Aunt Of ‘Breaking Amish’ Reality Star Missing

Authorities in Virginia are trying to locate a missing mother of seven, who is related to one of the stars of TLC's hit reality show "Breaking Amish."

According to the Albemarle County Police Department, 56-year-old Bonnie Santiago, of Brands Flat, was last seen at a Carter Mountain home on July 12 at 1 a.m. The home is in a rural area and is surrounded by a large apple orchard.

"Her family reported her missing to us on July 14," Carter Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Albemarle County Police, told The Huffington Post. "No one knows what happened. We don’t know what she was wearing or if she left in a vehicle."

According to Johnson, Santiago was visiting a friend. The Roanoke Times reported that police said the individual is Santiago's boyfriend.

Sabrina Rock, one of the stars of the reality TV show "Breaking Amish," recently posted a message about Santiago's disappearance to her Facebook page. The message reads, in part:

"This is my aunt who has been missing. Please share and repost. Thank you."


Rock did not respond to a request for comment from HuffPost.

Santiago's sister, Barbara Simpson, described the missing woman to WHSV.com as a fun-loving person who comes from a large family. Santiago has seven children of her own and 14 grandchildren, Simpson said.

Simpson also told WHSV it would be out of character for her sister to take off without telling anyone.

"I just can't see her being missing," Simpson said. "That's why it seems so surreal."

According to Johnson, authorities have conducted two searches of the area in and around the home where Santiago was last seen, but nothing of interest was found.

Authorities said it is too soon to say whether they suspect foul play in the case, which is currently labeled a missing person investigation.

"We've dedicated a lot of resources to it and have detectives working on it," Johnson told HuffPost.

Bonnie Santiago is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 175 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on the disappearance of Santiago is asked to contact the Albemarle County CrimeStoppers at (434) 977-4000.




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J.J. Abrams Reveals ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ X-Wing In New Video

"Star Wars: Episode VII" is not scheduled to appear during this week's Comic-Con festivities, but the Force is still very strong with the venerable franchise. On Monday, StarWars.com released a new video from the set of "Episode VII," featuring director J.J. Abrams, a new version of the famed X-wing starfighter and a trusty repair droid. The clip is part of the Force for Change initiative that benefits UNICEF's Innovation Labs.



From a press release that accompanied the video:

All Wings Report In! On the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, Director J.J. Abrams was interrupted by an X-Wing pilot and rogue robot as he announced the chance for fans to win an advance private screening of Star Wars: Episode VII. “We are so grateful for the support that the fans from over 119 countries have shown for Force for Change," said Abrams. "As we close this final week, we’ve added an additional prize that allows the fans the opportunity to see the movie early as a thank you for supporting such a great cause as UNICEF’s innovative, lifesaving work for children.” By contributing at any level by July 25th, participants will be eligible for all prizes including a chance to be in the movie.


More information about the Force for Change campaign can be found here.

The new set video isn't the only piece of "Star Wars" news floating around the Internet. On Sunday, Badass Digest posted what the site claims is the rumored plot for "Episode VII." HuffPost Entertainment contacted a representative for Lucasfilm to confirm the report; this post will be updated if and when they respond. For now, fans and interested parties can head to Badass Digest for the supposed plot breakdown, which includes what would be the film's opening sequence.

"Star Wars: Episode VII" is due out in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.
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Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner Crash Kid’s Superman-Themed Birthday Party, Because YES

In case you were not yet convinced that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were the best couple in Hollywood, the two made one child's day this past weekend when they stopped by his Superman-themed birthday party in Detroit.

In town, ironically, for Affleck to film the upcoming "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice," the couple stopped by Detroit Kid City in search of a play place for their 2-year-old son, Samuel. They found the facility in use for a private birthday event, but were invited to join and, in their typical being-amazing style, came in and stayed for a while.

"I spoke with Ben for 10 or 15 minutes and he was very pleased with the facility. He was very interested in getting a Detroit Kid City out in LA," Garrett Dixon of Detroit Kid City told the Detroit Free Press. "He said they had a blast and will definitely be in contact with us."

Filming of the "Superman" sequel comes in the wake of public backlash after Affleck was announced as the Caped Crusader. But even in the face of national criticism, the star always had one consistent supporter.

"I was excited for him," Garner told MTV News in September. "I was excited because he had a real take on what he wanted to do, and you know, I have to say, my husband is a pretty great storyteller himself."
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Ron Howard Is Making An Authorized Beatles Documentary

The long and winding road of Ron Howard's illustrious career has taken him to The Beatles. The Oscar winner will direct an authorized documentary about the Fab Four, with participation expected from Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. (Ono Lennon and Harrison will represent their respective late husbands, John Lennon and George Harrison.) The untitled film will focus on The Beatles' touring years, which ended in 1966. Apple Corps Ltd., White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment will produce the movie.

"I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964," Howard said in a press release announcing the documentary. "Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated."

As noted by the press release, the project was first brought to Apple Corps by One Voice One World, and the company "has conducted extensive research around the globe, including inviting Beatles fans to send in clips of home movies and photos that they acquired during this extraordinary period." In keeping with those requests, the film's website includes a section that offers Beatles aficionados the opportunity to participate in the production process.

If you or someone you know has visual or audio materials that document the Beatles' live tours, we want to hear from you! We are looking for rare or unusual footage, photographs, and audio recordings, particularly those that highlight the fan experience -– what it was like to be a part of the frenzy.

If you have materials you believe belong in this film, please contact us using the form below.


This Beatles film is Howard's second documentary as a director. His first focused on Jay Z's Made In America festival.

For more on the film, head to beatlesliveproject.com. No release date has been set just yet.

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Elizabeth Berkley Schools Perez Hilton On How NOT To Talk About Pregnant Women

Pregnant moms are used to hearing all kinds of questionable things throughout their terms. But actress Elizabeth Berkley, known for her role on "Saved By The Bell," is having none of that. When Perez Hilton tweeted about pregnant Christina Aguilera's "ballooning bump about to burst," Berkley called him out for his choice of words.




The actress and mother of a toddler then tweeted a few more thoughts regarding how society refers to pregnant women.










Hear, hear!



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Brooks Wheelan Says He’s ‘Fired’ From ‘SNL’

Brooks Wheelan, one of six featured players hired by "Saturday Night Live" before the start of the show's 39th season, will not return for Season 40. Wheelan tweeted the news on Monday:




When contacted by HuffPost Entertainment to confirm Wheelan's ouster, an NBC representative said that neither the network nor show comment on casting changes. That "SNL" would see some turnover before its 40th season is no surprise: Back in June, executive producer Lorne Michaels told Deadline.com that cast adjustments were forthcoming.

"We're still in the middle of rebuilding," Michaels said. "So there will be changes this year."

Wheelan was a stand-up comic before being hired by "SNL." The 27-year-old was initially brought onto the show as a writer, but he became the sixth and final addition to the cast before the 39th season began. (Colin Jost and Sasheer Zamata were added as featured players during this past season.)

"Each step of the way I thought it was pretty neat that I had gotten this far, so I didn't put too much pressure on myself in that way," Wheelan told the Bellevue Reporter about auditioning for "SNL" in an interview published earlier this year. "As far as the audition itself, they saw me perform in Montreal, then in L.A., and then I auditioned on the stage where they shoot the show in New York. It was all scary, but I tried to [minimize that]."

During his stint as a "Saturday Night Live" featured player, Wheelan made a couple of appearances on Weekend Update. He recalled those moment and some of his other favorite memories in a video published by NBC at the close of the season.



As ScreenCrush.com senior editor Mike Ryan pointed out, however, Wheelan's last appearance on "SNL" might have foreshadowed his exit.




Watch that sketch, without Wheelan included, below.

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Conor Oberst’s Rape Accuser Recants, Issues Official Public Apology

The woman who accused Bright Eyes rocker Conor Oberst of raping her after a show in 2003, when she was a teenager, has officially recanted and issued a public apology.

Joanie Faircloth, whose real name is Joan Elizabeth Harris, contacted Oberst's lawyer and issued a notarized statement on July 14, admitting that she made false allegations of sexual assault against the musician, reports Spin magazine. Faircloth wrote:

The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere over the past six months accusing Conor Oberst of raping me are 100% false. I made up those lies about him to get attention while I was going through a difficult period in my life and trying to cope with my son’s illness. I publicly retract my statements about Conor Oberst, and sincerely apologize to him, his family, and his fans for writing such awful things about him. I realize that my actions were wrong and could undermine the claims of actual sexual assault victims and for that I also apologize. I’m truly sorry for all the pain that I caused.


In February, Oberst sued Faircloth for libel, claiming his reputation had been damaged by her accusations. According to the 34-year-old musician's lawyers, the letter of apology came after seven months of attempts to reach Faircloth, requesting that she rescind the allegations she made against Oberst in the comments section of the xoJane website in December 2013.
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Colin Farrell Reportedly In Talks For ‘True Detective’ Season 2

Speculation about the upcoming cast for the second season of Nic Pizzolatto's "True Detective" has been one of the year's biggest stories. Rumors have ranged from Jessica Chastain to Brad Pitt, but those were quickly shot down.

On Thursday, July 10, at the Television Critics Academy press tour, HBO execs announced that the cast of Season 2 would be revealed within the next week. Getting us even more excited, they teased, “The people we will cast will be well-known names." Now according to reports from The Wrap and Deadline, Colin Farrell is apparently in "deep negotiations" to play one of the three lead roles. Mike Fleming of Deadline.com says that he is "confident" the actor will be cast in the HBO series. According to TheWrap, Taylor Kitsch is also in negotiations of one of the younger male leads. (TheWrap's Jeff Sneider reports that Garrett Hedlund was also rumored for the role Kitsch would apparently play.)

HuffPost contacted representatives for HBO to comment on the reports; this post will be updated if and when they respond. Here's hoping this casting mystery gets solved faster than that of the Yellow King. (Time is a flat circle, etc.)

[via The Wrap, Deadline.com]
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Dave Legeno, Actor Best Known For ‘Harry Potter’ Films, Dead After Hiking In Death Valley

"Harry Potter" actor Dave Legeno died while hiking in Death Valley National Park in California, TMZ and Yahoo have reported.

Legeno's body was found "in a remote wash" by a pair of hikers on Sunday, July 6, according to a Yahoo report. Police told TMZ that Legeno most likely died of heat related issues and may have been dead for three to four days before his body was discovered.

Best known for his role as werewolf Fenrir Greyback in the "Harry Potter" film series, the 50-year-old was also an MMA fighter and went by the ring name The Enforcer.

HuffPost Entertainment contacted representatives for Legeno to confirm the TMZ report. This story will be updated if and when they respond.

This is a developing story.
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‘Catfish’ Poll: Should Bianca Let Tia Into Her Life?

Sometimes the dishonesty of a “Catfish,” no matter how remorseful they are for their actions, can be too much for the person they deceived. And, on tonight’s episode, that was the case for Bianca. The North Carolina native contacted Nev and Max because she wanted to uncover the truth about her crush Brogan, a girl... Read more »
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