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Bill Cosby Removed as Advisor at NC University


Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(HIGH POINT, N.C.) — High Point University in High Point, North Carolina, has removed Bill Cosby’s name from its board of advisor, in the wake of sex abuse claims made by multiple accusers against the comedian.

A statement released by the university obtained by the High Point Enterprise reads, “In the best interest of all parties, we are removing his name from our board of advisors until all information on this matter is available."

Cosby, who spoke at the school’s 2007 graduation ceremony, was appointed to the board over the summer.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Cosby’s alma mater, Temple University, says he remains a trustee of the Philadelphia-based institution, according to The Temple News.

Cosby -- who has never faced criminal charges in connection with any of the allegations -- performed at a benefit for a women’s service organization in the Bahamas on Thursday. He did not reference the growing controversy swirling around him.

Cosby has more than 30 stand-up comedy performances scheduled in North America through early May. An Arizona casino has cancelled an appearance scheduled for Feb. 15, according to TucsonNewsNow.com, though an official reason was not given.

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Celebs Remember Film and Broadway Director Mike Nichols


Evan Agostini/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. And now, his Hollywood friends and colleagues are paying their respects to him via Twitter.

Kevin Spacey
: "Mike Nichols gave me my start. A mentor, friend, colleague. One of the best observers of life. My thoughts are with Diane & his children."

Julianne Moore: "So very sad to hear of Mike Nichols death. A great talent, a wonderful, bright, charming human being."

Tony Goldwyn: "RIP #MikeNichols What a gigantic loss!!! The greatest of the great."

Ben Stiller: "Mike Nichols leaves behind a staggering body of work. He's one of the best filmmakers and stage directors ever. Influenced everyone. #GENIUS"

Jeffrey Wright: "Sad to hear of Mike Nichols passing - eternal in his gifts to American culture: 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?' to 'Angels.' Dues paid."

Jeremy Piven: "The great Mike Nichols is gone, he gave us so much brilliant work it's staggering. We were so lucky to have him, his legacy will live on."

Chris Rock: "We lost one of the greats."

Taylor Schilling: "RIP #MikeNichols Legend in real time."

Audra McDonald: "I'm absolutely heartbroken. RIP Mike Nichols. I love you."

Mia Farrow: "Funniest, smartest, most generous, wisest, kindest of all. Mike Nichols, a truly good man."

Joshua Malina: "R.I.P. Mike Nichols - one of the greats."

Katie Couric: "So sad to learn of the death of Mike Nichols. My heart goes out to Diane, their families & everyone who marveled in his brilliance."

Steve Kazee: "My heart is broken but I know Mike would say I’m being too precious with it. Rest in peace Mike. And lastly, don’t put a hat on a hat."


In statements via The Hollywood Reporter:

Julia Roberts said, "There are so few heroes in our world. So few impeccable craftsmen, so few people who personify unconditional love and friendship. Mike Nichols was like no other. In every way he was remarkable and amazing. His musing[s] were like pearls, his jokes were timeless and perfectly placed, his stories -- detailed and wholly entertaining, his warm embrace was where you wanted to live forever. He savored life and friends and French macaroons. He always, always told the truth. He loved Diane utterly, immeasurably, magically. He was my most cherished friend."

Steven Spielberg wrote, "Mike was a friend, a muse, a mentor, one of America's all-time greatest film and stage directors, and one of the most generous people I have ever known. For me, The Graduate was life altering -- both as an experience at the movies as well as a master class about how to stage a scene. Mike had a brilliant cinematic eye and uncanny hearing for keeping scenes ironic and real. Actors never gave him less than their personal best -- and then Mike would get from them even more. And in a room full of people, Mike was always the center of gravity. This is a seismic loss."

Meryl Streep said Nichols was "an inspiration and joy to know, a director who cried when he laughed, a friend without whom, well, we can't imagine our world, an indelible irreplaceable man.”

Tom Hanks said: “'Forward. We must always move forward. Otherwise what will become of us?' Said Mike Nichols, who changed the lives of those who knew him, who loved him, who will miss him so."

John Goodman shared, “He made me feel as though I were a full partner or co-conspirator in finding clues to solve the puzzle; like a really slow Dr. Watson. It's hard to imagine a world without him.”

Cynthia Nixon said: "As an actor there was no greater joy, opportunity, or imprimatur than being hired by Mike Nichols. Except being hired by him again."

Edward Norton, on Thursday's Late Show, recalling his first meeting with Nichols: “He was so encouraging and engaging and generous, and they really just broke the mold on guys like Mike.”

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The Latest "Hunger Games" Movie, "Mockingjay -- Part 1," Now in Theaters


Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — The latest chapter in The Hunger Games series is now in theaters.

Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as the rebellious Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1, the first half of the two-part conclusion to the blockbuster adaptation of the Suzanne Collins book series.

When we last saw Katniss, in 2013's Catching Fire, she helped sabotage her second stint in the cruel Hunger Games. She was then whisked away to District 13.

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In Mockingjay -- Part 1, Katniss discovers that her Hunger Games partner, Peeta, is being held captive by the Capitol and has been brainwashed. She plots to save him.

Julianne Moore joins the franchise as District 13's President Alma Coin. The cast also includes Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1
is rated PG-13.

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Movie Review: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1” (Rated PG-13)


Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — Following the “electric” and explosive ending of the Quarter Quell in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen wakes up in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 not exactly sure what happened or where she is. She soon finds out: she’s in District 13, a subterranean, utilitarian city led by President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore). Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) has convinced Coin that Katniss needs to be the face of the revolution against the Capitol.
 
For her part, an unconvinced Katniss is furious they rescued her and left Peta (Josh Hutcherson), along with a few other tributes, behind to die. But when they take her to District 8 to see the brutality of the Capitol, she decides to help.  She becomes the Mockingjay, the symbol Katniss made famous with her rebellious attitude during The Hunger Games.
 
Katniss is also reunited with Gale (Liam Hemsworth), now a soldier in the rebellion. They still have feelings for each other, but though they grew up together and shared some tough experiences, they didn’t go through two Hunger Games together. That very unique bonding experience happened with Katniss and Peta, and now Peta’s dead – or is he?  Katniss is stunned when Peta appears on Capitol TV with Stanley Tucci’s Caesar Flickerman and tries to convince Katniss and the rebels that theirs is a lost cause
 
Confession: When it came to the book, I couldn’t get past page 50 of Mockingjay. I tried, twice, but I got sick of Katniss. Got sick of Panem, sick of Peta and sick of Gale.  It felt to me like author Suzanne Collins was trying too hard to milk the series.
 
On the flip side, I could probably watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 many times. Director Frances Lawrence, along with some help from Collins, does an outstanding job turning the books into thrilling, bold and somewhat realistic fare. A considerable amount of credit also must go to casting director Debra Zane. At this point, it’s obvious Jennifer Lawrence was born to play Katniss Everdeen but adding the late, great Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch and Julianne Moore as President Coin was genius. And let’s not forget the incomparable Donald Sutherland as the maniacal President Snow, and the comic relief provided by Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy.
 
This is the darkest and edgiest of the three Hunger Games movies, and the most satisfying – even though the cliffhanger non-ending doesn’t resolve anything.  That’ll have to wait for Mockingjay -- Part 2.
 
Four out of five stars.

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Sean Hayes Is Married to Scott Icenogle


Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sean Hayes is a married man!

The former Will and Grace actor announced on Facebook that he married his longtime love, Scott Icenogle, last week.

"Took us 8 years but we did it!" he wrote.

Hayes, 44, first came out as gay in 2010, in an interview with The Advocate. At the very end of the article, he mentioned, "a special someone in my life."

"That’s it. That’s all I need," he said of Icenogle. "I don’t need events. I don’t do a lot. I live my life like an 85-year-old man. I’m just quiet. It’s fantastic."

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Danica McKellar Marries Lawyer Scott Sveslosky


Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Actress Danica McKellar wed lawyer Scott Sveslosky during a beachfront ceremony in Kauai, Hawaii, on Saturday, according to People Magazine. The two got engaged in July.

In September, the former Dancing With the Stars and Wonder Years star shared with ABC News details of her upcoming nuptials.

"Wedding planning has been underway for a while," she said, adding that "perhaps" this year she'll be sharing pictures from it on social media. "It will be a really small wedding, because we've both been married before, we've both had big weddings and this time around it's really just about us."

This is the second marriage for McKellar, who split from her husband of two years, Michael Verta, in 2012.

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Steve Carell Admits 'It’s Just Easy for Me to Not Work'


Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Steve Carell may be loved by his fans, who adore him in films like Anchorman and Crazy, Stupid, Love, but surprisingly the actor doesn't think he's all that funny.

“I never thought of myself as funny. I don’t feel like I’m great at cocktail conversations. I don’t hold court," Carell told GQ for the magazine's Men of the Year issue. "I don't take up a lot of space. I'm not the life of the party. I'm not the guy telling jokes. And I never was."

Carell, 52, also touched on the fact that he spent much of the year with his family, not working.

“I’ve found I’m very good at doing nothing,” he told the magazine. “I don’t want to quit. I don’t feel like retiring. But it’s just easy for me to not work. It’s nice to be able to help out at home, with my wife and kids.”

Foxcatcher, which also stars Channing Tatum, hit theaters last weekend and has been earning Carell some Oscar buzz playing John du Pont in a darker role than fans are used to seeing from the Office funnyman.

"I think with anyone who seems to be content and well-adjusted, which I think I am, there’s a need to find a darkness or a wound," Carell said. "Judd Apatow -- I'm gonna misquote him -- but he spoke to that in regards to me: that he could never seem to find my wound."

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Olivia Wilde On Love, the Benefits of Aging, and Her Post-Baby Body


Monica Schipper/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Olivia Wilde has a lot of love in her life.

The House and The Longest Week star, 30, has been engaged to actor Jason Sudeikis since last January and the couple just welcomed their son Otis this past April.

"Love is what has unlocked the happiest parts of my life," Wilde told ABC News. "Not only falling in love with my fiance, but then having a child and falling in love on a completely different level. I just have found my sources of inspiration in life and it all comes from witnessing love."

Love was the theme of Tuesday night's launch of Revlon “LOVE IS ON” campaign in New York City, where Wilde is a celebrity ambassador.

"I really like the message that Revlon is sending with 'LOVE IS ON,'" Wilde said. "It's encouraging people to find love in their lives and be inspired by love."

Wilde added that her inspirations come from seeing love in Haiti before and after a major earthquake and how that got the people there through, and seeing marriage equality rise to the surface in 2014.

Representing Revlon, Wilde understands as an actress, she's under the microscope more than most, even as a natural beauty.

"I really think people have become more realistic about what beauty is and how varied it is," she said. "For me personally, I've become less concerned with all of that, that's a wonderful part about aging, your priorities sort of fall into line. I enjoy getting dressed up. I love putting on makeup and going out, but the pressure to feel pretty all the time, I do not feel."

Wilde, who had a baby just 7 months ago, touched on the pressures a celebrity has to bounce back and look amazing again right after giving birth.

"There are bizarre and unrealistic expectations placed on new mothers about what they should do with a body that's just produced a human being," she said. "But I try not to let that get to me. For me, it's just about feeling good. That's just what kind of has gotten me through. Do I feel good? Yes. Do I feel like I need to work on myself a little bit? Yeah. That's all a part of self love."

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Sheryl Crow Auctioning Cowboy Boots to Benefit Feeding America


Erika Goldring/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sheryl Crow is ready to give you the shoes – make that, cowboy boots – right off her feet.

The 52-year-old singer is auctioning some of her most prized possessions on eBay to benefit the nonprofit group Feeding America, which Crow has been a part of for the past decade.

“I’ve toured for 20-something years, and I’ve collected a lot of stuff over the course of that time,”  Crow told People. “I’ve got over 80 pairs of cowboy boots or boots in general, and I’ve got quite a few pairs of blue jeans. There’s going to be a lot of [Ralph Lauren], some Rag & Bone, some Paige; some great name brands that people will be able to get on the cheap, for a good cause!”

The cause is close to Crow’s heart.

“When I was living in Los Angeles I started working with Feeding America on a campaign,” the nine-time Grammy winner said. “I wrote a song for them that Jason Mraz and I duetted on.”

Since then, she has become more hands-on, even volunteering at the group’s food banks in Nashville, Tennessee, with her two adopted sons, Wyatt, 7, and Levi, 4.

“On our first trip to the food bank, my son and I sat down next to a man,” Crow recalled to People. “The guy who ran the food bank came over and gave him a pair of boots. My son Wyatt said, ‘Why did he give you boots?’ And the man said, ‘Cause I didn’t have any boots.’ And my son said, ‘Why don’t you have any boots?’ And he said, ‘Cause I can’t get a job.’ And my son said, ‘Why can’t you get a job?’ And the man said, ‘Cause I don’t have any boots.’ For three weeks, my son talked about that experience, of not understanding that having food and a job for some people is a real luxury.”

Crow’s auction runs through Dec. 11 on eBay’s Charity Shop

“It makes you feel so grateful to have what you have and to be able to help someone else, the feeling that I get from that is much bigger than anything else that I could experience,” Crow said. “It just matters that we take care of each other in our lives.”

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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 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 sequel. "[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 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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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.

TMZ
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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