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2017-03-21

Puff-Puff? Pass, former pot smoker Woody Harrelson now says

(NEW YORK) -- Woody Harrelson once seemed like the poster child for marijuana.  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. "I am a party animal," Harrelson tells Vulture.  "But on the other hand, I haven’t … I’m now extremely moderate and … I actually stopped smoking pot almost a year ago." Harrleson hasn't turned anti-weed.  "I think it’s a great drug, in terms of … Even cops say that the side effect is euphoria," he says.  But he says that after…

posted 2017-03-21 10:00:55 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Get Out" director Jordan Peele to receive CinemaCon director of the year award

(LOS ANGELES) -- Get Out director Jordan Peele is set to receive the CinemaCon Director of the Year Award. 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. “With the phenomenon known as Get Out, Jordan Peele has instantaneously become a force to reckon with as a gifted and enormously talented director and filmmaker,” said CinemaCon Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser. “He has audiences and critics around the globe enamored and spellbound, dare I say…

posted 2017-03-21 08:00:47 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Penelope Cruz to play Donatella Versace in "American Crime Story"

(LOS ANGELES) -- We learned in January that Lady Gaga would not be playing Donatella Versace in the third season of American Crime Story.  Now we know who will.Penelope Cruz has been cast in the role of the Italian fashion designer, reports Variety.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 Vicky Cristina Barcelona.Versace: American Crime Story will explore the murder of Donatella's brother, the designer Gianni Versaci, who was murdered by serial killer Andrew Cunanan in 1997. Edgar Ramirez has been cast…

posted 2017-03-21 08:00:47 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Dancing with the Stars" Season 24 Premieres, Simone Biles Takes an Early Lead

(LOS ANGELES) -- Twelve new celebrities made their debut on Dancing with the Stars Monday night, as the hit reality competition kicked off its twenty-fourth season and 400th episode in high style. Hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews returned, along with judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, Len Goodman and 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. The new cast includes Fifth Harmony singer Normani Kordei paired with Valentin Chmerkovskiy; Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan with Artem Chigvintsev; comic actor Chris Kattan with Witney Carson; rodeo professional Bonner Bolton with Sharna Burgess; the iconic Charo with Keo Motsepe; The Bachelor’s Nick Viall with Peta Murgatroyd; Glee actress and singer Heather Morris with Maksim…

posted 2017-03-21 05:00:44 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2017-03-20

George Clooney thrills elderly fan with nursing home visit

George Clooney paid an unannounced visit to a U.K. nursing home to visit a fan for her 87th birthday. According to a Facebook post from Linda Jones, a staffer at the Sunrise Sonning Retirement and Assisted Living Facility, "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." 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. The wish of Pat Adams, the birthday girl, came…

posted 2017-03-20 18:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Kim Kardashian West reveals new details of Paris robbery on KUwtK

(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Kardashian West revealed new details about when she was robbed of nearly $10 million worth of jewelry last October in Paris.  On Sunday night's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kardashian West, 36, said, "Paris meant a lot to me. This is where I had so many memories."Here's how each family member detailed the harrowing incident, which occurred around 3 a.m.: KimKardashian West recalled that she heard footsteps, and thinking it was her sisters, she yelled out, "Hello! Hello! Hello," but no one replied. That's when she knew something was wrong.  "My heart started to get really tense," she…

posted 2017-03-20 14:00:35 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"GMA" goes behind the scenes of "Dancing with the Stars'" final dress rehearsal ahead of season premiere

(LOS ANGELES) -- The highly anticipated season 24 premiere of Dancing with the Stars airs tonight on ABC, and Good Morning America took a behind-the-scenes look with former Mirrorball Trophy winner Alfonso Ribeiro at the show's final dress rehearsal. Newly-engaged Nick Viall jumped from one reality show to the next and has already drawn comparisons between DWTS and The Bachelor.  "[A]ll you wanna do is not go home night one," he laughed. Dance music and reality TV star Erika Jayne and her pro partner, Gleb Savchenko, have already set the stakes high. Jayne said they "didn't come here to lose," but already promised to forfeit a prized possession to her partner if the duo…

posted 2017-03-20 12:00:27 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Harrison Ford, Reba McEntire, Michael Phelps and others gather for Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night

(PHOENIX) -- Stars from the sports and entertainment -- including actor Harrison Ford, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, country stars Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn, and The Beach Boys' Mike Love -- converged on Phoenix, Arizona's J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa for the 23rd annual Celebrity Fight Night, honoring the life of Muhammad Ali. Other guests included Laila Ali, actresses Melissa Peterman, Gena Lee Nolin and Bo Derek, former Major League Baseball star Kirk Gibson, TV host Larry King and actor Dennis Quaid, who performed with his band, The Sharks.  Ford, along with Italian fashion designer Stefano Ricci, was honored with Celebrity Fight Night Awards, given to those who best embody the qualities associated with the late boxing champ and…

posted 2017-03-20 10:00:23 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Dancing with the Stars" is back!

(NEW YORK) -- Tonight, season 24 of Dancing with the Stars kicks off at 8 p.m. on ABC.  As always, this year brings a varied crop of celebrity hoofers -- everyone from Fifth Harmony member Normani Kordei, Olympians Nancy Kerrigan and Simone Biles, a pro bull rider in Bonner Bolton, and classic TV mainstays Charo and Mr. T. DWTS pro Kym Johnson Herjavec is partnered Mr. T, born Lawrence Tureaud. He told ABC News that he'd been pursued for the show for some time, but the cancer survivor finally accepted when he was able to donate proceeds from his DWTS salary to the Shriner's Hospitals for Children, and St. Jude's Children's Hospital. "That's what my mother taught me," he said, "'The…

posted 2017-03-20 10:00:22 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"The Walking Dead" Recap: "The Other Side"

(NEW YORK) -- Sunday night's episode of The Walking Dead shows residents of the Hilltop community preparing for battle with Negan's Saviors. Sasha, meanwhile, is preparing her own mission, getting schematics of the Saviors' sanctuary to try to take out Negan. At night, she says one final goodbye to Abraham's grave. The next day, Rosita appears before her. "I'm here because I need your help." In a hollowed-out book in Jesus' trailer, Sasha finds a small stash of bullets. He and Enid catch her and he tries to talk her out of her "mission." When that fails, he tries to tell her…

posted 2017-03-20 08:00:16 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Beauty and the Beast" roars to a record-setting opening weekend

(LOS ANGELES) -- Disney's Beauty and the Beast delivered a monstrous opening weekend at the box office, raking in an estimated $170 million, and breaking the March opening weekend record previously held by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, according to Box Office Mojo. Additionally, the live-action remake of the 1991 classic, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Kevin and Ian McKellen, scored the seventh largest domestic opening of all-time -- six of which belong to Disney -- ahead of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 and just behind Iron Man 3. It's also the largest opening for a PG-rated film, surpassing Finding Dory. Overseas, Beauty and the Beast tacked on an estimated…

posted 2017-03-20 05:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2017-03-18

Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry, dead at 90

(ST. CHARLES COUNTRY, MO) -- Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry is dead at age 90, according to St. Charles County, Missouri police. No cause of death was given. A post Saturday just before 6:00 p.m. ET on the police department's Facebook page reads, "St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. today (Saturday, March 18). Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and immediately administered lifesaving techniques. Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m."The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms…

posted 2017-03-18 17:49:25 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio