ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Oscar winner Patricia Arquette says she was voted "best looking" in ninth grade, but one male classmate shocked her when he suggested that she straighten her teeth so she could pose for Playboy.
"I said, 'Why would I want to be in Playboy?'" Arquette recalled in an interview with People magazine. "I just didn't want to look perfect. I didn't want to have to change myself to be attractive. I didn't think that was my responsibility."
Arquette admitted it wasn't just her classmates who made the suggestion. Her parents even told her to straighten her teeth. The actress said she refused because "it didn't feel like it would fit who I was inside."
The Boyhood star added that she's continually frustrated in Hollywood because actresses are always asked about their appearance on the big screen, especially when it comes to aging.
"I've had so many of these conversations in my life...what I look like on film, what I don't look like on film. What are we supposed to look like? Men are not having these conversations," Arquette explained.
"It's like we're trapped in wet wool or something. I just want to be free of it so we can move to the next level as equals. Not that I don't love being a woman, not that I don't love the differences between men and women," she clarified. "I just mean, as an actor -- why is this a conversation? Why is aging a conversation? It's a one-sided conversation because it's only ever had by women."
"Jeopardy!"(NEW YORK) — If you're ever a contestant on Jeopardy! make sure to concentrate on the high-value squares -- not just because you could win more money that way, but also because you have a better chance of landing a "Daily Double."
The website Flowing Data, using information from the 30-plus-year history of the show's current version collected by J! Archive, determined how likely it is to score a "Daily Double" on each square on the Jeopardy! board. Your best shot: the fourth box down in the first column. A "Daily Double" was there eight percent of the time.
About 38 percent of "Daily Doubles" were in that row.
Last year, Jeopardy! champ Arthur Chu annoyed many viewers by targeting high-value squares and trying to monopolize the "Daily Double" boxes.
TBS(LOS ANGELES) -- Conan O'Brien's trip to Cuba last month aired Wednesday night on TBS as a special episode of his late-night show, Conan.
O'Brien participated in a series of adventures in the island country designed mainly to poke fun at himself. For example, he learned salsa music from a local musician, and at one point he sang Spanish gibberish as a band played behind him. A sample lyric: "Hamburger milk/Go away chair."
Later, he attempted to brush up on his Spanish by receiving lessons. He asked his teacher how to say "I am America's biggest star" in Spanish, followed by "Don't check on that."
During the one-hour episode, O'Brien also learned to dance like a Cuban, and visited a cigar factory and the Havana Club Museum of Rum.
O'Brien's trip to Cuba follows President Obama announcing in December that the U.S. would begin to normalize relations with the country.
ABC/Felicia Graham(NEW YORK) — With diversity such a hot topic in Hollywood at the moment, ABC is premiering a new drama Thursday night that its creator says "really reflects the way we are in America right now."
Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave writer John Ridley is behind American Crime, starring Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton. It tells the story of a home invasion murder and the aftermath, from different perspectives.
Ridley says his project explores various races and faiths, but it's "not just about giving a nod to diversity." He tells ABC Radio, "We're living in a different country and the entertainment, the stories we tell, they have to reflect that."
Ridley says the fact that his show will air on network TV, rather than on premium cable or on a streaming service, didn't restrict him. Rather, it presented a fun challenge for him.
He notes, "If you have to rely on nudity or gratuitous language, if that's all one has in their storytelling, I think you're kind of limiting yourself. And there are places where we had to be more creative, and it was kind of fun to rise to the occasion."
American Crime debuts at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.
Marvel Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- The Marvel gods blessed the world on Wednesday with a new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer and they did not disappoint.
The new footage is epic and there are a TON of hidden gems if you watch over and over and over -- like we did.
Here are the top 7: 1 - Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are Bad!
We had a hunch but it's confirmed that both heroes are bad in this movie -- at least at the beginning. In the clip, you see Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen on Ultron's side and even fighting Captain America and Black Widow. In one scene, the Witch even compels and possibly controls Scarlett Johansson's character. You also see Quicksilver punch Cap.
But don't worry, in an overhead shot at the end of the trailer, you see the Avengers fighting Ultron's forces. And guess what -- you can see Scarlet Witch and her red blasts of energy, so it seems like she has a change of heart. But where's Quicksilver? Maybe he needs more convincing.
2 - Black Widow and the Hulk Get Close
Later in the clip, we see Mark Ruffalo and Johansson cuddle up and are about to kiss. Nice! 3 - Ultron Wants to Kill All Humans and Iron Man Created Him
"There's only one path to peace, their extinction," Ultron says in the trailer. We also see Tony Stark take responsibility for creating Ultron.
"I tried to create a suit of armor around the world," he says. "But I created something terrible." Stark created Artificial Intelligence, Bruce Banner notes.
4 - Mystery Guys With Claws?
Around the 1:06 part of the clip, we see a shadowy figure extending what appear to be claws. It's not Wolverine, because the rights to that character lie with 20th Century Fox. Black Panther baddie Ulysses Klaw? Possibly, as that character, played by Andy Serkis in the movie, was glimpsed in an eariler trailer.
5 - Iron Man Has Loki's Scepter
We see him grab it in what looks to be out of desperation. Why? Is he going to use that evil weapon against Ultron? Against the Hulk, who we knows go a bit rogue in this film. What? Tell us!!!
6 - Does Someone Die?
"No way we all get through this," Iron Man says.
"I got no plans tomorrow night," Captain America replies.
7 - The Vision!
We finally see an image of Jarvis aka the Vision aka Paul Bettany at the very end. He opens his eyes, presumably after being created.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is out May 1.
ABC News is owned by The Walt Disney Co., which also owns Marvel.
Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Seth Rogen has made it very clear: his pot smells good.
That's what he told his followers on social media Wednesday, after The Hollywood Reporterpublished a story that annoyed him.
It cited anonymous sources who claimed former Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal is unable to move into an office/suite previously used by Rogen and his collaborator, Evan Goldberg, in her new role as producer because "the stench of marijuana cannot be easily removed."
The publication added that the suite will be repainted in an attempt to eliminate the smell.
Rogen, who isn't shy about his marijuana use, posted a screenshot of the article on Instagram, and wrote, "I don't know what's more irresponsible: that they would print a story that is completely untrue, or that they would refer to how pot smells as a 'stench.'"
The Interview star included a hashtag that stated his weed smells good.
Pascal stepped down as co-chair of Sony Pictures last month. The decision followed the hacking scandal involving the studio in which a private and unflattering email exchange involving her, targeting celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Kevin Hart and Adam Sandler, leaked.
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABC(NEW YORK) -- After spending the last couple of years doing a residency in Las Vegas, Shania Twain is taking her act on the road. The Grammy-winning singer is launching her first tour in 11 years -- and she says it'll be her final one.
The Rock This Country tour -- named after a track on Shania's 1997 album, Come On Over -- kicks off in Seattle on June 5 and will visit 50 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, wrapping up in August.
When it's over, there'll be no more touring, but Shania isn't retiring. She also doesn't plan for the tour to serve as a tearful farewell to her fans: quite the opposite, in fact.
In a statement, Shania says, "This is a celebration tour. It's party time. It's a celebration that after all these years, I can still do it! The Rock This Country Tour will have a different spirit than my past tours."
She adds, "It's the momentum of confidence. The Vegas show was so intense and nerve-wracking because of not being onstage for all those years. So now that I got that out of my system, this tour is all about having fun, letting go and enjoying the new-found attitude."
To that point, Shania promises a more upbeat show than her Vegas extravaganza.
"There's a lot more punch. It's dynamic and reflects the rockier edge of things, because I have so many electric guitars in my music," she explains. "I'm looking forward to rocking out."
The tour will visit Boston, Miami, Atlanta, New York City, Nashville and Washington, D.C., among other dates, as well as Shania's native Canada. She promises fans "a Shania they've never seen before," adding, "A lot of years have gone by and I've got a lot more to share. It's all about looking back together. It's that unified community spirit of 'I remember where I was when I first heard that song.'"
Shania's opening acts include Wes Mack from June 5 through June 28, and then Gavin DeGraw from June 30 through August 23.
Disney(NEW YORK) -- Cate Blanchett plays the wicked stepmother in the reboot of the film Cinderella, but when the two-time Academy Award winner was initially approached about the role, she had her doubts.
"When I was approached to be in this, I said, 'It wasn't a fairy tale that I actually gravitated towards,'" she admitted on Wednesday's Good Morning America. "Because I found the central female character really passive."
But Disney says this rendition of Cinderella isn't that. In this live-action retelling of the 1950 Disney animated classic, Cinderella is loving and kind, but also smart and in control of her own destiny.
Once she was on board, Blanchett enjoyed playing the villain, describing it as "fantastic."
"We get socialized out of all these mean, cruel things so you kind of have this vicarious experience through the villain," Blanchett says.
Cinderella, starring Downton Abbey's Lily James in the title role and Game of Thrones' Richard Madden as the prince, opens in theaters March 13.
Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- The Oscars have come and gone, and now stars can turn their attention to the next big awards show: The MTV Movie Awards.
On Wednesday morning, the network announced the complete list of nominees for the April 12 show, which will be hosted by comedian Amy Schumer.
Guardians of the Galaxy, The Fault in Our Stars, and Neighbors took in the biggest haul, with seven nominations apiece, while 22 Jump Street and Whiplash came up just behind with five. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Gone Girl were nominated for four awards.
Fans will ultimately have a big influence over who ultimately wins, by voting for their favorites at movieawards.mtv.com. Voting for "Movie of the Year" will continue throughout the broadcast of the show.
Below, find the complete list of nominations:
MOVIE OF THE YEAR
American Sniper The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Guardians of the Galaxy Gone Girl The Fault in Our Stars Boyhood Whiplash Selma
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1 Emma Stone – Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) ShaileneWoodley – The Fault in Our Stars Reese Witherspoon – Wild Scarlett Johansson – Lucy
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper Chris Pratt – Guardians of the Galaxy AnselElgort – The Fault in Our Stars Miles Teller – Whiplash Channing Tatum – Foxcatcher
BEST SCARED-AS-S**T PERFORMANCE
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl Annabelle Wallis – Annabelle Jennifer Lopez – The Boy Next Door Dylan O’Brien – The Maze Runner Zach Gilford – The Purge: Anarchy
AnselElgort – The Fault in Our Stars Rosamund Pike- Gone Girl David Oyelowo – Selma Dylan O’Brien – The Maze Runner EllarColtrane – Boyhood
BEST SHIRTLESS PERFORMANCE
ZacEfron – Neighbors Chris Pratt – Guardians of the Galaxy Channing Tatum – Foxcatcher Ansel Elgort – The Fault in Our Stars Kate Upton – The Other Woman
Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill – 22 Jump Street ZacEfron & Dave Franco – Neighbors ShaileneWoodley & AnselElgort – The Fault in Our Stars Bradley Cooper & Vin Diesel –Guardians of the Galaxy James Franco & SethRogen – The Interview
Jonah Hill vs. Jillian Bell – 22 Jump Street Chris Evans vs. Sebastian Stan – Captain America: The Winter Soldier Dylan O’Brienvs. Will Poulter – The Maze Runner SethRogenvs. ZacEfron – Neighbors Edward Norton vs. Michael Keaton – Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
AnselElgort & ShaileneWoodley – The Fault in Our Stars James Franco & SethRogen – The Interview Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Scarlett Johansson & Chris Evans – Captain America: The Winter Soldier Rose Byrne & Halston Sage – Neighbors
BEST WTF MOMENT
SethRogen & Rose Byrne – Neighbors Jonah Hill – 22 Jump Street Jason Sudeikis & Charlie Day – Horrible Bosses 2 Miles Teller – Whiplash Rosario Dawson & Anders Holm – Top Five
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl J.K. Simmons – Whiplash Jillian Bell – 22 Jump Street Meryl Streep – Into the Woods Peter Dinklage – X-Men: Days of Future Past
BEST MUSICAL MOMENT
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Chris Pratt – Guardians of the Galaxy SethRogen & ZacEfron – Neighbors Bill Hader & KristenWiig–The Skeleton Twins Miles Teller – Whiplash BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Channing Tatum – 22 Jump Street Chris Pratt – Guardians of the Galaxy Rose Byrne – Neighbors Chris Rock – Top Five Kevin Hart – The Wedding Ringer
BEST ON-SCREEN TRANSFORMATION
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything Elizabeth Banks – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Zoe Saldana – Guardians of the Galaxy Steve Carell –Foxcatcher Ellar Coltrane – Boyhood
Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- It took over a year after announcing their split, but earlier this week Hilary Duff finally filed for divorce from her husband, former NHL player Mike Comrie. The actress opens up in the April issue of Cosmopolitan, explaining why the marriage fell apart.
"Mike and I were very in love when we met. We both really wanted to get married. I'd been working since the age of 11 or 12, so making that choice at a young age seemed right for me," she explained.
Duff added, "Maybe it wasn't, but we spent the majority of our time together really happy. It wasn't working well enough to stay together, but there was still a lot of love involved. It was just a slow set-in of us not being the match that we used to be. I'm lucky for the person he is and I am and how we decided to handle this."
Duff reveals that her split made her reevaluate marriage altogether.
"I don't want to sound bitter because I'm definitely not, but I don't know if people are meant to be together forever. Things happen over a long relationship that you can't always fight," Duff admits. "A marriage of 20 years, the accomplishment of that must feel really great, but there are also huge sacrifices."
"I just always want to fight for happiness," she added.
Duff and Comrie, who wed in 2010, have a 2-year-old son, Luca.
Jessica Miglio / Twentieth Century Fox(NEW YORK) — Vince Vaughn's stock is rising as he promotes his new comedy, Unfinished Business.
On Tuesday, a series of stock images featuring Vaughn and his co-stars, Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco, was released for you to use, free of charge. The photos, which make light of the stock images news outlets use to accompany their stories, show the actors in an office setting and include slogans like, "Team work makes the dream work."
Jeff Bottari/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Is Chris Brown a proud papa?
TMZ reports that Chris is the father of a nine-month-old girl whose mom is a former model named Nia. The website says Chris has known Nia, 31, for years, but is not currently romantically involved with her.
It's unclear what kind of support Chris is providing the child. TMZ says the 25-year-old singer is happy that he's a parent.
Chris has recently been spotted with his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Karrueche Tran.
ABC(LOS ANGELES) — The Oscars' best picture category may undergo a significant change. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is considering reverting back to its old policy of five nominees in the category.
The top Oscar race had been comprised of five nominees for decades until 2009, when the Academy announced it would expand to 10. A couple of years later, the Academy adjusted the rules so that the category would include between five and 10 nominees.
The idea was to have more box office hits contend for best picture, but as one Hollywood Reporter source says of the current format, "They tried it, and it really didn't do us any good."
The audience for the 2015 Oscars was down several million viewers from last year's ceremony.
An Academy spokesperson tells the publication, "As we do each year, the Academy will meet in the coming months to evaluate not only the telecast, but also the awards season in its entirety."
There were eight best picture nominees this year, with Birdman winning the category.