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Streisand, Spielberg and More Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Steven Spielberg and Stephen Sondheim were among the 17 Americans who were honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a White House ceremony on Tuesday.The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.President Obama spoke about each recipient, and Streisand was delighted by the remarks. She said to ABC News, "Isn't he good? He is so spontaneous and so alive and so in the moment. I just love him."When asked how she would've felt had Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, and not Obama, presented her with her award, Streisand replied, "I probably would've choked. It's almost terrifyingly scary but it's funny."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Mark Hamill Appears to Confirm He's in "Star Wars: Episode VIII"

Lucasfilm(LOS ANGELES) -- It looks like Luke Skywalker will be in the next Star Wars after The Force Awakens.After a fan tweeted at actor Mark Hamill, asking him about his "contractually-obligated facial hair," he responded in kind."Last shaved on 10/22 after final day of my 2nd #TheFlash (which airs 12/8 #XmasTrix), just in time for Ep VIII-whew!" he said, mentioning the Star Wars movie coming in 2017, after The Force Awakens.It would seem this isn't much of a spoiler, as according to IMDb, he's listed already in the cast, along with Oscar Isaac.Hamill, 64, continued his tweeting by teasing audiences a bit more: "Sorry to spoil your 'spoilers,' but the Press widely reported my return to Skellig w/ @rianjohnson for SW shoot. My lips remain sealed. #shh."The Force Awakens will be released December 18 by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Alicia Keys Talks Tonight's Guest Appearance on "Empire"

Chuck Hodes/FOX(NEW YORK) -- Alicia Keys doesn't consider herself a big TV watcher, but she made sure to tune in every week to her "favorite" show, Empire. As she gears up to make her guest starring appearance on FOX's hit TV show, the singer reveals more details about her mysterious character, Sky Summers."[Sky] is an artist, and she is really looking for the next place that she’s going," Keys says. "She’s really looking to break out of maybe the boxes that have started to close in on her as an artist.  And she’s fantastic.  She’s really a lot of fun." "I’ve had a great time putting her together, really creating a character. And, you know, there’s very specific things we talked about.  I have been talking about to make Sky come to life," Keys says, noting that the character is not just a version of herself.Keys also reveals the meaning behind “Powerful,” the song she sings on Empire with Jussie Smolett."It’s the perfect song about right now, you know.  Not only socially in America, really talking about how we all matter, you know, and one of my favorite lines in the song is, 'I see a colorful future where skin don’t define any human, and stars are the only things shooting.'  And it’s really, it’s really beautiful, obviously with all the things we’ve been dealing with, you know.  So  that, that was really great to have," Key says.You can catch Alicia on the hit Fox show on November 25 at 9 p.m ET.  Alicia's is just one of many guest appearances this season -- previous Empire cameos include Kelly Rowland, Chris Rock and Lenny Kravitz.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

John Boyega Reveals Second Word Spoken in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Lucasfilm(LOS ANGELES) -- J.J. Abrams revealed Monday on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that the first word spoken in the upcoming Star Wars movie is "This." So, what is the second word in the film? ABC Radio found out thanks to The Force Awakens star John Boyega.Boyega plays the defecting Stormtrooper Finn. He said his life right now is "crazy," so much so that he hasn't even seen the finished version of The Force Awakens yet."There's a screening today, and my flight clashes with the screening," he explained to ABC Radio on Tuesday.Still, Boyega was able to share with ABC Radio the second word in the film: "droid."Boyega also revealed how Robert Downey Jr. has helped him in his career. "I was at his house a few weeks ago, and he doesn't give me like direct advice, he probably wouldn't even call himself my mentor, but that's how I see him," he said. "Whenever he speaks there is something to learn from it. So, you know, I see him as the great Obi-Wan, and I'm his Padawan." Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released December 18 by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

"Iron Man" and "Captain America" Debut Civil War Trailer

Marvel(LOS ANGELES) -- Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night to debut the first trailer for Marvel's Captain America: Civil War. The movie will see Cap and Iron Man at odds -- and eventually at each other's throats -- over a government plan to register superheroes, with Tony Stark/Iron Man for, and Steve Rogers/Cap against.The sneak peek opens with part of a scene glimpsed after the credits of Ant-Man: Rogers and Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson/Falcon have finally cornered Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Cap's lifelong friend-turned brainwashed assassin."You're a wanted man," Cap tells Bucky, who tries to explain he's changed his ways. "[T]hey're not planning on taking you alive."   In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it was revealed Barnes murdered Stark's parents, so Cap helping Bucky -- along with the spangly hero's rejection of the Superhero Registration Act -- lead Stark and Rogers on a collision course."You've operated with unlimited power and no supervision," William Hurt as Gen. Ross lectures The Avengers about city-flattening events seen in Age of Ultron and other Marvel movies. "That is something the world can no longer tolerate." "If we can't accept limitations, we're no better than the bad guys," Stark tells Rogers, as agents are seen confiscating Cap's shield and other superhero gear. He shoots back, "That's not the way I see it.""Sometimes I want to punch you in your perfect teeth," Tony hisses. As the action heats up, we see Cap, Falcon, Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye, Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch, and Bucky on one side, and joining Iron Man, Col. James Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and -- seen for the first time -- Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)."Sorry Tony," A bruised Cap says. "You know I wouldn't do this if I had any other choice. But he's my friend." "So was I," an emotional Stark says from inside his helmet -- before both Bucky and Cap are shown throwing him a vicious two-on-one beating that has Iron Man on his knees.Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, which also stars, among others, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, will be released May 6, 2016 by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Soap Star David Canary Dies at 77

ABC(NEW YORK) -- Emmy-winning actor David Canary has died at the age of 77, according to his obituary in the Wilton Bulletin, the actor's local paper, which also noted that he and his wife were very active in the community.The All My Children star died on November 16 of natural causes, the obituary noted. Canary played twins Adam and Stuart on the hit soap show, on which Live with Kelly & Michael host Kelly Ripa played his daughter. She tweeted her condolences shortly after the news broke."So sad to learn of the passing of the great David Canary. A incredibly talented actor. A wonderful man. I was lucky to know you," she wrote.Another AMC co-star, Sarah Michelle Gellar, also tweeted about Canary."#rip #DavidCanary You were the epitome of class. It was a joy and an honor to call you a colleague. #AllMyChildren," she wrote.But the Indiana native was more than a soap star. He was featured in Hombre opposite Paul Newman in 1967 and in the hit series Bonanza in the late 1960s and early 1970s.But it was his three-decade run on All My Children that won him five Daytime Emmy Awards.Canary is survived by his wife Maureen, his son Christopher and his daughter Kathryn. Canary and his wife were "named Distinguished Citizens of the Year by the Wilton YMCA" in 2005, according to his obituary."His volunteer efforts included performing in a production of Love Letters to benefit A Better Chance (ABC) of Wilton and emceeing and singing in the Wilton Kiwanis Club’s annual holiday concert. He was also an active volunteer with the Friends of Wilton Library," the obituary noted.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

"The Voice" Recap: Pharrell Loses Another Artist

Tyler Golden/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- For the second week in a row, Korin Bukowski has been saved by her Voice fans.The Team Gwen Stefani artist was saved via social media on Tuesday night's results show after facing elimination. Evan McKeel of Team Pharrell Williams got the boot instead.Pharrell now has one artist remaining on his team: Madi Davis. He lost Mark Hood on last week's results show.Before the voting began, Korin and Evan both performed for a chance to be saved. Korin sang "She Will Be Loved" by Voice coach Adam Levine's band, Maroon 5, while Evan took on "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green.During the one-hour broadcast, Gwen joined her artists for a performance of New Radicals' "You Get What You Give," and Adam sang the Beach Boys' “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” with his team.The show began with guest Brad Paisley performing “Country Nation.”The top 10 will take the stage next Monday night on NBC.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

"Dancing with the Stars" Recap: Bindi Irwin Takes the Mirror Ball Trophy

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) -- Teen conservationist Bindi Irwin danced her way to the Mirror Ball trophy Tuesday night on Dancing with the Stars, finishing off a stellar season by defeating fellow finalists Nick Carter and Alek Skarlatos in a two-hour finale during which the final three performed a routine they learned within the past 24 hours and in which the season’s previously eliminated stars also took to the ballroom floor.Irwin screamed when the show’s co-host Tom Bergeron announced she was the winner. She and her pro partner, Derek Hough, were immediately surrounded by their fellow dancers and competitors and lifted into the air.“Thank you so much for everything,” Irwin said. “I can’t believe that I’m here. Just, thank you for changing my life.”This is Hough’s sixth Mirror Ball trophy.Carter, who took second place with pro partner Sharna Burgess, said Irwin deserved the win. Calling his time on the show “something that I will always remember,” he added: “Honestly, Bindi deserved it. Bindi deserved it. She kicked butt!”Skarlatos finished third.“This has been the craziest ride of my life, and I’ve just had so much fun, met so many nice people and I’m just grateful for the experience and the opportunity,” he said, standing next to Lindsay Arnold, his pro partner.The three finalists’ scores from Monday’s night show – the first part of the finale – were added to the scores they earned Tuesday night from the judges for the fusion routines they performed live.The competitors had less than 24 hours to learn the routines that fused two separate styles of ballroom dance, with Irwin performing a cha-cha/Argentine tango, Carter with a salsa/tango and Skarlatos, a rumba/tango.Irwin and Carter were tied with perfect scores from the judges on Monday, the first night of the finale. They again earned perfect scores Tuesday night for their fusion dances, each ending with 90 points for the three routines. Skarlatos trailed them by a few points, earning 57 out of a possible 60 points after two routines on Monday night, plus an additional 27 out of a possible 30 points for his fusion routine, for a grand total of 84 out of a possible 90 points.With her irrepressibly upbeat personality, the 17-year-old Irwin had been a strong fan favorite since the season began in September. She started off strong, consistently scoring at or near the top of the leader board. Her skills have only gotten better throughout the season, with judges telling her that she was unique not just for her precision and at-times flawless technique but for her ability to lift people’s spirits with her performances.There were high expectations of Carter when he started off in the competition, and while he lived up to them for the most part with scores that put him either in the middle of the pack or at or near the top of the leader board, there were times when the 35-year-old Backstreet Boy band member’s self-doubt affected his performances and scores. Judges have hailed his most recent performances, telling him he had recaptured his spark.Throughout the season judges have praised the 23-year-old Skarlatos’ strength and discipline while urging him to work on improving his technique and musicality and his scores reflected that, landing him solidly in the middle of the pack or, at times, near the bottom of the leader board. Despite that, the U.S. National Army Guardsman persevered and advanced in the competition.See all the finalists live Wednesday on Good Morning America at 7 a.m. Eastern.Elimination is based on a combination of judges’ scores and viewers’ votes. The viewers’ votes counted for half of the couples’ combined total in the two-part finale.Singers Chaka Khan and Andy Grammer, singer/actor Carlos PenaVega and his wife, actress Alexa PenaVega, social media personality Hayes Grier, TV chef Paula Deen, Triple Crown champion jockeyVictor Espinoza and actor Gary Busey were all voted off during the season. Reality TV stars Tamar Braxton and Kim Zolciak-Biermann withdrew due to serious health concerns.Grammer and Khan each sang one of their hits Tuesday night and another song – “It’s Cold Outside” -- together, while singer Elle King sang her hit “Ex’s and Oh’s.” Head judge Len Goodman – who sat out this season – appeared in a video message to congratulate the finalists and announced that he would return to the show for the next season.Carter also performed live “I Will Wait for You,” a song from his new album.The Judges’ Scores: (Monday’s judges’ pick dance and freestyle; Tuesday night’s fusion challenge.)Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: 30 + 30; 30. Total: 90. They won the competition.Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: 30 + 30; 30. Total: 90Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold: 27 +30; 27. Total: 84Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

"The Good Dinosaur," "Creed," "Victor Frankenstein" Open Wednesday

ktsimage/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- On the day before Thanksgiving, you can feast on three new movies at your local theater. Here's a closer look at the films opening Wednesday: * The Good Dinosaur -- The latest animated flick from Disney-Pixar follows a dinosaur named Arlo, who befriends a human. Rated PG. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.* Creed -- The Rocky spin-off stars Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed, who's trained by his dad's rival/friend, Rocky Balboa. Sylvester Stallone reprises his iconic role of the Italian Stallion. Rated PG-13. * Victor Frankenstein -- James McAvoy is Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe is Igor in this new twist on the classic story. Rated PG-13.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Eddie Redmayne Was 'Confused' About Transgender Issues Before "The Danish Girl"

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Eddie Redmayne may be playing Lili Elbe, born Einar Wegener, in the upcoming film The Danish Girl, but the Oscar winner is quick to admit he wasn't as educated as he thought about the transgender community when he first found out about the role."You don't want to let people down," he tells Details magazine about taking on the anticipated role of the first person to undergo sex-reassignment surgery back in the 1930s. "I fell into all the clichés of ignorance," he said. "I didn't realize that gender and sexuality weren't related."Before starring in this buzz-worthy movie, the award-winning actor confused the terms of "transvestism" and "transgender." He explained that, where he sits now is "lovely.""The second you understand the difference, you see how gigantic it is and how important it is that we educate ourselves," he said.So, Redmayne did what all great actors do, he researched until he knew the person he was playing and the community she champions.In fact, the actor explained that the reaction from the cast and crew when he walked out as Lili Elbe "was overwhelming." He added, "Just walking onto a set filled with men, watching the difference in how you're treated, or the scrutiny faced is different. A lot of the women I worked with said, 'Yeah...welcome to our world.'" The Danish Girl is out Friday.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

How Will Smith Handles Racism in Hollywood

Melinda Sue Gordon/Columbia Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Will Smith may be one of the world's highest-paid actors, but the star still has experienced racism in his vaunted career.The actor recently sat down with fellow actors Michael Caine, Benicio Del Toro, Joel Edgerton,Samuel L. Jackson and Mark Ruffalo, as part of The Hollywood Reporter's 2015 Actor Roundtable, to talk about prejudice in their industry, among other things.Smith made a distinction between prejudice and racism. "Everybody is prejudiced. Everybody has their life experiences that make them prefer one thing over another -- it makes them prefer blond hair over a brunette; if you see somebody with dark skin walking down the street, you have a different reaction than you have [with] someone who is 5-foot-1 and white," the Focus star said. "But there is a connotation with racism of superiority: You feel that your race generally is superior."Smith said that while he lives "with constant prejudice," the times he deals with racism "is actually rare.""The times I have come in contact with it, you get away from those people," the actor said.Fortunately, Smith said, actors have "the ultimate power" for combating hate. "Historically, story combined with imagery moves humanity forward," he said. "What we do -- not that it's a responsibility, but it is the ultimate forum for changing people's hearts and minds. So when I'm choosing a movie, I understand the global power of being able to send imagery around the world."In his latest film, Concussion, Smith plays real-life forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who first identified a degenerative disease in football players known as CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy."Dr. Bennet Omalu was deeply connected to tell the truth. And he said that truth doesn't have a side. I thought that was such a powerful idea," Smith said. "Whose side are you on? Are you a Republican or a Democrat? I'm just trying to tell the truth. The truth doesn't have a side."Concussion opens Christmas Day.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Review: "Creed" (PG-13)

Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. (NEW YORK) -- Another Rocky movie sounds about as appealing as, well, another Rocky movie.  Here’s what does sound appealing: Ryan Coogler writing and directing another Rocky movie, this time starring Michael B. Jordan.One of the most notorious Oscar snubs of recent years was the Academy overlooking Coogler and Jordan’s 2013 collaboration, Fruitvale Station.  Never mind being nominated – I can argue they should’ve won, though dozens of other organizations showered Coogler and company with awards.  In Fruitvale Station, Coogler demonstrated his ability to turn two-dimensional film into a realistic three-dimensional environment (no glasses needed, thank you), re-creating a tragic, real-life story, anchored by Jordan’s otherworldly, searing performance.With Creed, Coogler takes an existing mythology and lovingly turns it into something new and very real, while Jordan takes a character who could easily be seen as unsympathetic, and turns him into someone exceedingly relatable.Jordan plays Adonis Johnson, a kid with money and connections who still spent time in juvy, fighting -- a lot. That is, until Mary Anne Creed (Phylicia Rashad) comes along and offers Adonis a home. That’s because Adonis is the biological son of her late husband and his mistress, and Mary Anne is a freakin’ saint.For those who don’t remember, Apollo Creed died fighting Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. Twenty years later, though he’s landed what seems to be a nice job with a financial firm, Adonis has been spending time in Mexico, prizefighting. He’s undefeated and obsessed with boxing, and retreats to a room at night where he watches YouTube videos of his father fighting Rocky, which he projects on a wall. He knows every punch, and boxes along with the images.Adonis quits his job and moves to Philly, hoping to find Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) and convince the legendary fighter to train him.  He moves into an old, bare-bones studio apartment that happens to be above the apartment of an up-and-coming singer named Bianca (Tessa Thompson), whose soulful and nuanced performance enriches every moment she’s on screen.On a practical, superficial level, Adonis has everything a person could want – yet he needs something more. This young man wants to become a legitimate boxer, and through a stroke of luck will get a shot at the title.  And his late father’s former nemesis, turned friend, is going to help him.Creed isn’t complicated. It’s a simple story with just enough humanity sprinkled throughout to capture the hearts and minds of audiences who -- trust me when I say this -- will be cheering at the end of a movie that’s not nearly as predictable as you might think.  You may love Stallone as Rambo, but Rambo’s the action star anti-hero. Rocky Balboa is Stallone’s heart and soul: the character that made him a star nearly 40 years ago, and still brings out his best.Unlike the previous Rocky movies, however, Stallone wasn’t necessarily best suited to write this story. Instead, he chose Coogler, a filmmaker who’s still in touch with the struggle of becoming a professional filmmaker, and then some.   That makes Creed, the seventh Rocky movie, one of the best Rocky movies.Four-and-a-half out of five stars.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Review: "Victor Frankenstein" (PG-13)

Alex Bailey/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) -- As Daniel Radcliffe’s voiceover tells us at the beginning of Victor Frankenstein, we know this story.  At which point I thought, “Yes, I do.  So why are you telling it to me again?” Unfortunately, the rest of the movie fails to give a satisfactory answer.Here, Radcliffe’s Igor is a hunchbacked circus freak with a brilliant scientific mind and a knack for medicine. The young and charismatic Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy), a medical student, breaks Igor out of the circus and recruits him to be his lab assistant.  I’d explain the rest of the plot but it’s so boring, I’m afraid I might fall asleep while typing.Radcliffe and McAvoy, two terrific actors, are committed to the material, but Victor Frankenstein is an uninspired attempt to turn a classic monster tale into an action-adventure bromance, and it simply doesn’t work.One-and-a-half out of five stars.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bindi Irwin Shares 'Last Family Photo' with Father Steve

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) -- There's no doubt that Steve Irwin would be proud of how his daughter Bindi has performed during her run on Dancing with the Stars this season.  Irwin has also repeatedly paid homage to her father, the late "Crocodile Hunter."Irwin, 17, and her partner Derek Hough performed to Leona Lewis’ "Footprints in the Sand" Monday night, and the song ended with a picture of Irwin and her father, who passed away in 2006 at age 44. The photo, which was orchestrated by Hough, was actually a surprise to Bindi. Around the same time, Bindi herself took to Twitter to post a throwback photo of the family. "The last photo as a family, before I had to wave goodbye to my hero, for the last time. Dad, I love you," she wrote.Bindi and Hough led the way in the first part of the Dancing with the Stars finale, scoring perfect marks for their two rounds of dance. The second part of the finale, during which the season 21 winner of Dancing with the Stars will be crowned, airs tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Check Out Chris Hemsworth's Dramatic Weight Loss

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Chris Hemsworth has gone from superhero to shipwrecked.The Thor actor posted a snapshot via Instagram Sunday, showing off his dramatic weight loss for the upcoming film In the Heart of the Sea, in which he plays a man stranded in the Pacific Ocean for 90 days."Just tried a new diet/training program called Lost At Sea" and "wouldn't recommend it…#IntheHeartoftheSea," the 32-year-old actor said. A photo posted by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Nov 22, 2015 at 1:56pm PST The Australian hunk recently shared how he went on a strict diet in order to shed pounds for his role as Owen Chase, the first mate of the 1820s whaling ship Essex, which was taken down by a massive whale, stranding the crew for 90 days at sea."Throughout the shoot, each week or two we’d reduce the calories, down, down until, we were at about 500 or 600 calories a day for the last couple weeks," he told Nightline recently during a sit-down with the actor and the film's director, Ron Howard. "I can’t say that I want to do it again, I read things now and if it has any mention of being skinny, I’m like that’s a pass."He continued, "Transforming physically had such an effect on us emotionally, which we were all going through. It kind of bonded us, in a way that I think we wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. You know, we felt like it was us against the world, or us against anyone who was well fed."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Angelina Jolie Pitt Loves Being in Menopause

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Angelina Jolie Pitt went into menopause immediately following surgery this past March to remove her ovaries and Fallopian tubes.The mother of six and wife of Brad Pitt has no regrets about the operation."I actually love being in menopause," she told Australia's The Daily Telegraph."I haven’t had a terrible reaction to it, so I’m very fortunate. I feel older, and I feel settled being older," the actress explained."I feel happy that I’ve grown up" and "I don’t want to be young again," she added.Jolie Pitt turned 40 in June, just months after undergoing the preventative surgery, which was motivated by a family history of ovarian cancer. Both her mother and her maternal grandmother died from the disease.In 2013, the actress underwent a double mastectomy because of an abnormal BRAC1 test result, a genetic mutation that elevates the risk for developing breast cancer."I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt. I told myself to stay calm, to be strong, and that I had no reason to think I wouldn’t live to see my children grow up and to meet my grandchildren," she wrote in a New York Times op-ed in March after undergoing her second surgery.Jolie Pitt’s rep has not responded to ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler Welcome a Baby Girl

Jonathan Clay Harris/E!(CHICAGO) -- Kristin Cavallari is a mother of three.The former reality TV star and her husband, NFL quarterback Jay Cutler, welcomed daughter Saylor James Cutler, the reality star announced Monday on Instagram."Saylor James Cutler was born today at 132pm!!" she posted.Cavallari, 28, and Cutler, 32, are already parents to sons Camden, 3, and Jax, 18 months. Cavallari said earlier this year that she was looking forward to having another female in the house.“She’s going to steal Jay’s heart, which will in turn melt mine!” she told American Baby magazine. “I’m excited for the boys to grow up with a sister. I think it will help them to better understand and respect women.”Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chris Hemsworth Won't Let Hollywood Turn Him into a 'Total Narcissist'

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Chris Hemsworth is determined not to succumb to Hollywood’s mission to “turn you into a total narcissist,” so much so that he reveals in Vanity Fair's holiday edition that he moved his wife and three kids from Los Angeles to his native Australia.The Avengers star says the pressure of driving past endless billboards for movies in L.A. made it too hard to stay grounded. “You just kind of lose touch with reality a bit here," he explains. "You drive down the street and you’re constantly reminded of everything you’re either involved in or not involved in. It’s exhausting.”Another feature of living in Hollywood that turns off the 32-year-old actor is dealing with the paparazzi, for which he has little patience. He quotes another outspoken movie star who dislikes the shutterbugs. “What was it that Jennifer Lawrence said? ‘I know everyone says you’re not supposed to complain about the paparazzi. Well, I don’t give a s***. I’m f****** complaining!’ ”“But she can get away with that,” Adds Hemsworth.Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the Avengers series, insists there are risks that go along with starring in big-budget films.  “When something costs $150 million and it doesn’t work, it’s your face, it’s your fault,” he says. “And the character has fans. Are they still a fan or did you just make them never want to read the comic again?”The holiday issue of Vanity Fair is available in New York and Los Angeles, and on mobile devices, on Thursday, and nationally December 1.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Is Zayn Malik Dating Gigi Hadid?

Image Group LA/ABC; Jeff Daly/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Taylor Swift’s bestie, Gigi Hadid, split from Joe Jonas earlier this month and it seems she’s already moved on to another pop star. According to Us Weekly, the model is now dating former One Direction member Zayn Malik."It’s a very new thing. They're just seeing where it goes," a source tells the mag.The two were spotted getting cozy together at a party Sunday following Gigi’s appearance at the American Music Awards."I wouldn't call them boyfriend and girlfriend," another source says. "But seeing each other? Definitely. He's chuffed."It’s an interesting pairing, considering Gigi’s pal Taylor used to date Zayn’s former band mate Harry Styles.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

"The Voice" Recap: The Top 11 Perform

Trae Patton/NBC(NEW YORK) -- The top 11 artists on The Voice returned Monday night, hoping to earn the viewers' votes with their singing ability.Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams all had artists take the stage during the two-hour show.Team Adam's Shelby Brown was the first artist to enter the spotlight. She belted out Lady Gaga's "You and I." Blake called it his favorite performance of hers this season, citing the range she showed. Gwen encouraged Shelby to save her growl for special occasions. Adam said he is so proud of Shelby.Evan McKeel of Team Pharrell played the Nat King Cole classic "Smile" on the guitar. Gwen said he let his voice shine. Pharrell thought Evan did a great job.Team Blake's Barrett Baber was next up with “Delta Dawn” by Tanya Tucker. Gwen was impressed with the way he commanded the stage. Blake said Barrett "took us all to church."Korin Bukowski of Team Gwen tackled Mandy Moore's "Only Hope." Pharrell praised her for being herself. Gwen said she's so happy that Korin has this moment to shine. She added that it was great that Korin was able to sing a song that meant something to her.Team Adam's Amy Vachal took some advice from her coach before putting a folksy spin on the Taylor Swift hit "Blank Space." Pharrell encouraged people to download the performance on iTunes. Adam said more than any other artist in the competition Amy has triumphed in taking her own approach to songs.Zach Seabaugh of Team Blake entertained with Thompson Square’s “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?” Adam said Zach has the "chops" and can sing. Blake said Zach's vocals were "spot-on."Madi Davis of Team Pharrell brought her dad to tears after delivering a haunting performance of Jack White’s version of the U2 song “Love is Blindness.” Adam declared, "I had no idea you had that in you." Blake called it the performance of the night. Pharrell stood up and said it was unbelievable.Team Gwen's Braiden Sunshine took on Spandau Ballet's "True" -- a song released well before the teen was born. Blake said it was an odd song choice, but it fit Braiden. Pharrell liked the little "runs" that Braiden had in his performance. Gwen said it was so good and Braiden is so cute.Team Adam's Jordan Smith sang the Jessie J tune "Who You Are." Pharrell said he could feel Jordan's "intention." Adam said Jordan is one of the best performers he knows because he keeps the audience mesmerized.Emily Ann Roberts, 17, played The Judds’ “Why Not Me” for Team Blake. Blake said she's going to stick around in the music biz for a long time.Jeffery Austin of Team Gwen closed the night with his take on Robyn's “Dancing on My Own.” Adam noted that Jeffery has a unique quality in his voice. Gwen said she was moved to tears, and that Jeffery is so gifted.Also during the broadcast, Pharrell performed his song "Freedom."NBC will air a new results show Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Carrie Fisher on How "Star Wars'" Leia Has Changed in 32 Years

Lucasfilm(NEW YORK) -- We are about three weeks away from the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and back to help lead the rebellion is General Leia, no longer a princess.The actress who embodies Leia, Carrie Fisher, recently spoke to Time magazine about how the character has changed in the 32 years since we've seen her."Oh, my God, she got so much older. I tried to stop her, but apparently that includes death so that didn’t seem like a good solution," she told Time. "Along with aging comes life experience, so in every way that is consistent with even being human Leia has changed."But Fisher, 59, added that she and her character wear less makeup now, and that's on purpose."I’ve seen pictures of myself with makeup on and I look like those women who look like they’re wearing makeup so they can look young, and I don’t think that’s good," she said. "They have all these products now called — wait, what’s it called, it’s my favorite — youth suppressant, or age go away, they don’t work.“I didn’t wear a lot of makeup to begin with and I was always -- you have to be very careful with that stuff. It really annoys me that I’m vain but, unfortunately, I haven’t been able to discard that tendency."Fisher is also fine with Leia being the role for which she is remembered, and wasn't hesitant to come back to the Star Wars franchise."I’m a female and in Hollywood it’s difficult to get work after 30; maybe it’s getting to be 40 now. I long ago accepted that I am Princess Leia,” she added. “I have that as a large part of the association with my identity. There wasn’t a lot of hesitation.”The Force Awakens will be released December 18 by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

"Dancing with the Stars" Recap: Big Time Rush singer Carlos PenaVega Eliminated

ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- Despite two consecutive weeks of earning perfect scores, Big Time Rush singer Carlos PenaVega was eliminated from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Monday night during the first night of the season-21 grand finale, leaving conservationist Bindi Irwin, singer Nick Carter and U.S. National Army guardsman Alek Skarlatos to dance Tuesday for the Mirror Ball trophy.The final four gave it their all during the first night of the two-part finale, performing two separate dances -- one of which was picked for them by the judges, and the other, the all-important freestyle.PenaVega thanked his pro partner, Witney Carson, for helping him get this far in the competition.“Well, first of all I thank God for this opportunity because it has been life-changing,” he told the show’s co-host, Tom Bergeron, when his fate was announced. “My marriage is so much stronger. I made some amazing friends....”PenaVega also earned perfect scores after three rounds of dance in last week’s show.Elimination is determined by judges’ votes combined with viewer scores based on the performance from the prior week’s performance.The Mirror Ball winner will be announced Tuesday at the end of a two-hour show that starts at 9 p.m. ET.Monday night’s show featured live performances by singers Meghan Trainor, Who Is Fancy and Ariana Grande.Monday night’s top scorers: Bindi Irwin, Carlos PenaVega and Nick Carter each earned perfect scores for their two rounds of dance. PenaVega won kudos from the judges for having eliminated stars from this season – Paula Deen, Hayes Grier, and Alexa PenaVega (his wife) -- make cameos in his hip-hop-inspired freestyle. When Irwin finished her poignant contemporary freestyle that paid homage to her late father,Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin, there weren’t many dry eyes in the ballroom. And Nick Carter brought the audience on its feet and cheering with his group dance to “Larger Than Life,” his 1999 hit song with the Backstreet Boys.Monday night’s standout moment: When Irwin’s freestyle ended, a photo of her with her father appeared on a large screen onstage. She appeared surprised and overcome, and she quickly hugged her pro partner, Derek Hough. Judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough (Derek’s sister) were both moved to tears by Irwin’s performance. Judge Bruno Tonioli told Irwin that she showed the power of dance. “You danced from the heart and you touched everybody’s souls...and that is a great achievement,” he said.Monday Night’s Scores (Judges’ pick dance; Freestyle. Total.)Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: 30; 30. Total: 60Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson: 30; 30; Total: 60 (They were eliminated.)Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: 30; 30. Total: 60Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold: 27; 30. Total: 57Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kim Kardashian on Her Final Month of Pregnancy

Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Kardashian isn't sure what to expect during her final month of pregnancy with her second child. "I think the last month is just waiting," the reality star told E! News. "I didn't get to experience the last month last time. You know I delivered [North] almost six weeks early, so they say you gain your most weight at the end."Having already gained 52 pounds, Kardashian said she can barely pick up North anymore. "She always wants me to pick her up and be with her and it's really hard to do a lot of the lifting and stuff like that, so that last month is not fun," Kardashian said.And there's still plenty to do, like figure out a name for the son she is expecting with husband Kanye West."I don't have names, which is so crazy," she said. "We just started talking about it and that was the last thing for us last time. So I feel confident obviously that we'll figure it out."Their new bundle of joy is due in December.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

American Music Awards Producer Previews Sunday Night's Star-Studded Show

Dick Clark Productions(NEW YORK) -- The American Music Awards this Sunday night will be chock-full of huge star performances, from Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Coldplay and Gwen Stefani, to One Direction, WALK THE MOON, Meghan Trainor and more.  The show's executive producer, though, says one particular performance will be "mind-boggling."Pentatonix, the chart-topping a cappella vocal group, will perform the iconic score from Star Warsduring the show.  Executive producer Larry Klein tells ABC Radio, "We have a huge orchestra on stage doing the Star Wars theme with Pentatonix and their a cappella voices, with the clips of Star Wars going on the entire performance behind them."Klein says he's also looking forward to The Weeknd performing his hit "The Hills."  "He was on the show one time where he just did a part with somebody else," say Klein. "But now...now he's going to own it!"But Klein says he's probably most excited about this year's host: Jennifer Lopez.  He says landing J-Lo was a dream come true for him.  "For years I've wished that Jennifer Lopez would host this show and finally I got my wish," he tells ABC Radio. "I mean, that really makes me happier than I can tell you about...incredibly happy. Something you've wanted for so long and all of a sudden, this year, it's real."Here's what Klein has to say about some of the other performances you'll see Sunday night:WALK THE MOON:  They're singing "Shut Up and Dance," and Klein says he's staged a high-energy performance for viewers. "I want to see running around, I want to see excitement, I want to see people going crazy," he says. "I want to live that song with my eyes, not just with my ears."Coldplay: They're performing their new single "Adventure of a Lifetime," and Klein says, "That's going to be a very cool look. It's going to take you back to, like, the hippie era."Justin Bieber: He's closing the show and Klein says, "We orchestrated it like it's three separate acts in a Broadway play. He's doing a medley of three songs -- each one different part of the stage, each one its own environment, its own set, its own look."  He adds, "I mean, one will have dancers, one won't. One will have a band, one won't. It's really three different looks all flowing together with no stops."As for whether or not the camera will cut to Selena Gomez in the audience while her ex Justin performs, Klein says he has no control over that.  "I'm not going to tell the director to show me Selena when Justin is on stage. That's not my place," he tells ABC Radio.  However, he notes, "If our director is shooting the audience and she's clapping, you're going to see her." Klein says that when Gwen Stefani performs, the camera won't cut to Miranda Lambert, either.  Not to save her feelings or anything, though: it's because Miranda, the ex of Gwen's boyfriend Blake Shelton, won't even be in the house, though she's nominated.Taylor Swift is the leading nominee, with six nods.  She's not performing, but some of the stars taking the stage include Alanis Morissette teaming up with Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, 5 Seconds of Summer, Leon Bridges, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, One Direction, Carrie Underwood, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, and a duet from Luke Bryan andKaren Fairchild of Little Big Town. Presenters include Paula Abdul, Ashley Benson, Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, Ciara, Terry Crews, Hannah Davis, DNCE, Florida Georgia Line, Tyrese Gibson, Ellie Goulding, Gigi Hadid, Fifth Harmony, Julianne Hough, Kylie Jenner, Wiz Khalifa, Taylor Lautner, Tove Lo, Jenny McCarthy, Shawn Mendes, Chloe Grace Moretz, Kevin O'Leary, Norman Reedus, Jeremy Renner, Nick Robinson, Alicia Silverstone, Jeremy Sisto, Hailee Steinfeld, Wilmer Valderrama, Donnie Wahlberg, and Zendaya.The 2015 American Music Awards will broadcast live on Sunday, November 22 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.