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How Jake Gyllenhaal Lost 30 Pounds for Latest Movie "Nightcrawler"


Open Road Films(LOS ANGELES) -- Jake Gyllenhaal's latest movie Nightcrawler is due out at the end of the month and a Halloween release date is fitting since the actor's appearance in set photos could easily be categorized as "creepy."

The Oscar-nominated actor takes on the role of Lou Bloom, a photographer who scours the night looking for horrific photos to get the most online traffic.

To take on such a role, Gyllenhaal went to the extreme.

"I made a lot of choices physically," he told Entertainment Weekly for its latest issue, adding he lost upwards of 30 pounds for the film.

Some of the actor's staples were kale salad and chewing gum to be able to drop such intense weight, he told the magazine. He also ran 15 miles each night and didn't see his friends for weeks.

"The running thing, you're pretty hungry because you're not eating a lot of food," Gyllenhaal added. "You're lonely because you're not meeting your friends for dinner. People go, 'Hey you want to meet for dinner after work?' I go, 'Well, I'm shooting all night.' 'Alright, you want to meet for lunch?' I'm like, 'I can't!' So I'm gonna go run."

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Taylor Swift Reveals First Song on 1989: "Welcome to New York"


ABC/Richard Harbaugh(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift has revealed the first track on her new album. 

"The first song on 1989 is a song called 'Welcome to New York,'" she explained on Monday's Good Morning America.  "And I wanted to start the album with 'Welcome To New York' because New York has been an important landscape and location for the story of my life in the last couple of years," Taylor said.

Written by Taylor and Ryan Tedder,"Welcome to New York" is available tonight at midnight exclusively on iTunes, but only if you've pre-ordered 1989. "Welcome to New York" follows the release of the singles "Out of the Woods" and "Shake It Off." 

Taylor said the Big Apple definitely inspired the track. "I dreamt about moving to New York, I obsessed over moving to New York and then I did it," Taylor said. "The inspiration that I found in that city is kind of hard to describe and hard to compare to any other force of inspiration I’ve ever experienced in my life."

"It’s like an electric city and I approached moving there with such wide-eyed optimism and sort of saw it as a place of endless potential and possibilities and you can kind of hear that reflected in this music and in this first song especially," she continued.

1989 will be officially released October 27. Three days afterward, Taylor will perform live on GMA in Times Square.

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"American Idol" Contestant Joanne Borgella Dies at 32


Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for BMI(LOS ANGELES) -- Former American Idol contestant Joanne Borgella died Saturday after battling cancer. She was 32.

Borgella's family posted the news to her Facebook page on Saturday.

"With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Joanne," the message read wrote. "On Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 5:45AM, Joanne Borgella Ramirez was called by the Lord to heaven. At an early age, Joanne made a choice to serve and trust the Lord; and since her diagnosis over a year ago, Joanne made a choice to also be a fighter and share her journey with the world."

The message added, "Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered. Although our family is suffering with this great loss, we find comfort in the closeness Joanne shared with the Lord. We know her spirit still shines and will continue to live on in heaven. #Godgotthis #cancerfree2014 #godisgoodallthetime. If you would like to send your condolences or for more information please feel free to email joanneborgella529@gmail.com or leave a message on her facebook fan page. If you feel so inclined, we hope you'll take the time to educate yourselves on Endometrial Cancer and support research efforts."

It was signed "The Borgella & Ramirez Family."

A few weeks ago, Borgella posted a message on Facebook saying she was having more radiation.

"Gooooood morning!! We are heading back to radiation for 2 procedures!! God js with us!! I have lots to fill you in on.. The presence of The Lord is here.. Prayers up!!! I love you guys #GodsGotThis #ThePowerofPrayer #Faith #IWillbeCancerFree2014 #JoanneBorgella," she posted.

In a video posted last October, she revealed that her cancer started in her throat and spread to her chest.

Borgella competed on the seventh season of Idol in 2008, where she finished in the top 24. Before that, she won Mo'Nique's Fat Chance show in 2005.  Borgella had also been featured on the cast of NUVOtv's show Curvy Girls.

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Julia Roberts Honored at "Pretty Woman" Hotel for Humanitarian Work


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Julia Roberts was back at the iconic Regent Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles Friday night, where she famously filmed Pretty Woman 25 years ago.

This time, however, the leading lady wasn't gracing the hotel to rendezvous with Richard Gere. Instead, she was accepting the Humanitarian Award from GLSEN, an organization that aims to prevent bullying against members of the LGBT community in schools.

Before the 2014 GLSEN Respect Awards, Good Morning America sat down with Roberts, 46, along with five young GLSEN ambassadors -- Mark Pino, Emery Vela, Peter Finucane-Terlop, Ben Espejo, and Ariana Thornton -- to talk about bullying.

"Why is this such an important issue for you and for your family?," ABC News' Amy Robach asked Roberts.

"I think for my family, because these are the heroes that are leading the way so that my children can go to school really unencumbered by this conversation," the actress explained of the five ambassadors. "You guys are the trailblazers. The future is really riding on people like this."

When asked whether Roberts and each ambassador could summarize how bullying has made them feel in one word, they all had poignant yet similar answers.

"I'm going to start with my own experience and say that bullying, when I have been bullied when I was younger, it made me feel insignificant," Roberts said.



"I would say it has made me feel silenced," Vela, a high school freshman from Denver, Colorado, who identifies as a straight-trans man, added.

"Dehumanized," Pino, a high school junior from Linwood, New Jersey, who identifies as gay, recalled.

"I want to say alone," said Espejo, a high school senior from Buena Park, California, who identifies as gay.

"Devaluating," Finucane-Terlop, a high school junior from Tampa, Florida, who identifies as gay, agreed.

"I would say ignored," said Thornton, a high school junior from Midland, Michigan, who identifies as pansexual.

Each of them also had strong opinions about what they would change in their schools to promote acceptance, if given the chance.

"I feel like a majority of the bullying that happens, or any other major issue, mainly occurs from just ignorance," Vela said. "You know, it's not people intentionally trying to be discriminatory. It's just they don't know."

"Teachers surprisingly need to be more sensitive with their lessons," added Pino, pointing out that it's not just students, but teachers and administration as well, who need to be cognizant of the LGBT community. "I've had teachers go on and talk about, ‘Oh guys, this is how you date a girl.’ [But] it doesn’t ever occur to them that there could be LGBT."

Roberts, as a mother of three, said the most disturbing thing to her is the "anonymous aspect of it that I think gives this sort of courage to people to be hateful as a sport. It's become like a game. And it's not a game. It's not funny. There's nothing brave or courageous about anonymously writing unkind things."

Roberts says she tells her children. "'Remember who you are. Be impeccable in every way that you represent our family in the day.'"

"Because even to be passive," she added, "to be a bystander, is to be absolutely as wrong as the person who is standing in the front of the line of cruelty. Even if this isn't your friend, even if this isn't your cause, we're still all human kind. Everybody’s just trying to get through the day the best they can."

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Allison Williams Says Flying Lessons for "Peter Pan Live" Musical Are 'Fun' But 'Uncomfortable'


Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Allison Williams is well on her to flying into homes when she becomes Peter Pan for NBC's upcoming live musical production. Still, learning how to fly like a boy who never wants to grow up isn't easy.

The Girls star, who began flying lessons in August, told People magazine that being airborne is "about as fun as you can imagine."

Williams said the harness "becomes uncomfortable really quickly, but that first moment when you are lifted off the ground is just utter bliss."

"It's a shame we were not built to be airborne," she added.

NBC will air the musical Peter Pan Live!, also starring Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, on Dec. 4.

Peter Pan Live! is NBC's follow-up to its hit production of The Sound of Music, which starred Carrie Underwood.

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Former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Actor Arrested over Boise Hotel Disturbance


Paul Warner/Getty Images(BOISE, Idaho) -- Nicholas Brendon, an actor best known for his role as Xander Harris on TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was arrested Friday night in Boise, Idaho, following an incident at a hotel.

Boise police say witnesses had reported a disturbance in a hotel lobby. Officers who arrived at the scene say Brendon showed signs of intoxication and refused commands to stay seated while they tried to speak with witnesses.

The 43-year-old actor was arrested for resisting and obstructing officers after he allegedly continued to try to walk away. He was also arrested on a count of malicious injury to property after hotel staff said he broke a decorative dish.

Brendon was booked into Ada County Jail and has since posted bond.

A post on his Facebook and Twitter pages reads, "Nick is doing well. He sends thanks and appreciates all of you for your love, support and positive vibes."

The actor was in town for the local Tree City Comic Con.

Aside from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Brendon's credits include the TV series Criminal Minds and Private Practice.

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"Glee's" Matthew Morrison Ties the Knot in Hawaii


Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company(LOS ANGELES) -- Glee star Matthew Morrison is officially off the market after tying the knot with his longtime girlfriend Saturday on the Hawaiian island of Maui, his rep tells People magazine.

The rep says the 35-year-old actor and his fiancée, actress Renee Puente, 31, exchanged vows at an intimate ceremony in front of 50 friends and family members on a private estate on Maui's southwest shore.

Morrison sported a custom Brooks Brothers tuxedo for the occasion, while the bride wore a one-of-a-kind Gustavo Cadile gown.

The evening included a hula dance Puente performed especially for Morrison who then joined her in a couples' version. The newlyweds also performed a duet of Laura Benanti's "Starry Eyed/Video Games."

Morrison and Puente began dating in 2011 and got engaged a year ago.

Morrison plays teacher Will Schuester on Glee, which returns for its sixth and final season in 2015.

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Medical Examiner's Office Confirms Recovered Body Is Missing Actress


Charley Gallay/WireImage(SEATTLE) -- The King County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Friday that the body found in the Seattle suburb of Auburn, Washington, was that of missing actress Misty Upham.

According to The Seattle Times, the medical examiner's office announced Upham died Oct. 5 -- the same day her family called police to report she was suicidal. They reported her missing the next day.

The cause of death remains under investigation, but Upham's family believes she did not commit suicide. In a statement posted on Facebook, the family says, "We believe she ran into the wooded area behind her apartment to hide from the police. The area in question has a hidden drop off and evidence suggests that she slipped and fell off of the steep embankment when she tried to get out of a view from the road. She simply did not see the drop off."

The family states that Upham was afraid of Auburn police due to an incident prior to her disappearance in which she was allegedly mistreated by officers. They also argue that Auburn police could have been more helpful after she went missing.

Upham was found Thursday in a wooded area, near the White River.

The 32-year-old Native American actress appeared in such films as August: Osage County, Frozen River and Django Unchained.

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Letterman's Cue-Card Man Fired After Confrontation with Staff Writer


Brad Barket /Getty Images(NEW YORK) David Letterman is no longer taking his cues from Tony Mendez.

Mendez, the longtime cue-card man for Letterman's Late Show who's a familiar face to viewers, has been fired after he physically confronted a staff writer.

In an interview with the New York Post, the 69-year-old Mendez says he grabbed writer Bill Scheft by the shirt and "got my face in his face" during an altercation that occurred Oct. 9, before a taping of the CBS late-night program. He says he was fired a few days later.

Mendez says he'd been upset since the day before, when Scheft interrupted him as they were working with Letterman in the host's dressing room. Mendez, who claims Scheft was "always undermining me," recalls saying, “I know what I’m doing. Get off my back.”

When Letterman responded, “Tony, your sour disposition isn’t helping,” Mendez says, he countered, "'You’re the one who has the sour disposition, motherf***er.'" Mendez clarifies that he and Letterman often casually exchanged profanities.

Mendez says Letterman's reaction hurt his feelings, but "then I realized that this is what Bill was doing. He was trying to create a wedge between us so Dave would think I was an a**hole.”

Mendez calls Letterman "the best, most generous boss" he's ever had, but adds the late-night host probably didn't realize the tension between him and Scheft.

The New York Post reports Mendez has been offered his full salary and health insurance until Letterman leaves the Late Show sometime next year.

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Jay Leno Receives Mark Twain Prize for American Humor


Jeff Riedel/NBC(WASHINGTON) -- Jay Leno was celebrated in Washington, D.C., Sunday night as this year's recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

The award is presented annually by the Kennedy Center in recognition of people "who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to" its namesake.

The event featured appearances by Jerry Seinfeld, Seth Meyers, Chelsea Handler, Wanda Sykes, Garth Brooks, former Tonight Show bandleader Kevin Eubanks and Leno's Tonight Show successor, Jimmy Fallon, according to USA Today.

Fallon called Leno "a trail-blazing comedian" who showed him "that hard work does pay off."

In accepting the honor, Leno thanked his friends and his wife of 34 years, Mavis. "Most people get to hear the good jokes -- she had to hear all the stupid ones that didn't work," Leno remarked.

Leno said he would "treasure" the honor. "This means a tremendous amount to me. I am so touched by this," Leno added.

The show was taped and will air as Jay Leno: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize Nov. 23 on PBS.

Recent Mark Twain Prize recipients include Carol Burnett, Ellen DeGeneres, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Bill Cosby.

It was announced last week that Leno will return to TV in 2015 with a CNBC show titled Jay Leno's Garage, focusing on the car collectors' market.

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Pitbull Serves as Guest Judge on Monday Night's "Dancing with the Stars"


ABC/Matt Brown(LOS ANGELES) -- Mr. Worldwide comes to Dancing with the Stars on Monday night.

Not only will Pitbull perform his hit single, "Fireball," he'll also serve as guest judge alongside Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. The nine remaining couples will dance to a mix of his hits and favorite songs.

The Pitbull-themed show comes one week after the stars temporarily switched pro partners. They're now back with their usual pros, but it may be too late for Michael Waltrip, who was at the bottom of the leader board last week.

The NASCAR driver and owner, who's reunited with Emma Slater, is worried that he may be eliminated on Monday night. Yet he recently vowed to ABC News Radio, "[W]e're going to keep working and we're going to try to get better and better and hopefully people will vote for us because we're having fun."

Mean Girls star Jonathan Bennett struggled last week, too. His pro partner, Allison Holker, says they're in a tough position, but, she adds, "I'm here for the challenge and I'm very excited about it and I'm very confident that Jonathan and I can make a turnaround."

One former Dancing with the Stars contestant is pulling for the middle-aged competitors. Fifty-two-year-old Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio says he's rooting for the "not-so-young guys," because he jokes, "if you're under 40 you're cheating!"

Macchio, who finished fourth during the show's 12th season in 2011, declares, "You got to give some big props -- especially right now with Alfonso Ribeiro. Coming out, doing 'The Carlton' thing -- went viral the next day. ...I gotta root for Lea Thompson. She’s in my, that's my age wheelhouse."

Dancing with the Stars airs Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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"Fury" Takes Top Spot at Box Office in Its Opening Weekend


Sony / Columbia(LOS ANGELES) -- Fury topped the box office in its opening weekend, earning $23.5 million.

The World War II film stars Brad Pitt as an army sergeant. It also features Shia LaBeouf, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal.

The thriller Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck, fell to the number two spot this weekend, with $17.8 million.

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

1. Fury: $23.5 million
2. Gone Girl: $17.8 million
3. The Book of Life: $17.0 million
4. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: $12.039 million
5. The Best of Me: $10.2 million
6. Dracula Untold: $9.9 million
7. The Judge: $7.940 million
8. Annabelle: $7.925 million
9. The Equalizer: $5.45 million
10. The Maze Runner: $4.5 million

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Michael Keaton Feels 'Blessed' for Starring Role in "Birdman"


Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved(NEW YORK) -- Twenty-five years ago, Tim Burton's Batman, starring a then 37-year-old Michael Keaton, kickstarted the cinematic superhero era.

"I've done a lot of things, you know, besides wearing a big, rubber suit," Keaton told ABC News' Nightline.

For much of the last 20 years, Keaton's had a low profile in Hollywood, but that is about to change thanks to his performance in the film Birdman.

The movie is the story of a down-on-his-luck actor Riggan Thompson, played by Keaton. Keaton's character is famous for his work in a series of films as a costumed avenger, Birdman, and is desperate to redeem himself years later artistically by directing and starring in a Broadway drama. (While there are obvious parallels between Riggan's and Keaton's stints as superheroes, Keaton is quick to dispel any additional connection between his real-life self and his character in Birdman.)

Keaton is joined by the film's all-star cast, gathered at Lincoln Center before Birdman's debut at the New York Film Festival exclusively for ABC News, including Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan, and Andrea Riseborough. The actors play characters in this film that are poised to present a personal or professional crisis for Keaton’s character.

"Just when you think he's this kind of weak, desperate, insecure dude--he is that--but he's also this other thing," Keaton said.

Now 63, Keaton said he made a conscious decision to get back in the acting game.

"Specifically, in the last couple of years, [I] started saying, 'I've got to start focusing more on not being so lazy and going after the things.' I mean, I always turned a ton of things down, but it's not like I turned really great things down necessarily," Keaton said. "You wait for that great script to come along, or you hope it's attached with a great director. And that's what happened."

The film is shot almost entirely in and around a Broadway theater. Birdman gets its adrenaline from director Alejandro Inarritu and his decision to shoot it without visible cuts.

"We were attempting two things that are very difficult to do: a comedy and a single shot," Inarritu told Nightline. "It was extremely difficult to coordinate."

With the able assistance of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, said Edward Norton, "I think he pulled off something that's as technically audacious and astonishing and virtuoso as [the film] Gravity,"

The film was challenging for its crew and actors, who were required to be perfect for seven-minute seamless takes.

"We used to get to the twelfth hour in the day, and he felt that he had nothing in the can yet," Naomi Watts told Nightline.

"One word, delivered a little later or earlier, or one door open wrong, even if it's in the right time, but it's not perfectly executed, suddenly it's like the music, the sound," Inarritu said. "There's something that doesn't match, and that was a scary but, I will say, beautiful part of doing this film."

"And the feeling that came over you when it worked was the most satisfaction I've ever felt," Emma Stone told Nightline.

For Keaton, who'd been careful about his roles for years, Birdman, and the character of Riggan Thompson, was a completely original change of pace.

"I was pulling out some of my old tricks or looking for new tricks, and I was getting lazy, so I had no real interest in watching myself for a while," he said. "[Birdman] is different in that … there's nothing like it. There's no other movie that I've seen that's like it, let alone been a part of."

Now earning rapturous reviews, Birdman and Keaton's performance seem likely to be part of the conversation through the awards season. Its themes reach beyond the rise or fall of an actor's reputation.

"I think every character in the movie, except maybe Amy's, whose is grounded, is fighting to get back to a version of themselves that they can respect," Norton said. "Making the film was like a fantastic antidote to those sensations."

"I'm unbelievably blessed. This is 100 percent original. You don't get more original than what Tim [Burton] did with Beetlejuice and arguably what he did with the first Batman too," Keaton said.

"And then you get this, which is like a whole other thing. I mean, come on. Somebody's looking out for me in a large way."

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Queen Latifah to Host Hollywood Film Awards


Sony Pictures Television (LOS ANGELES) -- Queen Latifah will host the Hollywood Film Awards on Nov. 14.

For the first time since it began in 1997, this year's Hollywood Film Awards will be televised.

The ceremony will air live on CBS after a red carpet show hosted by Nancy O'Donnell.

Then a recap show will follow, hosted by CBS This Morning anchors Charlie Rose, Norah O'Donnell, and Gayle King.

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Portia de Rossi Says No Kids With Ellen DeGeneres Is 'Disappointing the Whole of America'


ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(NEW YORK) --  By now, everybody has heard a rumor at one point that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are planning to have a family.

But de Rossi reiterated that it's simply "one big rumor that doesn't seem to go away."

"At this point, I feel like I'm disappointing the whole of America, not just my mother. You know?" she said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. "It's true. The tabloids are at me. My mother's at me..."

De Rossi, 41, and DeGeneres, 56, were married in 2008. Neither had a burning desire to be a mother, though they do treasure their roles as aunts to their two young nieces.

"They're adorable and we love them and we play with them, and then we leave," de Rossi said. "My brother's way too smart to leave me alone with his children! It's supervised play, Jimmy."

But the Arrested Development star said her eldest niece prefers her Aunt Ellen, and she's pretty sure that the younger one will follow suit, too. After all, she said, "there are a lot of perks" to having DeGeneres as an aunt.

"There's free stuff, there's meet the pop star that she wants to meet, 12 days of giveaways, obviously," she said. "Yeah, she's a pretty good aunt to have!"

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