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Former Love/Hate star Johnny Ward has been confirmed as the eighth contestant for RTÉ One's Dancing With The Stars.

Known for his bad boy roles, the actor is choosing to take on his most challenging performance yet- on the dancefloor.

The actor is known for playing the character of Pauley in Love/Hate, and played Gino in Coppers the Musical this year.

He made the announcement on RTÉ One's Today with Maura and Dáithí, saying that his sights are most definitely set on winning the coveted glitter ball trophy.

Speaking about taking part in the hit show, Johnny commented;

"For once I get to be a gentleman rather than a psychotic gangster, kidnapper or clamper! I’m really looking forward to joining the show and leaning a new skill. The nerves are there but I’m up for the challenge and loving every minute of the experience.”

Johnny will now join Clelia Murphy, Mairead Ronan, Eilish O’Carroll, Denis Bastick, Darren Kennedy, Fred Cooke and Holly Carpenter on series three of the show.

Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne are joining forces this year to present the new series of Dancing with the Stars. Each week, 11 celebrities will pair up with professional dance partners and compete to stay in the competition.

The show will start on RTÉ One on Sunday January 6, and is running for 12 weeks. The expert panel of judges Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry and Julian Benson will be deciding the dancers' fates, as well as the viewing public.

Can’t Stop Dancing, the preview show for Dancing with the Stars hosted by Bláthnaid Treacy will be back on Friday, January 4 on RTÉ One. 

Get ready for the glitz and glamour of the fight for the glitter ball trophy, luckily the first two weeks have no eliminations.

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Award-winning actor Clelia Murphy has been officially announced as the sixth star who will sashay her way onto our screens in the New Year on Dancing with the Stars on RTÉ One.Speaking about taking part in Dancing with the Stars Clelia said: 

"I can’t believe I’m doing Dancing with the Stars. I’m still in a bit of shock that I said yes! It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done before and that’s exactly why it makes it so beautifully terrifying and thrilling all at the same time. 

"I’m sorry now that I didn’t stick with dance classes as a child. I’m normally dressed from head to toe in black and I’m finding myself in a glorious rainbow sea of glitter and sequins and Spanx! I’m so far out of my comfort zone but I kind of love it."

Clelia will join Mairead Ronan, Eilish O’Carroll, Darren Kennedy, Fred Cooke and Holly Carpenter on series three of the show.

Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne will join forces this year to present the new series of Dancing with the Stars. Airing on RTÉ One for 12 weeks from Sunday 6th January, a total of 11 celebrities will pair up with their professional dancing partners as they step out of their comfort zones and onto the dancefloor, each hoping to claim the much-coveted glitter ball trophy at the end of the series.

Each pairing will have a different dancing genre to master every week from the paso doble to the waltz and they’ll have just seven days to perfect their routine before performing live to the nation. 

Also returning this year is our expert panel of judges Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry and Julian Benson. Once again the celebrities and their dancers will be scored by the judges and the viewing public at home.

 

 

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She was the child star who successfully broke into more adult acting roles.

We loved watching her after school on Nickelodeon's The Amanda Show, adored her as kooky Penny in Hairspray and She's The Man was our sleepover go-to as teenagers.

And then, just as quick as she became our on-screen BFF, she seemed to go down the typical child-star spiral. 

However, the 32-year-old has made her triumphant return – and she is breaking the Internet. 

The actor is currently studying at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles.

She has been enrolled there since 2014 and is getting her Associate's of Art degree in Merchandise Product Development this month before starting a Bachelor's degree in January. 

But hold on – acting is still her first passion –  phew. 

Acting has been her whole life; she had an agent by the age of seven, went on to a "SNL-with-tweens"-esque sketch show on Nick and then, of course, she had her own show.

She says that "It was a dream come true. It was unbelievable for me."

After three seasons, it was time for Amanda to break into movies – and that she did. Remember her, aged 15, alongside Frankie Muniz in Big Fat Liar?

And What I Like About You on the WB, opposite Jennie Garth, playing two sisters living in New York City.

But then came 2007.

Blame paparazzi culture, snapping young stars as they fell out of nightclubs – not that Amanda liked going out that much, or alcohol for that matter. 

But, she says, "I started smoking marijuana when I was 16. Even though everyone thought I was the 'good girl,' I did smoke marijuana from that point on. I wasn't going out and partying or making a fool of myself… yet."

It was after making Easy A, her last movie, that thing started to spiral. 

She says candidly, ''I literally couldn't stand my appearance in that movie and I didn't like my performance. I was absolutely convinced I needed to stop acting after seeing it."

She continues, "I was high on marijuana when I saw that but for some reason, it really started to affect me. I don't know if it was a drug-induced psychosis or what, but it affected my brain in a different way than it affects other people."

So she retired on Twitter and sank into a dark existence with a seedy crowd. 

Now sober for four years, her advice to anyone struggling with substance abuse is ''to be really careful because drugs can really take a hold of your life. The mixture of marijuana and whatever other drugs and sometimes drinking really messed up my brain. It really made me a completely different person. I actually am a nice person. I would never feel, say or do any of the things that I did and said to the people I hurt on Twitter."

Thankfully she is looking super healthy and says, "I have no fear of the future. I've been through the worst and came out the other end and survived it so I just feel like it's only up from here."

Everyone, get ready for the second act of Amanda Bynes-  we have a feeling it's gonna be a great one. 

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Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick will not face charges of sexual assault due to a lack of evidence, says US prosecutors. 

The 31-year-old was accused of various sexual assault allegations from three different women.

However, Los Angeles prosecutors said in new documents that the allegations would not be pursued due to insufficient evidence.

 

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In November 2017, the actor Kristina Cohen accused Ed through a detailed Facebook post.

Former actor Aurélie Wynn also came forward alongside Kristina and provided witnesses.

“Those witnesses were not able to provide information that would enable the prosecution to prove either incident beyond a reasonable doubt,” the memo read.

“Prosecution on those two incidents is declined due to insufficient evidence,” the memo added.

 

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A third accuser was referenced within the memo but her case was dropped because of her “unavailability”.

Accusations from further women of reported unwanted touching could not be held up due to falling outside the statute of limitations, reports the Guardian.

Ed has maintained his innocence after the first allegation became public.

In a now-deleted Instagram post, the actor said: “I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman."

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Tall? Yup. Tanned? Definitely. Blonde? Most certainly. 

Yes, it seems that Leonardo Dicaprio's new love-interest ticks all his usual love-interest boxes.

In a nutshell: she looks like a Sports Illustrated model… probably because she is, indeed, a Sports Illustrated model. 

Meet 25-year-old Kelly Rohrbach, a young woman whom, if rumour is to be believed, we'll be seeing a lot more of in the future. That's because she's now being touted as a 'serious' girlfriend for one of Hollywood's most enduring men-about-town. 

Indeed, Oscar-nominated Leo, 40, is said to be smitten with the Connecticut-native – so much so that's he's already introduced her to his beloved mama, Irmelin. 

After returning from a Caribbean jaunt on Sunday evening, on Monday the duo were spotted cruising around New York City on bikes before meeting his mother at chic waterfront eatery, La Marina.

There they reportedly tucked in to lobster flatbread and chicken lollipops, as well as mint mojitos. Sounds good!

Kelly herself looked incredibly cool and stylish in white dungarees and blue canvas flats, while Mr Dicaprio was rocking his signature scruffy look: untidy beard, baseball cap, shorts and t-shirt.  

More than just a pretty face, Ms Rohrbach is one of five children. She went to Georgetown University and even played Division One women's golf there before giving it all up for a career in acting. She's already appeared in Two And A Half Men and The PET Squad Files

Represented by IMG models she last year appeared in a major Gap advert, as well as on the pages of Self, Glamour, and Galore magazines.

She's furthermore BFFs with IMG stablemate Rachel Hilbert – who's just been announced as the new face of the Victoria's Secret Pink range. 

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Fears are growing for Trevor Smith, an actor who has appeared in TV shows such as Coronation Street and Emmerdale, after he disappeared from his home on Monday.

Trevor was reported missing after 10pm on Monday night by relatives concerned about his failure to return to his home in Derbyshire. It has been reported he currently has a plaster cast on each of his wrists.

Trevor has been acting for over 23 years and has starred both on theatre, in short films and on TV shows such as Hollyoaks and No Angels.

When he was last seen, he was wearing a black padded jacket with a green parka over it, blue jogging bottoms and a woolly hat that is maroon and grey in colour. 

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Jake Gyllenhaal has undergone yet another dramatic body transformation!

Following his weight-loss for Nightcrawler earlier this year, he has now gone in a completely different direction and piled on a reported 7kg of muscle for new movie, Southpaw

Jake is playing the role of Billy 'The Great' Hope in the upcoming movie and the director, Antoine Fuqua, has said that they "turned him into a beast" for the role: "Jake is going to change how people see him. I had him training twice a day in the boxing ring. He did two-a-day seven days a week."

Jake lost 10kg to play Lou Bloom in the critically acclaimed Nightcrawler but it seems he wasn’t long looking for his next challenging role!

Is he following in Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar dreams? 

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Wes Chatham, star of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2, has welcomed a baby boy with his wife, Jenn Brown.

The couple welcomed their baby boy, John Nash, into the world yesterday, and have told US Weekly they are over the moon: “We are absolutely in love with our little boy, and feel very blessed!”

Baby John was actually born a little bit early, and his mum, TV personality Jenn Brown, is lucky she didn’t go into labour whilst supporting her husband at the LA premier of the new Hunger Games film last week!

Wes is playing the role of Castor in the hit movies, opposite Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth. 

 

The wife and I ready for the #Mockingjay premiere tonight!

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The couple have been married since April 2012. 

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There is awful news for Coronation Street actor Craig Charles, whose older brother Dean has sadly died, meaning he has left the I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here jungle.

The actor was told the devastating news that his older brother had passed away on Thursday morning, Australian time.

A spokesperson for ITV have confirmed the news, saying: “Craig decided to leave the I’m a Celebrity camp earlier today and will be heading back to his family in the UK. We send our sincere condolences to Craig and his family.”

Heat have reported that although producers of the show learnt the tragic news on Wednesday night, they made the decision to wait until morning rather than deliver the news during the night.

Our thoughts are with his family at this awful time.

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It wasn’t all that long ago that Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas slammed rumours that he and Bollywood actress Amy Jackson had broken up – but it seems to be for real this time.

It has been reported that conflicting schedules and long-distance struggles are to blame for the break up.

 Amy’s career in India has skyrocketed following her appearance in many Bollywood films.

Thankfully, the split is said to be amicable for the pair. 

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Irish actor Jack Reynor is reportedly being sued after allegedly running over two women in Hollywood two years ago.

The women involved in the case, reported by TMZ, say they were walking on a crosswalk when the Transformers actor ran them over: “throwing them into the air and onto the hood of his vehicle.”

The women were left with injuries including head trauma and knee and back injuries and are allegedly suing Jack for $25K.

Eek, this doesn’t sound very good for the actor – TMZ say they have contacted a rep for his side of the story but have heard nothing back yet. 

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If this impression is anything to go by, it may be time Kate Hudson took it up professionally!

Honouring the Dallas Buyers’ Club star at the American Cinematheque gala, Kate relived a story about Matthew from their days of filming 2008’s Fool’s Gold

Going through a hard divorce at the time, Kate remembers Matthew trying to coax her into the water – and let’s just say it’s pretty epic!

Matthew and Kate not only starred in Fool’s Gold together, but How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days too – so it’s safe to say she knows him pretty well!

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