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ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- Earlier this month Julianne Hough announced she's engaged to her boyfriend, pro hockey player Brooks Laich. And after a short self-imposed social media break, the Dancing with the Starsjudge hasnow revealed how Laich popped the question, writing on her blog that it was "magical and sweet."

"We were at home, romantic and relaxed, which is perfectly very 'us,'" she continues. "We stood on the deck, watching the sun set over the lake and listening to our favorite songs. Not even for a second did I expect that beautiful, serene scene was about to become one of the most meaningful moments of our lives."

Hough said she was surprised when Laich actually proposed. "In fact, I was so taken aback when Brooks got down on one knee I completely blacked out! It was like a rush of heat and a wave of uncontrollable emotion swept right through my body," she describes. "I didn’t have any words at first (me! no words!). All I could do was explode into his arms and experience pure joy from head to toe."

Since putting her engagement ring on her finger, Hough said her relationship has changed. "It’s crazy! I have to say, being engaged actually does feel different. There is a sense of strength in us, a feeling of being further grounded but most of all, it just makes me really giddy!"

"Getting engaged has been about much more than the engagement itself," she writes. "The rush of love from friends and family, plus the support from all of you has been overwhelming. The love being poured into this next step of our relationship is incredible, and I’m so very grateful."

The Dancing with the Stars judge has been dating Laich, who plays for the Washington Capitals, since last December. They were set up by a mutual friend, actor Teddy Sears.

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ABC(NEW YORK) -- The reports were true: Grammy Award-winning singer Chaka Khan will be among the celebs competing for the Mirrorball Trophy on season 21 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

The singer announced the news via a brief video posted on the show's official Twitter account. Chaka tells her fans to "look out for me this season."

The "I'm Every Woman" singer will compete against Spy Kids actress Alexa PenaVega and her husband, musician Carlos PenaVega, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, Bindi Irwin, daughter of late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin, jockey Victor Espinoza, and 15-year-old online star Hayes Grier.

The rest of the cast will be revealed September 2 on ABC's Good Morning America

Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars premieres Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

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ABC(NEW YORK) -- The Dancing with the Stars cast is growing.

Alexa PenaVega and her husband Carlos PenaVega have signed on for the 21st season of the dancing competition, he announced on Instagram.

"Beyond excited that @vegaalexa and I are going to be competing this season on #season21 @dancingabc," he wrote. "Spending 24 hours at @disneyland #disneyland60 to celebrate!!!"

The Spy Kids actress, 27, and the singer, 26, were married in January 2014 after a four-month engagement. They will be competing against one another, as well as Bindi Irwin, Victor Espinoza, Nick Carter and Hayes Grier.

The Big Time Rush musician may have an edge -- he'll likely be getting advice from his former bandmate James Maslow, who placed fourth in season 18 of the ABC show. 

Dancing with the Stars returns to ABC on September 14.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- Here's proof Nicki Minaj no longer holds a grudge against the MTV Video Music Awards: she's opening the 2015 edition of the show this Sunday night.

Nicki let the cat out of the bag on Thursday, when she posted on her Instagram a photo of a sonogram of a Moonman statue. The picture no longer appears on her page, but MTV later confirmed the news.

You may recall, after this year's nominees were announced, Nicki complained her hit "Anaconda" was excluded from the Video of the Year category, and that her collaboration with Beyoncé, "Feeling Myself," was snubbed entirely. She tweeted, "If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year."

Taylor Swift took the comments personally, chimed in on Twitter, and it led to a tense yet brief exchange that ended when Taylor apologized.

It'll be interesting to see if Nicki crosses paths at Sunday's VMAs with host Miley Cyrus, who touched upon the spat in an interview with The New York Times. She said of Nicki, "If you do things with an open heart and you come at things with love, you would be heard and I would respect your statement. But I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it.

"And it’s not anger like, 'Guys, I’m frustrated about some things that are a bigger issue,'" Miley continued. "You made it about you. Not to sound like a b****, but that’s like, 'Eh, I didn’t get my VMA.'"

Miley further argued, "You don’t have to start this pop-star-against-pop-star war. It became Nicki Minaj and Taylor in a fight, so now the story isn’t even on what you wanted it to be about."

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Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Kardashian West is pregnant with her second child, but she reveals in the September edition of Cmagazine that the numerous complications she experienced this time around took "the fun out of" getting pregnant.

"I had this condition called placenta accreta," Kardashian West, 34, tells the lifestyle magazine. "There were a couple of little operations to fix all that, so that created a little hole in my uterus, which I think made it really tough to get pregnant again."

"It was a long road. I would go to the doctor in Beverly Hills every day at five in the morning to get tested to see if I was ovulating," she recalls. "I was trying everything: I did acupuncture and got a nutritionist to eat healthier, thinking that was an issue."

Adds Kim, "It takes the fun out of it. I’m like, 'I’m ovulating, get home now!' He’d be like, 'Wait, I’m in the studio.'”

Although the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star and her husband, rapper Kanye West, 38, were ultimately successful in conceiving a second child, their dream of having a third may be in jeopardy.

"They think I’ll have placenta accreta again, so if the placenta grows a little bit deeper than it did last time, then they are prepared to have my uterus removed, which is a little scary for me," she notes. "I think we’re just gonna go day by day, see how overwhelming it is, and see how the delivery goes."

Something else that's different this time around are Kim's fashion choices, which came under fire the last time she was pregnant. She reveals, "For this pregnancy, I’m definitely more simple. I figured out a formula of what works."

"And I also feel lucky that as of right now, I don’t feel like I’m gonna get preeclampsia again, which last time [contributed to] not only the weight, but also the swelling that everyone would make fun of, not understanding that I had this condition," Kim explains.

Kim announced on Instagram back in June that she and Kanye are expecting a baby boy in December. Their daughter North turned 2 years old this past June.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians returns September 20 on E!

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Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- The Owen Wilson thriller No Escape opened Wednesday, earning $1.2 million in its first day of release, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Two more films debut nationwide Friday. Here's a closer look:

We Are Your Friends -- Zac Efron is an aspiring DJ who falls for his DJ mentor's girlfriend. Emily Ratajkowski and Wes Bentley also star. Rated R.

War Room -- The religious film focuses on a couple struggling with their marriage. The wife has a new client who challenges her to establish a "war room" for prayer for her family. Rated PG.

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Justin Stephens/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- Lucy Liu is now a mother.

The Charlie's Angels actress made the announcement on Instagram late Thursday.

"Introducing the new little man in my life, my son Rockwell Lloyd Liu. In [love]," she wrote next to a picture holding her little man.

The 46-year-old, who has never been married, had her son "via gestational carrier. Mom and baby are healthy and happy," her rep confirmed to ABC News.

Liu has been starring on the hit show Elementary since 2012 and is set to be featured in Kung Fu Panda 3next year.

She is also a UNICEF ambassador since 2004 and "has involved herself in almost all aspects of UNICEF's various campaigns and initiatives and has been influential in supporting its mission of saving and improving children’s lives worldwide," the organization's website reads.

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Christopher Fragapane/FOX(NEW YORK) -- Terrence Howard has stayed in the headlines thanks to drama in his personal life, and Fox reportedly has taken notice.

The New York Post's Page Six claims that the Oscar nominee's role as Lucious Lyon on the network's hit hip-hop drama Empire will be scaled back. When the debut season ended, Howard's character found himself behind bars.

"What they are doing is two-fold," a source said. "They have him locked up so you won’t be seeing him in as many scenes. But they are bringing in so many, and I mean so many, guest stars and cameos that the average viewer won’t realize it because there is so much going on."

Howard recently wrapped up legal proceedings that got his 2012 divorce agreement for his second wife, Michelle Ghent, reversed after a judge ruled he signed the paperwork under duress as Ghent tried to blackmail Howard by threatening to release humiliating videos of the actor. The court case also revealed he divorced his third wife, Miranda Cristine Pak, just last month. Howard was also married to Lori McCommas from 1989 until 2007.

The source added that Taraji P. Henson, the show's breakout star playing the character Cookie Lyon, will be pushed to the forefront. "She’s going to start dropping off from the flashback scenes and then they’re going to have her guns blazing," the source added.

Empire returns September 23. Guest stars this season will include Mariah Carey, Kelly Rowland, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz.

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ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday that Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands will receive Honorary Awards with Debbie Reynolds nabbing the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

The awards will be given at the Academy's 7th Annual Governors Awards on November 14 in Hollywood.

"The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards," Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement. "We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished -- with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference -- will also enrich future generations."

Lee has been making films for three decades. His first-ever film, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, which he created while still at New York University, won a Student Academy Award in 1983. He's also been nominated for two Oscars -- for his films Do the Right Thing and 4 Little Girls.

Rowlands, who began working as an actress in the 1950s, has appeared in more than 40 films. Her work has earned her Oscar nods for films such as A Woman Under the Influence and Gloria.

Reynolds is the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which is given "to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry." The Singin’ in the Rain icon is being recognized for her work as a founding member of the Thalians, an organization created to promote awareness of mental health treatments. 

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James White/E! Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- In a new clip from  I Am Cait, Caitlyn Jenner opens up to transgender author Jennifer Finney Boylan about dating a man. Still, her friend and confidant is worried that she wants to date for the wrong reasons.

"It would be very attractive to me to have a guy treat me like a woman...like a normal woman," Jenner says in the clip released by E!

Boylan asks what a "normal woman" means.

"Like any other woman in the street and not make it this trans-[gender] thing...," Jenner clarifies. "Just a normal relationship."

"You don't need a man to make you a woman. A woman can make you a woman," Boylan says. "It's a thing we women do. We look to men to give us self-worth."

Boylan concludes, "You have gone to such trouble to become a woman. Don't be a stupid one. Be a smart one." 

See the next episode of I Am Cait when it airs on E! Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Full disclosure: In a past life, I was a sushi-loving house music D.J. from California’s San Fernando Valley who had dreams of rocking parties in Ibiza while 10,000 half-naked sweaty bodies gyrated and chanted my name. We Are Your Friends is about a sushi-loving house music D.J. from the San Fernando Valley who has dreams of rocking parties in Ibiza while 10,000 half-naked sweaty bodies gyrate and chant his name. I’m not saying writers Meaghan Oppenheimer and Max Joseph stole my life story, but the resemblance (physical and otherwise) between me and star Zac Efron is uncanny.

Efron plays Cole Carter, a D.J. and maker of electronic dance music (EDM) who loves partying with his friends and playing the side room at a club every Thursday night, but he thinks there’s more out there for him. Stop me if you’ve heard this before: One of his friends is a blue-collar boy who doesn’t mind a good fight, another is a hustler looking to make a buck, and the third is a shy, sweet, nerdy type. New friends, and of course a girl, threaten to break up the group, while resentment and jealousy surfaces, etc.

Though we’ve seen this theme a million times, what saves the whole thing from going into cliché territory is that hardly anything is one-note. The blue-collar friend, Mason (played by Jonny Weston), isn’t just an uncouth thug -- he has dreams, too, and makes big, sweet gestures to keep his friends together. Likewise, Cole isn’t all about partying and playing chicks -- he’s thoughtful and angst-y and conflicted when he crosses moral lines.

Also Wes Bentley, as an alcoholic superstar D.J. who seems to have lost his love for the art but loves the paycheck, is far more nuanced than one might expect -- he’s skillfully a friend, mentor, jerk and narcissist all at the same time. And Emily Ratajkowski shows she has far more range than just being the topless girl in the Blurred Lines video and in Gone Girl: there’s warmth and depth there we haven’t seen from her before onscreen.

And it’s all wrapped in a slick package. Director Max Joseph knows when to make the film fun and flashy like an EDM video, and warm and saturated to capture the light and heat of the San Fernando Valley. One scene that stands out centers around a PCP trip gone animated, which was visually interesting enough that I was actually a little sad when it was over.

On the surface, the world of EDM may seem to most people to be about listening to annoyingly repetitive music while doing drugs and dancing all night. And while there’s a fair amount of that in We Are Your Friends, the film goes to great lengths not to glamorize it -- in fact, it hits you over the head with the dire consequences of reckless behavior. But what the movie also does, which I appreciated, is attempt to explore the musicality behind the genre in a way we don’t often see, especially from a major studio. In its efforts to educate the audience about the scene (though sometimes in a heavy-handed way), We Are Your Friends allows the characters to be real people, and not as shallow as we may expect.

Don’t get me wrong. Your aunt Edna won’t leave We Are Your Friends with a hankering to download the latest Skrillex single and drop Molly at the Electric Daisy Carnival. But she will appreciate Efron’s sexy jogging.  And while some themes and characters may occasionally border on cliché, We Are Your Friends ends up in a place that’s a little smarter and a whole lot more thoughtful than where it starts. And it’s pretty to look at and listen to while you’re getting there.

Three-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Ray Mickshaw/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Believe it or not, Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has two teenage sons.

Brandon, 19, and Dylan, 17, her children with ex-husband Tommy Lee, were too young when the show was a hit in the '90s, so they were caught off guard one year when they started going to surf camp and found out about their famous heartthrob of a mom.

"They came up to me and they said, ‘Mom, are you Pamela Anderson?’ And I said ‘Yeah,'" she told People magazine of their first day at camp years back. "They were like, ‘What is that?’ And ’Why are people saying these things? Are you Pamela Anderson for real?'"

It was such a surprise to the boys because they knew their father was a rock star, but they thought Anderson was just a soccer mom. "I built my whole life around them -- like their soccer games were in my contracts," she added.

Anderson was married to Lee from 1995 to 1998 and to singer Kid Rock from 2006 to 2007. She recently remarried her ex Rick Salomon last year, but got divorced months later.

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ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- When Lea Michele's boyfriend and Glee co-star Cory Monteith died unexpectedly from substance abuse two years ago last month, the actress struggled to put her life back together. But Michele, who recently published a self-help book for women titled You First: Journal Your Way to Your Best Life, said she found love again because she focused on herself.

"I wanted to make sure that I was OK with me, feeling strong and feeling happy on my own," she says in the October issue of FLARE magazine. "I didn't want anybody to fill any holes for me -- that sounds sexual! I wanted to make sure that I was a whole person again and that no one was coming into my life to put me back together. I needed to do that on my own." 

Monteith was 31 when he was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room July 13, 2013. Authorities later revealed he died of mixed drug toxicity involving heroin and alcohol.

"I worked very, very, very hard and I got back to that place where I was genuinely happy and strong and ready to live again and see the world and, you know, bring in more beautiful experiences," says Michele.  "And that's when someone miraculously came into my life," she adds.

Michele has been dating her boyfriend Matthew Paetz since 2014.

But Lea's not only focused on her personal life. Since Glee ended earlier this year, she's also been focused on helping others, which is why she decided to write You First.

"I'm so proud of my success. I'm really proud of the life I've built and created for myself. I've kept my head on my shoulders to get to where I am," she tells FLARE. "You're always going to run into critics. The only people I care about are the people that are close to me. It's a tough business, it's a tough town, and you really have to have a thick skin. I'm constantly learning, but I'm really proud of where I am."

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Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Clearly, Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel is having fun now that's split from her estranged husband. After being linked earlier to Modern Family actor Eric Stonestreet, Us Weekly now reports Frankel is dating Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC's The Profit.

A source told the magazine, "They met over the summer and have been seeing each other. He’s really smart, successful, and so nice. They really like each other."

The two have been spotted in and around New York City together, including attending the Apollo in the Hamptons dinner, hosted by businessman and philantropist Ron Perelman, on August 17.

Frankel even tweeted about Lemonis earlier this summer. "Couldn't sleep. Found @marcuslemonis on @TheProfitCNBC I like him & his way of doing business," she told her 1.4 million followers.

Frankel has been dating despite being locked in bitter divorce proceedings with Jason Hoppy. She filed for divorce in January 2013, although, according to a recent episode of Real Housewives of New York, she has yet to finalize the end of her marriage.

The next installment of The Real Housewives of New York City reunion special airs Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- There has been an awakening, this time on Instagram.

A new teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been released on Instagram using the platform's new landscape orientation, which allows users to post widescreen videos.

The short teaser concludes with the shot of villain Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver, and his red, cross-guarded lightsaber, and then cuts to Finn, played by John Boyega, holding a blue lightsaber.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, also starring Oscar IsaacDaisy RidleyHarrison FordCarrie Fisherand Mark Hamill, hits theaters December 18.

Lucasfilm, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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