• Ricky Schroder was a successful actor by the time he was seven years old, starring in the hit 1979 movie, The Champ. By his senior year in high school, he already had a hit TV show, Silver Spoons, under his belt. But all that time, he actually had another career ambition: he wanted to join the army.

    Even though it never happened, Ricky says, “I still wanted to find a way to help my country and this was a way I could.”

    “This,” is a new series he produced called “Starting Strong.” It’s an unscripted show where a civilian is embedded for a week doing a particular army job. After the week, the civilian decides whether or not to enlist.

    And episode with combat medics, in particular, made Ricky particularly emotional. “I saw 800 young men and women that volunteered to be combat medics, knowing that they would be deployed, to combat,” he said. “I think about them and I get chills.

    “I have a respect for people who serve, whether in the army, policemen, firemen, whoever it may be.”

    Ricky’s

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  • In this episode: Ali sits down with reality show star Ray J to talk about his hosting gig on Bad Girls All-Star Battle. The Oxygen network show features 14 women from past seasons of Bad Girls competing for $100,000 and the title of "Baddest Bad Girl of All Time.”

    And if you don’t know Ray J from that, or For the Love of Ray J on VH1, you’ve still probably heard of him. He’s ‘that guy in the Kim Kardashian sex tape.’

    So when he came out with his latest single, feminist anthem I Hit it First, a lot of people naturally assumed it was about Kim Kardashian. But Ray J insists to Ali that he’s singing about ‘a few past relationships.’

    “It’s a sensitive subject, so I just kept it neutral,” he says.

    Ali asks Ray J, “Are you happy she’s pregnant now?”

    “I’m happy for her,” he replies.

    “Why put the song out now?” Ali follows up.

    “It was on the schedule,” he replies. Ray J says the song was long slated for release around the same time as the premiere of Bad Girls All-Star Battle.

    Ali asks

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  • Kelly Rutherford is perhaps best known for playing Lily van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl, but her personal life has more twists and turns than any plot line on her former show.

    Since divorcing German businessman Daniel Giersch, Rutherford has been locked in a custody battle for her two children, 5-year-old Hermes and 3-year-old Helena.

    Last year, a judge ruled that the children should live with their father. Giersch, due to some visa issues that remain unclear, cannot re-enter the U.S., and lives in France. As a result, the children—American citizens—now live abroad.

    “I’m basically fighting to get them home,” Kelly told Ali. “fighting for their rights as U.S. citizens, fighting as a mother.”

    Daniel Giersch, through his attorney, Fahi Takesh Hallin released the following statement: “Despite Kelly Rutherford continuing to speak about the parties’ children in the press, Daniel Giersch continues not to comment about the parties’ children, in order to protect the children’s privacy.”

    Kel

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  • Any struggling actor will tell you that it’s hard to book jobs, so Vito Vincent is grateful to have scored parts on 30 Rock, the Colbert Report, and most recently, on Broadway. Well, his dads are grateful. Vito Vincent is more focused on the treats he gets when he does well.

    The orange tabby stopped by the studio with his owners, Michael LeCrichia and Vincent Cammarata, to pull back the curtain on the world of feline performers for Ali.

    So what do casting directors look for?

    “Calm demeanor is very important,” said Michael, adding that a cat can make “typically 500 dollars for an all day shoot.” The price can vary for print and stage. Vito Vincent was also asked to slim down to increase his chances of getting parts. Michael acts as his trainer, making sure he gets enough exercise to keep his trim frame.

    But when a feline starts to get successful, that’s when things can start to get catty.

    Recently, Vito Vincent took a critically acclaimed turn on the Broadway stage in “Breakfast at T

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  • In September of 2010, Carmen Gentile was a journalist embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan, reporting from Kunar Province. As he pointed his video camera at two young local men on the side of the road, a guy popped out of a stone hut 50 yards away and pointed an RPG at him. And fired.

    Carmen got hit in the right side of the face, and a company lieutenant got hit in the arm by the rocket’s ricochet. Miraculously, both were still alive. As medics loaded Carmen into a helicopter, one assured him that he still had his baby blues. “I thought that was really nice of him, for a rough and tumble guy.”

    Now, nearly three years later, he’s back on the job, “because I think it’s important that people understand these stories and see what men and women everywhere are going through. I knew it was dangerous, but I think it’s worth it.”

    He says that what got him through the ordeal wasn’t just guts or a sense of purpose, but his sense of humor. "It's the lighter side of getting shot in the face

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