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Seven Things You Didn't Know About Luke Bryan


ABC/Mark Levine(NEW YORK) -- Luke Bryan is Nashville's reigning golden boy. His song, "Roller Coaster," is just one of five singles off his double-platinum album, Crash My Party, which helped skyrocket him to an elite club of country stars who are able to sell out stadiums.Nightline caught up with Bryan on the road at his record-selling stadium tour in Chicago and also in Florida on his Farm Tour. Bryan's Farm Tour is focused on playing shows in rural communities that might not otherwise have the means to get to the big cities to see his shows."My main focus truly with Farm Tour is embracing small communities that aren't used to putting these things on," he said. "Out here, more than ever, people come up to us and say, ‘This is our first concert.’ ... we’re five minutes away from their back porch."While Bryan, one of country music's hottest stars, has earned wide popularity with his feel-good music and party-stomping concerts, here are a few things you might not know about him:1. Bryan is a Small-Town Farm Boy with AllergiesGrowing up in the small town of Leesburg, Georgia, Bryan spent much of his childhood outdoors, either working on his father's peanut farm or hunting and fishing.The country star said he has always battled allergies, even now while on his Farm Tour, playing concerts in small towns."I do have funny allergies, and we're out in these hay fields and it does get to me," Bryan said. "I grew up outdoors, working in agriculture, and I used to battle the allergies back then but hey it was all a part of making a living. It still kind of is. You got to get out there and make it happen."2. He's Handy With a CrossbowBryan has loved hunting since he was a kid, and is even a part-owner of an outdoor company with Willy Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame. When he's on tour, Bryan likes to bring his crossbow and a few other "toys" with him to practice shooting."I don't remember my life before I was hunting and fishing and doing stuff in the outdoors," Bryan said. "I think the biggest thing as a hunter is to be prepared to hunt. Make sure all your stuff works right."3. He Pays Attention to Fans' TweetsWith 3.6 million Twitter followers, Bryan gets a lot of tweets from fans, but he says he pays attention to what they ask for. Some he says have even influenced what songs he decides to play at shows."They didn’t even know they were advising me. They just said something about, ‘Why don’t you do this anymore’ and then we’ll put it back in the set," he said. "I don’t think you can ever stop gaining knowledge from, first of all, the fans. They have to tell you your direction."4. He Finds the 'Bro County' Label 'Aggravating'In many of his songs, Bryan croons about partying, falling in love, small-town riverbank living and popping open a can of beer. His first hit, "All My Friends Say," in 2007 became a frat-boy anthem, which led to some critics pegging his music as "bro country," a label he despises."It really aggravates me," Bryan said. "It’s a derogatory term, in my opinion, of what me and the people that are doing this music… Yeah do I sing about a truck and a beer on one song, but then do I sing about a completely different subject matter. I mean, listen to the whole album and don’t judge me on one song."5. He Plans to 'Tame' the Dance Moves in Years to ComeBryan’s hip-shaking dance moves (he even has a song called "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)") and his tight jeans are so famous among his fans that there are Twitter handles and Facebook fan pages dedicated to "Luke Bryan's Butt.”"But while the 38-year-old country star says he just does his thing when he’s on stage, he plans to tone down the moves as he gets older."Ten years from now will I be on stage dancing? No I won’t be... I would certainly say it will be much more tamed," Bryan said. "I’m up there being really free, relaxed and chilled out ... and that’s really our basis for getting up there and dancing and having fun.""And if fans want to create fan pages dedicated to my butt I will take that as flattering," he added.6. Bryan, His Wife and Baby Slept on Suitcases on the Old Tour BusSupporting Bryan through it all has been his wife Caroline Boyer, who first met Bryan when she was just 18 and they were in college."He is completely normal," she said. "I think the hardest thing for me as a wife is that people think we live this certain lifestyle that’s totally opposite to your average mom or dad and that’s just not. It’s different because Daddy travels a lot but really, it’s just normal."The couple have two boys, 6-year-old Bo and 4-year-old Tatum. In the early days, Bryan said his wife used to come out on the road with him, and when they were new parents, the couple had to rough it a bit on his old tour bus."When our first child was 3 weeks old and we were on the bus and we would make the back lounge that had two sofas, we'd make a bed that was just from suitcases and then we would lay a palette over the suitcases and join the couches," Boyer said. "The band had to hear Bo scream all the night for the first couple years."7. Music Has Helped Him Through Losing His SiblingsBryan's older brother was killed in a car accident as he was preparing to move to Nashville to launch his music career, and his older sister died suddenly a few days after he made his Grand Ole Opry debut. Bryan says their memories are with him constantly, including the night he won Entertainer of the Year at the 2013 ACM Awards."Losing my brother and my sister, that took such a negative emotional toll on me and my family and my friends and when good things happen to me through music and via this path of music it helps my whole family," he said. "When I won the ACM Entertainer of the Year I think we were all backstage and we were all crying backstage and really like sobbing crying ... but we all kept going, ‘Wow this is what being really joyous feels like,' because we had dealt with the complete opposite of that, so it was an amazing moment.""Anytime I'm in a full arena I just can’t help to think, ‘God I know my brother and sister would be coming to a lot of these shows," he added.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Actress Elizabeth Peña's Death Tied to Alcohol Use


Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Overture Films(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Elizabeth Peña died of cardiopulmonary arrest, with complications related to alcohol abuse as a contributing cause, according to her death certificate.Peña suffered from “cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol,” according to the death certificate obtained by TMZ and verified by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health’s Office of Vital Statistics.Peña had cirrhosis for “months” before her death, according to her document.Also contributing to Peña’s immediate cause of death, “cardiopulmonary arrest,” were “acute gastrointestinal bleeding” and “cardiogenic shock,” both listed on the death certificate as conditions she had for hours before her death.Peña died Oct. 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 55.Peña’s manager, Gina Rugolo, who had said at the time that Peña died of natural causes, and Peña’s family did not immediately respond on Thursday to ABC News’ request for comment.Over her four-decade career, the versatile actress shifted between dramatic roles in such films as Lone Star and La Bamba, and comedic parts in TV shows like Modern Family and American Dad.Peña is survived by her husband, Hans Rolla, her two children, her mother and her sister.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Police Deny Wrongdoing in Treatment of Misty Upham Before Her Death


Brian To/WireImage(AUBURN, Wash.) -- Police in Auburn, Wash., say they did nothing wrong in dealing with now-deceased actress Misty Upham in the days and weeks leading up to her death.The Native American actress, who appeared in August: Osage County, Frozen River, and Django Unchained, was found dead in Auburn, a suburb of Seattle, on Oct. 16, more than a week after her family reported her missing.Since her death, the family has criticized the Auburn Police Department for its handling of Upham and said the department bears some responsibility for her death.“We believe that Misty’s death was accidental. She did not commit suicide,” the actress’ father, Charles Upham, wrote in statement on Facebook the day after her body was found. “We believe she ran into the wooded area behind her apartment to hide from the police. The area in question has a hidden drop off and evidence suggests that she slipped and fell off of the steep embankment when she tried to get out of a view from the road.”Charles Upham wrote that his daughter was afraid of the Auburn police.“In an incident prior to her disappearance, the Auburn PD came to pick up Misty on an involuntary transport to the ER. She was cuffed and placed in a police car. Some of the officers began to taunt and tease her while she was in the car,” he said. “They were tapping on the window making faces at her.”But in a statement sent to ABC News, the Auburn Police Department denied any wrongdoing and said they have received no complaints of mistreatment from the actress, her family or town or medical officials.“Since July of 2013, the Auburn Police Department has responded to five separate incidents involving Ms. Upham,” the statement read. “On four of those incidents, she was contacted by officers and she did not object to being transported by private ambulance for further evaluation. On the 5th incident, Misty had already left the residence and officers were unable to locate her. Each contact was handled professionally and with compassion, with the goal of getting Ms. Upham the attention and care she needed.”After Charles Upham wrote that his daughter had “a swollen jaw, black eye and scratches and bruises on her shoulder,” after contact with police during the incident prior to her disappearance, police responded that any inference that it was “at the hands of the police” was “not correct.”“Rather, included in a related written report, Ms. Upham stated that she had sustained a sprained ankle and black eye when she jumped out a two-story window,” the statement said.Upham’s family also faulted police for their handling of the actress’ disappearance on Oct. 5, maintaining that the police could have done more to find her.The police statement countered that police “did not ignore Ms. Upham’s disappearance in this most recent episode.”As soon as her information was entered into a missing person’s database, police added, “an active search and investigation commenced,” which included checks in the areas where she was last seen, interviews with family members and friends, and the involvement of the Seattle Police Department.Police also tried to locate Upham through her cell phone signal but said her service had been disconnected prior to her disappearance.The department said that it “will continue to search for answers to unravel the mystery behind her passing,” according to the statement. “We intend to find the information that will help bring closure to the people who loved and cared for Ms. Upham.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Watch Zach Galifianakis Ask Brad Pitt If He's Seen "Friends"


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Zach Galifianakis tends to give his guests a hard time when they appear on his comedic online show, Between Two Ferns.This time, he rendered Brad Pitt speechless."Tell me what it was like, the first time you laid eyes on Angelina [Jolie]. Was it like one of those classical love stories like when Ross met Rachel?" he asked, referring to Pitt's ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston, and her character on Friends. "You know that show, Friends? Have you seen it?"With that, he played the show's theme song."I like that song," Pitt responded with a smile.The rest of the video is equally funny, with Galifianakis presenting Pitt with what appears to be a bong ("It's a bassoon," he insisted, to which Pitt responded, "Yeah, we don't bassoon in my house anymore"), referring to the actor as "Bradley Pitts," and asking, "Is it hard for you to maintain a suntan...because you live in your wife's shadow?" Watch it here.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Teresa Giudice Sentenced to Serve Time at Prison in Danbury


Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Teresa Giudice will kick off 2015 by reporting to prison.On Jan. 5, the reality TV star is expected report to a federal prison camp in Danbury, Connecticut -- the same facility that serves as the setting for Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange Is the New Black.Judge Esther Salas, who oversaw Giudice's federal tax fraud case, learned on a conference call with the reality TV star's lawyers Wednesday that the federal Bureau of Prisons assigned Giudice to Danbury, which was one of the facilities recommended by the judge.Salas also told Giudice's attorneys on a conference call Thursday that she will not recommend that the mother of four serve most of the sentence in a halfway house, as requested, although the final decision will be made by the federal Bureau of Prisons.Giudice was sentenced to 15 months in prison earlier this month after pleading guilty to tax fraud. Upon hearing her sentence, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star admitted she was "shocked.""I was shaking," she told Bravo host Andy Cohen on Oct 6. "At one point, I couldn't even move my fingers. They were stuck. I couldn't open my hands...my nerves were shot, I've had sleepless nights."Giudice's husband Joe, who was sentenced to 3.5 years, will begin his time behind bars when his wife is free. The judge staggered their sentence in the interest of the couple's four young daughters.Luckily for her, the Danbury prison, a low-security women's facility, is a relatively short drive from the Giudice's New Jersey home. It also had its fair share of Hollywood moments. Not only did Kerman serve time there, but so did singer Lauryn Hill (for failing to file tax returns). It has also been mentioned in TV shows including, The Sopranos, CSI: New York and Weeds.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Mike Sorrentino Pleads Not Guilty to Tax Fraud Conspiracy


Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit tax fraud at his arraignment Thursday, as did his brother, Marc Sorrentino.The former Jersey Shore star will remain free on $250,000 bail. A trial has been set for Dec. 2.The Sorrentinos have both been charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, according to paperwork obtained by ABC News last month.Mike Sorrentino, 32, was also charged with two counts of filing false tax returns for 2010-2012, while his older brother was charged with three counts of the same.Mike Sorrentino also is accused of failing to file a tax return for 2011, when authorities claimed he earned nearly $2 million.Both brothers face a maximum of five years in prison if convicted."According to the indictment, Michael and Marc Sorrentino filed false tax returns that incorrectly reported millions made from promotions and appearances," U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman told ABC News station WABC in New York City at the time. "The brothers allegedly also claimed costly clothes and cars as business expenses and funneled company money into personal accounts. The law is absolutely clear: Telling the truth to the IRS is not optional."Mike Sorrentino did not comment outside the courtroom after Thursday's proceedings.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Zelda Williams Gets Tattoo to Honor Her Father Robin Williams


Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The world mourned when comedian Robin Williams died this past August, but undoubtedly none were more affected than his children.To memorialize her father, Williams' daughter, Zelda, got a new tattoo of a hummingbird on her hand."For poppo. Thank you to the incomparable [tattoo artist] @dr_woo_ssc for so beautifully bringing my reminders to life," she wrote on Instagram. "I'll always put my hand out to shake with a smile."A photo posted by Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) on Oct 10, 2014 at 1:36pm PDTRobin Williams was 63 when he died on Aug. 11 of an apparent suicide. Since his death, Zelda Williams, 25, has been vocal on social media, condemning online bullies and addressing "misconceptions" about mental health.Now, she's not sure if she wants to continue having such a presence on Instagram, though she said she won't shut down her account and will remain on Twitter."If other people post quotes and photos claiming to be me or my family, please, do not send them personal information or click links, even for charity," she wrote. "They could be utilizing sympathy to scam you. For the record, no one has ever or will ever speak for me but me. Thank you."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Mike Tyson, Man of Letters: Ex-Champ Applies to Join Union of Russian Writers


Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Tolstoy. Dostoyevsky. Chekhov. Pushkin. Gogol. Gorky. Bulgakov. Tyson?Former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson has applied to join the Union of Russian Writers, an elite group of Russian scribes that also allows foreign members.His promoter, perhaps not surprisingly, told ABC’s Tanya Stukalova, he was confident Tyson will be accepted as a member.Representatives for the Union of Russian Writers were unavailable for comment, but Tyson's promoter said a decision could be announced as early as Thursday evening with a public presentation next Monday.Tyson last year penned an autobiography, Tyson: Undisputed Truth, and that was submitted along with his application to the Union.He will arrive in Moscow in a few weeks to attend a fight by a Russian boxer.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lorraine Toussaint Shares Her Secret Hopes for "Orange Is the New Black" Charact


Desiree Navarro/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- SPOILER ALERT: Last season on Orange Is the New Black, Lorraine Toussaint guest starred as Vee, a prisoner that shook up the women's federal prison. And although her evil character was killed off at the end of season two, fans have continued to wonder if she's really dead."She's definitely taken a hit. She's taken a seriously bad hit. The creator Jenji Kohan believes she's dead and she would know," Toussaint tells ABC News Radio with a laugh, "but I secretly do think [she's alive.] Now it is Vee. It is Vee."Toussaint says she's humbled that some fans are hoping that she's not quite dead. "Mostly I'm so flattered and honored that people actually want her to still be alive," she adds."If she is alive I just hope she's nowhere near my house," Toussaint quips.Toussaint, who just wrapped filming Selma in Birmingham, Alabama, said she had no idea her character was so beloved. It wasn't until she stopped filming the Civil Rights-era film and went back to New York that she realized her fan base."I did not know that show was going to be such a huge phenomenon. It really caught me unawares and off guard. I've never had construction workers come out of the pit to go, 'Lady, I just gotta shake your hand. I just gotta shake your hand lady' and attorneys and judges and students and 13 and 14-year-olds," she explains.After wrapping up her guest starring role on Orange Is the New Black, Toussaint is starring in ABC's new fantasy medical drama, Forever. It airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Eastern time.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kim Kardashian Says Daughter North Will Have to 'Work for What She Wants'


Timothy White/E!(NEW YORK) — Kim Kardashian insists there will be no free ride for her daughter North.  The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star tells the London Evening Standard North will have to pay her own way when she gets older, just like she did.The 34-year-old reality star reveals that in spite of her family's wealth, she worked at a clothing store while she was in school. If she wanted designer clothes, Kim had to save up her money, and she'd like Nori to "work for what she wants" too.“I saved up for this Dolce & Gabbana dress I really wanted, or like in high school these Prada shoes that my parents wouldn’t buy me. I remember they were $400, and I had to save for the entire year to get them," she tells the U.K. newspaper. "We didn’t get anything [from our parents], we had to get a job if we wanted it. So I was working in a clothing store and I would save and save,” she adds.Kardashian admits that comes as a surprise to most people.“I was saying that earlier to my friends, ‘I wonder what [North’s] first job is gonna be,’" Kardashian recalls, adding, "And they were like, ‘What? She’s gonna have a job?’ and I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? Of course she is’. She will have to work for what she wants.”In fact, North's mom is already putting her daughter to work. The 16-month-old has already started modeling for Vogue and CR Fashion Book.When asked what she thought North might do when she's older, Kardashian responded, “I don’t know. She loves fashion. Maybe she’ll be a designer. Who knows? It’s too early to tell.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Blaming 'Hydra' Leak, Marvel Releases "Age of Ultron" Teaser


Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- That high-pitched sound you may have heard Wednesday afternoon was the collective squeal of millions of geeks after a teaser to Avengers: Age of Ultron leaked online. Marvel quickly -- and cheekily -- responded to the leaked footage with a two-word tweet, "Dammit, Hydra," and by releasing the full-resolution version of the trailer.Age of Ultron sees Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark enacting a peacekeeping program utilizing drone versions of his Iron Man suits, which serve to give Earth's Mightiest Heroes some R&R -- that is until the artificial intelligence behind the suits becomes self-aware as Ultron. Voiced by James Spader, Ultron is a virtually indestructible mechanical menace who seeks to pacify the planet by exterminating its troubling inhabitants: all of mankind.The teaser, some of which was shown to limited audiences at Comic Cons in San Diego over the summer and recently in New York City, is punctuated with Ultron's promise to show the heroes, "something beautiful...everyone screaming for mercy," while admonishing them for "wanting to protect the world," but not being willing to go far enough."You're all puppets tangled in strings," Ultron says, warning, "There are no strings on me." Driving home the point are scenes of Chris Evans' Captain America, Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, and Mark Ruffalo's Dr. Bruce Banner seemingly mourning worldwide destruction -- set to the downright creepiest version of Pinocchio's "I've Got No Strings" ever recorded."It's the end," a defeated Stark says of his out-of-control creation. "The end of the path I started us on." "Nothing lasts forever," Widow responds. The set-piece of the snippet, however, was the buzzed about face-off between The Incredible Hulk and Stark's super-sized "Hulkbuster" Iron Man armor. Exactly what pits "science bros" Stark and Banner against each other remains to be seen.As the two minute teaser ends, Ultron hisses, "Now I'm free. There are no strings on me," as we see Captain America's nearly indestructible vibranium shield shattered.Avengers: Age of Ultron also stars Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders. The film from Marvel Studios, which like ABC News is owned by Disney, hits theaters in the U.S. on May 1, 2015.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Movie Review: "St. Vincent" (Rated PG-13)


Weinstein Company(NEW YORK) — St. Vincent isn’t a particularly complex story. In fact, it’s quite simple. Bill Murray’s Vincent is a different story entirely. When we first meet Vincent of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, we quickly learn he doesn’t have enough money to pay off any of his debts, which include his bar tab, gambling arrears, and money owed for services rendered by his favorite pregnant Russian prostitute, Daka, played by the vastly underrated Naomi Watts (just two Oscar nominations is not enough). There’s also the matter of Vincent’s manner: it’s awful. While passed out on his kitchen floor, with a bruised and bloodied face to show for it, Vincent’s fortunes change when a moving van backs into his fence and breaks a branch off of a tree, damaging both. The van belongs to his new neighbors, Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and her young son, Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). While Vincent wants nothing to do with them, he does want money for the fence and tree. Maggie’s having a tough time. She’s in the middle of a divorce and Oliver’s father is refusing to pay child support.  She desperately wants Oliver to have a good education, so she decides to send him to a Catholic school, even though the young man is Jewish.  Oliver returns from his first day of school to discover he’s locked out of the house, so he asks Vincent for help. The curmudgeonly alcoholic reluctantly lends a hand, and so begins the unlikely friendship at the heart of the movie -- and St. Vincent has a lot of heart. This isn’t the most original story, but writer and first-time feature director Theodore Melfi does a beautiful job capturing the idiosyncrasies and latent hypocrisy of the human condition.  One of my favorite scenes involves Vincent weaving his way through the long velvet ropes and stanchions of an empty line inside his bank. Here’s a man who seems utterly self-absorbed, who doesn’t play well with others, abuses alcohol, sleeps with a pregnant prostitute and is in deep to a loan shark, yet here he follows the rules and walks the entirety of the empty bank line.  St. Vincent is the most complete performance of Bill Murray’s career. At first glance, Vincent feels like a familiar and predictable character, but Murray’s deft touch provides this protagonist with many complex layers. He doesn’t do it alone, though. He has a few terrific scenes with Watts but Murray’s best work comes with young Lieberher, a baby-faced 11-year-old who’s probably one of the more natural actors you‘ll see at that age. Like Vincent himself, St. Vincent isn’t perfect, but Murray’s performance is. Four out of five stars.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lorde Dishes On Visiting the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" Set


Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- When Lorde was tapped to curate the soundtrack of the upcoming Hunger Games movie Mockingjay Part 1, she found that part of the gig was being allowed to visit the movie's set.For the singer, the experience was nothing short of "magical.""In Berlin I had a show and The Hunger Games was shooting just across the road," she told Billboard. "A bunch of their people came over [to my show] -- Woody [Harrelson] was at the show being dragged away, because it was time to shoot. [And] we went to the set, which was so amazing for me.""I've never been to a film set before," she added. "And just seeing, like, you know, everyone has a place, everything is so perfectly timed and...they call action and it's just all on. It's like, so magical. That was really fun."The Mockingjay soundtrack is a blend of pop and R&B artists such as Charli XCX, Tove Lo, Miguel and Tinashé; British left-of-center acts like Bat for Lashes and The Chemical Brothers; rappers like Pusha T, Q-Tip and Kanye West; and '80s icons like Duran Duran frontman Simon LeBon and model/actress Grace Jones, who is one of Lorde's all-time idols. Lorde says she personally reached out to all of them to invite them to participate."It was really important to me, with the soundtrack, that people knew how involved I was, and a lot of that was me reaching out to people really directly, having a conversation on the phone, sending an email, sending a text, because I wanted people to know that, 'Your song isn't just going to be flung into some pot and, you know, chosen later,'" she explained. "I really cared about what was happening."Reaching out directly, Lorde added, led to "some crazy experiences, like calling Grace Jones on the phone. She's like, 'I'm in the spa, give me a second.' I'm like, 'Of course, you're Grace Jones. ...I'll wait!'"One person who can't wait to hear the Mockingjay soundtrack when it arrive November 17 is actress Willow Shields, who plays Katniss Everdeen's sister Primrose."Oh my God, I'm extremely excited," she told ABC News about the soundtrack. "I mean, I'm a huge fan of Lorde to begin with, and the fact that she's curating the soundtrack makes me so excited, because she also has just a great sense of who she loves as artists...so she's gonna get a lot of great people on that soundtrack."The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 arrives in theaters November 21.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Watch Kim Kardashian Call Herself 'Dope on a Rope' at Age 13


ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Some things never change!Even as a teenager, Kim Kardashian loved the camera.In honor of the reality TV star's 34th birthday, Entertainment Tonight released footage of Kardashian celebrating her eighth-grade graduation with mom Kris Jenner and her sister Kourtney -- and she was very vocal about how well-liked she was."I'm the dopest on the ropest person in this class. I'm dope on a rope," she said in the video. "Everyone loves me because I'm so popular and everyone loves me!"Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Matthew McConaughey Reveals 'Gut Reason' He Took 'Interstellar' Role


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) --  When Matthew McConaughey was considering taking the role of a father and former astronaut in the science-fiction movie Interstellar, he says he thought of his son Levi."He was into space and I would explain things in the solar system and how we got on the moon and all these things, and [he'd have] these young, wondrous eyes trying to, you know, work this out in his head," McConaughey said. "That was the main gut reason why I had to do this film."The Oscar winner appears alongside fellow Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway and Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain in the Christopher Nolan film. They all sat down for an interview recently with ABC News' David Muir.The film centers on a team of explorers that travels to another galaxy in search of another planet for humans to live on because Earth is in trouble over climate change.The movie is due out Nov. 5 in select theaters and in wide release Nov. 7.More ABC news videos | ABC Health NewsNolan said that he was drawn to the emotion of the script, which was originally written by his brother Jonathan Nolan."My brother's original script has this amazing set of characters at the heart of it. This family who's sort of tested in this extraordinary way," he said. "And that's the thing that I most related to in the film."Hathaway revealed that a particular scene during which her character cried had her hugging her castmates even more than usual."I immediately wanted to go out and find a comedy to act in," she said with a laugh.Nolan and his crew turned to Kip Thorne, a renowned theoretical physicist who has long studied the far reaches of the universe, for help on creating the black hole the astronauts travel through. Nolan said parts of a spaceship were also built and used on the set, rather than a green screen or special effects."If you look at this film and you look at where we are right now in the world — and the climate changes that’s happening … You have to push forward and evoke some kind of positive change in your life, in the world," Chastain said. "It’s an incredible, thrilling movie."She said she also hoped the movie would inspire younger generations."The idea that there could be a 7-year-old kid and it inspires her or him to want to go into space and explore space, I think that’s incredible," Chastain said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Taylor Swift Reveals How Fame Has Changed Her Day-to-Day Life


ABC/Richard Harbaugh(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift may sing about universal truths, but her life is decidedly different.Fame, she said, has allowed her to splurge on things like a private jet ("Isn't that crazy?" she said in Esquire) but it's also forced her to lose a bit of autonomy."I fought the idea of having security for a very long time, because I really value normalcy. I really do. I like to be able to take a drive by myself. Haven't done that in six years," she told the magazine. "[Even in Tennessee, my bodyguards] have to be in a car behind me because just the sheer number of men we have in a file who have showed up at my house, showed up at my mom's house, threatened to either kill me, kidnap me, or marry me. This is the strange and sad part of my life that I try not to think about. I try to be lighthearted about it, because I don't ever want to be scared. I don't want to be walking down the street scared. And when I have security, I don't have to be scared."There have been a lot of changes in Swift's life recently. The singer, 24, recently moved to New York City and is planning to release her new album, 1989, later this month. And despite recently moving to a place that many stars call home, New York City, Swift said she won't leave her home if she's having a bad day, so that she doesn't accidentally snap at a fan."It's a social situation every time I go out," she explained. "I just have to wake up in the morning and say, 'How am I feeling today? If someone asks for a picture, am I gonna feel imposed upon today because I'm dealing with my own stuff? Am I gonna take my own stuff out on some innocent 14-year-old today and be in a bad mood?' OK, maybe not … Maybe I won't leave the house."Her career also forced the singer to finish two years of high school in 12 months ("That was just the most practical way to do it," she said) and deal with online trolling in a way that would reduce most people to tears."That's what I don't like about celebrity culture and the obsession with it, and the takedown culture that we seem to be in. You have celebrities who are pushed to the brink of a public meltdown, and so the public thinks that every person in the public eye has dirty secrets that they're keeping, or isn't what they seem, or is masking it and faking sincerity, faking authenticity, faking being surprised at award shows when you win a Grammy," she said. "I'm not gonna let them make me have a meltdown."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bill Murray Talks Dating and Whether He'd Try Tinder


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Bill Murray knows all about Tinder, but that doesn't mean he's going to use it.When asked if he would consider downloading the dating app, he responded in the negative."I think it could be amusing but I can't imagine doing it," he said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. "I feel like I've lived that life and I can live that life at any moment."Need proof? The St. Vincent star, 64, looked into the studio audience and made eyes at a man in the front row."I can just sort of say, 'Hey you, with the camera. No, you. Come here,'" he said. "Dammit, I'm coming your way!"With that, he pulled the man onstage, to laughter from Kimmel and the crowd."Well, he blushes easily," Murray quipped. We're never going to get to a lot of the good stuff!"Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Why Shailene Woodley Is Homeless by Choice


Lloyd Bishop/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Shailene Woodley can certainly afford to buy a home, but the Golden Globe-nominated actress is homeless by choice.On Wednesday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Woodley said she prefers a nomadic existence at this point in her life."I feel like I'm so young and this is the time to travel and experience new things," Woodley said, adding that she prefers to travel with a single suitcase."It feels so nice to not have to worry about 'Oh, where is that pair of jeans' because you only have one pair of jeans, which is why I have a carry-on. Because if everything I own is in a suitcase and that suitcase somehow gets lost then I would just be stranded," she said with a laugh.Although she doesn't have a home, Woodley said she does have a home city."I guess L.A. would be my hub because my family is here but I just travel around with my little suitcase that I stole from my mom's house," she explained.Woodley will next be seen on the big screen in White Bird in a Blizzard, out Oct. 24.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kanye West Gushes over Kim Kardashian on Her Birthday


Steve Mack/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- In celebration of Kim Kardashian’s 34th birthday, Kanye West returned to his Twitter account to express his undying love for his wife."Happy Birthday baby! Thank you for being the dopest wife & mom!" he tweeted to Kardashian late Tuesday night.The rapper also professed that his love for her goes beyond what words can describe."Sometimes I feel like just saying I love you isn’t strong enough to express how much I love you…" he wrote, which was later retweeted 52,000 times by his fans.West seemingly showered Kardashian with a surprise vacation, judging by her recent Instagram picture. "Good morning #BdaySurpriseGettaway," she wrote in the caption along with a photo of an unnamed tropical locale.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Renee Zellweger Says She's 'Glad' People Think She Looks Different


Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The buzz on social media Tuesday centered on Renee Zellweger's appearance at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills the previous day. There were plenty of comments that the actress looks much different than she did just a few years ago.Zellweger doesn't appear to be too bothered by all of the attention she's receiving, though she does believe it is "silly." In a statement to People magazine, the 45-year-old actress declares, "I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows."Saying that she's adopted a healthier lifestyle and is in a loving relationship with boyfriend Doyle Bramhall, the Oscar winner notes, "Perhaps I look different. Who doesn't as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I'm happy."Zellweger says she decided to issue a statement because "it seems the folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth which doesn't exist won't get off my porch until I answer the door."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Matthew McConaughey Details What It Took to Wed Camila Alves


Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Matthew McConaughey sheds light on why he married his wife of two years, Camila Alves."I had to get to the point where I saw it as more than just the thing to do," the actor says in the November issue of GQ magazine, out nationwide Oct. 28. "I wanted to really want to. You know, I didn’t want it to be a destination; the fun is that we’re on the adventure together. And look, some of it had to do with her putting it on me. It took her going, 'C’mon, Big Boy, Mr. Easygoing-We’ll- Get-to-It-When-We-Get-to-It. Either s**t or get off the pot.'"McConaughey admits it did take some convincing. "We talked about it spiritually. We did a lot of reading and talked to a lot of people that had been divorced, a lot of people that had been happily married. We talked to our pastor," he explains. "In the end, our understanding was, 'Let's go make a covenant, with you, me, and God.'"Now that he's married father of three, McConaughey loves being a family man."It’s the one thing I’ve always wanted to be. Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn," he says. "You know what’s important. I definitely got more selfish. And at the same time, I think I got more compassionate."McConaughey will next be seen on the big screen in Interstellar, which opens Nov. 5.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Fox Sued for $250 Million over Mobster Character in "The Simpsons"


FOX(NEW YORK) -- Fox has been slapped with a $250 million lawsuit by an actor who claims a character on The Simpsons is based on him, in violation of his publicity rights.The character in question is Louie, who occasionally has been seen on the long-running animated series over the years as a crony of the mobster Fat Tony. The plaintiff, The Godfather Part II and Goodfellas actor Frank Sivero, claims "Louie's appearance and mannerisms are strongly evocative" of him, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Sivero alleges that back in 1989, the year The Simpsons premiered, he was living in the same apartment complex as Simpsons writers. He claims the writers were aware he was creating a gangster character for Goodfellas named Frankie Carbone, which was based on his personality. He says the Louie character debuted on The Simpsons a few years later.Furthermore, Sivero argues that actor Dan Castellaneta, who voices Louie as well as other Simpsons characters, most notably Homer Simpson, has said he "modeled his voice after Italian American actor, Joe Pesci, who also had a role in Goodfellas."Among other allegations, Sivero says Simpsons producer Gracie Films had expressed interest in collaborating with him, but he now feels they were "simply studying him further for the character Louie."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

'Duke Porn Star' Belle Knox's Life Mirrors Wednesday's "Law and Order: SVU"


Michael Parmelee/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Every Law & Order "ripped from the headlines" episode runs a coda stating that any similarities to any person is "purely coincidental," but for a Duke University student who became a household name when she was "outed" last year as porn star Belle Knox, Wednesday's episode of Special Victims Unit hits extremely close to home. Belle Knox, which is not her birth name, is currently a sophomore at Duke.  She began making movies under a stage name to pay her hefty tuition, and freely admits her side-job makes her feel empowered about her body and her sexuality.In Wednesday's episode of NBC's crime-drama, a college student is sexually assaulted by men who discover she's been shooting porn to cover tuition.The so-called "slut shaming" Knox felt after her cover was blown -- including death threats from some on campus -- figures prominently with the victim in the episode.A longtime L&O fan, Knox told ABC News Radio she can't wait to see art imitate life. "I think that this will be a really good episode in terms of raising awareness about...sexual assault on college campuses, and -- I haven't seen it, but the central theme I think they're trying to get at is that just because a woman is sexual or promiscuous, doesn't give anybody the right to sexually assault her or violate her." Knox tells us that slut-shaming isn't limited to those in the adult industry. "I think the celebrity nude hacking scandal is a good example of how we slut-shame women," the performer said, before allowing, "I think that the people involved in it, like Jennifer Lawrence, they handled it really well. And I hope we reach the point where a woman's body isn't used against her, like Emma Watson was saying."In June, Knox penned a Time magazine article about the spiraling costs of higher education in which she cheekily admitted, "Faced with either a degree from a less prestigious school or decades of crushing debt, a few hours of work on a porn set revealed itself to be the best way to avoid getting screwed."With her tuition getting paid, and her star in the adult world white-hot, Knox says she's looking towards the future. "My goal is to be a lawyer. Actually, SVU is like part of why I was...really inspired to be an advocate for women," she says, before laughing, "I learned a lot of...courtroom procedure just from...watching SVU." Fighting for victims of sexual assault in real life, like special victims cops and prosecutors do, "would be amazing," the 19-year-old maintains. Law & Order: SVU, "Pornstar's Requiem," airs Wednesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time on NBC. A documentary about the adult industry star, Becoming Belle Knox, recently debuted online.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"The Bridge" Cancelled After Two Seasons


Credit: Byron Cohen/FX Network(NEW YORK) -- FX has cancelled its critically popular but underwatched show The Bridge after two seasons, the network said on Tuesday.The crime thriller starred Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir as detectives working along the U.S./Mexico border.Entertainment Weekly reports that the show had only been generating about 1.2 million viewers per episode.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam, Donald Faison and CaCee Cobb Expecting Children


Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage // Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam are expanding their family.The How I Met Your Mother star and her Saturday Night Live comedian-husband are expecting their second child, her rep confirmed to People magazine.The actors, both 32, welcomed their daughter Shaelyn Cado in 2009. They wed three years later, before family and friends, including Smulders' How I Met Your Mother castmates, including Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan. Turns out, all their kids have bonded on-set.There are "a lot of play dates and time on set in the nursery," the actress said on The Bonnie Hunt Show in 2010.CaCee Cobb and Donald Faison also announced big news Tuesday, posting on Instagram that they're expecting another child.Rather than post a message, the stars each posted the same photo of their 1-year-old son Rocco with the message "I'm a big brother" emblazoned across his shirt. A photo posted by Donald Faison (@donald_aison) on Oct 10, 2014 at 1:21pm PDTThis will be the second child for the couple. Faison has one son from a previous relationship and three children from a previous marriage.The former Scrubs star, 40, and his wife of nearly two years welcomed welcomed Rocco last August. Since then, the little boy has enjoyed plenty of playdates with Ace Knute Johnson, the son of Cobb's best friend, Jessica Simpson."BFF's in the making! @caceecobb #ACEANDROCCO," Simpson wrote next to a sweet shot of the boys playing this past February. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio