Justin Stephens(NEW YORK) -- Amy Schumer is best known for her shocking comedy, but also for being a feminist. In fact, Glamourmagazine has named her the new face of feminism. It's a role she didn't expect to fill.
"It was very unexpected. I don’t try to be feminist. I just am. It’s innately inside me," she explains in the August issue on which she also graces the cover. "I have no interest in trying to be the perfect feminist, but I do believe feminists are in good hands with me."
The Inside Amy Schumer creator, who often calls out sexism in her comedy bits, says that since childhood she's paid attention to how women are treated differently than men.
"Every woman deals with it most every day of their lives. Growing up, it’s just in your day-to-day," she adds. "There are all these preconceived notions of what it means to be a woman or a girl, and straying from those ideas of femininity is sort of shocking to people. I felt angered by that as a kid. I felt like that was unjust. Like that was not right."
The comedienne also has dealt with sexism in her own life, especially now that she's found success. For instance, some in comedy circles have joked that Schumer has slept her way to the top -- but it's no laughing matter for her.
"And the whole 'Who did she sleep with?' to get whatever? I’ve never slept with anyone who could help me at all," she clarifies, before joking, "No one. I wish I had. If anything, everyone I’ve had sex with has been a real step in the wrong direction."
Schumer continues, "I had a comedian one time pull me onto his lap, and I said, 'Never do that to me again. You and I are not gonna play like that.' I hope I do influence other women to set better boundaries for themselves."
Schumer next will be seen on the big screen in Trainwreck, in which she portrays a woman who loves dating but has no interest in being tied down. It hits theaters July 17.
Paul Zimmerman/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Paula Deen is right about one thing: she's got some explaining to do.
The chef landed in another racial controversy Tuesday after posting a picture to her Twitter account of herself with her son, Bobby, dressed as I Love Lucy stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The thing is, Bobby is in brownface. The caption on the since-deleted tweet reads, "Lucyyyyyyy! You got a lot of esplainin’ to do!"
The New York Post's Page Six clarified that although the photo was posted to Twitter Tuesday, it's actually from the former Food Network star's 2011 Halloween special. The photo also includes producer Gordon Elliott, who produced Deen's Food Network shows.
Many on social media were still quick to respond to the photo, asking why Bobby felt the need to darken his skin to portray Cuban bandleader leader Ricky Ricardo, Arnaz's onscreen character.
So far, neither Paula or Bobby Deen have responded.
The flap comes after charges of racial insensitivity by Paula Deen after she admitted in a deposition that she'd used the N-word in the past, She subsequently lost her Food Network TV show in 2013, as well asnumerous sponsors.
The Boris and Nicole Show(LOS ANGELES) -- Husband and wife Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari-Parker are going the way of Sonny and Cher: the couple will be hosting their own TV show. The Boris and Nicole Show began its four-week run Monday on Fox stations around the country.
It's not the first time the acting couple have been co-stars. They met and fell in love while starring together on Showtime's Soul Food. "We have a great professional relationship because that's how we met," Parker tellsPeople. "So I think the beginning [of our show's foundation] is all there, but we're going to learn as we go and have great guests and be thrown for a loop and recover. We're ready for it all."
The summer daytime show debuted just weeks after the couple celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary. Kodjoe calls it "a new chapter in our relationship. It's a new chapter in our careers. We're super excited. We're ready for the challenge."
The pair plan to talk about everything from relationships to current affairs to family, including their daughter, Sophie, who was diagnosed with spina bifida the day after she was born in 2005, and their 8-year-old son, Nicholas.
Kodjoe and Parker will also chat with celebrities, but hope to offer deeper interviews than other daytime shows. "The advantage we have is that we know what it's like to be the celebrity," Parker tells People. "So we're going to put a special effort into coming up with topics that are fresh. We're there to give them a place to celebrate them and give them a place to share."
Parker admits she's nervous about exposing herself to greater personal scrutiny as a talk host. "If somebody doesn't like a movie I've done or a TV show we've done, you can kind of walk away, shake it off," she says. "This is a whole new arena. You're being yourself, but you're also opening your real self up to a lot of criticism. If someone says, 'I don't like the sound of her voice,' I might cry."
The couple have a secret weapon, though, for keeping viewers interested. "If the ratings drop, my husband will just take his shirt off," Parker jokes. "I've gotten my abs [in shape]. The muffin [top] is shrinking. I might take my shirt off, too."
Adds Kodjoe, "We'll be naked most of the time."
Kodjoe and Parker aren't the only married couple coming to daytime TV. Debuting next month on Fox: rapper Ice-T and his reality-star wife, Coco Austin.
ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Bill Cosby's former The Cosby Show co-star, Raven-Symone, said Tuesday she still needs time to process her feelings after it was revealed Monday in newly released court documents that Cosby admitted to procuring drugs for use in having sex with women.
"I don't really like to talk about it that much because he's the reason I'm on this panel in the first place," she said on The View. "He gave me my first job. But at the same time, you need the proof and then I'll be able to give my judgement here or there."
Cosby has been accused by dozens of women of drugging them and then having sex with them against their will. Monday’s revelation came in an unsealed 2005 court filing that was part of a civil case. Cosby said he obtained seven prescriptions for Quaaludes and answered "yes" when asked if he got them with the intent of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.
The View moderatorWhoopi Goldbergalso said she needed more time to properly react.
"I don't like snap judgments because I've had snap judgements made on me. So I'm very, very careful," she said. "And you know, save your texts. Save your nasty comments. I don't care!"
Buena Vista/Marvel(LOS ANGELES) -- Paul Rudd plays the titular tiny hero in Marvel's Ant-Man, and Tuesday's Good Morning Americagot abehind-the-scenes look at the film set, and also chatted with the stars.
One of those stars is Evangeline Lilly, aka the film's Dr. Janet Van Dyne, who said Rudd will make a big impact onscreen, especially on the ladies: "I think they’re going to be shocked at how fricking sexy Paul Rudd is going to be in this movie," she said.
She added, "I’ve had moments where, like, the beauty team, the glam squad will come be like, 'Oh my God, you should have seen those shots of Paul, he looked hot!'"
Co-star Michael Douglas -- who plays Dr. Hank Pym, Lang’s mentor and Van Dyne’s father -- appears to back her up, adding: "Paul Rudd has worked out so much that they had to tone his suit down because his eight-pack and his pecs were exploding."
In the film, Pym is the brains behind the special process that shrinks a human to the size of an ant.
As for Rudd, he said when you're in a movie like Ant-Man, you've got to bring a sense of humor. "Yeah, it’s very serious. It’s very serious," said Rudd. "You have to be serious when you’re riding around on the back of an ant."
Ant-Man debuts into theaters July 17.
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Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Embattled TV superstar Bill Cosby admitted to giving a woman Quaaludes and said that he obtained the drugs with the idea that he would give them to women he wanted to have sex with, according to court filings released Monday.
In the 2005 filing, part of a civil case, Cosby, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women, said that he obtained seven prescriptions for the drugs and answered "yes" when asked if he got them with the intent of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.
The documents cite a deposition that Cosby gave in the case on Sept. 27 and 28, 2005, and quotes from it.
In the filings, which the Associated Press pushed to release, Cosby admits to giving the drug to one woman who he met in Las Vegas. It was not clear when the alleged meeting took place, and the woman is not the same person who filed the suit.
"She meets me back stage," he allegedly said. "I give her Quaaludes. We then have sex."
According to the filing, Cosby's lawyer, Patrick O'Connor, said the Cosby Show star got the drugs in the '70s and suggested that he may have kept them for decades after that.
O'Connor would not allow Cosby to say whether he gave the drug to "other people."
The sexual abuse lawsuit was settled in 2006 for undisclosed terms.
Cosby has never been charged with a crime in connection to the accusations of drugging and sexual assault, and his lawyers have denied the allegations.
Lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents several of the women who have accused Cosby, applauded the release.
"This admission is one that Mr. Cosby has attempted to hide from the public for many years and we are very gratified that it is now being made public," she said in a statement.
A statement obtained exclusively by ABC News from the Cosby camp Monday night reads, "The only reason Mr. Cosby settled was because it would have been embarrassing in those days to put all those women on the stand and [his] family had no clue. That would have been very hurtful."
ABC/Clodagh Kilcoyne(NEW YORK) -- Monday night on ABC's The Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe confessed to Shawn B. that she slept with Nick Viall...and he didn't take the news too well.
Though Shawn remained committed to his relationship with Kaitlyn, he also couldn't get the Nick situation off his mind. He decided to confront Nick, accusing him of being manipulative and arrogant. The episode ended with a heated argument between the two that will resume next week.
Kaitlyn's adventures in Ireland continued Monday night in Killarney, where she had a one-on-one date with Ben H. They rowed a boat to Innisfallen Island. He suggested a game of hide-and-seek amid the ruins of Innisfallen Abbey as a way to cheer up Kaitlyn after she cut loose Chris "Cupcake" at the end of last week's episode.
Ben expressed concern that he was "unlovable," but Kaitlyn assured him that is not the case. Things turned a bit awkward when he told Kaitlyn he'd love to join her in the fantasy suite so they can talk all night. She reacted by asking whether he's a virgin. Ben's answer: No.
Kaitlyn invited Nick, Shawn B. and Joe on the group date to Killarney National Park. In a private moment, Joe let Kaitlyn know that he loved her. Unfortunately, she didn't feel the same way about him, admitting that they're "not on the same page." She sent him home.
She returned to the other two men, telling Nick that she'd see him at the rose ceremony and asking Shawn to spend more time with her later on. When she reconnected with Shawn, she spilled the beans about having sex with Nick back in Dublin.
At first, Shawn was stunned, saying, "I don't even know what to think." He stepped out to collect himself, and when he rejoined Kaitlyn, he suggested that he wanted to look past the incident. "I can't be mad," he said.
But away from Kaitlyn, Shawn expressed disappointment, repeatedly referring to Nick as "the other guy."
Still having doubts, Shawn pulled Kaitlyn aside when she attempted to give him a rose at the rose ceremony. He asked her why she would do something that would put their romance in jeopardy. She stressed that while she went too far with Nick, she was there to explore relationships with more than one guy. She also said that telling Shawn he was "the one" earlier in the competition was a mistake.
Back at the ceremony, Shawn accepted the rose. Jared was eliminated, and was very gracious about it.
Kaitlyn's first overnight date was with Nick, in Cork. They visited a church and afterward mingled with some locals over drinks. The two then went to an old jail, where Nick took jabs at Shawn, saying he doesn't respect people "who brag about being 'Eskimo brothers' with famous country singers because they both f***ed the same girl the same night, but they were first."
Kaitlyn immediately replied, "Ew."
Once the unpleasantness was over with, Kaitlyn invited Nick to the fantasy suite. Not surprisingly, he said yes. But after leaving the suite and parting ways with Kaitlyn, Shawn paid him a visit and made it clear that he doesn't like Nick.
As the credits rolled, the show provided an update onBritt Nilsson and Brady Toops. He was headed back to Nashville, so they were going to try to maintain a long-distance relationship.
Disney/Buena Vista(HOLLYWOOD) -- Jurassic World's reign as box office champ has come to an end.
Estimates for the Fourth of July weekend had the dinosaur flick as the number-one movie with 30.9 million dollars, just ahead of the Disney/Pixar movie Inside Out. But according to the final figures released Monday by Rentrak, Inside Out earned more money: 29.77 million to Jurassic World's 29.24 million.
Jurassic World had been number one the previous three weekends.
Terminator Genisys raked in 27 million dollars from Friday through Sunday, good for a third-place debut, while Magic Mike XXL pulled in 12.9 million to open in the fourth spot.
Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair(LOS ANGELES) -- Caitlyn Jenner is exploring the issues and people in the LGBT community in a series of editorials for WhoSay called "The Real Me," and she opens by noting she feels a responsibility to other transgender people.
"Up until now, I have totally isolated myself from the transgender community so I have a lot of catching up to do," writes Jenner. "I feel such a responsibility to this courageous group to try to get it right and tell all sides of the story. To me, that's always the biggest question: am I doing it right?"
While Jenner, 65, describes the response to her new journey as "overwhelmingly positive," others haven't enjoyed that kind of support.
"I've heard every horror story there is in the book," notes Jenner. "You wouldn’t believe the types of ordeals these people have had, how they have had to literally fight for their own survival. Many trans teens are bullied and abused in high school. It’s just horrendous."
"Seeing how my new friends have overcome their adversities is such an inspiration," Caitlyn continues. "They are so well-adjusted and smart."
Jenner concludes by writing, "I have so much to discover and hope that you’ll join me on this adventure. Let’s live our true selves and make a positive difference while doing it."
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness have been married for nearly 20 years, and his wife would like to keep it that way.
Although Furness, who met Jackman on the set of the Australian TV show Correlli, is used to seeing her hunky husband star opposite a beautiful woman, she told Australian television that there's one actress he's not allowed to work with.
"I've told his agent he's not allowed to work with Angelina [Jolie]," she laughingly told Australia's Today Show. "I'm sure she's very nice and I love what she's doing — shining a light on awareness for adoption..."
The 59-year-old actress trailed off before adding, "I'm just kidding."
More serious, she said, "It just goes to show, if you get it right, if you pick the right partner then you traverse all those travails and challenges."
That's not to say that they don't have certain rules in their marriage.
"Deb had a rule, never apart for more than two weeks," Jackman, 46, told the interviewer. "Deb had been on enough sets to see the pitfalls. It was my first job when we met, I didn't know anything else, but we've never been apart for more than two weeks. We've managed to keep that."
Furness chimed in, "And we don't wanna be [apart] — he tells really good jokes and I miss him."
The couple also talked about their organization, Adopt Change, which is trying to make adoption easier in Australia — a subject they know firsthand as parents to adopted children Oscar, 14, and Ava, 9.
"What people don't know is we were always going to adopt," Furness said. "Yes, we did want to have a biological child, but it didn't happen, so we just went to the adoption."
Lisette M. Azar/CBS (ATLANTA) -- Bobby Brown is dealing with a lot. Although his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, remains in hospice care, the singer was able to get through a concert performance at Wolf Creek Amphitheater in Atlanta July 4, according to E! News.
"Hold on Atlanta. Atlanta, I can't hear y'all. I know it's a little early, but God...let's have some fun!" Bobby told the crowd during his 30-minute set. "Yo, I was skipping songs and sh**...I feel like I have been up here for like two hours. Trust me I'm not gonna do anything that I don't do. I love giving a good show. You're all gonna get it."
Bobby showcased his biggest hits, like "My Prerogative," but the magazine notes he flubbed some of the lyrics. "Y'all got me forgetting sh**," he said. "I am in a different zone right now," Brown added. "If I go somewhere else, please join me on that trip, because it's gonna be a good trip."
Bobbi Kristina has remained in hospice care since June 24. She was found unresponsive in her bathtub January 31.
Frank Micelotta / FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol season 14 ended in May, but now the top five contestants are hitting the road for the annual American Idol Live! tour. Yes, that's right: only the top five contestants -- champ Nick Fradiani, runner-up Clark Beckham, Jax, Tyanna Jones and Rayvon Owen -- will be featured this year.
Previous tours have featured 10 or more finalists, but Nick tells ABC Radio he thinks it's a change for the better.
"Yeah, there’s five of us, which is different this year, which I think is gonna be amazing because the tour this year is gonna be much more intimate," he tells ABC Radio. "You know, we’re gonna really be able to sing a song and then maybe talk about our experience. If it’s a song we played on the show, maybe we can talk about why we decided to do that or, you know, a couple of original songs I might do, I can explain how I wrote [them]."
"You’re gonna see some stuff I’ve done on the show -- some, I guess, fan favorites and my favorites -- and you’re gonna hopefully hear some original stuff that I’ve written," runner-up Clark Beckham tells ABC Radio about what fans can expect from his own set. "I consider myself as much of a writer as a singer or a player."
If that all sounds a bit like VH1 Storytellers to you, you're not wrong. The tour is being described as an "up close and personal evening," presented in a "Storytellers-style" format that will allow the contestants to "showcase their individual artistry," all backed up by a live band.
"It was scary when we got top ten, we were all hugging like, 'We did it!' and they’re like, 'Uh, actually it’s only gonna be five this year,'" Nick says of his and his fellow finalists' reaction to the change. "So, it was a little stressful, but I can’t wait to be with those four for a couple months. It’s gonna be a lot of fun."
"Yeah, I mean, honestly it could have been any five and it would have been a blast," adds Clark about touring with this particular group of contestants. "We were all -- from the top 12 to the top 24, top 48 --we were all extremely close and we all still are and it could have been any five but I’m very excited for this five."
So is Nick, because he feels that he, Clark, Jax, Tyanna and Rayvon are so different musically that it'll make for an eclectic show.
"All different styles of music, all different personalities and I think it’s gonna be great. I mean, I’m excited that they’re gonna give us the opportunity to maybe do some duets with each other and like I said, you’re gonna see our personalities," Nick tells ABC Radio.
He adds, ""I think that’s the whole point of why they wanted five people. They didn’t want one person to only get one song. You’re gonna get a little set; you’re gonna see what these five people are gonna try to do with their careers after the tour is over."
And that includes Nick himself, who has been touring for years, but on a much smaller scale. He says he plans to take full advantage of hitting the road with all the big-time trappings.
"I think it’s gonna be a great learning experience for my future," he tells ABC Radio. "I mean, this is what I wanna do the rest of my life. I don’t wanna just be a guy that wins and nobody knows in two years. I’m gonna do everything I can in the next year to work as hard as I possibly can. So I think it’s gonna be a good start for me to figure out what life is gonna be like, or how I want it to be."
Also important to Nick is the opportunity the tour will give him for some face time with the folks who actually voted for him.
"It’s awesome on social media to meet the fans but to meet them in person would be just even that much better," says Nick. "‘Cause you want to thank the people...I’m not here without them. So, I think the Idoltour is gonna be really special this summer."
By the way, the top five won't be the only Idols you'll see on the tour. In select cities, other season 14 contestants will be featured as "special guest performers." The first six dates, for example, will feature Joey Cook. The American Idol Live! tour wraps up August 28 in Riverside, California.
ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Marisa Tomei has joined the cast of the Fox drama Empire, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Tomei will appear in a recurring role as Mimi Whiteman, a demanding venture capitalist who becomes involved with the Lyon family. The Oscar-winning actress joins a growing list of guest stars on the series that includes Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, and Lenny Kravitz. Tomei's previous TV credits include the daytime drama As the World Turns, the Cosby Show spinoff A Different World and the FX comedy/drama Rescue Me.
Empire's second season began shooting in June and premieres September 23.
ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- By now, fans know Taylor Swift's hit "Bad Blood" was supposedly inspired by fellow pop starKaty Perry, though neither woman has ever confirmed it. But what's really interesting about the song is that Taylor says she wrote it as a way of "standing up for herself."
Taylor made her reputation by writing songs about heartbreak caused by busted romances, but "Bad Blood," she says, is "about a new kind of heartbreak that I experienced." She says it happened "when someone that I desperately wanted to be my friend and thought was my friend ended up really making it very obvious that she wasn’t."
"This was somebody I really looked up to and really, really longed for the approval of this person," she adds. "So it was kind of devastating to receive kind of a low blow."
What was this low blow? Taylor told Rolling Stone that the person in question "basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me."
But instead of confronting whoever it was directly, Taylor wrote "Bad Blood," which, she says, was her way of striking back at her frenemy.
"This song was kind of the first time I ever really stood up for myself in that relationship 'cause she was always the bolder one," Taylor reveals. "I think it’s important to stand up for yourself, and if you can only really come up with the courage to do it in song form, then that’s how you should do it."
Whomever inspired the song, Taylor's the last laugh: "Bad Blood" has topped a number of different Billboard charts, and the star-studded video is one of the most talked-about clips of the year.