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Daisy Ridley calls "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" world premiere "overwhelming"

(NEW YORK) -- The Force was strong at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium Saturday night for the world premiere of the highly anticipated eighth installment of the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. "This feels just as overwhelming," Daisy Ridley, who returns as Rey, told reporters of being back on the carpet for her second Star Wars film. "This feels just as overwhelming," she admitted before joking, "I need to sit down and ... be alone for a while." The evening was dedicated to Carrie Fisher, who played Leia and who died last December. "I want to dedicate tonight to Carrie, who is up there right now flipping…

posted 2017-12-11 05:00:30 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


Ahead of season 8's "Walking Dead" mid-season finale, creator talks "good dude" Jeffrey Dean Morgan, aka Negan

(NEW YORK) -- While The Walking Dead is based on a successful comic series, creator Robert Kirkman keeps the show deliberately different than the books, to preserve the suspense.  But with the comics' "All Out War" storyline currently unfolding on the small screen, fans are wondering what will become of Negan. The mid-season finale airs on Sunday and Jeffrey Dean Morgan's bat-wielding baddie Negan has vowed to get even with Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes, whose militia rose up against Negan and his Saviors. Morgan's Negan has been a highlight for fans since he emerged during the cliffhanger ending of season 6 and started season 7 with…

posted 2017-12-08 18:00:29 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Stars of "The Crown" bicker over whether Selena Gomez should portray Meghan Markle

(NEW YORK) -- Season two of the Netflix series The Crown -- about the life of Queen Elizabeth II -- debuts today.  But if the series goes on for years and years, eventually, they'll have to get around to casting the parts of Prince Harry and is fiancee Meghan Markle.  And one of the show's stars says one of today's biggest music artists is the perfect person to embody the future princess. Appearing on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, The Crown stars Claire Foy, who plays Elizabeth, and Matt Smith, who plays her husband Prince Phillip, were asked by a viewer who they'd like to see play Harry and Meghan on the show. "Who's that…

posted 2017-12-08 15:32:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Sebastian Stan "excited" about the response to "I, Tonya"; his mustache in it, not so much

(NEW YORK) -- Opening in limited release this weekend is I, Tonya, a dark comedy that tracks the rise and fall of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding. Margot Robbie is earning raves for her performance as the champion athlete, whose promising career was famously cut short when her ex-husband, Jeff Gilloolly, and her bodyguard hatched a plot to try to eliminate her rival, Nancy Kerrigan, with a blow to her knee with a metal pipe. The attacks took place weeks before the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, in Harding and Kerrigan both competed. Kerrigan took the silver while Harding placed eighth, tearfully blaming an untied shoelace for her poor showing.…

posted 2017-12-08 13:09:25 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Marvel to launch animated series focused on young, diverse heroes

(NEW YORK) --  Marvel announced Thursday that it plans to launch a new animated series next year, focused on the young, diverse talent it has in its universe like Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl and others. The comic giant posted a video announcement on Marvel HQ's YouTube channel. "There is a character for every kind of Marvel fan out there," said Sana Amanat, director of content & character development at the company.This series, titled "Marvel Rising," will be rolled out in six, four-minute digital shorts, and a film, Marvel Rising: Secret Warrior is set for a release later in 2018. Ms.…

posted 2017-12-08 09:28:23 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" official trailer debuts

(LOS ANGELES) -- The first official trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom debuted during NBC's Thursday Night Football, and this time, returning stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reunite to save the dinosaurs from Mother Nature. The Jurassic World theme park has been abandoned after the catastrophe that unfolded in that blockbuster titular 2015 franchise reboot, and the dinos have been left behind on the fictional Central American island of Isla Nublar. However, a volcano threatens to wipe the dinosaurs from the planet -- again -- which leads the characters played by Pratt and Howard to mount a risky…

posted 2017-12-08 07:03:16 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Just Getting Started" leads this week's new releases

(LOS ANGELES) -- Opening in wide release on Friday: * Just Getting Started -- An ex-F.B.I. agent and an ex-mob lawyer in the Witness Protection Program -- played by Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman, respectively -- must put aside their petty rivalry to avoid a mob hit. Renee Russo and Glenne Headly -- in her final movie roll -- also star. Rated PG-13. * The Disaster Artist -- This dramedy -- based on a true story and expanding to wide release -- features Dave Franco as an aspiring actor who signs on to star in a project written, directed and financed by his buddy -- played by brother James Franco. Initially a critical flop,…

posted 2017-12-08 05:00:13 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


J.K. Rowling defends casting of Johnny Depp in "Fantastic Beasts" sequel

(LONDON) -- Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has issued a statement defending the casting of Johnny Depp in the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, a sequel to the 2016 film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Depp will play the titular villain Gellert Grindelwald in the upcoming film -- he made a cameo as the character in the first Fantastic Beasts movie. His casting has been a source of controversy due to the allegations of domestic violence against the actor from his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. "When Johnny Depp was cast as Grindelwald, I thought he'd be wonderful in the role,"…

posted 2017-12-07 18:00:24 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Ayesha Curry and Anthony "Spice" Adams dish on ABC's "The Great American Baking Show"

(NEW YORK) -- Ayesha Curry and Anthony "Spice" Adams have teamed up to host the third season of ABC's The Great American Baking Show, airing tonight. The two, who consider themselves food enthusiasts, are dishing on the flavorful season and why they were so excited to join the show, which is based on the popular Great British Bake-Off. "I wanted to do this show so badly is because baking and cooking are totally two different worlds, " Curry tells ABC Radio. "And I have a cooking background -- not so much baking. So I wanted to join...so I could learn a little bit about that world."…

posted 2017-12-07 16:00:24 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Jimmy Kimmel's wife: "I want to be the one to tell Billy what his dad did for him"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Jimmy Kimmel's wife broke her silence on her son's health battle and her husband's powerful monologue calling for health care reform, saying she hopes to be the one to tell her son "what his dad did for him." "I don't necessarily like that everyone knows what's going on with the health of my child," Molly McNearney, who is also the co-head writer for her husband's show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "It's scary to make yourself vulnerable the way we have, but the encouragement that we're helping other people far outweighs my fears about our lack…

posted 2017-12-07 14:02:25 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Ryan Reynolds to star in live-action "Pokemon" movie

(LOS ANGELES) -- Ryan Reynolds has been tapped to star in the upcoming live-action Pokemon movie, Detective Pikachu, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Reynolds will start as the titular detective, and though the movie is described as "live-action," The Hollywood Reporter describes Reynolds' part as "motion-capture in nature." The Deadpool star joins The Get Down's Justice Smith and Big Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton in the film. The plot revolves around Reynolds' Detective Pikachu, who helps out a teen whose father -- portrayed by Smith -- has been kidnapped. Shooting is set to begin in London in January. Reynolds' Deadpool sequel is set to open next June. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2017-12-07 11:45:06 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Games of Thrones" not returning until 2019, says Sophie Turner

(NEW YORK) -- Maybe this will be good news for Game of Thrones fans who don't want the series to end, but bad news for fans anxiously awaiting the show's eighth and final season: star Sophie Turner says it isn't coming until 2019. HBO hasn't announced an official air date, just promising the show sometime in 2018 or 2019, but Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, tells Variety in a new interview, "Game of Thrones comes out in 2019."The final season is already two months into shooting and Turner says that on the job the cast and crew is very conscious of the impending end of the series.…

posted 2017-12-07 10:02:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio