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Jessica Simpson Shows Off Toned Legs in Holiday Photos


Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Jessica Simpson Collection(NEW YORK) --  If you got it, flaunt it.

That seems to be Jessica Simpson's motto these days, as the star once again showed off her fit physique in new photos on Instagram, while wishing her fans a happy holiday.

 

FRINGE #happyholidays @kristingram - photo cred

A photo posted by Jessica Simpson (@jessicasimpson) on Dec 12, 2014 at 9:48pm PST



Simpson even posed on her knees by the Christmas tree, but all eyes were on her gams.

 

 

Mirrors and Fringe @kristingram #happyholidays ????

A photo posted by Jessica Simpson (@jessicasimpson) on Dec 12, 2014 at 9:41pm PST



Earlier this year, Simpson opened up about finally feeling good about herself.

"Today, I feel truly comfortable in my own skin. Better exercise habits, food choices, and lifestyle changes have contributed to this, but ultimately, my confidence comes from my state of mind," she wrote in an essay for Glamour magazine in September. "Every step I’ve taken up until this point has taught me something. Every decision I’ve made has brought me here. When I reflect on my life, my beliefs, and my experiences, I gain a perspective that connects me more deeply to myself, my friends, and my family."

 

 

I spy..... @karanmitchellmua and @kristingram through my mirror

A photo posted by Jessica Simpson (@jessicasimpson) on Dec 12, 2014 at 8:49pm PST

 

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How Scarlett Johansson Maintains Her Figure Over the Holidays


ABC/ Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- The holidays are the one time of the year everyone throws caution to the wind and eats whatever they want while getting together with friends and family.

Scarlett Johansson is no different.

But the actress, 30, does have a plan of action on how to stay in shape, especially after welcoming a baby girl Rose with husband Romain Dauriac earlier this year.

"I make sure I hit the gym a lot before the holidays," the Avengers star told People magazine. "Then I don’t feel guilty about overindulging!"

Johansson also dished about her family's holiday traditions and what makes the time so special.

"The smell of rice pud­ding always reminds me of the holidays. My father makes a traditional Danish pudding with a cherry sauce that is totally decadent and delicious," she said. "And, my family cooks a Christmas pudding every year that is like a tapioca sort of a pudding with a cherry sauce, warm fruit sauce. It cooks like for the entire day before and the entire house smells like vanilla, because the recipe calls for fresh vanilla."

Finally, she revealed her favorite movie to watch during the break.

"My favorite holiday movie is Home Alone 2, believe it or not!" she added.

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Radio Icon Casey Kasem Buried Six Months After Death


Michael Tullberg/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Almost six months after his death, radio icon Casey Kasem has been laid to rest.

A rep for the legend's daughter, Kerri Kasem, confirmed to ABC News that he was buried by his wife Jean in Norway last week without consulting his children.

“Jean buried him without telling the kids," Kerri Kasem's rep Danny Deraney told ABC. "She does not have to tell them since she is the conservator over his remains.”

Casey Kasem, who was married twice and has four children, died at the age of 82 on June 15. He wed Jean, 60, in 1980.

In recent years, the radio personality's health declined, and in 2013, his daughter Kerri said he was suffering from a form of dementia.

Kerri and the other children were not happy their father was buried somewhere other than Glendale, California, where Kerri had said he requested his remains be.

“Clearly the family is not happy, but they are also at peace knowing that they got to spend his final moments with him," the rep added.

Jean Kasem has not responded to a request for comment to ABC, but in the weeks leading up to Casey's death, she and his children, including Kerri, had been embroiled in a legal battle over his health care.

Finally, in early June, a judge ruled that Kerri would take over care for Casey, "who clearly expressed his desire to die very peacefully and comfortably in this matter," said Kerri's attorney Troy Martin on June 11. He died days later.

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Singer Joe Cocker Dead at 70


DANIEL ROLAND/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Joe Cocker, the British singer known for his gritty voice and unique performance style, has died at the age of 70, the wife of Cocker's agent confirms to ABC News. He died of an undisclosed illness.

Most famous as an interpreter of other artists’ songs, Cocker put his own spin on the Beatles "With a Little Help from My Friends," Leon Russell's "Delta Lady," Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On," Dave Mason's "Feeling Alright" and many more, including his biggest solo hit, "You Are So Beautiful," originally written and recorded by Billy Preston.

Cocker's performance of "With a Little Help from My Friends" at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 was one of that event's standout moments. Cocker's performance of the song became the theme for the TV series The Wonder Years.

Cocker's spastic onstage performance style was memorably parodied on Saturday Night Live by John Belushi, who performed "Feelin' Alright" side by side with Cocker, imitating his movements.

In the '80s, Cocker teamed with Jennifer Warnes on the #1 duet "Up Where We Belong," from the movie An Officer and a Gentleman, which won a Grammy, as well as a Golden Globe and an Oscar.

Cocker continued to record and tour until just a few years ago. In 2002, he performed at Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee event, and in 2007, he appeared in the film Across the Universe. Also in 2007, Cocker received one of the U.K.'s highest honors, the Order of the British Empire.

In September of this year, Billy Joel told the crowd at Madison Square Garden that Cocker was "not very well right now," and made a plea for him to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an honor which had eluded him.

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Angelina Jolie Calls Marriage to Brad Pitt 'Hard Work'


ABC/Rick Rowell(SYDNEY) -- Angelina Jolie acknowledges that marriage and raising a family are "hard work," but says she and husband Brad Pitt are in it for the long haul.

"[Brad and I] work really hard at nurturing our family to make sure that everybody is alright and everyone stays connected," the actress turned director told the January issue of Australian Women's Weekly. "Maintaining a marriage and raising kids is hard work. You have to really make sure that your work doesn’t get in the way. That you don’t do something that is going to put too much strain on your family."

The 39-year-old star told the magazine that she is "very happy to be married" and enjoys calling Pitt, 51, "my husband."

She also talked about her six children and each of their personalities. "They're six of the funniest people we have ever met in our lives. We love being home and we love being around them because they are just so entertaining," she said in the interview.

Jolie spoke to The Weekly while in Sydney for the world premiere of her new film, Unbroken, which opens Christmas Day. The director, however, missed the U.S. premiere of the film while battling chicken pox. Pitt and three of their children stood in for Jolie.

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Report: Sony May Release “The Interview” on Crackle


Sony/Columbia(NEW YORK) — Sources told the New York Post Sunday that Sony is planning to release The Interview on the streaming site Crackle.

According to the Post, the Sony-owned site would host the film and allow people to watch it online free of charge.  However, a spokesperson from Sony said, “The studio has not made a decision and is still exploring options.”

On NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, Sony lawyer David Boises said the film "will be distributed. How it's going to be distributed, I don't think anybody knows quite yet. But it's going to be distributed."

The studio pulled the James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy after hackers made terroristic threats. In the film, Franco and Rogen play journalists enlisted to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

After Sony’s decision to cancel its release, President Obama criticized the studio for being “intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks.”

Meanwhile, an email claiming to be from the hacking group Guardians of Peace was sent to journalists early Saturday. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the email included links to a YouTube video mocking the FBI. The clip calls investigators idiots and features writing in a foreign language.

North Korea on Sunday reportedly accused the U.S. government of being involved in the making of The Interview, and promised counteraction. Former United Nations Ambassador Bill Richardson comments, "North Korea responds like this in typical bluster, threats, which is what they always do, making threats but in the end they don't take this action."


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Kourtney Kardashian Reveals New Baby's Name


Timothy White/ E!(LOS ANGELES) — A week after Kourtney Kardashian and longtime partner Scott Disick welcomed their third child, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star has finally revealed the baby boy's name.

"Madly in love with my little Reign Aston Disick," Kourtney, 35, posted on Instagram Sunday. The message was accompanied by a picture of her son's hand.

The baby was born December 14, the same day her oldest son, Mason Dash, celebrated his fifth birthday.

Kardashian and Disick, who have been dating on and off since 2006, also have a two-year-old daughter named Penelope Scotland.

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Tom Brokaw Reveals His Cancer Is in Remission


Paul Drinkwater/NBC(NEW YORK) — Tom Brokaw told NBC News staffers Sunday that his cancer is in remission.

"A year ago my future was more uncertain than I cared to acknowledge but now I face the New Year with very encouraging news," the 74-year-old NBC News veteran said in a note to NBC News staff.

Brokaw, who anchored NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004, revealed in February that he had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that attacks bone marrow. He said he will soon begin a drug regimen to keep the cancer in remission.

He also wrote about how during the previous weekend he was a presidential delegate to the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge and that it reminded him of “how fortunate we all are.”

“I flew home reflecting again on how lucky we are that generation gave us the lives we have today -- how my last year was a challenge but I was meeting it in world class hospitals with brilliant physicians, not in a foxhole in the Ardennes,” he wrote.

He signed the note, "Happy New Year all. T Bone."

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Craig Ferguson Signs Off as Host of “The Late Late Show”


Monty Brinton/CBS(LOS ANGELES) — Craig Ferguson said goodbye to late-night TV Friday with the help of Jay Leno and various surprise guest stars.

In his last opening monologue on CBS' The Late Late Show, the 52-year-old Scotsman talked about becoming a U.S. citizen during his time as host. He called it the most “astonishing” thing that happened to him while working on the show.

He also stressed that he’s not retiring. "I wanted to do this show, and now we've done this show, and if you will indulge me in whatever I am doing now and come to whatever I do next, I'd be very grateful, because my kids are still young,” Ferguson, who currently hosts the syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game, said.

The final episode also featured a music video that transitioned into Ferguson singing “Bang Your Drum” by the Scottish group Dead Man Falls inside his studio. In the clip he was joined by an array of previous guests including Samuel L. Jackson, Steve Carell, Kristen Bell, Lisa Kudrow and Betty White.

Leno was Ferguson’s final guest, and he complimented him for not taking part in the late-night wars. "You've always been fair. You didn't join the late-night talk-show snippy club," Leno said.

The former Tonight Show host also told a funny story about zoning out while interviewing Trista from The Bachelorette. He said when she approached him in the parking lot for a photo, he didn’t even realize he had interviewed her that day.

Ferguson ended the show with a pre-taped sketch in which Secretariat, Ferguson’s famous pantomime horse, finally took off his mask, revealing Bob Newhart underneath.  Ferguson then channeled the series finale of Newhart by waking up next to Drew Carey -- Ferguson starred in The Drew Carey Show -- and recounting a horrible dream he’d had of being a talk show host.

Ferguson hosted The Late Late Show for 10 years. British comedian James Corden will take his place in March of 2015. In the meantime, a series of guest hosts will be filling in.

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Mike Myers Reprises Dr. Evil on “SNL” to Address “The Interview” Controversy


Dana Edelson/NBC(NEW YORK) — Mike Myers made a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend to reprise his role as Austin Powers villain Dr. Evil.

In the cold open skit, Dr. Evil interrupts a Sam Smith Christmas special to comment on the recent hack attack on Sony and the controversy over The Interview. “North Korea, you’re one of the most evil countries in the world and your act of war is to kill a movie?” Myers said. “It’s easy to kill a movie, just move it to January.”

He also taunted the hackers, asking what they were going to do next, “Ask for one million dollars?”

Myers even managed to poke fun at himself by referencing one of his movie failures. “If you really want to put a bomb in a theater, do what I did: Put in The Love Guru.”

Myers was a regular on Saturday Night Live from 1989 to 1995.

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Elton John and David Furnish Are Married


Jason Kempin/Getty Images for EJAF(LONDON) -- After more than 20 years together, Elton John and his partner David Furnish are married!

The music icon shared the news on Instagram:

 

That's the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony! #ShareTheLove @DavidFurnish

???? ???????????? Elton John (@eltonjohn) ??? 12, 2014 at 3:20 PST

 

The couple, who have been together since 1993, are already parents to Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, who will be 4 years old this Christmas, and Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, 23 months.

A law passed earlier this year in England allowing same-sex marriage and the Grammy winner has always been open about his relationship with Furnish, telling Parade magazine in 2010 that he "was attracted to David immediately."

He regaled the magazine on how they met.

“In 1993 I went back to my house in Windsor for a while. I wanted meet new people so I rang up a friend in London and said, ‘Could you please rattle some new people together for dinner here Saturday?’” John told Parade. "[David] was very well dressed, very shy. The next night we had dinner. After it, we consummated our relationship. We fell in love very quickly.”

John added that to keep that spark in their relationship, "Every Saturday for 16 years, we’ve sent each other a card, no matter where we are in the world, to say how much we love each other.”

The couple famously already entered into a civil partnership in 2005.

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"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" Tops Box Office in Opening Weekend


Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies topped the box office in its first weekend.

The latest Lord of the Rings installment brought in $56.22 million between Friday and Sunday. The fantasy film stars Martin Freeman, Orland Bloom, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, and Evangeline Lilly.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which also opened this weekend, came in second earning $17.3 million, while Annie debuted in third with $16.3 million.

Here are the weekend's top films according to boxofficemojo.com:

1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: $56.22 million
2. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb: $17.3 million
3. Annie: $16.3 million
4. Exodus: Gods and Kings: $8.065 million
5. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1: $7.75 million
6. Wild: $4.15 million
7. Top Five: $3.57 million
8. Big Hero 6: $3.563 million
9. Penguins of Madagascar: $3.525 million
10. P.K.:$3.50 million

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Lance Bass Marries Michael Turchin


Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Lance Bass is a married man!

The former 'N Sync star, host and producer, 35, married Michael Turchin in Los Angeles Saturday, People magazine reported.

According to People, the couple married at the Park Plaza Hotel.

Earlier this week, Bass couldn't contain his excitement, tweeting, "Heading to Santa Barbara to do a our walk through of the wedding at the venue!! Ahhhhhh! #LanceLovesMichael."

He added that the rings arrived on Thursday.

 

The rings just arrived!! #LanceLovesMichael 2 more sleeps!!!!! http://t.co/ozNXIp3qBw

— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) December 18, 2014

 

Bass and the artists got engaged last September and shortly after, he spoke to ABC News about what to expect from his grand wedding.

"I love a party. It's going to be nice and big and over the top," he said. "We're wanting all of our guests to come completely over the top, high fashion like you're heading to the MET Ball or the Royal Wedding."

Bass also said the wedding was filmed by E! for a special to air early next year.

"The network is doing the first celebrity, gay wedding, which is such an honor to be a part of," he said. "It's almost 2015, and we are just now having the first gay wedding special on television. As a little kid from Mississippi, I would have loved to have seen something like that go down on TV, so that I knew nothing was wrong with me."

Bass revealed last year the couple hadn't fought once in their years together.

"I think it's just the universe telling me he's the one," he said.

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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Welcome Baby Girl


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Lincoln has a new baby sister.

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard welcomed their second child on Friday.

The couple, who married last October, are already parents to daughter Lincoln, born March 2013.

 

Delta Bell Shepard is here. She doesn't look like either @IMKristenBell or me, but we're gonna keep her anyway. #christmascameearly

— dax shepard (@daxshepard1) December 20, 2014

 

In typical sarcastic fashion, the Veronica Mars star commented on her pregnancy this summer.

"Having a cold while being pregnant is like getting a parking ticket while you’re at the dentist," she tweeted.

When the couple announced they were expecting again this past June, their rep said, "The whole family is beyond excited."

Bell, 34, and Shepard, 39, were married in Beverly Hills in a modest way at the clerk's office on Oct. 17, 2013. The two began dating in 2007.

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Madonna Releases Six Songs from New Album


Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Great ready for some new music from the Material Girl.

Following the unauthorized leak earlier this week of some of her new-- but incomplete tracks-- Madonna has decided to officially release six songs from her upcoming album Rebel Heart.

The songs are available for pre-order at iTunes and other outlets with the purchase of the album, and individually. 

More music is coming February 9, and the entire album will officially arrive the first week of March.

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