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Winter Storm Causes Power Outages Throughout Northeast


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wednesday's winter storm has left almost 400,000 customers without power in the northeast.Public Service Company of New Hampshire spokesman Martin Murray says, "The reason that this has occurred is we really had wet, heavy s

Boy Scout Tops Dad's Total, Earns Most Merit Badges


iStock/Thinkstock(ALEXANDRIA, Va.) -- Josh McCoy has earned a whopping number of Boy Scout merit badges.It took him three years but in November, the 14-year-old from Alexandria, Virginia, collected his 135th merit badge, the most a scout can currently g

Couple Who Has Fostered 92 Children Fights to Adopt Child in Africa


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Jessica and Jason Neal are like any loving parents figuring out how to care for their large family, but what sets them apart is they believe they always have room for one more.“We have two biological children, we hav

Why This NFL Player's Post on Ferguson Has Gone Viral


Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- NFL player Benjamin Watson is one of countless Americans still struggling to understand Michael Brown's shooting death at the hands of a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.Watson, a tight end for the New Orleans

Michael Brown's Parents 'Taken Aback' by Darren Wilson's 'Clean Conscience'


Michael Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, standing outside the Ferguson Police Department Monday night. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- The family of slain Ferguson teenager Michael Brown is hurt and "taken aback" by Officer Darren Wilson

Video of Police Shooting Cleveland Boy with Toy Gun Is Released


File photo. (iStock/Thinkstock)(CLEVELAND) -- The video of a Cleveland police officer shooting a 12-year-old boy who had a toy gun was released on Wednesday after the department consulted with the boy's family.Police initially withheld the video from the

Exclusive: Police Officer Darren Wilson Discusses Firing Deadly Shot


ABC News(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson discussed his account of the moment he shot and killed black teenager Michael Brown in an exclusive interview with ABC News.Wilson said Brown was charging at him, disregarding the

Snow, Rain Threatening Millions of Thanksgiving Travelers


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Wintry weather is expected to bring travel delays for millions of Americans on Wednesday, causing problems on one of the busiest travel days of the year.More than 46 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles away fr

The Most Popular, Non-Turkey Thanksgiving Dishes, by State


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For just about everyone, Thanksgiving means a turkey on the table. But if you live in Colorado, Idaho or Nevada, you're probably also looking forward to a big-'ol helping of frog eye salad on the side. Or maybe some persimmo

Exclusive: Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson Tells George Stephanopoulos He's Havin


ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Police Officer Darren Wilson, who has been in seclusion since the fatal shooting of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown, revealed to Good Morning America Wednesday that he and his new wife are expecting a baby.Wilson, 28, had earli

Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters in Ferguson; At Least 44 Arrested


Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Police fired tear gas at protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, overnight after a police car was set on fire, as violence erupted in the city for the second consecutive night.Police arrested at least 44 peop

Two FBI Special Agents Shot Near Ferguson


aijohn784/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo.) -- Two FBI special agents were shot during an investigation near Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday morning, FBI Public Affairs Specialist Rebecca Wu confirmed.The agents’ injuries are not life-threa

Ferguson Protesters Gather at Police Station Amid New National Guard Reinforceme


ABC NEWS(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- A crowd of several hundred people gathered outside the Ferguson, Mo., police station Tuesday night, and after a calm start, a police car was set on fire, after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon deployed more than 2,000 National Guardsm

Ferguson Area to Get More than 2,000 National Guardsmen Tuesday Night


ABC NEWS(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will deploy more than 2,000 National Guardsmen Tuesday night to prevent a recurrence of the rioting that rocked the city of Ferguson after a grand jury cleared Police Officer Darren Wilson in the death of

UVA Promises New 'Zero Tolerance' Policy on Sexual Assaults


iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- The University of Virginia said Tuesday that it has adopted a zero-tolerance policy in dealing with sexual assaults on campus, after an explosive report about rapes that took place on campus prompted a meeting

Pharrell Williams to Receive Hollywood Star on December 4


Art Streiber/NBCHere's something Pharrell Williams can be thankful for, post-Thanksgiving: he'll receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 4.Pharrell will receive the 2,537th star on the famous walk during a ceremony that begins at 11:30 a.m. PT.  The star will be unveiled in front of the W Hotel Hollywood, and in addition to Pharrell, Ellen DeGeneres will be on hand for the proceedings. You'll be able watch the ceremony at WalkofFame.com.In a statement, Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies, says of The Voice coach:  "His music is known the world over, and we are confident that fans will be ‘happy’ to see his star shine on our Walk of Fame."Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

John Mayer to Fill In as Host of CBS' "The Late Late Show" in February


Eric McCandless/CBSA couple of years ago, there was talk that John Mayer was going to get his own musical variety show on CBS.  Well, that never materialized, but the singer is getting a chance to guest-host a previously existing CBS show.Craig Ferguson is stepping down as the host of The Late Late Show on December 19, and the new host, British personality James Corden, doesn't take over until March 9.  To fill the gaps, CBS is lining up a variety of fill-in hosts, and John is one of them. In fact, he's the only musician tapped to do it, but it's not clear if he'll be performing as well.John says on Twitter that he'll be hosting the show for three nights, during the week leading up to the Grammys in February.  He adds, "Three days might not seem like a long time, but it's exactly as long as it takes to mail a letter to CBS saying 'please make this stop.'"John is joining other guest hosts like Drew Carey -- who'll kick things off January 5, and will also do the final fill-in week on March 2 -- plus Judd Apatow, Will Arnett, Wayne Brady, comedian Jim Gaffigan and former Will & Grace star Sean Hayes.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lady Gaga Reveals What It's Like to Record with "Gentleman" Tony Bennett


ABC/Lou RoccoWhat was it like for Lady Gaga to record with Tony Bennett for their #1 album, Cheek to Cheek?  According to Gaga, it was every bit as cool as you might imagine."He's just such a gentleman. He's all about the music and he's all about the art," Gaga said on Wednesday's The View. "You know, when he's not singing, he's making paintings and he's sketching, and when he's not sketching, he's singing or he's creating arrangements or building a school for kids to learn about music.  Tony sketches me all the time while we're working."Bennett also sets a dapper tone on the job.  "He always has a suit on when I come into the studio, and all of the players always stand up for me when I arrive and the music is all laid out for me," Lady Gaga says.As for why Bennett's still going strong at age 88, his answer is simple: "Well, I love to entertain people. I could've retired 17 years ago but I love it so much I never wanna stop."Gaga and Tony have booked a number of concert dates together for 2015, including shows at prestigious venues like New York's Radio City Music Hall, London's Royal Albert Hall, and Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. The two will ring in 2015 with a performance in Las Vegas.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Billy Joel Denies He Smoked Cigarettes with Obama


Lloyd Bishop/NBCThere have been some odd rumors about Billy Joel over the years, but one recent one prompted the Piano Man to issue a statement.  It turns out he did not, during a recent trip to the White House, take a smoke break with President Obama.The D.C. publication The Hill claimed earlier this week that Billy was overheard at a Washington bar telling someone, "I was at the White House recently, and President Obama...said, ‘I’m going out on the North Portico to have a smoke. Do you want to come with me?”  According to the publication's claim, Billy said that he replied, "Well, I haven’t smoked in a long time,” but then admitted that he couldn't turn down the offer. The Hill further reported that Billy may have been referring to the time last December when he was at the White House for the Kennedy Center Honors.However, Billy said in a statement to the New York Daily News. "The Obama part of the story is completely untrue. Nothing like that ever happened. I think their 'spy' had a few too many cocktails at that bar."But if the "Obama part" of the story isn't true, which part is?  Likely the other half of The Hill's report.  It stated that Billy told a source at the bar that when he was on Capitol Hill last week to accept the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, he was in Rep. John Boehner's office, and the Speaker of the House "pulled out a pack of cigarettes and offered me one. And I said, ‘No thanks, I quit.’”Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Taylor Swift Makes Way for One Direction at #1; Christmas Albums Complete Top 10


ABC/Ida Mae AstuteOne Direction's new album, FOUR, has debuted at #1 on the album chart, which means that Taylor Swift's ex-boyfriend has now replaced her in the top spot.Taylor's album 1989, which has spent three weeks at #1, now slips to #2 as her ex Harry Styles and the rest of 1D take over the top slot with FOUR.  Ironically, Harry allegedly inspired some of the songs on 1989. With first-week sales of 387,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan, FOUR notches the second-largest sales debut of the year, after -- you guessed it -- Taylor's album.  It's also the largest sales week for a group in 2014.Despite the good news, sales of FOUR were slightly down from projected totals of 420,000 copies.  The band's most recent disc, 2013's Midnight Memories, opened with 546,000 copies.Meanwhile, 1989 has now sold 2.21 million copies.  There are five weeks left in the sales year, so if 1989 at its current pace, it may overtake what is currently the best-selling album of 2014: the Frozen soundtrack, which has moved 3.27 million copies.Speaking of Frozen, Christmas albums have overtaken the rest of the top ten, as That's Christmas to Me, the latest from a cappella group Pentatonix, jumps to #3, while  Frozen star Idina Menzel's album, Holiday Wishes, jumps to #10 on a 39% sales increase.  Michael Buble's 2011 album, Christmas, is also back in the top 10, currently at #9.  It's returned to the top 10 every year since it first came out.Elsewhere on the chart, Nickelback's new album, No Fixed Address, has debuted at #4.  It's the Canadian rock band's sixth top-10 album.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

John Legend Admits It Wasn't Love at First Sight for Him & Supermodel Wife


Image Courtesy Brian Bowen Smith As much as you might like to think John Legend fell head-over-heels the first time he met his supermodel wife Chrissy Teigen, it's simply not true.  Even though she went on to inspire his #1 hit "All of Me," John tells Los Angeles Confidential magazine it wasn't love at first sight."Not right away," he tells the magazine. "I’m more cautious than that. I wasn’t like, ‘This is the woman I’m going to marry’ from day one. For me I’m the kind of person who needs to grow into that feeling."He adds, "It was probably a couple of years in, when I could already see us being together forever." Speaking about writing "All of Me" about Chrissy, though, John explains, "The more you know someone, the more you’re inspired by your relationship. Also, I grew up just learning what it means to be in love with somebody… because I had never really been in love before. I guess you have to grow enough to be able to write that song with sincerity and authenticity."While "All of Me" is a great song in and of itself, John says he thinks the fact that he performed the tune on the Grammys telecast is the thing that really turned it into a monster single."The Grammys really vaulted that song from a song that was kind of chugging along on the radio but not breaking through in the way we believed it should and could -- the Grammys took it from No. 49 on iTunes to No. 3 in one night," he tells the magazine. "That was the single most important element that made ‘All of Me’ a huge hit. I’m grateful to them for that and everything that came before that.”You can read more of John's cover story in the December/January issue of Los Angeles Confidential.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Sting & John Mellencamp Join Billy Joel Onstage at Madison Square Garden


Myrna Suarez/Getty ImagesBilly Joel's Tuesday night concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden featured a couple of pre-Thanksgiving treats: guest appearances by his pals Sting and John Mellencamp.According to multuple reports, Sting joined Billy to perform a duet on Billy's 1986 song, "Big Man on Mulberry Street."  Sting sang that same song earlier this month as a tribute to Billy at the ASCAP Centennial Awards.  Mellecamp, meanwhile, took the stage to sing his hit "Crumblin' Down," while Billy backed him up. The entire set list is posted on Setlist.fm.The show was Billy's 11th at the Garden since he started his once-a-month residency there in January.  He already has shows scheduled through July 1 of 2015.  If he plays it, that show will break the record for most concerts by a single act at the legendary New York venue: it'll be his 65th career show there.Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Gloria Estefan's Favorite Thanksgiving Tradition? Giving Back


PRNewsFoto/Nederlander Organization, Jesus CarreroGloria Estefan knows that she and her family have plenty to be thankful for, which is why she likes to spend her Thanksgivings giving back to those less fortunate in her Miami, Florida community.Speaking about the upcoming holidays, Gloria says, "My favorite is Thanksgiving, and we have a big party at one of our restaurants for the homeless and different organizations -- Big Brother and Big Sister, Community Alliance for the Homeless, Camillus House -- and that's my favorite event."2014 will mark the seventh year that Gloria and her family will host the annual bash."I kinda stand and take pictures with everyone," she says, describing what happens at the party each year. "We serve them food.  We have face-painting for the kids, and music and events that they don't get to see during the year, and we just have a great time.  So that's my favorite way to celebrate that."Moving into the Christmas season, you can hear Gloria on The 25th of December, a new album from saxophonist Dave Koz.  She's recorded a new version of "Do You Hear What I Hear?" for the project, and also joins a bunch of other artists, including Richard Marx, Stevie Wonder and Johnny Mathis, for an all-star take of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love."In 2015, On Your Feet, the musical based on the lives of Gloria and her husband Emilio, will open on Broadway.  She's also promised fans a "BIG SURPRISE" that she can't talk about yet.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lorde Recalls Milkshakes with Taylor Swift, Plugs "Hunger Games" Soundtrack on "


Douglas Gorenstein/NBCLorde says she met Taylor Swift for the first time when the two got together in New York City and bonded over milkshakes at the fast food outlet Shake Shack.During an appearance on The Tonight Show Tuesday to plug The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack,which she curated, the 18-year-old New Zealand native said Taylor reached out to her first by sending her flowers.  "She sent me some flowers, which was so nice," Lorde told Fallon. "She sent them to my house and said like, 'congratulations on everything." And I was like, 'God.'"The singer said they eventually "met up" in New York at Shake Shack.The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack features performances by a number of artists, including Ariana Grande, Charli XCX and Lorde herself.The singer told Fallon she didn't know anything about putting a movie soundtrack together, but somehow managed to get it finished in record time, despite being in the middle of a concert tour."I think it took like two-and-a-half months, which was like kind of abnormally short," she recalls. "And I was on the road on the tour bus and I would literally run offstage...and get into my bed on the tour bus and just start work for the day on it."Lorde told Fallon she "called, texted and emailed" artists to get them on board.Later, Lorde performed "Yellow Flicker Beat," her song from the soundtrack.The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 original motion picture soundtrack is available now.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

"The Voice" Recap: Ryan Sill Saved Again


Trae Patton/NBCFor the second week in a row, Ryan Sill has been saved by the viewers during a Voice results show.The Team Gwen Stefani member again benefited from the "instant save" Tuesday night after he, his teammate Anita Antoinette, and Team Blake Shelton's Reagan James were in danger of elimination.Each artist performed for the viewers, who then cast their "instant save" votes on Twitter and The Voice app. Ryan sang Howie Day's "Collide," Anita covered the Jason Mraz hit "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)," and Reagan delivered a rendition of Nelly Furtado's "I'm Like a Bird."Earlier in the night, recent Voice adviser Taylor Swift performed her latest hit, "Blank Space." Afterward, she thanked her fans for the success of 1989, and remarked that she has a "permanent smile" on her face after taking a risk with her top-selling pop album.The one-hour results show also featured performances by Adam Levine and his artists, who sang Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young," and Pharrell Williams and his protégés, who belted out Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World."Toward the end of his team's performance, Pharrell revised the lyrics and sang, "And I think to myself, we need justice to unfurl," a likely reference to the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, this week after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.The top eight will take the stage next Monday night on NBC.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Adam Levine Says Chris Hemsworth Deserves "People's" Sexiest Man Alive Title


Courtesy People MagazineAfter a year of flaunting the fact that he landed the title of People's Sexiest Man Alive, Adam Levine was forced to relinquish it earlier this month for this year's hottie: Chris Hemsworth, star of The Avengers and the Thor movies.  But the Maroon 5 frontman says there's no hard feelings between himself and the Australian actor.Speaking to Access Hollywood Live, Adam says of Hemsworth, "Listen he's a super, super good looking [guy]. He's a handsome dude. He's Thor, for Christ's sake! I mean, the dude deserves it. Gosh!"Asked if he believes Hemsworth is sexier than Adam, fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton told the TV show, "I don’t even know who the other dude is. I have absolutely zero clue who the new guy is… But I guarantee you he's more manly and better looking and probably a better human being all together."Adam of course, had to fire back at Blake, mocking him for never appearing on the cover of People's annual Sexiest Men issue."You guys, see, Blake made the inside of the magazine," he explained. "Blake made the guys-who-weren't-quite-sexy-enough-to-be-on-the-cover list."Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Unwrap New Holiday Ad for H&M


Courtesy H&MLady Gaga and Tony Bennett have unveiled their new commercial for H&M's new holiday campaign.  Called "Magical Holidays," the one-minute, 40-second spot features Gaga and Bennett as just one element of a special holiday party.The clip starts with a woman, back to the camera, carrying a gift-wrapped box down a hall. Then we see a couple making out in the back of a bus, which opens up to reveal a band on a ship, with a female captain giving gifts to a family.  We travel through the porthole in the ship, and we're in a log cabin, where a bunch of young people are partying in front of a roaring fire.  One woman climbs a staircase to the attic, and pops out of a gold box, dressed in a glamorous outfit, into a ballroom where elegantly attired people are dancing in front of a stage.Finally, 40 seconds into the ad, we see Gaga and Tony onstage. She's wearing a huge curly wig and a dark green dress; he's wearing a tux.  They dance for a bit, and then sing "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," one of the standards from their jazz album Cheek to Cheek.  As they finish the number, the camera pulls out to reveal that the whole scene has taken place inside the box that the woman in the first scene was carrying down the hall. The woman, now revealed to be Gaga in heavy eye makeup and a white fur hat, replaces the lid and walks out of the room and back down the hall.Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kelly Clarkson Debuts New Holiday Video for "Wrapped in Red"


RCA Records"Wrapped in Red" was the title cut of Kelly Clarkson's 2013 holiday album, but she's finally gotten around to shooting a video for it.  The clip is now available for viewing exclusively on Amazon.The video incorporates old home movies of kids playing in the snow, unwrapping presents and decorating trees, with snowy winter scenes, and shots of Kelly singing in a few different settings: in a studio lit by light bulbs, against a red background with Christmas decorations and against a hazy white background.Earlier this year, Kelly posted a photo of her baby daughter River Rose visiting her on the set of the video shoot. She captioned it with the hashtag "#babysfirstvideo."You can buy Wrapped in Red in a variety of formats at Amazon, but over at Walmart, you can purchase a special CD/DVD bundle that includes both the album and a copy of Kelly's 2013 NBC Christmas special Kelly's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale.Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Joni Mitchell Put the Kibosh on Film that Would Have Starred Taylor Swift as Her


ABC/Ida Mae AstuteA couple of years ago, there was talk of a movie version of the book Girls Like Us, which focused on the impact of female musicians Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King.  There was also word that Taylor Swift had been cast as Mitchell in the film, but it was never made.  Now Mitchell is claiming it was she who pulled the plug on the project.Speaking to the Sunday Times of London, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says, “I squelched that! I said to the producer, ‘All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones. It’s just a lot of ­gossip, you don’t have the great scenes.’"  She also said that she didn't agree with the source material, which was written by Sheila Weller.  "There’s a lot of nonsense about me in books: assumptions, assumptions, assum­p­tions,” Mitchell tells The Times.In October of 2012, Taylor said she was eager to portray Mitchell, telling Rolling Stone, ""I wish I could say it's confirmed! But the thing about movies that I've learned is -- I've been reading scripts for five years, and you just don't know what ones are going to get greenlit and which ones aren't, so I can't talk about it unless it's the real thing."Girls Like Us would've been Taylor's first dramatic role, after making her acting debut in the 2010 romantic comedy Valentine's Day.  She finally got that dramatic role this year, when she appeared in the movie The Giver.Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

This Year, Meghan Trainor's Thankful for Her "Dream"-Like Life


Epic RecordsHeading into Thanksgiving, Meghan Trainor certainly has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.  Not only did she score one of the biggest hits of 2014 with "All About That Bass," but her new album is coming out in January, followed by a headlining tour, and a Grammy nomination may not be out of the question.  No wonder she describes her life as "a dream."Asked what she'll be most thankful for this year, Meghan tells ABC News Radio, simply, "Life.  My songs, and all this happening.  This is incredible."  She adds, "Everything is a dream. It's like a movie."In fact, Meghan says she's eager for all the cool stuff she's getting to do -- like presenting on Sunday night's American Music Awards -- to be documented for posterity. "My brother was saying he should maybe just tape a GoPro to his head for wherever we go," she laughs. "Because, like, we meet cool people every day, it's ridiculous!"  You can catch Meghan performing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday on NBC.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

One Direction Album Debuts at Number 1 on Billboard 200 Chart


Image Group LA/ABC(LOS ANGELEs) -- One Direction just did something no music act has ever done before-- had their first four albums debut at number one.The boy band's new album, Four, has debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart, taking the

Proof Even Jennifer Aniston's Friends Have No Idea When Her Wedding Is


ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Aniston said even her friends get fooled by all the rumors that the actress and fiance Justin Theroux are tying the knot on certain weekends, according to various media reports from time to time speculating when t

Lea Thompson Reflects on "Back to the Future" 30 Years Later


ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- It's been almost 30 years since Back to the Future hit theaters in 1985, but the movie starring Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson is just as iconic as ever.Thompson, 53, who played Lorraine, Fox's mother in the film, spoke

"Dancing With the Stars" Host Tom Bergeron on How Julianne Hough Did First Time


ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) -- There was a lot of talk surrounding former Dancing With the Stars pro Julianne Hough when it was announced prior to season 19 that the 26-year-old would be joining the judges table on the show.Hough, whose brother Derek

Taylor Swift Reveals Who She Gets Dressed Up For


Image Group LA/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift has a history of lost love and then writing songs about exes, but the pop star is all about being with her friends at the moment.Swift, 24, spoke to Asos magazine for a story called "How to Be a Supergirl" an

First Teaser from "Game of Thrones" Season 5 Debuts


Macall B. Polay/HBO(NEW YORK) -- Game of Thrones fans are rejoicing after the official Twitter account just released a 10-second teaser of Season 5."The raven brings #TheSight" and "Follow the Three Eyed Raven. Gain the power of #TheSight" were the captio

Alfonso Ribeiro on Why It Was Perfect Time to Win "DWTS"


ABC/Kelsey McNeal(LOS ANGELES) -- After winning the coveted Mirrorball trophy Tuesday night on Dancing with the Stars, Alfonso Ribeiro tweeted Wednesday that "This is the moment I've waited 10 years for."The former Fresh Prince star has been vying to get

How Ethan Hawke's Divorce Still Impacts His Family


ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) --  In his new film Boyhood, Ethan Hawke plays the father in a story that follows a boy from innocent child to surly teen as his family grapples with divorce. It's a perspective that Hawke knows deeply himself.Hawke separat

Angelina Jolie on Why She Would Get into Politics


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