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Alec Baldwin Calmly Catches Tennis Ball Flying at His Face at US Open

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) --  Alec Baldwin's character on 30 Rock was a pretty suave, cool customer, but the real-life person apparently is just as smooth.

While sitting in the stands at a U.S. Open match this week, a ball bounced off the court and started flying at Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria Baldwin.

Baldwin didn't even flinch. He just calmly put his hands up and caught the ball hurtling at his face.

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Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis to Work Together on FX Comedy Series "Baskets"

Credit: Frank Ockenfels/FX Networks(LOS ANGELES) -- Comedian Louis C.K. and actor Zach Galifianakis will team up on a comedy series on FX, the network announced Wednesday.

The two will work together to produce Baskets, a half-hour, single-camera comedy series expected to premiere in 2016. FX ordered 10 episodes of the show, which will star Galifianakis and was co-created by the Hangover star, along with Louie writer, director and star Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel, the co-creator of IFC's Portlandia.

The show is expected to follow the life of Chip Baskets, played by Galifianakis, "in pursuit of his dream...to be a respected clown."

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New "Bachelor" Is Revealed on ABC's "Good Morning America"

ABC(NEW YORK) -- The next star of ABC's The Bachelor is recent Bachelorette contestant Chris Soules. The news was revealed Wednesday morning on Good Morning America.

Soules, a 32-year-old farmer from Arlington, Iowa, was cut by Bachelorette's Andi Dorfman right before she chose her final two. After a date where the two went horseback riding, Dorfman didn't feel she could adapt to Soules' life on the farm.

Since his appearance on The Bachelorette, Soules has apparently been besieged by female admirers, one of whom was so ardent that she drove hundreds of miles just to knock on his door. Another professed her love for him by taking out an ad in Soules' local paper.

Soules is a self-proclaimed romantic. He was engaged once before but he ended the seven-year -relationship just months before he was expected to walk down the aisle.

Soules studied agronomy and agriculture at Iowa State University and used his skills to expand the family business.

The Bachelor will return in early 2015.

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Matt Damon Pours Toilet Water on Himself

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Matt Damon took a different approach to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: He poured toilet water on himself.

Why? Damon is a co-founder of Water.org, a non-profit organization that provides access to safe water and sanitation to communities in need outside the U.S. The actor, who was nominated by his pal Ben Affleck and his faux rival Jimmy Kimmel, notes in his Ice Bucket Challenge video that there is a drought in California, and that "not everybody has access to a clean drink of water, and there are about 800 million people in the world who don't, and so dumping a clean bucket of water on my head seemed a little crazy."

In the clip, we see Damon scoop water out of a toilet in his home into a bucket filled with ice. He then goes outside and dumps the water on his head, before challenging George Clooney, whom he described as his favorite actor; U2 singer Bono, his "favorite musician"; and Tom Brady, "the greatest quarterback of all time."

Superman has also taken the Ice Bucket Challenge. Henry Cavill, in costume as the Man of Steel for the upcoming sequel Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and co-star Amy Adams were drenched on the set of their film. Cavill was actually doused with cold water several times.

Idris Elba took on the challenge during his appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night. The British actor nominated Bradley Cooper, his No Good Deed co-star Taraji P. Henson, and Prince Harry.

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Are Natasha Lyonne and Fred Armisen Dating?

Jill Greenberg for Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Natasha Lyonne may have a new man in her life. The Orange Is the New Black actress was spotted getting cozy with Portlandia's Fred Armisen at the Netflix post-Emmy party Monday night, an eyewitness tells People magazine.

According to the source, Lyonne, 35, and Armisen, 47, "shared kisses and were very cozy together."

The source says Lyonne mingled with her Orange Is the New Black co-stars, including Taylor Schilling, Dascha Polanco and Laverne Cox, but Armisen was constantly at her side.

Armisen was most recently linked to his former Saturday Night Live co-star Abby Elliott. He was also married to Mad Men actress Elisabeth Moss from 2009 to 2011.

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Kelsey Grammer Wants More Kids

Brad Barket/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Fifty-nine-year-old Kelsey Grammer became a dad for the sixth time last month when his wife Kayte gave birth to their son, Gabriel, but the star says he wants to add more to his brood.

"I can’t imagine not trying for more because it’s been incredible," he told People magazine. "As soon as [Gabriel] came out, Kayte and I were going, 'Yeah, let’s do another one.'"

"It’s just this overwhelming gratification of being close to life like this. It just gives you such hope and joy," he continued. "I’ve never felt more alive or more serenely happy than in the throes of life with these young people. I really enjoy it."

Although Grammer's kids range in age from 30 to one month, he's not rusty when it comes to fathering a newborn.

"Gabriel’s fantastic…He is a lovely kid. He’s been real easy and agreeable," he said of his latest.

But there's one person in the family who isn't taking the new addition well -- Grammer's 2-year-old daughter Faith.

"[Faith] is having a little more trouble than anybody else…she realizes that her world has been chopped in half," he explained. "This wrinkle, I think, pushed her over the edge a bit."

The couple married in 2011. He has four other children from previous relationships, including two with ex-wife, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Camille Grammar.

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Mike Epps to Play Richard Pryor in Biopic, Oprah Winfrey to Star as Pryor's Grandmother

Vince Bucci/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Comedian Mike Epps has been cast to portray Richard Pryor in a biopic to be directed by Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels.

Oprah Winfrey confirmed the news in a post on Instagram. Winfrey posted a photo of Epps, Daniels and herself. She captioned the photo: "@theoriginalbigdaddy, @eppsie, and me just finished a great 1st read session. #RichardPryorMovie."

Epps also tweeted a photo of him meeting Pryor's widow, Jennifer Pryor, and getting her blessing. He added the caption: "Had to kiss the ring of @jennferLpryor for the blessing! you got to be stong to have been with the king!"

Entertainment Tonight reports Oprah will also star in the film as Pryor's grandmother, Marie Carter.

According to ET, Michael B. Jordan, Marlon Wayans and Nick Cannon also tried out for the role. Reportedly, Cannon even had support of the late comedian's son, Richard Pryor Jr., who told TMZ that Cannon had the "passion" and "commitment" to portray his father.

Richard Pryor battled multiple sclerosis and died of a heart attack in 2005 at the age of 65.

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Why "Preachers of LA's" Bishop Noel Jones Won't Marry Girlfriend After 16 Years

Nino Munoz/Oxygen(NEW YORK) -- The relationship between Bishop Noel Jones and his "lady friend," Loretta, has been the center of the second season of Oxygen's Preachers of LA as fellow castmember Bishop Ron Gibson raises a question that many viewers have -- why don't the two just get married after being together for 16 years?

Bishop Jones tells ABC News Radio that Loretta has known from the start that they weren't ever going to marry because he had just ended a marriage when they began their relationship.

"When you marry young -- I was 20 years old, 20, 21, something like that -- and of course my ex-wife is older than I am and so she was probably more mature. I was forming and budding and becoming and we grew apart. So I wasn't in any mood for marriage [when I met Loretta]," he explains. "And Loretta didn't sign up in a relationship, in a friendship, with marriage in mind."

Bishop Jones adds that viewers falsely assume that Loretta has a desire to walk down the aisle.

"I think people are assuming that this woman is an inanimate object, who has no real choice as to whether or not she wants to be with me or not. If she's at the point where marriage is that critical to her and she knows my position, then it would seem to me that she would go find somebody to marry," he says.

Castmember Pastor Jay Haizlip defends Bishop Jones' reasoning for not wanting to walk down the aisle. "In my reading the Bible, I've never seen anything that would tell a guy, even if he's in ministry, that he can't have a girlfriend," he says. 

Bishop Gibson, and his wife LaVette, have a different stance. On Wednesday's episode of Preachers of LA, the two sit down with Bishop Jones and Loretta to tell them they won't do community outreach with the two if they aren't married.

Oxygen's Preachers of LA airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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"Full House" May Be Revived with Some Original Cast Members

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Full House, making a comeback? In the immortal words of Uncle Jesse, "Have mercy!"

A revival of the hit 1987-1995 sitcom may be coming to your TV screen, according to TVGuide.com. John Stamos, who played Uncle Jesse on Full House and reportedly has an ownership stake in the show, is "leading the charge" on the idea for Warner Bros. Television, according to the site, along with series creator Jeff Franklin and executive producer Bob Boyett.

The proposed revival would feature original cast members Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin -- who played Tanner family daughters D.J. and Stephanie -- as well as Andrea Barber, who played D.J.'s best friend, Kimmy.

Bob Saget and Dave Coulier -- a.k.a. Danny Tanner and Uncle Joey -- are also "involved in some way," according to TVGuide.com.

It's unclear whether Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who shared the role of the youngest Tanner daughter, Michelle, will take part in the potential project, which at this point is not official.

Full House is a hit in reruns on Nick at Nite, and the cast remains close. Stamos, Coulier and Saget co-starred in a Super Bowl commercial for Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt earlier this year. In July, Stamos, Saget, Cameron Bure and Barber attended Coulier's wedding.

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Celebrities Join Chelsea Handler for Musical Sendoff

Timothy White/E!(LOS ANGELES) -- On Tuesday night, Chelsea Handler and a number of her celebrity pals bade farewell to Chelsea Lately, the comedienne's E! show.

Handler announced previously that she was leaving E! and heading to Netflix to create "docu-comedy specials" and also host Netflix's first talk show. The talk show does not have a premiere date.

In her opening monologue, Handler remarked she was “wrapping up seven years of ridiculous stupidity” and was "very impressed" with herself. She proceeded to pat herself on her own back.

Tuesday's hour-long, live send-off began with another one of the show's shower bits -- this time with a clothed Ellen DeGeneres interrogating a nude Handler as why she was never asked to be on the show. "Is it because I'm a lesbian?" Ellen asked. "No!" Handler protested. "I didn't even know you were a lesbian. I thought you were married to Ryan Seacrest."

The show featured a parade of the series' former "Roundtable" guests including comics like Whitney Cummings and T.J. Miller, and then segued to a sit-down with Handler's pals, Sandra Bullock, Mary McCormack, and Jennifer Aniston.

The trio, wearing signs bearing their first names, then staged an "intervention" for the allegedly hard-partying host. "I urge you to get help," McCormack pleaded. "So if you have to tell the world that you're 'Going to Netflix,' for a little while, I think everyone supports you...Netflix is a wonderful facility...Jen, Sandy, and I have arranged a plane that can take you to Netflix tonight when the show wraps."

Aniston claimed, "I miss the old Chelsea. The Chelsea who resembled a battered Gold Rush-era hooker...The one that I used to find naked on my lawn chair after she fell asleep in the sprinklers with little Chuy on her back."

Bullock started with, "Dear George, your practical jokes are annoying," before realizing she'd, "cut and pasted" the format from her Clooney intervention. She went on to say she had, "no intention of confronting" Chelsea about anything because their friendship "is still relatively new, and you still scare me a little bit." Bullock later scolded her friend for breaking up with 50 Cent, who appeared and later performed.

Miley Cyrus also appeared to sing Roy Orbison's torch song "It's Over."

That was followed by an impressive group of celebrities, including the aforementioned, singing a "We Are The World" spoof called "Goodbye to E!." The sing-along featured Trace Atkins, Fergie, Gwen Stefani, Gerard Butler, Avril Lavigne, Joel McHale, Tim Gunn, Josh Gadd, LeAnn Rimes, Alanis Morissette, Sammy Hagar, Amy Poehler, Bobby Brown, Dave Grohl, Dane Cook, Johnny Knoxville, Tim Allen, and Melissa McCarthy, with Marlee Matlin signing.  When Stefani introduced the sing-along, she referenced her Emmy night Colbert Report blunder by calling Handler "Chelsea Hemmer."

Handler also thanked E! for the opportunity to have her own show, and called for people to donate to Cyrus' charity My Friend's Place, which benefits homeless teens. "Y'all are rich," Miley said of her fellow celebrity chorus members, "so everybody here should donate, that's all I'm saying." Chelsea insisted she'd "make" her wealthy friends pony up, but implored regular people to do so, too.

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Pierce Brosnan Film "The November Man" Opens Wednesday

Relativity(NEW YORK) -- Pierce Brosnan stars in the new thriller The November Man, opening nationwide on Wednesday.

Brosnan is Peter Deveraux, a.k.a. "The November Man" -- an ex-CIA agent who comes out of retirement to protect a witness, played by one-time Bond girl Olga Kurylenko. This puts him in the cross hairs of a former friend and protégé.

The November Man, based on Bill Granger's best-selling book series, is rated R.

Brosnan announced last week he will reprise his role in a sequel.

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Movie Review: “The November Man” (Rated R)

Relativity(NEW YORK) -- CIA agent Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) has the bedside manner of sledge hammer. We meet him as he‘s seemingly training agent Mason (Luke Bracey) to be an assassin. At a café prior to an assignment, Devereaux discovers his protégé flirting with a waitress we assume is his girlfriend, and warns him, “You feel the need for a relationship, get a dog.”  I mention this because, based on what unfolds over the course of the movie, we’re supposed to believe these two had a father-son type of bond. Believe me, that connection is never properly established.
Their mission goes tragically awry, and Devereaux blames Mason for the major mishap and gets out of the business. But five years later, he’s pulled back in -- specifically, to extract a spy in Russia with whom he clearly used to have a relationship.  Let’s just say, things don’t go well and his former student, Mason, still working for the CIA, is ordered to kill his former mentor.  It’s a game of cat and mouse!
So far, nobody is going to mistake anything here for an original idea.  But there’s more!  The reason things went wrong in Russia is because a former Russian general, Arkady Federov (Lazar Ristovski), is on the verge of becoming president and everybody once associated with him is being systematically eliminated. Enter Olga Kurylenko’s Alice, a social worker who holds the key to Federov’s violent past. Will Devereaux get involved and help Alice?  Will Alice interfere with Devereaux’s quest for revenge against the CIA?
Devereaux is hardly a sympathetic character. He’s even willing to brutalize innocent people in an effort to exact revenge on his enemies, a choice that’s an enormous misstep by everybody who collaborated on this story.  Pierce Brosnan is likeable, but not enough to overcome Devereaux’s despicable nature. Furthermore, the movie’s ideas of strong female characters are a Russian assassin who proves her flexibility by raising her leg above her head while she’s standing, and a CIA agent (the wonderful Caterina Scorsone, Private Practice/Grey’s Anatomy) who’s subjected to the worst kind of misogynistic insults.
To director Roger Donaldson’s credit, he does a nice job building the suspense and ratcheting up the tension, but The November Man remains a barrage of clichés, major plot holes, and flawed character development.
Two-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Miley Cyrus' Homeless VMAs Date Has Record, Warrant Out for Arrest

ABC/Richard Harbaugh(LOS ANGELES) -- The once-homeless man who was Miley Cyrus' date at the MTV VMAs on Sunday has a police record and an open warrant out for his arrest.

Jesse Helt, 22, gave a speech and accepted the award for Best Video on behalf of Cyrus on Sunday night at the MTV VMAs.

Helt spoke about youth homelessness in America and had Cyrus, 21, in tears.

However, Helt has a warrant out for his arrest in his native Oregon.

Court records obtained by ABC News showed he was arrested for "criminal mischief" and "attempted burglary" in 2010. The burglary charge was changed to "criminal trespass" later that year. The records showed that Helt admitted he tried to enter an apartment by breaking a window amid a "marijuana" dispute.

He pleaded guilty/no contest to the charges and received probation. An arrest warrant was issued in 2011 when Helt violated probation by failing to report to scheduled probation meetings and failing to complete urine tests, among other charges.

Jon Troike, a judicial services specialist, told ABC News that Helt would be arrested if the police found him, and they might find him right in Oregon.

Helt's mother, Linda Helt, told The Oregonian for Monday's editions that Helt would be returning.

"He's going to be traveling to Oregon today," she told the paper.

Helt grew up in Salem, Oregon, according to his mother, who added that Cyrus gave him money to go home and see his family.

Cyrus and Helt connected through My Friend's Place -- a Los Angeles center for homeless youth, helping them to get food and shelter.

Cyrus tweeted on Tuesday that she was disappointed that the focus was on Helt's past and not on the problem of youth homelessness.


The media never fails to disappoint. You've chosen to go after Jesse instead of covering the issue of youth homelessness :(

— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) August 26, 2014


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The Sweet Nickname "19 Kids and Counting's" Jill Duggar Dillard Has for Her Unborn Baby

Photo Credit: TLC(NEW YORK) -- It's only been a week since Jill and Derick Dillard from 19 Kids and Counting announced they were expecting their first baby, and only two months since they were married in June, but the Dillards already have a nickname for their future little bundle of joy.

"We're expecting!!! So grateful to God for this new little blessing!!! #babydilly #firsttimeparents #sogratefultoGod #derickdillard #jillmdillard," she wrote next to a sweet picture of the couple holding tiny white baby shoes.

So "Baby Dilly" it is!

When the couple announced the good news last week, they told People magazine, "Both of us want as many kids as God will give us," Jill said.

Jill's father Jim Bob Duggar said everyone was surprised by the news but happy to have another baby running around someday.

"Everyone was clapping and cheering, and we were in shock, too," he said.

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Sarah Hyland and Matt Prokop Have Split

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABC(LOS ANGELES) --  There's a reason Sarah Hyland didn't bring her boyfriend of five years, Matt Prokop, to the Emmys.

They broke up, her rep told ABC News.

The Modern Family star, 23, met Prokop, 24, in 2008, People magazine reported. They went on to co-star in Geek Charming on the Disney Channel.

"We had our first formal date at Casa Vega, this little Mexican place. We got to talking and I think it was on the date that we realized we didn't have to work to impress each other," he told Seventeen in 2012. "We were both there for the right reasons. It just felt so natural."

In 2011, Hyland revealed on The View that the two were living together.

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