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Bernie Casey, football star turned actor, dead at 78

(LOS ANGELES) -- Bernie Casey, former NFL star turned actor who's probably best-known for roles in Revenge of the Nerds, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, has died at age 78. Variety and other sources report Casey died Tuesday in Los Angeles. A standout athlete, Casey was the ninth first-round NFL draft pick in 1961, and played wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers and then the Los Angeles Rams over eight seasons, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl in 1967. Casey's first film was a role in 1969's Guns of the Magnificent Seven.  He went on to appear in…

posted 2017-09-21 12:00:19 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"It" set to pass "The Exorcist" for highest-grossing U.S. horror film

(NEW YORK) -- While nothing's official yet, it looks like It is about to become the highest-grossing horror film of all time in the U.S. Deadline reports that the film adaptation of the Stephen King novel about a clown that terrorizes a group of kids, is expected to pass the 1973 classic The Exorcist, in domestic box office receipts on Thursday. The Exorcist earned $232.9 million in total during its theatrical run in the States. It is expected to have domestic earnings of nearly $270 million by the end of the weekend. The record only relates to pure horror films,…

posted 2017-09-21 10:00:18 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Hand in Hand benefit raised more than $55M for victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma

(NEW YORK) -- The recent Hand in Hand hurricane relief benefit is estimated to have raised more than $55 million for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The star-studded telethon was broadcast across multiple networks on September 12 and raised $14 million in the first hour, organizers said Wednesday, and within a few hours increased that amount to $44 million. Comic Relief USA will manage the grants made from the telethon and distribute them to charities including the Rebuild Texas Fund, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Feeding Florida, Feeding Texas, Direct Relief, ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, United…

posted 2017-09-21 08:00:15 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"America's Got Talent" recap: A 12-year-old ventriloquist wins $1 million top prize on season-12 finale

(LOS ANGELES) -- Darci Lynne Farmer, a 12-year-old singing ventriloquist, was crowned the winner of the 12th season of NBC’s America's Got Talent during the live finale at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater Wednesday night. Judges Heidi Klum, Mel B, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel were on hand as host Tyra Banks announced the results. Darci Lynne walked away with the $1 million grand prize and a headlining spot at the America’s Got Talent Live show at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas November 3-4. She'll be joined by the other finalists. Farmer beat out nine-year-old singer, Angelica Hale based…

posted 2017-09-21 05:01:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Jimmy Kimmel takes down critics of his health care monologue

(LOS ANGELES) -- Jimmy Kimmel continued his battle with Senator Bill Cassidy, R.-L.A., on Wednesday, a day after Kimmel accused Cassidy of lying to his face about what the senator would demand in a health care bill. Tuesday night, Kimmel used a portion of his monologue to rip Cassidy, co-sponsor of the latest GOP health care measure, for introducing a bill that Kimmel said backtracks on the promises Cassidy made in a May appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! On CNN on Wednesday, Cassidy said Kimmel didn't understand the new bill.But Wednesday night, Kimmel accused Cassidy of using the, "all comedians…

posted 2017-09-21 05:00:13 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"The LEGO Ninjago Movie" wants a piece of the box office this weekend

(LOS ANGELES) -- Chances are, if you’re under the age of 10 or know someone who is, you're aware of the LEGO Ninjago phenomenon.  It's LEGO toy line, a TV show, and Friday, it’s coming to the big screen as The LEGO Ninjago Movie. The story revolves around a teen named Lloyd who’s ostracized by his peers because his father just happens to be the evil villain Lord Garmadon, who’s terrorizes the city of Ninjago. Lloyd, along with five other teens, are then recruited by an old ninja master to protect the city from Garmadon’s monsters. Dave Franco, who voices…

posted 2017-09-21 05:00:13 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


"Wonder Woman" gets the Honest Trailers treatment

(NEW YORK) -- The hit Wonder Woman gets jabbed -- gently -- by the folks at Screen Junkies, with their latest Honest Trailers offering, this one about the best-received DC Comics-based movie. The new snippet pokes fun at Wonder Woman's Amazonian home of Themyscira, a mythical island populated with, "a society of women trained from birth to cover for Gal Gadot's accent." The trailer notes that for a change, a male is considered the eye candy in a big budget movie -- and speaking of that eye candy, Chris Pine's performance, according to the Honest Trailer, puts him atop the…

posted 2017-09-20 18:00:23 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Netflix sends fanboys' bar a "Stranger Things"-themed cease-and-desist

While some companies don't joke around about their trademarked material, Netflix has put the "fun" in "fundamental principles of intellectual property rights," as evidenced by a just-released cease-and-desist letter to a Stranger Things-themed pop-up bar. The Chicago establishment called The Upside Down opened August 18, with Danny and Doug Marks, the guys behind the pop-up, initially planning for a six-week run.   The bar featured a Christmas light-festooned board as seen in the show, and had specials including "Eleven's Eggos," and other ST-themed fare and decor. Netflix learned about the establishment and sent them a legal brush-back that clearly showed Netflix was equally in…

posted 2017-09-20 14:00:19 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Jake LaMotta, boxing legend and inspiration for "Raging Bull," dead at 95

FilmMagic/Robin PlatzerBoxing legend Jake LaMotta, who inspired the 1980 Oscar-winning film Raging Bull, died on Tuesday. He was 95. LaMotta's wife, Denise Baker, confirmed his death to ABC News and said he died of complications from pneumonia.The family is in the planning stages of his memorial and funeral and will celebrate his life in Miami and New York, Baker said.LaMotta was a world middleweight championship in the late 1940s, but was a well-known brawler before winning the title. His six iconic fights against Sugar Ray Robinson spanned almost a decade.  In all, LaMotta was 83-19 with four draws.His legacy was heightened after he retired from…

posted 2017-09-20 12:01:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

James Cameron says new "Terminator" movie will star Linda Hamilton & Arnold Schwarzenegger

(LOS ANGELES) -- Looks like we’re going to get yet another Terminator movie -- and Linda Hamilton will be a part of it. The Hollywood Reporter says director and franchise creator James Cameron himself broke the news at a “private event celebrating the storied franchise.” Hamilton of course, starred not only in the original film, 1984’s The Terminator, but also in the franchise’s most popular installment, 1992’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day.  Both times, Hamilton played Sarah Connor, the future mother of John Connor, who leads the human resistance against machine domination of the world.  Her role in T2 as a…

posted 2017-09-20 10:00:17 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Jada Pinkett Smith denies Leah Remini's claim that she's a Scientologist

(LOS ANGELES) -- Jada Pinkett Smith set the record straight on her reported ties to Scientology, insisting she has no connection to the religion. “I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech,” the Girls Trip star tweeted on Tuesday, referring to the ideas and teaching method invented by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, who created the controversial religion. “But I am not a Scientologist,” she continued, explaining, “I practice human kindness, and I believe that we each have the right to determine what we are and what we are not.” The tweet was in response to…

posted 2017-09-20 10:00:16 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Billy Bush and his wife separate after 20 years of marriage

(LOS ANGELES) -- TV personality Billy Bush and his wife, Sydney Davis, are calling it quits after two decades together, his rep tells ABC News. "After almost 20 years of marriage, they have separated for the moment to evaluate their life together," says the rep. "They love each other and their children deeply and are committed to a bright future." The former Access Hollywood and Today host, married Davis in 1998 and they have three daughters: Josephine, Mary and Lillie. The 45-year-old journalist made headlines last year after a 2005 Access Hollywood tape of Bush and then candidate Donald Trump…

posted 2017-09-20 08:00:08 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio