: David Giesbrecht(NEW YORK) --  Tiffani Thiessen would like to expand her family soon.

Even more excited about the possibility of a second baby? Her 4-year-old daughter, Harper.

"She puts more pressure on me than anyone!" Thiessen told the online magazine, Sweden with Love. "Every day, she begs me to have a baby. She can’t wait to turn into a little mommy. She’s ready!"

Thiessen, 40, is hoping she can make that a reality sooner rather than later. The White Collar actress and her husband, Brady Smith, are "definitely trying."

"With Harper it happened right away," she said, adding that she doesn't think she's currently pregnant. "I’m hoping it’ll be as easy this time around."

There are other exciting things coming down the pike for the actress too. Thiessen, an avid gardener who has a chicken coop in her backyard, will begin filming a new show for the Cooking Channel, Dinner at Tiffani's, later this year, and she's also gearing up to send Harper off to her last year of preschool.

"I’ve loved so much that I’ve been able to spend basically every day with her. Even when I’ve been working, she’s come to work with me," she said. "She’s going to be in school until 3 p.m., and that’s a long time for me to be away from her. I suspect I’ll pull her out once in a while."

Still, Harper, whom Thiessen described as "high-spirited girl," certainly has a mind of her own, her mom added.

"She knows what she wants, and that can be challenging at times. But I don’t ever want to quash her spirit or change the fact that she’s a strong-willed little kid," she said. "We have boundaries and we have rules, but we’re not crazy strict. We want her to grow up to be both a respectful and happy person."

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First Full-Length Trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1" Debuts

Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- The first official, full-length trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay is here.

Part 1 hits theaters on Nov. 21 but, in the meantime, here are a few highlights from the almost-two-minute clip.

Jennifer Lawrence opens the scene as Katniss, saying, "I never wanted any of this. I never wanted to be in the games. I just wanted to save my sister and keep Peeta alive."

To which President Snow responds, "It's the things we love the most which destroy us."

Then all heck breaks loose, as we see the rebels led by Lawrence, including other co-stars such as Elizabeth Banks and Liam Hemsworth.

One more thing: Peeta is alive and is being kept in the Capitol.

"Peeta is the Captiol's weapon," Woody Harrelson's Haymitch tells Katniss. "The same way you are ours!"

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"The View" Premieres with New Hosts

Lou Rocco/ABC(NEW YORK) -- It's a new era for The View.

The ABC talk show kicked off a new season with three new co-hosts -- Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace -- in a new studio in New York City.

"The thing that never changes on The View is it's great conversation with great women," Whoopi Goldberg said at the start of the show. "That is not going to change."

First up to introduce herself was O'Donnell, who was returning to the show after getting married, having a new baby and sending her oldest off to college. Sitting cross-legged and barefoot, she also said that she had lost about 50 pounds after having surgery.

"I'm good. I'm happy," O'Donnell, 52, told the live studio audience. "I had a heart attack two years ago in August and then I had the vertical gastric sleeve. ...It is sort of a last change thing after you tried everything else. ...I feel better."

Perez went next, explaining that in addition to joining the talk show, she's also gearing up to star in a new Broadway show alongside Larry David. She also recently married musician Eric Hayes, and is a longtime activist now working as part of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS.

"Life is good," Perez, 50, said. "I could go on and on and on and brag about myself but I usually like other people to praise me, not to praise myself. It's a Latin thing."

Another new face was Wallace, 42, who worked in the White House with George W. Bush before joining John McCain and Sarah Palin's ill-fated presidential campaign. She's also a novelist and the mother of a 2-year-old son.

"I am a Republican," she declared before O'Donnell -- who famously sparred with Republican Elisabeth Hasselbeck -- announced, "And I really like her!"

The only remaining panelist from last season was Goldberg, 58, who emerged thinner, having topped out at 217 lbs.

"I'm happy to have a gig and happy to be working with y'all," she said. "[I'm] happy we get to carry on the tradition."

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Cheryl Burke Done with "Dancing with the Stars"?

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- After 10 years of dancing with stars from Drew Lachey to Emmitt Smith to Rob Kardashian, Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke may be hanging up her dancing shoes -- on TV at least.

“As of now, this is probably going to be my last season,” Burke told ABC News' Good Morning America on the eve of her first dance with star partner Antonio Sabato Jr., on the show’s 19th season, premiering Monday night.

“I started when I’m 20. I’m 30. I want to try new things and just see what’s out there,” she said.

Burke has appeared on 18 of the show’s 19 seasons. She is the show’s first professional dancer to appear in the finals seven times and the semi-finals 10 times.

Burke, a two-time winner of the show’s coveted Mirror Ball trophy, has been open about exploring other opportunities while on the show, including opening her love life up to TV.

In 2012, Burke told reporters she had spoken to ABC executives about becoming the next Bachelorette.

“There hasn’t been a firm offer, but if they offer it to me, I would love to do it,” she said at the time.

The 19th season of Dancing with the Stars, and possibly Burke’s last, premieres Monday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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"Django Unchained" Actress Says She Was Handcuffed for 'Showing Affection'

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- An actress who appeared in the film Django Unchained is claiming Los Angeles police handcuffed her last week after "showing affection" toward her partner in public.

In a lengthy post on her Facebook page on Thursday, Daniele Watts wrote, "Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place."

Watts says when police arrived, she stood on a sidewalk and spoke with her father on her phone. She knew she'd done nothing wrong, so she walked away.

She says a few minutes later, two police officers "accosted" her and "forced" her into handcuffs. She continues, "As I was sitting in the back of the police car, I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong. I felt his shame, his anger, and my own feelings of frustration for existing in a world where I have allowed myself to believe that 'authority figures' could control my BEING...my ability to BE!!!!!!!"  

Watts also posted a photo of herself crying during the incident, alongside another picture of herself playing a cop on the show Weeds.  

Watts' partner, Brian, maintains to TMZ that the two were making out inside a parked car outside of CBS studios in Los Angeles when a nearby resident spotted them and called police. He suggests police confronted them because he's white and Watts is black, and they thought she was a prostitute.

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Police Department released a statement saying officers were responding to a call that "a male and a female were involved in indecent exposure inside a Silver Mercedes with the vehicle door open."

The statement notes, "The responding sergeant and police officers located two individuals that matched the description of the suspects, and they were briefly detained. Upon further investigation it was determined that no crime had been committed. Ms. Watts and her companion were subsequently released."

The LAPD says an internal investigation regarding the matter has been launched.

Watts currently stars in the new FX comedy Partners.

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Miss New York Wins Miss America Pageant

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) -- For the third year in a row, a contestant from New York has won the Miss America pageant.

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015 on Sunday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She takes over the title from Nina Davuluri, who also hails from the Empire State.

During the talent competition, the 22-year-old Kazantsev performed the Pharrell Williams hit "Happy" while sitting on the stage and mimicking Anna Kendrick's plastic cup routine from the movie Pitch Perfect.

Miss Virginia Courtney Paige Garrett finished second.

ABC aired the pageant, which was hosted by The Bachelor's Chris Harrison and Good Morning America's Lara Spencer.

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New Season of "Dancing with the Stars" Begins Monday Night

ABC (LOS ANGELES) -- Thirteen celebrities will put on their dancing shoes Monday night when ABC's Dancing with the Stars begins its 19th season.

The judges' desk will be a little more crowded this season. Former Dancing with the Stars pro and two-time champ Julianne Hough will join Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba on the panel. There will also be guest judges during the season.

Hough -- whose brother, Derek, will be back as one of the pros -- doesn't plan on holding back her opinions. She tells ABC News Radio, "I judge the way that I teach. And, you know, if you saw previous seasons that I was on I was not afraid to crack the whip on my dance partners. Where, you know, I do have my little halo, it's held up by my devil horns."

In another wrinkle to the format, there will be a separate results show during at least the first two weeks of competition. Last season, Dancing with the Stars aired only once per week throughout the competition.

Among the notable celebrities who will enter the spotlight in the ABC ballroom: YouTube star Bethany Mota, General Hospital's Antonio Sabato Jr., Duck Dynasty's Sadie Robertson, former The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor Alfonso Ribeiro, Back to the Future actress Lea Thompson, and comedian Tommy Chong.

Las Vegas oddsmaker Johnny Avello has tabbed Sabato Jr. as the early front-runner for the Mirrorball Trophy, followed by Ribeiro and track star Lolo Jones. Tommy Chong has the longest odds, behind PBS host Tavis Smiley.

If Sabato Jr. wants to finish in first place, he'll have to battle through the pain he's already been experiencing in rehearsals. He says he's been taking a lot of Advil, adding, "The hips are hurting. Everything is new. The mind is working really fast to get all these moves."

However, he notes, "I’m just blessed to be a part of this."

Thompson is simply hoping to have fun on the dance floor, despite some concerns she has about doing the show. She comments, "That’s what’s really great about dance, because once you just let it go, it’s just joy, and I’m hoping to get to that spot again."

On the first night of Dancing with the Stars, which will begin at 8 p.m. Eastern time, each couple will dance either the cha cha, the foxtrot or the jive. One couple will be eliminated the following night on the results show, which will air at 8 p.m. Eastern time and will feature musical guests Smokey Robinson and Aloe Blacc.

Here's a rundown of this season's couples:

  •  Jonathan Bennett, Mean Girls actor, and Allison Holker
  •  Tommy Chong, one-half of the comedy duo Cheech and Chong, and Peta Murgatroyd
  •  Randy Couture, UFC star, and Karina Smirnoff
  •  Betsey Johnson, fashion designer, and Tony Dovolani
  •  Lolo Jones, track star, and Keo Motsepe
  •  Bethany Mota, YouTube star, and Derek Hough
  •  Janel Parrish, Pretty Little Liars actress, and Valentin Chmerkovskiy
  •  Alfonso Ribeiro, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor, and Witney Carson
  •  Sadie Robertson, Duck Dynasty star, and Mark Ballas
  •  Antonio Sabato Jr., General Hospital actor, and Cheryl Burke
  •  Tavis Smiley, PBS host, and Sharna Burgess
  •  Lea Thompson, Back to the Future actress, and Artem Chigvintsev
  •  Michael Waltrip, NASCAR driver and owner, and Emma Slater

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Cecily Strong: I'm 'Genuinely Happy' After Being Replaced on "Weekend Update"

NBC(NEW YORK) -- If Cecily Strong is upset that she's been replaced on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" desk, she's hiding it really well.

NBC announced last Thursday that former SNL writer Michael Che will fill Strong's anchor seat, joining Colin Jost when the new season begins Sept. 27. Strong reacted to the news in an Instagram post, promising to stay involved with "Weekend Update" in guest roles.

Strong wrote, "I don't see this as me leaving update, just as me being on update in a looser, goofier way that is a lot more fun for me and in a way I think I'm better at. And now I get to do features with the very funny and wonderful Michael Che!"

She adds, "No point in being angry or sad for me for something I'm genuinely happy about!"

Chris Pratt will host the 40th-season premiere of SNL, with musical guest Ariana Grande.

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"The View" Looks Forward to a Brand New Season

Lou Rocco/ABC(NEW YORK) -- A new season of The View with several new co-hosts, a new set and a new logo returns to ABC on Monday.

Still, when the show does enter its 19th season, viewers will see one familiar face -- returning moderator Whoopi Goldberg. She said she's looking forward to learning from her new co-hosts -- Rosie O'Donnell, actress Rosie Perez and political analyst Nicolle Wallace.

"My function amongst the woman is to contribute to the conversation," says Goldberg. "You know, I have as much experience -- or maybe a little bit more because I'm older -- to offer the youngins...the newbies...and they have a lot of stuff to give me as well. So it's good. It's fun."

O'Donnell, who is returning to the daytime talk show after a stint from 2006 to 2007, said one reason behind her decision to return is the chance to work with one co-host in particular.

"What drew me back was the opportunity to work with Whoopi Goldberg. I have admired her since I first saw her in her first one-woman show back when we were both younger and less gray...," O'Donnell quipped. "But this is the first time I get to do it day in and day out so that's a pretty good gig."

The other Rosie on the panel, Rosie Perez, will make history Monday when she takes her seat. She'll become the first Latina to be an official co-host.

"I didn't even realize that I would be the first Latina on The View. I read that in the Entertainment Weekly article and the NPR article and I was like, 'Oh! That's right!'" Perez said. "And I just believe that that's so bada**. I love it! I love it! It's such an honor."

One new co-host that viewers may not recognize is Wallace. She served as communications chief for George W. Bush’s White House and re-election campaign and was a senior advisor for the McCain-Palin campaign in 2008. Wallace says her former boss supports her decision to join the show.

"He had some very encouraging things to say," Wallace said of former President Bush. "And listen, all politicians, all presidents know the power of this show. So it was no surprise that a former president knew exactly what this show was [and] exactly how important it was."

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"No Good Deed" Leads Weekend Box Office

Sony / Screen Gems(NEW YORK) -- Crime thriller No Good Deed dominated this weekend's box office with a debut of $24.5 million.

The newly released film, starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, beat out the Dolphin Tale sequel, which came in at number two with its first weekend gross of more than $16.5 million.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, which held the top spot last week, was bumped down to number three, followed by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and comedy Let's Be Cops.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:

1. No Good Deed $24.5 million
2. Dolphin Tale 2 $16.55 million
3. Guardians of the Galaxy $8.041 million
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $4.8 million
5. Let's Be Cops $4.2 million
6. The Drop $4.2 million
7. If I Stay $4.05 million
8. The November Man $2.75 million
9. The Giver $2.626 million
10. The Hundred-Foot Journey $2.461 million

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Lauren Conrad Marries William Tell

Jerod Harris/WireImage via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Lauren Conrad is officially off the market.

The former reality star wed William Tell on Saturday night, Us Weekly confirmed. The couple's wedding, held on the California coast, was attended by their family and friends.

"What a perfect way to start our lives together; surrounded by the people we love most," the couple told the magazine in a statement.

Conrad, 28, and Tell, 34, began dating in 2012 after being set up by mutual friends. They were engaged last fall.

"I am beyond thrilled," she said at the time.

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Broadway Star Pia Zadora Injured in Golf Cart Accident

Brad Barket/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Broadway performer Pia Zaador was hospitalized Thursday after a golf cart accident.

Crews transported the entertainer to the University Medical Center hospital in Las Vegas for treatment.

Zadora rose to fame as a member of the original Broadway cast of Fiddler on the Roof, then continued her career in film and music as a singer and songwriter.

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Chris Brown on Ray Rice: 'It's All About the Choices You Make'

Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Chris Brown offered his thoughts on domestic violence amid the scandal surrounding former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice.

Rice was cut from the team and suspended indefinitely from the NFL after video surfaced showing the football player punching his then-fiancée, now wife Janay Rice.

Brown received a five-year probation sentence for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.

"I think it’s all about the choices you make,” Brown told MTV News on Thursday. "With me, I deal with a lot of anger issues from my past – not knowing how to express myself verbally and at the same time not knowing how to cope with my emotions and deal with them and understand what they are.”

The entertainer emphasized the importance of help, adding that he still talks to his therapist twice a week to vent and deal with frustrations.

“For anybody who’s going through that situation or anybody who’s dealing with it — it’s all about the choices. Every situation is different but it’s all about the choices you make and how you control your anger.”

“To Ray, or anybody else — because I’m not better than the next man — I can just say I’ve been down that road," Brown told MTV News. "I deal with situations and I’ve made my mistakes too, but it’s all about how you push forward and how you control yourself.”

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Joan Rivers' Clinic Doctor Steps Down

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The medical director of the clinic where Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest, is out.


Dr. Lawrence Cohen, the gastroenterologist who performed the endoscopy on Rivers, "is not currently performing procedures at Yorkville Endoscopy," the clinic said in a statement to ABC News Radio.

The clinic declined to cite a reason for the change, but a source tells ABC News Radio that Cohen was asked to step down because he allowed a specialist unaffiliated with Yorkville Endoscopy to examine Rivers, even though that doctor was not authorized to practice in the clinic.

There was an unconfirmed report earlier this week that Rivers went into cardiac arrest when her doctor, who had been observing the endoscopy, allegedly was allowed during the procedure to to do an unplanned biopsy, which caused a spasm that cut off Rivers' air supply, leading to her cardiac arrest. 

A spokesperson for Yorkville Endoscopy said "HIPAA [privacy] laws prevent us from disclosing any information about patients."

The New York State Health Department opened an investigation into the New York City clinic shortly after Rivers was hospitalized, a move described at the time as routine. 

Rivers, 81, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan August 28 after she experienced cardiac arrest at Yorkville Endoscopy.  The iconic comedian died a week later, having never regained consciousness.

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See the First Photo of the New "The View" Panel

Lou Rocco/ABC(NEW YORK) -- The View returns to ABC on Monday and the new panel is set.

Rosie Perez, Rosie O'Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg and Nicolle Wallace will host the show, which has changed dramatically since Barbara Walters stepped behind the scenes, and Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd left for other ventures.

The show tweeted a back shot of the new cast on Thursday, hinting at the humor that the ladies will bring to the 18th season.

"The View's back! Here's your first official look at the new cast. #TheView," the post read.


The View's back! Here's your first official look at the new cast. #TheView pic.twitter.com/ntFBokjiNJ

— The View (@theviewtv) September 11, 2014


On Friday, a picture of the ladies from the front was released.

Perez, 49, and Wallace, 42, were announced as co-hosts on Sept. 3, and O'Donnell comes back to the show after her stint from 2006 to 2007.

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