Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images for PLAYERS INC(NEW YORK) -- A middle school math teacher from Maryland joined an exclusive club Wednesday night, becoming only the third person to win the $1 million grand prize on Wheel of Fortune.
Sarah Manchester of Silver Spring, Maryland, solved the winning puzzle – the phrase “Loud Laughter” -- on the episode that aired Wednesday night during the show’s Teacher’s Week. In order to get to that bonus round, Manchester had to solve the prize puzzle, winning a trip to the Dominican Republic, and then also solved the third Toss Up Puzzle: “The Pacific Ocean.”
In the hotly contested game, Manchester’s total take was $1,017,490.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime event,” an excited Manchester said after her win. “I’m just soaking in every minute of it!”
The episode was filmed earlier this year.
“Teacher’s Week” kicked off the 32nd season of the show.
“What a way to start the season,” the show’s co-host, Pat Sajak, said after Manchester’s win.
Manchester teaches and coaches the math team at Takoma Park Middle School in Montgomery County, Maryland. When she was growing up, she watched Wheel of Fortune with her parents and now challenges her own children with cash prizes for each puzzle they’re able to solve before she does.
Wheel of Fortune introduced the million-dollar grand prize wedge in 2008. If a contestant collects the wedge, solves the puzzle and makes it to the Bonus Round without being bankrupted, the top $100,000 cash prize is replaced by $1 million on the Bonus Round wheel, according to a release from the show. The previous million-dollar grand prize winners are Michelle Lowenstein, who won in 2008, and Autumn Erhard, who collected her prize in 2013.
At the end of Wednesday night’s show, Sajak asked Manchester whether she had used her math skills to calculate the probability of winning the million-dollar prize. She replied: “I assessed that the probability was low, but even unlikely events sometimes happen!”
Photo By Russell Turiak/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Much has been written about wrestler André the Giant's ability to consume copious amounts of liquor.
It's true, his Princess Bride co-star Cary Elwes said.
"The man was extraordinary. He was absolutely a man who could consume vast amounts of alcohol and not have it affect him at all. I’ve never seen anything like it," Elwes, who played Westley in the film, told the Daily Beast.
"I went drinking with him after our first screening in New York, and I was sipping a beer all night -- which he thought was very funny. There was no way I was going to compete with that, because I knew he could consume 100 beers in one sitting."
André the Giant, who died of heart failure in 1993, weighed more than 500 pounds and was 7-foot-4. Because of his size and his physically strenuous job as a wrestler, the late star was in great pain, Elwes said, and drinking was a way to numb it.
"He was due to have an operation right after the shoot, and his doctor didn’t know what kind of pain medication to give him because of his size, so the only way that he could deal with the pain was to drink alcohol," he explained. "It didn’t affect him at all. He didn’t flub a line or miss a day. The guy could handle his liquor, let me tell ya."
His drink of choice? A concoction called "The American": 40 ounces of different liquors poured into a pitcher.
Elwes said that the actor would consume several of these throughout the course of an evening.
"I’ve never tasted airplane fuel, but I imagine it’s very close to what that must taste like. It’s very potent indeed," Elwes recalled. "But to him, it was like chugging water."
Ben Gabbe/NBC(NEW YORK) -- After leaving Saturday Night Live last year following eight years on the hit NBC sketch-comedy show, Bill Hader is returning to the series.
NBC announced Wednesday that Hader will return to SNL as a host on Oct. 11. He'll be joined by musical guest Hozier.
This may be good news for fans who miss Hader's signature character, Stefon.
He recently joked on ABC's Good Morning America that viewers "will never see him again. No, I'm joking. I don't know. I do miss him."
Previously, Hader told GQ magazine that he was done for good with Stefon, the infamous club kid with insider knowledge of the most ridiculous hot spots in New York City.
"Sometimes people say to me, 'I want a Stefon movie!' and I’m like, you think you want a Stefon movie, but then you’ll see the poster for it and think, 'Wait, I don’t want this!'" he said. "There’s no emotional through-line."
Hader is currently starring with another SNL alum, Kristen Wiig, in the film The Skeleton Twins.
Chris Pratt hosts the season premiere of SNL on Sept. 27.
ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Neil Patrick Harris stopped by ABC's The View Wednesday and revealed all the details of his Italian wedding to David Burtka, which took place earlier in the month.
"We've been together over 10 years and I think when our kids got to the age they were having reasonable conversations, when they are asking lots of why questions, to have a clear-cut explanation of who their daddy is, I think is great," Harris said of why he tied the knot. "He's my husband and it was easier than partner or boyfriend or something like that."
The former How I Met Your Mother star said only about 45 people were at the wedding and "I just wanted to be able to say nice things about David, to David, in front of the people that matter the most to us. It was less about a proclamation and more of a declaration."
Harris, 41, and Burtka have been together since 2004 and their twins via a surrogate -- Gideon Scott, a boy, and Harper Grace, a girl -- were born in 2010. The wedding was at a rented castle, where they also had Elton John perform.
"It was so crazy, because when you watch other people say their vows and get all chocked up, you say 'Come on! Pull it together man,'" Harris added. "Then when you are standing there and it's you and you have this piece of paper in your hand and it's shaking ... you can't help but just get super-duper chocked up."
Harris also explained how his daughter was the flower girl and his son was supposed to be the ring bearer, but he decided he wanted to be "the orange boy" and hand out oranges to the guests.
"We said, 'What is an orange boy?' and he explained this whole thing where he comes down with a basket of oranges," Harris said. "Then, we were trying to find a plan like we'll tie the rings to an orange."
While Harris was originally worried about his son doing the "orange thing," he quickly learned during the wedding, it was his daughter, Harper, who caused a bit of a fuss when the wedding was about to begin and she was to throw the flowers.
After the wedding director said it was time for Harper to go, Harris said, "She doesn't go, she won't go. She panics and she's refusing to go and she's clinging to legs and she's starting to cry and we're all stressed like, 'You have to go now, we've timed this to the sunset.'"
"I say, 'David, let's just pick her up and we'll all go together.' Then David says, 'Well, if Gideon goes first, then will you go?' Gideon goes, 'OK' and he picked up his little orange basket and by himself, he walked confidently all the way down 20 steps, got halfway and just stopped!' And we're behind, 'You can do it buddy, you got this!' And he just took a breath and he walked all the way down," he said.
Harris said Gideon ended up handing out the oranges and it was "very special."
Timothy White/E!(NEW YORK) -- Kim Kardashian is hoping to get pregnant again very soon, she said.
"We're trying," she told Australia's Today morning program of her and husband Kanye West's efforts to have another child. "It's all in God's hands."
Kardashian, 33, and West, 37, who said "I do" this past May, welcomed their daughter North West in June 2013.
Becoming a mother changed her life, Kardashian said.
"Everything's put into perspective," she said. "Nothing really matters besides spending time with your family and only doing things that are really important to you."
West has also been a big influence on her, she said, especially when it comes to her style. Since she began dating him two years ago, she stopped working with a stylist, instead relying on her husband's advice.
The results? More recognition for her fashion evolution, she said.
"I love just the way he dresses and he is a great designer and he gives me amazing style tips," she gushed. "It's been so great."
Oliver Hardt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift not only kills it on the red carpet, she kills it every time she steps outside her New York City apartment. That's why the always-pulled-together singer has been named People magazine's Best Dressed for 2014.
As People notes, the singer has "truly hit her style stride in the past 12 months," sporting amazing designer gowns at industry events, and chic casual ensembles on the street. She even looks great coming from the gym.
Her BFF, supermodel Karli Kloss, tells the magazine, "She's got great style. I need to take some notes from her!"
Taylor herself tells People, "I’m more willing to take a risk this year than ever before,” and describes her style as “feminine, leggy and ever-changing.”
As far as other musical performers go, People magazine also singles out Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez on its Best-Dressed top-10 list, which is unranked. The mag calls Rihanna "the biggest risk-taker," offering as evidence the see-through gown she wore to accept her Fashion Icon award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Speaking about his client's fashion choices, Rihanna's stylist tells the magazine, "Being sexy is totally a part of it. It’s also about having fun, though, and just experimenting with fashion."
As for that ageless beauty J-Lo, the magazine says, "[She] has yet to meet a skin-baring trend she doesn't like…or can't pull off." Her stylists tell the magazine, "She looks phenomenal in everything, so we get to have more fun playing with her looks rather than analyzing what needs to be avoided."
People mag also inducts some Best Dressed Couples into its Style Hall of Fame, and Adam Levine and his supermodel wife Behati Prinsloo are among them, as are John Legend and his supermodel wife, Chrissy Teigen. Voice coach and country star Blake Shelton and his wife, fellow country star Miranda Lambert, also made the cut.
Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After playing meth dealer Walter White in the AMC series Breaking Bad and President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway play All the Way, what's next for Bryan Cranston? A one-man show that salutes Major League Baseball's playoffs.
In a new six-minute ad for TBS' upcoming postseason coverage, we're treated to a behind-the-scenes look at Cranston's faux one-man show on the national pastime. The Emmy winner mimics World Series heroes Carlton Fisk and Kirk Gibson, and spoofs various baseball clichés.
Perhaps the funniest moment comes when Cranston, wearing an Oakland A's uniform, dramatically recites the lyrics to "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."
TBS' coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs begins Sept. 30.
Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV(NEW YORK) -- Kanye West is tired of being picked on.
The rapper said he’s being unfairly “demonized” by the media after he made headlines for reportedly demanding that one of his concertgoers in a wheelchair stand up.
A video from the concert last Friday in Sydney, Australia, actually shows the rapper urging the entire audience onto its feet for “Good Life.”
“I can’t do this show until everybody stand up,” the rapper is heard saying, “unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s***.”
When only a single fan remained seated, the crowd began booing and chanting, “Stand up,” until West sent his bodyguard to investigate that, yes, the person was in a wheelchair.
Without apology, Kanye went on to perform.
Despite the backlash that followed, his wife, Kim Kardashian, doesn’t think her husband has anything to apologize for.
Along with a clip she posted on Instagram from his concert Monday night, she wrote, “What an amazing Australian tour! Its frustrating that something so awesome could be clouded by lies in the media. Kanye never asked anyone in a wheel chair to stand up & the audience videos show that. He asked for everyone to stand up & dance UNLESS they were in a wheel chair. #JustWantedEveryoneToHaveAFunNight #TheMediaTwistsThings.”
West defended himself at Monday’s show in Brisbane, Australia, according to a video from the concert.
After calling out morning talk show hosts for making the incident into “such big media-press-news,” he admonished them to “take a step back and look at this.”
He added, “I’m a married Christian man with a family. At my concerts, I make sure everybody has as good a time as possible. So all this demonizing me, it ain’t going to work after a while. Pick a new target. Pick a new target. Because I’m not one of these dumb*** artists that you’re used to. You come at me, I’m going to take my platform and break this s*** down for real, intelligent people every night. And then, we’ll get back to the music.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
James White/CBS(NEW YORK) -- Sharon Osbourne is clearly not a U2 fan. The 61-year-old co-host of The Talk and wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne took to Twitter to voice her opinion of the Irish rock band on Monday.
In the wake of U2's partnership with Apple to release its new album Songs of Innocence for free, Osbourne tweeted, "U2 you are business moguls not musicians anymore. No wonder you have to give your mediocre music away for free cause no one wants to buy it."
Sharon -- who manages Ozzy and created Ozzfest -- questioned, "Guys nothing is for free, how much you making?" She added, "PS, btw you are just a bunch of middle age political groupies..."
Sharon continued, "Whose political ass are we going to pull you out of today? Or are you front row at another tragic fashion show?...Jimmy Iovine, iTunes, U2, you're a bunch of megalomaniacs. F*** YOU!"
Later Monday night, Sharon tweeted a link to her followers to remove the band's album from their iTunes accounts. She wrote, "Here's how to say NO to @U2's new record that was forced upon you by @iTunes - #NoThankU2."
Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- Marvel has finally released the official synopsis of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
"When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance," Marvel teases, before continuing, "As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure."
As far as the cast goes, Marvel explains, "Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction."
Marvel also added this little nugget about Vision: "Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision."
Meanwhile, on his Facebook page Tuesday, Downey promised a "surprise" for Wednesday morning that is likely Avengers-related. He posted, "Seeing as how Tuesday is the most productive day of the week, I'll not decrease the efficiency. TOMORROW AM, however, I'll throw a surprise your way..." Under his blue suit jacket, the actor was wearing the Black Sabbath shirt he wore as Stark in The Avengers.
Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released to theaters nationwide on May 1, 2015. Marvel, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.
Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Eva Mendes and longtime boyfriend Ryan Gosling reportedly have welcomed their first child.
According to Us Weekly and E! News, Mendes, 40, gave birth to a baby girl last Friday in Los Angeles. There are no other details about the newborn available yet.
Mendes, who never confirmed she was pregnant, side-stepped pregnancy rumors for the past year.
In February, she was evasive during an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She told host Ellen DeGeneres that the baby rumors started after she, "didn't want to go through the scanners at the airport." Mendes explained, "You know those X-ray scanners, which are really creepy? They basically see you naked, right? And not only that, but there's a radiation aspect to it, so I always opt out. I always ask for a personal patdown."
Gosling, 33, and Mendes have reportedly been dating off and on since September 2011, according to E!
ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) -- Olympian Lolo Jones was voted off Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night, becoming the first celebrity competitor to be eliminated on the show's 19th season.
After the judges’ scores and the viewers' votes were combined, Jones and fashion designer Betsey Johnson learned they were both in jeopardy of going home. When Jones heard her fate, she smiled and hugged her pro partner, Keo Motsepe.
“I wouldn’t have had it any other way,” Jones said. “I’m glad that [Johnson’s] staying. She deserves to stay and everybody here did a great job.”
The Olympian's cha cha suffered from several missteps, and she blamed the trouble on a missed cue that she said threw off her entire performance. During the judges' evaluation following her performance, Jones, who appeared frustrated, said she wouldn't make any excuses and acknowledged that her performance was "awful."
Monday night’s premiere showcased 13 competitors vying for the Mirrorball Trophy. Actor Alfonso Ribeiro leaped to the top of the leader board with a skillful jive that judges asked him to reprise Tuesday night, while Johnson brought up the rear when her routine was stymied by problems with a pink prop feather boa.
In addition to Johnson and Ribeiro, returning to compete next week are actors Antonio Sabato Jr., Randy Couture and Jonathan Bennett, actresses Lea Thompson and Janel Parrish, reality TV star Sadie Robertson, YouTube beauty guru Bethany Mota, TV talk show host Tavis Smiley, comedian Tommy Chong and NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip.
The competition continues next Monday night on ABC.
ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Academy Award-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio was designated a United Nations Messenger of Peace on Tuesday by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
"Mr. DiCaprio is a credible voice in the environmental movement, and has a considerable platform to amplify its message," Ban said. "I am pleased he has chosen to add his voice to U.N. efforts to raise awareness of the urgency and benefits of acting now to combat climate change."
DiCaprio is invited to a U.N. climate summit to be held on Sept. 23.
The Great Gatsby star founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998, and has used the organization to build relationships with environmental leaders and experts.
DiCaprio is now one of 12 U.N. Messengers of Peace who, along with one Goodwill Ambassador, advocate on behalf of the U.N. on "priority issues." Messengers of Peace, the U.N. says, are, "individuals who possess widely recognized talents in the fields of art, film, literature, music and sports, helping to raise worldwide awareness of the [U.N.]'s ideals and activities."
Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Beyoncé turned 33 earlier this month and now we know she celebrated in style!
The singer had been traveling in Europe with her husband, Jay Z, and their 2-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, according to reports, and seemingly spent her big day by the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
According to photos posted on her website, the group, which also included Beyoncé's mother, hung out on the beach, went for a boat ride, and indulged in delicious-looking treats and wine during the getaway. There was even a jewel-encrusted crown reading "Queen Bey" for the birthday girl to wear.
Heidi Gutman/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Jerry Seinfeld was planning a special project with Joan Rivers.
Before her Sept. 4 death, Rivers was in talks to appear on Seinfeld’s popular web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Seinfeld revealed in a Facebook post. The series features Seinfeld making coffee trips with friends and entertainment figures.
Seinfeld posted a text message exchange from Aug. 19 -- nine days before Rivers underwent a throat procedure -- stating that Rivers would love to participate.
But days later, her reps called, saying Rivers needed to postpone.
Rivers went into cardiac arrest during surgery Aug. 28 and died days later. She was 81.
Seinfeld was saddened that he didn’t have the chance to take his comedic journey with Rivers.
“I would have loved to have shown another side of her,” Seinfeld wrote Monday. “I wanted to tell her how much I admire all she had accomplished, especially in the latter stages of her career. She was one of the greats. I’ll miss her.”