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- Luchina Fisher at ABC News Blogs4 hrs ago
Ben Affleck has no trouble admitting that he counted cards while playing blackjack in a Las Vegas casino.
"That is true," he told the October issue of Details magazine. "I took some time to learn the game and became a decent blackjack player. And once I became decent, the casinos asked me not to play blackjack."
Affleck, 42, is referring to the April incident at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, in which he was banned from playing the game.
- Luchina Fisher at ABC News Blogs6 hrs ago
It looks like Dallas really has danced his last dance.
Director Greg Jacobs, who takes over the helm for "Magic Mike XXL" from Steven Soderbergh, confirmed the news to Indiewire on Wednesday.
Though Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello will be back, Jacobs is promising a "very different" movie than the first one.
"It's a road trip movie," Jacobs told Indiewire, "and put it this way, it's different enough that once you see it you'll understand why we made a sequel. No one will be accusing us of making the same movie twice."
- Luchina Fisher at ABC News7 hrs ago
She's one of the family now!
Just weeks after saying "I do" to Evan Ross, Ashlee Simpson joined her new family, including mother of the groom, Diana Ross, to celebrate the re-opening of her sister-in-law Chudney Ross' Santa Monica children's bookstore, Books and Cookies.
Four of the five Ross children gathered for the grand re-opening, and Simpson brought along son Bronx, 5, from her first marriage to Pete Wentz.
Posting a photo of the family on Instagram, Evan wrote, "The family. Books and cookies. Amazing"
Captioning another snap from the event, Evan wrote, "The family. My sisters #booksandcookies just opened up. Love when are families come together so beautiful."
His sister echoed the feeling.
- Luchina Fisher at ABC News Blogs7 hrs ago
Alanis Morissette has lightened up after revealing that she's recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The singer showed off her new blonde 'do on Instagram, writing, "new hair. girl needed to have a little fun ;) ps- blondes are, in fact, treated differently. this is one of the many effects of work addiction recovery :) #spontaneity #easybreezy #makeupforlosttime #healing"
The hair change comes after the 40-year-old musician revealed to Oprah Winfrey's "Super Soul Sunday," airing this Sunday, that her early experiences with fame caused her to suffer from PTSD.
- ABCNewsPR at ABC News7 hrs ago
"GMA" is #1 for the Week :
Outperforming NBC's "Today" by 782,000 Total Viewers and 249,000 Adults 25-54
"GMA" Increases Year-Ago News Demo Advantage Over "Today" by 655%
"GMA" Delivers Strongest Numbers Since May
"GMA" Only Morning Program to Grow Week-to-Week Across All Key Target Demos
- Richard Davies at ABC News9 hrs ago
Morning Money Memo…
Apple is taking a tough new line on the security of its mobile devices, saying its new iOS 8 operating system will keep data private, even from police. The engineering of the new system, says Apple, makes it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police - even under a search warrant. Apple's announcement is an attempt to answer claims by some privacy advocates that tech companies have participated in the government attempts to sweep up personal data. "Rather than comply with binding court orders, Apple has reworked its latest encryption in a way that prevents the company - or anyone but the device's owner - from gaining access to the vast troves of user data typically stored on smartphones or tablet computers," reports The Washington Post.
- Devin Dwyer at ABC News10 hrs ago
Ever since President Obama inadvertently got in hot water for appearing in a sponsored Samsung selfie tweetwith Big Papi, he and the first lady have largely avoided self-shot photos with fans in crowds.
But on Wednesday, in separate cities, the president and first lady relaxed their rules.
"I will tell you in advance that selfiesare a little tough," Mr. Obama told members of Congress and their families gathered on the White House South Lawn for the annual Congressional Picnic. "I will make exceptions for little people, but you have to actually be little."
The comment drew laughter, before the president quickly corrected himself: "And I mean young, I don't mean short."
It's not known how many, if any, presidential selfies transpired at the picnic with children of lawmakers (the press corps was quickly ushered out). But we do know the first lady lent her likeness to at least one on Wednesday.
- Luchina Fisher at ABC News2 days ago
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 concert-goers 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, he went on to perform.
- Luchina Fisher at ABC News2 days ago
Nicki Minaj is seeing Blue - as in Blue Ivy.
"It was great. I'm ecstatic," Minaj told New York hip-hop station Hot 97 Monday. "I don't know what to say. I'm just very blessed and very thankful to be, to have such a great time with the family, in general."
She added, "I just think the whole atmosphere was just like one of the most inspiring moments of my career so far."
Minaj performed her remix of "Flawless" with Beyonce on stage - a dream come true, she said.
- Luchina Fisher at ABC News Blogs2 days ago
Jessica Simpson looks thinner than ever.
The star posted an Instagram photo of her in a revealing black ensemble posing beside husband Eric Johnson in honor of the former NFL player's 35th birthday.
"Happy Birthday Husband of Mine," she wrote.
The singer and fashion mogul stepped out Sunday with Johnson wearing a halter-style, black bodysuit beneath a sheer skirt that accentuated her svelte figure.
Simpson, 34, continued the celebration on Johnson's actual birthday, posting a throwback photo of her man playing the saxophone.