As Told in Selfies: The 2014 Teen Choice Awards

This past Sunday, August 10, I got to spend the day with some pretty amazing people -- teens and adults alike -- talking about overalls, fangirling and The Teenage Experience. So now I present for you my afternoon at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards in selfies, one-liners and a handful of live-tweets.




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"The best part of being a teenager is learning about yourself and what you love." -- The Band Perry

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"I'm not going to tell you about the finale [of 'The Fosters'] because you seem like someone who really likes surprises and people like you are really important. But trust me, it's going DOWN." -- Cierra Ramirez, "The Fosters"

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Me: "Oh my gosh I'm so excited to meet you. 'Little Manhattan' was my favorite movie."
Josh (Hutcherson!!!): "Really? No one remembers that I made that, but it's my favorite too."


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"iPad selfies? You're pretty serious about this, huh?" -- Lea Michele, "Glee" (like you didn't know)

"Asdfghjklifajdffamdjn." -- Me


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"My advice for life: you do you, and I'll do me." -- Zendaya

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"I don't know who A is." -- Lucy Hale, "Pretty Little Liars"




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Me: "You know, you followed me on Twitter one time for six months."
Charlie: "Oh gosh did I -- hold on, let me fix it."
Nolan: "She called you on it."
Charlie: "What am I doing? Found you. Can I get a T-shirt saying I'm your 1,160th follower?"
-- Charlie Rowe and Nolan Sotillo, "Red Band Society" (@charlie_rowe + @Nolan_sotillo)


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"You again?" -- Charlie Rowe

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"My best memory from filming "Mockingjay Part" was probably the the last day. Everyone was just so emotional and happy. I feel like I, out of any of the cast, except maybe Jen, have really grown up doing this. It's such a big part of me now." -- Willow Shields, "The Hunger Games"

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"ONE PHOTO." -- Publicist
"It needs to look GOOD, though." -- Sarah Hyland, "Modern Family," co-host of the Awards


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"We're SO cute." -- Anthony Quintal a.k.a. LOHANTHONY




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"It's ['Red Band Society'] not about the hospital. It's about being a teenager, and living your life, which is an experience everyone has, no matter where you are." -- Ciara Bravo, Nolan Sotillo, and Charlie Rowe

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"I'm sort of pro at this. Let's do it." -- Rebecca Black, Selfie Pro

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Me: "I remember getting to stay up late until like 8:30 to watch the first episode of 'Hannah Montana.'"
Emily: "I wish all parents were that cool."


"Food is sexy." -- Emily Osment, Young and Hungry

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"My favorite part of filming ["Wish I Was Here"] was the sheer creativity that went into everything. And the wigs. The wigs were the real MVP." -- Joey King, "Wish I Was Here"

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Calum Worthy ("Austin and Ally"): "I actually went to like seven proms, because I was always the second choice date."
Me: "I feel like you might be first choice now. You should call them all and ask."




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"We took a selfie. We're basically friends now. " -- Sam Potteroff, O2L

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"Foolproof fastest way to make a mess: have a bunch of dudes live in a house together. Bingo." -- O2L

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"I write all of my own music, so it's like this big piece of me I'm sharing. It can be a bit scary, but I feel like that is what real music is supposed to be." -- Debby Ryan, "The Never Ending"

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"Prom is supposed to be this like big rite of passage thing, but I think it should be more about having fun, you know?" -- Laura Marano, "Austin and Ally"

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"If I'd known you'd be here, I would have worn my overalls. Next time, let's match." -- Alli Simpson







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*Looks cool for a second, then knocks over speaker with surfboard* -- Me


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Porn Star Christy Mack Describes Savage Attack (GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

A porn star who was put in the hospital after she says she was beaten by her MMA fighter ex-boyfriend has released a statement detailing her experience.

Las Vegas police say Christy Mack was left with severe, but not life-threatening, injuries early Friday morning when she was confronted and beaten by MMA fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver, who brawls under the name War Machine.

Koppenhaver, who has also performed in porn, is still on the run.

In a statement sent to The Huffington Post, Mack tells her story of what happened and details her injuries that resulted:

At about 2 am Friday morning, Jon Koppenhaver arrived unannounced to my home in Las Vegas, NV, after he broke up with me in May, he moved out of my house and back to San Diego. When he arrived, he found myself and one other fully clothed and unarmed in the house. Without a single word spoken, he began beating my friend; once he was finished, he sent my friend away and turned his attention to me. He made me undress and shower in front of him, then dragged me out and beat my face.


Mack also sent photos showing her injuries.

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"I have no recollection of how many times I was hit, I just know my injuries that resulted from my beating," Mack said. "My injuries include 18 broken bones around my eyes, my nose is broken in 2 places, I am missing teeth and several more are broken."

Mack said she can't chew or see out of her left eye. "My speech is slurred from my swelling and lack of teeth. I have a fractured rib and severely ruptured liver from a kick to my side," Mack said.

Her leg was so badly injured that she can't walk and she has "several lesions" from a knife Koppenhaver retrieved from her kitchen, she said.

Mack also said her ex "sawed much of my hair off with this dull knife."

Mack continued, "He has beaten me many times before, but never this badly. He took my phone and canceled all of my plans for the following week to make sure no one would worry about my whereabouts. He told me he was going to rape me, but was disappointed in himself when he could not get hard."

Mack then explained how she escaped:

After another hit or two, he left me on the floor bleeding and shaking, holding my side from the pain of a broken rib. He left the room and went to the kitchen where I could hear him ruffling through my drawers. Assuming he was finding a sharper, more stable knife to end my life, I ran out my back door, shutting it behind me so the dogs didn't run inside to tip him off. I hopped the fence to the golf course behind my house and ran to a neighboring house. Naked and afraid he would catch me, I kept running through the neighborhood knocking on doors. Finally, one answered and I was brought to the hospital and treated for my injuries.


In tweets posted to his verified account last week, Koppenhaver appeared to defend himself while still on the run from police.










Mack said she appreciated all of the support she's received and said " I am healing fast and well, and I appreciate all of the prayers and visits I have received over the past few days."

She also explained why she's speaking out now.

"After many months of fear and pressure to keep this man happy, although I fear for my life, I feel that I can no longer put myself in this situation. The cheating by him nearly every day, and almost weekly abuse is now more than I can stand."

If you have any information on Koppenhaver's whereabouts, please call the Las Vegas Police's tip line: (702) 385-5555.



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Teen Choice Awards Might Have Been Rigged, Twitter Freaks Out

They did it for the Vine.

During the Teen Choice Awards Sunday night, August 10, Vine stars, Cameron Dallas and Matthew Espinosa, exposed a possible scandal by revealing that the award show had actually contacted winners days before voting closed. Savvy Twitter users quickly posted screen grabs of the tweets and the hashtag #TeensDontHaveAChoiceAwards started trending.




In addition to the Viners' tweets, some tweeters also posted screen grabs from last year's show stating that producers have the final say on the winners.




Needless to say, Twitter flipped the flip out.






















And of course some cynical tweeters had to jump in and give their opinions.







The practice of producers contacting winners has reportedly been in place at various award shows for a while. So though it probably won't change anything, the Vine stars should rest assured that the unexpected backlash against the show was pretty much the equivalent of giving the Teen Choice Awards the #SmackCam.

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8 Things You Learned From Movies That Are Actually Lies

Movies or movLIES, am I right? You probably already have a vague understanding that Hollywood perpetuates bunk science and inaccurate history, but some of these things are such deep-rooted misconceptions that you may not have even known they were popularized by movies.

Recently, movies such as "Lucy" and "Limitless" tried to claim humans only use a small percentage of their brains, but then seemingly every publication ever (including this one) wrote an explainer debunking the myth before it could take off. Unfortunately, we're not always so lucky and Hollywood can really make misconceptions a part of our understanding of the world.



1. Sharks are a huge threat to beaches.

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In honor of Shark Week, this seemed especially worth debunking. Steven Spielberg may have convinced you otherwise with his 1975 film, "Jaws," but sharks really aren't something to worry all that much about. Not only are shark attacks rare, attacks that end in fatalities border on zero. So many things we don't freak out about kill more people than sharks every year, including dogs. Honestly, sharks should be way more afraid of us as a population than we should be of them: As of last year, humans killed 11,417 sharks every hour.



2. You get one phone call when you're arrested.

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Perhaps the most popular myth on this list, that one phone call you thought you were entitled to if you're ever arrested is, apparently, just a plot trope for movies. You're entitled to an attorney, who can then get you a phone to make a call or calls, but nothing in the Constitution entitles you to that phone call. HowStuffWorks explains:

Movies and TV shows commonly depict the prisoner demanding his right to one phone call. But in actuality, phone use in prisons varies widely. Prisoners must be allowed reasonable access to an attorney, but otherwise, phone rules are largely up to the discretion of the individual prisons or states...The First Amendment's right to free speech clause does not give prisoners unrestricted access to a phone, even if it does allow minimal access. Often, prisons consider phone calls perks or privileges, rather than a guaranteed right (excluding certain exceptions, such as contacting an attorney).


This said, most states seem to entitle you to use of the phone as long as you are cooperative and the crime is not that severe. For example, California will even give you three phone calls.



3. Lemmings follow each other off cliffs to their deaths.

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In 1958, Disney released what would become an Academy Award-winning nature documentary called "White Wilderness," which featured an entirely fabricated scene of lemmings plunging to their deaths off a cliff. Instead of truly depicting a lemming mass suicide -- which doesn't happen in the wild -- the film's photographers imported lemmings to the desired Canadian shooting location, put them on turntables to fling them around and tricked the small animals into their deaths. While the lemmings are being shoved off the ledge, the narrator claims, "This is the last chance to turn back, yet over they go, casting themselves out bodily into space ... and so is acted out the legend of mass suicide."

You can watch the clip here. As io9 put it, "This film is what gave rise to many sayings about how lemmings follow the herd no matter what." Although the movie popularized this myth, lemmings were once believed to do this due to their populations noticeably fluctuating and the occasional accidental drowning actually happening.



4. Walking on quicksand is a good way to get swallowed.

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The very first instance of a film depicting quicksand is unclear -- it may have been the 1909 silent film "Saved from the Quicksand" -- but over the last century the film industry has extensively developed a myth that quicksand can easily gobble people into the ground. This trope seems to have peaked in the 1960s, but has been declining ever since as Daniel Engber's masterful essay published at Slate about the topic explains:

As a child of the Reagan years, I thought I'd seen the glory days of quicksand: What depths we reached, at The Neverending Story (1984), when Artax sank in the Swamps of Sadness, and what joy at seeing Buttercup saved from the muck in The Princess Bride (1987)...But for all that, the quicksand of our youth was already an endangered resource. By the time I entered junior high, the gag had been relegated to self-conscious horror flicks and zany sitcoms like Perfect Strangers and Small Wonder. Quicksand was ironized and depleted.


So what does quicksand actually do? People can get stuck in quicksand, but anything deeper than up to your waist is unlikely. It's supposedly fairly easy to wriggle your legs free and float on your back to safety.



5. Kilts are an old tradition in Scotland.

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The 1995 film, "Braveheart," depicts the story of the Scottish warrior William Wallace, who lived in the 13th century. Wallace, along with many other characters, is often seen wearing a kilt. This seems to make sense as Scottish kilts have a long time-honored tradition and came way before Wallace was even alive, right?

Kilts were actually an invention of the 16th century and popularized even later. They're much closer in history to the tricornered hat than to Wallace. In listing the historical inaccuracies of "Braveheart," Sharon L. Krossa Ph.D. claimed, "This is like a film about Colonial America showing the colonial men wearing 20th century business suits, but with the jackets worn back-to-front instead of the right way around."

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6. Igloos are the most popular home for Eskimos.

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"Nanook of the North" came out in 1922 and has been considered the first documentary film. It "depicted" the lives of an Inuit (or Eskimo) family as they hunt with spears and build an igloo. As Cracked has pointed out, unfortunately the movie was largely fabricated and was a false portrayal of Inuit life.

"Igloo" is actually supposed to mean any Inuit house and the structure commonly associated with that term is called a snowhouse. These snowhouses were actually just temporary structures built by a certain subset of the Inuit during winter months. Permanent structures using sod, wood, stone were far more common.



7. A small hole in a plane will cause utter catastrophe.

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In the 1964 James Bond film, "Goldfinger," Bond warns the title character about "firing guns in planes." Goldfinger doesn't heed Bond's advice, allowing Bond to wrestle the golden gun from Goldfinger's hand, shoot it at a window and cause the plane to radically depressurize as the villain gets sucked through the window. The special effects don't really hold up, but you can watch the scene here.

Unfortunately for Bond, shattering the window with a bullet (even from the golden gun) wouldn't have sent Goldfinger flying in real life. The MythBusters tested this one out and found that a small bullet hole caused almost no noticeable difference. A fully shattered window could, however, cause objects or limbs directly near the hole to be lost, but utter catastrophe would certainly be avoided with a skilled pilot.



8. Skin can suffocate if it's covered in something like gold.

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"Goldfinger" is also responsible for popularizing the myth that skin can suffocate to death. In the movie, the character Jill Masterson is killed when her whole body is painted gold. Bond says this is because the body breathes through the skin and a small section needs to be left uncovered to avoid asphyxiation.

That's not a thing. Covering your body in paint may be harmful as it clogs up the pores and the paint may be toxic, but the skin doesn't breathe. Normal mouth or nose breathing will do just fine in preventing suffocation.

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Andrea Clevenger Of TLC’s ‘Cheer Perfection’ Gets 10 Years In Prison For Sexual Assault Of Boy

An Arkansas mother who appeared on a reality television show was sentenced to prison for the sexual assault of a 13-year-old family friend on Thursday.

Andrea Clevenger of TLC's 'Cheer Perfection,' a show about competitive cheerleaders, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree sexual assault and engaging a child in sexually explicit conduct.

She was initially charged with rape, to which she pleaded not guilty.

She received two 10-year prison sentences and two 10-year suspended sentences. It is not known if they will be served concurrently or consecutively, according to THV-11. She must also register as a sex offender.

Clevenger was arrested in January following an investigation into allegations that she'd had several sexual encounters with a 13-year-old boy at her home and in her car.

In a forensic interview, the victim, who knew Clevenger's family, told police that the woman had sent pornography and naked photos of herself to his cell phone. Those claims were later confirmed by investigators, who noted that the victim's phone contained "numerous images of females in various states of undress... [and] several images of an exposed penis."

"It's sickening, just absolutely disgusting and especially that age," a local mother who did not want to be identified told KARK in January. "I think the little boy... being 12, 13, 14 -- however old he was -- he probably wasn't in the right state of mind to even know if it's right or wrong, honestly."




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Lifetime’s Aaliyah Biopic Casts Its Missy Elliott And Timbaland, Gets A Title

Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic has undergone its fair share or casting changes in regards to who will portray the R&B singer, but the film has finally locked down the rest of its cast.

Nickelodeon star Alexandra Shipp, who replaced Zendaya after she backed out of the film, now has her Missy Elliott and Timbaland. According to The Wrap, the two musicians who were close with Aaliyah and worked on her second album, "One In A Million," will be portrayed by Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith, respectively. Dolabaille is a newcomer while Smith has worked as a dancer and appeared on “So You Think You Can Dance Canada" and was also in "Mirror Mirror."

A handful of Aaliyah's family members and figures from her personal and professional life have also been cast. Co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records Damon Dash, who Aaliyah was dating at the time of her 2001 plane crash, will be portrayed by Anthony Grant, while her parents will be played by Rachael Crawford and Sterling Jarvis. Aaliyah's brother Rashad will be portrayed at different ages by A.J. Saudin and Jesse Sukunda and Lyriq Bent will play Barry Hankerson, who was both her uncle and the president of her label. The biopic, which will be based on Christopher Farley's book "Aaliyah: More Than a Woman," now has the working title "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B."

The Wendy Williams-executive-produced biopic has already had a handful of controversy following the singer's family's reaction to the movie, along with her upset fans. Aaliyah's family previously told The Wrap that they were against the film, saying that they weren't contacted by Lifetime until after the network announced the project. It will be interesting to see how fans and family members react to this most recent casting news.

[via The Wrap]
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Arianna Huffington Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week With A Beautiful Throwback Photo

As part of HuffPost Parents' celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, which ended August 7, and National Breastfeeding Month, which continues through August, we've found mothers all over the world who are sharing gorgeous photos of themselves nursing their children to show their support for other breastfeeding moms. But as it turns out, we didn't even need to look very far ...

Yesterday, Arianna Huffington, chair, president, and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group shared a Throwback Thursday photo of herself nursing her daughter Christina, as a baby.



Our fearless leader has long been a supporter of breastfeeding and mothers' rights to do so in public. Back in 1997, Arianna wrote a piece called "Breast-feeding: Sense and sensibilities," in which she expressed her disbelief at the decision of several legislators to oppose a bill that would protect the rights of California mothers to nurse in public.

The bill passed despite the efforts of its opponents, but the opposition led Arianna to examine popular attitudes toward public breastfeeding in the U.S. She wrote:

In Greece, where I hail from, the idea of passing a law protecting women's right to breast-feed their babies in public would be laughable. I breast-fed my two daughters until they were 2 years old. I could have given my babies lunch under the pillars of the Parthenon, and nobody, save American tourists, would have batted an eye. No Greek would dream of questioning this right any more than the right to hug children in public.


Go Arianna!

This article is part of HuffPost Parents' World Breastfeeding Week series. Read more here.



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‘Awesome Baby Name’ Site Helps Parents Pick Kids’ Names Based On Domain Availability

A variety of factors go into choosing a baby name -- family traditions, popular trends, pronunciations and apparently, domain name availability.

Awesome Baby Name is a new online tool that allows parents to choose a name for their child based on website domain availability. Basically, the site asks parents to input their last name and baby's gender and then it generates a list of name options based on domains that haven't been purchased. So, you can guarantee that your child will have access to the URL of firstnamelastname.com.

Going one step further, each name option provided by Awesome Baby Name comes with a link to the domain name registrar namecheap.com, so parents can purchase their future child's domain name immediately.

Business partners Karen X. Cheng and Finbarr Taylor were inspired to create awesomebabyname.com after a conversation they had over lunch one day. Cheng was complaining that because she has a common name, she'll likely never get to own karencheng.com and "has had to battle with other people in the search rankings on Google," Taylor told The Huffington Post in an email. "She joked that she would ensure the domain name is available before naming her future child so they can avoid these issues," he added. "I then joked that there should be a service that does this for you."

Taylor is a software engineer and Cheng is a designer and marketer. Six months after their joking conversation, they built Awesome Baby Name together over the course of a weekend.

"It's important to give your children a fighting chance of having good SEO (Search Engine Optimization) in the 21st century," Taylor stated. "We use search engines all day long to answer our questions and find things, including people. Imagine being called John Smith and trying to get a ranking on Google search. It's important to give your child a unique name so that people, like potential employers, will be able to find them easily in the future."

Awesomebabyname.com just launched this week, but according to a "parents served" visitor tracker at the bottom of the homepage, it has already been used by over 176,000 people. Still, Taylor and Cheng can't guarantee that all of these visitors were actually parents seeking baby names for their own children. "Looking for celebrity names is pretty fun," he said. "Kate Kutcher and Maximus Gosling were some favorites we found."

(hat tip: Business Insider)



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Manson Family Member Patricia Krenwinkel Speaks Out (VIDEO)

When she was a young woman in the 1960s, Patricia Krenwinkel was directionless, confused and in search of someone who would show her love.

Tragically, she thought she found that person in Charles Manson.

"I wanted to please. I wanted to feel safe. To feel like someone was going to care for me," Krenwinkel said from a California prison in a clip from the documentary My Life After Manson, which can be seen above. "I hadn't felt that from anyone else in my life.”

The New York Times explains Krenwinkel's role in the Manson Family killings:

In 1969, at age 21, Ms. Krenwinkel was a member of Mr. Manson’s cult in Los Angeles. His group, which he called the “Family,” included more than a dozen men and women who adhered to a bizarre mixture of hippie culture and apocalyptic paranoia. Seeking to inspire a race war, Manson ordered Ms. Krenwinkel and other members of his group to commit a series of murders. Over the course of two nights, they savagely murdered seven people, inflicting more than 130 stab wounds.


Krenwinkel was convicted on seven counts of first-degree murder and has been imprisoned for 45 years. She was sentenced to life behind bars but is up for parole in 2018.

"The thing I try to remember sometimes is that what I am today is not what I was at 19," Krenwinkel, who is the longest serving woman in the California prison system," said. "It all seemed very simple in the beginning."



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James Corden Will Reportedly Replace Craig Ferguson On ‘Late Late Show’

Just in from TheWrap: James Corden, who won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play in 2012 and co-stars in the forthcoming "Into the Woods" movie, will replace Craig Ferguson as host of the "Late Late Show" on CBS. HuffPost Entertainment contacted a representative from the network to confirm the story; this post will be updated if and when they respond.

Corden has appeared on numerous British television shows and some recognizable feature films over the last decade, including "The History Boys," "Gulliver's Travels" and "The Three Musketeers." He co-starred with Keira Knightley in this summer's "Begin Again" and also plays a lead role in "One Chance," about Paul Potts, an opera singer who rose to fame thanks to "Britain's Got Talent." His role in "Into the Woods" is The Baker.

Ferguson announced in April that he was leaving "The Late Late Show."

"At the end of this year I will be stepping down as the host of the show," he said at the time of the announcement. "Then I'll go and do something else, probably I'm thinking carpentry. But I haven't made my mind up yet." Ferguson was among the names discussed to replace David Letterman on "The Late Show," which airs immediately before "The Late Late Show," but Stephen Colbert eventually scored that coveted gig. Ferguson has been host of "The Late Late Show" since 2005.

For more, head to TheWrap.
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