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2016-08-30

"Charlie" and the Other "Willy Wonka" Kids Remember Gene Wilder

(NEW YORK) -- A day after the passing of Gene Wilder, the tributes to the Oscar nominated actor are still rolling in -- this time, from the grown-ups who were just kids when they worked with him on the set of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.  Pete Ostrum played good-natured Charlie Bucket in the 1971 classic -- and despite offers to continue a big-screen career, he decided to leave Hollywood behind. He became a Cornell-educated veterinarian who still works in Lowville, New York. In an exclusive email to ABC News, Dr. Ostrum said, "Lots to remember...Few actors have had such…

posted 2016-08-30 18:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Thinner Oprah Says She's Got Boyfriend Stedman's Back -- Literally

(LOS ANGELES) -- Oprah Winfrey's weight-loss journey has hit a distinct milestone, and her longtime boyfriend has the proof.  The media mogul and Weight Watchers spokeswoman talked to People magazine Monday night at the red carpet premiere of her network OWN's drama Queen Sugar, where she was asked what her recent weight loss means for her beau Stedman Graham. "I would like him to pick me up and carry me to the pool," she said. "I've lost enough weight, he can pick me up and carry me to the pool. I can straddle him without breaking his back."Winfrey announced in January…

posted 2016-08-30 14:00:59 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Beary Good: Bill Murray Sings in "Jungle Book" Behind-the-Scenes Peek

(LOS ANGELES) -- Bill Murray channels his inner Baloo in the recording studio in this new video shot behind the scenes of The Jungle Book. Good Morning America got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look inside the booth as Murray let loose while recording "Bare Necessities" for Disney's blockbuster reimagining of the Disney classic. Helmed by Iron Man and Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau, the acclaimed film also features the voices of Marvel movie vets Scarlett Johansson, Ben Kingsley, and Idris Elba, as well as that of Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o. The movie, which hit theaters in April, was recently re-released…

posted 2016-08-30 14:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

James Corden Pays Tribute to "Magical" Gene Wilder

(LOS ANGELES) -- On The Late Late Show Monday night, host James Corden shared some fond memories of Gene Wilder, who died Monday at 83 of complications from Alzheimer's. Corden explained Wilder once came to visit him backstage after watching a play in which Corden performed in New York City.  "It was incredible...If anyone else came backstage, they'd stay for five, six, maybe 10 minutes, tops. He sat in my room for a half an hour...I'll never forget it for the rest of my life...And all he wanted to talk about was...How my wife and son were adjusting in New York, and was it happy…

posted 2016-08-30 12:00:57 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Showtime Sets Premiere Date for Documentary About Disgraced Former Congressman Anthony Weiner

(NEW YORK) -- With news that Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin would be separating from her husband, disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, after a third sexting scandal, Showtime wasted no time Monday announcing the television premiere of WEINER, a documentary that follows Weiner's aborted run for the New York City mayoralty in 2013. The movie, which won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, will premiere on Showtime Saturday, October 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.   Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after it came to light that he had tweeted explicit photos of himself to a…

posted 2016-08-30 10:00:43 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Ryan Lochte, Maureen McCormick, Laurie Hernandez, Amber Rose to Compete on "Dancing with the Stars"

(NEW YORK) -- Ryan Lochte’s road to rehabilitating his post-Olympic image begins on Dancing with the Stars.  The 32-year-old gold medal-winning swimmer has joined the season 23 cast of the ABC dance competition.  The official announcement came Tuesday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, following a sit-down with Amy Robach about Lochte's Rio controversy.  "I want to move forward," the swimmer said of the intoxicated incident he had exaggerated as a gunpoint robbery -- for which he again apologized. "I want the whole world to move forward...Everyone's gotta be sick and tired of hearing about this...I just want to move forward…

posted 2016-08-30 07:49:49 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Celebrities Mourn Gene Wilder

(NEW YORK) -- Famous fans and friends of Gene Wilder took to Twitter to mourn the 83-year-old actor and writer, who died Monday of complications from Alzheimer's.  Here are just a sample of the online condolences.  AFI"Thanks for all the laughs, Gene Wilder.  #RIPGeneWilder" Mel Brooks"Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship." Josh Groban, who recently recorded "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory:  "Thank you Gene Wilder for the wonderful, the weird, the pure imagination. One of my…

posted 2016-08-30 05:00:36 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Bachelor in Paradise": Caila Threatens to Leave

(NEW YORK) -- The Bachelor in Paradise love triangle between Jared Haibon, Caila Quinn and Ashley Iaconetti came to a head on Monday when Caila told Ashley she wanted to go home. Ashley, tired of seeing Jared and Caila together, immediately set her sights on the newest addition to Paradise – Wells Adams, from JoJo’s season. Ashley’s prayers were answered when Wells asked her out on a date. During their date in the city, Ashley told him she was happy he was there and revealed to the camera that she might even like him more than Jared. Wells said he…

posted 2016-08-30 05:00:35 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2016-08-29

Alison Brie Joins Netflix's Female Wrestling Series

Alison Brie, formerly of NBC's Community, is stepping into the ring as an unlikely female wrestler in Netflix's upcoming comedy G.L.O.W., ABC News has confirmed. Based on the 1980's syndicated show G.L.O.W. -- or Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling -- the 10-episode Neflix series was co-created by Homeland producer Liz Flahive, and Carly Mensch of Orange Is the New Black fame. Brie, who also voices multiple characters on Netflix's animated series Bojack Horseman, will reportedly play Ruth, an out-of-work actress who ends up taking a gig as a female pro wrestler in an attempt to keep her on-camera career alive. Copyright © 2016, ABC…

posted 2016-08-29 18:00:39 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Comic Legend Gene Wilder Dead at 83

(NEW YORK) -- Gene Wilder, the comic actor and writer famous for movies like The Producers, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, died Monday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. He was 83. Wilder's death was confirmed in a statement to ABC News by his nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, who said the cause of death was "Alzheimer’s Disease with which he co-existed for the last three years," adding, "The choice to keep this private was his choice." The statement continues: "The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so…

posted 2016-08-29 15:24:08 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Ben Affleck Teases "Batman" Movie Villain

(LOS ANGELES) -- Ben Affleck, who is the current occupant of Batman's suit -- and who is directing the next solo Batman film -- has teased comic fans with a snippet of what's to come. On his Twitter feed Monday morning, Affleck posted footage of a fearsome figure clad in black and orange armor: fan favorite Deathstroke, a deadly mercenary who has tangled with the Caped Crusader a few times since making his DC Comics debut in 1980.  The character, whose real name is Slade Wilson, has also appeared frequently in video games, and on the small screen, in Arrow. And a piece…

posted 2016-08-29 14:00:40 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

John Lennon's Killer Denied Parole for a Ninth Time

(NEW YORK) -- For the ninth time since his incarceration for the December 8, 1980 murder of musician and former Beatles member John Lennon, Mark David Chapman has been denied parole. The New York State Board of Parole announced its decision on Monday following an interview this past Wednesday with the 61-year-old Chapman, held at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York. The board members noted in their decision, "In spite of many favorable factors, we find all to be outweighed by the premeditated and celebrity-seeking nature of the crime. From our interview and review of your records, we find…

posted 2016-08-29 12:43:56 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio