Oliver Hardt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift not only kills it on the red carpet, she kills it every time she steps outside her New York City apartment. That's why the always-pulled-together singer has been named People magazine's Best Dressed for 2014.
As People notes, the singer has "truly hit her style stride in the past 12 months," sporting amazing designer gowns at industry events, and chic casual ensembles on the street. She even looks great coming from the gym.
Her BFF, supermodel Karli Kloss, tells the magazine, "She's got great style. I need to take some notes from her!"
Taylor herself tells People, "I’m more willing to take a risk this year than ever before,” and describes her style as “feminine, leggy and ever-changing.”
As far as other musical performers go, People magazine also singles out Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez on its Best-Dressed top-10 list, which is unranked. The mag calls Rihanna "the biggest risk-taker," offering as evidence the see-through gown she wore to accept her Fashion Icon award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Speaking about his client's fashion choices, Rihanna's stylist tells the magazine, "Being sexy is totally a part of it. It’s also about having fun, though, and just experimenting with fashion."
As for that ageless beauty J-Lo, the magazine says, "[She] has yet to meet a skin-baring trend she doesn't like…or can't pull off." Her stylists tell the magazine, "She looks phenomenal in everything, so we get to have more fun playing with her looks rather than analyzing what needs to be avoided."
People mag also inducts some Best Dressed Couples into its Style Hall of Fame, and Adam Levine and his supermodel wife Behati Prinsloo are among them, as are John Legend and his supermodel wife, Chrissy Teigen. Voice coach and country star Blake Shelton and his wife, fellow country star Miranda Lambert, also made the cut.
Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After playing meth dealer Walter White in the AMC series Breaking Bad and President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway play All the Way, what's next for Bryan Cranston? A one-man show that salutes Major League Baseball's playoffs.
In a new six-minute ad for TBS' upcoming postseason coverage, we're treated to a behind-the-scenes look at Cranston's faux one-man show on the national pastime. The Emmy winner mimics World Series heroes Carlton Fisk and Kirk Gibson, and spoofs various baseball clichés.
Perhaps the funniest moment comes when Cranston, wearing an Oakland A's uniform, dramatically recites the lyrics to "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."
TBS' coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs begins Sept. 30.
Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV(NEW YORK) -- Kanye West is tired of being picked on.
The rapper said he’s being unfairly “demonized” by the media after he made headlines for reportedly demanding that one of his concertgoers in a wheelchair stand up.
A video from the concert last Friday in Sydney, Australia, actually shows the rapper urging the entire audience onto its feet for “Good Life.”
“I can’t do this show until everybody stand up,” the rapper is heard saying, “unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s***.”
When only a single fan remained seated, the crowd began booing and chanting, “Stand up,” until West sent his bodyguard to investigate that, yes, the person was in a wheelchair.
Without apology, Kanye went on to perform.
Despite the backlash that followed, his wife, Kim Kardashian, doesn’t think her husband has anything to apologize for.
Along with a clip she posted on Instagram from his concert Monday night, she wrote, “What an amazing Australian tour! Its frustrating that something so awesome could be clouded by lies in the media. Kanye never asked anyone in a wheel chair to stand up & the audience videos show that. He asked for everyone to stand up & dance UNLESS they were in a wheel chair. #JustWantedEveryoneToHaveAFunNight #TheMediaTwistsThings.”
West defended himself at Monday’s show in Brisbane, Australia, according to a video from the concert.
After calling out morning talk show hosts for making the incident into “such big media-press-news,” he admonished them to “take a step back and look at this.”
He added, “I’m a married Christian man with a family. At my concerts, I make sure everybody has as good a time as possible. So all this demonizing me, it ain’t going to work after a while. Pick a new target. Pick a new target. Because I’m not one of these dumb*** artists that you’re used to. You come at me, I’m going to take my platform and break this s*** down for real, intelligent people every night. And then, we’ll get back to the music.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
James White/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Sharon Osbourne is clearly not a U2 fan. The 61-year-old co-host of The Talk and wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne took to Twitter to voice her opinion of the Irish rock band on Monday.
In the wake of U2's partnership with Apple to release its new album Songs of Innocence for free, Osbourne tweeted, "U2 you are business moguls not musicians anymore. No wonder you have to give your mediocre music away for free cause no one wants to buy it."
Sharon -- who manages Ozzy and created Ozzfest -- questioned, "Guys nothing is for free, how much you making?" She added, "PS, btw you are just a bunch of middle age political groupies..."
Sharon continued, "Whose political ass are we going to pull you out of today? Or are you front row at another tragic fashion show?...Jimmy Iovine, iTunes, U2, you're a bunch of megalomaniacs. F*** YOU!"
Later Monday night, Sharon tweeted a link to her followers to remove the band's album from their iTunes accounts. She wrote, "Here's how to say NO to @U2's new record that was forced upon you by @iTunes - #NoThankU2."
Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- Marvel has finally released the official synopsis of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
"When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance," Marvel teases, before continuing, "As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure."
As far as the cast goes, Marvel explains, "Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction."
Marvel also added this little nugget about Vision: "Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision."
Meanwhile, on his Facebook page Tuesday, Downey promised a "surprise" for Wednesday morning that is likely Avengers-related. He posted, "Seeing as how Tuesday is the most productive day of the week, I'll not decrease the efficiency. TOMORROW AM, however, I'll throw a surprise your way..." Under his blue suit jacket, the actor was wearing the Black Sabbath shirt he wore as Stark in The Avengers.
Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released to theaters nationwide on May 1, 2015. Marvel, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.
Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Eva Mendes and longtime boyfriend Ryan Gosling reportedly have welcomed their first child.
According to Us Weekly and E! News, Mendes, 40, gave birth to a baby girl last Friday in Los Angeles. There are no other details about the newborn available yet.
Mendes, who never confirmed she was pregnant, side-stepped pregnancy rumors for the past year.
In February, she was evasive during an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She told host Ellen DeGeneres that the baby rumors started after she, "didn't want to go through the scanners at the airport." Mendes explained, "You know those X-ray scanners, which are really creepy? They basically see you naked, right? And not only that, but there's a radiation aspect to it, so I always opt out. I always ask for a personal patdown."
Gosling, 33, and Mendes have reportedly been dating off and on since September 2011, according to E!
ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- Olympian Lolo Jones was voted off Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night, becoming the first celebrity competitor to be eliminated on the show's 19th season.
After the judges’ scores and the viewers' votes were combined, Jones and fashion designer Betsey Johnson learned they were both in jeopardy of going home. When Jones heard her fate, she smiled and hugged her pro partner, Keo Motsepe.
“I wouldn’t have had it any other way,” Jones said. “I’m glad that [Johnson’s] staying. She deserves to stay and everybody here did a great job.”
The Olympian's cha cha suffered from several missteps, and she blamed the trouble on a missed cue that she said threw off her entire performance. During the judges' evaluation following her performance, Jones, who appeared frustrated, said she wouldn't make any excuses and acknowledged that her performance was "awful."
Monday night’s premiere showcased 13 competitors vying for the Mirrorball Trophy. Actor Alfonso Ribeiro leaped to the top of the leader board with a skillful jive that judges asked him to reprise Tuesday night, while Johnson brought up the rear when her routine was stymied by problems with a pink prop feather boa.
In addition to Johnson and Ribeiro, returning to compete next week are actors Antonio Sabato Jr., Randy Couture and Jonathan Bennett, actresses Lea Thompson and Janel Parrish, reality TV star Sadie Robertson, YouTube beauty guru Bethany Mota, TV talk show host Tavis Smiley, comedian Tommy Chong and NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip.
The competition continues next Monday night on ABC.
ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Academy Award-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio was designated a United Nations Messenger of Peace on Tuesday by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
"Mr. DiCaprio is a credible voice in the environmental movement, and has a considerable platform to amplify its message," Ban said. "I am pleased he has chosen to add his voice to U.N. efforts to raise awareness of the urgency and benefits of acting now to combat climate change."
DiCaprio is invited to a U.N. climate summit to be held on Sept. 23.
The Great Gatsby star founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998, and has used the organization to build relationships with environmental leaders and experts.
DiCaprio is now one of 12 U.N. Messengers of Peace who, along with one Goodwill Ambassador, advocate on behalf of the U.N. on "priority issues." Messengers of Peace, the U.N. says, are, "individuals who possess widely recognized talents in the fields of art, film, literature, music and sports, helping to raise worldwide awareness of the [U.N.]'s ideals and activities."
Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Beyoncé turned 33 earlier this month and now we know she celebrated in style!
The singer had been traveling in Europe with her husband, Jay Z, and their 2-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, according to reports, and seemingly spent her big day by the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
According to photos posted on her website, the group, which also included Beyoncé's mother, hung out on the beach, went for a boat ride, and indulged in delicious-looking treats and wine during the getaway. There was even a jewel-encrusted crown reading "Queen Bey" for the birthday girl to wear.
Heidi Gutman/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Jerry Seinfeld was planning a special project with Joan Rivers.
Before her Sept. 4 death, Rivers was in talks to appear on Seinfeld’s popular web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Seinfeld revealed in a Facebook post. The series features Seinfeld making coffee trips with friends and entertainment figures.
Seinfeld posted a text message exchange from Aug. 19 -- nine days before Rivers underwent a throat procedure -- stating that Rivers would love to participate.
But days later, her reps called, saying Rivers needed to postpone.
Rivers went into cardiac arrest during surgery Aug. 28 and died days later. She was 81.
Seinfeld was saddened that he didn’t have the chance to take his comedic journey with Rivers.
“I would have loved to have shown another side of her,” Seinfeld wrote Monday. “I wanted to tell her how much I admire all she had accomplished, especially in the latter stages of her career. She was one of the greats. I’ll miss her.”
Eric McCandless/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Rihanna is not pleased about the fact that CBS Sports last week didn't use her song "Run This Town" to kick off Thursday Night Football -- and she now appears to be threatening to stop them from using it this week.
"CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F**k you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this," the singer tweeted Tuesday. "The audacity...," she added.
A rep for her label, Roc Nation, added in a separate statement, "Due to the misuse and misrepresentation of Rihanna's name and participation in connection to CBS' TNF [Thursday Night Football], CBS was not allowed to license and utilize the song 'Run This Town.'"
You may recall that last week, because Ray Rice's team, the Baltimore Ravens, were playing on Thursday Night Football, CBS canceled its plans to use "Run This Town." This was in response to an outcry from fans who argued that a song by a victim of domestic violence -- that would be Rihanna -- shouldn't be used to introduce a team whose roster included a player accused of the same crime.
In a statement to ABC News, CBS Sports said, “Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our Thursday Night Football open. We will be using our newly created Thursday Night Football theme music to open our game broadcast.”
Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- A YouTube video claiming to be the last-ever recording of Joan Rivers is a complete fake, a rep for the late comedienne tells ABC News Radio.
According to the New York Post, Rivers made a test recording for a radio ad for her friend Brad Zimmerman's upcoming off-Broadway show, My Son the Waiter, a Jewish Tragedy. It was reportedly made on Aug. 28, the very day Rivers underwent a procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy, from which she never awoke.
Rivers' rep says, "The recording is a fraud. Joan never made any such tape. This is a publicity stunt that was created by Brad Zimmerman and his public relations representative, Beck Lee, and is wholly disrespectful to the memory of Joan Rivers."
In the radio ad, the person purported to be Rivers coughs after speaking a few words.
"My voice has been bothering me," the voice explains. "I don't know what it is."
The voice complains not only about the material -- "This is terrible copy. Who wrote this crap?" -- but also about her health.
"I feel like s**t," says the voice. "I'm tired already."
Rivers died Sept. 4, one week after she went into cardiac arrest during the endoscopy.
ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Lohan recently did an interview with the U.K. newspaper The Telegraph to promote her debut in a London production of the play Speed-the-Plow next week. During the interview the actress made a reference to Whitney Houston while discussing her work at a morgue in Los Angeles a few years ago.
Lohan reflected on how her sentence for drunk driving and violation of her probation included jail time and 12-hour shifts in a morgue for four months. Lohan described the punishment as "F'd up and inappropriate -- because a lot of other people were meant to do it, and they were like: 'No, they can't handle it. Lohan can.’” She added, "It's different for me than it would be for other people -- like, no one would really have to work at the morgue in L.A. and roll a body bag for Whitney Houston."
Lohan claimed she made the best of the situation. She explained, "I know it sounds really dark and strange, but I thought it would be a lot worse. I kind of regulated a lot of it. I'd tell people: 'You didn't fold that sheet properly,' because I'm OCD with folding."
Lohan's comments have been disputed by an official for the coroner's office, who tells TMZ that Houston was never in a body bag and no one in the probation program ever came in contact with the singer's body. The official added that Houston was wrapped in plastic with a sheet cover the entire time she was at the morgue.
Jun Sato/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are currently in Malta filming their upcoming movie, By the Sea, but the newlyweds have also been mixing in a little familytime and sightseeing.
This past Sunday, the 39-year-old actress visited a Maltese Navy ship, where she met with sailors, crew members and government officials and learned about the equipment aboard the vessel.
An eyewitness tells E! Online Jolie received the red carpet treatment and was all smiles as shipmen saluted her like Hollywood royalty.
The source goes on to say Angelina was "very kind and gracious" during the visit, adding, "She listened to what everyone had to say and was very interested."
Jolie, dressed casually in a black dress and top with black flats, “looked amazing as always, she was dressed very simple but classy," says the source, noting, "She was happy and radiant. She looked really good."
The entertainment website reports that a day earlier, Jolie and Pitt, 50, enjoyed a family yachting trip in Malta with their six kids. The family was accompanied by three bodyguards, yacht crew members and a nanny during a private family yacht trip around Selmun Bay.
The kids participated in some watersports activities while Pitt and Jolie hung out aboard the ship together and took pictures. The family also enjoyed a sushi lunch on the yacht. By the Sea, which Jolie is directing, is set to hit theaters in 2015.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After nine years of marriage and three children, a lot has changed for Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck. Garner admits that her focus is on her kids and not necessarily romancing her Hollywood husband.
"You can’t expect to be courted all the time, and I don’t want to court him right now -- I don’t have the energy!" she says in the October issue of InStylemagazine, on newsstands September 19. "But we’re definitely in a very mindful place where we’re making an effort to be together, do things at the same time, and be loving."
Since walking down the aisle in 2005, the A-list couple has settled into their roles as parents, even giving themselves a night off sometimes.
"When we had our first [child], we had only been together a year. We were babies. It happened so fast, I hardly remember what we were like before the kids got here. Now we’re just starting to go away for a night here and there," Garner says.
So how do they split up parenting duties? Garner admits she takes most of the mundane tasks.
"For better or worse, I tend to be the one who says, 'This is what needs to happen.' I know who wants what lunch, and I’ve done all the school paperwork and filled out the emergency cards. Ben doesn’t know that stuff exists," she reveals. "He is in charge of laughter. No matter how much I tickle them or toss them or chase them around, it’s not the same. If I’m the slow, steady drumbeat, he’s the jazz."