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Review: "Pan" (PG)

Courtesy of Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- I went to see a Joe Wright movie and a Baz Luhrmann film broke out.  Or at least something that wanted to be a Baz Luhrmann movie, very badly.With Pan, director Wright’s attempting to tell an origin story – that of Peter Pan. Since it’s the world of Peter Pan, anything is possible and that’s exactly how Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie wanted it.  So, perhaps in the spirit of Barrie, Wright lets his imagination run wild.  The results are far more bizarre than entertaining.Pan starts out promising, even touching.  On a cool evening in pre-WWII London, a striking blonde woman with a porcelain complexion begrudgingly leaves her baby boy on the dark alley doorstep of an orphanage. It’s an emotionally-charged, beautifully rendered scene that has you believing you might be in for a special experience.Cut to a few years later.  It’s World War II and Peter (12-year-old Levi Miller) is still living in the orphanage run by an evil, obese, junk-food-hoarding nun who, naturally, hates him.  But in no time, Peter and many of his fellow orphans are kidnapped by pirates in a flying ship – one that’s perfectly visible to all of London and the RAF -- and whisked off to Neverland, where they’re  greeted by what seems like thousands of Lost Boys singing Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (very Baz Luhrmann-esque).Congratulations to Wright for thinking out of the box here but, to paraphrase an old saying, “Nirvana is Nirvana and Neverland is Neverland, and never the twain shall meet.” To be fair to Wright and screenwriter Jason Fuchs, the flying ship escapes into some sort of space-time continuum thingy to get to Neverland, which sort of explains the completely incongruous nature of placing a song written in 1991 in a movie that takes place during WWII.Then Hugh Jackman’s Blackbeard arrives to lead the chorus. He’s a combination of Flash Gordon’s Ming the Merciless, The Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars, Count Rugen from The Princess Bride, and Dora the Explorer. Actually, he’s nothing like Dora the Explorer, but you’ve gotta love Hugh Jackman. His commitment to the character, the dialog and the role, as one would expect, is fantastic.  Unfortunately, in this case, he’s committing to a character, dialog and role that lack originality and sometimes simply don’t make sense.We also meet John Hook (Garrett Hedlund), a handsome yet selfish rapscallion who uses Peter to escape Neverland.  Later, we meet Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara), who will attempt to help Peter find his mother and, perhaps, discover who he really is.  Hedlund proves here he’d probably make a terrific Indiana Jones. Mara proves she deserves better.Pan is an aesthetically pleasing yet misguided attempt to give us Peter Pan’s backstory.  All the key players in this movie are unquestionably talented, but they’re part of something that feels like a blatant and somewhat desperate attempt to be something it’s not: a movie that captures the imagination and ignites a franchise. Instead, it’s a menagerie of uninspired whimsy that doesn’t seem particularly well thought-out. If you want to see a far more imaginative and entertaining backstory of Peter Pan, head to New York and check out the musical Finding Neverland.Two-and-a-half out of five stars.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Joe Guidice Says with Wife Theresa Behind Bars 'I'm Like the Cheer Mom'

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- While his wife, Teresa Giudice, is finishing her prison term, Joe said he's had to adapt to care for their four young daughters."I've always been a father," he told E! News. "I've always done everything but Teresa did all the driving around, running around, paying for everything and doing all this and doing all that. I never knew how many expenses there are just in the activities.""Damn, cheer's expensive. Damn, soccer's expensive. Everything's expensive, but I enjoy it," Joe continued. "It's fun watching them and they did really good."Teresa reported to prison in Danbury, Connecticut in January after pleading guilty to tax fraud. Joe was also sentenced to three-and-a-half years behind bars, and will begin serving that sentence when his wife is freed.  He also faces possible deportation back to his native Italy when his sentence is served.Joe said he now enjoys being a more stay-at-home dad. "I'm like the mom. I'm like the cheer mom and whatever," he quipped.The reality star admitted he has help in his eldest daughter, 14-year-old Gia. She "is very mature for her age, which is good," Joe said. "So is [11-year-old] Gabriella actually...having them two around was a big help."We'll see how the Giudice family is coping when Bravo airs their three-part special, Real Housewives of New Jersey Teresa Checks In, premiering Sunday, October 11 at 8 p.m. Eastern.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Taylor Swift Shares Lesson Learned from Nicki Minaj Feud

Image Group LA/ABC(LONDON) -- Earlier this year, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj clashed on Twitter after Taylor thought that Nicki had taken a shot at her personally when Nicki  complained about not being nominated for an MTV VMA.  Taylor says that mess inspired her to change her behavior.Speaking to Britain's NME, Taylor explains, "I don't want to talk about it. But I send text messages now. If there seems to be some kind of misunderstanding, I go to someone's management, I get their number and I text them. It's an important lesson for anyone to learn in 2015."Taylor also talks with NME about finally becoming friends with Kanye West and putting their MTV VMA infamous 2009 incident behind them, when Kayne took the stage and interrupted Taylor's acceptance speech."Me and Kanye are on such good terms now, six years later," says Swift. "It took a while."  Taylor says Kanye's actually gotten to the point where he admits his mistakes.  Case in point: his railing against the Grammys this past year when alt-rocker Beck, and not Beyonce, won Album of the Year."I was at dinner with Kanye a week after the Grammys," Taylor reveals. "He stops what he's saying and he goes, ‘What is this song? I need to listen to this every day.’ I said, ‘It's Beck, it's on an album calledMorning Phase, I think you've heard of it…’ We just burst out laughing. And he says, ‘Hey, sometimes I'm wrong.’"Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Matt Bomer Says Yes, He Gets Really Naked While Filming "American Horror Story:

Suzanne Tenner/FX(LOS ANGELES) -- If you saw the first episode of American Horror Story: Hotel, which aired Wednesday, then you saw a bloody sex scene starring Magic Mike star Matt Bomer and Lady Gaga.If you haven't caught it yet, Bomer said on Thursday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show, "you see more of me in the first episode of this than you see in the first two Magic Mikes combined."So how exactly did they pull off the graphic scene on set?"We were also covered in blood so they just threw a plastic tarp over us," Bomer explained. "It was a four-way, by the way -- in case you didn't see it -- so here were the four of us with just a plastic tarp over us, making small talk until they called, 'OK! Rolling!' and they just whipped this tarp off of us. And we'd be like, 'All right. Back in it! Let's go!'"Bomer said Gaga invited him over her house before they started filming, so that creating the sex scene wouldn't be awkward. In fact, it was pretty easy working with the pop star, he said."Stephanie -- which is what I call her because it makes me let go of the whole mythos of Lady Gaga, who I'm a huge fan of and just relate to her as an actress -- is so intelligent and gracious and down-to-earth," Bomer said.American Horror Story: Hotel airs on FX Wednesday at 10 p.m. Eastern.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

"Straight Outta Compton" Director F. Gary Gray Confirms He's Directing "Furious

Universal(LOS ANGELES) -- F. Gary Gray confirmed Thursday that he'll be directing the next installment in the Fast & Furiousfranchise, Furious 8.The Straight Outta Compton director tweeted: "Cant ask for better partners than Vin, Neal & Universal. Excited to bring u the next chapter of the #FastFamily saga." Although it was previously reported that star and producer Vin Diesel wanted to direct himself, it seems Universal chose Gray after the star and the director met, Deadline reports.It's no surprise that Gray, who has directed Friday and The Italian Job, was tapped for the job as his latest film, Compton was critically acclaimed and also raked in more than $200 million at the box office worldwide.The entire cast of Furious 7 minus the late Paul Walker reportedly is on board for the next film, which will begin production in April 2016.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kim Zolciak-Biermann on "Dancing with the Stars" Elimination: 'It Was a Blessing

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- Just two weeks after experiencing a mini-stroke, reality TV star Kim Zolciak-Biermann is opening up about the frightening ordeal that forced her to withdraw from ABC's Dancing with the Stars."I'm feeling great," Zolciak-Biermann said Thursday on Good Morning America. "On the whole flight I was nervous, but I feel great."Zolciak-Biermann was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars September 29 after suffering a mini-stroke five days earlier that put her in the hospital for two days."It was a blessing in disguise," the Don't Be Tardy star said, explaining that the incident revealed she has a hole in her heart that led to the mini-stroke."I was born with it and it never closed," Zolciak-Biermann said. "That's what caused it basically. Because the blood clot was able to cross over through the hole. Whereas most people don't have that and it's not able to do that."Some detractors thought she had faked her injury. Zolciak-Biermann  pushed back against those critics."I think it's sick that somebody would ever think that and some of the people that have said that, it just shows me their mentality," she said. "I don't think that many people would really fake a stroke. Especially since I love Dancing with the Stars. It's been one of the best experiences of my life. It's been very difficult for me to not be on the show."Zolciak-Biermann said she felt it was unfair she never got a second change to compete, even after her fans rallied and gathered more than 200,000 signatures on a petition to bring her and her partner back."I was able to dance. I just couldn't fly," she said. "I feel like they could've done something via satellite. They've made exceptions in the past.""I tried to kind of get an answer because I really do love the show," Zolciak-Biermann continued. "I love everybody. The producers, the casting directors, they all kind of fought for me, but when it came down to it it was the lawyers that made the final decision."As for what's next for Zolciak-Biermann, she said she's looking forward to performing on the finale ofDWTS. "I'm not sure what they're going to have me doing," she said. "I don't care. I'm just so excited to be there."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kate Hudson Flaunts Abs While Showing Off Athletic Clothing Line

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Kate Hudson works hard for her body and she's not afraid to show it.The A-list actress flaunted her abs while offering a sneak peek at some new items in her athletic clothing line."This little bra and boyshort with little tiny hearts all over it," she wrote on Instagram Tuesday. "@Fabletics #SneakPeek #ValentinesDay2016 #Fabletics." A photo posted by Kate Hudson (@katehudson) on Oct 6, 2015 at 4:38pm PDT Fabletics is a stylish athletic wear line co-founded by Hudson. There's also a men's line, FL2.The 36-year-old mother of two stays fit by doing a variety of cardio and yoga."It just depends on if I have time to workout and what my mood is," she told Harper's Bazaarearlier this year. "Like sometimes, I'll just want to stretch and do more of a hot yoga-type situation, sometimes I want to sweat it out and do more cardio, spinning. But my go-to's are Brazilian Butt Lifts -- it's just really, really concentrating on your core and your butt -- and Pilates."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bryan Cranston Stars in New Online Series "SuperMansion"

Lewis Jacobs/AMC(NEW YORK) -- Bryan Cranston returns to TV Thursday...kind of.The Emmy-winning Breaking Bad actor plays a past-his-prime, stop-motion superhero in the new Crackle series SuperMansion.So what's the show about? "It's kind of a house of misfits also who happen to be superheroes," Cranston tells ABC Radio. "And I thought, that's a really interesting concept."Cranston says the show is not just about adventures, but also about the superheroes living everyday lives."We're going to discover how they divvy up the chores in the house and who goes shopping," he explains.The cast also includes Seth Green, Keegan-Michael Key, Jillian Bell and Chris Pine.The first three episodes of SuperMansion will debut on Crackle Thursday.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Judge Declines to Dismiss Lawsuit Against Bill Cosby

Nathaniel Chadwick/NBC(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) -- A judge has determined Bill Cosby should face a deposition this week in connection with one of the sex assault cases against him.Cosby's lawyers had filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, but that was denied by a California state judge in Santa Monica on Wednesday. As a result, the videotaped deposition set for Friday is still on.Cosby will have to answer questions under oath about claims from Judy Huth, who says the actor and comedian sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in the 1970s, when she was 15.The judge did order the deposition be sealed until at least December.Earlier this week, model Chloe Goins, who has accused Cosby of drugging and abusing her in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion in 2008, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles, seeking punitive damages.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Rick Moranis Explains Why He Won't Appear in "Ghostbusters" Reboot

Sony(LOS ANGELES) -- Don’t count on Rick Moranis making a cameo in the all-female  Ghostbusters movie.The 62-year-old actor, who played accountant Louis Tully in the two Ghostbusters films released in the 1980s, will not be joining his old co-stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver in the reboot. He turned down an offer to make an appearance."I hope it's terrific," he tells The Hollywood Reporter. "But it just makes no sense to me. Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago?"Moranis, who went on an extended hiatus from acting following the death of his wife Ann in 1997 to focus on raising their two children, says he's "picky" about the projects he chooses to work on. "Picky has worked for me," he adds.Aside from Ghostbusters, Moranis' credits include Honey, I Shrunk the Kids; The Flintstones; Little Shop ofHorrors; and Strange Brew.Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon will star in the new Ghostbusters, which will open next July.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Daniel Craig: I'd Rather Slash My Wrists than Play Bond Again

Sony / Columbia(LONDON) -- It sounds like Daniel Craig has had his fill of playing Bond...James Bond.In an interview with Time Out London, the British actor strongly implies he will relinquish the role following the release of the upcoming Bond flick, Spectre.When asked if he can imagine starring in another Bond movie, Craig replies, "Now? I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on."To emphasize the point, he later states, "If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money."Craig doesn't care who replaces him as 007, either. He says, "Look, I don’t give a f***. Good luck to them!""All I care about is that if I stop doing these things we’ve left it in a good place and people pick it up and make it better," he continues. "Make it better, that’s all."Craig does have some advice for any actor who's offered the chance to become the next James Bond: "Firstly, it’s your decision. Don’t listen to anybody else. Well, do listen to everybody, but you have to make the choice at the end of the day. It’s your bed to lie on."And don’t be s***!" he warns. "Don’t be s***. You’ve got to step up. People do not make movies like this anymore. This is really rare now. So don’t be s***."Craig has played Bond in four movies, including Spectre, which opens November 6.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

"Empire" Recap: Empire vs. Lyon Dynasty

Chuck Hodes/FOX(NEW YORK) -- On Wednesday's episode of Empire, Lucious Lyon left jail thanks to his crafty lawyer, and his first order of business was trying to dismantle Cookie's new record label, Lyon Dynasty. Before he does that, however, he explained why he called his entire family to his house for dinner."I want you guys to eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we war," he said.Later, while Hakeem gave an interview with Sway to promote the album he leaked, he also got ahead of himself and promoted Lyon Dynasty's first artist -- a Latina girl group named Mirage à Trois. Hakeem promised to bring them by the radio station later this week. Too bad they didn't have a single, which led to Hakeem and Cookie butting heads in the studio to produce a radio-friendly track. Across town, Dre was still trying to get his job back at Empire Records and it was clear he was ready to do anything. Cookie told him to use the fact that his wife, Rhonda, was expecting their first child to butter Lucious up. Still, when he finally told his father the good news, he didn't react like he thought he would -- instead he asked his son if he thought about the child's mental health."It doesn't run in my family," Dre shot back, clearly unaware that Lucious' mother also suffered from bipolar disorder.Will Lucious ever tell Dre the truth about the fact that bipolar disorder runs in their family? Back in the studio, Jamal just threw out the umpteenth producer. Clearly, he was having a creative road block. Becky knew what the issue was: "Call her.""Who?" Jamal asked. "Cookie," she replied. There's no word if the two will ever get back in the studio together, especially now that Mirage à Trois was ready for their debut. But when they went to Sway to unveil their new hit, the lead singer Valentina -- played by real-life artist Becky G -- was late. Lucious strolled in not only to let them know he had bought the radio station -- a great idea from his son, Andre -- but that he had stolen their lead singer for his own label.Checkmate. Your move, Cookie!Empire returns next Wednesday at 9 p.m. Eastern on Fox.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

"Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance" Recap: Peih-Gee Law Is Eliminated

Monty Brinton/CBS(NEW YORK) -- On Wednesday’s episode of Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance, a switcheroo between the tribes led to a surprising twist.The castaways swapped tribes, with six ending up on the Bayon camp; six at the Ta Keo camp; and six forming the new Angkor tribe, where despite being outnumbered, former Bayou members Andrew Savage and Tasha Fox ended up gaining control, convincing all four of the former Ta Keo players -- Jeff Varner, Woo Hwang, Abi-Maria Gomes and Peih-Gee Law -- to vote against one of their own.For the immunity challenge, each tribe pushed a cart through an obstacle course, retrieved a key which they used to unlock a chest, then put it on the cart and move on. Once they collected all three chests, they had to disassemble the cart, slide it through a barricade, put it back together and make their way to the end. Two tribe members then used the pieces in the chest to assemble a giant puzzle. Ta Keo and Bayon won immunity.The shocking twist was set into motion when Jeff sent a signal to former teammate Kelly Wiglesworth after losing the challenge and was busted by Tasha. Varner went on to reveal some of the team’s private deals, upsetting his former Ta Keo members. It set off a chain of events that would eventually lead to Abi-Maria and Peih-Gee campaigning to vote each other out.At the tribal council, Peih-Gee, in a last-ditch effort to stave off elimination, tried to convince the tribe they could trust her word, declaring, “I’m steady. I’m loyal.” The pitch wasn’t good enough, and she was voted off the island.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Disney Unveils New Princess Moana

Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- Meet the newest Disney princess. Moana will make her debut in a movie of the same name that hits theaters next year."[It's] a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest," Disney said in a statement. "During her journey, she meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds."Newcomer Auli'i Cravalho, a native Hawaiian, will voice Moana, while Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will provide the vocals for Maui."Moana is such an amazing character," Cravalho told People magazine. "She’s brave, she is so empowered, she knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to get it, and I think that’s something that I can relate to as well. I just love watching how she goes along in this wonderful movie and grows as a person and helps her culture along the way."Moana will surf into theaters November 23, 2016Disney is the parent company of ABC News.  Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Celebrities Get New Pro Partners During "Dancing with the Stars'" Switch-Up Week

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Switch-Up Week is back on Dancing with the Stars with the celebrities getting new dance partners in the ballroom.Vine star Hayes Grier, who is partnered with Emma Slater told People magazine that he is "excited and terrified" of dancing with someone new. But he won't have a choice.The magazine revealed Wednesday just who Grier, and the other eight contestants, will now be paired with -- just for the week -- during the competition:Grier is now paired with Allison HolkerAlek Skarlatos is now paired with SlaterBindi Irwin is now paired with Val ChmerkovskiyTamar Braxton is now paired with Louis van AmstelPaula Deen is now paired with Mark BallasAlexa PenaVega is now paired with Derek HoughCarlos PenaVega is now paired with Lindsay ArnoldAndy Grammer is now paired with Sharna BurgessNick Carter is now paired with Witney CarsonWe'll see just how the celebs do with their new partners when Dancing with the Stars returns Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC. Former bad boy of the ballroom Maksim Chmerkovskiy will return to the competition to serve on the judge's panel. Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

"Empire" Star Grace Gealey Finally Confirms Engagement to Co-Star Trai Byers

Michael Lavine/FOX(NEW YORK) -- Two months after reports surfaced that two stars of the hit Fox series Empire --  Trai Byers and Grace Gealey -- got engaged, the actress finally confirmed the news on Tyra Banks' new syndicated talk show, FABLife."I'm engaged," she told Banks and the other panelists during Tuesday's episode, to applause.Gealey also explained why her relationship with Byers works, even on set. "I think that if you do get involved... at your workplace, you have to know that this is something that you want to be invested in and this is not something that is frivolous and fleeting," she said. "And to have the maturity to know that if this doesn't work out, you're not going to throw staplers at the other person."If Gealey and Byers do get into a squabble, it'll be on camera: Byers plays the eldest son of the Lyon family, while Gealey portrays the ex-girlfriend of Terrence Howard's label head, Lucious Lyon.Back in July, People magazine reported Gealey and Byers were headed down the aisle.Empire airs Wednesday nights on Fox at 9 p.m. Eastern.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lady Gaga Makes "AHS: Hotel" Debut Tonight, May Return Next Season

A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Image Group LA(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga debuts in her first major TV acting role tonight: playing the bloodthirsty, bisexual Countess Elizabeth on FX's American Horror Story: Hotel. The show's creator says he's so pleased with her work that he's trying to get her to appear in the show's next season as well.AHS co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy tweeted, "Lady Gaga is so brilliant in AHSSeason 5 that yesterday I officially asked her to join Season 6. Say yes @LadyGaga!" The actors inHotel, who are part of Murphy's regular troupe, would likely be down with that, as they've enjoyed working with her on this season. At the show's red-carpet premiere a few days ago, Oscar winner Kathy Bates, who plays Iris on the show, said Gaga was "sweet" and, "grateful to be there," adding, "She's been so respectful of us and more experienced actors but she's in it, man. She's focused and she scared the bejesus out of me a few times with her character. I'm not kidding! I was like, 'Whoa.'"Matt Bomer, who plays Donovan on the show, says he's literally on a first-name basis with Gaga. "I call her Stefani, only because it sort of takes the mythos and all the preconceptions of Lady Gaga out of the equation so we can just relate to each other like human beings and actors in a scene," he explained, referring to Gaga's birth name, Stefani Germanotta."She's so approachable," he added. "She totally just was there for us as a person and had us over to her house and ingratiated [herself with] all of us, so that by the time the cameras were rolling and we were in a scene together, we weren't thinking about the fact that you were doing a scene with Lady Gaga."And speaking of having the cast over to her house, cast member Denis O'Hare, who plays a cross-dressing bar employee named Liz Taylor, says Gaga threw quite the bash for them."She had a pool, she dyed it blood red. She had bathing suits for all of us," he revealed. "I jumped right in. I wore a woman's bathing suit at one point. She had a massive amount of food for us. She had a half-naked bartender for some of us. It was an incredible party and it was just us, so it was comfortable and we all got to know each other.""And," he added, "She got a birthday cake for [co-star] Angela [Bassett]. I can't describe it. It was an obscene birthday cake. It was shocking, actually."By the way, Bassett has revealed that said cake showed her character and Gaga's having sex, as they do in the show.Cheyenne Jackson, who plays Will Drake on the show, says he was most impressed with the fact that Gaga brought in items from her own closet to supplement the Countess' outrageous wardrobe. "I always ask her, 'Is this yours?'" he says. "I think it's a big blur at this point. I mean every single moment she has a different thing, like a turban, or short hair, long hair...it's pretty awesome!"During an appearance on The Tonight Show Tuesday evening, Gaga discussed her role with host Jimmy Fallon, noting that she took the part very seriously."I worked really hard on it and I'm completely committed to the role and I'm not doing anything else while I'm doing Horror Story, she said, revealing, "I went to acting school for 10 years growing up in New York...I went to Strassberg Theater downtown and studied method acting...I just was really terrible at auditioning and awkward and couldn't get a job, so I decided to become a singer instead."Gaga says it wasn't hard getting into character for her role. There's this really kind of strange world that Ryan has created of these very narcissistic characters that are all trying to survive in their own way," she notes. "Mine in particular is a...vampire, so I need to drink blood in order to survive. So you find yourself going you know, 'What is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is evil and when is it okay...to be cunning in order to survive"American Horror Story: Hotel premieres tonight on FX at 10 p.m. ET.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Cate Blanchett Portrays Disgraced "60 Minutes" Producer in "Truth"

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- In Truth, Cate Blanchett plays Mary Mapes, the 60 Minutes producer who found herself in the middle of a controversy after she produced a later discredited story with Dan Rather that cast doubt on President George W. Bush's national guard service during the Vietnam War.  The story cost Mapes her job, and forced Rather's resignation from CBS.Robert Redford portrays Rather in the film, and on Wednesday's Good Morning America, Blanchett said it "was extraordinary" working with the actor.Portraying a real-life person proved a bit more difficult for Blanchett. "There was a very particular responsibility one has to playing, you know, real-life character like Mary, even though she's behind the camera and not necessarily particularly well known," she explained. "Because the Mary that I met was, you know, vivacious and vital and full of good humor but, of course, the film captures her in absolute freefall."In the film, the embattled producer discovers a trove of hateful comments on the Internet -- something Blanchett says was relatively new when the film's events took place. "Even though it feels like recent history, 2004...the media landscape, the political landscape has changed entirely," Blanchett says. "It was at the beginning of that whole kind of hateful blogosphere."We could soon see Blanchett in a very different role.  She says she's working with screenwriter/producer Aaron Sorkin on a possible Lucille Ball biopic. The actress called the late comedienne "one of my all-time great heroes," but added that the possibility of a film is still in its "early days.""But Aaron Sorkin and I are talking about...yeah, we don't know what form it's gonna be in," she added.Truth is out in select theaters Oct. 16.ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Carey Mulligan and Rocker Marcus Mumford Welcome First Child

Douglas Gorenstein/NBC(LOS ANGELES) --  Carey Mulligan and her husband, rocker Marcus Mumford, are parents for the first time.After appearing on the British Film Institute's London Film Festival red carpet without her baby bump, US Weekly confirmed that indeed the actress had given birth."The baby is healthy," a source told the magazine. "They have been loving being parents and their friends and family are thrilled."There's no word yet on the gender of the baby or its name.News broke back in June that Mulligan was expecting. The actress and the Mumford & Sons singer wed in 2012.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Fordham University Student with Lost ID Has Message for Tom Hanks

Sony/Columbia(NEW YORK) -- The Fordham University student whose ID Tom Hanks found and posted on Twitter Tuesday in hopes of returning it now has a message for the Oscar-winning actor.“If you’re listening and you’re out there, I would love for my ID back,” the New York student, Lauren, said Wednesday on Good Morning America.“Tom, I’m here,” she said, revealing that she has not heard from the actor or anyone in his office about returning her ID, even though Lauren’s identity was quickly discovered thanks to the power of social media.Lauren, who asked that her last name not be used, said she lost her ID Monday after going for a run in Central Park and stopping to take her phone out of her armband to take a picture of the fall leaves in the park.“Instagram, fall, of course,” the Fordham Class of 2016 student said with a laugh on GMA.Lauren, a psychology major, had no idea her ID had been lost in Central Park, much less found by one of the most famous men in Hollywood, until her professor filled her in.“I’m not on Twitter,” she said. “My professor is on Twitter [and] I’m sitting in the library trying to get homework done yesterday and I get an email with a little link to Twitter, ‘You’re famous.’”The link showed Hanks’ tweet, which included a photo of his holding her ID, along with the caption, “Lauren! I found your Student ID in the park. If you still need it my office will get to you. Hanx.”Lauren says her phone “blew up” as people recognized her and reached out.The only person she has not heard from is, of course, Hanks, who may now owe Lauren some cash in addition to her ID because of his delay in returning the ID.“I also had to pay $20 to get a new one,” she said.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sandra Bullock's Biggest Concern for Her Son Louis

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- As the mother of an African-American boy, Sandra Bullock worries about the world he will grow up in."You see how far we’ve come in civil rights -- and where we’ve gotten back to now. I want my son to be safe. I want my son to be judged for the man he is," she said in the November issue of Glamour. "We are at a point now where if we don’t do something, we will have destroyed what so many amazing people have done."Meanwhile, her 5-year-old adopted son has forced Bullock to grow up."I don’t feel like I was an adult till about five years ago," she told her Our Brand Is Crisis co-star Zoe Kazan, who interviewed her for the magazine. "I literally went, 'I know who I am.' Not completely. But about two years ago all the puzzle pieces came together. I went, 'This is who I like. This is who I am.'"But becoming a mom was only part of the reason. Bullock's high-profile divorce from her ex, Monster Garage host Jesse James, and what she called "the onslaught" also contributed to her epiphany."I let it affect me. I heard it all," she said about her messy public divorce. "And I had to step back and go, 'I have the greatest gift in little Louis, and I’m gonna let him see the woman I want him to know.' So a child forces you to get your s*** together. In the best way."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

YouTube Star Caleb Logan Bratayley Remembered at Memorial Service

YouTube(NEW YORK) -- Thirteen-year-old YouTube star Caleb Logan Bratayley was remembered Tuesday night at a memorial service that was live-streamed online for his fans.The service began with video highlights of the Maryland teen's life. Afterward, several speakers shared their memories of Caleb, including a family friend named Paula, who said, "I promise to live my life more like him and not take myself too seriously."I promise you, Caleb, we will watch over your family, as you would have asked us to do, and be there for them as they grieve for you," she added, crying.Caleb's cousin and coaches were among the other speakers.The service was live-streamed on Facebook and Periscope. Around 39 thousand people watched it on Facebook.Caleb died last Thursday of what the family initially stated was "natural causes." In an update shared on Monday, they cited an "undetected medical condition."The Bratayleys have a popular YouTube channel with more than 1.6 million subscribers. They are associated with Maker Studios, a digital company owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bill Cosby Sued over Alleged 2008 Sexual Assault

Nathaniel Chadwick/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Bill Cosby is facing a new lawsuit stemming from a sexual assault allegation.Model Chloe Goins, who has accused the comedian of drugging and abusing her in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion in 2008, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles, seeking punitive damages.Last week, it was announced that Los Angeles prosecutors are reviewing an investigation into the matter.Cosby is facing another lawsuit filed in Los Angeles by Judy Huth, who alleges Cosby abused her at the Playboy Mansion around 1974, when she was 15. Cosby is set to take part in a deposition in that case.In total, three lawsuits have been filed against Cosby since last year, when numerous allegations of sexual abuse made headlines.More than 50 women have made sexual assault accusations against Cosby. His lawyers have denied sex assault accusations against the comedian in the past, and Cosby has never been criminally charged in connection with any of the allegations.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kris Jenner Talks About Her Relationship Now with Caitlyn

Timothy White/E!(LOS ANGELES) -- Viewers watched on Sunday as the Kardashian family was not too happy with Caitlyn Jenner's comments in her Vanity Fair article, which came out last summer.Caitlyn Jenner's ex Kris, in particular, was very upset with how she was made to look.Well, Kris spoke to E! News on Monday and said she and her ex have moved past all that."Obviously, I was angry!" she says, referring to the famous cover. "But we are all good now and have moved past it."The two have come a long way since the magazine came out, around the same time Sunday's episode was filmed.Kris' initial reaction to the episode was, “It just sums up that I’m this piece of s*** person who is mean. He can go f*** himself. I honestly wish I never met this man. I mean, just f*** you, Bruce.”Even Kris's daughter Kim Kardashian, 34, was upset with the article."All Caitlyn can talk about is that my mom mistreated her and was awful and all these really rude things, when there's no reason to bash my mom," she said. “It’s just crazy to me that Caitlyn would not discuss the years of really happy times.”Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Rosie O'Donnell Responds to Daughter Chelsea's 'Heartbreaking' Comments

Lou Rocco/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Rosie O'Donnell has responded to her daughter Chelsea's Daily Mail interview on Tuesday, in which she rips O'Donnell's parenting skills.Reps for the 53-year-old comedienne tell E! News that Rosie thinks the whole article is "heartbreaking on every level."In the interview, Chelsea denies her mother's public claims on social media that she ran away from home, insisting Rosie kicked her out two weeks before her 18th birthday.Chelsea tells the British newspaper that she finds O'Donnell "not genuine a lot of the time," explaining, "When we'd go out, she was a completely different person in public than at home and I had a hard time with that. It's like two different people."She has this public persona. She will put this big smile on her face and try to be funny. She would always go up to people and want to hold their babies in public. She had this happy, friendly side to her," reveals Chelsea. "Whereas when we were home, even if it was on the same day, she would either just be in her room, not engaging with us, or watching documentaries."She adds that her mom spent a lot of time "smoking weed" and blasting Madonna in her "arts and crafts room."Chelsea notes things between her and O'Donnell weren't always so contentious. "Things were good when I was younger but as I got older, I became more interested in knowing about my birth parents and didn't really get along with Rosie very well," she tells the Mirror.She recalls things got really bad when Rosie divorced her first wife Kelli Carpenter, who shared custody of Chelsea and her three siblings. "That's when everything started to go downhill and I got sent away," she says of moving in with Carpenter at the time and later being sent to a boarding school in Utah.Chelsea, 18, now lives with her 25-year-old boyfriend and his family in New Jersey and declares she's "happier than she's been in years." The two plan to move to Wisconsin soon, where Chelsea will finish getting her high school diploma and attend community college."I'm pretty normal," Chelsea says. "I guess now I can just prove to Rosie that I am."At the time Chelsea was found, Rosie's rep noted, "Rosie's concern has been and always will be the health, safety and well-being of her daughter."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ashley Judd Claims She Was Sexually Harassed by Studio Executive

FilmDistrict(LOS ANGELES) -- Ashley Judd has decided to speak up about her personal experience with sexual harassment. In this week's Variety Power of Women issue, Judd, 47, recalls that she was chased by a famous executive from a rival studio, whose name she wouldn't reveal, whom she believed wanted to cast her in a film."I was sexually harassed by one of our industry’s most famous, admired-slash-reviled bosses," she recalls. "I was making Kiss the Girls at the time, and here I was, a declared feminist. I had completed a minor in what was then called women’s studies, which we now call gender studies. And yet I did not recognize at the time what was happening to me. It took years before I could evaluate that incident and realize that there was something incredibly wrong and illegal about it.""In my example, there was no casting involved. This was just twirling the lasso. I think it’s very important to note that I considered myself empowered," Judd continues. "He was very stealth and expert about it. He groomed me, which is a technical term – Oh, come meet at the hotel for something to eat. Fine, I show up. Oh, he’s actually in his room. I’m like, Are you kidding me? I just worked all night. I’m just going to order cereal."It went on in these stages. It was so disgusting. He physically lured me by saying, 'Oh, help me pick out what I’m going to wear,'” she notes. "There was a lot that happened between the point of entry and the bargaining. There was this whole process of bargaining—'Come do this, come do this, come do this.' And I would say, 'No, no, no.'"I have a feeling if this is online and people have the opportunity to post comments, a lot of the people will say, 'Why didn’t you leave the room?' which is victim-blaming," she insists, before explaining, "When I kept saying no to everything, there was a huge asymmetry of power and control in that room."Judd insists her story is pretty common. "I was with a bunch of other actors...The exact same thing had happened to them by the exact same mogul. Only when we were sitting around talking about it did we realize our experiences were identical....The ultimate thing when I was weaseling out of everything else was, 'Will you watch me take a shower?' And all the other women, sitting around this table with me, said, 'Oh my god—that’s what he said to me too.'"In that moment, I told him something like, 'When I win an Academy Award in one of your movies.' He said, 'No, when you get nominated.' I said, 'No, no, when I win an Academy Award,'" she adds. "That was a small moment of power when I was able to contradict him and hold to my reality. And then I got out of there. And by the way, I’ve never been offered a movie by that studio. Ever.""I beat myself up for a while," she admits. "This is another part of the process. We internalize the shame. It really belongs to the person who is the aggressor. And so later, when I was able to see what happened, I thought: Oh god, that’s wrong. That’s sexual harassment. That’s illegal."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Cate Blanchett Criticizes People's Obsession with Social Media

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Cate Blanchett has no use for social media, especially when it comes to posting pictures of herself.The 46-year-old actress tells Yahoo! Beauty, "People constantly are taking pictures of ourselves to send them to people to see if they like me, 'Do they like me?,' adding, "It's pathetic, the whole thing about people worrying about what other people are going to think."Blanchett thinks people's obsession with posting selfies is childish, noting, "The 'like' and the 'dislike' is just totally primary schoolyard. I cannot for the life of me work out why adults are participating in that s***."The Blue Jasmin star doesn't think apps like Facebook and Twitter all bad, however, noting they're, "a genuine way to build community.""We tell ourselves we live in democracies, but really the media runs a lot of the way opinions are formed, she says. "Look at the way the election cycle is dictated. It's like a circus run by the media. There's a subversive quality to the Internet, and I do think there's a genuine ability to connect."For now though, Blanchett can live without social media, insisting, "It divides people really quickly and sets up rivalry and jealousy and a sense of: 'The life over there is better than the life over here.'"Blanchett co-stars with Robert Redford in the newsroom drama Truth, the true story of former 60 Minutesreporter Dan Rather and producer Marla Mapes, who were criticized and ultimately fired for an investigative report on then-President George W. Bush's military service that was based on a hoax. It opens nationwide October 16.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bindi Irwin Reflects on Her Emotional "Dancing with the Stars" Tribute Performan

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Bindi Irwin stole the show during Monday night's Dancing with the Stars thanks to an emotional performance in honor of her late father, Steve Irwin, who died in 2006.Following the show, the Australian wildlife conservationist reflected on her tribute performance and explained to Us Weekly that it was a "really, really tough week" for her."It was kind of revisiting a place that I haven't gone to since 2006," said Irwin. "It's a really challenging thing to do because there is a lot of emotion -- I don't think I've ever cried as much as I have this past week, to be honest!"In a pre-taped package that was shown before her live performance, Irwin opened up about the loss of her father. "What shaped me the most would probably be when my dad passed away," Irwin told her dance partner Derek Hough while fighting back tears. "For the rest of my life, I'll kind of feel like he's gonna come home."Irwin admitted that she "couldn't watch the package" before the performance, and that Hough was covering the starlet's ears and singing to her before they went on stage."You're already emotional and to add more emotion on top of that. ...I felt strong and secure and ready for it, and then in the end, after it finishes, then you can let the emotion out and kind of just take a breath for a minute. Then you can pick yourself back up," said Irwin.The contemporary performance landed Irwin the highest rating of the night, a 28 out of 30, and she also received the first perfect 10 of the season from judge Bruno Tonioli.Although Irwin's mother Terri and 11-year-old brother Bob were in the audience cheering her on, the 17-year-old told Us Weekly that she was waiting until after the show to reconnect with her family. "I haven't seen them yet because I'm afraid I'm going to start bawling again," she said. "Tonight, we have a plan: I'm going to get pizza and chocolate milk and lay down! And then hug my family!"Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Will Return to "Dancing with the Stars"

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- Maksim Chmerkovskiy is returning to Dancing with the Stars. It was announced on ABC's Good Morning America that the former dancing pro will serve as a guest judge on Monday.Chmerkovskiy will appear on the panel alongside judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Julianne Hough. He left DWTS last June after appearing on the show since season two.The one-time champion said earlier this year that he'll never again compete for the Mirrorball trophy."You have to walk away when the time is right, and the time was right," he told Glamour magazine in May. "Nothing was out of ordinary. I think the change of guard is necessary. Like a plant that in order to improve growth, you have to pull branches. It’s the same thing."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.