1-year-old girl is convinced Batman statue is her dad

Erik Millsap(STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich.) — A 1-year-old girl thought she spotted her dad in the mall. Instead, it was a statue of Batman.

Melissa Millsap was taking her four kids back-to-school shopping at Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights, Michigan, but she couldn’t understand why her 1-year-old daughter Layla kept yelling, “Da da!”

“I was trying to figure out what she was talking about,” she told ABC News.

Millsap, 37, eventually discovered that her daughter was referring to the Batman statue, located inside the mall.

“It’s funny because she’s never seen Batman before. We don’t have anything Batman in our house,” she continued.

Millsap decided to take a video of her daughter yelling “Da da!” at Batman to send to her husband of 17 years, Erik. He thought it was hilarious.

“I was cracking up because the way she shot it was perfect,” Erik Millsap, 39, told ABC News. “I was not expecting to see Batman at the end of the video. I was laughing.”

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New mom shares her honest take on pregnancy in photo series

Tim Vorderstrasse(WASHINGTON) — A new mother of two decided to take a fresh approach on pregnancy posts by showing the honest and sometimes humorous side of what it’s really like to be pregnant.

Exactly two months after the birth of her first daughter, Zoey, Maya Vorderstrasse found out she was pregnant with another baby girl. “I was in absolute shock,” Vorderstrasse told ABC News.

But the new mother took it in stride and started posting pictures on Instagram of her new baby bump.

“Up until about halfway through the pregnancy I was still taking pretty pictures, but I would try and insert a relatable caption,” she said of her initial idea to flip the switch on her typical mommy-to-be posts. “But then it came to a point where I said, ‘I’m way too tired and hurting. I can’t pretend it’s this amazing feeling all the time.’ It’s hard, I was achy and I had my other child crawling and I felt [like a] fake portraying something that just wasn’t my reality.”

So she decided to instead embrace the reality of it all and post things to which other pregnant women could actually relate.

“I said, ‘I’m going to embrace my life right now and see what happens, see how people respond.’”

Vorderstrasse used a plain and simple letter board to post messages about how she was feeling week to week.

“I was paying attention to my symptoms and then took the strongest one and turned it into a board,” she explained. “I translated how I was feeling into a message.”

Her husband, Tim, who photographed her series of shots, became the brunt of one post at 33 weeks when she got upset because he ate the last cookie out of a package of cookies.

“When my first one went viral and got over 6,000 ‘likes,’ the one where I’m [fake] choking my husband because he took my food, that was the one that made me realize how much people like these and could relate,” Vorderstrasse said. “People were messaging me saying, ‘Oh, my gosh, that’s exactly how I feel. Thank you for being so honest about that.’ They feel like it’s OK to not have it all together and these other moms felt like they belonged somewhere reading my posts.”

Ultimately, the pregnancy shots finished with the Aug. 3 birth of daughter Hazel but she still plans to continue posting pics that are both fun and honest.

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Couple says ‘I do’ during total solar eclipse, in the path of totality

ABC News.(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) — Newlyweds Samantha and Cameron Kuhn had an out-of-this-world wedding today during the total solar eclipse. They celebrated with their closest friends and family in the path of totality in St. Joseph, Missouri.

“Being able to do the wedding on the day of the solar eclipse couldn’t be any more perfect,” bride Samantha Kuhn, 28, told ABC News.

After completing their vows, the bride and groom joined their guests, all wearing certified solar eclipse glasses, in a field behind the altar to take in another “rare and wonderful” occasion — the total solar eclipse.

“I’ll go out and have about 2 minutes and 40 seconds of totality and just take in that moment,” the bride said on “Good Morning America” this morning in anticipation of the ceremony. “It’s going to be amazing.”

The astronomy-loving bride has been obsessed with all things celestial since she was in the third grade, even wanting to become an astronaut.

“Once I realized the planets were out there and we were all suspended in this solar system, I couldn’t wrap my head around it but I loved that. It completely fascinated me,” she told ABC News.

So when her now-husband Cameron Kuhn popped the question, picking the day was a no brainer.

“The coolest part about this, the eclipse is kind of like a time stamp,” the groom said. “It will stand out in everybody’s memories even more.”

The wedding had heavenly touches and an outer space motif including DIY “galaxy globe” centerpieces — similar to snow globes, but full of glitter instead — for the reception tables.

While the wedding party waited for the total eclipse to happen, they listened to instrumental music that “kind of sounds space soundtrack-y,” said the bride.

She also sported a magical braid to show off her galaxy-colored hair of blue and fuchsia hues.

And she couldn’t walk down the aisle without her space-themed high heels, also planning ahead with matching lace-up flats to dance the night away at the reception.

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US braces for solar eclipse

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — From Oregon to South Carolina, a total solar eclipse on Monday will darken the sky as it arcs across the contiguous United States.

A total solar eclipse is when the moon moves between the sun and Earth, an occurrence that lasts up to three hours from beginning to end. Monday’s total solar eclipse is particularly rare because it’s the first time in 99 years that the path of totality exclusively crosses the continental United States from coast to coast. It’s also the first continent-wide eclipse to be visible only from the United States since 1776.

The last time the contiguous United States saw a total solar eclipse was Feb. 26, 1979, when the path of totality crossed the Pacific Northwest. ABC News’ Frank Reynolds anchored a special report on the celestial phenomenon at the time and pledged that the network would cover the next total solar eclipse in 2017.

“So that’s it — the last solar eclipse to be seen on this continent in this century. And as I said not until Aug. 21, 2017, will another eclipse be visible from North America. That’s 38 years from now. May the shadow of the moon fall on a world in peace. ABC News, of course, will bring you a complete report on that next eclipse 38 years from now,”  Reynolds said before signing off.

On Monday, starting at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET, ABC News’ David Muir will lead the network’s live coverage of the astronomical event from within the path of totality.

You must be in the path of totality to witness a total solar eclipse. NASA estimates more than 300 million people in the United States could potentially view the total solar eclipse in its entirety.

However, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in every U.S. state. In fact, everyone in North America, as well as parts of South America, Africa and Europe, will see at least a partial eclipse, according to NASA.

The path of totality for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse is a 70-mile-wide ribbon that will cross the United States from west to east, sweeping over portions of 14 U.S. states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The moon’s shadow will start to eclipse the sun over the West Coast just after 9 a.m. PT. From there, the moon’s shadow will speed across the country and leave the East Coast just after 4 p.m. ET.

The exact times for partial and total phases of Monday’s eclipse vary depending on your location.

With millions of people expected to pour into the select U.S. cities located within the path of totality, law enforcement, emergency personnel and hospitals there are on high alert.

“It’s all hands on deck,” Kentucky’s Madisonville Police Chief Wade Williams told ABC News. “We’re kind of throwing everything at it.”

The state of Oregon alone is anticipating a million visitors Monday, causing some local hospitals to cancel elective surgeries and call in extra help for the emergency rooms. Some cities even preemptively declared a state of disaster, a move that allows them to call in the National Guard to help direct the large crowds if needed.

“If a police department in a certain area is overwhelmed and they need us to help come and set up traffic control check points, we’re ready to do that,” Oregon National Guard spokesperson Leslie Reed told ABC News.

More than than 17,000 cars and SUVs have already been rented for Monday at Oregon’s Portland International Airport, a number it normally hits over an entire week.

In northeast Georgia, the mountain town of Blairsville is expecting to host up to 200 percent more people than the number of residents who live there. The town’s hotels are fully booked and camping sites are sold out.

“There is no reason to panic,” Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce tourism director Tobie Chandler told ABC News. “We are not going to run out of gas, we are not going to run out of groceries. We just need to enjoy this event.”

The American Red Cross has set up resources along the path of totality to help keep people safe during Monday’s rare celestial event.

“One thing is we really encourage folks to have in their cars an emergency go kit and that should include things like water, non-perishable foods, a flashlight with batteries and an envelope with cash,” Josh Lockwood, regional CEO for the American Red Cross Greater New York region, told ABC News.

Authorities warned that people might have to look for landlines in some areas to make emergency phone calls, as some small towns may not be able to handle the large number of cellphone calls.

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Baby girl named Eclipse born in SC on day of total solar eclipse

ABC News.(GREENVILLE, S.C.) — A baby girl born today in South Carolina, hours before the total solar eclipse, has been legally named Eclipse.

Eclipse Alizabeth Eubanks came into the world at 8:04 a.m. weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces and measuring 19 inches long, Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina, confirmed to ABC News.

The child’s mother, Freedom Reid of Spartanville, was not due to deliver until September 3, she said.

“I kind of felt like it was meant to happen, to have her on this day,” Reid said when asked about giving birth on eclipse day.

South Carolina is one of the 14 U.S. states that falls in the path of totality, a 70-mile-wide ribbon that will cross the country from west to east. Reid, now a mom of two, said she had plans to watch today’s eclipse with her eldest daughter, but went into labor around midnight.

Hours later, Eclipse arrived. Parents Reid and Michael Eubanks originally planned to name her Violet.

Reid said her family was first “shocked” over the baby’s unique name, but now thinks it was a great idea.

“I think it was just meant to be, her name,” she added. “We’re probably going to call her Clipsey.”

Eclipse joins big sister Grayson, 2. Greenville Memorial Hospital gave the newborn a total solar eclipse onesie. So far, 11 babies who were born on Aug. 21 at Greenville received the souvenir outfit.

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Julia Michaels added to list of MTV VMA 2017 performers

Catie LaffoonJulia Michaels has no “Issues” with performing on this year’s MTV VMA telecast.

Julia, who is nominated for Best New Artist at this year’s ceremony, will take the stage this Sunday, as part of a lineup that also includes Katy Perry, Pink, Miley Cyrus, Fifth Harmony, Ed Sheeran, Lorde and The Weeknd.

Logic, Khalid and Gucci Mane have also been added to the bill: Gucci will join Fifth Harmony for their collaboration, “Down,” while Logic and Khalid will perform their collabo, “1-800-273-8255.”  Alessia Cara is also featured on that song, but she hasn’t been announced as a performer…yet.

This year’s MTV VMAs will air live from the Forum in Inglewood, CA on Sunday, starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Carly Rae Jepsen says it’s her “secret dream” to write a musical

JB Lacroix/ WireImageCarly Rae Jepsen is fulfilling a lot of dreams lately, from opening for Katy Perry on tour to voicing a character in her first feature film, Leap! But there’s one dream she’s still hoping to make a reality.

The singer tells W Magazine it’s her “secret dream” to write a musical.

“I have a big desire to one day like rent a cabin in the woods with some of my favorite creators and get into the music behind some sort of theatrical project,” Carly Rae says. “I think it would be a blast.”

Carly Rae has previously starred in Cinderella on Broadway and also had a role in Grease Live! for TV. So will she write a stage musical, or tackle a musical film project?

“You know, that part I don’t know the answer to, but the gut reaction — I’d say stage would be fun,” says Carly Rae, “just because I kind of grew up in little theater productions and there’s something about the exclusivity of being in that room and that moment that I think is just magical.”

For now, Carly Rae’s getting her movie fix by voicing a maid who becomes a mentor to a young ballerina in the film Leap! out this Friday.

“Maybe it’s the theatrical side of me that doesn’t understand any human being who wouldn’t want to play an animated character,” she says. “It’s been a dream of mine, forever, I think since I saw My Little Pony.”

Carly Rae also has two songs on the movie’s soundtrack: “Cut to the Feeling” and “Runaways.”

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Mariah Carey blames “diva moments” on her mom

James White for Paper magazineEven if you don’t know much about Mariah Carey, you’ve probably heard that she’s a diva who makes impossible demands.  But according to Mariah herself, she gets all that from her mother.

Speaking to Paper magazine, Mariah claims, “I’ve never had a diva moment.”  When the magazine expresses disbelief, she says, “Actually, I have had diva moments, and then people can’t handle it. I guess it’s a little intense, because I come from a true diva: My mother is an opera singer. And that’s a real diva, you know — Juilliard diva.”

She adds, laughing, “Other people that are like, ‘I’m a diva,’ it’s like, ‘Honey, you don’t know what a diva is, you didn’t grow up with my mom!’ And I mean it as a compliment, or I wouldn’t be the person I am without experiencing that.”

And when she talks in her “Mariah voice,” calling everyone “Dahhhhhling,” Mariah says, “I’m channeling my mother. Not that she says ‘dahling’ all the time, but, like, that voice is…it’s like I inadvertently do it.”

She adds, “I don’t do it to be disrespectful, I just do it and it just happens…I can’t fight it.”

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Vance Joy schedules US headlining tour

ABC/Randy HolmesVance Joy will hit the road this fall on a U.S. headlining tour. The outing begins September 30 in Seattle, and will wrap up October 23 in Brooklyn, New York.

Pre-sales begin this Tuesday, August 22 at 10 a.m. local time, and tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, August 25 via VanceJoy.com.

Last month, Vance released his new song, “Lay It on Me,” the follow-up single to the Australian singer-songwriter’s 2014 debut album, Dream Your Life Away, which boasted his breakthrough hit, “Riptide.”

Here are Vance Joy’s U.S. tour dates:

9/30 — Seattle, WA, Showbox Market
10/1 — Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
10/3 — San Francisco, CA, Herbst Theatre
10/5 — Los Angeles, CA, Fonda Theatre
10/8 — Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/10 — Denver, CO, Gothic Theatre
10/12 — Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
10/15 — Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/17 — Nashville, TN, Cannery Ballroom
10/19 — Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theatre
10/20 — Philadelphia, PA, Union Transfer
10/21 — Boston, MA, Somerville Theatre
10/23 — Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Steel

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Watch now: Katy Perry teases star-studded, basketball-themed video for “Swish Swish”

Capitol RecordsKaty Perry is sticking with the basketball metaphor in the new video for her song, “Swish Swish.”

The singer released a trailer for the video, telling fans to “get ready for the hottest mess in history.” The clip features a basketball showdown between The Sheep and The Tigers. Katy is The Tigers’ team captain, but isn’t exactly a pro on the court.

The trailer also teases the video’s many guest stars, including Molly Shannon as The Tigers’ coach, Terry Crews as The Sheep’s coach, the actor who plays “The Mountain” in Game of Thrones, Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz, and Stranger ThingsGaten Matarazzo. And of course, Nicki Minaj will be featured as herself.

Katy promises “many other surprises” when the full video is released later this week.

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