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Two Stars Affected by New York City Building Collapse

Kevin Winter/Getty Images/Craig Sjodin/ABC(NEW YORK) — Drea de Matteo, who played Adriana La Cerva on The Sopranos, was among the dozens of people who lost their homes after an apartment building explosion led to a seven-alarm fire in New York City Thursday.

The actress posted photos of the devastation on her Instagram account. One photo caption read, "NYC's finest trying to put out the flames to mine n many others apartments. Speechless...for those that are hurt." Another caption read, "A hole where my NYC home of the last 22 years once stood...RIP 123 2nd Avenue."

Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland was also affected by the news. "I grew up across the street. Thinking of my childhood neighborhood. Explosion shreds East Village, building collapses," she tweeted.

Four people were in critical condition and at least 15 others were injured after the fire in Manhattan's East Village Thursday afternoon. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said preliminary evidence "suggests a gas-related explosion," but the investigation is ongoing.


A hole where my NYC home of the last 22 years once stood... RIP 123 2nd Avenue ????????????

A photo posted by Drea De Matteo (@dreadematteo) on Mar 26, 2015 at 4:18pm PDT




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“Mad Men’s” John Slattery Says He Turned Down “Empire” Role

Michael Yarish/AMC(NEW YORK) — How would Roger Sterling fit in the world of hip-hop music? We may never find out.

The actor who plays Roger on AMC's Mad Men, John Slattery, says he was offered a role on the Fox hit Empire. Empire was co-created by Danny Strong, who has guest starred on Mad Men.

Slattery commented on Strong's success while speaking with The Daily Beast, saying, "That guy is on top of the world right now with Empire. If he reads this, 'Danny, I need a job!'"

He then revealed that Strong "actually asked me if I wanted to be on Empire, and I think I let that ship sail. I don’t know who I would’ve played...some white dude."

We'll still get to see Slattery on TV when Mad Men begins its final run of episodes on April 5.

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Molly Sims Welcomes Second Child, Daughter Scarlett May

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Molly Sims became a mom for the second time on Wednesday.

The 41-year-old actress and her husband, Ted producer Scott Stuber, announced the news in an Instagram post the following day.

"We welcome Scarlett May Stuber into our family. Our hearts are bigger with you here," Sims captioned a photo of the new baby girl.


A photo posted by Molly Sims (@mollybsims) on Mar 26, 2015 at 5:28pm PDT

The two, who tied the knot in 2011, are also parents to a 2-year-old son, Brooks.

She announced last September that she and Stuber were expecting a second child.

"We are so, so, so blessed as a family, and I’m speechless at the fact that we have the opportunity to bring a second bundle of joy into the world," she wrote on her website. "As a new mom to Brooks, an entire world of motherhood opened to me along with a thousand and one questions. I absolutely cannot wait to see what life will be like as a mother to a toddler and a newborn."

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"Fancy Nancy" Optioned by Disney Junior for 2017

Jane OConnor and Robin Preiss Glasser/Harper Collins(NEW YORK) -- Fancy Nancy is coming to the small screen.

The book series has been optioned by Disney Junior for development of an original animated series and TV movie slated for 2017, the network and publisher announced on Friday.

"Children have been captivated by Fancy Nancy's wit and irrepressible spirit for a decade and we are very eager to give her an even bigger stage on which to perform," Nancy Kanter, executive vice president of original programming and general manager of Disney Junior Worldwide, said in a statement.

"We are thrilled to be collaborating with Disney Junior to bring Fancy Nancy to the small screen and to the next generation of fans," added Susan Katz, president and publisher of HarperCollins Children's Books. "As we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of this bestselling series, it's exciting to see our beloved character making her TV debut."

The stories, written by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, center on a young girl who's drawn to fancy clothing, words and more. Disney Junior will also develop role-play items and consumer products based on the series, which is geared toward children ages 2-7.

"This is definitely one of those 'pinch me' moments," said O'Connor in a statement. "When Robin and I met Nancy Kanter and her team, we knew instantly that Disney Junior was the plus-perfect home for Fancy Nancy."

Continued Preiss Glasser, "After the thrill of seeing my two-dimensional drawings of Nancy and her 'world' come alive in spin-off musicals and ballets, the opportunity to see her animated by Disney is a dream I never would have dared to dream!"

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“Home” and “Get Hard” Open Nationwide Friday

"Home" - Fox(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Home -- An alien race takes over the Earth, but one girl eludes the visitors and befriends a fugitive alien named Oh. Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez lend their voices to the animated film, which is screening in 3D. Rated PG.

Get Hard -- Will Ferrell is a hedge fund manager who’s committed fraud and is set to go to prison. He turns to Kevin Hart’s Darnell to help him “get hard” for life behind bars, even though Darnell’s never been to prison himself. T.I., Alison Brie and Craig T. Nelson also star in the comedy. Rated R.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Poem at Reburial of Richard the Third

ABC/Rick Rowell(LEICESTER, England) — Benedict Cumberbatch portrays the late British monarch Richard the Third in a new BBC drama, and is also a distant relative, so it was fitting that he read a poem Thursday at the reinterment of the king whose remains were found underneath a parking lot 530 years after his death.

King Richard died in 1485 in the Battle of Bosworth Field.

Cumberbatch read a 14-line poem written by Britain's poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, during a reburial ceremony at England's Leicester Cathedral that was attended by descendants of those who fought in the battle.

The poem, simply titled Richard, began, "My bones scripted in light upon cold soil, a human brail, my skull scarred by a crown, emptied of history" and included the phrase "grant me the carving of my name," which refers to the fact that the King's grave was lost for centuries, with no tombstone to mark its location.

Richard the Third was the last British king to die in battle. He was succeeded by Henry the Seventh.

Cumberbatch portrays the monarch in the BBC drama The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses. The three-part series will air on PBS, but no air date has been announced.

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McConaughey's Camp Not 'Alright, Alright' with Revealing Speaking Fee

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has been booked to speak at May's commencement for the University of Houston.  How much its going to cost, however, has become something of a mystery.

Celebrity Talent International, which books stars like McConaughey for speaking engagements, insisted to the Houston Chronicle that the actor's fees should remain secret because, "a reporter or someone else" could misuse that information and, "take things out of context."

While the organization is remaining mum about an exact figure, its website shows the actor can be booked for anywhere from $150,000-$499,000 at minimum for a domestic event and, at minimum, $500,000 to a million bucks for an event overseas.

The school won't disclose the exact fee, either, citing the booking agency's confidentiality clause -- which the agency has lobbied the Texas Attorney General to enforce. Celebrity Talent International's Glenn Richardson noted celebrities have been "unfairly targeted often" over the release of sensitive information like salaries. Furthermore, Richardson noted, the speaking fee leaking would be bad for business.

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Executive Producer Says He's Contemplated "Downton Abbey" Movie

ITV(LONDON) — While Downton Abbey will end after its sixth season, its executive producer has left the door slightly open for a feature film based on the popular period drama.

Gareth Neame hinted to The Hollywood Reporter that he and series creator Julian Fellowes would be interested in bringing the show to the big screen. He said, "It’s something that Julian and I have been contemplating and would be a wonderful extension."

But fans shouldn't get their hopes up just yet. Neame cautioned, "[I]t would be wrong to say there are any plans. There is nothing firmly in place."

Neame also said there are currently no plans for a Downton Abbey spin-off.

It was announced Thursday that Downton Abbey will conclude next season. Season six will air in the U.K. later this year and premiere in the U.S. on PBS in early 2016.

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Emma Watson Tops List of Most Outstanding Women of 2015

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — This is an outstanding achievement for Emma Watson: the Harry Potter actress ranks first on's list of the Top 99 Most Outstanding Women of 2015.

Readers of the lifestyle website were asked to vote on females "whose achievements are shaping and defining their respective fields."

Watson landed in the top spot, with the site noting her support for the U.N.'s HeForShe campaign, a gender equality movement.

UFC star Ronda Rousey, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift and skier Lindsey Vonn round out the top five.

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Movie Review: “Get Hard” (Rated R)

"Get Hard" - Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) — Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell are two of the funniest people on the planet.  So how did they end up making such an unfunny movie?
Ferrell plays James, a wealthy banker who lives in a wealthy Los Angeles neighborhood and is engaged to a gorgeous, spoiled woman (Community’s Alison Brie) who’s also his boss’s daughter.
Next thing we know, James is arrested for fraud and sentenced to ten years in prison -- hard time, at San Quentin.  That’s when he turns to Kevin Hart’s Darnell, the owner of the car wash in the building where James works, offering to pay Darnell to teach him how to survive in prison.  Darnell needs $30,000 to buy a house, move his family to a better neighborhood and send his daughter to a school without metal detectors, so he accepts James’ offer.
It’s a major plot point, and one of several that some are calling offensive: James assumes that because Darnell’s black, he must have been to prison.  The humor isn’t meant to be racist, but rather intended to highlight the fact James is such an idiot, he actually believes it.  It doesn’t matter -- either way, it’s not funny.
But the problem here isn’t offensive humor.  The problem is a premise that isn’t strong enough to carry a feature-length film. Get Hard might have been a hilarious 10-minute short.  Instead, the jokes become forced, repetitive and, in some cases, just plain stupid.
Speaking of which: Ferrell unquestionably deserves the many accolades he’s received for what’s been a terrific career, but it’s becoming clear he’s gotten a little too comfortable with the formula his films follow.  First, he plays an idiot who says ridiculous things with a straight face.  Then there’s the predictable slapstick, in which his character sustains a grotesque or unimaginably painful injury, the best being the tranquilizer dart in 2003’s Old School.  Here, it’s a shiv to the forehead -- amusing, but again, we’ve seen it before.  Yawn.
Sure, you’ll get a few laughs because you can’t stop Hart and Ferrell from being funny, no matter how bad the script is.  But Get Hard is an example of two very funny people coming together to make a movie that in the end is only mildly amusing, at best.
Two out of five stars.

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Josh Peck Recommends John Stamos to Replace Zayn Malik in One Direction

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) --  When it comes to music, John Stamos is no slouch.

Not only did the 51-year-old play a musician in Full House, he's toured with the legendary Beach Boys.

So, when Zayn Malik, 22, quit One Direction Wednesday, actor Josh Peck, who plays Stamos' son in an upcoming show, took to Vine to recommend a replacement.

".@onedirection FANS. Don't worry guys, I found ZAYN's replacement!! @JohnStamos," Peck wrote on Twitter, coupled with a Vine video.

.@onedirection FANS. Don't worry guys, I found ZAYN's replacement!! @JohnStamos

— Josh Peck (@PortableShua) March 25, 2015

The video is amazing and features Stamos singing One Direction's song "You Don't Know You're Beautiful."

Stamos also posted his own message about the audition.

"The day I've been waiting for!#Zaynmalik #OneDirection #Stamostime @shuapeck," he wrote.

The day I've been waiting for!#Zaynmalik #OneDirection #Stamostime @portableshua

— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) March 25, 2015

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Kerry Washington Reveals She Live Tweeted "Scandal" While in Labor

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- Kerry Washington is super dedicated to her role as the star of Scandal and live tweets every episode of the hit ABC series.

In fact, the Emmy Award-nominated actress live tweeted while she was in labor last year.

"Every Thursday within three weeks of my [daughter’s] due date, I loaded up pre-tweets based on the episodes and what I would want to say. I tweeted in the very early stages of my labor," she told Net-A-Porter's The Edit magazine. "I figured that if I went completely silent on social media, then people would know I was in the hospital!"

Washington and her husband, former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha, welcomed their first child, Isabelle Amarachi, in April 2014.

It almost sounds like something her character Olivia Pope might do as a political fixer. Still, Washington said the two have one big difference.

"A lot of therapy!" she quipped.

"In some ways, she's so aspirational -- you want to walk like her, dress like her, command attention like her and control a situation like her. In other ways, she's a warning of what not to be," Washington continued. "Not to say that I have it all together, but I think I have a little bit more awareness about my behavior patterns and I do the work it takes to get out of them."

Scandal airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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"Furious 7" Features Touching Tribute to Paul Walker

Photo by William Volcov/BrazilPhotoPress/LatinContent/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fast & Furious fans should prepare to break out the Kleenex when the latest installment in the franchise, Furious 7, opens next Friday.

Tyrese Gibson, one of the film's stars, said the film will end with a touching tribute to the late Paul Walker, who died off the set in a single-car accident in 2013 in the middle of filming.

"The tribute at the end is the most beautiful thing you’ll ever see," the actor told HuffPost Live Wednesday. "All the things you love about Fast & Furious are in there, but this tribute is so touching, and necessary. The fans are really going to appreciate it."

Star Vin Diesel, speaking to Variety earlier this week, said fans will be surprised by just how "emotionally powerful" the film is.

"We were successful in one-upping the action sequences, and adding an interesting dynamic to the world," Diesel said. "But what the world won’t anticipate is how emotionally powerful the movie is."

Diesel even went so far as to make a prediction: "Universal is going to have the biggest movie in history with this movie. It will probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever."

Repeating his prediction, he added, "There is nothing that will ever come close to the power of this thing."

After Walker's tragic death, production halted for four months and resumed with Walker's look-alike brothers Cody and Caleb helping to complete some of his scenes.

"Our first instinct was to quit and let it go," Gibson told HuffPost Live, "but when his family said they were in support of us finishing the movie, we made everything about [Paul]. We finished it for our brother, and now it's about celebrating his life."

Furious 7 hits theaters April 3.

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"Downton Abbey" Will End After Next Season

ITV(NEW YORK) -- It appears the rumors are true. Popular PBS drama Downton Abbey will end after its sixth season.

Series executive producer Gareth Neame announced the news Thursday. In a statement, he says: "Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years. Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end andDownton is no exception."

"We wanted to close the doors of Downton Abbey when it felt right and natural for the story lines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans," the statement continues. "We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up."

"We, like the fans, simply cannot wait to see what will happen to the Crawley family and their beloved staff as this incredible series culminates in Season 6," PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger said in a staement. "The series has enjoyed such success over the past five seasons and we’ll certainly be working alongside Carnival, Masterpiece and PBS member stations to make Season 6 the biggest yet. Until then, Sunday nights on PBS continue to offer fans a full slate of ‘must view’ British and, soon, American historical drama."

Season five of Downton Abbey just ended in the U.S. on PBS. The cast is currently filming the show's sixth season.

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One Direction Bandmates Post Emotional Messages Following Zayn Malik's Departure

Eric McCandless / ABC(NEW YORK) — One Direction bandmates Harry Styles and Liam Payne posted emotional messages to Twitter hours after Zayn Malik announced he would be leaving the band.

"My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined," Malik, 22, said in a statement posted to the group's official Facebook page on Wednesday. "But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band."

Fans quickly responded on social media with heartbroken messages. Numerous hashtags -- like #ByeZayn -- were quickly trending.

Harry Styles and Liam Payne posted on their personal Twitter accounts just hours after the Malik's departure -- but did not refer to the departure directly.

"All the love always. H," said Harry Styles, 21. 

All the love as always. H

— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) March 26, 2015

"So glad to be in bed after a long and strange 24 hours," bandmate Liam Payne said. 

So glad to be in bed after a long and strange 24 hours

— Liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) March 26, 2015

A few hours after his other bandmates, Louis Tomlison tweeted about One Direction's future.

"Been a crazy couple of days but know that we are going to work harder than ever to deliver the best album we've ever made for you guys," he tweeted. 

Been a crazy couple of days but know that we are going to work harder than ever to deliver the best album we've ever made for you guys !

— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) March 26, 2015

As part of the statement posted to the group's official Facebook page, the band said, "We're really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future. The past five years have been beyond amazing, we've gone through so much together, so we will always be friends. The four of us will now continue. We're looking forward to recording the new album and seeing all the fans on the next stage of the world tour."

Malik said he was leaving the band because he wants to be "a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight."

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