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2017-08-09

"America’s Got Talent" recap: Seal is a guest judge as the final last acts advance

(NEW YORK) -- The Judge Cuts wrapped up on Tuesday’s edition of America’s Got Talent, with seven of the acts that made it through the auditions advancing to the Live Rounds. Air Force chorus In the Stairwell; animal act Pompeyo Family Dogs; gospel choir DaNell Daymon & Greater Works; dancers Artyon & Paige and Merrick Hanna; and singer Kechi, all advanced. Singer Johnny Manuel was sent straight to the Live Rounds via “the Golden Buzzer.” Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B were back behind the judges’ table to offer their opinions and decide which acts would advance. Helping…

posted 2017-08-09 05:00:06 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2017-08-08

John Boyega talks Carrie Fisher, calls 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' an "epic dark story"

(NEW YORK) -- He's not allowed to dish much, but Star Wars actor John Boyega did reveal some Last Jedi secrets in his latest interview with Variety. The actor, who plays stormtrooper-turned-Resistance fighter Finn, told the magazine that even though they dispatched with The First Order's Starkiller Base in 2015's The Force Awakens, things aren't looking good for fighter pilot Poe Dameron, General Leia and company. "The Resistance isn’t in the best condition," he said. "Things are shaky." Boyega added that the movie will center on various characters deciding which side they're on. "It’s an epic dark story," Boyega told Variety.…

posted 2017-08-08 18:00:58 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Singer, guitarist, actor & Country Music Hall-of-Famer Glen Campbell Dead at Age 81

(NASHVILLE) -- Glen Campbell, one of music's most successful and versatile entertainers, has died at age 81. A statement on his Facebook page reads, "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease." Campbell revealed his Alzheimer's Disease diagnosis in 2011 and began his retreat from public life shortly after the announcement. Campbell was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, but his popularity spanned television,…

posted 2017-08-08 16:32:05 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Alfre Woodard Joins 'The Lion King' remake cast

(NEW YORK) -- Alfre Woodard has joined the cast of Jon Favreau's CG-animated remake of Disney's The Lion King, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  She'll voice Sarabi, Simba's mom. Woodard joins previously announced cast members Donald Glover as Simba, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Billy Eichner as Timon, John Oliver as Zazu, and James Earl Jones, who will be reprising his role as Mufasa. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Jeff Nathanson wrote the script, with Favreau co-producing alongside Beauty and the Beast's Jeffrey Silver. Favreau previously directed Disney's hit live-action/CG-animated combo remake of The Jungle Book. The Lion King, currently shooting in…

posted 2017-08-08 16:00:59 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

HBO hackers reveal executive emails, 'Game of Thrones' script

(LOS ANGELES) -- The hackers who targeted HBO have made good on a promise to release more of the cable network's confidential data. In an email to The Hollywood Reporter, the hackers delivered materials including a file labelled "Script GOT7," marketing spreadsheets and media plans for the series and emails from an unnamed HBO executive, the magazine reports. The hackers also sent a video message to HBO CEO Richard Plepler.  "HBO was one of our difficult targets to deal with but we succeeded (it took about 6 months)," the message said. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the message also demanded…

posted 2017-08-08 14:00:55 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

'The View' to celebrate 20th anniversary with premiere episode rebroadcast

(NEW YORK) -- The View turns 20 on Friday, and it's celebrating with a rebroadcast of its premiere show from 1997. Created by broadcast legend Barbara Walters, the ABC panel show, with moderator Meredith Vierra and co-hosts, comedienne Joy Behar; lawyer Star Jones; newcomer Debie Metenopoulos; and Walters, tackled a variety of social, political and entertainment topics. The View went on to become pop culture phenomenon, winning 30 Daytime Emmy Awards since its inception. Walters explained the show's premise in the original opening credits, saying, "I've always wanted to do a show with women of different generations, backgrounds and views: a…

posted 2017-08-08 12:00:54 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

David Letterman to host Netflix interview series

(NEW YORK) -- David Letterman is returning to TV, on Netflix. Letterman will host six one-hour interview shows for an as-yet untitled series, which Netflix bills as “in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humor.” “I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix,” Letterman says in a statement announcing the venture.  “Here's what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely.” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos called Letterman ”a true television icon,” adding, “I…

posted 2017-08-08 10:35:13 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Happy 80th Birthday, Dustin Hoffman!

(NEW YORK) --  Two-time Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman, acclaimed for his work in films like The Graduate, Kramer vs. Kramer and Rain Man, turns 80 today. The Los Angeles-born actor initially had hopes of becoming a classical pianist before turning to acting. He began his career in the theatre before landing his first film role opposite Eli Wallach in 1967's The Tiger Makes Out. However, his breakout role came later that year, playing Benjamin Braddock, the title character in director Mike Nichols' The Graduate.  In a career that's spanned five decades, Hoffman earned a reputation for playing antiheroes and vulnerable characters in more…

posted 2017-08-08 10:00:51 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Original actor to play Godzilla dead at 88

(TOKYO) -- The OG Godzilla has died.  Haruo Nakajima [hah-roo-oh nah-kah-gee-mah] first donned the rubber costume to play the giant, radioactive reptile in 1954, when he was a 25-year-old stuntman.  He went on to play Godzilla -- actually named Gojira [goh-jee-rah] but mangled into ‘Godzilla’ by American pronunciation attempts -- 12 times in all, the last in 1972, by which time monster was a global phenomenon. Nakajima told The New York Times he studied elephants at the zoo to create Godzilla’s signature swagger, and he sweat so much sometimes inside the rubber suit, which weighed over 200 pounds, he could…

posted 2017-08-08 08:00:48 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Bachelorette" Rachel Lindsay is engaged

(NEW YORK) -- The Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay is engaged to Bryan Abasolo. After weeks of narrowing down her suitors from 31 men, the 32-year-old trial attorney from Dallas chose the 37-year-old Colombian chiropractor living in Miami. Abasolo had sparks with Lindsay from the very first episode of the show’s latest season, even passionately kissing her before the competition. The bold move not only helped him secure the first impression rose, but also, it seems, solidified a permanent place in Lindsay's heart. Lindsay chose her fiancé over finalists Peter Kraus, the 31-year-old business owner from Madison, Wisconsin, and Eric Bigger,…

posted 2017-08-08 05:00:47 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2017-08-07

Daniel Dae Kim says "self-worth" led to 'Hawaii Five-0' departure

(NEW YORK) -- Daniel Dae Kim, who, along with Grace Park, left CBS's Hawaii Five-0 ahead of its upcoming eighth season over a lack of pay parity with fellow cast members Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, says his decision was a matter of maintaining his sense of "self-worth." At a Television Critics Association event last week, CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl and CBS SEVP  of Programming Tom Sherman fielded questions questions about Kim and Park's departures, according to Deadline, explaining, “We never like to lose characters audiences love but that happens on long-running series...We made very lucrative offers to those actors.” During…

posted 2017-08-07 18:00:21 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

'The Bachelorette' rejects handicap the season finale

(NEW YORK) -- Tonight's the night that Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay picks her man.  Will it be Peter Kraus, Bryan Abasolo or Eric Bigger -- the three remaining finalists? Differences of opinion on that score abound among the men who Rachel already has cast aside. Jack Stone, who got the kiss-off in week four, thinks the decision is down to two of the three. "I think it's between Bryan and Peter, just because the interaction that I saw when I was there, it was just pretty clear they had a lot of chemistry with each other," he said. But another Bachelorette…

posted 2017-08-07 16:00:17 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio