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"Friends" Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

Getty Images / Handout(NEW YORK) — Twenty years ago, six friends danced in a water fountain and into television history.

Friends premiered Sept. 22, 1994 on NBC, and turned Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer into major stars.

Aniston filled the role of Rachel, who abandoned her partner on her wedding day and subsequently moved in with an old friend, Monica, played by Cox.

Monica was the sister of Schwimmer’s Ross, who had a big crush on Rachel. He eventually had an on-again, off-again relationship with her that resulted in a daughter and, finally, the two of them declaring their love for one another in the last episode.

Monica and Rachel lived across the hall from Chandler, the wise-cracking character played by Perry, and LeBlanc’s Joey. Monica went on to marry Chandler, while Joey ended up as the focal point of a much-derided spin-off after Friends ended its 10-season run in 2004.

Finally, there’s Kudrow’s Phoebe, a quirky musician whose signature song was “Smelly Cat.”

When the six friends weren’t hanging out in Monica and Rachel’s apartment, they were usually at the local coffee shop, Central Perk.

Friends featured one of the most recognizable TV theme songs of the 1990s: “I’ll Be There for You,” by The Rembrandts. It was used in the show’s intro, in which the cast members splashed around in a water fountain.

Friends was remarkably successful as part of NBC’s “Must See TV” Thursday-night lineup. It earned 62 Emmy nominations, winning six times.

Many of the cast members have moved on to other TV series. Cox stars in the TBS comedy Cougar Town; Kudrow is working on a revival of her HBO comedy The Comeback; LeBlanc was a recent Emmy nominee for the Showtime series Episodes; and Perry is attached to an Odd Couple reboot.

Schwimmer’s major credit since the Friends finale is the Madagascar films. Oh, and in case you haven’t heard, Aniston has a busy movie career and is engaged to Justin Theroux.

You can still see all of them in the Friends reruns that seemingly air around the clock on various networks. In fact, TBS is airing a 20-episode marathon on Monday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET/PT to celebrate the sitcom’s anniversary.

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Celebs to Dance to Their Favorite Jams on Monday’s "Dancing with the Stars"

ABC (LOS ANGELES) — The second week of the new Dancing with the Stars season begins Monday night. The theme of the night will be “My Jam Monday.” Each couple will perform a dance to their “favorite jam.”

Last week’s top celebrity scorer, Alfonso Ribeiro, and his pro partner, Witney Carson, will deliver a hip-hop samba set to Will Smith’s “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.” Of course, Ribeiro was Smith’s co-star on the 1990s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, so maybe he’ll work in his famous Carlton dance into his routine? We’ll have to wait and see, but Carson promises it will be “really fun” with “a lot of energy.”

After a mishap with a feather boa during the first performance show, fashion designer Betsey Johnson has sworn off the accessory. She tells ABC News Radio, “There will be no boas allowed.”

Johnson also jokes that she’ll print a T-shirt that reads, “F…the boa.”

You can watch the 12 remaining celebrities take part in “My Jam Monday” beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC. One couple will go home the following night on the results show.

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Could Idris Elba Be the Next James Bond?

Sony/Screen Gems(NEW YORK) — Idris Elba participated in an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit Saturday. In addition to his role in Disney’s remake of The Jungle Book, the No Good Deed actor also discussed the possibility of him becoming the next James Bond.

There has been some buzz on the web about Elba possibly stepping into the 007 role when Daniel Craig decides to leave.

When one Reddit user asked if he’d be interested, Elba answered, “Yes, if it was offered to me, absolutely.”

The 42-year-old actor also cleared up a rumor about him playing the Marvel Comics character Luke Cage in the upcoming Netflix series of the same name. Elba revealed, “I think there’s an actor already signed on for it, fortunately or unfortunately.”

The recent announcement that Elba will voice the part of Shere Khan in Jon Favreau’s upcoming remake of the Disney classic The Jungle Book prompted one fan to ask Elba what his favorite Disney movie was.

“I loved Mary Poppins,” he responded, explaining, “Classic, man, just classic. The songs, the animation, amazing!”

The Jungle Book, also featuring the voices of Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, is set for a 2015 release.

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Ray J Denies Dating "Love & Hip Hop Hollywood" Co-Star Teairra Mari for Nine Years

VH1(NEW YORK) — When fans tuned in to the premiere episode of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Hollywood last Monday, many were shocked to learn that cast members Ray J and R&B singer Teairra Mari had dated for nine years — at least that’s what Teairra claimed. Ray J tells ABC News Radio not to believe everything you hear.

 

“I mean I’m still trying to add that up. We’re all still confused about that statement. We still trying to find out the time gap of everything and see if it all equals the same thing and right now we haven’t figured out exactly what she meant by that,” Ray says.

 

In the episode, Ray J and Teairra meet up eight months after their painful split. The conversation, held in the parking lot of his office building, quickly turned sour with an emotional and crying Teairra threatening to beat up Ray’s new girlfriend, Princess Love. Later in the episode, she does throw a drink on Princess during a party Ray J threw in honor of his website, RayJ.com.

 

Ray says he doesn’t condone his ex’s violent behavior. “If I’m not with you no [sic] more I never want to see you again and I’ll run into you. It just never should be some street activity going on as adults,” he adds.

 

It’s clear that Teairra still has feelings for Ray J, but he says he probably won’t get back together with her despite what viewers may see on forthcoming episodes.

 

“I don’t ever think that that’ll ever happen because I love my girl. But at the same time…I’m in an emotional roller-coaster ride,” he explains.

 

Ray J says viewers can expect him to “turn up” on the series, but when cameras aren’t rolling, and despite his reputation, he’s a pretty regular guy. So what’s his normal routine? “[I] go to bed at 9 p.m., wake up at 6 a.m., go to the gym, chill at home with my girl. I got four Maltese and I just chill. I don’t do nothing. I might go to the dog park with the dogs or go to the movies,” he says. “I got an office where I just go and put together shows, you know.”

 

VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Hollywood — which also stars Soulja Boy, Omarion and former member of B2K Lil Fizz — returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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"The Maze Runner" Dominates Weekend Box Office

20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) — Three new releases held the top spots at this weekend’s box office, with sci-fi action thriller The Maze Runner dominating at number one.

The film, based off the 2009 young-adult novel with the same name, stars Teen Wolf actor Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, and Game of Thrones‘ Thomas Brodie-Sangster. In its weekend debut, the movie brought in $32.5 million.

A Walk Among the Tombstones, directed by Scott Frank, and comedy-drama This Is Where I Leave You, rounded out the top three during their first week, pushing last weekend’s leader, crime-thriller No Good Deed, down to number four.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:

1. The Maze Runner $32.5 million
2. A Walk Among the Tombstones $13.126 million
3. This Is Where I Leave You $11.86 million
4. No Good Deed $10.2 million
5. Dolphin Tale 2 $9.005 million
6. Guardians of the Galaxy $5.18 million
7. Let’s Be Cops $2.675 million
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $2.65 million
9. The Drop $2.05 million
10. If I Stay $1.835 million

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Miranda Cosgrove Talks NFL, Fashion and College Life at USC

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) — Miranda Cosgrove is just your normal 21-year-old college student — except for the fact that she’s been starring in movies and TV for more than a decade on shows like iCarly and hit movies like School of Rock.

While Cosgrove is hard at work, trying to learn as much as she can at the University of Southern California, some of her classmates also happen to be fans.

She just got back to school and said being an actress has its ups and down.

“The weirdest part is after a day at school, I’ll go on Instagram or the Internet and there will be pictures of me from school that random people took and I didn’t know they took,” she told ABC News. “So, that can be kind of weird sometimes.”

The good? It helps her meet new people, she said.

“People come up to me and introduce themselves and it kind of opens the door, so that part of it’s nice,” she added. “I feel like I’m not the kind of person that would just go up to somebody and introduce myself, so it’s helped me in a lot of ways.”

Right before school, Cosgrove got her own place, but said she regrets it a little because she would love to live on campus and have the classic college experience.

“I might even try it for a semester at some point, because I do want that experience,” she said, adding she decided on majoring in film and is interested in screenwriting classes.

In fact, she looks up to the likes of Tina Fey and Kristen Wiig, and admires their ability to both act and write.

“College really does help you grow up and figure out who you are. So, it’s just helped me grow as a person, like even just getting to classes on time and figuring out where classes are,” she added, laughing.

Cosgrove spoke to ABC as part of her partnership with the NFL as the Tweens/Juniors Apparel brand ambassador. She’s a San Francisco 49ers fan and the love of the team comes from her father Tom.

“I’m personally a fan of Colin Kaepernick … Football also kind of brings everyone together and my dad loves football and loves sports,” she said. “For as long as I can remember I’ve watched football games with my family.”

Cosgrove has always been a fan of fashion and sports, making the collaboration ideal, she said.

“Even now that I’m back at school, I like to dress comfortable and I think the shirts [jerseys] are comfortable and cute,” she said.

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"The Cosby Show" Turns 30: 30 Things You May Not Have Known About the Show

Larry Busacca/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Thirty years ago today, audiences were introduced to The Cosby Show, a sitcom about the Huxtable family in Brooklyn, New York, that would remain on the air for eight seasons.

The series was a huge hit, winning six Emmys, two Golden Globes and a slew of other awards — not to mention ranking number one in the Nielsen ratings for five years in a row.

While most people know a little bit about its creator, Bill Cosby, here are 30 things you may not know about the show:

1. The Cosby Show wasn’t the first show named after Bill Cosby. There were three others that came before, The Bill Cosby Show, The New Bill Cosby Show and Cos. After The Cosby Show ended, Cosby and Phylicia Rashad moved to CBS to star in Cosby.

2. Cosby’s real-life family was the basis of the Huxtables. Both families consisted of four daughters and one son in the middle.

3. The character Theo was patterned after Cosby’s own son, Ennis, who like the character had dyslexia. Ennis was murdered in 1997.

4. Bill Cosby never received an Emmy nod for his acting on the series—apparently at his own request, because he was opposed to such competition between performers. He did receive, however, two Golden Globe awards for playing Cliff Huxtable.

5. Whitney Houston was up for the role as the Huxtables’ oldest daughter, but the part instead went to 26-year-old Sabrina Le Beauf because she had more acting experience and Houston was intent on becoming a recording artist.

6. On the show, the Huxtable brownstone was supposedly in Brooklyn, but the facade was actually shot in the East Village at 10 St. Luke’s Place in Manhattan.

7. Much of the artwork that hung on the walls of the Huxtable home was by renowned African-American artists Synthia Saint James and by the painter Varnette Honeywood.

8. Phylicia Rashad won the part of Clair, in part, because she spoke fluent Spanish. The show originally planned to have Clair’s character be a Dominican who would go on tirades in Spanish — a la I Love Lucy — but dropped the idea before the pilot was taped.

9. The show, according to TV Guide, was the biggest hit in the 1980s and almost single-handedly revived the sitcom genre and NBC’s fortunes.

10. Cosby used material about family life from his stand-up routines for episodes of the show.

11. The show frequently promoted African-American and African culture by working into story lines artists and musicians, such as Jacob Lawrence, Miles Davis, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Miriam Makeba.

12. Bill Cosby, along with his longtime collaborator collaborator Stu Gardner, composed the show’s theme music and during season four, it was performed by Bobby McFerrin.

13. The show helped usher in other successful sitcoms, featuring African-American casts, including 227, Amen and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

14. A Different World was a spin-off from The Cosby Show created after the character Denise, played by Lisa Bonet, left home to attend Hillman College, a fictional historically black college.

15. Raven-Symoné originally auditioned for Cosby’s Ghost Dad, but she was too young for the part. Cosby liked her so much that he gave her a role on his TV show as his step-granddaughter Olivia.

16. Four-year-old Alicia Keys appeared in an early episode as one of Rudy’s friends.

17. Adam Sandler also got his start on the TV show playing Theo’s friend, Smitty.

18. Cliff Huxtable was ranked No. 1 on TV Guide’s List of 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time.

19. Story was always intended to have the parents in charge — and not the kids. Cosby thought too many shows were being done from the kids’ perspective and wanted the show to always be done from that perspective.

20. Many celebrities made guest appearances – Blair Underwood, Elaine Stritch, Stevie Wonder, Naomi Campbell, Lena Horne, Tony Orlando, Iman, Danny Kaye, Rita Moreno, Debbie Allen, Christopher Plummer, BB King, and Robin Givens … to name a few.

21. There weren’t five kids in the pilot. The character of Sondra was added in the second episode.

22. The Cosby Show was known for its fashion — Dr. Huxtable’s sweaters were a trade mark of the show, but so were Denise’s high-fashion looks.

23. The designer behind Cosby’s sweaters in the show was Dutch designer Koos van der Akker.

24. The show was also famous for its new openings each year.

25. Some of the characters are named after people in Bill Cosby’s life. His mom’s name is Anna — like the TV mom. And his real brother’s name was Russell, which became his father. His wife’s maiden name in real life is also Claire’s maiden name.

26. Speaking of names, Cosby’s character’s name was “Heathcliff,” though in the first few episodes, he was called “Clifford.”

27. A mural featured in the opening of The Cosby Show was taken out because of a dispute with the school responsible for it.

28. The finale of The Cosby Show was the seventh most-watched of all time, with 44.4 million viewers.

29. Rudy was originally supposed to be a boy, but it wasn’t until Keshia Knight Pulliam was permitted to audition for the role that producers felt they found the right person to star.

30. It’s rumored that Carl Anthony Payne II, who played Cockroach on the show, was fired after he refused to comply with Cosby’s request that he cut his hair.

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"Fashion Police" to Continue Without Joan Rivers, E! Network Says

Photo by: E! Entertainment(NEW YORK) —  After much deliberation and Melissa Rivers’ blessing, Fashion Police will officially move forward without Joan Rivers, E! said Friday in a statement to ABC News.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Joan Rivers and, for the last two weeks, have turned our attention to honoring her memory on all of our platforms,” the network said about the late comedic icon.

“We have also thought long and hard about what Joan would have wanted as it pertains to the future of Fashion Police. We decided, with Melissa Rivers’ blessing, that Joan would have wanted the franchise to continue. Fashion Police will return in 2015 commencing with Golden Globes coverage on Monday, January 12. No further details will be announced at this time,” the statement added.

Rivers died on Sept. 4 at the age of 81. The comedy legend, alongside Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos, made Fashion Police a red-carpet staple, with their biting, yet funny comments on the attire chosen by Hollywood’s elite for big-time award shows.

Rancic told ABC News earlier this week that Rivers’ death was “the shock of a lifetime” and that her daughter Melissa, an executive producer of the show, would be instrumental in deciding if the show would continue.

“They are looking at different scenarios, whether it moves forward or it doesn’t,” Rancic said. “A lot of that will be up to [Melissa] and how she’s feeling and how she decides what she wants to do, along with the execs here at E! There is no word now. … They are seeing what Fashion Police looks like without Joan.”

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"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" Stars Mama June and Sugar Bear Separate

TLC(NEW YORK) — Mama June had sad news to share Friday.

The Here Come Honey Boo Boo star, whose real names is June Shannon, has separated from Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson.

“Sugar Bear and I have decided to take some time apart to figure out some things in our relationship,” she told ABC News in a statement. “We are taking things day by day, but regardless of what happens, the girls will always be our number one priority. We want to thank y’all for your support.”

Shannon and Thompson have one daughter together, Alana, whom has been nicknamed Honey Boo Boo. Thompson has been involved with Shannon’s older daughters, Lauryn (“Pumpkin”), Jessica (“Chubbs”) and Anna (“Chickadee”) too. Last summer, they held a commitment ceremony during which they exchanged vows.

“I’m so glad that they’re finally doing it,” one of Shannon’s friends said at the time. “June just is scared of the whole thing. But I guess he finally convinced her.”

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Kaley Cuoco Opens Up About Her Nude Photo Leak

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — A few weeks ago, Kaley Cuoco was among the celebrities who had nude photos of herself leaked on the Internet.

The Big Bang Theory actress called the breach of privacy “disturbing.”

“I totally have Google alerts that come to my phone so anything that my name pops up [in] comes to my phone because I’m, like, obsessed. I need to know what’s going on,” she said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday. “So every day, every day there’s like 30 ‘Kaley Cuoco nude photos’ [alerts]. It’s been going on for years.”

“So then this one came up and I was like, ‘Oh, it’s another fake one,'” she continued. “Then I started getting emails like, ‘No, there are some real ones going around.'”

Cuoco, 28, took initiative to send an email to her family, explaining what was happening and adding that she wasn’t pregnant or getting divorced. Then she made a joke of it, posting a funny photo of herself on Instagram.

“It was just a really bad situation but I took it in my own hands and make a joke about it because what are you gonna do?” she said. “You gotta make fun of yourself.”

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