January 02, 2015
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Kim Kardashian getting wax figure at Madam Tussauds

HollywoodNews.com: Kim Kardashian has become a household name and now she’s about to become a wax figure.
She has been teasing fans that she had a huge announcement this week, and she has finally let the cat out of the bag. She tweeted, “I’ve been keeping you guys in the dark about my big announcement and teasing you with my #karwax tweets… but I can finally reveal that I am getting my own wax figure at Madame Tussauds in NYC!!!! This is one of the greatest honors ever and I am so thrilled and excited. Now I will never have to leave NYC… I’ve officially gone bi-coastal! LOL.”
Do you think Kim deserves a wax figure?
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Johnny Depp’s “Rango” releases trailer

HollywoodNews.com: Johnny Depp’s upcoming film, “Rango,” released an “announcement piece” for the film earlier this month that left viewers puzzled.
However, the film has just released the first official trailer for the film that actually gives us a glimpse at Depp’s character. The film stars Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone, and Timothy Olyphant as The Spirit of the West and is the story of a chameleon with an identity crisis.
Watch the new trailer below:
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Tom Hanks to auction off Prius to support Veterans

HollywoodNews.com: Tom Hanks has starred in one of the most memorable war films, “Saving Private Ryan,” and now he is doing his part to support veterans and their families.
He will be donating his customized 2004 Prius to support the Welcome Back Veterans (WBV) initiative. Welcome Back Veterans is an initiative created by Major League Baseball to assist OEF/OIF veterans and their families with deployment-related mental health concerns. The 2004 Prius has been converted to a plug-in Hybrid and features an autographed glove box personally signed by Hanks.
“Welcome Back Veterans is offering crucial support services to America’s military men and women and their families,” said Hanks. “When it comes to supporting our veterans and their families, I am proud to do whatever I can.”
“I’m truly excited about the relationships we have created for charitable giving. Tom Hanks is a perfect example,” said Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies and founder of ClubCharity.com. “He is one of the most influential celebrities and his support is invaluable to the cause.”
Bidding begins on www.ClubCharity.com, Tues, June 29, at 1:00PM EDT and will end on July 19, at 8:00PM EDT, with all proceeds benefiting Welcome Back Veterans.
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Potter, Twilight Stars Together in New Film “Abduction”

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: Fans of both the Harry Potter and Twilight series will have good reason to see the film Abduction, as it features two very well known faces from both franchises: Jason Isaacs (who plays Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter flms), and Taylor Lautner (who is werewolf Jacob Black in the Twilight films).

Abduction centers on a young man who attempts to uncover the truth about his life after he discovers his baby photo on a missing persons website. Isaacs has reportedly been in kickboxing training, since he has a fight scene in the film with Lautner (who has studied martial arts since the age of 7 and has won several tournaments). The film will also star Alfred Molina, Sigourney Weaver and Maria Bello.
Abduction is scheduled for release sometime in 2011.
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‘The Calling’s’ Alex Band releases first solo album

HollywoodNews.com: After The Calling disbanded in 2005, the release of singer Alex Band’s solo album “We’ve All Been There” has been a long time coming. With his record actually completed in 2007, a restructuring of his label left the release in limbo. Since then, Alex has spent the last few years regaining control of the master recordings and establishing his own label, AMB Records, partnering with EMI for distribution.
“I’ve finally got creative control, which is the main reason I went through all of this,” he says. “So now I’m starting completely over as a solo artist and reintroducing myself to the world.” Today, he is proud to release his solo debut “We’ve All Been There,” featuring the hit single “Tonight.”
Alex says of his album – which charts the course of a relationship from start to finish – “It’s definitely about my own struggle, but I think everyone can relate to what I’ve been through from experiences in their lives. I think everything I’m talking about on the record is pretty universal. And knowing now that I’m writing for different cultures, with fans around the world, it’s important that what I’m writing about is generalized enough that people can take the songs in their own way.”
We’ve All Been There is available in stores and online. Starting July 7th, Alex will play a few dates with friend and Live vocalist Ed Kowalczyk before kicking off his first headlining tour in six years.
Listen to the album below:

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Listen: Leonardo DiCaprio, Christopher Nolan talk “Inception”

HollywoodNews.com: Last week, journalists and critics got their first official look at Inception, Christopher Nolan’s genre (and mind-) bending new movie. Friday morning in Los Angeles, Hollywood News joined that lucky group of reporters to ask members of the cast and crew questions about the film. Writer-director Christopher Nolan and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt spoke at length about the challenges and opportunities they tackled in the process of making Inception.
Listen to the press conference below:

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First look at Sheryl Crow’s “Summer Day” video

HollywoodNews.com: Sheryl Crow has just posted a video that gives fans an inside look at her upcoming “Summer Day” music video.
The singer posted on her website the following message: “My friend Keith Megna made an amazing “Summer Day” video for us – inspired by a great day in Central Park and our actual studio recording of the song. Official video coming soon but hope you enjoy this as much as we do.”
Sheryl’s soulful new album 100 Miles From Memphis will hit stores on July 20th.
Watch the sneak peak below:
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Rupert Grint to Appear on BBC’s “Top Gear”

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: Harry Potter fans and car fanatics, gear up! Rupert Grint will be appearing on the July 11th episode of popular TV show “Top Gear”. The show is a must-see for car fanatics; the hosts (Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May) talk about anything and everything relating to all sorts of cars, luxury, sports, and sometimes more unusual vehicles. The show is fun to watch, and even if you’re not “into” cars it will entertain you with the various challenges and information presented on the show. Celebrities often appear on the show to vie for a chance to drive a lap around the BBC track in one of the featured vehicles for the episode.
Potter fans are familiar with Rupert’s affinity towards unusual vehicles; last year he purchased his very own ice cream truck (a childhood dream) and also purchased hovercraft several years ago. In addition to that, if you consider Rupert’s personality, his natural flair for comedy and his love for acting silly on television (as he did for a special for Comic Relief 2009), his episode should be a lot of fun to watch.
“Top Gear” airs on the BBC Channel; check your local listings for local information.
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The Twilight Fandom Gives Back

By Kim Palacios
HollywoodNews.com: Twilight Saga stars such as Peter Facinelli, Kellan Lutz and Chaske Spencer are routinely recognized for their charitable work. Yet, tens of thousands of dollars have been raised in the past year by organized groups of Twilight fans. The largest of these organizations is The Fandom Gives Back, which raised $87,640 in conjunction with the release of “New Moon”. Its latest campaign will auction hundreds of Twi-hard goodies alongside the release of “Eclipse”, and is currently underway.
The beneficiary of Fandom Gives Back fundraising is Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), an organization dedicated to fighting childhood cancer. Peter Facinelli was the original catalyst for raising awareness about ALSF, but a group of dedicated fans took matters into their own hands. A committee of fewer than six has engaged thousands of Twi-hards who span the globe in donating services, creative work, and collectibles. During week-long mega-drives such as the current one (which will end on July 3rd), contributed items are sold off to the highest bidder.
So, what’s for sale? Everything under the moon, from autographed collector’s items, to twilight-themed crafts, to things of general interest. Last year’s auction saw everything from memorabilia signed by the “New Moon” cast, to a Twilight fan cookbook, to hotel and airline credits that could be used for vacations. The most coveted item during the “New Moon” campaign was a meet and greet with Jackson Rathbone’s band, 100 Monkeys, which went for $1,600. This campaign’s conservative $50,000 goal is expected to be exceeded (the drive has already surpassed $15,000 in raised funds on its second day).
And, the fundraising won’t end with the release of “Eclipse”. The Fandom Gives Back recently absorbed another popular organization, Twihards4Charity. The latter holds charitable events not only in alignment with the film releases, but also at other times of the year. Stay tuned for more fan-driven giving campaigns in the fall!
To learn more about Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and to bid for items, visit the official web site of The Fandom Gives Back or e-mail info@thefandomgivesback.com. To stay tuned into how much the effort has raised, follow @fandomgivesback on Twitter!
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Questions? Tips? E-mail me! kpblog@hollywoodnews.com
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Steve Carell taps into his inner super-villain in ‘Despicable Me’

By Todd Gilchrist
HollywoodNews.com: Even as the bumbling boss on TV’s The Office, Steve Carell basically plays a good guy, and has frequently tackled roles that required him to charm audiences rather than creep them out. But in his new film, Despicable Me, Carell plays an animated super-villain named Gru, a guy who would blow up a balloon animal just so he could pop it in a little kid’s face. Hollywood News attended the Despicable Me press day this weekend, where Carell chatted with press about the prospect of playing a bad guy for the first time in his career.
Hollywood News: In most of the characters you play, we see you as this great deadpan comedian who’s so good at playing it straight and making it funny. Is this a different side of your sense of humor we get to see where you do a crazy voice and go wild?

Steve Carell: It’s fun to go wild and it’s interesting when you’re trying to create a character in animation. It’s really a communal effort. It’s not like I would just come in with a singular idea and start doing it. I saw the artwork. I talked to the directors and the writers and got a sense for what they wanted. And then, what’s great about it is that you do have the license to just go for it and you trust that the editors and the directors will put in what’s necessary. I felt like my job description on this was to just give as wide a range as possible – do things small or smallish and then sort of blow the doors off on other takes because you never know what they’re going to need in any given moment in terms of the narrative of the movie.
Hollywood News: Is it a side you’d like to show more?

Carell: It’s a side that’s fun to do. It’s all fun. It’s fun to kind of mix and match and play around with different voices. This character’s accent was just ridiculous. It’s fun to just play and experiment. What was great about this in particular was there was no impetus to do it correctly or within the lines. It was very freewheeling and very supportive. We had a great freedom to fail which I think is really liberating.
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