Entertainment News 360296:6358746:35883052 http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/report-michael-shannon-leads-the-pack-to-play-cable-in-deadp.html Report: Michael Shannon leads the pack to play Cable in "Deadpool 2" <p><span class="thumbnail-image-float-left ssNonEditable"><span><img style="width: 200px;" src="http://abcnewsradioonline.com/storage/E_Getty_Michael_Shannon_03222017.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1490214956002" alt="" /></span><span class="thumbnail-caption" style="width: 200px;">Getty Images/John Lamparski</span></span>(LOS ANGELES) -- According to the<em>&nbsp;<a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/deadpool-2-michael-shannon-frontrunner-play-cable-987733" target="_blank">Hollywood Reporter</a>, Man of Steel</em>&nbsp;baddie&nbsp;Michael Shannon, who got an Oscar nomination for his work in&nbsp;Tom Ford's&nbsp;<em>Nocturnal Animals</em>, is&nbsp;<a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/deadpool-2-michael-shannon-frontrunner-play-cable-987733" target="_blank">the frontrunner</a>&nbsp;to star opposite&nbsp;Ryan Reynolds&nbsp;as the character Cable in 2018's&nbsp;<em>Deadpool 2</em>.</p> <p>While Reynolds himself&nbsp;<a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkCEWoSh7Ac" target="_blank">teased</a>&nbsp;during a post-credit scene that the fan-favorite character would appear in the sequel, he didn't get into specifics.</p> <p>"Amazing character," Reynolds-as-Deadpool says. "Bionic arm, time-travel."</p> <p>He added, "We have no idea who we're gonna cast yet. We just need a big guy with a flattop.&nbsp;Mel Gibson,&nbsp;Dolph Lundgren.&nbsp;Kiera Knightley. She's got range. Who knows?&nbsp;</p> <p>In the comics, Cable was from the future, and was the adult son of the X-Men's Scott Summers, aka Cyclops, and Madelyne Pryor, a clone of the X-Men's Jean Grey. He has a cybernetic arm and eye, and is also telepathic and telekinetic.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SkCEWoSh7Ac" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><span>Copyright &copy; 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.</span></p> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:00:36 Z Stephen Iervolino http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/rss-comments-entry-35883052.xml 2017-03-22 23:00 +00:00 2017-03-22 19:00 -04:00 360296:6358746:35882972 http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/hasta-la-vista-baby-insiders-say-studios-pulling-plug-on-ter.html Hasta la vista, baby: Insiders say studio's pulling plug on "Terminator" Series <p style="color: #000000; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff;"><span class="thumbnail-image-float-left ssNonEditable"><img style="width: 200px;" src="http://abcnewsradioonline.com/storage/E_Terminator_Gyn_03222017.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1490207264077" alt="" /><span class="thumbnail-caption" style="width: 200px;">Paramount Pictures/Melinda Sue Gordon</span></span><span style="font-size: 90%;">(LOS ANGELES) -- Arnold most likely won't be back. Paramount, which owns the rights to the&nbsp;<em>Terminator</em>&nbsp;series, has reportedly terminated the Schwarzenegger series.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 90%;"> </span></p> <p style="color: #000000; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: 90%;">Arnold's last go-round as the killing machine,&nbsp;<em>Terminator: Genysis</em>, reportedly cost $115 million to make, but earned less than $90 million domestically.&nbsp;Overseas, however, the movie -- which also starred&nbsp;Emilia Clarke&nbsp;from&nbsp;<em>Game of Thrones</em>&nbsp;-- actually did well, bringing its total take to more than $450 million.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 90%;"> </span></p> <p style="color: #000000; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: 90%;">However, the&nbsp;<em><a style="text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; color: #0063a5;" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/no-sequels-schwarzenegger-terminator-franchise-source-article-1.3001440">New York&nbsp;Daily News</a></em>&nbsp;reports Paramount execs had an option to bring back Arnold and Emilia, the latter who played savior of humanity's baby mama&nbsp;Sarah Connor, for another film, but shelved it.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 90%;"> </span></p> <p style="color: #000000; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: 90%;">While another studio could potentially scoop up the rights and have a go at the&nbsp;<em>Terminator</em>&nbsp;franchise, a source tells the paper, "It would need an independent production company to think about making this, and asking Arnie back at age 70 to play that again may be a tough ask."</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 90%;"> </span></p> <p style="color: #000000; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: 90%;">Schwarzenegger, who first played the titular killing machine in 1984's James Cameron original, most recently headlined a low-rated&nbsp;<em>Celebrity Apprentice</em>&nbsp;reboot for NBC, a job that found him in the sights of none other than that show's former host,&nbsp;President Donald Trump.</span></p> <p>Copyright &copy; 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.</p> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:00:31 Z Stephen Iervolino http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/rss-comments-entry-35882972.xml 2017-03-22 19:00 +00:00 2017-03-22 15:00 -04:00 360296:6358746:35882897 http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/k-oh-wheel-of-fortune-contestants-spectacular-streetcar-stum.html "K. Oh." "Wheel of Fortune" contestant's spectacular "Streetcar" stumble <p><span class="thumbnail-image-float-left ssNonEditable"><span><img style="width: 200px;" src="http://abcnewsradioonline.com/storage/E_getty_pat_sajak_03222017.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1490202077129" alt="" /></span><span class="thumbnail-caption" style="width: 200px;">Getty Images/Paul Warner</span></span>(LOS ANGELES) -- A&nbsp;<em>Wheel of Fortune</em>&nbsp;contestant who was one letter away from solving the puzzle during Tuesday's show added an X-rated twist to the title of a&nbsp;Tennessee Williams&nbsp;classic.</p> <p>With "A STREETCAR NA_ED DESIRE" on the board, Kevin made an embarrassing -- and unfortunately for him, now viral -- misstep: he asked for a&nbsp;"k."</p> <p>No, the the literary classic is not called "<em>A Streetcar Naked Desire</em>."</p> <p>The next contestant, Lisa, guessed "m" for the win.</p> <p>"And although you got the right answer, I&rsquo;d rather see Kevin's play, but that's just me." host&nbsp;Pat Sajak&nbsp;quipped&nbsp;to Lisa, laughing.</p> <p>Kevin still walked away with $1,000 -- as well as a lifetime supply of embarrassment.</p> <p><iframe src='http://abcnews.go.com/video/embed?id=46295603' width='640' height='360' scrolling='no' style='border:none;'></iframe></p> <p>Copyright &copy; 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.</p> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:00:00 Z Stephen Iervolino http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/rss-comments-entry-35882897.xml 2017-03-22 17:00 +00:00 2017-03-22 13:00 -04:00 360296:6358746:35882751 http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/study-says-younger-viewers-are-natural-binge-watchers.html Study says younger viewers are natural binge watchers <p><span class="thumbnail-image-float-left ssNonEditable"><span><img style="width: 200px;" src="http://abcnewsradioonline.com/storage/e_kid_on_tablet_03222017.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1490188944176" alt="" /></span><span class="thumbnail-caption" style="width: 200px;">iStock/Thinkstock</span></span>(NEW YORK) -- According to&nbsp;according to Deloitte&rsquo;s annual "<a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/technology-media-and-telecommunications/articles/digital-democracy-survey-generational-media-consumption-trends.html" target="_blank">Digital Democracy Survey</a>," nearly 75% of Americans confessed to binge watching multiple episodes in one sitting; particularly younger viewers.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to the survey, some 90% of 20 to 33 year-olds&nbsp;-- millennials, that is -- and 87% of their even younger counterparts, aged 14-19, say they have binge-watched video content.</p> <p>The study also revealed&nbsp;younger people watch TV very differently that their older counterparts -- in fact, in increasing numbers, when they're "watching TV," they're not actually watching shows on a TV at all.</p> <p>Viewers from 14 years old through the millennial set reportedly watch their movies and TV on devices other than a TV; the TV still holds appeal for 60% of people aged 34-50, as well as more than 80% of viewers in the 51-69 demographic.</p> <p><span>Copyright &copy; 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.</span></p> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:00:16 Z Stephen Iervolino http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/rss-comments-entry-35882751.xml 2017-03-22 15:00 +00:00 2017-03-22 11:00 -04:00 360296:6358746:35882760 http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/jenny-slate-has-no-regrets-about-relationship-with-chris-eva.html Jenny Slate has "no regrets" about relationship with Chris Evans <p><span class="thumbnail-image-float-left ssNonEditable"><span><img style="width: 200px;" src="http://abcnewsradioonline.com/storage/E_Chris_Evans_03222017.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1490187523159" alt="" /></span><span class="thumbnail-caption" style="width: 200px;">Marvel Studios</span></span>(NEW YORK) -- Jenny Slate and Chris Evans are no longer a couple, but Slate says she doesn't regret the time they spent together.</p> <p>"I don't mind talking about him at all," she tells&nbsp;<a href="http://www.vulture.com/2017/03/jenny-slate-gifted-chris-evans-breakup.html">Vulture</a>. "He's a lovely person."</p> <p>She describes Evans -- whom she stars with in the upcoming film "Gifted" -- in glowing terms, despite their recent split.</p> <p>"Chris is truly one of the kindest people I've ever met, to the point where sometimes I would look at him and it would kind of break my heart," Slate said. "He has beautiful, big, strong emotions, and he's just really sure of them. It's just wonderful to be around. His heart is probably golden-colored, if you could paint it.&rdquo;</p> <p>Slate is most famous for her roles on&nbsp;<em>Parks and Recreation</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Kroll Show</em>, a short stint on<em>&nbsp;Saturday Night Live</em>, and&nbsp;<em>The Lego Batman Movie</em>. But Evans' role as Marvel's Captain America has boosted him to another plane of fame and success -- something Slate said was hard for her to deal with.</p> <p>"Chris is a very, very famous person," she said. "For him to go to a restaurant is totally different than for me to go&hellip;. I have more freedom because I'm not Captain America. I'm mostly a cartoon."</p> <p>She added, "The stress that I saw him be put under, I've never seen that before, and he handled that really gracefully," she said. "He's not stressed. I was the person who was stressed."</p> <p>Now, Slate says she is spending time with family and focusing even more on her career, and doesn't want her role as Evans' girlfriend to overshadow that.</p> <p>"I don't want people to ask me more about my love life because of him than they ask me about my work," she said.</p> <p><span>Copyright &copy; 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.</span></p> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:00:08 Z Stephen Iervolino http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/rss-comments-entry-35882760.xml 2017-03-22 13:00 +00:00 2017-03-22 09:00 -04:00 360296:6358746:35882694 http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/cher-to-star-in-new-lifetime-movie-about-flint-michigan-wate.html Cher to star in new Lifetime movie about Flint, Michigan water crisis <p><span class="thumbnail-image-float-left ssNonEditable"><span><img style="width: 200px;" src="http://abcnewsradioonline.com/storage/E_Getty_Cher_03222017.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1490175457353" alt="" /></span><span class="thumbnail-caption" style="width: 200px;">Getty Images/Brian Stukes</span></span>(LOS ANGELES) --&nbsp;Cher&nbsp;has been an outspoken advocate for the people of Flint, Michigan, during the water crisis they've been suffering through since 2014.&nbsp; Now, she's going to executive produce and star in a Lifetime movie about the situation.</p> <p>Called&nbsp;<em>Flint,</em>&nbsp;the movie is inspired by a&nbsp;<em>Time</em>&nbsp;magazine cover story about three women from Flint who tried to expose the mishandling of the city's water supply, which lead to the residents unknowingly drinking contaminated water.&nbsp; The women's actions inspired a national call for safe drinking water.&nbsp; Production on the film begins in April in Toronto. No air date has been announced yet.</p> <p>In early 2016, Cher teamed up with Icelandic Glacial spring water to donate more than 181 thousand bottles of water to the residents of Flint, Michigan.</p> <p><span>Copyright &copy; 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.</span></p> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:00:06 Z Stephen Iervolino http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/rss-comments-entry-35882694.xml 2017-03-22 10:00 +00:00 2017-03-22 06:00 -04:00 360296:6358746:35882668 http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/gong-show-creator-tv-pioneer-chuck-barris-dead-at-87.html "Gong Show" creator & TV pioneer Chuck Barris dead at 87 <p><span class="thumbnail-image-float-left ssNonEditable"><span><img style="width: 200px;" src="http://abcnewsradioonline.com/storage/news-images-march-2017/GETTY_ChuckBarrisGongShowBoxed_032217.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1490163431821" alt="" /></span><span class="thumbnail-caption" style="width: 200px;"> Ron Tom/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images</span></span>(NEW YORK) -- Chuck Barris, the TV producer responsible for <em>The Dating Game</em>, <em>The Newlywed Game</em> and most famously, <em>The Gong Show</em>, which he hosted, has died, a family rep confirmed to ABC News.&nbsp; He was 87.</p> <p>Barris was born in Philadelphia and got his start in TV working for <em>American Bandstand.&nbsp; </em>He formed his own production company in 1965 launching <em>The Dating Game</em> that year, and <em>The Newlywed Game</em> the following year.</p> <p>While his shows became fixtures of American pop culture, Barris himself became a star in the 1970s with the launch of <em>The Gong Show, </em>a talent show he hosted with his own inscrutable, wacky style. It featured the schlockiest acts imaginable whose task was to stay on stage long enough not to be gonged off by panelists.</p> <p>In 1984 Barris published a purported autobiography, <em>Confessions of a Dangerous Mind</em>, in which, among other things, he claimed to have been an assassin for the CIA in the 1960s and 1970s.&nbsp; The book was adapted into a film in 2002 that was George Clooney's directorial debut.</p> <p>Barris also was a songwriter, composer of Freddy Cannon's #3 1962 hit "Palisades Park."</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src='http://abcnews.go.com/video/embed?id=46295408' width='640' height='360' scrolling='no' style='border:none;'></iframe><br/><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/">ABC Breaking News</a> | <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Video">Latest News Videos</a></p> <p>Copyright &copy; 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.</p> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:15:37 Z Music News Group http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/rss-comments-entry-35882668.xml 2017-03-22 06:15 +00:00 2017-03-22 02:15 -04:00 360296:6358746:35882533 http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/mean-girls-musical-hamilton-coming-to-washington-dcs-nationa.html "Mean Girls" musical, "Hamilton" coming to Washington D.C.'s National Theatre <p><span class="thumbnail-image-float-left ssNonEditable"><span><img style="width: 200px;" src="http://abcnewsradioonline.com/storage/e_Getty_Tina_Fey03212017.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1490136845636" alt="" /></span><span class="thumbnail-caption" style="width: 200px;">Getty Images/Noam Galai</span></span>(WASHINGTON D.C.) -- The Broadway adaptation of a<em>&nbsp;Mean Girls</em>&nbsp;musical took a big step forward,&nbsp;<a href="http://thenationaldc.org/broadway-subscriptions/">with an announcement</a>&nbsp;it will be coming to&nbsp;Washington&rsquo;s National Theatre on October 31 of next year.</p> <p>The&nbsp;Tina Fey-written production, which will act as a trial run for a Great White Way bow, is set to run until December 3.</p> <p>What's more, The National also announced that the Broadway phenomenon&nbsp;<em>Hamilton</em>&nbsp;will be coming to the Kennedy Center starting in June of next year, part of its "Broadway at The National 2017-18 subscription package." Tickets for&nbsp;<em>Hamilton</em>&nbsp;will run $210, on top of the membership fee.&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Copyright &copy; 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.</span></p> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:00:20 Z Stephen Iervolino http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/rss-comments-entry-35882533.xml 2017-03-21 23:00 +00:00 2017-03-21 19:00 -04:00 360296:6358746:35882364 http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/mariah-careys-all-i-want-for-christmas-is-you-is-now-an-anim.html Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is now an animated film <p><span class="thumbnail-image-float-left ssNonEditable"><span><img style="width: 200px;" src="http://abcnewsradioonline.com/storage/e_Mariah_Carey_03212017.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1490122581823" alt="" /></span><span class="thumbnail-caption" style="width: 200px;">ABC/Lou Rocco</span></span>(LOS ANGELES) -- It's been a hit single, a ringtone and a children's book, and now&nbsp;Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You"&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Nt5Vm10-d0&amp;utm_source=prnewswire.com&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">is a movie.</a></p> <p>Production has started on the film, an animated tale based on Mariah's 2015 children's book, which was inspired by the song. It's a straight-to-DVD production that'll also be available on Digital HD and On Demand this holiday season.&nbsp; Mariah narrates the movie -- in a statement, she says, "I am thrilled to be able to bring the story of the song to new generations of families."</p> <p>The movie features the voices of&nbsp;Henry Winkler,&nbsp;Lacey Chabert,&nbsp;Phil Morris,&nbsp;Breanna Yde,&nbsp;Lana Hayes&nbsp;and others.&nbsp; It's about a young girl named Mariah -- obviously -- who wants a puppy named&nbsp;Princess&nbsp;for Christmas.&nbsp; But before she's trusted to take care of the puppy, she has to prove she can pet-sit a badly-behaved dog named&nbsp;Jack.&nbsp; As Mariah and her family prepare for Christmas, Jack turns their world upside down.</p> <p>Mariah fans know that Jack was the name of the singer's dearly departed Jack Russell terrier.&nbsp; She currently has eight other Jack Russells, according to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wonderwall.com/entertainment/mariah-carey-nick-cannon-fighting-over-custody-of-8-dogs-report-1844444.article" target="_blank">reports</a>.</p> <p><img id="editor-video-1" src="http://abcnewsradioonline.com/universal/images/manager/wysiwyg-video.png" alt="" /></p> <p><span>Copyright &copy; 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.</span></p> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:00:14 Z Stephen Iervolino http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/rss-comments-entry-35882364.xml 2017-03-21 19:00 +00:00 2017-03-21 15:00 -04:00 360296:6358746:35882282 http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/anne-frank-center-demands-apology-from-tim-allen-over-kimmel.html Anne Frank Center demands apology from Tim Allen over "Kimmel" comments regarding 1930s Germany <p><span class="thumbnail-image-float-left ssNonEditable"><span><img style="width: 200px;" src="http://abcnewsradioonline.com/storage/E_TimAllenJimmyKimmel_032117.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1490115235588" alt="" /></span><span class="thumbnail-caption" style="width: 200px;">ABC/Randy Holmes</span></span>(LOS ANGELES) -- It didn't take long for the backlash against Tim Allen regarding comments he made on <em>Jimmy Kimmel Live!</em> comparing the oppression conservatives in Hollywood feel to the oppression in "'30s Germany."<br /><br />In speaking about attending the inauguration of President Trump, Allen laughed, "in this town -- I'm not kidding. You gotta be real careful. You'll get beat up if you don't believe what everybody believes. It's like 1930s Germany, I don't know what happened," the comic said.<br /><br />"Tim, have you lost your mind?" said Steven Goldstein, the executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect said in a statement quoted by <a href="http://ew.com/tv/2017/03/20/anne-frank-center-tim-allen/?xid=entertainment-weekly_socialflow_twitter"><em>Entertainment Weekly</em></a>. "No one in Hollywood today is subjecting you or anyone else to what the Nazis imposed on Jews in the 1930s -- the world&rsquo;s most evil program of dehumanization, imprisonment and mass brutality, implemented by an entire national government, as the prelude for the genocide of nearly an entire people."<br /><br />Taking it a step further, the center's Twitter feed claims Allen "<a href="https://twitter.com/AnneFrankCenter/status/844032669277024256">fomented</a>" Antisemitism with his statement. The Twitter feed claims fans of Allen's have targeted them with "emails filled with Antisemitic stereotype and attacks...that evoke the deep-seated hate we Jews have faced for decades."<br /><br />"Apologize &amp; join us vs. #Antisemitism," the post continues.<br /><br />As of Tuesday morning, there was no public response from Allen.</p> <p><iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/r7rpWLLPQSA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Copyright &copy; 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.</p> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:00:03 Z Stephen Iervolino http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/rss-comments-entry-35882282.xml 2017-03-21 17:00 +00:00 2017-03-21 13:00 -04:00 360296:6358746:35882112 http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/puff-puff-pass-former-pot-smoker-woody-harrelson-now-says.html Puff-Puff? Pass, former pot smoker Woody Harrelson now says <p><span class="thumbnail-image-float-left ssNonEditable"><span><img style="width: 200px;" src="http://abcnewsradioonline.com/storage/e_Getty_Woody_Harrelson_03212017.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1490097802206" alt="" /></span><span class="thumbnail-caption" style="width: 200px;">Getty Images/Noam Galai</span></span>(NEW YORK) --&nbsp;Woody Harrelson&nbsp;once seemed like the poster child for marijuana.&nbsp; But the actor, who serves on the advisory board of the marijuana law reform advocacy group NORML, says he hasn't had a puff of weed in nearly a year.</p> <p>"I am a party animal," Harrelson tells&nbsp;<a href="http://www.vulture.com/2017/03/woody-harrelson-on-wilson-quitting-pot.html" target="_blank">Vulture</a>.&nbsp; "But on the other hand, I haven&rsquo;t &hellip; I&rsquo;m now extremely moderate and &hellip; I actually stopped smoking pot almost a year ago."</p> <p>Harrleson hasn't turned anti-weed.&nbsp; "I think it&rsquo;s a great drug, in terms of &hellip; Even cops say that the side effect is euphoria," he says.&nbsp; But he says that after "30 solid years of just partying too f****** hard," it was time for a change.</p> <p>"I feel like it was keeping me from being emotionally available," he explained.&nbsp; "I still drink.&nbsp; Bu I try to be moderate with the drinking, too."<br /><br />Harrelson is starring in the new movie&nbsp;<em>Wilson</em>, out this week -- an adaptation of a&nbsp;Daniel Clowes' graphic novel about a middle-aged man who reunites with his estranged wife and a daughter he never knew.&nbsp;</p> <p>He'll also be playing Garris Shrike in the upcoming young Han Solo&nbsp;<em>Star Wars</em>&nbsp;spinoff.</p> <p><span>Copyright &copy; 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.</span></p> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:00:55 Z Stephen Iervolino http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/rss-comments-entry-35882112.xml 2017-03-21 15:00 +00:00 2017-03-21 11:00 -04:00 360296:6358746:35882107 http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/penelope-cruz-to-play-donatella-versace-in-american-crime-st.html Penelope Cruz to play Donatella Versace in "American Crime Story" <p><span class="thumbnail-image-float-left ssNonEditable"><span><img style="width: 200px;" src="http://abcnewsradioonline.com/storage/e_Penelope_Cruz_GETTY_03212017.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1490096991979" alt="" /></span><span class="thumbnail-caption" style="width: 200px;">Getty Images/David M. Benett</span></span>(LOS ANGELES) -- We learned in January that Lady Gaga would not be playing Donatella Versace in the third season of <em>American Crime Story</em>.&nbsp; Now we know who will.<br /><br />Penelope Cruz has been cast in the role of the Italian fashion designer, reports <a href="http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/penelope-cruz-donatella-versace-fx-american-crime-story-1202002925/"><em>Variety</em></a>.<br /><br />It will be the first major U.S. TV role for Cruz, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2011 for her role in Woody Allen's<em> Vicky Cristina Barcelona</em>.<br /><em><br />Versace: American Crime Story</em> will explore the murder of Donatella's brother, the designer Gianni Versaci, who was murdered by serial killer Andrew Cunanan in 1997. <br /><br />Edgar Ramirez has been cast as Gianni while<em> Glee</em> alum Darren Criss will play Cunanan.&nbsp; The series will be the third season of the true-crime anthology series from Ryan Murphy, who is also the creator of Glee,<em> Scream Queens</em> and the other anthology series <em>American Horror Story</em> and <em>Feud</em>.<br /><br />Production on the third season of <em>American Crime Story </em>begins next month, but the show will not air until 2018, the same year that the second season of the series, revolving around the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, will air.</p> <p>Copyright &copy; 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.</p> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:00:47 Z Stephen Iervolino http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/rss-comments-entry-35882107.xml 2017-03-21 13:00 +00:00 2017-03-21 09:00 -04:00 360296:6358746:35882104 http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/get-out-director-jordan-peele-to-receive-cinemacon-director.html "Get Out" director Jordan Peele to receive CinemaCon director of the year award <p style="color: #000000; font-family: Lato, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: 90%;"><span class="thumbnail-image-float-left ssNonEditable"><img style="width: 200px;" src="http://abcnewsradioonline.com/storage/e_Jordan_Peele_022417.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1487962174785" alt="" /><span class="thumbnail-caption" style="width: 200px;">ABC/Randy Holmes</span></span>(LOS ANGELES) --&nbsp;</span><em style="color: #181818; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Get Out</em><span style="color: #181818; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;director&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #181818; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Jordan Peele</span><span style="color: #181818; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;is set to receive the CinemaCon Director of the Year Award.</span></p> <p>CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theater Owners, announced the news today that the sketch comedian-director will be presented with the honor at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony on March 30 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.</p> <p>&ldquo;With the phenomenon known as&nbsp;<em>Get Out,</em>&nbsp;Jordan Peele has instantaneously become a force to reckon with as a gifted and enormously talented director and filmmaker,&rdquo; said CinemaCon Managing Director&nbsp;Mitch Neuhauser. &ldquo;He has audiences and critics around the globe enamored and spellbound, dare I say hypnotized, with his wildly inventive directorial debut, and we are ecstatic to be honoring him as this year&rsquo;s &lsquo;Director of the Year.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p>The movie, which centers on a young African-American man visiting his white girlfriend's family estate and the sinister plot to enslave him, has grossed more than $133 million domestically since its release.&nbsp;<em>Get Out</em>&nbsp;also helped Peele to make history by becoming the first African-American writer-director to cross over $100 million with his debut film.</p> <p><span>Copyright &copy; 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.</span></p> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:00:47 Z Stephen Iervolino http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/rss-comments-entry-35882104.xml 2017-03-21 13:00 +00:00 2017-03-21 09:00 -04:00 360296:6358746:35882061 http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/dancing-with-the-stars-season-24-premieres-simone-biles-take.html "Dancing with the Stars" Season 24 Premieres, Simone Biles Takes an Early Lead <p><span class="thumbnail-image-float-left ssNonEditable"><span><img style="width: 200px;" src="http://abcnewsradioonline.com/storage/E_Simone_Biles_03212017.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1490089817726" alt="" /></span><span class="thumbnail-caption" style="width: 200px;">ABC/Eric McCandless</span></span>(LOS ANGELES) -- Twelve new celebrities made their debut on&nbsp;<em>Dancing with the Stars</em>&nbsp;Monday night, as the hit reality competition kicked off its twenty-fourth season and 400th episode in high style.</p> <p>Hosts&nbsp;Tom Bergeron&nbsp;and&nbsp;Erin Andrews&nbsp;returned, along with judges&nbsp;Carrie Ann Inaba,&nbsp;Julianne Hough,&nbsp;Len Goodman&nbsp;and&nbsp;Bruno Tonioli. Goodman was out for part of last season, with commitments to the show in the U.K., but assured Tom Bergeron that he would be with the show all season.</p> <p>The new cast includes&nbsp;Fifth Harmony&nbsp;singer&nbsp;Normani Kordei&nbsp;paired with&nbsp;Valentin Chmerkovskiy; Olympic figure skater&nbsp;Nancy Kerrigan&nbsp;with&nbsp;Artem Chigvintsev; comic actor&nbsp;Chris Kattan&nbsp;with&nbsp;Witney Carson; rodeo professional&nbsp;Bonner Bolton&nbsp;with&nbsp;Sharna Burgess; the iconic&nbsp;Charo&nbsp;with&nbsp;Keo Motsepe;&nbsp;<em>The Bachelor&rsquo;s</em>&nbsp;Nick Viall&nbsp;with&nbsp;Peta Murgatroyd;&nbsp;<em>Glee</em>&nbsp;actress and singer&nbsp;Heather Morris&nbsp;with&nbsp;Maksim Chmerkovskiy; World Series baseball player&nbsp;David Ross&nbsp;with&nbsp;Lindsay Arnold;&nbsp;<em>Real Housewives of Beverly Hills</em>&nbsp;star&nbsp;Erika Jayne&nbsp;with&nbsp;Gleb Savchenko; NFL star&nbsp;Rashad Jennings&nbsp;with&nbsp;Emma Slater;&nbsp;<em>A Team</em>&nbsp;star&nbsp;Mr. T&nbsp;with&nbsp;Kym Herjavec&nbsp;and Gold Medal Olympic gymnast&nbsp;Simone Biles&nbsp;with&nbsp;Sasha Farber.</p> <p>Monday night was an opportunity for the cast to introduce themselves and have some fun with strutting their stuff as the competition does not begin in earnest until next Monday. Normani Kordei kicked off the night with a dazzling quickstep number and scored 27 out of 40. She was followed by Kerrigan who wowed with a Viennese Waltz and nabbed 28 out of 40.</p> <p>Things took an unusual downturn when former&nbsp;<em>SNL</em>&nbsp;performer Chris Kattan appeared as his character from&nbsp;<em>A Night at The Roxbury</em>&nbsp;and reprised his signature moves to&nbsp;Haddaway&rsquo;s &ldquo;What Is Love.&rdquo; This was not well-received by the judges, in spite of the gushing and awkward enthusiasm of Carrie Ann Inaba. Kattan pulled the lowest score of the night, with a 17.</p> <p>Bonner Bolton did a country-themed number with Sharna and pulled 22 points. He was followed to the dance floor by the tireless Charo. She seems to possess the stamina of a caffeinated squirrel and was unstoppable in her salsa with Keo, but in spite of her seemingly boundless enthusiasm, got a surprisingly low score of 21 from the judges, which drew boos from the studio audience and caused her to ask, &ldquo;Porque?&rdquo;</p> <p>The former<em>&nbsp;Bachelor</em>&nbsp;Nick Viall earned a very respectable 24 points for his cha cha, while Heather Morris&rsquo; waltz pulled a high score of 28. She was equaled in points by retired Cubs catcher David Ross who surprised everyone with his quickstep.</p> <p><em>Housewives</em>&nbsp;star Erika Jayne turned in a sexy salsa which caused Len Goodman to note that it was, &ldquo;too raunchy.&rdquo; In spite of this, she earned a respectable 24 points. Rashad Jennings showed his prowess on the field is equaled on the dance floor as his cha cha racked up 31 points.</p> <p>Mr. T brought a lot of heart to his cha cha to the&nbsp;<em>A Team</em>&nbsp;television theme but only got 20 points.</p> <p>Finally, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles may be following in the dance steps of last season&rsquo;s winner, her fellow gold medalist&nbsp;Laurie Hernandez. Biles floated across the dance floor during her tango and pulled down 32 points, the top score of the night. Len Goodman noted that her dance with Sasha Farber was &ldquo;the dance of the night.&rdquo;</p> <p><em>Dancing with the Stars</em>&nbsp;returns next Monday on ABC.</p> <p><span>Copyright &copy; 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.</span></p> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:00:44 Z Stephen Iervolino http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/rss-comments-entry-35882061.xml 2017-03-21 10:00 +00:00 2017-03-21 06:00 -04:00 360296:6358746:35881877 http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/george-clooney-thrills-elderly-fan-with-nursing-home-visit.html George Clooney thrills elderly fan with nursing home visit <div class="moreInfo firstrow_exclusives"></div> <div class="clearfix"> <div id="show:eprep-author:7119462a-6f3c-4e39-9b34-46268041e924" class="textblock01" style="display: block;"> <div class="toggle_on"> <p><span class="thumbnail-image-float-left ssNonEditable"><span><img style="width: 200px;" src="http://abcnewsradioonline.com/storage/music-news-images-march-2017/Getty_clooney_032017.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1490050972484" alt="" /></span><span class="thumbnail-caption" style="width: 200px;">Francois Durand/Getty Images</span></span>George Clooney paid an unannounced visit to a U.K. nursing home to visit a fan for her 87th birthday.</p> <p>According to a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1478752132136519&amp;set=a.490134917664917.127514.100000052381406&amp;type=3" target="_blank">Facebook post</a> from Linda Jones, a staffer at the&nbsp;Sunrise Sonning Retirement and Assisted Living Facility,&nbsp;"The lady in the picture loves George Clooney and mentions every day how she would love him to meet him, especially as he lives so near to where I work."</p> <p>Jones explained that letters were sent to the star in hopes he'd stop by, since his U.K. home is close to the Reading, England facility.</p> <p>The wish of Pat Adams, the birthday girl, came true Sunday, when the father-to-be arrived, bearing gifts.</p> <p>"He brought a card and a lovely bunch of flowers," says Jones.&nbsp; He also <a href="https://twitter.com/MalcolmHague/status/843460791831552000" target="_blank">posed for pictures</a> with the lucky lady.</p> <p>Copyright &copy; 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.</p> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:00:00 Z Andrea Dresdale http://abcnewsradioonline.com/entertainment-news/rss-comments-entry-35881877.xml 2017-03-20 23:00 +00:00 2017-03-20 19:00 -04:00