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Why "Breaking Bad" Stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Are Reuniting


Ursula Coyote/AMC(NEW YORK) --  Walter White and Jesse Pinkman back together again?

No, not exactly, but Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad are back in a hilarious short video.

The two play pawn shop owners -- Buzz and Randy Jackson -- when Julia Louis-Dreyfus comes in to to sell her Best Supporting Actress Emmy from her days on Seinfeld because she owes some big money.

Cranston and Paul own Barely Legal Pawn and Louis-Dreyfus has to make money to pay for her own island.

Paul cracks some jokes and mistakes the actress for Mary-Louise Parker from Weeds.

Then Cranston picks on her for only winning "supporting" actress. "It would be better if it was a leading," he says.

There's even a Breaking Bad joke at the end. Check it out!

 

Breaking News: Bryan Cranston and myself reunite for the first time in a new reality show. Here it is. #YeahBitch http://t.co/ZOUXseRz7a

— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) August 19, 2014

 

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Check Out First Photo of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man


Lloyd Bishop/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- The first photo from the set of Ant-Man is out.

Paul Rudd, who will play Scott Lang, the thief turned superhero, looks extra dangerous in the photo. It's a darker Rudd than you’re used to from moves like Knocked Up and Clueless.

"Get your 1st look at Paul Rudd as Scott Lang in #Marvel's #AntMan, in theaters July 17, 2015!" Marvel tweeted earlier Tuesday.

 

Get your 1st look at Paul Rudd as Scott Lang in #Marvel's #AntMan, in theaters July 17, 2015! pic.twitter.com/q4Frmxdn7m

— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) August 19, 2014

 

From the photo, Rudd, 45, looks to be under the Golden Gate Bridge and in front of his van, which looks like the typical van used in a heist.

In the movie, Rudd's character Lang uses the shrinking-suit technology from the original Ant-Man Hank Pym, which will be played by Michael Douglas.

The release from Marvel says, "The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe."

"Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world," it continues.

Disney is the parent company of both Marvel and ABC News.

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Report: NFL Asking Artists to Pay to Play the Super Bowl


Ray Mickshaw / FOX(NEW YORK) -- When artists perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, they usually don't receive any payment: the publicity alone is worth millions. But this time around, the Wall Street Journal reports that the National Football League is asking stars to pay to play.

According to the paper, the NFL has narrowed down the list of potential halftime performers to three acts: Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay. But when the NFL reached out to their camps, reports the paper, it also asked "at least some" of the acts if they'd be willing to "contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income" or make some other type of "financial contribution" in exchange for landing the gig.

As you might imagine, this suggestion didn't go over well with the artists' reps, sources tell the Wall Street Journal.

When contacted for comment, an NFL spokeswoman told the paper that contacts with performers are confidential, and that all they want to do is "put on the best possible show." The paper also says that no decision has been made yet on who will perform, and another act entirely may be selected.

The Super Bowl will be held in Phoenix on Feb. 1. The most recent Super Bowl halftime performer, Bruno Mars, drew a record 115.3 million viewers for his Super Bowl 48 performance last February.

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Legendary TV Announcer Don Pardo Dead at 96


Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Legendary television announcer Don Pardo died Monday evening, an NBC spokesperson has confirmed to ABC News. He was 96.

Pardo is strongly associated with NBC, and in particular its sketch-comedy program Saturday Night Live. He served as the announcer for SNL for virtually its entire run, beginning with its premiere season in 1975. Pardo did not participate in the show's seventh season.

During his distinguished career, Pardo also lent his voice to several game shows, including early versions of Jeopardy! and The Price Is Right.

Pardo, who began his relationship with NBC as a radio broadcaster in the 1940s, also worked on various NBC news programs.

His fame carried him to a number of guest appearances in the entertainment field, including in the Woody Allen film Radio Days, in the NBC comedy 30 Rock, and on albums by Frank Zappa and "Weird Al" Yankovic.

Pardo was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame in 2010.

Pardo is survived by five children.

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David Letterman 'Had No Idea' Friend Robin Williams 'Was in Pain'


John Paul Filo/CBS ©2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. (NEW YORK) -- During his Late Show installment Monday night, David Letterman spent a segment memorializing his friend of 38 years, Robin Williams, who died of an apparent suicide last week.

Letterman recalled the first time he and a group of comics saw Williams, in the 1970s at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. For some reason, Letterman said, Williams was introduced as having come from Scotland, which made the comics complacent -- until they saw him perform.

"It was like nothing we had ever seen before. Nothing we had ever imagined before. We go home at night and are writing our little jokes about stuff...and this guy comes in...like a hurricane."

"The longer he's on stage, the worse we feel about ourselves," Letterman laughed, "and then he finishes and I thought, 'Well that's it: they're going to have to put an end to show business, because what can happen after this?'"

Eventually, the two became friends, with Williams paying it forward by getting Letterman a bit part on a Mork and Mindy episode.

The chat show host explained that between his Late Night with David Letterman on NBC and CBS' Late Show, Williams appeared as a guest 50 times. "Two things would happen because Robin was on the program. One was I didn't have to do anything....And two...the viewership would go up...People were drawn to him because of this electricity, this whatever it was...that powered him."

A clearly emotional Letterman ended a montage of clips of the comic's appearances on Letterman's two talk shows expressing regret. "I'm sorry, like everybody else I had no idea that the man was in pain, that the man was suffering," he said.

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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's Italian Wedding Plans


ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- George Clooney and his fiancée, Amal Alamuddin, will probably tie the knot next month, at his villa in Lake Como, Italy, sources tell E! Online.

"George has always loved Como, he finds it very peaceful and relaxing and now Amal has fallen in love with the area as well," according to a source, who adds, "They want to start their married life there with the beautiful lake as a backdrop.”

Another thing that makes Como an ideal location, according to the source, is that the 53-year-old actor’s home “is like a very well-oiled machine. He has the local mayor fully on his side and the locals too and he can ensure that press and paparazzi are kept away."

The source goes on to say the future bride and groom "want it to be about them celebrating their love and respect for each other with their loved ones watching. And they can do that in Como while keeping everything fully under their control."

Another source reveals the wedding will be very "small and intimate."

"This is not going to be a huge Hollywood wedding with Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock flying in to Italy for a week," a source insists, adding, "George and Amal don't want a media circus with paparazzi helicopters flying overhead and motorbikes chasing after them as they all arrive at the airport in Milan from Los Angeles."

The source says, “They want the wedding to be intimate with quiet but happy and fun dinners and lunches after they've said short but meaningful, handwritten vows in front of their loved ones.”

“They can do a party for movie industry friends in Los Angeles at a later date," the source adds.

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Debbie Reynolds to Receive SAG Life Achievement Award


Shaun Heasley/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Debbie Reynolds is set to receive the highest award from the Screen Actors Guild. She'll receive the 51st SAG Life Achievement Award at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in January.

The Singin' in the Rain star has spent over 60 years in the business, starring in over 50 films, plus two TV series and two Broadway shows. She's been nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe, an Emmy and a Tony during her accomplished career.

"She is a tremendously talented performer with a diverse body of screen and stage work, live performances and several hit records. Her generous spirit and unforgettable performances have entertained audiences across the globe, moving us all from laughter to tears and back again," SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard said in a statement.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.

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Seth Meyers Details What TV Lovers Can Expect During Primetime Emmys


Lloyd Bishop/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Don't expect much singing and dancing when Seth Meyers takes the reigns at the Primetime Emmys. He can't even sing and dance, according to a new GQ profile.

Instead, the late-night talk show host said television lovers can expect "just really well-written jokes."

The Emmy Award-winner is particularly looking forward to his opening monologue. "As the night goes on, more people are upset because they haven't won -- but the monologue is the one time of the night when everyone is in a really good mood. And positive. And optimistic," he explained.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, being held inside the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, will air live on NBC next Monday.

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Christian Bale and Wife Welcome Second Child


Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Christian Bale is a dad again. The American Hustle actor has welcomed his second child with wife Sibi, his rep confirmed to People.

They are proud parents to a baby boy. No further details have been released.

Bale, 40, and Sibi, a former model and makeup artist, are already parents to a 9-year-old daughter.

They were notoriously private about the second pregnancy and never made a formal announcement. Sibi debuted her baby bump while walking the Academy Awards red carpet with Bale in March.

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Kevin Hart Gets Engaged


Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kevin Hart is engaged. The comedian popped the question to his girlfriend, Eniko Parrish.

He confirmed the news Monday on his Instagram page. "She said YEEEEESSSSS...... #Happy #MyRib #iF--kingLoveHer," the 35-year-old wrote under a photo of himself and the bride-to-be. He proposed on Parrish’s 30th birthday.

Hart has been dating the aspiring model and actress for five years. This will be his second marriage.

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J.K. Rowling Publishes New Harry Potter Story About Singing Sorceress


2011 Warner Bros. Ent./ Harry Potter Publishing Rights © J.K.R(NEW YORK) -- J.K. Rowling is using the Pottermore.com website to keep fans engaged in the Harry Potter universe she created.  She's just posted a new short story to the site featuring a brand-new character.

The character, Celestina Warbeck, is a singing sorceress who's a favorite of Molly Weasley, Ron Weasley's mom.  

An excerpt from the story reads, "Some of Celestina’s best-known songs include 'You Charmed the Heart Right Out of Me' and 'A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love.' Her fans are usually older people who love her grandstanding style and powerful voice. The late 20th-century album You Stole My Cauldron but You Can’t Have My Heart was a massive global hit."

Fans who are members of Pottermore -- signing up is free -- can "unlock" and listen to the title track of Celestina's album now.

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Eric Stonestreet Confident "Modern Family" Can Tie "Frasier's" Emmy Record


ABC/Peter "Hopper" Stone(LOS ANGELES) -- If ABC's Modern Family wins the Emmy Award for best comedy again, it’ll tie the all-time leader, Frasier, with five wins. Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cameron Tucker on the series, said he's confident the show is up to the task.

"We hope we win. It'd be nice," he told ABC News Radio while promoting his new partnership with Swiffer to encourage men to get clean.

"I don't know how much more love the Emmys have for Modern Family. I feel like we've been around long enough now and won enough Emmys individually and collectively that maybe people are getting tired of us," Stonestreet continued. "I still think, obviously, we're the best comedy and most well-written comedy on TV. I know the stories we tell each week, week in and week out, and I know that they're worthy of Emmy love still. But hopefully we'll win, and then tie, and then next year break the record."

This year, Modern Family is up against Louie, Silicon Valley, Veep, The Big Bang Theory and Orange Is the New Black.

Eyebrows were raised when Netflix's dramedy OITNB ended up in the comedy series category, as many felt it should compete in the drama series category. Stonestreet said he doesn't mind that the hit show ended up in the category.

"Where they end up is where they end up. I certainly don't have anything to do with it," he said. "I just think our show is funny. I think our show is well crafted, interweaved in telling multiple stories each week and I don't know that other shows are necessarily doing that."

"I think other shows are doing things we're not doing as well. Veep is really funny. Orange Is the New Black is funny. Big Bang Theory is funny. I don't think it's anything better; it's just different," he added.

Last season on Modern Family, Stonestreet's Cam and Jesse Tyler Ferguson's Mitch tied the knot in a two-part season finale. Stonestreet tells ABC News Radio that his onscreen same-sex relationship could bypass the honeymoon phase when the series returns Sept. 24.

"I think they'll find their balance of Cam and Mitch just kind of falling into the old married couple role, which is funny when you think about it. We've been married all of a few months, and all of a sudden we're just like that old married couple, you know? But who knows what they have in store," he pondered. "We're always surprised each year when we return to hear the upcoming story lines and to see what the writers can create and what they want to do for our characters."

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, will air live on NBC next Monday.

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Lena Dunham Goes Blonde


Photo: Mark Schafer/HBO(NEW YORK) -- Lena Dunham is sporting a new look these days. The Girls star has gone platinum blonde.

Dunham, 28, posted a photo of herself with a new, blonde bowl cut on Instagram this past Friday with the caption, "change is good."



Some wondered whether Dunham was just wearing a wig, but she proved it was real in another post at a friend's wedding, with her blonde locks parted to the side and pushed behind her ear.



The HBO series Girls recently wrapped up filming its fourth season, but a premiere date has not yet been announced.

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Mara Wilson Recalls Robin Williams 'Was Different with Grown-Ups'


ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) --  Mrs. Doubtfire star Mara Wilson was too devastated last week to talk about the death of her on-screen father, Robin Williams.

However, in a new blog post, she opened up about what he was like to work when she was little.

"Robin would do anything to make me and the other kids laugh," she wrote. "He seemed to know instinctively what we would find funny, and never had to resort to saying anything that was inappropriate for children. He was, after all, a father himself."

Williams, who died of an apparent suicide on Aug. 11 at the age of 63, was, "warm, gentle, expressive, nurturing and brilliant," Wilson wrote. To make her and her on-screen siblings laugh, he'd do voices and make jokes ("When we were filming the climactic dinner party scene, he would make his carpet bag bark like a dog under the table, then order it to be quiet," she wrote), and even entertained them with shadow puppets that would later appear in Aladdin.

However, she noted that he was shyer around adults, with her mother once telling her friends that he rarely made eye contact. ("I figured he must have been different with grown-ups," Wilson wrote she thought at the time.) She came to the same conclusion when she reunited with Williams during a table reading of the 1998 film What Dreams May Come.

"My strongest impression came when we saw each other for the first time that day. Robin crossed to me from across the room, got down to my level, and whispered 'Hi, how are you?' He asked how my family was doing, how school was, never raising his voice and only sometimes making eye contact," she recalled. "He seemed so vulnerable. 'So this is what Mom meant,' I thought. It was as if I was seeing him for the first time. He was a person now."

After that, the two mostly lost touch, though Wilson did recall running into the actor while he filmed the 2007 movie, August Rush. At the time, Wilson could tell "he truly cared" about how she was doing.

"Many of my friends are comedians who were inspired by him, but others just loved his movies and comedy and had since their childhoods. If you can affect someone when they’re young, you are in their heart forever. It is remarkable how many lives Robin touched, and how many people said, just as I had, that he reminded them of their fathers," she wrote, before quoting her Mrs. Doubtfire character. "I suppose — could I really end this any other way? — we’re all his goddamn kids, too."

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Taylor Swift Announces Title, Cover for Upcoming Album "1989"


ABC/Richard Harbaugh(NEW YORK) --  After dancing with fans while debuting her new single "Shake It Off," Taylor Swift revealed the album cover and title for her new release 1989.

During a live stream on Yahoo and ABC News, Swift surprised fans and said, "I have some big news."

The first surprise was the song and the second surprise was the title and cover of the new album, which reflects the year she was born.

"Having been born on Dec. 13 1989, this album is called 1989.

Swift has been working on her new album for two years and said she has changed a lot over the past two years, especially delving into late 1980's music and being influenced by that era.

"The inspiration behind this record, I was listening to a lot of late 80's pop ... I really loved the chances they were taking, how bold it was," she said. "It was apparently a time of limitless potential, the idea you could do what you want be what you want ... the idea of endless possibility was kind of a theme in the last two years of my life."

The cover of the album is a Polaroid of herself, cutting off her face at the eyes with T.S. at the bottom and "1989" at the bottom right. Swift is wearing a shirt featuring flying seagulls.

"That photo you are seeing is a Polaroid we took, we took the album photos on Polaroids," she explained. "It was kind of an accident, so I figured why not make that photo the album cover?"

The album is in stores Oct. 27 and Swift said fans will actually get packets of real Polaroids inside the album -- 13 each, but different packs with different photos in each.

"For the record this is my very first documented pop album," she added.

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