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Infamous Baseball Pitcher John Rocker Among New "Survivor" Castaways


Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS(NEW YORK) -- The new season of Survivor will have one of the more controversial castaways in the history of the show.

Former Major League Baseball pitcher John Rocker has been named one of the 18 contestants for the 29th season of Survivor, which premieres on CBS on September 24. Rocker, whose best days as a ballplayer came with the Atlanta Braves, gained infamy in the late 1990s when he made disparaging remarks about foreigners, among other groups of people, in a Sports Illustrated interview.

The new season of Survivor will see the return of Exile Island and the "Blood vs. Water" theme, in which castaways initially compete with loved ones. Rocker will be a castaway alongside his girlfriend.

Among the other notable castaways is Nadiya Anderson, a two-time Amazing Race contestant who will compete with her sister.

As always, a one-million-dollar grand prize will be on the line.

Here's a rundown of the cast:

Brothers
Drew Christy     
Age: 25     
Winter Park, Fla.      
Traveling Sales Rep    

Alec Christy
Age: 22
Winter Park, Fla.
Student

Married
Jeremy Collins    
Age: 36     
Foxboro, Mass.       
Firefighter     

Val Collins
Age: 35
Foxboro, Mass.
Police Officer

Dating
Reed Kelly     
Age: 31     
New York, N.Y.       
Broadway Performer/Model/Aerialist 

Josh Canfield
Age: 32
New York, N.Y.
Singer, Actor, Writer

College Sweethearts
Jon Misch     
Age: 26     
Waterford, Mich.      
Financial Assistant    

Jaclyn Schultz
Age: 25
Las Vegas, Nev. 
Media Buyer

Dating
John Rocker     
Age: 39     
Atlanta, Ga.         
Former MLB Player   
Julie McGee
Age: 34
Atlanta, Ga.
Model/Owner of Spray Tan Business

Sisters
Natalie Anderson     
Age: 28     
Edgewater, N.J.       
Crossfit Coach and Student

Nadiya Anderson
Age: 28
Edgewater, N.J.
Crossfit Coach, Project Coordinator at Bridge2Peace

Father & Son
Keith Nale     
Age: 53     
Shreveport, La.        
Fire Captain     

Wes Nale
Age: 23
Shreveport, La.
Firefighter

Mother & Daughter
Missy Payne     
Age: 47     
Dallas, Texas        
Owner of a Competitive Cheerleading Gym  

Baylor Wilson
Age: 20
Nashville, Tenn.
Student

Father & Daughter

Dale Wentworth     
Age: 55     
Ephrata, Wash.      
Farmer      

Kelley Wentworth
Age: 28
Seattle, Wash. 
Marketing Manager

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Shakira Reveals She's Pregnant Again


Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABC(NEW YORK) --  Singer and recent Voice coach Shakira is expecting her second child with boyfriend Gerard Pique.

"Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you all for your well wishes!" she tweeted Thursday.

Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you all for your well wishes!

— Shakira (@shakira) August 28, 2014



The 37-year-old singer and her soccer player beau welcomed their son Milan in January 2013, who was born in Barcelona, Spain.

“The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification,” a statement read last year at the time of the birth. “Just like his father, baby Milan became a member of FC Barcelona at birth.”

 

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Joan Rivers Hospitalized for Cardiac Arrest


Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Joan Rivers has been rushed to a New York City hospital after an emergency call that she was in cardiac arrest, according to a law enforcement source. According to the New York City Fire Department, Rivers is in critical condition.

Rivers was transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital Thursday morning after receiving a call that a woman was in cardiac arrest at an Upper East Side clinic, ABC News confirmed.

TMZ reported earlier that Rivers was having surgery on her vocal chords at the clinic.

Rivers' rep had no other information immediately available when contacted by ABC News.

Later on Thursday, E! Online tweeted that Rivers was in "critical but stable condition."

Rivers, 81, had been hard at work of late, co-hosting her E! TV show Fashion Police and doing stand-up comedy. According to Ticketmaster, she had seven shows planned across the U.S. for November.

"Ignore aging: Comedy is the one place it doesn’t matter. It matters in singing because the voice goes. It matters certainly in acting because you’re no longer the sexpot. But in comedy, if you can tell a joke, they will gather around your deathbed," she wrote in The Hollywood Reporter in 2012. "If you’re funny, you’re funny. Isn’t that wonderful?"
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Married Saturday in France


Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are now husband and wife, a spokesperson for the couple confirms.

The couple tied the knot in Chateau Miraval, France last Saturday in a private, civil ceremony attended by friends and family.

Pitt, 50, and Jolie, 39, announced their engagement in 2012.  A spokesperson says they obtained a marriage license from a judge in California, who also conducted the marriage ceremony in France.  

Jolie and Pitt's children were participants in the ceremony, said the spokesperson. The bride was walked down the aisle by sons Maddox, 12, and Pax, who's 10.  Daughters Zahara and Vivienne, 9 and 5 years old, respectively, threw flower petals, while daughter Shiloh, 7, and son Knox, 5, served as ring bearers.

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Husband of Whitney Houston's Daughter Arrested for DUI


Imeh Akpanudosen/WireImage(ROSWELL, Ga.) -- Bobbi Kristina Brown's husband has been arrested and charged with DUI, police said.

Nick Gordon attempted to change lanes in a BMW sedan Thursday morning in Roswell, Georgia, when the vehicle struck a curb and overturned, police told ABC News. Afterward, Gordon was arrested for DUI, failure to maintain a lane and driving with a suspended license.

Brown, 21, announced last year that she was married to her childhood friend, Gordon, who had a longtime relationship with her family. They announced their engagement in 2012.

This is not the first time Gordon has been in trouble with the law. In 2012, he was arrested for reckless driving and speeding.

A rep for Brown has not yet responded to a request for comment.

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Homer Simpson Accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge


FOX via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even animated characters are accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

In a new video released online, a shirtless Homer Simpson takes on the challenge. He nominates his neighbor Ned Flanders -- twice -- his co-worker Lenny and Donald Trump before spilling a glass of water on his head.

However, Bart then dumps gallons of water, plus penguins, a bear, hockey players, a snowman, Santa Claus, an ice cream truck and more, on his unsuspecting dad from a helicopter.  

The 26th season of The Simpsons premieres on Fox on September 28. You can catch up on previous seasons by tuning in to the ongoing Simpsons marathon on FXX, which concludes on Labor Day.

Elsewhere in celebrity Ice Bucket Challenge news, Bridesmaids actor Chris O'Dowd got drenched in a video in which he nominated "Baby O'Porter," thus revealing that he and wife Dawn O'Porter are expecting a child. Dawn is seen pouring water on her baby bump.

So far, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised $94.3 million for the ALS Association.

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WATCH: Reese WitherspoonÂ’s Inspiring Message to Boy with Cancer


Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Reese Witherspoon transformed into “Pink Lady” Elle Woods from her hit movie Legally Blonde to send a hopeful message to a four-year-old boy battling cancer.

The Oscar-winning actress sent the message to four-year-old Will after learning that he was a big fan of Legally Blonde.

“This is for one of the strongest little four-year-olds I can imagine. Will -- I hear that you’re fighting so hard and strong against cancer and that in the hospital you’ve been watching a lot of Legally Blonde and loving it. I hope it makes you laugh!”

Witherspoon captioned an Instagram photo of herself holding a sign with the hashtag “Team Will.”

“I wanted you to know that I made this sign in your honor -- and I’m sending a big big hug and my hope and prayers. Just know -- I’m a really big fan of YOURS!” Witherspoon wrote. “PS anyone else – feel free to make your own sign for Will and post it with the hashtag #TeamWill so he can see it. ...I’m sure he’d love that!”

In addition, the mother of three made a short YouTube video titled “The Pink Lady’s Message To Will.”

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Kimmel Stages "Friends" Reunion with Aniston, Cox and Kudrow


ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- On Wednesday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Jimmy Kimmel reunited Friends castmates Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow -- on a rebuilt set from the sitcom, no less -- for a staged reading of Kimmel's Friends fan fiction.

Kimmel started subtly, by asking Aniston if she'd do a favor for him, and increasingly upped the ante by first handing her a script, then unveiling the rebuilt stage.

"What? What is this?!" Aniston asked incredulously.

"This is an exact replica...I actually spent $80,000 making it," Kimmel said. "To the 'T' every detail is correct."

Jennifer began reading, but balked when Kimmel pulled out a "Rachel wig." Aniston said, "I've gotta have boundaries."

Kimmel played Ross, and it became obvious why -- he wanted a love scene with Rachel. The crowd howled when Cox entered as Monica, who, like Rachel, was also scripted to compliment Ross' lovemaking -- as was Kudrow, who was also met with a roar from the crowd.

Eventually, we learn Kimmel had "killed off" Joey and Chandler in order to have all the actresses to himself. However, before the scene in which they "all make out," the actresses walk off, with Aniston saying, "Make love to yourself, Jimmy."

In other Friends news, the upcoming 20th anniversary of the sitcom's premiere will be honored with a pop-up replica of Central Perk -- the coffee shop where Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe spent countless hours. The replica will open in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. It will be open to the public from Sept. 17 to Oct. 18, and will feature free coffee, special appearances by the actor who played the barista Gunther, James Michael Tyler, as well as contests and more.  Friends premiered on NBC on Sept. 22, 1994.


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"Sopranos" Creator Says Comments on Tony Soprano's Fate Were 'Misconstrued'


Craig Blankenhorn/HBO(NEW YORK) -- It appears we still don't know the answer to the question that's been lingering on the minds of Sopranos fans for seven years: Did Tony Soprano die in the finale? Thought it seemed that series creator David Chase had cleared up the matter in a recent interview, he now says his comments were misconstrued.

The acclaimed HBO drama famously wrapped in 2007 with a fade-to-black ending in a diner, accompanied by the Journey hit "Don't Stop Believin.'"

The scene seemingly left open the possibility that Soprano was killed. Chase was asked in a recent interview with Vox.com whether Soprano died. This was his response, in the words of writer Martha P. Nochimson: "He shook his head 'no.' And he said simply, 'No he isn't.'"

However, Chase's rep released the following statement Wednesday night: "A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview. To simply quote David as saying, 'Tony Soprano is not dead,' is inaccurate. There is a much larger context for that statement and as such, it is not true."

The statement continues, "As David Chase has said numerous times on the record, 'Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point.' To continue to search for this answer is fruitless. The final scene of The Sopranos raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer."

The actor who played Tony Soprano, James Gandolfini, died last year in Italy of a heart attack at the age of 51.

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Hello Kitty Shocker: It's Not a Cat


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Appearances can be deceiving. Take, for example, Hello Kitty, who, despite its name and apparent whiskers on its face, is not a cat.

So says Sanrio, the Japanese company behind the popular character. Christine Yano, who's serving as a curator of a retrospective on Hello Kitty at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles in honor of the character's 40th anniversary, says she thought Hello Kitty was a cat. However, she notes to the Los Angeles Times, Sanrio corrected her -- "very firmly."

Yano says, "That's one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat. She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She's never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it's called Charmmy Kitty."

In a bio for Hello Kitty posted on the official Sanrio fan site, the character is described as a "cheerful and happy little girl" who lives in London with her mother and twin sister.

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Discovery Cancels "Sons of Guns" After Star Is Accused of Rape


Discovery Channel(NEW YORK) -- The Discovery Channel has cancelled Sons of Guns after the show's star, Will Hayden, was arrested on a rape allegation.

A spokesperson for the cable network said in a statement obtained by Deadline.com, "Given the serious and horrific nature of the charges against Will Hayden, we have decided to halt further production of Sons of Guns and cancel the series."

Hayden, whose show focused on his work with the Red Jacket Firearms company in Louisiana, was arrested Tuesday and charged with raping a child. He was previously arrested on Aug. 9 on charges of child molestation and aggravated crime against nature.

A statement posted on the Red Jacket Firearms website reads, "Red Jacket Firearms LLC. has initiated and received full legal separation as an entity, from William M. Hayden."

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Ernie Hudson Reflects on "Ghostbusters" for National Ghostbusters Day


Columbia Pictures/Archive Photos/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As you wait for Labor Day weekend to arrive, you can celebrate another "holiday": National Ghostbusters Day.

Sony Pictures Entertainment has deemed Thursday to be National Ghostbusters Day in honor of the 30th anniversary of the original film in the series, which debuted on June 8, 1984. To mark the occasion, a remastered version of Ghostbusters will be released in more than 700 theaters in North America for a limited run, beginning Friday.

The classic comedy, directed by Ivan Reitman, starred Bill Murray, Dan Akyroyd, and the late Harold Ramis as, respectively, Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Raymond Stantz, and Dr. Egon Spengler -- a trio of parapsychologists-turned-professional ghost exterminators.

Ernie Hudson was also featured in the film as the group's fourth member, Winston Zeddemore. In an interview with ABC News Radio, he explained why he thinks the popularity of Ghostbusters has endured.

Hudson commented, "It deals with something, I think, that's very primal in all of us. The fear of what's on the other side...we hear these stories about the end of the world and, you know, the god appearing. And in the movie, that's what happens and so we take them in a very realistic way and yet we laugh about them."

Hudson believes Ghostbusters came at the right time, because movie studios wouldn't be as receptive to such a story nowadays. He says, "I think Hollywood does not respond to really creative material. I think they're looking to make money, and when money becomes the bottom line you end up with what we are getting now, which is a bunch of movies that aren't story-driven or character-driven."

There's been much talk about a third Ghostbusters movie, but unfortunately it won't involve Ramis, who passed away in February. Hudson says he's "very thankful" to have had the opportunity to work with Ramis, who co-wrote the original film and its 1989 sequel with Aykroyd.

Hudson is open to participating in a new Ghostbusters sequel. He tells ABC News Radio, "The last conversation I had with Bill Murray, he said he'd love to do it but he wants it to be good. But, you know, that's not why I determine what I do. I'm a working actor, so you know what? They have a job and they are offering it and if it's interesting, yeah, I'd sign up."

In another nod to Ghostbusters' milestone, anniversary editions of both films in the series -- as well as a limited edition gift set -- will be released on Blu-ray on Sept. 16.

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NBC Declined to Air Suicide Prevention PSA After Robin Williams Emmy Tribute


Art Streiber/CBS© 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- The Emmy Awards telecast on NBC Monday night featured a special tribute to the late Robin Williams, delivered by Billy Crystal. According to a new report, NBC received a request to air a public service announcement for the National Suicide Prevention Network after the tribute, but it was turned down.

A spokesperson for NBC explains to The Hollywood Reporter, "Collectively we decided to celebrate the life of Robin Williams, not his death or, more to the point, the way he died."

The spokesperson continues, "The Emmys telecast is a celebration, and the 'In Memoriam' section of our show is an important one. We believe we honored Robin in the right away. Suicide is a serious issue, but we decided not to dwell on that — or its prevention — in this particular forum."

Williams was found dead in his home Aug. 11 of an apparent suicide.

The late comedian and Oscar-winning actor is remembered in the new issue of Rolling Stone, on newsstands Friday. It includes recollections from peers such as Tom Hanks, who writes of Williams' star turn as the TV alien Mork, "In 1978, word came from the set of TV's Happy Days. That week, Fonzie's ultracool was threatened by a stranger from another world. The guy playing the alien was hilarious."

Comedy producer Judd Apatow notes in the Rolling Stone issue, "He was doing something so unique that no one could even attempt their version of it. He raised the bar for what it's possible to do, and made an enormous amount of us want to be comedians. He looked like he was having so much fun."

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Alec Baldwin Calmly Catches Tennis Ball Flying at His Face at US Open


ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) --  Alec Baldwin's character on 30 Rock was a pretty suave, cool customer, but the real-life person apparently is just as smooth.

While sitting in the stands at a U.S. Open match this week, a ball bounced off the court and started flying at Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria Baldwin.

Baldwin didn't even flinch. He just calmly put his hands up and caught the ball hurtling at his face.

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Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis to Work Together on FX Comedy Series "Baskets"


Credit: Frank Ockenfels/FX Networks(LOS ANGELES) -- Comedian Louis C.K. and actor Zach Galifianakis will team up on a comedy series on FX, the network announced Wednesday.

The two will work together to produce Baskets, a half-hour, single-camera comedy series expected to premiere in 2016. FX ordered 10 episodes of the show, which will star Galifianakis and was co-created by the Hangover star, along with Louie writer, director and star Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel, the co-creator of IFC's Portlandia.

The show is expected to follow the life of Chip Baskets, played by Galifianakis, "in pursuit of his dream...to be a respected clown."

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The Louisiana Liar's Contest will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Community Center at 708 Main St. in Pineville, LA.  The Louisiana Storytelling Association has sponsored the event for the past eleven years to celebrate the art of telling a whopper so outrageous that the audience wants to believe it.    Admission is free for the audience and anyone who appreciates a good story is invited to attend.

 



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