ABC/KEVIN FOLEY (NEW YORK) — ABC will again offer a double dose of The Bachelor in two weeks. The network has scheduled a one-hour special, Sean Tells All , for Tuesday, Feb. 19. Host Chris Harrison will chat with Sean Lowe about the “Bachelor’s” dates this season, his romance with the controversial contestant Tierra, and his thoughts on the final three. ABC televised a special two-night Bachelor event on Monday and Tuesday this week
ABC News (LOS ANGELES) — Chris Brown showed up to a court appearance Wednesday in Los Angeles on issues related to his probation, with pop star-girlfriend Rihanna by his side. Brown was in court to face accusations that he violated his probation by submitting false community service records in connection with his sentence for assaulting Rihanna in 2009. At the hearing, Superior Court Judge James Brandlin asked for additional reports and set a new hearing date of April 5. Mark Geragos, a lawyer for Brown, told ABC News Affiliate KABC-TV that Brown “didn’t violate anything.” Geragos said the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office “should be ashamed of themselves [because] they besmirched the reputation of Chris Brown based on no evidence.” Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames
Mike Marsland/WireImage (LOS ANGELES) — Taylor Swift has landed the coveted opening performance spot on Sunday night’s 55th Annual Grammy Awards, where she’s up for three awards including Record of the Year for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Taylor’s Grammy appearance comes on the heels of her performances at awards shows in France and Spain just last week. She’s also preparing for the launch of her Red tour next month. In the midst of this crazy schedule, Taylor relies on her friends to keep her grounded. “My friends don’t treat me like anything different than who I am,” Taylor says, “which is their friend who goes through things the same way that they do, and vents the same way, gets off of work and calls them and it’s like, ‘We’ve got to get together. I have to tell you about this.’” Granted, some of Taylor’s girlfriends are celebrities, like Selena Gomez or Dianna Agron from Glee
Jim R. Bounds/Bloomberg via Getty Images (DURHAM, N.C.) — Students at Duke University Wednesday protested a fraternity party dubbed the “Racist Rager,” at which attendees dressed as Asians, including wearing conical hats, geisha costumes and an inflatable sumo suit. On Tuesday, the school’s Asian Student Alliance plastered the campus with fliers that included the fraternity’s original email invitation to a Feb. 1 party called “Kappa Sigma Asia Prime,” as well as photographs of frat members and other partygoers dressed in Asian-stereotype costumes
Charles Norfleet/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — First, there was Paris Hilton. Now there’s Nina Agdal. The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model is the latest starlet to appear in an ad for fast food restaurant Carl’s Jr.
Maury Phillips/WireImage (LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department won’t file charges against Chris Brown in his reported brawl with Frank Ocean, based on Ocean’s decision not to go forward with the case. But Brown is still facing major legal drama, namely the accusation that he violated his probation by submitting bogus community service records in connection with his sentence for assaulting Rihanna in 2009. Mark Geragos, a lawyer for Brown, tells ABC News affiliate KABC-TV, however, that “Chris didn’t violate anything.” Geragos goes on to say that the L.A. County District Attorney’s office “should be ashamed of themselves they besmirched the reputation of Chris Brown based on no evidence.” Brown has been ordered to appear at a probation violation hearing in Los Angeles Wednesday at 2 p.m
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Christian Petersen/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — It’s not difficult to guess which primetime program had the highest ratings for the week ending Sunday. “Sunday” is the key word there, as in, “Super Bowl Sunday.” As previously announced, CBS’ broadcast of the Baltimore Ravens’ victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 47 drew an audience of 108.7 million viewers. The number is slightly inflated by the fact that Nielsen excluded the 34 minutes during which the game was delayed because of a power outage. Not that many people switched the channel during the outage — Nielsen estimates that 106.56 million were tuned in to CBS at the time of the third-quarter incident.
Jerritt Clark/WireImage (LOS ANGELES) — Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy has become an issue in her lengthy divorce proceedings with her estranged husband, Kris Humphries. The reality star, who’s expecting her first child with boyfriend Kanye West, wants the divorce trial to take place as soon as possible. However, Humphries doesn’t seem to be in a rush. In a court filing obtained by TMZ.com, a lawyer for the Brooklyn Nets basketball player argues, “What is really going on here is that an ‘urgency’ in the form of an apparently unplanned pregnancy, something [Humphries] had nothing to do with, is perceived by [Kim] as an opportunity to gain a litigation advantage by trying to force this court to prematurely set this matter for trial.” The attorney reportedly also asks, “Indeed, why would [Kim] plan to get pregnant in the midst of divorce proceedings?” Humphries says he wants to be present for Kardashian’s deposition but is unavailable until mid-May at the earliest due to his commitment to the Nets. Kardashian filed for divorce in late October of 2011, 72 days after she tied the knot with Humphries
PRNewsFoto/Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide, Scott Brinegar (LOS ANGELES) — A lawsuit filed against James Cameron and his production company over the plot of his hit film Avatar has been dismissed, according to The Hollywood Reporter . The complaint, filed in December of 2011, alleged that the plaintiff, Gerald Morawski, pitched to Cameron in 1991 a film that contained a premise similar to that of Avatar . Morawski’s proposal, dubbed Guardians of Eden , revolved around a tribe whose rainforest environment is threatened by a mining company. Morawski, claiming he’d signed an agreement under which he retained the rights to his idea, sought compensation from Cameron due to its alleged similarity to the Avatar plot. However, The Hollywood Reporter says , a judge has ruled that Cameron did not breach the agreement and that evidence shows the director created the idea for Avatar himself.